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Happy New Year 2014

I’m a bit late to the game when it comes to wishing you all a very Happy New Year, but a huge warm welcome to the blog to all new and existing brides-to-be and couples planning their weddings – I am so pleased to have you here!

The last 4 months of 2013 for me were completely chaotic after my first baby arrived at the end of August.  For any other mummy’s out there you will know how you have no idea beforehand just how much your life will change.  Trying to go from ‘me’ to ‘mummy’ as well as running a small business has been challenging, to say the least.

I have a folder stuffed full of the most beautiful real weddings to share with you all as we head into the spring, full of lots of ideas that I’m sure will provide you with some inspiration for your own wedding days.  I thought I’d give you a little guided tour of what’s already in the blog archives for you to get stuck into, and if you find it’s ‘you’ then I hope you’ll check back for all the new content coming soon.

The Directory

The Natural Wedding Company directory

One of the most important parts of The Natural Wedding Company website is our Directory.  It’s stuffed full of some fabulous wedding suppliers who can help to make your wedding day dreams a reality.  It’s a wedding directory with a difference though, because all the businesses we work with have underlying eco or ethical principles by which their run.

TNWC Real Brides

TNWC Real Brides 2013

Last year we followed the journey of six lovely ‘Real Brides’ who each shared their wonderful plans for their individual weddings. Due to my little one throwing my life out at the end of the summer, I am still catching up with these lovely ladies (who are all now married!).  You can read all about their wedding plans on the TNWC Real Brides feature, and coming soon we’ll be featuring some of their weddings.

Become a TNWC Real Bride

Become a TNWC Real Bride

Are you getting married in 2014 or 2015?  Would you like to share your wedding planning adventure with our readers?  If so, you might like to apply to become one of our next TNWC Real Brides – full details here.

Real Weddings

Chloe & Nick's relaxed seaside Devon wedding

If you are looking for inspiration from real weddings, we have a lovely selection in the Real Weddings category.  I loved the wild and seasonal flowers at Chloe’s wedding, the handmade decor and picnic feast from Holly’s wedding, the autumnal touches at Laura’s barn wedding, and the stunning yurt from Jessica’s magical woodland wedding.  Do go explore the Real Weddings for tons of real inspiration.

Seasonal Inspiration

Crab apple blossom bouquet

Here at The Natural Wedding Company one of the most important things to us is being seasonal – whether that’s seasonal flowers, seasonal food, or simply taking inspiration from the season in which you are getting married.  So we have a category completely dedicated to Seasonal Ideas.

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Colour Crush #3 - holly berry red and icy white

It’s all about a Christmas inspired colour scheme on the blog today with this Colour Crush palette from Gabrielle at The Green Gables – lashings of festive holly berry red and icy white tones. 

Sometimes one colour is all you need. Red is a gorgeous colour to use in a Christmas wedding, not just because of its festive glow. Red is a bright, bold, cheerful, vibrant colour and in several cultures symbolises good luck and happiness.

You can choose the red to suit you, from bright orangey reds to deep purpley reds. Make red the prominent theme with solid blocks of colour in the flowers, bridesmaid dresses and stationery. Or for extra Christmas sparkle use red as an accent colour with lots of white and touches of silver and gold.

What’s your perfect palette for a Christmas wedding?

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Christopher Ian Photography

I took a look back through the Real Weddings we’ve featured on the blog, and it’s been months and months since we last featured one. In other words, it’s been too long – I know how much wonderful inspiration and ideas that other couples’ weddings provide, and we have lots of pretty ones lined up for you.

Today we have the romantic, rustic country wedding of Hayley and Iain who got married in Cheshire this past September which was sent to me by Christopher Ian Photography, one of the great photographers on our directory.  Over to Hayley to share with you the details of their beautiful day…

Milk churn with wedding flowers  - Christopher Ian Photography

Flower crown - Christopher Ian Photography

Vintage bike wedding sign - Christopher Ian Photography

Groom with vintage pocket watch - Christopher Ian Photography

'Just Married' wedding sign - Christopher Ian Photography

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Colour Crush #2 - burnt amber and blue grey

If you’re looking for some autumn or wintry colour inspiration for your wedding, the lovely Gabrielle from The Green Gables is back today with her new Colour Crush series featuring another beautiful colour palette to inspire you for your wedding.

Over to Gabrielle…

If you’re pondering where to begin with finding a colour scheme for your wedding, looking at the season you’re getting married in is a great starting point. Autumn is a season rich in colour with shades of green from light to dark, oranges that go from amber to gold, deep reds and soft greys.

This autumn centerpiece has a gorgeous combination of oranges and bluey greys that make a striking, and a little unusual colour palette. The softer shades make a lovely base colour for the whole wedding with pops of amber and russet to being the palette alive.

