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Wedding Planning Should Be A Breeze... But It Isn't

To some lucky people out there, planning a wedding is going to be like a walk in the park. All of the money will be sorted, the location will be ready for them, the dress will be found on the first shop. Some people just have it easy. But, these people are few and far between, and if you’re planning your wedding at the minute, or you’re close to planning it, we know you’re going feel that stress pile up as the days go on. The worst thing about it is, the whole process can take months, maybe even a year or more. It’s not a quick few bookings and your wedding is ready to go, there’s so many different factors that you’re going to have to try to consider. Some of these factors we want to try and discuss today, which should hopefully edge your wedding planning towards being a breeze. Because for the most part, you should be taking every moment in, and enjoying every experience you have. So, here’s how we think your wedding planning can easily become a breeze, have a read on to find out more.

Before The Wedding

Before you get hitched, you'll probably want to celebrate your up and coming big day with some people you care about. Having a hen-do is the perfect way to do this. The great thing about a hen-do is that you can arrange any sort of event you want. I arranged a hen-do once where we hired a self catering apartment for 2 nights - the first night we stayed in and played party games and the second night we had dinner and cocktails on the town. It worked out well because there was something for everyone and I have to say, everyone really enjoyed themselves!

Solving Your Money Issues

If your wedding planning isn’t a breeze at the minute, we could put money on the issue being… money. If you’re stressing over the finances of your wedding before you have even booked anything, then consider your options. If a wedding in the UK is too expensive, you could always consider having on abroad. You would literally save thousands by doing this. All you would need to do is figure out the people who you would most like to be there, and who would be most likely to come. Send out Pure Invitation wedding invites, and wait until you hear from your invited wedding guests. All you would then need to do is book a hotel, and make sure it’s one that has a wedding package. If you go to countries like Cyprus, pretty much all of the hotels on the beach cater for weddings, and actually put on a really good display and spread of food for you and your guests. You’ll probably spend a couple of thousand on this, rather than other £10,000 if you were to keep it in the UK. However, if you don’t have the option of going abroad, then you’re going to have to think of ways that you can cut cost in the UK. The location of the wedding reception and the spread of food that you put on plays a big part. There are some great locations that will have absolutely everything included in the cost, even the DJ. These are the savings that you need to try and watch out for.

Venue Nightmares

Venues really do cause problems, and if it isn’t the cost that’s causing you troubles, it’ll be the lack of choice that you feel you have. Some will either be too expensive, some will be fully booked, or some won’t be big enough for the wedding party that you’re hoping to bring. If you want our advice, it would be to explore a bit further afield, and sit and wait. Once you’re engaged, there’s no rush to actually get married, and we feel this is the part that people seem to forget about. A wedding should be relaxed, in the perfect venue, with the perfect people, and often time is the only thing that’s going to be able to grant you that.

The Time Of Year

The time of year does play a big part in the price of your wedding, and the type of wedding you’re going to have. If you had booked your wedding for next week, you would have the most glorious weather for your day considering this heat wave that we’ve been having. But, if you’re going to book it earlier or later than the summer months, you run the risk of having a rainy wedding. If you want things to go as smoothly as planned, we would recommend that you go for a summer wedding. However, if you want something slightly more magical, you could try your luck and go for a winter wedding to try and get some snow.

Honeymoon Happiness

If there’s one thing that we think is going to be a breeze, it’s the honeymoon planning. It’s the best bit because you know it means relaxation, and personal time as newlyweds. It’s a magical time, and there’s so many locations around the world that are geared up for honeymoons. Head to the Maldives, and we guarantee you’re going to have the most amazing time.

How Do Bridal Traditions Differ Around the World?

Wherever you are in the world, getting married is a special occasion. However, different cultures have their own unique ways of preparing for and celebrating the happy couple’s nuptials. QUIZ, retailers of occasion dresses and plus size tops, tell us a few weird and wonderful wedding traditions from around the world.

Traditions in Germany

When it comes to wedding traditions, Germany have many. Some of them begin before the big day is underway. For example, before a future bride-to-be is even engaged, she saves away pennies, which will then be used to purchase her wedding shoes. This tradition is said to help the happy couple get off on the right foot.

It’s common for people to post their wedding invitations to their guests, but not in Germany. Here, they send out a Hochzeitslader, a gentleman dressed in formal, fancy wear complete with ribbons and flowers, to hand-deliver their invitations. Guests accept the invitations by pinning a ribbon from the Hochzeitslader’s outfit onto his hat, before inviting him into their home for a drink. Depending on the guest list, this can take quite some time!
It’s tradition for German couples to get married in a town registry office. Then, in the days following, a church ceremony can be held, although this isn’t required. Generally, few guests will attend the civil ceremony and the bride and groom will dress relatively simply.

