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Wow, them with your wedding

You don’t want your wedding to be like all the rest. You want your wedding day to stand out as one of the most memorable any of your guests have ever seen. Whether you want your wedding to be a pretty traditional affair or something entirely out of the norm, there are a number of things you can do to make your wedding stand out from the rest…

Unique Wedding invitations

If you want your guests to know your big day isn’t going to be the same old boring event, you need to start with your wedding invitations. Take a look at these unique Paper Themes to see the sort of personalised wedding invitations that will help you announce your wedding in a way that’s unique to you. Or, you could even get crafty and make your own using photos of you and your other half or featuring pictures and words that are unique to each recipient. It’ll be a bit more work, but your wedding will sure stand out right from the off.

Choose a venue with the wow factor

Traditionally, weddings were held in churches or government buildings. Now, there is almost no limit to the kinds of places where you can tie the knot. Tree-houses, underwater hotels, Caribbean mansions, the options are endless, they will elevate your wedding above the rest. Even if you do want to get married in a church, you can still hold the reception in a unique location.

Unusual Entertainment

Everyone has a DJ or live swing band at their wedding reception. If you want to ensure your wedding stands out, you need to do something different. Having a band and a DJ might be essential if you want to get your guests up having a good time, but try to include some unusual acts like jugglers, comedians, acrobats or even a petting zoo to make your reception more memorable.

Forget White

White might be the traditional wedding colour, but if there’s one thing that will make your wedding stand out, it’s ditching the white for a more interesting wedding dress. Pink, red, black – they all make a dramatic impact as you walk down the aisle, and if you’re stuck on white, you can just add little flashes of colour to make things more exciting and show off a  bit more of your personality.

Make your bouquet more exciting

Flowers are undoubtedly beautiful, and they set the scene perfectly for a wedding, but even the most unusual arrangements have been done for death. If you want your wedding to stand out, make your bouquet more exciting by using origami flowers, buttons, fabric or even dried flowers. It’ll look just as beautiful, and it will last a lot longer as a memento, too!

Ditch tradition when it comes to cake

Every wedding needs a cake, but that doesn’t mean that your cake has to be the traditional white fruit cake or marzipan. If you love doughnuts, create a tower of them, or if you’re more of a savoury person, create a tiered cheeseboard instead. It won’t be easily forgotten.

What did you do to make your wedding stand out more? Do you have any other tips to make a wedding more unique?

 

Themed Weddings

Themed weddings can be a lot of fun. If you and your groom are willing, you could turn your big day into an experience out of a book, or your favourite film. This an amazing way to incorporate the thing you love most into your big day. Done right, a fully immersive theme is sure to stick in everyone’s minds.

But, a decision like this isn’t all plain sailing. In a lot of ways, you’ll have to let go of the ‘traditional’ wedding. And that’s not always an easy or popular choice. Stepping away from the crowd like this means you need to get everything right. You will, after all, be under extra scrutiny! To help you out, we’ve got a few pointers on how to make this work.

Make sure you are both on the same page

The first, and most important thing is to ensure that you and your groom are on the same page. The chances are you have quite a lot in common, hence why you want to spend the rest of your lives together. So, draw on those similarities to find something which means a lot to the both of you.This could be something you’ve loved since childhood, like Alice in Wonderland. Or, perhaps it’s a film you’ve come to cherish since knowing each other. Something like a Lord of the Rings theme, for example.

In the deciding stages, it’s important you sit down and talk things through. Make sure that you’re both 100% happy with the decision. This day belongs to the both of you, so it’s crucial you get this right.

Have a dress code

If you’re going all out with a wedding theme, you need to go all out, and a dress code is a big part of that. This should apply to you and your groom, as well as your guests. A traditional wedding outfit won’t look right if everything else is, say, medieval themed. If you’ve got your heart set on a white wedding dress, this can be a bitter pill to swallow. The good news is, a headdress and a few additions may be all it takes to transform your image.

As for your guests, let them know about the dress code as soon as possible. Make sure, too, to include it on your invitations, so no one misses the news. To make this work, you need to give everyone time to find an outfit. In your announcement, be clear and concise about your theme to ensure everyone perfects their image. It may even be worth setting aside examples for those who don’t quite understand. This is especially important if you’re opting for a film theme. Those who haven’t seen the film in question won’t know what you’re after!

