What Lottie Loves This Week // Boho Dream Catchers

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This week I am loving bohemian dream catchers! These gorgeously romantic creations are usually made from a flexible willow hoop which supports a woven web of cotton, twine or wool, often strung with beads, feathers and crystals.

Dream catchers originated within Native American tribes and the native term for these enchanting items means ‘dream snare’. Dream catchers represent unity and the filtering out of bad dreams. It is thought that as dreams pass through the web, only pleasant ones are able to complete the journey. Can you imagine anything more perfectly suited to a wedding day!

Being so beautiful and easy to make, dream catchers lend themselves well to incorporation within your wedding day setup. They can be used as decoration, printed on wedding stationery, as jewellery or as favours for your guests.

If you’re keen to include dream catchers at your wedding, why not get your best girls together for a crafty evening and ask each of them to make their own dream catcher. You can use the resulting creations as highly personal venue decoration, and they double up as beautiful keepsakes to treasure once the big day has taken place.

--Lottie ♥

Advice // Could A Winter Wedding Be Right For You?

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Winter wedding season is finally upon us and I have to say that, for me, there’s nothing quite like a festive wedding to add a spark of magic to winter’s dark and cold days. In fact, I love winter weddings so much I had one myself!

There are many benefits to hosting a wedding in the winter which I’d like to draw your attention to, aside from the intrinsically enchanting atmosphere of celebrations held at this time of year. Take a look at the points below to see if a winter wedding could be right for you…

Winter weddings are often a little more budget-friendly:

Many venues have cottoned on recently to the upsurge in brides and grooms choosing to host a winter wedding, however some still charge far less during the colder months. As long as you stay away from the Christmas period, it is likely that your venue will offer you a reduced price that can be anywhere from ten to fifty percent lower than the summer prices. You may also find that wedding suppliers and planners lower their prices in the winter to ensure a constant flow of clients year round.

Wedding venues often display decorations for the festive season, so the amount of money you need to set aside for decorations and flowers could be lower if you choose to incorporate or rely entirely on existing items. Just be sure to double check when the venue decorations go up and when they come down.

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Something a little different:

As the vast majority of weddings take place in spring and summer in the UK, it is likely that your wedding will be the only one within your immediate circle scheduled during the winter months. If you want to distinguish yourself from the other weddings planned in a given year, then choosing to host your special day during the wedding ‘down-time’ could do the trick. It’s also lovely to give your loved ones something bright and sparkly to look forward to as the nights draw in.

Greater availability of wedding suppliers:

Sometimes the best wedding suppliers and venues are so busy during the popular spring and summer months that you need to book them two years or more in advance! For brides and grooms who do not want a long engagement, it would be that you simply cannot get anywhere near them if you choose to get married during their busiest periods. However, you may be able to book a popular supplier or venue during the winter months when they are a little more quiet.

Gorgeous winter wedding attire:

I am a huge fan of wedding dresses, particularly ones designed for winter brides! But as well as gorgeous dresses, winter brides also have the option of adding a faux fur stole or cape, or a cozy cardigan to their outfit to keep them warm during the journey to the venue. There’s just something so romantic about fur placed against lace!

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More of your guest list will be able to attend:

Most people schedule their main family holiday during the summer, so you may find that lots of the people on your guest list are already busy with a prior engagement if you host a summer wedding. Scheduling your wedding for the winter months may mean that more of your guests are able to attend your big day.

The cons of a winter wedding:

While there are plenty of great reasons to host a winter wedding, there are a few negative points to consider. The first and most obvious being the chance of bad weather! Snow just before the wedding takes place could mean that some of your suppliers and guests cannot make it to the venue. There really is no fix to this issue, however I would suggest that you buy wedding insurance if you decide to go for a winter wedding, just in case.

Another con is to do with flowers. You will probably find that your choice is a little restricted in the winter, and the flowers that are available could be expensive when compared to their summer price. This will be due to the need to import flowers from warmer climates. If you are on a tight budget or if you are hosting an eco-friendly wedding, then you may like to consider paper or silk flowers.

--Lottie ♥

The London ExCeL Wedding Show Spring 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Win a pair of the hottest wedding show tickets in town!

