Advice for making weddings more summery

Brides looking to bring a piece of nature to their wedding day have been urged to consider bringing the outside, inside.

Wedding adviser Julie Dawson wrote via that an increasingly popular theme for city weddings is to bring a small part of nature into the proceedings.

Unlike country bashes in large, sprawling gardens, the kind of wedding venue London offers is most often a much more urban affair. This needn’t mean that brides can’t bring inside a little bit of the outside, however.

One such trick Dawson recommended was to use summery flowers for the table centrepieces. Glass jars filled with summer flowers such as sweet peas, for example, will look and smell beautiful but not cost the earth.

This could also stretch to the table names, as the simple process of giving them names such as “Blue Bell” and “Daisy” will give a summery look and feel. Complementing this with pastel coloured table runners would then finish off the look and bring everything together.

Another reasonably inexpensive idea is to use bales of hay covered with colourful blankets for guests to sit on. Children would happily busy themselves on the hay whilst it also makes for a great background when it comes to the photographs. If this isn’t possible, the same affect can be achieved with bean bags and bunting.

“September is the time that many couples start to kick-start their wedding plans for the coming year,” Dawson told

“Wedding fayres are in full swing now too. You may get inspiration for your decor by visiting one near to you.”