Cleopatra Bride

It’s no secret in Hollywood that actress, Angelina Jolie, is to play Cleopatra, Egyptian queen of the Nile, in a new film, directed by “Life of Pi” director, Ang Lee. Jolie will be tackling a role that has seen many incarnations and many interpretations: from Shakespeare’s classic “Anthony and Cleopatra” to Elizabeth Taylor’s immortalisation of the role in the 1963 film. Cleopatra is a huge icon to many people and to many sectors of modern life; her influence can be seen in our monarchy today, architecture, fashion, art, music, medicine – to mention but a few.  So we have decided to look at Cleopatra as a wedding influence and a theme. Here’s how we would do it, on our day…

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For a Cleopatra bridal feel, you need to go for a dress with detailing; particularly detailing around the neckline. Keep the shape and style of the dress relatively loose-fitting and floaty and you can embellish in your neckline details. This style is perfect for destination weddings, pregnant brides or if you just want to be glam but comfortable! Stick to the colour palette of white/blue/gold.

Team your gorgeous dress (we particularly like Jenny Packham’s ‘Cleopatra’) with a pair of strappy sandals (preferably flat-heeled) and you’re on a roll.

If you’re having a winter wedding, be sure to include a cosy wool shrug or wrap and swap the sandals for warmer pumps!





In almost every interpretation we know of, Cleopatra is depicted as a woman of outstanding natural beauty, of charm and of elegance; she is invariably shown as an elaborate follower of Egyptian fashion and her outfits and make-up reflect the eccentric style of the time. So, long story short: accessorise!

Egyptian make-up of the time was made from forms of henna and clay, so it was actually quite a thick paste, not a look to go for nowadays, but we can certainly draw from it. By picking a shimmer eye-shadow in a azure blue colour, you can emulate the style without going drag! Spread the shadow over your top lip and team with a thick line of liquid kohl eyeliner; use an eyebrow defining pencil to extend the line of your brows and, finally, unless you’ve got very thick eyelashes, add a set of falsies to finish the look. Keep everything else to a natural minimum; let your eye make-up do the work.

Cleopatra has been played by so many women (and men!) over the years that she is a really versatile inspiration; for all shapes, sizes, colours, creeds and types. Here are just a few of the people who have helped shape our view of who Cleopatra might have been and who might help inspire you and your wedding:

"Cleopatra" by J. Gordon Edwards (1917) - Theda Bara

Theda Bara, 1917



In 1917 she was played by Theda Bara. This film version is sadly lost but we do know that at the time it was one of the most elaborate productions ever made, with lavish sets and highly detailed costumes. According to the studio it cost $500,000 (approximately $8.3 million) to make.

The film was loosely based on the plot of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and was a huge success at the time; however, the Hays Movie Code deemed the film too risqué to be shown due some of Bara’s costumes.

Unfortunately the last two known prints were burnt in the fire at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and only a few fragments survive today.



Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert, 1934



Claudette Colbert played Cleopatra in the 1934 Cecil B DeMille film version; unlike the 1917 version, DeMille got away with using more risqué imagery and the film is characterised by its Art Deco look to the extravagant sets and beautiful costumes.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and was nominated Best Picture, Best Assistant Director, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording.





Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra

Vivien Leigh, 1945



Vivien Leigh played Cleopatra in the 1945 British Technicolour version based on the 1901 play by George Bernard Shaw, “Caesar and Cleopatra”.

The film was directed by Gabriel Pascal and was marketed as a romantic comedy. It also started Claude Rains as Caesar.

It is by no means meant to be a historically accurate version, but more of a coming of age story.




Sophia Loren - Two Nights with Cleopatra (1953)

Sophia Loren, 1953



In 1953, Sophia Loren was cast as Cleopatra in the Italian film “Two Nights with Cleopatra”.

The film is a comedy, in which Loren plays both Cleopatra and Nisca, a slave-girl. Nisca takes Cleopatra’s place and is wooed by a bodyguard who mistakenly thinks that she is the Queen.

In this raunchy comic film, Cleopatra is depicted as a man-eating sexual predator who walks all over the men in her life!




