Whether you’d love to fill your wedding day with the sounds of live music or if you’d prefer a fantastic DJ, you’ll start at the same place – researching suppliers and this is a really crucial stage because it’s here that you need to find the right supplier for your style. Obviously, Little Book for Brides is overflowing with brilliant musicians and DJs but if you’re casting your net further afield and hopping on over onto Google, Karl and Kate from Deckheds have some rather important advice:
“When searching for a DJ don’t just search on “wedding DJ in Preston” – try using some terms that describe the kind of DJ you want and the music that you love. If you want a non-cheesy wedding DJ, put that into your search engine. At Deckheds what we do as a company can be seen clearly on our website. DJs don’t have shops so the website is the shop window to the DJ company.
You should be able to see everything that they offer, nothing should be hidden and you should be able to get a really good feel if the DJ is right for you just by reading what they say and from any images of past weddings.”
Autumn is hands down my favourite season, and there are so many reasons why; the arrival of my firstborn and the annual reminder of all that anticipation and excitement all rolled into one, the sense of cosy warm nights in, the opportunity to start wearing my wooly hat! And there there are the colours, the sublime hues of copper, gold and earthy neutrals that reflect the ever-changing landscape around us.
I sense a touch of melancholy today – it feels like Autumn is loosening it’s magical hold ever so slightly – winter feels a little too close around the corner. We’ve been so busy at Love My Dress wedding blog H.Q, working on our gorgeous new wedding directory, ‘Little Book For Brides’ and making plans for 2016 and whilst I’ve been trying hard to down-tools at the weekend and stop throughout the day to enjoy the outdoor beuaty, I can’t help but feel Autumn has come, and is just about to go all too quickly this year. I’m thankful, therefore, for these beautiful image sent in by stationery designer Elizabeth of Lizzy May Design.
The rich tones surrounding the beautiful venue, Bibury Court, loaned themselves most beautifully as backdrop to this shoot. Coupled with table decor supplied by Table To Dine For and Vintage Gold China & Cutlery, the whole setting provides a most inspiring scene for anyone looking to create a stylish and elegant Autumn wedding.
I have a darling end-of-week treat for all of you beautiful readers. There’s bright homegrown blooms, sweet flower girls with pretty crowns, a gorgeous dress with a flirty sheer hem, the most fabulous pair of pink and gold heels, and to top it off, a quirky location complete with mini steam-train rides and a windmill!
Bride Victoria is a silversmith/goldsmith and designer and runs ‘make your own wedding rings’ workshops in the jewellery quarter in Birmingham at The Quarterworkshop (she is also soon to be a member of our wedding directory, Little Book For Brides) and groom David is a data manager at a local school. The couple tied the knot on a summer’s day on 11th July 2015 and chose a relaxed style, with lots of handmade elements and pops of bright colour for the flowers and decor.
“We wanted our wedding to be very relaxed and informal and to not look too ‘done’. In the end it all came together really well with a mix of colours and simply using an awful lot of beautiful wildflowers, all grown by David’s mother and father on their allotment, loads of jars of candles and multi-coloured paper lanterns.”
“David’s parents grew all the flowers for the venue and we had an amazing abundance of beautiful wild blooms of all different varieties. We had so many comments about them and it really made the venue very special.”
“Being trained as a silversmith and goldsmith, I have always had of love of spoons, so we spent months collecting vintage spoons. We stamped the date of our wedding on each one and I then silver-plated them. The spoons were put out randomly on the tables before we had the pizza and were a great talking point.”
Victoria’s beautiful dress was designed by Yoana Baraschi and purchased online via BHLDN on an impulse (yes, we’ve all made one or two of these!), but her instinct was right.
“My dress was a random purchase in the middle of the night! As much as I loved many of the dresses online, I knew being only small in height they would not suit me and I also didn’t want something too ‘wedding dress-like’. I saw the dress and really liked the double-layer hemline, so decided to give it a go. I waited six weeks for it to arrive from New York but when it did it was better than I could have ever imagined.”
What are your wedding colours? I’m sure if you are in the midst of planning your day you will have been asked this question at least once. No doubt swiftly followed by an eye roll on your part. Gone are the days when everything has to be pantone matched to a certain shade, instead modern-minded couples are taking a slightly more daring and design-focused approach, choosing colours that will enhance the vibe of their day whilst being truly reflective of who they are.
