Archive for March, 2012
As the days are getting longer and the temperature is rising, we can see spring in all of its glory. Embrace the yellows, blues and pinks of this season and dress your precious little flower girls in outfits that will complement the weather outside.
(images from pinterest: photographer unknown)
Incorporate the nautical look into your wedding day by including navy blue and crisp white stripe dresses. The ‘little sailor’ is a fresh and bold image for this year’s spring and summer weddings.
Ray of Sunshine
(right image: tutorial at sewing in No Mans land)
This spring is set for polka dots, flowers, stripes and pretty bows. Allow your flower girls to feel like little princesses as you clothe them in florals and flowing dresses.
The very picture of innocence, your flower girls will add a touch of seasonal glamour in these earth-coloured dresses.
Written By: Kirsty Canning.
The wedding ceremony venue can set the tone for the rest of the day. The venue chosen is based on the type of wedding taking place and that can depend on what the bride and groom decide to wear or what cars will be hired. Will you be wearing your Jimmy Choos across the foyer of a cool city hall? Are you having a low key wedding, or a large big ceremony? Well, there is a venue to suit every type of wedding.
ST Pancras Renaissance Hotel- This is an elaborate Gothic building. It contains 245 rooms. It has been voted as the NO: 1 hotel by The Sunday Times magazine. It has a beautiful large staircase for you to make a grand entrance.
Mandarin Oriental London- this is the coveted address for a chic London wedding. The ballroom was the choice of venue for the gala before the wedding of the Dukes and Duchess of Cambridge. You too will feel like royalty as you arrive at you terrace champagne reception via a private entrance from Hyde Park.
The Dorchester –
This is one of the refined London Hotel wedding venues. It includes onsite wedding planners, florist, banqueting teams and sommeliers as well as a complimentary wedding night accommodation for you.
Gravetye Manor, West Sussex-
If you’re looking for a garden setting, then this must be on the top of your wish list for the choice of venue. It is set in 1,000 acres of woodland with 35 acres of garden, chose the private dining room for an intimate celebration, or for a large party, take over the whole place. The 17 bedroom and suits meld old and new furniture, from antiques to TV’s, ipod docks, and wifi. The food offered is British cuisine that will wow your guests.
Coworth Park, Berkshire-
It offers Michelin- starred food, a top rate spa, a permanent marquee for big dos, plus a range of rooms for all occasions; it also contains a striking Oak room. It’s perfect for a beautiful wedding.
Lime Wood, Hampshire-
Lime Wood is set in the heart of New Forest. This country hotel is a hot choice for a wedding venue. This was the venue for Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl for their winter wedding. This hotel can be booked exclusively, so you can get the whole 29 rooms modern bedrooms which feature log fires, roll top baths and four poster beds. They also offer free couples treatment and champagne brunch before the Honeymoon.
So there you have some of the UK’s best venues for weddings. You will likely find something as the UK has one of the most beautiful venues in the world. There is always something for every style of wedding.
Written By: Nila Sabar
Edited By: Laura Nikita Mitchell
This theme is truly one of my favourites. The décor is so beautiful and as the weather is warming up it is a great time of year for an English tea party wedding – whether it be set in the midst of a gorgeous garden or inside! This is the perfect opportunity to allow yourself and your guests to indulge on scrumptious cream cakes, adorable mini sandwiches and sip on tea and champagne, whilst enjoying your special day. This can create a more fun and relaxed event which still expresses timeless romance. Here are some examples of how you can use this theme to make the perfect wedding.
Above: Here are some stunning examples of how to work the English tea party at your wedding! The beautiful vintage tea cups which are miss-matched in patterns are so adorable and are available to hire from many different places! I also love the wedding cake shown which has a variety of different cakes and teacups with sweeties in them! You can play around with the sort of food and sweet bits you want to have at your wedding in order to make it unique.
Above: These perfect décor ideas illustrate how afternoon tea can become an overall theme. Bunting can be gorgeous when the right patterns and material is picked! In this case, I’m thinking gingham, polka dots and floral patterns to tie in to the theme. I also think the idea of using teacups as name place holders is so sweet! You can put little posies of flowers in the cups for your guests to keep and this will definitely ensure they leave with a smile on their face! The pastel hues are perfect for this theme and luckily they are in fashion this season too!
Above: I love the idea of the tea party to be held outside in a garden on a warm summer’s day. It really emphasises the theme and creates a magnificent backdrop for your special day. I also think it is a great idea how you can use the theme in all aspects of your wedding. The teabags pictured can be used as wedding favours. Their message reads ‘the perfect blend’ which clearly embodies the romance of your wedding. Alongside this the Polaroid pictures hanging on a line are so adorable! You could get your guests to take photographs and pin them up with pegs as the day progresses!
Overall this theme can be extremely enchanting. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Pride and Prejudice, a lovely tea party in a beautiful English setting! I feel this could be the perfect blend for a magical day.
Written By: Augusta Henning
Edited By: Laura Nikita Mitchell
As we approach the end of the month, we can expect to longer sunnier days with warmer temperatures. Knowing that summer doesn’t disappoint on the weather front, means you can take great liberties in celebrating the wedding outdoors. Beaches are a choice venue for lavish exotic weddings.
