Wedding Gift Lists – asking for gifts or money

Wedding Gift Lists – asking for gifts or money

Even though many wedding guests (and even those who cannot attend) will want to buy the happy couple a gift, it can be tricky knowing how to go about asking your guests for items that you’d actually like. Traditionally, a couple getting wed would be very young with very little money and only just setting up home together. Times have changed; we’re marrying later, living together before marriage, and saving up before getting married. But, it can just seem rude to ask guests outright for gifts of items that you haven’t already got, or items that you’d like to receive. So what do you do? Wedding gift lists are commonplace now, and in this blog post we will take a look at the options available to you that won’t mean your guests are offended or feel pressured into buying something they can’t afford. We will look at wedding gift lists, charitable donations, ways of politely asking for money, and ways...
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Creative Wedding Confetti Options

Creative Wedding Confetti Options

I think it’s the case that everyone would like awesome wedding photos! One of the most anticipated shots at any wedding is the confetti throwing photograph… It’s one of my favourite moments of a wedding day. It’s full of colour, everyone's smiling, and the happy couple have relaxed after the formal part of the day is done. And photo opportunity aside, throwing wedding confetti is a tradition that dates back to the Romans. They threw rice over newlyweds believing that it would bestow fertility upon the happy couple, making their marriage a ‘fruitful’ one. The English use of the word ‘confetti’ derives from the Italian ‘confetti’ which are sugar coated almonds that are given out at weddings (with a white coating) or at graduations (with a red coating) - these were traditionally thrown into the air at carnivals. Us Brits adapted the sweetie missiles to weddings (replacing the traditional rice) at the end of the 19th century, using symbolic shreds of...
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Choosing Your Wedding Reception Drinks

Choosing Your Wedding Reception Drinks

There’s no doubt about it, drinks are an important part of any wedding, be it wedding reception drinks, drinks with the wedding breakfast, or a drink to toast the happy couple with. Whether you’re tee-total or you’re planning for the bubbles to be flowing all evening, this week’s blog post has tips to help you keep yourselves and your guests watered with our guide to choosing your wedding reception drinks. As usual, we’ve got lots of inspiration over on our Pinterest board too. Before we get into the finer details, let’s take a look at the three main drinks to be chosen for any wedding: The first reception drink (often Champagne or Bucks Fizz, and usually served with small canapés before the wedding breakfast) The drink used to toast the happy couple (usually Champagne or a sparkling wine) The wines to accompany the wedding breakfast Of course, we like to break with tradition and it isn’t necessary to stick with the typical...
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Frog & Pencil’s Top Ten Tips For Wedding Stationery

Frog & Pencil’s Top Ten Tips For Wedding Stationery

Hello there, The lovely folks over at Vintage Partyware have invited me to write a guest blog post and I’m delighted to share some stationery goodness with you all. I’m Claire, the illustrator behind Frog & Pencil and I create bespoke wedding stationery and other handcrafted loveliness. Over here at Frog & Pencil HQ we love all things stationery and believe that it’s an important part of your wedding as it’s the first taste your friends and family will receive about your big day. What I find exciting is that when it comes to stationery, you can do whatever you want! Be it commissioning someone like me to create your invitations or choosing to go down the diy route, here are a bunch of my top Froggy tips! First things first though, let me just clarify what I mean by stationery. This term covers everything from Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations, Maps, RSVP’s to Order of Service, Table Plans, Menus, Name Cards, Table Number/Names,...
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8 Reasons to choose a Spring Wedding

8 Reasons to choose a Spring Wedding

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you’ll probably already know that I love the changing of the seasons. Spring is nearly upon us: the official first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox, is just a few weeks away on the 20th March. And the changing of the season from Winter into Spring brings us so much. We are actually happier (sunny days really do make us feel better), the days are longer, flowers are blooming and plants are coming into leaf, outdoor eating and drinking can begin, and of course there’s the anticipation of summer and all that the long, warm, sunny days will bring!  This is why this week’s blog post covers the reasons to choose a Spring wedding. Of course, you can find further ideas on our Pinterest board, but here’s our top 8 reasons why Spring is the perfect season for your wedding. 1. Spring symbolises ‘new beginnings’ When I think of Spring, the first thing...
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Wedding Traditions Explained

