Lots of Lovely Best Bits – w/c 09.09.13

A Whole Lot of Lovely has been super busy this week. Amongst the orders I have been busy finishing off and shipping a fabulous Glorious Gatsby order for a Gatsby themed American Wedding, and some beautiful Save the Dates with a Vintage Beetle twist! Keep an eye on my facebook pages for pics after the couples have shared them with their guests.

Amongst all the pretty paper fun, I’ll be heading up north to Newcastle for the Great North Run this weekend, so today’s post has been scheduled ready for you as I watch the start of the race… I’m sure I’ll be pretty jealous that I couldn’t take part this year – it’s such a fantastic atmosphere up there and the feeling of achievement when you cross that finish line can’t be matched!

So hopefully whilst I’m stood in the cold, you’ll be nice and warm at home, so sit back with that Sunday brew and have a look at some of the best bits I’ve picked out to share with you this week. Enjoy!

- Emma xoxo

 

Finding Ideas that are Totally YOU

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Morning you lovely lot! This week I want to share some super words of wisdom to help you think about where to find your inspiration from planning your special celebration.

If you weren’t with us over the last two weeks, you may have missed some of¬†my pre-planning thought provoking exercises that will help you make your special day unique . If you missed them, have a read as they will help make sense of today’s post:

With blogs, magazines, the internet in general and social media applications like Pinterest, you certainly won’t be struggling to find images and ideas for your special day and celebrations! But with the sheer volume¬†of content out there, how do you make sense of it all and most importantly ensure the ideas you collect are the right ones to wow your guests and create those lasting memories you’re after? That, my lovely readers, is exactly what we’re looking at today.

In this series of posts, I can’t say it enough… it has got to be all about YOU. So first things first go back to your answers to the seven questions from week one to remind yourself of what you decided was important for your day, and also have a read of the words you came up with when you were thinking of your unique wedding concept last week. What was important to you, and how did you want your guests to feel? Use these ideas to guide you when collecting your ideas and inspiration.

Home-Emma-CaseOk, so now we have our concept as our framework, where should we look for ideas? My first rule of idea hunting is to look outside of the industry that represents what you’re doing. It is very easy to get sucked into the trap of only looking at wedding pictures and ideas to inspire you when planning your wedding day. If you do that you will find some lovely ideas, but the chances are that a lot of these things will be someone else’s unique ideas, and not your own. To create something meaningful to you, I would suggest you cast your net wider…

1. Your Lifestyle – There is no better way come up with fantastic personal ideas than drawing them from your own lifestyle. What type of fashion do you go for? What interests and hobbies do you have? Think about your home… what look does it have, what d√©cor do you like? You can even stretch this as far as the colours and textures in your home. In my design work I often find prized possessions and family heirlooms can also¬†be a great source of inspiration to bring into ideas for your special day.

2 – Your Venue – If you have already decided on¬†where you want to hold your special celebrations, or even if you have only decided on the type of venue you are looking for, look for inspiration and ideas that are shaped by it. If your venue is a country hotel with beautiful gardens,¬†look for¬†English Country Garden ideas… if you have decided a fun filled outdoor celebration, keep an eye out for rustic country touches or fun fair ideas.

Your venue may well have some history or unique features that you could draw ideas or inspiration from, like this stunning floor from Emma Case’s photograph. I am thinking immediately how this could be worked into a motif on invitations and stationery for the day! When you know your venue, consider the room, look for ideas that will tie in with the colours, textures and space already in there.venue-floor-emma-case

3 – Design Trends – Use current trends to inspire you – colours, textures, and popular styling are all areas you can get ideas from. The key here is not to draw on ideas purely because they are in fashion. Challenge yourself around these – do they fit with your seven questions? Do they fit with your wedding concept? Are they you? If so, go for it! (If not, steer clear!)

4 – Nature -¬†Get yourself outdoors¬†to pick up some ideas and inspiration! You can turn this one into something fun with your other half… have a day out or a nice long walk either somewhere you enjoy being together or somewhere new. See what colours and textures spark your imagination. You¬†might even come across something on your little day out that might feature on your big day.

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5 – Blogs, Magazines and Pinterest – Now I know I said before that we need to cast the net wider, but it’s ok to indulge in this if we do it the right way. If it’s a wedding you’re planning, then you will naturally gravitate towards this type of content… and enjoy it because there¬†are so many fantastic photographs and images out there!¬†A few of my personal favourite¬†blogs for wedding inspiration¬†are Rock My Wedding; Boho Weddings; Rock¬†n Roll Bride; Elizabeth Anne Designs; Style Me Pretty; Emmaline Bride and Magnolia Rouge. I love to browse these on a Saturday morning with a cuppa to keep up to date on what’s happening in wedding world.

A great way to access blog content easily is to subscribe to a Blog Reading platform like Bloglovin Рthese sites pull all material together in one place to make it easy to browse ideas and inspiration in a simple format without having to trawl the internet yourself. To make life even easier for you, here at A Whole Lot of Lovely you will find a summary of some of the best bits from around the internet on my blog on a Sunday Рkeep up to date by subscribing for updates at the bottom of the page if you want weekly access to some particularly lovely posts from key wedding and lifestyle blogs.

There are also plenty of monthly wedding publications to choose from through from Brides to Wedding Ideas – many of these also now have a decent online presence too.¬†The overriding thing to remember¬†with the content that you will find online and in publications is that you need to stick to your wedding concept. A lot of the content you will see will be other people’s unique ideas, and whilst it’s great to be inspired by the colour palette’s and how other people’s days have been put together, if you¬†find something you like challenge yourself before you¬†save the link / cut out the picture / pin it… is it you?¬†Would it create the feeling and emotion that you decided you were after? How would it make your¬†guests feel? Do you have any personal connection to it?¬†Seek out¬†those ideas that¬†really work with your wedding idea and reflect your personality.

So with a ‘Take me Out’ Paddy McGuiness style¬†sound and lighting… the power is in your hands! I’ve armed you with some pointers on how you can make sense of everything out there, and how you can avoid the trap of merely repeating other people’s ideas. Now it’s over to you to peruse the pretty and find ideas and inspiration that fits with¬†the wedding concept you have decided on.

Next week we’ll be looking at¬†how we can collect these ideas and inspiration… from old fashioned scrapbooking through to¬†getting the most out of Pinterest.¬†For this week I’ll leave you with your keepsake card for the week for you to cut¬†out or Pin using the pin button below.

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For now let’s share – I’d love to hear where your favourite places for inspiration and ideas have been… drop me a comment below and share with me and my other readers your favourite spots for¬†inspiring content!

Emma xoxo

{Image Credits: all photographs used are done so with the kind permission from the talented Emma & Pete over at Emma Case Photography who captured these beautiful shots.}

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