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The Groom and The Ring

At Wedding in a Teacup HQ, we admit that we do have a soft spot for the groom… For a start, we recognise that without him, The Big Day wouldn’t be happening!  And we pull out all the stops to help the Last-Minute Groom when he phones up in a panic, which does seem to happen quite often… We’re very flattered that grooms seem to like us, too. At trade fairs we’ve noticed that the grooms seem to get as excited about our products as the brides do – particularly our travel-inspired Par Avion section and our invitations. Maybe because they’re not too frilly, not too fussy – they suit him.

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Various poll straws and studies have shown that grooms are as keen as their brides on having a wonderful, unforgettable day – but let’s face it, grooms do tend to get sidelined. It’s still the bride’s day. Her personal List is endless and all enveloping – dress, make-up, flowers, manicure, bridesmaids’ dresses, hair, jewellery… His List is – what? Suit, tie, shoes and ring! I think it’s important to place real value on that short list.  One of my favourite wedding memories is going with my now husband to choose his ring. It was the first piece of jewellery he had ever worn, and it was exciting and very meaningful for him and I loved that.

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So when I was asked to take a look at a new collection from local company Wedding Rings Direct I happily agreed.  I loved the zirconium and titanium rings and I think grooms will too – strong alternative metals with very cool names (titanium was named after the Titans!). The rings are stylish, contemporary, understated and elegant: titanium is light-weight, non-toxic, and strong; zirconium is strong too, and more malleable than titanium, and therefore used for more varied designs.

Profiles-templateWe’re so keen on these rings we’ve joined up with Wedding Rings Direct to give you the chance to win £100 towards one of them – or indeed any other ring – plus a personal consultation with Wedding Rings Direct’s bespoke jewellery designer in their showroom or via Skype. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize simply enter your details via our Facebook Page here.  You have until the 8th of April when the lucky winner will be picked at random. Good luck!

Competition T&Cs: One winning entry per giveaway. Wedding Rings Direct accept no responsibility for entries lost, delayed or corrupted. Wedding Rings Direct reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competition at any time. The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Voucher must be redeemed within 12 months.

Spring Hits Its Stride…

Weddings are wonderful in any season, but there’s something about spring that is just so perfect for your big day! Both are about new beginnings, and the sun shining out… Go simple with your flowers – all that spring-flower scent and unfurling blossom will lighten everyone’s hearts.  Mix real flowers in with our paper pom pom & honeycomb balls for real spring-colour impact.

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OK, the weather can be unpredictable – to combat April showers, hand out primary-colour umbrellas for the outside bits – and send them home as favours! Spring and weddings are also about the birds and the bees, and we have a fabulous collection here at Wedding in a Teacup. Spring is seed sowing time, too – the perfect timing for our seed packet favours.

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Cones of Delight!

We really do love it when you get in touch with photos of how you used our goodies on your big day.  Whether it’s a single photo or a collection of the whole celebration – send them through and make our day! We were particularly delighted when Fiona sent us the below as it’s something that we had never thought of doing before… She used our ‘love is sweet’ personalised stickers to seal card into cones, which she then filled with sweets and popped into her lucky guests’ wine glasses. To make them extra special she used our ‘to have and to hold’ ribbon to create pretty handles threaded through our small luggage tags with strict instructions on to ‘eat me!’.

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At Wedding in a Teacup we think favours should work hard as fabulous table decorations, too, so these fit the bill perfectly. To make them work extra hard you could add luggage tags with each guest’s name on; so they are your place names too. The idea would also work well for your confetti cones – just swap the sweetie labels with our confetti stickers, and the sweets for confetti! They would look gorgeous jostling all together in a basket… Thanks for the inspiration Fiona and Duncan! ❤

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A Cookie Wedding Tree Treat

We always love hearing about your creative endeavours here at Wedding in a Teacup HQ. It inspires us and makes us happy that our goodies are inspiring you! As well as loving all our creative brides-to-be, we feel very lucky to be in what is increasingly a super creative industry. Today is a Teacup first as we invite the lovely Michelle from Handmade & Hitched to share one of her DIY ideas with us. She took the opportunity to combine her baking skills with some of our pretty cotton ribbon to create a scrumptious cookie tree – a stunning, stand-alone decoration for your venue that is sprinkled with hanging decorations that double up as edible favours… We’re sold! Over to Michelle…

