Wedding Ideas | Signage

Whether it's a friendly welcome sign or a functional bathroom direction, wedding signage is a great opportunity to work something functional into your theme and design.

Believe us, weddings guests love to know where they're going, what they are meant to do and how. Nothing is too obvious.

Here's a roundup of our favourite designs and the signs you don't want to forget about on your big day!

More ideas and image credits on our Pinterest boards for Wedding Signage!

The Who, What, Where and Why of Wedding Websites

What to include in your wedsite

Wedding websites are a great way to share information about your big day and you get extra brownie points for being environmentally friendly. You don't have to worry about invitations getting lost in the post and you can update them with new info as your big day draws closer. Plus, no paper cuts!

However, it can feel a bit daunting trying to remember all the information you need to share with your guests but there are plenty of websites that will prompt you and of course, we've got a handy list of things to include.

1. A little bit about you - a great way to personalise your wedsite and tell your guests how you met

2. The timings and locations for the day - make sure your guests know where they need to be and when 

3. Accommodation and travel - this is where the local taxi numbers or the mini bus timings go, add in accommodation details as well

4. Gift list or registry - whatever your stance on this people will ask, so let them know upfront what your expectations are

5. Dress code - you may think it's self explanatory but each wedding is different and if you want it casual, smart or formal let your guests know

6. FAQs - this could be a separate section or include some of the above but it's always good to give more info than not enough. The last thing you want is pesky questions on the lead up to your big day

7. RSVP section - not supplied with all websites but it's great if you can roll invitations and RSVPs into yours

5 of the best  

Gettingmarried.co.uk

A free UK site (most are US based) gives a variety of designs, it's easy to build and includes RSVP management. It's got some great features including venue maps, multiple events for those spreading their wedding across a long weekend and an integrated gift list.

2. Luvbirds

Another free site, this is great if you want an easy to use website with no fuss. It includes all the basic features you need and you can match the colour and font to your wedding style. It claims it only takes 60 seconds to set up so this is a great free, no fuss option.

3. Squarespace

If you want a more bespoke wedsite you can shun the wedding providers and make your own. Squarespace is very visual so there is lots of room for images and it comes with various templates so you don't have to start from scratch. It's $16 a month which does add up over the year but if you like a more personal touch or you've got a short engagement this is a great option.

4. The Appy Couple

An app rather than a website this puts all your wedding information at your guests's fingertips. Boasting stylish designs, a travel concierge and photo sharing, this app includes everything you need and more, available for a one off cost of $39.

5. Riley & Grey

And finally at the top end of the market, we give you Riley & Grey. Just because you're having a wedding website it doesn't mean it has to be budget. This option has great style and  useful features, you can even change the site to different languages to suit your guests. Starting from $35 a month, this is a serious wedsite!

Little Black Book | The London Lightbox

Have you ever known of a wedding trend so prevalent as the photo booth? Since it came on the scene in the late 2000s, it's become a staple wedding feature that nobody wants to see going away.

We're seeing more and more companies pop up and offer it, so what makes any of them different? What can you choose that still feels unique even though you know you're going to see seven booths at other people's weddings this year?

We spoke to our newest favourite booth team The London Lightbox, about their ethos, their plans and what makes their booth experience stand out.

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Guys, hello! Tell us a little bit about The London Lightbox and how you got started?

Hey! Well… we started back in 2015 after using photo booths that were just huge monstrosities.  We thought that surely other people will be like us and appreciate some great design combined with taking selfies!?

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What makes you different to other photo booths?

So we took apart the conventional photo booth and got rid of the bits no one needs - the bulky ‘booth’ and cheap plastic – and upgraded the cameras, software, printers and flash.  We got our design friends involved, mainly architects, carpenters and steel engineers, to create an original shape out of quality materials.  The result is the Obscura photo booth.  

Booths, you guys. They came, they saw, they conquered in the wedding world. What is it about them do you think made them such a staple of the industry?

With everyone excited for the big day, everyone dressed in their best and with all the friends and family around, who doesn’t want to take a photo!?  Combined with saving the memories to look over in the future, and with every event we do, we create unique graphics for the bride and groom – 100% guaranteed there will be one of our photos on the guests’ fridge!

For couples thinking about ways to make their booth more personal or ways to wow their guests, what would you say?

