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Personalise your Wedding Website & Digital Invitations

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Brand new Theme Designing Tool is launched with Paperless Wedding this July.

 

Paperless Wedding Theme building tool - create your own personal wedding website

We are thrilled to launch a new and improved site which offers so much more than the last version. 

Our new Theme Design Tool will enable you to design, edit and create your very own personal wedding website, with matching email wedding invitations and envelopes. We have enhanced the design dashboard so you can have complete control to edit all parts of your site. 

What we now offer is....

  • The ability to personalise every Wedding Website and Invitation design that we offer to suit your wedding, by changing fonts, colours, images and text.

  • Add additional pages and use our countdown widget, contact us or gift list options to customise each page. 

  • Create your own Wedding Website and Invitation by completely taking over a design and making it your own.

  • Full creative control enabling you to edit all of the invitation text and you can even add decorative designs between your text.

  • Your RSVP can also now be designed to match with your theme, by changing colour, font and sizes. 

  • Have you designed your own wedding invitation already and just want to upload an image? No problem, you can now do this too!

  • Plenty of new Website and Wedding Invitations themes available and LOTS more coming soon.

Paperless Wedding website and invites can be viewed on tablets and mobiles

We are UNIQUE

We are the only UK company that offers this kind of offering! 

We allow every theme to be customised to suit your wedding.

Personal email support within 48 hours of query being logged (usually quicker!)

We truly care about your wedding and making this the best experience possible.

We have extended the trial period to 3 weeks, giving you plenty of time to create your site BEFORE you buy it.

Paperless Wedding offers 3 week free trial
 

PERSONALISED

You can change fonts, text and colour for all areas of the site from Save the Date through to the envelopes.

You can add any images you choose (check copyright first!)

You can add multiple pages to your website to share your wedding details, add contact forms, wedding gift list links, contact forms and galleries. 

Each page layout can be different.

Text on your invitation can be changed and added to. Why not add a quote or a decorative embellishment?

Paperless Wedding Vintage Rose theme for Wedding Website and wedding invitations

SAVE MONEY with us!

We are holding our prices for the next few months, and by going Paperless you are saving on average over £300 pounds compared to paper invitations! 

Your site will now stay live for 18 months, so you don't need to pay more if your wedding is a little time off!

ECO FRIENDLY

Going digital saves trees not from your email Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates, but by having a website there is additional paper sent to guests as all the information is online and can be easily amended.

You also reduce your carbon footprint by not having to post invites AND guests don't have to post RSVPs back. 

Customise your invitation with Paperless Wedding's new theme builder

I can't wait to share with you more blog posts over the coming weeks on how to personalise your site in a few easy clicks.  I will also be adding video tutorials as well. So lots more exciting things coming your way soon.

Right where is the wine?! 

Traditions - Post War Wedding

Monday, July 3, 2017

This week is my Nanna's 94th Birthday. On the 3rd of July it would have been my grandparents 69th wedding anniversary too. So in honour of them I wanted to share this blog post with you.

So let me introduce Joy Wight, who is the only Nanna I know who is an active user of Facebook, thanks to her iPad, and who emailed me this extract from her memoir about her wedding day and honeymoon. She is offically a techno-Nan!

July 3rd. 1948 - The Wedding at Last.

"My parents had been disappointed when we said that we wanted the wedding to be held in Birmingham. It was not the custom to wed away from your home town, and I know Mother would have liked her Church friends to have been at the celebrations. We wanted my University friends to be present before they all dispersed to jobs, and John wanted his Youth Association and Moseley Church friends to be present, and of course it was halfway between Edinburgh and Reading.

I bought some white satin-backed material for my wedding dress and some material for the bridesmaids dresses. Because I was not near home and the bridesmaids were in Birmingham, it seemed only sensible to get a local dressmaker to make the gowns. In retrospect this must have been terribly hurtful to my Mother, after all the wonderful clothes she had made for me in the past. How thoughtless one is when young and fancy free!

We booked rooms at a Moseley hotel for the two sets of parents, the Osbornes (friends of Mum and Dad) and myself for the evening before the wedding, and some theatre tickets for them after we had gone away. This was another faux pas. I booked for a very modern play - next to no scenery and a psychological plot - which upset the mentally frail Harold Osborne! I did not learn about that until much later.

Jim, who was to be best man, cycled down to Birmingham from Edinburgh and stayed at the caravan for the night. John had borrowed a jacket to wear with his scout kilt, as clothes were still on coupons and when a man was demobbed from the services he could have either a suit or a casual jacket and grey trousers. John wore his Harris Tweed jacket and flannels for years.

So the great day arrived, and all went according to plan, a lovely service conducted by our friend Rev. Mulholland and reception afterwards in the church hall for about 60 people and with outside caterers. The wine was provided by Grandpa Hall who had been laying it up for years for such an occasion. (As I was 25 when I married he must have begun to give up hope.)  He heard the caterers say what excellent port it was and was highly annoyed when they took all the remaining bottles away after the wedding.

Compared with modern weddings the whole affair was over quite early. There was no evening entertainment. Many guests had to make long journeys home and we were due to get to the Grand Hotel in York for our first stop on the way to Scotland. When we arrived it was a large almost empty hotel and they had finished serving meals and could only provide a few sandwiches . By this time we were very hungry- one rarely eats much at ones own reception! Our only recourse was to go out into the empty litter ridden town and get fish and chips.-Never mind the room was good and the bed big and comfy! -£1-12s-0d B&B for two.

Honeymoon

Next day we left early, using some of our petrol coupons to go up to North Berwick where we were booked in for a week at a little boarding house run by a couple known to Mum and Dad Scotland. lt cost us £9-19s.0d for the week full-board -iron bedstead and capock mattress!  We toured around and visited some distant relatives of Johns one day for 'high tea'. Another day we dropped in on an N.A.B.C. youth conference in Edinburgh . We were really obliged to do this as we had obtained the petrol coupons on the grounds of attending the conference. As you can imagine we were not in there long!"

I love this insight into my grandparents wedding and honeymoon. So very different from what we are used to today. 25 was considered an old bride, no evening reception and their honeymoon was not on somewhere exotic.

Thank you Nanna for writing this piece and letting me share it with everyone. x

Nulyweds Eco wedding feature

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Save the Planet: A guide to Eco-Weddings

 

Nuwlyweds Blog feature on Eco weddings

Big thanks to Olivia from Nulyweds who featured us on her blog this month.  We shared our thoughts and top tips on an eco wedding. We love Olivia's fab instagram feed, it is filled with beautiful images and is really worth following. Also Olive is relaunching her wedding planning business in the Autumn, so keep your eyes peeled for a lot more coming from Nulyweds.

Content Editor

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The pages you first see are the default pages to get you started.  All except Invitation, Events and Venues, can be deleted. All other pages can be edited and the order of all the pages can be switched via the double headed pink arrows being dragged and dropped. You can add unlimited pages.

Elements

Gift List

Picture Sizes

Content Editor 

What does Add Page mean?

You can add as many pages as you want and then move them to the correct location within the menu list.  These pages could be about your engagement, introducing your wedding party, detailing the menu and asking people to choose their food. The options are endless!

What does visibility mean?

You can have a lot of invitations, and you might not want all your web pages to be seen by all those people.  Click the drop down arrow and select which invitation can see that page. To set up your invitations go to your Wedding Planner. 

What is Edit?

In the edit section you can build your page. Anything you put in here will only be on that page. You can add Elements, change text, colour and font. You can even add pictures and embellishments.

What is Menu Title?

This is an editable field. The text in here will be on your guest’s menu tool bar. Keep it short if you can.  You can add a longer ‘title page heading’ when you add a text block.

I would like to change the order of the menu, how do I do this?

To change the order of the pages on the menu, you click on the double headed pink arrow, and drag and drop to it's desired location up or down the list.

I have deleted an element, how can I restore it?

When you delete an element, you can add a new one, or go back to the last save to restore your work.

Why can’t I delete some of the pages?

Venues and Events need to be on the website as they tell your guests vital information about the day. They are also linked very importantly to the invitation, ensuring that your guest is viewing the correct information.

Why can’t I edit Venues and Events from this page?

We are working on integrating this, but currently you edit all this detail  with you Wedding Planning dashboard, under Venues and Events. To view what it looks like to your guest, click View Website from your Wedding planner. 

Why can’t I edit Invitation in the Content Editor?

This is just a preview of your invitation that your guests will see. To design and edit this, go to the Invitation section of this site. You can move the order of this in your menu by dragging and dropping the name to the desired place.

Why is my text over the design?

The design is created in the Theme Designer tab (Paintbrush) and the design in here flows through on to every page. To move the text, either add a blank spacer from the “add Elements” section or edit the overall design. Alternatively add the 'design' as a banner rather than a background and this will avoid text going over the design. 

ELEMENTS

Banner Image

You can upload a banner image to any part of the site, but commonly this would be used to upload an image (Ideally 990px by 400px) in the header of the page or on the background. This image will be visible on all pages.

Block of Text

Text can be added as part of the design. Maybe it is a quote or a poem you might want to be visible on all pages. You could place this anywhere on the page and it will sit on your theme.  Just delete the current content to begin creating your own.

Block of Text with Image

This is in commonly used as part of the overall design, and usually used within the content editor when creating each page.

Contact Form 

This is used in the content editor when creating a page dedicated to people contacting you. Any guest contacting you through this form will go direct to your email. The emails will NOT be stored on our system.

Your Names

Add your names here and it will be visible on all pages. It can sit in any sections of the page. You can add more than one and maybe even have another one sat in the footer?

Embellishment

We have a bank of copyright free designed embellishments that you can use on the site. You can have multiple, just click Add Element again and select it and place it in the area you want it.

Gallery

When added as part of the design, it will sit on ALL pages. This might not be need and we would suggest just adding it to its own page, within the content editor section.

Guestbook  – Not needed for Theme design

The guestbook should have it’s own page. Any comments that get posted on here will be visible to all guests. You will have the option to delete any if you wish to do so.

Page Heading – Not needed for Theme design

This is the title you might want to give the page. If you want it to be more than a few words, then add a block of text.

Single Image

This image will appear on EVERY page as part of the overall design.  This element is more commonly used within the content editor with a different image being upload on each page.

Embed Map – Not needed for Theme design

Maps are already an option when you create your venue. Should you want to add other maps on other pages with have given you the option to do so!

Blank Spacer

We love this tool. Add this to space out each element so it sits just where you want it to, by moving the slider to increase and decrease the spaces.  You can have loads of these, so don’t worry!

Embed Video – Not needed for Theme design

Did you do a proposal video? Do you want to share it? This Element will let you do that via a YouTube plugin. This would more commonly sit on its own page within the content editor and not be part of the overall design.

Countdown to Wedding Day

This countdown ticker can have its font and colour edited. It sits nicely in the footer if you don’t want it distracting from the overall design.

Wedding Date

Combine this Wedding Date with Your Names and this combo could be part of your design and sit on the top of every page.

Gift List

I don't want to show a Gift List.

That is OK. Don't create a page or list any links to a gift registry!

I want to create another Gift List with another company that is not on your list. How do I do it?

Create a page and then add a Text Block. You can add a link using < > button, and this will send your guests to another gift list option. 

My Wish List is not uploading, what do I do?

If you have the right Wish List Link, it should work. Make sure you copy and paste it correctly and that you have not added a space at the front or the end. 

Can I change the details once I have sent out the invites?

You can easily add additional gifts at anytime.

Can you help me with Amazon?

We just provide a link, we don't have anything to do with Amazon in terms of support. If you use them we do have an affiliate link with them. 

Can you help me with my gift list?

All gift list companies listed offer their own support. We just provide easy links to them.

Image Sizes
What size images do I need before I being designing?

Add Element – Banner Image Content: 990px by 400px

Add Element – Banner Image Header/Footer: 990px by 400px to be inline with page, or bigger if to stretch across the top of the entire site.

Add Element – Single Image – when in the page it can be no wider that 990px. For optimum presentation 600px looks the best for Landscape.

What are the recommended specifications for photos that will be uploaded?

Photo Upload – Gallery or single images for webpage

We suggest that you upload 72 dpi, RGB (colour!) photos that are a maximum height or width of 600 pixels. Please keep in mind that only JPEG files are allowed (files ending in .jpg or .jpeg) are acceptable file formats for photos. There is no size limitation, but the larger your file size is, the longer it will take for your images to upload. We recommend that you try to keep your file sizes as small as possible. Use your PC or Mac to reduce the size of the photo before uploading. (PicMonkey is great for this!)

In what format do my photos need to be saved and is there a size limitation?

The larger your file size is, the longer it will take for the image to upload. You can only upload JPEGS (files ending in .jpg).

Photography in Focus - Parrot and Pineapple

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Parrot and Pineapple is then brand new website for Rowan Williams, the cake eater, dog lover and importantly to us wedding photographer extraordinaire!

I knew when met her, I had to feature her on my Photography Focus blog series. She is the first wedding photographer that I have actually met, that has an ethical ethos for her business. She totally understood all the eco-friendly benefits of Paperless Wedding and we talked about how a wedding photographer can be eco-friendly. She tries to buy fairly on all her equipment and she sources ethical minded printing and photo book options. She keeps her business pretty local too....but that is more driven by the need to look after her dog rather than reducing the carbon footprint, but it all helps! ;-)

Rowan Williams of Parror and Pineapple with her dog

You won't see black and white from Rowan as she loves colour and she tries to make sure that her images reflect all the colours of your wedding day. She is a documentary wedding photographer and she likes to keep her images very informal. Emotions are so important and she works hard to capture the feeling of your day, not just how it looked. Rowan loves collaborating with her couples and is always happy to give advice. Here are a few pointers for you now!

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day? 

Do remember that your wedding day is about you getting married to the love of your life, everything else is an added bonus
Don't put too much emphasis on your wedding day, it might not be the best day of your life and that's ok. 

Do plan the morning of your wedding day and give jobs out to those getting ready with you, it'll help you begin the day feeling chilled.
Don't let too many people come to see you before the wedding, it can feel too hectic.

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?

Have a good look around a research the different styles of photography. Not every couple is right for every photographer. When you find someone that you like ask to see a couple of full galleries of work. When you have and you like their work, meet up with them. It's important that you get a good vibe from them when you meet. 

You are passionate about Eco Weddings like us. How can you be an eco wedding photographer?

I'm really careful with who I chose to supply my business. I make sure that I purchase supplies that are respectful to the environment and the people that make them.

Your top tip for Styling your day?

Less can be more! Don't worry about decorating everything. Your wedding is about you, your partner and your guests being together. 



Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"? 

It's up to the individual but the second hand wedding dress market is growing rapidly with 1 in 10 brides now considering buying second hand or renting the dress for their day. This is also better for the environment!

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable. What are the advantages of having one?

Engagement shoots are a great way to get to know your photographer and for you and your partner to get used to the camera. Plus who doesn't want to spend a couple of hours larking around with your loved one just for a laugh?!



What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?

How emotional it is! I feel absolutely exhausted the next day, not just because of the long hours but the emotional rollercoaster that every wedding presents. Sometimes I even cry during the speeches!

How you describe your style of photography?

I'm a very relaxed, informal photographer that has a documentary style. My photos are about people having a good time and the moments that unfold on your wedding day. They are the images that make you remember how you felt on your wedding day. 

Altnernative wedding couple embracing by Rowan.

What can a couple do for you on the big day?

I like to meet up about a month before the wedding to go through the day in fine detail, this means that on the wedding day I know exactly what you have planned and when. I find that this helps the couple to forget about me being there and they concentrate on getting married and having fun with their family and friends! 

Indoor or outdoor wedding?

A bit of both! This is why I like shooting a pub wedding because there is usually a beer garden that can be used if it's sunny. 

Themed or none theme?

Difficult choice! I've seen both themed wedding and really simple weddings done really well. 

Local or Destination?

Local! Mainly because a local venue is easy for everyone to get to. Plus I don't do destination wedding because I have a big dog at home and I don't like to leave him. 

Big or small?

Small ceremony, big party! 

Big thanks to Rowan for sharing her beautiful images and tips with us. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram so do check out her other work there too!

Mr&Mrs Unique feature us in their Digital Mag

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Top 5 tips on planning your Eco Wedding by Paperless Wedding.

 

We are delighted to featured in this amazing wedding magazine produced by Mr and Mrs Unique. It is jam packed full of 5 real weddings, 4 inspirational bridal shoots, 4 recipes and DIYs, interviews and advice articles on how to plan your wedding! On page 40 you will find us giving advice our top 5 tips for planning an Eco Wedding. 

Grab a cuppa and sit back and enjoy this wonderful paperless wedding magazine and get inspired or just day dream like me!

Mr & Mrs Unique Spring/Summer 2017 Wedding Magazine

Mr and Mrs Unique Go Eco for your wedding

Ideas for an Easter Wedding

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Four glorious days off with family and friends. What is not to like about this wonderful time of year?! The daffodils are blooming, the bluebells are covering the parks, and beautiful spring pansies have been planted. 

Easter is a great time of year to get married with the long weekend to recover from all the fun. We just wanted to share with you some of our favourite pins from our Easter inspired wedding ideas that are on our Easter Pinterest boards. 

By going seasonal with your wedding flowers and food, means that it is very eco-friendly!

http://rootsfloraldesigns.co.uk/gallery/

We love this seasonal bouquet by Roots Floral Designs. Stunning colours and very different from your traditional bouquet flower selection.

Daffodil wedding favours
The Knot: Hudson River Photographer

This idea would take some preparation, but this is a cheap and personal wedding favour that guests will love!

Love this cute place setting shared by Tortelina Blog, they also explain via pictures of how to make them.  It really is something simple that would help tie in the whole theme of an Easter Wedding. 

Wedding dome

To finish this post I wanted to share this great dome centre piece from by Colin Cowie Weddings.  So pretty!

Whatever you are doing this Easter we hope you have a wonderful time. 

Real Wedding - Jonny and Charlotte

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jonny and Charlotte Paperless Wedding Real Wedding story

We all love a Real Wedding blog post, as you get to grab a cuppa and browse through stunning wedding photography, gaze at amazing wedding and bridesmaid dresses, beautiful wedding flowers and romantic wedding venues.  This month's post is extra special for me, as I was at the wedding too! Last month my brother Jonathan, tied the knot with his beautiful bride Charlotte in the stunning Renaissance Hotel, Kings Cross. I was thrilled when they wanted to use Paperless Wedding for their special day (PHEW!), and we created a design that fitted their theme perfectly. 

Charlotte has a love of all things Grace Kelly, Art Nouveau and gold and sparkly. So Art Deco was their theme with a double shot of gin, as you will see what I mean. As both of them work in the theatre, Jonny is a Stage Manager and Charlotte is currently Wardrobe Mistress for School of Rock, their "Saturday" is actually Sunday, as that is when the industry has the day off. Surrounded by family and friends they exchanged rings, I did a short reading, my little people did some excellent aisle-walking and we dined on some delicious food! So let me hand over to both of them to share more about the day.

How was the wedding planning experience?

Jonny: For me it was reasonably straight forward. We organised it like a putting on a show. We found what we wanted and needed, found a range of suppliers and chose the best. From there, I worked on the same principle as putting on a performance, i.e. what do you need to just get the day going, then what do you need to do to make it a good day, and then what do you want to make it perfect? From this you can then think actually if we did the wedding now it would happen and everything and everyone would be happy, and then work forward to put the special bits on to make it perfect for you. This also helps control the budget, as when you start looking realistically at the day you could work out if it was necessary or if you want it just to make your day perfect.

Charlotte: We were holding the whole day at the Renaissance Hotel, so it made things much simpler as we didn't have to worry about getting from one place to another. They did most of the organising and we just had to tell them what we wanted. We are both quite good at working to a budget; there were some compromises made, but on the whole I feel we got all the important elements within the budget we set.

Where did you find your inspirations from?

Jonny: For me this came from Charlotte, I then tried to help bring what she wanted to life. She would come up with an idea, and then I would research it on Google and then find suggestions that fitted her idea. For example, personalised origami fortune tellers and decorative 3ft helium balloons!

Charlotte: It was my birthday just after we got engaged, so Jonny bought me a year's subscription to a wedding magazine, which was great for getting ideas. Pinterest is amazing for inspiration and for things you could make to help style the venue. I also went to a wedding fair, where it was great to see all the different options of things you can do. I had quite strong ideas of the sort of wedding I wanted so it was all about trying to find things that fitted with that theme. 

What was important to you when deciding on suppliers/venue?

Jonny: For me the venue had to be beautiful, what Charlotte wanted, within budget, and for the whole event to take place in one venue and be easily accessible. The Renaissance Hotel delivered on all fronts. From there we were very lucky with the package we were given. It included food, drink, tables, chairs, crockery, candles, tea lights, a wedding advisor and more, all included in the price (which depended on guest numbers making it easier to budget). This made life so much more straight forward. It was already a beautiful venue, so we didn’t have to spend lots to make it look special, so we could concentrate on the extras we needed, like the wedding photographer, flowers, and personal touches.

What made this particular venue so helpful is that you could personalise the package. This meant we could chose our own wedding breakfast menu (which included a fabulous food tasting session for all the wine, and a selection of food to choose from), and if you wanted to bring in your own chairs, decorations, or food and drink they were very amenable (some at extra cost and corkage).They also gave advice on suppliers that they have used before and know the venue.

The hotel suggested, Total Event Hire for the chairs, table centres and balloons. They knew the venue and were very helpful to sort out Charlotte’s design. So much so I never even saw them on the day, everything just appeared like magic by elves!! 

Charlotte also wanted to walk down the aisle to live music and while at a wedding fair heard a string quartet. We thought this would both sound and look amazing. We were not disappointed! After searching different websites we found The Dotted Crotchets  who fitted the bill. They were incredibly helpful and would even do requests in advance and make musical arrangements up (at an extra small cost). They also let a friend sing with them as we signed the register, which made it even more special. We can’t thank them enough!

We did have a disagreement on using a videographer, but Charlotte won me over and we made room in the budget and upped our savings to get someone. We looked through Google and wedding magazines to find an average price, and the type of style we wanted. We looked at sample videos online, and some they sent us and then we made our decision (I used to be a media student and some expensive ones were not well edited and didn't go with the music). From here we found Katie Tulip and her videos were so flowing, beautifully shot and picked up a feel for the day that we didn’t think we could find better and that made us tingle as much. The result we have already had through is fantastic, just see this still of my Charlotte's dad seeing her for the first time!

Charlotte:  We had a family friend who was a professional wedding photographer (Jonny Faint of Longfield Studios), and someone else was a florist. This would always be my preference over having to hunt through the internet trying to find someone. You already know them, how they work, the standard they work to…it's like the best recommendation you can have. It made me feel much calmer, particularly having a photographer I already knew. I felt at ease from the start of the day.

At some point budget did come into it with some of the ideas. The main one being a videographer…I was really keen and had met some at a wedding fair that I really liked, but it would have pushed us well over our budget. I did a lot of work and research trying to find a good company for a good price, it was probably the thing I spent the most time trying to find! It did take almost a year and I got a lot of recommendations and emailed a lot of people, and fortunately about a month before the wedding, we managed book someone who fulfilled all the criteria! 

Where did you find your dress?

Charlotte: I didn't really have any specific ideas for the kind of dress I wanted. I was keen try on every kind of style, to make sure I had picked the perfect dress. Working in costume and costume making, style and fit are really important. I knew loads of my colleagues would be coming on the day and would know all about it too. We went to about 5 different shops, and tried on loads of dresses and found quite a few that were almost ‘the one’.

Ultimately the dress I chose was the second one I tried on at the first shop we went to. It took me a while to narrow down what it was I really wanted and what kind of look I wanted, and I managed to dwindle it down the more styles I tried on. Plus it was really good fun! Also once the venue was confirmed that helped to give a feel of what style of dress would suit the day. My dress was an ivory, full skirted gown from Pronovias which we found at Teokath in Wimbledon.

How did you choose your hairstyle?

I really struggled with hairstyles…it isn’t really my thing! My hair is quite fine so having a 'down do' never really works, as it always falls out after an evening…let alone a day! I also didn't want it to look too formal either. That was the specification I gave my hairdresser, who is also a friend of mine. His name is Jose and we worked together on Oliver! The Musical a few years ago, before he moved to the Royal Opera House. I loved the idea of having a vintage feel, so we had one trial with an image I had found, but it didn't really suit me. We sent a few images backwards and forwards before the next trial and I left it up to his brilliance to create something, with a slight vintage feel, that would suit the dress and would stay all day. He got it absolutely right! He is an absolute legend.

What personal touches did you do for the day?

Jonny: The venue itself was beautiful, so we didn’t need to do much decorating. We did want to put our personalised stamp on the day and keep to the theme. We called the theme our 'Art Deco Gin Bar" theme, so there was quite a lot of things we could ‘play' with. Luckily the hotel got on the theme and got the serving staff to be dressed with suspenders to look like 1920s barmen, and we had candles in stunning brass lanterns down the aisle and down the corridors. 

Our first personalised item to the guests were the invitations and website, done by Paperless Wedding. These were so stylised and perfectly set for our wedding. The Art Deco vibe was felt by the guests before they even arrived. It was so simple and straight forward to do, and saved us on having to pay for all the stationery & postage, as well as being good for the environment (I know I am biased though!).

Total Event Hire did some fantastic table centres that were large martini glasses with floating flowers, and provided golden chairs for the guests that we loved.

We also made bits and pieces the week before the wedding, inviting the parents round, with payment of a glass of wine, to help cut and make different pieces. We made signs, table names, the table plan, bow ties, THE wedding cake (thanks mum!) and origami fortuneteller in the deco style. For the gin side, we named all the tables as our favourite gins and used the particular bottles on the tables (instead of signs) and filled them with delicate white flowers, which was echoed round the rest of the venue with more fine bottles and flowers.

Art Deco inspired seating plan

Charlotte: We didn't want the day to become a 'stagey' affair, we figured a lot of guests might expect it to be based around musicals, but we wanted to show another side of us. We therefore decided on having a gin theme, so we based all our table names and centres around our favourite gins and even used gin bottles as vases! It was quite good fun finding different ways we could incorporate a gin theme into the day. My dad made a great giant word-search, which had different gins hidden on one side and then we did have different musicals we had worked on, on the other side. 

On the day itself what were the highlights for you?

Jonny: Obviously my lasting memory will be that first moment I saw Charlotte walking down the aisle looking as beautiful as ever. For the day it was everyone being there and enjoying it. Thinking back, I mainly think of people's smiles, and the children playing and having fun. The food was amazing and the band got everyone up on the dance floor and it just made for a really enjoyable day.


Charlotte: The whole day was a highlight! I wouldn’t have changed anything! I loved everyone getting ready in the morning, the ceremony was brilliant…probably the bit of the day you think about the least, but is actually the most important. It was really wonderful seeing Jonny full of smiles and all of our friends and family there to celebrate. There was so much fun and laughter and dancing…it was exactly what I wanted! I wasn’t interested in having a smooshy day…I wanted it full of fun and for everyone to have the best day!

What is your advice for other couples?

Jonny: My advice to anyone going through the preparation stages of the wedding is to relax and enjoy it. This day will (hopefully) only happen once and you want to enjoy it. Keep hold of your budget but don’t stress if you go over on something, as you maybe able to recoup it somewhere else. Make sure that it will be a day everyone will enjoy, that keeps everyone entertained, fed and watered but nothing that distracts you from having fun and remembering what a great day you had with your partner forever.

Charlotte: I'd say make sure you focus on what you want and don’t be guided by other people's ideas! We were so lucky to have so much support and advice from our amazing families to help guide us as it can be a bit overwhelming with all the options and choices. Start with the essentials and then build from there. Try not to stress about the little things, as they really aren't important in the grand scheme of things. The best bit of advice I was offered when I started planning was to make sure your guests are fed and watered, and they’ll be happy and I think it's pretty true!

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A massive thank you to my brother and now sister-in-law for sharing their special day with us. Both have been brilliant in giving me feedback on Paperless Wedding and it will be thanks to them and other couples, that our new release will have even better features. You make a wonderful couple and we are so happy you had a fabulous day!

Art Deco Inspired Weddings

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our theme of the month is our Art Deco inspired wedding theme. We have chosen this as it is a great warm up to the Real Wedding that will be featuring really soon!

Art Deco weddings give you an amazing platform to be creative and stylish. It can link everything from your dress, to your cake, with a beautiful elegant theme. You may opt for the bold and gold statement designs or look at the softer tones of cream and gold. On our Pinterest boards we have shared some wonderful ideas, that helped inspire our Real Bride (and now my sister-in-law!) on her journey in planning the wedding. We have a great post on how to use Pinterest here

So where to start? Lets go black and gold and go bold. 

Art deco Digital wedding invitation from Paperless Wedding Art deco Digital Save the Date from Paperless Wedding

Here are our top 3 pins we have spotted that would go perfectly with this colour scheme and style of wedding invitation.

#1 Sweet station by Enchanted Empire

This sweets table is inspired. You can hire in these kind of things, but also source glass wear from charity shops and decorate with feathers. Also theme your cake and colours of deserts to tie in the theme.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Favours That Keep Giving!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Eco-chic wedding favours that are totally unique are hard to find. When we saw Keep This Cracker, we just had to share it with you. This great idea can be used as a place setting, or could be used as something that could hold your confetti, or even to give your evening guests a slice of cake in. This eco-friendly wedding favour leaves no paper waste and guests can take it home and use it again. It just goes to show that a cracker isn't only for Christmas!