Adorable additions…

A themed wedding also gives you the opportunity to include some fun additions. These will be unique to your wedding and may be the thing everyone remembers. So, go all out. Draw on your original inspiration to develop ideas. If you’re focusing on a historical period, find out what the entertainment would’ve been, and incorporate it. A set of stocks is sure to go down well, for example. You could even include games, such as croquet, which were played at the time.

As everyone’s dressed for the occasion, you could even include a photo booth to capture the day. It may not fit with your theme exactly, but many companies offer backdrops and props which could work perfectly. Check out Booth Boys photo booths and others like them to get an idea of backdrops available. Even if you can’t find the perfect thing, it wouldn’t take long to make your own. You could still hire a booth but ask ahead of time if you can use your backdrop instead.

Make sure everything fits…

To ensure the theme works as a whole, make sure everything is in keeping. That includes everything from your decorations, to the food you choose. You want to create an amazing experience which takes everyone to another world. If you’re attempting to create a fantasy world, serving up a roast wouldn’t quite cut it. Instead, you could serve up “Breast of Dragon.” Of course, your dragon breast would be chicken, but that’s not the point. The added touch on the menus will keep the magic alive. It’s also worth carrying the theme through to your reception. Attempt to find a playlist which fits, and have fun with a themed buffet.

What theme would you choose for your wedding?

Charlie & Stu’s Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

I have been planning on doing a real wedding series for a while now, so I thought there was no better way to start than with my best friends wedding.

Charlie and Stu had been together for 5 years, when they got engaged on 1st July 2010. It was something lots of us thought would never happen, including Charlie. They had already been living together for 4 years and had just had their second son. Having almost a 2 year engagement before the big day in May 2012. Charlie decided to book the wedding on Stu’s birthday so he would not be able to forget their anniversaries in the future!

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Venue

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Having chosen Barnsdale Hall Hotel, a beautiful location right on the edge of Rutland water. They opted for a civil ceremony that took place in the Edith Weston Suite, within the grounds of the Hall. With the beautiful sounds of a violin and a flute, playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D, as Charlie walked down the aisle. Accompanied by her Dad, Maid of honour (which just so happened to be me) and Mia, her 6 year old flower girl.

 

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Wedding Dress

Charlie wore a stunning fit and flare lace gown by designer Maggie Sottero. The gown was lined with a champagne coloured taffeta and had a beautiful ivory lace overlay, with a long tulle train. Along with ivory shoes and a crystal hair brooch that sat along side her vintage style up do. Make-up was completed by a lovely local make up artist, who also completed make up for Charlie’s Mum and me.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Bridal Party

Charlie’s bridal party was made up of her maid of honour and a flower girl. I wore a stunning cornflower blue full length dress. I carried a posey of peach Vendela roses with ivory flowers that were hand tied with beautiful lace. Mia her 6 year old flower girl wore a Next ‘Occassion’ dress with floating petals layered into the dress. Mia carried a mini posey of blue hydrangeas and peach roses that matched Charlie’s.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Grooms Party

Stu opted for 2 best men, Matt and Richard, they had all been best friends since childhood. Stu’s Brothers were both Ushers for the day, along with Stu and Charlie’s Dads completing the grooms party. They wore matching black morning suits with cornflower blue cravats and ivory waist coats, their button-holes were made of ivory roses.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Colour Scheme

Charlie and Stu opted for a cornflower blue and ivory theme, with a vintage feel. Setting the tone of the wedding with an ivory and blue invitation. The flowers were blue hydrangeas and ivory and peach Vendela roses. Along with candelabras as the table centres with blue and clear crystals scattered on the tables. Each of the tables were named after different types of roses. The top table being Vendela which was the rose used in the bouquets and button holes. The name place cards were hand written by Charlie, they all had little blue roses on them, tying to the colour scheme. The children were kept entertained with personalised activity packs.

