Luxe Romantic Red and Gold Valentine’s Wedding Inspiration

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone – we hope you’re busy celebrating and surrounding yourself with lots of love. Seeing as it’s the most romantic day of the year, we thought we’d offer you some lovely wedding inspiration to make your hearts flutter. We’ve opted for a divine luxurious red colour scheme teamed with delectable gold accents throughout. The result is a luxe romantic wedding theme that’s overflowing with gorgeousness…

We’ll start things off with your wedding flowers. Velvet red roses are the traditional choice of flower used for Valentine’s Day, and they can be used in various beautiful ways throughout your wedding. From your bouquet to your décor – they immediately add a pop of colour and dash of romance to your day.

An antique golden frame entwined with greenery and roses will not only look fabulous as part of your venue décor, it can be used as a backdrop or photo-booth prop.

Creative wedding ceremony spaces are becoming more and more popular with couples in 2017. It allows couples to personalise their venue, while creating a space that is completely unique to their day. A golden archway adorned with a variety of red and pink blooms will look wonderful, and it will create a special area for you to say ‘I Do’.

For food and drink you can opt for a Valentine’s wedding cake displayed on a sequin gold table runner (or a equally dramatic runner in a rich fabric like velvet) and gilded cake stand. A cupid’s arrow is a great alternative to a traditional cake topper, and it will fit in with this theme perfectly. Red blooms trailing the tiers of your cake will look exquisite, especially if they match your bouquet!

Why not serve delicious cocktails inspired by the colour red? From strawberry daiquiri to a raspberry martini, a cocktail bar is a wonderful way of treating your guests. Lily & Lavender Events work with a select few luxury mobile bar companies in Sussex and London who would be able to create a bespoke  luxury bar to suit your needs and wow your guests.

It’s time to think about wedding day attire for the bridal party, and there are numerous people to take into account. As a bride, you might love the idea of rocking vibrant red lipstick as a nod towards your Valentine’s wedding theme. If you want to keep it simple, a bouquet brimming with red blooms will be able to do all of the talking. A groom will look handsome wearing a velvet red bow-tie and buttonhole.

It’s a tricky task finding a dress to suit all of your bridesmaids, so we recommending going for the mix and match approach rather than a ‘one size fits all’. A variety of red gowns in different hues and styles will look beautiful, and your team of maids will be able to find one that they feel completely comfortable in.

There are so many ways to incorporate subtle Valentines-inspired touches throughout your décor – such as plush red armchairs for guests to relax in or gorgeous red wedding stationery!

Add a sprinkling of glitz and glamour to your wedding venue by tying a mixture of gold and red ribbons to your chairs. They’ll make even the simplest chairs look stunning and will immediately inject colour into your venue. Brides and grooms chairs can be made to stand out by adding golden calligraphy signs to the back, or by adorning the rims with foliage.

A red and gold colour palette is the perfect choice for a luxury romantic Valentine inspired Wedding!  Contact us if you need guidance and professional help to achieve this luxe theme.

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15 Things to Tick off your Post-Engagement Checklist

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If you’re recently engaged and caught up in the midst of a happy post-engagement blur, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Although getting engaged is one of the most wonderful experiences, it can easily become overwhelming. So if you’re starting to ask ‘what now?’ we suggest you read on and find out exactly what you need to tick off your checklist…

  1. As soon as you’ve got that ring on your finger it’s almost impossible to keep it a secret, but try and cherish the moment and simply take it in. Hold off from phoning anybody or posting any pictures on social media – just take the time to appreciate and savour the fact that you and your partner are going to get married. Eeek!

2) Okay, once you’ve done that it’s time to spread the good news. Let everybody know that they’re going to need to buy a new hat because you’re getting married!

3) In-between calling your best friends and checking your social media notifications, we always recommend getting your bling insured. While it may not seem important, you’ll definitely appreciate doing it if you lose it or if it gets stolen. Plus, now is your chance to get it resized if it’s feeling a little bit loose or slightly too tight.

4) Now for the serious stuff: set a wedding budget. Choosing a specific amount of money to spend on your special day will mean you can start planning within your budget.

5) Budgets mean spreadsheets! Use a spreadsheet to list all of your chosen suppliers and costs so that you can track the whole wedding planning process, without any stress. Alternatively, if you’re feeling dazed by budgets, spreadsheets and planning Lily & Lavender can lend a helping hand. We have a variety of packages to suit you. From partial planning, wedding day management (sometimes referred to as on-the-day coordination) or the full planning package – we can help you organise and  design the most important day of your life!

6) Wedding fairs are not only a brilliant day out for you and your girls, they’re a fabulous source of wedding inspiration and suppliers. You may find that you meet the majority of your suppliers there, and they’ll be able to chat to you about what you envisage for your special day. From florists to cake makers, stationers to stylists – you’ll definitely find them at a wedding fair.

7) It’s time to think about the type of day you want to have – bohemian, rustic or ultra-elegant? Discuss your wedding vision together as a couple and then you can start thinking about the style of your gown, flowers and décor.

