Bridal Hairstyles for fine hair

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bridal hairstyles for very fine hair

Where fine hair is concerned, whatever your hair length, doing a Google search for bridal hairstyles can be a bit disheartening.

This is because lots of bridal hairstyles seem to have been created on models with seemingly long hair – and lots of it!

But don’t despair, a lot of the bridal hairstyles on Instagram have been created with the help of extensions.

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Hair extensions are used extensively (excuse the pun) in lots of bridal hairstyle images out there.

But, although they can look great, they are by no means essential.

A lot of my brides, whether they have fine hair or not, prefer not to use extensions in their wedding day hairstyles.

This isn’t a problem at all, as with the right bridal hairstyle know-how, some of the most beautiful bridal hairstyles can be created with fine hair.

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By using the right hair prep your bridal hairstylist will be able to work with your fine hair.

And they’ll make it appear fuller and thicker.

So it will be perfect for creating a wide range of bridal and wedding day hairstyles.

It’s best to allow plenty of time for your hair trial and what’s more, your hair will need to be squeaky clean.

This is because fine hair has a tendency to get greasy easily. And if there is one thing that can make fine hair look even thinner it’s a layer of grease.

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If you are a DIY bride, it’s important that you don’t over load your hair with product. And go very sparingly with serums and leave in conditioners.

The problem with these products if that they can over load and weigh down your fine hair.

With the result being hard-to-manage hair and a bridal hairstyle that could’ve been so much better.

If you have fallen into this bridal hairstyling trap, all is not lost.

You can rescue your ailing fine hair with a generous spray of dry shampoo.

The batiste brand has 2 great options, with one for dark and one for fair hair.

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The best bridal hairstyle products for fine hair

With the right hair styling products, you’ll be able to get the best out of your fine hair for your wedding day hairstyle.

Soft, silky, fine hair can be given extra oomph and volume by using a texturising product such as Fudge Urban Sea Salt Spray.

You’ll be able to get extra volume and texture, which is just what you’ll need to achieve your perfect bridal hairstyle.

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What’s more, this product works like magic when it comes to taming fine flyaway hair.

And what’s more, it is super lightweight so it won’t weigh down fine hair.

Even better, it can double up as a finishing product so you can get an extra shine to your wedding hairstyles.

In short, having fine hair, whether it’s long, short or in between won’t stop you from having a totally beautiful bridal hairstyle!

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If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

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Bridal Hairstyles for Long Hair

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Bridal Hairstyles for Long, heavy Hair

If you’re lucky enough to have lovely long, thick, heavy hair you’ll have lots to choose from when it comes to looking at bridal hairstyles.

However, there are a couple of stumbling blocks to watch out for so read on for lots of advice on wedding day hair styles.

One thing is for sure, with long, thick heavy hair you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a wedding day hairstyle.

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So, if you’d like your hair up, a messy or neat bun your stylist just needs to create the right foundations.

This way your hair will not fall down, on the contrary, it will stay in place all day and into the evening.

You can take your pick of half up styles and beachy waves when you have long thick heavy hair.

However, there are a number of things to consider, not just your hair type and your face shape, when your choosing a wedding hair style.

The venue, your wedding dress and believe it not even the height of your groom also need to be factored in.

So don’t be in a rush when it comes to choosing the right wedding hairstyle for your big day.

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Wedding Hair Styles for thick, long hair

Gorgeous Plaits & BraidsFishtail braids, French, Dutch and waterfall braids can all be incorporated into your wedding day hairstyle and they all look gorgeous!

Braids often show up best in hair that has different tones and a few highlights eg blonde hair, highlighted or low lighted hair.

So, if you have dark hair that is one solid colour it night be worth having a chat with your hairdresser.

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Because just a couple of different tones in the hair will make sure your braids look photo-ready!

You can incorporate braids with Beachy waves, soft curls or gorgeous volume. And because you can have your hair up, or down, so the choice really is endless!

On your trial run your wedding hairstylist will be able to try different curling techniques, different braids as well as different hairstyles.

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Bridal hair styles for Heavy hair

If your long, thick heavy hair also happens to be poker straight – your hairdresser will need to work a bit harder to create a curl that stays in all day.

But don’t despair, because fabulous long-lasting curls can definitely be achieved for your wedding day hairstyle.

Heated rollers probably won’t pack enough punch for your long hair. So your bridal hairstylist will probably need to use tongs, straighteners or even a curly blow-dry.

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If you want the curl to hold, you don’t want the hair to be too clean – or too dirty. It’s a fine balance.

When curling with tongs you’ll find it best to start at the nape of the neck and working upwards. Only curling small sections of hair at a time and securing the curl in place until they are cool will really help your curls stay in.

The curls will also last longer if you avoid using any deep heat treatments, leave in conditions or hair oils of any kind. Just in the few days before the wedding.

You almost want the hair to feel a little bit ‘dry’. But don’t worry, your hair stylist can always make your hair shine, but if it is too soft it will not hold the curl.

Always use a good heat protector before curling, I love Silhouette Style & Care Lotion.

Then, once you’ve finished you can try spraying your lovely curls with a touch of dry shampoo – it will give the curl a bit of extra longevity!

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Bridal hairstyles for long hair – working with extensions

Kate, the bride in this photo has fabulously long thick heavy hair, but we still needed to add several 24″ extensions to create this lovely over the shoulder braided wedding day hair style.

Many of the gorgeous hairstyles we see on Pinterest and Instagram have had hair extensions added to give that extra bit of oomph and gorgeousness.

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Bonded extensions are an option, but can be expensive. Clip in extensions can look just as fabulous and they’re so much easier to work with and adaptable with when it comes to creating beautiful wedding hairstyles.

I always recommend human hair extensions. Synthetic extensions don’t blend as well with your own hair and there is less control when it comes to getting the perfect curl.

Human hair is undeniably the pricier option but it’s well worth it. Save your self extra work and buy hair extensions with clips already sewn on, they don’t cost much more but they will save you a lot of time and energy!

