Thursday Treats: Madness!

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I get to see these weirdos in just 8 more sleeps… in AUSTRALIA! 

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock (or er… you just haven’t been online) you probably won’t have failed to notice that we launched The Blogcademy 2014 world tour on Monday. Oh my goodness what a reaction!

The interwebz (at least from where I was standing) got all a-fluster with excitement about the new cities and countries (!) that we’ll be taking the turquoise tornado next year, AS DID WE. The London class is already two thirds sold, with many of the other cities coming up fast behind it. So I guess if you want to sign up, you better do so sooner rather than later. We’ve even had two former Blogcadettes sign up again because they loved it so much the first time around. Now that’s commitment.

2014 is gonna rule. Period.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Intimate Swiss wedding
Homemade steampunk wedding
Sedona elopement 
Geeky Brooklyn wedding
♥ Check out this bride’s ‘veil hat’. Amazing!

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Elegant and Quirky Brooklyn Winery Wedding: Jaime & Marty

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When it came to planning their New York wedding, Jamie and Marty didn’t really know what they wanted. It wasn’t until they found their winery venue that it all fell into place. The rustic yet urban space completely set the tone of the day.

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“We didn’t do anything that was intentionally unique, quirky or alternative,” Jamie explained. ” we just knew we wanted our wedding to reflect us. By doing that, the rest just naturally fell into place. We found the Brooklyn Winery, it was the first and only venue we looked at, and when we saw it we just knew!”

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Don’t Want the Usual, Boring Gift Registry? Ask your Guests to Buy Your Honeymoon!

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More couples than ever before are looking for alternative gift list ideas. Adding new pots and pans to a department store registry is about as exciting as it sounds, which is why so many newlyweds are opting to forgo the new linens and ask for money towards getting started in their new married life or for something they’ve always wanted but could never afford.

The whole ‘asking for cash’ thing can be a bit daunting though. Sure, there are cute ways you can do it, with poems in your invites or whatever, but the fact of the matter that asking your guests to show you the money is a bit… er… awkward.

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Apart from the inherent embarrassment of asking for money, the real trouble with requesting cash is that a lot of guests really don’t like the idea of just slipping money into a wedding card. It can easily get lost in the madness of the day but also (and forgive me but) it feels a little bit gross and impersonal too. No thought goes into the gift buying when it’s just cash exchanging hands. A lot of older relatives, in particular, really enjoy the gift buying and giving process. There’s also something quite special about being able to think “Aww Aunt Mildred gave us this china and we’re going to use it forever”.

So what are your options if you don’t need more house stuff and you’ve decided you really don’t want to just ask for money?

There are many services that offer honeymoon gift lists these days, in fact I’d imagine that many of you are already considering using one of them. Because these systems allow your guests to buy a tangible gift that you’ll enjoy on your honeymoon, they also really solve any problems that some guests might have with the idea of just handing over money. So let me take a moment to introduce to you to one the market leaders, a UK based company, who have been around for over six years – Buy Our Honeymoon.

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English Country Picnic Wedding: Tim & Scarlett

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Tim and Scarlett were married on 8th August, their five year anniversary. They had a church ceremony followed by a tea party reception in the gardens of Baxby Manor, a gorgeous 705 year old Manor house. “We knew that we wanted somewhere beautiful, and Baxby ticked all the boxes”, Scarlett began. “It even came with a glamping site down the lane for all our guests to stay over! Baxby isn’t a wedding venue, just a luxury holiday letting, but the owners were amazing and let us create a beautiful day there, as if it were our own house.”

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The bride used to work at a wedding venue so she had a strong idea beforehand about what she didn’t want! Most of the wedding was DIY from the cake to the flowers and the stationery to the catering.

“I didn’t want a theme. After working in a wedding venue where I saw the same style of weddings every week, I knew I wanted ours to be different. I also have quite a strong style. While I am not trying to claim I’m something so different, or so cool or anything, I know what I like and I don’t care what other people think. Tim is a fashion designer and this drives him crazy – he wants to style me all the time!”

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Quirky and Colourful Handmade Wedding: Netty & Andy

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Netty and Andy were married in Northampton during August. They wanted their wedding to be colourful and fun. “We picked wedding suppliers that were really arty and talented”, began the bride. “Our photographer, Hannah of Casey Avenue, was both creative and quirky which suited our style perfectly.”

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Hattie & Flora did our flowers and took our colourful brief and ran with it! By having such great suppliers our wedding was really relaxed and really ‘us’. It was such a lovely celebration, and apart from being a bit nervous, we didn’t feel stressed. It wasn’t too fussy, we just had a really good party.”

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Eclectic East End Wedding Tea Party: Cassandra & Howard

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Cassandra and Howard were married at The Roost in Dalston, London, a photographic studio and shooting location. Because it wasn’t a traditional wedding venue it meant their whole day was really chilled out and non-traditional, but also that they could completely plan it the way they wanted. “We’d had a really small and intimate wedding ceremony in Cornwall with just our immediate families so we wanted to throw a vintage wedding tea party for friends and relatives here in London”, began the bride.

“The Roost was an amazing find. It’s a former Victorian pub in deepest, darkest Dalston converted into a four floor photographic and film shoot location. My heart skipped a beat the first time we viewed it. It was perfect. I just loved the eclectic vintage vibe and ‘out there’ style of the place. From the gorgeous House Of Hackney wallpapers, to the giant props, old film posters and quirky paintings on the wall. We were just blown away.”

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The majority of this wedding was DIY. The bride homemade all the cakes, bought flowers from Columbia Road Flower Market and designed and screen printed the invitations herself. “Well, it wouldn’t be a tea party without cake would it?” Cassandra laughed. “I do a bit of part time baking at Lily Vanilli’s East London bakery, and was determined to do all my own cakes – I’m always up for a challenge (although everyone thought I was mad). For the cake table I made a mixed berry vanilla sponge cake, devil’s good cake, cherry bakewells, moustache cookies, mini chocolate Guinness bundt cakes, marmalade loaf cakes, brownies, rocky road squares, scones and a cupcake tower with cupcakes bejeweled with pomegranate seeds and edible crystalised flowers.”

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