January 20, 2016
Kathryn contacted me way back in the summer of 2014 to chat about the ideas she had for her bespoke wedding stationery for her marriage to Jaisen, all booked for August 2015 in sunny Spain! We were thrilled to be able to create such personal designs for them and even more delighted to be able to share with you the details of their stunning wedding day. Kathryn has shared her tips on planning a wedding abroad and saving some pennies in the process! Photography by Helena Krol.
Once Kathryn and Jaisen had decided to marry abroad, they arranged to meet with a wedding planner in their beloved region of Venta La Chata in Spain. Sue, an ex-pat, was pivotal in the whole process and being able to speak the language, proved invaluable at many of the couple's meetings with suppliers.
Since flowers can be expensive in hotter countries and with a wedding in the height of summer, Kathryn and Jaisen had a limited choice. Sue was able to recommend a small, local florist who supplied gypsophilia (baby’s breath) for the tables and white and cream roses for the bouquets, all in keeping with the simple and modern theme of the day.
Back in England, Kathryn chose her absolutely stunning wedding dress from Fairytale Brides in her home town of Bury, she saved a whopping 50% by purchasing the shop sample and a further 10% because her sister had purchased a dress from them 10 years earlier!
Further savings were also made by purchasing bridesmaid dresses in the sale. These pretty peach dresses were from Debenham's Debut range.
Jaisen however opted for a tailor made suit for the big day and the couple searched through hundreds of swatches before deciding on colour and material, which I think are perfect for a sunny wedding abroad.
For the guests, Jaisen and Kathryn made a last minute decision to grab some fans and parasols to use and what a great idea since despite the ceremony not being until 5.30pm, it was still extremely hot. I think they made a pretty cute accessory too!
Ah, but the award for ultimate cuteness had to go to the couple's nephews who looked so smart in their Spanish wedding chic! With a wide range of ages Kathryn and Jaisen found that Next were a great choice for the purchase of their Page Boy suits, since they offer the same style from 18 months right up to 10 years.
Kathryn knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding stationery and we helped her and Jaisen bring their ideas to life. For their bespoke invitations, the couple wanted to feature an illustration of a tree and we carved out their initials on the trunk as an extra romantic touch. Using the colours of blue and peach guests were given their first taster for the wedding.
When it came to the 'on the day' stationery, the look and feel of the invitation perfectly complemented Kathryn's idea to use childhood photos for the table plan and table cards. They chose a different age for each table and had great fun going through all their old photographs to find pictures to match. We also designed an Instagram sign so that guests could share their photos from the day with all those involved.
For the favours, adult guests were given a small bottle of dessert wine local to the region called Mistella. A unique gift, but inexpensive too since it was locally produced; the bottles were purchased from a nearby homeware store on one of the couple's pre-wedding visits.
Many of the wedding bands in the region were not to the couples taste and having made clever purchases along the way, Jaisen and Kathryn decided to fly out a local singer from Bromsgrove so they could be sure they'd have all of their favourite songs.
With 25 children at the wedding, 3 nannies were hired to look after them in the evening as is typical Spanish custom. They had a room just across from the dance floor with colouring books, DVDs, toys and more to keep them entertained allowing the parents to relax for a while too.
To finish off celebrations, Kathryn and Jaisen hired DJ equipment and compiled their own playlist of songs. Kathryn says they didn't want anything they weren't used to and it worked so well, she didn't leave the dance floor all night long.
Above all, Kathryn highly recommends the use of a bi-lingual wedding planner and the use of nannies if there are lots of children. If you have any top tips for getting married abroad then please share them in the comments!
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The finer details:
Photography by Helena Krol
Wedding planning by Javea Wedding Planners
Bride's wedding dress from Fairytale Brides
Bridesmaid dresses by Debut at Debenhams
Groom's suit tailor made by Quentin Bond, Leicester
Page Boy suits by Next
Wedding stationery by The Pretty in Print Company
Singer: Ben Stancombe
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February 16, 2018
I always think buying gifts for Mother's Day is harder than for a birthday; there's a little more sentiment behind it. The months and years seem to roll around so quickly these days and each year seems to get a bit harder!
I've actually started a kind of present diary now, I make a note of what I get people (mainly family) so that I can refer back to it; I can also make notes of gift ideas I think of throughout the year. It helps avoid repeating presents too!
With Mothers Day just around the corner, I've put together a list of my favourite gifts for Grandma (or Nanny, Nana, Granny, whichever name you use!).
February 02, 2018
From doughnut walls to abstract masterpieces, wedding cake trends continue to evolve, but what will be big in 2018?
I've got the low-down together with some gorgeous examples to get those creative juices flowing!
January 15, 2018
I don't know about you, but I always feel like a Valentine's gift has to hit the right tone. Somewhere there has to be some kind of meaning or romance to make it worthy of being presented on the day of love!
Well, I've spent hours exploring ideas to fit the bill (and the budget) and assembled my ten favourites here.