Weddings are such an exciting event! As a previous bride I absolutely adore other people's weddings. It’s one big celebration of love and devotion and if you’re an invited guest and get to be a part of that, well, you better get your hankies ready for the sobfest that awaits. Attending a wedding as a guest is a privilege and you get the chance to spoil the lucky couple with a gift of your choice. Most couples say that they don’t need a gift on their wedding day, as your presence is enough, but everyone knows that turning up to a celebration empty handed is a big no-no.

The thing is, this is the modern world! Roll the times back fifty years or so and a wedding was the bridge between living with parents and living with a new spouse. This meant that most gifts were housewares and pretty trinkets to display for the couple in their very first home. That is a rarity these days, with most couples living together long before engagement rings are given and wedding vows are exchanged, which means that a couple generally has it all before getting hitched. I know I'm our case we already had everything for our house, so we found compiling a gift list tricky!
 
So, the dilemma left to you as the wedding guest is what on earth you could buy for a couple that seems to already have it all? Here are five unique gifts that you won’t necessarily find on a registry, nor would anyone else have thought of it!
 

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Kitchen Gift
Okay, so the happy couple may be living in pre-marital bliss, but that doesn’t mean they have everything they need for their kitchen. Everyone loves a gadget! Check out the wedding gifts on Cuckooland.com and see the genius that is this Smart Bacon Express The Bacon Toaster. No more frying pans or grills, but the perfect toaster for those lazy Sunday morning bacon sandwiches. Fun kitchen gadgets are always a loved gift!
 

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Travel Gift
Forget the honeymoon, if your wedding couple are ones who love to trek and travel across the world, why not go for one of these travel gifts? Add in a ‘where have you been’ scratch map and you have the perfect, personal gift for the couple who love to conquer the world together. I personally would adore this gift.


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Land Gift
This is an totally unique idea! We’re not talking a patch on the local allotment for the newlyweds, but why not give them the amusing gift of a small piece of unclaimed land? They can therefore be claimed Lord and Lady of the land you give them, which should raise a smile or two!


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Honeymoon Gift
Wedding gifts that are personalised are those that go down well with newlyweds, as they get a keepsake from their day. These personalised Mr & Mrs passport covers are an exceptional gift that they will love to use on their honeymoon together. Pair it with a polaroid camera for snaps of a vintage feel. Honeymoons are almost as exciting the wedding day itself so any gift for the honeymoon will go down very well.


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Romantic Gift
I love this idea! Notebooks like this that encourage a newlywed couple to write a line about their life together each day for the first year of marriage is a wonderful keepsake, and a way to look back at how their first year of marriage went in the years to come.

With this gift ideas you will never run dry for inspiration for the wedding season – no last minute panic! Enjoy all the weddings!

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So, those of you who follow me on Instagram will probably know that we have just received our professional wedding photography! I apologise for the overload of wedding pictures on all of my social media right now – but it’s pretty exciting. I’m so happy with how they turned out especially considering the less than perfect weather conditions!

I thought I’d do a little post about how we chose our photographs and share a few of our favourites. There were 700 photos taken on the day and we had to get it down to our favourite 70! It was so tough.

We had the photographer for a pre-bridal session with my bridal party and family, for the ceremony and an hour of the reception to catch the cake cutting and a few more key moments. A lot of couples choose to have the photographer stay on for the whole reception but I just wanted to let my hair down and relax! I thought I may find a photographer there all night distracting. We also arranged a photoshoot for the next day – a sort of ‘wreck the dress’ shoot where we went in the sea which was amazing!

When whittling down wedding photographs I would give the following advice:

  1. Get a photo from every ‘portion’ of the day. At least one from pre-bridal or ‘getting ready’, the groom and best man at the alter, walking down the aisle, the ceremony, the ‘I now pronounce you husband and wife’ etc etc. Then you will have a basic timeline of the day.
  2. Get at least one picture of every ‘important person’ and one group shot. Even if they’re not your favourite photos you need to make sure that both mums and dads, close family and siblings are represented when you look back.
  3. Choose a few which reflect different elements of the day. Although they may not have people in them when you look back in years to come it will be nice to remind yourself what your cake and table set up looked like. Especially since so much effort and planning goes into these bits.
  4. Get some that make you go, ‘Wow’. You’re the bride after all – get some of you and your hubby that you love! And any pictures that you will look back with fond memories.

