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Half Price Tickets to Westpoint Wedding Show

I’m delighted that I’ll be exhibiting for the first time this October at Brides : The Wedding Show at Westpoint in Exeter, and even more delighted that I am able to offer all my lovely readers half price tickets if you book in advance!

All you need to do is used special code KK44 when purchasing at http://www.theweddingshow.co.uk/buy-tickets/ 

 

 

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The show will be taking place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October this year and, as well as myself, there are going to be some amazing suppliers from around the South West for you to chat to and buy from for your wedding. There will also be a fantastic catwalk show 3 times a day, lots of live music on the ‘cafe stage’. There is a vintage area and also lots of make up and hair demonstrations plus a champagne bar! Its really going to be great weekend!

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I’m putting the finishing touches to planning my stand this week and am really looking forward to chatting to lots of lovely couples and offering all the couples who visit my stand the chance to win their wedding stationery!

Look forward to seeing some of you there!

Nikki x

Modern Retro Wedding Invitations

Occasionally I like to revisit my existing ranges – I like to make sure that if I have had them on the website for a while they still feel current and up to date and what all of you out there planning weddings need and want. One of my slighter older ranges – but definitely still a favourite is my Graphic Prints range – modern retro wedding invitations with a bit of a mid century 1950s danish feel. I designed these invitations a couple of years ago because I love 1950s Scandinavian furniture and the retro prints and colours that go with that era. I wanted to add something to the website with a bit of that retro feel but bring it bang up to date with modern typography and a clean crisp belly band in all of my favourite retro colours of teal, mustard and coral.

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As part of the design I also created a little ‘monogram’ motif for the top of the wedding invitations which is repeated throughout the stationery. I find monograms are becoming so popular with people for their wedding stationery as it really creates a lovely personal touch and is something they can carry on using – perhaps in letterheads and stickers – after the wedding.

 

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I just loved the photos my photographer Clare Kinchin http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/ took of the Graphic Prints range – especially the cute polka dot background and cotton reels we used to style it.

You can order a sample pack or all of your stationery from the Graphic prints range here http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/product-category/brights-collection/graphic-prints/

Tulle Wedding Dresses – Trends 2016

Things have gone ever so slightly frothy! I’m totally in love with all the gorgeous tulle wedding dresses and separates that are across all the shops and designers this year and into next. Gorgeous full tulle skirts are everywhere – whether that be as a fishtail at the bottom of a slinky embellished dress or as part of the ‘separates’ trend in the form of a big flouncy skirt with a cropped top – layered tulle in a variety of colours seems to be ‘it’ in weddings at the moment!

I’ve picked some of my favourites, at a variety of prices and budgets, to share with you on the blog today …

First up one of my favourite online shops BHLDN http://bhldn.com – based in the states but with shipping worldwide and a variety of different dress designers and prices. My particular favourite is the Ariane Gown – covered in blossoms with a tulle skirt the low v at the front keeps it looking modern …

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Next is fantastic British brand and online retailer Needle and Thread http://needleandthread.com  – amazing value and beautifully embellished – they also do a very cute range of ‘ballet dresses’ which would be perfect for a low key relaxed wedding or for your bridesmaids.

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And I just absolutely adore this tulle wedding dress from Kate Halfpenny http://halfpennylondon.com 

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Hope that gives you a few ideas for incorporating tulle into your wedding in a modern way.

Have a lovely weekend!

Nikki x

Moroccan Wedding Inspiration

Having spent my Christmas and New Year in Morocco its all about Moroccan wedding inspiration for me at the moment! I’m very inspired by influences from Marrakech and the Atlas. I would just love to create some subtle Moroccan inspired wedding stationery for a wedding in this country or abroad that is influenced by this beautiful country. If you are after a gorgeous relaxed vibe to your wedding with lots of comfy low seating for your guests and sparkling lights and lanterns then it would be perfect. The jewel colours are also perfect for anyone who wants to inject lots of colour in to their wedding, but I also love the cool calm terracottas and whites of the Kasbahs so creating calm chill out zones as well would be wonderful.

