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You're engaged - what next? If you've recently got engaged you probably don't yet know the kind of wedding you want to plan. I'm guessing though, you want a wedding day that’s unique to the both of you – a special day with family and friends, a day that embraces your likes and quirks, personal preferences, ideal budget and dream location. The most important advice I can give you is take things slowly. Enjoy the early days of your engagement and be in the moment. It's such a beautiful time of expectation and excitement. Gift yourself time and space to…

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Tutorial - How To Lace A Wedding Dress - (c)Joanne Withers Photography

How to Lace A Wedding Dress

On the big day when nervous hands are trembling and one too many glasses of fizz have already been consumed, it's not uncommon for your maids or mum to have a meltdown when it comes to lacing you into your dress. If your dress designer or the ladies from the boutique are on hand then you're good to go, but if you're DIYing this part of your day, we've got step-by-step instructions for you with photos, thanks to Jo at Joanne Withers Photography. TOP TIP: Bookmark this page in your phone for easy reference on the day or send a…

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Bubbly Being Poured

Don’t Overspend On Bubbly

Once it’s popped it’s paid for Everyone knows it's traditional to toast the happy couple with a glass of bubbly but realistically not all your guests will drink it. Once the cork is popped however you'll be paying for the bottle whether it’s consumed or not so here's how to save some of your precious budget. If you’re on a budget, or for that matter even if you’re not, you really don’t need to serve the real thing. A good quality Prosecco or Cava is more than acceptable. Check with the venue which labels they stock and ask for their recommendation. Most venues…

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Wedding Place Cards By Millie Stone, Leicestershire

Place Cards or Palm Trees

Wedding Place Cards Personally the idea of creating 100+ place cards fills me with dread! I know you crafty types probably love the idea of going crazy with pretty paper and unusual letter stamps but for the rest of us it's 'err thanks but no thanks!' So for those of you whom, like myself, would rather cut your guest list than cut paper (attention span of a gnat, me), you need the gorgeous Amelia Freestone at Millie Stone UK Calligraphy as your new bestie!!! Professional Calligrapher Amelia will take this horrendous job off your hands and create absolutely beautiful place…

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Are Suppliers Lying To You?

Are Online Portfolios & Galleries REALLY A Suppliers Own Work? I am so angry! So, so angry I feel compelled to stop what I'm doing and write this up for you. Quite simply I am fed up to the back teeth of wedding suppliers who have the audacity to claim the work of others as their own or use images in their portfolio of work belonging to another. It is fundamentally dishonest and immoral and misleads brides into believing the work they are seeing on a business' website is actually a truthful example from that supplier's portfolio when it isn't. How truthful…

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Dottie Photography, Styled Shoot

Choosing Your Style

Choosing a venue means finding a space that works for your guest numbers and your budget but creating your perfect backdrop will be much easier (and in most cases less arduous on your budget) if you pick a venue that already works hand in hand with the style of wedding you’re after. What do we mean? Well our rule of thumb is don’t fight the room. If you want a crisp, clean, contemporary style don’t choose a grand stately home. You’ll be fighting for position with the antiques. If on the other hand you’re looking for a classic country house…

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Budget Advice

#BWMadvice No.3 - Your Guest Budget When you’re at the very beginning of your wedding planning journey you need to agree between you the list of people you want at your wedding. Calculating the number of people is one way to start working out your budget and the amount you’ll have to spend overall.  Compile a rough list as follows:- A-list: MUST HAVE family & close friends who you want both at your service and your reception (Remember to add the +1 if you know their spouse/partner.) B-list: those people who you would ‘wish list’ to be at the service…

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Real Wedding, Prestwold Hall, Bride, Dottie Photography, Bouquet

Bridesmaids

In the immediate excitement of your engagement make sure you don’t get carried along to make any quick decisions about your wedding - especially with regards to your bridesmaids. Rushing in to ask your BFFs before you’ve even decided on the very basics of your wedding could prove a costly mistake further down the line because what you decide now directly affects your precious budget later! Each one needs a dress, flowers, hair, make up and transport not to mention a thank you gift so don’t start inviting every bestie in your contacts list. There’s no rush. Take a step…

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Buckinghams Wedding Magazine, Advice & Tips

Insurance – do we need it?

Speak to an expert and get the full picture Quite simply whether you choose to buy insurance is a personal decision but one you really should discuss to weigh up what's right for you. Take into consideration how much you will be spending and all the 'what ifs and maybe's that could occur on the lead up to the big day. No-one wants to face the fact that something could go wrong but being covered should put your mind at rest and allow you a few less sleepless nights. Make sure you read the small print and check the policy…

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Wedding Dress Shop Melton Mowbray

When to buy your dress?

You just got engaged? Congratulations! The venue’s now been booked a whole 18 months in advance and you feel oh so organised – the dress is the last thing on your mind. Some brides will even put off browsing for dresses as they believe it’s too far in advance; let me tell you a little secret…You can never start looking too early. (Unless of course you are not engaged, then that might be a little strange).

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Naked Wedding Cake By Helen Alborn Cakes, Leicestershire

Ask Your Cake Maker

Wedding cake maker Helen Alborn is based in Leicestershire and one of our 'Be Loved' suppliers. She has been awarded 5 stars from the F.S.A. and was a Regional Finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards in 2015. She prides herself on using only the freshest ingredients for all her creations.

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Planning for Rain

Here comes the rain again and it's a stark reminder even a summertime wedding doesn't mean it won't chuck it down on your big day. You have to face facts. There's no point getting silly over the possibility of rain. It's the UK for crying out loud and even the best host can't do anything about the weather. Having said that, you can and definitely MUST make a sensible plan of action to prepare for it.  If you want to tell yourself it won't rain on your wedding day then good luck, off you go, have a super day. If however you want to…

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