Wednesday, April 23, 2014


There are a lot of things that happen at weddings every weekend that make us cringe. I know that sounds dramatic, some of the social faux pas are so incredibly obvious that the staff aren't the only people noticing. Fortunately, not everything happens in front of the actual brides and grooms, but a depressing amount of it does. And when it does, somebody always ends up embarrassed. Sometimes, my staff and I can't even make eye contact because we'll bust out laughing at a wholly inappropriate time.
This does not have to happen at your wedding. With a little common sense and some guidance, everybody can have a good time without stressing out or embarrassing the guests of honor. The responsibility for this lies with the key players on the big day, so I've created a basic Do's and Don'ts list for the entire wedding party -- from the bride down to the flower girl. These tips will make things flow more smoothly.
The Bride:
DO visit with ALL of your wedding guests. Be careful how much you lock yourself away with your girlfriends. Even if you're sneaking a cigarette. You waste a lot of reception time that way. The guests are there to see you.
DON'T get super sloppy drunk at your own wedding reception. A little fun is fine, but no bride is beautiful when she slobbering and not making sense, especially in front of elderly relatives and your parents' friends. Remember, there is a photographer there and everybody can make video on their phones.
The Groom:
DO be helpful during the wedding weekend. The bride has far more pressure on her than you do, believe it or not. Find out how you can help, and take pressure off of her whenever you can. DO make conversation with her random relatives you'll likely never see again, if only so your future wife doesn't have to do as much of it.
DON'T be M.I.A. with the boys whenever somebody's looking for you. This is a common problem -- much like the bride and her girls in the ladies' room. Not sure where you boys are disappearing to or why it's for so long, but it's very, very awkward when we announce the cake cutting and the groom cannot be found. Especially when the groom was warned to be ready to cut the cake in five minutes by a helpful wedding planner.
Mother-of-the Bride:
DO make sure you are willing to jump in and help if you are asked -- get ready early and be low maintenance regarding your own hair and makeup. Remember, the day is all about your daughter, not you. It is a big moment, but it is not your big moment.
DON'T point out problems your daughter hasn't noticed unless they're egregious and are going to cause a wedding disaster. Complaining about hotel service and getting her worried and worked up with you doesn't help her have fun. Don't appoint yourself her mouth piece to the wedding planner or bridesmaids, unless she's clearly asked you to do it.
DO offer to help in whatever way you can, and make an effort to get to know your son's future in-laws better. Offer compliments as frequently as possible -- it means more to a bride than you can even imagine.
DON'T criticize the wedding in any way, even if the bride's mother starts it. You can nod and sympathize, but don't join in the bashing. Be supportive. No sneak attacks to get your way on something the bride vetoed during the planning. Don't be sly and try to get the DJ to add a special dance song for your family when the bride's family isn't at the wedding.
Father-of-the-Bride and Father-of-the Groom:
DO watch how much alcohol you drink the day of the wedding. You have an important role and you need to be in top shape to stand up for your children. You also need to make sense when you toast the new couple's marriage.
DON'T strip down to your underwear and jump into the pool, and then parade around the wedding venue in your wet, striped, boxer briefs. DON'T get into a fistfight with another relative during cocktails -- your child's wedding is not the time to be settling old family grudges.
Best Man:
DO stay sober on the day of the wedding so that you can keep the groom on schedule and make sure he doesn't forget anything. Make an actual written list of things you need to remember (rings, socks, etc.) and be the guy-behind-the-guy that day so the groom can coast. Try to keep the groom sober too, as much as you can.
DON'T get uncontrollably wasted at the reception just because you can. Don't turn the toast into a roast because you're looped, and for God's sake, NEVER mention any of his exes in anything you say or do near a microphone. Also, don't talk about his relationship history with the bride's friends and family.
Maid of Honor:
DO have a bridal emergency kit ready even if the bride says she has one -- she may be too frazzled to find her safety pins or Shout wipes. Be like Dora the Explorer and her crazy backpack, even some ridiculous fancy chocolate treats can be fun to have. Chocolate always helps in a stressful situation. Just don't eat it anywhere near the wedding gown.
DON'T appoint yourself de facto wedding planner and stalk the real one with requests to hurry up and cut the cake, or suggestions that perhaps it's time to pour the champagne for the toast, unless the bride has specifically asked your to do it (and you know she won't). Don't point out things you think are a problem if the bride hasn't said anything. If you think the calla lilies are white instead of ivory, don't say a word unless she says something first. If she does notice, reassure her it's beautiful because whatever's going on at that point, it's going to be too late to do anything about changing her bridal bouquet. Your job is to reassure her. Focus on the bride.
DO make a point to dance with the single ladies (especially the older ones) at the wedding reception. You don't know how much the bride and groom will appreciate your efforts to make everyone feel included.
DON'T resort to pranks and frat boy antics during the wedding weekend -- this isn't spring break and nobody except you thinks you're funny. Don't be that guy.
DO get yourselves dressed and ready on schedule so that the bride isn't delayed by you. Be organized and don't forget to pack your accessories, shoes, etc. that are so important. Your job is to be social, look beautiful and not cause the bride any stress. Don't hesitate to offer assistance when you see something is needed, but don't get in the way under the guise of being helpful. Don't get puking drunk.
DON'T complain to the bride about anything. Not your accommodations, not the bridesmaid dress and certainly not about your boyfriend/husband/date. Nothing is about you that day, and whatever might be bothering you, it's a day to keep any negative thoughts to yourself. If you're dressing together with the bride, make sure you pick up after yourselves so the bride and groom don't return to a disaster zone.
Parents of the Flower Girl and Ring Bearer:
DO make sure your child has been prepared for his or her role in the wedding. There are some excellent children's books that make for wonderful bedtime reading. Make sure they're aware of the behavior that is expected of them before, during and after the ceremony. If your children won't behave up on the altar, make arrangements for somebody to catch the kiddos and park them in seats.
DON'T abandon your child to the bridesmaids or somebody else to watch (unless one of them is a relative). If you can't do this, make babysitting arrangements on site at the venue. When you bring your child to a wedding, you have the responsibility of supervising them for the entire time you're there. You can't get drunk and party and expect that somebody else will keep your five-year-old out of the pool or worse. It's a man-to-man strategy, not a zone babysitting defense. And you are responsible, not the service or wedding planning staff.

