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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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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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