Eco-chic wedding favour idea - Keep this cracker

The talented lady behind this great product is Bea Thackeray and she is here to tell you all a bit about her very clever cracker!

#SBS - Small Business Sunday Win

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Theo Paphitis retweets us to his 500K+ followers


We have had the best week on Twitter recently! On the back of our #Queenof win, we only went and won the coverted Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award.  It is won when Theo retweets one of your tweets to his 500K followers in a bid to increase your brand and profile, and then you join the SBS winners in a great small business online networking group.

Theo Paphitis SBS retweet

We have been entering this most Sundays for about 2 years and finally it was our week. So what was the tweet that won it?

SBS winning tweet

Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.  My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individuals who can share successes and learnings. The website and Shop #SBS will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish Paperless Wedding every success.”

#SBS Winners like me have access to the exclusive members’ selling platform www.shopsbs.co.uk where hundreds of winners are already selling thousands of products, from unique gifts and bespoke furniture to pet toys or jewellery.  It is another opportunity for the #SBS winners to turn tweets into sales.

Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sunday between 5 PM and 7.30 PM and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re‐tweeted every Monday at 8 PM and then invited to enter their profile on the new website, attend the annual #SBS networking event and take advantage of the networking opportunities.

We hope it will spread the word about our fab company and put it in peoples minds as being the place to come to get your digital wedding invitations and wedding website. This week alone we have had over 100 new twitter followers!

Winner of #Queenof Digital Weddings

Friday, March 3, 2017
We join a great networking group called The Royal Connection!


March has started very well for us with this win of the Queen of Digital Weddings badge. We join a networking group called 'The Royal Connections'. It was all thanks to the tweet below. 

Queen of Digital Weddings

The Royal Connection was started by Aqua Design Group as a fun way to celebrate women in business with the #QueenOf day competition, which was weekly during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in 201. It proved so popular that the competition has continued ever since.

We are proud to be part of this lovely community. 

Ethical Diamonds Perfect For Your Engagement and Wedding Rings

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Last year I went to the Wedding Show at Excel and visited a lot of stands. This one, KinetIQue, stood out and it was here I met a very inspiring couple, Elaine and Jason, whose business, brand, and product is ethical to its core. Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but if you put a real diamond next to a laboratory-grown one, would you be able to tell the difference? I couldn't, and my hand actually shook when I got to try on several of these stunning alternate diamond rings. They sparkled and if I had one, and knew what it stood for (aside from the undying love of my partner!) then I would be very proud to wear it and tell its story. 

Jason and Elain of IQ Diamond  IQ Diamond on my finger!

Elaine has shared with me a bit more about KinetIQue, its origins and company ethos. 

KinetIQue Kind not minded

The name KinetIQue just started out as a name (pronounced the same as the end of the word “Boutique"). We liked the fact that it it has a boutique sort of ring to it, and at the same time incorporates energy and movement (kinetic), bringing together the laboratory-grown element of our business with the “IQ” in the middle of the name which reflects our branded product, the IQ Diamond. 

The Etiquette to Digital Invitations and RSVP'ing

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sending digital wedding invitations can be considered quite modern, and going against typical wedding tradition. However, it can still be very personal, (in some ways more so than a paper invitation), whilst being convenient, cost effective and eco friendly.

It also throws up questions for guests, such as how do they reply? At Paperless Wedding we offer a digital RSVP service via the couple's personally designed wedding website. But how long should guests wait to RSVP online? What is the etiquette for going digital, for the wedding couple and also for the guests.?

Country Garden digital RSVP via wedding website
Knots and Kisses - Country Garden - Digital Invitation with RSVP via personal website. 

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Jo Bryant, who is the UK's leading expert in Wedding Etiquette. Jo worked at Debrett’s, the arbiters of British etiquette, for over 10 years and has edited 15 books on etiquette and modern manners. So please meet the lady with the answers!

Jo Bryant Queen of Etiquette

Photo In Focus - Remain in Light

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Remain in the Light - Logo          

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting a rather lovely lady called Mairéad McDaid, who not only is a bride-to-be herself, but who is also a very talented photographer. Happily she agreed to feature her fine work and top tips on this month's Photography in Focus blog. Mairéad started her love affair with photography while living in South Korea (rather bizarrely while she was there,  she knew a good friend of mine - don't you love Facebook friend connections?!).

She now runs her own company called Remain in Light and photographs weddings, couples and lifestyle shoots. Her style is focused on the relaxed and natural. She loves taking photos of the real moments, as they happen, and as unobtrusively as possible. She loves capturing the big emotional moments, and the little details that you've spent months (and months!) getting just right. You can tell all this by her stunning photos below.

So let me hand over to Mairéad to share her thoughts on all things wedding!

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day?

Do – Have a bit of flexibility in your schedule. Things sometimes tend to run on, so when planning your timeline for the day, allow more time for certain things than you think you’ll need.

Do – Have fun!  All the planning is done, it’s now time let it all go and enjoy your day.

Don’t – worry too much about the weather – especially in this part of the world, where you can never be certain what season it will be today! Invest in a sexy umbrella and you’ll be fine!

Don’t – try to make everything perfect. Nothing ever is, and some things just won’t go to plan, but that’s okay.

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer? 

Remain in the Light - Confetti shot
Ask to see a few full wedding galleries, so you know how they photograph the whole day, rather than just seeing their best shots! Also, try to meet up or video chat beforehand. This person is going to be with you for most of your wedding day – you want to make sure that you like them!

Your top tip for Styling your day?
Don’t get lost down the Pinterest rabbit hole! I love Pinterest and I think it can be really useful for wedding planning, but it’s also easy to get overwhelmed by ideas, so try to use it wisely!

Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"?
I definitely think you should Trash the Dress! Even if you don’t want to ruin the dress, you can still have a lot of fun with a post-wedding shoot. You get to dress up in those beautiful (and often expensive) clothes again, and have some fun getting creative with your photographer.

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one?

Remain in the Light - Engagement shoot
I think that engagement shoots are a fantastic way for you to get comfortable in front of the camera before the wedding day itself. It’s a bit of a test run, and you get to know your photographer and see how they work. Bonus – you get some awesome photos that you can use for the wedding – we’re using ours for our wedding website!

What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?
Before I started working in wedding photography, I wasn’t sure it was something I would enjoy. But I absolutely love how emotional it is, and that I get to capture one of the best days of people’s lives. They’re going to show their grandchildren these photos, and feels really special.

How you describe your style of photography?
My style is creative and modern. My approach is documentary for most of the day; I like to take pictures of everything as it unfolds naturally. I do also love to get creative; trying out new things and having some fun with you along the way!

What can a couple do for you on the big day?

Remain in the Light - Wedding couple on the floor

Just have fun! This is your day and happy smiling faces make for the best photographs! I also love an adventurous couple, the ones who are willing to lie on the floor for a good photo, go exploring at sunset for that beautiful light, or venture out in the pouring rain (with that sexy umbrella of course!).

Indoor or outdoor wedding?

Remain in the Light - Gay Wedding

I love both! Of course an outdoor wedding can be spectacular, but with the pesky English weather it’s always good to have a plan B. As long there is beautiful light then I’m a happy photographer.

Themed or no theme?
Again, I love both. My fiancé and I toyed with the idea of having a Bowie-themed wedding for a while, but we’ve decided to have little hints of Bowie instead! I think that a themed wedding can be so much fun, but even if you decide not to go for it, you can always incorporate the things that you love into the day in little ways instead.

Local or Destination?
It depends what you want from the day itself. Destination weddings can be fabulous and beautiful, but there will be a lot more work involved. Also, you have to accept that quite a few people may not be able to make it. Decide what’s important to you, and go from there!

Big or Small?

Remain in the Light - Happiness is a wedding
I’ve shot weddings with 25 people, and weddings with 250 people, and both were amazing! The 25 person wedding was lovely as it was so intimate and the bride and groom had the chance to spend more time with each person. On the other hand, it’s lovely to have all of your family and friends together in the same room – the only time in your life this will really happen. And what a party that makes!

Big thanks to Mairéad for sharing her thoughts and fabulous photos with us. You can see more of her great work on  Facebook, Instagram and of course her Website.

5 Great Tips For Your Eco Wedding Make-Up

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Are you considering an Eco Wedding? Have you already looked at 'green' wedding venue? Thought about using seasonal flowers and food? Seen an up-cycled wedding dress? However have you considered organic make-up for your special day? 

It is our pleasure to introduce you to bride-to-be Amber. She writes a popular blog that covers all things related to eco-beauty, and she is going to share her tips on prepping, buying and applying your makeup on your big day. 

"As someone who only uses natural and organic make-up on a day to day basis, I have no doubt that I'm going to choose to go green on my upcoming wedding day too. I know that natural and organic make-up can be long-lasting and have enough coverage & shade options to be able to withstand such a long & important day, whilst looking good too. I'm going to share my top tips for eco bridal makeup if you're wanting to go green on your wedding day too!

1. Start with skincare

It's important to have a good base to start, so look into more natural options for skincare so your skin looks its best for the big day. I'd highly recommend incorporating natural facial oils into your skincare routine as these will hydrate & nourish your skin whilst balancing oily skin types.

2. Start with a good base

Every bride wants flawless skin on their wedding day, so a few natural & organic foundations that I recommend are from Sappho Organic , Living Nature and the RMS Un Cover Up for concealing. All of these offer a medium-full coverage and can be buildable, without looking cakey or showing any blemishes.

3. Make-up consultations

Content

If you're new to natural & organic make-up it might be tricky to know where to start first. Content Beauty in London offer makeovers at their store where you can take in your current makeup bag & they'll help you find more natural alternatives to suit your skin type & tone.

4. Green make-up artist


Lillian Komor make-up artist

When choosing who's going to do your makeup on the big day, it's a good idea to go for a make-up artist who is used to using natural/organic products. These products can have different textures etc to mainstream make-up so it's best to choose someone who uses them on a daily basis in their collection. A couple of green make-up artists in the UK are Lilian Komor and Lou Dartford.

5. Water

Drinking Water for the perfect skin
Drinking enough water on a day-to-day basis is something I'm terrible at, even though I know the benefits it has for your skin. I know this is something everyone says but water really does make your skin look a million times better. It clears skin, reduces redness and even makes it look more plump & dewy so I know I'll be upping my water intake in the run-up to my wedding! Don't forget your other half can do this too!

If you're looking for more natural and organic make-up recommendations for your wedding day, take a look at my blog, Amber's Beauty Talk for places to shop & my favourite natural make-up brands."

Big thanks to Amber for sharing her top tips.  We know that we could all do with drinking more water here at Paperless HQ!  Do share your beauty tips in our comments field below or share this post with a friend who might be getting married soon. 

The Natural Wedding Company

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Joining a great directory of ethically minded suppliers!

We have kicked off the New Year by advertising to the readers of The Natural Wedding Company. We love that all the people listed in the directory are ethically minded. We hope that if you are considering an eco wedding then this site would be perfect you and maybe you found us through there?!

Charlie shares "green" weddings, eco wedding tips and offers to help you plan your eco-friendly wedding. Do check out the site!

Real Wedding - Anna and Michael

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It gives me great pleasure to share some stunning wedding photos of our latest couple Anna and Michael.  At the beginning of December 2016, they got married at Goldie Vineyard on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

 Waiheke Island Anna and Michael by Fiona Andersen

We always love it when we get feedback on Paperless Wedding. We asked Anna why she went digital to begin with, as people have many reasons be it for budget reasons, time or the eco element of our offering. 

Anna said, "Went digital because we made Save the Date magnets, and then Thank You magnets as well, so thought a paper invite was overkill (and expensive!).  It is nice to see friends still have magnets up even though wedding is over."

Anna and Michael save the date

Anna said that it was a pretty special day that was captured beautifully by photographer Fiona Andersen.

Cutting the Cake - Anna and Michael taken by Fiona Andersen

We love this shot Anna.  You can totally see you are loving every minute and you look stunning! 

Anna also left us a great review on our NZ/AU Facebook page too. 

"Emma was great, love how into her business and product she is. The site worked perfectly for us and was a great way to keep guests informed about changes and the plan for the day. Highly recommend!"  

Thanks so much, you are right, Emma does love her business and cares about each and every customer having a great experience!

We are so happy you had a wonderful day and wish a you both a long and happy life together.  All the very best!!

Eco Tip - Orchid and Grove Wedding registry

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Orchid and Grove logo

I would like to introduce you to Orchid and Grove, a fab New Zealand based wedding registry service. I know that New Zealand is far from our shores, but this post is for people planning weddings 'back home' and also to inspire you to look for a similar alternative in the UK such as Buy your Honeymoon.

The wonder of this New Zealand service is that if they don’t have the gift listed, they will source it for you.  They can provide gifts unwrapped, which saves paper and deliver them all together, within NZ, which is great carbon footprint saving. If you use Paperless Wedding, you will just need to add their web address to your site and you save having to send out cards with the list details on them.

So lets crack on with this quick fire Q&A with Nick.

What is Orchid and Grove?

We are an online wedding registry and homeware store, created to give couples full control over the content of the gifts they choose for their wedding registry.

Where did this cool name come from? 

Orchid was a bar on Ponsonby Road where we had our awkward but relaxed first date way back in 2007, and Grove from our surname.  We like it.

Who are the faces behind the name?

I am Nick and I'm married to Steph and we've 2 lovely young girls and live in Ellerslie, Auckland. 

Nick and Steph haning out in Mission bay

What makes you ecofriendly?

We offer a paperless option and reuse cardboard boxes from other suppliers. Gifts will come wrapped (default option) or unwrapped - your choice! Just let us know.

What are you top tips to couples planning their day?

1. Do it together.

2. Incorporate each person's 'must haves' into the day.

3. Consult with parents (you don't have to do it their way but including them in planning is a great thing to do).

4. Make some time for just you on the day (even if it's just 20minutes).

Other tips...

We have written a few blogs on helping couples. Check out 'The Stress free way of preparing the Guest list'. Also "All you need to know about setting up a wedding registry'.

What is your selling point to couples planning their wedding?

Your registry, your way. We have a fantastic range of products and can add anything else from anywhere. Easy to create and manage and we provide full support for customers.

Orchid and Grove gift ideas

What do guests have to do?

Guests simply shop online and we take care of the rest including wrapping, delivery, and gift messages if they like. This can all be done electronically depending on the couple's wishes.

What 3 things would be on your gift list today?

1. Quality kitchen knives.

2. A DeWalt cordless drill.

3. Crystal vase.

Items that you wouldn't necessarily buy yourself but will last a lifetime and always be a reminder of your wedding day.

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Thanks to Nick for sharing his company with us. In retrospect I think my top three on my wedding gift list would now be, cordless handheld Dyson, Kitchen Aid and a steam mop!  (Can you tell I have two kids?!) What would yours be? let us know in the comments below!

I discovered this company via their pretty Instagram feed. Instagram is great for getting ideas on your weddings and even gifts you might want.

There are UK-based companies that offer a similar service and we will be featuring some of them on future blog posts so watch this space. 

To get in touch with Orchid and Grove and create your gift list, go to the links below. 

Website
Twitter
Facebook

Jackie and Duncan - Marathon Fundraiser Wedding

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The story I am about to share with you is so inspiring. I heard about Jackie and her amazing wedding plans through a friend. I also heard the amazing things both Jackie and Duncan were doing for charity and really wanted to help. So I offered my services, and I am so pleased to be able to share this inspirational story with you. Within weeks of getting engaged, Jackie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has since made it her mission to get married in a way that will help her support others going through similar treatment. The result is she is getting married on the morning of the 23rd April, before, (yes before!) running the London Marathon for charity!

So Jackie’s wedding planning is not that of an average bride, but I will let her tell all. Lets start at the beginning when love first blossomed.

How did you both meet and how did he/you pop the question?

Duncan and I met at university (they alphabetise the rooms in the first year so all of our friends were Ss, Rs and Ts). We got together in our first year and have been together ever since. As one of the first couples to actually get together in our friendship group, it was always a source of amusement that Duncan had never proposed. So, imagine my surprise on Christmas Day 2013, when he popped the questions (using a bride mug and a sign and not a ring). We’d been together 13 years and our friends described it as a Christmas miracle. It’s a moment I will never forget.

Of course, what neither of us realised as we sipped our fizz that night, that the lump I found in my breast the night before would turn out to be breast cancer. We were only 32.

Three weeks later, we weren’t discussing guest lists and venues, but mastectomies, fertility preservation and chemotherapy. It was terrifying.

What inspired you to do this sort of wedding?

A few weeks after my diagnosis, I decided to not to count the days before the end of active treatment but make every day count. I started volunteering for a number of different cancer-related charities and found that adding a bit of meaning and purpose into every day made each day better.

Having had my hip rebuilt in my 20s and having to learn to walk again taught me what to fear from cancer treatment. So, when the oncologist told me I would possibly gain 3 stone during chemo, I decided to take control. I chose running, the hardest thing I could think of, because I wanted to show cancer it could take a lot, but it would never take my smile.

I started running during chemo and ran my first 10k with a PICC line (long tube) in my arm, no hair and a reconstructed breast and superglued stomach (from surgery). Running made me feel alive and I was just a beginner.

Jackie Scully running the 10K

Running and volunteering helped me move forward. They also brought Duncan and I together in a way that wasn’t about hospitals and toxic drugs. It was about kindness, health and happiness. It kept us strong. So, when Duncan hinted that he might actually like to walk down the aisle, I explained that if there was to be a wedding it would have to involve exercise and charity - the two things that make every day special.

So, plan a charity fundraiser wedding is exactly what we’ve done.

What planning challenges have you had?

I confess I thought cutting out things like three-course meals, line ups, first dances and traditional wedding clothes would make things simple.  Not so. It would seem getting married at 7.30am on the Cutty Sark before running the London Marathon and then trekking a part of the Great Wall of China for your honeymoon is actually quite unusual. (I should add that we do get to party in the middle!).

Instead of florists and bunting we have road closure teams, press teams, a celebrity dressmaker and a registrar who is still coming to terms with the early start!

Plus, we have created something that relies on us being fit and well, which is easier than it sounds. I never thought I’d need a physio instead of a wedding planner!

How did you pick the theme for your day?

What we love about the Cutty Sark is that it is a venue that screams adventure. It’s also a ship that has, in many ways, been saved by the things that haven’t gone well in its history. I can certainly relate to that. Life is a difficult journey and we want to use our wedding to inspire the world to make the most of that journey.

Paperless Wedding wedding website

As you have planned your wedding what has been one of the most fun bits to sort out?

I have loved thinking about the little details that will turn our reception into a big thank you party for everyone who has supported us. We want people to leave inspired to go on their own adventures and really seize the day! I am looking forward to making my own cake (eek) and have had more fun than I ever thought I would with my outfits. Frankie Seaman (Dancing on Ice professional skater) reminded me to do something for myself and make the dress special. She is designing a wedding dress I can run in, not a running dress.  And, providing we all make it in one piece, I am excited about the marathon training. The father of the bride and my cousin have joined the team, so it’s going to be emotional.

You are running for Charities close to your heart. What are they and how have they helped?

We are raising money for Willow and Breast Cancer Care. Both charities helped us celebrate our engagement at a time that could have ripped us apart.  Willow is the only charity to give seriously-ill young adults the chance to have a special day away from the hospitals and the drugs. We went on the Orient Express and were reminded of the fact that while hospitals are an important part of the fight, so too is the chance to think about what you’re fighting for.

Breast Cancer Care helps thousands of people through cancer treatment every year. They were there for me from day one with their information leaflets, headwear classes, young women seminars and support lines and I really couldn’t have found my smile without them.

(Check out Jackie's fundraising page HERE! She is aiming for £15K so any donations will be gratefully recieved) 

Who has helped you plan this day?

Too many to mention in one post! I am grateful to so many people for helping make our fundraiser wedding a wedding to remember. People have been so generous. Lovely Emma (who runs this site) donated our web page and my art director friend George designed the amazing nautical theme. Pret are giving us free Love Bars for our party and both Brooks and Saucony have helped us with running kit for the big day. We’ve had socks, energy drinks, mugs and even a piggy bank from Virgin Money Giving. I am genuinely touched by the kindness we have experienced. Our families are being great too (once they got over the shock).

Now, we just need to pull it off! Wish us luck....

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Big thanks to Jackie for sharing her story with us. You can follow Jackie’s story via the links below.  We will do another blog post in April letting you all know how she and her amazing team got on!

Hear Jackie's interview on Radio 5 live talking to Adrian Chiles.
Read her Huffington Post page - Why I’m Spending My Wedding Day Running A Marathon And My Honeymoon Trekking For Charity
Follow Jackie on Twitter
Read her blog - This day forward

Photography in Focus - Kate Robinson

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kate Robinson couple walking down aisle in black and white

We are starting 2017 'Photography in Focus' with New Zealand Photographer Kate Robinson. I actually discovered Kate's work via her fantastic monthly podcast called Planted With Light which focuses on inspiring women who run their own businesses. I then began following her on social media and checked out her photography and knew she would be a great person to share with you all. 

If you have not read this series of blog posts before, I ask photographers to share their top 'dos and don't' tips in short twitter like answer. Photographers have seen a lot of weddings and so are a great source of information, and picking the one for you is important. Kate shares her top tips to help you plan your wedding.

New Theme Creator is coming!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year to one and all!! Congratulations if you are recently engaged and if you are getting married this year. We have exciting stuff happening that could be just for you.

We have a BIG January and even BIGGER February coming up for us at Paperless Wedding. Why I hear you cry? Well we are well underway with creating our brand new theme creator.  The theme creator is the place where you select a theme and then edit it to suit your wedding. You could even create your very own design and not use any of our premade themes.

Over the last year we have looked at how past couples are using the site and how we can improve this experience and the overall design of your wedding websites.

  • We want each wedding website design to be unique to you and your wedding.
  • We want it to be easy to use for all levels of technical and design ability.
  • We want it to look great across ALL devices.
  • We want your guests to LOVE it and find it the perfect place to get all they need to know about your big day.

 

 

The site will be easy to navigate via a menu on the left hand side. Our current themes will be loaded in and you will be able to edit and add to them. 

All details you enter about your special day will be visible straight away on the site and you will be able to change the font, colour and position of the text.

We are also changing the look of the envelope that your guests will see.  It will tie in with your wedding colours and you will have 3 to choose from. 

So as you can see there are some majorly exiting things happening and I can't wait to share them with you. If you are already designing your site now, don't worry you will be able to keep what you have done and nothing will change.  However if you want to use the new site all your details will be there, you will just need to re-upload any design images into the new theme creator.  We hope this will be launched in February!

Looking back on last year I can now share with you are most popular designs of 2016 and all will be available in the new system, along with many more!


Magical Soiree Peonies wedding website

Magical Soiree and Peonies both designed by Coeur Design.


Classic and Clean website  Sandy Sunset Website
Classic and Clean designed by Skyblue Creations and Sandy Sunset designed by my husband!  

I can't wait to show you the new look designs in the next few weeks.

Happy creating! x

2016 What a year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Strictly final has been and gone, the mince pies are being eaten and the presents are almost (very nearly) all bought, but not yet wrapped. 2017 is fast approaching and I am taking a moment to reflect on another hectic year for me personally and for Paperless Wedding.

For those of you that don't me, I am a mum of two beautiful young children, and I feel honoured I can be at home to watch them grow and hear their amusing stories, while running this fast growing business. I won't lie, it is a juggling act and involves a lot of late nights working post bedtime and snatched blog writing during nap time. One thing I can say is no day is ever the same or dull and it can be hugely rewarding.

The biggest achievement is that we have grown by a whopping66% on last year!!! This means I can officially say we have a business that is booming. We have helped well over 100 people have a paperless wedding, saving countless trees, air-miles and pennies for them. You, my lovely, clients have ranged in ages, locations and traditions, but that is the beauty of Paperless Wedding.  We cater for so many people, each with their own individual style. 

Eco Tip - The Bridal Market

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Last Eco blog post of the month. We finish the year with another unique way of upcycing great things for your wedding. Up north, two ladies got together to create Bridal Market. Their vision has enabled groups of like minded wedding vendors to get together and sell their wares. Let me hand over to Katherine to tell you more!

What is The Bridal Market?

The Bridal Market Ltd is a unique concept within the wedding industry. We offer newlyweds to sell their luxury preloved wedding items and attire to brides to be face to face at our Bridal Market wedding fairs, in our store in Otley and online through our websitewww.thebridalmarket.co.uk 

We stock beautiful preloved and ex sample designer wedding dresses to enable brides to be to find their dream dress without the nightmare price tag.  The Bridal Market is all about saving brides money whilst on their wedding planning journey. We can help with every aspect of wedding planning from decor to dresses and we actively encourage brides to hire their items through us so they don't have to try and resell their goods after their big day.

Where did the idea come from?

When planning my own wedding, I was put off attending traditional wedding fairs as they all felt very impersonal and very much sales orientated and less about a brides' experience.  Needless to say, I didn't go to many after my substandard experience.  I sourced my own suppliers, saved a fortune and made all of the decor myself. That's when the idea of The Bridal Market clicked for me.

After meeting Gaynor, we quickly discovered a mutual passion for the wedding industry and both shared the same vision in creating a company that would help ease the stress of the wedding planning process for the budget conscious bride.  We do want to point out however, we are not a 'budget' business. Every bride has a budget, whether it's £1,000 or £50,000. There's always a cap on the money available to spend. The Bridal Market's aim is to change people's perceptions on how and where to spend their allocated budget and utilise preloved and handmade items from independent, local suppliers to save money without scrimping on quality. 

The Bridal Market Hall

Photography in Focus - Lex Fleming

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jade Jamille London wedding by Lex Fleming

I am excited to introduce you to Lex Fleming Photograhpy. I have a lot to thank this photographer for and actually it is not for taking photos!  In the summer this year I went a long to London Wedding Breakfast Club that is run by Lex Fleming. It is through this club I have met lots of wonderfully talented and lovely people wedding industry people.  My blog has been filled introducing you all to photographers and Eco wedding suppliers. So a massive thank you Lex and I am so pleased I can feature you now. 

So here are Lex's top tips!....

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day? 

Do: Do exactly whatever you want on your wedding day. Don't want bridesmaids? Swap them for bridesmates that help out. Want a bouncy castle? DO IT! Your wedding day is meant to present you and your partner in every way possible. There are no other rules besides putting a ring on it

Don't: Don't forget the photographer. I'm not just saying this because I'm a photographer either! You're going to be spending a lot of time, thought and money on your wedding day, and it'll go so fast. You need a photographer to act on your behalf to document all the small things, along with the big key points of the day. 

Neon themed wedding by Lex Fleming

Real Wedding - Alexis and Pauline

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I have be dying to share this wedding with you ever since I attended it with Mr T in September. This was the truly unique wedding of Alexis and Pauline. My husband went to Uni with both, and Alexis also took our photos on our wedding day! 

They sealed the deal at the Southbank Centre over looking the River Thames. It is a fabulous location with stunning views. 

I asked both of them about their story so I could write a piece but reading their responses together is far more amusing! So let me introduce you to Pauline and Alexis.

So how did you both meet?

P: University but took us 10 years to get together!

A: I dug out a picture of us having a little dance in Scarborough 17 years previously, which we then recreated for the front page of the order of service.

Meet the Designer - Gabrielle Vickery

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I am delighted to introduce a new designer who will be featuring her themes on the site, Gabrielle Vickery.  I love this part of my job as I get to collaborate and talk with other people who are passionate about design and the wedding industry. Gabrielle works at Storm, Design, Web & Print

So Gabby tell us a bit about business and what made you link up with us?

We just love to design! I’ve been working with my business partner Ralph Watson for over 15 years now and we love coming to work, no project is ever the same. Joining up with Paperless Wedding is a wonderful experience because it allows us to let our imagination take over, we can get romantic and whimsical, or cutting edge and dynamic. No two designs are ever the same.

What would you say your style is?

In our daily work we will provide whatever style the client asks for. Sometimes a client will need a traditional old style feel to a piece of work, and other times it’s more modern and minimalist. We love to try all sorts of designs depending on the brief. With Paperless Wedding It’s wonderful to be able to freestyle, this allows us to be much more organic with our choice of graphics and colours.

Tells us what you love about designing:

We love seeing a beautiful design come together on the page and on the screen. It’s that wonderful mix of information and atmosphere, invoking a feeling from inside which is also so pleasing to the eye.

What do you love about weddings?

Who doesn’t love a wedding! It’s the whimsy, the romance and the bliss. Billowing fabrics, soft gentle colours, music and food, laughter and love. Put that together with outstanding wedding themes, flower and glitz, it’s an all encompassing mix of sensations and experiences in one beautiful day.

How do you do your bit for the environment?

We recycle paper and materials all the time, we buy budget products. At home we upcycle our own furniture rather than throw it away. We use the school bus rather than doing the school run in our car. We do all sorts of things every day that make a difference to the environment.

What is your best budget saving tips in life?

Upcycle your own furniture rather than tipping it by using decoupage, it can turn a totally knackered chest of drawers into something that you can’t live without! Check out my facebook page if you would like to see my experiments! 

When not working what are your other passions?

My passions at the moment are upcycling old furniture, I absolutely love it.

I am also writing a spirit blog on whether or not there is live after death, and can anyone become psychic? I’m really loving writing it, even though I’m absolutely not a writer, so I get a real kick whenever anyone actually reads it and comments. Have a look at it here.

Lastly I’m a virtual lingerie designer for the game Second Life, so I design pixel lingerie for virtual avatars who pay me real money to clothe their bodies! How nuts is THAT?!