All of these very direct tips were compiled from things I've actually seen happen at weddings. I've seen MoB's cause the ceremony to start 45 minutes late. I've seen the bride's grandfather pop the FoB in the nose at the reception. And I've seen bridesmaids who didn't like each other get into actual physical altercations. Notice that none of the things I've mentioned have anything to do with the bride or the groom, it's all about badly behaved wedding party members. Being asked to be a member of the wedding party is an honor and it's about time that people started treating it as such.
Bookmark and Share

Friday, March 21, 2014

Winter Weddings

Winter Wedding Decor Ideas

Winter is a beautiful time of year to plan your wedding, which will be magically glistening and stunningly timeless, and the most unforgettable moment of your life that you’ll treasure always.

Planning your winter wedding day will ensure that it runs smoothly and to plan, and hiring a wedding planner will guarantee that this is the case. Your planner can help you decide whether you’d like a wedding abroad, which favours and centrepieces you love, and other things such as bridesmaid dresses and seating plans. For more planning information, go to

Have a look at the following winter decor ideas for inspiration on your wedding day decoration.
Color Schemes

Popular winter wedding colors are reds, greens and blues, although when it comes to color schemes, a good rule to follow is ‘less is more’. You don’t want to go over the top on these colors as it can become a little too much, but subtle outbursts look stunning.


Red themes are timeless and classy, and work perfectly in the winter seasons. They especially look amazing with a mix of green and a little gold, and are effortlessly finished off with a touch of red lipstick and small matching details here and there.


