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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Get Your Game On with these Trendy Bridal Shower Games

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Personalized Bridal Shower games for extra flair!
There are lots of places you can buy personalized paper themed Bridal Shower Games, not least is Zazzle where you can find unique designs and request custom edits - you can see their most popular games here.

Today however I am mainly highlighting the current trending selection as featured on merchant Beaucoup. Their bridal shower games include details of how they're played highlighting the fun that can be had for you and your guests.

Click on the images/links to view larger and greater details and don't forget to check out their sales!

Lots of fun to be had with these elegantly designed wedding bridal shower games. Meanwhile if you're looking for a particular theme for your bridal shower games, drop me a line in comments and I'll try and source what you're seeking, I may even custom design it for you (time allowing).

Image right - Bridal shower games available from Amazon

Last but not least here are some fast links to Zazzle for great personalized bridal shower invitations, favors, treats and yes ...more games!

  • "Guess Who?" Bridal Shower Game
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  • Description:See which of your bridal shower guests can figure out who's who in the relationship, with this fun "Guess Who?" Bridal Shower Game.
  • Price: $18.50
  • Ring Shape Bridal Shower Game Cards
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  • Description:Laugh out loud reading your wedding shower party game answers on this bridal mad libs card. Shaped like a diamond ring, this kraft paper colored card is sold in sets of 50. Order now.
  • Price: $16.25
  • Wedding Pong
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  • Description:This wedding pong game makes such a fun addition to any party! Whethe...
  • Price: $21.50
  • Bridal Shower Bingo
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  • Description:Find unique bridal shower games and co-ed wedding shower games at Beau-coup that will make any shower truly memorable.
  • Price: $18.50
  • Date Suggestion Kit
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  • Description:Your bridesmaids can have a blast with our date suggestion kit. Each stick has room to write down date ideas, with different colors indicating different date costs.
  • Price: $14.50
  • Wedding Ring Bingo Game
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  • Description:Invite your bridal shower guests to call it like they see it with this cute game of wedding ring bingo!
  • Price: $17.12
  • Bridal Shower Ring Game
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  • Description:Our bridal shower ring game gives you two unique ways to have a blast. Have guests search for hidden rings or collect them when people say "wedding" to win a prize!
  • Price: $16.95
  • Bride-to-Be Bingo Game
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  • Description:This Bride-to-Be Bingo Game is such a fun way to get all your bridal shower guests engaged in the gift opening!
  • Price: $18.50
  • Prosecco Pong
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  • Description:It's easy to get the party started, with this classy and fun prosecco pong!
  • Price: $22.50

Don't forget to check out Zazzle's personalized wedding bridal shower games, here's a succulents themed collection to wet your taste buds!

Monday, 1 April 2019

Hula on Down for a TROPICAL Hawaiian Wedding - Everything You Need

 Tropical Wedding Invitations and Party Supplies Hawaiian LuauBest Tropical Wedding, Bridal Shower Party Planning Tips EVER!

Grab a grass skirt and get ready to hula! It's that time of year, the heat is  giving us dancing feet and they're gonna be bare because we're having a tropical Hawaiian luau wedding reception!

Tropical Hawaiian weddings and bridal shower are popular during the summer as well as for beach weddings, destination weddings and of course wedding held anywhere tropical!

Tropical Wedding Invitations and matching party supplies

Fruity Luau Themed Bridal Shower Party Supplies and Invites

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They are so much fun because the essence is warmth, relaxation, great food, cocktails, music and dancing. Party games are a hot Hawaiian tropical wedding party favorite too - get ready to Limbo!!
Featured here are Hawaiian wedding and bridal shower Invitations, Partyware, Costume ideas, Decorations, Recipes, Face-painting Tutorials, Hawaiian Music Videos, Party Games and more!
I've tried to include everything you need to throw THE best Summer Hawaiian Wedding Luau ever! Lets get this party started!

