DIY Wedding

  • 10 Hacks for Saving Money on Your Wedding

    Wedding Hacks

    Worried about how much your dream wedding will set you back? With the average wedding now costing couples upwards of £25,000, it’s no surprise you’re feeling the pressure.

    But wait! Before you panic and empty out the savings account, take a look at these 10 awesome hacks for saving money on your wedding, without skimping on quality.

    1 - Choose Your Dates Wisely

    Late summer through to autumn are the peak months for wedding bookings. With all the competition, venue prices skyrocket between August and September - why not opt for a fresh springtime wedding instead? Choose a more offbeat date for your big day and save money in the process.

    2 - Negotiate with Everyone

    When hiring professional services for your wedding day, you call the shots. Many venues and suppliers will hear the word ‘wedding’ and ramp up their prices accordingly. Don’t be afraid to bargain for a lower price, and if they won’t meet your budget, take your money elsewhere - it’s YOUR big day after all!

    3 - Consider A Second-Hand Dress

    The dress is of course an essential part of the day, but new wedding dresses can set you back thousands. Why not opt for a less costly alternative and browse for a second-hand frock? You’ll pinch the pennies and have your choice of some stunning vintage gowns too.

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    4 - DIY Invitations

    Instead of forking out hundreds for a stack of elaborate readymade invitations, add your own personal touch by creating them yourself. Paperbliss is the perfect way to combine classic wedding invite design with your own unique style.

    5 - Shop Around for Rings

    It’s easy to overspend on wedding rings. Rather than going straight to your high street jewellery chain consider cheaper options. Second-hand jewellers and antique shops are treasure troves for discovering beautiful and unique wedding bands that won’t cost the earth and will look just as fabulous.

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    6 - Go Easy on the Flowers

    After the wedding is over, fresh flowers will wilt and become unusable, and yet they’re one of the most expensive parts of a traditional wedding. Rather than ordering elaborate bouquets, opt for smaller bunches of wildflowers or potted plants for a cosy, bohemian vibe to your big day.

    7 - Borrow What You Can

    Every bride needs something borrowed! Save money and reduce stress by asking around for extra accessories. Maybe your Gran has a hairband from her wedding day she can lend you, or get your friends to lend you cufflinks, shoes and jewellery. You’ll look just as fab and you’ll be watching the pennies!

    8 - Get Your Friends Involved

    Everyone loves a good wedding. Ditch the professional help where you can and ask your friends to step in instead. Got a mate who’s great with a camera? Photographer sorted! And everyone has that one friend who’s amazing at makeup - ask her to help you look your best on the big day.

    9 - Opt for A Low-Key Reception Venue

    Rather than hiring out an enormous hotel, opt for a more personal, low key wedding venue and save yourself thousands in the process. If the weather’s fine, enjoy a simple marquee in a meadow; or book out your favourite pub for a fun and informal gathering.

    10 - Have A Buffet Banquet

    Your guests will need to be fed; but instead of soaking up the booze with a fancy three course meal, why not have a buffet instead? It’s a cheaper, party-friendly alternative and doesn’t require an expensive catering team to pull off.

    There are tons of ways to ensure you have the best time on your big day, without breaking the bank. Cut the costs and enjoy yourself - anything you save can be put towards your new lives together. Enjoy!

  • Why it pays to DIY at your wedding

    When it comes to DIY weddings many couples will opt for them simply because they want to save themselves some money. DIY weddings are one of the most cost effective ways to say I do, however, that isn’t the only reason why a DIY wedding might be the ideal choice for you. Let us run through some of the reasons why it pays to DIY at your wedding.

    You can make your wedding hugely personal
    There is nothing better than having a personal wedding that is the perfect reflection of you as a couple. Buying things from store or asking for the venue or wedding planner to put things together means that it may not be quite as personal as you hope. DIY, in comparison means that you can take charge of all things related to your wedding and make sure that it is exactly what you want it to be.

