Wedding Planning

Heartfelt keepsakes for your wedding guests

Giftboxes with Sophie design - perfect keepsakes for your guests

Traditionally, wedding guests would receive wedding keepsakes in the form of a bag or box filled with five sugared almonds representing the five blessings - Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility.

Given to guests as a token of gratitude, wedding favours are still as popular as ever but these days there are a whole host of fun, funky and unique items to choose from. 

Why 2020 wedding trends are more affordable

An outdoor wedding - 2019 wedding trends

Your wedding day is widely considered to be the best and most important day of your life. That’s a lot of pressure, right? Not only do you have your own extravagant expectations to wrestle with, but also those of your friends, family and the cultural demands and wedding trends of the time. When the day comes to put your money where your mouth is, you could be in trouble. 

A recent survey discovered that the duties involved in weddings leave one third of bridesmaids in debt! And if that’s the state of the bridesmaids’ bank account, imagine how the bride and groom's bank accounts look! 

Planning a wedding successfully when you’re living abroad

Wedding on beach next to the blue sea

When it comes to your wedding, you want everything to be perfect and for everyone you hold near and dear to be there. Alexander Fordham from overseas property buying resource Property Guides, gives us his top tips for planning a wedding when you’re an expat.

The biggest day of your life is finally on the horizon! But when you’re living abroad, there’s just that little bit more to plan for. In this article, I’ll be telling you how you can successfully plan a wedding while living overseas.

Wedding planning tips from wedding planners Radhika & You

The Face of Radhika & you

Wedding planning specialists Radhika & you give Vows and Venues there top tips for planning a wedding. 

When you’re newly engaged and trying to start planning your wedding, there are a lot of emotions and thoughts running through your mind. We often speak to couples who are overwhelmed with the wedding planning process and not knowing where to start as there is so much to think about and organise.

We completely understand that couples will be thinking about everything from A to Z including guest numbers, their dream venue through to the flower arrangements and the smaller details.

Welcome RSA House's new wedding planner - Olivia Parrott

Olivia Parrott wedding planner

RSA House, the award-winning Central London venue, is delighted to welcome Olivia Parrott as its new wedding planner and private event sales and marketing executive.

Olivia joins with a wealth of experience having been in the CH&Co Group since 2016 where she initially began as an events assistant before becoming a venue consultant. Olivia recently won the ‘Hire Space Unsung Hero Award’ in recognition her outstanding work at ITA Venues and her ability to continually exceed expectations and go above and beyond for each and every client.

The top wedding planning apps in 2019

Items needed for planning a wedding

The 9 Best Apps to Make Wedding Planning Easy - Thanks to technology, it has never been easier to plan a wedding. Read the infographic below to discover the top wedding planning apps in 2019!

 

The past decade has seen the emergence of thousands of specialised wedding planning apps. But with so many apps to choose from, how can you tell which ones will best serve your unique needs? This infographic guide from the team at Valentina Fine Diamonds lists out the nine best free and premium apps every bride and groom to-be needs to know about in 2019.

 

Unique Wedding Favour Ideas

Personalised wedding favours

As the wedding season officially kicks off, so does the hunt for unique wedding favour ideas to give to your guests. We’re a long way from the traditional wedding favour of sugared almonds, today, couples are splashing the cash on everything from personalised scented candles to miniature bottles of their favourite tipples. Finding wedding favours that are unique has become a quest in itself, with many a disheartened future bride or groom finding themselves sitting at a wedding faced with their own ‘great idea’ next to their place card. 

 

So what can you do in order to make your favours stand out from the crowd? The answer is to go custom. 

 

Tapenade shares wedding predictions and trends for 2019

Tapenade Table Setting

For those celebrating a festive engagement, trends and predictions for the coming year will be a welcome part of the exciting plans taking form. Multi-award-winning specialist caterer Tapenade shares thoughts for creating the ideal wedding in 2019. 

Executive head chef of Tapenade, John Hearn, offers his top five predicted trends for the year ahead of wedding planning. With 20+ years’ experience in the event catering industry, John’s advice is sure to give couples looking to tie the knot that expert assurance to make their big day a success. 

