Winter Wedding Inspiration

Winter Weddings can be the most romantic time of the year to tie the knot. The icy cold backdrop is ideal for both deep and pale colour schemes and wintery- like snowflakes, holly and rose petals. Here are some frosty wedding ideas for the perfect winter wedding.

Snow!

Even though we can’t predict the weather we can still make snow happen! Snow can fall as you walk down the aisle, as you say your vows or during your first dance. Whenever snow falls you’re guaranteed that magical effect that everyone will love.

Hot Chocolate!

To keep guests warm and cosy a hot chocolate bar could be the answer. Make your own hot chocolate and add in extras like cream, marshmallows, cinnamon sticks and chocolate chips. Adults can be top them off with some alcohol liqueurs.

Colour schemes!

Traditional white and silver will never go out of fashion for winter nuptials. For a more contemporary feel ice blue with peaches or pinks give that playful winter wonderland feel. Grey and blue really complement each other and any shade of blue goes – ice blue, aqua or a teal.

Attire!

Crystal embellished or glitter covered shoes, bags or even bridesmaid dresses elegantly reflect the winter theme. For the bride, plush capes or fur wraps to keep warm in the outdoor photos. Double up your guests’ favours and the winter theme by supplying cosy slippers for your guests to change into to keep their feet toasty.

Reception Décor!

Your reception can reflect an icy forest with icicles and snow sprayed twigs centrepieces. If falling snow is a bit extravagant, snowflakes can be projected onto the walls of the reception with changing colours or just an ice blue for that wintery feel. Motion projectors can be found for a good price at many retailers at the moment. For that cosy romantic feel drape fairy lights over the reception tables and windows.

Go Rustic!

Rustic winter elements add a cosy and warm feel and are great for tithe barns and tipis. Wooden place settings and wintery centrepieces with pinecones or berries can be a different route to a winter wonderland sensation. Elegant lace, fairy lights, flowers, and candles are an obvious must in your décor wish list. And don’t forget to keep the theme flowing through your stationery. Check out the Christmas themed Cute Maps we previously designed.

Cake!

Think frosted berry garnishes, snowflake edibles, marble patterns or even theming the tiers in a wintery forest design. Just remember to check on prices and styles available local to your venue before falling in love with a cake design.

Food!

Whether you’re serving meals or a buffet, warm, feel good food is probably the best route to go down and to make sure there is plenty of it! The cold weather is a perfect opportunity to bring everyone together with food and can be accomplished very easily. Classic wintery foods can be simply and cheaply made but pulled off with flair if done right. Classic soups can be served in small portions accompanied with a hearty cheese on toast, or maybe macaroni and cheese bites puts a fun twist on a classic. Anything with warm chocolate will go down a treat (allergy allowing!): chocolate cake, brownies, melt in the middle puddings and three flavoured warm chocolate pots are my personal favourite with churros dipped in chocolate!

Photo Credits:

1.https://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/5-things-you-can-only-do-winter-wedding

  1. http://www.venidair.com/how-to-build-a-winter-wedding-reception-decoration-ideas/winter-wedding-reception-decoration-ideas-with-recessed-lighting-also-flower-arrangement-and-round-dining-table-with-dining-chairs-also-pendant-lights-for-contemporary-great-hall/
  2. https://www.weddingomania.com/21-hot-chocolate-bar-ideas-for-your-winter-wedding/
  3. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/458170962066506094/?lp=true
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  5. https://www.theknot.com/content/winter-wedding-cakes
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  7. https://www.theknot.com/content/fun-winter-foods-youll-love-for-your-wedding-or-any-party

Keeping The Kids Entertained

After naturally being excited to receive a wedding invitation, many parents second thought will be the subject of if they can bring the kids. We’ve found some top ways to keeping the little angels entertained.

  • A simple and cost-effective way to keep the younger ones busy is to have a children’s table stocked full of paper, crayons, pencils, pens and colouring books. To accompany the little artists, you could also have sweet and chocolate bowls on the table for them to snack on while they make their masterpieces! Download some wedding related colouring-in sheets here, https://www.theknot.com/content/printable-wedding-activities-for-kids
  • A top way to entertain all ages and keep children focused for hours is a Lego centrepiece.
  • To wind the children down in the evening a movie room is the perfect idea. Set the room up with comfy pillows, blankets, bean bags and maybe even some popcorn.
  • A professional entertainer could be considered if the budget allows for it – clowns, magicians, princesses and balloon makers can keep an eye on the kids whilst parents can relax and enjoy their evening.

