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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Gold!

Winter is fast approaching, dark mornings, dark nights, sub-zero times, blah! But there’s something truly romantic about winter weddings isn’t there? Cosy, warm and sparkly, so a hint of gold would be quite the welcome guest at a winter wedding to add some extra glam.

I actually happen to like dark evenings (not a fan of the morning though) and I think that the best advantage of a winter wedding is the fact that you can start the evening do a little earlier, therefore more time to party! You can really make the most of using sparkly fairy lights on outdoor trees, and go wild with lanterns and tea-lights making the scene magical and the whole experience more intimate and cosy, which also lends itself well to smaller parties.

A friend of mine is getting married mid-November, she’s going for gold nails, gold glitter on her cake, sparklers and a firework display. I think this will all bode very well for a creative and interesting bunch of photos too!

Here are some gorgeous low cost DIY ideas that we have found to introduce extra decadence to your day… It doesn’t have to be showy or over the top though, just a hint of gold is plenty and goes hand in hand perfectly with the winter months ahead.

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Halloween Wedding, if you dare…

So, Halloween weddings? This has to be the King of themed weddings, right? I think it’s a pretty cool idea, you’re not going to be disappointed by bad weather, as we already expect it in autumn, and if your tendencies veer towards the quirky anyway it’s a perfect opportunity to go a little bit wild, and get your guests involved too! No pastels allowed! It doesn’t have to be all blood and gore though, oh no. We’ve found some fabulous classy and fun ideas for a sophisticated Halloween wedding. Personally I love the idea of lots of black in a wedding theme, how do you like the look of these stunning black wedding gowns? The black gold and diamond ring would be something I absolutely could not say no to! How about experimenting with fun treats, showstopping dessert tables, smoky cocktails, deep red flowers and a hint of gothic font? There are so many great ideas for a Halloween wedding, it by no means needs to be tacky or unoriginal, question is, do you dare?

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Something Blue

Something Blue is a phrase deriving from a saying about the items a bride should carry or wear on her wedding day for good luck. This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”, and the four items that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or has with her on the big day are lucky charms.

Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom.

Something new is usually the dress as this is such a personal thing and also very much down to fit and taste. Also, I don’t happen to know anyone who I could borrow a black ball gown dress from! Both of my sisters borrowed some lovely jewellery from my mum and nana on their day, and supposedly this could also be classed as something old, but we want as many lucky charms as possible don’t we?! Maybe purchasing something second hand like a gorgeous beaded clutch or vintage necklace would be a nice addition.

As for Something Blue, we’ve come across some lovely ideas, the traditional blue garter is always a classic, but if you want to do something a bit different just take a look at the little gallery below for some ideas and inspiration. The ombre trend is still hot, and these ombre cakes going from the deepest navy to white are beautiful, as are the ombre bouquets of flowers.

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Wedding Gift Ideas

I know it can sometimes be quite a task thinking up new and creative gifts to make or buy for the bride and groom, and weddings seem to happen all at once don’t they?! Getting your creative head on can be difficult within short spaces of time (as is planning the outfit!) so we’ve put together a nice little gallery of some great fool-proof ideas for any up and coming nuptials.

A few of them are sold through our partners Not On The High Street and you can find so many personalised gifts there. Including Cute Maps of course! We offer a ‘Gift Map’ service where we map out a ‘journey’ or ‘experience’ in our classic cute and colourful way. We receive so many weird and wonderful requests for Gift Maps, so bring it on, let’s hear your story! Take a look at our website for more details on the process and how to order. This would make a perfect gift for the bride and/or groom, your bridesmaids, parents, friends, anybody at all! The possibilities are endless.

We’ve seen so many low cost home made ideas too, including a hamper with all the ingredients for the bride and groom to make their favourite meal, their names in scrabble letters in a lovely frame, how about filling their fridge with goodies after their honeymoon to save them worrying about break and milk on their return?