Hawaiian Party Costumes women and girls

  • Grass Hula skirt
  • Sandals or FlipFlops (bare feet)
  • lei necklace and flowers in the hair
  • Floral armbands, leaf anklets, floral headbands, flower necklaces
  • Coconut bra's
  • Halter Top - hawaiian print
  • Bikini top
  • Sarong
  • Sun Dress
  • Muumuu dress

Hawaiian Bridal Shower Makeup Ideas

  • Eyeshadows in shades of blue, turquoise gold
  • Thick eyeliner, lid liner, mascara
  • Bright red, orange cerise pink lipstick

How To Make A Hawaiian Bridal Shower Tutu Set

Hawaiian Wedding Reception Party Clothing for men and boys

  • Hawaiian print t-shirts
  • Hawaiian Print
  • Sandals
  • Khaki trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • Straw Hat
  • Flower necklaces

Haka Maori Warrior Costume For Men

  • Bare chest
  • Hula skirt or floral-print sarong
  • Spear or sharp stick
  • Greenery around arms, ankles and on head
  • Fake tribal tattoos or Henna Tattoos
  • Tanning solution

Hawaiian Party Face Painting

  • Hypoallergenic paints
  • Paint Tropical fruits, palm trees, leaves
  • Sea creatures such as crabs, dolphin, seahorse, turtles, Geckos, Starfish

Tropical Princess Moana FacePainting Tutorial

Hawaiian Luau Wedding Food and Drink

    • Tropical fruit platter centerpiece - add squewers
    • Roast pig
    • BBQ
    • Fish
    • Mashed fruits
    • Bananas, papayas, watermelon, mango and pineapple.
    • Macadamia nuts
    • Pineapple upside down cakes
    • Barbecued banana - chocolate coated YUM!
    • Cocktails alcoholic and non-alcoholicHawaiian Heartbreaker and the Aloha

Aloha Hawaiian LUAU Food Recipes

How To Make Hawaiian Tropical Cocktails

Hawaiian Wedding and Bridal Shower Party Games / Entertainment

  • Limbo contests
  • Hula hoop
  • Coconut bowling using pineapples for bowling pins
  • Sea shell toss
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Music - SKA
  • Beach Balls - add a net for beach volleyball
  • Piniata (How about a giant pineapple!)

Tropical Hawaiian Luau Music

Hawaiian Party Luau Location

  • Beach
  • Back garden
  • Public Park that allows BBQ and music
  • Home

Hawaiian Party Decorations


  • Surf Shack Style Bar
  • Surf boards to prop up around the place, against thebar (cardboard cutouts)
  • Inflatable pink flamingos
  • Inflatable palm trees
  • Random pineapple, tropical palm tree, flamingo decor
  • Hibiscus flowers (artificial will do)
  • Raffia table skirting
  • Seashells
  • Coconuts
  • Hawaiian Island backdrop
  • Tikis (wood or stone tribal human type carvings)
  • Piniata ( also great for games later)
  • Leis - Flower garlands made from Kika blossoms, Ginger blossoms, Carnations or Orchids


How To Decorate Your Hawaiian Tropical Wedding Reception Venue

Pineapple balloons, flamingo cookies and more!

Hawaiian Wedding Party Favors

  • Kids sand bucket filled with sea shells, sunglasses, waterbottle, wetwipes
  • Flower necklace
  • Flower for hair
That's all from me folks! If you have any more great ideas for Hawaiian Tropical Parties, drop me a line in comments!

Monday, 25 March 2019

Real Life - My Low Budget Wedding ( Less than £5000) and how I did it

I noted a bride-to-be generously sharing her low budget wedding planning costs along with her tips for making savings on a Wedding Planning Group and she kindly gave me permission to publish the details here for the benefit of other frugal brides.

Hannah Marie writes

"My h2b (husband-to-be) asked on my birthday (boxing day) 2018 so we've had 5 months to plan and pay for what we needed in that time.

It's been madness!! Haha.

Here are some money saving tips that I think will be really helpful to those who are on a budget.


