Maybe this sounds a bit stupid, but when I saw this picture it reminded me the importance of telling your guests when something is meant to be taken home as a gift. Many wedding favours are quite obviously there to be taken home – most often than not you find one in your place at dinner with your place card tied onto it. But more and more of you are getting really creative with wedding favours, and I sometimes wonder whether guests know if they are supposed to take them or not.
I love the idea of these flowerpots planted up with herbs as a wedding favour, especially when they are incorporated into the table decorations (it also saves on money by doubling up table decorations as wedding favours), but will your guests know they’re allowed to take apart the table decoration?
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you’ll probably know that this past weekend I went to London for the first Etsy UK Wedding Event. It was a fabulous showcase of British Etsy sellers who are crafting beautiful wedding items and I was delighted to be invited to get involved.
I’ve long been a fan (and customer) of Etsy, a number of my TNWC businesses have Etsy shops, and I’ve always tried to support small hand,are businesses by featuring their work here on the blog.
No doubt there are lots of you who would have liked to attend the event on Saturday but were unable to, so I wanted to try my best to share the experience here on the blog. With a little help from my sister Izzy Burton we’ve created a sort of virtual showcase of just some of what was on display at the event in the form on inspiration boards.
I do hope you enjoy having a look around!
At the point in my life when I got married (nearly 2 years ago now!) I always knew I’d wear a traditional wedding dress in the sense of it being white/cream/ivory. I do however love coming across alternatives to the pale colours of the traditional wedding dress, and part of me wishes I was the kind of bride who wanted to wear something unique and different.
When I came across this stunning bride in her dark blue Liberty print and lace wedding dress I was instantly in love – perhaps it’s that romantic part of me that loves to dream of ‘days gone by’, but it just completely bowled me over with its Jane Austen beauty.
Wow, where to follow on from a lovely day on the blog following the news that my husband Nick and I are expecting a baby! Thanks so much to everyone who’s left me a comment, or shared their good wishes on Facebook and Twitter.
I thought it would be nice to just share some pretty inspiration to finish off your working day and take you through to the evening. This cheerful image of a rather yummy yellow enamel teapot alongside an earthenware pot of purple and orange blooms seemed rather fitting for such a happy day.
On Monday evening I had a wonderful discussion on #britishflowers hour on Twitter with a number of British flower farmers and florists about what colours are popular with you brides-to-be this year. It was so interesting to hear what palettes and shades you are choosing, and that blush, peach and apricots are some of the most popular. I would love to see someone planning a late summer/early autumn wedding have this beautiful purple, yellow and orange combination!
A quick hello for the start of the week (and a very bright post to get you all feeling cheery!) and just to give you a head’s up of what’s coming up. I’ve got an exciting announcement to share with you on Wednesday that I alluded to on Facebook last week and over the weekend, plus two fab guest posts from TNWC Real Brides Caroline and Stephanie.
Wowzers! I was pretty blown away by this beautiful bouquet for a Texas Thanksgiving Wedding – I just couldn’t stop taking it all in. It is just a riot of oranges and pinks (who knew they could look so stunning together?!) and with those additions of interesting foliage and grasses it’s just pretty magical.
It has a very natural and effortless appeal to it as well, which I think it sometimes so hard to find in a wedding bouquet. I know a number of excellent florists who are experts at pulling together such kinds of wild bouquets, so if it’s the look you’re after for your wedding flowers do check out our fantastic Flowers category on the blog.
I do like to try and find you inspiration, where I can, from non-wedding sources. Sometimes I find wedding websites and blogs can become a bit saturated with the same kinds of ideas and images, and so I find it quite refreshing when I stumble across an un-wedding-y blog that I think could provide you with some refreshing inspiration.
Recently I shared these pretty jam jars of herbs and cornflowers from a blog I love called beauty everyday, and it’s from there that I’ve got a little more inspiration to share today. From a blog post entitled ‘A Spring Luncheon’ (don’t you just love the idea!) I really like these pretty paper details with hand-written and illustrated designs.
I get the impression that many more couples are choosing to have their wedding ceremony outdoors – even with our temperamental British weather there are ways around it, and more and more I’m seeing simply beautiful outdoor ceremonies.
Recently on the blog I featured Christine and Joe’s wedding and they got married in a woodland glade beneath an old beech tree – it looked stunning. Their guests sat on straw bales covered with simple piece of fabric, but there are all kinds of ways to seat your guests for an outdoor ceremony.
Whilst it might be a challenge to find wooden stools as beautiful as the ones in the image above (and enough of them!), wooden benches are easier to get hold of. I’m all for considering how your guests might feel, so sitting for the duration of a wedding ceremony on a wooden bench could be uncomfortable, so I really love the idea of placing cushions on them as a comfy seat for your family and friends.
If you are handy with a sewing machine (or have a friend or family member who is) then why not sew up some simple cushion covers from fabric remnants. After your wedding you could give them away as gifts and save some to decorate your own sofas or bed with.
Who here is planning on an outdoor ceremony and how will your guests be seated?