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Wedding hairstyleS ❤️ AFRO HAIR

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Afro hair is seen at it’s most beautiful in the wide range of wedding day hairstyles created with this super versatile hair-type.

And for this reason, I’m always getting inspiration from a wide range of fabulous afro hair specialists.

The formidable braid works perfectly for a wedding day hairstyles in Afro hair.

There is no doubting that braids are seen at their very best in Afro hairstyles. What’s more, they never to go out of fashion.

Whatever the wedding hairstyle and the hair length, braids will make the perfect accompaniment to your wedding day style.

And even better, they can be created in any hair length.

Providing, that is, your wedding hairstylist has the right skill and dexterity needed in order to create amazing braids in even the shortest hair.

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Because Afro hair is so versatile, you have lots of choices when it comes to choosing a wedding day hairstyle.

So, you can choose whether to go natural, to braid, weave, twist or even straighten the hair.

Whichever way the cookie crumbles, you’re sure to find the perfect wedding hairstyle.

Always bear in mind your dress, hair accessories and even the height of your groom before you set your mind on a final wedding day hairstyle!

Long-lasting wedding day hairstyles

Your hair style can be created a day or so in advance of the wedding. However, you’ll need to listen carefully to the aftercare advice from your stylist, so your hair style looks amazing on the big day.

This will leave you with more time on the big day to concentrate on makeup and beautification before you walk down the aisle.

It’s up to you, whether you are rock your Afro, aim for 100% braids or perhaps a combination of the two. But I can guarantee you’re going to look totally gorgeous on your wedding day.

My favourite all-time Afro hair braiding specialist is Shimmy. She creates beautiful hairstyles with all the different textures encompassed under the title of Afro hair.

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Wedding hairstyles with natural curls

Natural curls can be unpredictable, it’s a fact.

So, it’s important that you find a wedding hairstylist who knows what they are doing.

Particularly when it comes to styling your beautiful natural curls on your wedding day.

There are lots of options available with it comes to styling your gorgeous curly locks on the big day.

And a wedding hair trial is essential. Check out this natural curl blog to get more info when it comes to working with natural curls

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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.

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.

Bridesmaid Must-Haves: From Gorgeous Dresses to Flawless Hair & Makeup

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Being a Bridesmaid is a big honour and a big duty! Whether you’re going to be a Bridesmaid yourself or you’re a Bride looking for all the best ways to make your girls look and feel as confident as possible for the special day there are a number of things that you need to consider. From beautiful Bridesmaid dresses and accessories to the perfect hair and makeup to set off the look, here are all the Bridesmaid must-haves for a dreamy wedding day.

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The Perfect Dresses

 

Gone are the days of Bridesmaids having to live in fear over the terrible outfits they’re going to be forced into! No-one likes a frilly taffeta gown anymore, it’s all about looking sleek, chic and fabulous as you lead the Bride down the aisle.

One thing that is still a cause for concern for many Bridesmaids out there is that the dresses chosen for them, no matter how lovely, might not suit their individual shape or style. The best way around this is to either choose a colour scheme and let your girls choose, or find fabulous multi-way dresses so that Bridesmaids can be matching whilst also making it their own.

For higher budgets, Watters has some incredible choices in a variety of current colours that are well worth looking at. If you’re a little more limited, cost wise, M&S Wedding has some really gorgeous, affordable options including a variety of multi-ways.

Flawless Hair & Makeup

 

Bridesmaids have to look fabulous in those wedding photos too and having flawless hair and makeup really does make all the difference.

Many Bridesmaids are happy to do their own hair and makeup, although there’s no denying that there’s going to be an awful lot going on in the morning before the wedding, so it might be more stressful than they imagine.

If you know that your Bridesmaids are going to want their hair and makeup professionally done, make sure to let your Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist know well in advance so that assistants can be arranged and timings and costs can be taken into account.

The experience of having their hair and makeup beautifully applied is wonderful and makes the day all the more fun and memorable! Bring a button shirt or dressing gown to wear whilst getting your hair and makeup done so that you can get changed after without messing it all up.

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Flat Shoes

 

You’ll probably all be sporting heels for the main event, but bringing a pair of pretty, flat shoes for later in the day is a must if you want to be cutting shapes on the dancefloor without cutting up your feet!

New shoes are the worst for blisters and foot pain, so try to break your shoes in before the big day if possible. Arm yourself with silicone shoe pads and blister plasters too, just in case, but your best bet is to switch to pumps before the pain sets in, if you know it’s coming.

