Little Black Book | Doris Loves

It's safe to say that we love Doris Loves! These folks have some of the most fun and unique pieces for you to hire for your wedding, everything from light up letters to a temporary tattoo station. In fact we love them so much they were one of our exhibitors at our very own Unruly Wedding Show, so we thought it was about high time we sat down with them for a chat.

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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DORIS LOVES AND WHAT YOU DO?

Doris Loves started in 2012 after the founder Amanda’s own wedding. During her wedding planning Amanda wrote numerous posts on a national wedding blog which led to much exposure and a lot of requests from other brides wishing to hire items from her big day. Doris Loves began. Since then it has grown and grown and I took over a year ago where DL has evolved again.  

Doris Loves has a whole host of goodies to hire! A unique and quirky Temporary Tattoo station with a large range of in house designed temporary tattoos, we even have a boxed DIY version to purchase.  We have a spectacular range of 4 ft high battery powered Light up Letters and Numbers - over 150!   And a few bold neons to carry on with the light theme.  

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WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT TO OTHER WEDDING HIRE COMPANIES?

All of our light up letters are hand made and made of wood plus they are battery operated.  It means that they can go outside too. We are in the process of converting all our lights to rechargeable batteries which will almost double the length that they will last for (50 hours). Venues like them because there are no wires - health and safety! The lights we use are very different, much smaller but there are more of them which makes the letters more defined.

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LIGHT UP LETTERS HAVE BEEN SUCH A HUGE TREND IN WEDDINGS, WHAT IS IT ABOUT THEM THAT PEOPLE LIKE?

If there is anytime to have your name in lights  it has to be your wedding! They look great in photos, they add another dimension to a room, they can guide your guests to a certain area (like dance floor) and they can also create a great talking point.  The variety that you can have - whether its your initials, your surname, LOVE  or DANCE means that your imagination is your only limit.

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WHAT OTHER EXCITING ITEMS DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE THAT YOU THINK WILL BE THE NEWEST AND NEXT IN WEDDINGS?

Neons, Neons and more Neons! We got our first set of neon lights early in 2017 and I love them so much I just want them in my living room - Seriously though we have a number of neon lights now - all unique to us.  Our temporary tattoos seem to be more popular than ever and we have a number of new tattoos coming too.  

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING INVOLVED IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?

The people - brides and grooms, suppliers - its such a friendly industry.  I think this was what surprised me most. Having worked in a completely different industry for 15 years it was such a pleasant surprise! 

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Little Black Book | White Cottage Weddings

You guys, it's been a hot minute since the last time we gushed about a wedding supplier in this series. What better way to kick off a new year of supplier interviews with none other than one of our favourite creative stationers - badass husband and wife team White Cottage Weddings!

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Guys! How are you? Can we just pretend we don't know and love you for a second and ask you who you are and what you do?

Oh hey ladies! We are Toby and Kelly, husband and wife and the team behind White Cottage. We're wedding stationers, based in Northamptonshire, but work with guys and gals all over the world.

If you had to describe your style and design in three words, what would they be?

WELL. BAD. ASS. Ha, ok maybe unique, illustrative, rad.

What's it like working creatively with your spouse?

Kelly: Toby's my lobster. As much as it pains me to publicly declare it (because of my badassness), he's my best friend and the most brilliant man I know. So spending all our time together is pretty cool. The worst part of our job is hitting the creative wall, so being able to bounce ideas and work in progress between us makes things so much easier. I handle the concepts and the majority of the design work and Toby does the tricky illustrations and tech stuff.
Toby: Yes, I am the assistant. I'm the Chewbacca to Kelly's Han Solo. Im basically Kelly's wookie :D

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What has been your most ambitious design or brief to date?

A couple of years ago we had the pleasure of working with a glorious couple that found us on the internet and loved what we did. They were getting married at the Hôtel de Glace in Québec City, a super cool (in all senses of the word!) chapel built from snow and ice. They wanted the design to be fun and to include illustrations of the ice chapel and their dogs, but other than that, they told us to do whatever we wanted. I'm not going to lie, I felt the pressure. A combo of an open brief and the expectation that we would produce something not only personal that looked cool, but was funny too? Hilarious on demand is DIFFICULT. Long story short, after a lot of tantrums, tea drinking and pondering, everything came together and we produced one of favourite ever designs. We learned a lot from that job in terms of our style, how to handle enquiries and realistic expectation of how a design can take. That stationery totally catapulted our portfolio too and without it, we might not have received some of the early interest we did in our little business. For all it's difficulties, we're so thankful we got that gig.

