Archive for April, 2017

Stunning Stationery For Your Wedding

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Gone are the days of stuffy, formal invitations sent out by the bride’s parents. This season, there’s a wealth of stationery choices for couples wanting to communicate their wedding plans.


From quirky ‘save the dates’ to gorgeous, decadent invitations, here’s the Manor By The Lake team’s roundup of simply stunning wedding stationery.



Save the date stationery

If you’re looking to get married during a popular season such as summer or Christmas, it’s a good idea to give your potential guests as much notice as possible. We love some of the more quirky ways that people now choose to send out as save the dates. From hand-printed calendar cards to fun ‘pencil us in’ gifts there’s plenty to choose from.

We’ve also seen fridge magnets, mini bottles of fizz with the date on the sticker, and personal polaroid picture montages. The new rules seem to be… there are no rules! Do something that captures the spirit of the occasion and that will make people smile.



Whether you’re happy to splurge on bespoke print options, or are looking to DIY invites, you will find plenty of inspiration this season.

Most couples try to tie their stationery into the overall theme of their wedding day. This could be a specific colour scheme or may be based on something like a place, cuisine, or decor style. Popular wedding themes such as ‘Rustic’ and ‘Vintage’ lend themselves perfectly to homemade invitations but even if your theme is a more decadent ‘Spanish Fiesta’ or ‘Winter Wonderland’, you’ll find plenty of ideas on sites such as Pinterest and Instagram. Buy beautiful envelopes and adorn these special cards with ribbon, ink stamps or personalised stickers. All can be designed and produced using online sites at really reasonable rates.


All the blah blah blah

For 3-day destination weddings, or traditional half day church affairs, there’s plenty of information your guests need to know in advance.

We love the rise in popularity of hand drawn maps showing where the various elements of the day will take place. Even if your ceremony and reception are all under one roof, you can still direct people to the nearest train station, motorway junction, and all your available B&B options with the help of a personalised map. You can get these made for you, or simply ask a creative friend to draw a basic outline for you that you can enhance with colours and imagery.

Many couples now also choose to include an overview of the order of the day so guests know roughly what time they’ll be fed, and what time the festivities are due to end (particularly useful if taxis need to be booked). A separate insert with all the key information can be helpful here and can be tied into your overall theme using the same font, colours, and imagery on all of your stationery.




RSVPs are no longer simply a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ to the invitation. Today’s canny couples are using the opportunity to get their guests input in advance of their big day. How about using the RSVP card to ask for their favourite song to be added to the playlist?

Or what about adding in a vote on the pre-dinner drinks? If you’re undecided between a traditional glass of fizz or a more contemporary cocktail, why not get your guests to choose instead?


Thank you’s

You may decide on a suite of cards in advance so that all your wedding stationery items neatly match one another but if you’re happy to be patient, there’s nothing nicer for a thank you card than using one of your wedding photographs to send to all your guests to thank them for their attendance and gift.

Talk to your photographer to understand when the first images will be available, and select one of the least formal shots to share with your friends and family – they’ll treasure it as a special memento from your wedding day and it’s a lovely way to relive the day with those closest to you.


At Manor By The Lake, we love everything to do with weddings and would love to help you plan your perfect day. Why not give our amazing wedding planners a call today on 01242 245 071 or email to book a private tour of our stunning country Manor house.


Spring Wedding Dresses – Current Trends

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We are continuing our Spring Wedding theme with a look at the trends in bridal fashion currently making the headlines. Our fabulous Wedding Planners keep scouring the catwalk shows, taking inspiration from industry publications, and keeping an eye on the key designers to see what you should be wearing for your Spring Wedding.

Here are our insights on what to look for when selecting your Spring Wedding dress.


Bows are back

In a flashback to the eighties, we have been delighted to see the return of the bow. Carolina Herrera is currently showcasing dresses with prominent bows on the back and front of her elegant gowns.

Some are used to create extravagant belts and sashes, whilst others draw attention to shoulders and derrieres, but in every instance, these are bows worth shouting about as they are both bold and beautiful.



It has been some time since the likes of Vera Wang gave brides the option of a coloured dress to sashay down the aisle in, but this season, colour is everywhere. Over at Jenny Packham, one of the undisputed queens of bridal wear, we have seen an abundance of soft colours including barley, petal pink, snowdrop and celadon green.

American company David’s Bridal who now has stores in London, Birmingham and Glasgow also has a wide range of coloured gowns including blush, silver and soft mint colours if a Jenny Packham is out of your budget.




Yes, really… With bridal dresses now available in almost any shape, cut, length and colour imaginable, what else could a canny designer do to stand out? Introduce a bridal trouser suit. This is not a look for everyone of course, but for those dress-loathing ladies, a super stylish jumpsuit and killer heels could be the exact look you were hoping for.


Dresses with deep Vs

If you are looking to make a statement and go all-out sexy, then one of this season’s gowns with a deep v neck is the way to go. For confident brides not afraid to flash the flesh you can go as low as you dare thanks to the plunging styles seen at Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Lela Rose.


Long sleeves

We are noting the prevalence of dresses with long sleeves from key designers such as Jenny Packham and Alice Temperley. In many cases, the sleeves are created using a sheer or lace fabric to give an elegant and delicate look.

In some cases, the sleeves are gathered at the wrist to accentuate the shape and create definition not to mention a practical detail for those planning an early Spring wedding where the weather can be unpredictable!


Lace dresses

Still a winner with brides and not showing any sign of waning is the popular use of lace on Spring wedding dresses. From simple sheath dresses with lace overdresses, to intricate ball gown styles with layer upon layer of fine lace, this is one trend that looks set to run and run.


3D Embellishments

We love the Jolene dress that popped up on Jenny Packham’s catwalk that is literally covered in stars that hang delicately away from the body of the dress creating movement and additional intrigue with the bride’s every step.

3D florals were also the order of the day at Naeem Khan where beautifully embellished dresses were laden with florals made from sequins, beads, and embroidery.


The second dress

We are still seeing a number of brides opting for a second dress to see them through their evening receptions. In most cases, glamorous ball gown styles are swapped for shorter, sexier numbers that allow for less restrictive dance moves as the party really gets going! We love some of the knee length styles that are heavy on detailing such as intricate beading and sequin work.


At Manor By The Lake we love everything about weddings and are experts in all the latest Spring trends.  We would love to help you plan a Spring wedding so please give our super wedding planners a call today on 01242 245 071 or email to book a private tour of our stunning country Manor house.