HAPPY NEW YEAR CWTCHERS!!!

All of us ladies that work at Cwtch HQ would like to wish you our lovely readers a Very Happy New Year! 

There will be some of you who are brand new to us and the beautiful, crazy and sometimes overwhelming world of weddings and we would like to give you a HUGE hello and welcome and also a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement.

As a welcome we are extending our CWTCHFEST EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER for this weekend- See below!

We are all here to offer our individual and collective advice and experience as wedding industry professionals, newly married brides and brides to be.

The main thing you need to know is that we are a loveable bunch who do this because we love this industry and being involved in your very special day.  Every wedding we get to see and work on and every bride has their unique touch and we love to celebrate that.

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CWTCHFEST 2016 TICKET OFFER


We would like to introduce to our new readers and also refresh our current to our kick ass Wedding event which is going to be filled with some flipping awe inspiring suppliers.

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**TICKETS**


As a thank you for all the support we have had so far we offered an Early bird price of £7 for December.

We have extended the offer for this weekend to welcome any new readers!

*normal price £10

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Last years tickets SOLD OUT! So be quick.


 

WHAT IS CWTCHFEST?


CWTCHFEST 2016 will be full of ideas, inspiration, workshops, entertainment and plenty of food & drink to help you feel happy & full :)

Planning a wedding should be fun and that’s exactly what this event is all about. Having great fun booking the best suppliers and coming away with some brilliant ideas for your wedding.

We have partnered up  the incredible Glanusk Estate (home of the Green Man Festival), Crickhowell. 

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We are thrilled to be working alongside County Marquees & Wedding Tipi to bring you inspiring ways to showcase an outdoor wedding!

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MUSIC


The iGency will be giving us live music that will keep us dancing until the early evening. TheiGency are a small, unique live music agency representing the very best wedding entertainment South Wales has to offer. They supply top quality professional entertainment to hundreds of weddings every year.

The iGency is run by partners Suzanne & Ryan who have over 30 years professional, first hand industry experience. They are experts in music and performance and use their experience to create, manage and mentor cool, stylish, contemporary bands.

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INSPIRATION


You can expect lots of exciting ideas from the very best the Welsh wedding industry has to offer.

We will have our exhibitor tent open between 11-5 allowing you to peruse at your leisure a world of inspiration and to meet face to face the people who work so hard to make your day unique.

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FOOD & DRINK


The inspiration won’t stop in the exhibition tent!  Outside in the beautiful surroundings of  Glanusk Estate and Park you will find the best in food outlets who will be serving their delicious treats giving you a wealth of ideas for your day and evening receptions.

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WORKSHOPS


Christmas Wedding Inspiration

There are few times in the year that bring everyone together in such a way, so when you couple the festive season with a wedding you know it is going to be a very special day!

If you have chosen late December as a wedding date embrace the Christmas spirit and use it as inspiration to make your day unique.


 DECOR


One of the very budget friendly aspects of a December wedding is that most venues will already be decorated.  You can carry this through to your table decorations so it all pulls together as a complete colour scheme.

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Centre piece inspiration found here

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Table place setting found here

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How could we do a Christmas inspiration post and not include those baubles that were such a hit from last weeks post, found here

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You do not have to use reds and greens as a colour scheme to incorporate a bit of Christmas in your day, lavender crackers found here


 FOOD


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Food is one place you can completely embrace the theme for Christmas.  Cranberry fizz or mulled wine for pre dinner drinks, pigs in blankets as canapes, smoked salmon starter, Turkey dinner and yule log for dessert- sounds like a pretty perfect wedding breakfast to us!

 If that’s too much maybe look at incorporating aspects into the evening buffet such as mini mince pies found here.

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Or gingerbread men on your wedding cake…

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A beautifully unique way  of incorporating Christmas into your wedding cake, we love this gingerbread man cake, found here


THE BRIDE


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Beautiful winter berries combined with pine cones, roses and that deep green make for a stunning festive bouquet.  Inspiration found here

il_570xN.683196856_9f56A quirky alternative to a summer floral crown, Winter berry head crown found here

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We have complete wedding dress envy for this amazing Ellie Saab design, imagine it combined with a beautiful hooded cape a la Veronica Lake- SWOON

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LUST!! Vivienne Westwood shoes found here


CONFETTI


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A beautiful alternative in those crisp dark winters evenings.  Sparkler give amazing opportunities for your photographer also, found here

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We hope this collection of Christmas wedding inspiration has helped you feel all festive- any great wedding supplier should be able to give you a wealth of ideas and inspiration.  If you need any help to find such suppliers check out our Lush List.

