Article by Naomi Webb
If you’re tying the knot and have a love for all things natural – barns, farmyards and the rolling countryside – why not consider a country chic themed day? Using nature as your inspiration, and the cosy ambiance of greenery and mother earth’s materials, is an idea that (mercifully) demands a little less from busy brides to be. So, forget the glitz and glam of a city affair and read on to find out how to achieve a laid back, romantic country chic wedding.
The invitations: Setting the tone for your wedding begins with your invitations. Forgo glossy, shiny and diamanté studded stationary in favour of keeping it natural – brown card, twine and themed stamps (such as ink pressed stags and trees) are gender neutral and rustic. Or, make use of lace, watercolours and dried flowers if you’d like to give off a feminine vibe to your guests.
The dress: Once you’ve chosen your wedding band to sit beside your engagement ring (if you haven’t, get online and visit a diamond site, pronto!) it’s time to turn your attention to one of the biggest details of all: your dress. Of course, you’re free to wear whatever you feel fabulous in, but country weddings tend to call for a number that’s as down to earth as the bride’s surroundings. So, skip princess ball gowns or anything too restrictive, opting instead for bohemian lace dresses and free-flowing designs like this dress by Charlie Brear.
The venue: Of course, country chic weddings are hosted away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Opt for a barn, a village hall or a marquee and adorn your venue with linen, lace, burlap and mason jars. However, decorate sparingly: a venue’s wooden floor and wall to wall brickwork are beautiful details in themselves. Place tealight candles inside empty jars along the length of your tables, or twist some fairy lights around the beams of your venue. It’s all about creating a laid back, natural atmosphere and working with a space: just as nature intended!
The cake and table settings: Whether you’re having a sit down dinner or a grab-what-you-fancy buffet, an eye for the small details will make a big difference to country chic weddings. Use mismatched glassware, golden cutlery to glisten in the warm evening light and elements from the great outdoors: pine cones and rich vines for colder months, or lavender and bunches of rosemary for summer. As for your cake? Keep it (you guessed it) natural!
A ‘naked’ wedding cake (layers of un-iced sponge) dusted with icing sugar and decorated with fresh berries will wow your guests and compliment your country chic theme to perfection.
A country bridal bouquet should look free, flowing and unstructured. Ask your florist for something in season if you want to save cash, focusing on combining greenery with flowers typical of the kind of thing you’d find in a wild meadow or on a Sunday walk; think baby’s breath, thistles and white roses, or even opt for something unique like this dried bouquet from the Artisan Dried Flower Company.