Insta #bestnine2017 – the best is yet to come

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Thank you to all you wonderful readers of the blog, supporters of the online directory and all those who have enabled me to continue blogging and sharing my passion for weddings with the wider world.

Our first year has been incredible and I am looking forward to what 2018 is going to bring.

We have visited some beautiful venues, met some fabulous suppliers and got to gorge regularly on all things pretty which i have loved sharing with you over on the blog.

Here’s a snapshot courtesy of #instagrams #bestnine2017 of what happened!

So lastly I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year, congratulations to all those engaged or newlywed the next act in the play of life has begun

Happy New Year

Sophie

We’re Planning a Wedding

If you recently got engaged…. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

It’s inevitable when your bestie finally (it’s been a long engagement) sets a date and your asked to be Maid of Honor that planning fever sets in! I actually think I’m more excited than her – but that’s because I get to help plan a wedding all over again, it certainly wasn’t all smiles when I planned my own and you can read about that on Engaged? Why your planning needs a plan

Now the big days September 2018 – not long at all (9 Months! Ekk) and the couple have already chosen and booked their venue but that it! what about the other weddinphernalia? There’s still so much to do!

So join us and follow our exciting journey as we delve into the depths of wedding planning through the highs and lows for those hidden gems, hilarious outtakes and of course some of the best DIY’ing tricks we’ve come across

We can’t wait to share our planning journey with you

Sophie & Sarah

Xx

How to Wedding Fayre and why you should

If your currently planning your wedding and wondering why everyone is taking an age to get back to you its because many suppliers are in the last deep throws of wedding season, being one myself i can assure you there are LOTS of late nights at the moment helping guarantee that my clients dreams become reality.

Its now September, and the start of Autumn, will be here and with it brings Wedding Fayre Season.

Now from experience Wedding Fayres are like marmite…. you either love them or hate them. I am definitely in the love side of this relationship (hubby was definitely on the hate side, perhaps its a bride thing?)

So heres a guide on how to Wedding Fayre, with the pros (and cons) and find out how to get the most out of your experience.

The Wedding Fayre (fair, inspiration day, showcase, open day) are often held at a wedding venue, if there a venue your interested in its a good way to see how your day will ‘look’ – tablets will be dressed for a wedding and with lots of people milling around it will give you an idea of what space you will have available for your guests. If the weathers not great it will also showcase the use of the indoor space!

Wedding Fayres can be themed ie a Vintage Wedding Fayre, these are perfect if your looking to create this styling as all the exhibitors will fit this brief and save you time looking at suppliers that may not fit.

Definite Dos

  • Wedding Fayre like a pro – plan your fayres, make a list of what your after, are there suppliers you’d like to meet in person at a fayre before moving to the stage?
  • Register for the event – although nearly all fayres are free these days be sure to register – you often get perks of a goody bag containing exclusive offers, early entry and a glass of bubbly!
  • Choose comfort over style – believe me comfy, sturdy footwear is a must, you’ll totally underestimate the amount of walking that you’ll do.
  • Do bring a spare pair of hands for all the goodie bags you’ll get – I mean that’s what bridesmaids are for, right? But be sure to bring someone whose opinions you completely trust and value
  • Check out what suppliers are offering for on the day bookings – many suppliers run ‘Fayre only offers’ and a small deposit will secure potentially larger savings later on – helping your budget to stretch a little further
  • Equally you’ve got to be in it to win it – some suppliers will run competitions on the day, this is a great way to win a total or partial product or service or a free upgrade
  • If you’ve found the ‘ONE’ supplier – BOOK. In demand suppliers can often get booked up 2 years in advance, don’t end up disappointed because you didn’t deposit

 

Definite Don’ts

  • Be a fair weather Wedding Fayrer – heaven forbid but this is England and it may, just may rain (sleet, snow, hailstone or occasionally sunshine 😉 on your day. If the fayre is at a venue your interested in it will allow you to scope out the rainy day options
  • Avoid leaving it until the last minute – if you’ve turned up with 15 minutes before the close of the event, you may not get all the information you’ll need as you scan the suppliers. Plus suppliers will be looking to start packing up and this can take quite a while!
  • Don’t assume that the larger the fayre the better, by all means the larger fayres will have a much larger number of suppliers and with most organizers limiting the number in each category you can be sure of a diverse selection however don’t discount more boutique fayres if your planning an eclectic or more personalize day – they may have that one eclectic supplier you’ve been looking for!
  • Its not the place for bartering – whilst we all love a bargain, a wedding fayre is not a bazzar, its not the place for haggling with suppliers to obtain the price you want to pay.

For Wedding fayres coming up take a look here

Happy fayreing!

Sophie xx

 

Buttonhole or Boutonniere?

Buttonhole
A flower or spray worn in a buttonhole on the lapel of a jacket.
Boutonniere
Essentially the french for buttonhole – a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower.

Traditionally buttonholes or boutonnières  where a single flower and worn frequently by men, in today’s world buttonholes are now usually reserved for special occasions where formal wear is required ie weddings, funerals

There are many beautiful creations that todays man can wear, but what if you dont want flowers? Can you still wear a buttonhole? What would you wear?

 

Everything from feather to buttons and superheros are now being seen on the buttonhole scene, check out these lovelies:

Simple Satin

Beautiful satin ribbons are used to create these simple flowers with coloured diamante centres. Handmade in Cirencester for Tuxedo Junction these beautiful simple buttonholes can be made to order to match the colours of the suits you are hiring – what a fab idea – and they can be used as keepsakes. Being on a pin setting these would also make beautiful buttonholes for mothers of the bride and groom to enable them to join in on the day – the guys get a buttonhole, the girls get a bouquet, but what do the MOB and MOG get to wear on the day?

Feathered Friends

Incorporate colourful vibrancy using natural materials like  Lisa Von Hallwyl Millinery with these beautiful feathers:


Beautiful and vibrant these feather buttonholes would make fantastic colourful buttonholes for either an opulent or glam country wedding…. think tweeds, cashmere and silks in  vibrant shades of peacock blue, turquoise, plum and berry.

Superheros

A huge trend this year and on that looks  like it will continue into 2017 is superheros – we’ve all seen the wedding cakes with a hidden side detailing superheros. Well for the nerd or kid in your man then check out these fun and quirky buttonholes – however don’t mix your superheros – I have it on authority (from hubby) that its a no no mixing Marvel and DC characters!

 

Back To Nature – Dried Flowers

These stunning buttonholes are actually dried flowers – the perfect accompaniment to a rustic wedding

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Why not collect these at the end and have them encased in  box frame as a memento of your special day.

Papery

From paper roses to quilling these buttonholes are as individual as you. Perfect if matching a paper bouquet, I love the red dice detailing on the Spade Rose.

Buttons

Button buttonholes remain popular and being on trend with either colourful buttons or alongside luxury fabrics such as tweed, felt or given an antique twist with music paper or map detailing.

 

Happy buttonholing!

 

Sophie xx