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Spare Room Renovation

If you keep up with my Instagram page, then you’ll have seen that our spare room renovation finally came together at the beginning of this week. It has been a looonnnggg time coming, and I’m just so pleased it’s done now!

When it comes to spending money, you’ll find no-one more against the idea than me. I love to save save save and never (ever) spend spend spend. So doing up a whole room seemed like a daunting task. But, one morning on my way to work (after a terrible night’s sleep) I was slightly grumpy and asked myself what is the point in driving all this way and earning money, if I can’t spend a bit of it every once in a while? Walking to work I rang Euan and told him I’d decided it was time to do the spare room up.

The next thing he knew, we were in Ikea (I’m talking a matter of days later) picking bed frames and mirrors…

The Spare Room – Before & After

In September 2016 we moved from our parents’ houses into our first home, both together and as individuals. Being perhaps slightly naive, or maybe our circumstances have just changed, we didn’t like the idea of a spare room. Thinking we’d get full use out of 3 functioning living spaces (lol) we set-up our second bedroom as an office, and our third bedroom as a second living room (with a sofa bed just in case people happened to stay over). It soon dawned on us that perhaps a guest bedroom would be more appealing after all…

So here is a ‘before & after’ of our guest bedroom…!

Before

After

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Products Used

Below is a link to all the items we purchased for our new & improved room! All completely affordable (and mostly from Ikea).

Bed Frame (don’t forget to order bed slats – ha!).

Side Tables

Lamp bases

Lampshades

Mirror (not pictured – it’s to the side)

Bedding

Cushions

Boxes

All-in-all, the renovation cost us around £300 and I couldn’t be happier!

*We paid for all items listed (apart from the boxes which I had already) and this post is not sponsored in any way. Just sharing the love* I haven’t listed the decor bits & pictures because they were all in the house already and I don’t know where most of them are from!

I hope you enjoyed this home interiors post. Whilst you’re here, why not take a look at our engagement shoot pics!

Posted in Home Interiors

Interior Design with The Empty Box Co!

Okay so if you read my ‘what I’m up to‘ blog series earlier in the year, you’ll know all about The Empty Box Company. (If not, give it a read. This post will make more sense). I did some marketing work on interior design a couple of months ago, and this was the initial blog post I wrote. I ended up re-writing it, but kept the original text (I always do – habit!). And instead of letting it sit on my computer totally unloved and forgotten (small violins, please), I thought I’d share it on here instead! Enjoy…

Blog Post for The Empty Box Company – Interior Design

It’s not just all ‘weddings’ here at The Empty Box Company. We also love interior design. So much so that all our product papers are in actual fact interior design papers from British interior design companies. Yes, really!

A beautiful box (or two) really can transform a room, and finish off an interior design project to perfection. Don’t believe me? Keep reading, you’ll be sure to change your mind…

Interior Design – What actually is it?

According to Wikipedia, interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space.

In other words, it’s making a room look it’s best and therefore sparking joy (Marie Kondo reference there – if you know, you know). Decorating your home can have an enormous impact on your mood, happiness, and love for the space you live in. And the most annoying part is often you don’t realise how much happier a space can be until you decorate it! Our advice? Just.Do.It. There’s always a reason (or 45) to prioritise other things over decorating your home, but sometimes you’ve just got to take the plunge!

Top Tips to Easily Transform Your Home

Having a bit of an interior re-vamp doesn’t always need to be an enormous undertaking. Here are some top tips to easily transform your home…

  1. A lick of paint is sometimes all you need. Are you guilty of considering buying an entire room’s worth of new furniture purely because your current furniture doesn’t match your interior vision? Why not consider matching your interior vision to the furniture you already have? Natural coloured wooden furniture goes amazingly with shades of green or burgundy, black furniture works wonderfully with pinks & greys, and white furniture looks visionary with blues & purples.  
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2. House plants & free-standing lamps are your best friends. Areas that are too small for furniture but look empty without something filling the space can be resolved by a house plant (real or fake!) or a free-standing lamp.  

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3. Empty Box Company boxes are beautiful and practical. Our huge range of boxes work wonderfully as home decor accessories, and being empty they double up as handy storage too. From adding an extra dimension to your display shelf, to a stack of hat boxes sat perfectly in your living room, we’ve got a box for all interior eventualities. Want to know the best part? You can even have bespoke boxes made in your very own wallpaper so your room & decor match perfectly. Read more about our bespoke service here.  

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Interior Design on Youtube

Because we just love interior design so much, we’ve created a little Youtube video to help visualise what you could do with your home using The Empty Box Company. Here it is!

