Wedding planning: How to make a wedding website

Hello, hope you’re enjoying your long weekend! Today we are talking about wedding websites. Even if it might seem like unnecessary work, wedding website can be a great resource for your guests and wonderful place to celebrate your big day. Today our friends at Hatton & Co share tips on the wedding website content.

What should you put on your wedding website?

Wedding websites are one of those trends that have been around for a while and most likely not going anywhere! A wedding website gives brides and grooms an easy way to communicate with the entirety of their guest list without having to call each one and talk to them individually. It saves time and the best part is it looks fantastic, so it’s bound to impress your guests. You’ll be able to keep each and every guest up-to-date and even feature a blog on there. But the big question is; what should you be putting on your website? There’s plenty of things you can include and here’s what we think you should know.

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The location

Having the location of the big day on your website is a great idea. You can even embed a map on there to show your guest what the surrounding areas look like. They’ll be able to let you know whether or not they’ll be able to get there on the day. Doing this means that they can attach the location to the calendar, so they don’t have to worry about finding the venue and panic in the morning.

Where to stay

Using a section telling people where they can book a room overnight is a nice little addition to the website. It’s a little convenience that shows your guest that you do actually care about them. If you haven’t booked everyone into a hotel or the venue already then this is a great idea. Doing the research for it won’t take long at all and if you call ahead and ask the surrounding hotels about possible discounts for the wedding party, they may have something for you. Letting the hotels know that with a discount, they’re guaranteed to have your guest list stay at the hotel, they’re more likely to offer the discount. It’s rare that a hotel will turn down a guaranteed guest list.

The wedding day schedule

Having the wedding schedule available on your wedding website will mean that you won’t have to pay the cost of printing it and sending it off to every single guest. What’s more, the fact that more or less everyone has a phone in their pocket, they’ll be able to simply go to your site and find the document instead of having to keep track of a piece of paper because let’s face it, someone will lose it.

Contact info

Putting your contact information on your wedding website will mean that even those that don’t have all your details. You’ll be able to direct your guests to your preferred method of contact if they have any questions. Creating an email address for your wedding will also mean that you can give these details to your vendors and organisers so that you don’t have to search through your personal emails to find them. You’re less likely to miss updates and emails from everyone.

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Wedding planning: How to plan a dog friendly wedding

Would you like your fur baby to be in your wedding? It’s absolutely doable! And Nina from Occasion Queens has some great advice how to do it!

More and more, we’re seeing modern couples incorporating elements of their personalities, loves, and quirks into their wedding – and thankfully, their pets are no exception! Which is good, because we absolutely LOVE dogs at weddings.

In particular, dogs are now welcome at an increasing number of venues’ ceremony and reception spaces (especially if you’re looking at marquees and barns), and doggy care businesses are starting to offer wedding-specific services to allow your four-legged VIPs to join the rest of the family at the wedding, but also be safe and looked after (have a look at the lovely wedding package offered by Barking Mad for example). This kind of chaperone service means the dog won’t be left unattended, and will get the right amount of rest, attention, and exercise, all the while giving you the peace of mind that a qualified professional is dedicating full attention to their wellbeing during the celebrations.

There are definitely a few things to consider when planning a canine-friendly wedding. Firstly, think about what you know about your little pup: how does he behave and feel in crowds of people and children, for example? If your dog is still a little fearful or not used to these types of situations, make sure you create some safe, familiar, quiet spaces for him to relax in, like a crate he knows with some toys, treats, or scents he’ll recognise. Also, how much does temperature and weather affect him? If your wedding is during a warm summer month, make sure you plan for some rest in the shade and away from hot pavements; similarly, in winter, think about options for keeping him dry and away from drafts.

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STYLED SHOOT: LABYRINTH

Today it’s a little bit of magic… Have you ever watched the Labyrinth, the 80s fairytale starring David Bowie? 
A team of London wedding suppliers thought it would be a great wedding inspiration, put their talents together and organised a magical shoot. 

