Wednesday
November 20, 2013

Perfect Bridesmaid Gifts

After stressing out about the big day, it’s time to thank the girls who got you there without a scratch: your bridesmaids!

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The cost of a best friend’s wedding really adds up for a bridesmaid. The dress, shoes, hair, makeup and accessories add up mighty quickly. An important factor here is to consider helping them out with the cost. They’d never request something like this of you in the build up to the wedding, but they’d certainly appreciate the offer if it were to come from you.

(This pretty much goes double if it’s a destination wedding! If you’re asking them to take a week off of work, it’s an absolute must for you to help offset the cost of the trip!)

Though if they refuse your offer (or if you have a little something extra to spare), here are some fun ideas to thank the special girls in your life for making your day go off without a hitch:

Arm Candy

Definitely consider your girls’ personal styles when picking out a jewelry gift. Are they more classic or do they have a rocker edge? Maybe they’re somewhere in between? Here are a couple of options, whether you want to save, spend or splurge on your gift. You can do a sweet little bangle (Marc Jacobs do them in a ton of colors, so pick her favorite!), an always on trend wrap bracelet (this one is by Chan Luu) or go all out on some Mikimoto pearls.s

1/ Marc Jacobs Bangle from Bloomingdales 2/ Wrap Bracelet from Chan Luu 3/ Mikimoto Pearls from JR Dunn

Homemade Touch

Is there something that know you can bake the heck out of? If you can spare the time, why not make up a fresh batch of cookies (or fudge? Mmm!) and serve them up in a cute little tin from Michaels? If your baking is the talk of the town, your friends will love a little splurge on their favorite goodies. Invite your pals over for a nostalgic night in: PJs and a bottle of wine required for entry! On their way out, hand the goods over as a thank you for the night (not to mention the big night!)

Personalize It!

Another option would be to do a theme gifts. This blogger bought Hunter rainboots in her bridesmaids’ favorite colors to thank them for being there on her special day. How about a monogrammed handbag from Rebecca Minkoff’s Monogram Boutique or a personalized item from Moon and Lola (available at Nordstrom here)?

Go Etsy

If you’re wanting to go the uber personal route, there’s a plethora of unique handmade goodies to be found on Etsy. From iPhone cases to home décor bits, Etsy has your gift giving sorted out. Etsy is a great way to support local and indie talents without breaking the bank. They’re oozing with originality and your girls will love anything you come up with. Have a look at this list from Lucky mag for some great sellers. Definitely check the “vintage” tab for some truly unique items.

 

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Wednesday
June 5, 2013

Plus Size Wedding Dressing Tips

A summer wedding usually conjures up images of strappy dresses, high heels and plenty of bare arms and legs on show. So, how do you navigate this particular social engagement whilst feeling comfortable and looking great? We have some great dressing tips for plus size ladies to keep you looking cool and glamorous in the heat of a summer wedding.

Layer it on

Forget the spaghetti straps and bandeaux numbers. You want something you can feel sophisticated and comfortable in. One option is to consider a dress that comes with a matching jacket or bolero that you can keep on during the ceremony, and remove later when you want to dance the night away! If you can’t find one, a pashmina or shawl in complimenting colours will work equally well, and it can make you feel more comfortable and confident in your look.

Focus on your best bits

We all have our best assets. Whether you think your décolletage deserves to be shown off, or if you like the curve of your waist as it reaches your hips, then that is the area you need to focus on. Go for a dress that shows off your shoulders or nips you in at the waist rather than a shapeless number for you to hide behind.

You’ll feel at your best if you show off your best bits and you’ll look happier and more confident. You’re going to be in this dress all day so you had better make sure you’re happy in it! Don’t be afraid to give yourself a little extra help with Spanx or figure-smoothing tights. These can work wonders for smoothing out any lumps and bumps you want to hide, and can go a long way to making you look amazing in any outfit.

Go neutral

Finding the perfect plus size dresses for weddings can be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you’re not sure of what you should be looking for. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb in a bright pink number from head to toe, but you don’t want to look as though you’re in mourning either in your trusty black dress.

