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

 

 

Secret Garden Party – Wedding Theme Wednesday

This week I have decided to change up my Top 5 posts, from now on it shall be known as ‘Wedding Theme Wednesday’. Each week I am going to pick a theme, and as well as my top 5 items to buy, I am also going to pick some of my favourite things from the inter-web to compliment the chosen theme. This weeks theme is Secret Garden Party!

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Secret Garden Party

In my mind, a secret garden themed wedding is going to be a summer affair. Floral patterns and flowers are in abundance, and the elegance of the Victorian era plays a large part.  Pops of colour, including pinks, yellows, blues and greens are nestled amongst the backdrop of muted cream tones. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is going to be an old fashioned event! Oh no! Think traditional tea party meets fashionable festival!

My Top 5 Buys

1. Pollyanna dress – £295 from Phase Eight
This dress is stunning, who would have thought it was from a high street shop! And such a great price too.

2. Paloma Pearl Clutch – £60 from Coast
Another high street buy, perfect to keep the brides essential items in!

3. Paper Plates – £2.99 for 12 at Mollie and Fred
Wow, these are the prettiest plates, they almost look like they are really made of china! These would really spruce up your table decoration if you were going for a tea party feel.

4. Wedding Flower Crown £36.20 from K is For Kani
This is such a sweet flower crown, a perfect quirky alternative to a vale.

5. Mason Jar Party Glasses – $49.99 from Modcloth
I love mason jar glasses. I actually own some larger ones, but I think these would be perfect for serving cocktails in at a reception.

The Venue

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RHS Rosemoor in Great Torrington, Devon – This venue really caught my eye with its amazingly colourful and lavish flower beds. Within the gardens there are 8 different structures which you can get married in, all of which embrace the love of nature in different ways. What fantastic photographs you would come away with!  The terraced marquee can seat up to 250 guests for your evening reception, and the windows allow a perfect view of the beautiful gardens. Guests can also spill out onto the winter garden lawn. Drinks and canapees can also be provided in many of the gardens within Rosemoor.

The Entertainment

The Samurais of Swing – This Gypsy Jazz style busking band really evoke that fun festival feel, with just a hint of that old fashioned style.

The Cake

This secret garden cake is perfection!

The DIY Tutorial

Moss covered initials  – I love oversized letters at a wedding, and this tutorial would be great for a secret garden themed reception.  I’d also be tempted to wind either real or fake flowers around each letter to add a little bit of colour!

What do you think about the new format? I hope you enjoyed this weeks secret garden party post! Have you got any suggestions of themes for upcoming weeks?

Laura xXx

 

The Fabulous Wedding Festival

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A little while back, (ok, quite a while back) I travelled up to The Fabulous Wedding Festival held at Muddifords Court in Devon.  As usual I had hitched a lift with the wonderful Classic Kanish who had been asked to play the event. The first thing I spotted of interest were the beautiful table arrangements set up for the banquet later! Each had been decorated by a different wedding  company. Here are my two faves…. This first one was called ‘Colourful Kitsch and was styled by Devon Vintage China. The stationery is from Knots and Kisses.

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vwf_table_planThis next one is called Bohemian Dreaming and was styled by Jessie Thomson. The stationery is from In The Treehouse and the flowers are by Laura Hingston Flowers vwf_bohimian_wedding_table_setting_2

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vwf_wedding_table_settingThe weather took a turn for the worst, and it bucketed it down with rain. But it did give me a chance to get some lovely photos. This one is of the little cabin the live event bloggers were using as their refuge from the torrential rain.

vwf_blogger_shedWe really needed something to warm us up, so we decided to purchase some yummy warm cocktails from The Cocktail Caravan. They were delicious!  And don’t the Classic Kanish boys look happy about it!

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Finally, here are some pics of the boys playing. They also did a set during the banquet, but I headed off to warm up my toes in Pip the campervan. It was cooold!

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vwf_the_cider_barnAll in all it was a great dray. I really hope I get to visit next years FabWedFest too!

Laura xXx

Vintage Wedding Fair in Newbury

I have really been slacking on my wedding blog recently, but life has just been so busy! If you want to take a peek at some of the things I have been doing you can pop over to my non wedding blog Wrapped Up In Rainbows.

Anyway, a couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to once again accompany the lovely Mister Kanish to a VINTAGE wedding fair hosted by Fusion Wedding Events, and it was awesome! I met some really lovely people and had some great conversations about weddings, and obviously the boys were fantastic. I went home absolutely brimming with ideas and excitement about our wedding! Here are some pics I took…

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Here are Mister Kanish doing their thing.

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Just look at this beautiful display by Peach and Jo Photography. I love all their cute vintage details, and they were super friendly which of course is incredibly important when picking a photographer! Plus you get two of them!

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These sweet little invitations were made by the equally friendly Jo from Tea and Doilies. As well as wedding stationery Tea and Doilies can provide tea set hire, and even food! I spent a long time chatting with Jo, she even helped me come up with some ideas for my wedding, completely unrelated to stationery!

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Of course we managed to find another photobooth. This one was called Prints Charming, and was owned by the very bubbly Hana Laurie. I liked this one for a few reasons… it was a stand up one rather than a sit down one, the colours are pretty and the props were great. If you had it at your wedding you could have your name in place of the Prints Charming and writing at the side, and you would usually get 4 pictures all the same size on one sheet. I think you can specify how they sit on the page though.

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The Flying Ducks are a catering company that run out of the cutest caravan I ever did see! I would love to have this on our wedding day if the budget will allow. It would fit perfectly with our festival feel.

Another exhibitor that caught my eye was The Reel Sixty, a wedding film company specializing in films shot in 8mm. They had a really lovely nostalgic feel to them.

I hope you enjoyed my virtual wedding fair today! I have another one for you soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Laura xXx

 

 

 

 

Music and Photobooths at Portsmouth Guildhall Wedding Fair

A couple of weeks ago I went to a wedding fair at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, but instead of going as a ‘bride to be’ I was helping Chris and his band Mister Kanish who were exhibiting there.

They played two sets, first off they played songs from their vintage band which they call ‘Classic Kanish’. You can see some videos here. My favourite was the Britney Spears medley done in a vintage style, it was very entertaining!

Later they played their usual rocking Mister Kanish set, you can see what that looks like here. Both went down really well! You can see some of the pictures I took below, some of which are now appearing on the brand spanking new Mister Kanish website!

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Chris and I managed to try out a photobooth too! The company was called Shutter Booth, you can see the kind of package you get below. We did enjoy the props that came with this photobooth, and it was a standing up one again which I definitely think I prefer! What do you think?shutterbooth photo boothshutterbooth offer

 Laura xXx