In years gone by I used to make resolutions at New Year, the usual ones of wanting to lose weight, get fit, cut down on alcohol etc., it didn’t take me too long to realise however that these were doomed to fail at the first fence. You see, it’s my birthday on 3rd January, so cutting down on food and alcohol on the 1st just don’t work for me! Especially this coming birthday as I will be celebrating not just a milestone number but the fact that I’m still here to celebrate. As you may already know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2012 so the first half of this year was spent undergoing and recovering from chemo and radiotherapy.
So, instead of New Year resolutions I tend to have hopes and plans for the coming year which are more realistic and tangible. I’ve already been working on my relaunched blog and that feels like an achievement after months of not having the energy mentally to tackle it. So I’m ahead of the game already 🙂 Can you help me out by letting me know what you’d like to see here? I’ve also been giving more attention to social media, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I’m especially loving Pinterest and have spent lovely hours creating some wedding inspiration boards there. Are you on Pinterest? If not and you’d like to be then let me know and I’ll send you an invitation. It’s a great resource and tool for planning lots of different things from the look of a wedding to home decor, recipes and tutorials.
Mr Lilguys is home at the moment until after my birthday weekend which is lovely. He works away most weeks so we generally only get a few days a week together. It’s been lovely to spend some quality time together and to have a break from the norm, and having kind of lost my mojo earlier this month I can now feel the creativity coming back, which is something of a relief!
First on my To Do list is a revamp of my website to include a jewellery and gifts section. As well as handmade wedding stationery I also make sterling silver jewellery and other items such as letter openers. What sort of thing would you consider giving to someone getting married, or from you to your bridal party as gifts? I have a growing list if ideas but I’d love to hear yours!
Something quite rare is happening this New Year as we start off with a New Moon too, apparently the last time this happened was 19 years ago, so it feels like a very fresh start to the year. I’m feeling very positive that this will be a great year (lets’s face it, it could only really get better for me after 2013!) and I sincerely hope that it’s a brilliant year for you too.
As the year draws to a close I’m looking forward at the upcoming trends for weddings for the coming year. Christine Dyer of BridalTweet recently asked the experts what their predictions were and I’d like to share them with you:
Text Dominant Invitations
You don’t need to lose style and quality – have invitations printed on really thick card as they used to be in days gone by ready to be propped on the recipients mantlepiece!
Detailed Backs on Wedding Gowns
Hand Painted Wedding Cakes
Tea Length Dresses
Large Ruffled Skirts
Gold Table Decor
Brides Posing In Front Of Doors
Printed/Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses
Tutus for Flowergirls
What are you having for your wedding? Leave me a comment below!
This September, London florist Todich Floral Design wowed the crowds and press at the National Wedding Show with a stunning, original floral dress on an antique mannequin. Here, and in advance of the February 2014 show, founder Zlatko “Tod” Todic shares his top five wedding tips for 2014.
Following the success of their floral dress, the team at Todich Floral Design is excited and honoured to be creating a fabulous display for one of the main front entrances at the February show and will also have a stand right at the front of the hall.
Tod says, “We were overwhelmed by the response to our dress in September and can’t wait to get started on next year’s designs. We already have some great ideas in mind and are looking forward to chatting with and inspiring next year’s brides-to-be on our stand. In the meantime, here are our top tips for brides in 2014.”
1. Don’t feel under pressure to come armed with a brief; Many brides worry they have to come to the florist armed with a whole bunch of ideas, but this really isn’t the case. Of course it’s absolutely fine if you do, but don’t feel bad if you have absolutely no clue about what kind, or style of flowers you want. A good florist should be able to advise you on this based on conversations about your personality, style and taste.
2. It’s not all about ‘arrangements’; Wedding flowers are much more varied now than they used to be, and you don’t have to stick to traditional style table arrangements and pew ends in floral foam. Single stems of one or more flower types in multiple vases can look equally as impactful when artistically styled and can be great if you’re on a tight budget too. Plus things like candleabras, crates, milk bottles, watering cans, urns and a huge variety of different shaped vases are available too.
3. Don’t be daunted by ‘DIY’; There is a huge trend towards brides taking a DIY approach now and making everything from seat backs to flowers, but this can seem like a huge and daunting task. However, you don’t need to do absolutely everything in order to incorporate this approach. For flowers, how about simply sourcing your own containers for tables, or accessories for your bouquet? This is an easy way to integrate DIY, plus add lovely personal touches without too much work.
4. Like the ‘vintage’ theme but feel it’s overdone? Many brides have opted for the vintage style in recent years, but if you feel like birdcages, jam jars, teapots, hemp and string are a bit twee and overdone, how about taking inspiration from one of the biggest films of the last year, the Great Gatsby, instead. Set in an era of extravagant parties, decadent lifestyles and art deco design, this provides the basis for a theme that is more opulent and elegant than rustic and quaint.
5. Don’t shy away from contrasts and brights; when people think of wedding flowers they mainly think of pastels, or a palette of similar tints, tones and hues, but bright, contrasting colours create a striking impact and are bang on trend. Yellows and oranges give a great contrast to purples and also equally offset bright blues. Reds and greens and hot or pale pinks and pistachio are a fantastic option too, as are violets and lavendars combined with limes, bright and darker greens. Or for those who are really brave the whole colour spectrum can be combined.
Todich Floral Design will be on stand G101 at The National Wedding Show from 21-23 February 2014.
Described as ‘truly amazing’ and ‘simply awesome’ by customers, Simon delivers a unique and memorable performance which will get your party going and leave you with an unforgettable experience. He’ll have you and your guests up dancing and singing in no time.
Simon is an energetic and charismatic entertainer with an incredible ability to involve everybody without making anyone uncomfortable. Every performance is unique to the event and he makes sure that you get the music and evening of your choice.
Customers are always commenting upon how natural Simon is with people and how easily he guides the evening to give the best possible experience. He can mix with your guests and bring everyone together unlike many bands and discos. The music is never too loud and he ensures that all your guests, regardless of age, can enjoy the party.
If you’re looking for a true Professional and a first class Singer/Entertainer, book the one and only Simon Rees for your event. You won’t be disappointed.
Your evening reception is one of the most important parts of your day.
It is a big part of what you and your guests will remember and is well worth investing in.
Simon’s aim is to work with you to create an evening filled with memorable moments and classic photo opportunities. He enjoys getting to know the characters in your wedding party and encourages you to choose songs which may have special meaning to your friends or family.
Simon always enjoys performing at wedding receptions as it is an extra special occasion and everybody is looking to enjoy themselves. He loves to involve the guests where possible, be it through serenading, dancing, or inviting them to sing, and the excitement and energy of the day really makes for a special show.
Simon will work together with you to make sure that the evening fits perfectly with the rest of your day. Couples often ask him to perform a selection of swing & easy listening numbers for the first set while guests are arriving and then a dancy/party set later in the evening to combine with a disco.