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To make the tree you will need to find a strong branch with a good shape and lots of twiggy bits for the cookie to dangle from! I went for a lovely winters day wander in the woods to find mine – there are all kinds of fallen branches on the floor of the woods this time of year… You can also find display trees in places like hobbycraft or try googling ‘display trees’ on the internet. Once you have your branch home, let it dry out for a couple of days in the warm then spray paint it (white looks stunning with the golden-brown biscuits!) or leave it natural. Find a sturdy plant pot (with stones for wedging) or a tree stand to stand the branch erect – again, paint the holder if you like.

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Once your tree is all set up you can begin working on the cookies… These quantities make about 25-30 of them, and they should last for up to one month in an airtight box (less if they are iced):

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Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl, adding the egg and mix gently, then gradually add the flour mixing it in well… When the dough forms a single lump with no crumbs the mixture is ready. Wrap the dough in cling-film and pop it in the fridge for an hour or longer. When you are ready to work with the dough preheat the oven to 180° C and roll out the dough to around 4mm on a floured surface. Using the cookie cutters cut out your shapes and use a straw to cut out a hole at the top of each cookie. Then transfer the cookies to a baking tray lined with grease proof baking paper, pop your cookies in the oven and keep an eye on them – they should take around 10-15 minutes to bake. The cookies are ready when they are golden brown… Pop them on a wire tray and allow them to cool before threading your ribbon through the holes. Voila!

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You can decorate your cookies with icing sugar if you want them to be colourful, or add chocolate chips to the cookie dough mixture for a yummy optional extra. Experiment with different cookie cutters to fit your theme – the tea pot cookie cutter that I have used would be great for an Alice in Wonderland or vintage tea party look. The little phrases and images on the ribbon are a very sweet touch that won’t go unnoticed by your guests… Enjoy!

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Wedding Ideas Awards 2014 – We Only Went & Won!

winnersThere is just the slightest chance you haven’t already heard us shouting about it, so here we go again – we were (still are!) over the moon to win ‘best special touches’ at the Wedding Ideas Awards in January! We found out at the end of last year that you lovely lot had voted us to the top 5. Being a relatively new company of only two years, this in itself was just amazing, champagne worthy, news to us. For it to be down to the customer vote makes it most special.

The award ceremony was held at the fantastic Tower Hotel in London. We went along excited, ready to have a good time and meet some great people, and arriving at the venue, with its red carpet and illuminated LOVE sign, we knew we were in for a treat!  When we got inside we were greeted with bubbly, a giraffe shaped vodka luge and butlers in the buff… Yep, it was definitely going to be a good one…

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It was then down to a panel of industry expert judges to decide on their winner from the top 5. After a yummy three course dinner the announcements began… We had been seated right at the back, which I took as a sign that the winner wasn’t us; I sat back and relaxed, just thinking how fab it was to even be there.

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And then our name was called! My colleague Jude had to nudge me sharply to remind me to walk up as I was just sitting there with my hands over my mouth! We are still on cloud 9 after winning our very first award. Thank you so much, judges, for voting for us, and thank you wonderful customers for taking the time to vote for us too. You really have made our year, and it’s only just started!

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As you can imagine the night accelerated with a mass of dancing, drinking and general celebrating! The Slomo Booth was a highlight – you can see from their video and the photo of our Jude below that the night was something special. We met some wonderful people in this great industry (do check out the other winners here). Thank you again Wedding Ideas for putting on such a fantastic night – one I will remember forever! Now, how long do we have to wait until next year…?

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Lucky In Love

I have already declared my love for the iconic horseshoe shape here, so it is no surprise that our newest charm invitation has a delectable pewter horseshoe attached. And as we enter the year of the horse, it has never been so fitting! As Kate Bosworth showed us in her summer nuptials, the horseshoe is perfect for a natural, country-style wedding. Or maybe one of you is a keen horse rider, or you just want a sprinkle of luck on your day… Whatever the reason; from hanging horse shoes on chair backs, using them as favours (we love how they’ve been sprayed gold here) or throwing them for reception fun, why not add a touch of lucky charm to your day…

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How To Keep The Little Ones Entertained…