If you download a free app called freeprints, you get 40 free prints a month. I also use a free app called Pic Collage in which I uploaded a pic of me and h2b, the wedding information and picked the colours of the invite as the ones of the wedding theme. We made 80 personalised invites and only spent £2.99 for the shipping on the freeprints app.


 caterpillar cupcakesWe are having 2 caterpillar cakes. Each serve 20 and they are £6 each from Asda / Morrisons . We are having cupcakes made and for 40 it is £60. So £72 for cake and cupcakes for 40 people.

Bridesmaids dresses

Brand new on eBay they cost £4 each for the flower girl ones and £25 each for the older bridesmaids. A total of £58 for 4 dresses.

Bridal shoes 

ShoeZone have some white lacy type shoes for £6 each, really pretty. £24 total for the 4 bridesmaids and mine are white converse £25 from JD Williams.

Suits. Matalan we spent £80 for the grooms 5 piece suit and £60 for the page boy 5 piece suit. £140 for the 2.


 artificial wedding flowers budget
We have artificial. Definitely post on your local Facebook groups too. I made 6 bouquets using flowers from Hobbycraft and watching a YouTube tutorial. All 6 bouquets cost £18 to make.


Registry office which is on beautiful grounds. £314 for the ceremony, wedding certificate box and a picture of me and h2b signing the register. Definitely phone around and ask for prices. Some places wanted to charge us £600+!


We're having a sit down meal instead of a party type thing. So no DJ, buffet, decorations etc. Massive saving. We asked all guests what they wanted to eat and they have offered to pay for their own meals. They knew of our struggles. Don't feel cheeky if the guests offer to pay for their own. Let them! Food is one of the biggest costs of a wedding.


All guests are receiving a little mesh bag filled with sugared almonds. 60 bags on eBay for £1. Enough almonds to fill £5. Bridal and grooms party are having £30 each on gifts. Big expense but we've saved so much everywhere else. Total costs of gifts £174.


We're lucky enough to have my brother in law do our pictures for free but if you don't have that then I highly recommend disposable cameras. One camera for every 4 people and 2 per reception table. The guests can take pictures throughout the day and night. If you have a hashtag the ones who use their phones can upload them for you.

Summary of costs

  • Ceremony £314 
  • Evening is a meal in a family pub. £60. 
  • Each guest (40 in total) has offered to pay for their own meal. 
  • Wedding Dress £70 
  • Groom's suit £130 
  • Best Man suit £130 (he wants to pay for his own) 
  • Page boy suit £80 
  • Flower girl dresses £4 each x2 (brand new on eBay!!!) 
  • Bridesmaids dresses £30 each x2 (paying for their own) 
  • Mother of the bride suit £40 (paid for her own) 
  • Bouquets £30 
  • Full bridal party shoes £100 (of which we are only paying £40 of) 
  • Wedding gifts £160 
  • Little extras £70 
  • Wedding cars free from family members 
  • Photographer free from brother-in-law 
  • Honeymoon including spends £1500 

That's a total of £3292 (without things not being free would come to £5000) of which were only paying £2492.


Hannah is very blessed to have wonderful friends and family who are happy to contribute and help in so many ways. The take-away from this is to not be afraid to ask for help because those that love you will be happy to lend a hand in any way that is practical. This is a intimate wedding that will I'm sure be a huge success more-so because all the guests are fully invested in it being so!

Your friends and family will have a wide range of skills sets that make for the perfect wedding. You may have talented photographers, crafters, flower arrangers as well as green fingered gardeners who can supply the wedding flowers among your crew.

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I'm sure they will be flattered when you ask to draw upon their expertise for your special day. It will help them to feel involved and with a few glasses of wine and a free lunch for all your helpers, the whole process can be a fun one.

A HUGE thank you to Hannah for being so generous and kind in sharing her story and tips!


 Custom wedding poems
Hannah Bishop writes custom poems for events including weddings to add a special something to your invitations, save the dates, rsvp's! Whatever the occasion.