Piper Laurie, 1959



In 1959, actress Piper Laurie took on the mantle of Cleopatra for the General Electric Theater series, an American anthology series, famous for giving soon-to-be-stars their first big breaks.

The programme was hosted by then-actor, Ronald Reagan, who Piper had starred alongside in the 1949 film “Louisa”.

This particular production was called ”Caesar and Cleopatra” and was televised on CBS and aired on the CBS radio.





Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (1963)

Elizabeth Taylor, 1963



Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra in the 1963 film version, which is perhaps the most popular version of any Cleopatra film. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starred Rex Harrison and Richard Burton as Caesar and Marc Antony respectfully.

The film cost $44 million ($320 million now) and nearly bankrupted Fox Studios. It’s the third-most costly movie ever produced worldwide.

It won Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume and Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound Mixing.

It also the film earned Elizabeth Taylor a Guinness World Record title for “Most costume changes in a film”; Taylor made 65 costume changes. That record lasted until Evita (1996) which had 85 costume changes for Madonna.


Amanda Barrie, 1964



A year after the Taylor ‘Cleopatra’ was made, the slap-stick spoof ”Carry On Cleo”, the tenth film in the ‘Carry On…’ series was released. This 1964 comedy satire starred Amanda Barrie in the title role alongside regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey et al.

The production has a remarkably lavish feel to it, unlike some of the other Carry On… films, this is because they were able to use costumes and sets originally intended for the ’63 Taylor ’Cleopatra’ film before that production had decided to shift filming over to Rome, re-building sets there.



Janet Suzman, 1972



In 1972, Janet Suzman played the role in Trevor Nunn’s production of Shakespeare’s “Anthony and Cleopatra” for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and in London.

The theatre critics raved about the production and it then went on to be captured on film in 1974 and is now viewed by some scholars as the definitive portrayal of Cleopatra: magisterial, ardent and seductive.




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Leonor Varela, 1999


CLEO ’99

Leonor Varela played Cleopatra in the 1999 TV Mini Series. It starred Timothy Dalton and Billy Zane as Caesar and Marc Antony respectfully. It was directed by Frank Roddan.

Varela’s Cleopatra is very ambitious and politically minded. This version was loosely based on “Memories of Cleopatra” by Margaret George. It is said to be one of the most historically accurate interpretations.





Monica Bellucci as Cleopatra

Monica Bellucci, 2004



Monica Bellucci played Cleopatra in “Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra” in 2004. It was directed by Alain Chabat.

The film is about Astérix and Obélix who go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra. It also stars Gérard Depardieu. It’s a fun, action/adventure, comedy, that’s great for kids, though it does have a PG rating for language, sensuality and mild violence.


Lyndsey Marshall, 2005



In 2005, Lyndsey Marshall accepted the role of Cleopatra in HBO’s network drama “Rome”.

“Rome” is a British-American historical drama television series created by Bruno Heller, John Milius and William J. MacDonald. The show’s two seasons premiered in 2005 and 2007, and were later released on DVD. The series is set in the 1st century BC, and the series begins with Julius Caesar’s conquest of Gaul, and the first season concludes with the assassination of Caesar followed by the rise of the first Emperor Augustus.





Kim Cattrall, 2012



In 2012, Kim Cattrall took to the stage at the Chichester Festival Theatre to play the title role in Shakespeare’s “Anthony and Cleopatra”.

In 1973 Janet Suzman gave an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Cleopatra so infamously stirring that it still lives in many theatre-lovers today. In 2010 Suzman made her return to the play, this time not acting, but directing the production for the Liverpool Playhouse, casting Kim Cattrall, the voracious siren of Sex and the City, as Cleopatra. The production then went on to headline at Chichester in 2012.

Cattrall played Cleopatra blonde, but certainly not dumb!






Other people to play Cleopatra include:

Nikki M. James, Claire Bloom, Genevieve Bujold, Gertrude Elliot, Helen Hayes, Elizabeth Ashley, Aliki Vougiouklaki, Katherine Cornell, Peggy Ashcroft, Carmen Du Sautoy, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Kate Mulgrew, Juliet Stevenson, Kathryn Hunter, Hildegarde Neil, Jane Lapotaire, Lynn Redgrave, Lindsay Lohan, Danielle De Niese, Gina Torres, Heidi Klum, Judi Dench, Pascale Petit, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Thandie Newton, Zerrin Tekindor, Helen Mirren, Susan Strasberg, Cate Blanchett.








