Down the rabbit hole we go…

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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There are so many things you could do with a Mad Hatter… tea party that is and still have a sophisticated and likable theme for grown-ups, (but do we ever really grow up?) You can decide upon 1 of 2 colour pallets that would work really well namely: ‘The Bright and colourful’ OR ‘The Pretty vintage look’.

Red, black, hot pink and even some Turquoise… Now let’s add an odd combination of patterns with just enough quirkiness. Embellish with ribbons and rhinestones, trough in a few layers of fabric and you’ll be ready for one mad tea party!

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It is important to keep your tea party exciting with ideas which may leave your guest astonished. With the element of surprise make sure your guest receive an unusual invitation and experience an unexpected opening…

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Wednesday Inspiration:Black OR white? Would you ever consider wearing a black wedding dress?

This week we are focusing on the ‘black and white’ wedding theme that comes and goes every now and then. I must say my immediate reaction was – “NO; Black wedding dresses are for the Red carpets & fancy dress parties and definitely not for weddings”. What is your first reaction?

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Are your immediate thoughts also in the lines of Goths or Rock when hearing ‘a black wedding dress’? If so, then maybe this article may entirely change your vision of this non-traditional bridal choice.

With that being said, when mentioning black wedding dresses, Vera Wang is the first bridal designer to come to mind. Her Fall ‘12 bridal collection were seasons ahead as Vera always knows the latest trend 2 or 3 seasons ahead of time, but it didn’t all start with Vera’s black sachet on pearl-white wedding dresses.

The fact is that history does tend to repeat itself, bringing back old traditions. Prior to the Victorian era, brides were primarily married in the best dress they owned, colour played no role; be it a black, brown or yellow. In Scandinavia, black wedding dresses were especially popular and as far as white was concerned, in the 1500’s white was considered as the colour of mourning for French Queens, (therefore the ‘black is for mourning’ argument was not valid before).

Centuries ago black wedding dresses were worn in different cultures, but this all changed when Queen Victoria wore a white dress to her wedding ceremony in the 1840 and sparked the trend of white wedding gowns. First white dresses were exclusive to the elite, but after WWII the middle class caught up to the trend. Nonetheless, black was still often worn by brides, especially by those who recently lost a love one. Interestingly enough, in Spanish Cultures, Roman Catholic brides wore black to symbolise their devotion to marriage till death.

In the late 1800’s black took on a very negative connotation and people started associating the colour with death and mourning. The mother of the groom or bride didn’t wear black as it was seen as a huge taboo, a symbol of regret to the marriage or choice of spouse. In today’s day and age one can clearly see the symbolic meaning has faded as black is the most elegant and sophisticated shade for women to wear.All brides are different and like different styles and so if they want to hide some non-flattering body curves to look their best on their big day, black works magic while white visually enlarge.monique-lhuillier-

Looking back now, it could have been predicted that it was only a matter of time before the modern bride toppled over the ‘all dresses in white cliché’ and opted for a dress with colour. I love the idea of surprising everyone with a black dress. It would be unexpected, unique and dramatic to say the least.  Although… I don’t think black is for my big day.

So, we are definitely going to see more black wedding dresses soon with the likes of Avril Lavigne making a huge fashion statement in her black wedding dress, but it might take a few more centuries before you see the average brides taking the black option. This is mainly because of the negative connection black carries and the fact that society mainly sees the lighter shades as a symbol of purity, beauty and virginity.

This leads me to ask you again… would you wear a black wedding dress?

Research:
Atelier Aimée: http://www.atelieraimeebridalcouture.com/wedding-dresses-gowns-collections/black-and-white-bride.html
Elegant Black: http://www.vponsalewedding.co.uk/wedding-trends-20-offbeat-non-white-wedding-dresses/
bridalmusings: http://bridalmusings.com/2011/10/black-wedding-dress-would-you-wear-a-black-wedding-dress/
The knotty bride: http://theknottybride.com/22533
Verawang: http://www.verawang.com/veraunveiled/2012/03/black-is-the-new-white/
Black-wedding-dresses-the-story-behind-them: http://www.khaleejesque.com/2011/11/fashion/black-wedding-dresses-the-story-behind-them/
Fashion.maga-zine.com: http://www.fashion.maga-zine.com/8630/black-wedding-dresses/

Rustic table centerpieces

Hi everyone, keeping up with our Eco week I thought I would show you something fun I found on OnceWed, this was created by the author herself.

Here is a great, inexpensive way to really bring Eco design to your wedding…

Have fun!

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Directions:

What you will need:

· slice of wood ( 11′ diam x 2.5′ h)
· glass cylinder vases ( 11′h, 9′h, 6′h x 3.5′ diam)
· pillar candles ( 3 varying heights to fit in each vase)
· ribbon & yarn
· fabric, wood, or dried flowers
· double sided tape
· scissors

Instructions:

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1. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon/yarn (one arms length per piece). Wrap each vase with ribbon/yarn. Attach ends of ribbon/yarn with double sided tape to surface of vase. I chose to wrap with a knobby yarn, satin ribbon, and grosgrain ribbon to create a variety of textures. I also wrapped the ribbon/yarn at different heights on each vase to create more interest.

2. Attach fabric/wood/dried flower to a piece of ribbon and tie around tallest vase.

3. Insert pillar candles into vases. arrange cluster of vases on wood slice, keeping the sides with the tape facing the center.

4. Arrange fabric/wood/dried flowers on wood slice around the vase cluster. Light the candles and enjoy your rustically elegant centerpiece!

FYI: The wooden flowers shown are no longer available for purchase. I would suggest creating fabric flowers or heading to a local craft store and picking up some dried botanicals. If you are interested in creating these centerpieces in large numbers, I would suggest ordering the vases in bulk.

Table decorations at weddings have historically been just flowers. But a great alternative if you don’t want to use flowers is a project like this. Using recycled materials (in this case reclaimed wood), you can really have lovely centerpieces that ooze style and can be made to fit your overall theme. For example, I’m not using wood, but instead my mother’s antique lanterns as our table centerpieces- our overall decoration will be “beautiful light” since everyone is eating at outside at night. I’ll post pics of my vision as I get closer to my wedding date this October.

What about you? Will you be using flowers as table centerpieces at your wedding?