Garlands and Bunting Mood Board

Wedding Garlands and Bunting

Every Monday The Wedding Community blog will now feature a wedding mood board, to help inspire you and brighten up your start to the week.  We thought we would start this new feature with wedding garlands and bunting; it was the obvious choice…

The perfect way to decorate your wedding venue and outside space for spring and summer weddings is by using garlands, bunting and wreaths.

Garlands and Bunting Mood Board


Flower Garland – Artificial Florist

Name Bunting – Not on the High Street

Heart Wreath – Polly Fields

Heart Bunting – Velvet Wedding

Voile Bunting – Cox & Cox

Hessian Hearts – Bindy Boo

Butterfly Garland – Cox & Cox

Pink Bunting – John Lewis

Dried Garland – By Nicki


Geeky Proposal Ideas

Geeks. They’re everywhere these days. There used to be a time where the only place you could find a geek was at the bottom of a climbing rope, whimpering about how they couldn’t climb because they have sensitive skin on their hands. These days you’re far more likely to find a geek in the office with the sign on the door that says, “Manager”. It’s like the Bible predicted: the geeks will inherit the earth. This explosion of geeks – or geeklosion if you prefer – has had some far-reaching effects on proposal ideas, which we think our top three nerdiest proposals proves.

#3 Top Geek Proposal Idea – Lolcats

We’ve all enjoyed playing at Lolcats, the viral phenomenon where you write a marginally amusing caption over a picture of a cat and send it to the six friends who still open your emails. But not many of us would have turned our proposal into a Lolcat. That said, not many of us are Jon and Loretta – or indeed their cat.


#2 Back To The Future Edited (Badly)

So you love a woman enough to decide that you want to propose. The real question is, how do you ask her to marry you? Traditionalists would say that you should go down on one knee. Corey Goldfeder would say that you should edit footage of yourself proposing into the classic film Back To The Future and then arrange a screening of your edited film at the local cinema. Who’s to say Corey’s not wrong?

#1 Re-write An Entire Video Game

This one has to top the charts. Not only does it include a classic SNES game (Chrono Trigger for anyone who was wondering) but this bloke wrote an entire new level which charted the course of his relationship with his girlfriend and culminated with a proposal by the end of level baddie. That’s bordering on weird, but still, y’know, lovely.

Article by Andrew Shanahan

BBQ Food

Why Choose a Barbecue for Your Day to Remember?

BBQ Sign

Barbecues are great fun and they bring the whole family together by their mere definition. What could be better to bring the bride and groom’s families together than a roaring barbecue feast?

You could have a barbecue for your wedding breakfast, or as an icebreaker event before the wedding. It’s a great, informal way of bringing both sides of the family together before the big event.

The Barbecue can also be a day after event. Once the happy couple have left for the honeymoon there are always some family and friends left the next day. What better way to say your farewells than at a family Barbecue.

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Toothpaste and toothbrush

A Guide to Teeth-Whitening

It’s all well and good for the Americans to poke fun at our standard of dentistry. But when you clap eyes on some of the ultra-bright gnashers they display you wonder whether you wouldn’t sometimes prefer the occasional snaggle-tooth. Ok, maybe not. There’s one thing that we can all agree on though and that’s that stained teeth are a bit grim. If you’re sorting your teeth before your wedding here’s a quick guide to some of the ways you can get pearly whites.

Toothpaste and toothbrush

Whitening Toothpaste

WHERE: At home

COST: A few quid

TIME: Long term

METHOD: It’s as easy as brushing your teeth.

EFFECT: Subtle. It’s just your regular toothpaste but with added chemicals, abrasives and polishing agents. It provides extra stain removal but won’t actually change the natural colour of your teeth. Even the most effective toothpastes will only lighten teeth by one shade on the chart, so it’s not the option for a quick, pre-wedding fix.

RISKS: Products that include pumice may cause damage to the enamel.

Whitening Gel

WHERE: At home

COST: £20ish

TIME: Two weeks

METHOD: A gel applied twice a day directly to the teeth. The magic ingredient peroxide ensures decent results.

EFFECT: More noticeable than the toothpaste thanks to the peroxide. Yay peroxide! It is a bit poisonous though. Boo peroxide.

RISKS: Gum irritation. Unsupervised dental fiddling. You wouldn’t do your own fillings, would you?

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Nervous groom - Picture by Hayley Ruth Photography

What Terrifies Men About Weddings

On first inspection you’d think a wedding would rank somewhere between, “Small girl with ice-cream” and “parcel delivery” on your average bloke’s internal list of terrifying situations. But when you start to break it down the Big Day contains many situations that rank way higher on the Terrifying-O-Meter. Perhaps even somewhere between “Rooney broken bone” and “getting things caught in zips”. So what is it that’s giving your groom, best man or father of the bride a nasty case of wedding nerves?

Nervous groom - Picture by Hayley Ruth Photography

Walking Down the Aisle

Sounds stupid doesn’t it? The bride’s the one who has to do the aisle-walking dressed in the big frock and pokey shoes. Yet the father of the bride is the one who’s sweating over it.

Why? Well mainly because it’s his big moment. All those eyes turn towards him, he has to stick to that weird slow-walk rhythm, and he knows that at the end of the aisle he has to hand his daughter over to some spotty oik he’s only met 12 times.

How to combat: Practice makes perfect on the walk. Also, try to have the big, “You know I’ll always love you Dad” talk a month or so before, not in the car on the way to the church.

Saying His Vows Right

I do. Just two little words that give men more problems than nearly any others. In this case though it’s not the weight of the ceremony or the pressures of commitment that petrify him. It’s the sheer bloody simplicity. Someone says the words and you just have to repeat them; that’s easy! Exactly, so you’d be really stupid if you messed them up, wouldn’t you?

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