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Reinventing Classic Green & White

Just because something is considered a ‘classic’ wedding theme or colour combination, doesn’t mean it’s not worth considering. Indeed, the very reason it’s considered a ‘classic’ is because it is such a successful look.

Of course, many couples want to go for trends or colours, or themes that are in vogue at the moment, reflecting what’s popular at the time.

One of the best ways of delivering on both of these requirements is to reinvent a classic theme or colour combination, and there can be nothing more beautiful or breath-taking than classic green and white. And by that I mean lush greenery and crisp white.

Here’s some ideas to get the creative juices 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.

                                     

Secret Garden

A great reinterpretation of this theme is to turn the green and white into a secret garden feel. Literally give the feeling that you and you guests are stepping into a lush, hidden, indoor garden. Think big bold greens accented with lots of crisp white florals, go for green and white floral walls and blossom trees. If budget is an issue then why not focus on having the top table or sweetheart table adorned rather than the entire room?

 

Add Accents

Green and white are bold and engaging enough to work on their own, but if you want to freshen things up, then why not add some on trend accents of contrasting and matching colours such as gold, pink, grey, etc. These can be reflecting in florals, but also think about additions such as stand out table centrepieces, cake stands, mirrors, table cloths, chair decor and more?

Hanging Florals

One of the most popular wedding trends of recent years is for hanging florals and green and white lends itself so well to this particular trend. Think about having greenery and white florals handing from chandeliers or lights and let them drape down over the tables? Think about bespoke hanging green and white floral installations over the top table and remember to accent with hanging tea lights for a stunning look when the sun goes down.

Candles/Fairylights

If you want to make sure you ace that secret garden look then the addition of candles and fairylights is a mus. Think about incorporating them into your décor through draping and backdrops, and be sure to interpose lots of candles of differing sizes with your green and white additions to bring the magic to life once the sun goes down. 

Floral Installations

Flowers play a big role in how your wedding day will look. It can be easy to simply think of wedding flowers in terms of the bridal bouquets, the buttonholes and perhaps a few flowers for the ceremony or church, but in fact flowers are so much more integral to the wedding theme and overall décor than most couples can imagine.

While flowers will always be key to wedding décor, this year you can expect to see more and more impressive ‘floral installations, thanks in part to  the two British royal family weddings last year, which featured some very impressive floral arches and walls. So not surprisingly this year, we can expect to see this trend reflected in microcosm, with floral arches, floral moon gates, flower walls and hanging floral installations to add drama to the proceedings.

Here’s some ideas to get your thinking. 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.

 

Floral Wall

A good floral wall is a really savvy investment to make for your wedding day, because quite simply it is a multi-taskers dream! It can be used as a backdrop for your ceremony. You could use it as a selfie wall for your guests to take snaps. You could place it behind the top table, use it as a backdrop for your cake. The list is endless.

Ceremony Statements

This year it’s all about the big floral statements for your ceremony. Think chic floral moon gates and floral arches as either the backdrops for your ceremony or if that won’t work, try them on your church entrance. Use oversized greens and draping to make a big statement on your entrances or use blossom trees to line your aisles.

 

 

 

Hanging Florals

This year, it’s time to look up and think about ways to use the vertical space above your wedding! Hanging florals make an absolutely stunning visual impact on your wedding venue and can completely transform the look of your space in an instant. From floral chandeliers, to hoops covered with flowers, to long box style installations, there’s so many ways to utilise the vertical space. Don’t forget to play around with colour and greenery and use additions like hanging tea lights for an added romantic dimension once the sun goes down.

Garlands

While they might be seen as the more traditional cousin of modern floral installations, don’t underestimate the impact of a classic garland. Whether you use them on fireplaces, as table runners, on walls to create a backdrop or lining a great staircase, these type of statement florals are the ideal match for weddings.

 

 

 

Wedding Floral Wall

Ever since Kim Kardashian tied the knot with Kanye West some years ago in Italy behind an enormous floral wall, it’s become one of the most sought after wedding trends. And it’s not hard to see why.  A regular feature of the Instagram-able wedding, a floral wall is a truly stunning addition to your wedding day décor and is surprisingly versatile.

While Kim and Kanye no doubt went for fresh flowers, most couples don’t have the same budget to spare, so looking into a faux floral wall is the route most couples choose. And the effect is still absolutely breath-taking.

And what’s most surprising about them is that they are incredibly versatile and you’ll find you can use a floral wall in so many ways.

Here’s some visual inspiration for you, to get the ideas flowing. We offer hire of the beautiful floral wall pictured below. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

Ceremony Backdrop

So many wedding ceremonies are now taking place outside of traditional churches and that gives rise to the chance to be a little more creative with your décor.  So whether you’re saying ‘I do’ in a chic loft space, to a manor home or a hip pub, a floral wall can easily be placed as the backdrop behind the ceremony to give it the wow factor. It will look stunning for you guests on arrival and of course in the pictures too

 

Top Table

If you’re not in a position to have a floral wall as a backdrop in your ceremony, then why not consider having it in placed behind your top table?  Place it with draping and fairylights for that truly stunning enchanted garden or Midsummer Night’s Dream feel. Plus if you’ve already used the wall in your ceremony, then don’t think you can’t move it and place it in your venue too. That’s the beauty of it – it’s the ultimate multi-tasker.

