The yellow flowers of Springtime are so beautiful; yes, you get the brasher yellow of daffodils dancing gaudily in the breeze, to paraphrase Wordsworth rather harshly, but you also get more delicate yellow blooms with other narcissi, fragrant freesias and tuberose. But for me its the woodland primrose that encompasses the most delightful of yellow hues - pale, fragile and charming. Yet like most wild flowers, primroses don't make for the most robust of cut flowers, so if you want a primrose yellow Spring wedding then have your bridesmaids dresses in that colour and choose other flowers for the posies and bouquets.
As ever, take your lead from what's growing in the garden and woodlands in Spring and consider pairing the yellow with its complementary colour, purple, like the pretty maids all in a row at the top in their gowns from Tulle and Chantilly. Alternatively, the peach, pink and orange roses above look absolutely wonderful against the yellow dresses (also from Tulle and Chantilly) and I love the palest of pale pink roses held by the bride.
For a similar look, consider Alfred Sung D650 in Maize or Social Bridesmaid 8136 in Buttercup:
Alternatively, this predominately white bouquet below from Helen Jane Floristry looks so fresh and delightful with its touches of primrose yellow within the narcissi, that it would be perfect for a primrose yellow Spring wedding, and would smell diving too.
For a really delicate look, I'd be tempted to choose a Lela Rose dress, style LR204, from Dessy in Buttercup which is such a charming shade of yellow. The bridesmaids below have partnered their dresses with tiny hints of blush pink in their parasols and posies which gives such a pretty effect:
And the best thing about choosing this soft yellow for your bridesmaids is that it goes beautifully with all types of hair and skin colouring so everyone will be happy, even the teenagers!
Junior Bridesmaid JR534 in Maize
Ladies and gentlemen, the craze of the "do it yourself" wedding is apparent and we have to admit, we're totally loving it. Incorporating DIY ideas into your wedding means you're after a unique flair that will have guests paying close attention to all the details. Whether it's a simple craft or a large scale project, trading the traditional for something a bit more creative will put a personalized touch on your wedding day, elevate your event, and save you some cash. We've seen many projects replicated beautifully again and again but we give these projects a 10 out of 10 rating on our scale in terms of pure originality.
This fishing lure idea is sheer perfection for an event thats set in the countryside and has a rustic appeal. We like the notion that a boutonniere doesn't have to be a floral arrangement. Try incorporating a small pin into your gentlemen's ensembles that relates somehow to your overall theme.
Vintage Photo Booth
Photo booths are an amazing place for guests to remain entertained and also obtain a keepsake. Create a space where guests can hang the photos for an interactive decor idea. A vintage set up is a little more rare so you should research where to rent one from in your local area.
Take a different approach to the wedding survival kit and gear it towards your wedding party as opposed to your guests. Create two separate crates for both the bridesmaids and groomsmen that contains items for them to use while they're getting ready. Include uniquely crafted snacks, beauty products, and celebratory beverages.
The vintage art of needlepointing makes for a very charming keepsake. Embroider your names the date of your big day to display for years to come.
Paper Crane Hanging
Florists get a run for their money when paper crane hangings are introduced into the mix. Note: this project is definitely time consuming. To quicken the timeline of this DIY think about purchasing paper cranes on Etsy (or a similar site) that are already folded. Once you receive the oragami, you will just have string them together and strategically place them at your venue.
We love that you can take the traditional bridal robe and revamp it to feel modern and different. Consider embroidering a flannel and wearing it to get ready for the special day. We also love the idea of applying patchwork to matching denim jackets to create personalized Bride and Groom looks.
For this grand scale project, assemble a team to help you both conceptualize and execute. The only materials you need for a teepee altar are very large wooden dowels and your choice of fabric. Consider enhancing your DIY sanctuary with colorful garlands or fresh blossoms.
Wooden Directional Signs
Hand painting signs is a rustic way to show your guests which way to proceed.
Plants are a wonderful way to add some green to your wedding. Handing out something that can be planted not only resonates as sentimental, it's also environmentally friendly!
