Mauve is the New Pink (that makes the boys wink ;-)

As far as trends go Wedding colour’s are up there, the slightest shade variance determining whats in, whats out. Blush tones have been the colours of choice for the last few years but is that all set to change?

Greenery is set to be huge this year as its Pantone Colour of 2017. But what else is proving popular? Trending on Pinterest right now is Mauve and its official….. Mauve IS the new pink.

The boring bit…… Mauve is a pale purple colour that contains more grey and blue than straight purple, not dissimiliar to the tone of a dusky pink (and how popular was that trend) according to good ol’ google.

Just think of it as a dusky lilac and your somewhere handy! 

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The versatility of the shade means the lighter tones are perfect for spring and summer providing a wistful and romantic twist, think #wisteriahysteria; whilst the darker aspects of the colour add dimensions for depth to autumnal and winter weddings, working well when paired with green/silver/grey toned foliage alongside  other colours such as white, cream, pink, lilac & purple. 

Here’s some mauve inspiration to get your juices flowing: 

 

Happy Planning

Sophie 

xx

 

Bridal Confidence – The elephant in the room

Weddings are a source of excitement and enjoy, admittedly there may be tense moments, families are a rich and diverse collection of people and on occasion may not blend together, but on the whole its against the grain to think that for some their wedding day just doesn’t conjure up quite the same thoughts of eternal elation.

The thought of posing in countless positions for photographs, to speaking in public about their undying love is enough to bring about a cold sweat and thoughts of eloping or in extreme conditions ‘calling it off’! Even the most confident bride can experience a wobble and may need alittle help to channel the beauty from within, because yes brides to be… you are all beautiful.

So whether you need a pep talk to get you going or to talk through how to stand or pose for the best pictures we have the experts on hand to help.

Two such ladies who understand the pressures of wedding planning and more importantly women are Susie Mackie and Dawn Swinley.

Susie Mackie is a wedding photographer who is passionate about photographing people. However Susie’s passionate goes deeper than just capturing your perfect day. Recognizing a need that some Brides needed a little boost she created My Sensuality  – a boudoir experience that she originally created for brides to be which revealed the beauty within, whilst giving brides an experience that they found liberating, confidence building, empowering and fun!  For some it has changed their lives forever, and for others they simply see themselves as others do – beautiful.

Susie says:

My style is timeless, emotional, and genuine; I capture your natural sensuality revealed through your eyes and body language, talking you through your poses and enabling you to feel truly liberated. To me, people are unique “living art” – the texture and tone, character and curve – and I celebrate this through my imagery.

My mission is to give you the confidence to feel good about all of you – from the inside out! If a very brief encounter with Penny and me at a My Sensuality shoot can empower you to feel good about yourself and love your images, then we have achieved what we set out to do!

Dawn Swinly is a nutrition and wellness coach , her business Mode-De-Vie provides a variety of solution’s to today’s modern women’s issues and her aim is to help you enjoy all that life can offer without you being burdened with unattractive and unnecessary body fat or health issues that drain your energy, ruin your looks and diminish your self-confidence.

Dawn says:

‘Many people don’t understand the power of nutrition and its impact on their mind, body and spirit. Or they think to be healthy, you have to live on rabbit food or starve yourself or not enjoy any treats. No Faddy Diets or Finger Pointing Here. What you will get is someone who is a qualified Nutritionist who understands what you need to feel amazing and it’s not starving yourself, being scolded or trying to sell you the next “Magic Bullet” to being slim.

So what have these two fabulous ladies who understand women been up to? and more importantly how can they help you!

They bring you – Complete Bridal Confidence

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The ultimate in boosting your Bridal confidence by dedicated experts in a relaxed, warm environment with of course complementary fizz. Helping you to look and feel fabulous both inside and out and allow the best possible version of you shine.

Susie and Dawn will be introducing their amazing new concept CBC – Complete Bridal Confidence on 8th May 2017 at The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham.

There support network includes a private Facebook group called Brides United, you can join it HERE. This is a place of sanctuary where you can ask questions, find out information and discuss your wedding with other contributors.

Be sure to join them and enjoy a glass of fizz, soak up invaluable information, ask our experts for advice, and enjoy our short but enlightening presentation when we will outline the concept of CBC – and share a super special offer for the first 5 brides to book a CBC package!

By the time you leave, we are confident that you will be happy in the knowledge that we are all there to hold your hand during your wedding planning, and will help make your dream wedding a reality, because as the L’Oreal adverts say ‘you’re worth it’.