Here is some of my favourite Moroccan wedding inspiration from around the internet at the moment …

The perfect wedding dress for a Moroccan theme – light and elegant against a gorgeous sandy backdrop, found on Want That Wedding http://www.wantthatwedding.co.uk/2015/01/04/moroccan-chic-wedding-inspiration-ideas/ or this amazing Grace Love Lace gown from https://whitemag.com/inspiration/grace-loves-lace-india/

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This gorgeous chill out tent which I found on Rock n Roll Bride would be amazing! http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2014/02/the-festival-wedding-to-end-all-festival-weddings-kane/

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One of my favourite things about Morocco was the sweetened mint tea … I got a bit addicted! It would be lovely to serve this cooling drink to your guests either on arrival or later in the evening … perhaps with a slice of a gilded cake!

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And remember to accessorize with lots of gorgeous colourful moroccan lanterns and trays and this gorgeous headdress from http://thismodernromance.com/main/?p=8493

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Take a look at my Pinterest boards for lots more themes and wedding inspiration https://uk.pinterest.com/knotsandkisses/

Nikki x

Information Cards – What to include in your wedding invitations?

Today I want to talk to you about information cards … not the most thrilling subject I know but something you are probably going to have to think about at some point if you are planning your wedding and planning on sending out invitations! We’re in exactly this position currently whilst planning our wedding for next year … I would kind of like to get our invitations out around September / October time so I’ve started to put together a design for our invitations and subsequently work on what information we need to give guests in our information cards.

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These days I have very few couples who order wedding invitations without needing to give their guests a whole raft of information which they need to know, and so information cards have become almost a must! Of course their is the option of putting all of this information on a wedding website and then just having a small line at the bottom of your invitation directing them to said website. However do bear in mind that some older guests might not be that internet savvy and some people are also just lazy and won’t bother looking! So I’m definitely going to send information cards in with my invitations as well as a website to direct guests to.

So then I’ve started thinking about what I need to include. Obviously I have a bit of a head start being a wedding stationer as I know what is normally included as the basics and what many of my clients have included as ‘extras’ … but of course every wedding is individual and so the information you need to provide to your guests is individual as well. The very least I would advise putting on an information card or website is :

  1. The full address of the venue including postcode ( there often won’t be room for this on the invitation )
  2. Brief Directions – this doesn’t need to be the full google maps directions, but an idea for guests as the last little bits of the route which might be complicated is always good. You’ll often find a shortened directions on your venues website so sometimes they will have done the work for you!
  3. Gifts – even if you don’t want any many guests will assume that you do and so some indication of whether you have a gift list, are accepting honeymoon contributions, charity contributions or if you really don’t want anything at all is a must.
  4. Accommodation – these days many people are not getting married in their home town where all their friends and relatives live so a few accommodation ideas is fantastic.

Then of course there are things which you might want to put on which aren’t necessarily essential but may really help your guests, depending on your venue of course …

  1. Taxi numbers – if guests will need to pre-book taxis in advance if they are not staying on site.
  2. Dress Code – you might not have one but it may be an idea at the very least to put ‘no jeans or trainers’ if you don’t want guests turning up in smart jeans and a shirt etc.
  3. Car Parking – if your venue has a specific place to park or any other parking restrictions then let your guests know.
  4. Map – as well as directions you may decide to include a useful little map to give guest a better idea of where the entrance to the venue is etc. I’m hand drawing a little map for my information cards and have done so for a few clients in the past.

I’ve now started to also write a list of things which are very specific to my venue as well. Our venue hasn’t got a cash machine on site and is pretty rural so I need to let my guest know to bring cash with them. You might want to let guest’s know about anything else you are inviting them to over the weekend … are you having a get together on the Friday night or breakfast or lunch on the Sunday if its a weekend wedding ?

If you haven’t put it on the invitation card it might be an idea to include in your information card a time you expect them to arrive before the ceremony. Normally the time on the invite will be the time the ceremony starts so if you want your guests to be there at least half an hour before you might want to mention this.

I’m also giving my guests a bit of advance warning that we will be having a ‘unplugged ceremony’ and we don’t want to anyone to be using cameras or phones during the ceremony. I would hate to walk down the isle and just see people’s phones in front of their faces rather than the people I love smiling. It makes me pretty upset even thinking about it – and I’m also sure that our photographer doesn’t want people’s phones / cameras / tablets in shot either!

Wow I’ve got quite a lot to finalise and think about for our information cards … hopefully this has given you a bit of a heads up as to what to include too! Just one last word though – bear in mind that you will often only get 1 double sided information card included as standard in a lot of invitation suites so go in realising that if you do add on any of this extra information you may well have to add on a little to the cost for an extra information card.

