cost saving wedding tips

The average wedding costs a shocking £30,000 so many couples like to find ways to cut back. As James Martin (money saving expert) says “While a wedding is a wonderful dream day, it’s important to remember that one of the biggest causes of divorce is debt and financial worries. If the cost of your wedding leaves you financially crippled and in debt for most of your married life, it’s a pointless waste.” Budgeting your wedding couldn’t be any easier with modern technology so there is no reason to worry about finance and debt once the magical day is over if you plan carefully and be honest with yourselves about what you can afford. Here’s some tips:

  1. Have a long engagement. Take as much time as necessary to save money for the magical day. Additionally, some suppliers allow you to book your wedding venue years in advance which can help save a lot.
  2. Have a weekday wedding. Tying the knot on a week day is much cheaper than at the weekend, sometimes saving you thousands of pounds.
  3. Get married at home. Now the government has listed the locations of where you can legally marry this is something to consider if you have the space. This liberates all the decisions often imposed on you by venues such as food and booze spending as well as closing time!
  4. Get married very local… If you’d like a wedding day with a long guest list on a budget, sticking local is the best idea as you’ll be able to easily find all the village halls, community centres, small hotels and less advertised venues that are affordable diamonds-in-the-dust. If you’re time-poor we’d still recommend an appointed wedding venue (such as a hotel) as you’ll end up very stressed out trying to compensate for the job their events department will do.
  5. …or get married very far away! When you’re on a budget the guest list is the most stressful part of the wedding planning and the more weddings you go to, the more you notice the grumpy few who are just there out of obligation – why should you spend on average £150/head on these people?! Marrying abroad often solves your guest list problem in one swoop as those that come are those that really want to be there for your special day and a perfect excuse to keep it more intimate in numbers. You’ll also find in many countries your pennies go further, so double-savings are to be made.
  6. Only have the essentials. Make a list of the essentials and the optional things for the wedding. DO NOT attempt to plan any wedding without an ongoing budget list and yes log every receipt. Many brides start with one then ignore it as they go along as it stresses them out, but the reality is if you can manage this well you’ll feel far more satisfied in the long run!
  7. Buy a budget wedding dress. The high street and vintage stores have some hidden gems that can be perfect for any fashion type. More and more high street stores are offering a wider and more beautiful range of budget wedding dresses and for some brands the quality isn’t much compromised. Vintage or second-hand wedding dresses can be half the price and can look just as new. If you’re buying sizes up or down always get a quote from a seamstress sending them photos before money changes hands, as you don’t want to be stung with a huge dressmaking bill after you’ve made a good saving.
  8. Save money on alcohol. A ‘dry hire’ is stressful and rewarding in equal measures but savings on food and drink are the big draw. Its rare to find all-inclusive venues without corkage fees nowadays but they are out there and if you’re fortunate to find one you can make savings of hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds on your booze. Ask your serving staff to mention ‘saving some drink for the toast’ and you’ll save hundreds on champagne for the toast after the food. If you’re having speeches before food, ask the waiting staff to do the same during your champagne reception and canapes.
  9. Skip the photographer! A brave move, but surprisingly becoming a trend. With the modern day, most people have smart phones who can take some snaps for you on your special day and there are always a few guests if asked to bring their SLRs will get very excited. Setting up a photo station also ensures you’ll get a lot of snaps to look back on.
  10. Make the most of your talented friends. Guests often love to get involved and so asking them to be part of your planning can save pennies and shed some tears of joy. Rule of thumb is if its their profession/main income don’t ask for freebies (instead keep your fingers crossed for an offer!) but if its their hobby then ask away. However if your friends can help it will save you more money than you realise, be it playing an instrument, singing, taking pictures, making crafts and decorations or baking your wedding cake.
  11. DIY! Being creative and making your own wedding essentials can save you money immensely. You cant do everything yourself but pick things you’re good at and make some time to incorporate it into the wedding planning. DIY wedding ideas are plentiful – browse YouTube, Pinterest, blogs and Instagram where you’ll find tutorials on how to do almost anything wedding related. Depending on what you can create, you can sell on your creations after the big day, making some money back and a possible contribution towards the honeyfund.
  12. Don’t let traditions and superstitions you don’t care about cost you money. Traditional weddings can be the most expensive because that is where the demand is. If you scrap the things you secretly don’t care about or do things differently it can be a big cost saving: If you don’t like cake, don’t have cake – no one will notice until the bus journey home! If you don’t like starters, scrap them from the menu, wear whatever outfit you like and if you want to get ready with your betrothed and cab it to the venue that morning so be it!

