Blowing Hot and Cold: Tips for all Budgets for Extreme Temperatures at Your Wedding

Happy Summer lovely readers!

It’s been a while since our last post and that can only mean one thing. Well, ok - two things. We’ve been busy planning lovely weddings, but also we didn’t get around to writing anything.

We’ve just finished a whopper of a wedding weekend which just so happened to fall on the hottest day of the year so far. 33 degrees in a literal glass house - yep! And it got us to thinking, weather is one of the (only) things we planners can’t do anything about, but when it comes to extreme hot and cold temperatures on your wedding day, there are a few things you can do to keep you and your guests more comfortable, for all budgets.

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So, if you’re getting more than you bargained for with the sun (I only asked for clear skies, not to sweat my makeup off by 11am!) there are lots of things you can do to try and cool down your guests - some more effective than others, depending on how much you are willing to spend or how much time you’re willing to spend doing it.

FREE: A good old fashioned email out to your guests the week of the wedding with a heads up is the least you can do in this scenario. Especially if they are coming from overseas and will be packing to travel for your wedding. Let them know the deal with the weather and to make sure they bring appropriate clothing, hats, sun cream, fans, anything they can think of to deal with the hot weather of their own accord.

Doing it this way is the easiest and cheapest, but puts the onus on your guests for their own comfort level so depends how you feel about that one!

£: Ask your caterer or venue to set up a hydration station at both the ceremony and reception. Even if it’s jugs of ice tap water with a bit of fruit to make it look good, your guests will appreciate it and it’s a quick, cheap and easy thing to to.

Hire or buy a handful of parasols if your venue doesn’t have a lot of shade. On a super hot day, your guests will all crowd to the shadiest spot so help spread people out by dotting some umbrellas out if you have to be outside.

Set up a few baskets of useful goodies like water misters, sun-cream, a handful of parasols, (bug spray if you’re in the countryside) and deodorant - anything you think might help your guests cope with the heat without having to provide individual items for each guest.

££: This one takes a bit of advance knowledge but consider printing your order of service on thick enough card for guests to fan themselves, or actually design them as paddle fans.

Even if your wedding is a black tie affair, no one will be turning down an ice lolly. Buy a bulk order of popsicles and watch them disappear within minutes (because your guests took them, you understand, not because they melted).

Give a personalised fan to every guest as part of your wedding favours (even if you weren’t planning to do those) so they have something to use while at their tables.

£££: This is the ultimate cool down option but comes at a larger cost. Hiring in fan units will set you back maybe up to £1000 for professional cooling, but they get the job done and make indoor events much more enjoyable.

I SAID “BRRR, IT’S COLD IN HERE”

I know, hard to imagine when we’re basking in the British sunshine right now, but on the other side of the spectrum, we have the classic freezing-your-arse-off weather conditions which can even turn up when you least expect it, not just in what is meant to be Winter.

FREE: Again, a good old email or whatsapp broadcast out to your guests or message on the website to let people know about the possible temperature drop. Ask people to pack layers, warm coats, umbrellas (if the cold is also accompanied by wet) - just to set expectations and not take everything on yourself.

Ask your venues about coat and umbrella checks, and if you need to invest in a larger entrance mat if your venue has wooden or marble flooring to avoid guests slipping in puddles or, God-forbid, melting snow.

Speaking of umbrellas, if rain is forecast - grab yourself and the bridal party large clear dome ones. Trust us, you’ll thank us when you get your photos back.

And obviously, ask the venue to turn up the radiators :)

£: Swap out or add to your drinks offering something that will keep people warm when they arrive at your cocktail hour. A hot cocktail, maybe something with a little whisky, and ask if you can add a tea and coffee service earlier in the day to keep people warm before the ceremony or dinner.

Bulk buy some blankets and make a little display of them to let guests know they can grab one if they get cold at some point in the day, especially useful for older guests.

££: If any element of your wedding is outside, or even if it isn’t, a fire pit always goes down well. Especially if you booked your venue because of the stunning grounds or outdoor element, it would be a shame to keep people cooped up indoors without tempting them outside with FIRE!

A hot chocolate station with all the trimmings is a brilliant idea for post-dinner and always looks amazing.

£££: Big outdoor ‘pub garden’ style heaters are a great idea for warming things up outside, but as with the industrial fans, they come with a bigger price tag.






5 reasons we're excited to open a Scottish office

Later this year one half of Revelry events will be heading north, past her Yorkshire roots to her husband’s home town in Scotland. We’ll make a big song and dance about this when the time comes and we start taking bookings for 2020 but in the meantime, here are just 5 reasons why we’re super excited to be bringing Revelry to Scotland.

The Castles

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Gary Bonar Photography

The Scenery

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Jo Donaldson Photography

The Elopements

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Kitchener Photography

The Language

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Archibald Photography

The Cows*

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*Not necessarily at weddings!

Interview with a wedding planner (or two) part deux

About this time last year we interviewed each other, it was hard hitting journalism at it’s best! You can check it out here.

Another year has gone by and Revelry Events has done even more amazing weddings, got a new office and gained two new additions, neither of which have yet got to grips with a spreadsheet or Pinterest (babies, I’m talking about babies here not terrible staff). Anyhoo, we thought it was time to ramble on about ourselves again.

So Holly, you’ve been a wedding planner since the dinosaurs roamed the earth, what’s your absolute favourite thing about it?

First of all, rude.

I planned my first official wedding in ‘08. Back when Obama was elected president, the first Iron Man movie was in cinemas and Single Ladies was on every radio station Wow. Ok yeah, this seems prehistoric now, I see your point.

My favourite thing is that even though trends have changed and the way weddings look is always different, the feelings and emotions behind them are the same. I love solving problems. Taking the stress and worry a couple have about how on earth they are going to pull this wedding thing off, and having the answers. I love having the answers. And hearing that literal sigh of relief when a couple realises you’ve got this for them.

