Wow, them with your wedding

You don’t want your wedding to be like all the rest. You want your wedding day to stand out as one of the most memorable any of your guests have ever seen. Whether you want your wedding to be a pretty traditional affair or something entirely out of the norm, there are a number of things you can do to make your wedding stand out from the rest…

Unique Wedding invitations

If you want your guests to know your big day isn’t going to be the same old boring event, you need to start with your wedding invitations. Take a look at these unique Paper Themes to see the sort of personalised wedding invitations that will help you announce your wedding in a way that’s unique to you. Or, you could even get crafty and make your own using photos of you and your other half or featuring pictures and words that are unique to each recipient. It’ll be a bit more work, but your wedding will sure stand out right from the off.

Choose a venue with the wow factor

Traditionally, weddings were held in churches or government buildings. Now, there is almost no limit to the kinds of places where you can tie the knot. Tree-houses, underwater hotels, Caribbean mansions, the options are endless, they will elevate your wedding above the rest. Even if you do want to get married in a church, you can still hold the reception in a unique location.

Unusual Entertainment

Everyone has a DJ or live swing band at their wedding reception. If you want to ensure your wedding stands out, you need to do something different. Having a band and a DJ might be essential if you want to get your guests up having a good time, but try to include some unusual acts like jugglers, comedians, acrobats or even a petting zoo to make your reception more memorable.

Forget White

White might be the traditional wedding colour, but if there’s one thing that will make your wedding stand out, it’s ditching the white for a more interesting wedding dress. Pink, red, black – they all make a dramatic impact as you walk down the aisle, and if you’re stuck on white, you can just add little flashes of colour to make things more exciting and show off a  bit more of your personality.

Make your bouquet more exciting

Flowers are undoubtedly beautiful, and they set the scene perfectly for a wedding, but even the most unusual arrangements have been done for death. If you want your wedding to stand out, make your bouquet more exciting by using origami flowers, buttons, fabric or even dried flowers. It’ll look just as beautiful, and it will last a lot longer as a memento, too!

Ditch tradition when it comes to cake

Every wedding needs a cake, but that doesn’t mean that your cake has to be the traditional white fruit cake or marzipan. If you love doughnuts, create a tower of them, or if you’re more of a savoury person, create a tiered cheeseboard instead. It won’t be easily forgotten.

What did you do to make your wedding stand out more? Do you have any other tips to make a wedding more unique?

 

Tuscan Villa interior….

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and inject a little sun kissed life into your living space, perhaps you should consider the gorgeous layers of a Tuscan home. Most modern homes have a sharp detail to the decor and make use of black, whites, greys and blues almost exclusively. This may be seen as the equivalent of being up-market, however, there’s a certain lack of soul in such a style. Tuscany is the rugged, sunlit, farmland of Italy, and yet, it’s also where the people have a rich history going back all the way to the Roman Empire. The Tuscan-inspired colour scheme makes use of playful oranges, reds, beige, yellows and brown of the earth. Start with the ground floor and work your way up, because the most intense shifts will be done where you normally relax. Guests who come over will love your inspiration of a Tuscan villa.

Tuscan Villa Interior

Humble yet grand Halls

The homes of established families in Tuscany, are truly a sight to behold. Indeed, they come from a peasant culture, yet they know their worth to the country and all they have given to it. There’s a sense of grandness, but not too much as if they were part of the metropolitan elite. The hallways make use of thick, dark brown hardwood, with very little sheen, for a great rustic look. A rug in the middle or somewhere strategically place in the hallway breaks up the length of the hall. The rugs have a certain dominance to them as they display a rich rose red colour, in an eternal struggle for your attention with the beige and green sprouting flowers and vines that bear fruits.