I love using American Dream extensions for their really natural look and great range of colours and hair types. Remember though, the hair must match your hair as closely as possible.

NB If you are only going to wear your hair extensions a couple of times, no need to buy the more expensive Remy hair.

Top Tip

For extra holding power try using a sprinkling of texturising powder at the root of the hair just before you clip in the extensions.

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Hair up styles for long, heavy hair

Buns are a great option for when it comes to creating beautiful wedding hairstyles for long, thick, heavy hair.

High, low, smooth and sleek fo soft and relaxed, the choice is yours.

One of the brides’ biggest concerns is that their hair might have to be pulled back tight at the front in order for their hair up.

No need to worry. No matter what the length of your hair, the hair at the front can be soft and relaxed and gorgeous, straight, braided or curly, the choice is yours.

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One of the best things about getting your hair up is that, with the right hairstylist,  you can be confident it will stay put, and you wont need to worry about it at all.

Foundations are the key. are sure your hair feels secure and comfortable once it is finished. Don’t be afraid to let your hairdresser know if you ‘wedding up-d’o isn’t comfortable – so she/he can put it right – it’s going to be in for a long time.

Start a Pinterest board and collect as many wedding day hairstyles as you can! You can never have too much choice. Send them to your wedding hairstylist before the trial run.

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Once your hair style is created, looking beautiful and feeling secure it will be time to secure your bridal hair accessories.

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However, if your bridal hairstyle isn’t feeling secure at this point it’s imperative that you let your bridal hairstyle know.

As they will need to take a few steps back, identify the problem and rectify it before securing your hair accessories.

Once your hairstyle is secure, the rest will be easy. Your hair accessories can be placed wherever they look best, in order to finish off your perfect wedding day hairstyle.

If you’re not sure about what to do

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what makeup would look best. . .

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Autumn Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Hair, Bridal Makeup, Décor, Dress and More!

An autumn wedding is always so magical. The crisp buzzing of the changing seasons in the air make everything even more exciting and that perfect blend of clear, sunny days and just the beginnings of a wintery chill allows for all your favourite aspects of summer and winter weddings combined. You can still get away with serving Pimms and a bright colour scheme, but at the same time a roaring fire, hot toddies and luxurious furry stole to top off your wedding dress in the evening is totally fitting.

Another wonderful thing about an autumn wedding is the choice of seasonal themes. You could tap into the spirit of harvest with huge sharing bowls of hearty food for your guests to tuck into and enjoy. You can bring the outside world in, and decorate with nature’s firey hues of reds, golds, oranges, hot pinks and earthy browns. Bonfire night is a lovely celebration to tie in and you could even give a nod to Halloween, with pumpkin displays and toffee apples in abundance!

There is so much to play with when planning an autumn wedding. If you’re searching for top tips and inspiration, look no further…

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Colour Schemes

Nature offers such a rich and vibrant array of colours in the autumn months and so it only makes sense to take our cues from this. But if the orange, red and brown tones aren’t for you, don’t make the mistake in thinking you’re all out of autumnal options. There’s far more to it than this.

Pantone is the authority of what’s hot in terms of colour schemes for pretty much everything: fashion, interiors, hair colour and of course, weddings. 2018 was all about ultra-violet, but autumn/winter 2018 heading in 2019 is welcoming an incredible range of striking shades that offer so much scope for a bang on-trend wedding colour palette.

Seen on the fashion week runways all over the world, the new hot-to-trot colours have been described as zesty, vigorous and romantic. Sounds pretty perfect for a bride’s big day!

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First up, ‘Red Pear’. This is a deep, wine toned red verging of burgundy which makes a wonderful grounding undertone to many colour schemes. Bright enough for a subtle pop, but subdued enough to create an accent without over-powering. ‘Valiant Poppy’ is the loud, red sister colour. An amazing lipstick shade too! Ideal for creating continuity between your look and your wedding décor. Feminine pinks and purples are all the rage too, for those of you wanting something really soft and girly instead.

Lending to the whole natural vibe ‘Martini Olive’ green is an amazing addition to many different palettes. Pair with peach, white and gold for something fresh; Deep purple, navy and gold for decadence or team up with a lighter sage, gold, ivory and rich brown for a combo that works year-round.

Yellow is another colour that is really coming into it’s own right now, particularly when put with an elegant grey or beige and a bold magenta.

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Autumnal Blooms

Just like food, seasonal is always best when it comes to wedding flowers, but of course everything is available! If you love the idea of crating floral displays that fit beautifully with the season, take a look at these gorgeous bouquet ideas from The Natural Wedding Company

Cosmos, blackberries and rosehips

Bright & fresh!

 

Zinnias, snapdragons and grasses

Vibrant purple hues

 

Leaves, scabious and cosmos

Delicate & girly

 

Delphiniums, ammi and verbena

Beautiful blues!

 

Dahlias, ammi and ivy

Elegant & ethereal

 

Japanese anemone, flowering mint and roses

Striking contrast

 

Amaranthus, dahlias and scabious

Explosive colours

 

Echinacea, acorns and rosehips

An alternative choice

 

Chocolate cosmos, grasses and dusty miller

Wild & leafy

 

Crab apples, autumn leaves and Chinese lantern

Seriously autumnal

 

Poppies, dahlias and lavender

Gorgeous & firey!

 

Feverfew, cosmos and lamb’s ear

Sweet & feminine

 

Mixed grasses, dahlias and golden amaranthus

Subdued & rustic

 

Delphiniums, scabious and eryngium thistle

Pops of colour

 

Elderberries, roses and dahlias

Muted pastels

 

Hydrangea, berries and old man’s beard

Mother nature’s bouquet

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Bridal Beauty

When it comes to bridal makeup, an autumn wedding makes way for neutral smoky eyes, lightly bronzed contours, deeply coloured lips and a hint of gold! There are so many fun ways to play with makeup to tie in seasonally.

 

Lips

During summer months we see a lot of fresh lip colours and barely there tints, but as we head into autumn and winter approaches, it’s time to start playing with some of those gorgeous deeper shades again!

