I look back at our wedding and would say it was very ‘village fête’ with vintage aspects to it, but I didn’t make a point of fitting into a specific category. I took inspiration from lots of different styles and used the elements I liked to make an event that felt very ‘me’. I don’t think it is always necessary to fit your wedding or event into an exact theme, but you may find it helpful to look through these different styles towards the start of your wedding planning to get a good idea of the kind of thing you like.
I have seen a few magazines categorising these different styles recently, and thought it was really helpful, especially when you have so many different ideas running through your head and you feel overwhelmed because you love EVERYTHING! (just me!??). So, I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos I have found on Pinterest and categorise them to inspire your creativity… but don’t feel as though you need to stick within these exact themes!
A dreamy meadow village fête has a charming and relaxed feel with lots of colour, perfect for summer time outdoor, garden or barn weddings. Celebrating all things homemade and handmade, this is the perfect theme for a DIY wedding. For décor you’d go for floral bunting, fairy lights, bright coloured honeycomb balls, painted wooden signs, gingham or ditsy floral tablecloths with mix and match chairs. Local jam, Victoria sponge or a pavlova with summer berries, sweet bags and pink lemonade with paper straws will keep your guests happy whilst they sit in the sun on hay bales surrounded by buckets of wild blooms and wooden crates. Entertainment would include garden games and a live band.
Elegant & Sophisticated
This timeless style of fresh whites, greens and creams suits an indoor or outside venue, from light, airy indoor spaces with wooden beams and big glass windows, to a garden marquee in the stunning grounds of a stately home. Think crisp, fresh décor with white linen tablecloths, brushed gold cutlery, delicate glassware, classic crockery and dining candles with eucalyptus, white roses and peonies centrepieces. Zinc buckets and wire baskets add texture with rose petals, white bunting, ribbons and flower garlands for décor. A white iced tiered cake and an acrylic sign with a sophisticated white font to welcome guests creates an elegant, modern twist to a more traditional style.
Old books, lace bunting, hessian table runners, vintage suitcases and dried flowers. This style is full of romantic and effortless charm. With a slightly bohemian twist you can add macramé chair backs, use jars as flower vases, chalk board signs, tea lights and old ladders, rustic crates and typewriter can be used not only as décor, but ways of displaying beautiful hoarded treasures. This style suits outdoor gardens and fields, as well as old barns and tipis. This has a similar relaxed feel as a village fête wedding, but uses softer tones, delicate flower arrangements with pale roses and lavender alongside a sponge cake lightly iced and decorated with flowers.
Whatever style your wedding is, make sure it’s ‘you’ 🙂