Where do you get your ideas?

Kelly: Our couples are our biggest inspiration. I always try to meet face to face whenever possible, whether that be at wedding shows and events or for sit down consultations. We are people people (is that a phrase? :) and so getting to know our customers helps us to create something truly meaningful and representative. Beyond that, I honestly don't know! I never entirely know what a custom design will look like until I get to it and then it just kind of happens. I am more than aware how douchey that sounds by the way :D I try to be flexible throughout the design process. I've found that you can't force a design and if you're too regimented with how you want a piece to look, if you hit a problem, it's usually complete redo time.
Toby: Ask her about the Napoleonic fort design that made her sit in under her desk and threaten to go back to teaching.
Kelly: I couldn't make the bloody whale work, it was really difficult!

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Who would be your ideal client for wedding stationery (real or fictional, we don't mind!)?

Kelly: Oh blimey, tricky. If you'd have asked us what sort of stationery we'd like to design before we got in to our groove, I'd have probably said moody stuff. Toby and I are lifelong geeky goths at heart (albeit nowadays hidden under warm toned skin and casual knitwear :) so to get our teeth in to something dark and melancholy would be interesting. Maybe Morrissey's wedding? Although, it's unlikely that Morrissey would ever find anyone worthy of Morrissey's hand, so maybe Morrissey marrying himself? Having said that I'm a total sucker for an American style rustic, woodsy design so maybe Jack and Ennis from Brokeback Mountain? Spoiler alert, but OH SO SAD.
Toby: Kate Bush.
Kelly: And who?
Toby: *shrugs*
Kelly: He loves Kate Bush. Ok, I'm hitting my stride now... Carrie and Quinn from Homeland. I'm thinking bold typography, clean layers, lots of them and foil. Lots of that too.
Toby: How about Frank and Karen from Punisher, or Kylo-Ren and Rey?!
Kelly: I think we're getting a bit carried away with this one...

What do you wish couples knew better about what you do?

It would helpful, sometimes if customers understood the time (and associated cost) that goes in to the concept, creation and production of great wedding stationery. The very large majority of the people that we meet that go on to order with us appreciate all of this entirely. However, every now and then we wished that some folk could see the hours that turn in to days, long nights and entire weeks that are spent creating even one item of stationery. There are a small amount of people on the planet that think we pull stationery out of our magical art arses. Unfortunately, we do not have magic arses. I don't want to end this question on a moan though, so thankfully we rarely have to deal with this issue any more.

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What do couples always forget when it comes to wedding stationery?

Kelly: Couples can sometimes forget that it is their wedding stationery and their wedding. Pleasing family members and consideration of complex social situations within their stationery is so difficult to see and I really feel for those people that end up settling for things that they wouldn't naturally choose, to suit others. I think, as a basic rule that you should opt to go with whatever you can happily live with. Compromise to suit others might end up being the best option for you, but if you think that settling might be one of those things that you'll go on to regret, stand by your principles and own your wedding along with all of the creative decisions.
Toby: Couples can also forget that the weddings as a whole are pretty disposable and stationery is one of the few things you can keep forever. It's not something you want to look back on and hate and 100% worth your time, attention and investment.

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What are your top tips for couples putting together their ideas for stationery?

It can be tempting to put together a Pinterest board for stationery and fill it entirely with examples of stationery that you like. We often see boards that end up with a hundred different designs, most with conflicting styles and for a designer, we end up with a bit of a needle in a haystack situation. What's much more worthwhile, is putting together a board that represents the whole wedding and maybe a couple of stationery examples to indicate specifics. The style of font you prefer, or the format of a table plan for example. Stationery is the thing the runs right from the very start of your wedding planning (save the dates, invitations), through the day itself (table plans, place settings and order of services to name but a few items) and beyond (thank you cards, favours), so understanding what you have planned for the entire day is really useful for your designer.

Kelly: I can waffle a bit, so I should probably let you go now. Final thought though, don’t be afraid to shop ‘off the shelf’ and explore independent design studios. There are so many good ones out there. Happy stationery shopping!
Toby: But you should probs check us out first :D

Fictional Follies | Wonder Woman + Steve Trevor

We've been wanting to do this particular fictional folly since we saw Wonder Women in summer and we came out of the cinema feeling all empowered that we could take over the world. Great film, great message, amazing role model and the objectification of Chris Pine, what more could you want! 

Diana Prince and Steve Trevor this is your wedding...

