Wednesday, 29 June 2011

25% off Personalised Items!

Confetti are offering 25% off personalised items until midnight 30th June - be quick, the offer isnt on for long!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Unique touches for your day...

Why not add some personal and unique touches, making your day as memorable for your guests as it is for you...

• Personalise your ceremony by writing your own vows or asking a friend to read a meaningful poem or passage at the service.
• For any out of town guests, budget permitting, prepare a gift basket or gift bag with goodies that they can enjoy in their hotel room. You can deliver the gift bags to the front desk at the hotel ahead of their arrival or present it to them the first time you see them
• Have a screen at the front of the reception dance floor (where the dj stand is) and have a slide show of pictures of you as a couple and with friends and family at the evening reception
• Ask your married guests to bring a photo of themselves from their own wedding day, and pin all the photos on a special board at the reception.
• Create your own cocktail! Use this as a welcome drink or the toast

• Book a calligrapher to write out some well-known romantic poems and/or love and marriage quotes then frame these and put them in the middle of your tables, surrounded by tea lights
• Venue permitting, ask for a small room to be set aside for you and your partner – perhaps with champagne and chocolates on standby – and arrange a time to meet your other half there alone. This gives you some precious moments to savour your wedding day together without being interrupted
• If time and budget permits, send a photo from the wedding of the guests with their thank you card
• Instead of tossing the bouquet, present it to the mother of the bride or groom or someone special
• If you have a close friend or family member who has passed away, make him or her part of the occasion by inserting a small photo in your bouquet, or lighting a Memorial Candle at the church ceremony

• Do something for the guests. Make a video of you and your fiancĂ© talking about the people who are special to you. Mention friends who have shown real loyalty, love, or family members who made great sacrifices for you. Intersperse your video with their photos. This is your chance to say thank you to all of them.
• Put a basket in the toilets at the wedding venue containing things such as plasters, deodorant, mints/chewing gum, hand cream, rennies, needle and thread –all the little emergency things that guests will really appreciate!
• If you’re having children at the wedding, have a ‘kiddie’s corner’ or ‘kiddie’s table’ and put some Colouring and Activity Fun Bags, bubbles etc for them to play with to save them getting bored. You could create personalised colouring books (lots of templates on the internet available for these) and incorporate the table with your colour scheme/theme

Friday, 24 June 2011

Celebrations Plus

Celebrations Plus have a fantastic range of DIY invitations and embellishments...
These blank cards are only £3.25 for ten cards and envelopes. They are produced in 4 different sizes, and 6 modern colours - Lilac, White, Pastel Blue, Burgundy, Baby Pink and Ivory.

Why not coordinate these with some place name cards? £2.50 for 10 and are available in Gold, Silver, Pearlised White, Silk Embossed or Parchment style.
Then the fun bit – personalise them!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Coast Offers...

Take a look at some of the new Coast sale pieces and new bridesmaid dresses below...beautiful! There is also free delivery until midnight on 27th June.

A modern duchess satin dress, with a futuristic peplum skirt and turned over v neck detail creating a subtly sexy silhouette. Fully lined.

A simply stunning natural silk taffeta dress with an a-line skirt and beautiful draped bust detail. This dress is fully lined and includes detachable straps.

Make an impact at a black tie event in the Savannah Maxi dress. This bandeau style has a sweetheart neck line and fabulous fishtail skirt, and comes with matching detachable straps.