    It can give an incredibly relaxed vibe
    Whilst some people may like the idea of a formal wedding, there are also plenty of people who are going to enjoy a relaxed and informal wedding too. Taking a DIY approach on your wedding day is going to give you an incredibly relaxed vibe, which your guests are going to love just as much as you will.

    You can be creative
    Even if you don’t think of yourself as hugely creative, organising a wedding is going to bring out a creative side that you may not have realised that you had. You are going to need to think outside the box and come up with ideas that need some careful consideration. In the end you may surprise yourself by what you can come up with.

    You can do it together
    Wedding planning can be stressful and many couples find that rather than enjoying the process and it bringing them together, that they can squabble instead. Another great benefit to DIY weddings is that you can do it together. You can make the big decisions together, you can try your hand at crafty bits together and of course you can sit down together and talk about the ways that you can DIY.

    It saves you money
    One of the biggest positives about DIY at your wedding is that it saves you money. You can think about the areas that you don’t mind doing a bit of DIY and saving cash, then put this alongside the areas that you are happy to pay out for, such as your wedding dress, creating the perfect balance for your big day.
    As you can see, there are a number of reasons why it may pay to DIY at your wedding. Why not try some of the amazing DIY ideas that you can find online and see if you can save yourself some cash as well as have a wedding to remember?

  • 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!

     

  • The 10 commandments: Our top bridesmaid duties

    Bridesmaids

    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!

  • The Essential Planning Checklist

    Planning your big-day can be a little overwhelming. With what seems like 1001 things to do, getting on top of it all can be a headache. Of course, the key to wedding planning success is creating a checklist of priorities and keeping to it. By concentrating on each area, one at a time, and checking it off as you go, you’ll feel much more in control of the process.  Remember, it’s much more satisfying to have organised five things properly, instead of having half-organised 10 things!

    With this in mind, we’ve created our very own wedding planning checklist, based on a typical 12-month planning period, giving you a handy timeline of all the things you need to do…

    12 months before

    • Decide upon a wedding date
    • Decide on your budget and create a spreadsheet to remain on top of it!
    • If you’re getting married in church, begin making arrangements with your local minister
    • Take out wedding insurance
    • Decide on the number of guests – this will impact your budget and venue choices
    • Book the wedding venue / reception
    • Book the photographer – these get booked up quickly!
    • Pop the question to your bridesmaids and groomsmen
    • Start looking for your wedding dress

     

    9 months before

    • Book your musicians, band and/or DJ for the wedding reception
    • Book the caterers and attend a food tasting to help you decide on your menu
    • Book the wedding transport
    • Book the florist
    • Think about booking the honeymoon (6-9 months before)
    • Order the wedding cake
    • Book an overnight stay in a hotel room/honeymoon suite
    • Order stationery from Paper Bliss
    • Send out Save the Date cards. It’s also wise to include local accommodation information with the Save the Date cards as this tends to get booked up quickly.

     

    6 months before

    • Attend initial fitting for the wedding dress (4-6 months before)
    • Choose your wedding shoes and accessories
    • Choose the wedding attire for the groom, best man, bridesmaids, fathers, mothers and ushers
    • Choose the wedding rings
    • Book a hair and make-up trial
    • Select your wedding readings
    • Organise your wedding initiations and order of service booklets

     

    3 months before

    • Finalise payment for your marriage licence from the registrar
    • Send out the wedding invitations
    • Decide upon your wedding gift list and make it available to all your wedding guests (Usually sent out with invite)
    • Confirm your ceremony details with either the registrar or the minister
    • Order wedding favours
    • Decide upon your chosen wedding music or hymns
    • Buy gifts for the best man, ushers and bridesmaids
    • Discuss the seating plan with the caterer and venue
    • Plan your hen and stag party - aim to hold it 4-6 weeks before your wedding

     

    1 month before

    • Arrange for a final fitting of your wedding dress and any amendments as necessary
    • Reconfirm the wedding arrangements with the reception venue
    • Reconfirm the wedding arrangements with all suppliers
    • Finalise the seating plan with the caterer and venue
    • Create a proposed timeline for your day – this can usually be done with the help of your wedding venue
    • Write official seat placement cards, table plan and names/numbers
    • Arrange a date for a wedding rehearsal, if required.
    • Chase up guests who have not yet responded to your invitation
    • Begin thinking about / writing the wedding speeches. This applies to the groom, best man and father of the bride.

