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Wedding Planning 101 - How to Create Your Guest List

Wedding Planning Advice, Bridal Party, VideosRachel WaringComment

HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR WEDDING GUEST LIST

Deciding who to invite to your wedding is one of the hardest parts of planning, and it’s definitely something that I hear my clients struggling with a lot. There are so many things to think about when writing your guest list, like your budget, venue capacity and often family politics (the trickiest one right?!).

Luckily I’m here to help you out. In this next part of the Wedding Planning 101 series, I’ll be sharing my top tips for planning and managing your guest list so that you can keep everyone organised right up until the big day.

If you haven’t read the post about setting your wedding priorities yet, I would definitely encourage you to do that first, because that will definitely help you with your guest list writing. Once you’ve done that, watch the video below or read the highlights to start your wedding guest list in the most organised way possible.

WHO TO INVITE TO YOUR WEDDING?

Being clear on your own personal wedding priorities will help you answer the question of who to invite to your wedding, but [SPOILER ALERT] I would say the short answer is: whoever you want.

The long answer though, depends on a few factors:

  • What style of wedding are you hoping to have?

  • How many people can your venue hold?

  • What’s your budget? This post will help you get to that figure.

  • Where is your wedding? Is it somewhere that’s easy to get to for most of your potential guests?

OBLIGATION WEDDING INVITES

One of the most awkward things about planning a wedding is feeling obligated to invite certain people that you wouldn’t necessarily choose to invite. This can be a really frustrating situation to be in, and the way that I always suggest dealing with it is to choose the path of least resistance.

Which scenario is going to cause you the least stress? Are you the type of person that will feel angry on your wedding day if you’ve felt forced to invite a certain person? Will the person in question cause you stress by being there on the day? In this case, don’t invite them.

Or on the flip-side, will you feel guilty on the day if this person isn’t there? Are they important to someone in your family - especially if that family member happens to be contributing to the wedding? Would it just be easier to invite them because it causes less family arguments and awkwardness? Sometimes it’s worth stretching your guest list a little bit to avoid causing you unnecessary agro.

Whichever way you decide to go, remember that everything to do with your wedding is always your decision first and foremost, and you should do what’s right for you.

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free wedding guest list template

Now’s the time to actually organise your guest list, and I have an amazing freebie to help you do that. My free downloadable wedding guest database is the perfect place to house all of the important information about your guests, including:

  • Their names (obviously)

  • Their addresses - important for sending out your save the dates and invitations, and will save you time hunting these down twice.

  • Whether you’ve sent their invitation out yet

  • If they’ve RSVPd

  • Dietary requirements

  • Gifts received - this is super helpful for when you open all of your wedding presents, you can note down what each person gifted you so you can personalise your thank you notes - GAME CHANGER.

  • Any other notes…. This can be where you note down any specific roles people are playing in the wedding, eg. bridal party, readings, musicians….

DON’T FEEL PRESSURED WITH YOUR GUEST LIST

The final thing to say about your guest list, is just try not to feel too much pressure around the process. As long as you always communicate with people in the most honest and kind way possible, then you should get through it with minimal drama.

I hope this was helpful, and don’t forget to download your free guest database below to help you with your people planning.

Wedding Planning 101 - How to Pick a Wedding Venue

Wedding Planning Advice, Wedding Styling Tips, VideosRachel WaringComment
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A handy checklist to help you find your dream wedding venue

Finding the right wedding venue for you should be tip top of your list of priorities in your wedding planning. But it can be hard work… There are so many amazing venues out there in different price points - how do you choose?

The next instalment of my Wedding Planning 101 series is here to help you do just that; with my handy checklist of questions to ask your potential venues you’ll be well equipped to make this important wedmin decision.

Watch the video, or read the highlights below to learn how to hunt down your ideal wedding venue, and what to ask them to get the most out of your venue visits.

I’ve made a handy free checklist for you to download and take with you on your venue hunting trips, so you can print that out for each venue and compare notes. Sign up for that for free here.

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The first step to finding the right venue for you is to ask yourself some important questions. If you haven’t read part one of Wedding Planning 101 yet, Setting Your Wedding Priorities, or part two, Setting Your Wedding Budget, then I would highly suggest hopping over to read those first, because that will give you the best head start and really help you make this big decision.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF about your wedding:

  • Location - where do you want to get married?

  • How many guests are you inviting?

  • What’s your budget? Part two of the series will help you with this.

