Music Maestro….

Happy Christmas Eve lovely people!!!

I don’t know how the weather is where you guys are, but here in Brighton, it’s absolutely horrid. Gale force winds and non stop wind.  Oh the joy of living by the sea in the winter.

It’s been so cold and wet that all I’ve wanted to do is hibernate (why isn’t this a thing for humans?!) Well if I can’t hibernate,then I’ll happily curl up on the sofa, pick one of my favourite albums and drink wine.

Which got me thinking about our music playlists and how we’re going to organise this overseas.  Ibiza is a mecca for music so we could hire a DJ, except for the fact that they are mega bucks. Bucks we don’t have. Thankfully, our lovely wedding co-ordinator can organise in DJ equipment which is fine as the Sister In Law to be boyfriend is a DJ so can mix the tracks for us as longs we give him the playlists.

So how do you go about planning your music for your day? How do you know that the music choices you make are going to keep everyone happy?  What happens if a song comes on and no one knows it?  What happens if no-one gets up and dances?

Well fingers crossed, all my guests who are coming to Ibiza love a little boogie and if you put some classic tunes on then there’s no way that they’re not going to throw some shapes on the dancefloor. And you can’t make everyone happy so just go with what you think is best. At the end of the day – IT IS YOUR DAY.

The Boy and I love our music, Glastonbury being the highlight of this year but clearly our guests are not going to like it if I put Disclosure’s album on repeat (but we should – it’s one EPIC album) so we’ll save a couple of songs until the after party. I think the whole day needs a some mix and match, some old and new and some tunes and cheese.

I’ve tried to think out how to break the day down into “parts” and what music would suit and come up with a playlist name to help us segment music into the appropriate playlist. Organised right?! Oh yea. So playlists so far are:

  • Guest Arrivals – Chilled tunes acapella style – think Radio 1 Live Lounge
  • Processional – A few love songs chucked in and my walk down the aisle song
  • Reception Drinks – Upbeat, chilled happy music to keep the guests entertained whilst we are whisked away to have a few photos taken – think Bob Marley, Beach Boys, The Lumineers etc
  • Dinner – Chilled but up – tempo – Ed Sheeran, Jamie Woon, Mumford and Sons, Ben Howard etc.
  • First Dance Song which leads into fun songs to get everybody up and dancing – think Blurred Lines, Get Lucky, Play that Funky Music…
  • Chill down – Some more chilled music to wind down to – think Chilled House Ibiza stylee
  • After party Bangers – we’ll be holding an after party at the Hen and Stag villa so will need some right bangers to get on it again i.e Disclosure on repeat

We’ve still got 6 months to finalise all the music so plenty of time yet. I’m sure there are going to be lots of songs and bands we’ll fall in love with before the Big Day so we know it’s an ongoing project.  What’s on your playlists lovelies? Would love any recommendations!





Friday’s Loveliness – Fabulous Flowers

I’m not a flower person.  I can barely tell the difference between a rose and a peony. I love living in a flat beause it means I don’t have to look after a garden. And every time I get a bunch of flowers, I guarantee that they’ll be wilting by the next day.  Safe to say I’m not green fingered.

But I always appreciate all the prettiness that is a wedding bouquet. I think they’re ever so special and always so beautiful. Plus I’m grateful that I’ll have something to grip hold onto when I walk down that aisle.  Here are a few of my favs that I’m taking inspiration from:

Pic credit: Jose Villa

Pic credit: Jose Villa

Pic credit - Bethanyolson

Pic credit – Bethanyolson

Pic credit: 100 Layer Cake

Pic credit: 100 Layer Cake

Pic credit: Style Me Pretty

Love this romantic dressing of the chairs. Pic credit: Style Me Pretty

Pic Credit: Tulipina

Pic Credit: Tulipina

I really love that the picture above helps me identify flowers – tres useful!

Hope  this has inspired you – love to hear what ideas you have for the flowers on your W-day.


PS. I did read somewhere that wedding bouquets stemmed (see what I did there?!) from Brides trying to cover “odor” and trying to smell pretty on the special day. Don’t worry, I don’t think this will be the reason I’ll be carrying a bouquet! xx

Instagram Inspiration

Now I love me a bit of Social Media. Not only because that’s what do for my job and not only because I’m a self confessed geek but because beautiful things that I would have never would have found are delivered into my grubby little paws through the wonder that is Instagram.

If you’re not on it – get on it!  Why? Because:

  • It turns your pretty pictures into goooorrrgggeeooouuusss photos (erases blemishes – the Sierra and Walden filters are my favs for this!)
  • You can tap into other people’s lives and have a little bit of a nosey around at what they’re wearing. Check out Negin Mirsalehi and Chiara Ferragni – serious wardrobe envy.
  • Source lots of weddingy goodness.  There’s lots of businesses on there and I love following those that are most relevant to me like Lihi Hod, Stone Fox Bride, Grace Loves Lace and Vera Wang etc.

But then there are these fab businesses that I’ve never heard of and absolutely love – here’s just a few of the pick of the bunch:

Spell Byron Bay

Spell Byron Bay

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Splice Boutique


Bo and Luca

Bo and Luca

Frankly My Dear Store

Frankly My Dear Store

Serious Boho Bride inspiration right? And it’s so easy to check in, have a look what’s going on, fill your boots and then duck back out again. Love it!

Beware! It can get a bit addictive but should you chose / chosen to take the plunge then be sure to follow me – just search for bridebythebeach.

Right I’m off to finish my spreadsheet of wedding stationary that my Maid of Honour needs doing.  It’s currently at 18 different bits – not too sure she knows exactly what she signed up for here.