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Butterfly Blossom From Olivia Samuel
Butterfly Blossom From Olivia Samuel

Well I have to admit I’m biased when it comes to the Butterfly Blossom design as it is one of our ranges at Olivia Samuel, but for me it defines the quintesstial English garden, making it perfect for a spring or summer wedding.

Now vintage is a word that is banded about alot (especially in the wedding industry) but I’m happy to call it just good old fashioned!  Why?  Because it reminds me of my grandparents garden when I was little.  The powder blue background of this design is the same blue as the hydrangea bush which sat next to their front door, that signalled summer was here when it bloomed.

We chose a delicate font for the text (which is gold foiled onto the card) so that it would compliment the pattern rather than overpower it and have printed onto a shimmer board to keep that lovely old fashioned romantic look.  Swarovski crystals have been used to highlight the butterflies as even my nan liked a little bit of sparkle, and a pretty cream bow (optional) adds that feminine touch.

Butterfly Blossom wedding invitations cost £3.50 each, with quantity discounts starting at quantities of 50 or more.

Flag and Bunting Store

Ok, you’ve been planning your wedding for the last couple of years and had everything booked, sorted and organised, then along come William & Kate announcing their wedding day as Friday 29th April.  Does this mean your day will be overshadowed by their celebrations?  Absolutely not, and if you can’t beat them, join them.  Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to bring out your patriotic side by hanging up the bunting and planning a right royal knees up of your very own, and it doesn’t need to cost a royal mint!

Flag and Bunting Store

 Of course bunting is a must, choose from this red,white and blue bunting, which come in various lengths starting at 8.6m for £10.50 from Flag and Bunting Store, or go all out with this union jack bunting also from the Flag and Bunting Store which also comes in varying lengths starting with 6m for £7.99.  The same company also sell pack of 12 hand held flags which would be perfect to hand out to your guests so that they can wave about to celebrate after the ceremony rather than throwing confetti.

Flag and Bunting Store
For your bridesmaids, rather than asking them to don Gerri Halliwell style union jack dresses, try royal blue and red dresses so that they can wear the colour that suits them, and then accessorise them in the contrasting colour shoes, jewellery and flowers for a bold, striking look against your white dress.  Debenhams have a great range of bridesmaid, prom and evening dresses that are available in red and blue to keep the look coordinated. 
Debenhams
Debenhams
Choose favour boxes like these from Confetti and other reception stationery in bold reds and blues that will compliment white tablewear, using alternating blue and red ribbon on white chair cover  will also give a dramatic effect to your reception.
Confetti

Using red, white and blue floral dispalys for the  reception tables can be difficult as blue flowers tend to be light blue, although deep blue delphiniums are a good choice if they are in season otherwise they could be pricey.   Artificially dying white roses or lilies is also an option but again this can be pricey, s0 unless you have the royal budget then another use striking blue vases with red and white flowers to achieve the royal look.