Saturday, 5 September 2009

Eco-Chic Week

Brilliant Burlap
Just because it's slightly rough and ready, doesn't make burlap any less chic. In fact, it's its naive rusticity that makes it this season's fabric of choice for eco-chic weddings. Made from vegetable fibres, it's often used to make sacks to transport coffee beans, and it's these bags that are super-easy to recyle into gorgeous accessories and favours. Perfect for a couple keen to be green on their big day. Don't miss the special offers for Before the Big Day readers - details below the pics.

Product Credits {from top left} - My Adobe Cottage, Heart Bag: Lilmissi, Napkin Ring: The French Nest Co, Ring Cushion: Ginie Lee, {from bottom left}, Heart Wine Bag: Lilmissi, Heart Bunting: My Adobe Cottage, Starfish Bag: Funky Shique

Product Credits {from top left}- Table Runner: My Adobe Cottage, Key Cushion: Styled Spaces, Bird Bunting: Funky Shique, Welcome Table Runner: My Adobe Cottage, {from middle left} Crown Lavender Bags: Home Spun Style, {from bottom left} Ring Cushion: The Blooming South, Bee Bag: The French Nest Co, XO Bag: Funky Shique

Rustic Elegance
Is there anything more romantic than getting married in a forest? Happy couple Henry and Isby picked a gorgeous rustic-elegance theme for their big day, and fabulous photographer Jessamyn Harris was there to record every little detail. My most inspirational spots have to be the CD favours (perfect for the drive home), the bold orange napkins and the personalised beer bottles. And I love Isby's gorgeous backless dress, and the seed pearls studding her hair - so pretty!

**If you love getting inspiration from Real Weddings then click here for more**

Woodland Whimsy
If you're feeling inspired by Eco-Chic Week, why not adopt an entire woodland theme for your big day? Offer your guests a romantic, Midsummer Night's Dream experience, by using rustic accessories and favours, sourced from the natural world. From feathered buttonholes, to mossy ring nests and birchwood vases, many of these accents can be collected on a countryside walk. Cheap and eco-chic! One of my favourite shops for nature-inspired bits-and-pieces, is Pomp and Plumage, {see pics below), who are offering 15% off on any order from today until April 1st {fab!}. Just mention Before the Big Day in your "message to seller". And don't miss the other special offers for Before the Big Day readers - details below the pics.

Product Credits {from top left}- Ring Cushion: April Hilier Designs, Personalised Sign: Funki Folk Art, Vine Crown: Which Goose, {from middle left} Birch Vases: Bettula, Feather Fascinator: Ginger and Tonic, {from bottom left} Love Sign: Katie Leigh Designs, Birch & Moss Ring Cushion: April Hilier Designs, Moss I Do Letters: Choosing You, Wedding Gown: Sarah Stevens, Tiny Twig Hairpins: Woodland Belle, Leaf Earrings: Briguys Girls, Guinevere Veil: Gardens of Whimsy, Vintage Table Number: Marty Stew

We ♥ Offers
10% off Katie Leigh Designs (with code 10off)
10% off Woodland Belle & Funki Folk Art

Love Birds
One of the oldest wedding traditions, the wedding toss symbolizes good luck, fertility and prosperity. Whether it's confetti, rice or sugared almonds {ouch!}, you're going to want someone to throw something into the air as you celebrate your marriage. Personally I'm going for bubbles, but for the truly eco-chic bride, the best option is birdseed - as long as your bridesmaids aren't beak-phobic.... And if you're going for a love-bird theme at your big day, why not reflect it in your favours, with these cute birdseed letters and hearts. Nature Favors are even offering 10% off your purchases with the code Big Day - what's not to like?

Product Credits - Bird Seed Sachets: Sarah Shannon Designs, Birdseed Letters: 2 Birds in Love, Heart Birdseed Favours: Nature Favors

Simply Wood
There's something fabulously tactile about wood favours, and if they're made out of off-cuts that would normally go straight in the bin, they're eco-friendly as well. Perfect for a forest wedding, or one where you want to bring the outside, inside. My particular favourite is the wooden tag Save the Dates. Recyclable as bookmarks, they're the definition of eco-chic.