The best option for this occasion is neutral shades with a few minor splashes of colour to add interest. Consider some pretty pastels with an interesting floral print in a brighter shade on either the top or the bottom half of the dress. This will break your outfit up into sections and prevent you looking monochrome.

Protect your feet

A wedding normally calls for heels to be worn, as do most formal occasions. However, you’re going to be in these heels for the entire day, from the ceremony to the meal and right through to the early hours of the reception. Nowadays it’s possible to find lots of cute and elegant flat pumps to match formal dresses, so you can look stylish as well as comfortable.

If you feel heels are a must, then consider a kitten heel or a supportive wedge to take some of the edge off. You’ll also be thankful for having a pair of rolled up flats in your clutch bag by the time the dancing gets into full swing. You’ll avoid being one of those girls dancing in her bare feet while saving your feet some stress at the same time!

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Monday
June 3, 2013

An Engagement Ring To Suit Her Personality

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Every woman is different and finding her the perfect engagement ring to suit her can be a tricky task for anyone wanting to pop the question.

Is she traditional?

At heart is she the kind of girl who wants a big white church family wedding, house, kids and even the pet dog? Then if you know she wants something more traditional then a solitaire diamond is a must. Solitaire is a round shape, singular stone which can have various settings, sizes and styles but sticking to this elegant dazzling shape will be exactly what she wants.

Is she a Princess?

The clue here is in the name, the princess cut is a square cut diamond usually a 4 claw setting or rub-over that is does not dazzle as much as the solitaire but it is usually a little bigger and more elegant. It is a sophisticated shape for a lady of taste who wants something a little more regal.

Is she a bold beauty?

For a woman who likes things bigger the baguette or Emerald cut is rectangular in shape and is a statement shape. Angelina Jolie and Marilyn Monroe both had this shape on their engagement rings so if you wife to be loves Hollywood glamour and style this is the shape for her.

Is she a little bit different?

So your finance to be has her own style, she likes to keep things different and never wants the normal boring everyday things or maybe you just can see how unique she is? Try a different shape like an oval, pear, heart or marquise shaped stone. You may want to look into a different stone too or get something custom-made to show her exactly how you feel and how well you know her.

Author Bio:

Rebecca works part-time for Samara James rings who provide an exquisite range of diamond engagement rings to suit any woman. They have a custom design facility to suit those looking for something truly one off. Rebecca really enjoys helping people find their perfect engagement ring and helping them decide which one will suit their special lady.

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Tuesday
May 21, 2013

Luxury Honeymoon Holiday Ideas

Getting married and going on honeymoon will be an unforgettable experience in any couple’s life. Therefore, you want such a special occasion to be as close to perfection as possible.

Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday or a vacation full of exhilarating activities, a no-expense-spared trip will leave you with many long-lasting memories.

However, when it comes to choosing the style of holiday and indeed the destination, a newly married couple’s views can differ greatly. So to help lower the chances of an early marital rift check out Club Med holidays for some fantastic luxury honeymoon options.

Beach resort

One of the most common honeymoon holiday destinations is a relaxing beach resort. From the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean to the exotic seaside landscape of Mauritius, it is hard to argue against spending some quality time on the beach.

Before making a decision, it is advisable to check whether your chosen location is a family beach or one exclusively for couples. Several resorts by the sea will have various activities on offer, from learning how to surf to fishing excursions. So if you’re interested in more than just topping up the tan, find out what you can do in between relaxing with the sand between your toes.

Well being getaway

Going on honeymoon is about many things – not least treating yourself and appreciating the finer things in life. A holiday full of spa treatments, beauty therapy and even relaxation activities like yoga, will ensure you return home feeling refreshed.

Tailor-made wellbeing holidays with all-inclusive treatments will remove the possibility of any hidden costs or charges. However, there is always a danger that constant pampering and attention means you’ll never want to return home!

