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Booking wedding suppliers during lockdown

There is no question that anyone planning a wedding in the last 18 months deserves a medal. However if you are anything like myself and got engaged recently (Congratulations!) then you are just starting your wedding planning journey and who knows how the next 12 months is going to turn out. When it comes to booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown you might be feeling a little overwhelmed, deflated and lost on where to start.

I know from personal experience that it’s difficult to start planning for your wedding day when you aren’t able to visit any venues or meet your suppliers in person. It is entirely possible though to start planning your wedding day in the virtual world, and enjoy the process. A lot of the research can be done with your laptop on your lap, and a glass of wine in hand with the latest Netflix binge on in the background.

I’ve popped together some advice and a few encouraging words for anyone booking suppliers during lockdown. I hope it helps and don’t forget to get in touch with me if you have any questions or would just like to chat.

Booking a WEDDING venue

Venues are likely to be handling postponements from 2020 and early 2021 weddings that are moving into late 2021 and 2022 dates. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enquire with them, especially if you are hoping for a peak season summer wedding – you need to find a venue soon.

It’s not going to be the same as seeing the wedding venue in person, however attending online virtual tours is a good way to shortlist potential venues. You’ll get a good feel of the venue and whether it’s going to suit your style as well as having the opportunity to ask venue staff any questions. 

Do your supplier research

Booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown might require a bit more research than before to help you feel confident in your choices. The bonus is that you probably have so much more time to immerse yourself into it. It’s so much fun to discover new, interesting suppliers and also getting to know who you are booking to be part of your day really well.

If you aren’t sure where to start your search, there are lots of tools at your fingertips for finding a variety of professional suppliers in your area. Instagram is a great tool, you can use the search function to find specific suppliers by location and hashtags. You can also search via the style of wedding you are hoping to create for example “Wedding Planner Surrey” or “documentary photographer uk.” You can also use Pinterest to find not only inspiration but also suppliers. Make sure to check out all your suppliers websites, social media profiles and google reviews.

MEET SUPPLIERS ONLINE

Don’t be afraid to jump on a call with a supplier. Lots of wedding suppliers will be offering free, no obligation discovery calls and these are great opportunities to meet the person you are considering working with. If you’ve done your research and have been silently stalking them for a week or two then why not reach out and have a chat. The only way you’ll truly find out if that person is right for you and your wedding day is by meeting them. We aren’t able to catch up over a coffee at the moment but a video call can really go a long way.  

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ASK QUESTIONS

If you are feeling unsure about spending a large sum of money with a supplier when the world still feels a bit topsy turvy then ask them if they have a payment plan option to help you spread the costs and feel more secure. It’s also important to ask about their COVID-19 / postponement policies. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, all fingers crossed but you really never know. Booking a supplier you love and are happy with their terms and conditions is important. 

WORK WITH A WEDDING PLANNER

The clue is in the name but Wedding Planners, plan multiple weddings all year around. We really are the experts in the wedding industry. If you are anything like me then you are hoping to only get married once, meaning that most people only plan a wedding once. With this in mind how are you meant to know who the best cake maker in your town is? Or where to hire gold cutlery from at the best price? The wedding industry is vast, and as fun as it is planning a wedding sometime you can get a bit lost.

If you aren’t in a position to hire a wedding planner to help with planning your entire wedding then have a look at one to one consulting options. Speaking to a well-connected, industry professional will help you to book suppliers with confidence, especially when the world feels a little bit unpredictable. 

I offer bespoke in depth virtual wedding planning services or shorter 1:1 Q&A consultations which are easily accessible. You can also ask me about payment plans, and i’ll send you my wedding planning templates for free.

I hope this quick read has helped you with your next steps and you feel more confident in booking your wedding suppliers during lockdown. Book in a call, email me or DM me on instagram to chat more about how I can help you on your wedding day.

Emma x

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Live streaming your wedding day

Change is part of life. Getting comfortable with change and accepting what you can’t control will help to focus on what you can control. We don’t know what the rest of 2021 is going to bring, but you might have decided that when weddings can go ahead you are going for it no matter what. Live streaming your wedding day is a great option if you aren’t able to have the same amount of people present as you originally planned.

