Wheat Wedding Bouquet

Wheat Wedding Styling Ideas

Including simple touches of nature is the ideal way to add a chic, rustic feel to your wedding day, and what could be more natural than wheat? Not only does it look beautiful on its own or combined with fresh and dried flowers, it is extremely versatile too. Shropshire Petals shares five wheat wedding styling ideas for your big day.

Wheat Wedding Bouquets and Buttonholes

Wheat sheaves make wonderful alternative wedding bouquets. They don’t wilt and will last for years, making the perfect wedding keepsake to display in your home to remember your day.

Wheat Wedding Bouquet

Choose from a pre-made wheat sheaf including dried flowers in a range of different colours, or get creative and make your own using a natural wheat sheaf as the base. Add fresh or dried flowers, and ribbon around the stems, styling your wheat wedding bouquet to suit your wedding theme.

Complete the look by choosing wheat buttonholes for your groomsmen and wheat posies for your bridesmaids and flower girls.

Country Garden Wheat Buttonhole

Wheat Wedding Aisle Styling

Make your wedding aisle look spectacular by decorating it with wheat. Attach small posies of wheat and lavender, tied with ribbon in your colour scheme, to pew ends or chairs. You could create your own aisle using wheat sheaves with a scattering of natural petal confetti in between to make a rustic petal path.

Wheat Wedding Table Décor

Wheat sheaves or wreaths look wonderful when used as centrepieces on your reception tables. Surround them with elegant candles and tea lights to add some soft lighting.

Cream Rose and Lavender Wheat Sheaf Table Centrepiece

If you’re having long tables, place several different wheat sheaves down the centre to create one long centrepiece. Complete the look by attaching wheat wreaths to the ends of your long tables, using them as an alternative way to display your table names or numbers.

Finishing Touches

Create simple yet stylish place settings by tying a few wheat sprigs together with some lavender. Tie a handwritten name tag on for guests to find their seats.

Wheat and Lavender Posies

Add a touch of décor to windowsills and other areas around your venue by placing wheat sprigs in glass mason jars with ribbon or hessian tied around. Make your own decorations by creating small bunches of wheat, lavender and dried delphiniums to attach to staircases, marquee poles or even the backs of chairs for your ceremony and reception.

Wheat Wedding Gifts

Give your parents and bridal party wheat sheaves or wreaths as thank you gifts rather than fresh flowers. They will last for years and you can add personalised touches for each recipient. This will give them a memento of your wedding day after the celebrations are over.

Country Garden Wheat Wreath

Wheat is the perfect way to include a touch of nature on your wedding day. Shop the full range at www.shropshirepetals.com.

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The Amsterdam Dungeon

Top Halloween Hen Party and Stag Do Ideas

The majority of stag and hen parties occur in the summer months, but if you’re fortunate enough to have yours over Halloween you’re in for a treat. Sarah of Last Night of Freedom has rounded up her top ways to celebrate a Halloween hen party or stag do, spooky style…

Edinburgh Ghost Tour

As far as scary activities go, prepare for the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end with an Edinburgh Ghost Tour.

Ghost Bus Tour in Edinburgh Halloween Hen Party or Stag Do Idea

The world-famous Edinburgh Ghost Tour takes you on a mysterious and frightening trail around the darker side of the Scottish capital. On board the 1960’s Routemaster bus you will have your very own creepy conductor, as you experience the scary corners and hidden alleyways of Edinburgh whilst learning about the witches, grave robbers and ghosts that plague this city.

Not only will you take a journey into the horrifying history of Edinburgh, you’ll also visit some of the city’s most iconic attractions. The route includes Edinburgh Castle, The New Town and the notorious bar-lined Grassmarket, ideal for for a spot of Dutch courage to get you through. Some spine-chilling surprises await as you step on board…

Amsterdam Dungeons

Another classic Halloween activity is the Amsterdam Dungeons; where better to head on All Hallows’ Eve than down into the bowels of the ancient city?

The Amsterdam Dungeon Halloween Hen Party or Stag Do Idea

The Amsterdam Dungeons are a must-see on your send-off in the Dutch capital, taking you on a trip through 500 years of the city’s sinister history. As you begin your journey you’ll descend in the medieval lift, then hear the spine-tingling footsteps of the torturer come ever closer as you enter the torture chamber.

This tour is bigger, better and bolder than any you’ll have seen. With 11 shows taking place over 80 minutes, there’ll be shocks at every turn.

