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The term ‘luxury’ means different things to different people, so how can a luxury wedding be defined? Not necessarily the money you have available to spend on your wedding, luxury weddings very much depend on how you use the budget you have and the attention to detail that goes into the planning and execution. Here are a few key elements that define a luxury wedding…

Attention to Detail

The first and most important aspect of a luxury wedding is the attention to detail. While the idea of ‘luxury’ might sound like a term specifically used for weddings with large budgets, luxury can in fact be achieved on a more modest budget. It’s all about the time, effort and care that goes into sourcing all of the smaller details that makes a wedding truly unique.

From beautiful vintage linen, tall gold candelabra and perfectly polished dinnerware, to large draped foliage garlands, perfectly pure roses and crystal cut champagne glasses, each small detail adds up to create the look and feel of luxury.

Lavish Floral Decorations

Nothing looks more luxurious than a large volume of florals and foliage. If you don’t have a huge budget, spend a little more on flowers and try to pull back elsewhere, to create that luxury appeal. Choosing the right luxury florist is key, and negotiating a great deal will also help you create the look you want without having to overspend.

Invest in beautiful garlands and blooms to decorate your venue, table tops and of course for your bouquets. If you want to take the look one step further, try to source additional foliage, such as ivy yourself from local woodland and countryside. With a little extra time and energy, you can create your own garlands and hangings to take the luxury look one step further.

Knowing Where to Spend

Having a good understanding of where to spend the budget that you have available and where to pull back goes a long way towards creating the ultimate luxury wedding. As a luxury wedding planner, it’s my job to manage your budget efficiently, while achieving the look and feel you desire. Having built relationships with luxury wedding suppliers over many years, I’m able to get the best prices, and the best the industry has to offer, to make your day special and unique.

If you would like to create a luxury feel for your wedding day, I can help you understand how to achieve this, and where to spend your budget. Click here to find out more about how I can help you create your luxury wedding day.

Photos Amy O’Boyle

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As a Top London Wedding Planner, we often get asked what trends we see for the next season. Florals and foliage are certainly going to continue to be huge in luxury wedding decor for 2019 and going into 2020. They are an ideal way to add a luxury feel while still creating a relaxed and rustic vibe. When it comes to creating beautiful displays inspired by nature, volume is key, as the larger and more prominent your flowers and foliage displays are, the more impact they will have.

If you’re considering bringing the outside into your wedding decor and allowing nature to be the leading theme, here’s a few creative ideas, tips and inspiration…

Focus on Seasonal Flowers and Foliage

When it comes to choosing which flowers and foliage to use for your wedding decor, look to the season and take advantage of what flourishes during the month of your big day. Working with the season, rather than against it, will help compliment everything around you, creating a look and feel that feels natural and effortless.

If you’re not sure what’s in season around the time of your wedding day, I can help you select the perfect flowers and foliage, and a good florist will be able to assist further when it comes to choosing the perfect seasonal blooms. By working with the season, you’ll also be able to keep costs down as you can take advantage of local and current flowers and foliage, rather than having to ship anything in.

Our Signature Style

As a luxury wedding planner, my focus is on creating stunning weddings that are brimming with romance. Lots of florals and foliage achieves this brilliantly, adding a romantic and rustic feel. This is why transforming spaces inspired by the wild and nature has become my signature style.

Having worked for many years with creative florists and floral designers, I can help you create the most striking garlands, bouquets and decorations, all using natural and seasonal elements.

From tabletop garlands, wild and natural bouquets and oversized floral backdrops for your entrance hall and ceremony, to garlands hanging from the ceiling and a wedding cake with flowers cascading down the side, my knowledge and expertise allows me to use florals and foliage to create your dream wedding.

There’s nothing quite as striking as a wedding filled with beautiful natural displays and details. For more inspiration and ideas when it comes to bringing the outside in for your wedding decor, visit my portfolio to see examples of weddings I have created where nature plays a strong role in the wedding decor.

Photo Amy O’Boyle

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The month before your Wedding can fly by and before you know it you’re walking down the aisle. It’s important to have a plan in place in terms of any last minute arrangements you need to make or anything you need to double check, to help the final month run smoothly.

