No wedding should be without a cake. And not just any cake. A cake that looks good, tastes better and is bang on trend. And to help you out, here’s a list of five kinds of cake that will tick all those boxes in 2018.
Hand painted flowers
To match the spring wedding theme, garden style and hand-crafted themes that will be big in 2018, a cake with hand painted flowers is a perfect fit. Not only are the hand painted details beautiful but they are very eye catching too.
Along similar lines, a watercolour painted cake will add a new dimension of colour that ebbs and fades around the cake. Watercolours provide a subtle shading that contrasts with some of the bolder tones we’ve seen in cakes in recent years. Obviously you need to use special edible paint to avoid poisoning your guests.
A popular topping for 2018, combining the subtle colour elements mentioned above as well as extra details such as thick brushstroke design. Hey, we never said these cakes were going to be good for you.
Add a touch of opulence with some gold leaf (remember to keep it edible again). Gold is as colour that works well with almost any other design scheme so it’s a flexible, as well as eye-catching, choice.
Your wedding should be the most special day of your life, filled with joy, laughter, romance and much more. But it’s also a reality that dream weddings come at a cost. However, there are certain ways you can save money before the big day that will help to keep your budget big enough to get everything you’ve ever wanted.
Stay away from Saturday
More or less everyone wants to get married on a weekend because it’s easier for guests to attend. But depending on where you’re holding your wedding and who is coming, tying the knot on another day of the week makes much better financial sense. Why limit yourself to one day out of seven?
Avoid high season
Just as above, everyone wants to get married in the middle of summer to stand the best chance of getting beautiful weather. So unsurprisingly, venues put their costs up in a bog way for the summer season.
Use your own vendors
Venues that provide their own vendors often do so at huge mark-ups. So try and choose a venue that lets you arrange your own food, drink and more. It’s a great way of saving money.
Combine your service and reception space
Why drag guests from one venue to another when there are plenty of great places where you can do both?
Hire a wedding planner
A planner will help you find suitable venues, draw upon a vast contact network to get you great deals and knows the real value of goods and services.
Here in Portugal there’s a huge choice of wedding venues from beaches, to castles to olive groves. Plus, as the sunniest country in Europe you stand a much better chance of getting the perfect weather.
Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life but that doesn’t mean that it has to have a huge impact on the planet. There are plenty of ways you can have a blast but reduce your footprint too. Here are some top ideas for keeping things green.
OK, so we know your wedding dress is a big deal but what’s the use of wearing it once, then chucking it in the back of the cupboard to get old and dusty? There are plenty of ways you can reuse it, you just need to find a good seamstress. You can even sell it on, helping someone else to look fabulous on their special day. The same goes for the groom’s suit – choose one that has a shelf life.
Use decorations that can be reused or recycled. Think paper, glass and greenery and try to avoid plastics where possible.
Flowers can make a wedding but there’s nothing that says their shelf life ends at the end of the day. Give them to your guests to take home, or use plants and foliage that can keep on growing.
Try and use accessories that keep on giving. Candles can be used for months after the big day. Leftover lights and decorations will come in handy at other festive occasions. And items like table centrepieces will always make great birthday gifts later in the year.
We like to think we know a thing or two about planning weddings. With years of experience you start to learn how to plan events that flow and go off without a hitch. Of course, with experience you also learn what not to do. So, we’ve tried to highlight five of the most common mistakes in an effort to help you avoid them.
Write the guest list first
The guest list is the ultimate wedding planning guide, around which everything else can be built. Making decisions when it’s not confirmed can lead to all sorts of problems. With a guest list set in stone, you have a firm idea of numbers, personnel and any special requirements.
Blowing the budget
Budgets can get used up quickly. So, if you’re not keeping an eye on it, it’ll be gone before you know it. If you’ve never planned or project managed a big event before, keeping on top of the budget can prove tricky.
Leaving things to the last minute
Putting off anything – the little jobs – to the last minute is never a good idea. Aim to have everything done days before the wedding, that way you have a contingency for the inevitable issues that will arise.
Changing your mind
Switching your colour scheme two months before the wedding is going to create a huge amount of work. So, make sure you are 100% happy with your choices before you set wheels in motion.
Not getting a planner
As you can tell from the above, there’s a lot that can go wrong on or before the big day. Which is why we always recommend not trying to tackle it all by yourself. Wedding planners can help you create and deliver a flawless wedding that you can enjoy and remember forever.
Colours remain the same but the way we use them and appreciate them is constantly evolving. As we head into 2018, a range of colours and palettes are emerging as favourites for weddings and celebrations this year. Here’s our quick guide.
Lavender and lilac
Similar but distinct, these two colours offer a dusty but elegant colour palette to play with. Both are light and fresh, and the combination allows you to play around with various shades and hues without rigidly sticking to one or the other.
Dusty rose and green
Shocking or bright pink can be a little too bold for many, but a dusty rose combined with natural floral greens is a great way to incorporate it in a more versatile way.
Black, white and gold
A true wedding classic combining the simple elegance of contrasting black and white with the glamour and sparkle of gold.
Blues are quite limited in the natural world, at least in terms of flora and foliage so bring in your blues through fabrics and decorations. Blues can work in any season, with a range of shades reflecting different moods.
Vintage red and peach
Bright red is perhaps not the most natural wedding colour so this slightly offset vintage alternative lets you play with bold colours that don’t dominate everything else.