Fictional Follies | Jane Villanueva and Rafael Solano

Anyone as obsessed with Jane the Virgin as we are over here? We came to the party super late, but thank God for Netflix - friend of the binge-watcher. So when we were thinking about our next Fictional Follies, there was no other option.

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We're fictionally joining these gorgeous co-parents in matrimony, because finally. Sorry Michael fans, but it's time to move on (no spoilers here, but dang).

So what does a Villaneuva/Solano wedding look like?

Well, we know what both of their first weddings looked like. For Jane and Michael, a traditional Catholic ceremony with a homely reception. For Raf and Petra, we saw glimpses of an over the top luxe day with all the trimmings.

So we're expecting somewhere in between for these guys - they know each other well enough now to do away with anything that isn't important to them. Shrug off the pretences and do something that is totally and utterly them.

 

For Jane's bridal look, we're hoping for something a little sexier and more relaxed than her first time around. We're thinking something to show off her toned upper bod of late, with something like these Gali Karten or Berta gowns.

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When it comes to bridal hair and beauty, we're liking the idea of a playful floral crown with bright pops of colours - also harking back to her Mexican and Venezuelan heratige. Cropped, loose waves for a relaxed look, but with a sexy smoky eye and maybe a bold lip.

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For setting, we're thinking a beach ceremony and alfresco intimate dinner, with colours influenced by the super stylish Marbella Hotel - vibrant peach and pale turquoise is perfect.

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Food and drink inspired by their multicultural backgrounds - including Raf's mysterious Italian heritage, plenty of wine, sharing platters and, of course, grilled cheese for the evening snack (1/3 white cheddar, 1/3 yellow cheddar, 1/3 grated American cheese) - the meal Jane served Rafael when they first met.

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For more Raf and Jane inspo and credits, check out our Pinterest board for them! Enjoy!

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Perfecting Your Wedding Table Plan

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

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

Doodlelove, Not on the High Street

Doodlelove, Not on the High Street

1. Start Early

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

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

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

2. Map it out

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

3. To Group or not to Group

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

4. Modern Families

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

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

5. Kids

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

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

6. Elbow Room

J. Scott Catering

J. Scott Catering

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

Make sure you're giving people elbow room!

7. Get Creative

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

8. Numbers Vs Names

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

Paula Bartosiewicz Photography

Paula Bartosiewicz Photography

9.  About Face

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

10. Head Table Dilemmas

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

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

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

 

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!

Controlling Your Inner-Bridezilla - Stress-Free Planning Tips

Wedding planning might seem like fun when you’re tasting cakes but  most  people find it stressful and overwhelming. It can be a hard slog if you’ve never put together an event before, and why would you if you don’t work in the events industry. If you want to be more of a Bridechilla than a Bridezilla we’ve got four handy tips that will see you through the planning process.

1.       Break up your jobs into manageable chunks. Most couples allow at least a year for planning and yes, your to do list may look long, but if you break it up into the jobs you need to do per month you’ll find the whole thing a little easier to manage.

2.       Set out your priorities. Work out what’s important to you and make that your priority. I know it might seem like everything has an equal weight but it’s your wedding so you get to choose what to focus on.

3.       Do your research. Spend some time looking into suppliers and styles you like to narrow down what you want before you start the booking process. This will help give you a clear vision and avoid the stress of wondering if everything works together later down the line.

4.       Be realistic. Unfortunately planning a wedding is a lesson in compromise, a good way to start a marriage some might say. The compromise that normally takes place is between the vision in your head and the money in your purse. Be practical, think about what you and your guests actually need on the day and then decide on the things that are nice to have. You may think your wedding won’t be the same without them but your guests are more likely to remember going hungry over a perfectly decorated room.