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How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

So you’ve found “the one” and are ready to get down on one knee and make the commitment to a lifetime of love with your soulmate. Now it’s time to plan your proposal and make it as special as your significant other is! Here are some tips to help you pull off the perfect proposal.

The symbol of love

If you’re not sure what style of ring your bride (or groom!) to-be likes, be sure to check with their mom, sister, and best friends. Chances are this topic is something that your partner has discussed with their friends and family and they will be able to guide you in the right direction! If your significant other has a Pinterest, you can even try looking through their boards. Your significant other may have pinned a few engagement rings ideas, so this is a great starting point! If you’re having trouble finding the perfect ring, online jewelers like Blue Nile make it easy to shop for engagement rings directly online.

Involve her family and loved ones

If you think your significant other would enjoy having her family and loved ones there to be a part of this special moment, invite them to hide out of sight until after you’ve got down on one knee. Whether her friends and family bring bottles of champagne, confetti poppers, flowers, and other celebratory materials or simply just surprise her after you’ve popped the question, her happy response to see her friends and family cheering you on during the special moment will be worth your efforts. If you want the moment to be more private, rather than having friends and family join you at the location, put together a surprise engagement party at your home or a local restaurant to celebrate you and your new bride-to-be with your friends and family.

Location, location, location

When planning your proposal, think of a location that means something to you and your partner. Whether it’s the park where you met or the restaurant where you had your first date, choosing a location that has special meaning to you and your future spouse is crucial. This is a great way to reflect on your time together as a couple and nod to the beautiful moments that got you to where you are today in your relationship.

It’s all in the timing

When it comes to proposing, timing is a tricky thing. Your best bet is to go with the moment that feels right. With that being said, you can still put a bit of planning into when you actually get down on one knee. For example, if you’re planning on proposing at a restaurant instead of working up your nerves through dinner and dessert, pop the question early on in the evening. This way, you and your fiancé can both celebrate together throughout the evening and your nerves don’t get in the way of enjoying your meal!

Speak from your heart

It can be tough to get your feelings across due to your nerves and excitement. A few weeks before popping the question it may be a good idea to sit down and get your ideas together. However, you shouldn’t be following a script word for word. You don’t want your proposal to seem rehearsed. Even if you stumble over your words, real, heartfelt expressions of your love are going to be what makes your proposal so special. Take your time, don’t rush through and speak from your heart. All of this is what makes your partner feel truly loved and adored.

Hire a professional photographer

Your engagement will be one of the most special moments in you and your fiancé’s lives together. Hiring a professional photographer to capture this beautiful moment will take your proposal to the next level and add to the excitement. It’s also a great way to look back on this memory for years to come and show off the way that you proposed! Your photographer can also help with planning your proposal — from choosing a location to coming up with a diversion.

Check out these helpful guides below for tips on how to choose the perfect ring for your partner and find your perfect wedding band match!

Amanda H. a diamond and wedding enthusiast.

Pre-Proposal Ideas

The Perfect Match

Best Gifts For Your Bridesmaids

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

We are happy to present a blog post inspired by Warby Parker.

It’s important to make sure you make your bridesmaids feel special on your wedding day! They have planned showers, a bachelorette, and have been there for moral support, your bride tribe is constantly ensuring your day goes off without a hitch. You can say “thank you” a million times, but it’s still important to take time to think of thoughtful and personal gifts for your bridesmaids so they feel just as special as they have made you feel through the months of wedding planning.

The last thing you want to do is nonchalantly give your girls a Starbucks gift card (unless they love their daily coffee) and a general thank you note that you could have given anyone. Take time to think about what each of your ladies loves and go from there.


Bridesmaid Gift



Diamonds are truly a girl’s best friend. This is a gift you can get for everyone in your bridal party while still picking out individual pieces that each person will love. If you want to buy jewelry that they can wear at your wedding, head to one specific jeweler and pick out a different piece for everyone! That way, they will be of similar style, but someone who hates earrings won’t be stuck wearing long dangly ones. This shows you put thought and care into what you are gifting your girls.


