Hello lovelies, hope we’re all well! It’s been a bit soggy this past week but.. .good news news, today’s blog post will give you some wedding ideas that you don’t even have to leave your chair for! Inspired by my latest Hen Party antics for a close friend, I started to think about those special ladies in our life, those we love and cherish so much that we ask them to be part of our special day. I’m of course talking Bridesmaids. So, today’s dose of wedding inspiration comes in the form of wedding styling trends and bridesmaids dresses to suit.
I’ve scoured the internet for pretty dresses from the boho to the colourful and best of all these dresses are all on our fab High Street. Loads of the dresses featured are budget friendly too! With the exception of couple, oh Ted, why do your pretty patterns come with a pretty hefty price tag?
But… whatever your budget or wedding style, I hope you find some inspiration here and if not in the dresses but ideas of non-traditional places to shop for your best girls dresses.
Colour Pop Bridesmaids Dresses
Inspired by bright blooms and the rainbow, this look is all about fun, colour and standing out. Match your maids in all the same colour, or really embrace the colour pop trend and have your bridesmaids wear different colours to match your theme. If colour has no boundaries on your big day, then how about letting them choose their favourite colour? We love Mint, Coral and Fuchsia Pinks, they work really well for Summer weddings.
High street Bridesmaids Dresses £50 and under:
Vintage Floral Bridesmaid Dresses
Always guaranteed to bring a touch of whimsy and vintage to your wedding day, floral dresses are both gorgeous and flattering too! Go flirty and fifties with an A-line skirt or floaty and ditsy for a more relaxed feel. We’re still a firm fan of mismatching bridesmaids dresses and mixing up floral prints is a great way to go if you don’t want to be restricted to a certain colour palette.
Floral Print High street Bridesmaids Dresses:
Boho Vibes Bridesmaids Dresses
A perfect look for relaxed outdoor weddings but a look that can carry us right through to autumn. Think earthy deep colours of navy, mustard and burgundy and incorporate lace, crochet or embroidery to add texture. Team boho bridesmaid dresses with wild bouquets and gorgeous floral crowns for an elegant festival inspired style.
Budget Friendly Boho Bridesmaids Dresses:
So there we have it, 12 gorgeous dresses and 3 wedding trends we are just loving at the mo! Which is you fave? Come and let us know over on Facebook!
Well hello there D&J readers! I do hope you are all well! We seem to be steaming through August like nobody’s business and Karen is working hard spreading the Darby & Joan magic, styling weddings all through the glorious East Midlands. We’re almost at the peak of wedding season and with that in mind there’s a great Afternoon Tea Giveaway up for grabs over on Facebook.
Today we’ve got 10 really simple but creative wedding ideas for you, all based around the humble jam jar or Mason Jar as our American friends better know them as. Karen has loads of these available which you can incorporate into your styling and decor, but if you fancy taking on a simple DIY task then this is a sure fire way to get creative.
So next time you finish your jam, or pasta sauce, forget chucking it in your recycling and up cycle it instead; turning it into something really rather lovely for your wedding day!
Lots of Love
The perfect way to dress your tables for a country, vintage or rustic wedding. Whether you opt for a cluster on round tables or a row on a long trestles, jam jars just look effortlessly stunning filled with your favourite blooms. Jars are also great if your flower budget is limited as you can reduce the number of flowers needed by not having large arrangements.
Fill them with crayons for the kids, layer up the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, or even turn them back into their original purpose and make some homemade jam or chutney. Just pop a sticky label on them and you’ll have yourself a quirky thank you present for your guests.
3. Pew Ends
Whether you’re getting married in a church or having an outdoor ceremony, adding some florals to the chairs or pews is a great way to add a splash of colour. Fill them with wild flowers and hang with twine or wire and, ta-da the ceremony venue will be transformed. It’s also an easy way of transporting them over to the reception venue to use them there too!
