We got the wedding invitations from www.artcadia.co.uk
Very expensive (especially since half of the people that received them, just threw them away after a while, I imagine) but worth it!
There are plenty of company which offer a similar service in the States but I couldn't find anyone else with that style and quality, in Uk.
We got half printed in italian and half in english.
I'm extremely pleased with them and I think they set the tone that I wanted for the wedding, perfectly!
Menus & Food
We ended up doing the menus ourselves; I couldn't find any which I liked so 4 days before the wedding, me, my fiance', my sister and my parents spent the evening printing and gluing.
It was good fun, after all. :)
My mum found these beautiful fabric ribbons at the local market for few euros...
On the menu we had: 3 starters, 2 pasta dishes, sorbet, meat dish with potatoes and salad, dessert - also, the guests could have second helpings of every course.
if you're interested in the dishes, just click on the picture below to enlarge.
All courses come out spread for about 4 hours so we had breaks in between for first dance, bouquet toss, ...
I'm a foodie and that's how an italian wedding is: food is, definitely, as important as the bride... hehe ;P
I meant to take pictures of the food, but I forgot (of course)!
My friend Dell gave me this nice collage of some of the dishes. :)
Table Numbers & Place Cards
We named the tables after bands - both Richard and I are into indie/alternative music and all our friends are too.
I got the stationery from www.paperthemes.co.uk
We chose these picture holders to gift to our guests; there're 8 different couples available and we thought they're cute and funny :)
These are hand painted and the artist is Paolo Chiari - he's based in Florence but we got them for a local retailer.
Every favor, also, comes with a pouch of 5 almond candies - as per tradition.
Got the cards from moo.com
Got the cards from moo.com
We ordered ours from an Etsy shop - Dandelionland, based in San Diego.
It took about 5/6 weeks before we got them and we received 2 proofs before she sent them over.
We sent pictures of ourselves, the kilt, my dress, my shoes and everything was customized, exactly to match us.
I love them!!! They now reside on our TV table :)
Well, not much to say about this... A5 size, aqua leather book with silver foil lettering - we got it from
I thought the photographer is worth a mention too - we are very happy with the photos and now only waiting for the album to be ready (we had to narrow over a 1000 shots to 120/150... yeah, it took nearly 3 months :S).
Studio Fotografico Bianco & Nero - as you may have guessed all the photos watermarked, from the previous wedding posts, are his.
Richard wore this pretty thistle composition:
This was my bouquet... and involved quite a bit of drama!
Basically, it was totally different from what I wanted. A family friend offered to take care of the flowers and that meant I didn't see my bouquet until the morning of the wedding; she went all defensive that it was a beautiful bouquet but that wasn't clearly the point... it simple wasn't anything like the picture I gave her weeks before (...but still didn't stop her to charge me a fortune!).
|and this was my ideal one - do you see any resemblance at all??!|
Anyway, I'm glad everything else went smoothly - I was more annoyed towards this person than upset.
And as they say, that's all folks!
I hope you enjoyed these wedding posts - I know that all the research that I did, in preparation for my wedding, was essential... so hopefully, this could be helpful for some other bride-to-be out there!
Good Luck! :)
You can find the other wedding posts here: