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    Wedding Favours – Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway

    Choosing wedding favours can be a thorny issue. Do you want to bother at all? Is this the thing that is first to go when trimming that budget? Are you creative enough to make something yourself to add that personal touch? Will you be scouring the length and breadth of the country to find the favour that will fit in perfectly with your colour scheme or wedding theme.

    Will guests even notice your hardwork and creativity? I have been to many weddings where couples have spent time, money and effort creating thoughtful wedding favours but guests leave them on the table after the wedding breakfast is over and sometimes they are cleared away by the venue-argh-the waste!

    However, I have also been to weddings where thoughtful favours have been the talk of a wedding. Homemade jams with personalised labels, tiny pewter buckets filled with childhood favourite sweets or beautiful teeny tiny individual floral arrangements.

    By far the most popular types of favour are those you can eat or drink.Who can resist an extra sweet treat or a sneaky free tipple?

    So today we’ve got our top favourite edible favours. Personalised, thoughtful and unique gifts as well as being bang on budget.</p>

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    Or why not opt for some personalised Love heart sweets and bring a taste of childhood to your wedding breakfast? These sweets have always been a personal favourite of mine and even got me through both of my labours. (Even then I couldn’t resist reading the cute messages on each individual sweet). Swizzel offer a fab personalised wedding service whereby each packet of sweets is emblazoned with your wedding date and names.

    Personalised Love heart sweets are a bright and cheerful addition to any wedding breakfast.

    Personalised jars

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    Love these personalised jars-customised and filled with retro sweets.

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    I love this mini bottles-fill them with your favourite booze or fragrance for an individual gift.

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    Circus bright paper bags with personalised tags can be filled with just about anything. Why not look at chocolate hearts or lollipops from for a favour that ties in perfectly with your colour scheme?

    Competition Time with Swizzel

    And to sweeten your wedding day preparations Swizzels, the makers of Love Hearts, are offering one lucky reader personalised sweets for their wedding day.

    The prize is 200 white love heart sweets with your wedding date and names printed on the packets. A perfectly sweet addition to your wedding day.

    To enter simply leave a comment on the blog and your name will go into a draw on Monday 2nd October.

    Good luck everyone.

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    Adventure-seeking alternative hen weekends

    When it comes to planning a hen do, it’s safe to say that most ideas have been done to death. We’ve all been out on a Saturday night and seen a rowdy gaggle of hens or a macho group of stags sway their way down the street and into another bar. And there’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s what the bride or groom have requested. But why settle for the unoriginal, when you could plan an adventure?

    If you want something fun, fresh and easy to organise, here’s a few adventurous ideas for those looking for more than the average hen do in the South West.

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    Go barmy in Bristol

    For a hilarious and totally original Bristol hen weekend, you’ll struggle to top West Country Games. They are set in the heart of the Southwest countryside, yet just four miles from the bustle of Bristol city centre. West Country Games offers a crazy array of group activities that will bring everyone together. Designed with all abilities in mind, the whole hen party will take part in all sorts of funny shenanigans. From Cider Run, Welly wanging and West Country Wipeout, to name a few. From the timid, to the loud and brash characters in the group, you’re all guaranteed to “laugh yer ruddy ‘ed off!’

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    Surf’s up

    Although this maybe one for warmer weather, there’s nothing like catching rays while you ride the waves. Much of the South West coastline offers great surfing opportunities. The beaches are long and the waves (for the most part) are perfect for newbies and amateur surfers. Places such as Woolacombe are home to surf schools that cater for larger groups. They supply the right-sized wet suits and boards for all needs. And of course, once you’re back on dry land, it’s straight to the pub for a well-earned pint!

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     A whacky Welsh hen weekend

    For Welsh-based hen party planners looking for something closer to home, here’s an idea for a totally original Cardiff hen weekend. Forget the free-for-all on St Mary street. Look no further than Welsh Games. With nine different activities, your hens will bond over crazy antics such as Welsh Celebrity Knockout, Rugby Run and Duffin Daffyd. The friendly activity hosts even take pictures as your party enjoys the day. Located only 30 minutes outside of Cardiff, Welsh Games offers a side-splitting hen day. It may even be a warm up to a Welsh night out.  Read more

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    Finishing touches for Men – Wedding accessories

     

    So you’ve decided on the theme of your wedding. It’s now time to think about how you’re going to incorporate it into all elements of your big day! It’s easy to come up with ideas about how to include it in your decorations or your floral arrangements, but what about your outfit?

    I’ve teamed up with Trendhim, an online store selling a huge range of men’s wedding appropriate accessories. Today we are focusing on my male readers with ways in which you grooms can nod to your theme through your accessories. Brides-to-be, this might also be a great source of inspiration for you as well!

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    Garden

    If you’re holding your wedding outside, or if you’re simply incorporating flora and fauna into your decorations, then some garden and flower themed accessories would work wonderfully.

    Go understated with a floral bow tie, tie or pocket square paired with a simple white shirt and black jacket. If you’re after something a little bolder, you could get yourself a matching tie and pocket square.

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    Another idea a floral lapel pin or a boutonnière. Faux flower lapel pins are available in a huge range of colours and styles.  You are sure to find one that matches your flower arrangements, or the colour of your tie.

    Finishing touches for Men - Wedding accessories lapel pin These varieties of lapel pin are a great option if you are worried about damaging a boutonnière before the ceremony. They are also great if you don’t want to look too ‘matchy-matchy’ by using the same flowers as your bride.

    Rustic/barn

    If you’ve chosen this theme for your wedding, then there’s no doubt that you will be incorporating wooden elements into your decorations.