Raw power of ceilings

Tuscan Villa Interior

Tuscany villas are proud of their architecture, but also, their structural integrity. The ceilings are bare with the support beams openly on display. If you’re seriously thinking of an entire redesign, this is one of the first categories you should be thinking about. The beams are supremely strong, made from a healthy, and remarkably dense oak tree. Tuscans make full use of a sheen or nutritious varnish to give the beams are nice shimmer to them. This kind of style balances out the lack of shine on the floorboards, so the light is reflected back down with a reasonable push. Tuscans pride themselves on being practical above posh aesthetics, so you can see the floor is treated purely as a functional layer, with no need to express an overt due diligence, but when you look up, the ceiling is strong and gleaming.

Reserved and warm lounge

The Tuscany lounge may have a few customs that are relatable to perhaps the larger cities like Naples and Florence, but also very distinctly familiar to the Italian countryside. It makes use of contemporary European sofas, with such styles as Zara five-seater sofa and the beautiful black Pavara corner sofa. These styles and colours, go well with the traditional light orange interior walls of the Tuscany lounge style. At night the corners are bathed in candlelight, such that the walls are emboldened in their natural reverberation of light. Tuscans love the wilderness, and so, fireplaces are a natural sight in lounges, and the archways of the pit are solely made from brick rather than marble. Tall lamps stand stoically in the corner, in the form of a thin, stem and blooming, circular lamp shade.

Dining with the Family

Tuscans are all about family, as throughout the years, the craft of farming was handed down from generation to generation, and eating together was to strengthen this bond. The table is a long, hardwood, mainly oak. However, some homes also use the flexible yew tree for their wood, as this material is more pliable. The table is, therefore, afforded the ability to have a small skirt, with simple carvings of knots and twisting vines. This design is most common, as its assets the strong relationship of family, yet does it in a reclusive fashion via skirt carvings. The chairs are always upright and don’t have to pad for the backrest. Local carpenters make good use of cedar wood, to form the frame of the dining chairs, with sometimes up to three horizontal back supports. The theme of these chairs can encapsulate the dawn of a rising sun, with vertically lifting, curves that peak in the middle.

Tuscany is the land of earth, farming, and quietly confident design that’s grand yet not boastful. The decor is mainly made from wood, with the chairs, and ceilings bringing home a truly rustic history of the peasant culture. Yet, the interior design embellishes the home with reds and oranges, flickering light from candles and fires, and modern sofas that elegantly fill the centre of the lounge.

What do you think to the Tuscan style?

Personalised Vintage Playing Cards gifts plus give away

As my regular readers know, I am not only a little bit obsessed with stationery and note books but also personalised gifts. I have found you another fabulous company Vintage Playing Cards, that offers just that.

Vintage Playing Cards GiftsRecently the lovely team at Vintage Playing Cards got in touch to see if I would like to offer my fabulous readers the chance to win one of their beautiful personalised vintage playing card frames, worth up to £110. Well how could I possibly say no to that amazing prize for one of you?

Vintage Playing Cards started in 2008 when a pack of vintage art deco playing cards was found, however a few of the cards were missing, so instead of throwing them away they were lovingly turned into greeting cards. Before designing frames and an array of other lovely vintage card inspired giftsVintage Playing Cards have an amazing range of gifts and items for the home. Something that really is a little bit different. Perfect not only for wedding presents, but also new babies, birthdays, anniversary and any other occasion you could possibly want to find the perfect present for. I even spotted a dog lead rack that has hooks to hang their leads on, which can be personalised to the names of your dogs. I love these, I would love one to hang by the back door for my Spaniels leads.

Vintage Playing Cards supply items, to some of my favourite shops, Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Oliver Bonus and not forgetting my must visit when in London shop, Liberty.

Win Win Win

Would you like to own your very own Vintage Playing Card frame? Well I have a fabulous competition for you to enter. Not only will you get your choice of frame and personalisation (up to £110) you will also be sent a set of Mr & Mrs bunting.

Don’t worry if you do not win, I have also got a fabulous little discount code for you, just type in CHAMPAGNE at the check out to receive 15% off your order. Why not start thinking about those Christmas gifts now?

 

*Thank you Vintage Playing Cards for kindly offering my readers this wonderful prize. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*