Yay you got engaged! Congratulations. Now the fun really starts! Planning a wedding can be creative and fun. But it can also be pretty overwhelming. The mainstream wedding media is exactly that – very mainstream, safe and samey. But what happens if mainstream and samey isn’t very you? If you are looking for some seriously cool, alternative sources of wedding inspiration I’ve put together my list of favourite resources.
My Favourite Wedding Blogs
I always recommend to anyone planning a wedding to browse some wedding blogs. They are a great source of inspiration, guidance and links to potential suppliers. Some of my favourites are:
Bespoke Bride – If you are looking for a colourful and creative wedding then this is the blog for you! Founded by Emily and Jessica, their mission is to provide you with enough inspiration to create you own detailed, original, creative and innovative wedding that is filled with your own personality. They’ve been described as the ‘kick-ass blog that helps brides avoid cliché ridden, cookie cutter weddings’.
Bridal Musings – A modern digital publication for hopeless romantics. They publish real weddings, stunning wedding films, gorgeous wedding dress collections and all manner of detail and decor inspiration. If you like Pinterest they are well worth a follow.
Catalyst Wedding Co. – An American based blog on love, sex, weddings, and marriage for feminists, the LGBTQ community, & woke folk.
Gay Wedding Blog – a space for LGBTQ wedding inspiration that doesn’t include 50 shades of pink and unicorns. Not there’s something wrong with unicorns, but Gay Wedding Blog are aiming to break the stereotypes and showcase gay weddings that are modern, elegant, original and fun. All kinds of different! Gay Wedding Blog loves men, women, transgendered, transvestites, cross dressers, gender queer and anyone a bit fruity.
Green union – A wedding resource and supplier directory focused on stylish and sustainable weddings. Their aim is to make is straightforward for you to create the perfect eco-chic wedding celebration, while taking the environment in to consideration and without compromising on gorgeousness!
Mr & Mrs Unique – a multi award winning blog that celebrates the unusual, the quirky, the interesting and above all, the unique aspects of weddings. They share and adore colourful weddings, creative couples, quirky suppliers and unique venues.
Nu Bride – a multi award winning modern wedding blog dedicated to adding a splash of diversity to the UK wedding industry. Founded by diversity consultant and wedding expert Nova Reid; this is a blog for contemporary couples looking for inspiration, planning advice and guidance in the wonderful world of weddings.
The Un-Wedding Blog – promises to point cool brides towards more directional brands and ideas, epic locations and mouth watering colour palettes! Their ethos is that as the wedding industry evolves, so must it’s suppliers. THE UN-WEDDING will be a source of fresh inspiration full of fun and wanderlust. Their mission is to take the wedding industry and turn it upside down!
Way Out Wedding – a style and fashion-led blog to inspire alternative and modern lovers planning their big day. With the emphasis on showcasing the skills of industry suppliers via the medium of styled shoots. The blog’s motto is //THIS IS MODERN ROMANCE// and it strives to inspire those getting married that they can wander off the beaten path as much or as little as they please – it’s all good.
My Favourite Wedding Fairs
Before you stop reading let me assure you that 90% of wedding fairs make me feel utterly repulsed too. However there are a couple of absolute corkers worth a visit if you have time. They are a great way to actually meet potential suppliers – and I highly recommend taking the opportunity to get to know those people you invite to help create your wedding day. The more you know about them as individuals, the easier it will be to pick out the right suppliers for you wedding. If you are a bit shy or not sure what you want as yet, they are still worth a visit as a source of varied wedding inspiration.
The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza – An alternative and eclectic wedding showcase featuring a handpicked selection of some of the most unique wedding suppliers in the UK. This is a unique and fresh wedding show catering for couples who want their weddings to be all about them. The show has been set up to cater for all types of wedding. From the gothic to the bohemian, the festival to the city hotel. The Mother Flockers (suppliers) can cater for anything your wedding planning heart desires. The show takes place in the Spring and late Autumn every year at The Bond in Birmingham. See this blog from me explaining what it’s all about.
The Chosen Wedding Fair – For the style conscious couple uninspired by traditional wedding suppliers and looking for unique, beautiful, quirky and/or bespoke items for your wedding day. Chosen are fabulous and fun artisan wedding fairs with a difference. The popular spring and autumn fairs in Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff and London are carefully curated and packed with talented small business owners and artisans who are ‘chosen’ by the organisers for their skill, creativity and passion.
The Un-Wedding Show – The UK’s brand new wedding fair experience for brides to be and their bridal squads. THE UN-WEDDING SHOW is the first and last stop on your wedding planning journey. Out with the old and in with the new, we are all about MAKING NEW TRADITIONS. If you are a modern bride-to-be who doesn’t feel represented by what the traditional wedding industry has to offer then this is for you
Indie Wedding Fair – Describing themselves as passionate about original and authentic weddings, they unashamedly have nothing but awesome suppliers and great vibes at their Sheffield and Manchester fairs. In an age of an abundance of wedding blogs, recommended supplier lists, magazines and venue tie ins, the Indie Wedding Fair believe it’s good to put a face to the name in an environment that doesn’t suck the fun out of wedmin. The aim is to show you how you can transform a space without a whiff of a chair cover or an organza bow. The Indie Wedding Fair strive for creativity, innovation and the modern couple at the heart of everything they do.
Pinterest is pretty much the number one tool for wedding planning. It’s a brilliant resource to collate all your ideas and remember all the cool stuff that you’ve seen. There’s so much I could say about how to effectively use Pinterest, but in short my top tips are:
- Organise your boards by the different elements of your wedding, e.g. cake, flowers, clothes, make up etc
- Follow all the blogs, suppliers and wedding fairs that you like, this way you’ll be guaranteed to have a home feed full of content that you like. You can follow me here.
- Remember to write what it is that you like in the photo comment area so that you remember why you’ve pinned it.
- Don’t forget you can make boards secret if you want to.
- Invite your wedding squad to collaborate on boards, all they need is their own pinterest account.
Lots of couples I speak to are now using instagram to source wedding inspiration, ideas and suppliers. The new instagram feature of being able to follow specific hashtags and have those images pop up in to your feed is really useful. Some of the hashtags I follow are:
However you are describing your wedding, be sure to set your instagram account to follow the hashtag for those words – someone will be posting something of interest I can assure you! You can then use the super handy ‘save’ feature. You can even organise your saved photos in to collections; all of which are completely private! Be sure to follow my account for a daily dose of brightly coloured wedding fun.
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