Trend Alert! Chalkboard Weddings

Chalkboards are looking to be the hottest new wedding trend for 2013/14. Simple yet versatile, the once neglected chalkboard is back and popping up in weddings left, right and centre…From handwritten signs welcoming guests, to carefully crafted calligraphy on a seating plan!

I’ve recently had a growing number of requests from brides asking if I can design some chalkboard-style invitations to complement their theme, so I decided to create a full, customisable chalkboard stationary set. View the full range or get your FREE quote from my Wedding Invitation Website.

Chalkboard Invitations & RSVP Cards

Eat Drink Marry Invitation

Mr and Mrs Chalkboard Invitation


Chalkboard Table Numbers


Chalkboard Wedding Signs/Prints

Chalkboard Instagram Sign Chalkboard Sign

All of the artwork is designed in-house by me and I love taking custom orders and unusual requests so feel free to contact me with your ideas, custom orders or for design advice.

Keep calm and marry on!


A modern take on the classic red, white & black wedding

Happy Friday everyone! Over the past week I’ve been working on some designs for my new Wedding Planning Shop. My favourite is the Red, White and Black {Cross My Heart} Print, and is what inspired me for today’s wedding colour scheme. Being an Aries it’s not surprising that I love the colour red, but I’ve never considered using it in my wedding…until now that is!

When I used to think of red themed weddings I’d imagine a very traditional, old-fashioned wedding with lots of deep red satin, damask prints, cascading rose bouquets and everybody dancing to the Time Warp. Flash forward a few decades and there are some really great ways to inject the colour of love and passion in to your big day, making it a wedding day to be remembered (for all the right reasons).

Red Wedding Theme

For a limited time get 20% off all items in my Wedding Planning Shop when you use the code SAVE20.

Keep calm and marry on!

Wedding Flower Alternatives

Flowers in weddings started out simple and were traditionally incorporated as a symbol of fertility. Today, flowers continue to play a significant role in weddings, but have become much more elaborate and expensive – the bridal party bouquets, the flower girl’s basket of petals, confetti, the guests boutonnieres, decorating the cars, church, reception…the list goes on. And, before you know it you’ve eaten into a huge chunk of your budget!

If like me, you’d much rather spend that money on entertaining your guests or that designer wedding gown you’ve been admiring, then here’s some wallet-friendly, alternative wedding flower ideas.

1. Baby’s Breath Wedding

Ok, so it’s still technically a flower, but  a fraction of the cost, and oh so versatile! No longer just the “filler flower”, baby’s breath is becoming increasing popular among the modern brides as bouquets, centerpieces and venue decorations.

baby's breath

2. Shabby Chic Theme

Shabby Chic, where eclectic meets elegance. Think vintage teacups, mason jars, birdcages, bunting and books. Many of these items you can pick up cheap in your local thrift shop or better still by raiding your granny’s cupboards….Look, not a flower in sight!

Shabby Chic Wedding

3. Fruit Wedding

For a fruitful wedding, wrap seasonal fruit in tissue as healthy wedding favors for guests or get creative with edible centerpieces. If you really want to get your guests talking, be bold and have a fruit bouquet!

Fruit Wedding

4. Flower-less Bouquets

A flower-less bouquet? Yes you heard right, it is possible! Wow your guests with these unique non-floral bouquets…And best of all they last forever!

Flowerless Bouquet

5. Child’s Play

Wedding inspiration for the young at heart and those that dare to be different!

fun weddingKeep calm and marry on!

7 Unique Save-the-Date Ideas

Can you believe it’s almost September?! Time seems to be creeping up on me pretty quickly – it’s less than a year now until I get married and I’ve been so caught up in my full-time job and helping others plan their weddings that my own wedding plans have taken a bit of a back-seat lately. I’m pretty much sorted with the major things like the venue, celebrant, band and photographer, but I can’t afford to become complacent, after all, a wedding planner planning her own wedding kinda needs to do a good job!

Given that we’re getting married back in the UK and 4 hours away from our hometown, I need to give our guests plenty of notice, so Save-the-Date cards are next on my to-do list. I’ve been searching the web for inspiration and sites like Etsy and Notonthehighstreet are great for handmade, quirky and unique wedding ideas. Here are my top seven Save-the-Date ideas…


Love mason jars? Who doesn’t! These hand stamped round wood magnets by Etsy shop owner RedCloudBoutique are perfect for rustic and eco-friendly weddings.

These fun and interactive Save-the-Date balloons are guaranteed to get your guest into the party spirit and looking forward to celebrating your big day!


Roll-up, roll-up! Announce your big day in style with a beautiful, vintage Save-the-Date ticket.


For vintage themed or Alice in wonderland esque weddings, why not send your guests a mini message in a bottle?


Hanging or displaying cherished photos at your wedding? Keep the theme and give your guests a taste of what’s to come with these handmade photo string magnets.


Having a shabby-chic or travel themed wedding? These vintage postcard Save-the-Dates are the perfect way to let everyone know in advance about the date you are getting married.

Tech-savvy couples, send these unique QR code keyrings to your guests and have it send them to an online image, message or your very own wedding website.

Keep calm and marry on!

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Today, same-sex marriage became legal in New Zealand…So I couldn’t resist putting together an inspiration board of rainbow flavoured wedding joy to celebrate! rainbow colour schemeGood luck to the 31 same-sex couples tying the knot on this historic day. For those of you who are still planning your wedding I am offering 20% off my hourly rate when you book by the end of the month. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information or to discuss wedding planning options.

Keep calm and marry on!

Colour Scheme: A touch of Gold

colourschemegoldThis week’s wedding colour scheme was inspired by a question raised through our ‘Ask the Expert’ feature:

“I’m planning my gold themed wedding, I am finding it hard to piece things together, what I mean by that is I am getting the cake, decorations, dresses, ornaments etc all from different places, so of course not everything will look the same or similar for that matter. So, how can I make it so that everything flows together? I don’t want my wedding to appear as if I have literally copied and pasted random bits and bobs together with only one common aspect…Gold.”

While it is completely fine to use colour as a theme it can be hard to tie all the different elements together. My suggestion would be to introduce a specific theme to your wedding, such as a beach or rustic theme, or keep it simple with a pattern or shape, that way you don’t just have gold as the one common aspect and it becomes much easier to coordinate the invitations, favours, flowers, dresses etc. With gold, less is definitely more, so don’t overdo it, team it with white or other neutral colours.

Keep calm and marry on!

Colour Scheme: Soft Pinks & Succulent Greens

Pink & Green Colour SchemeYippee it’s the weekend!!

Sorry if I got your hopes up, I know it’s still only Thursday, but I’m taking the day off tomorrow and heading up to the Bay of Islands with my fiance Adam for a long weekend of recuperation after a hectic couple of weeks. I’ve also just realised that this Saturday will be exactly 1 year until our wedding and coincidentally we are going to be in Russell, where Adam proposed! Squeeeel!!

We’re are getting married back in the UK and want to have a Kiwi/travel theme so I’ll be taking lots of photos this weekend and keeping a keen eye out for all things Kiwi that I can incorporate into the wedding – follow me on Instagram & Facebook and help me out by submitting your Kiwiana ideas using #kiwianawedding. Speaking of wedding inspiration, I am loving the use of succulents, which inspired me to post another colour scheme. The soft greens and pink work so well together – don’t you agree?

Keep calm and marry on!