  • What style of wedding are you hoping to have? What atmosphere do you want to create? Complete the tasks in part three of the series on choosing your wedding theme to help you answer this question.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR POTENTIAL WEDDING VENUES

It’s really important to visit your potential wedding venues and ask lots of questions. You can download my free venue checklist here, and print one off for each venue to make sure you don’t forget anything. Then you can compare your options side by side to make sure your wedding venue is ticking the right boxes for you.

LOGISTICS. What’s included in your venue hire cost?

Different venues have different packages, so it’s important to check which of these things are included in your hire cost, and what needs to be hired in separately.

  • Tableware: crockery, linens, cutlery.

  • Glassware: wine glasses, champagne toast, reception drinks.

  • Staff: Bar staff, venue coordinator, clean up team, waiting staff.

  • Furniture

  • Sound System

  • In house suppliers: Caterers, florist, venue dressing… etc.

RULES & REGULATIONS

It’s important to check with your venue on any rules and regulations they have for the use of their space. There’s nothing worse than making exciting plans for your big day and then finding out that the venue has a restriction in place that won’t allow you to do it. So some things to consider are:

  • Fire regulations - do they have any restrictions on candles or open flame? For example, if you’ve got your heart set on a bonfire in the evening then you’ll need to check this is possible.

  • Alcohol - some venues will allow you to bring your own alcohol in and some won’t, and some may charge corkage per bottle.

  • Confetti - are you allowed to use it? Does it need to be biodegradable?

  • Are they licensed for marriages? Or will you need to have a legal ceremony before to sign the papers?

DOES IT FIT YOUR AESTHETIC?

Go back to the exercise in part three of the series where you chose your wedding theme, and ask yourself if this venue fits within the type of wedding you want to have. Does it help you create the right mood and atmosphere, or would you be fighting against it?

  • Lighting - do they have nice atmospheric lighting for the evening, or is this something you need to hire in?

  • Does the decor fit your chosen style?

  • Think about a wet weather plan. If you have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony, make sure there is a rainy day option that you like the look of just as much.

  • What’s your gut feeling when you walk in to the space. Does it feel like “you”?

Extra things to think about:

  • Accommodation options: does the venue have places for your guests to stay, or is it near to convenient accommodation options if not?

  • Transport - is there enough parking at the venue, or will you need to organise additional transport to get your guests there?

  • Flow between rooms. Where do your guests wait while they’re waiting to sit down for dinner?

  • Photo opportunities - including an option if it’s raining.

Once you’ve found a venue that you’re really interested in, I would definitely recommend visiting more than once, and try to go at different times of the day. Visit in the evening to see what the atmosphere is like when the sun goes down, try and visit when the weather isn’t so good to see what their wet weather options are like. This will help you prepare for every eventuality, and make sure you’re making a totally informed decision.

I hope this helps you on your venue search - don’t forget to download your free wedding venue checklist to help you compare your choices, you can sign up for instant access to that below.

How to Create a Wedding Budget - The Full Spending Breakdown

Videos, Wedding Planning AdviceRachel WaringComment
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HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING BUDGET LIKE A PRO

Does the word “budget” bring you out in a cold sweat? Creating a wedding budget doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think, and if you do it in the beginning then it’s actually a huge stress-buster while your planning the big day.

This is part two of my Wedding Planning 101 series - if you haven’t read part one all about setting your wedding priorities then I would pop over here and read that first to get the most out of this advice.

If you’ve already done that - YAY, we’re ready to start the next phase. Watch the video below or read the highlights, and good luck budgeting babes.

WHY SET A BUDGET FOR YOUR WEDDING?

A lot of couples skip the actual budget planning step because they think if they just constantly try to save money along the way then they’ll be fine. But I tend to disagree with this common belief, and here are the reasons why I think it’s a great idea to make a budget breakdown first:

  • The most obvious reason is that it helps you save money on your wedding.

  • Planning a budget in advance also helps you pace your spending throughout your engagement, so that you’re not dropping all the cash right at the end (which can be quite a shock to the system let me tell ya).

  • Setting your budget early also helps you set the tone for your wedding. It helps you make decisions about the kind of wedding you and your partner are hoping for.

  • Planning a budget means no nasty surprises later on, so you can go about your wedding plans with much less worry and stress.