“Your Little Ones”

We’ve decided to investigate into the murky waters that are ‘Little Ones’ – children at weddings: bridesmaids, flower-girls, guests and page-boys, we’re here to solve your problems and whisk away your worries.

Flower-girls & Bridesmaids

Having young maids as part of your bridal party will add instant cute-factor to your day but it isn’t always easy to keep the teeny tots happy; you may want them to wear a particular style or behave in a certain way but if they don’t want to, they won’t! So, make it easy on yourself and compromise. Ask your junior girls what kind of thing they would like to wear (after all, they’ve got to wear it, and they won’t be as polite or tactful as your adult bridesmaids might be!) and then incorporate it into your theme; this is easier to do when your theme is already a broad one; picking a colour to tie-in your party is always a good idea.

If you agree a colour palette it becomes really easy to co-ordinate everyone.


This cute bridesmaid is pretty and well co-ordinated because she is wearing the same shade of grey as her older counter-points. She’s got a smaller posy of flowers and her own grey shoes. She looks comfy and cute in her simple dress.

 This little bridesmaids matches Maid of Honour’s outfits because she is wearing a sash made from the same reel of fabric as the Maid’s. Although the dresses are different shapes and styles, they still look co-ordinated and neat.

Keeping little girls happy is an important thing to factor in because they can be really difficult if they think you’ve deliberately brassed them off and ignored their opinion – remember, they are little people, with thoughts of their own! You may have girls that don’t want to wear dresses or don’t fancy your colour scheme. Do not panic, you can co-ordinate their outfit with matching accessories like cardigans/shrugs, shoes, ribbons and sashes; the most important thing is that your bridesmaids are happy and comfortable.

Most younger bridesmaids or flower-girls will not be either happy or comfortable with fascinators, clip-in floral hair-pieces or fancy do’s so if you do want your party to all wear the same flowers, you can have a head-wreath made for your junior members! A flower wreath is easy to take on and off and can be re-arranged with ease if someone small decides to charge around the churchyard doing hand-stands five minutes before the bride’s entrance…

 Page-boys & Ushers

Generally speaking, little boys are usually less hassle to kit out, at least in comparision to little girls! However, there are the odd exceptions! Most lads will be happy to wear some form of trouser and shirt combo, provided they can run around, poking people or hide from kissing relatives behind flower arrangements. It’s them up to you (and them) to decide whether your going to wrestle them into braces/a jacket/a tie/a dickie-bow etc. As with girls, try to keep their opinion in mind – you don’t want a tetchy page-boy reeking havoc at your reception!

A really good way to co-ordinate young page-boys or ushers with the rest of the men in the grooms-party is to use a colour-pop sock. A colour-pop sock is a sock in a bright colour that just about be seen under the bottom hem on the leg of the rolled or short-leg trousers; favourite colour-pops are sunshine yellow, emerald green or baby pink. Socks are a safe bet with men of all ages, including the teeny-tinys, because everyone is used to wearing them and won’t feel uncomfortable on the day.

Keep ‘Em Happy

Wedding days can be very long, tiring affairs for anyone; especially young children. So, make like Prince Harry (who dished out cheap and cheerful Water Snake toys to his brother’s junior bridesmaids) and keep the kids on-side by keeping them entertained.

Children & Food

When choosing your reception food options, remember to consider your little ones; without doubt your grown-up guests will appreciate the olives, smoked salmon fillets and sirloin steaks but your juvie invitees won’t; so don’t waste money trying to force haut-cuisine down their throats. Pick a tasty option that they will actually eat: bangers and mash or fish fingers and chips are always safe bets; if you’re not serving hot meals, provide a kids’ buffet with small sandwiches, crisps and fruit pieces. Avoid meals like spag-bol or tacos and super-stain drinks like Ribena as they can be messy and may well end up all over the children, or worse, the bride!

