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If you’ve recently been invited to a wedding, you’ll be familiar with the struggle of knowing what to wear. Dress codes can be a little confusing, and you want to make sure that you look your best. If you’re unsure about what to wear or what not to wear, don’t worry, as we’ve got the perfect guide for you!

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Basic Rules

  • Girls – never ever wear white! It will make you look like you’re trying to upstage the bride, and it’s just disrespectful.
  • Guys – don’t wear a short sleeve dress shirt. It just doesn’t look appropriate for a wedding.
  • Girls – nothing too short or revealing. Weddings are supposed to be classy affairs, so try to represent that in your outfit choice.
  • Guys – no jeans please! Even if it’s a casual wedding, jeans are too casual!
  • Girls – we shouldn’t have to say this, but under no circumstances should you wear a tiara!
  • Guys – wear a well-fitted suit. Either visit a tailor, or, if you’re a larger guy, pick something up from a larger men’s clothing site like Size Base Clothing.

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White Tie

Girls – wear a formal, full length gown (preferably in neutral colours). You can opt for glam makeup and dramatic jewellery.

Guys – choose a tuxedo, full length tails with a vest and bowtie. You can even wear white dancing gloves.

Black Tie

Girls – opt for a chic cocktail dress or full length gown in a neutral colour, along with a formal hairstyle and jewellery.

Guys – wear a tuxedo with a bowtie and cummerbund.

Formal

Girls – wear a long dress or cocktail dress, again in neutral tones.

Guys – wear a tuxedo or a dark formal suit with smart shoes.

Semiformal

Girls – a cocktail dress is the best option.

Guys – you can wear a suit and tie in dark or light tones (dependant on the season).

Casual

Girls – choose a summer sundress and a casual hairstyle with natural makeup.

Guys – dress down a bit with dress trousers and a button down shirt.

Hopefully this guide will have given you a little more idea about what you need to know before you choose what to wear to a wedding. So now, you’re wedding ready and prepared to dazzle at your next wedding!

 

When it comes to planning a wedding, there’s an awful lot to think about, and you want every last detail to be absolutely perfect. There’s plenty to choose from when picking venues, but which one to go for?! If you want your wedding to be that little bit different from the rest, then read on and discover some of the more unusual wedding venues.

On the Canal

Granted, some people want their wedding to be a huge affair, but for those of you who don’t want the world and his wife to attend your big day, a canal boat is the ideal venue. You will have the opportunity to spend time with the people who mean the most to you, making the day even more special. There’s nothing more romantic than drifting up the river as you celebrate your wedding day. If you’re getting married in the capital, Floating Boater are great as they provide wedding options.

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In a Windmill

It all sounds a little bit ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, but it’s surprisingly romantic. Imagine the brilliant pictures you can get underneath the sails of a dreamy windmill. We love Cley Windmill in Norfolk; it only holds 20 people, but if you’re after a small wedding, this is a great option.

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In a Lighthouse

Now this is a great idea for any bride and groom with a penchant for all things nautical! Nash Point Lighthouse is one of the few in the UK with a wedding licence, and although it only holds 25 people, it’s a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos.

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In an Art House

If you’re passionate about art, you’ll love this one. The House for an Art Lover was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is filled with beautiful rooms and artwork that would provide a gorgeous wedding venue. This one holds a few more guests, with a capacity of 110, so it’s perfect if your guest list is on the large side!

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There are plenty more unusual venues to choose from, but these are just a few of our favourites. If you’re not so keen on these ideas, there are lots more right here.

Every soon-to-be-wed couple wants to plan a special and unique day that they will remember for the rest of their lives. You also want to make sure that your guests remember your wedding, so you’ll need to plan something that they won’t forget easily. One way of doing this is by getting some really great, memorable and unique entertainment for your reception that is sure to wow your guests.

Fireworks

Who doesn’t love a good firework display?! Not only is it memorable, a firework display is incredibly romantic, so it will definitely fit in with your wedding. It’s probably a good idea to hire somebody to do it for you rather than letting Grandad give it a go after a few too many glasses of Bucks Fizz!

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Magician

Hiring a magician like Roger Lapin can keep your guests entertained all day, which is perfect for any long pauses when you are off having your photos taken. People will be talking for weeks, asking how they did it!

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Games

Plan some fun games to play at your wedding reception to keep your guests entertained. If the weather’s good, you could play croquet, or for the modern couple, set up video games inside. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out The Offbeat Bride’s blog for inspiration

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This is such a fun way to get all of your guests involved in your big day. You could hire a karaoke machine, or if you want to go big, opt for Bandeoke with wedding band, The Talent. This way, you don’t just have a backing track, but a whole band as accompaniment.

