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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!

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

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, New Zealand's Living Nature, and Antipodes, 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

If you're new to natural & organic make-up it might be tricky to know where to start first. It is a good idea to find a salon, health spa or store that can find you natural make-up to suit your skin type & tone. If you live in Queensland near Applebom Beauty, Hair and Wellbeing, Toowoomba then you need to visit! They are a multi-award winning concept salon Hair & Beauty with a conscience, specialising in all things “Natural, Organic, Recycled & Eco-sensitive.”

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 Australia are the team at Port Stephens Glow Hair and Make-up and on the Gold Coast Teya May.

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. x

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 not far from these shores, so I thought it might help couples planning weddings 'back home' and also to inspire you to look for a similar alternatives in Australia.

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 20 minutes).

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 are do guest have to do?

Guests simply shop online and we take care of the rest including wrapping and 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? Leave a comment below!

There are several Australian companies that offer something similar and we will cover them in future blog posts. 

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 weather is certainly hotting up, 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 whopping 66% 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 $$$'s 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, in the UK. 

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 our job, 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 will be the same.

What would you say your style is?

In our daily work our style is whatever our client need. 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 styles 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 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.

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. 

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!

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. 

Summer wedding guests should be getting their invitations now and Autumn/Winter 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 Melbourne 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, UK, 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!

Rob and Karen's bouncy castle wedding photo

Karen's tip to planning an out door wedding is..."Don't do it!!  Only joking!  The effort involved should not be under estimated. Plan things like electric, water and toilets early on and also keep a close eye on the budget." They were immensely grateful to all their family and friends with their help in setting up.  It took over a week in total. However all the hard work and planning paid off and both Karen and Rob, family and friends had an amazingly memorable day. 

Karen and Rob sent out paper invitations that Rob designed and they shared the other details about the big day via a Paperless Wedding website.  On the wedding website were directions to the event, running order of the day, weather options, hotels etc. Karen said, " We used Paperless Wedding because it gave us an eco-friendly, economical & easy way to manage our wedding information for our guests. We were able to customise it to match our theme & it gave guests a one stop shop to get all their wedding info."

Karen and Rob Paperless Wedding couple walking down the aisle

This fun loving couple had an eco friendly / festival inspired theme wedding, with a nod to the 1920's art deco designs. They were married beneath a grand oak tree (a dream of Karen's!) in a humanist celebration led Patsy Wallace.  Karen's mum flew over from Australia to walk her daughter down the aisle. How proud she looks!! 

Down the hill was an Indian marquee where the food and dancing was held, but also there were other gazebos with a sweet station including candy floss and pick and mix and one with garden games. They were keen to make sure that the day was relaxed and fun.

Their eco friendly wedding meant that food and flowers were all sourced locally.  They borrowed/upcycled as much stuff as they could, including borrowing the huge Indian marquee from a friend. The simple floral arrangements were locally grown flowers and the straw bales came from the farm and would be eaten by cows over the winter! They had Pimms served in cups and saucers hired in for the reception, with waiting staff pouring from china teapots to add a little “1920s speakeasy” atmosphere. The event all took place in one place, which also reduced their carbon footprint. 

The day went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. A BIG thanks to you both for sharing your beautiful day with us.  All the very best for the future.

Love this photo, No going back now Karen!! Don't worry, being married rocks, I assure you. xx

xx

Credits

PhotographyWill Strange
Venue: Farmer’s Private Field
Celebrant: Patsy Wallace
Bride’s Ceremony Dress & Veil: Art Couture: Love Bridal
Hair: Shear Madness
Groom’s
 Suit: Ede & Ravencroft
Flowers: Garden Flowers from Bride’s Mother
Bouncy Castle Hire: Bounce South Ltd
Catering: Posh Pigs
Catering Staff: Cudmore Event Hire
Dance Floor, Lighting, Furniture & Generator: Maidman’s Marquees
Decor & China: South West Event Hire

Not forgetting the toilets!! 
Mobile Toilets: Temporary Toilets

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

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.