 Children & Responsibilities

A great way of creating a child-friendly wedding is to give the kids attending responsibilities on the day; choose the obvious flower-girls, young bridesmaids, page boys, young ushers but don’t forget the smaller duties; make the children in charge of: handing out cut cake, giving out Orders of Service,  dishing out favours, ringing the bell to announce the Speeches, handing out confetti etc – be imaginative; giving children a job to do makes them feel important and valued on an special day.

Children & Parents

Once you’ve sent out your invitations, phone round or email the guests who will be bringing their children to the wedding, give them a clear and organised itinerary for the day so that they can work out where to incorporate naps, feeds, changes etc. for their kids, well in advance of the day itself. Let them know where the nearest loos and changing rooms are on-site, and if there is anywhere where sleeping tots can catch some ‘z’s at the venue. This way you’ll have happy kids and equally happy parents.

Children & Speeches

Very young children will not particularly like or understand the speeches made after the wedding breakfast, so, in order to enjoy minimum disruption and maximum ease, create a supervised TV area (near to the main reception room) stocked with a few Disney DVDs, colouring-in things, some soft toys, a few bulky trucks and some girly dolls and simply pop the kids in there after the meal is done. This will keep everyone happy as the children won’t have to sit through lots of  boring blethering and the adults can relax and enjoy the speeches without having to keep eyes in the back of their head. When the Speeches are all wrapped up, collect the kids and dance the night away!

We have Press!!

Thanks very much to all the team at Wedding Venues and Services who have featured our Print design in their article on monochrome designs.


Black and White

On the 2013 catwalk Vera Wang channelled one trend more than any other….

MONOCHROME: Black and White

Ms Wang incorporated either black gloves or a black bodice into almost every single one of her gowns for Spring/ Summer 2014, thus indicating a huge bridal and nuptial trend for 2014.


With the recent GATSBY-mania, enveloping the wedding industry, you might not be surprised by the latest b/w nods but this is different from Gatsby in that we’re ditching the bejewelled style of the elaborate 20′s and 30′s and instead moving towards a 1960′s inspired: Simple and Sassy monochromatic motto.


insignia wedding invitation

Embrace this trend by opting for our gorgeous INSIGNIA stationery range. It’s the perfect timeless wedding stationery style: elegant and with just the right about of traditional formality. The range comes in textured, off-white card with the classic invitation and envelope coming in at a bargain price.

Invitation: Stand-up card & envelope £2.90 (inc vat)

Print: Both sides Size: A6, 148mmx105mm Card: Textured off-white


Here are some more MONOCHROME WEDDING ideas!

monochrome wedding cake

Monochrome three-tiered wedding cake by


Monochrome #wedding dress by Vera Wang

Monochrome wedding dress by Vera Wang ’14

Wedding sign idea, ideally for above the bar(s). Really, this is a mantra you should live by, for every party. IMO.

Monochrome wedding reception sign

45 black and white wedding balloons!






So, why not? It’s a nice day for a BLACK AND WHITE WEDDING!


This week, we have decided to share with you some of our favourite finds from one of our favourite websites: the wonderful – where amongst the vintage, hand-made and refurbed, everything has a story! We hit up the ‘Wedding’ section and shopped ’til we dropped to bring you these wedding wowzers !

We love this personalised directional sign by the lovely people at Jonny’s Sister and we think it would be perfect for couples who are having more rural weddings or receptions – you don’t want your guests getting lost on your big day!
Make your day a landmark; get your very own for just £28


This gorgeous personalised wedding dress coat hanger from Clouds and Currents is the perfect way to remind a bride of the romantic, life-changing day ahead of her on the morning of the wedding. Clouds and Currents also do bridesmaid’s  dress hangers – a lovely gift and keepsake!
To have and to hold for £17.50
Next up, we chose these colourful personalised cushions from The Alphabet Gift Shop; with several designs available these bespoke accessories can stay in your home forever as a touching memento from your wedding day and they’re cosy to cuddle up on!
£36 per personalised cushion.
Wedding favours can be really tricky to get right and they are relatively budget-dependent; so, why not go for these gorgeous personalised badges from Wedding In A Teacup – they can serve as a place-names on your reception tables and your guests can take them home as keepsakes!
And it gets better – these gorgeous personalised badges are only £1.25 each!




