A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO PLANNING A WEDDING: HERE ARE 14 POSTS TO GET YOU STARTED

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For many the festive season would have been made all the more exciting as it is the perfect opportunity to ask your significant other to become your Mr or Mrs. It is no secret that Christmas, New Years Eve and Valentines day are the most the popular times for engagements, so we always look forward to this time of year as we get the chance to welcome even more newly engaged couples to Bespoke Bride.

It’s an exciting time and if your anything like me when I got engaged, you will want to jump headfirst into all the planning. Here you will you find more information on how to use Bespoke Bride to plan a wedding like no other but to get you started we have put together a list of our most useful posts from our archives, to help with you anything from the best inspirational wedding accounts to follow on Instagram to how to choose the ultimate wedding venue.

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So when you are ready, let’s start with our most popular post to date…

1. 50 Fab Favors for your Wedding day: This epic list includes so many different favor ideas you will be spoiled for choice. One of our favorites has to be the cute watermelon packets pictured above.

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Image via Wedding Chicks

2. 65 FREE Wedding Printables: Look after your wedding budget from the get-go with these creative printable ideas. The list includes invitation suites, favor boxes, banners, tags, cards… basically a ton of ideas that covers all the paper craft ideas you would need at your wedding. Oh and did we mention they are all free!

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Image by James & Lianne Wedding Photography via Bespoke Bride (See the full wedding here)

3. The Ultimate DIY Wedding Venue Checklist: Whilst most venue checklists will take your through the basics, this one is specifically tailored to the not so ‘typical’ wedding venue e.g barns, fields, community centers. As these types of venues aren’t usually set up for this type of function, it will most likely need some extra planning on your part i.e does the venue have generators? Are their toilets? Are there enough power points? What are the noise restrictions? This list takes you through everything you will need to know and there is a free printable checklist too!

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4. 25 Yummy Cocktails to Make in Bulk and Serve at Your Wedding: This list took our readers by storm as it was the perfect budget friendly way to add cocktails into the mix. All you have to do is choose the recipe you like the most whip up a large batch and store in the fridge until it is ready to be served on your wedding day. Simple!

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5. Pretty Envelope Table Plan with Free Printable Floral Liners: Trust us! This is the prettiest and easiest table plan you will have ever seen and it comes with FREE printable floral liners, so most of the hard work has been done for you. Now just to decide where to seat everyone?

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Image by Sarah Eubanks Photography – (See the full wedding here)

6. 20 Unique Ways to Plan a Wedding on a Budget: Budget is a contributing factor to most weddings and for good reason. At a time when money is tight it’s important to watch your spend, no one wants to enter married life with a huge debt over their head. So we trawled our Real Wedding Archives to curate all our favourite bits of budget advice and this is what we got.

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7. 55 Pinterest Accounts to Rock Your Wedding World: Pinterest is *THE* wedding planning tool to use as it is packed with inspirational ideas. These accounts showcase some of the best the wedding world has to offer but just be careful to not get too carried away.

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8. 5 Reasons Eloping is Better than a Wedding: If you’re not sure if a wedding is quite right for you, we recommended our 5 main reasons to elope.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT BESPOKE BRIDE: AUTUMN 2016

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Phew! It’s been a crazy couple of months for us behind the scenes at Bespoke Bride! If you follow us on Instagram (and watch our Instagram stories) you would have seen quite a bit of BTS action already but today we thought it would be fun to share a little video showing what we’ve been up to and how certain projects we’ve worked on have come together!

From styling a tropical shoot for Shutterfly, creating decorations for the Cricut Stand at The Handmade Fair, Emily doing a spot of modelling for Tilly and The Button’s new line as well as creating lots of spooky DIYS to share on the blog it certainly has been a fun couple of months!

Our first big project was creating a styled shoot for Shutterfly promoting their awesome personalised products and how fab they are to style a tropical themed bridal shower! We carefully chose our items for the shoot, from watermelon plates to ombré place mats and fun wine glasses! Then, we used lots of fresh fruit and beautiful flowers to add a little more colour to the table.

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Next we attended The Handmade Fair with Cricut and if you’ve been reading Bespoke Bride for a while then you’ll know that we are obsessed with these craft machines! We created and styled a bunch of decorations and products for the Cricut Stand including one of our favourite DIYs ever…The cascading flower backdrop! We also loved making this embellished dress for the mannequin and these fun floral cake toppers made out of card! We spent the entire weekend meeting tons of lovely fellow craft obsessives and demonstrating the machines! It was so much fun!

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12 TOP BAKERS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM FOR SERIOUS WEDDING CAKE INSPO!

12 BAKERS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM FOR SERIOUS WEDDING CAKE INSPIRATION

Who doesn’t love cake right? Its yummy, looks good and just about makes any bad day better. So we have been scouring Instagram for some of our favourite bakers who will be sure to inspire the hell out of your wedding cake with their creative designs. We promise you will be drooling with hunger by the end of this post, so you might want to have some cake nearby to curb that craving. Enjoy!

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Katherine Sabbath is a Sydney-based, self taught cake creative and passionate merry-maker. Originally a High School English, History, Geography and Commerce teacher, she has always been a self-confessed, sprinkle-covered, sticky-fingered, bake-aholic! Any spare hour would be spent mixing, rolling, piping, dusting (not to be confused with the housework kind), ganaching, sprinkling and of course, taste-testing! Her love for experimenting with new flavours and dessert concepts, has led her to pack up the teaching textbooks and dive head-first into the dessert world.

2. LOTTIEANDBELLE

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Located in Perth, Australia, Shelley Wong loves to experiment with all things sweet.