 

Bridesmaid Survival Kit

 

Don’t forget your Bridesmaid survival kit (and a cute handbag to put it all in)! This will be full of bits and pieces that might save the day for you Bridesmaids and the Bride too.

 

  • Paracetamol
  • Tissues
  • Needle & thread
  • Safety Pins
  • Mints
  • Mini deodorant/perfume
  • Chalk/ talcum powder (in case of stains on your dress)
  • Tampons/ sanitary pads
  • Plasters/Gel pads for feet
  • Compact mirror
  • Spare tights
  • Straws (to avoid smudging your lipstick)
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Indigestion tablets

You can’t beat having your hair and makeup done by a pro for your wedding day! Beautiful bridal makeup needs to be flawless, perfectly suited and long-lasting and for all of that, you not only need expert skills but incredible products too.

With over 20 years in the business, award-winning bridal makeup artist and hair stylist Pam Wrigley has discovered the very best makeup products to create totally gorgeous wedding looks.

From the dream mascara that won’t budge (even when the tears are flowing!) to the perfect blusher for a natural, dewy glow, here are Pam’s top bridal makeup products that she cannot live without:

8 Bridal Makeup Products You Can’t Live Without

5 Simple Ways to Look Amazing in Your Wedding Photos

There’s no denying that getting your wedding photos right is a pretty huge deal – these are going to be your memories to last a lifetime after all, so you want to make sure that you look your very best.

 

Having your hair and makeup done by a pro certainly helps with this, from knowing the best flash-friendly makeup to use that will last all day, to creating a hairstyle that you know is going to stay put and look fabulous, but there are some more things that you can do to help you feel confident in getting that photo album you’re after.

 

Getting your wedding photos taken, whilst a fun thing, can also be a bit daunting for many, so doing everything in your power to boost your confidence and help you feel as though ‘you’ve got this’ is going to help.

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Practice your poses

 

It may sound silly, but there’s no harm in practicing some poses in the mirror ahead of your big day, so that when the time comes for you to step in front of the camera you feel totally ready.

The likelihood is that your photographer will be taking plenty of candid photos that you won’t need to strike a pose for, but there will probably be some snaps of you with family and friends that are set up. Figure out how to flaunt your best assets and disguise bits you’re a bit self-conscious about in a subtle but effective way, by doing things like putting a hand on your hip to slim arms, or pressing your tongue behind your teeth for that perfect, natural looking smile.

 

Avoid a Double Chin

 

We’ve all fallen victim to a double chin cropping up in photos – it happens to even super slim people! The trick to avoid it isn’t just to lose weight, it’s actually more about how you hold yourself.

When you’re having your wedding photos taken, remember to lengthen your neck by moving your head forward and then tilt your chin upwards. This may feel slightly unnatural, but you’ll be glad you did it when you get all those single chin images back later!

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Laugh – for real!

 

Fake smiles and fake laughter is not a good look in wedding photos, so instead of putting it on, try getting a real giggle out instead! Forget the bad jokes from the photographer and desperate attempts to recall something hilarious on the spot, just start with a fake laugh and go from there. Let out a big old, false guffaw with whoever you’re having your photo taken with, then do it again and again. Soon enough, you’ll all be laughing for real. Try it – it works!

 

Stand Tall

 

Bad posture has a lot to answer for in many wedding photos, so try to hold yourself correctly as much as you can throughout the day.

Draw your shoulders back, lift your chest up and tuck your tummy in. Breathe, to relax yourself (looking stiff isn’t great either!) and then smile. You’re photo ready!

 

Hire a Pro Hair & Makeup Artist

 

Having a professional do your hair and makeup really does go a long way in making you look great in your wedding photos, not just because of the skill involved in creating that perfect look and the high quality products, but also because of the confidence it will instil in you.

If you feel amazing, you’ll look amazing – it’s that simple!

Wedding planning is a pretty full-on job from the get go. There’s so much to consider, from booking your venue to finalising the menus, and with such a lot whizzing through your head it’s easy to allow your own needs to get forgotten about.

The real key to having a wonderful day, once all the big stuff is sorted, is to go with the flow – you can’t control everything – but that being said, there are some little things that you can do to nip any niggles and issues in the bud.

A small amount of personal prep is all it takes, but it’s always the things that newly weds only think about in hindsight that would have been really handy. Fortunately for you, with over 20 years working in the wedding industry, I’ve met my fair share of brides and attended literally thousands of weddings! With my top wedding planning tips for a savvy bride, you’re bound to have the perfect day.

