Featured Post: Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet

Morning you lovely lot

I love December for many reasons; gorgeous jumpers, wooly scarves, festiveness all round.  But another reason, is that Pantone release their Colour of the Year, allowing us lot in the wedding industry to get our creative juices flowing!

So after last years ‘Greenery‘, which I was massively unimpressed by until I looked further into it then I fell completely in love with it! So, I was so excited to really enjoy this new, exciting colour.  

Then the ammouncement came.

So excited!

Ultra Violet,

What!?!?! I was so disappointed! I imagine lots of cadbury coloured weddings over the next 12 months. 

BUT!!!!! I should have had more faith, because as soon as I started looking, I completely fell in love with it. Its gorgeous and matches with so many shades! But I won’t be talking about what it matches with today, just letting these images speak for themselves in order to inspire you as well.


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Colour Inspiration: Peach

Today I decided to give quite a controversial colour a whirl. Colour Inspiration: Peach.
Is just so pretty, I refuse to believe that it has been packed up into a chest along side St Elmos Fire, 16 Candals and The Breakfast Club.  It will not disappear with Martika and Dave Lee Roth’s solo career. I refuse to believe it will be left in a draw alongside my leg warmers and fish net finger less gloves.
Peach is light and happy and deserves to be brought back.  I agree that many things from the 1980s should stay right there, but peach?  Peach is not one of them.  Read on and find out why.
Anna x

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Colour Inspiration: Peach

We know, we know. Peach! It immediately conjures up hideous poofy 1980’s bridesmaid dresses with matching over sized hats, squashing down a fresh perm. Either that, or one of those toilet roll doll cover things, that everyone’s Nana had. You know, to make the toilet roll fancy.

But seriously – Peach! Its beautiful.

Its so soft and gentle and gives a natural feel and look. Its slightly dreamy and conjures up images of ethereal, daisy chained bridesmaids, dancing through a wheat field with pollen floating around, on a warm summers day.

It definitely wouldn’t rain if you wore peach!
(*disclaimer* Cwtch The Bride can only dream like the rest of us that the sun will shine on all you lovely Brides and Grooms.  We have no actual power over the weather)

Pair with some lovely hessian and lace, and you’re all set for that gorgeous vintage country feel.

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Sweet Peony PEACH

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Forbesfield PEACH Peony

Bridesmaid Dress – Coast at Asos

Bride held Bouquet – Sweet Peony

Room Decor – Dear Florence

Shoes – Rachel Simpson at Elegant Steps

Bottom Bouquet – Forbesfield Flowers

I mean come on! Look how beautiful it is! So, I hereby announce that peach is once more, on trend.  Go forth and peach it up, and please, share your photos with us! xx 


Floral Colour Palette Inspiration from Verity at Blush

This is the third in a series of posts from South Wales florist, Verity at Blush Floral Art (see the full set here). She’s going to be delving into the world of floral trends, tips and advice for making the most of your bouquets and inspiration for your big day. In this post she’s focussing on colour combinations for your bouquets :)

Hi Cwtch fans – I’m back with another post, yay! This week I’m talking about about colour! 

Pale and interesting, soft feminine colours will always be bridal classics and single colour themes continue to be popular for floral decorations, bouquets and buttons, but a trend has been arising for mixed colour themes and eclectic textured mixed bouquets. We’re going to explore some of those in this post – let’s go!

Mellow yellow with gorgeous greens

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Clashing and eclectic, a dramatic colour palette for a May wedding, you can use Vuvuzela roses, acidic greens, coral-like Celosia & yellow pom poms of craspedia for a fun textured look (with special thanks to Creative Apertures for the use of some of these images www.creativeapertures.com).

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Paired with wrist corsages for bridesmaids in clashing colours & lime green vibirnum opulus this can brighten up a rainy spring day with a splash of sunshine.

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Bollywood dreams

Blocks of colours work well in a flower-heavy display. You could incorporate orchids or roses in hot clashing colours to create a dramatic look for a bollywood inspired exotic theme. Glittered seed pods add a touch of luxe!


A more relaxed style with informal flowers also works well with a bold colour scheme. Meadow fresh eclectic posies in bright clashing colours create a bold statement. Incorporating textures, unusual plants and even buttons and twigs and moss can help to create a dramatic look.

Colourful country garden style with UK grown flowers

These posies are designed to clash with orange dahlias, red crocosmia, alliums and purple michelmas daisies, with yellow brights from solidago and quirky pom poms of yellow craspedia. Your guests definitely wouldn’t miss this bouquet! :)


Walk on the wild side

Using grasses twigs and seed pods will add texture and seasonal interest. Ears of corn from the family farm for a rustic wedding paired with flowering mint, nigella & delphinium, lavender from Breacon all set off with hessian and twine. Colourful bottles and containers can also add a touch of colour to table centres & venue decorations, so start saving your empty wine bottles and repurpose them into centrepieces!

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Bold colour statement with red dahlia and green chrysanthemum

We used feathery grasses to soften this look. You can always use dahlias to offer similar rich colours and bold shapes – these are a great choice for late summer brides when the range of colours and shapes available are largest & availability is good.


Autumn is coming

Think red autumn leaves, orange and red crocosmia, oversized blowsy chrysanthemum, hot orange colours from ranunculus, cooler green hydrangea, hypericum berries and jewel like rose hips mixed with pheasant feathers to create texture and colour for an autumnal theme and a quirky individual feel. Use something with a unique shape, like kangaroo paw or protea to keep this look fresh and vibrant.

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It’s all in the details

We recently created some table centre pieces which included over 60 miniature gourds for place settings & a harvest feel. Autumnal trimmed welsh birch hearts also made a beautiful keepsake for flower girls :)


Incorporating seasonal flowers, foliage or colours in your bouquet will make your flowers even more special as the time of year will always remind you of your wedding!

Making a comeback with colour pop trends

Once only likely to be found on the petrol station forecourt (and possibly suffering from a little bit of an image problem!) carnations have crept back into favour for their fabulous texture and colour – even making an appearance on the Chanel catwalk! Look at this gorgeous frilly pistachio green – perfect for a retro feel vintage theme with its shape and ice cream colour, as well as holding its own in a rainbow coloured posy.

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High impact

Massed together globes of carnations look lavish & textured & come in velvety colours like peach, pistachio, yellow, burgundy & bright pinks: ideal for a more contemporary look and a touch of luxe in stately urn vases :)


I really hope you enjoyed that little insight into the colour trends and how much you can do when you set your sights high! Don’t be afraid to ask your florist to experiment (or go out and pick some wild flowers to experiment with yourself :) )

I’d love to know what colors you’ve chosen for your big day – are you matching your colour scheme? Clashing? Going for something completely different?! :D

I’ll be back in a fortnight to talk you through the world of buttonholes – looking forward to it!


Verity xx