How To Find Your Wedding Theme

Top Tips From Knot & Pop
Portrait of a London wedding couple at a garden venue, produced by luxury UK wedding planners Knot & Pop

Knot & Pop Wedding

Creating your day, your way.

Couples are forever searching out that something special for their big day. Something that fully reflects them on their day, something that feels unique to them.

But how do you pin point that elusive wedding theme, and the look and feel that you’d like to create to set the scene for your big day?

Tease out your tales

Seeing as this special day is all about you two, that’s where we suggest you start when it comes to getting those ideas flowing.

Grab a bottle of your favourite tipple, sit down together and chat about your vision for the day. Think about the atmosphere, the things that really sum you up as a couple, your loves and experiences from your life together. Use this time to tease out your tales, to find a narrative for the day, so that your shared loves and personalities shine through.

Inspiration from this can be used to shape the tone of the day, colour scheme, entertainment and those extra special touches.

Perhaps you first met on your travels, island-hoping and so this is reflected with a beautiful colour palette of gold, aqua, navy and cream, representing the colours of the waves on the shore. Perhaps you have a shared love; be it for animals, favourite past-times or a much treasured time and place, so why not then centre some of the details of the day around these loves.

Afterall, it’s about having your day, your way.

Draw inspiration

Once you have some ideas around the look and feel of the day, drawing on some outside influences can help flesh these out and help you apply your ideas in a practical sense.

Feast your eyes on some bridal magazines and blogs, and don’t be afraid to draw inspiration from unusual places. From an interesting object found in at a flea market to an art exhibition, or the pictures that line your wall at home, inspiration for your day can be found in the things you love and surround yourself with.

At Knot & Pop we are not dictated by trends, preferring that the style of the wedding stems from your personality and loves, ensuring that your guests really get a sense of you both on your big day.

Create a visual reference

Having gathered some visual treats and inspiration, the next step is to create some mood boards that act as a great guide to filter and focus your thoughts.

This will enable you to lay out ideas and shape each area, helping to ensure the theme flows through each element. Importantly they will also act as a steer for your chosen suppliers – including a visual and written brief for each will mean they are totally clear on the style and direction you are looking for.

We suggest initially creating a scene setter board that sums up the overarching look. Then break things down into a number of key areas including; food and drink, florals, table-tops, stationery, guest entertainment, including your colour palette to thread everything together.

Now, a little word about a certain obsession we all share. Pinterest. Yes, that incredible feast for the eyes, and endless pool of inspiration. The dresses! The hair! The style! The endless beauty….

Yes, go forth, pin, pin to your hearts content. Gather your inspiration, but, we challenge you to use self-restraint and focus. Once you have created a set of boards of ideas and inspiration, step away from the Pin Board, or there is a danger your ideas will become confused, lost in the pretty and wedding wilderness!

And if you need any help with creating the day of your dreams then drop us a line at Knot & Pop. We’d love to hear from you.

Charlie Brear 2016 Bridal Collection

A treat for Knot & Pop brides
Charlie Brear, Bridal Collection for the modern minded bride

We’re delighted to welcome Charlie Brear to our Partner Portfolio, a portal for our couples that brings them the best in the wedding world and wider, to give them exclusive offers and experiences.

To show you what we love about Charlie Brear, we want to share their gorgeous new 2016 collection images with you. The new collection is inspired by two pivotal fashion moments – the late 1970s and New Romanticism. With over 40 pieces in the collection, the range balances femininity and androgyny to create an aesthetic that is just what the modern bride will want.

The collection offers more in way of versatile Additions. These additions work perfectly as co-ords, layered to transform a look through day to night. Standout pieces for 2016 include the corded lace cropped top with ¾ length sleeves and matching overskirt, the crushed fur jumper with open back, the delicately beaded Chantilly overdress, and the washed satin racer back vest – all good to go from wedding to everyday wardrobe after the big day.