So now, on to the steps for planning a wedding budget like a pro:

Look at your money picture

Sit down and have a good look into your financial situation. Look at all your existing savings, calculate potential savings, think about how much you want to put away each month and create a realistic savings plan. Have conversations with any of your family who might want to contribute, and try and settle on concrete numbers with them. This can be a really awkward conversation, but having it now will save way more awkwardness later on, and it helps you know what to plan for and what to expect.

Set your wedding priorities

If you still haven’t watched the first video in the series then now is the time to do that, and fill out your wedding priorities checklist. This step really helps you work out what you want from your wedding together as a couple, so don’t skip it.

start a wedding budget spreadsheet

Spreadsheet nerds, this one’s for you. It goes without saying, but if you’re going to plan a budget you’ll need a place to keep a record of it, somewhere you can update as you go along. I have a free budget planning spreadsheet you can download here, so that’s half the work done for you.

PRIORITISE YOUR SPENDING

Go back to your wedding priorities checklist, and put those big important things in first. This ensures that you’re creating a budget for the wedding YOU want to have, and not just responding to outside pressure. Then once all those things are plotted in, then work the rest of the stuff around them.

Do Your Research and Get Real Quotes

It’s no good just guessing, because that won’t give you a realistic picture of how much your wedding will cost. Don’t be afraid to chat to the suppliers you’re interested in, do your research, ask for quotes and compare them. This helps you plan out your budget in a realistic way instead of stabbing in the dark.

SET A MONTHLY WEDDING CHECK-IN

Put a date in your diary every month to check in with each other over your budget sheet, fill in any spending you’ve done, or any updated quotes you have. These monthly check-ins are really useful for keeping you organised and on track with your to-do list as well, so it’s a win-win.

MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU

Finally, make your wedding budget work for you. Don’t give in to family or societal pressure. Don’t compare your wedding to other weddings on the internet, and don’t feel any shame or guilt around your personal money story. Everyone’s financial situation and priorities are different, so celebrate that and do what you want works for you ALWAYS, then as long as you’re happy you can never go wrong.

Wedding Planning 101 - Where to Start?

Videos, Wedding Planning Advice, Married Life, Wedding Styling TipsRachel WaringComment
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NO ONE TEACHES YOU THIS ABOUT WEDDING PLANNING…

Did you just get engaged and you’re already feeling overwhelmed? Well firstly CONGRATULATIONS, and secondly I promise you’re not alone. The number one struggle I hear from couples I work with is they don’t know where to start with their wedding planning. There’s so much to remember and so many decisions to make, how do you go about tackling this massive life project that no one teaches you how to plan?

Well today I’ve got you covered, in this first part of my Wedding Planning 101 series, I’ll teach you my failsafe first step that will help supercharge your wedmin hours. This exercise will get you and your partner on the exact same page, and you’ll have a crystal clear idea of what your priorities are so you can hit the rest of your planning with laser focus. It also makes it even more FUN.

Watch the video for the full lowdown (it’s bite sized five minutes long), or read below for the highlights.

START THE CONVERSATION

It sounds simple, but your wedding planning needs to start with proper, honest conversation between the two of you. Notice how I said the TWO of you, not you and everyone else you know. There will be time to include your friends and family later, but this first planning chat needs to be a date night kinda thing you know? Keep everyone else’s opinions out of it for now.

LIST YOUR WEDDING PRIORITIES

The best place to start with your big wedding chat, is to each list out your individual priorities when it comes to the big day. Be prepared for some of these to be the same, and some of them to be different. For example, my husband is all about the logistics, so to him, the flow of the day was super important. He didn’t want anyone to be bored waiting around for food. But my main priority was the visual aesthetic and atmosphere (obvs), so we had to make some compromises along the way to make sure both of our needs were met.

download your free priorities checklist

To help you structure this conversation and keep you on track, I made you a free wedding priorities checklist that you can download and fill out for yourselves. It includes some prompts to get you started, because I know it can be hard to think of things under pressure.

Some examples of things you might list as priorities might be: live music, food, being able to invite loads of friends, entertainment throughout the day, an absolutely killer wedding dress…. you get the idea.

Ask yourselves the big questions

When do you want to get married? How long do you want your engagement to be? What season are you imagining it to be? What general atmosphere do you want to create? Again, use your free checklist as a guide, but be totally honest here about your dreams for your wedding.

COMBINE YOUR LISTS + RANK YOUR PRIORITIES

This is the fun bit. Take all your priorities you’ve written down, and each rank them in order of how important they are to you.

Then compare your lists. Where do they match up? Where are the differences? This is the time to chat it out and compromise if you need to, but having everything listed in order of importance to each of you will really help you get on the same page, and create a vision for your day together as a team - which is how every marriage should start don’t you think?

