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Gift ideas for your Wedding Party

Gift Ideas for your Wedding Party

Your parents, their parents, the bridesmaids and the best man and ushers, they all (hopefully) help you have the most amazing day ever. So you want to say thank you either when you’re getting ready, during the speeches or at some other time. There are traditional gifts like flowers for the mums but for those of you that want to gift something different…read on, I have collected some ideas 🙂

Gifts

Mums

For as long as you have been dreaming about your wedding day there’s a good chance your mum has been too. If her help has been invaluable why not treat her to one of these gifts as a thank you? Same goes for your future mum-in-law or any other maternal figure that has been a big part of your day.

  • Overnight bag – If your mum played an integral part in helping you plan your wedding, encourage her to take a much-needed postnuptial holiday with a roomy canvas bag, perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
  • A cosy dressing gown – Is there a more perfect way to say, “Thanks for all you do—now go relax!”? I think not.
  • A custom illustration –  Custom gifts are the way to go for brides seeking something that says a heartfelt “thank you.” Memorialise your special bond with a personalised illustration of your likenesses. (check out The Ricketty Desk for a truly bespoke experience)
  • Engraved beauty compact – Pair this sweet little handbag accessory with her favourite lipstick or nail polish for a thoughtful beauty gift she’ll use for years to come.
  • Personalised hankie – On your wedding day, waterworks are practically guaranteed—especially from your mother. Give her a pretty crocheted hankie and, for maximum sentimentality, have the gift customised with embroidered names, dates or a monogram.
  • Spa experience – Relieve your mum from her mother of the bride/groom duties by giving her the gift of relaxation.

Spa break

  • Special locket or charm – Tuck in a little note or vintage photos of loved ones for a sentimental gift she’ll treasure forever.
  • Meaningful Figurine – Like the Willow Tree carved ones are the epitome of sweet sentiment.
  • Monthly subscription box – Gin tasting, wine of the month, chocolate tasting…the choices are endless.( check out Bottle in a Box for a wide range of alcoholic gifts)
  • Glass or crystal vase – up the ante by giving her flowers already arranged in a beautiful vase, that will last long after the flowers do.
  • House Plant – or for the green-fingered mums a house plant or garden plant would be a thoughtful gift.
  • Perfume set – her favourite perfume or the one you’ve chosen for your wedding day.

 

Dads

Whether he is walking you down the aisle or providing much needed moral support, here some gift ideas for the main man in your life.

  • Overnight bag – Perhaps he and mum can go away for a wee break?
  • Personalised handkerchief – give it to him during prep and he can carry it with him all day.
  • A decanter – wine or spirits his thing? Help him to show them off in style.
  • Wallet – personalise by having his initials monogrammed onto it.
  • Monogrammed glasses – for his whisky or other tipples.
  • Personalised cufflinks – there are loads of great styles to choose from
  • Personalised golf ball set – if your dad is a golfer this could be perfect.

 

Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids have been there for you every step of the way throughout your wedding planning journey. From celebrating your engagement to planning the best hen party ever, you can’t imagine a better group of gals to have by your side for your walk down the aisle. Whether you met them in school, university, or at work—you’ve undoubtedly shared some amazing memories together, and your wedding is no exception!

  • Personalised clutch bags – It’s a gift they’ll use for years to come—and they’ll always think of you.
  • Anything monogrammed – from coasters to make up bags – who doesn’t like something with their initial(s) on it?
  • Jewellery – from tie the knot stud earrings to necklaces to wear with their bridesmaid dresses you can’t go wrong with a bit of bling.
  • Pashmina – If your wedding is outdoors or taking place in the evening, a super-soft pashmina is the perfect gift way to say thank you to your bridesmaids.
  • Personalised candles – Available in a variety of delicious scents such as lavender peppermint and lemongrass verbena, these modern, budget-friendly candles are the perfect custom gift for your girls. Search on Etsy.

Candles

  • A personalised mobile phone case – Personalised phone cases offer a modern pop of colour to your bridesmaid’s clutch. They’re the perfect accessory for those impromptu mirror selfies on the big day.
  • Engraved beauty compact – see mum’s list above.

 

Best Man and Ushers

These guys will be there to help the groom during every step of his wedding planning process.

From trying on wedding suits and organising an awesome stag do to giving a hilarious best man speech, there are a whole load of best man and usher duties which might go unnoticed by the other guests.

  • Personalised tankard -The glass or metal can be personalised with the groomsman’s role, your wedding date and location. You could also go for pint glasses or rocks glasses.
  • Personalised collar stiffeners. They can be engraved with your choice of a message in a selection of fonts, making them truly unique to the recipient. What a lovely idea!
  • Wedding socks – a practical gift that can be personalised.
  • Beers of the world gift set – What best man wouldn’t be over the moon with a hamper full of beer? This set contains six speciality craft beers which have each been paired with a savoury treat. Once your groomsmen’s wedding day hangovers have subsided, they’ll love tucking into this thank you treat!

Beer

  • Personalised leather keyring – sites like Not on the High Street have lots of lovely options.
  • Personalised cufflinks – See dad’s list above
  • Other monogrammed gifts – from hip flasks to belts there is something to suit your guys.
  • Beard care kits – no self-respecting hipster would be upset at this gift!

 

I hope that these ideas give you some inspiration.

How To Celebrate Your Cancelled Wedding Day

How To Celebrate Your Cancelled Wedding Day

This is a blog I never in my wildest dreams expected to write. Ending up with a postponed wedding is never in anyone’s wedding plans. But sometimes life throws you a major curveball and the best you can do as a couple is to navigate it together. In the time of COVID-19, in the wake of a close one’s diagnosis or encountering financial hardship, there are a number of reasons that couples can find themselves having to change the date of their wedding day.

Whilst all manner of emotions and grief are completely normal in making this decision, just know that a postponement is just that, a postponement. Your wedding day will arrive. And it will be all the more joyous and sweet because of what you and your partner have been through. Love isn’t cancelled!

So what do you do when the day your wedding should have been on finally rolls around? Cancel the world and stay under your duvet? Maybe. Or use it as a way to extend the celebration of your love and commitment to each other? Even if that does mean cancelling everything and staying under your duvet together. But if you want to get creative and make it even more memorable, here are some ideas (feel free to choose as many as you like)


Get Dressed Up

Let’s face it, it’s been a while since we all slung on a dress or smart shirt. So why not let this be your occasion to don your fancy things and get dressed up for each other? Wear what makes you feel the most beautiful, for yourself and that partner of yours.

Get Dressed Down

Love lazing about in your joggies/PJs? Then invest in a new set specially for the day and get cosy together. Or have a naked Saturday instead. No one’s watching. Except maybe your other half
 Which ain’t no bad thing 😉

Wearing White

You know those chic registry weddings or elopements, where the bride wears something really understated and stylish in white? Channel that vibe. Or slink around your house in your partner’s white shirt. If it’s white and makes you feel great, it’s fair game.

