Festive Film Favourites

Festive Film Favourites

Okay, so who doesn’t love a Christmas film? I am alllll about snuggling up with a feel good film, especially at this time of year. Everyone’s festive film favourites will be different, but I thought I’d run through mine. You never know, there may be one or two you forgot even existed!

Arthur Christmas

Not sure if this is slightly unconventional or not, but I absolutely adore this film. The cast is amazing to start with (yes – Eva Longoria is in this, thank you very much). But I genuinely love the take on the whole ‘Father Christmas’ story; they make it so legit, to the point where I genuinely could believe such an operation exists…! And who doesn’t love a cheeky cartoon at Christmas?

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Home Alone #2

I also love #1, but I have to say Home Alone #2 is one of my festive film favourites. Not sure why, but it’s an absolute must-watch of mine at Christmas! I haven’t actually watched 3 or 4, and I think there might even be a fifth one?! Anyway, love this one. And every time I watch it, it makes me sooo desperate to visit New York!

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The Snowman & Father Christmas

Another animation (I think I’m secretly still 6 years old) but I think this film is soooo cute. And I feel like it’s also seriously underrated?! It’s an easy watch, and the music is just gorgeous. I happen to have the double DVD which includes Father Christmas – not complaining! Another super cute silent film. Gosh, all this film talk is making me want to grab a hot chocolate and snuggle in!

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The Holiday

So, maybe I’m just a sucker for a big cast… But I can’t get through the festive season without watching The Holiday. Fun fact! They filmed it in a village near where I grew up, and one day we actually went to the set & watched them filming. My mum loves Jude Law, and we stood at the front of a crowd of people and watched them film him crossing a road about 145 times. In the end they actually cut that scene from the film – gutting! They also covered the church in fake snow but it looked so magical. And, Kate Winslet’s house was actually only ‘built’ for the show (obviously not properly) so isn’t a real house at all. Sorry for the spoilers….!

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Love Actually

Saving the best until last… This is my all time favourite Christmas film, and I’d almost go as far as saying it’s my favourite film full stop (it’s definitely in my top 5 anyway!). The cast is obvs second-to-none and I love the way they make the storylines in this film. The music is sensational throughout and the opening scene honestly makes me cry (let alone the rest of it). If someone said I had to choose between never being able to watch Love Actually again, or it being the only film I’m ever allowed to watch for the rest of my life… You bet yo’ bottom dollar that I’d drop all other films in a heartbeat!

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To Conclude Festive Film Favourites

What are your film favourites at Christmas? Do you love an all-star cast like me, or prefer the more traditional films? Let me know – I’m always up for discovering new Christmas films!

For more christmassy content, check out my Christmas blog category. And don’t forget to keep up with my Instagram feed!

Corks & Candles – Wedding Decor Ideas

Corks & Candles – Wedding Decor Ideas

Okay, enough of autumn (for now). Let’s get back to some wedding stuff! Corks & candles – what on earth do I mean? Basically, Euan, my dad, and I have all been saving wine & champagne corks for literally years. We have so many now, it’s beyond a joke… And naturally we’ve just got to incorporate them into our wedding, right?! I have many fabulous ideas of how we’re going to use them (and I’m sure I will not get around to doing them all…) but here is quite a simple corks & candles idea I came up with and thought I’d share…

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Corks & Candles – The How To

You may have watched my insta stories from earlier on today (if you didn’t have a watch now. I’ve also saved them to my highlights if you’re reading this after the 24hrs is up!). That’ll show you a little video clip of me putting them together, but here is the written version…

You’ll need:

  • A loooaaaddd of corks (I used red wine corks for the smaller vase and champagne/prosecco corks for the larger vase)
  • Cylinder shaped vases (I got mine from Ikea – links below)
  • Pillar candles (again, mine are from Ikea but you can get them from lots of different places)
  • Something for the candles to sit on (this isn’t necessary, but I think it’s a good idea)
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The How To:

  • Place your candle into the middle of the cylinder
  • Strategically place the corks around the candle so they are unmovable, but still look nice (much easier with red wine corks than champagne corks!)
  • Take a pic, and tag me in it!
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Haha – it really is suuuuper simple. And I think they look great! Especially if you’re into wine. We’re using ours for general decor around the barn, but if you’re having round tables they would make a fantastic centrepiece. And why not add a bit of foliage around the outside to bring it even more to life?

*Disclaimer* I am slightly worried about them catching on fire, but Euan assures me they won’t… Anyway, I think I’ll soak them all in water beforehand just to be sure. And if they do catch light, hopefully it’ll be contained in the vase…….!!

Helpful Links

If you fancy creating these corks & candles decor pieces, here are the links to items I bought. But, we saved the corks ourselves so you’d better get drinking!!

Vases

Candles

Candle Bases

And whilst you’re here, you may as well check out my last post!

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The Empty Box Company | What am I up to Blog Series

The Empty Box Company | What am I up to Blog Series

Harking back to my post earlier this week, I’m now onto what I do at The Empty Box Company (catch up with my previous two posts here and here).

The Empty Box Company is my family’s business which has been running for 30 years (older than me!). With it being the family business, I’ve – obviously – always been involved. But as I’ve got older (and into the wedding industry) I’ve helped out more & more, particularly on the marketing and social media side of things.

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The Empty Box Company

The company itself predominately makes wedding dress boxes to protect and preserve your wedding dress after the ‘big day’. Because of this, it’s really not surprising I’ve chosen a career in the wedding industry – I’ve grown up in it! And it will always hold a special place in my heart.

The Empty Box Company also makes all sorts of other boxes (empty ones, obvs). Including home storage boxes, hat boxes, and keepsake boxes (and many more!). Starting in Surrey, and expanding 10 years ago when we moved to Devon, we now have two workshops. One in Surrey and one in Devon!

You can find out more about the company on the website.

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Where do I come in?

As I said, I’ve always been involved (hard not to be). But about 5 years ago now I helped exhibit at the first ever London Bridal Show, which is also when I realised I just had to be in the wedding industry. So my own journey working for different companies within the wedding industry began!

It was also when social media really started to reach businesses properly. It’s hard to believe that it was only 5 years ago that the big Instagram boom started to happen, but it was! I setup an Instagram account for The Empty Box Company (Facebook had been around a while) and went from there.

I also started to get more involved with the marketing side of things, and contributed to projects with a fresh eye. 2 years ago we decided to hold an open workshop event for the first time, and (as I was studying weddings & events at the time) it was my job to assist with the organisation of the event.

I’m now doing a lot of PR work, as well as writing blog posts and creating social media content (such as videos, Facebook groups, and -yep – more Instagram posts), plus we’re holding another open workshop event in April which I’m in charge of promoting and executing.

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Why the family business?

Anyone who’s grown up with their parent’s running their own business will understand how much their business can end up meaning to you. The Empty Box Company has been the foundation for my whole life as I know it. I felt the stress in the earlier days when my parents were working incredibly hard to make a living, and I’ve seen first-hand how hard work really does pay off. Like with The Bishop’s Palace, it really does get in your blood. And for me I actually consider it to be my blood. My parents built the company from nothing, with a bizarre idea that no-one else believed in, and it would’ve been so easy for them to give up and get ‘normal’ jobs. But they didn’t. And from that they have created something wonderful which I cherish so much.

I could honestly type for hours about the company and what it means to me, but I won’t! Instead, give us a follow on Instagram (@theemptyboxcompany – because who doesn’t love pictures of beautiful boxes, right?!) and think of us for any and all box-related needs!

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