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When I spotted these wedding tables decorated with colourful mason jars of flowers, vintage crockery and simple white tapered candles, I really wanted to share them for their simplicity.

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.

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Handmade wedding

You might remember that back in the late spring I featured Holly and Laurie’s beautiful picnic wedding that was full of creative handmade details, well today we’re lucky enough to have Holly back with us.  

Holly’s sharing her top ten tips and advice for a DIY wedding and I’m sure that her advice will provide invaluable to any of you brides- and grooms-to-be who are in the stages of planning a handmade wedding.

Over to Holly…

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1. Firstly (and probably most importantly) make sure you have a small army of friends and family who are willing and kind enough to help out and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

In his speech my husband Laurie described our friends as the ‘games makers’ of our wedding and they really were- we couldn’t have done it without them!

2. Make sure you have a willing fiancé.

Creating a handmade wedding isn’t a one person task, it will take up lots of your free time so make sure you work together.  My husband Laurie helped me out so much with all the handmade elements of our wedding – he put up with me spending hours reading wedding blogs and chugging away at my sewing machine, he also spent a whole weekend printing out and tying up invitations and made dozens of gorgeous paper flowers.

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3. Spend some time gathering inspiration before you start.

There are so many ideas out there that it can feel a little overwhelming sometimes.  Spend some time gathering inspiration so you know the kind of wedding you want and you have an idea of how it will all tie together.  Pinterest is such a useful tool and it  is full of beautiful images and ideas.

There are also a few blogs I would recommend; The Natural Wedding Company for ideas and wonderful suppliers, Junkaholique for gorgeous vintage styling (and their wedding is one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen!), and Green Wedding Shoes for a dose of eco-friendly wedding loveliness from the USA.

Vintage picture frame wedding table plan

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Dainty twig and flower bunting wedding cake topper

This morning’s wedding cake is all about the cake topper, which captured me the moment I saw it.  Whilst this cake might have been made for a flower fairy themed children’s birthday party, I think the cake topper would work equally well on a wedding cake.

A dainty string of fresh flowers is strung between two rustic twigs, a beautiful, natural wedding cake topper that would be a simple DIY project.  If I was to try making it, I would simply use a needle and thread to create the flower bunting, before tying the ends to some foraged twigs.

I would recommend that you use organic flowers or those that haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals, because although the flowers aren’t in direct contact with the cake, I would err on the side of caution when it comes to something edible.  You could also look at using edible flowers – we have lots of fabulous suppliers on the directory.

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Bohemian English country garden wedding

What a treat we have for you today with another beautiful real wedding – this time with a bit of twist.  Usually weddings are submitted to us by the bride or her wedding photographer, but today’s pretty Somerset wedding was sent to us by wedding stylist Kirsten who runs The Little Wedding Helper.

The bride and groom – Alison and Rama – had a down-to-earth wedding held in their garden full of bohemian styling, Moroccan lanterns, and a dash of English country charm.  The couple decided not to have a wedding photographer, but lucky for us they allowed Kirsten to bring along her own photographer to capture some of their day and gorgeous details.

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One of my favourite parts of Alison and Rama’s wedding is that guests were invited to bring flowers rather than gifts, which were then used to create the table decorations – what a lovely idea and one that created a vibrant palette of colour that really complements the Bohemian feel of their wedding.

So it’s over to Kirsten to tell you about Alison and Rama’s wedding and how she helped style it…

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Romantic pale pink flower crown

Back garden wedding with Bedouin tent

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White Memoirs competition

*This competition is now closed 12:00 04/10/13*

Earlier this month we shared details of the fabulous upcoming White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre that is being held in Cheshire on Sunday 6th October 2013. With entry to the fayre free, if you’re a bride-to-be and planning to go then make sure you enter to win one of 25 goody bags we’ve got to give away.

Today we’ve got an incredible competition in which you could win a bundle of fantastic wedding prizes worth over £1,000!  Read on to find out what you could win and how to enter…

A free engagement shoot from Dotmoxee Photography is just one of the fab prizes!
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The wonderful White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fayre exhibitors have put together a fantastic giveaway of prizes worth over £1,000 for one lucky bride to win!  If the date is in your diary or you were thinking about visiting this lovely wedding fair, then don’t miss this opportunity to win all of the following – yes, just one lucky bride will walk away with all of this…

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Hi everyone! A quick message here from Charlie – I’m really sorry that it’s been so quiet on the blog lately, but we’ve got loads of great guest posts coming up. There’s some gorgeous floral prettiness on the blog today, and coming up soon a beautiful Bedouin tent real wedding and a competition. Hope all your wedding plans are going well!

In order to find the loveliest inspiration and ideas for my readers I trawl the internet and blogs on the hunt for only the very best.  When it comes to flowers, sometimes I spot a bouquet and am convinced that it must have been created by one of our talented flower farmers or florists – and quite often I’m right.

This is one such bouquet that I spotted on this Fairytale Scottish Castle Wedding and thought it was just the kind of wild and natural style that many of our TNWC recommended florists dream up – indeed, it is from one of our Scottish contingent, the lovely Pyrus.

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It has been quite a while since my last Cake Love feature, things have got a bit crazy with an attempt to take some maternity leave and then this little bundle that’s come along.  I wanted to make sure that my first wedding cake back was a good’un and I think you’ll love this one.

This has to be one of my favourite wedding cakes ever (do I say that about most of them?).  When I first saw Victoria Sponge wedding cakes I thought they were pretty genius, but this tiered wedding cake made from scones, clotted cream and jam is perhaps even more clever.

It’s one of those cakes that makes me think “why didn’t I think of that?!”  If I was planning our wedding now, I would definitely be pinning this cream tea wedding cake to my Pinterest boards and it would be competing against the tiered Victoria Sponge wedding cake.

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