It’s all about the design here.  Along with creating your unique graphics and layouts for the prints and social uploads, we also create custom touch screen experiences for the guests, taking them on their selfie journey in your style. 

Secondly, the Obscura is designed with changeable ‘Skins’ – so choose one of our premade skin to complement your venue – brushed steel for a minimal space?  Zinc for iridescent light reflections in a courtyard?  High-gloss, piano black wood for a decadent room?  Your day, you choose!

What has been your favourite wedding booth to date?

I think this has to go to Ben and Georgie, their wedding was a beautiful affair in a classic Sperry tent on an Oxfordshire garden – simple and such good fun.  The thing I loved was the atmosphere where everyone just wanted fun – and our Obscura coupled with some giant letters and everyone climbing on them meant we could capture the most people we’ve ever had in a frame!   Check out this pic (Photo from Georgie and Ben’s wedding)

What would you suggest for the couple looking for something a little bit different, thinking outside of the booth?

A huge benefit of our Obscuras is the fact they’re one of the smallest available – no part of the room is blocked off - so why not build it into a set?  Sit it in a Punch and Judy stand on the lawn, or position the Obscura in the jungle in the Conservatory?  Wrap the Obscura in our Moss Skin and build in your floristry to tie the whole experience together? Couple that with your own graphics on the prints and you’ve got something totally unique.

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Find out more about them over on their website!

Fictional Follies | Jay Gatsby + Daisy Buchanan

F. Scott Gerald is getting the Fictional Follies treatment this week, well really it's the Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby with the always amazing Leo and Cary Mulligan. But we would like to point out we loved this book way before the film came out, one of us even studied it at uni. Now we know it doesn't work out for these two but as with any of our fictional follies, when has that ever stopped us before.

We're purposely avoiding art deco and instead creating a wedding of modern opulence. We're keeping things light and pretty with shades of mint, peach and white with a gold accent. Everything is of the highest standard with little details across the entire day, now all you have to do is imagine you're there! 

Daisy's dressed in a Jenny Packham dress, who does beading so beautifully. Stunning accessories with touches of mint and a simple bouquet of white roses finish the look.

A touch of glamour is added to the escort cards with a smattering of glitter and the table is beautifully set with gold, white and mint crockery, gold cutlery and cut glass crystal glasses. But it's the extravagant dessert table and luxurious cake that your eye is drawn to.

The couple disappear for photographs overlooking the lake towards the green light, surrounded by feathers and flowers.

When they get back Gatsby lifts his glass in a toast and the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy!

 

 

Perfecting Your Wedding Table Plan

Ah, the emotional game of Tetris that is the wedding table plan. No one's family and friend groups are so perfect that they work in neat little groups of 10 - there's just no way.

So if you are facing a fun little game of 'who can't sit next to who', we have a few handy tips to make the game a little easier to play!

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Doodlelove, Not on the High Street

1. Start Early

You can't leave this job to the last minute, as much as you want to put it off. As soon as you have most of your RSVPs, or even before then, start mapping out your tables.

Be aware that things will change so you need to give yourself ample time to make adjustments. And also give yourself a few days in between each change to scream and throw things. Then go back to it.

Your suppliers - like your caterer and your stationer - will need to know final seating a good few weeks before the day.

2. Map it out

Go low tech for your first few goes - use pencil and paper, or sticky notes, before graduating to anything more permanent, and definitely don't go to print until you really have to.

3. To Group or not to Group

Lots of people will make sense to group together - uni friends, distant family, colleagues - but there will always be stragglers. Resist the urge to put all the odd people on one table unless you have to, instead try to fit a few people in with current groups that you think might get along. Your neighbour couple might have the perfect sense of humour for work friends, your cousin and his wife you've never met have a lot in common with some of your friends from school - you get the picture.

4. Modern Families

Whether it's divorced parents or people who have had a falling out - you have two options. One is to figure out a seating plan that means those people won't have each other in their line of sight during dinner and are as far away from each other as possible, OR tell everyone to suck it up for one day and play nice as a gift to you (they also still have to give you a gift though...).

Be amenable and considerate to an extent, but if you find yourself bending over backwards for a handful of particularly difficult people, lay down the law and issue an ultimatum - sit where we put you or eat outside...

