Non surgical treatment room
This isn’t Hollywood so most brides wouldn’t contemplate cosmetic surgery before their wedding, but wouldn’t say “no” to the opportunity to address a skin concern that has bothered them for a while, such as rosacea (red patches), acne scars, broken veins or a birthmark.
Others are more concerned about the honeymoon and are keen to find a permanent solution to unwanted hair or cellulite, or would like to explore the idea of permanent make-up rather than battle with waterproof mascara.
Numerous skin clinics offer non-invasive options, often delivered as a course of gentle treatments. Like cosmetic surgery, the treatment comes with a price tag, but it is great time to address an issue that has always bothered you.
And this one isn’t just for the girls – many grooms sign up for permanent hair removal, or IPL, to reduce body hair or tidy up a designer stubble look by removing hair from above and below the beard area.
Wow .. .what a surprise. It seems that black is out for the chaps, and traditional tails are being replaced with suits.
The trendy groom will be wearing coloured linens this year, as demonstrated on the catwalk by Moss.
Menswear from Moss.
White Hart Lane
So here is the dilemma…
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We are really excited to announce that Virgin Holidays will be exhibiting at the NEC this year!
Getting married abroad couldn’t be easier with Beachcomber Tours. With 21 years experience organising over 300 weddings in Mauritius each year, you know you will be in safe hands. Pop into their stand at the NEC this weekend.
Dear brides to be,
Well Saturday was the most amazing day, the sun was out and everything went to plan.
I have to admit that last week was a bit stressful, but it was well worth it as everything fell into place at the right time and all of our family and friends had an amazing day.
A massive thank you to our Photographers Barker Evans and all of the staff at Eynsham Hall for making our day perfect.
Thank you for sharing this time with us, but we are now off on honeymoon and starting our new life as Mr and Mrs H-D.
I have included a couple of photos below, so you can see how we looked on the day! There will be more to follow, so watch this space…
Good luck with your wedding planning.
Well today’s the day, after 11 months of planning I can’t believe our wedding day is here!
Today’s update will be brief as we are getting married at 12pm, so I need to be super organised today as I need have my hair and make-up done before Nicky arrives at 11am to help to get me dressed.In true tradition Mike didn’t stay at home last night, but I had a relaxing evening with my Mum and a couple of bridesmaids that are staying with me.
So, this is it! I can’t wait to see Mike at the church at 12pm and spending the rest of our lives together. Mike, if you read this I love you loads and am so looking forward to be Mrs. H-D
Lots of Love
Dear All my brides to be,
Thursday was a much more relaxed affair! I actually managed to sleep from 10.30pm to 6.30am! Having gone for a run to set the day off, I went to see Laura at Eynsham Hall. We went through the day and all the gifts, table plans and table decorations, just to make sure that we were thinking along the same lines. From there I went to Oxford to pick up the new waistcoat and trousers for Mike, then off to Wantage to get my engagment ring cleaned. I also managed to collect Mike’s present and did a food shop for the morning of the wedding.So when I eventually got home, I wrapped Mike’s present and finished packing for the honeymoon. I also managed to walk around my house whilst wearing my wedding shoes to break them in. Spray tan at 7pm, then supper cooked by Mike and an early night… Watch this space!
This morning, Friday, I start with a manicure and pedicure, then a quick lunch, before collecting my bridesmaid, Donna, from the station. Not much later I have, Linda, my bridesmaid and flower girl, my brother, mum and dad turning to help me bring together the final things. Once we have finished the final bridesmaids fitting we just have the church rehersel and then some beauty sleep I think! Wish me luck for tomorrow…a big, but beautiful day.
Loads of Love Sarah x
Dear brides to be,
Here I am again… not long now! Just looked at the weather forecast for Saturday… looking a little showery! Hopefully the rain will stay away long enough to get everybody into Eynsham hall, our reception venue. I dropped off the cake toppers and went over the final details of the cake decoration with Jana Mccagie at Tortebella. All looking good in that department! Just found time to pop into Oxford to collect my currency, toiletries (and some clothes!) for the honeymoon. Can’t wait for a chance to escape away for a couple of weeks with Mike!
Found some nice white pashminas for my bridesmaids as it looks a little chilly on the day! Although I am rushed off my feet I still found time to meet up with my friend, Fran, for lunch.