We look forward to producing lots more designs for Paperless Weddings and we look forward to supporting you on your very special day. 
 

The latest theme "Oriental Garden" is now live on the site, with more coming soon!

Photography In Focus - Leah Van Zyl

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

As I started out on my networking journey, I had the great pleasure to meet Leah of Leah van Zyl Photography. We met at my very first local meet up of business ladies. Sat in Cafe Rouge one evening, Leah wowed me with her amazing networking skills and her ability to promote what she did in about 2 min (ish!). Below is the photo that captured everyone. I knew I would have to feature her on my site and so here she is!

Leah is a wife and mum of a rather handsome boy. She has buckets of enthusiasm and passion for what she does. So read on to find out more about her tips for wedding photography on your big day.

Wedding photography Leah Van Zyl - Couple under umberella

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day? 

If you have a little one, ask someone to be a childminder for you on the day.  This can be a close friend who you trust, or even hire in professional child care.  A wedding day can be quite overwhelming for small children, and sometimes just taking them away somewhere quite for some 1-1 attention,  drawing or play time can do the world of good.  This leaves mum and dad to really enjoy every moment of their wedding day, and totally relax!

Don’t sweat the small stuff!  Flowers not exactly how you wanted them?  Bridesmaid’s hem dropped at the last moment?  Don’t panic… No one will notice but you, just try to remember what the day is all about.  You get to marry the one you love surrounded by your family and friends.. and for everything else there is Photoshop!

Competition Winners - Laura and Andy

Sunday, November 6, 2016

We have our Competition Winner for your October #planyourwedding competition!

Laura is very excited to have won our awesome prize of:

Engagement shoot with 1 of our fab photographers:
Eva Photography
Illusion Photography
James and Kerrie Photography
Jay Anderson Photography

Jewellery by Annaliese Rivers Bespoke Jewellery and Accessories

Wedding planning session with Lisa at Carmela Weddings

Finally a full Paperless Wedding package from us!

Laura and Andy competition winners

Laura and her fiancé Andy are getting married in the summer of 2018. She has a great story of how she met her future husband.

Our story is that we have been together for over 6 years now, but known each other all our lives. Our dads have been best friends since they were 5. His dad has been my dads best man twice now! The 1st time at my mum and dads wedding. The wedding had to be brought forward as my fiancé was due to be born! So it’s just not me and my hubby to be coming together but its joining our two families.  I think our dads are happier than us! 

This is a great story and we can't wait to follow you on your journey to your big day. Many congratulations from all of us and we can't wait to work with you!

Real Wedding - Kate and Danny

Thursday, November 3, 2016

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our last couple that used the old Paperless Wedding site in Australia. Kate and Danny got married in September in Willunga, South Australia. The marriage took place in a barn they converted themselves and they were surrounded by family and friends. 

Kate said that as it was a second marriage for both of them, she did not want to spend a fortune on paper wedding invites. She is very technology minded so this was so Paperless Wedding was perfect for them and she loved it. This was fab to hear. They chose the purple formal swirls design which tied in perfectly with the purple seen in her fantastic dress and the bridesmaid's too. 

Wishing Kate and Danny every happiness together and thanks so much for sharing these photos. x

Photos: Couples personal pictures.

Photography In Focus - Engagement Shoot - Eva and Jay

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Here, last but by no means least, are two fab photographers who are offering their services to a luck couple entering our competition this month. The winner will win a engagement shoot with one of 4 photographers. This week we meet Eva Photography andJay Anderson Photography and learn what makes them tick. Will one of these two be the photographer you choose, if you win?!!!!!

Describe your relationship with your camera, how did you meet, where have you been and what would you most like to do together?
I met my first camera in the age of 16, good old film Zenith, that taught me all the important things about photography. He still looks over from the shelf in my room. Now I hang out with couple of different cameras and being very sociable, we mostly spend time with people at the weddings and other events.

How do your clients normally find you?
These days it’s mostly Facebook and referrals.

Wedding Anniversary - 8 years

Monday, October 24, 2016

I can't believe I am writing another post on Wedding Anniversaries as it does not seem that long since I wrote the last. So today, 8 years ago I walked down the aisle at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, by my dad, to meet a beaming Mr T.  It has been lovely retelling the day to my 3 year old. Apparently I look like a princess!!

As in usual Taylor wedding anniversary tradition, we are having a night out. Venue at time of writing is still unsure but we do have a babysitter!

We like to try and give each other gifts associated with the traditional wedding presents for each year of marriage. So here is run down of what I have been given to date.  I would also like to point out that he is far better gift buyer than I am!

First - Cotton.....we skipped this and Jim gave me a ring with New Zealand Green Stone set in it. We were living in NZ at the time.
Second - Paper - a card and a wonderful meal out in Sydney. We were living in Sydney at the time!
Third - Leather - Gloves and a meal in the OXO Tower, London. Check us out, another fab city for another lovely evening out!
Fourth - Flowers - Silver flower earrings bought in Greenwich Market where we got our Wedding Rings. Meal at the Trafalgar Tavern where we got wed!
Fifth - Wood - An Antique jewellery box.
Sixth - Sweet - A new handbag filled with chocolates from Hotel Chocolate. A meal in Wansted, close to where we live.
Seventh - Wool - An olive shade cashmere scarf.

Eight - ??????

As I have written this post in advance of the evening celebration, I don't know what his gift is yet! See Facebook or my Instagram to find out what it was.

The 8th year gift of bronze represents the union of two lives, reflected by the blend of the two metals that make bronze (copper and tin). It shows that a relationship between two can strengthen "from combining time with perseverance." This made me laugh.  It takes a lot of perseverance to live with me! ;-)  

The orgin of wedding anniversaries stems back to the Holy Roman Empire.  This is when it was said that husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th Wedding anniversary and a gold wreath on their 50th celebration. Imagine a whole wreath made out of gold?! In the 20th century, commercialism brought additional anniversary gifts that we see today. 

Do you celebrate your anniversaries with gifts?  Do leave ideas for people of what you got for the year your were married. 

Competition Focus - Annaliese Jewellery

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We have a piece of beautiful hand crafted jewellery by the talented Annaliese Rivers, as part of our fantastic prize this month. I am so proud of what a great group of small businesses we have offering such great prizes. This post I want you to see what inspires and motivates Annaliese to design such lovely wedding jewellery and headpieces for her business Annaliese Rivers Bespoke Bridal Jewellery and Accessories

Annaliese Wedding Jewellery - handcafted jewellery

Competition Prize - Carmela Weddings

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thanks to everyone that has entered our competition so far. If you haven't and want to then pop over to the blog post to enter and find out more! So let me introduce you to Lisa from Carmela Weddings.  She is offering a 2 hour inspiration wedding planning session to get you on your way to planning your big day. 

Planning a wedding is a daunting experience for some. What top 3 tips would set them off in the right direction?

Firstly, to think about the big picture. It is daunting but at the end of the day, it's not a competition. Whatever happens, at the end of it you'll be married to the person you love - always keep some perspective when you start stressing out!

Two - start with budget. It is the least fun part but without it, you can't look at anything else.

Three -both of you write down your top 3 priorities for a wedding whether it be great food, entertainment or location. Then discuss!


Photo: Jamie Davidson

Photography in Focus - Engagement Shoot

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This months 'Photography in Focus' will be a bit different as I wanted to introduce you to the 4 photographers this month, that are part of our October prize. One lucky couple will have the chance of winning an engagement photo shoot with one of the photographers. Each wedding photographer offers something different in terms of style, travel options and setup.  So let me introduce you to them and their cameras! 

Illusion Photography

Engaged couple in a park

Sam and Kajla are a husband and wife team who run Illusion Photography.  Kajal answers some of my questions:

Tell me a bit about your relationship with your camera and your partnership!

My relationship with my camera is one of love and hate (LOL) I love it when it captures what I envision and want to cry when it does the exact opposite. I met my camera when I married my husband Sam. Sam is a fanatic with a camera, if he’s not got his DSLR, he will pick up his IPhone to capture the image that has caught his eye. I picked up the camera when I decided this was the only way that I would get to spend time with my hubby and I can honestly say I do not regret it. I love that I get to capture a person’s special day and enable them to re-live moments through our images, long after the big day. The eye is magical, as it is able to capture all emotions with the click of a button (not forgetting the settings have some play in it).

How do you meet you clients?

Our clients are usually referred to us either by friends and family or from previous clients. We have had some from wedding fairs and exhibitions that we have done, but we have found word of mouth works the best for us. We have one family that we started out with us when we first started our business. They give us one wedding a year, which is so nice to see familiar faces that we are now actually part of the family.

Engaged couple in a waterfall by Illusion photography

What makes a good engagement shoot?

Engagement shoots I think can be one of the most exciting parts of a wedding. This is when us as wedding photographers can go crazy, when the couple can let their hair down and feel at home. For me the engagement shoot means the couple get a say in so many ways, on where they would like it or what they should wear or act without it being Vetoed by a family member or friend. The couple can be as outrageous as possible or just go for a quiet walk in the park.

The engagement shoot is the best way to find out what makes the couple click, how much the photographer can actually push their client, find out what looks good for them and generally just get them to relax around a camera.

We have done engagement shoots that involved a steam train and a bungee jump. Not the same client!

Indian Wedding by Illusion photography

I am quite happy to shoot our couples wherever they feel the most comfortable. This is because you get more from a couple when they are at ease, than if you are in a place where the couple are more conscious of their surroundings. Although I’m quite quirky, I do like the more usual settings where you get better angles and the unique images for the couple.

If you want to win a photo session with Sam and Kajal, click HERE to take you to the website where you can enter. 

James and Kerrie logo

Now lets meet James and Kerrie! I have also met this bubbly couple who are also offering a free engagement shoot.

Describe your relationship with your camera and your partnership!

Our cameras and lenses are like our extended family! We look after them and treat them with great care, being that they are mostly L lenses and are of the highest quality. They are our tools of our trade and are almost always by our side. We love our lenses a little bit too much - ha-ha!

James and I met on a dating site in 2006! Some of our couples met on-line too. In the world we live in today, it’s not surprising, most of us converse on-line all day every day! The stigma attached to on-line dating has long gone.


James and Kerrie wedding photography - greenwhich park

How do your clients normally find you?

Our clients normally find us through word of mouth from past clients, or referrals from wedding vendors. 

Engaged couple by James and Kerrie Photogrpahy

What makes a good engagement shoot? 

A comfortable couple! We want nothing more than for our couples to relax and have fun, we know how daunting it can be to be in front of the camera. We send out an email beforehand with some helpful tips on what to wear and what to expect on the shoot. 

We like to help find somewhere our couples will feel most relaxed, maybe somewhere they used to go when they first started dating, or an open area near their home. We advise on the best time of day for the shoot as the light will affect the photos and we mainly shoot with natural light. Parks are always great. And Greenwich, we could shoot there every day and never get bored! From the market, to the Cutty Sark, the photo opportunities there are endless.

What has been your most memorable wedding?

That’s a tough one! We are so lucky to have worked with such great couples. Every wedding has been different and we have honestly loved every one. If we had to choose, our first wedding in Italy will always hold a special place in our heart. It was such an honour to be asked to photograph our first wedding, knowing the couple placed their trust in us. And what a bonus for it to be in the beautiful town of Cortona in Tuscany!

Bouquet of flowers by James and Kerrie Photography

What makes you get out of bed every morning?

Loving the job we do! Making our couples happy is our number one aim, we love helping them plan their big day. To see couples like us who are best friends and totally in love, get married and for us to be a part of that is amazing!

 A big thanks to our two photography couples this week.  Next week, I will introduce you to Eva Photography and Jay Anderson who are the other two photographers offering their services in our great competition. 

Competition Time - #planyourwedding!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I am very excited to announce our first ever BIG competition! We want to help you get your wedding planning off to an excellent start, so this competition is just for you!  

It will be running all this month and closes on 31st October 2016 at 23.59. 

The Prize

Brides the Show 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

On Saturday I spent a couple of hours down at the wonderful Brides the Show. It is a great opportunity to meet different wedding suppliers and do some networking.  It was lovely to catch up with Karen from Smashing the Glass and to also meet Jo Bryant who advises on all things to do with etiquette. I hope to feature both ladies in the coming months on my blog, focusing on Women in Business, so watch this space!

I then also got to meet in person the lovely Fiona Kelly.  She featured on my Photography in Focus blog back in August. 

Fiona's stand was opposite an amazing cake stand for the entire show, I don't know how she did it! Here are my favourite of the wonderful cakes that came in all shapes and sizes and prices.  Truly amazing artistry!

 
The Rotating, flying cake by Peboryon. There are not visible strings or wires, so how does that top tier hover there? Brilliant cake that is simple but oh so clever.  I think this was my favourite!


Eat your greens! by Nevie-Pie Cakes. There are more than 500 Veggie cookies on this beautiful cake creation. The veggie theme carries on into the cake with 16kg being baked into it. This cake comes at a hefty price £6000! 

I also met new potential designers that offer beautiful paper stationary. I really loved the work by Br& New Weddings and Strawberry Sorbet. I hope I can offer them the ability to create a website to match their paper designs. Fingers crossed.

A good couple of hours in lovely company. I highly recommend the show for vendors and engaged couples. Do makes sure you watch out for it again next year!

Real Wedding - Ben and Claire

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This month I am featuring the lovely Ben and Claire who got in touch as they wanted to do something a bit different. They wanted a bespoke design. We are not designers at Paperless Wedding, but I knew a lady that was, so I hooked them up with Nikki ofKnots and Kisses.  She came up their unique design. 

Their design came from their love of music and that Ben runs RedGroove Events. They used our Theme Creator to insert the image into their wedding invitation.  The guests were then able to click on the information and RSVP via the website. Nikki then went on to do the seating plan to tie in with our couples theme. I love being able to work with a designer and offer a complete package!

WOW did that really happen?!

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Winning Jacqueline Gold's WOW award for the week!

 

September 2016 - I became a WOW winner.  What is that I hear you ask? Jacqueline Gold CBE is the CEO of Ann Summers and champions working women in business. I have been an avid follower of this campaign and consequently the Twitter competition.  Each week, on a Wednesday, women in business tweet using the hashtag WOW to promote their company. I did just that and I was picked out from about 200 entries to be a winner for the week. 

Thanks to this win I have increased my Twitter and Facebook followers by people seeing this win and Jacqueline tweeting about Paperless Wedding and re-tweeting subsequent posts!

There is a Facebook group set up of all the winners so we can share our stories and successes. I am looking forward to what other opportunites that might arise from this networking group.

My dream would be for me to go on and be one of 3 that are the WOW winners for the year and meet Jacqueline and get some one on one mentoring. Fingers crossed it will be me!!

Eco Wedding Photo Shoot

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Twitter is an amazing resource to meet suppliers.  It was here I 'met' Karen Robb of Karen Dornellie.  Karen makes and sells wedding separates that all started with her specialising in wedding veils.  Her pieces are shown brilliantly in this eco inspired wedding shoot that was organised by Chris Cowley of Isle of Wight Photographer and Mark of Serendipity Diamonds. Karen does stock pre-loved wedding dresses in her studio to ensure brides have a choice to not only save money, but to give a dress some new love on another wedding day. She also offers a service to modify and change a dress to give a personal touch.

What I love about this shoot is that it was organised to be totally about being Eco Friendly when organising your Wedding. Something that Paperless Wedding LOVES!! 

In this wedding shoot Karen wanted to show that brides don’t have to go out and buy a new dress. Something beautiful can be made from a charity shop find or an old fabric with some good dressmaking skills (a great local dressmaker is recommended). We have covered upcycling your Mother/Grandmother's old wedding dress on our blog before. You might be that bride who would love the idea of using an heirloom. So over to Karen.....

Ethical wedding by Chris Cowley - bride with purple themes Ethical wedding by Chris Cowley - Bride

We had a great day, with some fantastic suppliers all offering eco-friendly services. All Makeup used by Tina Williams  in the shoot were 100% organic and vegan, and similarly all hair products (thanks to Charlotte of Scotts Hair Salon​)  were also organic. The dresses the brides are wearing were donated by the make up artist, bought from a charity shop and one was made from a voile curtain!!! ​


Ethical wedding by Chris Cowley - Jewellery

The diamond jewellery provided by Mark Johnson of Serendipity Diamonds​ was ethically sourced and conflict free.

 

The location we used as a base for the wedding shoot, was a Ventnor Botanic Gardens​ where we sourced much of the fresh flowers that we used. 

 

We were very careful to use flowers from plants which actually thrive from being cut or can be dried after. The florist also used a growing plant which was then replanted after too!  Other bouquets were made in silk to allow for use again or to be kept forever. One bouquet was made using buttons made from recycled food stuffs. So a definite eco friendly way to go!  The food shown was grown at the garden so no need for transportation and safe in the knowledge that it was all organically grown.

The tables were decorated using old garden magazines cut up and stuck together for unique and disposal covers. A possible and good way to reuse your bridal mags maybe? Floral displays were held in old bottles from the restaurant of the Botanic Gardens. Candles in wine bottles may seem old fashioned but using great looking bottles can be very effective. And emptying the bottles first, very enjoyable! We created wedding favours from seed packs with floral name cards stuck on!

All in all a beautiful and totally eco friendly wedding can be achieved with a bit of imagination, time and skill.

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A BIG thanks to Karen for sharing this great Eco Friendly Wedding shoot with me.  It goes to show how much can actually be 'green'! Do share below any tips you have for a Green Wedding. 

All Photography by Chris Cowley

Photography in focus - Gavin Forster

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yay it is that time in the month where I get to share another photographers tips and thoughts on weddings.  I met this photographer via Twitter's #Weddinghour  and checked out his work.  I chose to showcase his work as he offers an Eco Friendly wedding album, which is something I have not come across before. So here is Gavin Forster Photography, read on to find out more via our Twitter styled short answers!

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day?
Do: remember who the day is for - don't get bogged down in traditions and other people's expectations, do what you pair want to do.
Don't: cram too much into the day - leave time to sneak away as a couple and share the moment together otherwise you will get to the end of the night and realise you have spent your big day with everyone else rather than with each other.

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?
Look around and meet a few photographers before you make a decision. Then make sure you like the one you chose as a person as well as their photography style! You have to put up with them all day ;-) 

Your top tip for Styling your day?
Make it about you pair - only incorporate the Pinterest things that you love, not just because it is what everyone else is doing.

How can a photographer be Eco Friendly?
Loads of ways: energy saving shared office space, reducing and recycling waste, reuse of packaging, electronic 'paperwork', all local or UK sourced products, rechargeable batteries, etc, etc

What are your Eco friendly top tips for Green Wedding?
Borrow, reuse and upcycle where ever possible, and get all the friends and family making things - it helps make things more personal too.

Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"? 
Although this would be a fun shoot to do it is a very personal thing. Ladies spend a lot of time and effort choosing their 'dream dress' so I can see why some would hate the thought of destroying it. Why not consider upcycling it into some that can be worn again - far more eco friendly!

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one?
An hour of time spent on an engagement shoot can be so worthwhile for both parties - the couple get a 'practice run' before the big day photos so feel more relaxed on the wedding day, and I get to learn about how the couple react in front of the camera and the kind of images they prefer, meaning I get more personal photographs come the wedding.

What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?
The amount of people out there who don't like their picture taken! This just proves why it's important to choose the right photographer so you can be as relaxed as possible on the wedding day. 

How you describe your style of photography?
That's easy - Natural, Personal, Simple. Nothing too formal and definitely no pressure!

What can a couple do for you on the big day?
Laugh at my bad jokes because I'm telling them for a reason!

Indoor or outdoor wedding?
Outdoor because of the fantastic natural light but all of my weddings I encourage couples to sneak away with me for a walk so I get everyone outside at some point.

Bride and Groom beside a lake by Gavin Forester

Themed or none theme?

It doesn't matter as long as it means something to the couple - it has to be personal rather than a trend!

Local or Destination?

Both! I love local because there are so many stunning places that are fantastic photo backdrops but who could resist an amazing destination elsewhere.

Big or small?

I've done them all from 200+ down to 2! Personally though I prefer the more intimate ones as I get to capture the emotional interactions of the couple and their nearest and dearest.

Gavin goes that extra mile when it comes to being an Eco Friendly wedding supplier. He offers Eco Friendly wedding albums that are all handmade. Gavin could choose cheaper options, but it is something he is passionate about.  So what makes an album Eco Friendly I hear you say? Well here are just a few things about the suppliers he uses that tick those eco boxes!

Cover board – FSC certified 100% recycled material
Paper – Art White from sustainable sources
Paper – Art Cotton PEFC certified from sustainable sources
Leather – sourced from suppliers committed to sustainability and the ethical treatment of animals
End sheets – 100% from sustainable sources
End boards – 90% recycled, 10% from sustainable sources

Leather bound books - Sourced from Scottish tanneries that are committed to operating in an ecological and sustainable way

Gavin's suppliers are with 100 miles of where he is based and use DPD Carbon neutral deliver service.

To find out more please contact Gavin below.

Website: Gavin Forster Photography
Phone: 07794351930
Email: gavin@gavinforsterphotography.co.uk

2 clicks to RSVP!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Your wedding guests are super important to us. We want them to have a great experience using Paperless Wedding too. If they can use our site easily, then it means you will get great feedback and hopefully it will also encourage them to give you a prompt reply.


We have made some changes to enhance this experience and I want to share with you what your wedding guest will now see. With just 2 clicks (and a bit for form filling) they can reply straight from their wedding invitation. No excuses anymore! 

When do you send your Wedding Invitations?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

When do I send out my Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates? This is a question I get asked a lot and so here is a little infographic that could really help you!

Paperless Wedding invitations and wedding websites

Are you 100% digital wedding and sending via Paperless Wedding invitations? Follow the right hand-side. 

Are you having paper wedding invitations designed by a talented wedding stationer and using Paperless Wedding Website? Then follow the left hand-side. 

Winter wedding guests should be getting their invitations now and next Summer wedding's Save the Dates could be going out now!

We hope this makes things easier for you as you plan!

Happy creating.
x

Woman in Business - Networking

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Doing this kind of job is very isolating as everything happens online and I don't get much interaction face to face. Well I came up with a cunning plan, get out and meet people that work in the industry and share my experiences with them! 

Over the last few months I have set this plan in motion and had some great meetings and also coffees with people to collaborate thoughts. First off I had a great hour with Leah Van Zyl who runs a business networking group, she is also part of the BNI, runs a busy and successful photography business as well as being a wife and mum. A woman after my own heart.

Her business Leah Van Zyl Photography offers FREE, yes free, engagement shoots. I offer FREE, yes free, save the dates. Can you see where I am going here? We think that there is a beautiful partnership in here and can't wait to share more details about this with you in a future blog post, once we have had time to set it all up!  Summer is very busy for photographers and a mum with children to look after. 


Selfie (or groupie!) taken by Lex Fleming

Then on to the London Wedding Breakfast Club, where I met with a large group of wedding professionals over a rather tasty brunch and we talked social media, blogs and PR! It was so much fun and I have made some great contacts. My Photography Focus blog is going to be awesome!! I also spoke with venues, stationers and wedding planners. Big thanks to Lex for making them happen. 

It is great to share and also spread the word about Paperless Wedding. What was also brilliant was how many people actually knew my company, "Ooo Paperless Wedding, I remember your tree logo!' Or 'I have had an invite from you' is just music to my ears. I know what we offer is unique and not many people have had a digital wedding invitation. Email wedding invitations offer quick delivery and easy RSVP. Everyone also said how cheap they thought we were too, but don't worry I am not going to put up my prices any time soon!!

Finally I met two sisters at a wedding show. They run I'm the Planner, which I have blogged about before (see here!). Meeting with Mel over dinner and a glass of wine was also brilliant. We have been on hand to offer support, advice and more importantly encouragement to each other.  It goes to show that even though you work alone you don't have to be alone. 

So it is funny that now when I have a question, I feel I have a group of people that I can go to. It is not so lonely anymore, so a big thank you to all the people I have met and I look forward to meeting up again in the future!

Real Wedding - Karen and Rob

Friday, August 26, 2016

Paperless Wedding couple Rob and Karen

This months real wedding was the marriage of a stunning red headed Aussie chick to a tall dark handsome English man. I am proud to say they are friends, but sad to say I missed the wedding.  Luckily though I did get to see the fantastic photos, which I am going to share some with you. 

Karen and Rob got hitched in a farmers field in Dorset this time last year (Happy Wedding Anniversary!). It was over a year in the planning, as logistics for organising EVERYTHING from loos to marquess and hay bales to bouncy castles.  Yes you read that correctly. This couple chose to have a bouncy castle which everybody loved!

Photography in Focus - Kat Forsyth

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer is here!!! The photographers are in peak season and have back to back weddings and a mountain of editing to do. So a big THANK YOU to Kat for squeezing me in and answering in my requested twitter length replies to my questions. 

Kat Forsyth is from South Africa but now calls North London home. Her weddings can be anywhere which suits her love of traveling.  Like me she is a huge musical fan and would love to photograph a wedding in a cinema or theater. If you are planning one, maybe she is the lady you are looking for!!

Right over to her now for a zip through her top tips which could just help you plan your big day. 

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day?

DON’T worry about your dress getting dirty underneath – no one will even see it, and it’s a stress you don’t need! Concentrate on having fun, rather!

DO try to enjoy the ceremony – I know couples get nervous about it, but it’s the bit where you’re actually marrying the wonderful person next to you – savour and love every moment!

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?

Are the photos on their website what you want your wedding photos to look like? Most photographers have a distinct style – find one you absolutely love!

Kat Forsyth wedding photography

Your top tip for Styling your day?

Try and incorporate the things you love, that make you who you are as a couple – whether it’s movie table names, dinosaur centre pieces, or Harry Potter programs!

Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"? 

No “should” or “shouldn’t” – it’s totally up to you! However, I’m completely up for it if you want to get in the ocean or throw paint over your dress!

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one?

So many! Getting to know your photographer, getting comfortable in front of the lens, doing a shoot in a location you love if your wedding venue is very different. I’ve actually written an article on this so read it here!

What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?

Just how many different styles there are, from lighting, to posing, to editing – there are lots of us, so you’ll definitely be able to find the perfect fit for you!

How you describe your style of photography?

Fun, happy and natural, with lots of colour!

Colour photo bomb by Kat Forsyth

What can a couple do for you on the big day?

Schedule your couple photos in the hour or so before sunset, if you can – the light is sooo much prettier for photos then!

Indoor or outdoor wedding?

I love both, but if it’s outdoors, think carefully about where the sun is going to be shining. You don’t want your guests squinting into the sun the whole time. You also don’t want one of you to be in shade and one in bright sun, because that’s incredibly hard to get a good photo of!

Themed or none theme?

I LOVE a good theme! I’m a big geek at heart, and I love something new or different at my weddings. But it doesn’t have to be super-OTT like a child’s costume party – there are tons of ways to keep it stylish, too!

Kat Forsyth wedding icecreams

Local or Destination?

Again, I love both. I’m London-based, so I love a good London wedding where it’s on my turf, so to speak, and it’s quick and easy to get home. But who doesn’t like going to new and different locations? Different countries, scenery, light – yes please!

Big or small?

I’m all for inviting your favourite people. If you have 30 favourite people, do that; if you have 300 favourite people, do that!

Eco wedding ideas?

Re-use things like tins and jars in your decor. Use paperless invitations or ones made from recycled paper. Buy local flowers if you can!

Big thanks to Kat.  She has a great website that is full of inspiring pictures and blogs full of advice. So do click on here logo below and grab a brew and have a good read!

Kat Forsyth logo

Eco Tip - Lucky Sixpence

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I love sharing eco wedding tips with you and boy do I have a great one for you this month. You might not look at a dress in the same way again.

Anna of Lucky Sixpence shares some great advice on how to make your wedding just that bit more Eco Friendly. Her company can take an 'old' dress and bring it to life again. It is magical so you have to read on to find out more.....


Photo: Tom Lakeman 

Photography in Focus - Frances Carlisle

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On a very sunny Thursday last month I set out into central London, to meet a group of wedding professionals over a spot of brunch.  This is the first time I have done some networking with wedding industry people and I have really missed talking to people about what I do. Running this business is great fun, but I do miss the social element that working in an office or with other people brings. 

I was lucky enough to sit next to the very talented and lovely Frances of Frances Carlisle Photography. I may have bombarded her with chatter (I don't get to speak to grown-ups that often!) but she did manage to get a word in and tell me about her business and agree to sharing some tips on my Photography Focus blog. (Just for the record the pancakes with maple syrup and bacon were very yummy too!)


All photographers at this time of year are super busy so I asked for all answers to be 'Twitter Stylee' which has resulted in some great punchy memorable tips for you!

Honeypot Gift Registry first of its kind in New Zealand

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I am so excited to introduce you to Honeypot gift registry.  It is based in New Zealand and is the first of its kind offering a fab solution to both to you, the soon to be hitched couple, and to your guests. We are also thrilled to offer a special off code on our site to give you money off their site. I know, how awesome is that!! More details at the end of the post.  So over to Verity who is one third of this Kiwi team to tell us more about Honeypot.

Eco Tips - I'm the Planner helps you go paperless!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In April I set out to the Excel (in London) to go to a wedding show. I met lots of fanstastic wedding suppliers but only a few struck a cord with me as possible collaborators, designers or Eco wedding suppliers. When I met Melanie and Cheryl on their stand I was instantly intrigued by their offering.  You don't often get offered something for FREE.  Yup totally free for you, the wedding couple. Not only is it Free, have I mentioned that all ready?!, but it is PAPERLESS!!