5. Kids

If you are having kids at your dinner, depending on the ages you might decide to put them all together - give them their own kid's menu and some table games.

If they are at the table, remember to ask the parents if you need to get them a highchair from the caterer.

6. Elbow Room

J. Scott Catering

J. Scott Catering

Be aware of table sizes when you are planning your seating. A 6ft round table can comfortably seat 10, and 12 at a push. A rectangle trestle table will seat 3 each side, and one on ends.

Make sure you're giving people elbow room!

7. Get Creative

If your venue allows, and round table sizes just aren't working for your groups - mix it up. Have some round tables of 10, a big square table made up of trestles to seat 16, long rows of as many as you like - whatever works in your venue, don't be afraid to experiment or have all the tables the same shape and size.

8. Numbers Vs Names

Ah the eternal debate, give your wedding tables names or numbers. Sure, numbers are easier and more logical but they can also indicate hierarchy (table 15 may assume you're not thinking too highly of them). Names require a bit more thought and creativity, but they eliminate any question of importance.

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Paula Bartosiewicz Photography

9.  About Face

Once you have figured out who is sitting on which table, then it's time to consider where on the table each person should sit. You may not think it matters, but consider who is on the table - if you have any older guests or those with disabilities, make sure they are facing the head table. When it comes to speeches and generally just looking adoringly at you, you won't want them to be straining or cricking their neck for long periods of time. 

10. Head Table Dilemmas

The head table can be one of the trickiest parts of table plan planning. Especially if you have a complicated set up - parents who aren't together, are with other partners, or a big horde of siblings or bridesmaids. How do you know who to include and who not to?

Depending on your venue, your head table can be as big or as small as you want. A super long, double sided table works for big bridal parties. Or to be diplomatic, sit just with your parents, your best man and your maid of honour. Some couples even opt for a sweetheart table with just the two of them!

But perhaps sitting with the traditional parents/best man/maid of honour trifecta doesn't work for you. As with many modern traditions, it was born out of a different time and for different reasons. Now, why not just to sit on a table your closest friends? It's your wedding!

 

Little Black Book | VenueScanner

Every good wedding starts with a good venue, from a grand stately home to industrial blank spaces, quirky warehouses or rustic barns, everyone has a different take on their perfect venue.

Now here at Revelry Towers we pride ourselves on the ability to sniff out the right venue for you but as well as knowing various venues personally we also work with venue directories for additional inspiration. We recently met the lovely Rebecca from VenueScanner, who answered some of our questions about the venue directory and how it works. If you're looking for a venue then read on...

1. So Rebecca, what is VenueScanner?

VenueScanner is a discovery, comparison and booking website for meeting and event venues.

2. Sounds helpful, how did it begin?

It began, like many great start-ups in a garden shed! The idea was developed from myself and my co-founder Benjy’s personal experiences of trying to discover and book venues. We were working at Marks & Spencer and every team workshop, team away day, summer party, Christmas party etc etc was a total pain to find and book the venueIt's crazy how hard it was given how many great venues we are surrounded by in Londonmost of which have over 30% availability!

So, in early 2015 we explored the concept of finding all the venues near to us and putting them on a search website. And quickly we have become the fastest growing marketplace in the UK for venues.

3. That's exciting, so tell us, how does Venue Scanner work?

Our aim is to be super simple to use. Here is the low down:

1.      Search by postcode & event type

2.      Compare side by side all of the venues within that category (>8000 to choose from!)

3.      Filter the venues according to:

a.      Venue Type: Affordable, Creative, Traditional, Warehouse etc

b.      Number of guests

c.       Budget

d.      Event Type

4.      When you like a venue you can click ‘The little pink plus’ which adds the venue to your basket

5.      When ready you can write one enquiry and send it off to all venues

6.      Venue Hosts will receive your enquiry immediately and respond directly to you via our messaging hub

7.      All your enquiries will be in one place and when you are ready you can book & pay.

8.      We are always online to help, and if you don’t have time to search and compare you can simply send us your event details and we find the best spaces for you.

 

3. What’s the best thing about Venue Scanner for anyone looking for a wedding or party venue

The best thing about VenueScanner is that it is quick & easy.

You have the widest variety of venues at your fingertips and can tailor the search to find your perfect venue in 5-10 minutes and then enquire direct at the click of a button. No agencies, middle men or fees. Someone on chat to help you at all times!