  • If your venue has  lots of outdoor space or extra rooms garden games are always a hit like splat the rat, giant Jenga and giant Connect Four and a treasure hunt can be fantastic way to keep the children active and bonding with others. The hidden surprises can be simple things like chocolate coins and toys. You can purchase scavenger hunt printables here https://lovelyplanner.com/wedding-scavenger-hunt-free-printable/
  • Table football, arcade games and video games can be great for those older aged children and the young adults. These can be hired or take a look on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree where you may be lucky to land one at a small price, that you can re vamp to Brides Vs Grooms as our featured picture above.
  • Bouncy castles can be a great addition to any wedding with an outside venue, just try to keep the drunk adults as far away from it as possible! You can purchase one here, https://www.ajluk.com/bouncy-castles-for-sale/wedding-inflatables

  • A popular trend at the moment is including furry animals at the wedding. It could range from having a petting zoo to lovable alpacas. This keeps the children entertained and probably most of the adults too.
  • When its time for desert invite the children and adults to a smore station. This is a great opportunity for the children and adults to mix and get to know one another. Nothing brings people together more than chocolate does!
  • Ice cream probably comes a close second to chocolate, so why not accompany the smore station with an ice cream one. Here children can pick their favourite flavours and toppings and can always go back for more.

Here are just a few ideas for keeping children entertained at weddings. Everything depends on budget, but even if the cost is low DIY and simple activities can be just as much fun as an entertainer or bouncy castles!

Photo credits:

1.https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.addtoevent.co.uk%2Flistings%2Fchildrens-entertainers&psig=AOvVaw3eNAa7DtGkrscjXFFLaznd&ust=1547212276328070

2.https://www.pinterest.com/pin/38351034301837571/

3.http://www.weddedwonderland.com/11-ways-to-entertain-kids-at-weddings/

4.https://www.pinterest.co.uk/bridalguide/

5. https://www.thebridebox.com/blog/fun-wedding-activities-kids/

6.https://www.pinterest.co.uk/tyarsmedia/

7.https://www.pinterest.co.uk/chwv/

8.https://www.hellomagazine.com/brides/2018050948466/wedding-bouncy-castles-are-the-best/

9.http://happybirthdayworld.net/petting-zoo-birthday-party-los-angeles-7/

10.https://www.hollywoodcandygirls.com/blogs/jackie-sorkins-blog/8999557-a-rustic-laguna-beach-wedding-smore-bar-station-with-gourmet-spreads-yum

11. http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-ice-cream-parlour-make-your-own-sundaes-buffet-concept-for-wedding-or-party

Nicola & Pete’s Wedding, Summer 2018

Bride & Groom Nicola & Pete share their stunning wedding story with us!

Nicola & Pete chose a custom bundle with us including Non Map Invitations, RSVP Cards, Menus, Small Add Info Cards, Custom Table Names & Table Plan.

  1. What was the initial vision of the Day?

Our main vision of the day was having all our friends and family together for a happy celebration, particularly as many of them are spread out all over the world and we don’t often get to see them. We got married in our local church and had the reception at beautiful Hampton Court House just up the road. We love to travel, but it was important for us to get married locally so we could show our guests our home.

1. What was the planning process like?

I love planning so started making lists and drawing up spreadsheets the moment we got engaged! We had almost two years in the end to plan which made things a lot easier as I had lots of time to research each supplier and look through magazines, blogs and social media for ideas. We booked all our main suppliers well in advance, and after that we could relax and focus on the details, knowing we were in safe hands.

2. What did the bride, groom and wedding party wear?

Dress shopping was one of my favourite parts of the wedding planning! From the first time I tried on a Suzanne Neville dress I knew that I would be buying one of her designs. In the end I chose Rosa, a beautiful, romantic dress with a low v-neckline, long train and delicate floral design. I wore Rachel Simpson heels and they were so comfortable! I didn’t need to take them off all night.