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Of course the obvious setting is the island of Themyscira, where Diana grew up and where she first met Steve Trevor. This relaxed beach wedding will have a neutral and cool colour palette with copper, gold and teal taking centre stage to reflect the colours of the Themyscira army and the water surrounding the island.

Diana will be armour less for once and opt for a sheer gown with an intricate bodice, handmaid by the women of Themyscira. Steve will be casual in the lightest of blue suits.

A copper arch decorated with the natural greenery from the island marks the spot where the couple say their vows.

Courtesy of Erin Trimble Photography

Courtesy of Erin Trimble Photography

The beachside dinner tables use copper and teal crockery and glassware. Centrepieces are handpicked wild flowers and greenery, and as the sun goes down, the tables are lit by candles in copper lanterns. Diana and Steve sit at their own mermaid sequinned sweetheart table enjoying a private moment.

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Courtesy of George Pahountis

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Before the evening ends the couple cut a perfectly designed cake and disappear into the romantic night, safe in the knowledge that for now, the world doesn't need saving.

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Wedding Tablescapes 101

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Your wedding table is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you start thinking about what your wedding will actually look like. It's when your guests really get to be up close and personal (and sometimes even interactive) with your chosen design.

But, in our experience, we've seen couples tie themselves into knots trying to figure it out, get a little bit overwhelmed overthinking it or, worse, not thinking enough about it.

Planning your wedding tables falls into two different categories - design and logistics. Let's kick off with the latter.


What do you actually need on the table?

The answer to this will differ according to what style of dining you're going for.

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Images via Brunch at Saks

Images via Brunch at Saks

If you're having a plated meal across a number of courses, the formal option is likely where you're headed. For more relaxed, perhaps family-style sharing platters or a buffet you might have something closer to the informal diagram.

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It's really important not to underestimate how much room each guest will need at the table, so avoid packing people in at tables. If you're having a formal dinner for example, take the maximum number of people you could fit at each table and take away one - eg. a 5.5ft round table can seat between 9 and 11 people, so don't try to fit more than 10 if your dining is more formal.

Don't forget the extras

This is all, of course, what each individual needs at the table. But lots of couples forget to plan room for the shared items like salt and pepper, menus, table names/numbers, bottles of wine and water - and that's before you even get to the centrepieces!

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If you're having sharing platters, you'll have less room to play with for centrepieces so be aware that you'll have to opt for something minimal with a big impact like some gorgeous, statement candles in between plates or a foliage runner that plates can be laid on.

Decorations

A dynamic tablescape comes about with a number of factors:

Colour and texture - standard plain, white linens do not a great tablescape make. Add a colour or even a pattern to one or both tablecloths and napkins. Contrasting colours look beautiful, or even hues of one colour family. Layer different colours and textures together - such as an antique paper scroll place name on a clean, crisp napkin. Or a sprig of foliage against a gold charger plate.

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Upgrades - if budget allows, you can add in design touches by upgrading your cutlery to something a little more special (maybe copper or gold) and ordering in charger plates that work for your overall design.

Rule of three - grouping your tabletop decor into three is just plain pleasing to the eye, it's science. Clusters of votive candles or individual vases on a table looks gorgeous and creates a dynamic look super easily.

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best wedding planner london

Varying heights - similar to the rule of three, creating various heights with your decor and centrepieces goes a long way. Perhaps it's a row of flower arrangements on a long trestle at different heights, or tall taper candles standing out against a low foliage runner. Just make sure the heights aren't so high your guests can't see each other!

Personality

Don't be afraid to add a few miscellaneous items to the table by way of decor, if you have the space. Perhaps something that ties into the table's name, or that hints at your combined hobbies and who you are as a couple. 

And speaking of personal, don't be afraid to get creative with your place names either - there are some fantastic and beautiful design options that mean your guests will be over the moon to take their little name token home with them as a keepsake of your day.

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Find more table setting inspiration and image credits over on our Pinterest board!

8 things you've forgotten to put in your wedding budget

Well done for creating a wedding budget, that is a sure fire way to keep your spending in check, but we bet there are a bunch of items you haven't even considered, right? We suggest including a miscellaneous line when you make your budget which will cover all these extra unknown or forgotten payments. Here are the 8 usual suspects that miss the wedding budget cut.

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Image courtesy of Image by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

Registrar 

You're getting married right? It's amazing the number of couples who forget that they have to pay to get married to cover the cost of a registrar and the paperwork involved. It varies depending on where you live but make sure you factor this cost in to your overall budget.

Postage

All those invitations you've had beautifully designed aren't just going to walk to their recipients. You need to get them stamped and sent. Sending 100 + invitations first class adds up so consider a second class stamp but do include it in your budget or you could be in for an expensive surprise. 