4. What advice would you give anyone looking for a venue?

The venue is one of the most important parts of your event, however blank canvas venues can be converted to fit any event theme. I am always tempted to find blank canvas, quirky and interesting spaces which tend to be more affordable and spend more on creating the perfect event within the blank canvas venue.

We have found that enquiring with 5 venues at once when you are searching delivers the greatest likelihood of making your booking quick and simple and avoids availability issues.

5. What sets you apart from other directories?

We are a tiny tech team. We are not an agency or have any venues or agencies associated to us. We are purely trying to complete the mission of making venue discovery & booking really really simple. We also offer lots of rewards for repeat bookings and like to send everyone who books with us either a bottle of wine or bunch of flowers as a surprise so if you like either of these check us out! ;)

Wedding Inspo | Club Tropicana

We think it's fair to say that sunny wedding inspiration is still having it's day in the...well, sun.

Vibrant colours, tropical flavours, destination vibes. All perfect for a summer wedding whether it's in the city or actually on a beach.

We can't get enough of it, so we're sharing the love with you!

The Attire

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The Decor

For more inspiration and credits, go to our bright and beautiful Club Tropicana Pinterest board

Wedding Trendwatch: Metallics

We love metallics because you can create such a variety of looks with it. Little touches give a classy, subtle finish to your day or you can go all out and make it a key colour creating some 'wow' features. 

What we also love about metallics is that you can use them to work with so many different wedding styles and themes, we present exhibit A....

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Getting Married On A Budget

A Wedding For £5K

Welcome to the first of our getting married on a budget series. In this series we'll give you an example wedding for a set budget to show you how to make the most of your money and how much things really cost.

We're starting out with £5,000 which is 1/6 of the average budget according to 2016 research from Brides Magazine. Don't despair, if your total budget is £5,000 we've got some tips on how you can have the day of your dreams. However, we'd suggest following these two rules - keep it small and keep it simple. 

Wedding Location

Firstly let's get the legal stuff out of the way, if you get married in your local registry office or church you can do away with a high venue cost.

If you head to a local restaurant for dinner instead of an events space most will charge you a minimum spend rather than a hire fee. Keep your guest list small, by small we mean about 20 people and you can afford to feed and water people with good food and good wine.

Rent an area in a bar or a local hall for the evening and stick to a playlist if you're providing the entertainment and a cash bar for the drinks. You've already had a hot meal so go for sandwiches, crisps and other snacks for the buffet food. Enlist the help of some of your friends to make them in advance and you've got a low cost buffet that everyone will enjoy. 

Attire

Brides have never had it better for budget bridal wear, in the past couple of months alone Top Shop and Boohoo have both announced a bridal collection. This gorgeous gown from Phase Eight is only £595, and try the department stores for shoes on sale like these from Jenny Packham.

The high street is also great for bridesmaid dresses. Asos has a brilliant range and everyone knows New Look knows how to do a budget shoe.

And let's not forget the boys, back to the high street again. Next do a brilliant range in suits, you can get the whole shebang for about £200. When it comes to the best man, pick someone with a suit and they can wear their own!

Stationery

Buy off the shelf rather than getting them made. Paperchase do a great range of invitations, place cards and thank you cards. 

Flowers

Keep the bouquets and buttonholes sweet and simple and just enough to dress the tables. Always go seasonal and work with a local florist or assign a trusted member of the wedding to buy flowers beforehand and create your own bouquet, buttonholes and centrepieces. Some flowers are cheaper than others, try Baby's Breath, Roses or greenery. Flowers and foliage cost more on scale so keep the volume low.

Other bits

Keep the wedding rings cheap, you can always upgrade in the years to come. If your DIY or call in favours for your hair and make up and cake you'll save a fortune. And there is no need to splash out on a fancy wedding car, stick to taxi's, they might not look as pretty but they'll still get you to the church on time. That should leave you with a decent chunk or change for a photographer. This is a place where it's best not to skimp too much as the photos will be the keep sake of your day. 

