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Wedding planning with Aldi’s wedding range

Royal wedding fever is hitting the country, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to marry on the 19th May. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this, I love the Royal family and I am very proud to be British. For the wedding I plan to spend the day in front of the TV watching every second possible.

As the excitement builds for the new Royal couple, it also increases the excitement for engaged couples planning their weddings over the coming months and years. Dreaming about having their own Royal Wedding but without the Royal budget.

Weddings can be expensive, often people find it difficult to stick within their original budgets when they start looking into costs. Everyone wants their wedding to be just perfect and have all of those little extras that make it extra special, but it’s these items that can increase the costs. However, Aldi are releasing their very own wedding range just in time for the Royal Wedding. Not only great value for money but also gorgeous.

Aldi’s wedding range

Aldi’s new range will be available to pre-order from Sunday 13th May on line and will be in stores from Thursday 17th May, they will sell out quick so make sure get them while you can.

Aldi have kindly sent me a few items, to give my lovely readers a sneak peak of the gorgeous items that will be available.

Aldi's Wedding Range Wedding Planner

Every organised Bride or Groom needs a wedding planner. When I got married it came within me everywhere, filled with lists of cake makers, dress designers, guests, ideas, colour schemes, little snippets I had cut out of magazines. I still have it now hidden away with the rest of the bits from the wedding that I have kept. I love this little planner that only costs £4.99, and has everything you could possibly want inside it, including a 12 month check list to make sure you don’t miss anything off your list.

So many weddings now use bunting, it’s all those small touches that make weddings memorable, Aldi’s cute bunting is only £2.99, which means you could afford to buy numerous ones to use within your wedding setting.

Stationery for weddings is also important, it’s also something that can increase the costings, one invite alone could set you back £10. Luckily Aldi have produced table place cards and table number at £2.99 a pack. Along with a wedding invitation bundle, that includes, RSVP’s and save the date cards for only £12.99. I love the elegance of these, plus they would suit lots of different wedding themes. 

Having a guest book at weddings continues to be popular, something for you guests to write words of wisdom or congratulations in. They are also lovely things to look back on in the future to bring back fabulous memories about from your big day. Aldi’s gorgeous guess book is only £9.99.

Within the collection you can also find, Mr & Mrs wooden decorations (£3.99), a light box (£8.99), Mr & Mrs Pillow cases (£5.99), fairy lights (£2.99), balloons (£2.99), pom poms (£2.99), confetti (£0.89)  and there is even a fabulous retro looking Polaroid snap instant camera (£79.99) that’s perfect for snapping those fun pictures in the evening. Plus a range of gift bags and tag.

I am really impressed with this gorgeous range of wedding items from Aldi. I think they would be prefect for anyone looking for that rustic, vintage feel to their special day. I’m looking forward to seeing if they bring out anything else for weddings.

 

*Thank you Aldi for sending me these lovely items to include within my blog post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Secret Benefit Of Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are more of a tradition than a necessity these days. Even in an ever-more digital world, there’s something delightful about being able to hold an invitation in your hands and run your fingers over the beautiful calligraphy. While it might be easier (and cheaper!) to just invite people over the internet or with a phone call, few brides are able to resist the lure of beautiful invitations being sent out to their friends and family.

While these invitations might be primarily ornamental rather than functional these days, the reality is that invitations give you a chance to request more than just an RSVP from your guests. Add a section onto your invitations that allows you to ask a few questions; questions that will allow you to be able to ensure that your guests have the best possible time at your wedding.

Below are three questions you could ask on your invitations, and why they are so important.

Question One: Do You Have Any Dietary Restrictions?

No one wants to be the wedding guest sitting at their reception table, unable to eat anything that’s put in front of them. There’s a wide variety of dietary restrictions that your wedding catering should be able to provide for– but only if you know what restrictions your guests may have. You need to know if they have religious restrictions, allergies, or intolerances such as Celiac disease, so ask the question on your invitation; then you can ensure all your guests are provided for.

Note: This is not an excuse for guests to be picky eaters! Restrictions — which have to be obeyed — are very different from “I just don’t like this much”. Provide a tick box of answers instead of allowing people to write in their own answer, as it helps to eliminate any picky requests.

Question Two: Do You Have Any Seating Preferences?

Figuring out the seating chart for your reception is like playing a human game of Jenga; you have to get people in just the right place, or there’s a risk it will all fall down. If you know beforehand that certain people don’t want to be seated near one another, then it makes planning far simpler. So ask the question on your invite, so no one has to acknowledge the awkwardness vocally– but you are still able to tailor your seating plan to suit.

Question Three: Do You Have Any Particular Requests?

It helps to give examples of the requests, such as:

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Mobility restrictions, such as not being able to walk far to get to a room within a venue
  • Questions about gifts or the registry

The vast majority of people replying to your invitation will leave this section blank. However, for those that do want to make a special request, this gives them a chance to do so without appearing overly demanding. If a request is made that you need to respond to, you can either deal with it yourself or delegate the task to a bridesmaid.

As the above reasons show, invitations do have a place in modern weddings. Use them to glean the information you need to ensure you and your guests have the best experience imaginable. Good luck!

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.

Borrowed and Blue design

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.

Borrowed and Blue Design

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.

Borrowed and Blue Design

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.*