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Flowers are used a lot more than people realise in weddings, we don’t just use them for the bouquets but for the center pieces on tables and room decoration too. As we all know there are thousands of different flower you can choose from, but seasons change and so do the flowers that grow within it. Asking your local florist is your first port of call as you need to find out exactly what flowers are present and grown within the season that you are getting married. There’s no point in asking for a flower that grows in the summer for a winter wedding.
Because of the vast amount that you can choose from it may seem a little daunting and a lot of people stick to what they know with flowers such as roses, lilies, hydrangea and tulips. You can start your journey towards flower heaven by answering the question, what colour? It may seem such an obvious thing to say but it is one step to helping you as they do not all come in the same colours, choosing a colour will reduce the number of flowers you can choose from and will be far less daunting to look/sort through. Some ladies like to go for blue flowers as it is “something blue” but should only be chosen if it fits in with the overall look.
Once you have a main flower in mind you need to start thinking about whether you would like extra flowers or foliage to with it. Flowers can be wonderful by their own if they are large but sometimes they need to be broken up with flowers of different colours or with green leaves. You could mix and match all three if you wanted, although be wary of having too many on one bundle as being too busy can cause it to look random or rushed. A neat little idea these days is to add things such as buttons or beads into the design, it makes the pieces look more modern and gives them a cute and homely feel.
At the end of the day it is your wedding and you can have as many or as little flowers as you like, you can even have fake flowers rather than real ones if it suits your budget better or you prefer them. If you are still stuck for inspiration or haven’t the first clue about flowers then have a look at the flower gallery on Hitched for wonderfully unique ideas and designs for wedding flowers that will hopefully help you on your way to flower success.
Your wedding day is often one of the most important and exciting life events you will get to experience. After months or even years of planning, it is the day that you celebrate your love with your partner and commit to spend the rest of your life with them. Weddings are extremely personal events and because of this, many of us will want to make sure that our weddings reflect our personalities, tastes and relationships with significant others. However, with over 200,000 marriages conducted in England and Wales every year, it can be a challenge to come up with ways of making your wedding unique to you and different to the weddings already out there. Virtually every bride and groom wants to ensure their big day is perfect and one that will be remembered by friends and family in years to come; but how can you make your wedding different from other couples?
Add your own personal touch:
Personalisation is the key when looking for ways of making your wedding stand out. The beauty of planning your own event is that you have a huge range of options when it comes to adding your personal touch. Some good ideas include choosing your own wedding march, which can either be played on a church organ or on a CD player. A favourite love song, the song that was playing when you and your partner first met or even the song that didn’t quite make the cut for the first dance are all fantastic options. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to abide by tradition for your wedding and once you have that mentality, the wedding world can truly be your oyster.
Consider making your decorations:
This is a good way of making your wedding unique and also saving money at the same time. Whether you are creative yourself or need to rope in more crafty friends, making your own decorations and accessories is a great way of making sure no one’s wedding is the same as yours. It often only takes a good supply of candles, craft paper and imagination to create beautiful centre pieces, table décor and wedding reception decorations. Have a look online for inspiration as there are a huge range of cheap, easy and stunning ideas out there.
Think about your venue options:
Many people think that church weddings are the only option available when it comes to the big day; however there are a number of other venues worth considering when planning your wedding. Hotels are often a popular choice and may also offer civil ceremonies within the venue, meaning guests need not move between the ceremony and reception. Another good idea is to look at what private clubs in London and elsewhere are available. These are exclusive, beautifully decorated and often come with a dedicated wedding planner and accommodation for guests. Private clubs are a great way of making your day that much more exclusive and unique.
Author – Adam has been writing articles for many years now with great success in many different industry sectors.
I started my first DIY project for the wedding this week. I am making “pew bows” to decorate the edge of each row of chairs along the inside aisle. My inspiration came from this photo I found on The Knot:
Our chairs are pretty much identical to these and I loved the look of these but I wanted something that would be mostly white with just a few pops of color for the pew bows. I am makeing mine using white cardstock with colored buttons in the middles. Each set will use the same five colors but in varying configurations.
Here is the first one I have finished so far – only 11 more to go
For information on how to make the pinwheel flowers, try this tutorial from Wendy Smedley.
Spring is officially here! Where I live, we’ve had a brutally long winter. Our last snow fall was less then two weeks ago!! But today it is sunny and warm – tank top and shorts weather – and I love it! If you’re planning a Spring or Summer wedding, there are some gorgeous wedding favor ideas out there that aren’t expensive and I thought I’d celebrate the beautiful weather by sharing some of my favorite wedding favor ideas with you.
These Love Letter Pillow Boxes are probably my favorite – the love letter flowers are gorgeous! These would really work for any season as well. If you order them without the personalized labels they are .82 – $1.13 per box depending on quantity. With personalized labels, they are $1.30 – $2.06 per box.