Gift Bags and Jewellery



Other accessories you can get your bridesmaids are things like clutches or sunglasses. If you want your bridesmaids to have the comfort of having their belongings nearby for the ceremony and reception but still want them to match the theme of your wedding, gift them all clutches or small handbags. This is another gift you can customize for each girl’s personality.

If your wedding has a more casual and fun vibe, a great gift for awesome photos is sunglasses. Get you and your ladies in matching sunglasses by bulk ordering them. Save yourself time and money by ordering for your whole bridal party in one purchase. You will have a gift that keeps giving; it’s always nice to give something that can be utilized long after your special day.




Beauty Products

If you and your friends are all beauty obsessed then gifting skincare or makeup products is something they will be sure to love! There’s many ways to do this but one my favorites is to gift a skin-care basket that can be used the morning of the wedding. Put together a basket filled with things like a brightening mask, under eye cream, a nail brush, hand lotion, and even a nude lipstick or nail polish. This will ensure that you and your ladies have a fun time getting ready and will offer you all cute photos! Plus, this shows you put time and care in putting together a personal gift for them.


Beauty Products


Home Decor

This is another route you can take to get very personal with your gifting, but will take a little more time. You know your bridesmaids very well and can take this in any direction you want, but here are a few cute and small ideas that are easy to gift for a wedding day “thank you.” Jewelry boxes, small dishes or vases are versatile and can be used in many different ways as cute decor. Wall signage that displays your girl’s personality, whether it’s a quote from their favorite TV show or idol. Small family games like “What Do You Meme” or “Charades” so they can take it home for family fun night. Again, the options are endless here and probably don’t have a thing to do with your wedding. But again, it’s showing that you care about gifting them something thoughtful after all they have done for you during your wedding prep!

Gifting for your bridesmaids doesn’t have to be complicated, make sure you aren’t just gifting them something they will keep, just because. Simple make sure you take time to think about what each person would like best and even give a gift that they can use long after your wedding. The most important thing is to thank your lovely ladies for that they have done for you up until this very moment when you’re ready to say “I do!”

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Royal Wedding Tea Party

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Here is another possible theme for a Royal Wedding Party, a quintessentially British Tea Party. Think doilies, vintage tea sets, cupcakes, biscuits and the scent of English roses.

Royal Wedding Tea Party

Royal Wedding Tea Party

1. Beautiful gold crown surround by babies breath, pink roses and pink carnations. Inspiration from a styled shoot on Celebrations at Home.

2. A pretty vintage tea cup filled with greenery and pink roses sat on a pile of vintage books, such are great table centre. Inspiration from Pinterest.

3. Another great idea for a table centre a pretty vintage tea cup filled with small roses and rose buds. Inspiration from Pinterest.

4. A pretty way to served sugar cubes in a vintage tea cup with vintage sugar tongs. Inspiration from Pinterest.

5. A pretty seamless shabby chic rose background available from Alisa Foytik.

6. A pretty alternation to the usual shaped biscuits, are these a cute Lemon teabag biscuits decorated with icing, sprinkles and a ribbon. The tutorial can be seen at Pink Piccadilly Pastries.

7. A pretty afternoon tea table with fondant fancies, victoria sponge, cucumber sandwiches, pretty bunting and floral table cloth, what could be more perfect?

The cute vintage black and white images I have used to decorate this article are all available free from The Graphics Fairy.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and the sun shines!

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Royal Wedding

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Tomorrow is the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. So in celebration I have put together a very British collection of Royal Wedding inspired party accessories, party outfits and food.

Royal Wedding 2018

Royal Wedding 2018

1. A pretty red white and blue table setting featuring pinwheels, scones, a victoria sandwich cake, fondant fancies and bunting. A photo shoot created by Ocado 

2. Cute and funny corgi bunting featuring party hats handmade by Raw Bone Studio.

3. A stunning chic union jack party dress handmade by Hayley Jayne Designs on Etsy.

4. A cute heart shaped union jack cocktail hat handmade by Maynard Millinery on Etsy.

5. Union jack cupcakes this is a tutorial so you can bake and decorate them yourselves ready for a street party or to indulge while watching the wedding. The full article can be read on Renshaw’s website.