The romantic fantasy film “Labyrinth” was a favourite of mine as a child and teenager and when I was thinking about ideas for a styled shoot it seemed rich with potential. Of course the famous balloon-sleeved ball dress and David Bowie’s skin tight trousers are the obvious elements to reference but other aspects lent themselves easily too; themes of owl feathers, books, clocks and masks, a gingerbread maze wedding cake, glass globes in the flower arrangements and bubbling cocktails to conjure up the bog of Eternal Stench! Touches of the 2018 colour of the year ‘ultra violet’ completed our theme.

Learning as a teenager that the film is unusual in that it passes the Bechdal test was the beginning of my journey along the road of feminism. Female empowerment and strength is integral to the plot. So we decided to honour this with a same-sex female wedding couple. We wanted to create wedding inspiration at once magical and fantastical but also convincingly realistic, as if for a real couple.

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2019 WEDDING STATIONERY TRENDS

Today we have a great advice on newest stationery trends from Ananya Cards

What will be the top wedding trends in 2019?

  • Destination inspired
    We are seeing more of our couple host weddings abroad, with smaller guest lists and a focus on the multiple day holiday-like experience. This echoes in their stationery through the incorporation of maps, travel inspired visuals, and even scents or flowers local to the country.
  • Illustrations
    We’re seeing more clients commission hand-illustrated designs of their party venue or venue area, and even use this as a unifying narrative throughout the decor. This can be used throughout the suite, and completely customised to the style that suits the theme of the wedding – for example including watercolour or foiling.
  • Sustainability
    Increasingly we’re seeing couples trying to incorporate natural materials, and have plastic-free weddings. This is not a passing trend, but is becoming a global movement, with all suppliers recognising the damaging effect of the wanton use of plastic.
  • Non Traditional Materials and Shapes
    We’re seeing non-traditional materials, like wood, plastic, agate, or translucent mediums definitely entering mainstream popularity. We’re also seeing a departure from the traditional square and rectangular format, with a trend towards thinking outside the box in both shape and container.
  • Deep and bold palettes
    Rich navy and purple hues seem to be the new black, as a formal but modern option design. We love that more couples are opting for bold colours, and aren’t afraid to balance unusual combinations of dark, neon, jewel tones, and neutral hues for balance.
  • Pared Back Luxury
    We’re seeing an increase in clients looking for this understated luxury look, with organic cotton, hand died bamboo silk textiles, and unfussy, tactile calligraphy. Stationery is often minimal with the use of calligraphy on deckled edge handmade paper. Visuals are unstructured and natural, with palettes in subtle and neutral tones.

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AMY AND AILSA’S OUTDOOR WEDDING IN SCOTLAND

Amy and Ailsa got married on a beautiful sunny day in Scotland, and Mirrorbox Photography was there to capture it all. 

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

Like lots of couples these days we met first online.. on a popular dating app. We were both at university in the same city and soon met up on a night out. Our second date was watching the Eurovision song contest in Ailsa’s student flat, and our third date was sharing mac’n’cheese in a supermarket café, so much glamour. One thing led to another and in (true lesbian stereotype fashion) a matter of weeks I had moved in with Ailsa. 

WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR THE BIG DAY?

We wanted our big day to be classic, with a few quirks, and I loved the thought of getting married outdoors. We styled the day ourselves and wanted it to feel very relaxed, friends and family helped with the décor, favours and music. We are both proud Scots and the location of Lunga house felt perfect for a traditional Scottish knees-up, complete with kilts and a ceilidh. Family and friends travelled from all over the world to join us and the day was perfect, as my Dad described it “Scotland was showing off”.

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Wedding planning: 6 Laid Back Entertainment Ideas for Small and Relaxed Weddings

Want to keep your guest list on the small side? Not all weddings have to be big, lavish affairs.

A lot of couples begin their wedding planning, only to realise that a large, traditional wedding isn’t for them. In many ways, planning a small and informal wedding celebration can be much easier to manage and allows you the opportunity to personalise your day.

So what can you do at a small wedding to keep guests entertained? Here are some more reserved wedding entertainment ideas that won’t overshadow your day.


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Solo Guitarist

A solo acoustic performer such as a guitarist offers you enormous freedom in terms of where your musician can set up to perform. As versatile as they come, solo acoustic guitarists are amazing at providing background music to set the scene.

