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Monday, 28 October 2019
This post is a paid collaboration with Burt's Bees.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - routine is everything when it comes to babies sleeping well. When Oliver was tiny and keeping us up all night, almost everyone suggested implementing a bed time routine and when we did, the improvement was incredible. Once he knew what was happening and what was expected of him, he started sleeping at the right times and giving us all a much needed rest.

So when Marcus came along, we started trying to get into a routine as soon as we could. It's ever changing when they're small but Marcus is 9 months old now and we've had the same routine with him for at least two months now. We've been lucky that he's been a good sleeper from early on, but I'm sure the routine has helped with this too. 


5.30pm: This is usually around the time that Andy will arrive home from work so I will try and have our dinner ready and on the table. I love that we all get to sit down and eat together - Oliver is always super excited to see his dad after a long day so we have a bit of a catch up and inevitably both boys usually end up completely covered in bolognese, pizza or whatever they've been eating! Marcus always starts to get a bit sleepy around this time too, and one of his habits when he's tired is to rub his hair - I'm sure you can imagine how messy that becomes!

6.00pm The easiest (and cleanest) way to sort out the mess from dinner is to head straight for the bath. They both LOVE bath time and it's a great way to perk them up for the last hour before bed. 


We've been testing the Burt's Bees Baby three step baby care routine recently and I am so impressed. The steps include the body wash & shampoo, the diaper ointment with vitamin E and the body oil. All products are paediatrician tested, made from natural ingredients and free from parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS. I think these are all key points we look out for when choosing products to use on our kids aren't they?

I have actually been using the shampoo & body wash on Marcus since he was just a few weeks old. I fell in love with the scent and found myself constantly smelling his little head after bath time! It's a tear-free formula made with natural ingredients and gentle enough for every day use. We put a little in the bath when it's running and then use it to wash both the boy's hair too.

The diaper cream with vitamin E is really thick and creamy. It nourishes and reconditions skin naturally with shea butter, lavender oil and jojoba seed oil. I always find it so comforting using natural products on Marcus. His skin is so soft and delicate and the products I use on him need to be gentle too!

Marcus has quite dry and sensitive skin, so I was really looking forward to trying the baby oil. It's 100% natural and rich in nutrients and antioxidants from apricot and grape seed oils to keep baby’s skin soft and supple. It contains no synthetic fragrances either which is perfect if your children have sensitive skin. I've been really impressed at how much it's helped Marcus's dry skin since using it. You need to use such a tiny amount of it so I think it'll last for a really long time too.

There's no better smell than a freshly bathed baby after using these products - it's heaven! 


6.30pm Once the boys are bathed, moisturised and in their pjs, we head back downstairs for milk and supper. Oliver usually has some bread and butter and Marcus has his bed time bottle. He will (almost) always fall asleep straight afterwards so I always make sure he's got his sleeping bag on beforehand so I can put him straight into the cot afterwards. 

7pm Once Marcus is in bed, we'll brush Oliver's teeth and let him watch a bit of telly or read a story before putting him into bed for around 7.30pm. And that's us *hopefully* until the morning!
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Shared Baby & Toddler Bedroom

Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Recently we redecorated the nursery into a shared bedroom for both Oliver (2) and Marcus 7 months). I've uploaded a full tour of the shared nursery here, but I also wanted to share some pics on my blog too for those of you that don't watch youtube.

I've absolutely loved decorating this room and it's probably my favourite room in the house at the moment. I went for a colour palette of steel blues, rusty orange, mustard yellow and pinky tones and my main inspiration came from  months and months of trawling through pinterest. You can have a look at some of my inspiration on this pinterest board

The first thing we had to decide was the wall colour. I went for Valspar April Rain on the wall behind  the bed, and 'Statue of Liberty' on the other walls just to give a bit of contrast. April skies was my favourite choice but I felt the colour might darken the room to much, so the lighter shade on the bigger walls really helped to counteract that. 