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This one’s a bit off-the-wall, but the new craze hitting weddings and other events is Living Tables. The idea is that you have a performer walking around your wedding in the center of a table costume, handing out drinks. You can get a huge variety of themes so you’ll be able to find one that suits your wedding.

Whatever entertainment you decide to opt for on your wedding day, we’re sure that it will be memorable and special. The most important thing is that you enjoy yourselves as you begin your lives together!

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and should be one of the most enjoyable too. There’s no denying, however, that planning your big day can get a little stressful. So here we take a quick look at some top tips for ensuring your wedding planning experience is as stress-free as possible, so you can make the most of the experience.

Plan Your Budget

Getting your budget planned and sorted early on is key, and with the range of wedding options out there, whether you have £1000 or even £100,000 to spend you’re sure to be able to find the right option for you. For some handy hints and tips take a look at this useful guide on how to plan a wedding on a budget.

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Get Organised

When it comes to planning a wedding it’s best to start as early as possible, and you can never really be too organised. Start by making a to-do list and pick out the most important items on this list, such as your choice of venue, so you can prioritise these.

Guest List

One of the first jobs on your list should be to write a guest list so you can get a pretty good idea of the number of people likely to be attending you wedding. This will help you decide on other important factors such as your venue choice and catering.

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Pick the Right Venue

When it comes to planning your wedding, picking the right venue is one of the most important decisions you will make. Firstly you need to decide on the theme of your wedding, as this can really help make things easier.

For example if it’s a more traditional country style wedding you’re looking for, then venues such as the Crouchers Hotel located in the stunning West Sussex countryside can be ideal. Venues such as this are also able to host both your wedding and reception, and when it comes to planning your wedding, deciding if you want to hold your wedding and reception in separate venues is crucial. Whilst this can make things easier from a logistical point of view, ultimately this is also a matter of personal preference and it’s important to make the right decision for you.

For more contemporary themes, modern venues such as a stylish hotel can be the perfect choice. Boutique hotels such as The Midland Hotel, a contemporary venue with an Art Deco twist, located on the North West coast, are also becoming an increasingly popular option for weddings with a more modern theme.

You’ll find that once you get your wedding venue sorted the rest of your wedding options will start to fall in to place.

Treat Yourself

After all that hard work and planning you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a little pampering. Why not reward yourself with a spa treatment or break, to ensure you are as relaxed and stress-free as possible before your wedding. This website gives a guide to some of the best spas in the UK so you can find the perfect destination.

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Hopefully this quick guide will help you to take the stress out of planning your wedding, so you can get on with what’s most important, enjoying it!

When it comes to wedding catering there is always a risk that people won’t like your chosen food, or even worse that people have allergies or specific dietary requirements – you really don’t want people suffering at the hands of your chosen food on your day! That is certainly not the type of thing that you want your wedding to be remembered for.

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Food is definitely an important part of the wedding day; it’s the one thing that involves all of your guests…well other than witnessing you getting married. So let’s take a look at a few options that will ensure that your wedding reception’s food is as inclusive as possible.

Go Gluten-Free!

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Gluten intolerances are on the rise, which is why you should contemplate using gluten-free caterers on your wedding day. Organic buffet provide gluten- free and wheat-free catering for weddings at an exceptionally high quality. You shouldn’t feel limited by the gluten-free catering option; there are so many alternatives and it’s hard to tell the difference between products that contain wheat or gluten and those that don’t!

The Vegetarian Option

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It is always important to have a vegetarian option, but if you’re a vegetarian yourself why not make the whole wedding a vegetarian event?  The Bear, vegetarian wedding caterers, work throughout London and can provide exquisite meals of such an outstanding quality they will ensure that nobody misses meat! By providing exceptional vegetarian cuisine, you can include everyone, meaning nobody feels like they are a nuisance by having special dietary needs.

The Desserts Dilemma

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When it comes to desserts the best thing to do is to have a wide range of dessert options, especially some dairy-free desserts (for lactose intolerant people).  It is important to have an array of sugar-free options if you are diabetic or any of your guests are; remember to make sure that they are clearly labelled! Take a look at the range of sugar-free desserts that are out there, there really are LOADS of fabulous ideas! A great idea, if you want to add a little bit of personality to your day is to make a few desserts yourself.

The Cake

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The cake is the centre piece to your wedding day…after your dress of course! If you suffer an egg-allergy or are vegan, don’t worry, as there are many egg-free cake options out there and caterers who can create them for you. Kool Cakes for instance are a highly sought-after firm who create exquisite cakes. Eggless cakes are light, fluffy and exceptional on the taste buds.