Planning your wedding means a lot of lists. Through I'm the Planner these can be Paperless. So read on as Melanie explains more....

What is I'm the Planner?

I’m the Planner is a website that helps you the wedding couple, plan your wedding from start to finish. It is free for couples to use (as Emma has said! ;-)) , and once signed up, you can organise your To-Do Lists and Manage your Budget too, as well as find good quality suppliers. All of our suppliers must submit testimonials prior to listing too, to help build a picture of trust before you and our suppliers.

Where did the name come from?

I’ve spent the last decade working in the Events Industry and worked as a Wedding Planner too. I found that a big reason that people don’t want to go with Wedding Planners was because they have a pre-conception that they were too expensive, and also told me “No, I’m the planner” but then they didn’t know where to start planning their wedding.

After I got married, I thought that there should be a tool to help couples plan their day and don’t know where to start. This website will point you in the right direction.

Who are the faces behind the name?

I’m The Planner is a family-run business run by me, Mel Uttley. My background is in events and am really customer service focused with the business. I build up relationships with my suppliers and love to hear stories of couples getting married so am always available to help them find something unique. I am based in Surrey but have strong family links to Essex and the West Midlands too, which are my 2nd homes. I love exploring new things and spotting a bargain too!

What makes you ecofriendly?

I’m The Planner loves local produce and suppliers who manufacture in the UK. We’ve got some fantastic suppliers from bridal designers through to Guest Books that design and make in the UK. We want our couples to be able to find local suppliers where possible to save on carbon footprint.

Our website can also be accessed from anywhere in the country too and is all online, saving reems of paper lists!!

What are your top tips to couples planning their day?

Probably one that is overlooked is to buy insurance. I know it is a boring subject and hopefully will be the biggest waste of money for your wedding day, but will save a lot of stress and money should the worst happen with one of your suppliers.

What is your selling point to suppliers?

We are a family run business just like a lot of suppliers. My background is mainly from working in venues and so I want to be different to big corporate companies supplying just a directory listing. I really want to build relationships with them and help them grow their business.

What are you selling points to Couples?

Signing up is free and really simple and can be used whatever stage of your planning. We are improving the website all of the time and am so excited about what we’ve got planned over the next few months.

A big thank you to Melanie in sharing more about I'm the Planner.  Do go on and check it out!!

I am getting a Sister-in-law!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Let me set the scene for you.  It was Christmas eve, late, very late!  Just considering to head to bed before Santa arrived and I get a message from my brother to see if I was free to Facetime. (He works in professional Panto, so it is not unusual for him to call that late.) What a phone call it was!

They opened their stockings early and at the bottom of Charlotte's stocking was the most amazing 1920's inspired (Hatton Garden bought!) engagement ring. Very proud of my brothers choice, in future wife and ring, and the romantic gesture. So next year we have a family wedding to look forward to. My 3 year old daughter has been asked to be flower girl....to which she replied 'No!'. Things may change! I have been given the honour to help get their Save the Date and Invitations designed and delivered.

Paperless Wedding Features

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Thanks to Weddinghour on Twitter I discovered these lovely blogs!

 

I LOVE "#Weddinghour" on Twitter as I meet so many cool people.  It is a great to place to learn about new businesses, share ideas and collaborate. Well, back in Feburary I 'met' Holly and she has recently featured me on her blog.  I love her style of writing as it is so personal and you really get a sense of what she loves about weddings. Below is a snippet and you can read more here.

We also appeared on Whimiscal Wonderland Weddings supplier round up.  We featured alongside some fab photographers and stationery people. She also mentioned that we have a new theme coming out soon!

 

Pinterest - Social Media Tips

Wednesday, June 8, 2016



Ever since I joined Pinterest it has me hooked both professionally and personally.  I am a visual person and this way of collecting cool images and pinning them on a virtual pin board makes me very excited indeed. I also love the way it takes you through to the 'how to' blogs to help create that perfect wedding accessory or doing a hairstyle.  

Apparently I am the "typical" user of this social phenomenon. Ladies between 25-34 (OK a tad outside the mark as my husband has just pointed out!), are listed as being the highest users of the site.


In my blog post today I want to show you the many ways it is useful and what my most liked/repinned Pins are.

What does it mean to Paperless Wedding?  

I am using it to gather images for my blog posts and research different companies.  I am also using it to promote our Paperless Wedding page by pinning images of invites and the wedding websites. I have created a board to go with each of themes to help couples see what other ideas can be combined with their wedding invitation design.  I love doing this and I have even got my sister hooked and she is a regular pinner on my boards. 

The time spent is worth it and consequently we are having lots of new visitors to our site.  It is also helping me to connect with beautiful stationery designers who might want to turn their wedding stationery into a digital copy!

 

My top boards that people like are my Wedding Ideas, Eco Wedding, Wedding Photography. These have the most likes and repins.

My top pins to date are these three:

 

Rock n Roll Bride - Tweed Wedding Dress
Knots and Kisses Blog - Coloured Candyfloss

 

This pin is taken from a Celebrant called Jacqui Clarke who is in Australia and who has also appeared on our blog before!

So what does it mean to me personally?  

We bought our first house together just as Pinterest went live. We have a board for each room and I am collecting images of my dream furniture and accessories. It is so easy to use and I can search for what I am looking for within Pintrest, as well as pin from websites. Once it is pinned other people can "repin" on their boards and also comment on your pin. This has been handy as I share ideas with my dad, who is rather clever when it comes to building and decorating things.

I also love the fact that each pin links straight back to the website where the original image is kept. This then allows me to order it......if my husband lets me get hold of the credit card!

What does it mean to you?  

You don't have to just use Pinterest for your wedding.  As I have shown I use it for all manner of things. First step is you can create a board, name it and then away you go.  Ideas for boards are one for dresses, decorations, hairstyles, cakes, then slowly the list can go on and on. They even have a topic called “wedding and events” so you can peruse a visual concoction of all things weddings there. Jump onto our boards and repin and like our posts.

I wish you lots of fun if you are beginning your Pinterest journey and if you an old hat, do share your favourite pins in the comments below.

Theme of the Month - Botanical

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Our theme of the month features the Hydrangea and is called our 'Botanical' theme. This design was created by the talented team at Cocoa Berry in New Zealand.  It was inspired by a client that wanted a certain design so I contacted Cocoa Berry and they created both the digital version and matching paper options. 

Save the Dates for Summer weddings should have gone out earlier this year.  I do love this design and it is quite different from other things on the site. The green and blue work so well together. 

It is time to start thinking about sending out your invitations now for those late summer and autumn Weddings. All these invitations are tracked on our site and you can see who has received, opened and logged into the site to view the details. 

As with all out themes you can check out our Pinterest boards for ideas on how to accessorise your day. Great ideas for floral arrangements, cake design and hairstyles!

Should you want matching paper then Cocoa Berry will then offer all the extras that you might want for your big day.  For this Botanical Design they have everything from Order of Service to Menu designs to table planner and place names. They can also provide you with paper invites for your friends and family that might not have access to a computer.  You will just have to cover the shipping I am afraid.....sorry!!

http://www.cocoaberry.co.nz/designs/off-the-rack/botanical/invitation

Real Wedding - Dan and Sharon

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sharon and Dan are our latest Paperless Wedding couple  They chose the 'Classic' design by our very own designers at Skyblue Creations. They sent out their invitations digitally and their guests could read more on their website about the venue and see photos in their gallery. 

The couple got married at the end of April in the White Dove Barns in Suffolk, surrounded by family and friends. They were photographed by their rather talented friend Mark Crame.

Dan and Sharon's wedding was themed around their love of the countryside. The cock pheasant tail feathers that feature in Sharon's unique bouquet, came from their shooting season and Dan's button hole is even an empty shell case decorated with some plumage.

Sharon taught herself how to make her own paper flowers, which I think you will agree look beautiful and a great little keepsake of the day. She also created, with the help of her mum, 5 round table displays and a couple of end displays on the main table.  A lot of time and effort went into this indeed and also a lovely thing to do with your mum too. 

Through Dan's feedback, he helped improve our RSVP system.  You can now edit your guests replies, so if they contact you directly and don't RSVP through the website, you can now update the system to keep track of the numbers. Thanks to Dan and Sharon for their patience and support while we did this. Without couples like Dan and Sharon giving valuable feedback, we would not be able to develop and evolve our site to make sure it is the best it can be!

Best wishes to Sharon and Dan for a long and happy life together! x

F is for Fireworks

Friday, May 6, 2016

Do you want your wedding to go off with a bang?  Well adding Fireworks can certainly help.  We have been to a couple of weddings where there have been fireworks and I certainly think it does add something magical the evening.  One of my favourite memories was one wedding where the groom surprised his new wife with their own display.  We stood outside with mulled wine and it was brilliant!

There are some important things to consider when planning fireworks and Stuart Green of 'Firework Crazy' has given us a few pointers to consider. 

Which venues suit fireworks?
Not all venues can have fireworks. Ideally a venues that offer plenty of outdoor space for holding a safe display. Typically this means country hotels and estates and other venues such as cricket, football, and rugby clubs.  Make sure you check with the venue BEFORE arranging and paying for any fireworks!

What accreditation do I need to look for? 

You should check that whoever is doing the display is a BPA Firer or Senior Firer. Ask them for their experience in holding firework displays. If you are booking a fireworks display through a venue then ensure you're getting someone qualified and not just a random staff member taking care of your display! 

What is your favourite firework?
King Rockets. An incredible firework that gets even better if you set some off together. You can see our video below.


When is the best time to do a display during a wedding? 
When it is dark, ideally, but our customers will often ask for their display to be held earlier, especially in the summer and if there are children attending the wedding. Fireworks displays at dusk are often just as good. Some couples prefer fireworks when they're leaving the church or arriving at a reception venue, too.

What indoor options are there? 

From a fireworks perspective it's only really sparklers, although we do a great range of sparklers with tags so our customers can have personalised messages, such as their names and the date of their wedding, on their fireworks. We have done weddings before where other companies have been there with exploding balloons and small indoor pyro displays.

At Paperless Wedding we like to always look for an eco option.  Any suggestions?
Yes, although we don't currently have any 'eco fireworks,' we can advise on using fireworks like Catherine Wheels, which have a very low environmental impact, while fireworks that fire red, white, and blue colours don't contain as much barium as other colours, therefore are less environmentally harmful.

Thank you to Stuart for sharing his thoughts and tips.  You can find out more about Firework Crazy here:

https://www.facebook.com/fireworkcrazy/ 
https://twitter.com/fireworkcrazy
https://vimeo.com/fireworkcrazy 
https://www.youtube.com/user/
fireworkcrazy

Real Wedding - Alison and Simon

Friday, April 22, 2016

 

A big congratulations to Alison and Simon who married in Feburay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  The big day took place in Champagne Events venue and was organised by the lovely Mandy.

The photographer on the day was Cherie Theron who was brilliant and also a big thank you goes to Alison's makeup artist Theano Zenios Dolman.

Alison said, "Paperless wedding was fab for us as our guests were mostly abroad, making the process so much simpler." This is so great to hear. We are great for destination wedding and couples with guests that are scattered far and wide.  Alison and Simon where able to easily share their wedding menu in advance and gather all the RSVPs and food orders in one place. 

Wishing them both a wonderful life together!

Save the Date Tracking details

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Has my guest received our Save the Date? Learn what the ticks and crosses mean below.

What does the 'paper airplane' icon stand for?
This is to indicate if your guest has received the Save the Date. Tick means yes, cross means no. The cross icon is explained below.

What does the 'envelope' icon Stand for?
IMPORTANT if they have a tick against this, then they must have received the invitation and clicked on it to open the Save the Date. If there is no tick then their Save the Date might be in their Junk/spam folder and they have not actually seen it. Send them a private email or call to prompt them to check.

What does a cross mean?
If there is a cross against any line it means they have not received, opened or RSVP'd.  If it has not been received hover the cursor over the cross to see the reason.  If there is a cross against delivered it means that the email provider your guest is using has not acknowledge it has been opened, however it MIGHT have been opened. This is not always 100% accurate due to the multiple email clients out there. 

What does Hard Bounce mean if its not been delivered?
The email address you supplied for your guest is incorrect and the email can not be delivered. Delete this guest from your guest list and re-enter their details with a new address. If it is a 'soft' bounce then the server will keep trying to deliver to the address as the mailbox might be full or their server too busy. If it was rejected it could be due to firewalls (if sending to work accounts) or the email address is wrong. 

How often are these tracking details updated?
All responses are updated immediately on the website.

Who has access to this view?
Only you can view you who has received your Save the Dates. 

If a Save the Date is not delivered…
If the email was rejected, or marked as spam etc, then the email is marked as not delivered with a tooltip explaining why it was rejected. You will have to delete the guest from the guest list and re-invite with the correct email address. 

Save the Date Tracking details

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Has my guest received our Save the Date? Learn what the ticks and crosses mean below.

What does the 'paper airplane' icon stand for?
This is to indicate if your guest has received the Save the Date. Tick means yes, cross means no. The cross icon is explained below.

What does the 'envelope' icon Stand for?
IMPORTANT if they have a tick against this, then they must have received the invitation and clicked on it to open the Save the Date. If there is no tick then their Save the Date might be in their Junk/spam folder and they have not actually seen it. Send them a private email or call to prompt them to check.

What does a cross mean?
If there is a cross against any line it means they have not received, opened or RSVP'd.  If it has not been received hover the cursor over the cross to see the reason.  If there is a cross against delivered it means that the email provider your guest is using has not acknowledge it has been opened, however it MIGHT have been opened. This is not always 100% accurate due to the multiple email clients out there. 

What does Hard Bounce mean if its not been delivered?
The email address you supplied for your guest is incorrect and the email can not be delivered. Delete this guest from your guest list and re-enter their details with a new address. If it is a 'soft' bounce then the server will keep trying to deliver to the address as the mailbox might be full or their server too busy. If it was rejected it could be due to firewalls (if sending to work accounts) or the email address is wrong. 

How often are these tracking details updated?
All responses are updated immediately on the website.

Who has access to this view?
Only you can view you who has received your Save the Dates. 

If a Save the Date is not delivered…
If the email was rejected, or marked as spam etc, then the email is marked as not delivered with a tooltip explaining why it was rejected. You will have to delete the guest from the guest list and re-invite with the correct email address. 

Whimsical Wonderland

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Our latest listing on a very cool blog!

We are, just as the above says, featured on Whimisical Wonderland Weddings.  I love the design and content on this quirky and fun website. It has beautiful read weddings and some great planning tips.  I hope to work more with Lou over the coming year!

Woman in Business - Juggling

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter weekend is here and boy do I need a little R&R!!  I thought I would write a short personal post about life at Paperless Wedding HQ.

I have had a very busy month where the focus of my time has been on releasing the responsive side of Paperless Wedding.  I am really pleased with how it has gone. It is a big juggling act being a mum and a business lady, especially when you work from home.

I see ads on Facebook of people offering mums a job they can do from home by just  doing a ‘few hours’ a day.  They show a photo of a well presented mum, a clean baby and a tidy desk with loads of grabable objects in front of them.


Photo from: http://www.thebump.com

These photos really make me laugh as they are soooo far from reality.  I have a 11month old trying to grab the mouse or hit the keyboard and if on the floor he is licking the base of the wheelie chair….The toddler meanwhile wants the loo or is sticking sticky fingers on everything as she tries to ‘help’.  Reality is you have to wait till the kids are in bed or in front of the TV.

The result is you end up having no time to yourself.  I hear of all these business ladies who made it while juggling several kids.  The Dragons Den Entrepreneur, Sarah Wallingham has 4 kids (under nine!) and the lady behind Ann Summers, Jacqueline Gold also manages to juggle life and kids.  I have read about them talking of the hard graft at the beginning and it does pay off down the road. Please let this be me!!

This post is not to complain about how hard life is.  I consider myself very lucky (most of the time), I can stay at home with my children and keep my brain and business sense ticking over.

I had feedback from a client recently saying he could tell I really cared.  I do and I respond to everyone as quick as I can.  I know how important it is when you don’t meet a client face to face. You need reassurance when you send an email, that there is actually someone out there that cares and will get back to your promptly.  I mostly receive emails from people who are having issues with the site, be it a bug or not being able to figure out what to actually do. This means they are not happy…..which means sometimes I doubt myself and the site are actually any good.  In flies Mr T, who then points out all the other numerous couples we never hear from at all, who just sign up and are happy!

Keeping focused, keeping a balanced point of view and know your limitations. These are my top 3 advice tips for people running their own business.  At the moment I'm now focusing on advertising and spreading the word.  I need to keep up to date with emails and make sure that I give the help and advice that is needed. I also am accepting that while I have two, under 3.5yrs, I can only do so much.  Once the oldest is in School I can really get stuck in again……so watch this space!

Real Wedding - Fiona Gordon

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

We have another beautiful Real Wedding to share with you.  In January the stunning Fiona, married a kilt donned Ash in The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow. They were surround by family and friends as they exchanged vows.  The moments were caught beautifully on camera by Louise of No Middle Name.

Once the deal was done (and a tear or two shed) they headed off to The Tall Ship at Riverside.

Fiona sent me some great feedback about Paperless Wedding.

"We used the invitations and website option and several of our guests commented on how brilliant the whole system was. It meant that we could message everyone closer to the day as well, and we gave up to date information about the coach travel from the ceremony to the reception for example.

I would say it was our best wedding purchase!"

This was music to my ears as it is exactly what we hoped Paperless Wedding would be for our clients and their guests.

Fiona and Ash would like to thank all these lovely people who helped make their day extra special.

Make-up was Brienne @ Death by Lipsticks.
Hair was Casci Ritchie.
Flowers were Moody Cow Florist in Carluke.


Cake was by the Tea Jenny.

A big thank you to Fiona for sharing her wedding with us and for the great feedback.  We wish you and Ash a lifetime of happiness.

xx

Finalist in Guides for Brides Awards!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Yesterday Mr T and I travelled to Mayfair, London, to attend the Guides for Brides Customer Service awards.  Thanks to some lovely clients, we were nominated last year.  Over the last few months people have left some great reviews that meant we were shortlisted. 

So dressed in my LBD (with snot on the hem thanks to a final goodbye from my little boy!!), and my husband all tuxed up, we spent the evening at 4 Hamilton Place mingling with the other shortlisted companies.  There were 17 categories and we were in the "finishing touches" section in account for our website element of our site.  In retrospect we should have gone in the stationery section, as being compared to balloon and chair cover companies seemed a bit wrong!

So with anticipation on our faces and a glass of fizz in our hands we headed through for the awards and.....

We succeeded to the finalist stage but did not make it to the winners.  It was still great to get a certificate! Below are all the other finalists in all the other categories on stage. (Someone put their certificate in front of me face!)

As I don't get to meet any of you, getting reviews can be hard.  Usually when I come into contact with people there is usually a problem that I need to help with. I believe that customer service is so important and it can change what might be a bad experience into something good. It is great to get feedback, as I can learn how to make things better on the site. My small company can't compete with the millions of dollars that my American competitors have, but I can compete on the personal interactions I can offer and ensure all my couples get the best experience.

Thank you again for your continued to support and maybe next year I can be a winner!

Finalist - Guide for Brides Awards

Friday, March 11, 2016
We made it to be a finalist. Maybe we can win next year!

We made it to the finalist round of the Guide for Brides customer service awards!

Responsive site

Thursday, March 10, 2016

We have had a VERY busy few days. I love improving our site but with improvements comes a lot of hard work.  No pain, no gain they say! Well making our site responsive has been a big task. Wait, what is responsive, I hear you say. Let me explain!

The old Paperless Wedding site was displayed 'OK" on iPads and mobiles, but there was a lot of zooming in and out.  The menus were not ease to click through. Now with our responsive site, when you view on a phone it is much easier to use, with bespoke menus and views.

During this process I have discovered how hard it is to test our site on so many different devices, and I am forever surprised how different it looks.  Here are just some of the combos we tested:

Mobiles - Android/iPhone
Tablets - iPads/Android
Desktop - PC/Mac

Then you have all the different browsers such as Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer etc.  These all need testing on all the devices too.

We need to look at each package - Save the Date, Website Only and Full Package. We make sure you can login, signup, pay, choose themes, create invites and send.

 

We also need to be a guest and login and RSVP, upload photos and comments.  So as you can see there are a LOT of variables, so occasionally when one bug (ie a button won't click) does get passed us you will see why.

Some of the big benefits to these changes will be felt by the guests at your wedding. They will be able to navigate the site more easily, login, RSVP and find the details on timings and locations of all your wedding events. It means on the big day they can look it up easily as they travel there and during the day it will be easier to upload photos or write comments in the guestbook.

I just wanted to give you a glimpse into the workings of Paperless Wedding and what goes into creating this product.  It is thanks to the team at SkyBlue Creations Danny, Adam and Jane, that this all gets done. Then there is me, making sure it all works as expected and letting all our lovely users know about the great things we have done.

We hope you like it and that your get good feedback from your guests.

Happy planning, creating and sending!
 

Happy Mothers Day

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Happy Mothers Day!!

Today we celebrate about how great our mums are and to be very thankful. I thought I would look at the role a few mums have played or could play on their daughter's big day. 

Where would we be without our mums?!....("not here," says my husband. Haha very funny!).

Some take the honour, as above, of walking their little girl down the aisle.

I have been to several weddings now where both parents walk their daughter down the aisle and I think it is a lovely way to include your mother in your big day.  However, it is not always that practical when a church is involved, as there is just not enough room!

I was very lucky that my mum made our wedding cake for our big day and it was AMAZING! (Thanks again mum! xx).  You could also have your mum do a reading on your special day or even do a speech. There are so many ways they can get involved. Also don't forget about your Mother-In-Law to be!  I took mine to my final dress fitting with me, which she loved. 

I love the idea of this photo, recreating a scene your parents did on their wedding. It would be a great mothers day gift if you had managed to do it without her knowing!

Don't forget once the papers are signed and the food is eaten, that your new mother-in-law has a dance with her son! 

Have a wonderful day if you are a mum and if you are a daughter, make sure you spoil her rotten!

xx

Photos: All credits can be found on my Pinterest Board.

Theme of the Month - Beach Hut

Friday, March 4, 2016

The summer will be with us before you know it.  The Daffodils are out in force now and colour is popping up everywhere.  If you are getting married this year you must be getting excited!  If you have not decided on your theme yet do see our Beach Hut theme. We asked our designer for a beach theme with a difference, and I love this shot that he found of a quirky beach hut. Teamed with a vintage frame and blue skies it really is a great summer beach themed design

In the UK your can't get legally married on the beach. However that does not have to stop you having a beach themed wedding. I could totally see this theme for a Southwold couple who spend their weekends on the beach surrounded by lovely colourful beach huts.

Look on my Paperless Wedding Pinterest boards you can see lots of ideas for a beach themed weddings.  Here are a few that I liked and could be teamed with part of your beach theme.

 

I love the idea of an ice-cream cone cake.  Very original and I also love this sand castle cake. 

I also discovered this great location in Devon called Tunnels Beaches.  The Private beach has the most amazing wedding venue.  Do check it out!

Don't forget you can have you photos taken down on the beach too. Allow yourself some time with your new partner away from your guests, and maybe while you do get some fab photos. A bit like the one below taken by Mia Photography.

 

Real Wedding - Ruth and Guillaume

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On a beautiful sunny day in Chablis, France, Ruth married Guillaume surrounded by family and friends. Ruth hails from Doncaster, UK but has lived with Guillaume in France for many years. This meant guests travelled from all over to attend this stunning wedding.

They used Paperless Wedding as a way of communicating all the information to guests travelling over to France for the wedding. The website had all the accommodation details, information on what to do in the region and travel details.  Ruth translated the site, so put the English first and the French in italics in each section so that all guests could understand it. 

 

They had their reception at Hostellerie des Clos and dined on the fine food and wine until the early hours. The cake was a “pièce montée”, which is traditional in France. They just loved the macaroon “cake” too, which made a change from the cupcake ones they had seen. 

They had a brilliant table plan that Ruth created herself. She scanned black and white photos of her parents, Guilliaume’s parents, and all their respective grandparents, and used them to decorate the table plan. She just used their first names and wedding dates. It created a real talking point amongst the guests as they were getting ready to sit down for dinner. 

They also had an entertainer/childcare person. She hired him from their local 'after school club'. He oversaw all the children’s entertainment (with a bit of help from Ruth’s kid’s fun boxes) and did face painting, balloon sculptures, etc. They also hired three babysitters for the youngest ones, and they organised to have a quiet room with travel cots set up at the other end of the hotel where the babies could sleep. The babysitters took it in turns to listen out for any crying!

For those family members and friends who could not make it over, Ruth got to wear her dress all over again for a blessing held in her parents beautiful garden.   I am all for wearing your dress twice!!

Many congratulations to both of them and thank you for using Paperless Wedding!!

CREDITS:

Photographer: Sébastien & Sandra Boulard - Capteur D Motion

Flowers: Pot Fleuriste, 1 rue Jules Rathier, 89800 Chablis

Dress and accessories: Grain de Poudre

Hair and Make-up: Angélique at Jacques Dessange

The Wedding Style File

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Latest listing in The Wedding Style File.

We are now listed in the very beautifully presented wedding directory of The Wedding Style File (TWSF).

Here you can see what we do and also review us.  Thanks to Fiona and Ash for being first review on there!

 

Keep your eyes peeled on their blog as we hope to feature there too!

E is for Eco Weddings and Sustainability

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Our Alphabet inspired Wedding blog posts this week looks at Eco Weddings and Sustainability. I did share an article this week on Facebook about an Australian Nutritionist having a very Eco wedding that even included a pre wedding Yoga Session for guests. If you are thinking about the environment while planning your wedding then this post is for you!

I spotted this great environmentally-sustainable wedding venue called Folly Farm Centre.  It is located in a 250-acre nature reserve near Bristol and Bath. It boasts numerous eco features such as rainwater harvesting and biomass heating, all profits from the Centre are gift-aided to the local wildlife charity, Avon Wildlife Trust, to protect wildlife and inspire people about nature. I think you will agree that is a great base to start planning your Eco Wedding. Jade Preddy from Folly Farm Centre, shares some top tips to help with your planning.

So what does Sustainability actually mean?

"Meeting the needs of the present without comprising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs".

For environmentally-aware couples, the idea of sustainability will run through many aspects of their lives, and their wedding day should be no different.

From the moment you send your wedding invitations, you can make choices to make your wedding day eco-friendly. It may only seem like one day, but when you think there were 301,254 thousand weddings in 2012, the impact of everyone's one day soon adds up.  However, with a few simple swaps, you can make the world of difference.

1.    Go online
In our digital world, when most forms of communication are online, many couples still opt for paper invites. Online invites and wedding websites are fun, informative and oh so green. (Paperless Wedding could not agree more to this statement, thanks Jade!)

2.    Something borrowed...
The recent trend for vintage (essentially 'borrowing' form the past) is doing wonders for the environment! Find your perfect vintage dress online in specialist ‘preloved’ shops. For suits, rent or get the groomsmen to wear their own – in can add such individuality to the day.

3.    A venue that cares
Do they use eco cleaning products and recycle? Do they care about low food miles? Do they give to charity? Venues that care about the environment are some of the most beautiful, usually because they are inspired by their location. Get married in the woods, on a beach or in a stunning wildflower garden...



4.    Think seasonal and embrace 'ugly'
Choose a caterer that cares. Do they use Fairtrade products to ensure that the food you will eat on your wedding day is helping the producers in the developing world? Do they use ‘ugly’ vegetables? You know, the knobbly carrots that some caterers throw away! There are an increasing number of caterers that are offering green alternatives, including Fareshare –who cater using food ‘thrown away’ by the food industry.

5.  British blooms
Some brides are opting for non-floral bouquets, often opting for bouquets made of buttons or recycled paper. For those wanting the real deal, then opt for flowers that are in season. This way, flowers can be sourced from the UK (currently over 80% of wedding flowers are imported).

6.    Be meaningful
For favours, avoid novelty items that may be chuckled at once and then forgotten. Instead, go for something meaningful – provide native wildflowers for so you can ‘spread the love’ of your big day. Perhaps you want to do away with gifts and ask guests to make a donation to your favourite charity instead.

These tips from Jade are great and we hope help you think about planning your 'Green' Wedding.  To find out more about Folly Farm.


Telephone: 01275 331 590
Website: follyfarm.org
Stowey, Pensford, Bristol, BS39 4DW

Photo credit: Elan Images

New Theme - All for the Love of You

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Paperless Wedding prides itself on offering designs that are a bit different.  This does run the risk of either loving or hating them! We want to be able to give you that personal feel without having to shell out lots of money for it. Our latest design is by the talented designer Louise at Coeur.

This design would have been perfect for some friends of ours who left their wedding riding their tandem. You can edit all our themes.  In this case, hit edit and change how your names appear, or even delete your names and pop in your wedding date instead.  Make it really personal!

Below is our Save the Date.  This is free so do go and check it out!

Reviews

Monday, February 1, 2016

Thank you for such great feedback. Do review us on Facebook or send me an email. You can also send a photo so I can showcase you on our Real Weddings blog too!

Emma was great, love how into her business and product she is. The site worked perfectly for us and was a great way to keep guests informed about changes and the plan for the day. Highly recommend!

Anna and Michael  - (Jan 2017)

What a find! Just makes all the 'wedmin' so much easier and it's great to customise your own wedding website with photographs and information about venues, what to wear, presents...Whenever I have had any issues Emma has sorted them so that our kids can't quite understand how we've managed the technology without them!

