5 reasons we're excited to open a Scottish office

Later this year one half of Revelry events will be heading north, past her Yorkshire roots to her husband’s home town in Scotland. We’ll make a big song and dance about this when the time comes and we start taking bookings for 2020 but in the meantime, here are just 5 reasons why we’re super excited to be bringing Revelry to Scotland.

The Castles

Gary Bonar Photography

Gary Bonar Photography

The Scenery

Jo Donaldson Photography

Jo Donaldson Photography

The Elopements

Kitchener Photography

Kitchener Photography

The Language

Archibald Photography

Archibald Photography

The Cows*


*Not necessarily at weddings!

Interview with a wedding planner (or two) part deux

About this time last year we interviewed each other, it was hard hitting journalism at it’s best! You can check it out here.

Another year has gone by and Revelry Events has done even more amazing weddings, got a new office and gained two new additions, neither of which have yet got to grips with a spreadsheet or Pinterest (babies, I’m talking about babies here not terrible staff). Anyhoo, we thought it was time to ramble on about ourselves again.

So Holly, you’ve been a wedding planner since the dinosaurs roamed the earth, what’s your absolute favourite thing about it?

First of all, rude.

I planned my first official wedding in ‘08. Back when Obama was elected president, the first Iron Man movie was in cinemas and Single Ladies was on every radio station Wow. Ok yeah, this seems prehistoric now, I see your point.

My favourite thing is that even though trends have changed and the way weddings look is always different, the feelings and emotions behind them are the same. I love solving problems. Taking the stress and worry a couple have about how on earth they are going to pull this wedding thing off, and having the answers. I love having the answers. And hearing that literal sigh of relief when a couple realises you’ve got this for them.


And where, venue or location, would you most like to plan a wedding?

SO excited to be ticking off some of the dream wedding locations off the list this year already - Aynhoe Park, Great Fosters, Painted Hall. But still on my list would be somewhere coastal or mountainous with an epic view - like a cliffside hotel in Cornwall or a castle overlooking the Highlands. All about that scenery.

What about celebs, who is on your wish list to get that call from?

I mean, how nuts would Lady Gaga’s wedding be? That’s the dream. Otherwise, it’s a tie between Ellie Goulding and Gina Rodriguez.

Moving away from weddings, let’s go for a quick fire round. Guilty pleasure song?

Right now it’s the Trolls soundtrack. I recently watched it (134 times) with my 3 year old, and she requests the soundtrack on loop when we drive to nursery. And you know what, maybe it’s a case of Stockholm Syndrome or maybe it’s actually that it’s a really good album, but do I always turn it off after I’ve dropped her off? Do I heck.

Currently binging on Netflix?

I’ve just finished You, which was amazing. I’m after a new suggestion to get me through to when the next GOT season drops, otherwise I’ll just restart Gossip Girl again for background noise. Hit me, people!

Currently reading?

I have a bit of a thing for books with something to do with time travel. It’s pretty niche. Like, my all time favourite book is The Time Traveller’s Wife. So right now I’m reading two - The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer, and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. I’m after my next one, suggestions please!

And back to the thinkers, you’re Queen for a day, what do you do?

I would probably ask to see all the secret parts of historical buildings. I just love a bit of history and I’m fascinated by the Royals (which is why I love that we get to work in so many historic and iconic buildings in Greenwich) and I would want to peek behind the curtain a bit. So essentially I’d probably just potter around one of my own houses and find some secret passageways.

What would older you tell younger you if you got the chance?

Growing up I used to feel so much older in my head than I was in reality, always wanting to be a proper grown up doing proper grown up stuff - old before my time. And, fittingly for my career, I planned my life out pretty neatly, many years in advance.

I started my own business right out of university and I got married not long after. At 21 I didn’t want to go to clubbing, backpack around the world or live with five roommates, I wanted to be a wife and a mother with a successful business who had different kinds of adventures. And even though there is nothing wrong with wanting that and I do not regret a single life choice, I will be telling my own daughters to slow it down, not to keep striving for the next milestone, not wish themselves older than they are, and to go with the flow and live in the moment.

What is on your bucket list?

Visiting Japan is high up there, and we’re planning to take a big family trip there next Spring! Two young kids on a 12 hour flight? Wish us luck.

Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Jimmy Fallon, Simon Pegg, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler. Next question.


Sounds awesome, who doesn’t love the Krunts (as they call themselves). What quote or motto do you try to live by?

Work hard and be nice to people. Or one I saw recently on Instagram that I will now steal - ‘be a fucking pleasure to work with’.


Susie -  mate - we both grew humans since our last Q&A! High five! How’s that working mama thing going for you?

It’s working out quite nicely. I am very lucky to have a hubby that also works for himself so we can share the childcare more easily. Of course it’s a bit of a juggle sometimes but for the most part I find I’m more productive at work and more present when I’m with my son. Plus I love our new office which makes working without distraction so easy.

When we met four (OMG, four??) years ago, you were getting ready to move out of PR and try your hand at wedding planning. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned since then?

Hmmm, good question. I guess I’ve learnt that my skills are transferable yay! But also a hell of a lot about the wedding industry and what it means to run a business. I think my years in PR and dealing with big brands have given me some good business acumen (as they say in The Apprentice) and I’ve enjoyed being able to put that into practice and learn more along the way.

Also, huge news! You’re heading north of the wall later this year to open up a Revelry Office in Scotland! What are you excited about?

Oh my god I am so excited about this. WINTER IS COMING!!

