Aside from planning and designing weddings, another passion of mine is designing for the print and web. I have always designed the branding and built the websites for Bow Occasions and have also designed and built a couple of websites for friends and family. When it came to my own wedding invitations, I always knew I wanted to design my own.
As part of my new blogging schedule, I’ll be sharing with you a new printable every month. First up are these thank you tags which would make perfect tags for wedding favours for your guests. They are available in five different colours. Simply click on the relevant link below to download the PDF. Instructions for printing and making the tags are within the PDF download.
As a wedding planner, I’ve noticed the marquee wedding trend increase hugely since I set up business in 2010. With marquee weddings becoming more and more popular, the event tent world has been gradually evolving over the last few years. What do you think of when you think of a marquee wedding? Is it still a traditional white rectangle with plastic windows? If so, hopefully this post will inspire you as to the wide variety of marquees now available.
GETTING STARTED Before you decide on which marquee you would like, you need to have a think about the type of wedding you want. Is it a laid back festival wedding? A classic, traditional wedding? A sophisticated chic wedding? Of course there are no rules but nevertheless there are still some marquees that suit certain celebrations better than others. You then need to consider the number of guests you are planning to invite, your wedding budget and where the marquee will be pitched.
LAID BACK FESTIVAL WEDDING If you’re planning a laid back festival wedding, you should consider a tipi or a yurt. These quirky tents have the wow factor both inside and out. Both tipi’s and yurt’s are round and modular allowing for multiple tents to be connected together either to create separate areas or to accommodate a varied number of guests.
SOPHISTICATED CHIC WEDDING If you’re planning a sophisticated chic wedding, it’s worth looking into the new Sperry Tents by Papakata or alternatively a Capri marquee. The new Sperry Tents are much loved by the Americans and can often been seen gracing many a Hamptons wedding or party which is why I was so excited when I heard they are now available in the UK.
Alternatively, Capri marquees are more widely available and are more budget friendly with them being generally half the price of a traditional marquee. I’ve hired a few Capri marquees for my couples recently and I love how widely suited they are to many an occasion.
CLASSIC TRADITIONAL WEDDING
If you’re planning a traditional, classic wedding then you should think about a traditional pole marquee. Remember that white, rectangular structure with plastic windows I mentioned at the beginning of this post? Well traditional pole marquees are the perfect alternative. Whilst they are not hugely attractive from the outside, with the right decor both inside and out they can look stunning.
WOW-FACTOR AFFAIR If you’re planning a wow-factor affair, then you should consider an Indian Raj Tent. Not only do these elegant structures look stunning from the outside, they also come with a wide variety of opulent interiors from classic cream lining with stars to a deep indigo lining with stars and moons.
CONTEMPORARY GARDEN WEDDING If you’re planning a contemporary garden wedding then a stretch tent might be the marquee for you. These tents are hugely flexible and can even attach to the sides of buildings therefore extending your entertaining space. All the tents can be interlinked therefore have the ability to accommodate a wide range of guests from 15 for an intimate dinner to over 300 standing for a cocktail party.
Still not sure on the type of marquee for your wedding? Many marquee companies hold open days or weekends where you can pop along and see these tents set up for a wedding. Alternatively if you think you require a wedding planner to assist with planning your marquee wedding, I’d love to hear from you so do get in touch to see how I could help.
Today I’m back after a long hiatus with a Colour Palette post for you all. I love creating these colour palettes as I truly believe a wedding should not focus around one particular colour but a selection of complimentary colours. With all this warm spring weather we have been having, today’s mint, silver and gold colour palette was created with a spring wedding in mind but I think will equally look gorgeous styled for a winter wedding.
I’ll be posting these colour palettes every other week so let me know if you are planning a wedding and have a colour in mind but are stuck on creating a complimentary colour palette. Leave a comment below and my next post could be for you.
It’s time for another Bow Occasions wedding – this time it’s the wonderful wedding of Kirsty and James. Kirsty and James married at Sole Street House in Faversham, Kent. Sole Street House is a unique venue with a licensed tree house (AMAZING!!) and plenty of inside and outside space that guarantees every wedding will be different from the last.
Kirsty and James contacted me in April last year to see if I could help them with the rest of their planning. They had booked their wedding venue, a super talented photographer in the form of Camera Hannah, a duo to play their drinks reception and bought lots of lovely crafty items however they were both unsure on the catering aspect and how to bring it all together. This is where I came in!!
I loved Kirsty’s initial enquiry email and I knew straight away that it would be the kind of wedding that I would love to work on… Here’s a little snippet from her email below…
“We’ve reached the point where photographers and musicians are booked, dresses are ordered, stacks of handmade origami flowers, doily bunting and links to Etsy shops selling paper straws with mustaches on are building up… but (and it’s a big but) the catering/how to make people sit where we want them to sit and when we want them to sit bit is still a large gaping hole, never mind how to use all of the decorations without it looking too much like a craft shop exploded!