We've always had a reading corner in the nursery and I wanted to keep this in the new room too. It's all centred around this beautiful blue boho armchair that we've had for years but since I wanted to avoid having the two similar colours together, I decided to section off part of the room as the reading corner. I've saw quite a lot of this idea recently on pinterest and I love how effective it is. We sectioned the corner off with frog tape and it was painted white, and I added some extra detail with these black polka dot wall decals. They were so simple to apply and easy to remove if I made a mistake and, seriously, I can't believe how much of a difference they made! 


I loved that with this room, I could be really open to colour. I'm usually quite wary of bright colours but in the nursery, I knew I could just go for it and I had so much fun picking out the accessories. I obviously have a consistent style because it turns out a lot of the accessories from Oliver's old room actually fit well in the new room too. This cot mobile was from Oliver's nursery and it works perfectly in the new room. Marcus isn't actually sleeping in here yet, so at the moment I've just dressed his cot with this beautiful big throw from George at Asda and cushions from TK Maxx and Matalan. 


My youtube video showing the room was actually sponsored by desenio (this post is not) and I picked some gorgeous prints from their site. There's a bit of a subtle jungle theme going through this room, with lots of little giraffes, lions and other animals dotted around the room. I absolutely love the giraffe prints and so does Oliver. 

One of my favourite pieces in the room is the train track rug. Can you believe this was one of the last things I got for the room? It looks like it was *made* to fit the colour scheme perfectly. It's a proper playmat and since Oliver is car/train/bus mad, he loves taking all his toys around the track. 


The finishing touches for the room were kindly gifted to us by The Modern Nursery. We chose the Snuz house shelves, the beautiful pom pom cushion and the bedding set by Ferm Living. These really finished the room perfectly and everything came together better than I could have imagined.

The storage in this room is minimal, as we've turned a small storage cupboard into the boys' own walk in wardrobe. This space was previously a dumping ground for excess toys and, well, mess. We wanted to have as much space as possible in the room for the boys to play as they grow older so we took the bulky double drawers from the room and made the most of the space we had elsewhere. It turned out perfectly - you'll need to head on to youtube to see the finished result of the wardrobe! :)

And that's it! What do you think?


Friday, 31 May 2019
Nappy Rash

When Oliver was first born, it was all new to me. Every task I did was a 'first' and a lesson to be learned. I remember feeling so out of my depth with every aspect of being a first time mum but as time went on and I gained some experience, it all got easier. Two years later, my second baby boy Marcus was born and it's been so different this time. Having that bit of experience and the confidence that comes with it has really helped me this time around. 

There's a lot of things I'm doing differently this time around based on lessons learned from my first baby. Oliver had nappy rash on a few occasions as a baby. Sometimes it would be connected to weaning, sometimes it was just the nappy rubbing his skin - whatever the reason, it doesn't make it any easier. As his mum, I remember feeling so guilty when nappy rash was bothering him and I'd religiously apply nappy cream to the area until it healed. I was always treating the problem, rather than protecting against it. 

Nappy Rash

Second time around, with some experience and knowledge behind me, I'm taking steps to actively protect Marcus against the causes of nappy rash. Babies' skin is really vulnerable. It's 40% thinner than an adults, so it's a lot more sensitive to any irritants that come into contact with it. With a tight nappy and no air circulating, it's clear how nappy rash can start. Nappy rash affects 1 in 3 babies at some point, so it makes sense to do all we can to protect their skin. I'm applying Bepanthen ointment to Marcus during every nappy change to protect his skin against the causes of nappy rash. 

Bepanthen is more than just a barrier ointment, it contains Pro-vitamin B5 which supports the natural recovery of the skin. The ointment forms a protective layer between your baby's skin and their nappy, protecting it from the harmful irritants found in their nappies! It's free from fragrances, colours, preservatives and antiseptics and it's so gentle it can be used straight from birth, even on premature babies. 

