Fairytale – Wedding Theme Wednesday

FAIRYTALE WEDDING

The Fairytale Wedding

What little girl doesn’t dream of a fairytale wedding? A beautiful dress, a horse drawn carriage, woodland creatures to help you get dressed whilst singing a merry tune. Ok, that last bit might be a little far fetched, but with this theme you can go all out, or take simple elements to give a subtle feel of enchantment to your day.

My Top 5 Buys

1.Fairytale Wedding Favours – £96.15 for 100 from Fairyland Bazaar

These little seed favours are packaged so sweetly, I couldn’t ignore them.

2. Outdoor Light Flower Garland – £36 from Heal’s

I have a soft spot for fairy lights, and they are obviously appropriate for this theme! There should definitely be twinkling lights at a fairytale wedding, as well as pretty flowers, and these would kill 2 birds with one stone!

3. Poisoned Apple Necklace – £15.38 from Whimsy Daisy Designs

This cute snow white apple pendant would look lovely on the bridesmaids.

4. Once Upon a Time – Hand Carved Stamp –  £5.45 from TC Witchcraft Factory

I think stamps are so useful, especially if you are planning to make your own save the date cards or invites, this ‘once upon a time’ stamp would really come in handy!

5.Diamante Embellished Ballerina Shoes – £75 from Dune

Glass is a little impracticle, and lets face it, downright dangerous. I have no idea how Cinderella didn’t slice her tiny feet apart. Anyway, I have chosen a slighly safer version of the classic glass slipper, in this beautiful diamante shoe from Dune.

The Dress Collection

If you want  a dress that truly makes you feel like a princess, take a look at Alfred Angelo’s collection of Disney Bridal gowns, they are breathtaking. My favourite is Belle (who is also my favourite Disney princess!) I have actually tried this dress on, and although it wasn’t the style I was going for, it almost convinced me to change my mind!Disney Wedding Dress Alfred Angelo

The Venue

Are you searching for the perfect fairytale castle?  Chateau de Challain in France has got to be the closest you can get. Check out those turrets!

The Blog Post

I love this blog post from b.loved, which takes inspiration from classic fairytale princesses; Belle, Cinderella and Snow White, for 3 stunning wedding shoots. Subtle, but so beautifully done!

I hope you were inspired by todays Fairytale themed wedding post. Which fairytale character would you choose to theme your wedding on?

Laura xXx

 

1950’s – Wedding Theme Wednesday

1950s Wedding Theme

A 1950’s Themed Wedding

A 50’s wedding is bright and kitsch. You can run riot with girly patterns, as polka dots, checks and floral all float the 50’s boat! If you’re going the American route you might take inspiration from the 50’s diner and offer hot dogs, burgers, wafflees and ice cream sundaes for your wedding breakfast. And lets not forget the milkshakes for the kids! Music will play an important part, as will dancing, so make sure your dance floor is big enough for all of your guests!

My Top 5 Buys

1. Black Birdcage Veil – £10 from Accessorize

Bridal head pieces can cost a fortune, if you are trying to save your pennies and are having an alternative wedding, this could be just the ticket!

2. Retro Music Player – £149.95 from Not On The High Street

Imagine having one of these retro styled music players playing your favourite 50’s tunes while you mingle with your guests during cocktail hour. Listen to Vinyl, CD’s and you can even plug in your USB stick!

3. Retro Sunglasses – £59.94 from FAB

If you are expecting a sunny day, these retro glasses are just the Bees Knees, I love the colours.

4. 1950’s Halterneck Dress – £89 from Vivien Of Holloway

Vivien Of Holloway does some fabulous 50’s frocks that would be great for bridesmaids!

5. Popcorn Boxes – $17.97 for 50 from Amazon 

I love these little popcorn boxes, I think that would make a really cute favour. Or you could have them at a snack bar so people could carry their popcorn to the dance floor!

The Dress Shop

Candy Anthony creates some amazing, unique wedding dresses. Have a look at their gallery of real brides for some inspiration.

