The Colour Pink

Here at Coochicoo Cards we are all about the colour and we just LOVE LOVE pink! So, here are some little fun facts about our favourite colour….

Most flamingo species are pink in colour due to pink pigments in their diet.

A pink colour ribbon is used to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Pink is referred to as ‘the colour of love’ and is widely used on Valentines Day.

The colour pink is named after the flowering plants called pinks.

Pink has a calming effect but the closer to red the less of a calming effect.

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Facts About Valentine’s Day

It is renowned for being the ‘most romantic day of the year’ with flowers, cards and gifts, but why? Here are the top 10 interesting facts about the big Valentine’s Day…….

  1. The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day’s origin is that Emperor Claudius II did not want Roman men to marry during wartime as single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this he was jailed and executed.
  2. While in jail, Valentine wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter he had fell in love with signing it “from your Valentine” – hence the first card.
  3. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  4. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared 14th February the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  5. The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus (the Roman goddess of love) and red symbolises strong romantic feelings.
  6. In the 1800’s Physicians advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
  7. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card which is why cards are signed anonymously.
  8. The X (kiss) symbol is believed to originate in medieval times when people who could not write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
  9. In the 18th Century loves in England began to send trinkets and cards to their loved ones. In 1913 Hallmark Cards began mass producing Valentine’s Day cards and now over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.
  10. The average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year is 220,000.

Coochicoo Cards wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day and if you are lucky enough to get engaged, many Congratulations xx

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A Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.

The ring had been wrapped
and was in a box under the tree.
And soon he would be getting
down on one knee.

The couple awoke,
and gave each other a kiss and a cuddle.
The boyfriend was nervous,
his mind was a muddle.

He gave her the velvet box,
and she spotted the ring.
“Please marry me” he said,
“I do!” she did sing.

For the next few weeks,
she was floating on air.
Choosing the best suppliers,
with the utmost care.

They searched the net,
attended Wedding fayres too.
With 18 months to go,
there was lots to do.

At the 12 month mark,
they sent Save The Dates.
To make sure family could attend,
as well as their mates.

With 4 months to go,
their invitations were sent.
They had been uniquely designed,
with love and intent.

The big day arrived,
how beautiful the room did look.
With a gorgeous table plan, menus,
place cards and matching guest book.

All the guests commented,
how fabulous their stationery looked.
“Thank you”, they said,
it was Coochicoo Cards that we booked.

 

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10 Top Tips On Wedding Planning Like A Pro

Here are 10 little top tips that you may not have thought about when planning your wedding.

1. Budget for Everything
So setting a budget is not very romantic but you don’t want to over spend and allow the costs to spiral out of control and end up starting your married life in debt. It’s how you spend your money that counts and not how much. Use our handy Wedding Budget spreadsheet to keep you on track. See our previous Blog Wedding Planning BudgetWedding Budget Planner | Coochicoo Cards

 

 

 

 

2. Space When Choosing Your Venue
Once you have asked all the usual questions about your dream venue and you know it can accommodate your numbers, make sure to check if there is space for other elements of your celebration that you want to include for example is there room for a dance floor / live band/ bucking bronco (if that’s your thing). See our previous blog 10 Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue 

3. Don’t forget the legal stuff
Which comes first the chicken or the egg…..you have found your dream venue and picked your wedding date, now you need to contact your local Register Office to make sure they are available to conduct your ceremony on that date! You must give ‘notice to marry’ (a legal declaration that you are both free to marry each other) to the registrar in the district where you live. If you both live in different districts then you each need to give a separate notice to the registrar in your own district. The notice will be displayed publicly in the register office where you live. A notice is valid for 12 months and you cannot give notice until your ceremony venue is booked. See our previous Blog Top Tips on Planning Your Civil Ceremony.

4. Don’t Let Dieting Take Over Your Day
Keep your dieting goals realistic and sensible. Do not set a weight goal and definitely do NOT buy a wedding dress two sizes too small thinking you will diet to get into it – this is putting too much pressure on yourself. If you starve yourself, or spend every waking moment in the gym, you will be exhausted and hungry by the time the wedding arrives and in no mood to party. Remember that your fiancé loves you just the way you are.

5. The ‘Gift List’ Dilemma
Gift list or no gift list? As most engaged couples are already living together, gift lists are now more about upgrading to things you’ve always wanted but may not be able to afford. It’s a once in a lifetime wish list for your dream home. Or perhaps you would prefer money towards a honeymoon, home renovations or donations to charity but feel uncomfortable asking your guests to bring actual cash on the day? A solution is Prezola, the wedding gift list company. Wedding Gift List | Coochicoo CardsJust sign up online at https://prezola.com/why-choose-prezola/ and enter code PZABVDYULVG to receive £50 credit to spend and free gift list cards to send out with your invitations. Don’t feel guilty about asking, as your guests really do want to buy you a gift. Let’s face it, they would rather you had something useful than something that will get put in a cupboard (or on eBay) and never see the light of day! (Coochicoo Cards accepts no responsibility and will not be liable in anyway if you sign up to Prezola. Any agreements and contracts will be between yourself and Prezola. Prezola Terms and Conditions apply, please see their website.)