Would you use all of these colours or pick out just one or two?

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DIY paper wreath from Hollyhock Lane

We haven’t had much of a chance to get that Christmassy here at The Natural Wedding Company, but today we have a great DIY project to inspire you all to get into the festive spirit.  The lovely Julie from Hollyhock Lane has put together this ‘how to’ guide on creating a simple wreath made from paper leaves – ideal for hanging in your home or equally nice to be incorporated into a winter wedding.

Over to Julie to tell you how to get crafting…

So it’s that time of year to adorn our houses with pretty ornaments and festive decorations and if you have even the smallest urge to make something, now is as good a time as any to get crafty.

Of course, if you’re getting married, then you probably have even more reasons to get those hands busy, so here’s a tutorial for a wintry wreath which can work as a Christmas decoration, but it’s not so obviously Christmassy that it could also work as an elegant wedding decoration. Think over the front of a church door or, perhaps, adorning a table or the back of an important chair or pew.

Materials Needed

DIY paper wreath materials from Hollyhock Lane

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Wreath base, mine was 30cm diameter (or you could make your own by winding together some hazel/willow twigs)
  • Decorative fake berries
  • Craft knife (not pictured)
  • Cardboard cereal pack (not pictured)
  • Super glue / hot glue gun / contact glue
  • Acrylic paint – white and brown (I used raw umber for my brown)

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Wedding flower styling with garden roses, hawthorn, and autumn fruits by Fletcher & Foley

I can hardly believe that Christmas is so near now!  This year has gone by in such a whirlwind for me what with having little Tilly at the end of the summer, and I imagine all of your brides- and grooms-to-be who are getting hitched next summer will be feeling like it’s not long now once the New Year is upon us.

Today I have another lovely treat from one of our recommended wedding suppliers.  This guest post has been put together by Joanne of Fletcher & Foley (a fab Manchester based florist) using the same selection of flowers and foliage, but in three quite different styles: Rustic, Vintage, and ‘Wedstival’.  I love the selection of old pots Joanne’s used for the vintage styling, but I most like her use of colour for the ‘Wedstival’ theme, perfect for all of you inspired by summer festivals for your wedding day.

Over to Joanne…

Colourful festival inspired wedding flowers by Fletcher & Foley

Autumnal festival style wedding flowers by Fletcher & Foley

Get the look

Getting the styling right for your wedding can be a daunting prospect.  So much to think of.  In fact writing this blog I’m a little worried myself  as to where to start.  Ok, let’s start with a little inspiration, and this can come from anywhere.  Without rambling too much, a visit from my mother-in-law means a whole heap of glossy magazines will be left behind.  A trend piece in Vogue.  It screams autumn.

Inspiration for wedding flowers from magazines

Using key words may help.  For this little project I’m going to break it down into three wedding trends.  Rustic, Vintage and Wedstival.

See what we’re doing here?  Building up a picture of the overall feel for the big day by taking it slowly. Not getting bogged down in too much detail. No micro managing. Giving yourself a break so you can enjoy it.

The flowers

From a florist’s viewpoint, it doesn’t matter if you know nothing about flowers.  Give us some idea of colour and seasonality or if you prefer a particular flower and let us do the work.  Or even just tell us what you don’t like. That can often guide us in the right direction too.

Hydrangeas and ferns in vintage pots by Fletcher & Foley

I used the following flowers and foliage for the three wedding themes: Amaranthus, Dahlia, Free Spirit and Coffee Break Roses, Sedum, Hydrangea, Elder Berries, Nigella (Love in the Mist), Rosemary, Aster, Cornflower, Eryngium, Hawthorn, Scabious Seed Head, Mokara orchid, Rowan, and Virginia Creeper.

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Linen and lace petal pocket wedding favours from The Brides Table

We are really getting spoilt at the moment with lovely guest posts from some of our recommended wedding suppliers, and today we have another DIY project to inspire all you crafty brides.  If you are looking for wedding favour ideas to make, then Katy and Kath at The Brides Table have a great step-by-step guide to making these pretty petal pockets.

If you love the look of these petal pocket wedding favours but don’t feel crafty enough to have a go making them yourself, or if you already have a wedding ‘to do’ list as long as your arm, then visit The Brides Table website where you can buy them instead.  They would also make beautiful bridesmaid gifts.

Over to Katy and Kath…

These petal pocket favours are filled with dried petals or lavender and not only do they smell divine, they look so pretty too!

You could ask your family and friends to save flowers from their gardens for you to use (roses work particularly well).  Just before the petals drop, collect them on a tray and leave to dry in the sun or on a very low heat in your oven.

DIY materials for making petal pockets

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