The Bright Bride might have moved to a new home and had a little change of name, but I don’t want to leave any of you behind!

We had a brilliant launch with Hollywood week. You can see all the Hollywood party posts here

And this week it’s all about Eurovision! Come and join us for all the party preparations that are going to make this Saturday night one you’ll never forget!

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Hello you lovely lovely readers! I am so excited to be able to take you over to the new home for this blog at www.brightbydesign.com

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The Bright Bride will stay here for the foreseeable future, so if you’ve bookmarked posts you’ll still be able to find them.

What are you waiting for? Come and see our new home now! The first post is already live and waiting for you… www.brightbydesign.com

It’s almost time…

Sorry for the lack of posts this week… but as of next week there is going to be so much more to share! It’s almost time to move to our new home and our new name – to tie up with the Etsy shop from next week the blog is going to simply be called Bright by Design! It’s going to be a world of food & drink, decorations, style, crafts and interviews all based around a different theme each week. While I hope we’ll still be an inspiration for brides-to-be, I’m hoping the blog will inspire anyone planning a celebration big or small!

Next week it’s Hollywood week to kick off with lots of stars, sparkle and champagne! There will be cakes fit for a movie star, an interview with ReeRee Rockette of Rockalily Cuts and plenty more to get you into the Hollywood mood!

Pop back here on Monday 14th May and I’ll show you the way to our new home!!!

It’s been a busy Bank Holiday Monday… but very exciting to add a couple of new arrivals to my Etsy shop!

First up I finally created the Doctor Who Bouquet I’d been dreaming up in my head. It contains 11 flowers (one for each Doctor) and I had so much fun designing paper to represent each of them.

Doctor Who Paper Origami Bouquet by Bright by Design on Etsy

I also finished the gorgeous Strawberry Dream bouquet that I made with some gorgeous paper I’d bought from Paperchase a while ago and some cute little strawberry buttons.

Strawberry Dream Bouquet by Bright by Design on Etsy

For more photos and if you’d like to buy either bouquet head over to Bright by Design on Etsy now!

My Birthday Wishes

It’s May and officially my birthday month. Yippee!!!

Every birthday and Christmas my family and friends ask the inevitable question “What do you want?” and usually I say I don’t know, promise to get back to them and then completely forget.

This year I decided to be different… I started this post at the end of February so I would know exactly what I wanted for my birthday this year.

Lots of bonbon balloons

Okay… I’ll settle for just one balloon. Maybe clear with rainbow confetti in the middle. Or green. That is my favourite colour. Did I mention that I LOVE balloons. I would be so happy to see a room filled with these (maybe after the lottery win!)

Confetti and Colour Balloons by Bonbon Balloons

Stars Shoulder Bag from Oliver Bonas

During the January sales I was hunting for a new bag and found a lovely one in Accessorize with 50%. It wasn’t my perfect bag, but that’s okay, because usually what I think of in my head doesn’t exist in real life shops. Except on this occassion it does. This is the bag I imagined in my head and it’s only £39. If no one else buys it for me I’m buying it for myself!

Stars Shoulder Bag from Oliver Bonas

Saved by Cake: Over 80 ways to bake yourself happy

I have been a Marian Keyes fan for a long long time and it was so sad to hear about her struggle with depression over the past couple of years (having been there and back myself in the past) but every cloud has a silver lining and this book looks amazing! If I don’t get it for my birthday I will buy it anyway and drift off into baking bliss!

Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes

Wonder Woman Apron

If I’m going to be baking cakes I want to do it in style (well kind of!) By the time I’ve finished baking a cake I’m usually covered from head to toe in one ingredient or another, and I keep meaning to buy myself an apron. But I’ve not found anything I’ve loved until now… and it’s only £10.99 from Forbidden Planet.

