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Wedding Ideas We’ve Loved On The Web This Week

 

Wedding jewellery

Ahhhh, Friday already. It’s been a busy week for us, how about you?  We’ve been photographing a whole host of new wedding decor ready to go live in the boutique next week. Plenty of pretty for you lovely brides and grooms. But until then, we have our fab five wedding ideas we’ve loved on the web this week. Sit down, take the weight off and enjoy. Gingerbread latte for me please!

Monday

Back in October we talked about ombré wedding trends here on the blog and treated you to a super-pretty ombré inspiration board over on Pinterest. It’s been popular and we’ve been keeping our beady eyes peeled for anything further to pique your interest. On the first day of the working week, we found it, thanks to the gorgeous Rosie over on Love Luxe. Tis a video tutorial on how to make your very own ombré wedding cake. See! The very lovely (and talented) Autumn from Plumb and Rabbitts makes it look simples, non? Are you tempted to give it a go? Let us know how you get on.

Tuesday

We love sparkles here at Le Trousseau (such girls!) and can often be found perusing online stores for jewels, so were delighted when we came across Rose And Aster. The boutique has been on our radar for some time as its pieces are absolutely stunning (see above pic) and so very reasonably priced. Its owner and curator, Sarah, has recently launched a wedding collection and on Tuesday, we lost ourselves in it for some time! It’s classicly elegant with a vintage bent and we’re pretty sure you’re going to struggle to pick your favourite piece. Do let us know when you decide!

Wednesday

Caught up in somewhat manic moment, swamped by to-do lists and making the most of a morning of moaning (too much alliteration?!), we were soon reminded of just how great life is thanks to The Wedding Reporter. Each Wednesday Emma adds her Wonderful Wednesday Words to the blog and today’s were just what we needed…Thank you.

“After all the world is indeed beautiful and if we were any other creature than man we might be continuously happy in it.”   Sebastian Barry.

Thursday

Tweeting away (as we do) on the penultimate day of the working week, we saw Rebecca of Florence Finds directing us to her super-smashing-great blog using the intriguing hashtag #ShareAdvent. Now being a biiig fan of Christmas and indeed the whole festive season, I didn’t take much persuading to leave my work and head on over to the blog to see what she was talking about. Shen then linked to another great blog that goes by the name of Skin and Blister and in particular the #ShareAdvent post. And we were smitten! It’s all about the build up to Christmas and making it even more special by creating 25 different ways to enjoy each day in celebration of the season. It’s such a simple thing to do, but one that we often forget, thanks to our busy lives. This is a great reminder. Granted, it’s not wedding related, but during what can be a hectic time in your life, it’s nice to take a break and think about something other than gowns, flowers and fabulous shoes. We are so pleased to be involved and will be blogging our 25 on Monday, so check back then. In the meantime, will you join the Advent-ure?

PS ~ You can read our tweets about wedding decor and general loveliness here: Chirp!

Friday

Today we’ve been occupying our time perusing Pinterest for even more wedding inspiration and have created a beautiful board entitled ‘Long Sleeves and Lace‘ ~ take a look and tell us what you think.

Have wonderful weekends and I look forward to seeing you next Friday for five more wedding ideas we’ve loved on the web this week.

Mrs R xxx

Le Trousseau new wedding decor photo shoot

New products at Le Trousseau

We’ve had a busy few weeks here at Le Trousseau Towers, as we’ve been moving premises, planning for next year, tinkering behind the scenes with our lovely boutique and generally taking care of the wedmin. Phew.

But in the midst of the filing and packing and spreadsheet swearing (!) we grabbed a glorious day of Autumn sunshine with our fab friends Tino and Pip, heading to The Old Rectory in Hastings (Read more about our Wedding Venue of the Week Winner here) to shoot some of our pretty new pieces.

We had a wonderful time setting up shots in the house’s many beautiful rooms, totally sympathetic to our new wedding decor, as well as winding our way through the walled garden to style some pieces we new would look lovely blowing in the Autumn breeze, straight off the sea. It was one of those perfect pre-Winter days where we donned our chunky knits, scarves and hats and danced about with glee!

Photographing our new wedding decor (well, watching our super-snappers photograph our new wedding decor) is one the very best things about my job. I love it. And I hope you like the results.

Below is a snapshot (see what I did there?!) of our day, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled in the Le Trousseau boutique for our new wedding decor, coming soon!

Have a fab day!

Mrs R xxx

New products at Le Trousseau

New products at Le Trousseau

Wedding Venue of the Week – Parley Manor

Wedding Venue of the Week - Parley Manor

Here we are again, smack-bang in the middle of the week! I hope it’s shaping up beautifully for you so far. It’s been a busy one for us here at Le Trousseau, but that hasn’t stopped us listening to your suggestions for new contenders to the Wedding Venue of the Week crown.

And so today, may I present to you… Parley Manor. This intimate Georgian domicile rests amongst the pleasant Dorset countryside, not far from Christchurch. As you would expect from a manor of this period, the house was built in the 1700s and formed part of a large country estate that stretched from Hurn Forest to the River Stour. The manor itself is delightful, but the jewel in the crown of this Dorset wedding venue is the Pavilion, set deep in the centre of the fabulous Italian walled garden ~ where the cermony itself is held. Needless to say, it’s hopelessley romantic.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending several outdoor weddings over the years but have always been ushered back indoors after the cermony. Not at Parley Manor -  no, you’re actually able to enjoy the entire proceedings in the open air! Whoo! The reception and wedding breakfast are held in the gardens in a stunning marquee and can accomodate up to 150 guests amongst fountains and flowers and general fabulousness. It’s all very Midsummer Night’s Dream and an idyllic place for entertaining guests.

But don’t take my word for it… Kelly and Ben Ball (you’ll be seeing more of them soon) married there in the Summer and told us; “Gwen and Lawney and the rest of the team at Parley were absolutely fantastic. We had an amazing day and wouldn’t change a thing. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.”

If you’re dreaming of an English country house wedding, then Parley Manor may just be the place for you.

Did you marry at Parley Manor? We’d love to hear from you!

Mrs R xxx

Wedding Venue of the Week

Top Ten Things That Make A Wedding Brilliant

Chris Evans' Top Then Things That Make A Wedding Brilliant

Hey all!

I’ve been reading broadcast legend and Radio 2 DJ (did he really need that introduction?!) Chris Evans’ autobiography, Memoirs of a Fruitcake over the past week, which is a thoroughly enjoyable book and I heartily recommend. I love a good life story and the ginger disc-jockey has a lot to talk about.

It’s been great to get an insight into his life and his stellar career, as well as his relationships and erm, his cars (lady petrolhead alert!). I’m not about to review his missives though, but instead thought I would share his Top Ten Things That Make a Wedding Brilliant ~ a small slice of his book which reflects on his tying the knot to Carol McGiffin, Billie Piper and current wife / mother of his two boys; Natasha Shishmanian.

Chris Evans’ Top Ten Things That Make A Wedding Brilliant

10  The readings

9  The walk in / walk out music

8  The best man

7  The weather

6  The party

5  The location

4  A round of applause / cheering / whistling and general exhuberant mayhem when you are pronounced man and wife

3  Only inviting people who you really want there and really want to  be there

2  The bridesmaids

1  The bride

(from Memoirs of a Fruitcake)

Ahhh. I’m definitely in agreement with points 10, 9, 6, 3  and to some extent 5 but I’m pretty sure what makes a wedding wow is totally different for each couple. The flowers were a huge deal for me, as was the lighting (we had more candles than you could shake a wick at), not to mention the live band… but the very best thing about my wedding was marrying my best friend. That most definitely made it brilliant (and the Jimmy Choos).

What are your Top Ten Things That Make A Wedding Brilliant? Do share!

Mrs R xxx

Wedding Ideas We’ve Loved On The Web This Week

Wedding aisle runner

Here we are again, at the tail end of another working week, with all the weekend to look forward to! We’ve found some lovely wedding inspiration on the web just recently, as you can see…

Monday

We quite often lose ourselves in the pages of Etsy and today was no exception. I stumbled upon these gorgeous Initial Necklaces made by Merriweather Council and fell totally in love. They would make brilliant gifts for your ‘maids, non? And don’t you just love the array of colours? J’adore!

Tuesday

We have a few fave blogs here at Le Trousseau and always find time to peruse the fabulous Far From The Wedding Crowd. Written by the lovely Anna, its pages are a safe haven in a world often saturated by pretty pastels, lip liner, high-end gowns and erm, well, mass consumerism. Anna and her words seem to us to be an antidote to what can sometimes be a kind of wedding madness and her post on Tuesday ~It’s Not All Fun and Games, as ever cut through glossy facade. We salute you lady!

Wednesday

We spotted this fab flour (nope, that’s not a typing error) aisle runner over on Ruffled on the middle day of the working week. And we were wowed! It’s super-cute and super easy to make, though to be fair, living in this green and pleasant land, may be best saved for the summer months. Its possibilities are endless ~ are you tempted? *Photo credit: With thanks to Ruffled Blog and EE Photography*

Thursday

Today we found Mark Niemierko’s instagram feed (it was a good day). Oh. My. Gawd. Elle Magazine declared him to be Britain’s leading wedding planner. We declare him to be a god. Go see. It’s brim-full on wedding inspiration and beauty. Warning: You may need smelling salts.

Friday

Today’s Pinterest board is Downton themed. I’ve been missing the Crawley family (who hasn’t?!) since the most recent series departed from our screens and have found myself chattering to my best girls about its brilliance on more than one occasion.  We decided that the Abbey (Highclere Castle in Berkshire) would be the ultimate place to marry and espoused for far too long about the decadence and romance of it all. So, I am glad to bring a little of the aforementioned to the last day of the week. Enjoy!

See you next Friday for five more wedding ideas we’ve loved on the web this week.

Mrs R xxx

The ideal age to marry…

Morning!

I was interested to receive a press release from YouGov this week, boldly claiming as its headline ‘Majority of British women think before 30 is ‘ideal age’ for marriage’.

Needless to say, it got me thinking. According to the study, 53% (so only just a majority) of British women think the ideal time to get married is between the ages of 25 and 29, with 11% of women considering 20-24 to be the best time. Mr R and I married at 32 and therefore fall into the 18% who deem somewhere between 30 and 34 the ‘ideal’ age to tie the knot. Apparently.

I must say, I consider it to be a rather odd statistic to be honest. At no point in my adult life have I ever decided on the ‘perfect’ age to marry, preferring to wait as long as it took for the time to be right. I do however recall being a little girl and deciding for some reason that by the time I was 28 I should be married and have two children, a dog and a cat. No idea why!

Anyway, I wonder if you think there’s an ideal age to marry? And indeed why it is ideal? Is there really a ‘best’ age to marry? Surely it’s a deeply subjective consideration, if a consideration at all?

Mr R and myself met when we were in our early twenties; and busy with jobs in the Big Schmoke, didn’t give marriage a second thought. We moved in together, bought a home together, bought a car together and did everything, well, together. Although I always knew in my mind I would like to marry, I felt no pressure to seal the deal and have a ring on my finger by a certain date. It was enough for me to know that at some point we would become Mr and Mrs. And it would be when the time was right.

Our families were the ones who whispered that we’d been together a long time (eight years at the point of proposal) and pondered why we still weren’t betrothed. We were ok as we were. Don’t get me wrong, we’d chatted about it and both knew it was on the cards, but I certainly wasn’t tapping my fingers with nervous energy, worried I’d be a maiden for the rest of my days.

As a couple we acknowledged that we wanted to spend our lives together, forever, and so I guess we were comfortable in our mutual understanding. It didn’t feel like ‘me’ to do the asking, so it was all down to my boyfriend and I was happy to wait until he thought the time was right. When he did go down on bended knee with the most perfect engagement ring, it was because our relationship was at a point where it felt right for us to make a lifelong commitment and not because I’d been emailing him wedding venues and square-cut diamonds for 12 months…

A close girlfriend with a sensible head on her shoulders was however, the total opposite. She wanted to marry before she was 30 and heaped a huge amount of pressure on herself and her boy, often wailing in the ladies loos (after a Cosmo or two) that she was going to be left on the shelf! She eventually gave her husband-to-be an ultimatum and he proposed the very next weekend. Way to go… If you want to feel like you’ve forced your other half into something he wasn’t ready for.

Which just goes to prove (to me at least), that there really isn’t an ideal age to to marry. We’re all unique and so are our circumstances, so YouGov, I don’t really give much credence to your survey. Sorry!

What do you think? Am I wrong?

Mrs R xxx

 

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Wedding Venue of the Week – The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory, Hastings

It’s officially Hump-Day! One of our favourite days of the week here at LT Towers, as we get to share another fab wedding venue with you… And what a corker we have this Wednesday…

Today we’re back in the South East, with The Old Rectory in Hastings, Sussex. Yep, a seaside wedding venue! LOVE!

We came across this chic and beachy bolthole thanks to our lovely photographer friends Tino and Pip (who I also thank for allowing us to use their fab photos) when planning a photo shoot for our fair selves here at Le Trousseau. And we fell in love pretty much instantly. Take a peep and let us know if you do too.

The Old Rectory is a boutique B&B, but don’t let those two letters put you off. This place is super luxurious and super cool. Nestled in the heart of Hastings Old Town, the house and gardens are nothing short of sensational and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal whilst still feeling special. It’s licensed to hold both civil ceremonies and civil unions in its elegant lounge or stunning garden and the rooms available to the wedding party are beyond pretty.

However, the thing to note about this 18th Century wedding venue is its cute quirkiness and its big, fat nod to design. It is so stylish whilst remaining relaxed it makes my heart ache with longing. Every detail has been considered at The Old Rectory, from paint and fabric choices to art, furniture and pure fun. Check out the antler chair… There’s an openess and airiness which is effortlessley underpinned with cosiness and comfort, as the huge open fire crackles by the side of a wonderfully large window overlooking the tiered garden.

The staff are a total delight, eager to please and can cater for up to 80 guests, whilst making it feel like you’re just a mate round for a long Sunday lunch. It really is a rather special wedding venue and one that we hope to be showing you more of very soon…

Did you marry at The Old Rectory? We’d love to hear from you!

Mrs R xxx

You can read more about our Wedding Venue of the Week here ~ The Old Rectory.

The Old Rectory, Hastings

Wedding photography with Cat Hepple

 

So, in the midst of creating inspiration boards for an upcoming Le Trousseau photo shoot, I got to thinking just how important it is to work with the right ‘togs to achieve the images you want for your Big Day.

Which led me to think, have you chosen your wedding photographer yet? It can be a tough and often bewildering decision to make. So today we’re delighted to bring you some words of photographic wisdom from sensational wedding snapper, Cat Hepple

When you imagine your wedding photographs, what do they look like? Stiff, boring poses, endless line ups and terrible cheesy grins? No, I thought not. The chances are your dream shots are natural, happy, beautiful images that show you both looking gorgeous and your guests enjoying a fabulous day.

It sounds easy enough, but with such a huge array of styles, and an overwhelming choice of photographers how do you find the right person to create the perfect images for you?

The answer is to follow your heart. Don’t get weighed down by all the technical terms and endless ‘must have’ shot lists you read in magazines. This is your big day, these are images you will cherish for the rest of your life, so you need to LOVE them. Your wedding photography is all about YOU!

Start by looking through photographs. Pull together images you love. You don’t need to understand why you like them, you don’t need to know the style, what’s it’s called, how it’s achieved, you just need to know you love it. You’ll start to see a look, a mood and you’ll begin to see which photographers shoot that way. It may be that it’s modern and quirky, it may be very traditional, perhaps it’s quite editorial in look and feel, whatever it is you are drawn to, you’ll have a clear idea of what you like and importantly what you don’t like.

Once you have that style clear in your mind you can begin to research the photographers whose work fits the bill. Great photographers will chat to you about your day, they’ll discuss with you how they work to achieve those images, what they require of you on the day and what’s involved. I always include an engagement shoot with my couples for example; it’s part of my service and a vital stage of the process of building a relationship so that I can care for each couple individually and ensure their photography is unique to them.

Find out about the photographers you are interested in, look at their work, ask to see full weddings they have photographed, meet them in person. Photographers are with you for just about the full day of your wedding, so you need to get on well.

Of course you should always read the contract through, check thoroughly on key issues such as what happens if the photographer is ill, do they have spare equipment on a wedding day, are they fully insured, how long do they store your images for. These are the points where your head must take over and rule your heart, before you hand over any money and sign on the dotted line.

Choosing a wedding photographer is a huge decision. Long after the big day, your photographs are something you will treasure and share for decades. Your wedding day memories are too precious to gamble with. If you see wedding photographs and they give you butterflies, make your heart beat a little faster, and take your breath away, you’ve just found your wedding photographer.

Cat Hepple is a professional wedding photographer. For more about her and her work, see here: Cat Hepple Photography. We think she rocks.

Have you worked with Cat? We’d love to hear from you, if so.

Mrs R xxx

 

Wedding Venue of the Week – Middleton Lodge

Middleton Lodge

Our usual Wednesday Wedding Venue of the Week was interrupted by our blog post on President Obama yesterday (I do apologise), as we spotted the perfect opportunity to look at one of the world’s most happily married couples (aaaaw), so without further ado, today I bring you…

Middleton Lodge, in Richmond, North Yorkshire. This picture-perfect wedding venue came to our attention when a friend married there a couple of months back and couldn’t sing its praises highly enough. And we can see why.

It’s a stunning Georgian country house, set in 250 acres of parkland and built in 1780 by John Carr. You can’t help but channel your inner Jane Austen upon gazing at its grandeur and fully expect to see Thomas Gainsborough gadding about in the grounds (were it not for the fact he resided a few hundred miles south), making it easy to envisage yourself as a bride at Middleton Lodge.

The Yorkshire wedding venue offers three beautiful locations for civil ceremonies, including a unique outside space amidst the rolling hills. There’s a choice of super-pretty reception rooms including a library and snooker room (and an amazing cellar bar) and 17 bedrooms for the wedding party.  But the cherry on the cake? A sweeping, swooping staircase!

We think it’s a truly lovely wedding venue, but who better to hear it from than a recent bride and lady with the best double-barrel we’ve ever heard?!

On our first visit to Middleton Lodge we were blown away by the house, the grounds and of course the cellar bar, but the entire team is what clinched it. They were just fabulous before we booked, after and on the day. We had so many people comment to us about the staff  and so many said it was the nicest venue and wedding breakfast they had ever experienced. We really wanted the wow factor and that’s exactly what we got. If we did it again we would do it exactly the same.” Mrs Nicola Hatch-Szymanowski.

Nicola and Mark married at Middleton Lodge on the 27th September 2012. Congrats you two!

Did you marry at Middleton Lodge or know anyone who has? We’d love to hear from you…

Mrs R xxx

With thanks to Adam Riley Photography for allowing us to share his beautiful pics.

You can read more about our Wedding Venue of the Week here ~ Middleton Lodge.

Just how gorge does Nicola look (and you too Mark!)?

Mr and Mrs

True love – Michelle and Barack Obama

Obama wedding

Well, happy Wednesday to you!

Today, we’ve just had to put our Wedding Venue of The Week on hold (don’t worry, it will be back tomorrow), in favour of doing a happy dance in honour of President Barack Obama! Gosh, the team at LT Towers are so pleased he’s once more at the helm of the mighty US of A. What a night! Did you watch? Four years ago, myself and Mr R threw ourselves a mini American party, feasting on burgers and fries and quaffing Sierra Nevada as we watched the results roll in. This year we found ourselves way too tired and headed to bed. Though Mr R sneaked off to the sofa in the wee small hours, returning once the good news was confirmed.

However, we’re not about to get all political on you, but instead thought we’d share our best bits of his victory speech and some photos of President Obama and the First Lady’s wedding day, courtesy of The Political Girl.

Needless to say, we all agreed that Mr Obama’s words about his wife were overwhelming ~ not one of us managed to hold back the tears… Read it and weep…

And I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you, too, as our nation’s first lady.”

The rest of America?! The whole world! She’s an icon!

“…I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting…”

You don’t need to be an American citizen to gain inspiration from that, do you? I’m a little bit (read: rather a lot) jealous we can’t have him for PM!

Married for 20 years after a ceremony at Trinity United Church in Chicago, Mr and Mrs Obama still look as loved up today as they did back then. I like to think the couple have given each other the strength, support and love to be the amazing people they are today, which is exactly what I hope for in my own marriage ~ how about you?

High fives!

Mrs R xxx

Obama wedding

Wedding Ideas We’ve Loved On The Web This Week

 

Alan Harbord

It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Time to do your happy dance and settle down with a good cup of coffee for this week’s best wedding ideas on the web…

Monday

Being a Brighton-based company, we’re hugely inspired by the county we live in, so I was hand-clappingly happy when I chanced upon Love Sussex Weddings, a new(ish) wedding blogazine and directory focussing on all that’s good and great in Sussex! This post on Sussex Wedding Inspiration caught our eye on the first day of the week and pulls together some fab local suppliers and sensational wedding snapper Alan Harbord (who we thank for allowing us to use the above image). If you’re getting married in or around the county, be sure to take a look.

Tuesday

For those keen-eyed amongst you, you will note that this rather natty little beauty post leaped onto the internet on Sunday, rather than Tuesday, but I spotted it on Tuesday, so does that count? I think so. The very lovely Bridal Musings is to thank for this ingenious infographic of top 1o lipstick tips for a flawless pout (try saying that at the end of your wedding reception!) ~ also known as The Ten Commandments of Lipstick! Now all you need to do is perfect your pout and pucker up!

Wednesday

We love the Any Other Woman blog  here at LT Towers. It’s what I refer to as ‘considered’ and is a huge relief to read in the midst of a plethora of other pages jam-full of celebs, fluff and unachievable idealism. Now, I’m not trying to get all heavy on you, but you know, sometimes it’s nice to actually use one’s brain for its intended purpose rather than soaking up saturated colour in the glossies. Its background harks back to a blog about weddings, but it’s evolved since then and feels a little likc an older sister. A really cool older sister. Anyway, today’s post was following on in its series of popular wedding related topics and covering the dreaded weight / body image debate and one new bride’s own battles. What we love about the piece though is Bella’s honesty, her advice and her matter of fact-ness. Go see!

Thursday

The penultimate day of the working week was time for Mr R’s very first blog post as Le Trousseau’s in-house wine expert. So please indulge me as I include his marvellous work in my round-up of best wedding ideas on the web this week! His wise words provide all you need to know on how to choose the wine at your wedding to best complement your meal. Mr R’s seven step guide is a definite must-read for you serious foodie couples with an interest in the world of wine. Schlurp!

Friday

Today’s Pinterest board is all about cake! More specifically, wedding cake! It’s been a hard task selecting pieces of yummy goodness to tickle and tantalise your tastebuds, but someone had to do it! We’ve got all sorts on our Wedding Cake Inspiration board,  from traditional to floral, to neon and Regency. Let us know which one is your fave! Ours is, erm, all of them!

We hope you like.

See you next Friday for five more wedding ideas we’ve loved on the web this week.

Mrs R xxx

How to choose your wedding wines

wedding wine

Today, Mr R offers his advice on selecting the right wedding wines and picking your tipple for the big day…

Surely one of the loveliest sounds in the world is the pop of champagne corks on a warm summer’s day, as guests mill about the gardens of a stately home, or the clink of glasses toasting the happy couple on their wedding day. Wine should infuse a wedding in the same  way that eggnog and sherry infuse a Christmas Day morning; not dominating proceedings but bringing an elegance and happiness to all who partake.

Once you have decided on your venue, choosing your menu and wine is one of the most enjoyable elements of  wedding planning. Certainly it was for me! Even if you don’t know your Chardonnay from your Sauvignon Blanc or your Cabernet from your Burgundy, do not worry. All you need is a bit of common sense, a functioning palate and these seven tips to help make your wedding wine selection go with a pop:

  • If you already have a caterer or your venue has a preferred or named caterer, check how your wine is to be supplied. Will you have an opportunity to talk over the options available or simply choose from a selection? Are you able to arrange your own wine? If so, is there a corkage charge? If you are having a tasting day, will wine be served with the meal to taste the various options? The answers to these questions will dictate what you are able to offer your guests, so ask as soon as possible when picking your venue or caterer.
  • You don’t need to be a fully qualified sommelier to select the perfect tipple for your wedding meal. All you need is a good sensitivity to taste and the confidence to pick out something you think goes well with your food choices.
  • Think about your vin as the French would do, as a condiment rather than a drink to be slurped along with your supper. Your choice of wine should complement and enhance your meal rather than overpower or play second fiddle to the food. Our Gallic cousins, of course, would argue that food should complement the wine! If your starter has delicate flavours, keep your wine choice subtle to match, whilst big bold tastes need powerful wines to compete.
  • Rules are there to be broken. Sticking to hard and fast rules about wine and food matching, such as “you must only drink white with chicken”, are as outdated as peach bridesmaid dresses and puffed sleeves. The sheer range of quality and variety of vino available facilitates all sorts of fun and interesting food and wine combinations. Don’t be afraid to test the venue or caterer’s sommelier – they will probably relish the challenge of matching your preferences to the meal options on offer. Having said that…
  • Don’t go too experimental; it is a wedding and not a wine tasting. You may be overjoyed about the brilliance of your scallops and Beaujolais combination but your guests may not be so endeared. And if for any reason your venue fails to serve a wine at the right temperature, the most exotic combinations could fall flat.
  • Taste, taste, taste. Whatever wine you choose, taste your tipple with the wedding breakfast before you make your final decision. Even if you know you like the grape variety, there is a chance that it may not complement the meal as well as you originally thought. Furthermore, if your choice is from a producer or a region you do not usually choose yourself, tasting is essential. Lovers of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may not be so endeared to the same varietal from the South of France or even South Africa, so taste. It’s the fun part, remember!
  • If you have a budget, use it wisely. Better to spend a little more on your reception tipple early on when guests take their first glass of the day. The better quality will more likely be tasted when fresh, while a slightly lower budget bubble will suffice later in the evening.

Follow these general rules and you and your guests will find your tastebuds and senses lifted by your thoughtful wedding wine choices.

Do you have a question on wedding wine or choosing the right tipple for your special day? Then please feel free to post your questions below.

I’ll be back next month with more wedding wine talk. Until then…

Mr R

Wedding Venue of the Week – Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Whooo! It’s Wednesday. And that can only mean one thing here at LT Towers – time for our Wedding Venue of the Week.

Today we’ve chosen the breathtakingly beautiful Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. I’ve not been lucky enough to attend a wedding at Winston Churchill’s birthplace but have visited the house (if one can call it such a thing!) and gardens and fell truly, madly, deeply in love with it.

I would LOVE to have married there. It’s simply stunning and offers everything Mr R and I love in a venue. There’s history by the bucketload ~ the house was a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, following his victory in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, astounding Baroque architecture (thanks Sir John Vanbrugh), 2,000 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown, ancient tapestries, art, antiques, carvings by Grinling Gibbons and ceilings painted by Nicholas Hawksmoor. I could go on. Perhaps its most famous resident is the aforementioned Winston Churchill… Though the likes of footballers, pop singers and socialites have tied the knot within its hallowed halls.

I realise it’s cheating a little to talk about Blenheim Palace as a wedding venue, having never actually attended a wedding there. But just look at it! I think there’s a small part of every girl who would love to get married in a palace like this (actually, a very large part of this particular girl…). And so I hope you don’t mind me proffering it as a suggestion. There’s much to gain inspiration from at Blenheim, as you wander The Orangery, Marlborough Room, Great Hall and Long Library, taking in its sumptuousness and sparkling yet sophisticated decor. It really is a special place, befitting of a special couple on their Big Day. What do you think?

Did you marry at Blenheim Palace, or have you been a guest at someone’s else’s wedding? We would love to hear about it!

Mrs R xxx

You can read more about our Wedding Venue of the Week here ~ Blenheim Palace.