In the afternoon, I made up all the bags for each table to be taken to Eynsham Hall on Thursday and printed off all the information about them.
I am still trying to sort out the suit problems…(the best man shirt is too small!) with my phone contanstly off the hook! My mum is asking about the church seating and timings and my brother about what jobs he has to do… Despite sending an email to the ushers with their jobs last week, I sent it again just to make sure, as well as printing of maps to the reception venue and a list of ‘Jobs on the day’ for the best man!
I suddenly remembered that I had to have cash for payments on the day, so ran and got that out of the bank. I finished the day by choosing my brothers as witnesses and sending the order of the day to my bridesmaids.
Thank god for Fran, would not have made it through the day without her! We topped of the day with a bottle of wine in the tap and a curry! The best way to get over a busy day….
Looking forward to hearing from you
Love Sarah x
Morning Brides to be,
I woke up far too early on Monday morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, so decided to set myself up for a busy day and go for a run.
The first task of the day was to meet with my photographer Harley from Barker Evans. We went to the church first and then onto Eynsham Hall to plan where our photos would be taken. This is a great service that Barker Evans offers, as it makes me really confident that we will get all of the photos that we want on the day.
Then it was on to pick up the cake toppers up from Liz Mergal and then making contact with Fabulous Flowers to let them know the delivery addresses for the various flowers. It is little things like this that make you realise that your actually getting married!
During the afternoon I managed to sit down for a couple of hours in the hairdressers whilst having my roots coloured.
By the way if you are wondering what the Groom is up to, you will hear from him later in the week!
Be back tomorrow
P.S Please feel to comment if you have any questions.
With William, the Duke of Cambridge, admitting yesterday that he wants two children with his wife, Kate Middleton, the hot topic of conversation has now turned to how soon is too soon for children after marriage? The answer is… it is your choice. For some couples, children is all they have ever hoped and dreamed for when it comes to marriage, but for others it is the last thing they want to think about as the newly wed couple. It is now a year and a half since the royal wedding, and it is clear that babies are on the mind of the couple and the press! It is important to have time together as couple just after you are married, to do couple activities and get used to married life! The best advice that we have to give you is cross the bridge when you get to it and don’t let the body time clock tick too long!
With all this wet weather we thought that we might give you some tips for a wet wedding! You have dreamt of your wedding day your entire life and after all your careful planning the last thing you want to happen is for the heavens to open over your special day! After all the wet weather this summer here are some tips on how to cope with a wet wedding!
1. Accept what you can’t change – Whether you have planned your wedding obsessively or not your day will not go 100% to plan. Therefore it is essential to just ignore any mishaps that might occur so you can enjoy the special moments you will treasure forever!
2. Have a collection of umbrellas and raincoats at the ready- proper preparation prevents poor performance! If you have them at the ready you will not have to waste precious moments on your big day searching round the house for that camouflaged kagool.
3. Soggy Photographs-any photographer worth his salt will be able to find some special spots for those treasured photographs. Whether it is the doorway of the church or the reception entrance. There is no need to panic. In addition you may get some dramatic shots against a stormy sky!
4. Think outside the box- if you know it is likely to be wet on your day, you could look into ‘weddington boots‘ or dramatic (and sturdy!) marquees. It will just add another feature to your wedding making it unique!
Rain is not the end of the world, the flowers won’t wilt, everybody will stay in one place and you can have as much sun as you want once you are on your honeymoon. Your wedding day is about you and your man not the overcast skies!
Overseas and destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular. And it is no surprise when the average cost of a UK wedding is now £20,000 while it’s only £6,585 for a ceremony abroad. With the attraction of sunshine, good food and cheap bubbly, its hard to find reasons why not to go abroad to tie the knot! Even celebrities are going for the overseas option, for example the ‘Brangelina’ wedding which is on the horizon, is rumored to be taking place in a secretive part of France. Short Haul flights are becoming cheaper by the day and therefore your friends will find it easier and easier to come and enjoy your wedding abroad with you. If however, a more exotic location is for you, there are super cheap deals to Cuba, Thailand and Sri Lanka. So why not go abroad, before everybody realises it is the best thing to do and you can say you set a trend?
