One wedding trend I really hope is here to stay is the Dessert Table!
The main reason, because I’m a huge dessert fan, especially when it comes to the concept of multiple desserts. This comes from the girl who has breakfast pudding and is well known throughout her family for bringing back an array of desserts from an all you can eat buffet on holiday! So yeah, die hard dessert fan right here for sure!
Another reason I love a dessert table is that they look amazing! They’re a real statement piece for your wedding breakfast and a wow factor amongst guests. This one here from The Barn Bakery was incredible. The detail, the presentation, and the taste were just insanely yummy! The Barn Bakery specialises in feasting and grazing tables and you can totally see why. The time and skill that goes into them is amazing. Get in touch with them for details.
It also makes the decision of choosing a dessert a lot easier as you can have so many yummy things to suit everyone’s tastes. It also gets guests out of their seats after a big main course and goes well with a lovely cuppa as a post–meal treat. Guests don’t always want a huge pudding so a small selection for them to graze over is perfect and means you won’t have people feeling sluggish later, they’ll be up dancing instead of crashing on lots of sugar!
I must admit, I am a sucker for all things sweet. I even have breakfast pudding. I know it’s not good but I can’t help it. So it comes as no surprise, I love Pancake Day! A breakfast pudding with purpose. So today’s blog is all about pancakes and more importantly, how you can eat them on your wedding day and not just on Shrove Tuesday. So here are a few ideas and images for some flipping wedding inspiration. (Do you like what I did there?!)
1. Eat them for Breakfast
An obvious choice but a mighty good one. It’s so important to eat breakfast on the morning of your wedding day. Even if you’re nervous, try to eat a bit of something. You need energy for the exciting day ahead! Check out these pretty floral ones by clicking the link below. A cute photo to capture during your bridal prep, with your hair in rollers tucking into a pretty pancake. Those are the little moments from the day to remember too.
Throwing in a sweet canapé can be a good way to mix things up during your drinks reception. Pancakes can be small stacks with berries and maple syrup. A little something different to wow your wedding guests and let’s face it, who doesn’t love an adorable bitesize pancake?
3. An Alternative Wedding Cake
Instead of cutting a traditional wedding cake, drizzle maple syrup over a huge stack of pancakes. From talking to couples lately, fewer people seem to be bothered about the whole cake cutting ceremony, so why not go for something alternative like this instead? Keep it unique and interesting.
4. Pancake Mix Wedding Favours
Such a cute homemade idea for guests to take away with them. I’m a huge fan of a favour and the more unique and out there they are, the better. Also, this is such a sweet idea for guests to make the morning after and reminisce about what an amazing day it was.
5. Pancake Station
Pancakes in the evening, wild I know, but great interactive food that guests will love as a surprise supper. Set up a pancake station with a display of the best toppings. They’ll give your guests that sugar rush they need to carry on dancing, keeping your dance floor full all night!
So there you have it, 5 ways to make pancakes part of your wedding day! The ultimate question though…what’s your go-to topping?
A key factor of your wedding will no doubt be your wedding stationery. With so many creative ideas out there to buy or make yourselves, it can be a little overwhelming. So to break it down I’ve popped together a little go to blog post for a quick low down on wedding stationery.
You’ll notice that throughout your wedding planning you create so many lists! So here’s one already prepared for you – a stationery checklist. You are welcome! Click here to download the PDF.
So let’s talk about each wedding stationery element.
1. Bridal Party Proposal Cards.
Make your bridesmaids and ushers feel that extra special by putting together a little gift hamper. It could be full of their favourite foods or a nice candle, whatever, you know what I mean, general niceness. A proposal card is a complimentary note to ask your nearest and dearest to be part of your wedding day.
2. Save the Dates.
Save the dates are typically sent as soon as the venue and date have been confirmed. They are usually only sent to wedding day guests rather than evening. Make sure you have a confirmed guest list when sending these out as they are the heads up for guests not to make plans for that date. You could make your save the dates memorable by designing either a fridge magnet, coaster or even a jigsaw, the ideas are endless. They are the first impression you give to your guests about your wedding, therefore, consider the style and detail. The information is usually kept simple with just the date and location stated and further information to follow on the full official invite.
