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Stress-Free Wedding Planning with World of Wedmin!

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If you’re reading this it is very likely that you’re planning a wedding in the near future. Well, I don’t know about you, but when I organised my own big day, one of the most frustrating things was enquiring to tons of wedding suppliers either to not hear back, or to get a message weeks later only to be told they were already booked. “There must be an easier way!” I muttered on many occasions.

Well now, my friends, there is!  Launched in late 2013, World of Wedmin is as the result of founder Robin Weil’s experience in the wedding industry as a supplier. Also running a music agency, he similarly became increasingly frustrated at how much time he witnessed couples wasting by calling up suppliers who are unavailable, out of their budget or didn’t cover their area. World of Wedmin is designed to address this issue and provide a more efficient and stress-free planning experience for the busy bride and groom. Suppliers are listed by location, price and availability so you won’t end up wasting time contacting people who don’t fit your criteria.

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How Financially Compatible Are You?

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Remember when you were a lovestruck teenager, you’d find the boy you liked and do compatibility tests to figure out if you were destined to run off into the sunset together? I seem to remember one in particular where you wrote down both your full names, assigned a number to each letter, added them together and then the higher your resulting score, the more likely you were to fall in love and have babies.

Obviously such highly scientific tests as these never amounted to anything, but there is something to be said for figuring out how compatible you are with a person before the relationship gets serious.

So when the peeps at Experian emailed me to let me know about their new financial compatibility guide, the money and relationship quiz, I couldn’t resist downing tools and giving it a whirl for myself.

It is still just a bit of fun, but there is a serious message behind the idea too. If you’re not on the same page with your future spouse on big issues such as money, children, or lifestyle choices, it is very likely the relationship will not last. Gareth and I actually did a pre-marriage course to make sure we spoke about and worked through any of our differences before we made such a big commitment. It felt a bit strange at first because when you’re engaged all you really want to be thinking about is dresses, flowers and cake, but it was definitely the best thing we’ve ever done for our relationship.

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Attention British Brides: BHLDN is Coming!!

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When Anthropologie announced the were introducing their own wedding dress line, BHLDN, in 2011, I looked enviously over at my American friends who were able to buy them. The dresses were everything the UK wedding dress market was missing – super feminine and delicate heirloom-quality wedding gowns with an elegant and modern twist. Some of the most incredible and sought-after designers were creating collections for the brand too including Catherine Deane, Vantana Watters, Tadashi Shoji, Badgley Mischka and Nicole Miller.

While British brides were always able to order the gowns online, I for one have been desperately waiting for the opportunity to see and try on these dresses in person. That time has finally arrived!

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I’m sure you can imagine my immense elation when BHLDN got in touch with me recently to not only let me know about their first ever UK trunk show with. I was over the moon! But even more so when they invited me to come in and try on some of the dresses for myself. Needless to say, I hopped on a train to the city just as soon as I possibly could!

Trying on and being photographed in these stunning Catherine Deane dresses in an Anthropologie store is my idea of heaven. I mean, talk about a Pinterest-perfect location!

With a plunging neckline, embellished illusion back and silk tulle skirt, Winnie was the first dress I tried on. This intricate gown blends modern details with a sense of vintage nostalgia. I was instantly obsessed with the embellished neckline and I teamed it with the Winter Daisy headband.

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10 Ways To Tell If You’re At a Hipster Wedding Fair

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Article by Becky Hoh-Hale

In a world saturated with wedding fairs it can be hard to know which one is right for you. There are even now a whole new breed of  ‘unique’ wedding shows, from alternative to vintage and everything in between, making the choice of which one to visit extra confusing!

Being dubbed the bridal event for hipsters, A Most Curious Wedding Fair is hitting Norwich this Sunday and London on 7-8 March, but what exactly is a hipster wedding fair? This is just a bit of fun, of course, but here is the ten most important things you should check to make sure you’re in the right place!