Birds are a common theme for Spring – and these bird house favor boxes are adorable! The first set ranges in price from .83 – $2.06 per box depending on quantity and personalization. The second set with the brown roof ranges in price from .93 – $1.50 per box.
If you like the bird-theme, this ceramic bird dish is a very chic, modern way to serve some after dinner sweets and it they are as little as $1.71 each!
Back to the idea of flowers for spring – these watering cans are perfect for a garden or backyard wedding and they range in price from $1.50 – $2.25.
Another chic idea for a garden or backyard wedding – mini picnic baskets! Just add a ribbon in the colors that suit you wedding and it’s the perfect wedding favor box for about $2 per basket!
If candles are your preferred wedding favor – these beeswax candles offer a chic twist to the traditional candle favors that is perfect for spring. The white beeswax candles are $1.33 – $1.73 each and the yellow ones are about $1.77 – $2.22. The great thing about these favors is they come boxed and ready to give – you don’t have to add candy or treats to fill them up!
Spring weddings are right around the corner and lots of brides and grooms are scrambling to come up with easy, trendy and affordable centerpiece ideas for their wedding. Not to worry, there are some great ideas that are all the rage for 2013. And they won’t break the bank. You need to consider your venue, theme and color scheme before deciding on a certain centerpiece, then let your imagination lead the way. Below are some awesome ideas to help you along the way.
Branches and birds: Many couples simply can’t afford flowers for every table, especially if they are having a large wedding. However, this year, birds have become all the rage, and pairing them with inexpensive branches makes for a lovely and delicate looking centerpiece. You can pick your own branches or buy them from a craft store. After that, what you do is up to you. You can leave them on their natural color or spray paint them to match your wedding décor. Put them in an inexpensive glass vase and add your cute birds (which can also be bought at a craft store or online). Most come with easy ways to attach them to things, so don’t worry about that.
Fresh herb bouquet: This is a great way to bring color and aroma to the table. These bright green centerpieces will have a wide-range of textures and shapes, creating a unique center to any table. Farmers’ markets, grocery stores, or even supermarkets carry herbs like oregano, basil, and rosemary. Rosemary is a great anchor herb because it is has a wooded stem… same goes for thyme. A lovely way to arrange an herb centerpiece or bouquet is to use small rustic baskets that can be found at thrift stores, department stores and craft stores. Arrange them the way you see fit and you have a whimsical centerpiece that your guests will love.
Floating flowers: This is an oldie but a goodie. And now floating flower candles come in so many varieties and colors that you can easily do away with flowers altogether and create a lovely centerpiece that goes with the theme of your big day. Shopping online is the easiest way to find the flower candle you want as well as the color. Then, simply choose a blow of your choice, fill with water and place the candles carefully in the container. One thing to note is to make sure you order long burning candles.
My name is Michelle and I enjoy writing about wedding issues, including wedding decor, planning, and shopping for discount Vera Wang, Pronovias, and Amsale wedding gowns online.
One of the decisions I made early in our wedding planning was that I wanted silk flowers for the bouquets. A lot of brides consider the option of silk flowers because they think it will be cheaper. The reality is that a good-quality bouquet is not cheaper – in fact, sometimes it is more expensive then fresh flowers. I wanted silk flowers because I love the idea of having the flowers as a keepsake after the wedding – but I didn’t want to skimp on cheap silk flowers that look fake. I wanted flowers that would look fabulous on my wedding day, in my wedding photos, and afterwards as well.
After doing some research online, I fell in love with the bouquets from Destination Or Not – her style was exactly what I was looking for – and she offered custom design services which was perfect because I had very little idea of what I wanted to do at that point. She works with Real Touch and Natural Touch flowers that look and feel like real flowers but live forever – which is exactly what I want!
Here is what I was able to give her:
- A different colour bouquet for each girl (hot pink, deep purple, bright blue)
- My bouquet needed to incorporate all of those colors as well as lime green for the flower girl
- I also wanted an orange tiger lily in my bouquet because that flower has special meaning to us
- I had no idea what types of flowers I wanted or even what types would work best together. My inspiration came from the photo below but I while I love the colors, I wasn’t sold on the particular flower types.
Photo Source: Greggo Photography
I didn’t exactly make it an easy project for her but she has been wonderful and so helpful! After a few conversations with her, I received this picture in my email today:
This is the hot pink bouquet. The idea is that each of the girl’s bouquets will combine one signature flower (pink phalaenopsis orchids in this case) with calla lilies dyed to match that particular color. Each bouquet’s unique flower will be incorporated into my bouquet so that once they are all done, they will “match”.
I am so excited! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the remaining bouquets. If they are half as gorgeous as this first one, I’ll be thrilled! And of course, I’ll share pictures as they come along.