Wedding Ideas We’ve Loved On The Web This Week

Sunstone Winery

Yikes! Once again it’s time for our round up of wedding ideas we’ve loved on the web this week.

I know! This week just shot by, right? Where does the time go? So as not to waste any more of your precious minutes, let me introduce you to our five fave wedding wonders since Monday…

Monday

This week set off with a bang! I love bringing you some serious wedding inspiration from the world of wedding blogs and this little lovely is such a sensation. Feast your eyes on this caravan elopement wedding at Sunstone Winery in California, courtesy of Grey Likes Weddings. There’s a gorgeous bride and groom, a cute as a button baby and did I mention the Romany caravan? Mmmm. It’s utterly breathtaking. And really, that is no hyperbole talking.

Tuesday

Tuesday is officially my least favourite day of the week. So to cheer myself up I strayed into the Christian Louboutin webstore for a little not-quite-retail-therapy and enjoyed far too much time browsing and dreaming. Whilst perusing the killer heels I made full use of the ‘shop by colour’ function and fell in love with numerous pairs of beautiful blue shoes! Perfect wedding wear, I thought! Every bride needs a special ‘something blue’; so why not treat yourself to some sensational heels? This collection is to die for! So there’s your excuse – get shopping, and be sure to tell us which you choose.

Wednesday

I often like to peruse the pages of Florence Finds whilst enjoying my mid morning coffee (and occasional biscuit), and whilst it’s most definitely light on wedding talk (concentrating instead on lifestyle, fashion, beauty and travel), its author Rebecca Norris snook in a fab blog post on Humpday on how to shop for your wedding dress. For those who don’t know, Rebecca used to be on half of the team behind Rock My Wedding so she knows her stuff! Her five step plan to picking the perfect dress is splendid, so go have a look-see.

Thursday

I’m a sucker for a pink wedding gown (no, no, no, don’t even think about that dress) and was tempted to choose one myself, but my wise (ssssssshhh) and wonderful (aaaw) Mother persuaded me against and I’m glad she did, as I think they often end up looking rather dated. However, I digress. On Thursday of this week, I was delighted to note Jesscia Biel selected a pretty petal pink number for her nuptials to Justin Timberlake. Designed by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, the strapless gown was made of silk mousseline and silk organza and was declared to be ‘whimsical and dramatic’ by the bride. Timbo didn’t look half bad either in his Tom Ford tux. But what do you think of her colour choice?

Friday

Today’s Pinterest board is all about ombré! This wedding trend sailed in straight from the States and is taking the wedding world by storm. It basically refers to a shaded or graduated tone of colour and has been seen on the catwalk,  in celeb hair colour (remember the dip-dye effect?), nail polish, design and now it’s making its way into weddings! It’s a look that I think is effortlessly romantic whilst being bang-up-to-date, modern and really rather chic! What are your thoughts?

What do you think this week’s selection? Eye candy galore! See you on Friday for five more!

Mrs R xxx

 

Wedding Venue of the Week – Taplow House

Taplow House Wedding Venue of the Week Le Trousseau

We’ve a Buckinghamshire-based Wedding Venue of the Week to share with you today – beautifully rural, but a mere stone’s throw from the Big Schmoke, the bright lights of Maidenhead and Heathrow airport; it’s Taplow House.

This gorgeous Georgian (!) country house actually lies on the border of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, straddling two of England’s swankiest counties and close enough to Windsor to consider inviting the Queen to your reception…

The venue itself is tastefully decorated and manages (somehow) to be both formal and informal thanks to its muted decor, interesting antiques and myriad period features.

There’s much to like about Taplow House – it’ s set in six acres of gardens and boasts Europe’s largest Tulip trees, no less! The staff are great – friendly, attentive and efficient and the atmosphere is pleasingly genteel, harking back to a time when Capability Brown was prolific and Henry Fielding was busy with his quill.

There are two suites dedicated to civil ceremonies, award winning food for the wedding breakfast and a complementary room for the bride and groom to spend their first night as a married couple in.

All in all, we can heartily recommend a look-see!

Happy hunting!

Mrs R xxx

You can read more about our Wedding Venue of the Week here ~ Taplow House.

 

Wedding Ideas We’ve Loved On The Web This Week

Good morning all!

Can you believe it’s Friday again and time for our weekly round up of wedding ideas we’ve loved on the web over the past five days? Well it is, so let’s jump straight in…

Monday

What a stupendous find A Stylish Bride is! I came across this fab wedding blog thanks to the lovely Charlotte Balbier - she tells us that Marina Licht’s missives are set to be the next big thing in wedding blog land ~ and we quite agree! On Monday we fell further in love with her wordiness and her highlights from the New York Autumn bridal collections for 2o13. Her choices are simply breathtaking ~ so much so, I just can’t decide on a favourite, but the Clare Pettibone and Vera Wang both make my heart race. What do you think? Can you see yourself in any of these beautiful wedding gowns?

Tuesday

OK, so this isn’t specific to Tuesday, but I found it on Tuesday and erm, well, I had to share! Mr R is horrified, but well, I think it’s great. I shall let you decide for yourself as to what you think ~ Doggie Wedding Dresses!

Wednesday

Wow. Feast your eyes on this real wedding courtesy of B.Loved Weddings ~ it is jaw droppingly gorgeous! I’ve revisited it time and time again since spotting it on Wednesday. I wonder if you will too? There’s an elephant for Gawd’s sake! In Africa! And the most amazing floral arrangements you ever did see! Beware of the bride’s bouquet. Your heart may…just…stop. Thanks for sharing Louise and massive congratulations to the bride and groom, Meliska and Andre!

Thursday

Mr R was especially pleased when we stumbled upon this Groom’s Planning Countdown, courtesy of You and Your Wedding. It’s a no-nonsense list of everything a boy needs to know, in order to keep his bride happy (you hear me?!), including when to begin the suit search, at what point to book the honeymoon, when to get to grips with speech writing, and our favourite  point; when to give the girl a wedding gift (and yes men, it’s essential)!

Friday

And today being the last day of the working week? We have a Pinterest board for you ~ Vintage Wedding Cars! I was lucky enough to be driven to our wedding (read more about that here) by my Dad in his classic Austin Healey Frogeyed Sprite sports car. It’s been in our family since forever and it pleases me hugely it played such a starring role in our Big Day. I am somewhat of a car fanatic, so I thought I’d treat you (and me!) to some of my faves.

So that’s the week that was! I hope you like my suggestions. See you next week for five more!

Mrs R xxx

Just Married Kiss car sticker – exclusive to Le Trousseau

 

 

Wedding Venue of the Week – Loseley Park

Le Trousseau Wedding Venue of the Week, Loseley Park

Today I have a fantastic Wedding Venue of the Week for you, even if I do say so myself and may be a little biased…Loseley Park in Surrey.

It’s special to myself and Mr R as it’s the place we were married three years ago yesterday. And we love it. To us, the stately home which stands amongst acres of parkland represented the perfect combination of pomp and circumstance, whilst the Tithe Barn where we held the wedding breakfast and reception felt more informal and party-like.

We fell in love with the 16th century house as we wound our way up the tree-lined drive (feeling a little like Miss Bennett and Mr Darcy) and as we stepped through the doorway into the magnificence of the wood paneled Great Hall, the deal was sealed! We oooh-ed and aaaah-ed at George IV’s coronation chair, panels hewn for Henry VIII’s banqueting tents and stunning carvings by Grindling Gibbons; the fireplace designed by Holbein and cushions worked by Queen Elizabeth I. Mr R is somewhat of a history buff and was smitten. I was already planning the flowers and the decor…

We were lucky to be shown round Loseley Park by the owner of the house – Mr More-Molyneux and he told us its story and that of his family who have lived there since it was built 500 years ago. We meandered the Walled Garden whilst he talked and were delighted by the ‘rooms’ it had been split into. The Rose, Herb and Flower gardens were just magical and ideal for photography, but the white garden was our very favourite, awash with borders of white (of course), cream and silver, surrounding a central water feature. Dreamy.

The Tithe Barn was just as I’d imagined – ancient oak beams and huge windows opening onto the stunning grounds. Perfect for the relaxed atmosphere we wanted to create for our post wedding celebrations! I knew we would fill it with flowers and immediately began hatching plans involving hydrangeas and blue delphinium, as well as more candles than you could shake a wick at!

And so, on the 17th October 2009, Jody and I married at Loseley Park. It was just as we wanted it to be and that in part was with thanks to the team and their in-house caterers – JMK Classic Catering. They made our day super-special and we shall always be grateful, saving a place for it in our hearts. We can’t wait to walk the grounds with our little girl and to show her the place Mummy and Daddy got married.

Loseley Park is just south of Guildford in Surrey and has the Le Trousseau stamp of approval as a seriously splendid wedding venue!

Let us know if you married at Loseley House or are planning to.

With love,

Mrs R xxx

You can read more about our wedding venue of the week here ~ Loseley Park.

Le Trousseau Wedding Venue of the Week, Loseley Park

 

For one day only… Flash Sale!

The Love Letter subscribers received a darling little invite this morning ahead of the opening of our very first Flash Sale and have already snapped up some delicious wedding delights for next to nothing. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of tempting trinkets and pieces of pretty to be enjoyed at reduced prices. Just remember this sale is only for one day, today – Mr and Mrs R’s wedding anniversary. Enjoy!

The ‘perfect’ engagement ring

Morning peeps!

So, we’ve finally seen it.  Well, we saw it last week actually (or was it the week before?!), but it’s taken until now to be able to talk about it, it’s so gosh-darn enormous, I’ve been fighting to get my breath back…

Of course, I speak with reference to Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring! Wowzer! There was a moment (I believe during the hour it was revealed)when the skies darkened and it seemed the end of the world was nigh, but no! Fear not! It was Ms Aniston stroking her handsome beau’s cheek with her left hand, eclipsing the sun with her very own hot rock! Have you seen it? It’s a whopper! Justin Theroux is clearly not shy about letting the world know his lady is now well and truly off the market!

Jen’s rock courtesy of The Huffington Post

And so us gals here at LT Towers began talking about our own engagement rings, those we dreamed of, those we ended up with, those our friends wear, those chosen by our husbands, those chosen by ourselves and those celebrities choose.

Unfair as it undoubtedly is, we agreed that more often than not, when famous women were spotted with giant rings on their fingers, we assumed their menfolk had simply thrown a huge amount of money at the gesture (Jay-Z, I’m looking at you…), rather than a huge amount of thought.

However, the more we talked and the more we listened, we soon came to realise that each and every engagement ring out there has a story ~ whatever that tale may be. And it’s one that means a lot to the couple. One person’s idea of a romantic proposal and the ‘perfect’ ring, really isn’t another’s.

My own idea of perfection was to somehow encompass the diamond from my Nan’s engagement ring from the early 1900s, into a ring that was more me. My beloved Nanna has long since passed and my Mum had kept her engagement ring with the notion I may wear it one day. We laughed that it may have been glass (my grandparents were between two world wars when they married!) but to me it didn’t matter. It was my amazing Nan’s and I loved the thought of a little piece of her being with me every day.

Mr R had grown bored of me telling him I wished to have a platinum band for the diamond and I was pretty sure my flights of fancy were falling on deaf ears. I had no expectation of what was eventually going to be presented to me, so imagine my delight when a perfect round cut diamond solitaire appeared. Not only was it the diamond, but Mr R had instructed a jeweller to copy the exact design of my Nan’s original ring ~ in platinum. And to me it’s total perfection. We now know that’s it’s some way far from being glass (well done Grandad!) but it really wouldn’t have mattered if it was…

And so, it comes to me that Jen and Beyonce and Kate and Ange may have immense stones on their fingers, but their size doesn’t diminish their story.

What do you think? Are we fooled by the rock that you’ve got?!

Mrs R xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top three wedding apps

Well hello, it’s Monday again! I do hope you enjoyed a truly fabulous weekend! To kickstart your new week of wedding planning, we’ve compiled a list of our top three wedding apps for you today. The ones we’ve selected are all free of charge, as we’re more than aware of the expense of getting married! And we think they’re the best your money can’t buy! Let us know what you think!

The Knot – Ultimate Wedding Planner – Free

Created by the ladies and gents behind the great US-based wedding planning guide and blog ~ The Knot, you can be sure these peeps know what they’re talking about. This wedding app is a fab little resource that came about thanks to readers of The Knot jumping up and down demanding it, so it’s designed around what real brides and grooms really want. There’s a handy wedding checklist, budget calculator (gulp!), wedding dress, decor and cake inspiration, as well as the facility to store images and clippings. A little bird also tells Le Trousseau that there’s a guest list manager on its way soon… It is a little American in its style but works beautifully and is easy to use. We like.

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner
The Knot

 

Wedding Gawker – Free

This is a super simple app, and does exactly as its name suggests – lets you gawk at other people’s weddings! It’s a huge library of wedding photography, which is updated daily. Amaze! It’s choc-full of inspiration for every detail of the day and has a useful search function. Don’t expect any advice or suggestions, just pure, unadulterated wedding imagery. Mmmmm. We lost hours using it.  If you’ve got an addiction to weddings, then this app is definitely for you!

Wedding Gawker

 

Vera Wang on Weddings – Free

Most certainly the prettiest and most visually appealing wedding app we came across; undoubtedly living up to the Vera Wang name in terms of style and design. Vera Wang On Weddings offers not only great advice on choosing the perfect wedding gown, but a great diary function to help prioritise tasks in the lead up to the Big Day, mood boards, videos (featuring Wang herself), guides on flowers and cakes, real weddings and indeed a whole lot more!

The lady herself said “I would like a bride to take this app as a suggestion, as encouragement to find out who she really wants to be and how she wants to get married. And I hope that what I do, with everything I create, makes that job just a little more pleasurable and a little bit easier for the bride.” ~ Vera Wang.

We think it most definitely does that and are actually a little bit surprised that it’s free!

Vera Wang on Weddings

Do you already use wedding apps to help plan your day? And have you used any of our suggestions above?

Do let us know!

Mrs R xxxx

Wedding ideas we’ve loved on the web this week

Hello lovelies!

Here we go again with Le Trousseau’s weekly round up of the best wedding ideas on the web – and there’s rather a lot to talk about! So much so, I’ve struggled to pick just one snippet per day. I hope you like.

Monday

The Le Trousseau team launched our new collection of wedding cards - six beautiful new designs for the whole wedding party, including your ushers, flower girls and mother of the bride. They are oh so pretty and really rather stylish, featuring a v. cute bird motif. Each wedding card is hand finished in the UK and decorated with tiny diamantes. A darling keepsake!

Tuesday

We were delighted to hear that the author of one of our very favourite wedding blogs – Annabel at Love My Dress has written a book. And it looks like a riveting read! Style Me Vintage ~ Weddings  is set to be released in March next year (2013) and promises to be packed with inspirational advice for brides. Given the tour de force behind its conception, we’re sure it’s going to be nothing short of sensational and a real go-to bible for those planning a vintage wedding. Keep your eyes peeled for further details!

Wednesday

Wow! This DIY post from Pocketful of Dreams caught our attention in the middle of the week. Crafty blog-goddess Michelle treated her readers to a terrific tutorial on how to make a ribbon wall garland which we think would make a beautiful wedding wall hanging and appear as pretty as a picture in your wedding photography. It looks relatively easy to create and would be a great project to work on with your ‘maids. Can you see yourself making something similar for your Big Day?

Thursday

Post hump-day we delighted in this spotty, dotty and we love it a lot-y (!) wedding inspiration board from Green Wedding Shoes.  It’s the dickie bow that did it for me! I’m a sucker for such things and this one is just fabulous! We’re always sure to visit this fantastic wedding blog and always come away inspired – what do you think about polka dots as a ditzy wedding detail? Spots? We hope they’re catching…

Friday

And today? We have a Pinterest treat for you ~ an autumn themed wedding inspiration board. Enjoy!

So that’s our best wedding bits on the web this week. See you next Friday for our daily breakdown of wedding goodness…

Elizabeth, Jody and the LT Team xxx

Le Trousseau nominated for Sheerluxe Online Shopping Awards

Well hello there!

I do hope you’re well!

We’ve some very exciting news for you today, as we’re totally over the moon to report we’ve been nominated in this year’s Sheerluxe Online Shopping Awards. Isn’t that just great?!

We love Sheerluxe and have happily been a partner of theirs for a couple of years. Their online directory is the go-to place for all things luxurious (and we love a little luxury in our lives!), highlighting the best brands on the high street for fashion, beauty, flowers, food and drink and of course weddings (to mention but a few)! They also have their own super-swish boutique, regular reader offers, an e-magazine and some bloomin’ good blogs! So it’s a total honour to be nominated for not one, but two (eeep!) of their online shopping awards in the ‘weddings’ category.

Needless to say, we’re happy to be considered for such a fancy-schmancy award, but we’d be happier still if we made it through to the next round… And so, I hope to enlist your help!

Please would you spare two minutes of your time to cast your vote for Le Trousseau? Myself and the team would be eternally grateful and even promise to do a little jig just for you if we get through to the next round!

You can vote for us here: VOTE!

You will need to register with Sheerluxe in order to vote, but all this requires is for you to enter your email address and create a password. Then… You will find us in the ‘weddings’ category under ‘confetti, favours and decorations’, as well as ‘other wedding ideas’. It’s totally up to you whether you wish to vote in the other categories too – I’m sure you’ll have other faves within the wedding industry who would be very glad of your careful clicking! Once you’re done, click on ‘cast your vote,’ et voila ~ smiles all round at LT Towers!

Nominations close on 31st October and we’ll be sure to let you know the outcome.

Thanks in advance!

Elizabeth, Jody and Team LT xxx
Le Trousseau nominated for Sheerluxe Online Shopping Awards

Our wedding fair survival guide

Little Miss Luxe’s Wedding Fair Survival Guide.

Now the season of wedding fairs is upon us it can be quite hard to know where to start – do you go to a small local event held in a medium sized hotel or do you travel to one of our major cities to attend one of the huge stadium sized masterpieces? And what should you take with you? Are you going to have to pay up front on the day for items and services that catch your eye? Will they let you bring your own tasty treats to keep you going throughout? What about a camera? For the uninitiated, wedding fairs can at best be seen as a labyrinth of possibilities and at worst a terrifying cavalcade of smiling marketeers trying to unscrupulously foist their goods upon you.

I’ve been fortunate to have attended a number of different fairs and there is one thing that is always the same; the people exhibiting are there to make your big day fantastic. But it can be quite daunting (just ask Little Mr Luxe!) so I’ve put together my top tips for not only surviving the wedding fair season, but also for getting the most out of it:

1) Do your research.

If it’s a big fair then there should be a dedicated website listing all the suppliers – if its smaller then the venue should be able to give you an idea of who will be there. It’s definitely worth asking questions, looking through any supporting literature and checking against your mood boards or scrapbook to see if any of your favourites are going to be in attendance. If they produce items that you love then the likelihood is they will have even more items that you reeeeealy love at the show so its definitely a good idea to know who to look out for. Especially as exhibitors may be offering one-off discounts too. It also means you won’t be (too) distracted when you see them and find yourself coo-ing over their wares whilst you ignore the stand you were already at!

2) Don’t go to a fair with a ‘blank page’ – have some thoughts or ideas in place first.

By that I don’t mean that you can’t go unless you’ve set a date, but make sure you have at least some idea as to what you might be looking for – it doesn’t have to be set in stone! Maybe take it as an opportunity to research prices and styles of bridesmaids dresses or as a chance to get a collection of quotes from cake suppliers. If you go in with a completely ‘blank page’ you might realise afterwards that there were questions you could have asked. It’s worth having a think before you go – at the end of the day a wedding fair is like a very select real-time Yellow Pages, suppliers are there to help so utilise them when you are with them face to face.

3) Even so, go with an open mind.

This might seem to contradict point two but this is more aimed at presentation – don’t necessarily judge a book by its cover. I’ve looked at some stands and been really put off by them (aka judging a book by its cover!) but then got chatting to the stall-holder and found out that they had exactly what I was looking for at the back. Some stalls will be crowded by lots of people (usually the cake and accessory ones!) and you can often pass them by if you aren’t prepared to wait. Don’t! Either give yourself time to pop back or wait until people have moved on. You might miss something amazing.

4) Give yourself enough time! Both on the day and when you get home later.

That doesn’t mean get there the minute it opens, but do ensure you’re not rushed! Make no plans for the evening as that’s the best time to sit down and plough through the leaflets, ideally over a take away and a bottle of wine! It’s a good idea to have four piles; ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘maybe’ and ‘things we would love if we budget well’. That way you can immediately get rid of your ‘no’ pile and then prioritise the others one by one. On the day you may need to pass certain stalls and then come back to them later (see point three above!) so make sure you don’t forget to do this. There’s also nothing worse than feeling rushed so you can’t get to see everything.

5) Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

I can’t stress this enough. You will be walking a lot and also probably standing still quite a bit when talking to stall-holders and looking at products. It might also be really cold outside but quite warm indoors so layer up to keep you cosy outside but cooler inside! You will definitely get enough bags to be able to store your clothes in!

6) Don’t commit to anything on the day.

Any reasonable supplier will not expect you to make a binding commitment on the day itself. Of course enter competitions, sign up to their mailing list, leave your details for the forums, but don’t automatically agree on a deal and hand over a cheque. You need time to take it all in and also do your research. If you are really keen to ensure you get a good deal then make sure you take their email address and send a message the next day reminding them of who you are (they will be speaking to hundreds of people!), which then gives you time to look at competitors and assess whether their deal was a good one or if you can find a better one; using that as ammunition to get a discount!

7) Be prepared to spend a fair bit on food/drink.

If you are making a day of it then you are probably going to be sucked in by the champagne stands and the fancy food bars (well, I was!). But it doesn’t have to be this way, there are lots of food stands scattered around so don’t just go to the first one you see. Also check your goodie bag as these are usually stocked up with drink and snack bars to keep you going.

8) Don’t be afraid to haggle!

Maybe it’s that British reserve or our stiff upper lip but people seem scared of asking for a discount. Often exhibitors will have a special deal or be prepared to discuss discounts with you. It might seem a bit embarrassing but there’s no harm in trying your luck and being a bit cheeky – you’ve got nothing to lose! Also don’t be afraid to ask if you can take a photo or have a sample. Yes, the chances are the answer will be no, but again, there’s nothing really to lose and most exhibitors are reasonable people who are probably in the business because when they got married there wasn’t a service that they needed or wanted so they set theirs up, just like Mr and Mrs R did with Le Trousseau!

9) Keep the party going…

Ask if people are on Facebook or Twitter and make sure you join or follow them. It helps to build a great relationship with them and you get to learn a bit more about how they work and their style. Also some suppliers will offer discounts to their fans or followers and have competitions online so its a great way to build that rapport and become part of an online wedding community – maybe the next step is a Twedding Fair?

10) Remember it’s your day!

Don’t get swayed by anyone telling you what you want. It’s your day and you must always remember that. If your parents or parents-in-law-to-be are coming with you then of course you should take their opinions on board but you need to do things your way. If it’s just you and your beloved going then make sure you are both involved 50:50 in the decisions, it can be really disheartening for your thoughts and ideas to be dismissed. More and more fairs recognise that men do play quite a big part in these events! Most importantly if a stall-holder starts telling you what you want, then walk away. People in the wedding industry are so involved in their area of expertise that sometimes, they can be so immersed in their work that they don’t listen to what you want and how they can help you achieve that, and instead will start telling you what they can do and what they think you want. I’ve discovered this myself and we’ve had to walk away from suppliers because of it which at the time felt really hard. But what we’ve learned through this is that we’ve now got our own little ‘Team W’ comprised of people who have amazing ideas and products and who want to work with us to create our perfect day. It’s an amazing feeling to have this group around us being part of our day, and when the time comes I can’t wait to tell you about them all!

Happy shopping!

Love, as always

LML xxx

 

Mists and mellow fruitfulness – Autumn Wedding inspiration

Bonjour my pretties!

How are you? Did you enjoy our very brief late Summer on Wednesday? Wasn’t it lovely?!

Now we’re firmly in Autumn (boohiss!) we thought you, our darling readers, might like to go a little bit seasonal, because using seasonal flowers and foods for your wedding is not only kinder to the environment but can also work out a little less expensive. Plus you can bask in the warm glow of being a tad like Le Trousseau’s fave swoon-worthy chef; Valentine Warner!

We believe the devil is most definitely in the detail when it comes to wowing your wedding guests, so why not make the most of the fabulous foods and flowers that are out there this Autumn and make your special day a seasonal spectacular?!

A-Z (or almost!) of seasonal foods for Autumn

  • Artichoke
  • Beetroot
  • Chestnuts
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Samphire
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts

Team with meaty options such as new season lamb, venison and game for the carnivores at your wedding or Dover Sole for Fish-o-philes. And there’s no doubting Autumn is an amazing time for vegetables, so keeping your non meat eating guests ultra-happy couldn’t be easier either. If you’re able to have a say over your food and drink (and we hope you are!) or are even doing the catering yourself, then why not also look into your local community to see if there are any nearby farms who make their own fruit juices or products that you can support and celebrate?

We love the idea of serving champagne topped with local raspberries, delighting guests with mini pumpkin favours sourced from a nearby farm or how about gathering globe artichokes to use as a wonderful alternative place card holder, tied with our pretty Just Married ribbon? And who could resist a tasty late evening snack of roasted chestnuts collected from your very own neighbourhood? Mmmm.

Big Autumn blooms for a big impact

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daisy
  • Freesia
  • Gladioli
  • Hydrangea (Mrs R’s own Autumn wedding was brimful of these beauties)
  • Iris
  • Lily
  • Micklemas
  • Orchid
  • Rose

Whilst many brides opt for classic floral centrepieces and button holes such as roses or lilies (and they’re classics for a reason!) on their big day, it’s always marvellous to see stunning blooms such as hydrangeas and orchids at this time of year. And more often than not, choosing flowers that complement the season mean they’re generally not as expensive as their counterparts. Why not choose a few different posies and dot them around your venue in our Etched Glass Jar or hurricane vases for an eclectic display with a vintage feel?

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” So said George Eliot and we couldn’t agree more!

I’ll be looking at the festive fabulousness you can use for wintery weddings as soon as December is upon us, so keep an eye on Ooh la la for more w-day inspiration…

LML xxx

Chocs away!

Chocs away! Little Miss Luxe celebrates National Chocolate Week (like we need an excuse!)

Selecting the perfect favours for your wedding guests can be a tricky ol’ job, though as a newly betrothed lady, it’s one I’m very much looking forward to. Myself and my handsome H2B have numerous ideas as to the best way to thank our friends and family for helping us to celebrate… And one of them includes chocolate!So, in celebration of National Chocolate Week, what better time to consider indulging those in attendance (and yourself!) with a homemade piece of choccy heaven?Making your own chocolate is a lot easier than it sounds… Especially as we’re not talking about making them from scratch! You can create some amazing sweet and tasty treats with just a few ingredients. And to prove it, here are some of my own favourite ‘recipes’ – why not have a play and make some yourself in honour of this week?! Worst case scenario, you get to eat a whole heap of chocolate whilst ‘perfecting’ your craft!

White chocolate with cranberry

Ingredients:
1 silicone ice cube tray or silicone baking sheet
1 bar of white chocolate
Handful of dried cranberries, chopped into small pieces
(Makes around 10-15 chocolates depending on the size of your moulds)Method:
Melt the chocolate either in a bowl over a pan of water or do it my way, in the microwave (it normally takes around a minute but heat it in 15 second bursts and check so it doesn’t burn, especially with white chocolate). Once melted, stir through the cranberries and then using a teaspoon dribble the chocolate into the moulds. Don’t over fill them, if you do then use a palate knife to smooth the melted chocolate across into the other moulds. Once they are all filled, put them in the fridge and leave them to set. You can also make shards by spreading the mixture onto a baking sheet and breaking the hard chocolate into spiky pieces once solid. It normally takes an hour or so to set, but its best to leave them for longer, ideally overnight. Yummy variation: White chocolate and raspberry…as above but using dried raspberries in place of cranberries.

