We are lucky enough to have a new regular guest feature from Gabrielle the creative mind behind The Green Gables, one of the eco-chic wedding stationery companies you can find on The Natural Wedding Company directory.
Gabrielle is going to be sharing some beautiful colour palettes to inspire you for your wedding colour scheme – we hope they will become a useful resource for brides-to-be searching for colour inspiration.
Over to Gabrielle to share her first colour palette…
Today’s colour crush shows that teamed with tones of peach, cream and a splash of gold, pink becomes more grown-up than girlie. A delicate colour palette of mainly pastel peaches and pinks can feature pops of fuschia and gold to give a vibrant boost to the overall look. To bring the scheme down to earth a little more include coffee colours along with pale greens.
How would you use these shades in your wedding colour scheme?
Today Hester from Wedding in a Teacup tells us about how to use living potted plants and greenery in weddings, rather than cut flowers. With some super helpful tips, it’s a must-read for any brides-to-be looking for quirky eco-chic ideas.
Over to Hester…
We love the idea of living flowers and greenery at a wedding. They look natural and informal and are a great way to add practical decoration, but more than that – there’s something about having something living on your day that is so wholly positive!
We like tables named after love-in-the-mist or sage, with pots and gardeners labels to mark them; tiny flower pots doubling as place markers and favours (check out our personalised labels created with these in mind); and an apple crate of herbs or flowers as a luscious table plan holder.
They seem to beautifully combine a kind of homespun chic with vintage charm in a way that could be easily recreated for your own wedding day – no over-the-top extravagant and complicated ideas here. Yes, over-the-top extravagant and complicated wedding table decorations put together by a stylist can be incredibly beautiful, but I want to remind brides-to-be they can do it themselves and in simple but pretty ways.
Whilst round tables are still a common choice for wedding meals, I must say I’m a fan of the longer trestle table layout. In a funny sort of way, I find them more sociable, despite the fact that a circular table where everyone is facing each other would suggest they are more suited to conversation.
What I find with round tables, is there are often so large and the noise from chatter in the wedding reception space of such a level that I can never hear anyone except the two people I’m sat next to. This is one of the main reasons why I’m a fan of long trestle tables. If you are looking for ideas on how to decorate this kind of table arrangement, and perhaps on a budget, this idea for using a collection of mismatched smaller vases filled with just a few sprigs of flowers and herbs is a lovely idea.
If you can collect or hire a good selection of pretty vases and containers, then filling them with a few select blooms or foliage means that you don’t have to spend a fortune on floral table centrepieces.
I have a lovely bit of wedding cake inspiration for you today. These stunning cake designs were created by Amy who runs Amy Swann Cakes, and who is also one of our fab recommended suppliers on the directory.
Amy is incredibly talented at creating some of the most realistic and beautiful sugar flowers I’ve ever seen. You might recall this incredible wildflower wedding cake design of Amy’s I featured last autumn, and despite recently welcoming twin baby girls into her family, she has still been busy dreaming up these lovely designs for her clients.
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!