Celebrity Wedding Inspiration: Lana Del Rey and Barrie-James O’Neill

Now for our third celebrity wedding inspiration edition — rocker chic with engaged couple Lana Del Rey and Barrie-James O’Neill! She’s a soulful songstress, with hits like Summertime Sadness and Video Games, and he’s a guitar player for Scottish band Kassidy. The two are bound to have a wonderfully edgy and music-filled wedding event. If we were planning their big day, we’d choose the following items and styles for the cool, unique couple.

Groom embracing his bridePhoto Credit: Tim Judi Photography via Rock N Roll Bride

The Dress
Lana is anything but ordinary. We’d love to see her in something playful, like this tutu wedding dress with a beautiful lace bodice and long sleeves — how fun! Also, notice the bouquet that the groom is sweetly holding for his bride…it’s not your traditional floral bouquet! It’s actually made of material — a mixture of the bride’s tutu fabric and a black material with skulls all over it.

Rock and Roll Wedding CakePhoto Credit: Tim Judi Photography via Rock N Roll Bride

The Cake
Rock ‘n’ roll, baby! Instead of a traditional confection, we’d choose something appropriate for our musical bride and groom, such as this funky cake playing homage to the Rolling Stones.

Rock and Roll Table DecorPhoto credit: Jesus Caballero via Rock N Roll Bride

The Table Setting
What’s black and white with pops of colour all over? This lively, edgy table setting with a mixture of textures, patterns and fun! We especially like the black glasses, which add a real rocker vibe to the table décor.

Church WeddingPhoto credit: F/stop Poetry via Rock N Roll Bride

The Venue
Believe it or not, we are not choosing a music venue, like the Forum in North London, for Lana and Barrie-James. That would be too expected, after all! Of course, it depends on their religious beliefs, which we are not privy to, but we think it would be pretty cool and very unexpected if they chose a traditional venue, like a church, for their wedding ceremony (and then maybe the music venue, a gothic mansion or a fabulous museum space for their reception!).

elizabeth-black-evening-invitationThe Invitation
Hands down, the Elizabeth Evening Invitation in black is perfect for this celebrity duo. The white, flat card features a black-chandelier motif and is hand-finished with sparkling gems for a glam touch. So pretty!

Do you like the rocker-chic wedding theme and want to see more blogs about edgy weddings? We’d love to know your favourite wedding style so that we can write subjects that interest you — shoot us a line in the comments section below!  

The Kirsten Burke Interview: Designer Lady, Designer Style

As you may already know, if you’ve been browsing our fabulous range of luxury wedding stationery, as of late 2012 the masters of invitation craft Mandalay, have been working exclusively with Bride & Groom Direct. We love their contemporary twist on the hottest trends and we know that when you see a Mandalay invitation, you instantly fall in love with the opulent feel and graceful design.

2014 Mandalay Designer Wedding InvitationsSo when I was offered the chance to interview the lady behind these fabulous 2014 designs, I have to say I was a little bit star struck! It’s not every day you get to interview a celebrity in the world of style and design. The letters O. M. G. did run through my mind more than once, and I’m still not sure what was harder, choosing the questions I would ask or picking my interview attire!

With wow worthy inspirations and gorgeous embellishments included, I introduce Kirsten Burke…

Hello Kirsten, lovely to meet you!  A few people say you have an almost psychic ability to know what Brides are looking for in their wedding stationery. Can you confirm or deny these theories?

*Little laughter* I’ve never heard those theories before, but I will take them as a compliment!  Sadly no I’m not psychic, but I do really believe in getting as much insight from Brides as possible. I speak to over 200 Brides-to-be before I even touch a design. People often forget that choosing your wedding stationery is no easy task. You are trying to post out a ‘little taste’ of your wedding - something that’s going to represent you as a couple and give an insight to the type of event that you’ve got planned. Each of these elements have to be contained within each invitation and it’s a challenge which really makes designers, like myself, pull out all the stops, and come up with something truly enchanting.

flourish wedding stationeryWow! 200 Brides…  Where do you find your inspiration for such fabulous designs?

For all my design work, I need to be aware of current fashion and colour trends coming from the London and Paris catwalks, but whenever I design a new range, I always ask myself the same question – ‘what would I want as my wedding invitation if I was getting married right now?’