Can highly recommend using Paperless Wedding.

Bride - Susan (Jan 2017)

Me and my husband Ben used paperless weddings and hand on my heart it's the best thing we ever done. It so time saving, saves a lot of money and we could keep an eye on who replied and who didn't. We still have our account open for now. Have loved using it. Thank you for everything.

Ben and Claire (Aug 2016)

Paperless wedding was fab for us as our guests were mostly abroad, making the process so much simpler.

Alison and Simon (Feb 2016)

I just wanted to give some positive feedback about our experience of using the website. We used the invitations and website option and several of our guests commented on how brilliant the whole system was. It meant that we could message everyone closer to the day as well, and we gave up to date information about the coach travel from the ceremony to the reception for example.

I would say it was our best wedding purchase!

Fiona and Ash (Feb 2016)

Absolutely love the idea. Loved every step of the way, to create our dream wedding invitation. The family loves the idea of having an online invitation. Thank you so much!

Claire Wilkes (Jan 2016)

We used Paperless Wedding and we found it fun to use. Popular with our guest, lots of information and photos. Eco friendly and value for money.

Maraget and Edwin (Dec 2015)

Paperless Wedding made the whole process much easier for us to plan our UK leg of the wedding. As we were getting married abroad, our bigger party was to be held back here in Birmingham. They provided the tools to allow information and updates to be clearly delivered to the wedding guests in a theme of our own creation, allowing us to match the website to our wedding colours. The website photo sharing also allowed us to share photos of our wedding day in Florida prior to us arriving home so people could keep updated without us having to resort to social media!

Craig and Beth (Aug 2015)

A fabulous personailsed system and service that means you can update your own website at any time right up to your special day with real time updates, information, photos, websites etc. And of course kind to the environment!

Sheena and Graham (May 2015)

Super site - well organised and easy to navigate. Several of my friends have used it.

Chloe (Guest)

Fabulous dynamic interaction and adaptable service!

Ruth Simpson (June 2015)

It was great that the couple could introduce their families before we got there so we already felt we knew each other when we arrived.

Elspeth (Guest)

Paperless Wedding goes above and beyond in their service to couples.

Rosie Aimes (Sept 2015)

Website is easy to use and emails/queries answered in a timely manner. I also follow on Facebook as they have loads of links and ideas.

Jayne (Sept 2015)

I received a paperless wedding invite recently and as a guest, thought the system worked really well. And the invite looked great!

Lisa G (Guest)

Guides for Brides Shortlisted 2016

D is for Dress

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I got so side tracked writing this blog as I found myself looking at so many beautiful wedding dresses. I actually enjoy looking at dresses more now I am married than when I was looking. I felt an immense pressure to find "the one" and the dress I thought I would love, once on, was nothing special.


Photo: To Have and to Hire

So are you having a 'Green Wedding'? Are you finding it hard to get that perfect dress that has the eco qualities you want? Looking for a designer that makes dresses out of sustainable and locally produced textiles is challenging.  There are ways local designers can operate an eco policy by creating dresses with zero waste pattern cutting techniques and using locally sourced organic decorations for the dress.

I read on Ethical Bride a great article about 5 eco conscious designers, however they are all based overseas and if you used them, shipping the dress to you would negate all the good reasons you chose to use them in the first place!  

Here are some ideas on how to find 'the one' within the values of a eco wedding.

Second hand

I am not keen on the word second hand as it devalues something that is still very valuable!! You are allowing that Dress to shine again, giving a bride some money to buy a timeless LBD and being eco friendly!

I love this company I found on Etsy called Silver6pence Vintage.  She specialises in handcrafting unique headpieces from carefully selected antique and vintage jewellery and selling beautiful authentic vintage wedding frocks.
Each design is a one off so you can be sure that no other bride will be wearing the same.

Hire a dress

We have featured To Have and To Hire on our blog before. They are a great company based in Cardiff who hire out wedding dresses.  Not just any dress, these are top designer dresses that have previously been worn yet you would never know.  They have been amended, cleaned and made to fit you perfectly. Great eco friendly way of finding your dress!


Photo: To Have and to Hire

Buy locally

Make sure you purchase the dress in your local area by a designer that makes and sells in the UK and uses locally made cloth etc. You want to cut down on carbon emissions of having your dress/cloth being made in China and flown to the UK. You are also supporting the local economy.

Hand-me-down

What about wearing your mums wedding dress?! Below are some lovely examples of brides who altered their mums wedding dress for their own big day.

Photo: 100layerca

Photo: 100layercake

I wore my mums veil on my big day.  It was a lovely touch to bring something borrowed that was so special to my wedding outfit.

Make your own.

Some very resourceful brides have made their own out of old material and even bin bags!

Photo: Ethical Bride

So there are lots of options to find that 'Green' dress and I hope I have helped you on the way to go about doing it. Good luck and do share your stories, companies and links below to keep this article and up to day. 

Guides for Brides - Shortlisted

Sunday, January 24, 2016
We have been shortlisted for a prize that will be presented in March 2016

 

 

Guides for Brides Shortlisted 2016

We love this logo.  We have been listed on Guides for Brides for a little while and it has been a great place to gather all our reviews. One of our customers nominated us for a prize which was fantastic and we will find out if we have won in March 2016.

To see some of our reviews please click HERE!

C is for Celebrant

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Happy New Year to everyone!

Welcome back to our series of blog post themed around the Alphabet. Todays post is all about a not often heard term in the UK, 'celebrant'.

Mr T and I lived in Australia and New Zealand for a couple of years and went to several weddings hosted by a celebrant. I love this term and if you are of no particular faith, or what to have a cermony after the reglious bit, then finding a celebrant is the way to go. Also it opens up options on where you can get married as it does not have to sanctioned for marriage (you do that bit at registry office or church beforehand!). 

The best person to talk about being a celebrant is a Rebeca Waldron, who has been conducting these cermonies for a while and gives us an insight into how it all works.

What made you become a Celebrant?

I became a Civil Celebrant after my brother, Tom, died at the age of 43.  His death was completely unexpected.  It was a great shock to us all and, for me, it was life-changing. Having spent a fabulous 32 years in Human Resources I realised that there really is more to life out there. I wanted to work with people when celebrating life events and support them through the sad times.  My husband and I booked a Civil Celebrant to conduct our Wedding Ceremony and very soon after that we made the decision to set up White Rose Ceremonies®.

What do you feel makes a wedding truly personal?

The Wedding Ceremony has to be about the people getting married. It is really important to have the Ceremony tailored to their personalities, their relationship, their hopes for their future and their philosophy of life.  It is impossible for a standard script, used for thousands of other people, to be that unique, special or meaningful.

What is the strangest wedding you have been a part of or been to?

Like many people I had only been to ‘normal’ weddings before I became a Civil Celebrant.  Since then, each wedding I have conducted has been completely different to the other in many ways, but not strange!  I have weddings booked that combine different faiths that will be fantastic and I am looking forward to being asked to deliver ceremonies dressed as characters from films etc.  However, if I’m asked to deliver a ceremony at a naturist wedding, I will definitely be wearing a bodysuit!


Can you give tips on writing your vows?

Jot down key words that describe your relationship, your love for your partner and what is really important about them.
Connect those words in sentences.  You then have the first draft of your vows.
Include a promise of commitment to your partner.
If you want, include something humorous.
Keep your vows reasonably short. 
Remember, you will be reminded of your vows in years to come, try to make them timeless too.
If you don’t feel able to write your own vows, research them on the internet or ask your Celebrant for help.

What are your top 3 locations for getting married? 

We work in many different locations and, because of the nature of what we do, our ceremonies are conducted in gardens, fields, woods, village halls, hotels, pubs, sailing clubs, on the beach etc.  In terms of formal venues, we have worked at and could recommend many, but we particularly recommend the following:

The Old Hall, Ely

Longstowe Hall, Nr Cambridge

South Farm, Royston:  

What is your one bit of advice for you would give to a couple?

From me: Your Wedding Ceremony must be about you and reflect you as a couple.  Be true to yourselves when preparing for your wedding and you will never look back on your ceremony with regret.

From Mr White Rose:  In a marriage of equals you can always have the last word in any argument.  My wife always lets me have the last word - as long as it’s “Yes dear”…

A big thank you to Rebecca for sharing this with us. I love her website and the blog. Do read to get ideas how other people have incorporated a celebrant into their big days.  It has also got me thinking about a name day for my two children!!!....

To find out more please contact Rebecca here:

Tel: 07725 795316
Webiste: www.whiteroseceremonies.co.uk
Facebook - www.facebook.com/WhiteRoseCeremony

Real Wedding - Margaret and Edwin

Friday, December 4, 2015

I love these posts where I get to share with you another Paperless Wedding couple's big day. This wedding is of Margaret and Edwin that happened in mid August in Melton Mowbray. Now I am a tad bias for this wedding as my little girl was a flower girl on the day and she tried to upstage the bride by meticulously throwing every last petal, as she walked down the aisle!

It was great to be part of this special day and be able to help in may aspects of the wedding.  I also valued all the feedback about the site. Margaret shares her thoughts and details on planning their day.

"Planning this wedding was different, being a widow and second time round, I could do things just as wanted and learnt from first time what I liked and what was not so good!

The main point for me was venue, I wanted: not too expensive, local for preparation and for local people. A hotel that could accommodate friends and family from far away, and turn it into a weekend away gathering. Grounds that we could use, and staff prepared to do it all a bit different. We found this in the perfect venue of Scalford Hall Hotel.

Next booking was entertainment. I like good music and to dance. Good wedding entertainers have to be booked well in advance. I had heard George Simpson perform and was lucky to secure him for the big day and he was brilliant.

These were the main expenses, but to cut down in other areas was easy and fun. We decorated the room with home made items. Used www.myeventchaircovers.co.uk for chair covers and sashes. (A lot cheaper if you fit yourself.  I managed to rope in family members for this! ) Place names were homemade from corks, roses and a card. The seating plan from cards on ribbon placed on a mirror. For the flowers, we had red roses, not to expensive and we didn't need a lot, (A cost saving tip for you, the bunches of roses decorating the ceremony room became the bouquets for the mothers during the speech!) Our favours were pot plant miniature roses with a thank you tag .  We bought in bulk so only came to £1 each thanks to  Blooming Fresh  of Melton Mowbray.

The cake was beautifully done by my sister as a wedding gift. Photos and videos were taken by family and friends.  This was a BIG saving and meant that we had a lovely collection of relaxed and formal photos.  Then made up 2 photo albums with Albelli. Two weeks after the wedding a good quality photo album could be shown to all, and shared on line to guests, absolutely brilliant!

I said at the beginning I wanted it a bit different. First time around I did not like waiting on my own to go to my wedding (father outside looking for car to arrive!) and I was not meeting and greeting people as they arrive,  I decided I would be there to do that this time. So we both met people as they arrived and offered them a Pimms. We then had afternoon tea on the terrace and games on the lawn. This is far more sociable and I actually got to speak to people!

Our ceremony was at 5.00pm so I had to leave a bit earlier and get changed. Then because I no longer had a father to give me away, the curtains at the back of the hall were opened and I came down the grand stairs to be met by future husband, who walked me up to the front... very romantic. After the ceremony we took photos then said goodbye to day time only guests. This way everyone came to ceremony and special guest stayed for meal and evening entertainment. The day guests were mainly my clients (I'm a chiropodist) and elderly people not wanting to stay for evening entertainment, but still had afternoon tea and saw us get married.

For the food, we went for a buffet style and tables went up one at a time to an array of different salads and meats, lemon peppered chicken on skewers, and goujons of fish.  Then choice of deserts (the best bit!). Another idea for couples planning a wedding and looking at food options this was a good idea price wise. The afternoon tea and buffet, worked out cheaper than a sit down three course meal in the afternoon and extra evening food, plus all dietary requirements were satisfied.

So to Paperless Wedding. I loved that the site listed all guests and showed progress on replies.  I was able to keep the guests well informed via the website and email updates through the site, which made guests feel included in the whole event. Guests have said they loved seeing the photos on the site. Also guests enjoyed viewing a sneak peek at our entertainer, George Simpson, via a YouTube link.

We had a link to a wish list for honeymoon items. This included money for a gondola ride, with was much nicer than just asking for money. We did this all through www.ourdreamhoneymoon.com. Paperless Wedding offered so much more information than a normal paper invite.  Changes, reminders and thanks to all or some of the guests can be made. It is not just a one time email. This way of inviting and keeping people informed really worked for us.

My last bit of advice is plenty of pre planning and make lots of lists. Involve your partner so he thinks he has decided on things.(even if he hasn't!) Don't expect everything to go perfectly on the day, go with the flow and enjoy.  Smile and everyone else smiles with you 😀

A big thank you to Margaret and Edwin for sharing their thoughts and tips.  It was a wonderful day and my little lady had a wonderful time and still wants to dress up as a bride!

Welcome to the New Site!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I am so excited to share with you are new and improved homepage! We have made a number of changes to make finding things a lot more simple. We have added a login on the homepage and made it easier to find out how much it all costs.  We have also added our New Zealand and Australian sites in as well by clicking on the flags in the top right hand corner.

We hope you like it and we value any feedback you have. From the feedback we had from the 'old' site, we have made improvements to our Themes Page as well.  You can now view all the invitations, save the dates and websites separately.

This will help you navigate through and choose your favourite theme a lot more easily. You will be able to see which are printable and click through to the designer site to order your printed cards and other stationery you might need. Don't forget you will also be able to create your own theme as well. Just click on CREATE and let your creative juices flow.

 

Real Wedding - Katharyn and Peter

Friday, November 6, 2015

We have be running in the UK for only just a year, and we are now seeing photos of happy couples that have used our service.  Our latest couple are Katharyn and Pete, who got married on a beautiful sunny day in August in Northamptonshire.

They used the whole package (website and invitations), and put absolutely everything on their website. They put things to help guests beforehand like places to stay, main ways of getting to the Church and Reception venue, and a link to a wedding gift list. They put the full details of all the events of the day. It was great to see the site being used just as I imagined it would be!

Katharyn's advice is to just tackle wedding jobs one job at a time. Don't get to hung up on the little things, at the start, they will fall into place as the big jobs get sorted. Try and to at least do one job a week, idea, plan, sort, tick. Don't worry if it doesn't get done the second you want it to, it will get sorted! And get the dresses as early as possible!

They got married in Katharyn's home church at St Giles, Desborough. and had their Reception in the Wilbarston Village Hall, which they decorated themselves. Katharyn said that 'they had some of the best food at our wedding! We didn't want anything too fancy so we had a hog roast and buffet, which was done by Bitz and Bites. Our friends and family, did the flowers, both at the venues and the bouquets, for me and my bridesmaids. And the cake was made by my mother.'

I loved this piece of feedback from the couple as it really does show how much time and money we can save people.  They said, 'We really liked how we could update our website when new information became available, as send an email to our guests without having another set of post to send out with another set of postage.'

Thanks to Katharyn and Pete for sharing their photos and giving me great feedback. We hope you had a wonderful honeymoon and have a long an happy life together.

All the very best to you both!
x

Happy Wedding Anniversary - 7 years

Saturday, October 24, 2015

This is purely a personal post to celebrate that this day, seven years ago, I married my wonderful man!

We like to try and give each other gifts associated with the traditional presents for each year of marriage. So here is run down (if I can remember....) of what we have had to date.  I would also like to point out that he is far better gift buyer than I am!

First - Cotton.....we skipped this and Jim gave me a ring I with New Zealand Green Stone set in it.
Second - Paper - a card and a wonderful meal out in Sydney.
Third - Leather - Gloves and a meal in the OXO Tower, London
Fourth - Flowers - Silver flower earrings bought in Greenwich Market where we got our Wedding Rings
Fifth - Wood - An Antique jewellery box
Sixth - Sweet - A new handbag filled with chocolates from Hotel Chocolate
Seventh - Wool....

As I have written this post in advance of the evening celebration, I don't know what his gift is yet but I do know that I am rather pleased with my gift! See Facebook to find out what it was.

The 7th year gift of wool is to symbolise the warmth and love in your relationship.  It is also said to be the lucky year and to celebrate finding each each other.  No mention anywhere of the 7 year itch....which is lucky I guess. Apparently Roman brides touched their threshold of their new home with wool which brought luck. 

The orgin of wedding anniversaries stems back to the Holy Roman Empire.  This is when it was said that husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th Wedding anniversary and a gold wreath on their 50th celebration. Imagine a whole wreath made out of gold?! In the 20th century, commercialism brought additional anniversary gifts that we see today. 

Do you celebrate your anniversaries with gifts?  Do leave ideas for people of what you got for the year your were married. 

As it is the weekend, we have childcare, I can't wait to have a night out with the most supportive, wonderful husband a girl could wish for! Thanks Mr T for picking me. x

B is for Bouquet

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

For my alphabet blog series, B has already thrown up so many options to go for! Bride is the obvious one, band (wedding or gold!), banquet, but I am going for bouquet.

I went for a traditional bouquet of flowers with Freesias, vintage Roses and Ivy. This is a photo of me showing it to some of Jim's MANY Aunites! To keep costs down and to be environmentally friendly, try to choose flowers that are local and in season. To learn a bit more about that perfect eco bouquet Jo from Organic Blooms gives us some tips and advice on what makes a eco bouquet.

"Our flowers are grown using organic principles (we are under conversion with the soil association).  A cut flower crop can require a huge amount of resources, such as water, heat, light, cold storage and packaging.  We offer a sustainable alternative to the standard cut flower bouquet – locally grown, with no air miles, no synthetic chemicals and no extra heat or light.  We also select robust varieties and use a lot of wild flowers, perennials and herbs which cope better with fluctuating weather conditions and can be grown with less intervention."

Organic Blooms offer brides a complete experience, rather than just a finished bouquet.  Brides visit their site and see their flowers actually growing!  Some even see the seeds being sown, which is quite unique and they find adds a uniqueness and personal touch to their bouquet.  Jo adds that "they can only work with what we’ve got growing at the time of the wedding, so our best customers are those who want a seasonal mix, perhaps with a colour preference"


Photo: Nikki Kirk Photography

So if you are planning on an eco wedding Jo's top 4 tips are :

1. Think about the time of year when you are planning your wedding – the summer months have the advantage in that flowers are freely available in the UK and you won’t need to rely on flown-in alternatives (‘grown not flown’)
Photo: Tash Park Phtography

2. Recycle, upcycle, or borrow  containers for your flowers - Jam jars, milk bottles, tin cans, vintage crockery are all very popular nowadays, and can be personalised and made unique with ribbon, twine, hessian, fabric etc.

3. Hand tied bouquets and jugs, vases or jars use fewer resources than arrangements made in floral foam, which doesn’t biodegrade very well either.

4. Try and source things locally – reducing the carbon footprint/miles travelled for all the different components

There is also another option that I have come across on Pinterest! Have you ever considered not using flowers at all and doing something different? Why don't you go for a button or brooch bouquet instead? One of our Paperless Wedding brides did just that and it did look stunning and she gets to keep it too!

Then you could also do something very different.  These are some on the ideas that are now on our Pinterest boards.


Images: Pinterest
 

A big thank you to the team at Organic Blooms for sharing the tips and some beautiful photos with us. To find out more about eco bouquets do contact Jo and her team at Orangic Blooms on the below details.

W: www.organicblooms.co.uk

F: www.facebook.com/organicblooms

T: www.twitter.com/organicblooms

Photography Focus - Ross Hurley

Wednesday, October 7, 2015



A big welcome to Ross Hurley to our Photography Focus series of blog posts. I am loving hearing about tips for planning and styling your day and learning what makes your photographer happy.....hot food seems to be a running theme!

Ross is based in Kent and loves taking photos ensuring there are no fake smiles and awkward poses. He blends this with some artistic and quirky portraits of you, the wedding couple. He uses the setting sun, or some interesting photographic lights to capture some amazing images you will have on your wall for a life time. Do check out the link to his site, but not before reading this!

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day? Do make time for your pictures at different times of your day. Some in the drinks reception, some in the evening sunset and some at night for a nice range of shots. Do not make a list of 'must have' shots. The pictures should be spontaneous, unplanned and help tell the story of the wedding as it unfolds.

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer? My advice to couples looking for a wedding photographer is to choose the style and quality that most appeals to them. The pictures are your lasting memory of your day, so get the best you can


Your top tip for Styling your day? Be as creative as you can for your styling. Use well known blogs and social media to create boards of ideas to implement into your wedding.

Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"? I think you can get some very artistic images with a Trash the dress shoot. I'm currently working with a previous bride who will be covering herself in powder paint. I’m really looking forward to it. Watch this space.

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one? The biggest advantages to an engagement shoot is you get to know your photographer better and become more confident in front of the lens! Couples always tell me how much they loved their engagement session and how it helped them for their big day.

What has surprised you the most about wedding photography? Coming from a pro photography level in the national press, I am very surprised at just how many people are now wedding photographers. It seems you can get a good DSLR for Christmas and by June you're a wedding photographer with a Facebook page! Things have certainly changed. ;-)



How you describe your style of photography? I mix natural documentary photography with alternative and fun portraits. I try and create quite a unique style that uses my old skills as a photojournalist mixed with my technical ability with off camera flash. 

What can a couple do for you on the big day? Be themselves and relax. Enjoy the day and let me tell their story as it unfolds around them. Oh and some hot food during the wedding breakfast as I’m not good with a empty belly. ;-)

Indoor or outdoor wedding? I love outdoor. If the weather is good and the venue has a good outdoor space, use it! That's where the money shots are. Just recently I photographed a ceremony that was on a decking in the middle of a small lake, with guests sitting around it and the sun going down behind them. Just stunning!



Themed or none theme? I would say themed. Theming your wedding with your likes and interests works very well. Or creating an era theme, such as 40's or 50's can look awesome. My most favourite themed wedding was Neo-Victorian Steampunk themed day. Everyone dressed using Jules Verne as inspiration. Simply amazing.

Local or Destination? It’s a local wedding for me. As much as jetting off to Tuscany sounds incredible, I believe the day is also about all your friends and family in one place. There certainly are not many occasions that 100 odd people are all there to see you. So enjoy it.



Big or small? Either. Big can be grand, awesome and dramatic. Small can be intimate, close and personal. I do believe you should only invite those you want. But if that's a big wedding, then so be it.

For more details, please contact Ross directly using the below contact details.  Many thanks Ross for sharing your photos and thoughts with us.  All the best for rest of your weddings of 2015!

Email: info@rosshurley.com
web: http://www.rosshurley.com
instagram: rosshurleyphoto
pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/RossHurleyPhoto/

Real Wedding - Laura and Paul

Friday, October 2, 2015

What a wonderful picture to start this blog post with!  Many congratulations to Laura and Paul who got married earlier this year. Stunning photography by Graham Fletcher-Hill  of Fletcherhill Photography

Laura used Paperless Wedding 'Website Only" package and included the website address in her paper invitation.  This allowed her to add lots of photos and details about her big day on the website rather fill her invitation with lots of additional paper. She shares her thoughts, photos and tips with us, so Laura  do tell us more about your day! 

"We got married at the beautiful St Mary's Church in Staveley-in-Cartmel, in the heart of the Lake District.  We followed up with our reception at The Grange Hotel in Grange-Over-Sands. The following day we had our garden party at our home Millerbeck, which is lucky to have a miniature railway running around its garden!

I do want to say a big thank you to Graham for fantastic photos and putting Paul and myself at ease on the day. My beautiful dress came from Frothimoon and my bridesmaid, Emma did my make up on the day. We got our hair done by Aqua Hair Spa.

Our church flowers were kindly arranged by our fantastic friend Christine Kent.  Our bouquets, button holes and table decorations were arranged by Dodds Florist.  The stunning pink rose adorned cake was made by Sugar Ruffles and had layers of fruit, lemon and summer fruit.  It was delicious!!

How did you find using Paperless Wedding?
The website was easy to design and we could include lots of information about accommodation, the venues and things to do in the area (for those visiting from afar!). We were also able to put links, maps and directions etc. which helped guests to get to our day. We had a second celebration the day after so were able to put more information about this.  We also, of course, linked our wedding gift list which we had through Abercrombie & Kent.

The guests gave great comments about the website, especially those who had not visited the area before. They said it looked professional and that it was great to have everything in one place.

Do share some of your advice to brides planning their wedding.
Start planning and booking early. The best venues get booked up really fast. We booked The Grange Hotel about eighteen months in advance and there were only 2 Saturday’s left available. Pace yourself and book things early. We chose and booked all our suppliers well in advance which meant everything was stress-free. My parents worked extremely hard to make sure that everything was perfect. So, have the support of your friends and family."

Best memory of the day.....

"There are too many to pick one. The whole day was lovely and unforgettable!"

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and for using Paperless Wedding.  We wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness.

Em
x

Traditions - 1970's Wedding

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My blog post written by my Nanna, about her wedding in the 1940's, got great feedback and lots of shares and comments on Facebook and Twitter.  So I thought I would ask friends and family who have married through the decades, to give us a glimpse into their weddings.  How much did things cost? What happened during the day? Where did they get their dresses from?

Naturally the first person to ask (after my Nanna that is!) was my mum. My parents got married in Southport in the 1970's. My cousin Jayne and my two Aunties (mum's sisters) were bridesmaids. So over to you mum!

"Our wedding in 1975 would have been regarded somewhat as a ‘shot gun’ wedding as we were engaged and married within 4 months. (We had been going out together for over two years and had just purchased a new build house for the grand price of £9,000!!)

I was married from the flat that I shared with another girl, rather than from my parents home, which would have been the norm. Alan and I did all the planning and roped in our many talented friends and family to help with the occasion. This included making the cake, arranging the flowers, taking the photos and playing the organ. We also arranged for the minister from my childhood church to come and share conducting the service with the local minister. The service was held at the Methodist church where I helped run the Brownies and we both played badminton.

Wedding Alphabet blog - A is for Autumn

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Today I dropped my daughter off at Playschool.  She kissed me and said 'Now go home mummy' as she ran off, no worries there. A new term, back to a routine and we are in my favourite season of the year.  Feeling inspired I have decided to begin my Alphabet blog.  What is that I hear you ask?  Well I am going to take each letter of the alphabet and write a blog about something relating to the wedding industry. It might be an obvious link or I may try for the obscure.  I also hope to feature UK companies as well.

So what will A bring?...well Autumn weddings would be a great place to start!

Traditions - Wedding Cake

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My mum offically rocks. She is amazing support to me, and a fantastic Grandma to my two little ones. She also made my wedding cake and so has offered to write a bit about how the custom of serving a special cake originated. Over to you mum!

In medieval times cakes were made of wheat as it was a symbol of fertility and prosperity. They were then thrown at the bride! I am glad that tradition has not carried forward.

The Romans had a cake of barley which was eaten by the groom and the rest broken over the brides head. If the guests got a crumb then they hoped to share in the couples good fortune. I suppose the more recent custom of giving gifts of the cake to people who were unable to attend the wedding is a derivative of this!

History also describes the stacking of small buns in a pile for the newly weds to kiss over the top. (Our modern day cup cakes?!) This pile eventually became tiered and was stuck together with lard in order to preserve the cake which was then scraped off before eating. They later added sugar to this mixture!!

Victorians introduced white icing . This was not only a symbol of purity but the whiter the cake (more refined the sugar ) the more affluent the wedding.

The multi tiered cake, traditionally 3 tiers, had a tier for the reception, a tier to send to friends and relatives in specially made cake boxes, and the top tier was ofter retained until required as the christening cake. We used our top tier for Emma's Christening.  I love a bit of tradition!

Nowadays cakes can be tiered, multi flavoured and not just the traditional fruit cake, made of chocolate, choux pastry, sponge etc. They could be cup cakes .The cake is often served now as a dessert at the wedding meal. Which leads nicely to the cake I made for Emma and Jim which was 3 tiers, Traditional fruit, Carrot cake, Lemon Drizzle, each had different icings and was served as the dessert! 

Photography Focus - Lucy Lou

Friday, September 4, 2015

Welcome Lucy to our Paperless Wedding Photography focus series of blogs.  I love the advice Lucy gives us and I hope it helps you plan and think about your big day. To contact Lucy see the end of the post for all her details!

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer? Do make sure you connect with the photographer and actually like them and their personality. There would be nothing worse than having someone you don’t get on with or that is abrupt when taking your photos all day. Ask them lots of questions and make sure they are the right ‘fit’ for you and your wedding. Don’t just pick them because they have nice photos, it’s much better for both the photographer and the client to have a friendly business relationship and be some one you’d get along with in every day life as the better the relationship, the better the photos in my opinion. You want the couple to feel like they can be themselves around you. 

Your top tip for styling your day?  Do something that is completely you in all aspects. Don’t just go for the vintage/rustic theme because it’s in fashion. If you are a quirky couple, prefer elegance or even simple then be true to yourselves and incorporate this into your styling. There’s nothing worse than trying to be something you’re not and you’ll know because you’ll probably feel uncomfortable with it.

Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"?  No, not personally as they cost an awful lot of money!!! I know it’s very unlikely that it will ever be worn again but I would want to either keep it as a momento (Although it would probably just sit in a cupboard) or sell it, that way some of the cost can be recouped and it’s not hanging in a cupboard taking up space. Having said that, I’m all for a bride that wants to trash their dress as it’s a bit of fun and if they want to do it then why not!?