Wear Your Veil / Tie / Shoes

Have a piece of your wedding day outfit that you’d like to get more than one wear out of? Then fasten that veil or knot that tie for a bit of extra luxe. Or you could use this as an excellent excuse to break in your wedding shoes for the big day’s final arrival.

Have A Fancy Dinner

Have a favourite meal? Something fancy or spendy? Maybe you have a penchant for truffles or great seafood? Source some and treat yourselves to a rich, extravagant meal. Many restaurants are still offering takeaway if you don’t fancy eating out just yet.

Have A Picnic

Love a picnic spread? Why not buy in all of your favourite snacky foods, cheeses, grapes, antipasto etc. Spread out a rug in your garden or on your living room floor and have at it.

Bake A Wedding Cake

Love whipping out the mixing bowl? Then use this excuse to bake (and of course later, eat) a cake of your choice. It could be that red velvet you’d ordered for your original date,  or you could go all traditional and bake a fruit cake. Anything goes. And yes, you do get to lick the spoon.

Open Your Wedding Wine

Have you been stocking up on wine and fizz for your wedding day? Well lucky you, because you now have a bit more time to replenish those supplies, so pop that cork and enjoy the fruits of your wine collecting labour today.

Bucks Fizz In Bed

Pop some fizz, toast each other and have a luxurious breakfast in bed. There is no reason you can’t stay there for the rest of the day, snoozing, reading, watching TV and
 Enjoying each other’s company.

Toast Each Other

You two are incredible. And the fact that together you can jump this hurdle and come back strong for your postponed wedding day is worthy of a toast. A toast to teamwork, to your support network, to each other.

Cut A Cake, Any Cake

Don’t feel like Mary Berry-ing your way to a wedding cake, then don’t. That’s what M&S is for. Or Tesco, or Aldi. Pick up your supermarket cake of choice and cut it / eat it together.

Creme De la Cake

Want cake to celebrate your original date, but want the best of the best? Then ask your cake maker if there is a way for them to bake a small single tier version of your postponed wedding cake and have it safely delivered. You’re helping support your supplier and getting to eat fancy cake. Win-win.

Cook Your Wedding Menu

Enjoy cooking together? Or fancy giving it a go for a laugh? Pour your favourite tipple and have a go at cooking your wedding menu. Then have a moment to marvel at the caterers who manage to do this for 100+ people all at one time!

Order Your Fave Takeaway

Or ditch the thought of lifting a pot lid and order in your fave takeaway if they’re available. Order those sides and starters too!

Share Your Day

Zoom in your guests / bridal party / nearest and dearest so you can all have a laugh and lift each other’s spirits. And recognise that one day in the not too distant future, you’ll all be together celebrating your wedding. And what a party that day will be!

Quiz Night

You could spend the day with your love, then at night get on a group call with a twist. Ask family to get dressed up fancy, or to fancy dress. Choose someone like the best man or maid of honour to create a Mr & Mrs Quiz.

Dance Your First Dance

Your speaker is your band and your kitchen is your dancefloor. Press play, get close and dance to your song. It may be the most tender and intimate dance you have in your life.

Decorate Your House

Have decor set aside for your wedding day? Pop it around your house and get double duty out of your investment. Alternatively order some white streamers and paper decs online and make your home feel all wedding day festive.

Fairy Lights

If in doubt, fairy lights. A sure-fire way to make things feel more intimate, cosy and special. Use the ones you have set aside for your wedding day or dig some out of the Christmas box in the loft. A little something to make your home feel special for a day.

Indulgent Netflix Day

Why not shut out the world and turn your living room into the perfect binge-watching haven? Tilt the blinds, get the duvets down, load up on snacks and pick a show to get lost in
 all. day. long.

Say Your Vows

You may feel this is something you’d rather keep for standing at the top of the aisle. Or you may love the idea of vows spoken privately to mark the day you were due to be wed. Fair Warning: You will cry and that’s okay.

A Reminisce Playlist

The fact that you’re getting married likely means that you and your partner have a history and memories. More often than not there are songs that conjure up memories for you both. Take turns to choose and play songs that make you think of each other.

Wear Your Wedding Night Lingerie

Don’t let that racy lacey number lie in a box any longer. You could always treat yourself (and your other half) to another set for when the big day finally arrives.

Have A Gift List Shopping Spree

Have you planned a wedding gift list? You could use this time to map out what married life will look like together and add all of your wants to your gift list. Or you could add something special to the list as a treat to your future self for getting through this.

Write Each Other A Love Letter

You could either write that love letter to be opened on this, your original wedding date, or you could save it for the morning of your future wedding day. Just make sure you open it before you have your make up done.

 

A Couples Massage

You can’t exactly nip off for a spa day together, but if you and your partner love a bit of pampering, why not set the scene? Light some candles, burn aromatherapy oils and take turns giving each other a relaxing massage.

Ask For A Blessing

If you’ve got a religious ceremony planned and that aspect is important to you, you could always contact your celebrant and ask for a special blessing to be performed over video to mark the day.

Order A Floral Arrangement From Your Florist

You could pick up a supermarket bouquet along with your other essentials or you could treat yourself to a beautiful arrangement of your chosen wedding flowers for your home from your florist. Just contact them to see if they can arrange this and deliver in a way that is safe for both them and you.

Do Some Wedding Prep

Have a few DIY elements to your wedding day such as favours or a table plan? Now maybe the time to get cracking on as much of that as you can. It might be a good idea to leave names until closer to your new wedding date though to confirm RSVPs.

Plan your Honeymoon

It looks like we won’t be going anywhere for a while. But, that does mean that you can spend extra time saving for your honeymoon and plan ways to make it even more memorable. Take this time to do your research and plan out what you will do with your time to really make the most of it.

Treat Each Other To A Wedding Gift

You were probably thinking about buying each other a little something for your wedding day, so why not agree to treat this like an anniversary or the special occasion it is and get each other a pressie to open in the morning.

 

I’m well aware that because of keyworker requirements, caring for vulnerable relatives or just plain logistics, some of you may not even be able to be physically together on your original wedding date. Don’t let that stop you celebrating each other. Many of the treats above can be done virtually – except maybe that massage. So celebrate in your own way or bookmark the celebrations for the next day you’re together.

And for the rest of us who are lucky enough to spend this lockdown period with our loves, let’s celebrate that. Marriage is about love and commitment, but it is also about learning to endure and navigate problems together. Use this day to celebrate the love you have for each other and how amazingly your little team of two is navigating this hurdle. Your wedding day may be postponed, but on this day you have each other. And that is always worth celebrating.

