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Relaxed summer wedding style ideas

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The excitement around the recent royal nuptials have shown how most people love a good wedding. It has certainly helped to set the mood for celebration this year, especially at the start of summer as we head into peak wedding season.

The royal wedding's glorious weather and stunning setting of Windsor Castle were certainly very enviable but the pressure and formality that comes with such a state occasion is something much less appealing for most couples planning to walk down the aisle.

In terms of wedding trends, relaxed and informal weddings have become much more popular, such as more bohemian and festival inspired events, set in less traditional venues such as yurts or even industrial warehouse spaces.

So here's our round up of some ideas and trends for creating and styling a more informal summer wedding, with a few sheepskins thrown in for good measure, of course ;->

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More relaxed wedding venues

Stately homes, churches and traditional venues may offer grandeur for such a big life occasion but they can also feel stuffy and dated, with less opportunity for a couple to express their individuality.

More stripped-back, industrial style spaces or warehouse weddings are becoming more popular as spaces to house the ceremony and/or reception. They provide a great blank canvas to dress and decorate exactly as desired and showcase the style and taste of the bride and groom.

Glamping inspired yurts, teepees and large bell-tents also make an updated twist on the traditional marquee for holding the reception. There are some great companies that specialise in hiring yurts for marriage celebrations across the UK - such as www.weddingyurts.co.uk

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Lots of greenery and foliage

Flowers have always been the focal point of traditional weddings so it's good to see a rise in more greenery and foliage being used to decorate ceremony and reception venues - bringing in more of these elements from nature also helps to make the event itself feel more natural.

For the ceremony, how about saying the vows framed by an arch of abundant green foliage or in front of a backdrop of vertically hanging garlands made from greenery?

© Photo by Carley Rudd; Flowers by Wylie West Creative; Art Direction & Styling by Anne Sage

We love the new take on using wreaths to suit a summer event - thin metals hoops adorned with foliage that can be suspended from above to create an eye-catching, modern display.

Plant based displays can also create a more unconventional table decorations, in place of traditional floral bouquets, using potted plants or garlands of foliage like eucalyptus in table centres.

Softened indoor seating

As most event organisers use chairs that can be easily stored, they are never the most comfortable types of seats! So if you have a small gathering, you could drape light or long-haired sheepskins over the backs of individual chairs which will soften any hard edges but also add to the wedding's luxury look.

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If a sheepskin on every individual chair not feasible for events with a larger guest list, then how about having them on the thrones of the bride and groom, being the special couple of the day.

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Tables with individual chairs may be the typical event seating for weddings, but we like the use of long rustic wooden tables and benches which add warmth and can be softened with sheepskins or reindeer hides.

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© Coco Wedding Venues; © https://www.onefabday.com/beautiful-bantry-wedding-by-magda-lukas

Relaxed outdoor seating

For temporary seating ideas outside a wedding or reception venue, how about simple day beds made from hay bales or wooden pallets. You can drape them in plenty of patterned Berber and sheepskin rugs or animal hides, for comfort and to make the seating area look more inviting - yet casual - place to sit.

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On a summer's evening, it's nice to have a casual seating areas outside so people can relax and chat if looking for fresh air or a break from the disco music.

But it's likely to get chilly, so we also love this idea of having a large fire pit going outside for people to gather around to bring a festival or camping vibe - with hay bale seating for comfort.

© Rebecca Douglas Photography via rockmywedding.co.uk

Casual Catering

Part of this trend towards more relaxed and individual weddings is in the food and drink choices and the rise in casual catering - where you can bring in your preferred mobile food or drink offerings to your venue.

These trucks are those you'd normally expect to see at a street market or festival event, serving wood-fired pizzas, crepes, ice creams and cocktails from vintage vans, horse boxes or converted caravans. It's another great way to add a festival style atmosphere to the day.

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Can we help?

We hope this post have been helpful in giving you some visual inspiration for creating a memorable wedding event.

For more ideas and inspiration, visit our Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/fabfleece/wedding-insp...

If you are looking to source sheepskins for your own personal wedding, or if you are a wedding planner or events venue wanting to add beautiful quality fleeces and hides to your inventory for hire, then please get in touch with Lucy direct with your requirements.

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