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Circular Wedding Florals

Set your wedding flowers free this year with circular florals! If you’ve never heard of the concept, then don’t worry as we’re going to break it down for you, with lots of great ideas to get you going.

Essentially, circular florals are just that; wreaths, hoops and hanging arrangements in a circular shape, as opposed to more traditional bouquets.

It’s set to be one of the biggest floral trends for the next couple of years and is not only stunning and unique, but it also makes for incredible photos.

The key about these quirky floral designs is that they can be used in a variety of ways, from bridal bouquets, to backdrops, to hanging décor and for use in various ways around your venue.  

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.

 

 

Hoop Bouquets

Hoop bouquets are a super-hot trend right now and rightly so as they are so beautiful. And if you’re looking for something a little different than your average bouquet, they are well worth considering. You can also use real or faux flowers. They are also very lightweight and easy to hold, plus they make superb keepsakes.

 

Wreath Backdrops

Wreaths might not be the first thing that comes to mind for wedding florals, but in terms of backdrops, an oversized floral wreath is the new floral arch. Right up there with the floral wall in terms of visuals, a floral wreath will look stunning as your ceremony backdrop. Or if that is not a runner, why not have it as the backdrop for the top table, or for your impromptu photobooth? The possibilities are endless and the result is show stopping.

 

Hanging Hoops

If you want to make a big impact then look upwards, with some hanging hoops. You can ask your florist to come up with some stunning bespoke pieces to hang above your top table, or dessert table, or the dancefloor for example. Or you if your budget is a little tighter, then you could always go DIY and upcycle some hula hoops with synthetic florals too.

 

Around The Room

Circular florals also work really well as table centrepieces. Try them with candles or lanterns in the centre and experiment with greenery and colours. They’ll also look superb on the doors of your ceremony or venue, as well as on any signage you might have and on the backs of the bride and grooms chairs too!

 

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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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Neon Wedding Signs

Light up wedding signs are nothing new in terms of décor and have been super popular for many years with couples around the country, but for 2018, expect to see the traditional signs take on a whole new retro kitsch vibe with the arrival of neon signage.

Yes think bright yellows, hot pinks, vibrant greens, cool blues and everything in between! The beauty of these signs is that you can use them in so many ways. As part of your ceremony backdrop, as part of a DIY photobooth, a cake backdrop or simply as a focal point in your venue.

You could hire or purchase a generic sign, to say something such as Best Day Ever, or Mr & Mrs. However you could also go the extra mile and create a custom sign with a personalised message, or phrase and later hang it in your home as the ultimate wedding day keepsake. 

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.

 

In the Ceremony

The ultimate wedding ceremony backdrop, you can go for something small like initials, your new surname, or fun phrases like ‘it started with a kiss.’

 

Cool Phrases

There’s no end to the romantic phrases you can use. The beauty of these is that you don’t have the extra expense of customising your sign. Everything from ‘happily ever after,’ to ‘love is all you need’ to ‘best day ever,’ are to be found.

Happily Ever After Sign by Love Inc 

 

Celebrate Your Surname

Why not go for something simple and celebrate your new married surname? Many new couples find it so oddly fun to see their new shared surname, it’s a bit of a thrill to see it be a reality, so why not celebrate it up in neon lights? Plus it would be the ultimate keepsake you can hang in your home for years to come.

 

Bespoke

If you’ve got a phrase, or a line of a song, or even in image that is something truly special to you both as a couple, then why not have it up in neon lights? Or why not have the wedding date up in lights? If you’re both social media butterflies and techie lovers then why not have a hashtag in neon light signage to act as both a social media tool to direct your guest’s posts, but also to serve as a bespoke keepsake from your big day.

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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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A Helpful Guide To Irish Wedding Paperwork

Getting married is often the best day of your life. It’s a momentous day filled with love, family and friends. You want it to be perfect and there’s plenty to be organised ahead of the day itself of course. The dress, the venue, the theme, the bridal party, the food, the cars and on and on.

