Category Archives: Planning The RMW Way
No not the Take That song (I am desperately hoping some of you are in an age bracket that actually remembers Take That the first time around…) but actual magic.
As in abracadabra, let-me-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat, Paul Daniels in a sequin waistcoat type magic.
How do you feel about that? think it’s all a bit naff?
And how about when you hear that someone is having a magician at their wedding as some form of entertainment, does it make you have scary visions of Debbie McGee in fishnets or the perma-tanned David Copperfield that was once married to Claudia Schiffer?
Well. As it happens David Copperfield has grossed more than any other solo entertainer in history – over 3 billion dollars.
I’m not suggesting anyone considers booking him for W-day (he’s possibly quite pricey) But it just goes to show, folks love a bit of the old hocus pocus.
Magic/and or illusion is becoming way cooler than it used to be. And the tricks are becoming unbelievably genius (or slightly mentalist, if for example you consider the activities of David Blaine)…have you seen Dynamo?! Honestly, how the hell does he do that stuff?!
And even though I was well aware of all of the modern day magic above I’ve got to admit, personally, I would rather be faced with a musician of some sort (or any sort) that some velvet coat wearing weirdo waving a deck of cards.
Yes, my perception of magicians at weddings was firmly stuck somewhere around 1989.… View the full post.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that there are an abundance of wedding traditions that you an choose to incorporate in your own big day or not.
The receiving line, the first dance, the cutting of the cake….choose to have ‘em all, a few that you feel are important to you and yours or maybe even none at all.
Now then. My favourite “tradition” is, without a shadow of a doubt, the throwing of the confetti.
For me it is the most significant aspect of the I do celebrations where friends and family congratulate the bride and groom on their together foreverness…a shower of love, luck and eternal happiness.
And from a purely aesthetic perspective, I think it’s difficult to improve on the vision of a pair of beaming newly-weds surrounded by a cloud of pretty pastel paper or flower petals…I always look out for that “shot” when I receive a real wedding submission.
Lolly and I were actually discussing confetti whilst at the NWS in Earls Court last week. Turns out it’s one of the traditions she will be keeping for her W-day this Autumn, and she is a big advocate of the familiar horse shoe and bell shaped silvery variety that it would seem is quite difficult to find in biodegradable material (if you have any ideas where we can find some then do let us know – Lolly will love you forever.)
And no we don’t think the train of your elegant gown shimmering in the sunshine with a selection of metallic shapes is tacky – it’s positively retro cool.… View the full post.
Charlotte: Hope you all had a relaxing bank holiday you gorgeous lot. It’s straight back in with a wee bit of Tuesday morning discussion, today specifically about being a wedding guest/how this results in the considerations you make for your own W-day invitees.
It was actually Madame Jenny that raised it, and I’m guessing being smack bang it the middle of peak big day season, a whole bunch of you are feeling the time and purse string pinch of the many affairs the summertime inevitably brings.
I’m sure I don’t need to spell out the fact I adore a good wedding. Even more so when you can make a bit of a weekend of it – book a night away, spend quality time with your friends drinking, eating and getting ever so merry. Not to mention the opportunity of sharing an important chapter of the bride and groom’s happy ever after.
And this doesn’t come cheap.
Hotel costs, travel costs, gift lists, new fashions……the bar bill. A struggle for many let alone in the current economic climate.
If I’m invited to what is one of the most significant celebrations in someones life then I’m honoured, truly. And as a guest I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure I save and/or sacrifice well in advance to ensure I’m there with bells, whistles and statement jewellery on.
But I know only too well that not everyone falls into my camp.
And I appreciate that all the saving and sacrificing in the world is genuinely not going to make things easy for some folk.… View the full post.
Charlotte: I hear this often. In fact I was one of those girls that felt it.
After attending so many amazing themed/organised within-an-inch-of-their-life events where everyone had the best time ever….I felt a huge amount of pressure to pull off something equally as awesome.
Well there was my first epic fail. It’s not so much you (as in the bride) that should be creating this event, it should be a collaborative effort from all of your best girls. Yes, even if you are the worlds greatest control freak. I started off trying to do too much of it myself (“I am always the “party planner” so why should this be any different” was my initial thought) and what with a wedding to organise in 4 months managed to get myself in a bit of a pickle.
Luckily for me I have an enthusiastic sister and an experienced hen-do planning best friend so they took the reigns and left me to worry about ceremony readings and canapés.
Rule number one – DELEGATE.
Rule number two – make it clear what kind of thing makes you happy/laugh/you enjoy. And what type of thing genuinely doesn’t. Just this week I heard about a girl that had told her maids that under no uncertain terms did she want any kind of greased up “fireman” removing his uniform and swinging his um…hose (?) in front of her to the dulcet tones of “You Can Leave Your Hat On”.
They ignored her.
Firman Sam not only covered her new fancy frock in a rather unpleasant baby-oil sheen but insisted she lick whipped cream off of his…crotch.… View the full post.
Morning lovelies, Charlotte here…*waves*, after a recent discussion with Madame Pamela and the success of her Lack Of Aisle Style post we asked her to return and share her desire for a distinct lack of social media coverage for W-day…..as always please leave your thought in the comments box below!
OK, so, the Big C and I will, ever so politely, be asking our guests not to post our wedding photos on social networking sites. The reason for this is not because we have an exclusive, six-figure deal with a celebrity magazine (completley shocking, I know) and neither is it because I’ve come over all diva-esque in a ‘Mental pictures, no cameras please’ Rita Ora kind of way (again, somewhat shocking, but with just eight weeks to go I’m trying to keep my inner Mariah on lock down – don’t want the Big C ‘doing one’ because the pressure of finding eight puppies as white as the snow got too much).
You see, I’m the type of girl that is all about the foreplay (don’t worry; this post isn’t going to be about those type of photos!). I live for the build up to events and momentous occasions. That girl’s night out that isn’t until the end of the month? Well I’ve already planned 57 possible outfits, debated, discarded and decided on bars and clubs, run around the house in false eyelashes so long that really they belong to Ermentrude the cow (‘Just needed to check that yes, they are totally impractical and therefore truly suitable’) and made 162 phone calls to my best friend making nothing but an excitable ‘eeeeeeeee’ noise down the phone (we have an understanding that if it goes on longer than seven minutes she can hang up).… View the full post.
Music is, for myself and my delicious man, a part of the fabric that binds us. In our early dating stages, music was the main thing we talked about, danced to and bonded over most. Saturday afternoons were spent prancing around in my underwear (me, not Gavin) with a big old school set of headphones on, attached to his iPod whilst he showed off his extensive iTunes library and musical trivia knowledge. Not much has changed.
Music has always and will always fill our home. Whether it’s chilled out tunes while cooking, hardcore rock while cleaning or background party music when having friends around, we will always find an excuse to play something.
Luckily we have the exact same taste in music. Generally speaking we tend to love anything Acoustic, Folk-y, Rock-y, Grunge-y, Metal-y, Punk-y or Bass-y. Rock chick, yes I am. So how the hell do you incorporate that into your wedding and make sure everyone else (who maybe aren’t so fond of having their eardrums blown out) enjoys themselves too…
We asked our guests what they wanted to listen to! This brainchild was born out of a bit of RMW inspiration. We had a slot on our RSVP postcards that read “Name a song guaranteed to get you dancing”. The results were both varied and spectacular. I have since then seen this on many a wedding planning post and still to this day think it’s a great way to make people feel involved, whilst taking the pressure off you to come up with a playlist.… View the full post.