A slightly sheer plum is a bridal favourite of A/W 18 going into 2019 and of course, the timeless Hollywood red pout always has its place. If you’ve got the right complexion for it (red heads and warm brunettes – this one’s for you!) play around with some orange undertones.

 

Eyes

Autumn eyes tend to go one of two ways – smoky or nude! This year’s smoky grey and smoky beige eyes are a big hit for autumn brides, but if you’re going for a really strong lip you could always try going lighter on the eyes – a subtle gloss on the lid, a precise cat eye flick and sky-high lashes (with a bit of help from false individuals set in!).

 

Cheeks

A healthy glow is a must! But whether you go for a fresh-faced pop or sculpted cheekbones (or maybe a bit of both) is up to you.

Pale skin looks fabulous kept really clear with a pink flush, just like on a brisk winter’s day. For warmer skin tones, it’s all about the bronzed contouring – but easy does it! We still want this looking quite natural, not overdone.

 

Brows

Autumn begs for a strong brow to frame the face, but eyebrows are such a personal thing, so go with what you love. Whatever look you decide on though, well-groomed and defined is essential!

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Amazing Photos

Autumn wedding photography has got to be some of the best out there and it’s all because of the natural light. Summer days can be so bright it’s hard to take a great photo. Winter can be a little grey. But autumn – autumn offers that exceptional, hazy, golden quality of light as the sun starts to set that is hard to beat. If you love those images of wedded couple in diffuse, warm light, you’ll be thrilled to read that you’re very likely to get that if your big day is during autumn months! Take a look at some expert tips on how to look amazing in your wedding photos on our blog, here.

 

Autumn Wedding Dress

When choosing your dress for your autumn wedding, remember that you’re likely going to need a little cover up on your arms for when it turns chilly. This doesn’t mean you have to go for a dress with sleeves (although this is the perfect opportunity to do that, if you find one you love!) – you can opt for an elegant stole, wrap or shrug to keep the cold at bay. Whatever you do, don’t only choose looks over comfort. You can have the best of both worlds and no brides wants to be shivering on her wedding day!

An autumn wedding also allows for wearing bigger, heavier dresses without running the risk of overheating, so if you love the idea of something really grand, go for it!

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The Perfect Venue

Most venues are able to be kitted out for all seasons, but it’s worth remembering that you might need to consider heating options if you’re going for an outdoor wedding or a really rustic castle. Old castles and churches can get very cold, so find out if you can get a roaring log fire going, adding warmth and ambiance or if there are other heating solutions available.

Don’t be put off a barn wedding. Although you might imagine this to be better suited to a summer wedding, barn venues can often be really toasty and cosy! You’ll probably be choosing your venue in a different season to your autumn wedding, so when visiting to check it out, remember to ask about heating and how it might feel on your date. Many venues can sort out a fire for you (some even offer fire pits outside) and there are other alternatives too, like heating lamps, if need be.

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Little Extras 

Get inspired by different cultures around the world! Autumn is an important season in Japan and so many of their traditional food, clothes and décor give a nod to this. A little autumnal Japanese addition you might like to include in your meal (or perhaps as an unusual wedding favour) is a delicious red maple leaf fried with sugar and salt. Yum!

Having some ‘plan B’ solutions to hand is a good idea for month’s that can be a bit rainy (so, pretty much all year round in the UK!). Make sure you have some wellies and umbrellas for really cute outside photos, whatever the weather.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

Congratulations! You’re engaged! And your wedding planning is probably well underway. With venues to view, dresses to try, food to taste and parties to plan, you’ve got a busy stretch ahead of you but we all know that one of the things you’re looking forward to the most is deciding on that perfect wedding hair and makeup look.

All of us girls have fantasised about how we’ll look walking down the aisle and the hair and makeup is a huge part of that. It’s got to be your dream look – something that makes you look and feel like the very best version of you, so that you’re brimming with confidence when you say your ‘I dos’ and looking flawless in those wedding photographs.

Finding a wedding hair and makeup look that works for you can take time, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Flick through magazines, create Pinterest boards and get inspired by the pros (check out my wedding hair and makeup gallery here) but most of all, enjoy it! Play around with ideas, but ultimately, try to focus on looks that you know aren’t too far out of your comfort zone – just because it’s a big deal doesn’t mean it needs to be a ‘big’ look. Effortless, glowy and natural is beautiful, if that’s your thing, or equally if you love wearing heavy makeup with smoky eyes and a vibrant lip, go for it! Gather images of styles that work for you – it is YOUR day after all.

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Book Your Trial Run

When you’ve got the big day booked in at your venue and you’ve found a gorgeous dress, it’s time to book in your trial hair and makeup run. Yes, you do get to luxuriate in bridal pampering not once, but twice!

The trial run is an incredibly important part of your wedding planning as it gives you the chance to not only try out all of these looks you’ve been obsessing over, but to also get professional guidance and figure out a style that you absolutely love. But to make sure that you get the most out of your trial run and know with complete certainty by the end of it that you’re over the moon, there are a few things you can do in advance and bear in mind on the day.

I love working with brides on trial runs – it’s always so exciting and it is usually the first opportunity we get to meet face to face and have some fun! Working with your ideas and creating a look that makes you feel amazing is all part of this wonderful job, but if you feel totally clueless as to what you want, don’t worry – together, we’ll work it out. I am an expert, after all!

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What is a wedding hair and makeup trial run like?

Some brides are a little nervous about their trial run and, although understandable given the importance, there is really no need to worry. Your trial run is a day of pampering and you are going to love it!

I’ll come to you and we’ll spend at least a few hours together, getting to know each other and trying out lots of gorgeous styles – but our session won’t be over until you’re 100% happy. If that takes a little longer, that’s fine, there’s no pressure and no time limit.

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I’ll encourage you to share your thoughts – looks you love, looks you hate(!), features you want to show off and maybe certain aspect you’d like to conceal. We’ll discuss all the details of your wedding: your dress, the venue, the theme, the colour scheme and even your husband! All of this will tie in to choosing a hair and makeup style that works exactly right for your big day.

