Autumn approaches

The end of the Summer is nigh, which means the start of my favourite season…Autumn.

Autumn brings with it a beautiful palette of warmth – reds, oranges, yellows and golds.

To steer away from the traditional, and add a hint of this colourful season, here are a few ideas. Pumpkins/squash could be carved with the bride & groom’s initials, hollowed out to make pretty tea light holders, or used as candelabras. Pine cones could become place card holders; hay bales can be used as seating and toffee apple popsicles served as canapés with a twist.

Woodland weddings will provide a beautiful backdrop as the leaves turn to their autumn colours, great for photos.


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2014 – The Trends

With the start of 2014 comes talk of what we can expect from this year’s brides to be. Here is a P&P round up:

Jump to it – For those brides wanting to get away from the norm, J Crew have launched their first ever bridal jump suit. Keeping it feminine in delicate lace this will really turn your guest’s heads.

Hannah and Greg-18New Year blues – 2014 brings a bluer hue after last year’s grey came into play. Think navy and midnight blue, to royal blue and aqua, blue is a great addition to any wedding palette.

Pretty in pink – Pink is set to make a return this year, however, it doesn’t have to be all sickly sweet. Dusky pinks can be incorporated into part of a more neutral colour palette to add a feminine touch, or for a more striking statement think hot pink twinned with aqua for a colourful summer wedding guests won’t forget.

Woodland weddings – British weather permitting, weddings in the woods are rumoured to be big this year. Be it a tipi among the trees, or a carpenter’s barn in the forest, perhaps inspiration can be drawn from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

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Getting Married Next Summer?

If you are planning your wedding for next summer, you might want to start thinking about your invitations. One of our favourite suppliers, and a good friend of Penny & Poppy, has a super new range of wedding stationery available. Sending out your bright summer invites as winter approaches is sure to give your guests something to look forward to and spread a bit of sunshine during the colder months. Katy’s latest range has an original and fresh look. Enjoy!

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Katy Clemmans has designed a fantastic range of exclusive wedding stationery, perfect for the modern couple looking to give their special day a vibrant design edge.

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Invitations, save the dates, and RSVP cards are printed in the UK onto deluxe, bright white 300gsm laid card stock – a fine linear texture on each side giving a fabulous tactile feel. Invitations and save the dates are provided with matching white textured envelopes (you can include an R.S.V.P. card for your guests in the same envelope).

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New designs are constantly being added to the range, and Katy can also create other printed items which you may require on a bespoke basis – thank you cards, seating plans, table numbers amongst other items. Simply email Katy with your requirements.

More info can be found on the Katy Clemmans website:


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Keeping it Crafty

Vintage‬ gift tag & labels from old photo postcard. Choice of seaside or Italy. Perfect for wedding favours. ‪#‎TallyHoOxford‬



‪‎Victorian‬ newspaper pages for crafting or wrapping.‪TallyHoOxford‬



Vintage Victorian newspaper gift tag label. Wedding favours. Tea party. Birthday. ‪#‎TallyHoOxford‬



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Get Crafty

It has become very popular to have homemade craft decorations and centrepieces at weddings. You can buy a variety of items from online shops such as Dot Com Giftshop, but, these can be pricey especially if you need to buy in bulk.

To get the homemade look there is no better way than to get crafty yourself.

  • If you find the prospect of making your own decorations overwhelming, organise a craft day; invite your friends and family, especially those with a creative flare. Within the space of a day, with your very own little craft factory, you should be able to produce the bulk of your decorations in one go. Craft fairs can also be a good places to get inspiration and enables you to see how items have actually been put together.

  • Most ideas will be online so browse Youtube for ‘how to’ guides in preparation for your craft day.

  • Make sure you have all the relevant craft items you need in order to make your decorations. You don’t have to spend a lot, online craft stores such as The Essentials Company or flower arranging suppliers offer good deals on basics.

  • Put a little ‘how to guide’ together for your team which details clear instructions. Perhaps make one decoration for reference which should illustrate to your team exactly how you want them to look.