     

    7 days before

    • Pop on your out of office ahead of your break away – whoopee!
    • Have the wedding rehearsal
    • Pack for your honeymoon
    • Reconfirm final guest numbers and amend seating plan if necessary
    • Organise with a close friend to have an emergency wedding kit, just for the bride, containing makeup and a repair kit for the wedding dress. This way you can be sure you’ll be ready should any minor hiccups occur through the day.
    • Give your order of service sheets to the minister
    • Order your foreign currency
    • Give the rings to the best man
    • Give the best man a list of all the wedding suppliers involved in your wedding day, in case they need to be contacted

     

    The day before

    • Help decorate the venue if there are no other weddings on that day and / or drop off the final bits like place names, table plan and favours
    • Ensure passports / luggage are at your hotel to leave for your honeymoon – if you’re planning on leaving right away
    • Sort out all those last minute beauty needs – like a manicure and pedicure
    • Have an early night and try to get some sleep
    • Relax!

     

    After the wedding

    • Arrange for friends and family to help clear up / collect personal belongings the morning after the big-day
    • Pre-plan for one of the wedding party to return any hired items on your behalf
    • Write and send thank-you notes for all the family and friends who sent gifts, and the wedding suppliers who’ve been extra helpful.

    What have you loved most about the planning process so far? Let us know your wedding planning favourites over on Facebook or Twitter!

  • The A-Z of weddings

    Get to grips with wedding planning with our A-Z guide…

    A is for Advice – Accept all the advice you can get when it comes to your wedding day. Planning a wedding can feel a little overwhelming at first, but remember you have family, friends and suppliers that are all willing to help you plan your perfect day.

    B is for Bridesmaids – Celebrate your day with your best girl pals who’ve been there for you through every single bridezilla moment.

    C is for Cake – Will you go for the classic fruit cake or a something ultra modern – like lemon drizzle or red velvet? Or perhaps you’ll serve up a delicious jam and cream feast with a naked cake…

    D is for Dress – From the pretty princess gown to the modern wonder of a highly embellished 3D wedding dress – there’s plenty of choice out there for every taste. In fact, you needn’t even stick to white anymore with 2016’s trend for ombré and watercolour gowns.

    E is for Emergency Kit – Remember to get one of these packed the night before the big-day. Pop in painkillers, indigestion tablets, dental floss, a mini repair kit for your dress, and those essential make-up items just in case you need a top up!

    F is for Flowers – Whether faux or fresh, flowers are an iconic part of your wedding day. If you’re going fresh, don’t forget to choose flowers that are in season. Other fantastic alternatives include button bouquets, brooch bouquets and paper bouquets.

    G is for Groom – Make sure your groom takes on some of the responsibilities too. Just some of the things he can do include arranging the transport, planning the honeymoon, and looking after the rings.

    H is for Honeymoon – Pop your feet up and relax. Your honeymoon is all about taking some time out together to celebrate being Mr and Mrs while enjoying a trip of a lifetime.

    I is for Informal Dining – The wedding breakfast is no longer all about the three or four-course meal. From hog roasts and barbecues, to stone baked pizzas and street food feasts, there are plenty of fantastic informal alternatives.

    J is for Jewellery – Don’t forget the finishing touches to your gown.

    K is for Kids, your littlest guests – Kids are perhaps one of the most debated topics when it comes to weddings. Should you invite them or not? Whatever you choose, make sure you’re clear and open about your decision right from the start.

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    L is for Location – Finding the right backdrop for your celebration is key to creating the perfect atmosphere – so research thoroughly and choose carefully!

