Marquee letter lights burst onto the wedding décor scene with aplomb a few years ago, with the emergence of giant sparkly LOVE wedding letters and the popular MR & MRS letter lights. Fast forward to 2017 and the options are now endless! With several companies now offering the whole alphabet in beautiful illuminated letters, they provide the perfect way to bespoke your wedding day and inject something different and unique into your special day!
Spell it Out!
Here at The Brilliant Hum, we love wedding couples who choose to think a little differently. With companies now offering lots of options to choose from, your options really are endless. Of course, if you are a traditional kind of gal, illuminated LOVE letters continue to remain popular for romantic wedding celebrations. However, if you would like to add a touch of fun to your day how about spelling out something a little quirkier? Perhaps ‘BOOGIE’, ‘LETS DANCE!’ or even perhaps ‘WEDFEST’ for a festival themed wedding?
The sentimental amongst you could take inspiration from popular romantic movies or beautiful and memorable phrases. You could spell out romantic phrases such as ‘MEANT TO BE’, ‘TRULY YOURS’, ‘FOREVER’ or ‘ALL I NEED IS YOU’. Whether you spell out your initials, select something more bespoke, choose a gigantic light up glowing heart or hire out your newly married surname, these fantastic props provide a perfect lighting solution for weddings and special occasions. Beautiful in the daytime, these hire props really come into their own when the light fades and your night time celebrations get under way. Using soft ambient LED lighting technology, they provide a great focal point for your dancefloor and of course, are a wonderful backdrop to your wedding day photographs.
What type of venue do they suit?
Pretty much any really. Available in neutral colours such as satin white or metallic silver, with a choice of classic and contemporary letter fonts, they can look as equally at home in a festival themed marquee or tepee wedding as they do in a traditional country stately home, lighting up a contemporary industrial inner city wedding or decorating a pretty country barn.
Buy, rent or do it yourself?
Although marquee letter lights are available to buy this can prove to be an expensive option. Also consider what you will indeed do with the letters post wedding – they can take up considerable space back home in your living room! If you are on a wedding budget and need to watch the pennies, then there is of course, the option to handcraft your own homemade letters. This marquee lights tutorial from Urban Bliss is a good starting point and should give you a good idea of if it is something you would like to tackle.
Of course, with the advent of summer just around the corner, the popularity of outdoor festival style weddings and the hiring of wedding marquees and pretty boho tepees to host your wedding reception remains ever popular. If you are looking for further inspiration and style edits of just how to use these lovely lights at your own wedding take a look at this boho/festival inspired wedding article featuring marquee letter lights. With ideas on just how to rock the boho trend to the max, this blog post has some great starting tips for planning your special day to perfection.
With the popularity of this choice of wedding décor continuing to rise, and signs of it now infiltrating both the corporate arena and wider events market, we predict this trend is here to stay! Remember though, if you are thinking of having an illuminated sign lighting up your wedding day, remember to enquire early. Many of the top companies get booked up months, even years in advance; especially for the popular summer months.
You have been warned 😲
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Darren and Claire’s laid back Spring wedding just oozes love, romance and sheer femininity! Determined to keep the proceedings simple and relaxed from the outset, the couple deliberately chose the locations for their wedding ceremony and reception based on the beautiful architecture already in place.
Claire told The Brilliant Hum, “Our local church is stunningly beautiful and rather than spend hundreds on flowers decorating the inside, we knew all it really needed was some simple floral pew ends and romantic pillar candles to let its natural beauty shine through. All our guests were blown away on the day.”
Following their wonderful day, Claire and Darren have kindly shared a few of their highlights from their special occasion with the team at The Brilliant Hum:
Preparing for the big day, Darren was excited but understandably nervous as to what lay ahead, most notably the thought of his forthcoming wedding day speech playing havoc with his wedding day nerves!
Darren says, “I hate public speaking at the best of times, so the thought of making what was perhaps THE most important speech of my life infront of all my family and loved ones was very nerve wracking!”
