Snow Wedding or No Wedding?

The last few days here in the UK has seen a Siberian polar front collide headlong into Storm Emma – the result minus temperatures, heavy snow and ice. Just in time for those getting wed over the weekend.

So if an unexpected Siberian weather front suddenly threatens your big day what do you do? Do you cancel or do you embrace the change and spend your last remaining hours wedding planning pintrest’ing the perfect snow wedding pics?

Honestly….. it’s your call and you need to do what’s right for you. But I truly believe that only you can let bad (unplanned) weather ruin your day.

Here’s a few tips for when the weather doesn’t play ball and snow threatens play:

  • wellies – don’t leave home with out them
  • blankets and wraps – nothing makes you feel warmer than snuggling in a selection of cosy cover ups – think thick, textured fabrics to ooze luxe
  • Add a touch of colour to pop against the snowy backdrop – think faux fur coats, tweeds etc why not colour coordinate with your wellies!
  • warm drinks – it may be preferable to switch the welcome fizz for hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows of course!) and luxury coffees
  • Transportation – the beautiful Rolls Royce may not be able to make your day, consider hiring or borrowing a 4×4
  • How will your guests get around?
  • Can you hire rooms closer or at the venue for your guests?
  • As unsexy as it sounds can you get away with wearing thermals under your dress – it’ll make the outside snow shots that little bit warmer to bare 😉

For more inspiration here’s a few snowy shots:

Happy Planning

Sophie

Xx

Wedding Planning Series – 2 The Bridal Dress

This gets number 2 because quite simply once the venue has been sorted every bride will be thinking about their dress and with some bridal shops requiring orders to be placed 9 months before needed depending on your planned length of engagement you may need to get a shift on.

Now our bride had already visited a dress shop (no naming and shaming here) and the one tip I can give you is the dress buying experience is as important as the dress.

Now the experience she had quite simply wasn’t for her – it was a large and busy shop and appointment times strictly adhered to – this meant she felt rushed and restricted, as this particular boutique limited the number of dresses that she could try on during this hour. She just didn’t ‘feel’ the experience and therefore she wasn’t going to find a dress in this establishment. Nothing wrong with the shop persau but the experience she felt wasn’t going to precipitate a sale here.

Having known the lovely ladies Kaci and Janette at Enchanted Brides I recommended she book an appointment – having recently opened there gorgeous besouite boutique in Cheltenham’s Berkeley Mews.

With a stunning array of dresses there was plenty of variety in styles. There gentle, no rush approach meant I watched my bestie relax before me and actually start looking at dresses rather than a startled rabbit grabbing her quota to ensure they were tried on in the allotted time.

So here are our 12 top tips for Bridal dress shopping:

1. Wear comfy clothes – if your hitting several shops in one day you’ll be taking them off – ALOT!

2. Comfy shoes for pounding the streets

3. If you have an idea of heels that you may wear take them – heels add a different perspective to the dress

4. Sorry girls but good old comfy neural undies are required. Some styles may be strapless, backless or thinner material – don’t ruin the look with bright straps and – this can skew your feeling on the dress

5. No your body shape – but don’t feel obliged to stick to it!

6. Experiment – try a veil, headdress, hair vine it may alter how your feel/see yourself in the dress

7. Try on different colours – yup, with bridal gowns coming in lots of different shades from bright white to ivory, champagne even pale pinks and pale greys! be bold and try on different ones to see if the shading looks better on you

8. Photograph, photograph, photograph and from every angle!

9. Move in it! Remember you are going to be wearing this dress for a whole day – walk around in it, sit down in it, is it comfortable?

10. Ask about alterations – you may need to factor this in to the dress budget

11. Check lead times for dress ordering – if you’ve left it late be sure to ask what dresses the shop will be able to get in on time

12. Ask about deposits – most reasonable dress shops will require a deposit but should have a cooling off period

For obvious reasons THE ONE is not shown below but here’s a few snaps from the wonderful experience we had Enchanted Brides

 

 

Book your relaxed appointment at Enchanted Brides now:

Enchanted Brides – http://www.enchanted-brides.co.uk/

Tel: 01452 714131

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Happy Dress Shopping!
Sophie & Sarah xx

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 – ULTRAVIOLET

Like all those eagerly awaiting a birth announcement; artists, stylists and creatives everywhere have been waiting for Pantone Colour Institute to release the Colour of the Year 2018.

And it’s…….

Since the announcement was made the Wedding industry seems to be evenly split over whether they love or hate this shade…. and I’m definitely on the love side of this fence.