Using a live streaming platform gives you the opportunity to include everyone, and include guests who aren’t able to attend the day in person. I’ve put together a few live streaming options for you to have a look at, as well as some important considerations to maximise the opportunity.

A FEW TOOLS TO HELP YOU LIVE STREAM YOUR WEDDING

Google Hangouts
With Google Hangouts you are able to live stream to up to 10 devices. These devices can join a free hangout and videos are automatically streamed to YouTube where other permitted guests can watch too. The video is then saved to YouTube for you to keep and re watch.

Facebook Live
Most of us know how to use Facebook which makes it easy to use and easy to access. You can choose who can see your broadcast and watchers can react and comment live. Best thing of all? It’s free! You could also create a private group for all your guests to have virtual party.

Livestream 
Livestream is a free service and suitable for Android and iOS operating systems but is also super-popular with professionals using high quality cameras. This means your photographer or videographer might already know a thing or two and be able to set it up quickly. Videos can be saved to the cloud for 30 days for your to rewatch.

Making the most of live streaming your wedding

Ask someone to be in charge. Giving someone responsibility for over seeing the live streaming of your wedding is going to make the most of the opportunity. If it’s left to everyone then you risk no one helping, sadly this means that not everything will be captured for your guests at home. You could ask your Wedding Planner or on the Day Coordinator to help. If you don’t have one then try a trusted groomsmen or bridesmaid. Your photographer or videographer might also be able to help you with a solution or a member of staff at the venue.

Make the party virtual. If you really want to create a sense of community and party vibe even with those people at home then why not create a private facebook group to share moments from the day, you can live stream into the group, play music and also encourage group members to share funny photos and stories of you. It’s like an extended best man’s speech with multiple guests able to pitch in and share in the fun.

If you are opting for a DIY approach to live streaming then investing in a professional microphone that attaches to your phone might be a good consideration, especially if your ceremony is outside. This year especially we have all been on virtual calls that are full of background noise and impossible to hear the person speaking. Don’t let you guests miss a single word of your ceremony! Something like this could help.

Choosing the right location for your camera set up is going to be important. Think about a good location prior to the wedding date and make arrangements with the person you’ve asked to be in charge ahead of time. You want to make sure you have a good view and good sound to you and your partner but you don’t want to obstruct the guests in the rooms view, or for the camera to be too far away to pick up the sound.

If you are looking to live stream your wedding or even make adjustments following any COVID-19 wedding guideline updates and need a help hand then please do reach out to me. Just book a free discovery call below or discover more about my services here.

Have a lovely week,

Emma x

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Practical wedding planning advice for COVID-19

I’m a wedding planner and also a recently engaged bride to be planning my own wedding during a pandemic. With both of those things in mind, I’ve taken some time out this week to write some practical planning advice for a post COVID-19 wedding.

I was lucky enough to be swept away on a romantic birthday weekend for a proposal from my long term partner mid-way through 2020, and it was just perfect. We loved every minute of the weekend, when we got back we excitedly started talking about our wedding plans before remembering we were living in a pandemic! 

So I set up a pinterest board and said I’d wait until the new year before starting to plan (as surely we’d wake up on Jan 1st to a new world.)

January has rolled around now and I’ll admit to feeling deflated about the whole thing. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this blog post that I realised I haven’t been taking my own advice. So instead of focusing on the activities and decisions that we can’t plan or do, let’s as brides planning through a pandemic get on and enjoy the things we can. 

Enjoy your engagement! COVID-19 doesn’t have to stop your fun.

Now this is a biggy, and I will be the first to admit that because I couldn’t have an engagement party or show my ring off to every passer-by that I moved past the engagement phase pretty quick.  I’m sad about that, and I don’t want you to be sad about it!  If your very recently engaged and really need something to look forward to, then plan that summer party (maybe keep it small though!)

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Think ahead and book your wedding suppliers

If I had a crystal ball then I would say that 2022 and 2023 are going to be BUSY for weddings, which means confirming your favourite supplier on your wedding date might be trickier than usual. Wonderful engagements still happen every day, but more couples will be pushing their wedding dates into the next few years rather than late 2021, plus postponed weddings will make key dates very busy indeed. 

Prioritise suppliers that you really HAVE to have – this way you aren’t committing money to lots of different suppliers, when it feels really far away still but your securing the ones that you really must have. 

