Customise your very own Art Deco wedding invitations with Basic Invite

As you all know I just love nice things and that is even more important when it come to your Wedding. Having those little luxury items that set the scene for your wedding, your wedding invitations are what sets those first impressions for your big day and we all know that first impressions are very important.

Setting the scene for your wedding

So many Brides think that they are just not an important part of the wedding, but for me they are. When a wedding invite arrives, I am always excited to see it, what it feels like, looks like, the colours, the patterns, the style. Each and every one of those things are the starting point for your wedding. It gives your guests the first look at what your wedding colours will be, what the theme may be, modern, art deco invitations, rustic, hollywood glamour. I think it helps your guests to start feeling as excited about your wedding as you are.


After you have set your date, planned your colour scheme and theme, then you can start looking at the extras. Finding a company to make your invited that are just what you are looking for isn’t always easy as so many are set colours or style, where you just edit the existing text. I mean that’s great if that is what you are looking for.

Beautiful Wedding Invitations

However, Basic Invite is anything but basic, they offer a fabulous range of wedding invitations. Each one can be changed and edited to become your dream wedding invitation. It could be you wanted to change to shade of pink, or add more colour combinations, add foil to your names anything you want is possible with Basic Invite. Not forgetting save the date cards, RSVP cards, menu options, gift list, order of service and anything else you could possibly want for you wedding.

To make your design just perfect, Basic Invite allow you to change each colour element on your design. There are very few places that allows you to design your invite with an very near unlimited range of colours, plus instantly view it online. With Basic Invite you not only view your card on line, you can also get a sample sent to you, so you are 100% sure you love it before you order them. You can also choose the colour of the envelopes so help them stand out even more.

A wedding website?

Something I hadn’t heard about, but is apparently becoming more and more popular with the happy couple, is to produce their very own mini website, just for your wedding. Upload the details of your venue, the menus, gift lists, hotels, transport and anything to help your guests. You could also get them to add photographs after and you can share your favourite wedding photographs. It’s an amazing idea, not sure why I did not think about it, Basic Invite offer 180 different website pages that are as customisable as their wedding invitations.

If you are also looking for a guest book and thank you cards, then with Basic Invite you have the ability to design these to help to style your wedding from sending the invitation out, to the wedding all the way to the thank you card. Then to the baby announcement card.

What are you looking for when designing your Wedding Invites?


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

Top things to avoid for the Best Man!

There is no denying that the best man plays a massive role in any wedding. After all, they are responsible for bringing the fun and the laughter to the occasion. It is a big undertaking! However, there are some best men that take their role a bit too far. From crude jokes to irresponsible behaviour, we have seen it all. With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at the top don’ts for best men. This is a must-read for any best man. Plus, if you are the bride or groom, and you are worried that your best man could end up falling into one of the traps mentioned below, it is probably a good idea to have a chat with him before the big day!


DON’T forget the rings

There is only one place to begin, and this is with the wedding rings. We have all watched those comedy films whereby the best man turns up and he goes to put his hand in his suit pocket only to release that the rings are no longer there. Yes, this may be funny on the big screen but it is certainly not funny in real life.

DON’T perform your speech without rehearsing it in front of someone

A lot of best men are naturally funny. There are then those that think they are funny, but they are the only person laughing. We all know someone who falls into this category. While you want everyone’s reaction to be natural, it is a good idea to practice the best man’s speech in front of at least one other person. You need to see how they react. You also need to prepare your delivery.

DON’T forget to sand the bottom of your groom’s new shoes

As the best man, you are responsible for making sure that everything goes as well as possible for the groom on his special day. Because of this, one of your duties is to sand the bottom of your groom’s new shoes. The last thing you want is for him to slip down the aisle with his new bride on his arm!

DON’T let any harm happen to the groom on his stag do

Yes, you want to embarrass the groom. Yes, you want it to be the best weekend of his life. But he is not going to thank you if he has to turn up to his wedding with green hair or half an eyebrow, and you can be certain the bride will not be thanking you either!

DON’T mention ex-girlfriends in the speech

The best man’s speech is supposed to be one of the highlights of the wedding. However, it’s not going to be a highlight if you start talking about ex-girlfriends and ‘conquests’ – this is a big no! You can see some best man speech examples online if you need some inspiration regarding what you should and should not include. Also, don’t forget to include the bride in your speech. She is the main attraction!

DON’T get the groom too drunk the night before the wedding

It is likely that you are going to have a few drinks the night before the wedding, but make sure that it is only a few. A hungover groom is never a good idea on the most important day of his life, and you can rest assured that you will get the blame. Moreover, make sure you are not ‘that person’ at the wedding who is way too drunk. Yes, enjoy yourself and be the life and soul of the party. Yes, embrace the cocktails, beer, and whatever else is on offer. But do be responsible!

So there you have it: the top don’ts for any best men on the wedding day and during the build-up to it. Hopefully, you now feel more prepared regarding what you should do in the build-up to your best friend’s special day. If you are the groom, and you are fearful that your best man could end up making one of the blunders that have been talked about above, you should definitely speak to him beforehand. After all, the last thing you want is for your guests to spend their entire day talking about how the best man discussed all the groom’s conquests in his speech – never a good idea!

Beautiful Wales cottage holidays

A few years ago my Hubby’s Uncle and his family moved to Wales, it’s a place that we have not visited as a family. I have heard amazing things about visiting Wales and I really want to go. Not that we would stay with my Hubby’s Uncle, we would opt for a cottage. I do love a picture perfect cottage or barn conversion.


Finding the a beautiful cottage isn’t always easy but Wales Cottage Holidays have a wonderful collection of affordable cottages in Wales.

Wales Cottage Holidays


Anglesey is a place that I have been wanting to go for years, I think if I was choosing a location in Wales to holiday it would be Anglesey. Llanddygfael Hir is a luxurious 5* new cottage, that sleeps 8 people and has a hot tub. Located near Cemaes Bay on the Anglesey coast line. There is plenty of outdoor space and not over looked by anyone. It nearest pub and shop are just over a mile away, but with the lovely welcome pack you get it will keep you going with tea and coffee until you make it to shop.


Snowdonia is a beautiful part of Wales, my Hubby has been there walking many times. Maesmor is a beautiful cottage set within the Snowdonia National Park. A stunning interior, with stunning views, I can imagine sitting in the garden with a glass of wine taking in the views. Although it is 4 miles away from the nearest pub, for the views and the location I would give up my normal rule of a having pub within a mile. Sleeping 6 people it’s great for a group of couples wanting to do some walking or a larger family.

If you fancy heading toward Pembrokeshire and the West of Wales, Llety’r Graig is a 5* cottage that has the most fabulous view, a large garden and a hot tube. Evenings spent in the hot tub after a day walking would be wonderful. Sleeping 6 people, it has a log burner for the winter months and is only 1 mile from the nearest pub and shops, perfect.

Denbigh Cottage near Denbigh North East Wales, is a large 5* cottage that sleeps 8 people. Making it perfect for large families or a couple of families wanting to go together. It has a hot tub, a table tennis table, a large climbing frame for children and the nearest shop and pub is 1.5 miles away. With stunning views and just 10 miles to the coast, its a great base for those who want to head out for some water sports.

Every cottage I have looked at has the most stunning views, it makes me wonder why we have yet to visit Wales as a family. Have you ever visited? Where would you recommend staying?


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