We LOVE the Olivia leather brogue wedding shoes by Rachel Simpson – they are the perfect balance of vintage-inspired design and practicality!

Get your hands on a pair for £150
We simply adore this stunning paper flower garland by the incredibly talented people at Lavender Room. Beautiful, simple and really practical – opting for paper floral artwork like this means you can decorate your church or reception early – without having to worry about keeping live flowers fresh.
£12.50 per garland.
If you’re not feeling the ‘shoes and rice’ vibe, why not opt for some quirky confetti like this fabulous button design from Laura Fallulah. ‘Buttons?’ – you say. Not real buttons folks, paper doppelgangers. These vibrant pieces will look absolutely stunning when thrown – and – being paper, they are of course bio-degradable!
£3.50 per pack

True Love Lasts A Life-Time

Stressing out over organising your wedding? Don’t!

True love endures even the most trying of times; true love lasts a life-time.

The Queen and prince Phillip




Are you getting married in a wonderful exotic place!? If so we can create a really special range of stationery especially for you. Just send us your photo from a digital camera by email. Or if you don’t have that perfect photograph why not check out where you’ll find lots of images from all over the world that we can then print onto your stationery – tailor-made, personal and a one-off.

So, what can you find? Well, it really is simple; you have two options:

1) If you know what you are looking for, use the site search-bar, typing in key words to find a wide choice of images selected by your key-word search.

2) Browse. Use the titled collections to browse through galleries to find the perfect picture!

It’s that easy! …

2014 Parasols

You heard it here first but we have BREAKING NEWS!


One of the biggest wedding trends for 2014 is going to be: THE PARASOL! Yep, that’s right, the parasol is having a huge come-back and is going to be the ‘must have’ item for all weddings for 2014.

Stylish, effortlessly elegant and eternally practical, the parasol is perfect for bakingly hot summer days and for sheltering under in wintery rain storms!

Vintage-inspired parasols were first trend-spotted when they featured prominently in Reem Acra‘s 2014 bridal collection; as the folks of T.O.W.I.E would say, this trend is truly “REEM”!



History of the parasol reaches much further back than that of the umbrella; discovered millennia ago, the parasol finally evolved into it’s modern form around 4000 years ago in ancient Egypt, Assyria and China…

  • The original parasol was made from entirely natural sources (tree leaves, eucalyptus and palm branches), advancement of technology finally enabled creation of parasols with their canopy made from animal skins, cloth, and other materials.


  • Because of their high cost and limited manufacture, parasols of that early age were almost exclusively used by nobility, royalty and clergy, symbolizing wealth and power.


  • Another very important cause of the popularity of parasols was fashion, which often demanded that rulers and nobility carry pale skin that was not tanned by sun (a tradition that survives even until today in Japan, where pale skin is regarded as one of the most important factors of female beauty).


  • During late 1st millennia BC, parasols spread to Greece and Rome where they were used as integral fashion accessories to the wealthy women. By then parasols were made from many exotic materials, they were collapsible and able to withhold rain for a short periods of time.


  • Opening of the trade routes to Asia meant that parasols to reached continental Europe, where renaissance nobility women accepted this new-found tool and made it one of the principal parts of their fashion and culture. They instantly became extremely popular.


  •  By the early years of 20th century, waterproofed umbrellas started gaining more and more popularity in general population, which slowly made high value, elegant parasols outdated. By 1920s, fashion dictated that noble and wealthy women needed to have dark tanned skin, and not pale skin, as a proof of their beach lifestyle.


The bride meticulously painted all these parasols for her girls {Adrienne + Paul's Winter Wonderland Wedding}

Say hello to Adrienne Chagas, the creative winter wonderland bride!

This crafty bride meticulously hand-painted these gorgeous monochrome, black and white parasols for her and her bridesmaids to carry on the day, in place of the traditional wedding bouquets for the bridal party. They look absolutely gorgeous in this photo and they’d be a lovely memento to treasure in years to come.

Just be sure not to pick bridesmaids with really long first names!


I love the idea of paper globes and parasols hanging around for a party.

Parasols don’t have to be just an accessory, why not use these useful umbrellas in your decorating scheme?

1) Hang them from the ceiling to jazz up a plain venue or to give a summery feeling in less clement weather.