But apart from all of those important details, there is also the matter of the legal and religious paperwork that each couple must fill in before they can legally tie the knot.

Paperwork can be time consuming so we can help advise on what documents you need to fill in especially if you’re living outside of Ireland and are planning your wedding here. Please please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to go through a few details.

In the meantime, here are some general helpful advice on what is required. If in doubt please check with your church or registry office and check out the HSE website which has all the information you need.

 

For All Couples –

  • To legally get married in Ireland both parties to the planned marriage must give a minimum of 3 months’ notice to a Registrar of their intention to marry.
  • This has to be done in person by both of you and you’ll need to make an appointment only. You may book your appointment online or by telephoning your local registration office.
  • Expect to need copies of passports, birth certs and proof of addresses for all of the below.

 

Civil Ceremony

If you plan to have a civil ceremony, then apart from the 3 months’ notice you must also

  • Make an appointment to see the Registrar of Marriages for the district in which you intend to marry for information on how to proceed. There is no requirement to live in the district where you want to get married. The registrar must be on the register of solemnisers maintained by the Registrar General.
  • A civil ceremony can be held in a Registry Office or some other venue that is approved by a Registrar. A Registrar will also have to be available to solemnise the marriage.
  • If you want to get married in a venue other than the Registry Office you should contact the Registry Office for the district the venue is located in to arrange to have it approved.
  • Once you fulfil the 3 months notification requirements and there is no impediment to you getting married, the Registrar will issue you with a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) giving you permission to marry. You should give the MRF to the Registrar who will be solemnising the marriage before the marriage ceremony.

 

 

Catholic Ceremonies

If you plan to have a catholic ceremony, then apart from the 3 months’ notice you must also –

  • Contact the church where you wish to get married and see if it is free.
  • You’ll also then have to arrange a priest who is on the official register, if it is not your local church in which case the parish priest normally officiates.
  • You may need to undertake a pre-marriage course and you’ll have to carry out a pre-nuptial enquiry form with your local priest, as well as obtaining a Letter of Freedom from your local parish.

 

 

Religious Ceremonies

If you plan to have any type of religious ceremony, then apart from the 3 months’ notice you must also –

  • You will need to contact the authorities of the religion in question and discuss any requirements they may have.
  • The person solemnising the marriage must be on the Register of Solemnisers which is maintained by the General Registrar. It lists both civil registrars and the members of the various religious bodies who have been nominated by the bodies as solemnisers.
  • The ceremony must be performed in the presence of two witnesses aged 18 or over.

 

 

 

Humanist Ceremonies

If you plan to have a Humanist ceremony, then apart from the 3 months’ notice you must also –

  • Use a celebrant who is accredited by the Humanist Association of Ireland.

Alternatives to the Bridal Bouquet

A bride’s bouquet is something very special. It’s as individual as she is and reflects her personal style and tastes. It’s also an integral part of the wedding day. Like the dress, the ceremony and the meal, the bouquet is a crucial part of the entire process.

That said, there’s no reason why you have to stick with convention and go with traditional flowers. Indeed, today brides are choosing some stunning, fun and creative alternatives for their bouquets. Bear in mind that many elements of these alternatives can also be fused with real florals for a truly unique look.

Apart from allowing you to show off your personality a little more, alternative bouquets, tend to make fantastic keepsakes that you might even pass on to the next generation one day.

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.

 

Brooches and Buttons

One of the biggest trends in recent times is for brooch bouquets. These are bouquets made entirely of stunning brooches and jewels all cobbled together into the shape of a bouquet. You can make this a personal as you wish by incorporating keepsakes from your loved one. Buttons are another beautiful idea and can work well alongside the brooches. Either way, they make for a stunning keepsake after the wedding day.

 

Paper

Be it sheet music from your favourite song as a couple, passages of books, pom poms made out of vibrant crepe, origami or a paper map of the world. Paper bouquets give you huge scope to be creative. Plus they are very economical compared to fresh flowers and again will last as a keepsake after the day.

