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}

Rustic Country Celebrations

After several scorching weeks of sunshine here in the UK, it feels we’ve been treated to a beautiful summer so far. What a better time of year than summer to celebrate a special occasion with some outdoor rustic country pretty?!

I absolutely¬†love the idea of a country themed wedding or party. There is so much scope to bring fun into your day and really wow your guests with thoughtful little details that are sometimes more difficult to incorporate into a traditional hotel venue. A barn or outside marquee can be decorated with garlands or bunting, feature hanging test tubes with beautiful succulents in, be filled with pastel pompoms or bright honeycombs. There’s no end of options when thinking about how to¬†style¬†your seating and tables – beautiful burlap and pearls, lace table runners, and so many ways to bring rustic details into your table centres, seating plans and bar. And of course, what a great excuse for a fantastic band to get your guests up dancing!

With beautiful outdoor space, hay bales¬†and the crescendo of a fun filled outdoor party knees up, a country styled¬†event¬†is a sure way to get¬†create some lasting memories for all of your guests.¬†One of my friends did just that a couple of weeks ago – with tractor rides for the guests from the church to her outdoor field wedding (watch this space as she’s on my list to nag for some pics to share with you all!)

A rustic, country celebration was very much in my mind when I developed my new Fields of Gold stationery collection. Here’s a sneak peak at the invitation for the collection… Fields-of-Gold-Invitation Inspired by fields of wheat, country bunting and ribbon details, this pretty invitation perfectly captures elements of a rustic outdoor summer celebration. Each of the elements in the invitation lend themselves to¬†tie in with your event styling – the pretty floral bunting, the bunches of wheat set the scene for wheat inspired floral arrangements and bales of hay, and the ribbon and frame detail again are easily pulled into styling elements of the special day.

Sound like your cup of tea? Here’s a whole lot of lovely ideas as to how you can style and theme your rustic country celebration… Country-Rustic-Montage Image Credits: Country Bunting¬†(photography by Rachael Connerton); Garland Barn Wedding Decoration; Wheat Table Centres¬†(photography by Geneve Hoffman); Elegant Rustic Barn Setting; Beer Barrel Table; Wheat Ring Shoot; Country Bridal Couple Photography; Country Wheat Bouquet¬†(photography by Amanda K Photography); Hay Bale Seating.

Fields of Gold will feature on my Wedding Stationery pages shortly with full collection details, but is available from today and can be tweaked to fit any special occasion you may have. Full matching stationery items are available – if you have an idea of how you’d like to use the Collection for your special occasion, please get in touch!

I’d love to hear how would you style your own rustic celebration… what special little details would you choose? Leave a comment and let me know!

Emma xoxo

Blossom Beautiful

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to another addition to A Whole Lot of Lovely’s stationery collections – Blossom Beautiful. This pretty invitation has been designed to capture seasonal influence from the first blooms in springtime. Perfect for a wedding or special occasion in spring or summertime, or just for people who want a little¬†bit of blossom beautiful in their life!

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Just imagine how unique and pretty you can make your special day by pulling elements of the Blossom Beautiful design into your styling for the day itself. Here were some of the beautiful blossom themed details that were inspiration for my design Рlet them be inspiration for your big day too!

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Image Credits: Blossom Tea via Pinterest; Floral Headband via Pinterest from Etsy; Blossom Table Centres via Country Style Chic; Bride with falling blooms via Tumblr; Pink Cake; Blossom Buttonholes via Martha Stewart Weddings; pink and blue blossom palette via Urban Design on flickr; blue mason Jars with blossom; Blossom Cocktail via Delish.com; Floral Fan via Pinterest available on Amazon; Napkin Holders via stonegableblog; Blossom crown via Bride Chic; Blossom decorated cocktails; Blossom table centres via Brideorama; Blossom sprig on Teacups via The Preppy Yogini.

The Blossom Beautiful Collection will shortly appear on the Wedding Stationery section of my site, but can be personalised to fit all special occasions. Matching stationery¬†is also available. The best bit… you don’t have to wait for it to feature on the site, all new design collections featured on the blog are available to order immediately!

I’d love to hear your thoughts – how would you style a special occasion around these pretty details to wow your guests?

Emma – xoxo

The Little Book of Wedding Lovely

I hope you are all having a good week so far! Today I wanted to share with you a taster of a new addition to A Whole Lot of Lovely’s web content.

For those of you out there who spend quite a bit of time on the internet, you will probably be familiar with that common issue of your casual ten minute break becoming a tiring task of finding interesting articles and gems of lovely in and amongst a lot of spammy or irrelevant content that you come across through the web and social media.

At A Whole Lot of Lovely I am passionate about sharing things of the lovely variety with my readers and both future and previous customers. Exciting times here in the studio, as at the end of August I will be launching a new weekly newsletter that will bring together a whole lot of lovely content from across the web and social media world, all into one place that will land in your inbox. Wow!  Lots of lovely finds, beautiful pictures and inspiring content from all over the web, social media and blogs, all pulled together in a nice neat email format, just for you to read at your leisure! To about making things easy!

This new¬†weekly email service will be called The Little Book of Lovely – if you’re¬†interested, keep your eyes peeled for details on how to sign up over the coming weeks… and maybe even a little freebie giveaway alongside it too!

For the time being I thought I’d share a tiny part of that with you today. Our weekly Little Book of Lovely will cover all elements of lifestyle, fashion, gifts as well as wedding and special occasion articles too. Today I wanted to give my lovely wedding readers a little taster of the wedding¬†element of the weekly content with a dose of lovely wedding details¬†from across the web today!

So, as¬†my editor’s note says, take a break, have a cuppa, sit back and relax, reading some of the lovely stories and articles out there today! Click on the title ‘The Little Book of Wedding Lovely’ in the widget below to take you directly to all the good stuff!

…and let me know what you think – I’d love to make the final weekly newsletter just perfect for you! Enjoy!

Emma xoxo

Introducing… A Whole Lot of Lovely

As my little business grows, I’m coming across more and more people who are looking to share something beautiful with the people they love. It is that very sentiment that lies at the heart of A Whole Lot of Lovely – creating something beautiful to wow your guests and treat those you love. In every design collection, my ultimate aim is to create something pretty that means something special to my customers – that will make their eyes open a little wider and their heart beat a little faster!

This week I created a little video to share some of what A Whole Lot of Lovely is all about Рclick on the icon below to take a peek!

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I hope you love it! The music is all about creating memories… that is exactly what my stationery can do for you and your guests.

Thanks for taking the time to watch my little video – if you too are as passionate as me about making the world a prettier place to be, please share my video with your friends and family… my business grows by word of mouth, and I’d love to bring some paper pretty into more people’s lives!

Emma xoxo

Image Credits: A Whole Lot of Lovely Product Photography by Holly Booth Photography; Inspiration Board images via my Pinterest Boards; Styling Prop Hire via Hansley Beard.

A Vintage Street Party

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Today I wanted to share with you a little peak of an invitation for a wedding with a difference…

This street party design is perfect for a special day with a vintage or rustic theme, or for lovers of bunting, or for outdoor weddings. Love the design but not having a street party? I can tweak all my designs to suit your requirements, so if you want the bunting to have a vintage pattern, pastel colours, or berry brights, I can tailor that or any other part of the invitation to meet your needs.

All prices can be found on the price list, along with details on how to order samples. Got a question or want to chat through what you would like? I’d love to hear from you! Drop me an email and we can get our heads together.

Emma

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