Invitations: Beautiful Ink

Monday, 19 February 2018

At a Rivington Hall Barn open night recently, I met a lovely lady that makes invitations. After a lengthy chat about venue decor, photographers, and all other things wedding (loved her, have to say) she handed me a leaflet, and I went on my way.

Her designs stuck with me. With the tagline 'we only design bespoke wedding stationery, every design is unique and tailored to your dream wedding day,' Beautiful Ink invitations are absolutely beautiful - every example I saw was cute, it was quirky, it was very clearly personalised and, best of all (in my mind, anyway) included an RSVP postcard that makes getting a timely response that much easier. Prices start at £299, and you can find out more here.

Before you disappear though, why not take a look - assess whether or not this is your style too...

What do you think? Adorable, right?

Wedding Planning Day Off: Manchester Picks #1

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Wedding planning can feel like a full time job, can't it? If you're in desperate need of a break from table plans, dress cuts, invitation choices, interfering relatives, whatever, I recommend the following...

S  H  O  P

At Pop Boutique. It's fun, it's retro, it's a vintage haven right here in Manchester. The ideal place to treat yourself to something a little more unique than the high street has to offer. And the best thing? The sizes aren't butchered for vanity's sake - an 8 is actually an 8. Fancy that.

Pop Boutique, 34-36 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

E  A  T

At Crazy Pedros! A kooky pizza place with extremely loud music (so be prepared to shout), Pedro's has pizza in wild and wonderful flavours - the wacko jack, for example, which is topped with pepperoni, jerk chicken, jack cheese, olives, jalapeƱos and onions, or the fried chicken and waffle, which is a vision in, you guessed it, fried chicken, waffle, smoked bacon and maple syrup - and nachos served in a bin lid. Look out for happy hour, it's a real bargain.

Crazy Pedro's Part Time Pizza Parlour, 55-57 Bridge St, M3 3BQ
Crazy Pedro's NQ, Short St, Manchester, M1 1JG

D  R  I  N  K

Wine in an igloo at The Refinery. Because why not?

The Refinery, G1 XYZ Building, 2 Hardman Boulevard, Manchester, M3 3AQ

W  A  T  C  H

Queer Eye on Netflix. This is a staying indoors activity (there had to be one) but oh my goodness is it worth it. I put this on expecting a light hearted laugh, and it was so much more. I openly wept at a couple of episodes. Grab yourself a tea, some donuts, a packet of tissues and your comfiest pyjamas, and settle in. It's well worth your time.

How do you unwind on wedding planning days off?

Wedding Dress Shopping: Stella York

Monday, 12 February 2018

It's a tedious task, wedding dress shopping. Especially - due in part to many websites offering dress previews categorised by designer, rather than style - when trying to work out where to go to seek out your dream dress. Personally, I didn't know the whose who of bridal design before getting engaged (still don't, really) so clicking through designer by designer when I know the style I want but not whose name I want in the label has become an irritating task I've started to avoid. Alas, it must be done.

To hopefully save some others time, I've decided to start sharing some of the designers I come across here, with a preview of their style - starting with Stella York, whose signature approach appears to be very girly, quite flirty, and big on detail (also, her gowns don't cost the earth, so are good for an under £1K budget). Happy dress shopping!

Stella York in Manchester:
a/ Emma Louise Bridal, 41 Chorley New Road Bolton BL1 4QR
b/ Alison Burgess Couture, 273 Wellington Road South Stockport SK2 6ND

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