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Birds of a feather

Let your reception plans take flight with a sweet lovebird-inspired theme

Wings of love

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We show you how to create quaint country garden charm with antique-style cages, brightly coloured lovebirds and blooms in cheery hues .

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Iron birdcage memo board, £39.95, Rockett St George, rockettstgeorge.co.uk. Gold bird clip, £3.95, Lisbeth Dahl, lisbethdahl.com. Decorative bird clip, £3.50, Cox & Cox, coxandcox.co.uk. White glitter bird, £3, John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Floral arrangements, £45 each, Philippa Craddock Flowers, philippacraddock.com. Spice bark candle (right), £12, M&S, marksandspencer.com. Roll of hessian ribbon, from a selection, Paperchase, paperchase.co.uk. Wooden crate, stylist’s own. Wooden coaster and bottle holder set (used under flowers, £20, John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Bark-edged candle, £15, M&S, marksandspencer.com. Wooden place ma, £20 for two, John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Birdcage wallpaper, £47 for 10 metres, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com.

A little bird told me…

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Spread the happy news that you’re getting hitched with a sophisticated special delivery featuring little love birds.

Clockwise from top left: Bridcage invitation, from £3.75 each (minimum order 50), Dottie Creations, dottiecreations.com. Table number holder, £4.99, Confetti, confetti.co.uk. Birdcage, stylists own. On birdcage: White birds decoration, 99p, Amoretti, amoretti.co.uk; thank-you tag, £1.95 for three, EdgeInspired at notonthehighstreet.com; and Eco-chic bird tag, £2.99 for 10, Confetti, confetti.co.uk. Kraft pocket invitation, from £3.20 each (minimum order 20), Confetti, confetti.co.uk. Illustrated invitation, from £140 for 20, Karin Akesson for Emily&Jo, emilyandjo.co.uk. Pop-up lovebirds invitation, £5 (with ribbon), To Have & To Hold, tohave-tohold.co.uk. Birds In Trees place card, from a bespoke range by Esmie, esmie.co.uk. White lovebird place card holder, £12 for four, The Wedding of my Dreams, theweddingofmydreams.co.uk. Feathers, 99p for 5g, Fred Aldous, fredaldous.co.uk. Silver bird decoration, £6.99 for four, Confetti, confetti.co.uk. Personalised laser-cut birdcage invitation, £10 each, Paperbird Design, paperbirddesign.co.uk. L’oiseau invitation, from £2.50 each, Hello!Lucky, hellolucky.co.uk. Silver lovebird place card holder, £12 for four, The Wedding of my Dreams, theweddingofmydreams.co.uk. Perfect Pair place card, £1.50, Amoretti, amoretti.co.uk. Cluck Cluck letterpress invitation, from £205 for 25, Artcadia, artcadia.co.uk. White lovebird place card holder, as before. Woods wallpaper, £47 for 10 metres, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com.

Flight of fancy decorations

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Hang miniature cages filled with fresh blooms around your venue and in outdoor spaces for a magical, fairytale feel.

From right to left: Mini white bird cage, £2.99 each, Confetti, confetti.co.uk. Cream paper bird mobile, £8.50 for 150cm, Cox & Cox, coxandcox.co.uk. Mini black birdcage, £20.09 for four, Weddingstar, weddingstar.com. Gold birdcage, £8.99 each, Confetti, confetti.co.uk.

With love from me to you

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Tiny vintage-style birdcages filled with yummy chocolate eggs make deliciously welcoming place names.

Birdcage, £19.49 for four, Weddingstar, weddingstar.com, Mini personalised streamer, 49p for 14cm, Weddingstar, weddingstar.com. Eggs, £9.95 for 190g, Curious Chocolate, curiouschocolate.co.uk. Napkin, £4; vintage dinner plate, £7; and wooden place mat, £20 for two all John Lewis, johnlewis.com

Bright and beautiful bouquet

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Sunshine yellow and hazy blue blooms will bring all the freshness of a summer’s day to your celebration.

Bouquet, £170, Philippa Craddock Flowers, philippacraddock.com. Collage brooch, £11, Pants and Paper at notonthehighstreet.com. Plate, £7, and napkin, £4, John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Ribbon, from a selection, John Lewis, johnlewis.com.

Our little love nest

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Decorated bird houses can double as table numbers and post boxes for your guests’ best wishes.

Sweetheart bird house, £9.95, dotcomgiftshop, dotcomgiftshop.com. Wooden number on roof, £1.59 for a pack, HobbyCraft, hobbycraft.co.uk. Mini wooden bird houses, £13.37 for four, Weddingstar, weddingstar.com. Decorative bird clip, £3.95, Cox & Cox, coxandcox.co.uk.

Fly away with me

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Show guests to their seats with table cards clipped on to a decorative birdcage. 

Iron birdcage memo board, £39.95, Rockett St George, rockettstgeorge.co.uk. Gold bird clip, £.95, Lisbeth Dahl, lisbethdahl.com. Decorative bird clip, £3.50, Cox & Cox, coxandcox.co.uk. White glitter bird, £3, John Lewis, johnlewis.com. Mini pegs, from a selection, Paperchase, paperchase.co.uk. Table cards, made by stylist. Lovebird tags, £6.95 for six, Claryce Design at notonthehighstreet.com. Post card, from a selection, Cavallini at Papernation. Bird design bookplate, £6.50 for 18 stickers, Cox & Cox, coxandcox.co.uk. From the Lovebirds ribbon, from £15.57 for 16.75cm, Weddingstar, weddingstar.com. Textile birdcage brooch, £11, Pants and Paper at notonthehighstreet.com. Woods wallpaper, £62 for 10m, Cole & Son, cole-and-son.com.

Light as a feather cake

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Bring some woodland charm to your reception with this pretty cake perched on a tree trunk cake stand.

Bird-design cake, £585; individual cakes, £12 each; and cake stand, £15 to hire, all Cakes by Krishanthi, cakesbykrishanthi.co.uk. Wallpaper, from a selection, John Lewis, johnlewis.com.

Sweet tweet

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Home-made chocolate nest cakes make great parting gifts for late night revellers. 

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Mini exotic feathers, 99p for 5g, Fred Aldous, fredaldous.co.uk. Excellent eggs, £9.95 for 190g, Curious Chocolate, curiouschocolate.co.uk. Chocolate nest, made by stylist. Gold foil cupcake cases, £2.75 for 24, Squires Kitchen, squires-shop.com. Wooden coaster (part of set), £20, John Lewis, johnlewis.com