Blue color schemes look beautiful with gold, white and silver, and indicate a very elegant and classy bride and groom. Blue color schemes really suit the winter months, bringing that edge of glistening iciness, but the right amount of warmth to make your guests feel at home.

Neutral colours work just as well for wintery themes, with touches of gold, silvers and browns. Neutral colors bring that rustic feeling to life, and give a sense of that woody countryside feeling that can be finished off perfectly with a classic open fire for your guests to warm their chilly hands.


Centrepieces come down to the bride and groom’s personal taste, but when it comes to winter, centrepieces should be warming and ideally a conversation starter for all your guests. Beautiful winter centrepieces really bring a room together, and add towards that special little something that makes your wedding so personal and memorable.

Pine cones

Pine cones make for a really simple yet pretty winter centerpiece, and give off quite a rustic feel about them. You can either leave them in their natural state, or spray paint them red and silver or gold, to give your guests a warm wintery feeling.

Floating centrepieces

Putting a single flower into a little vase of water to float makes for such a simple but beautiful centrepiece design. The image below shows some gorgeous wintery ideas, but the same effect can be received by any flower of your choice, and even tea lights. If you like the idea of this but want it on a bigger scale, you could invest in some glass fish bowls and do a mix of the both, floating flowers and a few tea lights to finish it off.


This is a really cool and quirky idea for a table decoration, and a centrepiece that all ages of your guests will appreciate. With red and white candy sticks and stunning flowers, this is a centrepiece that gives off a definite Christmassy feeling about it, and also works as a joint favour, while the candy sticks are an after dinner treat for your guests to help themselves to.

The Cake

The wedding cake is a classic and traditional part of every wedding, and in more recent years, the bride-and-groom-to-be have decided to personalise their cake in order to differ from the conventional three tiers that everyone is overly familiar with. However, wedding cakes are also the perfect opportunity to theme and design your cake into a festive and wintery feast.

Cute and Simple

If you want a simple wedding cake, that matches your color scheme, a round, tiered cake, finished with ribbon and the bride and groom’s initials on top make for a really cute yet beautiful winter wedding cake.

Alternative wedding cake ideas would include gorgeous cupcakes, macaroons and cake filled snow cones, any design that isn't to usual tiered wedding cake, or a tiered cake that is slightly off centre and unique.



pine cones


cute and simple

Bookmark and Share

Friday, March 7, 2014


March 2014 | WHITE GALLERY LONDON 2014

White Gallery London to showcase the finest in bridal accessories
International bridal accessory designers including Halo & Co, Harriet Wilde, Ivory & Co Tiaras, HT Headwear, Rachel Simpson, Charlotte Mills, Miranda Templeton, Shell Belle Couture, Freya Rose, Sasso, Benjamin Adams, Nilah & Company, Nymphi, Polly Edwards and Jenny Packham will be unveiling their latest collections at White Gallery London 2013.
Making history as White Gallery London’s first-ever bridal lingerie exhibitor, Shell Belle Couture joins the exhibitor line-up this season. The Shell Belle Couture brand pays homage to the 20s and 30s era, combining delicate touches and feminine details across a range of luxury bridal lingerie.
Long established bridal accessory company, Ivory & Co. will be showcasing statement headpieces from their signature collection at White Gallery London. The brand’s designs include large, opulent headdress’ encrusted with crystals and pearls, hair combs, birdcage veils and stunning jewellery all made with real silver, 14k gold or rhodium.

White Gallery London is also delighted to welcome back prestigious bridal
accessories brand Halo & Co. Famed for their headpieces, tiaras and jewellery,
Halo & Co produces pieces that are vintage in style yet contemporary.
Independent British footwear label Harriet Wilde will be returning to White
Gallery London this year to showcase her latest vintage inspired collection.
Joining Wilde in showcasing bridal footwear, designer Rachel Simpson will also
debut her latest collection at the show.
Known for their unique mix of vintage styling and beautiful materials, Rachel Simpson bridal shoes have a distinct look, with reputation for comfort to match. From stunning platforms to elegant peep-toes and cute ballet flats, the collection has something to suite every bride.
Halo & Co

Joining the White Gallery London line-up for the first time, under the “new talents” banner, footwear
designer Charlotte Mills will be debuting her new high-end bridal footwear collection at the show. The
collection doesn’t launch until April so White Gallery will provide buyers with one of the first glimpses of this
new bridal footwear brand.

