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Further Jam Jar Perfection – Centrepieces

17 Jun

Jam jars seem to be increasingly popular on my blog, so why not continue fulfilling your desires?! This time, I am specifically looking a beautiful ways of using jam jars to create gorgeous centrepieces on your wedding tables. Cheap and cheerful – yes. Expensive and complicated – no. Here we go…

1. Simple is sometimes the best – why not pop a flower or two into the jar. One jar will work well on smaller tables, but you can go for as many as you want – even placing one on each place setting. Be careful not to choose big jars with long stemmed flowers otherwise people won’t be able to speak to those sitting across the table from them!

2. Sweeties – homemade or shop bought, either way they should reflect the theme of your wedding and look utterly delicious! Put enough jars on the table for each guest, and they double up as a wedding favour. That makes the clearing up at the end of the night much easier!

3. Candles. So easy. You can paint the glass any colour, or leave it clear, and you can do all sorts inside the jar, such as fill it with sand, or pebbles for example. You can really get this to match your theme. Be careful with ribbon, you don’t want to set the place alight! Try and get candles that will burn for the entire evening.

4. Fruit – use seasonal fruit to jazz up the tables. Tricky to find images to inspire you, but these, courtesy of Marianne Taylor Photography should be enough to convince you it looks beautiful!

creative Cornwall wedding photography

I hope this helps to inspire you!

Crafty Confetti Made Easy

8 Jun

After my previous post I wanted to offer another quick alternative to DIY confetti – DIFM confetti (‘Do It For Me’ confetti!)

I am a big champion of Etsy, as it brings individuals and small business to a global audience, and really showcases crafty talent at it’s best in a way no other site does. So, if you want the look of homemade confetti, but don’t have the time or patience, let someone else do the hard work for you. Here are my top picks from Etsy…

* Confetti paper hearts by bookishengland

These lovely hearts are cut from old Mills & Boon novels, which is a very romantic touch! This is a seller from Brighton, so postage for UK residents is just 80p (50p for any additional items.) You get approximately 200 hearts per pack, and it costs £5.00Confetti paper hearts

* Personalised paper heart confetti – pure white by mommyholly

Get some lovely heart shaped confetti, this time with your initials printed on each. You get 45 hearts per pack, but get in touch and she says she can make them in any colour, and can make as many as you want. They cost just 91p per pack. As they come from Canada shipping to the UK is £1.97, and 16p for each additional item. Bargain! 

personalized paper heart confetti - pure white

* 1,000 Real Violas, dried wedding flower confetti by pleasanthedges

Breaking away from the heart theme, this is a really beautiful bunch of confetti. The dried violas make a fantastic alternative to the traditional style of confetti, and would work beautifully with a purple themed wedding. The pack costs £93.97, with postage an additional £7.52 

1000 Real Violas, dried wedding flower confetti

* 100 Vintage Atlas and Map Bird Paper Punches by dreamingofpaper

These are lovely little birdies cut out from maps and atlases, and would be great if you and your parter are known for your travels, or are heading on a travelling adventure for your honeymoon. Why not have them thrown over you as you head on your merry way in the evening, with something more traditional for after the service? The pack of 100 costs £1.41. No shipping costs are listed for the UK, but maybe get in touch with the seller and they can sort something out for you

100 Vintage Atlas and Map Bird Paper Punches

* Birdseed Tossing Bags with Hand Sewn on Rustic Tags by KOtwo

Now, this is one of my favourites! It is such a fantastic idea, I don’t know why I have never seen this before! This is not only fun, but feeds the birds and is eco-friendly, as it leaves no mess as all the birds have a delicious meal. If you are after something a little different and alternative, this is definitely they way to go. It costs £62.11 for 50 bags, which will be enough for 100 people as each pouch can be shared between two. Postage to the UK costs £9.60

Birdeseed Tossing Bags with Sewn on Rustic Tags

* 200 Cranberry, Cream & Blueberry Stars Confetti by DanisWeddingPretties

These are cute and, I think, slightly kitsch. They are a lovely alternative to traditional candy coloured confetti. A pack of 200 costs just £1.72, with an additional £1.53 for postage to the UK

200 - Cranberry  Cream & Blueberry Stars Confetti / Embellishments.. America the Beautiful...

Vintage Weddings by Marnie Fogg

2 Jun

‘Vintage Weddings’ is a new book by the Marnie Fogg, exploring inspirational wedding dresses through the ages in the form of a fabulous coffee table book. It is jam-packed with imagery to make you go ‘ooooh’ and ‘aaaah’, and I am sure you will find some inspiration in it for your own special day.

Vintage Weddings

The book is a visual journey through weddings over the past century, not only exploring the style of the dresses, but also the ceremonies, designers and cultural influences. Organised in a clear chronological order it is easy to flick through to find inspiration if you are planning a themed wedding. So if you are inspired by the belle opoque elegance of the Edwardian times, or thirties art deco, you will be able to find nuggets of information, including typical cocktails of the era, that will help you on your wedding planning way!

Marnie Fogg is a media consultant in the fashion industry. She has lectured in Visual Studies and the Culture of Fashion at the University of Nottingham. She also has a Master’s degree in Art and Design Advanced Practice and Theory, and has a large number of books to her name.

‘Vintage Weddings’ is available to buy as hardback directly from the publishers, Carlton Books for £15.00 or from Amazon for £16.25 with free delivery in the UK.

