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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Fictional Follies | Kat Stratford + Patrick Verona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wedding Ideas: Nude + Natural

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Creative Wedding Ceremony Backdrops

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

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

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

Evening Wedding Dresses to Die For

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

Here are our top picks for the perfect reception ensemble!

ALL IN ONE

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

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SWEET & SIMPLE

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

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A POP OF COLOUR

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

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TOUCH OF GLAM

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

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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 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!

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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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!

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 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!

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!

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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Fictional Follies: Sheldon and Amy

Today's Fictional Follies instalment is a love so scientifically perfect, so iconic, so beautifully nerdy - it's Dr Sheldon Cooper and Dr Amy Farrah Fowler. 

So what would this glorious coming together of minds look like? There's just too much geeky goodness to choose from.

Both Amy and Sheldon, despite their outer quirkiness, we think would both still just want to look amazing. A slick tuxedo for Sheldon to play out a James Bond fantasy, and for Amy a simple gown and bolero fit for a princess (remember her bridesmaid dress for Howard and Bernadette's wedding? Yeah ya do). Oh and sensible shoes.

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But though there is tradition at heart of it, there's a whole lot of fun to be had with their wedding design. Drawing inspiration from their work and their hobbies, reflecting their personalities like a good wedding should. 

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A simple, white tiered wedding cake with comic book detailing is the perfect summary of their traditional meets quirky day, as well as the groomsmen's simple grey suits with a pop of yellow in their matching converse.

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Brainy details like the seating plan of periodic tables, and the signage made up from elementary symbols. Scientific beakers house beautiful blooms, or custom cocktails.

A wedding in which Sheldon was the groom wouldn't be right without a ton of popular culture references. Games, TV shows and movies would have their own role to play in decking out the reception space.

For more 'Shamy' wedding inspiration, head over to our Pinterest board and let us know what you think!

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
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!

Little Black Book: Jennifer's Paper

We're kicking off 2017 by introducing you to one of our favourite stationers that we've been working with over the past year. This good old American gal really knows how to make your wedding stationery pop! Say hello to Jennifer's Paper

SO JEN, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DESIGNING WEDDING STATIONERY AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?

I've been creating wedding stationery since 2007 when I designed my hometown best friend's wedding invitation suite and day-of paper goods. I had always loved designing one-off invites and cards but this was a chance to make it more of a "branded" project which used my skills as a graphic designer. My own wedding was 4 years later and that's when I really got hooked on designing wedding stationery.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STATIONERY STYLE?

It's fresh, clean, pattern-loving and classic meets whimsical. I like to infuse elements of couples' personalities in there, too, whether it be the text or a tiny illustration that gives a nod to them.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU OFFER, WE HEAR YOU’RE MORE THAN JUST INVITES AND SAVE THE DATES?

I'm a firm believer that the wedding should feel like one cohesive event so that means I work with couples not only on the items that land in their friends and families' post boxes, but also anything that those same people are seeing when they arrive for the event. Basics like programs, place cards, menus, seating charts, signage, welcome bags. You name it, I'll design it! I once even hand-painted a beer boat (literally, an old row boat that was filled with ice and beer) at a wedding to match the invitation – it was the couple's name with the floral motif I had illustrated. It was so much fun and such a great statement piece for the wedding to really tie it all together. 

IF YOU COULD GIVE COUPLES ONE PIECE OF WEDDING STATIONERY ADVICE WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Go with what YOU want, not what your parents want (or are used to seeing). Wedding stationery has really come a long way in the past 10 years and you can really give your guests a hint of what's to come on your wedding day through the stationery. It's also one of the only items for your wedding that's tangible AFTER the big day so make it something you'll lovingly want to preserve and ooh and ahh at for years to come (I have two past clients who have just had their stationery suites framed to hang in their house. I am over the moon that they want to see this everyday!)

ARE YOU SEEING ANY PARTICULAR WEDDING STATIONERY TRENDS COMING THROUGH?

Botanical is a hot one for sure. Inspired by the greenery that the florists are creating, stationery is being influenced by this as well. Calligraphy and hand-lettering are also still around but I wouldn't be surprised if that starts making it's way out by the end of the year or maybe the year after. It's everywhere! Oh, and of course, the print finish of the moment – gold foil!

HOW DO YOU APPROACH WEDDING INVITATION WORDING?

For this one, when my couples hire me for their stationery, I ask them to fill out a questionnaire with all of the basics that will go into their invitations and one of the questions is if they'd like their wording casual, formal or religious. From there, I decide on the intro sentence and that pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the invitation. For couples that want to keep their invitation wording more formal but want some personality in there, I always tell them to use the response card for this. I like to come up with fun and cheeky ways to say "accepts" and "regrets". 