Make your day an impressive success by catering to a wide range of dietary requirements, and if you have any allergies make sure that the food suits you! Choose recommended caterers and high quality recipes so that you can be certain that your food is nothing short of spectacular!

hen partyPlanning your wedding can be pretty stressful, but at least you can look forward to taking your mind off all the minutiae of church bookings and caterers when your hen party comes around! One thing is for certain however – you shouldn’t let your maid of honour get away with just slapping L-plates on your dress and dragging you around the local pubs. There are so many fantastic activities for hens that you can make your party almost as memorable as the wedding itself.

The capital is a great place to take your hen party – whether you’re local or not. There are so many things to see and do with your bridesmaids, you’ll be bound to make some wonderful memories.

You can start with shopping – London has some of the best shopping destinations around, after all – take in a musical (we recommend Mamma Mia! over Les Miserables for the hen party experience, otherwise you may come out feeling a little depressed) – or hit the city’s nightclubs.

You can also choose from some more unique activities. If you’ve ever considered yourself a bit artistic, and fancy something a little on the racy side, you could actually book a nude life drawing day – your party gets to spend the day in the company of an art teacher who’ll guide you on the finer points of drawing the hunky male model provided!

If you want something more active, you could throw yourself into a Bollywood dancing party courtesy of The Cheerleading Company, or even go paintballing – the choices are almost literally endless!

Of course, travelling through the city can be a bit of a drag, and the attractions and activities you want to include may not be that close together. By booking Swift Travel’s party bus in London, you can turn the travel into part of the party. It’s big enough for 16 people, and even has a bar, dancefloor and karaoke system on board!

Although it’s traditionally up to your maid of honour to sort out your hen party, there’s certainly nothing stopping you from making a few suggestions, so have a look around for interesting ideas you’d like and drop some hints – that way you can be assured of a hen party that will suit your tastes and interests, and which your entire bridal party can enjoy!

We’re all familiar with those anniversary gift lists, telling you exactly what you should be giving for each year. However, it can take some imagination to find a good gift made from salt (the traditional gift in the UK for the 8th anniversary), and if gold doesn’t happen to be to your taste, you might be disappointed by your traditional 50th anniversary gifts.

If you feel that it’s time to move away from the traditional lists of gifts, and give your loved ones something they’ll really appreciate for their anniversary, here are some ideas to inspire you.

Memories

scrapbookAn anniversary is a moment to celebrate the time that the lucky couple has spent together, so what better way to commemorate it than with something that will evoke memories of that time?

For younger couples, you’ll find they often have a lot of pictures on social media sites. It would be really easy to use these pictures to put together a beautiful hand-made scrapbook. You can get scrapbooking kits online which include all the other parts you’ll need – pretty papers, ribbons, cutouts and of course the book itself.

For older couples, you might be able to restore some of their older mementoes for them. If they have old footage of their wedding day, their honeymoon, or even just their earliest holidays together, they may think that the march of technology has made them unwatchable. However, you can get cine film to DVD transfers to allow them to share those old memories with their children and grandchildren. If you’re technically minded and creative, you could even have them transferred to digital files and edit them together yourself into a celebratory film.

Experiences

Senior Couple on the BeachAlternatively, you can give the gift of new memories that they can make together! This can be an excellent gift for a group of people to club together on. You could contact all their friends in secret, and get contributions from everybody to send them on that holiday they’ve always dreamed of, or to pay for them to revisit their honeymoon location.

If you can’t afford to splash out on a full holiday, you can also buy a wide range of experience days for couples which make wonderful gifts; hot air ballooning, chocolate making workshops, sightseeing flights – even secret agent experience days! If there’s something that they’ve always wanted to do together, their anniversary is a perfect time to make it happen.

Of course, whether you decide to stick to the traditional gifts or choose something out of the ordinary, what matters most is the time and thought you take to give your loved ones something special on their anniversary.

When it comes to making your wedding arrangements, one of the most important factors to consider is the transport – how are you going to arrive? There are plenty of different options, depending on how much of an entrance you want to make and how much you want to spend, but the key is making sure that you choose somebody reliable, as you don’t want the groom to be waiting, wondering whether you’re just late or you’ve left him at the altar! Here are some of the choices you might make for your wedding transport:

Chauffeur Driven Limousine

A classic choice. On the day, you’ll have a smartly dressed chauffeur who’ll hold the door of a stylish executive car, decorated with flowers and ribbons, and inside you’ll be able to enjoy champagne to toast the special occasion – or settle those last minute nerves. Visit www.chauffeur-vip.co.uk to read about the extra services they can offer.

