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The Bride Diaries. Amy’s Cross Stitch Invitations
04.04.2014

Afternoon lovelies :-) WWW real bride Amy has been putting her creative talents to use this month, creating the loveliest cross stitch stationery. Such a simple yet oh so effective idea. I cannot wait to see the new projects Amy is planning to work on too XOXO Lou

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Our invites have been sent. Phew! Posting/handing them out was the nicest thing ever, and has made me so excited to see all my lovely family and friends in one place saying nice things about me. I put the invites off for a while and I found getting them finished quite stressful, so it’s a huge relief to have that massive job ticked off. In the end I decided to go with one of my original idea for the front of the invite; a photo of a cross stitched design stitched by me, with a simple bicycle border. I’ve never cross stitched before, so had little idea how much swearing would be involved every time I noticed I’d made a mistake, but I love that I’ve learnt a new skill and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Because of my lack of cross stitch prowess I asked a super talented craft pal called Sarah Fordham to design it for me, she has a book out called X-stitch if anyone else fancies turning their hand to a bit of stitching!

I’m definitely going to use the bicycle border and my new cross stitch skills (hah!) for other things in the wedding too – maybe the cake table or sign for cards. I think it fits perfectly with both of our interests – Dan loves bikes and I love sewing, so hopefully we’ve found a nice theme for the wedding which sums us both up.

And I asked another talented friend Helen Entwisle to design the back of the invite for us, including a little note with RSVP details to save on having yet another thing to get printed. I did have lots of ideas of designs I could try myself for a RSVP card, but I fear that by the time I got around to making them we’d already be married, so I’m pleased that Helen suggested including it on the invite. Helen designs and screen prints a plethora of wonderful things, I wish that we could have afforded for her to screen print our invites, but because of both time and money constraints we had to just get them cheaply printed instead. Helen also has the nicest handwriting I’ve ever seen.

As well as getting the invites finished and sent, this month has been all about the flowers. I’m attempting to grow some of the flowers for the wedding. We don’t really have a garden, just a small yard, and I have whatever the opposite of green fingers are, so this plan is ambitious at best. I’ve sowed the seeds, watered the little fellas indoors for a few weeks, thrown out the failures and squealed at the green shoots, and the little seedlings are now outside going it alone. So fingers crossed for kind weather, and that the “very easy to grow” descriptions on the packs were accurate. I’ve mostly gone for packs of mixed wild flowers, and also some sweet peas. Here is a photo of my wedding flowers so far, with my little helper moving a strawberry plant just into shot in the bottom corner!

 

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The Bride Diaries. Kate’s Found Her Vintage Dress & Chosen The Blooms
14.03.2014

 This afternoon it is super lovely to hear from WWW real bride Kate who sure has made major progress on her W day plans. With her perfect vintage dress purchased (sounds amazing!), the flowers chosen and some crafting underway. Thank you Kate XOXO Lou

 

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So in the world of wedding planning it seems like the list of things to do just keeps growing and growing. First of all I must apologise for the long gap between this post and my last post. I have been here, there and everywhere with work but I am finally on the ground for a couple of weeks.

In my last post I discussed the booking of a wonderful saxophonist, well I can confirm that we have booked Paul Martyn to provide all our musical needs for the duration of the day, as well as playing the saxophone he can also sing and then provides the DJ set as well which is fabulous as we have everything booked under the one person. Oh and a very important thing to mention is that Mr C has finally seen the venue and he loves it, just as well really seeing as I had booked it before he saw it hehe.

Well I promised that I would mention The Dress! I had read about a shop called Fur Coat No Knickers in various magazines and blogs and it sounded like just the shop for me so I got in touch and booked an appointment. Prior to visiting the shop I thought it would be wise to visit a traditional wedding dress, after dragging my mum down to London and trying on countless dresses I was still no further on with falling in love with the one. I wasn’t too worried as it was only shop number one and I had loads of time to find the perfect dress. So after a lovely lunch including a bottle of Prosecco it was time for my appointment at FCNK. They have since moved premises to a new much larger unit but my first impression was “I love this place” incidentally I also love their new place which is not too far from Borough Market. I tried on a few dresses from their own range which are beautiful and I was very tempted by a couple but then fortunately for me they had a beautiful vintage dress that they hadn’t long had in which said “Take me home Kate” all over it. Now the girls in the shop are pretty generous with their fizz (not a bad thing) and I wanted to be sure that it was indeed the right dress for me, so they let me sleep on it for a couple of days and then I went back with my mum and best friend and I got my dream dress. It has since had a lot of alterations and I love it even more. I can’t divulge much about the dress but it is 100% perfect and I cannot wait to sashay down the aisle in it.

 

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The Bride Diaries. Katy’s DIY Lego Save The Dates
28.02.2014

This month Katy has been getting so much ticked off of her wedding planning list, but today she is sharing her fantastic Lego save the date stationery. Katy, they look amazing :-) So much fun XOXO Lou

 

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So today I am writing and it is exactly 7 months til our wedding… WOW! Time is flying by so quickly, I can’t quite believe it.

I’m very happy to report (for my own sanity) that we have a lot more planned now – we have booked a band. A great band (hopefully) who will play our first dance and all sorts of other music we love. I’ve ordered my wedding dress! (I definitely didn’t think I’d be saying that… it seemed like I would never choose one!). We have confirmed a caterer, we’ve booked our honeymoon (EXCITED!!), we have bought a lot of second hand tea cups… and lots more. All in all I feel like we are much more organised!

