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Treats for your Bridesmaids

Feeling the love for your girls? Your bridesmaids: They’re handpicked, there for you and a big part of your big day. Often, when you’re stressed, they’re stressed. When you cry, they cry – they’ve got your back! Sharing is caring, so, we’ve gathered some ideas to make your bride tribe feel especially special! 💕

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Mothers Day and Mother of The Bride

As it is Mother’s Day this Sunday, we thought it might be a good opportunity to turn some of the attention to our wonderful Mothers of the Brides.

Mother of The Bride

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Technology and weddings

With the rise in use of social media and the mere fact that nearly everyone who know now owns a smartphone…it is not surprising that weddings have been changed by digitization. Cameras have been replaced by iPhones, everyone knows what you’re up to, a phone call is a novelty and the internet plays a huge role in your life. So how has all of this changed the face of weddings?

1. Planning

Planning has been simplified. You are now able to plan your wedding online as well as on a downloadable app. You have access to 110,000 businesses on the Guides For Brides website and with GPS locator can easily see which suppliers are closest to you. You can easily keep track of your budget, to-do-list and have a common sense approach to organising your wedding. And with the app available for mobile and tablet, you can take your wedding plans anywhere! By having all the information so easily accessible and with the ability to order online, purchasing for your wedding has been made a lot easier.

Guide For Brides App

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Wedding Trend Predictions for 2014

Yes I know we are still in 2013 but it’s good to know all the upcoming trends for next year especially if you’re a bride! The black tie theme could be returning in 2014 which is great if you’re planning a formal and luxury wedding. Black tie comes from the era of 1920’s and early 1930’s which means vintage styles, plenty of art deco, silverware, crystal and mirrors on the table. Organise for fabulous cocktails to be served to your guests and why not create your own to reflect the colour scheme.

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Every year couples come up with new and unique themes for their weddings and in 2014 they are bigger and better than the rest! The hottest colours will be rich, regal chocolate-box purples, warm coffee colours and bright citrus shades which would be great if you’re planning to get married in the autumn season. Also, the latest trend for weddings is quirky, so add subtle quirky touches into your day to create a relaxed and funny atmosphere for your guests. To achieve this why not set up a photo booth for guests and give them funny props to play with, this will help to break the ice between guests and you can always look back on the photos later on.Read More

Country Chic

Do you dream of getting married in the countryside? If so then the English countryside is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding and in London, South farm you could either get married outside in the enchanting Summer House or indoors at the Tudor Barn. You will be able to host an intimate wedding from 10 guests to larger weddings of up to 140! South farm is truly a distinctive wedding venue and offers you and your guests to stay in Romany Caravans, family suites and en-suite double bedrooms in the restored granaries, to camping in tents or caravans in the camping paddock. If you’re interested in this venue then visit

South Farm

For a classic country wedding reception there is nothing better to offer your guests than cucumber sandwiches, scones with Devon clotted cream and strawberries served on vintage plates in an old fashioned canvas marquee. To help to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere for your guests decorate the tables with vintage china, food and magnificent table centres of fragrant, colourful home-grown garden flowers. Also, while you’re off having photos taken it would be a great idea to serve your guests Pimms and arrange for them to play croquet to pass the time especially if you’re getting married in the summer season.

Hopefully these country inspired wedding ideas will help you to make your big day even more special and personalised. So start hanging the fairy lights in the trees, hire the live band and find the perfect vintage dress to help you and your big day feel country chic!