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And where, venue or location, would you most like to plan a wedding?

SO excited to be ticking off some of the dream wedding locations off the list this year already - Aynhoe Park, Great Fosters, Painted Hall. But still on my list would be somewhere coastal or mountainous with an epic view - like a cliffside hotel in Cornwall or a castle overlooking the Highlands. All about that scenery.

What about celebs, who is on your wish list to get that call from?

I mean, how nuts would Lady Gaga’s wedding be? That’s the dream. Otherwise, it’s a tie between Ellie Goulding and Gina Rodriguez.

Moving away from weddings, let’s go for a quick fire round. Guilty pleasure song?

Right now it’s the Trolls soundtrack. I recently watched it (134 times) with my 3 year old, and she requests the soundtrack on loop when we drive to nursery. And you know what, maybe it’s a case of Stockholm Syndrome or maybe it’s actually that it’s a really good album, but do I always turn it off after I’ve dropped her off? Do I heck.

Currently binging on Netflix?

I’ve just finished You, which was amazing. I’m after a new suggestion to get me through to when the next GOT season drops, otherwise I’ll just restart Gossip Girl again for background noise. Hit me, people!

Currently reading?

I have a bit of a thing for books with something to do with time travel. It’s pretty niche. Like, my all time favourite book is The Time Traveller’s Wife. So right now I’m reading two - The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer, and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. I’m after my next one, suggestions please!

And back to the thinkers, you’re Queen for a day, what do you do?

I would probably ask to see all the secret parts of historical buildings. I just love a bit of history and I’m fascinated by the Royals (which is why I love that we get to work in so many historic and iconic buildings in Greenwich) and I would want to peek behind the curtain a bit. So essentially I’d probably just potter around one of my own houses and find some secret passageways.

What would older you tell younger you if you got the chance?

Growing up I used to feel so much older in my head than I was in reality, always wanting to be a proper grown up doing proper grown up stuff - old before my time. And, fittingly for my career, I planned my life out pretty neatly, many years in advance.

I started my own business right out of university and I got married not long after. At 21 I didn’t want to go to clubbing, backpack around the world or live with five roommates, I wanted to be a wife and a mother with a successful business who had different kinds of adventures. And even though there is nothing wrong with wanting that and I do not regret a single life choice, I will be telling my own daughters to slow it down, not to keep striving for the next milestone, not wish themselves older than they are, and to go with the flow and live in the moment.

What is on your bucket list?

Visiting Japan is high up there, and we’re planning to take a big family trip there next Spring! Two young kids on a 12 hour flight? Wish us luck.

Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Jimmy Fallon, Simon Pegg, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler. Next question.

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Sounds awesome, who doesn’t love the Krunts (as they call themselves). What quote or motto do you try to live by?

Work hard and be nice to people. Or one I saw recently on Instagram that I will now steal - ‘be a fucking pleasure to work with’.

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Susie -  mate - we both grew humans since our last Q&A! High five! How’s that working mama thing going for you?

It’s working out quite nicely. I am very lucky to have a hubby that also works for himself so we can share the childcare more easily. Of course it’s a bit of a juggle sometimes but for the most part I find I’m more productive at work and more present when I’m with my son. Plus I love our new office which makes working without distraction so easy.

When we met four (OMG, four??) years ago, you were getting ready to move out of PR and try your hand at wedding planning. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned since then?

Hmmm, good question. I guess I’ve learnt that my skills are transferable yay! But also a hell of a lot about the wedding industry and what it means to run a business. I think my years in PR and dealing with big brands have given me some good business acumen (as they say in The Apprentice) and I’ve enjoyed being able to put that into practice and learn more along the way.

Also, huge news! You’re heading north of the wall later this year to open up a Revelry Office in Scotland! What are you excited about?

Oh my god I am so excited about this. WINTER IS COMING!!

I cannot wait to make pals with all the amazing suppliers, work in some gorgeous castles, organise Highland elopements and finally try a deep fried mars bar!

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Sick. Which recent celebrity wedding do you wish you could have planned? You know, if they hadn’t lost your number.

Obviously Harry and Megan because I have such a soft spot for them, but Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie’s looked like a Scottish wedding I’d like to get my grubby paws on. Plus Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding looked EPIC!

Aside from old Love Island seasons, what are you watching right now?

I wish Love Island was all year round, I’d be so happy!

We’ve just started the second series of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel which is just brilliant and so funny. I thoroughly recommend.

Agreed! People seem to be doing a lot of this #10yearchallenge on social, is 10 years ago you worth a mention here?

24 year old me was working for a PR company in Camden, drinking in the Hawley Arms and blagging my way into as many freebie events via work as I could (claim to fame is seeing Usher’s soundcheck, he is tiny!). Basically I was poor because just out of Uni wages were shocking, but I was happy and usually drunk.

34 year old me drinks tea, listens to Heart FM and searches Pinterest for good looking kitchens.

Which phrase or word do you find yourself saying most?

To my son “Where are you off to now mate?” He’s just started crawling, he is EVERYWHERE!

To my husband “No, you can’t have chorizo on this” . We’re trying to do the planet a solid and eat a more plant based diet.

What do you love most (and will miss most) about living in London?

You and my other pals obviously, but I’ll also just miss London being London. It’s been my home for 12 years and I still get a buzz when I walk over the Thames. It’s such a special city that absolutely has my heart. I will be very sad to say goodbye.

I also went to the Grant Museum of Zoology the other day and saw a jar of moles, an actual jar of moles. It’s little treasures like that which make London what it is.

What would be your dream trip, if money was no object?

