• Pocketfold Inspiration #4

    Lavender

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    This Lavender design was created using our Gatefold Pocketfold in Heart Silver with Purple Heart Backing Mat and Belly Band. Accompanied by a White Text Mat and Insert.

    How do you plan to design your wedding invitations? We’d love to know! Share your perfect designs with us over on Facebook or Twitter.

     

     

  • Pocketfold Inspiration #3

    Hearts

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    This Hearts design was created using our Square Pocketfold in Recycled Ivory with Candy Apple Backing Mat and a Kraft Belly Band. Accompanied by a White Text Mat and Inserts.

    How do you plan to design your wedding invitations? We’d love to know! Share your perfect designs with us over on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Pocketfold Inspiration #2

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    Here is beautiful vintage inspired wedding invite, created using our Square Pocketfold in Midnight Blue with Kraft Backing Mat and a Kraft Belly Band. Accompanied by a White Text Mat and Inserts.

    Don't forget to share your wedding invites with us! We’d love to see what you've come up with! Share your lovely designs with us over on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Bridal style: Pick the right dress for your shape

    Make wedding dress shopping easy by opting for a gown that flatters your figure and sits perfectly on your frame…

    Hourglass

    Women with an hourglass shape have hips and shoulder similar in size with a nipped in, well-defined waist.

    Your dress prescription:

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    ● Mermaid style gowns – Great for ultra-curvaceous girls, the mermaid gown plays up your figure in all the right places. Very Jessica Rabbit!

    ● A-line gowns – A great streamlined option to balance your figure.

    ● Sweetheart necklines – One of the most flattering necklines for showing off your assets.

    Rectangle

    Many women who are rectangular shaped often mistake their body type as hourglass. However, while your waist will be smaller than your hips and shoulders, there’s much less of a difference than with an hourglass figure. Instead you’ll have a much straighter shape.

    Your dress prescription:

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    ● Sheath gowns – Think lightweight materials and boho. This style of gown can create those curves you’re after.

    ● A-line gowns – The A-line gown is another great option for creating an hourglass shape.

    ● High necklines – If you’re a slim rectangle, high necklines offer a unique option for your wedding gown.

    Triangle – otherwise known as Pear

    Just like a pear you’re smaller on the top than the bottom. Your hips are wider than your shoulders and you tend to carry more of your weight on your bottom half.

    Your dress prescription:

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    ● Princess ball gowns – Emphasise all your best bits with a sculpted, figure-hugging corset.

    ● Empire line gowns – This style of dress emphasises your tiny waist and flatters your whole figure.

    Inverted Triangle

    If you have slim thighs, but a slighter larger upper body, your figure can be described as an inverted triangle. Any easy way to assess whether you’re this shape is to see if your shoulders are broader than your hips.

    Your dress prescription:

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    ● Mermaid style gowns – Balance out your shape with a mermaid style gown that provides a flattering counterpoint to wide shoulders.

    ● Short gowns – Show off your slim pins and balance out your figure with a 50s style short dress.

    Tall

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    Although not traditionally a body type, it’s important to take into account your height, as well as your frame. While most styles suit tall brides, they’re best off avoiding empire line dresses.

    Petite

    If you’re 5’ 3” or under, you’re traditionally classed as petite. Even more so than tall women, petite girls need to make sure they choose the right style of gown – many may swamp them.

    Your dress prescription:

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    ● Sheath gowns – The simple cut of a sheath gown will elongate your figure without overwhelming it.

    ● A-line gowns – A-line gowns also add height and shape to a petite bride.

    What style of dress do you have your heart set on? Tell us over on Facebook or Twitter. In the meantime, why not be inspired by some of our favourite gowns on Pinterest.

     

  • How to Create a beautiful bow!

    Here's a quick tutorial on how to create a beautiful bow, you can have your pocketfolds looking even more fabulous in minutes!

