Friday 30 March 2018

10 Things to do after you get Engaged

You’re engaged!! It is one of THE most exciting times of your life! From announcing the news to starting to plan the wedding, here are 10 steps to take following your engagement.

  1. Tell your friends and family - it’s best to them face to face if possible. Not only would they be disappointed to find out via social media but seeing the look on their face is priceless.                                                                                                                                                                          
  2. Get a manicure - a lot of people are going to be asking to see the ring, your nails need to be looking polished.                                                                                                                                       
  3. Announce your engagement on Social Media - this is a great way of telling all the people you don’t speak to regularly but would still like to share your news with. Plus who doesn’t love a ring selfie?                                                                                                                                              
  4. Decide whether you want an engagement party - everyone will be wanting to congratulate you and your fiancĂ© so why not bring everyone together, it’s the perfect excuse for a party.                                                                                                                                                                  
  5. Establish who is paying for the wedding - traditionally it is the bride’s parents who pay but these days it’s common for the bride and groom to pay or get financial help from both sets of parents.                                                                                                                                             
  6. Set a budget - there is no point looking at venues, dresses etc. that are completely out of your price range, be realistic with what you can afford.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  7. Plan when you want to get married - set a rough time frame of how long you want to be engaged for and the time of year you want to get married. The price of venues can vary massively depending on time of year.                                                                                                    
  8. Decide on the type of wedding you would like - Do you want to get married abroad? Do you want a church wedding? Do you want to get married outdoors? This will set the theme for a lot of decisions later down the line.                                                                                                          
  9. Make a guestlist - this only needs to be a guide but knowing your numbers will help when it comes to picking venues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  10. Contact wedding venues - once you have a rough idea of what you want it’s time to start looking around. Remember that if you are having the ceremony and the reception at 2 venues you will need to consider travel time.

Once you have chosen the venue and set a date it's time to start planning the Wedding!!

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Wednesday 28 March 2018

Bridal Fashion Week: Suzanne Neville

25th - 27th March marked Bridal Fashion Week 2018 and the unveiling of Suzanne Neville's 2019 Collection. From beaded gowns, to stunning applique and silks, Home House provided a fabulous backdrop for the bridal showcase. The collection includes a beautiful assortment of fabrics, shapes and styles, there truly is something for every woman. Each dress is so unique and it is the small design details that make the dresses really stand out.

Beautiful applique dipped hem

Lace sleeve with silk a-line skirt

Asymmetric hem with fluted sheer skirt  

Gorgeous applique and lace back detail 

Soft mermaid with back embellishment

Fabulous floral applique detail

The bridal make up look was the work of the wonderful Charlotte Tilbury team who created a soft dewy glow that perfectly complimented the dresses.

Suzanne Neville stated that "beautiful and innovative fabrics are always the starting point and my inspiration for any collection I design." 

See the Bridal Showcase video here.

Which of the dresses in the 2019 collection is your favourite?

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Saturday 17 March 2018

Wedding Guest Etiquette Tips

You've received your wedding invite, now is time to get planning your outfit, choosing your gift and most importantly celebrating two people declaring their love for each other! Before you get started here are some tips to be the perfect wedding guest!

  1. RSVP on time - the bride and groom usually include a date to RSVP by on the invite, this will enable them to confirm final numbers to their venue. Don't make them chase you for a response, if you know you can/cannot attend send back your RSVP ahead of the deadline date.
  2. Provide any dietary requirements - you will typically be asked with your invite if you have any dietary requirements, be sure to let them know so that you will be catered for. Most venues will be able to provide alternative menu options for all sorts of dietary requirements.
  3. Don't assume you have a plus one - unless stated don't assume you can bring a guest. Most venues charge per head and it may not be possible for you to bring someone who was not on the guestlist.
  4. Be respectful of the dress code - this will depend on the venue as a destination wedding is bound to be more casual than a church ceremony. Some couples detail the dress code on the invite but if you're not sure you can always ask.
  5. Avoid wearing white - this is an absolute no no! White should be reserved for the bride only, try steer clear of pale nude and cream shades too.
  6. Don't upstage the bride - the bride will have likely spent a long time finding her perfect dress, avoid wearing anything that could upstage her. Leave your biggest prom dress for another occasion.
  7. Avoid matching the bridal party - be mindful of the colour scheme, it might be worth checking with the bride. There is nothing worse than a guest being confused for an additional bridesmaid.
  8. Arrive on time - while it is customary for the bride to be late as a guest you should aim to arrive 30-45 mins early. This will give you time to get settled before the bride makes her grand entrance.
  9. Switch of your phone during the ceremony - make sure your phone is off (or on silent) during the ceremony, it is really not cool for a phone to be ringing as the couple say their nuptials!
  10. Be considerate of the photographer - try to avoid getting in the way of the official photographer. The aisle shots and first dance photos can be spoilt if all the guests are snapping away on their camera phones.
  11. Allow the newlyweds to post the first photo - it is becoming increasingly common for couples to ask their guests to refrain from uploading photos onto social media until they have posted their announcement. You can always upload your wedding outfit shot in the meantime!
  12. Congratulate the bride and groom - often the happy couple and their parents will have a receiving line which allow them to speak to all their guests. Take this moment to share you congratulations but avoid using this time to have a lengthy chat, they will have a lot of people to speak to!
  13. Sign the guestbook - most couples comment on how quickly their day went, it is nice for them to look back at their guestbook. Include your best wishes and a memory of the day for them to review in years to come.
  14. Giving gifts - many guests like to give a gift to the newlyweds. Some couples provide a guideline of what they would like, while it is your choice be considerate of bringing oversized gifts that may be difficult to transport home.
  15. Take your favours home with you - the idea of wedding favours is for the bride and groom to thank you for sharing their day with them. A lot of time and effort can be spent of these and many guests forget to take them home.
  16. Dance dance dance - one of the biggest concerns for the bride and groom is that their guests aren't having a good time, show them you are and hit the dancefloor!
  17. Don't drink too much - while a wedding is a happy occasion and the celebration of two people coming together, be careful not to drink too much. No one wants to be remembered as that drunk guest who made a fool of themself!

The most important thing of all is to remember that this is a tremendously happy occasion and to have fun! Are there any other etiquette tips you can think of?

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

Your wedding shoes will be the footwear for the most important walk of your life, therefore a very special pair of shoes are required for such a special occasion.
Here are 5 things to consider to ensure you choose the right shoes for you:

1. Your venue

What is the terrain like at your venue?  If you are getting married on a beach, will stilettos be an appropriate choice of footwear? With so many wedding venue options, it is important to choose a shoe that suits your venue.

2. Your dress

What style is your dress? Will your shoes be visible? If you are going for a shorter length dress, do you want your shoes to make a statement? The options for wedding shoes is now so vast, you could opt for a bold colour or even Converse!

3. Your height

How tall are you? Is there a big height difference between you and your groom? Are you a similar height to your bridesmaids? These are all things to consider, particularly when thinking about photographs, and you can decide on your heel height depending on these factors.

4. Your budget

How much are you willing to spend on shoes? With so many different shoe options there is something to suit all budgets. Many high street retailers now offer bridal footwear so your wedding shoes don't have to break the bank. There is also always the possibility of borrowing shoes...they could be your something borrowed!

5. Your comfort

It is all well and good having the most fabulous pair of shoes but if you struggle to walk in them it could put a real dampener on your special day. Make sure you choose shoes that you are comfortable to wear for a long time, you will be wearing them walking down the aisle right the way through to your first dance!

What wedding shoes are you choosing?

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