Why have an Easter wedding

Whether you’re keeping it simple by incorporating pastel colours and bunting, or going further with a full-scale egg hunt, an Easter themed wedding will always entertain your guests.

Pastel colours are a subtle, consistent and stylish way to bring in an Easter tone to your wedding without tying your whole day to the theme. We love the way the below wedding has managed to easily create an Easter theme by simply hanging pastel coloured paper lanterns from the ceiling. This cost effective and simple idea can transform a marquee wedding to a spring celebration with an Easter feel.

Centrepieces are another brilliant way to create an Easter theme. By incorporating props and ideas such as bright spring colours, eggs, ribbons and bright flowers, you can easily evoke the happy feel of Easter without breaking your budget or having to create anything too elaborate.

If you want to step it up and really go for a strong Easter theme, a classic Easter egg hunt is a fun and simple way to do it. This will also keep your littlest guests entertained and off your hands for a little while while they run around in glee hunting for their chocolate prizes, and you enjoy the drinks reception! This is especially perfect for outdoor weddings.

If you and your partner are real animal lovers and want to wow and delight your guests while getting some seriously adorable photo opportunities, why not truly make your wedding an Easter day to remember and have a petting zoo? This will make you the most popular with all the children attending and we guarantee that even the grownups won’t be able to resist petting a furry friend.

How to do wedding DIY and stay sane

Deciding to undertake any form of wedding DIY can be quite a commitment. Whether it’s creating your own centrepieces, table accessories, wedding favours or deciding to go all out and painstakingly hand craft all your decorations and finishing touches, it’s no mean feat.

Though it may be difficult and time consuming, DIY-ing your wedding day is becoming a popular trend, with couples across the nation claiming it has saved them thousands of pounds. However, at what cost? Having to cut out and fold hundreds of paper templates to fold into tiny decorative roses is enough to try the patience of a saint; therefore, I’ve compiled a few ideas on how to do your own wedding DIY, express your creativity and save some cash, whilst avoiding losing your patience and setting fire to a pile of half-finished handmade centrepieces.

If you’re looking for a fun and personal way to express your creative side and save a considerable amount of money, contemplate making your own wedding invitations. Firstly, please bear in mind this may be a better task for the bride with 60 guests rather than the bride with 200 (for your sanities sake). Though if you pride yourself on your persistence and enjoy repetition and precision, this would be perfect for you. This can be done at a fraction of the cost of ordering invitations and you can really personalise them and add your own touches. If you want to handwrite them, consider taking a calligraphy course. The average cost of wedding stationary is around £271.00, and a calligraphy course being available for £30.00, you still save money, and it becomes a fun activity for you and your H2B! Ribbon, card and other assorted decorative stickers all allow you to be creative and let your own flair inspire your invites, whilst also being extremely cheap from places such as hobbycraft for example. To save yourself from invite madness, enlist the help of your trusty bridesmaids to help you glue and stick to their hearts content! As your bridesmaids, they will definitely be more than happy to help you, (also, as your bridesmaids, they have no choice).

If you’re looking for a fun way to accessorise your venue at low cost, makeshift chalk board signs are an adorable and modern way to do so. All you have to do is come up with a catchy slogan and write it in a cute font, with optional doodles, and hang them up in appropriate places. This is a fun way of directing your guests, letting them know what your signature cocktail is or just giving them something funny to read. You can let them know your style as a couple by doing this, and its very low budget and not time consuming. Easy on the wallet and the effort!

If you’re looking to tackle something bigger, like your centrepieces. I would suggest enlisting the advice of a professional if you have no background in arts and crafts. As though it may look great on your Pinterest board, bringing that flower candelabra complete with floating fairy lights to life may not be as easy as it seems. Ensure that whatever your planned homemade centrepieces are, they’re not so difficult that they’ll stress you out and leave you abandoning the project and having to rethink them last minute. Create a mood board of possible colours/props/themes you want to include and start from there. Include things which express you as a couple and take from your lives together, your favourite things and themes which you both love. If you’ve got an artist anywhere in your extended family, now is the time to utilise them (even a self-proclaimed artist will be of some help).

Furry Friends

When planning your wedding, you need to take into account all your friends and family, and for many couples their pets are included in the latter group. Because of this including your favourite furry friends in your big day is becoming more and more of a common theme, and delightfully so! Take one of our lovely brides, Hollie and her partner Matt, for example. She wanted her gorgeous Doberman Bane involved in her day and luckily the wonderful venue Buxted Park were more than happy to oblige! Resulting in a very happy dog, bride and groom, and these wonderful photos from the wedding!

As well as having personal experience with pets being involved in weddings, we find that it’s becoming more popular for many couples and many different pets! When considering having your loyal companion involved in your big day, it’s important to ensure that they’ll be comfortable and happy in the environment. If your pet is generally skittish or a little nervous having them surrounded by all your wedding party could be stressful for them. So, giving them a main part in the ceremony, such as a ring bearer or flower-girl (two increasingly common roles for pets in weddings), could be too tricky for them. A way around this is to nominate a pet-sitter for the day, to watch over them and help them, it’s good to appoint this prestigious role to a family member/friend who your favourite furry friend is already comfortable around, such as a sibling. This should avoid any wedding jitters for your animals whilst still allowing you to let them join in on their owner’s important day!

