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So Summer is drawing to an end, the leaves are starting to turn and I thought it might be lovely to inject a bit of sophisticated Autumn/Winter wedding glamour into your Monday. So today is all about black and gold wedding style. Luxurious, rich, and classic, it’s a theme you may not have considered but may very well fall in love with by the end of this post…
Make an impression with your wedding stationery. This beautiful set is from Jupiter and Juno.
This showstopping Jill Stuart gown would be a clear indication of your wedding them.
Are you looking for something a bit different for your wedding day? Do you love the vintage or rock chick look? Do you just want to inject a spalsh of colour and fun into your wedding outfit? Then you MUST take a look at the fabulous petticoats designed by Doris Designs.
Doris designs and sells boutique high quality petticoat skirts made of over 36 meters (adult version) of double layered soft light chiffon giving them great bounce and body. They are simply timeless and will turn heads wherever you go. From newborns to adults, there is a wide range of colours to suit any ocassion.
So do you want to wear designer shoes on your wedding day but you can’t justify the designer prices for a day? Do you long for Louboutins? moon over Manolos? Drool over Jimmy Choos? Well I may just have the solution for you.
Cindy’s Choos is a new online boutique offers luxury shoe hire for brides looking for designer stilettos at an affordable price. Cindy’s Choos launched on July 31 and offers a range of footwear from high-end designers such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Gina, Charlotte Olympia and Giuseppe Zanotti from just £65 per weekend or £85.99 for a week.
Founder, Cindy Choo says: “My mission is to make fashion affordable for everyday women like me. Cindy’s Choos will be a real Cinderella experience for brides on a budget who wish to bring a bit of catwalk chic to their wedding day look. New season shoes from the world’s most sought-after designers would usually retail at an average of £600, our hire prices make the most to-die-for designs accessible to everyone with impeccable taste.”
So we know that weddings are joyous, magical occasions and filled with needless amounts of fake tan, but they are also expensive….really expensive.
From inception, to conception, to the reception, the whole marriage thing is one bill after another. For starters there’s the engagement ring, that doesn’t come cheap. If you’re a regular Tom, Dick or Dave, it’ll probably set you back anything from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand. If you’re Jay-Z it might cost in the region of $5m. Unfortunately most of us aren’t Jay-Z. Imagine waking up next to Beyoncé each morning? The poor thing!
After the engagement ring, there’s the wedding itself. You’ve got to book the venue, after you’ve found it first. You’ve then got to book the reception, which again doesn’t come cheap and finally, you’ve to sort out the music, food, alcohol, bridal suite, photographer, transport and seating arrangements (which don’t cost anything but are really annoying). In all, the average wedding cost (according to CompareWeddingInsurance.org.uk) is £14,441, which is rather steep.
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So what do you do? As we’ve already discussed you’re not a multi-million record selling rapper. So you probably are going to have to manage your wedding spending. You’ve got a few options. You can ask your wealthy parents, who, if they are nice – and in this version of reality they are Brangelina, will happily give you the shirt off their back and a wad of cash to bring your Disney dream wedding to fruition. But what if they’re not? What if they are as poor as Fagin? Then you’d be in trouble. You’d need to look for alternative routes of finance.
Saving up in the region of £15,000 is not going to be all that feasible for non-millionaire hip hop stars. So you’ll probably have to go down some sort of credit road. A loan to cover the costs is one thing you could look into and is something an awful lot of couples need to get them through their big day. A loan can be used to cover a lot of the bigger issues in the run up to the wedding day too, booking the band, buying your dress, that sort of thing. For any additional spends you can use your debit or credit card, but these should be small and completely within your budget. You don’t want to start off married life struggling with debt.
In fact, living within your means is exactly the attitude to have when it comes to planning your wedding spending. Don’t go overboard and spend far more than you can afford to pay back. Draw up a plan and stick to it as closely as you can. Paying small deposits with your credit card can be a good way to ensure you have some protection if things were to go wrong. Under section 75 of the Consumer Protection Act if goods or services aren’t up to scratch then you’re credit card provider could be liable to give you a refund (though this is not the case in every instance). So if the hotel where your reception is supposed to be held shuts down, you should, at the very least, get your deposit back. Same goes to booking your honeymoon.
With a little bit of forward planning and a lot of budgeting you can have the wedding you’ve always dreamed up without the need to marry a supremely successful musical superstar.
The big day is approaching, all the preparations have been made, the church booked, the flowers arranged, the wedding breakfast menu planned – but what about you? You to look the best that you have ever looked, but your pre-wedding preparation cannot be left to the last minute. Today we have just a few wedding beauty tips that will ensure you feel in tip top condition…
Nothing is more beautiful than great looking skin so your wedding day preparation needs to start with your face. There are no magic pills that will guarantee you a flawless, peaches and cream complexion on the morning of the wedding, so the best thing you can do is establish a daily cleansing regime at least two to three weeks before the big day. However, if you have a history of facial skin conditions, then it might be worth seeing a specialist, such as American Laser Skin Care, whose treatments can help to reduce skin damage such as scarring and deal with saggy areas using their skin-tightening services. Whatever treatments you take, ensure that your skin has the best chance by keeping it hydrated and drinking plenty of water.
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The rest of your body needs to be in pristine condition, too. Refresh your body by exfoliating two to three times a week with a gentle body brush or mitt, moisturize daily with a body lotion or cream, and apply baby oil after a shower but before drying to allow as much moisture as possible to soak in and stay under your skin.
If you think you look a little bit pale, consider having a spray tan to give your skin a healthy glow. Ensure that this is applied professionally; otherwise you may end up with unattractive brown marks on your wedding dress.
Hair puts up with a lot of rough use and if it isn’t looked after correctly, it can look brittle and dull thanks to overuse of products and hot styling tools such as straighteners. Include Vitamin B in your diet to start repairing your hair from the inside, and use hair masks and scalp treatments rubbed well into your head to repair it from the outside. Massage will stimulate your scalp and release essential oils into the hair shaft. Have your hair cut a few days before your wedding to get rid of split ends and have a trial run of your wedding hairdo with your hairdresser so there are no last minute bad hair days.
Do not ruin your look by having ugly nails. If your nails are bitten or break easily, consider fake nails for your wedding. Have these applied professionally by a nail expert. Stick-on nails that you have purchased from a drugstore will not be robust enough for the wedding day and will fall off, leaving you with mismatched hands. Opt for a French manicure rather than colored polish. It looks more elegant and will complement rather than contrast with your dress.
There is so much for a couple to do before they marry that it can be difficult to remember that it is your big day. Make the most of it and enjoy it to the full by making sure you feel your best.