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style sheet: modern festivities

December 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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With sight of this month’s festivities on the horizon our thoughts have turned to those planning a Christmas or New Year wedding. But more specifically, to couples who desire the party atmosphere and glamour of this most wonderful time of the year, though not the obvious wedding themes that can come with it.

As such we’ve thrown aside the seen-it-all-before-red, blinding-silver and gaudy-gold and brought together a more contemporary, clean-cut and sophisticated selection of fitting themes for this magical period.

So, in preparation for the weekend ahead, drop a little Baileys in your morning coffee and enjoy soaking up this sublime seasonal inspo…

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Glitter & Gilded

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The theme: A sophisticated take on the ‘usual’ party-season golden wedding.

The details: While we love a bit of glitter, you can have too much of a good thing in our book and so this look is all about understated glamour. Keep the gold tones light rather than yellow/orange and even lean toward blush/rose tones for an element of girly elegance. Table décor should be more sparse and well-thought out with uniformed rows of mercury and metallic candle holders and simple, dainty floral arrangements on pressed linen. Add just a sprinkling of glitter accents and mix with matt and gloss metallics to continue the class. Greenery features can also help to keep the look grounded, fresh and clean. Sprayed flowers are a step-too-far for this theme so instead look to include beautiful caramel shades in the bouquet and add a little gold by binding with a trailing ribbon.

The dress code: A full-gold dress could have you looking more Disney princess than Meghan Markle princess, so we suggest keeping things refined with an ivory gown, complete with delicate gold detailing in beading, lace or embroidery. The accessories are one area that you can afford to turn up the glittering aspects, though perhaps just blow out on one bold item, such as the shoes, and keep other add-ons simpler. Your leading ladies on the other hand could be in top-to-toe sparkling cocktail style gowns, suiting the time of year perfectly and adding black-tie-esque glamour to the proceedings.

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White Out

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The theme: A traditional white wedding given a modern and luxurious twist.

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style sheet: the dark ages

July 12th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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When thinking of wedding colour schemes thoughts often instantly turn to sweet, sugary tones of lilac, peach and mint, or to soft and romantic hues of blush, taupe and cream. But what if these kinds of colours just ‘aint your jam? What if you crave something darker, richer and more enchanting? Then ladies, we give you the ‘dark ages’.

Anything but old-fashioned, this type of styling is proving popular in interiors right now and centres around bold, deep colours that give a look of luxury and opulence while still remaining grounded. It’s not blingy, nor is it particularly vibrant, but it still packs a serious styling punch. It also lends itself particularly well to outdoor and rustic celebrations, both of which are currently top of the wedding trend charts.

So, to help get the inspiration flowing, we’ve pieced together three mood boards featuring our very favourite colour combinations that are sure to captivate your wedding planning (and possibly home-décor) thoughts!

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The Dark Ages - Navy & Mustard

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The richness of mustard – a beautiful goldie, yellow, orange hue – is a perfect choice for this look and can dominate as much or as little of your wedding palette as you wish. We suggest mixing it with tones of dark blue and lots of foliage, enabling the hue to pop-out from its surroundings.

A gorgeous choice for bridesmaids, mustard surprisingly suits most complexions and offers something a little out of the norm for your #girlsquad. Attire wise, the hue can be incorporated into the men’s outfits through ties, pocket squares and socks, while the bride, if keen, can add her own touch of mustard through her footwear.

Flower-wise there are lots of beautiful yellow-toned blooms that can feature in the button holes, bouquet and décor, including Billy Buttons, also known as Craspedia, and Daisies, that when mixed in with earthy additions, such as succulents, poppy seed heads and dainty berries, will achieve the desired effect.

forest green

The Dark Ages - Forest Green

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Another spin-off from Pantone’s colour of the year, ‘Greenery’, forest themed weddings featuring an abundance of natural décor score highly on our lust list.

