Keeping weddings traditional

Our buying team has the enviable job of researching and selecting wedding products from all over the world, and one trend that we’ve noticed that never goes away is the traditional, country-style theme. In our increasingly high-tech, fast-paced world, it seems that when it comes to weddings we hanker after the romance of the past and remain entwined in a love affair with all things vintage and retro. Even when we choose to marry in contemporary surroundings – a modern registry office rather than a crumbling village church, for example – traditional themes still hold strong, with many brides opting for country-style flower arrangements and vintage themed décor. When it comes to the all-important wedding dress, classic shapes that have a timeless quality continue to be a more popular choice than contemporary, fashion-led styles. This year fashion insiders predict the traditional will be even more evident in dress choices, as many brides are expected to be influenced by the 1920s silhouett, thanks to the release of the eagerly anticipated film The Great Gatsby. Vintage-style lace and 50s era peplum styles are also expected to be big in 2013.

We have two gorgeous ranges that work well with the traditional look. Our VintageRomance and Vintage Rose products can be mixed and matched with your other items, as well as other pieces from our product range. We offer rose petals, a pretty addition to your table settings, in wide variety of colours or pink rock sweets that hint at the 1950s and would look lovely popped into traditional-style candy-stripe bags for a different approach to your wedding favours.

If you’re one of the brides looking to create a traditional theme for your own wedding, there’s no end of inspiration to tap into, which can help you conceptualise flower arrangements, décor and catering. If you are going all-out on the vintage theme a good place to start is by visiting the Vintage Wedding Fair, an annual event that takes place in London each year. The next fair takes place on the 23rd June at Chiswick Town Hall in London – visit http://www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk for more details about this fun event where you can get expert advice on catering, browse over 400 vintage wedding dresses and jewellery, and find out about translating the theme to your hair, make-up and photography.

If you’re working to a tight budget, a traditional, vintage-themed wedding allows plenty of scope for getting creative without the exorbitant price tag. Vintage is inextricably linked to ‘home-made’ so if you (or someone you know) has a special skill that can be utilised in your wedding preparations, make good use of it! You don’t have to be a sewing whizz to run up some unique fabric bunting for example, which can be crafted from authentic vintage fabric in colourways that compliment your floral arrangements. Speaking of flowers, we love the idea of placing country-style posies in jam-jars tied with a simple length of natural string – simple, pretty and an effective way to keep costs down without compromising on style. For candy-coloured decorations that offer a gorgeous compliment to your shabby-chic bunting, vintage crockery and other traditional touches, we love tissue paper balls. Hung from marquees or ceilings, or attached to bannisters, these delicate paper spheres add a fairy-tale quality to your setting, and can be bought in a range of colours to fit your theme. You can even try making your own if you’re feeling ambitious – take a look on YouTube for online tutorials.

If you want to blend the traditional with the contemporary our Vintage Romance provides a range of products that are timeless without being strictly vintage in theme. Featuring a sophisticated design in silver and white this range is perfect if you’re looking for something with enduring appeal that won’t look dated when you look back at your wedding photos in years to come!
For more wedding inspiration take a look at our full site here.

Wedding Trends for 2013

Christmas and New Year are popular times to receive a wedding proposal, so if you were one of the lucky couples to get engaged during the festive season you’ll no doubt be turning your minds to the planning stage. Even if it’s early days for you – you may not even have set a date or organised your venue yet – it’s never too soon to start browsing the extensive selection of wedding magazines and websites for inspiration for your special day.

Lots of brides-to-be collate scrapbooks or mood boards with ideas for dresses, flowers and décor, or you could create an online pin board of ideas via Pinterest – this is a fantastic way to organise wedding images and to get inspiration from other pinners. There’s a truly exhaustive selection of dedicated wedding boards on Pinterest to dip into, packed with beautiful, creative ideas to help you plan your special day.

Blogs are another great source of inspiration – we love browsing the real-life weddings on sites such as Snippet and Ink, 100 Layer Cake and Inspired by This. Covering everything from no-expense-spared wedding parties to more informal, DIY weddings, you should be able to pick up imaginative ideas that fit in with your budget on these beautiful sites.

Top trends for 2013

So, what’s going to be big in weddings this year? Expect to see more brides picking neutral, understated colour palettes for their décor. Colours like grey, taupe and champagne are expected to influence colour schemes, with accents of the traditional white still coming through. Our Contemporary Heart wedding range works particularly well with a neutral colour scheme – we love the idea of creating a sophisticated, timeless look for wedding tables, using crisp white table linen, studded with simple glass tea lights and silver heart confetti. Top elegant glassware with one of our delicate laser-cut ivory heart place cards and place a sophisticated clear heart favour box on each place setting. Add in some colour with your flowers – simple stems of Sahara roses (beautiful, blush-coloured flowers) compliment this scheme perfectly.