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.

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 IdeasEco WeddingWedding 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 based in Brisbane 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 Wellington, NZ.  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 weddings later this year are flying out the door now.  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 never to early though to create your invitations now for those spring and summer weddings. You can just save them and send when you are ready.  When you do send them, they 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. 

 

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

Photograph: Society Photography

Australia know how to do fireworks!!! Fireworks and sparklers at your wedding can be a lovely addition to your evening celebrations, but they have to done safely and the people who know how to do that are Pyro OZ Wedding Fireworks. I asked them if they can share their top 5 tips for hiring a company for your wedding.

1. Not all venues suit fireworks.
If you are thinking of including fireworks either indoors our outdoors then choose a reception venue where fireworks can be used safely. For instance, historic house may not allow indoor fireworks.  If you want an outdoor firework display then think about having your reception at a golf club, at a surf club, or on a harbour cruise.

2. Always use a professional company.
Close proximity fireworks is a specialised skill and not an add-on.  Your venue will insist that you use professionals so it is important that you hire an experienced professional company such as Wedding Fireworks by Pyro Oz.  As the saying goes, 'If you think its expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.'

3. Don't be tempted to go with the cheapest quote.
Cheaper is not always better.  Check experience and safety records.  A quality full service fireworks company offer expertise and uses quality fireworks. This gives you the peace of mind that the effects you want will be delivered in a professional and safe manner.  A quality company will also be able to brief your photographers and videographer as to best angle for the best image.  

HRM Photography

Read your quotes carefully.  Come companies will offer packages which may include special effects such as dry ice or confetti in addition to what you have requested.  A pro company will also offer obligation free quotes and will undertake site inspections at no additional cost.


4. Take advice of your chosen professional.
You may want an effect that cannot be done safely in your venue.  Or you may have an image in mind but may not be sure what to ask for.  When speaking to your fireworks company, listen to their suggestions.  They know their business and can best advise you as to the best effects for the key moments of your wedding.

5. Tell your venvue you are having fireworks!
Always speak to your venue to make sure that they allow fireworks.  Some effects, such as dry ice, require the air conditioning to be turned off so that the effect is optimal.  Your venue needs to understand what they need to do to assist.

Venues don't like to be surprised with additional services you may have booked!

Also if you have booked services that require the firework operators to remain at the reception all night, remember to include them in the seating plan along with other service providers, such as your videographer and photographer.

Our thanks to the team at Pyro OZ for these great tips!!!

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. 

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!
 

Theme of the Month - Beach Hut

Friday, March 4, 2016

The summer has been pretty good one this year. However with the heat soon to fade away, I thought I might just take look at one last summery theme for this season.

The beach is a lovely place to get married, providing that the weather is nice! 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.

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

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

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 shared 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, UK. Well that is no help to me I hear you say, but bear with me.  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, to protect wildlife and inspire people about nature. I think you will agree that is a great base to start planning your Eco Wedding. There are lots of Eco Friendly venues all over Australia that boast similar attibutes.

To give a bit more insight into eco venues and what it means, 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 hundreds and thousands of weddings each year, 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.  Local and seasonal 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 Australia (currently over 80% of wedding flowers are imported).

5.    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.

Do share you tipe and ideas in our comments below.  Also if you are an Eco Venue please do get in touch.

Happy Planning!

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 by sending me an email. Also send a photo so I can showcase you on our Real Weddings blog too!

Guides for Brides Shortlisted 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)

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.