  


 

 

 







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To create a beautiful wedding – it’s all in the details! You may think that people won’t remember the little things from the day, but in fact it’s what they remember over everything else! I don’t really have an eye for detail, so I left it mostly in the capable hands of our wedding planners in Greece (Zante Weddings) to organise, however there were a few smaller things that my mum and me chose in the UK and took out with us for the big day.

Table Set Up

I was totally obsessed with Pinterest before my big day and I spent many hours searching and pinning ‘boho table set ups’. I think you can tell! I wanted something simple, boho and rustic looking with pastel colours and ivory and definately not matchy matchy.


The flowers, mason jars and table wear were provided by the planner but everything else was found by either me or my mum and brought from the UK or sources in Greece.

The male favours for example (pictured above) were different Olive Oil Fusions which be bought from a local Zakynthian gift shop. We then tied the twine and favour tags on ourselves. In this picture you can also see the corner of our ‘bonus’ favours which everyone got on their place setting. We bought 50 scratch cards from the UK and placed them in vintage brown mini envelopes which we sourced from eBay! 

I was so pleased with our place name cards which also came from EBay. They were really good value and looked really classy and elegant. My mum wrote the names as she has such lovely handwriting! You can see these place name cards here.

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The favours for the girls were Olive soaps which, again, we bought locally in Zakynthos. I liked the fact that we were supporting the local community. We purchased the favour bags in advanced and they came from The Last Detail; a great website with lots of cute wedding decor ideas.

The favour tags, which we tied into each favour individually, came from ArtCuts UK; a lovely company which we found at the National Wedding Show. We ordered these cute tags pictured above as well as some really unique table confetti which were wooden too – to make a change from the standard rose petals!

Lastly – but one of my favourite things about the table set up – were our personalised stickers which we used on the scratch card envelopes. The came from Zazzle, a brilliant site where you can literally personalise anything for your wedding! They really made the envelopes extra special. 

Personalised wooden ring box.

This was a surprise for us from my mum. How cute is it?! She got it online, I’m not sure of the exact supplier but there are many eBay stockists who do similarly beautiful ones.

Guest Book Table

The vintage suitcases were provided by the planners, and the lettering is from Art Cuts again. Touches like this really make the reception venue look super classy.

You can just about see another Art Cuts sign which reads ‘Mr & Mrs Erler’ in the corner. Also pictured here is the table plan which we wrote in a ‘chalk look pen’ on a peice of blackboard from eBay. My mum also came up with the idea of the coloured pens and those bits of paper which say ‘draw a picture of the Bride and Groom!’ This was brilliant as it gave the guests something to do while they were waiting for the dinner, and it’s also hilarious to look back on lots of ridiculous illustrations of us! My creative cousin made the signs.

I even brought my ‘happy signs’ from my walls at home! They were a lovely touch to the inside of the villa.

Extras

A few photos of some extra thingswhich definitely  weren’t essential but really made a difference to the details. 


Vintage Just Married Bunting – EBay.

Self designed and customised card for my vows – Zazzle

Mr & Mrs Signs and Photo Booth – provided by the planner.

It’s true what they say – the devil is in the detail. You may not notice these small things on the day, but looking back at pictures I notice something different every time! I hope by sharing some of our choices it may give other couples some ideas for their day about what sort of thing is out there. Trust me – there is a lot of choice! 

Brides – have you made any decisions for your wedding day yet? 

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.. That is the question.

And for me, for a long time, the answer to that question was NO.

I don’t know why but I just never really liked veils and I certainly couldn’t imagine myself as a bride wearing one. They were a bit too traditional for me. I knew I wanted a flower crown and once I found my beautiful Ana Maria one (which you can read about here) I figured I was done and dusted on the head wear front.

That was until I went to try on my headpiece in Ana’s studio for the final time before I took it home, and my grandma persuaded me to just try a veil with it. Ana fastened one to the bottom of the flower crown at the back (rather than more traditionally where the veil sits close to the crown of the bride’s head) and I fell in love with it instantly.

It just made the whole look. It didn’t take away from the crown – it added to it. And wearing it at the bottom of my head gave it even more of a boho/hippy look.

