What a year 2019 has been! I’ve had the best year of weddings! I’ve worked with some absolutely amazing couples who I’ll miss being in touch with but feel so honored to have been part of their wedding day. If this is you, please keep in touch!
I’ve met and worked alongside some really fab suppliers this year too. A huge thank you to all the caterers who have fed me. The bar staff who have kept me hydrated on those long, tiring wedding coordination days. Seriously, whoever thinks working by yourself in your business is lonely has not worked in the wedding industry. We’re a lovely bunch, supporting each other any way we can. I have a strong ethos of only working with nice people and luckily there are so many in the wedding industry.
One absolute highlight of the year has been winning The Wedding Industry Award for Yorkshire and the North East Venue Stylist. This really was a grateful win. It meant so much to me that the couple’s I’d worked with this year made it happen by voting. So a huge thank you to them. I’m going to the Nationals in January so wish me luck! I’m up against some amazing competition so I’m not at all hopeful but just thankful to be there!
When I started Emily K Weddings I remember looking at the winners of those awards and thinking it must be amazing to get to that level, to say I’m there, really makes me happy and yes really proud of myself. I feel like I work so hard in my business like literally my husband has to tell me to have a day off from time to time. I get wrapped up in the wedding whirlwind for each of my clients and just love that I get to help people create their dream wedding.
Cheesy but it’s really true. I’m a true believer that when you’re passionate about doing something and you give it all your hustle and heart, the results shine through.
Emily K Weddings has grown so much this year as in physically as well. I’ve recently got a small warehouse space to house all my lovely decor which is a forever growing collection so if it’s not on the hire collection page it doesn’t mean I don’t have it. The collection is forever growing and it’s difficult to keep it updated all the time, so if there is something specific, get in touch. I’m hoping the warehouse space will one day it will develop into a space where couples can view styling setups for tables, etc. However, there is a lot of hard work to do well before that but stay tuned.
I’ve learned lots along the way this year, mainly to not underestimate the time and skill it takes to clean glass candle holders. Haha. There are many New Year goals I’ve set myself to keep Emily K Weddings moving onwards and upwards, some I know I’ll stick to, others if I’m been honest might not happen, I mean blogging, realistically, keeping up a regular blog schedule is a pipedream! I’m not a natural writer, I tend to type as I talk which sometimes doesn’t make sense. I’ve accepted now that that’s ok, my brain just isn’t wired in a wordy way, I’m much more about the visual. In other words, if you’ve read to this point, you’re doing well! One other New Year’s resolution is to accept that I am only one person and can’t do it all so to accept help when offered. Let’s see how it goes!
Happy New Year Everyone! I can’t wait for an even more exciting and challenging 2020. More weddings, more couples and creating more beautiful bespoke weddings.
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 love the fact that your wedding day can be styled exactly how you want and done so that it totally reflects you. What I really don’t like is when people say their wedding style is a colour, a shade of blue or Cadbury purple. How can picking a single colour define your style and reflect any part of your personality?!
Na ah, not under my watch, your wedding deserves better than that. I thought I’d share with you a recent table styling so you can see there is so much more to styling your wedding day.
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
WHITE ELEGANCE at Jervaulx Abbey
My favourite styling so far took place this month with The Alternatives photography workshop. Inspired by the Grecian hanging gardens of Babylon, and set in the beautiful setting of Jervaulx Abbey ruins, I wasn’t totally confident about the different white tones coming together if I’m being honest. My concern was that it would look too plain and lack colour and interest. However, the end result was elegant, modern and most of all, fresh.
The white tones layered together worked perfectly with the lush greenery from All Bunched Up which gave it more textured detail and colour. The gold cutlery and boxes added a beautifully warm metallic tone. Stationery from A Little Pigment, ribbons from Bertie and Fred and macaroons from Where the Ribbon Ends all added those little details I just adore on a wedding table. Those are the bits that make guests go ooooh and ahhh.
A NOTE FROM BYRON…
There’s a new company in town, Bow, Wow, Vow! They take care of dogs at weddings so you can bring your pooch along knowing they’re looked after during and after the vows. Because us dogs love a wedding too you know! Thank you Bow, Wow, Vow for making it possible to be part of our Human’s wedding day.
HOW TO FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE?
Some key questions to help you define your wedding style…
How do you imagine your wedding day? Relaxed, outside, romantic, quirky, fun, casual…
What’s your personal style like? Clothes, home, accessories…
Is there anything about you as a couple that makes you unique? You got engaged on the beach, you both love Star Wars…
What is the venue like? This can often denote the style initially. Barn wedding – rustic. Castle Wedding – opulent, etc.
Is there anything that must be included in your wedding that you’ve always thought you’d have when you got married?
What makes you cringe or you absolutely hate? It’s always good to rule things out.
Hello. I’m back in the UK now but I wanted to complete my lego bride adventure blog posts so this is part 3, the Galapagos.
From Peru our travels took us through mainland Ecuador and over to the Galapagos Islands which was an absolutely breathtaking place. I’d only heard about the Galapagos from the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough and the iconic documentary series that brought this place to my attention. It really was as fascinating as the TV series, they hadn’t exaggerated one little bit.
The first encounter of the magic of Galapagos was when we were on a walk to the beach and we spotted a marine iguana surfing in the waves and then casually strolling into shore. As Rodrigo and I were sunbathing, we would look to the side to see one approaching, not scared of us and us not of him. A peaceful dinosaur on the beach, that seems to be pretty much standard encounter on the Galapagos.
We boarded a catamaran cruise which was to be our home for 7 nights. Lovely to finally unpack, take off my tiara and veil to feel the sea breeze against my plastic moulded hair. The catamaran was incredible and the crew so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The cruise took us round the islands stopping each day to snorkel with sharks and turtles. We walked on lava rock and spotted sea lions, penguins, birds, more iguanas and met the giant tortoises. The animals, no fear of humans, allowed us to get so close they were amazing to see their character and expressions. Our guide, not quite Sir David, was knowledgable and had such a passion for the animals which was clear to see and understand why this is such a sacred place to explore. This reiterated just how lucky we were to be there. Am I possibly the first lego bride to step foot on the Galapagos I wonder?
We were sad to leave the Galapagos and the boat lifestyle that felt like home, but, without sounding like a coffee snob and a mad woman needing to feel connected to the world, we were ready for a good cup of coffee from Colombia and internet! So that was our next country to explore. Stay tuned for the Colombian blog post, but for now here are some more (unedited) Galapagos animal photos. Yes, there are lots…
Take a look at my other travel blogs from Bolivia and Peru to see how my Lego Bride, Ariane explored the Salt Flats and Inca Trail.
I loved our travel adventures, but it’s good to be back! If you’re getting married in 2018 and starting to feel the stress, don’t worry, get in touch for a FREE consultation. Find out how I can help you make your dream wedding run smoothly, styled to perfection and reflect your personality, love story and own creative touch.
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