3. Full invitations.
Information to include will be all the details of the ceremony, date, time, location. Other information to include might be directions to the ceremony and reception venues, gift details, social media or website details, accommodation details, etc. RSVP. Maybe even include a song request for the evening party to get the dance floor full! Request that they let you know any dietary requirements on the RSVP too!
If you want to keep the information simple and a single page invite, include the main details and then direct guests to a wedding website.
Don’t forget the evening invites too!
Photography by Nicola Thompson
Photography by Nicola Thompson
Photography by Nicola Thompson
4. Order of the days.
These are given to guests as they arrive at the ceremony. They act as a guide for the day and also a keepsake of the day. Usually one per couple is enough. Information to include could be introductions to the wedding party (handy to know in case people forget), the order of the day’s events (people like to know when they’re eating) and even fun things like hashtags or a quiz. If you don’t want guests to share your wedding on social media until you do, a note in here would be a good idea too. A printed booklet is a lovely keepsake for guests as well. Alternatively, the order of day could be on a board and displayed at the entrance of the ceremony. My personal preferred option is a booklet, I’m more tactile and love to keep these little sentiments from a wedding. Also, the info is all there for guests to refer easily. Up to you though, it’s your wedding, do what you want!
5. The Table Plan.
The information on the table plan should be displayed clearly for guests to locate their seats efficiently, no one likes to see a wondering guest with a lost expression on their face. Ok, funny to watch at times, but not ideal. If you’re having long tables, break them up so people still have an idea of the area where they will be sitting.
Get creative with the table plan, style it up in a quirky way to suit the rest of your wedding style. I love coming up with ideas for table plans so get in touch and let’s brainstorm together.
6. Directions and those little extras.
Those extra bits to communicate other details to guests are key. It can be as simple as a sign for the card and gift table, sparkler send-off or directions to the loos. Again, make these tie in with the rest of your stationery and venue.
A welcome sign is also a key bit of stationery, especially if you have a hidden or remote venue. A welcome sign could go on the roadside so guests don’t miss the turning or at the front of the church to welcome guests to your wedding.
7. Table Names.
These form part of the table decor so should also be lovely like everything else! Again, make them clear and easy for guests to spot as they’re wandering around trying to find their seats.
8. Name cards.
You’ve worked hard on that table plan making sure conversation flows on every table, therefore, you need people to sit where they’re told (in a bossy bride kinda way!). Again, these can be beautiful details to add to the table. Tent folded calligraphy cards, laser cut names, the ideas go on. You could even double up the place cards with favours, they could be mini sloe gin favours with a name label. Those little details make me happy, you might think they’re not important, but trust me, they really are! They make your wedding that bit more special.
If you have a menu choice and guests have pre-ordered their food, it’s guaranteed that your guests will have forgotten what they ordered or get food envy when the food comes and demand something else. Trust me, it happens, and the caterer usually bends over backwards to accommodate. However, this can all be avoided by having menus on the table. If you have menu options, a personal menu can be printed for each guest and slotted into their napkin. If you just have one menu for all (apart from dietary requirements), you could have a couple of menus on each table. It’s a talking point for guests when they sit down and people get excited about the food coming before it’s even arrived. I am one of those people who get excited when the food arrives in a restaurant, I’m not the only one – at least I hope not!
10. Thank You Cards.
Do not print a generic thank you card message. Eugh, that’s terrible and your parents should’ve taught you better. A thank you card should be handwritten or at least individually typed to each guest thanking them for their presence on your wedding day and their generous gift. If they gave you money towards your honeymoon fund then let them know what you did with their money. For example ‘Thank you for your generous honeymoon contribution, we used it towards going scuba diving where we saw the most amazing fish and even a sea turtle’. They will appreciate knowing it had a lot more value than just the £50 in a card.
Final Tip: Ask your photographer to send a preview of photos, maybe even a group shot, from your wedding to use for your wedding thank you cards.
I hope that gives you a little background info for your wedding stationery. Just ask if you have any more questions or need help with finding the perfect stationery. There’s the whole etiquette saga and how to address and word stationery but that’s a blog post all in itself. We’ve got Christmas coming up so I won’t keep you that long!