I’ll offer my expert opinion and advice too, suggestion styles I think you would rock and colour palettes that will really flatter your skin tone. I might ask if we can try a style I can imagine you in that you haven’t thought of, just to see what you think, but I’ll never be pushy. Many of my brides end up going for something they hadn’t considered before, once they try it out, but at the end of the day it’s what you want that really matters. If you’re happy, I’m happy.

During the trial, I’ll make notes so that when the day comes around, I know precisely how you want things done, just as we worked out before. This means there won’t be any surprises when it comes to your wedding hair and makeup – just a flawless look and a process that runs like clockwork, meaning you can enjoy every minute without stress.

A wedding hair and makeup trial is an absolutely essential part of getting it right before you walk down the aisle and any bridal hair and makeup artist who doesn’t insist on it is not doing their job properly! Your wedding day itself is not the time to be figuring out how you want to look and working out any kinks – every last detail should be sorted well in advance to ensure you have a fun, relaxed wedding morning.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

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Come Prepared

It’s great to be prepared for your trial run, both by having had a look at hair and makeup inspiration to get a feel of what you might like to try and also, by prepping your hair and skin for styling and makeup application.

Lots of brides-to-be think that freshly washed hair is the way to go, but actually, when it comes to styling second day hair allows for the best results. Just washed hair tends to be a little bit fluffy, too soft and too silky if conditioner has been used and this makes it harder to get your hair to stay in place. Of course, if you know that second day hair doesn’t work for you, this is easily remedied with the right texturising products to add grip and securing techniques, but if you are happy to wash your hair the night before rather than in the morning, that is ideal.

It is also important to not use any product or serum in your hair before the trial run (or your wedding day!) as this can lead to product build up and weighed down, oily roots. I want to see you with your natural hair! No products and no styling beforehand – straightened hair does not like to curl, so leave the styling to me.

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Wear White

Wearing white (or whatever the colour of your wedding dress) at your trial run is a great idea, as this will give you a little more insight into how you will look on the day. You’d be amazed at what a difference the colour of your clothes can make to an overall makeup look – it could completely change your perspective on lip, cheek and eye colour.

 

Take Photos

All brides love a selfie and your trial run is not a time to be shy about it. Snap away! You’ll be the centre of attention on your wedding day and you’ll be getting lots of photos taken of you, from all angles, so it’s important that you love how your hair and makeup looks on camera as much as you do in real life.

I’m more than happy to take photos from the back, front and side to give you a 360 degree view!

Be Open Minded

As mentioned earlier, many of my brides end up going for a look they hadn’t originally thought of because of a suggestion I made at their trial run and while it is a good idea to stick to a look that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable or unlike ‘you’, it’s all part of the fun to experiment, so try to be a little bit open minded.

We will try out loads of looks on your trial run until we create ‘the one’, so giving something a bit different a go won’t hurt and in fact, you may find that you love it!

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Relax & Enjoy!

Above all else, I want you to enjoy your trial run. This is a time for you to sit back, relax, get pampered and feel excited about your amazing wedding day! Even if you’re feeling a little nervous, you’ll soon find that I’m friendly and laid back and there to be your friend just as much as your hair and makeup artist.

I consider it to be part of my job to help you stay happy and calm on the wedding day itself and the same applies for your trial run. Expect lots of laughs, girly chat, enthusiasm and excitement. I love what I do and I love all of my brides, so I absolutely cannot wait to meet you and create your dream look!

The Essential Guide to Your Destination Wedding Planning

So you’ve decided to ditch the unpredictable UK weather for sunnier exotic climes on the big day? With the weather being as dire as it has been so far this year, I can’t say I blame you!

The temptation to tie the knot overseas is one that draws many brides and grooms (around 350,000 annually!), with sunshine in abundance, the potential for a gorgeous beach backdrop and not to mention getting to combine your wedding day and honeymoon, if you so wish!

While a Destination Wedding is undoubtedly a wonderful idea, with the possibility of being a wonderful reality, it does come with a fairly hefty ‘to do’ list of things that you would not normally have to consider with a wedding in the UK. But being a challenge doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take it on, it just means that you need to get clued up and know the essentials beforehand so you don’t get caught out.

From licensing laws to organising the catering from afar, the struggle of arranging a destination wedding on your own is real, so if you can budget to hire a wedding planner to help you out this might be a very good option. Although the outlay for employing a professional may seem more than you’d like to part with, it could actually end up saving you money in the long wrong purely by cutting down on logistics and having someone who knows how and where to get you the best for your money. However, before you decide whether or not you need professional assistance, you might want to try getting your head around what it is that actually needs doing that really differs from the organisation of a wedding on home shores.

As an award-winning bridal hair and makeup artist with 30 years experience, my services are often required outside of the UK for brides who have chosen a destination wedding to ensure that they get the hair and makeup they really want. Because of this, I’m no stranger to the ins and outs of planning the big day from a distance and I’m familiar with both the joys and the downfalls! To help you get started with your destination wedding planning, I’ve put together my essential guide with everything you need to know…

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Licensing

Before you do anything else, the first step to planning a Destination Wedding is to investigate your different countries licensing laws ASAP.

You may have an idea in your head of where you would like to get married, but there are some countries that are considerably harder than others to achieve that in and in fact, some where legally it’s not possible at all. Fortunately, on the flip-side, there are numerous countries where UK citizens can get married relatively easily and unless you really want your work cut out for you, I would generally advise you opt for one of these. Even the easier options may have some tricky legislation to get through, which often includes having to be in the country for a month or two before the big day to make it legal.

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Depending on your availability and budget, caveats like having to be in the country for an extended period or make multiple visits within a certain time frame could easily take a destination out of the running, so make sure that you have thoroughly researched the ins and outs of where you’re going before you send out your invites!

