wedding planning

Green and White Wedding Theme

Crisp whites and fresh greens is one of those universal themes that works for practically any type of wedding venue. It’s a tried and tested combination that can be interpreted in many ways to suit your particular style of wedding, be it elegant, rustic, vintage, modern or anything in between. You could want a tropical theme for example and have palms and grasses as your greenery or equally if you wanted an elegant feel, then you could have sophisticated topiaries. The only limit here is your imagination.

The beauty of this colour palette is the scope you have for creativity. You can go all out with elaborate hanging or tall green centrepieces, or keep it simple with low wooden boxes filled with greenery, or candles and greens interspersed around your tables. You can decide to splash out on real specimens, or you can source some artificial pieces too. Don’t be afraid to add some flecks of colour too, such as gold or other metallics which work really well with this theme too.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day décor or planning, then don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

 

Ceremony Décor

Greenery makes the perfect addition to your ceremony décor and whether you’re saying ‘I do’ in a church or not, this colour palette will work really well.  Think intense greens and white candles in lanterns for pew ends. Why not bring the outside in and have leaf filled branches as tall pew ends? Why not spread soft white petals and green leaves along the aisles? And of course don’t forget the classic baby’s breath too.

 

Centrepieces

If you’re thinking of making a grand impression, then why not go for tall green centrepieces? Think about matching with crisp white table cloths and flecks of gold. But this colour palate works really well for a more rustic look too. Try low centrepieces such as rustic boxes or candles mixed with fresh greens.

 

 

Garlands

Garlands packed with greens and accents of white flowers, were made for each other and work so well for this colour palette. If you’ve decided on long tables for your venue, then garlands or greenery filled table runners will look stunning. Don’t forget to highlight other parts of your venue too, garlands looks fantastic around fireplaces, mirrors and of course staircases.

 

Creative Touches

Have fun with this look and think about using some greenery on your wedding cake. It looks particularly well with a naked or white cake draped with green leaves. Why not consider having some oversized white balloons with greenery on the tail? Turn chandeliers in the room into floral ones with the addition of white blooms and green leaves? Or if you’re a DIY lover then why not make some hula hoop wreaths? And for a really stunning addition try a floral wall!

 

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Creative Wedding Reception Drinks Ideas

There’s plenty about weddings that are steeped in tradition and the idea of the champagne drinks reception on arrival is certainly one of them. But there’s no reason why you have to stick with the rulebook here. While it’s lovely to have drinks to welcome your guests, you don’t have to serve bubbles. Instead think of this as the perfect opportunity to set the tone for your wedding day to come, so why not have some fun and serve something more unique.

Think about having bespoke cocktails, retro lemonade stations, ice cold beer served in old fashioned tins and troughs or for the younger guest’s milk and cookies? The only limit is you imagination.

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

 

Colourful cocktails

Be it a cotton candy champagne cocktail, to the classic cosmo, or something bespoke served in mason style jars, think colour and fun when it comes to these drinks.  Use different glasses, glitter and colour to make things really stand out. And why not offer a special his and hers option with a bespoke cocktail from the bride and a special creation from the groom too!

 

Retro Lemonade

A great idea for summer weddings, why not offer your guests some refreshing lemonade flavours served from large, retro Kilner style containers? Think about traditional lemonade flavours, but also consider different options in keeping with the season, such as fresh berries, elderflower or even fresh cucumber? Offer boozy and non-boozy varieties to keep everyone happy.

 

 

Old Fashioned Refreshments Troughs

From troughs, to canoes, to wheelbarrows, to old tins and even baths, ice cold beers displayed in any of these retro inspired ways is a fantastically fun take on your drinks reception.  Of course you don’t have to just serve beer this way, you can offer a variety of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike.

 

Hot Drinks

If you’re tying the knot in the winter months then think about something warming and welcoming like hot chocolate laced with bourbon. What about hot apple cider or fruit punch? Think about Irish coffees, lattes and lots of luscious toppings too and let guests help themselves.

