2019 looks set to be all about colour and one colour in particular is going to make a big splash at weddings this year. The experts at Pantone have announced that Living Coral is their favourite shade for the next twelve months and the announcement has made the wedding world very happy. Not only is coral already a popular choice for weddings but Living Coral is a bolder shade that’s perfect for adding bright pops of colour throughout your wedding day. Here’s our guide to using Living Coral on your big day.

The first thing to say about Living Coral is that it works really well with lots of other colours so it’s great for weddings at any time of year. Use it with lots of greenery and neutral shades in spring and summer or navy in autumn and winter. Living Coral is great against greys and also with tropical shades in summer and autumnal colours as the seasons change. That said, Living Coral works best when it’s an accent colour rather than the dominant shade in the colour palette.

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So, where does Living Coral look best? Well, we love seeing pops of colour used in ways that you just can’t ignore. A few coral coloured blooms on a table plan will definitely attract the attention of guests, which is just what you want! Similarly, give you guests a hint of your colour choice by using Living Coral on your stationery – opt for a fun, modern design or something more classic if you prefer. It doesn’t matter because Living Coral works for all styles.

coral wedding ideas

One of our favourite ways to bring your wedding colour scheme to life is always you’re your bridesmaids. Choose a bridesmaid’s dress in Living Coral and then add more colour with their bouquets. It’s up to you whether you go for matching dresses or a more relaxed mix-and-match of styles – it’s the colour that’s the important thing!

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We absolutely have to talk about flowers because there’s no better way to bring colour to your wedding. Right now, we love wedding flowers that have a really natural style. It’s almost as if they haven’t been arranged at all and this ‘undone’ look is just perfect for woodland weddings. Speak to your florist to see what blooms will be available on your big day in Living Coral and then add lots of texture and contrast to arrangements and bouquets. If you’re on a budget, use just a couple of statement blooms with lots of greenery.

living coral wedding inspiration

When it comes to the details of the day, you can really go to town! Create your own ribbon backdrop to highlight your cake table with Living Coral and other coordinating colours or paint bottles and jars and use these to hold flowers or sprigs or gypsophilia. A dip-dyed dress is a cool choice for brides and buttonholes always add colour to your groom and groomsmen’s suits. Balloons are ideal for fun weddings and don’t forget coral coloured cakes and cocktails!

Don’t forget that we’re holding our spring Open Days at all our woodlands on Sunday 19thMay and we’d love to see you. There’s a 10% discount on all wedding packages over £1000that are booked on the day. Of course, if you can’t wait until May, get in touch today to request a copy of our brochure or to arrange a visit soon.



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This feature is all about proposals. However, there’ll be no mention of engagement rings and no one needs to get down on one knee. Instead, we’re talking about how best to pop the question to your bride tribe. Your bridesmaids will play a big part in your day and you’ll definitely want your best girls by your side. So, why not propose to them in style? Here are 14 great ideas for fab bridesmaid proposals.

  • Bridesmaid kit boxes are a great way to pop the question. You can buy them ready made or create your own so that they’re full of everything your maids will need for the day. Whether you choose treats or practical goodies, your bridesmaid boxes will be a brilliant gift for your girls.
  • Everyone loves sweet treats so why not propose with some fancy confectionary? Personalised macarons or biscuits are always yummy, or you could opt for a doughnut instead. The more sprinkles the better!

bridesmaid proposal ideas

  • Why not give your girls something special to wear with a gorgeous piece of jewellery? Knot-shaped or ring-shaped earrings, necklaces and bracelets all suit the wedding theme and, let’s be honest, we all love a new piece of jewellery!
  • A handwritten note inside a beautiful card can be really meaningful so propose with words and tell your bridesmaids just how much they mean to you. You could even give them a hint of what’s to come by choosing a card that works with your wedding colour palette.

how to propose to bridesmaids

  • Your bridesmaids are sure to look fantastic on your big day and no doubt they’ll be wearing something very special. Gift them a very special hanger so that they can keep their gowns in tip-top condition before the day. These also look ace in wedding day photos too.
  • If your bridesmaids love their caffeine hit, why not gift them a mug that asks the question for you? If you personalise it with your wedding date, they’ll have their save the date to hand at all times.
  • A fabulous bridesmaid t-shirt will definitely make your maids feel as if they’re part of the club from the word go. Wear them on your hen weekend or on the morning of your wedding, it’s up to you.
  • It doesn’t matter how old you get, balloons always bring the party vibe. Propose with a balloon that has to be popped so that your bridesmaids are showered in confetti and a handwritten note asking them to be by your side on the big day.