6. Strategic Seating Planning
Do not wait for all your RSVP’s to come in, start organising your seating plan as soon as possible as you do not want it to be a rush before the big day. You can always alter it nearer the time as late RSVP’s come in. See our previous Blog Strategic Seating Planning

7. Break In Your Wedding Shoes
Wear your wedding shoes around the house before the big day to make sure they are comfy. No one wants blisters on their special day. Wear them only indoors to make sure you keep them clean.

8. Prepare for the weather
Check the forecast – OK so the weathermen don’t always get it right but its best to be prepared. All good wedding car suppliers should have a couple of umbrellas in the car just in case it starts to rain and to keep you covered but make sure they do. Why not ask your ushers to take old towels with them to the church so they can dry the floor once the guests are seated so your dress doesn’t end up covered in muddy water.

9. Don’t Forget to say ‘Thank You’
Make sure to give your guests a personalised wedding favour on the day and always send ‘Thank You’ cards afterwards. You don’t want them to think their attendance and wedding gifts were not appreciated. See our previous Blog Top Tips On Picking Wedding Favours 

 

 

 

 

10. Make Every Moment Count
What I hear time and time again from brides is that the day flew by and went too fast. So make sure you enjoy and savour every single moment and get your photographer and videographer to capture as much of the day as they can so you have the memories to last forever.

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5 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Personal

Your wedding day is all about you and your partner, but sometimes your personalities and style can get lost along the way. Here are 5 simple ways you can make your wedding a little bit more personal to you both:

Create Your Own Unique Hashtag
You and your guests can use this on social media so be imaginative with your hashtag name. Use it in the build up to your day, on the day and afterwards too. Keep track of messages from friends and family, photos etc. Make sure to include it in your invitations to let everyone know what it is.

Customise Your Invitations
The choices of personalised invitations are endless, so make sure you choose the right wedding stationer to work with who can create a design personal to you. You could include caricatures of you and your partner, artwork of things that represent your relationship, places of importance etc. At Coochicoo Cards we have created designs which included everything from children to pets, Paris to New York, tractors to tea parties, ladybirds to woodland creatures…nothing is impossible.

Write your own vows
This is the ultimate personal touch to your wedding. Do not be afraid as your vows do not have to be too gushy and romantic – just personal to you both – even if you include a sense of humour. Speak from the heart, it’s the one chance to show your friends and family how you truly ‘get’ each other.

Use old photographs
Instead of using table numbers use photographs of places/things special to you both. Or create a display of old photographs of you and your partner from babies to now. This is sure to entertain your guests.

Choose your own playlist
Work with your DJ to make a playlist filled with your favourite songs and music that has meaning to you both. Rely on the DJ to make sure the right songs are played at the right time though.

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10 TopTips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Knowing where to start looking or ‘if it’s the one’ is a dilemma that lots of engaged couples face when choosing their wedding venue. Well worry not, as here are 10 helpful questions you can ask to help you decide if it’s the right one for you……

1. Can it accommodate your numbers?
If you have a guest list of 100’s that you absolutely cannot cut, but the venue is a small boutique hotel that only has room for 50 people, then it’s not for you.

2.What exactly is included in the package and/or price you have been quoted?
Always get a full list in writing of what is and is not included before you book, so there are no unwelcome surprises of hidden ‘extras’ charges.

3.What are the menu options?
Find out what the menu options are and make sure the venue offers you a tasting session so you can be confident that the food is up to standard.

4.Does the venue have a designated wedding coordinator and will they be there on the day?
You need to have confidence that there is one person in charge of arranging and coordinating your wedding from start to finish who fully understands your requirements.

5.Will there be any other weddings on the same day?
Some larger venues can host multiple weddings on the same day, so find out if you will have sole use of the venue and facilities or if you will be sharing it with another wedding party.

6.How many bedrooms are available for guests and can they be reserved in advance?
If there are not sufficient bedrooms for all your guests, find out if there is alternative accommodation nearby. If not you may need to provide transport for your guests.

7.Does the venue have a list of preferred/recommended suppliers and do you have to use them?
Some couples prefer to have a helping hand from their venue and use the wedding suppliers they recommend (e.g. stationers, florists, room styling etc). Other couples may already have chosen their own suppliers and want to use them instead.