RECAP: WHY START THIS WAY?

  • Having a frank, structured conversation early on in your wedding planning will really help you set expectations for the months to come.

  • A clear view of what your priorities are will make decision making 10 times easier, because you can always refer back to your list as it relates to each decision. Does it match up with your priorities? Yes? Great. No? Cut it.

  • It helps avoid arguments. I know it’s not nice to think about, but wedding planning can actually put quite a strain on your relationship if you don’t communicate and stay in the zone as a team. This foundation will help you do this, and keep you pals throughout the process.

  • It helps you communicate your ideas to other people in your life who might be helping out with the wedding. Everyone has that family member who tries to help but doesn’t really “get” your vision. The more clear you are on your wish-list, the more effective the help of others will be to you.

  • BUDGETING. Your new priorities checklist will massively help you with the next stage, which is setting your budget. I’ll be walking you through that step in the next part of this series.

Are you ready? Have fun with it, and don’t forget to download your free priorities checklist below to help you along the way.

How to Make a Holographic Photo Booth Backdrop for Your Wedding

Wedding DIYs, Wedding Styling Tips, Videos, Wedding ThemesRachel WaringComment
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A photo booth’s always a winner at a wedding, right? If you’re looking for a way to spruce up a blank corner in your venue and entertain your guests, then this holographic backdrop idea is for you. Using fancy iridescent cellophane, a simple backdrop stand and some holographic card this budget friendly DIY will definitely be a talking point on your big day. Watch the video tutorial below to see how we did it:

DIY HOLOGRAPHIC PHOTO BOOTH

You will need:

  • A backdrop stand - or even a clothes rail would work.

  • Holographic cellophane (at least 15m)

  • Clear tape and double sided tape

  • Holographic card

  • A craft knife, or a Cricut machine

  • Photo booth props

  • A box to keep your props in

Step one: Gather your props

If you are the lucky owner of a Cricut machine, you could design and make your own props - or I can make some for you. Spoiler alert, the props in the video will be available to buy in the shop soon.

Don’t forget to grab a pretty box to display all your props in - lining it with holographic cellophane will help to bring the whole thing together.

Step two: cut some geometric shapes

Cut some large triangles and other geometric shapes from the holographic card using a craft knife and cutting mat, or with a Cricut machine. These work best if they are a range of different sizes and shapes, depending on how big your photo booth backdrop is going to be.

STEP THREE: SET UP YOUR BACKDROP

The best thing to do is to find a suitable place in your venue and set the backdrop up in situ rather than setting it up before hand and moving it around. We recommend a nice sheltered area without too much wind (ideally indoors) - otherwise you will have a holographic sail on your hands!

Set up your backdrop stand first and adjust it to fit your space. Then wrap the holographic cellophane around the stand, once around the front and once around the back, in sections until the full stand is covered. Tape into place with the clear tape.

STEP FOUR: ADD YOUR SHAPES

Use double sided tape to add your geometric shapes to the top of the backdrop, framing the edges.

STEP FIVE: Strike a pose

Grab a friend and some props, and you’re good to go. Bonus points if you have your own wedding hashtag, so that after the day you can relive those silly shots.

Did you like this video tutorial? If so, we’d love it if you’d share with your friends, and don’t forget to subscribe over on YouTube for more wedding DIYs.

Marble and Rose Wedding Ideas

Business, Videos, Styled ShootsBethComment
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Hi wedding pals, you're in for a real treat this week courtesy of our marble and rose gold collection (which has been super popular recently). Marble and rose gold pieces are the perfect addition to a modern wedding theme, especially with our snazzy geometric design detailing. We've even created a fancy video for you to see each piece individually and visualise how they'd look on your big day!

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Not quite your style? Check out our guide to The Holographic Trend

8 Binge Worthy Wedding YouTube Channels

Wedding Planning Advice, VideosRachel WaringComment
 Ready for our countdown of the best, must subscribe wedding related YouTube channels?

Ready for our countdown of the best, must subscribe wedding related YouTube channels?

Engaged and looking for as much wedding inspiration (or wedspo) as you can get your hands on? I know how you feel because I was the SAME (still am because we all know I love weddings). That's why I thought I would help you out today and give you my list of the best wedding related YouTube channels - I've done the hunting for you friends, so you can just sit back and binge-watch to your hearts content. So without further ado, here's my list of the best wedding related channels on YouTube. 