Disclaimer

I technically got paid to write this post, because I wrote it during my working day (which I got paid for…). However I was not paid or obligated in any way to share it on here. Simply sharing because I wrote it and didn’t want it to go to waste 🙂

Posted in Wedding Tips & Advice

Biodegradable Confetti & The Environment

If I’ve got through a viewing appointment without discussing confetti then you’ll probably find pigs are flying… Basically, I am always getting asked about it! Most venues will allow biodegradable confetti, but how biodegradable is it really?

I was genuinely shocked when I read how long some “biodegradable” confetti can take to disappear. So, being the little research nerd that I am I decided to look into it some more…

The Maze that is Confetti

Nowadays there isn’t so much of the ‘traditional’ confetti around, and thank goodness! If the confetti doesn’t say it’s biodegradable, then it’s probably made out of microplastics, mylar, or even some form of metal component – and we all know how bad they are for the environment!

You’ll probably find that most easily accessible confetti will be tissue confetti, and will be billed as biodegradable. The time it takes to actually disappear is mostly weather dependant, and can hang around for quite some time. You’ve probably seen churchyards littered with the stuff weeks after a wedding has occurred! Generally speaking tissue confetti isn’t necessarily bad for the environment, but it’s not great either. So yes, it’s ‘technically’ biodegradable, but also misleading.

Also – be warned! If the confetti has a slight shine to it – even if it says it’s biodegradable – it’s probably made with some kind of metallic component.

Biodegradable Confetti Solutions

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If you’re really keen to have properly biodegradable confetti, the best route to go down is petals (real ones), leaves, and dried flowers. Or basically anything completely natural! Rice has been popular over time, but it can be slippy and it’s just not as pretty.

Something like lavender works wonderfully – and it smells gorrrrgeous! We will most definitely be having properly natural confetti of some sort – possibly a mix of leaves and petals. But you’ll have to wait & see!

The End

Hopefully that gives you a bit more of an insight into the world of confetti and what to be aware of. If you want to keep up to date with the latest blog posts, sign up to my mailing list. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

Posted in Wedding Planning

Our Engagement Shoot! Freckle Photography

I’m soooooooo excited to share a few of our engagement shoot pics, taken by the amazing Emma (Freckle Photography). We had 12 preview images only a couple of days after the shoot itself (because Emma is amazing), and we’ll get the rest of them around the beginning of June – cannot wait!

Head over to my last post to learn more about engagement shoots… And enjoy the photos below!

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All images are by Freckle Photography, and this shoot was part of our wedding photography package which we have paid for.

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Engagement Shoots – Why they are Important

On Easter Sunday (end of April) Euan & I were lucky enough to have the most amazing engagement shoot with our photographer, Emma (Freckle Photography). We lucked out with the weather (heatwave weekend!) and had soo much fun laughing, smiling, and chatting.

I’m going to share a few of our preview images soon, but I wanted to first talk a bit about engagement shoots and why they are important.

Engagement Shoots

Also know as pre-wedding shoots, depending on how close to your wedding you have it! Firstly, what are engagement shoots? Well, they’re basically a photoshoot with your wedding photographer which takes place during your engagement period. Not much to it really!

Some photographers will offer engagement/pre-wedding shoots as part of their photography package, and others will offer them for an additional price. Either way, I highly recommend.

Why are they important?

I’ve always thought engagement shoots were incredibly important. Seeing the difference between couples on their wedding day who have previously had a photoshoot with their photographer and those who haven’t solidified it in my mind a long time ago. But, having never had one myself I didn’t want to be too vocal about how important they are until I had experienced it for myself.

But, now I have! So why are they important? Time for some bullet points I think…

  • You get to meet your photographer properly. You’re going to be getting quite up close and personal in front of your photographer, so you want to feel comfortable around them. And the best way for you all to get to know each other is to go out and have some pics taken!
  • It’s good practice. When do you ever stand in front of a camera for 30 minutes solidly, kissing & cuddling your other half? It’s an alien concept, and is surprisingly difficult. Even the most confident of people will feel a tad shy when there’s someone telling them to have a smooch with a camera pointed in their face.
  • Your photographer gets a chance to photograph you. Obvious, right? What I mean is during engagement shoots, photographers can figure out your most flattering sides & angles, work out where best to stand you both in relation to each other, and all the other clever photography tricks. I have zero photography experience (can you tell?) but in any walk of life, things are almost always easier second time around. And if you have an engagement shoot, your wedding day won’t be the first time your photographer has photographed you.
  • Photos will probably take up less time on your wedding day. This is tied pretty closely to you both being more comfortable in front of a camera paired with your photographer knowing you through their lens. Since you’ve ‘been there done that’ you won’t need to spend quite as long faffing around trying to get the perfect pic.

