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A wedding reading…

With Valentine’s Day around the corner I’m feeling all nostalgic…my husband and I will be married for 15 years this year, when we were choosing songs for our wedding video  we knew we had to include Destiny by Zero 7, it’s a favourite of ours and I have always loved the lyrics, especially the chorus, I think it would make the perfect wedding reading…

happy wedding couple drink pink champagne

‘Destiny’ by Zero 7

Now I dream of you

 

But I still believe

There’s only enough for one in this

Lonely hotel suite

The journey’s long

And it feels so bad

I’m thinking back to the last day we had.

Old moon fades into the new

Soon I know I’ll be back with you

I’m nearly with you

I’m nearly with you

 

When I’m weak I draw strength from you

And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood

And when I’m down you breathe life over me

Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

 

On a clear day

I’ll fly home to you

I’m bending time getting back to you

Old moon fades into the new

Soon I know I’ll be back with you

I’m nearly with you

I’m nearly with you

 

When I’m weak I draw strength from you

And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood

And when I’m down you breathe life over me

Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

 

I’ll fly, I’ll fly home

I’ll fly home and I’ll fly home

 

Lyrics by Zero 7, have been edited, find full lyrics here, see video here

Image by Cecelina Photography


How to choose your wedding gift list

How to choose your wedding gift list with Blue Ribbon

Last week I spoke to Zsofia from BLUE RIBBON luxury wedding gift list about the company and the service they offer to couples. Today I’m joined by her co-founder Esther Rulli who is going to delve a little deeper into choosing the right gifts for your list.

Bluie Ribbon luxury gift list tableware

Sieger by Furstenburg Dinnerware

Usually, to help the couples decide on the items they’d like to include in their registry, BLUE RIBBON consultants would have an initial conversation to help the couples visualise their future lives. During your consultations, how do you help your couples compile a list that is just right for them?

We take our time to really get to know and understand our couples. We ask them to think about what kind of life do they live; we ask them to describe their week, their favourite pastimes. Do they love to entertain friends and family or do they mostly eat out, depending on that we would suggest the most suitable kitchenware or some amazing, beautiful and durable Japanese knives. What kind of food do they like? We can suggest some very special pasta plates or silver-dipped chopsticks. Do they like spending winter evenings by the fire place – we would point to some incredible cashmere throws and chic cushions, and perhaps mention some hand-cut crystal glasses and decanters. Perhaps the bride loves having her family over for some tea – we offer exquisite tea sets and cake platters. What is their dream holiday? We may suggest some amazing pool towels or the lightest eiderdown duvets that are perfect for a chalet break.

Blue Riboon Luxurt gift list Vera Wang tableware

Vera Wang for Wedgwood Dinnerware

Taste is a very personal matter. How do you go about advising a couple about a particular style?

We work with the couple to understand what are the things that inspire them; what is the style of the items that they already own – be it furniture, clothes, cars or art. In our experience, brides tend to choose very classical, simple and understated pieces, and our edit is biased towards the elegant and timeless taste. We do like a pop of colour and modern, chic things, and we love to share our “hidden gems” with our couples.

Blue Riboon Luxury Gift list designer bathroom products

Arca Bathroom Sets

What is the biggest mistake that the couples usually make?

A common mistake that we see is that some couples do not open a gift list at all. It is understandable – you would not want to impose on your guests, especially if they had to travel to your wedding. However, even in the cases where there are no registered gift lists, or perhaps there is a honeymoon fund, or a charity fund, instead, some guests, and especially family, will always want to gift something. Guests really do want to feel that they contributed something meaningful, special, and lasting to the couple.

We would suggest opening a list, and mentioning in the invite that the couple do not expect any gifts at all, but should the guest really want to gift them something that they will treasure, the suggestions can be found here. This way the guest is assured that the gift will be appreciated and valued, and the couple would feel comfortable that they have not offended anyone, while avoiding being gifted some unwanted items.
If you didn’t see it last week then do take a look at the gift list Esther kindly put together for me, here. Anything take catch you eye? What would you choose?

If you’re looking for a first-class wedding gift list with an unparalleled range of beautiful homeware gifts from over 50 luxury brands that ships worldwide and with amazing customer service then do take a look at BLUE RIBBON Company, www.blueribboncompany.com
For expert advice on how to create a beautiful wedding gift list please contact customercare@blueribboncompany.com

Images courtesy of Blue Ribbon. Header image Anushe.com


Three ways a wedding planner can help you plan your day

three ways a wedding planner can help you plan your wedding day photo Anushe Low wedding planner Always Andri

It’s not always easy to overcome obstacles when planning a wedding. Whether you’re running out of time, struggling to find a venue, or living in a different country, a wedding planner can be an absolute life-saver to help you get everything done.

In the six years I’ve been a wedding planner, I’ve helped dozens of couples create their dream wedding days. Here are three examples of obstacles we’ve overcome together:

bride and groom in the City of London Kat Hill Photography Always Andri Wedding Design

1 Time poor couple

This couple had seriously busy lives: a new job, a new home, and no time to plan. They’d started off well enough and found a venue and the dress but suddelnly they had less than three months left to arrange everything elset! Because I have a wealth of contacts, from caterers to photographers to florists, I was able to pull together a crack team at short notice, still giving the couple all the choice they needed to create a fabulous day!

National Geographical Society London Wedding Venue Lillian and Leonard Photography Always Andri Wedding Design

2. Venue dilemma

Another couple wanted a really laid-back and informal wedding day, one in which they could keep all the guests together throughout the day. So the venue search was on! The only catch was that they lived in two different cities, only saw each other at weekends, and had no time to visit venues themselves.