    You will need:

    - Belly Band (with a strip of double sided sticky tape on one side)
    - Pocketfold
    - 4 Pieces of Ribbon, cut shorter than each other and with a strip of double sided sticky tape on one side (see picture below)
    - Double Sided Sticky Tape
    - Scissors

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    Step 1: Lay the pocketfold facing down, and stick down the belly band, as seen in step 2.

    Step 2: Take the longest piece of ribbon and wrap around the belly band.

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    Step 3: Take the other end of the ribbon and stick it down as seem in step 4.

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    Step 5: Create loops with the other bigger pieces of ribbon and place a square of double sided sticky tape in the middle of each loop of ribbon.

    Step 6: Stick down the center of each "loop" of ribbon to create a effect bow, then with the smallest piece of ribbon fold it around the smaller loop, as seem in step 6.

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    Step 7: Put a strip of double sided sticky tape on the back of each "bow."

    Step 8: Stick down the bigger bow onto the Pocketfold and then stick down the smaller "bow" on top of that.

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    You should end up with something like this!

    Share what you've created with us on our Facebook page! We'd love to see!

     

  • Pocketfold Inspiration #1

    In the Forest

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    This forest design was created using our Gatefold Pocketfold in Slate Gray with Lime Green Backing Mat and a Kraft Belly Band. Accompanied by a White Text Mat and Inserts.

    How do you plan to design your wedding invitations? We’d love to know! Share your perfect designs with us over on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Top 10 entertainment ideas for your big-day

    Rock your party with first-class entertainment sure to impress. Whether you’ve got big bucks saved for your day, or your wedding budget is relatively modest, there are plenty of ways to entertain and occupy your guests on your special day. From garden games for adults and your littlest guests, to something more extravagant and spectacular – like the firework finale, we’ve got entertainment ideas for every taste…

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    1. Live music

    Live music is great for creating an atmosphere. You could opt for a live four-piece band to really get the evening party started, or something more subdued, such a guitarist and vocalist – great for the early evening and your drinks reception. A solo artist will usually be more affordable too – meaning you can enjoy live music without the hefty costs.

    2. DJ

    The classic option for many couples is the wedding DJ. The great thing about many of today’s DJs is their experience. They have a knack of playing the right songs at the right time and know exactly what tunes to put on to get everyone going. Hiring a DJ avoids the headache of putting together your own playlist and also ensures a range of songs suited to all your guests.

    3. Photo booth

    Photo booths are great for providing hours of entertainment. We never get bored of having a selfie or three, and can assure you your guests won’t either! While traditionally quite pricey, many couples are now beginning to DIY their own photo booths. In fact, a fairly stylish booth with a DIY backdrop and props usually comes in at under £100. For more tips on creating your own, why not read our DIY Photo Booth blog?

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    4. Magician

    Wow your guests with a close-up magician. While you may not have previously considered hiring one, they’re actually a great way to get your guests mingling. Ideal for the drinks reception, or between wedding breakfast courses, it will certainly be something talked about in months to come.

    5. Vegas-style casino

    Whether Vegas holds special memories for the both of you, or you simply love the fun and flair of a casino, it’s a great entertainment idea to keep your guests amused. Hire out a variety of slot tables and complement with a cocktail and whisky bar for the ultimate Vegas affair.

    6. Garden games

    If you’re looking for something to keep both the kids and adults entertained, look no further than garden games. Whether you plan on getting competitive with boys vs. girls, or you just want to take advantage of some outdoor fun, there are plenty of options when it comes to games. From tug of war to giant Jenga, or something more relaxing like croquet on the lawn – choose a selection of games to complement the theme and atmosphere of your day.

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    7. Singing waiters

    While this may not be the most common form of wedding entertainment it’s certainly one that will amuse guests young and old. Dressed to impress, the vocalists will serve up food and drink favourites whilst performing a selection of popular songs. The charming tones of the barbershop-style singing waiters is sure to add a touch of class to your special day - and ideal for both drink receptions and wedding breakfasts.