Helping him through on the day however, was his trusted right hand man and best friend, Neil who, was close by to offer some sage words of advice, help Darren dress for the day ahead and offer a cheeky pre-wedding celebratory whisky to calm the nerves!
The local Anglican church provided the most stunning backdrop to their marriage vows. We were blown away by the beautiful architecture of the church roof and the most amazing window in any church we have seen. With the sunlight streaming through this most amazing window, it is quite easy to see why Claire and Darren fell in love with this place.
We love this shot of Claire and Darren on the steps of the church – their first picture as a married couple! Here at The Brilliant Hum we love those shots that move away from traditional images of the bride and groom and this is such an unstuffy and relaxed image of the happy couple just simply enjoying themselves in the moment!
In keeping with the informal approach, Claire wore a beautiful strapless gown with tulle overlay and chose to do away with the tradition of wearing a bridal veil. Her beautiful gown featured delicate crystal beading to the bodice and Claire accessorized her look with dainty crystal and pearl teardrop earrings with matching bracelets and dusky pink lip gloss. Her beautiful blonde hair was curled and swept into a classy half chignon. Delicate floral bouquets of dusky pink roses, gypspholia and green fern were a romantic and girly choice.
Forever a magpie here at The Brilliant Hum, we were certainly all a quiver when we clapped our eyes on this little beauty. Claire’s stunning platinum and diamond square cut pave wedding and engagement rings are both classic and unique and certainly something of a show stopper! We have ring envy!
We love Darren’s choice of morning suit. Influenced by his love of music and The Beatles in particular, Darren chose a suit which both reflected his sense of music style and added an element of fun to the occasion. In a lovely royal blue, his suit was edged in black piping; this detail was then picked out in Darren’s choice of tie and shoes.
Claire’s bridesmaids work dusky pink three quarter length floaty gowns complimentary to the theme and carried bouquets of pink, purple and ivory roses.
Claire’s niece Sophie was her youngest bridesmaid and was super excited to dress up like a princess and be asked to perform bridesmaid duties for the very first time! We love the look on her face in this shot of her posing with her friend in the Reception area of the Grand Hall! The grandiose gilt mirror and beautiful brickwork forming the backdrop of this image makes for an interesting shot.
Continuing the pink colour scheme through to the Wedding Reception, Claire and Darren chose accents of gold to add contrast, detail and a sense of understated luxury to the scheme. This can be seen expertly in the stunning cake décor. We love how Claire has chose to incorporate a variety of textures and elements into the different layers of the cake. The very on trend gold marbling of the bottom layer is expertly contrasted against the gold pebble effect of the middle layer; all offset beautifully by the addition of delicate piped pink and peach sugar flowers wrapped round the outside of the wedding cake.
Keeping things simple, Claire and Darren chose to hand make all their table décor. With crisp white table linen and burlap hessian table runners and cutlery holders, the décor was kept simple and allowed the beauty of the couple’s floral displays to take centre stage. Lighting up the room and adding a further touch of romance were strategically placed pillar candles and an abundance of twinkly fairy lights.
Perhaps our most favourite shot of the collection and the one we choose to leave you with is this stunner! They say a picture can tell a thousand words…well, the one that springs to mind is divine. If ever an image could convey true love and devotion than this must be the clincher. Your wedding day is a moment in time where you and your loved ones come together to celebrate and mark your marriage to one another…But what we think this image expertly captures is the one thing that truly matters – your love and the commitment you make to share your lives together as husband and wife.
One for the boys perhaps? If you are itching for your man indoors to do the deed and pop the big question but he is lacking in serious motivation…pop this little edit next to his morning coffee and hey presto, bobs your uncle!
I Do Love To Be By the Seaside
Set a date for a romantic day trip to your favourite seaside retreat. Make sure it is a quiet beach away from the madding crowds. As the sun is setting over the horizon, take a walk down the beach and spell out your proposal in the sand. Be sure to take a bottle of the bubbly stuff to celebrate her acceptance!
