Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Our Top 5 Stunning Real Life Wedding Themes

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Choosing the right wedding theme for your big day can be a little daunting. The world of Pinterest is a very easy place to get in lost in, trust us! However over the years we have seen many different looks come and go, of course a few have really stuck with us. So we decided to show you a few our favourite wedding themes from the real life weddings we have supplied stationery for!

by Sarah Legge Photography

by Sarah Legge Photography

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Why You Should Have A Cheese Wedding Cake with Godminster

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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?

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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!

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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

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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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How To Create Stunning Seasonal Wedding Themes

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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

For our Spring seasonal wedding theme we chose two designs – our ‘Bunnies’ wedding invitation and ‘Festoon’. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Iconic Wedding Accessories

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Today’s blog is all about the top 5 iconic wedding accessories from both real life and of course TV and movies. Iconic wedding dresses are pretty well known – however we want to look a little closer and discover the accessories that made these big days so famous. Struggling for a wedding theme? Why not choose your favourite TV wedding and re-create? Or even better ALL of your favourite weddings! From shoes to leather jackets, this list has it all…



Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes from Sex and the City

The majority of women cannot deny that this particular shoe should be top of the iconic wedding accessories list! Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolos Blahniks from the Sex and the City movie are truly stunning. You can still buy them today as originals from Manolos or of course many companies do a cheaper but similar style version!

Background info: Carrie and Big’s huge city wedding is called off after Big is a no show, however at the end of the movie Carrie and Big see eachother again. There is a truly romantic moment where Big places a pair of Manolo Blahniks on Carrie and they kiss. They then have a small and intimate wedding – where Carrie is wearing said shoes *tears up*. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wedding Invitations Under £2 From Ivy Ellen

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Here at Ivy Ellen we understand that weddings are expensive. That’s why we have decided to list our top 5 favourite wedding invitations under £2. We pride ourselves on quality wedding invitations here at Ivy Ellen and these under £2 bargains are no exception! These top 5 are a few of our favourites but be sure to check our website for more beautiful bargains…

Confetti Wedding Invitations Under £2

Confetti – A very sweet and subtle design, Confetti is a simple watercolour wedding invitation. With soft pinks used to create a confetti style waterfall of hearts, this invitation is all about the love. Confetti is also printed onto our heavyweight finest quality 50% recycled flecked 350gsm board giving a soft and natural feel. Starting from only £1.20. Read the rest of this entry »

Ivy Ellen’s New Wood Effect Wedding Invitation

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The ongoing wedding trend for botanical, eco and rustic themes means this brand new wood effect wedding invitation is perfect. More and more brides are wanting wedding themes that are less classic and more adventurous. These brand new ‘Woodside’ wedding invitations venture into a modern yet rustic look.

woodside-banner wood effect wedding invitation


Printed on the finest 350gsm wood effect heavyweight board there is a full range of wedding stationery items to choose from including: Save the Dates, RSVP cards, Menu cards, Order of Service cards, Place cards, Table numbers and Thank You cards.  The shutter fold style wedding invitation is a more traditional design however the wood effect board and brown twine create a whole new look. The twine is easily swapped out for a different colour or even a satin ribbon for a softer feel.

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It’s A Nice Day For A White Wedding…

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

In the famous words of Billy Idol – it’s a nice day for a white wedding. It may seem like forever away right now but if you have a wedding planned for 2017 then now is the time to start finalising ideas and making purchases! Christmas is only a few months away and all the shops will soon be getting in some fabulous white decorations so keep an eye out now for anything you like. Top tip – hit the January sales and get a ton of white wedding items super cheap!


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The Pros and Cons of Pinterest Wedding Planning

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since you got engaged you’ve probaby heard of these three little words: pinterest wedding planning. Pinterest is basically a scrapbook online where you can ‘pin’ all these wonderful images and ideas onto boards. This is fab for getting a good brainstorm going or helping with the craft ideas. However, is pinterest wedding planning really helping or actually hindering your wedding day?

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The Pros


Pinterest has a MASSIVE database of every kind of image, theme or look you could ever imagine. If you need inspiration for anything, you will find it here. Read the rest of this entry »