Monochromatic Twist

Try incorporating some black accents into your wedding day for a monochromatic twist, it will add drama and glamour to the day. Use different shades, textures and prints for a modern take on this sophisticated theme.

If you are considering a 40s style wedding then this trend would work particularly well with your theme.

Black may not be a colour readily associated with weddings but the photo montage shows how well it can work when done right.

 Photo via celebration.co.za

Photo via celebration.co.za

Transparent Elements

Following on from Pippa Middleton holding her reception in a glass marquee, expect to see a surge in the use of other transparent elements. Growing in popularity, brides are using Perspex seats and seating plans and combining these with other items such as transparent paper and table displays.

The overall look achieved is glamorous yet understated with a strong Scandi vibe.

 Top left: Arcylic table plan by Elk Stylist via  One Fab Day  Top right: Chairs by Classic Party Rentals via  100 Layer Cake   Bottom left: Stationery by With Wild and Grace via  One Fab Day  Bottom right: Menu by Fete and Quill via  Green Wedding Shoes

Top left: Arcylic table plan by Elk Stylist via One Fab Day
Top right: Chairs by Classic Party Rentals via 100 Layer Cake
Bottom left: Stationery by With Wild and Grace via One Fab Day
Bottom right: Menu by Fete and Quill via Green Wedding Shoes

Keep your Wedding Party dry this Summer

Here at Marry in Norfolk we love helping couples celebrate their marriage in their dream locations. Getting married outdoors is becoming increasingly popular and we offer two types of ceremony that allow couples to do this. 

You could be have a duo ceremony at one of our approved venues. You will celebrate in the venue grounds before completing the legal bits inside the licensed room. Or you could have an Any Place Duo in your perfect location such as the beach, in the woods or even your back garden. 

Whilst getting married outdoors sounds brilliant, we do have the unpredictable British weather to contend with. After spending all that time arranging your big day it would be a shame to let the weather affect your plans. Fortunately we now have branded umbrellas available for purchase. Keep the bridal party dry on the walk from the limo to the venue and have that ceremony outdoors by fending off any unwanted drizzle. 

Our umbrellas are available in green or pink and are branded with our Celebrate in Norfolk logo.  The cost per brolly is £12.50+ postage. If you would like to purchase more than one we can arrange a discount for you. 

Email celebrate@norfolk.gov.uk to complete your order. 

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Get Creative with Stationery

Your invitations are the first glimpse that guests have into your wedding so why not take the opportunity to make a memorable first impression. Some strong trends that are likely to be popular this year include:

Envelope Liners

Popular throughout 2017 this trend will continue to grow. Envelope liners let you add a pop of colour to your invitations and can include different design elements such as sparkles and glitter, a background that is personal to you, an unusual pattern or a map of an important location to you both.

 Photo:  InkToPaperDesigns

Photo: InkToPaperDesigns

Geometrics

For a contemporary theme consider using geometric graphics which would suit a couple who like bold edgy design elements. This can then be mirrored in you overall wedding theme by incorporating geometric patterns in your centre piece and favours.

 Photo:  Blyndada Costa

Photo: Blyndada Costa

Metallics

Metallics are big news for the coming wedding season. It offers couples the chance to glam up their invitation by using silver, gold and rose gold tones, although the big trend will be for copper.

 Photo:  4lovepoladots

Photo: 4lovepoladots

Let's talk Favours

 Photo via  Ruffled

Photo via Ruffled

Favours give couples the chance to say thank you to their guests in a way that displays the couple’s personality. They can also be incorporated into the wedding theme and be used a focal point at the reception, gone are the days when a small bag of sugared almonds were discreetly placed at the table setting.

A way to introduce some originality is to make your own the wedding favours. There are endless possibilities but some easy inexpensive ideas include; making your own jam or chutney and printing some personal labels will look great if you’re having a rustic style wedding, baking your own biscuits and stamping them with a personal greeting and if you are particularly green fingered why not give your guests a small plant such as a succulent or a pack of seeds and your guests will be reminded of your day for years to come.