As a self confessed purple fiend I actually jumped for joy at this announcement! Now I’m not saying go all out and violet your day – did any of you see the house on Rightmove that went viral on social media that was beautiful on the outside but everything inside was this shade (and I mean everything!) if you didn’t you can find it here

According to Pantone:

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

Well, I like the sound of that, don’t you?

Personally I find it’s a colour with soul – a great hue to mix up any palette and pretty versatile too blending equally well with pastels or brights in shades of pinks and lilacs as it does with the cooler palettes of blues and green – even adding in a secondary pop of colour such as yellow or orange this tone can still hold its own.

Wondering how to incorporate this colour into your styling, whether your after a bold colour scheme or looking for a deep accent colour, here’s some inspiration for you:

Happy planning

Sophie

Xx

Insta #bestnine2017 – the best is yet to come

**** Soppy post alert ****

Thank you to all you wonderful readers of the blog, supporters of the online directory and all those who have enabled me to continue blogging and sharing my passion for weddings with the wider world.

Our first year has been incredible and I am looking forward to what 2018 is going to bring.

We have visited some beautiful venues, met some fabulous suppliers and got to gorge regularly on all things pretty which i have loved sharing with you over on the blog.

Here’s a snapshot courtesy of #instagrams #bestnine2017 of what happened!

So lastly I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year, congratulations to all those engaged or newlywed the next act in the play of life has begun

Happy New Year

Sophie

We’re Planning a Wedding

If you recently got engaged…. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

It’s inevitable when your bestie finally (it’s been a long engagement) sets a date and your asked to be Maid of Honor that planning fever sets in! I actually think I’m more excited than her – but that’s because I get to help plan a wedding all over again, it certainly wasn’t all smiles when I planned my own and you can read about that on Engaged? Why your planning needs a plan

Now the big days September 2018 – not long at all (9 Months! Ekk) and the couple have already chosen and booked their venue but that it! what about the other weddinphernalia? There’s still so much to do!

So join us and follow our exciting journey as we delve into the depths of wedding planning through the highs and lows for those hidden gems, hilarious outtakes and of course some of the best DIY’ing tricks we’ve come across

We can’t wait to share our planning journey with you

Sophie & Sarah

Xx

How to Wedding Fayre and why you should

If your currently planning your wedding and wondering why everyone is taking an age to get back to you its because many suppliers are in the last deep throws of wedding season, being one myself i can assure you there are LOTS of late nights at the moment helping guarantee that my clients dreams become reality.

Its now September, and the start of Autumn, will be here and with it brings Wedding Fayre Season.

Now from experience Wedding Fayres are like marmite…. you either love them or hate them. I am definitely in the love side of this relationship (hubby was definitely on the hate side, perhaps its a bride thing?)

So heres a guide on how to Wedding Fayre, with the pros (and cons) and find out how to get the most out of your experience.

The Wedding Fayre (fair, inspiration day, showcase, open day) are often held at a wedding venue, if there a venue your interested in its a good way to see how your day will ‘look’ – tablets will be dressed for a wedding and with lots of people milling around it will give you an idea of what space you will have available for your guests. If the weathers not great it will also showcase the use of the indoor space!

Wedding Fayres can be themed ie a Vintage Wedding Fayre, these are perfect if your looking to create this styling as all the exhibitors will fit this brief and save you time looking at suppliers that may not fit.

Definite Dos

  • Wedding Fayre like a pro – plan your fayres, make a list of what your after, are there suppliers you’d like to meet in person at a fayre before moving to the stage?
  • Register for the event – although nearly all fayres are free these days be sure to register – you often get perks of a goody bag containing exclusive offers, early entry and a glass of bubbly!
  • Choose comfort over style – believe me comfy, sturdy footwear is a must, you’ll totally underestimate the amount of walking that you’ll do.
  • Do bring a spare pair of hands for all the goodie bags you’ll get – I mean that’s what bridesmaids are for, right? But be sure to bring someone whose opinions you completely trust and value
  • Check out what suppliers are offering for on the day bookings – many suppliers run ‘Fayre only offers’ and a small deposit will secure potentially larger savings later on – helping your budget to stretch a little further
  • Equally you’ve got to be in it to win it – some suppliers will run competitions on the day, this is a great way to win a total or partial product or service or a free upgrade
  • If you’ve found the ‘ONE’ supplier – BOOK. In demand suppliers can often get booked up 2 years in advance, don’t end up disappointed because you didn’t deposit

