Image courtesy of Habitat.
Let’s talk interiors shall we…?
It’s absolutely no surprise this goes hand-in-hand with what we love to do. We obviously adore discovering and visiting new places and I have been known to get a little over-excited at various wedding venue décor decisions on my travels.
This is why we love Prezola – our chosen Gift List partner. Founder Ali is a renowned stylist and has an amazing eye for detail, so you know your Gift List is in great hands with the Prezola team and their chosen brands.
We’ve got a little round up of some of the colours and items we’re crushing on for 2017, but if you head over to our dedicated Gift List page you can discover some other articles you might be interested in, especially if you’re deciding whether a Gift List is for you.
That point where you’ve booked your venue and key suppliers but haven’t made the stationery decision, this is the point to have the chat my friends – hint: I didn’t have one thanks to the husband-to-be and I regret it! He still gets blamed.
Notes from Prezola
It’s that time of year again where colours of the year are unveiled and interior magazines predict the hottest trends of 2017. We like to stay on top of the latest trends at Prezola so our style-savvy couples have the very best for their wedding gift list and this year, it’s all about the colour!
Film & Images by This Modern Revelry.
We’re crushing on This Modern Revelry, simply press play on any of the films below and you’ll see why.
Husband & wife-to-be, Laura and Alan, are fresh on the cinematic wedding scene and they create films that are fun, personal and well, just a bit cooler than the rest.
Their ethos is ‘Love Like Hell Yeah’ which means a no holds barred, fearless love with just a little bit of rebellion! They specialise in cutting together a film that’s interesting, engaging and has a cool vibe but still getting in those little moments that’ll bring on the cry-face whenever you watch it.
If that all sounds like your kind of thing, then read on to discover this awesome couple in more detail. Oh and look out for info on their ‘All the Details’ package as you can claim 15% off if you book before the end of February for your 2017 wedding.
Notes From This Modern Revelry
Laura & Alan:
We’ve been together for 7 years and are getting married ourselves this year (whoop!) at one of Coco Wedding Venue’s recommended venues no less. We definitely wouldn’t describe ourselves as traditional – in life and in business.
Our words to live by are ‘Love Like Hell Yeah’ – love that doesn’t apologise, is a little bit wild but most of all is modern love. This Modern Revelry exists for people who don’t want shot after shot of ‘this happened, then this’ but want to capture the feeling of the day: the fun, the style, the details and most importantly – the party. With a vibe that’s more at home in a music video than a party political broadcast.
Image courtesy of The White Company.
“If you’ve not heard of the term Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) then you must have been hiding under a rock. It’s the new ‘thing’ and we have the super cool Danes to thank. Considered to be among the happiest people in the world, they might just be onto something…”
That little snippet is taken from my latest lifestyle feature over on B.LOVED where I look at how to hygge. Whilst for some this may be seen as a passing trend, the actual sense of hygge has been around for many years. Hygge is all about being connected, being in the moment, appreciating the small things, sharing intimacy and belonging to a community.
All of these sentiments are so true when it comes to weddings and indeed I think the ethos of hygge is a fundamental process in our decision making, whether we’re conscious of it or not. The venues we’re increasingly seeing are those that focus on the warm, friendly, home-from-home vibes that our relaxed couples crave. Our venue choices are also influenced by our own sense of style (obviously!) and our love for interiors, architecture and design. So with all of this in mind, we asked our Gift List partners Prezola to create a seasonally inspired hygge list.
I hope you like it… I’m off to light a candle!
Hygge is probably one of my favourite words at the moment and there’s no wonder why. This Danish act of creating a nice atmosphere is all about enjoying life with good people around you. When it’s dark outside and the weather’s looking glum, we all need that extra boost so fill your home with candles, wrap a thick blanket around you and feel all snuggly for winter.
These days, the minefield of wedding etiquette has thankfully eased and you’re generally able to create a wedding that breaks the norm here and there – or everywhere! – to create your own very special occasion that’s a true reflection of you both, and the same goes for your Gift List.