Bunting

1 Jun

Bunting is very traditional, and many of you may be thinking ‘oh no!’, but, believe me, it can look gorgeous and works so well with a handmade wedding theme.

Bunting has been transformed into something kinda kitsch, and is something you can easily make yourself. Or, even better, enlist the help of someone else! If you don’t have the time/energy/patience/sewing skills (delete as appropriate) there are people out there to help! Head on over to Etsy and grab a handmade masterpiece. Here are my top picks:

* JUST MARRIED Vintage Pennant Banner on Kraft Paper by PurplePeonyCouture

By the looks of things I think the item is listed as sold, but get in touch with the designer/maker and they might be able to rustle something up for you

JUST MARRIED Vintage Pennant Banner on Kraft Paper 

* SAMPLE SALE . Love Sweet Love Papel Picado Banners by aymujer

£14.42 for a banner with 9 flags. Beautiful, intricate and delicate. It reminds me of Rob Ryan’s work.

SAMPLE SALE . Love Sweet Love Papel Picado Banners

* MR & MRS Glittered Burlap Banner with Tattoos by funkyshique

£17.55 and measures 4.5 feet. The natural hessian is beautiful and I think would work well for a rustic, country-style wedding.

MR & MRS Glittered Burlap Banner with Tattoos

* Lets Make Love Glitter Burlap Banner by funkyshique

£15.05 for bunting stretching approximately 6 feet. Very light and bright, with a distinct handcrafted appeal.

Lets Make Love Glitter Burlap Banner

* Paper Lace Garland – 10′ by thePathLessTraveled

£5.96 for 10 feet. A bargain!

Paper Lace Garland - 10'

* Mini fabric bunting 6 feet 6″ long in duck egg blue, a mini version of True Romance, only sweeter… by BettyandBarclay

£10.03 for 9 flags stretching 6ft 6in. Very cute and floral, reminding me of Cath Kidston prints.

Mini fabric bunting 6 feet 6" long in duck egg blue, a mini version of True Romance, only sweeter...

Summer 2011 Bridal Style Unwrapped

1 Jun

Wedding season is upon us, with couples up and down the country choosing to tie the knot with a summer wedding (fingers crossed for the sun!).

So, if you are planning to get married this summer and haven’t yet bought that all important wedding dress (or suit!) here are my pick of the top styles to opt for to be the centre of attention:

*POLKA DOTS

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Above: Dress by Christos


 

Polka dots can be used in a subtle way, as illustrated by the gorgeous, dainty dots on the Christos gown. Or, they can be blown up and used to create a more quirky dress, which I think is perfect of a beach wedding.

* GRECIAN GODDESS

Above: Dress by Coast

Above: Dress by Kenneth Pool

Be a Grecian goddess with a gorgeous slinky number. The styles look beautiful on all shapes and sizes, and are especially flattering on larger women and I think look great with a pregnancy bump. The softly draped fabric suits summer weddings perfectly.

* 1930s

Above: Dress by Isabel Zapardiez

Above: Dress by Johanna Johnson

The 1930s was a period of time where bias cut dresses were in abundance. In all honestly, the style of dresses, in the slinkiest of silks, suit svelte women as they cling to the body. If you have a back to be proud of, these styles will be perfect for you, as many 1930s influenced gowns have the low back detail. However, you don’t have to take the style literally, little details can be taken and utilised in more structured fabrics.

* EMBELLISHMENT

Above: Dress by Amanda Wakeley

Above: Dress by Jenny Packham

Embellishment is a great way to transform a plain and simple wedding gown into something more intricate and unique. It can be introduced in a way to suit you and your personality – you may want the embellishment to be isolated to one area, or perhaps you want it to cover the entire dress. These dresses have a lovely bohemian feel about them

* SUITS

armani-suit

Above: Suit by Armani

Above: All-In-One Tuxedo by Alexander McQueen

If you are after something a little less conventional for your wedding day, how about a sharply tailored suit or all-in-one?  A chic suit is timeless and classic, and can be worn after your big day, if you so wish. If you are opting for a suit it is worth shelling out a bit to make sure it is beautifully cut, and tailored to you, that way you know that it will unbelievably flattering.

all hail the jam jar

17 Aug

Cheap chic. Don’t believe me? It really is easily achievable. Get collecting now, the weirder the better. Ask friends, family, neighbours…anyone…to save up their empty jars so you can turn them into a personalised decoration for your special day.

You may have seen in my earlier post how you can use jam jars for cocktails, but here is how they can be used for anything from place names, to wedding favours…

Place setting

Candle holder

Wedding Favours (fill it with gorgeous homemade jam or chutney, and stick on a label with your names and the date of your wedding)

Place names

Serve items from it, e.g. tea bags, sweets etc.

Confetti holder – being such a new and innovative idea (!) I couldn’t find any images of this, but here is an idea of how you can paint the jam jars to match your colour theme, and then fill them with confetti – be it edible rice paper or dried rose petals

Sparkler holder

Vase

Dessert in a jar

Drinking glasses

Who would have thought the humble jam jar would have so many uses?!

farmyard chic

16 Aug

Check out this beautiful reception for a wedding in a farmyard. It may not be the location that pops into your mind straight away when you are planning your wedding, but think ab0ut the beautiful brickwork and timber, as well as great amount of space, you get when you utilise a barn and/or field. Certainly not one to rule out if you are after something rustic.

These images are courtesy of Lloyd Dobbie Photography