 

 

Burlap and Lace

Burlap and lace are a match made in heaven and if you’re going for a vintage chic sort of look, then this really is a wonderful alternative to fresh flowers. Especially if you’re got a crafty streak or indeed a relative is a dab hand with a sewing machine. It will make the bouquets even more special.

 

Feathers and Shells

Make a total style statement with some flashy feathers and stunning shells for your bouquet. These two can go together, but often look best as either one or the other. If you’re having a bit of a marine theme or are a total water goddess, then shells will look truly fantastic for your bouquet. Feathers can also be a great addition to a floral bouquet or go all out with an entire bouquet made of feathers too.

 

Succulents

If you’re a bit of a botanic aficionado, then why not go for a bouquet of succulents? Try some exotic cacti with unusual colours and shapes and intersperse with regular blooms and green leaves.

 

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Winter Narnia Style Wedding

Bringing the enchanting world of C.S Lewis’ beloved books the Chronicles of Narnia to life is the perfect match for your winter wedding. It can be easy to fall into overly festive style themes and décor at this time of the year, but by using a theme such as this one, you’ll have huge scope for lots of chic, vintage style additions while still keeping it feeling like a true winter wonderland.

Think faux furs, snow, pine trees, fairylights, literature, hot chocolate and Turkish delights, plus lots of atmospheric candles.

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.

 

Ceremony Décor

Start with your ceremony and turn the aisles into an enchanted Narnia style forest with white branches and blossoms. Why not have a white aisle runner too? Or use white petals to line the aisle? And don’t forget to have hurricane lamps or lanterns filled with candles for the complete look.

 

 

The Table

Top off each table with frozen effect winter branches. Use ghost chairs with faux fur sashes and name the tables after your favourite characters from the book. Why not create centrepieces with fake snow or glittering oversized snowflakes and the Narnia books stacked in the centrepiece surrounded by lots of candles?

 

 

Around the Room

If you can get your hands on a vintage style wardrobe, then it’s going to be the icing on your Narnia cake, truly bringing the lion, the witch and the wardrobe to life! Why not even set up a DIY photo booth in there too? Think about hurricane lanterns, hanging lanterns and tea lights interspersed with fake snow or even white petals lining rooms and around doorways. White light up dancefloors will work wonderfully and have your guests up all night long, as well as uplighters to give the venue real atmosphere.

 

Foods

Turkish delight was a big feature in the books, so why not have this for your guests to nibble on when they arrive? As well as warming cups of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows? You could even put in a shot of whisky for the grownups! And of course a chic winter wedding cake fit for the snow queen would be perfect too.

 

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Summer Wedding Pew Ends

When it comes to wedding planning, often the seemingly smallest details end up making the biggest impact in terms of décor.

Pew ends are a case in point. In the grand scheme of things, they aren’t the biggest item to consider or indeed would not be high on your agenda of priorities, however, it’s amazing how these little additions can completely transform the look of your church or ceremony venue.

And don’t be put off by the word pew. If you’re not getting married in a church or even indoors, that doesn’t mean you can’t have pew ends. Think of mason jars or pompoms hanging from chairs. Or why not go for petals, lanterns or other touches on the ground next to the chairs closest to the aisle?

There is no limit to how creative you can get with your pew ends, so don’t be afraid to have a little fun with them. And while traditional flowers can be a little pricey, some of these more modern alternatives are very budget friendly.

Here’s some fresh suggestions for some summer style pew ends that would look great for an indoor or outdoor ‘I do’ and if you’d like help planning that ‘I do’ or want to chat about your wedding décor then please get in touch with me today.

 

Fans/Pompoms

These are a very popular trend and are a nice departure from the more traditional route of florals and can be ideal if you’re watching your budget. Think about mixing pastels with bursts of vivid colour for a really show stopping look. Have several mini fans or pompoms hanging together or go for one giant one on each aisle either.

 

Quotes or Photos

Photos are a nice twist on the traditional pew end and can be great way to pay tribute to your families, especially if there are those who are no longer with you. Quotes are a super idea too and again both of these ideas are budget friendly.