Beauty treatments

Pre-wedding beauty treatments should be factored in unless you've agreed they'll come from another budget. You want to look your best on the day and that can include everything from a manicure to waxing or even a massage to rub away those last minute stresses. 

Sustenance

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Weddings are long days and chances are you won't eat much of the meal you've so lovingly picked out for your guests but that doesn't mean you should go hungry. Now a full English might be out of the question but make sure you put something in your stomach before you get ready. The same goes for your bridal party, you don't want them passing out from hunger halfway up the aisle!

Feeding suppliers

Speaking of food, always remember to include supplier meals in your overall catering numbers. These will be at a lower cost but its important to feed the people that are working during the day as they don't have the opportunity to go and get something themselves, so unless you've otherwise agreed for them to bring a packed lunch factor in the cost of feeding your suppliers. 

Accommodation 

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Where are you staying the night before and after your wedding? If it's not your own home you need to allocate some money to cover this or include it in your honeymoon budget. Most hotels will offer something special for newlyweds so take advantage of any upgrades that come your way.

Thank you gifts

Chances are you didn't get to this day without some help, whether its a monetary contribution, practical help or emotional support, now's your chance to say thank you to your nearest and dearest. You don't have to do this on your wedding day but a present shortly after will be appreciated by your bridal party and/or close family.

Wedding dress cleaning and storage 

Once the wedding is over and your tan from your honeymoon is fading fast its time to think about what you want to do with your dress. Whether you plan to keep it, sell it or donate it you still need to get it professionally cleaned. If you're keeping the dress it's also worth investing in a suitable box to store it in.

Fictional Follies | Kat Stratford + Patrick Verona

Just when we thought we had run out of a truly original fictional couple worthy of this series, we remember one of the most iconic films of the noughties for our generation and modern Shakespeare retelling - 10 Things I Hate About You.

More specifically, the teenage anti-romance of Kat Stratford and Patrick Verona.

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And what if these crazy kids decided to get married? Well we know it wouldn't be right away. They would probably live together for 10 years and deem marriage 'too conventional', before ultimately deciding to do it anyway. Because deep down they are more traditional than they would like to think. But also, party.

So what would a Stratford-Verona wedding look like? For one, we know it wouldn't look like everyone else's. Which makes moodboarding based on other people's photos a bit moot, but let's try anyway.

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Let's start with the dress. We think Kat would go for something a little edgier, something people wouldn't necessarily expect (unless they knew her well). We're thinking detailed separates if she's going mildly unconventional, or a bold colour of she's really feeling it. Black details are in anyway for 2018, but don't tell her. Either way, she'll want to be comfortable but also make a statement.

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She won't be the kind of bride who wants a fancy hairdo either, opting to probably neaten up her long blonde waves with a few casual plaits. And when it comes to accessories, we can imagine one of these badass leather jackets (probably artificial, because she cares) would make a great wedding gift from Patrick.

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Kat and Patrick aren't going to be going for anything they would deem a classic 'wedding venue'. We're seeing them in their favourite restaurant, an urban warehouse space with moody lighting and minimal decor.

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Food will be nothing fancy either, but crowd-pleasing nonetheless. Pizza, donuts and booze courtesy of the newlyweds!

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And for the other little details, we're seeing a nod to the literary influences in their lives with some of these written quotes dotted around the space - even if it borders on the romantic. Is it too much to ask that the title of their vows is 10 Things I Love About You? Yes, possibly.

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And you just KNOW that their first dance will be a surprise performance from Patrick himself - three guesses for the song choice...

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Autumn Wedding Colour Ideas

Ah, our favourite season. Autumn opens up a whole new colour palette to couples getting married off-peak. From the obvious contenders of oranges and reds to the more subtle nods to the time of year with copper tones and nude (easy...) palettes.

Here's our pick for our favourite 2018 Autumn wedding colour combos!

MOODY RED + PINK

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wedding colour colors fall autumn red

A moody take on an often more Spring-like colour palette. Team with metallics and rustic Autumn details like wood slices and a ton of trailing foliage to complete the look.

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COPPER + CRISP WHITE

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autumn fall wedding color colour

A clean and modern take on the season, but still evoking quite a warm and welcoming mood for a cosy Autumn wedding.   

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autumn fall wedding color colour

PLAYFUL BLUE, ORANGE + GREY

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autumn fall wedding color colour

A nod to seasonal orange, teamed with shades of blue and grey - it's a fun palette with a touch of playfulness.