8 Stunning Winter Wedding Bouquets

In the bleak midwinter...the bride and her bouquet were looking fierce.

There are so many great options for the colder months when it comes to your wedding florals, even if that means no florals at all.

Here's what we're loving for this season!

This gorgeous arrangement by Peony N' Pearl is full of dusty pinks, peaches and cool coloured foliage, with David Austin roses, mini white orchids and seasonal fruit. 

This rich and luxurious winter bouquet is brought together with silver eucalyptus ,mentha and velvet grand prix roses contrasted with scabiosa seed pods and elderberries, by the talented Fairleys Bespoke Floristry.

This refreshing bouquet was created by Jennifer Pinder, using thistles, grey foliage and white waxflower with muted purples and dusty pinks. 

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Who knew cotton would look so cool in a bouquet? Looks so snowy and fluffy, with white roses and earth foliage. Expertly put together by Maison De La Croix

How about just bold, green foliage to cheer up a gloomy month? Such a luscious, wild bouquet of fern and berried foliage. Put together by the incredible Type A Society

This black winter bouquet is seriously chic, using anemones and deep purple orchids, from The Flower Cannon

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Loving this bouquet by Flower Power, with pine branches making it like carrying an awesome little Christmas tree down the aisle. 

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A perfect silvery bouquet of artemesia, silver brunia, blue hhistle, rananculus, baby's breath, and stock.

Oh swoon!

Little Black Book | Wildflower Cakes

December is the time of year for indulgence, right? In that case we're right on track thinking about cake, cake, cake. For today's Little Black Book interview we're chatting to the lovely Arianna from Wildflower Cakes in London. Arianna has provided some amazing bakes for us at recent shoots (which you can see here) and we really wanted her to let us in on her secrets. So over to her!

ARIANNA, HELLO! TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WILDFLOWER CAKES AND HOW YOU GOT STARTED?

Hello! I was brought up doing lots of baking and experimenting in cake decorating with my mum and grandma. I only considered it as a career after I had left university and felt a bit lost. I started reading a lot of decorating and cake blogs and decided to study patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu, it was a wonderful experience. I then worked for many high-end cake companies in London before starting my own. I wanted to make sure I was confident in my skills and knew what to do if things went wrong!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF CAKES?

I love flowers and nature, so the focal point of my designs is usually the sugar flowers. I adore modern, simplicity and believe less is more. A cake that has been beautifully executed with flawless icing and delicate sugar flowers is always going to be a show-stopper. I am definitely partial to metallics and usually can't resist adding a bit of gold or silver on there.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEW DESIGNS?

Quite a variety of places, I find Pinterest is a great place to be inspired. I often look at art, textures, patterns, colour palettes and real flowers.

HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH YOUR NEW FLAVOURS, AND DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITES?

I am a massive chocoholic and love anything with chocolate. My recent favourite is a cake I made for my Dad inspired by the "cherry ripe" chocolate bar, which isn't sold in this country but is very popular in Australia where he was born. It had a rich chocolate sponge, a coconut sponge and roasted cherry buttercream. I don't usually get to eat the cakes I make, so this was a proper treat!

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT BAKING?

I enjoy reading classics, Jane Eyre being my favourite. I have a long list that I'm working my way through. I also really enjoy eating out, I used to be a very picky eater and I'm now super adventurous and always try to order something that I have never tried before.

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES WHO AREN'T REALLY SURE WHAT KIND OF CAKE THEY WANT, HOW DO YOU START, AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION?

I think the best way to start is to book a consultation and bring along a Pinterest/mood board you have put together of the ideas you have for your whole day. The cake maker can then see your personal taste, an idea of colours and the feel you are looking for, to then put together a design.

It's useful for the cake decorator to know how many people you are looking to serve to calculate how many tiers you will need. It is also important to consider where the cake will be displayed in the room, as some are designed to have a front angle and sit well against a wall, while some will sit beautifully in the centre of the room and look good from all angles. The taste is very important, so make sure to try a variety of samples.

ANY TIPS FOR COUPLES WHO WANT THEIR CAKE TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON A BUDGET?

You could consider having faux tiers to boost the height of your cake, which usually comes with a small reduction in price compared to having the whole thing as real cake. Displaying the cake on a high pedestal cake stand will also create more height and impact, most cake makers have these available to rent for the day. It looks beautiful to style the table the cake will be on, even just some candles or flowers surrounding can really add to making the cake a focal point.

Check out more of Arianna's gorgeous cakes on her website and prepare to drool.