I don’t know where to start with Peru. In such a small space of time I’ve managed to fit a lot in and seen some amazing sites as well as challenging myself with hikes and heights I’ve never experienced before. I do have some sad news though. Our floral arch used in the salt flats didn’t quite make the journey across the border from Bolivia and it collapsed. However, the scenery in Peru has made the perfect replacement backdrop. I guess these things happen on a wedding day but as long as there is a back up plan, there’s nothing to worry about.
So Rodrigo and I continued our journey as bride and groom into Peru with the first venture been a place called Colca Canyon. Like many moments of wedding planning, it had its ups and downs which happened to be very steep ups and very steep downs. We began the hike down which was surprisingly ok in my dress and carrying my plastic bouquet of spindly flowers. (I wish I had a better one but this lego standard style will have to do). The path was so dusty but I kept telling myself it’ll brush off my dress and it will be perfect again. We stayed one night in the bottom of the canyon, relaxing by the pool and having a well deserved beer. The hike up the next day was the real challenge, the 5am start, managing my veil with my walking poles and trying to keep my tiara upright was a struggle. The sweat was deterimined to ruin my manufactured lego make-up but this was followed by tears of relief as I reached the top. The views and back-drop were incredible. Rodrigo was there encouraging me every step of the way, supplying me with gummy bears on demand. Like every couple planning a wedding, it’s about teamwork and supporting each other, and Colca Canyon symbolised just that.
After a couple of days composing myself, it was time again for another venture to find the perfect backdrop. This time it was Rainbow Mountain, a beautiful landscape at 5000m (yes that’s pretty high). However this was topped dramatically by the ever enchanting site of Machu Picchu. After 4 days of muscle aching hiking and sleeping on cold mountain tops in tents it really was worth it. The Inca trail hike to get there took us over high mountains passes reminiscent of Lord of The Ring and were truly magical and inspiring. The trail and ruins had everything – history, enchantment and an amazing unique character. What every bride aspires for in her dream venue (although maybe with fewer tourists!). I fell in love with the location straight away. My dress, veil, tiara and Rodrigo and I survived the Inca Trail. Everything was perfect!
After all the hiking and excitement of Peru I was ready, as every bride is after finding the perfect wedding back drop and location, to celebrate and rest. We did just that in the desert oasis of Huachacina. A pool, the sunshine, an extensive cocktail list, sand boarding and a Pisco tour. Perfect!
Pisco is a Peruvian spirit made from grapes. They use it to make a fab popular cocktail called a Pisco Sour which by the way is delicious. Here’s a recipe for one below. Maybe one to add to your wedding cocktail list.
Pisco Sour Recipe
50ml Lime Juice
1 egg white
Ice and a slice
2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Syrup to sweeten
Blend or shake the Pisco, lime juice syrup and egg white until the egg white is nice and frothy. Serve over ice and add the bitters to taste. (Well that’s what the Peruvian bar tender did anyway).
Our next adventure is in the Galápagos Islands. A last minute 8 day catamaran cruise round the protected islands to see the wonderful wildlife and beautiful nature the world is lucky to have. David Attenborough, we hope to see you there!
As I prepare for my travels, I decided to leave my wedding and engagement at home for safe keeping. I know that if anything had to happen to them whilst I’m away, I would be absolutely devastated.
So now my hand is bare and I feel a part of me missing. I’m hoping the constant motion of checking it’s there and panicking when it’s not will wear off soon. Leaving my ring behind made me think about the symbolism of a wedding ring and why do have this connection. Where did it all begin and what are the future trends for weddings rings. So here goes, a little about wedding rings and why they mean so much more than a sign that you’re already spoken for when at a bar.
The tradition of a wedding ring started way back in Egyptian times when they adopted a the circle symbolism for eternity, back then rings were made from rushes or papyrus. Old right? It then became more associated with weddings and marriage in Roman times. The earliest of rings were made from metals and developed into more precious items through time with embellished rocks. Rubies reflecting the heart, sapphires symbolising the heavens and then diamonds for integrity. I won’t bore you with more history.
There are a few analogies as to why we wear wedding rings on the third finger on the left hand and again these have changed and developed over time and traditions. My favourite and the one I like to think has the most meaning is that it is believed that the vein in this finger ran directly to the heart. ‘The vein of love’. Some might say that on a practical level, this is the finger that doesn’t get much wear and tear and therefore a ring won’t get damaged. However, where’s the romance in that?