Megan Daisy Photography and Anna Lewis Cake Design

Try not to become overwhelmed with wedding planning

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine then it’s full of wonderful wedding suppliers and inspiration, it’s also easy to sit on Pinterest for hours scrolling mindlessly. You end up overwhelmed, thinking you must have everything you’ve seen online at your wedding with no idea how to implement it.

Or during this time especially you know what you want to book, but you’re worried about it being the wrong time to confirm.  Set days or hours that are fun planning time, relaxing with wine on a Sunday is usually my go to. Use this time to research a specific supplier and make approaches to some of your favourites before moving on to another supplier the next week.  

Megan Daisy Photography at Botley Hill Barn

Keep your planning timeline flexible and practical

I’m a planner, which means I have wedding planning timelines professionally and my own personal one and I like to stick with the plan as much as possible.

But recognising that this isn’t a normal year and that you can’t control everything right now will help to alleviate pressure. If you aren’t able to do venue site visits, menu tastings or hair & make-up trials then rearrange to a later date and focus on the things you can do. The planning experience doesn’t need to be any less enjoyable, just look at practical options. Lots of wedding cake companies with post you a cake box tasting, there are now letterbox wine tastings, and your future self will love you if you create a wedding website and write your gift list. 

Hannah Duffy Photography, Kalm Kitchen at Millbridge Court

Stay on track and keep focused during wedding planning.

Through all of the up’s and down’s we are experiencing right now it’s going to be easy to lose sight of your goals. Start with a really good styling and design concept, keep a good record of your budget and refer back to these regularly. Every time you feel a bit lost, start researching a new supplier or lose hope look back at these tools, refocus your mind and remember how awesome your day is going to be when you get there! 

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Budgeting for your wedding flowers

If you have read all four of the ‘Floral Fortnight’ blogs then firstly I hope you really enjoyed them and picked up some helpful tips along the way. Secondly you’ll have noticed a few budgeting tips, to help with this further Sue and I have put together some helpful things to keep in mind when budgeting for your wedding flowers and some rough pricing guidelines.

Having seen so many possibilities in blogs, on instagram, pinterest and at your friends weddings you probably have a few ideas of what you’d like. I bet you’re still wondering what sort of number to put next to the line, wedding flowers on your budget spreadsheet? So let’s dig in to the juicy bit.

Starting with the bouquet, i’d advise that you try to budget at least £100 and expect prices to start at £150 for a cascade bouquet. Statement arrangements are difficult to budget for because the world really is your oyster. Pedestal arrangements will start around £200 and from there chat to your florist about what you want and the best way to achieve it. Table centre arrangements are much like statement pieces that it’s hard to price them up without know first what you want to achieve. Expect to pay between £65 – £150 per table as a starting point. If you want to keep within a smaller budget or you have a lot of tables then stay low with arrangements, or mix taller centrepieces with the lower ones.

Whilst writing these blogs i’ve noticed the trends and narrowed down my floral budgeting tips. Here’s my top five!


Let your florist be in charge, by this I mean allow your florist the opportunity to help you. They have all the experience and know how, they’ll be able to make the best recommendations on colour, styling, arrangements, types of florals and everything in between to make sure you get the best flowers at the best prices.


As a general rule expect to pay 10% of your overall wedding budget for your wedding flowers. As a starting point I pencil in at least 7% for couples.


If you are looking to make a statement on a budget then choosing moveable arrangements is going to be the way to go. Paying your florist to stay and move these arrangements is always going to be preferable, it’s going to be cheaper than having lots of flower arrangements and is going to ensure your flowers stay looking perfect when moved.


Flower prices fluctuate and so it’s best to let your florist decide. This ensures there is flexibility, and that you are going to get the best flowers available at the time of your wedding. As a general rule stick with seasonal British flowers for the best quality, abundance and prices.


Spend your flower budget on the most photographed items like the top table and bouquet.


Sue and I really enjoyed drinking coffee and chatting flowers in order to bring this series of four blogs. We hope you’ve found some nuggets to take away and use when planning your own wedding. If you have any questions regarding any of the ‘floral fortnight’ series, or you’d like to hear about either of our services and how we can help you on your wedding day then we’d love to hear from you!