My husband had a dark grey suit made from a nearby tailor in Surbiton – King and Allen. And a dark blue Turnbull & Asser silk tie.

The bridesmaids wore mix and match blush and floral Jenny Yoo dresses, in different styles which they chose to suit them. My chief bridesmaid lives in New York and bought the dresses there, then shipped them out to the other bridesmaids in Cambridge and New Zealand.

3. How was the wedding themed?

Although a lot of planning went into all the details, we wanted to make sure the day had a romantic, relaxed feel to it, and didn’t feel stuffy or overly formal. Super-talented Steph at ‘Fairynuff Flowers’ provided the most beautiful bouquets for us. They had lots of blush, pale pink and peach roses, mixed in with a few peonies and eucalyptus. We had roses, peonies, hydrangea, delphiniums and loads more pretty flowers to decorate the church and reception. As soon as we’d booked the venue, I started looking at photographers. I loved Nick Ray’s photos straightaway as he is so good at capturing natural moments, and his pictures are beautiful. Then my brother and his girlfriend very generously offered to pay for a videographer for our wedding. We booked Jess Tottman and we’re so thrilled we did, we’re over the moon with our videos. Our first dance was to the Lumineers, Ho Hey

4. Were there any entertainment or activities for the guests?

We created activity packs to keep the children entertained during dinner, although the weather was so lovely, I think the part they enjoyed best was running around outside chasing rabbits.

5. Did you go on a honeymoon?

Our honeymoon was a safari / beach combo which was made possible by the generosity of our lovely guests! We caught a tiny plane from Johannesburg to Madikwe, one hour away on the Botswanan border and spent incredible three days on safari. Afterwards we had a relaxing holiday in Mauritius.

Disney Inspired Weddings

 

Fairy tale weddings can appear ambitious however, having a Disney themed wedding can make dreams come true. Whether its small finishing touches that add the Disney magic or every aspect around the Disney theme, you can be sure that the special day will bring a smile to the guests faces.

Small details:

To achieve that Disney sparkle, inspiration can be pulled from any attribute from the world of Disney, from classic movies to the modern, the beloved characters or maybe to honour Walt Disney himself. This can be achieved with subtle details ensuring it doesn’t overshadow the special day. An enchanting way to inject Disney charm is to style each table on different films or different scenes from your favourite film. To top it off table centrepieces can be an important aspect of the film- for example, the magic rose from ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Cinderella’s glass slippers from ‘Cinderella’ or the magic lamp from ‘Aladdin’.

More subtle approaches to the Disney theme can be tags on the food and drink – ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ from the 1951 classic ‘Alice in Wonderland, Mickey ears and using the Disney font all add a little extra magic.

Big Accents:

The key parts of a wedding such as the bride’s dress and the cake can make a big Disney statement.

The wedding cake is a canvas for you to go wild with your Disney ideas. Characters or accents such as Mickey & Minnie Mouse ears, the Disneyland castle or the Mad Hatters hat.

Believe it or not infamous Disney-inspired princess dresses can be refreshingly tasteful! For those with bottomless budgets, Paolo Sebastian has launched a truly stunning, fashion forward Disney collection of gowns representing modernised versions of your favourite character, including cursive embroidery and flawless embellishment. A particular favourite of ours is the boho subtle aqua boho take on Ariel (see pic). An alternatively way to really throw that theme out there is to invite guests to dress up as Disney characters or, even just encourage that in the younger guests.

 

 

Drink ‘eat me’- https://www.womangettingmarried.com/10-ideas-disney-wedding/  

Wedding reception- https://www.elasdress.com/wedding-reception-ideas/

‘Aladdin’ centre piece- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/422001427572928893/?lp=true

Wedding dress bottom left (Ariel) and bottom right (Rapunzel)- https://www.weddingchicks.com/blog/new-disney-wedding-dresses-by-paolo-sebastian-l-15122-l-38.html

Wedding dress bottom middle (Cinderella)- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4925968/Disney-inspired-gowns-let-brides-princess-day.html

Wedding dress top right (Belle inspired)- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/462956036688510368/?lp=true

