Sorry guys I have to admit there has been so much going on recently I have fallen behind on my posts! Promise to have some more exciting posts for you soon! 

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER - KISS ME

An absolute 90s classic and the epitome of the 90s romcom film, one of my favourites ‘She’s all that’. A great addition to the wedding playlist or first dance

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A moment of reflection...

My post this morning comes from a heavy heart. We sadly lost Rich’s dad a week ago now, I still can’t quite believe I’m saying the words. He has been ill for some time but we had no idea that we would lose him this soon. Obviously the family are devastated with the loss but everyone is just trying to come to terms with everything.

There are so many emotions and things for us all to deal with at the moment, some of them for Rich and myself are obviously surrounding the wedding but also for moments in our life where we know he won’t be there to enjoy with us, like when we have children. But I know he will be looking down on us on our special day and be with us in spirit with everything we do. We will miss him dearly 

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Money saving tips - Flowers!

The cost of flowers can easily creep up quickly especially if you are having the wedding and reception in 2 different venues. Even if you have something small planned for the church like pew ends you will easily need at least 10 flower arrangements for each end which all adds up to your overall flower budget.

I started to think about how we could decorate the church without breaking the bank and came up with a simple but really pretty idea and they are easier and cheaper to DIY rather than buying online and you can customise however you like.

Take a wicker heart as below and customise as you please, (these were £1.99 each from Dunelm)

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I intend to remove the white ribbon and replace with jute twine to keep in theme with my other decorations. Then I will be using a light gold felt pen to mark R+L on each of the inner hearts. Depending on how this works and if it looks like something else is needed I may also decorate with gypsophila which is a really pretty (and super cheap!) flower which is also incorporated into mine and my bridesmaids bouquets. Have a look here for couple of pinterest inspirations…

…here’s one I made earlier

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The best thing is, after the church service these can be transported back to the venue to be added to the backs of chairs around the party. They could also be given as presents to your grandmas or any close family that want a piece of the wedding to take home

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL - YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY

One for the Motown soul inside you, beautiful song with a great climax

For the tall girls

Being nearly 6” and a size UK 9 feet my wedding experience has been somewhat different to the experience most people have in mind when they dream of their wedding scenario, mainly with the wedding dress and wedding shoe shopping. It’s not the best feeling to be trying on wedding dresses when they are a foot too short or asking for your shoe size in 10 different shops and being told ‘sorry that style isn’t sold in your size’…but have faith.

After much research I have a few tips for the tall girls amongst us to help get by during this time, because it is exciting you just have to know what to expect

- Ring ahead - if you find a dress shop that you like the look of and it has styles that catch your eye, ring in advance to check what size their samples come in, I have paid £20 for an appointment before where all the samples were a size UK8 and I couldn’t fit in anything, depressing and complete waste of my time and money

- Check you will be able to order extra length - make sure whichever designer or style you choose you can get extra length added if necessary (this usually comes with a slight surcharge make sure you consider this with your budget)

- Do your shoe research - there are soooo many wedding shoe suppliers and designers it can be quite overwhelming but if there is a designer you like check what sizes they do first, it’s almost worse if you fall in love with a style only to find out they don’t have your size

- See what options are available to you - I found my wedding shoes randomly through a google search for ‘UK size 9 wedding shoes’ and a website for this Marylebone boutique came up. I instantly found a pair I fell in love with and headed to the shop to try on (this is a specialist boutique for ladies with larger feet and I was in absolute heaven, I tried on so many pairs and had so much choice, definitely my new favourite shoe shop!)

Has anyone else had a different experience than they expected because of their height?

L+R

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: LUPE FIASCO FT ED SHEERAN - OLD SCHOOL LOVE

I’m always a fan of a wedding song that is a little more up beat than it’s slow love song counterparts, and this is a really lovely one by Lupe Fiasco and Ed Sheeran whose voice I adore. Perfect for a relaxed wedding affair

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Wedding Shoes

Long gone are the days when the only choice of wedding footwear was an ivory satin pair of courts (not that there is anything wrong with that!) it just means a bride can be a little more expressive in their footwear choices.

