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Gorgeous Wedding Garlands

Flowers might seem like something you put midway down your list of wedding priorities, but in fact, your wedding flowers are a key part of your wedding day’s overall look and feel.

From the style of flowers to the colour, to how many you have, it all matters. And if you want to make a big impact with your flowers in a modern way, then consider going for a floral garland.

Whether it’s running along your tables, or over fireplaces or even suspended from the ceilings, floral garlands with greenery are the stunning wedding trend of the moment.

With all of that in mind, here’s some visual inspiration for you to get the ideas flowing. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

 

On The Table

A floral garland or a garland made primarily of greenery with a few flowers peeping through, will look particularly stunning on long tables. Allow them to be the feature and run along the middle of the tables and spill over the edges. Or why not have something a little more organic and intersperse it with tea lights and candelabras. Even consider moss style garlands with pops of wooden accents.

Around the Room

There are so many creative ways to use a garland. Think about having lush, full mini garlands handing from the backs of the couples chairs. Hang bushy green garlands over mirrors and fireplaces. Use them above and on entrances and for a really show stopping effect, don’t forget the staircases! They are made for a big dramatic garland full of blooms and will look simply amazing.

 

Suspending Garlands

Don’t forget to consider the space above! Suspending a garland above your tables will look stunning given the right sort of venue. It also works particularly well with long tables. Why not hang some tea lights from the suspended garland for a truly show stopping effect once the lights go down.

On the Cake

Whether you go for a garland of cascading roses around your tiers, or you go for some crisp green leaves wound around each layer, garlands and wedding cakes are the perfect match. It works particularly well with naked or simple cakes, without masses of buttercream of detailing.

 

Ice Cream Dream Wedding Pastels

Pastels are the epitome of romance. They bring with them a subtle hit of colour and can work with all types of wedding themes. For a modern twist though, don’t be afraid to intersperse a hot pop of colour in between the subtle ice cream dream hues of greens, canary, blush and pale blues.

There are so many ways to bring pastels to life on your wedding day. From bridesmaids dresses and groomsman’s ties, to using the dreamy colours in your venue and even having some fun with your food and drinks, pastels are the easy, beautiful colour selection that is always a hit.

Here’s some visual inspiration for you, to get the ideas flowing. 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

Pastels are a perfect choice for bridesmaid’s dresses. Bring a modern flavour to the look though and consider getting dresses in different colours or lengths instead of all matching. Why not get the guys in on the action and add pastel pops in their ties, shirts, waistcoats or socks?

 

On the table

If the thoughts of bright colours on your wedding tables is making you nervous, then look to the understated beauty of pastels to save the day. Think pastel flowers, chalk painted mason jars and lots of stunning hydrangeas in rustic style boxes. Wooden accents work really well with pastels too. Go for pastel table runners or table cloth and why not and contrast with accented napkins or chair sashes/draping and don’t forget the lanterns filled with everything from pastel florals to pastel tea lights.

 

Around the room

Don’t forget to add a splash of pastels around your venue too. Think pastel coloured paper goods like lanterns and fans that look ideal strung from the ceiling. Pastel streamers make fabulous backdrops or look stunning on the backs of chairs. Pastel and white draping will give the room an ethereal quality and don’t forget simple additions like giant balloons.

 

Food

You can have lots of fun with your food and drinks with this colour scheme. Cakes look amazing in these colours and there’s huge scope for creativity with everything from dripping icing, to naked style cakes and lots of pastel embellishment. Beyond the cake, what about having pastel macaroons and cake pops? Don’t just limit it to the food though, why not have pastel inspired cocktails with cotton candy or just pink bubbles. Create a minty cocktails and some pink lemonade for the kids and non-drinkers would be ideal. And it wouldn’t be pastels without ice cream, so why not consider getting in an old fashioned ice cream stall for the reception?

 

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Wedding Ceremony And Entrance Decor

When it comes to wedding day décor, couples can often focus too much on the reception. While it’s true, this is where you’ll spend the bulk of the day, don’t forget to put some care and attention into you ceremony venue or church too.

It’s a great way to set the tone for your day. Remember, this is the first thing your guests are going to see, so it’s important to add your own stamp to proceedings. A lot of this will depend on your ceremony venue, as churches may have certain rules when it comes to certain items, whereas a non-religious ceremony tends to be a little more flexible.

Having said that, whether that’s just small touches such as lanterns and bay trees by the door, or if you want to go full on with aisle runners and floral arches, there’s so much you can do to bring your ceremony to life.

Here’s some suggestions to get you going. 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.