 

Photo Booth

If the idea of a traditional photo booth does not appeal to you or you cannot make it happen with the budget, then use the floral wall instead. Again, remember how versatile it is. It can be positioned in the venue, you can leave some fun props, such as hats and signs, feather boas, blow up instruments, etc. and let the guests go nuts. You can leave a retro instant camera or digital camera and enjoy looking at all the snaps the next day!

 

Around the Room

You can move your floral wall to almost any area of your venue to suit your needs. If there’s perhaps a corner you’re not happy with or a section you need to cordon off, you can even use the wall as a beautiful visual distraction. It would also look fantastic behind your cake or dessert stations, or you can have it as a sort of red carpet arrival area for your guests complete with fake paparazzi. The possibilities are endless.

 

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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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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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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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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Unusual Wedding Flowers

Flowers are an integral part of any wedding day. They can bring the whole day to life injecting colour and tone in an instant. But while flowers and weddings go hand in hand, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the script. If you want to get away from the more traditional and embrace unusual wedding flowers ,then now is the perfect time to do it as there is an entire industry of floral creativity waiting to be discovered.

Have fun with flowers and don’t be afraid to make a statement. Think floral walls, hanging florals, floral instillations, floral chandeliers, and much more. Of course fresh flowers are always going to be a pricey investment for your big day, but thankfully there are a whole host of false blooms out there that look so convincing it would be almost impossible to tell the difference.

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.

 

Hanging florals

Make a statement with stunning hanging florals. Think of floral installations suspending from the ceiling over your tables. Upturned parasols filled with flowers can look like something off a movie set. For atmosphere why not have handing tea lights interspersed with flowers or have lanterns strung from the ceiling filled with blooms. And for the DIY lover, then using hula hoops covered with flowers or floral wreaths can work really well too.

 

 

Floral Chandeliers

Who said chandeliers have to be crystal? Add a host of beautiful flowers to chandeliers in your wedding venue and turn something beautiful into something extraordinary.

 

 

Floral Walls

Channel the loved celebrity style trend with an impressive floral wall. You could use these during your ceremony, or at the reception where it can become a real focal point and even an impromptu DIY photobooth for your guests. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a burst of colour, but of course the classic colours of crisp white and lush greens will work with any theme.

 

Staircases, Fireplaces & Garlands

If you’ve got staircases and fireplaces in your venue, then make sure to make the most of them and accent them with some flowers. Whether it be decadent, show stopping garlands or simple wildflowers, it really does have a massive visual impact.

 

Trees

Bring a real senses of the outdoors in with some perfectly placed trees in your venue or ceremony. Think about using them as pew ends, or dotted around the venue to really add some stunning scenery to your day.

 

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Autumnal Wedding Flowers

The autumn season is upon us and it’s a really special time of the year to tie the knot. The changing leaves and the hopeful promise of some mild weather still to come has made September and October increasingly popular months to say ‘I do’ in recent times.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped countless couples put together their dream autumnal wedding day, drawing on the palettes of the season. One of the most practical ways to inject some autumnal flavour into your day, is by using some carefully chosen seasonal flowers, which you can use in everything from your boutiques to pew ends and even your table centrepieces. Here’s some of my top seasonal inspiration for achieving the look. If you’d like to chat in more detail about your wedding day, then please get in touch.

 

Bouquets
You don’t have to go over the top with the colours of autumn to get the seasonal feel across. Think of using just a few vibrant dashes of yellows, burnt oranges and greens within your bouquet. The contrast of the pop of colour with the lightness of your dress will be impactful and beautiful. Also think of adding in hints of gypsophila and even some leaves into your traditional bouquet for a unique take.
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Headpieces
If you’re not keen on using seasonal flowers in your bouquet, but still want to channel the theme, then why not go for a headpiece? It can be a simply beautiful and easy-to-do look. Think about winding branches, burnt orange leaves, berries or posies together for a full headpieces or just an accent you can pop into your updo? Works just as well with your hair down too. You can also extend the look to your bridesmaids and flower girls.
headpieces

 

Pew Ends
Your church or ceremony venue is the first thing your guests will see of your wedding day, so it’s important to make sure you have it looking the way you want it. Pew ends are always a wonderful way to make a stunning impact and injecting them with a season autumnal feel makes for a total showstopper. Think about adding a bit of drama with mini hollowed out pumpkins with floral arrangements coming out of the tops, or a scattering of season leaves.
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Centrepieces
You can really have a lot of fun with your autumnal centrepieces and if you want to ramp up the drama and impact, then go for a vibrant mixture of burnt oranges, yellows, creams and browns in a variety of florals. Add in hints of strong green, as well as twigs, branches and crisp leaves for a really rich look. Pop in lanterns, tealights, wooden décor and even mini pumpkins to complete the look.
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