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all in the detail: the wedding of my dreams

12th May 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’re big believers in it being the little details that bring the overall look and feel of a wedding together. We’re therefore over the moon to be introducing another fabulous Brides Up North Featured Supplier to the blog this afternoon, who happen to know a thing or two about styling a wedding.

Prepare to go slightly weak at the knees as we say hello to The Wedding of My Dreams and their fabulous wedding prop and décor offering.

Run by mother and daughter team, Karen and Gemma, this easy to navigate website is an Aladdin’s cave of pretty details for your wedding day. Better still, as well as shopping till you drop on the site, The Wedding of my Dreams also offers an abundance of stunning big day inspiration to really crank up the creativity… and they are giving an exclusive 5% discount to all Brides Up North readers, just enter the code BUN5 at the checkout.

To tell us more about all the pretty on offer, we’ll now hand over the blog to one half of the dream team…

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Daffodil Waves Photography

Can you give us a little overview of The Wedding of my Dreams?

gemma says: I’m the younger half of the mother and daughter team who founded The Wedding of my Dreams in 2010. My amazing mum, Karen Morgan, runs the award winning wedding florist Passion for Flowers, which I got more and more involved with after graduating from uni. I’d help on busy weekends picking up floristry skills as I went along, learning only from the best, and developed a real passion for floristry, styling weddings and to be honest everything wedding related! My job at the time was in digital marketing and social media, I knew a thing or two

At the time Passion for Flowers couples were hiring an array of props and decorations from us to complement their florals, saying they couldn’t find anything as lovely elsewhere in the market. Mum and I both love sourcing decorations and wanted couples all over the country to have access to the props and decorations we had searched so hard to find and so The Wedding of my Dreams was born.

Going into business with my mum was the best decision I’ve ever made, we both love going to work every day and both now work across the two companies. It’s so rewarding to see how far we’ve come and how both businesses have blossomed. All the hard work and late nights have really paid off. In 2015 Passion for Flowers was voted best wedding florist in England in The Wedding Industry Awards and The Wedding of my Dreams has won numerous awards since its launch.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Daffodil Waves Photography

What services and products do you offer to wedding couples?

The Wedding of my Dreams is an online shop brimming with beautiful wedding decorations and details to style your tables and venue. We sell table decorations, centrepieces, tea light holders, table plans, favours, and signs, oh and so much more.

Our blog runs alongside our website and we use it as a way to show styling ideas and how our products can be used at weddings. If you’re a crafty DIY bride we have a number of free printables and step-by-step guides on our blog too, so you can make your own bits and pieces. Check it out our blog here.

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Why is styling so important to a wedding and what advice would you offer to wedding couples when deciding on how to style their wedding day?

When choosing your wedding style choose something that reflects you as a couple, it is important to choose a venue that reflects this style too, as the venue sets the scene for the entire day. For example, if you love nature and country walks perhaps an informal barn venue is a good choice, stick to a natural style, including natural elements, textures and colours for your décor. Hessian or linen table runners, wooden boxes of seasonal flowers for centrepieces and quirky signs to direct guest. Or if you see yourselves as a more glamourous couple, perhaps a grand manor house is more suited to you. Statement florals in urns and lavish centrepieces teamed with silver or gold touches.

In what ways do you offer styling inspiration through The Wedding of my Dreams?

As well as our online shop we have our blog, which way of passing on our styling advice as a number of our team have backgrounds in wedding styling.

We love inspiring our customers and coming up with Pinterest- perfect ideas you can copy or adapt to style your own weddings, we do this through our styled shoots. As well as our own shoots we work closely with magazines, photographers, venues and other stylists who are looking for those extra special details for their own shoots. We love that our industry friends love our décor as much as we do, and it’s always fab to see how they use our decorations in their own unique way, giving you guys even more styling inspiration.

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For venues that don’t allow candles can you suggest an alternative way to achieve a desirable ambience through décor and styling? 

We find that often venues don’t allow naked flames, but are often ok if tea lights are placed within tea light holders and votives, we have a large variety of these available in different styles and colours. Larger pillar candles are usually ok if used within lanterns.

If there is a strict no candles policy at your venue you could opt for faux pillar candles, which look really affective. They are considerably more expensive than normal candles but you can keep them forever. Alternatively, ditch candles completely and go for different lighting, how about festival style lights throughout your venue or fairy lights wrapped around beams of a barn venue?

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Daffodil Waves Photography

What wedding themes and colour schemes are proving popular with wedding couples right now and can you forecast any upcoming wedding styling trends?