6. Beautiful cotton union jack bunting, great to string around your garden. Available from Rustic Angels.

7. A simple dessert to munch on while watching the Royal Wedding, strawberries and cream in a pretty vintage cup dressed with a union jack flag pick.

8. Yummy corgi biscuits iced to perfection and finished off with a ribbon collar. Handmade by Juliet Stallwood.

9. So cute, a corgi dressed in a tux! Photographed by Susan Stripling Photography.

10. A beautiful patch work union jack deck chair handmade by Bye Brytshi.

11. Beautifully iced crown cupcakes perfect for a Royal Wedding baked by De La Creme Creative Studio.

And finally a selection of my patriotic crystal beads gold, red and midnight blue Flutterby Weddings.

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Grooming Checklist For The Groom

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Calling all grooms!

With your wedding quickly approaching, no doubt you’ve got a lot on your plate. With so many little details involved in wedding planning, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Between taking care of your bride’s needs, getting the venue ready, and making sure your guests are happy, you barely have time to make sure you look and feel your best, too. Luckily, we have a fantastic checklist from Harry’s to make sure you look like a million bucks on your big day. 


Grooming Checklist For The Groom

Grooming Checklist For The Groom

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Remembering Your Mum

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Getting married when your mum has passed away can be difficult, You are full of excitement at starting your new lift but part of you is sad she cannot share the occasion with you.

Here are a few simple ways you can remember your mum at your wedding.

Remember Your Mum At Your Wedding

Remember Your Mum At Your Wedding

1 & 4. Our pretty Wedding Bouquet Photo Frame Charms a discrete way to have your mum walking with you down the aisle. They can be tied to the stem of your bouquet and made in your colour scheme to match the flowers in your bouquet or they can be made in soft blue as your “Something Blue.” Available from our website: Flutterby Weddings.

2. A symbolic way to remember your mum, a cluster of balloons suspending her favourite blooms and then tied to an empty chair.

3. A memory candle burning throughout your ceremony. Possibly in her favourite scent to evoke happy memories. The sign is available to customise from Orchard Berry.

5. A pretty forget me not brooch in soft shades of blue, pin to your dress as a symbolic keepsake and also perfect for your “Something Blue.” Handmade to order from KnopkaRU on Etsy.

6. A beautiful photo op with both the bride and groom holding their parents wedding photo. Inspiration from All Womens Talk.

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Mother Of The Bride Gifts

Friday, March 9th, 2018

With Mothers Day fast approaching I thought I would look for fun gift ideas for Mothers Of The Bride or indeed Mothers of The Groom.

There is a wealth of fabulous ideas out there, here are my favourites.

Mother Of The Bride Gifts

Mother Of The Bride Gifts

1. Pretty floral personalised mugs for both the Mother of the Groom and Mother of the Bride. Made to order by Mugsby on Etsy.

2. Simple but so pretty cotton tote bag available in several print colours perfect as a survival kit! Available from Alphabet Bags. 

3. Beautiful rose gold and blush pink scalloped sash. Fully adjustable and perfect for your hen party. Available from Party Delights.

4. Shabby chic Mother of the Bride gift, personalised with your wedding date a beautiful keepsake. Handmade by Shop Willy Nilly.

5. A personalised white ceramic heart embellished with a paper roses, beautiful as a wedding keepsake. Handmade by Rustic Weddings GB. 

6. A delightful pocket sized fabric tissue holder with the sentiment “Mother of the Bride” hand embroidered and embellished with a pretty heart button. Perfect for her tears of joy! Handmade by The Button Company.

7. Vintage Chic Pearl and diamante necklace and matching bracelet, great statement pieces for the Mother of The Bride! Available on our website: Flutterby Weddings Vintage Chic Bracelet and Flutterby Wedding Vintage Chic Necklace.

