1 Item 3 Ways: THE LUGGAGE TAG

These luggage tags create such a nice 1st impression for your handmade/ vintage/DIY wedding. You can pick all sizes and colours, I bought mine from Amazon £1.82 for a pack of 50. Simply use some of the stationary that you have coordinated to help make the magic happen! 1. Save the dates

Create a unique save the date with just the stamps mentioned in my earlier stationary posts

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2. RSVP

Use the stamp to let your guests know how to RSVP to you and simply tie on to your invite

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3. Table name cards

I wouldn’t advise to use the stamp for this one as it will be fiddly and time consuming to stamp these one by one with everybody’s names, just use the sharpie and ask someone with nice hand writing to fill these out. There is a huge trend now for modern calligraphy, you could tidy up your handwriting with one of the courses from Lamplighter London. Tie to cups, napkin rings or cutlery

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Props and styling ideas #1

I am beyond happy that the trend for more handmade/personalised weddings has come into fruition, as I find this generally means there are lots of fun things that you can source or create yourself ! At Lula & Rye we have an array of fun props and styling ideas for your location to make it look unique, below are my favourite ideas to jazz up your wedding venue,  your venue doesn’t have to be all singing and all dancing, you can add that.

Draped lighting – perfect for a venue with beams or pillars and look great when the sun goes down

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Bunting – Great for a vintage feel, totally transforms a marquee or village hall

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Huge balloons – either on the tables or hung from the ceiling

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Light up initials/signs – Amazing back drop to the wedding photos

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All pictures taken from Pinterest

Head over to Lula&Rye to get inspired for your big day!

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Discover Pinterest!

If I could only give 1 piece of advice for wedding planning, over the setting up of budgets and guest lists hands down it would be to set up a Pinterest. You just set up with your email address and password of your choice then you are off! Start pinning…I would 100% recommend to categorise your boards so you don't have masses of pics to search through when you want to find something….I've listed a few useful categories below:

Total wedding inspiration - helps give you an idea of the feel and look of the wedding you want. You can think about the vibe and venue whether you want cute church/vintage theme/super minimal/modern chic. It will also help move the wedding planning forward and is also great for DIY tips.

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Then I would recommend smaller sub categories with more specific titles:

-Dresses

-Catering

-Flowers

-Decorations

-Table settings

-Colour themes

The world is your oyster!!

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The Pinterest boards you create are especially useful to take with you to any appointments where visuals are a must - it gets your point across in seconds. Head over to Lula and Rye's Pinterest where we have a host of wedding boards full of inspirations for your big day.

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Venue Ideas

Particularly if you are on a tight budget, think outside the box on this one. Village halls can be completely transformed for fate type weddings or tea parties, or if your parents have a big garden or your local school has grounds could you have a marquee? We knew we wanted to spend as little as possible on the venue; this can be a huge chunk of the budget and you can pay in excess of £10,000 to have an incredible location on a Saturday. My parents have a field so we instantly thought why dont we just get a marquee and use our own land (you also won’t have a kerfew). My mum also started having a barn built in the field last year to house their airstream caravan, so we had the brainwave to kit this out with the marquee next to it. Pretty amazing venue sorted and we’re not breaking the bank.

**The only thing I would say about sorting something like this is there is slightly more to consider with the alcohol license and logistics like toilets but all easily sorted**

This was the barn during the build, it made the most incredible venue once it was finished and decked out, you really can make it beautiful! And perfect filled with Lula&Rye props

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MARQUEE TIPS

- Ring around a few marquee companies to compare prices, usually they will come out and do a free survey for a full quote

- Check what can come included in the price - we managed to get the lights, tables, chairs, bar, dance floor and table cloths all included in a fixed price

- The more you can bulk book the less stressful it will be to organise the deliveries on the run up to the wedding (this is what I’m hoping anyway!!)

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So get creative and save some pennies!

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DIY How to: Paper pom poms

Yesterday I spent the most amazing afternoon at the National Vintage Wedding Fair at Chiswick Town Hall, not only is this the most amazing place for brides to explore a whole range of amazing businesses that can help plan every aspect of their perfect day but they offered a couple of workshops which I just had to get involved with.

First and foremost, the workshop was free, it just cost £4 to get into the fair which I thought was absolutely amazing as any sort of bridal workshop can often come with a hefty price tag.

