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Alternative Wedding Flower Ideas for Summer

It can be hard to choose the wedding style of your dreams: from the venue to the dress to the food and the flowers, there are so many wonderful things to choose from to make the day really special. And for the more alternative bride and groom, looking for something unique and maybe a little quirky, there are plenty of options. Why not choose a bright pink wedding dress, a venue on the beach, a bouquet of feathers or sparklers instead of confetti? Here is some fabulous inspiration for a truly unique wedding that will be remembered for years to come.

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Unusual Wedding Venues

A church ceremony, a stately home or a hotel – these are all traditional and favourite venues for weddings in the UK. But why not consider something different? After all, there’s only one day in your life to get married and if you’re looking for alternative ideas, the event promises to be truly memorable.

Make it a museum: there are many interesting museums in London and beyond that offer interesting wedding spaces for the special day. The Horniman Museum in South London offers a beautiful glass house for the occasion, while the Museum of Brands could make a perfect venue for a modern design-focused couple.

Quirky bars: perhaps it’s a place of special significance or perhaps it’s just the style that gets you: plenty of stylish bars and restaurants in London and other UK cities have wedding licences for an urban do.

History in the making: many historical buildings can make a special wedding venue, such as the Globe Theatre, Hampton Court Palace or Leeds Castle.

Natural settings: if the weather is benevolent, what could beat an English garden, forest or beach for a summer wedding spot? There are even caves that offer weddings in the UK, and of course plenty of city places – like Kew Gardens – can provide an outdoor option with indoor spaces if needed.

Unique Wedding Dress Ideas

Many women choose classic white, full length gowns for their special day, but there’s no need to go with the flow. Nowadays, anything goes – from bright coloured dresses to shorter looks.

Add some colour: symbolising purity, white has long been a popular option, but who’s to say you can’t choose your favourite colour? Blue, yellow or even red wedding gowns are all available – or go for dip-dyed, patterned or embroidered numbers.

Top of the crops: two piece numbers and cropped dresses with high waisted skirts are very fashionable at the moment – why not apply to wedding dresses? This look can be truly classy whilst also strikingly modern.

Try trousers: trousers don’t just have to be for the groom – there are many elegant styles to choose from the special day. Or even try a jump suit, playsuit – or go all out with shorts for a laid back summer wedding.

Glitter ball: metallic styles – such as those in gold and silver – add a true touch of glamour to the proceedings, whether as embellishment or all-over sparkle. This, after all, is the bride’s chance to really shine!

Alternative Wedding Bouquets

Flowers are a classic and beautiful choice for wedding bouquets, but for brides looking for something different there are plenty of options. Roses are more traditional wedding flowers but for summer there are lots of choices for bride and bridesmaids bouquets: such as peonies, sunflowers, wildflowers or sweet peas. More exotic choices could be anthuriums or orchids. For alternatives to flowers completely, here are some unique ideas:

Fabric flowers: silk or flowers made of another fabric mean the bride has an everlasting memento of the special day. They can be made to any specification and adorned with pearls, jewels or feathers if desired.

Paper flowers: some brides choose a single giant paper flower, and slightly smaller ones for the bridesmaids. Or the bride could hold a bouquet of paper flowers made of coloured paper, or even out of maps or book pages to create  more meaningful design.

Rustic realisations: wheat sheaves are lovely rustic ideas for an outdoor wedding, or choose herbs like lavender, sage and rosemary for a truly traditional (but unusual) option. Herbs were the original components of bouquets and said to ward off evil spirits.

Haberdashery: bouquets can really be made of anything that suits the personality of the bride – consider brooches, buttons or feathers to create colourful displays.

What to Throw Instead of Rice

There is a common misconception that throwing rice at weddings is bad for birds – this has been proven to be untrue. However, paper or plastic confetti certainly isn’t good for birds or the environment, and at the very least means lots of clearing up (many venues won’t allow it to be thrown) so here are some alternatives to throwing rice or confetti.

Bird seed: give your guests cute little printed packet of seed to throw for a nature-lovers weddings. The birds will do the job of clearing it up themselves!

Leaves: even more environmentally friendly, throwing leaves – especially autumnal ones in red and gold – will look beautiful as they flutter around the bride and groom.

Paper planes: a lovely symbol of the journey the couple are going on. Guests can make their own with different coloured paper and write on them a message for the bride and groom. Best to throw over them rather than at them though!

Sparklers: having guests wave sparklers will make truly stunning night-time photos, perfect for winter weddings but also lovely choices for the summer.

Bubbles: a whimsical idea ideal for summer weddings, especially if there’s a fairground theme for the occasion.

This special day is a chance for the bride and groom to really express their personalities, and these are only a few of the possible options for a couple looking for something a little bit different for that special day. Wedding flower ideas and venues abound online so you’re sure to find your perfect style.

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