The Entertainment

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There are some fantastic 50’s tribute bands out there that can really turn your wedding into a blast from the past. Look out for The Bluebirds (pictured above),The Jets and Lipstick On His Collar.

Another idea is to hire a jukebox, so that you can lean up against it and do your best impression of The Fonze, “Aaaaeeeyyy!”

The First Dance

Why not pick a 50’s classic like Earth Angel by The Penguins or Dream Lover by Bobby Darin, both stunning songs.

The DIY Tutorial

I  absolutely love this rainbow petticoat tutorial shared on Rock N Roll bride. If you want to add a little bit of colour to your wedding dress this is a fab way of doing it!

 

Would you consider a 50’s style wedding?

 

Laura xXx

Carnival – Wedding Theme Wednesday

 

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Carnival

A carnival themed wedding is all about letting loose and having a ruddy good time! Think a circus vibe crossed with a roaring street party. Vibrant reds and yellows are the colours of choice, but anything bright will do! Lighting will play an important part to get the atmosphere just right, and you will need to have some big characters taking charge of the day.

My Top 5 Buys

1. Striped Paper Straws – £10.18 for 100 from Fancy That Loved

Everybody loves a paper straw, and these striped red ones encapsulate the theme perfectly!

2. Raffle Tickets – 200 tickets for £6.38 from LaZoie

I love raffle tickets. They just bring back memories of fun summer days at a village fete as a child. For games and competitions these would be great.

3. Letter Lighting Fixture –  £63.82 from West Vintage Trading Co

You can buy a lighting fixture in your initial! Awesome! This would be a great keepsake to hang on the wall at home once the wedding is over too.

4. Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks – 6 sticks for £3.67 from Jazzy Apple Gal

I can imagine these in a delicious cocktail. Swizzle sticks just add fun don’t they?!

5. Love Heart Stacking Rings – 10 rings for £8 from Accessorize 

I came across these rings from Accessorize and thought they would be a lovely gift to give each of the bridesmaids, or to important ladies on the day. After all, if you are getting a new ring, shouldn’t they?

The Venue

The most perfect venue for this style of wedding would be a circus tent or a Big Top . The vibrant colours of the tent would really add to the atmosphere, especially once the evenings entertainment kicks in!

The Entertainment

The Iron Boot Scrapers are a fantastic busking band. They really stand out as being one of a kind! They play modern hits from popular artists such as Muse and Rhianna, but in a traditional style with Jazz instruments including sousaphone and banjo!

The Props

These amazing light up letters from Doris Loves would be the icing on the cake for a carnival themed wedding! They are real show stoppers! They are battery powered so no need to worry about electricity, and you could have whatever words you wanted spelled out!

The DIY Tutorial

This ring toss DIY is so simple but would really add an element of fun to your reception.

 

I hope you enjoyed todays Carnival wedding theme idea. I’d love to know what you like best, and if you have seen anything that fits in with this theme!

Laura xXx

 

 

My Top 5 Wedding Picks 5

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It’s that time again, 5 of my favourite wedding picks! Let me know if you have spotted any unique wedding items lately, I would love to include them in my next post and would of course credit you!

1. Custom lovers portrait locket – £100.82 from Les Folles Marquises

This would be such a lovely gift to receive on the day of the wedding! I love their cute little faces.

2. DIY ‘Will you be my bridesmaid’ embroidery patterns – £3.32 from Flapperdoodle

Flapperdoodle is the shop owned by Kate Gabrielle of Scathingly Brilliant. These personalised embroidery patterns are a genius idea if you are a crafty bride! If not she also sells ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ cards which you can actually make look like your own bridesmaids!

3. Motif hole punchers – £1 each from Tiger

I had to include these as they are such a bargain. I think the heart and the star could come in particularly useful, and the little people are really cute too!

4. ‘You’re Super’ brooch – £10.50 from Custom Made

This would be a really unique way to say thanks to your bridesmaids or other helpers. Everyone likes to feel they’re ‘super’!