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autumn fall wedding color colour

AMETHYST, LILAC + GOLD

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A refreshing colour for the time of year, without veering into the typical Halloween-like bright purple.

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More inspo and credits over on our Pinterest board!

 

The Unruly Wedding Show: What went down!

The Unruly Wedding Show took place in Hackney on Sunday 29th October 

Our modern rulebook-free take on wedding shows got off to a bang (literally) with Prosecco and donuts for the first 50 guests through the door, and from then on it was a jam packed day of workshops, demos, surprise entertainment and suppliers.

We absolutely loved creating the show and putting on a day for nearlyweds that was interactive and fun with a real laid back vibe. We think pictures speak a thousand words so here is a snippet of how the day took shape.

If you're interested in being a 2018 supplier or want to go on the mailing list for 2018 tickets you can email us at hello@jointherevelry.com or pop over to our Unruly page and enter your details in our contact form.

 

 

Wedmin brides always leave to the last minute

No matter how ultra-prepared you may have been for the year or so until now you’ve been planning your wedding (you’re the queen of spreadsheets and everyone knows it), in our experience there are always just a handful of tasks brides and grooms are always leaving until the last minute. Avoid eleventh-hour stress by tackling this wedmin checklist at least a few weeks before, so you can enjoy your final exciting weeks!

Cue it Up

This is the time to really go through your timeline with a fine tooth comb and make sure you have every key timing covered and that everyone knows what their signals will be. From asking one of your bridesmaids to text the venue manager when you are pulling up in the car, to knowing what the cues will be for speeches and who is introducing who, asking someone to coordinate the confetti moment, and more. People will always need a bit of shepherding, so make sure you delegate to the right people to make sure everything runs smoothly and without awkward silences where no one knows what they are meant to be doing next!

Get the Digits

Now this is something that we usually handle on a couple’s behalf, but if you don’t have a planner or a super-organised, Monica Gellar-Bing-esque maid of honour to delegate to on the day, make sure everyone has all the important numbers for on the day. That includes all your suppliers having contact numbers for the venue, the venue having contact numbers for one of your bridesmaids (see aforementioned ‘signal system’!), and your bridal party all having each other’s numbers.

Don’t forget to keep a note of your transport companies too, a number for the drivers you have booked to get you and your bridal party from your prep location to the ceremony. Plus a local cab company number - just in case!

Numbers Game

Don’t forget to update your caterer with the final headcount - inevitably people change their plans last minute, and you end up adding new guests on (cousin Pete can make it after all, brilliant), taking some guests off (a uni pals ill-timed skiing injury, well done Katy) and new allergies/intolerances suddenly crop up. Make sure you give your caterer the final numbers and seating chart at least a few weeks before as not only will they need to order the right amounts, but it will also affect your final bill.

On the Day Stationery

We’d hope by the two week mark you’d have sorted out the majority of your on-the-day stationery like table numbers, place cards and a table plan (though we’ve learned never to assume anything) but little things like guest books, pens, menus, orders of service - some of these bits get forgotten until the last minute.

It’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your wedding invitations for your photographer to shoot it. You spent a lot of time, energy and budget on those invites, it’s nice to get a few professional shots of it along with everything else!

Getting Your Shots In

Make a list of must-have shots to give to your photographer - that includes groups you want photographed, details you want captured, key moments you have lined up. If you have a surprise musical performance planned or an outfit change mid-evening - let your photographer know otherwise she might miss it!

Always make sure you let your photographer and videographer know about any possible awkward family situations - any divorced parents, new partners, siblings who aren’t speaking, etc. We’ve heard many a horror story about parents who have kicked off because the photographer asked them to pose with an ex, and put a damper on the whole afternoon!

Musical Numbers

One thing that couples always forget to do is have a few playlists lined up for background music. Whether it’s for the time pre-ceremony as guests file in and take their seats, during dinner or in between band sets, have a few playlists up your sleeve and ensure you have designated someone to be in charge of cuing it up.

Honeymoon Planning

Oh yeah, that holiday you’ve got planned as a reward for all your hard work getting married! You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget about prep for your honeymoon as you enter the final weeks of wedding prep. Start packing a bag, order your currency and buy your travel insurance!

A Little Thank You

Some couples choose to buy gifts for parents and bridal party members to hand out during the speeches or on the morning of the wedding. Make sure you order anything in good time, especially if you want to ask your florist to add on a few bouquets for mums. Oh darling you shouldn’t have!

