• Panning an Elegant Black Tie Wedding?

    When we think of weddings, we usually think of pastel, muted tones or bright jewel tones for the scheme. However, black tie weddings are also a popular option, especially at this time of year. Maybe your venue is a city town house or more unusual type of venue which particularly suits a black tie dress code or perhaps you just want to eschew the traditional white wedding for something a little bit different. Whatever your reason, a black tie can be an elegant and stylish affair. To help you with your planning, we've put together some ideas for bridal headdresses and cover-ups below

    Image sources: top left, bottom left, centre, top right, bottom

    For more ideas you can also head over to our block tie Pinterest board.

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  • Winter Wedding Tablescapes We Love

    With festive cheer already in the air and the winter wedding season in full swing, there is nothing more lovely than a beautiful winter tablescape. At this time of year there are so many richly hued colour palettes to choose from and we've started with a scheme which draws on natural materials such as pine cones, wood, twine and cinnamon. These earthy materials are complemented by floral centrepieces of white roses, winter berries and fresh herbs. Add to the scheme some natural linen napkins, gold flatware to lift everything and add a touch of elegance and a beautifully hand written menu incorporating botanical sketches and there you have a beautiful winter tablescape.

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  • Not so scary Halloween wedding ideas

    As promised we are back today with some great ideas for using pumpkins as part of your autumn wedding decor. Yes, you heard right....pumpkins!

    We all think of the only use for pumpkins as the carved scary faces carried around by little ones on Halloween, but we can think of many more fabulous uses for them. We think that pumpkins can actually be used to make your autumn wedding look great and totally unique and there are a few stylish ways in which you can use them.

    Why not get hold of some pretty white pumpkins and use several together to style banquet-style venue tables or fill them with beautiful white roses and fresh sage to use as centrepieces for circular wedding breakfast tables. Miniature pumpkins can also look great spray painted gold or silver and placed at each guest table setting with a name card.

    These are just a few of the many ways you can use pumpkins as part of your wedding theme and we'd love to hear if you have any other ideas for autumn wedding styling. Drop us a line at info@hopeandgrace.co.uk. Happy Halloween!

    Image sources: top row left, top row centre, top row right, bottom row left, bottom row centre left, bottom row centre right, bottom row right

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  • Simple autumn wedding inspiration

    Now, we've already said how much we love an autumn wedding and all of the rich colours and tones which are around at this time of year. So, here we are with more inspiration with the second of our autumn inspiration boards.

    We love the rich tones of deep oranges and reds which can add warmth to your wedding palette, but we also adore the pale, soft hues which can offer simplicity and pared down beauty...we are talking wedding breakfast tables decorated with lovely white pumpkins, muted dried herbs at each table setting, a touch of rustic style with printed muslin favour bags, the simplest of letter pressed wedding invitations in brown paper envelopes and, for the bride, our softly toned verity stole in antique pink.

    We hope you like our ideas for a simple autumn wedding and we'll be back soon with a few ideas for how to style your autumn wedding with pumpkins!

    Image sources: napkin with dried herbs , pumpkin table setting, bottles and wedding invitation, muslin favour bags, bridal shrug

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  • Vintage glamour winter wedding inspiration

    It's almost that time of year again where there is no excuse for going all out and putting on the glitz and glamour. Those brides who are planning a wedding for the end of this year or early next year will almost certainly be looking forward to a twinkly affair with lots of romantic sparkle and stylish cover ups.

    Here is a selection of our lovely headpieces and shrugs which may just fit the bill perfectly. Whether it's Gatsby glamour or understated elegance you are after, there is something in the range to suit. And make sure don't forget those beautiful bridesmaids either. Our Swan Lake and small St Tropez combs are perfect for your girls to wear on the day and to keep afterwards as a gift to say thank you.

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  • Say cheese!

    In the next of our inspiration roundups for the new season, we though we'd take a look at an alternative to the traditional wedding cake.

    We've recently come across some lovely alternatives to the traditional fruit or sponge cakes and one of these alternatives is the cheese wedding cake. Even though these cakes have been around for a while, it is only recently that they have been gaining a lot of popularity.

    Image sources: top left: Toronto Life, bottom left: cliq par hazard, centre: Ocello, top right: Intimate Weddings, bottom right: Trend Hunter

    If you aren't that keen on the idea of the usual wedding cake, or want a twist on tradition, a cheese cake can offer you something a little different as well as creating a stunning centrepiece which can be decorated with fruits or flowers to suit your wedding theme. If budget is no object why not go for a traditional wedding cake for the wedding breakfast and a cheese tower for the evening party, served with homemade breads and chutneys, and this will provide your guests with the energy they will need for all of the dancing they will be doing!

