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.
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!
A wedding stylist isn’t necessarily a key ingredient to the wedding planning recipe, more like the garnish on the top making everything that bit better and taste even more yummy.
Here’s why that garnish is so much more than just a cherry on the top…
5 reasons you need a wedding stylist…
1. Save Money
Save money by hiring decor rather than buying it. Hiring a wedding stylist can be cheaper than doing everything yourselves. Stylists know where to get props and decor to help you make your wedding day even more amazing.
2. Save Time
No one wants to be stressed or under pressure on their wedding day. A wedding stylist can set it all up for you before or on the morning of your wedding. Therefore, you have time to relax, get ready with mum and your bridesmaids, sip prosecco and just enjoy! Trust me, I’ve experienced this first hand on my own wedding day. On the morning of my wedding day, my parents and husband-to-be were frantically running around decorating the venue, they came back so stressed and had to rush to get ready. I felt so bad for doing that to them and I missed enjoying my morning with my mum. So please don’t have the same regret I did!
A stylist can also save you time before the day itself. I will help source decor so you don’t have to and if you have those extra bits you want to do yourself, just let me know and I’ll style them for you on the day. I totally understand if you want to use those Gin bottles you’ve been saving for table names!
3. Less Effort
It’s a lot more effort than you anticipate doing the styling yourself. Doing all the DIY elements, packing them up the day before then collecting the morning after your wedding is so much effort. The last thing you want to do after your first breakfast as husband and wife is clear up at the venue! A stylist does all that for you. Get yourselves off onto that honeymoon!
4. Better Design
When you’ve got a Pinterest board bursting at the seams with ideas that have evolved and changed so much, you don’t know what you want anymore! A wedding stylist can help you refine your wedding style and put together a more cohesive wedding design for you. My Story of Your Day pack does just that. Aimed at couples who have been bombarded with ideas and worried about which direction to take their wedding style, the pack clarifies those details and ideas to bring your day to life in a narrative. After reading through it, I guarantee, it’ll make you even more excited about your wedding day, maybe even a tear to your eye. My job as a wedding stylist is to then bring the Story of Your Day to life by sourcing, design decor and working with the best suppliers.
5. Higher Quality
Chances are you might be able to get cheaper props from the high street, but you know what, if I’m being honest, they’ll look cheap. Quality is so important on your wedding day, those little details matter and if you hire a wedding stylist, they will have more high quality or specialised decor to set your wedding apart and elevate your wedding design. The quality of service for a stylist is important too. I communicate with you throughout your wedding planning and draw up a layout plan so your wedding design is exactly how you want!
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.
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!
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