Lo and behold, you! Having had a peek at your Pinterest boards (I too am addicted…) and website, I think you might be able to help us!
I hope I’ve not burbled too much, I’m really very sensible and grown-up in real life. :)”
I met with Kirsty and James at their home and not long after we got to work on planning the rest of their wedding with about 3.5 months to go.
First up was the catering; they loved the idea of a informal picnic style wedding but were unsure on how to execute the idea. I got in touch with Macknade Fine Foods, a local deli full of delicious items based in Faversham and arranged a meeting. After sampling delicious charcuterie and cheeses we settled on a delicious menu which included fresh bread, pate, charcuterie, cheese and so much more all packed in picnic hampers for around 6 people. That was the catering done!
Next up was a contingency plan for the weather. The ideal would be to serve the picnic on blankets around the lawn however we needed a plan B in case of rain and its lucky we did because about 15 minutes after the guests set out to eat on the lawn, the heavens opened. It was clear that we needed a marquee that wasn’t going to cost the earth but one that could also be used to shade from the hot weather. Cue Event Covered, also based in Faversham (can you see a theme here) who provided us with a Capri Marquee.
Kirsty and James not only arrived together for the ceremony, they also had a first look before arriving at the wedding venue. First Looks are quite common in the US however they are still few and far between in the UK. A first look not only gives the couple the chance to have their couple photos taken before the wedding which means more time with your guests during the reception but it also captures such a powerful moment that during the ceremony that can seem all too fleeting – the first time that a bride and groom set eyes on each other.
Despite the rain, the wedding was a great success with both my husband and I working hard behind the scenes to ensure the day ran smoothly and I received a lovely email shortly after the wedding from them both.
“We just wanted to say THANK YOU <3
Everyone said how perfect the day was, and how very us. We really couldn’t have made it work without you (especially the marquee!) A lot of people seem to focus on how stressful planning a wedding is, but it really felt as if we just got to make it the day we wanted it to be and I think you’re responsible for that. Looking at the photos, and thinking back, all I see is smiles and that’s exactly what we wanted.
Thank you for making everything seem so effortless, for letting us spend the day twirling in bubbles and roaming around barefoot while you kept the day running.
Keep the date free for our golden anniversary… we’ll be recovered enough for another party by then!”
Although I haven’t blogged about my pregnancy, I’ve mentioned a couple of times that my husband and I are pregnant with our first child due in 6 weeks! We’ve been busy decorating the nursery and I really wanted to share it with you all. After all, it’s still styling and design right! Today’s post is the inspiration and shopping list for our nursery and I’ll be back with a full photo post once it’s ready.
I’ve absolutely loved designing our little man’s nursery ready for his arrival and although he won’t be in his nursery for at least the first few months, I wanted to get it all set up and ready for him. The theme for the nursery is balloons and clouds.
The items shown below are items that I have purchased for our baby boys nursery. We have been on a limited budget for the nursery so couldn’t afford a full furniture set from some of the popular baby shops at a minimum of £500.00 and to be honest even if we could afford it, I’m sure not I would have gone with one. We purchased the cot bed from Kiddicare which was an absolute steal at less than £130.00 including the mattress. Its a gorgeous colour and feels very sturdy.
For the wardrobe, we found an old solid wood one in a charity furniture shop near us for £40.00. Once we got it home, we sanded it and painted it with three coats of 1829 Acrylic Eggshell in Pale Mortlake Cream. It looks fab and I love that it is unique to us.
Finding a decent second hand chest of drawers has been harder so in the end I gave in and purchased a new unfinished pine unit from Argos which I am going to paint in the same colour as the wardrobe. I was going to buy new knobs for the drawers but with £15.00 knobs and new ones about £4.00 a pop, it isn’t really an expense I can justify so I am going to purchase some tester pots of paint in bright colours and paint them.
The gorgeous prints are from Showler & Showler. If you are a fan of bright colours and haven’t already checked them out, I would definitely recommend doing so. I’m planning on DIYing some of our nusery to save costs and these include a hot air balloon and cloud mobile similar to the one in the picture below and some balloon and cloud hooks made out of wood.
There is always a chance that we could be having a girl so we’ve kept it fairly gender neutral apart from one blue wall which we can always paint if the sonographers have got it wrong… hehe! Plus to be honest I’m not overly keen on the whole girls in pink and boys in blue that so many shops seem to push on you.
So what do you think? If there are any mums or mums to be reading this, I’d love to hear about your nursery or plans for the nursery.