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Soft, relaxed & Secure wedding hairstyles

Soft, relaxed wedding hairstyles are gorgeous it’s a fact.

What’s more they have the added bonus of looking effortless and gorgeous at the same time.

However, the thing about soft, relaxed wedding hairstyles is that they absolutely have to be secure.

You’ll have enough to think about on the wedding day, without having to worry about your hair falling down.

So, my job as your bridal hairstylist and wedding makeup artist key to how you’ll feel about yourself on the wedding day.

With lots of experience under my belt, I’ll be able to make you feel confident about both your bridal hair and your wedding makeup.

As a result, with me by your side, the last thing you will need to worry about will be your hair and makeup, Instead, you’ll be able to get on with enjoying the day.

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Textured & secure hairstyles

A lot of the styles on Instagram look like they almost defy gravity :)

However, there is a big difference between being able to create Instagram worthy hairstyles for a photoshoot and for someone’s wedding day.

When I’m creating these styles for a photo shoot, the model just needs to walk from the styling area to the set, and that’s it.

And, the hairstyle only has to stay in no longer than an hour or so.

However, on the wedding day it’s a completely different story.

I will make sure your bridal hairstyle will withstand the rigours of the day, what ever they may be.

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Windproof wedding day hairstyles

On the wedding day the one thing you can’t plan for is the weather.

However, I’ll be able to do my utmost to wind proof your wedding hairstyle.

It’s all about doing the right hair prep and creating the right foundations.

So, once everything I’ve got everything in place, you’ll feel confident that your soft, relaxed hairstyle will stay looking gorgeous all day long.

WEDDING HAIRSTYLEs that stay put

Bridal hairstylists can learn how to create soft relaxed hairstyles for all hair types online with Pam Wrigley and Create Beautiful Hair.

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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Wedding Makeup for Mature Brides

I love creating wedding makeup and bridal hairstyles for my mature brides and older ladies. So whether I’m working with the bride, mother of the bride or mother of the groom, it’s always a pleasure.

It’s undeniable fact that as we get older, our hair and skin changes.

So it is essential that your bridal hairstylist and wedding makeup artist is used to working with mature skin.

They will have to have the right knowledge and techniques to know how to get the best results.

As we approach menopause things definitely start to change.

So even if your hair is thinning or you’re in the midst of hot flushes, don’t worry – I understand!

From selecting the right products to showing you a variety of different hair styles, I know just how to make my mature brides look and feel amazing!

Whether you are a mature bride or mother of the bride or mother of the groom, there is no time limit for the trial run.

This means you’ll be able to try different looks for both wedding hair and bridal makeup.

I normally hate having my photo taken you did my hair and makeup exactly how I had hoped. It made me feel so much more relaxed and confident on the day!!

Philippa

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Whatever your age, you can have a smoky makeup if you want one!

Some of my older brides worry about either having too much makeup or not enough.

There is no right or wrong.

What is important is that your makeup is right for you. I

If you’re not used to wearing makeup don’t be fobbed off with “you need heavy makeup for the photographs’. Because you don’t.

You may need to wear a touch more makeup than usual. However, in the right hands, your makeup should feel natural, not heavy or caked, and you don’t want to end up look like someone you’re not.

Chat to your makeup artist before the trial run so you can get a feel for the way she works.

The right makeup products definitely help and when it comes to makeup for mature skin you can’t beat cosmetics à la carte.

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Wedding makeup & bridal Hair for Older Ladies & Mature Brides

You might want to wear your hair up or down, as we age our hair tends to get thinner and can become a bit coarser.

In the right hands you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved.

Trial Run

It’s probably best to have your hair clean and dry for your trial run, so your stylist can have a proper look at your hair and work out which styling method will be best considering your hair type.

It’s all in the prep

Your wedding hair stylist may opt for a blow dry, curling tongs or even heated rollers. I confess – I do love a heated roller – you’ll get root lift, oomph and a gorgeous sexy va va room to your wedding day hair style.

Don’t be in a Rush

Allow plenty of time for your trial run so you can try different ideas, if you have your hair accessories for the day it can be helpful to take them with you to the trial. Your stylist will there to offer advice and help you find the right style for your wedding day.

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wedding Makeup and Hair for Mother of the Bride

No pressure. . . but you are one of the most important people at the wedding!

Not only do people look at the brides mum to see how the bride will look in the future, but roles have changed, nowadays lots of my MOB’s walk their daughters down the aisle.

So you want to feel confident and look your best.

Beautiful wedding makeup and bridal hair isn’t just for the youngsters getting hitched, it’s for all of you gorgeous mother of the brides too. Wedding hair and bridal makeup for mature brides and older ladies is a specialised skill – one that I am very proud to possess!

Read my blog, created especially with older ladies, mature brides and Mother of the Bride in mind

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It takes two to tango.