How to Virtually include Guests at your Wedding

Virtually including Wedding Guests

 

Life as we knew it has come to a screaming halt, with Covid-19 and government-enforced lockdown.  There are hopeful signs that we have reached the peak and that lockdown measures will soon start to be relaxed. But this will be phased and large gatherings will be the last to be allowed. The “new normal” still won’t be quite normal, and we have no idea how long this could last.

While of course, we would love for all of our nearest and dearest to be in attendance, it is unlikely that overseas guests are going to be able to travel for a while. You may also still want old and vulnerable guests to be self-isolating.

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Technology is going to be your best friend during these days of social distancing, and especially when it comes to planning a virtual wedding attendance. Below I’ll outline the steps you’ll need to take to plan a wedding on the internet, plus share the resources that will help you execute everything as simply as possible. Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Choose Your Platform

ZOOMING IN

Video conference software Zoom offers free and paid subscriptions. For free you can ‘meet’ for up to 40 minutes. For ÂŁ11.99 per month, you can “meet” for up to 24 hours. That’s more than enough time for a ceremony and reception! With Zoom, attendees can set up Speaker View (probably ideal for your guests to view your ceremony) or Gallery View (you, as the couple, could have this displayed so you can see all of your guests’ reactions).

You can designate one guest to take screenshots of your attendees’ reactions throughout the ceremony to include in your wedding album. Your designated readings can still be made by your virtual guests of honour.

With Zoom, you can continue the party into the reception, allowing the virtual wedding party and parents to give speeches, having your first dance and even doing the cake cutting.

GOING LIVE! WITH FACEBOOK

Another free option is to utilise Facebook Live for your ceremony. Invite your guests to a private group, and create a private event for them to RSVP to. At the designated time, your guests can hop on to watch you say your “I do”s! Facebook can act as a virtual guest book, too, with guests posting their well-wishes in the days and weeks leading up to the ceremony. They can introduce themselves and “mingle” prior to the ceremony and continue with the sentiments well after. The video will live on in the group as long as the group continues to exist.

Not everyone is going to have Facebook, and you won’t be able to have the same “face to face” interaction as you may with video conferencing software, but the same basic ideas apply.

SKYPE

To include absent guests through Skype, you will need to ask someone who will be sitting in the front row to hold a laptop, iPad, or another device that has Skype on it. Make sure the ceremony location has wifi, and that you know the password. Test out the connection beforehand. Then, stream the ceremony live so that those connected through Skype can watch in real-time.

GOOGLE HANGOUTS

Google Hangouts is another option for live-streaming your ceremony to those who can not be physically present. As an alternative to streaming the ceremony, you could also set up a Google Hangout during the reception, so that the call can be a two-way conversation. Instead of having absent guests silently watching, as though they’re seeing a live video, they can actually talk and connect with other wedding guests, as well as the bride and groom.

Step 2: Organize the Necessary Tech Gear

Tech is super key in planning your virtual wedding guests. At a minimum, you need a laptop, tablet or phone with a camera. If using a phone or tablet, you may also want to get a tripod to mount the mobile device to for steady, even viewing. Take your tech for a test run on whichever platform you intend to use so you can ensure quality will be up to the job.

Step 3: Coordinate with Any Suppliers

Make sure the venue is aware of your plans so they can help with set up. Also, make sure your photographer/videographer is in the loop so they don’t stand directly in front of the feed!

Step 4: Inform Your Guests

Include the meeting link to your scheduled Zoom or to your Facebook group, as well as the date and time. Now, because this is a little outside the box, you may also want to include instructions for your guests on how to turn on their video and ask them to remain muted during the ceremony.

Step 5: Get Prepared

You’ll definitely want to do a test run or two before the big day, to ensure your backdrop is even, you have the right angle for recording and all of the tech is running smoothly.

Can’t go live on the day?

If the location of your ceremony doesn’t have wifi and won’t support a hot spot, you could also ask a guest or a professional to film the ceremony, and upload it to Youtubeor Vimeo shortly after, once wifi is available!  This is a last resort option because you want your guests to enjoy themselves, not be worrying about uploading videos!

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Tips for choosing your Wedding Colour Scheme

Wedding Colour Schemes

Picking your wedding colours is sometimes easier said than done, but it’s an important step in your planning process. In addition to being an extension of your personal styles as a couple, a carefully chosen colour palette can make all the difference when creating a cohesive wedding look. It’s a good idea to start thinking about your wedding colours shortly after you’ve set a date and chosen a venue, but how should you begin? By considering your basic wedding details, such as season, location, and theme, you can start to narrow down the colours that will play into the look you want. Once you’ve decided on your colours, all of the other details will fall into place, from flowers and stationery to wedding party attire, table linens, and more.

Choose a base colour

Your base colour will be the one that’s used most prominently throughout your wedding. The base colour can be anything from soft blush pink or peach to elegant navy blue, punchy yellow, or even dramatic jade green, depending on the overall vibe you want to create. Most importantly, it should be a colour you genuinely love! Once you have your base colour, the next step is to choose a handful of complementary “accent” colours — generally two or three of them. These accents will round out your wedding palette, adding dimension and variation to prevent the colours from being over-the-top matchy-matchy or kitschy. Your accents can be anything from bold, contrasting hues on the opposite side of the colour wheel, to neutral tones like grey, white, black, or beige. No base colour yet? Keep reading for more advice on how to pick your wedding colours from scratch.
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Think about your wedding season

While there’s nothing written in stone that says your wedding colours should match up with your wedding season, we can’t argue that some colours lend themselves naturally to certain times of the year. If you’re feeling stuck when choosing a colour palette, look to your wedding season for a bit of inspiration. Dark jewel tones, such as emerald green, plum purple, navy blue, and marsala red, for example, tend fit in better with cold weather surroundings, like changing foliage in the autumn or white snow in the winter. Bold and bright colours are generally more appropriate for a summer celebration, while pastel hues are traditionally associated with springtime weddings.

What about your Venue

Consider the colours of your chosen venue. Are there any particularly distinctive tones on any of the walls, carpets or furniture? If so, it’s worth working with that colour rather than against it, either incorporating it into your scheme or choosing complementary shades – there’s nothing worse than a room full of dĂ©cor that clashes with the carpet!

If your venue offers more of a blank canvas – a barn, for example – then consider the amount of light and the size of the space available. Opt for light colours in a smaller venue to make it feel brighter. Darker colours can still be used, but be aware that they will create an intimate feel that might not suit every couple’s tastes.

Flowers

If your heart is set on a specific bloom and you really don’t want to swap, you might want to base your wedding colour scheme around the shades of your chosen flowers. So if blue hydrangeas or bold sunflowers are on your must-have list, make blue your accent colour throughout, paired with a complementary tone.