Product Credits - {from top left} Wooden Bookmarks: Quotes and Notes, Wooden Heart Favours: Indo Bay Textiles, {from bottom left} Inspiration Blocks & Wooden Hearts: Palomas Nest, Customised Favour Tags: Quotes and Notes

Finger Print Tree
This is one of the best ideas I've come across for a long time. It's the brainchild of Hilary and Josh, who celebrated their own wedding in October in California. They made their vows under a huge oak tree, and to continue the theme, decided to create a finger print tree as a commemorative guest book. The idea was such a huge hit, that they now sell peronalised empty trees on their Etsy shop, so you can buy them for your big day. Check out their inspirational wedding photos on the fab wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes.

Website for the Weak
This gorgeous website is fresh from the south of France, stuffed full of chic home accessories. In La Pomme you'll find unique home décor items, like embroidered pillows, hand-stamped lavender sachets, and plush fruit toys for grown-ups. Designer, Apol Lejano-Massebieau, is big on making her work low-impact on the environment, and she recyles vintage linen, cotton and lace in her work. Perfect for wedding presents or favours and Mother's Day gifts, her site is well worth a visit. Check out her blog too!

Animal Farm
This wedding is a true inspiration for those of you getting married in the winter, but want to say your vows in natural light. Allison and Charlie made the most of a beautiful February day, hosting their reception in a clear marquee, surrounded by a magical indoor 'forest' of silver birch and blossom. Both Allison and Charlie are keen animal-lovers, and actual creatures played a huge part in the theming of this big day. From baby chicks, to birds-eggs and donkeys plus Allison's white horse, this wedding was totally at one with the natural world. I'm loving Allison's style - her stunning dress and fake-fur-lined boots go to show that you don't have to compromise on cool if you're getting married in the cold. Huge thanks to Our Labour of Love for these exquisite photos.

Flowering Love
To celebrate the start of spring, the return of sunshine and the flowering of the daffodils on my roof terrace, I hereby announce that this week shall be Eco-Chic Wedding Week. Which means I'll be featuring a different eco-favour a day, plus any eco-weddings I can find. To kick us off, here are some fabulous flowering favours and an invitation, all made out of seed-embedded paper. Perfect for a garden wedding, these tags, boxes and pellets will grow your guests living memories of your big day. There's also all sorts of anologies with flowering love, but that's a bit too soppy for a Monday morning, even if it is sunny.

Product Credits {from top left}- Wildflower Seed Tags: Jenearjen, Pots of Love Favours: Nature Favors,
{from bottom left} Plantable Favour Boxes: Jenearjen, Thank You Seed Cards: Backward Prints, Plantable Seed Tags: Jenearjen, {second picture} Invitation: Artful Beginnings

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

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Before the Big Day is a boutique wedding inspiration blog for British brides and grooms. Updated daily, and brimming with ideas, it’s the go-to website for creative couples who are keen to make their big day stand out from the crowd.

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Planning a wedding day that stands out from the crowd just got easier with the launch of wedding inspiration blog Before the Big Day

Introducing Before the Big Day, a boutique wedding inspiration blog for British brides and grooms. Updated daily, and brimming with ideas, it’s the go-to website for creative couples who are keen to make their big day stand out from the crowd.

With hundreds of real weddings, original themes, unique ideas and all the hottest trends in flowers, favours, gowns, stationery, colours and cakes, it’s the best blog in Britain for the inspired bride.

Looking to personalise your wedding? Don’t miss the Do It Yourself features on Before the Big Day. With inspiring ideas on how to create stunning decorations, stationery and favours, you’ll be DIY-ing your way to the perfect wedding, even if you’re a first-time crafter.

And are you a bride on a budget? Well with all the latest news on sample sales, competitions and wedding fairs, plus our own special discounts and giveaways, Before the Big Day can help you save those precious pennies for the honeymoon.

One reader of Before the Big Day re-discovered her wedding-mojo thanks its inspiring daily features.