As a UK couple getting married, there are lots of amazing places you can say your ‘I dos’ without too much hassle that only require a 1-7 day residency beforehand. These are:

Italy

Greece

Cyprus

Mauritius

Seychelles

Sri Lanka

Southern Africa

Bali

Thailand

Caribbean

USA (New York, Las Vegas, Florida and Hawaii)

Canada

Australia

New Zealand

Cook Islands

Fiji

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Seasons

You’ve figured out where to have your destination wedding, the next step is when. Have you found an almost too good to be true deal at your dream venue that is weirdly cheaper than other times of the year? This could be down to the fact that the weather you’re counting on is doing some crazy things at that time of year.

Always check the general annual weather for countries that you’re considering for your destination wedding to avoid selecting a season that is known for it’s unbearable heat or tropical monsoons. Getting married on a beautiful day is often a priority for couples drawn to tying the knot abroad and if you pick the right season, you’ll be in with much better luck of getting your wish.

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Vendors & Suppliers

One of the most daunting things about having your wedding overseas has got to be the organisation of all the ‘little’ things: catering, flowers, bridal hair and makeup, entertainment, décor…these are all hard enough to get selected, tied down  and booked in when you’re in the same country, speaking the same language, but it can be near-impossible if you’re attempting to go it alone from abroad.

This is the point where you can’t beat a wedding planner when it comes to getting everything sorted remotely. Hiring someone who is a pro at planning weddings in the area or even using a wedding planner provided by a hotel or venue will take all of the really challenging planning out of your hands and into those of someone who knows what they’re doing. You shouldn’t have to worry about them taking over and arranging a day that isn’t what you have in mind – be vocal about your wants and needs and be clear that you want to have as much input as possible from the outset.

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There are lots of things that are best left being local – the food and the event styling being two of those. But often getting the high quality of bridal hair and makeup you’re after and of course, being able to attend that all-important trial run, is a task best left to pros at home.

The way you look on your wedding day will have such a huge impact on how you feel and therefore, whether or not you really enjoy your wedding, so it’s essential to get right. You will of course have to take into account the extra costs of flights, accommodation and additional days you’ll need to pay your bridal hair and makeup artist for, but if it’s an artist you know you’re really happy with, it’s worth it.

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If hiring a wedding planner is out of your budget or you’d rather take it on yourself, here are some tips:

  • Pay a visit to your destination at least once before the wedding to scout out and book local suppliers
  • Befriend people who live in the area or who work in local restaurants for the best intel on lesser known talent and the best prices.
  • Bring your hair and makeup artist with you! Getting your bridal hair and makeup just right makes such a difference to your big day. Don’t risk it on someone you’ve never met or trialled with, instead, talk to your favourite UK wedding hair and makeup artist about their fees for coming along.
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The Dress

Wherever you decide to get married, be it in the UK or a destination wedding, always book the venue before choosing your dress.

Not only will the choice of backdrop affect the style you’ll want to go for, but of course when getting married abroad you also need to take into account the temperature and whether or not you’ll be comfortable. You might love those illusion sleeves and big ball gown silhouettes, but these are probably going to be far from practical on a beach or in sizzling heat! Your husband to be should consider his outfit too – maybe a tailored linen suit would be more appropriate than a wool tux?!

Oh and one more this: never check your dress! It’s Sod’s Law that the item of luggage that will go missing will be the most important one and you can’t afford to lose this. Carry your dress on board and have it pressed and steamed when you arrive.

Start Early

Planning a wedding in your own country takes around a year all in, so take into account that arranging a destination wedding will usually require more time and effort than that, unless you’re using a wedding planner.

Don’t leave anything until the last minute! Everything must to arranged well in advance to avoid any unwanted stress.

Start your organising by planning at least one scouting trip, but preferably more like 3 or 4 – the more the better to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Really be on it for these trips by setting up as many appointments with prospective suppliers and vendors as you can to really make your most of your time out there. The less rushed everything is, the more you’ll feel happy that you made all the right decisions when the day comes.

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Wedding Colour Schemes for 2018: inspiration on this year’s top colour picks

When you’re planning your wedding, your colour scheme is everything. Whatever shades you decide upon will influence not only the flowers and décor, but your dress and what your fiancé wears, your bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits, the invitations, the wedding favours, the food…every tiny aspect has the potential to be impacted by this one choice – so you’d better get it right!

With so many colours to choose from and so many ways in which it needs to fit, selecting the perfect shade combo can be challenging. It needs to go much further than just being your day-to-day favourite colours as this won’t necessarily fit in with your wedding theme or venue. You need to find tones that look great in all areas, that are flattering and that complement each-other like a dream.

Fortunately, as with all things wedding, there are annual trends to help you make the best choice. For 2018, there are a few palettes that have taken the lead on the bridal runway that you are going to just love. For those of you feeling brave enough to choose something bold, we’re looking at the Pantone Colour of the Year: Ultraviolet. For the Brides-to-be who want to go for femininity and timeless romance, its got to be the Blush & Grey combo that never seems to go out of favour…

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Read on for details and inspiration on this year’s top colour picks, with mood-boards courtesy of THE BLACK TUX (who have got you covered when you need to find rental suits to match your choice!) so that you can go off and get those swatches sorted!

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Ultra-Violet

You’ve probably already started to see this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year taking over pretty much everywhere and the wedding industry is no exception.

Bold and undeniably beautiful, this vibrant shade is perhaps one that you might not have considered in the past, but now that we’re being presented with its stunning potential here, there and everywhere, it’s time to have a re-think.

Said to communicate “originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future”, Ultra-violet is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a wedding colour theme that’s more than just aesthetically pleasing, but inspirational too and a nod towards the amazing things that are yet to come as you make your way into the adventure of married life.

 

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute says “The Pantone Colour of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”

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Make it work by…

It is clear to anyone that ultra-violet is a pretty strong hue, which when you’re thinking about using it as an overall wedding theme could end up being a little over-powering. Make it work for your big day by:

 

  • Using ultra-violet more as a splash of incredible purple accents alongside white and maybe even gold if you fancy embracing the decadent side (and why not – it is your wedding day after all!).