The breakdown

Registry Office: £1000

Attire (including rings): £987

Catering for 20 people: £1550

DIY Evening Buffet: £200

Stationery: £40

Photography: £1000

Flowers: £200

Transport: £20

Total: £4997

Wedding Decor Brides Always Leave to the Last Minute

It's the final weeks, maybe even days before the big day. You're counting down with excitement but also dread, thinking about all the last minute bits and pieces you need to get finished - final headcount for the caterer, break in your new shoes, flowers for the mums. And then an arbitrary look at Pinterest sets you into a panic.

There are just some bits of wedding decor that couples always seem to leave until the last panicked minute. Here's a handful of the ones you really want to make sure you have sorted in those last few months!

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Signage

If your wedding venue is out in the sticks or perhaps just a little bit hidden, setting up a few signs to let your guests know they are in the right place will avoid a lot of confusion (and phone calls).

And if things are a little bit spread around in your venue, make sure you have a few directional signs to let guests know what's happening where. Or even where the toilets are! Some venues are a bit of a rabbit warren, or in the case of festival style weddings - very spread out! So giving guests an idea of where they should be going will be so helpful.

Seating Plans

It's unlikely you've forgotten to sort out a seating plan (we hope) but when it comes to displaying it, some couples haven't thought it through. If it's a mirror or a printed plan, ask your venue if they have an easel or another way of displaying it. If it's hung, have you ordered everything you need to be able to hang it?

Confetti

Always, always, always a last minute one - the confetti. Many couples don't think much of it, thinking that it's so common they will be able to order it on Amazon or pick it up from Tesco on the way to the wedding....

But in many cases, venues need bio-degradable or even dried petals because of their rules (some historical venues will only allow white petals only because of fear the colours will damage floors!). Make sure you know what you are allowed, and leave plenty of time to order it from a provider or from your florist. They will need to make sure they have at least a few weeks to sort it out, as they will also need to order enough flowers to provide it.

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Guest Book and Pens

For most people these days, guest books are an afterthought. But make sure you get something. Yes, your guests will likely write some nice things in their cards, but most people don't keep all their wedding cards. So a book is an opportunity to keep a record of all your guests in one place.

And don't forget the pens!

For some more interesting options, see our blog post from last year on Gorgeous Guestbooks

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Bathrooms

Lots of couples decide to add a little personal touch to the venue's bathrooms. A handy little basket of goodies like gun, deodorant, combs, hair clips, hand cream and other lovely bits to refresh your guests after a hard night on the dancefloor. If nothing else, you'll appreciate not having to locate your handbag before you head to the toilets to sort out your hair!

Wedding Trendwatch: Graphic Botanicals

We're spotting a lot of bold botanics on wedding invitations at the moment and we're big fans. It's a great way to get some florals into your wedding without it looking girly or fussy. We've rounded up some of our favourite stationery graphic designs to show how badass botanics can be.

For more botanic inspiration head over to our Pinterest

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Fictional Follies | Claire and Jamie

We're headed to the Highlands for this next instalment of Fictional Follies, and yes - there are kilts.

If you're a fan of Outlander like we are then you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the next season. You wish you had time-travel so you could get there faster. So meanwhile, we thought we'd take a little look at what a modern day Claire and Jamie Fraser wedding would look like.

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Yes so we already saw a wedding in 18th century Scotland, but let's have a go at bringing it into modern day where they had nice things like crockery and proper underwear.

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First off, this thing is going to be super intimate. Maybe not quite an elopement - maybe a few clansmen and women - but a small gathering for a ceremony and a beautiful, simple picnic with a view.

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For Claire, we're thinking simple, long-sleeve lace gowns with a bold, unusual, statement bouquet. A simple beaded or nature-inspired crown on a messy updo.

 

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The table is moody and messy with wildflowers, fruit and gathered objects adorning the table for a fine celebratory feast.

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And of course, off they head afterwards into the Highland mist together in a vintage car.

See credits and more modern Scotland inspiration for Claire and Jamie over on our Pinterest page!

Preparing For A Marriage While Planning A Wedding

You're getting married, congrats, that's exciting. But it's easily to get carried away with the day itself and forget what comes next - a marriage. As wedding planners by trade we perhaps shouldn't be saying this but really that's the most important bit. Your wedding day may be an amazing celebration but the part that really matters is the marriage and the life you'll have together. Ultimately that will always trump the colour of the table cloths or the best band you can get for your budget, so we're putting planning to one side in this post and giving you a list of the 10 best pieces of marriage advice we can find.

