Long before I had given weddings a second thought – (long before I had even met James in fact)… I was into interior design.
I bought my first home in 2001, a tiny 1 and a half bedroom terrace with the most tragic decor you could imagine. I’m talking avocado bathroom suite, peach wallpaper throughtout…complete with various floral “boarders” and a scarily unattractive burgundy carpet IN EVERY ROOM.
So I got myself a lodger, lived off beans on toast and rich tea biscuits for 12 months, didn’t buy any new clothes ( I know can you believe?!)….and set about re-decorating the whole thing from top to bottom.
Some things I just couldn’t afford ( had to live with the avocado unfortunately) but in general I made it into a simple, stylish and modern home which I sold on a few years later for a worthwhile profit.
The house that James and I live in now was in a similar decorative state. No burgundy carpets I’m pleased to report but a whole heap of half arsed “renovation” work that we had to put right.
Not to mention the fact that on the first viewing we were greeted in the living room by a zebra print sofa, a tiger print chaise lounge and a cow skin rug.
Was like walking into Joan Collins’ closet.
Luckily once the unsuitable furniture and huge flouncy curtains had been removed we were left with an easily modified blank canvas and our old Victorian semi was ready to have the O’Shea seal of style approval stamped all over it.
* The kitchen – we have a walk through arch way from the living room
So I bet you gorgeous lot are thinking “eh? What the hell has this got to do with my wedding?!”
Well then, let me explain my reasons:
1) It’s easy to get confused by all of the loveliness out there, magazines, wedding fayres, other peoples weddings… and let’s be honest even blogs like Rock My Wedding. There is so much choice on offer it’s difficult to know what is right for you and your Big Day.
The only thing I would say here is to remember to stay true to yourself and don’t be swayed by what other people think you should have and what is currently in “fashion”. Take a look round you – and by that I mean your home, your interior decor, your every day wardrobe……and remember what it is YOU really like.
2) Consider re-usable decor. My biggest bugbear when planning the venue decoration was the thought of shelling out a whole lotta dollar for things that essentially we would only use once and that would spend the rest of their life gathering dust in the loft.
There is a ton of pretty available that you can use for W-day and then use in your home too… or indeed vice versa. I’m sure most of you already have lots of lovely in and around your abode that would be just perfect for adding some style and sophistication to the proceedings…..
Scented candles? cool pictures/photographs? vintage vases? glamorous trinkets?
* We used a whole bunch of heart decorations that we now hang on the kitchen cupboards…, the retro mugs are from www.notonthehighstreet.com
3) Sometimes it is nice to escape from weddingville altogether. If only for 5 minutes. And occasionally at Rock My Wedding we like to go slightly off the long road to “I DO” and just post about something a bit different.
As above – don’t underestiamate the power of a bright bloom in a bud vase – these were £1 each from Sainsbury’s. And if your bloom budget is limited then how about having a go yourself?
Oh and correct me if I’m wrong but what is the deal with peoples reservations against carnations? I think they are just divine not to mention dirt cheap and long lasting.
Unfortunately we didn’t discover Coulson Macleod until after the O’Shea Big Day but had we I so would have used this ” Love does not make the world go round, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile” piece for decor.
The juice bar clock and rustic/distressed chairs are by Laura Ashley and the retro inspired Bush radio was from Asda…. ( you’ve got to love supermarket chic)
The one thing we didn’t put enough thought into and is a big regret of mine was the guest book. We made a small last minute purchase, didn’t put it in an obvious place for people to find and didn’t let anyone know it was there.
If I had my time again I would use a picture that James bought me for the first birthday I celebrated since being together and have everyone sign around it. Then it would be significant, it would be very “us” and it would be taking pride of place it our home as a lovely memory of all our guests and the best day of our lives.
I am also a big fan of the cute couple canvases/prints that we are seeing used where the guests sign around the image, a lovely “forever” type keepsake.
* Limited Edition print by Kate Martin at www.55max.com
I would say our home decor is a kind of “rustic retro romance” ( completely made that phrase up but you get my meaning)….and that’s what we threw into W-day.
Be true to yourself and be true to your style – that’s all I wanted to get across.
And if you like “home is where the heart is” then drop us a comment, we have a whole bunch of rooms between the RMW team that we can post about.
Big Rustic Retro Romance Love