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How To Get the Best Out of Attending a Wedding Show

Going to your first wedding show can be a daunting experience. However, if you’re properly prepared and you go in with an open mind they are really, really fun! One of my very favourite alternative wedding shows is The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza which is taking place on March 16th & 17th in Birmingham. I’ll be there signing books and showcasing our brand-new veil collection with Crown and Glory (it’s the only wedding show you’ll be able to see these beauties in-person this season) so I hope to see lots of your beautiful faces there!

Arrive early

The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza kicks off at 12pm on the Saturday and 11am on the Sunday and run until 4 or 5pm. They are always busiest at around the mid-way point. If you’re an early bird I would absolutely recommend getting up and arriving as close to opening time as you can. That way you’ll have the most time possible to be able to see everything and you can go and see any favourites before it gets really crowded.

Wear comfortable shoes

There will be a lot of walking and standing around so be sure to wear something comfortable – especially on your feet! For less able-bodied babes, The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza’s venues (Fazeley Studios and The Bond which are right over the road from each other) are completely accessible so there’s no worries there either.

Bring some essentials

Snacks, a notepad and pen to jot down ideas/ contact information, cash and/or your debit card and, of course, your BFF or partner to enjoy the show with! There are food trucks at The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza where you can grab a quick bite, but I always like to come prepared with my own soft drinks and snacks just in case! If you are working to a specific colour scheme it might be a good idea to being swatches too so you can see if the items you like will work with your overall vision.

Go with an open mind

The very best thing about attending an in-person event rather than doing everything entirely online is that you may find ideas or suppliers that you never would have found through your searches on the interwebs. Although obviously you probably have a good idea of the specific things you’re after, be sure to look and everyone’s stands and talk to as many of the exhibitors as you possibly can. You may be pleasantly surprised at what’s on offer and find things you never would have thought of yourself.

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Caterer

When it comes to keeping your guests happy, there’s one thing that will do the job more than anything else – jolly good grub. It’s no wonder that food and drink tends to be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding either, you’re literally buying dinner for 100 of your nearest and dearest (if ever you need inspiration to cull your guest list a bit, this is it right?!)

Unless you’re after a very specific style of catering such as kosher or food trucks, a lot of catering companies will be able to work with you to to provide exactly the sort of food you want. Today I wanted to introduce you properly to the amazing caterers that worked on my book launch party, Party Ingredients, and tell you all about them because they were quite frankly FANTASTIC. If you’re getting married in London or the Home Counties, you absolutely need to consider them for your day.

With over 40 years experience in event’s catering, nothing was too much trouble for Kate and her team. As we were having a casual party menu we went for an interactive canapé station, where the chefs prepared everything in front of us. We had the most delish mini sliders (venison, fish and vegetable) served in rainbow buns (!) and they even did gluten-free options especially for my GF husband. Next up was a raw and natural station serving tuna carpaccio, queen scallops, mushroom, truffle and white radish, spiralised courgette and baby vegetables all served on broad bean blinis or teardrop spoons (SO FANCY!) For dessert we were wowed by fruit, Turkish Delight, gin truffles and fudge dipped in chocolate and frozen in front of us on in dry ice!

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Low Key but Luxe: How to Have a Budget Wedding that Still Looks Fancy AF

Laura Martha Photography for The Stars Inside

If there’s one thing we know to be true in wedding world ‘19, it’s that engaged couples are looking to save as much money as they possibly can. In fact, some reports coming though at the moment state that the £25k ‘average’ wedding budget that’s thrown around by the media may have in fact decreased to something much closer to £12k in the last year or so (thanks Brexit, thanks Trump).

However, what that doesn’t mean is that 2019 couples want their budget savvy weddings to look cheap, far from it in fact. Rock n Roll brides in particular are, if anything, becoming even more creative and experimental with how they pull off a killer wedding on a budget. Today, our friends at Most Curious Wedding Fair are here to tell you how to do it.

More and more nowadays, couples are opting for a smaller, more refined wedding rather than the opulent and (dare I say?) over the top caricatures of what weddings may have once been. Often this goes hand-in-hand with having a smaller budget, but not always; if you want an intimate pub reception rather than a stately home bash, we totally feel you.