Nappy Rash

Applying Bepanthen is a part of our nappy changing routine now and it does give me some relief knowing I'm doing everything I can to protect him from things that could give him nappy rash. As a mum of two, every little helps and keeping nappy rash at bay is another thing ticked off my to do list!

What's your experience been like with nappy rash? What steps do you take to protect against it?

For more information on protecting your baby’s gentle skin from the causes of nappy rash, visit  

Where do I start?

Thursday, 4 April 2019
So when I realised my last post was in October, I instantly started writing. I've said it before but my blog is, quite obviously, not my main social platform at the moment. I've tried to juggle my youtube channel, instagram and my blog but life with two kids (spoiler alert - I had another baby!) is quite hectic and I've had to put my blog on the back burner over the last year. With that being said, October is a bit ridiculous! How did that happen?! 

So what's been happening?
Let's catch up. So since October last year, the biggest change has been the new addition to our family. Meet Marcus James Wells. He was born almost 4 weeks early by elective c section on the 5th January 2019, after I went into premature labour. It's a long and emotional story but somehow I managed to vlog the experience - you can watch my elective caesarean birth vlog here and my video about Marcus's stay in neo natal here. Maybe one day I'll write a birth story on here but the memory is already a little hazy - I blame the morphine!

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How's life been with two kids?
Marcus has slotted into our family perfectly. He's been a dream from the start and I am genuinely loving the baby stage this time around. I say 'this time around' as, if you followed my blog in the early days with Oliver, you'll know we had a bit of a rough time with reflux with him. This time has been so different and it's made even better by watching Oliver and how well he is adapting to big brother life. He has been so loving, so caring and watching them both together has made me melt on a daily basis. It's amazing.

What's going on in life just now?
I'm on maternity leave and plan on taking the full year off this time. According to Andy, this is our last baby (I'm still on the fence with that one) so I want to make the most of my time off with both boys and take as long as I can with them. What will happen at the end of my maternity leave is a big question mark but that's something I can consider/worry about nearer the time. For now, I'm just enjoying the time with my boys while building up my channel and doing what I love! 

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And how's Oliver?
He is doing SO well. He's chatting away like a little bird now. He has us in stitches every day and he's totally thriving in his role as a big brother. He's two, so of course there's tantrums every day too but overall, he's perfect. He's super cuddly and I am so happy that I'm getting to be around him all the time at this age - it's such a fun stage to be at and I want to soak up every second of it! 

Anyway, it's almost midnight and I need to get some sleep on the right side of the night feed! 

Make sure you're following on instagram for daily stories and pics! 


5 Ways to Use Philips Hue | AD

Friday, 19 October 2018
Everything we do in our daily lives is getting a little bit ‘smarter’ these days. We have smart phones, smart televisions, smart heating systems and over the last few months, Andy and I have been trying out a smart lighting system – Philips Hue. If I’m totally honest, when I first read about it, I did assume that it would be a cool, quirky extra to have in the house. We’d be able to use an app on our phone to make the room pink, blue, green and it could be our little party trick if we had friends round, or for Oliver to play around with.

In reality, two months later, it’s become an essential part of our daily routine. The lighting in our house is something that I had never really thought about. The lights were either on or off, and that was it. But with Philips Hue, we have so many other options and I want to share with you the 5 ways we’ve been using these lights over the last few months, and how we are looking forward to using it over Winter, too.

How to use Philips Hue Smart Lighting

First of all, let me explain what Philips Hue is all about. To use the system, you just need to buy the starter kit for your light fittings. This comes with everything you need to get started: three bulbs, the Hue Bridge and the remote Dimmer Switch. Then you can add any extension bulbs. We decided to set Hue up in our living room, bedroom and the nursery and used a mix of normal bulbs and spotlights to match what we already had. Putting them in place was as simple as changing a light bulb (as that’s essentially all you’re doing!). 

