Wedding Inspiration: The Ceremony


Sometimes us brides-to-be get so caught up in the table decorations (and the dress, and the invitations, and the carefully hung lanterns) that we fail to give serious thought to the decorations required for the most important part of the Big Day – the ceremony.

The styling of the ceremony really sets the tone for the overall look of your wedding day and the ideas are getting more and more creative, with theatre-style seating, vintage church pews, and strips of fabric in rainbow hues being just a few of the unique elements I’ve come across on my hunt for ceremony decor inspiration.

+ What are your top picks? If you’re married already, how did you decorate your ceremony? Was it held outside or in a church?

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Wedding Inspiration: Feathers

There’s something really captivating about feathers. Delicate, unique and the perfect addition to a natural/ bohemian/ carefree wedding, (tasteful) feathers can be used in so many different ways, as shown above.

A few of my favourites

Save the Dates: What an innovative (and potentially cost-effective) alternative to a traditional Save the Date card! I’d love to get one of these beauties in the mail.

Boutonniere: Simply stunning! Small guinea fowl feathers are essential for these (can’t see gigantic peacock feathers looking too crash hot) and can be teamed with a subtle hair clip for the ladies.

Feathers in place of flowers: In a bouquet or as a striking centrepiece for the table. Bonus: they’ll last forever for the sentimental amongst us, unlike flowers.

Feather headdress: I love everything about Mandy from Oracle Fox’s Bali wedding, but the combination of her Sass and Bide dress and the gorgeous feather headpiece she wore for the ceremony definitely takes the cake. Insanely beautiful, or what?!

+ How about you, are you a feather fan? Would you incorporate feathers into your wedding?

Images: 1. Birds of a Feather 2. Martha Stewart Weddings 3. Inspired By This 4. Treasured Dress 5. Briton Loves It 6. Gardener and Marks 7. Green Wedding Shoes 8. Budget Savvy Bride 9. Anavictoriana 10. Green Wedding Shoes 11, 12. Once Wed  13, 14. Jonas Peterson

Wedding Inspiration: Rustic, Handmade & Natural

On my trips around the web searching for wedding inspiration – whether on Pinterest or trawling through my favourite wedding websites – there are always the special few that really leap out at me.

Whether it’s the styling, the brides’ dress, the loved up couple, the photography, the mood – or all of the above – some weddings just have a “thing” that captures my imagination.

I wanted to share a few of the beauties I’m currently inspired by. As you’ll see, they all have a decidedly rustic/ relaxed/ natural feel because that’s what’s floating my boat right now!

I’m blown away by this wedding featured on Once Wed – it’s like a “Model Loves Muso” editorial shoot for a high-end fashion magazine! Seriously coveting the brides’ stunning Helmut Lang dress, and I love how the table centrepiece perfectly complements the coastal woodland setting with deep greens and pieces of wood woven throughout. Perfection.

Beautiful bits to be inspired by: 

+ Look beyond the usual wedding gown designers when searching for your Perfect Dress – you never know where you’ll find a gown that suits your style. Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle et al are your friends!

+ Replace vases and jars on tables with a flowing “thrown together” centrepiece that runs the length of the table.

A feather bouquet? Love it! Also adore how gorgeous and happy the couple look together. This olive farm wedding is definitely the kind of relaxed celebration I’d like to be a guest at.

Beautiful bits to be inspired by: 

+ A circular configuration for the ceremony lends itself to an intimate atmosphere – the ‘circle of love’!

+ Think outside the square for your bouquet. Feathers, sticks (and in this case, silver spoons) are an affordable and eye-catching alternative to a bunch of blooms.

We move to something a little “prettier” with this gorgeous barn wedding. This one is jam-packed with decor ideas – I love the use of draped chiffon curtains in the barn and in the trees at the ceremony location, and using pewter cake stands to raise the floral centrepieces up from the table is a fabulous touch. Also like the idea of the pallet couch – might have to copy this one!

Beautiful bits to be inspired by: 

+ Hang jars/ vases filled with flowers off old rustic windows for a stunning alternative to the traditional chandelier.

+ Likewise, a set of old doors make the perfect entrance point to the aisle. I imagine these were “closed” before the bride walked in which would have created a real sense of drama and anticipation as the guests (and groom) waited for their first look at the bride.

+ Finally, a floral wreath with lighting woven throughout is a really eye-catching way to adorn the walls of a rustic venue like a barn or hall.

Wedding Inspiration: Sequins and Sparkles









As I may have mentioned once or twice, I’m currently on the hunt for my wedding gown, which is super exciting but kinda hard. What if I find something I love now, that I don’t love so much next year? My taste changes all the time! What if I find my dream dress and it’s ridiculously out of my budget? So much to consider!

Anyway, on my search for the perfect dress, I can’t help but continually refer back to Elie Saab’s astonishly beautiful Fall 2011 Couture pieces for inspiration. The whole collection just blows me away. Pure magic. 

I’m starting to think these floaty, ethereal masterpieces must have triggered some ‘girly glamour’ neurons in my brain, because I’m all about (tasteful) sequins and sparkly accoutrements at the moment. What do you think? If they’re done right – as in, a pair of delicately sequined shoes with a simple dress, or a headpiece that sparkles ever-so-slightly – I think they can be totally gorgeous.

Images: 1. Vogue 2. Oh Hello Friend 3. Birkin Shmirkin 4. Fashionising 5.Photo Smashing 6. Un Beau Jour 7. unknown 8. Lola Haze 9. What Heather Loves 10. A Glamourous Little Side Project 11. Elle Tumblr 12. Dust Jacket Attic 13. Coolspotters 14. The Berry 15. Cupcakes Couture MB 16. The Glitter Guide 17. We Heart It 18. Vintage Wildness 19. Put a ring on it 20. Tumblr 21. Avante Garde Gothic 22. Scout Charlottesville 23. Sarah Chase 24. Reasons to Breathe 25, 26. Gorgeous Glam

Wedding Inspiration: Super Succulents!

I’m a sucker for succulents! Adore them. Always have, and I daresay these gorgeous greens will play a starring role in my wedding. How awesome is the bouquet in the last pic with the soft pink peonies and orange accents?

Anyway, I wanted to share a few sensational succulent snaps (try saying that one quickly!) I’ve had tucked away in my inspiration file, I hope you love them as much as I do! Extra bonus: these guys are pretty much one of the most low maintenance plants you can own – we’ve got quite few on our balcony at home that stay fabulous year round without much attention at all. Well, except for the one that has a huge stalk and likes to bend and droop like an tired old man sometimes. Let’s not talk about him. He’s… different.

Enjoy! x

Images: 1, 2, 3. This Modern Romance 4. Southern Weddings  5. 6. Southern Weddings 7. Pretty Chicky 8. Middle Child Complex 9. Love and Lavender 10, 11, 12. Epheriell Designs 13. Sarah Yates via Style Me Pretty 14. via Pinterest

Girly Glamour

Sequins, pale pink peonies, sheepskin rugs, chandeliers, Venetian mirrors. OH. MY. GOD. A full-on assault of girly prettiness, or what?

I saved these images from Style Me Pretty in my old ‘inspiration file’ (I use Pinterest now, more on that to come) last year and I’m sure they’ve done the rounds in the blogosphere but they are too good not to share again. Absolutely adore the soft pink palette, the transparent bar stools, the chic white chairs. Swoon-o-rama. While a bit on the glam side for my wedding, I could totally see this being the perfect setting for a classy birthday party or pre-wedding celebration.

Images: Ambrosio Photography via Style Me Pretty