We love a bit of greenery, and we’re not alone! The team at The Arabian Tent Company share their thoughts on biophilic design and how it can help you to create a nature-inspired wedding day…
When you picture your dream wedding, where do you feel the most connected, relaxed or content? Does ‘getting away from it all’ for the big day conjure ideas of wilderness, birdsong and green vistas? The gentle trickle of a water feature in a country garden, hazy dappled sunlight, the scent of wildflowers in the breeze and the comforting sensation of grass between your toes? You’re not alone!
Biophilia is ‘the love of life or living systems’, and it’s instinctive. We have a deep-rooted connection to the natural world and yet our busy modern lives often limit our time within it.
On average, we spend 9 hours a day staring at screens and smart phones. We’re fatigued by built-up concrete environments and synthetic lighting. Depression, low productivity and a feeling of disconnect are common modern maladies. It’s no wonder our fundamental need is to re-connect. We need to go back to our roots to re-charge!
‘Biophilic design’ is a term coined and popularised by American psychologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980s, and encourages the use of natural elements in the design of your surroundings. The aim? To stimulate all your senses, as nature would. By consciously using natural elements in interior design, we are unconsciously re-connecting with what makes us most happy.
It’s a growing movement! It’s no coincidence ‘Greenery’ is the Pantone Colour of the Year, as green is the most naturally instinctive colour to us. Including elements of nature in the design of our surroundings can have a hugely positive impact on our well-being, creativity, productivity, health and happiness. The closer we are to the natural world, the happier we feel!
Adding nature-inspired elements to your big day, then, makes complete sense. Living green walls, water features, pockets of urban gardens, atmospheric scents and natural materials that make you instinctively think of the the great outdoors are being included by couples and wedding planners alike to give events the overall feeling of wellbeing.
The key to harnessing biophilia in the design of your wedding is to create a restorative space that gives your guests the sense of wellbeing they feel when outdoors. You don’t have to create a jungle, and closeness to nature doesn’t necessarily mean proximity to a pot plant or two!
Take them back to a material connection with a natural environment, with hints of raw earthiness, such as the knots and grains of wood or scatterings of plants and herbs. Use materials, grains, textures and elements in design that distinctly reflect the environment to create an overarching sense of the natural world.
A marquee event is particularly advantageous for this purpose. By mimicking the finer details of the natural world with textiles, artwork, light, shapes or patterns and stunning views of nature, you can create that all-natural feel. Where better to immerse your guests in nature than in a beautiful tented palace in the outdoor space of your choice?
You don’t have to find the perfect country seat to embrace biophilic design. If your budget doesn’t stretch, or you’re planning an urban city wedding, clever hints of nature can subconsciously transport your guests to greener realms. For decor, think lush green foliage and wildflower centrepieces.
Adorn rustic furniture, or our reclaimed wood outdoor seating, with natural fabrics such as cotton, sheepskin or hessian. Make an impact that wows with large-scale decorative features like our bespoke twisted twig, leaf and floral chandeliers.
Living green or moss walls can make a space feel alive and add an instantly fresh hit to contrastingly urban environments, or give a natural feel to an otherwise non-natural object, such as this Astroturf bar!
Never underestimate the power of a water feature to add a touch of classic serenity to any setting, whether indoors or in the great outdoors. Incorporate foliage trees to bring the outdoors in, too!
To add a finishing touch to your nature-inspired wedding, our scent machines can flood a space with the smell of cut grass, summer breezes or sensual and musky evening Oud tones.
Play around with the design of your lighting. It’s a too-often overlooked feature that we feel should be a key consideration when setting the scene for an evening affair. Make the best of any natural light and remember fresh air and sunshine is sure to boost your guests’ moods.
Whether you are planning sun-downer drinks in country gardens or you are taking your guests inside to kickstart the party, add warmth with natural, soft, peachy and muted sunset tones. The most impressive way to ensure your guests are making the most of an evening in nature? Add a little fire!
At The Arabian Tent Company we believe that elements of nature within design aren’t a luxury, but a fundamental necessity. What a gift to temporarily transport your guests in to a natural wonderland! Biophilic design isn’t just a good design trend, it’s a vital injection of health and happiness to restore and revive our busy modern lives – and to create the perfect backdrop for a wedding.