 

  • Finding it in nature. As shown in THE BLACK TUX mood board, ultra-violet is present in the natural world in the form of some really gorgeous flowers. Using blooms to blend this bright colour into your wedding day, alongside bridesmaid dresses, table dressing or anywhere else you’d like to throw it in can help to lend a more romantic feel than a synthetic one.

 

  • Embracing your fairytale princess! There’s no way around it – the ultra-violet colour theme is kind of a magical one and very definitely girly. I love the golden filled macaroons shown here on the mood board and can’t help but feel as though there’s something a bit Disney or maybe even ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ about them.
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Lilac & Green

If you love the idea of integrating purple into your wedding day but don’t want to go full on ultra-violet, how about blending lilac and greens together instead for and ethereal woodland feel?

This is just so perfect for the summer bride who has chosen to take the party outside. Save on décor costs by using what nature has already given you in your outdoor venue and brighten it up a bit with shots of varying lilac tones.

One big plus side to having two contrasting colours as your palette is that you have the option of mixing and matching your bridesmaid dresses. It’s so hard to please everyone with a single colour, so this gives your girls the chance to choose their favourite which might end up easing unwanted tension!

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Make it work by…

If full-on ultra-violet is a bit much for you but you’re a fan of purple, toning it done and blending it in with subdued nature tones is the perfect alternative. Lilac and green is one colour theme we’ll be seeing lots of in 2018. Make it work by:

 

  • Sticking to just two block colours can get a bit boring, so liven it up by using a wide variety of tones that fall into the remit of lilac and green.

 

  • Get your guy wearing ‘stone’ or ‘oatmeal’ for his suit shade. This is not your usual tux, but for an outside summer wedding it can be the perfect solution when darker colours just seem a bit heavy. It works really well with lilac and green and you’ll look elegant yet fresh as you walk down the aisle together.

 

  • Keep your bridal makeup natural. Just because you’re going for a colourful theme doesn’t mean you need to go for colourful makeup. In fact, with all that vibrancy around you’ll be better off going for understated beauty.
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Slate & Moss

These fresh, earthy tones work all year round – gorgeous for an outdoorsy spring/summer wedding and equally so when combining with furry stoles and twinkly lights in winter.

Although this colour scheme allows for a very classic wedding, it also has a very contemporary appearance that will keep the overall style of your big day on point.

If you’re a nature-inspired bride with a love of Boho bridal hairstyles and the latest slate smoky eye trend, this is the ideal colour palette for you. Just imagine: your ‘naked’ wedding cake, quirky rustic décor and perhaps a barn venue. Just divine!

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Make it work by…

This is such a sophisticated colour scheme and if you choose it for your upcoming wedding, you can rest assured that you are totally on trend. Subtle and simple yet carrying it’s own special decadence, make it work by:

 

  • Using large, cream flowers sparingly with lots of sage and mossy toned foliage to make up your bouquets and other floral arrangements.

 

  • Including pops of colour here and there. Slate and moss and stunning colours but alone, they can look a little drab. Just an injection of colour every so often can really bring the whole look together.

 

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Blush & Grey

Blush and grey tones just never seem to go out of fashion in the wedding world, so if you love these colours you simply can’t go wrong! If you’re after romance, there isn’t any other colour scheme that gives it off quite like this one. Peachy hues and splashes of dove grey embodies classic glamour and a loved up feel and as an added bonus – it is super versatile.

Think pink and embrace it! Pink champagne, pink rose petals, pink candles, pink cakes. It will look fabulous! The addition of soft grey will keep it under control just enough to make sure it looks elegant rather than like a little girl’s birthday party.

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Make it work by…

Blush and grey is the number one wedding colour scheme for romance, so if that’s your thing you are going to love it. Don’t forget – pink is not just for girls! It can also be a really flattering colour for the guys and very cool. If the Groomsmen are willing to brave pink suits, do it! Make this colour scheme work by:

 

  • Matching your blush bridesmaid dresses with the groomsmen accessories for cute synchronicity.

 

  • Saving the blush colour for your own dress and have your bridal party in grey instead. If you love it, go for it! Brides are not confined to only wearing white anymore. A pink-hued gown will look absolutely incredible.

 

  • Not being afraid to go overboard. Having dusky, pale pink everything with grey accents can look great. Unlike some of the brighter colours which can get a little overwhelming, it’s hard to overdo the peachy tones.

 

  • Throwing a bit of glitter in there. Let’s face it, blush and grey is super-girly so if you want to have a bit of sparkle involved, it’s certainly not going to look out of place here.

Wedding Hair & Skin Prep for Winter Brides

Christmas Day is one of the most popular times of the year for ‘the big question’ to get popped, so if you’re one of the lucky ladies preparing to say your I Dos in 2018 you’re probably going to be facing the new year wondering where on earth to start with your wedding preparations…

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There’s going to be plenty to keep you busy during your wedding planning from finding that dream wedding dress to booking your hair and makeup trial run (and everything else inbetween!), but in amongst all of this it’s also important to remember to take some time for yourself, stay calm amidst the excitement and start to take care of your hair and skin at a whole new level so that you look and feel your very best on your wedding day.

A great hair and makeup artist can of course be quite transformative in the work they do, but you’ll always feel more confident and comfortable if you’ve invested a bit of ‘me time’ into pampering yourself in advance. The best things you can do for your hair and skin change throughout the year, depending on the weather and what you are faced with on a daily basis, so whatever time of year you’re planning on getting married – whether you’re a summer bride or a winter wonderland bride – I’ve got you covered with some top tips on what you can do to get your hair and skin in the best shape possible.

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To get you started, today’s blog is focusing on what you can do to promote gorgeous hair and skin during these cold winter months and this should be adhered to for brides right up until April, when we start to see the back of this dreary weather…

Tips for Beautiful Hair & Skin at Your Winter Wedding

The winter months are often the most drying for hair and skin, thanks to the blasts of hot central heating and cold air and the chill leading many of us to stop drinking as much water as perhaps we should be.