 

For the kids

If you’ve got younger guests at your wedding reception, then don’t leave them out. Having something special just for them will really make them feel part of the day. Milk and cookie style drinks and canapes are ideal for children and they’ll just love the idea that they have special drinks just for them. Why not consider flavoured milks too and all sorts of different cookies.

 

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How to Tackle the Wedding Plus One?

Weddings can often throw up a lot of potential landmines with regards to issues such as seating arrangements and who to invite. Often it can be focused on whether or not to invite small children and whether or not to extend your invitation to a plus one.

We all read the hot debate of the latter topic when Pippa Middleton tied the knot last month and allegedly had a ‘no ring no bring’ invite policy with regards to her guests. It’s something that you really do need to think about as you go through your guest list. Do you do ultimately do a ‘Pippa’ or do you welcome guest’s partners or dates no matter how long they’ve been together?

It can be a thorny issue and is dependent on so many factors. Here’s some things to consider when thinking about how you’ll approach the topic for your wedding day.

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.

 

Budget & Venue

These two factors are key when it comes to how many guests and plus ones you can afford to have at your wedding day. You may be working with a strict budget, which means plus ones won’t be a given. Also you may have a small and intimate venue, which again will mean that you’ll have to scrutinise your plus ones.

 

No Ring No Invite?

This is a tricky issue, but it’s one you should decide on from the start. Do you automatically invite guest’s partners if they are in a long term relationship but not engaged or married? Or do you allow the guest to bring their boyfriend/girlfriend who they’ve only been seeing a short time. Or do you simply allow them to bring a date for the wedding? Decide on which works best for you and stick to it.

 

 

How Many Singletons?

If you’re likely to have a lot of singletons at the wedding, then extending plus ones may not be an issue as you can seat many of them together. However, if you only have a couple of single people attending, then you’ve got to take into account how much they will be able to enjoy your day if they are there effectively on their own.

 

Be Clear From the Start

If you don’t want to extend a plus one to a guest, then make this very clear by only putting their name on the invitation. Generally speaking people will immediately understand the situation when the see it’s only their name listed. If you do want to allow your guest to bring someone, then name them or put ‘plus guest’ but ensure you get their name for your seating plan.

 

Consider After the Meal

If you do feel under pressure to allow guests to bring more causal plus ones, then perhaps compromise and invite them to the ‘afters.’ This is when all of the formalities will be out of the way and all the guests will have their hair down so the fact that there will be a few partners whom you don’t know very well will be less of an issue.

 

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Baking Wedding Theme

With shows like the Great British Bake Off taking centre stage, baking has become one of the most popular pastimes for many people. And if you and your partner fancy yourselves as a bit of a Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood in the kitchen, then why not channel that shared passion into your wedding day décor?

It’s a hugely fun wedding theme idea and it has massive scope for some truly fabulous visual touches, plus it’s quite inexpensive to source lots of the essential items. Think retro weighing scales, old tins, tea sets, edible favours and bunting.

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

 

Vintage Centrepieces

Vintage works so well for a baking theme and the sky is the limit when it comes to centrepieces. Think old fashioned weighing scales filled with flowers,  retro baking bowls, pastel cake stands or domes filled with flowers and candles, tea pots and tea sets sitting on top of old cookbooks and lots of doilies too!

 

Retro Tins

Retro and vintage style baking and tea tins are perfect for filling with flowers and dotting around the room as well as on the table or as part of the centrepieces. Raid the attic, vintage fairs, flea markets and auctions for some old tins and if you can’t find any, try some artisan baking shops and let’s not forget modern retro tins like Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Irel Coffee.

 

Favours

Everyone loves an edible favour, so this is your chance to really go for it. Think about cupcakes, cakepops and macaroons or why not make some DIY baking kits in jars containing all of the dry ingredients. Bundle together mini spatulas and wooden spoons with bespoke napkins with the wedding date on it. Or why not show off your skills with some homemade jams or chutneys in jars?