Photos by Apryl Ann Photography, Bonnallie Brodeur Photography, Town Country Studios, Heather Michelle Photography, Jose Villa Photography, Steffen Harris, and Black Hue Photography.
The British weather is enough to weary the strongest heart, particularly at the moment. But as we all know, every cloud has a silver lining and the good thing is, when you're planning a wedding in the UK, you just know that you've got to factor in that it will probably rain! But that's fine, it doesn't mean that you can't wear your gorgeous dress and scrappy sandals. Why not confront the issue head-on and fight the gloom on your own terms?
So here's what you do:
- Make sure that you choose the most colourful, uplifting wedding flowers that will chase the clouds away no matter what, like this exuberantly fabulous bouquet by the wonderful Amanda Taffinder:
- Be prepared for a rainy wedding day and buy some fabulous large, colourful umbrellas that suit your wedding colors:
Make sure that your bridesmaids (and you!) are kept warm with a pretty pashmina (Dessy has a choice of 33 colours of its silk and wool pashminas so whatever your colours scheme, there will be one to suit). I love this photo by Spindle Photography; you can see that the wraps just take the edge off any worry about the weather:
or if it's cold as well as wet, take a leaf out of this beautiful wedding (shot by onelove photography) and get some real or faux fur stoles:
- Fill your reception area with glorious blooms and decorations so that you create a feeling of summer and warmth inside, even if it is tipping it outside, like in the fab photo below by Gia Canali of Sharla Flock Designs' bright, rich table decs and suitably flippant strings of pink pompoms!
So don't get down about the British rain - create your own storm of colour and win the battle!
I was walking by a stream early the other morning and I saw a flash of brilliant blue and a streak of golden orange out of the corner of my eye as I disturbed a kingfisher from its feeding perch. There are few things more uplifting in life than spotting a kingfisher and it's not just because they are relatively rare; it's more that there is something incredibly awesome about Nature's audacity at pitching such intense colours against each other on one small bird! And of course the result is radiantly superb!
So of course, I thought about how you could use this glorious combo for a wedding, having bright blue bridesmaid dresses and then include flowers of tropical orange in the bouquets to give that flash of brilliance. Or you could even go one step further, like this clever bride from New Jersey, who had both kingfisher blue AND orange bridesmaid dresses, with the ushers wearing ties to match.
The piÃ¨ce de resistance however is the bridal bouquet. Created by the super-talented Holly at Holly's Wedding Flowers, the silk bouquet was made up of not just tropical orange and vibrant blue blooms, but also included vivid magenta which added an extra zing to the whole vision:
If you like the look of the mismatched kingfisher blue and orange bridesmaid dresses from the bridal party above, I've found similar ones from Dessy:
Similarly, provide the ushers with Spa and Clementine matt satin ties and you're away!
Additional accessories for the girls all add to the fun of the colour scheme, so let your maids experiment with chiffon roses in the hair or as add-ons to their dresses:
And don't forget, next time you're walking along a stretch of water, keep a look out for that most beautiful of British birds - I'm sure Kingfishers are a sign of good luck!
With huge thanks to Holly's Wedding Flowers and Making the Moment for the wonderful wedding photos and to the very talented Wildlife Photographer Sam Gore for his divine Kingfisher image.
There's no doubt that blush makes for a romantic and beautiful wedding, but by throwing in a healthy dash of a darker colour you instantly add a level of drama and energy that is almost tangible. Take a look at this stunning shot below and you'll see just how effective the juxtaposition of delicate hues against the deeper tones is in creating a sensual vibe straight out of Poldark:
The colour scheme and design for this stunning bouquet was created by the superbly talented Susanne Hatwood, the phenomenal florist of Cornwall's The Blue Carrot. If you want flowers for your wedding that are in turn bold, wild, passionate, delicate and vibrant with an ethereal fairy-tale beauty, then Susanne is your girl!
