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The Tuesday Twist: 11 July

The Tuesday Twist: 11 July

It's Wedding Season!

Now that wedding season is officially upon us, we are here to fill you with inspiration! Urban Twist provides a wide range of wedding products, perfectly suited for styling your big day!

WOODEN WEDDING PLANNERS

New from the studio, our refillable Wooden Wedding Planners have been a huge hit! Choose from 5 charming designs and personalise the notebook spine, elastic strap colour and the inside cover colour. Your personalised details will be intricately engraved onto the cover creating a stunning effect and a truly lasting keepsake.

SAVE THE DATES

Congratulations on setting a date! Now it's time to let your guests know. We offer a wide range of Save the Dates to match your wedding theme. From magnets to stunning clear acrylic, we are sure to have something for everyone!

 NAME PLACE CARDS and CHARMS

Add a special touch to your wedding tables that your guests are sure to love. Our Name Place Cards are designed to fit perfectly onto wine glass rims or as a freestanding 3D design. Our Charms attach easily to the base of wine glasses and can double as a favour or keepsake after your event! 

Right now save 20% on our entire range of Place Cards and Charms! Use the code THEBIGDAY at checkout.

WEDDING and ANNIVERSARY GIFTS

Whether you are a newlywed, celebrating many wonderful years with your special someone or looking for a unique wedding present, we have just the thing to help you celebrate. Explore our wide range of Personalised Wedding and Anniversary gifts that are sure to put a smile on the happy couple's face!

 

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The Tuesday Twist: 9 May

The Tuesday Twist: 9 May


A Prickly History

When you think of 'Scotland', perhaps the most synonymous symbol, second only to tartans and kilts, is the thistle. So just how did this prickly weed become the beloved Flower of Scotland? .

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Legend of the Scottish Thistle

Adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286), legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.

As they drew near to the Scots it wasn't the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness. For one of Haakon's men unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots who won the day.

'Thistle-do Nicely'

If you are planing a traditional Scottish wedding ceremony, our Scotch Thistle Save the Dates are the perfect fit! Personalise yours by adding the names of the bride and groom, as well as the location of your wedding and of course, the date to save!

Check out our entire range of Save the Dates HERE

Thistles make a great addition to your bouquets and buttonholes! We love these arrangements that capture the Scottish spirit and add that subtle pop of colour!

One of our favourite, albeit lesser-known wedding traditions is the groom gifting a Luckenbooth brooch to his bride on their wedding day. Subsequently, this Scottish love token would be pinned to the shawl of their first child to protect it from “evil spirits.”

These brooches, which commonly feature a crowned heart or two intertwined hearts, get their name from Edinburgh's first permanent shops known as 'Luckenbooths' or basically 'locked booths.' Dating from the 16th century these stores sold trinkets and housed jewellery workers and other trades.

Find out more about the Luckenbooth HERE

Order of the Thistle

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh houses several artefacts pertaining to the Order of the Thistle dating from George V's reign. Thought to be founded by James III in 1687, this ancient and noble Order is a merit of chivalry which is bestowed to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of Scotland and the greater United Kingdom.

The motto of the order is: Nemo me Impune Lacessit, which means ‘no-one provokes me with impunity’ or who dares meddle with me. It is considered the motto of Scotland and of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Spiny Delights

While thistles are among the hardest to gather of wild foods, many variations are known to provide high levels of important major nutrients. If you fancy embracing your inner forager, this article courtesy of Permaculture may provide you with some valuable insight.

If the thought of collecting and preparing the thistle sounds a bit daunting or the idea of actually eating this spiny weed is just not your cup of tea, you can always enjoy it as a garnish!

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The Tuesday Twist: 2 May

The Tuesday Twist: 2 May

It's All About the Flowers!

April Showers have definitely brought the May flowers to Edinburgh! Everywhere you look, the site of budding crocuses and daffodils as well as rows of gorgeous cherry blossoms line the historic city streets. 

Hanami 花見 

Did you know that the happiness and enjoyment of seeing blossoms in full bloom (in particular the cherry blossom) is a traditional Japanese custom known as Hanami? Our friends at Edinburgh World Heritage have shed some light on this intriguing concept.
If you are looking for the perfect place to take in these local floral beauties, why not take a stroll through Edinburgh's historic Royal Botanical Gardens?
The original garden was established in 1670 and during the 20th century acquired three Regional Gardens – the mountainous Benmore in Argyll; Dawyck in the wooded hills of the Scottish Borders and Logan on the Gulf Stream-warmed southern peninsula of Dumfries & Galloway. Together they represent one of the world’s largest living collections of plants!

Find out more HERE.

Petal Palette!

The idea of edible flowers may sound a bit strange to some, but this trend is becoming more and more popular. Great British Chefs have compiled an array of trendy foods and drinks that incorporate everything from pansies and violets to lavender and rose.

 

Or check out these fabulously floral cocktails courtesy of Buzzfeed

Bring the Garden Inside

Keeping up with flower theme, why not check out our range of of flower themed decor? We absolutely love that Spring is here and we have been inspired by the ever present blooms around us here in Edinburgh!

Personalised Rose Photo Frame

 

Personalised Rose Garden Key Holder
Personalised Wedding Stationary
 
Personalised Save the Dates
 

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The Tuesday Twist: 25 April

The Tuesday Twist: 25 April

Psssst...The secret is out!

Our range of personalised key holders sold exclusively on Not on the High Street are a huge hit! Select from a range of sizes, designs and colours to perfectly suit your home decor!

Visit our Not on the High Street Storefront HERE

This week we are starting to feel the wanderlust creep in! Whether you are thinking about a possible holiday or perhaps even planning a destination wedding, it's time to grab your suitcase, your sunglasses and of course your keys (possibly hanging on a lovely new Urban Twist Key Holder!) and head out for an epic journey!

UNESCO World Heritage

Last week we observed World Heritage Day which is a global cause devoted to the awareness and preservation of historic sites around the world.

 

The travel advice gurus at Hand Luggage Only have created an awesome map that shows you where to find every UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK and Ireland. Road trip anyone?

If you are fortunate enough to visit one or more of these amazing locations and are looking for a unique memento to remember your trip, our intricately detailed papercut artwork of some of the most iconic landmarks in the UK are sure to liven up any wall space!

Explore our entire range of Landmark Artwork HERE

We also love our Wooden Block Engraving that captures that special place which holds your dearest memories. These blocks can be personalised with any country as well as a lovely heart symbol over a specified city location making it an ideal gift for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays!

Personalise yours HERE or check out our modern version HERE

Travelling from Miss to Mrs.

Planning a destination wedding? We just love the idea of incorporating a travel-theme into favours, decor and the cake! We have rounded up a few awesome ideas that capture the spirit of adventure.

Save the Dates: These boarding pass Save the Dates are a great way to get into the travelling spirit while at the same time provide important information that your guests are sure to love reading!

The Cake: From the cupcakes to tiered cakes, these matrimonial desserts are just breathtaking!

Wedding Favours and Decor: The possibilities are endless when it comes to travel decor. 


  

Banish Jet Lag

Often, one of the biggest downsides to travelling is jet lag. While there are a multitude of suggestions to banish the travel bug, the incorporation of green tea  into your diet (in particular matcha green tea) is a natural way to boost your body and overall health.....and yes, beat the jet lag! 

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