2014 Mandalay Wedding RangeFrom the catwalks of Paris to Mandalay, what do you think Brides are looking for in 2014?

Most of us, however fashion conscious we are, want elegant, timelessness within our wedding. Fun, quirky even, but always pretty and sophisticated. With this in mind, I have used cute fonts and fashion led illustration, bringing in ribbon and pearlised card as well as the current American trend for ‘large flat cards’ which is making its way over here. I hope in the five new collections for 2014 that I have a design to suit everyone.

Botanics Purple Wedding StationeryCan you tell us a little about each of your new 2014 designs?

Classic. For the traditional brides, my ‘Flourish’ design is a classic; featuring dainty swirls and finished with a silk ribbon. I really believe this invitation will have guests jumping in excitement.

flourish day invitationWhimsical. For all you romantics out there, ‘Fairytale’ brings florals, hand lettering and delicate organza ribbons together, for a truly whimsical wedding invitation.

fairytale day invitationFun, fun, fun! Weddings should be about fun, right?! For the giggling Bride in all of us, I present my ‘Big Top’ design. I absolutely adore this design.

big top day invitationFlorals. Capturing the on-trend flat card and evergreen floral theme, my ‘Botanics’ design is sure to have guests swaying with anticipation.

botanics day invitationSweet romance. From two hearts connecting to hundreds of tiny hearts, I really hope this ‘Retro Hearts’ design captures the richness of love and affection that comes with a wedding.

retro hearts invitationHave you got a question for Kirsten? Let us know in the comments below along with your favourite 2014 Mandalay design from above!

Celebrity Wedding Inspiration: Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac

As you may know, if you caught last week’s blog on Kanye and Kim, this month’s blog theme is celebrity-wedding predictions for 2014! We love our next engaged celebrity Scarlett Johansson who is oh-so close to getting hitched to handsome French journalist Romain Dauriac If we were planning their wedding, we would choose a rustic-chic, European countryside wedding theme, naturally. The following is our celebrity wedding inspiration for the happy couple…

Lemon and Flower Wedding IdeaThe Colour Scheme
We choose a yellow and gray colour combination with white and green accents for Scarlett and Romain’s affair. So fresh and so clean.

Sleek and Stylish Wedding DressThe Dress
Scarlett is super sexy and often wears perfectly draped gowns that hug her curves in all the right places. For her rustic-chic wedding, we envision her in this absolutely unique and stunning BHLDN gown with embroidered details and a unique neckline. For Romain, we think he’d look amazing in an Italian gray suit with a skinny tie.

Ancient Lakeside Abbey The Location
The couple will likely whisk away their friends and family to a location in France, such as this 33-bedroom Ancient Lakeside Villa in the French Alps, with the ability to host 120 guests. Startlingly beautiful! The couple could have a fleet of sailboats available to take guests on sunbathing or sunset cruises around the lake during their stay.

purple wedding invitationThe Invitation
Letterpress all the way! This couple likes to leave an impression — and so what could be better than a letterpress invitation, like this Birds and Bays Evening Invitation? The pretty motif is just the right amount of sophisticated and sweet for a rustic-chic wedding.

rustic floralsThe Florals
From the bridal bouquets to the centrepieces, we’d select a mixture of wildflowers, roses and greenery that showcase a beautiful mixture of textures. We picture low and full arrangements that encourage guests, seated at long, family-style wooden tables, to converse, and an overall vibe full of camaraderie.

We can’t wait to see what Scarlett and Romain decide on for their nuptials, and wish them all the best.

Who are your favourite celebrity brides and grooms in 2014?


UK Wedding and Marriage Statistics [Infographic]

One for lady statistic lovers out there! At Bride & Groom Direct we love to keep our fingers on the pulse of the wedding industry. Whether it is the new colour trends, vintage vibe themes or rustic glory wedding cakes, we love to know exactly what innovative ideas are exciting our Brides and how we can help you deliver the wedding of your dreams.

So, when the office for national statistics released a whole load of new statistics surrounding the wedding industry, we couldn’t wait to share them with you! See a few of the key statistics in our info graphic below…
Wedding Industry Infographic