8.Are there restrictions on the type of music that can be played and what time must it end?
Some venues, particularly those close to residential areas, may have limitations imposed on them regarding the type of music, how loud it can be and what time it must be turned off.

9.Is there adequate parking on site for guests?
You want your guests to relax and enjoy your day and not have to worry about parking.

10.Is there a backup plan in case of bad weather?
If you are having an outdoor ceremony make sure the venue has a contingency plan in place. Find out where the ceremony will be moved to and will there be sufficient time to turn the room around for the Reception?

Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing some of the best wedding venues in the North East who we are proud to work with. So please keep checking our blog.

New Wedding Stationery

We have listened to what the wedding market want and bring you a brand new range of simple, elegant, no fuss wedding stationery. The range includes Save The Dates, Day Invitations, RSVPs and Evening Invitations. Whether you want the full set or just one product, they can still be customised to match your colour scheme and you will still get the same great Coochicoo Cards service, but they can only be purchased directly from our Etsy store. So don't delay, buy now today!

Here is a sneaky peek at some of our new designs.

Simply Blush

blush dusky pink floral simple save the date | Coochicoo Cards

Simply At The Beach

Beach themed Beach Hut simple ivory save the date | Coochicoo Cards

Simply Chalkboard

Dusky pink chalkboard blackboard simple save the date | Coochicoo Cards

Simply Watercolour Splash

Purple splash water colour save the date | Coochicoo Cards

To see the full range please visit our Etsy shop

Meghan markles wedding dress | Coochicoo Cards

The Meghan Markle Effect

The ‘Meghan Markle Effect’ is sweeping the nation as brides aim to replicate the look that the Duchess of Sussex wore so beautifully on her big day. Meghan opted for different day and evening looks - her day gown was reported to cost £200,000 and her evening gown a mere £80,000! But fear not ladies as there are a multitude of more affordable designer dresses out there. Here are some similar gowns available to bridal boutiques across the nation:

The Day Look

Meghan's day dress (designed by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy) was simple and elegant with a bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves and a stunning silhouette made from silk cady. The look of this fabric can be replicated by a dress in silk crepe. Keep your accessories simple as the focus should be on the gown. The first one is from Justin Alexander and the second from Pronovias

The Evening Look

Meghan's evening dress (designed by Stella McCartney) was less traditional with a halter-neck and maded from lily white silk crepe. Again, the first one is from Justin Alexander and the second from Pronovias. 

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10 Top Tips On Planning Your Guest List

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and having the right people there to share it with you is essential. Couples often tell us that deciding who to invite can be stressful as they feel pressured into inviting family or friends they have not seen in years. Well worry not, as here are 10 tips to help you choose who do and do not make the cut……

Choose Your Venue
Before you think about your guest list find and book your wedding venue and see how many people it accommodates. If your perfect venue is a small boutique hotel that only has room for 50 people then you cannot have a guest list of 100’s.

Be Realistic
It is not possible to invite everyone you know. Accept that some people are going to be disappointed for not being invited. Remember it is YOUR day so do what is best for you.

Make The List 50/50
Split the guest list in half – the first half will go to you and the other half to your partner and remember to account for mutual friends.

It Is Your Wedding, Not Your Parents
Some parents can get overly excited, after all the apple of their eye is getting married, and they may start inviting all their friends and family. Make sure they know how many people they can actually invite (and you still have the final say on who they are).

The One Year Rule
As a guide, do not invite anyone you have not spoken to in more than a year. This is a good idea for cutting those you are not 100% sure about.

No Plus Ones
Everyone has that friend or family member who has a new partner every few weeks and it is hard to keep up with their love life. So a good rule to have is if they are not a long-term partner they don’t make the list.

No Children
Not allowing children is a good way to cut down numbers. Make sure your guests know this so they have plenty of time to sort childcare. Word it in your invitations in a fun way (e.g. that they can have a night off from the kids) so they are not offended.

The Co-Worker Dilemma
Only invite co-worker that you see outside of work and socialise with. Just because you work 8 hours a day with someone, it does not necessarily make them your friend.

Do Not Feel Guilty
Look at your list again, is there anyone who is only on it because you feel guilty about leaving them off? Then take them off. Just because you were invited to their wedding does not mean they should be at yours.

Stick To Your Rules
Once you set the list, stick to it. Some of these tips may seem harsh but be strong as they will help you reign in your budget. There are always going to be people who are upset or offended for not being invited but it is your day and you should have the people there who mean the most to you.

For help on organising your seating plan please see our earlier Blog article ‘Strategic Seating Planning’

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TopTips On Planning Your Civil Ceremony

Which comes first the chicken or the egg?  You could apply this rule to booking your wedding venue and registar…….you have found your dream venue and picked your wedding date, now you need to contact your local Register Office to make sure they are available to conduct your ceremony on that date.

