Five Wedding Trends for 2017 with Lily & Lavender Events

February 21st, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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Today on the blog we have the lovely Carol from Lily & Lavender Events here to talk all about wedding trends for 2017. We ourselves will soon be creating a more in-depth full wedding stationery trends for 2017 blog but this one will help you cover all your wedding day essentials.

So, over to Carol who has an expert eye on wedding trends for 2017…

Happy New Year and congratulations if you got engaged over Christmas! What better way to kick-start 2017 than with our favourite wedding trends that you’re guaranteed to see this year?! The style, theme and colour scheme of your wedding begins from the very first ‘Save the Date’ you send out, so you want to make sure your wedding stationery is the perfect reflection of your big day. From bright and bold colours to delicate watercolour hues, find out how to create your wedding theme using our favourite trends and Ivy Ellen’s gorgeous collection of invitations and stationery suites.

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Why You Should Have A Cheese Wedding Cake with Godminster

February 15th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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On the blog today I am so excited to welcome Sarah from Godminster (who make the most amazing cheese wedding cake creations!). Whilst exhibiting at The National Wedding Show last year in London I stopped by the Godminster stand in awe of their cheese wedding cake tower. I believe my first words were “Oh my word, please can I have some cheese?”.

After a quick chat with Sarah I realised that everyone needs to know why they should be looking at having a cheese wedding cake for their big day. So here we are…

Celebration-cheese wedding cake

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Should Your Groom See Your Wedding Dress?

February 13th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Posted in Wedding Ideas & Inspiration, Wedding Planning Help | No Comments »

Tradition says that it’s bad luck but should your groom see your wedding dress before the wedding ceremony? Seeing each other before the ceremony or even having a hand in choosing the dress is becoming a new favourite. The ‘first look’ photos that we keep seeing everywhere are to die for, and are such a sweet moment. Here are a few reasons for and against letting your groom see your wedding dress!

S&M - groom see your wedding dress


Many brides and grooms experience a lot of anxiety and nerves before the ceremony. By enjoying a ‘first look’ moment together you can calm and reassure each other.

One of the most wonderful photographs to see is the grooms reaction when he first sees his bride. Many grooms may try to stop themselves from getting emotional when in front of a crowd so a first look is super sweet!

If you were superstitious then shouldn’t you also be wearing a face covering veil, having your maids in white and about a hundred other things?

If you had a say in what suit he chose, perhaps he would like a say in what dress you choose also?

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A Beautiful Valentines Day Wedding Theme

February 10th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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The big day of love is just round the corner, you know the one, February 14th. A valentines day wedding theme would be SO beautiful we just have to show you some tips on how to achieve it.

First a little history…

Throughout the decades valentines day has become very commercialised with an abundance of chocolates and red roses. However it all started with Saint Valentine – it is thought that Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. The story also goes on to state that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. So a declaration of love – what better theme for a valentines day wedding?


So of course we want to start with the wedding invitations that are PERFECT for a valentines day wedding. First up we have our ‘Hearts Galore Belly Band Wedding Invitation‘. These super sweet belly band invites are perfect for the ultimate valentines day wedding! The soft confetti style watercolour design is both modern and romantic. We love the soft rounded edges and pink striped ribbon. Prices start from only £1.95.

Hearts Galore valentines day wedding

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Offer of the Month: FREE RSVP Card Labels

February 7th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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February is the month of love. So of course we’re going to share a little with all our lovely brides and grooms! Free RSVP card labels are yours – that means no time wasted writing your own address on tons of RSVP card envelopes!

FREE RSVP card labels

Here at Ivy Ellen we understand how frustrating it can be to plan a wedding. There seems like a  million tasks and zero time left to do them. That’s why we like to make your wedding stationery the easiest part of your wedding admin! Be sure to pick up these free RSVP card labels when ordering to ensure you don’t have to write out your own address over and over again!

All you need to do is simply add both RSVP cards and RSVP card labels to your basket online and then enter the code RSVPFEB. You can also email us to or call 0203 034 1200 to order your wedding stationery. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

RSVP Card Labels




Below are the links to a few blogs that you might find helpful when looking to make an order with us!

Custom Wedding Invitations and Personalisation Options

The Meaning Behind Colourful Wedding Invitations

We hope to see your order soon! Stephanie x

How To Tell Someone They’re NOT Invited To Your Wedding

February 2nd, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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How to tell someone they’re not invited to your wedding is tricky. Very tricky. It all depends on how well you know them, what your relationship with them is and how they assumed they were invited! The last thing you need while planning a wedding is more stress. So, we’re here to help. We have come up with a little guide on how to tell someone they’re not invited to your wedding.

