Thinking of having a Vintage Theme Wedding, Afternoon Tea Party or Event?
There is something that is so romantic and nostalgic about having a vintage themed wedding or event. I don't know if it's because it is a reminder of our grandparents era. Everything is so far back and separate that it's easy to see it through a haze of positivity and disregard for the harsher realities. After all, our grandparents are often so much fun and our best supporters, choosing to ignore our faults and love us as perfect specimens of their seed.
The first thing to do if you want to go vintage is to decide on which era. Will it be The Art Deco twenties, the Hollywood Glamour thirties or the Swinging sixties? Each era has it's distinctive style and you and your guests can enter the fun with gusto.
Here's a few tips if you're thinking of afternoon tea, garden roses and relaxed elegance.
Hand tied, cascading or a simple posy are ideal choices for your vintage wedding bouquet. Decorate with pearls and brooches for a nostalgic finishing touch.
Compliment your bouquet with matching bridesmaids bouquets and pretty pomanders or flower baskets for little flower girls to hold.
2 VINTAGE FLORAL DECORATIONS
Hanging a wreath at the entrance is such a lovely tradition and sets the scene for
your vintage themed reception.
Continue the effect with flowery willow hearts hanging on walls, chair backs or along your top table
Decorating your reception tables couldn't be simpler. Choose topiaries, bowls of big bloom roses, birdcages, jam jars, cupcakes and sprigs of flowers to match your colour scheme. Add bunting dangling from the ceiling and walls and lacy tablecloths to give your theme cohesiveness.
You really can have fun with a vintage themed event and a create the prettiest table scapes.
All photos and designs belong to Marlene Brown at Love Floral Boutique.
One of the biggest challenges when planning your wedding is how to decorate your venue. It helps if you know whether you're looking for the "wow" factor or you want your guests to feel relaxed and chilled in an informal setting. Whatever your image of your wedding reception there will be certain elements to keep in mind, to ensure you and your guests will have a great time, whatever the setting. Here are 7 things to consider:
1 KNOW YOUR VENUE
2 KNOW YOUR BUDGET
3 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
4 KNOW YOUR CATERING METHOD
5 KNOW YOUR TEAM
6 KNOW YOUR THEME/COLOURS
7 KNOW SOME FAIL SAFE IDEAS
Choosing your wedding dress should be a lovely part of planning your wedding but can be fraught with all kinds of worry and fear. You may not understand why you have become so emotional, but it could be related to some aspects, listed below.
Before going wedding dress shopping or employing a seamstress for your bespoke dress, think about the following:
1. WHAT DO YOU LIKE?
2. WHAT IS YOUR BODY SHAPE?
3. WHAT ACCESSORIES?
4.WHAT IS COMFORTABLE?
5. WHAT UNDERWEAR IS BEST?
6. WHAT FOOTWEAR?
7. WHAT DRESS STYLE?
8. WHAT LOCATION?
I discovered this article that covers every aspect of choosing your wedding dress. See link below:
My goodness! There seems to be so much discrepancies around the cost of wedding flowers. How many times have you heard and read comments such as:
"as soon as you mention wedding the price doubles"
"negotiate with the florist on the price of your wedding flowers",
"this is how to d.i.y your wedding bouquet and cut the cost of your arrangements"
The impression we are left with is that wedding florist tend to rip you off and you can really get what you want for so much less or even do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.
So as you consider ordering flowers for your wedding, I suggest you ask yourself the following:
1 WHY DO I WANT THAT BOUQUET?
2 WHY DO I WANT THOSE ARRANGEMENTS?
3 WHY DO I WANT THOSE FLOWERS?
4 WHY DO I WANT THAT PROP?
5 WHY DO I WANT TO D.I.Y?
6 WHY DO I WANT THOSE PLACE SETTINGS?
7 WHY DO I WANT FRESH FLOWERS?
8 WHY DO I THINK MY WEDDING FLOWERS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE?
As with most things, there are no hard and fast rules and by keeping the end result in mind, you can achieve your vision.
Deciding who to invite to your wedding is almost of United Nations proportions in the mind of some people, regarding the need for diplomacy.
Have some perimeters and hopefully make the culling of your guest list a non-brainer instead of sleepless nights and traumatised nerves.
There will be those you wish you could invite or wish they could make it, but can't.
Below is a link to an article regarding Pippa Middleton's wedding list. Even though this is a high profile and wealthy couple, the guest list cull has to be applied and not everyone will be happy about it.
It's been said that guests won't remember your vows but they will remember the food at your wedding. Think about it, it's one part of most weddings that someone is left feeling upset. While you can't please everyone, you can try and do your best to make your wedding catering a good experience.