Photo Credits:

Wedding dress- https://bellebridal.co.uk/can-find-wedding-dress-1000/

Selfie station- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/258253359863430424/?lp=true

Wedding Ring- https://www.perfectweddingguide.com/wedding-blog/index.php/2015/09/11/pros-and-cons-to-having-a-long-engagement/

 

 

What Mother’s Day means to us

Being a mother is one of the hardest yet most rewarding jobs in the world, so it’s fitting that we honour them with one day a year of love and reflect on everything they have done for us. They have no pay and little time off from being your parent and will be a figure in your life forever near or far, little or often. Mothers deserve more than one day of our attention and love; however, this special day is to remind them of how important and special our mothers are to us.

We all have different ways of celebrating Mother’s Day all over the world and in different cultures, but for the most of us, it probably is all about complimenting these amazing women.

Spend the day with them! The best gift to give a mother is the recognition of how much she has done for us and how much we love them. Take as much time out of our days to spend with our mothers to just remind them of how loved they really are. It doesn’t have to cost a single penny just to spend time with our mothers; maybe take a walk together or just have a good catch up. However, spoiling our mothers can also be just as loving, treating them to a homemade meal or going out to the pub together is still a cost-effective way to spend time together.

If you have a bit more money to spend, then we’ve thought of an itinerary for your Mother’s Day! Maybe start with brunch in her favourite restaurant, then head to the spa to get pampered which all mothers love and deserve! This gives time to catch-up and some well-deserved time to relax and unwind. If you’ve still the energy, end the day with a meal out together or cook a homemade meal together. A BBQ can be a great way to bring all the family together in the evening to treat your mother with some family fun. A day like this could be what every mother dreams of and can be just what she needs to remind her of how important and crucial her life long job has been.

Another way of showing these amazing women how important they are to us is to spoil them with gifts. Flowers, funny mugs, alcohol, candles and chocolate are all classic gifts that will put a smile on her face and will be much appreciated. Maybe this year go out your comfort zone and look for gifts that will last and are a bit different to the norm. Here at Cute Maps we can design a map or pathway of you and your mothers journey together. The Cute Path mounted print could be the perfect personalised illustration of either your mothers’ journey through life or the journey that both of you shared together. https://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product/cute-path/ The Cute Gift Map mounted print can be personalised to anything of your choosing and can be as weird and wonderful as you like. https://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product/cute-gift-map/

Altenatively, a piece of jewellery to remind her of you every time she wears it could be a good gift this Mother’s Day. There are a plethora of inventive gift companies offering beautiful Mother’s Day personalised gifts ,that can embody the story between you and your mother or family:

Not on the high street- https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/mothers-day/best-mothers-day-gifts

Getting personal.co.uk- https://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/mothers-day-gifts/personalised-mothers-day-gifts.htm

Funky Pigeon- https://www.funkypigeon.com/gifts/mothers-day

Prezzy box- https://www.prezzybox.com/personalised-mothers-day-gifts.aspx

Etsy- https://www.etsy.com/uk/market/personalised_mothers_day_gift

Photobox- https://www.photobox.co.uk/personalised-gifts/mothers-day-gifts

 

Photo Credits:

Spa- https://www.all4women.co.za/1450654/fashion-beauty/beauty/the-best-mothers-day-spa-specials-in-johannesburg

Breakfast- http://www.smart-restaurants.co.uk/food/mothers-day-sunday-30th-march-2014/

BBQ- https://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2017/05/such-lovely-mothers-day-bbq-in-backyard.html

Childs drawing- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-legacy-distorted-love/201505/mothers-day-those-raised-narcissistic-parents

Flowers- https://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/the-big-day-heres-the-best-places-for-mothers-day/3412387/

Wine- https://www.thepresentseason.co.uk/personalised-mothers-day-bottle-of-rose-wine-with-gift-box-3324-p.asp

Mug- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/335658978460169367/?lp=true

Local walks in Milton Keynes

Now that the sun is shining and spring is on its way, it’s the perfect time to explore some local walks and, being based at MK Arts Centre in the beautiful grounds of Linford Manor, we thought we’d share some local walks in the Milton Keynes area. Milton Keynes is known for being a melting pot of urban and rural landscapes. As a result it has many green open spaces that flow with the original footprint the ‘city’ was built upon enveloping and preserving over 14 villages inside the grid road network. Some popular walking areas are Willen Lake, Ouzel Valley Park, Campbell Park and Caldecotte Lake, but there are always beautiful meadows, parks and little village pockets to be found.