Wonder Woman - Apron With Frill: Whoom! - from Forbidden Planet

ban.do heart shoe clips

I love these so much, they’re $25 and have a pair of shoes they would look amazing with. I would have them by now if it wasn’t for that pesky shipping cost ($41!!!) If there was some fairy godmother who could fly over to the states and bring them back without charge I would be the happiest girl alive!

ban.do heart shoe clips $25

Matilda the Musical 

Matilda is my favourite book in the world. And I so would like to see the musical as everyone is saying the most wonderful things about it. Also I haven’t been to London in an absolute age so it would be the perfect excuse to see all my lovely friends down there who might be thinking I’ve dropped off the face of the earth. Unfortunately as we’re a little bit skint at the moment owing to me upping sticks and starting my own business I might have to wait a bit longer for this birthday wish…

RSC Matilda the Musical Tim Minchen

If you’re in the midst of wedding planning you might want to head over to eBay this week. The Oxfam Wedding Auction is running until Wednesday 9th May so get your bidding hats on and join in! All the proceeds go to Oxfam Unwrapped emergency work, so you can get something fabulous for your big day and help people around the world while you’re at it. Sounds like a good deal to me!

There’s items from some big wedding names, and some pretty and quirky stuff too. These are some of my favourite items…

60 Save The Date Tea Bags And Bespoke Wedding Invitations From Vintage Love Stationery

Save The Date Tea Bags & Wedding Invitations By Vintage Love Stationery Co

Save The Date Tea Bags & Wedding Invitations By Vintage Love Stationery Co

50 Cute Full Colour Maps – Save The Date Cards + Wedding Invitations

50 Cute Full Colour Maps - Save The Date Cards + Wedding Invitations

50 Cute Full Colour Maps - Save The Date Cards + Wedding Invitations

One-off Vintage Swarovski & Pearl Headpiece From Vintage Headdresses

One-off Vintage Swarovski & Pearl Headpiece From Vintage Headdresses

One-off Vintage Swarovski & Pearl Headpiece From Vintage Headdresses

10 Tote Bags Of Your Choice From The Alphabet Bags Wedding Range Worth £120

(I’ve got an Alphabet Bag – it’s really lovely and very sturdy. Even when I fill it with far too much stuff there’s not a hint of it giving up!)

10 Tote Bags Of Your Choice From The Alphabet Bags Wedding Range Worth £120

10 Tote Bags Of Your Choice From The Alphabet Bags Wedding Range Worth £120

20 Wedding Cake POPs Created For Your Big Day, Made By Author & Cake POP Expert – Clare O’Connell of Pop Bakery

20 Wedding Cake POPs Created For Your Big Day, Made By Author & Cake POP Expert - Clare O'Connell of Pop Bakery

20 Wedding Cake POPs Created For Your Big Day, Made By Author & Cake POP Expert - Clare O'Connell of Pop Bakery

There’s also dresses, photography, cakes, shoes, cars, honeymoons… in fact most things you can think of for your wedding! Head over to The Oxfam Wedding Auction now to see what you can find! If you bid on anything or win an auction, let us know!

Happy Being English Day

While the Irish, Welsh and Scots might be very good at the whole patriotic thing, when it comes to St George’s day we seem to fall short. Let’s face it, all I’m doing is writing a blog post because it kind of snuck up on me. St George’s Day is nothing compared to the hoopla that surrounds St Patrick’s day. Next year I promise I’ll do something about it and get us all patriotic, drinking beer, eating fish and chips and painting the town red and white!!!

This year I’ll just imagine what I might have been wearing should I have actually planned my patriotism in advance!

First thing I came across on my hunt were these lovely Miami Beach Peeptoe sandals from Office – which at £28 I might just have to have anyway!

Red Miami beach peeptoe sandal from Office

Then I found this gorgeous dress in Oasis, red and white enough to make St George proud. Noemi Stripe Dress by Yumi at Oasis – £40.

Noemi Red & White Stripe Dress by Yumi at Oasis

And to finish it off I spotted this interesting White Lava Rock Beaded Necklace from UK seller The Wellington Boot on Etsy. It’s only £10.19 – what a bargain!

White Lava Rock Beaded Necklace - 'Wilma Flintstone' from The Wellington Boot on Etsy

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