Finding your wedding style can be difficult, sometimes you can be overwhelmed with ideas or a little stuck for inspiration. Planning a wedding is often a very alien experience, so how do you know where to start? Today we share a few tips, pointers and questions to ask yourself to help find your wedding style and spark that all important inspiration.
To help find your wedding style, start by asking yourself a few questions and throw some words out there to get inspired. Queue the big notebook and pen and get scribbling…
- Vintage, Rustic, Retro, Elegant, Fun, Party, Relaxed, Formal, Glamourous, Sparkle, Industrial, Modern, Colouful, Cosy?
- Three words to sum up the mood…
- What are your favourite colours?
- What are the favourite places you’ve visited?
- Big, medium or intimate?
- What’s your favourite Season or time of year?
- Where and when did you first meet/anniversary?
- Indoors or Outdoors?
- Home or Away?
- Fancy some DIY?
- Do you have a favourite Era?
How about doing your lists separately first and then compare your answers? Hopefully you’ll see some similarities in which you can build on and create your perfect wedding style together.
Oh Pinterest you beauty. An absolute feast of inspiration for every aspect of life but none more so than weddings! It’s a fabulous place to collate all your ideas and inspiration in one place. Create different boards for the different aspects of your wedding. Yummy Cakes. Beautiful Dresses. Venue Ideas. Decoration and Flowers. The list goes on…
At the beginning it can be very easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of inspiration and ideas, so much so you can feel as though you’re planning 6 different weddings. You’ll hopefully see similar images emerge and little details that keep cropping up and once you see them, run with it and you’ll start to see a beautiful theme shine through.
It’s true that weddings are an extension of you as a couple, so your wedding style could be right underneath your noses, or maybe in the experiences you’ve shared together. Think about past holiday destinations, what you enjoy doing in your spare time, films and music tastes and even your home. Your home says a lot about you, the colours, the decor all the little knick naks, so take a little look around and you might get a spark of inspiration.
Don’t be afraid about being different, or thinking you need to stick to 1 idea, it’s your big day! If you fancy an outdoor, vintage tea party with a rock and roll band inspired by the colours of your favourite holiday destination… go for it. Weddings are a celebration you as a couple, and even if you find it hard to find your ‘theme’ and don’t worry, you’ll naturally create your own – A perfect mix of everything you love and your personalities will shine through!
Image credits -larahotz.com, Pinterest, Wedding Chicks
This article was originally written for and first published with WeddingPlanner.co.uk
What qualifies me to write a blog post about a drinks station at your wedding?
I style weddings, we advise our clients’ about their drinks and we serve them, we have loads of props and useful accessories you can hire to use and I am quite partial to a cocktail or two myself. So this post is a dream to write !
Most wedding venues will encourage you to have a drinks reception after your wedding service and all of the weddings we work on will incorporate one into their timetable.
Consider a cocktail hour? Pimms is always a huge hit for a summer wedding and this year we have styled several weddings where we have had something for the guys and offered bottles of beer served from a rustic tin bath. Nowadays a drinks staion concept has become part of the wedding decor as much as a functional item.
If you are hosting your wedding in a formal venue, then there are some basic questions to ask; Find out about the types of drinks available and the glasses they will be served in. Can you offer cocktails, wines, prosecco, beer? Iis there a soft drink option. Do guests help themselves or is there waiter service? Are these drinks served from a fixed bar or will they set up a separate area for you? Do the venue provide the necessary glasses, dispensers, jugs, trays or can you supply your own?
Get creative and have a signature drink or cocktail for the wedding.
If your wedding is in a tipi, marquee, barn or you are able to have full creative input into the reception then happy days! You can really go to town on this.
I love a glass drinks dispenser and we have five you can hire. Perfect for a cloudy lemonade or a cocktail that can be pre-prepared. I have used ours for Pimms, Mojitos, Tom Collins and Bellinis. As well as looking brilliant they allow you to prepare drinks in advance and the glassware keeps them fresh and cool.
We have over 250 jam jars that you can hire and lots of antique glassware if you want to add a flourish of sophistication to your bar. Hit the car boot sales and collect colourful mismatched tumblers.
The paper straw. Still going strong and still a winner. There are endless options available to choose from – a solid colour, stripy, spotty, formal – cheap and fun. Check out Esty and Ebay as these are often cheaper than wedding boutiques.
The cocktail napkin. You could get them personalised.
Drinks stirrers. Ridiculously easy to make yourself and the possibilities are endless!
Adding fruit and herbs to the mix will be appreciated by your guests and add a flourish to any glass. A raspberry, a wedge of lime, a sprig of thyme or lavender.
Let your guests know what is on the drinks menu. Make this fun or formal. Write a drinks list or board or you can use smaller boards such as “please take one” or “help yourself’ or hung by ribbons around your dispensers.
We have tall milk churns that you be used as table legs with a plank of wood on top, think about old furniture, crates, tin baths… Once the main props are set up you can accessorise with signage and flowers. It is often the smallest of touches can make a big impact. Our props are all seen in use in our gallery page here to give you some ideas.
If you have staff to serve your drinks to your guests, there are lot of tray options you can look at. We have shallow wooden trays to hire, silver trays and large wooden rustic trays which we have used with great success.
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100layercake, Elizabethannedesigns, Etsy, Theglitterguide, Confettidaydreams, Weddingsillustrated, Cedarwoodweddings.
There is something very feminine and decadent about an afternoon tea party, especially if you add some bubbles to the proceedings. Our vintage tea parties have been enjoyed by so many ladies over the last four years and we like to think that we have created our menu by listening to requests from our guests, tweaking sandwich fillings and we hope there is something to tempt every guest – see our menu page here
Our services are simple – we bring the tea party to you, whether that is at your home or at a venue of your choice. It is a very popular choice for a hen party where the girls have a weekend tucked away in a Derbyshire cottage. You choose your menu and we arrive laden down with your vintage china, linens, cutlery, bunting, food and teas. We can set up and dress your tables for you or we can leave everything to you. We return the following day to collect everything and best of all, you don’t have to wash up! Simply pack the china away and we will wash it up for you at our studio.
Whether you are looking for afternoon tea catering for a hen party, birthday party or wedding celebration, get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
All images below are from our own events, to give you a taster of what we do – from a picnic in the park to a ladies gathering for 100…
Image – Emma Cleveley Photography. Our styled photoshoot with our VW camper van
Our eating and serving china – Kathryn Edwards Photography, Matt Brown Photography
A selection of our canapés – Kate Henderson Photography
A Mad Hatters tea party at The Wonky Table
Hen Party for 20 in Derbyshire
Featured image – our 1950’s high tea styled shoot with Kathryn Edwards Photograhpy
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