Thursday, 31 March 2011

Free Wedding Planner - You & Your Wedding

The You &Your Wedding website are offering a free wedding planning tool!

It allows you to manage your budget, keep track of RSVP's, organise a seating plan and much more!

Click here to register.

Have fun!!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

DIY Inspiration...

Stuck for some wedding DIY ideas?
Check out these bargain reads for some inspiration...

It's all here, from 'save the date' notices to flowers and favours. Fashion beautiful birds nest place cards, embellished with tinsel, candied almonds, and guests photographs.

The great book offers lots of different suggestions for DIY ideas to personalise your wedding, with hints and tips on how you can adapt it to fit your theme/colours. It advises places to look for inspiration and has some fab ideas for ways to personalise your wedding to make your day your own. 

This book will show you that with a little bit of planning and preparation, it is possible to have the day of your dreams without starting married life in debt.  You really can create your own special day by doing it yourself and having fun along the way. This book is packed with top tips and money saving ideas for: Stationery, Venues, Flowers, Transport, Hair and Make-up, Photographs, Food and Drink, the Reception and much more - including tips from live brides and over 100 budget busting ideas.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Complete Luxury Wedding Package Offer! 60% Discount

Fantastic luxury wedding package offer!

£1958 at the four star Sketchly Grange Hotel & Spa (value £4895) - what a fantastic bargain!

Nestling in the heart of rural Leicestershire on the fringes of the country town of Hinckley sits the grand, AA Four Star Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa. Set among lush, verdant gardens the Sketchley Grange Hotel is a charming building resplendent in mock-Tudor architecture of stained wooden features and white-washed walls. An enchanting fusion of historic British building styles and the elegance of a modern hotel, Sketchley Grange offer patrons a range of attractive facilities including the luxurious, award-winning Romanesque swimming pool and spa as well as a choice of restaurants and bars. An ideal location for a fairy-tale wedding, Sketchley Grange offers a variety of packages specially tailored to provide newlyweds with the wedding reception of their dreams.

•Three course meal, evening buffet and Bridal Suite

•Red carpet on arrival and reception with white or red wine, or Pimms

•Civil room hire with Master of Ceremonies

•Discounted accommodation rates for guests

•Picturesque location in rural Leicestershire

•Additional services available such as ceremony music, Piper on arrival, Wedding party transport and three tier Wedding cake

•Venue can also be used for other special events such as birthday parties

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

10% Off Mandalay Wedding Stationery

Confetti are offering 10% Off Mandalay Wedding Stationery until 31st March 2011.

This ever popular range of wedding stationery has been enhanced with 4 new designs and is available in an extensive range of colours to suit most wedding themes.

To view the range, click here


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Wedding Decoration Budget Ideas

Sorry for the infrequent posts lately – I’ve been extremely busy arranging a charity masquerade ball. Hectic but lots of fun!

Anyway, as this has also been quite relevant to what I’ve been doing, here are some budget wedding decoration ideas:

DIY Ideas
Wedding stationery; invitations, save the date cards, place names, order of service booklets etc (let me know if you need any advice on these)
  • Bridesmaid wrist corsages – a cheaper alternative to a bouquet and easy to make yourself
  • Create a topiary using tissue paper and Styrofoam. You could then hang them from the ceiling or place on a small garden cane and secure in a plant pot. You can pick up a topiary from most craft stores or garden centres
  • Bunting to decorate the venue
  • Wedding post box and guest book (buy the blank versions and decorate yourself to match your colour/theme)
  • Wedding favours
  • The list is endless!! I made lots of things for my wedding so give me a shout if this is something you are considering doing

  •  Shop around for decorations. eBay and wedding forums are great for picking up bargains that have only been used once (that’s where most of mine came from!) such as mirror plates, table runners, chair backs, candles, tea lights etc. 9 times out of 10 they are in perfect condition as they have only been used at one wedding.
  • Consider making as much as you can yourself such as invitations, place names, favours etc – it can save you a bomb!
  • Ask about to see if any friends/family know of a photographer, cake maker, florist etc – you never know you might be able to get a discount!
  • Make a wedding budget spreadsheet and stick to it - keep it up to date with what you have spent and what is left to pay out. It’s very easy to go over budget with all the little bits that add up

 Ceremony Decor
  • It may be worth asking the venue if their florist does wedding flowers – it may work out cheaper to use their preferred florist
  • It's also worth asking whether any other couples are getting married in the venue on the same day as you. They may be prepared to split the cost of the floral arrangements
  • Secure and tie two long stem pink roses organza ribbon as a pew decoration
  • The front of the venue will be the main focal point so keep the main decorations here and just dot simple ones on the pew ends to keep costs down
  • Don't put flowers in any area of the venue that people won't be able to see when they're sat down 
Reception Decor 
  • Candles/tea lights are a cheap and easy way to create a soft, romantic ambience. Just check with your venue that they allow candles. If not, there are battery operated tea lights available which actually look quite effective!
  •  Shop around for prices on centrepieces etc – a florist may charge more for the hire of vases etc than what you can pick them up for second hand
  • Use the flowers from the church to double up as decorations for the venue
  • Ask the venue if they have vases that you can borrow
  • Purchase fairy lights in the January sales – look out for the soft white Christmas lights
  • Make the guest book part of the decorations by having it on a separate table that's decorated with framed pictures of you both. Coordinate the guest book with the theme or colours of the wedding and have it available at the ceremony and reception. This way more guests will see it and have the opportunity to sign it.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Coast 20% off

Just a quickie - Coast are offering 20% off their full priced items!

Click here and enter code: MARCH20OFF

Valid until Monday 14th March.
Happy Shopping! x

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Romantic Yellow Spring, Inspiration!

Finally the sun is shining and it feels like spring is in the here’s for a little spring inspiration! Soft yellows and creams give a lovely relaxed romantic feel – here are some ideas to incorporate that theme further:

Have framed romantic/love poems or quotes written in calligraphy dotted around the venue or used as centrepieces with flowers and candles

Scatter flower petals down the isle

Lots of tea lights, candles, lanterns

Romantic background music

Subtle butterfly and heart decorations will add to a romantic feel

Follow the theme through from the wedding stationery, to the flowers, favours, cake and decorations

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Great Spring offers from Confetti!

It might not feel like spring yet but here are some fab spring offers on at the moment on the Confetti site (up until 31st March) get there quick and grab a bargain!