It also opens up the choices for the bride, as there might be a certain style you particularly want but you can’t find in white or ivory.

Below are my top 5 favourite shoe trends for the modern bride

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

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Dreamy flats

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His & her converse

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Pretty sandals

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Bold colours

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The possibilities are really endless…are you going to try something a little different to the traditional white or ivory shoe?

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How to: DIY Lanterns

After you have tirelessly worked on researching and booking all your suppliers including most importantly your venue, you’ll be able to get a real sense of what decoration theme and colours you want to play with.

Decorating a venue doesn’t have to cost the earth and there are so many things you can do that are super cheap, quick and easy that will add real ‘wow’ factor to your venue. One thing I am focusing on is lighting; I feel like lighting can create such a lovely ambience, especially as you go from day to evening.

This post is all about how to make the most beautiful handmade lanterns which would look great at a church and a multitude of receptions, inside or out. Better yet each one costs about £5, is totally reusable and takes only 4 items to put together

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You will need:

- Jute Twine (the thicker the better as this will be taking the weight of the lantern, some great options here)
- A kilner jar (the best ones here from IKEA for only £3 each)
- A candle (Colour of your choice but needs to be quite thick and sturdy)
- Sand (Cheap and cheerful choice)

1. Remove the lid from the kilner jar
2. Fill 4 inches high with the sand, high enough to firmly hold the candle in place
3. Wriggle the candle into the middle until firmly positioned
4. Wrap and knot the jute twine around the top of the kilner jar and make a handle that can be hooked onto something or alternatively if you just want them stood up, leave out adding the time.

Et voila!

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I think these are absolutely stunning and plan to hang some from a tree that is positioned right next to the barn where we are having the reception. I think they will look great!

Are you planning to make any of you’re own venue decorations?

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: TOM ODELL - GROW OLD WITH ME

This one has a bit of a faster beat so is good for an up beat first dance instead of the standard rock side to side, again another ‘out of the box’ song which I don’t think you would be bored of hearing at a wedding but the sentiment is beautiful and just perfect for a country/rustic wedding

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Alternative Gifts - The Bottom Drawer

In addition to the guest list, I firmly believe that deciding on how to execute a gift list is one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding, to the point where we were close to not adding anything about it on our invites.

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Only 2 things made me change my mind. The first, was a friend who sent me an article on a couple that received 27 toasters and the second was advise that some people really want to get you a gift. We have heavily outlined that our guests presence is what matters to us, not their presents.

A great alternative to the generally restrictive gift lists from a department store is a gift site called 'The Bottom Drawer' where their gifts can range from the following and can be sourced from any supplier

  • a Grand Piano - where each key of the piano being a separate gift on the list
  • original art - where the art is divided into a virtual grid and each square of the grid is a separate virtual gift
  • garden makeovers - where each new plant and each square metre of patio become individual gifts
  • and similarly for VW Campervans, house deposits, new cars, hot-tubs, mountaineering equipment, and many more

A great one to check out if you are stuck for wedding gift ideas!

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: NEXT - WIFEY

The perfect RnB first dance song, this is definitely going in my wedding playlist for the night but bless him I don’t think my husband to be would be able to comfortably grind with me on the dance floor in front of our family to this

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July...The 2 Month Countdown

Just 2 months left to go and every month we manage to get a few more jobs ticked off. The Barn is fully starting to take shape now, the Yorkshire boarding is the finishing touch and my mum and brother are about a quarter of the way round with this. The field is also looking lovely, mum has been mowing and trimming the grass and I think it really will be the perfect setting for our wedding celebration.

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I have just been on holiday for a week with a couple of my closest girlfriends and I have had such a nice week off to reflect on this last year and completely relax as planning a wedding is stressful, even if you are organised it is in the background of everything we’ve done this past year particularly because we have been saving, I know it will be worth it but I have loved having a break with my besties! Also nothing better than a golden tan for summer….

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How to: DIY Vase

As I was eating my fish and chips on Friday night (treat night), I was looking at my nearly finished vinegar bottle thinking what a nice vase shape it would make for my tables as its long and slender and would look lovely with a single bloom inside. I have been collecting jars and milk bottles over the past few months to use as vases; I think they add a really nice touch to a table, all mix and matched shapes and sizes and fit in perfectly with our homemade feel.