The first workshop we learnt how to make paper pom poms and I was surprised just how easy they were and how beautiful they looked! I've added a step by step guide below (just 4 simple steps!!), we used white but could easily be tailored to your colour theme

1. Layer 8 sheets of tissue paper on top of each other, concertina the sheets together

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2. Lay your pipe cleaner in the middle and tie round and fasten, this will make a loop that you can use to hang later on

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3. Trim each of the edges (pointed or more rounded for a floral effect)

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4. Fan out each side and slowly start pulling up each sheet away from the pack

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For half pom poms (ideal for tables) - pull up all the sheets the same way

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For full pom poms (ideal for hanging) - pull 4 sheets up one way then turn over and pull the remaining 4 sheets the opposite direction

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Top Tip: Use a decent quality tissue paper, the cheaper the paper the easier it will rip when you're pulling the leaves up

Definitely try this one at home, it's super easy and really effective!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This is my first post in 2015 for Lula & Rye and indeed my first post for a while after a few lovely months off post wedding. Since the wedding I have tried to slow down and enjoy the first few months of being a newlywed and it has really been amazing and has also made me re evaluate what is next for me.

I think it’s really healthy to have a stopgap to take some time to think about what the next phase of your life is going to look like, last year was undoubtedly the best of my life but also one of the saddest having lost Rich’s lovely dad. This year I am going to focus on positivity and embracing new challenges…here’s to the new year ahead!

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Truly hope it’s magical for you to!

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz-UvQYAmbg?feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&origin=http://safe.txmblr.com&wmode=opaque&w=500&h=374] WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: MAVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL - AINI’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

This will forever have a place in my heart as this was our first dance song! Not only is it a great song that made sure everyone was ready to get on the dance floor but was also an ode to Rich’s dad who loved a bit of Motown

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THE DEBRIEF

So it’s a couple of weeks on now and I still think about the wedding everyday in some capacity. I think for something you have worked so hard on for so long it’s hard not to keep thinking about it. I think one of the biggest things you mull over with your partner is how it all went down, could we have done anything differently/better. I can honestly say…. ….I WOULDN’T CHANGE A SINGLE THING

Yes sure there were decorations we missed out, I forgot the pew ends in the church, my lego bride & groom on the cake and the table confetti and I also poorly planned out letting my caterer know where the cheese was for the evening but it made it out ok, I honestly don’t think anyone noticed.

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This may be my perfectionist personality coming out but I have actually had those thoughts and feel bad that I missed some stuff out but after the amazing time everyone had I don’t think it made an ounce of difference. You are also probably the only person that knew those details anyway so it won’t matter!

The thing I realised, after all the DIYS and endless slog to make everything look ‘just right’ is that your friends and family are the ones that make the day anyway! Of course it’s lovely for everything to look nice but don’t let this stress you out on the run up and let the little things go…

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My T minus 1 Week post, 2 weeks Late...

It’s so funny reading this 2 weeks on, this was my post that I forgot to schedule from a week before…if only I could turn back time!

"I must apologise for my absence over the last few weeks, my mind has been consumed with meal choices, cheese, pork pies, wedding cakes, disposable glasses and decorations mostly….but this is it, we are so nearly there!

It was officially 1 week until the big day on Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited now (and maybe a smidge anxious!) everything seems to be coming together. However it’s hard to relax as if you’re anything of a perfectionist like me you’ll be thinking about all the tiny aspects that need to come together…I think I need to relax a little. All the major things are done now so if we have missed anything it won’t be the end of the world.

I have also been trying to eat more healthily in the run up to the wedding, not to lose any weight as my dress fits like a glove, but just to make sure I feel the best possible on the big day, and also to try and fend off any illness.

So from now I’m going to relax and enjoy the run up to the big day, as I’m sure the time will fly and it will be over before we know it; to make the most of it we are having get togethers on the Friday and the Sunday just to make the celebrations last a little bit longer before we head off to Florence for our honeymoon!”

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The Mini Moon

After the wedding we had a couple of days at home to recover/relax/help tidy up then we headed back to London on the Monday…it had been such an amazing week at home finishing with the wedding I had to hold back the tears as we drove away from my mum and dads house!

But feared not as we were headed for sunny Florence and thanks to Owen (1/2 best man) and his wife Jo, we were fully equipped with comedy t shirts for the flight!

We had a brilliant time and ate ourselves into oblivion every day, heaven. We were so pleased to have a break after all the stress of the week before just being Mr. and Mrs. Henderson…

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WE DID IT!!

WE GOT MARRIED!! 

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Well I have certainly been quiet on the blog front recently, mainly because I was consumed with wedding prep right up until the big day! I had plans to document it up until the night before but you very quickly get consumed in trying to get everything just so, and even then I still don’t think we got everything done that we had originally planned! 

We had THE MOST FABULOUS TIME!! Seriously the best time of our lives. I’ll give you a quick run down of the run up and then i’ve picked a few of my favourite photos to give you an idea of what happened on the day.