31stJanuary - 1st February 2015|Excel London 

The Lace & Love Hearts blog and The London ExCeL Wedding Show have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of complimentary tickets to attend the region’s biggest and best wedding show with their plus one! Immerse yourself in all things wedding as The London ExCeL Wedding Show returns from the 31stJanuary- 1st February 2015!

With over 100 of the region’s finest suppliers showcasing everything from designer dresses to decadent cakes, sparkling accessories to fabulous flowers and impeccable groomswear to romantic honeymoons, you will be able to try, buy, book and plan everything you could possibly need for your special day under one roof.

This season’s impressive exhibitor line-up includes John Lewis, Debenhams, Burton, Moss Bros, Sandals, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Nigel Rayment, Coo Jewellers, Charm Cupcakes and many more, making The London ExCeL Wedding Show an unmissable event for any engaged couple and their wedding party.

If you are looking for inspiration and the latest bridal trends then The Catwalk Show is the place for you. Beautiful, elegant designer dresses will grace the runway three times a day along with suave menswear, sophisticated mother of the bride attire and pretty bridesmaid dresses, making it a fabulous must-see show for the entire bridal party.

Gather essential top tips from a whole host of wedding experts including the UK’s No.1 Bridal Coach Michele Paradise, who will provide you with invaluable advice on how to walk in fabulous shoes and achieve the perfect pose for your photographs as well as choosing the best dress for your body shape, helping you to look and feel good inside and out on your big day.

Freddie Entertainment will appear on stage this season to entertain the crowds throughout the weekend with fantastic renditions of all your favourite classic songs.

After a full day of wedding planning, you and your wedding party can unwind with a glass of bubbly in the Champagne Bar and toast to your future happiness in style.

Don’t forget to pick up your free goody bag, packed with lots of exciting products and a free show guide, so that you can contact your favourite exhibitors after the show.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning these fabulous tickets, simply contact me via the online contact form stating your full name and email address. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday 1st December, and if you are picked you will receive a FREE pair of tickets. Tickets are valid any day and are limited to one pair per winner.

So what are you waiting for? Send your entry today!

 

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Advice // Keeping Little Wedding Guests Entertained

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As you can imagine, it is incredibly important to keep little wedding guests as busy and entertained as possible throughout your big day. Most brides and grooms are not keen on the idea of having every single guest’s attention shifted away from them and onto a bored and disruptive child. If you agree then you should spend a bit of time and money on making provisions for them. Entertaining children can take many forms, including professional event nannies, a full on wedding day crèche, children’s entertainers, a craft station, and activity packs full of things to keep little fingers and minds busy.

A short note of caution before we continue. Including children on your guest list isn’t for everyone, so I would advise you to sit down with your fiancé and talk the idea through in detail if you’re leaning towards permitting children to attend. You may find that they do not agree. Adding children to your guest list will make your wedding more expensive due to increased catering costs and the cost of keeping them entertained. On the flip side, excluding children is also a fantastic way of causing offence if it is not handled carefully and sensitively. However, while including children will add a few tasks to your to do list, there is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a wedding where children are welcome. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but children add a certain sense of magic, wonder and youth to a wedding which is noticeably lacking without them.

Image: Bodie & Fou

Event nannies and wedding crèches:

If you’re on the lookout for a service which will provide your younger wedding guests with games, crafts and entertainment for the duration of your wedding, then event nannies or a mobile crèche should be your first choice. Generally speaking, a wedding crèche will take place in a separate room and will act as a place to drop kids off before the wedding ceremony, and to collect them at the end of the night. The best wedding crèches will include a slumber zone (where children can have a nap), and a private and comfortable breast feeding area for nursing mums.

It is true that event nannies and wedding crèches are the most expensive way of looking after your little wedding guests; however you will be able to enjoy your day to the full while the kiddies have fun in another room. Also, mums and dads are guaranteed to appreciate some time to enjoy the wedding properly while their little angels are cared for by a professional company. It’s a win win situation!