A wedding day isn’t just about the bride and her family. . . it is the grooms day as well, and your chance to shine, but without all the pressure!

I’ll help you feel confident and look beautiful on your son’s big day.

You may get an offer to join the bridal party for hair and makeup on the big day, but this if often not the case.

Even so, you might not want to spoil the surprise and break with tradition, by not seeing the bride until she walks down the aisle.

Beautiful wedding day makeup and fabulous hair aren’t just for the bridal party, mother of the grooms can shine as well.

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 fine hair

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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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HAVE A LOVELY WEDDING DAY!

Bridal Hairstyles for natural curls

Working with natural curls

When creating bridal hairstyles for natural curls consideration has to be given to the fact that curly hair can be unpredictable.

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

Particularly when it comes to making the most of your beautiful naturally curly hair on your wedding day.

There are lots of options available with it comes to styling your naturally beautiful curls on the big day.

So the wedding hair trial is essential.

The first decision is do you rock your natural curls for your bridal hairstyle . . . or fake it?

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Wedding Hair Styles for natural curls

Choosing the right wedding hairstylist and using the right products are key. Especially when it comes to rocking your natural curls on your wedding day.

And time.

Don’t be on a time limit when you have your bridal hair trial, because you can’t rush the perfect natural curl.

Your stylist will need to work out if your natural curls need to be styled from wet, damp or dry.

The timings will depend on how much hair you have, whether it is summer or winter, and what technique is best for your hair.

If you’re styling your naturally curly hair from wet it will need time to dry. So you can see the results!

HAIRSTYLE PRODUCTS FOR NATURAL CURLS

Your stylist will bring products along with them. However, I always ask my curly girl brides to have their own curly girl hairstyle products to hand.

As a curly hair girl myself I have spent a life time trying to find just the right product for my hair.

I find my brides invariably know what products work best on their own naturally curly hair.

Achieving the perfect curl for your wedding day hairstyle is very much a joint effort, between your bridal hairstylist and you!

When working with natural curls achieving the perfect curl takes time. Natural curls cannot be rushed, but boy, is it worth it!!

Natural curls are gorgeous!!

Curly hair wedding hairstyle choices

If you feel your natural curls are too unpredictable or you just don’t like your curls, no need to worry.

As naturally curly hair girls we have the option of changing our curls.

You can tweak them, straighten them and even re-curl them. If you opt to re-curl your hair you have an even sized curl all over.

Re-curling your hair is a great option if you are unsure of how reliable your natural curl will be on your wedding day.

Naturally curly hair tends to hold a curl really well.

Curling your hair with tongs or straighteners will give you a glossy, even sized curl, that can be styled in to a beautiful wedding day hairstyle.

Your wedding day curls will stay curly and your wedding day hairstyle will look beautiful all day!

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DIY Bridal HAirstyles for natural curls

You might be just the expert you need to create to the perfect curl for your wedding day hair style.

If you are used to styling your hair every day then read on!

Working with your natural curls, applying the products and taming your frizz might be second nature by now.

If so, you might actually be the best person to work that magic on your natural curls for your wedding day.

Trial and error

Perhaps like me, you’ve finally found curly girl hair products that actually work on your natural curls.

You’ve worked out how much product to apply and when its best to wash to wash you hair.

Finally and just as important, you know how long your natural curls take to dry.

If you answer yes to points above, then you might actually be the best person for the job!

In short, if you are happy achieving the curl you like – then why not?

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As I mentioned, you might not believe it but you are the expert on you!

I’m not suggesting you style your wedding day hair or attempt to create a bridal up-do. It will probably be best to leave that to a pro bridal hair stylist.

But, if you do decide to create your own perfect curls on your wedding day there are a couple of points to bear in mind.

Depending on your hair thickness and curl type you might even find it better to wash your hair the day before.

You can apply your curl products and let your hair dry slowly and naturally.

Your bridal hairstylist would just need to come armed with a water spray and a bit of curl cream.

As it’s likely they will need to tame any last-minute flyaways after your hair has been styled!

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Hair styles for Curly girl brides

There are lots of options when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding day bridal hairstyle. Try different ideas and find out how to show your gorgeous natural curls off at their very best.

Soft relaxed styles are always a great option when it comes to making the most of your natural curls on your wedding day.

And for those of you with thin fine hair, like me, it’s best to opt for a soft relaxed wedding day hair style.

What’s more, keeping your natural curl, rather than straightening your hair, will help give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.

If you are worried that your hair might shrink too much, or might revert to frizz if left open to the elements – on a damp, wet or windy day – then opt for an up-do on the wedding day.

A soft low bun is a fabulous wedding day hair style.

With the right bridal hair stylist these hairstyles can be it created on even quite short hair, giving the illusion of length and fullness.

If you’ve been blessed with beautiful long naturally curly hair, may be a gorgeous top knot or high bun will be a perfect bridal hairstyle for your wedding day.