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one?  Couples get to meet and interact with their photograph as well as get a feel for what it will be like on the big day. The photographer can gauge the couple and what they are like together and work out what types of shots work best for the couple. It’s just a great way for both parties to get to know each other a little more as a lot of trust goes into a photographer on a wedding day and the couple end up with some lovely portraits afterwards which they can also display at their wedding if they wish.

What has surprised you the most about wedding photography? How tiring it is!…Really, you’d think taking photos wouldn’t tire you out but wedding days are very long, the equipment is heavy and it requires physical and mental ability. There is a lot of talking, guiding and thinking/being creative as well as generally moving around a lot whilst seeing moments and capturing them through the lens. Don’t get me wrong though, I love my job and the reward of happy couples that recommend you to their friends is amazing and I love my clients. I’m a real people person so like to get to know my clients and make a real effort with each couple and their family and friends. Creating pretty photos as a result is an added bonus!



How you describe your style of photography? I would describe my style as soft and romantic, natural with a hint of photojournalism. There is a slight vintage tone to my images as I aim to emulate film photography when editing and couples can expect me to get into some very awkward positions for creative shots. 

What can a couple do for you on the big day? Be happy as they’ve just got married! Also be cooperative when gathering guests for family and group shots etc. Feeding the photographer is always very nice too as it’s a very long day and we need to stay fuelled.

Indoor or outdoor wedding? I’m having mine outside as I’ve always wanted an outdoor wedding near a beach or water and I’m hoping it will be dry and the castle venue just looks beautiful on the terrace. However I would not frown upon an indoor wedding at all, indoors can be just as beautiful if decorated appropriately. Barns are beautiful from the inside and so are many other venues so do what feels right for you.

Themed or none theme? Themed…I love the rustic theme with hessian and lace, tea lights in jam jars, gypsophila, vintage suitcases, bunting, anything shabby chic, vintage or rustic is right up my street. I think it’s best to have a theme for your wedding so that everything is flowing and I’m definitely one for consistency, although I have photographed weddings with lots of different colours and no particular theme which has also worked really well.

Local or Destination?  For me, destination. I am personally getting married in Italy as we want to have a small wedding with a beautiful Italian backdrop and hopefully great weather. I do love the English heritage though and I photograph some stunning wedding venues in this country, if I was to get married in England it would be in a barn.



Big or small? I’m personally having a fairly small wedding with about 45 guests but then we’re going to come back and have a bit party with everyone. I think couples should only invite people they actually want there and have seen within the last 5 years otherwise it just gets silly and expensive. You shouldn’t feel obliged to invite people just because they might get upset if they’re not invited…Remember it is YOUR big day and no one elses and it costs a lot of money per person so really think through your guest list before sending out your invites and don’t feel bad for not inviting people.

To find out more contact Lucy here:

www.lucylouphotography.com
email - info@lucylouphotography.com
www.facebook.com/lucylouweddingphotography
Twitter - @lucylouphoto
Mobile - 07543165272


Many thanks Lucy and we can't wait to see photos of your big day.
x

 

Theme of the Month - Floral Elegance

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Our theme of the month is taking a look at our Floral Elegance design.  The designer is called Ronja and she lives in the lovely town of Titarangi outside Auckland in NZ.  Ronja hails from an advertising and illustration background and created a couple of our other designs for us in our early days.  This is the most popular of them with the other two being "Red Passion" and "Cloud 9".

Smashing article for July!

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Chitter Chatter series of blogs by Karen of Smashing the Glass that this month featured me!


I think this my favourite coverage yet about Paperless....and OK me! Love what Karen, of Smashing the Glass, did with my artwork and the whole concept of the blog piece.  I appeared along side some very well know people of the wedding blogging business. Very happy and big thanks goes to Karen!

Real Wedding - Lucy and Michael

Friday, August 21, 2015

In June this year Lucy and Michael tied the knot in the Guildhall in Bath. It was followed by a reception at the All Saints Center. Lucy was one of our very first brides to use Paperless Wedding after finding us on Facebook.  She was great at giving me feedback in the early days when we launched, so it is lovely to see her photos of her big day and know that all her hard work was worth it.

Lucy wanted to go digital to help keep costs down. she found it useful that she could direct all the guests questions to her personal wedding website. She was also very cost effective in her dress purchase too.  Her stunning blue dress was purchased onlline and a friend, who was a talior, added a bolero on for her.

Photography Focus - Fiona Kelly

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Welcome to this new series of blog posts focusing on Wedding Photographers and their top tips.  I was going to just do one combined post but each photographer I have spoken with have so many beautiful photos and bits of advice they need a post just for themselves! 

So I would like to introduce you to Fiona Kelly based in the Southeast of England and listed 19th in the Top 100 Wedding Photography Blogs and Websites on the Web. She shares her ideas, tips and stories to help you plan your special day.  

Fiona Kelly Logo

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day?

Do enjoy the day, relax, have fun and allow your friends and family to help you get everything sorted. Don't forget to spend time with your new husband/wife (let your photographer whisk you away for photos to enjoy some time together). Don't stress on the day, what will happen will happen so go with the flow. Don't let other people take over your day. 

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?

Find someone who's work really grabs you and who you actually get on with, you spend a lot of time with your photographer on the day.

Fiona Kelly wedding couple leaving ceremony

Your top tip for Styling your day?

Be yourself. Style your day in way that appeals to you. That way your wedding will be uniquely yours. 

Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"?

Each to their own. For some it will appeal and for others they couldn't think of anything worse! I'm all for people being true to themselves and what is right for them. 

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one? 

They are a great way to get to know your photographer and for your photographer to find out more about you as a couple and see how you interact. Plus, its a chance to have some fun, a few cuddles and get used to having your photo taken.

What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?

How creative you can be and also how skilled you have to be at many different types of photography techniques. It's all consuming, It's no easy option! 

Fiona Kelly Mature wedding couple kissing

How you describe your style of photography?

Relaxed, natural, beautiful and candid with hints of an editorial style. In other words I like to capture natural reactions, real moments and create beautiful relaxed portraits. 

What can a couple do for you on the big day?

Relax and enjoy the day and your time together. Don't get stressed about the small stuff. Oh, and food is always appreciated! 

Indoor or outdoor wedding?

I love an outdoor wedding. Im very inspired by nature, light and the great outdoors.

Fiona Kelly wedding couple in park

Themed or none theme?

As long as its right for the couple I don't mind either way. Each couple should choose to have the wedding that is right for them, with their ideas and personality shining through. 

Local or Destination?

I do enjoy a destination wedding but for the next year or two, while my son is still little, Im going to be sticking to weddings in the UK only.

Fiona Kelly Wedding couple in field bride in colourful wedding dress

Big or small?

Probably a rubbish answer, but both for different reasons. When we got married we did it in Las Vegas with 17 people with us. It was such fun to have a small, intimate wedding and have all our guests with us for a couple of days. When we returned we then had a big old knees up back in the Lake District and that was amazing for having all our most loved people, friends and family to celebrate and have such fun. In terms of photography both have their challenges but both their bonuses. 

To know more why don't you drop Fiona a message? Leave a comment below. Her contact details are below.

email  fiona@fionasweddingphotography.co.uk 
web http://www.fionasweddingphotography.co.uk
Phone 07879 455932 
Or fill out this online form here.

Many thanks Fiona to take the time and share these thoughts with us. 

Traditions - Flowers

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Our traditions post this month is linked to flowers. My good friend Rachel shares her thoughts on her time as a florist.

How does a Bride choose thier flowers?!

Brides vary so much in their ideas and are influenced by numerous things when choosing their bouquet style and flowers. One of the main factors I think a bride chooses a particular flower is down to sentimental reasons. For instance flowers that were given to them on a first date, childhood memories and remembering a loved one add that little personal touch and make that bouquet special and meaningful to the bride.  I would compare wedding flowers to fashion as they change constantly season by season and person to person.

Theme of the Month - Autumn

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I am not wishing away the summer I promise! However all the summer weddings for Paperless Wedding are well underway, and now it is time for the final preparations for our Autumn couples. Invites are starting to go out for those late September and October weddings. I love this time of year and it was when I tied the knot too.

Our theme of the month had to be our Autumn inspired theme by New Zealand designer Claire Hammon.

We have Save the Dates in the same design as the Paperless Wedding Invitation above. Beautiful autumnal colours!

There is a matching website.  When guests click on their digital invitation, it will link through to the website.  On the website there is the ability to RSVP as well as leave a message. The couple can also add additional questions on this page to cover food choices, travel and allergies etc.

We have a 2 week trial, so do sign up and try it out!

To help with styling the day, we have a Pinterest board with lots of ideas. Below are a few of my favourites.  See our board for more details.

Eco Tips - Terminology

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Our eco tips post this month deals with terminology. Are you confused about what these "eco friendly" terms you see actually mean? So were we! To clarify, here is a short description which us mere mortals can understand:

Eco Friendly:

This well known word refers to goods and services considered to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment. We have a great list of suppliers on Twitter that I believe are eco friendly in their values and actions. 

Green:

You can help the environment by "going green" whenever you make environmentally friendly choices in your everyday life.

 and 

Walking instead of driving - have your venue at the same venue to cut down moving between venues and events.

Combining errands into one trip instead of making multiple trips - use the same supplier for as much as possible.

Car pooling (less fuel/pollution)  - means more people can drink at the wedding!!!

Using mass transportation (less fuel required per person) - means everyone can drink at the wedding!!

Buying organically grown food (no poisons into the environment) - tasty!

Buying food grown locally (requires less delivery fuel/pollution) 

Buying items made from recycled materials - get creative!

Recycling

So basically it means to think about your everyday choices and how they impact the air, water, land, and the future. Then make choices that have the least negative impact or, better yet, choices that make a positive impact.

Carbon Footprint:

The term "carbon footprint" is used to denote the amount of carbon dioxide produced by your daily activities and use of material goods. You wedding will have a carbon footprint, you can't escape it, but how big the event is, where and when will all influence how big or small that footprint will be. 

Carbon Neutral:

You might think that carbon neutral simply means that something does not release any carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is true to an extent, however, it is too simple a definition. It is possible to release CO2 into the atmosphere and still be carbon neutral, as long as it is balanced by a CO2 reduction elsewhere.

Biofuels are carbon neutral, even though burning them releases CO2. How can this be? Well, the carbon in the biofuel comes from photosynthesis, where CO2 is captured from the atmosphere by a plant and turned into glucose. The glucose can then be turned into more complicated molecules such as sugars, starches, oils and proteins. Sugars and starches can easily be converted into bioethanol, while oils can be converted into biodiesel. Carbon is removed from the atmosphere, stored in plants for a few months, then released when the biofuel is burned. For every gram of CO2 released by burning a biofuel, there was a gram removed from the atmosphere by photosynthesis just a few months ago. This perfect balance is why biofuels are carbon neutral.

So how does this relate to a wedding? Can you actually have a Carbon Neutral wedding? It is true you will create carbon emissions but by recycling/reusing will offset some of it. You can also total up how big a footprint it will be and offset that through cash donations to causes that feed back into the environment.  Make sure they are accredited though! Here is one free calculator I found. 

Sustainable:

The term, in its environmental usage, refers to the potential longevity of vital human ecological support systems, such as the planet's climatic system, systems of agriculture, industry, forestry, fisheries and the systems on which they depend.

Re-use:

Is to use an item more than once. This includes conventional re-use where the item is used again for the same function.  We have featured a number of companies on here that reuse glass and chinaware and hire them out for multiple events. Check out these companies that have appeared on previous blogs. 

Vintage Dorset
Belle Journee

Recycle:

Recycling means taking materials from products that you have finished using and making brand new items from them.

Organic:

Organically grown food is a term that relates to food that is grown on a certain kind of farm using methods of production that care for the soil and the environment. Food that is further processed is done so under guidelines that ensure minimal chance of contamination and deterioration in food quality.

These are the sort of companies that supply great organic produce for weddings. 


The Organic Wedding Cake Company


Maddocks Farm Organics 

I hope that this blog has helped point you in the right direction and given you some ideas of companies to use. Happy Green Wedding planning!

Facebook Website Special Offer

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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Here is your code to redeem 30% off your wedding website. You can create your own and upload your own images and patterns or use one of our templates. 

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Happy creating!

Theme of the Month - Dandelion

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy July 1st, pinch, punch and all that!  I hope it is a good month for you all.  The weather is certainly making it look like it could be a good summer ahead.  So inspiration was needed for the theme of the month this month and it was chose while watching Frozen for the millionth time with my toddler. You have got to love Olaf and his love of summer and dandelions!

Our Dandelions theme was designed back in New Zealand by the wonderful Charlotte at Cocoa Berry Design.  This was inspired by one of their clients who wanted to combine our website and their paper invites and other stationary.  It is a great theme, perfect for these summer weddings.  We love the teal/aqua blue in this design too.  It would look great as a colour for bridesmaids dresses.

If you wanted to, you could edit this theme and change the background to another colour linked with your theme, or even change the font and size of the text. So get creating!

Don't forget that our Save the Date option is totally free!

The invitations can all have multiple events on them but only the people invited can see their relevant events.  It means you can create multiple invitation types allowing evening only invitations too!

Also jump on Pinterest and see I have created a board with lots of ideas that would go well with this design. This fab cake is one of the them but check out more on PW Themes - Dandelions

 

 

An Eco Wedding in the City - Top Tips!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Do you want to have an eco-friendly wedding but struggling with your city location?  Fear not! Whilst I was the Eco Blogger for  The Great British Wedding blog I wrote a piece on my top tips for having an eco wedding in the city - and I wanted to share on here as well. I hope you find it useful - feel free to share any more tips in the comments below!  

1. Venue

Check out your venue’s eco policies. Some venues actually promote their Green credentials like this stunning hotel by the Thames, Hotel Rafayel. They highlight their Eco Lighting system, they have a no plastic policy and are heavy on using recycled goods and recycling the water themselves.

 

Your choice of venue has a huge impact on how eco-friendly your wedding is. My advice is to go for only one venue.  You save massively on your carbon footprint, as you and all your guests are not having to travel between different locations. Lots of places can now perform the ceremony and host the reception and party. My wedding at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich did exactly that. I even arrived in a black cab that we hailed that morning and lots of guests arrived via public transport, this leads me nicely to...

2. Transport

If you are getting married in one of the big cities, encourage people to use the public transport options. Rail, trams, boats and buses. If these aren't an option, why don't you hire a bus and collect from multiple pick-ups around the town? This is a big win with your guests too as they can all enjoy a drink!

Why don't you consider arriving on a pedicab? Check out this company operating in Bristol and Bath, Pedal Power Events.  My husband got to our wedding via the Tube and Docklands Light Railway!  It certainly can make your day memorable, just check for engineering works before you leave ;-) One of our Real Brides, Emilie, also got to her wedding on the tube!

3. Food

Cities have the advantage of being close to lots of big local markets that can get locally sourced food.  Keep your menu seasonal so for example don't have Asparagus in spring. Out of season food has to be imported and that is a big environmental cost.  It also reduces the cost as well if you stay in season and keep it local. On a side note, you can even save money by getting your friends/family to make your wedding cake. My mum did mine and it was amazing!!

4. Flowers

Just like the food, if you keep your flowers seasonal, this is VERY eco-friendly.  Why don't you go to the flower markets of the big cities and source the flowers yourself and get someone to arrange them for you on the day?

You could also consider replacing flowers with something that you can keep and reuse.  You don't have to have a flower bouquet. What about a brooch one or one made out of pinecones?! Centre pieces could be balloons, books, pictures.... Get creative!  Check out my Pinterest  boards for some inspiration!

5. Wedding Website

Reducing paper is something I know about.  I have been running Paperless Wedding  since 2009 in Australia and 2014 in the UK.  Why don't you consider sending digital save-the-dates and invitations, and setting up a matching Wedding Website so you can keep your guests up to date with everything about your wedding? Give them ideas on how to travel to your wedding, share your thoughts on your 'eco' wedding and encourage them to be a 'Greeny' for a day. This saves lots of additional paper in your invitations and lets your guest feel more involved in your day from the very beginning.

6. Blogs and Online Magazines

Finally the other suggestion I have for all you city couples, don't buy magazines - go online.  Blogs can give you everything you need.  With Wedding Mags you have to wait once a month to be inspired. Blogs can give you daily inspiration. However if you miss that magazine check out the many digital magazine options such as Mr&Mrs Unique.

So, I hope I have inspired you to go that bit green on your wedding day and maybe I have save you a few pennies too.  Do let me know below!

Theme of the Month - Dotti over you

Monday, June 8, 2015

Our theme of the month is 'Dotti Over You'  and it is proving to be a big hit for our Free Save the Dates. This is a great way to let your guests know about your big day, engagement party or even Stag/Hen dos.  Its completely free!

Should you love the product as much as many of our users, then when it comes to sorting out the big day, upgrade to the website only package or to the full package with invitations. 

There are loads of great ideas on our Pinterest board to help theme your day, be it the wedding or hen do. So do pop along and take a look!

Eco Tip - Festival Weddings

Friday, June 5, 2015

Earlier this year on the Great British Wedding blog I looked at the coming trends  for 2015.  A popular trend on Pinterest is Festival Weddings, which is something I particularly love as it easily embraces an eco-friendly ethos.  My assumptions have been right as we have seen lots of invites going out for summer outdoor weddings, with bunting being a particular favourite theme. 

So what makes this sort of wedding most appealing to us a Paperless Wedding? Well combinging outdoors, with hiring of acccessories, eco food choices and wedding websites mean that it has a low carbon footprint. 

Venues

The great outdoors is as Eco as you can get. Shame we don’t live in warmer climates to guarantee great weather, but if you have a plan B you should be fine.  Think Tipees, homemade bunting of recycled materials, cushions, haystacks and woodland settings.

Hiring or Making Props

Instead of buying everthing new, why don't you hire props to fit with your theme? There are some fantastic companies that hire out vintage teacups, mix matched glasses, kegs, chaires, the list is endless. We have featured Belle Journee on our blog already with their budget and eco-friendly business. Another company called Vintage Dorset are also ecofriendly as they deliver all at once, saving you multiple trips to shops to source the props, therefore reducing your carbon footprint. They also get used again and again.

Get creative with lighting and decoration!  Use jam jars with tea lights, garlands of local flowers, make your own bunting and decorate the place with picture frames and old books you have. Reuse, borrow and make pretty!

Accommodation

Encourage people to camp and make a weekend of it! Alternatively try and get a couple of hotels close by to offer a good rate and then organise a bus to pick everyone up so no one has to drive.  This benefits the environment as well allowing people to have a drink too.

Food

Try to source local suppliers for your catering. Instead of a sit down meal why don’t you opt for a hog roast, buffet or BBQ. Use seasonal produce so nothing has to be shipped in. What about edible flowers? 

What about an ice cream bar or seller? Little Green ice Cream machine is the eco friendly Ice Cream company based in Devon with great credentials that would be perfect for a ‘Green’ wedding.  See their blog post here.

Wedding Website.

We know a lot about this! There are Paperless Weedding websites themes to match your festival theme. All details about your day can go on there and you can prepare your guests so they have the right footwear, bring brollies and plan a long weekend in their family tent. This website can be set up a year in advance to allow everyone enough time to plan! This is a great way of reducing the amount of paper sent out, as well reducing carbon emissions.  You can update it right up to the big day and guests get the chance to comment and share photos too.  See our 2 week free trial!

Images all found on our Pinterest board - Festivals - thanks to Rocknroll Bride and Brides magazine. 

Sparkle in April

Thursday, May 28, 2015
April coverage for Paperless Wedding thanks to Sparkle Pearls and Lace.

Thanks to Kaleigh for the coverage on her beautiful blog Sparkle Pearls and Lace

Eco Tips - Fairtrade Wedding & Engagement rings by Arabel Lebrusan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This month we have been looking at all things to do with engagement and wedding rings on Facebook.  It seemed only right to look at it from an eco perspective too.  I am currently on the Green Union directory and looking in their jewellery section I came across Arabel's company. I loved her designs and also the detail of how ethical each ring was. So let me introduce you to.....

Who are you and how did you get into the business of ethical jewellery? I began my career as a jewellery designer designing fashion jewellery at a company that manufactured in the Philippines, but has distributes across the world. During this time I learnt all parts of the jewellery process, from researching trends through buying materials and producing samples, up until selling at a trade show.  I was able to travel the world and have the chance to see firsthand all the different techniques and individuals that are part of making jewellery.

However after seeing the world of mass manufacture and consumption I was keen to create jewellery in a more intimate and comfortable environment for workers, but also in a way which revitalised the European heritage that I felt was fast disappearing and bring unique traditional techniques to a new generation of customers. The choice of using Ethical and Fairtrade metals and stones has been a natural evolution to create beautiful stunning jewellery on the outside but also in the inside.

You have won lots of awards, which is your favourite and why? It is probably being Finalist for the UK Jewellery Awards, Bridal Collection of the Year 2015. This nomination is coming as a great  recognition for all the hard work I have been putting on my new engagement and wedding rings lines the last year. They are stunning and very special designs so being shortlisted really means I am doing something very good!  (We wish you the very best of luck!!!)

What sort of proof can you get when you buy a ring? We use only recycled and Fairtrade metals in our jewellery pieces, unless stated otherwise by the customer. We pride ourselves on sourcing conflict-free ethically sourced traceable diamonds and gemstones. We are registered with the Fairtrade Foundation which allows us to use their fairtrade authentication hallmark stamp; we are one of a few selected companies registered with the Fairtrade Foundation within the UK, makes us a very distinctive brand. When purchasing one our ethically mined diamonds we provide our customer with a GIA certificate which not only lists the details of the four C’s (Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat), but even describes the mine in which the stone came from.

What are the benefits of an ethical ring? By purchasing a Fairtrade Gold ring you are making a difference to the lives of small scale artisan miners and their communities. You know that the small-scale and artisanal miners were paid a fair price, giving them financial security. They also receive an extra amount of money to invest in building the future of their families and their communities, through education, medical care or environmental projects. By spending that little bit extra can make a big difference to those who need it and most importantly deserve it. I have also notice the rise for platinum wedding and engagement rings, we only work with 100 % recycled platinum as this helps the environment around us. By purchasing a recycled platinum piece you have helped to diminish the environmentally and socially destructive effects of dirty gold and other metal mining practices. Precious metals can be recycled repeatedly with no degradation in quality; they are a naturally renewable resource. By choosing recycled gold or platinum it can help decrease the global demand of newly mined precious metals.

What is your favourite ring?
I have a couple, the Efflorescence Ethical Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring would be my first.

I cannot keep my eyes away from it every time we get our samples out! Full of that 'WOW" factor that you want for an engagement ring.

My next choice is the Foliage Ethical Diamond Engagement Ring.

It is a quirky but nature inspired design, with a split band that makes it almost into an statement ring. It also has a bit of a boho-chic style which I really love.

Have you had an famous clients? Queen Letizia of Spain has a couple of our 100% recycled silver filigree cuffs, which she wears often and we are soooooooooo proud of this. Sienna and Savana Miller also has a couple of items.

Do you have any tips for men when buying an engagement ring? I have recently launched my own blog post for men helping with what to look for when purchasing an engagement ring. The main points were to understand her style and to keep an eye out for what sort of jewellery she wears. Experimenting with different stones, it doesn’t always have to be a solitaire. There has been a recent increase on gemstone rings this may also be an option for the daring groom-to-be. Understanding the four C’s, cut, clarity, colour and carat. Once you get your head around these you can understand what makes up a diamond and why they are such amazing everlasting stones. Any small issues like her ring size can always later be solved.

A big thanks to Arabel for sharing her story with us.  Do check out her website here as it is full of beautiful pictures and many more tips on how to choose your ring. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Wedding Traditions - History of the Invitation

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Traditions are a big part of a wedding. When we decided to get married back in 2009 we broke the long-standing tradition of the paper wedding invitation by having a Paperless Wedding. We chose this for many reasons, from it being cheaper, through to our bit to save the planet!

According to an article written by Martin Karen, in actual fact the original traditionaln  wedding invitation wasn't paper based. Most people agree that the first invitations began in the 12th Century with the town crier, who would walk through the town and announce important events to the public. Word of mouth was an important means of spreading news, and anyone within hearing of the town crier was, by default, invited to the wedding! So they had Paperless Weddings back then!

Sir Samuel Luke Fildes, 1883
Sir Samuel Luke Fildes, 1883

During the Middle Ages, when great numbers of people were illiterate, noble families would commission monks to hand-letter and illuminate wedding announcements in calligraphy. These invitations often included a family crest or coat of arms, an important symbol that helped identify the family of the engaged couple. Many people today include such a family crest or coat of arms on their wedding invitations as a nod toward tradition and heritage.

In the 18th century in England, handwritten social invitations were first used by the aristocracy. Only kings and queens and other members of high society received invitations to social events. Usually the invitations were written by a butler or ladies maid. Having them handwritten was a sign of education. Even after the modern printing press was discovered, many aristocrats continued to have their invitations handwritten for this purpose. The handwriting itself was a work of art. Much time and planning was given for this process. Calligraphy pens were used, which gave letters dimension; there were thick and thin lines in each word.


1890 wedding invitation

Modern wedding invitations became more widely-used after World War II. The development of thermographic printing allowed more sophisticated designs to be stamped on invitations at less cost than tradition engraving. Thermographic printing creates a raised effect that is often used for letterheads, business cards, and even Braille. Its versatility lends itself perfectly to the artistic nature of modern wedding invitations. However it still uses a lot of paper!

Today, invitations are often creative and individual expressions of the couple's personality.  People are experimenting a lot more and moving away from paper based invites to sending photography, videos and websites.  We hope through Paperless Wedding you can be different, have a website and send wedding invitations digitally to your guests.  Upload photos and add extra pages for all the information you want to share with your guests.  If the town crier had of been crying today he would be very hoarse with all the information that is now sent out.

Paperless Wedding Tip - Website Only

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Have you already set your heart on a beautiful paper invitation? I don't blame you at all, as paper invitations can be amazing and a lovely keepsake. I also love them landing through letterbox. So even though I do promote all things "Green" and "Eco-friendly", I understand that it is not for everyone. This is why we offer the WEBSITE ONLY package. So what are the benefits?

Meet the Designer - Uniquely White

Monday, April 27, 2015

I love working with new designers as they bring a breath of fresh air to our themes. They creative flair allows couples more choice for their big day and maybe might even influence their overall theme for the day. Today I would love to introduce Lynsey White of Uniquely White.

This blog post hopes to give you a little bit more detail about who Uniquely White are and what inspires and drives Lynsey in her business. Enjoy...

Wedding Traditions - The Wedding Ring

Friday, April 24, 2015

My blog on the tradition of the wedding dress colour was very popular, so now I am going to look into the traditions behind the wedding ring. 

The purpose of engagement rings and wedding bands is to convey deep emotions of eternal love, eternal happiness, eternal commitment, and eternal togetherness. These rings signify eternity - between the giver and the recipient. A ring, of course, is a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, which means that it just goes on and on - it is eternal. This is often mentioned during the marriage vows.

 
Photo: My lovely engagement ring that was my Gran's Ruby Wedding ring.

These days, many people take wedding bands and engagement rings for granted, and although they give these beautiful items of jewellery with integrity and love, they are often given with no real knowledge of the meaning behind them . They haven’t always been the shiny jewel encrusted bands that we see in the shops today. Now we have a lot more choice as to where and how we get them.

Paperless Wedding supports the eco wedding rings which are becoming more common.  They got a good bit of promotion when Natalie Portman got engaged. Her ring was created by jewellery designer Jamie Wolf, Portman’s custom-designed ring is made of recycled platinum and its diamonds are certified as conflict-free.

History lesson time...

The first wedding band is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt, where it is said that plant sections were fashioned in to circles to signify never-ending and immortal love. It was thought that the fourth finger (which we now know as the ring finger) contained a special vein that was connected directly to the heart, and therefore this became the official finger for the wedding band.

The Romans saw the ring as a symbol of ownership where Roman men would "claim" their woman with the giving of a ring. Some women today find this symbol distasteful as in the era of equality they do not wish to be ‘owned’.

Puzzle rings were a complex type of jewellery that were once popular in Asia, and these jewels had the charming knack of being able to fall apart and put back together again - if you knew how to do this! (They were a contemporary fashion item in the 1970s…my mum had one!). Wealthy Middle Eastern men then began to use these rings as wedding bands for their wives, who were often forced to wear a puzzle ring when their husband was away. When the husband returned and found that the ring had fallen apart then he knew that she had been unfaithful!

During Colonial times when puritanical views were held, all items of jewellery in America were prohibited due to their apparent moral worthlessness. Instead, a more practical thimble was given as a token of love and as a pledge of eternal togetherness. However, after they were married, the women tended to remove the bottom of their "engagement thimble" to form a type of ring.

In some European countries the wedding ring is worn on the right hand and in Scandinavia women often wear 3 rings, engagement, wedding and motherhood (I wonder if I might get this third ring this month!!)

Men started to wear wedding rings around the time of World War 2 when they wore them to remind themselves of the wives they had left at home.

The ancient Greeks are thought to have given a form of engagement ring, a betrothal ring, but these were more like friendship rings and did not necessarily mean an intended marriage.

Sparkling engagement rings as we know them today became popular in around the fourteenth or fifteenth century, when the rich and the royal could afford and wear these jewels although the bands may not necessarily be made of gold. It was many centuries before these engagement rings would become more popular or traditional. When Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a diamond ring as a memento the current fashion for diamond engagement rings could have been initiated!

Rings can also be handed down through a family as Prince William has given his future wife Catherine his mothers sapphire and diamond engagement ring. As I said earlier my engagement ring was originally my grandmothers!!