The look is all about texture and depth so use large amounts of varying foliage layered up for an element of drama, whether suspended overhead, strewn down table centres or spilling over vessels. Though planned to detail, the trick is to make sure that nothing looks overdone, instead try to build up your own forest floor.

For added interest mix dark fern tones with lighter green shades of emerald and grass, and combine raw materials such as timber and cones with luxurious elements like cut glass and metallic finishes.

Fashion-forward grooms can flirt with the option a super-stunning bottle green suit, while brides can easily become an ethereal princess with the addition of a fresh foliage crown.

slate & plum

The Dark Ages - Slate & Plum

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Note the plum, not purple, we’re looking for opulent jewel tones here so it’s strict no-Cadbury-zone! Softer shades of lavender, and even the odd peek of pink, are welcome, but nothing flat or dreary.

The simplest way to nail the look is to use a gorgeous and timeless shade of grey as your base colour and then build up the plum on top. So, attire-wise the groom can have a grey suit and add a plum shade or two into his accessories, while the bride can add fashionable grey heels or even don a dip-dye dress for a real style statement. The bridesmaids can then bring in more of the purple tones in the likes of violet and amethyst. Mix and match maids would work particularly well here to extend the palette.

Elsewhere pretty petals can dress tables, and for rustic weddings, fruit and berry accents and details can be added too. For a pretty spin on the look, go for light textures and dainty blooms, while for a more dramatic look pick bold blooms, such as Ranunculi and Thistles, and mix in with large-leafed greens.

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style sheet. pantone 2017: greenery

March 13th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Following the announcement of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year ‘Greenery’, we’ve seen popular botanical themed weddings blossom further and those having relaxed, rustic weddings switching blousy buds in place trailing foliage.

As a wedding theme, Greenery is influencing couples on several levels; though colour (obvs!) but also through the materials and patterns that they incorporate, and even the setting that they choose for their big day.

So, for those of you who heart this fresh horticultural look, we’re topping up the inspiration with our very own Greenery style sheet, showing how the happening hue can flourish in as many, or as few, elements of the wedding as you desire…

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GREENERY DECOR

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Following a surge of botanics in the interiors and fashion, it was only a matter of time before they began shooting up weddings too. Leafy plants and foliage perhaps reflect the greenery trend best, particularly when Pantone’s zesty shade is mixed with darker tones for luxurious texture and depth.

Replacing an abundance of flowers with such greens can be a cheaper yet equally effective way to make a styling statement. Long and low centre pieces can be created with sprawling plants, whether left in an undone, roaming fashion or delicately intertwined for a neat yet natural finish.

Suspended décor continues to crop up in weddings and is perfect for the Greenery trend, whether it be a full leafy type meadow turned on its head and hung from above, or cute cuttings secured on rows of brown string.

Those in favour of a more pared back look, will want to keep things clean with white linen, pillar candles, clear glassware and structured arrangements. If it’s a regal look that’s desired, mixing in metallic and mercury glass accessories will add an instant opulent edge.

Finally, the green theme can be reinforced with coordinating runners, napkins, glassware and crockery.

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GREENERY ATTIRE

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Though not a colour often associated with wedding attire, hints of green are starting to sprout in various bride, groom and maid collections, as demonstrated by Jenny Packham’s stunning Apache dress in Celadon Green.

If, however a coloured dress is a step to far for brides, they can play on the greenery theme by sticking to traditional white for their gown and adding bright and beautiful leaves to their look through their bouquet – and for ultimate impact – a flower/foliage crown. Of course, there is the option to incorporate green coloured accessories too, such as footwear and jewellery.

The maids can also get in on the stripped-back white and botanical look, or alternatively wear varying shades of green to reflect the earthy hues seen in everyday nature.

Grooms need not shy away from green either, with gorgeous deep forest tone suits coming through in collections, which team with tan leather accessories perfectly for a super-smart appearance. Those having rustic weddings can also reflect the trend through country tweed designs, or checked shirt and dicky bow combinations.