 

Milk chocolate with banoffee

Ingredients:
1 silicone ice cube tray or silicone baking sheet
1 bar of milk chocolate
A handful of banana chips or dried banana rounds, chopped into small pieces
A packet of shop-bought fudge or toffee, chopped into small pieces
(Makes around 10-15 chocolates depending on the size of your moulds)

Method:
As before, melt the chocolate, then stir through the banana and toffee/fudge. Pour onto your tray or fill your moulds and use a palate knife to make sure you’ve not wasted any precious drops. You could also use your hands, but don’t eat more than you are making! It’s a slippery slope… As above, leave the chocolates in the fridge for a few hours to set. Milk chocolate also works well with chopped hazelnuts. Yummy variation: Milk chocolate with chopped hazelnuts or milk chocolate with strawberry shortcake (using bashed up shortbread and dried strawberry).

Dark chocolate with apple cinammon

Ingredients:
1 silicone ice cube tray or silicone baking sheet
1 bar of dark chocolate
A handful of dried apple pieces (or freeze packed snacking apple bites), chopped into small pieces
A teaspoon of ground cinnamon
(Makes around 10-15 chocolates depending on the size of your moulds)

Method:
As previously, melt the chocolate before stirring through the apple and cinnamon. Pour onto your tray or fill your moulds then pop in the fridge for a few hours to set. Yummy variation (and my favourite version of this recipe): Chilli and lime (instead of apple and cinnamon, add a handful of dried chilli flakes and the zest of a lime). Nom, nom, nom.

Truffles

As well as homemade chocolates, you can also make scrumptious truffles at home too. What wedding guest wouldn’t be delighted upon receiving a jar of such deliciousness? My personal favourites are adapted from the lovely Jamie Oliver’s recipe for deconstructed truffles.

Simplified, and adapted slightly, you will need:
Pot of double cream (300ml or ss)
A knob of unsalted butter
An orange, you’ll need the zest and some juice
2-3 bars of dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) broken into pieces
A dash of brandy
A pinch of salt
Cocoa powder
Cocktail sticks
2 bowls

Method:

  • Warm the cream until it starts to bubble slightly, add the butter and stir through.
  • As soon as the butter has melted, add the orange zest and pour the mixture over the broken up chocolate bars until they all melt into a chocolaty gooey loveliness (if it splits add a few drops of boiling water).
  • Resist temptation to just eat it as it is whilst watching Mad Men.
  • Add the salt, a few drops of the orange juice and the brandy.
  • Drink the rest of the orange juice, claim it as one of your five a day to offset the gargantuan amount of chocolate you will be eating tomorrow.
  • Once smooth pour it into a bowl and pop it in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight if that’s easier.
  • Take the mixture out around 30 minutes before you want to make the truffles so the mixture can cool slightly, then using a spoon, scoop out some truffle and roll it around in your hands to make it into a rough ball shape (don’t worry about getting it too perfect, and yes you will end up with filthy chocolaty hands).
  • Top Tip: When you’re not using it, pop the spoon in a mug of boiled water to warm it and make it easier to get the mixture out.
  • Once you’ve got all the balls made, pop them on a silicon tray or on some baking paper.
  • Then pop your cocoa powder into a shallow bowl and using a cocktail stick, ensure each truffle is covered with the powder (you can also use icing sugar or chopped nuts).
    Store them back on the tray/paper again and if you’re planning on serving them in groups you might want to pop them back in the fridge to harden slightly, that way they won’t stick together into one giant truffle if you bag them up (although is that really such a bad thing?!).

    Presentation


    Should you manage to save any of the above for your wedding guests (!) how about filling our Love Heart Sweetie Boxand using as a decadent favour, stacking high in our Silvered Stem Goblet or complementing your treats table in ourScalloped Glass Boîte de Bibelot?

    Whatever your plans make sure you celebrate National Chocolate Week in style! If you’ve got any favourite foodie favour recipes to share then why not email me at littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk

    Love, as always,

    Little Miss Luxe x


A New Year

Here we are, swiftly sashaying through the new year, with January already a third of the way through.

It’s been a wonderful beginning to 2011 with the arrival of lots of new pieces, primed to help make your wedding even more picture perfect, some fantastic coverage in the press, an exciting new line-up of guest bloggers and site developments set to make sourcing your luxury wedding accessories even more pleasurable.

Your feedback from 2010 was overwhelmingly positive and this year we’ll continue to ask your opinion on our products and service, so please keep in touch!

This year also heralds the arrival of a whole host of hot new wedding trends, as well as the return of some favourites from last.

We’re excited about…

  • Wedding dresses with pockets (I know!) à la Priscilla of Boston and Rosa Clara. I would have given my right arm for pockets in my own gown (though that would have defeated the purpose somewhat!)
  • Embellishment! On dresses, in your décor, everywhere! The devil is most definitely in the detail.
  • City-style weddings – Even if you don’t live in a sprawling metropolis, this year is all about the chic, the sharp and the sophisticated. Ooh la la!
  • Mix and match themes – We’re talking playful décor design. Different sized tables, a plethora of colour, mismatched florals and fun!
  • Brights! The 2011 wedding scene will be awash with jewel colours; ruby, sapphire and emerald for the ultimate luxe look.
  • And the perennially popular vintage look will be enjoying a renaissance, how could it not? We loooove it!

Also on the horizon is the most anticipated wedding of the year! That’s right, our very own Little Miss Luxe will be tying the knot with her Prince Charming and the team at Le Trousseau HQ cannot wait. She’ll be keeping us up to date with the planning every week on her blog. So pop back each Friday for the latest.

There are of course several other weddings we’re interested in this year, namely: 

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton (we can’t wait to see the dress!)
  • Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth (sure to be an amazing location)
  • Sarah Harding and Tom Crane (should be one almighty party!)
  • America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams (we can’t even imagine this one…)
  • Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall (there’s nothing quite like a royal wedding, but this one will have attitude)

 And dare we dream that finally Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may walk down the aisle? Imagine the bridesmaids, picture the page boys!

So, in short, there’s much to look forward to in 2011 and we hope to be a part of it, providing luxury wedding accessories to discerning couples throughout the world.

Bonne Année!

Mrs R xxx


A Right Royal Affair

So it seems rather a lot of people are getting married this year. Me, of course – most importantly – but also Kate Moss and even the lady from the BT adverts! But the bride-to-be on everyone’s lips has to be Kate Middleton. There are less than eight weeks before she says ‘I do’ and the media interest is gradually reaching fever pitch. Where will it be? Who will be invited? Will Elton sing?! Is Alexander McQueen’s successor Sarah Burton really designing the gown? Is it all on again with Harry and Chelsy (please!)? But I guess us mere mortals won’t know the answers until we’re well into April. By then it’s going to be almost impossible for anyone to spend a day without having some sort of wedding-related conversation.

William and Kate are fortunate enough to have an army of expertly trained and incredibly well connected staff on hand to help them organise their big day. Which is good, as I’m not sure there are many brides and grooms out there who would relish planning their wedding single-handedly in just over five months! But then again, not many of us have our own team beavering away just for us (though mine is now very well trained…). Obviously there are times when I am quite jealous of the ease with which their plans must be taking shape, and often find myself thinking I would give my right arm (or Little Mr Luxe’s in any case) for a wedding planner to do all the niggling jobs and admin that bores me. But whenever I set of into my world of fancy, I remember that we are in full control of our day. We get to decide on everything from the favours to the food, the decor to the DJ. And I think it’s often these special and personal little touches that can have the biggest impact; If I were planning the royal wedding I’d be ordering lengths of Le Trousseau’s stock of red, white and blue ribbon and making sure each and every napkin was tied up in a neat little bow. Not to mention festooning the reception venue with matching bunting.

I’m a little bit tempted to channel my Royal Wedding mania into a party coinciding with Wills and Kate’s big day – maybe not an old school street party, because Chez Luxe is a marvellously modern flat on a ring road, but a party none the less. My own wedding may be in August, but I quite like the idea of playing a princess for the day at the end of April too and donning a Kate mask, Issa style dress and some sensible courts as my friends gather together in their own homage to the royal family.

Whatever you plan on April 29th 2011, make sure you remember that day is a celebration. For most of us there’s reason enough to raise a glass thanks to a day off work, but for William and Kate it’s a celebration of their love for one another and despite the fact they are our future King and Queen, deep down that makes them no different to me and to all of you reading this who are getting married too!

In the meantime, if you’re as eager as me and the LT team to keep up with royal wedding gossip, have a look at this rather marvellous blog we chanced upon last week: The Royal Wedding Blog. Now, I’m off to get me one of those Kate Middleton face masks!

LML xxx

Seven tips for favours

Often the sheer volume of detail you find yourself involved in when planning every minute aspect of your wedding may feel a little overwhelming. This week, Mr R offers a little assistance when it comes to ideas for wedding table names…

If – like myself and Mrs R decided at our own wedding – that names rather than numbers will adorn the tables at your reception, you will most likely have started another list (of the many, many endless lists wedding preparations germinate) noting down some ideas. There’s nothing inherently wrong with numbers, of course, and I have seem some beautiful table numbers that would not have looked out of place in the Lindisfarne Gospels, so ornate were they. Number also have the benefit of not requiring having to give over even more time and thought to one of the more creative aspects of the wedding preparations – but then, this is the fun part of the process.

Here are seven tips to ensure your wedding table names impress your guests:

1. When thinking of ideas for your wedding table names, it goes without saying that the more personal, the better. Themes that touch you as a couple resonate stronger than simply choosing a selection of places or people to whom guests will struggle to find a link with you both.

2. Any subject can be made to work, so leave nothing off the table if it means something to you and your partner. It may seem prudent to steer clear of names that, for example, refer to your preferred menu of alcoholic beverages over a typical weekend, but even this done well can work or lead you to further ideas. For example, some cocktail names can add a certain retrospective elegance for a vintage wedding (think of less obvious ones such as Manhattan or Sidecar that will keep your guests intrigued) , whereas if you are a bit of a wine connoisseur your favourite wine regions may appeal (some regions sound almost magical, thinking of Sonoma, Russian River and Yarra).

3. When choosing place names as your wedding table names, be specific. Having countries that you may have both visited as a couple is a little vague; dig a little deeper and try to decide on specific cities or regions that bring back happy memories for you. A swathe of tables reading New York, Nice, Cuszco and Rome feels more a touch more personal than USA, France, Peru and Italy.

4. Choosing names of films, plays, books and music, either songs, composers or artists, is a useful way of bringing together your two separate interests. Not every couple is going to agree on their favourites, so choose roughly half and half and keep your guests guessing which tables were the preferences of the bride and which of the groom.

5. You could try going one step deeper in your literary, film and music preferences by choosing charactersfrom books, film and music rather than the titles themselves. Add a little mystique to the proceedings by just using surnames or nicknames. For example the characters from Casablanca would produce the table names Laszlo, Blaine, Lund, Renault and, of course, Sam.

6. It sounds obvious, but try to keep your name choices in line with the theme and tone of your whole wedding reception. Table names reflecting your favourite Transformers robots are going to jar somewhat if you are planning a Fifties-themed wedding beautifully decked out with bunting and vintage knick-knacks. As will all other aspects of the reception, there is a psychological expectation of what to expect and makes your guests feel at ease.

7. Having said that, challenging your guests expectations can also prove a lot of fun. Working in line with your table plan, you could organise seating around the table names or vice versa. One wedding I attended with Mrs R had table names that reflected the areas of the country from which guests had travelled with those guests seated appropriately. Tailoring names in a way that interacts with your guests not only adds a elegant little touch to your reception, but shows that you have thought carefully about your guests.

Bon chance

Mr R

Planning your wedding by RSVP Wedding Planning and Design

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Image courtesy of Sarah Gawler

Not so long ago, I introduced the lovely Suzie from RSVP Wedding Planning and Design, who we’re delighted to have onboard this merry bridal ship. What she doesn’t know about this industry and organising and staging a wedding just isn’t worth your time, so we’re pleased she’s part of the Le Trousseau team and busy condensing her knowledge into some spectacular soundbites for you. You lucky lovelies can be sure you’ll be reading a whole lot more from Suzie in the very near future.

We’ve had our heads down of late, working on some special behind the scenes projects (coming soon to a luxury wedding accessories boutique near you…) but the darling girl has taken 10 minutes to jot down her top five tips to get your wedding planning started.

1. Let’s talk money It may not be the most exciting of topics but you really need to work out what you can afford to spend. Setting your budget early on will help keep you focused.

2. Location, location Having a rough geographic area in mind will help you narrow down your venue search. If the ceremony and reception are to be held in different places, try to keep them within a 30-minute drive of each other.

3. It’s a date! Think about the time of year you would like to marry and then try to keep a window of dates open. The more flexible you are, the more options you will have in terms of booking a venue and your team of suppliers.

4. The guest list You may find that your budget or venue dictates the number of guests you can invite. If you need to trim your guest numbers, consider creating an A and a B list.

5. Choose your dream team Try and establish your priority areas and then set about researching the suppliers within your price bracket. Remember that good suppliers get booked up well in advance.

I can heartily recommend doing all of the above in the company of your betrothed and a darn good bottle of wine! Happy travails!

You can hear more from Suzie via our monthly Love Letter.

Check back tomorrow for Wedding Venue Wonderland… It’s almost Wednesday, people! xx

Planning your wedding by RSVP Wedding Planning and Design

Not so long ago, I introduced the lovely Suzie from RSVP Wedding Planning and Design, who we’re delighted to have onboard this merry bridal ship. What she doesn’t know about this industry and organising and staging a wedding just isn’t worth your time, so we’re pleased she’s part of the Le Trousseau team and busy condensing her knowledge into some spectacular soundbites for you. You lucky lovelies can be sure you’ll be reading a whole lot more from Suzie in the very near future.

We’ve had our heads down of late, working on some special behind the scenes projects (coming soon to a luxury wedding accessories boutique near you…) but the darling girl has taken 10 minutes to jot down her top five tips to get your wedding planning started.

1. Let’s talk money It may not be the most exciting of topics but you really need to work out what you can afford to spend. Setting your budget early on will help keep you focused.

2. Location, location Having a rough geographic area in mind will help you narrow down your venue search. If the ceremony and reception are to be held in different places, try to keep them within a 30-minute drive of each other.

3. It’s a date! Think about the time of year you would like to marry and then try to keep a window of dates open. The more flexible you are, the more options you will have in terms of booking a venue and your team of suppliers.

4. The guest list You may find that your budget or venue dictates the number of guests you can invite. If you need to trim your guest numbers, consider creating an A and a B list.

5. Choose your dream team Try and establish your priority areas and then set about researching the suppliers within your price bracket. Remember that good suppliers get booked up well in advance.

I can heartily recommend doing all of the above in the company of your betrothed and a darn good bottle of wine! Happy travails!

You can hear more from Suzie via our monthly Love Letter.

Check back tomorrow for Wedding Venue Wonderland… It’s almost Wednesday, people! xx

Something Blue Monday

Well it’s the start of the week once more and yet another wet one! We’re desperate for the chance to break out our Havaianas, but for now are making do with puddle jumping in our wellies (every cloud, huh?)!

However, we’re cheering ourselves up by plotting and planning and beavering away on a new project – one we need your help with please…

At the start of August we’re launching a new page on the Le Trousseau website (oooooh). A page that we’re delighted to report will feature your weddings! We’re lucky enough to often be sent some stunning images of our pieces at our customers’ weddings and are always so, so pleased to notice the numerous ways they’ve been used. With that in mind, we thought it would be a fab idea to share these weddings, so you can be inspired by what other brides and grooms have done on their Big Day.

And so, we would love to invite our customers, old and new, to send in your photos of our products at your wedding! By way of thanks, each successful submission will receive a token of our appreciation in the post and will be featured on our pretty pastel pages. Simply drop us an email at style@letrousseau.co.uk

Our very first real wedding will knock your socks off and features the one and only Wedding Sparrow… See her gorgeous engagement shoot here.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Lots of love,

The Le Trousseau Team xx

Wedding wonders we’ve loved on the web this week…

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We’ve got that Friday feeling here at LT Towers and after the hectic (but wonderful) week we’ve had, we’ve decided it’s time to kick back with a cuppa and share the best of the web for the last five days.

So let’s start with Monday… It was a blast from the past when one of our team found my very own wedding reception styling advice over on You and Your Wedding. It’s a while since I was part of the forum, but my tips are still relevant today. And I’m pleased to see my prediction for neon being the next big thing is finally coming to fruition! See what I had to say here.

 

We’re wedding blog fiends (obvs) and love nothing more than checking on our favourites as soon as we arrive in the office. Love My Dress has long been at the top of our list and on Tuesday, Annabel featured a post about Isobel Hind Couture – purveyor of some of the prettiest (and unique) jewellery and wedding accessories we’ve ever seen. Feast your eyes on this little lot.

 

We’re in love with the cuffs! Not sure how practical they would be packing your orders though!

 

On Wednesday we stumbled across a brilliant and informative post on Green Wedding Shoes. This LA-based blog always offers its readers an eyeful and mid week was no exception. If you’re considering making escort cards for your big day, then you need to tripp-trapp over there asap! There’s a step by step guide to making your own and the outcome is as cute as a button.

 

Another blog we often lose ourselves in is I Am Into This – if you’ve not visited its pages before, head on over there, pronto! It’s written by two lovely ladies with a passion for fashion, as well as beauty, weddings and a whole lot more. This week they shared a stylish Rachel Gilbert wedding gown from The Outnet – a bargain at £438! What do you think?

 

Finally, I give you this beautiful wedding shoot at The Orangery in Holland Park, courtesy of The Ebury Collection. I have just one word for it’s fabulousness. Peacock. The photography is stunning (thanks to Sarah Gawler) and the styling is sensational. I’ve been gazing at its pale perfection for hours and love it more and more each time I return to it.

The-Orangery

Image courtesy of Sarah Gawler

 

So, there’s our round up of the week. I hope you like.

 

Until Monday… x

Country Style Wedding Flowers

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Today, we’re delighted to welcome our new resident expert to these pretty pastel pages – The lovely Shelley from Ginger Lily. She’ll be on hand every month with her wedding flowers words of wisdom, seasonal suggestions, creative thoughts and general musings. So, without further ado, I give you the lady of the hour…

How exciting to join the world of blogging and share my passion for flowers and weddings with fellow enthusiasts! It’s so great to be a part of the Le Trousseau team and I very much look forward chatting with you over the coming months!

I will begin by letting you into my thoughts on a topic that I’m asked about by couples on a weekly basis – the ever popular country style wedding. I’ve chosen this as my first subject due to its current popularity and because many of the flowers you would use to create this look are currently in season.

To my mind, a country garden wedding evokes images of casual, soft ‘freshly picked from the garden ‘ flowers. And we are so fortunate in the summer months to be surrounded by some wonderful blooms, such as cornflowers, dill, nigella, dahlias, sweet peas and larkspur. Not to mention hydrangeas, which are beautiful with their large heads and can be found in a stunning collection of wedding friendly colours and shades; pinks, blues, whites and pale greens.

Another big wedding favourite in keeping with this style, is of course the big and beautiful peony, in both soft and strong colours, to fit pretty much any wedding scheme. Peonies are however, coming to the end of the season within the next month or so, so if you’re keen on that particular look, a beautiful blowsy rose such as ‘Norma Jean’ is very similar in appearance and can achieve the same luxurious feel.

I love to add herbs to country style arrangements and bouquets. They not only look great, but add a delicious fragrance and wonderful choppy texture. Rosemary has a particularly wonderful scent and as well as being used in arrangements looks fantastic made into little napkin rings. The same goes for eucalyptus and numerous other herb varieties. If you like it, go for it!

A simple and stunningly effective way to create a luxe feel when thinking about country style wedding flowers is to use foliage in abundance. Viburnum, Senecio and trails of ivy provide finishing touches which help complete this unstructured, relaxed look.

But how to show off your flowers in their best light? I would always recommend you complement your wedding venue and work with the natural beauty of its architecture. Chances are, ifyou favour this look for your wedding, you will be marrying in a country house or village church and enjoying your reception somewhere in keeping, so your wedding flowers are going to replicate this style.

Pedestal arrangements are ideal; they bring a splash of colour to darker corners, add height and interest and always have the wow factor. They can also be moved relatively easily from wedding venue to reception venue, if need be. Big blooms such as Chrysanthemums, coupled with tall stems such as delphiniums provide a happy contrast to the eye.

Pew ends and simple swags are another wonderful way to bring colour to your venue. Both can be tied with natural raffia or ribbon and can also be moved to your reception, doubling up as decoration for chair backs and the top table.

Creating the ‘effortless’ feel of the countryside, inside, can take some hard work, but the overall impression is nothing short of breathtaking.

See photos of all the flowers listed above on our Pinterest board.

I would love to see your photos of your wedding day floral arrangements, email them to blog@letrousseau.co.uk

See you next month…

Shelley x

See Shelley’s work at the Ginger Lily website or follow her on twitter.

Cornflowers photo credit: Brian Hathcock via photo pin cc

Peonies photo credit: hello-julie via photo pin cc

Larkspur photo credit: Daniel Ashton via photo pin cc

Wedding Venue Wonderland

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Given the work I do and my (borderline unhealthy) obsession with weddings, I’m often quizzed as to the best venues for tying the knot. However, I’ve only married the once (and I’m not ready to trade in Mr R just yet…) and am of an age that most of my friends are already experiencing wedded bliss (or something similar!), so don’t get to half as many ceremonies as you would perhaps imagine.

That said, I’ve been to a fair few in my time, so over the coming Wednesdays will give you a run down of those that have stood out. They’re not all grand, not all obvious and certainly not all for everyone, but each most definitely perfect for someone.

First up the aisle is… Oaks Farm, Surrey.

I first visited this lovely little place when attending a friend’s wedding some time ago. It struck me due to its location. Just 10 miles out of London and a stone’s throw from Croydon, I just didn’t imagine this elegant enclave was in the vicinity. You literally take a turning off a busy road, wind down a driveway and are transported about as far from the hustle and bustle of the city as you can be.

There are rolling hills, perfectly manicured lawns, a lilly pond (just right for wedding photos) and a honeymoon cottage, nestled deep in an apple orchard.


The venue itself is relatively small and boasts a beamed Victorian Barn and Orangery – both licensed for marriages, or to be used for the reception, however you please! From my experience, it has the right amount of ‘pomp’ to befit the occasion, whilst remaining relaxed and informal.


The overall atmosphere was wonderful, thanks in most part to the staff – and I was only a guest! They were happy (and that counts for a lot when you’re spending an entire day looking at them!), friendly and so, so helpful and catered for our somewhat raucous table with just the right amount of humour. Thankfully the bride and groom agreed and were delighted with their choice too!

For more information about Oaks Farm, visit their website or pop by for a visit.

http://www.oaksfarmweddings.co.uk Oaks Farm, Oaks Lane, Shirley, Surrey, CR0 5HP Tel: 020 8654 6622

We’re planning on Wedding Venue Wonderland becoming a regular Wednesday feature here on the Le Trousseau blog. Check back next week to see if your venue makes an appearance. We’d love it if you’d like to tell us about your wedding venue too. Please drop us an email to blog@letrousseau.co.uk telling us why you think it’s fab and we’ll do our best to pop it on these pastel pages.

Full of Hot Air?

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There’s been an awful lot of interest in our gorgeous Grande Balloon this month – it’s huge. In every sense of the word! Its popularity on Pinterest has inspired me to nosy around for some more shots of such latex loveliness, which I’ve collated over on the appropriately (and imaginatively?) named Board – Wedding Balloons. I did end up going somewhat overboard in the end, before spending an eternity editing my finds into a select few! I hope you like them.

We know from our own customers that the most common use for an oversized balloon is in wedding photography. Many brides have a very specific shot in mind when placing an order and some have been kind enough to share the results with us afterwards. We have loved each and every one!

Others have called our team to request increased quantities, in order to help decorate their venue. Large balloons are a wonderful way to fill space, whilst adding instant glamour, fun and elegance.

Show me a wedding where balloons feature and I’ll show you a LOT of beaming guests!

I’m not sure what it is about balloons that just by the mere sight of one, excites both adults and children alike! They’re the ultimate cost effective crowd pleaser and yet look so chic and effortlessly stylish.

They’re a little bit like flowers and can be amazing either on their own or clustered together; in a single colour or rainbow and decorate a room in the same way. They’re 100% helium happiness!

And, as a non-traditional wedding accessory, you’re not constrained by where you ‘ought’ to place a balloon, who ‘ought’ to carry one and whether it ‘ought’ to sit on a table with the wedding party!

Our photo board over on Pinterest highlights some of the cutest wedding images we’ve seen for a while, as well as (hopefully) providing some inspiration for using balloons to decorate your Big Day.

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To ensure your wedding day goes with a bang (!), our Grande Balloon is available in white.

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Another Week at Weddingland

Well, what a wild couple of weeks it’s been in Weddingland. We’re still getting over the sad news of Tom and Katie’s split (surely the TomKat moniker is too good to go to waste?), but are being kept warm thanks to the recent marriages of Jade Jagger and Dj Adrian Filary and the oh-so-handsome Matthew McConaughey and his beautiful new bride, Camila Alves… Not to mention the impeding nuptials of everyone’s favourite couple; Brad and Angelina. Oh!

It’s been action stations here at LT Towers too. There’s been much going on behind the scenes. Mostly boring ol’ techy stuff to help improve the look, feel and functionality of our beautiful boutique, but also the arrival of some fab new pieces, collation of a brilliant new section and a whole lot of blog brainstorming!

Coming up in the future we have planning advice, florals, a regular wedding venue feature, our very own sommelier, guests posts, new product sneak peeks and lots, lots more.

After listening to our customers, we’re delighted to be tinkering with Ooh La La and other aspects of the Le Trousseau shopping experience and promise we have some exciting improvements in the pipeline.

Watch out for our mini renaissance next month. And in the meantime, keep up to date with the tweaks as they happen by following us on twitter @LeTrousseau

Let them eat cake!

Let them eat Cake !

The Le Trousseau team have been on the lookout for wedding cake toppers for some time, but despite much research haven’t managed to source quite what we had in mind… Until now! And very pleased we are with our endeavours too!

We have three different styles in three different colours, mixing the cute with the cool. Fashioned in fabulous acrylic with a high gloss finish, they’re an inspired way to top off your cake – and your wedding day! We’re also pleased to be supporting local business right here in the South East of England. In fact, these wondrous wedding cake toppers are both designed and made but a stone’s throw from LT Towers, by the beach in Brighton.

And, as with the majority of our pieces, these little lovelies have more than one use! Cake toppers they may be, but mini works of art they are too. Use as signs in your wedding photos and wall hangings in your home. Bon!

Let them eat Cake !

Even more wedding inspiration

We at Le Trousseau have a voracious appetite for pretty much all W Day related media. We subscribe to the gorgeous monthly glossies, pick up the local wedding press, devour the blogs (from a long list of countries that publish in the mother tongue!) and follow an inordinate number of industry peeps on Twitter.

It’s not all because we’re altruists either – we simply love working in such a fab world, surrounded by such inspirational people.

It was via everyone’s favourite blue bird that we came upon a new addition to Wedding Land – Rêverie Magazine. It’s an entriely online offering and boy is it purrrrrdy!

The debut issue launched at the start of the year and tomorrow (Tuesday 12 th April) heralds the arrival of numéro deux, which promises to deliver just as much pastel perfection as its forebearer.

As well as looking lovely, it’s packed full of fab content too; from bridal fashion, real weddings, advice and DIY tutorials to beauty, food and competitions – it’s all there. And best of all, it’s all on your computer, iPad or handheld device, for free!