BRIDES 

If you are a sucker for a proposal video, Brides on YouTube is for you! They have a whole collection of tear jerkers, along with wedding tips, real wedding inspiration, marriage advice from married couples, and beauty tips. This channel is a must have in your sub box for all things Wedding, especially because their bite size videos are easy to watch, even with a busy wedding planning schedule.

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Image via their amazing 'Love Without Boarders' series 

Bride De Force

Created by sisters Hannah and Fleur, Bride De Force is a treasure trove of wedding inspiration, DIY tutorials, styling tips and real wedding videos. The channel seems to be on a hiatus at the moment, but that doesn't stop you bingeing their back catalogue for all the juicy wedding tips. Their 'best of Pinterest' videos are a goldmine for ideas, and their super chatty and friendly format makes for easy viewing. 

Bespoke bride

These lovely ladies pride themselves on really fun daily videos such as DIY'S, how to's and styling videos. Each one is, again, super short, so easy to watch, yet super super informative (they have great background music too.) This channel in particular is great if you're looking for some general wedding inspo, as the content is so varied, that you'll definitely find some inspiration from Bespoke Bride

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Image via this blog post

The SORRY GIRLS

Although not strictly a wedding channel, (don't hate me) The Sorry Girls is full of useful DIY content that can be adapted for use in your wedding. They do have content specifically about weddings though, but some of my favourite videos are their dollar store challenges, because who doesn't love a bargain? These girls are super down to earth and funny too, so they're perfect for binge watching. 

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sophie hannah richardson

This colourful haired beauty has recently got married, and her wedding content is some of THE best. Sophie Hannah's wedding day tips is one of my favourite videos, and I especially enjoy her vlogs on a weekly basis too. She also quoted us as one of her favourite Instagram accounts on her blog recently, making her even more of a babe.

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Image via this blog post  Images by Jess Soper

PEN WEDDINGS

This channel is the literal Queen of beautifully edited masterpieces, and each one is unique to the wedding they're showing. Pen Weddings feature weddings with all different kinds of themes, locations and general atmospheres, so they're great for helping you pick the kind of day you want to create. They're also super heart warming and lovely. Definitely worth a watch.

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Rachel emma studio

Yes, that's right, us! We have a Youtube channel (Rachel Emma Studio) with weekly content just for you lovely lot. Not only do we have wedding content such as how to make a bridesmaid's proposal box, but we have beauty tips too. We've also recently branched out into weekly vlogging (slightly daunting, but we're loving it) so you can check out the weekly running in the studio, you might even see your order being made. 

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I hope that gives you plenty of inspiration for your days of being engaged, if you have any more suggestions for us then leave a comment below, and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly vlogs and plenty of wedding inspo. 

DIY Pre-Wedding Hair Masks

Bridal Beauty, Bridal Party, Wedding DIYs, VideosBethComment
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Whether your hair is already wedding ready, or if you think it needs a little bit of help, these three super affordable hair masks will be a great addition to your wedding prep. They're also super quick and easy to make, trust me, I know how time consuming wedding planning can be, I've got you. 


Coconut oil hair mask

  • Mix together two tablespoons of coconut oil with a tablespoon of honey and mix together. The end result should be a syrup-like texture.
  • Apply generously root to tip on towel dried hair. 
  • Leave on the hair for up to an hour, and wash out with shampoo thoroughly.
  • Condition and style the hair as usual. 
  • This mask is to be used once a week for the best results. 


Lemon juICE hair mask

  • Squeeze a large lemon into a bowl and add a splash of apple cider vinegar (not too much, or this can really dry out the hair).
  • Start by adding one tablespoon of honey and mixing it in.
  • Gradually add up to 4 tablespoons of honey into the mixture, until the texture is syrup like - a hair mask that is too runny won't stay on your hair. 
  • Wait 20 minutes and then wash out your hair with a generous lather of shampoo.
  • Condition and style the hair as usual.
  • This mask can be used once every two weeks for the best results.


Conditioner hair mask

  • The cheapest way to get a moisture boost to your hair is to use a cheap conditioner all over your hair.
  • For best results, leave this overnight (but make sure to use a shower cap or towel so you don't ruin your pillow).
  • Wash out in the morning using shampoo (I'd recommend washing it twice).
  • Condition (again, yes) and style as normal.
  • This mask can be used once a week for the best results.

