Outdoor Wedding Ideas – Save The Date Magazine

If you follow our blog you’ll know I write regular features for Save The Date Magazine. The summer edition of the magazine features a new look for Save The Date. We love the new style and design. This issue I wrote about outdoor wedding ideas, read on to see my outdoor ideas or click here to see the full magazine. save the date magazine summer of love 2014 save the dte magazine outdoore wedding ideas decorations Photography credits: Front cover and page 1 and 2 Ross Harvey Photography // Lighting on decking Jen Fariello Photography // Jenga & children playing outside Cotton Candy Photography

 Outdoor Wedding Ideas


We all know you can’t predict the English summer weather but we are seeing more and more couples in the UK holding their weddings outdoors. And why not, there are some wonderful venues set in the English countryside with beautiful grounds.

Outdoor ceremonies and decorating the grounds

If you are dreaming of an outdoor ceremony find a venue with and outdoor location, once you’ve found the perfect venue there are some super pretty ways you can style your outdoor ceremony. I love the idea of entering the ceremony through wooden doors, these remain shut until the bride and her father enter through them. To creat the aisle, hang jam jars filled with pretty blooms from shepherds crooks, or if the ground is not suitable for shepherds crooks tie apothecary bottles to the chairs and add a flower. Guests will love all these pretty details.

If you are not opting for an outdoor ceremony but are lucky enough to have some sunshine on your wedding day you will no doubt be wanting to make the most of it. There are lots of lovely ideas for decorating outdoor spaces, hang pom poms and bunting around the grounds. Chose a feature tree to hang apothecary bottles each filled with a flower from the branches or even hang long strands of ribbon in your wedding colours.

Outdoor entertainment and lighting

Take the entertainment outdoors, a string quartet set up outside for an outdoor ceremony is always a lovely touch. Set up games outdoors, these will be enjoyed by children and adults! We have seen wedding guests enjoying sack races, giant jenga, croquet and children love pinatas.

Guests will enjoy spending time outdoors right through to the evening so don’t forget to enhance the gardens with lighting. Whether you choose tea lights in jam jars or larger lanterns, or opt for strings of light bulbs from trees this will light up the grounds beautifully. Paper lanterns work perfectly for weddings and are easy on the budget, just add a long lasting tea light and they will glow for hours. The The Wedding of my Dreams we sell a collection of paper lanterns and especially love out JUST MARRIED lanterns which are fab for photos.

If you are planning an outdoor wedding check out some of our favourite decorations below.

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Mr And Mrs Signs For Chair Backs

This week our wedding decorations of the week are our Mr and Mrs signs for chair backs, the signs have a chalkboard style with beautiful calligraphy spelling out Mr and Mrs, the signs are sold individually so you can also buy Mr and Mr or Mrs and Mrs. We think the signs look fab as wedding chair backs, you could also use them to show the male and female toilets or props for photographs.

Mr And Mrs Signs For Chair Backs

mr and mrs signs for chair backs chalkboards

View our Mr and Mrs chalkboard signs in our shop

Product Details

  • The chalkboard style signs are perfect for rustic, vintage or country garden weddings.
  • They come with twine for hanging.
  • The chalkboard writing was originally handwritten on a blackboard and then digitally converted on to a real chalkboard to give an authentic chalkboard look.
  • They are made from PVC with a vinyl chalkboard surface which enables the signs to be printed with permanent text but you can also use them as a real chalkboard.
  • The signs are sturdy but lightweight, making them ideal for weddings.
  • When the sign arrives with you, you will need to season it before use. Simply rub a piece of chalk over the entire board and rub it off with a cloth, this will give your blackboard a dusty authentic look.
  • Seasoning step by step guide here.
  • Signs are sold separately. Each set of signs comes with a piece of chalk.
  • Each sign measures 6” x 9”
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  • Price £21 each



Yellow And Grey Wedding Ideas

Looking for grey and yellow wedding ideas? We love this colour combination. The relaxed look of soft grey mixed with a burst of lemon yellow is perfect for a summer wedding. You can bring out the soft grey colour in the groomsmen’s suits, add a yellow tie if you fancy. The bridesmaids could wear either yellow or grey or a mixture the choice is yours.

