Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I Love 50's Dresses!

I reeally wanted a 50's style dress for my wedding.  It didn't quite work out that way though, anyway I was never sure I had the legs for it.  But I love them and for those brides who are having a more informal wedding or don't want the traditional big gown but still want to feel glamorous, they are perfect.  While I was searching for a wedding dress I found some great designers and I shall share them with you now..

First stop London, and Candy Anthony  dresses are the stuff of dreams. These dresses are not cheap, but they are made to order, one-off pieces of luxury in a range of styles, necklines, fabrics and colours from white to leopard print to black, and everything inbetween.


Staying in London, for brides on a budget and those looking for something a bit edgier for themselves or their bridesmaids,  take a trip to Vivien of Holloway.  Popular with vintage girls, Vivien makes gorgeous halterneck swing dresses in cotton and satin, pencil and sarong dresses, bolero jackets and colourful petticoats.  At under £100 for a dress, who could refuse?  

Across the pond to the States now, and I am in love with Stephanie James Couture.  She makes stunning tea length, long length and suit dresses made from beautiful fabrics with fabulous frothy petticoats, and you can also find a selection of beautiful birdcage veils to go with them on her website.  Check out her blog for a veritable treasure trove of wedding dresses she has made for previous brides.... sigh


I can't go without mentioning Dolly Couture, whose stunning vintage style dresses start at only $395, bargain!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

All the Fun of the Fair

I don't know anyone who doesn't like a funfair, and what a fantastic theme for an informal wedding!  If you are planning a larger wedding, there are some companies that offer a whole fairground for hire, or just one or two rides or stalls.  For lower budgets and smaller parties, traditional games like hoopla, a coconut shy, hook a duck and tin can alley are easy to set up.  And of course you need the traditional refreshments, so a burger stand, hotdogs, fries, toffee apples and candy floss are the order of the day.  What I love about this theme are the bright colours and lights, so go mad with the red, blue and yellow.


Friday, 7 May 2010

I'm in Cake Heaven......

If you're planning to have a desert buffet, you could do worse than serve some beautiful and scrumptious cakes like these.  Before my sister offered to make my wedding cake I thought about choosing a few of these in different sizes and placing them on a three tier cake stand.  This is a fab idea if you are on a budget, as you can serve these for desert after you have cut the cake.   I also had the idea of making a tower of various individual french cakes, tarts and slices on a transparent acrylic multi-tiered cake stand which would look so impressive, and guests could choose which kind they wanted to eat for desert (though not a great idea for a summer wedding in a hot marquee!).  These beauties from Patisserie Valerie in the UK come in various flavours and can be ordered from 6" to 16" in diameter.  Putting these pics together has got me feeling rather peckish.....

What a Cake!

What a cute cake!  If I was having a beach wedding I would be very tempted by this one ...

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Vintage Marquee Reception - Carellia Rose

Carellia Rose, based in Rutland, UK is a vintage hire, styling and planning company, and I think what they do is fabulous.  Here's a little idea of what they can do for your wedding.....


I love the contrast between the sparkly chandeliers and the shabby chic marquee and bunting:

Visit the Beautiful Little Wedding Store for beautiful vintage wedding accessories

The English Summer Fete

The fete has been a feature of English Summers for decades, traditionally held by churches or villages to raise money, by organising competitions, games, displays, sales and refreshments.  This is a great theme for an informal wedding reception, all you need is a traditional marquee swathed in flowers and bunting, cake and sweet stands, homemade lemonade and cider, strawberries and cream and lots of games for people to take part in: hoopla, a coconut shy, lawn games and traditional contests like tug of war and welly throwing.  Let the games begin!

Click on pictures to enlarge:

More Picnic Ideas...

I love these pics from Easy Living magazine, great picnic ideas....

Picnic Time!

Following on from the garden reception idea: if you're on a tight budget or you're looking for something a little different, why not treat your guests to a wedding picnic?  I love this idea.  You'll need some picnic rugs or tablecloths and if you know your way around a sewing machine you could make them with some matching napkins with the fabric of your choice.  You could buy picnic hampers but it's cheaper to find some wicker baskets from flea markets or junk shops, a variety of shapes and sizes looks better.  Just load them up with goodies and off you go!

 Top: Laura Ashley
Bottom left: Mabel & Violet
Bottom right: Moet et Chandon

John Lewis

Cath Kidston

The lovely people of Etsy

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

I really love the idea of a small shabby chic wedding reception.  If your guest list and wedding budget are a little on the small side, you can't get better than a garden party reception.  If you want to bypass heart stopping venue and catering fees (and you have amazing family and friends!), find someone with a beautiful garden and get everyone to pitch in with decorating and food.  This feature on has some nice decorating ideas:

I did want an English country wedding but this country you can't always rely on the weather!  Think summer roses, mismatched crockery, flowers planted in old tin buckets and watering cans and afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes.

Loving this collage from Signature Weddings:

Yummy pink champagne displayed in metal buckets, low budget (the buckets, that is!) but very stylish:

Utterly Gorgeous Cakes!

As well as vintage crockery hire, catering and event styling, Wiltshire based The Utterly Sexy Cafe make some spectacular wedding cakes.  Their vintage-style creations are works of art: pearlised shades of pink, blue and green, pretty little flowers, butterflies, birds and jewels, and pretty little cupcakes.

Make Your Own French Bottles

I came across this tutorial from the blog A Bit of Paris 2 U.  If you are looking to create a vintage feel for your reception and on a low budget, a great idea is to display flowers in small vintage bottles and jars.  This tutorial shows you how to apply vintage style french labels to your bottles (found at flea markets or junk shops) to make them look authentic.  You can download all the labels from the blog, follow the instructions and hey presto!  Trop jolie!

Good Housekeeping

Monday, 3 May 2010

My Yummy Wedding Cake

I thought I'd show you my wedding cake, or cakes..  this was a gift from my sister, Amy, who made it whilst in early pregnancy and struggled with the smell of the icing!  What a trooper.  Each little sponge cake had a delicate icing butterfly on it and it tasted fantastic..

Dresses from Coast - I want them all!

Coast is fab for those looking for something different (and cheaper!) for their wedding dress, or something for the bridesmaids.  Let the drooling commence...

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Seaside Stationery

Ahoy there..... If you're looking for beach wedding stationery, there are some fab choices out there. First up are these super cute save the date designs by Laura Hooper Calligraphy:

You can also visit Etsy for beautiful and unusual designs:



Orange 81

And this design by Jeremy and Kathleen is just so beautiful:

If you fancy having a go at creating your own, making a beach hut collage looks really sweet, you could make one similar to this one and get creative with patterns and colours!