wedding decor

Wildflower Wedding Theme

Wildflowers are not just a wonderful choice for your wedding bouquets, but also for your décor. If you want to get away from the traditional style or flowers and are after a more relaxed vibe for your wedding, reflecting a boho, rustic or vintage style, then wildflowers are a must.

Not only are these natural beauties stunning, they are also much more budget friendly and can be used in your décor as well as your bouquets and buttonholes.

Think centrepieces, floral crowns and even incorporate them into your wedding cake!

Wildflowers won’t tend to work as well if you’re going for a crisper, modern, elegant theme for your big day, so keep in mind what you want as the overall look and feel.

Here’s some visual inspiration for you. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

 

Bouquets

There’s something about a wildflower bouquet that is undeniably beautiful. The colour and variety you can pack into a bouquet is incredible. Chat to your florist about what is available at the time of the year you’re getting married and keep in mind the ideas of colour. You don’t have to go with something bursting with a range of colours, you can go for wildflowers that are more or less in the same tonal family if you prefer.

 

Floral Crowns

Floral crowns and wildflowers are a match made in wedding heaven. They look stunning if you’re planning on having your hair down too. Don’t forget to match the crown with your bouquet and think about whether you want the bridesmaids and flower girls to have some floral crowns too. It can be nice to mix and match.

 

On the Table

If you think that wildflower centrepieces lack the impact of more traditional flowers, then think again! Wildflowers can in fact look even more beautiful. Arrange them in mason jars, vintage style bottles or watering cans, buckets, vases, and wooden crates or planters. Intersperse them with lanterns, candles or tea lights or sit them on top of a wooden slice to complete the look.

 

The Cake

Wildflowers work really well with a more understated cake that’s got muted tones or indeed if you’re going for a naked style of cake. You can arrange wildflowers on each tier, or just on the top. You can mix them with fruit and experiment with different cake toppers for a complete look.

 

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What is a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner?

You may have heard the term wedding ‘rehearsal dinner,’ in lots of American movies when it comes to wedding ceremonies. But just what is a rehearsal meal and should you have one?

Well while these occasions are par for the course in the USA, there are not exactly a formality on this side of the pond. A rehearsal dinner is generally speaking, a meal held the night before the wedding where both sides of the families can meet each other ahead of the big day.

So while we don’t tend to have official rehearsal dinners here, many families do organise some kind of get together before the main event.

We’ve put together a list of everything you might want to consider about having an official rehearsal dinner vs a more relaxed event.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Formal Rehearsal Dinner

Movies would have us believe that a rehearsal dinner is a very formal sit down occasion held the night before the wedding. In reality, this is not always the case, but it does throw up some pros and cons.

Pros

Holding it the night before the wedding means that most family members who have travelled great distances will be in situ.

It gives the bridal party a chance to practise speeches and go through other formalities of the role.

You can assign seats and get different sides of the families sitting together so they can break the ice ahead of the big day.

Traditionally the groom’s parents arrange this event and it can be a nice way to let them feel more involved in the wedding.

 

Cons

Having it the night before can break the old tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other.

The couple may not be staying in the same location the night before the wedding, so a meal this close to the big day becomes impractical.

If guests have travelled a great distance, they may be tired and not able to stay up for a sit down meal.

A more formal affair can add to your budget.

 

 

More Relaxed Get Together

On this side of the Atlantic, many families would arrange a get together where both sides of the families can meet in a more relaxed environment and it generally takes place in advance of the wedding.

 

Pros

There’s less pressure on everyone if you go for a more laid back feel to the event, such as drinks in your home or local pub or a meal in a restaurant.

You’ve more choice about the sort of event you choose, when it’s laid back – a daytime BBQ, a picnic, an evening in a local restaurant, drop in drinks in your home, etc.

It won’t take a huge chunk out of your budget.

Often the two families spend the night before the wedding in different locations, so having the event more in advance will mean everyone can comfortably get together.

 

Cons

If you’re arranging it in the weeks before the wedding, not all members of the family who may live abroad for example will be available to attend and as such it might negate the whole idea of the event.