 

Aisle Runners & Pew Ends

If you want to make a big impact with just one item, then it’s got to be an aisle runner. They instantly transform the look of your ceremony venue or church. You can go all out with a specially created aisle runner featuring a monogram, favourite quote or the names of the couple and the details of the day. But you can also get just as much impact with a plain white or red aisle runner too. Don’t forget about pew ends. From lanterns, to tea lights, mini buckets, florals, bows, photos and everything in between the only limit is your imagination.

 

Dress the Door

Generally speaking, the door is your first chance to set the tone for the day for your guests, so don’t overlook it. Small touches like lanterns and a couple of bay trees will make all the difference. If you want to go all out why not invest in a bespoke floral arch and some draping for a real wow factor look?

 

Backdrops

Backdrops are not always possible in a church setting, so discuss it with your church point of contact in advance. There’s so many ways to add a backdrop to your ‘I do’ and it will look stunning in your photos. You could do a Kim and Kanye and have a beautiful floral wall, or keep it more subtle with draping and fairy lights. For a modern twist why not have a bespoke neon signage or for a retro look try vintage doors or even wooden pallets.

Seating

Again, churches tend to have pews already in situ, but for non-religious ceremony venues, make sure to think about the seating and how it’s going to look as it’s going to form a large part of the overall feel. Think about on trend ghost chairs, chic Chiavari chairs, covers and sashes, draping, Hannah Jane chairs or even bistro chairs.

 

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Minimal Wedding Decor

If you are a lover of modern décor, clean lines and minimalism then why not bring these passions into your wedding day décor. While this sort of look may on the surface seem easier to achieve than your average wedding décor, it is in fact a tricky one to get right.

Minimalism is all about clean lines and making the most of the space with clever use of light and dark. That can be hard to achieve especially when it comes to wedding tables and venues.

Think about clean colour palettes with small flourishes of greenery, golds and metallics. Nude cakes are a match made in heaven for this theme too. Go for simple centrepieces with white, grey or muted tones and make use of tea lights and hanging bubs.

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

 

Venues

If you really want to follow through on your modern minimalistic wedding, then look for a venue that’s the very opposite of the usual hotel/ballroom style of offering. Instead, search out the more unusual venues often in city centres, such as industrial spaces, libraries, theatres, restaurants, barns and museums

 

Table Décor

Think less is more when it comes to table décor. Resist the urge to have too much on your tables and think about simple centrepieces or thin garlands of greenery. Go for bistro style tables, neutral table settings with crisp whites or no table cloths at all. Favour wooden features, vintage style coloured glassware flourish of golds and coppers, wooden table numbers with flecks of metallics throughout.

 

 

Minimal Décor

As with your tables, keep the larger venue décor minimal. Go for clean lines, geometric and muted tones with a few focal points. Think about statement touches, such as hanging tea lights or naked industrial bulbs or bistro lights. Why not go for one stand out hanging installation filled with greenery for your top table. Go for ghost chairs, Perspex and transparent signage with white writing for your menus and wedding info.

 

Nude Cakes

Nude cakes are the perfect partner to this style of wedding décor and are very in vogue at the moment. Think of nude cakes with touches of berries or barely iced creations with touches of gold leaf or other metallic shades. Also consider one tier cakes as opposed to overly lavish super high tiers.

 

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Village Hall Wedding Theme

There’s something so beautiful about that dreamy, vintage, village hall wedding scene. It conjures up images of a by-gone era and evokes a truly laid back feel and a balmy summers evening’s festivities.

It’s a wonderful theme to have for your wedding day and one that is super popular thanks to its visual appeal and the fact that many of the pieces needed are quite economical and easy to source – it’s also a DIY or craft-lovers dream.

Whether or not you’re actually able to source a village hall for your wedding reception doesn’t matter, as with a little imagination you can still transform your venue into a village hall style destination for your big day.  Try and find somewhere with high ceilings and lots of wooden features. Think bunting, string lights, long tables, buffet style dining, draping, wildflowers and a truly casual feel.

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

 

Tables

Tables are an essential part of the village hall theme. Standard round tables are fine, but for the genuine article go for long tables. Think casual communal dining with long tables, covered with wildflower runners, vintage jugs or lanterns and the classic bistro style wooden chairs and cushions.

 

Bunting & String Lights

If there’s one thing a village hall wedding must have, it’s bunting. You can’t really go over the top when it comes to bunting, so don’t be afraid to have a little fun. If you want to deviate from the traditional style of bunting, think of using streamers and draping. Also string lights are another essential ingredient and work so well interspersed with the bunting.

 

 

Signage

From signs welcoming guests, to charting your love story, to your favourite romantic quotes, to signs showing guests where to go and even the menu, think chalkboards and rustic wooden signage even made out of palettes.