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Children’s entertainers:

If you’re not sure that your budget can stretch to event nannies or a wedding day crèche, but you still want the children to be entertained, you could consider employing a children’s entertainer. Children’s entertainers will occupy your children for between one and two hours so that their parents are free to attend your marriage ceremony without worrying about their children getting bored. Popular options for entertainers include clowns, princesses, magicians, fairies and pirates, and they should be stationed in a separate room from your wedding reception so that the children can concentrate on and hear the entertainer properly.

Oh, and while I adore face painting, my advice is to steer clear of this form of entertainment on this occasion as parents may have spent a lot of money dressing their little ones for your big day.

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Craft stations:

Craft stations are an excellent way of keeping children busy and stimulated, while allowing them to be part of your wedding day activities. Crèches and entertainers usually look after children in a separate room; however with a craft station it’s easy to set one up in the main reception room as it won’t take up too much space. Craft stations will provide a focal point for children to be creative, to exercise their artistic flare and to engage with the other children present at the wedding. Popular items to place on a craft station include pencils, crayons, paper, card, tissue paper, colouring books, stickers, safety scissors, glue sticks, glitter, bubbles, glow sticks, novelty toys, balloons, pipe cleaners and pompoms. Steer clear of paints and felt tip pens as they can make a real mess of fingers and clothes! Remember to encourage the children to take their artworks home with them at the end of the night.

Image: Helen Lisk Photography {via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings}

Activity packs:

Perhaps the most simple and cost effective way of keeping your youngest guests happy is to create and hand out personalised activity packs. All of the items listed above in the craft stations section can be placed in activity packs, and activity packs can be taken home at the end of the night if the child hasn’t finished playing with the contents. Simple!

--Lottie ♥

What Lottie Loves This Week // Winter Brides in Cardigans

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This week I am loving winter brides and their cardigans! I just think they are so adorable, and what better way of keeping the chilly winter air off your bare shoulders and arms then by popping a brightly coloured cardigan over your pristine white dress. Too cute!

Including a soft and fluffy cardigan within your wedding ensemble not only provides you with the opportunity to add interest and texture to your outfit, it also gives you the option of brightening your look a little by incorporating a colour from your wedding day palette. White or pastel shades also work well if you’re looking to keep everything a little more elegant and traditional.

As well as being uber-chic, wearing a cardigan with your dress will also keep you cosy as you travel from the hotel or your home to your church or venue. This could be particularly useful if you are to be married in a beautiful, but draft old church or stately home. Plus, cardigans are so easy to remove that you could quickly slip it off at almost any time and hand it to your maid of honour for safe keeping. Can you tell I’m a fan yet!

--Lottie ♥

Love Heart Feature // Sound Generation

Today’s Love Heart Feature is dedicated to Sound Generation, a company which provides artists for weddings and events throughout the UK. Below you will find information on what Sound Generation can offer you in terms of musical accompaniments to your big day, including details of the wide range of artists they currently work with. 

The team at Sound Generation have also been kind enough to provide insider tips for couples who are a little unsure as to the specifics of booking an artist for their wedding, including advice on placing music correctly into your running order, current trends, and important issues to be aware of…

So, over to the Sound Generation team!

Music is hugely important on your wedding day. It’s proven (by scientists, no less) to be one of the most powerful ways of evoking emotions and memories, reminding you of all the wonderful moments you’ve shared with your partner. 

Music is also a fantastic way of setting the mood. Try to encourage a range of emotions on your wedding day. Guests should feel moved, happy, and of course - it goes without saying - so ecstatic that they’ll lose all inhibitions and bust their best moves on the dance floor!

Most couples will refer to ‘their song’, which will almost certainly feature on their big day, but there may also be a song that you first danced to together, a song that was a big hit the year you met, a song you both find hilariously funny etc. It’s a good idea to write a list of all those songs you want to feature, well ahead of your wedding day.

Where music can feature:

Marriage ceremony - this is one of the most emotional parts of the days. Whilst traditionally couples would opt for classical music, couples are now often choosing more contemporary songs to accompany the procession and recessional. Artists such as Adele and John Legend are popular.

Drinks reception - post-ceremony everyone will be socialising and no doubt talking about the bride’s dress, so you should select an act that’s just going to create a bit of ambience. Guests won’t really want to be entertained yet as they’ll be too distracted.

