The Irish climate doesn’t often lend itself to having both your wedding ceremony and reception outside, but that shouldn’t mean that you can’t bring the essence of the outdoors in. With a few simple steps no matter what the season, your wedding day can have that unique woodland, garden feel even though it’s indoors. Visually stunning, this theme can be as subtle as having an arrangement of carefully chosen forest sticks and branches in vases for your centrepieces or as vivid as having stand-out floral backdrops and star themed lighting.
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Think big bold florals mixed with intense greenery presented in a variety of ways for maximum impact. Wind both around chandeliers and candelabras or even hula hoops covered in greens and blooms for unique hanging table décor. Consider having a grass style aisle runner at the ceremony and blooms scattered for your pew ends. Don’t forget to wind greens and florals around any staircases or balconies for a visual feast for your guests.
Bring the feeling of an outdoors summers night to your wedding reception by using GOBO lighting to project stars or small dots of light to give that start sky effect. Think about dark blue uplighters to give that night sky feel. Use lanterns hanging from the ceiling with warm yellow lights inside to give that night-time glow effect or an array of hanging tea lights would give off that starry night atmosphere wonderfully. Draping and fairy lights would also be a wonderful addition.
For lovers of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, this woodland inspired look is the perfect fit. Think trees of varying sizes adorned with full green shoots and leaves, wrapped in fairy lights placed around the venue and even suspended over the tables. Use miniature tree centrepieces, covered candelabras in moss and dot around wooden accents. For the ceremony, place super-green potted ferns as pew ends or tall pew ends with branches and moss.
Outdoor Style Backdrops
Particularly handy for your photos, having a few carefully placed backdrops can also look stunning in your venue too. Think of green backdrops dotted with butterflies, posies or birds. Go for full on floral backdrops or accent them with woodland features, or indoor props like mirrors or birdcages for a modern twist.