We're sure many of you have seen the so-called 'TikTok aesthetics' trend that's been going around the internet over the past year or so. One of those aesthetics, namely Cottagecore, is becoming increasingly popular, with many couples wanting to incorporate this romantic style into their big day. So, read on to discover some of our cottagecore inspired wedding ideas...
What is Cottagecore?
Cottagecore is a style, feel or aesthetic that's been around since the 2010s and has recently been made very popular by Gen Z. Essentially, it romanticises a simpler way and slower pace of life when people would live in cottages in the rural countryside, take care of livestock, and enjoy baking and home-crafts. For weddings, this style incorporates florals and nature, lace, pastel colours, and handmade items.
Cottagecore Wedding Venues
When looking for a cottagecore-style wedding venue, you want to think of beautiful wildflower gardens, countryside cottages and farmland. Of course, there's no reason you can't turn any venue into the style you're looking for, with the right decor. Here are some of our favourite, cottage-esque wedding venues around the UK:
Image courtesy of Cote How
Cote How is a stunning and unique wedding venue nestled in the beautiful countryside of the Lake District. You can choose to have a gorgeous, outdoor ceremony, surrounded by cottage flowers, or cosied up inside the rustic barn. Specialising in intimate and elopement weddings, it's the perfect setting for getting the cottagecore vibe. Don't forget the stunning grounds, complete with its own lake, which will make the dreamiest backdrop for your wedding photos!
Image courtesy of Old Walls Gower
Another beautiful wedding venue with that cottagecore feel is Old Walls Gower in South Wales. It's easy to bring the outside in with their huge vaulted windows inside The Oakroom. Outside you can roam amongst 50-acres of gorgeous grounds, including wildflower fields, rolling green hill, several lakes and woodlands. You might even spot their three llamas roaming around too! At the end of your special day, why not stay overnight on their glamping site; the perfect way to live out those cottagecore dreams and get back to nature.
Image courtesy of Chilli Barn
Chilli Barn is a gorgeous converted stone barn tucked away in the West Yorkshire countryside. It's the perfect place for an intimate and relaxed celebration and definitely brings that cottagecore-feel to your wedding day, with pretty potted flowers and herbs. After your ceremony, enjoy lawn games, a fire pit and hay bales and, of course, the incredible views over the meadows, forest and distant moorland. You can even hire the venue for two days and make a weekend of it!
Image courtesy of The Oak Tree of Peover
This stunning Cheshire wedding venue harmonises perfectly with the nature surrounding it. Built with a beautiful, rustic, oak frame and ready dressed with fairy lights and foliage, The Oak Tree of Peover harkens perfectly back to the time that the cottagecore aesthetic romanticises. Surrounded by rolling countryside, it's truly a romantic and magical atmosphere for your wedding day. In the colder months, you'll have use of a real open fire, as well as outdoor fire pit tables all year round, perfect for a cosy cottage feel.
Cottagecore Wedding Dresses
Image courtesy of Claire Pettibone
This stunning 'Marie Gown' by Claire Pettibone is THE perfect example of a cottagecore inspired bridal look. The classic cottagecore dress style usually incorporates a square or sweetheart neckline, off the shoulder, puffy sleeves and soft, natural or lacey fabrics.
Image courtesy of Sassi Holford
Of course, you don't need all of these elements in one dress! You could even choose to wear a floral wedding dress to mimic the look of a country garden if you wanted! This stunning 'Iris' gown from Sassi Holford is perfect for getting that cottagecore look. You can find stunning wedding dresses by Sassi Holford and other fabulous designers at Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique.
Cottagecore Wedding Menswear
Image courtesy of The Cotswold Tailor
Inspired by nature and handwoven items, why not opt for natural fibres and softer colours, instead of a classic black or navy suit. This stunning tweed suit and paisley tie from The Cotswold Tailor is perfect for that countryside feel and gets the cottagecore wedding aesthetic down to a T.
Cottagecore Wedding Bouquet
Image courtesy of Emily Montay Photography and Dani Dunne Photography
Of course, a cottagecore inspired wedding bouquet wouldn't be complete without some beautiful wildflowers and cottage garden flowers! Opt for a hand-tied bouquet for a natural finish, perhaps wrapping round some twine or natural fabrics. We think this pink and red wild bouquet by So Blooming Beautiful is, well, so blooming beautiful!
Cottagecore Wedding Cake
Image courtesy of Cakes by Nina
How about this fabulous cake creation from Cakes by Nina to really wow your guests?! Complete with fondant moulded wildflowers, fruits and vegetables, and of course the bride and groom sitting amongst such a dreamy garden landscape. We can't think of a better wedding cake design to harken back to the cottagecore dream.
Cottagecore Wedding Stationery
Image courtesy of Tigerlily
We absolutely love this gorgeous wildflower style wedding stationery from Tigerlily! Your wedding stationery will be the first thing your guests see, so you'll want it to perfectly set the tone and feel of your big day. We think these invitations are perfect for getting that picturesque, romantic, cottagecore-inspired wedding theme.
Cottagecore Wedding Favours
The essence of cottagecore encompasses a love for all things handmade, so why not give some gorgeous homemade soaps as your wedding favours? Guests will find them so useful and it makes a lovely and unusual momentum to take away. If you're not the best at DIYing, how about giving your guests packets of wildflower seeds or a mini plant to take home instead? It's a great way to keep your wedding eco-friendly!
Cottagecore Wedding Décor
No matter what season your wedding is in, there are so many decor ideas that you can incorporate to achieve the cottagecore vibe. Reuse tin cans, jugs or jam jars to display pretty flowers and candles. Dress your tables with natural fabric tablecloths or runners. Displaying seasonal produce, such as pumpkins or gourds. String up fairy lights and faux leaf garlands to decorate your wedding venue and help bring the outside in. The possibilities are simply endless, so why not take to Pinterest for some extra inspiration? Of course, don't forget to follow us!