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The Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding breakfast was a 3 course sit down meal consisting of smoked salmon and prawns, Charlie’s favourite starter. Followed by a main course of roast beef and all the trimmings and a delicious cheesecake for pudding, Stu’s favourite. Guest sat at round tables of 8 people with a traditional top table, of parents, maid of honour, best men and of course the bride and groom.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The beautiful wedding cake was made up of 3 tiers, each tier being a different flavour. One fruit, one chocolate and one lemon. It was covered in ivory icing, topped with roses and trailing cornflower blue petals. The style of the cake complimented the look of the wedding and tasted delicious, it was even served at a BBQ the following day.

As it was Stu’s birthday he was given a transformers birthday cake during the speeches and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Charlie and Stu finished off the lovely speeches giving out gifts. The groomsmen where all given transformers cufflinks. While the mothers were given beautiful floral bouquets. I was given a lovely rose pandora charm for my bracelet while Mia was given a charm for her nominations bracelet.

The Evening Do

Their evening guests where welcomed with a yummy hog roast, that was cooked all day outside, along with drinks and a great disco. To keep the children entertained throughout the day and into the evening there was a bouncy castle, which was a brilliant idea. It kept the children busy and allowed the parents to sit around it on the outside tables and enjoy the day.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Honeymoon

Charlie and Stu spent a week in Sorento in Italy. Opting for a stay in a luxury hotel for a child free week, while their children stayed at home with the Grandparents. They are hoping to return for their 10th wedding anniversary.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

 

Borrowed and Blue Design – Wedding Stationery Review

When planning your big day I think a wedding invitation is important. Unless you are sending out save the date cards it is the first snippet of your wedding theme that your guests get to see.  I feel like they set the scene for your wedding. There are so many wedding invitation suppliers out there that finding the perfect one isn’t always easy.

Having a recommendation is important, or even finding someone who will send out sample packs for you. Even if you have to pay a small fee, I would highly recommended doing this. Having the sample means you are able to see what the quality is like before placing a large order, and it not meeting your expectations.

I recently came across Borrowed and Blue Design over on twitter. An on-line wedding stationery shop. Designed and owned by Hayley, a professional graphic designer, who kindly offered to send me out a couple of her sample packs to have a look at.

Borrowed and Blue Design stock an ever growing range of house designs. The popular house designs are all personalised for you, with some changeable elements. There is also a bespoke service, designing wedding stationery that is completely customised for you. I was sent two different styles. Both quite different from the other.

Midsummer Bloom

Borrowed and Blue Designs

This beautifully floral design was the one that caught my attention on Twitter. It all arrived bound with twine. Pretty red, pink and peach shades of roses and peonies. The quality of these cards can be felt straight away. They are slightly textured, which gives a vintage vibe. Set as a square invitation and save the date cards. They arrive with vintage feel unbleached kraft envelopes. The pretty invite arrives with bound with lovely twine and a ‘you’re invited’ tag. In addition there are RSVP cards and matching envelopes, making sure your guests can easily reply.

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I really like this design, I can see it fitting in with almost any wedding that has floral vintage feel. Perfect for summer weddings. With prices starting from just £0.45, you are able to mix and match the different elements to suit your wedding style and budget.

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Chic Celebration

Borrowed and Blue design

Chic Celebration is a more chic, contemporary design and colour way. Peach shades with copper tints throughout and geometric patterns. It’s an eye catching glamorous style that really works well together. The quality is of Chic Celebration is beautiful, printed on to pearlescent card, with a smooth finish. All coming together with a pretty peach coloured ribbon. Chic Celebration comes with plain white envelopes which makes the invitations really stand out.

Borrowed and Blue Design

I love that it gives a timeless feel to your wedding stationery. However, if the colours are not quite how you would like them, then it can be changed to match your wedding colours. With the prices starting from just £0.70 for the ‘you’re invited’ tags. Again, you are able to choose the elements that work for you and for your wedding.

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Bespoke Design

Hayley at Borrowed and Blue Design also offers a wonderful bespoke service allows you to create a design that is personal and unique to you. Hayley will work with you every step of the way to help design the perfect stationery that meets all of your requirements. Using the bespoke service means that you have a blank canvas to work from. The colours, the fonts, the design. All the way down to the finer details, like the ribbon or the envelope liners. You get everything possible with this wonderful service.

Borrowed and Blue Design are offering my lovely readers a discount of 10% off your order, just use the code Champagne10 at check out.

*Thank you Hayley for sending me these beautiful Wedding stationery samples, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*