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Emma x

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Statement Floral Arrangements

Statement floral arrangements are a great way to make a stylish decorative impact, there are lots of beautiful options and something to fit any venue and most budgets. Taking inspiration from your venue for a floral statement piece is one of my favourites, like this gorgeous marble fireplace at Balcombe Place. The best part is these arrangements and columns can be moved to another part of the wedding day.

You really can get creative with shapes, installations and styles and totally transform a space. Sue’s top two tips for floral arrangements that not only pack a punch but also come in within budget are:

Choose a statement piece that is moveable and has a multi-purpose. The costs to move the arrangement will be less than creating new and several pieces. (always better if your florist moves the arrangement so that it remains it’s integrity and still looks it’s best)


To maximise not only your budget but also to ensure the florals have the biggest impact your better off having one or two large arrangements. Your guests are more likely to remember and appreciate one stand out arrangement than several smaller ones.

With this in mind let’s dive in the some of the most popular arrangements and a few tips and along with some advice.

There are pedestal arrangements, like urns or plinths which are moveable. These can come in many different sizes and will look beautiful at your ceremony, dressing a doorway and can be moved if not too heavy to your wedding breakfast.

Then there are column flowers which are also moveable but it has to be a professional florist who installs it and moves it. They will be easily damaged if handled by someone who isn’t sure what they are doing. It’s definitely worth paying for your florist to stay all day and make the most of this tope of arrangement. They are fabulous picture opportunities, and I just love it when they are moved outside and become part of the natural environment.

You also see arches a lot on pinterest and as beautiful as they are they are not moveable and are usually on heavy frames. Sue says, they aren’t considered timeless but they are fashionable at the moment and can work with many styles. Make sure that where they are placed is going to make the most out of it. A ceremony backdrop, a backdrop for pictures or a feature in the wedding breakfast room.

There are many options including hanging installations. You’ll need to check the mechanics of the piece with the venue but if it can’t be hung from the ceiling and you are set on a installations above the head then it is possible to create something with poles.

That was a whistle stop tour of statement floral arrangements, i’d love to hear what you are planning to have at your wedding. If you have any questions for either Sue or I then please do get in contact.

The next blog will be our last on ‘floral fortnight’ and I’ll be giving you some budgeting advice for your flowers.

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Until next week

Emma x

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Choosing your wedding table flowers

When it comes to choosing your wedding table flowers, there is so much choice that it’s hard to narrow down where to start. We’ve decided to split this into two with big rooms and smaller rooms and give you a few tips to get you going in the right direction.

With any type of decor and styling it’s important to consider the venue and opt for things that make sense. For example if your room has very strong prominent colours then you won’t want to choose anything which clashes but instead works harmoniously.

Cornwell Manor | Suzy Elizabeth Photography

FLOWER CENTREPIECES FOR breakfast rooms with high ceilings

For a big room then Sue recommends choosing taller floral arrangements to fill the space. For big rooms like this you also want bigger, taller arrangements that are going to get noticed and not disappear.

Taller, larger arrangements can be more expensive because you are going to need more flowers to create an impact. If you are looking for a budget friendly option then you could speak to your florist about mixing in lower arrangements. Don’t worry about this looking odd as you could opt for similar style tall gold stands and lower gold bowls for example. Also it’s going to be a good idea to as your florist to set the arrangements up on the tables in a way that keeps the room balanced.

Make sure there aren’t any tall arrangements blocking the top table, everyone will want to be able to see the Bride & Groom!

Smaller rooms or lower ceilings

If you have a smaller room or lower ceilings then choosing low floral centrepieces is going to be the best option. It’s also a good idea to think about how many tables you have as you don’t want to overcrowd the room with lots of tables and lots of flowers.

With lower arrangements Sue’s advice is to still keep them a reasonable size with impactful flowers so that they don’t get lost. Choosing a larger focal flower is recommended so that the arrangement is really present in the room.

Low bowl arrangements | Kelsie Scully Photography

You’ll see in all of Sue and I’s work together that we always add candles to the table. Adding stylish dinner candles in interesting candlesticks is a favourite of mine to elevate the table. Tea lights are also great for filling any empty space, and in the right glass container will dance glittery light across the table. They probably won’t be necessary at a marquee wedding but if your venue allows them then they can also help when there is a lack of natural light.

