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
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.
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…)
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
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:
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!
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…)
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
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.
Over Christmas WWW real bride Kirsty has been busy planning her wedding. With a menu tasting, (which sounds oh so delicious) the cutest jam jar décor and sweet DIY RSVPs designed. Amazing! What craftiness have you been up to over the festive season? XOXO Lou
Happy New Year everyone!
With Christmas just been and gone in a flash most of my December weekends (wedding planning time!) were taken up with either buying, wrapping or eating Christmas presents. Although we still managed to find time to attend a friend’s lovely wedding in Exeter (Steve was the Best Man)and fit in our own wedding food tasting.
We had a bit of a realisation after our friend’s wedding how slack we had both become over the last few months and it was just what we needed to kick us into action. I will be honest, I’m struggling to find the motivation to plan a summer wedding when all I want to do is curl up on the sofa and drink mulled wine (still!) but I have been working on the invites in the warmth of our living room. I’ve been searching all over Pinterest for inspiration and quirky ideas so this RSVP I have reworked from something I saw on there. I like the idea of offering guests the option to leave a song request and listen out for it at the wedding as well as using images to pick dietary requirements as I find there is so much writing on invites anyway:
Hey there lovelies. Before we head off for festive fun over the weekend, Amy is here to share about her vintage dress shopping experience. Ekk I am so excited to see the dress :-) She also touches on an important issue about bridal body confidence. Thanks so much Amy XOXO Lou
Since it was the first thing I ticked off the wedding to do list, before we’d even booked a venue, I suppose I should talk about THE DRESS.
I kind of knew that I wanted to go for a vintage dress, I love the idea of the dress having a previous life and the shape of 1950′s dresses appeals to me much more than a traditional sleeveless long white dress. I decided to book an appointment at a wedding dress shop any way, to see which shapes suited me and if I could be swayed into buying a new dress. I certainly wasn’t swayed; I found the whole experience awkward – the dresses all seemed to stiff and big on my little frame, and I ended up pretending to love the only dress I didn’t completely hate! I’m not someone who really expected to enjoy the whole dress shopping thing, I don’t like clothes shopping generally and didn’t even take anyone along with my as I wasn’t keen on prelonging the experience. I did find it useful though to see what suited me; I’d been considering getting a cropped dress to fully embrace the 1950′s style, but found the floor length dresses much more flattering even though I’m quite short. I didn’t enjoy the experience much, it made me worry a bit that I was too picky I hadn’t liked anything in the whole shop, but I love a plethora of new and vintage wedding dresses online so I think that it was just a matter of having different taste to the types of dresses that were there.
I spent months scouring the internet for dress ideas, and had a secret pinterest board which I could finally make public once Dan had proposed! I ended up choosing a dress on etsy, and decided to just go for it – I guess it helped that with a vintage item you don’t know when someone else might snap it up so you’re forced into making a decision. It was really exciting to go and pick up the box from the post office (n.b. brides to be might want to keep in mind that when buying things from America you have to pay some kind of customs tax charge, it’s worth factoring in to the cost), and to try the dress on. I can’t talk too much about the actual dress because Dan hasn’t seen it, but it’s a lovely 1950′s full-length off-white number. It’s really exciting to think that someone probably got married in it in the 1950′s – wow! I didn’t try it on and feel all “wow this is ‘the one’”, but I didn’t really expect to find anything which made me feel like that. In fact it took about three times of trying on to decide that I love it. We only moved to our current house relatively recently, but I’m still slightly ashamed to admit that we still don’t have a full length mirror, so I can only see myself from either waist up or waist down in it. Which might be for the best because I LOVE the skirt of it, quite like the belly-button up (although it needs altering a bit), but in between those to bits – namely the hips – I don’t really like at all. (more…)