Wedding breakfast again, this is a time when guests will be chatting and later, listening to those all-important speeches, so as with the drinks reception you want to choose something that’s not too intrusive.

Evening celebration - this is when the party really gets going so you want a band or a great DJ that’s going to get everyone up on their feet and that can really work the room. For bands, a five-piece is generally recommended, although if budget is an issue, a four-piece works well, or even a three-piece if the vocalist also plays an instrument. Bear in mind, the more musicians you have, the bigger the impact.

Current trends:

Music to fit your theme – most weddings have a theme and couples increasingly want their music selection to fit that theme. For example you might decide on a vintage-style wedding, in which case a jazz trio or a vintage vocal group would work very well.  

Mini music festival – creating a festival vibe is very popular at the moment. Book a selection of varied acts for a real festival experience. Go for independent artists as opposed to ‘wedding bands’ for an authentic feel.

Element of surprise  a lot of couples want to book an act that puts a twist on instantly recognisable songs. For example a blues band performing a Rihanna track, or a classical string quartet performing a Jay Z tune. It’s totally unexpected and creates that ‘wow’ factor.  

Top tips:

Consider your guests (I know, it should be all about you!) – generally wedding guests will cross several generations so bear that in mind when you’re selecting what songs you want the band to perform. Try to choose a range of music that spans several eras so that you can be sure everyone has a great time.

If you’re on a tight budget – if you’re working to a budget then prioritise the evening band/DJ and see what’s left for anything else. The evening music should be the highlight, as it’s most often what guests remember most (providing they don’t knock back too many glasses of bubbly!) A lot of acts can also provide a laptop DJ set as well as a live band set, so you might not need to book both. You can also look at cutting back on the number of musicians to rein in costs e.g. a harpist or classical duo instead of a string quartet.

CD’s as favours – often acts have released albums & CD’s. Why not give your guests a copy as a unique wedding favour.

Things to be aware of:

Power supply – usually acts will have their own PA equipment, so all they will need is somewhere to plug in.

Catering for the musicians - musicians will often be on site for several hours so will need a hot meal and soft drinks to ensure they have the energy to get your party started!

Set up/set down - musicians will need time to set up and set down, typically around 60 minutes. This will be included in your fees, but if the time onsite runs over a surcharge will sometimes be applied.

Special requests - if you have any special requests for the band, make sure you provide them in plenty of time. Also bear in mind some of your requests might not work given the band you choose.

Who we are:

Sound Generation provide outstanding musicians, bands and DJ’s for weddings, events and venues across London and the UK. We offer wedding couples a bespoke and friendly service with an emphasis on stylish, professional and contemporary acts. Our musicians have performed alongside the likes of Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran, and Rihanna so you can be sure you’re getting the best in the business. 

 

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Love Heart Feature // Phillipa Lepley Partners with Fashion Illustrator Jane Hartley

A marriage of British artisans sees couture wedding dress designer Phillipa Lepley partner with esteemed fashion illustrator Jane Hartley giving brides an exclusive gift of a personalised sketch drawn during their final fitting.

Throughout the month of November bride who order a couture Phillipa Lepley dress are able to book Jane Hartley on a complimentary basis to attend their final fitting to capture them in their completed gown before the big day.

These sketches can be kept as a one-of-a-kind keepsake, gifted to family and friends or used for thank you cards. Brides are also able to discuss further ideas with Jane, who also attends weddings capturing the day through her sketches.

Celebrating her 25th anniversary this year, Phillipa Lepley is recognised globally for creating bespoke dresses of distinction with uncompromising quality. Phillipa uses the most luxurious fabrics, exquisite embellishments and outstanding body minimising corsetry that has been finessed to leading levels over the years. Her artisanal talent and bespoke creations are mirrored by the delicate illustrations of Jane Hartley who is known for her fluid drawings that reflect a fresh view of the fashion world both past and present.

With a realm of experience between the two artists and a shared passion for detailed embroidery, Phillipa Lepley and Jane Hartley together capture the individual beauty of each bride. Each work of art, be it a couture wedding dress or a unique depiction of the bride, shares a timeless quality which will be treasured as an exclusive gift to Phillipa Lepley couture brides.

 

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