Inspiration & Ideas

Look no further for inspiration for your wedding

Planning your wedding can be stressful and with an overwhelming amount of ideas coming in from all parties involved it can be difficult to keep track of what you want.

This is why Wedding and Function has compiled a list of some  inspiring ideas for your wedding.

From themes to colours we have your wedding inspiration covered!

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Make sure you are on top of all the latest trends when it comes to your wedding. With the new year fast approaching, so are new trends. Here is a list of the top wedding themes trends that are chic, fresh and brilliantly inspired.

  • Greenery

This trend was a really hot theme in 2016, so hot in fact that it continues to remain so into 2017. This theme focuses on adding green foliage and colour themes to your wedding, adding a naturally elegant touch to your celebration.

  • Garden

A garden themed wedding ceremony also has a sense of green floral that will add a touch of elegance and nature to your big day. This is perfect for summer weddings as well, as the summer sun is best enjoyed while sitting outside in a lush natural environment.

  • Barn

While choosing a barn for a wedding venue is nothing new, it is still one of the more popular venue choices of the year, filled with wooden stump, lanterns, and nature-inspired decor. With its own brand of rustic charm and simple elegance, a barn venue is a great place for a tasteful ceremony and a fun reception afterwards.

  • Vintage

Having a classic theme and going full on vintage is a trend that will probably never disappear – as some brides get bored of the new and believe that past trends are stylish and perfect. From décor to bridesmaid dress designs, vintage is a great theme for any bride.

  • Boho

For brides, who like to have a more casual event, a boho themed wedding will be a great choice. This theme can be chic in its own way, you can have your bridesmaids in casual dresses and barefoot, and your cake can be a huge confection of sweets and cupcakes.

  • Forest

As far as outdoor weddings go, having yours in a whimsical forest is a popular choice. When beautifully decorated you’ll feel like a fairy princess during your ceremony. The landscape will also give you a great backdrop for your wedding photos.

  • Tropical

For a theme that will make you feel like you’re on the beaches of Hawaii or Mauritius, a tropical wedding theme is the best way to go. You don’t necessarily have to be on a beach to have a tropical theme; you can opt for tropical flowers in your bouquet and décor, serve Pina coladas as drinks for your guests and have a few palm fronds in your décor.

Pantone has named Greenery colour of the year for 2017. Often green finds it’s way into the background in the flowers, centrepieces and boutonnieres.

Why not bring the background to the forefront this year and make greenery the main feature… for pop of elegance team with gold and champagne and for a more subtle look, team with neutral colours and natural elements.

With all this in mind, we have put together a compilation of our favourite greenery inspired weddings and ideas. Enjoy…

Up the cuteness scale for your little helpers with these awesome ideas…

  1. Floral headpieces

Adding flower crowns to your flower girls’ look will really let your guests know what part she plays in your wedding, plus what little girl doesn’t like looking like a little fairy.

  1. Preppy charm

Sometimes the formal look for ring bearers can be a little boring, try a different look like a charming farmhouse fete, the boys dressed in purple gingham button-down shirts, suspenders, and newsboy caps. Not only is it a super cute look, but it also adds an original theme to your wedding.

  1. Don’t narrow it down to just flowers

There is no need to keep it to just flowers when it comes to what your flower girl carries down the aisle. You can give them an array of different things, such as an oversized marigold-hued balloon, or you could have her lead the way with a sign of love down the aisle. The list is only limited by your imagination.

  1. Take the theme into account

Take a cue from the venue and the mood to dress your little guys, if your wedding vibe is laid-back and casual, choose tanks, tutus, and flip-flops shoes for the girls. For traditional weddings you can try honouring and incorporating customs into your wedding as a meaningful way to celebrate, and dress your flower girl and ring bearer in traditional attire.

  1. Include man’s best friend in the celebration

If you have a beloved four-legged friend that you wish to be a part of your special day, try having them walk down the aisle beside your flower girl or ring bearer and make them part of your ceremony. Not only is this totally adorable, but it might help to calm the nerves of your ring bearer and flower girl.

Keep your guests entertained and giggling with some of these wedding game ideas…

1 – The Shoe Game

The bride and groom must sit back to back so that they can’t see each other and each must hold one of their own shoes and one of their partners.
The MC will ask a series of questions where the answers will be either the bride or the groom.
The bride and groom will each answer by holding up the shoe of that reflects the correct answer.

