Archives for December 2011

7 Wedding Trends For 2012

For couples who are planning to marry next year, it’s interesting to know what the trends are likely to be. And although some things will never change, there are however, some very interesting new trends forecast for next year’s brides and grooms to consider.

1. Wedding Gowns

Next season’s gown are all about texture and colour. And not just pastels – bold colours are definitely going to be very popular.

But we shall still see dresses with figure hugging corset bodices, nipped in waists and soft flowing skirts.

And of course, we are going to continue to see a lot of sleeves, lace, and illusion necklines on wedding gowns next year, thanks to the recent royal wedding.

2. Wedding Themes

One of the first things you need to do before you can start planning your wedding is to choose a theme. Your whole wedding will revolve around it, so it needs to be one that reflects you and your husband-to-be.

Some themes which are expected to be popular next year are:


Scour the vintage clothes shops for an authentic wedding dress – sheer romantic elegance.

60s theme

Send invitations in the shape of a 45rpm record, hire a Beatles tribute band, wear a dress from the decade

Outdoor and rustic

Hire a barn for your reception, pick all your flowers from the garden, use lots of green, think shabby-chic.

3. Flowers

Staying with the romantic theme, most brides are choosing to carry a posy, rather than a large bouquet.

Big blooms such as peonies, in pale pink or ivory, tied with organza ribbon, or just a couple of white lilies or white roses teamed with lily of the valley are perfect for any bride.

4. Cash and Gift Certificates

These days most couples have lived together, often for quite a long time, before their marriage, and have everything they need for their home. So it’s becoming very popular for guests to give couples a wedding gift of money.

Some travel agents now offer gift certificates which can be used towards the cost of honeymoons, flight upgrades, or hotel room upgrades. These are also very popular, and definitely a useful gifts to give to the newly married couple.

5. Dessert table

A trend that is sure to be popular at weddings next year is to have a dessert bar. This means your guests can help themselves from a selection of sweet treats like mini cup-cakes, whoopee pies, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies.

So, no need to buy an extortionately priced wedding cake, which many people don’t like anyway.

But if you really must have a centrepiece on your table, then a chocolate fountain should do the trick.

6. DIY Weddings

It’s easy to see why DIY weddings are becoming so popular. It’s about making your special day day completely unique, and the best part is, the planning is such fun.

Just be your own wedding planner. Make lots of to-do lists and rope in friends and family to help design and make your stationery, your centre pieces, your flowers,even your reception menu.

Everybody will love being a part of your special day and you will have a day to remember.

7. Destination Weddings

Destination weddings continue to grow in popularity and this trend is set to continue next year. There are many reasons couples choose a destination wedding. It’s easy to get married almost anywhere in the world now.

It’s a unique experience, often in an exotic location they have always dreamed of, and of course it’s a wedding and a honeymoon all rolled into one.

7 Tips To Help You Plan Your Spring Wedding

Of course, any time of the year is great to have a wedding, but for many couples, there really is only one time of year to get married. And that is Spring.

So if you think you would like a Spring wedding, take a look at these 7 tips I’ve put together which I hope will help:

1. Colours

Of course there can be no better time to get married than Springtime. Spring heralds the start of the wedding season. It’s the time of new beginnings, so a perfect time for a wedding. Take advantage of the soft pastel colours of spring and make it the theme of your wedding.

2. Invitations and Stationery

Sending out invitations that revolve around spring are a good way to tell your friends and relations you are planning a Spring wedding. So wouldn’t it be a good idea to make your own?

Decorate your cards with soft shades, spring flowers, butterflies and birds. Search the craft stores for soft satin ribbons to finish off the cards.

3. Your Wedding Dress

If you going to be a Spring bride, then choosing your wedding dress will be great fun. Spring wedding gowns can be lighter, sleeveless and more flowing.

Make sure your wedding dress says Spring by adding some hints of colour, with a sash in a soft pastel shade. Or choose a dress with delicate embroidery.

But even though winter may finally be over, unfortunately it could still be cold, so have a wrap or stole at the ready.

4. Attire For The Wedding Party

It’s always nice when bridesmaids can have a say in what dress they wear. So unless your wedding is extremely formal, allowing your bridesmaids to choose their own dresses is a nice idea.

So let them them know what colour and style you have in mind, then leave them to buy their own bridesmaid dress. This way you know they’ll feel comfortable, and they will have an outfit they can wear over and over again.

5. Flowers

When it comes to your bridal bouquet, you have so much choice at this time of year. Choose roses with tulips and gerbers, or a beautiful delicate posy of lily of the valley, white orchids and white roses.

Or, if you are lucky enough to have a garden, make up a bouquet of sweet smelling seasonal country garden blooms. using roses, daisies, sweet peas and stocks and tie it with organza ribbon.

6. Spring Menu

Spring is a great time to plan a wedding menu. If you are having a formal sit-down meal, then serve up some delicious young spring vegetables like new potatoes, sweet baby carrots and asparagus. Serve with spring lamb and mint sauce. Delicious!

For dessert serve lots of seasonal fruits and thick Jersey ice cream.

7. Wedding Cake

When you’re looking for a wedding cake for a spring wedding, there are several different options you could choose. Of course you might want to stick with the traditional tiered cake, but you could decorate it with spring flowers.

Or you may prefer something a bit lighter, such as a sponge, or you might even fancy a cup cake tower.

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Transportation

Transportation for you, your bridal party and your guests is one of the most important things you have to arrange in the months leading up to your wedding.

It’s important to get this right, so that everyonegets to where they should be, and more importantly be there on time. Which means it needs careful planning.

So to help, I’ve put together this list of 7 of the most frequently asked questions about wedding day transport:

1. How Many Cars Do I Need?

Well, you need to sit down and work out how many people you need to transport. And it’s important that all your guests can get from the ceremony to the reception venue.

But of course, as with a lot of things, the number of cars you rent will really depend on how much of your budget you have allocated for transport.

2. How Should I Arrive At The Church?

Every bride wants to arrive at the church in style. After all, it’s you they will all be waiting to see, and there will be a lot of cameras clicking as you get out of the car. This means that your wedding car is going to be seen in a lot of your wedding photographs.

So opt for something really special – perhaps a limo with all the trimmings, and a chauffeur, for you and your Dad?

3. The Bridal Party

Your bridesmaids and your Mother also need to arrive in style, so this calls for a second limo. Remember, they will arrive at the church before you, so their arrival in a chauffeur driven limo will set the tone and the style of your wedding.

4. How Do Guests Get To The Reception Venue?

One of the best ways to get a large number of people to your reception is to hire a party bus. This way no one is left without transportation, no one gets lost, there are no parking problems, and everyone has fun as they make their way to the reception venue.

5. How Do My Husband and I Get To Reception?

You and your brand new husband travel to the reception in the bridal car that brought you to the church. It’s your first journey together as man and wife, and it’s a great chance for you both to grab a little time together on your own and draw breathe before you get ready to greet your guests.

6. Can I Ask That My Driver Wears A Uniform?

Yes. But I think it would be safe to assume that a wedding limousine from a rental company will be driven by a uniformed chauffeur, complete with cap. But it never hurts to check these things, so you could very discreetly ask before you make your booking.

7. How Much Should I Spend On Wedding Transportation?

This is a tricky one! I suppose it depends on how formal your wedding is and how many guests are invited. But most people say they plan to spend around 2% of their wedding budget on transport.