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?

Dressing your windows with the perfect blinds

Having a beautiful home that I love is something I continue to dream about. As my regular readers ready know we are planning to move to the countryside one day to our forever home. We know it’s not going to be next month or even next year but one day we shall be living our country dream.

I have big plans for our new home, beautiful kitchen, stunning bathroom with a roll top bath, wooden floors, gorgeous vintage items of furniture, a garden that is always in bloom with a lovely wooden play house for the children.

Perfect Blinds

Recently I have been thinking about what types of window dressings to use. I love shutters they are stunning but would not suit the style of house that we would be buying. So I have been looking at what styles we could use to find the perfect blinds.

Roman Blinds

Perfect Roman Blinds
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I really like roman blinds, they easily transform a room. You can get them a lovely range of colours and patterns, they are also often available in made to measure options. So if you are having curtains made or you have curtains for a large window in your room but need a covering for a smaller window then roman blinds are a great option. When the the blinds are up they look beautiful, lots of different layers all tucked together.

Venetian Blinds

I have a thing about venetian blinds in kitchens, I really fancy a beautiful white wooden one in our new kitchen. They are great when they are closed because you can tilt them so the stop the sun coming in at different angles, perfect to allow the light in but keep the beaming sun out. I like that they a wipeable, which is perfect in a kitchen.

Roller Blinds

Image: Etsy

 

Roller blinds are great, they are often a cheaper option, they come in such a variety of colours and patterns. Plus they are more readily available with a black out option. Making them great for children’s bedrooms, both of my children had them in their nurseries.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds, are often seen in offices or conservatories. We had these in our first home, they were already there when we moved in and as they were good quality, plan in colour they stayed until we decorated each room. They did however stay in the kitchen on both the patio and other window.

I love Roman Blinds, so I think that we will use a mix of them and curtains around our forever home, they are simple and stylish. Although I would be tempted by the wooden style venetian blinds for the kitchen. What would your perfect blinds be for your home?

*This a a collaborative post with Ambition Blinds. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Wedding planning check list….

Congratulations on your engagement. I bet you can’t stop looking at the beautiful ring you have just been given. I know I spent weeks looking at mine, 7 years on I still lust over it. So, planning your big day. I’m sure your head is full of amazing ideas of what you would like for your special day. It can be overwhelming ensuring you have everything you need and want in place ready for you wedding day.

Wedding Planning Check List

I have put together this easy to follow wedding planning check list. It doesn’t really matter what order you do things in, I have known people that are so excited about trying dresses on they have even bought ‘the one’ before setting the date. Sometimes you might need to be flexible on the date of your wedding as some venues are booked up a couple of years in advance, so make sure you have your venue sorted before confirming your date with other suppliers and sending out your save the date cards.

Wedding Planning check list…..

  • Set a budget
  • Set a date
  • Decide on either a church or civil ceremony
  • Book venue and church – if required
  • Sort out a guest lists for day time and evening guests.
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Decided on bridesmaids and grooms men.
  • Book a photographer
  • Book a cake maker
  • Arrange a florist
  • Choose a dress
  • Choose your bridesmaids dresses
  • Arrange mens suits
  • Choose wedding rings
  • Arrange any entertainment required – band, disco etc.
  • Book transport
  • Book a Honeymoon
  • Decide on menu and drink choices
  • Book your hair stylist
  • Order Invitations
  • Arrange Hen party – or get your hens to sort it.
  • Arrange Stag party – or get the best man to.
  • Buy gifts for the bridal party and the grooms men.
  • Mother of the bride and groom gifts
  • Father of the bride and groom gifts
  • Sort your seating plan
  • All of little extras, place cards, table favours, photo booth props, guest books etc

Wedding Planning Checklist

I hope you enjoy planning your big day. I loved planning all the details of my big day. Although I had booked a venue about 14 months before the wedding date I was a couple of weeks away from giving birth to our son. Which meant I didn’t have time to work on anything for another 7 months, after I got my parenting skills sorted and I could focus on the Wedding as well as my son. I planned and sorted everything else out in those 7 months. It can be stressful at times but worth it, when your dream wedding day all comes together.