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Wedding Planning Tips for Savvy Brides-To-Be

Pack Your Survival Kit

 

A bridal survival kit is a bit of a must for all brides-to-be, full of things that you would never think of that often turn out to be invaluable on the day. Here are a few unusual items that have been known to come to the rescue:

 

  • A piece of white chalk – perfect for covering up any wedding dress blemishes, should they appear throughout the day.

 

  • Protein bars – Nerves and excitement can be a real appetite suppressant, but don’t let yourself suddenly get to the point where you’re starving. An emergency protein bar is a great thing to have to hand.

 

  • Fashion Tape – Avoid any wardrobe malfunctions by coming armed with fashion tape

 

These, along with the obvious aspirin, tissues, dental floss, mints and makeup for touch ups will have you set.

Be Honest

 

If there’s something that you really want, or really don’t want make it clear to whoever needs to know well in advance. Don’t just go along with things to make everyone happy, because your upset is bound to come out when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed on the day.

Honest communication from the start of wedding planning is key to getting the day you want.

 

Test Your Shoes

 

We all know that new shoes can be a bit of a pain – literally – and being in pain is the last thing you want on your wedding day.

Practice wearing your shoes around the house ahead of the big day, so that they’re broken in a and comfortable to wear when the time comes to walk down the aisle.

Obviously, no matter how much you test drive your shoes, discomfort can still strike, so don’t forget to bring blister plasters with you just in case.

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Get Personal

 

You’re going to spend most of your time in a spin on your wedding day and often newly weds regret that they didn’t get to spend much time with their new husband or wife, which is of course what the day is all about!

Avoid getting caught up in a whirlwind and missing out on this beautiful time, by figuring it out during your wedding planning.

Allocate yourselves some alone time after you’ve said your ‘I dos’, so that you can cry and kiss and cuddle and share the moment with each other. You will be so glad that you did this – this is the sort of memory that will last you a lifetime.

Knowing your wedding day schedule is crucial when it comes to making sure that your big day goes off without a hitch and one of the most important areas to get timings right is during the bridal party hair and makeup prep.

Many of my brides are shocked when I suggest how early I should arrive to start getting everyone ready for the important day that lies ahead, but from my 25+ years of experience working in the industry, you can trust me when I say that I know my wedding day schedule timings down to a tee!

There’s so much to factor in during those first few hours of the day and the absolutely last thing you want is to feel rushed or unprepared as you walk down the aisle, so making sure that there is plenty of time allotted in your wedding day schedule to get everything done (and still enjoy it too) is a must.

Wedding Day Schedule: Bridal Party Prep

During our trial run together, I’ll be making notes throughout so that I not only know exactly what we’ll be doing on your wedding day and which products I’ll be using, but also so I can work out just how much time it’s all going to take.

Regardless of whether I’ll just be doing the bride’s hair and makeup, or the whole bridal party (with the help of my talented assistants!), I always like to make sure that I allow plenty of time for everything to get done without any stress at all.

The Bride

 

As a general rule, I like to allow at least 2 hours to do my bride’s hair and makeup. Although we will already know what look you are going for, I want to make sure that you really enjoy the process and look completely flawless as the end result!

I also factor in time for laughing and chatting, time for eating and sipping champagne and even around half an hour to actually put your dress on (it might seem like a lot, but you’ll need it).

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The Bridesmaids

 

Bridesmaid styles are usually not quite as complex as the bride’s and so for them I write up my wedding day schedule to include an hour per extra person. This is usually plenty of time to have your girls looking amazing!

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Mother of the Bride

 

If mum is getting her hair and makeup done too, I like to estimate slightly longer for this (around and hour and a half).

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Flower Girls

 

It’s not unusual for my brides to decide that they would like a few loose curls put into their flower girl’s hair at the last minute. This doesn’t take too long at all, but it all adds up and so still needs to be included in the wedding day schedule. Around half an hour for each girl.

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Photography

 

One thing that is often forgotten about by brides when they’re putting together their wedding day schedule is to allow extra time for photos.

Whilst it’s true that your photographer can get some amazing, candid snaps as you’re getting ready, it’s nice to have some posed portraits with your girls too. Each set up takes around 5 minutes.

This is also factored in the the time allotted for putting your dress on – half and hour may seem like a long time to get dressed when you already know what you’re wearing, but allowing time to really make the most of it and capture shots of your excitement and the emotions from your bridal party when they see you all dressed up for the first time is well worth it.

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Whatever the size of your bridal party, I’ll make sure that everything runs smoothly and that your wedding day schedule fits in all the little things that will make the morning of your wedding complete.

One of the perks of hiring a professional bridal hair and makeup artist is that it takes all the stress of getting ready on time off your shoulders – just sit back, relax and enjoying the pampering before you say ‘I do’!