However, with that lower-key wedding plan comes the high-key worry that it won’t look or feel luxurious on the day. I’m here today to show you how you can have a wedding day that remains low-key but still looks luxe. I’ve spoken to some of the exhibitors at Most Curious Wedding Fair (who you can meet in the flesh at our March fair in Shoreditch) for their advice on getting minimal design and maximum impact.

Re-frame your focus

Amy Meadows Events suggests re-framing your focus from the beginning. “When you are mood-boarding for your wedding, rather than imagining what it looks like, and the specifics of what you want to see, think about how you want to feel on the day, and importantly how you want your guests to feel. What kind of experience are you creating for them, and yourself? When you re-frame your expectations to be focused on feelings rather than visuals, it allows you to think more creatively.”

Valentina from The Stars Inside agrees, saying “Luxe doesn’t mean everything is ostentatiously expensive – it means the elements you’ve chosen to include are high quality and personal to you. It’s walking into a room and feeling the details, without even realising you’re noticing them.”

The great upside to this is that it also helps avoid TPO (total Pinterest overwhelm). “The thing about planning a low key, super-stylish, luxe wedding is to focus on what really matters to you both as a couple and then invest in these core elements, rather than trying to do everything that you see on Pinterest – hooray!” Olivia from Patchwork says.

Anemone Style

Think about the details that matter to YOU

Ann-Marie from AM Faulkner – milliner extraordinaire, Most Curious team member and divine 2018 bride – did this for her wedding last summer. “I live by the motto ‘the devil is in the detail’ so tried to apply this to the wedding. Little things like making sure you have more than enough food and drink, a hand written thank you card which can double up as a place name, and all of this styled to perfection.

You can also be clever and allocate budget from things you have saved on, for little luxuries that make all the difference. For example, as we got married outdoors in Scotland our venue was free. So, we chose a ridiculous spot on the banks of a loch and chartered a little boat to get all our guests there! In the grand scheme of things, the boat wasn’t very expensive, but it made our guests feel so special and added that luxe element.”

Think about colours and textures

This focus on low-key luxe means honing in on textures and colours to create the overall mood. To do this, Liz from Flower and Fern says “We always use plant dyed, hand torn silk ribbons which are understated and natural to compliment the bouquets, and table flowers look stunning with single stems in vases mixed in with larger bowl centrepieces against a modern tablescape design.”

Ami, of Lo and Behold Bespoke, advises carefully selected and well-placed items, such as interesting shaped bottles, to make your tables pop without popping the seams of your purse.

Megan from Blossom and Crumb also suggests focusing on flavours with your cake, if that’s somewhere you’re looking to keep minimal. “Choose a cake maker with an interesting menu and select some unusual flavours or ones that are really personal to you so that even if you keep the design on the outside relatively simple the cake still feels really special on the inside.”

She also makes the very good point that keeping some more ‘traditional’ elements of a wedding, like the cake-cutting, but updating them with a modern twist, will help low-key events still retain that essential wedding-ness. That is, of course, only if said tradition appeals to you…

Flower and Fern

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How to Book the Perfect Marquee For Your Wedding

If you’re dreaming of an outdoor, woodland or festival style wedding, the likelihood is you’re going to need to hire a marquee. Your venue tends to be one of the most costly parts of a wedding and doing things al fresco is no different. In fact doing the casual, laid back, outdoorsy thing can actually end up being even MORE stressful and costly than going for an indoor space as you’ll need to think about things like electricity, loos and access.

However, marquees are the perfect blank canvas to express your individuality and personal style with decor and location so it’s no wonder they continue to be such a popular option for Rock n Roll brides and grooms!

Before you decide which company to book your marquee with, here are some questions to ask your each company you enquire with to make sure you pick the one right for you:

♥ Are they available on your date?
♥ Can they work with your location?
♥ Do they carry out no obligation site visits?
♥ Can they show you photos of previous weddings they’ve worked on?
♥ How do the rates work – it is one price for everything or do you need to pay for extra things on top?
♥ What style of marquees do they have?
♥ What kind of flooring does the marquee have?
♥ Can they provided a floor plan?

