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.
With Mother’s Day around the corner we’ve come up with some creative, low-cost ways to do something a little different for your Mum on her special day. If you’re a mum yourself these ideas are great for sharing with your kids, or you could drop some hints to ensure you enjoy a bit of VIP treatment on March 10th…
When it comes to gifts we believe that small, carefully considered presents, or homemade gifts are much nicer than generic, off-the-shelf buys or a hastily-bought bouquet of flowers. For something different why not make a colourful posy of paper flowers – with just some tissue paper and some basic craft tools you can make stunning creations that last a lot longer than the real thing. There are numerous online tutorials that talk you through the steps, ranging from simple techniques children can try their hand at to more elaborate creations. Tie with a length of ribbon and attach one of our chic luggage tags or butterfly tags to your posy to add a decorative finishing touch.
If your mum loves her cuppa, why not treat her to a gorgeous new mug, or a posh china tea-cup to add to her collection? There’s a good choice of mugs perfect for Mother’s Day – some which you can personalise – on Notonthehighstreet.com, or you could create something completely unique with your own mug painting kit, or by booking a session at a local pottery studio. Add in an extra treat with a beautiful slice of handmade cake, or something yummy from a posh patisserie (try Patisserie Valerie, which has branches nationwide), presented in one of our Vintage Rose cake boxes. Throw in a couple of her favourite magazines and you’ve created the coffee break from heaven, and a wonderful excuse for busy mums to put their feet up and enjoy some well-deserved down-time.
The standard Mother’s day surprise is lunch out, but with many restaurants hiking up their prices, or becoming fully booked weeks in advance, don’t worry if eating out isn’t an option. If the weather is on your side – and you just never know in the UK; heat waves in March are not unheard of! – you could treat Mum to an early Spring picnic. Find a local beauty spot and load up the hamper with flasks of hot tea and delicious goodies from your local deli or M&S. A homemade cake won’t go amiss, or you could rustle up a batch of cupcakes. Jazz them up with our gorgeous cake accessories – our Vintage Rose cake sticks and cases are the perfect addition for a special occasion picnic, and co-ordinate with our other picnic must-haves, including paper plates, cups and napkins. And of course no Mother’s Day picnic would be complete without a bottle of bubbly!
If you’re looking for another simple craft to try with your children, take a look at the feast of ideas on the Hobby Craft website – there’s a whole section dedicated to Mother’s Day with ideas pitched at both beginners and experienced crafters. We love the Button heart framed picture and the tote bag ideas. If you opt for a simple home-made tote, why not fill it with some cute treats for mum to enjoy; a lucky lottery ticket presented in a Vintage Romance ticket holder, an organza bag filled with foil hearts, a new book, or a gorgeous nail polish or pampering treat….so much more thoughtful and original than a shop-bought gift.
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!