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…To Save The Date?

I see a lot of debate on wedding sites and forums over the increasing trend of sending save the dates for your wedding.  It’s a relatively new idea, but as yet, not a firm tradition or expected necessity of the wedding planning.

There are several reasons why it’s become popular to send one, and all of them are valid considerations for part of your planning process.

  • With weddings being booked months and often, years, in advance, it can be quite important to have a firm idea of your guest numbers before the wedding. While most save the dates do not require a RSVP, if your guests know in advance they cannot attend, they would let you know.
  • Weddings are also increasingly being booked for weekdays, and giving your guests some forewarning that they may need to take time off work to attend your wedding can only be helpful.
  • Alternatively, your wedding may be around a special holiday or Summer break, your guests will appreciate being given the heads up to include your wedding in their plans.
  • Our circle of friends and families are much wider now, and you will most definitely have guests who you would like to attend that you don’t see on a regular basis..
  • Also, many couples opt for a long engagement, so it’s a lovely way of letting your loved ones know that you have set the date for the wedding.
  • If you are having a destination wedding, it’s essential to send one with the dates you will be there for, saving the finer details for the official invitation.
  • If you have a wedding website, also include these details on your save the date so your guests can keep updated with your wedding planning.
  • Save the dates are a great way to get super creative and are generally a bit more fun and less formal than your wedding invitation. It gives you the chance to start a theme for your wedding, or send magnets or CD’s, or even a personalised save the date photo of you and your partner!

There are loads of websites out there that will help you get creative with your ideas. We opted for a cinema ticket stub style and we designed it online at Zazzle, and sent them as postcards. You don’t have to go overboard with the expense either, keep the budget small and save the big money for the formal wedding invitations.

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What are your thoughts on save the dates?

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