You may be quite busy in the weeks leading up to the wedding and the idea of organising a get together like this could be too much to have on your plate.

Without a more formal sit down arrangement where you can control who sits where, people might mot mingle as well and stick to their own families, which again is the opposite of what you want to achieve.

 

Ultra Violet Pantone Colour of the Year

Ultra violet is the Pantone colour of the year for 2018 and it is truly stunning. Vivid, bright and eye-catching this is a colour you can really use to make your wedding pop. While it can be tempting to go all out, it does have the potential to overwhelm the look of your wedding, so when using it, use it carefully.

For example, think about using it for you bridesmaid dresses as a stunning counterpoint to your dress, but then don’t go for all out purple décor in your venue, instead add subtle pops here and there. Or use shades of ultra violet and purple instead of one big splash of colour.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Flowers

Go for a few perfectly placed vivid ultra violet blooms interspersed with hits of blush and lots of greenery for a really on trend take that will look superb against the white or creams of the brides dress. Don’t forget things like Hydrangeas and of course Lavender. Be sure to match the buttonholes to the gent’s suits as say a light navy or blue might clash with the ultra violet. Experiment with succulents or even purple sprouting broccoli in your bouquets which look fantastic in purple shades with a hit of green.

 

 

Attire

Bridesmaids dresses in this vivid ultra violet shade provide a stunning contrast against the brides dress and will look incredible in the photos. If that seems a little OTT, then why not think about having the brides shoes in ultra violet for a pop of unexpected colour? Add a purple sash to your flower girls dresses. For the men, you could add some ultra violet ties, or even socks for another unexpected dash of colour.

 

Table and Room Décor

For a big hit of colour consider ultra violet table cloths. If that sounds a little too much then try napkins or glassware as a great focal point. Purple candles, florals and low level boxes filled with lavender or succulents will look stunning. Why not get DIY and paint some mason jars and fill with florals in shades of purple. Use purple coloured lighting in the room to set a stunning scene too and string purple pompoms or paper lanterns around the venue or over the dancefloor.

 

 

Food and Drink

Why not create some bespoke purple cocktails and lemonades for guests on arrival instead of traditional bubbles? Little touches like macaroons work so well in this colour palette too. When it comes to the main cake, the ever popular geode style cake trend was made for a hit of ultra violet! Think purple ombre buttercream finishes as well as tiers dressed with marbling and offset with vivid hits of full on purple.

 

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Copper Wedding Trend

Metallics are always a winner when it comes to wedding day décor. Rose gold has been the super-hot metallic of choice for the last few years, but this year sees a definite move away from rose gold and a move toward copper instead.

Expect to see it everywhere from invitations, to ceremony décor, to the wedding venues, centrepieces and even cakes.

Copper is a bit of a chameleon as you can include into most themes. Brushed copper works well for rustic or vintage themes, while polished copper is perfect for a more elegant theme.

It also works incredibly well if you want to channel an industrial or minimalist vibe to your wedding day décor. If that’s not your thing and you want to keep things a bit softer, copper is a perfect match with pink, blush and peach tones. And if you want to keep things bang on trend then consider a contrast between metallic copper and pastel florals.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Stationary
From save the dates, to your official invitees, to the orders of service, to your menus and escort cards, copper can look stunning. Whether you want to go all out with some embossed or pressed metallic copper invites, or you just want to use copper colourings, there are a whole host of styles to choose from.

 

Around the room
Why not source a piece of copper and have the table plan engraved on it for a really show stopping piece? Raid the attic or go to your local vintage auction to find some copper pieces like birdcages or frames that can be hung on the wall around the venue or used for signage. Copper lanterns would be ideal too and you can either use these on the tables, or around the venue or even have them hanging above the tables. Copper cans can work superbly well if you want to have escort cards too.

On the table
If you’re going for a rustic or vintage theme, then upcycle some cans with copper spray. You can do the same with mason jars and different shaped bottles and jars too. If you want something a little more polished then look out for oversized copper vases, or if you want a minimalist touch then copper style terrariums filled with cacti are ideal. Why not add some copper chairs for a really strong visual impact?