    8. DIY dessert station

    Let your guests get creative with a delicious DIY dessert station. You can choose any dessert your heart desires but we personally recommend something like cupcakes, pancakes or s’mores. At a cupcake DIY station you’ll typically provide guests with freshly baked cupcakes for them to decorate themselves. Offer a range of icings, sprinkles and toppings to allow them to create the cupcake of their dreams. Pancake bars are a great summer option, as guests create their very own topping concoctions; while s’mores bars are great come winter, accompanied by a huge outdoor firepit.

    9. Fireworks

    If your budget and venue allows for fireworks you’ll be able to create the ultimate closing spectacle as you fill the sky with colour. If a firework display isn’t possible for you, why not consider a sparkler send-off? It’s a much cheaper alternative and makes for fantastic wedding shots.

    10. Dance-off

    For those looking for entertainment that won’t break the bank, why not rope some of your friends into having a dance-off? Even if getting up and dancing like a wild child in front of all your guests terrifies you, you’ll probably have some friends and family members willing to be the star of the show. Guaranteed to be a giggle and offer some comedy memories of your day, it’s a simple but highly entertaining option for most couples.

    How do you plan to entertain your guests on your wedding day? We’d love to know! Share your perfect party entertainment with us over on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Wedding theme SOS: Rustic Romance

    Perhaps one of the most beautiful themes of the year, the rustic romance look is here to stay. Based on natural beauty and infused with pretty feminine touches, it promises a laid-back, yet stunning, vibe that will always remain in fashion. But how do you go about creating the look? That’s exactly what we’ll be exploring in today’s blog…

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    The look

    The rustic romance wedding theme goes one step further than the popular rustic look by incorporating lots of feminine beauty. Think dusky pink, cream and sage green colour palette, delicate details, such as lace and ruffles, along with a touch of elegance.

    Your wedding style

    When it comes to your gown the cut should be quite simple – think sheath, empire or a modified A-line style. While the shape of your gown may be simple, the detail will be quite the opposite - from long trains to flowing sleeves, and lace overlays to open backs. Accessories will be important too. Floral crowns, quirky boots and cosy cover-ups can all be part of the look.

    An ideal choice of attire for your groom is a slim-fit suit finished off with a bow-tie. Smart and romantic, the groom can also experiment with textures like tweed, in the cooler months, and play around with colours such as greys and royal blue.

    The rest of your wedding party would look great in muted pastel shades – think along the dusky pink, cream and sage colour palette. The mismatched bridesmaid look also works well with this theme.

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    The venue

    Choosing the right venue is one of the most important factors in getting this look right. Wedding barns lend themselves well to this theme with their neutral colour palettes, exposed features and natural feel. What’s more, they usually come with plenty of outdoor space too – great for all your outdoorsy, countryside-inspired photographs.

    Another couple of venue options include the quaint country house and farm. Again, these types of wedding venues provide the ideal backdrop for your wedding snaps and fit with the informal, welcoming atmosphere of your rustic romance-inspired day.

    The details

    It’s those little details that will really make your day and bring your rustic romance alive. Here are just a few things you might like to consider to create your final look:

    • The food. Keep things fun with food favourites and a menu that includes a pretty – and tasty - trio of desserts. A well-styled dessert table also complements the rustic romance wedding theme and will no doubt win your guests’ hearts.
    • The bouquet. Add a romantic touch to your bouquet with pretty ribbon streamers and think about incorporating some statement flowers. Protea or hydrangeas are great options, while succulents also add interest to your bouquet while keeping things pretty.
    • The cake. While the naked cake has long been associated with rustic weddings, it’s the buttercream-iced cake that sits best with this wedding theme. Simple, yet beautiful, the whipped-like texture of the buttercream adds that all-important texture to your wedding style. Couples looking for something extra decorative should also consider the ruffle wedding cake.
    • The textures. Wooden features tie in really well with the rustic wedding – but remember to glam things up a little to add that romantic touch. Apple crates, barrels and tree logs are just some of the wooden props you can incorporate in your day, along with some quirky wooden signs.

