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Wedding Series | Favours, Stationary & The Finishing Touches

Monday, 25 January 2016


This is probably the last post in my Wedding series for now, and I'm going to be sharing all of the finishing touches that come with planning a wedding; the favours, stationary and decorative bits! These are the bits that are entirely down to you as an individual. Everyone wants a different look for their big day and the finishing details are where you can do this!

Our colour scheme for our wedding was mint green. We I then decided to add florals and a bit of a vintage touch to the day. I was a bit worried about how this would look in the middle of the Autumn, but it worked out perfectly - especially because of the weather!

The hessian 'Just Married' bunting you can see below was from The Range and was really cheap! The room we had our reception in was decorated by myself and my two sisters, the night before the wedding. We decided to put the bunting up behind the top table and it actually looked really lovely. The flower centre piece was used on the table during the ceremony and got moved into the reception room after - this not only saved money, but meant we didn't really have to decorate the table ourselves!

Chair covers were really important to me when thinking of the room's look. The chairs at our venue weren't that nice to look at without them, and would have ruined the whole room! We hired the covers and sashes for around £1 a chair which I think is very reasonable. The sashes looked lovely and they incorporated the colour scheme together really well. Obviously we couldn't cover the highchairs too haha, but as they were wooden they looked just as nice around the tables.



I think our table centre pieces were one of the very first wedding items we actually bought! We knew we didn't want flowers on the tables, as they can be VERY expensive, and neither of us really wanted them. We instead decided upon candles. These candle holders were from The Range and were so so pretty! The ivory colour went with the green perfectly, and the vintage roses fitted the theme too. They were a bargain at about £10 each (then about £1 each for the candles) - the only downside is we now have 5 of them hanging around the house haha.

They were the only decoration we had planned for the tables until the last few weeks leading up to the big day. As the day got closer and I thought about the size of the tables, I realised we needed a few extra bits to make them complete. We knew a photobooth was out of the question for the day, so we instead decided upon photo props. These were SO cheap from eBay - about £2 for a pack of 31 props - although I didn't have to glue the pictures onto the sticks haha. We then got glass milk bottles (obviously from eBay haha) to put them in.

To go with these I got the 'If you Instagram...' signs, again from eBay. We had more younger guests so we knew these would be a hit, and that there would be pictures on social media. I still love looking back on our hashtag now and it's great to have all the pictures together, for everyone to look at.


Favours were SO hard to decide upon, and to be honest, a massive pain! They can get really expensive, and I don't really think they're something guests actually look for haha. We didn't want to spend a lot of money (and I'm glad we didn't as a lot of them got forgotten once it got to the evening). We went along the chocolate/sweet route and went back to our trusty wedding spot - eBay haha. We got personalised Loveheart Sweets, with our names and wedding date on. Then we got the 'Love is Sweet' personalised stickers too, as I thought they went well. I bought flatpack boxes which I really don't recommend! They would not stick together - even with double-sided tape AND superglue!

We only got these for the adults as we personally wouldn't give sweets to Indiana. Instead we got every child a 'Wedding Activity Book'. There were little activities, colouring pages and every pack had crayons inside too. Obviously again, eBay provided these... there's clearly nothing you can't find on there!



You know exactly where I'm going to say our wedding stationary was from...eBay! They do actually have their own store, which you should definitely check out, as everything is so pretty - they're called thevowweddingboutique. We went with the 'vintage' theme with the bunting and pastel colours. In this design we purchased the name cards, table numbers and seating plan, The quality was fantastic and they were very accommodating when we had to change our seating plan at short notice too.

The table numbers we displayed in white, vintage frames. We got these from Ikea for a few pounds each and they completed the tables perfectly. Even better is we now have 5 extra frames to display wedding pictures in - which will remind us of the day forever!



A hugely important part of the day was the cake! We were very lucky that a family friend agreed to make the cake for us. We had a meeting with her and we gave ideas of what we did and didn't want it to look like. I found a cake on Pintrest that I thought was absolutely perfect and used it as my inspiration. I couldn't believe how amazing it was when I saw it!

We went for a 3 tier cake, each with a different flavour. The bottom was classic victoria, the middle was lemon, and the top smaller tier was chocolate. I only ended up trying some of the left overs the day after, but it was very very yummy haha. The flowers on top were sugar so could technically be eaten, but I'm not planning on it... it's still sat on the side now!

The cake table was decorated with a 'Mr & Mrs' sign which was another eBay bargain at only £5! It's now decorating our house which I love - it's lovely to have mementos of the big day to look at. My sister also surprised me with little glass hearts with our names and wedding date on, which we scatted on the table. Unfortunately these got lost which I'm so gutted about!



The last few bits were placed on the 'gift table'. We had asked in our invites for money towards our honeymoon as wedding gifts. Therefore we knew we'd be receiving mostly cards on the day! To save them just being thrown on the table we got a postbox to keep them in. It took me AGES to find something I liked, that wasn't either really plain and cheap looking, or crazily expensive. In the end I found this one on Not On The Highstreet. It matched the bunting theme of the other stationary, as well as incorporating the colour scheme. I loved the added little sign that came with it too, it just added that final touch.

Next to this we had our Guest Book. Again I found this beautiful book on eBay. There were so many to choose from, but this one I think fitted with everything else perfectly, as well as matching the colours. To be honest not many people filled it out, which I'm not surprised about! I did ask my sisters to take it round to get at least something written in it haha.

The table also had a basket of bubbles on, which we used instead of confetti. Who knew it was so expensive?! Bubbles were much cheaper and didn't require any cleaning up. They made equally as lovely photos too. The children loved them and the leftovers were being used late into the evening.




There is so much or little you can do when it comes to decorating your venue. I would 100% recommend eBay for these kind of things though, as you can grab some fabulous bargains - it's always good to save money where you can as weddings are pretty pricey! 

2 comments :

  1. eBay is so good, I have been looking at bits for our wedding! I will probably get the Mrs and Mrs letters for our cake table too haha! xx

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  2. Just saw Kerry's comment and I was about to say the same. I'd been looking for a Mr & Mrs sign but everywhere I'd seen was so much more expensive. Definitely need to get on ebay more. I've really enjoyed this series. It's been great to find inspiration and source retailers too. Thanks for sharing x x

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