Considering a wedding ice sculpture

So, you’ve decided on your wedding venue, theme, and decorations, but somehow you think your reception might be missing a little pizazz! Ice sculptures add an element of drama – and fun – to your wedding reception, and here are some great reasons to consider one:

They create a talking point

Wedding ice sculptures are special and intriguing and, as such, they can create a real talking point at your reception. Guests are always curious about ice sculptures and, generally, want to know everything about them, from how they were made to how long they might last.

Ice sculptures are guaranteed to be a big topic of conversation on your big day

A wedding cake sculpted out of ice. Image: IceWork.co.uk

They make for stunning centrepieces

Ice sculptures are superb focal points at receptions and, for that reason, are perfect for couples choosing not to have a traditional wedding cake. They make for perfect features on a buffet table or you could consider mini ice sculptures, one in the centre of each table. Ice sculptures can be made with clear or coloured ice to match your wedding theme and can even be specially lit to create extra impact.

They can provide entertainment

If you want to keep your guests amused while you are having your photos taken, see if you can have your ice sculpture carved on site while they sip their champagne. While this can be fun, bear in mind that sculptures will last longer if they are made in advance and hardened in the freezer but you’d be surprised at how mesmerising watching a block of ice turned into wedding rings or swans or an ice wedding cake can me.

They look expensive but they don’t have to be…

Because so few people opt for ice sculptures at their weddings, they have the aura of something rare and exclusive and can be seen as an expensive luxury item. This isn’t a bad thing, but it doesn’t mean they come with the expensive price tag. Actually, when you start to look into the costs of ice sculptures, you’ll likely find they aren’t nearly as expensive as you first imagined.

They will last longer than you think

Many couples rule out ice sculptures because they are worried they will melt after an hour or two and they will be left with a pricey wet floor. Actually, most ice sculptures will last for around eight hours if they are placed indoors, although they are likely to melt after three hours if they are displayed outside. All sculptures should have a built in drip tray and drainage system so you won’t get puddles on the floor

They can be personalised for your wedding

Popular shapes for wedding ice sculptures include a pair of kissing doves, a cupid, and a bride and groom figure, but you can have any shape you like and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination – and your sculptor’s skill!

They can incorporate significant objects

If you think an ice sculpture would be too stark and cold, don’t forget that the sculptor can incorporate other objects and decorations such as your wedding flowers, balloons, a cupids bow and arrow, some antique jewellery, or other objects with special significance to your wedding.

French themed wedding ideas

A French themed wedding is a popular choice for couples looking to add a touch of classical romance to their big day. French theme wedding French cuisine is superb and adding chic French touches to your wedding outfits will create a stylish effect. –

Marie Antoinette theme

A Marie Antoinette themed wedding is all about luxurious surroundings, sumptuous fabrics, and decadent delicacies. For this theme to work you should look for a light, bright, traditional venue decorated in neutral or pale colours; the theme will be hard to pull off in a dark or overly modern venue. Extras to look out for are elaborate chandeliers, satin drapes, and over the top mouldings.

The colours to aim for with a Marie Antoinette theme are pastel pinks, peaches and blues, along with darker shades such as dusky rose. Vintage gold should also feature strongly in your wedding palette. Make use of a variety of textures including silk, lace, satin, and damask, and use layered table clothes, large feathers, and satin ruffles to create a dramatic impact.

Use food to make to a decorative display, and add decadence with a chocolate or champagne fountain. Your wedding cake should be a towering pastel creation accompanies by huge piles of macaroons and other sweet treats could be arranged on vintage cake stands of different heights to create a colourful display.

Cafe de Paris

This is a cute and colourful theme that works well for a less formal wedding. Try to recreate Montmartre, the last village of Paris, with its red striped canopies, bright coloured flowers and potted plants, vintage posters, and wrought iron furniture.

Hire a caricaturist to draw pictures of you and your guests, and have small cafe style tables lit with candles in French wine bottles. Make sure you have baskets of French bread on the tables and a live accordion player performing as you eat.

Rustic France

If you are looking for a warm and welcoming feel for your wedding, rustic France might be the inspiration you need. The principles behind rustic French decor are to create a relaxing comfortable place where friends can gather together, and to find classic dark furniture and fittings that are of a high quality but have aged gradually over time.

The main two colours to look for if you want a rustic French theme are red and yellow. Reds can range from tomato to burgundy and yellows from butter to golden mustard, but any combination that works well together will help to create a rustic French feel. Look for gold or cream textured fabrics with a rich floral pattern in red, yellow, and green. Add plenty of ceramics; large pots of flowers make great decorations but don’t use them as centrepieces as your guests won’t be able to see around them. Red and gold goblets are an ideal alternative to champagne glasses.