Because of this, hydration is key to keeping your hair lustrous and your skin soft, smooth and supple – the perfect base for making the most of makeup.

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  • Treat yourself to an over-night hair oil treatment once or twice a week on the run up to your wedding for locks that are super shiny and frizz-free. Spend at least 10 minutes applying the oil of your choice with a luxurious scalp massage to really stimulate the blood flow to your scalp for optimal hair growth and balanced sebum production.

 

  • Your skin is going to be pretty thirsty too, so whatever you do – don’t skip the moisturiser! A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful, healthy skin.

 

  • Avoid really hot showers. It can be tempting to crank up the heat when you’re showering on a cold day, but that hot water is as damaging to your hair as heat styling and it will also strip your scalp of much-needed moisture which can lead to a flaky appearance, so keep it cool whenever possible.

 

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  • If you suffer from frizzy, flyaway hair, a silk turban for sleeping in might be what you need. You’ve got that ring on your finger so your other half can’t leave you now, even if you do look a bit mad at bedtime! Despite the funky appearance, it’s totally worth it. Wrapping your hair in silk helps to retain moisture in each strand as well as depositing some of that luxurious silk, whilst also avoiding excess static-causing friction as you sleep. Check out SILKE London for some ready to wear turbans that actually look pretty glam…

 

  • Dry skin isn’t as good as hydrated skin at shedding dead skin cells, so exfoliation during winter months in preparation for your wedding day is a must! Buy yourself a lovely exfoliator and add this important step into your skincare routine each night before bed. Gently does it! You don’t need to scrub (this will do more harm than good!) just light, circular motions will do the trick. Exfoliate before you go to bed so that your skin doesn’t have to content with UV rays afterwards and slather on that moisturiser when you’re done.

My Expert Tips for Achieving the Perfect Wedding Makeup

The last thing you want on your wedding day is wedding makeup that doesn’t make you feel amazing. Whether that’s because it’s not applied as well as it could be or it’s just not the look you were imagining, it’s important that you figure out how to get the wedding makeup of your dreams long before your big day, whether that’s with the help of a professional wedding makeup artist like me or going it alone.

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The makeup you decide on for your wedding day needs to make you feel like ‘the very best version of you’, but that doesn’t mean that just your every day makeup will suffice!

There are certain things you need to take into account when putting together that perfect wedding makeup, with your makeup artist or on your own, to make sure that you get the look of your dreams on camera and off.

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Why Hire a Pro for Your Wedding Day?

Hiring a bridal hair and makeup artist can help enormously with easing the overall stress on the morning of your wedding day, meaning that you’ll be left feeling happy and confident when it matters most.

Your wedding day can be quite full-on and this is just one of the reasons why even if you’re fairly nifty when it comes to applying your own makeup on a daily basis, getting a helping hand from a pro really takes the pressure off.

A great wedding makeup artist will get your look just right, so that you feel amazing walking down that aisle.

Regardless of whether you’re hiring a pro or going it alone, here are my top tips for achieving the perfect wedding makeup:

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Your Trial Run 

If you choose to hire a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, the trial run is the time when you decide on the all-important look, so it’s key to get the most out of it that you can.

Book your trial run in 3-6 months before your big day (read more about what to expect on your Trial Run here).

Whilst the outcome of the trial will largely come down to the skill of your makeup artist, there are some things that you can do to make the most of it:

  • Wear a white top so that you can see how your makeup will look against your dress (button up, if you’re having your hair done too!)
  • Take photos to see the look on camera, from all angles
  • Stock up on inspiration images and bring them with you
  • If you’re planning on having a fake tan on your wedding day, have it for the trial too.
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Naturally Gorgeous Lashes 

Even if you’re going for a very natural look, false lashes are an absolute must for making those peepers picture perfect.

Strip lashes look a little fake and full on, so I tend to avoid these and instead, I use individual lashes for gorgeous length and volume that looks really natural.

Picture Perfect Products

The type of makeup used can have a big impact, especially when it comes to flash photography.

Any makeup that contains SPF, zinc oxide or are marketed as ‘illuminating’ can have what is known as a ‘masking effect’ in photos, meaning that you’ll might look white as a sheet! You can either avoid these and instead look for makeup that is HD, long-lasting or designed for camera.

Don’t worry if your favourite base contains one of these products – your makeup artist can apply a light dusting of one of Dior’s Nude Air Glow Powders – they are fabulous for adding a touch of warmth and gorgeousness, so your base will look fab in all your photos!

My favourite foundation brand is Cosmetics A La Carte, for their huge range of shades that suit every skin tone, long wear and flawless finish on and off camera.

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Use Bright, Natural Lighting

Always apply your makeup in bright, natural light! Make sure that you have this for the trial (or if you’re practicing your own makeup) and on the day itself too.

If you’re getting ready in a hotel room or similar, think about where you can sit on the day to have your makeup done that has plenty of natural light.

 

Steer Clear of Lip Gloss

Unless you absolutely love it – it might be best to avoid super-shiny lip gloss – it can be super sticky and more likely to come off at the first kiss!

No gloss doesn’t mean that you have to wear a matte lip:  I often use a lipstick with a satin or shimmer finish instead rather than a full-on mirror gleam for a beautiful, longer lasting alternative.

Wedding Planning: How to Get Your Guests to RSVP on Time!

As a Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist with over 20 years experience, I’ve seen it all when it comes to weddings and as such, I’ve picked up a lot of really, wedding planning handy tips on how to make the big day run as smoothly as possible.

One of the most common problems I hear about from my brides both on their trial run and on their wedding morning is what a struggle it has been to get their guests to RSVP on time, so today’s blog contains my advice on how to get those RSVPs when you need them!

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Sending out wedding invitations is often something that couples leave surprisingly late, but if you’re hoping to get ahead of the game and really crush it with your wedding planning, make sure that you bump this task right up your ‘to do’ list.

Why? Because one of the biggest hassles about getting all your wedding bits and bobs sorted has got to be trying to get your guests to RSVP in a timely fashion!

