Wedding Inspiration

We have poured over some absolutely fabulous Wedding photographs of Weddings that have taken place here over the last year, to bring you our favourite pieces of wedding inspiration!

Trying to decorate a venue for a wedding can be incredibly stressful as there are so many superb ideas around, hopefully our wedding inspiration will give you some great ideas of how to create a wonderful memory in decorating the wedding barns for your own big day!

Whilst every Bride has some idea of her big day, we didn’t think there was any harm in offering you some additional wedding inspiration to get the juices flowing!

Dodford Manor is a fantastically versatile wedding barn and can really be appreciated from the most beautiful minimalistic décor to the most extravagant! We love hearing about our Bride and Grooms big ideas, and love even more getting to see them come together on the big day!!

 Table plans 


Whilst Dodford Manor offers a beautiful table plan board that has been painted in Farrow and Ball paint, that many of our Weddings have chosen to use with some fantastic results, we have also had some truly magnificent table plans that haven’t used our frame, which we would love to share with you! Whether you have a creative flare or are more into ‘ready made’ there really are some superb table plans out there. We have taken our favourite table plans from the last year, to give you some serious Wedding inspiration!

Lisa and Dip had a vintage themed wedding that was filled to the brim with lace, pearls and gypsophila! There were so many beautiful personal touches that Lisa and Dip had created for their special day. This suitcase they lovingly transformed into a truly unique table plan was a fantastic idea and really set their vintage theme off perfectly against the wedding barns!

There are so many wonderful places to take Wedding inspiration from on the World Wide Web! Pinterest?!! Is a particularly popular one for many of our Bride and Grooms here and has some of the most wonderful table plan ideas we have ever seen, from table plans written on mirrors to a London Underground map

We really love Lucy and Craig’s table plan. This wedding’s theme was ribbons. Ribbon hearts filled the Wedding barns and looked truly stunning against the oak beams in the wedding barns. Although this table plan looks professional, it was painstakingly handmade by Lucy herself, and doesn’t it look fantastic.

The one that we are really excited about, would have to be the best one we have seen here at Dodford Manor so far. It truly is creative.

A labour of love. Perfectly planned and executed by the Bride and Groom with crystal handles attached to the door they sought out for this very special project!

 Centre pieces 


We have seen the best of the best at Dodford Manor when it comes to table centre pieces. Whilst many of our Bride and Grooms have opted to commission a florist or venue decorator, we have had our fair share of centre pieces that have been created by the couples themselves.

The simple rose can be a fantastic way to add elegance and class to any Wedding. We love this summer bouquet of colourful roses the table mirror and stand. This display adds height and colour to the neutral wedding barns. We would advise however that you steer clear of any centre pieces that would be in the eye line of your guests when seated.

Another display we have found to be incredibly popular this last year is the ‘flowers in a jug’. This really is a stunning addition to any wedding day and is something that can be created by the couple themselves – A really great idea is to use seasonal flowers to keep the costs down, which looks extremely effective in both the Summer and Winter!

A great centre piece that is incredibly popular and one of the most cost effective at the moment is glass jars decorated with vintage lace or ribbon. Although this is going to be time consuming, it is incredibly beautiful. Many couples have their parents saving glass jars for the year leading up to the wedding! This example has also been used as one of the pew ends in the Church!

A top tip if you are planning on finishing off your centre piece with table crystals, confetti or beads – One bag will cover at least two tables! Buy one bag per two tables and save yourself some money!

When it comes to the finishing touches on your table centre pieces, there really is some beautiful wedding inspiration around. Often at Wedding fairs you can pick up free magazines – these are a great place to continue your wedding inspiration hunt!

Candles make a great add on especially when it starts to get dark. If using tea lights we would advise to bring spares (or start with 8 hour tea lights!) so they can be relit during the evening, however if you are using larger candles like the ones pictured, they should last the duration of the evening.


