Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Quirky Deer Valentines Cards

Gosh it feels like its only just been Christmas and yet its the 21st January and Valentines Day is just around the corner!
So today's post is a quick reminder of my Valentines Greetings Cards which are available to buy either via my website at http://knotsandkisses.co.uk/greetingscards.html or via my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KnotsAndKisses?section_id=14360833&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

There are 4 designs .. two with a quirky stag / deer print and two with a 'Be Mine' motif.





Monday, 19 January 2015

Fabulous Weekend At The Exeter Castle Vintage Wedding Fair

What an amazing weekend! ... over two days I've been exhibiting at the Exeter Castle Wedding Fair hosted by Blue Fizz Events www.bluefizzevents.co.uk and met a fantastic amount of lovely couples who are planning their weddings and equally lovely wedding suppliers!
Here's a picture of my stand .. I included a table plan design for the first time which proved really popular in the Tuscany range.



I'd like to say a big thank you to Julie at The Flower Consultant in Okehampton who provided the lovely flowers to decorate the stand with. http://www.flowerconsultant.co.uk

As well as lovely couples I also met some fantastic suppliers ... so can thoroughly recommend

http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/ - stunning photography with gorgeous use of light and colour


http://www.maxiphotography.com/ - gorgeous intimate portrait and wedding photography


http://www.taylorcorps.com/ Massively talented florist


http://www.theswingkings.co.uk/_tsk/Home.html - amazing wedding band!

 
http://www.watercolourweddings.com/about-the-artist.html - gorgeous live watercolour paintings at your wedding ;


I also chatted to some fantastic wedding venues here in the South West - including Bridwell Park http://www.bridwell.co.uk


and Kentisbury Grange http://www.kentisburygrange.com/


Also for some fantastic ideas for weddings abroad and honeymoons contact Exeter based Zephyr Holidays http://www.zephyrholidays.co.uk/


Fantastic cakes were available from Little Lark Cake Company .. rather partial to their salted caramel cupcakes! http://www.littlelarkcakes.co.uk/

 
and from Kate Burt Cakes http://www.kateburtcakes.co.uk/ ... some of the decorative work was stunning! I particularly loved this 'lace up'cake ...
 


And if you are after fun and sunny wedding transport then you definitely need to check out http://www.vwdreamweddings.com/ .. I fell in love with their yellow VW Camper!

 
A shout out also to fellow wedding stationer Artemis Stationery ... we were both kept very busy on the day with lots of couples looking for wedding stationery. http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/
 
Finally for seriously beautiful bohemian wedding accessories and jewellery ... take a look at Kye Tew  http://www.kyetewjewellery.co.uk/
 
 

Friday, 16 January 2015

New Spring 2015 Wedding and Bridal Collection from BHLDN

I'm always very excited when bridal website BHLDN www.bhldn.com launches a new collection and they appear to have really outdone themselves for Spring 2015!
The collection of dresses, separates and accessories has a really ethereal bohemian feel ... with a touch of the Mediterranean and in a gorgeous palette of Blush Pinks and Creams which gives a vintage but modern feel to everything.


(I just adore the dress above!)



There is lots of lace, embellishments and some beautiful fabrics plus some gorgeous matching hair accessories. With shipping to the UK and Ireland being really reasonable its definitely a website to check out either to purchase your dress and accessories or just to browse for inspiration!






Hope that's given you lots to look at over the weekend ... and remember if you are in the Exeter area then pop along for a chat at the Exeter Castle wedding fair over the next couple of days :)

Nikki x

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Advice on How To Word Your Wedding Invitations

As you can imagine, I have many customers who ask me for help when wording their wedding invitations. Most of you will have never done this before and although we'll often have received wedding invitations how many of us really pay much attention to exactly how they are worded!?
My initial help for customers is to send 'wording forms' along with their booking forms to fill in.
This will give me the basic information I need in most cases to lay out the wording on their wedding invitations.

Most wedding invitations will follow one of three formats ...

1. Formal

These will generally be written from the point of view of the bride's parents, or both parents, as they are the one's hosting (and often paying for) the wedding.
Traditionally the wording will go something like this ...

Mr & Mrs Smith
request the pleasure of the company of
Mr & Mrs Joseph & Jennifer Bloggs
at the wedding of their daughter
Elizabeth
to
Mr James Robinson
on Saturday 15th July 2015
at 1pm
at St Peters & St Pauls Church
Kingsbury, Tamworth, Staffs
with a reception to follow at Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane, Lea Marston
 
Please R.S.V.P by 15th March 2015
to Mr & Mrs Smith, 115 Tamworth Road, Kingsbury, Staffs B78 2GG
 
 
Changes can obviously be made to accommodate divorced or separated parents and if both sets of parents are hosting.
 