Top 10 tips for Brides on a budget

  1. Wedding dress – The dress is the one ascept of your wedding that you dont want to compromise much with but if you’re on a budget then check out buying a second hand gown, visiting chariety shops and checking out designer sample sales which is a great way of saving hundreds of pounds. Why not sell your dress aftwerwards to obtain some money back but make sure that it is in good condition!
  2. Invitations – Dont bother with buying expensive formal invitations when you could just make them yourself, this is a great way to save a bit of money. To make your home made cards look more formal add decorations like ribbons, buttons, pictures or even print the invitations off your computer.
  3. The wedding cake – A great way to save money is by baking cupcakes which is a quirky alternative twist on the classic wedding cake and you can have lots of fun taking all your bridesmaids to a cupcake decorating class! You can make them look expensive by placing them on tiers and decorating them with flowers.
  4. Flowers – If you’re on a tight budget but love flowers then reuse the same flowers that were at your ceremony and use them for your wedding reception, just ask your ushers to transport the flowers carefully to your venue. This is a great tip to save some money!
  5. Reception – Why not host your wedding reception at the local village hall as it is cheap to hire and you can cater the guests yourselves by buying the food from the local supermarket.  Or why not plan to get married later in the day so you wont have as many guests to cater for which would help with the budget.
  6. Venue – To save some money book your venue out of season as you can save a fraction of the price!
  7. Centerpieces & Favours – The table centerpieces can be very simple but can still make a statement so why not have a pot of vibrant flowers or maybe you could make your centerpieces your favours too by having a basket of cupcakes on each table.
  8. Transport – You dont have to arrive in a posh Rolls Royce or Bently, why not just ask your freinds and family if they have a fancy car you could borrow which would definatly cut down the costs.
  9. Honeymoon – All newylweds would love to travel somewhere exotic for their honeymoon, but what about if you cant afford it? Ask your freinds and family to chip in instead of a gift wish list.
  10. Bridesmaids – Ask your bridesmaids to pay for their dresses, it might seem a bit cheeky but it would definatly help you stick to the wedding budget.

Wedding Budget


Get your Gatsby on!

As the hit movie, The Great Gatsby has danced its way on to our screens this year, it seems appropriate for everyone to get their Gatsby on, including brides! For a glamourous hen night why not take a Charleston masterclass at Claridges with your friends, this would include being taught the fabulous moves from the twenties by the professional dancers, ‘The Bee’s Knees’ and when your feet are worn out from doing the bunny hop you can enjoy elegant cocktails like the `Flapper` at the end of the session. Also, to get the full experience of of this glamourous era you and your friends will be able to adorn yourselves with accessories such as sequined headbands, strings of pearls and satin elbow-length gloves to feel like a true Gatsby girl!


If you would like a Gatsby inspired wedding dress, then play it like Daisy by choosing a curve hugging silhouette and embracing the strings of pearls and elegant embellishment which is a great alternative twist from the classical wedding dresses. Headpieces were a statement fashion accessory in the twenties, so if you would like to standout on your big day then look out for pretty combs, clips and even tiaras too!Read More

Are you looking for inspiration for your wedding flowers?

Flowers can have the most impact on a wedding day from when the bride first walks into the church to when the guests sit down to their tables and see a beautiful flower table decoration. So why not look for a specialist company who delivers stunning flowers?

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Whether your style is traditional, quirky, exotic or artsy, you can find a beautiful flower arrangement. When choosing flowers it is good to think seasonally so if you’re planning to marry in the summer season, flowers to consider are lilies, carnations, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, lavender and roses which would create colourful bouquets for a garden or country wedding.  However, using flowers like delphinium, hydrangea and gerbera creates the perfect autumnal wedding whilst winter flowers include snowdrops, hyacinth, lilacs and irises.

Riche de Fleurs can create these elegant bouquets; simple bunches of flowers, to large scale designs using their supply of the freshest flowers by their extremely talented florists so they would be a great company to choose to arrange your flowers. Also they import a wide range of flowers from Holland to create beautiful designs for your special day.


Interview with Dodmoor House – TWIA winner of ‘Best Wedding Website’


  • Tell us a bit about you and your company please?

Dodmoor House is a courtyard of Grade II listed barns near Weedon in Northamptonshire, lovingly renovated and opened in 2006 by owners Mark and Louise Bradley. It now hosts around 120 weddings a year.

  • Winning an award must feel good! What does winning ‘The Wedding Industry Awards Best Wedding website’ mean to you and your business?

It feels fantastic! We had an amazing time this year with the Wedding Industry Awards, winning two categories – best wedding venue in England and the best overall wedding website.

We had re-launched our website a year ago so to be chosen as the website winners by Brides for Guides was a tremendous honour. Our website partners, 1PCS, were also delighted as you can imagine!Read More

Your Wedding Arch

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