1. In every argument, remember that there won’t be a “winner” and a “loser.” You are partners in everything so you’ll either win together or lose together. Work together to find a solution.

2. Remember that marriage isn’t 50-50, divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It’s not splitting everything in half, but both partners giving everything they’ve got

3. Don’t put your marriage on hold while you’re raising your kids or else you’ll end up with an empty nest and an empty marriage.

4. Let the little things go and think big picture. Since you're in it for the long haul, are you really going to care who did or didn't run the dishwasher when you look back in 10 years? Remind yourself that your relationship is much, much bigger than any one minor incident.

5. Take time for yourself to do what you love, what makes you happy and gives you energy — being successful as a couple will only work if each of you is strong and fulfilled as an individual.

6. Don't take each other for granted. You have to work at it all the time.

7. Be nice! This can be harder than it seems sometimes, but remember that you (hopefully) love the person more than anyone else on the planet and you chose to marry them, so treat them with kindness.

8. Communication is key. When your marriage hits certain speed bumps, remind yourself that when you come out on the other side, your relationship should be better and more evolved. Make sure the tough times lead to improvement, and if you keep making the same mistakes, reevaluate why.

9. Don’t bring up the past. Last week’s fight was last week. If he cheated on you five years ago and you forgave him, it’s off limits. If she broke your favourite mug last month, let it go.

10. Schedule romance and sex. This sounds unromantic, but sometimes we get so busy and stressed we forget each other. A couple may be working, parenting and the social calendar may be full, but, taking time for your marriage and physical affection is important. It takes work.

Advice courtesy of Stronger Marriages, Popsugar, Observer, 

Party Inspo | Easter

It's not always veils and buttonholes around this joint.

Easter is nearly here and we know good celebration inspiration when we see it.

A casual brunch with friends, egg hunt for the kids, a post-church picnic in the park or just spice up your usual Easter roast table. Bunnies and eggs for all!

The Table

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The Food

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The Details

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For credits and more Easter celebration inspiration head over to our Pinterest board!

Pets At Weddings

We were going to do a piece on metallic wedding trends but then I saw a picture of a Llama at a wedding and I got side tracked. Don't worry, metallic trends are still to come next month but in the meantime, enjoy a gallery of these furry friends on their human's big day!

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Photo By YELLOW FEATHER PHOTOGRAPHY

If it's good enough for Robbie Williams it's good enough for us!

Little Black Book | BerinMade

If you're anything like us at Revelry HQ, you go a bit nuts for paper goods. A trip to Paperchase is like Disneyland, you always have a cute, new notebook on the go, and your Pinterest boards are filled with the most gorgeous invitations.

If you're anything like us, you're going to LOVE BerinMade, London stationery and design studio. Let's catch up with founder Erin and designer Lana!

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Tell us a little bit about BerinMade and how it came to be?

E: I started the company in 2012 after taking the plunge to quit my 9-5 working in an auction house. My degree was in Fine Arts and ever since graduation, I longed to be creative again and manage something of my own. After I got married, I fell in love with stationery and paper goods. It was hugely inspired by all the amazing things you could do with paper, and 5 years on, I still feel the same way.

We specialise in wedding and events stationery, greeting cards and lifestyle gifts. Our philosophy is to always push the boundaries of what we can do with paper, and I believe that is reflected in every project that we work on. I want our clients to fall in love with paper goods the way that I did. Even though we are now a small team, each one of us feel the same way and have the same passion for our products.

Our wedding clients are treated like special guests. Lana is our wedding project manager and the main contact for most wedding clients; she and I work together to ensure that our brides are taken care of and their project goes seamlessly. Often clients don't realise that stationery projects need a lot of management. There is timeline, production technicalities, supplier co-ordination; clients need to be kept in the loop, know all their options, have the right expectations. It's a stressful time for them, and sometimes they can feel out of their depth with so many things to learn and to manage, especially when it's a technical aspect- and it's our job to put that at ease. It's often not just a design-job, it can be a bit of an operation. I would say that apart from our designs and signature style, that is an added bonus that sets us apart from other companies.

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We'll say! How would you describe your style of paper goods?