The Aftermath

Even if you’ve registered for gifts, rest assured there will always be a few rebel guests who wrap something up as a little surprise to leave on the gift table (spoiler alert, it’s usually champagne or a photo frame). Ask your venue ahead of time whether there is anywhere you can leave important items overnight, or until the Monday. If not, ask a friend or family member to take things with them at the end of the night.

Don’t forget about any decor you have at the location too - don’t assume your venue will keep everything just in case, let them know what they can throw away and what you’ll be coming back for later.

Most importantly, if you’re getting legally wed on the day, don’t lose that marriage certificate! You would be shocked at how many couples come thisclose to the it ending up in a bin bag at the end of the night along with paper rubbish because they didn’t ask someone to look after it. Nightmare!

Photo credits: Christopher Ian Photography, Maryanne Weddings and Ben Moore Wedding Photography

 

Wedding Ideas: Nude + Natural

Get your mind out of the gutter, we're talking about nude and neutral colour palettes. Calm yourself.

Oh yes, everything from Kylie Jenner's Lip Kit palette to the latest Yeezy season colours (wow, are all my references Kardashian related?), everything is coming up earth tones.

Blush, taupe, biscuit, buff, nude, eggshell (yes these are real colour names). Neutral colours are next season's biggest colour trend.

As with the crisp white Scandi looks of this and last year's weddings, nude palettes pop best with lush greens, natural textures like wood, and soft textiles like organza or velvet. It's got both a luxe and an earthy, natural feel which makes it work whether you're in a luxury ballroom or a tent in the wilderness.

Have a look at some of our nude pics. *cough* I mean nude inspired colours for weddings...

For credits and more inspo go to our Pinterest board for Nude + Neutral wedding colours!

DIY don'ts - why it's worth paying a professional

There are lots of talented vloggers and bloggers with wedding DIY tutorials which are both informative and inspiring, however what they create isn't always achievable, it's not always as cheap as you think, it takes you time and can cause you stress. That's why we have professional wedding suppliers who do what you try to recreate from a video as a full time job. 

Now don't get us wrong, we know how pricey a wedding can be but professionals have a particular set of skills, skills they have acquired over a very long career (I knew I'd get a Taken quote in a blog one day!) and they are worth the investment. Here's a few reasons why

Wedding Photos and Video

I know it can be tempting to leave your photos and video to one or several well meaning guests but don't make the mistake of thinking photographers and videographers just turn up on the day, point and shoot. Nope! They have a narrative in mind, they understand the light and they know when key moments of the day are going to happen so they can capture them perfectly. Once the day is done, the guests have gone home and the presents have been opened it's only the photos and video you have as a keepsake, how disappointing would it be if they were rubbish and you couldn't relive the day through them?

Also if it's really cheap - think twice - they're either scamming you or they're rubbish. Exhibit A...

Wedding Flowers

When it comes to flowers I know it can sometimes look like a lot of cash to drop and it's hard to believe flowers cost that much. But remember, you're also paying for someone's expertise and time. Trust us - it's worth it, do you really want to spend the morning before your wedding up at 5am trying to get the best deals on blooms and THEN spend hours arranging them, hanging them and transporting them to the right place. Florists have years of experience, they know how to work with a space, they know what's in season and what works well together. If you just pick up a bunch of flowers at your local supermarket every now and then, don't fool yourself into thinking you're a flower arranger extraordinaire.

It's not just bouquets, florist's love the opportunity to get creative, you can check out some of our favourite flowers!

Wedding Decor and Favours

Now this is the mother of all DIY. They take you hours and don't always turn out the way you expect. I'm not going to say anything else, I'll just let the photos tell the story.

Want more? There is a whole pinterest board dedicated to DIY wedding fails. Enjoy yourself!

 

5 Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas

For some couples, the words "wedding entertainment" conjures up images of bad DJs and cheesy magicians (maybe from watching our parents weddings on VHS? Just a thought). But guys, it's 2017 - and a brave new wedding entertainment awaits you. Here are our top five alternative ideas for wowing your guests and making your day absolutely perfect!

For the Ceremony

Instead of the usual pre-ceremony Spotify playlist, string quartet or your favourite instrumentals over the sound system as you walk down the aisle, think bigger and choose a live performance of a song (or songs) that mean something really special to you.

Howell Photography

Howell Photography

Have a choral performance of a modern mashup, or undercover singers popping up at the perfect moment to sing you down the aisle.

For the Drinks Reception

Instead of trays or a bar, surprise your guests with strolling tables - waitresses wearing outfits made out of shelves or tables to display your tasty food and drink options!