Beach weddings conjure up romantic notions of wind-tossed hair, fantastical sublimity and nature’s tranquil sights and sounds. The openness of a beach setting allows for a large number of guests to spread across without cluttering the space. Combining a beach’s natural beauty with the soothing sounds of waves lightly crashing against the shore, creates a peacefully romantic atmosphere for you and your guests to relax and celebrate. You can choose to hold the ceremony and the reception on the sandy shores, or you may want to wed in a beautiful chapel or view point close to the beach. It goes without saying that the infinite waters will make a stunning backdrop to your wedding and will fill your photo albums with stunning shots of your big day.
When thinking of ideas for the decor, treat the beach as a blank canvas in which to build an extravagant or simple natural setting. It will be beautiful either way! You can go for decor that compliments the season, with bright pops of colour to enhance the natural energy in the air, or you might make it an aquatic affair with all things ‘sea’, or you can opt for a stylishly neutral pallet, adding a touch of class to the earthy feel.
When the sun has set behind the ocean you can decorate the tables and walk ways with with trails of candles and fairy lights. This will create a fantastical magical evening. A beach wedding is many peoples idea of a dream wedding and for good reason; the natural beauty and harmonious atmosphere of the beach will make your day really special!
Written By: Georgie Bradley
Edited By: Laura Nikita Mitchell
Weddings in the countryside are popular as the locations create stunning backdrops for the perfect day. With beautiful scenery and luxury venues, it creates a lovely atmosphere for your special day. Across the country there are some really gorgeous places to get married. Today I wish to share some of my favourites with you!
Coworth Park, Ascot
Set in a stunning countryside location, this 5* hotel is also situated just 45 minutes from London. I feel that this hotel would provide a spectacular backdrop to any wedding and definitely expresses romance. The buildings are set in 240 acres of land which include beautiful meadows that are full of gorgeous flowers in the spring and summer. The scenery is absolutely breath taking, with lovely gardens for your guests to go for a stroll whilst taking in the beauty of your special day. Set in the English countryside this location really expresses a timeless elegance.
South Lodge Hotel, Horsham, West Sussex
Surrounded by 93 acres of beautiful parkland, this smaller location can provide an exquisite location for a wedding, with the option to even have an outdoor wedding in their gorgeous pavilion! One of the things I liked about this venue is that they offer an afternoon tea option for your guests, which has a more vintage tea party feel. This would be a memorable occasion for your guests as a special effort is made to use vintage tea party crockery and they would be able to indulge on finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and champagne!
Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire
A spectacular Manor house located in 3,000 acres of land, this location is perfect for anyone wishing to get married in the gorgeous English countryside. The great thing about this stunning venue is that it can cater for both large and smaller more intimate weddings. The manor house also has 126 rooms which your guests could stay in and there is a beautiful bridal suite for you to relax and get ready in! I also love the idea that you can hire a marquee in their lovely landscaped gardens which would create a superb background to your wedding.
There are many exquisite venues across the English countryside which could be magnificent locations for your wedding day! Whether it is in Spring/Summer or an Autumn/Winter wedding, these venues cater to any occasion, big or small! I hope this has inspired you to get thinking of what sort of places you want to get married!
Written by: Augusta Henning
Edited by: Laura Nikita Mitchell
Wedding season means that the bride will be shopping for many dresses. Weddings last more than one day and consist of hen nights, brunches, meeting the in laws all the way to the rehearsal dinner. So here are some ideas for what to look for when shopping for all your special occasions.
Rehearsal dinner dress
These dress ideas are great for a dress rehearsal. They are simple yet elegant. The floor length gives the dress a sexy sophisticated look, which is something that you should go for on the rehearsal dinner. You can go for a floor length or a mid-length dress. You could also wear a dress like this on the evening of your wedding if you want to change out of the wedding dress for dancing.
Hen night dress
The hen night is a very special occasion; it your last night out with the girls before you become a married women. It’s one where you can were a short flirty dress. You can choose to add sparkle to the dress or ruffles or even sequins. It’s really up to you. It’s another excuse to wear a beautiful dress as you can set the dress code as casual or extravagant as you wish. You could where a white cocktail dress so that you stand out as the bride even before your big day.
Pre wedding brunch
These dresses are perfect for a sunny, wedding planning, brunch with your girlfriends. These are cute spring/summer pastel coloured dresses perfect in the summer sun. You can also go for bold prints and patterns. These dresses are comfortable and stylish .
The Honeymoon dress
Straight after the wedding you will be heading into the sunset. That can only mean it’s time to shop around for some hot buys to wear on you honeymoon. You can keep it sexy with a maxi dress or casual will a kaftan. Here are some ideas on what to wear for the honeymoon. Just remember to do patterns, prints and bold colours; for a tropical look.
When it comes to weddings it’s good to remember to shop around for all the exciting occasions that come with getting married, and it’s a fabulous excuse to buy more than one ‘wedding’ outfit.
Written by: Nila Sabar
Edited by: Laura Nikita Mitchell
images taken from pinterest.