How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

How do I create rustic & woodland themed wedding or event

Most people will think..Well that’s easy & maybe to some people it is..It could also be why it is such a popular choice and I might add still going strong. When we’ve seen ‘vintage’ come and go and come back in some forms again. Still so many people love the idea of a rustic themed wedding.

 

What it means

Rustic is a very loose term and can simply be a bride thinking she wants the opposite of a slick contemporary look. Or for some they choose to style everything down to the favours in a strong woodland / rustic theme*. That’s their take and there really is no right and wrong. You should use your own artistic licence here.  For example if I hear woodland I think a cute outdoor space to dress. But the client may be trying to recreate that mystical forest outdoor theme inside top to toe.

*I love this image found on pinterest of the detail you can go to.

Rustic & woodland themed weddings and events

What you need

There are 3 main ingredients here. Top of the list is tree slices, these are used mainly to elevate the design whether it is for cakes, buffet, food station or a photoshoot. Candles give that magical look. Moss fills in the gaps. Then anything else you add leads it in one direction or another. Apple crate definitely more rustic. Pine cones & leaves will take you more strongly to the woodland path. Although as I said before both will intertwine.

This one on Pinterest is utterly gorgeous with just three (my magic number)  items. Logs, candles & flowers. Right down the middle rustic and or woodland. Gorgeous.

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

These are my version of how you can elaborate on a woodland theme.  The extra props I used on both pushed into an enchanted forest theme complete with potion bottles, branches, bones, ivy and mystic balls.

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

 

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and events

The most important thing

The styling always looks the best if you can elevate it so the eye is drawn comfortably around the spectacle in whatever form this may be. It won’t look anywhere near as impressive if you have to look down onto a flat table. Get some large pieces in there to really lift it in my case here for this wedding at the garden museum – apple crates and plenty of them. Get it high.

How to create rustic and woodland themed weddings and eventsMany of these props can now be hired here and if you don’t see what you are looking for do get in touch on the contact form. 

Here’s some rustic themed canapé tray styling to complete the look. These weren’t all created for the same event. So try and stick with something that matches and runs throughout. For example I would continue using these Shimeji & enoki mushrooms throughout the rest of the displays. Rustic & woodland themed weddings and events

Rustic & woodland themed weddings and events

 

Where to find the most stylish hire equipment

Where do I find the most stylish hire equipment.

 

Who’s looking?

Are you looking for the best furniture hire around. Are you a bride and this is all new to you? Or are you an event planner with little time on your hands to research the hot new Furniture Hire places? Either way I can guide you with some tips. The good news is that there has been an explosion in luxury hire furniture in London (& I’m sure the rest of the country) with great companies literally springing up.

What sort of equipment.

I’m not talking about the standard stuff that we’ve all seen before. There’s really no excuse for  generic looking event furniture now. We are talking the sort of swoony sofa’s that we dream of lounging on at home. The real deal. And those oh-so-on-trend gold wire pieces to go with them.

Ok there’s no point in me just talking about it: let me show you my top faves in no particular order…

My top contemporary furniture hire companies.

  1. Hire it. This is a stunning wedding or intimate dinner set up. They have some bang up to date pieces. Work well for out of town events too as they have lots of uber-cool garden furniture for marquees and country garden parties.

Contemporary event furniture

2) Granger Hertzog. Ok these guys have one off pieces ideal for photoshoots and the lobbies of venues for example. But you won’t find huge quantity of any one thing so don’t go looking for your wedding breakfast seating here. They do have artwork, ornate mirrors, art deco vases & lamps and rugs. This does mean you need to go & physically pick out the pieces here to style you event/shoot. You get given a trolly and whizz (ok not whizz – as there’s some mighty pricy artefacts in some of those aisles) around.

Contemporary Event furniture

3) Juno hire. These guys slammed into my radar only this week and again I have to say “wow!” Just look at this set up (for Plain Jane Events I imagine). I mean this is what dreams are made of right? Pink velvet AND gold geometric. Five stars for these folks. Contemporary Event furniture

4) Furniture on the Move. I’ve always thought of this company as being suppliers of heavy, almost industrial equipment like metal chairs and wood pallet bars. My view has changed now as I saw their range this week and it turns out they have all sorts of yummy soft furnishings too. Add them to your list.

Contemporary Event furniture

How nice would this tray work with the above look. We have 2 available for hire here. Which we’ve had adapted. They have mirrors on both sides to work either way up – one way as risers for that stunning looking buffet and also they can be carried as drinks or canapé trays. Geometric gold mirror tray riser

Here’s the links to my top four from above.

Hire it

Granger Hertzog

Juno Hire 

Furniture on the move 

 

The best ways to style your own wedding.

Styling your own wedding

Where do you start?

I’m often asked what’s the best way to style a wedding. Many people say they don’t want an actual theme as such but want it all to coordinate.  There are a few different ways to come up with your unique wedding design.

I’ll list a few ‘ins’ to help you get started. See if you have any of these criteria.

