Colourful Canal Boat Wedding in Amsterdam

Michelle and Chris got engaged in Amsterdam so this is where they chose to get married too. They didn’t want any of the usual traditions like speeches or a first dance, they just wanted to have a colourful party with everyone who meant a lot to to them. As the couple weren’t allowed to legally marry in Holland, they later had a second wedding back home in in Kingston afterwards.

“There was a sweepstake as to where the wedding would be,” began Michelle, “as Chris is really into snowboarding and I’m half Dutch but grew up in Spain. So it was a toss up between Spain, Holland or somewhere with snow! However it turned out Chris really wanted to get married on a boat! We wanted our wedding to be colourful and just did what we wanted. Having been to a few weddings before, we knew what we didn’t want, so it was kind of born from that.”

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Doctor Who & Harry Potter Geeky Fandom Wedding

Choosing their favourite fantasy worlds for their wedding was the obvious theme choice for Jenn and Adam, who were married in Auckland, New Zealand in November. The bride loves Harry Potter, and the groom, Doctor Who!

“Our wedding was inspired by our interests”, said Jenn. “We wanted something unique to us and that’s how we decided on a geeky themed wedding. He’s a Whovian and I’m a Potterhead. We fully immersed our personalities into it rather than going for the usual wedding decorations.”

The bride and her bridesmaids carried paper flower bouquets made from Harry Potter and Doctor Who books, their seating chart was the wizarding world map and there was Doctor Who and Harry Potter bunting everywhere. The centrepieces were made from POP characters, paper confetti, candles and tiles. There where hand made golden snitches hanging from the ceiling. As you can see, they really went all-out with the theme!

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How to Find The Best Entertainment for Your Wedding

If there’s one thing that will really add the wow factor to your reception, it’s a kick ass band. If you want a true party atmosphere then live music really can’t be beaten. But how do you go about finding the right band for your wedding? How do you know what to look for? How do you know if you’re getting a good deal?

Do your research

Ask your married friends, browse blogs and Facebook groups, and Google your heart out! The internet will definitely be your best friend when it comes to finding a band for your wedding and most live musical acts will have videos or audio files of their performances on their websites so you can actually listen to them before you get in touch. If possible, see if they’re doing any gigs near you soon too so you can go and see them perform before you book too.

Repertoire

One you’ve narrowed your search down to a few of your favourites, it’s really important to then drill down and ask yourself what kind of band you really want or need. Not every band will be able to perform every style of music (in fact the best ones will probably only do one, or maybe two styles really well). I mean, you wouldn’t book a vintage swing band and expect them to be able to thrash out some Rammstein would you?!

Use live entertainment portals

Directory websites that list entertainers of all styles, locations and budgets are easy to come across online and one of the best I’ve found is LastMinuteMusicians.com. On this one site you can browse profiles, read reviews, listen to audio, watch videos and choose from a rapidly growing selection of the best musicians, bands, entertainers and related companies. You can search by style, budget and location too which will really help you narrow down your search to only the performers that are right for you.

With over 2600 acts listed, their huge selection includes everything from acoustic soloists to swing singers, Bollywood performers to cabaret bands! They even list some non-musical performers such as caricaturists, magicians and even sound engineers. No matter how traditional and romantic, or extravagant and unique your wedding theme is – you’re sure to find the perfect live entertainment in the Last Minute Musician’s directory.

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Eclectic and Floral Wedding

There’s one thing you’re all going to notice right away with this wedding – the bride’s amazing, and enormous, flower crown! I mean, wow!  The best part is she made it herself. “After being quoted different prices from several places, my sister and I decided to give it a go ourselves”, Robyn explained. “We ordered the artificial flowers online and bought a headband from Claire’s Accessories. After a few nights of pinning and gluing, on occasions having to de-glue our fingers and thumbs from the headband, we finally mastered the skill of using a glue gun and the headpiece was complete!”

The rest of Robyn and Lewis’ wedding, held at Eaves Hall in Lancashire was just as colourful. “Our wedding was a bit of a mix of vintage and floral an a quirky edge.  We both love anything olde worlde so any pictures or ideas we saw from Downton Abbey or out of books we added to our collection.”

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Retro & Disney Inspired Wedding on Southend Pier

Charlotte and Jack’s wedding had a really unique location – Southend Pier! The day had a retro theme with Disney references throughout. “Our wedding theme was ‘Grease meets the Great British Seaside!'”, said the bride. “We were inspired by lots of wedding blogs, especially Rock n Roll Bride! We saw so many couples who had a day that reflected them and that’s what inspired us to plan a wedding that people would describe as completely us. Also, we saw so many weddings that looked like they and the guests were having a total blast, so we wanted to have a day full of fun!”

