WEDDINGS

it’s all in the details #5: city chic

Morning lovelies!

It will be no surprise to you if you’re a regular reader of Bijoux Bride, that I love living in the big smoke.  Despite growing up in the sticks (for the most part) I am a true city-slicker at heart, and nothing makes my heart sing more than the thought of a city hall wedding or elopement.  The romance and intimacy of a small city wedding, the image of confetti being thrown over the happy couple on the steps of a beautiful old stone building, followed by a chic reception at a trendy but cute venue is perfect for a no-fuss couple with a sense of style.

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Cool and calm grey and white are perfect for a big city, London, New York even Paris, with a touch of the softest blush pink to add to the sense of romance.

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Sophisticated & elegant, printed or letterpressed on the softest cotton paper adding a touch of femininity and a timeless quality.  Clean, crisp graphics are the perfect reflection of a contemporary city celebration.

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Add to the sense of location by picking up on landmark buildings in the graphics, or by including features from your venue to make it extra personal and unique.  These laser cut invites from Cutture incorporate the bride & groom’s favourite places in London, and the pub where they held their reception!

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The simplicity and structure of a single bloom bouquet compliments the sentiment of a city wedding beautifully, whether a beautiful posy of pink roses, or just a single large bloom.  If you love the texture of mixed bouquets, keep the tones soft and light to keep the look fresh and modern.  As an alternative, how about a paper or silk flower bouquet?  If you are going for a small & intimate wedding, chances are there won’t be the opportunity for as many keepsakes, and I just love the though of a bouquet heirloom to pass on to furture generations.

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Chances are if you’re picking a city venue, it will be a hotel or restaurant with an interior decor style you already love.  Display your flowers in clear or white vases, and restrict the colours of the linen to pale pinks, greys and white, to really let the venue do all the talking.

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Candlesticks and candelabra’s add a sense of intimacy and elegance to any venue, without distracting from the rest of the decor, adding a warm glow as the light fades into evening.  Add crystal details to your place settings to add a touch of sparkle.

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In a small venue, the cake becomes as much a part of the decor and other details.  Create a centerpiece using double-height tiers, decorated simply to create an elegant impression. Some of the tiers might even be ‘fake’ so you can create the impression without the expense and waste of a big cake!

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Sometimes it’s not appropriate to have a full size cake, so for an intimate wedding I love the idea of individual mini-cakes served to each guest.  Displayed at each place setting these can not only serve as dessert, but as a wedding favour and if wrapped prettily, act as decor too.  Even though the price per serving may be a little more than a single cake, the mulit-purpose element actually makes them pretty good value for a small number of guests.

Have I convinced you to choose a ‘small but perfectly formed’ city affair? I really do hope so!

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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