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Win Your Dream Wedding Worth £40,000 With confetti.co.uk!!

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Planning a budget -friendly, DIY wedding might be awesome fun, but I’m sure you’ve all daydreamed about what you might do if money was no object. Well that fantasy is about to become a reality for one incredibly lucky reader because confetti.co.uk is giving away an ENTIRE WEDDING worth up to 40,000!!!

One engaged couple will win literally everything they could possibly need or want for their wedding. The reception venue… a designer wedding dress… bridesmaid outfits… the wedding rings… the stationery… the décor… the favours… the hen and stag dos… everything is included! They’re even throwing in a pre-wedding pampering spa trip, a one year anniversary mini break and a luxury honeymoon to Cyprus!!

Hold onto your knickers girls, this mammoth prize includes:

♥ A reception venue courtesy of Big Chief Tipi
♥ Wedding photography courtesy of Jenny Martin Photography
♥ Discounted wedding photography courtesy of Portobello Picture Co
♥ A boudoir photography session courtesy of Divine Divas
♥ Videography courtesy of Shoot it Yourself
♥ A photo booth courtesy of Picture Blast
♥ A wedding dress courtesy of Eternity Bridal
♥ Bridal make up courtesy of Made Up Makeup and Beauty
♥ Bridal headwear courtesy of Cata Vassalo
♥ Bridal lingerie courtesy of StephieAnn Design
♥ A fabric flower bouquet courtesy of Daphne Rosa
♥ Bridal shoes courtesy of Crystal Bridal Accessories
♥ Bridesmaid dresses courtesy of Alexia Designs
♥ Bridesmaid jewellery courtesy of Tigerlily Jewellery
♥ Flower Girl Dress courtesy of Poppy England
♥ Groom and usher suits courtesy of Stephen Bishop Suiting
♥ Reception entertainment courtesy of Warble Entertainment
♥ A spa break and beauty package for two courtesy of Ardencote Manor
♥ An all expenses paid honeymoon Cyprus courtesy of Kanika Hotels
♥ Caviar courtesy of Kings Fine Food
♥ A wedding album courtesy of Illustries
♥ Transportation courtesy of Transformer Cars
♥ Bridal dressing advice courtesy of Bridal Dressing by Angela
♥ Wedding stationery, a veil, wedding favours, ceremony accessories, table and venue decor, and venue styling courtesy of confetti.co.uk
♥ Thank you flowers for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom
♥ Wedding caricature entertainment courtesy of The Wedding Artist
♥ Three photo scarves courtesy of My Story Gifts
♥ A wedding celebration recipe book courtesy of Recipe Gift Book
♥ Speech writing services courtesy of Great Speech Writing
♥ Four male shaving hampers courtesy of Dalit Goods Co.
♥ A doodle duvet and pens bundle courtesy of Eat Sleep Doodle
♥ Wedding dress storage courtesy of Empty Box Company
♥ A bridal coaching hen party courtesy of The Bridal Coach
♥ Hen party courtesy of GoHen
♥ Stag party courtesy of StagWeb
♥ Silk flowers courtesy of Petals Polly
♥ Live band courtesy of earcandy
♥ Wedding bands courtesy of Beaverbrooks
♥ Wedding coordination courtesy of Black Pearl Weddings
♥ First anniversary short break courtesy of SuperBreak
♥ Mobile bar courtesy of Mambo Mobile Bars
♥ Table top love letter lights courtesy of The White Bulb
♥ A bespoke wedding memory book courtesy of Memeoirs
♥ Macaron favours courtesy of Anyonita Nibbles

PHEW! Talk about the prize pack of a LIFETIME!

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Make Your Own Wedding Rings at Oldfield Forge Academy

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There is something so special about DIY weddings. Even if the final results aren’t as perfect as they might be if the couple had booked a professional, to me, DIY weddings are always way more amazing because of those extra personal touches.

Having a DIY wedding means you’re thinking about more than just that one day. The projects you do not only put your own stamp on your wedding, but they make this special occasion even more memorable. You’re putting a little piece of the two of you into everything you create. That’s priceless.

So you’re making your own décor, baking a cake, and picking and arranging the flowers… But what about the one thing you’ll wear forever, your wedding rings? Have you considered making those too?

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Based in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, blacksmiths Nicky and Arron launched Oldfield Forge Academy in 2013. They now offer various courses, including one where couples can learn to make each other’s wedding rings! How would you like to escape the stresses of wedding planning and have a romantic trip away where you also get to design and make your very own rings?!

The best part is that the wedding rings package can be tailored to meet your own needs. This is not just a case of rocking up and making some rings, you can add on extra fun activities to your trip including ale tasting, river trips, picnics in the woods or evening dinner at one of the local pubs. They even offer luxury accommodation in a nearby cottage if you’d like to make a weekend of it!

The cost of a ring making course is just £174 per couple for a five hour lesson and two rings made of mild iron/ steel (which will be treated to be protected from rusting). The price also includes a bottle of bubbly to celebrate with when you’re done and a delicious lunch. Your experienced blacksmith teacher will guide you the whole way through from designing to forging, and will help you create your very own uniquely personal, one-of-a-kind rings. They will teach you a wide range of techniques and you can even etch your own message onto them if you like!

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Bridesmaid’s in Black; Classy & Elegant or Funereal?

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When we got married (yes that is me in this photo, I can’t hardly recognise myself either!) I wanted my girls in black. They all wore a dress of their choosing but I thought monochrome would look classy and elegant, plus it suits everyone. I distinctly remember my mother being concerned that it would make the wedding “look like a funeral” but on the day she changed her mind, they all looked so beautiful!