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GREENERY DETAILS

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Couples can keep the greenery theme going in the details of their day too.

Stationery designers in particular have got the look down to a tee, with an abundance of lush patterns and prints to choose from. These can feature throughout, on everything from the invites and order of service to menus and name places. Those looking for an alternative seating plan meanwhile can create an apt focal point by pinning guests’ names on coordinating ‘table strings’ with a dainty peg and plant clipping.

Thoughtful and tasty flavours can also come into play, with the option of giving bottled herb-infused oils, small potted plants, or simple seeds to take away and grow at home.

As well as being in keeping with the theme, herbs can be a great addition to a wedding to create a memorable scent from the day; whether they appear as favours, within table décor or even the buttonholes and bouquets.

Finally, sweet-wise, interest can be added to neutral coloured cakes with dainty foliage, leaves or even small succulents.

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style sheet: winter wedding alternatives

December 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As we find ourselves in the coldest yet most magical season of the year, we’ve been turning our thoughts to winter weddings.

Some brides and grooms may be put off marrying at this time of year due to the increasingly unpredictable British weather, but with some careful planning and fabulous styling a winter wedding can be a real treat for all the senses, and in turn, more memorable for you and your guests.

Think scented candles for fragrance and ambience, warm comfort food to evoke nostalgic memories and winter tipples to help get the party started and you’re part way there.

If, however, what’s putting you off is the somewhat ‘go-to’ styling of winter nuptials, we’re here to change your mind. For we’ve come up with three alternative winter wedding themes that steer clear of crimson red and sparkling silver schemes, plus there’s not a reindeer or bauble in sight!

Ladies, we give you both comfort and class…

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very-berry

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Just a small diversion from the traditional red winter wedding colour palette, a winning mixture of purple, pink and burgundy shades can give a wedding an instant hint of opulence.

Such tones also work beautifully with the flowers and fruits of the season making these a great way to project your chosen colour scheme.

Big, bold and blousy bouquets and floral decorations add to the luxurious feel that the rich hues emit and will help to provide striking focal points. For further plushness, metallic accents, particularly in gold, work in perfect harmony with the beautiful berry tones and give a small nod to the festive season without being at all OTT.

Beyond the blooms, mercury glass tealight holders and metallic vessels and vases look fabulous with the palette.

To remain on theme berries can be used in the bouquets and button holes as well as within the food and drink menus and the cake.

When it comes to the bridesmaids, brides can go with just one of the berry tones that suits her maids best, perhaps magenta, indigo or violet, or alternatively can have her leading ladies in a full spectrum of the hues.

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grey-dusk

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Possibly one colour scheme that works all year round, grey is both a classic and elegant choice of palette.

For winter weddings the hue can be ‘warmed-up’ by introducing different textures and shades providing both interest and depth.

Brides and their maids can easily layer their look with grey cover-ups; whether it be a faux fur jacket, feather shrug or lace overlay. Meanwhile groomsmen can opt for a tweed or woollen suit with coordinating pocket squares, dicky bows or ties in varying fabrics creating a stylish wintery feel.

Texture in tactile fabrics and finishes can be carried through to the décor too, with velvet ribbons attached floral arrangements or holding cutlery and napkins in place. Roaming foliage across tables can also help to break up the grey and works in line with on-trend botanical themes too.

Candles at various heights in pillars, tapers and tea lights will also help to set the wintery scene as will luxurious stationery in enchanting designs.

winter blues

cool-blues

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Though often thought of as a ‘cold’ colour, when accompanied with rich metallic accents blue can bring element of warmth and glamour to winter celebrations.

The trick is to use a deep shade of blue and not to get carried away with the glitz and glitter, instead giving the proceedings just a sprinkling of sparkle. This could be achieved through styling and stationery choices, but also through the bride and bridesmaid attire too. So, for example, brides could add a hint of shine to their outfit with metallic heels while maids can glam-up their look with delicate gold jewellery or accessories.