    There are numerous companies out there which will help you put together a stunning cheese cake, but if you are planning to have a go at putting one together yourself, there are just a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, aim for a balance of flavours in your tower, consider different colours and textures, allow approximately 100g of cheese per guest and, lastly, steer away from the smelliest of cheeses if your wedding is taking place mid-summer....for obvious reasons!

    Image sources: top left: Camille Styles, bottom left: Style Me Pretty, centre: The Gourmet Grocer Online top right: Pinterest, bottom right: Pinterest

    For an even more personal touch to this more unique take on the traditional wedding cake, why not choose some of the more unusual artisan cheeses from the regions where you and your groom come from or put mini cheese towers on each of your tables instead of table centres.

    If you like the sound of a wedding cheese cake and are looking for more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board here. You can also see our inspiration board for traditional wedding cakes here.

    See you soon with some more autumn wedding inspiration x

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  • Autumn inspiration with our rustic boutonniere roundup

    With autumn now in full swing we are loving the new array of colours to choose from and the warmth and richness in this new colour palette. In the next of our series of autumn inspiration articles we are bringing you a roundup of rustic boutonnieres.

    We think that the boutonniere, or buttonhole as it is more traditionally known, is often a part of the wedding which is given little thought to when planning blooms for the big day. This is really such a shame, as the options for creating stylish boutonnieres are endless and you can really unleash your creativity when it comes to design. A well designed boutonniere can really make the groomsmen's outfits stand out and can be something unique or which has sentimental meaning for you and your groom.

    Boutonnieres can range from the traditional single bloom to feathers, lockets containing photographs of loved ones, antique keys and even used gunshot shells containing flowers...what did we say about really unleashing your creativity!

    If you are looking for inspiration for your autumn wedding boutonnieres, take a look at our inspiration boards below. If you have any inspiration of your own for unique boutonnieres, we would love to hear from you. You can email your images to info@hopeandgrace.co.uk.

    Image credits: top row left to right: Ruffled, Southern Weddings, Ruffled bottom row left to right: Etsy, Cedarwood Weddings , Pomp and Plumage on Etsy

    Image credits: top row left to right: The Hens Nest, Kate Osborne Photography via Style Me Pretty, Confettipop bottom row from left to right: The Knot, Bridal Snob, Botanical Brouhaha

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  • Stylish bridal cover ups

    It finally looks like the nights are drawing in and the heat wave is behind us for another year. Glorious as the summer may have been, this is no reason to be feeling blue as we believe that a beautiful autumn wedding can be just as stylish as a summer wedding. Not only are there some wonderful colour palettes to choose from to create a unique wedding theme, but it's the perfect chance to put together a versatile bridal outfit.

    We've put together a selection of our shrugs and cover ups below which are a great addition to any autumn or winter bridal ensemble for keeping the chills of while having photographs taken at the same time as looking great.

    As well as this inspiration for beautiful cover ups, we'll be back soon with some ideas for styling gorgeous autumn weddings.

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  • Hello Baby! Red White and Blue Inspiration

    So the much awaited royal baby finally arrived yesterday afternoon and it's a boy! While we wait to see pictures of His Little Royal Highness, we have put together some red, white and blue inspiration for brides-to-be looking for a slightly more daring colour palette. Our own Christy Rose Britannia headpiece fits the bill perfectly, we think.

    Bouquet: Style Me Pretty Britannia headpiece: Hope and Grace Union Jack and vintage teacup: Biscuiteers Shoes: Elegant Wedding Invites Groom: tumblr

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  • Pinterest Picks.....something blue

    It recently occured to us that it is quite a difficult task for beautiful brides-to-be out there to find something chic and stylish for the "something blue" part of their ensemble. One bride recently bought our lovely Christy Rose piece in petrol below as her something blue and looked just fabulous. However, we'd be the first to agree that while this piece is super pretty, it is usually chosen as part of a bridsmaid outfit. So, for this week's Pinterest Picks we thought we would hunt down some ideas for unique "somethng blue" options and it turns out that the traditional blue lace garter is not the only way to incorporate blue into your day and still keep it understated...

    Our own Christy Rose in Petrol. Perfect choice for the bride looking for something a little different or for stylish bridesmaids.

    Bride with bouquet via Burnett's Boards

    Groom with shoes via Ruffled Blog

    Groom with ring bearer book via Junebug Weddings

    Keira Knightly in blue tulle via Fleeting Fancies and Hardcore Love

    Powder blue invitation suite via Martha Stewart Weddings

    Blue tulle tutu skirt via Love Dreams Imagination

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