Here is one of Hannah's low budget wedding themed poems.

Wedding planning is so exciting.
Yet scary at the same time.
One minute your feeling anxious.
The next, things are seeming just fine.

The biggest stress is the budget.
The smaller it is the bigger the task.
Will we be able to afford this?
Is a question you'll certainly ask.

You start to look at your menu.
To see what cutbacks you could make.
With your head hung low you question.
Should I sod it and just home bake?

It doesn't stop there with the questions.
Is an expensive DJ a must?
When your Bluetooth speakers are sat there
Quietly gathering dust.

It doesn't make it easier.
Seeing other brides spend with pleasure.
Taking it all within their stride
Because a budget for them is a leisure.

You feel incompetent that you can't do
All the luxury things they can.
Arriving to the church in their limousine
When your questioning a car or a van.

It's also the suits for the men
Oh goodness, then there's the dress.
Then the worst question of all comes.
Is this all really worth the stress?

You can see where this is going.
You've cried so many tears.
You never thought what it would be like.
To plan what you've wanted for years.

But this is the time you need to stop
And think of why your here
And remember the love you will bring
The happiness and the cheer

Imagine your families and friends
When they all take their places
And seeing you in your attire
With big smiles on their faces.

It isn't about what we don't have.
Or the simple things we bring
It's about him making you his queen
And you making him your king.

It's saying your vows to one another
Making promises you will keep.
So sod how tight your budget is
You can still love on the cheap.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wedding Planning 101 - Fail To Plan And You Plan To Fail

Stress Free Wedding Planning With These handy Tips

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Wedding Planning can be a challenge but it can also be great fun if you do your research and plan ahead.

To increase your fun factor and avoid stress, myself and fellow authors and wedding stationery designers have created a blog that is packed full of inspired ideas for wedding themes as well as tips and advice on budgeting, DIY decoration and so much more.

We also advise on how you can avoid all those little niggles that can throw a spanner in the works. You can navigate the guest list, seating, plus 1 and kids issues with a few well worded invites and signs.

Page down to view our most popular advice and trouble shooting guides along with personalized wedding template signs and details card that you can use to let your guests know what your plans are for the big day!

Wedding Trends

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When it comes to what's trending for weddings in 2019 and 2020 we have daily/weekly blog updates along with future forecasts as well as a 'design on demand' service to ensure your wedding invitations and accompanying stationery are all bang up to date! Subscribe so you don't miss out.

In the meantime page down for a list of trending wedding theme and this years wedding colors, linked to great wedding invitation and stationery collections so you can start creating your wedding ideas moodboard!

Moodboards can easily be created via Pinterest, just open an account, create a board and start pinning your favorite wedding theme items.

Image - left: Wedding Burnt Orange Pink Collection

Wedding Planning 101

Planning your wedding and getting married should be a wonderful memorable experience. Without great planning, your wedding can be stressful and you can quickly feel overwhelmed by the escalating costs, the family politics and the sheer volume of what you need to do.

To ensure your wedding goes without a hitch and you remain sane throughout the process follow these simple wedding planning tips.

Info: Check out these modern and fun wedding 101 Guides via Amazon

1. Enlist help

Recruit your most creative, organised, enthusiastic friend or family member to help you plan your wedding. This will immediately cut your stress and your workload down by at least half. That is, if you are able to fairly delegate and share the responsibilities.

Use the following 'wedding planning things to do' list to help divide the responsibilities between you.

2. Book the Venues

Book the church or wedding ceremony venue. Give yourself ample time to plan for the wedding and for guests to ensure they are free on the day. Anything from one year to two years is usual for an advance wedding venue booking.

There are great articles on this blog re Destination Weddings if that's what you have in mind! Whether you're taking family and friends or planning an elopement with a wedding reception back home afterwards, we have tips to get you started! Guides on destination weddings via Amazon here.