Nikki x

Industrial Vintage and Navy Living Room

As many of you know it’s a busy year for me. As well as my work here at Knots & Kisses and planning our wedding, we’ve taken on the renovation of a 6 bedroom house in Torquay! So I wanted to share with you some updates of how we are getting on.

Previously I shared our ‘before photos’ http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/house-renovations-the-before-photos/ which include a picture of us exposing the brick wall in the lounge. Well I’m happy to say that the lounge is now finished! I’m so so pleased with it and my amazing other half Ant worked himself to the bone exposing the brick wall and installing a reclaimed fireplace which replaces the awful brick fireplace which was there before! Its definitely been hard work … I was on my hands and knees at midnight one night picking staples out of the wooden flooring before we stained it lol .. but its definitely been worth it.

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Most of the furniture in the lounge we already had from our previously rented house, but I had always envisioned that furniture and decor working against dark navy walls and exposed brick so was over the moon to have it finally come together ! I had a vision for a cosy but industrial vintage and navy look. Ant’s Grandad’s antique union jack is pride of place on the brick wall and I was very excited to finally get the rug down which we bought from Morocco when we were there at Christmas! Our red vintage cinema seats also look great under the window and provide extra seating without taking up the amount of room an extra sofa would and making the room look overly cluttered.

One of the newer pieces for the room is the giant copper anglepoise lamp we bought from Graham & Green … I absolutely love how it looks against the navy in my little reading corner. And I’ve also invested in a butterfly palm for the corner of the room – I love that house plants are back in fashion but I have to say I’m pretty nervous as I don’t have the greenest fingers so am going to try my best to keep it alive!

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There are still the odd bits and pieces to do … we eventually want to replace the modern plain white radiator for a lower dark grey Victorian one, but that’s going to have to wait a little while for when we replace some of the other radiators in the house.

Will keep you updated with any further renovations

Nikki x

Dusky Blue and Gold Wedding Inspiration

Dusky Blue and Gold is a new favourite of mine … I love it when a classic colour combination mixes with really modern styling to create a new look for weddings or interiors. I’ve been playing a lot myself lately with gold foiling and beautiful silks for my new Luxe collection which is launching at the end of the summer, and I just love mixing metallics with anything at the moment! On this note I’ve been seeing a lot of pale wedgwood and cornflower blues with gold lately and I think it works beautifully. Add a modern twist with geometric shapes and its a fantastic wedding theme.

So here is some of my favourite blue and gold wedding inspiration from around the internet …

I love marbling and splashes of gold leaf so this modern wedding cake from the Wedding Cake Boutique on http://onefabday.com/ie/metallic-cakes/ is just gorgeous

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I also love the combination of blue and gold but mixed with rustic elements such as these table and chairs – it gives a real old master ‘painterly’ feel to a wedding scheme. Photo from https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/still-that-kind-woman-1586299/photo-4398286780

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Who doesn’t love a pair of sparkly gold wedding shoes! Especially when there is a beautiful blue interior! Image from http://theeverylastdetail.com/modern-glamorous-garden-wedding/#_a5y_p=2941728 … and speaking of cake, the hint of blue in this metallic cake is gorgeous!

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Hopefully that gives you a few ideas for your wedding … I’m off now to design some blue and gold wedding stationery! Its definitely got my creative juices flowing!

Nikki x

Modern Grey and White Save the Date Cards

I absolutely love it when I get brief from a bespoke client which really speaks to what I am enjoying designing right now and Holly & Joe’s modern grey and white save the date cards were exactly that. When I got a call from Holly to discuss her wedding stationery design we clicked straight away and I loved her ideas and Pinterest board she sent me that she had put together for her wedding. Not only that but they are getting married on the same day as me next year. I have to say I’d been wary about taking on too many orders which would clash with my own wedding but I loved Holly’s brief so much that I felt I couldn’t turn it down!

I started with the design for the Save the Date cards. We decided to keep the colour scheme to just one of the colours in her wedding, dove grey, plus a neutral crisp white. I always advise clients to introduce a colour scheme gradually if they are sending out Save the Date cards .. it leaves a nice surprise for the guests when they receive their invitations and see the whole colour scheme in full!

Modern Calligraphy style Save the Date Cards in Grey & White

So we kept things beautifully simple for Holly’s Save the Dates with a modern calligraphy style font and then I hand drew a simple floral design for the wording side of the card with a clear modern typeface in grey. To go with Holly’s slightly rustic theme I included brown kraft envelopes so the whole look felt very modern and elegant but with a slight rustic twist, without going down the whole masses of brown kraft card and hessian route.