For Knot & Pop brides, Charlie Brear will offer you a complimentary consultation and 50% off your wedding veil with dress purchase. Offer valid at Charlie Brear flagship showroom.

To see more of the collection take a further look at Charlie Brear, here.

Kate Halfpenny Bridal Collection

Wow Wedding Dresses - Halfpenny London
Wedding dresses by Kate Halfpenny. Iris New Lace

It’s a great pleasure and honour to have Kate Halfpenny as one of the partners in our Partner Portfolio.

Personal and passionate, the celebrated bridal wear designer weaves Brit cool with vintage inspiration to create truly beautiful modern bridal style. A trusted stylist and friend to Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor and Emilia Fox, amongst others, Kate Halfpenny designs for the modern minded woman, creating breath-taking wedding gowns.

Today we’re therefore highlighting some of the gorgeous styles that run through Halfpenny London’s current collection. Which is your favourite?


Fashion Week Wedding Style

Top Twelve

Through September and earlier in October, the fashion industry was in full swing as New York, London, Paris and Milan celebrated their fashion weeks, presenting the long awaited spring summer ready-to-wear collections.

At Knot and Pop, we usually select our ten favourite dresses from the catwalks but we have to confess – it has been so good this season that we went for twelve, too tough to narrow it to a top ten.

We loved the transparency trend, which emerged from Alberta Ferretti to Vionnet. Rochas got it spot-on for modern bridal inspiration, with a beaded collar on a sleeveless, slouch pocket white dress. Plenty of texture was seen at Alexander McQueen with a white embroidered jacket layered effortlessly over a delicate long dress, rich in tapestry like details with threads free-flowing.

For colour-loving brides, Arthur Arbesser created a loose maxi dress with long sleeves and floral prints – why go white when dresses like this exist? For the bold and brave, Dolce & Gabbana called their collection “Italia in love”. And our stand out look? A black see-through dress with colourful 3D floral and a flower crown in the Frida Kahlo spirit.

What about you? Which is your fave from our top twelve? If we had to pick it would be the modern simplicity of the Proenza Schouler dress with contrast black waist tie. Tweet us to let us know @knotandpop


Wedding Flower Inspiration
Painted Autumnal gold leaf Katie Stoops

Summer is behind us and the time has come to embrace the low rays of sunshine, gorgeous leaves on the turn and copious amount of warming drinks.

Nature dishes up a crazy beautiful palette across the Autumn months, so today we’re sharing our top 10 favourite Autumnal inspired bouquets, for all you Autumn lovers out there.

Images from top left: The Sisters | Ponderosa and Thyme | Amanda O’Shannessy | The Garden Gate Flower Company | Dear Pearl Flowers | Tinge Floral | Twig and Twine | Amy Merrick | Ponderosa and Thyme | Twig and Twine

From a warm burgundy to a lighter peach shades, autumn is the perfect time to play with the many possibilities offered up by the season, and enhance the organic palette by adding more foliage to your flower arrangements. Non-floral elements will create a twist to your bouquet using succulents or different varieties of seasonal berries, for plenty of texture, depth and richness.

Take a look through our top ten and tweet us know your favourite @knotandpop


Knot & Pop News

Partner Portfolio

This post should come with a warning. We are about to be a bit show-off.

As award winning wedding planners, we recently launched our Partner Portfolio, giving brides and couples exclusive offers and experiences from the most directional companies across wedding, fashion, well-being, beauty and more.

With our modern minded approach to wedding planning, we like to think we offer couples a creative and contemporary alternative to the cookie-cutter approach.

This fresh approach is reflected in our all new, shiny and bright, Partner Portfolio where we have curated a lust-worthy list of like-minded companies including the most forward thinking, inspirational and current entities from bridal design, to jewellery, honeymoon and more.

