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Dusky Pink Mood Board

Following on from the relaxed and romantic favour tutorial, today’s moodboard is a delicious mix of dusky pinks. This wedding style works well in all sorts of venues, from rustic and quirky to stately and imposing, it can easily be dresssed up and down to suit your personal preference.  For a more relaxed version, try mixing centrepieces and types of flower arrangements, keeping the style haphazard and carefree.  For a more formal feel, match your centrepieces and use standard frames for items such as menus and table numbers.  The colours also work well with a sweetie buffet (one of my personal favourite wedding trends! – Look out for our upcoming post on creating your own!).  Up next, ‘shop the dusky pink trend’, where we source all your must have items for this pretty look…

DIY Wedding: Vintage Favour Tutorial

I always knew that which ever favours we chose for our wedding, Mr Styled and I would make them ourselves .  I love the idea of giving a little bit of love back to our guests and wanted to make something that not only reflected the style of our wedding day but also  something that wouldn’t just get left behind on the tables once the dancing started.  These little vintage style sweetie jars were the perfect answer and below you can find my DIY wedding tutorial (it’s my first one so please be gentle!).  Enjoy the ‘how to’ and please feel free to comment, I’d love to know what you all think…

You will need…

  •  Small jam jars with lids (I sourced mine on ebay at £26.00 for 70 jars!)
  • Retro sweeties – we went for candy ABCs, heart throbs, jazzies and rings
  • Small white stringed luggage labels (these were £1.99 for 100 from WH Smith)
  • Message stamp and ink (Mine is an East of India stamp)
  • Lace (approx 6 inches per jar – this was a bargain 18p per meter at Fabric Land)
  • 4inch x 4inch assorted fabric squares (off cuts pre cut, again sourced from ebay)
  • Elastic bands (these are just a tool, so old scruffy ones are fine)

Instructions:

  • Fill a jar with your chosen sweeties – of course it’s a very good idea to sample the sweets yourself as you go, quality control is a serious matter 😉
  • Place one of your fabric squares centrally over the lid of the jam jar and secure temporarily with an elastic band.

  • Cut the string from one of the luggage tags and use this to tie around the jar lid, just above or below the elastic band.
  • Stamp the luggag tag and, while this dries, remove the elastic band and trim the ends of the string.
  • Thread the length of lace through the luggage tag and tie around the top of the jam jar to finish.

Even if you aren’t going for the vinatage, carnival or rustic wedding style, it is still possible to adapt this design by using a single fabric type for all the jars in your chosen accent colour.  For a neater, more uniform look to the jars, try cutting the fabric squares into circles before attaching.

Wedding Trend: Signs and Letters

A picture may speak a thousand words, but when it comes to current wedding trends, the good old fashioned written word is definitely back in fashion.  While searching for a vintage ‘Just Married’ sign for the back of our wedding car, I must confess to becoming additcted to these cute little distressed signs, wooden blocks and memorable quotes.  If these signs and letters are right up your wedding street, remember to shop around, as I was able to find some of these goodies at astonishing price differences between online retailers – and don’t forget to check ebay where I was able to purchase my ‘Just Married’ sign hand made by one of the sellers for a whopping £30.00 cheaper than some virtually identical products in other online stores!

A: Vintage LOVE Heart Wreath, £21, www.notonthehighstreet.com

B: Personalised wedding sign, £44.00, www.brightcandy.com

C: Wooden Mr and Mrs sign, £7.00, www.ohsocherished.co.uk

D: Square personalised crate, £29.50, www.rusticangels.co.uk

E: Time To Drink Champagne & Dance A3 Print, £12.50, www.notonthehighstreet.com

F: To Have and To Hold sign, £4.75, www.pipii.co.uk

G:Wooden blocks, £5.95 each, www.rusticangels.co.uk

H:Bespoke sign, £POA, www.printedwithlove.co.uk

I:  All You Need Is LOVE Wooden Sign, £47.50, www.theweddingofmydreams.co.uk

J: Vintage Shabby Style Wooden “LOVE” Blocks, £14.95, www.littlesomethinggifts.co.uk

