From unique hair 'dos to spectacular table decoration: seek inspiration from the most beautiful weddings of social media

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No wonder brides of a pre-digital era were caught in a unappetising cycle of bouffant dresses and buffet dinners.

They didn't have the wonderful world of social media to enthuse and inspire them, quenching their thirst for ideas like a particularly imaginative fairy godmother. 

Part of the joy of wedding planning nowadays is the ability to submerse oneself in the visual feast that is Pinterest, Instagram and more. We can save our pennies and instead get crafty by appropriating other peoples' bold and brilliant concepts.

From pop-up bars to homemade pom-poms and creative styling tips, we bring you the very best wedding ideas from social media. Sorting a wedding has never been so easy - or so fun...

  • Ring o' Roses

    Nomadic floral designer Amy Merrick shows how to make the most of homegrown roses, without going overboard.

    Combine hue of apricot, pink and cream and scatter across a white linen table with other wild flowers for a dash of summertime nuance.

    Instagram: @amy_merrick

  • Pony up

    Pony tails are underrated when it comes to wedding hairstyles, but this bombshell wave photo from blogger Bridal Musings shows exactly how chic and elegant a choice it can be.

    Head here for more inspiration on fancy pony tails, or here for tips on creating your own.

    Pinterest: Bridal Musings

  • Bold print

    Boutique stationery designer Urbanic specialises in invites that ooze personality. No standard fancy script here; each layout is lovingly personalised, with  a bold simplicity and spectacular attention to detail.

    The store is LA-based but does international shipping, and prices are competitive. 

    Instagram: @urbanic

  • Gems and jewels

    As you'd expect Anthropologie's wedding brand is brimming with fun, fresh and unusual accessories.

    We love their alternative, slightly Boho take on wedding jewellery and headpieces. See more and shop online here

    Instagram: @BHLDN

  • Flower power

    US-based indie wedding Instagrammer Lovely Bride knows a stylish bride when she sees one (or two, in this case).

    The real statement piece for us in this photo is the gorgeous garland head-piece. It's fun and fabulous and really offsets the whole look. Find out how to make your own here

    Instagram: @lovelybride

  • Curve ball

    Who said tables had to go in straight lines?

    A slight S shape lends a whimsical, unhurried ambiance to the whole affair - especially if your reception is taking place outdoors.

    Look on for outdoor fairy lights. 

    Instagram: @thestyleco

  • Cool off

    Nothing says summer wedding quite like a tray of ice lollies - especially when they are beautifully styled, in the vein of this offering from Green Wedding Shoes

    Use bold bright cloths, a pineapple or two and fake tropical flowers - plus a bucket load of ice lollies made and frozen in advance - for your own kitsch fiesta.

    Instagram: @greenweddingshoes

  • Veil time

    A simple veil can work wonders to elevate your look, bringing an instant frisson of drama and grace. 

    Once Wed has a lovely, romantic selection to be inspired by - but you don't really need to spend a lot of money of a veil. As long as it's styled well, you can buy one second-hand, or hire it, or borrow off a friend. 

    Pinterest: Once Wed

  • Paper pretty

    Wedding planning company Hey Gorge Events describe this as one of their all-time favourite features and it's not hard to see why. 

    Whether your reception is in a marquee or a village hall, adorning the ceiling with a clutch of bright paper lanterns is a lovely way of bringing a pop of colour and character to proceedings.  

    For a unique take on this, try making your own origami paper balls from Cass Art.

    Instagram: @heygorgeevents

  • Happy campers

    Got a mate with a VW camper van? Why not transform it into an impromptu wedding booth, as suggested by the wonderful Chic Vintage Bride

    Beg, borrow and steal for suitcases, curtains and plants/foliage. Pop by here for personalised letter press signs and let eBay be your guide for a vintage Polaroid camera. 

    Pinterest: Chic Vintage Brides

  • Let's get popping

    Favours are easily discarded, but not so if you choose popcorn - folks will be gobbling up the good stuff. 

    Etsy will be your friend when it comes to sourcing ribbon, personalised stickers and cellophane bags (or you could try retro cups).

    And this tasty and simple DIY caramel popcorn recipe will do the trick for fillers.

    Twitter: @theknot

  • Mix it up

    No need to go matchy-matchy on the bridesmaids front. Indie bride blogger Ruffled illustrates exactly how to mix things up without losing a sense of harmony.

    The key to mismatched dresses is maintaining a broad sense of consistency in length and shade; more style rules here

    Twitter: @ruffledblog

  • Cheese please

    We'll skip the desserts and go straight to the fromage.

    We love the way these cheeses have been decoratively laid out, amid an offering of strawberries, grapes and biscuits. Of course, the idea from blogger Loverly, would only look nice for two seconds for everyone destroyed it in their rush to chow down cheese - but it's still very pretty. 

    Buy handmade cheese markers here

    Instagram: @loverly

  • Mellow yellow

    Bring the spirit of summer to your wedding no matter what the weather with a fabulous pop-up lemonade bar, shared by Style Me Pretty.

    All you'll need to create your own is bespoke-print bunting, yellow stripe straws and an array of glass jars and related props, which you can hire for peanuts from a company like this one

    Twitter: @stylemepretty

  • All in the head

    A delicate jewelled head piece will make you look a million dollars, just like this bride featured on Wedding Sparrow

    Have a look on Etsy for affordable and picturesque options. 

    Instagram: @weddingsparrow

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