Whether you’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or you originally hail from pastures green, a wedding in the English countryside is a dream location for many. However, when asked to reflect back on their big day, almost two thirds of couples said that although their wedding was the best day of their lives, it lacked distinctiveness. That being said, coming up with unique ideas for your big day can be extremely challenging whilst juggling the usual pressures of organising a wedding! Luckily, we’ve pulled together some top tips to inspire your dream of a charming day, set in the rolling hills of the British countryside!
One of the main elements to consider is where to host your big day. A few venues spring to mind at this point and often prove very popular when planning this sort of occasion. A country manor or hotel set within sprawling grounds is a popular choice. These types of venue are great for convenience as you can usually host the entire day in that one location, no need to worry about ferrying guests from the ceremony to the reception!
What’s more, these venues will often offer a complete wedding package which will include all the catering and bar services for your big day. This can be great for those looking for convenience however it may cost significantly more, and perhaps limit your menu options if you were hoping to provide some more unusual food.
A romantically rustic barn conversion is another favourite venue choice.These spaces are usually very simplistic so you can really get creative with your decorations. If you’re a dab hand at arts and crafts there is a plethora of DIY decoration ideas that will save you money and bring a personal touch to your big day. Hanging flower pomanders look amazing and are incredibly easy to make. Floral chandeliers are also really striking, and cheap wild flowers can make just as big an impact as the more expensive roses and peonies.
There may also be the option to draft in your own choice of caterers, or even have family or friends pitch in and prepare food themselves. A hog roast or an open buffet are always popular with wedding guests, and having old family dishes like “Grandma’s Famous Stew” on the menu is a great personal touch!
If your venue doesn’t object, you can organise your own rustically rural themed bar. Treat your guests to an authentic Mudgely cider and give them a true taste of the country! These farmhouse kegs will fit your theme nicely, whilst being simple and inexpensive – and who doesn’t love a cheap drink?!
We love the idea of personalised glasses or homemade chutneys serving as a unique alternative to name cards for your guests! They’ll appreciate the special momento of your wedding, it’s something a little more thoughtful than sugared almonds.
As you’re having a wedding out in the countryside, you want to make use of the beautiful surrounding scenery. Set up some comfortable places for your guests to congregate and socialise where they can soak up the views. Keeping in with your country wedding theme, youc could set up a hay bale seating area to give your guests somewhere to relax. Remember to cover the bales with blankets to protect your guests’ clothes and when the sun goes down turn on the mood lighting! Delicate fairy lights woven amongst the trees and candle filled mason jars will create a magical atmosphere. An evening bonfire will also add to the aesthetics whilst keeping your guests toasty and warm when the sun goes down.