Monday, 30 January 2017

Why the heck do we have to do that? Wedding questions answered by me, Karen Brown!


I can't remember exactly why, but the other day I started wondering why we do certain stuff at weddings. Obviously, we are a pretty non traditional kinda family over here but even so, we still followed a lot of the traditional rules and etiquettes at our own wedding and it got me wondering where the heck these ideas came from... of course, there are loads out there but these ones are my favourite and thought I'd share them with you for a little light Monday lunchtime reading... here goes.

PS Before you start, I must tell you that I am a absolutely MASSIVE fan of the complete bonkersness* of the Bridesmaids & Groomsmen one and also Throwing the Bouquet! 

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
Traditionally at each wedding there were 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen and they all dressed and had their hair etc exactly the same thinking that if they all looked the same as the bride & groom, they could confuse malicious forces and protect them from evil spirits so the demons wouldn't know who to target. *Cripes!*

Throw the bouquet
Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride's dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. *Cripes again*

Ring on third finger of left hand
Apparently (according to the ancient Romans) there was thought to be a vein in the left ring finger, referred to as the 'Vena Amoris' or the 'Vein of Love' said to be directly connected to the heart. *sweet*

Cutting the cake
Wedding cakes take centre stage in the traditional cake cutting ceremony and is symbolically the first task that bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife. 

Confetti
The tradition of throwing confetti over the bride and groom comes from Italy. Before paper confetti, there were flowers, petals, grain or rice thrown at the happy couple, to bestow prosperity and fertility

Favours
The ‘Bomboniere’ was thought to be the first Wedding favour and was given out by the European Aristocracy and Upper Classes. Usually, a small porcelain or crystal trinket box often decorated with precious stones. The boxes usually contained sugar or confectionery which was a symbol of wealth and royalty. Over the years, ‘Bombonieres’ were replaced with almonds. These were given to guests to signify good wishes for the couple’s new life together. 5 almonds were given to signify Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Long Life. *Now of course though, the ultra cool and sassy, give out wedding tea towels*

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.

So obviously if you're having a wedding, you need to INVITE people to it first and so check out our wedding tea towels in our design gallery. Choose your favourite and then give me a shout on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk.

Bye for now. 
Karen x 

* I do know bonkersness isn't a real word x

Monday, 23 January 2017

Happy happy couples...


We know it's tough deciding which invitations to go for, we struggled too, there are so many options out there, how can you know which is the best one to go for? Well, I always think the answer is actually pretty simple, see what other couples say and that's the only way you can ever really know the truth about the service you're going to receive and the quality of the final invitation once it's in your hand ready to share with your loved ones...

I've just updated our Happy Couples on the website, you can see them all here. If you want the headline though, it seems they think we are pretty fabulous *shy face*.

As some of you may know, it's only Ben & I here (and our three children - one of which is having her modelling skills put to use above!) so you always know exactly who you're dealing with, and as Ben doesn't speak... it'll always be ME! Hello!

So what are a few of our previous couples saying about us:

Received our 'Save the Date' tea towels today and we love them! Good quality with high definition art work. Karen kept in contact throughout the whole process. Couldn't have been easier. Can't speak highly enough! - Donna Giddings

Our tea towels just arrived today and we absolutely love them! Karen was great from the word go and was quick to respond to all of our question. Anyone thinking about using the original wedding tea towel I highly recommend them! - Joanne Lockwood

Our tea towels have been such a success! We and our guests adore them! Thank you so much for excellent service and for making us such beautiful invitations! - Becky Geary

They are just wonderful, unusual and interesting, we have had so many wonderful comments. We are going to get one framed as they are that good. Thank you Karen - we adore them xx - Lauren Nicklinson

So there you go, I'm sure you get the idea. That's why we're the Original, and we're the best!

To experience our awesome service and invitations for yourself, just drop me an email on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk or to see our designs visit our Gallery, any questions, just shout! 

See you soon!

Karen & Ben xx

Thursday, 5 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Talk to us...


Happy 2017! Just a quick blog stop by to say a massive 'Hello and welcome to 2017' 
from our NYE kitchen disco (seriously, with 3 kids under 7 it's the best you can hope for 
plus it was AWESOME!). We can't wait for you to see everything we've got planned 
this year. It's going to be a goodun, I can just feel it. 

If there is anything you'd like to see included in our design range for this year, any themes 
you think we're missing or colours you love but don't see then drop me an email on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk or contact me on Facebook. We always love to hear 
what your thoughts and ideas. We're in this crazy tea-towelly world together gang. 

In them meantime, to see all our designs then take a look at our Gallery here.

Bye for now
Karen  & Ben x