Friday, 18 April 2014

Strong Bright Floral Wedding Inspiration

I hope lots of you are having a lovely start to your long bank holiday weekend and the sun is shining brightly!
I'm in the office today finishing off a lovely bespoke order of stationery ... but am taking Monday off so I get a little bit of an Easter weekend :)

This week I have been really inspired by some strong and bright florals which have been popping up on my feeds. I'm a massive fan of strong colour in weddings ... as you may have realised from many of my stationery ranges, which often don't err on the side of the very pale pastels!

Here are some of my favourite picks from this week on this theme ... I particularly love this Ellie Saab dress! ...

Ellie Saab Spring Summer 2014 Ready to Wear
Gorgeous floral necklace via http://stylemepretty.com
via B.WED Photography
Cake inspiration from www.pinterest.com
Photography by Isabelle Hesselberg Sweden
 
I'm also a massive fan of vintage tins and love the idea of using a set of tins like this as your table numbers or as a vase to put flowers in for your table centrepieces ...
 
 
 
Have a lovely sunny Easter weekend whatever you are up to!
 
Nikki x

 
 
 
 

Monday, 14 April 2014

English Eccentrics Wedding Stationery - Purple, Tweed & Lace

Today I'm revisiting my English Eccentrics range of wedding stationery.
English Eccentrics was originally designed three years ago when I wanted to combine my love of the English Country Tweed Look and Victoriana and old circus posters.
Its since gone through a couple of transformations but is now a gorgeous purple and brown flat printed design with all the lace and tweed elements incorporated.


The design incorporates fairground and festival style fonts and wording as well as a pale brown paper print. A full range of matching reception stationery is available and you can purchase samples from my website at http://www.knotsandkisses.co.uk/englisheccentricscollection.html

Friday, 11 April 2014

Wedding Tipi Open Weekend



SAMI TIPI OPEN WEEKEND AT BAWDON LODGE FARM
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April 11am to 4pm
Calling all brides to be – Are you searching for a unique personalised wedding venue? Perhaps you’re planning a festival style wedding. Then make sure you visit the Sami Tipi Open Weekend at Bawdon Lodge Farm on Saturday 19th April and Sunday 20th April.


Tipis provide the most atmospheric event space like no other event venue. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, tipis make for a fabulous outdoor celebration and provide a breath-taking alternative to a conventional marquee.

Sami Tipi can help you to plan the perfect event, whether it be an intimate party in a tipi, an enchanting wedding, a spectacular corporate event or a chilled out festival. Their tipi packages are personalised to suit your exact requirements and friendly, professional staff are there to help you along the way.
They are working in association with Benessamy Weddings & Events for the Open Weekend and will be showcasing two giant hats and a chill-out tipi. They will be decorated and styled by the award winning Darby and Joan and Tineke Floral Design and set within Bawdon Lodge Farm – a country farm which provides the perfect location to host a tipi wedding and grounds to facilitate a wedding weekend.

Pop along to the Open Weekend for the chance to see these fabulous structures for yourself and to meet the team of talented suppliers who will helping them to showcase the magnificent tipis.

"We are thrilled to be hosting our tipi open weekend, giving everyone the opportunity to see how you can create your own tipi wedding or event. The ambience created in the tipis makes for a magical event you and your guests will never forget"

Jodie Bidder - Events Director – Sami Tipi Events

"Tipis are just perfect for the increasingly popular festival style wedding. I’m excited to be working in association with Sami Tipi to provide visitors to the Open Weekend with an ideal opportunity to see just how fabulous a tipi wedding can be."

Val Mattinson – Director of Weddings & Events at Benessamy

So, if you're looking for a unique wedding venue to wow your guests make sure you attend the Sami Tipi Open Weekend (#SamiTipiOW) at Bawdon Lodge Farm on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April from 11am to 4pm. To book your FREE tickets register now at http://samitipi.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bridal Shops - Are They Always Providing Good Customer Service?

As I may have mentioned I spent a lovely weekend in London and Surrey last weekend with two of my best friends, one of whom is getting married next March.
On Saturday we spent a very enjoyable day catching up and shopping for bridesmaids dresses as myself and my other friend will be her two adult bridesmaids on her wedding day.
I was over the moon to be asked. We were really looking forward to going shopping for dresses ... even though we were all also slightly nervous as myself and my friend are slightly different shapes and were a little worried that we wouldn't find something that would suit us both!

(Wouldn't it be lovely if bridesmaid dresses were presented like this in shops ???)

And so to the point of this little blog post that I felt I just had to write after our experiences on Saturday.

We had appointments on Saturday morning at two different local independent Bridal shops. I won't be mentioning names as, to be honest, its not necessary and would be incredibly unprofessional ... however I did feel I had to discuss on the blog the two totally different experiences we had in these two shops in terms of customer service.

Our first appointment was at a bridal boutique at 9am. Walking up to the shop the windows were dressed nicely ( if not at all in the style of dresses that are my sort of thing ... but that is just personal taste ). All in all though the shop looked inviting and professional.
When we walked in we were instantly greeted warmly by the lady running the shop who took my friends name and then ushered us immediately into the 'bridesmaid's dress room' in the shop.
She asked us whether we were looking for short or long dresses and then proceeded to show us the rack of dresses and quickly talk through our options and that each dress would be available in a range of colours and that we should concentrate on shapes and styles today.
A seat was provided for the bride, who obviously wouldn't be trying dresses on, but sitting and deciding on what she liked us in.
The assistant asked us to pick out dresses we would like to try on and placed these in the small dressing cubicle for us.
We then started trying on dresses ... once we were changed into them she immediately helped us do up zips, any lace ties and pinned any part of the dress that needed taking in because the sample size was too large for us in order that we could see how the dress would look on us in reality.
She was there constantly for any questions that we needed to ask and offered the odd opinion where appropriate.
She then efficiently wrote down the names and codes of the dresses we liked and showed us the various colour options available.