8) Before you start searching for your dream wedding venue, you need to work out how many people you want to invite to your big day. As soon as you’ve got a number in your head, you find a venue that can accommodate that number. Choosing your guest list can be an extremely difficult task, but once it’s over and done with you can carry on with the rest of the wedding planning.

9) Now you can kick-start the venue hunting! Your wedding venue will help to provide inspiration for your wedding theme and colour scheme. If you’ve fallen head over heels with a country barn or chic stately home, make sure you know the terms and conditions before you book it. It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to make hasty decisions.

10) Pinterest is an incredible source of inspiration for wedding planning. You can easily create separate boards for different aspects of your day, and it’s a wonderful visual tool that can bring your visions to life.

11) Let your bridesmaids know that they’re going to be a part of your big day. Then you have the task of finding a dress to suit a variety of different shapes and sizes!

12) It may be worth creating a wedding website that you and your guests can log into before the big day. You can provide your guests with information on local accommodation, menu choices and directions. Plus, the majority of websites offer a simple RSVP service that is incredibly easy for your guests to use.

13) While you may want to jump headfirst into wedding planning (we totally understand), take time out without any discussion about suppliers or who’s not RSVP’ed. It’s important to have ‘wedding-free’ days and you’ll find you feel refreshed and re-inspired the next day.

14) Make sure you’re both on the same page at all times – you may be dreaming of an Autumn boho affair while your partner may love the idea of a Summer soiree. The day is about both of you, so make sure your wedding reflects that.

15) Wedding planning is bound to be exciting, stressful and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make sure you enjoy every second of it.

So if you love the sound of stress-free wedding planning or if you want to add a touch of luxe to your special day, head over to the Lily & Lavender contact us page now.

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Five Reasons Why We Love Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017

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Pantone has a huge impact on wedding trends and colour schemes, which is why we couldn’t be more excited about the Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017: greenery. Described by Pantone as “symbolic of new beginnings”, as well as “refreshing and revitalising”, this colour is a beautiful choice for your special day. From zesty cocktails to gorgeous green gowns, find out why we at Lily & Lavender HQ adore this shade…

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Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 lends itself beautifully to bouquets brimming with greenery and foliage, as well as wild green and leafy garlands. Work in elegant white blooms for to keep it fresh and simple – a heavenly colour combination for any season. Alternatively, you can include eye-popping shades such as fuchsia pink and citrus yellow for a sizzling Summer soiree. Green is an extremely versatile colour, especially when it comes to floral arrangements.

Delicious Drinks


Pantone’s Colour of the Year also gives you the chance to get ultra-creative with fun and fabulous cocktails. From zesty mojitos to chilled water infused with green tea, there are so many chic drinks to choose from when it comes to greenery.

Beautiful Bridesmaids


If you’re planning a green wedding based on Pantone’s Colour of the Year, why not dress your team of ‘maids in exquisite green gowns? Team with glittering gold accessories for a dazzling finishing touch for your bridal party. If you’re a fashion-forward bride-to-be, you could opt for a show-stopper statement green gown instead of a traditional white dress! There are no rules when it comes to aisle style, and it’s a fabulous choice if you want to wear something a little different for your big day.

Statement Stationery


Whether you’re planning a wedding, party or any other event, we suggest you set the scene with your stationery. Green looks divine as the main colour for invitations suites, whether it’s forest green or emerald jewel tones. Keep the same design throughout your wedding or event, it’ll create a ‘brand’ effect and will look oh-so-luxurious.

Dazzling Venue Décor


When it comes to decorating your venue and styling your tables, you really can’t go wrong with Pantone’s Colour of the Year: greenery. Pale succulents and cacti in terracotta or concrete pots look chic and on-trend, while foliage-based garlands look stunning lined along tables. Add in a botanical vibe by using palm leaves and fern as an alternatively foliage for your event.

We’ve seen an increase of weddings and events using greenery and foliage throughout venue décor and styling, and it seems that this trend simply won’t budge – and we couldn’t be happier.

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Wonderful Floral Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter is an incredible time of the year to tie the knot, so it’s no wonder that the chillier months are becoming an increasingly popular season to say ‘I Do’. There are so many ways to create a magical Winter wedding and there are also a number of different colour schemes to choose from. Today we’re looking at how you can use floral detailing to create an enchanting wedding day that still fits in with the season. We’re focusing on a traditional festive colour scheme, including garnet and emerald. Grab a cosy coffee and settle down to read our favourite floral Winter wedding ideas…


Let’s take a look at your Winter wedding bouquet. An abundance of greenery is an absolute must-have: sprigs of cedar, fir and eucalyptus will add bulk to your bouquet. Work in velvet red roses, burgundy anemones and a handful of Winter berries. Tie a silk red ribbon around the stems of your blooms for an extra elegant touch. Match the style of your bouquet to the groomsmen buttonholes. They’ll look handsome pinned to a thick tweed or woollen jacket – the perfect choice of suit for the colder months. Struggling to pick your favourite Winter flowers? Here at Lily & Lavender we adore working with blooms, and we can help you to find the perfect florals to make all of your bouquet dreams become a reality.