E: We do a varied range but mostly you'll find that we love a bit of bold pattern, floral illustrations, unexpected but beautiful colour combinations, with a touch of metallic. With weddings we're really into special formats that tell your story, whether that's a geometric fold out invitation with glittered panels, or travel-guide inspired booklets for a destination wedding. So for us, it's all about telling a story as well as making it look beautiful and worthy for a wedding in the process.

What is your favourite kind of thing to work on?

E: The best briefs come in Pinterest boards that are not stationery-related! They can be full of fashion, interiors, flowers, fun objects to do with the couple- things that really tell their style. We are then able to translate that into paper form and often clients are so amazed by the unique-ness of their bespoke design and how much it represents them, because it's so unlike anything else they have seen out there! 

L: Definitely a lot of foiling! Erin's hand lettering and illustrations make the perfect details to foil, I fall in love every time. Another heart-throb would be all the lovely patterns we create with Erin's amazing illustrations. Do yourself a favour and don't miss our wrapping paper!

What has been your craziest or most fun brief for a wedding?

E: Last year we did a brief for a Mexican-fete inspired wedding and it was one of the most fun projects I've ever worked on. The couple were a dream to work with, giving us an idea of what they liked and letting us run wild with ideas. I illustrated a full set of colourful stationery with gorgeous gold foiling details, as well as scalloped pockets inspired by papel picado. It was an ambitious project in terms of production, a lot of things took a while to figure out, and the results came out like a dream!

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You have a new book out! Amazing! What's it about and who is it for?

E: Thank you! My new (and first) book is called Paper Parties. It features 50 paper projects for every celebration, and covers parties across engagements, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries as well as holidays. I'm really excited about its unique format which has a coffee table inspiration lookbook at the front (like browsing through pinterest with me), and then followed by detailed instructions in the back of how the lookbook items. It means that flipping through it is just as enjoyable as using it as a manual.

It includes my favourite colour and decor trends, themes and schemes and has lots of inspiration and tips on the most fun and heart-filled celebrations to share with your family and friends. There are lots of inspiration and projects suitable for weddings too, but what i love about it it the most is that they are not super "weddingy" but rather things that can be translated well, like white crepe sea foam chair-backs, irridescent gem cake toppers, flower crowns. It's a title under the "craft" section but I think it does straddle design and lifestyle, too. You can see more inside the book here

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Why should wedding day stationery not be an after-thought?

L: Most of the time we think of wedding stationery as practical items that is just a necessity to give information through to the guests. The amazing thing about wedding day stationery that gets overlooked is that it can tie your whole theme together, serve as decor in and around your venue, greet and guide your guests with something that is special and still have the bonus of being practical. 

E: I agree with Lana. As well as conveying a set of information about the day itself, the stationery should be worked out as part of the decor and overall experience for your guests. So many things about our world now is to do with the digital and social media, so when you can make an impact on the tangible aspects, it really makes your celebration memorable for your guests.

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What tips do you have for couples trying to figure out what the want for their wedding stationery?

L: Your wedding day is one of the most public displays of you as a couple, this is where your inspiration must come from. Instead of just trying to keep up with the newest trends or going with what everybody else is doing, be true to who you are as a couple. Look at the highs that you enjoy most, what makes your heart beat faster and through that we create a reflection of you as a couple.

E: So much goes into wedding that it's often exhausting to think of your options. With your wedding stationer it's important to go with your heart, and someone you click with. If you're going for something extra special, it's important to find a designer that clicks with your sense of aesthetic and tastes!

Wedding Photos You Don't Want To Skip

Wedding photos can be tricky if you don't want to spend a large portion of your day having your picture taken. Let's face it, not all of us are snapping selfie's every minute and we feel more than a little self conscious in front of a camera. Plus the more time you're in front of the camera, the less time you have with your guests. And then there's the little matter of your photos looking a bit, well, cheesy. Not everyone is going to be comfortable with posed couple pictures but don't disregard this right of the bat. When you look back on your wedding in 30 years time, the pictures are the keepsake you'll have from the day so it's worth putting some thought into what you want to capture.

Hopefully you'll only get married once so a shot of just you in your wedding dress being the independent woman you are is a must. Same goes for the groom, sometimes an after thought but the groom all ready and raring to go to the ball is a photo worth keeping.