If a couple decide to wed in a church however, it’s traditional for a Polterabend to take place a few days after the civil ceremony. Believing that negative spirits are attracted to brides, Polterabend takes place to scare them aware. On the night before the church ceremony, the bride and groom gather with their friends and family where they smash china and porcelain. The noise made is said to scare away the spirits, while illustrating that their marriage will never break. Glass is never broken, as this is believed to be bad luck.

After the service is over, some Germans get active by sawing logs. A log is set up on a sawhorses and the bride and groom must work together to saw through it, illustrating their teamwork. Instead of confetti, wedding guests throw grains of rice over the bride and groom, with legend being that each grain of rice that lands in the bride’s hair symbolises a future child!
When it comes to the reception, the bride’s veil is held up and the bride and groom dance underneath it. When the music stops, single women will tear pieces off the veil. The lady left with the biggest piece is said to be the next to marry. Alternatively, instead of ripping the veil, guests simply throw money into it while it is held up.

Traditions in Spain

There are some noticeable differences between wedding traditions in Spain and the UK. For example, they don’t include bridesmaids, groomsmen, a maid of honour or best man, and the mother of the groom walks her son down the aisle. Likewise, there are no speeches and wedding rings are worn on the ring finger of the right hand.
With true tradition, the wedding dress and veil was made from black lace! However, modern times have seen more brides wearing a white lace dress and mantilla, a type of lace headdress. 

The mantilla is traditionally given by the mother of the bride, who will have it embroidered especially. The mantilla is worn with a peineta — a high comb.
What about timings? Traditional Spanish weddings will begin in the early evening and continue into the early hours. Often, the groom will present his bride with 13 gold coins, each blessed by a priest. This act is said to bring the couple good fortune and symbolise the groom’s commitment to support his bride.

One thing that’s a big part of traditional weddings in Spain is flowers. Many choose the orange blossom to symbolise purity. The bride will give a small flower corsage to her girlfriends. If a lady is single, she must wear her corsage upside down and if she loses it during the night, it’s believed that she will be next to be married!

Traditions in China

Due to the size of the country, traditions can vary from region to region, yet each has their own special meaning.

One unusual tradition involved Tujia brides, they must cry for an hour a day every day for a month in the run-up to their wedding. After the first ten days, the bride’s mother joins her in crying daily before being joined by her grandmother. As the other women join in, it’s seen as an expression of their joy.

In the Yugar culture, brides are shot by their grooms with a bow and arrow (thankfully, the arrows are free from their arrowheads!). After shooting their bride three times, the arrows are broken, showing that the couple will always love each other.
Before the wedding, when the bride is getting ready, a ‘good luck woman’ will help the bride do her hair. This woman is considered lucky if she has living parents, a spouse and children, and it is hoped she will pass on some of this good fortune to the bride.

The husband-to-be will collect the bride from her home, where he is greeted by the bride’s friends, who block his entry into the home (it’s all in good spirits). The groom is required to prove his love for his future wife through answering a series of questions about her or even by offering money in red envelopes to buy his way into the house.

In northern China, brides will traditionally wear a red dress or Qi Pao, embroidered with gold and silver detailing. In southern China, brides wear a two-piece outfit — a Qun Gua, Kwa or Cheongsam — featuring a gold phoenix or dragon detailing.

On the evening of the wedding, the bride is given a half-cooked dumpling. This is a signifier of family prosperity, as the word raw is linked to child birth.

Traditions in India

Similar to in China, it depends on the region that the wedding is taking place as to the traditions that are followed. It’s not uncommon for Indian weddings to take place over several days — different to the couple’s one special day in other countries. 
Before the big day, the bride partakes in a Mehendi ceremony. This is where family and friends gather to apply the beautifully intricate henna. Tradition says that the deepness of the colour of the henna determines the bond between husband and wife and how well the bride will get along with her mother-in-law. Hidden within the henna are the names of the happy couple and it’s often painted on the palms, hands, forearms and legs.

What about the outfit? This also depends on where the bride was born. In some regions, the women will wear a saree (long drape) for her wedding and in others she wears a lehenga (a long skirt). It’s common for the bride to be dressed in red or another bright colour and her clothing is stitched with an outstanding design.

One big part of an Indian wedding is the walk around the fire. The marriage becomes official when the bride and groom walk around the fire four times as verses are chanted, and the couple is tied together. The husband and wife then race back to their seats, as the one who sits first is said to be the most dominant.

