Autumn and Winter Bouquets

If you’re having an autumn or winter wedding, you might like to have a look at these beautiful bouquets. The seasonal colours and tones are lovely, and if you’re stuck for which flowers to go with, your florist will be able to advise.

Beautiful Bouquets with Seasonal Colours

I’m showing you my friend’s bouquet first, which was designed by her local florist. The colours were spectacular against blue and navy – a perfect contrast, and would be great too for an autumn wedding.

The photos are all taken from the links provided, so you can access lots more.


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Ultimate Wedding Magazine


Martha Stewart Weddings


Style Motivation

Strong colours look great for winter weddings and it’s easy to adapt for buttonholes. Of course, red roses are always a favourite for winter, but I do like the blues and silvers too.




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Weddings on a Budget

Budget weddings! We all want to know how to do it well, but on a shoestring. I’ve been neglecting the site it seems. That’s the problem with hobbies – your day job takes you away from other stuff you’d rather be doing. Like writing blog posts for 40+ brides! So to make amends I thought I’d take a look at how to create your great wedding theme on a budget.

Searching for budget info

Just google ‘weddings on a budget’ and you’ll find lots of hits on the first page (which is usually all anyone looks at). So I’ve been delving deeper into the later pages to see what hidden gems there are. Here’s some of the best sites I found:

1. Wedding Ideas Magazine

Lots of blog posts on a wide variety of ideas for DIY and tips on how to save money but still have a great wedding. And that includes the dress!


2.  The Broke Bride

Nothing fancy here – just good old fashioned no nonsense tips and advice. Good if you are planning a very short notice wedding.

3.  The Simple Dollar

For a frugal (not cheap) wedding – love this one especially #2, “Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts”. Brilliant!

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4.  Video Jug

Nice video highlighting some essential things to consider when planning your budget.

5.  Local Council Advice from Oxfordshire (yes, really)











I completely agree with the point about invitations. If I had to do it again (much as I loved my design for our invitations), I’d go with purchasing some nice cards from a stationer and paying a professional calligrapher to do it. I’ve put some examples on Pinterest for you.

I got this done for a friend recently (table place cards) and they looked amazing, as well as costing surprisingly much less than I would expect for this service.

I’ve seen some that look kinda messy, but if  you can find someone who does copper script writing, now that’s something special and a real talent.

6.  Weddings in Italy

This was an interesting find. How about combining your wedding with your honeymoon? Different priced packages available and seems like a great idea for a small wedding.


Hope these links are useful, and I’ll try to be more proactive in future. I think it’s time to look at winter weddings next… Watch this space.


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Bridal Wedding Shoes

We all love our shoes and bags, and if you’re having a small wedding you might be thinking about splashing out on a treat for yourself.  After all – it IS your special day…

Bridal Wedding Shoes

Here’s a wee treat for all you B2Bs looking to indulge for the upcoming nuptuals. Of course, there’s no rule to say the shoes have to be ivory or white – remember Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes in blue?

We’re much more contemporary today and a contrasting colour is absolutely gorgeous with a short dress or suit.

Manolo Blahnik

Snakeskin BB Pumps

Manolo BB Pumps
The famous BB pumps in pink snakeskin


These would look lovely with a suit, or short dress.

But here’s my favourite – Carrie’s wedding shoes of course.

Blue Hingisi Pumps
Blue Hingisi Pumps

Wearing a champagne or gold-toned dress? The contrast of a bold colour is beautiful.


How about Carrie’s wedding shoes in one of several colours? They also come in different heel sizes including flats.

Gold Hangisi Pump
Gold Hangisi Pump



But if Manolos are a bit over the budget, Dune have just taken out their version of these iconic shoes for a fraction of the price.




My absolute favourites have got to be these crystal embellished shoes.  Absolutely gorgeous in navy and black.

Navy embellished pumps by Manolo
Nadira Jewelled Pumps












And for a more traditional ivory wedding shoe – how about these peep-toes and embellished shoes for elegance?

Bridal shoe
Bridal shoe
Swan Bridal Shoes
Swan Bridal Shoes

For a summer wedding, a pair of T-strap sandals is always lovely.

Manolo sandals
T-Strap Sandals


Manolo Wedding Sandal
Manolo Wedding Sandal




Jimmy Choo

This bridal collection is fantastic and with a great range of heel sizes too.

Jimmy Choo Agnes shoes
Agnes – White Lace Pointy Toe Pumps
Jimmy Choo Match Shoes
Match – White Lace Almond Toe Pumps
Jimmy Choo Isabel shoes
Isabel – Ivory Silk Satin Pumps
Jimmy Choo Louise
Louise – Ivory Satin Strappy Sandals
Jimmy Choo Kamba shoes
Kamba – Nude Suede Peep toe Sandals
Jimmy Choo Evelyn shoes
Evelyn – Ivory Silk Satin Peep Toe Shoes

Emmy Shoes

Emmy Scarterfield is the talented designer behind leading London accessory label ‘Emmy London‘.

Amelie bridal shoes
Amelia – Bridal Shoes
Francessca - Bridal Shoes
Francessca – Bridal Shoes
Elizabeth - Bridal Shoes
Elizabeth – Bridal Shoes
Ivy - Bridal Silver Shoes
Ivy – Bridal Silver Shoes










































If you’re still looking for your wedding dress, you might want to have a look at the last article, Wedding Dress or Wedding Outfit for some ideas.

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