I just got this in the mail today and I was so excited that I had to share! I have always loved the idea of having the ring bearer carry something other then a pillow. I’ve seen pictures of ring bearers carrying little sports cars, spiderman dolls and all sorts of trinkets. For my fiance and myself, quadding is one of our favourite things to do together in the summer so a little toy quad makes perfect sense.
This quad is a similar style to the one we drive and I love it. At first, I wasn’t sure about the colour because the ring bearer will be wearing a lime green tie and the two greens don’t go well together but the colour is very close to our actual quad. I think I will use a bit of lime green ribbon to tie the rings to the quad to incorporate the colour in but I like that it’s not matchy – I think it will make more of a statement that way and sometimes, it’s okay to have something stand out a bit.
It shows a little of our personality AND it gives our 4 year old ring bearer something to keep him occupied during the ceremony.
I also hope to have our photographer snap some pictures of our rings on the little quad as well – just for fun.
Are you doing anything a little non-traditional for your ring bearer?
Aside from the regular wedding video and the ever popular SDE (Same Day Edit) wedding video, there is the Save the Date video that is slowly gaining in popularity and demand as well.
What is a Save The Date Video
As the name already suggests it’s a Save the Date video. This is a new unique way to let your guests know that you are getting married and to save the date. Instead of sending out Save the Date cards, which has been the tradition, you can let your family and friends know that you are tying the knot and you can do it with a bang! And of course the bang could not get any bigger than doing it through a Save the Date video.
You need not send a copy of the video to your guests via mail. You can upload it on Facebook and just tag your friends or you can send it to them via e-mail.
Keep it Short and Sweet
Your Save the Date video need not be a long video, equivalent to the length of a song; it can only last for a minute but still be very catchy and creative. There are many different ideas on how to shoot your save the date video and the possibilities are endless. You can choose to appear in the video or you can have the props do the talking or you can also opt to star in your own Save the Date video.
This is actually probably your only chance to show your crazy, goofy and quirky side since the wedding videos after would tend to be more serious. So I would suggest that you take this opportunity to go all out crazy and just really have fun with it. A Save the Date video does not have any restrictions or expectations. You can really surprise your family, friends and guests.
Keep The Same Team
It would be ideal for you to have the same Wedding Video team who will also cover your wedding video to work on your Save the Date video. It would really help to see that you and your wedding video team get along and working with them as early as early as the Save the Date video is also a good opportunity to build rapport with your wedding video team so that when the big day comes AKA the wedding day- you are already very comfortable and at ease with your wedding video team.
Your Save the Date video is a good way to show your fun and quirky side to your wedding guests. Just go crazy and have fun.
By Tom Hewett from Octavo Pictures. Tom produces top end UK Wedding Videos to capture your special day.
Congratulations! You’re newly engaged, and the wedding planning has commenced! With a myriad of tasks on your plate, you’ll be looking forward to the easier details to plan: you’ve picked your flowers out already thanks to Pinterest? Great! You found perfect wedding party gifts a month ago on Etsy? Easy. You know exactly the style of invitations you want? Okay, but do you know how you’re going to word the invitation?
It Can’t Be That Hard, Right?
You may think invitations only require picking out cardstock and fonts, but realistically, deciding how to word an invitation can be one of the biggest hurdles you’ll come across while planning.
A wedding can be one of the most important events in a person’s life. Naturally, the bride and groom want their wedding to be an accurate reflection of their relationship; if you’re planning a slightly unconventional wedding, figuring out how to word your invitation may be one of the most frustrating tasks you’ll face. Should your stepparents be included on your invitation? How do you tackle wording an interfaith ceremony? How do you explain destination weddings succinctly?
Every couple will have an idea of what they want to say. Below are some basic guidelines for couples to consider if they want to put a modern twist on their wedding. While these guidelines do incorporate a good amount of common convention in wording, feel free to use them as a jumping off point – or even better, a reference for how to break from convention.
Where To Begin
Start with content. The best place to start is focusing on what you want to say and why you want to say it. Forget about the invitation colors and fonts for now. An invitation’s purpose is to succinctly and accurately explain to the guests the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “where” of the wedding (hopefully they know the “why”!).
Let’s start at the top of the invitation. A traditional invitation usually starts out by naming the bride’s parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Davis request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Davis.
What if the father has died? Unless the bride’s mother has remarried, she’s usually still listed as “Mrs.”
What about divorced parents? Their names are stacked, and given equal space:
Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Davis.
What if Sarah’s parents divorced while she was young, her mother is remarried to Mr. Murphy and her father is in a committed relationship with his partner Mr. Young?