In no particular order :-

  1. The dress – Perhaps you have  your heart set on a particular style of dress – vintage for example.  All styling will build from here.

2. Colour – You may have a favourite colour. You may have chosen your bridesmaids colours or you & your future husband may have seen a tie / suit colour that he loves.

The best way to style your wedding
Pick a colour – any colour!

3. Location – Where you choose to get married. If you would like to get married abroad somewhere hot then the style can & will be determined from this.

4. Season – If you choose to get married at Christmas you have chosen this for a reason and will want to be sympathetic to that time of year.

The best way to style your wedding

5. Theme -Some choose an actual theme like a festival theme – a really popular one for summer of 2018 or perhaps choosing something with even more styling like Great Gatsby or Art Deco. This is much less subtle but it’s a way for brides & grooms to really go to town on the design if that’s what they are looking for.

 

Got a design. What’s next?

So now you have the nuts and bolts of a basic design to embellish & take to the next level..Adding that key element to the rest of the big day is the next step.

Lets set the scene. If you have found your dress first. Say it’s a boho style. – Another hot one for for summer 2018 . It’s lace so to tie in you would probably go for soft florals throughout your arrangement and try and incorporate lace in somewhere else. Table decor for example. Favours wrapped in lace and so on.

Best way to style your own wedding

Whichever is your starting point you then have many ways to tie in the theme..Table centres, Stationary, Favours, Ceremony backdrop & Flowers. Then as you are getting braver you can keep going further with finer and finer details.

 

If you would like further design assistance have a look at the website here 

Wedding arches – why have one?

What are they?

Wedding arches basically create a perfect backdrop for your ‘I do’ moment. A lovely bride has contacted me to design her a fabulous one.  Her ceremony is on top of a hill (with a knock-out sea view) so the arch will have pride of place. A wedding arch can be shaped however you like & made from pretty much anything. Ideally use whatever material features most in your wedding styling.

 

Why have one?

Quite simply put, they frame you & your partner perfectly when you are saying your vows. That’s the all-time memorable photo opportunity with your loved one. The one time all eyes are on you. While a traditional church gives you a wooden framework around the altar that your florist can work with, anywhere else you have the exciting option of building something totally unique.

 

Top choices

I love the ones below. The first one is made from copper which I’ve become a dab hand at working with, creating all sorts of food stations & even clients cook book stands!  Scroll through the carousel images at the bottom of my website here or check out a previous blog post.

Since writing that blog post in 2015 copper has gradually not only filled events in every way possible, it has worked it’s way into almost every home and now of course naturally into weddings & it looks great. The other two are gold and work perfectly too.

Wedding arches

modern wedding arch gold wedding arch wedding backdrop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a sassy boho one. Floaty lace wedding dress essential with this style.

contemporary wedding arch

It doesn’t actually need to be an arch. You could make something like this.

wedding arch

There is a lovely backdrop using balloons on my wedding design page too. So whether it’s a back drop or traditional wedding arch you can have fun here and it’s such a great opportunity to get more of your personality into your celebration. Finally it can help tie the whole theme together.

Head to my wedding arch Pinterest page for more inspiration.

 

Inspiration for styling events

Styling an event 

I was asked by my web developer where I get my inspiration for styling events from when we were trawling through a million photo’s of – & I admit  some whacky events.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that people will be curious on how it all comes together because for the last 10+ years when people ask what I do for a living and I say event designer, it’s met with ooh’s & ahh’s & how cool is that. And I think it is to be fair.

Let’s start with this one..

Where is all starts 

This started off with a cream dresser and I wanted to fit a small story into this. First place I went & where I go with every styling enquiry is Pinterest. I spend a good hour there trawling through compiling the right look for the project.

building the theme 

When you read my last post (pardon – go read it now please!) you’ll know I’m into greenery so this design had to have lush large green leaves incorporated into the design. This year I got quite into dusky pink when mixed with a smidgen of peach. The blog post before.. Yes correct!

Stick with what you want to do

I didn’t want to go tropical here (even though everyone was telling me to use the word tropical as a title for the key words YAWN!)  but instead wanted to keep it a bit different a bit newer. After all I can’t do what has been done before me so other than the pineapples  because I like them I was sticking with the simplicity of matt powdery pink & shiny green leaves. So plants on pink is my favourite title and if it’s not a key word then I’m sorry.

Inspiration

So here’s a few images that got me going..

plants on pink

You just cannot beat a cheese plant for impact. This is why I have cupcakes, Macarons & cookies in it.

plants on pink

I want to paint all my walls this colour with a garden full of bird of paradise but this also means I need to live somewhere hotter than South West London! Ho hum

 

bold plants

I did paint a few of the leaves but the tones here are bang on.

pink plants

This plant actually grows with pink shades going through it. Natural beauty.

 

Rounding the design up

So once I have my colour and my hero feature it’s now about adding the right props. Don’t add to many so it looks cluttered but enough to keep the interest. I don’t like to use too many colours in any one design when I’m styling events.

