Stumble Sunday – All the way from Fort William

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Category : Stumble on Sundays

This weekend we are are up in Fort William, and as per usual the weather is bleak – we seem to bring the rain wherever we go! The other half is originally from here, so every now and then we pop back up to see all the family, always nice to get out of the city for a bit!

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Here are some mighty good finds for you this week;

  • I mentioned a while back that I was looking for a hair accessory that wasn’t too bling. Well, check this haircomb by LottieDa Designs;

  • For all of you brides looking to get some comfortable dancing shoes on under your wedding dress – how about these sparkly silver converse trainers available at Schuh

silver converse trainers

  • Themed wedding? How about a themed table plan too? Bunny Delicious have some pretty cool ones (my favourite is the London table plan!)
  • Mother of the bride not keen on hats? How about a fascinator – Esemee have some really unusual pieces that are sure to stand out from the crowd.
  • Most high street shops have a bridal range of shoes, some with reasonable price tags, and others maybe on the expensive side for a plain cream shoe. This dusky pink pair at Kurt Geiger are great – and who could say no to that little brooch?!

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  • Unusual, and downright delightful keepsake to have from your wedding. This little owl centerpiece byThe Wooden Owl over on Etsy is simply perfect.

owl centerpiece

  • I am not a huge fan of wedding favours. Personally, I think you take them home, feel the need to keep them for a certain period of time and then they either go in the bin (or possibly to a car boot sale depending!). Something that I reckon would get used are these little bird seed wedding favours – and isn’t the presentation lovely too. Great idea!

bird seed wedding favours

Happy Halloween everybody!!

Guest Post – Wedding music inspiration…

Category : Wedding Music

Music is an essential aspect of any wedding and will probably play a central part during your ceremony, drinks reception and evening entertainment.  Despite this important role, wedding music is often considered only as an afterthought and ends up being overlooked in favour of other things. Here the lovely Jenny from Hop til you drop offer some helpful suggestions!

However, with so many wonderful genres on offer from professional wedding bands across the UK, why not take your wedding inspiration from a specific musical style? Hop Till You Drop wedding music agency has a large number of professional wedding bands performing a wide range of music that could be perfect for your big day.

wedding music

The light, uplifting harmonies of a classical string quartet or the atmospheric halcyon bliss of a harpist lend themselves perfectly to a traditional-style wedding.  Most classical groups will be able to provide the essential backdrop to your ceremony and then move on to your drinks reception and maintain the atmosphere there.

Perhaps you love folk music? Shape your evening wedding reception around your passion by throwing a ceilidh! With a professional dance-caller and positive, toe-tapping tunes, a ceilidh is a great way to get everyone dancing and can be a fantastic icebreaker for unacquainted guests.

wedding music

Exotic music can provide an idiosyncratic basis for a beautiful themed wedding.  Hire a Bollywood group or a sitar and tabla duo to give an authentic Indian lilt to your wedding.  A traditional African group featuring djembe (drum) and kora (harp) will offer an up-tempo performance to set pulses racing at an African themed wedding.  If you enjoy the blissful, sunny, sounds of a steel band, base your wedding around a Caribbean beach-party theme for the perfect summer feeling.

wedding music

If your favourite type of music is swing jazz, use this as a way to evoke the vintage style of the ‘30s and ‘40s with a Hollywood-themed wedding.  If you have a passion for pop, hire a rock ‘n’ roll covers band to complement a wedding inspired by kitsch 1960s culture.

wedding music

A good live band performing at your wedding reception can make your big day into an extraordinary occasion and ensure that you and your guests really have a night to remember.  Choosing to base your wedding around a particular musical style that you love can give your evening a really personal feel, and guarantee all your guests enjoy themselves.

For more wedding music information, tips, advice and suggestions see www.wedding-music-secret.com.

Sandra and Kevin – No.29 Private Members Club, Glasgow

Category : Wedding Photographer

City weddings are a big thing at the moment. A city girl at heart, I love these kind of weddings.