First things first, do you know who’s not invited to your wedding? When writing your guest list be sure that you have a defined list of who is invited and how many spaces may be ‘free’. This way when someone starts talking about how excited they are you don’t accidently say “Yes I can’t wait to see you there!”. This is especially common with friends of parents or distant relatives! The next obstacle is being delicate about the topic. You do not want anybody to feel like you don’t care about them, so here are a few scenarios…

CHARTULA BUTTERFLY KISS - not Invited To Your Wedding

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How To Create Stunning Seasonal Wedding Themes

January 26th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , , , ,
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For 2017 wedding stationery trends we are loving seasonal wedding themes. Matching your wedding stationery to your wedding day’s associated season is a really great way to incorporate a variety of colours. Every season has a very individual look, all of which make beautiful wedding colour themes. All you need to do is take inspiration from the colours in nature, seasonal flowers and even the weather! Here in the UK it may seem like it’s winter for a good 6 months of the year and then autumn for the rest but we do have four seasons. Yes, some countries actually get a full three months of summer sunshine!

Seasonal Wedding Themes

Choosing a theme or colour for your big day can be quite tricky. The rise and popularity of places like Instagram and Pinterest mean that there is SO much inspiration out there – where do you even start? Of course in this blog we’re going to show you how picking seasonal wedding themes could be a great option for you…


Spring Weddings – March, April & May

In the springtime we see new buds blooming, new life being born and a subtle hint of sunshine just peeking through the clouds. There may still be a slight chill in the air but the emergence of delicate flowers such as daffodils and tulips makes it all worth while. The Spring months are mostly still classified as out of peak wedding season for venues and photographers etc. (May can sometimes be included in peak time). This of course means that most suppliers will have more flexibility with dates and may even charge you slightly less, if you’re lucky. As less people book their weddings in Spring you will also more likely have the majority of your guests attend. Planning a wedding in July sounds great until you realise half your guests already have a million other weddings to attend that month, not to mention holidays and other commitments. Symbols of Spring include; New born lambs, bunny rabbits, chicks and of course Easter. When looking at spring for seasonal wedding themes and colours we naturally lean towards soft pastel tones; baby pink, mint green, buttercup yellow etc. This colour palette is beautiful for not just your spring wedding invitations but also pretty pastel bridesmaid dresses, your wedding cake and of course the bouquet.

Bride Janet got married last spring “We got married on Easter Saturday, so our theme was really easy and kind of already picked for us. We went with Easter bunnies and chocolate mini eggs. Our look was achieved with the Ivy Ellen bunnies invites, a wedding cake decorated with mini eggs and a cake topper made especially to look like rabbits. We also filled clear plastic bunnies with mini eggs as our wedding favours. Our colour scheme was shades of lilac, purple and green, very spring like.”

Pspring Seasonal Wedding Themes

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RLW: Teresa and Steve’s Winter Wedding Day

January 17th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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In December of 2016 Teresa and Steve vowed to spend their lives together on a gorgeous winter wedding day in front of their closest family and friends. The ceremony and reception were held at the stunning venue of Stirrups Country House Hotel in Berkshire. A beautiful winter wedding day with a navy blue and silver colour theme. Today we have Teresa with us and she is letting us in some top wedding day tips plus some lovely pictures of the bride and groom…


Who proposed? How did they propose?

Steve proposed – he arranged a surprise holiday for my 40th Birthday to New York. He was planning to propose on a helicopter ride he had planned but it got postponed due to snow. He couldn’t delay the proposal as he had booked a personal shopper in Tiffany’s for that afternoon so he asked me walking through Central Park. I obviously said yes and we went to choose the ring which we then collected that afternoon. He then asked me again that evening at the top of the Empire State Building to which I said yes very quickly as it was freezing and I couldn’t wait to wear the ring.

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Offer of the Month: 4 Free Wedding Invitation Samples

January 13th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , , , ,
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Feeling the January blues? For January’s offer of the month we have decided to give you 4 FREE wedding invitation samples! Looking at your wedding stationery online can be a little tricky, and we understand that. So all you have to do is pick four of your favourite designs and until the 31st January – we will send the wedding invitation samples to you for free!

January - wedding invitation samples

Here at Ivy Ellen we are proud to create our wedding stationery with the highest quality products. Of course we want you to see this quality, this way you can be 100% sure that you have chosen the correct design for your big day. Wedding invitation samples are normally priced at £2.50 each so be sure to use this code before it’s too late!

All you need to do is simply enter the code 4FREE at the basket stage online. You can also email us to or call 0203 034 1200 to order your wedding invitation samples. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

SAMPLE CODE - wedding invitation samples



Below are the links to a few blogs that you might find helpful when looking to make an order with us!

Custom Wedding Invitations and Personalisation Options

The Meaning Behind Colourful Wedding Invitations

We hope to see your order soon! Stephanie x

Secrets To A Healthy and Happy Marriage

January 11th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , ,
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Husbands and Wives across the world have all kinds of secrets to a healthy and happy marriage – and we want to find them out!  Today we have asked not only a few real life brides from the fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Wives facebook forum but also my lovely Grandma who has been married to my Grandad for nearly 60 years!

bride and groom kiss

My Grandma, Yvonne

The secret to a happy marriage is about give and take. You can’t expect the world from eachother, nobody is perfect. John and I have had our ups and downs over the years but we never once gave up. We sat down, talked about the issue and decided what was best, together. We have also always put eachother first, when John needed to move for work there was no doubt in my mind that I would follow. He is my rock, always has been and always will be.
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