William and Megan got married on 4th June, at St Andrews Church, Skegby, Nottinghamshire
Describe wedding in one line: Explosion of colour
How did you save the date? We got engaged in Venice and as we walked through the main square one day, a man approach used with a little drawing pad and started to tell us to “Look away”. What we didn’t realise is that within 1 minute, he had drawn our silhouettes of our faces that looked just like us! We used this silhouette on our save the dates and invitations. We decided to use all multi-colour card with the silhouette printed on the front. Normally people look at the save the date and try to gauge the colour theme, this way we thought it would keep people guessing.
Where abouts did the inspiration for the wedding come from? We just were discussing a colour theme one day and we jokingly said, why don’t we have a multi coloured wedding as it would be bright and cheerful? We started to Google some ideas and loved what we saw. Some family members weren’t too impressed with the idea but loved how it turned out in the end. We were very clear, we wanted bold colour, not pastel colours.
Did you stipulate any dress requirements, BYO elements or anything else for your guests to do on the invite? No we were just happy that people would take the time out to join in on our celebration. Of course we chose the bridesmaid dresses and grooms men suits with our friends as we wanted them to feel comfortable in what they were wearing on the day.
Did you both and/or your guests get creative for the wedding? When we were planning the wedding, we decided to do a lot of it ourselves which resulted bringing our ideas alive. We hand made all of our wedding invitations, painfully cut out and sowed 750 metres of coloured bunting for the day for the marquee
What did you both wear and why? Bride – I fell in love with the second dress I tried on in the first shop to my mum’s horror (she wasn’t with me at the time) and she asked me to fly home to try on some dresses with her just to be on the safe side. I tried on other dresses but couldn’t stop thinking about the one I had fallen in love with. I felt amazing which really surprised me as I was very worried about finding something that I would feel comfortable and elegant in.
Groom– I was undecided about what to wear on the day. After speaking to various retailers and experts, they made the point that the current trends become outdated very quickly and a classic suit wouldn’t date as much in the photos. With the multi coloured theme, we quickly decided that grey would be idea as it would complement our chosen colours for the grooms men. I wanted a suit that would stick out from my normal day to day work wear so decided to go with tails. I also had a multi-coloured Rose and an Ivory waistcoat to match my Bride.
Memorable moments from the ceremony: Walking down the aisle will be a moment that I will never forget, arm linked with my dad for support. I remember being so nervous before but at that moment, all I could do was smile from ear to ear and say hello to everyone as I noticed them.
A funny moment from the service, when Megan was trying to get the ring on William’s finger, she struggled to get it over his knuckle. She quickly gave up, we turned around to face the vicar and Kate Bottley said “push that sucker up!” of course we started to laugh.
Memorable moments from the reception: The Groom’s Mother had always wanted to see him in a kilt on his wedding day since a large proportion of the family is Scottish, but we had chosen suits since Will isn’t actually Scottish. Just before the first dance, though, Will got changed and surprised his Mum by walking outside in a full Kilt and formal Scottish dress in the family tartan. She was delighted, (and Will looked great in a Kilt!)
The First Dance, on the band-stand was very special. It felt like there was only us in the whole world.
Award for best moment goes to…
First Place has to be seeing the bride walk down the aisle. I have never seen anything so Beautiful.
Following that, the funniest moment was the Best Men Speech, which was hilarious and probably the best one we’ve ever seen at any wedding!
What did you have for music and entertainment? After the church service, we hired the Church marquee and decorated it with some decorations for a Cake competition on the Church lawn. We unfortunately couldn’t invite everyone we wanted to the reception and we thought it would be a nice way to spend time with everyone before we got on the coach to the reception.
We asked all of our guests to bring a cake along to share which would be entered into the cake competition in which Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood appeared (not the real ones of course, our budget didn’t stretch that far…) to taste, chose winners and give out prizes. It was great fun and very relaxed.
At the reception we had asked Paul Thornton who is a guitarist who we had admired for a long time to come along and play a 1.5 hour set as guests arrived at the wedding breakfast. Paul helped set a very chilled out atmosphere for guests. Everyone commented on how good he was.
In the evening, we had a DJ which started off with the first dance, father and bride dance and then music that played all night. In the invitations we asked everyone to choose a song, which meant that everyone would like a least one song played and the dance floor would never be empty.
What did you do for food, favours and drink?
Food – instead of a three course meal, we decided to have a BBQ for a more relaxed atmosphere (thankfully the weather was beautiful)
Drink – We decided to go with the basic drink package for guests
Favours – we decided to make our own favours which were charity badges in which we gave a donation to our 3 charities that meant something special to us and our families – Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s UK and RSPCA. Of course, the kids received the animal badges.
Would you change anything if you could do it all again?
Of course there were things that didn’t go to plan on the day, these things happen. As we had planned and created a lot of the decorations for the marquee ourselves, if I were to do it again, I would decorate the marquee ourselves making sure it was just the way we wanted it. To our guests, they didn’t notice any difference.
