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Wedding Ideas – Create YOUR Wedding YOUR way!

This last week of wedding planning has been the most fun yet, as I’m starting to book and create all of the fun stuff that’ll make our wedding unique! It has inspired me to write a little about how to set about gathering wedding ideas to create a day that’s as individual as you are! Here’s my top tips for getting started on your special day…

Credits: Boots, Anna Kinchen Photography, Tashes, One Wed

Think about the time of year – when booking your wedding date, have a think about the time of year that you feel connected to as a couple. Just because Summer tends to be ‘wedding season’ it doesn’t mean your day needs to fall during the sunny months. We’ve chosen September as we met in the Autumn and both love the colour palette…I’m also v.fair and allergic to wasp stings…so I’d be in danger of getting burnt or worse still, sporting hives on a Summer wedding day.

Stuck for ideas at first? Find a venue that you love and led it lead your initial plans…there’s not point in shoe-horning a vintage inspired art deco day into a farm-yard setting after all! You can find inspiration in the unlikeliest of places…an orchard can offer a wedding awash with zesty colours and fruit themed details, or the history of a venue can also dictate the style…a Georgian manor house lends itself perfectly to an Austen inspired day!

Do some word association with your man – each write down ten things that immediately spring to mind, when you think of your wedding day…it’ll help you prioritise what’s important and should also ensure that you both get involved. We realised that a relaxing atmosphere, good food and free booze were our biggest priority!

Credits: Candy floss, Weddings Guide Asia; Carnival The Wedding Chicks

Filter. There will be expectations and opinions from family and friends that will confuse you. So, your second cousin is expecting her kid to be Bridesmaid, your brother thinks a cravat is the epitome of wedding style and your Mother-in-Law wants her best mate to make the cake…smile, say “thanks for the offer/your opinion/input – I haven’t worked out the details yet/I’ve already booked that…we’re going in a different direction” and then avoid the subject for the next nine months. That might not be the most mature way of dealing with things…but it’s what I’m sticking too!

Keep evolving your wedding ideas! Details will change as the months pass. Try to adapt with them – compromise without sacrificing too much. You’ll sleep better for it.

ENJOY! This should be the last time you plan your own wedding *fingers crossed* – and most marrieds tell me it passes very quickly…so relish the planning process, after all, it’s probably the biggest event you’ll ever be the centre of!

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  • Albert Palmer January 10, 2011, 10:59 am

    We are finding inspiration tough at the moment! With the best of intentions it seems it is far too easy to end up with a homogeneous wedding day. Thank god for bohobride.

  • Sarah January 10, 2011, 11:11 am

    Why thank you Mr Palmer!

  • laura p January 10, 2011, 11:22 am

    The more I look at wedding blogs and magazines the more ideas I come up with then stuck with which to go for – vintage, glamour, country garden, art deco, etc etc. My worst nightmare is ending up with a mish mash of styles and it looking naff so articles like this are a big big help. Thank you!

  • Sarah January 10, 2011, 11:27 am

    So glad you found it helpful Lou! I feel the same – my head gets easily turned by all the creative ideas out there – just trying to stick to things that really feel ‘us’! X

  • Perdita January 12, 2011, 11:55 am

    I couldn’t agree more, there’s so much out there telling you what you ‘aught’ to do…

    We started with a venues (my family’s church- a rather imposing-but-beautiful urban Abbey, then a city foodie-pub wedding, we’re CAMRA geeks and foodies). We worked from there, and it worked really well; what to wear (bit of a mission for me- I needed high-impact for the church, relaxed for the pub… simple empire dress/detachable uber veil!), food choices (MAJOR importance) entertainment etc’.

    This advice is how we (accidentally!) did ours and I’d agree with all of it, it made things run comparitively smoothly.

    …and use the internet, markets, charity shops and word-of-mouth. As a conversation on another blog about choosing dresses said, you can get dresses, flowers- almost any dream out-of-your-league item can be found a little cheaper if you are willing to root around a bit, maybe adapt or have ‘used once’ items. That’s how the uber veil that ‘made’ my church entrace happened! Turned an under-£500 dress into a designer lookalike, then off it came for the simple reception after.

  • Sarah January 12, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Perdita – you sound like my kinda lady! We’re just going for what we like – the theme is ‘us’ and making it as environmentally neutral as poss…it’s good karma after all! x

  • Anna February 3, 2011, 5:51 am

    Love the clean look of your site. Especially the picture of the cowboy boots!! Thanks for the fun wedding ideas

  • lillian April 29, 2011, 4:45 am

    Love the first wedding photo a lot, and i have stumbled you.

  • Anny May 11, 2011, 6:09 pm

    I really love the first image like lillian said, its really funny and also unique idea for wedding theme.

  • Sarah May 11, 2011, 6:13 pm

    I always think these are the best photos, as you really get a sense of the couples good humour! xx

  • Wedding Marquees Oxfordshire June 9, 2011, 11:22 am

    I like the word association idea. It wouldn’t occur to me to do word association with my other half, sounds more like something you do during a work team building experience.

    Nice idea.

  • Sarah June 9, 2011, 7:40 pm

    Ha – that hadn’t occurred to me! Yes it is a little like team building…perfect for ‘team wedding’!

  • Sian October 22, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Hi, I’m struggling for ideas I’ve already thought of colours for the dresses, but nothing on venue!!! My partners family mainly live in London, and most of mine live close by but we can’t find somewhere that’s close to Haverhill, Suffolk and close to east London essex end!? Plus I can’t think about any themes! The colours I like is White and a dark purple, PLEEEEAAAASE HELP! 🙂 thanks in advance! X

  • Sarah October 23, 2011, 2:18 pm

    Hi Sian, Leez Priory is an award-winning venue in Chelmesford – so close to the A12 and great for transport links in either direction http://www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/leez-priory/ with regards to themes – have a think of the time of year you’re getting married…if it’s autumn/winter you could greate somthing really sumptuous with the purple colourway – perhaps pair with metallics? For spring/summer a rustic theme is nice, using lavander as the main colour.

    Hope this helps – and congrats! Sarah xxx

  • Shel March 4, 2012, 11:14 pm

    hi i need some advice,im getting married next april and im going for a romantic vintage theme i want dove cages on the top table (which i have already brought) and orignally wanted dove cages and candles wih ivy and pearls for center pieces but now ive changed my mind and want candelabras with ivy and pearls instead but thought i could still have the dove cages on the top table,do you think this will go? xx

  • Sarah March 5, 2012, 11:37 am

    Hi Shel,

    This sounds gorgeous – very classic and elegent and with such a simple colour palette it’s sure to compliment. Also nice that you can play with people’s eye-lines with different heights of candelabra’s and cages…you could also place ivy lose on the tabletops to tie in the look and perhaps dot small votives with candles in-between for a really romantic feel.

    Congrats and hope it all goes well xxx