1 GET A CATERER THAT YOU KNOW CAN DO THE JOB
2 GET A VENUE THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE THE TYPE OF CATERING THAT YOU WANT
3 GET A CLEAR MENU SELECTION
4 GET A BREAKDOWN OF WHAT YOU CATERER IS PROVIDING
Particularly if the venue is not catering, you need to know if the caterer will also be responsible for:
5 GET A TASTE OF THE FOOD ON YOUR MENU
6 GET A COPY OF THE CATERER'S LICENCE/INSURANCE
7 GET A VIDEO OR PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS
Ask to see any photos or videos the caterer has of previous work. These will hopefully give you an idea of:
8 GET A CONTACT LIST OF PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS
9 GET A LIST OF WHO WILL BE IN CHARGE ON THE DAY AND THEIR TEAM
10 GET A TIMETABLE FOR YOUR DAY AND HOW THE CATERERS WILL FIT IN
Brides magazine created this helpful checklist of questions to ask any potential caterer. Remember to check out at least three caterers before making a decision, after you have had time to look over their answers.
Choosing the right photographer and videographer for your wedding is a number one priority when selecting vendors.
Here are a few tips before you embark on your search.
1 SAY YES TO BUDGETING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER
2 SAY YES TO RESEARCHING FIRST
3 SAY YES TO GETTING IN TOUCH
4 SAY YES TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OTHER VENDORS
5 SAY YES TO A PRE-WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT
6 SAY YES TO TALKING PRICE
7 SAY YES TO HAVING AN AGREED TIMETABLE
8 SAY YES TO PLAN B
9 SAY YES TO RELAXING AND TRUSTING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER
There's a wedding photographs checklist created by Paul Johansen Photography.com as a pdf file which is very comprehensive.
Finding the venue for your wedding is fraught with potential problems from the onset. The secret to getting what you want is flexibility and remembering becoming a married couple is the main focus.
So where to start?
1 KNOW WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
2 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
3 KNOW YOUR BUDGET
4 KNOW WHEN & WHERE TO COMPROMISE
5 KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING
Here is a link to a good checklist of relevant questions to ask at each venue:
6 KNOW WHAT'S IN THE FINE PRINT
7 KNOW IT'S NOT "WHERE" BUT "WHO"
Don't get too bogged down in finding the perfect venue so that you both become stressed out.
The most important thing is on an agreed date the two of you will legally seal your love and commitment to each other. The location is secondary.
Here is a video a couple speaking candidly about planning their wedding, including the stress of finding the right venue. I hope you find it helpful and underlines some of my tips above.
Planning your wedding is really putting together your team of vendors or helpers who will work to make your wedding day dream a reality.
Aim to get as much information, in the least amount of time to enable you to make clear decisions and book vendors you like, with confidence.
Have these essential basic information about your wedding at hand to share with potential vendors.
These tips should hopefully help you put together the right team of vendors to work with you to create your dream wedding.
Don't forget to join me again next Wednesday for tips on Wedding venues.
All the best with your wedding planning.
The key to having a successful wedding day is PLANNING! Get yourself a plan and then execute it.
Below are 10 easy steps to getting organised like a wedding planning pro'.
1 START IT
Start organising yourselves NOW!!! There are so many things that are out of your control, people to involve, decisions to make and things to pay for, that you need a system to keep tabs of everything,
2 WRITE IT
Using a spreadsheet or large sheet of paper, divide into columns with the following headings
Set yourselves timescale targets to get jobs done and stick to it. Be accountable to each other to stay focused and motivated. See this sample timeline from 'Real Simple'
4 FILE IT
Set up a simple filing system to make life easy. Get yourself a FILE/FOLDER with dividers to which you will allocate different headings eg Venue, Food, Photos & Videos, Flowers, Music. Colour code each section. Eg Green for flowers, pink for makeup artist, grey for venue.
KEEP FILE UPDATED and ACCESSIBLE
6 KEEP IT
Add wallets or envelopes to your file for vendor contracts, receipts, important documents, colour swashes and everything relevant in each sub-sections.
7 DISPLAY IT
Create a spreadsheet so you can see everything you’re doing at a glance. This is especially useful to keep tabs on time and spending.
8 MARK IT
Put all appointments and deadline dates on your calendar so you can easily see when things need to done.
9 SIMPLIFY IT
If you’re internet savvy use free apps to save time and share things with each other, family, your wedding party and vendors. Eg WhatsApp to share Pinterest board or pins, Emailing “Save the Date” to reduce postage costs and creating a private Facebook Group to keep those abroad in the loop with your planning.
10 SHARE IT
Whichever way you divide the jobs, ensure that everyone knows what has been done at any given time. Schedule regular update meetings at an agreed time. It could simply be updating your spreadsheet together or over dinner sharing what you have done on your individual lists and the next steps. Let the other person know if you had time to do something on their list and avoid duplication.
'Brides Magazine' have created this one year wedding planning timeline, which you may find particularly useful if you plan to marry in the UK..
Don't forget to join me next Wednesday for more wedding planning tips.
(P.S. If you missed the previous post, see below.)