Couples will be spoilt with exclusive experiences and offers from the likes of bridal wear designer Kate Halfpenny and Charlie Brear, skin specialist to the stars Teresa Tarmey, fitness experts Frame and apothecaries for the mind, The School of Life… plus more.

From free bottles of bubbly to discounts on workshops and gifts with purchase, this new partner offering shows that we give our brides and couples an ever-attentive, fun and in-the-know experience.

Check it out here, with select new additions (we are a picky bunch after all) launched through the season.

Stone Fox Bride X Savannah Miller

New Wedding Dress Collection
Boho bridal style, Savannah Miller for Stone fox bride Stone Fox Bride

At Knot & Pop, we are big fans of Stone Fox Bride and are always eager to see their new collections.

This year the boho loving wedding dress designers have collaborated with Savannah Miller, sister to Sienna Miller, and all round English style maven.

For those who are not familiar with Savannah Miller, the British designer worked with fashion royalty including Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson before creating the label Twenty8Twelve with Sienna Miller.

With her chic, effortless and bohemian style, Savannah Miller was the perfect match for a collaboration with Stone Fox Bride who embraces the idea of a “laid-back, high fashion and punk-bohemian” bride.

Having first started the exchange on Instagram after Molly Guy of Stone Fox Bride spotting Savannah’s own bridal look, they came together to develop the range and the connection was instant.

The collection is composed of seven dresses combining elegance, lightness and simplicity for an effortlessly chic bridal range. With a love for v-necks and cleverness in the drapery, Savannah Miller knows how to please the modern minded bride creating neat silhouettes with a twist in the details, from a hand beaded front panel to romantic lace sleeves or even a hooded gown inspired by her own wedding dress.

Never over-worked, always effortless with a raw beauty that speaks of an innate sense of style, and quiet confidence.

Does it sound like you? Pop over on the Stone Fox Bride’s website for more information and if you have the dress but need some help with the rest, please get in touch, we would love to help you.

Painterly Wedding Theme

Put the Art in Heart
Painted Jil Sander dress for an alternative wedding dress look, on the Knot & Pop blog Jil Sander

An artistic side is surfacing with this most romantic of themes. Previous seasons have been about a wave of watercolour, creating a whimsical look and feel. Now, we are embracing all things painterly, from watercolour, to inky inclinations and loose beautiful brush strokes that create a more abstract appeal.


Image credits from top left: Suite One Studio | Raw Colour | Style Me Pretty | Style Me Pretty | Aurora Delrio | Nynne Rosenvinge | Circus Berry | Anewall

Set the tone with a statement wall and create a splash of colour on a large surface choosing a bright colour or even a monochrome palette for the contrast. Play with the crockery and pick tinted plates to enhance the artistic side of the theme.

For the table plan, dip dye a variety of pieces of paper with different shades from your colour palette, changing the techniques for each card to create a unique painterly patch-work. Spray paint and dip glass bottles in paint, applying the brush strokes to your liking.

The painterly bride can be as discreet as daring…for a light hint of paint, opt for a slightly printed dress in a watercolour style. A bolder way to embrace the theme would be a dress scattered with ink stains. For the full painterly style, a statement dress with a painted pattern in the primary colours will really round off this unique wedding theme.

Fun Filled Weddings

How To Get Guests Mingling

We are firm believers in the psychologies of surrounds, how people engage within them, and how the scene that is set is a huge catalyst to create and enhance moments and memories.

Creating a wedding that excites, gets guests talking, mingling and interacting are all the right ingredients for having a fantastic wedding celebration where everyone is united in sharing the big day.

By creating focal points that are interactive you bring people together, to share in the fun. We always design interactive table plans that are more installation lead – things that bring a smile to the guests and an element of surprise to keep the buzz of the day going.

For a Bollywood Beach themed wedding we created huge sand pits with names on rectangular tags and umbrella cocktail sticks, as if a scene from a beach. When guests arrived for the evening reception the escort card and cocktail stick were given to them to immediately pop into a Welcome Cocktail drink.