Next, you download the app and use your Wi-Fi connection to find the bulbs. Before you know it, you have full control of the lights via your phone and you can turn them off on, pink, dimmed, bright, you name it – all through the ease of an app.

It turns out that the benefits are endless, especially for families. It’s not just a one-off party trick!

Here’s a few ways you can use the app as part of your everyday family life. 

1. Atmosphere – The most obvious use and the one that first comes to mind is having the ability to set an atmosphere for any occasion. We use the coloured lights when reading stories to Oliver (he is absolutely fascinated by the colours), or when we’re having a movie night and I’m looking forward to a very atmospheric birthday party for Oliver with all the rainbow lights! You can select pre-set options like ‘Savannah Sunset’ (a warm, sunset glow) and ‘Spring blossom’ (a relaxing, pink hue) and you also have a full colour palette which lets you pick any tone or shade you like.

2. Dimmed lights – This is the one we use the most often. We use dimmed lights for Oliver’s bedtime routine and it’s been a godsend for the darker nights. Rather than going from bright bulbs to pitch darkness, we can set the mood and get him ready for bed in a really calm, dimmed room. It really helps his body recognise that it’s almost time to sleep and I can really notice the difference in how easy it is to get him down at night now that we use this setting.

3. Security – There’s a really practical use for these lights as you can use the app even when you’re away from home. Rather than worrying that your house looks empty and vulnerable while you’re away from home, you can use the app to schedule your lights to come on at night time even when you’re not there. This is a really good security feature if you’re away from home often.

4. Photography:  One of the issues in winter for photographers (or even just Instagram addicts like myself) is lighting. The app is the perfect cure for short Autumn/Winter days! I use the ‘energise’ option (a blueish tone bright light) to neutralise the warmth inside. It makes my all photos look like they’ve been taken in natural light.

5. Routine: Now the mornings are getting darker, it can be even harder to get out of bed. To let your body wake up gradually, you can use the app to gradually light the room in the mornings so that you’re woken gently. This makes your body think it’s being woken up naturally by sunlight and makes the process of waking up a whole lot easier. I’m looking forward to using this feature once the clocks go back in a few weeks, as I’m sure we’ll need it!

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Overall, we’ve really loved using the Philips Hue system and any friends or family who have seen it have commented on how useful it is. I’d say it’s one of those things that you only realise how much you need it, once you’ve used it! It’s been great for us and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get a bit ‘smarter’ with their home lighting.

I recently posted my ‘daily routine with a toddler’ video on my YouTube channel – click here if you want to see how Hue fits into our everyday family life.

*This post is in collaboration with Philips Hue.

Our Small Budget Wedding: What did it cost?

Tuesday, 16 October 2018
This was always supposed to be a video, but there's so much to share that I've realised it makes SO much more sense to write it all down rather than relying on my poor sleep deprived baby-brain to remember to cover it all on a YouTube video. So instead, I have written this big post with all the info and then shared my top 10 tips for a budget wedding over on my YouTube channel.

So if you don't know already, Andy and I got married on the 26th August 2018 in a small ceremony in The Bothy, followed by a very small 'reception' in the Grosvener café in Glasgow. We only got engaged in April, so the whole thing took less than 4 months from start to finish and today I'm going to share all the details. So many more couples are opting for small weddings these days, especially weddings that stick to a smaller budget, so hopefully it'll be helpful to any of you that are planning a small wedding too.

The Bothy Glasgow Wee Weddings

Our reasons for having a small wedding were simple. Neither of us had ever dreamed of a big wedding. It just wasn't that important to us. We knew we wanted to be married one day and have the same name but we both agreed that spending tens of thousands (that we don't have) on the celebration just wasn't for us. We wanted something small, within an equally small budget. We did have some 'must haves' for our day, though, which were:

-  Our closest family and friends to be there. Andy has a really close group of friends, and his one stipulation was that he wanted them to be at the ceremony. Other than that, he was happy to leave it up with me.