Food and Drinks
Copper works surprisingly well when it comes to food and drinks. Why not have large copper stills or pots filled with drinks so guests can help themselves? A Moscow Mule arrival drink would be ideal too. Copper and cakes look stunning and works incredibly well with marble, so consider having different effects for each tier of your cake. If a copper cake doesn’t float your boat then consider a copper cake stand or topper.

 

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Transparent Wedding Trend

It’s set to be one of this year’s hottest trends, say hello to the transparent wedding trend!

Yes that means it’s all about Perspex features with an overriding sense of brightness prevailing through the venue and ceremony decor.

Think everything from ghost chairs to Glasshouses, or light bright spaces with full windows, this year the move is very much toward transparent spaces and décor in weddings.

Stunning to look at the transparent trend is not hard to pull off, but can require a little bit of thought and effort. And whether you just want a few features here and there or you want to go all out with it, we’ve got lots of on trend ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

The Venue

If you’re not into getting lots of Perspex pieces made up for your wedding day, but you still want to channel that brightness that’s indicative of the trend, then start with the venue. Look for glasshouses, or venues with glass roof elements; marquees or tents with transparent roofs or sides. Bright spaces with floor to ceiling windows or venues that have sunny corners with bay windows. And of course, you could have your ceremony outdoors too, followed by a bright space for the reception.

 

On the Table

You’ve got to have ghost chairs if you really want to carry off that transparent look. It’s amazing how these stunning chairs look in a venue. You can of course add sashes, but often that can detract from the effect. On the table itself, keep it simple with tall glass vases filled with crisp white and green florals. Why not look at getting menus made out of Perspex with white writing or table names or numbers made out of the same material?

 

Around the Room,

Signage works so well with this trend, so from your table plans to escort cards, to running orders, signs of welcome or just your favourite quotes, think Perspex! Why not make up a Perspex wall or large rectangle and leave markers for guest to leave you a message! A stunning feature on the day but it would be a great keepsake. Or why not a Perspex box made up for guests to leave their cards or post message of congrats.

 

Lighting

Lighting believe it or not is key with this trend too, as when the sun goes down you’ve got to maximise the impact with lighting. Fairy lights and curtain lights on those large windows and bright spaces are perfect as are hanging tea lights and candles.

 

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Silver and Chrome Wedding Theme

The last few years have been about rose gold, brass and antique style gold metallic accents, but this year it’s all about the cool chic of silver and chrome.

It’s partly down to the influx of 70s vibe décor that has become every present at the moment, but also it’s time for a change and this sleek metal colour palette is one that can work so well for practically any wedding style.

No matter what sort of look you are going for, such as vintage, modern or rustic, these colour palettes will work so well and are very readily available too. Plus if you’re DIY lover, then his colour palette is easy to up cycle existing items with.

We’ve put together some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

Future Proof
Highly shiny chrome, cream, crisp décor is perfect for a modern, futuristic vibe. Think silver chrome lanterns of varying sizes, with crisp white candles inside, interspersed with green and white florals. Oversized elegant chrome candelabras with white lines and greenery work so well, as do orb style light installations for that truly future feel.

 

DIY
If you’re a DIY lover or crafter or you just want to keep an eye on the budget, then why not repurpose some bottles, tins, jars, flower pots for use in your centrepieces and focal points? Spray them with a silver chrome colour and then add any other embellishments you like, such as glitter, ribbon, burlap or florals, the list is endless.

 

Vintage Vibe
While cool metallic chrome has a very futuristic feel to it, there’s no reason why you can’t give it a vintage twist. Look for distressed or ‘aged’ chrome and silver accents, for everything from vases, to lanterns, and even place settings/ Antique style chrome mirrors are ideal for wedding signs, the menu or even for use as your seating plan chart. And if you want to get retro what about disco mirror balls?

