From vintage table plans to fab bunting ideas, we take a look at some of our favourite wedding decorations, inspired by some of our very own real-life brides.

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Paper lanterns

These look amazing hanging from the trees. If the weather is still, you can use them to light your way to your marquee. You’ll need to work out a power supply for the lighting – battery powered LED lights are the best option. You can choose lanterns to blend in with your colour theme and mood, too.

Beautiful balloons

If you have young guests, tie helium balloons to their chair backs, or outside, if you’re holding your reception there. They’ll add to the decorative effect and be a very popular gift. Again, work the colours to tie into your theme.

Glass hanging lanterns

These look wonderful decorating your venue, especially when the dark comes down. Much more atmospheric and flattering than electric light and gives a romantic look to outdoor seating.

These large silver floral lanterns have solid sides, so the candle inside will hold up to any passing breezes without going out.

Parasols

We like the idea of the bridal party carrying wedding parasols as they enter the marquee or ceremony venue. They’d be perfect props to your wedding photographs, and if you’re blessed with a really hot day they are ideal for keeping the sun off your face.

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Rustic signs

For a country-style or rural wedding, a wooden signpost with simple lettering really sets the mood. Plus, if you’re marrying somewhere quiet, it might be essential for making sure people actually arrive or don’t get lost on their way to the reception.

Petal-strewn aisles

If you’re having an outdoor wedding and you’re sure of the weather, strew some petals on the walkways for an truly romantic feel. If you’re marrying in a gazebo or similar, then the petals can form a natural aisle to guide your way – or you could do something similar if you’re having an outdoor blessing.

Customised bunting

This is an expensive but very effective way to dress up a garden and set the mood for a celebration. Drape it inside and outside your marquee, around trees, at the entrance to your venue, by the car park… Wherever you think an area needs a bit of ‘dressing up’. White is elegant for an outdoor wedding but you can buy bunting of different colours and patterns, from chintz to stripes and it’s also not difficult to make yourself.

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