The moon! I want to see the Earth from space. I also really want to go to Pig Beach in the Bahamas where you can swim with wild pigs in the sea. Rumour has it that they were dropped off on the island by sailors who planned to come back and eat them for dinner, the sailors never returned and the pigs bred.

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That is honestly one of the most interesting things I’ve heard, ever. Best thing about being a wedding planner?

Organising, organising, organising. I love lists, spreadsheets, bullet points, anything orderly. I also love working with a client through the whole planning process and their face when they first walk into the room and see how amazing it looks.

Favourite trend from our predictions for 2019?

I really like the colour of the year, living coral, I was not keen on 2018’s colour ultra violet. I also like the move to more natural materials, in fact I’ve got a wedding in Oct using stoneware crockery so they’re very on trend. I do miss Llamas though I’d like it if we saw more llamas in 2019, to be honest I’d like it if we saw more llamas every year.

Thanks for reading!

Holly & Susie

Fictional Follies | Jane Villanueva and Rafael Solano

Anyone as obsessed with Jane the Virgin as we are over here? We came to the party super late, but thank God for Netflix - friend of the binge-watcher. So when we were thinking about our next Fictional Follies, there was no other option.

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We're fictionally joining these gorgeous co-parents in matrimony, because finally. Sorry Michael fans, but it's time to move on (no spoilers here, but dang).

So what does a Villaneuva/Solano wedding look like?

Well, we know what both of their first weddings looked like. For Jane and Michael, a traditional Catholic ceremony with a homely reception. For Raf and Petra, we saw glimpses of an over the top luxe day with all the trimmings.

So we're expecting somewhere in between for these guys - they know each other well enough now to do away with anything that isn't important to them. Shrug off the pretences and do something that is totally and utterly them.

 

For Jane's bridal look, we're hoping for something a little sexier and more relaxed than her first time around. We're thinking something to show off her toned upper bod of late, with something like these Gali Karten or Berta gowns.

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When it comes to bridal hair and beauty, we're liking the idea of a playful floral crown with bright pops of colours - also harking back to her Mexican and Venezuelan heratige. Cropped, loose waves for a relaxed look, but with a sexy smoky eye and maybe a bold lip.

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For setting, we're thinking a beach ceremony and alfresco intimate dinner, with colours influenced by the super stylish Marbella Hotel - vibrant peach and pale turquoise is perfect.

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Food and drink inspired by their multicultural backgrounds - including Raf's mysterious Italian heritage, plenty of wine, sharing platters and, of course, grilled cheese for the evening snack (1/3 white cheddar, 1/3 yellow cheddar, 1/3 grated American cheese) - the meal Jane served Rafael when they first met.

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For more Raf and Jane inspo and credits, check out our Pinterest board for them! Enjoy!

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8 things to ask your wedding venue

There is no universal way that venues give you information so sometimes you need to ask some specific questions to get to the bottom of what's on offer and what's allowed to help you make an informed decision so you don't come unstuck during the planning process.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

1. What is included in the price of the venue?

All venues are different, some quote on a dry hire basis meaning you just get the space, others throw furniture in as well. Some venues create a package including food and drink. Find out exactly what is included? And what you can negotiate on if you don't want it all.

2. Is VAT included?

More often than not a venue will quote for their hire charge and conveniently leave the VAT off. The first you know about it is when the invoice turns up. It's always worth checking so you can factor the whole cost into your budget.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

3. Do you have to pay to use a supplier who isn't on their list?

Often venues will have preferred/accredited and recommended supplier lists. Recommended is just that, and you can take it or leave it, but preferred/accredited generally means you have to use someone off that list. If you've got your heart set on a particular caterer or cuisine its worth finding out if you can use them instead and if so will the venue charge you?

4. What are the venue's restrictions e.g. can you have naked flame or do candles have to be battery operated? Can you have red wine and potentially staining food? Can you have confetti etc...

Ask if they have any restrictions that you should be aware of. Chances are none of these will be deal breakers, but if you have got a romantic looking candle filled room in your head it saves a lot of heart ache and stress to know from the outset if that's possible or not.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

Revelry Events, image courtesy of Xander and Thea

5. Can you store things overnight or does everything have to be removed that evening?

If you've gone for a dry hire venue and you're bringing in your own furniture, bars, etc... definitely find out when they need to be collected. Some companies charge more to collect at 1am than if they were to come back during normal offices hours. Also try and find out about storing wedding gifts and cards or anything you're bringing in. if everything has to be off site you may need to nominate a friend or family member to take these with them at the end of the night.

6. What's the wet weather option?

If being outside is a selling point for the venue be sure to find out what happens if it rains (we are in the UK after all). Make sure you're happy with the wet weather option because the one thing you can't control is the weather.

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

Revelry Events, image courtesy of We Heart Pictures

7. Can you extend the curfew?

Most wedding venues finish at midnight, sometimes earlier, but you can often extend this via the venue with a small payment to the council. So if you want to go on until 1am or possibly later, find out if the venue can accommodate this and what the additional charge is.

8. Are there any changes to the venue planned before your wedding day e.g. maintenance works, changes to general public access etc...? 

Make sure you ask as it won't always be revealed. If there are plans, find out when any works are likely to finish and how soon that is to your wedding day. These things have a habit of running over and if its going to disrupt or be an inconvenience to you there may be some negotiation to be done.

Our Favourite Colours for Spring Weddings

Yes we know, it stops raining for - like - a minute and we're already mentally out of Winter and into the Spring. But we can't help ourselves, and we're dreaming up some beautiful designs for some of our 2019 Spring couples! Here are just a few of our faves right now.

DUSTY BLUE + BLUSH

An incredibly versatile colour palette that just works wonders in the Spring. It's relaxed, it's romantic, it's an easy one to achieve. And how to die for is this blue dress?

