Wedding Inspiration

Monthly Archives: February 2015

Ionian Weddings

Ionian Weddings, the destination wedding experts, is launching a digital moodboard that helps couples find their perfect venue or location in a couple of clicks.  This exciting new tool will generate a visual enquiry that is sent to Ionian Weddings’ consultants who can then suggest the best possible venues.  Couples can also share the images on social media.

On Valentine’s Day, Ionian Weddings is launching a new way to search for the perfect destination wedding venue.

The staff spent months sourcing beautiful photos from their own hundreds of weddings and venues and created Image-ine, (, a visual mood board designed to help couples capture the feel of their perfect dream wedding.

Couples can then send the images in the form of an enquiry to their expert wedding consultants who will contact them with the best venues based on their chosen images. They can also share the images on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Tumblr or they can email them to friends & family.

Jane Stuart-Palikira, Co-Founder of Ionian Weddings says, “So many couples struggle to describe the look and feel of the type of wedding they are looking for and we realised it would be so much easier if they could enquire about a wedding simply using images.  It will also really help our wedding consultants to make the very best suggestions for them”.

About Ionian Weddings
Multi award winning Ionian Weddings was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team, Jane and Andreas Palikiras. The company organises more than 300 weddings a year in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Croatia.

Ionian Weddings specialises in sourcing innovative and exciting venues, and has intimate knowledge of each venue and destination offered. Examples include a Maltese castle, private villas and beaches, vineyards and the San Francesco Cloisters in Sorrento. In 2013 they organised the first wedding to take place at the underground Lake Melissani in Kefalonia.

The overseas wedding market has grown by over 26% since 2005, with one in five UK couples choosing to get married abroad. Cost, weather and the option to have a more intimate wedding are cited as some of the reasons for this choice, with the cost of a wedding abroad totalling approximately one third of the cost of the average UK wedding.

For more information, visit Ionian Weddings  or call 020 8894 1991. You can also follow them on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

It’s been a while since I posted here and although we’re already one month into the new year (where did the last 4 or 5 weeks go?!) I’d like to kick off with a round up of what’s going to be hot and on trend this year. There are a lot of different ideas out there about what are going to be hot this year and these are a few of my favourites.

It’s worth saying that I think it’s important to be true to yourself rather than just following a trend purely for the sake of it, however it can be fun to incorporate the details and things that you really love that are current.


Last year rustic festival style weddings were huge but things are starting to lean more towards a luxe hippie style with sequins, bright colours and elegant chill out areas. Try adding small touches if you’re reticent or go the whole hog with sequinned table and chair dressings or even a sequinned wedding dress (or bridesmaids if they’re happy with that). Etsy Blog,

Short Blush Sequin Dress, Bridesmaid Dress with Tulle tutu, Short Wedding Dress, Modern Simple Wedding Gown, Eco Friendly, Made to Order


Gold on Gold Hotfoiled Mendhi Invitation with Swarovski Crystals by Lilguy Stationery



Feathers add a dramatic touch whether you incorporate them into your outfit or the venue details. Etsy Blog,

White Feather Fascinator by Esemee Fascinators

Charleston Glamour Invitation by Lilguy Stationery


Peacock & Diamanté Flower invitation by Lilguy Stationery

Peacock Feather Fascinator by Esemee Fascinators


I’m a big fan of vintage style and mix ‘n’ match crockery brings a touch of bygone elegance to a garden party or informal marquee reception.

Crockery by Queen of Hearts Tea Sets, Sussex

BUTTONS, RIBBONS AND GEMS Huffpost Weddings Blog

I use ribbons and gems a lot in my wedding stationery and buttons have also been requested in place of diamanté.

Crystal Rose close up

Close up of Crystal Rose invitation by Lilguy Stationery

  LilGuy Stationery 1930s Earring Inspired 15cm sq wallet invitation

Invitation inspired by a 1930’s pair of earrings by Lilguy Stationery

Lavender Garden Vintage Button, Brooch & Jewellery Bouquet

Lavender Garden Vintage Button, Brooch & Jewellery Bouquet by I Heart Buttons

Ready Made Buttonhole

Ready made Buttonhole by I Heart Buttons

Jewel Brights Brooch Bouquet by DC Bouquets

This blog entry from  Huff Post Weddings on wedding trends that need to be retired made me smile – not sure I altogether agree with banning a buffet although I take their point on hot food being cold by the time you get back to the table. We had a cold buffet and no seating plan which worked really well at our informal marquee in the garden reception, and I don’t remember anyone spilling food down themselves! We don’t seem to have the cocktail hour in the UK during a wedding reception – and having seen various episodes of Four Weddings US (purely for research purposes of course!) I think that’s a good thing. The amount of food consumed at cocktail hour and then at the wedding breakfast itself can be quite obscene and a waste of money, however I do like the idea of various food ‘stations’ to give guests a variety.

What do you think about the trends for the coming year? What are you going to be incorporating into your wedding, or will you be going all out sparkle?! I’d love to hear your comments and ideas so please leave me a message below….

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