3. Apply for the licence

Depending on where in the world you are, the rules re marriage licences will vary. Ensure you are compliant and do whatever is required according to your states laws.

4. Set the budget

The size of the budget will determine every other action you take in planning your wedding, so spend time practically working out an accurate wedding budget based on what you can afford and what you believe is reasonable to spend on this one special day.

Parents of bride and groom may offer financial support. Do not take this for granted. If parents do announce they will cover the cost then they will presumably set the wedding budget for you. Ensure you respect the limit imposed. Once you have the budget you need to divide it up to cover the many costs associated with wedding planning and execution.

Costs you need to consider:

  • Wedding Insurance
  • Ceremony Costs  and Licence Fees
  • Reception Venue and Catering including beverages (bottling fees)
  • Wedding invitations as associated items ie rsvp, save the dates etc.

You can buy a wedding stationery suite that will include coordinated items for all the above or you could make your own! There are lots of online resources to help you to create your own wedding invitations. These include wedding invitation templates, printables and craft items. If you are making handmade wedding invitations, allow yourself sufficient time to do so.

  • Flowers including bridal bouquet, ceremony venue flowers and center table arrangements 
  • Decorations for ceremony and reception - ribbons, flowers, bunting, balloons
  • Bridal Dress, underwear, reception outfit, shoes, jewelry, accessories
  • Groom suit, cuff links, accessories, shoes
  • Bridesmaid dresses, shoes, nails
  • Paige boy suits
  • Best man outfit
  • Hair dressing, makeup fees
  • Bridal Party and Thank You Gifts
  • Car Hire for bride, groom, family
  • Wedding cake
  • Boboniere
  • Wedding favors
  • Hotel room hire
  • Honeymoon
  • Cleaning fees

5. Create a Wedding Guest List - things to consider 

Who is coming? How many can you afford to cater for? Should they attend the marriage ceremony, the cocktail hour and the wedding party reception or just the reception? Some people have only close friends and family for the wedding ceremony and include a larger guest list for the evening reception entertainment which may include work colleagues and casual friends.

Children are a consideration as some prefer not to have children at their wedding while others are more than happy to encourage a family wedding environment. If you are including children in your guest list remember to accommodate their needs when catering the reception and planning entertainment.

6. Pick a Wedding Theme

Most brides like to have a 'theme' for their wedding, even if only to establish that it will be a traditional white wedding theme.
When considering a theme for your wedding consider what reflects the personality of you and the groom and what can easily be managed within the scope of the wedding budget.
Modern Geometric Invitations - Christmas

Popular Themes for 2019/2020

Bless This Home Timeline Collection

Bless This Home Whimsical Collection

by LeahG Designs

Wedding invitations featuring a handy timeline are popular, and this one (my own design) features quirky watercolor graphics with template text fields for you to add your own unique wedding timeline text.

Click on the image to view larger version

Trending Wedding Colors :

    Black and White Contemporary Wedding Collection
  • Coral and Turquoise or other color combinations
  • Black and White
  • Blush Pink and Gold
  • Pink and Blue
  • Navy Blue/Copper
  • Ultra Violet/Purple and Emerald Green

Wedding invitations for 2019 and 2020 

Wedding invitation color and graphics schemed for the coming year include minimalist with a lot of white space, feminine handwritten style fonts, leaves in both spring and dark tropical with watercolor graphic elements.

Popular colors are midnight blue, ultra violet, turquoise and last years favorite blush pink and gold. We're not ready to let go of that glamorous color combo yet! As a surprise we're also seeing more corporate styled invitations, with monochrome photos, block lettering and simplistic yet stylish look.

Image : Black and White Contemporary Wedding Collection

7. Marriage Ceremony Venue

Knowing your wedding theme will help determine where you want to get married. Select somewhere that sets the tone for your themed wedding.
A small chapel or church for a traditional wedding for close family and friends or an outdoor garden ceremony for a more rustic, country themed wedding. Weather will be a factor as will guest numbers and budget.