 

Have Fun with Signs and Bunting

Baking of course lends itself so well to lots of fun puns, such as ‘the perfect recipe for love’ etc, so don’t be afraid to embrace it and create some signage to have around the room. And how could you have a baking themed wedding without the infamous words of Marie Antoinette ‘Let them eat Cake!’ Or why not channel the kitsch of the Great British Bake Off Tent with some bunting and gingham?

 

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Wedding Fruit Centrepieces

Fruit can make a really quirky centrepiece or addition to your wedding day décor and it can be a great way to keep an eye on the budget versus fresh flowers too. Super versatile, fruit can play into practically any theme from retro to vintage to modern, glamourous, barn style and so much more. Plus if you’re having a very seasonal focused wedding, then again fruit can really play a huge role in setting the scene and feel for the venue.

You can also have a lot of fun with fruit. From golden pineapples to King Henry the VIII style opulence, fruit can do it all. Plus if you’re a DIY lover, then there’s plenty of ways you can get working on some creative homemade fruity centrepieces, especially if you’ve a green thumb and want to add some of your home crop in on the action too. And don’t forget, you can arrange the fruit in such a way as to let you guests have a nibble, making for a fun ice breaker.

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 directly.

 

Seasonal
If your wedding is having a specific seasonal feel, then fruit is a great option to really set the scene. For winter think holly berries, chestnuts, mandarins and cranberries. For autumn, pumpkins, squash (yes technically veggies but these work well too!) apples and blackberries. For summer it’s got to be punnets of fresh strawberries and raspberries while for spring think plumbs, radishes and cherries.
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Tropical
For that fun tropical feel there’s plenty to get creative with. Pineapples are the obvious choice, but why not go all out and spray them gold for the extra kitsch factor? This works so well if you’re going for the whole pink flamingo’s Hawaiian theme! Don’t forget other exotic fruits such as papayas, mangoes, coconuts, limes, lemons. And there’s lots of ways to display them without going to OTT on the tacky factor. Sliced limes and lemons for example look super smart when lining vases.
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Vintage
Fruit works really well if you want to channel a vintage inspired vibe. Think about mixing the fruits with some vintage style blooms too for the full effect. In terms of fruits, consider those that were seen as exotic and expensive in the Victorian era or even the long tables of King Henry VIII. Grapes, pomegranate, figs and dates are ideal.
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Get Creative
When it comes to displaying the fruit as your centrepieces, it pays to get creative as while fruit can look stunning, it does need help to be presented. Think about spraying fruit with metallics, recreate the feel of apple trees with a creative use of tall vases. Display fruits with candles, under cloches or in mini wooden crates for that home-grown produce feel. The sky is the limit on how you want to display it.
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Wedding Traditions From Around The World

For most of us our wedding day will be full of traditions, be they family traditions or more general wedding rituals. Even if you want to shun the entire idea of a traditional wedding day, it will still be steeped in well rooted rites whether you realise it or not. Such as the father of the bride walking the bride down the aisle, the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,’ the bouquet toss and even the first dance are all from very old traditions. But these are just some of the wedding traditions that we might be familiar with in this country.

Indeed, there are many fascinating and amazing wedding traditions from different parts of the world which are both beautiful and intriguing. From releasing doves in the Philippines, to ‘ransoming’ the bride in Romania, to kissing the groom every time the bride leaves the room in Sweden, the world is full of fantastic wedding traditions.

And there’s nothing to stop you incorporating some of these ideas into your wedding day too and effectively start your own new family traditions.