Candelabra & tea lights at Marden Park Mansion | Kelsie Scully Photography

I said at the beginning there was loads and loads of choices with table centres and then I haven’t written a lot but that’s because I would really recommend that you speak with your florist, your wedding planner and/or stylist and of course use Pinterest to find inspiration and create something that is truly YOU and works with your wedding. Here is some more inspiration for you!

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If you have any questions then please do drop myself or Sue a message and if you are looking for detailed styling help for designing your wedding day then take a look at my styling services and see how I can help you.

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Emma x

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Your guide to wedding bouquets and personal flowers

The first in our ‘Floral Fortnight’ series with Sue from Bramble and Belle is an important topic and one of my favourites. Read on for a guide to wedding bouquets and personal flowers that will help you find your style and speak to your florist.

The moment the bouquet arrives and is delivered to the bride is one of the best! As the most photographed floral pieces at your wedding it’s got to be pretty special. We’ll be talking through colours and styles to consider for your bouquet and of course Sue’s best tips. Let’s dive in!

Choosing wedding flower colours

First off, remember that your florist is your best person for advice on where to start with choosing colours for your bouquet and types of flowers. They know what complimentary colours are going to look the best and what is going to be in season on your wedding day. Plus your flower colours should work with your overall wedding colour palette, if you need help putting together your own bespoke, comprehensive wedding design then take a look at how I can help you do this.

Let’s start with deciding on the colours for your wedding bouquet or your personal flowers throughout the day. You might have already chosen your colour palette so it’s a good idea to bring this and a mood board to the meeting with your florist. When I’m styling and creating a colour palette I take inspiration from lots of places including the venue but I also always consider the flowers that are going to be available and recommended by the florist.

You should think about how the colours are going to look in photos, darker colours like burgundy can become black in the camera. By adding different shades and steps through the colour wheel they can blend nicely.

Wedding bouquet styles

Hand tied bouquet; these are very popular and on trend at the moment, you might be thinking they are too loose and wild for you but there is a huge scale to choose from and they can be tight and formal right through to completely loose.

Front facing hand tied bouquet with a definite front and flatter back. | Suzy Elizabeth Photography

Shower bouquet: traditionally these wedding bouquets are fully wired and structured in a teardrop shape with a handle underneath. They need to be created by a skilled florist as each flower in individually wired and once it’s in place there isn’t any going back. A bouquet like this is going to take your florist time and skill so they can cost more but the overall effect is quite beautiful.

Kjerstin’s fully wired bouquet | Joab Smith Photography
Fully wired bouquet with roses

If a formal cascade bouquet isn’t quite you or in your price range then it is possible to create a similar style and shape with a cascade bouquet that is hand tied. The piece is created using an armature and chicken wire, which makes this type of bouquet more flexible. A hand tied cascade bouquet has more movement than the traditional shower, it’s still elegant but less formal and more natural. It’s best to leave the choice of florals to the florist for this one though so that they can carefully create the exact look you want.

Elisabeth & Michael | Simon Stewart Photography

Don’t scrimp on your wedding bouquet, it’ll be the most photographed floral piece of the entire day.

Sue’s bouquet tip

What flowers should you have in your wedding bouquet

You might have a favourite flower and know that it’s going to be in season at the perfect time of your wedding day, if so then make sure to mention it to your florist. This way they can plan the bouquet around it. Lot’s of flowers can now be bought out of season but this might cost more if they need to be imported from Europe.

If you don’t have any must have types of flowers in mind then it’s always better to let your florist decide. Your florist is the expert and will have your best interests in mind. Nearer the time of your wedding, when they are buying the flowers it’s best to have flexibility so that they can purchase the best flowers in the current market. Florists with the flexibility to choose flowers nearer the time will also be able to choose flowers that are in season, with a good head size and quality that is going to withstand the summer heat.

What’s on trend in wedding bouquets and personal flowers?

I’m not really one to recommend going with a trend, just because it’s in fashion now. If it’s not really YOU then don’t do it. But it can be interesting to see what is on trend, see if you like it and take inspiration.

