Something different, but still cute

It’s been a wonderful few months filled with some out of the ordinary maps and requests. Amongst many wonderful ideas were a Cute Path version of a table plan, a wedding map inside the fascinating Eden Project biomes and a table plan full of pubs…

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All I want for Christmas! Our Top 20 Treats List

All I want for Christmas….! We’ve put together a bunch of delectable delights (mainly ‘for her’ of course!) of our top 20 needs and wants for Christmas this year, in no particular order. Any one of these would make a totally luxe gift for any special lady in your life, Chanel nail polish for your best friend, stylish Liberty stationary for your colleague, Charbonnel et Walker chocolates for your mum… there’s so many beautiful gifts to choose from but these are our highlights at Cute Maps this year, so if any of you are stuck for ideas – I put this list together (hint!)

 

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 Above: 1.Chanel Nail Polish £18

2. Chanel Noir Perfume £106 for 100ml

3.Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick £25

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Above: Liberty 2015 Navy Leather Diary £60 – Also available as a note book

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Above: Emma Bridgewater for Liberty Mug £24.95

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Above: 1. Liberty Fudge £7.95

2. Liberty Scarf £65

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Above: House of Hackney Velvet Cushions £145

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Above: House of Hackney Set of Three Notebooks £14

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Above: 1. Christian Lacroix A6 Notebook £12

2. Fortnum & Mason Biscuits £25

3. Fornasetti Candle £99

4. Diptyque Candle £45

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Above: The Jewel Box by Prestat £24.95

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Above: Charbonell et Walker Truffles £12.95

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Above: Pierre Hardy Pouch £135 (small) £160 (large)

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Purple Trim Phone Amazon £19.99

That should do it!

Black and White Styling

77_5249082_origSo this post is a bit of a contrast to what I was saying in the last one (the Missoni wedding.) I was all like, if I get married I’d sooo do the colourful clashy Missoni laid-back thing, but hey, a girl can change her mind right? (Especially when the girl likes everything!) So this post is all about super glam, crisp, black and white wedding styling ideas, which we at Cute Maps absolutely love. And at the end of the day, I truly think that anything that resembles a Chanel store/display/outfit is absolutely a very good idea for a wedding theme.

Such a stylish, elegant and classy theme, timeless and sophisticated, but also a theme that isn’t too ‘themed’. It’s really easy to achieve as you can’t really go wrong with it in terms of ‘matching up’ items, it’s not like it has to be the right shade of blue or red. It’s a really simple idea which quickly turns to super glam when done to perfection.
It’s also great for anytime of the year, not adhering to colour trends or the seasons. Classic.

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We love the idea of elaborate black and white wedding cakes, check out the stripy ruffle cake below (but equally, simple black and white works just as well) complete with a black and white desert table with interesting and quirky chocolates, lollys and cakes – I’m thinking the devilishly black macaroons found at Laduree. Black details on a white dress (or for me, white details on a black dress OR a totally black dress with totally white flowers! See the bridesmaids image below for this idea) black and white flowers, table settings, centre pieces, creative and striking favours and of course, black and white invites and wedding stationary designed by Cute Maps! Enabling you to invite your glamorous guests with the continued theme. Some black and white photography, film noir style also wouldn’t go a miss here (see below for some ideas) I can see these photos really standing the test of time.

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Personally, I also think a hint of gold can take the black and white theme to new heights, when I think of this I think of Great Gatsby style imagery and suave cocktail parties. Some ideas could include gold rimmed plates on a black and white table setting, gold cutlery, gold text on the menus, a hint of gold in the centre pieces, you could really go wild with this.

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We have put together a gallery below of some of our favourite black and white wedding styling images that we hope can give you some hints of inspiration… I feel this may be an ongoing obsession of mine, so watch this space for more!

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Real Life Wedding, Ailsa and George

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An absolute stunner of a wedding to share with you today! With such a classic looking bride in the grandest of venues; all those hours on pinterest certainly paid off. Love their idea to give each table a ‘leader’, a genius way to share the hosting duties and get everyone involved. This beautiful day was captured wonderfully by Geoff Kirby www.geoffkirbyphotography.co.uk. Let’s hear from the bride…

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Names – Ailsa Clarke & George Adams

Wedding Date- 14.09.13

The vision for the day- classic chic wedding with a lot of originality and a focus on family.

The Planning Process- hours spent working out which way to go. Once the major details were worked out the smaller parts were planned night after night. Pinterest was very much my friend! George got to the point where he wanted to be involved but given options rather than researching so i took on the role of chief planner .