When you say your vows you state something along the lines of “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.” The ring right there and then has a whole new meaning to you, it plays such a big part of your marriage vows, it is the physical representation of your vows, your marriage and your new adventure together. It is already the most precious piece of jewellery you’ll ever own and the price on it is actually priceless. The ring seals the deal.
Nowadays, you can break traditions, create your path and opt for a more unusual wedding or engagement ring. A diamond is the classic rock to have and it has every right to be the go to engagement ring sparkle. Diamonds are timeless, powerful, last forever and full of sparkle. In fact they pretty much sum up what a marriage should be. However, there are some beautiful alternatives with sapphires, rubies or even birthstones. I think whatever means the most to you is special.
Take a look at Bloody Mary Metal for some alternative ideas and on the other end of the spectrum is London Victorian Ring Company for elegant vintage designs. For the blokes, I can’t recommend Iain Henderson enough, he designed and made my hubby’s ring with us and it is truly amazing and done with such lovely, friendly service.
If you have any other random questions or facts about wedding rings, I’d love to know them so please share away! Get in touch.
I know spring feels like it’s here but I’m so longing for the heat of a tropical beach. Just to lay on the sand and feel the sun on my face is all I ask right now. I decided to channel these beach vibes into a summery, vibrant wedding colour scheme instead. It’s much more vibrant than my usual style I’ll admit, but I love the contrasting colours, the energy and most of all, the unique shapes from the foliage and details.
The large bridal bouquet is an instant wow factor for high impact. The feature flowers are almost sculptured rather than organic.
I love the ombré detail on the cake which mirrors a Hawaiian sunset setting over Waikiki beach. The soft orange complements the strong green and fun pink to add a romantic pastel tone to the scheme.
How could we forget the cocktails and canapés? The details just make these elements sing and are adorable.
Fun, quirky touches are incorporated through the ukulele guest book and the welcoming floral Leis which reflect the location perfectly.
Even if you aren’t jetting off to Hawaii for your beach wedding, why not incorporate some of these elements into your English wedding for a complete twist. You dream of your wedding day, have it your way no matter where you are in the world.
Recently, I experienced the Jo Malone bridal consultation, which was absolutely amazing. It was such a treat to learn about the importance of scenting your wedding and how the layers of fragrance can add so much to your wedding day.
I have to admit, I’m no regular at Jo Malone, I obviously wish I was, I mean a girl can dream, but no, this experience was very special. I don’t want you to think I do this all time.
It was a rainy Saturday morning in London but that didn’t dampen my excitement as I walked into the Jo Malone store in Sloane Square. The immediate rush of pure loveliness hits you as soon as you walk in. The smell is just divine and the design of the store (prepare for an interior design rant) is just done to perfection! The level of detail in the joinery of the display cabinets is perfect and reflects the quality of the brand and service. The symmetry in the store layout is precise and created in such a way that perfume bottles stand proud as a decorative feature, looking so elegant in the glass bottles with beautifully branded labels. Enough about the interior, you get it, it was good.
We sat at the bridal consultation counter, greeted and served a glass of champagne. On the counter for each of us was a brochure, a little box of sugared almonds and a scented pillow. It all set the scene for a luxury experience.
Charley Ann, our consultant, started by asking us what type of smells we liked and focused on how we wanted a wedding day to feel like. Nicola, my friend who is getting married in October 2017, told her the type of perfume she currently uses and what she liked and doesn’t like. She also asked her about the style of wedding she is having, the flowers and the venue. Each of these elements combine together to reflect the choice of fragrance. For example, if you’re having peonies in your bouquet, your scent could be complimented with the Peony Blush & Suede cologne.
Charley Ann selected 3-4 scents to start with for us to try. They all smelt amazing but we each had our favourite. She then explained about layering scents and the art of Fragrance Combining. This would create something unique for you to wear on your wedding day. We learnt a lot during our consultation but most importantly learnt not to overlook the power of smell.
It’s not just about the perfume you wear, scenting your wedding can start from the moment of getting ready. Bath or shower in a fragrance to suit you and moisturise with a lotion that will enhance your perfume.