Cleo Entertainment

Cleo Entertainment

For the kids (but let's face it, also the adults) hire a bubble performer to wow your guests during cocktail hour or while you have your family photos taken!

For the Dinner

Even though guests are occupied for the most part with the food in front of them during the wedding meal, there will still be some lag time between courses - so why not fill it with a little bit of complementary entertainment?

Turn your reception into a comedy club for half an hour, and ramp up to your speeches with a short set from a stand-up comedian! Or have a close-hand magician go table to table to mystify your guests...

The Singing Waiters

The Singing Waiters

And if you're feeling even more brave, look into some singing waiters to perform after your mains! Will never fail to surprise and delight!

For the First Dance

We think it's safe to say not everyone enjoys swaying alone in the middle of a circle of 150 of your closest friends and family, so why not enlist some professional help? Sway for a few bars and then bring on a dance performance of pros to draw guests onto the dance floor and learn some new moves! A few years ago we had Brazilian dancers storm the dance floor after the first dance and really get the party started!

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For the Party

Amp up your DJ set by bringing in a saxophonist to play along with the music - trust us, we've used this for two weddings now, and it hasn't failed to heighten an already amazing time of the night with a bit of spectacle!

Steim

Steim

When it comes down to it, it's your wedding day and you should feel able to break the rules of what you've seen of weddings past - do your own thing and entertain how you would want to be entertained!

6 Wedding Traditions to Trash

A wedding is full of traditions and superstitions, but it's the 21st century and as rulebook-free wedding planners we firmly believe in breaking traditions and making your own rules. With that in mind we've come up with six wedding traditions which we think belong in the trash.

1. Not seeing the groom the night before

They say, it's bad luck. We say, it's never been cited in a divorce yet! This is a very old tradition, long before co-habitation came along. Most of you find out if you can cope with your other half's snoring long before you get hitched, why should this night be any different. Enjoy your last night as a betrothed couple, but we're still big fans of getting ready separately so you get some individual time with your friends and family.

Revelry Events, Image by Maryanne Weddings

Revelry Events, Image by Maryanne Weddings

2. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

You've got a wedding to plan, you haven't got time to find something blue to slip into your garter (and just to be clear, that's another thing to go in the trash pile). Look, if you've got people around you who firmly believe in this and you don't care either way then fine, go with it, but don't spend your last weeks of engagement trailing the antique shops looking for the perfect something old, it won't make a blind bit of difference to your day.

3. Cutting the cake

The classic picture of a couple cutting an over sized, multi tiered cake is what springs to mind. Fair enough your cake (and your dress) might have moved on in style but can you honestly say the best wedding photos involve a couple holding a knife! We think there are better photo opps to be had during the day. Let the cake be admired untouched and leave the cutting of it to the professionals.

4. The processional song

Traditionally this was Wagner's Bridal Chorus but nowadays the shackles have lifted and for a civil service you can strut your stuff down that aisle to anything that isn't a hymn. This is one of the first parts of the day where you can let your personality shine so make it count.

5. Throwing the bouquet

We rarely see this now, it just doesn't seem to come up with our couples and it's not something that guests are expecting to see. Catching the bouquet is a tradition that seems to have died out on its own, and we're happy for it to stay that way.

6. All male speeches

Now this is one tradition that definitely needs to change and we're seeing that movement already. Lots of brides, mother's of brides/grooms and bridesmaids are making speeches on the big day. If you want to get up there to say thanks and tell some stories then go for it. Long live equal opportunity speeches!

 

10 Creative Wedding Ceremony Backdrops

Having the perfect ceremony backdrop is like creating a personalised frame around that perfect image of the moment you finally say I Do (or 'I will' if you want to get legal). It's the most important photo you'll get of this life-changing day, which is why a lot of couples go all out on what's behind them. It's a great opportunity to put your stamp on your ceremony and your venue, and get creative!

Here are some of a few of our favourite designs and ideas for ceremony backdrops, whether you're indoors or outdoors, using everything from lighting and flowers to laser cut signs and entire bespoke structures!

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wedding ceremony backdrop ideas
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wedding ceremony backdrop ideas
wedding ceremony backdrop ideas
wedding ceremony backdrop ideas
wedding ceremony backdrop ideas
wedding ceremony backdrop ideas
wedding ceremony backdrop ideas

See more inspiration and find credits over on our Pinterest board for ceremony backdrops!

5 tips for picking your wedding suit

As a groom you want to look great and feel comfortable on your wedding day, but if you're in a suit that doesn't suit, that's not going to happen, so we've pulled together 5 top tips to think about when making your purchase.