    To add that glamorous overtone, why not consider lace-top chair covers or ruffle fabric backs? Worlds away from the traditional chair cover, these modern designs give off a feel of real romance. If you’re looking to keep things more natural, white chiavari chairs also work well and can even be adorned with flowers. Lace or burlap table runners are another way to add a fabulous finishing touch.

    • The favours. Since you’ll be embracing all things natural and homemade, it’s a great idea to bring this touch to your wedding favours too. A simple option might be homemade jam or honey in a cute jar. Alternatively you could pot a DIY hot chocolate kit, with hot chocolate powder and marshmallows, into mini jam jars, or serve up your favourite cheesecake in a jar.
    • Something extra special. Creating the right atmosphere is key to this wedding theme – and you can’t go wrong with twinkle lights. Whether they’re hung as a backdrop or from the ceiling, they’re a great way to add some romantic ambience to your day. If you’re planning on celebrating outdoors you could also wrap some fairy lights around tree trunks to light up the space and make way for some beautiful photographs.

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    For more inspiration on creating the perfect rustic romance, take a look at our Pinterest board.

    How will you be adding a touch of rustic romance to your wedding? Let us know over on our Facebook or Twitter page.

  • The 10 commandments: Our top bridesmaid duties

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    Being a bridesmaid is fun – and a real honour, but it’s important to remember that there’s more to a bridesmaid than just a name. Taking the role seriously, and remembering the real reason you’ve been given a special part in your friend’s wedding day, is key to a bridesmaid’s success. To give you a helping hand, we’ve listed the top 10 duties for a modern-day bridesmaid, ensuring you’ll be helping create the best wedding ever!

    1. Be a true friend

    Being a bridesmaid goes beyond the traditional duties. The core of being a good bridesmaid comes down to being a good friend. True friends are honest, supportive and caring, no matter what. They listen to their best friends vent, they offer honest advice about bad outfit choices, and are a voice of reason in times of doubt.

    1. Remain patient

    Watching one of your besties try on another 20 wedding dresses for the third consecutive weekend in a row might not be the highlight of your bridesmaid duties, but it’s something you should accept as part of the role. With the stresses of a wedding day, brides can become confused and indecisive, meaning everything from big-day themes and venues change on a weekly basis. The key thing here is to remain patient and offer your support – which will usually just be listening when she needs it most.

    1. Be a team player

    As a bridesmaid you’re part of a team. Create a positive, inspiring environment for the wedding party, rather than trying to lead the pack or fight for the best bridesmaid crown. A bride already faces enough stress, without her so-called little helpers adding to her worries. Work together, try and diffuse any negativity, and always remember your bride’s wants and wishes.

    1. Be the perfect shopping buddy

    Make wedding dress shopping even more exciting than your bride could’ve ever imagined, and make bridesmaid gown shopping even simpler than she’d have ever expected. Offer words of wisdom, be truthful but tactful, and offer to help research if your bride is struggling to find something she likes. When it comes to your dress, do voice your opinion – but try to be constructive, not critical. Be willing to meet your bride halfway – just like you’d expect her to if it were your day.

    1. Pitch in with the wedding DIY

    Not all bridesmaid tasks are glamorous – and while wedding DIY might be right up your street, playing with glue guns isn’t necessarily fun for all. Even if you’re not a crafty queen, be willing to help out with the not-so-fun jobs too. If you don’t think you’ll be able to help out much on the creative front, offer support in other ways, by making cups of tea or creating a positive atmosphere.

    1. Plan an amazing hen party

    One of the key memories a bride has of her wedding is her hen do. It’s a lovely way of marking the end of an era and celebrating the start of a new one; but getting it right can be tricky. When planning the special weekend of events, bear in mind what the bride would like to do – not your personal preferences. Also keep in mind what others would enjoy and can afford. The key is to keep it personal, rather than just another night out – so throw in all those thoughtful touches to ensure she feels extra special.