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Pale Grey + Dark Green

For the minimalist in you - a subtle palette of shades and dark green foliage. A total dream and perfect for anything from a London warehouse to a French chateau. Jazz it up with a metallic like copper, gold or rose gold for a bit of glam.

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Yellow, Lavender + Grey

Could this look any more fresh AF? It's such an eye-catching colour palette and you can go as subtle or over the top as you like with how much yellow you include in this, using it as a base or just in a few pops.

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8 unique London wedding venues that make you want to say I do

Engagement season is on upon us again, and with all the newly betrothed couples from Christmas and New Year making a start on their wedding planning we thought we could lend a hand with some amazing wedding venues you might otherwise miss.

1. Victorian Bath House

This quirky venue is hidden in plain sight in the city of London. Descend the stairs and uncover  opulent Victorian decor like you've never seen before. It doesn't have a license to perform ceremonies but has the wow factor for a reception and can hold up to 150 people. http://www.victorianbathhouse.co.uk/

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2. Hackney Round Chapel

The Round Chapel is a total dry hire, perfect if you want to put your own spin on the place. Oozing old school grandeur, this Grade II listed chapel opened in 1871. You'll be blown away by it's unique architecture and unusual shape. http://www.roundchapel.org/

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3. Union Club

Tucked away in Soho lives a private members club full of charm, history, great food and amazing staff. Perfect for smaller weddings of up to 60 guests, you can take over the entire club as if it were your own home. http://www.unionclub.co.uk/

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4. Cutty Sark

Looking to capture a bit of history on your wedding day, then try the last remaining tea clipper as a venue. The iconic Cutty Sark, nestled in Greenwich, is the only place in the world where you can entertain beneath the shining hull of a ship. http://www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark

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5. jj Wimborne

Airy bright studios with tons of character situated in the impossibly cool Hackney with a roof top that overlooks London. Sounds like a great place to get hitched to us.  https://jjmedia.com/weddings

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6. Secret River Garden

Imagine a hidden woodland where the river Thames meets Twickenham. So secret they only do four weddings a year. It's not licensed but you can have a blessing between the apple trees and feel like you're in the hidden countryside when you're in fact 20 minutes from Waterloo.  https://www.facebook.com/secretrivergarden/

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7. Ravens Ait Island

Another Thames wedding spot, but this time on your very own island. Situated on the river at Kingston with beautiful views of the Thames and Hampton Court, you'll feel like you're in your own world at this exclusive venue. http://ravensait.co.uk/

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8. The Ned

The recently opened Ned Hotel is in the heart of London.  The historic building, designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens almost a century ago, has been carefully restored, retaining many original period features, including walnut panelling and vintage chandeliers, as well as ample arched windows to allow for plenty of natural light. See if you can sneak a peak at the members bar down in the bank vault as well. https://www.thened.com/

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Little Black Book | Doris Loves

It's safe to say that we love Doris Loves! These folks have some of the most fun and unique pieces for you to hire for your wedding, everything from light up letters to a temporary tattoo station. In fact we love them so much they were one of our exhibitors at our very own Unruly Wedding Show, so we thought it was about high time we sat down with them for a chat.

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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DORIS LOVES AND WHAT YOU DO?

Doris Loves started in 2012 after the founder Amanda’s own wedding. During her wedding planning Amanda wrote numerous posts on a national wedding blog which led to much exposure and a lot of requests from other brides wishing to hire items from her big day. Doris Loves began. Since then it has grown and grown and I took over a year ago where DL has evolved again.  

Doris Loves has a whole host of goodies to hire! A unique and quirky Temporary Tattoo station with a large range of in house designed temporary tattoos, we even have a boxed DIY version to purchase.  We have a spectacular range of 4 ft high battery powered Light up Letters and Numbers - over 150!   And a few bold neons to carry on with the light theme.  

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WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT TO OTHER WEDDING HIRE COMPANIES?

All of our light up letters are hand made and made of wood plus they are battery operated.  It means that they can go outside too. We are in the process of converting all our lights to rechargeable batteries which will almost double the length that they will last for (50 hours). Venues like them because there are no wires - health and safety! The lights we use are very different, much smaller but there are more of them which makes the letters more defined.

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LIGHT UP LETTERS HAVE BEEN SUCH A HUGE TREND IN WEDDINGS, WHAT IS IT ABOUT THEM THAT PEOPLE LIKE?

If there is anytime to have your name in lights  it has to be your wedding! They look great in photos, they add another dimension to a room, they can guide your guests to a certain area (like dance floor) and they can also create a great talking point.  The variety that you can have - whether its your initials, your surname, LOVE  or DANCE means that your imagination is your only limit.

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WHAT OTHER EXCITING ITEMS DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE THAT YOU THINK WILL BE THE NEWEST AND NEXT IN WEDDINGS?

Neons, Neons and more Neons! We got our first set of neon lights early in 2017 and I love them so much I just want them in my living room - Seriously though we have a number of neon lights now - all unique to us.  Our temporary tattoos seem to be more popular than ever and we have a number of new tattoos coming too.  

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING INVOLVED IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?

The people - brides and grooms, suppliers - its such a friendly industry.  I think this was what surprised me most. Having worked in a completely different industry for 15 years it was such a pleasant surprise! 

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Little Black Book | White Cottage Weddings

You guys, it's been a hot minute since the last time we gushed about a wedding supplier in this series. What better way to kick off a new year of supplier interviews with none other than one of our favourite creative stationers - badass husband and wife team White Cottage Weddings!

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Guys! How are you? Can we just pretend we don't know and love you for a second and ask you who you are and what you do?

Oh hey ladies! We are Toby and Kelly, husband and wife and the team behind White Cottage. We're wedding stationers, based in Northamptonshire, but work with guys and gals all over the world.

If you had to describe your style and design in three words, what would they be?

WELL. BAD. ASS. Ha, ok maybe unique, illustrative, rad.

