When we’re viewing new venues one thing we’re always sure to do is scout out the toilets. Although this might sound a little bit odd we firmly believe that with weddings it’s all about the finishing touches and grotty loos are one of the last things you want on your wedding day.
On the day itself it’s easy to neglect the loos however, more often than not – and of course this is especially for The Ladies – the loos become a gathering place, so it’s nice to make sure they’re really comfortable. At our weddings we like to add scented candles, scattered petals and, if not provided by the venue, some luxury hand soap and lotion. If you want to go further, it’s also nice to add a few basic bits and pieces such as hair pins, blister plasters and deodorant to ensure guests are as comfortable as possible.
Going about our daily business, we meet lots of people with lots of different opinions about various wedding trends and traditions. Occasionally, we meet people who haven’t got much time for the humble wedding favour; many couples don’t feel the need for this additional expense and besides aren’t sure what’s available other than sugared almonds. Being all about the details, unsurprisingly we don’t feel the same!
Not only are favours a great way of injecting personality into your wedding, they’re perfect for decorating place settings and are also a great way of thanking guests for turning up. It might seem strange to thank people for attending your big day but here at WBZL, we thinks it’s a really important point that often gets brushed aside. So often guests have traveled from far and wide, spent a small fortune on a new outfit and a lovely gift, paid for accommodation or even taken a day off work so a small token of gratitude doesn’t seem unreasonable. Below are just some of our favourite favour ideas, lots of which can be homemade for next to nothing or bought if you don’t have the time nor the inclination.
Big, swirly lollipops
Moustaches on sticks (great for hilarious photographs)
Christmas tree decorations (tied with ribbon and with place names attached)
Flavoured olive oil
Potted herbs (mint, lavender and thyme are our favourites)
Pretty napkin rings
Gourmet ground coffee
Jars of Jam (homemade if you like but definately finished with personalised labels and pretty ribbons)Welsh Love Spoons
Mini bath bombs
Feather butterflies (from Covent Garden flower market where they cost next to nothing)
For today’s board I wanted to do something classically elegant and luxurious, yet understated. With a colour palette of soft pink and mushroom brown, this board was inspired by that beautiful Jim Hjelm dress with it’s gorgeous ruffles and layers. I also wanted to combine a touch of French romance as a little tribute to my dear friend Hayley who recently had a surprise proposal in Paris!
Bridesmaids in soft pink never fail to make my heart flutter and adding a touch of soft brown means the whole look avoids being overly saccharine. Pink will never, ever go out of fashion with weddings so if you’re struggling to decide on a palette and looking for something timeless yet feminine, pink is a great choice.
We’re always on the look out for the latest miracle cream, so were delighted to stumble across Dr Brandt’s magical exfoliating cream and completely blown away by the results. Even after using the cream just once, skin feels squeaky clean, full of radiance and pollution free. So Dr Brandt gets 5 stars from us! Available from Space NK Apothecary.
A few weeks ago while working on the design for a lovely wedding next year, I had a little idea that I wanted to share. We work with lots of couples who have international roots and subsequently are always looking for new ways to reflect this within a wedding. For this particular wedding, I suggested asking guests to RSVP using a postcard from their locality and to include a note on how they know the couple or a great memory they have from spending time with them. These postcards could then be displayed at the wedding (we like washing line style, similar to the picture below) and thus act as some entertainment during the reception.
From the moment I saw that beautiful bouquet (shot by uber talented Nikole Ramsey,) I couldn’t get the combination of pretty peach and deep, juicy purple out of my head. I love, love, love peach but until now have only thought of it in terms of delicate summer weddings and was gobsmacked by the results of combining two such contrasting shades.
I’m in love with the earthy feel of this board which just feels perfect for the this month’s shifting seasons.
We're Weddings by Zoë Lingard was born from a passion for beautiful, seamless weddings. Having attended countless celebrations that didn't quite fulfil their potential and whose bride and groom arrived at the altar stressed out and tired, we knew that a new approach was long overdue.
We're Weddings by Zoë Lingard, we believe that a wedding should always be personalised and never generic. We believe guests should never be hungry, transitions should always be smooth and evening entertainment so good, guests simply can't stop dancing. We believe the details really do matter and that above all, guests should leave your wedding feeling like they know you that little bit better.
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