Whatever the ring, plaited hair, metal or gold, bejewelled or plain, are given and received with love!  Where did yours come from?.......do let us know.

Paperless Wedding Tip - Guestbook

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I love Facebook, maybe a little too much my husband might say!  I am often posting photos and commenting.  When we set up Paperless Wedding, we knew a guestbook would be needed to allow people to leave the couple messages, or to communicate to the wider wedding group of arrangements.

The Guestbook can be used by you in 2 ways. You can use it just for gathering lovely comments - which you can download and keep! You could use it as a way for people to RSVP, if you have done WEBSITE ONLY option.

For option 2 to work, you would need to mention this requirement in your paper invitation.

To communicate these options you can add some 'Intro Text' that will appear at the top of your Guestbook, letting guests know what the page is for.  If you are asking them to RSVP you can let them know that their reply won't be made public (unless of course you want to.)!

Here is a little snapshot of how your guestbook will look. A nice memory of the years events don't you think?!

If you would prefer not to have this at all, that is OK too.  You can switch it off from "Your Pages".

Happy creating!

Paperless Wedding Timeline

Friday, April 17, 2015

Do you want to know when to send out your digital Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations? This is a great little diagram that will help guide you. 

Wedding invitation timeline for delivery via Paperless Wedding

You can combine your paper invitations with a wedding website.  Maybe use designers like Knots and KissesUniquely White or Julia Eastwood.  These stationery providers have matching paper invitations to their designs that appear on our site.

We understand it is not always possible (or that everyone wants too) have a 100% digital wedding. We love working with designers. There are design tools on our site, to upload desingers themes to create your own bespoke designs. They are also available to you as well!  So if you feel brave enough, have a go at creating your very own wedding website design!!

Happy creating and designing. 

Budget Tips - Vintage

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weddings can cost lots of money, but there are ways of making things cheaper and 'greener'. I came across Belle Journée website when I was researching ways to recycle things for your wedding. Hiring is a great way of enabling an object, be it a vase or cup and saucer, get lot more use. This avoid it being bought and being put in a loft after the big day.

Lydia runs Belle Journée which is a wedding styling and hiring service for couples in South Wales. She offers hire of vintage props, cut glass vases, décor and mercury items as well as wedding planning and styling services. Lydia has great experience in all things wedding,  as well as direct experience when planning her own wedding. She found she was often frustrated with the lack of independent and unique wedding suppliers in the area. Everything she found in the area décor wise was the same in every company and nothing offered the vintage yet glamorous feel she was looking for.

New Theme - Delicate Lace by Uniquely White

Friday, April 10, 2015

We are really lucky to have another theme on the site!  Lynsey for Uniquely White has created her magic again and come up with this lovely lace themed design.

Lace wedding website theme in apricot

March 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
We got featured on four sites this month!

What a busy month March has been and we have had some great coverage. First up was on:

Then it was quickly followed by this great post by:


As it says, if you sign up to our site you will be able to access a code on the Gift List page what will get you 30% off Buy Our Honeymoon.

We then featured on Bewildered Bride as well. 

It was only 18th March and we go another mention on #Bridehour Blog.

Happy Easter!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

My daffs are blooming and the tulips are coming through too. Spring is well and truly here!  It is a lovely time of year to get married, as long as you don't mind an April shower.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in glorious sunshine at the end of April a few years ago. Are you going to be as lucky? 

With Spring comes Easter and now we have a lovely 4 days off in a row, more for some. So while I being my nesting in earnest (only a couple of weeks to go), I am sure lots of you are planning your weddings or maybe even going to weddings. There are several bank holiday weekends coming up so there could be weddings a plenty!

I have created a Pinterest board inspired by Easter.  I love the above idea, that can be homemade, as a favour for your guests. They could make great centre pieces too, that then can be taken away!

These napkin folds are a perfect little nod to Easter and make your table arrangement look fun.

One Fab Day did a lovely spring/Easter colour palette that got me thinking about designs that would be perfect for a springtime wedding. 


Peonies designed by Coeur is available on Paperless Wedding now. Do go and check it out.

As a bit of fun on your day, you could send the kids off on an egg hunt. Perfect way to keep them entertained while you get the photos done!

Photos: All credits attached to Pinterest board links.

Theme of the Month - Love Birds

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Theme of the Month this month is a design by the talented Stephanie at Stelloberry designs. Steolloberry designs is based in Sydney, Australia.  It was at a wedding networking event that I met Stephanie and she agreed to do a design for me. 

As with all my posts now I spend time looking at ideas to match this theme on Pinterest.  I was surprised to find so much with the tag "Love Birds". Taking the bird cage and the birds as the key themes in this design, your wedding could easily be accessorised. Here are a pick of my favourites that I spotted that stood out for being a bit different.


There were loads of cake designs and on the one right has been repinned on my board over 30 times, so I know this is a popular theme.

This is not some thing I have seen before!  A crossword as an ice breaker on wedding tables. I love that the birds are so similar to our website design. 


Image: From the London Bride Blog

I love this bold print on these bridesmaid dresses. They are really different and unique.  Is it something you would consider?


Image: Confetti Daydreams

LOVE this idea as a thank you gift for coming to the wedding. Very useful and eco friendly. 

So sign up today and check out this theme and all you can do with it! 

Paperless Wedding - Love Birds

New Theme - Vintage Rose

Friday, March 27, 2015

A new theme and a new designer!!  We welcome Lynsey ofUniquely White and a BIG thanks goes to her for creating this wonderful theme. Vintage Rose will also have matching paper invitations and accessories if you want to go for this option. Just contact Lynsey via her website and she can arrange it all for you. 

Paperless Wedding Tip - Photo Gallery

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Our new and improved photo gallery section on the site is really cool. OK I am biased but once you have tried it I am sure you will agree.  It gives you lot more options of how to display your photos and which ones you want to make public.

From this new homepage you can set up multiple albums.  Before the wedding, they could include your engagement shoot or maybe a 'Whose Who' at the wedding. After the big day you can set up new albums for your official photos.  As guests upload their photos, new albums are created for them.

Woman In Business - Baby Boom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time travels a lot quicker when your pregnant! I am pregnant as the photo suggests and heading towards a mid April due date, at a great rate of knots.  So much to do and so little time both professionally and personally.

I am currently almost 34 weeks and the bump is touching the desk and my 2 year old daughter is rather bemused by my size and the number of 'new' things appearing in the house. One thing about this pregnancy is that it has meant that I am much more focused on what is important. Trying to stop daydreaming about new themes, the mobile app and migrating our NZ/AU sites over, instead focusing on the here and now. Making sure our new clients are happy and getting the best possible experience, ironing out any issues quickly and scheduling blogs, Facebook and Twitterposts to give me some slack on the other side.

Traditions - Mother of the Bride

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Mothers Day!!

Where would we be without our mums?!....(not here says my husband,,,haha very funny!).

Paperless Wedding - Couples Homepage

Friday, March 6, 2015

We have some exciting news for you all. We launched back in September with our beta site. Over the last 4 months we have been making improvements, listening to feedback and this week we did a bit of overhaul of the couples homepage.  There is now a place to go and see what you have done, what needs doing and updates on RSVP's and if any comments or photos have been added.  This will be launched on MONDAY!!!


We have improved the menu navigation on the right of the page and given you a percentage of how complete the site is.

The biggest changes are that we have created an area that you can see what needs doing and what has been done. You can quickly access each area that needs completing by clicking edit or add.  There is also an new area where you can see who has replied and uploaded photos. It also shows what you have done, for example changing the theme.

We have also removed the step process and streamlined the set up to make it quicker and easier. For those on the site already, this won't affect you but for new sign ups it will. Try it out here.


The other section that has had big improvements is the "Our Pages" part of the site.  This is where you can add additional pages for example: accommodation, things to do, engagement stories or a whose who on the big day. It is a chance to make the site more personal to you. You can update these pages right up to the big day, so your wedding guests know exactly what is happening.

We have also given options to reorder the menu on the guest site and switch on and off pages according to your requirements. So if you don't want a guestbook or a gallery you don't have to have them!

The Gallery, Guestbook and Gifts have been split out into their own tabs.



The Gallery can have multiple albums. You can preview photos your guests upload and then publish them on the site. You can also download the galleries to your desktop too, so no photo will be lost!

You can now add text to the top of your guestbook page to make it that bit more personal. You can preview comments before publishing them to the book and when everyone has commented you can download all the comments and keep them.

We think that this will really help you navigate the site and keep you up to date with everything that is happening.  Do let us know what you think once we launch on MONDAY!

Happy planning
x

Theme of the Month - Bunting

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring is here, roll out the bunting!!

We have two great bunting inspired themes for you to choose from. These are perfect for your festival inspired wedding, or converted barn or woodland setting. Bunting is simple to make, reusing old materials or you can hire them from a vintage supplier or even try your local village hall!! Since the Jubilee there seems to have been a big increase on bunting decorated venues. 

Eco Tips - Ice Cream

Monday, March 2, 2015

I am loving discovering companies that can add something that bit different to your 'green' wedding. You don't have to be having an eco consious wedding to use them, but they would be the perfect fit you did. This month I would like to introduce Olly from TheLittle Green Ice Cream Machine. We 'met' on Twitter during a very busy #weddinghour (Wednesdays 9-10pm, hosted by The Wedding Affair). It is a great place to talk with vendors and for companies to meet like minded companies. He agreed to be our vendor of the month. So lets learn a bit more about him and his great company.

Paperless Wedding February 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015
The month of love and we have felt the love from The Great British Website and also Green Union!

The month of love and we have felt the love from The Great British Website and also Green Union. Many thanks to both for featuring us this month! Click on the images below to be taken to the sites to see more.

 

Real Paperless Wedding - Ben and Ali

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ben and Ali Wedding by Alexa Loy Photograhpy - Wedding Balloons

I love a festival wedding and this was an amazing wedding. The marriage of Ali and Ben took place at Brighton Town Hall before they were transported to this amazing venue called Keepers Mead, West Sussex.  They had erected some fab Tipis, created a forest of adventure for big and little people to explore. Truly magical wedding! All of this was captured by the talented Alexa Loy.

Wedding Traditions - Changing your name?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

To change or not to change name, that is the question I am posing in today's blog. This is a long standing tradition that a woman changes her name to that of her partner.  It is so funny when lots of couples opt for a traditional wedding but then buck the trend when it comes to name changing. 

Happy Valentines Day!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!!

What are you up to today? Planning your big day or taking the chance to spend some quality time with one another? 

Mr T and I (plus a two year old and 7 month bump!) are planning a bit of romance.  I am sure like many of your men out there, the way to their heart is through the stomach.  So the plan today is to go out for a hearty brunch, a walk in the park and a nice meal, once the little one is in bed.

Have a wonderful day, whatever you are up to. This is for you Mr T.....

xx

Real Wedding - Anette and Mattias

Friday, February 13, 2015

We are casting the net a bit further a field for this Real Wedding of the week. Anette and Mattias celebrated their marriage at a Swedish vineyard, Flädie Mat & Vingård, which is located in the small village of Flädie, between Lund and Bjärred.

New Theme - Peonies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


It is the month of love and so it calls for another new theme.  Last month we were in the romantic city of Paris, this month we are gazing upon some beautiful Peonies. This has been designed by Louise of Coeur. She has also designed the popular Dottitheme as well as Soiree Magical

Real Wedding - Matt and Ruth

Friday, February 6, 2015

Our wedding of the week is Matt and Ruth, who got married at their local church, Woodford Baptist Church in South Woodford, London.

They had their photos taken at Canary Wharf, which was also where their reception was held. They opted for friends to do the photography with Murray Hancock taking the formal shots and Jonathan Osborne taking the reportage shots. (This is also what we did too!)

Ruth's advice is, "planning a wedding does not have to be stressful, don't believe the lie. Matt and I had a great time planning our wedding, we had no stress, it was lovely." 

Keeping lists, keeping within budget, keeping focused on the reasons of marriage, helped guide them through the process. Don't forget the day is about the two of you making that commitment and sharing your joy with family and friends. 

Eco Tips - Wedding Cakes that are green!

Monday, February 2, 2015

New week and a new month! The month of romance, I hope you have something nice planned.

This months Eco themed post I wanted to look at the Eco Wedding cake.  My husband, declared the other evening, that there was no such thing. However there is, depending on how you source your ingredients. So I am about to prove him wrong and also hopefully get you thinking about another aspect of your wedding that you can make that little bit greener!

Photo: Wedding at http://www.coombefarmwoods.co.uk/

While on twitter I "met" Clare Neilson who is the founder of Conscious Confections. The company was created after her lecture told her she would have to create her perfect job and with help from a Business Bootcamp (hosted by MMU Centre for Enterprise) Conscious Confections was born. Her first two clients wanted wedding cakes. She said " I agreed to do both but then discovered they were both due the same week! It was a bit stressful, but I delivered both cakes on time. “Made of Honour” was such a perfect name (I love a good pun) that there was no other option."

So what makes a wedding cake eco-friendly? Claire allows customers to specify any ethical ingredients they want. Fair-trade, organic, local and national produce are all options. Her advice is, "don't let recipes confuse you with the phrase “good quality ingredients.” – that doesn’t tell you much. I'd rather have British grown and milled flour than slightly better flour that's travelled miles from Canada. Conversely, I'm happy to use fair-trade brown sugar as much as possible for chocolate cakes and biscuits, and British caster for lighter cakes. It supports the national and global economies at the same time."  

Another aspect to consider is the size and packaging of both the cake and the ingredients. When Clare attended the Cake and Bake shows in both Manchester and London, and she could not believe the size of some of the cupcakes and pastries intended for one person - they were huge! From an environmental perspective: single use, non-recycled plastic cases for these creations were a huge waste of money and resources. She couldn't find any of the widely available compostable plastics at the show.  Thinking about the portion size will reduce waste. A 4 tier cake for a wedding with only 50 people might be a bit excessive. Get your cake maker to guide you about size. 

 

So are you baking at home and would like so top tips?  Here is what Clare has to say.


Photo: Clare Neilson

"Home-made is best. Only you know what you like and only you know what you would be happy putting in a cake. Free-range eggs give a lovely pale yellow colour to the sponge. If you know anyone with chickens, use those eggs, and remember to thank the hard working ladies with some of your leftovers. Patience is a virtue: Beat the fat and sugar as much as possible before you add the egg (it makes a higher volume mixture which holds the egg better) before you finally fold in the flour."

To find out more about Eco Cakes do contact Clare!

Email cake.neilson@gmail.com for Made of Honour celebration cake enquires and quotes.
Tweet @Made_Of_Honour 

Email clare@consciousconfections.co.uk for business to business enquires, cycling logistics and sustainable business practices.
Tweet @c_confec
www.consciousconfections.co.uk for online gallery, blog and delivery area.

January 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Lots of great coverage to start the New Year with!

I loved this blog post that really captured me and my business! Thanks to Mrs Robertson of A Real Brides Guide. 

 

Also we featured on the Wedding Tattle blog as part of her talent Thursday! 

Finally my monthly blog post was published for The Great British Wedding Blog. This month it covered festival weddings. 

New Theme - Je t'aime

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I love adding new themes to the site so here is our first one for this year!  It has been designed by Louise of Coeur. She has also designed the popular Dottitheme as well as Soiree Magical.  Entitled Je t'aime, it is perfect for your French themed wedding.

Traditions - Dress colour

Monday, January 26, 2015

"Married in white, you will have chosen all right. Married in grey , you will go far away. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in green, ashamed to be seen, Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.”

Competition time!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

What a busy month we are having as everyone starts 2015 planning their weddings.  It has been great seeing so many sign ups, save the dates and websites being created. So to say thank you, we are going to give one lucky couple a FREE package.

Sign Up to Paperless Wedding,

AND

Like our Facebook page to be in with a change to win. 

If you have already signed up, make sure you like our Facebook Page and vice versa.

The prize is a full package which consists of the ability to create or choose theme, a wedding website, unlimited email invitations for your guests, Online RSVP and the chance to pick up 30% off code for Buy Our Honeymoon

The name will be picked out at random on Sunday 1st February and announced on Monday February 2nd.

Get sharing and signing up. You have to be in it to win it!!!

Real Weddings - Rachel & Stuart

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We only launched in September so we don't have any recent Paperless Wedding brides.  In the meantime we have some lovely brides who are going to share tips with you about their big day.  First up are Rachel and Stuart!

Rachel's advice is brilliant and not something I had thought of before.

'One thing that I did on my wedding day was to ask my family members to keep something special from the day and collect it up as I wanted to create a memory box of the day.  Some super things were collected from the day and my box was full in no time.  I really treasure all these objects such as a shell from the beach where we had some of are photos taken, a Times Newspaper on the day of the wedding , a Champagne Cork from the Hotel and a menu from the Reception venue.  All these random objects mean so much and remind me of my special day.'

Rachel and Stuart got married in the Isle of Man at Castle Rushen, Castletown.

Photographer was Orry Maddrell

Wedding Budget Tips - To Have and To Hire

Monday, January 19, 2015

In 2015 I will be asking companies to contribute to my blog that I believe have a great ethos on the environment, as well as having a keen eye on the budget.  So to kick this off I asked Annalisa Jones, the Director of To Have & To Hire Limited, to give us an insight into her world of the high end wedding dress hire business. This company can save you thousands on designer dresses, if that is what you are looking for!

To have and to Hire logo

Paperless Wedding Tips - Creating your Gift List

Friday, January 16, 2015

We all dream of the day we can walk down a John Lewis aisle with a scanner, selecting all the gifts we hope to fill our homes with. However it is not always practical today.  Two houses are often combining or have combined and more homeware is not what is needed. People are getting creative with their gift lists and back in 2009 we decided to do something that bit different.  We created online gift list that allowed us create a perfect list without tying ourselves to one provider and giving us freedom to come up with a honeymoon filled with experiences and adventure.Buy Our Honeymoon is similar to the company we used and we highly recommend them.

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 5, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

This is the first day back to work for most people. The weeks of over eating and drinking are now behind us.....except me, as today is my Birthday.  A rotten time of year to have it (thanks M&D!) but thanks to a wonderful husband, as you read this, I will be out for a rather nice lunch. 

I just wanted to share with you some of the highlights of 2014 with you before we embark on an exciting year together. We launched this beta site in September which was an amazing feeling after months (and months of work). By the end of Jan, we will add the final new features before considering it 100% Live.  

We have grown on Social Media:

Over 150 new followers on Facebook
Over 100 new followers of our Pinterest boards and over 
Over 500 new followers on Twitter.

New Designs:

We had a lot of designs from when we launched in Australia and New Zealand.  However we have added to them with several new themes and collaborated with several new designers.

We are loving working with Nikki from Knots and Kisses, Louise from Coeur, Simon from Skyblue and Sam from Purple Tree. We look forward to adding more themes over the coming months. 

Visitors to our site:

We have had sign ups on the site to try our free Save the Dates and people are testing out our two week free trial. We have sent out invitations to New Zealand, South Africa and America to name but a few. According to Google analytics we have reduced our bounce rate from 60% to 30% and people are staying on our site longer and longer which is awesome news. 

Press Coverage:

We have been featured in several blogs and appear in many directories, see our News and Press section. I love sharing my story and inspiring people to go digital. I am loving working with The Great Britsh Wedding as their Eco Wedding blogger and have been featured twice already with another one being published later this month. 

So what does 2015 hold?

Looking forward to appearing on Smashing the Glass Blog, working with Buy Our Honeymoon and being featured on A Real Brides Guide. There is also a lot more in the pipeline.

We working on number of things on the site, including this blog. We are improving the creation of your own pages for your website, adding new packages, new themes, improving the theme selection display and fixing an bugs that have been logged. There is also work to be done on the display and interaction on tablets and mobiles as it would appear a lot of people use these mediums over the desktop and laptops now. 

We will continue to be a regular contributor to the #weddinghour on Twitter, which is hosted by The Wedding Affair on a Wednesday between 9-10pm. We hope you will join us there. We will be posting regular blog posts and Facebook updates, so you are across all things weddings on a weekly basis!

That just leaves me to say thank you for the support for 2014 and roll on for a busy, wedding filled 2015.

Thank you.

Emma
x

December 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015
The latest Eco Guest blog post on The Great British Wedding blog.

I am really enjoying being the resident Eco Blogger for the Great British Wedding blog. This month I covered everying to do with the winter wedding

Eco Tip - Begin at the search engine

Monday, December 8, 2014

I helped plant a tree today by using this new search engine that I have spotted.  Ecosia donates 80% of their income to a tree planting programme in Brazil.   So while you are doing your wedding research why don't you use this search engine and help plant some trees in the process!

You can save it to your toolbar, set it has your homepage and that way you can get lots of trees planted in one sitting. Do let us know what you think!!

New Theme - Country Garden

Friday, December 5, 2014

I love new designs coming onto the site. It means we have more choice for all our Paperless Wedding couples. Good news for everyone, as this week we have a new designer and design entitled Country Garden and it has been created by Nikki at Knots and Kisses.

This fantastic floral design is perfect for that Great British country wedding. I can almost smell that Pimms and feel the heat on my face...<daydreams...>  Enough of that, the really exciting thing about this design is that Nikki is able to do matching paper invitations for all those guests that like to be invited the traditional way. She can also produce any other wedding stationery such as order of service, seat settings and table plans etc.  So do check out Knots and Kisses website for more details on this design.

First Magazine coverage!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Eco Friendly Weddings and we feature in this edition.

What a great way to start December!  We received our copy through the post so we could see our Ad in the Eco section of Bride Magazine.

I also love that you can get this online as well!

Meet the Designer - Knots and Kisses

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cold calling is hard, but when you pick up the phone and your speak for half an hour to a lovely designer then it is all worth while.  Nikki has been amazing with her enthusiasm for this project.  She has given me great feedback as we have tested the site and so I am proud to show off the first of her designs on our site over the coming months.
So let the introduction begin.....

New Theme - Dotti Over You!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I am so excited to share with you the latest design from Louise at Coeur. This wonderful design of gold polka dots, sets the theme for a great wedding for future couples.

The website looks stunning and would be perfect for the party theme wedding but I can also see this working for an evening event too. The matching FREE Save the Date and Invites are great too!

We are in the process of pulling ideas on to our Pinterest boards and I will do a post soon on gold, polka, theme weddings!

 

November 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Exciting month as I was the Eco Guest blogger for The Great British Wedding.


Another month has gone by already and here is my favourite coverage from this month. The first piece was my first post as Eco Blogger for The Great British Wedding. 

 

Keeping with the ECO theme, we had a nice piece of coverage on the Green Wedding Boutique

 

Budget Tips - Saving the pennies

Sunday, November 23, 2014



We LOVE saving you money as well as being eco friendly!  An average wedding has about 100 guests and a good rule of thumb is to start with 60% of your guest list receiving an invitation.

Remember you are inviting couples, who only need 1 invitation between the two of them. Then there are the families with children and also invitations for single people. If you were ordering paper invites you are advised to add 10% for unexpected additions. You don't have to worry about this with Paperless Wedding as you have UNLIMITED invitations and Save the Dates!

Paperless Wedding Tips - Save the Date

Friday, November 21, 2014

I love a bargain.  In fact I am not sure who doesn't.  Our FREE Save the Dates are the bargain in our Paperless Wedding packages.  We offer this as a stand alone product, so you can test out the site and see if digital delivery is the way for you.

You have the opportunity to choose from our many designs.  You can go in and edit the theme so it meets your exact colour theme and style of your wedding. Everything that you enter is kept so when you want to create your invitations and wedding website all the design is ready to go.  We also keep your guest list so you can then send the guests the official invitation. 

Our aim is to make it as simple and stress free as possible.  We are also saving you a few pounds as well as a tree along the way.  You might not have through you are having a 'green' wedding but now you are! Every little helps!

Pinterest - Popular Pins

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pinterest is one of my favorite social media things. I can loose hours looking at images and then linking to blogs and articles that inspire me. Over the last 6 months we have doubled the number of pins and the number of followers. We have boards that match most of our themes. We also cover other key areas of the wedding day like photography, dresses, flowers and Eco Wedding inspiration.

As a business I now get to look at the analytics to see what people like and are repinning on their boards.  I thought I would share the top 5 for the last 4 weeks.


Pinterest: Photo from Jacqui Clarke
This pin is actually my most popular.  I spotted in on a Celebrants page in Australia and of course this is perfect for those summer beach weddings. You could create a similar effect with candles or lanterns in a woodland or outdoor space.

Eco Tips - Confetti

Monday, November 17, 2014

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  So to start the week I want to share with you some Eco Wedding ideas.  I love a confetti shot! Cliched though it is, it is one of the images I wanted to have on my wedding day....

For years now confetti has been available as biodegradable due to many churches not wanting it littering the graveyards and church steps. I don't think I have seen a pack now without a recycled logo on it. However the options that people use instead of the traditional paper horseshoes and bows are so inventive, and create fantastic photos to boot. I will show several ideas, with some being more eco friendly than others!

Meet the Designer - Coeur

Friday, November 14, 2014

I am so excited to introduce Louise Martin as a new designer at Paperless Wedding.



I have known Louise for many years and in fact we attended a magical wedding in the Cook Islands of a close friend of ours. We met in New Zealand, which is where Louise lives with her beautiful two children and rather her dashing French man (I hope you don't mind me saying that Louise!!). You will see French inspired themes coming over the next few months. So lets hear a bit more from Louise and what makes her tick!

Theme of the Month - Retro Bows

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Retro bow and stripes

Today I saw our Retro Pink Bow theme heading out to guests in New Zealand.  It still gets me excited when I see invitations leaving our servers, knowing that people all over the place are being invited to an amazing day sometime in the future. 

It got me wondering what sort of wedding they might be having.  Are they going the whole hog and have a fully Retro wedding?  Don't get me wrong, I know they don't have to be having a retro wedding just because I have named theme that way! So going back to my daydream, what things could be included in a retro themed wedding? Lets look at hair and dresses first!

Official Eco Wedding Blogger

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I was rather excited to be asked by Alex of The Great British Wedding blog if I would consider being their resident Eco blogger for all things wedding. After I had come down from cloud nine I said yes, and today was my first post for them!

October Coverage

Friday, November 7, 2014
Our first coverage on blogs in the UK thanks to Show me the Pretty and Plans and Presents.

 

A massive thank you goes to Rebecca of Show me the Pretty for doing the first bit of coverage on us in the UK.

This was swiftly followed by Alison of Plans and Presents

We also had a bit of coverage in a digital Eco Newspaper too!

Sneak Peek - Magical Soiree

Friday, November 7, 2014

So I am sooo excited that we have a new graphic designer working on some designs at the moment. They are stunning. I particularly like this one called Magical Soiree. 

I can't wait to share the website and more about the talented designer called Louise Martin.

6th Wedding Anniversary

Friday, October 24, 2014

Six years ago today, and in fact at the very time I have posted this blog, I was walking down the aisle towards my husband-to-be. Tonight we are going out to celebrate thanks to a good friend who is looking after our almost 2 year old. I can't wait. My present is ready, my outfit planned and I have a flutter in my tummy. 

Each year (almost!) we have given each other a gift based on the traditional list of gifts.  Here are the first ten traditional gifts that can be exchanged between a couple. 

1st is Paper - we had fish and chips out of paper sat by a beach in NZ!

2nd is Cotton - erm....I can't remember.
 
3rd is Leather - We had a lovely meal out in the OXO Tower in London and I got a lovely pair of gloves

4th is Fruit or Flowers - I got a beautiful pair of silver flower stud earrings from Greenwich Market (close to where we got married!)

5th is Wood - I received a lovely antique wooden jewellery box.

6th is Sugar or Iron - I hope I do not receive an Iron but we could do with a new one!

7th is Wool or Copper.
8th is Bronze or Pottery
9th is Pottery or Willow.
10th is Tin or Aluminium 

I feel so lucky to be married to such an awesome man! He will need to be a saint this next year as we grow Paperless Wedding and welcome a new Tiny Taylor into this world. Yup I am expecting our second little bundle of joy in April next year.  So an exciting and challenging year ahead for us both, but I know I would not be able to do it without him. 

Theme of the Month- Orchid

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Our theme of the week this week is the Orchid. A beautifully elegant flower and if you type it into Pinterest you come up with an abundance of inspiring ideas of how to incorporate it in your day.  It does not just have to be in bouquet, it can adorn your tables and hair and even your cake. 

We all know that flowers are a big part of most couples wedding. So on Paperless Wedding we have lots of flower related themes.  One of my favourites though is the white and yellow Orchid themes.  When we commissioned this design we knew it would be a hit and it was!



I found a great blog called Wedding Flowers Guide that gave a bit more detail about the orchid and its meanings. 

"Orchids used to be a sign of wealth and social standing, at least here in the UK. That's because it was so expensive to cultivate the flowers in this country. Now it is possible to import orchids from overseas so you don't need to be a millionaire to look a million dollars. There are a number of orchids that are used at weddings. One of the most popular is the Cymbidium Rrchid. These gorgeous flowers have large heads and there are white, yellow, pink and pale green varieties. 

Flash, bang, wallop

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today has been a very exciting day as we had lots of photos taken to promote our site.  It started as all mornings should, with 3 pints of milk distributed all over the kitchen, thanks to my toddler. Then icing and sorting out the cake that will appear in one of the setups.  I am rather pleased with it!

 
Once cleaned up, I then collected together all the props I had bought over the last few weeks to accessorise the hardware.  The tricky challenge I have is to make the images of iPhones and Androids look pretty. Stationers can make their invitations look really attractive and display them as a collection and surrounded with flowers and prettiness, but with digital media it is more challenging. So the challenge is set for Steve, take the props, my Pinterest inspiration board and the product and create!

