Gone are the days when you have a small flower arrangement in the middle of your wedding tables. Now it’s about making a statement with your tables, large flower arrangements, numerous bottles of wine, table numbers or names, beautiful gifts. More and more couples are looking for something a bit different for their big day.
It’s not only the tables that are changing, everything seems to be changing, from just asking people to be part of the wedding party. It’s now a gift and some people are even throwing parties just to ask people to be part of their day.
The gifts you give your wedding party has changed from cuff links and bracelets, to personalised bottles of wine, spa days, jewellery and so many other elaborate gifts.
Make your Wedding stand out
It’s Your Bottle offer personalised bottles of red, white, rose, and Prosecco that are perfect to use within your wedding. Rioja and Bordeaux for the red wines, Chardonnay and my favourite Sauvignon Blanc (which tastes amazing as I have been sent a lovely bottle to try out).
They offer a range of different personalisation. You can choose ‘will you be’ bottles, asking for your nearest and dearest to be your best man, usher, maid of honour or bridesmaid. I really like the idea of giving a bottle of someone’s favourite wine, it adds a splash of luxury and it’s something you can share while you celebrate…….
Personalised table wine
For your big day, have you thought about having personalised bottles of wine on the tables? Lots of venues now have a no corkage service, where the happy couple are able to supply their own alcohol. Which means having each bottle placed on the tabled personalised, will really make your day stand out. Many couples are using personalised bottles for the table name or number.
It’s You Bottle is also perfect for all of the thank you’s that you give out during the speeches, you might even want to give one to your hair dresser or makeup artist while getting ready.
Adding these little extras to you day, make it extra special. It’s the weddings that have something a little unique about them that people really remember.
It’s Your Bottle are now leading the way as a personalised wine supplier, they want to provide a service that that is unique to each of their clients. It’s Your Bottle only use carefully selected and award winning wines, so you know that you will getting a lovely bottle of wine.
Choosing your bottle
At It’s Your Bottle they have so many different personalised labels to choose from, they are all designed by their in house design team. If you cannot quite find what you are looking for, then contact them and they will do their best to design just what you are looking for.
If you are wanting to make your bottle extra special then It’s Your Bottle have a couple of different gift box options. Both are wooden boxes, one with a sliding lid and a rope handle, the other is a hinged box with a satin finish. When you order one for your wine they come with kraft filling to protect the bottle but also makes it look lovely.
I really love these, plus the wine tastes fabulous. What do you think?
* Thank you It’s Your Bottle for sending me some lovely wine to try.*
Your plants need water, but not too much water. Heavy rain can make soil waterlogged and this can affect your plants’ ability to absorb air and minerals in the soil. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can guard your garden against the rain…
Use raised beds
Raising your beds above ground level can help with water drainage. It’s also a proven strategy against frost damage. Companies like Woodblocx sell raised bed kits to assemble – these are some of the easiest ways to build raised beds.
Create a runoff and drainage system
Another option could be to create a runoff and drainage system in which rainwater is diverted away from your plants. You could achieve this by making your beds sloped and by digging out channels to collect water and redirect it elsewhere. Make sure that you’re diverting the water somewhere appropriate (i.e. not your neighbour’s garden). You could even consider directing this water to your home’s drains.
Grow plants in pots
By growing plants in pots you can take them indoors in the event of heavy rainfall. Some pots may also have holes in the bottom that can provide drainage. You may not want to put all your plants in pots, but it could be a useful precaution when it comes to certain fragile plants.
Grow plants in a greenhouse
A greenhouse shelters your plants from elements including rain, frost and harsh wind. You’ll never have to worry about excessive rainfall again, however you will need to remember to occasionally water your plants manually yourself. There are lots of different types of greenhouse to choose from cheap and small kit greenhouses to expensive and large custom-built greenhouse buildings. These Eden greenhouses are a good middle ground for those that want quality but don’t want to pay too much. Always shop around to find the best prices.
Lay down mulch on your soil
Mulch can often help to soak up rain, which can in turn stop your soil from getting too soggy. Popular types of mulch include wood chippings, grass cuttings and hedge cuttings. Some people even use old newspapers as a form of mulch.
Temporarily cover up plants
If you’ve seen that heavy rainfall is forecasted, you could take the precaution of covering up certain plants that you think could be damaged. This could include using a tarpaulin or a cloche or a burlap bag. Just make sure to uncover these plants after the rain has subsided.
Pest-proof your plants
Rainfall can often bring all the pests out afterwards. Slugs and snails tend to come out after rainfall as a result of the earth being too soggy – these creatures will feast on your plants if you’re not careful. Spraying your plants with pesticide could be a way of deterring these creatures, however a more eco-friendly option could be to use household ingredients like garlic and rosemary to deter these bugs.