    M is for Music – Set the scene for your perfect day with carefully thought out entrance and exit music. You’ll also need two or three songs for the signing of the register.

    N is for Nuptials – The moment you’ve been waiting and planning for all this time.

    O is Ombré – Keep your wedding styling on-trend with a touch of ombré. From ombré detailed bouquet ribbons and wedding cakes to watercolour table runners, there are plenty of beautiful ways to incorporate this trend.

    P is for Photography – If there’s one element we recommend splashing out on it’s your wedding photography. Providing one of the only eternal memories you’ll have of the day, your wedding photographs will be a wonderful visual reminder of one of the most important days of your life.

    Q is for Quirky – Don’t be afraid to show off your personalities by adding a few personal touches to your day – the quirkier the better!

    R is for Rustic – Hot for 2016, the rustic trend is still going strong. Think earthy colour palettes, wooden and hessian textures, woodland animal features and a barn wedding venue.

    S is for Stationery – Wow your guests with stationery that gives them a sneak peak into what to expect from your day. Keep the theme consistent – from your save the dates to your table plan.

    T is for Thanks – Don’t forget to send a card of thanks to all your wedding guests. It’s also tradition to present gifts to the key members of the wedding party, along with your parents, on the big-day.

    U is for Ushers – Keep your ushers in check with pocket-sized timetables and duties for the day.

    V is for Videography – Relive your special day with a carefully edited video of all the best bits.

    W is for Wedamin – From budgeting, to pinning on Pinterest, and chasing up suppliers, make wedding planning fun – not a chore.

    X is for Xtras – So, we might have cheated a little there, but those little extras are most certainly worth a mention. Favours, sparkler send offs, and a dessert table are just some of the popular extras you might want to consider.

    Xtras

    Y is for Yippee! – The moment you can relax once all the formalities are over. Bring on the Pimms and the wedding food!

    Z is for Zzzz – Remember it’s important to get some good quality kip in the days running up to your big-day - no matter how stressed you might be or how much you think you have to do. Prioritise sleep – a refreshed and happy bride is all that matters!

    What wedding elements are you most excited about and why? Tell us what you’re loving most about wedding planning over on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Welcome to Paperbliss

     

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    Are you keen to add a personal touch to your big-day celebrations? Paperbliss allow you to do just that, offering a wide variety of luxury components for you to create and print your own unique wedding invitations. Wedding DIY has never looked so good!

    At Paperbliss we provide you with just about everything you need to make a stunning set of invitations, ensuring the whole process is easy. What’s more, we focus on quality. We know just how special your wedding day is, which is why our homemade products can look just as good – if not better – than the luxury ready-made stationery you might find elsewhere.

    What we do

    Essentially, Paperbliss is the home to luxury, blank components, which you can use to create pocket fold invitations. With this blank canvas you’ll be able to make invitations of your own design, theming your invites to your special day. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find a whole host of embellishments to purchase on our site – adding that extra touch of luxe to your day. From chic belly bands, which neatly secure your invitations and RSVPs together, to pretty ribbons, that add that fabulous finishing touch.


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    Why get personal?

    Over recent years we’ve seen a move away from the traditional wedding as couples embrace their personalities and infuse it into their special day. From signature cocktails, designed especially for the day, to unique and fun reception activities – such as cupcake decorating stations and a balloon release, the more personal the wedding the better!

    Of course, designing your own invitations, as opposed to selecting an abstract ready-made design, is just another way to set the tone for your personalised day.

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    What’s to come?

    You’ll not only find a whole range of new products coming to Paperbliss very soon – including more types of invitation and embellishments; you’ll also be treated to fab wedding content on our brand new blog.

    From advice on wedding themes, to top fashion and beauty, and lots of DIY wedding ideas – the Paperbliss blog will cover all your wedding needs. Just some of the exciting topics coming your way soon include:

    ●  The A-Z of DIY weddings

    ●  Your essential planning checklist

    ●  Create your own DIY photo booth

    ●  And much, much more!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are!

