Our Favourite Colours for Spring Weddings

Yes we know, it stops raining for - like - a minute and we're already mentally out of Winter and into the Spring. But we can't help ourselves, and we're dreaming up some beautiful designs for some of our 2019 Spring couples! Here are just a few of our faves right now.

DUSTY BLUE + BLUSH

An incredibly versatile colour palette that just works wonders in the Spring. It's relaxed, it's romantic, it's an easy one to achieve. And how to die for is this blue dress?

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Pale Grey + Dark Green

For the minimalist in you - a subtle palette of shades and dark green foliage. A total dream and perfect for anything from a London warehouse to a French chateau. Jazz it up with a metallic like copper, gold or rose gold for a bit of glam.

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Yellow, Lavender + Grey

Could this look any more fresh AF? It's such an eye-catching colour palette and you can go as subtle or over the top as you like with how much yellow you include in this, using it as a base or just in a few pops.

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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!

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!

 

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!

Wedding Inspo | Club Tropicana

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

Wedding Trendwatch: Greenery

In 2016 Pantone declared the blend of Rose Quartz and Serenity as the colour of the year to represent mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, as well as fulfilling our yearning for reassurance and security. At which point 2016 clearly thought it would have a laugh and give us perhaps one of the most unreassuring years in history – nice one mate.

And so 2017 begins with the repercussions of the previous year and a new colour to symbolise new beginnings (whether it’s the ones we wanted or not). Luckily for us, the new colour is a bloody good one that works in many ways, so in 2017 you can be on trend without even trying.

Introducing Greenery...

From the strong to the subtle, there are loads of different ways to incorporate this trend into your day, head over to our Pinterest for more inspo but below are just a few of our greenery favs.

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Wedding Ideas: To the Moon and Back

We don't know whether it's the long winter nights or that Rogue One came out a few weeks ago, but we've got stars on the brain.

How romantic an idea to shape your entire wedding design around, a starry sky and the idea of infinity?

Deep, dark blues with accents of bright white or twinkling metallics - perfection.

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wedding inspiration ideas theme stars moon space
wedding inspiration ideas theme stars moon space

Go broader with the galaxy inspiration and work in a range of jewel tones - blues, purples and pinks - to give a real depth to the design.

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wedding inspiration ideas theme stars moon space

Bring the space inspo to your bridal accessories with star motifed veils and headbands. 

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wedding inspiration ideas theme stars moon space

Creative galaxy-inspired cakes have been getting more popular, and are perfect for a dark, romantic, transcendent design like this. Plus, you can get the bowtie to match!

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wedding inspiration ideas theme stars moon space

 

For a vintage twist on the stellar inspiration, look to antique astronomy displays as your centrepieces!

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For more cosmic wedding inspiration, visit our Pinterest board and let us know what you think!

How to Find Your Wedding Style

In the age of Pinterest and Instagram, brides and grooms have more options than ever when it comes to wedding day ideas. Visually accosted on the regular with amazing wedding style ideas, new colour palettes and trends. It can be very easy to lose yourself in all the options. We've lost count of the number of brides who come to us and say 'Please help, my Pinterest board is a mess of 1000 different style ideas, I'm going mad from all the choice.'

So how can you wade through all the tulle and the saved pins and find your true wedding day style? How do you find that all important design that makes your wedding day yours?

Where you at?

Have you booked your dream venue already? If not, what kind of places call out to you? Where have you pictured getting married for, like, ever? Barn, ballroom, greenhouse or garden - it doesn't always have to define the design of your day but it can help with setting the tone. Play with a design that either contrasts or complements your venue, but that doesn't clash. 

If you're opting for a country manor and a marquee, you could make it a winner with an English country garden design of teacups and pastel florals to complement, or go for an all out contrast with a Moroccan inspired tent with rich colours and fabrics. Perhaps your formal London venue has an neon, geometrical twist to contrast, or a vintage glam design to complement.

We contrasted an opulent London listed building with bright neons and wild arrangements at a recent shoot, to inspire couples that they don't have to be dictated by the venue when it comes to design. --->

Casual or Formal?

Your design choices can be narrowed down when you think about whether you imagined your wedding day formal or casual. What kind of atmosphere speaks best to you both as a couple? Are you the kind of couple who likes to host dinner parties and get dressed up for an all night party, or are you the kind of couple who prefer a beach BBQ and chilling out with friends?

Whichever option you go for, that level of formality will carry through all the aspects of your wedding, from the invitation to the place settings.

Think Seasonal

The time of year you're getting married in can have a big impact on your wedding design, with flowers in particular. Before you get too wedded to a specific bloom and style, think about what will be available in your wedding month. Winter weddings and deep plum peonies might look like a match in heaven but peonies are notoriously hard (and expensive) to find outside of Spring. Consider also choosing hardier flowers for an outdoor summer wedding, like daisies and roses, instead of flowers like tulips and hydrangea which will wilt at the first sign of heat.

Look outside the wedding world

The most original, awesome wedding designs come about when couples look outside of the wedding world for inspiration and focus on their shared passions, interests and favourites. Take inspiration from your favourite film, or the city you fell in love in, your first holiday, a shared hobby or a combination of two of your hobbies. 

