Monday, 31 August 2009

Vintage tea cups

I bought these adorable tea cups are from Vintage Heaven on Columbia Road, Bethnal Green perfect for a summer fete style wedding. I love the colour of the blue and ornate swirly design, it makes me think of delicate ladies sipping genteelly and talking about lady like things.

Visit the shop on Sunday when the flower market's on and rest your weary feet with tea and cake in the little tea shop at the back. All makes for a delightful day!

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Art as wedding inspiration

When you're a bride (or groom) to-be absolutely everything and anything around you can be used as inspiration for your wedding. Here's one of my favourite pieces by Alphonse Mucha to get your creative juices flowing...

Alphonse Mucha's The Moon makes me think of a magical, midnight wedding. With deep blues and peacock greens, twinkly fairy lights, on a balmy summer's night this could be the perfect ethereal fairytale. I think I like it because it makes me think of Midsummer Nights Dream but in blues instead of greens. It feels other worldly and exciting! Simplicity would be the key to preventing this turning tacky but then if fairies and magic is your thing who cares if other people think it's tacky.
I think lots of soft twinkly lights would help set the mood, especially if you had a blessing outdoors at dusk. These lovely little globes of light would work well...

or these flower fairy lights both from

Or you could make your own like these cool DIY tealight covers from the uber useful Credit Crunch Bride

Saturday, 29 August 2009


Shoes. I've always loved shoes. There's something undeniably satisfying about slipping your feet into a new pair. So I imagine picking wedding shoes to be one of the most fun aspects of wedding planning.
Here are some of my favourite high street shoes that'd be perfect for a colourful creative bride and her maids!
I love love love the colour of these delighfully named Panther Bow Peep heels from Schuh.

I love the stripes and bow combination and completely unapologetic 'drama-queen-ness' of this shoe. It would look very cool with a short flirty 50s style dress. Also from Schuh.

Now yellow might not be the easiest colour to wear but you can't go wrong when it's on your feet. And knowing you've wearing Vivienne Westwood will surely help make you feel special on your big day. Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Heart

Alternative Wedding Songs

Part of the challenge for the alternative couple is finding the perfect wedding music. You want music that you like, that's meaningful in some way and that won't offend granny too much.

Well we pretty much through caution to the wind where that's concerned. Here's a list of alternative love songs for you to peruse to help you think outside the box. Happy listening!

1.Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life

2. Radiohead – All I Need

3. The Source feat Candi Staton - You've Got The Love

4. Sufjan Stevens – To Be Alone With You

5. Guillemots – Made up Love Song #43

6. The Macabees – Toothpaste Kisses

7. The Wannadies – You and Me Always and Forever

8. Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage

9. Air – You Make It Easy

10. James Brown – I’ve got you (I feel good)

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Vintage Wedding Dresses

Savoir Weddings is all about providing brides (and grooms) with something a little bit different so they can make sure their wedding is one they want not want they feel pushed into having. We especially love, stlish, creative, quirky options for brides on a budget.

This is why we're so pleased to have discovered A Vintage Wedding. Based in Essex, these unique one off gowns start from as low as £250!

Sarah Penrose is the owner of these delighful creations and explains how she came to set up A Vintage Wedding.
In September 2007 my partner of 10 years popped the questions and you can imagine after all those years together I had pretty much planned my wedding….apart from my gown. 

I knew I wanted something different a dress that made people say “Wow”, a dress that was unique. So the hunt began and I came across the most amazing short vintage style 50’s dress. My day arrived, and I was right, people still say that they have never seen a dress like it at any other wedding. Mission accomplished! My wedding was also featured in two wedding magazines.

I began to consider vintage gowns when one evening, after a long day of trying on dresses with a friend, I realised that they were all starting to look similar. Also, it occurred to me, after I thought about the long and expensive hunt I had for my dress, that others may want to be individual too, and maybe I could help them, so we set about collecting exclusive vintage dresses, and that leads me to where we are today…

Girls want individuality, not mass produced gowns. Vintage gowns suggest originality and flair, and providing the gown is well cared for it will increase in value, unlike a new dress purchased today. In particular 50's prom dresses with their glamorous and frothy skirts have become very sought after. This year, at the Golden Globes, several A-List stars were in Vintage 50’s Prom dresses!

At ‘A Vintage Wedding’ offers a unique collection of stunning ‘one off’ vintage gowns and accessories that we have carefully selected from across the world to provide a spectacular array from the 1930’s through to the 1980’s. We also have a small collection of modern, exceptional designer gowns.
See A Vintage Wedding for more. Lovely.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Take a look at this!

