It’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of looking fabulous for the big day. There’s nothing quite like having an important date in the calendar, such as your wedding, to get you motivated – it gives you a focus.
The thought of wearing a hat to a wedding scares the living daylights out of some people. Many women are convinced that hats don’t suit them when the reality is that they haven’t found the right one for their face shape.
Years ago when I sent out my wedding invitations, a dear friend replied straight away that she would love to attend but only if the invite extended to her new partner’s 10-year-old daughter. I thought it was a bit cheeky especially as I’d never met the child but I wanted my friend to be there, so that was that. I remember seeing the girl on my big day looking fed up and as if she’d rather be anywhere else than at a stranger’s wedding.
Do you want to keep your surname? It’s something that more women are asking themselves before getting married, as the custom of a bride taking her husband’s surname doesn’t make sense to them. For independently-minded women, there are many reasons why they want to keep their name.
Along with the photos and video, the wedding guest book is one of the treasured mementoes of your big day. After the honeymoon, it’s great to be able to sit back and read through the touching and fun messages that family and friends have written.
Finding the right piece of jewellery goes beyond the symbol of love and union for a growing number of newly engaged couples. For them, it’s important to make a statement about ethics as much as aesthetics when buying a wedding ring, so they shop with a clear conscience by choosing ethical jewellery.
Music is an integral part of a wedding celebration and can be the difference between fun and disaster. The big question is: do you love live music and have a big budget, or do you have a tighter budget and prefer your songs to be played perfectly just like on Spotify? If it’s ‘yes’ to the last question, then a DJ is the answer.
The reception is what most guests look forward to, so it needs to be memorable, personal, relaxed and fun.
With careful planning it can seamlessly come together, and it all starts with the wedding breakfast. When it comes to the celebratory meal, put some thought into your seating plan: getting the right dynamics between people is the key.
A great way to get inspired when planning a wedding is to visit a national bridal show where you will have the opportunity to talk to dozens and dozens of suppliers under one roof.
A major show is also the place to check out the current wedding trends, deal with a range of vendors, sample everything from wedding cakes and chocolate favours, gaze at and handle beautiful wedding gowns, and potentially win prizes.
While studying my face, a boyfriend once pointed out to me a ‘cute little scar’ across the bridge of my nose. That ‘cute scar’ creeping across my skin was a wrinkle that became more noticeable as the birthdays raced by. It’s part of my life lines and I’m happy to keep slapping on the skin creams to, hopefully, slow down wear and tear. For many women this isn’t enough as they go to greater lengths to keep looking younger.