August 15, 2008

where did all the pew bows go?

JESS-I was just standing in our shop, enjoying the tunes on the stereo and watching the street as my hands flipped shiny ribbons back and forth into simple pew bows for tomorrows wedding. As my mind wandered I suddenly realized it has been at least a year since I made a pew bow.

I am not sure when they seemed to go out of vogue, but as I think on it more I now barely even mention them in a consultation as no bride seems to want to go that route. Which I think is a real shame. Pew ends, chair decorations, aisle markers, call them want you will, these are one of those little details that people don’t miss if you don’t do them, but boy do they notice when you do!

So I say “bring back the pew end”! These little gems add colour and a sense of grandeur to the ceremony, and can continue on to the reception to add interest to your evening (how about hanging them around the courtyard railing, decorating the backs of your head table chairs or along the front of your desert table?) And I’m not talking some frilly tulle bow (though there’s nothing wrong with that!) why not show some extra style and choose an unusual container with a cool cluster of flowers- something a little bit mod?

Yes, if you are on a small and tight budget, pew ends are usually the first item to get chopped, but consider asking your florist to get creative, you don’t have to do the whole aisle, how about just two at the front to usher your guests in? Remember, its all in the details!

Shake Ya Tail Feather

Going for a theme again with this week's Etsy favourites ... feathers! Let me tell you ... their style has come a LONG way in weddings since my mom's blue & white all feathers bouquets back in the nineties (no offense, Mom). I have a feeling even she would agree with this one after seeing these pictures :)

Hats have been making a comeback on this side of the pond for a while now. I love the colours in this one by GillBoulter!

Instead of all feathers as your bouquet and to dress up the one you have, why not look at this by pinkposy?

Often as guests, part of the bridal party or even the bride we're looking for that perfect purse to add some punch to our wedding outfit. I love this one by Bethany.

How about some feathers with colour? Love love love this hair accessory by Mikiye. It looks striking in dark hair ... hmmm ... wonder if I have anywhere to wear it :)

And now for my favourite of the week. Actually, I have a tie this week because I couldn't decide which I love more.

First ...

These feather hair pins by mezzo.

They add subtle wisps of colour and movement but nothing too big ... awesome for those who don't want a veil or elaborate hair-do. I definitely would have gone for these myself.

And the second ...

This amazing dress by LondonDemimonde. The extra piece of dimension, the pieces of colour, the way it catches the light ... what a beautiful way to embellish a dress!!!