The Venue- pinchbeck church followed by a marquee on the lawn of Georges father’s house- Pinchbeck hall.

The Dress and Accessories- customised Mark Lesley dress. Earrings and hair slide from notonthehighstreet.com both with a pearl and diamond effect and veil from masquerade.

Grooms Attire- traditional wedding suit hired from Goddards in Spalding. Went for grey suit with navy ties to match the colour scheme.

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The Readings- my oldest school friend Gina workman read song of Soloman from the bible- which is a love poem. George’s sister Lucy Adams read “grow old with you” from the film the wedding singer.

Beautiful Bridesmaids- My two sisters Lizzie and Mabel wore silver, Lizzi- George’s sister, Sam- my brother’s girlfriend and my best friend Emma wore navy. Dresses were made by my mother in law Liz Alexander. She did a fantastic job and made them out of a stiff silk material from John Lewis in two styles! I loved having bridesmaids in completely custom one of a kind dresses made by family.

Music and First Dance- I walked down the aisle to Victoria and Albert- Ilan Eshkeri which was from the soundtrack to the film The Young Victoria. It is one of my favourite films and the score is beautiful and felt right for us as it was classical sounding but had a love story behind it. We left the church to mad caddies- without you. This was a favourite of ours and is very upbeat so fit nicely. Our first dance was the Beatles- in my life. For entertainment we had a band who went down a storm- the Supertones.

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The Food- We went for a posh bbq with Moroccan lamb, cajun chicken and mozerella beef burgers alongside salads. For the night time George’s family butcher shop catered pork pies, sausage rolls, hams salads etc. The best part was the pork pie wedding cake they did for us.

The flowers- Flowers N’ Things of Spalding Lincs put out flowers together in a rustic way to match our theme. We had delphiniums, gypsophila, hydrangeas, roses etc. They were the most beautiful arrangements I have ever seen and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

The cake- Anna Davies at country kitchen cakes at Weston lincs did our cake in blue with pearls and lace, it was so beautiful she did an amazing job.

Your Photographer- Geoff Kirby from Nottingham was our photographer who did such an incredible job, he managed to capture the most intimate moments. We were keen not to have many posed photos as much prefer ones that capture moments and people when they don’t realize.

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The Details and Décor- the marquee was done by events and tents lincs. They have beautiful marquees and an amazing vision. We went for navy and silver as the colour scheme. I got lots of French looking accessories and hearts to decorate the inside. Lots of my ideas came from pinterest including gluing 3 photo frames together with a flameless candle behind them. The photos included the people on each table and were a great conversation starter. We also came up with an idea that we would have table leaders on each table who were responsible for making sure everyone was happy, got fed and had lots to drink. As part of their role they had to wear a hat of some sort which again was great fun and the people really enjoyed it. The tables were named in line with each headwear so one table was “high society” and had a top hat, another was “the fuzz” with a police hat!

The Honeymoon- We went for 2 weeks to Tanjung Benoa in Bali and spent the whole time relaxing, eating and drinking! Think we pretty much put a stone on each but it was such an amazing time.

Memorable Moments- A memorable moment for me was the time before the church as George’s sister phoned to stall us because some guests were still in the pub. This gave my dad and I a good 10 minutes on our own in the car which was really special. During the service I had a butterfly in my dress layer which was quite funny as it was flying around throughout the whole service- George managed to get it out in the room where we signed the register. Another memorable moment was after the service as we arrived back at the marquee first and enjoyed a few minutes on our own drinking champagne before people arrived. The speeches were particularly memorable too- my dad had managed to steal my childhood teddy prior to the wedding and had got him a little tux to wear so presented that during his speech which was hilarious. George also did a fantastic speech based on the guidance i had printed off for him a few nights before when he still hadn’t written a speech. He just basically listed this off and said a little bit about each point which went down really well despite him being in trouble from me for not writing a speech!!

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Advice for other couples- It will never cost what you expect even if you are meticulous with budgeting and planning so definitely plan to spend more. When planning try to remember why you are doing it and pick things that are personal to you. It literally goes by so quickly it’s unbelievable so definitely try to take a few moments during the day to take it all in!

Credits- Photographer- Geoff Kirby www.geoffkirbyphotography.co.uk

Marquee- the events and tents company www.eventsandtents.co.uk

Band- the supertones booked through www.alivenetwork.co.uk

Caterer- www.jeevescatering.com

Pork pie wedding cake- www.adamsandharlow.co.uk

Cake- country kitchen cakes Weston- www.countrykitchencakes.co.uk

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?