Friday, 13 April 2012

Save the Date

I love a good wedding show/fayre and got just a little overexcited when I was very kindly invited to the Save the Date event in Nottingham next weekend. After convincing my husband to be that he needed to come along with me (there is a blokes corner after all) I booked myself some tickets and am now looking very forward to a day of happy wedding excitement.

From the fabulously designed website and the list of brilliant suppliers it looks like it's the kind of wedding fayre that's right up my street. With catwalk shows, hair seminars and best of all, DIY workshops (I can guarantee that I will be signing up to learn how to make my very own pretty wooden bunting and flower buttonholes) it should be a fabulous event and I just couldn't help but share it.  

And in case you're not sure about going, according to the Save the Date blog, there are seven very good reasons why you just have to be there:

1)Each ticket purchased is entered into a prize draw to win £1,000 worth of wedding bands courtesy of the fabulous Temprell Jewellers. I can personally confirm that their wedding bands are absolutely amazing. They're a family run business and the quality of their products is second to none.

2)Catwalk shows with a difference!

3)A fabulous speakers corner featuring seminars from wedding experts.

4)A chance to be pampered at the vintage make up stand.

5)Cocktails and music in the Lyrical Lounge.

6)DIY workshops!

7)Last but not least, the opportunity to meet a fantastic range of local, handpicked wedding suppliers.

Check out their website for more info! Tickets are a fantastic price so don't miss out:

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A Bit of Photobooth Fun

I love photobooths. Yes, a simple but very true and thought out statement. I was first introduced to the brilliantness that is for-hire photobooths at the very lovely wedding of Anton and Vicky. I'm not gonna lie, I queued up several times to get some hilarious and memorable photo souvenirs. Whether in a green clown wig, a silly hat, or just as myself, I loved every minute of cheesy posing and face pulling fun. They're a fantastic way to get some 'let your hair down' kind of photo's while still providing endless laughs and entertainment to your guests. My love of all things photobooth grew even more after once again getting some fantastic photo's at a work masquerade ball last Christmas. The booth was one of the stars of the nights and my co-workers and I seemed to queue up numerous times for some fun filled photo's...

If you have the space, and the budget then I would wholeheartedly recommend hiring a photobooth for your big day. Prices range from £500 to £1000 depending on which company you go with. The lovely Anton and Vicky used pictureblast for their wedding and they were absolutely perfect. They have a range of booths from retro to super and have a deal at the moment which gives you the below for £600. It's a fantastic package and well worth the money.

What's Included:
•Set up and take down of booth
•Unlimited visits to the booth (choose between colour or black & white prints per visit by using a touch screen)
•Optional Video Messaging (your guests can leave you short messages from within the booth!)
•Customised labels on prints
•A box full of props * A definite must!
•Guest instant facebook & email IPad
•PictureBlast staff for the duration of the photo booth hire

•All hi resolution images taken in the booth on Disc
•Video messages captured presented on a DVD for you to watch at home
•On-line Image Gallery for you and your guests to view your pictures after the event (password protected)
And if you want to take it that step further, they offer the below package upgrades:
•Full Leather bound album with gift box available in Black or Cream (we supply silver gel pens and adhesive) - £50 *I love this option. I seem to remember writing a few red wine fuelled comments in sparkly glitter gel pens at Anton and Vicky's wedding.
•Double set of prints, one for your guest, one for your guest book (not required with twin strip option) - £50 *I also love this as it almost makes for a favour/souvenier for your guests.
•Key Rings  - We can design a backing and make them up at your event - £100 per 100
•Additional Run Time Hours- £100 per hour
•Idle hours - £25 per hour (if you need the booth set up more than 1 hour ahead of run time)

Last but not least, I couldn't help but share a few of my fave photo's from both events. Enjoy!

Check out the below for more info:

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Personalized Sweeties

If ever in your life you're going to serve up some personalised sweets, your wedding day is the day to do it. Having a husband to be that has a bit of a notorious sweet tooth, I'm organising and supplying a sweets buffet during the evening do on my big day. I'd originally looked into getting a professional company to come in and do it all for me, but after being quoted a few very pricey figures, I opted to do it myself.

A few trips to homesense later, and I'd collected a nice little assortment of various sized mason jars and ivory ceramic dishes that I can't wait to fill with our favourite sweets. I also had a look online and found some very reasonably priced metal scoops and pink and white striped paper bags from Amazon. Perfect and charming for my DIY buffet. I think I'll also pick up some gold and ivory ribbons to decorate the jars with and pull together my wedding colour scheme.

Onto the tasty part - sourcing the sweets themselves.

I love the idea of personalised sweets and there a few brilliant and fun types of sweeties just waiting to be emblazoned with my and my husband to be's wedding day message. Here are my favourites:

Personalised M&M's - With a plethora of colours to match any bride's colour scheme and 2 sides of messages to print, these little pieces of candy coated chocolate are wedding day perfect. As favours or part of a sweets table they're charming and fun. They may be a bit pricey but I think they're worth it. Loves!

Love Heart's - You actually couldn't find a retro sweet more suited to a wedding day. With Swizzler Matlow offering them packaged in more ways than I can count, they're perfect for favours, sweets tables or just as a cheeky wedding day snack. I'll be investing in the 50 rolls for £35 pictured below. Just need to decide on what I'll put as my personal message....

A Bit of Rock - This pretty in pink 'Just Married' option sells for a very reasonable price from none other then John Lewis. You can also get these personalised from specialist websites (as in some of the pics below) but a word of warning...this can cost in the £200+ range for just 100 sweets. Eep! I think I'll just go for the perfectly pretty high street option.

I do love a good personalised wedding day sweetie. Do you have any other fun and perfectly suited wedding day sweets idea's?

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

I Like You - By Sandol Stoddard Warburg

I have officially told myself off for my lack of posting in the last week. Apparently I've been too busy consuming egg shaped chocolate (yes, I fell off the Dukan bandwagon big style, but am back on track with a protein day today) and generally lazing about and enjoying my Easter break. Not to worry, I'm back and have vowed to post every day for the rest of this week after sourcing some lovely wedding idea's.

To get me in a wedding frame of mind (I've got loads of bits for my own big day to sort out this week after taking a bit of a deserved break last week) I thought I'd share the very lovely and very perfect wedding reading 'I Like You' by Sandol Stoddard Warburg (it's a bit of a mouthful). Let me know what you think....I happen to think it's charming and sweet and makes me smile every time I read it:

I like you and I know why
I like you because you are a good person to like
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it's special
And you remember it a long, long time
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember

When I think something is important you think it's important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I'm funny and you think I'm funny too

I like you because you know where I'm ticklish
And you don't tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too
You know how to be silly - that's why I like you
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump


I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don't always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can't stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time

I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It's awful when the other person isn't
They are so nice and oooh you could just about punch them on the nose

I can't remember when I didn't like you
It must have been lonesome then
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
And that's how it would happen every time

Thanks for reading,