It has been quite a while since we last did a visitor survey and after a funny old year since having a baby, it felt like a good time to ask for your thoughts and feedback.
We have some ideas for improvements we’d like to make to the website, but what our visitors think is one of the most important aspects. So we’ve put together a visitor survey and would like to ask our lovely brides – both past and present – to give us their feedback.
Instead of creating a quick multiple choice survey, we have tried to ask questions that allow you to share your views and thoughts, as your individual opinions are what matter most. We hope you’d be up for taking 10 minutes out of your day or evening and sharing your views with us.
As a thank you for completing our survey, we’ll be entering everyone into a giveaway to win a beautiful 2015 calender from Pirrip Press (below!), who can usually be found in our Stationery category with their contemporary hand-printed wedding stationery.
Today’s wedding has been a long time coming – a long time. I feel incredibly selfish that I haven’t shared it with you until this point, and only now with the help of the lovely Samantha who is going to be helping me by writing up some of our real weddings featured on the blog. Bride Bridget has since emigrated to Australia where she works as a printmaker and artist (check out her online shop) and has recently had her first baby.
A little taster of what this wedding was like can be seen on the film below, filed by a talented friend of the couple, Films by Ben (please check out his website for his most recent work, this was shot 3 years ago).
As Samantha said, it perfectly captures every emotion from the day, what a wonderful keepsake for them to look back on.
Now over to my lovely colleague Samantha who is going to tell you all about this beautiful wedding…
Today we are bringing you the beautiful, effortlessly cool wedding of Bridget and Jeremy, brimming full of homegrown details! Not only is the bride incredibly creative (wait until you see the willow arch they got married under) but their friends and family are one talented bunch, who also brought their own personal touches throughout the whole day.
From the décor and ceremony to the food, photography and entertainment, everything was lovingly curated to make a day that was so incredibly personal you can feel the love jumping out the page! So without further ado I am going to hand you over to bride Bridget who provides the most lovely rendition of their big day.
“We wanted our wedding to be fun, country, vintagey, relaxed and just very us. Our main aim was we wanted everyone to have a brilliant time. It wasn’t only a party for our wedding it was also a bit of a leaving party because a month later we left Northern Ireland and moved to Australia, so for me to be able to see and celebrate with so many friends and family before I emigrated was lovely!”
Bridget and Jeremy got married in August 2011, in a field between Bridget’s granny’s house and her mum’s weekend home:
“My granny lives in a cottage near a town called Killinchy in Ireland. I think I’ve imagined my wedding to be there my whole life. When I was growing up we went to Killinchy every weekend. Even now, if we’re home in Ireland, we go down for Sunday dinner. It is a place of childhood magic and full of family history.
My mum got married there and my brother got married there. The ceremony was held on the grass in between the two cottages and then the celebrations went on in the most amazing Nordic tipis erected in the field beyond the cottages. The tipis looked so beautiful!”
More and more British couples are opting for outdoor weddings, in woodland glades, meadows, gardens, or by lakes. Many of these outdoor spaces have all kinds of scope for decoration, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming due to the scale.
When I came across this idea for a ribboned entrance way for a wedding ceremony, I thought it was one to share, as it creates just enough impact without being a major undertaking or using masses amounts of time and resources. Just lovely long lengths of ribbon fixed into a kind of curtained doorway welcoming your guests to your ceremony spot.
Oh I so love autumn! Who else is with me? This is definitely the season I would have got married in if it were not for my love affair with the month of May. In fact, I think all of our distinct seasons have something truly beautiful to offer when it comes to a wedding, it’s just about letting yourself be guided by what’s out there on display from mother nature.
I am all about simple but beautiful, quality not quantity, and this idea for a place setting is all of those. Autumn leaves and twine to jolly up your napkins at your wedding reception tables – and a great job to delegate to someone else!
We’re back with 2014 TNWC Real Bride Lisa with her final pre-wedding post on the gifts she made for her bridesmaid and their yummy edible wedding favours.
Over to Lisa to tell you more…
This idea was unashamedly stolen from another lovely wedding blog called Lucy Says I Do – handmade floral dressing gowns. This looked so perfect that I really wanted it for myself and so set about copying it.
I felt this was the perfect bridesmaid gift and so choose each fabric to suite each of the bridesmaid’s personalities. With the help of my mother we spent one Sunday at our sewing machines stitching the dress gowns up.
Back in July our lovely TNWC Real Bride Emma got married in a beautiful wedding in the heart of Liverpool. Emma is back today to share some stunning pictures from their wedding day and the final few details they made. In Emma’s first blog post she said:
“It might seem a contradiction, a natural wedding in the city, but I’m determined we can made it happen!” And I’m sure you’ll agree from the snippets below that her and Shane most definitely made it happen.
Over to Emma…
Three months ago Shane and I said “I do!” in a city wedding in Liverpool with a natural, handmade flair. The day itself was full of smiles, laughter and love, and I’m looking forward to telling you all about it and sharing more of our photographs soon! But first, I want to share some of the personal and handmade elements we brought to our day.
Viola pops and meaningful keepsakes
It was important to us to make our wedding as personal as possible, not just in terms of reflecting who we are but letting our guests know what a significant part of the day – and our lives – they are.
Something that was quite a simple idea but very popular was the name tags I made using my granddad’s old typewriter. I was very close to my grandparents growing up and they’re sadly not with us anymore, so despite the fact it’s not in the best shape I was determined to use my granddad’s vintage Olympia and not just any old typewriter!
I bought some lovely cream luggage tags from a local craft store and typed the names directly onto them, but the black ink smudged terribly no matter what we tried. After a bit of trial and error, I found that the red typewriter ribbon smudged much less so I typed them in red ink instead!
It’s time to fall in love with the new 2015 collection of exquisite wedding dresses from TNWC recommended supplier Minna, and if you’re a bride-to-be who sees her dream dress amongst the new collection then we have a fab 15% discount if you purchase before the end of November 2014.
Minna Hepburn the founder of Minna told me that her team have been listening to their customers to find out what it was they wanted in a wedding dress to influence their latest collection. She told me, “We just wanted to make beautiful dresses, dresses that cannot be found elsewhere. We listened to our customers and designed this collection for them.”