 

And that's that - some lovely natural (and cheap!) ways to care for your hair and get it in tip top shape before your wedding day. Enjoy your pampering evenings... 

Small Workspace Inspiration - How I Keep My Studio Organised

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I have had my fair share of different workspaces. Kitchen tables, co-working desks, top of the stairs hideaways, full spare room studios, and of course my old favourite - the living room floor. Through all of these different working environments I've definitely learned a few things about keeping my supplies organised (even if I'm not naturally one of the neatest of people). Today I thought I'd share a bit of that process with you, so you can see where I work and get a bit of workspace inspo for yourself. 

The mad rush before a styled shoot can definitely take it's toll on my usually nicely organised studio and packing room, as you can see from this video. I definitely find it so much nicer to work in a neat space, and during a busy wedding season, we need to know where everything is quickly so we can keep up the pace of orders that you lovely lot have been ordering recently. The trouble is that I'm also a very messy worker, so it is quite the conundrum. Luckily I have lots of organised storage space, so that helps keep things a bit more manageable. 

SMALL WORKSPACE ORGANISATION TIPS:

- Keep the things that you use regularly within easy reach, and then use storage boxes to organise anything else. 

- Make sure everything has a place where it usually lives. An obvious one, but one that often gets forgotten. When things have a home, they're less likely to end up all over the place.

- Organise things in categories. Keep similar things together and you'll always remember where things are. 

- Clear storage bins are a life saver. You can see everything you need at a glance without having to go through everything and make even more of a mess. 

- Create a habit of tidying at the same time every day so that you can keep on top of everything. This is definitely some advice that I need to follow more! 

- Make your workspace inspiring. Put pictures up, choose fancy storage boxes, get a fun chair - if your environment is inspiring to you then it will motivate you to keep it looking its best. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my workspace, if you'd like to see more of these behind the scenes type posts then let me know in the comments :) 

DIY Bridesmaids Proposal Box

Bridal Party, VideosRachel WaringComment
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"Will you be my bridesmaid?" is a question not to be taken lightly. There's actually quite a lot asked of the bridal party these days, so when you pop the question to your pals why not make them feel super special while you're at it? 

This DIY is perfect if you want to pull out all the stops and turn your bridesmaids proposal into a lovely surprise gift and love note all in one? You'll also win some major brownie points ready for the time you ask them to try on a million dresses, or you need an emergency ribbon shopping buddy (it happens). 

YOU WILL NEED: 

- A small box with a bit of depth to it (around 3" or so)

- Box filling

- Small gifts like nail varnish, face masks etc. 

- Luggage Tags

- A bridesmaid proposal card 

- Nice pens or brush lettering tools

- Scissors

- Ribbon

- Paper flower corsage (optional, but a lovely finishing touch).

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STEP ONE: Write your notes

Using your luggage tags, write out your proposal in sections (Love Actually note card style). You'll be stringing your luggage tags together on to the ribbon, so as you gal pals pull the ribbon the proposal is revealed gradually. 

Watch the video for a quick tutorial on brush lettering these, but if that's not your thing you can just write it out in normal pen, I won't judge. 

Once you've written them, string them all on to your ribbon and tie a knot in the end so they don't fall off. Then don't forget to write your final love note on the main proposal card too. 

STEP TWO: Fill the box

Bulk out the bottom of the box with the filling (I used a holographic foil curtain which I cut up into pieces). Then fill the box with little personal gifts like nail varnishes, face masks, candles, photos, gin etc. Make sure the gifts suit the person you're asking - this DIY could be adapted to asking anyone in the bridal party, and we're also obviously huge proponents of mixed gender bridal gangs too. The sky's the limit with the proposal box friends, the sky is the limit. 

STEP THREE: FINISHING TOUCHES

Once you've filled the box and covered the contents over with a bit more box filling to increase the suspense even further, close it all up and finish with a personalised tag and a ribbon. 

For ultimate fancy pants status, why not tie a paper flower corsage around it? Your bridesmaids will be able to wear them on the day, and it will be a nice little reminder of the moment you popped the question. 

What do you think, would your bride squad approve? What would you put in your proposal box? 

A Most Curious Wedding Fair 2018

Events + Fairs, VideosRachel WaringComment
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I had the total pleasure of helping out the Most Curious Wedding Fair babes this month, and while I was at the show I met so many lovely fellow wedding suppliers! I thought I would do a little video tour of the fair, so if you couldn't make it down then you can ease your FOMO slightly and take a peek at all of the crazy amazing exhibitors.