So I finished work the Friday a week before the wedding, my mum drove down to London to pick me up and we stacked the car full of bits and pieces; alcohol, the dress, a trunk full of wedding day ‘bits’ and so on, then from Saturday it was all go go go, finishing off clearing out the barn, making decorations and favours etc and getting ready for all our suppliers to start turning up!

The Wednesday, mum treated herself, me and sister Harry to a spa day at Stapleford park, and that was lovely, we had worked hard for 4 days, had a spa day to rejuvenate, had a couple of treatments, then we were ready for the final 2 days of work on the Thursday and Friday.

Family also began to arrive from Wednesday, so we had a lot of fun and roped in everyone to help as there was so much to do! 

We had a rehearsal Friday night and drinks at the local pub (coincidentally the pub where we met 8 and a half years ago!) with friends to kick off the celebrations which was a perfect way to start the weekend! Afterwards, my bridesmaids came home with me and we had an old school sleepover to get excited. The Saturday morning I woke up the least nervous/anxious I had all week and said to myself to enjoy every moment, and I did just that. Rich had left a surprise bottle of Moët in the fridge for me and the girls, so we popped that about 9am and started with hair and make up.

The church service was lovely and I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be to say my vows in front of everyone, Rich said he thought he was going to faint when I started walking down the aisle!

Afterwards we headed to the reception where we were greeted with saucers of champagne and from there it was just magical; photos, afternoon tea, mingling then an absolute party in the evening where I didn’t leave the dance floor all night, I even missed the hog roast. We partied all night with our nearest and dearest and it was absolutely amazing! 

I could go on forever about it, but i’ll leave you with these pics, a few of my favourites….

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We had to cut the cake on Sunday because we were having too much fun of the day. Really the best day ever x

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: JAMES BAY - IF YOU EVER WANT TO BE IN LOVE

Today I am on one week countdown until the festivities begin so HAPPY FRIDAY!!

I have only just discovered this AMAZING guy, and I am absolutely obsessed, his voice is heavenly, think James Morrison but more powerful and a little bit less Marlborough Reds gravel = perfection. This song is beautiful and upbeat with a lovely sentiment, perfect for a wedding.

Enjoy x

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Table Confetti

I did originally have the idea to jazz up my hessian table runners by adorning them with gold polka dots, but once I realised the enormity of the project it started to put me off, especially as my flat is teeny and it would be a massive struggle logistics wise. So I started to think about alternative options and my mum suggested table confetti…so I set off on google to research and found an amazing array on etsy, however due to it being made in the US the postage costs were ridiculous; so I set about on amazon to buy a stamper and some gold card

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The internet truly is amazing inspiration, for the elements I really liked, it’s generally really easy to pick up how they are made and do it yourself, Amazon is generally my go to place if Google doesn’t return many results.

It is super simple to make and I think will add the finishing touch to the tables, simply cut out the circles with the stamper and divide into the number of tables you have

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The Hen Do

I have been so overwhelmed by the love and support through this whole process and there are these milestones that are part of the process but when you’re going through it you realise they are so much more than that.

My hen do plans had been a secret since the beginning and I had no idea at all what to expect, the girls did an amazing job keeping it all quiet, the only direction I had was to arrive at one of the bridesmaids houses at 1pm on the Friday and we would go from there.

Now being a group of 15, made it hard to book something as renters aren’t that keen to rent their places to a large group of girls so the girls mentioned they had been let down on the first place they booked and they were left with only 4 weeks to sort a replacement. They did an incredible job. The first night we stayed at my parents house as they were away for the weekend, the girls were nervous about telling me this but I thought it was perfect and it also acted as a little stop gap to get everyone together before we headed off on the Saturday.

Friday was full of games and laughter and an amazing paella was cooked by bridesmaid Levanah, then Saturday we headed up to Derbyshire to a cottage and in the evening we had a private dinner and night out in Derby. I had the best time ever!

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One of the most special parts of it, was on the Saturday morning I was presented with a book with a picture of me on the front and it was a memoir book and the girls had a page each to give a memory of me and them and a personal note for the big day…needless to say I got emotional.

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It’s the times like these when you reflect on what amazing friends you have and the huge part they play in your life. To my girls, I love you all dearly!

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Hair Trials

If you are hiring someone to do your hair, make sure you get chance to have a consultation/hair trial prior to the big day, this is generally included in the price. I know I have DIY’d a lot of the styling details for the big day but anything to do with us (dress/suit/my hair etc.) we have spent a bit of money on, if you are confident to do hair/make up yourself I say go for it, will save you an absolute heap of money! I just know my hair, it is total fluke on the days where I think it looks half decent and don’t fancy the worry the morning of the wedding so I am in the more than capable hands of James White.