Made in a gorgeous upmarket duchess satin fabric this dress is a perfect fit to flatter any figure. In a girly bandeau shape it will be perfect for any special occasion. If you like arm coverage why not pair with one of our cover ups to complete the look.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Guest Book Alternatives

There are many ways to keep messages from friends and family other than the traditional guestbook – here are some ideas below:

o Ask guests to write their message, advice or inspiration and post it through a sealed decorated box or wishing well – the box could easily be made by you and personalised to your colour scheme and theme...why not leave this for a year unopened and you can then spend your first anniversary sipping champagne and reading all the special messages!

o Guests can pin notes to a ‘wish tree’ this can also make a great focal point! Again, this can be done using a bit of imagination and DIY! The Wedding Chicks have a fantastic Wish Tree template download here.

o Video booth – guests can leave a video message for you to watch over and over!

o Polaroid camera –guests can take their picture and put it with their message or write a message on the back of the picture. These can be ‘pegged’ along a line which will make a fantastic feature at the wedding, not to mention looking great in the pictures

o Pebbles - pebbles are written on by the guests and then kept for years by the couple. They can be stored in a glass vase, or immersed in water.

o Wooden jigsaw puzzles that your guests can sign. Each guest has one piece of the puzzle to sign each and it’s your job as the couple to then put the whole thing together.

o Why not try and double up your guests place names with your guest book idea, by getting them to write a message on the reverse of their place name? you get to keep each place name in a lovely memory box. A great budget and DIY idea too!

o A suitcase; perfect for vintage weddings, or travel themed wedding. Guests are given a postcard to write on and then left to pop it in the suitcase. Looks great for any wedding and make a real feature out of the guest book.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Wedding Ceremony Offer at at Historic Tutbury Castle, Staffs

Listed among the Independent's top 50 wedding venues, Tutbury Castle's romantic ruins and perfectly manicured lawns overlook the scenic Dove Valley. Hosting weddings, partnerships, school parties, and the general public over the course of its year, the castle offers halls and historical walls as well as spacious grounds fit for royalty, including former guest Charles I.

•  Historic Royal castle ruins and grounds

•  Great Hall venue with long Tudor history
•  Time provided for photographs
•  Up to 45 guests
•  Food and drink available for surcharge

Partnerships looking to tie the knot in sovereign style can enjoy their date of choice (between January 2012 to March 2012) with up to 45 guests at Tutbury Castle. Taking place in the Great Hall surrounded by impressive antique furniture, time will be allocated for photos both one hour before and one hour after the ceremony itself, allowing guests and couples to find their favourite castle niche as a resplendent backdrop.

Tutbury Castle

Castle Street, Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs DE13 9JF

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

1950's Retro Inspiration...

Here are some mood boards that I put together for a couple recently and I absolutely loved it! The couple are aiming for a retro/1950’s feel with bright, vibrant colours.

What a fab theme! The couple also wanted a DIY element for their wedding – some ideas below the moodboards...

Bunting – easy enough to make yourself, just takes time and patience! Find some material of your choice (I found it cheaper to buy a single patchwork quilt cover rather than lots of separate bits of material) think polka dots, stripes etc. Cut out a triangle template from cardboard and use this to cut out the triangles (double sided) using pinking shears. Either sow or glue these to ribbon an inch apart – voila!
• Paper chains – buy lots of bright paper – an easy, budget friendly DIY project. Or you can purchase the ready cut paper 
• For a cheap but effective decoration use lots of tissue paper for a fringe wall (such as the one on the sweetie bar pic on the moodboard) Tissue paper is cheap enough and it doesn’t take that much at all to do a lot. .
• Make party poppers by cutting paper towel rolls into thirds, filling them with confetti + taffy and wrapping them up in paper. Super easy and super cute! Plus they really pop
• Create your own place name holders etc and add a 50’s feel with these Cath Kidston Labels and Stickers (Cath Kidston Stationery)
• The record/vinyl style invitations have a great 50’s/retro feel – these can be quite pricey to buy (about £2 per invite) but are easy enough to create yourself.
      o Cut out a circle from some glossy black card in the required size
      o  Type the required text (example attached on separate page) and print this out onto cardstock – 
          maybe stick to white and decorate the card once its printed or add some graphics on before printing
      o  Use double sided tape or carefully apply craft glue and secure the smaller circle onto the centre of the
      o  This may take a few trial runs but practice makes perfect!