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Clothing

Likewise, if you’re desperate to choose a grey, gold, blush or pale blue gown or your partner only wants to wear hunter green, it’s probably worth adapting your colour palette to fit. Make sure your bridesmaids and groomsmen’s outfits work well with the scheme, too. After all, they all need to look good together for the photos!

Accessories

If you’re still struggling to pin down a wedding colour scheme, look to your accessories for inspiration. Have you chosen a statement handbag or pair of shoes? Gemstone jewellery? Take the colour of your accessory and let it influence the rest of your dĂ©cor decisions, using it as your accent colour for a pretty palette.

Play up your palette with gradient

Can’t decide on a collection of colours that look good together? Keep it simple by sticking with one colour and opting for an ombrĂ©-inspired palette instead. You don’t need an assortment of different colours to create a gorgeous palette. For example, a wedding with three or four shades of blue (or whichever colour you like best!) can look just as beautiful as one with a rainbow of colours. This option is also excellent for creating a more modern, monochromatic look with your wedding decor.

 

What will your wedding colour scheme be?

Airth Castle – Audrey and Johnny’s Wedding

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I Love Ewe

My sheep puns are so baaaaaaa-d (sorry, not sorry!) but I couldn’t resist. You see when Audrey Lamb and her Clydesdale Horses met Johnny and his sheep at the Royal Highland Show it was a match made in farming community heaven. So much so that Johnny proposed at the Highland Show a few years later. Audrey said, ‘Baby don’t herd me’. No, she didn’t – I’m going to stop horsing around now. Okay, I really am finished now!

Last wedding of the year

On the 30th December 2019, literally with one day of the year left to spare this wonderful couple tied the knot in the beautiful opulence of Airth Castle. I was delighted to have been chosen to capture the day for them as it was a day full of love and laughter with all their friends and family around them.

What an old romantic

The night before the wedding Johnny presented Audrey with a gift to wear on the day. A stunning pair of diamond earrings.

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They were a lovely ‘something new’. Her something ‘old’ was her mum’s amazing veil.

An Irishman

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Johnny and his family are from Ireland and opted for waistcoats and tails as their wedding attire. His brother and his nephew were his best men whilst his other brother and friend were ushers. The one Scot did his bit and wore a kilt! Don’t they all look handsome?

The weather miraculously stayed dry when we needed it to. Whilst it threatened to rain most of the day it didn’t and stayed uncharacteristically mild for the time of year. Whilst I would have loved to take wedding images in the crisp white snow. the reality would have been more slushy and bad weather may have stopped guests from getting there.

 A lovely ceremony

The ceremony was held in the old castle in a gorgeous high ceilinged room in front of a stunning fireplace and ornate mirror.

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As  Audrey’s brother walked the beautiful bride down the aisle I think it all became very real and emotional for her.

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The minister soon helped to calm any nerves and had the couple (and the congregation) laughing and singing during the service.

Due to that big and beautiful mirror above the fireplace, I spent most of the service on my knees in order to make sure I wasn’t captured in the reflection! I did like the perspective it gave the images though.

Whilst the new Mr and Mrs Aiken signed the register with the bridal party Audrey’s cousin sang for the wedding guests. A very talented family (more on that later).

A full house

There were c. 100 guests during the day to celebrate the union between Audrey and Johnny. Sometimes this sort of group size brings me out in a cold sweat as the venue doesn’t always have a great space to capture the group photos in a pleasing way. For this wedding, I had no such issues. The steps outside the old castle are just perfect.

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Despite being mild for the time of year it was still too cold to keep everybody outside for long. When I had met Audrey at the venue for our pre-wedding consultation I had decided that one of the formal reception rooms would be perfect. Once I did a little rearranging of the furniture and lugged the wing-backed chairs over to the fireplace!

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I think the images have a slight royal wedding vibe! Love it 🙂

A new version of a classic

Also at the pre-wedding consultation, Audrey’s mum mentioned an image from her own wedding that she would love Audrey to recreate. She was stood at the top of the staircase and her beautiful veil was the star of the show. As Audrey was using her veil it would be nice to do it again.  We found a suitable staircase in the castle and I hope I’ve done it justice.

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Whilst we were wrangling the stairs we also made use of the top balcony for some bride and groom portraits.

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As I am mean I still got the bride and groom outside for some natural portraits and I just love the results.

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The speeches

Ohhh emmm geee the speeches! Full kudos has to go to Johhny’s brother for his best man speech. So much planning had gone into it. Shortly after he started his speech he claimed he couldn’t find his remaining notes. He dashed out of the room and a pre-made video started of him ‘allegedly’ running out of the venue into his car back to his house and various other places to the tune of the Benny Hill theme tune!!! I can’t share what he got up to in the video here (keeping it PG, folks) but everybody was in absolute stitches.

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The video ended with him running back into the room and then his son and daughter (who was also a bridesmaid) read out a poem they had written. Everyone was laughing so hard, including me – it was difficult to stop my camera shaking!

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It was also during the speeches that I learned that Audrey had come 2nd in the world sheep handling trials. Told you it was a talented family!

Let them eat cake and dance

With the evening guests arrived it was time to cut the stunning three-tier cake decorated with thistles.

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Then Audrey and Johnny’s first dance as husband and wife.

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This wedding was an absolute joy to capture. So much love, laughter and well wishes emanated from all their family and friends as well as the couple themselves. It was time for me to take my leave but the party looked set to run well into the small hours.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Aiken.

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How to make sure you get the perfect Wedding Cake for you.

Wedding Cake

Whether a wedding cake is the least of your worries or high on the “must-obsess-over” list, my guide to getting the perfect cake has got you covered. From budgeting to picking out your flavours, I’m going to answer all of your questions—before you even have any! Including, what if I don’t like cake….

1. Don’t choose a cake until you’ve made your major wedding style decisions.

You might want a cake that’s compatible with the look of your venue, the season, your wedding gown, the flower arrangements and the menu. Arrive at your cake consultation prepared—you don’t need to have a complete sketch in hand, but knowledge of basic terms will make it easier on everyone. And if you’re looking for a custom design, bring along inspiration, like a swatch of lace from your dress or the colour of your bridesmaid’s dresses

2. Do have a budget in mind.

Wedding cake is usually priced by how many servings. The cost can vary, but it generally ranges from ÂŁ200 – ÂŁ1000 (and beyond). It’s easy to be wooed by blood orange filling and a multi-flavour cake when you’re making decisions with a sugar buzz, but having a handle on your budget—and knowing what will affect it—will allow you to prioritise your choices. For instance, more flavours equals more money; the more complicated the flavour, the bigger the price tag; handmade sugar flowers will add ÂŁÂŁÂŁs to every slice; and fondant icing is generally more expensive than buttercream. Don’t forget to look at places like Waitrose and M&S too as their wedding cakes to order can be cost-effective.

