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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.

*Discount does not apply to existing special offers.

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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

greenery

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

March 17th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Garden Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (53)

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!

A Garden Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (36)

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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