At this point, you’ll probably find yourself feeling excited and a little anxious, so being prepared in advance will help you manage this and enjoy the final month before you get married. With this in mind, here are seven things to do in the month before you get married… 

Meet with your Luxury Wedding Planner

The first and most important thing is to meet with your luxury wedding planner. Arrange a meeting right at the start of the month, to allow you enough time to go over everything, check you are happy, or make any last minute changes. Book this in ahead of the final month before your big day, and take any notes with you detailing everything you want to address so that you don’t forget anything.

Wear in your Shoes

If you’ve invested in a new pair of bridal shoes for your wedding day, it’s important to take a little time to wear them in to avoid any painful blisters or rubbing. You’re on your feet a lot on your wedding day, and there’s nothing worse than finding your shoes are pinching when you have your first dance. Start wearing your shoes around the house for a few hours here and there – the more you wear them the less likely they are to rub, but remember to be careful not to scuff them.

Have a Final Run of your Hair and Makeup

Regardless of whether you’ve practised your hair and makeup already, it’s important to have a final run and put the whole look together to make sure you’re 100% happy. Book an appointment with your hair and makeup artist and make any final tweaks based on the result.

Book your hair and beauty treatments

Timing is key when it comes to your hair and beauty treatments. You don’t want to be rushing around having things done last minute, but you do want everything to look fresh. Your manicure, pedicure and hair cut and colour can be done about a week in advance. When it comes to your hair cut, sometimes it can take a little while to settle in, so where possible have your cut about two weeks in advance, and your colour a week in advance.

Your spray tan should be done just a few days before your wedding, and any facials should be done well in advance to allow any blemishes and redness to clear.

Finalize your Seating Plan

By this point, you should have had all of your RSVPs back, which means you can do a head count and work out your final seating plan. If you’ve already drawn up a seating plan this might require moving things around a little, when you do a final check on who has confirmed and who can’t make it.

Get Away for a Weekend

In the last month before you get married, make some time to get away for a weekend together. A staycation is ideal, and I recommend choosing something relaxing, like a rural escape or a spa weekend.

This will allow you time to connect just the two of you, away from all the wedding planning and last minute rush, to give you time to spend together before you become husband and wife. Your luxury wedding planner should be able to help you make this possible, taking care of any last minute details so that you can take a much needed break.

Have your Final Dress Fitting

At this point, you’ve probably already had several dress fittings, but our bodies can change so quickly, so it’s worth fitting just one last fitting into double check. Do this early in the month to allow for any last minute alterations.

The final weeks before your big day are very exciting, and as almost everything should be in place, you’ll find yourself feeling a little calmer and looking forward to the day. Having a luxury wedding planner support you can be a big weight of your shoulders though. For further assistance and more information about how I can help, get in touch.

Image Julie Michaelsen 

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It is becoming more and more popular to have an event the day after the wedding. It’s the perfect way to thank guests for coming and extends the celebration allowing guests the chance to mingle in a more relaxed environment, reflect on the wedding day and say their farewells. Below are a few things to consider when planning your post wedding celebration.

TIMING

Think about the timing wisely, a lot of your guests will have been up late the night before celebrating with you, so the last thing they need is a 9am event to attend!

LOCATION

If you are having the event at an alternative venue to the wedding, think about its proximity to the location where the majority of your guests will be staying. Something close by is perfect and will make it easy for your guests.

FOOD

A more relaxed food offering is favoured post wedding, think authentic wood-fired pizzas, mobile cocktail bars whipping up Bloody Marys to soothe the sore heads, grazing tables abundant with charcuterie or even a traditional hog roast with all the trimmings.

RELAX

It’s the time for you to really relax, the wedding day is over and now you can spend time with the people you didn’t get to see enough on the wedding day. You will be feeling so elated and happy, so spend the day really enjoying yourself and celebrating.

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The food and drink you serve at your wedding plays a huge role and goes a long way towards influencing the overall look and feel of your day. While the focus should be on taste and providing your guests with something nourishing and satisfying, the look of your food and how you serve it are also important factors to create a luxury wedding day.

