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Fancy Up Your Wedding Welcome Drinks

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Have you decided what welcome drinks you’re going to serve at your wedding yet? Something lovely and fizzy or maybe you’re opting for a signature cocktail? Well, how about doing both?! I mean, what could be a better way to add a bit of sparkle to your wedding day than with delicious cocktails?!

A few weeks ago my friends Ronnie and Sophie came over, so I thought we’d have some fun and throw a mini cocktail party. We used Freixenet Spanish Cava which is not only affordable, but totally delicious and dangerously easy to drink!

I think these cocktails would make the perfect welcome drinks to serve at your wedding too.

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When it came to coming up with these recipes (I use this term very loosely, an expert food blogger I am not) it was important that they be easy to do and not use a ton of expensive ingredients. I hope you enjoy trying these for yourself.

If you make just one it should totally be the All That Glitters by the way. It really did taste just as good as it looks!

Fruity Fizzer

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You will need:

♥ A selection of fruit and berries, cut into small pieces (I used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and kiwi!)
♥ Mint leaves
♥ Freixenet Cava
♥ An ice cube tray

Method:

Put your berries and torn up mint leaves in an ice cube tray. Every cube doesn’t need to have the same selection in it, in fact it looks better when they’re all a little different! Fill with water and freeze. When frozen, put the cubes in a tall glass, pour over your Cava, garnish and enjoy!

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Leopard Print and Tattoo Inspired Wedding

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They never wanted a big, extravagant wedding. In fact Jade didn’t think she’d ever get married at all! “I never pictured myself as the marrying type and it was a bolt out of the blue when Aaron asked me!” she laughed.

So they wanted something decidedly intimate for their March nuptials. They were married at Southampton Registry Office, and after a meal with just a few guests, hosted a large after party at The Talking Heads, a live music venue in the city.

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“We already had a daughter, Aurora, and we both felt that being married would really cement us as a proper family”, she continued. “Because I had never pictured being a bride, I had no real expectations or specific plans in mind. I think this made it a whole lot less stressful when it came to the planning. It was a very organic process, evolving naturally as we came up with more ideas and discussed our likes and dislikes. The theme wasn’t planned but our mutual love of leopard print came across pretty strongly with lots of little features. Our budget was small, just £3000, but we saw this as an exciting challenge rather than an obstacle and it didn’t stop us from having the DIY, intimate, personal wedding we were after. We both knew we didn’t want to spend a fortune and that cost wouldn’t detract from how beautiful it could be.”

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Japanese-Inspired, Musical and Charity-Giving Wedding

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I’ve got a really adorable, totally joyful wedding for you this afternoon and I have a sneaking suspicion that you’re going to love it! Rhodri and Eimi decided to get officially married at the registry office the morning of the wedding, but then had a non-legal, blessing at their venue, The Hospice at Llawhaden Village Hall, officiated by a friend.

“Our venue was an 11th century ruin of a mediaeval hospice chapel”, Eimi told me. “We initially thought it would be too small for all our guests, but we decided the day before the wedding, just to go for it. We put out chairs for a few people, and asked our more able-bodied guests to stand. Our good friend Luke officiated. It was so special to have such a close friend lead our wedding ceremony. He made it so personal and meaningful, and we will never forget what he has done for us. The acoustic of the stone building was incredible and when our guests sang Guide me O thou great redeemer in harmony. The sound echoed around and sent the shivers down our spines.”

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The bride wore a vintage gown from 1946 which she belonged to her Nan who passed away the year before. “It had been ruined by mice so I had to have it restored”, she said. “The dress fit me perfectly, but it was covered in huge holes and stained with mouse urine! More than a few tears were shed when so many seamstresses told me it was beyond hope. Thankfully, someone pointed me towards the textiles conservators register, which is where I found Janie Lightfoot Textiles. They did a fantastic job and gave me a real ‘Cinderella’ moment. In the morning ceremony at the registry office, we dressed quite casually. I wore a Free People folk style dress that I bought from TK Maxx, and Swedish Hasbeens I got for £3 in a charity shop!”

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Mystical Mod Wedding with the Bride Channelling Priscilla Presley

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Lacey-Lee channelled Priscilla Presley for her bridal look. Her dress was an original vintage number which she had reworked to the exact style she wanted. The groom, Cam, is of Orcadian heritage so he wanted to wear traditional Scottish attire. Not an obvious paring you might think, but it really works!

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The theme of combining both their passions continued into the rest of the wedding. “Cam and I always knew we weren’t going to have a normal wedding”, Lacey-Lee said. “We both have quirky interests and we wanted it to be a collaboration of lots of different elements. We are both touring musicians so music was also always going to play a huge part. I decided to DJ which allowed me to really set the tone exactly how we wanted it to feel. It also made the evening really special.”

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Join Me At The Etsy Wedding Fair!

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I love Etsy. You love Etsy. We all bloody love Etsy! So when they got in touch to ask me if I wanted to attend the launch evening of their 2015 wedding fair, and bring 20 readers along with me, I was thrilled!

The Etsy Wedding Fair is taking place at Oui 2 Rooms in London on the weekend of May 16th and 17th, however Etsy have invited me and 20 of you to their exclusive launch event from 5-7.30pm on Thursday 14th! At this preview evening, as well as being the first to see the show, we’ll get some lovely bonus perks including a special discount on all items, free drinks and nibbles, live music, free admission to floral wedding hairpiece workshop and a special gift to go away with!

This is the perfect chance for you to see some of your favourites in person, meet the sellers and maybe even place a custom order! As you know Etsy is the place to buy beautiful, quirky and fun handmade items, so even if you don’t want to buy anything, you’re still going to leave with plenty of awesome ideas for your own big day. In short, this is one wedding event you do not want to miss!

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The event will be showcasing some of Etsy top wedding sellers from all over the UK including We Are ArrowComeuppanceHello Pops of ColourWolf and InkDebbie CarlisleMustard and PeachesMiss Sarah CakeCuriousme DesignHetty RoseGilly GrayMatchimony and The Lovely Drawer.

For your chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets to the launch event on May 14th (and meet me there) simply comment below, telling me what your favourite Etsy shop is. Easy!

You have until next Sunday, 26th April to enter, and winners will be contacted via email within a week of the closing date.

If you aren’t one of the winners for the event on the 14th, the fair is open for the general public on May 16th and 17th. Early Bird tickets cost a teeny tiny £7.50, and once these are sold they will be £12 each. All tickets also include a complimentary drink on arrival.

I CAN’T WAIT!

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Vintage and Nautical Wedding

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Caroline and Jason’s wedding had a vintage and nautical theme. With the bride loving all things pretty and pink and the groom being in the Navy, it was the perfect combination!

“The inspiration for our wedding was to have things that best represented us both as individuals”, said Caroline. “I am very much into 50s vintage and love the colour pink, whereas Jason being in the Navy helped tie in his influences. We named our tables after ships he has served on and our seating plan was in his navy issued suitcase.”

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“Our other ideas were pretty much restricted to our budget, which meant we made a lot of things ourselves with help from my mother. My mum made the cake, my evening dress, and bridesmaid dresses. I also made the centrepieces, my birdcage veil and the origami boat name places.  The bouquets and buttonholes were also made by me from artificial flowers which saved us a fortune! Jason played a big part in planning and making things for the wedding too including the invites, table plan and other stationery.”

“We also had a temporary tattoo stand for people to adorn their bodies with artwork, like the bride and groom – this went down very well with the guests, especially my mother!”

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