Creative canapés

How to create the perfect tipi wedding

large tipi
By Donna Taylor, Taylored Plans.

There are so many options when it comes to wedding venues and styles, that it can be overwhelming for even the most wedding-savvy couples.  A purpose-built event space, such as hotel or hall, may not be your idea of the perfect space and something more bespoke may be more appealing. 

Starlight Tipis, based North-east Scotland, offers spectacular tipi weddings. We have compiled some top tips for you to ensure you are completely prepared, and you and your guests have an unforgettable day! 

Budget is important! 

The ready-made Insta-worthy Confetti Bar

The ready-made Insta-worthy Confetti Bar

Your wedding day is the best day of your life, and in the age of Instagram, making sure every little detail is just right and exactly how you imagined helps to make your day perfect. As a little helping hand, Shropshire Petals have just launched their new Confetti Bar package, the ideal ready-made confetti bundle for you to create a beautiful, Insta-worthy confetti bar.

Confetti Bars are a popular choice for 2019 as they create a focal point for your guests, which get them fully involved with your confetti moment. The Confetti Bar is ideal to place inside or outside your venue ready for guests to create their own confetti cocktail, ready to shower you with to celebrate your newly married status.

Kensington Palace welcomes guests to Historic Royal Palaces’ annual Wedding Showcase

Kensington Palace Historic Royal Palaces’ annual Wedding Showcase

Kensington Palace, one of six palaces cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, welcomed 120 high profile wedding planners, press and bloggers to the charity’s annual cross-palace wedding showcase on Wednesday 21 November. 

The evening began with a Cattier champagne reception in the King’s Drawing Room, part of the State Apartments which were recently licensed to host civil ceremonies for the very first time. Decorated with floral plinths by Hayford & Rhodes, guests took in their surroundings whilst enjoying drinks and canapes served by Blue Strawberry, including prosciutto cannelloni with crispy ham, mushroom and truffle & pea mousse and roasted pumpkin & mandarin ice-cream lollipop. 

Bride to Be Box - ideal gift for the fiancée who's planning the perfect day

Example of a Bride to Be Box - inside

Fancy an impressive gift which will be useful for the planning of your wedding? Rhys Jelley, co-founder at Bride to be Box, explains why you should think outside the box…

Tell us about yourselves…

My wife Harriet and I met at university in 2007, where Harriet was studying for a degree in media and public relations and I was studying for a degree in international business management. After we graduated in 2011 we moved to Guernsey, where Harriet grew up. Harriet now works as an account director for a leading PR agency and I head up the partnerships and retail team for a large vitamin and supplement brand.

Why did you decide to start up the Bride to Be Box venture? 

Luxury wedding stationers launch new range of Wedding Day Guest Books

Luxury wedding stationers launch new range of Wedding Day Guest Books

Following the success of their hand-finished wedding stationery, norma&dorothy are expanding into wedding styling with the launch of their new Guest Book collection.

The 40-strong range is made up of beautifully finished books to suit all wedding themes; from clean-lined contemporary pieces to whimsical offerings.  Each one is personalised to capture the couple’s names, wedding venue and wedding date, making it the perfect keepsake. 

There are three different cover finishes available: hardback – available in six different colours with foil detail, transparent acrylic and 3mm birch. All books are filled with luxuriously thick white paper, which provides the perfect backdrop to your guests’ messages, and are bound by bronze wire. 

Foodie Weddings

Foodie Weddings

Gone are the days where the newlyweds never get to taste the food that they spent the last six months planning! As the food offering works it way up the list of a wedding’s most important elements, we explore the rise of the foodie wedding and how you can add your own tasty twists to your big day.

It’s safe to say that the foodie revolution has truly engrained itself in every aspect of modern life and weddings are no exception. With wedding cakes made with layers of brie and camembert and brides parading down the aisle with edible bouquets, now is the time to welcome in a new age where the cuisine takes centrestage.