The eclectic, vintage-style wedding will still be big. Modern brides will continue to look to the past for inspiration, using details like mismatched crockery, vintage table linen and heirloom pieces to create a personal, original setting for their nuptials. This look calls for some degree of leg-work as you may need to source vintage pieces from antiques fairs, second-hand stories or dedicated vintage wedding suppliers. But the end result will look lovely, particularly if you’re going for a rural setting, or a marquee in the garden. Compliment your vintage pieces with accessories from our Vintage Romance and Vintage Rose ranges – both work really well with an eclectic theme. Pretty touches to add to your scheme include gorgeous laser-cut place cards, napkin rings and lottery ticket holders.  From the Vintage Rose range, choose from pretty polka-dot cotton bunting – use liberally around marquees, or pinned to your top table. The heart pegs and chalkboard signs and place holders also work well with a vintage theme.

Staying in the past, the release of the eagerly anticipated remake of The Great Gatsby is expected to influence brides in their choice of dress and décor.  Set in the glamorous 1920s, brides-to-be may take inspiration from the gorgeous fashions of the time – think delicate lace dresses, chandelier earrings and gorgeous 20s-style head-pieces. Translate the theme to your décor with lots of glass and crystals, echoing the fashion for Tiffany glass and ornate chandeliers which dominated the period. Our stunning table crystals add dazzle to a 20s-themed table, alongside crystal garlands which can be arranged around your centrepieces and flower arrangements. Finish your tables off with organza favour bags filled with silver foil hearts or dragees .

For more wedding inspiration take a look at our wedding ranges here. Happy planning!

Looking Forward to a Year of Celebrations!

Happy 2013! After the excesses of Christmas planning your next celebration might be the furthest thing from your mind right now. But here at Neviti we find nothing alleviates the gloom of grey January days than marking a few special events in our new calendars. When warmer days still seem such a long way off it’s good to have some dates fixed in your diary for a barbecue, spring dinner party or summer picnic – before you know it winter will be a distant memory and you’ll have some lovely mini celebrations to look forward to.  Plus if you’re feeling the pinch after splurging at Christmas, browsing the net for party ideas is a cheap, guilt-free way to while away an evening .

Why not join us in resolving to make 2013 a year of celebrations – here are some of the things the team at Neviti will be trying out this year…

Valentine’s Day

 

Forget spending out on an over-priced meal out with your loved one. Simple gestures like enjoying a glass of fizz and croissants in bed or whipping up a special supper at home are a much more sincere way to show you care. We’ll be making toast, cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter, lathered in strawberry & champagne jam, served on a tray alongside freshly squeezed orange juice and a lucky lottery ticket, slipped into our Vintage Romance ticket holder.

Spring Supper

If friends have gone undercover in the late winter months encourage them out of hibernation with an invite to dinner. A spring supper party is a great excuse to try out those cookery books you got for Christmas and to enjoy the new season’s food – think crisp young greens and light fish dishes such as sardines and mussels…food that hints at summer and makes longer days seem not quite so distant. Our delicate Elegant Butterflies range accompanies a Spring table perfectly – scatter your table with iridescent butterfly confetti or top glasses with place card butterflies. Toast the new season with a fresh and zesty cocktail – try this recipe for Spring Spritzer on the BBC food website.

Easter Egg Hunt

No Easter celebration is complete without an egg hunt. From experience we suggest being as imaginative as possible with your hiding – little people have an incredible audacity for hunting out chocolate so make it a bit more challenging this year! Share out our Easter Chick Sweetie tubs or bags for collecting goodies and give all your little hunters some bubbles to play with afterwards, a useful way to occupy them when chocolate consumption is getting out of hand!

May garden party
After the interminable rain of 2012 our money’s on 2013 providing much kinder weather conditions – well, here’s hoping! A relaxed garden party is a great way to make the most of the bank holiday weekend and doesn’t call for labour-intensive food planning. Think along

the lines of a traditional English afternoon tea – all you need to provide are some dainty sandwiches, scones and a selection of classic cakes. You can’t go far wrong following the recipes of the UK’s queen of baking, Mary Berry. We swear by her book Fast Cakes;
for simple, fool-proof cake and biscuit recipes that are perfect for a garden party. Pots of Earl Grey and some jugs of Pimms to cover the drinks. Decorate your table with preserved rose petals in a variety of summery colours and string our vintage-style Union Jack bunting from the trees in your garden or around garden parasols to tap into the retro vibe of a classic English garden party.

Midsummer picnic

If you’re short on space at home but want to gather together friends and family – perhaps for a birthday or other occasion – why not hold a summer picnic. Get everyone to provide a dish and suggest a meeting place – anywhere the kids can run around safely and where there is the odd tree to provide some shade is ideal. With just a bit of imagination you can really transform your picnic. String some bunting from trees (a good way to mark your space, too) and co-ordinate your picnic-ware using our Vintage Rose range, which includes pretty paper plates, cups, napkins and bowls, ideal for serving picnic staples such as strawberries and cream from.

 

After your picnic work off some of those delicious cakes with an energetic game of rounders or cricket. Or you could just doze in the sun and enjoy the contentment that comes from hosting a relaxed, happy get-together in the sunshine…

Here’s to 2013 – have a good one!