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How to Have a Fairytale Wedding

The number of factors that you have to think about when planning your perfect wedding can be overwhelming. From guest lists to dresses, it is easy to forget some of the basics.

Yet, from the menu to the décor, these simple ideas can help to transform your wedding from a day you’d rather forget to a fairytale. Here’s how to have the wedding of your dreams.

How to Have a Fairytale Wedding

Have a Delicious Menu

Everyone loves food at a wedding, and this can put pressure on the bride and groom to prepare the most impressive food possible. While some venues have in-house caterers that can provide a set menu, there are many that do not include these as part of the wedding package.

If you choose to hire a caterer, they can help you to plan your menu and adapt their skills to what you are looking for. When thinking about your menu, you might want to think about more unusual options, such as an ice cream bar or sweet station. You can prepare these within your party if you want to, ensuring that you have full control over the desert. Stations such as these allow your guests to grab a quick snack while on the move, enabling them to chat and interact with each other whilst they eat. This will give your reception a great atmosphere where guests can focus on enjoying themselves.

Common wedding food stations are:

  • A popcorn station
  • Grazing tables, such as an antipasti, fruit, breads and dips
  • S’mores
  • Milk and cookies

You might also want to consider non-traditional cake options such as a cheese wheel cake, not to be confused with cheesecake. Apart from the obvious health benefits, this alternative to fruitcake can be an attention-grabbing centrepiece, decorated with vines and grapes for a natural look.

Transport Fit for Royalty

Riding in style can be one of the most exciting moments of your wedding and make you feel as if you are straight out of a Disney film. If you want to go down the traditional route, a wedding limo might be the best option for you. Limousines can add an extra sense of sophistication to your special day, and they also make a great photo opportunity.

Taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip in a limo also has practicalities such as being able to take you wherever you need to go quickly, and with a GPS. If this sounds like your perfect wedding transport, Allure Limousines is a luxury stretch limo and car hire company that you can trust to get you to the wedding on time, with a service that considers your individual needs before every proposal.

Décor to Die for

When it comes to wedding décor, simplicity is key. For the perfect fairytale wedding, you should aim for a neutral colour scheme such as cream or gold, which will help add elegance to your venue. Your décor, however, should be seamless, and it should suit your overall theme.

Popular ways to decorate your wedding include:

  • Blossom trees
  • Rustic stacked crates
  • Old bottles as vases
  • Greenery garlands

When decorating your venue, you can add interest to your décor by adding hangings and flowers from the ceiling or using decorated table lamps or candles. If you really want to recreate your favourite fairytale, you may even choose chandeliers as your centrepieces, transporting you straight into a Hans Christian Anderson tale.

5 Great Reasons Why Overseas Weddings Are Better

If organising a wedding is on the cards for you then potential venues and locations might seem practically endless. But why stick with just the UK?

Whether your reasons are romance, a holiday for the whole family or just picture-perfect wedding photos, the overseas wedding is certainly gaining in popularity. So why are overseas weddings the best? I asked destinations wedding expert Michelle Jacobs from Elegante by Michelle J, who has been helping brides organise weddings in the UK and Italy for over 20 years. She explains exactly why Italy will always be her favourite overseas wedding destination.

5 Great Reasons Why Overseas Weddings Are Better

So much to offer

From the ceremony itself to the food and entertainment, when it comes to planning a wedding the last thing you want is to feel limited. For Michelle, she finds Italian weddings are often so popular because there are more opportunities to get exactly what you want. She says: “Italy has so much to offer – from spectacular scenery and the opportunity for an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception to fantastic food. Brides tell me they want their guests to leave saying it was not just the best wedding ever – but the food was brilliant. Far too often poor food is a complaint of the traditional English wedding. And of course, Italy is the most romantic country in the world so why not cement your love there.