Executive Creative Director, Kate Taylor describes the Rêverie woman as elegant, feminine, considered, playful, intelligent, thoughtful, charming, respected and confident. If that sounds like you (as we’re sure it does!), then take a look here.

With love,

Mrs R x

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Le Trousseau Style

There’s been lots going on at LT Towers over the past few weeks. And I’m delighted to report that some fab new changes are afoot.

We’re always striving to make our lovely website not only look pretty for our customers, but operate more efficiently too – so there’s been much activity behind the scenes to better our systems and improve our communication.

Over the coming weeks our online elves will continue their hard work, as we’re set to launch a whole new section; Le Trousseau Style, featuring our products at your weddings. We love real weddings and seeing how brides style their day and are pleased to share some of our favourites so far. If you’ve used our items to decorate your wedding venue and would like to submit a photo or two, we’d love to have you! Please drop me an email: ltstyle@letrousseau.co

Not only that, but we’ve also lined up a merry band of guest bloggers for your delectation and continue to work alongside only the best suppliers in the wedding industry to bring you exclusive content and offers in The Love Letter. The next edition promises wedding planning advice from the gorgeous Suzie at RSVP Wedding, a photography masterclass from Cat Hepple and a very special offer courtesy of The Wedding Reporter. Sign up before the end of the month and we’ll include you in our draw to win a luxury wedding trousseau too.

Our creative team have been busy little bees since the beginning of the year and this week proves no exception as they’re out and about photographing our new pieces of pretty – even more wonderful wedding day decor and luxury wedding accessories. We’re creaking under the weight of our new collections and hope you’ll like what’s soon to come. We’ve listened to each and every one of our brides and their suggestions and are so, so happy to have ticked all the boxes.

Finally, I’m very excited to report I’ve been asked to act as a fab new wedding magazine’s decor and accessories expert. Unique Bride launches next month and yours truly will be on-hand to offer styling advice. To find out more and for a sneak peak of our new pieces, sign up to The Love Letter for an exclusive preview.

Love
Mrs R xx

Sharing the Love on Valentines Day

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Behind the scenes at Le Trousseau

It’s not often we talk about the comings and goings at Le Trousseau Towers but this week being all about love, Elizabeth Raynsford, our Company director shares her latest passion. And for once it’s not wrapped in tissue paper with a Jimmy Choo label…

 

Hello lovelies! Well, it’s been a while since I last updated these pale blue pages. The reason? Mr R and I have had a baby! We’re not usually the type of couple to talk about such boring stuff as ourselves (on these pages anyway!), but as it’s Valentine’s Day and we’re ever so in love, we’ve made an exception!

 

Our gorgeous little girl burst into the world back in July; a confident yet calm and fabulously funny baby with the biggest brown eyes we ever did see. Needless to say, we were smitten from the very first moment we met her and now at six months old she’s become our shared passion and the light of our lives.

 

Now every day is Valentine’s for us. We’re brimful of love for our little lady and I’m delighted to say after 10 whole years together, for each other. Our darling daughter is like the diamond on my left hand – a constant (and indeed sparkling) reminder of all the reasons my husband and I chose to be together and of why we love each other. And much like the wedding day that succeeded the round cut carat, she’s entirely perfect. And that’s because she’s made up of Mr R and me – the sum of our best parts.

 

And whilst I’m busy loving her (where did the time go?), I’m also loving my husband (as I know he’s loving me) and although we may not say the words as often as we used to, and we may not hold hands whilst pushing the pram, each and every time I look into our baby’s face and see the resemblance of Mr R peeping back, it feels like all my Valentine’s Days have come at once.

 

And so I would like to wish my husband, gorgeous girl, contributors and fabulous customers a very happy Valentine’s Day indeed! From one loved up lady to many others… x

Wedding Big Love

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We know that planning your wedding isn’t just about finding the man (!), booking the venue, choosing the dress and hunting down the perfect pair of party shoes, it’s about much more.

There’s the Save The Date cards, the invites, the decor, the guest list, the table plan, the hair, the make-up, the honeymoon… And the inspiration to make the aforementioned all about you.

 

Today, in the first of our wonderful wedding blogs series, we’re delighted to share our Top 10 Most Inspirational UK Wedding Blogs. What’s not to love?

 

Love My Dress

We think this could be the prettiest wedding blog there is – filled with big day inspiration with a vintage twist and written by a truly lovely lady who knows just what her readers want. Sigh.

 

Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

There’s something for everyone on the pages of this blog – real weddings galore and gorgeous photography that will have you reaching for your Lomo…

 

OMG I’m Getting Married

Vibrant, funky and often with a good dose of funny. Click with care – you could lose hours!

 

Bridal Musings

A total treat for the eyes and the soul – packed full of fab ideas and DIY doings. Grab a latte…

 

B.Loved Weddings

You’ll find all the inspiration you need within these pages, right down to the last detail.

 

London Bride

The mission statement says it all! ‘Bringing style to the British Aisles’. We couldn’t agree more!

 

Boho Bride

We heart this blog. Written by a wedding stylist with an eye for the fabulous, it’s a one-stop shop for ideas and inspiration.

 

Rock My Wedding

Brimful of loveliness and a great resource for brides to be nestled amongst pretty polka dot pages.

 

Momental Designs

Mrs R spent hours boggling her mind at this blog when planning her wedding. If you like paper, you’ll LOVE this!

 

Peonies and Pearls

Wedding day wonderousness that’s as cute as they come. Full of helpful ideas and inspirational images.

 

And, of course, being the modest lot we are we couldn’t forget Ooh la la…

2012 – A Great year for Weddings

he team at Le Trousseau wish all our readers and customers a fantastic New Year and for those lucky, lucky chaps and ladies tying the knot in 2012, our best wishes. 2012 is sure to be a great year for matrimonial bliss!

We are trying to play our part in helping brides and grooms across the UK achieve their perfect wedding day with a whole new range of wedding accessories, table decorations and wedding venue knick knacks on their way that will have your guests swooning. Whether it’s a vintage wedding you have your heart set on or something a little more different, Le Trousseau will be here to offer advice and tips to make your wedding day the most special day. As it should be.

 

To launch into 2012, Le Trousseau is running several January sale offers exclusively for The Love Letter subscribers on various items throughout the month. To join in the fun and receive the offers, simply sign up to our lovely newsletter filled with tip, tricks and, of course, beautiful products for your wedding day here or by clicking on the link ‘Sign up to the LT newsletter’ at the foot of the page.

 

Whatever you’re doing in 2012, have a great year!

 

Love

 

LT xx

7 Tips for Choosing Wedding Table names

Often the sheer volume of detail you find yourself involved in when planning every minute aspect of your wedding may feel a little overwhelming. This week, Mr R offers a little assistance when it comes to ideas for wedding table names…

If – like myself and Mrs R decided at our own wedding – that names rather than numbers will adorn the tables at your reception, you will most likely have started another list (of the many, many endless lists wedding preparations germinate) noting down some ideas. There’s nothing inherently wrong with numbers, of course, and I have seem some beautiful table numbers that would not have looked out of place in the Lindisfarne Gospels, so ornate were they. Number also have the benefit of not requiring having to give over even more time and thought to one of the more creative aspects of the wedding preparations – but then, this is the fun part of the process.

 

Here are seven tips to ensure your wedding table names impress your guests:

 

1. When thinking of ideas for your wedding table names, it goes without saying that the more personal, the better. Themes that touch you as a couple resonate stronger than simply choosing a selection of places or people to whom guests will struggle to find a link with you both.

 

2. Any subject can be made to work, so leave nothing off the table if it means something to you and your partner. It may seem prudent to steer clear of names that, for example, refer to your preferred menu of alcoholic beverages over a typical weekend, but even this done well can work or lead you to further ideas. For example, some cocktail names can add a certain retrospective elegance for a vintage wedding (think of less obvious ones such as Manhattan or Sidecar that will keep your guests intrigued) , whereas if you are a bit of a wine connoisseur your favourite wine regions may appeal (some regions sound almost magical, thinking of Sonoma, Russian River and Yarra).

 

3. When choosing place names as your wedding table names, be specific. Having countries that you may have both visited as a couple is a little vague; dig a little deeper and try to decide on specific cities or regions that bring back happy memories for you. A swathe of tables reading New York, Nice, Cuszco and Rome feels more a touch more personal than USA, France, Peru and Italy.

 

4. Choosing names of films, plays, books and music, either songs, composers or artists, is a useful way of bringing together your two separate interests. Not every couple is going to agree on their favourites, so choose roughly half and half and keep your guests guessing which tables were the preferences of the bride and which of the groom.

 

5. You could try going one step deeper in your literary, film and music preferences by choosing characters from books, film and music rather than the titles themselves. Add a little mystique to the proceedings by just using surnames or nicknames. For example the characters from Casablanca would produce the table names Laszlo, Blaine, Lund, Renault and, of course, Sam.

 

6. It sounds obvious, but try to keep your name choices in line with the theme and tone of your whole wedding reception. Table names reflecting your favourite Transformers robots are going to jar somewhat if you are planning a Fifties-themed wedding beautifully decked out with bunting and vintage knick-knacks. As will all other aspects of the reception, there is a psychological expectation of what to expect and makes your guests feel at ease.

 

7. Having said that, challenging your guests expectations can also prove a lot of fun. Working in line with your table plan, you could organise seating around the table names or vice versa. One wedding I attended with Mrs R had table names that reflected the areas of the country from which guests had travelled with those guests seated appropriately. Tailoring names in a way that interacts with your guests not only adds a elegant little touch to your reception, but shows that you have thought carefully about your guests.

 

Bon chance

 

Mr R

Wedding Favour Ideas for Men

Bridal magazines and wedding blogs are choc-full of ideas for favours for the ladies attending your Big Day, but what about the gents? Mr R offers some pointers on catering for the males at your wedding reception.

As the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once intoned, “The only gift is a portion of thyself”. When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding favour this is precisely the sentiment one needs to keep in mind.

 

First and foremost, choose a wedding favour that reflects you as a couple or shows that you have put thought into what makes your gentlemen guests tick.

 

When thinking about wedding favour ideas for men, here are some points to consider:

 

Just because he’s a chap doesn’t mean he doesn’t like being surprised. Some of the most successful favours we have seen at weddings are those that have taken the gentleman guest aback. Simple trinkets to invoke traditional boyhood memories, such as a wooden yo-yo, provide more pleasure than one would imagine.

Surprising in a wedding setting, however, should not mean unnecessarily shocking, gaudy or surreal. Think, would this evoke a warm chuckle from the recipient or would it likely cause their jaw to drop to the floor? Avoid the latter.

Do not be afraid to pick favours with bold colours that are striking, yet still complement your table and wedding reception themes. Guests are unlikely to remove favours from the table so be careful that your chosen wedding favours, whether for male or female guests, will look wonderful during the course of the entire reception.

Forget the cliches about men. Long gone are the days of the whisky miniature as a wedding table favour for the chaps; not every gentleman is defined by a love of alcoholic beverages, association football and Italian automobiles. Try something a little different ; most chaps certainly would not expect a single rose, a personalised message on a chalkboard or a short story.

Keep it elegant. This is your wedding after all.

Ultimately, one simply feels satisfied knowing that your male guests reflect fondly on your little wedding gift and go away feeling they have taken, as Emerson said, a little piece of you.

 

Bon chance

 

Mr R

The Love Letter

Well hello there!

In the wake of the royal wedding (wasn’t it lovely?!) we’ve been feeling super inspired. So much so, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new email update service – The Love Letter. A regular page of wedding prettiness, wedding decoration ideas, interviews and offers, delivered straight to your inbox. What could be better? Sign up here for the first instalment, due to wing its way from the Le Trousseau office later this week.

 

And whilst the rest of you brides (and grooms!) to be were making the most of the extended holiday, the LT team have been busy spring cleaning and sorting to bring you a new store section brimful of time sensitive treats… You can now visit our Reduced collection, an Aladdin’s cave of exciting offers and discounted luxury wedding accessories of which we only have a few left. Don’t despair though, we’re making way for lots of new wedding loveliness to help decorate your Big Day.

 

We’ve so much to share over the coming months – anyone would think it was the wedding season!

 

Avec amor,

 

Mrs R

 

xx

A Right Royal Affair

So it seems rather a lot of people are getting married this year. Me, of course – most importantly – but also Kate Moss and even the lady from the BT adverts! But the bride-to-be on everyone’s lips has to be Kate Middleton. There are less than eight weeks before she says ‘I do’ and the media interest is gradually reaching fever pitch. Where will it be? Who will be invited? Will Elton sing?! Is Alexander McQueen’s successor Sarah Burton really designing the gown? Is it all on again with Harry and Chelsy (please!)? But I guess us mere mortals won’t know the answers until we’re well into April. By then it’s going to be almost impossible for anyone to spend a day without having some sort of wedding-related conversation.

William and Kate are fortunate enough to have an army of expertly trained and incredibly well connected staff on hand to help them organise their big day. Which is good, as I’m not sure there are many brides and grooms out there who would relish planning their wedding single-handedly in just over five months! But then again, not many of us have our own team beavering away just for us (though mine is now very well trained…). Obviously there are times when I am quite jealous of the ease with which their plans must be taking shape, and often find myself thinking I would give my right arm (or Little Mr Luxe’s in any case) for a wedding planner to do all the niggling jobs and admin that bores me. But whenever I set of into my world of fancy, I remember that we are in full control of our day. We get to decide on everything from the favours to the food, the decor to the DJ. And I think it’s often these special and personal little touches that can have the biggest impact; If I were planning the royal wedding I’d be ordering lengths of Le Trousseau’s stock of red, white and blue ribbon and making sure each and every napkin was tied up in a neat little bow. Not to mention festooning the reception venue with matching bunting.

 

I’m a little bit tempted to channel my Royal Wedding mania into a party coinciding with Wills and Kate’s big day – maybe not an old school street party, because Chez Luxe is a marvellously modern flat on a ring road, but a party none the less. My own wedding may be in August, but I quite like the idea of playing a princess for the day at the end of April too and donning a Kate mask, Issa style dress and some sensible courts as my friends gather together in their own homage to the royal family.

 

Whatever you plan on April 29th 2011, make sure you remember that day is a celebration. For most of us there’s reason enough to raise a glass thanks to a day off work, but for William and Kate it’s a celebration of their love for one another and despite the fact they are our future King and Queen, deep down that makes them no different to me and to all of you reading this who are getting married too!

 

In the meantime, if you’re as eager as me and the LT team to keep up with royal wedding gossip, have a look at this rather marvellous blog we chanced upon last week: The Royal Wedding Blog. Now, I’m off to get me one of those Kate Middleton face masks!

 

LML xxx

All is Fair in Love and Wedding Fairs

Little Miss Luxe’s Wedding Fair Survival Guide.

Now the season of wedding fairs is upon us it can be quite hard to know where to start – do you go to a small local event held in a medium sized hotel or do you travel to one of our major cities to attend one of the huge stadium sized masterpieces? And what should you take with you? Are you going to have to pay up front on the day for items and services that catch your eye? Will they let you bring your own tasty treats to keep you going throughout? What about a camera? For the uninitiated, wedding fairs can at best be seen as a labyrinth of possibilities and at worst a terrifying cavalcade of smiling marketeers trying to unscrupulously foist their goods upon you.

 

I’ve been fortunate to have attended a number of different fairs and there is one thing that is always the same; the people exhibiting are there to make your big day fantastic. But it can be quite daunting (just ask Little Mr Luxe!) so I’ve put together my top tips for not only surviving the wedding fair season, but also for getting the most out of it:

 

1) Do your research. If it’s a big fair then there should be a dedicated website listing all the suppliers – if its smaller then the venue should be able to give you an idea of who will be there. It’s definitely worth asking questions, looking through any supporting literature and checking against your mood boards or scrapbook to see if any of your favourites are going to be in attendance. If they produce items that you love then the likelihood is they will have even more items that you reeeeealy love at the show so its definitely a good idea to know who to look out for. Especially as exhibitors may be offering one-off discounts too. It also means you won’t be (too) distracted when you see them and find yourself coo-ing over their wares whilst you ignore the stand you were already at!

 

2) Don’t go to a fair with a ‘blank page’ – have some thoughts or ideas in place first. By that I don’t mean that you can’t go unless you’ve set a date, but make sure you have at least some idea as to what you might be looking for – it doesn’t have to be set in stone! Maybe take it as an opportunity to research prices and styles of bridesmaids dresses or as a chance to get a collection of quotes from cake suppliers. If you go in with a completely ‘blank page’ you might realise afterwards that there were questions you could have asked. It’s worth having a think before you go – at the end of the day a wedding fair is like a very select real-time Yellow Pages, suppliers are there to help so utilise them when you are with them face to face.

 

3) Even so, go with an open mind. This might seem to contradict point two but this is more aimed at presentation – don’t necessarily judge a book by its cover. I’ve looked at some stands and been really put off by them (aka judging a book by its cover!) but then got chatting to the stall-holder and found out that they had exactly what I was looking for at the back. Some stalls will be crowded by lots of people (usually the cake and accessory ones!) and you can often pass them by if you aren’t prepared to wait. Don’t! Either give yourself time to pop back or wait until people have moved on. You might miss something amazing.

 

4) Give yourself enough time! Both on the day and when you get home later. That doesn’t mean get there the minute it opens, but do ensure you’re not rushed! Make no plans for the evening as that’s the best time to sit down and plough through the leaflets, ideally over a take away and a bottle of wine! It’s a good idea to have four piles; ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘maybe’ and ‘things we would love if we budget well’. That way you can immediately get rid of your ‘no’ pile and then prioritise the others one by one. On the day you may need to pass certain stalls and then come back to them later (see point three above!) so make sure you don’t forget to do this. There’s also nothing worse than feeling rushed so you can’t get to see everything.

 

5) Wear comfortable clothes and shoes I can’t stress this enough. You will be walking a lot and also probably standing still quite a bit when talking to stall-holders and looking at products. It might also be really cold outside but quite warm indoors so layer up to keep you cosy outside but cooler inside! You will definitely get enough bags to be able to store your clothes in!

 

6) Don’t commit to anything on the day. Any reasonable supplier will not expect you to make a binding commitment on the day itself. Of course enter competitions, sign up to their mailing list, leave your details for the forums, but don’t automatically agree on a deal and hand over a cheque. You need time to take it all in and also do your research. If you are really keen to ensure you get a good deal then make sure you take their email address and send a message the next day reminding them of who you are (they will be speaking to hundreds of people!), which then gives you time to look at competitors and assess whether their deal was a good one or if you can find a better one; using that as ammunition to get a discount!

 

7) Be prepared to spend a fair bit on food/drink. If you are making a day of it then you are probably going to be sucked in by the champagne stands and the fancy food bars (well, I was!). But it doesn’t have to be this way, there are lots of food stands scattered around so don’t just go to the first one you see. Also check your goodie bag as these are usually stocked up with drink and snack bars to keep you going.

 

8) Don’t be afraid to haggle! Maybe it’s that British reserve or our stiff upper lip but people seem scared of asking for a discount. Often exhibitors will have a special deal or be prepared to discuss discounts with you. It might seem a bit embarrassing but there’s no harm in trying your luck and being a bit cheeky – you’ve got nothing to lose! Also don’t be afraid to ask if you can take a photo or have a sample. Yes, the chances are the answer will be no, but again, there’s nothing really to lose and most exhibitors are reasonable people who are probably in the business because when they got married there wasn’t a service that they needed or wanted so they set theirs up, just like Mr and Mrs R did with Le Trousseau!

 

9) Keep the party going… Ask if people are on Facebook or Twitter and make sure you join or follow them. It helps to build a great relationship with them and you get to learn a bit more about how they work and their style. Also some suppliers will offer discounts to their fans or followers and have competitions online so its a great way to build that rapport and become part of an online wedding community – maybe the next step is a Twedding Fair?

 

10) Remember it’s your day! Don’t get swayed by anyone telling you what you want. It’s your day and you must always remember that. If your parents or parents-in-law-to-be are coming with you then of course you should take their opinions on board but you need to do things your way. If it’s just you and your beloved going then make sure you are both involved 50:50 in the decisions, it can be really disheartening for your thoughts and ideas to be dismissed. More and more fairs recognise that men do play quite a big part in these events! Most importantly if a stall-holder starts telling you what you want, then walk away. People in the wedding industry are so involved in their area of expertise that sometimes, they can be so immersed in their work that they don’t listen to what you want and how they can help you achieve that, and instead will start telling you what they can do and what they think you want. I’ve discovered this myself and we’ve had to walk away from suppliers because of it which at the time felt really hard. But what we’ve learned through this is that we’ve now got our own little ‘Team W’ comprised of people who have amazing ideas and products and who want to work with us to create our perfect day. It’s an amazing feeling to have this group around us being part of our day, and when the time comes I can’t wait to tell you about them all!

 

Happy shopping!

 

Love, as always

 

LML xxx

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding…

My world right now revolves around weddings; I feel like I am eating, sleeping and breathing nuptials but I am aware (just!) that this isn’t the same for everyone. I know that one too many comments on the pros and cons of veil vs bolero and I could come over as a Bridezilla Bore. However it seems like the whole of the UK is swept up in a wedding frenzy right now with the Royal Wedding fast approaching from one corner and the current obsession with My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in the other! Between these two matrimonial marvels there’s no real middle ground! Even the staunchest, hard-faced, anti-love brigadier can’t fail to get swept up in metres of taffeta and lace.

The first episode of MBFGW was clearly focussed on something we brides to be know well; its ALL about the dress. Not since Katie Price’s wedding to Peter Andre has a nation been so engrossed in pink tulle. Oh how we marvelled at the 20-stone gowns harbouring fairy lights and mechanical butterflies. Water coolers across the land buzzed with girlish gossip and twitter was momentarily taken over by ‘OMG did you see…’ tweets that it soon became a phenomenon impossible to miss. But as the series went on we got to learn more about these ceremonies, these people, their traditions and their way of life. Some things we disagreed with and others we probably recognised a lot within ourselves; somehow these people staring back at us through our TVs were so similar yet so alien to us at the same time.

There’s something clearly voyeuristic about MBFGW, we become invisible wedding crashers who get to see the inside track of numerous nuptials and pass judgement on the bride and groom’s decisions. Like newly engaged couples attending a friend’s wedding, suddenly every choice opens up an opportunity to critique. This month I’ve been to several wedding fairs and at the last one I spent some time by a wedding video stand. The movies themselves were so-so but what I really took away with me was the sheer variety of traditions and behaviours they portrayed. Every couple had their own way to celebrate; what really stood out were the weddings where the bride and groom had clearly been heavily involved with every element of the day and who were very much having a whole heap of fun. I was able to take key learnings away from each one; the most important being (and especially if you have a wedding videographer by the way) to smile, you never know when the camera will be on you!

The nation is going to have a bit of a MBFGW lull now and I fully suspect the population will be focussing all their energies onto the Royal Wedding instead. With Harry confirmed as Best Man everyone is wondering what exactly the Stag Do will spiral into and with rumours of Snoop Dogg performing there’s a part in all of us that secretly hopes Wills and Kate will come over just a little bit MBFGW!

At the end of the day, under all the fancy, frou frou and feathers these young women, be they Kate Middleton or Sam Skye Lee are just like us. They’re looking for a life partner, someone who they can spend the rest of their days with, to set down roots; building their own family and way of life. No amount of silk, satin, taffeta or tulle can disguise that fact. It just goes to show that love really does make the world go round…

Much love,

Little Miss Luxe xxx

LML finds THE dress

Hello lovely readers, I hope you are all well and your wedding planning is ticking along nicely.

Things have been busy chez Little Miss Luxe over the last few days and I’m not sure where to start with the story! I guess the biggest and best news is that I have found THE dress.

Like most brides I was hugely looking forward to the hunt, but with a touch of trepidation due to the sheer number of horror stories I’ve heard. However, I was lucky in that my shopping was relatively pain free; I already knew the boutique I wanted to visit after meeting the team at a wedding fair last year. Now, I’m not a six foot tall, size four model (who is?!) and Jenny, the lovely lady who runs the shop told me all about the huge range they stock which really put me at ease. I wanted to feel relaxed and looked after on my shopping day and not like a revolving piece of meat on display, having to be pinned into dresses in front of shoppers and/or sales assistants and feeling somewhat self conscious.

I was lucky to have a good friend come with me, who also shopped there for her wedding dress. As the boutique is so compact and private it felt like we were in on a fabulous secret which really added to the occasion and I was glad we’d done our research. I’ve been a bridesmaid a few times and am partial to a pretty dress, so have a good idea what works with my figure. Needless to say, I’ve also perused one or two (read, several hundred!) bridal magazines and blogs for inspiration and picked out some styles that ticked the right boxes (as well as some sneaky ones that totally didn’t, in the spirit of research…) all in a range of different shades of white. Thankfully there wasn’t a dress that made me scream in horror but there was one that made me squeal with delight and even if I do say so myself, looked amazing. Being sensible (!), we put it aside to try again later. And after floating about in 12 or so different gowns we went back to the earlier one… It was so comfortable and just felt right – and it looked, quite frankly, fab (eeeeep!). I won’t go into too much detail in case my beloved other half reads this but let’s just say that some of my boxes were ticked, along with a few others that I hadn’t anticipated. Then there was fun with cover ups, veils, tiaras and headdresses and a few surprises along the way! I am probably going to make my own head-piece but it was lovely to try on some sumptuously long veils and feel a touch princess-y for a while!

After heading home I toyed with the decision – should I keep shopping? Should I try on more dresses? Would I compare all future dresses to that one? I have to confess that I sought advice from a few friends who had been through it themselves. I did feel that maybe I should go to another shop and try on more but then there was a part of me that just thought, why bother?! The dress I found is amazing and had a price to match. I knew that I could probably find a dress that was equally as fabulous but would it be budget friendly? I chose not to have my Mum with me as I wanted to make this decision on my own. After telling her all about it, I really hope she shares my adoration, I’ll find out in a week or two! I hope that she is happy and proud to be the mother of the bride, and chuffed that she has brought me up so well that I made such a brilliant decision unaided. The deposit has been paid!

Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing; I am still glad I went with a friend rather than a family member. Shopping for a dress is stressful enough and you want to make the right decision, not the decision your mum/sister/aunt wants you to make. My advice for brides in the same situation? Judge it by your relationship and how you would feel in your Mum’s shoes. Personally, if I were to have a daughter in the future I would want her to choose what made her happy and to involve me as much as possible in planning the Big Day but with something like a dress that is such a personal decision I’d be happy to see it once the decision had been made. I would hope that as my child was old enough to work, vote, drink and smoke (let’s hope she does lots of the first and doesn’t do too much of the latter!) then she is old enough to have the nous to pick the perfect dress, and by perfect I mean perfect for her. Not me, not ‘Aunty Joan’, no-one but her the bride herself.

Friends have told me they made it clear to their mums that they would see the gown on the Big Day and not before; but that wasn’t for me – I suppose I was somewhere in the middle! What the whole planning process has made clear to me is that your wedding can sometimes appear to be public property; just remember that it isn’t. It’s your day and whenever you and your darling other half are getting stressed, go back to the start and remember why you are doing this in the first place. I can’t wait for those few moments on our day when we get to be alone, away from everyone else, just the two of us. I know there will only be a few of these stolen seconds but I am going to cherish them forever. Then we are going to throw one hell of a party for our family and friends and dance our fabulous little socks off!* And I’ll be there in the centre of the dancefloor throwing shapes in my absolutely 100% perfect wedding dress.

*NB – Metaphorically speaking of course. I am happy to confirm that my wedding outfit doesn’t include tiny little socks, I can’t speak for Little Mr Luxe though!

2011 – it’s the big year and it’s already here!

Hello lovelies, it’s 2011, how on earth did that happen?!