Activity holiday

Perhaps not an obvious choice for a honeymoon, an activity holiday can be luxurious, entertaining and fulfilling. Lounging on the beach or swimming in the hotel pool might seem like a waste of time for some (though we don’t know who), but it’s worth using your time well, too.

You’ll often find that activities like sailing – as well as sports, including tennis and golf – will be located in rather grand surroundings, providing a high-level of luxury and affluence. Other activities you may consider include horse riding, mountain biking and water sports.

Ski resort

Another action-packed holiday aimed at adrenaline junkies, jetting off to a ski resort will give snow-loving newlyweds the chance to enjoy this pastime. With ski holidays usually being one of the most expensive types of vacation available, it is a perfect opportunity to splash out on a luxurious chalet complete with stunning mountainous views – and perhaps even a hot tub.

Several prestige ski resorts designed specifically with couples in mind do exist and there’s always the option to choose a package that includes details such as accommodation, food, lift passes, equipment hire, lessons and even winter sports insurance.

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Tuesday
May 21, 2013

Bedroom Designs for Newlyweds

As a newly married couple, one of the things you may be embarking upon after your big day and romantic honeymoon is getting your marital home into shape. Working together to come up with mutually agreeable designs for various areas of the home can be quite exciting and fun.

When it comes to the bedroom design, there are a number of different design ideas and options that are perfectly suited for newlyweds. Of course, this depends on the tastes and preferences of both parties, and sometimes compromises may have to made to ensure that both of you get to enjoy the design and overall finish of your bedroom.

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As a newly married couple, it is important to discuss design ideas for the bedroom, as this will help to ensure that you both love the result and that your first argument as newlyweds is not about the choice of decor!

Some popular design options and ideas for newly married couples to consider when it comes to the bedroom, include the following.

Romantic theme: the natural choice for many newlyweds is a romantic theme for the bedroom. This is a great choice if you want to turn the bedroom into a sensuous, appealing, relaxing space, where you can enjoy quality time together in attractive surroundings. Choosing rich and romantic colours, in materials such as lace and satin, and furniture such as a four-poster bed or love seat, can all help to add to the romantic ambiance of a room.

Chic and modern: many newlyweds are young in terms of age, and as such, may prefer chic, modern styles. You may therefore want to consider a very contemporary design for your bedroom, bringing in items such as a leather bed base, slick white or modern black furniture such as bedside tables, spacious built-in wardrobes and a large, flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, so you can be entertained while enjoying breakfast in bed.

Cool and fun: as newlyweds, you may have limited time to enjoy being a couple before kids come along and you have to become ultra-sensible. So, you might want to take the opportunity to have fun while you can, deciding to carry this through to the design of your bedroom. Fun and hip colours, exciting wall decor, cuddly toys and cool beanbags are among the additions you can have as part of your design.

Luxurious: if you’ve spent a couple of weeks staying at a luxurious suite as part of your honeymoon, returning back to a standard, bland bedroom can be a real blow. So, you might want to consider keeping the luxury theme going by decorating your bedroom accordingly. Crisp linens, classic furniture, plush carpets, and eye-catching artwork can all help to add a touch of luxury.

By seeking out some great bedroom offers, you can decorate your bedroom just the way you want it without spending a fortune.

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Thursday
May 9, 2013

Tips on finding affordable accommodation for your honeymoon

Going on honeymoon is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have. As a newly married couple, you get to spend total quality time together without having to think about anything but your own comfort.

Although you want the best location, accommodation and activities, the cost of the wedding probably means you’ll be on a tight budget. However, there are ways you can find affordable accommodation and still enjoy a fabulous honeymoon.

Package deal
 
It may be cheaper to purchase accommodation as part of a package holiday deal. An all-inclusive package will also mean you don’t have to worry about extras like food, drink and entertainment.

Unfortunately, in recent years tour operators have found they’ve increasingly had to cancel holidays owing to bankruptcy. In every eventuality, you can still make an accident claim abroad for damages and compensation.

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau can also provide advice and information about booking a package holiday.

Shop around

Use every avenue and resource at your disposal to find the best possible accommodation. This will include travel agents, holiday brochures and online comparison sites.First-hand feedback on review websites will also give you a good idea on the best and the worst accommodation available.

