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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outlander wedding

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.

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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. 

Fun Evening Food Ideas for your Wedding

You know that point during a wedding reception where the dance floor is sufficiently torn up, drinks continue to flow and you just need a little something to keep that energy up to make it all night. This my friends, is the drunken munchies.

When it comes to designing your late-night snack menu for your wedding guests, the world is your oyster (don't go for oysters). Whether you've had a food truck or a five-course sit down reception, the late-night menu is where you can really go to town. Here are some of our favourites from the menu that we know will hit the right spot!

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Credit: Studio 29

Burgers and Shakes

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Credit: Tracey Buyce Photography

S'mores Bar

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Espresso shots and mini donuts

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Credit: Tracey Buyce Photography

Coke and Pretzels

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Fictional Follies: Maggie and Glenn

Spoiler alert for The Walking Dead Season 7 - if you've not watched the first episode, do not read on!

If you have watched it then you were probably as heartbroken as us at Glenn's fate, sobbing doesn't cut it, we were bereft for days. And so, because they never got to have their day, we invite you to join us at Maggie and Glenn's wedding as our star crossed lovers finally tie the knot.

In a world of walkers and untrustworthy survivors, keeping it low key and natural behind the safety of Alexandria's walls is the only way to go so they won't be heading to some unknown venue.

With resources thin on the ground, our kick ass couple have to make the most of what they have, with a natural colour palette and textures of wood, stone, greenery and wild flowers.

The day starts with an outside ceremony - tree trunks, leaves and candles line the aisle which Maggie walks up wearing a simple white dresses, a delicate crown of flowers and carrying a simple bouquet. With no father to give her away or sister as a bridesmaid she makes the trip on her own.

Once wed by the Reverend Gabriel it's time to eat. Long tables are laid out in the streets of Alexandria. Down the middle natural greenery and flowers that have been foraged sit in glass jars and vases and simple linens and crockery set each place. Behind the Bride and Groom is a simple twine and flower heart to mark their place.

A make shift guest book does the rounds while everyone eats, until the Bride and Groom cut the semi naked cake made and decorated by resident baker Carol. 

The day ends with drinking but not much dancing to avoid attracting the walkers. Oh and in case you were wondering, Negan wasn't invited!

Little Black Book | Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

So, it's that time again, when we introduce you to some of our favourite suppliers. We popped in to see Les Trois Soeurs Bridal recently and after admiring its many gorgeous dresses, we though it was about time we got them on the blog and found out a little more about the boutique. Try not to swoon over the pictures!

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Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

1. How would you describe Les Trois Soeurs Bridal to brides looking for the dress?

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal is an intimate bridal boutique set in the heart of the financial district in Canary Wharf, renowned in the industry for its exquisite collection of luxury designer brands. The company is made up of two stores, one focusing on the bridal gown and the second purely on bridesmaids dresses. Les Trois Soeurs Bridal has one of the biggest bridesmaids collection in London! We also have a fully transactional, net a porter style, online store selling all the bridal accessories you could possibly think of!

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Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

2. What sets Les Trois Soeurs Bridal apart from other bridal boutiques?

The range at Les Trois Soeurs Bridal is what sets the boutique apart, with dresses from industry heavyweights such as Temperley and Amanda Wakeley, to international designers like Lazaro and Hayley Paige and new sensations like Alon Livne. The intimate boutique is by appointment only and the team prides itself on its superior customer service. The boutiques' consultants are highly trained in their craft and here to guide you every step of the way.

3. Which designers do you stock and what do you look for in designers that are sold in store?

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal has a unique buying process, traveling internationally to the best bridal markets throughout the world.The buying team are frequently invited to international catwalk shows and events, but the key is quality and our buyers will focus on the degree of luxury craftsmanship and quality fabrication in order to consider new designers for the boutique. We have a wonderful array of designers, Alon Livne, Alvina Valenta, Amanda Wakeley. Anna Kara, Anna Maier, Caroline Castigliano, David Fielden, Hayley Paige, Lazaro, Sarah Janks, Tara Keely, Temperley Bridal, Victoria Kyriakides, Zahavit Tshuba

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Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

4. Tell us about the Les Trois Soeur Bridal experience?

Consultations are by appointment only and you are guided every step of the way. Out dedicated team will get to know you and your vision for your dress and wedding over a glass of champagne, and then its the fun part, trying on the looks you love!

Brides are welcomed back to the store to try their favourite dresses on again and our team are here to assist with any questions about alterations to the designs, order times and the final fitting process. 

5. What advice would you give to brides looking for their wedding dress?

Enjoy every step of the way!