By including a wide variety of plants including foxglove with its darkly-speckled centre, deepest magenta sweet peas and copper beech foliage, Susanne has developed a bouquet of abundance and depth of colour that is bigger than the sum of its parts:
And if these photos have inspired you to have a blush and purple wedding, then you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your bridesmaid dresses. I think if I were lucky enough to have Susanne to do the flowers for my wedding, I'd choose gloriously romantic, floaty chiffon gowns for my bridesmaids like this Social Bridesmaid style 2890 in Blush from Dessy:
or any of these Lela Rose styles in crinkle chiffon are, to my mind, equally as ethereal and beautiful and look fabulous together, also from Dessy:
And I'd definitely have the accessories in a mixture of blush and purple, like this gorgeous matte satin tote bag in Aubergine, shoe clips in Blush and groom's waistcoat in Aubergine, all inspired by the brilliant wedding flowers:
With HUGE thanks to the fabulous Susanne Hatwood from The Blue Carrot for her heavenly floral creations. For more glorious ideas, do check out her website or keep an eye out on this blog for more of her divine works of art.
There is nothing as romantic as a tulle dress, hence the profusion of joyous tulle bridal gowns available in 2016. And it's no surprise therefore that tulle bridesmaid dresses are also proving to be a popular choice for this year. You can see from the featured image above of the pretty gowns from (the appropriately named!) Tulle and Chantilly and from Dessy below what a delicate and romantic fabric tulle is, lending itself superbly to shirring and pleating. I particularly love the Dessy Collection 2950 (shown in Celadon) as the narrow pleating over the hips gives an incredibly flattering hour-glass shape.
A similarly enhancing design is this Dessy Collection 2948. The starlight-coloured, appliqué fleur lace on the bodice (the dress shown on the left is in Rose Quartz) continues gracefully over the hips of the shirred skirt, which is most becoming on a fuller figure. This gown is available with starlight or black lace applique over any color soft tulle and has quite a different vibe to it with the black lace, as you can see below with this same dress in tutti frutti:
Another way to play the tulle theme is by having maybe your Maid of Honour in long and the other bridesmaids in short; you can see from the images below how well that plays together with style 2949 on the left and style 8171 on the right, both in Wildberry and Starlight:
All pretty beautiful, don't you agree? Which one is your favourite?
He popped the question, you said yes and now you're celebrating the fab news at an evening soirée with your nearest and dearest. So the burning question is...what to wear at your engagement party?
If it's an evening do, I'd definitely go for something dark, figure-hugging and elegant; after all, you've taken a pretty grown-up step getting engaged, so why not go the whole hog and wear a grown-up outfit? And steer clear of anything remotely bridal - the time will come for that!
I love this Perseus dress (left) from Monsoon (Perseus was the brother of Helen of Troy, who was so beautiful that her face famously launched a thousand ships after she eloped/was kidnapped by Paris, thus beginning the Trojan War).
And I think that if you wore this dress, you really would feel and look incredibly beautiful and quite the radiant bride-to-be.
A less structured but equally as beguiling dress from Phase Eight is this Prima Rosa Maxi Dress (below), perfect to wear as you sip your champagne and circulate round the room, excitedly talking to everyone about your plans for the forthcoming nuptials.
Alternatively you could opt for the understated beauty of this stunning full-length Dessy gown Style 6741 (left) with cut-away sides revealing a silver metallic bodice. The close-up is featured at the top of the page which enables you to see quite how alluring it is.
You don't have to wear long, of course. This high-lo dress (below) from Dessy is superbly glamorous, with its black fleur embroidery overlay, 3/4 length sleeves and deep V back. The modified circle skirt gives a glorious sweep as you turn and you'll feel the absolute Belle of the Ball.
The floral jacquard Verdure Tapestry Dress from Hobbs (below) is the height of sophistication and is a perfect example of what to wear at your engagement party; simply cut, colourful without being garish, and classy - what more could you - or your fiancé - ask for?