Some examples of questions that can be asked…

  1. Who made the first move?
  2. Who was first to say ‘I love you’?
  3. Who is the first to say sorry?
  4. Who is the better driver?
  5. Who can keep a secret better?
  6. Who is more likely to give the other food poisoning?
  7. Who’ll be in control of the TV remote?
  8. Who is more likely to deal with spiders?
  9. Who is always right?
  10. Who dances better?

2 – Garter Giggles… For the couple with a sense of humor

You can have the best man roll up his trousers and stand on a chair when it is time to do the garter toss. Drape a table cloth around his waist and get the blindfolded groom to search for the garter.

Another great laugh is for the groom to pull funny items out from under the brides dress and tossing them into the crowd before finally getting to the garter… These items can be stashed under the chair that the bride sits on.

3 – Wedding Speach Bingo

Make wedding speaches fun with an exciting game of Bingo! Have card printed with sayings or words that are likely to come up in the speeches and distribute them to the guests. 

4 – Wedding I spy

Have a list of photo opportunities that each guest should seek out during the reception and let them snap away. This is also a great way to ensure you get loads of photos of your day from different perspectives. 

5 – Bouquet Toss Prank

For the lighthearted bride, tie an elastic to the bouquet you are going to toss and pull it back after throwing it so that the single ladies can’t catch it. 
Or another fun idea is to throw a rubber toy instead of the actual bouquet.

On your wedding day, you will be on your feet most of the time, not to mention the amount of dancing you will be doing!

Here is a list of five shoe styles that we are just love at the moment.

  1. Jimmy Choo

Well of course Jimmy Choo is at the top of the list, every girl wishes she owned at least one pair of Jimmy Choo’s in her life. So why not make that ‘at least one pair’ your wedding shoes. Their strapping designs and the heels make will any woman envious of your feet. Try going for an nude colour, and play it up will frilly details and unconventional textures

  1. Ballet Flats

For the bride who prefers comfort, ballet flats are a great way to go. They offer much more comfort than heels, while still providing an elegant look. This is also a great alternative to sandals for beach weddings.

  1. Sparkles

A well-loved favourite are shoes that are all dolled up with bling and glitter. Shoes embellished with shine add a glamourous exclamation to any wedding-day look.

  1. Something Blue

Looking for “something blue” for your bridal traditions? Look no further than the soles of your feet by wearing a gorgeous pair of blue heels. Your selection of shoes doesn’t have to be stuck in the past. Prints, embellishments, and textures all offer you “something new.”

  1. Lace it up

Having a pair of shoes with lace embellishments adds a royal feel to your feet, lace can be worn is many varying styles. While Duchess Kate’s custom McQueen pumps started the dash toward lace wedding shoes, the trend has since evolved with numerous options available.

Spring 2016 is here and so are this year’s trends for the season’s wedding dresses. In a nutshell, it’s out with the winter wedding colours and in with the chic, unique styles, colour choices and designs that will make your dress the most memorable of spring 2016!

Feathers

It seems that feathers are taking the lead this year, as many gowns have flaunted the popular embellishment choice for spring; be it big, black and dramatic, or soft, fluttery and delicate, on feathered skirts or just a touch on the waist-line, feathers add a touch of whimsy to any brides look.

3D floral lace appliqué

Floral appliqués have always been a popular option for a bride, but this year 3-dimentional embellishments are making gowns look much more modern. While floral patterns for spring may not exactly be new and ground-breaking, they are still a popular choice for brides during this season.

Plunging and drooping ‘V’ neckline

Plunging necklines have always been a popular look, and it looks like it’ll be a popular trend for brides just as long. The exposed skin gives the bride a sexy look either from the drooping ‘V’ or a plunge down to the waist, this look adds just the right touch of drama.

Overskirts

Slightly closer to the traditional wedding dress, overskirts are adored either as the sheerest layer of an A-cut tulle, or a thick-cut satin. Overskirts add versatility and the illusion of romantic layers to your dress, making for an elegant feature.

Sheer Skirts

Last year, spring sheer skirts made an appearance and have come back this year in full force – now it’s all about the see through skirt. Sheer skirts create a sort of demure effect, with ethereal designs it’s perfect to help the playful bride who wants to be a little revealing without worrying about going overboard.