♥ How long do they need to set up the marquee and when will they take it down?
♥ Do they have insurance?
♥ Can they also provide services such as toilets and power and if so what are the costs?
♥ Can they also provide tables, chairs, heating, lighting?
♥ Is VAT included in the price?
♥ How much deposit is required to secure a booking and how can we pay?
♥ When is the final balance due?

To make the whole marquee process so much easier you need to check out Marqueebookings.co.uk. They act as the wedding planner between you and the marquee companies and they have ALL THE INFORMATION YOU MIGHT NEED in one, easy to navigate website – think of them like the AirBnB or GoCompare of marquee hire. They take all the hard work out of the research and all the stress out of managing your booking.

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Shop Your Wedding with She Wore Flowers + Win A Wedding Dress from Angellure!

Pictured: Dusty Blue Night Dress by Bridal Garden Studio

If there’s one thing I hear over and over again from the brides in our private Facebook group, it’s that they’re sick of only seeing the same traditional wedding dresses in every boutique they visit. They want designs that are different, quirky and colourful! They want to support independent designers and they want to find a unique gown, veil or piece of jewellery to help them feel like the bad ass bride that they are.

Bricks and mortar boutiques are not always the best place for alternative babes to find the wedding dress of their dreams, which is why so many of you flock to the internet for your search. And today, I’m about to blow that inspo wide open by introducing you to a brand new online bridal marketplace.

Pictured: Separates by Pure Magnolia, black dress by Bridal Garden Studio, bolero by MillieIcaro, dress by Amelia

Launching today, She Wore Flowers is dedicated to showcasing quality bridal products by trusted independent designers and small labels from all over the world. While there are similar sites for things like crafts, vintage and homemade items, unlike some of the others you may have already heard of, She Wore Flowers is focused only on wedding items. All of the featured designers have to apply or be invited to sell on the platform meaning you know you’ll always be buying from a company you can trust too.

So now, rather than having to trawl though hundreds of pages and websites to find your dress gown, jewellery or veil, you can visit She Wore Flowers and see their beautifully curated selection! The main products they carry are wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, jewellery, accessories (such as veils, headpieces, sashes and garters) and underwear and loungewear for the big day. This includes lingerie, robes, and even gorgeous lacey backless, strapless bras available in a multitude of shades for different skin tones (hell yes!)

The products listed on the site vary in price range so whether you have £100 to spend or £1000, you’re sure to find something you love. Plus, with their referral programme, if you recommend SWF to a friend you’ll be rewarded with points which can be put towards further purchases on their site!

Pictured: Veil by Alice and Mae Bridal, headband by January Rose Bridal, crown by Blue Meadow Bridal, juliet veil by January Rose Bridal

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Finding Your Style with Prezola: Matt Black

I have two very distinct sides to my personality: A rainbow loving, magpie emulating, glitter obsessive, ‘Disney is everything!’ side and an all-black-all-the-time, metal music listening, ‘forever looking for the perfect nude lipstick’ side. I am nothing if not a contradiction but for some reason it makes total sense to me. One day I want to roll myself in glitter, dress head to toe in rainbows and slick on some hot pink lipstick, and the next I only want to wear black and for everything to be clean and very neatly organised.

I feel like our home is a bit like this too. Our style has very much always been white walls with pops of colour in each room, but when we started to plan our next big project (the bathroom) we both agreed that we wanted to go the other way entirely and to experiment with a more masculine approach. We’re going for the darkest blue walls, black accents and lots of leafy plants.

When it comes to finding your own style (with what you wear or how to decorate your home) I am all for absorbing as much inspiration as possible, then picking and choosing the things that appeal. So what if it doesn’t make sense to other people that one room is painted royal purple and the next is entirely monochrome!? Like with everything in this life you have to do what makes YOU happy.

I have been trying to convince Gareth that matt black taps are the way to go for the bathroom too, unfortunately he’s having none of it but that hasn’t stopped me looking around for matt blank inspiration regardless. According to the people that know way more about this stuff than I do, matt black is a huge interior’s trend for 2019. Featured at the top of this post are some of my favourite recent finds, which are all available to add to a Prezola gift list. I certainly plan to incorporate some of these kind of details into the bathroom.

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