Bringing guests together

With destination weddings come overnight stays and even excursions, Michelle believes this can lead to a bond that your guests will never forget. She says: “A destination wedding brings your guests together over the course of 2 or 3 days, rather than just for the wedding day itself; guests connect in a way that they would not generally do at a local wedding, and it really does show in the atmosphere on the wedding day itself.  The vibe is palpable, guests have formed bonds and friendships simply by being present at this special occasion and this leads to a wonderful and momentous celebration. By being together over more than one day it gives the bride and groom the opportunity to spend quality time with all of their guests, rather than just the couple of minutes per person that they would get if they were getting married at home.”

Local wedding traditions

There’s a reason why destination weddings in Italy in particular are increasing. Michelle thinks homegrown customs create a magical experience that will be unique to the couple. She says: “The opportunity to incorporate local wedding traditions (such as the spectacular Italian MilleFoglie wedding cake) as well as your own traditions is often something my brides tell me is important. But equally you can get away with leaving out those traditions which are not important to you, so the choice really is yours.”

Stunning photos and great venues

In the UK, couples often think that they are stuck between a church or a civil ceremony, but there are plenty of other destinations to declare your love for each other. Michelle knows a few! She says, “From desolate beaches to Shakespearian balconies, there are lots of opportunities available as wedding rules vary from country to country. In Italy, with its ornate town halls and gorgeous churches your photographer will really be spoiled for great shots. Plus, with a wedding overseas you’ve got more chance of predicting the weather than in the rainy/cloudy/drizzly UK!”

Control

With a UK wedding it becomes very easy for additional voices to make themselves heard. But with an overseas wedding there’s no pressure to invite Aunt Val’s cousin once removed, it’s the people that matter to you most who can join you. Michelle says, “Lots of people think that an overseas wedding is running away, but it’s actually you taking back control. People will soon respect your wishes when they know that there is a lot of planning that goes in to the big day, but when you’re local it gets all too easy to take on everyone’s opinion, which can be incredibly overwhelming for any bride.”

There you have it, an expert’s views, just 5 of the reasons why an overseas wedding, and Italy in particular, is best.

Statement Wedding Stationery with Purple Trail

Finding statement wedding stationery is towards the top of the lists for wedding planning. After you have chosen your wedding style and you start to plan the smaller details, like your invitations, the order of service, menus, gift lists that is where the fun begins. With Purple Trail you are able to find 1000’s of designs that you can completely customise just for you.

Statement Wedding Stationery with Purple Trail

Statement Wedding Stationery with Purple Trail

Choosing the design you want with Purple Trail will be the hardest thing, there are so many beautiful designs. They offer something for every style of wedding, so whatever you are looking for I’m sure you will find it. Purple Trails standard collection is also very affordable, so you do not have to miss out on your dream wedding stationery even if you are on a smaller budget.

Each of their designs are 100% customisable, meaning you can choose that perfect shade of sage green to match your bridesmaid dresses, or edit the font size so it’s just how you want it. Purple trail allow you to add images, change the wording and they will even post them out to your guests to save you having to arrange that, what a fabulous idea for time saving!

If you are looking to set the style of your wedding from the very beginning then you can even arrange for matching engagement party invitations, bridal shower, hen parties all the through the wedding to the thank you letters. If you are unsure about the quality of their invitations you can order one of their sample packs.

The premium collect

While I was looking through all of the purple trail range, I came across their premium range. WOW! A stunning collection of tri-folding, pocking fold and even a mini booklet style invitation. I love the 8 page mini booklet, I have not seen these anywhere before so they really caught my eye. You can fill these with photographs of the happy couple, all the information about your day, menu options, accommodation, gift lists and they even have a detachable RSVP page. I know that people worry about spending so much money on the invitations for them to go in the bin, however I think invitations really set the tone of your wedding. I also like to keep them in a memory box.

Once you have found your perfect design, you have customised it, the design team at Purple Trail will send you a digital proof copy, so you can make sure it is just how you want it to be. It then gives you the chance to make any changes before it is printed and delivered.

Purple trail have a handy app that you can use to make your dream statement wedding stationery, which is perfect because you can do it with ease from your mobile phone of table. If you pop over to their website they offer a 10% discount off your first order. Happy ordering!

 

*This is a collaborative post, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*