Natural cascades are being requested a lot at the moment. Moving away from the rules is becoming popular, loose and mixed with different flowers. Garden style is particularly sympathetic to the loose bouquet styles and means your florist can choose british flowers.

Should you consider your dress when choosing a wedding bouquet?

You might consider the details on your dress because a large bouquet might hide the details like sequins and lace. It’s also a good idea to consider your size and choose a proportional size bouquet.

As a florist Sue isn’t sure that you should or should not choose a bouquet just because of your wedding dress. Don’t compromise on what you really want.

Cornwell Manor | Suzy Elizabeth Photography

A quick note on personal flowers

Bridesmaids bouquets should be smaller versions of the bridal bouquet. This will create continuity making for cohesive pictures. Practically it also helps with buying the same flowers making it cheaper for you.

Buttonholes are created using the same or similar flowers as the bouquet, but you can get creative with bold statements such as a large floral single stem. It’s also a nice idea to create a slightly larger, different or more special buttonhole for the Groom.

I hope that this has helped you feel confident about meeting up with your florist and choosing your bouquet style. There really isn’t anything to be worried about, the only problem is there is too much choice! Really trust in your florist, take their advice and make sure you choose what you love.

If you have any more questions about bouquets or personal flowers then feel free to book a 30 minute discovery call with me, email me, or drop me a message on instagram. You can also find expert advice from Sue HERE.

Emma x

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Four things to think about before setting your wedding budget

One

Talk about your guest list. Guests = Money. The more guests you have the bigger the venue you’ll need and also the more you money you are going to need to spend on catering and place settings. Having a rough idea of the size of wedding you are planning will help you with all of my other budgeting tips, help you plan and keep you focused on the viability of venues and suppliers. 

TWO

The next one will link with guest numbers but thinking about whether you’d like to keep it simple or extravagant will help you budget. Would you love floral meadows down the aisle, a harpist and a sit down meal or are you thinking of a beautiful town hall wedding with a great restaurant afterwards. Is this going to be a big affair or an elopement? 

The Cherry Barn by Lucie MLT Photography

THREE

Decide on the location you would like. If you’ve decided to elope then you might want a destination location, or perhaps you’d like a marquee wedding or English country garden in a country house. If your numbers are smaller then you can think about intimate and interesting locations. 

Millbridge Court by Hannah Duffy Photography

FOUR

Talk through your visions and what you think is going to make a wonderful wedding! Is it live music? Or great food, maybe it’s an open bar or fabulous florals? Create a short list of your top 3 priorities, these will be the things you are willing to spend more of your budget on to create your perfect day. It’ll help you to make decisions when faced with a this or that scenario. 

Balcombe Place by Claire Graham Photography

Once I have this type of information from my couples I have a pretty good idea of where they want to spend their money and can create a very rough first budget. Securing a venue is always the first place to start with any wedding plan. The venue will set the date, the location, the adjustment of guest numbers that might need to be made. It will also help to decide on how much décor and florals you are going to need as well as what the catering options are.  

Here is my rough visual guide of where to allocation your wedding budget. I always create a bespoke budget for my couples as it will change depending on the venue. If you are planning a marquee wedding then you need to budget for bringing in chairs, tables, catering tents and so much more. Alternatively if flowers are going to be the most important part of the day for you then you might want to consider spending less elsewhere.  

If you’d like to talk about your wedding budget then please drop me a message! I’d love to hear from you.

Emma x

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Three places to start when putting together your wedding colour palette.

Continuing with my theme of the month, giving you all of my design and styling tips for putting together a beautiful wedding. This blog post is all about choosing your colour palette, it’s key to a cohesive design that flows throughout the day and in usual fashion starting with looking outside is my favourite place!

There is a lot of theory around colour’s, and lot’s to consider. It can be really easy to end up in a complete confused mess of swatches not sure whether the different shades of lilac will match. Here’s my top three places to start before you consider which tones and textures to use.

One

When helping a couple narrow down their colour options my first place to start is to be inspired by nature and in particular the season the wedding is going to take place in. Or you could choose your favourite time of the year. There is so much changing colour outside, and not only just the season but also a location. The wood’s yield rich yellows, auburns and oranges during autumn whilst being near the ocean in summer is all about twinkling blues, and washy whites.

