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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Finishing Touches – Wedding Details Not To Overlook

Finishing Touches – Wedding Details Not To Overlook

There are so many things to keep in mind when you’re planning a wedding. The venue, the photographer, the DJ, the dress, the cake, the rings… it’s easy to lose track! Somewhere between the main elements of a wedding and all of those ideas you’ve pinned on Pinterest, it can be all too easy to overlook those little finishing touches that can make your big day even more memorable. This week, we’ve put together a list of wedding details not to overlook so that you can ensure you’ve got the wedding day (and photos) you’ve dreamed of! Dress Hanger In our experience, most wedding dresses come on a plastic hanger. Be prepared for the photograph and video shots of the dress before the ceremony by placing it on a nice hanger - the one in the image here was from Not On The Hight Street. Ceremony Arch The photos of you and your partner exchanging vows are ones you will treasure. If you’re not...
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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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Let them eat cake! Wedding Cake Alternatives

Let them eat cake! Wedding Cake Alternatives

I overheard a really bad joke this week: ‘I went to a really emotional wedding the other day; even the cake was in tiers’. Oh dear… Anyway, it set me thinking - this joke exists because cakes at weddings have traditionally been tiered fruit cakes. But as regular readers will know, I have a passion for all things different, and so I set about researching some wedding cake alternatives. Some beautiful examples can be found on our Pinterest boards. Here’s what I found: The ‘Cheese’ Cake. I have put ‘cheese’ in inverted commas because this is not to confused with a cheesecake dessert. Far from it, these are stacked wheels of cheese and can look even more stunning than their traditional counterparts. When we first began our little venture, we were contacted by a lovely lady who asked if we did ‘cheese carts’. Not knowing what they were, we quickly had a rummage online and discovered that it was one of...
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What’s old is new again – wedding themes

What’s old is new again – wedding themes

Your wedding is the one perfect day that you can truly let your imagination go wild, and any passions you have in life can be expressed throughout your day. A vintage theme doesn't just have to be chintz, though. There are so many variations of vintage you can choose from, which is one of the reasons why I love the vintage theme so much.  And it’s not just for the girls. As a guy, I have developed somewhat of a dislike for the ‘traditional’ top hat and tails look. And the mix match of swirly patterned waistcoats and the satin cravat is more than a bit of a cliché. I’ve seen too many ill fitting morning suits at weddings and it’s not such a good look. If you ask me, a gentleman looks so much more stylish and well groomed with a suit that fits and doesn’t make him look like a penguin. So guys, be original! While thinking about themes this week,...
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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has well and truly arrived here at Vintage HQ - there’s frogspawn in the pond, daffodils in the garden and blossom on the trees. And it all looks beautiful (if you ignore the weeding that needs to be done!).  Spring marks the start of the wedding ‘season’ too, although I really don’t like calling it ‘wedding season’ - it makes it sound as though it is THE time to get married. And of course anyone can get married at any point during the year. Nevertheless, more weddings happen at this time of year, and I was wondering if the reason for this is more than just the better weather.  One thing that is easier to source at this time of year is wedding flowers. There is so much choice now spring is here, and so much colour. In a spring wedding, flowers take on a leading role - not only in the look of the bride / groom, but also in...
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