Flying High on Romance
Take to the air – a romantic hot air balloon flight over the beautiful countryside would be the perfect romantic setting to propose and would make for the most beautiful images of your proposal. Just be sure your partner has a head for heights and that you don’t drop the sparkler over the side!
Alternatively, if your partner is on the adventurous side, how about organising a joint experience day? Taking to the skies in a glider can be an exhilarating experience you can both enjoy. When you touch down on the runway afterwards, why not have a red carpet ready with flowers and a bottle of champagne on ice ready for your big moment?
It’s Written in the Stars
Rent your favourite hotel room or even better, a room with a beautiful view. This could be a romantic retreat in the heart of the countryside or a stunning city centre view in your hometown. String romantic fairy lights around your balcony and light it up in style – large letter lights spelling out ‘MARRY ME’. When the sun goes down and the stars come out, pick your perfect moment to pop the question under the starry night sky. Remember to check the weather report for clear skies. The last thing you want is a rainy night to spoil your romantic proposal!
Take a Hike
If you and yours love to get out into the open and take in the country air, what could be better than proposing on one of your favourite countryside hikes. Choose a memorable spot or favourite location, such as a waterfall or hillside monument with a beautiful panorama and ask her to marry you. Remember to pack a picnic with the champagne glasses for when she says yes!
It’s Music to their Ears
Get her favourite radio DJ to ring her up at work and propose for you over the airways, in front of all her colleagues. When she says yes, be outside her office door with flowers, champagne and of course, the ring to seal the deal! Whisk her off for a romantic meal for two at your favourite restaurant to celebrate your engagement.
Moments To Treasure
Create a beautiful memory scrapbook of your time together. Pictures, special moments shared, favourite things you like to do together as a couple. On the last page, leave it blank except for the one line ….’For the moments we are yet to share…Will you?’ When she looks up inquisitively, drop down on one knee with the engagement ring box at the ready. Not only will she have a lovely proposal but a beautiful keepsake of your time together.
Love By Candlelight
If your partner is the shy and retiring type, she may not thank you for a flamboyant and public display of your love for her. Sometimes keeping it simple can be just as effective. Choose your night and create the most perfect romantic ambience with soft candlelight, a room filled with flowers, your favourite CD on the stereo and a delicious homecooked meal. A classic but still a winner.
Back to Nature
Rent a secluded log cabin in the woods. Even better if you book in the autumn time, the wood will be alive with colour from the beautiful autumnal leaves and will create the most romantic backdrop for your proposal. Look to hire a cosy log cabin with traditional log burner and an outdoor jacuzzi. Get the champers on ice, take a dip in the jacuzzi and pop the question underneath the stars. When she says yes, you can retire to the cabin and get yourself warm again with cosy blankets, toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate by the fire.
Vintage/Boho versus Industrial Glam
With the vintage theme remaining popular we predict brides of 2017 and beyond continuing to support this popular trend. One of the major advantages of this theme is that it is relatively easy and cost effective to recreate. Search your local thrift stores and you can be sure to find hidden gems. Old chinaware, worn leather suitcases, and old pushbikes decorated with your chosen floral displays and chalkboard signs work really well here. Add in some romantic fairy lights wrapped around the tree trunks of your venue’s garden and the scene is set for a perfect country house wedding.
Of course, if boho isn’t your ‘thang’, you may be searching for wedding day styling with a tad more of an edge. With the upwards trend to renovate and restore old city centre industrial units, the expectations of today’s modern bride have moved beyond tired and run down city centre hotel spaces to something with a shed load more style. Large warehouse spaces with exposed brick, concrete and metal beams and cracking views of the city look amazing adorned with fairy lights, trained spotlights and lots of bling!
