Today we’re taking you back to nature with some fabulously free-spirited forest themed wedding inspiration. The outdoor forest themed wedding is a relatively new concept in Ireland but one we think we’ll be seeing a lot more of as couples endeavour to create more unique contemporary weddings. While a full day in the forest won’t be on the cards for most couples (who wants to leave an entire day’s celebrations in the hands of our erratic weather after all?) the thought of an atmospheric outdoor afternoon ceremony is certainly an enticing one. We imagine a beautiful humanist celebration complete with a spiritual hand-fasting ceremony as a gorgeous way to tie the knot – and the best part is there are so many Irish venues occupying acres of land begging to become your backdrop!
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Forest Themed Wedding Decor
When we think forest wedding we picture an utterly ethereal bride in a light, long flowing gown with beautifully braided hair and natural make-up. Jenny Packham, Temperley or literally any gown with a show stopping feature back is the perfect bridal style to suit a festival style forest wedding and for the theme, autumnal colours (green, brown, bronze) are the way to go. Give guests an insight into your alfresco wedding with some custom made forest themed invites like the gorgeous botanical suite of stationery from weddingsonline supplier Steph’s Personalised Cards.
When it comes to the day itself, why not prepare a beautifully lit aisle, lined with lanterns and petals, leading to a personalised DIY altar – check out our pick of the most beautiful altar backdrops for outdoor ceremonies here. For the food, keep things rustic and natural with fresh fruit topped wedding cakes and sweets (and if you can get your hands on one, display your wedding cake or desserts on a large wooden spool) and choose edible, green favours like small bottles of olive oil, jars of home made honey or jam or even some fab fair trade coffee or tea DIY wedding favours. Centrepieces such as rustic style birdcages filled with candles or fresh flowers, bowls of bright citrus fruits for a more Mediterranean feel or simple clear vases filled with freshly picked wild flowers sitting on top of some beautiful, natural tree trunk stands will bring the outdoors in, while a wedding wish tree will truly add character and life to proceedings.
Find the perfect wedding suppliers in Ireland to help you to recreate this wonderful wedding palette for your big day!
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Photo of Village at Lyons by Michelle Prunty via weddingsonline | Photo of Olive Oil bottle wedding favours by Peaches & Mint via BelleandChic.com | Photo of bride with braided hair by Paula O’Hara via junebugweddings.com | Wedding banquet table photo by Delbarr Moradi Photography via greenweddingshoes.com | Bride and groom in forest photo by Benj Haisch via greenweddingshoes.com | Photo of forest ceremony by Jose Villa via modernwedding.com/au | Forest themed wedding invites designed by Caitlin + Jerod | Autumn wild flower bouquet via lavenderandpoppyseed.com | Wedding menu place setting photo by Peached & Mint, styled by Pearl & Godiva | Apple topped wedding cake photo by Melanie Gabrielle Photography via burnettsboards.com
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.