Deco Glamour Range by Knots & Kisses

2. Semi-Formal
 
Often the most popular way of wording invitations at the moment, I find more and more couples are opting for this option which essentially gives an indication that the couple are hosting but with help from both set of parents. This is often the case these days ... either the parents are paying but the bride and groom really want the invitation to come from themselves and not be overly formal, or all parties are contributing money towards the wedding and wish to be recognised on the wedding invitation.
So wording may work as below ...
 
Along with their parents
Elizabeth & James
request the pleasure of the company of
Mr & Mrs Joseph & Jennifer Bloggs
on the occasion of their marriage
on Saturday 15th July 2015
at 1pm
at St Peters & St Pauls Church
Kingsbury, Tamworth, Staffs
with a reception to follow at Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane, Lea Marston
 
Please R.S.V.P by 15th March 2015
to Elizabeth & James, 28 Coventry Road, Kingsbury, Staffs B78 2GG
 
New Pretty Pastels Range by Knots & Kisses - Launching Feb 2015!
email info@knotsandkisses.co.uk if you would like more information
 
3. Informal
 
This third option is perfect if you are hosting and paying for the wedding yourselves. I've laid out some sample wording below, but to be honest with the informal option you can pretty much go as informal as you want ... throw out the rule book and make the wording fun and light hearted if you don't want to follow the traditional format ... it is your wedding after all!
 

Elizabeth & James
have the pleasure of inviting
Joseph & Jennifer Bloggs
to celebrate their wedding
on Saturday 15th July 2015
at 1pm
at St Peters & St Pauls Church
Kingsbury, Tamworth, Staffs
with a reception to follow at Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane, Lea Marston
 
Please R.S.V.P by 15th March 2015
to Elizabeth & James, 28 Coventry Road, Kingsbury, Staffs B78 2GG
 
Tuscany range by Knots & Kisses
 
Hopefully this gives you an idea of how to word and lay out your wedding invitations.
Obviously other things may be added ... "Carriages at midnight" to let your guests know what time to book a taxi, "Bring Your Wellies" perfect for a farm wedding .. and the always controversial "We are sorry but due to strict numbers at our venue we are unable to accommodate any children other than immediate family."
I'll be covering more on how to word these bits and pieces and what to include on an information card on another blog post next week so be sure to check back.
 
Nikki.


Monday, 12 January 2015

Decidedly Different Vintage Wedding Fair at Exeter Castle

Wow 2015 has definitely started with a bang ... such a lot of you getting married this year it would seem so a flurry of enquiries to start the new year last week!
It also an exciting week this week as I'm preparing to exhibit at the Exeter Castle Vintage Wedding Fair this weekend.
It's a 2 day affair on both Saturday and Sunday in the beautiful setting of Exeter Castle in the heart of the city. My stand will be set up in the Ballroom and I'm hoping to meet lots of new people and spend the entire weekend talking about their weddings!


There is going to be lots of entertainment from various bands and fantastic food from suppliers who you can hire for your wedding ... and loads of other wedding suppliers to meet from Photographers to stylists and everything in between!

I'm also excited as I'll be taking along some samples & showcasing 3 new ranges of wedding stationery which I will be launching next month .. Bohemian Beach, Midnight Rose and Pretty Pastels. I hope to see lots of you there!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Amazing new Wedding Accessories Collection for 2015

Very excited this week to see lots of new collections coming out from various wedding industry suppliers for 2015 .. including one of my favourites ... the lovely Debbie Carlisle from www.dcbouquets.co.uk .
Had to share as they are so gorgeous and right up my street with a very 'bohemian' vibe ... so here are some of the highlights from the new collection ...






Credits:
Accessories : Debbie Carlisle www.dcbouquets.co.uk
Photography: India Hobson www.indiahobsonweddings.co.uk
Hair: Alison Jenner www.alisonjennerhair.com
Make-up: Alex Jones www.makeupbyalex.co.uk
Flowers: Swallows and Damsons www.swallowsanddamsons.com
Dresses: Iris by Halfpenny London and Viola by Claire Pettibone from www.whiteroombridal.co.uk

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Peach, Coral & Green Wedding Inspiration Moodboard

I had a fantastic response to the bespoke wedding stationery I shared on Monday with the Peaches & Cream Botanical Pocketfolds.
Today I want to share with you a wedding inspiration moodboard which I have created to match this stationery.
The inspiration, as it was for my Victorian Garden range which inspired the bespoke design http://knotsandkisses.co.uk/victoriangardenweddingstationery.html, is Victorian Glasshouses and botanical prints. I've incorporated lots of foliage and flowers into the moodboard which could be used to decorate your venue along with rustic wooden elements and plenty of lace.

credits : Peach dress in centre from www.bhldn.com ; Cake from Cakes 2 Cupcakes ;
 
And to show how it matches with the stationery here is the image of the bespoke design I created again ...
 
 
Get in touch via email at info@knotsandkisses.co.uk if you would like this design for your wedding stationery
 
Nikki x