So I was really interested to hear while researching the most popular colours women would choose as their wedding colour schemes, fashion retailer Coast discovered that after purple, black and grey are now the most popular choice! I was clearly way ahead of my time!

They say, “Black, grey and silver were popular choices (19%), most likely due to the fact that their neutral palette easily complements a huge variety of skin tones and are easy to blend into the mixed colour scheme trend. The elegance of grey hues will flatter a range of body types, especially when bordering on metallic silver tones in flowing fabrics which have been seen everywhere from the London Fashion Week catwalks for SS15 to red carpet dresses. Shimmering pewter, as spotted on Sophie Turner in a plunging Burberry gown at the Met Gala is bound to be a winner among brides this season. Mollie King also set the world of fashionable weddings alight wearing a multiway grey gown as a bridesmaid dress.”

So I thought, what could be a better opportunity than to do some fantasy shopping for black bridesmaid dresses? Here are some of my current favourites that Coast have to offer. As a side note, have you looked at Coast recently? They’ve REALLY stepped it up this season, I am so obsessed with this outfit in particular!

The slinky maxi dress can be worn 15 different ways, so will suit every shape. Simply twist and wrap to create endless stunning styles.

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This short gown would be perfect for any extra special occasion. It features a sheer bodice lined with a soft slip for comfort and style.

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Lakefest: The Ideal Hen Do for Festival Lovers!

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Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with plastic willies, L plates and strippers… in actual fact I’ve been to many hilariously awesome hen dos just like this and had an utter ball. But if you want to do something that’s more muddy than smutty, how about heading to a festival with your best girls!?

Set within the stunning Cotswolds landscape, Lakefest, and it’s eclectic atmosphere, is the ultimate hen do idea for music and festival lovers. Taking place from from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2015, already confirmed acts include Ash, Embrace, The Magic Numbers and Billy Bragg (with more to be announced soon!)

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And if roughing it isn’t your bag, they also offer a wide choice of accommodation options. If you want to sleep under the stars then their well-equipped and scenic camping sites are top notch, or for those of you who prefer a more luxurious experience, their glamping options (including cabins, chalets, tipis and even a pod village for those that really want to live it up) are totally the way forwards!

Want to get a feel of how the festival goes down? Be sure to check out this video from last year!

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Four Reasons Why You Should Have a Wedding Video

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When planning your wedding, you’ll be told over and over again that you should book a great wedding photographer. I wholeheartedly agree with this, but have you also considered booking a videographer? Unlike photography, videography seems to be right down the bottom of most couple’s ‘must have’ lists and I think that’s a real shame.

Obviously budget has a lot to do with it, but as someone who didn’t have a wedding film and regrets it, here are four reasons why I really think you should book one! You are never going to be sorry that you had a wedding video made, but you might regret not having one.

1. You’ll get all of the feels

There is nothing quite like the emotions you’ll feel on your wedding day. The anticipation just before you walk down the aisle, the nerves as you listen to your other half read their vows, the lump in your throat as you hear your father say how proud he is of you during his speech…

A video lets you to relive those precious moments over and over again. We have one shaky, 20 second clip from our wedding of me walking down the aisle that a friend filmed on her phone, and whenever I watch it and hear the music, I GET ALL THE FEELS. I’m brought right back to what I was feeling at that very second. Its something you can’t quite understand until you’ve experienced it for yourself and I would do anything to be able to relive some of the other special moments from our wedding again.

2. You’ll see the bits you missed

Unlike photos, video will capture some really subtle parts of the day, things that you otherwise might forget. The nervous shuffle your groom did as he first saw you at the top of the aisle, the way your dad’s voice cracked as did his speech, your mum’s eyes welling up just the tiniest bit as she first saw you in your dress. There’s so many special moments that photography alone can’t always capture.

It’s very common for brides and grooms to say that their wedding was “such a blur” or “went by so fast”. Wouldn’t it be amazing to replay the whole day again and catch the things that you missed?

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The Six Biggest Wedding Planning Concerns & How to Quash Them!

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recently asked my Facebook fans what their biggest worries were about getting hitched, and oh my goodness, do you lot have a LOT of things on your mind! Here are the five main stress factors I saw pop up again and again, plus some practical ways you can overcome them.

“I’m worried about looking and feeling my best”

Us women can be hard on ourselves and our appearance at the best of times. Throw in being the centre of attention on one of the biggest days of your life in the mix and it’s a recipe for self-deprecation overload! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had brides tell me they feel like they’re not going to feel pretty on the day. They’re worried about everything from feeling fat to their make-up smearing, and from getting sweat patches to having cankles! We really are super hard on ourselves aren’t we?

First of all, you ARE going to look amazing on your wedding day! If you choose a dress that flatters you, you get a great make up artist and you pick a good deodorant like Sure Maximum Protection, you’ll have nothing to fret about! Twice as strong as the leading antiperspirant, Sure Maximum Protection Stress Control offers unrivalled protection against sweat and odour so it won’t let you down on your big day. Just remember you’re marrying someone that thinks you’re gorgeous each and every day. You could turn up in your PJs and they’d still think you looked amazing!

“Our families don’t get on!”

Family politics are a tricky one, but unless they’re complete arseholes, it’s unlikely that they’re going to purposely cause a scene at your wedding. However if you are worried, I would advise that you to have a quiet word with the potential perpetrators ahead of time and voice your concerns. Remember, they love you and hopefully (!) want your day to be a pleasant one.

Divorced parents can be tricky too, so how about instead of having a top table you have each parent ‘host’ separate ones and the two of you have a sweetheart table instead? Who says you have to go traditional if you’re family dynamics are anything but!? 

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