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!

Why a Spring Wedding?

Spring is full of blooming flowers, tweeting birds and new beginnings, making it the best time to start your new life as a married couple! It may be the time of April showers but come rain or shine the energy of this stunning season provides a beautiful backdrop for any wedding.

We think these reasons will convince you to consider a spectacular Spring wedding…

 

  1. Longer Days

The days get lighter during the months of Spring, meaning your wedding can start later or go on for longer. Feel the warmth of the early British sun and immerse yourself in the love around you. The longer days remind us that summer is around the corner and it’s time to pop the prosecco!

  1. Originality

With many brides opting for a Summer or Winter wedding, be a trail blazer and take advantage of Spring. The photo opportunities are endless and totally beautiful. Spring weddings call for naked wedding cakes, stunning sleeved dresses and convertible getaway cars. A true wedding to remember…

  1. Decoration

The warmer weather means that different flowers will be in season compared to those available during the winter. This means that brighter colours are in bloom and you can match gorgeous pastel flowers to your bridesmaids. Soft and natural settings will make for a truly exquisite wedding photo!

  1. Flowers in Season

Peonies, Daffodils and Bluebells make for the perfect seasonal bouquet and décor. Very fitting for a country wedding- brighten up your day with these colourful blooms and fill your venue with a beautifully fresh aroma!

  1. Detailing

It’s the little things that make a wedding day so special! Imagine your flower girl with fresh flowers in her hair piece, or down the aisle. Fresh pink blossom on the trees of an outdoor wedding. Your something blue being a simple bluebell as part of your bouquet!

And if it happens to rain on your big day, yellow umbrellas and wellington boots make for an adorable picture!

 

So, breathe in the crisp, fresh air and toast to a whimsical, magical wedding.

Fross Wedding Collections Open Evening

We at Fross Wedding Collections are so excited to be announcing our first ever showcase event at our boutique! On Thursday 30th March 4pm to 8pm we will be opening our boutiques doors to brides and their friends and families who would simply like to browse the collection and get to know our team at Fross Weddings before booking their bridal appointment with us!

Our lovely team of friendly and professional bridal consultants will all be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have regarding booking an appointment, the designers we stock, and how the whole process works of finding and purchasing your dream bridal gown with us, or any other questions you may have!

There will be bubbly, nibbles and of course our stunning collection of bridal gowns all from the newest collections! Our designers include Justin Alexander, Wendy Makin, Stella York, Sincerity and Mori Lee.

We are so excited to invite you to this event and cannot wait to see you all there!

We’ll be posting updates as the time gets nearer so don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media pages for images and information about this exciting event! Xx

Valentine’s Love Story Competition Winner

Many Congratulations to the lovely Lydia and her soon to be husband Tom on their winning Love Story! We loved how you met and your story so far! We wish you all the best and hope to see you soon to try on some wedding dresses!

Here is their winning story!

We met at a festival….

Despite living in the same city for over 2 years whilst I was at university and often visiting the same bars and clubs tom and I actually met in a muddy field at Creamfields festival in August 2011. I was heading into my 3rd year of training to be a midwife in Birmingham and tom was on summer holidays from his university in Cheltenham. We met on the first morning of the festival when Tom and his friends pitched their tent next to ours…we were inseparable the whole weekend. When his friends had to leave a day early he decided to hitch a lift home with me and my friends (I like to think this was for me but most likely so he didn’t miss out on the final night of music!)

I didn’t think I would see him again when we dropped him at his family home in Solihull, expecting it to be a silly weekend fling- little did I know the next day he would ask me on a date and would end up staying the next week at my university house! When he went back to start his 3rd year of university I wasn’t sure how things would go.. five and a half years later down the line and were still together! We’ve managed two years of long distance, me being in Manchester,  Tom between Cheltenham and Birmingham. Two and a half years ago we moved to London together and have since worked and lived in Angel. We went on a camping trip to Devon in the summer which coincided with our five year anniversary. We were away with our closest friends having a brilliant time when Tom wanted to take me for a walk (he knows I’m a sucker for a coast walk). We sat on a bench at the cliff edge watching the sunset with no one around for miles when Tom got down on one knee and popped the question- it was a huge surprise! We spent an hour together drinking champagne and enjoying the moment (me in shock and not wanting to share the news just yet) but once I starting phoning friends and family I couldn’t stop! The love and support from everyone has been incredible and has made this exciting time even more special! We plan to marry in a countryside barn in Stratford upon Avon summer 2018. Next on the list for me… wedding dress shopping…

The first moring we met….

The evening we got engaged

 

 

Why a Winter Wedding…

Winter is one of the most romantic times of the year, with cosying up by the fire, walks in the snow and kisses under the mistletoe reminding us of that real old love. So why not add to the romance and plan your wedding for the winter. Here are some of the many reasons we believe you should have a winter wedding.

 

Your wedding will be unique

Unsurprisingly, winter is not the most popular time of year to get married; however this is not necessarily a bad thing. It means that your wedding will be memorable among your friends due to the unique decoration, hearty food and it could quite possibly be the highlight of their winter. You may even become a trendsetter!

 

It’s more cost effective

Due to the fact that winter is not the most popular time to hold your big day, venue hire is significantly cheaper, due to the lack of competition. You can expect to hire some of the most desirable locations for a fraction of the cost you’d be paying in the summer. You could potentially have more bargaining power during this time of year as caterers and other independent companies will be less in demand and therefore competing for your custom.

 

Memorable decoration

The colder weather means that different flowers will be in season compared to those available during summer. Meaning that deeper autumnal colours are in bloom, as well as lots of white flowers to reinforce the theme of winter and snow.  The nights also grow longer and darker meaning more opportunity for dramatic lighting, with the use of candles and subtle fairy lights.

 

Exquisite photographs

If you are lucky enough for snow to fall on the big day, the photographs will be stunning. Just imagine your wedding party captured against the backdrop of a snow swept scene. Although, snow is not always guaranteed, frost matched with rain and umbrellas also make for beautiful photographs and joyful memories.

 

Different dresses

During the summer- sleeves and four layers of fabric can make for an uncomfortable day. However in the winter, the more layers the better! Long sleeve dresses will keep you cosy while fur coats will turn heads, perfect for those brides wanting to make a statement all while keeping up to date with current fashion. It also poses an excellent opportunity to dress your bridesmaids in darker colours if this is better suited to your personal style.

 

Longer nights

For those of you who love a good party, you cannot go wrong with a winter wedding. It gets darker earlier, meaning the dancing and festivities can go on for longer with an earlier start! Those early evenings remind everyone of Sunday roasts and hearty foods, which are sure to be a hit with guests to warm their bellies after those outdoor photographs.

 

So wrap up warm with a glass of mulled wine and toast to magic, wintery love.