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Friday, 14 June 2019

Eucalyptus themed Wedding

Eucalyptus HerbariumEucalyptus and greenery in general has become a major trend for weddings. I think it probably has something to do with the idea of wild woodland and everything that is mysterious really. The enchanted forest has a lure for the wild at heart and eucalyptus leaves are a subtle take on the theme leaving the rest up to your imagination.

As a wedding invitation designer, I can vouch for this trend as I have sold quite a lot of wedding stationery based on this theme. If you are at a loss for a theme for your big day then you may want to consider this, particularly if you were contemplating an outdoor country garden and/or rustic backyard or even bohemian wedding. Different types of eucalyptus leaves are available on amazon, ebay and other places at very reasonable prices.

Garden roses, anemones, ranunculus, peonies, and proteas are very conducive to the mix as are pastel blush florals and soft greens. Location wise, a botanical garden is of course ideal maybe with trees, creeks, wooden benches and maybe even fountains. I would imagine all of this is very affordable. The rest is obviously up to your imaginations!

Of course all of this is really conducive to those looking to have a magical fairytale wedding such as cinderella but I digress! Let's not forget the eucalyptus lol. No koala bears were harmed in the writing of this post.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Wine-themed Wedding

As a wedding suite designer, I love getting requests from clients that really want that something special that is unique to them and the scenario that they will be having on their big day. It's a massive challenge to get it just right for them and it's so very gratifying when they express satisfaction at what you deliver!

That's why I was thrilled when I was approached to do something similar to this existing invite in my store. It was originally designed for a wine-tasting bridal shower but they wanted it for a wine-themed wedding that they are having at a location with peacocks. I didn't know there was such a thing!

This is now like a before and after that I'm about to demonstrate. It's fun to see how a theme can escalate and this is how we as designers learn what people are looking for. Optimum personalizations for wedding couples if you like. So they liked the idea but the color scheme was not suitable to their event specifics. Burgundy, navy blue and blush pink were the order of the day.

Challenge accepted! This was my very first effort and they were suitably blown away but not quite to the extent that were going to settle. This is what I love about this game. It isn't over until it's perfectly suitable to their requirements. So very apologetically and "sorry to be a pain" they suggest edits.'s my job. Feel free to tell me it's not acceptable.

Burgundy and Navy Peacock Wine Themed Wedding Invitation
Burgundy and Navy Peacock Wine Themed Wedding Invitation
by partypeeps

They loved the addition of more florals at the top but they weren't altogether happy with the wording as they wanted their full names and a bit more emphasis on the fact that it was indeed a wedding. They also required a text field on the back for further information. The burgundy reverse was also too much for them and they suggested navy. This  particular color scheme is very trendy at the moment and trust me when I say that people pick up on trends.

It was huge learning curve for me and we are both very happy how it turned out. I'll be doing a lot more wine-themed wedding suites in the future. I love this job!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Rockabilly Wedding Ideas

Rockabilly Tea Party Bridal Shower WeddingRockabilly weddings combine rock n roll music and retro styling for an off-beat and unconventional theme that couples are embracing with more regularity.

Rockabilly was 1950’s rock n roll music blending western and country with rhythm and blues. It was associated with retro fashion, pop art and classic cars and was a form of rebellion. We love nostalgia and things of days gone by. I guess in the distant future we will be having rap weddings!

Retro and vintage 1950’s fashion for her can be found online and the groom has it easy really by just donning a tight t-shirt, a leather jacket and shades. Don't forget to grease your hair!

Vinyl records, polka dots and checks are obviously going to set the scene. Vintage and retro posters can adorn the walls. A jukebox would obviously be very desirable if you can manage to hire one. Guitars and other rock instruments would fit the bill or even just ornaments of them. You're bound to have a lot of fun and this spread will hardly break the bank!

You might want to consider some rockabilly games seeing as how you are being so rebellious anyway! Hula hoops or retro karaoke perhaps? 

The best Elvis wins a chocolate sundae! A kissing booth or hopscotch would be cool. Enjoy coming up with ideas!

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Speechless! Handy Best Man Tips

Stuck for words - best man speech 101

So you are the best man at a wedding and you must stand up and give a speech? Public speaking can be a frightening prospect for some people but this is your moment! You have no choice but to stand up there and deliver a killer speech that's going to blow everybody away. Not really, you just want to make a good impression without falling apart at the seams.


Of course plan ahead and practise. Write down a speech of no more than five minutes and take a video with your phone and observe your effort very objectively and see where you could improve. Are you mumbling? This is a surefire way to be a failure on the day. How is your body language? Do you look confident or reserved and shy? Look at these things and show the video to friends for their feedback. Practise in the mirror.

Don't get wasted before the speech

You will obviously be pretty nervous and this is to be expected. Stay sober until after the speech and treat yourself to a few afterwards as a reward! Have your speech written down on paper and ready. Your opening line is paramount to your success! Show them that you are in charge. Thank the other speakers and compliment the necessary people on how successful the occasion has been so far. Mention the circumstances surrounding your first meeting with the groom and what you like and admire about him such as any sporting or academic victories he has achieved.

Keep it light

Being funny is one thing, but unless you are about to give Eddy Murphy a run for his money, you should consider toning it down a bit as more often than not, desperate jokes will be the cause of embarrassing silences or even worse, forced chuckles. This is true particularly if they are in any way insulting or silly fables from days gone by and juvenile pursuits with the groom.

No Sex- we're married!

By all means have a couple of teasers but keep them as matter-of-fact. Strictly avoid any topics which include drinking, drugs, gambling. politics, religion or sex. Private jokes that not everyone present would understand should be avoided at all costs. Mention some of the groom's idiosyncrasies of course, but don't expect that to be the mainstay of your speech or to have them all so titillated that they are falling off their chairs and have completely forgotten about the sweat dripping down your forehead.

Compliment the couple and their choices. Speak a little about the couples dating history and how you may have been involved in any way with them uniting. Why are they so good together? Have a few different stories on various themes to change the tempo a bit like Bohemian Rhapsody if you like! This will appeal to the emotions of the audience and sustain their interest.

You're Toast 

Make a closing quip that is congratulatory and flattering. Propose a toast and kick back and enjoy the rest of the celebrations. You did it!

Best Man Gift Ideas

Friday, 8 March 2019

Personalized Succulent Themed Bridal Shower Game Stationery

Mix beauty with fun with these wonderful succulent themed personalized bridal shower games 

Mystical Succulents Bridal Shower
Avoid a flop!

Bridal shower games are a great way to break the ice. They are guaranteed to get your guests interacting with each other and are a surefire way to avoid a flop! I am hoping to add a lot more bridal shower games to my wedding stationery sets in the coming months so as to be the "go to" for said games. So take a look at these unique and fun bridal shower games to make your occasion an entertaining and memorable one.

Mystical Succulents

To compliment my wedding collections, I wanted to bring something new to the table for my invitation store on zazzle. I have compiled a variety of bridal shower games to match the bride's mood. In this scenario I chose succulents because they are very popular. This particular design has a unique departure from the ordinary as it has boho feathers in the mix to bring a mystical aura to it.

Bridal Shower Game Ideas

Bridal bingo, and the bride wore, around the world, honey-do's, animals mate's names, what's in your purse? and many more games come together to compliment this collection with matching bridal shower invitation and display shower and gift registry cards.