What's it like working creatively with your spouse?

Kelly: Toby's my lobster. As much as it pains me to publicly declare it (because of my badassness), he's my best friend and the most brilliant man I know. So spending all our time together is pretty cool. The worst part of our job is hitting the creative wall, so being able to bounce ideas and work in progress between us makes things so much easier. I handle the concepts and the majority of the design work and Toby does the tricky illustrations and tech stuff.
Toby: Yes, I am the assistant. I'm the Chewbacca to Kelly's Han Solo. Im basically Kelly's wookie :D

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What has been your most ambitious design or brief to date?

A couple of years ago we had the pleasure of working with a glorious couple that found us on the internet and loved what we did. They were getting married at the Hôtel de Glace in Québec City, a super cool (in all senses of the word!) chapel built from snow and ice. They wanted the design to be fun and to include illustrations of the ice chapel and their dogs, but other than that, they told us to do whatever we wanted. I'm not going to lie, I felt the pressure. A combo of an open brief and the expectation that we would produce something not only personal that looked cool, but was funny too? Hilarious on demand is DIFFICULT. Long story short, after a lot of tantrums, tea drinking and pondering, everything came together and we produced one of favourite ever designs. We learned a lot from that job in terms of our style, how to handle enquiries and realistic expectation of how a design can take. That stationery totally catapulted our portfolio too and without it, we might not have received some of the early interest we did in our little business. For all it's difficulties, we're so thankful we got that gig.

Where do you get your ideas?

Kelly: Our couples are our biggest inspiration. I always try to meet face to face whenever possible, whether that be at wedding shows and events or for sit down consultations. We are people people (is that a phrase? :) and so getting to know our customers helps us to create something truly meaningful and representative. Beyond that, I honestly don't know! I never entirely know what a custom design will look like until I get to it and then it just kind of happens. I am more than aware how douchey that sounds by the way :D I try to be flexible throughout the design process. I've found that you can't force a design and if you're too regimented with how you want a piece to look, if you hit a problem, it's usually complete redo time.
Toby: Ask her about the Napoleonic fort design that made her sit in under her desk and threaten to go back to teaching.
Kelly: I couldn't make the bloody whale work, it was really difficult!

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Who would be your ideal client for wedding stationery (real or fictional, we don't mind!)?

Kelly: Oh blimey, tricky. If you'd have asked us what sort of stationery we'd like to design before we got in to our groove, I'd have probably said moody stuff. Toby and I are lifelong geeky goths at heart (albeit nowadays hidden under warm toned skin and casual knitwear :) so to get our teeth in to something dark and melancholy would be interesting. Maybe Morrissey's wedding? Although, it's unlikely that Morrissey would ever find anyone worthy of Morrissey's hand, so maybe Morrissey marrying himself? Having said that I'm a total sucker for an American style rustic, woodsy design so maybe Jack and Ennis from Brokeback Mountain? Spoiler alert, but OH SO SAD.
Toby: Kate Bush.
Kelly: And who?
Toby: *shrugs*
Kelly: He loves Kate Bush. Ok, I'm hitting my stride now... Carrie and Quinn from Homeland. I'm thinking bold typography, clean layers, lots of them and foil. Lots of that too.
Toby: How about Frank and Karen from Punisher, or Kylo-Ren and Rey?!
Kelly: I think we're getting a bit carried away with this one...

What do you wish couples knew better about what you do?

It would helpful, sometimes if customers understood the time (and associated cost) that goes in to the concept, creation and production of great wedding stationery. The very large majority of the people that we meet that go on to order with us appreciate all of this entirely. However, every now and then we wished that some folk could see the hours that turn in to days, long nights and entire weeks that are spent creating even one item of stationery. There are a small amount of people on the planet that think we pull stationery out of our magical art arses. Unfortunately, we do not have magic arses. I don't want to end this question on a moan though, so thankfully we rarely have to deal with this issue any more.

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What do couples always forget when it comes to wedding stationery?

Kelly: Couples can sometimes forget that it is their wedding stationery and their wedding. Pleasing family members and consideration of complex social situations within their stationery is so difficult to see and I really feel for those people that end up settling for things that they wouldn't naturally choose, to suit others. I think, as a basic rule that you should opt to go with whatever you can happily live with. Compromise to suit others might end up being the best option for you, but if you think that settling might be one of those things that you'll go on to regret, stand by your principles and own your wedding along with all of the creative decisions.
Toby: Couples can also forget that the weddings as a whole are pretty disposable and stationery is one of the few things you can keep forever. It's not something you want to look back on and hate and 100% worth your time, attention and investment.

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What are your top tips for couples putting together their ideas for stationery?

It can be tempting to put together a Pinterest board for stationery and fill it entirely with examples of stationery that you like. We often see boards that end up with a hundred different designs, most with conflicting styles and for a designer, we end up with a bit of a needle in a haystack situation. What's much more worthwhile, is putting together a board that represents the whole wedding and maybe a couple of stationery examples to indicate specifics. The style of font you prefer, or the format of a table plan for example. Stationery is the thing the runs right from the very start of your wedding planning (save the dates, invitations), through the day itself (table plans, place settings and order of services to name but a few items) and beyond (thank you cards, favours), so understanding what you have planned for the entire day is really useful for your designer.

Kelly: I can waffle a bit, so I should probably let you go now. Final thought though, don’t be afraid to shop ‘off the shelf’ and explore independent design studios. There are so many good ones out there. Happy stationery shopping!
Toby: But you should probs check us out first :D

Fictional Follies | Wonder Woman + Steve Trevor

We've been wanting to do this particular fictional folly since we saw Wonder Women in summer and we came out of the cinema feeling all empowered that we could take over the world. Great film, great message, amazing role model and the objectification of Chris Pine, what more could you want! 

