We know, we know, you’re probably ‘Royal Wedding-ed’ out…. but one aspect of William and Kate’s day really captured our imagination and was just the sort of ‘outside-of-the-box’ inspiration that we LOVE here at the Bridal Lounge. The couple wanted to create the feel and ambience of a small village church wedding inside Westminster Abbey and the use of the beautiful field Maples and Hornbeam trees from the Royal estate made it beautifully possible! So this got us thinking of how else you can incorporate the natural beauty of trees into your wedding celebrations, and well here’s some of our favourites!!….
1. Use them to create your ceremony space – Make like William and Kate and use inside your church as aisle decorations – you don’t have to use 20ft trees, but even a line of gorgeously simple bay trees would make a stunning impact, or just two simple trees either side of the altar decorated with hanging decorations and candles! The two examples below by Preston Bailey show how to do it in his typically abundant and luxurious style…
2. Get married under one! Apart from the slight unpredictability of the Irish weather, I think we’d all plan to get married under a tree! When the tree is as gorgeous as this stunning oak at Bellinter house it’s hard to get a more beautiful altar…
3. Give them as a gift. We’re loving how these couples used fir tree saplings wrapped in jute with their guests names on them as their seating plan – what a lovely gift!
4. Invitations – we think it’s beyond appropriate for your tree-inspired invitations to be as eco-friendly as possible, so we’re in love with this gorgeous suite from Eco-Couture printers LOL letterpress in San Diego.
5. Hang things from them!! Lanterns, candles, ribbons even this cute idea of hanging frames with flowers and pictures of your guests – if you’re lucky enough to have a tree near your welcome area turn it into a focal decorative point. Hunt for vintage frames in second hand stores, car boot sales or auctions and hang them using transparent string (available at most hardware stores) to create a magical seating plan or guest book!
6. Tree-top Table centers! This Bride took DIYing to the absolute limit when she handmade all of her tree table centers from papier mache! It took her nearly a year and took over her entire spare room, but we think all her hard work was certainly worth it! If you feel like following her lead you can read more about her project here at UltimatePaperMache.com!
7. Guest book – We’ve seen these before, and we think they’re a lovely idea. A ‘guest tree’ with a difference where each guest creates a thumbprint leaf on a painted tree to create a canvas the couple can treasure for years to come.
or finally 8. Hang out in it the day after with your new wife or hubbie for a little quiet ‘us’ time!!! This cute couple had a ‘post wedding’ shoot the day after the wedding with just the two of them and their photographer from Simply Bloom Photography – check out the rest of the stunning moments they captured once all the guests were gone on their first day as Mr & Mrs (greenweddingshoes)! Sounds like the best idea of all!
Photo Credits – Left to Right from top : 1. www.thedailymail.co.uk, 2-3. www.prestonbailey.com, 4. www.coopercarras.com, 5. www.qohweddings.com, 6-8. LOLletterpress, 9. weddingbee.com, 10. Geoff White, 11. weddingbee.com, 12. www.ultimatepapermacher.com, 13. Jonas Peterson, 14. SimplyBloomPhotography via Greenweddingshoes
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