2) If you’re having an outside wedding attach them to your seating or simply place a parasol at either end of your aisle rows so that they are handy and accessible for guests who are feeling a little ‘shady’.

3) Use a parasol as a table centre-piece at your reception breakfast. Pick a different coloured parasol for each table and place it in a vase or secured to a bouquet with florist’s wire. Use the arch of the parasol to drape flowers, beads, feathers, bunting etc over the table, adding height and depth to your centre piece.

This is a particularly good trick if your holding your reception in a small venue: the parasol carries the eye upwards, distracting from a immediacy of a small space.


Steal a private moment with your new spouse and hide away behind a parasol! Parasols provide elegance, shade, rain-cover, privacy and style; be sure to  use each and every element that they have to offer.

Remember: they don’t have to be just a bridal accessory either!

1) Keep the little girls in your guest list in the shade by making sure your younger guests have a parasol to hand: you’ll keep them sun-safe and they’ll feel like a princess too!

2) Give your photographer a parasol: you’ll never know when they’d appreciate it – it can be useful to block out bright sunlight glare or to provide an instantly dry roof for vital photos on a dreichy day- and of course, hide and keep expensive equipment safe and dry!




Wedding ‘Italiano’

With an increasing veering towards rustic lifestyle and La Dolce Vita, with key cultural moments like the making of the film ‘Nine’, classic Greco/Italian books like ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ and Italian cuisine channelled through our favourite cook and yummy mummy Nigella, haute couture fashion and music being more popular then ever, we “did it (our) way” and give you our favourite Pinterested thoughts on an Italian Wedding style.


A Heavenly Mira Zwillinger Gown For A Beautiful Lake Como Italian Wedding


We love this beautiful Mira Zwillinger wedding gown from a real-life rustica Italian wedding held by the sunny banks of the famous Lake Como.

The dress is totally at home with the Catholic old Italia style of the church, marrying (‘scuse the pun)both the couple’s own individual style and the presented style of the ceremony venue.

We think that the bride looks absolutely beautiful and we adore the classic architecture of the old church; just look at that gorgeous stained glass window in the back wall: beautiful!



Healthy Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup is a staple of the Itie wedding and here’s the low-down…

Made up of endive, escarole, cabbage, lettuce, kale, spinach, meatballs, sausage and chicken broth, the Italian wedding soup is actually a total misnomer. The original Italian title is “minestra maritata” (married soup) which is a reference to the fact that the meat content and the vegetable content of the soup marries well together, is a successful combination, and NOT anything to do with weddings at all!

Traditionally, the soup is served at Christmas and was originally hugely popular in Toledo, Spain, before pasta became an affordable commodity to most Spaniards. The modern wedding soup is a considerably lighter affair than the original Spanish version, which initially contained more meat than vegetables.

However, despite all the mix-ups, Italian wedding soup has come to be fondly included in Italian weddings, usually as a small starter course; so for that reason, we include it!


Positano, Italy wedding featured on Style Me Pretty Destination Photography By /


How much fun does this wedding reception, held in Positano, Italy look?

The guests were all handed out tambours and tambourines to accompany the traditional band and ribbons in the Italia colours are tied to anything that shakes. The groom is getting involved in some native percussion pounding, a dad is picking away at the mandolin and the bride herself is up on the rostra busting some shapes!

We particularly love the idea of the sweet-sounding, timeless mandolin being a part of the reception; it’s such a integral cultural sound to Italy and we feel an Italian wedding would be amiss without it. Bound to produce tears from even the most chirpy of Italian mothers, how unutterably beautiful would a First Dance to the lamenting sound of the mandolin be? We’d love “Pelagia’s Song” from the beautiful soundtrack of  the hit film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” (not actually played by Nicholas Cage, although he did learn the mandolin for the role!).

You know we love a Fiat!

Gorgeous! You can feel the fun from here!



wedding inspiration

Surely, the ONLY way to leave your Italian wedding has to be on the seat of a Vespa (we have a sneaking suspicion that a Cinque Cento might not be quite so glamorous!) Obviously if you’re in a long dress with a train you either need to change outfits or sacrifice the Vespa adventure; but for us, it looks perfect.