The wedding was held at the Royal Pavilion which is located a mile out to sea! “Pretty much every guest has said that they’ve never been to a wedding like ours before. Lots of people thought it was really cool that we were getting married on the pier. I also think the amount of handmade decorations is something that makes our wedding really different too, and so much of it was made by the Groom’s crafty mum that it was really special.”

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The Ultimate Guide to Dying Your Hair Fantasy Colours: Keeping it Healthy, Rescuing it When it’s Damaged & Making the Colour Last!

If there’s one thing I get asked about more than anything else, it’s my hair! Whenever I post a selfie I have at least a couple of questions about how I keep it healthy, what to do when its damaged from bleach and how I make my colours last. While I’ve written a few posts on this individual topics before, I thought it was time for an update (things are changing all the time) and I figured one ULTIMATE post, covering everything might be helpful. I hope you agree!

Keeping Hair Healthy

Bleaching

First of all, unless your hair is naturally super light blonde, you WILL need to bleach it if you want to dye your hair a bright, fantasy colour. The colour simply won’t show up, or will look muddy, on hair any darker than light blonde. This is the one stage I would never recommend that you do yourself! It’s very, very easy to fry your hair if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing so the best thing you can do for your hair is go to a colour specialist for this part.

The brighter and more saturated you want your colour you look, the lighter you hair will need to be (however if you want a pastel look you’ll also need a super light base to work with too). It can be difficult to get very dark hair, light enough in one sitting to get the exact colour results you need. Everybody’s hair is different though so speak to your colourist and take their advice! The texture of your hair may mean you need a few gentler bleaching sessions over a series of months to get to your desired base colour.

I also never, ever bleach my hair more than once. I’ve heard about people doing two or even three passes of bleach over their hair in one sitting and the idea makes me wince! Even using protection such as Olaplex (see below) this just seems like a really terrible idea. When I get my hair bleached, we only ever do the roots. If I need to fade my colour to change it up, I just quit topping up the colour for a few weeks before I go to the salon to get it as light as possible.

Olaplex (or similar)

Olaplex revolutionised the hair care market when their three step system launched a few years ago. So much so that there are now 32 competitor brands producing a product that (claims to) do the same thing! I’m yet to use any of them other than Olaplex, but I’m going to a salon soon that uses Innoluxe so I’ll report back. Using these products not only limits the damage the bleach does to your hair, but it can also help rebuild damaged hair too! As soon as I started using Olaplex, my hair transformed. I can not recommend it enough.

These products are salon-only meaning you have to go to a hairdressers to use them. While you can buy them from places like eBay and Amazon, I’ve heard that due to the popularity a lot of them are fake, so I wouldn’t recommend risking it! The cost is between £30-£50 on top of the usual cost of having your hair dyed.

If you want to read more about Olaplex and my experience you can do so here!

Rescuing Hair When it’s Bleach Damaged

I have written extensively about this before so if you haven’t already, you should definitely read this article first.

My biggest tip for fixing your hair when it’s either breaking off, or super stretchy and springy is to give it time. It WILL take a long while for it to get healthy again so you need to treat it with kindness and have patience. Depending on the extent of the damage you may also need to cut some of it off and start again. I had to do this and it was painful but so worth it in the end!

Restore the protein

The reason hair gets damaged by things like bleach and heat, is because they attack the natural proteins (also known as keratin) in your hair. In order to get it healthy again you need to restore these proteins with treatments such as the Redken Extreme range.

Slather it in moisture 

As well as being deficient in keratin, your hair will likely be very, very thirsty. Healthy hair has the perfect balance of both protein and moisture in it, so you need to make sure you restore both. A lack of moisture is what makes your hair straw-like or causes it to snap off when it gets to a certain length. I love anything by the Moroccan Oil brand.

Avoid heat (as much as possible)

Even though my hair is pretty healthy these days, I try to leave it to dry naturally as often as I can. Intense heat, like bleach, is one of the biggest things that will damage your hair fast. I then style it with straighteners on the lowest setting. Always use a heat protecting spray too! If your hair is in a really bad state, you should avoid heat at all costs, however if, like mine, its in pretty good condition then using heat on it occasionally is OK.

Give it a break

It should go without saying, but if your hair is damaged you need to treat it with care and that means no more bleaching, no more heat and lots of lovely treatments to help it recover. You should also avoid brushing it too often, rough-drying it with a towel or wearing tight hairstyles.

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