Revelry Events photos courtesy of BrancoPrata

Revelry Events photos courtesy of BrancoPrata

Revelry Events photos courtesy of BrancoPrata

Revelry Events photos courtesy of BrancoPrata

Weddings are emotional days, particularly for your nearest and dearest. Capturing that moment when you dad, mum or those closest to you see you in all your finery is a moment you want to have snapped. It will give you all kinds of feels in the years to come.

If you've spent time planning the decor and style of your wedding, get it on film. You'll never get to see anything fresh the whole day, guests will always be in there before you so make sure your photographer has instructions to snap your hard work before its too late

And finally, even if photos give you the heebie jeebies don't miss out on a photo of your new family. That's right, you and him have a new family now, you may already have some additions to it with kids and even dogs but this is the start of your life as a family unit - capture it!

Trendwatch: Minimalist Luxe

If you, like so many brides these days, are finding yourself in a Pinterest-fuelled downward spiral of design ideas and detail options for your wedding day, then you are going to love this new wedding trend.

Modern minimalism with a luxury feel. This design concept is about stripping back, doing a few things really well, and forgetting about the rest. It's clutter free and clean, and we love it.

Clean lines and simplicity, often very muted colours or white with a metallic or green touch. Letting the day speak for itself rather than letting the decor become overbearing.

This design is very much about quality over quantity, putting the emphasis back on the important areas like good food, good music and a good time. 

We love the emphasis on modern, straight-to-the-point fonts which are so refreshing!

Find more inspiration and image credits over on our Pinterest board for Minimalist Luxe!

Trendwatch: Terracotta

Greenery is the buzzword for weddings in 2017, if you're getting married this year or planning for 2018, the chances are you're going green. So we thought, hmmm, what goes well with green? Earth tones do, that's what.

If you're working on your colour palette but thought urgh brown, then we're here to prove you wrong and show you why the earthy tones of terracotta could be just what you're looking for.

Rustic Wedding

Terracotta is beautifully suited to a more rustic setting, think Mediterranean vibes and natural light.

Romantic Wedding

Paired back and simple with cool colours and delicate foliage and florals puts terracotta in a more romantic mood.

Little Touches

As an often overlooked colour for weddings, adding a little terracotta to your day on the small things can really make it stand out.

 

 

 

Bridal Party Ideas That Don't Suck!

Does the idea of an 'L' plate sash fill you with dread? Does a night out in a sticky floored club you haven't been in since you were 17 turn your stomach? Do you agree that male strippers are the peak of awkwardness and embarrassment? Then welcome to the FOHP club, that's Fear of Hen Parties to you and me. Looking for a less cringeworthy way to spend your hen weekend, maybe you should casually email this to your maid of honour instead.

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1. Glamping

It's a great way to enjoy the countryside without being wet, miserable and unable to light a fire. These days there are so many options from yurts to tipis and tents to tree houses. Best of all you don't have to give up your creature comforts. A wide range of companies offer affordable glamping packages all over the UK, perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle.  

2. Zombie Experience Days

As you can probably tell from our Maggie and Glenn fictional follies, we're big fans of zombies (we reserve the right to change our mind if a zombie apocalypse does happen!). 

If you can't get enough of Rick Grimes et al, then this might be the hen do to end all hen dos (literally!). You’ll be put through your paces by a trainer who will tell you all you need to know to take down the living dead, before being released into the battle zone, where you will use all the skills learnt to save the world!

3. Bedtime Stories

You've got to get in quick for this one as it books up but if you like to plan ahead this is a bridal party evening with a difference. Held at 40 winks in London these events are a decadent and glamorous take on the traditional sleepover, think vintage pyjamas, classic cocktails and exquisite storytelling. It will certainly make for an original hen do.

P.S Dog not included at hotel, we just couldn't resist the picture.

4. Zorbing

This is an experience for the awesome, adrenaline-junkie bride. Ever imagined what it's like to be a hamster? probably not but this still looks like fun! This is an exhilarating experience which you can throw yourself into (no pun intended!). Zorbing packages don’t break the bank and both one day and weekend packages are offered. One word of advice - skip the lunch and Prosecco beforehand...

5. Yoga retreat

If you're more zen that zorbing, head off to a yoga retreat to relax and unwind before the big day. We like Secret Yoga Club, it's not cheap but if you're looking to get away from it all in luxury then it hits the spot and the whole hen party will come back feeling refreshed and relaxed.