We can see it now, you jetting off, into the sunset, hanging on to your new spouse, on the way to some quiet pensione as your honeymoon begins! Ah! Perfect!

However, if you really can’t bear the idea of a bike, opt for a classic vintage Fiat like the touring explorer couple here, shown right.



We’d go for a yummy traditional Italian menu, like this one!

  • Antipasto. This first-course dish traditionally includes Italian delicacies such as prosciutto, olives, stuffed mushrooms, pickled peppers, salami and calamari.
  • Italian wedding soup.
  • Pastas, breads, meats, fruits, salads and cheeses.
  • Symbolic wedding foods. Powdered sugar-coated dough twists, called Wanda, are served to bring good tidings to the bride and groom, and sugared almond Italian candy is served to symbolize the bitter and the sweet of a marriage.
  • Beverages. Wine and coffee are customary, in addition to more conventional mealtime beverages like water, milk, tea and juice.
  • Desserts. A variety of desserts are served, including pastries, cakes, candies, fruits and wedding cake.


Italian wedding "al fresco-style" in Florence, Italy

The final thing we’ll leave you with is this beautiful shot of an Al Fresco wedding reception, held near Rome. The setting is so romantic that the decoration can be left to a really minimal style, using clean white lines to compliment the old architecture.

If all this doesn’t get you reaching for “Roman Holiday”, a Frankie B-side and a big pizza pie, we don’t know what will; we love the Italian style and there is huge potential for wedding inspiration to be taken, even if you don’t intend on going anywhere near Italy or in marrying someone Italian! With the culture becoming so popular, an Italian style wedding would be a popular, happy choice for all concerned and most definitely a day to remember for the rest of your lives.



Here are our bullet points for an Italian wedding!

  • The groom MUST ask the bride’s father for his permission to marry his daughter.
  •  Keep a trousseau. A trousseau is a suitcase of items, donated and collected from the families, that will be of use to the bride and groom in their married life.
  • Italian weddings are nearly always held in-church.
  • Choose an appropriate time of year. Italian wedding tradition strictly forbids wedding ceremonies from being held during Lent or Advent, or in the month of May, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Additionally, the month of August is considered an undesirable month to get married, as it is said to symbolize bad luck and sickness.
  • Borrow a wedding dress: it is considered a huge honour to wear the gown of your ancestors.
  • Tie a ribbon above the church door: it is deemed to be very good luck and is where we get the phrase to ”tie the knot”
  • Release doves!
  • Hold a cocktail hour. Keep the wedding party away from the guests for an hour, to allow for photographs to be taken. The guests can prepare for the reception party and have a drink at the same time!
  • Research formal wedding dances. In Italian culture, after the First Dance, the rest of the bridal party take turns in dancing, before the rest of the guests are allowed to take the floor.




Movie-Themed Wedding

Why not make your wedding day a day to remember by making your special time a film-themed day, with nods to all your favourite flicks! Forget thoughts of tacky gimmicks and pinch the creme de la creme of cinema’s wedding ideas.

Here’s how WE would do it if we had a Movie-Themed Wedding


SATCSex And The City

The go-to for fashionistas, Sex And The City has been providing women with trend-setting tips for over a decade and we think that Carrie’s wedding dress from the SATC movie is the height of bridal haute couture.

This gorgeous dress, worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, was made for the film by Vivenne Westwood.

Style SATC style and book in with a good dress-maker who can copy the pattern for you. Accessorise the dress, as Carrie did, with this year’s in-colour: Emerald – fascinator and shoes.

If you’re feeling particularly flush, get yourself some Manolo Blahniks, in true Carrie style!

streetcar A Streetcar Named Desire

Elia Kazahn’s classic film belongs to a pantheon of Hollywood hits for a reason; it is tangibly raw, real, sensual and steamy so why not take wedding day inspiration from the best?

Mid-way through the film comes the sequence where Marlon Brando’s character - Stanley, screams for Stella and she (ever so slowly) slips her way down each step of the stairs before clasping Stanley in a smothering embrace. It’s one of cinema’s most thrilling and suspense-laiden pieces of footage and, having a beautiful winding wooden staircase like the Kowalski’s, would make a really stylish addition to any ceremony or reception.