Here’s a look at 10 wedding rituals from around the world. If you’d like to chat about any aspect of your wedding décor or planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Sweden
In Sweden, whenever the bride leaves the table, all the ladies at the reception are free to kiss the groom. Sweden keeps the tradition gender-neutral so whenever the groom leaves the room, all surrounding gentleman are free to plant a peck on the bride.
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Australia
An Australian wedding ceremony often features the tradition of a unity bowl. Guests are given stones and asked to hold them during the ceremony. At the end, guests place the stones in a decorative bowl that the couple will keep and display afterwards to remind them of the support and presence of their friends and family.
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India
Indian weddings have many beautiful traditions but on the wedding day, the bride and groom put flower garlands around each other’s necks in the Var Mala Ceremony to show the bride has accepted the groom as her husband.
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France
The French are known for their fantastic pastries so it’s no surprise that for their weddings they often serve a croquembouche – a mighty tower of cream-filled profiteroles that can be dipped in any number of sweet sauces, as the wedding cake. A croquembouche can be decorated with fruit, nuts, and glazes, and makes a fantastic centrepiece.
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Germany
After getting married, couples in Germany are presented with a large log and a saw and have to get to work. By sawing the log in half, it is believed they are proving their ability to work together in overcoming obstacles.
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Peru
In Peru charms are attached to ribbons and are tucked between layers of the wedding cake. Each woman grabs a ribbon and pulls. At the end of one ribbon is a fake wedding ring. Whomever receives the ring is said to be next in line for marriage, a bit like throwing the bouquet!
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Japan
Japanese weddings are generally full of Shinto traditions and to symbolise their union, the new couple drinks sake together, becoming husband and wife once they take the first sip.
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Philippines
At traditional Filipino wedding receptions, the bride and groom release two white doves to represent a long, peaceful, and harmonious life together.
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Jewish
While standing under the Chuppa, a canopy meant to provide sanctuary from evil spirits, the groom stands on a glass wrapped in cloth to symbolise the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
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Norway
The wedding cake, also known as kransekake, at a Norwegian wedding isn’t a traditional cake. It is made of bread and topped with a mixture of cheese, cream and syrup. The dessert is then folded over and cut into small squares.
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Barn Style Wedding Theme

Barn style themes for weddings have been a popular choice for the last number of years. It’s a trend that has its roots in the United States and eventually made its way to this side of the pond and it’s not hard to see why the theme is so popular. Full of rustic charm and ideal for a more laid back sort of wedding day, it can make for a truly unique and spectacular look.

Thankfully the number of barn inspired venues has increased in recent years, so now couples can find a venue that will work with the theme well, but bear in mind that for whatever reason, even if you are unable to secure a barn style venue, that doesn’t mean you cannot channel the vibe with some carefully chosen décor items. Think about rustic elements, such as barrels, wood, palettes, hay, mason jars, burlap, bunting and long tables.

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

 

Room Décor
String lights wound around any beams or rafters work really well, as do bistro style lights hanging over the tables. Have fun with authentic hay bale sofas and props like cowbells! Old wooden barrels make fantastic props, top them with flowers, photos of you both as a couple or why not use them as your cake or dessert stations? Wood boxes and crates work really well stacked and topped with florals and lanterns and don’t forget the burlap style bunting and lots of clever celling draping too.
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Backdrops and Table Plans
Think rustic style palettes juxtaposed with soft draping for the full barn style effect. Dress any large barn doors with long chiffon draping too for maximum impact. Also think about having large table plans, again made out of wood or palettes full of ornate frames for the perfect contrast, or indeed go full barn style with something quirky like horseshoes for each table and all the guests’ names on each horseshoe. They work great as photo backdrops later in the evening too.
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Tables
Long, cafeteria style tables work really well for barn style weddings. Think about having the room set up with several long table formations and also consider having no assigned seating too, which will reinforce the laid back feel of the day.
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Centrepieces & Table Décor
The contrast of crisp white linen and burlap works so well for the barn theme. Also think about mason jars as your centrepieces filled with either small tea lights or gypsophila. Why not have them on stacked wooden boxed or go for mini wooden crates filled with your favourite posies? Or why not go a little wacky and have cowboy boots filled with flowers or antique style cowbells?
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Free Seating Vs The Table Plan

There are certain aspects of wedding planning that can cause some potential headaches for the couple and the seating plan tends to be right up there with the best of them. There are many reasons why a seating plan can cause problems – family politics, personality clashes, groups or individuals who are shy and don’t know many other guests, where to put children and venues being strict on maximum numbers at tables. Plus as you chase those last RSVP’s and get later cancellations, it can all become a little overwhelming.