After talking with the couple to really understand their needs, I found the perfect venue where they could have their ceremony AND a wonderful after party. And we decided on some great styling ideas to keep the informal feel they wanted, like bench seating, which was easily rearranged from the ceremony to relaxed reception seating.

US postbox as wedding gift card box Great Tythe Barn Cotswolds wedding venue

3. Overseas couple

With only two visits to the UK before the wedding day, this couple really needed someone on the ground to organise venue visits, tastings and supplier meetings, which I was delighted to help with! Our initial consolation was via Skype then 4 weeks later (after I’d reasearched and visited a number of locations for them) on their first visit we secured the venue. By their second visit I’d arranged a number of meetings including tastings with caterers & cake makers, a venue visit with their florist, a visit to bridal show to discuss décor ideas and accompanied them to all these meetings so that I could follow up and finalise arrangements afterwards. After the wedding, the bride said it was one of her favourite parts about planning the wedding!

So, just because it might feel like you’re coming up against an impossible challenge, don’t despair! It’s still possible to have your dream wedding day, especially if you work with a wedding planner who really understands you as a couple.

For more information about working with me for your big day, take a look at my services and get in touch.

Photography Credits: 1. Kat Hill Photogrpahy | 2 & 3. Lillian and Leonard Photogrpahy | Top image Anushe Low Photography


Beautiful Ranunculus Wedding Bouquets

Beautiful ranunculus wedding bouquets always Andri Wedding Design Anushe Low Photography Joanne Truby Foral Design

As we slowly head towards Spring and blossom begins to creep onto the trees I’m craving beautiful flowers for my desk. Currently in season is one of my all time favourites the ranunculus. With their delicate mass of petals that go from sweetest bud to big blousy blooms they always looks so beautiful and last ages…even when they do start to droop you can cut of their heads and create pretty flat-lays for Instagram.

plum ranunculas sweet pea bouquet by Boutique Blooms Laura Babb Photography

Deep Pink ranunculus with plum clematis and sweetpeas by Boutique Blooms photo by Laura Babb

They come in a range of colours from palest pinks and peaches to deep burgundy and cerise. They look great used alone on mass with tumbling foliage or teamed with other luscious flowers like anemones, peonies, garden roses, sweet pees and more.

Here are a few of my favourite bouquets to inspire…

stunning all white ranunculus bouquet by Eve Photography

All white ranunculas bouquet with trailing jasmine. Photo by Eve Photography via Brides.com

white ranunculas anenome berry jasmine bouquet by McKenzie Powell Photography Kim Smith Miller

White ranunculas, lilac, jasmine, berries and tumbling foliage bouquet by McKenzie Powell photo Kim Smith Millar by via Ruffled Blog

pastel peach and pink bouquet with ranunculus peonie and dahlia by Munster Rose photo by Melissa Oholendt Photography

Peach and pink ranunculas, with apricot garden roses, dusty pink dahlias and foliage hand tied wedding bouquet by Munster Rose photo by Melissa Ohlendt Photography via Style Me Pretty

peach ranunculus burgundy clematis bluch roses by Joan Truby Floral Design Photography by Anushe Low

Apricot and peach ranunculus with burgundy clematis, blush roses and mixed foliage by Joanne Truby Floral Design, photo by Anushe Low

Would you have ranunculus in your bouquet?

Need help finding the perfect florist to help you create your floral vision, get in touch today and we can chat about my wedding planning serivces.


What is a wedding planning consultation?

What is a wedding planning consulation? Wedding planning advice Always Andri WEdding design photo Anushe Low stationery Gemma Milly

So the big question’s been asked and you excitedly start your wedding planning journey together-now what? As you look for a wedding planner (or any wedding supplier) you will see that most offer a consultation or introductory meeting before committing to booking them so what does this involve?

A wedding planner consultation is a chat in person or via Skype to go over your plans; a chance for the planner to learn more about your wedding, how you see the day, what your feelings and emotions about it are. Any thoughts you have on the look and design of the day, if you’ve booked the venue or any other suppliers, such as the florist, photographer etc. To get to know what you love and hate about weddings and what your priorities are.

They will also ask you about any concerns you have, perhaps over the planning timescale and budget; issues there may be with family and friends and their expectations for your day; logistical concerns about where the wedding might be held; fitting in planning the wedding around work commitments.

Wedding inviataion card by Gemma Milly photo by Anushe Low What is a consulation advice post by Always Andri

As well as being a chance for the wedding planner to get know you both it’s also an opportunity for you to get know them better, learn a bit about them as wedding planner, their experience and background, their process, how you’ll work together to plan your wedding. You getting to know your wedding planner is a vital as them getting to know you because at the end of the day you will be all working closely together to plan your big day and it’s important you all get on.

Following the consultation the planner will put together a proposal that covers your discussion, what their service covers and details how they can help you plan your wedding; from this you can decide whether you’d like to book or not. A good proposal will also show you how well the planner has understood your vision of the day but don’t expect it give you venue and supplier recommendations and design ideas these will come once you’ve booked the planner and you start working together.

Wedding note Gemma Milly Photo Anushe Low What is a wedding planning consulation advice post Always Andri Wedding Design

So a consultation is really just a chance for you to chat with the wedding planner and get to know each other better as ultimately hiring a wedding planner is a big commitment and it’s important that you are happy with your choice. It may be tempting when looking at different planners (or any suppliers for that matter) to go on price alone but by meeting with them at a consultation be that in person or via Skype you can also take into consideration how good a fit you are and decide if you really want to work together.

Thinking about booking a wedding planner to help you plan that perfect wedding day?

Get in touch with me today to book your free wedding planning consultation and you’ll be one step closer to an enjoyable engagement and a dream weding day.

Photographs by Anushe Low Stationery by Gemma Milly Flowers Paula Rooney

 


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