Also appearing at White Gallery London under the “new talents” heading, accessories brand Miranda
Templeton will showcase a beautiful array of tiaras, jewellery, sashes, pins and veils.
After a successful White Gallery London in 2013, which saw six new stockists opened across Europe,
accessories brand Nymphi will return to exhibit at the 2014 show. As always the collection will have the
mythical feel of the nymphs. In the new 2015 collection buyers will also be able to look forward to stunning
pieces highly influenced by the ornate, embellished Byzantine period.
White Gallery London favourite Jenny Packham will return to Battersea Evolution
this year with a stunning array of tiaras and jewellery in delicate golden tones, rich
textures and a multitude of crystal cut stones.

To see all of White Gallery London’s accessories designers as well as the finest in
bridal design, be sure not to miss the forthcoming show.
White Gallery London coincides with the London Bridal Show which takes place at
London Olympia on the same dateline.
Free shuttle buses will be provided, between the two venues, for visitors wishing to visit both shows. For
more information visit

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wedding Tips

Bookmark and Share

Some very helpful hints on planning your wedding day

Wedding Venues on a Budget

Picking a venue for your wedding is one of the most important parts of the planning process. Not only does the venue need to be big enough to accommodate all of your guests, it needs to accessible, fit your theme and, most importantly, be to yours and your partner’s liking. However, with some venues costing in excess of thousands, picking the right one has become more about finding the cheapest in cost and not about what the bride and groom actually want for their big day. Here are some wedding venues that will fit into even the smallest of budgets, allowing for the rest of the money to go elsewhere on other aspects of the wedding so that your day is everything you want it to be.

Home is where the heart is
If you and your partner – or someone you know – happen to have a stunning garden that you enjoy spending time in, why not have your wedding reception there? Although many would cringe at the idea of having a wedding reception in their own home, many are turning to this method as a way to cut costs on their wedding day, and with the right decorations and arrangements, it can be a stunning, quaint reception venue. Additionally, friends and family are likely to live nearby, saving on travel expenses; for those who don’t live nearby, make arrangements in advance where they can stay, whether this is at your home, a close friend or family member’s home, or a nearby hotel.
Other steps you can take to make sure your home wedding reception is spectacular are:
·         ensure the garden is tidy – weed and groom it ahead of time
·         plant extra flowers
·         hire a marquee
·         purchase plenty of food and alcohol
·         invite neighbours or warn those in the surrounding area that there’s a wedding reception taking place in case of noise complaints.
Please note that although having the reception at home is a cost effective way to celebrate your marriage, holding the wedding itself at home, unless one of you is seriously ill, is illegal.

Saving money at the venue
If you choose to allocate a portion of your budget to venue hire, there are still a number of ways to cut the overall costs. For example, purchase or make your own unique wedding altar; ensure the colours match your chosen colour scheme and style fits yours and your future spouse’s personality. Ask members of the wedding party to help so that they feel part of the experience. You can then keep the altar forever so that you have a lifelong souvenir from your big day.
Call in favours from your family and friends in regards to food. Have each couple bring in a dish of their choosing. This way everyone will have contributed and your wedding will have an eclectic buffet with manageable food that people can pick at, with something for everyone so that no one goes hungry.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Great ideas and inspiration.

Bookmark and Share
Some "Everlasting Love"  for that special wedding coming up..

  The Roaring Twenties

Photography: Silvena Toncheva Photography

Stylist and accessories designer: Nantarat Sirat Amos

Models: Silvena Toncheva and Maria Sheovska

The vintage charm of the 20s fascinates and inspires many fashion photographers nowadays.
Our creative team strived to capture the true spirit of the times and tell a story with many possible interpretations. Every detail has been carefully considered by the talented Nantarat who organised the shoot for the launch of her first bespoke collection under the brand "Everlasting love". All accessories are hand-made by her.

