Wedding Styling

Double-duty Décor

I have heard many brides and grooms say they have a very small budget for their wedding and they can be great at sourcing low-cost versions of luxury products, perfect for a wedding celebration. Unfortunately, even the little things can start adding up- especially when you have to multiply the cost by each guest! Here are five tips in getting some of your wedding expenses to do double-duty on your wedding day. So even if you have to multiply your costs by one hundred, at least you can divide them again by two!

  1. Stick the menu or table numbers on personalised wine bottles. If you don’t want to DIY there are quite a few online business where you can design your own label and they will send you the wine with the labels all ready for your wedding.
  2. Wedding favours can double as escort cards. Arrange them in a way that complements the rest of your décor and make them a feature of your reception styling.
  3. Decorate your reception tables with edible centrepieces. A gorgeous fruit and cheese platter, or a pretty dessert creation will feed your guests and pretty-up the table.
  4. Place small wedding cakes on each table as a yummy centrepiece. You can visit each table and ‘cut the cake’ more than once. At many weddings I’ve attended as a guest, it can be hard to see the cake-cutting from where I’ve been sitting. Cutting the cake with each table will make a special moment of your wedding day more intimate and something you can share with everyone.
  5. Give guests personalised glasses for drinking during the reception- and to keep as a wedding favour. This is especially good if you’re arranging the catering yourself. It could also reduce hire costs- and washing-up!
Wedding Styling

What is an Inspiration Board?

I love loooove inspiration boards! I can get lost for hours on Pinterest or Instagram finding the perfect image. Inspiration boards are an indispensable tool for planning weddings. Generally speaking, they are a visual collection of pictures/items that tell a story. Here are a couple of reasons why they are so useful in wedding planning:

They help with communication

They are such a great way to communicate a wedding concept with clients as well as wedding vendors- so much better than describing something. If everyone has a copy of the inspiration board everyone is on the same page.

They keep you on track

Inspiration boards also help to keep the style of a wedding cohesive. There is no point buying things and hiring more things and hoping that on the day they are all going to work together. If you create an inspiration board before you go shopping, you have a much better idea what you need and how everything will fit together. This is going to save you a lot of time, money and worry in the long-run because you’re not sure if the table runners you bought on sale a few months ago will actually match the centrepieces.

So, how do I create an inspiration board?

If you want to design your own inspiration board, Pinterest can be an easy place to collate different images. If you want to create a collage, a couple of my favourite programs are Google Photos and Fotor. A good way to display these collages is to make them your desk-top or screen saver on or computer where you will see it often.

You don’t need to limit inspiration boards to the computer. A physical inspiration board can easily be created on a cork board- even the back of your bedroom door. You can include pieces of fabric, magazine cut-outs, pieces of jewellery- anything that inspires you.