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Can you believe this gorgeous cake is from M&S?

3. Do match the cake height to your space.

Generally, three tiers will serve 50 to 100, and you’ll likely need five layers for 200 or more guests. Your cake should fit the space too—if your reception is in a grand ballroom, consider increasing the cake’s stature with columns between the tiers or opting for a faux Styrofoam layer (no one will know!) to add height

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4. Don’t choose the flavour based on what everyone else wants.

Besides being a showpiece, your cake should taste amazing too. When you meet with prospective bakers, taste lots of flavours. Don’t be afraid to stray from vanilla and chocolate. And don’t forget to sample fillings too—many bakers are working with complex flavourings, like guava and mango or hazelnut and mocha

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Cupcakes for miles

5. Do get the facts on icing.

Buttercream or fondant? Buttercream is often much more delicious. But if you love the smooth, almost surreal-like look of fondant, consider frosting the cake in buttercream first and then adding a layer of fondant over the entire confection. Whatever type of icing you choose, stick to colours your guests will want to eat. If your wedding hues are blue and green, opt for a white cake with subtle green-frosted accents. Naked cakes are becoming more and more popular too and can look stunning.

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Look away now! This cake is naked!

6. Don’t forget to consider the weather.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue and buttercream (they melt). Ask your baker about summer icing options or opt for a fondant-covered cake, which holds up much better against the heat.

7. Do budget for extra details.

When it comes to decoration, adornment costs run the gamut. The most inexpensive option is fresh fruits or flowers that, in some instances, can be applied by your florist for a minimal fee. On the high end are delicate gum-paste or sugar-paste flowers, which are constructed by hand, one petal at a time. But here’s the bottom line: All add-ons—including marzipan fruits, chocolate-moulded flowers and lace points—will raise the rate.

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Hand-painted cake (and yes the tartan is icing!)

8. Don’t forget to top it off.

There are many beautiful and unique ways to top your cake. If you have an heirloom piece—especially a fine porcelain antique—work with your baker to integrate it into the cake’s design. It can double as your “something old.” Other alternatives include a bouquet of sugar flowers, a cascade of icing ribbons or even a sugar block carved to reveal your new monogram. Look to your locale as well. A cluster of coral can look stunning for a beachside celebration, or try a fondant snowflake for a winter wedding. Or don’t use one at all—some designs look great without a topper.
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9. Do have a detailed delivery plan.

Cake delivery takes coordination (and usually a refrigerated van), so give yourself peace of mind and opt to have your cake delivered. Complex cakes may not necessarily arrive in final form, so allow time and space for assembly. And make sure that once the masterpiece is delivered, it has a place at the venue (especially if it requires refrigeration). Bottom line: Discuss all the delivery details with your baker before signing the contract.

10. Do give your cake the spotlight.

Your cake will likely be on display before it’s cut and consumed. You should have a designated, well-lit table that allows the best presentation possible. Make sure you speak to your venue about this.

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11. Don’t let freezer burn happen.

Even if you take the most painstaking packaging measures, eating the top tier of your cake on your first anniversary sounds far better than it tastes. Think about indulging on your two-week or one-month anniversary, and treat yourself to a fresh cake in the same flavour when you’ve hit the one-year mark. If you must adhere to tradition, tightly wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then place it in an airtight container.

12. Don’t forget to eat your cake (seriously!).

Couples often don’t get a chance to eat their own wedding cake on the day. Ask your caterer/venue to save some extra for you. Share it with your new spouse post-wedding for a late-night snack or the next day for brekkie!

13. What about allergies?

If you or your spouse are dairy intolerant, gluten-free or vegan then treat your guests to a cake from a baker that specialise in that type of cake. Chances are they won’t even be able to tell.

 

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Vegan and Dairy-free by Daisy Bakes,  Dundee

14. What if we don’t like cake?

Well, it’s your day so don’t have a cake to please everyone else! How about a dessert table instead? Or if you don’t have a  sweet tooth at all why not consider a Pork Pie ‘cake’ or ‘cake’ made from wheels of cheese…the possibilities are endless!

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Cheese wedding ‘cake’ – not my image
Pork pie wedding ‘cake’ – not my image

I don’t know about you, but all this talk of cake has made me peckish. I’m off to raid the fridge!

Can a White Wedding ever be Green?

Eco Weddings

By the time the confetti settles the average UK wedding has produced a third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide in just one day! By comparison, annual carbon emissions per person in the UK are about 9.1 tonnes (Source: www.dothegreenthing.com).

As we become ever more focussed on saving our planets finite resources can you still have your perfect day but with a conscience? This latest article is in no way meant to preach at you, or make you feel guilty for any choices that you are considering but rather offer some eco-friendly alternatives – many of which will save you money as well!

Ways to go Plastic Free or Less Plastic

  1. Favours – consider the environmental impact of plastic packaging, and instead opt for recyclable card and paper. Often favours end up left on tables at the end of the evening so opt instead to donate to a charity you care about or give guests wildflower seeds to sow in their gardens and promote bees (for more low-cost sustainable favour ideas click here).
  2. Wedding gifts -If you want to cut down on a pile of presents and avoid plastic packaging, explore other gift ideas instead. Ask for eco-friendly gifts when you tie the knot. How about asking for vouchers so you can choose your own home and garden products? If you’ve got everything you need, why not ask guests to donate to a charity that means a lot to you. If you do opt for a wedding list, make sure you only ask for things you really need and will use.
  3. Invites – Make sure you search for wedding invite companies that only use recycled paper. Even better, don’t use paper invites at all. Choose an online invitation company to send e-invites. If you have additional information for guests, you could set up a wedding website and your e-invite could direct them to it.
  4. Photos – Make sure you get the images you want to display printed, framed, etc but opt for the remainder to be stored digitally.
  5. Confetti – Chose biodegradable confetti or alternative options like birdseed. You can see more suggestions here.
  6. Flip-flops, toiletry baskets, etc – these have become an increasing trend and whilst they are a thoughtful offering to your guests most adults will bring ‘dancing shoes’ or kick off their heels and pack their essentials in their bags! Most couples end up with loads of these items left over and flip-flops especially are a huge issue for landfill. Save money and the planet and leave out of your wedding.
  7. Venue choice – check that your venue doesn’t use plastic straws, buffet cutlery etc, or ask them if they would consider switching to a greener alternative.

Animal Welfare

  1. Using animals as part of your ceremony? Owls bringing rings, Wedding Llamas, Dove releases? No-one is saying don’t do these things and they can make a wedding truly memorable. But, make sure you have seen the companies animal licenses and checked out the business premises. For every reputable business owner that cares about their animals, there is a shady individual just looking to make a quick buck. Dove releases, in particular, seem vulnerable to this. Do your homework.
  2. Ensure caterers are using animal welfare certified meat and fish.