As we can see traditions vary significantly depending on where you live. But, they’re all a celebration of love and happiness and are special in their own ways. Will you take any inspiration from these traditions for your special day? 

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Creating a Wedding Reception To Remember

Your wedding day is meant to be one of the best days of your life. So you want to have the memories to look back on that will help you to feel happy about how it all went. The build up and planning can feel stressful as there is a lot to do. But it doesn’t have to be; you can create a few things in the planning of the wedding that will allow you to have an amazing wedding day that you and your guests (but most importantly you), can look back on with fondness.

Dance Lessons

For your first dance, it is all eyes on you. So you and your partner may want to practice, especially if this isn’t something that you are used to doing. But it could be even more fun in the lead up to the wedding to have some dance lessons. Then the two of you could really do something different for your first dance; how about an American Smooth or Charleston to mix things up a bit?

Wedding Band

If you want to break out of the box and steer clear of the classic DJ setup for the reception, then how about hiring a wedding band? There are plenty to find online, for example, this page has loads that you could choose from. It means you can hear some new music, enjoy live music, or have some classics played.

Create a Hashtag

Before the rise of social media, many weddings saw disposable cameras on the tables for people to take pictures with. But now with social media on the rise, particularly channels like Instagram, it can be fun to create a hashtag for your wedding. Then guests can share their images with the tag, and you can click that to see them from all of the guests. It will be fun to look back on as you can miss quite a lot of what is going on around you when you’re the bride!


The kinds of thing that you have at your wedding reception will be totally personal to you and what you like. But there can be some weddings that don’t just want the reception to be about food or dancing; they want karaoke in there too! It can be a fun way to get the guests involved, especially if there a few that may have had one or two drinks too many. Karaoke is always a good crowd pleaser, right?

Ice Cream Van

To make a change, while you are having your photos taken, how about hiring out an ice cream van for the guests? They can help themselves and you and the photographer can get the perfect shots that you want. When your guests are happy and content, it will help you to relax more, for sure.

Have you got any other ideas for fun ways to create a wedding to remember? One of the best things is to look back at ones you’ve been a guest at, to remember what you did or didn’t like about it.

Choosing Your Wedding Music

Ahh, weddings. Weddings are the most happy days in many of ours lives and they are days filled with happiness, laughter and family. If you want to make your wedding the most special day in the world, one of the big mood setters is the music. Music is integral to a wedding because it will run through the whole day, and wedding music will change depending on the time of day and situation. Here are some tips for picking the best songs for your wedding this year.

Pre-ceremony music
These are the tunes which will be playing as people arrive at the venue and as they find their seats for the ceremony. Your pre-ceremony music should be upbeat and hopeful, to keep with the tone of this part of the day. Keep it light and keep it low so that people are able to talk to each other as they await the bride's entrance into the room. You can have classical music here such as I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi for a gentle tone.

Bridal entrance
This is the most iconic part of the wedding, however you don’t need to conform to normal tradition if you don’t want to. Although ‘Here Comes The Bride’ is the norm, you can always play a song which start slows as the bridesmaids enter and changes tempo or octave when the bride appears. Do whatever suits you and have fun with it all.

First dance

The first dance is likely the easiest choice to make because most couples will have a song to call their own from day one. This song will be the one which you both think of as describing your Love for one another, and there can be no better choice for your first dance than a sing which means so much to you both. If you don’t already have a song, you can choose an upbeat song if you fancy a fun dance, or something much more romantic such as ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran.

Dinner music
When you are eating food and darling cocktails, this will be a more mellow vibe and one which you want to create to allow everyone a rest before the party later on. You don’t want dance hits and 80’s classics on just yet, stick to nice chilled out music and maybe even go for instrumental music to allow people to focus on chatting to each other and eating great food.

Party time

There is no better way to end a wedding than with a DJ such as Benny Smyth DJ playing those classic party hits. Everyone will be a little bit drunk by this point so it is the ideal time for you to break out the dance hits and get everyone jumping around on the dance floor. Think upbeat, oldies and classics t get every member of the family up and dancing to the beat!