Diana Prince and Steve Trevor this is your wedding...

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Of course the obvious setting is the island of Themyscira, where Diana grew up and where she first met Steve Trevor. This relaxed beach wedding will have a neutral and cool colour palette with copper, gold and teal taking centre stage to reflect the colours of the Themyscira army and the water surrounding the island.

Diana will be armour less for once and opt for a sheer gown with an intricate bodice, handmaid by the women of Themyscira. Steve will be casual in the lightest of blue suits.

A copper arch decorated with the natural greenery from the island marks the spot where the couple say their vows.

Courtesy of Erin Trimble Photography

Courtesy of Erin Trimble Photography

The beachside dinner tables use copper and teal crockery and glassware. Centrepieces are handpicked wild flowers and greenery, and as the sun goes down, the tables are lit by candles in copper lanterns. Diana and Steve sit at their own mermaid sequinned sweetheart table enjoying a private moment.

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Courtesy of George Pahountis

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Before the evening ends the couple cut a perfectly designed cake and disappear into the romantic night, safe in the knowledge that for now, the world doesn't need saving.

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Wedding Tablescapes 101

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Your wedding table is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you start thinking about what your wedding will actually look like. It's when your guests really get to be up close and personal (and sometimes even interactive) with your chosen design.

But, in our experience, we've seen couples tie themselves into knots trying to figure it out, get a little bit overwhelmed overthinking it or, worse, not thinking enough about it.

Planning your wedding tables falls into two different categories - design and logistics. Let's kick off with the latter.


What do you actually need on the table?

The answer to this will differ according to what style of dining you're going for.

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Images via Brunch at Saks

Images via Brunch at Saks

If you're having a plated meal across a number of courses, the formal option is likely where you're headed. For more relaxed, perhaps family-style sharing platters or a buffet you might have something closer to the informal diagram.

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It's really important not to underestimate how much room each guest will need at the table, so avoid packing people in at tables. If you're having a formal dinner for example, take the maximum number of people you could fit at each table and take away one - eg. a 5.5ft round table can seat between 9 and 11 people, so don't try to fit more than 10 if your dining is more formal.

Don't forget the extras

This is all, of course, what each individual needs at the table. But lots of couples forget to plan room for the shared items like salt and pepper, menus, table names/numbers, bottles of wine and water - and that's before you even get to the centrepieces!

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If you're having sharing platters, you'll have less room to play with for centrepieces so be aware that you'll have to opt for something minimal with a big impact like some gorgeous, statement candles in between plates or a foliage runner that plates can be laid on.

Decorations

A dynamic tablescape comes about with a number of factors:

Colour and texture - standard plain, white linens do not a great tablescape make. Add a colour or even a pattern to one or both tablecloths and napkins. Contrasting colours look beautiful, or even hues of one colour family. Layer different colours and textures together - such as an antique paper scroll place name on a clean, crisp napkin. Or a sprig of foliage against a gold charger plate.

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Upgrades - if budget allows, you can add in design touches by upgrading your cutlery to something a little more special (maybe copper or gold) and ordering in charger plates that work for your overall design.

Rule of three - grouping your tabletop decor into three is just plain pleasing to the eye, it's science. Clusters of votive candles or individual vases on a table looks gorgeous and creates a dynamic look super easily.

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best wedding planner london

Varying heights - similar to the rule of three, creating various heights with your decor and centrepieces goes a long way. Perhaps it's a row of flower arrangements on a long trestle at different heights, or tall taper candles standing out against a low foliage runner. Just make sure the heights aren't so high your guests can't see each other!

Personality

Don't be afraid to add a few miscellaneous items to the table by way of decor, if you have the space. Perhaps something that ties into the table's name, or that hints at your combined hobbies and who you are as a couple. 

And speaking of personal, don't be afraid to get creative with your place names either - there are some fantastic and beautiful design options that mean your guests will be over the moon to take their little name token home with them as a keepsake of your day.

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Find more table setting inspiration and image credits over on our Pinterest board!

8 things you've forgotten to put in your wedding budget

Well done for creating a wedding budget, that is a sure fire way to keep your spending in check, but we bet there are a bunch of items you haven't even considered, right? We suggest including a miscellaneous line when you make your budget which will cover all these extra unknown or forgotten payments. Here are the 8 usual suspects that miss the wedding budget cut.

Image courtesy of Image by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

Image courtesy of Image by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

Registrar 

You're getting married right? It's amazing the number of couples who forget that they have to pay to get married to cover the cost of a registrar and the paperwork involved. It varies depending on where you live but make sure you factor this cost in to your overall budget.

Postage

All those invitations you've had beautifully designed aren't just going to walk to their recipients. You need to get them stamped and sent. Sending 100 + invitations first class adds up so consider a second class stamp but do include it in your budget or you could be in for an expensive surprise. 

Beauty treatments

Pre-wedding beauty treatments should be factored in unless you've agreed they'll come from another budget. You want to look your best on the day and that can include everything from a manicure to waxing or even a massage to rub away those last minute stresses. 

Sustenance

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Weddings are long days and chances are you won't eat much of the meal you've so lovingly picked out for your guests but that doesn't mean you should go hungry. Now a full English might be out of the question but make sure you put something in your stomach before you get ready. The same goes for your bridal party, you don't want them passing out from hunger halfway up the aisle!

Feeding suppliers

Speaking of food, always remember to include supplier meals in your overall catering numbers. These will be at a lower cost but its important to feed the people that are working during the day as they don't have the opportunity to go and get something themselves, so unless you've otherwise agreed for them to bring a packed lunch factor in the cost of feeding your suppliers. 

Accommodation 

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Where are you staying the night before and after your wedding? If it's not your own home you need to allocate some money to cover this or include it in your honeymoon budget. Most hotels will offer something special for newlyweds so take advantage of any upgrades that come your way.