We were actually only in the shop for about half an hour but had a lovely time and came away feeling like we had found a couple of really possible options for our bridesmaids dresses.

(A perfect bridal shop window display from Sassi Holford!)
 

Our second appointment was at a similar, but slightly larger bridal shop at 11am.
Again the dresses in the window weren't exactly my sort of thing but in this instance the mannequins were also incredibly badly dressed. It looked like no thought had gone into the window displays and several of the dresses were 'hanging' off the mannequins as they were way too big and no attempt had been made to pin them so they looked their best.
When entering the shop there were several assistants milling around and it took a few minutes for someone to say hi and for my friend to give her name and say she had an appointment.
We were told to sit in the waiting area as they were currently busy with other clients .. which is absolutely fine ... however two of the assistants were just stood around chatting to each other during the time we were sat waiting.
When we were eventually shown into the area to try on dresses a large party was still in there trying on wedding and bridesmaids dresses and we were told to pick what we wanted to try from the bridesmaids dress rack and put them in the dressing room which was available to us. The assistant, who had come across as moody and harassed from the beginning, then disappeared and left us to it and we had to awkwardly apologise to the other clients in the shop as we had to stand and reach in front of them to get to the bridesmaids dresses.
As all three of the staff were still in the foyer area chatting we proceeded to let ourselves into the dressing area and close the curtain behind us to try the dresses on we had picked. The bride was at no point offered anywhere to sit or spoken to as to the various options that were available.
Once the other party had left we finally got some form of customer service from the assistant who basically loitered around and helped us, without talking, twice when we needed help lacing up a dress.
The experience was appalling and we raced through trying the dresses on we had picked so we could get out of the shop as quickly as possible.
Quite frankly, even if we had found the perfect dress, my friend said she would have taken down the details of the dress and tried to purchase it from somewhere else as she refused to give a shop with such appalling customer service any of her hard earned money!

It just goes to show how good customer service can really affect whether a client purchases from your shop or not.
It would be interesting to hear of others experiences with bridal shops ... I hope to goodness that the second experience we had is a rare occurrence!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bespoke Wedding Moodboards Created Just For You!

Recently I created an inspiration moodboard for one of my couples who were struggling themselves to visualise the ideas they had for their wedding and therefore also their wedding stationery.
I love to offer this as an extra service for clients as I love playing with colour and pattern to put together a coherent look. Its something I did for my first ever wedding client .. my sister ... back in 2005 when I was helping create the look she wanted for her wedding.

Here are some of my favourite moodboards that I have created in the past. If you are struggling to put together or visualise your wedding scheme then for a small fee I can create a wedding moodboard just for you! Just get in touch at info@knotsandkisses.co.uk ...





Friday, 4 April 2014

Gorgeous Frothy & Pretty Wedding Dresses!

This week I've been blown away by some gorgeous frothy .. some might say slightly over the top! ... wedding dresses with bucket loads of frills and lace, and so just had to share them on my Weekly Wedding Inspiration!
I'm not normally a fan but I particularly love the back of this Vera Wang dress ...

 
Luisa Beccaria Dress
Danielle Caprese for Kleinfeld Wedding Dresses
 
 
And Finally ... I'm all for people wearing something a bit unusual for their wedding .. this would make you feel just like a mermaid! ...
 
 
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Nikki x

 
 
 


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A Stunning Arts & Crafts Wedding Venue in the Devon Countryside

I had the absolute pleasure recently of visiting a gorgeous wedding venue just down the road from me on the edge of Dartmoor and in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside.

The lovely Sarah showed me around 'Coombe Trenchard' after a chat and a cup of tea in front of one of the many lovely fireplaces in the house.


Coombe Trenchard is an Edwardian Estate with a very Arts & Crafts feel .. making me exceptionally happy as I'm a bit of an Arts & Crafts obsessive! Give me some William Morris patterned wallpaper and a beautiful hand carved wooden door and I'm there! So there were lots of oohs and aahs as I was wondering around the house. The panelling and fireplaces are absolutely beautiful ... and there is also a 'secret disappearing wall'!



Coombe Trenchard is perfect for an elegant yet relaxed wedding; the Edwardian house and gardens were designed for entertaining and is available for civil ceremonies as well as other celebrations.
The House is nestled within acres of picturesque gardens and parkland, incorporating water gardens, a stream with bridges, a woodland garden, terraces and many Arts & Crafts features.

You can have a small, intimate ceremony under the Italianate tower, to something more formal within the Grand Hall, beneath the Minstrels Gallery, which makes the perfect entrance for the bride to be down a beautiful sweeping staircase.

 
 


The terrace overlooking the gardens at the back is particularly stunning .. with the most amazing views over the Dartmoor countryside ... and would be perfect for an after ceremony drinks reception.

All in all if you are looking for a intimate venue with a real sense of style and history I would thoroughly recommend giving Sarah a call and arranging a visit.

Take a look at Coombe Trenchard on their website at http://www.coombetrenchard.co.uk or drop Sarah an email at sarah@coombetrenchard.co.uk