5. 140 characters gift wrap – £1.75 from OhhDeer

Ok, so this one isn’t all that weddingy, BUT, imagine how awesome this paper would be if you were having a Hollywood/Film/TV themed wedding! You could wrap up all of the favours in it! How many characters can you spot already?

I hope you enjoyed todays picks! I’m on the hunt for a wedding dress at the moment and it is hard work! I much prefer thinking about the little details, but I suppose I had better get the little things sorted first!

Laura xXx

My Top 5 Wedding Picks!

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1. You Look Lovely Pocket Mirror – £3.50 from Steph Says Hello

Why thank you pocket mirror! You don’t look too shabby yourself!  Steph Says Hello has a variety of similar designs to this, and I think they would be lovely little gifts to give to the bridesmaids on the big day!

2. Heart Gift Tags – £2.31 for 25 from Bahana Splits Boutique

These heart gift tags could come in useful in so many places!

3. Personalised Groomsman Hip Flasks – £62.58 for a set of 5 from Hair Of The Dog

I love the variety of personalised hip flasks by Hair Of The Dog. What a great gift to give your Groomsmen, or Ushers if you live in England like me!

4. Wooden Bow Ties – £14 from Ladybird Likes 

Zoe from Ladybird likes has some AMAZING things in her shop. I think her newest range of wooden bow ties are genius! What a great idea for the groom who wants something a little bit different! Not to mention how much easier it will be to put on than a regular bow tie.

5. I love you activity book – £10 from Urban Outfitters

This book looks super cute. Full of little activities for couples, I think this would be a great fun little gift for the Bride and Groom!

What do you think of my picks this week? Any that stand out for you?

Laura xXx

Printable Bridesmaid Party Invite

Bridesmaid Party Invite

Bridesmaid Party Invite

I thought it would be a good idea to encourage you all to have Bridesmaid parties like mine by adapting my invite so that anyone can use it! If you fancy having a party and like the look of my invite you can print out your own. Just right click the invite above and select ‘open image in new tab’. Then you should be able to right click and save it wherever you want. I would suggest printing out 4 to a page so you get little A6 sized invites.

All you need to do then is fill in the gaps! Enjoy!

Laura xXx

Spoiling your Bridesmaids

One of my first thoughts when Chris proposed was ‘yay, i get to ask the girls to be bridesmaids!”.  So as soon as the engagement party was out of the way I got to work on some little gifts for my Bridesmaids to be, in order to officially pop the question. I had stumbled upon some lovely ideas on pinterest, of which my favourite was a box of goodies. You can see it here. I have always loved boxes anyway, so it was settled, I would make them a box each! You can see my original post from Wrapped Up in Rainbows here.

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Now, I am trying to be a bit thrifty so wooden boxes were out of the question. Luckily I had 4 contact lens boxes that were all the same size and would do the job nicely.  I covered them in brown paper which I already had, and decorated them using nail varnish. Strange I know, but they were the only paints I had which fitted my colour scheme idea.  Inside each box was a handmade, personalised notebook with their initial on, a pretty pen, a contact list, a bag of rainbow drops, a bar of chocolate, a soppy note to each of them,  and an invitation to ‘Bridesmaid Day”!

I really loved making them and the girls seemed suitably chuffed when they received them. So … then it was time to work on Bridesmaid day! As usual, my ideas were rather more ambitious than what actually materialized. Lack of time meant that I didn’t do everything I had planned, but the day was still a fantastic success!  We chatted, ate pizza, drank mojitos, painted our nails and drank hot chocolate from my DIY ‘Team Bridesmaid’ mugs which I had made specially for the girls. You can see the whole post here.

It was really nice to have all the girls together for the whole day, and I would definitely suggest doing this, especially if not all of your bridesmaids know each-other well. If you too are a bride-to-be you should exercise your right to throw parties as often as possible before the big day! Have you been using your wedding as an excuse to throw parties?

Laura xXx