Perfectly balancing aesthetics with taste is key, with everything you serve not just tasting amazing, but looking great too and perfectly fitting with your wedding scheme…

Image piotrowskiphoto.co.uk

Choose Local

When it comes to choosing your caterer you can’t go far wrong in choosing someone that focuses on sourcing and working with local produce. Greatly influencing both the look and taste of the food you serve, in choosing locally sourced produce the quality will really stand out. In addition, locally sourced food will be seasonal and fresh, perfectly complimenting your wedding day and the time of year that you choose to get married.

Be Creative

We eat with our eyes, and so presentation really matters and will have a huge impact on how your guests feel about the food that you serve. In addition, when creating a luxury wedding, attention to detail is everything, so putting that extra effort into choosing a caterer that can create stunning plates and platters is key.

Think beyond the everyday when it comes to presenting and displaying your wedding feast. From the canapes and the wedding breakfast, to your evening pick-me-up, considering how to create food that tastes amazing and looks beautiful too is essential at every stage of the day.

Julie Michaelsen Photography

Canapes

For your canapes, consider a colour palette that perfectly compliments your wedding decor. Pile cheeses, figs, grapes and freshly baked bread up in a rustic style, scatter with nuts and sprigs of rosemary. Deserts can be kept small and colourful, with plates dressed with edible flowers. For your evening pick-me-up, consider a playful and rustic food truck, where guests can help themselves to carb-rich snacks to keep them going.

Drinks

When it comes to drinks, include local honey or rhubarb in cocktails, source local gins and beers, and don’t forget the garnishes, such as a sprig of rosemary, local strawberries or flowers.

When choosing catering for your luxury wedding think about what will complement your scheme and your venue, while adding the theatre of your day. At Something Blue, I have close connections with a variety of luxury wedding caterers, and can help you create the perfect drinking and dining experience specifically for your unique day.

Photo piotrowskiphoto.co.uk

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Your wedding photos are something that you and your partner will look back on for years to come. A great Wedding Photographer will capture all of the emotions from the day and allow memories to come rushing back. So with this in mind, here we want to highlight the importance of choosing someone that will capture your Wedding Day perfectly.

HOW MANY HOURS WILL YOU COVER?

It’s so important that you make sure everything you want to be captured on the day is covered. Do you want photos of both the bride and groom getting ready or just the bride? Do you want the evening reception covered or just until the cake cutting? Work out the timeline of the day, you can then discuss with the photographer if everything you want covered will be included, or if you will need to book extra time.

Julie Michaelsen Photography

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE PHOTOS AFTER THE WEDDING?

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes after the photos have been taken, from editing to resizing, so it can take a little while to receive your photos. Most should have them back to you within eight weeks, but ask your photographer as they can confirm their personal timeline. Some may be able to give you a few taster shots several days after the wedding.

DO YOU OFFER ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS?

Engagement shoots are a great way to get to know your photographer and their style. You will build up a relationship and rapport, so by the time it comes to the wedding day you will be more relaxed which will make you both feel so much more comfortable in front of the camera.

Image Zosia Zacharia

CAN I SEE PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS WEDDINGS?

Most photographers will have good examples on their website of previous weddings, but if you would like to see more they should be happy to show you. Looking at their previous work will ensure you are choosing someone that shoots in the style you have an affinity with. Also ensure you ask if the photos are all of their own work, this ensures they dont contract people in through agencies.

HAVE YOU WORKED AT OUR VENUE  BEFORE?

If the photographer has worked at your venue before they will know the perfect spot’s to shoot and will usually have some photos they can show you from previous weddings, this will give you a good idea on their style. However, don’t let it put you off if they haven’t shot at the venue before, a good photographer will visit the venue to ensure they know the best spots to shoot, they will also come with a fresh eye and enthusiasm for shooting somewhere new.

If you find a photographer you love that isn’t located anywhere near to your venue, don’t be put off. They will usually be happy to travel anywhere, so don’t feel like you have to stick to someone who is located close to your venue.

Julie Michaelsen Photography

Cover Photo Anneli Marinovich 

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The new year often provides new energy when it comes to planning something as big as your wedding day. With that in mind and so that you can hit the ground running, here are our top tips to create a luxury wedding in 2019…

Source bespoke details early

The perfect luxury wedding often features a few really special bespoke details, such as handmade wedding stationery, locally sourced flowers and even handmade table decorations.