So this morning with the wind blowing a right storm outside, Steve set about with his lights to make my workspace look as lovely as I think it is!

We get the images tomorrow and then it will be time to edit and display them.  I can't wait to share them with you! However I can wait to tidy up all the mess.  I suppose there is some cake left at the end of it!

Meet the Designer - Purple Tree Design

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Samantha Lock

Samantha Lock is one of the team at Skyblue Creations, but she also does further design work outside the office.  When I heard this I jumped at the chance of working with her and I am glad I did.  One of the first invites to be sent out from the UK was her Bunting theme!

Congratulations!

Monday, October 13, 2014
SAVE THE DATE

You are engaged, congratulations!

You want to make sure your friends and family can make it even though its not for another year? Save the Date notifications are a well established practice if your wedding is still too early to send invites out, or if you have not confirmed all the wedding details.

Wedding invites usally go out 3 months prior to the big day, so Save the Date should be at least 8 months before the Wedding.

Our Save the Dates are FREE and a quick and easy way to let all your guests now to keep your special day free.  It gives people time to book their trip if you're getting married outside the UK or if the guest lives overseas and is coming home to share your day.  Also use them if you are marrying over a Public Holiday or school holidays as people like to go away at these time and demand on hotels and transport is a lot higher and more expensive.

Meet the Designer - Skyblue Creative

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Simon McCabe

I have had the pleasure of working with Simon over the last few months on redesigning our entire Paperless Wedding site. It seemed only natural that Simon should also feature in our selection of themes. 

Beta Launch - 2 week FREE Trial

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Well here we are, slighter later than anticipated, but we have made it!  We are calling this the Beta Launch as we know there is a bit more to do, but we couldn't wait to share it with you.  We could not have done any of this without the amazing hardwork of the Skyblue Creations team, with a special mention to Danny the Developer. They have been so supportive and encouraging throughout this whole journey and we are so pleased with the end product. 

What to Write - Tips and hints

Thursday, September 4, 2014
What to write?!

I am sat here with my cuppa with a blank page in front of me and I am thinking what to write?!  This is the same feeling I am sure many of you have encountered when working out what to put on your invitation!

So I have done lots of research into writing that perfect invitation. There are so many ways phrasing your wedding invite. I will try and cover as many as I can. I think the most important thing to remember is that the phrasing should match the theme and feel of the day you are planning.

Paperless Wedding is a new exciting way of inviting people to your wedding. It breaks the traditional mould so maybe the wording should reflect that. We have made it as flexible as we can so you can style it exactly the way you want.

London Wedding 2013

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Olly and Becky tie the knot on the banks of the Thames

Create your Invitation

Sunday, August 31, 2014
You can edit the text that appears on your invitation on the this page

I want to create an invite and I don't understand how to do it
You need to have filled out the information in the Events and Venues tabs first. Once the event has been created you will be able to see them when you click create an invite. Type in the name of your invitation, this is only for your reference and nothing else, and select which events should be associated with it. If the invitation is evening only, make sure you only select evening only event. You then need to address the envelope to your guest. This will be first thing they see and from there they will click to your invitation. Once all the details have been entered then click on the save button at the bottom of the page. Once this is created you will be able to preview it by hitting the preview button next to that Invitation. 

What is 'Show Guest Name'?

If you select this, it means the name you have entered on the guest list will appear on your invitation as well as your envelope. This will be displayed at the top of the invitation above all other details. 

What is an Introduction?

Typically on an invitation it might be 'The Bride and Grooms Parent's invite you to'  See our blog for more inspiration.

What is the Announcement?

You can add as much as you want to this section. Commonly you might see 'Proudly requests the pleasure of your company...' but also you could add a few lines from a poem or quote

Why do I need envelope?

This envelope will be delivered as part of an email to your guest.  When they click on the view more details option, it will take you to a webpage to view the invitation.  Doing it this way allows us to use lots more fonts on the invitation without being restricted by email clients. Clicking on the invitation will take you to the website.

What do I write on the envelope?

This is up to you! We will generate the guests name when we send the invitation, so the rest of the text is available so you can say its a wedding a invitation, or maybe even put a quote on there.

I don't like the colour of the envelopes can I change them?

Currently this is not an option.

Can I change the font on the envelope?

Currently this is not an option.

Create your Invitation

Sunday, August 31, 2014
You can edit the text that appears on your invitation on the this page

I want to create an invite and I don't understand how to do it
You need to have filled out the information in the Events and Venues tabs first before completing this. Once the event has been created you will be able to see them when you click create an invite. Type in the name of your invitation, this will be seen by your guests and select which events should be associated with it. If the invitation is evening only, make sure you only select evening only events. You then need to address the envelope to your guest. This will be first thing they see and from there they will click to your invitation. Once all the details have been entered then click on the save button at the bottom of the page. Once this is created you will be able to preview it by hitting the preview button next to that Invitation. 

What is 'Show Guest Name'?
If you select this, it means the name you have entered on the guest list will appear on your invitation as well as your envelope. This will be displayed at the top of the invitation above all other details. 

What is an Introduction?
Typically on an invitation it might be 'The Bride and Grooms Parent's invite you to'  See our blog for more inspiration.

What is the Announcement?
You can add as much as you want to this section. Commonly you might see 'Proudly requests the pleasure of your company...' but also you could add a few lines from a poem or quote

How do I change the font, colour and size of the text on the invitation?
You need to go to the theme tab, then click edit and it will allow you to edit your theme so you can personalise your invitation. We are working on improving this (Sept 2016) and hope to bring big improvements to this function to make it easier to use in the coming months. 

Why do I need envelope?
This envelope will be delivered as part of an email to your guest.  When they click on the view more details option, it will take you to a webpage to view the invitation.  Doing it this way allows us to use lots more fonts on the invitation without being restricted by email clients. Clicking on the invitation will take you to the website.

What do I write on the envelope?
This is up to you! We will generate the guests name when we send the invitation, so the rest of the text is available so you can say its a wedding a invitation, or maybe even put a quote on there.

I don't like the colour of the envelopes can I change them?
Currently this is not an option.

Can I change the font on the envelope?
Currently this is not an option.

 

Your Invitations

Sunday, August 31, 2014
You can have more than one invitation. This page lists them all.

What is an invitation?

An invite is the equivalent of the wedding invitation card you would send in the post, which lets the guest know the dates and times of the events they are invited to. You can include any of the events you've created on your invites, the wording for these events will be taken from the information you've entered. To help with the rest of the wording, try looking up wedding invitation wording online, or find an invitation you have received.

How do I send out my invites?

All invites are sent out via email and this can be done once you have entered all the guests' details and assigned them an invite. Come back to this page and preview the invite and then send to your guests. An email will then land in your guest's inbox and they'll be able to go to your site view the information and reply.

How do I send out a test to myself?

To see what your guests will see, click on Preview Envelope. In the top left there is a button to send to yourself.  This test will go to which ever account you registered with (see your 'My Account' to see which email). 

Will the email end up in spam?

The invites are sent from Paperless Wedding's servers through Mandrill. Mandrill is designed to help sites like ours to deliver emails to their desired destination. It tracks them all the way through to the point they are opened. This will give you reassurance that they have been delivered. . However, it is possible that some invites will end up in spam, in which case you may have to contact them by other means.

How do I add a pre-wedding event?

You can add a pre-wedding event in the same way of adding a wedding event. Select the venue and event tabs and enter all the information. If you don't want these details on the main invite, there is an option to remove it. If you don’t then your guest can still RSVP online and see details of the event on the website.

Can I delete an invitation?

You can if you have NOT sent it out.  If you have then we can not delete it.

I want to send my invite but I can't.
You have created your invitation and previewed it, but can't send it because you have not selected any guests to go to this invite. Go to the Guestlist Tab and add guests to this invitation type. Once you have done that (and saved it on the Guest List tab) you will see that a Send button has now appeared. You will be able to preview the Invitation again before sending it AND also see the list of guests you are about to send it too.

What information do I need to include with my wedding invitations to let my guests know they must RSVP online on my wedding website?

The invite will link automatically to your website and  your guests will be able to login and/or create their own password. From there they can navigate to the RSVP section of the website to reply.

I have sent out my invitation but I want to add another person to it.

You need to go to the guestlist and create a new guest and assign them the invitation your want to send. When you come back to this page there will be a send button allowing you to send your invitation to this person. 

Previewing Invites

I don't understand where all the information has come from.

All the details have either come from information you have entered in the venues and events tab or we have put in suggested wording for you. You can enter your own wording and then preview how it looks on the invitation by hitting the Preview button. To help with the wording, try looking up wedding invitation wording online, or find an invitation you have received.

The detail on the invitation is incorrect and I can't edit it.

You can edit the information by going back to the Events and Venues tabs and changing the information. Make sure you hit save before coming back to the invites tab to preview it.

Show in invite? What does it mean?

Only select the events you want your guests to see on the invitation. If you don't want these event details (usually pre wedding or post wedding activities) on the invitation make sure you don't tick it. Your guest can still RSVP online and see details of the event on the website.

What does Send preview mean?

Before sending your invitations out to your guests you might want to check it all works first! You can send an invitation to yourself so you can see how it looks.  Click on the envelope preview and click 'Send Preview Email'.

I clicked on Send preview and nothing happened?

Go to 'your account' and make sure your looking at the right email address. The invitation will be sent to the email address you opened the account with. If it still has not arrived, check your junk mail and if it is still not there, click on "Contact Us" to let us know and we will try and get to the bottom of it!

I recived my preview of the envelope but can't click through to the invitation.

This is only showing you how your envelope will look, not your invitation.  The invitation can be viewed in the lightbox by clicking preview Invitiation next to that invite. 

I am afraid to hit 'Send'.

Don't worry, hitting send is not going to send the invitations out without you having a final look. Click it to view the list of who you are about to send it to then hit send!

I want to send my invite but I can't.

You have created your invitation and previewed it, but can't send it because you have not selected any guests to go to this invite. Go to the Guest List Tab and add guests to this invitation. Once you have done it (and saved it on the Guest List tab) you will see that a Send button has now appeared. You will be able to preview the Invitation again before sending it AND also see the list of guests you are about to send it too.

Your Invitations

Sunday, August 31, 2014
You can have more than one invitation. This page lists them all.

What is an invitation?

An invite is the equivalent of the wedding invitation card you would send in the post, which lets the guest know the dates and times of the events they are invited to. You can include any of the events you've created on your invites, the wording for these events will be taken from the information you've entered. To help with the rest of the wording, try looking up wedding invitation wording online, or find an invitation you have received.

How do I send out my invites?

All invites are sent out via email and this can be done once you have entered all the guests' details and assigned them an invite. Come back to this page and preview the invite and then send to your guests. An email will then land in your guest's inbox and they'll be able to go to your site view the information and reply.

How do I send out a test to myself?

To see what your guests will see, click on Preview Envelope. In the top left there is a button to send to yourself.  This test will go to which ever account you registered with (see your 'My Account' to see which email). 

Will the email end up in spam?

The invites are sent from Paperless Wedding's servers through Mandrill. Mandrill is designed to help sites like ours to deliver emails to their desired destination. It tracks them all the way through to the point they are opened. This will give you reassurance that they have been delivered. . However, it is possible that some invites will end up in spam, in which case you may have to contact them by other means.

How do I add a pre-wedding event?

You can add a pre-wedding event in the same way of adding a wedding event. Select the venue and event tabs and enter all the information. If you don't want these details on the main invite, there is an option to remove it. If you don’t then your guest can still RSVP online and see details of the event on the website.

Can I delete an invitation?

You can if you have NOT sent it out.  If you have then we can not delete it.

I want to send my invite but I can't.
You have created your invitation and previewed it, but can't send it because you have not selected any guests to go to this invite. Go to the Guestlist Tab and add guests to this invitation type. Once you have done that (and saved it on the Guest List tab) you will see that a Send button has now appeared. You will be able to preview the Invitation again before sending it AND also see the list of guests you are about to send it too.

What information do I need to include with my wedding invitations to let my guests know they must RSVP online on my wedding website?

The invite will link automatically to your website and  your guests will be able to login and/or create their own password. From there they can navigate to the RSVP section of the website to reply.

I have sent out my invitation but I want to add another person to it.

You need to go to the guestlist and create a new guest and assign them the invitation your want to send. When you come back to this page there will be a send button allowing you to send your invitation to this person. 

Previewing Invites

I don't understand where all the information has come from.

All the details have either come from information you have entered in the venues and events tab or we have put in suggested wording for you. You can enter your own wording and then preview how it looks on the invitation by hitting the Preview button. To help with the wording, try looking up wedding invitation wording online, or find an invitation you have received.

The detail on the invitation is incorrect and I can't edit it.

You can edit the information by going back to the Events and Venues tabs and changing the information. Make sure you hit save before coming back to the invites tab to preview it.

Show in invite? What does it mean?

Only select the events you want your guests to see on the invitation. If you don't want these event details (usually pre wedding or post wedding activities) on the invitation make sure you don't tick it. Your guest can still RSVP online and see details of the event on the website.

What does Send preview mean?

Before sending your invitations out to your guests you might want to check it all works first! You can send an invitation to yourself so you can see how it looks.  Click on the envelope preview and click 'Send Preview Email'.

I clicked on Send preview and nothing happened?

Go to 'your account' and make sure your looking at the right email address. The invitation will be sent to the email address you opened the account with. If it still has not arrived, check your junk mail and if it is still not there, click on "Contact Us" to let us know and we will try and get to the bottom of it!

I recived my preview of the envelope but can't click through to the invitation.

This is only showing you how your envelope will look, not your invitation.  The invitation can be viewed in the lightbox by clicking preview Invitiation next to that invite. 

I am afraid to hit 'Send'.

Don't worry, hitting send is not going to send the invitations out without you having a final look. Click it to view the list of who you are about to send it to then hit send!

I want to send my invite but I can't.

You have created your invitation and previewed it, but can't send it because you have not selected any guests to go to this invite. Go to the Guest List Tab and add guests to this invitation. Once you have done it (and saved it on the Guest List tab) you will see that a Send button has now appeared. You will be able to preview the Invitation again before sending it AND also see the list of guests you are about to send it too.

Creating your event

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Useful tips on how to create your event webpage

When I enter an Event Name where will this information be seen?

The name of the event will only be seen on your website. Each event will have its own page on your website detailing what will happen in that section of the day. The Name of each event will be also seen on your Invites tab when you choose which events to include in each invitation.

What does Invite Description mean?
This event title will be seen on the wedding invitation, this allows you to use more formal language than on your website. For example ours would read 'The Wedding of Emma Gosling and Jim Taylor', and our evening event would be 'The Evening Reception'. It is up to you how you phrase it. You can always change it once you have previewed the invitations.

I can't find my venue
When you click on the drop down box you should be able to see all your venues. If you can't it might mean that you did not save it in the Venues tab before navigating away. Go back to the Venues tab and you should see it of the main page if it is there. If not, then you need to create a new venue and save it. It will then appear in the dropdown box in the events section.

Does it matter if the date of this event is after the wedding?
You can enter any date in here if it is linked with your wedding. Some people have a party after the wedding, or you might be wanting to have welcome drinks before the big days itself, either is no problem. We give you the option when you create the invitations to include these type of events or not. You might just want these details to appear on the website only. Your can get guests will still be able to RSVP even though it was not visible on the invitation.

I don't know the time of the event yet.
If you have not finalised all wedding details don't worry, you can come back and change this at a later date. The information will appear on the invite and the website, so make you change it before you send the invitations out!

I don't know what to write in Web Page Text
The text entered here will appear on the website page for this event. If it is your Ceremony you might want to start by writing, 'Please join us to celebrate our big day.....' or 'We can't wait to become Man and Wife and we hope you will be there to share this with us.....' You can write as much or as little as you want.

I don't know what Image to upload.
Make sure whatever picture you upload you own the copyright or you have permission to use it. Why not make it simple and upload a picture of you both? For any issues uploading see the Photo help questions.

How do I upload photos?

Click on the “Add some images of the..” and select the images you’d like to upload, you can select multiple images at the same time by holding down your Shift key while selecting them.

Why does my picture look wrong?

If your picture appears distorted, or pixelated it may be because the image you’ve uploaded is very small or of low quality, try uploading a larger image and see if it looks better.

What files can you upload?

When uploading images we accept the following filetypes: jpeg/jpg, gif, and png. This covers most filetypes used on websites and any standard image software package can save images in these formats.

What size should they be?

Any images that you upload will be resized to a maximum width of 900 pixels. As for the filesize, we suggest no more than 2mb, this should be plenty for most images, if you are trying to upload images larger than this then you need to resize them to 900 pixels wide yourself. In windows you can do this using the built in photo gallery:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-live/photo-gallery-edit-photos-faq and in Mac you can do this using the built in tools when viewing an image: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5936

How do I delete photo?

If you are uploading you can cancel the upload.  If they are already uploaded then just click the x to remove. 

I have entered all the event information into the site and now it has disappeared.
Did you navigate away from this page at any point? You might not have saved it. At the bottom of the page is a save button, so click on this. Then check whether you got an error when you saved, this would mean the information isn't stored. Please try entering the information again and if the same thing happens after you have saved then there may be a issue. Click on, feedback icon, bottom right, send us a message and we will look into it for you.

I've got multiple events needing dietary requirements, will the field appear more than once?
Yes it will appear for each event.

I've added a question and it's not appearing on the rsvp
Firstly, make sure that the event saved without any errors. If this isn't it, make sure that the event is attached to the invitation you are checking. Click on the invites link to see this.

How do I see the answers to my rsvp questions?
Once your replies are in: Either - Click on rsvps, then view the detail for the event, then click on view reply for a guest. Note that we don't make the guests answer, so some may choose to leave the field blank.

Real Wedding back in 2010

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Martin and Laura get wed

In 2009 we launched in New Zealand, however one of our first couples were based in the UK. Martin and Laura used our very first Save the Date package. They had a lovely engagement shoot with their photographer Ed Goulding. Ed also went on to take photos of their September Wedding.

Once Upon a time...

Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Story

Once upon a time, two people tied the knott and a beautiful business was born!

October 24th 2008 was not only our wedding day but the day when the Paperless Wedding concept truly succeeded. Everyone arrived in the right place, at the right time (well nearly all....someone missed a train!). Our guests all knew a little bit more about us, our families, and also the venue, thanks to our wedding website.

Full Package

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Digital invitations with matching Wedding Website. Also online RSVP too, pages for accommodation details, events and gift list. Try out FREE 3 week trial to see if it is for you!!!!


We email wedding invitations to your guests, this links them to your personalised wedding website. Here you can tell them all about your special day.

They can keep in touch with you through online RSVP, leaving messages and uploading photos.

Wedding Website
Your website is totally customisable, simple to set up and can be accessed only by you and your guests using a unique link through their invitation.

Themes
Check out our selection of cool themesWe think you'll love our choice of wedding website and invitation designs. Don't see one for you or you want to change a colour or a font?  No problem, go in and edit them to they fit perfectly with your big day. 

Save the date
FREE! - It's never too soon to make sure your friends and family know when your wedding is. Send out Save the Date emails and then keep the theme and guest list for your site and invitations when you upgrade.

Multiple Venues
You might be getting married Islington Town Hall or aboard a boat on Thames, then going to a hotel and then holding an event the next day. All of this is not a problem! Details will appear on your website for each venue so you can tell people where it is, why you chose it and add all your own text and photos.

Multiple Events
The wedding ceremony, the reception and the evening may all be happening at different places with different people invited. Tell your guests what is happening at each part in your special day.

Wedding invites
We don't just send text emails - your email wedding invitations design matches the theme you have chosen. The invite gathers details from events and venue pages and displays them for you. You can add your own wording and preview before sending. You can also have different invites for different sets of events.



Gift List
Create your own page with links to your gift lists or use our integrated Amazon Wish List (UK Only).

Your Website
You can add whatever pages you want to your wedding website, from accommodation details to stories about how you both met. It's entirely up to you.

Preview
What does my site look like? We give you the ability to go and view exactly what your guests see through a simple link. You can even post something on your message board in preparation for that first rsvp!

Guest List
You can enter each guests detail in individually, or you can import your contact list from your email. Example files are included to make this process as simple as possible. This is a MUST for people having big weddings!

Online RSVP
See your RSVPs come in as soon as you've sent the invites! You'll be able to track clearly exactly who is coming to which event. You can also send out reminders to those who haven't replied yet or let people know if your plans change.

Message board and Photo Album
Keep in touch with your guests via a message board and photo albums.

Website Only

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
This option is perfect if you have your invitations sorted but also want a website too!


You already have your invitations sorted, but why not have a website as well? Send out your beautiful invitations with your website address and a password details included within. You can save paper by then putting all directions, hotel details and gift lists on your website instead! 


Theme by Knots and Kisses

 

Keep in touch with a wedding website
More and more couples are using wedding websites, it's a great way to give your guests the info they need about your wedding and also keep in touch with them before and after your big day.

  • It can match your paper invitations in either design or colour.
  • Get your designer involved with uploading your theme to your website. 


Flexibility
Your website is totally customisable as you are able to write whatever you like. As well as our set pages for your venues and events, you can also add your own pages.

  • Unlimited pages for you to be able to add accommodation details, transport information and details about the running order of the day.


Keep in touch
Your website includes a message board so you can start discussions with your guests - why not have a vote for the first dance?

  • Email notifications will alert you to all new comments.


Photos
Both before and after your wedding you and your guests can share photos to your photo albums.

  • Photos will only be stored for as long as your account is active and once subscription has ended they will go, so don't forget to download them all to your computer!


Privacy
Your website can only be accessed by you and your guests by using a unique code that you set.  This can be sent out in your paper invitations along with the website address for your site.

Creating the magic!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

We have been working with a great team at Skyblue Creations. Jane and I have a regular catch on the phone about all things happening in our lives and then get on to work!  It is nice to have a chat when you are sat in the office on your own, so thanks Jane. Then there is Simon (Jane's husband) who is our designer. He has managed to bring a fresh new look to our site which we love.

Women in Business

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Setting Up

The sun is shining and its the first truly hot day of the year apparently. I am filled with excitement of an amazing summer ahead.  Most importantly Paperless Wedding goes live and we get to share this wonderful new site with everyone. This is a big turning point in my life as I have talked about running my own business for such a long time. Our Australian and NZ sites have always be secondary to my full time (well paid!) job.  Now I am doing what I have read in so many magazines, 'successful woman gives up career to start own business'. Not only that I am mother to a beautiful 19month old daughter who is into everything at the moment. This new phase excites me and scares me, but isn't that what drives you to succeed?! 

As seen in...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Australia and New Zealand

We have had some great exposure in some of the top Wedding sites in Australia and New Zealand.  Here are a few of them!  Look out for us featuring in UK sites really soon. 

Guest Blogger

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Australia

We have had some great coverage in Australia and New Zealand.  I been a guest blogger on two sites Hitched and Polka Dot Bride

Keep any eye out for the first feature on a UK Blog and in a Magazine coming up in November!! 

Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Testing testing......1,2,3....

Anyone out there........

So today was one big milestone in the lead up to the all new Paperless Wedding UK site being launched.  I was given access to the CMS (Content Management System) which allows me to start blogging and also adding important details to the main body of the site. So here I am!

A BIG welcome and be prepared to see lots more posts from me on the run up to the big launch day!

Once the site has launched we have lots of exciting posts in store for you including a series of posts based on the alphabet, traditions and also our favourite spots on Pinterest. So bookmark us now so you can keep coming back!

Save The Date

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Congratulations you are engaged! Get that date in the diary and share it, using our digital save the dates, with all your guests!


Put it in their diary!

Your wedding may not be for another year (or longer!), but you want to let people know to keep your special day free.  It helps plan and they can book their flights if you're getting married outside UK. We have the perfect solution - Send them a Save the Date email card!

  • Check out our selection of cool themes.
  • ​Guest list uploader


Photo by Binky Nixon

​It is a more simple version of the full invite offering, but still including our Guest List and preview options. Upgrade this account when you come to send out invites, and all your details will still be there and you can keep the matching theme!

We are eco-friendly!

Friday, May 9, 2014
Forget the paper, don’t rely on the post and save the world! Whatever colours you choose you'll have a green wedding.


Thinking about an eco-friendly wedding? Or reducing your carbon footprint?

Going paperless is a great way to do this – all the paper you would have sent will be emailed instead. You're not just saving paper either, you'll also be helping to reduce emissions from delivery, especially if you're sending wedding invitations overseas.

Get to your wedding via pedal power!

Top Tips for Green Weddings

  • Encourage your guests to give each other lifts to your wedding, or provide a bus.
  • If people are travelling from overseas ask them to carbon offset their flights.
  • Choose locally supplied food, flowers and jewellery.
  • Choose seasonal flowers and food.
  • Don't use flowers at all and go for alternative button bouquets.
  • Go for a sustainable wedding venue.
  • Try and have the ceremony and wedding in one location, saving carbon emissions on travel.
  • Hire rather than buy or go pre-loved. This could also save you money.
  • Instead of asking for gifts, request a donation to an environmental charity.
  • Have your honeymoon in the UK – it is beautiful after all!

Emma Taylor working on Paperless Wedding

On top of this, we at Paperless try make sure we're as green as possible:

  • Our servers are energy efficient.
  • We don't travel to meetings as we do it by email, phone or Skype.
  • Paperless HQ has no air con.
  • We don't drive to work.
  • We recycle everything we can.
  • We operate without paper as much as possible.


Do you want a green wedding? - sign up now!

About Us

Friday, May 9, 2014

Emma and Jim on their wedding day

Welcome to the wonderful world of Paperless Wedding! 

We are the only UK-based company offering couples a personalised wedding website with matching digital wedding invitations.  We also have separate sites for Australia and New Zealand too – read on to find out why.

Paperless Wedding was born back in 2008 for our wedding.  We wanted to provide our guests with all of the information for our wedding in one place, and customise the site and invitations to suit our wedding theme.  We also had a lot of overseas guests so sending digital invitations just made sense.  But we couldn’t find a service that suited our needs, so together we designed and produced our own site!

After great feedback from our guests we realised the business opportunity. We moved to New Zealand and, with help from the talented designer Ruari McDowall, set about creating the site. In September 2009 Paperless Wedding was launched and digital invitations started flying out the ‘digital door’!

One year later we had moved to Sydney and decided to launch the site there aswell. Both sites have been going really well, so on our return to the UK in 2011 we started to think about launching here too. A new house and beautiful daughter kept us busy in 2012/13 but come 2014 there were no more excuses.

Paperless Wedding launched in the UK in September 2014 after a complete re-design, new code and features.  We could not have done it without the amazing support and talents of Skyblue Creations.

Since then over 800+ couples have used our site, and over 40,000+ personalised digital invitations have been sent. We love helping couples create their ideal website and digital invitations, perfectly suited to them and their big day.

We hope you like what you see – if there is anything we can do to help, or if you have any questions about what we offer then feel free to get in touch.

Thanks for supporting our family-run business! 

Emma and Jim

Saves the pennies!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Save on postage, paper wedding invitations, save the date cards, the envelopes and the labour. More money for you to put behind the bar or spend on a honeymoon!


We want save you money as well as being eco friendly!  An average wedding has about 100 guests and a good rule of thumb is to start with 60% of your guest list receiving an wedding invitation.

Remember you are inviting couples, who only need 1 wedding invitation between the two of them. Then there are the families with children and also wedding invitations for single people. If you were ordering paper invites you are advised to add 10% for unexpected additions. You don't have to worry about this with Paperless Wedding as you have UNLIMITED invitations and Save the Dates!

Save the Date Maths:

60 x 0.64p x 2 Postage = £38.40

60 x £2.00 Save the Date card = £120

Save the Date TOTAL £158.40 

Paperless Wedding £FREE!!!

Paperless Wedding invitations and Save the Dates.

60 x 0.96p 1st class Postage Wedding Invitation = £57.60 (opting for large envelope to fit everything in!)

60 x 0.64p 1st class Postage Save the Date = £38.40

60 x 0.55p 2nd class Postage for RSVP = £33.00 - Postage total (£129.00)

60 x £2.00 Save the Date card = £120

60 x £5.00 Invitations with RSVP and Envelope = £300.00

60 x £1.00 Additional info sheets/gift list = £60.00

Full Package GRAND TOTAL = £609.00  

Paperless Wedding £80 - saving you a whopping £529.00!!!!

Check out our prices and see you can save over £500 by going digital.

Real Wedding - Amiee and David

Sunday, March 9, 2014

In New Zealand, Amiee and David tied the knot and have shared this beautiful photo of the two of them, which was taken by an also newly married Sharnelle Lewis.  Amiee and David also gave us a cracking review too!

"Paperless Wedding was perfect for us.  Emma was so helpful and created an invite especially for us that perfectly matched our wedding theme.  We saved so much time and money being able to do everything electronically.  Also, by the time we got around to sending the invitations it was a little on the late side, and this way the quests received them instantly.  We had an out of town wedding and we were able to put all the information (accommodation, details about our wishing well, location and venue information) for our guests on the website.  It was super easy for guests to reply to the invitations, and all guests had replied within a month or so.  The RSVP system made it so easy to keep track of our guests and all of their dietary requirements and music choices.  We had heaps of comments on our site and invitations, we were really happy with the entire process, and would highly recommend to others."

We are so glad we could help you and that you had a great experience using the site.  Thanks for the lovely feedback.

We wish you all the happiness in the world!

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