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The Blog - Tips and inspiration to help you plan your wedding with less stress
Dressing for a wedding as a guest has its challenges and so today I’m delighted to share this post by Carolyn from Northwood Rings, a company that make beautiful bespoke rings out of wood, gemstones and precious metals. Carolyn’s sharing her top tips for accessorising for an Autumn wedding, so read on for some inspiration to help you look your best at any upcoming weddings this season!
This year, I’ve been on a mission to reduce stress in my life. I’m fascinated by how many of us don’t recognise opportunities to make our lives easier but instead pile more work, guilt and, yes, stress on our already overwhelmed shoulders.
This got me thinking about you, as brides-to-be. I know some of you are navigating the wedding planning journey with little difficulty, but for many of you, I know that it can be a struggle to manage everything. So I’ve decided to start sharing some ways of how you can make it easier on yourself.
I’m starting today with wedding stationery. Why? Because it’s something that I personally struggled with when we got married and I know, having spoken to many brides, it’s been one of the things that has come up for them too. Simply put, you need a way to let your guests know there’s a wedding. Bottom line. But then we start stressing about when we need to send the invites, who we should invite, whether we need a different invite for the evening and, worst of all, finding and writing out addresses to finally send them out. Do you buy or DIY? And is it worth investing the money in having someone make them for you when you could do it yourself?
This wasn't about the workshop alone. In fact, there was no obligation to run one. This was about the creative process. While I'd been focusing on my target audience, I'd forgotten how fascinating it can be to watch artisans and creatives work. That's what this was all about and I could certainly do something to show that.
I forgot that what I do behind the scenes would be interesting to other people. Honestly, I get so stuck in my head when I'm making things that I forget that people don't see all of that work. It's pretty therapeutic too and if you'd like to explore what I do further, you can come along to one of my workshops and make something special for yourself. This goes for people who aren't brides-to-be too, as there are so many things you can do with a hair vine, something I'll be exploring further over the next few months.
Today I'm answering those unspoken questions I see on brides lips when I talk to them about designing their hair accessories.
Let's face it, there are so many details to think about when planning your wedding and chances are, if you haven't got a venue, photographer or dress yet, the finishing touches probably aren't your priority right now, but it always pays to be prepared right?
So let's break it all down, starting with the word "bespoke" itself. Bespoke means custom-made. So when someone talks to you about a bespoke service or product, it means they are tailoring their service or product specifically to you. It means no one-size-fits-all approach and your ideas are valued, heard and incorporated into the finished piece.
Back in 2014, I started out with a few random hair pieces and would say to potential clients that I would create whatever they wanted. This was an epic fail for two reasons: one, I didn't have enough work to show what I was capable of and two, people don't always know what they want.
I've learnt a lot through my journey to getting where I am (it wasn't pretty in the beginning!) and one of the biggest lessons I've learnt is you need to have ideas to inspire and you need to have a style that people can relate to. And if people have no idea what they want, you need to be able to build a relationship with them to figure it out.
Let's say, today did not go as I planned it to! And I'm finding that with a lot of days at the moment. Do you find that too? Today I was practically invisible; I've had cars almost reverse in to me, people walking so close to me you'd think I was a ghost...plus a whole dog shaming incident that I think you'll enjoy hearing about (sorry Gizmo). But it was my reaction to all of these things that surprised me. Normally when stuff like this happens, I feel the world is against me but today I thought about why I might be taking everything to heart.