The very exciting British Bridal Exhibition is coming soon! This amazing bridal trade show runs from the 9th to the 11th September in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This star in the bridal calender is an action packed three day experience with the lastest in bridal wear, occasion wear, menswear and accessories. Not only will there be the well known brands but also new upcoming labels and designers, ready to show you what is coming up in spring/summer 2013 for wedding wear. If that isn’t enough there are catwalk shows, special evening events and celebratory parties! This is all wrapped up in a collection of vibrant bars and restaurants show you can shop until you drop! At Guides for Brides we are very excited to see the knew and upcoming trends and styles for the new seasons. So put this date in the diary and make sure you are ready for stunning couple of days! For more information go to www.bbeh.co.uk
Humanist weddings are now the 3rd most popular weddings in Scotland! Currently if you want to get legally married in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and you are not religious you have to carry out a marriage or a civil partnership ceremony in a register office or an approved venue. However with a humanist wedding you have complete flexibility with the ceremony and, with the help of your celebrant, you can make your wedding totally unique!
With a humanist wedding the sky is the limit! Your wedding ceremony is no longer limited to licensed venues but can be held where ever is special to you. Whether that be on a boat, in your garden, or on the beach. You are no longer limited in terms of space to that stuffy register office! Your close friends and family can take part in the ceremony and you can choose music and readings that are special to you. You no longer feel the constraints of tradition and can have a wedding when, where and how you want it. It really gives you the chance to have a celebration that shows your special commitment between you both.
But is this the end of tradition? Perhaps there is a reason why these customs have lasted this long! For some people the church ceremony marks a real milestone in their relationship and adds weight to the commitment between them both.
So what is the future of weddings?
Gold or Silver ?
With the Olympics and Medals on our minds why not take this chance to think about the type of metal for your wedding ring. Your wedding ring is a very special symbol and so needs to be carefully considered. Firstly, remember that your engagement and wedding ring must be similar grade of metal so that they do not wear each other down. Good quality jewelers will be able to give you advice on what is best to choose.
It is important to consider what complements your skin tone. Yellow gold will look best with olive skin tones and white gold flatters fair skin, whereas red heads are best suited with a lovely rose gold. Even though Gold is most commonly chosen there is nothing common about this precious metal. It can be mixed with other metals to give different unique tones and durability. There is a range of karats available from 24K pure gold which bends with daily wear to 9k which is duarable and is at a significantly lower cost!
However if you prefer silver jewelery it is best to choose white gold or platinum. It is a highly durable precious metal but it is more expensive than gold!
There are so many things to consider! Do you have a family tradition? What shape would you like? Jewel set or plain? The possibilities are endless…
Romantic wedding proposals
Anyone with a scrap of romance will have planned the proposal in meticulous detail, and we love the suggestion from The Reef in Sri Lanka for their firework proposal; perfect for those who might get tongue tied as the fireworks will do the talking for you!
We’ll keep it a secret
We’ll set the table
We’ll light the candles
The stars will shine
(It won’t rain)
You’ll relax over dinner
You’ll fumble and find the ring
We’ll light up the sky
You’ll both gasp with surprise
And hopefully she (or he) will say yes
It wasn’t too long ago that the selection of wedding rings for men in jewellery stores was limited to gold and platinum wedding bands. But now, the selection of men’s wedding rings is just as varied as those for women.
The reason behind this big switch is demand. These days more and more men are looking for something different and want more than a traditional wedding band.
One of the major – and most interesting changes – is in the type of metal you can choose for your wedding band. You’re no longer limited to gold and platinum as the only choices for wedding rings. New popular choices include tungsten, two-toned gold, stainless steel, and titanium wedding bands.
Are brides ready with a wedding ring?
That tradition of 29th February each leap year being the one day that women can propose goes back many hundreds of years to when the date had no recognition in English law – indeed the term came from the day being ‘lept over’ and ignored.
It was considered that as the day had no legal status, it was reasonable to assume that traditions, including the fact that it should be the man who proposes, also had no status.
Women who were concerned about being ‘left on the shelf’ took advantage of this anomaly and proposed to the man they wished to marry.
It was also thought that since the leap year day corrected the discrepancy between the calendar year (365 days) and the time taken for the Earth to complete one orbit of the sun (365 days and 6 hours), it was an opportunity for women to correct a tradition that was one-sided and unjust.
While many traditions have gradually disappeared, this is one that is still going strong, and there will be some nervous looking men around tomorrow….