Look at interiors magazines for ideas on a new wedding theme, as well as going to wedding fayres and checking out bridal and fashion magazines. Trends in home wares and fashion are closely linked and the tropical theme has been everywhere over the last few months, with pineapples, banana leaf designs and flamingos all making an appearance in pastel shades as well as the bright colours associated with the tropical look. If you want something that is on trend but a bit more neutral, what about a prairie theme? You can use the popular wedding signs in a bleached wood with white writing to decorate the venue, signpost to your outdoor ceremony, dress the bride and groom’s chairs with ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’, or simply as guest favours in a small size with the couple’s names and the wedding date on one side and just ‘thank you’ on the reverse .
Display dried flowers, petals and seed heads in tin pails with scoops and allow guests to fill a drawstring bag for a lovely scented favour to take home with them or to use as natural confetti if the venue allows. Pile up little hay bales or mini straw bundles on each table along with gingham napkins, scrim, hessian or linen placemats, plain white crockery, cutlery in mason jars at the buffet table and perhaps the odd cactus shaped vase or two and your prairie theme will start to come together. Calico drapes over the back of each chair are a lovely touch, and a nice contrast to the gilt style of chairs used at lots of wedding receptions. If you are having your wedding in a barn setting or hiring a marquee or tipi, it will be easy to accessorise to a prairie theme as there will already be wooden beams and natural fabrics for your backdrop.
You could even go all out and hire a covered wagon or horse drawn buggy to park outside your venue and use for photos!
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