Today it’s the turn of Louise on Diary of a Boho Bride. Last time Louise discussed with us what marriage means to her, and it was very interesting to hear her point of view and her thoughts on what will happen after the wedding. Today Louise discusses with us her thoughts on wedding fairs. Wedding fairs are great for some couples, but admittedly they aren’t for everyone, Louise isn’t a big fan and she gives her reasons below. I’d love to hear from you today to let me know your thoughts on the good old wedding fair, are you a fan or have you given them a wide berth?
I’ll pass the Blog over to Louise…………
I have a confession. I’m a bride-to-be and I hate wedding fairs. And I’ve been to two. And bridal magazines don’t fare too well either….
When we first got engaged, on our weekly shop, I thrust a wedding magazine into our trolley; much to Chris’ raised eyebrows. And got home and eagerly turned the pages and felt nothing; don’t get me wrong the features, the real weddings, are fabulous to see – I love seeing other people’s wedding photos, seeing the happiness on everyone’s faces just gives me tingles but for inspiration for my own wedding; I felt nothing. And I was a bit disappointed, surely I was meant to get excited? So, I vowed never to buy another wedding magazine; that’s not to say I haven’t got a stash at home – people seem to pass these on via osmosis.
Next, on the official bride-to-be list was a wedding fair. I went with one of my friends and to be honest, I was dreading it a little bit and really, the fair did nothing to raise my expectations. Admittedly, I think this was our fault; we arrived late and I suspect most of the exhibitors had lost the will but frankly, I could not imagine any of this stuff at our wedding. I mean, chair covers – no, thanks and whilst I love a bit of sparkle; not that much sparkle. So, we went away vowing never to do that again. And then I saw another one advertised, in my home town. The cogs started turning; I’m the first daughter to get married so my mum’s never done anything like that before so I thought it might be a good day out with her and my niece who will be my one and only bridesmaid. So, again I went. Not at all positive this time. But to be honest, I did have a better time; maybe because we went early, we were offered a glass of fizz or two, so perhaps this made me look more fondly upon things. But honestly, again I could not imagine any of this stuff at our wedding.
I’ve been thinking about my distaste for the wedding fair and I think it’s only come about because of my love for blogs – gone are the days when chair covers and buttonholes for all of the guests were the done thing. Blogs like Boho, like Rock and Roll Bride make us realise that we can do weddings on our terms, that show our personalities and still do the most important thing; agree to share our life with another.
Balloons / Glitter votives / Marquee Letters / Sylvanian Families Bride and Groom (more…)
Yay! It’s Friday and only a week now before a lot of you break up for the Christmas break! I am SO excited for Christmas, I have 3 Christmas do’s this week which has really put me in the Christmas spirit. I have had the last couple of days off as I am currently in London meeting up with my family and Nik’s family. I have a big family meal tonight and I am so excited because I am going to see my mum tonight, it’s been 6 months since I have seen her, so it’s a pretty big deal! Lots more things to look forward to this weekend, so it’s been a good one all round!
To end the week I have this gorgeous summer wedding from Tux and Tales. A beautiful pastel wedding set in a barn in Surrey. Full of homemade and personal touches Gina and Chris really worked together as a team to pull their wedding together, more proof that men are getting more and more involved with the wedding plans!
‘The perfect celebration of our relationship to date and more importantly into the future. It was important to us that it was a very personal day with the people we loved.’
Gina and Chris were married on the 3rd of August at St Martin’s Church, followed by a reception at The Old Green Barn, Newdigate, Surrey. ‘When we first saw the barn at Green’s Farm we both knew it was the perfect venue for us. A complete blank canvas for us to really make our own and to reflect us and the things we love, rather than simply choosing a package. The barn has been wonderfully restored and is set on a working farm complete with fishing lakes and a dilapidated shepherds hut. We knew that if we were going to do it in Surrey we’d want to get married at St Martin’s Church, where both Chris’ parents and grandparents had also got married – on the 3rd August. This really did make the decision even more exciting, as well as emotional! Due to the rural location of the farm we decided not to have separate evening guests, so we had 100 of our closest family and friends attend the whole day. We were engaged at the end of May 2012 and stated planning the wedding straight away, so we had 14 months altogether.’
Today we are talking flowers, winter flowers inparticluar as Trcey from Campbells flowers offers up some suggestions for a winter wedding. Summer and spring weddings are lovely but there is something magical about a winter wedding that can really capture the imagination, so let your creativity run riot with the flowers you choose! Let Tracey guide you and give you some ideas!
I’ll pass the blog over to Tracey……….