K: Wedding sign, £4.75, www.pipii.co.uk

 

Styled Wedding: All the fun of the fair

Circus, carnival and fair wedding themes are bang on-trend amongst brides right now and work really well with a less formal venue (good news for brides on a budget!). If you fancy yourself as a vintage circus bride, a la Reese Witherspoon in the beautiful film Water for Elephants, take a look at Jenny Packham’s wedding dresses and accessories for lustful inspiration.
The good news about this theme is that a little styling goes a long way, keeping it healthy for your budget and your time. Think bright and fun accessories with a palette of reds, blues and creams. Stationary, table plans and place cards can be tied in with the use of letterpress fonts (as seen in today’s style board).
For those who really want to bring the fun of the carnival to their big day, go the whole hog and hire some real sideshows and games such as a coconut shy, tin can ally and hook-a-duck! (Try http://www.irvinleisure.co.uk for an idea of what stalls and rides are available). Enjoy today’s style board and feel free to get in touch with any requests for themes or features 🙂

A: Carnival invitations, £POA, www.royalsteamline.com

B/J: Dress and head piece, £Dresses start around £1300, www.jennypackham.com

C: Circus art print, £15.00, www.notonthehighstreet.com

D: Favour lolipops, £6.99 for 30, www.confetti.co.uk

E: Embellished nude bridesmaid dress, £70.00, www.missselfridge.com

F: Candy stripped cupcake cases, £7.95 for 12, www.prettywittycakeshop.co.uk

Wedding Trend: Cake Pops

One of the prettiest, most inspiring trends to emerge on the wedding catering scene in recent years has been the Cake Pop (also known as Cake Balls…slighly less quaint me thinks!?). These gorgeous little specimens are the result of combining two of my favourite pastimes…cake and sweets!

Today’s board showcases a mouthwatering sample of what some of the UK’s finest cake makers are offering brides, but, for those who, like me, are working within a tight budget, the good news is that they are suprisingly simple to make yourself! I have to confess that I am currently a little bit obsessed with amazing baking blog, Bakerella, where you can find endless ideas for your own cake pops and a rather nifty tutorial www.bakerella.com. For a more generic tutorial and some beautiful British cakespiration, take a look at www.rhubarbandrose.co.uk

Need some inspiration for your own Cake Pops or looking to order ready made? Look no further, grab a brew ( and a slice of cake!) and enjoy today’s board (suppliers and prices listed below):

A: Red & ivory glitter pops, from £2.00 each, www.lollicakes.co.uk

B, C, D: All £2.00 each, www.mollybakes.co.uk

E: Pink glitter pops, £1.00 each, www.thetravellingteashop.com

F: Chocolate pops, £11.30 for 12, www.littlecakefactory.co.uk

G: Pink piped pop, £5.50 each, www.sarahjaneweddingcakesandevents.co.uk

Our Rustic Venue

Locally to us, The Old Mill at Aldermaston can’t be beaten for good old fashioned rustic charm. Set on the riverside, the building is a stunning blank canvas of oak floors, wooden beam ceilings and exposed brick work. It features a working water wheel and beautifully landscaped ‘English garden’ grounds.  Coupled with our ceremony at my parent’s local church, I think The Old Mill will be the ideal canvas for our rustic countryside wedding!

The choice of venue can be considered the foundation to a wedding day and can be used to reflect the personalities of the couple, from a chic and sophisticated hotel to quirky pubs and rustic barns, your venue is your canvas…

Pretty Pastels Mood Board

One of the most common questions asked by new brides-to-be is ‘where do I start with the planning process?’ Obviously, we all want our wedding to be beautiful and memorable and I am no exception. But when faced with what seems like an endless to do list, bursting with suppliers to source and services to secure before they book up, it can be easy to forget to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it all!

As they say, it is always best to start at the beginning, and I found my beginning with a mood board, trying to caputure the look and feel of the day we were trying to create…

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