Monthly Archives: April 2009

Design Concept: Dove Grey and Sunshine Yellow

We’ve featured lots of quite traditional boards recently so I thought it was about time for a chic, modern look that would work well in a city venue where outside space isn’t always a given.

greyyellow1I love, love, love grey and am constantly amazed by what a flexible accent colour it makes. Here, by teaming grey with this cheery sunshine yellow the overall look is clean, minimal and quirky.

I see this wedding taking place in an unconventional, city center space that isn’t a typical wedding venue; where different areas can be created for different parts of the day and guests can seamlessly walk from one area to another. I think this wedding would be lots of fun to attend with lots of quirky touches, a photo booth, a candy bar and little regard for ‘normal’ wedding traditions.

Photo credits:
Confetti: Brides
Dessert station and lemonade: Amy Atlas
Cake: Cake Girls
Flowers: Project Wedding
Favour pouches: Martha Stewart
Dress: Thread Spring 2010 at Martha Stewart
Table setting and Dhalia chair: Brides
Table setting 2: Martha Stewart


Gifts for Grooms: Bose Headphones

Last week my husband (all round Apple lover and incessant ipod listener) came home with these headphones to replace his broken Apple ones. Now I’m not usually one to believe the techie hype, but I have to say that the sound quality from these little guys is absolutely amazing and well worth the money. They’d make the perfect wedding/birthday/anniversary gift for your beloved.

Design Concept: Down by the River

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and got to eat your fair share of chocolate. We’re starting this week off with this preppy, slightly nautical board which centers around a palette of navy, pale blue and ivory. Light and airy with an touch of traditional ‘England’, this board is perfect for a garden-style celebration and makes me look forward to those hazy summer days where dipping your toes into a nearby river doesn’t give you hyperthermia!

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Photo credits:
Gown: Reem Acra via MS Weddings
Bouquet: MS Weddings
Peonies: Tanja Lippert via SMP
Dresses and shoes: J Crew
Macarons: Laduree
Ribbon: Ribbons Galore
Cheesecake: Novice Baker

Not on the High Street

I just received my monthly pile of magazine subscriptions and thanks to one of the glossies I stumbled across the fabulous Not on the High Street; a veritable treasure trove of wedding goodness. Not only do they have lots lovely of reception accessories (including a huge range of bunting), there’s jewelery and they’ll even hold a gift list for you. Some of my favourite things are:

these provincial lanterns which would look gorgeous at a relaxed, garden style wedding:

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this cute vase place name:

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and these sweet porcelain votives:

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5 Tips for Calm

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Happy Monday everyone. With spring well underway the wedding season feels just around the corner, so today’s post is 5 planning tricks for a stress-free wedding day. Enjoy!

Regardless of your plans; the style of your wedding, the size of your budget, your guests numbers etc, if you don’t ‘let go’ on the morning of your wedding, you won’t enjoy the day to the full. It’s too late to change things now and the details are no longer worth worrying about. Sit back, soak up the atmosphere and remember the real reason you’re getting married. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your guests will be and the better atmosphere your whole day will have.

Think carefully about who you would like to be present on the morning of your wedding. Are you the type of person who loves the excitement of a crowd or will too many people make you panic? You need enough people to create an atmosphere but not too many that it becomes overwhelming.

Carefully consider the space you’ll have for preparations. A bride, bridesmaids, a mother or two, a hair stylist, makeup artist, and a big white dress can make the largest of hotel suites feel cramped and lead to less than serene preparations.

Don’t underestimate how long it’ll take to get into your dress. Nervous fingers and complicated fastenings can mean this seemingly easy task takes much longer than planned. Aim to be ready 30 – 45 minutes before you absolutely need to be so there’s some buffer time just in case preparations overrun.

Just before walking down the aisle, take a second to make sure your dress, veil, lipstick etc are all perfectly in place. Then take a deep breath, straighten your posture, pull your stomach in and slowly walk down the aisle. Don’t be tempted to rush this part and walk too quickly; it’s your moment, enjoy it!

RSVP

Yesterday I had a great day over at the RSVP show in Islington. As you might be able to tell from it’s name, the show is all about events and is a great place to meet suppliers and to see what’s new on the block. Although predominantly geered towards the corporate events industry there are always lots of great wedding suppliers to meet, nice food to taste and astonishing things to see (this year featured a very brave, topless, body painted lady!).

Among my favorite suppliers were MYdrap who produce disposable cotton linen that comes on a roll! The company offer a selection of colours and sizes from coasters to placemats and each piece simply tears off just like kitchenroll – a fantastic and really cost effective way of adding a spalsh of colour to your tables. The linen is 100% biodegrabable (the company advise adding them to your fabric recycling) but can be laundered and reused a limited number of times; great for those first few parties as Mr and Mrs!

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Another favourite exhibitor were Madhen who sang up an 80s-tastic storm and had a whole aisle of visitors bopping along to a particularly good rendition of Sweet Dreams by the Eurhythmics. Madhen do 5 different acts including a Blondie tribute acts and Helen the lead singer looks so like Debbie Harry that I did a double take!

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I also met the lovely ladies from Granger Hertzog, a props company who do lots of beautiful furniture and accesories including the amazing chairs below, perfect if your venue is a ‘blank canvass’ and you’re looking for one or two pieces to make it feel a little more like home.

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