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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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Free Wedding Photography for Animal Lovers!

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Yes, you read that right! If you’re an animal lover you could be in for the chance of having your wedding photographed absolutely FREE. I know this sounds too good to be true but I promise it’s not!

Wedding photographer Gemma of Taylor Wolf Photography loves animals, and animal themed weddings, so much that she is running this amazing competition for one lucky Rock n Roll couple to win their wedding photography with her.

“There’s a reason why I called my business what I did, because I’m crazy about animals!”, Gemma told me. “I incorporated the name Wolf because they are monogamous animals, and they value their family and social connections enormously but also their individuality. Much like me and the lovely couples I get to work with!”

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If you have anything animal related in your wedding you can enter this contest! Are you having your pooch, kitty, bunny or iguana as a ring bearer? Maybe you’re wearing a leopard print dress or zebra print shoes? Is there going to be lots of taxidermy or an owl delivering your rings? You could even be eloping on a safari or getting married at a zoo!

There are two prizes up for grabs and a juicy 15% discount will be emailed to every single person that enters, even if they don’t win!

First Prize

One couple will win a full wedding photography package from Taylor Wolf Photography. Prize includes a pre-wedding engagement shoot, 8+ hours of wedding day coverage and 400+ fully edited digital images. The total prize value is £1600.

Runner Up

One couple will win a pre-wedding engagement photo shoot and 20% off their wedding photography.

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Three Vital Things All Couples Should Discuss Before They Get Married

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There’s nothing more exciting than planning your wedding, whether you go for a large lavish affair or a more understated, personal day, there is always plenty to think about and arrange! But with all the excitement and celebration going on around you, it’s very easy to get caught up in the moment and forget that your wedding is about more than just the day itself.

When you’re in a relationship, you obviously get to know each other pretty well. But sometimes it isn’t until you actually get married that you start to consider the more serious stuff. Some of these topics can be uncomfortable to talk about, but making sure you do so is vital if you want your marriage to last the distance.

1. Money

Money is one of the main things that couples fight about. Getting on top of your joint finances before you walk down the aisle, and maybe even establishing a few ground rules, will help you nip some of the disputes that can arise in the bud.

It’s a good idea to sit down and access a free credit report like this one from Experian CreditExpert for each of you, this will allow you to identify any potential problems, and find ways to address them. Its is particularly important that you discuss your individual attitudes to money. Even if you plan to keep a lot of your finances separate, arguments about bills, past debts or one partner’s perceived overspending can cause problems very quickly.

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