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Pink & Grey Wedding Theme

Pink and grey is a colour combination made in heaven. It’s a classic duo that has stood the test of time and works universally for all weddings, no matter what theme you are going for.

From blush pink shades to hotter pinks, to steel greys and lighter greys, there’s a whole host of variation to choose from within these two main colours.

The great thing about pink and grey, is that they are so versatile and can be brought into all aspects of the wedding, from the gents suits, to the bouquets, to the stationary to the room décor itself, the possibilities are endless. Plus because it’s a popular colour combination it should be relatively easy to find lots of fab décor to dress your room.

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.

 

Attire

Grey suits are a universally flattering choice for the groom and/or groomsmen. Pairing them with a pink tie is always a winner and if you’re not sure what to pick in terms of colours for the gents, then you can’t go wrong with this combo. Also it’s a colour that works well for bridesmaids, think blush pink gowns with grey florals or vice versa or try alternating colours in your gowns for an on trend contrast.  

 

 

Flowers

Again, there’s something so classically beautiful about pink and grey florals and they are colours that are generally speaking going to work with most dresses, suits and skin tones. You don’t have to stick with the lighter, blush tones of course. You can add in pops of hot pink and sharp steel grey too, or even succulents with shades of pink and grey to mix things up and give it a vibrant twist.

 

On The Table

Have fun with table cloths from steel grey to blush pink. Think oversized pom poms in a range of pinks alongside grey lanterns, pink ribbon, roses and don’t forget Mason jars sprayed in shades of the two colours. You could also extend the theme into your chairs, with sashes, or draping to add a show stopping finish.

 

 

The Cake

Marble and granite are two very on trend effects right now in terms of weddings and for this colour palette, it tends to work very well for cakes. Think pink layers, marble effect layers and playing around with textures from mirror shine, to buttercream to fondant icing, interspersed with touches of glitter here and there.

 

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Alternatives to Wedding Confetti

Confetti is as synonymous with weddings as the white dress, walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do.’ It is a custom that has indeed been around for centuries and its origins can often be traced back to Italy. The idea behind showering the newly married couple with confetti is to bestow on them lots of good luck, prosperity and fertility amongst other things.

Today, confetti has been banned or frowned upon in many churches or venues, mainly due to the messy aspect and the clean-up needed. However, there are plenty of alternatives to normal confetti and there is even bio degradable confetti available too. Always chat with your ceremony venue contact in advance and find out what if any alternatives they will accept. But if the answer is no and you still have your heart set on some confetti then don’t despair! Simply think about different locations to throw it outside of the church or on the venue grounds and have the camera ready for some stunning shots.

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

 

Bubbles
Bubbles have become one of the most popular, modern alternatives to confetti, because these little beauties simply disappear leaving zero mess behind while still looking simply stunning in pictures. Plus kids and adults can really enjoy having fun with the bubbles too.
bubbles

 

Glitter and Sequins
Glitterbugs, this one is for you! While glitter dust and sequins look absolutely amazing, they can be a touch on the messy side, so do make sure you’ve got the okay before going ahead, or be smart and give guests little parcels of glitter to throw in a designated area that’s more suitable.
glitter
Florals and Petals
Another option which has become super popular in recent years is to throw petals or florals instead of paper confetti. Think about having petals in pretty cones for each guest, or go for something different such as herbs, dried flower heads, lavender or in the autumn season leaves work really well too.
florals

 

Pom Poms
Pom poms may be normally used on a larger scale for wedding décor, but mini versions for your confetti is a really creative choice.
pom-poms

 

Paper
Of course there’s nothing wrong with using paper confetti and there are lots of ways to reinvent the classic, such as with streamers, paper hearts or other shapes too.
paper

 

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Autumnal Wedding Theme

There’s something so beautiful about this time of year. The vibrant colour of the changing leaves in auburn, reds, browns and golden yellows, along with the subtle smell of chimney smoke, roaring fires, wooden branches, pumpkins, apples and the evenings drawing in that make for a really inviting atmosphere.

And if you’re planning your wedding at this time of year, then you’re in for a treat as there is so much seasonal inspiration to bring into your décor. From the ceremony to the venue itself and even the food and drinks, there’s so many ways to include that autumnal feeling into your celebrations. Think pops of oranges, crimsons and browns through your centrepieces and make use of seasonal produce such as pumpkins, apples and squash, as well as fall inspired flowers and berries.