Traditionally the rehearsal dinner is a time for the bride and groom's families to bond and rejoice before the big event. It's meant to prepare the couple for the ceremony in a mellow and joyful environment. We like to think that there is an art to creating the perfect intimate setting for this dinner. To master the celebration and make it enjoyable for all, make sure you have these quintessential elements planned to a T.
The Guest List
Who to invite and who not to invite will simply be a question that haunts you throughout the wedding planning process. However, proper etiquette lays out a few rules for the rehearsal. Definitely make sure that everyone in the ceremony is able to attend, this includes the officiant, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and all parents. Make sure that both or your immediate families are present to share more of that personal time with you. Additionally if you have guests that have travelled a distance to come to your wedding, then it's polite to invite most, if not all, of them.
A rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted in honor of the happy couple. The host could be parents, friends, or really anyone including the bride and groom themselves. However, the main responsibility of the host is to plan out the details. First and foremost this means where the dinner will be held. Many couples plan to have the dinner at the same location as their wedding, yet it is not required. Consider designing a rustic backyard affair or even holding the event in a local restaurant.
When deciding on a style for the rehearsal dinner, remember that it should not overshadow the ambience of the actual wedding. The dinner's decor should be much more casual and low key but definitely remained planned and precise. Incorporate candles and flowers on place settings to set the mood for an intimate gathering.
The dress code of the rehearsal should match the formality of your location and decor. As a bride you'll want to invest a little extra time while shopping to find more of a cocktail-style dress for your pre-wedding rehearsal. Whether it's white lace sheath or a floral printed sundress, look for something that makes you feel elegant and beautiful. (Hint: look for one that you may actually wear again!)
The host is the person in charge of handling the budget and absorbing all costs for the rehearsal dinner. They should budget for a substantial meal with accompanying beverages for the attendees. Try staying away from a six course menu that is catered, because you will most likely be experiencing that the following night.
The night before the wedding is the most common time for couples to assemble the rehearsal. However, if your schedule doesn't allow the traditional route, try opting for a lunch or even brunch. Yet if it is a dinner, keep in mind that it should happen on the earlier side so that the wedding party get rest up before the next day's events.
Toasts are often a big part of the evening, but they tend to be more spontaneous than at the wedding reception. Anyone is welcome to share a good story or give their warmest wishes to the couple during the dinner. It is also the perfect opportunity for the bride and groom to give a toast of their own, thanking all of their friends and family for making beautiful memories with them. At this time the bride and groom also have the chance to give gifts to their wedding party or anyone else they feel supported them along the way.
Photos by Arnau Dubois Photography, Mark Davidson Photography, Addison Studios, Petula Pea Photography, and Brandy Angel Photography.
If you're recently engaged and ready to jump in head first, we recommend stopping to take the time to really celebrate what has just transpired in your life. Whether it's stepping away for a rejuvenating moment alone, or creating memories with family and friends, you'll want to cross off a few of these to-dos off your list before the main event. After all, your engagement is a milestone that should be cherished for years to come!
Go On a Date
It may seem simple, but going on a proper date after the proposal will truly seal the deal. You want to be able to soak up the excitement alone without any other distractions. Treat yourselves to a day in the city or a romantic dinner to signify your own personal little engagement party.
Show Off the Ring
The best part is having the pleasure of telling all your friends and family of the fabulous news! Take a creative photo of your engagement ring to send out and post to social media. It's always nice to say a little something sentimental along with the photo.
Take a Trip
Your honeymoon may be a ways off when you get get engaged so make the time in your schedule to get away before all the big planning takes place. It doesn't have to be far away but it does have to be a trip that is both relaxing and romantic.
Hire a Photographer
Oh the art of engagement photos! After you've said yes to the ring, start researcher a place, time, and theme for some sentimental photos of you and your beloved.
Have a Party
Kicking off the wedding planning process is always the engagement party! Whether casual house party or formal soiree, let the champagne corks fly! Invite those closest to you to send you off on the journey to your special day.
Photos by Rhythm Photography, Black Hue Photography, Bonnallie Brodeur Photography, Arnau Dubois Photography, Open Iris Photography, and Valentina Glidden.