Organic and Ethically Sourced

  1. Engagement and wedding rings – Try hunting for a unique wedding ring in antique shops or at the end-of-year shows for jewellery design students. Or search online for suppliers of recycled gold or Fairtrade silver. For advice on buying conflict-free diamonds, see The Kimberley Process FAQs .
  2. Wedding Food – Source your food from a supplier that uses local, seasonal and organic food or ask your caterer to do this for you. Food from local farm shops or markets is less likely to come packaged in unnecessary plastic.
  3. Wedding Cake – Ask your wedding cake maker or local baker to use organic, local ingredients in your cake. If you’re going for a fruity wedding cake, ask for seasonal, British fruits rather than imported carbon-guzzling options. You could even try dairy-free wedding cake recipes that will be suitable for vegans and better for the planet. Or, if you don’t want to end up wasting food by having a wedding cake that will only get half-eaten, try something different. Like an organic cheeseboard ‘cake’ with local fruit instead, or individual wedding cupcakes for your guests.
  4. Flowers – opt for seasonal flowers that are grown in the UK and don’t come with air miles to import. You can check out seasonal flowers here.

Other ways you could make your Wedding Environmentally Friendly

  1. Hire your Wedding Dress – One of the biggest costs at a wedding is the wedding dress. It can cost hundreds or thousands of pounds and will never get worn again. One way around this is to choose a style of wedding dress that could be worn again for another function. Or consider hiring your outfit – ideal for bride, groom, ushers and children. For bridesmaids and page boys, make bridesmaids dresses and suits green by buying something they can wear afterwards for parties. Or check out vintage and retro shops. Alternatively, search online for quality used outfits from Ebay  or specialist sites such as The Dressmarket . Or you can buy wedding dresses, wedding shoes and accessories from one of Oxfam’s bridal wear shops . You could also consider borrowing from a friend. After the big day, why not consider recycling your wedding dress or accessories? There are several charities that want used wedding dresses for terminally ill brides. By donating anything from jewellery and tiaras to clutch bags and bridesmaid dresses, you could also support other charities.
  2. Wedding Transport – Looking for the perfect wedding location? Find a venue close to home to cut down on transport. And don’t invest in hiring a gas-guzzling wedding limousine for your wedding car. Instead, make a statement by turning up to your wedding in an electric car or horse-drawn carriage. If you don’t have the ceremony and reception at the same venue, encourage guests to share rides to the reception or provide a coach or bus. If possible, include public transport details in your invitations, to encourage guests to consider leaving the car at home – and enjoy a few drinks too.
  3. Honeymoon – One of the biggest environmental impacts your wedding can have is a long-haul honeymoon. If you don’t want to worry about adding to climate change when you tie the knot, think about romantic destinations you can visit for your honeymoon that won’t clock up the air miles.

 

Wedding Bouquets & Alternatives to Flowers

Wedding Bouquets

Why do brides carry them?

Incorporating flowers into wedding ceremonies has been seen, since Roman times, as a symbol of fertility, which meant that herbs, orange blossoms, garlic and other similar plants were included in the wedding preparations.

Both Greeks and Romans thought that their smell would keep the evil spirits away from the bride, therefore guaranteeing happiness and loyalty in the marriage. However, the exquisite combination of herbs was not carried by the bride in her hands, but, instead, worn under the form of a garland in her hair. At the end of the ceremony, the edible herbs were given to the newlyweds to eat, as they were also supposed to increase their sexual desire.

But, throughout the Victorian period, the practices changed. Queen Victoria herself carried a bouquet made of a few herbs and mostly fresh flowers, thus making fashionable the bouquet as it is known today.

The bouquet was also the bearer of a message since each flower had its own special meaning. In some parts of the world, only certain flowers were considered to bring good luck for the marriage (such as daffodils, daisies, irises, magnolias, orchids, roses), while other flowers were forbidden from being displayed in the wedding bouquet (like lavender, poppies, marigolds).

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Fresh Flowers

There is no doubt that fresh flowers are beautiful but when choosing your wedding flowers, it’s not only about picking blooms that complement your choice of wedding dress and overall wedding theme, but it’s also important to consider whether they’re even available. Here’s a list of wedding flowers by season in the UK.

While certain blooms such as roses are available all year round, most other flowers are only available during particular months and seasons. In some cases, however, it is possible to import flowers that aren’t in season from another region or country.

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Importing flowers that aren’t in season in the UK is not possible for all flowers, and can sometimes be a costly exercise, so it’s important you consult your florist to see what your best options are. Sometimes your florist may be able to suggest a flower that is very similar in appearance but won’t cost as much as it’s imported lookalike.

To help you better understand which flowers are available the month of your wedding, here is a list of some of the most popular wedding flowers based on availability by season.

Winter

December

Poinsettias, Hellebores, Winter Camellias, Muscari, Aranthera, Acacia, Phalaenopsis Orchids

Winter has officially arrived and of course, your wedding will be close to Christmas. But winter flowers are available with Winter Camellias being a perfect example. Poinsettias have gorgeous red and green foliage making them perfect for a Christmas themed wedding. Hellebores come in some 20 varieties and their small colourful blooms are perfect for adding wintery-tones and texture to your bouquet. Winter Camellias are so-called because these evergreen shrubs produce gorgeous blooms in the cold weather. They are known for their unique, paper-like petals and sturdy nature.

January

Hyacinths, Chrysanthemums, Tulips, Sunflowers, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids

Hyacinths are flowers which people love to grow in pots and if you are growing some yourself, you can simply cut them fresh just in time for your big day. Chrysanthemums come in large or small blooms and they last for a long time. Tulips come in all sorts of varieties and colours to match and these blooms are one of the most popular wedding flowers in the UK.

February

Anemone, Delphiniums, Banksia, Bottlebrush, Calla Lilies, Roses, Lilac, Lisianthus, Protea, Narcissus 

Valentine’s Day is in February, so, if you are after red roses for your wedding you may need to place your order well in advance! Anemone sometimes called the ‘windflower,’ is a delicate flower that comes in a variety of colours, cream and classic white. This flower is particularly recognisable for its black centre. Delphiniums are tall sturdy, stalk-like flowers which are known for their vibrant shades of blue, purple, violet and pink. Banksia Bottlebrush is a red, fluffy bloom which is cylindrical in shape. It hails from Australia and is well known for its exotic appearance.