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  • Bridesmaid robes are another great gift that your maids can wear on the morning of your wedding. Luxurious yet practical for wedding day hair and makeup, bridesmaid robes are really popular, and with good reason.
  • Another useful but glam gift is a bridesmaid pouch or makeup bag. Your bridesmaids can keep their on the day essentials with them (and even carry a few for you!) and you can be sure these will also be used once the day is over.
  • Show your bridesmaids just how special they are to you by creating a frame featuring old photos of you both. Proposal gifts don’t get more personal than this.
  • Fab and fun hair ties are an inexpensive yet brilliant proposal gift. Your maids can wear them on your hen weekend so everyone knows that they’re your wedding day VIPs.

bridesmaid ideas

  • Candles are a delightful gift at any time and they’re a lovely luxe proposal gift. Choose your favourite fragrance or opt for a personalised, strictly limited-edition version for your lucky maids.
  • Finally, if you’d like to celebrate your bridesmaid proposal with a glass of something sparkly, why not design a custom label to create your own vintage bottle from your favourite tipple. Add a gorgeous glass into the gift box if you want to really show your maids the love.

proposal ideas for bridesmaids

Why not bring your bridesmaids to our upcoming Open Days? Our parks will be open on 19thMay if you’d like to look around our woodlands and find out more about weddings at GreenAcres. We’ll also be offering a 10% discount on all wedding packages over £1000 that are booked on the day so add the date to your diary now. In the meantime, if you’d like a brochure or more information, do get in touch.



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Happy New Year from all of us at GreenAcres! We hope that the coming year is nothing but kind and wonderful to you. If you’re newly engaged – congratulations and welcome to a super exciting time as you plan your wedding. Whatever the date of your big day and however many months of planning you have ahead of you, here are a few wedding planning resolutions that should see you through 2019 with a smile.

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  • Give your budget a health-check – if you’ve been planning for a while, you should definitely start the year by giving your budget a health check. Are you on track with payments and savings? Have you gone over your budget in one or two areas and need to cut back elsewhere? Have you dipped into your contingency fund? Knowing exactly where you are with your money is super important so that you don’t hit problems further along the line so if things aren’t looking too healthy right now, don’t panic. Make the adjustments that you need to sooner rather than later.
  • Overhaul your to-do list – give your list an early spring clean so it’s super clear what you need to do as you hit the new year. Update deadlines, remove anything from your list that doesn’t need to be there anymore and add more details wherever possible so that you know exactly what you need to do and when.
  • Contact your suppliers – if you’ve had your major suppliers booked for a while, it can be a good idea to re-contact them. You might need to update them on your plans or timings for the day, it might be that your ideas have developed (or changed) or you might just have a couple of questions that you’d like them to answer. Whatever the reason, reconnecting at this time of year is definitely the right thing to do.
  • Give yourself a little more time – one of the things that causes more wedding stress is time and more specifically, the lack of it. If you’re planning out when you’ll do your wedding DIY or shop for your dress, give yourself more time than you think you’ll need. This way, if things take longer than you expected, you’ll still be on schedule. Similarly, when it comes to your wedding day schedule, give yourself extra time. Build in extra time to get ready, extra time with your guests and definitely extra time to just enjoy the day – you’ll be glad you did!

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  • Be kind to yourself – it’s easy to put lots of pressure on yourself when you’re planning your wedding day so if there’s one thing we’d urge you to do this year, it’s be kind to yourself. No-one has super-human planning powers so be realistic and always remember that you’re only human and whatever happens, you’re doing your best.
  • Include a few eco-friendly touches – your wedding day absolutely doesn’t have to cost the earth so why not try to include a few environmentally friendly details in your day? If everyone just did something, think of the positive impact this would have. We’ve got some sustainable and ethical wedding ideas for you here so why not take a look and make a change?
  • Put together your post-wedding plan – it’s easy to forget that there’s a life post-wedding day too and if you want to avoid feeling a bit down after the big day, it’s important to plan ahead. Make sure that you’ve got things to look forward to, think about seeing friends and family again and even getting back into those hobbies that you might have let slip whilst you were planning. Also, think about the practical things that need to be done once you’re married. There’s lots to do including writing your thank you cards, arranging for gifts to be delivered, dealing with all the change-of-name admin and even deciding on the photos for your album.
  • Don’t forget to date – always remember, throughout your wedding planning, why you’re doing all of this. It’s because you love your partner so keep dating, keep having fun together, keep doing all of the things that make you both you. Then, when it comes to the big day, you’ll be more in love than ever.


If your wedding planning to do list still has ‘find perfect venue’ at the top, why not come and find out more about woodland weddings at GreenAcres? Our woodlands at Chiltern, Colney, Heatherley Wood and Rainford all have their own unique charms and we’d love to show you around. Click here for more information or to arrange a visit.



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