Weddings with the W factor
Forget the X Factor. 2017 weddings will be all about the ‘W’ factor….W for WOW that is! Creating that sense of occasion and immediate impression for your guests will be key to defining your wedding with style. That first impact for your wedding guests is always important and can be created in several individual ways. The right location or venue chosen for your wedding can of course provide the initial dramatic entrance and impression you look to create.
In addition, or if your venue is lacking a sense of drama, you can infuse the wow factor into your wedding reception or ceremony with the use of carefully planned wedding decorations. 2017 will be all about the glam. Create the glamourous with plenty of different lighting effects – a combination of different types of candlelight, trendy Edison bulbs, spotlights and uplighters will bring your venue alive. The use of different coloured metallic such as rose gold, bronze or silver to decorate your tables through the use of table linen, dramatic floral centrepieces, and beautiful napkin rings will add to this look.
Rumbling around on the 2016 scene in certain wedding day elements such as cake decoration and guest invites, marbling is a theme that could well go mainstream this year. Perfectly suited to the trend towards the glamourous and decadent, we predict this is a key trend to watch out for in 2017!
Watch this space!
Alternative Bridal Gowns
For brides who want to be a little different and stand out, 2017 will be all about embracing the unconventional. The fashion runways saw bridal collections moving away from the traditional and the recent emphasis on lace towards the introduction of wedding dresses with capes and even gowns in alternative pastel colours as a shakeup of the traditional wedding dress of cream or white. Our favourite and perhaps most flattering of colours has to be blush pink. Complimentary to any type of complexion or wedding style, this colour works amazingly well with the other in colour of the moment, rose gold.
Perhaps THE key decision you must make besides what style of wedding dress you will wear must be where you as a couple choose to get married. With the plethora of venue choices now open to a bride and groom, it is also one of the hardest decisions of your wedding planning tasks to complete.
Of course, when I got married over 15 years ago, the choice was a more simple one. A couple chose a hotel close to their church of choice, with easy access for their wedding guests. Now with many venues giving the option to host your wedding breakfast in the very place you also say your wedding vows, the choices are limitless. This of course can be overwhelming.
Whittling down your potentials into a chosen ‘Top Five’ will be essential if you are to make an informed decision.
Three key elements you really need to have a handle on before commencing your venue search are:
It’s All in the Numbers
How big or small do you envisage your wedding reception to be? Without an estimated head count, the task of choosing a suitably sized venue will be nigh impossible.
Deciding on how much you can afford to pay out, alongside the numbers you wish to invite before beginning your search will help to establish the venues you can include in your consideration. Remember, with the popularity of weekend weddings, considerable savings can be made by choosing to host your wedding on an alternate weekday instead. Remember however, this may limit the number of your prospective guests who can attend.
For some great money saving tips and expert advice on how not to ‘splash the cash’, read this fab blog post on Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert site.
The Look Book
Deciding on the look and style for your wedding from the very beginning of your planning will also help to narrow down your choices significantly. An industrial-luxe wedding in a converted warehouse space or Victorian Baths for example will set your venue search on a very different path than if you are edging towards a more traditional, English country garden themed wedding set in a beautiful historic house.
To begin with it may help to gather ideas and different styles via an online style guide such as Pinterest. Make a Look Book of what style appeals to you most – industrial and edgy, romantic and feminine, traditional and luxurious or country vintage and boho for example and the types of venues that will suit each individual style. This will then help you in defining the types of venues to research online and go on to visit in person.
When you have your shortlist, there are several important considerations to explore with each venue:
- Wedding Packages? Does the venue offer a choice of Wedding Packages at set prices or is price based on cost per person? What does each package include? For example, does the Wedding Package include certain wedding décor such as a led dancefloor, uplighters, table and chair linen or do you need to sort your own through outside suppliers?
- Are there any access issues to consider? What is the locality of the venue for local motorway or travel networks? Does the hotel cater for any disabled guests adequately?
- Lighting – Does your venue have adequate lighting – both for the day and through to the nighttime? Will you need to hire in additional lighting to supplement the venue’s own?