So the next idea is nothing new but it had to be on the list. I still get excited when I get to drink out of jar and a stripy straw! I love the idea of the jar being a gift to guests with their name on and their’s to fill up for the night. This would work really well if you were having a DIY bar with lots of drinks dispensers full of your fave cocktails.
Image Credits: Moodboards by: Best Day Ever
5. Backdrops & Table Plans
Photobooths are still a great way to add a bit of fun and interaction into your big day and lots of people like to get stuck in a create a DIY backdrop. You could hang them from a tall rail or hook them up on wood to create an eye catching backdrop. Or how about using it as a table plan? Just pop some labels on the jars and let your guests know where they are sitting in style.
So simple but so effective and very pretty! Take one jar and a tea light some wire and you’ve got yourself a twinkling lantern that will look great when the sun goes down. To save relighting opt for bigger candles instead of tea lights and even consider filling the jar with lavender to create a lovely aroma.
7. Statement Decor
Let’s think even bigger! I’m seeing lots of statement floral arrangements these days with fantastic hanging elements drawing your eye up. They are all kinds of fabulous but can be expensive so hanging jars of flowers is a great way to still get the wow factor on a smaller budget! I just love the image below with the rustic ladder – beaut!
Ok, this WILL get messy, no matter how many layers of newspaper you put down or if you do it outside, things will get sparkly! But, let’s face it, it is worth it!. A jar, glitter ,PVA & (a Hoover!) and you are good to go!
9. Lace & Twine
The ultimate way to decorate you jars is simply by adding some rustic twine, ribbon and lace. If you’re going for the vintage feel then this look is definitely for you and so easy to create and add a personal touch.
A little more time consuming but with colour popping bang on trend at the mo, the result of this DIY will be worth it. The paint is usually poured and brushed on the inside of the jar and creates a gorgeous glossy effect on the outside. Another idea is to use a hot glue gun on the outside and write your message, once dried you can paint the outside and it creates a wonderful embossed look! How about using this idea for your table numbers?
So there we have it, 10+ Ways to incorporate jam jars into your wedding day. I hope you are feeling inspired. Now…What are you waiting for? Get saving those jars, even get you family and friends on the case, you can never have enough candles in jars.
Hello lovely people, how is the Summer treating you so far? We’ve got a super duper styled shoot to share with you today. You may have seen over on Facebook some rather stunning images of our recent trip to Stoke Rochford Hall to take part in a 1950s glamourous Afternoon Tea inspired photo shoot organised and shot by the crazy talented Kathryn Edwards.
The order of the day was Vintage Hollywood glamour with oodles of pastel blooms, lace and vintage china teamed with flirty 1950s dresses, perfectly coiffed hair and a team of fantastic and lovely suppliers. (all listed below)
Darby & Joan styled the shoot and brought a car load of props and accessories and I was thrilled to show off a new stationery design that fit the brief perfectly. Best Day Ever is my baby and I design paper beauties and wonderful wedding stationery.
These images are beyond breathtaking; so fresh, bright and romantic, so this is where I politely shut up and let them do the talking. But not without saying a huge thank you to everyone involved and Kathryn for all her hard work in bringing it together, it was an absolute pleasure from start to finish and like I said before these images…. they kind of leave me speechless.
The Fabulous Suppliers Involved:
Photography: Kathryn Edwards www.kathrynedwardsphotography.com
Styling: Darby and Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
Hair: Alison Jenner www.Alisonjennerhair.com
Make-up: Amy Wilkinson: www.makeupbyalw.com
Dresses: FROCK www.frockshop.co
Bridal Adornments: Klaire Van Elton www.klairevanelton.com
Flowers: Floraldeco www.floraldeco.co.uk
Stationery: Best Day Ever www.bestdayeveruk.com
Cake and Macarons: Yummy Little Cakes www.yummylittlecakes.co.uk
Models: Rebekah Hemsley and Elly Lucas
Venue: Stoke Rochford Hall www.stokerochfordhall.co.uk
Ice-cream Van: Betsy Ice-cream www.betsysemporium.com
Balloon: Bubblegum Balloons www.bubblegumballoons.co.uk
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