On the day, choose candles and room and linen sprays to create atmosphere. This will really set the tone to your wedding day. Again, use room fragrances that complement the scent you’re wearing.
The more I think about it, I realise the stranger our sense of smell actually is. It’s such a strong sense and reacts differently with everyone. It’s a key memory trigger and therefore is most important to get right for your wedding day. Imagine putting on your wedding day perfume 20 years from now and those memories flooding back to you. It would be like total magic. Don’t under estimate the power of smell on your wedding day. Book a free consultation at one of your Jo Malone stores to feel pampered and learn more about scenting your wedding in a luxury way.
I love this time of year celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night. They’re such fun and cosy festivities without the commotion compared to Christmas. (I love Christmas too though, but you know what I mean). Halloween, as commercial as some people might think, is a fun time of year to be embraced. It’s the end of October what else are you going to be doing!
Inspired by decorations in the shops, I’ve put together a mood board based on this time of year. Not quite as gimmicky as the pumpkins in the supermarket but quite the opposite. The mood board portrays an eerie elegance, a level of mystery and and the unknown (much like a marriage). The deep colours add drama to the scheme which are harmonised by soft whispy tones of bleached pumpkins and textured tulle. The word ’til death do us part’ echo in the background.
Pantone released their top ten colours for Spring / Summer 2017. It seems a long way off but we all know it will come round quickly and we will be planning for weddings for next year over the next few months. The Wedding Academy have launched a competition to all students from all over the globe to submit a colour board based on one of Pantone’s top ten. Below is my interpretation of Pink Yarrow.
I decided to choose Pink Yarrow out of the colours above to challenge myself and put a design together using a bright colour. I’m naturally drawn to more subtle toned colours such as the Hazelnut or Pale Dogwood, but I thought, no, do something different. At first I thought the colour was too bright and screamed more Barbie pink, but then I thought actually, who doesn’t love Barbie pink and the ultimately girly colour!
The board represents just that, colourful, fun, vibrant and girly. It’s a strong colour not to be ignored and just lifts your spirits. Mixed with softer pinks and whites as shown on the bard, the pink yarrow really pops out as the focal colour without being overpowering. I’ve now fallen hard for this colour and will be braver when considering bolder, brighter colours in the future. Turns out their not as scary as I first thought!
Autumn has well and truly fallen upon us and after shopping for a new cosy jumper this weekend, I am ready for it! The rustling leaves, shiny conkers and snug nights in make me feel a sense of humbleness inside. Saying that, I did venture out in the rain this weekend to visit Brides the Show at the design centre in Islington. I hadn’t been to this show before so didn’t know what to expect, but it was really amazing, not too big and very welcoming.
The first real wow factor as soon as you stepped into the exhibition space were the show stopping cakes from various suppliers. The meringue rainbow was just so elegant and the unicorn was what every little girl dreams about. They looked too perfect to be real never mind to eat. There really are some very talented people out there in this fabulous industry.
The show on Saturday afternoon was bustling, but a squeeze to the right supplier meant a lovely conversation finding out about the services they have on offer and who they are as a company or person. We chatted to amazing photographers such as Alexandra Hall and Tupou Photography, whose work, beautifully displayed drew us right in to their space to find out more.
Gathering business cards, brochures and juggling free raspberry mojito samples can be tiring so a much needed sit down and a refuel was needed. This gave Nicola and I, my friend who is getting married next year, a chance to catch up and hear about how her wedding plans are going so far.
We continued to wonder round and be further inspired by stationery from Papier, and Br& new weddings. Calligraphy workshops from Quill got me hooked and made me set my New Year’s resolution already – learn calligraphy. Watch this space!
Just to wonder round the show and be surrounded by the inspiring wedding industry was amazing. It also helped me gain a small glimpse to what works at a show, what doesn’t, what were brides picking up, what were they bypassing? What were people captivated by and photographing? All a good experience to help me with my own wedding business for the future.
Next weekend I’m helping an amazing wedding planner and stylist, Pamella Dunn, at the Wedding Affair show at The Royal Hall in Harrogate. I’m very excited about helping out, and having my eyes opened to the back stage coordination that goes on to exhibit at one of Yorkshire’s best wedding shows. Tickets can be purchased online, click here for more information. Come along and say Hi!
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