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Simply:

1. Take off the label by removing as much as you can by hand, the rest with warm soapy water and a scourer

2. Remove the cap

3. Wash out thoroughly in the sink

4. Use something decorative to wrap around like a ribbon or jute twine (I picked this up from Wilkinson at £2.00 for 250 metres)

5. Tie in a bow or wrap around and fix with superglue

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This took me 10 minutes to do and I think looks like a really nice addition to my ‘vase’ collection

Would you give something like this a go?

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Decorations

If you are struggling for decoration inspiration and you fancy collecting some of the décor yourself, try and look into bric-a-brac or second hand market stalls. I went to one this weekend at a garden centre whilst visiting family in the midlands and they are the greatest source of inspiration and you can often pick up items at a great price (especially with a little barter as they are generally cash only). You can find everything from napkins/table cloths to glasses to tea pots and even props like milk churns, old suitcases, jukeboxes and wooden crates.

These little additions can be added to give character to a blank canvas marquee or tipi, village hall or outdoor wedding; they really help carry the theme throughout the day.

Wooden or tin boxes -Great vases for flowers or central table decorations

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Tea pots -Great to serve your tea in at the end of the wedding breakfast or equally cool for cocktails

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Tablecloths -Add a bit of character to a plain table with a crocheted or lace cloth

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Place mats - Perfect underneath plates or could even be used at intervals along the table in place of table runners

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Crates -Perfect for storing drinks or keeping favours together

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Tea sets -These can be used as a feature on your table as side dishes/tea cups & saucers or great for an afternoon tea wedding breakfast

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Check out your local papers or churches/garden centres on the weekends to see if they have anything like this going on

Have you sourced any of your own props?

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: PAOLO NUTINI - BETTER MAN

This is a super romantic song and is only on Paolo Nutini’s recently released album so I don’t think you will be hearing it loads on the wedding circuit this summer. The words are stunning and his voice is equally as incredible. I think this would be a tear jerker

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Wedding Cake Alternatives – Naked Cakes

A simple cake lends itself beautifully to a rustic/homemade/DIY wedding, you could even give it a go yourself! A huge trend has emerged for these rustic looking beauties and is totally adaptable to your colour and/or flower theme with your chosen flavouring inside.

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Nice flavour combinations include the classic Victoria sponge with vanilla butter cream and Strawberry jam, lemon curd filling with fresh raspberries, or a forest fruits decorated version. I tried to create this myself just to see if it was something I could potentially do for the big day (was a little harder than I thought hence there being no pictures attached). The one thing I would say is make sure you have plenty of mixture to bake as the idea is you cut through the middle of the cake to fill with whatever you choose so you need a big cake to begin with! Alternatively you could always sandwich 2 cakes together.

Are you tempted to make your own wedding cake?

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Your Guests

Our invites are going out this week; it will be nice to tick another job off the list but will also mean I can start working on the seating plan and also finalise those all important menu choices (Our favourite bit).

We sent out save the dates back in April just to give everyone a heads up of the date, I always thought this was quite an American thing but the trend seems to have translated across the pond! We also did it because there are a few friends and family that live abroad and we wanted to make sure we gave everyone as much notice as possible.

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We had an amazing response, including people booking flights to come from Canada, Italy and Australia especially for our wedding. Our friends and family mean the world to us and we have been overwhelmed at how many people are so excited to come to our big day…we have all been through so much over the last few years and I can’t imagine how I will be feeling on the day to have all my loved ones there, seeing me wed my loved one.

To us this is what life is all about 

L+R

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: AL GREEN - LET’S STAY TOGETHER

There is a special place in my heart for Mo town, I love that it has soul and always manages to make me feel good whatever my mood. If you fancied going a bit more classic for a first dance, this is a lovely one and perfect wedding lyrics

"Let me say that since, baby, since we’ve been together
Loving you forever is what I need
Oh let me be the one you come running to
I’ll never be untrue”

Could you ask for better lyrics in a first dance song?

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