Horse Drawn Carriage

If you want a fairytale wedding, then this is the choice for you! Beautiful, majestic horses pulling an elegant carriage will ensure that you make a memorable entrance. Make sure you choose a supplier who can offer open carriages or covered ones (in case the weather tries to spoil your day) – like the family-run www.whiteborough-carriages.co.uk.

Your Dad

If you’re saving your budget for other areas, you can of course simply get your dad or another relative to drive. Invest in a car valet service like that offered at www.premium-valet.co.uk to make sure that you still make a great impression.

Something Completely Different

If you want to make a real entrance, you can choose something entirely unexpected for your wedding transport. It’s possible to hire all sorts of vehicles for special events – New York taxicabs, monster trucks, and more. The classic fire engines from www.classicfireengines.co.uk are stylish and dignified, and are particularly appropriate if either bride or groom has a connection to the fire brigade.

Whatever you choose, make it a personal choice that reflects you and your personality – after all, this will be the first ride of your married life.

With less than three weeks to go before Valentine’s Day, now is the time to start preparing so that you can show the one you love – whether that’s your long-term partner or a secret crush – how you really feel. For a true romantic, shop-bought just isn’t personal enough – to really express the depth of your love you need to put something of yourself into it. With that in mind, here are some fantastic ways to handcraft your way into a loved one’s heart.

Pretty Parchment

If you’re eschewing shop-bought Valentine’s cards in favour of something personal and hand-made, then parchment craft or Pergamano is the craft to get into. It’s really easy, and you can make a beautiful and delicate card in next to no time. All you do is follow the guide pattern and, using special tools, trace or pierce the vellum to create a lovely lacy effect. You can get everything you need online, including the vellum, tools, mats, and guide patterns.

Tempting Truffles

Chocolate is, of course, the direct route to many a woman’s (and man’s) heart. What could be more entrancing than the gift of a beautifully presented box of chocolate truffles which you made yourself? You may be surprised at just how easy they are to make – check out this recipe from BBC Good Food, which only takes half an hour’s actual work (plus four hours to chill) and makes a whopping 50 truffles.

Simple Silhouettes

This is something that is really easy to do, but incredibly personal and artistic at the same time. All you need is a profile picture of the subject – for a Valentine’s present you might choose yourself, or you might choose another subject close to their heart like a pet – a printer, some card, black paint and a frame. This step by step guide makes it really easy, and then you have a striking and personal gift which can be treasured forever.

Whatever you choose to do for your loved one this Valentine’s day, with a little thought, a little creativity and a little time, you can create a handcrafted Valentine that anybody would be utterly delighted to receive.

Hampshire is arguably one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding in the UK. It has a range of environments to choose from, whether you prefer the pretty seaside, or a tranquil and historic stately home, set in vast and impeccably kept grounds. If you are currently planning your big day in Hampshire, here is a guide to some of the best and most beautiful services on offer if you want something classically romantic and scenic.

The Venue

One of the first things you will probably want to consider when planning your wedding is the location, as the character of its setting will probably form a basis for your overall theme.  If you are hoping to go for the traditional countryside theme, you will not be short of options as there are some incredibly beautiful country wedding venues in Hampshire. A really fashionable option at the moment is to opt for a historic barn, converted in a luxury style. There are plenty of these available in the Hampshire countryside, and can be decorated perfectly to fit with a natural theme.

The Theme

If you want a countryside wedding, chances are you will be going for a classic theme. This is the perfect opportunity to go for the kind of woodland fairytale theme you may have dreamed of as a child. Whatever season you are holding your wedding, natural materials such as flowers, wood and leaves combined with additional delicate wedding decorations such as fairy lights can create an extremely romantic setting.

When it comes to the outfits, if you are unsure, classic is probably always the best way to go. You can find a luxury bridal boutique in Winchester which stocks delicate, classic and vintage inspired dresses which will flawlessly compliment any classic countryside theme.

Create Lasting Memories

Once you have all the main factors of your wedding organised, you need to think of the smaller details, as it is often these which will make the day truly incredible and cohesive.  To compliment your classic theme, a vintage car will surely fit in well, and there are plenty of these wedding cars for hire in Hampshire, so you can take your pick whether you would prefer a Rolls Royce or a Bentley.

Finally, after going to all this effort to plan your special day, photography is not something to skimp on, as your wedding photographs will probably be with you for life. Hire a specialist and highly rated wedding photographer in Hampshire to ensure that all of the most precious moments of the day are captured in their best light. This way you will be able to share your perfect countryside wedding with future generations, and look back with fond memories.