One problem – I had no veil! Until my mum suggested I tried hers. The one she had worn exactly 28 years previously when she married my dad (we got married on the same day)!! I loved the idea and once I’d seen her veil I loved it even more. It was the perfect length; Ivory and with little pearls all over it. Like the pearls on my dress. Like it was meant to be! And it would be my something old. Perfect.

Looking back at pictures I’m so glad I chose the veil. As well as being extremely special to wear a peice of my mum’s wedding outfit on my special day, I love how it looks with my whole outfit and think it looks stunning it the photos. Veils arn’t for everyone, but you can’t deny that they add a certain drama and beauty to the bridal look. 

What do you think? Veil or no veil?!

xox

The post-bridal blues is real. Seriously. You have spent months (sometimes years) planning and agonizing over every last detail, primping and preparing, switching between feeling excitement butterflies and sickening nerves – for one day. On this day, you are the total and utter centre of attention, people are tripping over themselves to help you, telling you how beautiful and radiant and wonderful you are (vain, I know) and what an amazing couple you make. The camera is flashing, wine is flowing, you marry the love of your life. Honestly, it’s so amazing.

But then it ends. You go to sleep a bride and wake up a wife.

BUT not to worry because if you’re lucky you’ve got a blissful week or two in paradise to ease you into married life. You have the best holiday of your life, you are so incredibly happy and you can’t wait to start your married life with your shiny new hubby.

Before you know it, you’re home. Back to work, in the same job, in the same house and you are happy, of course you are.. but it’s like… What now?!

The wedding leaves a great gaping whole in your life. Not gunna lie.

Based on my own experience of post-bridal blues and because I want to help other newlyweds avoid sitting around in their PJ’s sulking like I did, here are some ideas to beat the after wedding black hole:

 Redesign your home. 

If you already lived together as a couple the likelihood is you are not moving into a brand spanking new marital home right now, just the same old one. Getting creative and buying a few new bits, decorating or even just moving things around can help things feel a bit fresher and a can recreate some of that ‘newlywed bliss’.

♥  Look through your wedding photos.

This really is something to look forward to after the wedding. Getting, looking through and selecting your professional photos for printing is so much fun and is a great way to relive your day. 

♥  Have a broke date night.

Chances are you won’t have much money for burning after the wedding, so challenge yourself to plan a date night that costs very little or nothing. Homemade picnics, walks, drives or museum visits are good ideas for a broke-ass couple. Plus, it’s always lovely to spend some time with your hubby.

♥  Do the visiting rounds.

You’re still hot property and everyone wants to see you. In the weekends following our wedding we went all over the country visiting parents, grandparents, in laws and cousins. You’re happy and people want to be happy with you. It’s a good excuse to show off the tan too!

♥  Plan something else!

If you enjoyed the planning process, then why stop there! Offer to help plan a friends wedding, throw yourself into organising a work event or even just plan a birthday party. I’ve been enjoying planning my birthday and graduation.

♥  Focus on the next chapter. 

Hate to say it, but the wedding is over (SOB). But being married is the next chapter in your life! Fix a new goal to work towards, there is much excitement to come! Whether it be career wise, travel, buying a house, starting a family or even just successfully keeping your herb garden alive, you are bound to have some plans to work towards. 

♥  Help others.

Planning a wedding is super daunting, so if you can help other bride-to-he’s by posting advice and inspiration in forums or on blogs, then do.  I found these kind of things really helpful when I was planning and it’s good to get some honest advice. Plus, you’ll still feel involved in the wedding world! 

♥  Pack it all away.

It may be heartbreaking, but you can carry on displaying your dead bouquet/bunting/wedding cards forever. Get a cute momento box and get it out together when you want to reminisce about the day. 

Remember you are lucky.

The few times when I felt totally consumed with sadness that our wedding was over I gave myself a slap on the wrist and reminded myself ‘HEY. You are so lucky. You had a beautiful wedding and you are now MARRIED to your Prince Charming!’ Being married is awesome so appreciate it for what it is. 

♥ And if all else fails.. Book another holiday!

Yes, we have booked a second honeymoon over Christmas! We are backpacking Thailand for three weeks, so now I have that to plan! Not so bad really 🙂

I hope any new brides like me will find this helpful. If you’ve just got married and your feeling a bit down in the dumps you are not alone! Focus on the positives and you’ll soon move onto the next thing!

How did you get over your post bridal blues?!

xox