The table settings are perhaps the element that will require the most care in not overdoing it. For a look of understated elegance, keep things simple by adding gold-edged glassware and cutlery to a dark blue tablecloth base. For further interest and texture use rustic touches in foliage and tree slices, and perhaps even the odd pine cone (note the “odd” there).

Meanwhile for those wanting to take the sparkle up a notch, sequin table runners and cloths are an accessible and effective option. Further additions can include metallic candle holders, stationery and plate chargers but just be sure that the overall look is class rather than brash!

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style sheet: tempting tropics

July 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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All this hot weather has got us in the mood for a little tropical wedding inspiration – so grab your sunnies, pour a Pina Colada and lay back in your hammock as we head for the tropics…

Pineapples, flamingos and botanics have all been making a statement on the home interior front for some time and now they’re beginning to creep into the world of weddings too.

From loud and in-your-face playful décor to romantic muted tones, there are numerous different ways to incorporate the tropical trend into your day, whether you’re jetting off for a wedding by the sea or staying closer to home.

Here are the top tropic looks that have currently got us hot under the collar…

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Tropical - BOLD

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For those who take a “go hard or go home” approach to life, this full on Club Tropicana styling is definitely for you.

Think bright colours, bold patterns and playful props and you can’t go too far wrong.

As huge fans of the colour pink, us Brides Up North gals love the idea of a flamingo theme that can be carried right through the wedding styling; from the invites and stationery, to the wedding cake and décor. While we might just draw the line at introducing inflatable flamingos to the day, we encourage couples taking this route to go all out.

Pineapples and bright fruits, like lemons and limes, can be incorporated into table settings and centre pieces doubling up as name place holders and even vases. There’s also the option to include zesty fruits into food and drink choices too – perhaps a Havana rum cocktail for the drinks reception and a citrus cupcakes or cheesecake for dessert? Brightly patterned crockery and glassware to serve, also helps to set the scene.

When it comes to the bride’s attire we advise steering clear of fruit basket hats and grass skirts and instead keeping it clean and classy with just a slight pop of colour as a nod to the theme. Think vibrant footwear and flower crowns, or perhaps if feeling bold, a bridal separates set or dress that features a burst of colour. Bridesmaids meanwhile can afford to be more fearless, going for a strong solid hue such as turquoise, tangerine or hot pink, or even opting for a punchy patterned dress.

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Tropical - MUTED

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If the above pushes you a little too far out of your comfort zone, then the tropical trend can be stripped back for a softer and dreamier look.

Pale pastel pinks and greens work particularly well for this theme, as do hints of baby blue, lemon and peach.

A lot of the same typical tropical props can still be used, but it’s about creating a more elegant feel with delicate textures and tones. So mix up sharp-skinned pineapples with gentle blooms, trailing plants and romantic candles. Adding tiny touches of light gold can also help give the look a more classical edge.

Once again, brides might prefer to stick to a traditional ivory or white gown not to compete with the décor, though a pretty blush pink or powder blue dress is an option. Bridesmaids can be muted and matching or all mixed up in differing tones or girly floral prints – just be sure that the pattern remains bold as not to look too ditsy.

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Tropical - GREEN

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Finally for those wanting to stick to just one colour for their big day, we highly endorse the botanical tropical trend.

Loud leafy patterns are something we’ve seen for a while now in both homeware and fashion so it’s little surprise that brides and linking the look for their weddings too.

Simple yet strong, the trend is all about large textured greenery that can be used in centrepieces, bouquets, tablescapes, signage and chair décor. It’s up to the couple how bold they go. Keeping leaves more sparse against white with elements of wood and hints of metallics, particularly rich gold, can look absolutely stunning but there’s nothing to stop brides and grooms going for much fuller foliage and striking hanging botanics either.

Bold leafy print patterns in stationery, cakes and attire work well for those wanting to add a graphic and more modern twist to the theme.