Wedding dress top left – https://nerdist.com/disney-princess-wedding-dresses/

 

The Best ‘Groomzilla’ and ‘Bridezilla’ Stories You’ll Ever Read

‘Bridezillas’ and ever more common ‘Groomzillas’ are a force to be reckoned with for anyone who gets too close. Since that taboo word came into our vocab, couples planning their weddings have become sensitive to avoiding these labels, but they’re still out there and lets face it, always very entertaining to read about! Take a look at the links below for some real life irrational wedding reads:

A Bride who called off her wedding and outraged due to the lack of guests willing to pay $1500 each to attend:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6101095/Canadian-Susan-cancels-extravagant-60-000-wedding-guests-refused-fork-1-500.html -Mail online

A Bride that demanded one of her bridesmaids had to dye her hair brown for the wedding day:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/bride-tells-her-bridesmaid-to-dye-ginger-hair-brown-for-wedding-a7068791.html – The Independent

A bride who sent out an email of harsh rules and regulations for all guests to her wedding

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/bridezilla-mocked-after-strict-wedding-rules-go-viral – Fox News

A bride who controlled the grooms entire involvement in the wedding and even cancels his bachelor party in fear he will meet other women.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6175013/She-demanding-brat-Selfish-bridezilla-slammed-grooms-family.html – Mail online

Groomzilla who arrives late and drunk to the ceremony starts demanding to change the entire set up of the wedding.

https://www.brides.com/story/funny-groomzilla-stories

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 has been a revolutionary year for fashion and acceptance. The fashion world has taken on how diverse we are becoming and that is reflected greatly in the wedding community as people’s personalities mirror their wedding styles. Ever thought about a weekend long wedding, a pet friendly wedding or even starting the planning with a vibe, like Geometric & Retro, rather than a colour?

Colour trends:

Trying to think of a wedding scheme can be one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. However this year has given us many good ideas for how to pull this off well. Pinks, greys, purples and black are a huge hit at the moment. Using neutral shades for most of the wedding really heightens the simple colour scheme of one bold colour for the big accents. Furnishings, flowers, cake and stationary can all be bright colours set against a background of neutral undertones.

Food and Drink:

Pleasing all your guests can be difficult when it comes to food so switch to serving buffet style and save some pennies like 54% of 2018 weddings. Food themes are a huge hit this year: Indian, brunch, Mexican or even daring vegan menus. Taco and ice cream food trucks get people involved with food and have fun mixing dish flavours, or switch it up to a cute prosecco or cocktail truck which are making increasing appearances at events and festivals. Great Gatsby themes are very on trend right now including delicate finger sandwiches, macaroons, bitesize burgers and fruit.

Bubblys always add class to the table at weddings so having a bottle of champagne or prosecco for your guests to drink will go down a treat. Maybe local craft beers, spirits and gins might also fit your theme? Cocktails are always popular, so a make-your-own cocktail stand will be a sure hit with your guests. Whatever you choose to serve, ice cubes with berries and herbs infused into them will put a smile on everyone’s face! As with all ideas involving alcohol, remember to discuss beforehand with your venue or negotiate it into your package so you don’t get vetoed by them on the setup day or stung with large corkage bills.

Wedding Cake:

Sleek and modern twists were a big favourite in 2018 cake designs. Geometric patterns radiate modern art deco and metallics like bronze and silver really compliment these themes. A simple wedding cake structure with marble and textured patterns bring subtle contemporary touches to 2018 weddings. Floral touches, be they real or sugar flowers, remain a timeless and versatile way to dress cakes this year.

Wedding dresses:

Stepping away from the traditional wedding dresses can be hard for some brides.However, in 2018 brides can pretty much wear whatever they like from princess style dresses to white tuxedos. Lace has stepped up a notch this year as bohemian style dresses have taken centre stage. Floaty and elegant silhouettes, incorporating fluted sleeves, open backs, drop waists and embellished mesh ooze sophisticated style on the catwalk. Coloured dresses are no longer an unseen thing with subtle pale pinks and even bold reds and black popping up. A new dress trend this year is personalised embroidered embellishments – coloured or white, flowers, birds, butterflies, leaves and petals – executed right can really be quite impressive.