 Décor in the Mortain Barn 


We have seen some absolutely beautiful set up’s in the Mortain barn, although equally this wedding barn does not require much input at all with its high ceilings and beautifully restored exposed beams! However if you would like a little wedding inspiration on this barn, we have plenty to share!

Candles in hurricane lamps and flower petals down the aisle are a lovely touch and as you can see do look truly amazing!

This particular wedding added hurricane lamps to her petals down the aisle on each row end, instead of pew ends! Although we love this idea we would suggest that one hurricane lamp every two rows would have just as lovely impact and keep the costs down!

Many Weddings are opting to have pew ends at their ceremony and whilst they do look stunning, we do have several Brides who have no where planned for them after the ceremony. We would recommend when picking your pew ends, think about where they will be placed afterwards so you can ensure they can be reused or taken home by your guests!

A Very popular flower for pew ends this year was Gypsophelea, simple, cost effective and as its so good value for money, there is no reason to use it again if you cannot think where you would like it to go!

This wedding had a truly inspirational set up for the Civil ceremony. Candles littered the room, and they moved the registrars table to one side (Although this not recommended due to you needing to walk around the table in a large dress!) A team of 7 were deployed to set up the wedding barns to ensure this Brides vision became a reality. The whole venue looked stunning, and we absolutely loved all the fiddly bits getting to set it up!

 Room Décor in the Oak Barn 


Dodford Manor, one of the leading venues for a wedding is a blank canvas which allows our Bride and Grooms to really go all out or keep it simple when it comes to decorating the wedding barns and still both achieve breath taking results. Probably the biggest and best themes we have seen this last year, has been the vintage style shabby chic look.

There is so much around for inspiration that would work so perfectly with the wedding barns, the only problem is deciding what to choose!

We simply loved this wonderful idea! This wedding party tastefully decorated the barns with blue hydrangeas, white candelabras and these beautiful paper pom poms that hung from the pegs – Setting off the beams perfectly. They did cheat a little as the Bride worked in theatre, the Bride’s sister was an Events Manager, and the rest of the bridal party were incredibly creative, so between them they came up with some wonderful ideas! They went for a 50’s inspired theme which seemed to suit them down to the ground. And after wowing the guests with the amazing décor, food and venue!! the groom played a song he had written for the bride!

Hanging hearts seem to play a very big role here at Dodford Manor. Simple and beautiful, but really do make a huge statement! We have seen many variation of hearts hanging behind the top table, and are always a fantastic backdrop to the Wedding pictures!

Another stunning idea is fairy lights around the wedding barn. Wrapped around beams looks gorgeous and really dazzles at night during your evening reception!

To fully embrace the rustic look we can definitely recommend bunting! Hung around the wedding barns this ‘English Country Garden’ look is perfect to match any shabby chic or vintage theme! We have seen many a yard of bunting that has been lovingly (and sometimes painstakingly!) made by family members!



Favours for your guests can be incredibly difficult to pick! Gone are the days where sugared almonds were placed in mesh bags to be shared around the table! Now we are seeing some of the most fantastic ideas from couples and not all of them cost a lot of money!

One wedding in particular used fruit from the Brides parents garden to create a scrummy plum and apple jam for their guests to take home! Although this would have taken some time to make, the thought was there and what a special gift!

This Wedding has clearly gone to a lot of effort! Themed on a festival, they had it all, the signs, the wellies and even the mandatory on tour t-shirt!

The edible favours always seem to go down a storm too – and you can guarantee there will be none left at the end of the night!

This one has to be our favourite… In the theme of Love and Marriage each couple was given two peas in a pod salt and pepper shakers!

In addition to this the couple wrote a personal message to each and every guest at their wedding!

Although many favours can be costly, we have had many couples who have opted to offer their guests a shared favour such as a sweety table whereby your guests can help themselves to what they like!

A fab idea when looking for wedding inspiration is to create a mood board of all your favourite colours, flowers and anything you see that takes your fancy from a magazine! Looking on websites such as pinterest is also a really great way to broaden your horizons, as many of the pins even explain how to create a certain look too!

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