Alternatively, why not let your curls do the talking.

Keep your hair down and show it off in all its natural glory!

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!

VINTAGE Hairstyles & WEDDING MAKEUP

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Vintage hairstyles and wedding makeup never seem to go out of fashion!

So, whether you are having a vintage themed party or wedding, or perhaps attending an event somewhere like Goodwood, you need the right makeup to bring your look together.

I don’t know how they do it, but the vintage makeup looks are timeless. And even though, in some cases the wedding dress can give you an idea as to the year someone got married, vintage makeup gives nothing away.

Vintage Glamour

There are some exquisitely beautiful vintage looking hotels scattered around London that seem to have been stuck in a time warp. They haven’t of course.

And although everything about them screams old school glamour, they have all the essential luxuries to make sure that your vintage wedding party is a roaring success.

I’ve worked in some pretty amazing vintage themed venues, one of my favourites is The Town Hall Hotel in Patriot Square. Maybe not vintage to the last detail, but definitely worth a look if you are on the hunt for the perfect venue.

And a very close second is the little known, but totally divine Wellesley Hotel in Knightsbridge.

It’s like stepping back in time, into a little bit of 1920s ’30s or 40’s London, I’m not sure which – but with all the glamour of the Frank Sinatra and the 1950s!

So, what ever the decade of your vintage themed wedding, there is a venue out there that is right for you.

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And a makeup artist ready to help you bring your vintage hairstyle and makeup ideas a reality.

I would advise having a trial however, so you can work out just how vintage you would like to go.

And although your wedding day hairstyle will need to work seamlessly with your makeup you don’t have to go vintage the whole way if you don’t want to.

It is totally possible mix and match, and to wear beautiful vintage makeup with a bang up to the minute textured wedding day hairstyle.

Hollywood vintage hairstyles

Wearing your hair down in a beautiful Hollywood wave will work whatever your age. And what’s more, both young and older brides can definitely carry off this classic vintage hair style.

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…

Want to hire me for your destination wedding?

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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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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.

There is so much to think about when planning your big day and what’s more, there’s so much that you need to think about in relation to each other. When you’re rifling through wedding day inspiration, pinning like mad and coming up with your dream theme, colour scheme and décor, remember that all of your choices will also have to reflect in your final wedding dress selection.

 

When you’re finally taking the plunge to choose your wedding dress, the pressure is on to get it just right – you do only get to wear one after all! Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to browse different designers and styles and don’t forget that the average wedding dress takes around 6 months to make once you’ve found it, so you’ll probably want to start the hunt 8-10 months in advance.

 

With so many things to take into account, it can be tough to know where to start. Follow my top tips on wedding dress shopping to find out how to choose your wedding dress and know it’s the right one…

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Consider ALL factors

 

There are so many things that play a part in selecting the perfect wedding dress for your big day, some of which are not so obvious. As a bridal hair and makeup artist with over 20 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds (maybe thousands?!) of brides-to-be so I’ve heard just about all wedding dress dilemmas!

 

When you’re making your decision, here are 3 key points to think about:

Wedding Dress Comfort

 

Yes, you want to look drop dead gorgeous, but whatever you do, don’t let that come at the expense of your comfort – you can have the best of both worlds! You want your day to be nothing but pure joy, and wearing a wedding dress that makes you feel uncomfortable in any sense (whether that’s down to restricted breathing, tripping up on long skirts, the feel of the material or wearing something that just isn’t really ‘you’) is one sure-fire way to put a downer on your wedding day.

Find a wedding dress that not only looks fabulous, but feels fabulous too.

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The Groom

 

I’m not just talking about finding a dress that your fiancé will think looks beautiful, you also need to factor it what he wants to wear (it’s his day too!) and almost more importantly, his height and stature. Shoes and hairstyle also play a big part here! If you and your groom don’t have much difference in height but you would both rather have him looking and feeling taller than you on your big day, then you might find a smaller dress works better. You should also consider his outfit – is he going to be wearing a suit? Or perhaps a kilt or other traditional dress?

To look your best together as you say your ‘I dos’, stay well coordinated in both colour and style.

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Venue/Destination

 

Always settle on your venue or travel destination before making a final decision on your wedding dress. It may seem obvious to some, but it is so easy to get caught up in that dream wedding dress idea and end up going for something that, when it comes down to it, is totally inappropriate.

If you’ve always been dead-set on wearing a huge, ball gown wedding dress with a cathedral veil, then perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to getting married on a beach in the Maldives. Decide what is the most important aspect to you and go with that, but whatever you do, make sure that your dress is suitable for your venue, don’t try to make something work that in your heart you know won’t – trust your instincts!

wedding dress. wedding makeup and bridal hair in a soft low bun hairstyle. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, Westminster Abbey London.