Have your pinned your interest?…

 

I recently came across the phenomenon that is Pinterest and was immediately hooked.  This is an online pinboard where you make a scrap-book of your favourite things that you have found online.  From weddings to homewares, pets to recipes, savvy peeps are in effect bookmarking their interests onto ‘boards’ to be viewed later, or indeed by others. 

You can have as many boards as you like and in a similar way to Twitter, you can follow other people’s boards and then repin anything that takes your fancy.  There is a certain amount of controversy surrounding Pinterest at the moment as photographers are worried that they are not being credited for their artwork, but I think that the way to safeguard this is to make sure that you pin only from a direct website where the photographer has been named.  This means that whenever you click on the photo, the relevant info will appear.

It it a great way to create moodboards for your wedding, either by making one giant board or by making individual ones for flowers, cakes, dresses etc.  Download the ‘PinIt’ button now and get scrapping – you will love it!

To follow my Pinterest board go to www.pinterest.com/naturalweddings

 Photograph courtesy of Three Nails Photography

Are you a ‘Unique Bride’…

Today sees the first edition of Unique Bride magazine hit the shelves in the UK and what a breath of fresh air it is in the world of predictable glossy bridal mags.  The contents include real (and by that I mean fabulously individual) weddings including an amazing steampunk themed day; inspiration sections showing a variety of ideas on how to hand craft your day and features on everything from shoes to alternative wedding fairs.

My favourite article is Dare to be Different on page 10 and is so true!  You will have to buy a copy to see what I mean.  The magazine is available from WHSmith now but I have a feeling you will have to be quick as I think Rachel and her team are onto a winner.  Pop the kettle on and enjoy!

 Photos courtesy of Unique Bride magazine. For photographers credits see http://www.uniquebridemagazine.com/

A good Bridesmaid deserves a little treat!

A good bridesmaid can be worth her weight in gold and can help a stressful event become a relaxed, enjoyable day.  Most friends are thrilled to be asked but why not show them you appreciate all their help with a little natural gift.  I have shown a selection that are kind to the planet and easy on your purse (in these thrifty times all items shown are £10 or under).  Simply click the photo to be taken to the relevant website! 

 

 

 

 

Twitter & Facebook Love…

Just in case you lovely people don’t know, The Natural Wedding Book is on both Facebook and Twitter!

Follow @NaturalWedding on Twitter & www.facebook.com/NaturalWedding for my latest musings on all things green, gorgeous and wedding related.

See you there!

Poppy in Pearls…

Today I thought I would tell you all about a fabulous new online bridal boutique, Poppy in Pearls.  The brainchild of the lovely Sarah, this is a haven of beautiful accessories, cards, decorations, stationary, jewellery and gifts for your wedding day, all lovingly made in the UK.  Sarah has scoured the land to find the best British talent to allow you to make all your wedding purchases in one place, saving you time when you need it most.  I am thrilled to say that Sarah has even stocked copies of The Natural Wedding Book – signed by me and ready to fly off to you.  Some of my favourite items include the Congratulations cards that we can all buy for our soon to be married friends and the adorable DIY Cake Toppers (see below).

Photographs courtesy of Poppy in Pearls

Handmade Wedding Workshops!

I thought I would today tell you a little about a new series of ‘handmade wedding workshops’ that I am going to be running at The Makery in Bath.  Dates have just gone in the diary for the first three sessions on Sunday 19th June, Sunday 24th July and Sunday 21st August 2011 and places are starting to fill already!

In the workshop I will explain a variety of eco-chic craft techniques and ideas on how to make your own stylish decorations, accessories, favours and lots of other finishing touches for your big day! I will also happily answer any wedding questions you may have. 

The price also includes all materials,  afternoon tea served on Kate’s beautiful vintage china, and a 15% voucher which you can use against any purchases made in The (very tempting) Makery shop.  You will also be able to buy signed copies of the The Natural Wedding Book to take home too.

Hope to see you there!

Royally Eco! Part 1…

I am sure that most of you reading this watched The Royal Wedding, I was glued to the TV myself; but did you know that the wedding of the decade had some fabulous eco-friendly ideas which any modern bride could happily steal!  Here is Part 1 of my rundown of the best green bits:

The Dress:

The dress, that dress, well what can I say. It was beautiful, stately, simple and made by British craftsmen.  Kate chose the British design house of Alexander McQueen to design her special gown and what  a fabulous job Sarah Burton did.  The Royal School of Needlework hand-made the lace applique at their home in Hampton Court Palace and hand-cut and stitched each flower and motif in place using tiny stitches. Both tutors, students and former staff at the school worked on the dress ensuring that the workmanship was perfect.  I am happy to say the other fabrics in the dress were sourced and supplied by British companies too – a perfectly ethical dress.

The Bouquet:

This was a beauty; shield-shaped and carefully made with traditional British flowers and foliage.  The bouquet, designed by London florist Shane Connolly, included only English flowers, including fragrant lily of the valley (my favourite), myrtle, sweet williams and hyacinth. The myrtle was cut from a bush planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 and was also used in The Queen’s bouquet in 1947.  Using this historic plant could also have doubled up as the ‘something old’!

The Wedding Ring:

This was  a plain gold band, hand crafted in Wales by Wartski, a family jewellery business founded in 1865.  The Welsh gold nugget was a gift from The Queen to Prince William shortly after the engagement was announced.  Using Welsh gold ensured that is was sourced ethically as well as locally and again made best use of British craftsmanship.

The Make Up:

Following the trend for DIY weddings, the Bride decided to apply her own make up on the day.  A brave move, given the importance of the occasion and the presence of TV cameras, but I think that she did a fabulous job.  Rumor is that she took make up lessons before the big day, something that she will be able to draw on for years to come. 

The Wine:

I was so pleased to see that the couple decided to keep their wine miles down by serving English wine at the wedding reception.  A sparkling white wine by ‘Chapel Down’, one of England’s biggest producers was enjoyed by the couple and guests.  This is one aspect that we can all try at home!

Part 2, including a rundown on the jewellery, will be coming soon…

Photos courtesy of Clarence House & Chapel Down Wines

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