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style file: rustic theme inspiration from shropshire petals

July 5th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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If we’re talking buzz words in weddings right now, then ‘rustic’ most certainly has to be up there with barn and woodland weddings continuing to grow in popularity.

Favoured for having all the fresh and relaxed feels, a rustic wedding is largely centred around the idyllic beauty of the landscape and countryside, as well as natural materials in buildings, such as exposed stone walls and timber beams.

Of course, every wedding requires a little styling, and so such celebrations are often prettied up with floral and personal touches to further reflect those rustic feels, as well as the personalities of the happy couple.

Keen to inspire those of you currently piecing together a romantic rustic themed big day, we’ve enlisted the assistance of our fabulous Sponsor, natural confetti company, Shropshire Petals, who excel in this area of styling to share their top prop, décor and colour suggestions – prepare to take note!

Main post images by Henry Lowther Photography. Product imagery supplied by Shropshire Petals.

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What type of styling features would you suggest for each of the following elements of a wedding for those wanting to achieve a romantic rustic look:

The aisle  – Nothing says romance more than petals! Create a cute, rustic petal path to walk upon during your ceremony by scattering petals on the ground to form a path. Line the path with small jars of freshly picked garden flowers. If you’re looking to create a simpler petal path, scatter petals down either side of your aisle to walk between. Create some texture and add some rustic colour by tying bunches of wheat, lavender and dried delphiniums to your ceremony chairs. Complement the look by placing several glass bottles or jars filled with bunches on top old milk churns or barrels to suit your wedding theme.

Outdoor areas – Depending on how much space you have and the colours naturally occurring in your outdoor space will determine how much decoration you will need to use. For the romantic rustic look, less is more. Use simple items such as an old bike or wooden cart to display large bunches of wheat and lavender, which will not only add some subtle colour but a lovely scent too. Have your confetti moment in your outdoor space and create a confetti bar, which will look fantastic. Let guests have fun choosing confetti and when the time comes, enjoy your magical confetti moment.

Centrepieces – Style your tables to reflect your personalities and tastes. If you love bold and vibrant, add a simple rustic vase of fresh flowers to the centre of your table and scatter bright orange, pink, yellow or green rose or hydrangea petals around the flowers. This will create a colourful impact and enhance the rustic flowers in the centre of your tables. If you are using lots of wheat and dried flowers, continue to do so on your tables by reusing displays used during your ceremony and place them onto of rustic log slices. Add some details to match your theme, such as vintage photographs in rustic frames or even cute wooden crates filled with rustic bottles of soft drinks and wine.

Reception room – Natural petal confetti is perfect to use to decorate areas that need a bit of colour and décor such as window sills and on top of pieces of furniture. Scatter confetti in your chosen colours around candlesticks or small jars of flowers or tealights for a beautifully rustic look.

ShropshirePetals.com Lace theme Personalised Confetti Cones from £13

Can you suggest a fitting colour scheme for a rustic wedding in each of the seasons:

Spring – When it comes to spring, make the most of the naturally occurring colours and opt for yellows, greens and ivory.

Summer – Summer is all about sunshine and zest so choose vibrant colours that will really stand out, but that also complement a rustic wedding such as purple, blue, vintage pinks and white/ivory.

Autumn – Rustic themes tend to contain some brown shades such as hessian and natural wood. When it comes to choosing your colour scheme, browns, burgundy, yellow and greens are perfect for this time of year.

Winter – For an opulent rustic celebration in the cooler months of the year, use colours of the season such as silver, ivory, merlot shades and grey.

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walking on sunshine: summer confetti inspiration from shropshire petals

April 20th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

Customer Photos - Candy Floss, Frosted Blue, Flamingo Pink (credit - Sofie Warren Photography) (8)

Just in time for the weather getting hot, hot, hot we’ve invited our confetti expert Sponsor, Shropshire Petals, to the blog today, to suggest some wonderful vibrant options for those of you tying the knot this summer.

Whether you choose to keep with something totally on theme or opt for a contrast be sure to arm all your guests with plenty of confetti, so you’re guaranteed a real explosion of colour for that iconic photo moment.

Shropshire Petals are currently offering Brides Up North readers 10% off confetti orders over £50* – just enter BRIDESNORTH10 at the checkout.

So, let’s get into the pretty…

Images provided by Shropshire Petals.

