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{Two Little Birds ~ a bird on a budget}


I am very excited to be introducing the first in a series of regular guest posts from Emma ~ one half of Two Little Birds fame!  Emma is currently planning her own wedding, so her post isn’t only informative, but will strike a chord with most brides (past and present) out there.  Over to Emma…



I’m so excited about writing for Pasties and Petticoats. In my posts I hope to combine my love of all things vintage and pretty, with my own bride to be on a budget projects and finds. As anyone who has planned a wedding before will know, it’s really important to put your own stamp on things, but without an endless budget, a few handmade touches or creative ideas can really go a long way. So, as I have already pointed out, I’m a bride on a budget and on a mission, to scour Cornwall and the internet for fabulous inspiration, one off venues and just a little bit of quirkiness.

With so much to cover, in my first post I wanted to tell you a bit about my own wedding and theme and show you a few of the bits and pieces that have inspired me and also give you a list of my favourite must see wedding sites (apart from this one obviously).

So, my wedding is an event of two halves, the first half (the ceremony and reception), will have a very vintage feel, the colour theme in red, white and blue, think best of British meets the carnival, then the evening is turning in to a 1980’s movie fancy dress extravaganza. I’m getting married on the 15th of September at the Town Hall in Penryn, which I love as it is a medieval building with lots of history behind it.  As of yet we don’t have a reception venue (panic!), but we do have some kick ass 80’s poster recreation invites, featuring myself, Patch (h2b) and our friends (which I will let you see once I have sent them out to the guests!).

Just to say I have already had my first wedding nightmare, I dreamt it was 10 to 2 and I hadn’t done my makeup or hair, guests were arriving and I hadn’t organised a reception venue, I then woke in a blind panic only to realise in sheer bliss I still had 8 months to organise!

Anyway, I have to admit I’m all about the detail, no venue yet but have an array of things to make it look pretty…..

Where to find the goodies

{picture above} I found these labels for free at Hank & Hunt – type in freebies and they have loads of party ideas that you can print off for free.

{picture one below} I love popcorn and peanuts and as an inexpensive canapé I am thinking of bagging up my own snacks and serving them in a basket with punch. You can find these gorgeous bags on Etsy at HeyYoYo. They were shipped from America, but postage was reasonable and quick.

{picture two below} I’m in love with paper straws! I managed to scour the net and find packs of 144 on play.com for only £5 each with free postage. This is a bargain as they can be quite expensive. I love the retro feel they give and I have a few projects up my sleeve using these babies.

{picture three below} I’m also hankering over polka dot’s and windmills! Take a look at this tutorial and have a go, they are really easy and once you’ve got the hang of it you can make them in any size / colour. I’m thinking of adding these in a centrepiece, not sure how yet.

Emma’s top three wedding websites

  1. Wedding chicks is a fabulous blog, it has loads of free printable stuff and I even made my own custom save the date card on this site (see below) they also do invitations, a great way to save money.
  2. The UK based Rock n Roll bride blog is great for inspiration and real weddings.
  3. And last, but definitely not least is the amazing Martha Stewart wedding site, so much to see and do and lots of freebies!


So I hope I’ve given you plenty of food for thought, I will catch up with you on my next post with a fun wedding make project. If you want to contact me meanwhile email me at twolittlebirdsboutique@yahoo.co.uk and take a peek at our website at www.twolittlebirdsboutique.co.uk

Love Emma aka a bird on a budget x




  • Georgie - Your pinwheels would look fab sticking out of the top of sandcastles. You could collect a bucket of sand from each of your favorite beaches and make a real sandcastle for every table.!ReplyCancel

  • emma priest - What a fab idea! I ‘m going to try that, watch this space, thanks xxReplyCancel

  • Helen - Go Emma! Lovely to see you on here sharing your finds and treasure xReplyCancel

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