Get your tickets for the launch event here:   Complete Bridal Confidence Tickets

It promises to be a fun, informative and enlightening experience, why not book tickets for mother of the bride and your maids too?

Happy planning

Sophie xx

She Callers Herself a Wedding Blogger

Its official……. I call myself a Wedding Blogger now.

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Looking back at that sentence fills me with slight trepidation, but its true and I am thrilled to bring you the latest trends, news and of course my ramblings with regards to Weddings in the Glorious Cotswolds. So who am I?

My name is Sophie and I am addicted to Weddings. After running my own very successful award winning wedding business (and continuing to do so) I have learnt that as a sole trader it is hard to keep the numerous plates spinning with regards to running a business and that in the Wedding industry, in the long term, it is collaboration and not competition that is the key to success. Its also the way to make life long friends to share the soletrader road with! Having planned my own wedding I remember only too well the minefield of options that presented itself and looking back how the sheer vastness of the task meant I did somethings the hard way and other things with not enough thought! Don’t get me wrong i will always remember my special day as the best day of my life (along with the birth of my children) but would I do things differently? There would most certainly be some additions and a couple of tweaks of course!

My experience has shown me that being a small fish in a big pond mean couples may miss out on electric suppliers quite simply because they couldn’t find them! Looking back, and hindsights a wonderful thing, I really wished that there had been a resource that detailed suppliers in this area, I’d often find something I really wanted for our wedding (normally in the glossy mags) only to discover I couldn’t source the item locally and hence for us became unobtainable either due to distance or courier costs.
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My aim….. to provide an informative, inspiring and sometimes funny, take on Weddings in the Cotswolds mixed with hidden gem venues and fantastic local suppliers ensuring that couples can connect with the resources and knowledge they need to make their very special day amazing. I hope you’ll love the content here at A Cotswold Wedding, if your getting married be inspired by our blog and find what you need in our directory.

Sophie

xx

#WeddingWednesday

Every Wednesday we’ll be running #weddingwednesday!


We’d love to focus on a topic that’s relevant to our couples? Perhaps you have a guest dress code issue? Or are you unsure whether to theme or not to theme!

We’d love to hear from you so drop us a line with what you’d like featured and we’ll do our best to cover it in the next few weeks!
Sophie xx

Wedding Hair Flair

The last couple of years the trend for wedding hair styles has been lots of side plaits, buns, chignons and soft curls. Classic up dos that will never date. What will the trend be for 2017 ?
 As weddings get a lot more casual with some choosing tipi tents, camping sites and countryside locations,  hairstyles are opting for a much softer look, vintage, waves, twisted rolls, bohemian.
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So how do you go about choosing a wedding hairstylist, what makes one stylist better than another ?  It’s easy to be the cheapest but it takes skill, expertise, and experience over many years to be the best choice. With so many websites and social media to look through it can all be very helpful but also mind blowing !  
Recommendations from other suppliers and venues is a good starting point. Also go to their Facebook page to see if they are exhibiting at a local wedding fair this way you get to meet them. Presentation of website, gallery and feed back from recent brides is always a good sign.
A lot of stylists now do a complimentary consultation before making a booking so you get to know your stylist, this is also a good opportunity to discuss  hairstyles for you and the bridal party  and what can be achieved with your hair. It’s very important you are happy with their presentation and most of all want to have them around you on your special day.  If you do not have the time to meet, give them a call it’s nice to have an informal chat instead of just an email.
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If your thinking about hair extensions for those brides who do not have enough hair in length or thickness to achieve your chosen hairstyle this can be discussed with your stylist at the consultation and she will give you the best advise. Some supply their own but make sure they are the best quality real hair and not synthetic ones which can badly damage your hair. 40% of brides now use them. Plus you get to keep them to use for another occasion.
It’s important to have a hair trial to see if your happy with the style, sometimes slight changes can be made on the wedding day but major changes are not possible to get you and your party finished on time. For any reason your not happy at the trial don’t be afraid to tell your stylist  it’s better for her to redo it, and get it right, rather than you having to rebook or trying to find someone else when there are all booked up. 
Make sure you take along your hair accessories so your stylist can create a style that compliments them.
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Booking a wedding hair specialist will make you look and feel glamours, and compliment your whole outfit, you will have the photos to admire for the rest of your life
Todays Wedding Hair blog is courtsey of Valerie Butler from The Big Hair Day
Valerie is a fully qualified and highly experienced hair stylist. After initial training Valerie moved to London, gaining invaluable experience working in some top-class salons. An opportunity arose for her to travel the world, working on luxury cruise liners. It was during this time she developed a passion for creating elaborate hair styles
Turning her passion and creativity to the wedding market you can be confident that Valerie will create a truly reflective hairstyle for you on your special day.
Contact Valerie:
Valerie Butcher
Tel: 01684 566421
Mobile: 07812 540133
Email: valerie@thebighairday.com

The Essential Rules of Wedding Social Media

With the rise of social media and the abundance of technology at our finger tips gone are the days of waiting patiently to receive the first glimpse of your Wedding Pictures. Those fervently spent weeks as newlyweds relieving your day through your thoughts and hoping that the memories in print match.