 

Get Creative
A celling full of chrome balloons or a balloon drop would look truly stunning, as would simple additions of chrome streamers and ribbon for backdrops. Intersperse the backdrop with fairylights and use other colours to accent the balloons.

 

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Complete Guide To Wedding Welcome Bags

Wedding Welcome bags are the latest trend for weddings to come out of the USA. Depending on your point of view, you might look at these bags as something to get on board with, or you may sigh at the thoughts of having to add yet another thing to your wedding ‘to-do’ list.

The idea behind them is that they are a way to welcome and greet your guests who may have travelled a long distance to get to your wedding, but they are also staring to become something that is being extended to all guests.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you want to commit to doing these bags, then we’ve broken it down for you below.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

What Are Wedding Welcome Bags?

Wedding welcome bags are a new trend that started over in the United States, but have begun to make their way over to this side of the Atlantic. The original intention for these bags was to be a way to greet guests who had travelled a long distance with goodies that they may need for their visit. Things like information on the wedding venue and local area, maps of the immediate vicinity, or some samples of what the area is known for producing. In addition, the bags generally contain some snacks and drinks to keep people going, plus some toiletries for guests who may have forgotten such essentials.

 

Why Have Them?

While we don’t tend to travel the same huge distances to go to weddings here in Ireland, they are still something to consider. Indeed many of us have relatives who can fly in from far flung places such as Australia, and if you’re having a destination wedding in another country, but beyond that it’s a nice way to make your guests feel welcome and is a very personal touch that will make a huge difference to them. While these bags started out as something to welcome those who had travelled long distances, it is also nice to provide every guest with one, no matter what the distance. Everyone who has come has made an effort to be there, so offering them a personalised welcome bag is a lovely gesture.

 

What Can I Put in Them?

Anything! Generally speaking the content are some kind of fun snacks, toiletries, drinks, information on the local area, information on the venue and the wedding proceedings, even a hangover kit could be useful! The sky’s the limit here.

 

What Sort of Bag Do I Need?

If you’ve got the budget, then why not design a canvas tote? The beauty of it, is that it will be something most guests will use again in their daily lives. If you don’t have the budget, then why not think of paper bags and get creative with a DIY stamp? It doesn’t even have to be a bag, why not a box or basket?

 

Are There Any Downsides?

The only downsides to these bags is the cost and the time. Producing a welcome bag for each guest will cost money and generally speaking you’ll be filling these bags yourself, which can take time, so keep this in mind.

 

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Irish Wedding Themed Favours

Forget shamrocks and leprechauns! If you want to avoid the old stereotypes of Ireland, but you still want to give your guests a taste of the country, then think about what stunning produce modern Ireland has to offer.

From artisan chocolates, to chic gin, to candles, seaweed beauty products and everything in between there are so many options to choose from.

Of course, you’ve got to have some of the retro classics in there too and without doubt one of the things people miss if they are living away from Ireland is the food. Favourites like Barry’s Tea, Kerry gold, Brennan Bread and Tatyo Crisps

Equally if you are having your wedding here and want to familiarise your guests with Irish culture, these items are ideal.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

 

Tayto

It’s the Irish classic, that might seem a bit odd to overseas guests, but it will be a truly unique favour they sure won’t have had before. Equally if you’re living abroad and coming home for your wedding, what a taste of home this will be! Yes it’s the classic Tatyo sandwich pack with bread, the famed crisps and butter!

 

Tea

Ireland and Tea go together like peas and carrots. We are obsessed with tea and again this could be a really fun favour. Try and track down some retro style tea tins of brand such as Barry’s or Lyons and leave one for each guests.

 

Seaweed

Ireland’s Seaweed is famed for its skincare benefits and healing properties and indeed on the west coast of the country you can indulge in a luxury seaweed bath. But why not give guests a sample of the product with items such as soaps, bath salts and body lotions. Brands such as Voya are ideal.

 

Irish Drinks

A simple, but welcome favour, why not leave a different mini bottle of an Irish drink for each guest? Whiskey is an obvious choice, but think about all the artisan gins, craft beers and non-alcoholic drinks being produced here in Ireland. If you want to get fancy, then you could personalise them and have each on a bundle with a few other items, such as artisan chocolates or mixers.

