Nautical Themed Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Nautical Themed Wedding Ideas

After all the rain we’ve had recently we started to think about water inspired themes for weddings.  This week our wedding mood board provides ideas for a nautical themed wedding.

Nautical Themed Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Bride and Groom – Lisa Dawn Photography

Lantern – Nordic House

Suit – Marc Wallace

Seaside Wedding Invitation – Not on The High Street

Yacht Decorations – Dorset Gifts

Stripe Place Mat – Nordic House

Wedding Flowers – Bouquets and Favours

Wedding Dress – Alfred Angelo

Mini Cakes – Couture Cakes

Key Ring Favour – Not on The High Street

Clock Decoration – Not on The High Street

Boat Picture Frame Favours – A Wedding Less Ordinary

Table Plan – Lovely Favours

Fish Place Name – Not on The High Street

Woman with cup of tea

Top Tips for the Morning of Your Wedding

Julie Dawson, The Wedding Genie, shares her top tips for the morning of your wedding.

The wedding you have planned and dreamed of for probably the last year or even more is here. You may be excited, happy, nervous and scared all at the same time, the big question I am often asked is  – “What is the first thing a bride should do when she wakes up on the morning of her wedding?”

Here is a simple list to help you focus on what’s important on one of the biggest days of your life.

Smile! It’s your big day!

Have breakfast

Woman with cup of tea Something light perhaps cereal and fruit. Try not to miss eating because you are nervous, you will feel even more jittery if you are starving and as the day goes on you will have less time to eat. Make sure you have some nibbles in the room where you are getting ready. If you really can’t face anything, put one of those power snacks in your bag to give you a boost when you need it.

Don’t go to the window and panic about the weather

Our English weather changes so fast in a few hours it will probably be lovely for your ceremony, so just get on and enjoy your preparation. You can’t do anything about it and you will have put a plan in place anyway for bad weather.

Trust your wedding team and make sure they have the heads up of the day’s timings

Many brides are stressed because of the list of things that have to be done and checked on the day. Make sure you have planned well beforehand. Give that list to your chief bridesmaid, or whoever is your key helper. Make a time plan for the day so that everyone knows what is happening and when, and give your bridal team a copy. Remember you chose them because you can trust them and they are your support system.

It’s your job to look and feel gorgeous

Give yourself plenty of time to be pampered. Getting hair and makeup done takes longer than you think and you should have time to enjoy it too!!

Make sure you have your little bag of essentials

For each bride that might be different, but your favourite lipstick or lip-gloss for touching up is one that should be in there, a miniature perfume if you want to freshen up as the days goes on and Tissues, you will cry at some point. Blotting tissues if the weather is hot and you want to avoid shine on your wedding photos. If you don’t want to use a bag then make sure a bridesmaid has those things for you in their bag. Extra things you should have close by, to keep in the car or your room are an emergency sewing kit, spare tights/stockings, clear polish for runs in tights and safety pins. If you wear contact lenses make sure you have a spare pair.

Wedding shoes

It is a good idea to have worn those new wedding shoes

You should wear your wedding shoes for a few hours beforehand to break them in. There is nothing worse than having sore feet. You can even have a spare pair for after the ceremony just in case they do start to rub. Clear blister plasters are a godsend and really do work.

Take time to enjoy the details of your day

Go and have a look at the tables and decoration before anyone else. You have spent months planning these details, so take them all in before your guests are seated.

Remember today is all about you and your life partner

Just take a few minutes to think about how much you love your husband-to-be and why you are meant to be together. It will make you smile as you walk down the aisle.

Don’t panic

whatever is not done now probably won’t matter and no one will notice.

Enjoy every single moment of your day

It is true, all brides will tell you the hours just speed by.

If you hired a wedding coordinator for the day roll over in bed, smile…

and begin the pampering in total comfort and enjoyment.

One last thing, your wedding will be fantastic because weddings just are. They are all about you and your family and friends; no one will notice the little mishaps that may occur. If the weather is not as you wished, a good photographer will make sure you have the best pictures and there is always time to pop out when the sun comes out.

Written by Julie Dawson, The Wedding Genie.

Images Courtesy of Emily Quinton Photography

Wedding Acronyms

Who has time to actually say things in full these days? For instance I could have shaved off at least ten seconds of work time by starting this post WHTTASTIFTD? And who’s to say that would have been wrong?


Weddings are a breeding ground for shorthand and acronyms, but the normal ones don’t go far enough. So, I’ve added a few to the pot in the hope they wedding forums across the globe will adopt them, thus saving you and your W2B (Wife To Be – you see how this works?) precious microseconds. Time, it’s my gift to you.

Actual Wedding Acronyms

H2B – Husband To Be

B2B – Bride To Be

BM – Best Man

FOB/FOTB – Father Of The Bride

MOB/MOTB – Mother Of The Bride

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Rules of Church Weddings Relaxed

Church leaders have decided to relax the current laws which previously prevented couples from marrying in a church where they don’t have a “qualifying connection” to the parish.


Church of England marriages have dropped over the last 10 years by 40 per cent to around 55,000 marriages per year. Leaders are hoping that this change in the law will help to entice couples to marry in churches rather than having civil ceremonies in country houses, stately homes and hotels.

Rules Difficult to Justify

Church officials admitted that the old rules were difficult to justify and excluded people unnecessarily. Now brides and grooms-to-be will have greater freedom to choose a church which best suits their needs.

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So Hooked Handbag Hooks

So-Hooked Handbag Hooks

Be honest, where do wedding favours and bridal party gifts sit on your wedding ‘to do’ list? Way down? Perhaps in your ‘nice to have’ or ‘yes, I’ll get to it’ section.

We all know that you can spend a considerable amount of your wedding budget on items that might never be worn, seen, or thought of again. So consider this: Favours and gifts might be your best opportunity to give guests a lasting keepsake from your wedding day.

So-Hooked specialise in handbag hooks, from standard designs to personalised (engraved) and Swarovski-crystal delights.

So Hooked Handbag Hooks

What is a handbag hook?

A handbag hook is a girl’s best friend. It hooks discreetly over the table edge and your handbag hangs from it. This keeps your bag clean, safe and off the floor.

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