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Updated: 4 days ago

I had the pleasure of working with Ling from Dragonfly Couture Stationery on a recent styled shoot, and was so impressed with her handmade paper flowers!

Ling started creating paper flowers alongside her stationery business during lockdown, and uses lots of colourful, recycled materials to really make them stand out.

The wonderful thing about paper flowers is that they are fully customisable - they're not seasonal, and can be created in any colours. They make the perfect matching wedding favours, button holes, or table decorations - the sky really is the limit!

They're also going to last a lot longer than living flowers, and you can keep yours as a reminder of your wedding day.

As we look for more sustainable ways to celebrate with a smaller entourage of guests - paper flowers are the way forward for adding that touch of personality to your celebration...

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Thank you to Jon Rolfe Photography and Ling at Dragonfly Couture Stationery. <3

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

The trend for small, intimate weddings may have been forced upon us - but they also make for the most amazing celebrations; and here's why.

your personalities will shine through

Micro-weddings equal individuality. Whether it's a quirky location that you could never have squeezed 150 people into, personalised stationery designed with your own unique twist, or an unusual take on a traditional tea party; there's so much fun to be had and so many ways to celebrate with a smaller group.

From custom embroidered napkins, to hand painted charger plates - your guests will appreciate that extra personal detail they might not get from a larger gathering.

you'll have enough time for everyone

Sometimes when weddings start creeping into triple figures in terms of guest count, you can find yourselves greeting and shaking hands with new faces all night!

Just think - when you have 200 people in total across your daytime meal and evening reception, and you spend 2 minutes catching up with each person or couple - you could spend hours just saying hi to people!

It's so lovely to see loads of friendly faces on your wedding day, but everyone will be wanting a few minutes of your time - and at your micro-wedding you'll be able to chat properly to everybody. Speaking of which...

you invite your nearest and dearest

There's no question over whether to invite that one second cousin (three-times-removed) who you've never met before. Only the friends and family that you see regularly will make the guest list - your celebrations are guaranteed to be full of warmth and love.

So don't despair if you've had your wedding guest list chopped down - there are lots of lovely reasons why micro-weddings are the way forward!

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the constant changing of measures to keep it contained, you might have found yourself in the tricky situation of need of moving your wedding date. If you've not been contacted by your venue, you might be wondering whether you should move your date or not!

I'm so upset!

This is a heartbreaking time - you've worked so hard to plan your wedding and now everything needs to be put on hold for the next few months or even a year. But please keep your chin up. You may need to move your wedding day, but please think of it as having extra time to put everything together. And you'll still be able to celebrate with your loved ones, your family and friends will understand.

There are lots of places that you can go to talk to other wedding couples that are in the same boat as you right now. One of my favourites is the WEDDING ADVICE and CHAT UK group on Facebook, where lots of people are asking the exact same questions as you, and lifting each others spirits.

Don't forget, you'll only need to move your wedding back by months; your marriage will last for years and years!

What do I do first?

If you're not sure whether to postpone your wedding date or not, I urge you to get in contact with your suppliers and have a chat with them. Get in touch with your venue first, and then check in with those suppliers that you absolutely couldn't do without.

If your wedding day falls within the next few months, your venue or caterer will probably have already started the ball rolling with cancellations and postponements. They may offer you a new date for later in the year or for 2021, and may be able to transfer all of your fees over to the new dat.

If they can't offer you a new date or if the date doesn't suit you, your supplier may need to cancel completely. In this case, read carefully through your contract to make sure you know exactly what your rights are in this instance.

What if my wedding is over 3 months away?

If your wedding falls on or after August, I'd advise keeping yourself as up to date as possible with any government updates. Keep in regular contact with your venue and suppliers, and keep in touch with your celebrant or registrar. There have been whispers that small weddings may be allowed to go ahead next month - but there has been no official time restriction on this and so there is no telling as to when it will revert back to the usual.

What if I have to cancel?

Lots of wedding suppliers are super keen to make sure that their wedding clients are 100% happy, and so will usually do absolutely everything they can to come to an agreement with you. Most will move to the new date for no extra cost, transferring all current fees over for you. But if there are suppliers who are already booked for your new date, they may need to cancel. In this instance, again, check your contracts to make sure you know what you're entitled to.

Just a note that if you took wedding insurance out before lockdown began - your insurance policy is unlikely to change. However, many policies do not include a government-led ban on events as being a reason for reimbursement, so please keep that in mind. A lot of wedding insurance providers have now called for a temporary halt to new applications, but I would still recommend taking insurance out as soon as you can! It might not help with the current pandemic that we are facing in terms of cancellations, but will cover other eventualities.

When it comes to rearranging your wedding during these strange times, your contract is king! It might be a little bit dull, but be sure to read through your contracts carefully. When you begin to sign new contracts, get in touch with your supplier to clarify anything you don't understand. They will be very happy to help and will have been in the same boat before so should have no problem explaining or amending if need be.

Find out more...

There are lots of people out there who can help and support you through these tricky times, myself included! If you would like to read more about rearranging your wedding day, there is a fab blog post from The Liverpool Wedding Blog to have a look at (featuring yours truly).

Please don't despair if you have found yourself looking for a new wedding date during this strange and unnerving time. The most important thing to remember is that your wedding day WILL happen, and whether everything goes as you imagined, or is a year late, you will be sharing it with the most important person in your life.

You can always throw a great big party a little later down the line!!!