Festival Weddings – Wedding Theme Wednesday

festival wedding mood board

The Festival Wedding

Lots of couples are ditching the traditional wedding approach these days, in favour of one that gives them a bit more freedom to have fun! The Festival wedding is well and truly here, but its not a one trick pony, there are so many ways to do it! With a plethora of wonderful suppliers on offer, I’ve picked out a few of my favourites that will really make your festival wedding memorable!;

My Top 5 Buys

1. Watercolour String Lights Wedding Invite – £59 for 50 from Zazzle

Zazzle has some fantastic customisable invites, at a reasonable price too!

2. Gold Leaf Glitter Pot – £3.50  from Dust & Dance

Why not go all out and get some glitter on your face! You deserve to sparkle!

3. Meadow Crown – £37 from Crown and Glory

I’m always a fan of Crown and Glory, and I think this flower crown would be beautiful on a bride or her bridesmaids.

4. Wedfest Wrist Bands – from £1 a band  at  Wedfest

You need wristbands if its going to be an authentic festival, right!?

5. Rainbow Confetti Ring – $5050 from Polly Wales

A little extravagant? Maybe. But this ring is like no other! Perfect for someone looking for a ring that is fun and different! 

The Venue

giant hat tipi wedding

If you’re committing to a festival theme then you’ve really got to invest in some serious tents, and my absolute favourites are these Giant Hat Tipi tents. They are totally gorgeous inside and out, and will certainly make a big impression on your guests!  All you need to do now is find a field to put them in! Get your guests to bring their own tents to set up nearby, and you’re already halfway to the festival of your dreams!

The Drinks

Toms Bar

What is any festival without the drinks!? From fancy cocktails to local ciders,  Tom’s Bespoke Bartending Co based in Dorset seems to have it all! They can even make a cocktail menu tailored to you!

The Dress Shop

rock the frock bridal shop

Rock the Frock, based in Essex specialises in Boho, tea length and vintage wedding dresses, all of which look pretty perfect for a festival style wedding to me!

The Entertainment

skip jacks band

Finding the right band is very important if you are having a festival themed wedding, the music is what its all about after all! If you can’t afford to have more than one band,  look for bands that can play in a couple of styles to add a bit of variety! The Skip Jacks are perfect because they play in a folk style, but can also do a more conventional electric set. Find more bands perfect for festival entertainment here.

I hope you were inspired by todays Festival themed wedding post. I’d love to hear about all of your festival wedding plans!

Laura xXx

 

Tips and Tricks for organising a Downton Abbey wedding day

Downton Abbey Wedding Theme

Hi guys, today we are talking about the ever indulgent Downton Abbey Themed wedding! I’ve got my usual top 5 wedding theme wednesday buys below, and then keep reading for a great guest article from the lovely Elle Williams!

1. Charlie Silver Glitter Clutch Bag – £160 from Wilbur and Gussie

2. Adoringly Alluring Dress – from Modcloth

3. Maya Comb – £185 from Emmy London

4. Cinderella Shoe – £695 from Emmy London

5. Downton Abbey Nail Varnish Trio – £9.50 from M&S

Themed weddings have long been fashionable in the wedding industry – but (depending on the theme) it can either be a huge success or a disaster.

One of the most successful themes I have come across though whilst blogging in the bridal industry, is the Downton Abbey theme. I mean who wouldn’t want to theme their wedding in line with the iconic, beautiful TV show set in the 1920’s?

A Downton Abbey themed wedding is something that can be executed really subtly, meaning you get the suggestion of a theme and you can feel the unique décor choice, etc – but it’s not screamingly obvious, or ‘fancy dress’.

Luckily, the 1920’s was a stunning period of time, for both décor and fashion – so bringing elements of the 1920s into your big day will only ever improve the look and feel of the big day. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Your dress!

Fashion in the ‘Downton’ era was very classy and very particular. The trick with modernizing a theme such as this though is making the style and feel of the fashion your own. Concentrate on key elements from the era, such as silk, lace and slim-line gowns. Below is an example for you to take a look at. There are loads of gorgeous styles you could go for – but the key with the 1920’s is understated. Brides didn’t wear big princess gowns then – the dresses were classy, subtle and fluid.

1920s-wedding-dress

 Think about the venue

The venue is definitely going to be important when planning a Downton Abbey wedding – as you’re going to want all those glorious photographs outside, overlooking some beautiful grounds – just like in the TV show. One of my favourite venues is Rushton Hall, I stumbled across this place at my friends wedding and it really made an impression. She too was going for a vintage ‘Downton-esque’ feel, and the venue lended itself to that perfectly. When you’re looking, look out for big period buildings, with impressive frontages and big green grounds.

Décor is important 

The way you decorate your venue will also be important when suggesting your Downton theme – so make sure you think about how the venue looks inside (as well as outside!). Intimate dinner, lace table runner, traditional candles and pearls would all suggest the theme – but do so in a subtle, elegant and modern way. Try and stay away from modern things such as chair covers too – as this wouldn’t have been the fashion back then. Instead cover chairs with lace or silk – tying them into beautiful bows to finish the look. I actually found a Downton Abbey Pinterest board whilst researching this article – so take a look for more inspiration by browsing through that.

downton-wedding

Transportation

Transport is an easy, yet obvious way to inject a bit of vintage glamour into the day. Choose a typically 20’s car and your guests will immediately tie the style and look of the car into your theme. You could even offer guest the chance to pose in the car themselves, once you and your hubby have had your portraits!

This article was written by Elle Williams, you can follow her on Twitter by clicking here. 

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

50s-tribute-band

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

 

carnival themed wedding

 

 

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!

Secret garden party wedding

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

secret garden party wedding venue

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