"The Great Gatsby" movie is the one that moved the spirits, made people imagine romance, betrayal and passion in a completely new dimension. Somehow naturally it became a source of inspiration for new ideas around which we based the shoot.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Some Ideas and Inspiration

Wedding Theme Ideas And Inspiration

It’s a new year, and what a better way to start it than by planning your wedding. However, before you can start planning for your big day, you need to know what kind of wedding you want. You need to consider all aspects, such as colour scheme and running themes, and before you can decide what these will be you’ll want to put together a folder of ideas and inspiration. By making different collages of images cut out from magazines and print outs, you can easily see all the different styles and themes you like. Once you’ve got a collection of collages with ideas and inspiration, you can decide for yourself how you’ll want your wedding to look and all the little details that will be included. The following ideas will hopefully inspire you and could even be added to some of your collages. For more information, wedding ideas and inspirational moodboards, visit:

Colour Schemes

Lots of brides already have a favourite colour that they want to have as their colour scheme at their wedding, or perhaps you have a dream venue in mind that might influence your colour scheme. However, here are some popular choices of wedding colour schemes and what they represent:

Blush Pink

Blush or dusty pink is a popular choice amongst brides who want a subtle sweet and feminine touch to their special day. Flowers in pink shades are Sweet Peas, Siam Tulips, Ranunculus and Roses.


Orange colour schemes can vary from a soft autumn tone to a spicy orange. Orange themes are trendy, boisterous and quirky, and can even be perfected with orange flowers, such as orange Gerbera or Ranunculus.


The colour yellow has strong connotation with happiness, calmness and sunshine, making it a great colour scheme for an outdoors wedding. It has also been interpreted as the colour that is linked to enlightenment, which means it perfectly suits the day of matrimony.

Alternative Centerpiece Ideas

Rather than the same old flowers on the table, young brides and grooms are being more creative with their centerpiece ideas and coming up with more alternative table decorations.

Little Wedding Cakes

Instead of having the conventional tiered wedding cake, why not put a single wedding cake on each table as the centerpiece, which means each table have their own cake and can cut it themselves. Each colour or design might be slightly altered in order to differ from each other, or perhaps the table number or name could be printed onto the cake. This is an upcoming new trend this year, and is already gaining popularity with young and adventurous couples.

Food Centerpiece

Socialised catering is on the uprise, and instead of individual food orders, couples are ridding of centerpieces altogether and having banquet styled food platters put out as replacements for centerpieces. This simple yet ingenious idea is like a buffet that comes to you, and is looking to be increasingly popular in the upcoming year.

Creative Table Numbers

Rather than having an ordinary table number, creative brides are creating table numbers out of different materials and placing them into a flower arrangement making a popular idea into a unique detail. The 3D number itself could be make from twister wire, beads, painted wood or coloured foam.

Decoration Ideas

First Impressions

The entrance to your venue should be impressive since it will be the first thing your guests experience. Make a good impression by welcoming people into the venue with signposts inviting them inside, or even put up posts like a timeline about how you met. This could include photos and dates and could be chalked onto blackboards which could be displayed along the path leading into the venue or dotted around inside for guests to find.

Decorate The Bar

People tend to spend a fair amount of time at the at weddings, which means you’ll want it to be attractive. You could personalise it by putting up photos of you and your partner when you first met, or displaying funny facts or moments that have happened to you both that you can share with your guests. Or you can simply make it prettier by adding tea lights or mini flower displays.

Glam Up The Bathroom

Your female guests will be trying out the bathroom in hope of fancy hand soap and soft towels, so don’t disappoint! Dot around some scented candles and perhaps some rose petals along the back of the sinks. You could include mini flower arrangements and pretty soap and hand lotion, and you can be sure that your lady guests will appreciate.

Bookmark and Share