At the moment rustic styling is still a popular choice for our couples, with elegant mercury silver not far behind. For the summer pressed glass is proving a popular choice, as well as pastel shades with dusky pink and dusky blue a favourite with our couples this year.

Metallics are looking like they will be popular this year and next with golds, bronzes and coppers making an appearance. Some couples are also choosing to mix a pastel shade with a metallic, for example blush pink and gold or dusky blue and copper.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Daffodil Waves Photography

Where do you source the products from that you sell and are any products in particular proving popular with your brides?

Our wedding collection started small but has grown and grown, we hand select each and every decoration you see on our website. Some of our decorations are hand crafted here in the UK by talented individuals, others we have sourced from our travels around the globe, and the rest are designed by us in house and created exclusively for us.

At the moment our most popular items for rustic weddings are our wooden tree slices, these can be used for centrepieces or for wedding cakes. And for a more elegant look our antique silver footed bowls are another popular choice, these look stunning in the centre of the table whether you are asking your florist to fill them or having a go yourself. For little extras bud vase name cards holders are always a favourite, you can add a tiny bloom to them and for a fun wedding favour, how about our shot glasses – fill them yourself with drink of your choice.

Photo credit Captured by Katrina

Captured By Katrina

In addition to wedding décor what other items do you offer?

We offer an ever expanding range of items, this is broken down on our website into categories so it is easy to navigate. Our categories include:

  • ‘The Ceremony’ including confetti, ring cushions, aisle decorations
  • ‘Guest Books’ both traditional in style and alternative ideas
  • ‘On The Table’ which includes everything from centrepieces, to candle holders, to place settings
  • ‘Favours’ including gifts as well as lovely packaging for favours and favour bags
  • ‘Around The Room’ which includes all room décor, from hanging pom poms, to lighting, to mailboxes, chair backs and more
  • ‘Table Plans’
  • ‘Children’s Activities’
  • ‘Car Decorations’
  • ‘Cake Table Decorations’ including cake toppers and cake stands
  • ‘Sweetie Buffets / Dessert Tables’ everything but the sweets and cakes, so jars and containers, scoops, tongs, paper bags
  • ‘Drinks Stations’ including drinks dispensers, glasses and paper straws

 

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What sets you apart from other wedding styling décor shops?

I think the fact we work with real couples through our floral design business keeps us in touch with what engaged couples actually want and are sourcing for their weddings. If they can’t find something they would love and we think it will be popular, we do our best to source it and add it to our range so it becomes available for everyone. We are always on the lookout for new trends and new ideas too, so we can inspire our couples with something they might not have thought of but just have to have.

Every week through Passion for Flowers we set up floral creations and style venues so know what works and what doesn’t. It sounds simple, but for example, we know venues don’t always like confetti so our real petal confetti is completely biodegradable, and we know what height centrepieces need to be so they don’t completely block the view of the person opposite! It’s just the little things but everything we source is individually chosen and we make sure they fit the brief.

Photo credit Daffodil Waves Photography (1)

Daffodil Waves Photography

What is the feedback like from customers that use your website? What do they love about it?

We gather our customer feedback for every customer and we are proud to say our customers are really satisfied – they like our product selection, competitive prices and the images that show how products can be used at weddings. Our easy to navigate website on laptops, tables and phones makes it easy to place orders wherever you are.

Some comments from some of our recent customers include:

“I adore this shop and will be back soon to shop again thank you! I just loved all the vintage and rustic wedding items. They are really lovely and I can’t wait to show them off on my big day in October this year. Thank you so much The Wedding of my Dreams.”

“Brilliant site, the whole buying experience was smooth and easy. All the items I’ve purchased have been extremely good quality and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from you again.”

“Excellent website and newsletter. My favourite website for wedding purchases!”

“I have browsed this website several hundred times and I love your products/attention to detail. Having just received my first order I am over the moon with the products and service.”

You can see all our reviews here.

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Do you offer delivery throughout the UK and typically how long does it take for orders to arrive?

We offer delivery throughout the UK and can ship worldwide. For UK orders standard delivery takes 5 to 7 days and is free for orders over £75, which very easily adds up. We also offer a 2 to 3 day delivery option and next day delivery too.

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 Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

We can give an exclusive 5% discount to all Brides Up North readers, just enter the code BUN5 at the checkout.

How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with The Wedding of my Dreamsor see more of what you offer?

If you have any questions we have an online chat facility on our website, or alternatively email us on info@theweddingofmydreams.co.uk, we are always happy to share our knowledge or answer questions you might have.

For more inspiration it’s also worth having a look at our blog and Pinterest boards, these are focused around the decorations we sell and might just inspire you when looking for different ways to style them. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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