You may think you’ve found the ideal accommodation early on in your search, only to find the same location somewhere else for significantly less money.

Make enquiries

Certain operators and hotels will offer a honeymoon package aimed specifically at newly married couples. So if you’ve found your ideal location, get in contact before making a booking to see whether they have any special deals.

Honeymoon packages will either include money saving deals like seven nights for the price of six, or they might give you an option for a lavish meal with champagne and extra spa treatments for an additional cost. Therefore be careful of what the deal actually includes.

Don’t be fussy with the room
 
If you’re not fussed about the room and intend to spend most of your time at the beach, by the pool or in the spa, then don’t spend out for unnecessary extras.

A smaller room or one without a view will be cheaper and you can usually opt out of these options during booking. This will sound obvious, but make sure your room has a double bed, instead of being stuck with two singles.

Say that you’re newlyweds
 
Once you’ve arrived at your hotel or chosen accommodation, tell the staff you are newlyweds and are on your honeymoon. Although no hotel is obliged to provide you with something extra, you may get lucky with a room upgrade or complimentary extras.

What’s more, review sites are growing in popularity and their importance for a hotel is increasing. If you promise to write a favourable review, you may well receive something beneficial in return.

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Thursday
May 9, 2013

Bedroom Designs for Newlyweds

As a newly married couple, one of the things you may be embarking upon after your big day and romantic honeymoon is getting your marital home into shape. Working together to come up with mutually agreeable designs for various areas of the home can be quite exciting and fun.

When it comes to the bedroom design, there are a number of different design ideas and options that are perfectly suited for newlyweds. Of course, this depends on the tastes and preferences of both parties, and sometimes compromises may have to made to ensure that both of you get to enjoy the design and overall finish of your bedroom.

Four bedroom design ideas for newlyweds
 
As a newly married couple, it is important to discuss design ideas for the bedroom, as this will help to ensure that you both love the result and that your first argument as newlyweds is not about the choice of decor!

Some popular design options and ideas for newly married couples to consider when it comes to the bedroom, include the following.

Romantic theme: the natural choice for many newlyweds is a romantic theme for the bedroom. This is a great choice if you want to turn the bedroom into a sensuous, appealing, relaxing space, where you can enjoy quality time together in attractive surroundings. Choosing rich and romantic colours, in materials such as lace and satin, and furniture such as a four-poster bed or love seat, can all help to add to the romantic ambiance of a room.

Chic and modern: many newlyweds are young in terms of age, and as such, may prefer chic, modern styles. You may therefore want to consider a very contemporary design for your bedroom, bringing in items such as a leather bed base, slick white or modern black furniture such as bedside tables, spacious built-in wardrobes and a large, flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, so you can be entertained while enjoying breakfast in bed.

Cool and fun: as newlyweds, you may have limited time to enjoy being a couple before kids come along and you have to become ultra-sensible. So, you might want to take the opportunity to have fun while you can, deciding to carry this through to the design of your bedroom. Fun and hip colours, exciting wall decor, cuddly toys and cool beanbags are among the additions you can have as part of your design.

Luxurious: if you’ve spent a couple of weeks staying at a luxurious suite as part of your honeymoon, returning back to a standard, bland bedroom can be a real blow. So, you might want to consider keeping the luxury theme going by decorating your bedroom accordingly. Crisp linens, classic furniture, plush carpets, and eye-catching artwork can all help to add a touch of luxury.

By seeking out some great bedroom offers, you can decorate your bedroom just the way you want it without spending a fortune.

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Tuesday
April 23, 2013

Saving Money for your Dream Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement! Getting married is an incredibly exciting event and marks the beginning of a new era in your lives together. Of course, every couple wants to make their wedding extra special and to give themselves treasured memories they can look back on for a lifetime – but at what cost?