I’ve finally become used to not having to prefix every greeting with ‘Did you have a lovely Christmas?’ followed by ‘How was your New Year?’ and am now excitedly coming to terms with the fact that when people ask about our wedding date, I can say August. That’s right. One word. August. Not next August. But August. This year. Eight months away. Eeek!

It’s true what they; once you have set a date then time will fly by. So no sooner was the day in the diary and the venue booked, before we moved onto the next stage… Save The Date cards and how we were going to tell everyone (and they do ask!). There seems to be some debate amongst the brides and grooms of weddings I’ve been to. Hardly any of these lovestruck lovelies sent out Save The Date cards but if the wedding press is to be believed, you simply can’t get married without penning your notes up to a year in advance.

Personally, I love the idea! Especially if you know your theme and colour scheme in advance, so you can use them in full effect to tie your stationery together, complementing each other perfectly. It allows you to build up a grand vision of the wedding and gives your guests an insight into what to expect when the big day arrives. It also ensures the wonderful people you’d like to share your ‘I do’ moment with will know to keep the date free, and to look out for the next instalment; your invitations! (And the practical side of me that likes order and colour coded folders can’t help but get excited at not needing to play around too much with table plans at a later time.  Surely if our guests know the date, there’s no excuse?!)

However, what I love most about Save the Date cards is that they hark back to the days before the internet, facebook and twitter. We spend so much of our time connecting online that we no longer really connect one to one in the personal way we used to. That’s probably why I am a sucker for stories about lost love letters from the war or old couples who still hold hands (and don’t get me started on The Notebook!) Now that most of our communication is online, it makes a nice change to receive something in the post that isn’t a bill or junk mail.

We’re in love with the Octobre range of Le Trousseau Papier… I think the crocus and leaf type is stunning and I adore the rich deep purple. It ties in with our colour scheme perfectly, and I don’t mind telling you it’s a key shade for this wedding season! And if like me you fancy getting a little more creative, why not further adorn yours with LT’s grey heart ribbon tied up in a neat little bow?

All that said, you don’t need to worry too much about making sure all your details are sorted out now – you will probably have a vague idea about what you like, so instead of biting your nails over the exact pantone shade you must have, why not look at overarching themes…For example, if you know you want a romantic wedding and have fallen in love with Le Trousseau’s classic perfume bottle (just like I have!), then why not consider spraying a classic scent onto your Save The Date cards, creating an air of the vintage, luxe and tres romantic theme for your big day? A treat for guests in advance of the wedding itself.

Our own Save The Dates have now been posted and we’re ready for our next planning meeting at the venue…food tasting – I cannot wait! Our plans are coming along pretty well, although I have yet to find THE dress. I’m hoping a shopping session very soon will change that. It’s all getting a bit exciting, and I hope you’ll be there to join me, every step of the way.

All my love

Little Miss Luxe xxx

A year to look forward to…

Well hello there!

Here we are, swiftly sashaying through the new year, with January already a third of the way through.

It’s been a wonderful beginning to 2011 with the arrival of lots of new pieces, primed to help make your wedding even more picture perfect, some fantastic coverage in the press, an exciting new line-up of guest bloggers and site developments set to make sourcing your luxury wedding accessories even more pleasurable.

Your feedback from 2010 was overwhelmingly positive and this year we’ll continue to ask your opinion on our products and service, so please keep in touch!

This year also heralds the arrival of a whole host of hot new wedding trends, as well as the return of some favourites from last.

We’re excited about…

  • Wedding dresses with pockets (I know!) à la Priscilla of Boston and Rosa Clara. I would have given my right arm for pockets in my own gown (though that would have defeated the purpose somewhat!)
  • Embellishment! On dresses, in your décor, everywhere! The devil is most definitely in the detail.
  • City-style weddings – Even if you don’t live in a sprawling metropolis, this year is all about the chic, the sharp and the sophisticated. Ooh la la!
  • Mix and match themes – We’re talking playful décor design. Different sized tables, a plethora of colour, mismatched florals and fun!
  • Brights! The 2011 wedding scene will be awash with jewel colours; ruby, sapphire and emerald for the ultimate luxe look.
  • And the perennially popular vintage look will be enjoying a renaissance, how could it not? We loooove it!

Also on the horizon is the most anticipated wedding of the year! That’s right, our very own Little Miss Luxe will be tying the knot with her Prince Charming and the team at Le Trousseau HQ cannot wait. She’ll be keeping us up to date with the planning every week on her blog. So pop back each Friday for the latest.

There are of course several other weddings we’re interested in this year, namely: 

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton (we can’t wait to see the dress!)
  • Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth (sure to be an amazing location)
  • Sarah Harding and Tom Crane (should be one almighty party!)
  • America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams (we can’t even imagine this one…)
  • Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall (there’s nothing quite like a royal wedding, but this one will have attitude)

 And dare we dream that finally Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may walk down the aisle? Imagine the bridesmaids, picture the page boys!

So, in short, there’s much to look forward to in 2011 and we hope to be a part of it, providing luxury wedding accessories to discerning couples throughout the world.

Bonne Année!

Mrs R xxx

Little Miss Luxe would like you to do her a favour…

harlequin

Quite literally! No, please do! For something I originally considered a somewhat small detail of our wedding, favours are very quickly turning into an all-encompassing nightmare (well, maybe not that bad really…) where our nuptials are concerned! I’ve been to my fair share of weddings and I know how much time and effort has gone into carefully selecting the perfect thank you tokens for guests and I’ve been genuinely sad for the happy couple to see so many people leave them on the table at the end of the night.

So controversially, we’ve been wondering; maybe we go without favours? That’s been the advice from a lot of people, presumably because a)that’s what they did and it was fine, or b) they were just like that happy couple who were quite frankly, a tad peeved that all their hard work was simply left behind. Personally, I like favours though. So I’ve been on the lookout for something that doesn’t cost the earth, that people will genuinely want to take away with them, shows a genuine ‘thank you’ to all our guests, is unique to us and brings together our theme. Hmmm.

Mrs R summed it up very well earlier this year in this blog post. I completely agree that in this ‘age of austerity’ it makes sense to have multi-tasking favours – and as we have rather a modest budget I would like to find something that is both favour, place setting and table decoration! Turn to any page of any wedding magazine and you’ll be overwhelmed with the latest trends and tips for making your tables wow your guests, but for me its classic simplicity that really makes a difference.

My beloved and I have spent many an evening pondering just what to do. We’ve toyed with all manner of plans from boxes to bags (still undecided), pots of herbs (will they wilt?) from home made chocolates (will they melt?) to jars of sweets (too many e-numbers?). I know only too well how easy it is to get carried away with an idea that in theory sounds like it will be cost effective, only to discover that once it all comes together you’ve blown the budget sky high! What we have learned though is that your day is most importantly all about you and the best theme will be a perfect summation of the pair of you. Aaaw.

At this point, we still haven’t decided on what we are going to do regarding the ‘F’ word, and to be honest we’ve not got a huge amount of time on our hands! We’re sure about our colours and our overall theme so just need to make that final decision on how best to say ‘thank you’. So that’s our challenge – a favour that’s not budget busting, is most definitely multi-tasking, fits into our ‘look’ and is uniquely ‘us’. Perhaps our first formal planning meeting at our beautiful venue will pull our ideas together (fingers crossed!), but in the meantime, why not get in touch at littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk with your thoughts! Please!

Big ‘it’s almost Christmas and I’m feeling all warm and snug’ love,

Little Miss Luxe xxx

Winter Weddings

With the passing of trick or treaters and the distinct whiff of gunpowder still in the air, I do believe it’s November! Which is probably my favourite time of year; there are still leaves on the trees, in gorgeous golden and red tones and it’s the season of soups, thick woolly tights, warm new boots and cuddly cardigans. It’s also a great time to think about getting married!

Why? Well, let’s not beat around the bush, first and foremost, it’s more cost effective! Yes there’s more chance it will rain on your big day, but I’ve been to countless weddings in the height of summer that have been wet and windy! My other reason for loving weddings at this time of year? Faux fur and feather capelets! Maybe it’s the touch of Snow Queen in me, but I just love the idea of topping off a stunning gown with an equally stunning yet snugglesome tippet type affair.

And, with a November wedding you can make the most of the seasonality of squashes and pumpkins – what better way to ward off the cold than with some spicy pumpkin soup, either as a canapé served in mini squashes or as a warming first course? You can also channel all things autumn/winter by using branches and bark in your table decorations and including nature’s golds and bronzes in your colour scheme. Plus it’s the month of fireworks, so if you’ve chosen a venue that allows the use of them, why not make the most of it, lighting pathways with glittering candles and lamps and joining your guests under the stars and setting off sky lanterns?

December weddings give you a great excuse to use festive reds and whites or frosty ice blues to decorate your venue and get guests in the spirit of things. One of my favourite Le Trousseau pieces is the red Just Married Ribbon (complemented by the matching flags and paper chains) which would look wonderful as part of a close to Christmas wedding. And as the dark nights close in, you’re provided with the perfect excuse for tonnes of twinkling fairy lights! Used well, these magical little lights more than make up for it being dark by 5pm. Continue the sparkly theme by dressing your tables and windowsills with Le Trousseau’sVintage Silvered Tealight Holder whilst creating your very own indoor icicles (!) by adorning the silvery Juliette candlestick with our Beaded Droplet Bobeche. You too can channel Narnia!

That said, whatever time of year you choose to marry, it’s important you do what’s right for you; if you love the sun, then the summer months are surely your best option, but if you are more of a fan of Ice Queen than ice cream, a winter wedding could be just the ticket! There are so many Christmas decorations that lend themselves to this seasonal look too – baubles come in pretty much every colour you can imagine and look fab in festive displays that complement your colour scheme. And let’s not forget, there’s that ever so tiny chance it might snow! *sigh*

As for my own forthcoming nuptials? You’ll be glad to hear Mr LML is as much of a Groomzilla as ever… and I am loving it! Thanks to his Excel spreadsheet brilliance, we currently appear to be coming in on budget and we’ve just given our Notice of Marriage. Next week we’re signing venue contracts so will soon be ready for save the date cards! Whatever stage you are at, I hope you’re enjoying the planning as much as we are. Now, I’m off for some pumpkin soup!

With love,

Little Miss Luxe

Wedding Plans

Little Miss Luxe loves it when a wedding plan comes together…

I am marrying a Groomzilla. There is no other way of saying it, so I am just going to put it out there.

My beloved has been planning the big proposal for months – he works as a Project Manager so planning is in his blood. I, on the other hand need to be organised (as my friends will all attest when it comes to organising birthday drinks!) but not to the degree that I need an excel spreadsheet (and if I do it’s not one of those swanky ones you can correlate and filter – its just five columns of stuff requiring a Y or an N in the boxes!).

We already have two spreadsheets, two blogs, a website (under development), two planning boxes, two ‘inspiration’ books and a magazine subscription (as well as at least three other monthly bridal magazines we buy regularly too!). We know what foods and flowers are in season on our proposed date and when the monsoon season is in Cancun. I’ve learned more in the last fortnight than I did in four years at university (which may explain the large number of exam dreams I’ve been having lately).

I have obviously been planning the Big Day in my head for many years, but it’s not until you get the ring on your finger that you realise it’s not ‘your’ (singular) day it’s ‘your’ (plural) day. All those ideas you had, you do kind of need to run them past him too (I say kind of because he’s not getting a say on EVERYTHING!). Some brides are ‘lucky’ enough to get a groom who just needs to know a colour so he can sort out the suits. Others are ‘lumbered’ with a groom who needs to know the name of every single shade of ‘cream’ to the nth degree. I don’t need to tell you which camp I fall into.

But actually there’s a reason why I’ve chosen to stick apostrophes around those two particular ‘L’ words. Do I feel like my other half is muscling in on my fun? For about five minutes, yes I did. But then I got over myself. Planning a wedding is a big deal. It’s hugely expensive, requires co-ordinating a large number of guests as well as suppliers, and involves a plethora of pushy opinionated people you really do need to manage quite carefully. I would hate to do this on my own. In fact I wouldn’t, I’d give up! But together we are a team. The W Team if you will (I don’t know if the W stands for We or Wedding but either way – it’s us. And together we ROCK!) I know that whenever I get stupidly stressed about the exact shade of the bridesmaids’ dresses I have someone there to calm my stresses and discuss the pros and cons until we make a decision that works. Together.

The first thing I did was to try and make a spreadsheet for our budget; it was shocking. I got angry and all in a flap. My fab fiancée took over and within an hour turned it into a fully functioning live wedding cost analysis. If I was in charge, we would just have a tatty box full of miscellaneous receipts – now we have an expenses document to keep track. I also get to have my own girly fun with a stunning scrap book bought by our friends that I get to stick lots of pictures into and use as my inspiration notepad. I get scissors and glue whilst he gets HTML coding – I know which one I prefer!

So, what have we managed to do so far? Well we have fallen in love with a venue (can hopefully reveal all soon) and have a date pencilled in. Once we’ve confirmed the registrar and paid our deposit we’ll be ready to send out Save the Date cards. You’ll never guess which we’ve chosen?! The fabulous Le Trousseau Octobre range with their stunning deep purple ink – of course!

Planning a wedding is a bit like an analogy for what comes next and what I have learned so far is that there is a certain amount of give and take required. No, I probably can’t use the wedding as an excuse/reason to buy a pair of Manolos, but I do have a fiancée that without me even raising it, willingly suggested we use birdcages and hurricane lamps as table centre-pieces; I’ve already got my eye on these… Grande Etched Hurricane Vase

I thought I was going to have to fight for that one (and believe me, I had my argument well prepared!). I may not have shoes that cost more than a week’s wages but I have a fiancée who gets me and gets us and that’s worth a whole lot more than a shiny pair of shoes. More than all the shiny shoes in the world.

Lots of ‘I’m getting married and my man is so dreamy’ love…

LML xxx

Planning a Wedding, a la Little Miss Luxe

Well, finally I can say it. I, LML have been proposed to. And I have, of course, accepted. I’ve been with my partner for almost four years now and suspected a proposal was on the cards after an increased interest in flowers, ring sizes and general fawning over details at other couples’ nuptials.

What I didn’t know however, was that my forthcoming fiancé has become a mastermind in planning and also a devious blogging sensation over on the men’s wedding website, Staggered (under the moniker Stag Test Dummy). My rather romantic other half has been blogging about his proposal plans for over a month and engaged the majority of my friends in his grand plan; which thankfully came to fruition a week or so ago.

So where did it all begin?

The plan started way back in August when my beloved stalked most of my nearest and dearest via Facebook. He sent them a very heartfelt message about the fact that he has a large family but I have no siblings so once we were engaged I’d end up calling them all up and sharing the news with them. Oh, and I may just use Facebook as well to tell the world (what did we do before social media?!). He wanted all my friends to be there on the big P Day (as the day of the proposal became known) and he wanted to involve some of my friends who live far away (by that I mean Australia), or who I’ve not seen for some time. With the exception of a handful he managed to reach everyone and reduced a few of them to tears as well. After discussing the plans in detail on FB, including doing a ‘dry run’ when I thought he was out drinking with a friend, and talking through the ring design with them, he had a plan put in place. Whilst all these conversations were underway I was meeting with the very same friends and talking weddings, the fact that he probably won’t propose until 2011, etc. Oh how they rejoiced in laughing at me when we spoke at the weekend! There was even a dinner with two friends in early September which involved one kicking the other repeatedly under the table when she kept on bringing up the subject of weddings!

What was his grand plan for P Day I hear you ask? Well, it all started with breakfast in bed (smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on chunky toast if you’re keen to know ALL the details!), and then we proceeded to catch the train into central London. I was pretty hungover from some drinks the night before (thank you Mrs R and the ladies at Rock My Wedding!) and was dawdling like I never have before… Somehow he managed to get me out of the house as planned – at the time he was blasé about us getting the next train, but I found out that afternoon he was in a panic we’d end up running late. Late for what? Well, read on…

We spent a few hours in Hyde Park, taking photos and generally messing around before heading to the Victoria and Albert Museum. We’d always said we wanted to go to the V&A together but never got round to it, so he told me he’d looked online and knew what exhibitions we would want to look at (a lie, he’d done this on his dry run the month before!). I spent a good half hour moaning about the fact the exhibition focusing on clothing and dresses from the past featured a Juicy Couture tracksuit as the representative of the ‘naughties’ (it’s just wrong!) and he had to chivvy me along as I was clearly holding up the plan! He suggested we popped into the courtyard for a drink but then took me aside to the opposite corner. At this point I thought, ah ha…I knew it! Once he stopped and took a deep breath my suspicions had indeed been confirmed.

He told me he had a confession; that he’d popped into the shop when I’d been in the ladies’ and that he had got me a little something (I translated this as ‘I wanted to design you a ring but got stressed that it wouldn’t be right so instead I am going to propose to you using a cheap ring and then you can pick what you want later’). He told me to close my eyes and to hold out my hand. I felt him put a box in my grip and stood there thinking ‘If I open that box and there are a pair of earrings in there I am going to kill you!’ As I opened my eyes I saw him down on one knee and when I looked at the box I couldn’t believe it…he had designed and created a stunning ring with the help of the fabulous Harriet Kelshall Jewellery team; it was natural white gold with a champagne-coloured, rose-cut diamond. He proceeded to run through a little speech he had tried to learn, but I couldn’t listen to a word he was saying as I my head was singing ‘he’s proposing! He’s proposing! We’re at the V&A and he’s proposing! Why is no-one looking/clapping?’ I obviously said ‘yes’ and then made him go through his speech again so I could take it all in. I got a little misty eyed and we hugged. Then I spent a few minutes admiring the rock!

He told me that the reason he had been trying to keep to a schedule was that we had a table booked for afternoon tea over the road so we hurried past the V&A shop (my favourite bit of the whole museum as well, dagnammit!) and over the road. We headed through the restaurant and then he started to lead me to the bar. I was just chiding him for the fact that people have afternoon tea in the restaurant not the bar when I noticed a group of people with balloons, flowers and champagne. A group of people I knew. Very well. All of my friends! This was the point when I found out that pretty much the entire world had known before me, including Le Trousseau’s Mr and Mrs R who had been out with us the night before and not said a word! We spent the rest of the day calling relatives and getting hold of those who hadn’t been able to make it.

(Much) later that night, we arrived home, elated, and have spent every day since grinning inanely! It was then revealed that my fiancé (I love saying that!) has been blogging about the whole process! He will still be blogging as we plan our forthcoming nuptials, as will I here at Le Trousseau.

So, in some sort of slightly wrong internet blog love in, you can catch up on the LML planning process here at Le Trousseau and with the delightful Stag Test Dummy over at I Am Staggered.

I can’t wait to share my planning with you, so stay tuned!

With love, as ever,

Little Miss Luxe xx

Chocs Away!

Chocs away! Little Miss Luxe celebrates National Chocolate Week (like we need an excuse!)

Selecting the perfect favours for your wedding guests can be a tricky ol’ job, though as a newly betrothed lady, it’s one I’m very much looking forward to. Myself and my handsome H2B have numerous ideas as to the best way to thank our friends and family for helping us to celebrate… And one of them includes chocolate!

So, in celebration of National Chocolate Week, what better time to consider indulging those in attendance (and yourself!) with a homemade piece of choccy heaven?

Making your own chocolate is a lot easier than it sounds… Especially as we’re not talking about making them from scratch! You can create some amazing sweet and tasty treats with just a few ingredients. And to prove it, here are some of my own favourite ‘recipes’ – why not have a play and make some yourself in honour of this week?! Worst case scenario, you get to eat a whole heap of chocolate whilst ‘perfecting’ your craft!

White chocolate with cranberry

Ingredients:
1 silicone ice cube tray or silicone baking sheet
1 bar of white chocolate
Handful of dried cranberries, chopped into small pieces
(Makes around 10-15 chocolates depending on the size of your moulds)

Method:
Melt the chocolate either in a bowl over a pan of water or do it my way, in the microwave (it normally takes around a minute but heat it in 15 second bursts and check so it doesn’t burn, especially with white chocolate). Once melted, stir through the cranberries and then using a teaspoon dribble the chocolate into the moulds. Don’t over fill them, if you do then use a palate knife to smooth the melted chocolate across into the other moulds. Once they are all filled, put them in the fridge and leave them to set. You can also make shards by spreading the mixture onto a baking sheet and breaking the hard chocolate into spiky pieces once solid. It normally takes an hour or so to set, but its best to leave them for longer, ideally overnight. Yummy variation: White chocolate and raspberry…as above but using dried raspberries in place of cranberries.

Milk chocolate with banoffee

Ingredients:
1 silicone ice cube tray or silicone baking sheet
1 bar of milk chocolate
A handful of banana chips or dried banana rounds, chopped into small pieces
A packet of shop-bought fudge or toffee, chopped into small pieces
(Makes around 10-15 chocolates depending on the size of your moulds)

Method:
As before, melt the chocolate, then stir through the banana and toffee/fudge. Pour onto your tray or fill your moulds and use a palate knife to make sure you’ve not wasted any precious drops. You could also use your hands, but don’t eat more than you are making! It’s a slippery slope… As above, leave the chocolates in the fridge for a few hours to set. Milk chocolate also works well with chopped hazelnuts. Yummy variation: Milk chocolate with chopped hazelnuts or milk chocolate with strawberry shortcake (using bashed up shortbread and dried strawberry).

Dark chocolate with apple cinammon

Ingredients:
1 silicone ice cube tray or silicone baking sheet
1 bar of dark chocolate
A handful of dried apple pieces (or freeze packed snacking apple bites), chopped into small pieces
A teaspoon of ground cinnamon
(Makes around 10-15 chocolates depending on the size of your moulds)

Method:
As previously, melt the chocolate before stirring through the apple and cinnamon. Pour onto your tray or fill your moulds then pop in the fridge for a few hours to set. Yummy variation (and my favourite version of this recipe): Chilli and lime (instead of apple and cinnamon, add a handful of dried chilli flakes and the zest of a lime). Nom, nom, nom.

Truffles

As well as homemade chocolates, you can also make scrumptious truffles at home too. What wedding guest wouldn’t be delighted upon receiving a jar of such deliciousness? My personal favourites are adapted from the lovely Jamie Oliver’s recipe for deconstructed truffles.

Simplified, and adapted slightly, you will need:
Pot of double cream (300ml or ss)
A knob of unsalted butter
An orange, you’ll need the zest and some juice
2-3 bars of dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) broken into pieces
A dash of brandy
A pinch of salt
Cocoa powder
Cocktail sticks
2 bowls

Method:

  • Warm the cream until it starts to bubble slightly, add the butter and stir through.
  • As soon as the butter has melted, add the orange zest and pour the mixture over the broken up chocolate bars until they all melt into a chocolaty gooey loveliness (if it splits add a few drops of boiling water).
  • Resist temptation to just eat it as it is whilst watching Mad Men.
  • Add the salt, a few drops of the orange juice and the brandy.
  • Drink the rest of the orange juice, claim it as one of your five a day to offset the gargantuan amount of chocolate you will be eating tomorrow.
  • Once smooth pour it into a bowl and pop it in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight if that’s easier.
  • Take the mixture out around 30 minutes before you want to make the truffles so the mixture can cool slightly, then using a spoon, scoop out some truffle and roll it around in your hands to make it into a rough ball shape (don’t worry about getting it too perfect, and yes you will end up with filthy chocolaty hands).
  • Top Tip: When you’re not using it, pop the spoon in a mug of boiled water to warm it and make it easier to get the mixture out.
  • Once you’ve got all the balls made, pop them on a silicon tray or on some baking paper.
  • Then pop your cocoa powder into a shallow bowl and using a cocktail stick, ensure each truffle is covered with the powder (you can also use icing sugar or chopped nuts).
    Store them back on the tray/paper again and if you’re planning on serving them in groups you might want to pop them back in the fridge to harden slightly, that way they won’t stick together into one giant truffle if you bag them up (although is that really such a bad thing?!).
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    Should you manage to save any of the above for your wedding guests (!) how about filling our Love Heart Sweetie Box and using as a decadent favour, stacking high in our Silvered Stem Goblet or complementing your treats table in our Scalloped Glass Boîte de Bibelot?

    Whatever your plans make sure you celebrate National Chocolate Week in style! If you’ve got any favourite foodie favour recipes to share then why not email me at littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk

    Love, as always,

    Little Miss Luxe x

Little Mrs Luxe?!

Wow! This is one blog post I’m delighted to feature here on Ooh La La…

And that’s because it’s about our very own Little Miss Luxe. And we love LML.

I am truly over the moon to report that our gorgeous gal became engaged over the weekend, to her handsome man, Mr DW.

We are so, so pleased for the two of them and would like to wish them huge congratulations and lots of love from the Le Trousseau team. We know they have a stunning future ahead of them and couldn’t be happier to call them our friends.

Well done lovelies!

The Le Trousseau team xx

Wedding Traditions Explained

This week our resident wedding guru, Little Miss Luxe shares a potted history of her favourite wedding traditions…

When planning a wedding, most brides-to-be will have a check-list to work their way through, from choosing the date, the venue and the dress, to the veil, shoes (ooh, the shoes!), flowers and cake…

But do you know why these details are so important and how they became part of your wedding day?! There is a wealth of information regarding wedding traditions and their origins; some make sense, some don’t and others hark back to – let’s just say – less PC times!

So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let me guide you through just a few of my faves…

The Proposal
Back in the days of yore, when the marriage proposal was a more formal affair, the prospective groom would send his friends or family to meet the bride and ‘represent his interests’; a bit like a more grown up version of ‘my mate fancies you!’. However they had to be pretty careful on the journey; if they saw a blind man, monk or pregnant woman en route it was said that the marriage would be doomed. If they saw nanny goats, pigeons or wolves then these would bring good fortune! A possible explanation as to why doves are often included in modern day wedding ceremonies.

Setting the date
There are some amazingly detailed rhymes when it comes to days of the week and months of the year, some are quite surprising; in the past Saturday was thought to be incredibly unlucky, though these days more than 70% of weddings are held at the end of the week.

‘Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses and Saturday for no luck at all!’

The Romans believed that June was the best month to marry as it is named after Juno, the Queen of the Gods and the Goddess of women, who was known as the protector of married life. May was deemed unlucky due to the Feast of the Dead and the festival of the goddess of chastity, which both occurred in the same month.

Something old, something new…
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been pondering your ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ for some time! It’s a delightful Victorian rhyme which is also where the ‘silver sixpence in your shoe’ tradition heralded from. Back then it referred less to material items and more to the loved one gathered around you on your big day.

Something old - refers to the friends of the couple who should remain close through the marriage.
Something new - refers to the newlyweds’ happy future.
Something borrowed - refers to an item of value loaned by the bride’s family, that must be returned to ensure good luck.
Something blue - this custom originated in ancient times and refers to a blue ribbon worn to represent fidelity.
Silver sixpence - by placing the sixpence in the bride’s shoe, you were rumoured to ensure wealth through the marriage (certainly a good one to note!).

The wedding dress
We all know that the groom shouldn’t see the bride in her dress before the ceremony as it’s bad luck. But tradition has it that the bride musn’t wear her full outfit before the big day either for fear of an inauspicious marriage!

The veil 
The veil was introduced to protect the bride from evil spirits; to disguise her and outwit evil. Later the veil became associated with chastity. There are other theories that are less PC; some think it harks back to a time when the groom would throw a sheet or blanket over the head of the woman of his choice when capturing her (nice)!

Bridesmaids 
It is thought that bridesmaids dress in a similar style as the bride to act as decoys and to confuse those pesky evil spirits that may be loitering around!

Flowers 
In a further bid to ward off evil spirits, the custom of the time soon decreed that by carrying a bouquet of strong smelling flowers you would be able to discourage those that weren’t fooled by the veil, or the bridesmaids!