Popular decorations

  • Paper flowers
  • Hanging paper balls
  • Button Bouquets
  • Wish trees
  • Labels, tags & flags
  • Place cards
  • Bunting & paper chains


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A French Fairytale – Châteaus & Vineyards

For something a bit different, why not take the party to France! With a more reliable climate and all that rolling beautiful French countryside why wait. Majestic château’s make the ideal background for your dream wedding – make sure you do your homework, there are strict rules around getting married in France, most couples have their legal marriage in the UK then have a blessing at their French dream venue.

Style ideas:

  • Grand long tables with candelabras & chandeliers
  • Stunning landscapes and gardens for great photos
  • Wild flowers such as fragrant lavender or summery sunflowers
  • Beautiful French patisserie treats – coloured macarons or croquembouche towers
  • Traditional champagne or delicious wines straight from the vineyard
  • Rustic cheese and bread boards
  • Assorted colours such as pastels, creams or summer brights.



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Best of British – Will & Kate

With the anticipated arrival of baby Windsor this year, 2013 looks set to be another year for the great British street and garden party.

Themes and styles still very much en vogue will be:

  • Homemade bunting, flags, antique china, cucumber sandwiches, fairy cakes, streamers, paper chains, paper balls, thrifty signs, recycled jars and bottles
  • Whimsical flowers, traditional English garden finds, roses, wild flowers, potted herbs, lavender
  • Classic British vintage cars or perhaps a traditional horse & carriage
  • A mix of royal elegance and antique chic harping back to the 40’s and 50’s
  • Alice in wonderland style tea parties with a hint of the British eccentric; table decorations inspired by Alice’s ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ adventures
  • From pastel shades to British reds and blues to rainbow bright colours, any colour palette can be worked in to your theme


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Festival Fun – Glastonbury Revival

With the return of Glastonbury after its fallow year in 2012, this summer brings
a season of festival frenzy. Combine glamping, boho and festival chic to bring an air of Glastonbury to your wedding.

Themes, styles & colours:

  • Homemade arts and craft decorations add a touch of ‘Greenfields‘ to your big day; wicker craft, toadstools, sky lanterns and flags
  • Go wild for wellies for your bridal party to match your colour theme
  • Choose a venue with lots of outdoor green space or pick a licensed glamping one, to create your own mini-festival vibe
  • Bell tents and tipis for guest accommodation, while the happy couple can have the luxury of a winnebago or trendy yurt
  • Festival foods such as pie & mash, BBQ’d meats, fish skewers, cous-cous and succulent salads washed down with proper cider or fruity Pimms
  • Colours such as meadow greens, summer brights and sunset hues


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Lucky 13: A Touch of Tuscany & Chinese Splendour

The number 13 is considered to have great spiritual significance and to be very lucky in both Italy and China, so for those of you getting married this year it looks like you will have a lifetime of happiness together. Plus, all of those superstitious couples who were too afraid to get married in 2013 must have left some choice venues for everyone else! Chinese Zodiac Year of the Snake 2013 (people born in 1965, 1977, 1989) is supposed to be a financially lucky year. Chinese themes and colour palettes:

  • Chinese lanterns, parasols, fans
  • Burnt orange, cherry red, vibrant pink, bright yellow, antique gold, deep purples
  • Cherry blossom, orchids and lotus flowers
  • Banquet feasting on long tables
  • Tranquil gardens with leafy canopies

A touch of Tuscany themes and colour palettes:

  • Sharing Italian breads, oil and juicy olives
  • A late afternoon ceremony with syrupy Tuscan like sunshine streaming through the windows of a rural church
  • A garden with frescos and a string quartet playing Puccini
  • Elegant ivory, antique lace and gold, silvers, olive green
  • Rosemary, olive trees, lilies, sunflowers, irises
  • Tables bowing with beautiful desserts, wines, prosecco and bellinis
  • Lambrettas, vespas and classic Fiat 500s to get the Groom to the venue in style!
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