    As wood is so important to this type of wedding, there is no reason why it shouldn’t also be included in your accessories! Many classic wedding accessories like cufflinks are available in wooden varieties. So are less expected items such as bow ties and lapel pins. If you like to wear jewellery, you could also wear a wooden bracelet or an earring.

    Alongside wood, leather is another material that can fit really nicely with the rustic theme. This is especially true for brown or aged leather. A couple of examples of how to work this in is a smart leather bracelet, or a simple belt.

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    Vintage

    This is a lovely wedding theme, and it is really easy to find some great accessories that are in keeping with the style.

    One classic example is a pair of suspenders, or braces as they’re sometimes called.  These can either be worn under a suit jacket or simply over a shirt if your wedding is in a hot climate.

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    You could opt for for a simple pair of black suspenders over a white shirt for a smarter look. Or go for a red pair over a pale blue shirt for something a little brighter. If you are feeling bold, get yourself a patterned pair.

    If you’re really committed to the theme, you could get yourself a pocket watch. These look fantastic with a suit and are also great if your wedding has a 1920s or Great Gatsby theme.

    Beach/nautical

    Beach weddings are very different from the other types of weddings we’ve discussed so far. They are typically much more casual with the groom tending not to be in a suit. If this is the case for your wedding, then you could opt to wear some jewellery like a beaded necklace or a threaded bracelet.

    If your wedding isn’t taking place on a beach but is still going to be incorporating nautical elements, there are great ways to give a subtle nod to this through your accessories.

    For example, you could pick up a pair of anchor cufflinks or lapel pin and you can incorporate stripes, particularly blue and white ones, into your outfit through your tie or a pair of suspenders.

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    What theme are you having for your wedding? What finishing touches are you planning for your wedding outfits? I would love to hear from you.

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    Relaxed Destination Wedding Menswear

    I recently went to a wedding in Rhodes. There was a big gang of us and most had gone for a least a week, sometimes longer. We saw a few other weddings in the days leading up to ours. It was 35 degrees and the groomsmen were in 3 piece wool suits. Utter madness! I had sweaty knees in a sarong so goodness knows how they felt.

    Why anyone would choose to marry abroad but dress for English weather I will never know. My advice is dress for the weather of where you are getting married, not what you would traditionally wear for a wedding, unless you want fainting guests before the ceremony is over!

    The groomsmen in our party opted for a cool, relaxed look of linen shorts, short sleeved shirts and bow ties and they were still sweltering.

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    Wedding party looking cool at Island Blue Resort Pefkos, Rhodes.

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    Relaxed Destination Wedding Menswear

    We have teamed up with Jacamo to bring you a relaxed destination wedding look that will keep you looking cool and feeling coolish!

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    Starting with footwear. Keeping it smart casual with a pair of brown Hush Puppies Davo Portland loafers. Brown is the go to colour for an on trend and fresh look.

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    We opted for a short sleeved Jacamo shirt in fresh white with contrasting buttons and a blue diamond design.

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    The ensemble is finished with Jacamo Black Label smart linen shorts.

    So there you have it. A cool yet smart look for relaxed destination wedding menswear . All you need now are your shades and a fan and you are good to go! Are you getting married abroad? What are your plans for what the wedding party are wearing? I’d love to hear from you.

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    How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    For sure, capturing the moments of your union is something that you do not want to miss out during your wedding day. Unlike the cake, bride’s gown, venue, foods, songs, and the rest, pictures will be there to last and to remind you of this beautiful day. As such you do not want to trust just anyone to capture your wedding photos. You will want to deal with a professional photographer. One who can provide high-quality images, without missing out on the notable moments. To get such a photographer, you should follow each of the tips covered below. So, keep reading to understand these crucial steps.

    How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    1. Decide on the venue first

    First and foremost, select and book your venue. You should do this so that you can be sure of the day, date, and time to book the photographer’s services. Remember, there are seasons where weddings are usually at the peak. You do not want to wait until later, only to find out that the best shooters are occupied. So, once you have got the go-ahead of a venue, book the services of a cameraman immediately.

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    1. Get recommendations

    Once you have finalized your venue, begin the journey to locate the best photographer. The best way to do this is to ask friends, relatives, and colleagues if they can suggest a good camera operator. You can also message your social media friends to suggest someone. Especially those who have ever posted wedding photos that pleased you. You might be lucky enough to get a good recommendation. Remember to ask to see the album of your friends who give you suggestions just to be sure that you are on the same page.

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    1. Determine your preferable photography style

    In this step, you will want to figure out what your desired photography style is. You can then get a photographer who will give you the perfect match for what you want. Do you prefer a traditional, formal, or candid style of photography? Research what pleases you most and work to getting a photographer who is comfortable with your suggested style.

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    1. Schedule an interview with the photographers

    Once you have a list of the recommended photographers, and once you have decided on the style of photography that pleases you, set aside some time to meet the potential candidates. Have a list of questions set by you and your partner. Make sure that your photographer will be available on the set date and time, and also ensure that he/ she understands the photography style you want. Also, ask who will take charge of the shooting in your venue, as some studios send their employees. Make sure that you see the photos taken by the photographer being to your wedding, and only hire a photographer if you are pleased with their pictures.

    How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    1. Enquire about the fee

    Once you are satisfied you have chosen the right photographer, discuss the price. You will want to know the basis of the fee computation, and what the overall charge entails. Are the prices of the album and high-resolution images included? You will want to have a clear understanding of costs so you can stay within your budget. Also, ask about the time-frame of the pictures preparation.

    How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    1. Follow your gut

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