The Parks Trust website lists many local walks in and around Milton Keynes including a 25 mile challenge, guided walks, self-guided walks, discovery strolls,  woof walks, health walks and information on the women’s walking network: https://www.theparkstrust.com/activities/walking/. Whether you’re walking for fun, fitness or just taking the dog for a stroll, there is plenty of truly beautiful places to explore. Ignore the old 1980s reputation Milton Keynes was labelled – get off the grid and look at what’s inside it – it’s beautiful!

 

Here at Cute Maps we have fortunately designed quite a few walk maps with many local businesses, organisations, charities, parishes and MK Council. ‘A dog walkers guide to Milton Keynes’ compiled by Debbie Greaves and Rob Angell has 14 different dog walks that Cute Maps designed. One of our favourites is Dog Walk 2 that meanders around Loughton and Great Holm. Highlights on this walk are lakeside views, ancient hamlets, the 13th century All Saints Church, one ancient village green and one new village green. Another favourite walk of ours is Dog Walk 8, which takes you through the ancient villages of Woolstone, Woughton and a portion of the scenic Ouzel Valley Park which runs the length of the city. This is an hour and a half walk taking in pubs, riverside and canal towpath sections, historic landmarks, children’s play parks and a village green. All walks in this book have nuggets of useful information that’s perfect for every dog walker, such as dog-friendly pubs, poo bins, parking & grazing areas and the length of road walking. The book can be purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/550547534/a-dog-walkers-guide-to-milton-keynes

Another walk we designed was for dance group MOTUS’ event Pedalling the Tracks https://www.motusdance.co.uk/about. Although designed for cycling, walkers were also encouraged to the event and it makes a great walk suitable for all types of walkers, predominantly along the old train track the ‘Newport Nobby’ which ran from Newport Pagnell to Wolverton and includes the preserved train station platforms complete with retro station signs. Featuring the Cute Maps studio building, which was formerly an old gatehouse to Linford Manor in Great Linford, we really recommend this pretty walk to locals and visitors.

Recently Cute Maps also designed the ‘Wolverton Town Trails’ boards, whose walks can be found on the app of the same name in the Apple App Store, Google Play store and on Milton Keynes Councils’ website. There are four trails – here’s a peek of the ‘Walk in Railwaymen’s Footsteps’ walk. Look out for the boards in Wolverton planned to be erected later this year!

 

First Picture- from left to right, top to bottom.

Great Linford Manor- https://discovermiltonkeynes.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/great-linford-manor/

Ouzel Valley Park- https://www.theparkstrust.com/parks/ouzel-valley-park

River Crossing- http://www.mkramblers.org.uk/

Peace Pagoda- Instagram @errazti_93

Celebrity Weddings

Since Kate Middleton and Prince William married in 2011 the British public and the world have fallen in love with the Royals all over again and inspired other celebrity weddings. From Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (2014), to Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer(1954) celebrity weddings have been the talk of brides, grooms and the wedding industry for over 60 years and will continue to be inspirational.

2018 Weddings:

Taking a look back at 2018, we witnessed the wedding of the year between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. In November fans discovered that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin also married, but announced to the world in a less conventional and cute way by changing their Instagram names. Both had a huge influence on 2018 weddings and fans of the royals and celebrities. Other celebrities who wed in 2018 were Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard, Chanel Iman and Sterling Shephard.

 

Celebrity Wedding Designers:

Jenny Packham
A very elegant wedding dress designer who has her own collection of bridal & bridesmaids outfits, red carpet gowns, jewellery and even her own line of candles (interesting fact: she is also sister to BBC nature presenter Chris Packham!). Her pieces have been worn by some of the most famous female celebrities: Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Kate Middleton, Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Adele. http://www.jennypackham.com/

Sassi Holford
All of her work is handmade in England and isn’t limited to bridal gowns –  occasion and evening wear are also a huge part of her craftsmanship. Her collections are what brides dreams are made of – often simple, elegant and elements for many tastes in fashion. Celebrities who have wed in her beautiful gowns are Emily Andre, Autumn Phillips, Helen Skelton and Shirlie Kemp.  https://sassiholford.com/

Charlie Brear
Bohemian brides beware, this designer has the vintage wedding dress of your dreams! She has a huge following of modern brides who love her unique style. Her 2019 collection has modern flare and challenges the classical take on a wedding dress, with popular jumpsuit and two piece sets and different colours such as greys, pinks, blues and floral patterns. http://www.charliebrear.com/