The Legal Stuff

  • You must give ‘notice to marry’ (a legal declaration that you are both free to marry each other) to the registrar in the district where you live. If you both live in different districts then you each need to give a separate notice to the registrar in your own district.
  • The notice will be displayed publicly in the register office where you live.
  • A notice is valid for 12 months and you cannot give notice until your ceremony venue is booked.
  • The registrar will need written evidence of your full name, age and address, and if you were previously married, proof that your marriage ended and that you are free to remarry.

On The Day

  • Ensure you and your guests arrive for the ceremony on time. The registrar may have other ceremonies to conduct on the same day and may have to leave and not be able to conduct yours if it is delayed.
  • Registrars will arrive at the venue approx 30 minutes before the ceremony start time. They will introduce themselves and see you both separately to the check the details to go onto the marriage certificate
  • They will begin the ceremony with a welcome and you will be asked, in turn, to repeat your legal vows. (The ceremony will follow the order you have chosen).
  • At the end of the ceremony you will each sign the register, and then be presented with your wedding certificate. Two witnesses must also sign the register and they must speak English and be old enough to understand the role they are playing. 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Married Outdoors

  • There a number of licensed venues in the UK with outside structures where you can get married outdoors.
  • Unfortunately UK laws do not allow you to be legally married on a beach (although you can have blessing).

Change Your Passport

  • Book your honeymoon travel tickets in the name you will have on your passport at the time of travelling.
  • Some countries may not accept a passport that has not been changed even if you take your marriage certificate with you. Check with your travel agent or the country’s consulate before you go.
  • You can change the name on your passport up to 3 months before your ceremony but you cannot use your passport until after you are married.
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Your Gift List Dilema Solved

Gift list or no gift list? Well worry no more as we have the solution for you!  Who knew that Wedding Gift Lists are back on trend and it's not all about toasters and tea towels. As most engaged couples are already living together, gift lists are now more about upgrading to things you've always wanted but may not be able to afford. It's a once in a lifetime wish list for your dream home. Or perhaps you would prefer money towards a honeymoon, home renovations or donations to charity but feel uncomfortable asking your guests to bring actual cash on the day? 

The solution is Prezola, the wedding gift list company.  You can create the registry of your dreams with 50,000 gifts from 500 top brands and some that you won't find on any other gift list. It could not be simpler - just sign up online by clicking the Prezola logo below and enter code PZABVDYULVG. You will receive £50 credit to spend (Prezola Terms and Conditions apply, please see their website) and free gift list cards to send out with your invitations.

Wedding Gift List | Coochicoo Cards

Don't feel guilty about asking, as your guests really do want to buy you a gift. Lets face it, they would  rather you had something useful than something that will get put in a cupboard (or on eBay) and never see the light of day!

 

Coochicoo Cards accepts no responsibility and will not be liable in anyway if you sign up to Prezola. Any agreements and contracts will be between yourself and Prezola.

 

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Wedding Planning Budget

He's put a ring on it, you're dizzy with excitement and have a million ideas of how you want your dream day to be but before you start booking suppliers left right and centre, take a breather sit down and work out a budget. OK so it's not very romantic but you don't want to over spend and allow the costs to spiral out of control and end up starting your married life in debt. It is how you spend your money that counts and not how much. Traditionally the father of the bride paid for most of the expenses but times have moved on and now most couples choose to pay for the bulk of the wedding themselves or even split it three ways between the couple and both sets of parents. But it comes down to who is willing and able to pay.

We offer you some advice on how to set your budget and given you a handy Wedding Budget spreadsheet to keep you on track.

Prioritise

Decide what is more important....an amazing dress? the dream venue? 100+ guests? then add that to the budget and divide what is left over to other suppliers.

Set Up A 'Wedding Fund' Bank Account

Both of you put a set amount of money into this account each week/month and pay all of your suppliers from this account. Some banks offer cash-back for opening an account which you can put that towards the wedding.

Decide Together

Make sure you are both 100% happy with what you are spending to avoid any arguments.

Venue Deposit

The biggest expense of your day is the venue so make sure it is right place, affordable and that your guests can make it before you pay the deposit.

Get It In Writing

Use only reputable suppliers and make sure you get written quotes and order confirmations before you pay any deposits and they you have read and agree to their terms and conditions.

Have A Contingency

Set aside around 10% contingency in case of any problems (e.g the cars don’t arrive and you need to get a taxi, a supplier goes bust and you need to find another - you should be able to claim this back on your insurance after the wedding).

There are lots of wedding budge planners available on line, try this one from Bridebook.co.uk.