My thanks as always to Kelly for the chance to share a bit of flowery inspiration with all her lovely readers, today I bring you some lovely ideas if you’re thinking of doing it a bit differently by having a Winter wedding. Not everyone’s first choice as, without a doubt, Summer weddings are still by far and away the most popular season. However, here at Campbell’s HQ we’ve been incredibly honoured to work with some wonderfully creative Brides all of whom have chosen to get married over the past few months.
Think dusk, romantic candlelight, log fires, crisp days and soft silvery, shimmery light and you’ll start to get just what’s so wonderful about this time of the year. In terms of flowers because there’s plenty to choose from in a whole host of colour palettes – here’s just a few of the weddings we’ve designed recently.
One of this (and next) year’s most popular colour palettes, team soft buttery creams, delicate shell pinks and pretty peaches with ultra-cool dove greys and silvers of fabulously textured succulents for a gorgeous feminine look.
I’m absolutely delighted to share with you this pretty, pretty wedding which we designed really recently for our lovely Bride, Hannah, who absolutely adores white roses and cones. We also introduced wintery vibes by using silvery foliage reminiscent of ‘snowflakes’, along with some exquisite white thistle and grey-green eucalyptus – an absolute favourite of mine!
I have another lovely summer wedding for you today, to brighten up this cold December day! Brought to you courtesy of Mark Tattersall who I have had the pleasure of working with in the past, this wedding is full of colour, summer sunshine and a relaxed and chilled out couple. Set on a Farm so the couple had a blank canvas to work with, James and Lindsey really went to town on making sure this wedding was full of colour and fun. Taking inspiration from wild flowers as well as bright fabrics this wedding is full of handmade bunting, napkin rings, table centres, hay bales and lots of garden games. A perfect summer wedding!
‘2 years of hard work and planning boiled down to a really special afternoon and evening. It was a relaxed, informal and very personal day.’
James and Lindsay were married on the 8th of June, with the ceremony at St John’s Church, Frankby, and reception at Church Farm, Thursaston, Wirral. ‘We looked at venues in Oxford (where we met), London (where we live) and on the Wirral (where Lindsay grew up). We chose Church Farm in the end for the sensational views and because it provided us with a blank slate to build the perfect wedding for us – we found this much more appealing than signing up for a standard package. We had 90 guests and were engaged for just under two years, planning throughout in fits and starts.’
Today is the Blogs 4th Birthday, so I just wanted to say a little Happy Birthday to me and to say a BIG thank you to you the readers of the Blog for always being there and for making the blog what it is today without you the blog would be nothing, I’d be sitting here writing with no one to read my endless wedding ramblings, so the fact your tune in on a daily basis, leave comments, leave love on the Facebook page, tweet me and share my photo pinterest is a really big thing for me.
I started the blog in 2009 as an extension of my wedding planning site, I set myself a target of blogging 3 times a week to highlight the work I was doing with my wedding planning. Fast forward 4 years and here we are, the blog has gone from strength to strength, as has its readership. Since then the blog has had a massive re design which has really cemented it’s place in the wedding blog market, it has won awards, been voted in many top 100 and top 10 lists, it is read internationally and is growing in popularity each month.
Next Year will see the start of a new project for Boho Weddings and a brand new addition to the Blog (no not a baby blog). It is an exciting progression for the Blog and it will mean even more fresh content on a weekly basis for you! More details of this in the new year!
I still love my job, I love bringing you beautiful real weddings, fun DIY tutorials, the latest wedding trends, inspiration, wedding planning advice and offering the blog up for discussions. But as I said the blog would be nothing without you.
So today I am sending you all virtual birthday cake! and saying a BIG Thank You for your continued support! Here’s to another amazing year at Boho Weddings. The future sure does look exciting!
Big Boho Birthday Love
I have a super pretty and elegant wedding for you today courtesy of Daffodil Waves Photography. The wedding takes place at Warwick House, who offer the option of an outdoor ceremony, and as we had such an amazing summer of sun this year, Vicky and Tom were able to hold their ceremony in the beautiful gardens. With the help of friends and family Vicky pulled together a beautiful pale pink wedding with a ‘Vintage floral’ theme. Lots of shabby chic details mixed with elegant dressing makes this wedding oh so pretty. I am loving the big light up letters at the end of the post and of course this gorgeous couple and the amazing sunny weather, bring back summer!
‘The day I got to marry my best friend. The most perfect day on the hottest day of the year, filled with sunshine and happiness!’
Vicky and Tom were married on the 1st August at Warwick House, Southam. ‘I came across Warwick House in a magazine and when we went along to their open day we instantly fell in love with it! The décor was elegant and neutral and we knew it would fit the style of our wedding perfectly. We had 74 day guests and another 100 in the night! The wedding took 18 months to plan, enough time to complete all the DIY elements I wanted to add to the day.’