**For anyone getting wed in the midlands, James’ studio is based in Nottingham and he is nothing short of a hair genius! Definitely look him up!**

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Photo Credit: Rachael Connerton Photography

I went to James a couple of weekends ago, armed with my Pinterest board to have a trial and immediately he put me at ease with explaining that I didn’t have to absolutely decide what I was having, this was just to get ideas of what I liked. Phew, it’s a lot of pressure to decide in a few hours. James made me feel real comfortable to say what I did and didn’t like and within half an hour we had already tried at least 5 styles.

I would 100 million% make a pinterest board - you can instantly show your stylist what you have in mind (I already had quite a strong idea) or even if your ideas are more sporadic at least it lets them know what type of thing you like which they can try and even suggest ideas.

Don’t be afraid to say what you like! James was keen to get me to be really honest with the styles that he was trying, remember, you have to look at these photos for a lifetime!

Make sure you leave feeling confident that you have someone who will make a nice atmosphere on the morning of the wedding and most importantly helps you to look and feel amazing!

These are the fun parts of the wedding planning and help you to get really excited about the big day

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: BEN HOWARD - ONLY LOVE

A great choice for anyone who wants a bit of slow music on the day, we are making a playlist for our afternoon tea and songs like this are perfect!

Happy Bank Holiday weekend everyone in the UK!

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The RSVP

All invites will be sent out with the request of an RSVP, however even with the best intentions some of your party may be under the impression that because in passing you have chatted about how you are going to dance the night away together, they don’t need to formally respond with a yay or nay for attendance.

Anyone who didn’t RSVP as per the invite by the date we added, I just emailed or text politely to get a definite answer. I wanted everything in writing (call me Bridezilla, I say organised!) and don’t feel bad for doing so, you have a lot of things riding on the confirmation of the guest list; numbers for your venue/caterer/seating/church it’s super helpful to have a confirmed number.

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I have updated everything in my nifty guestlist tracker (which I covered right at the beginning of my Lula+Rye venture) as and when people have responded to me. We also asked for song requests so this was an easy way to also document these!

Good luck

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1-2 Month Countdown 'To Do' List...

Now all the invites have gone out and the RSVPs are flooding in, I’m finding this a really strange time as you are expecting to be stressed at the prospect that the wedding is so close and there must be lots and lots to do but I am actually feeling very calm.

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I even confided in a close friend who has been married a couple of years to ask if this is normal…to which she responded ‘It’s a funny time 2 months before as you feel like you should be so busy but actually you’ve got all the big things planned and the details can’t be done until the last minute!’

I have found it a great time to get in touch with all the vendors to run through/confirm final numbers/details/timings for the day. I have also just had my hair trial and final florist meeting. It’s a great feeling to know you have everything under control. Enjoy this time and the lead up, you have worked hard to get to this point and enjoy as everything starts to come together!

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WEDDING SONG OF THE DAY: THE CARDIGANS - LOVE FOOL

I feel like i’m having a bit of a moment with the 90s right now, another one which will take you back to watching Romeo and Juliet when Leo had such a baby face! Such a tune and I tried to persuade hubby to be to let me have this as our first dance as it’s upbeat and pretty unusual but I don’t think he’s on board

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Wedding dresses: Do your research!

I know my blog is predominantly about creating the best wedding possible with most things on a budget but I must admit the dress is one thing I didn’t want to scrimp on. Don’t get me wrong there are some amazing high street alternatives which don’t break the bank but the choice of wedding dresses out there is endless.

I would totally recommend doing your research! I spent countless hours looking up designers and different styles as a wedding dress is obviously something you are not looking at all the time but it can become really overwhelming very quickly!

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The other reason why it’s great to research, particularly in London, is because most boutiques charge you for the privilege of trying on which you can understand (generally on Saturdays at £20-£30 per appointment) so it’s good to get an idea of what designers you like first then find boutiques that maybe stock one or more of your favourite designers. **I found that there were a few different designers I liked but because the styles were quite similar some stockists had more than 1 of the brands**

One thing I struggled with is finding out the prices of things, aside from finding prices in magazines not many websites have their prices available; some stockists give you the price range on their websites but I found that pretty rare. I found Google pretty useful for this, as there are lots of wedding forums where people share their experiences and information.

Even if you find something you love that you know will be expensive chances are you’ll be able to find a cheaper label that does something similar, for example David’s Bridal at Westfield Stratford stocks Vera Wang White which has the most beautiful designs at a fraction of the price of her custom designs

So it’s a bit of an animal, but I found it one of the most fun tasks so have fun researching and remember prepare your boutique choices carefully!

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