ShropshirePetals.com Yellow Confetti Cone with Sunshine Kisses £12.50 per litre

shropshire petals say: There are so many colourful, exciting trends around this season, meaning you can be really creative with colour and add your own personal style and touches to your summer celebration!

What better way to inject some fun colour than your confetti moment? The confetti photo is usually the one piccy your photographer will capture where you are both looking relaxed, surprised and not posing. So, make sure it’s truly Insta-worthy, with a showering of beautiful summery confetti mix.

To help inspire your choices, here are some of our favourite sunny season combinations…

crayola

Crayola

Just like a pack of crayons, this summer season will see lots of bright and colourful weddings. Couples will be opting for vibrant shades such as cobalt, emerald green, red and yellow for their colour schemes. Create a confetti mix to include several bright colours. Your confetti doesn’t have to match your colour scheme, the brighter and bolder it is; the more it will stand out in your photographs.

pastel

Pastel

Pastel shades always seem to appear during the spring and summer months. They are versatile and can be combined with other colours, whether they are neutrals or bolder shades. This summer, a hot trend will be to mix pastel colours together, so we will see bridesmaids wearing pastel dresses in different colours and colour schemes combining a few pastels to create a soft and subtle look. Pick and mix pastel colours for your confetti by choosing a single block colour or select two or three others to make a pretty pastel mix.

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colour your day pretty: vibrant confetti inspiration from shropshire petals

March 28th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

2 - ShropshirePetals.com Handful of Kaleidoscope £12.50 per litre (cropped)

Gradually emerging from the deepest, darkest of winters, we’re all for punchy palettes that can help add some extra pizazz to a couple’s big day.

And so, we’re brightening up your Wednesday with some colourful confetti inspiration, courtesy of growers and producers of natural petal confetti, our uber-knowledgeable Sponsor Shropshire Petals. Here they share their favourite zesty mixes and demonstrate a fabulously fun way to make your confetti moment stand out from the rest!

Brides Up North readers can save 10% off confetti orders over £50* by entering BRIDESNORTH10 at the checkout. For more inspiration and to shop for your confetti, visit the Shropshire Petals website.

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5 - ShropshirePetals.com Personalised Cones - Watercolour theme with Something Blue Confetti from £13 (3)

Shropshire petals say: Your wedding wouldn’t be complete without a delicate shower of confetti thrown over you by your guests. Not only is this a fun and traditional moment of your wedding day, it also marks the celebration of you as a newly married couple and is a sign that the party can get started!

So, why not inject some colour and excitement leading guests to guess what else is to come on your big day by choosing a vibrant natural petal confetti mix for that explosive moment. Here are a few of our favourites to get the inspiration flowing:

1 - ShropshirePetals.com Pick and Mix of Icing Sugar, Raspberry Fool, Honey'B, Golden Slumber and Flamingo Pink £15 per litre

pinks & yellows

Whether or not you are having a pink and yellow themed wedding, mixing these two striking colours is guaranteed to create impact on your photographs. You don’t have to match your confetti to the rest of your wedding theme, choose colours you love or those that will stand out. This mix is made up using a range of petal types and colours, including Raspberry Fool and Icing Sugar delphiniums, Honey’B calendula, Golden Slumber and Flamingo Pink rose petals, all combined to create a colourful confetti mix with texture and personality.

kaleidoscope

One of the most popular confetti mixes is Kaleidoscope, a beautiful blend of purple, pink and ivory. This is the ideal confetti mix to suit any wedding style and theme as it will stand out against light and dark backgrounds, which means you can have your confetti moment anywhere and this bright confetti mix will look fantastic as it flutters down upon you.

subtle vibrancy

Not all couples want a completely vibrant confetti mix, so choose a range of pastel or neutral petals to mix with some brighter colours. Coral Reef is the perfect example of how to include pastel shades with bold orange and yellow. This mix is made up from ivory and pastel pink delphinium petals with a hint of small yellow calendula petals and some bright orange rose petals. The mix includes Icing Sugar, Candy Floss, Honey’b and Clementine.

pink, pink, pink

Pink is the perfect colour to use when you want to make a vibrant statement, as there are lots of different shades to choose from. For a really vibrant confetti mix, combine light and dark shades together using different types of petals. This mix is a beautiful blend of Cherry Blossom delphiniums, Burgundy Berry cornflowers with Cerise and Flamingo Pink rose petals. To add some additional colour to your confetti moment, display your chosen confetti mix in some bright raspberry coloured confetti cones.

something blue

Are you struggling to find your something blue? Why not use your confetti? Bright and cheerful, the Something Blue confetti mix is a simple combination of ivory and cornflower blue petals, which will look superb as it falls delicately during your confetti moment. Display this beautiful mix in our watercolour theme Personalised Confetti Cones or Pops.