- There's certain things that you're told you must do in weddings, but we aren't traditionalists and if it didn't matter to us, we weren't doing it.

- I wanted it to be a a low-pressure, relaxed day. I didn't want the pre-wedding nerves, or the feeling that it was too overwhelming. I have a tendency to get this dread before big events, where I feel like I'd rather it just wasn't happening at all and I could just stay in my comfort zone instead. I didn't want that at our wedding, I wanted to look forward to it and enjoy it.

How to do a small wedding on a budget

So here's how we did it, and what we spent on our wedding.

Our venue (£1210)
I started looking at small wedding venues in Glasgow, and my first place to check was The Bothy. It's a small restaurant down a lane in the west end of Glasgow, with a lovely rustic Scottish theme (but still very 'pinterest') and a private dining room upstairs. They offer 'wee weddings' which pretty much described exactly what we wanted. A relaxed, intimate ceremony at the end of a long dining table. The bride and groom stand with the registrar, and your friends and family sit at the table. Afterwards, you all have a big meal and drinks to celebrate. The room is yours all night, so you can stay there for drinks or go elsewhere if you want.

The room held up to 22 people, but our absolute minimum list was 26 (including Oliver and my then 8 week old niece Julia, who didn't need a seat). I called to ask if we could squeeze in another 2 adults over and above that and they were happy to go ahead with that. The Bothy offer 3 different set menus, from £25 a head to £35. All of them were great, but we settled on the £30 menu as the best value of money and it had something for everyone. Within our budget, we also factored in the cost of drinks for everyone, so we worked out it would be around £50 a head. For 24 adults, that would be £1200 - not bad for the largest part of our wedding cost. (In the end, the total cost came in at £1210!)

We booked the venue from 4.30pm. We both wanted it to be an evening event rather than a full day thing, and this would give us enough time to get married before dinner at 6pm. It also tied in well for Oliver's nap, and meant I could take my time getting ready and avoid that rushed nervous dread thing I was talking about. Venue: sorted.

The humanist (£355)
Now we had our venue sorted, we had a chat about how we wanted the actual ceremony to go. We didn't have an aisle to walk down, so it seemed a bit unnecessary to have bridesmaids that would just sit at the table and the same went for groomsmen so we agreed it would just be the both of us and whoever was marrying us. We had planned to do our second baby's gender reveal at the wedding too, so we wanted someone who could do that with us and that could make our ceremony quite personal. In the end, we went for a humanist that was recommended by a friend. She was free on the day, and after meeting her for breakfast one day, we booked in. Humanist: sorted.

The 'reception' (£75)
Since we were limited to the numbers we could invite to the actual ceremony, we still wanted to do a little something afterwards for our wider group of friends and family. We didn't want to have to transport everyone from one place to another, either, so eventually we found out that we hired half of the mezzanine floor at the Grosvener Café for just a £75 deposit. There was a minimum spend of £500 at the bar, but with 30ish guests that all like a drink, we knew that wouldn't be a problem. It was perfect as it was just a 2 minute walk from The Bothy so we were all able to walk there from The Bothy. It was also a really informal, casual kind of venue - exactly what we wanted.

We had a bit of a debate over whether or not we should put on a buffet. We'd invited people to meet us from half 8 onwards to give us time to finish our meal across the road, so it was quite late anyway and the majority of people there had come straight from a meal so in the end, we decided to put out some cakes and tablet instead. We didn't have a traditional wedding cake or 'cutting of the cake' at the ceremony, so we decided to have some cakes out at the Grosvener instead. I was going to get some platters from Costco, but in the end we put out two small wedding cakes, some cup cakes and some tablet. I'm glad we didn't spend a lot of money on food for the reception, as most people were just interested in having a drink anyway. I actually forgot about the cakes completely until after 10pm! (more info under wedding cake, scroll down) 

