Paper Bunting Review from Paper Themes

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I’m a big fan of bunting. I think it can really transform a space at a relatively low cost. It is the perfect addition to your decor, especially if you are having a country or vintage style wedding. The variety of bunting you can now buy is fantastic, so you can match it exactly to the rest of your colour scheme.

Paper Themes, a company which sells  Wedding Stationery, do some really lovely Wedding Bunting, including this pretty mint  patterned one, of which I was sent a sample to review.

I chose this design because I love the colour (although there are lots more to pick from), and I thought the patterns had a vintage feel. I found the card pennants were very sturdy and they arrived in a lovely box. I took some pictures of the patterns so that you can see them up close.

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I was sent the bunting unassembled, so the card triangles and the ribbon come separately, and you have to thread them on yourself. While this can take a little while,  I found it to be a benefit because I could choose the order the patterns appeared in, as well as how far apart each pennant was. I also thought that if you wanted a few colours you would be able to mix and match easily.

The card itself is very sturdy, and although you obviously wouldn’t want to use it outside, if looked after properly I am sure you could re-use this bunting time and time again.

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These will be adorning my marquee walls at my wedding in May, so it may give you a sneaky idea of my colour scheme! Keep your eyes peeled for the photos!

Laura xXx

 

Disclaimer – I was sent this bunting free of charge to review, however any opinions expressed are my genuine thoughts on the product.

 

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies – My Top 3 Venues

Have you ever thought about getting married outdoors? If it is something you have looked into then you will probably know it is quite rare to find a venue that has this option. Today I want to share three of my favourite venues that offer outdoor wedding ceremonies. All three are very different, I’d love to know which one you like best!

The Beach Wedding

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This is probably the closest you are going to get to a beach wedding in the UK. At the Tunnels Beaches in Devon you can get married overlooking the sea! As you can see from the photos it has fantastic scenery, imagine the wonderful photo’s you could get here! There is also a bar with a balcony and roof terrace to admire the view from.

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The English Country Garden Wedding

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Wentbridge House is one of the few licensed outdoor weddings venues in Yorkshire. It is a luxury hotel with gorgeous grounds, and perfectly situated within them is this beautiful stone gazebo. The hotel has just been granted a licence for the ceremony to take place under this pretty Romanesque structure, whilst guests watch from the lawn. I could just imagine a string quartet playing the bride down the aisle on a summers day. The hotel also performs ceremonies indoors, so if the worst came to the worst, and the weather was bad, there is still a lovely room to get married in sheltered from the English weather!

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The Woodland Wedding

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The ceremonies at Cornish Tipi Weddings are performed in a pavilion found in a small woodland clearing. Up to fifty guests can gather inside, whilst others can sit outside on hay bales and sip champagne. There is also a lake nearby. If you are after a back to nature feel for your wedding day, this is surely the place to come!

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I love all three of these venues, and I think having an outdoor ceremony is something really different for weddings in the UK, it is such a rare thing to find!  Do any of these venues take your fancy?

Laura xXx

 Disclaimer – This post was sponsored by Wentbridge House

Wedding Planner Review – Paper Themes

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Just how essential is a wedding planner? I’m talking about the book rather than the person!  Personally I think it is really important to have somewhere to keep all of your ideas and details together, accessible at a glance, otherwise it is easy to get in a right kerfuddle!  Up until recently I had a scrap book where I have been keeping cuttings and pretty pictures, but I didn’t really have any where for all the detailed stuff to go. A few days ago Paper Themes sent me this pretty  wedding planner book  to review, and now I feel much more organised!

The book has 6 sections and each has a little pouch to keep pictures, business cards and cuttings, as well as a few polythene pockets. So what do the sections cover? Well I shall tell you;

1. Getting Started

This covers all of the basic details and provides a checklist of the most important things to do. There is a budget planner which gives a list of things to remember, and also provides space for extra things that they might have left out. It also includes a handy undated calander which spans 2 years.

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2. Guests and Stationery

I think that this section of the book is going to be really useful when sending out invites and also when sending thank you cards! The guest list includes checkboxes for day or evening invite sent, if they accepted or declined and what they gave you as a gift. It also has space for their contact details. Since I will be collecting these from parents and friends this will come in very useful. There are enough spaces to include 128 people, but again there is a notes page where you could add additional information.

Something else they include, which I don’t think I would have thought of, is information on accommodation for guests that have travelled a long way.

3.Wardrobe

Here is the perfect place to document the Bride and Grooms measurements, as well as the Bridesmaids, Best Man and Ushers. There is also a contact page for the shops visited.

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4.Wedding Day

This section covers all the main wedding day details; the ceremony, food and drink, entertainment, flowers and decoration, photography and videographer, transport and honeymoon!

5.Gifts

Here you can write down any ideas you have for gift suggestions. Lots of people make wedding lists in one department store or another, so as to help out the guests, and make sure that they don’t waste their money on something the bride and groom already have or don’t need.  If this is something you are considering, this book has space to write down anything that takes your fancy.  It also has pages dedicated to the very important thank you gifts, for members of the wedding party.

6.Contacts and notes

Finally we have some pages for any contacts you pick up along the way, and a few pages for notes.

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I think the planner pretty much covers everything I need it too. The only thing that might have been nice would be blank pages for sticking things in, but since I have a scrap book it isn’t really an issue for me. Now I have to get on with the time consuming business of filling it!

What does your wedding planner look like?

 

Laura xXx

Disclaimer – This wedding planner was give to me free of charge by Paper Themes

Vintage Wedding Invitations – Review for Paper Themes

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Today I am reviewing some lovely vintage wedding invitations from Paper Themes.

Invitations are the first glimpse your guests will get of your wedding, so you will probably feel that it is important that they reflect your style and personality.

These days brides are tending to veer away from the traditional formal invitations, and want something a little more fun, but still with an element of sophistication.  Having been sent some samples of their invitations, I think that Paper Themes offers this in abundance, as you can see from the selection of invites above.

All of the invites are of really good quality, printed on thick card stock. There are a variety of options available, depending on how much information you want to give to your guests and if you want to include an RSVP.

When the invites arrived I held a mini focus group with my mother in law to be, and my sister in law to be (who is planning a wedding herself!) It was interesting that we all chose different invites as our favourites.

I chose this one, as I love the colour and font combination, as well as the pretty pattern. I also like the idea of the ribbon, meaning that you could hang it up somewhere. I think it is fitting with the ideas for my own wedding, bright, bubbly and summery! Inside the outer pouch there is a more in depth invitation, as well as an RSVP for the guest to return.

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Rosie picked the one below. She liked it because it was simple but elegant. Again, it has really lovely fonts, and we liked the idea of ‘Eat, drink and be married’! Again, inside there is a more detailed invitation and an RSVP.

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Beverley picked the bunting card. One of the most simple of the selection, who doesn’t love bunting!? Perfect for an ‘English country garden’ style wedding.

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I also really loved this London Bus themed invite. It would be perfect if you were planning on transporting your guests with a big red bus! Here are a few of the other invites Paper Themes supply;

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What do you think? Which one do you like best?

Laura xXx

Disclaimer – This was a paid review but all opinions expressed are my genuine thoughts about the product.