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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)

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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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downton decadence. an english country garden wedding at carlton towers – natasha & matthew

March 17th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding couple might have got engaged amidst the bright lights of NYC, but chose a very different theme for their summer wedding: an English country garden x Downton Abbey inspired celebration. In fact, bride Natasha admits that her guiding mantra during planning was WWLMD? (What Would Lady Mary Do?)

Looking at these gorgeous blooms, floral confetti and the Gothic-style setting of their stunning Yorkshire venue, it’s a mantra that served them well. On with the pretty!

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Laura Calderwood.

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natasha says: Matt proposed on Christmas Day in Central Park in New York. We’d spent Christmas morning exploring Times Square and decided to go for a walk. We were watching the skaters on the ice rink when he got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. Of course I said (or, should I say, screamed) “Yes”!

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Our wedding date was 6th August 2016. We originally tried booking the ever-popular Bank Holiday weekend but this date was taken, so we went for the 6th. It probably sounds strange but I had a strange feeling then that we’d have really good weather that day. Luckily, I was right! The sun shone all day and it rained like crazy on the August bank holiday. It was a blessing in disguise that date was taken!

We got married at Carlton Towers in Yorkshire. I had actually provisionally booked another venue and decided on a whim to go visit Carlton Towers because my uncle recommended it. I completely fell in love with the Gothic-style turrets and opulent Venetian Drawing Room and knew it was the place for us. I’m so glad I took a chance on it!

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The theme was ‘Downton Abbey’. I wanted something romantic and classic with a feel of English country garden to it. If I ever had to make a decision during the planning process, I’d ask myself, ‘Would Lady Mary like this?’ If the answer was yes, then I’d go with it!

We chose a blush palette with petal pinks and ivory as the main colours. We wanted something fresh and pretty that had a summer wedding feel.

A Garden Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (32)

I wore a Justin Alexander mermaid-style gown in ‘Sand and Silver’ from the Harrogate Wedding Lounge. It was actually the second dress I tried on and as soon as I stood in front of the mirror I knew it was the one. The mermaid-style complemented my curvy figure (and, most importantly, nipped me in all of the right places) and the detailing made it stand out from the others. I also absolutely loved the colour. It was much warmer than a traditional ivory, which complemented my slightly olive skin tone.

Matt and the groomsmen wore royal blue suits from Charles Tyrwhitt. The blush pink ties/pocket squares were from Swagger and Swoon.

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laidback love. a fun & rustic wedding at haslington hall – stevie & christopher

November 17th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding is a feast for the eyes. There was a sumptuous naked cake, bucket loads of petal confetti and plenty of fun and frolics in the venue’s jaw-dropping grounds.

Flowers were key in creating the bride’s rustic theme and reflecting her outdoorsy lifestyle, with Stevie donning a floral crown and the couple exchanging vows below a stunning wildflower arch.

If you adore all things laidback and lovey-dovey, this one’s definitely for you.

Photography by Brides Up North Sponsor, ER Photography.

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stevie says: We got engaged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – our favourite place – in August 2014. Christopher woke me up on our last morning with my Grandma Betty’s engagement ring and both of us were in tears by the time he’d got to “Will you marry me?”

We arranged our wedding for 23rd July 2016. We wanted an outdoor wedding and hoped that July would do it weather-wise!

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Our venue was the beautiful Haslington Hall, in Crewe. We chose our venue as it was an enormous and totally gorgeous Tudor hall (Christopher is doing a history PhD), and it had a marquee which I wanted for the wedding breakfast, plus it had beautiful grounds too. What really swayed it was that the wedding coordinator at the time (Sian Hopwood) was extremely friendly and laid-back about all of our arrangements. She was enthusiastic about having an outdoor ceremony, coming up with a vegetarian menu with two options per course and possibly even involving my little horse, Galaxy.

Our theme was rustic, relaxed and fun – just like the two of us! We wanted a country-style wedding to match my horsey lifestyle with plenty of wildflowers but at the same time wanted to maximise the fun for our guests (we’re big children at heart) with a sweetie table, photo booth and plenty of games, including space hoppers (adult and child-sized), bubbles, wind-up toys and lots of outdoor games.

Our colour scheme of pastel tones was rustic-inspired. We weren’t particularly fussed about specific shades as long as they were natural – the more varied the better!