- Wedding Planning? Does your venue offer a dedicated Wedding Planner who will be your key point of contact throughout the lead up to the day and on the day itself?
- All Weather Plans – does the venue have a Plan B in the case of bad weather?
- It’s All in the Detail – Remember to check out the finer details as these all add up to leave a lasting impression for your guests. I always think the class of a place is best seen in the condition of its public bathrooms. Make sure you check out little details such as this – cleanliness, décor and the provision of handy travel sized toiletries is always a thoughtful touch.
- Reception – The ease of using the Reception Desk – how your guests will be treated upon their arrival is an important consideration to think of.
- Communal Spaces – are there ample spaces for your guests to relax in prior to and following your wedding. Communal spaces around a central reception area or open fire always work well.
- Parking – does your venue offer ample parking spaces for your guests or if taking place in a city centre location, does your venue offer discounts off nearby multi-storey carparks?
Remember to make detailed notes of your initial research and first visits to potential contenders – jot down the key points – likes and dislikes, fors and againsts for each venue you visit. This will help you considerably when you next revisit the information to help you decide which venues you would like to see again and consider more seriously. When you have found ‘the one’ secure your booking with the required deposit and set calendar reminders for your key payment dates to ensure you keep on track with your wedding budget deadlines.
You have booked the most amazing venue, pinned down the date and the countdown has officially begun. Now comes the hard work – sometimes planning the finer details to your special day can sometimes feel insurmountable. With so much to consider and decisions to make it is no wonder some brides can turn into their very own version of bridezilla! Just one of the many difficult decisions you must make is your choice of wedding day colours. The colour scheme you choose for your wedding can really define the look and feel of your day. But with so many colour combinations to choose from, where do you even begin?
One way is to look towards the key colour trends of the year or season that you are to be married in. A choice of wedding colour that has gained popularity and which appears to be around to stay is rose gold/copper. With an elegant and regal appeal, rose gold is a metallic colour that can be used as a standalone colour theme for your special day or as a base colour to complement and enhance your other colour choice. Its versatility means it can look equally as beautiful teamed with deep, sumptuous colours such as emerald green or navy blue for an autumn or winter wedding as it would be paired with blush pink or aqua for a Spring or Summer celebration.
Accents of rose gold and copper taken throughout your wedding décor can add a touch of luxury to elegant country house wedding receptions, but can look equally as stunning set against a rustic barn backdrop. Think copper votives, charger plates and table centre pieces on crisp white table linen or alternatively by using rose gold sequin tablecloths you can add a sense of decadence in an instant. Teamed with beautiful white floral centrepieces of classic roses, lilies, and lots of vivid greenery this can look truly fantastic. The theme can also be taken through to the accessories you choose to wear on the day. For example, a fabulous pair of gold wedding shoes, a rose gold tiara or vintage gold necklace would look beautiful and complete the luxurious look you are hoping to achieve.
For your choice of wedding day lighting there are some stunning choices to match this beautiful theme. For an industrial and eclectic vibe, there are a great many upscale projects that you can choose to tackle yourself if you are on a bit of a budget, or buy ‘off the shelf’ or hire if you are willing to pay the price ticket. Think of copper piping turned into fabulously different modern day candlebras, or if you prefer more of the traditional, mason jars filled with copper wired fairy lights, or bronze lantern holders filled with romantic church candles.
For wedding day stationery to set your theme, your choice is plentiful. Invitations adorned with metallic gilding will be guaranteed to establish a decadent and luxurious feel to your wedding from the very outset and create a positive first impression for your wedding guests.
Whilst planning your colour scheme of course, it is of course, important to bookmark all your ideas, either electronically or better still, on a physical pin board – sample swatches, pictures, ideas and inspiration. This way you can be sure to really streamline your ideas and ensure your initial thoughts and designs work together for beautiful wedding day styling. Happy planning!