Thigh-High Slits

Another way to add a revealing effect to your dress, without showing too much, is the ever popular thigh-high slit. These are a great and sophisticated way to make your dress sexy, chic and modern designs all look great with the addition of a thigh-high slit.

Bust Keyhole Necklines

For a beautiful combination of elegance and sexy, a keyhole neckline has all the elegance of a high neckline, but with the added sexiness of a plunging neckline. This trend is ruling this season, from small, traditional keyholes to long thin slits; this look is popular no matter, which style you choose to go with.

Tiered Skirts

As traditional as it gets, nothing beats a tiered skirt when it comes to walking down the aisle. From expansive layers of tulle to soft flowing organza, you will never have to worry about an identical tiered skirt. Having a tiered skirt also adds texture to your dress and a sense of whimsy.

Wave Details

Utilising different patterns and embroideries and diagonally pleated skirts can create the illusion that your dress has waves in its design. This look was very popular this season and creates a mystical look for the bride.

Illusion Bodice

For a long time, illusion necklines and backs have been a popular design choice for brides, only this season; it seems that designers have pushed the envelope even further by creating an entire illusion bodice. Sheer tops are paired with perfectly placed lace allpiqués for an ultra-sexy look that will leave any bride looking like a perfect combination of sheer elegance and sexy.

Pants Suit

For the bride, who doesn’t want the traditional dress, pants suits are always a great alternative. This season, dresses are no longer the dominant wedding attire as pants suits have exploded with popularity this spring. From a tailored tux to a boho wide-leg, pants suits are the go-to this season.

Short/Mini

As time goes on, we see more and more brides opting for short dresses, this season. However, brides have taken it to a whole new level with mini dresses! It seems the hemlines have gotten shorter, and brides are choosing to either wear these dresses just for the reception or for the entire ceremony. Sometimes the shorter hemline brings longer sleeves for an elegant yet sexy look.

Popular wedding dress colours this spring

This year, nude, soft blush and mint are still very popular colours when it comes to your bridal gown, but it seems like darker colours are becoming more and more popular the closer spring gets; deep reds and modern gothic colours are the go-to for designers this season.

Aside from the Bride, the wedding cake is certainly a main focal point at any wedding reception – and yours should look and, most importantly, taste amazing!

It goes without saying, the flavour and design of your cake should go with your theme and the mood you want to set for your special day. So, when you go out for cake tasting, make sure you try all the flavours until you find the one just right for you.

Feel free to break away from traditional concepts and flavours for a more creative cake. You can even put different flavours into each tier of your cake with interesting and unique fillings.

Here are some examples of popular cake flavours and fillings…

  • Coconut Cake with a Key Lime filling and White Buttercream Fluff frosting;
  • Chocolate Almond Cake with Raspberry Mousse filling and Chocolate Ganache frosting;
  • Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Mousse filling and Vanilla Buttercream frosting;
  • Hazelnut-Almond Cake with Chocolate Ganache filling and Mocha Buttercream frosting;
  • White Cake with Raspberry, Lemon Curd filling and White Chocolate Ganache frosting;
  • Nutella Cake with a Hazelnut Buttercream filling and Chocolate Ganache frosting;
  • Lemon Cake with a Vanilla Mousse filling and Lemon Buttercream frosting;
  • Graham Spice Cake with a Marshmallow Fluff filling and Torched Meringue frosting;
  • Vanilla Lime Cake with Passionfruit Curd filling and Lime Buttercream frosting;
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Cake with Chili Infused Chocolate Buttercream filling and Vanilla Fondant frosting;
  • Pink Champagne Cake with Rum Infused Custard filling and Whipped Cream frosting;
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake with Coconut Caramel Fluff filling and Chocolate Coconut Buttercream frosting;
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake with a Pumpkin Pie filling and Cream Cheese Buttercream frosting; and
  • Crème de Menthe Cake with Chocolate Fudge Ganache filling and Crème de Menthe Infused Whipped Cream.

If you want to keep your flavours focused on the spring season, these are the most popular spring cake flavours:

  • Cherry Vanilla;
  • Violet Infused Cake; and
  • Rose Water Vanilla.

Berries are also a trendy flavour to utilise. Feel free pick out your favourite berry and use it for your cake.

