Charlotte Balbier
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fun factor: add a burst of confetti to your big day decor

August 9th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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A fluttering of confetti is an iconic tradition most couples embrace shortly after saying “I do”, but pretty dried petals can inject fun and colour into more than just this one element of the day.

As such, we’ve invited our fabulous Sponsor, Shropshire Petals, growers and producers of natural petal confetti, to take over the blog and inspire us with their top confetti décor ideas. They’ve also just launched an exciting new product that will help lift your confetti moment to the next level…

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shropshire petals say: There’s nothing we love more than a great confetti moment, though our pretty petals can be extended beyond sprinkling the newlyweds; to room decor, petal pathways and table centrepieces.

There are also ways to enhance the celebratory confetti throwing; from creating your own confetti bar to using our confetti pops, or perhaps our brand-new confetti balloons.

These attractive balloons instantly add the fun factor and look super stylish too. They can also make your confetti shot even more spectacular by asking a member of your bridal party or guest to pop them over you as the camera snaps. Filled with your choice of natural petal confetti, the giant and standard confetti balloons are a fabulous way to decorate your venue and are guaranteed to make a statement.

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Here are our top ideas for incorporating confetti balloons into your special day:

  • Place a giant confetti balloon at either side of your ceremony venue entrance for a touch of glamour.
  • Use a single giant confetti balloon on each of your reception tables surrounded by some colourful smaller balloons for an alternative table decoration. Make your own balloon tassel ribbon to add a dramatic effect.
  • Have a romantic photograph taken of you as a newlywed couple holding one or two giant confetti balloons.
  • Suspend giant confetti balloons from your venue ceiling for a fun, creative ceiling decoration.
  • Line your aisle with a mixture of giant and standard confetti balloons filled with confetti to match your colour scheme.
  • Use confetti balloons to take some fun photos of the bridal party and guests.
  • Group several confetti balloons together to make a feature or backdrop at your venue.
  • Place a single giant confetti balloon behind each of the bride and groom’s chairs on the top table.
  • Hang confetti balloons over your dance floor during your first dance, or with all of the bridal party, and have them popped over you to add a shower of magical confetti to the dancing.

Each 3ft giant confetti balloon comes deflated (customers are required to provide their own helium) and are pre-filled with 1.5 litres of beautiful natural petal confetti in your chosen colours. Standard confetti balloons are supplied with half a litre of confetti and measure 14 inches.

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on point petals: shropshire petals’ spring pantone mix

March 22nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Confetti Cones £11.95 per litre (3)

Earlier this month on the blog we shared our ‘Greenery’ style sheet featuring beautiful ways in which incorporate Pantone’s fresh colour of the year into your big day celebrations.

And today we’re back with further Pantone wedding inspiration, as our fabulous sponsor Shropshire Petals is sharing how to combine its gorgeous natural confetti to create mixes that match perfectly with Pantone’s top ten hues for spring 2017, including more of that gorgeous greenery. Let the colour scheme ideas blossom…

ISLAND PARADISE ShropshirePetals.com Icing Sugar, Duck Egg and Golden Slumber £14.25 per litre

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Shropshire Petals say: Natural and simple, Greenery is the ideal colour for natural, rustic and outdoor weddings. Combine it with brights, pastels and earthy tones for a pretty wedding colour scheme.  As green and blue colours look fantastic together, we recommend a mix of different blues and ivory in smaller petals and green hydrangea petals for a bold contrast. Try mixing our Icing Sugar, Blue Bird, Frosted Blue and Envy petals.

GREENERY ShropshirePetals.com Blue cones with Icing Sugar, Blue Bird, Frosted Blue and Envy £14.25 per litre (3)

niagara

Comfortable and dependable, this colour is inspired by Niagara waterfalls. Mix with pastel colours for a soft colour scheme. We suggest mixing Niagara with Pale Dogwood and Island Paradise using Frosted Blue, Candy Floss and Duck Egg.

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primrose yellow

Warm and joyful, Primrose Yellow is a fun, bright colour that will be really popular this spring. Make the yellow really stand out on your wedding day by mixing it with ivory and Greenery. You can choose details in all three colours and mix and match for a pretty springtime feel. For your confetti, make the colours pop by choosing Icing Sugar as your base, then add in Golden Slumber rose petals and Envy hydrangea petals

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very venetian. mori lee for an elegant north wales wedding – sara & ross

November 18th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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After a romantic proposal in Venice, today’s real wedding couple Sara and Ross, decided on a Venetian-inspired theme and a navy and peach palette for their elegant wedding at Pentrehobyn Hall.

This party-loving pair wanted their big day to go with a bang and so had entertainment and food at the top of their agenda. And check out Sara’s jaw-dropping fishtail Mori Lee gown – real #dresscrush material, people!

With images by Will Hey Photography.

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sara says: We got engaged January 2015 in Venice. Ross had actually planned on proposing in one of the restaurants while we were out but was suffering from sciatica at the time – he kept getting up and walking around the table! In the taxi on the way back to the hotel I made a joke about him being in trouble because my friends thought he was going to propose and he responded by saying he wouldn’t ask me to marry him just because my friends thought it would happen. I thought at this point I was going home single! When we got to the hotel he suggested dessert (even though we’d already indulged in the restaurant) and the most beautiful ring was brought out on plate. He got down on one knee, and I cried…a lot!

We got married on 13th August. There was no special reason behind the date – it was more a case of us falling in love with our chosen venue – Pentrehobyn Hall – and picking a date that was available. There were very few Saturdays left!

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We picked a Venetian theme. We thought it would be romantic, and appropriate considering we got engaged in Venice.