Colour and Motif

Colours are the bedrock of wedding design. It's the easiest way to thread all the elements of your wedding together. At its most basic, you could choose a main colour, an accent colour and a few complementary shades. Have a few or many but never stick to just one colour! Add neutral or metallic accents to make your palette look dynamic and thoughtful. Seasonal colour families can look really stunning too and mean you don't have to go to matchy-matchy - a Spring wedding could look gorgeous with colours side-by-side on the colour wheel like navy, violet and green. Or an Autumn celebration of burgundy and deep red. 

A motif is another design element that can pull your whole look together. Whether its a monogram, a pattern or a shape that means something to you, it can show up anywhere from the cake to the dancefloor to the invitations and the menus. But don't go mad with this kind of design choice, it's easy to slap it everywhere and it loses it's impact. Choose 3-4 key places to show it off.

Don't copy, be inspired

More often than not, couples use Pinterest as their blueprint for their wedding suppliers. If you find the perfect bouquet or table set up, you can hand it to your supplier and say 'copy this'. It's fantastic if you have found the exact thing you wanted in a picture you can use as your guideline, but consider using it as that - a guideline. Take inspiration from other people's weddings but put your own twist on it and make it yours. Let your suppliers - whose expertise you have paid a fair amount of English pounds for - dazzle you with their experience and talent by taking your Pinterest images and adding a few special touches to make it an original and not a copy. 

Don't limit yourself

Even when all these questions have been answered and you've now got a better idea of what you want, don't feel like you have to pick one style. Your wedding can be a mish-mash fusion of a few of your favourite things. Because why not? If you like 'glam' you don't have to just stop there - is it old Hollywood glam or modern luxury glam? 

Love vintage but also want to incorporate tech? Do it! Want a techno band but kind of really like the idea of a Speakeasy after party? Go for it. Your wedding day isn't a prescribed format or design, and your venue doesn't have to define the style of the day. To truly be your wedding, it must be reflective of you - the things you like as a couple and who you are as a team. The key to going down this route is to find a thread that pulls it all together and helps your event look and feel seamless, but still individual.

Wedding Trend Alert - Hygge

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No, we don't really know how to correctly either, but we still think that 'hygge' may be the newest trend to hit the UK wedding scene.

The UK's newest obsession is a Danish word that doesn't even have an English translation - but is the Scandinavian concept of making the most out of winter. Hygge means lighting candles, eating good food with friends, drinking wine and generally feeling happy and cosy. Doesn't that sound like most people want for their wedding days to you?

Hygge is the perfect inspiration for fresh, contemporary winter wedding designs. It's not just about rustic barns and fairy lights, it's about Danish minimalism and a focus on what's important - food, community and good lighting!

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It takes style inspiration also from the Kinfolk-trend - slow living simplicity, unfussy celebrations. Foraged finds to decorate your tables and soft candlelight to warm your guests. It's heavy with greenery and foliage, branches and natural elements, no colour. It's DIY but it's less origami paper cranes and more artisan woodwork! (No pressure, Etsy will have something)  

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Hygge at its core is about cosiness, which could mean forgoing a skimpy bridal shawl in favour of some bridal knitwear.

It's family style dining with comfort food over haute cuisine. Masses and masses of good food, good drink and good conversation. 

A hygge wedding would be a stripped back vision of a wedding celebration - taking out all the stress and just putting together an unfussy, cosy event where you and your loved ones can enjoy the start of a new chapter. With pastries. 

Head over to our Scandi Pinterest board for more inspiration, and for links and credits for images!

Geode Overload Wedding Trend

The latest wedding cake trend 'rocking' the industry is these stand out geode wedding cakes. Filled with coloured sugar crystals these cakes look like an amethyst is in the middle of it just waiting to be discovered. 

The concept was originally developed by Intricate Icings, sorry non US residents they're based in Colorado, but there are some great versions by other talented cake makers. Have a look at some of our favourites below and save a copy to show to your baker!

Trendwatch: Cactus

Ok, we're calling it. Cactus is the new fern.

From wedding design to homeware to fashion prints, and even your greetings cards - cactus is the new motif in town. It's the new pineapple, the new palm leaf, the new watercolour, and we love it.

You're probably thinking to yourself, "This is incredible, I love it, I'm so into cactus right now, thank you Revelry for alerting me to this trend to watch...but that's all very well for US brides who can just hop over to the nearest desert and make cactus work, but what about little old us in the UK?"

Well, never fear, because there certainly are lots of great venues and spaces that you can make a cactus design work for. 

One of our weddings from 2014 in Syon Park's conservatory

One of our weddings from 2014 in Syon Park's conservatory

Styled shoot from the talented  Vintage Floral Design

Styled shoot from the talented Vintage Floral Design

Conservatories like London's Syon Park are the perfect backdrop for your prickly design - or find yourself some gorgeous dunes somewhere on the coast like Camber Sands where beach sand can become desert sand with a little styling.

And the key with any trendy motif or theme is not to go overboard. A little touch here and there to tie everything together is perfect - no need to go ordering yourself 100 cactus chairs, cactus tablecloths and a cactus print wedding dress. Less is more and be smart with your wedding theming! 

Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas on how to work the cacti!