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I always wanted to look like a princess on my wedding day with classic lace and sparkles but didn’t want to pay an extortionate price for a custom-made dress. After trying on all sorts of gowns from slinky, tight-fitting numbers to full-on ball gowns all over the country we found a bridal outlet shop two streets away from us, The Wedding Dress & Prom Dress Outlet, Stockport. I settled on a gorgeous ivory A-line gown that was everything I wanted; it even drew a genuine ‘wow’ from one of my maids of honour. This was paired with an absolutely stunning pastel wildflower crown from Flowers by Briege and a cathedral length veil with small lace/sparkle appliques from Boutique Alterations, where I had my dress fitted. I bought some beautiful ivory heels with pearl ankle ties from Amazon for the day and some squashy ivory slippers from John Lewis for the evening – this turned out to be a very good idea indeed!

Sarah Meredith was my incredible hair and makeup artist on the day of the wedding. She understood that my bridesmaids and I wanted a natural look and made us feel so relaxed on the morning of the big day. She was extremely creative, even weaving leftover flowers into the bridesmaids’ hair.

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To fit our country theme, Christopher bought a beautiful dark blue Ted Baker tweed suit from Slaters, Manchester, teaming it with a pastel blue cravat and brown shoes.

We let the bridesmaids and groomsmen have free reign over their outfits and choose any colour or style they wanted. My four bridesmaids settled on three different shades/styles of pastel blue dresses and a very dapper black suit and blue shirt for the fourth bridesmaid, Emily. She had the most awesome blue and grey brogues too!

Our groomsmen wore different shades blue and grey, all with a pastel blue tie or cravat.  The groomsmen also wore different superhero cufflinks as the heroes of the day.

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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:

sunshine kisses

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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hydrangeas & sparkles for a personal summer wedding in sheffield – faith & pete

October 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Instead of focusing all their plans around one set theme, today’s real wedding couple decided to go with their preferences and gut feelings when it came to both their big day setting and suppliers.

Proud to show off their home city of Sheffield, Faith and Pete chose to use local businesses where possible to help bring their pretty Yorkshire wedding to life.

With inspiration taken from everything from their favourite flowers to their favourite food, Faith and Pete’s wedding is without doubt a true reflection of them as both individuals and as a couple.

With images by Kindred Photography.

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faith says: We got engaged on the 8th July 2014 at Monsal Head. Pete said he wanted to take us somewhere with a nice view and had seen Monsal Head listed on a website recommending beauty spots. We went early and there was no one else around. I was eight months pregnant at the time and wasn’t expecting the proposal at all because we had recently been on several romantic mini breaks where Pete had ample opportunities to ask but nothing had happened. It turns out he just hadn’t chosen the ring; he found the perfect one though with a little help from his friend Stevie at Beaverbrooks in Meadowhall.

Pete had packed a picnic and some fizzy wine (non-alcoholic of course) which he got out of the car. I was going to start setting it up but before I had a chance he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – it was an amazing moment and couldn’t have been more perfect. We ate the picnic and called our friends and family to tell them the news. My hands were so swollen from the pregnancy I couldn’t get the ring on so Pete drove us to Castleton where we chose a temporary Blue John ring to wear in the meantime. It was very special to return to Monsal Head the following year with our son Alfred and have an engagement/family shoot with our wedding photographer.

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Our wedding date was the 18th June 2016. We chose June because it is when all our favourite flowers are in season, also because I always remember a friend telling me it is statistically least likely to rain, I’m not sure if that is true but it stuck in my mind.

We got married at Staindrop Lodge, in Sheffield. We knew we wanted to get married in a venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception. We hadn’t been to Staindrop before but saw it online and thought we would have a look. Both of us loved it straight away. We loved how clean and light it was, we liked the idea of having the reception in the restaurant, which is on two levels and a little more interesting that just a room, we loved the modern feel with art deco touches and all the artwork throughout the venue. We also loved Rachel who is the wedding planner there, she is the most organised and in-control person you could ever meet, I tend to be a bit of a control freak but I had no doubt she would do a fantastic job. They were so flexible and really embraced all the ideas we had. They also saved all the hotel rooms for us which meant most of our friends and family could stay over after the wedding.

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We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, we just wanted day to be about us; to feature everything we loved and be a really fun celebration with our closest friends and family. The styling was simple with just a touch of sparkle. We were also keen to show our love of Sheffield by using lots of local or small wedding suppliers.

For our colour scheme we took inspiration from the crocuses, which always look so lovely and cheerful at the start of spring. We had shades of purple for the bridesmaid dresses and my bouquet, bright yellow ties and pale yellow table runners, ivory for my dress, the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the centrepieces, and gold sparkles for the place names and numbers.

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