Enter Social Media, never before has information been so readily available in so many formats from text posts to pictures and videos we can let our loved ones or the world know exactly what we’ve been up to and when. However with this update and sharing online lifestyle that we find ourselves in there can be disadvtages of having access to pretty much the whole wide world at the touch of a button, oh and our continuing obsession with ‘selfies’! I

When To Share

Guests – wait until after the ceremony to post any pictures or status updates! Bridesmaids and groomsmen it’s a definite no no to reveal anything about the brides dress/grooms getting ready until the fiancé has seen him/her on the wedding day. Plus enjoy the ceremony, your couple will have spent hours finalising the details and order of their day, it would be rude to miss it because your glued to your phone so save the tweeting til after, otherwise you might miss an important part of the ceremony with which to update your audience later on.
Everyone’s a Tog Right?

Weddings bring out the snap happy in us all, everyone suddeny becomes David Bailey and with the advancement in smart phone camera technology we all want to get that perfect shot. Performing acrobatic stunts to get it, blocking the view of others and actually being a distraction getting said shot is a huge no, you don’t want to be labelled as ‘oh that guy’ because you flung yourself in front of the mother of the bride to get a shot of the happpy couple.

And here’s the thing… your couple will have hired a professional for a reason so respect there wishes for perfect pics and remain seated during the ceremony, no acrobatic stunts to get ‘that picture’ and no waving your phone above your head to get a picture, your not at Glastonbury!

If possible do try and be mindful of where the professional photographer is – and stay behind them at all times!

Maintain The Surprise

Couples – The gift is in the giving as they say and like gifts, weddings are meant to enthral and capture – now I’m the first person that gets too overexcited and just has to tell everyone and I mean EVERYONE (think Facebook, twitter, insta and  in both business and personal accounts overload) what super cool crazy idea I’ve had but if your guests know exactly what fabulous surprise you’ve got planned for the guests/bridesmaid/parents/bride/groom then a) it’s no longer a suprise and b) where’s the magic? This goes for the wedding party or anyone helping the couple plan a wedding.

The Perfect Hashtag #

Pre-Wedding you’ll need to create a hashtag that your guests can use on all uploaded media. This ensures that when you search said hashtag all and more importantly only your media appears! However it needs to be unique, ideally so that no other couple or anyone else for that matter, have used it – unless you have a fairly unusual surname #mr&mrssmith may not be individual enough but #petrolheadsgethitched17 might! (And I’ve checked this # is available). You can search existing hashtags to check your chosen one isn’t already in use.



Unplugged Wedding

More and more couples are opting to ask for an unplugged wedding. Often in the guise of cute poem at the entrance to the ceremony, asking guests to holster their phones until afterwards. Please respect their wishes. After all you’ve been invited to share their special day, so share it with them without distraction.


Be Sensitive
Occasionally there will a photo that a guest or the couple may not feel shows them in the most flattering light. If requested to, please remove it immediately. Let’s keep the magic of the wedding rolling.
Happy posting!
Sophie

Xx

 

 

Win a Wedding: from jewel to pastel bridesmaid dresses, Nina Furness has it all

Bridesmaids dresses are not the easiest thing to pick when planning a wedding – but it certainly helps if you have a lot of choice.

Nina Furness Couture, located in Cambray Place, is full to the brim of bridesmaid dresses – and wedding dresses too.

It gives customers the option to pick from their collection or have one designed uniquely for them.
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Win a Wedding: sculpting a marriage that lasts by Lily Pattinson 

It’s definitely a case of ice, ice baby with this Wedding Supplier, whether its two kissing swans or a large love heart, ice sculptures are  not only a thing of beauty, they are becoming popular at weddings too. 

Ice Creations is the ice sculpture supplier for this year’s Win a Wedding competition.

You can read the rest of Lily’s article here – http://m.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/win-a-wedding-sculpting-a-marriage-that-lasts/story-30109111-detail/story.html