 Photo via  Style me Pretty

Photo via Style me Pretty

Wedding Flowers

Large dramatic bouquets will continue to dominant in the coming wedding season with brighter hues, which will mirror the colour saturation found on the catwalk, replacing the popular blush colourings of last year.

Proteas are the flower on point at the moment giving a luxurious boho vibe to bouquets and table arrangements.

Distinctive King Protea can have a dramatic effect on a bridal bouquet, used sparingly with one or two flower heads.

Expect a lot of foliage to feature in the coming months following on from Pantone announcing Greenery as their colour of the year.

 Image via Pinterest 

Image via Pinterest 

Who to Invite

Small intimate weddings are growing in popularity. Not only does it help to achieve a more intimate ceremony, it also has the added bonus of saving money.

There are some handy rules that you can follow to help you achieve a smaller guest list:

  • If neither the bride or groom has met the person then don’t invite them, do not invite ‘3rd cousin Nelly’ whom neither of you has ever met. 
     
  • If you haven’t spoken to the potential invitee in more than 1 year then cull them, this goes for friends and family. 
     
  •  Don’t feel guilty! Don’t invite someone just because they invited you to their wedding 5 years ago. 
  • Be firm about plus ones. Only offer a plus one to couples who are married, engaged, or living together in a long term relationship. Never extend the offer to the whole guest list or you will end up with a bunch of randoms at your wedding
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Wedding dress trends for 2018

 dress by savin london

dress by savin london

 Dress by Berta Bridal

Dress by Berta Bridal

The first thing a bride thinks about when planning a wedding is ‘The Dress’. Many brides want to look timeless and elegant whilst others will religiously follow trends and want to look of the minute.

It’s advised to have a general idea of your overall scheme before going wedding dress shopping and to keep in mind what the current trends are. 2018 is so far shaping up to be a year of whimsy with delicate designs featuring floral appliques, feathery adornments and sparkling embellishments.

3D florals were a strong trend in 2017 and will continue to be popular into 2018 from appliques to floral replicas it’s a look that proves to be a winner with all brides.

Feathers will also play an important role in the next season offering something a little different for the style conscious bride.

With the romantic, whimsical feel that 2018 will promote it stand to reason that glittering embellishments will be high on a bride’s wish list.

Sometimes it’s good to keep an open mind and try lots of different styles as the perfect dress is out there!

Everyone who works for Marry in Norfolk is professionally trained to give you a wedding that is personal, memorable AND legal....

Only Marry in Norfolk can licence a wedding venue and deliver a legal civil ceremony in the county. It makes us unique, but it's also a big responsibility which we take very seriously. We increase our celebrant registrar team every year to keep up with the growing trend to be married in Norfolk and we make sure that everyone who works for Marry in Norfolk is professionally and legally trained to undertake the formal registration duties and deliver personalised civil ceremonies to the highest possible standards. We also love what we do!

Fascinating Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Weddings traditions aren't just limited to the first dance and the bouquet toss! These customs prove there are many ways to say "I do."

From the bride tossing her bouquet to single female guests to wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue, wedding customs are still so popular today that even the non traditional brides happily take part. (Why tempt fate and start off your new marriage with anything other than good luck vibes?) But the UK doesn't have a monopoly on such rituals — other countries too have their own beloved wedding customs. Here are just a few examples.

Some are sweet (female guests in Sweden kiss the groom when his new wife leaves the room). Some are perplexing (couples in Congo are forbidden to smile on their wedding day). And some are downright strange (engaged pairs in Mongolia must kill and butcher a chicken to find a healthy liver before being allowed to wed). But what binds these seemingly disparate customs from near and far is one simple thing: love.

If you follow this custom, the theory goes, you will find eternal joy with your soul mate. So even if certain Indian brides must first marry a tree or a South Korean groom has to tolerate getting his feet whipped by family and friends, it's all worth it in the end. When love and happiness ever after are the outcomes, it's a win-win for brides and grooms.

When it comes to love and weddings, there are no borders.

(With thanks to Brides, U.S.)