• Home baked cookies in retro shapes. Choose an icing colour to match your scheme and wrap in cellophane, then tie with pretty bows.
• Sticks of rock with personalised labels
• Mini gumball machines with DIY handmade labels
• Boxed cupcake with a retro cupcase
• Personalised lemonade mix
Cupcake lipgloss

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Confetti 3 for 2 Offer

Confetti have some more fab offers on...

3 for 2 offers across petals
3 for 2 across confectionery and
3 for 2 across personalised gifts

Saturday, 11 June 2011

£2,995 for Wedding/Civil Partnership Package at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa

Another Fantastic Wedding offer!

•  Three course wedding meal including two glasses of house wine per guest, and evening buffet

•  Kir Royale on arrival for guests and sparkling wine for your toast
•  Personal wedding coordinator to assist you throughout
•  Overnight accommodation for the bridal couple
•  Matron of Ceremonies, red carpet, DJ and disco
•  Silver cake knife and stand, place cards, canvas table plan and menus
•  Reduced accommodation rates for your guests (25% discount off existing wedding brochure rates)
•  Free car parking

Lying on the edge of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Clumber Park Hotel and Spa caters for bands of merry men and women seeking fine cuisine, a luxuriant venue or cotton-filled slumber. A recent refurbishment has enabled the hotel to fully shine next to the enticing forest surrounds, and has ensured that every hotel room provides stylish decor, flat screen TVs and plenty of space. The attached spa offers treatments and therapies for solace seekers, and a gym and pool with those with more energy to spend.

Expires 30 December 2011

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Sweetie Bar...

Here are some fab ideas for your sweetie table...

This wonderful Lollipop tree idea is from Martha Stewart weddings – this would look great on your sweetie table or as a centrepiece! I just love the Martha Stewart site and wish I’d discovered it earlier on whilst creating my DIY bits for our wedding!

Instead of spending a fortune on personalised sweetie bags – do them yourself! Bulk buy some plain white paper bags from ebay for example, find a stamp you like, coloured ink pad to match your colour theme and stamp away! Alternatively, create some personalised stickers and stick these onto the bags. Some sweetie bar ideas below...

For some ideas for DIY candy bar wrappers, click here

There are also some great ideas on here

For sweets galore try here

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Sugar Candy Bouquet

I stumbled accross this wonderful sugar candy bouquet whilst searching on the internet - what a fantastic idea for a centrepiece and favours all rolled into one! And whats better, the website tells you how to do it yourself and you can also purchase the items needed from their ebay shop, fantastic!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

DIY Buttonholes

.....can save lots of money out of your wedding budget! Either go for fresh flowers or artificial flowers. There are so many realistic looking silk/artificial flowers around now and the bonus of these is that you can sell them after your wedding!

You will need:
  •  Trim the flower and fern/greenery as required (greenery should be about 1/3 longer than the flower).
  • Take a length of florist's wire, stick one end in the fleshy part of the flower just beneath the flower, and bind the greenery to the flower by winding the wire in a diagonal criss-cross pattern down the stem and back up again.
  • Now take a piece of tape and bind the stem down and up again to cover the wire (the tape should be stretched while you do this so it sticks to itself automatically).
  • Open out the flower if it needs it, and there you are. Make sure you have an adequate supply of large pins!
  • Give yourself plenty of time and get some spare supplies for practising
  • If using fresh flowers, be careful to use ones that will last the day & keep them in the fridge to keep fresh before use
Click here for some video guidance
Why not think outside the box with some of the ideas below:

Friday, 3 June 2011

More Confetti Offers!!

The offers keep flooding in this week so make the most of it!

Confetti are offering up to 50% of lots of thier products!

Offer ends Sunday 5th June 2011

20% off Thorntons Favour Boxes

Confetti are offering 20% off their Thorntons favour boxes!

Offer runs until 10th June