Although all-things-wedding might be the only thing on your mind, it’s usually not so much for your friends and family, so when your wedding invitations go out be prepared to do a bit of extra leg-work to get those responses back.

Sounds like a bit of a nightmare, right? Well yeah, when guests don’t RSVP until the last minute (or at all), that really puts a spanner in the works, so following a few, simple wedding planning steps to get the yay or nay from your guests is well worth it.

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Here’s how to get your guests to RSVP on time:

Make It Easy

 

Requesting an RSVP by post is one sure-fire way to find yourself with minimal responses. People have busy lives and the last thing they’re going to find the time to do is tick that ‘attending’ box and mail it back to you.

The easier the better, when it comes to getting a timely RSVP, so keep the reply options really easy.

Set up a wedding email account (this is a great idea anyway, to help you keep on track of all your wedding vendors and quotes) and ask your guests to ping you over a brief message. Everyone has a smart phone these days so sending an email is no big deal. Welcome to the future!

If you’re set on keeping it traditional and still want to go for the snail mail system, do provide that pre-stamped return envelope. It adds on a cost, but it’s worth it for the efficiency and the money you’ll save on not having excess meals going to waste.

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Be Very Specific

 

Don’t give your guests the opportunity to be lax about their RSVP. Make it abundantly clear on your wedding invitation that you require a response by a certain date and make sure that the certain date you choose is WAY ahead of your wedding.

If you don’t state exactly when you need your answers by, I can guarantee that you will be getting them much later than is ideal.

 

Stay Organised

 

It’s easy to let the little things slip, but do try your very best to stay super organised when it comes to keeping a record of who has RSVP’d and who hasn’t.

Create a spreadsheet and make a note of every reply you get as soon as you get it; this way, when it comes to having to do your chasing up (which, unfortunately, you will have to do) your life will be made much easier.

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Chase Up

 

We’ve broken the news to you in the point above, so let’s get down to the details. You will, inevitably, end up having to chase a good chunk of your guests for an answer, no matter how clear your wedding invitations were – so how do you go about doing that?

Despite it being very understandable that you need an answer with plenty of time to spare, many guests don’t get that, so try to be gentle with your reminders and don’t get too frustrated! Your wedding email address comes in handy here again as an email is probably the best way to send a quick, friendly reminder out.

You’re one step closer to your perfect day!

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Have The Big Day Your Wedding Guests Really Want…

It’s all very well and good saying that your big day is for you and your spouse so at the end of the day, all decisions should come down to want you want. To an extent that’s true, however, not every couple wants to throw a wedding that is just for them – many brides and grooms are concerned about how to keep their wedding guests really happy and how to ensure that their wedding is the one that everyone remembers as the wedding!

If you’ve put together a great guest list, brimming with names of your nearest and dearest, your wedding attendees are going to consist of family and friends that you wouldn’t want to celebrate this moment without. Considering that, it’s no great surprise that you might be thinking about what to include in your big day for your wedding guests to enjoy.

We’ve all been to weddings that were expensive, tedious and a little less than fun but that’s almost certainly not the kind of day you’re aiming for! Make sure that your loved ones have an amazing time at your wedding, by making it one to remember.

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Serve Late Night Snacks

Weddings can be quite exhausting and all that activity and exciting works up an appetite! You might not feel hungry, thanks to all those wedding day nerves, but your wedding guests definitely will – even if they were there for the big meal earlier on!

After a while of drinking and dancing, your guests are going to start feeling the need for a late night snack, so indulge them, rather than having that be their cue to leave.

Going for a relaxed vibe doesn’t mean that you have to lose out on beauty. There are so many gorgeous barns, gardens, and even festival sites available to hire for an utterly beautiful, yet informal backdrop. You and your guests will feel like you’re celebrating in serious style, but if you spill a drink on the dance floor, it’s not the end of the world. Phew!

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Save on Favours, Spend on Booze

Wedding favours are a cute tradition, but unless you’ve got something really personal or creative in mind, your wedding guests probably aren’t that fussed. Most token wedding favours are discarded pretty early on or forgotten about altogether when it’s time to leave, so save yourself the time and expense of getting everyone a bag of almonds and instead, put that extra cash behind the bar!

Wedding guests are usually far more appreciative of complimentary booze than they are of favours, so why not give them want they really want?

 

Thoughtful Touches

Make your wedding unique by adding some thoughtful, personal touches to the proceedings. This doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive – it could be something as simple as having some old photos of you together with your guests put onto their tables, handwritten notes thanking them for coming or, if you are keen on having favours, giving them something they can actually use – like a hangover kit, or fold up pumps for the ladies!

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Consider a Relaxed Venue

If you’re having a family-friendly wedding, it can help everyone to relax if the setting isn’t somewhere that you wouldn’t imagine children would usually be allowed to run free!

Stately homes and grand halls look fabulous in photos and for some, this impressive setting is perfect for them, but if you think that you and your guests might have more fun in a relaxed venue, don’t shy away from that.

Going for a relaxed vibe doesn’t mean that you have to lose out on beauty. There are so many gorgeous barns, gardens, and even festival sites available to hire for an utterly beautiful, yet informal backdrop. You and your guests will feel like you’re celebrating in serious style, but if you spill a drink on the dance floor, it’s not the end of the world. Phew!

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Instil That Party Vibe

There’s no need to have your sit down meal feel like a sombre affair, so don’t be afraid to liven it up a bit!

After the ceremony, you’ll all be feeling wired and excited, so keep that upbeat feeling going with dance-inducing music playing upon entry to your dinner hall and keep the meal fun and light-hearted, with games and conversation starters on the tables. This is a great way to keep people chatting and energy levels up.

 

Avoid Interruptions

You are of course going to want to have some traditions and interruptions to the proceedings, such as speeches, first dance and cake cutting, but try to keep them minimal.

There’s no need to have poor old dad droning away for 15 minutes or to make everyone stop what they’re doing to watch you newly weds have your photos taken as you cut the cake, so keep things short and sweet and don’t force people to pay attention if they don’t want to.