The buttonhole however, came about during a time when a Knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love for her (much nicer than those men capturing women in blankets!). There are different meanings for most flowers – some people think lilies represent majesty, others associate them with death. But tradition has it that most couples would choose roses as they represent love.

The honeymoon 
Much like the theories relating to a bride’s veil, the term ‘Honeymoon’ harks back to a time when the groom ‘captured’ his bride. It is said that the couple used to hide from the bride’s parents (why, I really don’t know!) before marrying and then for a full cycle of the moon after the ceremony; whilst in hiding, they would drink honey wine. If only most of us could get a full month off for our honeymoons (although Mrs R somehow managed it!)!

Maybe we get off lightly nowadays?! Wouldn’t it be amazing to head into the future and look back to find traditions that originate from our time – let’s try to create a few! Are there any that you are particularly fond of? Why not drop me a line at littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk

Love, as always

Little Miss Luxe x

Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness – Autumn Weddings

Bonjour my pretties!

How are you? Did you enjoy our very brief late Summer on Wednesday? Wasn’t it lovely?!

 

Now we’re firmly in Autumn (boohiss!) we thought you, our darling readers, might like to go a little bit seasonal, because using seasonal flowers and foods for your wedding is not only kinder to the environment but can also work out a little less expensive. Plus you can bask in the warm glow of being a tad like Le Trousseau’s fave swoon-worthy chef; Valentine Warner! We believe the devil is most definitely in the detail when it comes to wowing your wedding guests, so why not make the most of the fabulous foods and flowers that are out there this Autumn and make your special day a seasonal spectacular?!

 

A-Z (or almost!) of seasonal foods for Autumn

Artichoke

Beetroot

Chestnuts

Fennel

Garlic

Kale

Leeks

Mushrooms

Onions

Pumpkin

Raspberries

Samphire

Tomatoes

Walnuts

Team with meaty options such as new season lamb, venison and game for the carnivores at your wedding or Dover Sole for Fish-o-philes. And there’s no doubting Autumn is an amazing time for vegetables, so keeping your non meat eating guests ultra-happy couldn’t be easier either. If you’re able to have a say over your food and drink (and we hope you are!) or are even doing the catering yourself, then why not also look into your local community to see if there are any nearby farms who make their own fruit juices or products that you can support and celebrate?

 

We love the idea of serving champagne topped with local raspberries, delighting guests with mini pumpkin favours sourced from a nearby farm or how about gathering globe artichokes to use as a wonderful alternative place card holder, tied with our pretty Just Married ribbon? And who could resist a tasty late evening snack of roasted chestnuts collected from your very own neighbourhood? Mmmm.

 

Big Autumn blooms for a big impact

Chrysanthemum

Daisy

Freesia

Gladioli

Hydrangea (Mrs R’s own Autumn wedding was brimful of these beauties)

Iris

Lily

Micklemas

Orchid

Rose

Whilst many brides opt for classic floral centrepieces and button holes such as roses or lilies (and they’re classics for a reason!) on their big day, it’s always marvellous to see stunning blooms such as hydrangeas and orchids at this time of year. And more often than not, choosing flowers that complement the season mean they’re generally not as expensive as their counterparts. Why not choose a few different posies and dot them around your venue in our Etched Glass Jar or hurricane vases for an eclectic display with a vintage feel?

 

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” So said George Eliot and we couldn’t agree more! I’ll be looking at the festive fabulousness you can use for wintery weddings as soon as December is upon us, so keep an eye on Ooh la la for more w-day inspiration…

 

In the meantime, are you planning any seasonal surprises? Drop us a line at littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk.

 

LML xxx

Choosing the perfect honeymoon

Over the past month or so we have been delighted to receive several lovely emails from our readers requesting unusual honeymoon ideas. And so we have some for you!

The excitement in the Le Trousseau office was palpable as I enjoyed a rather unique post-wedding holiday myself. Mr R and I flew out Johannesburg after our big day and spent an amazing month travelling from South to East Africa. There were a few raised eyebrows from our friends who perhaps expected us to choose a more traditional beach break, but that’s just not us (although we did squeeze in some sea, sun and sand time in Zanzibar). If it’s not you either, then we have a real treat for you today!

 

We’re pleased as punch to team up with ooh.com to bring you their top 10 tips for choosing the perfect honeymoon as well as some more alternative ideas for a knock-out holiday you’ll never forget.

 

1.When choosing your destination, make a list of your top five places to visit as well as your intended’s. Where do you overlap? It could be the place to go!

2.Are there any places you’ve been to and thought – I wish XXX could see this? Perhaps it would be a good destination to share on your honeymoon?

3.If you have booked an adventurous trip, plan a couple of days down time at the beginning – you’ll need a bit of time to unwind post wedding.

4.Try to find somewhere you can spend a few days without distraction from TVs, Wifi and if possible, mobile phones. They managed a few generations ago – you can too.

5.If you are time short, think about staying closer to home – minimize travelling time to maximise honeymoon time.

6.How about learning something together? If you’re an active couple, don’t just lie on the beach, make your time together count – learn photography for a few days, book a cooking course, or learn to tango. Your honeymoon is a great time to learn a skill you can enjoy together in the future.

7.Go off into the wilderness! Find somewhere you can spend a few nights together out in the open with no distractions but each other. Sleep under the stars, make camp fires, and cook for each other. (Alistair Sawday’s Canopy and Stars website is a good place to start).

8.Look out for independent, off the beaten track accommodation – where you won’t find yourself surrounded by other honeymooning couples.

9.Before you book, be sure to read reviews of your chosen hotel/s and places to visit on sites such as Trip Advisor for second opinions before it’s too late to change your mind.

10.When packing for your honeymoon, be sure to split your luggage rather than putting all of your clothes in one case and all of your partner’s in another. Your honeymoon is once in a life time trip, in the worst case scenario of your luggage being lost at least you will both have some belongings to keep you going.

 

And if you’re inspired to do something a little different, how about:

Reindeer sledding in Sweden

Think saunas under the stars, a two day reindeer sledding tour in the beautiful Lapland landscapes, igloos, furs and the northern lights.

 

Surf and yoga retreat in Byron Bay, Australia

Relax and unwind, meander to the beach, immerse yourself in yoga, eat some amazingly healthy food and refresh yourself in the ocean each day with a surf.

 

Argentine photography and horse riding adventure

For fresh air and wide open spaces, gauchos, horse riding and polo, guided photography sessions and classic Argentine hospitality at a stunning family run estancia.

Bread making in Tuscany

From your stunning setting in the Florentine hills, learn to bake Italian specialties like focaccia, ciabatta, and grissini, start your life as man and wife with a new skill you have learned together.

Trans-Canadian motorcycle grand tour

The big one – why not go all out, take serious time off and go on a proper adventure together.

Kite Surfing Cape Town

Book into an American Airstream trailer on the roof of the Grand Daddy Hotel and spend the day on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches learning to kite surf. Enjoy stunning food and wine… brunch at The Grand Cafe in Camps Bay or a romantic dinner at La Colombe is a must.

 

Inner Hebrides Walking and Sailing holiday

The British Isles has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, so why not enjoy a week on board a 65ft ketch followed by a stay in a beautiful old Scottish castle for a week on dry land after or try The Pool House Hotel, perched on the banks of Loch Ewe in Wester Ross.

Foodie taste-trek to Vietnam

Your sights and senses will be fully entertained on this seven day trip from Hanoi to Saigon. Take a cooking class with the Vietnamese Nigella, a boat trip to eat at a floating village and haggle at the local markets.

Take a guided tour of New Zealand’s Lake Waikaremoana

This spectacular tour takes you around one of New Zealand’s ‘great walks’. The country has tonnes on offer for the adventure minded but don’t overlook its luxury side. Huka Lodge and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers are worth a few days stay…

Wow! I want to do them all! If you do too, remember different doesn’t have to mean difficult and adventures can involve as much luxury as you like. To find out more about the breaks listed above or for even more ideas, take a look at ooh.com. And please, please, please let us know what sort of ‘moon you choose!

Avec amor,

Mrs R x

The icing on the Cupcake!

To celebrate National Cupcake Week, Little Miss Luxe has been chatting to Kate Shirazi, the fabulous founder of cupcake mail order company Cakeadoodledoo and the author of a number of brilliant baking books including Cucpcake Magic, Cookie Magic, Baking Magic and Chocolate Magic. Kate is a lady after our own hearts; crazy about cupcakes and swoony over sprinkles! Great inspiration for baking your own wedding cupcakes…

How did you get into baking Kate?

I had a fabulous Good Housekeeping children’s cookbook given to me when I was eight. It was full of lots of grown up looking girls in smart blouses piping flowers. Hooked. On the spot!

 

What is your favourite flavour cupcake, and what would you recommend for a wedding cupcake?

My favourite is whatever the latest invention is! Lime and coconut is very good, but I have a soft spot for a good Red Velvet… Wedding cupcakes? Go for LOTS of different flavours. If you’ve got a tower of over 100, you can get a good five flavours in!

 

What cake did you have for your own wedding?

Cupcakes! We had a small, informal wedding so we had very simple vanilla cupcakes iced in white with tiny white sugar rosebuds. It was a winter wedding so the very white theme looked fab and we had ivy trailing about the place. We’ve got some classic pictures of children cramming cakes into their cherubic faces.

 

Do you have any special wedding memories you would love to share with our readers?

I loved my own wedding, but it was a weeny affair…I have made cupcakes for some really fabulous weddings. My absolute favourite was in a field on the top of a cliff in the middle of nowhere. The marquee was the most beautiful I have ever seen with one whole wall looking over the cliff to the sea. The tables all looked beautiful with teapots crammed with flowers, vintage china and of course, my 200 cupcakes in 10 different flavours looked OK too! I love seeing the empty venue and waiting for everyone to arrive. It’s a special calm-before-the-storm place!

 

What are your top tips for making your own cupcakes?

Use a machine! Food processor, mixer or electric hand whisk. The results are always lighter and anyone who says you are cheating needs their head examining and also doesn’t deserve one of your cupcakes!

 

Yum! What sweet treats are you planning for your wedding? Are you torn between a traditional three tier fruit cake or the more contemporary cupcake tower? We think Kate puts across a pretty good argument for the latter, but whatever you do make sure your special day reflects you. And if it features cake, home-made or not we we think there’s nothing better than having lots of it! It’s what makes the world go round! Why not consider making double the amount you need to use as favours too, wrapping some of our Just Married ribbon around the cases and topping with one of our fab Just Married flags?

 

Until next week lovelies…

 

Little Miss Luxe xxx

 

Do you have a question for Little Miss Luxe? Is there a topic you would like her to cover? Then why not drop Her Royal Loveliness an email: littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk

One bride and one groom bare all about their big day

As your wedding creeps ever closer, it’s only natural for brides (and indeed grooms) to worry about the finer details of the day. Most couples admit to having some rather strange dreams in the run-up to their nuptials, whilst others confess to lying awake at night, nervous about things going wrong.

Today, Little Miss Luxe talks to two newlyweds about their big day and asks ‘was all the worrying worth it?’

You may remember that in my very first post I mentioned a fabulous fifties wedding I went to last month. It was held at the marvellous Athelhampton House in Dorset (www.athelhampton.co.uk) and despite a grey and stormy morning, the sun shone all afternoon for the lovely Valerie and Jamie. Many of the guests were inspired by the 1950s theme and included their own vintage touches which made the day that little bit extra special. This week, I grabbed the chance to sit down with them both, full of post-honeymoon glow to get some bride and groom perspectives on the big day.

 

Was there anything you were worried about before the wedding that looking back you didn’t need to be concerned about at all?

Mr: The speech (of course), and the dancing! I didn’t want to embarrass myself, or most importantly, my beautiful bride, and was a bit nervous about these bits. But I really got into the swing of both – it went really well, and I got laughs in all the right places (ie in the speech!) and didn’t trip over the BIG dress!

Mrs: I was worried about my Mum being a little bit out of her comfort zone, given that she’d be a very very important lady on my wedding day, and is naturally a little quieter than me in these sort of social settings. But it all worked out fabulously: she had an outfit she adored (and looked spectacular in), I arranged for her hair and make-up to be done by the same lady that did mine (so there was one less thing for her to worry about, and she was treated like a Queen), and then Mum chose to arrive early at the venue with my brother, who was an usher. This worked out really well – by the time guests had arrived Mum had 30 minutes to scope the joint out, knew where she’d be sitting, and really got into the swing of things – in fact, she was smiling and greeting all my friends as well as family, and I think she’s the only one who learned everyone’s names!

Can you thing of any part of the day that cost nothing, but made your wedding extra special?

Mr: For me there were two things; 1) The venue staff were extra helpful and brought me some lockets (because I came down with man flu!) and 2) It was my birthday the day of our wedding, and between my bride, the bridesmaids, and our fabulous guests, it was sneakily arranged so that everyone would bring me a birthday card (as well as a wedding card!), and anyone who didn’t have a chance wrote lovely messages on the back of their place-settings. On the morning after our amazing wedding, I woke up to a big birthday kiss from my new wife, who then gave me an armful of birthday messages!

 

Mrs: Having arranged for the hair and make-up lady to do me and my Mum, my Gran then arrived and we had a giggly girly morning! The lovely hair and make-up lady also had time to work her magic on Gran (who has no difficulties with being in the spotlight, and was loving it!), and we drank tea and laughed our way through to the arrival of the wedding car. It was fabulous having my three bridesmaids with me too – I helped curl their hair and apply lashings of mascara! It was the getting ready together that was extra special, and although the hair and make-up lady had a price attached, the enthusiasm, giggles, and love from my family and closest friends were ‘free’ and perfect.

What is your top tip for those about to get married?

Mr: Relax! The day was extra special – we enjoyed every moment, and us being calm helped our guests to relax. We didn’t want to stand on ceremony during the meal – we wanted to get up and chat to our friends and family who had made such an effort to be with us! As a result everyone was relaxed and chatted to each other: it was a chatty and cheerful occasion, just as we hoped it would be.

 

Mrs: I would say, try to keep as calm as possible and remember ‘they’re only flowers’, or ‘it’s only a cake’ – don’t get too caught up on the little details. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect for us – in part because we both remembered that most of the wedding details aren’t really that important in the grand scheme of things, either to our life together or our guests’ enjoyment of the day. If the flowers in the bouquet hadn’t matched with those on the table, that wouldn’t have been the end of the world! Heck, I told myself that even if the flowers didn’t arrive (of course they did!) I’d just send my brother to Marks & Spencer to buy some cheerful and brightly coloured bouquets!

In the lead up to the wedding, what did you both learn along the way?

Mr & Mrs: We borrowed money in order to pay for the wedding ourselves, and we’re so happy we did! Yes, we’re re-paying it now, but we think it is just as good a reason to borrow money as, say, to buy a new car (we don’t drive, so no need for one of those!). As a result, we had the wedding we wanted with minimal stress or pressure from anyone else – and our families respected that, and were (mostly!) really supportive that we wanted to do it ‘our way’. So we invited the people closest to us, who we wanted to spend our day with (not Great Aunt Mabel’s son, Geoff, who we haven’t seen since 1989). We chose the venue, food, wedding outfits, cars, the whole lot in fact ,without feeling like we should be trying to please others. As a result, the day was a reflection of who we are – and we loved it, and we know that our guests did too.

Valerie and Jamie’s top tips for a perfect wedding:

1. Stay calm and relax

2. Organise time on the morning of your wedding to spend with those who mean the most

3. Think about what matters to you, not your family or friends. By ensuring your day reflects your relationship those who love you will love your big day

4. Don’t worry about the details. On the day nothing else matters apart from you and your intended being surrounded by friends and family

5. Find time to chat to your guests and most importantly, enjoy your day

Thanks Valerie and Jamie and once again congratulations on your wedding!

So, if you’re in the midst of planning your big day, remember, we can all learn one golden piece of advice from our newlyweds – don’t sweat the small stuff!

 

Have a wonderful week my lovelies, see you on Friday!

 

Little Miss Luxe x

Wedding day make-up with Lina Cameron

Little Miss Luxe Meets…Celebrity make-up artist Lina Cameron

Celebrity make-up artist Lina Cameron is internationally renowned and has worked with some of the biggest names in the beauty industry including Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Chanel, YSL and Trish McEvoy. With a career spanning more than a decade, Lina has worked with famous faces in both the music and television industries and is a regular contributor to national magazines. We sat down with Lina for a chat about wedding day make-up must haves…

What are your beauty must-haves for brides?

It’s crucial that you have long lasting make-up on your big day, but make sure you don’t put foundation on your eyelids – they are delicate and if you get hot your eyeshadow will crease. Make sure you use primer instead; I’d recommend Laura Mercier Eye Basics, it will keep it in place all day. You should also make sure you blend all your products really well and invest in good brushes like Trish McEvoy and MAC.

 

Are there any tricks you can share with us for a flawless face?

Once you’ve applied your foundation get a tissue and just gently blot it over your face to remove any excess moisture. Then use loose setting powder (I’d recommend translucent powder from Laura Mercier) and using a cotton wool pad wrapped around your finger gently press this into your skin. It’s an old Hollywood technique and it really works. For your big day it’s good to remember three things:

 

1) Opt for a natural look that doesn’t stray too far from your normal make-up

2) Keep it classic, you don’t want to look back at photos and cringe

3) Make sure your make-up stays on all day, and all night! That way you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. I’ve worked with some brides who have worn their make-up all day, slept in it and come down for breakfast the next day still looking flawless!

 

With that in mind, what is the best base to use to avoid your make-up heading south during the day?

The key is to blend! It may sound silly but take an hour to really blend your primer, foundation, powder, etc. Layer, blot, and reapply. Doing your make-up before the big day is an amazing and memorable experience, so enjoy it and don’t be rushed. Factor in plenty of time and relax! I run make-up lessons so rather than paying for a professional for the day some brides like to come and see me for a session to learn tips and tricks that will last them a lifetime. You can find more on my website www.linacameron.com.

 

Are there some products worth splashing the cash on and others we can save money on?

I’d recommend investing in good tools, so pay a bit more for brushes. I’ve recently discovered two great ones: Trish McEvoy eyeshadow brush (tapered blending brush no. 29) and Shu Uemera brush 78; Collinsky. They are both really good for applying your make-up. It’s also worth spending money on primer, powder and a good foundation but don’t be pressured. Spend a long time trying different types and shades and take away samples so you can try them on your own. You can afford to spend less on mascara, as you should change it every two to three months, so don’t spend too much on one that you will only wear once or occasionally. You can get some good high street make-up and I’d recommend Maybelline blusher too.

 

Great. So what’s your mascara recommendation for our brides?

As I said, don’t worry too much about expensive mascaras. The best way to have great eyelashes on your wedding day, especially if you have straight lashes is to use eyelash curlers and then apply a waterproof mascara. They are oil based so protect your lashes from moisture. After that you can use any mascara you want, be it lengthening, curling, etc and just apply it to the ends. Don’t overload your lashes as they will droop and you’ll lose the curl.

 

And what’s the best lipstick to use?

I am a real fan of Benefit’s Benetint, coupled with Lipcote! It’s all about the application and layering. First apply a lip stain like Benetint and then use a lip pencil to go over your whole lip area. Blot, then apply your lipstick. Blot again and then apply your lipgloss. Finally apply Lipcote on top. And to make sure your lips don’t dry out, apply some more lipgloss before you leave to go to the ceremony.

 

Many brides worry about getting their make-up right for the photos – any tips?

Use old fashioned techniques and blot and blend. Products with SPF can reflect the light so go easy with them and don’t go overboard with light-reflecting products! Use powder to ensure your make up stays put.

 

Finally, are there any new trends to look out for this season?

For Autumn / Winter it’s all about red lips, in different shades to suit different skin tones. It’s always good to be aware of trends but for your wedding day, be natural and wear what works best for you.

 

Celebrity make-up artist Lina Cameron is the new life ambassador for Invisalign www.invisalign.com

 

LML xxx

 

What’s in store this week

Well hello there

How was your bank holiday weekend? Filled with wedding planning or happily free from such delights? Ours was full of fabulous Le Trousseau related events; ooohing and aaahing over some gorgeous new arrivals, photographing new pieces, planning for autumn and writing up a very exciting interview with a celebrity make up artist. For you!

Yes, this Friday we’re pleased as punch to be sharing the wisdom of the lovely Lina Cameron with you. That’s right, she of Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Chanel and YSL fame. After a wonderful chat with the high-priestess of the monde de maquillage, we have some wedding day make up tips, tricks, trends and advice for a flawless face. Pop back then for your very own lesson in perfection.

In the meantime, our survey is still open, so why not let us know what you think of Le Trousseau? We’ve had some great feedback so far but would love to hear from all of our visitors. Your opinion is of utmost importance to us so please join in! To thank you for your time, we’ll enter all those who complete our Online Survey into a prize draw to win £100 worth of wedding accessories. And we promise it won’t take more than two minutes to do. Simply click here to complete the survey.

 

Have a darling week!

 

Avec amor,

 

Mrs R x

Thanks for the memories

This week, Le Trousseau’s guest blogger Little Miss Luxe reflects on those cherished memories from your special day…

Planning a wedding can be stressful; in amongst the piles of invites, table plans, torn out pages from wedding magazines and family emails questioning decisions, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and forget the bigger picture. I’ve been to so many weddings when afterwards the most mused about moments didn’t cost a thing. Priceless moments that you will never forget and just ‘make’ the day. With that in mind, I’ve been rooting out some of those memories to share with you…

Our very own Mrs R remembers being driven to her country house venue by her father in his classic sports car, just the two of them, flying through the tiny lanes to the roar of the engine. “Clambering in and out of the car in my dress and Choos wasn’t easy, but it was most definitely worth it to share that time with the other important man in my life.” Her top moment, though, was leaving the ceremony to Mr R’s rather awesome choice of recessional music: the theme tune to Indiana Jones!

Sarah from Telford was married by the sea and laughs as she remembers her guests sitting on the sea front wearing sunglasses. Later that day she was surrounded by friends and family as the sun set: “You remember that they are there for you and, if things aren’t going entirely to the perfect plan you had in mind, they take to their roles seamlessly and iron out anything unexpected.”

Vanessa from Sutton was sure her wedding in Mauritius would be rain-free, but it wasn’t to be! “The rain held out for us until we decided to leave the ‘after party’ in our hotel. On came the tropical thunderstorm, frogs hopping out from the bushes and a mad dash to our hotel room, it made for quite a dramatic exit I can tell you!”

A really touching memory comes from Jennifer in Eltham: “The best moment for me was seeing my husband when I walked into the church. Although I thought I would be very nervous I just couldn’t help smiling at everyone as I walked down the aisle – totally the opposite to how I thought I would react. Seeing everyone from all parts of our life – university friends talking to playschool friends was amazing.”

Another bride, Natalie from Chandlers Ford was married abroad and it was an unexpected moment that sticks in her mind. “My husband and I chose to get married in Barbados on our own. The day was perfect, we were married on the beach and it was really intimate and romantic… But earlier in the day as I got ready alone, I realised I was making a mistake not having friends and family there. Suddenly I felt so alone and quite sad that my mum and sister couldn’t help me get ready. I carried on, but felt something was missing.

“After the ceremony, we saw a family on the beach who had come to watch us. The tiniest member of the group – a little girl of about five – ran over and asked if we could have our picture taken together. She thought I looked like a real princess! My heart melted and suddenly I didn’t feel so alone. I wished I had a copy of the photograph because I’m sure it spoke a thousand words.”

And don’t you just love Gemma from Hertford’s story? “My dad was too choked up to say much in his speech, but he was able to let our guests know that we were raffling off our table centres to raise money for the hospice fund who cared for my mum before she died. Everyone gave so generously, and we raised over £700. Some even refused to take the flowers home so I put them on my mum’s grave the next day along with my bouquet. We got a lovely letter from the charity telling us how the money had been spent, it really meant a lot.”

So whilst you’re worrying about the perfect favours and place settings, remember what your wedding’s really about. You and your intended sharing one of the biggest days of your life with your loved ones. Now, pass me a tissue!

LML x

 

 

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Make your wedding favours work for you

As a bride to be you are likely turning your mind to the issue of favours. Their potential to make guests smile (even more) and carry home a charming keepsake from your special day is pretty much irresistible. They’re the perfect way to share the love.

Beyond that, favours are also a good way to inject some of your personality into your special day. Along with your choice of venue, dress, readings, theme and overall decor, your favours present another opportunity to make your wedding you.

More than just a favour
I am a huge fan of wedding accessories that multitask and, without too much effort, it’s easy to find a favour to do just that. If you’re really clever favours can work as place settings and table decorations too.

Keep it simple
For a touch of understated elegance, keeping your tables clutter-free is a good place to start. Opt for a favour you can fasten a cute luggage label on to (to write guests names on) or could be tied with a pretty ribbon to cutlery or a napkin.

Use glass to add a decadent touch
Glassware never fails to look gorgeous and can be a unique way of decorating the table too. The twinkling of tea lights as they reflect from pretty perfume bottles or glass trinkets is simply decadent.

Flowers for a rustic feel
You may consider offering some beautiful blooms for guests to take away. Though perhaps one for the ladies at your wedding, herbs would be equally as good for the gents. Use small hurricane vases, jars and other assorted vessels to decorate your tables and invite guests to take one home with them; a treat that would be perfect for a more rustic, informal day.

Bringing a theme together
If your table names are themed, then keep a look-out for co-ordinating favours. A literary theme may inspire bookmarks or stationery; a travel theme could be complemented with luggage tags or tickets. The devil is most definitely in the detail.

I believe it’s the small things that make the big day. So take a moment with your lovely other half, a glass of something chilled and a notepad and think about what really reflects the two of you.

Avec amor,

Mrs R x

 

Two minutes to spare? Let us know what elements of your wedding day are most important to you, by completing our survey. You can find it here: The Le Trousseau Survey As a special thank you for your time, we’ll enter you into our prize draw to win a box full of wonderful Le Trousseau wedding accessories worth £100. Ooh la la indeed!

Let’s Talk

Some people don’t like Mondays. But to be honest, apart from Friday (who doesn’t love Friday?!) I think the very first day of the week may just be my favourite. There’s always much to talk about after two days of fun; a new cupcake recipe, finding the perfect shoes to go with the perfect dress, a MAC nail polish purchase and a far too quaffable Cosmo at your favourite bar.Today however, the Le Trousseau office is a-buzz with birdsong. And that’s because we’re now live on Twitter. If you can’t get enough of our musings and luxury wedding accessory eye candy, then we’d love you to follow us. We think the wedding community is just lovely and so are you, our fabulous customers, so let’s keep in touch! We love a good gossip. You can find us at twitter.com/LeTrousseauor just search for @LeTrousseau.

In other news, we’ve been chatting to some of our gorgeous girls about our wedding accessories boutique and would be delighted to hear what you think too. So if you’ve got a spare couple of minutes, feel free to hop over here tohttp://bit.ly/ckFoJ0 and fill in our survey. It doesn’t matter if you’ve not yet bought anything from us, we simply want to know what you think of our wonderful little website. And to thank you for your trouble, we’ll enter each and every one of our entrants into our prize draw to win a box full of wonderful Le Trousseau wedding accessories worth more than £100.

Right, I’m off to make coffee and flutter my newly polished nails in front of anyone who gets in the way! Happy Monday to you all!

Avec amor, Mrs R x

LT Welcomes Little Miss Luxe

We are delighted to introduce the newest member of the Le Trousseau team – Little Miss Luxe, our weekly guest blogger. She’s a doll!

Bonjour lovelies! How are you?

Let me introduce myself; I’m Little Miss Luxe, your friendly helpful nuptial nymph, if you will. A queen of baking and a lover of accessories, I’m here to offer advice and tips on everything wedding, including making your own cupcakes, creating your own jewellery, making a one off, unique fascinator and even showing you how to make your own tiara.