    Have you got anything else you’d like to see covered on our blog? If so, let us know over on our Facebook or Twitter page and we’ll make sure we get it covered!

     

     

     

     

  • DIY Project: Make your own photo booth

    Looking for a fun yet affordable way to keep your guests entertained during your wedding reception? Why not get creative with a bit of wedding DIY and design your own photo booth? Super simple to make and extremely budget friendly, it’s one of our favourite trends to hit the UK wedding scene.

    Step one - Source all your props

    First things first, source a handful of fun props by shopping eBay, charity shops, pound shops and party shops. You might also like to theme your props to your day. For example, if you’ve opted for a Gatsby styled day, throw in some feathered headpieces, 20’s hats, pearl jewellery and feather boas to complement your day. Once you’ve collected a range of props, pop them in a box, or an old suitcase, that will be easily accessible to your guests.

    Step two - Create your own backdrop

    Take your photo booth from naff to fab with the addition of a simple backdrop. We’re not saying you have to get too fancy, something like sequin fabric hung on the wall, or an origami paper crane backdrop will work just fine. Colourful bunting, pom poms and pinwheels, which can all be hung on the wall behind you, are other design ideas you might like to consider.

    Step three - Set up your photo booth in the perfect location

    Once you’ve created your own photo booth, there’s still something very important to consider – where to put it. Photo booths can be set up inside or outside your venue but you need to choose somewhere that’s easily accessible and comfortable for all your guests. There may be a separate room that can be used for your photo booth - but be careful of separating your guests from the rest of the party and make sure it is well signposted.

    Step four - Get a family friend or photographer to get snapping

    As most photographers only stay until the first dance, you might want to make sure guests can have fun in your photo booth from the start of your drinks reception. This means your photographer will be able to capture some great shots throughout the afternoon. Alternatively, you could hire your photographer for an extra hour or two into the evening with the sole duty of photo booth photography.

    How would you style your photo booth? We’d love to hear your ideas! Tell us over on Facebook or Twitter.

     

     

  • How to pick the perfect wedding theme

    Picking your wedding theme might just be the trickiest thing you’ll have to decide upon when styling and designing your own wedding. Do you stick with your favourite hobby, or opt for something on-trend, such as boho style? And what about colours? Is a colour palette a theme in its own right, or does it need to be combined with an overarching theme and style? If, like many brides, you’re having a little difficulty deciding on the ins and outs of your wedding theme, don’t panic just yet… Paper Bliss is here to help!


    First things first

    A wedding theme can be something as simple as your favourite colour, or selection of colours; a certain style, for example boho or vintage; or simply something you both love, such as travel.

    You don’t need to worry about incorporating all three, just pick one thing to focus on and go from there. But if you do love both vintage style and travel, why not combine the two for a unique vintage traveller wedding theme?

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    Making your final decision

    Difficulties often begin to emerge when couples want to incorporate their love of many things – often resulting in a disjointed and messy look. Instead, keep things simple by prioritising one thing and creating a really strong look for it – continuity is key. We promise you, your décor will look much better for it.

    A few tips for colour-themed weddings

    While we’ve suggested you pick the style or colour you love most, it’s also important to consider your setting and your wedding party. If you’ve got a stately home filled with reds, golds and browns, a romantic pink palette is probably not the best choice for your big-day. Likewise, will your choice of colour suit your wedding party, or is it likely to clash with skin tones and hair colour? Also, what about wedding flowers? Are they readily available in your colour choice during the time of year you plan on getting married? These are just a few of the things you might want to think about.

    Be inspired by Pinterest

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    Once you’ve decided upon your theme or colour scheme, create a mood board full of exciting and unique ideas on Pinterest. You’re sure to find plenty of things that further define your style and help you plan the finer elements of your day. We’ll be updating our Pinterest page with lots of inspiration - so it may well be a good place to start.

    Good luck!

    What theme have you chosen for your special day and why? Share your inspiration behind your big-day look with us over on Facebook and Twitter

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