Do you say ‘kids allowed’ – and risk loud questions during the vows? (‘Why is that man wearing a dress?’ is a favourite.)  Or do you say ‘no’ – and risk mortally offending your cousin and her toddler Eva the Tantrum-Diva? ’Yes’ is definitely the norm for relaxed, daytime weddings. Babies and kids bring a lovely emotionality – it just feels right for them to be there! And the sight of little ones dressed up and raring to go can outshine the most expensive wedding decorations…

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Don’t feel over-responsible, though. They’ve come with their parents, who will bring all the stuff that their child needs – nappies, snacks, emergency toys … and who will take care of them if they need a nap or reminding to turn off their mobile during the ceremony. It’s a good idea, though, to arrange a children’s menu, and to give some thought to keeping the kids happy

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If it’s a big family wedding, and the cousins all know each other – you’re sorted. Same goes if you’re a big group of friends plus offspring who meet up regularly. Have a separate kids’ table and bribe the oldest ones to be in charge  – they’ll all have a ball. If it’s summer and you have a nice stretch of ground outside, ask responsible, creative, older kids to run a treasure hunt/organise giant garden games/maybe even apply face paints! Award prizes – inexpensive but brightly wrapped.

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A trunk of dressing up clothes is a possibility, too (get friends and family to donate them or make them). Pirates and princesses never fail, and it will all add to the magical  joy of your day… If your budget is big and you’ll have a lot of disparate kids there, consider hiring a balloon artist or clown – the adults will love it too, and not only because their kids are entertained.

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The speeches will never not be boring, though. How does a child sit still for that long? By being given one of our wonderful colouring-in place mat kits and bright wax crayon sets, that’s how. If you choose the fairy wings and the super-hero cape, remember to bring scissors, so the child can proudly wear their creation for the rest of the reception! And our sandcastle mats, perfect for seaside weddings, can also be worn as hats…. we feel a parade coming on.

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We also have lovely gifts for the flower girl, and snap cards and special sweetie jars for child-friendly favours – make your youngest guests feel special, not just tolerated, and they’re more likely to behave like little angels! Check out some other ideas we’ve gathered over on Pinterest too… Above all, don’t worry! Your wedding will be a beautiful, magical spectacle that any child will be thrilled to be part of!  And then there’s always the bliss of the dance floor…

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Opposites Attract

We’re excited to be launching two new stationery designs this week! First up is our bold monochrome Chalkboard & Arrow design. Two arrows cross to symbolise the couple crossing paths and their future together. We love the arrow as a symbol; cupid’s dart to the heart, and an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards, so when life is dragging you back, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. When designing them I had a sharp and stylish wedding in mind; the guys look dapper in black suits and bow ties, whilst the venue is decorated simply but elegantly, and the bride shines in white…

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Passionate about paper décor, part 2

We have already written about our love for paper pom poms and honeycomb balls, and now a new member of the pretty paper family has arrived… Introducing the Tassel Garland. We just adore this fun alternative to bunting! They add colour to wherever you wish to hang them; add a single garland to chair backs, table fronts (particularly great for the head table) or tie to big balloons for a great photo opportunity. Or use a few more to decorate whole ceilings with colour, interspersed with fairy lights – divine! Really simple to make (basically twist, thread and go!) they are available in blushnauticalhot and natural tones to suit any look…

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Last Shipping Dates & Opening Times

We will be closed from the 24th of December to the 2nd of January, so no orders will be dispatched during this time, but do feel free to browse and place orders. Delivery times will resume as usual after the 2nd of January when we return from our Christmas break. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. The knitwear has come out, mulled wine is now our favourite tipple and nights out have been replaced with nights in snuggled up on the sofa… We love Christmas.

To get your treats in time for Christmas day, please place your orders before the below dates (but please note that these are Royal Mail’s recommended dates only, and are not guaranteed by Royal Mail…)

UK orders

Standard items: Thursday the 19th of December

Personalised items: Thursday the 12th of December

Stationery orders: Monday the 9th of December

International orders

For all standard items:

Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan) and New Zealand: Tuesday 3rd December

Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Canada, France, Greece, Poland and USA: Thursday 7th December

Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland): Thursday 12th December

For all international bespoke items please contact us and we will do all we can to get it to you in time!