Vera Wang
Known for designing traditional dresses with a modern edge, her gowns are unmistakeably identifiable. Her iconic bridal designs range from feathered tulle flower embroidery to a floating organza petal skirt with pleated tulle. Her pieces are so well designed they can pull off all colours, including ivory, nude, charcoal, black, reds and pinks. Celebrities wearing Vera Wang on their wedding days include, Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton and Khloe Kardashian. https://www.verawang.com/

Celebrity wedding venues:

A wedding venue can be the defining element of a wedding and many have chosen some awe-inspiring places. Even if they are outside the budget, they’re a great source of inspiration!

Amberley Castle, West Sussex is a stunning venue with 12 acres of gardens and historic architecture for a steep price of £15,000 to £28,000. It was also home to ‘This Mornings’ presenter Holly Willoughby’s wedding to Dan Baldwin.

Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin is well-known wedding venue with a 567-acre private estate with panoramic views of Wicklow mountains. Packages for the estate start at around £110 per person. This location is most famous for housing David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding.

Borgo Egnazia Resort, Fasano, Italy wed the celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. The stunning 40 acre resort overlooks the Adriatic Sea and has beautiful views. A wedding here starts at £140 and can range to £943 per person.

The historic Hotel in Venice’s Canal Grande was a fitting location for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. The Hotel Aman is a 16th century palazzo where wedding prices start from £1,000 a night to £5,106.

Be My Valentine

If you didn’t know where and how it all started, that time of year you either love or hate Valentine’s Day, started back in the Middle Ages with people sending small notes of affection. Now hundreds and hundreds of years on we still recognise it as a day of spreading love with friends, family or that someone special.  We’ve had a look for some great buys out there for this Valentines.

 

Even if you doubt it, the surprise feeling when a flowers or chocolate delivery lands with you will bring a guaranteed smile- young or old, boy or girl.  Flower bouquets and chocolates can be personalised and tailored to your loved one’s tastes and don’t forget to include a message, even if you intend to keep the sender a secret. The new dawn of flowers by post has spawned beautiful companies such as Bloom and Wild who offer a stunning array of affordable bouquets.

Swarovski, Pandora and Tiffany are all great places to get inspiration for jewellery on Valentines Day. Subject to budget you can’t go wrong with a Tiffany pendant in their signature colour and style (pendant £120) or a bargain alternative is this beautiful bracelet from Swarovski (29.50)

Homemade gifts can be the most personal and often most cherished gifts. If money is tight or you’re looking for something personal consider a homemade scrapbook of your journey together, a little box or teapot with some keepsakes inside (ticket stubs, mini gifts etc, plan a night cooking your favourite foods together or take a craft class and gift the results!

Here at Cute Maps we have two favourites suitable for whoever you decide to show your love to this Valentines. Our Cute Path Mounted Print is the perfect way to illustrate your journey together or even just your loved one’s journey in life so far. We have all kinds of requests from places visited, activities, pets, cars, favourite movies and broken legs! Or maybe our Cute Gift Map Mounted Print would suit your loved one better where you can pay homage to a special tour, road trip or your favourite places. Every design is made utterly bespoke so we use your locations and milestones to create your design, presented as a mounted print that will last a lifetime.

Plants are a great gift because it can resemble how your love keeps growing or blossoming over time. It could be a fruit baring plant or maybe a bonsai tree. Trees are also a great idea if you have the garden space and the patience for it to grow!

Photo Credits:

Picture 1- https://www.bloomandwild.com/send-flowers/tagonly/valentines-luxury

Picture 2- https://www.swarovski.com/en_GB-GB/p-M5373220/-/?variantID=5373220

Picture 3- https://www.tiffany.co.uk/jewelry/necklaces-pendants/return-to-tiffany-mini-double-heart-tag-pendantGRP06366?fromGrid=1&origin=browse&trackpdp=bg&fromcid=563632&trackgridpos=2)

Picture 4- https://coolmompicks.com/blog/2016/02/03/diy-valentines-day-gifts-kids-can-make/

Picture 5- https://www.instructables.com/id/Scrapbooking-for-Beginners/

Picture 6- https://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product/cute-path/

Picture 7- https://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product/cute-gift-map/

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
  4. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/263742121905618846/?lp=true
  5. https://www.theknot.com/content/winter-wedding-cakes
  6. https://www.deerpearlflowers.com/
  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