I cannot wait to make pals with all the amazing suppliers, work in some gorgeous castles, organise Highland elopements and finally try a deep fried mars bar!


Sick. Which recent celebrity wedding do you wish you could have planned? You know, if they hadn’t lost your number.

Obviously Harry and Megan because I have such a soft spot for them, but Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie’s looked like a Scottish wedding I’d like to get my grubby paws on. Plus Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding looked EPIC!

Aside from old Love Island seasons, what are you watching right now?

I wish Love Island was all year round, I’d be so happy!

We’ve just started the second series of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel which is just brilliant and so funny. I thoroughly recommend.

Agreed! People seem to be doing a lot of this #10yearchallenge on social, is 10 years ago you worth a mention here?

24 year old me was working for a PR company in Camden, drinking in the Hawley Arms and blagging my way into as many freebie events via work as I could (claim to fame is seeing Usher’s soundcheck, he is tiny!). Basically I was poor because just out of Uni wages were shocking, but I was happy and usually drunk.

34 year old me drinks tea, listens to Heart FM and searches Pinterest for good looking kitchens.

Which phrase or word do you find yourself saying most?

To my son “Where are you off to now mate?” He’s just started crawling, he is EVERYWHERE!

To my husband “No, you can’t have chorizo on this” . We’re trying to do the planet a solid and eat a more plant based diet.

What do you love most (and will miss most) about living in London?

You and my other pals obviously, but I’ll also just miss London being London. It’s been my home for 12 years and I still get a buzz when I walk over the Thames. It’s such a special city that absolutely has my heart. I will be very sad to say goodbye.

I also went to the Grant Museum of Zoology the other day and saw a jar of moles, an actual jar of moles. It’s little treasures like that which make London what it is.

What would be your dream trip, if money was no object?

The moon! I want to see the Earth from space. I also really want to go to Pig Beach in the Bahamas where you can swim with wild pigs in the sea. Rumour has it that they were dropped off on the island by sailors who planned to come back and eat them for dinner, the sailors never returned and the pigs bred.


That is honestly one of the most interesting things I’ve heard, ever. Best thing about being a wedding planner?

Organising, organising, organising. I love lists, spreadsheets, bullet points, anything orderly. I also love working with a client through the whole planning process and their face when they first walk into the room and see how amazing it looks.

Favourite trend from our predictions for 2019?

I really like the colour of the year, living coral, I was not keen on 2018’s colour ultra violet. I also like the move to more natural materials, in fact I’ve got a wedding in Oct using stoneware crockery so they’re very on trend. I do miss Llamas though I’d like it if we saw more llamas in 2019, to be honest I’d like it if we saw more llamas every year.

Thanks for reading!

Holly & Susie

8 things to ask your wedding venue

There is no universal way that venues give you information so sometimes you need to ask some specific questions to get to the bottom of what's on offer and what's allowed to help you make an informed decision so you don't come unstuck during the planning process.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

1. What is included in the price of the venue?

All venues are different, some quote on a dry hire basis meaning you just get the space, others throw furniture in as well. Some venues create a package including food and drink. Find out exactly what is included? And what you can negotiate on if you don't want it all.

2. Is VAT included?

More often than not a venue will quote for their hire charge and conveniently leave the VAT off. The first you know about it is when the invoice turns up. It's always worth checking so you can factor the whole cost into your budget.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

3. Do you have to pay to use a supplier who isn't on their list?

Often venues will have preferred/accredited and recommended supplier lists. Recommended is just that, and you can take it or leave it, but preferred/accredited generally means you have to use someone off that list. If you've got your heart set on a particular caterer or cuisine its worth finding out if you can use them instead and if so will the venue charge you?

4. What are the venue's restrictions e.g. can you have naked flame or do candles have to be battery operated? Can you have red wine and potentially staining food? Can you have confetti etc...

Ask if they have any restrictions that you should be aware of. Chances are none of these will be deal breakers, but if you have got a romantic looking candle filled room in your head it saves a lot of heart ache and stress to know from the outset if that's possible or not.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

5. Can you store things overnight or does everything have to be removed that evening?

If you've gone for a dry hire venue and you're bringing in your own furniture, bars, etc... definitely find out when they need to be collected. Some companies charge more to collect at 1am than if they were to come back during normal offices hours. Also try and find out about storing wedding gifts and cards or anything you're bringing in. if everything has to be off site you may need to nominate a friend or family member to take these with them at the end of the night.

6. What's the wet weather option?

If being outside is a selling point for the venue be sure to find out what happens if it rains (we are in the UK after all). Make sure you're happy with the wet weather option because the one thing you can't control is the weather.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

7. Can you extend the curfew?

Most wedding venues finish at midnight, sometimes earlier, but you can often extend this via the venue with a small payment to the council. So if you want to go on until 1am or possibly later, find out if the venue can accommodate this and what the additional charge is.

8. Are there any changes to the venue planned before your wedding day e.g. maintenance works, changes to general public access etc...? 

Make sure you ask as it won't always be revealed. If there are plans, find out when any works are likely to finish and how soon that is to your wedding day. These things have a habit of running over and if its going to disrupt or be an inconvenience to you there may be some negotiation to be done.

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...


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.

Courtesy of  George Pahountis

Courtesy of George Pahountis


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.


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.



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!


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

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.


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!


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.


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.

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  


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!

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!



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 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....

Modern Wedding

Rustic Wedding

Tropical Wedding

Glamorous Wedding

Seasonal Wedding

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. 


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!


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


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 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



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!



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

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: 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. 

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