The main thing we have done this past month is our save the dates. We were both pretty excited about them as they were fun to do and they really make it official – people are saving the date now, you have to plan a great wedding!

Being a graphic designer I am going to put a lot of thought into the invites and stationery for the day (there is a lot of pressure to make sure they’re good!) but I didn’t want to have to decide on the style of it all now. After deciding many of our ideas to create a video or stop frame animation would be too much work, we thought we’d put to use a bride and groom lego set we bought in the US last year. So we decided to use the save the dates to have a bit of fun and play with lego.

 

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I wanted the front of the card to be us as we are now, and then you open it and there we are in exactly the same place but our clothes have changed and we are wedding ready. So that’s what we did! I set up my camera on a tripod, we had a little lego photoshoot – and with a bit of photoshop work later (and a favour from a fantastic printer friend of mine) we had 85 lovely cards to send out to people. (more…)

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The Bride Diaries. Kirsty’s DIY Wedding Invitations
21.02.2014

This month Kirsty has been busy crafting away at her gorgeous DIY wedding invitations, beautiful craft paper creations with the sweetest touches. She has some great advice if you are thinking of DIYing yours too. So exciting!! XOXO Lou

 

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Hello everyone, I trust you all managed to get through the month of January and I’m sure weekend wedding planning distractions were very welcome with the pennies fast running out!

I’ve been using my evenings and weekends, designing, printing and making the wedding invites (much more time consuming than I first anticipated). I used inspiration from pinterest (of course!) of package style invites and went from there to make them more personal to our day. They consisted of the following:

 

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The invites are made up of a main invitation card, wedding information with map and local accommodation on the reverse side as well as an RSVP card (although I’m not expecting many people to reply with it as it’s so small!). We also ordered and stamped some tags to add a bit more texture and colour to the invites and attached a teeny tiny key to symbolise the key to the ‘secret garden’ element to the day. When I say ‘we’, I do have some evidence here of Steve actually helping to stamp the tags!

 

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They were pretty fiddly to put together so patience was really a virtue! For the envelopes, I used floral wallpaper on the inside to add some more colour and a bit of a surprise when you open it up. Here is the finished product: (more…)

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The Bride Diaries: Amy’s Decor Decisions, Blackberry Whiskey & Save The Dates
31.01.2014

Amy has been super busy this month, considering their décor options, making blackberry whiskey and creating save the dates for their guests. I love that she has been looking to things she already owns at home to use in their wedding décor and their save the date is too cute. Thanks Amy :-) XOXO Lou

 

 

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Our wedding is this year! Hurrah! I’ve got high hopes of keeping my new year’s resolution this year: “get married”. We had a lovely christmas-time seeing family and relaxing. Most of my wedding preparation this month has involved swooning at other people’s weddings online and spending time on pinterest. As a crafter who sells her work, I’m finding it difficult to ignore my instinct to shy away from using anyone else’s ideas; my inbuilt fear of copying! I’m also one of these silly people who tends to not like things once they’re popular, but I’m gradually accepting that lots of the most popular wedding decoration ideas are things that I really love and that other people love too – because they’re good. Which is lucky because a lot of my belongings will fit the diy vintage-y wedding décor perfectly. The venue is so beautiful that decorations are more of a fun optional thing to consider than a necessity.

 

I read some great advice by a real bride on a blog about planning a wedding ceremony (I’ve long forgotten where I stumbled across it I’m afraid) and that was to base your decoration ideas on things you already own – both to cut costs and to make it personal. This seems like brilliant common sense advice. Luckily I’m quite a hoarder of stuff. I have loads of stuff. Unfortunately I don’t own a hundred champagne flutes, napkins, or anything quite so useful, but after digging through my belongings I am pleased to say that lots of it will come in useful. By thinking about which of my stuff to try to use, I’ve thought more about making the wedding personal and got a clearer idea in my head of what elements of us I’d like to incorporate. I’ve got lots of scraps of fabric, which is good because I gather that bunting is pretty much essential at any diy wedding. And even some useful vintage mismatched cake plates – another wedding must-have. So using my own belongings as a base I’ve begun to visit our local carboot sale and charity shops and let my inner hoarder go wild. After all wedding hoarding is all about volume. We’re going to hire the crockery and cutlery for the meal, but I’m collecting plates for cake – which is fun! We’re going to combine the two ever popular flower arrangement ideas – jam jars and bottles, so I’m collecting nice examples of each, which is an excellent excuse to buy more exciting jam in snazzy jars.

 

We did start some important wedding prep back in September: we went foraging for blackberries and made lots of blackberry whiskey. It was such a bumper year for blackberries that it was hardly any effort at all, I seemed to grab a handful on nearly every trip to the park during autumn. As well as being something which tastes good, the whiskey will also mean something to us – when Rose was a few months old we foraged for blackberries in some woods with her strapped to my chest, and made some excellent blackberry whiskey which we drank that Christmas. We did try to go to the same spot again this year, but Rose fell asleep in the car so Dan parked up and had a nap while I climbed in hedgerows! There’s still a slight question mark over whether it’ll be used for reception cocktails or wedding favours, but the first bottle has been sampled and it tasted good. We had a glass straight with lots of ice, which was a bit strong for me, so I had my second glass with tonic which was amazing. The recipe says that it gets even better over time, so by June it should be liquid heaven. I quite like the idea of using it for a simple cocktail as it’s a lovely colour.

 

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