Family Dramas and Your Wedding Day

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A few weeks ago I took to my Facebook page to ask if any of you had any wedding planning woes that I could help you with. To say I was inundated might be the understatement of the century! As I waded through the comments there was a common thread that kept popping up again and again: dealing with difficult family situations. This is just a very small sample of the hundreds I received.

“I lost my Dad four years ago and while my mum is with someone new, who’s really lovely, I don’t feel comfortable asking him to walk me down the aisle. I was going to walk myself down the aisle but the reactions I’ve got off friends and family haven’t been great about the situation. Advice?” Alexandra

“Divorced (and likely to argue) parents on either side! How the heck do do deal with those?” Vicky

“Any advice for having your pops refuse to walk you down the aisle because he doesn’t get along well with your fiancé?” Aja

“Dealing with his family is our biggest stress. We’re having the wedding where we live, a couple of hours drive from where our families live, mine are all coming down and arranging to share a hotel but half of his say they won’t travel that far? I don’t know if there’s some way of making the journey seem less or if he’ll just have to have half the guests I do.” Amy

“We are getting married next year. Our biggest problems are that one parent has said she won’t come if another parent is going…” Georgie

“Having step-parents involved is a big stress for us. I’ve asked my dad to share the responsibility of giving me away with my step-dad, who was there day in and day out for me as I grew up. Safe to say dad didn’t like that idea – what to do??!!?” Aimee Rose

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Thursday Treats: Watch The Blogcademy Live from Vancouver!

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Greetings from Heathrow airport! Terminal 3 does feel like it’s become a home away from home for me recently. I actually quite like being here, especially as I have my airport routine down. I know which security line is likely to be the quickest (always wait with the single people with briefcases, even if the queue is slightly longer – never get stuck behind a family!) where to get the best deal on currency and who does the most delicious breakfasts (it’s Rhubarb by the way…)

I’m off to Canada for just over a week to teach two more Blogcademy workshops. The first is in Vancouver on 7th and 8th and the second in Calgary on 14th and 15th. We still have a few spaces left for both classes, so if you’d like to come along, we’d love you have you! (Just a gentle word of warning, this is likely to be the only time we ever teach in Canada, so miss out at your peril!)

Now when Gala, Shauna and I get together, most of our conversations inevitably revolve around our favourite subjects – business, blogging and the internet! Which is why we really love hosting our FREE livestreams and inviting you in on the discussion.

We will be broadcasting a LIVE Q&A session from our Vancouver apartment on Tuesday 10th at 11am PST (that’s 2pm EST and 7pm GMT). If you can’t tune in at the time, don’t worry, we’ll record it and put it online afterwards. If there’s something you’d like to know, go through to the event page and submit a question by clicking the Q&A button.

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Maybe you have some general questions about your blog or business that you’d like us to help with? Or you’ve been wondering something about Home School or our Mixer event? Maybe you just want to know what shampoo Gala uses to get her hair so damn shiny, who Shauna’s musical heroes are or why I’m so obsessed with tea!?

We’ll do our best to answer as many as physically possible in an hour, and we promise, nothing is off limits!

OK, that’s it from me for now. I’m off to catch my flight. Enjoy this week’s Thursday Treats and I’ll see you on the other side (of the pond!)

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Gorgeous boho Sydney wedding
This outfit!!
BHLDN inspired bridal shower
♥ Economical coastal wedding
♥ Travel inspired wedding

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Video Game Themed Wedding at Foreign Cinema, San Francisco: Stephanie & Jim

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When I was in San Francisco last month, one of the most delicious meals we had was at Foreign Cinema. A super cool restaurant and bar in an old cinema building (pro tip: get the truffle popcorn – so good!), they also play silent foreign film during dinner. The vibe is laid back but super cool. Unsurprisingly, it also makes an awesome wedding venue, and I am super excited to share Stephanie and Jim’s big day with you today!

But before we crack on, can we all please stop for one minute and bask in the beauty that is Stephanie’s Monique Lhuillier dress? I mean, goodness!

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This couple love movies and video games, and so that’s where they went for their wedding styling. “I don’t know if it was a theme but we sure had a lot of Mario stuff”, Stephanie explained. “We’re 80s kids raised on Nintendo, so our seating chart and table names were all from the classic Super Mario World map. We got a bunch of Mario toys and spread them all around the tables, and of course there was the insanely awesome cake. It was so detailed, it even had a Rainbow Road from Mario Kart!”

“We had a couple of arcade machines brought in for people to play. We did do a first dance but much more important was the first game of Street Fighter 2 as a married couple. I won!”

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Sack the Cheesy Wedding DJ

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I’m not a big dancer (well, in public) but one thing I am a super fan of is some seriously good music to get a party started. While having dancing at your wedding may or may not be top at the list of your priorities, having some damn fine entertainment certainly should be.

But knowing where to start on your wedding entertainment hunt can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re not one of those people who goes to see live bands a lot. Which is why I’m so thrilled that companies like Function Central exist. They list a plethora of awesome entertainers all in one place, making it easy as pie to search for, and find, the perfect performers for your wedding.

Dancing completely optional of course.

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1960s ‘Kitchen Sink’ Themed Wedding in a Working Men’s Club: Demelza & Andy

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Demelza and Andy were married in Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at The Mildmay Club in Newington Green. Their wedding was inspired by the kitchen sink dramas of the 60s.

“We wanted a really personal wedding so we made sure as much of it as possible was designed and made by either ourselves or our friends”, wrote the bride. “We also wanted a local wedding which is why we got married at our local town hall and had the reception in the working men’s club at the end of our street. We are very lucky to have two such amazing buildings so close to us. The inspiration just came from us, our home and what we love, we basically wanted to have a massive party with all our friends and family, great food and dancing all night!”

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“Andy designed a font for our names and we had a large rubber stamp made with the idea of gold foil embossing each of the 130 invites by hand”, she continued. “This was a lovely idea and looked fantastic but each one took about half an hour to make and involved special powder, potions and a hair dryer!! Hence only half our guest received foiled invites, the rest got gold paint.”

“Our biggest expense, but also our biggest highlight was the band, The Tamla Motown Sound. Live music is really important to us so we knew we had to have a band playing. We absolutely love Motown and so do all our friends so we knew they would keep everyone dancing all night, they were fabulous.”

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WIN A ‘You Are Beautiful’ Prize Pack from Olivine Atelier

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One of my favourite treats in our San Francisco Blogcademy goodie bags was an adorable little perfume sample set from Olivine Atelier. With it’s sublime packaging and branding (done by none other than Ms Shauna Haider!) I instantly gravitated towards it… but that was only the beginning!

I tested each and every one of the seven perfumes we were treated to and when I came across Amongst The Waves I knew I’d found my new signature scent.

Imagine walking down a sandy beach, with your toes in the ocean. Imagine a cooling breeze with a sea salt lingering in the air. Imagine staring up at the sky at sunset, coconut-based cocktail in hand!

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