Five Interesting Ways to Customise Your Wedding

Every bride wants their wedding to be perfect and unique, so their guests remember the day for many years to come. If you are short of ideas to customize your theme and create an atmosphere that will impress everyone, below you’ll find a few tips on how you can make your wedding stand out and be remembered for its creative theme or design.
  1. Informal Setting

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You don’t have to follow the crowd and hire a hotel function room for your wedding. You can hold the big event on the beach, or even on a friend’s boat. No matter what you are looking to do on the day, make sure that you are feeling comfortable. If you don’t want to walk around in your wedding dress all night, slip into something else, and encourage your guests to do the same. You can check chesca for great ideas on wedding guest outfits.
  1. Candlelight

Instead of having a posh dinner party for your wedding, you might set up a tent in the wilderness and have a candle lit garden event. This will not only help you make the setting more romantic, but also save you money. Arrange different lanterns and candles around your garden and the marquee, so you can get enough light to see your guests, but not too much to hurt your eyes and make the wedding party too formal.
  1. Photo Board

If you want to tell your guests the story of your love, you can do this by displaying a photo board. You might even hire a projector and create a slideshow of the best photos and videos taken of you as a couple. You might even add some funny captions to the presentation. This personal touch will help your guests connect with you and start conversations.  
  1. Unique Theme or Live Performance

To make your wedding like no other, you could put your drama and musical skills to good use. No matter if you want to hold an open mic night during your reception, or perform a song, a play, or simply recreate the moment when you two met, you can make your wedding party the one to remember. Arrange a karaoke competition or perform your favorite song with your other half in front of your guests.
  1. Pub Style Decor  

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In case you would like to take the informal setting to the next level, you can set up your wedding venue in a pub style. Display chalkboards with funny messages, set up darts and a pool table, hold a pub quiz, and create a bar where people can talk to each other. This will feel like any other day out, but without people you don’t know being present.

Creating a perfect wedding that your guests will remember can be challenging. Put your creativity to good use, and break up with traditions. You don’t need to do what everyone else does; the more relaxed you feel, the better the atmosphere of your wedding night will be.

A Magical Wedding

You deserve a magical wedding. No matter what anyone tells you, you need to have that special day that you can cherish forever. You don’t want it to be mediocre, you want to be as extra as you possibly can. Some people come up with some crazy ideas for their wedding day, some are so outlandish they don’t even seem like a wedding! Whilst you don’t want to go that far, you don’t want to try and put in a few little added extras to make your day extra magical. Here are just a few that we can think of.
Go Outdoors
People either really want an outdoor wedding, or they really don’t. If you’re someone who is really against an outdoor wedding, we’re here to convince you why you should go for one. First of all, they’re just really fun if the weather is nice. The atmosphere will be amazing, and it gives kids easy access to somewhere to play without having to bother the adults too much. Wedding marquees can be used to make sure everyone is kept dry if the weather does take a turn for the worst. The marquees that you use will be decorated so well to make it look truly magical, especially when it begins to get a little dark. There are catering companies who specifically work outside that you would benefit from. So you see, an outdoor wedding could be just as good as an indoor one! If you’re still dead set on an indoor one, there are plenty of amazing venues dotted all around the country depending on what you need and what you budget is.
Added Extras
There are a few little things that you can put in your wedding to make it even more special. Things that are going to help you to remember the day for a lifetime. First of all, you need to put something fun in there for the adults. For one, you could have a cocktail making masterclass. They always get the drinks flowing, and everyone loves a good cocktail. Plus, it helps to break the night up a bit! Secondly, you could think about something that will keep all of the children entertained. A children’s entertainer would be a good idea if there’s a seperate room or area within the location that you’ve chose.
The Perfect Prep
Prep is everything for a woman on her wedding day. It’s one of the most important parts, yet one of the parts that could so easily go wrong. Make sure you have a glam team set up. There are plenty of self employed makeup artists willing to glam you up for the day for a small fee. Having someone do it for you is going to be so much better for than trying to do it yourself when you’re going to have so many other worries on your mind. As for the hair, that bit is definitely left to the professionals, all you need to do is decide whether you want it up or down!

Hints and Tips For Planning a Wedding

I might not be likely to be a plus size bride anytime soon, but there is one thing I am good at – and that is organisation! When it comes to event planning, I really love to get everything organised well in advance, so I can get on with enjoying the event! To be honest with you, I even fully throw myself into planning dinner with friends, because having everything exactly as it should be makes me feel much better!

So whether you’re planning a wedding, dinner with friends or a holiday – my hints and tips for planning should be able to help you get sorted!

Be Organised

I have to be honest with you and say, I love a good list! Even if I am just going away for the weekend I love to have a list of what I need to pack, so I can tick this off as I start putting things in my suitcase. I even make a list of what I need to do before I go, so I know I can go away without worrying about what needs to be done and when. I find that when everything is neatly in a list I feel much less stressed about going away, which makes my whole experience so much nicer.

