As the wedding season soon approaches, many of us are sending our girlfriends off into blissful, married lives. For me, some sweet treats, copious amounts of sparkle, and your best girls is the ultimate formula for the bride-to-be to know that she’s an absolute gem in your life. And if you’re not one to be inspired by strict colour schemes and themes, do not despair! My philosophy is that a little thoughtful detail goes a long way—no dress codes, no fuss, no rules. Just come dressed in your favourite colours, add a sparkly cocktail ring and we’re good to go!
To demonstrate this, Annabel and I put together a team of wedding experts to show you how to do a gem-inspired bridal shower in a series of easy-peasy, lovely-to-do DIY tutorials, from invitations, to photo backdrop, to cake toppers, to even a colourful gem-inspired cocktails. Today, we kick off with these colourful gem-inspired bridal shower invites! Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the series…
What you’ll need:
PVA glue with a fine tip
Coarse glitter (can be in any colour you like)
Assorted coloured cards—we love these colours from the GFSmith colorplan range!
Good Morning and Happy Friday to you all. I have a lovely wedding for you today that will wrap up the working week perfectly. Get ready for some gorgeous blooms, a stunning two piece Charlie Brear gown and a fantastic bake off dessert table, all at a very unique London venue.
“We were mainly guided by the desire to make it informal, relaxed and for everyone to have fun.”
“Chris and I met as bright young things during our very first term at the University of Nottingham. We lived quite happily together in unmarried bliss for over 12 years. Clocking up lots of flats, new jobs and our lovely cat Stevie. We loved going to friends weddings – but could never quite imagine ourselves doing it. Then in 2012 our daughter Esme was born and we felt like a proper family and suddenly the idea of celebrating our family and making the whole thing official suddenly didn’t seem like such an abstract idea.”
Today marks 143 days until we get married. The wedding ball is officially rolling. Now, I am notoriously disorganised in life. I am simply the worst at replying to any kind of correspondence and, unless it’s written in my diary, I never remember ANYTHING!! Sooooo, the idea of planning something as big as a wedding was pretty overwhelming. Eighteen months ago we found and booked our venue, and then…
Then we did nothing.
During this time of apparent ‘inactivity’, I was in fact gorging on Love My Dress, Pinterest and Instagram. I was practically drowning in inspiration. Dave describes this state of being as ‘option paralysis’, something he suffers acutely from whenever he enters a supermarket. The sheer volume of options leaves him utterly incapacitated and almost completely unable to make any kind of decision! In fact, he will only go shopping for one meal at a time and, only then, if he is armed with a list!
So, I had ‘option paralysis’ with an worryingly large side order of disorganised-itus.
Hello lovely people! I hope your day is blossoming after a truly rotten start to the week. There’s nothing gloomier than stowing away your new summer sandals and digging out the brolly again! That said, nothing quite like a glorious spring wedding to perk you up.
I love to see a traditional church wedding on Love My Dress. When I was younger, I would dream about the perfect church wedding, and watch in awe as brides would arrive at my village church to tie the knot with the man of their dreams. It’s uplifting to see a wedding that ‘takes me back’, so to speak!
Today’s beauty of a day took place almost exactly two years ago on 18th May 2013, between artist Anna, an artist and her town planner husband Philip.
Hello! I’ve got a cracker of a wedding to share with you today. I’m obsessed with succulents at the moment so whooped when I saw the bride’s bouquet. Office manager Amy and Programme support manager Will married on 9th August last summer, at the Sun Pavilion in Harrogate. When you are planning a wedding, the amount of choice can be overwhelming, my advice is always to pick one thing you love and everything else will start to fall into place around it. For Amy it was her dress…
“We wanted a relaxed wedding, with a vintage, bohemian, Art Deco style. My Gwendolynne dress was the first thing bought for the wedding (once I had seen it there was no going back!) – everything else was styled around this.”
Amy’s Indian Tikka inspired headpiece complements the dress perfectly, and amazingly she found it in Accessorize. Makeup artist Megan Gleeson and Rachel from Yorkshire Bridal Hair worked their magic, and seeing the result was one of Amy’s favourite moments of the day.
“Seeing yourself for the first time having your hair, makeup & dress on with final touches all put together in exactly the way you imagined was a real buzz!”
The table plan was a map of the world, each table was a location we have been to, and the plan had a luggage tag with all names of people on each table pinned in. The Post box and guest book both were blank brown manilla paper from paper chase decorated with lace trim and map of the world wrapping paper, again from paper chase.”