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confetti creativity: shropshire petals

February 20th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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The confetti shot is often one of the standout images from a wedding and is a tradition that never seems to falter. Unfortunately though, this bright and beautiful moment only lasts a few seconds, with the confetti then blown away by the breeze as the wedding party move onto the next step of the proceedings.

Keen to see couples make much more of confetti for their big day, we’ve invited our lovely Sponsor and expert in the field, Shropshire Petals, along to the blog to share their inspiring ideas on what other elements of the celebrations that confetti can play a super-pretty part in.

Renowned for their ‘Pick & Mix’ confetti selector, Shropshire Petals enable couples to create their own unique natural petal confetti mixes for their big day. Brides Up North readers that would like to do so can save 10% on confetti orders over £50* by entering BRIDESNORTH10 at the checkout.

So here we go, Shropshire Petals’ top five ways to make a fabulous feature out of your confetti:

confetti bar

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Having a confetti bar is a great way to show off your style, creativity and evoke a bit of fun for your guests. Select several different petals and colours of natural petal confetti to suit your wedding theme and place individual colours or mixes into containers such as jars, pots and vases. Arrange them on a table, bench or a place at your venue that is close to where you will be having your confetti moment together with some confetti cones or pouches for your guests to fill. Add some props and extra décor to complement your styling and let your guests have fun selecting confetti for your special moment.

hanging cones

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Guests love to interact with your wedding day, so giving them something to do is a great way to get them involved. Displaying your confetti in hanging confetti cones will encourage guests to help themselves. Peg cones filled with your chosen confetti onto lines of string. You could have a line either side of a path where guests will stand for your confetti moment, which will make for a stunning photograph and easy for guests to see where they need to stand. You could also hang cones off individual chairs at your ceremony or in a pail at the end of your pews for guests to take as they leave.

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colour burst: shropshire petals’ spring confetti trends

January 18th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Summer Nights £12.25 per litre

We might only be a matter of weeks into the new year, but we’re already excited to see the new wedding trends of 2018 starting to emerge. Expect to see large floral installations, new food trends breaking further away from the traditional three-course menus, and even colourful wedding dresses.

With the vibrant and eclectic mix of colours as predicted by Pantone, the spring wedding season looks set to be full of bold colour fusions with hints of subtle nudes and earthy classics.

Keen to see how such on-trend palettes will convert into couples’ confetti choices, we’ve invited our uber-knowledgeable Sponsor in this area, Shropshire Petals, to the blog to share their inspiring confetti recommendations featuring clever combinations of the top spring hues.

Renowned for their ‘Pick & Mix’ confetti selector, Shropshire Petals enable couples to create their own unique natural petal confetti mixes for their big day. Brides Up North readers that would like to do so can save 10% on confetti orders over £50* by entering BRIDESNORTH10 at the checkout.

Now, over to the experts for that inspo…

ShropshirePetals.com Amethyst £12.25 per litre

ultra violet

Named as 2018’s colour of the year, this magical and intriguing shade of purple is vibrant and playful. We will be seeing lots of couples choosing Ultra Violet as their colour scheme, so keep it simple by choosing confetti to match. Midnight Bloom is a beautiful purple delphinium petal, which is perfect to be used on its own for a colour block confetti shot. You can mix in some contrasting colours to include some of Pantone’s other spring shades or some neutral larger petals for some added texture.

Recommendation: Midnight Bloom or Amethyst. Display your confetti in Confetti Pops or Confetti Wands as they are clear, giving the confetti more impact before its thrown.

pastels

There are some stunning pastel shades predicted to appear this spring, including Little Boy Blue, a dreamy sky blue, Pink Lavender, a cheery shade of pink and Blooming Delilah, a pretty salmon-y pink tone perfect for springtime. Creating a confetti mix using aspects of these pastel shades will give you a wonderful colourful confetti shot without distracting from the main focus – the newly married couple!

Recommendation: Choose Summer Nights or a pick and mix of Candy Floss, Icing Sugar, Parma Violet, Duck Egg and some Heather Grain.