There are many other benefits to having engagement shoots, the photos for example! Your engagement period is one of the most special times in your life, so why not have some killer pics to remember it by? And also, why not?! Go for it! We had the most amazing evening having our engagement shoot, and that in itself was pretty special. Let alone the amazing pics Emma took!

Planning Update

Keep your eyes peeled for some preview images on the blog over the next few days… And in the meantime, why don’t you catch up with my planning update blog post series?

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The Guest List – Wedding Planning Update

Here’s a big one! The infamous guest list. Everyone’s favourite and dreaded task, all rolled into one. If you’ve found this part easy then you have no idea how lucky you are. If you’re struggling with the guest list, then grab a cuppa and make yourself comfortable…

The Guest List – A Journey (Part 1)

When Euan & I got engaged, the guest list was the first thing we did. Not only that but we were weirdly excited to write it. Looking back, I actually cannot for the life of me think why. Lol! If I were to guess, I’d say it’s because once the guest list is written it all starts to feel super real/exciting. Anyway, it’s safe to say the excitement dwindled slightly…

The easiest way to explain is I think we got a tad carried away. And I think that’s pretty normal. One of the things I’m most grateful for is deciding to have a longer engagement because these decisions you make in the excitement of being newly engaged are more often the wrong ones to have made. And if you’ve not got huge amounts of time until the wedding you just run with them and regret it later. Luckily for us we had loooaaaads of time (still do!) to make decisions (and more importantly, go back on them).

Anyway, initially we had a guest list approaching 150 people. No, just no. Don’t get me wrong, if that’s the route you want to go down then by all means do it! But it was not what I wanted. To be able to fit 150 people, we would’ve needed a marquee in the field. Which is 1. a huge expense that in our case could be avoided, and 2. I’m just personally not a fan of marquees.

The Guest List – A Journey (Part 2)

The dilemma was the barn vs the marquee. The barn’s capacity is max. 100 people, so that would mean cutting our guest list by 50 people. Or going for the marquee and being able to invite 150 people. But, anyone who has thrown a wedding will know that the likelihood of your entire guest list actually coming to the wedding is pretty small. The stats are roughly 25% of your guest list will not end up there on the day. We ran off the basis that 25 of our 150 people would not end up coming (which is less than 25%) which meant that we’d be hiring a marquee for the sake of 25 people, possibly less… Madness, right?!

(Maths: 150 guests less 25 non-attending leaves 125. Barn capacity = 100. So the difference between barn capacity (100) and people likely to attend (125) is 25 people).

I knew in my heart that I wanted the barn for our wedding reception, and when we worked out the figures I put my foot down. There was no way I was comfortable with hiring a marquee for the sake of a handful of people. So, the guest list culling commenced. And it actually wasn’t as difficult as we thought it would be, especially as a lot of people could be switched to the evening without it being a big deal.

The Guest List – Where are we up to?

We have now managed to get our 150 down to approx. 114 day guests, including babies. We’re predicting that possibly 10 people won’t come, and 4 of those 14 are babies/toddlers – perfect! What it does mean is our evening guest list is slightly bigger, but that’s great!

The downside is that we don’t have room for children (apart from babies and very close friends/bridal party). And we also don’t have room for plus 1s. But to be honest the expectation of being able to bring a plus one these days is pretty non-existent. Everyone understands that weddings are expensive, and couples can’t be expected to provide for someone they don’t know!

The only tricky thing is the line between who counts as a plus one and who counts as being invited in their own right. To combat that, we’re just making it perfectly clear on the invites who is invited and who isn’t!

The Guest List – Top Tips?

  • Firstly, it’s important to establish who is paying for the wedding. As the couple, if you are footing the entire bill, then I really don’t think parents should get a say. If one or other of your parents are paying for the wedding then it’s only fair that said parents should get at least small say. If you’re paying for most of the wedding, but parents are contributing it’s important to establish from the get-go what their contribution entails. It’s not an easy topic to approach, and I’ll talk more about this another time.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no. As you’ve probably discovered by now, my favourite saying is ‘it’s your wedding’. If you don’t have room for plus ones, or you don’t know them well enough, just.say.no. Likewise if you’d rather not have children, just.say.no. There is – of course – a way of saying these things, and always be flexible for certain circumstances. But in all truth on your wedding day you should be surrounded only by people who you genuinely want there.
  • Don’t be put off by the thought of a guest list cull – it’s actually quite refreshing! If your venue has max numbers that are smaller than your ideal guest list, don’t write it off straight away. Sometimes having to cut your guest list is actually a blessing in disguise.

So that’s the guest list! I hope you’re enjoying these blog posts, please do leave feedback if you’d like to! And you can also sign up to my mailing list where I’ll send you a cheeky little email when there’s a new blog post. Sign up here.

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