Wedding Themes

Wedding Wellies
Wedding Wellies

We would all love to think that if we planned a wedding in the middle of summer that we would be blessed with wall to wall sunshine with just a small possibility of a rain shower.  But if the last few years have taught us anything, it has to be that where the Great British weather is concerned, we have to expect the unexpected and like the Girl Guides ‘be prepared’.  So bridal wellie boots are now almost as important as the bridal shoes themselves as back up footwear.  These quaint Wedding Wellington Boots from Perdita’s Wedding Shoes with their sweet little bows are the ideal choice to wear under a long dress but would look equally good with a short dress as they look like a slim fit and also have a small 5cm heel to give you a little height.

I certainly hope that you don’t need to use the wellies on your big day, and if you don’t, at least you’ll have a fab pair of wellies after the wedding!

The High Catherine Wedding Wellington Boots are from Perdita’s Wedding Shoes and cost £56.00

Wrapor
Wrapor

If you are having a winter wedding, it’s pretty certain that you will need something to cover your shoulders to keep you warm, a shivering bride with goosebumps is probably not the look you have in mind for your big day!  But the last thing you want to do is cover up your perfect wedding gown with a jacket, or spend all day trying to keep a wrap on your shoulders whilst you exchange wedding rings, greet guests and drink champagne.

This faux fur bridal shrug from Wrapor has been designed to stay on like a jacket whilst not detracting from the detailing of the dress and it gives a gloriously glamorous finish to your winter wedding outfit.  It’s available in ivory, pure white or black, and can be embellished with Swarovski crystals at an extra cost for that extra bit of sparkle.

The Faux Fur Bridal Shrug is available from Wrapor and costs from £85.00

Olivia from Bijou Junkie
Olivia from Bijou Junkie

I simply adore this gorgeous vintage inspired necklace called Olivia from Bijou Junkie, admittedly it may be something to do with the name since this is the blog from Olivia Samuel, but I was taken in before I saw the name, honest!  Clusters of dark pink toned flowers sit on the three chains, the longest of which features an ornate pink glass pendant.  Wear it with a silk column style dress to get that ‘silver screen’ or Gatsby style of the 1920’s and 30’s.

Bijou Junkie make items from heritage and new items, recycling at it’s best, and also offer a bespoke service if you have something specific in mind.

The Olivia necklace is available from Bijou Junkie for £32.00

 

Marlene From Harriet Wilde
Marlene From Harriet Wilde

These divine lace peep toe wedding shoes by Harriet Wilde are the perfect compliment to a vintage inspired tea length wedding dress.  Delicate lace with ivory duchesse silk satin give a gentle nod to one of the best style decades, the fifties, which mixed femininity and glamour to perfection.  The 9cm heels are the ideal height for a tea length gown as they lengthen the legs and give the calves a sexy yet feminine curve and the hidden platform will give just a little extra height.  Leather inner with comfort padding will ensure comfort throughout the day.

The Marlene shoe by Harriet Wilde is available from Crystal Bridal Accessories for £199.99

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.

Many brides look for inspiration online and in magazines to find the perfect theme for their wedding and there are lots of great ideas to be had.  The final day is usually a hotch potch of different bits and pieces of inspiration the bride has picked up along the way in the wedding planning journey.  Unfortunately you only have one chance to get it right and it is all to easy to make costly bad decisions along the way.  I was drawn to a particular blog from Aimee Dunne recently titled “Wedding Tips : Savvy Savings” which gave some very useful and practical advice to ensure you get your wedding day how you want it and on budget.  Aimee Dunne is a wedding planner covering the Kent, London and Surrey regions.  Many people discount the need for a wedding planner from day one but it is a well proven fact that a savvy wedding planner can easily recoup their own costs by negotiating with suppliers.  A wedding planner knows the typical costs of products and services within the industry and through their own network of contacts and wealth of experience can create your perfect day not just on budget but under budget.  I like to think of a wedding planner as already having done your wedding rehersal a hundred times over…. just with somebody else’s wedding.  They know what works and what doesn’t and more importantly they reduce the number of times after the wedding you hear yourself say “it was a wonderful day, but it would have been nice if….. ”

If you are still looking for the perfect theme to suit you and your partner then get some inspiration from Aimee’s mood boards.  They are only a starting point but are great for opening a dialogue so your planner so they know your likes and dislikes and the kind of wedding you are aiming for.  Aimee Dunne is a member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and you can find more about Aimee at www.aimeedunne.com

Aimee Dunn

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Venues Cakes
Absolutely stunning is the best way I can describe this amazing Gothic Wedding cake from Venues Cakes.  I came across this site whilst trying to find out a little bit about the new Wedding TV  programme which is starting on 11th May 2010 on Sky, The Great Cake Bake.  The idea for the show is that six brides give their theme, or ideas to six wedding cake designers who are given three of the categories and they then have to come up with original designs for each category, the brides then choose their favourite design.  Amanda who created this gothic cake can explain it much better on her blog at Venues Cakes where you will find fantastic pictures with plenty of detailed shots of this and the shoe and steam punk cakes she created, this is one very talented cake designer. 

Woolworths
Woolworths

We got our local new Woolworths store just a couple of months before they went into administration, and like everyone else, I was gutted.  But thankfully now they are online and supplying just about all your party needs with all sorts of themes including Mexican, Hawaiin, Wild West and of course James Bond.  So if your intending to have a James Bond theme for your wedding, make Woolworths your first stop.  These cut outs cost £29.99 and would look great at the reception entrance, or you could have the male version outside the men’s loos and the female version outside the ladies.

Woolworths
Woolworths

Keep the theme completely black and white for a dramatic effect with silver flashes throughout for added touches of glamour.  This is one time I would advocate the use of balloons for wedding reception decoration, use lots of shiny black balloons with a few silver foil ones dotted about.

Woolworths
Woolworths

Personally I love the idea of a James Bond theme for a wedding with all those men in black tie, just keep an eye on your bridesmaids though ‘cos we all know that any man looks good in black tie!

Oxfam
Oxfam

Country & Western themed weddings can be brilliant fun, whether you want the whole day to have a cowboy theme or just the party in the evening, you’ll be set for a fun time with line dancing and maybe a hog roast or bbq.  If you’re going the whole hog and having the entire day with a country and western theme you’ll need to think about your wedding dress.  With all the very sophisticated or minimal designer dresses about that cost a fortune you’ll find it difficult to buy a new dress unless you go bespoke, so the best idea is to go vintage and the best era for country and western style dresses is the 1980’s.  Oh yes, all those frills, lace and puff shoulders are the perfect style.  The one pictured above is from Oxfam and of course is one of a kind, but you will always find something along these lines in a charity shop, and it will be cheap too.  This one has a long train which ideally you’d need to remove to leave an ankle skimming length to show off your cowboy boots!  Pop a white Stetson on your head and decorate with some flowers or a gingham scarf and you’ll be ready to say ‘I doe-se-doe’!

Kays
Kays

 If you’re looking to go more down the ‘Daisy Duke’ sexy cowgirl route, then something simple like this South lace detail cotton dress from Kays is perfect with tanned legs, boots and hat, and again accessorise with wild flowers for a natural and cute look.