8. Wedding Reception

When deciding where you would like to hold your wedding reception, evening party or cocktail hour consider how your guests might travel from the ceremony venue to the reception and how long they might be at a loose end in between.
You may need to budget for transport for guests, allow for ample parking and prepare detailed directions. For guests who have to travel some distance to attend your wedding, you may also need to arrange overnight accommodation or provide a list of local hotels.

Wedding Planning Guides

If you want to be fully prepared for your special day, time line carefully calculated, checklists and  budget in place etc. you could do worse than to equip yourself with Best Selling The Knot wedding planning guide .

This particular guide is packed with lots of new ideas. It's always been a hot favorite with brides because it's so darn helpful!!

Some of the goodies you'll find inside:

  • Timelines and worksheets for scheduling and budgeting
  • Money-saving tips
  • 8 tabbed dividers packed with color photos of centerpieces, table settings, favors, and more
  • Color swatch page for mixing your own wedding palette
  • Information on choosing your vendors, including checklists of key questions to ask
  • Ideas galore
  • Pockets for collecting tear sheets, contracts, business cards
  • Removable stickers on the front, spine, and back so you can make the binder your own
It's a must have! Life is so much easier when you're well organized. If you don't want to splash out on one of those, there are free checklists online you can print out yourself. Martha Stewart is a good source.

Have you seen the Bridechilla Guides??

Start Making Savings NOW With Wedding Sales

You can save a LOT of money on wedding items by buying just after the season has ended. Wedding trends don't change that much (not noticeably to the novice) so buying last seasons stock at a massive discount could be a great way to make savings. Wedding Invitation and Stationery Sales

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

My English Beach Wedding and a pick-up truck!

Low budget wedding with a beach, bbq and a pickup truck ..not fancy but a lot of fun!

With our unpredictable weather in the UK a beach wedding can be risky business, but with some beautiful beaches matched with unrivalled lush cliff tops (we have something to thank our rain for) it's not as crazy as it seems.

Myself, I didn't go all the way with a beach wedding, in that the ceremony was held in the local registry office which was situated in a rather beautiful town hall, listed building with amazingly well kept gardens. I married back in the day when having a wedding officiant barefoot on a beach wasn't doable, at least not that I was aware of at that time. So we did the 'deed' in the registry office.

My small wedding party of about 35 guests then made our way via cars and a rusty blue pickup truck (me and my dress fitted easily into the back of it) travelled to the beach!

The weather was far from perfect with clouds and light drizzle, but our unorthodox drive and happy demeanour saw us joyously planted on the sandy/pebbled beach surrounded by lovely rock faces perfect for photos and generally having a bit of random beach fun.

We enjoyed the nature, the views, the sea breeze before working up an appetite and heading back to my mums thatched cottage garden for a BBQ and drinks.

My wedding guests, I'm sure had never been to a wedding like it, but in terms of making the most of a small wedding budget and still having a memorable day, we nailed it.

We saved money on travel (luckily we lived near the beach) transport (yay for pick-up trucks) and reception venue. With enough talented DIY photographers in the group, we had plenty of authentic natural photos to fill our wedding album.

Tropical Vintage Beach Heart Invitation SuiteThis was over twenty five years ago and while the marriage didn't last the memories of that day and my lovely guests and their gung-ho, go-along-with-it attitude has lasted.

If you're looking to save money on a wedding and yet want something memorable, don't be afraid to ditch the traditional idea of what a wedding day should entail (limos and champagne) and enjoy a fun day out at the beach, a park, a forest (depending upon where you live) and enjoy the natural beauty which is so abundant in the UK.

If you've had an out of the box wedding in the UK, drop me a line here and we will publish your story.

For low budget wedding ideas and tips check out my curated recommendations re wedding guides via my Amazon Influencer Page HERE.

Check out these modern beach themed wedding invitations, save the dates and matching stationery by talented designers over at Zazzle!

                            Tropical Vintage Beach Heart Invitation Suite