If you’d like to chat about this, or any other aspect of your wedding décor or planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

 

In the Church
Set the tone from the start with some autumnal accents in your church or ceremony venue. You could go all out with tall tree style pew ends to bring a sense of the outdoors in. But using colourful autumnal leaves to line the aisles works just as well. Think of having mini pumpkins, burlap bows and lanterns along with autumnal coloured flowers too.
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Centrepieces
Pumpkins of course are a given for this time of year, but they don’t have to equal Halloween and hollowing them out and adding in flowers instead of candles is a sophisticated take on the seasonal theme. Also think about using different size and varieties of pumpkins and get creative with the spray paint for a great look too. Wood accents are also ideal as are logs, branches and autumnal leaves dotted around the table. Cinnamon sticks around candles look great as do a smattering of acorns and chestnuts.
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Escort Cards
Have fun with your escort cards and use seasonal produce like apples, mini pumpkins, figs and squash! Individual leaves and pine cones also look stunning.
escort-cards

 

Food and Drinks
Why not replace the traditional glass of bubbles for apple cider? Or a spiced apple and cinnamon cocktail concoction? Mini apple pies or apple donuts make great canapes too, as do pumpkin pies and American inspired s’mores and candy apples which grown-ups and kids will both adore.
food-and-drinks

 

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Mason Jar Wedding Ideas

The humble Mason jar may have started off as a way to preserve fruits and foods, but they have now become a firm favourite as a stunning, yet inexpensive way to enhance wedding day décor across the board. These super versatile items can be used in practically all areas of your wedding day. From the church or ceremony venue, to the wedding venue itself, on the tables, as part of your food and drinks, favours and much more.

What’s great about mason jars is that they are easy to source in various colours and sizes, they are relatively inexpensive and are super versatile. Plus if you’re a DIY lover you can let your imagination go wild pre-wedding getting them ready to fit in with your theme in a variety of fun projects.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day décor and planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.
In the Church / Ceremony Venue
Mason jars make ideal pew ends and they are so adaptable they can go with practically any theme. Fill them with florals of your choosing, floating tealights, sand, pictures, quotes; you name it you can fill a mason jar with it! They look equally good either hanging or along the ground of each pew. Also they look fab dotted around the church or ceremony venue too, at the main door on welcome tables etc.
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Centrepieces and Table Décor
Mason jars were made for centrepieces. They are so incredibly easy to dress up and as mentioned you can fill them with anything that you think looks good. Stack them with rustic pieces of wood, books, florals, on vintage cake stands, fill them with photos of you as a couple, your favourite love quotes, candles, fairylights, sand, shells, leaves, flowers and much more. Have one Mason jar or go for a large cluster. Also if you’ve got children coming to your wedding then make sure to fill some mason jars with crayons or pencils and leave them as favours at each child’s seat.
table decor

 

Around Your Venue
Hanging mason jars filled with tea lights or even battery operated fairy lights looks just stunning hung either indoor or outdoors depending on your venue. Also why not have some DIY fun and turn them into a mason jars style chandelier? They also look great on decorative mini wooden ladders along with some florals or initials. If you’re going for a rustic theme, arrange some on wooden barrels filled with gypsophelia for a never fail look. Arrange them on windowsills, your guest book table, mantelpieces and anywhere you feel like.
around the venue

 

Food and Drinks
Serve your favourite cocktails in these retro style mason jars for great effect and have some ‘mocktails’ on standby for non-drinkers. Or allocate each guest their own mason jar for the proceedings and allow them to serve themselves from your drinks table that could be filled with alcoholic cocktails or lemonades. Milkshakes in mason jars are ideal for kids. And don’t forget desserts! These can work so well in mason jars too.
food and drinks

 

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Dramatic Draping at a Wedding

When you first see your wedding venue, it’s nice to try visualise how it will look on your own wedding day. Often it can be set up fully or partially to give you an idea of how it can look, but if you have your own vision of how you want the room to look on the day, then it’s important to try and visualise in your mind where you plan to add your own little touches.

Draping is one such way to add your own stamp on your big day and it can have a dramatic effect on your wedding day décor. A relatively simple thing, yet it instantly adds an air of romance and an elegant inviting atmosphere for your guests. Think light, chiffon style material that can be hung from the ceiling to add a soft ethereal feel, on walls as backdrops, on room pillars, at entrances, on staircases, on chairs and don’t forget all the different ways you can adorn the draping – such as with lights, metallics, and colour.

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

 

In the Church/At the Ceremony
Always remember that your church or ceremony venue is going to be your guest’s first impression of your wedding day, so it’s important to make sure you add some little touches to make it feel personal and special and that it reflects your theme for the day to come. Draping can look stunning on the entrance to your church or venue. Think white chiffon style material draped in either one or two curtains, as well as draping on the pew ends. Also if your church or venue allows, why not have a gazebo-style look over the ceremony itself made out of chiffon and if you’re saying ‘I do’ outdoors, this can work particularly well.