8. A bright pink ombré pouch, perfect gift for the mother of the bride! Fill with emergency essentials, this zip pouch makes the ideal accessory for the big day! Handmade by Alphabet Bags.

9. A cute pampering kit for the mother of the bride to use on the morning of the wedding while getting ready for the big day. Handmade made by Little Picture Co.

10. A great way to gift wrap your mother of the bride and groom gifts with in a pretty way with these adorable bags. Handmade by Just Beautiful Gifts.

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Bride and Mum Photographs

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day I have put together a collection of inspirational photos of Brides with their mothers on their wedding day.

Bride and Mum Photos

Bride and Mum Photos

1. A stunning photo of a mother of the bride helping her daughter with the finishing touches to her outfit. Photograph by Katelyn James Photography.

2. Another beautiful photo of a mother of the bride helping her daughter with the finishing touches to her outfit but this time reflected in a mirror. Photograph by Christina Carroll Photography.

3. A unique shot of the hands of the bride, mother of the bride and grandmother of the bride. Photograph by Megan Wynn Photography.

4. A quirky shot of the mother of the bride and mother of the groom framing the happy couple. Photograph by Van Daele and Russell Photography.

5. Another unique shot of a bride and her mother crossing on the stairs. Photograph by Danelle Bohane. 

6. A snap of a moment in time as the bride and groom walk back down the aisle. Stopping to kiss the mothers. Photograph by Jeremy Beasley.

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Spring Colour Trends

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

New blog post today, it is about The Black Tux, suit and tuxedo rentals  in the USA and Spring Colour Trends of 2018.

They have collated three on trend colour themes for spring this year. First up is lilac and a moody rich shade of forest green styled with a soft tan suit, perfect for a laid back relaxed exotic wedding.

Lilac and green spring 2018

Lilac and Green Spring 2018

Next we have the ever popular vintage combination of blush pink and grey. Floaty soft blush pink bridal dresses, rose gold accessories, organic floral arrangements, vintage linens and the groom decked out in tones of silver grey.

Blush and Grey Spring 2018

Blush and Grey Spring 2018

And…. finally we have Slate Grey and Moss, dark inky slate suites, light slate blue bridesmaids dress, soft ivory roses in contrast to spiky sea thistles and succulents as well as mossy green foliage to complete the look.

Slate and Moss Spring 2018

Slate and Moss Spring 2018

If you love these colour combinations please checkout The Black Tux’s tuxedo and suit rentals!

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Book Themed Wedding

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Today is World Book Day here in the UK but unfortunately a lot of schools are closed due to heavy snow fall so I guess it is being celebrated at homes around the UK instead as costumes will have been made or bought. So Happy Chilly World Book Day!

Inspired by this yearly event I have put together a collect of fantastic ideas for a book themed wedding for all you Bibliophile Brides.

Book Themed Wedding

Book Themed Wedding

1. A beautiful stack of pastel coloured vintage books with a pretty posy of roses and greenery bursting from between the pages. Inspiration from Put A Ring On It.

2. A lovely library themed way to collate well wishes from guests inspiration can be found here.

3. Vintage book pages hand rolled into confetti cones. Handmade to order by Song Bird B Designs on Etsy.

4. A stunning book page backdrop perfect for photo ops or for behind your cake table. Inspiration from Make It Franke.

5. A delicious and opulent wedding cake created to look like a pile of antique books, almost looks to good to eat! Handmade by Galatia. 

6. Library card themed place cards handmade to order by In Focus Designs on Etsy.

7. A handmade paper wedding bouquet. Each individual flower is made of hand cut petals from vintage and aged book pages. The bouquet has been further embellish with frayed flowers, so gorgeous! Handmade to order by Heart Of Heidi on Etsy.

8. A unique wedding Save The Date Card styled like a library card. Handmade to order by Wedding Monograms on Etsy.

9. Pretty heart hanging decoration made using vintage book pages. They would look lovely hung on a rustic string a la bunting or garland style. Handmade by Bookity on Folksy.

Stay warm and safe perhaps by the fire with a good book!

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