Finished design

This piece, now designed, is fully hireable as one piece for weddings & events. Clients can carry the design straight into their home. A bit like pouring a ready meal into your own ikea dishes and putting it into the oven for your guests to marvel at your handy work. You’re welcome. Have a look here for other designs. At some point in the near future, when I’ve leant the skill of adding a few more hours to the week. There will be a collection of these one stop shop designs.

When the piece is finished I’m always wishing I had ‘just done that’ . In this case I wish I had shoehorned a few more Monstera leaves around the balloons. There’s always next time.

Actually the next one I want to work on involves more cacti & plants in a cool Mexican vibe..

I mean just look at these. If anyone wants to help me fulfil this desire to design something around this gorgeous look do step forward &

get in touch  tropical plants tropical vibes

tropical

Tropical plants

Top choices

We can’t get enough of rich green foliage & tropical plants here at Tina Nisson design HQ this season. Current faves are strong structural tropical house plants like bird of Paradise, Elephants ear and everyones favourite from the 70’s the good old cheese plant which has made a huge come back in the last couple of years. Have a look at one of my food stations designed around the Cheese plant or using it’s proper name – Monstera.

Tropical Plants

"tropical plants"

Bird of paradise plant

This is our pleasing view every day!! A white bird of paradise. Although I don’t want it to flower incase it ruins that perfect leaf shape. Is that a little bit weird? I thought so.

For weddings

They all look Uh-Mazing when added to crisp white for a wedding like here.

Tropical wedding

 

I’ve personally never been a huge fan of an abundance of flowers. I’m a bit more of a minimalist. So for me strong rich leaves are a super slick winner for me.

Foliage accessories

It also wouldn’t be complete without hand written calligraphy place settings. You can also add leaves for place settings.

gold wedding calligraphy leaves

Just look how the elephants ear leaves in the centre of the table in the mood board below is such a strong & powerful look. Then how the table centres in the one next to it creates a more gentle calm look.

Foliage

 

Really who needs flowers. Go bold & don’t use any flowers for real wow factor.

Take a look at our Pinterest page aptly names foliage for your on trend wedding or event inspo for this summer.

 

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We won’t sink the pink..

We won’t sink the pink

The bright fluffy candy floss pink may have had a really good run. For 3 years or more it’s taken the limelight especially at weddings, well actually there will always be pink in wedding design. It’s the colour of love. However we have a new and exciting  tone of pink busting it’s way in & I love it’s sophistication.

Inspiration

A setting plaster type of pink. As so perfectly named by farrow & ball.  This is a muted powdery colour & has a mild hint of peach. As always it looks stunning with gold. But it also looks great with wood if you want to add gravitas. Add these chairs & you’ve got a strong look. And you don’t even have to mention dusty or Blush pink to your future husband. If you are wedding planning this year and want some inspiration take a look. I believe we won’t be able to avoid it this spring & summer. We’ll tell you one thing Tina Nisson Design door is getting a fresh lick of paint in our new fave!

 

Hell why not go all out…

 

Pink Blush setting plaster

 

 

A few of my favourite things 2016 – Concrete & Marble

So 2015 flew by in a haze of copper for me .. But mid year I had time for a spot of Terrarium action. After a trip to Japan in April I had a vision of a minimalist dessert station of hanging globes full of succulents. This went well with a gentle persuasion for my husband to design a green tea sprayed dessert. One of my other fascinations. Well any effect created with a chocolate spray gun. (green & red being the current faves!) This is one all ready for the desserts by Bubble food.

terrarium

 

Succulents & Terrariums with green tea partfait under a min cloche. (Did I ever mention Cloches were my other fave of 2015)

Green ta parfait

Here is the same perspex food station design full of desserts at Kensington Palace. terrarium

Now this year I’m obsessed with concrete & marble & I’m adding those materials to more succulents… The only thing is the first two are just a tad heavy..and anyone in events will know that puts me to the bottom of the Christmas card list with the warehouse packing and loading vans for events.

Now what’s just perfect is how well copper goes with the above two medium too. Here a mixture of Copper with Succulents thrown in with marble & lovely cool matt grey concrete to whet your appetite. Doesn’t it just feel calming..

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I created a food station with fresh white Marble and geometric copper bowls with tea light holders like the last picture here and it looked gorgeous. Sadly no photos allowed from this one. So the above moodboard will help you to imagine.

So look out for my food stations of 2016 to include of course – Marble, concrete, succulents to add contrast & life & lastly just a touch of  shiny copper for a bit of warmth not too much this year or people will think I have a copper mine..

x

 

My Wedding

My husband always asks me why I don’t post our wedding on my blog seeing as I designed it. So here it is..Wedding tables

Strawberry tree's

My employers alison price made these for me for our big day . Only fair as I was always the one making them for other weddings.

wedding favours NISS297
Wedding at The Bingham flowers by Roseberg