Photographer / Anna Wood Photography
Venues / Church / St Andrews Church, Skegby, Nottinghamshire Reception / Shottle Hall, Belper, Derbyshire
Dress / It’s Bliss Bridal Wear, Doncaster
Shoes / Debenhams
Hair and Make up / Bridal Creative, Chesterfield
Accessories / Debenhams
Groom suit / Slaters Suit Hire
Entertainment / Paul Thornton (Private Guitarist); In-House DJ
Flowers / Funky Florists, Derby
Vehicles / Family friend
The purpose of this article is to make a case for hiring live bands for wedding, and to give your arm a gentle twist into making this decision for yourself. Granted, live music isn’t for everyone – but, in a way, it is. Read on to discover how a live wedding band is the missing piece of your perfect wedding puzzle.
Live music is a personal experience
We’re not saying a wedding DJ won’t put the same amount of effort into making your wedding unique, just as we’re not saying you can’t have a perfectly personal experience listening to your favourite records alone with headphones on. What we are saying is that live musicians can achieve things that recorded music simply can’t: they can interact with you, and you them. Not only can you confer with your wedding band before the event (and ask them to dedicate a song to the bride or change the lyrics to include the groom’s name, for example) – you can also interact with each other during the show itself. Most experienced wedding bands will have come to expect random requests being shouted out – and will also know how to fully engage an audience, whether it’s by calling out the people sitting down and not dancing, or inviting people up onstage to sing along.
You can’t stop the dancing
Sure, a persistent house beat is all a DJ needs to have the room heaving for an hour or two. Maybe they’ll even dance a little too – but it’s just not the same as watching a live band living and loving every second of the sound they’re creating together out of thin air. Seeing a bunch of people onstage having the time of their lives is quite an infectious sight – if they all start dancing, you guests will all start dancing too (especially after knocking back a couple of drinks!).
Hi Creative Brides readers, I’m Amy – creative director and stylist at The Timeless Stylist. I wanted to chat to you all today about moodboards.
Creating a moodboard is one of my favourite parts of what I do and it is a very important part too. If you nail the moodboard it will give you the perfect start to your wedding planning, and it will play a very important part in all the stages of your wedding styling. I generally create an electronic one, which then becomes the basis for all the elements of my wedding styling. But today I wanted to share one that is much more fun than my usual computer versions, it was created from image cut outs, flowers, ribbons & material and colour swatches.
Let me show you what I created and how I generally put a moodboard together, and perhaps you can have a go at creating one too? If you’d prefer an electronic one, the initial stages are all the same.
Before I start a moodboard I always start with my inspiration. Often this is from being outside, or perhaps from some beautiful architecture, a piece of music, or it may simply be from an idea popping into my head. Then I like to jot it all down, brainstorming all the ideas that will bring the moodboard to life and that will be important to me during the design process. When it is for a wedding design, I will chat to my couple at length and ideally have met with them at their wedding venue. I will have got to know them as a couple and if they have any styling wishes for their wedding day at this point, and all of this will be factored into the design. Sometimes the couple are a bit stuck for ideas at this point, and so we will have a brainstorming session before we discuss the concept.
Once I have thought about all my inspiration and brainstormed my ideas, and really thought about the concept behind the design, the exciting part begins. Pinterest is my initial source of choice for images to use in the moodboard, but you can also use magazines, Instagram, web searches and anything dotted around your home. When initially thinking about the inspiration, I will have thought about the textures, colour palette and any stories I want to use to encapsulate my design. The colour palette is extremely important to me within the design stages, and whilst I tend to go further than just two strict shades, in all of the chosen images for the moodboard they will reflect the colours. This is important when working with other wedding suppliers, as they will know exactly what you are aiming for from seeing your wedding design moodboard. It will create consistency and be transparent in what you are aiming for.
Within my moodboards I think about all of the details that will need to be incorporated into the overall design, so for a wedding it will be focussed on the main styling elements – such as the tablescape, wedding flowers, cake etc. I also like to add details that will showcase what the feeling of the whole wedding day will be, such as bridal shots or whole scenes that tell the story of what the styling will achieve. You can also include non-wedding images depict feelings or stories. Remember to not lose focus on the concept and what you are looking to portray throughout.
I tend to gather a fair few number of images before selecting my final few, and will play around with how they all look together and the feeling they end up giving off. It is important to me that these images have a similar style in photography too. I want the finished moodboard to be obvious in what my wedding styling will look and feel like at the very end, and for it to wow in its design and thought-out layout.
You can see my finished moodboard here. Can you see why I have said it’s important to use a similar photography style and colour palette? It has allowed for consistency and you can clearly see the look and I feel I am aiming for. I have added some ribbons to show the textures and patterns, and bring it all together, and I brought the colours to life with some swatches. Finally I chose a flower that works with the whole design. I love these pretty colours and I think they work beautifully together and the overall design is gentle, romantic, elegant and enticing. It nods to fine art whilst being paired back enough to be achievable for a relaxed and beautiful wedding day.
So what do you think about my wedding design moodboard? Do you think it’s something you could create for yourself? Will you create an electronic one or a fun one on a board or wall like this one?
If you have any questions on any of this, feel free to drop me a line here. You can also download my free guide here, that gives you a bit more information in creating your moodboard.