Ideally your venue should have neutral decor, with textured walls where possible. If your venue is minimalist, try installing some dark wood open shelved cabinets and upholstered chairs. Look out for heavy ornamental ironwork, basketwork, and ceramic jugs filled with lavender to complete the look.

Rustic weddings 101

Rustic weddings are always popular wedding theme choice, especially among couples who want a cool, relaxed vibe on their big day.

But what is a rustic wedding? We explain below – and show you how pull off a brilliant one!

What is a rustic wedding?

Though the idea of a rustic wedding has been of particular interest over the past few years, the fact is, it’s a timeless wedding theme that has been around for, well, ages. Rustic weddings have a strong country, garden or farm-like influence and they tend to feature lots of natural textures such as bark, and various organic materials and fibres.
Rustic weddings are somewhat casual and are often held in venues such as barns, farms, mountain lodges or ranches. In fact, anywhere that incorporates the great outdoors or the countryside is a perfect fit for a rustic theme.

The décor tends to incorporate lots of natural elements including wood, burlap, wild flowers, fruits and the like. It can be a little bit shabby and using a lot of mismatched elements is not just acceptable, but expected at a rustic wedding.

You don’t need to have all of these elements to have a rustic wedding, for example, you could be getting married in a hotel ballroom but you could be using rustic décor and wild flowers. It’s more about the overall vibe than the individual details.

Rustic weddings should be relaxed, romantic and natural.

They’re not about being trendy (though they can be pretty trendy) and, though earthy and simple items such as mason jars and a hotch-potch of misimatched vases, glasses and plateware are commonly found at a rustic-themed wedding, the possibilities are endless and the only thing they have in common is that they are about simplicity, nature and character… lots of character!

How does a rustic wedding differ from a vintage wedding?

Rustic weddings are often confused with vintage weddings, but they are actually quite different.

While the rustic theme focuses more on the natural elements and the great outdoors, a vintage wedding draws its inspiration from times gone by. Vintage weddings often have an antique Victorian flavour to them. Where rustic weddings feature mason jars full of wild flowers and burlap table runners, vintage weddings are more likely to have vintage vases, antique crockery and lace tablecloths.

How to plan a rustic wedding

There are no hard and fast rules around pulling off the perfect rustic wedding, but the ideas below will definitely help:

Choose a great venue

The easiest way to get your rustic wedding off to an amazing start is to pick a suitable venue.

Though, technically, most any venue can be given some pretty convincing rustic treatment by a clever wedding stylist, obviously, a real barn venue or loft-like venue or garden venue will evoke nature and outdoors with more authenticity than one that is dressed to look rustic.

Some of the types of places you may wish to consider are barns, farmhouses, breweries and garden, mountain or lakeside venues which abound all over Australia.

However, if you simply cannot find a venue like that, then you can always book a standard hotel ballroom and use decor to bring the rustic element into your wedding.

Use suitable decor

The great thing about a rustic wedding is that you can be quite eclectic when it comes to décor.

You will want to focus on natural items, so think about using seasonal fruits and wild-flowers, wood, burlap, twine and moss to create beautiful décor.

You can also bring in country and shabby chic elements including mason jars, lace, hay-bales and gingham fabrics. There are lots of beautiful things that can be done with these items which will really bring your venue to life!

Serve up a little home-style cooking

If you are going to have a rustic wedding, then you want food that matches the theme!

While a lovely three-course meal is always a bonus, think about serving some good old home-style cooking. Look for caterers who can cook up some lovely, simple, traditional fare that will be in keeping with your rustic theme. Most caterers will happily – and enthusiastically – rise to the challenge.

Think comfort food like mac and cheese, roast chicken and pasta salads served up with a selection of freshly baked breads.

If you really want to keep with the rustic theme then you could also tailor your drinks to match by offering lemonade, moonshine and strawberry wine.

Go for a relaxed dress code

Rustic weddings are more relaxed and casual affairs and your attire should reflect the overall theme.

Grooms look great in tweed suits and could even lose the blazer in favour of a waistcoat or suspenders.

Meanwhile, the bride can opt for a soft, romantic gown complimented by a rustic bouquet of seasonal wild flowers.

Some couples even choose to add some quirky touches like cowboy boots and a hat to their attire.

Don’t be afraid of a little DIY

A rustic wedding is one which really lends itself to DIY elements. So, if you’re particularly handy with DIY projects, now’s the time to get stitching, gluing and tying!

It will help you add a touch of your own own personality to your big day, but don’t take on too much otherwise you may become overwhelmed – and, frankly, you will have so much more to worry about and, if you do want DIY, but don’t have the time (or craftiness), there are plenty of  professional stylists and wedding decoration stylists who can help out!