Carefully consider your floor plan, trying to ensure that there are no ‘lone’ tables where guests at that table could then feel partly removed from the main hub of dining and speeches. Also consider how the room functions after dining, when the bar opens and the music is underway. Placing the bar in the right location, and also considering the best situ for lounge areas is important in keeping guests together for a super social wedding day – the more locations you have for activities, the higher chance you have of guests dispersing amongst those, which would suit more of a free-flowing festival style wedding.

To keep things sociable, during reception drinks we’ve seeded games such as the Fortune Game, with custom made messages within that then encourage guests to mingle by asking them to perform fun (don’t worry tame) dares – such as curtsying to the Mother of the Bride, or starting a Mexican Wave at the end of speeches.

The dining experience is the social hub and you can bring so much creativity and ideas to the tablescape. They are like the canvas, with the centerpieces the paint – that’s how we like to think of it! Creating a picture that is reflective of the couple, and peppered with ways to get guests mingling and having fun is always front of mind when we plan and event design a wedding.

We personally love it when a couple opts for banquet dining, as the table width isn’t as wide as round tables so it enables you to easily talk to those either side and also opposite, and you can also have some fun with the configurations!

If you’re needing help planning your wedding and looking for the fun factor then get in touch.

English Marquee Wedding

Devon Delights
A Devon Marquee Wedding by award-winning English Wedding Planners Knot & Pop Knot & Pop wedding

Today we look back on an incredible wedding that we loved every moment of helping plan and style.

With nothing but blue skies all around, Rachael and Dave celebrated their wedding with a wonderful weekend in the Devon countryside.

With two amazing kids, Rachael and Dave wanted the wedding to be fun-filled for children and adults alike with a unique wedding that represented their loves and lives together. From the dance floor and Lindy Hop lessons where they first met, their story was told and weaved through their big day with the most personal of touches. Informal, inviting and enchanting, the day was packed full of surprises including the best best man’s speech from their 7 year old son.

The ideas were never-ending! Rachael pinned over 1000 images of inspiration (yes, really…possibly even more!) that we then discussed with her to pin point the core themes and schemes to create mood boards that acted as the guiding hand-print to the day. The venue provided lots of inspiration to the theme and the format of the day, enabling guests to make great use of the grounds. With a retro illustrated style, the invites featured and highlighted the country feel of the day with abstract trees setting the scene. Corals, hot pink, pops of yellow and jade and sea green formed a fun palette for the day that blended across florals, tablescapes and outdoor seating areas. Above all else, the celebrations were to feel relaxed, fun and reflective of the couple and their family so they could have the best day of their lives together.

The ceremony took place in front of a lightning struck tree in the grounds of stunning South Allington House. A spiral hay-bale aisle was created which allowed the couple to walk passed every guest and soak up the incredible atmosphere.

For a more relaxed day, Afternoon Tea was served following the ceremony with rustic trestle tables dressed with runs of vintage doilies and sea green fabric wraps to allow the rustic nature of the tables to peek through. The table plan featured photos of the family floating beneath giant cardboard cut-out balloons with guest names placed within. Each balloon was named after a Lindy Hop move, celebrating how Rachael and Dave first met.

Inside the marquee large white balloons acted as table markers with the Lindy Hop name attached on over-sized luggage tags, with coral pom pom ribbons adding pops of colour that continued across the napkins. On each table a designated sous chef was given a silver salt-dough heart, pressed in vintage lace that the bride had made herself, allowing them to collect and serve the fresh-from-the-oven scones and Afternoon Tea. The great outdoors were brought in with large branches running the length of the marquee poles to create the natural and country-fun-filled day, that saw food trucks arrive in the evening to serve fish n chips and wood fired oven pizza, before the dance floor got under way with Lindy Hop lessons.

If you need help and ideas with your marquee wedding then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Photography by Ed Peers