Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Ok, so I haven’t posted with details about the venues we went to yesterday (which, in the end, we only went to one, but more about that later).

Instead, I’ve spent the afternoon trawling the interwebs for more inspiration, and put together an inspiration mood board.  I’ll admit – there was a motive, it’s part of my entry to the Rock My Wedding Real Brides search.  But I still loved doing it, and it also pushed me towards narrowing down what I really do and don’t like.

So here it is, my wedding inspiration mood board!  Enjoy 🙂

Bridesmaids’ Dresses..

Ok, here they are, I think I’ve found the dresses that will really make the day…

ready…

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Ha ha ha, ok, not really!!  But this did make me laugh – what would my best girls say if I was really serious?!  I think I’d get a slap and/or be looking for three new bridesmaids!!

So, on a more serious note, I know I’ve not got a date, or a venue, let alone a colour scheme or a theme, but I think I’m edging towards what I think I might like.  Here’s a few samples:

This one is called ‘Corine’ (it’s even got a pretty name!) from Coast

This one is also from Coast, called ‘Constance’

And finally, these two dresses are from the ‘Debut’ range at Debenhams:

The gold is a bit of a curve-ball, but other than that, there’s a theme of pale colours going on… might just be because that’s all I seem to be able to find in the stores I like at this time of year, but I’ve really gone off the bold and dark colours.  I’m still thinking about a turquoise / teal colour, but I’m yet to find something in both a style and a colour I like (except that one at the wedding dress shop.. which unfortunately was WAY out of my price-range!).  Which is probably a good thing, it might be a bit premature buying bridesmaids dresses over a year in advance!

I just love to shop!  I’m thinking Westfields might be a good place to start?!  Saw it on the way to / from the National Wedding Show back in February.. I’ve been itching to go back..

more flowers!!

OMG I just found some more amazing flower designs (again, my thoughts are just all over the place at the moment, so they’re quite different, but here we go!)

These are all from Twisted Willow designs:

And the more I look, the more I think I’m being able to come to a conclusion about what I like, and what I don’t.

I think for me, there’s a fine line between what looks pretty, and what looks messy.  And I definitely want pretty over messy..

Case in point – some of the ‘flower balls’ I’ve seen look lovely (which is what I’m currently considering for my bridesmaids), and when they’re symmetrical and even (and not messy!), they look great.  Others look like someone has tried to squash in as many flowers as possible to make it look full, and it just doesn’t work.  Here’s a ‘yes’ (ok the colour isn’t my thing, and the feathers.. well, but you get the impression):

And here’s a no.. it just looks all higgledy-piggledy…

So I think for me, as the bride, I’ll be going for a long bouquet, rather than a round one, something like either of these:

Aaah, aren’t they lovely!  Ok I’m going to stop looking now, otherwise I could go on forever!

Pretty paper

Today I’ve been taking a gander at wedding stationary.  And I seem to be leaning towards designs with flowers on them, which has come as a bit of a surprise to me!

However, I’m a bit inbetween places at the moment, as I think until we’ve worked out where the wedding reception will be, I can’t really start thinking about how the rest of the styling will go.  For example if we go for a barn reception, I’m thinking that the decor will be a lot of greens and pale colours – cream, ivory, peach etc, with trailing ivy and wisteria and light, airy summer meadow flowers, perhaps a bit like this

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but if we go for a marquee wedding, then I think the colours will be a lot brighter, big blooms and long, slender leaves, mixed with bunting and colourful crockery.. a bit more like this…

Calla lily with milano roses and gerbera - big impact

or this… (but with more flowers)

But for now, I love these three wedding stationary designs, and I think I could make them work with both ideas… (!!)

This first one is called Emse by Emma Jo

And these next two are both by Vicky Trainor

But at prices of between £680 – £950 for invites, RSVPs and place cards, I’m thinking I might go back to the idea of making our own!!

So back to the drawing board for now!!

To book or not to book…??

Lots of thoughts going round in my head about wedding venues over the last few days.  There seem to be a lot of places offering last-minute deals on dates left for this year, which I was surprised at.  6 months still left to plan a wedding in late August/early September seems relatively do-able, especially with the money you could save on hiring the venue.. could easily then be spent on other things to get them done in a short space of time.

So the thought on my mind most is.. to book or not to book?!  Do we look at venues now, then wait until this time next year and keep our fingers crossed there will be a deal for what we want, and possibly save ourselves a whole heap of money, or book now, and know we have the date we want, at the venue we want, and know for sure that bit is out of the way.

But in the meantime, here’s some more pretty inspiration I’ve found today.

I definitely want a ‘leaf tree’ style guest book for our wedding, what a wonderful way to have something a little bit personal from all of the guests, as something you can frame and hang on the wall.  A beautiful idea, and so cost effective and simple.  I must admit, I’ve done similar things for work, with children using either hand-prints of cut-outs of their hands for leaves on a tree, but never thought of bringing the idea to a wedding!

All of these images have been *ahem* borrowed from the amazing wedding inspiration / blog site that is Rock My Wedding.  Click on the pictures to go to the original pages ❤

The National Wedding Show

Today, we ventured out to the National Wedding Show at Olympia, London.

I’ve come home feeling exhausted, with sore feet, and not really as inspired as I had hoped.  On the upside though, The Mr has prematurely agreed to lift the ban on the discussion of all things wedding, not just for today, but from now onwards.  Hooray!! So the real inspiration trawling has begun.

One place I have really enjoyed looking for wedding inspiration recently is the wedding blog site Rock My Wedding, who were also exhibiting at the National Wedding Show today, and I have to say (and The Mr agreed), they were one of the best bits about the day, by far!  They were presenting two shows, both on the theme of ‘All About the Pretty‘, one entitled ‘Fashionable Florals’ and the second was ‘Decor and Decoration’.  We saw the second.  And it was great.  I find their approach very refreshing – they’re not trying to sell or promote anything, just offer good, sound advice and inspiration based on their experience, and the experience of the ‘real brides’ who showcase their weddings on the site.  Of course, along the way there are links to all the suppliers such as photographers, florists, bridal shops etc, but it’s not overtly selling or advertising.

I’m loving the ‘vintage’ themed weddings at the moment, and I’m leaning towards a vintage tea-party crossed with a country-bumpkin style theme.  To my joy, the few snippets of these styles we saw today, also seemed ‘ok’ to The Mr.  I think at this early stage, with him being totally overwhelmed by all things weddings being thrown upon him on one day, a response of ‘ok’, was actually pretty satisfying!

Here are just a few images which are really making me excited at the moment (click on the pictures for links back to the original sites they came from):

Vintage Tea Light Candelabra

So excited!!  No doubt more to come soon!