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

Les Trois Soeurs Bridal

6. What bridal trends are you seeing at the moment and which ones excite you the most?

There is always a strong focus on lace but the new season laces we are seeing, especially in designs of our new Greek designer Victoria Kyriakides are exquisite. There is a stronger nod to delicate and fragile construction which makes these extremely feminine whilst remaining totally contemporary in their design. 

Wedding Trendwatch: Boho Nouveau

Boho. It's one of those words that you've heard for such a long time that you've probably become a bit immune to it. These days it's slapped on anything to mean something else. A rustic outdoor wedding is boho. Tipis are boho. A lacy dress is boho. Mason jars are boho...

Historically, to be bohemian was to go against convention, to be artistic and free. Does that not scream our mantra of rulebook-free to you?? But we're adding a little touch of glamour to this rustic style choice. It's luxe but low-key.

Sequin and feather bridesmaids in the woods are the most beautiful things we've ever seen...

We love mixing the great outdoors with luxe touches that you might normally find in another space - these metallic and sequin textures add such a gorgeous glam touch to the outdoor ceremony space.

Find image credits and more glamorous boho ideas on our Pinterest board!

Wedding Trendwatch: Spring

Ideas for spring weddings

When you think of spring it might be florals and pastels that come to mind and yes that might seem a bit traditional for rule-book free weddings, but it's what you do with those florals and pastels that really make the difference. Besides spring is also the perfect time to stay on trend with the colour of the season - green. Take a look at 3 ideas that give spring 2017 a modern twist.

Show off some prettiness by adding florals and herbs into your food and drink 

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Add some romantic touches to your day

And finally, go big or go home

9 Things Your Wedding Planner is Actually For

It's not all spreadsheets and hairspray, here's a handful of things you may not have realised you were getting when you hired a wedding planner like us!

1. BEING THE BUFFER

Sometimes you need a friendly third party to tell your parents you don't want those
hideous brocade napkins or to let those back up caterers down gently.

 
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2. NEGOTIATION TACTICS
 

The wedding planning kind aren't afraid to haggle to get you a good deal. We have our ways.

 
 

3. CALMING YOU DOWN
 

In those last weeks when you just need someone to vent to and assure you it will all be totally amazing.

 
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4. TAKING THE HEAT

When your grandmother doesn't like where you decided to sit them, we'll just smile, nod and apologise.

 
 

5. HERDING THE BRIDAL PARTY

Making sure the drink best man keeps to schedule and keeping your mum in tissues.

6. KEEPING YOU FED AND WATERED

The minute you've got a fork-full of fondant potato near your mouth, someone will want to say hello,
goodbye or want to drag you into a photo. We'll make sure you get what you need!

7. FIXING THE MINI-DISASTERS

Lipstick on the dress? A broken buttonhole? We got you covered. We have a kit.

 
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8. BEING IN CHARGE OF PLANS A THROUGH D

Planners live in the 'just in case' so you don't have to worry your be-veiled head about anything.

 
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9. INSPIRING AND ENCOURAGING YOU

For when you just need good ideas, we keep a good stock up our sleeves!
And when you just need someone to tell you it's going to be ok, we're a phone call away.

 
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Little Black Book | Wagtail Productions

Here at Revelry Towers we're big fans of wedding videos, to be honest we don't think they always get a fair rep, often they're a last minute addition to the day or people think they're a bit cheesy. Now don't get us wrong, a certain level of cheese does exist in the videography world but we work with some brilliant suppliers who actively avoid this. 

We first met Ayla at a wedding fair a few years ago and then worked with her on a styled shoot to mark the launch of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. Not only that we think she's so good she's doing Susie's wedding, that's right, you heard it hear first - Wagtail Productions is officially Wedding Planner approved, so let's meet the brains behind the operation.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND, HOW DID YOU GET INTO WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY?

I started in photography. I have always been obsessed with taking photographs, even as a child. I studied art and photography at college and uni. Video started to creep into my work, subtly at first. For example, I made a sound track to accompany the viewing of one of my photography exhibitions in London.

I then worked in the film industry as a Camera Assistant. I worked my way up, starting on independent films, then music videos, TV drama, commercials and big budget features. I finally got to fulfil my dream of working on a Bond movie when I did Skyfall. It was, ironically, on that job I decided I needed to make a change. It's really thanks to my experience in the film industry and the wonderful people who trained me that Wagtail Productions is where it is now. There's not a single shoot where I haven't drawn on my experience. It was a truly fantastic time in my life, but the bigger the film, the bigger the crew, the more disconnected from the camera I felt. I wanted to go back to just me and my camera and be in control of my own projects.