Add yellow and grey touches to your wedding decorations, yellow drinking straws and grey paper bags make up candy buffet tables with yellow and grey sweets. Bunting or paper pom poms in yellow or grey will look fab hanging throughout your venue. And ribbons too, use them as chair backs or backdrops hanging in yellow and grey.

Yellow and grey wedding ideas

yellow and grey wedding ideas

Image credits: 1 Grey men’s wedding outfits 2 Grey and yellow wedding ideas for outfits 3 Yellow and grey bunting 4 Yellow and grey bride bouquet 5 Yellow paper straws 6 Wedding centrepieces with lemons against vase 7 Fans for wedding ceremony 8 Yellow and grey wedding candy buffet 9 Yellow and grey sweetie bar 10 Jam wedding favours 11 Yellow and grey ribbon chair backs 12 Hanging ribbon backdrops 13 Grey and yellow wedding invitiations

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The Best 7 Tea Light Holders For Weddings Of All Styles

the best 7 tea light holders for weddings

Are you looking for tea light holders for your wedding? Something to suit your overall wedding style? Here we have outlined our all time favourite tea light holders for weddings, all available to buy online.

1. Bark tea light holders

These tea light holders are made from natural tree bark, add a tea light to the holders and it shines through the cut out heart. These tea light holders are perfect for adding a touch of rustic to your wedding decor or for a woodland theme.

rustic bark tea light holders

2.  Mercury silver tea light holders – floating

These are our best selling mercury silver tea light holders and are a steal at only £2.50. Once the candle is lit the light shimmers through the mercury silver glass. These tea light holders will also float if you place them in a dish of water, this could make a unique centrepiece. mercury silver floraing tea light holders

3. Gold ribbed tea light holders

These are our favorite gold tea light holders, if you are looking for gold tea light holders these fit a standard size tea light and look stunning as the candle light shines through. They would be lovely at weddings if you are looking to add a touch of gold to your decor for for a rustic glamour wedding. gold ribbed tea light holders

4. Stylish silver and glass tea light holders

If you are looking for a plain yet sophisticated looking tea light holder our stylish silver and glass tea light holders might be for you. The clear glass lets the light shine out around the room and the silver detailing around the top looks stunning.

silver and glass tea light holders


5. Vintage country tea light holders

For an off white natural looking tea light holder we love these. We call them our vintage country tea light holders as they work for both vintage style weddings and summer country style weddings. The tea light holders are natural cream in colour with a slightly distressed finish.

vintage country tea light holders  6. Zinc tea light holders with hearts

For a country style or rustic chic wedding these zinc tea light holders with hearts cut out are lovely. The candle light shines through the little hearts. If you have anywhere to hang these they have a loop for hanging too.

zinc tea light holders with hearts

7. Hanging jam jar tea light holders

If you are looking for hanging tea light holders then these will be just perfect for your wedding. The small jam jars have a silver wire for hanging. We suggest hanging from branches of trees in the outdoor areas at your wedding venue or from shepherds crooks running down the aisle. The top rim of the tea light holders have silver bells adding to the pretty look. hanging jam jar tea light holders

Photo credits: 1 & 6 Daffodil Waves Photography


Gold Glitter Placemats For Weddings

This week our wedding decoration of the week are our gold glitter placemats. These placemats can be used for each place setting though we have found most of our customers buying them for the centre of their wedding tables as an alternative to a table runner. The gold glitter placemats look stunning in the centre of wedding tables with a  grouping of assorted vases filled with pretty blooms. This is a perfect way to add a hint of gold glitter into your wedding decor.

Gold glitter placemats

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Product Details

  • These gold glitter place mats can be used either as place mats for each guest’s plate to sit on adding real wow factor to your tables. Or you can use them in the centre of the table and place a grouping of smaller vases or one large vase on them for your centrepiece.
  • We think they look fab with gold or white vases and tea light holders.
  • The round place mats measure 34cm in diameter.
  • Made from card, covered in glitter.
  • Price: £6 for a pack of 2
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