Hey there lovelies. Hope everyone is well! We’ve got some serious wedding goodness on the blog today. Three of the hottest trends for this summer’s weddings. Whether you’re looking for fun and colourful, relaxed and boho or glam and decadent there should be something to tickle everyones fancy today.
Hope you Enjoy!
1) Club Tropicana
Oh hello fun-tastic, colour-popping, wedding goodness. These days you can’t swing a pineapple anywhere without bumping into a vibrant pink flamingo and maybe a palm tree and I for one am not complaining. I love this style with a passion and if you’re after a relaxed and colourful wedding day with bags of personality, then this Club Tropicana trend might just be for you.
Colour: Pops of pink with turquoise and orange and hints of metallic gold are the go to colours for this vibrant, summer inspired wedding style.
Pattern: Bold blocks of colour and geometric shapes.
Details: Source quirky and colourful props, sunglasses and a few inflatable flamingoes, add a fringed backdrop and you’ve got yourself a Photo Booth for your guests to have some fun in the evening. Set up a wedding hashtag on Instagram or even hire/buy a Polaroid camera to create a alternative guestbook.
DIY Brides: Spray paint pineapples gold or bright colours for fabulously fun wedding decor.
Flowers: Luscious hot pink or coral peonies (coral sunset are a must have) with cute daisies and pop them in a hollowed out pineapple for the perfect tropical-inspired centrepiece. Tip.. Find a jar or vase to put inside the pineapple so your beautiful blooms don’t get thirsty.
2) That 70s Vibe
I’m kicking myself already for throwing out my flared bootleg jeans as they are all over the high street at the mo and of course this 70s, bohemian trend is filtering through to wedding industry as quick as you can say ‘Peace & Love’ This style is all about earthy colours, relaxed and carefree elegance and embracing nature and different textures.
Colour: Deep colours such as maroons, forest greens mixed with burnt orange and mustard.
Pattern: Anything goes for this trend, think 70s vintage prints, antique rugs, bohemian lace and string art.
Details: Why not opt for a relaxed sharing style wedding breakfast with bare trestles tables adorned with tins of daisies and patterned table runners? Serve up platters of gorgeous meats, cheese and breads for a fabulous, family style feast.
DIY Brides: Macramé! It is going to be big news this summer…. and if you fancied taking on a wedding crafting project, this is the one for you. Add a little to your wedding cake like below or go big by creating a backdrop for your wedding table or Photo Booth. I have been so inspired by Frida Florentina recently, definitely check her out here and on instagram!
Flowers: Daisies, sunflowers and plenty of mixed foliage such as ferns and eucalyptus.
3) Moroccan Magic
Bold prints, jewel tones and as many tea lights as you can possibly find is the recipe to create some serious Moroccan magic. This look is all about creating a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with and underlying tone of pure decadence and luxury.
Colour: Decadent jewel tones such as kingfisher blue, deep raspberry and brass all make for a sumptuous colour palette.
Pattern: Oh the patterns! If anyone has been lucky enough to visit the wondrous city that is Marrakech, you’ll know that every street, door and pavement is adorned with the most beautiful patterns. These stunning patterns and shapes are perfect for translating into your wedding stationery or cake design.
Details: Create a chill out area lit with an abundance of lanterns and tea lights in coloured votives. Add patterned cushions, metallic moroccan poofs and low tables to create a beautiful place for your guests to recharge their dancing feet.
DIY Brides: Mimic the beautiful silk tassels by making your own out of tissue paper. There a thousands of tutorials online and you can buy tissue paper in so many colours that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Flowers: Go for striking, flower heavy centrepieces with opulent jewel tones of purple, red and pink. If in season both ranunculus’ and dahlia’s would be perfect for creating this luscious look.
Ok, so I’m totally torn, which is you favourite look? Any DIY brides out there going to try an of the ideas come and let us know over on Facebook.
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Hello D&J’ers. How is everyone?
We are getting back into the swing of things and our wedding season is slowly starting. We have had a few consultations over the last couple of weeks with couples who have already booked us to cater for their wedding and we have met up again to discuss the finer details of their day, mainly their drinks reception and catering options.
It seems a good and opportune time to talk about Pimms. This is still the reception drink of choice for many of our couples as it fits so well with our Afternoon Tea, nothing says ‘Summer Wedding’ more than this flavoursome long drink.
We have masses of pieces for you to hire to create a stylish drinks station for your Pimms – drinks dispensers, jam jars, wooden crates and we can create bespoke labels for your straws and glasses. See our full hire inventory here.
We often get asked how much to provide for guests – we can all quickly throw together a jug at home, but trying to work out specific quantities and costs for a guest list of 100 is a little tricker.
My own Pimms is usually laced with a glug of gin (Hendricks or Bloom are my favourites) but you may need to tread carefully with that at your wedding!
One part Pimms to three parts lemonade is the usual guide. If you like yours a little less sweet, then try substituting half of the lemonade for ginger ale.
For more ideas on a summer wedding, read our blogpost here
For 100 guests, each having two 70cl tumblers
4 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms
12 x litres of lemonade
Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw
For 100 guests, each having two 200ml jam jars
10 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms
30 x litres of lemonade
Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw
If you don’t like the taste of traditional Pimms, then do give their Blackberry and Elderflower a whirl.
And oh my, what could be better for a balmy summer’s evening (here’s hoping we get a few of those!) than a Pimms ice lolly.
Inspiration shoots are great fun to work on and it gives all wedding suppliers a chance to explore ideas and themes that we wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to do whilst working on a real wedding.
The shoot was the idea of the slightly eccentric and fabulously glamorous Elizabeth from Bespoke Vintage Castle. I absolutely love her and her business. Nothing is too much and more is definitely more for this accessory designer. You can see her bespoke creations on Etsy.
Decadent and fairytale was the brief and we pulled together inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and Marie Antoinette to create lavish and opulent images.
It really was a full house at our stunning venue, Hoar Cross Hall (who were by far the most accommodating and lovely hosts I have ever worked with, so thank you again), with around 20 people involved in making the magic. Models, make up artists, caterers, nail technicians, florist, two photographers, cake designers, stationers, hair dresser and wedding dress designers.
I guess in lots of ways, the brief should have been, go big, or go home. The hair, the dresses, the venue, the size of the shoot were all big! And all the more wonderful for it.
Have a super weekend, Karen x
Shoot concept and all accessories – Bespoke Vintage Castle
Photography – Nellie Photography
Props and styling – Darby and Joan
Outdoor tree props and styling – Fabric Theatre
Hair – Alison Jenner
Makeup – Bettie Lottie
Nails – Diamond Dolls Beauty
Stationery – Best Day Ever
Flowers – Tineke
Cakes – Miss Lolas Bakehouse
Models – Natasha Pizarello (Miss Derby / Derbyshire 2013 – 2014), Milli Jenner, Lizzie Sainsbury, Teddy Reddish, Sinitta Kalotti
Venue – Hoar Cross Hall
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