 

Candles

Irish artisan candles have become huge in recent years. It’s a thriving business and many of them are truly unique with scents such as rainy Irish day or a turf fire to really give your guests something different.

 

 

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The Pros and Cons of a New Year’s Eve Wedding

Getting married on New Years Eve (NYE) has a certain appeal to it. Think The Great Gatsby with opulence, champagne towers, glitter and even fireworks!

In short, it’s guaranteed to be a huge party that has the potential to be truly memorable and if that’s something you want for your wedding, then it is well worth considering it.

However, there are potential pitfalls, not least of which is a spiralling budget as costs will invariable be higher.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Pros

Family Will Be Off

Generally speaking friends and family will be off work for the festive season and most will also have New Year’s Day off too, which means you could have a relaxed brunch or lunch the following day with your guests.

 

Memorable Anniversary

It might sound ludicrous to you now, but after you’ve been married a few years, you might occasionally forget your anniversary. But if it coincides with NYE, then you’re likely never to forget it again, plus you’ll hopefully both be off work and free to celebrate every year.

 

There Will Be A Party Feel

Because it’s NYE, there will already be a huge sense of party in the air. You can expect your venue or hotel to be buzzing that evening with a high possibility of other functions or events going on, unless your venue is a bespoke location.

 

The Glam Factor

If you are a total bling, glitter bug, then getting hitched on NYE is the ideal day because you can take your passion to the max, more than any other time of the year!

 

Cons

More Expensive

Generally speaking most weddings on NYE will see a hike in costs. This includes venue hire, staff time for working on NYE, as well as other vendors.

 

Expectations are High

On NYE, there are expectation of a bigger bash, i.e. perhaps involving something like a fireworks display a midnight, special favours, décor or extras such as photobooths etc.? It is something to bear in mind and can add to the inflating of the budget

 

Long Standing Plans

At this time of year people can have long standing plans or even family traditions such as going away for NYE and that means it will be difficult for them to change it. Make sure to let them know well in advance or do a check of the key people before you book.

 

Losing the Bespoke Feel

Because it’s NYE your wedding will lose some of its personal identity as you’ll be sharing the day with another occasion. Even if your venue has a one wedding a day policy, there is likely to still be festivities of some sort which might distract from your wedding day.

 

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Winter Wedding Favours

Winter weddings are very special. While winter may not be everyone’s first choice for their big day, there is just something about saying ‘I do’ at this time of year that brings an air of extra romanticism to proceedings. The stark bare trees, the often crisp blue skies, or if you’re lucky a dusting of snow!

To match the beauty of the season, why not go for some winter themed wedding favours to welcome and thank your guests for sharing in your special day?

Everything from personalised festive baubles, to homemade hot chocolate mixes are the ideal partner to your winter wedding day fun.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

DIY

If you’re a dab hand at DIY treats or crafting then this is the perfect excuse to devise something truly special for your wedding favours. Think of the winter theme and try your hand at homemade mincemeat for pies or honeys. Why not put together a special hot chocolate mix or cook up some home brew? If you’re really crafty who not make some snow globes with mason jars?

 

Edible Treats

At this time of year, the scope for edible treats skyrockets! And everyone loves to find something sweet waiting for them at their seat. So think of things such as, candy canes, mince pies, gingerbread people or even bespoke snowflake cakepops!

 

A Touch of Bling

Tis the season to sparkle, so why not bring this into your wedding favours? A specially created, personalised festive bauble or snowflake is a really thoughtful gift and one your guests will hopefully hang on their trees for the years to come.  Or why not go for something fun and budget-friendly like sparklers?

 

Winter Treats

Everyone loves a little something to keep them toasty over the winter season, so why not give your guests items such as gloves, mini hot water bottles, personalised blankets or mittens! Mini bottles of Prosecco would be ideal if you’re tying the knot close to New Year’s Eve. Or why not go for something green like a mini evergreen, or a pine cone fire starter?

 

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