An accomplished wedding guitarist boasts sophisticated and elegant tones that stay relevant all year round, making it a perfect addition to any wedding – big or small.


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Steel Drums

Just because you’re having a small wedding, it doesn’t mean you can’t be unique with your music ideas. Steel drums are perfect for summer weddings to bring that Caribbean atmosphere and soundtrack to your day.

Better yet, they are a really cool talking point without being too overbearing on a low number of guests. Sit back and relax with your close friends and family with this amazing feel-good music in the background.


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HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE

Hello! Today I have something for wedding suppliers. And really all the businesses out there. 
Spring is the time when we all work on our businesses, update websites, prepare new offers for clients. I thought it would be a perfect moment to share some tips on how to make your wedding business more inclusive. Hope this helps!


IMAGES FROM THE STARS INSIDE

As times change, so do our couples, and all of us business owners in the wedding industry have the duty, and joy, of ensuring everyone feels welcome, represented, and understood. Every photo, video, caption, or snippet we share on our online platforms tells the story of our brand – and the customers we hope to reach through it. Being an awesome LGBT-allied vendor is more than just a badge or a token photo – it’s about making your business truly aware of everyone, and thinking of it as more people to welcome, rather than a larger market to tap.

Here are some guidelines on how to take an open-minded and conscientious approach to business inclusivity:

Brand name and logo.
If your brand name or logo includes a reference to heterosexual partnership, it may be time to think of modernising it to something more inclusive. For example, if you use ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’, or perhaps have a silhouette of a bride and groom, this may cause you to unknowingly exclude some of your audience.

Brand language.
When choosing pronouns and descriptors for any blog posts or social media captions, try to use welcoming and accepting language – by using terms like ‘the couple’, ‘the wedding party’ or ‘your partner’, you can subtly ensure all your readers feel addressed equally. There may be two, one, or no ‘brides’ – and similarly for ‘grooms’. Think about whether you need to modify your website’s contact form or your contract documents to use gender neutral language as well. Don’t forget to include in your posts the keyword phrases these couples might be searching for, like ‘gay friendly wedding vendors in London’, and to use relevant hashtags on Facebook and Instagram (if sharing a real wedding, consider asking your couple which tag they’re comfortable with). Continue Reading

STYLED SHOOT: INTIMATE BOHO CHIC WEDDING

Hope you’ll enjoy this perfectly styled shoot, filled with beautiful details and gorgeous landscapes. 

An intimate atmosphere, boho chic details, two men in a small countryside in Abruzzo and the creativity of an all-female team. The shoot took place in Santo Stefano di Sessanio a small countryside in Italy hit by the earthquake in 2009. After this event, the area was bought by a Swedish manager who fell in love with Abruzzo.

This wonderful side of Abruzzo became a diffuse hotel, the project is known as Sextantio. The aim of the project is to bring back new life to this small countryside. With our shoot we tried to focus on the space; indoors and outdoors, nature and man. Our models are a real-life couple. The boho chic inspiration links every detail of the pictures while remarking on the elegance of nature and love.

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EVENTS: The Unconventional Wedding Festival

Blogs, directories and websites are great but nothing beats chatting to wedding suppliers face to face and getting inspiration in person. There is plenty of wedding fairs and events out there and I’d like to share the good ones with you. Organisers of The Unconventional Wedding Festival got in touch and sent us some details so check it out.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ed Brown Photography

Taking place at Stanford Hall, a stunning Grade 1 listed William & Mary House in the heart of the Midlands on 11 and 12 May 2019, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is a new breed of wedding fair designed to cater for the latest trends in the wedding industry.

Unconventional in every sense of the word, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is aimed at couples who don’t want their wedding to be the same as everyone else’s and would rather stand out and be a flamingo amongst a flock of pigeons.

With a growing number of couples looking for ways to add their own unique touches to their wedding and create something that truly reflects their personalities, we have created a wedding fair with a difference which aims to not only inspire the modern couple and connect them with suppliers who can help them make their dream wedding a reality, but also have a lot of fun in the process.

And it’s not just the wide array of alternative and unique suppliers and performers we’ve pulled together that makes The Unconventional Wedding Festival so different, but the set up as well.

Photography by Katie Ingram Photography

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