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What Are Save the Dates & Do You Really Need Them? (yes you do and you’ll save 10% on yours with this post!)

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With people living busier lives than ever, sending a Save the Date for your wedding is pretty much essential. Not only will your friends and family appreciate the heads up, but they’re also a great way to announce your wedding and get everyone excited! While you could just send an email or a text, sending something in the post is a great way to kick off the pre-wedding crafting or to start to think about your theme. Here are some questions you might have before you send yours.

1. Who gets a Save the Date?

When it comes to compiling your wedding guest list, I’d advise that you have an A-list and a B-list. The A-list is people you definitely want to invite (close family and friends), and a B-list is backups in case some people can’t make it (work colleagues, neighbours, extended family). Doing this means that hopefully won’t have any empty seats or uneaten meals that you’ve already paid for!

You should only send Save the Dates you your A-list, aka the people you absolutely want to be there. It would be mightily embarrassing to send someone one, and then not actually extend a formal invitation. It would basically be like uninviting them!

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Win Tickets to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair

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Attention DIY enthusiasts! From September 18th – 20th, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair is taking place at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace and this is one event you are not going to want to miss.

Not only will you be able to buy craft supplies and handmade gifts in the shopping village, but there will be live demos and skills workshops with experts going on all weekend. Kirstie herself will of course be there too, demonstrating and speaking with top makers, designers and crafts people (including Mollie Makes Magazine, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, wedding planner Sarah Haywood, potter Emma Bridgewater and Etsy!) in the Super Theatre.

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The skills workshops are the perfect way for you to develop your expertise or learn new techniques, and will be taking place on a wide range of topics including yarn and textiles, seasonal, fashion accessories, upcycling and papercraft.

There is even going to be a wedding tent hosted by Hobbycraft which will give you the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills for your upcoming wedding. You’ll have the chance to learn calligraphy, find out how to make your own marbled stationery, and even put together some beautiful floral arrangements!

Every ticket to The Handmade Fair includes one skills workshop*, and each session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. Content in the wedding tent is the same each day.

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Win a Pair of Custom Designed, Hand Painted Wedding Shoes from Middo Shoes!

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Do you fall asleep dreaming of your perfect wedding shoes; individual, one-of-a-kind and perfectly matched to every detail of your wedding? Do you want what you wear on your feet to be more than just eye candy? Do you wish you could find a keepsake that will always remind you of your special day?

Enter Middo Shoes, who aim to make all your wedding shoe dreams come true! Founded by designer and artist Alex Dubis, Middo Shoes design and hand paint original shoes for brides just like you!

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“I love helping my customers get their perfect pair of shoes that brings together their personality and style”, Alex told me. “They may include anything and everything they love in the designs. In the past I have done shoes with names, places, dates, their favourite colours or even their whole love story on them! I’ve drawn sugar skulls, flowers, butterflies, even portraits of the bride and groom themselves –  the only limit is my customers imaginations!”

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Looking For a Unique Wedding Ring? What About One From Space!?

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Finding a non-traditional wedding ring can be difficult. High street jewellers catering to the masses usually give you three options – gold, white gold or platinum – so where do you look if you want something a bit more unique (and affordable?!) The internet, that’s where!

Online jewellers Martha Jackson pride themselves on doing things differently and they are particularly proud of their wedding rings made from meteorite which are set in sterling silver… yes, actual pieces of an asteroid from space! Working exclusively with natural materials, their meteorite rings are fast becoming their most favourite material to work with.

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The perfect idea for anyone wanting something more unique for their wedding bands, meteorite is thought to be the oldest material on the planet! Martha Jackson make all their items from Muonionalusta, a meteorite that was formed from the molten centre of a previously destroyed planet, which impacted the Earth over 100,000 years ago… seriously who else will you know who’s wedding ring has travelled so far!?

The material is sourced from a site in northern Scandinavia and you need a licence to even go and find it! Each ring comes in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.

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Creative Wedding Catering Ideas with Sausage and Pear

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Why does wedding food get such a bad rep? Dry chicken, inedible beef, boring vege options? Why, on arguably the most extravagant day of your life, are people happy to serve up sub-par grub to all their friends and family?!

While it’s true that catering for big numbers can be expensive and tricky (you’re probably never going to please everyone!) there must be catering companies around that understand this turmoil and want to do something about it… right?!

Introducing Sausage and Pear! Husband and wife team Ross and Claire cater weddings and events in London, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Surrey, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Somerset. They launched their company because they were passionate about creating show stopping and delicious food that was also creative and different to the usual wedding fare.

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Have you considered a posh hog roast, or an afternoon tea? Maybe you’d like to serve pie and mash or fish and chips? How about an Asian influenced menu or a giant sharing platter that all your guests can just dig into? Sausage and Pear can help! They can even provide you with a mobile bar and the marquee to hold everything if you want.

“We love designing new ways for people to eat on a wedding day”, they told me. “We want our food to be forever be remembered! We love to match the food we provide to the theme of the wedding too and work with our couples to provide something everyone will love eating. We even use things like edible flowers, grass, wooden and vintage props to enable your guests to experience our array of different textures and flavours whether you’re having a posh or rustic feast.”

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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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