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Before the Big Day is ALL about Real Weddings, and I'm always on the look out for more! So whether you're a photographer, or a bride, or a wedding planner {or anyone else!}, do get in touch with your gorgeous weddings, so I can feature them on Before the Big Day.

I'm also massively interested in fashion and product shoots, DIY ideas and any other fabulousness you think I should know about. So don't be shy - get in touch! Simply send me a selection of the best pictures from a particular wedding, or a link to a blog post you've written, and I'll tell you whether your wedding fits with Before the Big Day.

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Once I've accepted your wedding, I'll need the following... 

1. Please could you send about 80 pictures, telling the story of the day, with a special focus on wedding details. I’m only really interested in the bride, groom, bridesmaids and ushers, so no need for any guest pictures.

2. Please only send colour pictures.

3. There’s no need to resize your pictures, my Blogstomp software does that for me!

4. Please send your pictures via Dropbox, labeled with your company’s name, followed by the bride and groom’s name.

5. If possible, could you ask your bride to fill in our Bride’s Questionnaire? If she’s not able to do it, could you tell me the key details about the wedding – including location and date, and anything else you can add about the theme / suppliers.

In the meantime, why not take a look at the Real Weddings already featured on Before the Big Day, or take a look at all the details of My Own Wedding.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Real Weddings by Colour Theme

Here on Before the Big Day we feature thousands of gorgeous Real Weddings. If you want to see all of them one after the other click here, alternatively, check out the wedding themes below for more targeted wedding inspiration.

Scroll down or click for Real Weddings by Theme and by Season

Wedding Theme - Yellow-Themed Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - By Colour - Green-Themed Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - By Colour - Turquoise-Themed Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - By Colour - Grey-Themed Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - By Colour - Pink-Themed Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - By Colour - Lilac-Themed Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - By Colour - Red-Themed Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - By Colour - Black Weddings and Monochrome Weddings

Before the Big Day Real Weddings by Season

Here on Before the Big Day we feature thousands of gorgeous Real Weddings. If you want to see all of them one after the other click here, alternatively, check out the wedding themes below for more targeted

Click for more Real Weddings by Colour Ideas or Theme Inspiration

Wedding Theme -
Snowy Real Weddings and Winter Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - Spring Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - Summer Real Weddings

Wedding Theme - Autumn Real Weddings

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out the Before the Big Day Wedding Themes for more wedding inspiration. Before the Big Day - the Best UK Wedding Blog.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Engagement Session Competition - Terms & Conditions

* The competition will run throughout the Designer Wedding Show, from 7th – 9th October and entries can be made on the days of the show or on Before the Big Day.
* The Winner will be announced at 5pm on 14th October via Twitter {@beforethebigday @weddingsbm} . The winner will also be contacted by email.
* The shoot will take place between November 2011 and March 2012. The time will be set to be mutually convenient to both the competition winner, and Patrick Butler-Madden. The shoot will last 2 hours, half an hour preparation and set up and 1.5 hours shooting time.
* The shoot is open to couples, engaged or not.

* The shoot is at a location of your choice, and should you want the pictures taken anywhere other than London or Dorset, travel cost will need to be covered by the winners.
* The winner will arrange the time and location of their shoot directly with Butler-Madden Weddings.
* Butler-Madden Weddings will provide approx 20 professionally retouched, high res files on a CD for the winning couple, with full non-profit usage rights granted. The winning couple must not claim they took the photos themselves and must not sell the images.

* If winners chose to display images online online, they must be linked or credited back to the Butler-Madden Weddings website.
* Butler-Madden Weddings and Before the Big Day reserve the right to widthdraw the competition at any time.

* Butler-Madden Weddings and Before the Big Day reserve the right to use the images for promotional materials online and in print.
* Winners will be required to fill in a model release form on the day of the shoot.
* Butler-Madden Weddings and Before the Big Day reserve the right to remove any entries that are seen to be rude, offensive or promoting other unrelated businesses/products/companies.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Last Lab Wedding Eyelash Extensions - Before and After

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