Thursday, 25 August 2016

Beyond the High Street: Wedding Stationery Ideas

We’d love to hear your suggestions: how can couples UP their stationery game?

Did you design your wedding on Pinterest?

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Gah! We just love these neat little place cards. Each one is laser cut into the shape of a butterfly, and when added to the lip of a champagne flute or wine glass they're the perfect guest marker. 

We've not sampled the cards, and we're not affiliated with the company that makes them, but when we saw then they reminded us that there's NO limit when it comes to customizing your wedding stationery. 

We already know that Etsy has some beautiful designs and products from sellers around the world. is a personal favourite of ours, too, for its unique and personalised wedding stationery, favours and gifts, but couples should also look closer to home to support local businesses in their own communities. 

This isn't just because local businesses are important to regional economies; It's because talented people are everywhere. 

They're in your town right now. 

1. Local craft centres and outlets are a fantastic resource. This is where local crafty folk sell and make their items. We're based in Worcestershire, and here are two fab examples of small, local vendors selling unique items including stationery, jewellery and decor (often custom made) for a variety of occasions:

The Old Needleworks, Britten Street in Redditch (We'd really recommend the cafe, too.)

The Jinney Ring, Hanbury, nr Bromsgrove

If you are planning on having something custom made, then remember to give plenty of notice.

2. Do you live near an art school or local college? You could approach students for a demonstration or portfolio of their work. You might even be their first commission. It'll be far more interesting than anything pulled off a retailer's shelf. 

You'll find a list of art colleges here

3. You can always make your own, too. This can really give your wedding day a unique touch, and one that the guests will likely appreciate over the straight-off-the-shelf decor they've seen elsewhere.

Making your own wedding can be useful if you've have a very specific colour scheme or if you're trying to tie a theme from the invitations right through to the venue space, but it's important to remember that it's not necessarily going to be cheaper. In fact, crafting your own wedding can be expensive as hell. 

You also have to be honest with yourself: how good are you at crafting and making things? 

Hands up, no lie, I'm terrible. Sticking gold sprayed macaroni in the shape of a face onto a paper plate is about as good as it gets for me. 

And even if you are good at using your hands don't underestimate how long it'll take you to complete your DIY wedding. Wedding planning is time-consuming even without the double-sided tape and glue guns. Be sure that you have the time to commit to it.

The road to Pinterest is paved with PVA disasters!

4. Of course, you can always rope in friends and family. There's certain to be someone with an eye for printing, calligraphy, sewing or design. Maybe they could do a little work in lieu of a wedding present?  

Or if there's a big job to be done then why not ask your nearest and dearest round? Add some wine to the table, order a pizza and socialise as you're all doing creative things for the wedding.

If this is something that you're planning to do, then it's important not to load too much on your wedding party. A little hand here and there is fine, but don't commit to a big DIY wedding project and then expect everyone else to throw in hours of work. 

You're making a wedding, not running a sweat shop. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Wonderful Wedding Venue: Down Hall Country House Hotel, Hertfordshire

Couples looking for a wedding venue in Hertfordshire should definitely take a look at Down Hall Country House Hotel.

We’re not kidding, it’s an absolute stunner.

And before we forget, they're hosting a wedding open day on the 4th of September between 12 and 4pm (and even better there's no need to book an appointment). 

Down Hall dates back to 1540 and has 99 bedrooms. Each wedding comes with the services of an experienced and conscientious wedding coordinator who will make sure your wedding surpasses your wildest dreams.

But don’t take our word for it – take a look at the Down Hall page on the Pink Wedding Days directory

You can visit the hotel’s website, too, and enjoy some of the wonderful photography of this magnificent venue.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Coppid Beech Hotel in Berkshire is a Superb Wedding Venue

The Coppid Beech Hotel in Royal Berkshire is a superb venue choice for any wedding or civil partnership.  

