Wedding Colour Palettes // Orange

// Orange //

Well here we are, back again with another instalment in the wedding colour palettes series. For October, I have chosen Orange, as it is a great choice for either Summer or Autumn, and of course, is synonymous with Halloween. It is warm and inviting, and used the right way, can be ultra stylish. The key to using orange is to add hints of it here and there, rather than make it the main event. An autumnal bouquet can be enhanced with the addition of a few rusty burnt orange florals, or a coral orange lipstick or nail varnish can complement a summery bridal look beautifully. It also works well with grey, turquoise, or even a midnight purply blue as well, so if you’re thinking of using any of these colours on your big day, think about adding a pop of orange to brighten things up.

An orange colour palette moodboard to help couples choose their wedding day colours

I hope you like these colour palette posts, and if there is any particular shade that you’d like to see featured, leave me a message in the comments below. For the photo credits, and more orange-inspired images – please take a look at my Pinterest board here or follow me on Pinterest for more colourful inspo @alexandriaev

 

Thanks!

A xx

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Wedding Styling Inspiration // Ceilings

Sometimes  a venue just needs a little bit more oomph – and a great way to achieve this, is to decorate from the top down. Here are my tips for styling the ceiling at your venue:

Flowers

There are so many amazing things you can do with flowers, oversized chandeliers, spherical globes, or my personal favourite (which I don’t know the technical name for) so I call it ‘upside down hanging silk flowers’ – catchy, I know. This is a trend that I think we’re going to see a lot of next season, and because the flowers are all silk, you can keep them after the wedding and they will serve as a beautiful reminder of your special day.

  Floral chandeliers at wedding receptions

Credits: (Clockwise L-R) Belle The Magazine, Becca Heuer Photography, Josh GruetzmacherLovely Wedding Mag

Hanging silk flowers from the ceiling at a wedding reception

Credits: (Clockwise L-R) Jasmine Jade Photography, Allan Zepeda, Michelle Edgemont

Lighting

Industrial-chic is already really popular, and I think it is only going to go from strength to strength next season. You can hire amazing lighting from prop companies these days, perfect, if your venue is a little dark and needs a bit of a lift.

Festoon lighting at Wedding Receptions

 Credits: (L-R) Studio ImpressionsTaylor Lord, Bryce Covey

Chinese Lanterns

I love hanging lanterns, and they looks amazing as an ‘installation piece’ – concentrated in one particular area, with a variety of colours and heights. They also look great dotted around in trees at an outdoor reception, and look beautiful at night when the lights inside are switched on. These lanterns are great if you want to inject some colour into your wedding, they also look great interspersed with pom poms.

Colourful Chinese lanterns at wedding receptions.

Credits: (L-R) Camera Hannah, Wedding Window

Hanging chinese lanterns of various colours at wedding receptions

Credits: (L-R) Holly Clark, Ann Claire Brun

Ribbon Canopy

This can look really effective and you can essentially make your own ceiling. This is great for venues that are very high and you want to make a more cosy environment, or for a marquee where the ceiling is quite stark and boring.

Colourful ribbon canopies at wedding receptions

Credits: (L-R) Hillary Maybery, Alison ConklinThe Lane

Bunting

Some people think that bunting has had it’s day but in the right setting it can still look super stylish. Steer clear of the vintage-y look and go for a bolder colour, pattern, or even shape, for a modern twist on this classic design. I love bunting outdoors, hung throughout trees, or in a rustic venues like barns.

Stylish and modern bunting at a wedding reception. Yellow and grey chevron and metallics

Credits: (L-R) Tara McMullenModern Kids Co

Twinkly Lights

An oldie but a goodie – there is something special about fairy lights, and they will always make a space look a little bit magical. These look great wrapped around beams or draped down along the contour of a marquee ceiling.

Fairy lights at wedding receptions

Credits: (Clockwise from top left) Indulgy, Etsy, Babb Photo, Raquel Sergio

Happy planning everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of Wedding Styling Inspiration, and if you have any more questions about decor, or anything else wedding-related, pop me an email on hello@alexandriaevents.co.uk

A xx

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What’s In My Bag – Wedding Guest Edition

What's in my Bag - Wedding Guest Edition. Chanel handbag with Coco Chanel, shoes, red lipstick, iPhone, jewellery, and purse

Print by Emma Kissatina

So, let’s face it, when you’re putting together your outfit for a wedding, style nearly always comes before practicality. Many a time, I have worn a pair of shoes that murder my feet, and wear an outfit that starts to feel slightly snug after the wedding breakfast. When it comes to handbags, things don’t get much more sensible either, but at the same time, you don’t need the huge tote that you probably carry around day-to-day either, here is a little ‘What’s in My Bag’ round up of what I think are the wedding day essentials if you’re going as a guest.

1. The bag itself

You don’t want to go with something teeny-tiny, unless you’re staying in the same venue, and can pop upstairs if you need something. You need something that is easy to hold, preferably hands free, so that you can hold a glass of champagne and a canapé at the same time! I love an over-sized clutch, that looks stylish, but you can tuck it underneath your arm, or a cute little bag with a long strap that you can wear over your shoulder.

2. Your phone

Which is great as it doubles up as a camera too. Most phones these days are pretty slim so should slot easily into your bag. If you usually use a phone case, take it off, to make more room, and just be extra careful after you’ve had a few cocktails! If, like me, you struggle to keep your battery going throughout the day, switch it to airplane mode, you can still use the camera, and you shouldn’t really need it for much else throughout the day, and then just switch it back later on when you need to call a cab to take you home.

3. The makeup BASICS

And I mean basics. I am definitely guilty of taking too many things, and then using one or two of them throughout the day. I think the fear is that it is such a long day that you will need constant touch-ups later on. All I really think you need, is your lipstick, a little sample size of the perfume that you are using and maybe one more item – for me it would be a brow pencil as this is the thing that generally doesn’t stay on me all day, but it will be different for everyone. If you have a good skin care routine and use a decent primer most thing should stay put. I have also recently been using the Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ makeup setting spray, and swear by it, it really sticks everything in place for hours. When it comes to it, you’ll probably be having far too much fun to worry about your makeup anyway.

4. A bank card and a couple of notes

You don’t need to take your whole purse (and let’s face it, they are usually full of receipts and other rubbish and ridiculously heavy!) Take out the card that you need, and maybe draw out some cash beforehand, especially if you think you are going to need to take a cab anywhere, or if you need money for the collection plate at a church ceremony. Most handbags have a little zip pocket somewhere that you can stash this stuff in so that it is secure.

5. Sunglasses (optional)

If you’re going to a summer wedding, you’ll all be praying for sun in the weeks leading up. Check the weather forecast and if you think it is going to be nice, pop a pair of sunnies in your bag, you don’t want to be squinting all day, especially if you’re going to be caught on camera!

And finally…6: Tissues!

Maybe you’re not as emotional as me, but I always get a lump in  my throat and a tear in my eye whenever the music starts and the bride begins to walk down the aisle, but I definitely need my tissues at a wedding. Again, you only need a couple, so take them out of the packaging and stuff them into the empty space in your bag.

And on one final note, I don’t know about you, but wherever we go (wedding or otherwise) my husband always asks me to put his wallet and keys into my bag. On a normal day, I am more than happy to carry his various bits and pieces (despite all of my suggestions, he is not that keen on purchasing a ‘man bag’), but on a wedding day, we have a strict, carry your own possessions rule.What do you think? What do you carry in  your wedding handbags? I’d love to know in the comments below.

A xx

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