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I was really pleased with the result and I can’t wait to design Holly & Joe’s invitation suites later in the year!

If you would like to get in touch with me to discuss a bespoke design for your own wedding then please just drop me an email to info@knotsandkisses.co.uk or give me a ring on 07976625201.

Nikki x

Our Engagement Photoshoot

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So rather excitingly on the 11th May we had an engagement photoshoot with our amazing photographer Clare Kinchin http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/ . We’ve both known Clare for a couple of years now since as she is based in Plymouth and we’ve met her at a couple of wedding fairs we’ve exhibited at. She also did all the amazing photography on this website last year and I also happen to have recently designed her new logo and branding for her.

Saying all that me and Ant really don’t like having our photo taken! I suppose a lot of people don’t. I always feel awkward – don’t really know what to do with my hands, face, generally blink and close my eyes! Ant also doesn’t feel particularly comfortable having his photo taken and generally pulls funny faces as soon as someone points a lens at him!

So even though we knew Clare already I still felt it was important for us to have an Engagement Shoot so we felt totally at ease on our wedding day next year. I also really felt it was time, after 10 years together, that we actually had some nice photos of the two of us! I’m not one for having photos of myself all over the house but it would be lovely to have a couple that we really loved.

So at 10am on the 11th we packed up the car with a few clothing options and some vintage suitcases and blankets and went and met Clare up at Haytor on Dartmoor.

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We’d initially discussed doing the photo shoot in our new home town of Torquay but then we were discussing it further and we just really felt that as we’d not been here long Torquay just didn’t really feel like it represented us as a couple just yet … and also to be brutally honest I’d seen so many Engagement shoots of couples on beaches lately that I didn’t want our photos to look ‘generic’ ( absolutely no offence to you if you’ve had your engagement shoot on a beach! ). So we decided on Dartmoor – we loved living next to Dartmoor for the last few years and it was also coincidentally one of the first places we went on holiday together, long before we thought of moving to Devon.

On the day I was disappointed to wake to really stormy skies and rain but to be honest it’s the best thing that could of happened as the skies were so dramatic over Haytor that it made for some really amazing photos. I had said to Clare how much I loved the book Wuthering Heights and so I really loved Dartmoor for its feeling of desolation sometimes – and so the skies and weather conditions to be honest couldn’t have been more perfect!

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Clare, knowing that we’d included a skull motif on our Save the Date cards, had also brought some skulls she had with her as props and these proved to be some of my favourite photos of the day. I absolutely love the photos of us with the skulls in front of our faces. Its just a really beautiful photo regardless of whether we’re in it and I’ve definitely ordered this one as a piece of art for our walls – it kind of solves my problem with having photos of myself up in the house!

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We had a really fun morning and I would definitely recommend an engagement photoshoot to anyone as it really made me feel more relaxed in front of the camera and ready for having photos taken on our wedding day.

Nikki x

Wedding Lighting & Decoration

Whether you’re getting married indoors in a barn, castle or house, or outdoors in a field, woodland or tipi I think wedding lighting is one of the things that is so important yet often gets overlooked when planning. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the lighting for our own wedding. We are getting married in May so hopefully during the day lighting won’t be an issue but in the evening I want the lighting to be magical and so I’ve been looking at what our venue provides and if we need any extra.

For indoor weddings candlelight can be absolutely gorgeous and create really beautiful lighting for your photographer. However lots of venues don’t allow open flames so its best to always check this with your venue first. Explore other options and see if they will allow tealights in mason jars ? Or create alternative lighting with hanging ‘edison’ bulb light installations if possible. A friend of mine created a lovely ambience for her evening reception by using battery powered table lamps in the centres of her round tables for her evening reception, as candles or hanging installations weren’t allowed. These can often be hired quite cheaply from wedding hire companies.

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Outside I absolutely adore festoon lighting which strung across an outdoor space can create a gorgeous party atmostphere … or fairy lights strung between trees en masse gives a beautiful magical feel. In fact anything hanging from trees if you have them at your wedding venue or reception looks amazing so definitely utilise anything you have to string lighting from!

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I hope that gives you a few ideas for your own wedding … I’m going to go off now and dream about my hopefully festoon light and fairy light filled wedding reception!

Nikki x