My dress (and accessories) (£390)
I was going to be almost 18 weeks pregnant at the wedding so I must admit dress shopping was a bit of a conundrum. I had no idea what size I was going to be. I had originally fallen in love with a dress on Pinterest, before realising I'd have to fit a bump into it. When I took that into account, I had no idea what I wanted. I'd always said I'd never pay hundreds or thousands for a dress just for one day, but when you look on line for white dresses, you quickly realise that the high street brands are onto us. You could find the most beautiful evening dress and the minute you look for a white version, it's suddenly double in price. I found so many overpriced white 'high street' wedding dresses that were clearly just cashing in on the wedding thing. Although I didn't want to spend a lot on a dress, I wanted to feel nice and I wanted to get my money's worth for whatever I wanted and the high street didn't seem to offer that. I did find some gorgeous 'budget' wedding dresses on Needle and Thread, ASOS and Debenhams. They were all around the £600 mark, but sadly not available in a maternity option.  Eventually, I found the French Connection Palmero wedding dress around 6 weeks before the wedding. It was beautifully detailed, with an empire cut leaving room for my growing bump. It was £295 - lower than a lot of the other dresses I'd looked at and definitely worth every penny.

I kept everything else simple, with a pair of nude heeled shoes and a nude clutch bag for after the ceremony.

How to do a small wedding on a budget

My hair and make-up (£30)
This was a bit of a dilemma for me. I'm quite fussy with make-up, and know what I like but I had so many people telling me I should get my make-up professionally done for the wedding. My sister had the same with her own wedding last year, and after two failed trials she ended up doing her make up herself. She said it was the best decision she made, so I decided to do the same. Instead of paying someone £60+ to do my make-up, I spent my money on buying some nice new products to use on the day. I wouldn't even count the cost of that within the wedding, as I'm still using the foundation and concealer every day now!

One of my favourite parts of the day was actually sitting down to do my make-up, I find it so relaxing (especially since Oliver was fast asleep and I could take my time). For my hair, I paid £30 to have it curled and styled half up/half down with some flowers in it for decoration.

The Boys' Outfits (£95)
Andy wanted a kilt for the wedding, and I agreed it made total sense to go with the Scottish theme in The Bothy. It's normal to hire a kilt, as buying the full outfit can be over a thousand pounds in itself, so Andy hired his grey kilt from Slanj for £50 (with his student discount).

Originally, I found a matching toddlers kit on eBay for Oliver, which was super cute and really good quality but in the end, I wanted him to match with his big cousin and they both ended up wearing the Roco tweed suit. My friend actually gave us this grey tweed suit for Oliver to wear, as her little boy had grown out of it. It was perfect and in the end, we got another one for my nephew so they could both match. The suits were amazing quality and I was so pleased with them.

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The legal stuff (£80)
It doesn't actually cost that much to legally get married, and the paperwork side of things is nowhere near as much of a pain as I thought it would be. I booked an appointment at my local council office, filled in a form and took our birth certificates and passports with me. I think I had to pay around £80 to confirm we were getting married on a certain day, and then we booked me in again for the week before the wedding to pick up the marriage schedule. We were lucky to have a really good humanist who kept us right with anything we had to remember, too but all in all, the legal bit was pretty simple.

Photography (£320)
Obviously, I love to take photos and videos so it was important to me to have nice memories of our day. I've heard of photographers charging thousands, so I did have to weigh up whether or not it was worth it but in the end, we chose Karol Makula to do our wedding photos. Karol took the photos at my sister's and my brothers weddings and they were beautiful, plus he was really reasonably priced at £160 per hour. We booked him for two hours only, as we felt this would be enough to get photos of the actual wedding and to get some of everyone at dinner. As much as I wanted nice photos, I didn't want it to impact on our enjoyment of the day especially as we had such small venue. I knew it could make some people uncomfortable if they were eating dinner and getting 'candid' snaps taken at the same time, so we decided to have the photographer for the first bit and let everyone else take their own photos for the rest of it.