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! Check out these Australian sites (Also don't forget Ebay!):

I Do Gowns

Easy Weddings

Secondhand Wedding Dresses 

Capriess


Buy locally

Make sure you purchase the dress in your local area by a designer that is Aussie and has used locally made cloth etc.  You want to cut down on carbon emissions of having your dress/cloth being made in China and flown to Australia. 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 everyone!  I am continuing my alphabet blog series and starting 2016 at C.  I had many options to choose from you but I have chose Celebrant as this term and function in a wedding was very new to me being a Brit. During my time in OZ I went to several weddings and loved the personal touch a celebrant brings to the day. So this mornings post has actually be written by the very talented Wendy Marshall who is a celebrant on the Gold Coast.  I had a lot of questions for her which she has answered and I hope you all find useful.  I particular like her words of advice at the end

Naomi V Photography

What do you feel makes a wedding truly personal?

To me, a wedding is truly personal and tailor made when it reflects the bride and grooms personalities, their love story and their style.  It honours them as individuals as well as celebrates them as a couple.

In the ceremony, we (meaning the couple and I) create this by ensuring that we include their thoughts and feelings about each other.  We talk about what being married really means to them and what their hopes and dreams are for their future together. 

I encourage my clients to include any special family or cultural customs that makes their ceremony more meaningful to them.  For example, I had one bride who had been given a book that was passed down from her great grandmother, to her grandmother, to her mother and then onto her, which had a special poem handwritten in it.  The poem was a “Recipe for a Successful Marriage” – which she had one of her dear friends read as part of the ceremony, from the original book.

Including loved ones, whether that be family, friends or even pets, is another way of creating a truly unique ceremony that also honours special relationships and provides long lasting memories for your guests as well as the bride and groom.

Music also sets a very personal touch to the ceremony – whether that is recorded music or live music.  Weddings were one or more of their guests have performed songs for the bride and groom created really special moments for all that were there.

At the reception, unique guest book ideas, handmade bonbonniere gifts and creative table décor are another lovely way of making the wedding day reflect their style.  

What is the strangest wedding you have over seen?

I can honestly say, I have not had any ‘strange’ weddings per say. The most different weddings I have officiated are ones where the brides wore non-traditional coloured dresses – I’ve had brides in burgundy, azure blue, hot pink  and black – and each one looked absolutely gorgeous, as the colours really bought out their best features and set a very personal and unique tone for their day.

Here are my tips on writing your vows.

I always encourage brides and grooms to write 2 or 3 paragraphs – not too long or not too short is the key to meaningful vows that flow well in the context of the ceremony.

Some great sentences starters are:

I love you because …..

When I’m with you I feel / You make me feel …..

My hopes/ dreams for our future are…..

In our marriage, I promise you…….

I vow to always……

What are your top 3 locations for getting married?

I do love a beach wedding!!  Somewhere in park or on a headland with the surf and sand in the background is always stunning, though be prepared to work with the elements – wind, rain and sun etc!!  ALWAYS have a Plan B!!  On the Gold Coast, I love John Laws Park, Burleigh Headland, Mick Schamburg Park at Miami and Len Wort Park in Currumbin. 

Mayhem Photography

Gardens and Vineyards are also beautiful settings and work in well with current Vintage/Rustic ceremony styling that many brides and grooms are incorporating into their day.  Rosser Park at Benowa has some great ceremony spots, and as for vineyards – Sarabah Estate Vineyard at Canungra is just picturesque

There are also some fabulous chapel settings here on the Gold Coast that are religion neutral and will allow for a civil ceremony.  A Chapel sets is own tone, even before you add any décor or music.  It has the added bonus of being an all- weather venue.  My tip would be to make sure the chapel is air conditioned if you are planning a summer wedding, as you want to ensure everyone is comfortable. 

What is your one bit of advice you would give any bride?

My biggest word of advice for brides and grooms is ‘don’t sweat the small stuff!’ If your flowers arrive on the morning of your wedding and the roses are more “lolly pink” than “hot pink”, it’s probably only you that’s going to notice.  Just take it all in your stride and make it part of your memories.  If you stumble through you vows, or say the wrong word, it will give you something to giggle about after the event.  On my wedding day, my husband’s limo didn’t turn up, so he has great stories to tell about how they scrambled to find enough seats in cars for him, his groomsmen and his family – I knew nothing about it until after the ceremony – lucky for him, he was still on time!!