Creating bespoke pieces takes time, especially when they are being made in volume. Start searching for your supplier/artist early on and ask to see samples to check the quality and materials in advance if possible. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, get your order in to allow plenty of time and avoid any kind of rush which can result in poor attention to detail.

Try and taste everything before saying yes

A luxury feel can be really let down if you don’t get the food and drink right. Not only do wedding guests really look forward to a lovely sit down meal, they also need quality sustenance to help them thoroughly enjoy the day. Because of this, I always recommend trying anything you might provide to your guests on the day before saying yes. Consider the quality of ingredients, where everything is sourced and how it will be made/provided on the day.

Consider working with a luxury wedding planner

If you’re trying to plan a wedding and juggle a full time career it can be easy to let things slip or choose the easy option. In deciding to work with a luxury wedding planner you can free up a lot of time for yourself, while also being confident that your planner has experience in the luxury market and connections with premium suppliers.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a helping hand

Planning a beautiful wedding should be a joint effort. Whether you’re planning on bringing a wedding planner on board, you just want a little professional support here and there, or you need your friends and family to help pull some of the more ambitious ideas together, the secret to creating a beautiful luxury wedding is to avoid doing absolutely everything by yourself.

Having a helping hand will make planning and arranging everything easier and more enjoyable, which will only result in a more positive outcome.

If you’re looking to create your luxury wedding in 2019 then get in touch, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have and provide whatever support you need.

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The trend for beautiful natural foliage in wedding decor continues into 2019, and is a really effective way of creating a scheme that celebrates nature while being soft and romantic. If you’re looking for ideas to incorporate greenery and foliage into your wedding decor, here are a few ideas that are sure to enhance and tie in with your scheme…

Wrap garlands around seating

This is ideal if you’re using rustic looking seating to add interest and make what might otherwise be a simple and practical element into something beautiful. Avoid making the look uniform – try wrapping greenery around the top of the chairs, but miss a few our here and there, add lots to a few, and just a little to the others. You could even consider adding a subtle spritz of metallic paint to your greenery to add a high-end finish.

Line your top table

Define the top table by lining the front edge in greenery. A pine garland works brilliantly, decorated further with pillar candles nestled in and dotted with roses in whites or very pale pastels.

Create a garland centrepiece

This idea couldn’t be simpler, but it is very effective. Swap out fussy individual centrepieces on your tables, instead of line the full length of your table down the middle with a thick garland made from natural foliage. To decorate further include grand candelabra in among the foliage, or tea lights in simple glass holders and florals in a neutral colour palette.

Drape greenery over your entrance board

Give a nod to what’s to come, by draping greenery over the top of one side of your entrance board. Make sure the board is still readable, but make a statement with something big and eye catching, rather than just a sprig or two.

Fill metal buckets with beautiful blooms

For those empty spaces that are just crying out for a finishing touch, try filling vintage buckets with bouquets. Stick to the natural theme and fill mostly with greenery, adding a touch of colour with lavender and white blooms.

Getting the balance right is key to creating the perfect wedding decor using greenery. While you might not necessarily want to do all of the above, work out what works with your scheme and venue and go from there.

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The new year means an abundance of exciting new trends for the wedding industry, but what’s set to be big in luxury wedding decor for 2019? Read on to find out…

Bohemian style outdoor venues

The ‘festival’ theme is developed to have a sophisticated edge in 2019 with bohemian style outdoor wedding venues. Think marquees with huge expensive ceiling heights, lavished with fairy lights, lots of greenery, mixed cut crystal glasses and hand painted wedding stationery in dreamy watercolour shades.

This laid back feel can be made luxurious with the finer details, lots of white is key, while big blooms, foliage, brass cutlery and candelabra make the scheme feel refined and expensive.

Nature inspired schemes

We’ve seen an increase in the use of greenery in wedding schemes over the last five years, and in 2019 this is taken up a notch further. Trees, foliage and flowers will take centre stage in weddings for 2019, in a natural and whimsical style to create a romantic feel.

