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2018 is going to be a wonderful year for colourful weddings if the Pantone colours for spring are anything to go by. The one colour that stands out is the colour of the year, Ultra Violet. Vibrant, playful and bold, lots of couples will want to incorporate this intriguing colour into their wedding day. From choosing Ultra Violet as your main colour scheme or simply adding hints of the colour, there are plenty of details to choose from for your wedding day. Shropshire Petals share their dried floral Ultra Violet wedding must-haves.
A wedding wouldn’t be complete without the magical confetti moment. When it comes to finding a confetti mix for an Ultra Violet wedding you can choose a block colour, a mix of different purple shades, or a purple shade combined with ivory or white to make the colours stand out more. Amethyst and Midnight Bloom are two delphinium petals that work wonderfully as throwing confetti for an Ultra Violet wedding. Use our online pick and mix tool to create your own unique confetti mix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wheat is the perfect way to include a touch of nature on your wedding day. Shop the full range at www.shropshirepetals.com.
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.
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…
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.