With the light at the end of the tunnel shining ever brighter, plans for many a summer wedding are afoot. Many of these weddings are likely to have been previously postponed and some couples have had to change the venue and rescale their weddings. With all this in mind, the need for fresh wedding ideas has never been greater and 2021 is throwing up some great ones indeed.
A nature arch
One of the good things to come out of the lockdowns and furloughs has been that many people have reconnected with the natural world. Whether through walks, spending more time in the garden or bird-watching, there has been a reconnection. While this is fresh, why not go for a magical woodland vibe with a tall wooden arch decorated with ferns, twists of plants and cascading flowers to give an outdoor ceremony or celebration a natural and somewhat magical feel?
Upcycled pallet timetable board!
This one needs a picture for everything to make sense, so feast your eyes on this ingenious idea. All it takes is one side of a pallet, some keen sanding and staining work and a stencil set (or steady hand) and some chalk paint and you can create a stunning timetable for the day’s festivities in keeping with the trending natural theme – especially if complemented with some leafy sprigs as per the photograph.
Many have tried to reinvent the wheel when it comes to wedding attire, but it’s arguably the hardest thing to go experimental with, so a good, tailored men’s suit is definitely the best bet for a man, while off-white, ivory understated dresses are definitely in fashion for women, although if you do fancy a change of colour, why not opt for a shade of green to really embrace that natural feel?
For many, the idea of a scaled-down wedding came out of necessity during the pandemic, with restrictions in place, but micro-weddings have been growing in popularity for years. By limiting the number of guests to around 30 the bride and groom will be able to spend quality time with all of the guests and the wedding will have a far more intimate feel. The money saved won’t go amiss, either!
Quirky outdoor lighting ideas
There’s a lot to be said for creating uniquely lit spaces for the evening, especially outdoors. Jars full of lights hung from a line are really cute – like jars of fireflies – while mini umbrella lights prove an ingenious touch. Whatever ambience you are after, your lighting choices will go a long way to helping you realise it.
There is always a dilemma as to what you can put on the place settings as a wedding favour for guests. The idea of a burlap wrapped seedling to take away and plant so that the guests can have a physical and environmentally friendly reminder of the day to endure for a long time, is I hope you’ll agree, quite beautiful.