For bridesmaids patterns, single hues or varying shades of green are all options and the groom and groomsmen have the opportunity to don green as well. While the earthy colour is not typically a hue that you would see a bride wearing, there are lots of fancy green footwear designs out there so think about going more green-toed than green-fingered!

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style sheet: ethereal metallics

May 24th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Metallics

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When asked to think of a metallic styled wedding, visions of a glitzy and glamorous celebration with lots of sparkling décor might well spring to mind. However, brides looking for a more muted palette should not instantly rule out metallics, as hues of bronze, gold and silver can be easily stripped back for a more natural and dreamy finish.

Particularly well suited to outdoor and ethereal style weddings, there is a clear trend emerging for muted metal tones that provide opulence without the OTT element.

We love to see elegant table set ups of mercury glass vases and worn metal candelabras mixed in with earthy foliage for an almost Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Lord of the Rings feel. And it’s not just the décor were these fanciful hues can be added to the big day – what about a gold embellished wedding dress, silver muted heels or bonze bridesmaid dresses?

So to help spread a little metallic magic here on the blog, today we’re sharing three swoon-worthy metal inspired mood boards…

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BRONZE

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Though associated with third place, bronze can be a winning choice of colour scheme, particularly for those wanting to incorporate lots of foliage into their big day as its darker tone sits beautifully alongside earthy greens.

Bronzes also have lovely worn qualities whilst still retaining an element of shine, giving a sense of luxury but that isn’t too polished.

For table settings think long timber tables with trailing centrepieces that creep along, interspersed with bronze candle stick holders and table wear. Elsewhere hanging decorations work particularly well with ethereal metallic themes and can easily be suspended from branches if marrying in the open air, or from beams if, for example, marrying in a barn-style venue.

In terms of attire bronze is a bold and untraditional choice for a bride and therefore those wanting to incorporate the hue are more likely to do so through accessories, such as shoes and jewellery. There is also the option of bronze bridesmaids, with its warming tones complementing many complexions and hair colours.

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SILVER

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To achieve an ethereal look with silver it’s best to mix varying finishes; from shiny silverware, to worn pewter and varying tones of grey. This way there is a good mix of depth, interest and texture, which will prevent the premium hue looking too glam.

The level of décor detailing is up to the individual with the option to strip things right back to bare wooden tables dotted with small shiny and muted pots of cactuses or succulents, or to go all out with large glass and mercury vases and urns over spilling with greenery and linked up with leaves and moss. Given that it’s done effectively the latter should look natural and uniformed rather than cluttered and messy.

Large pewter lanterns are an effective way to add ambience whilst remaining on theme and can look incredibly effective when used outdoors to line pathways, entrances or the aisle.

Dresses embellished with dainty detail in silver beads and sequins are not unusual on the bridal catwalks, giving brides the option to venture beyond traditional ivory for their big day. The men can easily be included in the theming too with grey being among the most popular choice when it comes to grooms picking their suits. For added interest the groom and his groomsmen can pick varying shades of suits as well as ties/Dicky bows.

To keep things simple those wanting metallic maids should look to dresses with simple shiny detailing, rather than top-to-toe sparkle.

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GOLD

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Perfect for those wanting a stripped back outdoor wedding but still with a hint of elegance; simple touches of gold be the perfect way to add an opulent edge.

Similar to bronze, gold works well with leafy green plants as it provides a complementary contrast between raw and regal.

For the décor little pops of gold works best – so you might want to add metallic finished cutlery, glass wear or napkin rings. Also, stationery such as name places and menus can bring a hint of shimmer with gold leafing detail – as can the cake. Gold antique mirrors are also an excellent choice to create unusual seating plans and signage.

Just as we’ve seen silver embellished dresses grace the catwalks, gold detail dresses are no stranger to designers’ collections either, with the likes of Jenny Packham well known for her metallic creations. If however, that’s a little too glitzy for the bride, a simple gold Game of Thornes style head piece or botanical detail shoe or jewellery can be the perfect way to give a discreet nod to the theme.

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