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Flower crowns are always a popular choice for Spring or Summer celebrations, but they’re a beautiful way of incorporating Winter blooms into your overall look. You could use a few flowers that are featuring in your bouquet for a look that is completely coordinated and have your bridesmaids and flower girls to wear smaller versions of your bridal flower crown.

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We’ll move onto your ceremony décor. Have you ever considered creating a floral ceremony backdrop? They are super effective and create a special place for you to exchange your vows. A fir backdrop would look stunning hanging from the wall of your ceremony space, but we also love the idea of adorning a wooden archway with your favourite Winter blooms. You could even line your ceremony aisle with sprigs of fir and cedar, or alternatively tie them to the end of the aisle pews. Lily & Lavender can assist with the design of your wedding venue decor, so if you need a helping hand putting together the finer details don’t fret!


Welcome your guests to your wedding venue with a traditional Winter wreath hanging from the doorway. Wreaths look wonderfully festive and they also make for fab photograph props too! Why not hang some smaller wreaths from the Bride and Groom chairs as alternative chair covers?


A Winter wedding venue needs to look warm, cosy and inviting. You can transform even the simplest of venues with the addition of a few floral and foliage garlands. Wrap them around the bannisters of a grand staircase or line one along a roaring fireplace. You can also use them to decorate your table plan, rustic ladders or wedding chairs. The options really are endless!


It’s time to think about how to style your Winter wedding tables using flowers and foliage as your inspiration. If you’re having traditional round tables for your wedding day, a large vase brimming with luxurious red blooms and greenery will look beautiful. However, a floral garland lined along the length of a long wooden trestle table will look equally stunning. Work in scented red candles in golden holders for a romantic glow. When it comes to place settings, a simple white plate can be enhanced by tying a handful of berries to a napkin with twine ribbon.


It’s the simple details that often have the most impact at weddings. Opt for stationery with garnet red floral illustrations and dark green envelopes – it’ll really set the scene for your big day.


Flowers and foliage are the perfect inspiration for a magical Winter wedding. If you love the thought of incorporating blooms into your Winter wedding and are not sure how, simply contact Lily & Lavender here! We would love to assist!

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10 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas We Love

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Thanksgiving is here! What better way to celebrate this fabulous holiday than with some fabulous decorating ideas? From chic metallic tablescapes to delicious Thanksgiving favours, we’ve got it sorted. Read on and indulge in some festive fun…

Celebrate Thanksgiving with cute place cards – they double up as favours and place settings. Ask your guests to write a few things that they’re grateful about and share your suggestions around the table. It makes for a lovely game between courses and can work as a fab ice-breaker.

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You can never go wrong with a chic white and gold tablescape – it’s the perfect combination of elegance and glamour. Style your Thanksgiving table with white and gold pumpkins in various sizes. They’ll look striking lined along the length of your table. Pumpkins are a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving tablescape – especially if you’re serving up pumpkin pie for pudding! You could use a sequin gold table runner for an extra sprinkle of glitter. Opt for white plates teamed with golden cutlery for a fabulous finishing touch.

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Add a rustic touch to your table with a hessian tablecloth or runner. Work in lots of flowing greenery and foliage to transport your guests to the countryside – even if you’re celebrating in the city!

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Provide your guests with miniature jars of homemade jam, chutney and pickle. It’s the perfect party favour for your guests and it’s a thoughtful reflection of the traditions behind Thanksgiving. You’ll definitely be the host with the most!

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Dreaming of a woodland-style Thanksgiving tablescape? Then a dried moss table runner is a fab fit for your table décor. Line along the length of your table and nestle in a few antique gold candles and some small pumpkins. You could also opt for rustic wooden tree slices as alternatives to place mats.

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Give your place settings a pop of colour with some Thanksgiving table stationery. A watercolour menu is the perfect way of giving your guests a clue about what you’re going to serve up! Opt for place names in the same design for a table with the ‘wow’ factor.

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What could be prettier than a burgundy and blush Thanksgiving tablescape? This gorgeous colour combination fits in beautifully with the season while looking oh-so-elegant. Tall burgundy candles in golden holders will add a dash of decadence to your table décor, while delicate blush blooms will look stunning in golden vases. Finish the look off with pale pink napkins tied with a burgundy ribbon. Perfection!

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Copper is the metal of the moment. Whether it comes to Thanksgiving tables, wedding themes or Christmas parties – this chic metallic is everywhere and we love it. It’s incredibly easy to decorate your table with copper elements: simply opt for copper charge plates, metallic candle holders and even copper tolix chairs. Your Thanksgiving celebration will look ultra-stylish, trust us!

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Add extra impact to your Thanksgiving celebration with a chic cocktail bar-cart. Create a self-serve drinks station with flavours that fit in with the season – your guests will love this idea!

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We’re suspect you’re going to be serving a few pumpkin pies at your Thanksgiving celebration, so why not create a dessert table? You could create a mixture of pies, fruitcakes and a bowl of candy that your guests can help themselves too. Match your dessert table to the style of your main table décor.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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