I took a break travelling around Europe. I drove from London to Rome solo and spent the summer as an Au Pair for 3 incredible children in Venice. You can't be in Italy and not be inspired, and this is when the filming started. I was au pairing for the most beautiful family. Their lives moved me. I felt I needed to film their every day moments, the innocence and romance of a childhood by the Italian seaside. The family had such joy from the film I made them.  I must admit, it's the reactions that make what I do so addictive. Before I knew it, I was back in the UK making little films just for the love of it which lead to my first wedding booking.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FILM STYLE?

Wagtail Productions works with a huge range of styles. That super 8mm vintage look, classic cinema, stop motion animation, split screen fun, reportage, whatever suits the couple's day. We look at each project with fresh eyes and really get a sense for who the couple are during our pre-wedding chat. Everyone’s wedding has such a different feel, and we want to capture their essence and tell the story with those tiny real moments, such as a look or a touch.

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHERS?

We are regularly told two things by our couples at the end of their wedding day: “we didn't even notice you filming” and “you feel like part of the family now”. Our approach is to be discreet on the day, but still get those cinematic shots. When the couple and guests are relaxed, the result is a natural and authentic film. We avoid cliches. You won't see sweeping shots of shoes on windowsills in our films haha.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT THE WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY INDUSTRY?

I love the willingness of other videographers to share tips and to help others improve.

AND, BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE BALANCED HERE, WHAT’S THE WORST?

Videography in the UK is way behind the USA when it comes to recognising the importance of having a wedding video and including it in the budget earlier on. You really do get what you pay for: it's that simple. Many couples who book us say they didn't think they wanted a video until they saw one of our films because they associated it with awkward cheesy shots. I hope it's not long before videography gets the kind of recognition that photography already has.

AND FINALLY SOME TOP TIPS, WHAT MAKES A GREAT WEDDING VIDEO?

Hire a videographer whose style you love, and trust them to do it. If you ask them to change the way they work too much then the result won't be like what attracted you to hire them in the first place.

Communication is key. Tell them what is important to you before the day and about all the details, such as readings and key family members. Then relax and have patience while they take care editing your beautiful film.

I have more tips for a great wedding video over on my website: http://www.wagtailproductions.co.uk/blog/2016/8/18/make-your-wedding-video-beautiful

Wedding Trendwatch: Mexico

Since it's bitterly cold and rainy in London town this week, we're looking to sunnier climates for some wedding inspo to warm us up. Hola Mexico! 

Last year we saw Day of the Dead themes popping up everywhere - decorative skulls and colourful floral garlands were everywhere from high street fashion to homeware. 

It's fiesta inspiration that brings out bold typography and bright colours. Homemade and beautifully 'thrown together'. It's relaxed, laid back playful and fun. And just perfect for boho-inspired summer weddings - in a field or in a warehouse.

Cacti and succulents are still HUGE right now and it works perfectly as a motif and decorative greenery to bring Mexico to life in your wedding design. Plus...churros.

And you can eat those churros in a beautiful boho lace or macrame figure-hugging gown - perfect for this stylish, sexy and fun design.

See more Central and South American wedding inspiration over on our Pinterest board!

Fresh Festival Wedding Ideas

Festival-style weddings has been one of those trends that appears one year and then never leaves. It's a keeper. Don't get us wrong, we love it - the freedom, the creativity, the great outdoors - but after three or four years of popularity it might be time to look at how you can breathe new life into the idea and have a truly fresh, modern festival wedding.

Instead of colourful wellies, floral bunting, hand-painted directional signs and hay bale sofas that complement the outdoors - go for contrast and pair modern elements like lucite, neon brights and technology with your outdoor wedding weekend.

If you're confident in the weather (still please also have a Plan B...) set out your dinner tables outdoors in a mix of floor seating and unusual chairs. Keep it fresh and different with your set up of each table - no one said it had to be uniform! A truly festival wedding will look thrown together in the most stylist way!

Get into the clear wedding trend and write your signage on lucite or perspex for a truly modern look. 

Experiment with non-floral decor with leaves and foliage like the sadly under-used pampas grass. Mini fabric banner signs could be a fun DIY (or let's face it, Etsy) job for letting people know what's what or just showing off some of your favourite quotes.

Play with colour! The best festivals are fun, vibrant and colourful so inject some bright details into your day to contrast the rustic setting, especially if you're having a tipi or a marquee - splash some colour on that blank canvas!

Discovery of the week is this incredible service from Beat Woven - take your favourite song or sound, and this company will turn it into the most beautiful fabric using the audio signature. How gorgeous is this? Perfect for a music-loving couple wanting a music-festival style wedding!

See more festival inspiration on our Pinterest page!