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In the Venue

Make sure to discuss your plans for draping with your venue in advance so they can accommodate your wishes. Draping was made for ceilings and you can place the material in a variety of ways depending on your room size and of course ceiling height, but draping works so well on practically all venues, including barns, ballrooms and marquees. Also think about draping on walls for backdrops, over the top table, on any awkward pillars, windows and staircases too.
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On Chairs
Draping can look truly stunning on your chairs and there’s so many ways you can go with the look. From elaborate draping designs, to just small touches on one side of the chair itself, it really depends on how you want the draping to look in terms of the overall theme of the room.
chairs

 

Variations and Adornments
Draping doesn’t just have to be plain white or cream. In fact, it can look particularly well if you match in with the colour palette of the day. Also consider the addition of small fairy style lights with the draping itself, for a totally incredible look that is nothing short of stunning. Also play around with different materials and don’t be afraid to use a contrast of materials too for great effect.
variations

 

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Mix Up Your Wedding Lanterns

Lanterns are an ideal part of your wedding day décor. Versatile and easy to source, you can find a different lantern for every part of your wedding day and for practically any theme. From pew ends in your church or ceremony venue, to centrepieces, to dotting around your venue, to having outside your church, to using for you guests cards and well wishes, there are so many ways to use these beautiful props.

Plus there’s a style of lantern for every mood, whether you want an antique feel, beach house style, Moroccan theme, secret garden, elegant and so many more. And of course, they are quite easy to source whether you want to purchase or hire them, they are a great investment either way.

If you’d like to chat about any aspect of your wedding day planning or décor, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

 

Hanging Lanterns
This can be really impressive yet relatively simple and cheap to pull off. Think about suspending lanterns over your dessert table, or over where your guest book will be? They look great in a marquee or barn style wedding too and if you’ve got an outdoor section to your venue, then why not think about stringing some up here with tea lights for the evening time?
hanging lanterns

 

Pew Ends
Lanterns make ideal pew ends and again they are super customisable to your ceremony venue and tastes. You could go for some mini lanterns or larger more elegant versions or even think about hanging or tall lanterns too. Each will give your ceremony a different look and feel so make sure you have a think about how it will impact on your ceremony beforehand and check the churches policy on candles, if they don’t allow them there are some great fake candles with real looking frames or alternatively you could fill the lanterns with flowers.

pew ends
Centrepieces
Lanterns are perfect for centrepieces for your reception tables. You can easily find a lantern to fit with your theme, for example don’t be afraid to use a large tall lantern if you’re going for a more formal feel, equally small or mini lanterns can look great for a more casual theme. Don’t forget to look at the lanterns finish too – if you want something with a more Middle Eastern feel, then look for lanterns with cut out patterns. For a beachy theme look for white, brushed wood finished lanterns and so on.
centerpieces

 

Not Just for Candles
While typically we tend to fill lanterns with candles of varying sizes, it’s nice to think a little differently and fill them with anything from flowers, shells, cacti or even family pictures. The only limit is your imagination on this one.
not just for candles

 

Alternatives Uses
Why not use a bespoke lantern for your guest’s cards and well wishes? And don’t forget you can use mini lanterns to light up any feature windows or sections of your venue and if you have a staircase then it is crying out to be lit up with a line of lanterns too.
alternative uses

 

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Burlap Wedding Decor

If you’re looking to give your wedding day that signature rustic or even vintage feel, then prepare to make burlap your new BFF. The handy material can be used in a myriad of ways and is a DIY décor lover’s dream. It’s also relatively cheap and makes a fantastic impact. Think about incorporating it into your pew ends at the church or ceremony venue, your table décor, your table plans, even in your bouquets and buttonholes.
As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve seen burlap used to great effect over the years and here are a few of my top tips on ways to use it in your big day décor.

If you’d like to discuss how I can help with your wedding, then please get in touch.

 

Pew Ends
Burlap is the perfect match to lavender and gypsophila. Make little cones to hold the posies, or use it to make oversized bows mixed with ribbon and lace. Tie it around lanterns or candles or use it to hang mini hearts too.
pew ends

 

Buttonholes & Bouquets
Tying burlap around your bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets is a subtle way to add a touch of the material to your big day. But if you want to ramp it up a bit, why not pop in some burlap flowers into the bouquets too? And don’t forget the guys! Burlap wrapped around the groom and groomsman’s buttonholes is a lovely way to accent the look.
bouquets buttonholes

 

Table Décor
Your table décor is one of the big things to consider on your wedding day and if you’re keen in get that rustic chic or vintage look across then this is the ideal time to roll out the burlap! It looks amazing wrapped around mason jars accented with lace, for example. Table runners are another really show stopping look. For little pops why not have the cutlery sitting in burlap or dot the table with wooden and burlap accents.

table decor

 

Favors
Have fun with your favours and if you’re a bit of a wedding DIY buff then this is where you’ll come into your own! Why not wrap some retro sweets in burlap wrap? Use it to cover the lids of homemade jam jars? Wrap some lavender soaps, or coffee beans or use it to go around the pots of mini plants or cacti? Also wrapping some dried lavender or potpourri in burlap is a lovely favour guests can put into their wardrobes or drawers as a scent.

favors

 

Bunting & Pompoms

Another great way to highlight burlap is with bunting or pompoms. Think about stringing bunting from any balconies in the venue or on the cake or dessert table. Hang pompoms from the celling or dot them on the table for a stunning look. They can both also be used to great effect in your pictures.

bunting pompom