Spring

March

Marigolds, Carnations, Lily of the Valley, Queen Anne’s Lace, Paphiopedilum Orchids

Marigolds are a bright, and warm orange bloom which have a creased appearance due to the pale yellow edging on the petals. Carnations provide a very classic bridal aesthetic, and similar to Hydrangeas, these soft, fluffy white flowers look divine when mixed in with fresh white roses. Lily of the Valleys are small white flowers which appear as though they have been turned upside-down. They are delicate and sweet and can look great in a bridal bouquet or even placed in a bridal hairstyle or flower crown.

April

Spray Carnations, Forget-Me-Nots, Genistas, Oncidium Orchids, Ranunculus

Spray Carnations are a smaller version of traditional carnations, and they look great mixed among other varieties of flowers. They come in lots of different colours too. Forget-me-nots are tiny flat flowers known for their soft blue colour. Genista makes a wonderful filler with its leafless stems and masses of tiny flowers.

May

Peonies, Agapanthus, Waxflowers, Sweet Williams, Roses, Moluccella, Hydrangeas

Agapanthus is a huge flower, sometimes known as the African Lily, and its large impressive blooms are long-lasting. Waxflower is ideal for multiple uses as its small sweet-smelling flowers can be used in fillers and bouquets. Sweet William is an ideal country garden flower with so many gorgeous blooms on every stem.

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Summer

June

Marigolds, Gloriosas, Iris, Arachnis, Viburnum, Sunflowers, Muscari, Delphiniums, Aster

Gloriosa or the ‘Glory Lily’ hails from Africa and is striking with its petals being ringed in yellow. Iris has long been a very popular flower although it’s important to remember it has a short shelf life.

July

Lily of the Valley, Hyacinths, Tulips, Kangaroo Paws, Gypsophila, Nerine, Strelitzias

Tulips are almost never out of season and certainly never out of fashion. Strelitzias are bright orange and are unique in shape. Their pointy and geometric petals work well in a contemporary style bouquet.

August

Cornflowers, Roses, Mint, Prunus, Godetia, Hydrangeas, Phlox, Agapanthus, Bouvardia

Brides have a wonderful choice to choose from in August. Cornflowers have a fairly large head and are a distinctive blue colour. Roses are always available in lots of colours, shapes and varieties. Mint may seem like a peculiar choice, but the herb actually makes for a gorgeous bouquet filler and has the bonus of its refreshing aroma.

Autumn

September

Amaryllis, Aster, Helenium, Achillea, Cattleya Orchids, Eryngium, Spiraea, Vanda, Cosmos

Autumn is beginning, and fruit and flowers are in abundance. Amaryllis is perfect if you’re looking for something dramatic because these large trumpet-shaped flowers really make a statement. Aster also known as the Michaelmas Daisy makes a perfect filler for your bridal bouquet and bridal table. Helenium epitomizes autumn with daisy-like flowers offering the colours of the season.

October

Gladiolus, Freesias, Helleborus, Papaver, Skimmia, Tuberose, Ornithogalum, Calla Lily

Gladiolus is a traditional flower which is often used for decorating the church or reception venue. Freesias are always popular, not just because of their delicate, feminine petals, but their powerful scent is so appealing.

November

Moluccella, Gomphrena, Solidaster, Triteleia, Veronica, Lisianthus, Amazon Lilies

Moluccella from across the sea, are the Bells of Ireland and are eye-catching with their masses of flowers resembling bells. Gomphrena has the advantage of being able to be dried easily so if you want dried flowers for decoration or as a filler, the Globe Amaranth is the ideal choice. Solidaster is a soft yellow bloom which is very tiny and is a great bouquet filler. Solidaster is often mistaken for Aster.

Faux Flowers

Artificial flowers are becoming increasingly popular as a beautiful, long-lasting, and often cheaper, alternative to fresh wedding flowers.

If the tacky fake blooms you see in a pound shop spring to mind, think again! The artificial wedding flowers on the market today are high quality, great value and totally realistic in both look and feel.

Most brides do go for fresh flowers on their wedding day as the scent and natural beauty is hard to beat, but there are downsides. Firstly, they’re more expensive than artificial flowers; they’ll eventually wilt and die, and your chosen blooms may not be at their peak or even available at the time of your wedding.

In contrast, there are so many advantages to choosing artificial flowers and, with the huge leap in quality and realism, you may not notice much difference with the real thing. You can even replicate the scent with a floral perfume!

Here’s why artificial flowers might be right for your wedding:

  • You can precisely colour-match artificial flowers to any shade so they can work with your colour palette
  • Artificial bouquets are allergy-friendly so there’s no chance of a red nose and streaming eyes down the aisle
  • They don’t attract wasps or bugs so you don’t need to worry if you’re having an outdoor wedding
  • You can get the bloom varieties that you want, even if they’re out of season, and they’ll always be in peak bloom
  • Artificial wedding flowers won’t wilt or die so they’ll look perfect on the day
  • There’s a risk that real flowers could stain your dress, whereas artificial flowers won’t
  • Artificial flowers travel well, so they are ideal for destination weddings
  • You can keep your artificial flowers forever
  • They can be cheaper than fresh flowers
  • If you get good quality fakes, then your guests may not even notice you’re not using fresh!

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What if I don’t want a traditional bouquet?

The good news is that if you still want to carry something down the aisle there are loads of alternatives.

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Paper – your favourite text, music scores, colours can be made into flowers or any other shapes you fancy to walk down the aisle. Perfect for a literary or music themed wedding.
  • Food – Foodies shouldn’t shy away from carrying something edible down the aisle, whether it’s a bundle of herbs, doughnuts (yes, doughnuts) or a single, geometric artichoke.
  • Balloons – Nothing says “celebrate” like a cloud of bright balloons. Also great for flower girls (or should that be balloon girls)!
  • Pom-poms – Showcase your crafty side with an architectural bouquet of pom-poms.
  • Brooches – You can never have too much bling, especially on your wedding day. Great for a vintage or forties inspired theme.
  • Sea Shells – Shells make a beautiful and unexpected accessory for couples saying “I do” by the sea. You can also add starfish and seahorses to continue a nautical theme.
  • Lanterns – Your wedding party can light the way with vintage lanterns (imagine how gorgeous they’d look at a nighttime ceremony).
  • Feathers – on their own or mixed in with brooches, bling or anything else.

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Writing your own Wedding Vows

Wedding Vows

Rather than sticking to the traditional wedding script, many couples are choosing their own wedding vows, or even writing new vows from scratch. If you’re looking for something meaningful to say during the most significant part of your wedding ceremony, here are some suggestions to get you started. You can always check your choice with your registrar to be sure they are suitable.

