diy photo booths…

August 31, 2011

images courtesy of jose villa photography

Vintage photography is making a comeback. One of the big trends for weddings is that photography is going old school taking its inspiration from the seventies. The idea is to create an album that is relaxed and simple with a vintage vibe. This also plays into the big trend for homespun weddings – create your own photo booth with draped fabric as a background and provide your guests with lots of silly props to help get everyone in the mood.

pretty place settings…

August 30, 2011

image courtesy of papermash

I came across these pretty place settings on papermash, a lovely website selling a wide range of unique giftwares from independent designers. I particularly love these doily and brown paper wraps that would make the perfect wedding place setting. The best thing about these is that they are free – well in that papermash shares exactly how you can make them. Finish them off with a little hand tied ribbon and name card and sprig of flowers – the perfect touch to your table setting. 

images courtesy martha stewart weddings, nicola robyn events,

 sarah klassen & superfine bakery

In the fashion world, one of the popular colours for autumn this year is orange. It’s the perfect antidote to the grey wintry weather as its fun and vibrant and would be a beautiful colour choice for a fall wedding. Mix a variety of shades from tangerine, burnt orange, vermillion or melon with white or complement it with an equally bright colour like pink, purple or turquoise which is well suited a tropical summer inspired wedding. 

choosing a veil…

August 27, 2011

image courtesy of pinterest

Choosing whether to wear a veil is a personal preference these days for brides. There are so many options to choose from including full length, teardrop, elbow length or birdcage while some simply opt for nothing at all and instead wear a vintage headband or flowers. But where exactly does the tradition for wearing a veil come from. In previous centuries the majority of marriages were arranged by the parents of the bride and groom and it was custom that the groom didn’t see the bride until she unveiled her face with the lifting of the veil.

However as with many wedding traditions, they are based in superstition and the veil was originally worn to protect against evil spirits and the evil eye. The bride wore her veil as a disguise so that evil spirits who hated weddings and were jealous of the bride’s happiness, would not know who she was and couldn’t create a disturbance on the day. Visit Twigs and Honey for a beautiful selection of vintage style veils or for a wider choice check out The Wedding Veil Shop.

 

romantic curls…

August 26, 2011

images courtesy of pin interest

As the wedding is being held in Italy, it is going to be pretty warm at that time of year so I think both the bride and the bridesmaids will be wearing their hair up. If you’re not planning on wearing a veil then you can afford to make your hair the focus with a big intricate updo.

These romantic curled hairstyles are so beautiful – very reminiscent of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Twisted, curled, knotted and pinned, these detailed styles make enough of a statement that you can either just wear them as is or they can be accented with a pretty vintage clip or sparkly headband. I only wish I could re-create something like this myself!

budget wedding favours…

August 25, 2011

image courtesy of the busy budgeting mama

If you’re looking for some purse friendly wedding favours, these bubbles will keep both adults and kids alike entertained. You can easily make these yourself, simply fill bottles with bubble mix, include a bubble wand made from coloured pipe cleaners and decorate with ribbons and a pretty label with you and hubby’s name and date of the wedding on.

 

dessert bars…

August 24, 2011

images courtesy of martha stewart weddings, style me pretty, my sweet and saucy & voyage toutle monde

How amazing do these dessert bars look? Why should you restrict yourself to simply one dessert or one cake at your wedding? Apparently Kate and William didn’t and had two separate cakes. Choose from retro candy in vintage apothecary jars – visit Borrowed and Blue  for a choice of jars.

Alternatively go for lots of mini versions of all your favourite desserts from cucpcakes, chocolate nibbles, cookies and lemon meringue (my favourite) And if you’re going for an American style 4th of July wedding why not serve a selection of homemade pies from apple to blueberry and peacon – yum!