So, if you’re planning something as massively exciting as a wedding I would suggest that you get a list going and ensure that this is done as one of your first jobs. You may find that this list changes as you go along but you’ll feel so much better having a starting point – and being able to tick things off as you go!

Starting Your Planning

Once you have an idea of what you want to do, why not start some online window shopping? Have a look at the website for wedding venues you like, or start to look at hen party ideas as soon as you like. Not only does this help get you excited for what will soon be happening but will help you get organised. Depending on how far in advance you’re wedding planning, you may not need to book things just yet. However, bear in mind that many of the most popular wedding and reception venues do get booked up quickly, so be sure to contact them well in advance about availability. The last thing you want to do is leave this to the last minute and miss out on a venue you really love.

Make Your Mind Up

When it comes to booking something as big as a wedding, it can be easy to get carried away with the expectations of others, especially if you’re a social media user. Literally, the most important thing about your wedding is that you enjoy yourself and it is a day you’ll remember. Don’t get caught up in what other people say make the perfect day, or what they say you should do. Sit down with your partner and have a chat about what you both want and don’t be afraid to stick to this. At the end of the day, you are the ones getting married so you are the only one that matters. This goes the same if you have a budget that you need to stick to. Getting married is a massive commitment, that doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank in order to do so.

Enjoying The Day

When it comes to celebrating the big day, the most important thing is to enjoy it. Leading up to the day you’ll have done everything you can to ensure the day goes smoothly. However, if it doesn’t – don’t worry! It is just one of those things that you’ll look back on and smile. When it comes to the wedding day itself – enjoy the venue, relish getting married and then get on with spending time with your loved ones. Chances are it’ll be the first time in a while you and everyone will have gotten together – so why not use this as a day to make the most of?

If you were planning, a no expense spared wedding – what would you go for?

Always The Bridesmaid...

When I say 'always the bridesmaid' I actually mean 'my first ever time being a bridesmaid and it was amazing'.

Over a year ago, one of my favourite people in the whole wide world asked me to me to be bridesmaid... my first reaction (I'll be honest) was of panic... and so I declined! After all, getting a plus size bridesmaid dress is hardly a case of just popping into Bridal Dresses R U are getting one off of the shelf! Thankfully my amazing friend (Gemma for those who are wondering) saw straight through that, told me straight away she had someone who would make the dress and that she would be honoured if I would reconsider... I told her I would, and then some how - I ended up yesterday wearing the most amazing dress, tiara and sparkly silver shoes to watch her walk down the aisle!

I could talk for hours about the amazing day - the beautiful church, the vintage coaches, the pretty afternoon tea cakes, the speeches, the 5ive mega mix and so much more, but I won't. Only to say that I loved every single second of being there and I was honoured to be a part of it!

In my usual vein fashion, I took lots of photos of myself yesterday and I love them. My make up was done by a make up artist on the morning and I was really happy with it! 

There is a saying that is something like 'Don't let the fear of striking out make you miss the game' and how true! I could have easily have backed out of yesterday - Every other bridesmaid was about a size 10 and know I would have stuck out like a sore thumb! Giving my measurements over to have a dress made knowing that my measurements would have been bigger the other ladies dresses could have scared me enough to quit - but it didn't and words can not say how glad I am of that! Being a bridesmaid for Gemma filled me with honour and joy and no amount of wobbles (no pun intended) about being there would have ruined that!

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to do something like that?


It's A Nice Day For A Kent Wedding!

Following on from last weeks Black and Bling party I attended the wedding of two of my lovely friends yesterday. I can't even begin to tell you the amazing thought that Tom and Toria put into their wedding and all of the little personal touches they thought out - which really helped to make sure that everyone had a great day!

I don't want to talk too much about the little touches because I am bridesmaid in October (YAY!) and want to borrow a few ideas for my friends wedding (I have checked with the Bride from yesterday)... I just haven't checked with Gemma, the October bride yet - but it will be fine!! I hope.... Hi Gem :)

Anyway... For the wedding I decided to wear an orange maxi dress with I bought a few months ago and only worn once - for a charity ball.

I have tried to find the dress on the Simply Be website to give you more details but it doesn't seem to be there anymore. What I can tell you is that it has a tighter, thicker orange material underneath and then the orange and purple layer over the top is much thinner and free-flowing. I really love the pattern of this dress and its really comfortable to wear all day!

I am a bridesmaid for my friend in October and the hen party is next weekend - looking out for more outfit updates then!

Have you been to any weddings this year? What did you wear?