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Inspiration Aisle: Paper Streamers

6 Sep

Cheap, easy to source and beautiful in both mouth-watering colours or ivories and whites. What’s not to love?

I’d recommend sticking to a strict colour palette – loving the citrus and royal blue:

Source: Our Labour of Love via Once Wed

Or just going for plain white and neutrals to add interest and texture ( (Yes, we’ve sneaked a couple of our own wedding photos in. Again.)

Source: Personal Wedding Photo by David McNeil Photography

Source: Personal Wedding Photo by David McNeil Photography

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

Golriz and Devon’s wedding on DIY Bride

In the UK you can pick up streamers and paper garlands for a song in most colours. I sourced mine from from The Pub Shop, where 85ft of coloured streamers costs £1.10 and 4 metres of paper garlands costs £2.85. Go nuts, but don’t go crazy with colour, otherwise your venue might end up looking like a 5-year old’s birthday party.

Source: From the awesome ruffled streamer tutorial on Made

On second thoughts, I could definitely cope with this!


Inspiration Aisle: Balloons

25 Mar

I love balloons. I mean, I really, really love them. Maybe I’m just a big kid at heart, but is there any experience more carefree than holding a big bunch of helium-filled, bobbing balloons? Want to see proof of my obsession?  This is Mr Love Illustrated and me on our pre-wedding photo shoot.

Source: David McNeil Wedding Photography


And this is us on our wedding day.

Source: David McNeil Wedding Photography


And if you haven’t quite understood my love of 3-foot wide,  gas-stuffed spheres of latex yet, well….

Source: David McNeil Wedding Photography


Yep, that’s me. At the zoo. With balloons. You get the general idea.

When I was organising the wedding, I became fixated with the idea of using lots balloons to decorate our venue. The small ones are very pretty in their own little way:

Source: Han Dressia Wedding Dresses

but I was talking giant. Humongous. Mahusive.

Source: Boutwell Studio via Tulle and Feathers


Source: Style Me Pretty


Source: Max Wanger Photography via A Cup Of Jo


I promise you, these are giant balloons, not tiny people.

Still prefer mine, though. In case you want to engage in some soft of helium one-upmanship, how about taking a leaf out of Gustafson Porter‘s book, and construct a floating balloon canopy for your wedding. The architectural practice created this stunner for the Venice Biennale.

Source: David Levene via The Guardian

How hard could it be, right?!

Inspiration Aisle: Parasols

25 Feb

I stumbled across this amazingly stylish circus-themed wedding on 100 Layer Cake last week,  and loved the use of parasols to decorate the dance floor.

Source: 100 Layer Cake

The rest of the Brent and Erin’s wedding was just as stunning: you can find a full report on stylist JL Designs blog.

Although lighting up the dance floor this way is truly spectacular:

Illuminated parasols and paper lantersSource: Full Circle Lighting via Luna Bazaar

Parasols also look amazing illuminating a walkway:

Parasol WalkwaySource: I Do Events

Or how about adding a splash of colour to a grand entrance porch?

Entrance Way ParasolsSource: My Wedding Favours Direct

Even just brightening up a cosy table for two:

Source: Country Home

Best of all, they’re a relatively low-cost way to add the wow-factor – find them online in a variety of colours from £4- £6. I’m thinking white parasols and fairy lights cascading from a high ceiling in a stately home. Somebody please do it – and send me the photos!