Weddings are an exciting occasion full of happiness, love and laughter for most of us. But for your younger guests the day can be long and tiring.
With this in mind, you have probably searched high and low like myself for fun and unique ways to keep them entertained throughout that three-course sit down meal. Whilst children’s meals, tipis and children’s entertainers can hold their attention for a short while or satisfy even the fussiest of eaters, the costs can soon mount up.
With this in mind the founder of Jex shoes, Emily, decided to launch shoes which encourage a child’s imagination in the Spring of 2017. So if you have a Flower-Girl or Page Boy and are looking for a thank you gift that will unleash their creative side without breaking the bank, then the exclusive and eye catching designs from Jex Shoes are guaranteed to do just that. Prices start from a reasonable £29.99 for a pair of Kid proof Monster meeting shoes.
You may even wish to include additional touches such as Neon Fabric pens or coloured laces to truly reflect their unique personalities.
If you would rather donate to a charity, then guess what? For every pair of shoes sold, Jex donate 50p to Sal’s Shoes, a charity who deliver shoes to over 300 million vulnerable children across the world.
Disclaimer: Jex Shoes kindly gifted me the products mentioned within this post for my younger nephew (age 6) who absolutely loved them and spent ages colouring them in quietly. All views and opinions expressed remain my own.
Every little girl dreams of the day she will try on her dress, the one that makes her feel like a real life princess. Of course after discovering the one a bride turns her search to nailing down the perfect dress for those special ladies in her life – her bridesmaids.
Today I was that bride that took a very exciting journey down to White Dresses and Tiaras. From the moment I stepped into the boutique I was greeted with an array of stunning bridal designs adorned with beautiful intricate details and glistening beads that sparkled as the sunlight captured them. We were quickly greeted by the lovely Jodie who immediately offered us refreshments and showed us to our very own private corner where we could enjoy the VIP experience even more.
After receiving mediocre customer service from other bridal shops in the past, it was wonderful to be able to enjoy a bridal experience like no other. Jodie was incredibly helpful and offered both myself and my special ladies a tailor made service that met our every need. No request was too much, White Dresses and Tiaras really do set the perfect tone for pure bridal bliss. From appointment confirmations and reminders to personalised fittings for each one of your special ladies, I can’t recommend White Dresses and Tiaras enough. My only regret is that I didn’t discover this incredible boutique sooner. Moral of the story like all great things, you can’t hurry love.
I first discovered Natalie’s beautiful bouquets and floristry back in 2006 when my Sister got married. Fast forward 10 years and I met her at a local wedding fair in Arundel where both myself and Al fell in love with Amberlilys. They often say that your relationship with your wedding supplier’s is crucial to the overall success of your special day and Natalie was great at answering our questions, sharing her expertise and putting us both at ease. After trawling Pininterest for just over a year and sending numerous emails and messages to Natalie, me and Al both agreed that we couldn’t think of anyone who we would rather have as our florist, so we went ahead and booked Natalie for our 2018 Summer wedding.
How much of our wedding budget should we allocate for our flowers?
Mmm, general guide would be 5-10% of total cost of wedding.
We are having a 2 year engagement when should I book my florist?
If your florist is recommended she will probably be booking a year ahead especially during wedding seasons typically June through August.
I am on a really tight budget, what can I do to ensure I get the most from it?
Make sure you choose seasonally abundant flowers i.e. Don’t ask for peonies in August as their season is May to June. Ask your florist to help you get the best for your money as they’ve made many weddings to many budgets. Above all be realistic as the Internet can show lots of designs but not all will be in your reach.
I really want peonies but I am getting married in August. What alternatives should I consider?
There are many open blousy roses such as David Austen or Equadorian varieties that look similar to peonies. Remember that buying peonies if put of season will be costly if they’re available and they’ll not be at their best either!
What made you want to become a florist?
I was made redundant from my job, I’ve always been arty so I went to an open day at an Agricultural college and decided to sign up for Floristry! Took all my qualifications and got a job in a florist to get hands on experience whilst I learned.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Yes I love to draw and paint, use pastels and I am teaching myself crochet! I Love to be at the seaside or in the woods with my best friend Little Pip
What is your favourite flower and why?
Favourite flower is Lily of the valley, beautiful delicate and highly scented
Have you always work as a florist?
No I’ve trained as a mortgage advisor, worked in a bank and in Insurance and whilst in Canada I worked in a telecommunications company!
What would look great for a barn wedding?
A barn wedding….most have beautiful interiors and I would always try to keep to the theme to match the venue. Lots of foliage’s and candle light in particular is a favourite of mine.
Any tips on how to find the right florist?
I think you need to meet the florist, I love meeting my brides to be…it’s an exciting time. Share any ideas with them and ask them for their help as they will guide you. Make a scrap-book of designs and colours you like before meeting as it helps to have a starting point. You’ll know if they’re right and don’t just go for the cheapest, especially if their work is not your style.
Well that concludes this week’s Bride diaries from the talented Natalie from Amberlilys. If you are considering a florist and would like to see some more examples of her fantastic creations then you can find her over on Facebook . Whilst I am disappointed that I am unable to create my dream Peony filled bouquet, I am confident that Natalie will exceed all of our wildest dreams when it comes to creating some floral masterpieces for our Summer Barn wedding and I know that with her guidance we will create something that we all love.