Wedding Traditions Explained

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe" - have you ever wondered why we have the wedding traditions we do? Why do brides wear a veil? Why does the bride throw her bouquet? Why does the groom stand on the right? This week, we're taking a look at wedding traditions and where they originate so that you know exactly what each part of your ceremony means (should you adopt these traditions). We'll begin with the run up to the wedding: Why choose a white wedding dress? Up until 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, most brides would wear the most expensive dress they owned on their wedding day. After her wedding, Queen Victoria wrote in her diary: ‘I wore a white satin dress with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design, and my jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace and earrings and dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch.’ And with that, the...
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How To Plan Your Wedding At Short Notice

How To Plan Your Wedding At Short Notice

There’s no doubt about it, all weddings are romantic whether they’re planned years in advance or within a few short months. There’s all sorts of reasons as to why you might plan your wedding at short notice and if 2017 is the year you are getting married and there’s still lots to do, keep calm and more importantly make sure you and your other half stick together! Here’s a few handy tips to help you through. What are the essentials? Your budget, guest list and theme should be the first decisions you make: everything else can fall into place around them. Don’t forget that if you’re planning a wedding at short notice, then you might have fewer guests able to attend. It’s worth bearing in mind the the more you invite, the more it’ll cost. Figure these out early on, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Commit. Remember that things can crop up whether you’re planning your wedding three months in advance or...
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Stag dos. And stag don’ts!

Stag dos. And stag don’ts!

When planning a stag do, there’s already enough to think about: who to invite, how much to spend, what activities to do… You don’t have to go through all the vagaries involved in being forced to wear fancy dress or booking a stripper. Do something you will enjoy and remember. Avoid the clichés and have a good time. With that in mind, we’ve scoured our local area for some different stag party ideas. Take a look at our Pinterest board for more inspiration. Man up! The ExTREEme Adventure high ropes and tall trees course in Weasenham Woods, not far from King’s Lynn, is set at two different heights. There’s the “low” ropes at 20ft and high ropes at 40ft. The giant 3G swing can be winched up to a height of 45ft before release. Then there is the option to add the 1000ft long zip line and fan descender jump to the high ropes course. Combine this with real tree climbing...
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The Hen Party (minus the L plates)

The Hen Party (minus the L plates)

Before she says ‘I do’, it’s only right to enjoy a drink or two… but, there really doesn’t have to be inflatable body parts or L plates on show. Be you, be comfortable. Whether your hen party is a lavish affair or close and intimate there are plenty of options available to you that don’t require a pub crawl adorned in L plates and veils! Be you adventurous or crafty, creative or a foodie, you and your hens can enjoy something different (and as you know, I’m all for a little bit of different!). I’ve spent this week having a look at what’s available locally, and while this little compendium isn’t exhaustive, it does show that our part of the world has a lot to offer. As always, there’s lots of inspiration on our Pinterest boards, too. Be pampered. Schedule some treatments and relax. Think massage, manicure, pedicure, nails, and a glass of champagne to ensure you feel relaxed and refreshed...
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You look like a monkey, and smell like one too… Happy Birthday!

You look like a monkey, and smell like one too… Happy Birthday!

I can’t imagine that it escaped anyone’s notice that Her Majesty the Queen celebrated a rather special birthday this week… Inspired by the celebrations, this week’s blog post is about all things birthday party related - parties for both the young and the young at heart! There’s lots of inspiration on our Pinterest board. Let’s start with the grown ups. Us adults (mostly) enjoy parties as much as the kids and there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by your close family and friends. Hosting an adult party means that you can really go ‘all out’ - think dinner, games, cocktails…  • Start by choosing the date. A weekend date close to the actual birthday usually means that most people will be available.  • Theme or no theme? Well, this really depends on the birthday person. Are they the sort of person who likes to dress up and make a statement or would they prefer a more...
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