Whilst some prefer relaxing country retreats or holidays by the beach, I prefer the hustle and bustle of a city break. So it makes sense that our wedding is in the city centre. A challenge perhaps for the photographers with lots of people buzzing around, but lots of opportunities to get really creative and capture some unusual shots.

Nick Kirk shoots a lot of city weddings. The preferred photography supplier for both St Andrews in the Square and Oran Mor, this man has a keen eye for making the most of his location. Below he shows us Sandra and Kevin’s wedding at No. 29, the private members club in Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square.

Nick says that a bit of rain in the afternoon made getting some outdoor portrait pictures kind of tricky, but they managed to make use of the umbrellas on the veranda, providing some protection and got some cool portraits of the lovely couple.

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I am trying out a new picture gallery – what do you think? Like, love, don’t care either way – I want to know!

Stumble Sundays – Some new finds for your wedding!

Category : Stumble on Sundays

That time of the week already eh? Not sure about yourselves, but for me the weeks seem to be flying past right now – how can October be almost over already!?!

After two wedding weekends (I went to both the big Glasgow weddings fairs, SECC and Braehead), this weekend has been our weekend off.

It’s so easy to get into the habit of talking about the wedding, the wedding details, bridesmaid dresses, wedding guest lists – you get the idea – but it’s so easy to talk about them ALL the time.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking for ideas ofcourse. So here are some of the wedding related treasures I came across this week;

rose vintage bouquet

  • Flowers. Since my declaration on not being “that” bothered about them. I seem to have taken I complete U-turn. They really can change how a room looks, and for that reason – I have been looking for inspirational flower ideas a bit more. The Flower Co. have some lovely photos of their work on their blog – well worth a visit!
  • RocknRollbride never fails to impress with her posts – well worth a read is yesterday’s post on How much you should expect to spend on your wedding photography.

Spiderman Cake Topper

  • A keen comic book fan, my H2B was very excited when he came across this spiderman wedding cake topper by Peanutbutterbandit on Etsy. I’m not convinced, what do you think of it?
  • Do you think about wedding stationery as often as I do – which would be daily? It seems to be a bit of an obssession for me, but I really think it sets the tone (albeit slightly early) for your wedding day. Emily&Jo have some really intricate designs and some perfect save the dates.

emily & jo invitations

  • Photobooths seem to be a popular feature at weddings, I saw LookLook one of the weddings fairs – and think it is a fab idea (although slightly outwith our budget!). If you are having a photobooth, make a dressing up box too – they make for some excellent images. This moustache collection by WhiskerWorks would be top of my list;

moustache photobooth collection

  • Seen as Christmas seems to be fast approaching, for all those getting married round about then, why not give Christmas Baubles as wedding favours? John Lewis always have some great decorations in – these baubles would be so simple to recreate though! Anyone for some painting?

john lewis christmas baubles

That’s all for now folks – the banana bread I made last night is calling my name!

Hope you stumble on something useful.

Have a good Sunday.

x

SECC Wedding Show – Glasgow – Part 1

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Category : Wedding Shows

A couple of weeks ago I took my mum and bridesmaid along to the Scottish Wedding Show at the SECC in Glasgow.

Having never been to a wedding show before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The place was MASSIVE, with over 300 wedding suppliers under the one roof. Some brides were running around like kids in sweet shops, others clearly on a mission and then some, like myself, with no idea where to go first!

I suppose our big problem, was that I didn’t really know why I was there (which sounds quite silly really I assume?!) – but I wasn’t sure what I wanted from the show. We still have a lot left to organise – but did I want to book my cars? Should I attempt to try on lots of dresses? Should I know which questions to ask the florist? Did I have a firm idea of what I was looking for in stationery?

chevy bel air

In short, we walked around, taking leaflets from EVERYONE.

There were some fabulous cars, some lovely stationery, places to hire vintage crockery, wedding dresses galore, florists with some impressive displays and even some great cakes to taste (plus so so so much more). But, by not really knowing what I wanted, I wanted it all!

So, we left. Leaflets and business cards in hand – with some serious reading to do.

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