But don’t panic. The table plan doesn’t have to be a chore. Indeed, in recent times it’s becoming more and more popular to have your guests sit where or how they wish for your wedding reception, which removes the hassle from your shoulders completely and allows natural groupings to sit where they wish. Of course, this method is not without its own quirks. Indeed both approaches have lots of pros and cons, but both are worth considering. Never feel under pressure to choose either one and only go for what you know will feel right for you and your guests.

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.

 

Free Seating –
The Pros –
• Ideal for smaller, more intimate weddings.
• A great choice if you’re having long tables or a more laid back style of wedding such as a glamping or festival themed wedding and works really well for a BBQ or buffet style wedding too.
• If you’re unsure as to whether completely free seating will work, then just assign guests to tables, but allow them to seat in whichever seats they wish.
• It allows natural groupings of people to come together.
• Leaves you without the headache of completing a seating plan.

The Cons
• Bear in mind that having no table plan can lead to chaos among the guests as they try to dash for a seat and some shuffling may be required to have all the tables filled.
• You may need to have extra seats or indeed tables on standby as guests may try and overfill some tables to sit with their friends or family members.
• Having no table plan can end up leaving guests feeling a little awkward if they end up being unable to sit beside people they know and are left sitting with strangers. It really depends on your guests and whether they are the sort of people who are happy to mingle with people they don’t know.
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The Table Plan
The Pros
• The seating plan option works well for more formal style weddings with traditional table set ups.
• Often you and your husband or wife to be will know your guests well and you’ll know best where they should sit and who they would prefer to sit next to and a table plan allows you to do this.
• A table plan gives you complete control over the layout of the wedding. It’s the safe choice and you can minimise any possible situations where family politics, personality clashes or fiction might occur.
• This traditional option works well where you’ve got lots of mixed groups and leaving seating free may lead to some awkwardness.
• If you’ve got lots of children coming to your wedding a table plan allows you have control over whether to have a dedicated children’s table or whether you seat them with their family.
• If you like playing matchmaker and have some single friends coming to your wedding a table plan allows you to seat these singletons next to each other.

The Cons
• Some can find a table plan cuts off sections of guests from others and that groups don’t get truly to intermingle as much as with free seating.
• It can be a headache to put together a seating plan if you have some possible personality clashes on the cards and your venue is being a stickler on having a set number of people per table.
• Table plans can come across as quite formal and if you are going for a more laid back vibe at your wedding, then it may not be for you.
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Tropical Wedding Theme

While you may not be jetting off to the tropics for your wedding day and the possibility of Ireland suddenly morphing into Hawaii being low, that doesn’t mean you can’t channel the exotic in your wedding day décor! And if you love all things bright and beautiful and want to inject some serious fun into your day, then this theme is really worth considering.

Think pineapples, coconuts, flamingos, rainforests, palm trees, banana leaves, cocktails, tiki torches, pinks, greens, yellows and lots of Hawaiian style. It’s possible to inject some tropical fun into practically all aspects of your day and the best thing is that much of these touches are both easy to source and on the whole inexpensive too. The main thing to remember with this one is to have lots of fun and really go for it.

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.

 

Pew Ends

No matter if you’re walking down the aisle of a church or another venue, having pineapples at the base of your pews or chairs is a fantastic way to kick things off! Also consider palm leaves tied with flowers and look for brightly coloured exotic flowers if you can. Banana leaves rolled into cones filled with petals look stunning too and if you’re saying ‘I do’ outdoors then why not go for tiki torches?