3. IVYANDSTONECAKEDESIGN

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Ivy + Stone Cake Design was founded in late 2012, as The Cake Cottage, by 18 year old Jade. It started as a hobby, and slowly morphed from a part time business into a full time venture.

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What started as a few sugar cookies baked as a birthday gift, quickly turned into something bigger and sweeter! Alisha is a self-taught baker with a passion for beautiful desserts and a desire to build Sweet Bakes into a cake empire.

Sweet Bakes was launched in 2013 and has already made a bold statement within the events industry. Forecasting fashion and event trends into every cake design, see’s Sweet Bakes creations as modern works of edible art.

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Jyoti is the mastermind confectionery artist behind The Purple Cupcake, baking luxury deserts and sweets that will suit any occasion.

6. COCOCAKELAND

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Lyndsay is the lady hanging out behind the scenes of this one-woman-cakesplosion. A self-taught baker as well as a blogger, freelance writer and photographer. Coco Cake Land is a modern cake and dessert blog where you will find beautiful cakes, original cake tutorials, party DIYs and dessert recipes.

7. NEVIEPIE

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Nevie-Pie Cakes specializes in painted cakes, cookies and cupcakes which make your celebration totally unique. Natasha Collins, is the cake artist behind Nevie-Pie Cakes. She has always loved baking and creating special cakes, and after a career in textile design as a senior designer and assistant art director, has now returned to her baking roots.

8. ANGEDESUCRES

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Anges de Sucre is an award-winning small family-run online bakery based in West London baking a fabulous range of unbelievable cakes and treats like macarons, marshmallows and Muffles, founded by Kuwait-born Londoner Reshmi Bennett, who followed her dreams to train in classical French cuisine in Paris at École Grégoire Ferrandi.

Combining classic French cuisine techniques with flavours from around the world, Reshmi and her team whip up and deliver a selection of jewel-like marshmallows and macarons, alongside their own sweet-inventions such as Muffles (marshmallow-truffle hybrid), and you  have GOT to see their fabulous birthday cakes – they’re nothing short of WHOA!

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#BBWEDCHALLENGE : WE’RE KICKING OFF AUGUST WITH AN INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE!

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I mean wowzers, it’s August already?! How did that happen?! We thought we would kick off the month with a super fun Instagram challenge because we absolutely love the community that we have here at Bespoke Bride and love love love seeing our reader’s snaps so we CAN’T WAIT to get this challenge started!!

Never been part of an an Instagram challenge? No worries! It’s super easy! All you need to do is save the below image (just so you can check back), and — if you like — upload it to your Instagram account with the hashtag #BBWEDCHALLENGE . Then, you just upload photos that match the challenge on the day using the same hashtag! We would love it if you tagged us in the photos too! We’re @BESPOKEBRIDE on Instagram!

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The best part about this challenge is that you can browse the #BBWEDCHALLENGE regularly and see your fellow BB readers joining in and connect with them! You never know what wedding inspiration you’ll discover, what suppliers you may find or who you’ll connect with!

We’re also going to be sharing photos that we absolutely LOVE so don’t be afraid to get creative! Here’s a breakdown of each of the challenges in case you need a little more inspiration…

AUGUST 1: TRUE LOVE SELFIE

We want to start the challenge by seeing yours and your partners beautiful smiley happy faces! Share a cute selfie of the two of you!

AUGUST 2: FAVE FLOWER

Flowers are the bomb! Show us your favourite flower or the flowers you’ve chosen for your W-Day!

AUGUST 3: STYLIN’

Are you having a specific theme to your wedding? Maybe you’re going boho, or festival, rustic or Mexican! Whatever the style, share with us a photo of some super styling you love! Don’t forget to tag where the photo was from!

AUGUST 4: LOVE LIPPY

We want to see your favourite shade of lipstick! It’s always so handy finding new lipstick colours am I right?! You may find a new favourite shade from another bride to be!

AUGUST 5: WALK THIS WAY

What shoes are you going to wear on your wedding day? Do you have them already? Or if your’e dreaming of a certain special pair then we want to see those too! Don’t forget to tag the designers of the shoes as well so other brides or grooms to be can grab a pair if they love them!

AUGUST 6: PASSION

Do you and your other half share a joint passion or hobby? Share a photo of you guys doing something you enjoy!

AUGUST 7: RING BLING

Show us those engagement rings! We love how many different styles, sizes, shapes and colours there are!

AUGUST 8: MORNING BREW

It’s Monday morning so let’s share what starts the day off! Are you a tea obsessive like me? Or do you kick off the day with a smoothie like Em? Or perhaps you’re a coffee lover!

AUGUST 9: ULTIMATE INSPO

Got a favourite wedding magazine that’s your absolutely bible right now? Or a blog you’re totally in love with?! Share something of theirs and tag and tell them why you love them!

AUGUST 10: CHILL

Planning a wedding can be stressful and it’s important to take down time and relax during the planning process! Show us what you do to relax! (For me, it’s all about reading a book in a long hot bath with a gorgeous bath bomb!)

AUGUST 11: #TBT

Share a throwback of you and your other half! Maybe even a favourite memory of the two of you!

AUGUST 12: GAL PALS

We all need our gal pals and nothing is as fun as a girls night!! We want to see you and your bridesmaids or gal pals having a fab time!

AUGUST 13: LOCK YOU LOVE

Know how you’re going to have your hair styled on the big day? Or have you seen a style that you think would be perfect?

AUGUST 14: THE SHOWER

Did you have a bridal shower? Or seen one online that you fell in love with?

AUGUST 15: DRESS TO IMPRESS

Do you have the dress? You may not want to share the whole thing but how about a sneaky peek?! Maybe a super close up! Or share with us a dress from a designer that you love love love!

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