It would be unfair to all parties involved to force the wording in a way that risks offending anyone or minimizing a parent’s relationship just in the name of following convention. At this point, abandoning traditional wording is probably a good idea. However, couples can use conventional wording as a jumping-off point. For example:
Mrs. & Mr. Murphy and Mr. Davis & Mr. Young request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Davis.
Of course, that is just one variation that can be used. Couples should feel free to change the wording so that parental figures are given appropriate recognition.
What if you’ve got the opening wording down, but you’re getting married at your zoo’s sea lion tank? Unconventional venues can raise a lot of important questions: should guests dress to match the location or the occasion? Omitting the dress code could lead to your Uncle Harold showing up in his regular zoo attire (flip flops and shorts) and your college roommate opting for a glitzed-up cocktail dress and stilettos. If you’re getting married on the beach, should guests pack a pair of sandals? Unique venues make ceremonies very memorable, but be sure to explain the formality of the wedding to guests; this ensures that when they show up, they won’t feel out-of-place or embarrassed.
Interfaith weddings also tend to require an explanation on the invitation. Are you planning to do two ceremonies? Should guests know a little bit about the traditions in each faith prior to attending? By clearly communicating what guests should expect, you’ll guarantee that everyone in attendance feels more comfortable. There are a myriad of ways to phrase this on your invitation. One way is:
Sarah Elizabeth Davis and Daniel Levi Stern request the honor of your presence at their interfaith ceremony, combining unique traditions of the Episcopal and Jewish faiths.
The key is neither you nor your partner should force wording that you don’t feel comfortable with. There is no “right” wording that you have to wed yourself to. Almost any combination of phrasing works as long as both faiths are treated with respect. (Just make sure you proofread!)
Nowadays, just mailing an invitation rarely conveys all the information guests will need to prepare for your wedding. Consider including some or all of the suggestions below:
- Maps and Directions – These can save guests the work of plugging multiple addresses into their phones and also lessens the risk that they put the wrong address into their GPS!
- Response cards – A great reminder to guests that, yes, you really do need a head count. Including an addressed envelope and stamp is standard, and helps ensure a more prompt response than if you hadn’t done the work for them.
- Accommodation cards – These are a must whether you’re getting married at an Italian villa or just one town over. This is a great chance to infuse your invitation with a little more personality – besides including information about hotel blocks, mention your favorite restaurants, shops, or destinations. Are you an art fanatic? Throw in some museum recommendations. Did your fiancé make you complete a scavenger hunt prior to the proposal? Consider including the spots you visited and invite your guests to do the same.
- Website – This is a great way to reiterate the dress code or have guests make song requests for the reception. More than likely, someone is going to lose their invitation. Websites help both you and the guests stay organized.
Whatever you do: Please save the “excessively kissy” engagement photos for your private album. I beg you. That’s the first way to ruin a wedding invitation in my book.
Katie McCaskey is a freelance journalist writing for Vistaprint, a leading provider of customized wedding items — such as wedding invitations and save the dates — for couples-to-be all over the world. Katie blogs about wedding and party planning tips, and is the co-owner of a popular party venue is Staunton, Virginia.
You have just been given the honor of being a bridesmaid, and one of the most important duties you have is throwing a bridal party for the happy couple. These parties are meant to be celebrations for the happy couple, and to provide them with the things they will need as they start their lives together. These parties may be planned as a surprise for the bride, or she may be helping you plan the entire thing, but one of the most important aspects is finding the perfect bridal shower invitation.
Bridal shower invitations provide lots of information to potential guests of the party. The invitations should make the theme clear, and let guests know whether the party is girls only or for couples. There are endless choices for bridal shower themes, including spa showers, chocolate themed parties, or just a simple get together for close friends. If the bride is aware of the plans for the party, it is often a good idea to get her input on the theme to ensure she has a great time. Regardless of the theme, there are several things you should keep in mind when creating the invitations.
The details are important for bridal shower invitations, and the following is a checklist of what each invitation should contain:
- The host’s names should be included, as well as a phone number or email address to be used for RSVP’s.
- The theme of the party or the types of gifts that are expected, as well as the name and location of the chosen gift registries are a must to ensure the guests know exactly what to expect and bring for the happy couple.
- The day, month, and time of the shower should be prominent on the invitation, as well as the address of the party and directions if the location is hard to find.
There are important rules of bridal shower invitation etiquette that you should be aware of. The most important of these is to make sure you only send invitations to those who are invited to the wedding, and send the invitations out at least three to four weeks ahead of time to ensure guests have time to shop for gifts and adjust their plans to attend.
Bridal showers are exciting celebrations, and if you follow these guidelines, you can throw a stress free party for the couple’s special day.
Jayme is a wedding consultant and blogger. She occasionally does work for PaperStyle, an excellent online source for bridal shower invitations. She has helped to plan numerous successful weddings, and writes about the important details that might get overlooked.