Although the economic downturn has seen the average cost of a UK wedding drop from over £20,000 to £16,164 in 2013, this is still a substantial amount for anyone to find, and in some cases is putting people off getting married altogether. The Office of National Statistics reported that, in 2012, there were 5.9 million people cohabiting in the UK, which is double the figure from 1996.

Although there may be many reasons for couples choosing to live together without getting married, the perceived costs of getting wed are certainly an influencing factor in decisions not to take the trip down the aisle. If you are planning to get married, but worried about the cost, here are a few things you can do to release a little more money for your wedding.

Cut your fuel bills: With the average UK energy bill now at a staggering £1,350 per year, doing your bit to reduce your energy use can help your pocket as much as it does the environment. Turning down your thermostat, installing insulation and keeping appliances switched off when not in use can all add up to a significant saving over the year.

Shop around for services: Research has shown that many householders could save up to £300 per year on their car insurance if they shop around rather than just renewing with the same provider. Multiply this up for savings on home and contents, fuel suppliers and communications services and you could be looking at a good few hundred pounds towards your wedding.

Pay as you go: If you’re coming to the end of your mobile phone contract, instead of just upgrading to a newer handset and stomaching two years of £20 – £40 per month, consider getting a pay as you go sim card. Unless you make a lot of calls and texts, chances are you’ll make a massive saving here.

Go to the market: If you love to eat healthy (and particularly if you are on a diet kick in advance of your wedding) you can pick up fresh fruit and veg at a fraction of the supermarket prices at your local market.

Sell your stuff: Your cupboards and attic could be a treasure trove of unwanted items that can raise valuable cash for your wedding. Selling second hand clothes is a great way to free up cash, as well as making more storage space in your home.

Use your talents to make money: If you can play an instrument, write an article or create craft items you could make some decent money running a small business from home in your spare time.

Spend less: It sounds obvious, but if you can curb your spending habits you could free up substantial cash to spend on your wedding. Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” each time you go to buy something, and see how much you can tuck away at the end of each month.

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Monday
April 1, 2013

Vintage Barn Wedding

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Some AMAZING vintage wedding inspiration for you. I love everything about this wedding, especially the gold dipped black feathers hanging from the ceiling of the barn! photographed by Brooke Schwab Photography.

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Thursday
February 28, 2013

Colored Engagement Ring Trends

Are you expecting a proposal from your significant other this year? Have you already left around hints via magazines, emails, or tweets showcasing to your friends (in hopes that he will see) gorgeous rings that any girl would love to own?

Everyone knows that the usual route is to propose while brandishing a band featuring white diamonds galore, but who says that you, your beloved, or your relationship is usual? Why not buy a ring as unique as you are?

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Engagement rings featuring colored gems are not only rare; their color can be indicative of your knowledge of your future spouse. Many colored gems are birthstones, which can add a personal note to the proposal. What girl born in January wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a gorgeous garnet engagement ring such as the one featured above?

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Not only can a ring featuring colored gems or birthstones be personal and unique, they can be especially fashion-forward. If you’re a fashion conscious girl and pay attention to Pantone’s fashion color report for this spring, you’ll discover that your birthstone, such as an emerald, garnet, or topaz is in season for most fashionable engagement ring of the year. This trend can be seen on many public figures from The Duchess Kate, who dons a very large and sparkly blue sapphire to Jessica Biel, whose ring was designed by husband, Justin Timberlake and is adorned with Biel’s birthstone, Aquamarine. Along with Halle Berry who received a stunning emerald ring in gold setting from her soon to be husband. Many celebrities within the past year are opting for engagement rings, that either features a birthstone for personalization or just to indulge in the luxury of the unique and very stylish trend.

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Colors themselves can often be very meaningful. The color red, for example, like that found in a garnet gemstone, is indicative of passion. Similarly, emerald is directly linked with the idea of growth. While Blue, like that found in blue topaz or sapphire, has a connotation of trust.

So as your going through your wedding blogs, magazines, or browsing your dream jewelry stores, keep in mind the idea of an engagement ring that could be personalized with a small detail such as a birthstone gem. This trend will always be something that will stand out and ensure that your ring is as unique and special as you.

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