The hotel's experienced team all work to create a truly unique and special day for each couple. With accommodation, too, you can spread your celebration right across the weekend, because, let's face it, one day is never enough.

If you're getting married at Coppid Beech Hotel, then you're in very capable hands. 

Because of this, we're very proud to have the Coppid Beech Hotel listed in the Pink Wedding Days directory. 

We’d highly recommend a visit to the hotel during the next wedding fayre on Sunday, September 4th,2016.

You'll find their PWD page here 

Hotel information here OR visit the wedding page here

The Coppid Beech Hotel in Their Own Words

The hotel has 205 bedrooms offering a variety of accommodation, including 19 suites, several family rooms and a selection of superior rooms.

Our highly experienced staff will pay attention to every detail and will take personal care to ensure your special day runs smoothly. You will have a banqueting manager to oversee proceeding, a sumptuous wedding breakfast prepared by our award winning chef, a personalised table plan and of course luxury overnight accommodation, in fact, everything you require to create a stunning celebration.

We hold a licence for civil weddings and civil partnerships and offer a selection of packages to suit individual requirements. We can also provide a tailor-made service to create an event individual to you.

The Coppid Beech Hotel is the perfect location whatever the season. Our licensed rooms: the Pine Suite, the Juniper, and the Sequoia Suite all offer elegant space, suitable for hosting small intimate ceremony as well as comfortably accommodating larger ceremonies of up to 150 guests. 

Our suites are also registered to host second marriages, secular marriages and renewal of vows ceremonies.

In order to make your day individual and as memorable as possible, we are happy to help you to decorate any of our suites in a style to suit your day. We can also arrange for music to be played in the room.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Confetti inspiration to brighten your wedding day

Confetti is so much more than just cheap pieces of paper in a carton from a card shop. These flower petals are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for any summer wedding.

Thanks to Shropshire Petals for sharing this post with us.

The British summer is not what it used to be, but even if its miserable and cloudy on your special day, you can always rely on confetti to brighten it up!

The confetti photo is guaranteed to be one of your favourites from your wedding day as it is the one where you will be natural and not posing for the photo.  Make a real statement with your confetti photo by choosing brightly coloured summer inspired confetti.  

Shropshire Petals  share their top 5 mixes for this season.

August Mix of the Month

Shropshire Petals have a special confetti mix every month to show just how creative and unique you can make your confetti.  

Using their pick and mix tool, you can select different colours and petal types to make your personalised confetti mix.  

Their August Mix of the Month is a stunning combination of ivory, pink and orange.  This is made up from Icing Sugar, Raspberry Fool, Ginger Snap and Cerise.

Sunshine Kisses

The brighter your confetti the more it will stand out in your photos.  However, if you don’t want too much colour but still want the brightness, a mixture of ivory and yellow is perfect.  

This mix will be subtle enough not to impose on your photos but bright enough to create the impact you are looking for.

Purple is the new pink

Purple has been a popular colour choice for weddings for a few years now, as much as pink, if not more.  

This gorgeous mix will suit a purple or pink themed wedding with its pale pink boldly standing out amongst the purple rose petals and pale blue delphiniums.  

This has been made using Candy Floss, Frosted Blue and Parma Violet.

Get creative

The world is your oyster with the amount of colours to choose from.  Why not get creative and mix several colours together. 

This mix has been made up of Sunshine Kisses, Candy Floss and Frosted Blue with some mixed larger petals added in, which include Flamingo Pink, Delilah, Wisteria, Golden Slumber, Duck Egg and Buttermilk

Bold, bright and beautiful!

Mellow yellow

To really make your confetti stand out; choose a mix with bright colours with a touch of darkness such as yellows and blacks.  This stunning blend of Tuxedo, Honey’B and Buttermilk is sure to wow on your confetti photos.

Whatever the weather, using bright natural petal confetti is the key to enhancing your confetti moment and brightening you wedding day.

Enjoy your confetti moment!

For more information and inspiration, visit