Navy and peach were our main colours. Ross had his heart set on a navy or blue/grey suit with peach accessories. I’d originally wanted black bridesmaid dresses but I’m so glad that we opted for the navy/peach theme. It was so much more summery and looked great on the pictures.

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My dress was a fishtail lace Mori Lee dress. Originally I’d had my heart set on a gown I’d seen online, but when I went to try it on it really didn’t suit me. My friend picked my dress out for me and I can reveal that it really is true what people say: you know when you’ve found ‘the dress’! Our very talented friend Zara made my garter and I had my great grandmother’s blue brooch tied to my bouquet as my something borrowed and blue.

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seasonal showers: autumnal confetti inspiration from shropshire petals

October 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Although the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are getting lower, we can’t help but love autumn for its beautiful colours and clear and crisp weather. We can therefore see why the season is a popular choice with wedding couples, particularly those who crave a cosy setting, hearty food, vibrant blooms and oodles of romantic candle light.

Here to help inspire autumn brides’ choice of confetti to complete their seasonal celebration is our fabulous Sponsor, Shropshire Petals.

With an unbelievable amount of fabulous hues to choose from, couples can pick one of Shropshire Petal’s readymade mixes for their all-important confetti-shot moment, or alternatively create their own using the online ‘pick and mix’ tool to put a personal touch on their petals.

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To get those creative cogs turning, Shropshire Petals are today sharing their top six colourful autumn mixes:

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Autumn may be a sign of darker days and nights, but this yellow and ivory confetti mix is sure to brighten things up. Perfect on its own, or add a touch of blue to enhance the autumnal feel.

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moulin rouge

This vivid brand-new confetti mix features burgundy cornflower petals and delicate ivory delphinium petals. Combined, they make a fantastic rich confetti mix that will add a colour pop to confetti shot photos.

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confetti kisses: brighten your big day with shropshire petals

September 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

ShropshirePetals.com Confetti Cones £11.95 per litre (9)

While brides can’t always reply on the British weather to brighten their big day, they can look to our fabulous Sponsor, natural confetti experts Shropshire Petals, to bring a pretty pop of colour to the proceedings.

With an unbelievable amount of fabulous hues to choose from, couples can pick one of Shropshire Petal’s readymade mixes for their all-important confetti-shot moment, or alternatively create their own using the online ‘pick and mix’ tool to put a personal touch on their petals.

As well as a range of colours, brides and grooms can also choose how their confetti is presented to their guests, with everything from cute hessian Petal Pouches and pretty paper cones, to individual sachets and flower girl baskets on offer. Plus, new for 2016 is the Confetti Pop – the perfect solution for a showering burst of brightness following the ceremony.

Now to inspire us further on how punchy-coloured petals can help add some clout to your confetti shot, Shropshire Petals are taking over the blog with their top five bright and beautiful mixes…

ShropshirePetals.com Yellow Confetti Cone with Vintage Daydream £11.95 per litre

mix of the month

Here at Shropshire Petals we have a special confetti mix for every month to show just how creative and unique you can make your confetti. Our August Mix of the Month was a particularly stunning combination of ivory, pink and orange, that’s bound to make an impact on the big day. This marvellous mix is made up from our Icing Sugar, Raspberry Fool, Ginger Snap and Cerise petals.

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The brighter your confetti the more it will stand out in your photos.  However, if you don’t want too much colour but still want the brightness, a simple mixture of ivory and yellow is perfect.  This mix will be subtle enough not to impose on your photos but bright enough to create the vibrancy you are looking for.

ShropshirePetals.com Shropshire Box with White and Pink cones and Blush £45 (2)

purple is the new pink

Purple has been a popular colour choice for weddings for a few years now, as much as pink, if not more.  This gorgeous mix – made using Candy Floss, Frosted Blue and Parma Violet petals – will suit a purple or pink themed wedding with its pale pink boldly standing out amongst the purple rose petals and pale blue delphiniums.

get creative

The world is your oyster with the amount of colours to choose from.  Why not get creative and mix several colours together.  We think a fabulous combination would be Sunshine Kisses, Candy Floss and Frosted Blue petals with some mixed larger petals added in, such as Flamingo Pink, Delilah, Wisteria, Golden Slumber, Duck Egg and Buttermilk. Bold, bright and beautiful!

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princess perfect. a navy and ivory wedding at the black swan, helmsley – emma & adam

February 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We just love a bride that embraces her inner princess on her wedding day! This afternoon’s bride Emma did just that, picking a sparkling, full skirted dress and full length veil for her attire, whilst adding many more regal touches to her and Adam’s special day, during the planning process.

Taking place at the gorgeous Black Swan hotel in Helmsley, we were immediately impressed when this beautiful wedding landed in the Brides Up North inbox, but what made it all the more impressive was that Emma and Adam had organised their big day in little over two months! Perhaps they’ve missed their calling as wedding planners?!

With images by Photography34.

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emma says: We got engaged on 12th March 2015. Adam brought me breakfast in bed – complete with a ring and a note saying “Marry Me”.

We set the date for 16th May 2015, giving us just over nine weeks to organise it all! I was really keen to have our photographer and he only had two available Saturdays in the year. It also just so happened that our chosen venues were both available on 16th May too – like it was meant to be!

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Our ceremony was held at Stockton-on-the-Forest Church – a church with strong connections with my family and I also grew up in a nearby village and went to school there too. We then went on to The Black Swan, in Helmsley, for the reception. Again, I had connections to Helmsley through a family friend and often went there as a child. The Black Swan is a gorgeous hotel in a beautiful, picturesque town – what’s not to love?!

We decided not to have a theme and instead settled on a simple and elegant colour scheme of navy and ivory.

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