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Save the Groom Hen Party Activity in Dublin

Top Hen Party Activities in Dublin

Dublin is full of gorgeous Irish men, exciting activities and great craic. So much so in fact, it sees thousands of hen parties annually descend upon its lively cobbled streets. With everything from wild and whacky Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon teas, to the honed and toned guys of the Pleasure Ladies Show, Dublin is the city to please. Sarah of Last Night of Freedom rounds up Dublin’s top hen party activities for a truly memorable weekend…

The Morgan Bar – Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

Dive head-first down the rabbit hole into the wonderfully whacky world of the Mad Hatter and his friends.

The Morgan Bar - Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea in Dublin

Full of ridiculous riddles, mysteries and delicious nibbles, the The Morgan Bar will transport you and your hens to a different world. There’s dainty sandwiches, delectable scones and devilish cakes, all to the magical backdrop of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece.

Guinness Factory Tour and Connoisseur Experience

When visiting Dublin you simply cannot miss Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse.

Guinness Factory Tour and Connoisseur Experience in Dublin

The building itself is designed in the shape of a huge pint glass, so huge it could hold 14.3 million pints. Your journey will take you through the brewing and fermenting processes, advertising through the ages, a Connoisseur tasting experience, and end in the ‘head’ of the pint glass, The Gravity Bar, for a well-deserved drink.

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Girls walking to picnic hen party

A Picnic Lunch Hen Party in South Carolina

I’m delighted to share our very first ‘Real Life Hen Party’ feature. And what a great hen party we’ve got to kick off the new feature – that of fashion blogger Jess, of Dressed by Jess.

Hen parties have evolved so much in recent years; from a small, intimate meal and drinks with friends, to full-on weekends away and styled events. I’m not saying you can’t go for a few drinks, but there are so many amazing things you can do for your hen party these days.

In the new feature we’ll be sharing some amazing hen parties and weekends of brides-to-be, to give you loads of inspiration for your own.

Girls walking to picnic hen party

Jess’s Hen Weekend

Jess didn’t fancy a traditional night out on the town, and instead chose an amazing hen weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Her ideal getaway involved pampering, relaxing, and sunbathing with her friends, so that’s exactly what she did.

The location, under an oak tree, was truly stunning and the perfect place to have a beautiful laid-back picnic-style lunch. Gigi of Smells Like Peonies Events created the prettiest tablescape for the occasion, and the girls drank Champagne and enjoyed a magnificent oreo-filled cake.

Surprise Lunch

“Rather than checking into a hotel we decided to rent a big ol’ beach house for the weekend. It was steps away from the ocean and my sister and bridesmaids decked it out with flamingos and pineapples – the perfect beachy details. A dream getaway for me includes pampering, relaxing, and sunbathing.

Picnic blanket and table under oak tree

Picnic tablescape Floral picnic centrepiece

Foliage and succulents on picnic table

Plate with pink flower

Notebook Champagne with berries

Pastel flowers

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8507 from the Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage Bridal 2014 Collection

Is This the Real Cost of Cheap Wedding Dresses?

It’s a sad day when you hear of any retail business close its doors for good. The shock news of Alfred Angelo, a global wedding brand, and Benjamin Roberts closing has left many retailers questioning what’s going on. Every retailer in the UK is under pressure from a shift on spending in-store to online, and that goes for bridal too. The retail landscape is shifting, but not necessarily in the right direction.

Who would have thought you could replace the experience of buying the most expensive, important and treasured dress of your life, that evokes feelings of joy and happiness, with a cold, online transaction? Who would have thought that going to a mass manufacturer with huge outlets across the UK, where you buy a dress off the peg, without fittings, consultations or advice, would replace the experience of a bridal shop advising and indulging you?

8507 from the Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage Bridal 2014 Collection
8507 – Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage Bridal 2014 Collection

Cheap Not Always Cheerful

But sadly, for some girls these cheap wedding dress options are attractive. If you have never done this before you could be excused for not knowing your designer wedding dress from your copied mass manufactured dress. But, not wanting to sound like a total dress snob, you really do get what you pay for.

Each week I have so many calls asking us to help brides ‘fix’ a wedding dress they bought online. Usually it either doesn’t fit them, the colour is wrong, it’s too short or just plain weird. We have girls crying down the phone to us, but sadly not one bridal retailer in the land would take on such a challenge. If it’s not cut right on the cutting table it will never fit properly at the fittings.

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