A New Year Guide to A Whole Lot of Lovely

guestsI thought I’d kick off the New Year with a little post to wish you a very happy 2014¬†and give any of you newbies to A Whole Lot of Lovely a peak at what my little business is all about.

First things first, a HUGE Happy New Year to you all. I hope you’ve had¬†some really fantastic festive celebrations and are now ready to leap into 2014 headfirst and make it your year! If you’re newly engaged or a¬†recently new visitor a particularly sparkly hello from me {she waves a little crazily} and thanks for joining me in my quest to share with you all A Whole Lot of Lovely from the world of weddings and special occasions!

You’ll find more about how A Whole Lot of Lovely started over on my home page - take a look at my story here to see why I devote a lot of my time to helping create that personal touch through beautiful stationery and special decorations and gifts.

So how can you get the most¬†from A Whole Lot of Lovely? facebook-7First up, be sure to follow A Whole Lot of Lovely on Facebook – my Facebook page is where I share regular inspiration for your¬†special celebrations from both my business and lots of other fantastic suppliers, including styling ideas, colour schemes, real weddings and celebrations, planning tips, links to¬†super sweet¬†DIY ideas and gift ideas.¬†My page is here – be sure to change your settings so you don’t miss out on any of the lovely…

If you love your Twitter, follow A Whole Lot of Lovely there to catch up on some more of the above, and to hear the ramblings of a crazy lady {yep, me!} in pursuit of all things lovely. My twitter page is here.

Finally, if you’ve not already become addicted to Pinterest like me, I would definitely recommend it – it’s¬†like a virtual pin board of your favourite things, Pinterest is perfect for inspiration and for storing visual information and ideas for future plans or projects you might have {watch out for my forthcoming blog post about using Pinterest when planning a special occasion}. You can find¬†A Whole Lot of Lovely on Pinterest here – select follow to keep up to date with all my lovely pinning.

Most importantly, if you want to get the most from A Whole Lot of Lovely, pop by on my website like you have today. My blog is updated every couple of weeks with a new post. I always keep a good mix of planning tips for weddings and special occasions, feature best bits from other lovely suppliers and providers, and share with you stationery, decorations and gifts that are available to order directly from me. You can subscribe to my RSS blog feed here. If you’re new to my site, or didn’t spot some of my 2013 posts, below are a few¬†you can take a look at!

So, it’s¬†lovely to have you with me for our 2014 journey! Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and take a little time to browse my Wedding Stationery collections, the decorations, gifts, wedding lovely and seasonal goodies¬†in my Little Shop of Lovely, and if you have any questions, if you¬†want to buy any items on the site, or if you’d like to book¬†a stationery¬†order in my diary,¬†just drop me an email to enquiries@awholelotoflovely.com

Last but not at all at least, one thing to know about me is that I love to hear from you! Whether you’ve been with A Whole Lot of Lovely since 2013, or if you are a new visitor, come say hello in the comments below! Tell me what special occasions you have this year, and where you’re up to with your planning. Is there something you’d like to see covered in a blog post? … I can’t wait to hear from you!

Here’s to a very Lovely 2014… good to have you with¬†A Whole Lot of Lovely for the ride!

Emma xoxo

{Image Credit – Wedding Party Celebration:- Photo Love Photography}

Ooh La La – Pretty Parisian

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So by now you know my love of all things pretty vintage. This week‚Äôs blog post is on the back of a new range I’ve recently designed that is being launched into the collection – Vintage Parisian.

One of the many reasons I love weddings so much is the romance of it all! Who doesn’t enjoy – or at least get a little bit of a warm feeling – from seeing two people in love and sharing such a happy day?! The romance in a wedding can come across in every element – from the colour scheme, to the bridal wear, the venue, to the table styling, the vows and the speeches.

Before the day and on the day stationery is by no means an exception. Getting the right stationery to reflect your personal style or the themes or feel of any event is the best way to give your guests a little taster of what’s to come… and who wouldn’t want their guests to get a teenie bit excited about their special day?! Before the day stationery (your invitations and information) is to your wedding or special occasion what a prologue is to a book, or a trailer is to a film. It’s the little free samples of goodies they give out before launching a new product – ok so that example isn’t quite as romantic!

Where in the world can you get more romantic inspiration from than France and the city of Paris?! It may be a clich√© but as I developed my most recent collection I drew a lot of inspiration from pretty vintage Parisian design for its Romantic feel and ornate detailing. French fragrance bottles, aged Parisian menu’s, vintage Parisian soaps… the pretty botanical and floral motifs, along with the soft pastel colours sing romance and bring a softness to any occasion – just perfection for a wedding.

I’ve become addicted to French wedding blog http://www.frenchweddingstyle.com/. The site covers everything from independent French wedding suppliers to destination wedding brands with a particular penchant for shabby chic, rustic and Parisian chic style genres. I’d definitely recommend a peak!

In a true ‘A Whole Lot of Lovely’ spirit of sharing my design inspiration with you, here are some of the lovely images from my Pinterest boards that helped inspire the Vintage Parisian collection…

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Image Credits: 1. Parisian Styled Table via Dust Jacket Attic 2. Vintage French Menu 3. Decorated French Perfume Bottle 4. French Locksmiths Shop 5. Bicycle outside Laduree 6. French Perfume Bottles (original image source unknown) 7. French Table Styling 8. Parisian Romance Styled Table 9. Parisian inspired fashion shoot (original image source unknown) 10. Ornate Parisian Mirror 11. French Hatbox 12. Sweet French Bicycles

You can see more of the images that inspired my recent collection over on my Vintage Parisian inspiration board over on Pinterest.

With a full wedding stationery suite available the Vintage Parisian collection is perfect for any wedding couple looking to incorporate an element of romance into their special day. It works well with vintage, shabby chic and floral styling genres, and the background colour lends itself to a mint colour palette. I can also offer a colour change for more of a rose blush / pink scheme.

As with all of my stationery, if you like a design and want to use it for any other type of special occasion I can do that for you too – so if you have a forthcoming birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion this design can be personalised to suit.

Check out the whole of the Vintage Parisian collection on the Wedding Stationery pages of my site.

I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing a little Parisian romance today. Until the next post, au revoir!

Emma xXx