 

Relaxed Food and Drinks

Everything about a village hall theme screams laid back and casual so make sure to extend this to your food. Think buffet style dining with everything from BBQ stations, to pizza or slider making stations, antipasti boards and dessert stations. The emphasis is on communal dining and letting everything dive in. Also consider naked cakes covered in wildflowers and boozy/non-alcoholic lemonade served in large Kilner jars or hire in some retro food trucks.

 

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Gardening Style Wedding Theme

Themes can really help bring focus to your wedding day décor, but often settling on a theme for your wedding can be difficult, so it’s a good idea to start with your interests, especially those you both enjoy. If you or your husband or wife to be are a dab hand in the garden then why not consider a green-thumbed, garden style theme for your wedding? It’s a really fun theme that has huge scope for lots of fabulous props, centrepieces and favours that generally speaking are easy to source and won’t blow the budget.

Think about wellies stuffed with flowers, old watering cans, spades, trowels, seeds, plants, cacti, lavender, your favourite herbs and produce and much more.

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

 

Watering Cans
They make ideal centrepieces, fill them with flowers or cacti. They also look great placed around the room, why not have them with some rustic palettes or old style bicycles as signage areas for your guests, or place them near your guestbook table.
watering cans

 

Wellies
Wellies and gardening go hand in hand and they can look absolutely fantastic dotted around the venue, again stuff them with wildflowers or your favourite blooms and they look great in your pictures too. Think about having a mix of bright coloured wellies as well as the old fashioned green ones which can look great if you want a more rustic garden feel to the day.
wellies

 

Favours
Packs of seeds are a great idea for favours, as they are the sort of thing that guests are really likely to keep and use! As are mini plants or cacti. Mini watering cans filled with seeds look fabulous too or what about gardeners hand cream for each guest? Or if you have a glut of your home crop, be it fruit or veg, why not package it nicely as favours? If your green thumb extends to beekeeping honey would be ideal!
favors

 

Escort cards/Table Plans
Why not use mini ladders with plants pots for each table and have each guests name on a stick in each pot?. You could also use herb plants. Or why not use packs of herbs or seeds as the escort cards? What about mini trowels? Or for lots of fun why not use a vintage style wheelbarrow filled with composts and packs of seeds as the escort cards.
escort cards

 

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Wedding Trends 2016

Happy new year one and all and if 2016 is the year you and your husband-or-wife-to-be, are set to walk down the aisle then congratulations, this year is going to be extra special for you both. Now is a great time to start thinking about your wedding décor in more detail. There’s lots of helpful wedding in fairs taking place around the country packed with fantastic ideas on how to make your wedding look and feel just the way you want it to. This year there’s lots of continuing and new trends to look out for in terms of almost every aspect of your day. A sense of mixing themes is set to be high on the agenda. Why have just retro chic, when you can have retro meets glam for example? From centrepieces, to colour themes, to cakes and general décor, there’s plenty to think about.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve got the inside scoop on all the latest trends and how to make them work for your wedding day. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss how I can help plan any aspect of your wedding, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime, here are some top 2016 wedding trends to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Colours
With Rose Quartz and Serenity being Pantone’s colours of the year, expect to see their influence in lots of nuptials in 2016. These are such pretty colours to have fun with and you can add plenty of accenting shades to them like greys, greens and pops of metallics. Speaking of metallics, expect to see them paired with pretty nudes for another must have colour palette this year. Twilight greens infused with woodland earth and tree tones are another sure hit for this year too.
colours

 

Seating
There’s been a real shift in the way in which wedding venues are set up for seating. This year the trend has moved toward breaking the old worn routine of round tables and a long top table. Instead, couples are opting for a combination of long, rectangular tables or a mix of long tables surrounded by smaller square and round tables for a much more personable and intimate feeling. Lounge areas, complete with comfortable seating options are set to be bigger than ever this year too.

seating

 

Flowers
Look for that wild, just-picked feeling for bouquets with lots of wildflowers, greenery, tone-on-tones, as well as edible herbs being included in bouquets and centrepieces.
flowers

 

Centrepieces
There’s a feeling of going back to basics on the centrepieces this year, with low potted mis-matched arrangements taking over from the more traditional, taller arrangements. Cloche or bell jars are also set to be big, with personal touches such as family photos inside each jar, as well as books, woodland moss and even desert-style blooms along with mini cacti.
centerpieces

 

Lighting
Lighting is so important to any wedding day, but expect it to be centre stage for 2016 with big bold lighting coming to the fore. Think a mix of vintage and modern style chandeliers, Edison bulbs and candelabras to create an incredible mixture of lighting effects.
lighting