Not only that, but as a fervent wedding aficionado I’ll be telling you all about the fabulous weddings I’ve been to, covering Hen Do’s (and Dont’s!) and discussing those topical (and often controversial) issues from children at weddings to what to do about plus ones!

How did I become part of the Le Trousseau team? Well, I’ve known Elizabeth, the company’s owner for years after meeting at work and I knew she was up to something marvellous after she returned from honeymoon! When I saw the fabulous Le Trousseau online boutique, it was love at first sight. I heart everything Elizabeth and Jody have sought out and collated in this magnificent emporium l’Amour! What’s my favourite item in the house of Le Trousseau? I think for me it’s got to be the ceramic love tokens – they are just so simple; the perfect final touch. Although I have to confess to feeling quite a lot of love for the Just Married paper chain and ribbon too!

I’ll be popping up on a weekly basis, but at the moment I’m full of excitement as I’ve just got back from the most fantastic wedding in Dorset. The beautifully blissful couple had a 1950s inspired do that was breathtakingly amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it very soon. Keep your eyes peeled for fab photography, 50s fashion and some DIY deliciousness.

Next week I’m going to give you a fabulous fascinator master-class – perfect for your mum, mother in law or girlfriends. You can make them as classic or as flamboyant as you want! Did you know the name ‘Fascinator’ originated from the fine lacy shawl-like coverings made from wool or lace worn in the 19th Century but it is also defined as ‘one who bewitches or fascinates’, sharing etymology with the Latin ‘fascinare’ meaning to cast a spell on? I am pretty sure we all fall into that category!

So my bewitching beauties, betrothed or beloved one and all, if you’ve got any burning bridal questions or just fancy a good old nuptial natter then drop me a line at: littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk

Beaucoup d’amour

LML x

How do you like it?

It may be raining across the UK today, but it’s certainly not overcast in Weddingland. The sun always shines here at Le Trousseau .

This is especially so at the moment, because we’ve spent a lovely few days chatting to our wonderful customers and checking on your favourite products. We want to be sure we’re providing you with only the prettiest pieces and the most stellar customer service. So it was a relief to find out that (*blush*) we are.

Selecting luxury wedding accessories for your delectation is nothing short of a delight, so hearing back from our customers which they like best and how they plan to use them makes us feel all warm inside.

Here’s our top 10 from the past week:

1. Vintage love heart boîte de bibelot

2. To Have and To Hold confetti

3. Heart chandelier

4. Just Married Monogramme sticker

5. Mr & Mrs blocks

6. Juillet Mr & Mrs Correspondence Cards

7. Ceramic love tokens

8. Reversible wooden wedding sign

9. Red, white and blue ribbon

10. Hotchpotch love heart pegs

We really enjoyed listening to how you intend to use our products too, so thought we’d share a few of our favourites:

The lovely Sarah from Lancashire snapped up our To Have and To Hold confetti. She said: “I really love your confetti envelopes. The little messages on the outside are cute and they will look nice on our church pews. But I’m also going to use them in our table centrepieces by filling the 10 Grande Etched Glass Hurricane vases I’ve bought and popping a pillar candle in the middle. I love real confetti.” We do too Sarah!

Tara from Cardiff got in touch too and after a hilarious email conversation, she told us: “I’ve just bought your Heart Chandelier. We’re getting married in a barn and I want to hang it over the dance floor so it looks romantic in the evening.” We got the distinct impression that this lady and her soon to be husband were all about the romance!

Annie from Surrey turned out to be a girl after our own heart and confessed to spending much of her morning at work perusing our Papier section. She said: “I’ve got a thing for stationery. I work in administration and glam up my desk by surrounding myself with nice paper and notebooks. I’m already married but my friend showed me your correspondence cards and I couldn’t resist them. We’re about to move house so I’m going to write to everyone on them and let them know our new address.” We love that Annie!

And how we smiled when many of our customers suggested they would be happy to share pictures and prose about our pieces at their weddings. So much so, we’re thinking of making a regular blog feature of your weddings with our accessories. We’d love to see your photographs and hear how you used your Le Trousseau goodies! If you’d like to be involved, please send us an email, we’d be so happy to hear from you. hello@letrousseau.co.uk

Avec amor,

Mrs R x

Let us correspond

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Another wonderful week has passed in the world of luxury wedding accessories, which means all you lovely betrothed people are one step closer to wedded bliss.

It’s been a busy time here at Le Trousseau, but we’ve managed to find the odd five minutes to indulge in our new favourite pastime (no, not cupcakes!) – curling up with a peppermint latte and perusing Debrett’s New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners.

A gift from one’s husband, the book has been lying on the bedside table for some time now, but last week its pretty pastel-coloured cover called out to me. And now I’m a smitten kitten.

It’s a totally charming tome which considers itself the ‘definitive guide to contemporary civilised living’. And we couldn’t agree more, which is why I was entranced by its chapter on weddings and furthermore, by its numerous pages dedicated to the written word. And that includes stationery. We love stationery.

Over this past week, it’s also become apparent that our lovely customers like pretty paper too, as our designer correspondence cards (see Papier) have been delivered to all parts of the country by the Le Trousseau carrier pigeons. ‘Stationery is your ambassador’ argues Mr Morgan, author of the New Guide to Etiquette…
With that in mind, I thought we would share some of Debrett’s top tips for perfect penmanship…

  • Correspondence should always be written by hand in ink, with a fountain pen (never a ballpoint pen)
  • Black ink remains the most correct and distinguished voice
  • Order your thoughts before putting pen to paper
  • Keep written frills to a minimum
  • Use the correct salutation – most letters should start with ‘Dear’
  • Write in a ‘lively style’
  • Sign off according to your salutation
  • Ensure postage stamps are aligned at right-angles with the envelope

So there you are! Sounds simple doesn’t it? The only problem now is choosing between Juillet,Monogramme and Octobre

As well as enjoying our exclusive correspondence card range for its more traditional use, why not put them to work at your wedding:

  • As table name / number cards
  • As place settings / cards
  • As an alternative to a guest book
  • As gifts for the bridal party

We’re full of good ideas!

Avec amor,
Mrs R x

Well Hello There

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And welcome to Le Trousseau – the luxury wedding accessories boutique.

Our arrival on the wedding scene comes after some (fabulous) months of hand-picking the most perfect and pretty pieces to make your Big Day a big deal. And we’re delighted with the outcome. Sourced from lands as far-flung as Mexico (and as local as London…) the Le Trousseau team have stopped at nothing to ensure our products are just right. We love them and we’re sure you will too.

In fact, each and every one of the beautiful baubles you’ll find throughout our pages has been chosen because we think it’s darling – and the ones we love the most have been stamped with our special seal of approval – ‘Amour’.

We loved every moment of our wedding planning – from the first excitement of journal shopping (well, we all need to keep note of those items of desire…), to the all-import venue hunt, deciding on the most divine dress and selecting suitable (yet oh-so-stylish and dare we say sexy?!) shoes. Then there’s save the date cards, invites, orders of service…place settings, table plans and favours, not to mention the many to-die-for trinkets that make your wedding you.

So, we sorted the big bits – Venue? Check. Dress? Check. Shoes? Check. Suits? Check. Flowers? Check. But what of the rest? Where could we find the unique and individual touches that would make our day, well, our day…

*Sniffle* Sadly, we soon discovered that the world seemed to be somewhat short of a luxury wedding accessories boutique…there was no one place we could find glorious goodies to grace our ceremony and make our reception truly remarkable. And that’s what we wanted. Our country house venue was beyond beautiful and deserved only but the best in terms of decoration, but try as we might, we struggled to find a thing that met our exacting standards. Hmmm. We wanted pure unbridled luxury!

We soldiered on (such brave soulmates!), ordering items from all over the world – bespoke invites from the US, gorgeous carved place settings from France (we love France), ribbons from Italy…the list goes on. It was a joy, but we couldn’t help think that it would be nice to pore over such perfection all in one place.

Our Big Day came and went, and soon, friends who were getting married bombarded us with calls and emails to ask where we’d sourced such lovely stuff… and an idea was born.

So, here it is. Le Trousseau – the luxury wedding accessories boutique. Adorable accessories guaranteed to make your heart flutter almost as much as your intended.

Everything (and a soupcon more) for your wonderful wedding!

Jours heureux!

Avec amour,
Mrs R

 

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Wedding planning by RSVP Wedding

Not so long ago, I introduced the lovely Suzie from RSVP Wedding Planning and Design, who we’re delighted to have onboard this merry bridal ship. What she doesn’t know about this industry and organising and staging a wedding just isn’t worth your time, so we’re pleased she’s part of the Le Trousseau team and busy condensing her knowledge into some spectacular soundbites for you. You lucky lovelies can be sure you’ll be reading a whole lot more from Suzie in the very near future.

We’ve had our heads down of late, working on some special behind the scenes projects (coming soon to a luxury wedding accessories boutique near you…) but the darling girl has taken 10 minutes to jot down her top five tips to get your wedding planning started.Wedding planner Suzanne Prout of RSVP Wedding

1. Let’s talk money
It may not be the most exciting of topics but you really need to work out what you can afford to spend. Setting your budget early on will help keep you focused.

2. Location, location, location
Having a rough geographic area in mind will help you narrow down your venue search. If the ceremony and reception are to be held in different places, try to keep them within a 30-minute drive of each other.

3. It’s a date!
Think about the time of year you would like to marry and then try to keep a window of dates open. The more flexible you are, the more options you will have in terms of booking a venue and your team of suppliers.

4. The guest list
You may find that your budget or venue dictates the number of guests you can invite. If you need to trim your guest numbers, consider creating an A and a B list.

5. Choose your dream team
Try and establish your priority areas and then set about researching the suppliers within your price bracket. Remember that good suppliers get booked up well in advance.

I can heartily recommend doing all of the above in the company of your betrothed and a darn good bottle of wine! Happy travails!

You can hear more from Suzie via our monthly Love Letter.

Check back tomorrow for Wedding Venue Wonderland… It’s almost Wednesday, people! xx

How To Choose The Perfect Honeymoon

Over the past month or so we have been delighted to receive several lovely emails from our readers requesting unusual honeymoon ideas. And so we have some for you!

The excitement in the Le Trousseau office was palpable as I enjoyed a rather unique post-wedding holiday myself. Mr R and I flew out Johannesburg after our big day and spent an amazing month travelling from South to East Africa. There were a few raised eyebrows from our friends who perhaps expected us to choose a more traditional beach break, but that’s just not us (although we did squeeze in some sea, sun and sand time in Zanzibar). If it’s not you either, then we have a real treat for you today!

We’re pleased as punch to team up with ooh.com to bring you their top 10 tips for choosing the perfect honeymoon as well as some more alternative ideas for a knock-out holiday you’ll never forget.

1. When choosing your destination, make a list of your top five places to visit as well as your intended’s. Where do you overlap? It could be the place to go!

2. Are there any places you’ve been to and thought – I wish XXX could see this? Perhaps it would be a good destination to share on your honeymoon?

3. If you have booked an adventurous trip, plan a couple of days down time at the beginning – you’ll need a bit of time to unwind post wedding.

4. Try to find somewhere you can spend a few days without distraction from TVs, Wifi and if possible, mobile phones. They managed a few generations ago – you can too.

5.If you are time short, think about staying closer to home – minimize travelling time to maximise honeymoon time.

6. How about learning something together? If you’re an active couple, don’t just lie on the beach, make your time together count – learn photography for a few days, book a cooking course, or learn to tango. Your honeymoon is a great time to learn a skill you can enjoy together in the future.

7. Go off into the wilderness! Find somewhere you can spend a few nights together out in the open with no distractions but each other. Sleep under the stars, make camp fires, and cook for each other. (Alistair Sawday’s Canopy and Stars website is a good place to start).

8. Look out for independent, off the beaten track accommodation – where you won’t find yourself surrounded by other honeymooning couples.

9. Before you book, be sure to read reviews of your chosen hotel/s and places to visit on sites such as Trip Advisor for second opinions before it’s too late to change your mind.

10. packing for your honeymoon, be sure to split your luggage rather than putting all of your clothes in one case and all of your partner’s in another. Your honeymoon is once in a life time trip, in the worst case scenario of your luggage being lost at least you will both have some belongings to keep you going.

And if you’re inspired to do something a little different, how about:

Reindeer sledding in Sweden

Think saunas under the stars, a two day reindeer sledding tour in the beautiful Lapland landscapes, igloos, furs and the northern lights.

Surf and yoga retreat in Byron Bay, Australia

Relax and unwind, meander to the beach, immerse yourself in yoga, eat some amazingly healthy food and refresh yourself in the ocean each day with a surf.

Argentine photography and horse riding adventure

For fresh air and wide open spaces, gauchos, horse riding and polo, guided photography sessions and classic Argentine hospitality at a stunning family run estancia.

Bread making in Tuscany

From your stunning setting in the Florentine hills, learn to bake Italian specialties like focaccia, ciabatta, and grissini, start your life as man and wife with a new skill you have learned together.

Trans-Canadian motorcycle grand tour

The big one – why not go all out, take serious time off and go on a proper adventure together.

Kite Surfing Cape Town

Book into an American Airstream trailer on the roof of the Grand Daddy Hotel and spend the day on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches learning to kite surf. Enjoy stunning food and wine… brunch at The Grand Cafe in Camps Bay or a romantic dinner at La Colombe is a must.

Inner Hebrides Walking and Sailing holiday

The British Isles has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, so why not enjoy a week on board a 65ft ketch followed by a stay in a beautiful old Scottish castle for a week on dry land after or try The Pool House Hotel, perched on the banks of Loch Ewe in Wester Ross.

Foodie taste-trek to Vietnam

Your sights and senses will be fully entertained on this seven day trip from Hanoi to Saigon. Take a cooking class with the Vietnamese Nigella, a boat trip to eat at a floating village and haggle at the local markets.

Take a guided tour of New Zealand’s Lake Waikaremoana

This spectacular tour takes you around one of New Zealand’s ‘great walks’. The country has tonnes on offer for the adventure minded but don’t overlook its luxury side. Huka Lodge and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers are worth a few days stay…

Wow! I want to do them all! If you do too, remember different doesn’t have to mean difficult and adventures can involve as much luxury as you like. To find out more about the breaks listed above or for even more ideas, take a look at ooh.com. And please, please, please let us know what sort of ‘moon you choose!

Avec amor,

Mrs R x

The Icing On The Cupcake

To celebrate National Cupcake Week, Little Miss Luxe has been chatting to Kate Shirazi, the fabulous founder of cupcake mail order company Cakeadoodledoo and the author of a number of brilliant baking books including Cucpcake Magic, Cookie Magic, Baking Magic and Chocolate Magic. Kate is a lady after our own hearts; crazy about cupcakes and swoony over sprinkles! Great inspiration for baking your own wedding cupcakes…

How did you get into baking Kate?

I had a fabulous Good Housekeeping children’s cookbook given to me when I was eight. It was full of lots of grown up looking girls in smart blouses piping flowers. Hooked. On the spot!

What is your favourite flavour cupcake, and what would you recommend for a wedding cupcake?

My favourite is whatever the latest invention is! Lime and coconut is very good, but I have a soft spot for a good Red Velvet…
Wedding cupcakes? Go for LOTS of different flavours. If you’ve got a tower of over 100, you can get a good five flavours in!

What cake did you have for your own wedding?

Cupcakes! We had a small, informal wedding so we had very simple vanilla cupcakes iced in white with tiny white sugar rosebuds. It was a winter wedding so the very white theme looked fab and we had ivy trailing about the place. We’ve got some classic pictures of children cramming cakes into their cherubic faces.

Do you have any special wedding memories you would love to share with our readers?

I loved my own wedding, but it was a weeny affair…I have made cupcakes for some really fabulous weddings. My absolute favourite was in a field on the top of a cliff in the middle of nowhere. The marquee was the most beautiful I have ever seen with one whole wall looking over the cliff to the sea. The tables all looked beautiful with teapots crammed with flowers, vintage china and of course, my 200 cupcakes in 10 different flavours looked OK too! I love seeing the empty venue and waiting for everyone to arrive. It’s a special calm-before-the-storm place!

What are your top tips for making your own cupcakes?

Use a machine! Food processor, mixer or electric hand whisk. The results are always lighter and anyone who says you are cheating needs their head examining and also doesn’t deserve one of your cupcakes!

Yum! What sweet treats are you planning for your wedding? Are you torn between a traditional three tier fruit cake or the more contemporary cupcake tower? We think Kate puts across a pretty good argument for the latter, but whatever you do make sure your special day reflects you. And if it features cake, home-made or not we we think there’s nothing better than having lots of it! It’s what makes the world go round!

Why not consider making double the amount you need to use as favours too, wrapping some of our Just Married ribbon around the cases and topping with one of our fab Just Married flags?

Until next week lovelies…

Little Miss Luxe xxx

 

A Newly-Married Couple’s Wedding Day Advice

As your wedding creeps ever closer, it’s only natural for brides (and indeed grooms) to worry about the finer details of the day. Most couples admit to having some rather strange dreams in the run-up to their nuptials, whilst others confess to lying awake at night, nervous about things going wrong.

Today, Little Miss Luxe talks to two newlyweds about their big day and asks ‘was all the worrying worth it?’

You may remember that in my very first post I mentioned a fabulous fifties wedding I went to last month. It was held at the marvellous Athelhampton House in Dorset (www.athelhampton.co.uk) and despite a grey and stormy morning, the sun shone all afternoon for the lovely Valerie and Jamie. Many of the guests were inspired by the 1950s theme and included their own vintage touches which made the day that little bit extra special. This week, I grabbed the chance to sit down with them both, full of post-honeymoon glow to get some bride and groom perspectives on the big day.

Was there anything you were worried about before the wedding that looking back you didn’t need to be concerned about at all?

Mr: The speech (of course), and the dancing! I didn’t want to embarrass myself, or most importantly, my beautiful bride, and was a bit nervous about these bits. But I really got into the swing of both – it went really well, and I got laughs in all the right places (ie in the speech!) and didn’t trip over the BIG dress!

Mrs: I was worried about my Mum being a little bit out of her comfort zone, given that she’d be a very very important lady on my wedding day, and is naturally a little quieter than me in these sort of social settings. But it all worked out fabulously: she had an outfit she adored (and looked spectacular in), I arranged for her hair and make-up to be done by the same lady that did mine (so there was one less thing for her to worry about, and she was treated like a Queen), and then Mum chose to arrive early at the venue with my brother, who was an usher. This worked out really well – by the time guests had arrived Mum had 30 minutes to scope the joint out, knew where she’d be sitting, and really got into the swing of things – in fact, she was smiling and greeting all my friends as well as family, and I think she’s the only one who learned everyone’s names!

Can you thing of any part of the day that cost nothing, but made your wedding extra special?

Mr: For me there were two things; 1) The venue staff were extra helpful and brought me some lockets (because I came down with man flu!) and 2) It was my birthday the day of our wedding, and between my bride, the bridesmaids, and our fabulous guests, it was sneakily arranged so that everyone would bring me a birthday card (as well as a wedding card!), and anyone who didn’t have a chance wrote lovely messages on the back of their place-settings. On the morning after our amazing wedding, I woke up to a big birthday kiss from my new wife, who then gave me an armful of birthday messages!

Mrs: Having arranged for the hair and make-up lady to do me and my Mum, my Gran then arrived and we had a giggly girly morning! The lovely hair and make-up lady also had time to work her magic on Gran (who has no difficulties with being in the spotlight, and was loving it!), and we drank tea and laughed our way through to the arrival of the wedding car. It was fabulous having my three bridesmaids with me too – I helped curl their hair and apply lashings of mascara! It was the getting ready together that was extra special, and although the hair and make-up lady had a price attached, the enthusiasm, giggles, and love from my family and closest friends were ‘free’ and perfect.

What is your top tip for those about to get married?

Mr: Relax! The day was extra special – we enjoyed every moment, and us being calm helped our guests to relax. We didn’t want to stand on ceremony during the meal – we wanted to get up and chat to our friends and family who had made such an effort to be with us! As a result everyone was relaxed and chatted to each other: it was a chatty and cheerful occasion, just as we hoped it would be.

Mrs: I would say, try to keep as calm as possible and remember ‘they’re only flowers’, or ‘it’s only a cake’ – don’t get too caught up on the little details. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect for us – in part because we both remembered that most of the wedding details aren’t really that important in the grand scheme of things, either to our life together or our guests’ enjoyment of the day. If the flowers in the bouquet hadn’t matched with those on the table, that wouldn’t have been the end of the world! Heck, I told myself that even if the flowers didn’t arrive (of course they did!) I’d just send my brother to Marks & Spencer to buy some cheerful and brightly coloured bouquets!

In the lead up to the wedding, what did you both learn along the way?

Mr & Mrs: We borrowed money in order to pay for the wedding ourselves, and we’re so happy we did! Yes, we’re re-paying it now, but we think it is just as good a reason to borrow money as, say, to buy a new car (we don’t drive, so no need for one of those!). As a result, we had the wedding we wanted with minimal stress or pressure from anyone else – and our families respected that, and were (mostly!) really supportive that we wanted to do it ‘our way’. So we invited the people closest to us, who we wanted to spend our day with (not Great Aunt Mabel’s son, Geoff, who we haven’t seen since 1989). We chose the venue, food, wedding outfits, cars, the whole lot in fact ,without feeling like we should be trying to please others. As a result, the day was a reflection of who we are – and we loved it, and we know that our guests did too.

Valerie and Jamie’s top tips for a perfect wedding:

1. Stay calm and relax

2. Organise time on the morning of your wedding to spend with those who mean the most

3. Think about what matters to you, not your family or friends. By ensuring your day reflects your relationship those who love you will love your big day

4. Don’t worry about the details. On the day nothing else matters apart from you and your intended being surrounded by friends and family

5. Find time to chat to your guests and most importantly, enjoy your day

Thanks Valerie and Jamie and once again congratulations on your wedding!

So, if you’re in the midst of planning your big day, remember, we can all learn one golden piece of advice from our newlyweds – don’t sweat the small stuff!

Have a wonderful week my lovelies, see you on Friday!

Little Miss Luxe x

Wedding make-up with Lina Cameron

Little Miss Luxe Meets…Celebrity make-up artist Lina Cameron

Celebrity make-up artist Lina Cameron is internationally renowned and has worked with some of the biggest names in the beauty industry including Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Chanel, YSL and Trish McEvoy. With a career spanning more than a decade, Lina has worked with famous faces in both the music and television industries and is a regular contributor to national magazines. We sat down with Lina for a chat about wedding make-up must haves…

What are your beauty must-haves for brides?

It’s crucial that you have long lasting make-up on your big day, but make sure you don’t put foundation on your eyelids – they are delicate and if you get hot your eyeshadow will crease. Make sure you use primer instead; I’d recommend Laura Mercier Eye Basics, it will keep it in place all day. You should also make sure you blend all your products really well and invest in good brushes like Trish McEvoy and MAC.

Are there any tricks you can share with us for a flawless face?

Once you’ve applied your foundation get a tissue and just gently blot it over your face to remove any excess moisture. Then use loose setting powder (I’d recommend translucent powder from Laura Mercier) and using a cotton wool pad wrapped around your finger gently press this into your skin. It’s an old Hollywood technique and it really works. For your big day it’s good to remember three things:

1) Opt for a natural look that doesn’t stray too far from your normal make-up

2) Keep it classic, you don’t want to look back at photos and cringe

3) Make sure your make-up stays on all day, and all night! That way you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. I’ve worked with some brides who have worn their make-up all day, slept in it and come down for breakfast the next day still looking flawless!

With that in mind, what is the best base to use to avoid your make-up heading south during the day?

The key is to blend! It may sound silly but take an hour to really blend your primer, foundation, powder, etc. Layer, blot, and reapply. Doing your make-up before the big day is an amazing and memorable experience, so enjoy it and don’t be rushed. Factor in plenty of time and relax! I run make-up lessons so rather than paying for a professional for the day some brides like to come and see me for a session to learn tips and tricks that will last them a lifetime. You can find more on my website www.linacameron.com.

Are there some products worth splashing the cash on and others we can save money on?

I’d recommend investing in good tools, so pay a bit more for brushes. I’ve recently discovered two great ones: Trish McEvoy eyeshadow brush (tapered blending brush no. 29) and Shu Uemera brush 78; Collinsky. They are both really good for applying your make-up. It’s also worth spending money on primer, powder and a good foundation but don’t be pressured. Spend a long time trying different types and shades and take away samples so you can try them on your own. You can afford to spend less on mascara, as you should change it every two to three months, so don’t spend too much on one that you will only wear once or occasionally. You can get some good high street make-up and I’d recommend Maybelline blusher too.

Great. So what’s your mascara recommendation for our brides?

As I said, don’t worry too much about expensive mascaras. The best way to have great eyelashes on your wedding day, especially if you have straight lashes is to use eyelash curlers and then apply a waterproof mascara. They are oil based so protect your lashes from moisture. After that you can use any mascara you want, be it lengthening, curling, etc and just apply it to the ends. Don’t overload your lashes as they will droop and you’ll lose the curl.

And what’s the best lipstick to use?

I am a real fan of Benefit’s Benetint, coupled with Lipcote! It’s all about the application and layering. First apply a lip stain like Benetint and then use a lip pencil to go over your whole lip area. Blot, then apply your lipstick. Blot again and then apply your lipgloss. Finally apply Lipcote on top. And to make sure your lips don’t dry out, apply some more lipgloss before you leave to go to the ceremony.

Many brides worry about getting their make-up right for the photos – any tips?

Use old fashioned techniques and blot and blend. Products with SPF can reflect the light so go easy with them and don’t go overboard with light-reflecting products! Use powder to ensure your make up stays put.

Finally, are there any new trends to look out for this season?

For Autumn / Winter it’s all about red lips, in different shades to suit different skin tones. It’s always good to be aware of trends but for your wedding day, be natural and wear what works best for you.

Celebrity make-up artist Lina Cameron is the new life ambassador for Invisalign www.invisalign.com

LML xxx

Thanks For The Memories

This week, Le Trousseau’s guest blogger Little Miss Luxe reflects on those cherished memories from your wedding day…

Planning a wedding can be stressful; in amongst the piles of invites, table plans, torn out pages from wedding magazines and family emails questioning decisions, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and forget the bigger picture. I’ve been to so many weddings when afterwards the most mused about moments didn’t cost a thing. Priceless moments that you will never forget and just ‘make’ the day. With that in mind, I’ve been rooting out some of those memories to share with you…

Our very own Mrs R remembers being driven to her country house venue by her father in his classic sports car, just the two of them, flying through the tiny lanes to the roar of the engine. “Clambering in and out of the car in my dress and Choos wasn’t easy, but it was most definitely worth it to share that time with the other important man in my life.” Her top moment, though, was leaving the ceremony to Mr R’s rather awesome choice of recessional music: the theme tune to Indiana Jones!

Sarah from Telford was married by the sea and laughs as she remembers her guests sitting on the sea front wearing sunglasses. Later that day she was surrounded by friends and family as the sun set: “You remember that they are there for you and, if things aren’t going entirely to the perfect plan you had in mind, they take to their roles seamlessly and iron out anything unexpected.”

Vanessa from Sutton was sure her wedding in Mauritius would be rain-free, but it wasn’t to be! “The rain held out for us until we decided to leave the ‘after party’ in our hotel. On came the tropical thunderstorm, frogs hopping out from the bushes and a mad dash to our hotel room, it made for quite a dramatic exit I can tell you!”

A really touching memory comes from Jennifer in Eltham: “The best moment for me was seeing my husband when I walked into the church. Although I thought I would be very nervous I just couldn’t help smiling at everyone as I walked down the aisle – totally the opposite to how I thought I would react. Seeing everyone from all parts of our life – university friends talking to playschool friends was amazing.”