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Centrepieces and Table Décor

Centrepieces are always an essential cog in your wedding day décor and channelling the tropical will really add the wow factor. Think hollowed out pineapples with tropical coloured flowers inside and tall birds of paradise or green bamboo.  Palm and banana leaves work so well as place settings. Think of using rainbow cocktail umbrellas as place names. Have large shells filled with tropical flowers or give each guest a Hawaiian leis as their escort card or place name.

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Room Décor

Placing some carefully chosen props around your venue will further cement your theme and add lots of fun to the day. Bamboo would work wonders for a backdrop, as would some flamingos, even the inflatable kind would work well! And if you’re having a DIY photobooth they’d be great as props, as would hula skirts and Hawaiian shirts and Hawaiian leis for guests to play around with. Don’t forget the light up Aloha signs and surf boards too!

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Food and Drinks

Finally have fun with the food and drinks! And what could be more tropical than drinking out of a coconut! And they don’t even have to be real coconuts, source kitsch plastic ones and serve welcome cocktails or ‘mocktails’ to your guests on arrival! Or forego the coconuts and have some colourful pink cocktails or creamy Pina Coladas instead.  Exotic fruit is also a must with fun skewers or even trees made out of fruit for guests to enjoy.

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Fabulous Wedding Frames

Frames are the super versatile piece of wedding décor you cannot do without. Easy to source, relatively cheap and with a style to fit practically any wedding theme, they really are invaluable. From framing cute signs, love quotes, or pictures, to using them more creatively as the seating plan, centrepieces, or as backdrops or impromptu photobooths, they are a must.

Search your favourite high street shops for value frames in the likes of Dunnes Stores, Tiger, Ikea, Debenhams and so on, but don’t forget to look for some antique versions in auctions or online too! And if you’re a DIY lover then don’t be afraid to give the frames your own personal touch by either upcycling to decorating them to fit in with your theme.

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Pew Ends
For a new take on pew ends, consider getting smaller frames to hang from each pew. You could fill them with black and white photos of your parents and grandparents as a nice nod to past generations in your family, or indeed fill them with pictures of both of you from when you were children up to adulthood the closer each pew gets to the top. Also think about filling them with your favourite love quotes either.
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Signs
From signs welcoming your guests, to your favourite love quotes, the story of how you fell in love, signs directing guests to the different parts of the festivities, or details on your guestbook, frames will spruce up these up in an instant. Look for frames that fit in with your theme, be it glamorous, rustic, vintage, barn style, Gatsby, garden or anything in between.
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Table Plan
Whether you want to have just one large ornate frame with the tables listed or you want to get creative and use lots of little frames laid out on a table or presented on a board, there’s no doubt that frames look fabulous for your table plan. Plus you can find a frame to fit in with whatever theme you have chosen. Don’t forget you can always use the frames again around your home when you get your wedding photos back!
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Centrepieces
Frames are the perfect choice for your wedding table centrepieces. What’s great is that they can be either the main focus, or they can be just part of the overall look. For example you could have a picture of each of you at the age of the table number in a frame as the main part of the centrepiece. Or you could have a frame with a page from your favourite books on a stack of books. Similarly a still or quote from a film within a bespoke frame, or a framed map of a part of the world you have both been to will work really well. In the same way, frames can also become just an element of the centrepiece by adding a subtle extra with simply the number in a frame that suits the décor. The possibilities are endless.
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Photos and Photobooths
If you want to get creative then make sure to have some frames at the ready for photo time! You can easily set up an impromptu DIY photobooth with a frame and a camera yourself for lots of on the hoof fun. But also consider using frames in your official wedding shots too. Chat to your photographer about setting up some clever perspective shots with the bridal party holding a frame and the couple situated within the frame from afar, for some truly stunning pictures.
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