Couples looking for a countryside-inspired wedding in Gloucestershire will be spoilt for choice, as the county is bursting with rolling Cotswold hills, picturesque venues and stunning scenery galore.
So dig out your wellies and hang up the bunting for fun on the farm, with a host of creative ideas to make your Cotswold countryside wedding extra special.
Introduce guests to your wedding theme early, with some simply beautiful invites. Opt for a rustic feel with burlap and lace or choose tactile invites by printing your wedding stationery on wood.
Creating a laidback feel and getting back to nature, add some pressed flowers or baby’s breath to create that extra dash of romance.
Continue the stationery theme throughout the big day, with pretty place names, menus and order of services, or get creative by carving table numbers into logs, while engraving you and your partner’s initials in a love heart.
Make the most of the glorious Cotswold countryside and opt for a wedding venue that provides outdoor ceremonies – check out SoGlosWeddings’ 15 stunning outdoor wedding venues in Gloucestershire for a little inspiration.
If you don’t want to risk it all on the weather, opt to tie the knot at a Gloucestershire barn or farm, offering the perfect countryside location to show off your theme and a great blank canvas for adding personal touches and themed decorations.
While long gowns are more traditional, a countryside celebration might call for a more informal option, with short dresses becoming increasingly popular for boho-style brides. Check out SoGlosWedding’s short wedding dresses photo gallery for some stunning examples.
An off-white or cream dress with plenty of lace and detailing is perfect for alfresco ceremonies, while a crisp white will stand out well against the backdrop of the green grass and blue skies.
Stick to natural colours for your bridesmaids, with light shades of yellows, greens and blues blending in beautifully with the scenery. While you can’t go wrong far with pastel colours, promising the whole bridal party will look pretty as a picture.
While you might want to stick to heels for your ceremony, dig out the wellies or even some cowboy boots for some fun photo shoots after you’ve said ‘I do’, with the chance to get the entire wedding party involved in the great outdoors, come rain or shine!
If you’ve got a keen eye for detail, get creative and personalise your shoes – from ‘his and hers’ wellies to rhinestone-studded boots with your new initials, the possibilities are endless.
Whether you’re opting for bright and bold or soft and subtle, go for natural arrangements and wildflowers for a country-inspired wedding, perfect for merging your big day with the surrounding scenery.
Sunflowers are particularly popular in the summer months, while delicate daisies and lavender will look gorgeous as you walk down the aisle and will brighten up the venue as decorations.
Time to get the tweed out, boys! From blazers, waistcoats and dickie bows, choose tweed or burlap for a charming country gentleman vibe, and don’t forget the braces for a stripped back yet oh-so stylish look.
Pair the suits with a wildflower lapel to infuse some nature into the wardrobe and don’t be scared to get playful with colours, with checker shirts, patterned ties and colourful socks promising to give off a bright and happy atmosphere on the big day.
Bunting is a must – the more the better – while draping white curtains over a barn entrance or pagoda is the perfect way to glam up an empty space, before filling the venue or outdoor area with balloons, fairy lights, plants and plenty of candles in jars.
Provide luxury hay bales with blankets and pillows for guests to sit on, while you can even incorporate farming equipment into the décor, with giant wheels and scraps of wood providing great canvases to put your seating plans on.
Incorporate some wildlife into your big day with woodland animal decorations for table settings, cake toppings and more, while British bird place names are particularly sweet for any lovebirds’ celebration!
If you’re hosting your celebrations at a farm, grab those personalised wellies and get stuck in, with farmyard animals providing plenty of fun photography opportunities, with the chance to hop on a horse if you and your partner are riding enthusiasts.
If you decide upon a sit-down meal, keep it fresh and use locally sourced and earthy ingredients, incorporating fresh fruit and veg into your dishes. Alternatively, strip it back and tuck into a hog roast or light up the wood-fired pizza oven for the perfect alfresco celebration.
While you can’t go wrong with Pimms or prosecco in the warmer months, personalise your own cocktails for some fruity summer fun or get guests to create their own, doubling up as entertainment.
Naked cakes provide a beautiful alternative to the traditional three-tiered cakes, and are easy to decorate with wildflowers and summer fruits. While we particularly like the idea of opting for a cheese wedding cake, decorated with grapes and berries and topped with a heart-shaped camembert.
If you’ve got a brand new combine harvester, give your loved one the key! See if you can borrow a tractor from a local farmer, jazz it up with some bunting and flowers and arrive in suitable style, before getting some stunning snaps in the countryside.
Other fitting options might include a VW campervan, horse and carriage or tandem bicycles, with the chance to tack on some ‘just married’ signs before cycling into the sunset with your new beau.
By Alice Lloyd
Thursday 16 June 2016
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