1. Look around you, do the majority of the visitors and exhibitors have any of the following? 
Male checklist: Beards, man buns (muns!), tattoos? Female checklist: Micro fringe, long bohemian hair, prominent eyebrows, aztec poncho? Unisex checklist: Bobble hats, NHS style glasses?

2. Is it taking place in an industrial warehouse space, on an uber cool London street?
Just to be sure there should be concrete floors, exposed pipes and white-washed brick walls as the backdrop. There should also be colour pop graphics, trendy typography, pineapples and naked bulbs!

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3. Can you sense a ‘theme’ to the styling of the show?
Does it involve Mid-Century furniture, cacti, makrame and/or wicker? Most Curious is themed around Palm Springs this year and will be incorporating all of the above, with plenty of crochet panels and foliage hanging from branches. There are also special installation spaces dedicated to the theme to give you ideas for all aspects of your wedding.

4. Is the in-house cafe service a hipster favourite?
At Most Curious this year the food station is being provided by the now infamous Cereal Killer Cafe! Nothing could be more on trend than nostalgia, particularly from the 80s and 90s, and Cereal Killer Cafe has received notable acclaim for their nod to this with their love of breakfast goods! The poster boys of Hipsterdom will be at the show serving their milky, crunchy goodness and damn good coffee all day long. And they can cater your wedding!

5. Is the show also billed as a ‘shopping experience’?
This year Most Curious is pioneering ‘Shop the Show’, highlighting the cool indie brands and makers who will have accessories, floral goodies, paper goods, sweet treats and décor items for sale on the day. Items will cost between £1 and £50 meaning you won’t have to break the bank either!

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Adding A Splash of Colour with Prezola, a Wedding Gift List Like No Other

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Gareth and I live in an extremely unremarkable two bedroom house. That’s not to say it isn’t a lovely home (even if it is a bit on the small size!) and we’ve been very happy here for eight years now. Some long-term readers may actually remember when I shamefully shared a photo of what our living room looked like in 2010 (ugh shudder..!) so needless to say we’ve made some vast changes over the years.

Well… Gareth has. While I am DIY phobic at the best of times, he really is a superstar. Over the past six months he’s replaced the carpet throughout the entire house (I can’t even tell you how overjoyed I was to see the back of the hideous terracotta monstrosity that was covering our floors), removed and replaced the fireplace, plastered, and painted everything pristine white… all on his own. Yes, it’s true. I married a one-man IT/DIY genius. How the hell did I get so lucky?

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He also put up all those pictures I’ve been hoarding for years. We finally have the gallery style wall of canvases, prints and paintings that I always dreamed of.

Although we would like to move somewhere bigger in future, right now we’re really happy with our little home. However as you’ll see from these photos, there is one big thing missing from our front room… COLOUR!

As you can probably imagine, I am all for throwing all the colours of the rainbow at it and seeing what sticks. However, Gareth is a lot more cautious and strategic and wants to make proper plans (yaaawn!) about what will work together and look right in the space. But considering what it used to look like, I am beside myself with happiness to live in a white-on-white-on-white house!

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Get the Colourful Wedding Stationery of Your Dreams with Swoon at the Moon!

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If fun, funky and colourful wedding stationery is your idea of a damn good time, then you’re going to want to check out Devon-based husband and wife team Swoon at the Moon.

“We completely and utterly believe that it is not our wedding stationery”, they told me. “It belongs to our customers. If they happen to like our designs then great. However, if they need a colour changed, a flower changed, a zebracorn added, completely different wording or even a whole other language, we will make it happen!”

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“We have many bright and colourful, existing ranges to choose, but if you want something bespoke we can do that too! Nothing is too much trouble and it’s all done with a smile. We’re lucky enough to be married already so we really appreciate just what peace-of-mind a decent, dedicated supplier does for you when you’re getting hitched.”

With prices starting at just £2.25 per invitation and £1 for Save the Dates, these beautiful designs won’t break the pre-marital bank either. They also do table plans, place cards, envelope liners and pretty much anything else your stationery-loving brain can dream up!

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