Another bride, Natalie from Chandlers Ford was married abroad and it was an unexpected moment that sticks in her mind. “My husband and I chose to get married in Barbados on our own. The day was perfect, we were married on the beach and it was really intimate and romantic… But earlier in the day as I got ready alone, I realised I was making a mistake not having friends and family there. Suddenly I felt so alone and quite sad that my mum and sister couldn’t help me get ready. I carried on, but felt something was missing.

“After the ceremony, we saw a family on the beach who had come to watch us. The tiniest member of the group – a little girl of about five – ran over and asked if we could have our picture taken together. She thought I looked like a real princess! My heart melted and suddenly I didn’t feel so alone. I wished I had a copy of the photograph because I’m sure it spoke a thousand words.”

And don’t you just love Gemma from Hertford’s story? “My dad was too choked up to say much in his speech, but he was able to let our guests know that we were raffling off our table centres to raise money for the hospice fund who cared for my mum before she died. Everyone gave so generously, and we raised over £700. Some even refused to take the flowers home so I put them on my mum’s grave the next day along with my bouquet. We got a lovely letter from the charity telling us how the money had been spent, it really meant a lot.”

So whilst you’re worrying about the perfect favours and place settings, remember what your wedding’s really about. You and your intended sharing one of the biggest days of your life with your loved ones. Now, pass me a tissue!

LML x

How To Make Your Wedding Favours Work For You

As a bride to be you are likely turning your mind to the issue of favours. Their potential to make guests smile (even more) and carry home a charming keepsake from your special day is pretty much irresistible. They’re the perfect way to share the love.

Beyond that, favours are also a good way to inject some of your personality into your special day. Along with your choice of venue, dress, readings, theme and overall decor, your favours present another opportunity to make your wedding you.

More than just a favour

I am a huge fan of wedding accessories that multitask and, without too much effort, it’s easy to find a favour to do just that. If you’re really clever favours can work as place settings and table decorations too.

Keep it simple

For a touch of understated elegance, keeping your tables clutter-free is a good place to start. Opt for a favour you can fasten a cute luggage label on to (to write guests names on) or could be tied with a pretty ribbon to cutlery or a napkin.

Use glass to add a decadent touch

Glassware never fails to look gorgeous and can be a unique way of decorating the table too. The twinkling of tea lights as they reflect from pretty perfume bottles or glass trinkets is simply decadent.

Flowers for a rustic feel

You may consider offering some beautiful blooms for guests to take away. Though perhaps one for the ladies at your wedding, herbs would be equally as good for the gents. Use small hurricane vases, jars and other assorted vessels to decorate your tables and invite guests to take one home with them; a treat that would be perfect for a more rustic, informal day.

Bringing a theme together

If your table names are themed, then keep a look-out for co-ordinating favours. A literary theme may inspire bookmarks or stationery; a travel theme could be complemented with luggage tags or tickets. The devil is most definitely in the detail.

I believe it’s the small things that make the big day. So take a moment with your lovely other half, a glass of something chilled and a notepad and think about what really reflects the two of you.

Avec amor,

Mrs R x

 

Let Us Correspond

Wedding Cards, Thank You Cards from Le TrousseauAnother wonderful week has passed in the world of luxury wedding accessories, which means all you lovely betrothed people are one step closer to wedded bliss.

It’s been a busy time here at Le Trousseau, but we’ve managed to find the odd five minutes to indulge in our new favourite pastime (no, not cupcakes!) – curling up with a peppermint latte and perusing Debrett’s New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners.

A gift from one’s husband, the book has been lying on the bedside table for some time now, but last week its pretty pastel-coloured cover called out to me. And now I’m a smitten kitten.

It’s a totally charming tome which considers itself the ‘definitive guide to contemporary civilised living’. And we couldn’t agree more, which is why I was entranced by its chapter on weddings and furthermore, by its numerous pages dedicated to the written word. And that includes stationery. We love stationery.

Over this past week, it’s also become apparent that our lovely customers like pretty paper too, as our designer correspondence cards (see Papier) have been delivered to all parts of the country by the Le Trousseau carrier pigeons. ‘Stationery is your ambassador’ argues Mr Morgan, author of the New Guide to Etiquette…

With that in mind, I thought we would share some of Debrett’s top tips for perfect penmanship…

  • Correspondence should always be written by hand in ink, with a fountain pen (never a ballpoint pen)
  • Black ink remains the most correct and distinguished voice
  • Order your thoughts before putting pen to paper
  • Keep written frills to a minimum
  • Use the correct salutation – most letters should start with ‘Dear’
  • Write in a ‘lively style’
  • Sign off according to your salutation
  • Ensure postage stamps are aligned at right-angles with the envelope

So there you are! Sounds simple doesn’t it? The only problem now is choosing between Juillet,Monogramme and Octobre

Wedding Cards, Mr & Mrs Cards - Le Trousseau

As well as enjoying our exclusive correspondence card range for its more traditional use, why not put them to work at your wedding:

  • As table name / number cards
  • As place settings / cards
  • As an alternative to a guest book
  • As gifts for the bridal party

We’re full of good ideas!

Avec amor,
Mrs R x

Winter weddings

Little Miss Luxe looks at the benefits of having a winter wedding…

With the passing of trick or treaters and the distinct whiff of gunpowder still in the air, I do believe it’s November! Which is probably my favourite time of year; there are still leaves on the trees, in gorgeous golden and red tones and it’s the season of soups, thick woolly tights, warm new boots and cuddly cardigans. It’s also a great time to think about getting married!

Why? Well, let’s not beat around the bush, first and foremost, it’s more cost effective! Yes there’s more chance it will rain on your big day, but I’ve been to countless weddings in the height of summer that have been wet and windy! My other reason for loving weddings at this time of year? Faux fur and feather capelets! Maybe it’s the touch of Snow Queen in me, but I just love the idea of topping off a stunning gown with an equally stunning yet snugglesome tippet type affair.

And, with a November wedding you can make the most of the seasonality of squashes and pumpkins – what better way to ward off the cold than with some spicy pumpkin soup, either as a canapé served in mini squashes or as a warming first course? You can also channel all things autumn/winter by using branches and bark in your table decorations and including nature’s golds and bronzes in your colour scheme. Plus it’s the month of fireworks, so if you’ve chosen a venue that allows the use of them, why not make the most of it, lighting pathways with glittering candles and lamps and joining your guests under the stars and setting off sky lanterns?

December weddings give you a great excuse to use festive reds and whites or frosty ice blues to decorate your venue and get guests in the spirit of things. One of my favourite Le Trousseau pieces is the red Just Married Ribbon (complemented by the matching flags and paper chains) which would look wonderful as part of a close to Christmas wedding. And as the dark nights close in, you’re provided with the perfect excuse for tonnes of twinkling fairy lights! Used well, these magical little lights more than make up for it being dark by 5pm. Continue the sparkly theme by dressing your tables and windowsills with Le Trousseau’s Vintage Silvered Tealight Holder whilst creating your very own indoor icicles (!) by adorning the silvery Juliette candlestick with our Beaded Droplet Bobeche. You too can channel Narnia!

That said, whatever time of year you choose to marry, it’s important you do what’s right for you; if you love the sun, then the summer months are surely your best option, but if you are more of a fan of Ice Queen than ice cream, a winter wedding could be just the ticket! There are so many Christmas decorations that lend themselves to this seasonal look too – baubles come in pretty much every colour you can imagine and look fab in festive displays that complement your colour scheme. And let’s not forget, there’s that ever so tiny chance it might snow! *sigh*

As for my own forthcoming nuptials? You’ll be glad to hear Mr LML is as much of a Groomzilla as ever… and I am loving it! Thanks to his Excel spreadsheet brilliance, we currently appear to be coming in on budget and we’ve just given our Notice of Marriage. Next week we’re signing venue contracts so will soon be ready for save the date cards! Whatever stage you are at, I hope you’re enjoying the planning as much as we are. Now, I’m off for some pumpkin soup!

With love,

Little Miss Luxe

The wedding plan comes together

Little Miss Luxe loves it when a wedding plan comes together…

I am marrying a Groomzilla. There is no other way of saying it, so I am just going to put it out there.

My beloved has been planning the big proposal for months – he works as a Project Manager so planning is in his blood. I, on the other hand need to be organised (as my friends will all attest when it comes to organising birthday drinks!) but not to the degree that I need an excel spreadsheet (and if I do it’s not one of those swanky ones you can correlate and filter – its just five columns of stuff requiring a Y or an N in the boxes!).

We already have two spreadsheets, two blogs, a website (under development), two planning boxes, two ‘inspiration’ books and a magazine subscription (as well as at least three other monthly bridal magazines we buy regularly too!). We know what foods and flowers are in season on our proposed date and when the monsoon season is in Cancun. I’ve learned more in the last fortnight than I did in four years at university (which may explain the large number of exam dreams I’ve been having lately).

I have obviously been planning the Big Day in my head for many years, but it’s not until you get the ring on your finger that you realise it’s not ‘your’ (singular) day it’s ‘your’ (plural) day. All those ideas you had, you do kind of need to run them past him too (I say kind of because he’s not getting a say on EVERYTHING!). Some brides are ‘lucky’ enough to get a groom who just needs to know a colour so he can sort out the suits. Others are ‘lumbered’ with a groom who needs to know the name of every single shade of ‘cream’ to the nth degree. I don’t need to tell you which camp I fall into.

But actually there’s a reason why I’ve chosen to stick apostrophes around those two particular ‘L’ words. Do I feel like my other half is muscling in on my fun? For about five minutes, yes I did. But then I got over myself. Planning a wedding is a big deal. It’s hugely expensive, requires co-ordinating a large number of guests as well as suppliers, and involves a plethora of pushy opinionated people you really do need to manage quite carefully. I would hate to do this on my own. In fact I wouldn’t, I’d give up! But together we are a team. The W Team if you will (I don’t know if the W stands for We or Wedding but either way – it’s us. And together we ROCK!) I know that whenever I get stupidly stressed about the exact shade of the bridesmaids’ dresses I have someone there to calm my stresses and discuss the pros and cons until we make a decision that works. Together.

The first thing I did was to try and make a spreadsheet for our budget; it was shocking. I got angry and all in a flap. My fab fiancée took over and within an hour turned it into a fully functioning live wedding cost analysis. If I was in charge, we would just have a tatty box full of miscellaneous receipts – now we have an expenses document to keep track. I also get to have my own girly fun with a stunning scrap book bought by our friends that I get to stick lots of pictures into and use as my inspiration notepad. I get scissors and glue whilst he gets HTML coding – I know which one I prefer!

So, what have we managed to do so far? Well we have fallen in love with a venue (can hopefully reveal all soon) and have a date pencilled in. Once we’ve confirmed the registrar and paid our deposit we’ll be ready to send out Save the Date cards. You’ll never guess which we’ve chosen?! The fabulous Le Trousseau Octobre range with their stunning deep purple ink – of course!

Planning a wedding is a bit like an analogy for what comes next and what I have learned so far is that there is a certain amount of give and take required. No, I probably can’t use the wedding as an excuse/reason to buy a pair of Manolos, but I do have a fiancée that without me even raising it, willingly suggested we use birdcages and hurricane lamps as table centre-pieces; I’ve already got my eye on these… Grande Etched Hurricane Vase

I thought I was going to have to fight for that one (and believe me, I had my argument well prepared!). I may not have shoes that cost more than a week’s wages but I have a fiancée who gets me and gets us and that’s worth a whole lot more than a shiny pair of shoes. More than all the shiny shoes in the world.

Lots of ‘I’m getting married and my man is so dreamy’ love…

LML xxx

Little Miss Luxe loves it when a wedding plan comes together…

I am marrying a Groomzilla. There is no other way of saying it, so I am just going to put it out there.

My beloved has been planning the big proposal for months – he works as a Project Manager so planning is in his blood. I, on the other hand need to be organised (as my friends will all attest when it comes to organising birthday drinks!) but not to the degree that I need an excel spreadsheet (and if I do it’s not one of those swanky ones you can correlate and filter – its just five columns of stuff requiring a Y or an N in the boxes!).

We already have two spreadsheets, two blogs, a website (under development), two planning boxes, two ‘inspiration’ books and a magazine subscription (as well as at least three other monthly bridal magazines we buy regularly too!). We know what foods and flowers are in season on our proposed date and when the monsoon season is in Cancun. I’ve learned more in the last fortnight than I did in four years at university (which may explain the large number of exam dreams I’ve been having lately).

I have obviously been planning the Big Day in my head for many years, but it’s not until you get the ring on your finger that you realise it’s not ‘your’ (singular) day it’s ‘your’ (plural) day. All those ideas you had, you do kind of need to run them past him too (I say kind of because he’s not getting a say on EVERYTHING!). Some brides are ‘lucky’ enough to get a groom who just needs to know a colour so he can sort out the suits. Others are ‘lumbered’ with a groom who needs to know the name of every single shade of ‘cream’ to the nth degree. I don’t need to tell you which camp I fall into.

But actually there’s a reason why I’ve chosen to stick apostrophes around those two particular ‘L’ words. Do I feel like my other half is muscling in on my fun? For about five minutes, yes I did. But then I got over myself. Planning a wedding is a big deal. It’s hugely expensive, requires co-ordinating a large number of guests as well as suppliers, and involves a plethora of pushy opinionated people you really do need to manage quite carefully. I would hate to do this on my own. In fact I wouldn’t, I’d give up! But together we are a team. The W Team if you will (I don’t know if the W stands for We or Wedding but either way – it’s us. And together we ROCK!) I know that whenever I get stupidly stressed about the exact shade of the bridesmaids’ dresses I have someone there to calm my stresses and discuss the pros and cons until we make a decision that works. Together.

The first thing I did was to try and make a spreadsheet for our budget; it was shocking. I got angry and all in a flap. My fab fiancée took over and within an hour turned it into a fully functioning live wedding cost analysis. If I was in charge, we would just have a tatty box full of miscellaneous receipts – now we have an expenses document to keep track. I also get to have my own girly fun with a stunning scrap book bought by our friends that I get to stick lots of pictures into and use as my inspiration notepad. I get scissors and glue whilst he gets HTML coding – I know which one I prefer!

So, what have we managed to do so far? Well we have fallen in love with a venue (can hopefully reveal all soon) and have a date pencilled in. Once we’ve confirmed the registrar and paid our deposit we’ll be ready to send out Save the Date cards. You’ll never guess which we’ve chosen?! The fabulous Le Trousseau Octobre range with their stunning deep purple ink – of course!

Planning a wedding is a bit like an analogy for what comes next and what I have learned so far is that there is a certain amount of give and take required. No, I probably can’t use the wedding as an excuse/reason to buy a pair of Manolos, but I do have a fiancée that without me even raising it, willingly suggested we use birdcages and hurricane lamps as table centre-pieces; I’ve already got my eye on these… Grande Etched Hurricane Vase

I thought I was going to have to fight for that one (and believe me, I had my argument well prepared!). I may not have shoes that cost more than a week’s wages but I have a fiancée who gets me and gets us and that’s worth a whole lot more than a shiny pair of shoes. More than all the shiny shoes in the world.

Lots of ‘I’m getting married and my man is so dreamy’ love…

LML xxx

Wedding traditions explained

This week our resident wedding guru, Little Miss Luxe shares a potted history of her favourite wedding traditions…

When planning a wedding, most brides-to-be will have a check-list to work their way through, from choosing the date, the venue and the dress, to the veil, shoes (ooh, the shoes!), flowers and cake…

But do you know why these details are so important and how they became part of your wedding day?! There is a wealth of information regarding wedding traditions and their origins; some make sense, some don’t and others hark back to – let’s just say – less PC times!

So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let me guide you through just a few of my faves…

The Proposal

Back in the days of yore, when the marriage proposal was a more formal affair, the prospective groom would send his friends or family to meet the bride and ‘represent his interests’; a bit like a more grown up version of ‘my mate fancies you!’. However they had to be pretty careful on the journey; if they saw a blind man, monk or pregnant woman en route it was said that the marriage would be doomed. If they saw nanny goats, pigeons or wolves then these would bring good fortune! A possible explanation as to why doves are often included in modern day wedding ceremonies.

Setting the date

There are some amazingly detailed rhymes when it comes to days of the week and months of the year, some are quite surprising; in the past Saturday was thought to be incredibly unlucky, though these days more than 70% of weddings are held at the end of the week.

‘Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses and Saturday for no luck at all!’

The Romans believed that June was the best month to marry as it is named after Juno, the Queen of the Gods and the Goddess of women, who was known as the protector of married life. May was deemed unlucky due to the Feast of the Dead and the festival of the goddess of chastity, which both occurred in the same month.

Something old, something new…

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been pondering your ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ for some time! It’s a delightful Victorian rhyme which is also where the ‘silver sixpence in your shoe’ tradition heralded from. Back then it referred less to material items and more to the loved one gathered around you on your big day.

Something old – refers to the friends of the couple who should remain close through the marriage.

Something new – refers to the newlyweds’ happy future.

Something borrowed – refers to an item of value loaned by the bride’s family, that must be returned to ensure good luck.

Something blue – this custom originated in ancient times and refers to a blue ribbon worn to represent fidelity.

Silver sixpence – by placing the sixpence in the bride’s shoe, you were rumoured to ensure wealth through the marriage (certainly a good one to note!).

The wedding dress

We all know that the groom shouldn’t see the bride in her dress before the ceremony as it’s bad luck. But tradition has it that the bride musn’t wear her full outfit before the big day either for fear of an inauspicious marriage!

The veil

The veil was introduced to protect the bride from evil spirits; to disguise her and outwit evil. Later the veil became associated with chastity. There are other theories that are less PC; some think it harks back to a time when the groom would throw a sheet or blanket over the head of the woman of his choice when capturing her (nice)!

Bridesmaids

It is thought that bridesmaids dress in a similar style as the bride to act as decoys and to confuse those pesky evil spirits that may be loitering around!

Flowers

In a further bid to ward off evil spirits, the custom of the time soon decreed that by carrying a bouquet of strong smelling flowers you would be able to discourage those that weren’t fooled by the veil, or the bridesmaids!

The buttonhole however, came about during a time when a Knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love for her (much nicer than those men capturing women in blankets!). There are different meanings for most flowers – some people think lilies represent majesty, others associate them with death. But tradition has it that most couples would choose roses as they represent love.

The honeymoon

Much like the theories relating to a bride’s veil, the term ‘Honeymoon’ harks back to a time when the groom ‘captured’ his bride. It is said that the couple used to hide from the bride’s parents (why, I really don’t know!) before marrying and then for a full cycle of the moon after the ceremony; whilst in hiding, they would drink honey wine. If only most of us could get a full month off for our honeymoons (although Mrs R somehow managed it!)!

Maybe we get off lightly nowadays?! Wouldn’t it be amazing to head into the future and look back to find traditions that originate from our time – let’s try to create a few! Are there any that you are particularly fond of? Why not drop me a line at littlemissluxe@letrousseau.co.uk

Love, as always

Little Miss Luxe x

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

My world right now revolves around weddings; I feel like I am eating, sleeping and breathing nuptials but I am aware (just!) that this isn’t the same for everyone. I know that one too many comments on the pros and cons of veil vs bolero and I could come over as a Bridezilla Bore. However it seems like the whole of the UK is swept up in a wedding frenzy right now with the Royal Wedding fast approaching from one corner and the current obsession with My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in the other! Between these two matrimonial marvels there’s no real middle ground! Even the staunchest, hard-faced, anti-love brigadier can’t fail to get swept up in metres of taffeta and lace.

The first episode of MBFGW was clearly focussed on something we brides to be know well; its ALL about the dress. Not since Katie Price’s wedding to Peter Andre has a nation been so engrossed in pink tulle. Oh how we marvelled at the 20-stone gowns harbouring fairy lights and mechanical butterflies. Water coolers across the land buzzed with girlish gossip and twitter was momentarily taken over by ‘OMG did you see…’ tweets that it soon became a phenomenon impossible to miss. But as the series went on we got to learn more about these ceremonies, these people, their traditions and their way of life. Some things we disagreed with and others we probably recognised a lot within ourselves; somehow these people staring back at us through our TVs were so similar yet so alien to us at the same time.

There’s something clearly voyeuristic about MBFGW, we become invisible wedding crashers who get to see the inside track of numerous nuptials and pass judgement on the bride and groom’s decisions. Like newly engaged couples attending a friend’s wedding, suddenly every choice opens up an opportunity to critique. This month I’ve been to several wedding fairs and at the last one I spent some time by a wedding video stand. The movies themselves were so-so but what I really took away with me was the sheer variety of traditions and behaviours they portrayed. Every couple had their own way to celebrate; what really stood out were the weddings where the bride and groom had clearly been heavily involved with every element of the day and who were very much having a whole heap of fun. I was able to take key learnings away from each one; the most important being (and especially if you have a wedding videographer by the way) to smile, you never know when the camera will be on you!

The nation is going to have a bit of a MBFGW lull now and I fully suspect the population will be focussing all their energies onto the Royal Wedding instead. With Harry confirmed as Best Man everyone is wondering what exactly the Stag Do will spiral into and with rumours of Snoop Dogg performing there’s a part in all of us that secretly hopes Wills and Kate will come over just a little bit MBFGW!

At the end of the day, under all the fancy, frou frou and feathers these young women, be they Kate Middleton or Sam Skye Lee are just like us. They’re looking for a life partner, someone who they can spend the rest of their days with, to set down roots; building their own family and way of life. No amount of silk, satin, taffeta or tulle can disguise that fact. It just goes to show that love really does make the world go round…

Much love,

Little Miss Luxe xxx

LML finds the dress

Hello lovely readers, I hope you are all well and your wedding planning is ticking along nicely.

Things have been busy chez Little Miss Luxe over the last few days and I’m not sure where to start with the story! I guess the biggest and best news is that I have found THE dress.

Like most brides I was hugely looking forward to the hunt, but with a touch of trepidation due to the sheer number of horror stories I’ve heard. However, I was lucky in that my shopping was relatively pain free; I already knew the boutique I wanted to visit after meeting the team at a wedding fair last year. Now, I’m not a six foot tall, size four model (who is?!) and Jenny, the lovely lady who runs the shop told me all about the huge range they stock which really put me at ease. I wanted to feel relaxed and looked after on my shopping day and not like a revolving piece of meat on display, having to be pinned into dresses in front of shoppers and/or sales assistants and feeling somewhat self conscious.

I was lucky to have a good friend come with me, who also shopped there for her wedding dress. As the boutique is so compact and private it felt like we were in on a fabulous secret which really added to the occasion and I was glad we’d done our research. I’ve been a bridesmaid a few times and am partial to a pretty dress, so have a good idea what works with my figure. Needless to say, I’ve also perused one or two (read, several hundred!) bridal magazines and blogs for inspiration and picked out some styles that ticked the right boxes (as well as some sneaky ones that totally didn’t, in the spirit of research…) all in a range of different shades of white. Thankfully there wasn’t a dress that made me scream in horror but there was one that made me squeal with delight and even if I do say so myself, looked amazing. Being sensible (!), we put it aside to try again later. And after floating about in 12 or so different gowns we went back to the earlier one… It was so comfortable and just felt right – and it looked, quite frankly, fab (eeeeep!). I won’t go into too much detail in case my beloved other half reads this but let’s just say that some of my boxes were ticked, along with a few others that I hadn’t anticipated. Then there was fun with cover ups, veils, tiaras and headdresses and a few surprises along the way! I am probably going to make my own head-piece but it was lovely to try on some sumptuously long veils and feel a touch princess-y for a while!

After heading home I toyed with the decision – should I keep shopping? Should I try on more dresses? Would I compare all future dresses to that one? I have to confess that I sought advice from a few friends who had been through it themselves. I did feel that maybe I should go to another shop and try on more but then there was a part of me that just thought, why bother?! The dress I found is amazing and had a price to match. I knew that I could probably find a dress that was equally as fabulous but would it be budget friendly? I chose not to have my Mum with me as I wanted to make this decision on my own. After telling her all about it, I really hope she shares my adoration, I’ll find out in a week or two! I hope that she is happy and proud to be the mother of the bride, and chuffed that she has brought me up so well that I made such a brilliant decision unaided. The deposit has been paid!

Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing; I am still glad I went with a friend rather than a family member. Shopping for a dress is stressful enough and you want to make the right decision, not the decision your mum/sister/aunt wants you to make. My advice for brides in the same situation? Judge it by your relationship and how you would feel in your Mum’s shoes. Personally, if I were to have a daughter in the future I would want her to choose what made her happy and to involve me as much as possible in planning the Big Day but with something like a dress that is such a personal decision I’d be happy to see it once the decision had been made. I would hope that as my child was old enough to work, vote, drink and smoke (let’s hope she does lots of the first and doesn’t do too much of the latter!) then she is old enough to have the nous to pick the perfect dress, and by perfect I mean perfect for her. Not me, not ‘Aunty Joan’, no-one but her the bride herself.

Friends have told me they made it clear to their mums that they would see the gown on the Big Day and not before; but that wasn’t for me – I suppose I was somewhere in the middle! What the whole planning process has made clear to me is that your wedding can sometimes appear to be public property; just remember that it isn’t. It’s your day and whenever you and your darling other half are getting stressed, go back to the start and remember why you are doing this in the first place. I can’t wait for those few moments on our day when we get to be alone, away from everyone else, just the two of us. I know there will only be a few of these stolen seconds but I am going to cherish them forever. Then we are going to throw one hell of a party for our family and friends and dance our fabulous little socks off!* And I’ll be there in the centre of the dancefloor throwing shapes in my absolutely 100% perfect wedding dress.

*NB – Metaphorically speaking of course. I am happy to confirm that my wedding outfit doesn’t include tiny little socks, I can’t speak for Little Mr Luxe though!

A year to look forward to… 2011

Well hello there!

Here we are, swiftly sashaying our way into the new year.

It’s been a wonderful beginning to 2011 with the arrival of lots of new pieces, primed to help make your wedding even more picture perfect, some fantastic coverage in the press, an exciting new line-up of guest bloggers and site developments set to make sourcing your luxury wedding accessories even more pleasurable.

Your feedback from 2010 was overwhelmingly positive and this year we’ll continue to ask your opinion on our products and service, so please keep in touch!

This year also heralds the arrival of a whole host of hot new wedding trends, as well as the return of some favourites from last.

We’re excited about…

  • Wedding dresses with pockets (I know!) à la Priscilla of Boston and Rosa Clara. I would have given my right arm for pockets in my own gown (though that would have defeated the purpose somewhat!)
  • Embellishment! On dresses, in your décor, everywhere! The devil is most definitely in the detail.
  • City-style weddings – Even if you don’t live in a sprawling metropolis, this year is all about the chic, the sharp and the sophisticated. Ooh la la!
  • Mix and match themes – We’re talking playful décor design. Different sized tables, a plethora of colour, mismatched florals and fun!
  • Brights! The 2011 wedding scene will be awash with jewel colours; ruby, sapphire and emerald for the ultimate luxe look.
  • And the perennially popular vintage look will be enjoying a renaissance, how could it not? We loooove it!

Also on the horizon is the most anticipated wedding of the year! That’s right, our very own Little Miss Luxe will be tying the knot with her Prince Charming and the team at Le Trousseau HQ cannot wait. She’ll be keeping us up to date with the planning every week on her blog. So pop back each Friday for the latest.

There are of course several other weddings we’re interested in this year, namely: 

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton (we can’t wait to see the dress!)
  • Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth (sure to be an amazing location)
  • Sarah Harding and Tom Crane (should be one almighty party!)
  • America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams (we can’t even imagine this one…)
  • Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall (there’s nothing quite like a royal wedding, but this one will have attitude)

And dare we dream that finally Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may walk down the aisle? Imagine the bridesmaids, picture the page boys!

So, in short, there’s much to look forward to in 2011 and we hope to be a part of it, providing luxury wedding accessories to discerning couples throughout the world.

Bonne Année!

Mrs R xxx