Mason Jars

Ah the mason jar, where would we be without you? These are the absolute jack of all trades when it comes to wedding décor. You can use them practically anywhere, but they do work so well for pew ends. Fill them of course with florals, but you can also fill them with tea lights, marbles, sand, shells, petals, the list is endless.

 

On the Ground

Who says your pew ends have to be hanging off the pews? Why not try having some décor on the ground by each pew or row of seats? Lanterns are always a good one, but what about birdcages, garlands, petals and rustic style wooden flower boxes?

 

Something a Little Different

Pew ends are a great opportunity to have a little fun with your décor, so don’t be afraid to think outside the norm. Things like wellies filled with flowers, milk churns, sticks with hearts or pompoms on the top can all look super. If your venue allows it, then how about cones of confetti at the end of each pew?

 

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.
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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.
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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.
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Cute Ideas for Flower Girls and Page Boys

There’s nothing cuter than having flower girls and page boys in your wedding ceremony, especially if they are indeed your own children or nieces/nephews or other relatives. It gives the proceedings a very special feel and for the children, it’s a wonderful memory they can look back on. For the couple, it’s also incredibly fun to help kit them out in mini formal wear and to try and make their ‘big’ entrance as memorable as possible.

Do bear in mind though, depending on the child’s age and demeanour, they can get stage fright. Indeed, it can be nerve-wracking for your average adult to walk down the aisle, so remember that the little ones may need some encouragement before they do their thing and be prepared for the fact that no matter how much you may have rehearsed and talked about it, they may decide to back out at the last minute. Generally speaking though, most children really enjoy the role and the further they get along the aisle, the bigger their smile.

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

 

Flower Girls
When it comes to flower girls, generally it’s all about the girly cuteness. All the fun of finding a suitable dress, shoes and as much sweet accessories as they’ll let you add in! Think fairy wings, lots of tulle, flower crowns and more. A piece of jewellery like a small bangle or necklace is a great little thank you gift for them to look back on too! But of course, it’s all about the entrance and here’s some ideas to help make that entrance as perfect as possible for them.

 

Making an Entrance
Petal Baskets
The traditional petal basket is a wonderful idea and allows your little helpers to spread some petals as they walk up the aisle.
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Signs
These make for fantastic pictures and you can find everything from romantic to funny wording to suit your style, just be sure to have a sign that’s a suitable size for the child as you don’t want them feeling overwhelmed.
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Big Balloons
What child doesn’t love a balloon? And letting them carry a specially made big wedding balloon down the aisle should appeal to both girls and boys.
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Bubbles
If your church of venue is not keen on the idea of petals, then bubbles are a great alternative. It will also focus the mind of the child as they walk down the aisle.
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Page Boys
These days, the sheer variety of smart attire for page boys is staggering and indeed it has become just as much fun to put together an outfit for the dapper boys as it is for the girls. Think mini waistcoats, bow ties, sunglasses, hats and a cool mix of smart and casual. Personalised cufflinks would make a lovely gift which they can look back on in years to come. Again the entrance is all important and there’s plenty of ways to make it as fun as possible for these little dudes.

 

Making an Entrance
Ring Security
This is such a genius idea and one most little boys will love. The idea is you make them essentially ‘ring security’ as they walk down the aisle with the rings. Look out for cute signs, police style badges and sunglasses to complete the look. Of course it is a very serious jobs to mind the rings, but you can always provide them with dummy rings and let the best man take care of the real deal.
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Superhero
Most boys will have a favourite superhero, and if you aren’t too fussed on formal attire, why not let him walk down the aisle dressed up as his favourite hero? Or add some hero embellishments to his outfit, such as superhero cufflinks or buttonholes?
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Signs and Flags
Signs and flags are a universal addition for both page boys and flower girls. Take it to the next level have a small cart which the page boy can wheel the flower girls down the aisle in, complete with cute signage on the back.
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Four Legged Friend
If you’re planning to include your four legged friend in the procession as well, then why not let the page boy or flower girl be in charge of leading your canine companion down the aisle? The combination of cuteness will be hard to match!
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