This gorgeous lamppost pillar that Sue at Bramble and Belle created gives just enough wow factor whilst also feeling like it has always been part of the building. The rich autumnal colours and wild, loose styling are inspired and recreated with the season in mind.

Beautiful autumnal blooms by Bramble & Belle photographed by Claire Graham at Balcombe Place

Two

Look at what you already love! Look around your home and how you’ve decorated your home, do you have rich blue suedes or grey neutrals. This can be a great steer on what you already like to be surrounded by.

I used the interiors of Balcombe Place to help me narrow down colour choices, it’s a gorgeous grand venue, steeped in history and ready to transport you to a different era. It oozes luxury, and all of little details elevate the rooms. There is lot’s of dark wood within the venue however I really wanted to flip this on the head and champion the lightness that there was and brighten up autumn.

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Be inspired by your wedding venue, now this is a place that you LOVE and it can be a great steer for the style and colours of your entire day. A blank canvas is always lovely, but if you’ve got a ceremony room with a strong colour already in the decor then sometimes working with it to create a colour palette around it will be your best option.

There is grandeur with Balcombe Place and choosing a very grown up, yet modern colour palette was important. I went with brightness and lightness in the table linen, stationery and some of the florals with complimenting darker plums, almost browns to create a warm vibe and gel with the dark wood in the venue.

It’s also helpful to look at other colour influences around you like fashion, art, and what’s on trend that you love.

Once I have the main two to three colours in place for a wedding, the ones that I know the couple want to feature I will start to weave in variety and dimension with complimentary colours and neutrals. This was the finished palette for the shoot at Balcombe Place, but it went through lot’s of changes and edits before becoming this and it can change dramatically once speaking with the florist who can really help narrow down what florals will be available at the time you are due to get married.

Don’t be afraid to get stuck in with choosing colour, you don’t need to stick with just one and your florist really can be a great source of knowledge when you are thinking about mixing shades and tones.

I love hearing from you, so if you need any help choosing colours and you more questions then drop me an email or message! I even offer a bespoke styling service if you’d like me to help with your wedding you can find out more here

Emma x

Photography: https://www.clairegraham.co

Venue: https://www.balcombeplace.com

Florist: https://www.brambleandbelle.co.uk

Cake: https://www.cakesandleaves.com

Stationery: https://socalligraphy.co.uk

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5 ways to bring together a cohesive design at your wedding.

Having an idea for how you want your wedding day to look and feel is one thing but to help each element you’ve chosen really shine and work with the day you want the design elements to flow seamlessly and be cohesive together. Like a great roast dinner, each little piece on the plate should taste amazing but work when teamed together!

For cohesiveness there needs to be consistency, and that’s consistency throughout the day. From the ceremony, drinks receptions and through to the last dance make sure similar colours and styling features in each space.

Here are my 5 top tips for creating great foundations of cohesiveness!

Be inspired by nature and the seasons. Each different season brings it’s own colour palette. Using inspiration from around you on your wedding day also creates a sense of belonging. You can use apps like Adobe Capture to take a picture of your favourite autumn walk and it will create a colour palette for you. Alternatively I like to look at which flowers are out at the time of year to get inspiration. 

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Decide on an accent metal, this could be gold, rose gold, silver, or antique silver – maybe even a gun metal. By keeping your cutlery, candlesticks, frames, vases and any other accessory in the same or similar metal you won’t have to worry about anything not matching and working together throughout the day. 

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Choose a neutral that your colour scheme works with, grey has been very popular in recent years but whites and creams also work well. You can use this for your table linen, stationery paper colour and the basis for your floral colours. It will help your primary colours to pop and been seen. 

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Create a curated inspiration and mood board. Gather inspiration from places like Interior Design, Art work, being Outdoors and so much more all in one place with Pinterest and once your lots of ideas, start to edit and delete pictures that you don’t absolutely love. Eventually you’ll start to narrow down your ideas, you can swap images in and out to create a cohesive group of ideas and inspiration that work together. 

Share your inspiration with your suppliers but also share each suppliers ideas with your other suppliers. For example your stationer will be able to create something truly unique to you and perfectly suited to your day if they know what sort of florals and colours your florist is working with. 

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Emma x

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