Just enjoy the day – from the moment you wake up until the moment you close your eyes that night.  Take a quiet moment alone together after your ceremony to talk – even for 5 minutes – about getting ready, about your nerves, about your feelings as you walked down the aisle or watched down the aisle.  Embrace and live every part of your day, because before you know it, it will be the first day of your new life together and your wedding day will just be a beautiful memory.

Photo: Life Love and Light Images

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

After MANY years of talking about improvements we have finally done it!  Welcome to the new look site.  There have been changes from the homepage all the way through to final website and invitation.  We know you are going to love it as we have tested it in the UK first and they have given great feedback. So here is it!!

A lot less pink as you can see and we have two new mascots!

 

Once you have signed up for your two week free trial, you will see we have a new activity feed.  This will help you see what you have to do and what has been done.  There is a feed down the right handside that is very handy when people start to RSVP and upload comments and pictures.

We have also made improvements to "Our Pages". You can easily add, edit and arrange your pages for your website through this fresh new screen.

There are lots of new features that I will cover in future blogs, but for the meantime enjoy discovering our new look and get creating!!!

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

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.

Photography Focus - Fiona Kelly

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Welcome to this new series of blog posts focusing on 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! I will be covering photographers from around the globe, so if they are not close to you to use, take their wisdom to help you find the perfect photographer for you, just closer to home!

So I would like to introduce you to Fiona Kelly based in the Southeast of England. She shares her ideas, tips and stories to help you plan your special day.  

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.

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! 

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.

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.

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. 

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?

Paperless Wedding Timeline

Friday, April 17, 2015

Do you want to know when to send out your Save the Dates and Invitations?  Well this great little diagram will help guide you. 

Paperless Wedding timeline of what to do when!

You can combine your paper invitations with a wedding website.  Maybe use designers like Coeur Design or Julia Eastwood who feature on the site.  These stationery providers have matching paper invitations to their designs on the site. We understand it is not always possible (or that everyone wants too) have a 100% digital wedding. We love working with designers and the tools they use on our site, to upload their themes, 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. 

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!).

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.

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.

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.....

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!

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 Australia 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. 

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

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.

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.

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!

Mother of the Bride

Sunday, May 11, 2014

 

 

Happy Mothers Day!

We celebrate about how great our mums are today. I thought I would look at the role a few mums play on their daughters big day. Some take the honour, as above and below, 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 love the idea of the this photo of 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!

 

This one is also a great idea that your could surprise your mum with as a thank you gift...if you can't wait till mothers day.  If you mum has passed away then this is also a lovely way to remember her and make her part of your day.

 

Don't forget your new mother-in-law to be too. Make sure she has a dance with her son!!

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 invitations overseas.

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 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 Australia – it is beautiful after all!

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

Hello,

I am Emma Taylor and welcome to Paperless Wedding! I can't wait for you to look around but in the meantime here is a bit more about us.

Paperless Wedding was born back in 2008 for our wedding.  My lovely husband Jim, wrote all the code and we designed the site together.  After great feedback from our guests we decided that we would turn it into a business.  We moved to New Zealand and Jim, with help from the talented designer Ruari McDowall, set about creating the site. In September 2009 Paperless Wedding was launched and digital wedding invitations started flying out 'the digital door.'

A year later and we were living in Sydney, Australia and we decided to launch the site there as well. Both sites have been going really well, so on return to the UK in 2011 we started to think about launching here. A new house and a beautiful daughter kept us busy in 2012/13 so there were no excuses for 2014.

Paperless Wedding was launched in September 2014 after a complete redesign, new code and features. We could not have done it without the amazing support and talents of Skyblue Creations. Now it is up to me to take this new site and let everyone know about it!

Our love for Australia has not died even though we are back in the UK.  We still run the site and would love to work with Aussie designers and suppliers of ECO weddings. 

Thanks for supporting our business!

Emma and Jim

x

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!

x

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