Flowers (£110)
As much as I was up for going down the budget route, I knew I wanted to have a good bouquet. I love flowers, and remembered how much time we spent swooning over the flowers at my sisters wedding the year before. I booked the same florist, Rose & Thyme, to do my bouquet and three button holes for Andy, his dad and my dad. We paid £110 in total and I can honestly say it was worth every penny. I had found a beautiful photo of a rustic, green bouquet on pinterest and sent this to the florist as an idea of what I wanted. I also wanted a thistle in it to tie in with the Scottish theme. They were perfect and one of my favourite things about the whole day.

How to do a small wedding on a budget

Decorations (£50)
This is something that can potentially be a big part of your budget, if you wanted it to be. Luckily, our venue didn't need any decorations. It was literally perfect as it was. The Scullery room where we got married, was already covered in greenery, candles, and rustic décor so anything extra we added would be too much. We saved a fortune, actually, and a whole lot of stress by choosing it as our venue. Andy's mum offered to make cupcakes beforehand, so the only extra to the room was a cake stand with some gorgeous cupcakes on it and this sat alongside our guest book at the front of the venue. Since the meal included desert, we kept our wedding cakes for the venue afterwards.

For the drinks afterwards, we kept the decorations really minimal - I had some jam jars with hessian and lace, candles, some 'just married' hessian banners and we had a table set up with the wedding cakes, some tablet, cupcakes and the guest book. My favourite place to pick up budget wedding decorations were eBay, amazon and ginger ray. I made a full video on our DIY decorations here if you want to have a watch - and all the links to the items shown are in the description box below it.

Favours (£20)
This is one tradition we did stick to. Purely because I had pinned so many favours ideas on pinterest, that I wanted to get a shot of doing my own. Sticking with the Scottish theme, I asked my mum to make some homemade tablet which I wrapped in tissue paper and put into little hessian bags. Each bag had a name tag on it (by Viollaz - see below) and I put them onto the starter plates for each persons place at the table. They acted as placecards too, so we killed two birds with one stone with that one. I made little wreaths to surround the favours as an extra decoration. I was so happy with the result and, thanks to my mum, the tablet was a huge hit!

Invitations (made by family)
There was no question when it came to invitations, I knew I was going to get Viollaz to do these for me. Yanina (who runs the company) is my sister-in-law and she is incredibly talented. I wanted our invitations to match the rustic theme of the venue, and they were perfect. This is the template we used. You can actually download her invitations and other wedding templates via etsy, or you can buy bespoke designs too. Yanina kindly did our invitations as a wedding gift, but her designs are very reasonably priced if you are looking to do something similar. For the drinks afterwards, we went super-modern and set up a good old facebook event to invite our friends. It was too much hassle to post invitations to everyone at short notice, so we invited around 30 other friends via facebook and sent a quick text round just to confirm who was coming - easy peasy.

Wedding cake(s) (£56)
As I mentioned above, we didn't have a traditional wedding cake or a 'cutting of the cake' moment at our wedding. Since the whole event was focused around a three course meal, it seemed a bit silly to spend hundreds of pounds on a cake that people would most likely not be interested in. Instead, we served cake at the 'reception' afterwards alongside some homemade tablet and cupcakes. I bought two of these wedding cake bars from Marks for £18, and served them both on wooden trays for Home Bargains (£3.99). With a little bit of my leftover ivy garland wrapped around, and a wooden Mr and Mrs cake topper - our wedding cakes were completed for just each. What a bargain and I can confirm the cake was AMAZING. I highly recommend DIYing your own wedding cakes from M&S. Here's how I made mine.

When we first set our budget, we said we wanted the whole thing to be no more than £2000. At that price, I thought I wasn't being unreasonable. In total, we spent £2790.

If you have any questions at all, leave them in the comments or DM me on instagram

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