1. The Style

Your wedding suit is not a functional business suit. Wedding suits typically come in four styles from smart to formal. You need to decide what type of wedding you're having and match your suit style to that.

Morning Suit - This is the most formal option available for grooms. Traditionally worn with a top hat, striped trousers and a waistcoat you generally see this style at traditional church weddings or very formal civil ceremonies.

Tails - This is less formal than a morning suit but still pretty full on. The classic tail coat has two long tails at the back and should be worn with braces, a white shirt, waistcoat and cravat. 

Black Tie - Only for formal, elegant or evening weddings, the black tie screams glamour so if you're having a festival style wedding its probably best avoided. 

Lounge Suit - The most popular style is a classic everyday-style suit, which can be enhanced by a matching waistcoat or cravat. You can have it tailored to fit so its sits perfectly and it's a suit you can then wear again and again.

2. The Fit

There are three main types of fit to consider when picking your suit. You might already know the style you like but its worth trying on all three to make sure you're picking the most comfortable fit for you.

Regular – classic style in a comfortable fit with room for extra movement

Slim – ideal for those with a slimmer physique 

Tailored – a more streamlined look and a midway option which allows more movement than a regular fit

3. The Colour

Sorry boys, but depending on your other half you may not get much say in this. Blue suits have had a real resurgence and look dapper on the day but don't just go for what's trendy. Think about what will work with the wedding as a whole, and what you feel comfortable in. Grey is a brilliant alternative to blue, it's more subtle yet still stylish.

4. The Season

Think about when you're getting married and where. We know English weather can be unpredictable but if you're plumping for an August bank holiday wedding and you're in a heavy wool suit, chances are you're going to get warm! Linen is always good in summer, it's breathable and keeps you cool.

5. The Accessories

And let's not forget the accessories, we're talking ties, pocket squares and cuff links. Ties and/or pocket squares are a great way to add a pop of colour to your suit and tie together the wedding colours. The great thing about cuff links is they can be whatever you want - sophisticated or fun, it's your call.

Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography

Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography

Evening Wedding Dresses to Die For

Why have one bridal look when you can have two? Sometimes the vision you have of yourself in one gown for your ceremony entrance, isn't the same as the one you have of you tearing it up on the dancefloor. So why not split the cost of one dress and indulge in two ready-to-wear outfits for day and night?

Here are our top picks for the perfect reception ensemble!

ALL IN ONE

The humble jumpsuit is quickly becoming a glam wedding staple, and is perfect for a little more movement as the night draws in.

BHLDN, £220

BHLDN, £220

Watters, POA

Watters, POA

 

SWEET & SIMPLE

Head over to ASOS for their simple, sleek range of bridal evening wear - from slip dresses you can move in, to breathable separates.

ASOS, £120

ASOS, £120

BHLDN, £230

BHLDN, £230

A POP OF COLOUR

Pronovias is your go-to for a pop of wild colour after a more demure day time look. Throw on a total gamechanger and get ready for a the dance floor!

Pronovias, £650

Pronovias, £650

Pronovias, £450

Pronovias, £450

TOUCH OF GLAM

Maybe you're after a bit more of a luxe, glamorous type, BHLDN has a boatload of options for you, from the mini to the full-length goddess dress. At pretty reasonable prices if we may say so ourselves...

BHLDN, £230

BHLDN, £230

BHLDN, £140

BHLDN, £140

BHLDN, £150

BHLDN, £150

4 amazing ways to get wedding guests from A to B

When you've got to get your wedding guests from one venue to another and you don't want to make them pay for taxi's or even worse, travel in their own cars so they can't drink, you need to have a plan in place to transport the herd. We've rounded up four of our favourite ways for wedding guests to travel.

London Bus

Image by Michael Newingon Gray

Image by Michael Newingon Gray

The classic route master never gets old. Guests love to hop on and travel back in time with these old London buses. There are loads of companies offering this and it's a stylish but economical way to get your wedding guests to the reception.

Boat

Image by Nina & Wes

Image by Nina & Wes

Organise for your guests to travel by knots after you've tied the knot with a boat ride, just maybe don't serve too much Champagne on the way!

Tractor

Image by Matthew Johnson Studios 

Image by Matthew Johnson Studios 

If you're out in the countryside for your big day then don't underestimate the power of the tractor. Not only will it be great for pictures but it's a practical way to get your guests from A to B.

Rickshaws

The most eco friendly of vehicles and you don't have to do the pedalling! These aren't just for the bride and groom, hire a fleet of them and you can transport your wedding party to your next location.

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!