Steal Streetcar’s style by choosing venues with long, elaborate staircases. If you can’t find one, you can have one made – try comissioning a carpenter to build you the romantic stairway of your dreams!


Harry Pottersorting hat wedding cake

Have fun with your wedding cake and go for something a little bit silly, steer away from an austere cake and have a giggle with your guests - we’ve chosen Harry Potter but it’s really up to you!

We love this chocolate Sorting Hat cake with it’s edible Gryffindor scarf, Golden Snith and rosewood wand – very nerdy but very yummy.



upPixar’s “Up” took the nation, and it’s tear-ducts, by storm when it came to cinemas to tell the story of a little old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house and takes off to see the world, just as his wife had always wanted to.

So, why don’t you echo the sentiment and have a balloon release on your wedding day. Recently, balloons released in the UK made it as far as Australia, unharmed – so why not see how far your wedding can reach!

Tie a tag onto your balloon with your names, the date, your email address and a message saying “Email us when you find our balloon!”


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

ferrari 250gtTravel in style on your wedding day by hiring a really classy car like the Ferrari 250GT California used in baby-faced Broderick’s cult film: Fuerris Bueller’s Day Off.

Fuerris goes to extreme lengths to get hold of this car but eventually sees his automobile ambitions go  – quite literally – out the window.

You don’t have to make anywhere near the effort Ferris does: hire for your wedding day, then drive away with one of these little red beauty. Perfect!


the talented mr ripley The Talented Mr Ripley

Make like the lads in the late Anthony Minghella’s stylish film, and party at your wedding with a jazzy kareoke session; nothing gets people involved like a good sing-song of everyone’s favourite tunes.

In the film, Jude Law’s character, Dickie plays the sax – be sure to ask your musical friends to bring their instruments for a reception jam-sesh!


Calendars-Girls-Movie-2003 Calendar Girls

Steal the style of the stripping W.I ladies in Tim Firth’s “Calendar Girls” by having a beautiful bunch of sunflowers for your arrangements, buttonholes and bouquets.

“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”


Avengers Assembleavengers cufflinks

So, we’re not suggesting the groom comes dressed as Thor, but how about making a subtle tribute to the Marvel movie selection? We love the Avengers cufflinks sets by Rosemary White;  they would be a perfect way of working a cinematic wedding for the men of the party:

1. Ask the groom and each of his ushers to pick an Avenger (groom gets first choice…!)

2. Treat them to the corresponding cufflinks and have them wear them on the day.

This way, you kill two birds with one stone: thank you pressies and groomsmen attire!



titanic menuIncorporating this blockbuster could be potentially tricky as, for obvious reasons, it can come across as a bit bleak; however, the best way to put in RMS Titanic touches is in your food…

Why not serve something yummy from the on-ship First Class menu for April 14th 1912?

You could have yourself a Star Line buffet of: salmon mayonnaise, potted shrimps, norweigan anchoives, scoused herrings, sardines; roast beef and veal and ham pie – to name but a few of the nautical treats on the cards.

If the buffet doesn’t thrill you, steal their cheese plate: Chesire, Stilton, Gorgonzola, Edam, Camembert, Roquefort, St Ives and Cheddar – all washed down with a tankard of Munich Lager Beer.


But where do ScissorPaperStone come in?

You can customise your personal wedding stationery with any design or image you want with our bespoke stationery service. 2013 marks ScissorPaperStone’s 10th Anniversary and over those ten years, we’ve done a real variety of individual bespoke designs, ranging from film stills and posters, to childhood paintings and holiday caricatures! We really can do whatever you it is you want.

Here are a few of our ideas – feel free to nick them!

- Use a film quote to tie in all your stationery with one theme: “You had me at hello”, “I love you, I am who I am because of you” or “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her…” would work particuarly well!

- Use a strong image taken from a key moment in the story-telling of your favourite film and use it as the design inspiration for your stationery.


These freeze-frame film stills could make very romantic design ideas!







- If you want to incorporate cinematic vision whilst thinking more outside the box, use a film motif as stationery inspiration; maybe you’d like the white feather from Forest Gump or the Love Actually heart graphic?








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