One last idea… imagine your guests faces (young and old) should Santa show up for a little  while  for a photo booth!  Ho ho ho Merry Christmas!

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Image by Tim Bishop Photography


Winter Wedding Inspiration

Here at Cwtch the Bride the majority of the weddings we have worked on take place in the spring and summer; but oh boy do we love a winter wedding.  There are few looks as sophisticated as pale blues and crisp whites.  Take a little look at this round up of ideas to inspire any of you winter brides…


COVER UPS


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Addilyn Feather cape, Monsoon found here


BRIDESMAIDS


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ASOS flutter sleeve cape back maxi dress found here

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Bluebell Maxi dress, Monsoon found here


HAIR


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Britten weddings, Something blue Wedding hair vine found here


DECOR


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Frosted pine cones in large jars and vases make beautiful centre peices, inspiration found here

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A beautiful starry backdrop for a photo booth would be super easy to make, or if you are feeling a little lazy (or stressed) you can find here

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Paper stars make a dramatic statement hung around the room, found here

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Simple table confetti can add colour on white cloths found here

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Glittery tree baubles are a genius way of combining your table name and favors,  We absolutely love these ones! found here


SAVE THE DATES AND INVITES


Set the scene from the offset with beautiful save the date ideas and invitations…

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Wedding snowflake invite inspiration found here


FOOD


56d51b57cc9860a96b156222db19315bBeautiful snowflake biscuits to accompany those hot after dinner drinks, or even as a canapes during a hot drinks reception?  Found here

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Cascading snowflakes are a stunning alternative touch to a wedding cake, inspiration found here


CONFETTI


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An amazing alternative to confetti which dissolves when in contact with water (rain- eek), which lets be honest Wales is not short on


GIFTS


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These cuff links would make a fab gift to groomsmen, we found them here

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Beautiful personalised bracelets would coordinate with any bridesmaid dress, found here

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And finally in our round up of winter wedding inspiration we have pure lust for this Tiffany snowflake necklace, found here, because well we are worth it!

Alternatives to confetti

Good morning Cwtchers,

Today on the blog we are discussing alternatives to confetti.

With more and more venues refusing the use of confetti, we have put together a few ideas which will work as a great alternative and still look fabulous in photographs!


NATURAL FLOWERS


We will start with most peoples first thoughts of an alternative. A company just over the border – Shropshire petals offers a wide range of natural dried flower petals

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Lavender cones- Image from Pinterest


BUBBLES


Bubbles are a really popular alternative in lots of weddings I have organised.  They especially work well if you have children in your wedding party and gets them involved in the fun.  They can also be tailored to fit in with your colour theme by painting the tubes, attaching ribbon etc

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Butterfly bubbles found here

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Gold glitter bubbles found here 


BIRDSEED


An alternative that feeds our winged friends as well as looking fab in photos and can be personalised.

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Etsy Bird seed confetti

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I found this bird seed confetti here


WEDDING WANDS


Becoming increasingly popular are wedding wands.  These can co-ordinated in with your colour scheme and can be silent or with little bells so all your guests can ring in your big day.

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Purple wands found here

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Vintage lace wands with bells found here


BIODEGRADABLE CONFETTI


Confetti that dissolves on contact with water- Genius. Whether you wanted ‘snow’ effect cones for a winter wedding or butterflies floating on a summers day this could be a brill eco-friendly option.

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Snow cones found here

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Butterflies found here


PAPER PLANES


This idea was found on pinterest and I am yet to see in a wedding I  have planned but I absolutely love this quirky idea.

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SPARKLERS


Of course you could wait until the evening reception to get some amazing photos with sparklers

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Image by Maria Farrelly Photography 

We hope you have found some inspiration from these ideas but please always check things through with your venue of choice.  Happy planning Cwtchers.