White Wedding…Cakes

I’ve collated another fab pinterest board for white only wedding cakes….they are so elegant, and definitely a style I love to bits.

A white cake is not uncommon for weddings, but usually with accents of colours from the theme used as well.
These deliciously stunning cakes show how simplicity and style can still be used in an all white cake, with accents, designs and embellishments making the finished cake look flawless.

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Check out our pinterest board here.
Follow Blossom To Flourish’s board White Wedding…Cake on Pinterest.

For our wedding, we went for an all white design, with black ribbon and a red velvet cake. It was yum!

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Wedding Wednesday…Gorgeous Grey Wedding Theme

Following on from our earlier posts on choosing your wedding theme, or handing over creative control to others, we’ve been squirrelling away working on some gorgeous ideas for wedding themes. One trend I’ve particularly fallen in love with this year is for using gorgeous greys…..and no, not because of Mr Christian Grey, because they are beautiful!!

Tones of greys, silvers and platinums are quite unusual for a wedding theme, and lend themselves really well to be used in soft or vibrant ways, as accents or features.

We’ve put together a pinterest board for you to grab some inspiration from!

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Follow Blossom To Flourish’s board Gorgeous Grey Wedding Theme Ideas on Pinterest.

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Wedding Fairs & Websites

As you move into full tilt into wedding planning mode, it’s always worthwhile attending a few wedding fairs to meet potential suppliers or have a look at venues.  If venues you are interested in host wedding fairs, it gives you the opportunity to have a good look around and also see the venue space and set up etc.

A lot of venues also have preferred suppliers who they deal with regularly and that kind of experience and history can ease a lot of planning stresses and worries if you know that all of your suppliers have worked together before. Some may even have referral discounts, like ours did with our photographer, which are always worthwhile considering.

Wedding fairs are a great source of inspiration, and suppliers will always have plenty of information about their products and services for you to have a look through and discuss in further detail.  I also found that wedding suppliers often exhibited the newest trends in weddings, from flowers to cakes and stationery.  You may see something on display at a wedding fair you had never considered for your day!  We took away swatch samples of chair covers, we saw the sweetie cart we had and I trialled the airbrush makeup, all at a wedding fair.  It also provided me with good information on dress boutiques as well, and one wedding fair we attended even put on a fashion show.

They give you a great opportunity to meet suppliers, have a chat and get an overall feel of how they work.  I’ve said this before, but having a great relationship with your suppliers is vital, you are trusting them to help plan your special day, and you need to have confidence in their abilities to deliver what you want.  Even at an early planning stage, visiting wedding fairs can start to give you a good idea on where you are on the price ranges for different aspects of the wedding.

Wedding fairs can be quite seasonal, which is understandable given that the most popular time to get married in the UK is the Summer. They will usually run from October to March, so bear this in mind in your planning process. I would add that you should limit the amount of fairs you commit to visiting though, by the third or fourth, you will most definitely be sick of them and you won’t be as enthusiastic to chat with the exhibitors if you have already done the rounds at a few. We visited around four, the last one we went to we only attended because it was being held at a venue we were keen on. I felt quite rude as one of the photography exhibitors tried to chat to me and Bobby while all we were interested in doing was sizing up the space!

I found Facebook a great way to find wedding fairs that were local to me, and I liked all the pages of the venues we were interested in to keep an eye out for updates.  I also liked a lot of wedding resource pages on there, such as The Knot, but this page is a great one : The Vintage Wedding Fayre.  This organisation runs wedding fairs up and down the country in major towns and cities and you’ll find a lot of their exhibitors have a ton of unique, bespoke ideas for your wedding.   They also share a lot of supplier pages on Facebook, so you can like away to your hearts content! I ended up creating a separate feed list for all my wedding stuff so I could browse through quite easily whenever I wanted (which admittedly, was a LOT).

The other sites I used were Hitched,  which lets you search by region, particularly handy if you are getting married far from home.  It also lets you search by month, so the avid planners amongst you can really get ahead. Confetti also offer a similar service.

I joined a couple of wedding planning groups on Facebook too, and joined UK Bride, which is a social network for brides. The forums and discussion posts on there sites and groups are stuffed to the brim of useful information, tips and even on Facebook are linked to buy/sell groups – perfect for sourcing, and eventually selling, your must have items.

There’s a lot of great resources out there to help you in you wedding planning process, so use them!

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Wedding Wednesday – what if you’re no good at DIY?

Hi folks, Happy Easter! We hope that you have had a lovely chocolate-filled Easter break.

Today’s Wedding Wednesday is all about DIY – or rather, what to do if you’re no good at DIY! I wish I was creative. I’d love to be one of those people who could make bunting or my very own seating plan. I was willing to give it a go but sadly my efforts always looked like those of a toddler’s! We have all seen the Pinterest boards for DIY Weddings that make us feel that we should be a dab hand at sewing and sticking but what happens if that’s just not right for you? What if you’re no good at it or simply don’t have time?

We decided after a couple of failed attempts at making stuff for the wedding that we needed some help. I had a dream of my wedding being something out of an Estee Lauder commercial and my tables looking like they’d been dressed and laid by The White Company and there’s no way anything I made could look like that.

So, I enlisted Ava Event Styling to help. I met the ladies from Ava Event Styling and The Boutique Baking Co. (more about Mrs Bou later) at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show. They were so kind and spoke to me at length about my early thoughts about my wedding and even followed up with mood boards by email to help inspire me.

Gary and I had a meeting with Amanda and Amy to discuss our thoughts about decor and flowers. I admitted early on that I was pretty useless and I really didn’t want to feel disappointed by my efforts on The Big Day. I decided to hand over creative vision to them. We set a budget, gave them the numbers and discussed the overall look we were after and then bravely said “go for it”. They were to be in charge of deciding on the room decor, table decorations and flowers and I would provide the stationery and little details like using my mother’s lace glove from her wedding around my bouquet. I also gave them access to my Pinterest boards so that they could keep under review the sort of things I was finding and loving in the build up to the big day.

Now, I know this won’t suit every Bride out there (we are often referred to as Bridezillas for a reason!) but I didn’t even want to see what they had chosen until the day itself. I wanted to see it fresh that day as if I was a guest at my own wedding and I’m so glad I did.

As a word of warning, I would say that you should only do this if you know the supplier well and you have seen their work and had recommendations! Goodness me, you wouldn’t want to be disappointed on the day! Ava Event Styling is often found in wedding blogs with photos of their gorgeous work and being a local business, I was able to see them when I wanted to and we stayed in contact regularly. Please make sure you trust your supplier before going ahead!

Below are some photos of our flowers and decorations (all photos taken by AE Wedding Photography) and I’m sure you’ll agree that they looked beautiful. I was thrilled. I wasn’t at all disappointed that I didn’t do it myself!!

One idea, if you must have some DIY elements, is to enlist the help of others. You’ll see at the bottom of the post a photo of our confetti cones – I asked a creative friend to make these for me as a wedding gift!

Let me know what you think.

Clare x

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