But with literally thousands of colour palette combos at your disposal how do you begin to narrow down what’s right for you? Well as a starting point you need to think about your colour palette in the context of a number of other elements:
Colours have an amazing ability to evoke strong psychological responses affecting both moods and emotions. So you may want to think about what you are communicating through your colour palette and the kind of mood or vibe you wish to create for your day. A strong red for example is typically associated with drama, excitement and passion so could be the perfect colour for a sultry and high-end glamour look or for more of a lively and energetic day then yellow would work for you. Think back to the type of day you’re trying to create and consider whether the colours you are looking at fit naturally with your vision.
This will be one of your main driving factors and the key is to make sure that you select a palette that complements or enhances your venue. This will avoid too many colours fighting for attention and often means you can invest less in décor by making the most of what is already there. So think about the colours that exist within your venue; are the walls, carpets and décor in neutral shades or are they bright, vibrant colours? Is there a colourful feature at the venue that can be the starting point for your palette, e.g. a painted door or piece of furniture.
It’s often best to work in harmony with the season as the changing landscape around you will naturally become part of your colour palette. Think about the warm and earthy tones found in autumn and the sunny fresh shades in spring that you can either complement or contrast with. Which leads me nicely onto the next element….
This is something that as designers is just ingrained into the way we work, we certainly don’t get the colour wheel out every time we start a new design concept but we do draw upon the principles to create harmonious and exciting colour schemes.
COMPLEMENTARY: These are the ones found opposite each other on the colour wheel and are highly contrasting colours, it’s often better if one of these strong shades is the dominant colour with the other used as an accent
ANALOGOUS: Colours that can be found next to each other on the wheel, these are very harmonious colours and typically a little more natural feeling. These will offer a more serene and subtle design.
TRIADIC: Think about placing a triangle over the wheel and picking out the three colours at each point. This mixture gives strong visual contrast whilst still feeling balanced, it’s usually the case that one colour will be dominant rather than used in equal measure.
SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY: Similar to complementary but using the adjacent colours to the complementary shade. Again this gives a little more harmony and isn’t as harshly contrasting.
TETRADIC: This is where things start to get harder as there’s a lot of colours to play with, some cool, some warm so it needs to be very carefully designed to get the balance right
SQUARE: Similar to above, schemes that use a lot of colours can be vibrant but also jarring if not executed well.
So that’s the basic theory principles but how does this all work in practice? Well I thought I would show you a few palette examples, drawing upon Pantone’s Spring colours. Every year Pantone produce their guide to seasonal shades that will influence design, so everything from graphic and web design through to homewares and fashion.
This year they say the palette is influenced by nature, feels calm and will transport us to a happy place – the perfect starting point for any celebration then. And it is a rather lovely collection of colours….Continue reading…
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Good evening everyone and I hope you’re all having a jolly week! Get set to be inspired by a very heartfelt tale and a ton of wonderful ideas for bold, bright décor and flowers, with this delightfully colourful wedding, as you view these stunning images by Suzy Wimbourne Photography. Rachel, a paediatrician, and Phil, who works as a sports journalist, married on 7th June at Copes Farm, a beautiful barn venue in Buckinghamshire. They didn’t have any particular theme in mind, but were keen for lots of colour and also wanted to design their own ceremony, as Rachel sadly lost her mum very suddenly a year before their wedding.
“All I knew was that we wanted our wedding to be multi-coloured and, thanks to our incredible florist, The Pink Peony, our rainbow dreams came true! We also knew we wanted a barn wedding after attending some of our friends weddings and falling in love with the detail. When we walked into Copes Farmwe knew we’d found it. It felt so modern and different, and Jess the owner (who married herself there the previous year), had decorated the building in the most unusual way with indoor plants, timepieces and frames everywhere.”
The five maids wore divine short floral gowns from Ted Baker, paired with New Look heels and necklaces found via Etsy. I am in total love with their dresses – they add a vibrant splash of colour and completely fit in with the fun and quirky vibe.
And how about this brilliant idea for very personal favours for all the guests?
“The favours were one of my favourite tasks. We decided to get everyone individual favours and wanted to give some money to charity. We were thinking of donating a sum, or buying some charity pins, but after looking at ideas in a wedding magazine, we came up with buying books from charity shops.”
“We scoured the shops and found an individual book for all one hundred and twenty of our guests. It was the most time consuming, but most rewarding task. A few examples were, for Phil (my new groom) ‘You’re Mine Now’ and for my sister’s long-term boyfriend, ‘You’re Next’ (and he was, they got engaged two months later).”