WEBB WEDDING V

I thought I'd break up all the wedding related posts full of pictures of our faces, and share something a bit different with you in the form of all the stationery I designed for our day (all photographed beautifully by Catherine & Andy at White Stag Weddings)

First up is our invitation suite. The theme of the wedding had changed quite a bit since I sent out the save the dates, so I had to come up with a new design for the invites. I started out by drawing a selection of flowers (all varieties that we had discussed including in our floral arrangements with the florist, Heather & Wood) and created the pretty pink colour palette. I designed a double sided invitation, with our initials on the front and lots of florals on either side. This was accompanied by an RSVP card with a song request on the reverse, and a double sided additional information sheet. My favourite part of the whole suite was the origami inspired fold out map. It folded down into a little square with just our initials on the front, but opened up to reveal a map of how to find the venue, and information on parking, accommodation and taxis. Everything was packaged in a translucent envelope and sealed with a matching sticker with our guests' names written on.

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For the ceremony space, I designed a selection of illustrated quotes and posters to display around the room. They were all based on things that mean something to us, including favourite song lyrics, florals, fairytales, our own love story, and one inspired by our favourite TV show, Game of Thrones. There was also an order of service placed on each seat, and reserved seat signs for the bridal party.

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We went back and forth on so many ideas for our table names, but eventually settled on romantic film names. Jamie works in the film industry so it seemed a perfect fit to combine with my illustrations. We picked out 10 favourite films and I illustrated a table name in the style of the DVD cover for each one. These were accompanied by a romantic quote from each film and they were all displayed on the tables in double sided frames from Ikea.
The table plan itself was made on a board created by Dad (thank you!) with a handwritten title drawn by me. Lisa also added a small branch of eucalyptus to the corner of each table name.
The place settings were designed in the same style as the fold-out maps, but this time there was a menu inside each one. Each guest also received a mini bottle of home-made Irish cream, and a paper sweet bag (which they could fill up from the sweet table) with a little thank you note, and 2 advice cards to fill in. The children also got a set of wedding activity sheets with colouring pages and a crossword.

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We were offering a limited open bar during the reception and wanted to let our guests know what drinks were on us, so I designed a "This one's on us" poster to be displayed on the bar along with jars of pretty paper straws and a "shall we dance?" sign.

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I had so much fun creating everything for our wedding day. As you can imagine I can't bear to part with any of it so I've got boxes full of it all! I'm planning to display some of the quotes/illustrations in our home and I'll be putting some of the other stationery in an album along with our wedding photos (when I get around to managing to narrow them down!)

If you see anything you'd like for your own wedding, get in touch and I can see what I can create for you!

Photography: White Stag Weddings
Venue: Kent Life
Florist: Heather & Wood

FREE PRINTABLE WORDSEARCH

I've got a little treat for you today in the form of a free printable! Finding ways to entertain any children at a wedding can be tricky, especially during the food & speeches! Activity sheets are a great way to keep the little ones busy for a while, so I've created a wedding word search for you.

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I've created the word search in two colour palettes, so you can pick the one that best suits your wedding theme. There's 18 words to find, all related to theme of weddings, including "Bride", "Flowers", "Cake" and "Dance".

To download the pink version, click here.
And for the blue version, click here.

The files are designed to be printed on A4, and they'll work best on a good quality white paper or thin card. If you have any problems downloading then let me know!

WEBB WEDDING IV

Another wedding post today, this time its all about our wedding breakfast and evening reception. As always, the beautiful images are all by the talented Catherine & Andy at White Stag Weddings.

Our wedding breakfast was held in the Wagon Store at Kent Life. We loved the beams and hops on the ceilings, and big wall to wall windows down one side of the room. As with the ceremony space, I had lots of fun creating pretty decorations along with los of help from my Mum. I got lots of copies of my DIY paper blooms printed, and Mum sat and cut them all out (all 315 layers!) and assembled a total of 140 flowers! On set up day, my Maid of Honour Natalia arranged them all on the wall behind the top table, and a few on the mirror behind the sweets. They made such a lovely backdrop for the speeches and we got so many great comments about them from our guests.
We also made lots of paper chains out of a patterned paper I designed to match the stationery. Heather & Wood provided all the lovely floral arrangements which were combined with pretty lanterns and our table names (which I'll go into more detail on in a stationery related post next week).
The final touch to the decor was a special area near the entrance with photos of loved ones that weren't with us on the day, surrounded by more little lanterns and bottles of flowers.

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We walked in the Wagon Store to a huge round of applause and sat down for our wedding breakfast. We had a barbecue rather than a traditional 3 course meal (catered by Zest Creative Catering at Kent Life), which went down really well with all our guests. Unfortunately I was far too distracted and desperate to go talk to everyone (as well as a few butterflies) so didn't end up eating too much, but what I did have was delicious!
The speeches were another favourite moment of the day for me. Its not often you get to sit and listen to people say lovely things about you and your new husband! We had speeches from the Father of the Bride, the Groom, The Maid of Honour, and the Best Man. All of which succeeded in making me laugh and cry in equal measure!

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Our beautiful cake was made by the very talented Joanna at Bunty's Wedidng Cakes. She created loads of beautiful sugar flowers to match my stationery designs. We loved having something completely unique and it looked stunning at the venue. Inside were 3 delicious flavours: Lemon, Vanilla, and my absolute favourite, Red Velvet. We also had a few chocolate cupcakes with a swirl of buttercream. Again I didn't get to eat much on the day but we kept the top tier in the fridge (red velvet, of course) and enjoyed it the week after we returned from honeymoon.It was honestly the tastiest cake I've ever eaten and I was so disappointed when the last slice was eaten!

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Before we headed back to the Village Hall for our first dance, we snuck in a few more portraits with our bridal party and their partners, and the boys just had to get a shot of the personalised socks I'd bought them!

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Our first dance was to City of Stars from the La La Land soundtrack. We didn't choose it until just a couple of weeks before the wedding, but finally settled on it after a spontaneous dance around our flat when it came on spotify! I was really nervous leading up to it as I'm not too keen on people watching me dance... But in the moment it was just perfect, and we even pulled off a few twirls too!

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I also organised a surprise Father Daughter dance for my Dad. I came up with a few songs that mean something to us, and our DJ Harry Klib put together a mash-up for us. It was a complete surprise to Dad, and we was even more confused when The Wonder of You turned in to the intro to a Neil Sedaka song! I'd been undecided for ages on whether or not to do a Father Daughter dance, and whether or not to keep it a surprise, but I'm so glad I did as it made for such a lovely moment!

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We spent the rest of the evening having the time of our lives, dancing the night away and watching all our friends and family having fun together. The end of the night came around far too quickly and we wished we could have partied on forever. There are no words for how much we both loved every second of our day, and we wouldn't change a thing.

I have just one more wedding post to share with you next week, and its all about all the stationery I created for our special day!

Venue: Kent Life
Photography: White Stag Weddings
Flowers: Heather & Wood
Dress: Essense of Australia
Boutique: Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique
Make-up: Helen Lee
Hair: Lily Jarrett
Cake: Bunty's
DJ: Harry Klib
Light Up Letters: Locke & Busby