Thank you gifts

Chances are you didn't get to this day without some help, whether its a monetary contribution, practical help or emotional support, now's your chance to say thank you to your nearest and dearest. You don't have to do this on your wedding day but a present shortly after will be appreciated by your bridal party and/or close family.

Wedding dress cleaning and storage 

Once the wedding is over and your tan from your honeymoon is fading fast its time to think about what you want to do with your dress. Whether you plan to keep it, sell it or donate it you still need to get it professionally cleaned. If you're keeping the dress it's also worth investing in a suitable box to store it in.

Fictional Follies | Kat Stratford + Patrick Verona

Just when we thought we had run out of a truly original fictional couple worthy of this series, we remember one of the most iconic films of the noughties for our generation and modern Shakespeare retelling - 10 Things I Hate About You.

More specifically, the teenage anti-romance of Kat Stratford and Patrick Verona.

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And what if these crazy kids decided to get married? Well we know it wouldn't be right away. They would probably live together for 10 years and deem marriage 'too conventional', before ultimately deciding to do it anyway. Because deep down they are more traditional than they would like to think. But also, party.

So what would a Stratford-Verona wedding look like? For one, we know it wouldn't look like everyone else's. Which makes moodboarding based on other people's photos a bit moot, but let's try anyway.

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Let's start with the dress. We think Kat would go for something a little edgier, something people wouldn't necessarily expect (unless they knew her well). We're thinking detailed separates if she's going mildly unconventional, or a bold colour of she's really feeling it. Black details are in anyway for 2018, but don't tell her. Either way, she'll want to be comfortable but also make a statement.

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She won't be the kind of bride who wants a fancy hairdo either, opting to probably neaten up her long blonde waves with a few casual plaits. And when it comes to accessories, we can imagine one of these badass leather jackets (probably artificial, because she cares) would make a great wedding gift from Patrick.

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Kat and Patrick aren't going to be going for anything they would deem a classic 'wedding venue'. We're seeing them in their favourite restaurant, an urban warehouse space with moody lighting and minimal decor.

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Food will be nothing fancy either, but crowd-pleasing nonetheless. Pizza, donuts and booze courtesy of the newlyweds!

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And for the other little details, we're seeing a nod to the literary influences in their lives with some of these written quotes dotted around the space - even if it borders on the romantic. Is it too much to ask that the title of their vows is 10 Things I Love About You? Yes, possibly.

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And you just KNOW that their first dance will be a surprise performance from Patrick himself - three guesses for the song choice...

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Autumn Wedding Colour Ideas

Ah, our favourite season. Autumn opens up a whole new colour palette to couples getting married off-peak. From the obvious contenders of oranges and reds to the more subtle nods to the time of year with copper tones and nude (easy...) palettes.

Here's our pick for our favourite 2018 Autumn wedding colour combos!

MOODY RED + PINK

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wedding colour colors fall autumn red

A moody take on an often more Spring-like colour palette. Team with metallics and rustic Autumn details like wood slices and a ton of trailing foliage to complete the look.

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COPPER + CRISP WHITE

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autumn fall wedding color colour

A clean and modern take on the season, but still evoking quite a warm and welcoming mood for a cosy Autumn wedding.   

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autumn fall wedding color colour

PLAYFUL BLUE, ORANGE + GREY

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autumn fall wedding color colour

A nod to seasonal orange, teamed with shades of blue and grey - it's a fun palette with a touch of playfulness.

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autumn fall wedding color colour

AMETHYST, LILAC + GOLD

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A refreshing colour for the time of year, without veering into the typical Halloween-like bright purple.

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More inspo and credits over on our Pinterest board!

 

The Unruly Wedding Show: What went down!

The Unruly Wedding Show took place in Hackney on Sunday 29th October 

Our modern rulebook-free take on wedding shows got off to a bang (literally) with Prosecco and donuts for the first 50 guests through the door, and from then on it was a jam packed day of workshops, demos, surprise entertainment and suppliers.

We absolutely loved creating the show and putting on a day for nearlyweds that was interactive and fun with a real laid back vibe. We think pictures speak a thousand words so here is a snippet of how the day took shape.

If you're interested in being a 2018 supplier or want to go on the mailing list for 2018 tickets you can email us at hello@jointherevelry.com or pop over to our Unruly page and enter your details in our contact form.

 

 

Wedmin brides always leave to the last minute

No matter how ultra-prepared you may have been for the year or so until now you’ve been planning your wedding (you’re the queen of spreadsheets and everyone knows it), in our experience there are always just a handful of tasks brides and grooms are always leaving until the last minute. Avoid eleventh-hour stress by tackling this wedmin checklist at least a few weeks before, so you can enjoy your final exciting weeks!

Cue it Up

This is the time to really go through your timeline with a fine tooth comb and make sure you have every key timing covered and that everyone knows what their signals will be. From asking one of your bridesmaids to text the venue manager when you are pulling up in the car, to knowing what the cues will be for speeches and who is introducing who, asking someone to coordinate the confetti moment, and more. People will always need a bit of shepherding, so make sure you delegate to the right people to make sure everything runs smoothly and without awkward silences where no one knows what they are meant to be doing next!

Get the Digits

Now this is something that we usually handle on a couple’s behalf, but if you don’t have a planner or a super-organised, Monica Gellar-Bing-esque maid of honour to delegate to on the day, make sure everyone has all the important numbers for on the day. That includes all your suppliers having contact numbers for the venue, the venue having contact numbers for one of your bridesmaids (see aforementioned ‘signal system’!), and your bridal party all having each other’s numbers.

Don’t forget to keep a note of your transport companies too, a number for the drivers you have booked to get you and your bridal party from your prep location to the ceremony. Plus a local cab company number - just in case!