    1. Go the extra mile

    Being a bridesmaid isn’t just about helping out with the pre-wedding tasks, scouting out outfits for the day, and running last-minute errands. It’s about going above and beyond what’s expected of you to make your friend’s wedding the best day ever. Decorate the honeymoon suite as a special surprise and put together a special breakfast for you all to enjoy on the morning of the wedding. While simple, these little touches will go down a real treat.

    1. Take charge behind the scenes

    Being on top form on the big-day itself is a huge part of your role – and there's a lot you can do to help. From making sure the bridesmaids' dresses are in order, to collecting all the final bits on the morning of the wedding. While these things may seem small, they’re key to making sure the whole day goes smoothly.

    1. Carry that all-essential bridal kit

    Be prepared for every eventuality with a homemade bridal kit. Leave in the honeymoon suite, or in a little box at the venue and fill with the following:

    • Painkillers
    • Plasters
    • Chalk – for smudges on the dress
    • Hair accessories
    • Dental floss
    • Make-up
    • Mini sewing kit
    • Handheld mirror
    • Safety pins
    • Tissues
    • Easy-to-carry snacks

    Get the party started!

    As a bridesmaid, you’ve got to be the hostess with the mostess, making all the wedding guests feel welcomed and in the mood to celebrate. Make the transition from day to night easy by being the first to join the bride and groom on the dance floor – grabbing a few friends to come along with you! Keep the atmosphere alive and buzzing, while making sure your bride has an amazing time.

    What extra special things have you arranged to make sure you’re the best bridesmaids ever? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Drinks 101: Cocktails

    Your drinks menu is just as important as your wedding food. It has the potential to complement the season and the theme of your day, helping create that all-important atmosphere. While Pimms may be the most popular post-ceremony cocktail among today’s brides and grooms, there are plenty of other classic combos you could consider.

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    ● Limoncello-Mint Champagne

    Ideal for Tuscan-inspired affairs, and wedding celebrated in spring and summer, this zesty cocktail is a sure party starter.

    ● Cosmopolitan

    For a chic touch, why not opt for the classy cosmopolitan? One thing we love about this cocktail is the option to change up the fruits to make it seasonal.Blueberry

    ● Mojito

    A great twist on the classic. The mojito is loved by most and is a great option for a refreshing reception drink. The addition of blueberries adds a unique touch to the cocktail – and can also work as your “something blue”!

    Personalising your cocktail

    If you’re looking for unique ways to personalise your day, creating your own Mr and Mrs cocktail is a great place to start. While this might sound a little daunting to the least experienced mixologists of you, you needn’t worry – we’ve got all you need to whizz up the cocktail of your dreams.

    1. Decide on the types of liquor you enjoy

    This starting point is an excellent way to whittle down the many options you have. Once you’ve decided on two or three liquors you both like, think about which mixers you typically enjoy mixing them with.

    2. Get mixing

    The only way you’re really going to get a taster for your tipple is by trying it out yourself. As you’ll have limited yourself to just a few liquors, and consequently a few combinations, this shouldn’t cost you too much. Remember to use equal parts of sweet and sour and alcoholic / non-alcoholic components. It’s also best to shake drinks containing juice and stir drinks that are made purely from alcohol.

    3. Make it pretty

    From fruits to edible glitter and pretty straws – anything goes.

    4. Add a signature name

    After all, it is your creation!

    You can get inspiration for some fabulous cocktail combinations here.

    Other ways to add a unique touch to your cocktails include

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    ● Edible flowers

    Add some wedding pretty to your tipple by topping it with a colourful edible flower.

    ● Mason jar glasses

    For the school fete or festival touch, why not serve up your cocktail in a mason jar with straw?

    ● Sparkly stirrers

    Great for glam occasions or Christmas or New Year’s wedding celebrations, a sparkly pom pom topped stirrer is sure to get your guests talking!

    What would be your signature cocktail on your wedding day? Share your favourite tipple mixes with us over on Facebook or Twitter

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