Take a look at these ideas and see what you think… x

Custom Coasters – NOTHS – A lovely way to record memories

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Mr & Mrs Mugs – NOTHS

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A great celebratory gift- NOTHS

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Tree Carving Chopping Board – NOTHS

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The possibilities are endless with this simple idea

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And of course, Cute Map Gift Maps! A fab way to see the memories all in one cute and custom made place!

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Thank you! Grazie! Merci!

We’ve been looking into some creative ideas on how to say a big thank you to all of your guests for being a part of your big day- travelling for miles and helping stack up those gifts or help pay for the honeymoon flight! Depending on your budget there are some great ways to show your gratitude; mini gifts, sweet treats, fun thank you cards, photographs of your guests on the day… Thank you’s are the last impression that your guests will have on the wedding, so why not make it memorable? Take a loot at the gallery below for our picks x

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Cute Maps Thank You Cards

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Has the Vintage Theme had its day?

27_8340382_origThere has been a reoccurring pattern in wedding themes these past few years, the ever popular ‘Vintage’ scheme. Although I am a huge fan of the pre-loved, soulful and meaningful things, I must say I’m starting to feel that vintage themes have had their day. I know, I know that this is not the most favourable thing to say, but I do feel as though ‘Vintage’ or ‘Vintage inspired’ themes can sort of miss the point.

As a major interior design enthusiast in my spare time, vintage means so much more. It means something that has qualities which represents the era in which it was made, something that has been made with love and craft, something that has value.  Most of all something that is not less than 20 years old, therefore ‘shabby chic’ and mere second hand items do not cut it or pass the test to be classed as Vintage. It’s losing its meaning and for me, losing it’s charm. It makes me wonder how much longer this theme can remain in Vogue, but I’m reckoning it has a while more to go.

I’m all for looking at themes that use pre-loved items that actually mean something to the couple, or to the families and friends, like grandma’s tea sets to serve the wedding meal, cutlery that pre-dates Ikea and table cloths crocheted by a great aunt. But a melange of simply old, charity shop or second hand shop finds hashed together to create a mock vintage theme strikes me as a bit of a muddle.

Don’t get me wrong I am not condemning here! It’s merely just something that I see a lot of each day, and when you see a lot of something it gets tiresome, right? I think that like all trends, they are easy to follow as the component parts are so readily available to us when something is in style. So it can sometimes be hard to see past what’s commercially out there, ready for us to add to the shopping cart and purchase. But hey, why not glorify the modern? Create something new and fresh, celebrate your true style? There’s an immense amount of amazing modern design out there today to enjoy, fabulous uses of materials like Perspex, plastic and glass, flowers made i to sculptural architecture, clean and classic table setting ideas and so much more.

If you think that vintage themes are getting old, take a look of some of the below images for some ideas on modern inspiration. How about a new style, ‘Anti-Vintage?!’

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Autumn Proof Cocktails

23_7568460We can’t believe its October already, this year is flying by. In an attempt to look forward to the colder seasons ahead, what better way than to research some of our favorite warming and cosy cocktails?! ‘Any excuse’ I hear you say, but I’m sure you’ll agree that these recipes are not only easy, but very satisfying!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milk Chocolatini

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Ingredients:
85ml Blue Ice Vodka.
43ml Godiva Chocolate Liqueur.
14ml White Cream de Cacao.
Several chunks of milk chocolate.

Directions:
Add vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and White Cream De Cacao into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a toothpick of milk chocolate chunks.

 

 

Silver Autumn Blossom

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Ingredients:
28ml NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
21ml Lemon Juice
14ml Simple Syrup
14ml Aperol
One wedge (about 1/8) of a Blood Orange

Directions:
Muddle blood orange wedge in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and other ingredients and stir well.
Strain into a martini glass.

 

 

 

Cinnamon Toast

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Ingredients:
38 mls Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
180 mls hot apple cider
15 mls sugar
15 mls cinnamon

Directions:
Add hot apple cider and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum to a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.

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