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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How to include Dad in your wedding

How to include Dad in your wedding

It’s Father’s Day this weekend and so we thought we’d make this blog post all about Dad. For many brides (and grooms too), showing their love and appreciation for their father is an important (and often emotional) part of the wedding day. Of course, there’s the obvious ways to include Dad in your wedding plans, but there are more ways than you might think, and ways to cope with not having your Dad at your wedding too. Dads are often an incredibly underrated wedding resource! Every Dad is different, and not all of the points below will suit every father of the bride / groom, but here’s some ideas of how to include Dad in your wedding. How to Include Dad in Your Wedding Invite him to make a reading at the ceremony This way to include Dad in your wedding can be incredibly personal and emotional. He could read an excerpt from your favourite childhood book that he’d read to you, or...
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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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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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