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What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

It’s the time of year when my main goal is to stay warm. At all times I need at least 60000 layers, ideally a hot water bottle and a plethora of hot drinks to choose from. Winter hibernation is not just for the squirrel my friend and the only acceptable reason to go out is the promise of mulled wine, a fire, hot chocolate or baileys…or to guarantee my presence all of the above. So WHAT am I meant to do for a winter wedding? Is a fleecy blanket an acceptable cover up? Do slipper socks go with those shoes? All important questions. Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular, and it’s not hard to see why. Beautiful crisp days, festive merriment, holidays and perhaps even a sprinkling of snow. In fact given the British ‘summer’ doesn’t exactly lend itself to summer dressing, planning for your wedding to be cold and preparing your guests (and yourself) for practical clothing is a genius idea.

Thankfully help is at hand! Fashion can sometimes be cruel but thankfully in this instance she has delivered beautifully giving us lots of practical and beautiful options for formal winter occasions.These beauties could also see you through many a Christmas party; Beautiful, chic and warm, it can be done!

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Real Life Wedding, Hugh and Adele

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Welcome to our first ever featured wedding! An exciting occasion indeed and we had to get a very special wedding to kick off.

Hugh and Adele got married in July this year in Old Wardour Castle, yes a CASTLE, in Tisbury Wiltshire. This gorgeous English heritage site with lush grounds and stunning views provided the perfect setting for their wedding. It’s so lovely to see their friends and family enjoying themselves and relaxing in such a stunning environment.

The reception took place at Hugh’s family farm; giving the whole day a perfect laid back theme complete with hay bales and a beautiful pop-up marquee. The family farm was also the basis of their fantastic Table Plan, each field representing a different table. Cute Maps were very excited when we heard this idea, and really think the finished product looked tremendous. Take a peek at the images below and let us know what you think!

Their vision for the day completely shone through ‘Nice and relaxed with plenty of food and drink!’; the smiles on every ones face speak for themselves. Also, have to mention, their food sounded delicious! Mediterranean (amazing) and served on platters, literally the best form food can come in, in my opinion. The day was captured beautifully by Lisa Dawn photography (www.lisadawn.co.uk) and looks absolutely stunning. And of course the Cute Map table plan sets everything off beautifully.

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Names:Hugh and Adele

Wedding Date:20th July, 2013

The vision for the day:Nice and relaxed with plenty of food and drink!

The Planning Process:Lengthy….we got engaged in December 2011, so gave ourselves plenty of time to plan just what we wanted and ensure that all the suppliers that we wanted to use were available .

The Venue:Ceremony at Old Wardour Castle, Tisbury, Wiltshire and reception at Hugh’s family farm, East Stour, Dorset

The Dress and Accessories:Augusta Jones Dress, veil and headpiece all from Clifton Brides, Bristol and Rainbow Club shoes dyed pastel blue, diamond earrings a family heirloom

Grooms Attire:Grey three piece suit from Marc Wallace, Round collar white cotton shirt from Marc Wallace, navy/pink stripe tie from T.M. Lewin, white linen pocket square and Loake brogue shoes

Beautiful Bridesmaids:Coast dresses in vintage pink and nude shoes from M&S

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Music and First Dance: DJ and first dance was to Finley Quaye – Even After All

The Food: Mediterranean-style sharing platters from Thyme After Time in Hazelbury Bryan near where we live – we wanted a really sociable atmosphere, so we decided to have individual sharing platters for each table, which worked really well. All homemade and Dorset sourced. We also had a hog roast in the evening to soak up some of the alcohol!

The flowers: Bridal bouquet tied with vintage lace and broach. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were sweet peas tied with vintage pink velvet ribbon with a mother of pearl button. We wanted lots of colour and fragrance to the bouquets whilst all being very natural. Remainder of the flower arrangements at the castle and farm were colourful mixed garden flowers.

Your Photographer: Lisa and Scott at Lisa Dawn Photography (www.lisadawn.co.uk) – these were the first people we booked for our wedding and did such an amazing job. Don’t let anyone talk you out of a decent photographer for your big day!

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The Details and Décor: We had a marquee in a field on the farm, so didn’t want to go over the top on decorations and tried to keep it simplistic and in-keeping with the farm environment. The same applied to the castle as it is such a naturally beautiful place, we actually had to do very little extra decorating.

Memorable Moments: Walking down the field together and looking back at the marquee with everyone having such a great time – it’s always a great occasion when all your friends and family can come together like that and have such a fun time.

Advice for other couples: It’s never too early to book the suppliers for your wedding, the sooner you start the process the better to make sure you get the right people on board without compromising, we wouldn’t have changed the people we worked with for the world. Grooms, if the wedding is in summer, wear a really good cotton shirt….priceless to avoid sweat patches! As long as there is enough food, drink and music, no-ones cares what the weather is like. Never underestimate how important your bridesmaids and ushers/best man are – they are absolute lifesavers and we couldn’t have done it without them

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Credits:

Everyone at Cute Maps – the table plan was exactly what we were looking for and Sheree’s vision, design and prompt service made the process so easy,

Berin Made stationary – invites and table stationary,

Thyme after Time catering, Dorset,

Lisa Dawn Photography, Dorset,

Oakleaf Marquees, Dorset,

The team at Old Wardour Castle,

Bright Blooms, Shaftesbury, Dorset,

Shaftesbury Flower Club, Dorset,

Mr DJ, Dorset,

Hugh’s parents for preparing the farm!

Welcome to the Cute Maps Blog!

Eggnog lattes are back, evenings are gone and I’ve spent many hours lusting after (and maybe buying) knitwear. Winter is here! And with it it brings a brand spanking new Cute Maps blog, designed to fill you in on everything going down at the cute maps hub, bringing you all the best in wedding inspiration and keeping you up to date on all things cute.

This has been a brilliant month at cute maps HQ with two sparkling blog posts going live from our fantastic new friends at elle maverick events and the charming Matthew Oliver, you can read what these guys had to say about your favourite stationers here:

http://ellemaverick.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/supplier-of-the-week-cute-maps.html
http://www.matthewoliver.co.uk/matthew-oliver-loves-cute-maps/

Decadent, extravagant, vintage style weddings have been catching my eye and with the discovery of pinterest I have captured all this wonder onto a board. Chic headpieces, lace details and classic decorations all capture this old-timely vintage feel. While the boundless amounts of materials involved; beads, glass, sequins of stunning embellishment really keep it fresh and new. Everything glitters. I especially liked the idea of using vintage broaches instead of flowers for a bouquet; such a unique touch and much longer lasting that a standard bouquet; just be careful if you throw it, yikes! 1_1747466_orig

These musings have also and for the first time EVER had me dreaming about my perfect wedding dress; a beaded, twenties, vintage style creation…This is extremely dangerous, Gatsby inspired champagne fountains and wedding dresses are definitely not on my agenda. More likely a theme party with some classic Aldi cava; bubbles are bubbles right?