 

Definite Don’ts

  • Be a fair weather Wedding Fayrer – heaven forbid but this is England and it may, just may rain (sleet, snow, hailstone or occasionally sunshine 😉 on your day. If the fayre is at a venue your interested in it will allow you to scope out the rainy day options
  • Avoid leaving it until the last minute – if you’ve turned up with 15 minutes before the close of the event, you may not get all the information you’ll need as you scan the suppliers. Plus suppliers will be looking to start packing up and this can take quite a while!
  • Don’t assume that the larger the fayre the better, by all means the larger fayres will have a much larger number of suppliers and with most organizers limiting the number in each category you can be sure of a diverse selection however don’t discount more boutique fayres if your planning an eclectic or more personalize day – they may have that one eclectic supplier you’ve been looking for!
  • Its not the place for bartering – whilst we all love a bargain, a wedding fayre is not a bazzar, its not the place for haggling with suppliers to obtain the price you want to pay.

For Wedding fayres coming up take a look here

Happy fayreing!

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

Wedding or Event Coming Up?….. Get Pedi at Margaret Dabbs, Cheltenham

As i’ve gotten older I am more aware than ever of my hands in photographs, their pose and importantly their condition. Our hands, and feet, are the most used parts of our body yet are often neglected.

So if you are recently engaged or have your wedding approaching its essential for those ring shots that you hands are in tip top condition. When the opportunity arose to pop along to Margaret Dabbs for a party hosted by CheltenhamMaman how could A Cotswold Wedding say no, I mean the promise of a mani or pedi taster on its own was always going to be a winner but a taster of the new Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure – i was not going to pass that by! After all Brides and their entourages need to know where the hottest place for hands and feet in town are, right?

 

On arriving at the salon i was surprised to find a small beautifully light room filled with colourful bottles of polishes and potions. After a very warm welcome, and champagne in hand  I was shown upstairs where Kate from CheltenhamMaman had the party in full swing. Upstairs is a bright and airy space with several consultation rooms that covers not just the world renowned podiatry services but also kitted out to cater for a wide range of additional beauty therapies.

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A little nervous of getting the old tootsies out, they weren’t looking their best after being rammed multiple times a day by children’s toys and stepped on by little people. I was treated to a taster of the Medical Pedicure by Simone, professional and friendly throughout she guided me through the basics of foot care, made observations on my feet’s condition and suggested a few tweaks to my current regime.  Did you know that buffering your nails isn’t just to make them shine? It closes the pores that are in the nail and helps to protect the nail from foreign particles!

Now i’d heard the pedicure was good but wasn’t expecting miracles, dry skin, slightly scagged toe nail, dry cuticles, it was alot to ask from a taster. Within 15 minutes I had silky soft feet and toes I didn’t recognize, they looked like they’d spent a life being pampered and my feet have never felt so light…. so much so i wanted to embrace the freezing temperatures outside and pop on the flip flops!

So Brides and bridesmaids (even Grooms!) Give those hands and feet the treatment they deserve and pop on down to Margaret Dabbs, Cheltenham, based in beautiful Montpellier, overlooking the Queens Hotel and Imperial Gardens it is the perfect serene spot to while away a few hours, being pampered and getting yourselves in tip top condition for your wedding or special event. There really is nothing more relaxing than a manicure or pedicure using the most luxurious products, by highly trained podiatrists and then lashings, if you choose, of gorgeous polishes that are again enriched with nail loving ingredients.

Why not contact the team at Margaret Dabbs today and book in – they cater for hen parties and large groups so what better way than to have quality ‘bride and bridesmaid’ time? OR why not spoil that mother of the bride or bridesmaid and treat them with a gift voucher for a mani or pedi? I mean its a guaranteed ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ yes.

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I wish that Margaret Dabbs had been in Cheltenham when I got married – I would have definitely had a medical pedicure – the full treatment is a luxurious 45 minutes long and i can guarantee that you will be leaving with not only the most gloriously pampered toes but walking on air! I shall definitely be booking in for the full treatment in the future.

 

Signing off with the fabulous feet!

Sophie xx

 

About Margaret Dabbs

Margaret Dabbs is herself a podiatrist and foot expert,  and her passion for not only foot care but the importance of creating and using products that offer  a treatment but didn’t compromise on beautifying, anti-ageing and luxurious lead her to create the Margaret Dabbs London brand. More recently Margaret and her team have pioneered the now world renowned Medical Pedicure .

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