ShropshirePetals.com Confetti Pop with Moulin Rouge £2.55 each (4)

earthy

Earthy tones are classic colours that really create an impact. This spring, we will see Chili Oil, a sophisticated deep red, Warm Sand, an effortless natural shade and touches of rich coffee brown in the warming Emperador colour. We predict that couples will use elements of these colours together to create a sense of warmth and depth. Combine earthy colours together for a richness and include some neutral tones to help them stand out.

Recommendation: You could create a confetti bar using the elements of Moulin Rouge, selecting Burgundy Berry and Icing Sugar with Kraft, Chestnut Red and Rose Gold cones for guests to make their own confetti mix, which would combine Chili Oil, Warm Sand and Blooming Delilah.

ShropshirePetals.com Midnight Bloom and Cerise £14.25 per litre

brights

There are some wonderful bright colours this spring, from the lively yellow Meadowlark and the tempting Cherry Tomato to the charming Spring Crocus and the zesty Lime Punch. When it comes to choosing your confetti, you can be really creative. Decide how you want your confetti moment to look – full of petals or a delicate shower, then have fun selecting the colours that work for your wedding theme and style. If you want to include some of the bright tones, try mixing them with other colours to make them stand out or tone them down.

Recommendation: Pick Midnight Bloom and Cerise for a bold explosion of colour.

Of course, you don’t have to match your confetti to your colour scheme; you could choose something to contrast and display in confetti cones to complement your colours. For example, keep it simple by choosing a classic confetti mix such as the black and white Tuxedo with vibrant Strawberry Red confetti cones.

Choosing your confetti is fun, so take some time to play around with the petals and colours and order your free samples to see what your confetti mix will look like before you buy! Also, be creative with how you display your confetti; you can display in colourful confetti cones, pretty baskets, contemporary confetti pops or in little pouches tied to your order of service.

We’ll be launching some exciting new products in the coming months. Follow us on social media for all the latest news, launches, competitions and offers.

For more inspiration and to shop for your confetti, visit the Shropshire Petals website.

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your day your way: picking confetti to suit your venue

December 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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With couples now making their own wedding rules not all big day traditions live on, but it seems the confetti shot is one ritual that stands the test of time.

Not only is it fun, but it also marks the beginning of a couple’s married life journey together – and on the day signals to guests that the party is about to get underway.

In order to ace that perfect confetti-throwing moment there are several elements that should be taken into account – predominately; the colour scheme, the setting and the presentation of the confetti. Here to offer their expert advice on the subject is our fabulous Sponsor, natural petal confetti supplier, Shropshire Petals

shropshire petals say: In today’s world there are many different venues in which you can get married, from elegant stately homes to tipis in a rolling open field; so here we offer different confetti colour and displaying options to suit a variety of big day settings…

(Oh and p.s. Brides Up North readers can get 10% off Shropshire Petals orders over £50, just visit the website, where you can also find further confetti inspiration.)

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castle weddings

The venue: When you mention a castle wedding, you imagine grand staircases, huge chandeliers and large banqueting tables. In reality, whether your castle is large, small, grand or pretty simple, how you style it can change how it looks. Castles tend to have a lot of original features and décor, so when it comes to choosing your confetti, opt for simple, soft colours to ensure they don’t clash with those already featuring at your venue.

The confetti: Choose soft pinks and ivory or if you want to include a touch of brightness, adding yellow or orange petals will work wonderfully when you have your confetti moment.

Displaying your confetti: Add your own little fairy-tale touch by choosing Personalised Confetti Cones in the ‘Fairytale’ design to display your confetti.

Tip: If your venue has a lot of colour, make use of it by choosing some confetti to match and scatter it on your tables for the perfect way of tying in your venue décor to your wedding styling.

ShropshirePetals.com Petal Pouch with Summer Nights £2.55 each

outdoor weddings

The venue: Getting married outside is a huge trend that will continue for years to come. Whether you get married in an enchanted woodland or a large open field, choose confetti that will stand out when thrown over you.

The confetti: For locations that are darker such as woodlands, choose a confetti mix that is light to ensure it doesn’t blend into the background when your photographer captures guests throwing it. For more open locations, a darker or brighter confetti mix such as ‘Kaleidoscope’ will look spectacular.

Displaying your confetti: You can never tell what the weather will do on the day, so choose to display your confetti in vessels that are covered, such as our Confetti Pops, so that your confetti is contained in the great outdoors.

Tip: If the weather isn’t as you expected, keep your confetti dry and covered to ensure it doesn’t clump together, or blow away, before your confetti moment.

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