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Introducing Our Hay Bale Blanket Collection

Introducing Our Hay Bale Blanket Collection

It’s no secret that here at Brolly Bucket we LOVE an outdoor wedding, whether it’s in a tipi, a tent, a marquee in a farmer’s field or a barnyard bash. We’re all about you having your day, your way - which, for most of us, includes not having to worry about the rain. Hence our range of beautiful brollies - the clue’s in the name, I guess!


But did you know that you can also hire out blankets to keep your guests cosy into the evening reception? No? Well, allow us to introduce you to our collection of simple but stylish cotton hay bale blankets and soft patterned throws.

Hay Bale Blankets

Hay bales are a popular option for reception seating areas as they’re fairly inexpensive, comfortable, reusable (they can go straight back to the farmer afterwards to be used for feed, or bedding if they’re straw bales) and decorative - especially when topped with a pretty cover or blanket. In fact, why stop at the seating? You can also use hay bales to prop up photographs or flower arrangements, present trays of canapes, top with pallets to make a rustic bar - the only limit is your imagination!


Whatever your theme or styling inspiration - a homespun farm wedding, a rustic barnyard affair or a luxe tipi tent celebration drowning in fairylights and firepits - hay bales can provide the perfect finishing touch. Clustered together, you can create intimate seating areas for late-night chat and chillout time and they’re as decorative as they are functional; even more so when topped with our hay bale blankets in a stunning neutral palette of grey, cream and charcoal. Utterly understated and utterly gorgeous - plus, they’re available singly or in sets of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 so you have complete flexibility and can tailor your order to your wedding.  

Wedding Blankets

And for the proverbial cherry on top, place piles of our Scandi-style soft blankets and throws alongside your hay or straw bale arrangements - maybe in some of our willow baskets? - for peak levels of rustic chic. And super-cosy guests, of course!

Check out our full range of ‘extras’ in the ‘We also hire…’ section - or head straight for our beautiful hay bale blankets here.
PAPAKATA Open Weekend

PAPAKATA Open Weekend

Calling all outdoor wedding aficionados, nature lovers and boho brides-to-be!

We’re very excited to announce that Brolly Bucket will be exhibiting at the Papakata Spring Open Weekend at Escrick Park, York this weekend - yes, THIS weekend - 17th and 18th March!


We’re HUGE Papakata fans at Brolly Bucket - and whether your choice is teepee or sperry, we think it’s nigh-on impossible to beat a tent wedding!

 Papakata’s gorgeous teepees are based on a chic Scandi design - a trend that’s still proving popular with discerning couples - and can be kitted out with all sorts of luxe extras, from oak bars and barrels to fairy lights and lanterns. Simply gorgeous.


Sperry tents are hugely popular in the US and Papakata’s own tents are made by hand in Massachusetts. Their iconic canopy is ultra-elegant and the oyster-coloured fabric is just s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g.

 The tents provide the most beautiful of blank canvases - we can guarantee that your toughest call won’t be choosing a Papakata, but deciding how to decorate it. Of course, we can make one suggestion - some Brolly Bucket umbrellas!

 We’re also super-proud to share that we’ve been included in Papakata’s little Black Book of handpicked suppliers. It means they’ve given us their seal of approval as a tried and trusted supplier specialising in outdoor weddings. Thanks, guys!


As we always say here at Brolly Bucket, don’t leave it to chance and let weather woes ruin your big day - make sure you prepare for all eventualities and have a basket of our umbrellas to hand! They make for fabulous photo opportunities, whatever the weather and whatever your theme.


We’ll be showcasing our beautiful brollies, baskets and blankets along with a whole host of other wedding suppliers who want to ensure your big day is all about the gorgeous and definitely not about the stress. If you’re in the area, come and join us!



Top Tips For Your Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Top Tips For Your Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

It's no surprise that our Brollies have seen a fabulous variety of weddings, events, parties and ceremonies, and whilst many are hired as back-up for inclement weather, most have worked hard keeping guests both dry and sheltered! Here at Brolly Bucket we have experienced an increase in hire for outdoor weddings over the past year or so, and thought it useful to provide our top tips for planning your outdoor ceremony! 

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1. Check the law! 

If you are lucky enough to be getting wed here in Scotland, outdoor weddings are legal, which means your wedding will be recognised by the law as official. However, unfortunately it isn't legal to get married outdoors in England & Wales unless you do so under a fixed roof like a pagoda. It doesn’t need to have walls, but must have a fixed roof, which is why you see so many band stands being used for weddings! 

If you are in an area where an outdoor ceremony isn't legally recognised, there are things you can do. Many couples are choosing to do the 'paper work’ side of the marriage the day before, or earlier in the morning in a registry office, and then have the wedding they really want later, which gives you much more flexibility in their choice of location. Some don't even tell their guests the outdoors blessing isn't legal, with a good celebrant you would never know!


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2. Location, Location, Location

When choosing your ceremony site, its worth nothing what it will look like on the day of your wedding! Will there be flowers in bloom? Will trees be bare or in leaf? Things such as this may affect the type (or amount!) of decoration you choose to have. 

In addition, is the ground flat and suitable for chairs for your guests? Should they bring wellies or are they expected to stand? All of these things are useful information. 

Also, and this is something that you may not thing about, but the position of the sun in relation to your ceremony can really impact not only your photographs, but the comfort of your guests. If you aren’t already working with a large area of shade for your ceremony, then you are either going to have the sun behind the Bride and Groom, to one side of the guests, or behind the guests. The ideal situation for both photography and for comfort is to have the sun behind the guests or seated in a shaded area. No-one needs to squint and you can capture some great photographs from behind the Bride and Groom that really show off the whole set-up!


3. Have a Plan B

This goes without saying really, but when looking for a wedding venue (indoors or out!), always make sure that it has an option B. Ideally your back-up location would be at the same site or venue, to avoid the stress of needing to contact all of your guests on short notice.

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4. Plan for the weather

Also think about things like blankets for your guests if it turns out to be a cold day, umbrellas in case of a little bit of drizzle, and on the other end of the scale water, fans and parasols or brollies in case of too much sun!

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5. Extra costs

Be aware that just because you are outside, the venue may come with hidden fees! Research whether you are expected to pay a suggested donation fee for using a park or public area, or even whether you need to purchase a permit.  

Consider the costs incurred transporting your guests to a remote location, or asking them to travel to somewhere a little off the beaten track. And with more rural or remote locations comes requirements such a porta-loos and a generator too!

There’s nothing worse then coming to the wedding of someone special to you and then missing the most special and meaningful words of the day! Wind, outdoor noise or just having lots of guests can mean those in the back may not hear a single thing. Talk to your celebrant about microphone options to ensure all of your guests are able to participate and listen.



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