Before you begin, there are a few rules to take into consideration. Legally, a civil ceremony cannot contain vows, readings or music that have any religious references. You’ll also need to include the statutory declarations. That is to:

“
Solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, (name), may not be joined in matrimony to (name)”

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A few tips

  • Be sincere but not overly gushing or intimate – you don’t want your guests to feel uncomfortable. If you want to say something deeply personal, you could always send your partner a private love letter on the morning of your wedding as well.
  • Make sure you always check any readings or vows with your registrar in advance. Ideally, give them a typed copy of your vows/readings and a list of your chosen music a fortnight before the big day.
  • If you’re struggling to find the right words, use a thesaurus. It’ll help you to avoid repeating yourself. Words such as ‘love’ and ‘honour’ are naturally popular, but there are plenty of other terms you can include as well.
  • If you get stuck for ideas, write one another a letter saying what you love about one another. Think about why you can’t wait to be married. The best lines are often the ones that come straight from the heart.
  • If you have children, you could include them as part of your vows. For example, “We exchange our vows today for our future as a couple and a family.”

Still struggling?

Here are some examples that could help get you started and make your own.

 

I promise to love and respect you and to put energy into keeping our love alive. I will be there for you in good times and bad. I will help you when you need help and make space for you to be yourself. I will try to bring you happiness.

I will dedicate myself to you wholeheartedly. I will make time for you and support you in everything you do. I will help you to raise our children to become loving people, and support you in the fundamental role of parent.

I pledge my life to you. I will love, honour and respect you in happy and sad times. I promise to be faithful to only you as long as we both live.

I __, promise to love and cherish you__, for the rest of your life. I will try to bring laughter to your life, and make you happy, I will consider you in the decisions I have to make and value your opinions. Today I vow to be your husband/wife for the rest of our lives.

I will seek to always be loving unto you. I will share your joys and your sorrows and will be devoted unto you until the ultimate parting.

__, I __, take you to be my husband/wife. To have, to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part, and this is my solemn vow.

__, today I promise to respect you always. I will share the good times and bad times with you, be a support and guide. Above all, I will love you from now until our days end.

I, ___ ___, promise to be to you, __ __, a true and loving companion. I promise to be the best husband/wife and parent that I can be and to commit myself forever to our relationship together.

Today I promise to be your husband/wife. I will be faithful and honest, loving and trustworthy. I will seek to bring you stability and order in a chaotic world. I will be your partner and friend for life.

___, in this beautiful garden I dedicate myself to you. Although our lives may change like the seasons, I will love you. As our love grows like a seed to a beautiful flower, I will love you. When the winds of doubt blow through, I will love you. We will stand together, strong, nurtured by each other’s love until the end.

If you feel that traditional wedding vows are a bit stuffy for you, why not go for a funnier, yet equally sentimental approach? For example:

I, ___, take you ___, to be my husband/wife and my Netflix partner in crime for as long as we both shall live – I even promise to watch Pretty Little Liars with you even though it’s the worst show ever made. I promise to love you even when you won’t let me play Call Of Duty and cherish you even when we can’t agree on what takeaway to get.

I promise to always leave the loo seat up. I promise to make you breakfast in bed every weekend. I promise to create a life for us of unexpected and strange adventures. I promise that I will love you forever.

I promise to care for you in sickness and in health unless it is self‐inflicted or two o’ clock in the morning: not to kick you when you are snoring, and to care for your prize collection of comic books.

I promise that I will always let you win arguments (even if I know I am right!), to always let you, to buy you flowers once a week (even if I have nothing to apologise for), and to agree to disagree on which cake is better. It’s lemon drizzle obviously, not fruit cake.

I promise not to Whatsapp my girlfriends after 8 pm, to buy only one pair of shoes a month and to accept all your bad habits because they make you as loveable as you are.

Or how about vows that are likely to make everyone reach for their hankies?

___, you are my best friend and today I take you as my life partner. I promise to laugh with you and cry with you and grow with you. I hope to make you as happy as you have made me, and to love you a little more every day. May we have many adventures and grow old together.

I, ___, promise you, ___, my soulmate, to love you for as long as I live. What I possess in this world, I give to you. I will keep you and hold you, comfort and tend you, protect you and shelter you, for all the days of my life.

___ you know me better than anyone else in this world and yet still you manage to love me. You are my best friend and one true love. There is still a part of me today that cannot believe that I’m the one who gets to marry you.”

You are my light, and you’ve shown me more love than I’ve ever known. I promise to never take our love for granted and to show you every day how much you mean to me. I vow to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share in the silence when they are not.

I hope these suggestions help you with your wedding vow writing. Get more wedding hints, tips and advice delivered directly to your inbox once a month and get a free photo checklist guide for your trouble!

Great Alternatives to Wedding Guest Books

Wedding Guest Books

Aside from your wedding photos and that sliver of wedding cake for your first anniversary, there are only so many ways you can memorialise your nuptials after the fact. Enter alternative wedding guest books. Traditionally, couples have set up designated sign-in stations for friends and family to write sweet notes of congratulations, but standard guest books tend to get sidelined to a bookshelf or exiled into a lowly storage box (not the best way to reminisce on your big day). Now, though, couples are personalising this wedding detail by transforming it into a fun activity that makes it memorable for not only the couple but also the guests.

This blog post aims to bring you some alternative ideas to the guest book to help you think about personalising your own wedding.

  • Globe-trotting couples, let your nearest and dearest make their marks on your own little world. Consider getting guests to leave messages on an old globe or get a blank one for the occasion.
  • Cheese! Ditch the guest note route completely; instead, encourage wedding attendees to cosy up for the camera and leave their marks with a Polaroid selfie. Set up a station just for the task, and prepare for an overload of hilarious selfies.

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  • Cheers! Get guests to leave messages on corks that you can make into a  pinboard or heart shape. Or better yet get a massive bottle of wine or fizz and ask guests to leave a message in metallic markers. You can drink on your first anniversary and keep the bottle as a cute reminder.
  • Shadow boxes that guests can fill with pre-cut timber shapes once they’ve written their message are becoming more and more popular.

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  • Timber! Love games? How about getting guests to leave messages on a Jenga set for a truly personalised games night.
  • Music fans! Ask guests to write their messages on an old vinyl record that you can then frame.
  • Bucket list. Ask guests to leave suggestions in a, well, bucket, for adventures the pair of you can carry out in your lifetime together.
  • Eco-friendly. Ask guests to sign a terracotta or earthenware pot that you can then fill with succulents of other plants as a lasting reminder.
  • Signing Frame. Make your guests messages part of your decor. Put a picture in the middle from your engagement shoot, if you had one. Or of the two of you and replace after the wedding with one of your favourite wedding images. (a group shot would be perfect!). Guests sign all around the photograph mount. Many wedding photographers including myself offer this type of product.

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It is easy to get carried away and offer lots of options to guests. But that can be overwhelming for guests and you end up with lots of partially completed items. My advice is to pick one that suits your theme and you as a couple and really go for it!