Numbers Game

Don’t forget to update your caterer with the final headcount - inevitably people change their plans last minute, and you end up adding new guests on (cousin Pete can make it after all, brilliant), taking some guests off (a uni pals ill-timed skiing injury, well done Katy) and new allergies/intolerances suddenly crop up. Make sure you give your caterer the final numbers and seating chart at least a few weeks before as not only will they need to order the right amounts, but it will also affect your final bill.

On the Day Stationery

We’d hope by the two week mark you’d have sorted out the majority of your on-the-day stationery like table numbers, place cards and a table plan (though we’ve learned never to assume anything) but little things like guest books, pens, menus, orders of service - some of these bits get forgotten until the last minute.

It’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your wedding invitations for your photographer to shoot it. You spent a lot of time, energy and budget on those invites, it’s nice to get a few professional shots of it along with everything else!

Getting Your Shots In

Make a list of must-have shots to give to your photographer - that includes groups you want photographed, details you want captured, key moments you have lined up. If you have a surprise musical performance planned or an outfit change mid-evening - let your photographer know otherwise she might miss it!

Always make sure you let your photographer and videographer know about any possible awkward family situations - any divorced parents, new partners, siblings who aren’t speaking, etc. We’ve heard many a horror story about parents who have kicked off because the photographer asked them to pose with an ex, and put a damper on the whole afternoon!

Musical Numbers

One thing that couples always forget to do is have a few playlists lined up for background music. Whether it’s for the time pre-ceremony as guests file in and take their seats, during dinner or in between band sets, have a few playlists up your sleeve and ensure you have designated someone to be in charge of cuing it up.

Honeymoon Planning

Oh yeah, that holiday you’ve got planned as a reward for all your hard work getting married! You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget about prep for your honeymoon as you enter the final weeks of wedding prep. Start packing a bag, order your currency and buy your travel insurance!

A Little Thank You

Some couples choose to buy gifts for parents and bridal party members to hand out during the speeches or on the morning of the wedding. Make sure you order anything in good time, especially if you want to ask your florist to add on a few bouquets for mums. Oh darling you shouldn’t have!

The Aftermath

Even if you’ve registered for gifts, rest assured there will always be a few rebel guests who wrap something up as a little surprise to leave on the gift table (spoiler alert, it’s usually champagne or a photo frame). Ask your venue ahead of time whether there is anywhere you can leave important items overnight, or until the Monday. If not, ask a friend or family member to take things with them at the end of the night.

Don’t forget about any decor you have at the location too - don’t assume your venue will keep everything just in case, let them know what they can throw away and what you’ll be coming back for later.

Most importantly, if you’re getting legally wed on the day, don’t lose that marriage certificate! You would be shocked at how many couples come thisclose to the it ending up in a bin bag at the end of the night along with paper rubbish because they didn’t ask someone to look after it. Nightmare!

Photo credits: Christopher Ian Photography, Maryanne Weddings and Ben Moore Wedding Photography

 

Wedding Ideas: Nude + Natural

Get your mind out of the gutter, we're talking about nude and neutral colour palettes. Calm yourself.

Oh yes, everything from Kylie Jenner's Lip Kit palette to the latest Yeezy season colours (wow, are all my references Kardashian related?), everything is coming up earth tones.

Blush, taupe, biscuit, buff, nude, eggshell (yes these are real colour names). Neutral colours are next season's biggest colour trend.

As with the crisp white Scandi looks of this and last year's weddings, nude palettes pop best with lush greens, natural textures like wood, and soft textiles like organza or velvet. It's got both a luxe and an earthy, natural feel which makes it work whether you're in a luxury ballroom or a tent in the wilderness.

Have a look at some of our nude pics. *cough* I mean nude inspired colours for weddings...

For credits and more inspo go to our Pinterest board for Nude + Neutral wedding colours!

DIY don'ts - why it's worth paying a professional

There are lots of talented vloggers and bloggers with wedding DIY tutorials which are both informative and inspiring, however what they create isn't always achievable, it's not always as cheap as you think, it takes you time and can cause you stress. That's why we have professional wedding suppliers who do what you try to recreate from a video as a full time job. 

Now don't get us wrong, we know how pricey a wedding can be but professionals have a particular set of skills, skills they have acquired over a very long career (I knew I'd get a Taken quote in a blog one day!) and they are worth the investment. Here's a few reasons why

Wedding Photos and Video

I know it can be tempting to leave your photos and video to one or several well meaning guests but don't make the mistake of thinking photographers and videographers just turn up on the day, point and shoot. Nope! They have a narrative in mind, they understand the light and they know when key moments of the day are going to happen so they can capture them perfectly. Once the day is done, the guests have gone home and the presents have been opened it's only the photos and video you have as a keepsake, how disappointing would it be if they were rubbish and you couldn't relive the day through them?

Also if it's really cheap - think twice - they're either scamming you or they're rubbish. Exhibit A...

Wedding Flowers

When it comes to flowers I know it can sometimes look like a lot of cash to drop and it's hard to believe flowers cost that much. But remember, you're also paying for someone's expertise and time. Trust us - it's worth it, do you really want to spend the morning before your wedding up at 5am trying to get the best deals on blooms and THEN spend hours arranging them, hanging them and transporting them to the right place. Florists have years of experience, they know how to work with a space, they know what's in season and what works well together. If you just pick up a bunch of flowers at your local supermarket every now and then, don't fool yourself into thinking you're a flower arranger extraordinaire.

It's not just bouquets, florist's love the opportunity to get creative, you can check out some of our favourite flowers!

Wedding Decor and Favours

Now this is the mother of all DIY. They take you hours and don't always turn out the way you expect. I'm not going to say anything else, I'll just let the photos tell the story.

Want more? There is a whole pinterest board dedicated to DIY wedding fails. Enjoy yourself!