The idea of having a winter wedding can be a really beautiful, but the bride and groom will want to make sure that their guests stay hot and toasty throughout the day.

Here are some helpful ways to keep your guests warm for a day you will be sure to remember for the rest of your life.

Venue choice

When looking for a venue to host your winter wedding, keep in mind to locate places that are winter friendly. Places without lots of glass walls and windows would be preferable, places with working fireplaces and proper insulation are also definite winners and don’t forget to check if the venue will be able to provide heaters for your guests. 
For wintery weddings wooden or carpeted floors instead of cement and tile will help insulate the venue, however rugs can also be used to create warmth and a unique, cosy style wedding.
Mushroom Heaters are also a great option, they are an easy and effective way to spread warmth throughout the room and the heaters are not too expensive for hire.
Should your guests wish to venture outside, try utilising fire pits – firewood is not too expensive and will add to the atmosphere.

Guest wedding favours

For winter weddings a nice fleece blanket doubles up as an excellent favour, match the colour to your theme and keep guests comfortable and warm.
Include pocket warmers for your guests in either their invitations or their wedding favours. Your guests will appreciate the extra care and attention to detail.

Food and beverages

It goes without saying that to keep your guests warm and cosy, warm food and drinks should be on the menu.
Serve hot beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate throughout the night, mulled cider or wine are also warming drinks to serve guests, who want something with a little more of a kick. A Crème Brule dessert can also keep your guests warm while keeping their taste buds tantalised and of course hearty soup starters always win for winter weddings.

Warm and happy guests will ensure that you have an unforgettable wedding and keep the festivities going all throughout the night.

Wedding favours are a way of saying thank you to all your guests for joining you and their contribution to your big day. Favours can be big or as small, useful or quirky but should be personal and reflect the personality of the bride and groom.

See some ideas below.

Something Sweet…

Something Quirky…

Something Useful…

Ring Bearers and Flower Girls have the ability to create an AWW factor for your wedding.

It will also keep them involved and feeling super special and they will remember your big day for their lifetime. So if you have lots of love for a little munchkin why not consider some of these creative ideas for your big day…

Get your grandparents involved… For those without little ones attending the reception why not get your granny involved as your flower girl!

A winter wedding can be a lovely occasion; however, many brides worry that their favourite blooms will not be available for their big day.

But don’t! There are many flowers which bloom through winter and these have a variety of striking colours, which will make your ceremony and reception look gorgeous.

Amaryllis flowers are a great example of local blooms that will add a colourful pop your big day…

Below are a few more flowers that are available during winter, but there are many more and your florist will be able to recommend the best ways of putting these together to suit your style.

Asiatic Lily – Go pure white or add some colour, these beauties come in all colours from happy yellows and orange hues, to pretty pinks and sassy blues and purples.

Chrysanthemums – Colourful and versatile, these blooms can be used as buttons, pom-poms or even as daisy-like bouquets. Green chrysanthemums are great for adding some greenery to your bouquet or use a sunny bunch of yellow chrysanthemums for a warm sunny feel on a cool winter day.

Gerbera Daisy – These bright and happy flowers will add a bright pop to any wedding. Mix and match your favourite hues with other flowers of similar shades or mix and match your Gerbera colours for a fun tropical or rainbow theme.

Roses – No introduction needed, there are so many ways that roses can be used. Leave the stems long or cut them short, use one shade or go multi coloured, the options are endless and will add romance to your big day.

Gladiolus – Add height to your table scape with these pretty petals or give your bouquet a soft, frilly texture. Available in a vast variety of colours these flowers can also be used in beautiful bouquets, flower strings and boutonnieres.

While Marsala was named Pantone’s colour of the year for 2015 we still can’t get enough of this beautiful and bold colour.

Warm up your winter wedding with a spicy colour palette. Marsala is so versatile, team it with a rosy blush, sparkly gold, natural green or even a warm pop of burnt orange.

This colour is still going places!

Despite our long lasting crush on last years marsala, we do also have lots of love for the this years colour of the year! And lucky for trendy brides to be, this year Pantone has named not one but two!

ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY
For the more subtle brides, these pastel colours are a beautiful complement to each other for a softer fairytale wedding. In fact it’s as if this years colours were picked straight from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty with oposing fairies each picking their favourite hue.