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So yesterday I had my first attack of wedding nerves. I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last … I’m a fairly nervy and worrying sort of person by nature. The reason for the flip of the stomach and the butterflies ? I sent our wedding invitations to print! You’d think, being a wedding stationer, this would be the easiest and smoothest part of the whole wedding planning process … but apparently not! In actuality I’ve been quite stressed out by the pressure of designing my own invitations. I feel even more pressure to get them spot on … to make them really reflect me and Anthony as people and also, because of what I do, to make them something which will have the dreaded ‘wow factor’ when our guests open them. I hate that phrase ‘wow factor’ by the way … but you know what I mean.

So when I pressed send on the email to my printers my stomach did a little flip and I felt kind of nauseous. My mind has since been racing with visions of me getting them back from the printers and realising I’ve made 101 spelling mistakes or that I’ve put completely the wrong date for some unknown reason. I proof read them several times over and got Ant to do the same so I’m pretty sure this is not going to happen … but my worrying nature takes over in these instances and I become completely irrational.

I desperately don’t want to be like this for anything else to do with the wedding so I think I may have to find some ways of calming myself down slightly … perhaps I’ll take up yoga!

On the plus side – many of the decisions which cause angst to many couples and brides whilst wedding planning have seemed to pass us by. My whole outfit is sorted .. picking a dress was easy peasy. I found one I loved online, bought it, loved it and am having some small alterations to make it perfect. Job done. The venue decision was also relatively easy, and deciding on a guest list, because we are paying for it all ourselves took minutes as we aren’t having to invite long lost relatives or friends of our parents that we don’t know and don’t really want to be there!

Ooh and super excitingly we’ve booked our honeymoon! We actually weren’t going to bother as we have so much money to spend on our house renovations … but as we realised more and more how much hard work the next few months was going to be we decided we really needed a break after the wedding! So we’re off to Bali … I cannot wait! ( Almost looking forward to that more than the wedding now! … only kidding! )

Catch up with more of our wedding plans soon .. hopefully this is my first and last attack of wedding nerves!

Nikki x

 

Image credits : http://bridesmaidforhire.com/the-7-worst-wedding-planning-tips-you-should-avoid/

Pheasant Feathers / Summer Wedding Styling

I have to say I’m a bit obsessed with pheasant feathers at the moment! I used a couple at the photo shoot for one of my new luxe ranges last month and now I just can’t get enough of them. I’ve always found though ( for obvious reasons given the game season ) that pheasant feathers are always cropping up in styling images for more autumnal and winter looking weddings when I’ve been browsing pinterest and the internet. You can now buy them nearly all year round from various different online suppliers and I personally think they can look amazing with spring and summer weddings as well …. so I had a bit of a hunt to find some more summery inspiration to share with you!

I love the mixture of pheasant feathers with more summery flowers like peonies and roses – lots of pinks and greens and ruby colours.

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credits : Wedding Sparrow http://weddingsparrow.com/article/wild-at-heart-styled-shoot-paula-ohara-and-pearl-godiva/  and Style Me Pretty http://www.stylemepretty.com/2013/06/18/tuscany-wedding-from-lisa-poggi-photography/

Pheasant feathers also make a wonderful addition to place settings …

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I love how this bride has collected feathers together to form an alternative bouquet, and I always approve of pheasant feathers as decoration on cakes …

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cake from : http://www.krumblies.co.uk/#!wedding-cake-gallery/zoom/cfbs/i431d82

Finally who wouldn’t love to finish off their wedding with a chill out area full of teepees with feathers sticking out the top! Or arrange a few to one side for a little area for children to play in throughout the day. Summers wouldn’t be summer without festivals and a few tents would create a wonderful summer atmosphere!

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I really hope that’s given you a few ideas as to how you could incorporate pheasant feathers in to your spring or summer wedding.

Nikki x

Spring Wedding Invitations and Styled Shoot

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of providing some stationery and invitations for a wonderful styled shoot which took part at one of my favourite wedding venues in Devon Coombe Trenchard http://www.coombetrenchard.co.uk/ . The theme was a Spring Wedding and the fabulous ladies at Blue Fizz Events http://www.bluefizzevents.co.uk/ put together a fantastic team for the shoot. The stationery was inspired by the setting and the gorgeous gardens at Coombe Trenchard and we had a fantastically creative day and hopefully created some really useful wedding inspiration for couples for their wedding as well.

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I put together an invitation pack tied with a pretty tag with a foliage print and some dark brown twine and this was echoed with bright greens and fuschia pinks across placecard tags, with the same brown twine, and a table plan and menu. The whole spring wedding feel really came together but with really bright colours rather than pastels, which was really refreshing!

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The stunning photography was by Mckenzie Brown http://www.mckenzie-brown.com/ and couture dresses by Christine Trewinnard http://christinetrewinnard.co.uk/ The beautiful natural flowers were created by Vanessa at http://www.theflowermillcornwall.co.uk/

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Gorgeous cakes were made by the amazing Laura at Sugar Mama’s Cakery http://www.sugarmamas.co.uk/

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The exciting news is that I will be launching this stationery as a new collection on my website later this year! It will be called Spring Garden, but if you would like to order this range for your wedding stationery in the meantime then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and email me at [email protected]

Nikki x

Marble Wedding Inspiration

So I’m more than a little obsessed at the moment with marble! I’m very much considering a marble work top for my new kitchen island and I’ve been working on a Luxe Collection of stationery which I will be launching very soon and one of the invitations is very much inspired by marble and rose gold. So today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite marble wedding inspiration from around the web.

I especially love really pretty grey marbles at the moment mixed with blush pinks and gold or copper metallics but they also look gorgeous with elegant blues as well.

Marble plates look especially pretty with Italian style foliage and simple placecards or hire in marble tables or table tops with gold cutlery for a really luxe feel to your reception space. Marbled cakes are an absolute favourite of mine at the moment and a much more budget friendly way of incorporating marble into your wedding day. I also love the idea of marble print envelope liners as well.

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And as we are discussing marble and all things Luxe I though I might give you a sneaky pink at one of my new Luxe ranges which will be launching next month! This one incorporates all of my favourite things – blush pink, gold and a marbled textured background … can’t wait to share more with you!

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Nikki x

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