A simple colourful banner table plan for a seaside festival wedding

Sometimes I wonder if all the effort we go to creating elaborate/artistic/clever/unique table plans is really worth the hassle – after all it’s just to tell someone where to find their seat.

I must add in here that I created (with the help of my sister Izzy) a super elaborate and time consuming table plan for my own wedding, which involved an illustrated birds eye view of our reception tents on a cork base with individual flags stuck into it with each guests name on…phew!

That being said, I often come across some really great ideas for table plans, and although you could probably say there’s nothing special about this design, I love it for its simplicity and colourfulness. It also completely fit with the couples wedding day.

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Alternative mini flag buttonholes

A little bit of afternoon wedding inspiration for you – and this time it’s for the boys.  Floral buttonholes are lovely, but sometimes you want something a bit different, so I love this alternative idea for sweet celebration flags poked into the usher’s or groomsmen’s suit pockets.

They would be really easy to make from fun papers or even fabric wrapped around a cocktail stick, and I like the idea of the little celebratory messages written on them like ‘hooray!’ and ‘yippee!’ – even the thin ribbons are a nice additional touch.  Like this wedding, perhaps you could have a floral buttonhole made for the groom to make him stand out, and make these mini flag buttonholes for his best man and ushers.

I also did this feature on felt buttonholes with some fun ideas including tiny kite buttonholes, so do check out the full feature on cool and quirky buttonholes.

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Izzy Burton illustration

I am so excited about my new TNWC Real Brides feature and I hope you are too!  It’s been lovely finding out so much about other people’s weddings and being able to share all those details with you here.  You can catch up on all the blog posts by clicking this link to the full TNWC Real Bride feature.

Today has her second blog post, and is going to tell us all about the start of their DIY elements to their wedding – starting with their invitations.  She’s even done a how to guide on how she made some very cute cake flags!  If you haven’t read Emma’s first blog post, you can find it here.  Over to Emma…

This week we have reached the first of our planning milestones – we posted our invites!  We both wanted personalised invitations and I love to draw so I thought I’d have a go myself.  I drew the designs on watercolour paper, painted in a bit of colour and went over it in fine liner.

I photographed the paintings then added the text using Photoshop.  We had them printed on recycled card at Monkey Puzzle Repro Art who are based at Mount Pleasant Eco Park. I couldn’t be more happy with the service, John was lovely and got our invites printed within 24 hours of me emailing him the artwork!  The front of the invite features us in what I think I can pass off as ‘naïve cartoon style’, standing in front of the archway area we plan to have our ceremony in.

Handmade watercolour invitation

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paper flag wedding table numbers

One of my favourite ways to number your wedding reception tables – with homemade paper flags stuck into one of your centrepieces.  I must admit now, that they are my favourite because this is what we chose to do for our own wedding tables, but they are simple to create, effective and easy to spot, and rather sweet I think.

paper flag wedding table numbers

All you need is some sticks (you could use bamboo garden canes, long twigs, or pieces of wooden dowel – which is what we used), paper and string.  You could handwrite the numbers, stamp them with ink, or print them on your computer.  Then it’s simply a matter of punching holes and tying them to the sticks – if you find they slip down, discretely use a little tape to hold them in place.

Images: Bayly & Moore via 100 Layer Cake

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Mini flag wedding cake

As wedding cakes look more like a cake that could be celebrating any kind of occasion, the more I love them.  Gone are the old stereotypes and in floods all these beautiful alternative designs – there’s no one to tell you can’t have a cake of any description, taste, style, colour, or design any longer, you don’t even need to have cake!

I love this homemade wedding cake, with it’s rough white icing, single thick layer of cake, a scattering a vibrant lemon peel on top, and those fun mini ribbon flags in all their sea blues and greens.  I’ve featured a similar ribbon flag wedding cake before if you like this style.

These flags are really easy to make yourself at home, I made some for my TNWC birthday cake, all you need is some long wooden skewers (the kind you’d use on a barbeque), ribbons and possibly some glue or double-sided sticky tape.  All I did was thread the ribbon onto the sticks (would anyone like a tutorial on this?) and pulled them tight – no glue needed.

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Birch bark bird wedding cake topper

One of my Favourite Finds recently is this Etsy shop who are creating these beautiful wedding items from biodegradable birch bark.  There is a wonderful selection of cake toppers (like these cheerful little birds above), cupcake toppers and mini flags, birch bark confetti in the shape of leaves or hearts, and even a cute little ring bearers pillow.

This is the birch bark confetti, which is full compostable making it a great eco-friendly option.  I think it would be particularly nice at an autumn or winter wedding…

Birch bark confetti

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Rustic and natural birthday cake

Today’s Cake Love post is a bit self-indulgent – it’s really a happy birthday cake for my website, to celebrate turning 5 years old.  This is well and truly, possibly my favourite cake I’ve ever seen.  It is, for me, perfection.

1. Firstly…you can see it’s a cake – dark chocolate cakey layers with icing in the middle and on top – there’s no hiding it beneath ruffles and rolls of cream.

2. Secondly…it is decorated with natural, real flowers and greenery – just a few touches, nothing over-the-top or showy.

3. Thirdly…it has pretty fabric flags that say ‘hey! this is a celebration!’

4. And finally…there are candles, which are essential for a birthday cake.  But not just any old birthday candles, these are honey coloured beeswax candles, natural and pure, and have a sweet scent when the burn.

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