Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Don’t Forget the Loos

When we’re viewing new venues one thing we’re always sure to do is scout out the toilets. Although this might sound a little bit odd we firmly believe that with weddings it’s all about the finishing touches and grotty loos are one of the last things you want on your wedding day.

On the day itself it’s easy to neglect the loos however, more often than not – and of course this is especially for The Ladies – the loos become a gathering place, so it’s nice to make sure they’re really comfortable. At our weddings we like to add scented candles, scattered petals and, if not provided by the venue, some luxury hand soap and lotion. If you want to go further, it’s also nice to add a few basic bits and pieces such as hair pins, blister plasters and deodorant to ensure guests are as comfortable as possible.

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Friday, 16 October 2009

Midnight Pink Soda

A colour palette I’m very much in love with at the moment:



Happy weekend!


Candyfloss: Jeff and Julia Wood via SMP
Invitation: Float at Minted

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Friday, 9 October 2009

Real Wedding: Grace Bonney

Details of Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney’s beautiful, beautiful wedding are finally out! So many lovely finishing touches:

And what a beautiful bride:

Head over to Design Sponge and Martha Stewart to see more.

Photo credits:

Martha Stewart Weddings

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Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Wedding Favour Ideas

Going about our daily business, we meet lots of people with lots of different opinions about various wedding trends and traditions. Occasionally, we meet people who haven’t got much time for the humble wedding favour; many couples don’t feel the need for this additional expense and besides aren’t sure what’s available other than sugared almonds. Being all about the details, unsurprisingly we don’t feel the same!

Not only are favours a great way of injecting personality into your wedding, they’re perfect for decorating place settings and are also a great way of thanking guests for turning up. It might seem strange to thank people for attending your big day but here at WBZL, we thinks it’s a really important point that often gets brushed aside. So often guests have traveled from far and wide, spent a small fortune on a new outfit and a lovely gift, paid for accommodation or even taken a day off work so a small token of gratitude doesn’t seem unreasonable. Below are just some of our favourite favour ideas, lots of which can be homemade for next to nothing or bought if you don’t have the time nor the inclination.

Big, swirly lollipops

Moustaches on sticks (great for hilarious photographs)

Christmas tree decorations (tied with ribbon and with place names attached)

Flavoured olive oil

Potted herbs (mint, lavender and thyme are our favourites)

Pretty napkin rings

Gourmet ground coffee

Cosmetic miniatures

Jars of Jam (homemade if you like but definately finished with personalised labels and pretty ribbons)Welsh Love Spoons

Mini bath bombs

Feather butterflies (from Covent Garden flower market where they cost next to nothing)

Herbal tea bags (again with personalised labels)

Potted strawberry plants

Paper windmills

Moo sticker books

A wooden letter of the guest’s initial (again doubling as a place name)

A single flower stem

Origami birds

A chocolate bar with personalised labels

Customised pin badges

Macaroons (I know, I know, they have been ‘done’. That being said they are too pretty and too delicious to stop using now.)

Happy planning!

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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Design Concept: Oo La La!

pinkmushroomFor today’s board I wanted to do something classically elegant and luxurious, yet understated. With a colour palette of soft pink and mushroom brown, this board was inspired by that beautiful Jim Hjelm dress with it’s gorgeous ruffles and layers. I also wanted to combine a touch of French romance as a little tribute to my dear friend Hayley who recently had a surprise proposal in Paris!

Bridesmaids in soft pink never fail to make my heart flutter and adding a touch of soft brown means the whole look avoids being overly saccharine. Pink will never, ever go out of fashion with weddings so if you’re struggling to decide on a palette and looking for something timeless yet feminine, pink is a great choice.

Happy Wednesday!

Dress: Jim Hjelm
Stationery: The Whole Caboodle
Bridesmaids: J Crew
Shoes: Ken Buist
Bouquet: Brides
Tablescape: Kerry Morgan
Bride and candles: Jose Villa via SMP
Paris Athenee: Flickr
Macroons: The Miniature Cake Shop

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Friday, 25 September 2009

Dr Brandt: Miscodermabrasion Exfoliating Cream

We’re always on the look out for the latest miracle cream, so were delighted to stumble across Dr Brandt’s magical exfoliating cream and completely blown away by the results. Even after using the cream just once, skin feels squeaky clean, full of radiance and pollution free. So Dr Brandt gets 5 stars from us! Available from Space NK Apothecary.

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Thursday, 17 September 2009

Post Card RSVPs

A few weeks ago while working on the design for a lovely wedding next year, I had a little idea that I wanted to share. We work with lots of couples who have international roots and subsequently are always looking for new ways to reflect this within a wedding. For this particular wedding, I suggested asking guests to RSVP using a postcard from their locality and to include a note on how they know the couple or a great memory they have from spending time with them. These postcards could then be displayed at the wedding (we like washing line style, similar to the picture below) and thus act as some entertainment during the reception.



Postcard: Clarence Ashley
Seating cards: Touch Photography

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Monday, 14 September 2009

Real Wedding: Sarah and Andy

A couple of weeks ago I caught up with Adamo photography who showed me Sarah and Andy’s gorgeous pink wedding:

2462337114148163257258268383Photocredits: Adamo

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Friday, 11 September 2009

Design Concept: Shifting Seasons

peachlavenderFrom the moment I saw that beautiful bouquet (shot by uber talented Nikole Ramsey,) I couldn’t get the combination of pretty peach and deep, juicy purple out of my head. I love, love, love peach but until now have only thought of it in terms of delicate summer weddings and was gobsmacked by the results of combining two such contrasting shades.

I’m in love with the earthy feel of this board which just feels perfect for the this month’s shifting seasons.

Photo credits:
Bouquet: Nikole Ramsey
Sloes: Flickr
Wedding Sign: Jose Villa via Once Wed
Wall Sconce: Cox and Cox
Paper lanterns and barn: Sugar Love Weddings via Once Wed
Shoe: Ashley Garmon via Once Wed
Dresses: J Crew
Barrels: Leigh Miller via Green Wedding Shoes
Programs: MS Weddings
Stationery: Hello!Lucky

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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

A Bit of Sunshine

This is just so beautiful it gives me goosebumps. Makes me remember why I love weddings so much. From Rupert James.

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