The wedding is now approaching fast and it doesn’t get more real than putting your wedding invitations in the post! Your wedding invitations will set the tone for your big day and will be your guests’ first glimpse of the delights that your wedding has in store. It is, therefore, worth taking the time to get them just right!
The world of wedding stationery can be difficult to navigate when faced with choices of styles, paper options and formats, so choosing your wedding invitations is no mean feat! Luckily for you, Atelier Rosemood, purveyors of personalised wedding stationery, are here to help with their 10 top tips for choosing your wedding invitations and negotiating the world of wedding invitation etiquette!
1. Have the important dates to hand
Aim to send out your wedding invitations around three to four months before the big day, giving yourself a couple of months beforehand to prepare and order your invites. If you are hosting a destination wedding you will want to send out your invites even earlier, (at least four months before the wedding), to ensure that your guests have time to organise accommodation and transport.
Your RSVP deadline will also play an important part in deciding when to send your wedding invitations. Give your guests around a month to reply to your wedding invitations, leaving yourself some breathing room to chase any unanswered invites before your suppliers require the final headcount.
2. Try wedding invitation samples
At this point, you probably have a wedding theme and colour scheme in mind so you can start looking for wedding stationery that will match your wedding vision. For some, it will be love at first sight when it comes to wedding invitations, whilst others may find it hard to narrow down their shortlist of designs. That is why it is a good idea to order wedding stationery samples from different companies so that you get a feel for the designs, printing and paper! Atelier Rosemood even offer free personalised samples so that you can see your wedding invitation wording in print!
3. Choose a theme
There are a whole host of wedding styles and themes out there, but the important thing is to choose a theme that suits your personalities and venue. Whether you are going rustic chic or contemporary glamour, take the time to browse through wedding invitation designs online to find inspiration for motifs and colours to suit your theme. A good place to start is by setting up a Pinterest board to keep track of your ideas.
4. Let your venue inspire your wedding invites
Embrace the surroundings and defining features of your venue when choosing your wedding stationery, bearing in mind the colour and style of the décor. Rustic wedding invitations with floral designs are perfect for a countryside wedding reception, whilst metallic wedding invitations will set the scene for a contemporary venue defined by its minimalist style.
5. Know your wedding colour scheme
If you have been planning your wedding in your head for the last few years, then you may already have a colour scheme in mind. If so, base the colours and hues of your wedding invitation design on your chosen colour palette. Atelier Rosemood offers a custom colour option for many of its most popular designs, so even if you don’t see your chosen colour on the website, they can adapt many of their designs to suit your colour scheme. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask your stationery supplier about different colour options!
6. Have your wedding invitations reflect the season
The time of year you are getting married can also be a source of inspiration for your wedding stationery, with many venues being transformed by the seasons. Bright floral wedding invitations are ideal for a spring or summer wedding, whilst a wintry colour palette of crisp white or icy blue will be more suited to your winter wedding!
7. Make your wedding invitations personal
There are many ways to add personal touches to your wedding invitation design! Use your names or initials to create your very own wedding insignia or get creative and add a photo of the happy couple or your venue! You can also make your invitations personal for your guests by writing out their names by hand, (draft in a member of the bridal party to help if you don’t have brilliant handwriting).
8. Think about your wedding budget
Prices of wedding stationery will vary depending on the paper type and formats that you choose, so do bear your budget in mind as you browse different designs. If your dream wedding invitations come in a little over budget then think about some other ways you can keep the costs down. Ordering your wedding invitations well in advance so that you can send them by 2nd Class post and delivering your invites by hand where possible will help save on postage. It’s also good to remember that you should count one wedding invitation per household and not one per person when planning your wedding stationery budget.
9. Get your wedding invitation wording right
Picking your favourite design for your wedding invitations is a big step and can be a lot of fun! Finding the perfect wedding invitation wording, on the other hand, can sometimes be a bit of a headache. A simple change of wording can transform the same wedding invitation design from classic country house wedding to relaxed tipi wedding, or from a day to an evening-only invite. There is plenty of wedding invitation advice out there to help you choose the best text to reflect the formal or relaxed feel of your big day.
10. Bear the rest of your wedding stationery in mind!
Your wedding invitations are just the start of your wedding journey, with a whole host of on-the-day stationery to follow, leading right up to your wedding thank you cards and photo books after the big day! Whilst there is no rule to say that all of your wedding stationery has to match, a coordinated wedding stationery suite does have a true wow factor, so take a look whether there are matching menus and place cards available when ordering your wedding invitations.
We hope that these top tips will help make choosing your wedding invitations that bit easier and don’t forget that you can find plenty more wedding stationery advice on Rosemood’s website and blog! Their friendly customer service team are also on hand to help you find the perfect wedding stationery and photo books so do not hesitate to get in touch!
*This is a collaborative post.*