Last minute touches for your summer wedding

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We really enjoy providing delicious feasts to celebrate love! Weddings are the highlight of our event season and we pull out all the stops to make sure guests have a beautiful day they’ll never forget.

We’ve already been to some wonderful weddings this summer. When the lovely Lauren and Gareth got married at The Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury this May, guests were treated to a delicious three-course meal including our fabulous antipasti sharing starters and ‘carve your own’ leg of lamb main course.

And, we were back in Tetbury at The Kingscote Barn for Gemma and Jamie’s wedding. The day kicked off with a fun and colourful drinks reception, featuring our delicious canapés followed by a yummy three-course meal. Guests were treated to antipasti boards piled high, followed by a fillet of beef with duck fat chips and béarnaise sauce.

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We cater for dozens of weddings of all shapes and sizes every year, which means we get to hear all the best wedding-planning secrets and last-minute ideas from our brides and grooms. And we thought it was high time we shared the best of the bunch with you, so without further ado – here are our top last-minute touches for a summer wedding!

Homemade wedding cake

If you’re a dab hand at baking or know someone that is, make your own wedding cake! One of the easiest and most gorgeous is the ‘naked’ summer day cake: sponge piled high with mascarpone, icing sugar, summer berries and bright fresh-cut blooms.

Welcome drinks

If you’re expecting a really hot day, partner your drinks on arrival with ‘Pimms pops’! Those sweating it out in trousers and shirts, particularly in the groomsmen party, will be eternally grateful for the chance to cool down. Serve fresh fruit ice-lollies for the children.

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Last-minute table decor

Create stunning last minute centre-pieces for sidetables by filling vintage china bowls with vintage sweets or a blend of fresh-dried delphiniums and wildflowers. You’ll find vintage china at your local charity shop or at a car boot sale.

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Keep shaded

If you’re having an outdoor wedding in June, July or August, remember that the sun is at it’s highest and hottest this time of year. Provide shade during the ceremony with fabric canopies and Chinese paper parasols.

Theme your table plan

There’s a million and one creative ways you can put your table plan together but by far our favourite is this ‘periodic table’ plan, especially for the science geeks amongst us.

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Sweet favours

Think creatively and you could save a few pennies by making your own DIY wedding favours. Buy lots of pretty little jars online, fill them with homemade preserves or sweets and tie on a personalised name-tag with raffia or ribbon.

Kids activities

It can be tricky trying to keep little ones amused during the ceremony so if you’re inviting lots of children, provide plenty of distractions! A brightly coloured fabric den set back from the main event (but still within eyeballing distance!) with board games, books and toys is a winner!

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Don’t forget the aisle

When it comes to décor, it’s easy to forget the place where the real magic happens – the aisle! Ask your florist to create some simple pew ends and attach them with a pretty ribbon. Or for a budget-friendly alternative, pick a big bunch of wildflowers from a nearby field and stand them in vases at the entrance to your ceremony.

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Scent your wedding

Using lavender seeds to spread a scent is an old wedding florist’s trick and one that’s easy to steal. They look beautiful carpeting the aisle, or why not simply sprinkle some at the entrance to your marquee and let the guests spread the scent on their shoes as they walk around – genius!

Last minute entertainment

If you’re worried about quiet times in your wedding day schedule, one fun and easy activity to add is a photo-booth. All you need a fabric backdrop, plus props and fancy dress – the more the better! A pirate-themed photo-booth might include a treasure chest stuffed with fake coins and gems, a painted beach scene complete with palm trees, plus some pirate hats and swords!

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