Thanks for reading, Amy x
If you’re getting married in 2018, huge congratulations from everyone at Entertainment Nation.
“Who are Entertainment Nation?” we hear you ask.
A quick introduction: we’re a Stratford-upon-Avon-based wedding entertainment agency whose mission is to help you discover your perfect wedding entertainment match. We represent hundreds of the UK’s finest wedding bands and musicians, who are available all over the UK and internationally. If you’re due to get married this summer (or later in the year) and you haven’t already got your wedding entertainment sorted, then you’ll want to get on that ASASP. The most in-demand wedding bands and musicians fill dates up to two years in advance, so if you’ve already got your eye on an act, don’t miss out, snap them up right away.
We’re guessing that as you’re reading this post, you’re still undecided about your wedding entertainment. Not a problem! We’ve helped thousands of happy couples to hire their dream wedding entertainment, and we’re here to let you in on some of the hottest wedding music trends in 2018.
Acoustic Folk Wedding Bands
Mumford-and-Sons-inspired folk bands go with summery outdoor weddings like beer with a BBQ. Playing feel-good folky tunes on authentic acoustic instruments, these rustic troubadours know precisely how to get your barn dancing! If you’re worried about being restricted to the narrow folk genre, there’s no need. Acoustic folk function bands are used to performing for audiences of all ages and pepper their sets with popular songs from throughout the decades. The best part is that these acoustic covers of classic and modern pop and rock songs are in an upbeat folky style, lending a fresh, “Live Lounge” vibe to your wedding reception.
Festival-Style Wedding Bands
A variation on the acoustic folk bands above, festival-style wedding bands will have you reliving those eternal days and nights spent shouting along to your favourite bands. Kicking off with an acoustic set, festival wedding bands warm up you and your guests with toe-tapping tracks from the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Lumineers and George Ezra. Then, once you’re all primed and ready to party, the band will ditch the acoustic instruments and break out the electric guitars for a rocking mainstage headliner set to cap off your wedding reception in style.
Postmodern Vintage Wedding Bands
What do you get when you combine the glitz and glamour of jazz-age America with the biggest hits of the past few decades? A flamboyant wedding reception party like no other! Vintage wedding bands are all the rage thanks to the revival of swing music led by internet sensations Postmodern Jukebox. There’s something deliciously decadent about a vintage wedding band’s unique take on your favourite pop, rock and hip-hop songs. You and your guests won’t be able to keep the grins from your faces when you hear Gangstas’ Paradise reinterpreted as a horn-laden ragtime jam or Call Me Maybe transformed from bubble-gum pop to sultry serenade.
Modern String Quartets
Yes, we know, a string quartet at a wedding is about as traditional as you can get. But just because you’re honouring tradition doesn’t mean you’re bound by it. Modern wedding string quartets are made up of exciting classical musicians, who as well as being well-versed in all the traditional wedding tunes, are immersed in modern culture. If there’s a TV or movie theme you love, or a pop or rock song you can’t live without, a modern string quartet can perform a beautiful classical interpretation for a wedding ceremony that’s personal to you.
Roaming Acoustic Wedding Bands
An evolution of the acoustic guitar and vocal duo, roaming acoustic bands are a hugely popular trend in daytime wedding entertainment. Unrestrained by tangled wires and clunky sound equipment, an acoustic band is free to roam, giving you and your guests an intimate, up-close performance of mellow acoustic music. Roaming bands are always a conversation starter and a great way to get your guests relaxed and ready for the evening party. Guests love the opportunity to mingle with talented musicians performing just feet away from them and these spontaneous interactions always make for some fantastic photos.
Mash ups and Medleys
Many wedding function bands are no longer content with reeling off a setlist of songs performed just like the original (as impressive as this is in itself!). Drawing upon incredible musicianship, and no little hard work, a growing wedding music trend is for live bands to use what was once a DJ’s speciality – the mash-up. Wedding bands take crowd-pleasing songs and blend them together into a seamless stream of riotous music that builds and builds, whipping the dance floor into a frenzy. The music buffs among the crowd will love listening out for the subtle notes that indicate which song is coming in next, inevitably going crazy when it drops!
DJ and Live Musicians
Speaking of DJs, they are bringing the old-school wedding disco bang up-to-date with the introduction of live musicians like saxophonists and percussionists, as well as live vocals. First popularised on the dance floors of Ibiza, the DJ and live musician combo act is one that’s guaranteed to raise the temperature at your evening party. Adding a spectacular stage presence to the euphoric sounds of the biggest house and dance tracks, DJ and live musician acts will bring the sun-kissed soundtrack of the White Isle to your wedding reception.
How to Hire Wedding Music
So there you have it, a rundown of the biggest trends in wedding music right now. If anything you’ve seen has piqued your interest or you’d like some more inspiration, then pop over to Entertainment Nation. As well as being home to hundreds of incredible wedding bands and musicians, Entertainment Nation is your go-to destination for the best wedding entertainment advice and guidance. Our friendly team are around from 10am to 10pm every single day, and they’re always happy to answer any question, no matter how big or small.
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