Have to post this right now as soon as I've received the images because they are so so beautiful and amazing!
Not only does this look like THE coolest wedding but the photos capture the style and spirit perfectly.
I know one thing for sure. When I get married I want a wedding and photographer like this!
Get comfortable and take a look (ahhh sigh...)

These bridesmaid dresses are so unique...

Inventive bridesmaids' gifts...

Proof you can have a classy cake...

Simple but very effective table design...

If this were me I'd be framing this shot and putting it on my wall!

Ahh, almost makes me well up just looking at them!
Well I have gushed enough here! See here for more photos and details of the wedding.
Thank you so much to Christine for letting me post these up and congratulations to Kristi and Anthony for having one of the most inspiring weddings.

Friday, 21 August 2009

PrettyWild Design

Check out the recently discovered PrettyWild Design - simply sublime stationery. Love this Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding stationery.

Elegant, stylish and original. Suzanne Osborne is the creative force behind PrettyWild Design. She's been designing for over 15 years and adores creating imaginative and affordable wedding stationery. Every order is customised to suit the client with their colour theme, names and preferred embellishment details. The items range from save the dates and invitations to gift bags and table plans. She also takes bespoke commissions like the lovely Alice and Wonderland work. 
To see more of her work see

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Budget Weddings

Apparently the average cost of a wedding despite the recession in the UK is £22,000. Now whilst I'm certainly not criticising those who have big shindigs (if I had the money I'd probably do it), I do think there are cheaper ways to celebrate in style for those who either don't have or don't want to spend so much. The bridal industry has successfully taught us that getting married has to cost a fortune. In fact Brides Magazine (whilst I love it for ideas and advice) doesn't seem to agree with my concept of what a budget wedding is. In one issue it cites an example of a bride having a budget wedding who only had £12,000 to spend. £12000 does not qualify as budget to me. £1200 yes that's budget but with £12,000 you can have an amazing wedding.

I had a friend once who had put off getting married because she only had a £5,000 budget and didn't think she could afford a wedding. But it turned out that what was putting her off was the notion of a conventional wedding and all the hassle and expense that went with it. But when she worked out what she wanted and looked at cheap ways to make it happen she ended up having the small intimate wedding she'd always wanted all within budget.

Here are some basic money saving ideas:

Work out which are the most important aspects of the day for you. Is it the venue, the dress or the food? Whatever it is this is something you can splurge on. Then write a list in order of what's important to you both and the things at the bottom should be scrapped or the cheapest option used. The main point of budget weddings is that they are totally possible but only if you're prepared to work out what's most important to you and sacrifice the bits that aren't.

Enlist the help of friends and family wherever possible. And not just by helping you on the day. For instance having someone you know make the cake, do your hair and make up, arrange flowers, act as waiters, take photos the list is endless. Don't be afraid to ask - more people will love being involved.

Buy a dress, shoes and accessories on the high street or from sites like eBay. We've seen wedding dresses as low at £20 on eBay and you can always spend a bit of money personalising them. This is a surefire way to save a fortune and with a little shopping around you can get something amazing without blowing 1/5th of your budget. There's no reason why a wedding dress has to come from a bridal shop and as with everything to do with weddings the cost is higher than normal because companies know you've got money to spend.

Make sure you find out what your parents thoughts are (especially if they're paying and/or their opinions are important to you!) early on so there's no surprises later on. This way you can negotiate and explain your choices sooner rather than later and can avoid dramas further down the line when you mum assumed you'd invite the great aunt you've never met, or your best friend assumed she'd be chief bridesmaid and so on.

It's definitely possible to have a wedding on a shoe string - you just have to be creative and think outside the box.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Princess Lasertron

We love Princess Lasertron's alternative take on traditional bouquets. She makes heirloom-quality bouquets and accessories that bring a personal dimension to your wedding, wardrobe and everyday life. Created in 2005 by Megan Hunt of Omaha, and using renewable,recycled materials like wool felt, vintage fabrics, and antiquebuttons from local sources, Princess Lasertron's handmade bridal accessories are the perfect way to incorporate sustainability into your wedding.
Many brides in the States choose to work with Princess Lasertron because they know they are getting an heirloom-quality bouquet that will last long after their wedding day is over. Embellished with mother-of-pearl and beautiful antique jewelry, and created to match any theme or style, working with Princess Lasertron gives your wedding an even more personal dimension.
Boys aren't left out either! Boutonnieres in any style ranging from soft and delicate to masculine to completely fantastic are a perfect way to complete your order. Princess Lasertron can also provide other elements including corsages, hairpieces, and centerpieces.
We love the new flower bouquet and boutonniere kits that offer brides the chance to make their own bouquets, and a line of twelve couture wedding dresses for 2010 that will pair minimalist, structured foundations with over-the-top dramatic details.

For more info and to contact her check out her website


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