Today I am back with our monthly ‘Ideas and Inspiration’ feature. Last time I featured one of my favourite wedding themes Metallic Weddings, so popular at the moment and a theme I think will stick around for quite some time. Today I have picked a themed that has been around for ages but is always a winner in my book, it’s the bright and beautiful Rainbow Weddings. There is nothing better than a splash of colour at a wedding, so why not make that splash all the colours. If you are a fan of colour but can’t decide on a colour scheme, then why not pick them all! From the flowers to the cake, the outfits to the decoration there are so many ways to incorporate colour into your wedding day. Here are a few ideas.
Photo Source: Top left / Bottom left (photo by Carly Bevan) / Top right (photo by Masha’S Photography) / Middle right (photo by Lara Hotz) / Bottom right
Photo Source: Top left / Top right (photo by Rebecca Douglas) / Bottom left (photo by Nicola Thompson Photography) / Bottom middle / Bottom right (more…)
How are you all today? Surviving the heat wave? I have to say I’m not a fan, I know us brits complain when it’s too cold, but my little ginger head really can’t take the heat! It’s been unbearable, lets hope that today is a little more comfortable, lets not frighten the sun away, but a breeze would be most welcome. I have a fabulous wedding for you today, it comes from my home town of Sheffield and is set in the wonderful Kelham Island area, in fact my brother-in-law is getting married here in 3 weeks time on my recommendation! It’s a fantastic wedding that covers a few different venues and is both rustic and urban at the same time. An eclectic mix of decoration, great food and a wonderful couple. Big thanks to Paul from Roar Photography for the fab images.
‘It was a really relaxed day, full of lots of laughter and love. Not forgetting to mention lots of delicious food and plenty of gin’
Rosie and Ritchie were married on 23rd May 2015 at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield, then a few drinks at the Fat Cat pub, before going on to the reception at Hagglers Corner. ‘We wanted to get married in Sheffield because this is where we met and now live. Kelham Island seemed perfect for the ceremony as it was a bit different, and we wanted to show all of our visiting relatives a little bit of Sheffield. A colleague at work suggested Haggler’s Corner and so we went down to have a look – it has such a relaxed vibe and the owners, Sarah and David, were so friendly and enthusiastic about helping to plan the reception, so we knew it would be perfect for us. We had 110 guests in total. We got engaged in April 2014, so about a year to plan.
This morning I had the pleasure of sharing with you Hannah and Dean’s gorgeous country fayre themed wedding. Well today they are back with a very special offer for all Boho Readers, a FREE 47 page wedding planning book.
Hannah and Dean set up ‘Own Your Wedding‘ after planning their wedding last year and realising they had so much useful wedding planning information that they wanted to share it with other brides and grooms. Fast forward a year and Hannah and Dean now have 2 amazing, information packed resources on offer and today the book is yours for FREE.
Packed with everything you need to know the book containes information on budgets, planning, where to gain inspiration, timescales and so much more. To gain your FREE copy just pop down to the bottom of the post.
Why we Started Own Your Wedding
We tied the knot in June 2014 following a relatively short and intense 7 months of wedding planning. Like many couples, we worried about every little detail, but in the end our wedding went without a hitch and was the most fantastic day we could have imagined. So, with lots of amazing memories and a little sigh of relief, we settled into married life.
In early 2015 we finally got round to sorting through some of the bits and bobs from the wedding, including some of the DIY decorations and lots of the paperwork we had collected along the way. It reminded us of just how much work went into it all. We looked back over all the plans and especially the spreadsheets we had put together, thinking it would be a waste to just delete them. We have to admit in hindsight, we spent way too much time fine tuning these spreadsheets, but we like to be organised! We decided they might be something that other couples would appreciate – a fully developed and functioning set of spreadsheets, plus a guide book based on our real-life experience and advice. And so, Own Your Wedding was born – we thought the name emphasised our ethos, which is that this is your wedding, so go OWN it!
(Image by Emma Stoner Weddings)
What we offer
At Own Your Wedding we offer the tools and guidance to help couples to take control of their own wedding planning.
We currently have two products to help couples plan their wedding. (more…)
Today’s wedding is a bit special as I have invited the couple Hannah and Dean back to the blog this afternoon to talk to you about their new wedding business, but more about that this afternoon. This morning is all about sharing with you their gorgeous wedding photos. Hannah and Dean decided early on that they were going to set a budget and stick to it and that is exactly what they did. With a lot of careful planning and quite a few spreadsheets they kept the budget on track and only spent what they had saved and what they felt was rally necessary for their big day. They managed to call in favours from friends and family and created a lot of DIY projects which really helped keep the budget down. Thanks to Emma Stoner Weddings for the images.
‘A relaxed countryside wedding, with lots of DIY personal touches to share with our closest family and friends’
Hannah and Dean were married on 7th June 2014 at Middle Aston House, Oxfordshire. ‘The ceremony was outside on the lake-view terrace, with speeches and drinks in the rose garden. The reception was on the front lawn where we had a marquee. I noticed the venue whilst out on my bike, and thought to myself what a great place for a wedding! They were setting up a marquee on the lawn so I dropped in to have a look and pretty much decided there and then that I should ask Hannah to marry me. I even pencilled us in for a date as I didn’t want to miss the chance to book it. Fortunately Hannah felt the same once she has seen it. Because it was so close to our home, it felt really personal. There was a small alcove on the terrace for outdoor ceremonies, which was exactly what we wanted (weather permitting of course). We were able to have a marquee on the front lawn, and the venue was happy to do a BBQ, so it was the perfect venue for a relaxed summer wedding. They have a small boating lake and are surrounded by beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, so the views are amazing. On the practical side, there was on-site accommodation which made life super easy for our guests, many of whom were travelling quite a way to be there. The staff at Middle Aston House were so helpful and friendly – they really took care of us on the day and we couldn’t have asked for more really. We had 76 guests in total – 67 adults, 6 children and 3 babies to be precise. All the guests attended the full day. From proposal to wedding it was just under 7 months. From the date that Dean decided to propose to the wedding was 9.5 months.’
This afternoon the blog I am here to tell you all about a wonderful wedding dress designer offering 50s style wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses at a price that won’t break the wedding budget. Lawrence Aitken from Elegance 50s set up his wedding dress company in 2012 and since then has gone from strength to strength designing and creating made to order 50s inspired wedding dresses. His designs are simple, elegant and perfect for any bride looking for a 50s style dress for her wedding.
‘Specializing in 50s inspired gown design and made to order dresses’
I asked Lawrence to tell me a bit more about his business……………
What made you start your business?
My mother has been crafting gowns for over 40 years. Many of the designs we offer have been perfected by her over the past two decades! My upbringing has been a flurry of fashion shows, small shops in the Camden and Portobello markets, sewing machine workshops in the garage and volumes of fabric rolls in the dining room! Working alone part time while raising my brother and I here in London, she never had great success, but I’ve always had an admiration for her talent, and loved the way her work makes people happy! When I graduated and finished Uni, I looked at our situation (her now living on the other side of the world in her home town of Bani in the Philippines), and I realized there was a business to be had. She had friends and family she had been training to produce quality designs, and the world wide web would allow us to work together and serve people internationally. And that’s what we’ve loved doing since! (more…)