Today, we have a guest post from Ms. Zoe Williams at Knowsley Hall, a stately and sprawling venue situated between Manchester and Liverpool. Known for its incredibly scenic surroundings and stunning interior décor, Knowsley Hall is a gorgeous space for your wedding!
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Pretty stunning, right? So without further ado, please enjoy:
10 Secrets to Creating a Country-Themed Wedding, by Zoe Williams
There’s something very homely about a rustic, country-themed wedding. Whether you host it in the back garden, a barn, or a marquee in the woods, a country ceremony can be truly magical. Get in touch with nature on your w-day with these tips:
Choose Your Flowers Wisely
You can’t really have too many flowers at a country wedding. Floral wreaths are a lovely bucolic touch, as is a bouquet made out of meadow blooms. Decorate your tables with china pots full of cheerful wildflowers and have the smallest flower girl pulled in on a posy-laden wagon. Archways laced with your favorite country flowers are a charming way to decorate your aisle space.
Get the Lighting Right on the Night
When the sun sets and the party begins, atmosphere is everything. Hanging lights give the venue an ethereal quality and fairy lights are also a touching addition to the décor. Candles and burning hearths create a warm ambience, which is ideally suited for winter, but works well in the summer months too. Roaring fires are wonderful for toasting marshmallows in the evening.
Our Favorite Country Favors
For a country wedding, favors usually work best when they are food-related! Homemade jams and pots of honey wrapped up in baskets work well. Also, the combination of scones, butter, and strawberries is a winner – who wouldn’t love it?
Arriving In Style
When you think of the country, what form of transport springs to mind? Turning up to your wedding in a trailer pulled by a tractor – or even a pick-up truck – definitely makes a statement. But if you think that’s a country step too far, perhaps riding up on horseback would do the trick?
Choosing Your Cake
A traditional wedding cake doesn’t always look right at a country wedding. Think about your favorite homely dessert and use that instead. Whether that’s apple pie or strawberry cream cake, don’t hold back!
Get your money’s worth out of the photographer by setting up a photo booth. Choose a patterned fabric backdrop and get all your guests to pose for their own, individual pictures. Jazz it up by getting them to pull silly faces or pose in an interesting way. You’ll have a few giggles when you look through the wedding album later.
Drunk People Need Feeding
When choosing your country wedding food, simple dishes that can be served as a buffet always work wonders. Hog roasts usually go down a treat, but you could alternatively create a spread of your favourite dishes.
No detail is too small for your country wedding. Create your own earthy ring pillow, made from a circular cutting of a tree trunk. Soften the top with a layer of moss and place the wedding rings on top.
Ditch the Stilettos
When it comes to a country wedding, heels are not only optional, but they’re impractical! Cowgirl boots are a wonderful, whimsical touch to any outdoor wedding service.
Looking for a gorgeous, country-themed venue to host your special day? http://www.knowsleyhallvenue.