Friends and family dearly want to help you get set up in your shared home (even if you already live together), and with Prezola, the’ve got it covered. There’s 30,000 gorgeous gifts to choose from, supplied by 300 top homeware brands, including favourites like Wedgwood and The White Company, together with specialist boutique brands such as Nkuku and OKA, so you’re bound to find items you love. It’s everything the high street has to offer, in one place. And if you opt for our Premier Plus account, which costs just £59, you’ll be able to add an unlimited number of honeymoon funds, cash contributions, charity donations and custom gifts of your choice to your list, too with no fees, third parties or commission.
The key is to include lots of different price points, and both traditional items such as quality linen, cutlery and ovenware with more modern choices that show your personalities and hobbies, from art to outdoor items to useful kitchen equipment to fun experiences and day trips.
So where do you start..? Compiling a wedding list can be quite daunting with so much choice! Here’s my top must haves that should be on every modern couple’s wedding registry.
This is all about useful, quality items you’ll love cooking with for decades. It’s hard to beat Le Creuset, which is one of our number one sellers. It will last you a lifetime so think carefully about your colour choice if you’re the sort who likes to coordinate. Or just go ahead and mix it up with a rainbow of options!
Le Creuset Coastal Ovenware, £7.00 – £220.00.
A quality dinner service
A clean, simple, white dinner service is a must-have. Look for elegantly rendered fine, white bone china that’s versatile enough to dress up or down at your next gathering.
Wedgwood by Jasper Conran China, £16.00 – £170.00.
Quirky personalised gifts
One of the big trends we’re noticing in wedding gifts is for couples to reflect their true personalities by choosing bespoke gifts like personalised wall art or retro decor. It’s a chance for your guests to buy something that’s really you.
Home Sweet Home
Some of us like to take on a little more than we can chew at any one time, right…? If you find yourself saving for the wedding and that home renovation then here at Prezola we can actually help with those costs! As part of the New Beginnings inspiration you can ask guests for a cash contribution towards your new home, whether it’s that fancy bathroom that’s on the wishlist, a kitchen makeover or just general home improvements.
New Kitchen Fund, £50.
Electrical items are no longer the functional but necessary items on a wedding gift list! For instance, if one of you has a love of vinyl, you can enjoy listening to your favourite records wherever you go on one of our Crosley Cruiser Turntables. It’s modelled on a vintage suitcase and it’s surprisingly lightweight, available in a huge range of colours with a built-in stereo speaker too.
Crosley Cruiser Turntable, available in various colours £74.99 – £89.99.
Images by Timeless Pictures.
Monday mornings – I’m sure we all have our own routines to kick-start our week right…?
Well last Monday I was well and truly thrown when I stepped away from the usual desk position and headed to the picturesque Richmond-upon-Thames, where apparently bhuti lies within…
The story starts with The Bingham. I absolutely adore this venue. It’s graced these pages many a time and it’s been a personal bookmark for many a family occasion; so when I was asked if I wanted to make another visit to try out their brand new Spa called bhuti, there was only one answer.
Bhuti & The Bride
bhuti is an eco and wellbeing escape located a stones throw from the hotel. Offering a range of natural and organic spa treatments, bhuti is a perfect extension of The Bingham’s luxury ethos and offers a range of treatments designed to ensure you feel radiant from within. From yoga classes and nutrition workshops, to thermal detox massages and inner peace treatments, bhuti offers a treatment for everyone covering a range of Complementary therapies including Reiki, Acupuncture and Homeopathy, all carried out using only the finest natural and organic products proudly made in England.
You may have a small inclination by now that planning a wedding can be teensy bit stressful, so I personally think taking time out – whether it’s with your husband-to-be, with your girlfriends or just by yourself – is essential. You can therefore visit bhuti for a pick me up throughout your wedding planning or enjoy some pampering on the eve or morning of your big day. The stresses of wedmin and to-do lists can quite simply be left at the door as soon as you step into the idyllic and tranquil surroundings.