If you’re truly an animal lover, then why not invite your guests to bring their pets too! This can tie into your theme and can also keep the children amused for hours playing with everyone’s wonderful pets. Although if you decide to this, proper planning is required! Ensure that your venue allows pets and is pet friendly, i.e. not too close to any roads if there are no protective fences. Also, make sure that you inform your guests of everyone’s pets attendance, so that if they are allergic or not very confident around animals, they can plan accordingly. For this same reason having a pet-free zone may be a good idea, as although you adore your animals, not every guest might and you don’t want them to miss out on the wedding fun. It’s usually best to organise for someone to take your beloved pets home before the evening starts, this will ensure you are stress free to relax at the party, safe in the knowledge your best furry friend is at home snoozing after their exciting day!

Real Wedding – A Beautiful July Blackstock Barns Wedding!

Nix and her new husband choose the beautiful Blackstock barns for their wedding! She chose a stunning Stella York gown and paired it with our So Sassi waterfall veil, one of our favorites!

“We first met Chloe at Blackstock wedding fair where we came across my dream dress in their catalogue. When it came to getting my dress quite a few months later, they had a new season of dresses in and my dream dress was no longer in the shop! The team at Fross were amazing and were able to get a sample of my dress shipped from Australia to try on. Which I am so glad they were able to as after trying MANY dresses on, I kept coming back to that dress!”

“We got married at Blackstock Barn on Wednesday 6th July and the sun shone down on us! We had the most perfect day with our closest friends and family and I felt a million dollars!  My now husband chose and designed our wedding cake on his own (with a little help from my mum!) which was made by the talented Sylvias kitchen and I couldn’t have chosen better myself! All of our special memories were captured Perfectly by Claire and Marcus from Fitzgerald Photography and Dex and Adam from Magic Lantern Videography. It really was the best day of my life!”

We love the colour scheme Nix and her husband used at their wedding and are so pleased their day was everything the dreamed it would be!

Xxxxx

 

Photography by – Fitzgerald Photographics – http://www.fitzgeraldphotographic.co.uk/

A Nifty Gift Guide

 

This is possibly going to be one of the most important gifts you could imagine buying for someone. It is highly likely that your present will stand in a pride of place in the home of the newly wedded couple and it should be something special. Depending on the intention of the gift it may also be functional or sentimental- all are equally memorable and will mean the world to your bride and groom.

We have created a fool proof guide to help you find the perfect gift…

Personalise your gift

Popular sites like notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy having special collections of gifts designed with weddings in mind with everything from bespoke scrapbooks to engraved wooden Mr and Mrs key rings and keepsake boxes. These gifts are ideal for the sentimental and especially if you have a loyal, long lasting friendship with your bride and groom.

Don’t be afraid to use your own artistic skills and make something by hand, they will surely appreciate the extra effort you have put in, and it will stand out between the other gifts in the ceremony. So, get out your old school and baby photos of the lovely bride and groom and be creative!

Remember- it’s the thought that really counts.

Pinterest is your best friend!

You may find it difficult to think of ideas from scratch and make something, so not to fear! Pinterest is the perfect place to get inspired for everything wedding related, including present ideas.
You can even pin and save ideas in your own private folder so the inspiration behind their gift remains a mystery! If you’re lucky enough and the bride or groom has their own Pinterest page, you can get an idea of the things they like and be guaranteed to get them a gift they love! Fross Wedding Collections have their own Pinterest account, so if you ever need any inspiration then look no further!

How to follow a theme

In some weddings, the couple sets a theme- whether it be Disney or Star Wars, why not use this opportunity to give your bride and groom a really quirky gift. Something that will be nostalgic and symbolic of one of the best day of their lives?
Cushions with quotes from their favourite film, going against the traditional and giving Disney themed horseshoes or organising a character to sing for the couple are just a few endearing ways to impress the couple with your commitment to the theme! These types of gifts will be guaranteed to be memorable and special.

Consider if there are cultural differences

In some cases where you are attending a wedding of a married couple of a different religion or culture, there may be customs for gift giving in place. Not to say that these are set in stone, you can ask your bride and groom for advice but if they are traditional, they may wish you to follow the customs.
Don’t fear!
If anything, this maybe a great opportunity, it will give your gift some direction and allow you to narrow down your searches. In Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist weddings for example, it is more common for the bride and groom to ask for money in an envelope. Nice and simple!

Artwork and religious works to adorn the newlyweds’ home would be widely appreciated, but it would be recommended in this case to do your research and ask the couple’s family for advice.
Don’t overthink this though, the couple will just be happy for your attendance on their special day!