Opulent cake designs

The wedding cake is becoming an increasingly important factor of the wedding day, with the 2018 royal wedding cake inspiring an opulent trend for cakes in 2019. Expect to see metallic touches, regal piping, large tiered designs and a wide array of textures and finishes.

Eco conscious and sustainable decor

Unfortunately, some wedding schemes follow a bit of a throwaway culture, but along with the rustic and foliage lead schemes, more couples are choosing to take a sustainable approach to their wedding day and decor. This includes using free from foam flow installations, wedding dresses made using sustainable materials and ethical practices, and flowers and foods being sourced from local and organic suppliers.

Industrial spaces with rustic detail

Moving forward from the barn conversion venues and the shabby chic look, for 2019 it’s all about big spacious industrial venues, with rustic style decor. For several years now the shabby chic theme has been big in the industry, but this year we’re now moving away from the hay bales, crates and vintage decor, instead introducing a more refined rustic look.

Raw industrial spaces are warmed up using florals and foliage in deep berry tones. Harsh industrial fittings are made softer with greenery and metallics are embraced to contrast with the simple space adding an opulent feel.

2019 sees some fantastic advances in the wedding decor industry, with many trends being increasingly environmentally conscious to help shape a brighter future, while still creating a stunning and memorable wedding day.

Featured Image Anneli Marinovich at Loseley Park’s new Woodland Ceremony Space

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Becoming newly engaged is a truly exciting time, but it can also feel a little overwhelming. Wedding planning takes a lot of energy, inspiration and imagination, and it can be tricky to know where to start. If you have recently got engaged (huge congratulations!) here are 10 things to think about to get the ball rolling with planning your big day…

1. Decide whether you might use a wedding planner

One of the first things to think about is whether you want to work with a wedding planner. If you lead a busy lifestyle, choosing to hire a planner from early on will take the pressure off right from the beginning, making planning your big day joyful. Consider this at this early stage, as if you later decide on hiring a wedding planner, you may feel frustrated that you didn’t do it earlier.

2. Consider whether you might throw an engagement party 

Engagement parties aren’t for everyone, but before you start to plan your big day, consider whether you might want to host an engagement party, or even just a drinks reception for friends and family to mark the occasion.

3. Start to find inspiration

Sourcing ideas and inspiration is a great way to kickstart your creativity. One of the first steps is starting to establish a theme or colour scheme, but until you sit down and look at bridal magazines or Pinterest you’ll find it difficult to define this. Scour the internet and search high and low to discover what you like, what inspired you, and what you most definitely want to steer clear of.  

4. Define yourselves as a couple

Pinning down your scheme for your day should come from your tastes, personalities and relationship as a couple. A great way to start to work towards defining the details of your big day is to write down a short statement a some keywords that represent you. 

5. Draw up a draft guest list

 Before you start considering venues, having an idea of how many guests you might like to invite, and whether some might be evening guests only is important, as this will determine which venues you will be able to look at.

 6. Invest in a scrapbook

A lovely way to further define your scheme is to start to create an ‘inspiration scrapbook’. Look further than the traditional sources of wedding inspiration – include your own personal photos, material scraps, cards, notes and letters, pressed flowers and other items from nature that you feel inspired by.

7. Set your budget

An important step is determining how much money you will have to spend on your day, and your honeymoon. If you are working with a wedding planner you can then start to talk about budgets for specific elements, such as your dress and the venue. If you’re planning everything by yourself, for now think about vague budgets to help guide you when you start to look at booking the bigger elements.

8. Choose your bridesmaids

We all seem to be busier than ever before, which is why it’s important to choose your bridesmaids early on. In the early stages it’s unlikely that you’ll have your date set, but if you can give your bridesmaids an idea of when your wedding might be, it’s more likely that they can ensure they will be able to make the date when you have set it.  

9. Start looking at dresses

Your dress is another element that can take much longer than expected to get right. Even if your big day is more than a year away, there is no harm in starting to try on dresses to get a feel for what you like and what you don’t like. In an ideal world, you will have found your wedding dress at least six months before to allow for several fittings and alterations, so it’s worth starting early.

For support with planning your big day and further assistance with where to start, get in touch – I’d be thrilled to hear from you.

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