How to plan a romantic British countryside wedding!

Hurrah! You’ve found the person you want to spend forever with which is the hard part, so now all you have to do is turn your vision for a romantic countryside wedding into reality. Whether you are enlisting the help of a wedding planner or handling it on your own, we’ve got everything you need to make your 2016 British romantic rural wedding happen.

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The Venue

One of the most important aspects is choosing the right venue. So by deciding on a rural setting it could mean anything from a grand stately home in the country, a barn and even festival chic tents in the middle of a field. Whatever the vision for your perfect countryside wedding you’ll love our suggestions which will work as fantastic inspiration.

Fews Marquees

If you are lucky enough to have a lot of outdoor space available, you might think it ideal to have a marquee, particularly given the unpredictability of British weather whatever the season! Fews Marquees are a great option. They provide creative ideas, recommendations and advice where needed, including ideas on look & style. They offer support at every stage from initial design, marquee build, décor & furnishing, through to the actual event, ensuring you are delighted at every step of the way.

Fews Marquees
Fews Marquees

Cornish Tipi Weddings

If enchanted woods and natural surroundings is what you are looking for, it doesn’t come any better than this. Situated in Cornwall amongst stunning woodland and picturesque lakes, this venue provides the perfect location for a truly memorable wedding day. Cornish Tipi Weddings provide a beautiful backdrop where couples can exchange their vows beneath a wood and willow pavilion beside a stream framed by oak and ash, giving you the wedding of your dreams.

Cornish Tipi Weddings
Cornish Tipi Weddings

Almonry Barn

This is believed to be one of the oldest wedding barns in England and has the same historical protected status as Stonehenge.  It’s been beautifully restored and offers 12th Century laid back rustic elegance like no other. A fabulously stunning place to tie the knot.

Almonry Barn
Almonry Barn

Glemham Hall

Glemham Hall is an historic Elizabethan Manor house, situated in the unspoilt Suffolk countryside, within a beautiful 300 acre park. Offering the perfect country-chic backdrop, Glemham Hall is as the perfect outdoor venue for your countryside dream!

Glemham Hall
Glemham Hall

The Drinks

Niemierko

It’s now all the rage to serve beer on your big day. Award winning wedding planner, Niemierko has teamed up with Ab InBev and tells us how easy it is to incorporate the nation´s favourite drink into your wedding! I do in Brew is the “ultimate wedding guide for beer lovers”  How about instead of only passing around glasses of fizz for guests, think about adding beer served in chalices during the canapés reception. Or spend a romantic day with your partner visiting a brewery before your big day to create your own ale to serve at your wedding. A beer inspired drinks menu also makes a really nice touch for guests. What better way to give your countryside wedding a truly British feel!

Niemierko
Niemierko brings us “I do In Brew”: the ultimate wedding guide for beer lovers!

The Catering

Miss Tea

We’ve managed to find one of the loveliest caterers based Cornwall, perfect to cook up your personalised menu using local, seasonal organic produce. She even has a wonderful no fuss wedding catering guide.

Miss Tea
Miss Tea

The Floury

The Floury based in Devon brings together the best quality ingredients including seasonal fruits, homemade vanilla extract with fresh & vibrant flowers from the wonderful local florists, to make cakes you can’t wait to munch. They’ve got heavenly wedding cakes naked with berries or fully iced with flavours such as lemon & almond sponge with lemon curd, pistachio & lemon buttercream icing and our personal fave – chocolate orange sponge with orange cream & chocolate ganache icing.

The Floury
The Floury

The Flowers

Deciding on the flowers depends to no small degree on the venue you’ve chosen. Should you be tying the knot in a parkland or gardens for instance, the flowers can be kept to a minimum allowing you to have a smaller number of flowers that make a bigger impact. Go for arrangements that feel like they belong at your venue, for instance orchids in a rustic venue might look out of place. When it comes to the tables, think also of their size and shape when selecting centrepieces.

Miss Victoria’s Floral Emporium

Miss Victoria’s Floral Emporium is an independent florist working in London and Surrey. They design evocative and romantic flowers with a nostalgic style, using a varied palette of colours and textures from yesteryear. They use British grown flowers & foliage where possible, and always use the most fresh, seasonal and beautiful blooms. We’ve fallen head over heels for the beautiful floral crowns that are especially designed for you! You’ll definitely be feeling like you’d rather where flowers in your hair than diamonds round your neck once you’ve seen these beauties.

Miss Victoria´s Floral Emporium
Miss Victoria´s Floral Emporium

Bettie Rose

Lib is the creative florist behind Bettie Rose, based in Brighton. She produces beautiful designs by working the amazing flowers and foliage each season has to offer together with your vision. Rest assured, your flowers will be nothing less than stunning and complement your countryside setting beautifully.

Bettie Rose
Bettie Rose, Photography Credits: Blinc Photography

The Details

The finishing touches from crockery to decor will add the right rustic charms to complete your dream day. Look no further than the following two vendors for your something borrowed.

The Little Lending Company

The Little Lending Company is an alternative hire company offering a unique and eclectic range of decor accessories and props for your wedding or event. They have all those little extras that will help make your day become a little off-beat and perfectly laid back. Simple, timeless pieces are their speciality and they have a huge evolving range. For relaxed, rustic or industrial styling there’s everything you could need; from old watering cans to glass cake stands, festoon lights and even a stunning vintage bike.

The Little Lending Company
The Little Lending Company

Valerie’s Vintage Tea set and Tableware

They have stunning crockery, elegant cake stands and a whole host of extras that fit the bill to helping your vision of a rustic wedding come true. We absolutely love the outdoor games such as croquet, boules and giant jenga which add a fun and authentic outdoor vibe to your wedding, keeping both big and little kids entertained.

Valeri’s Vintage Tea set and tableware
Valeri’s Vintage Tea set and tableware

So there you have it, our tips on who to call to get your fairytale countryside wedding sorted. If you are looking for more ideas, get inspired by our real weddings to help create your perfect day.

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