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Easy and Delicious Wedding Cocktail Ideas

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When, thebar.com, one of the best cocktail recipe sites in UK got in touch asking me if I wanted to try share some of their cocktail recipe ideas… well, they didn’t have to ask me twice! The Bar is the perfect resource for anybody looking for some unique and yummy drinks for their wedding, party or, you know, Tuesday…

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Having a signature cocktail at your wedding is a great way to infuse some of your personality into the party. Just like your invitations might set the tone of the event when your guests receive them in the mail, a welcome drink that screams “you!” will get all your guests chatting, especially if you display a menu with what the ingredients are and why you picked them. If Gareth and I were to do it I think we’d have to serve something pink n sparkly with the added kick of whiskey for example!

The best thing about these recipes is that none of them require any fancy equipment or tens of different bottles of spirits and mixers. Most of them just involve one type of alcohol and you can navigate the site really easily by searching for your favourite spirit, the occasion you want to serve it, or just by the cocktail name itself. Hundreds of simple combinations and invaluable tips and advice to make them at home await you!

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Get the Bespoke Experience without the High Price Tag with Emma Jo Wedding Stationery

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If supporting small and independent companies during your wedding planning is something important to you, then I’d love to introduce you to wedding stationer Emma Jo. Obsessed with all things paper from an early age, Emma has taken that passion and formed her own boutique wedding stationery company. She offers a diverse and ever-expanding collection of beautiful invitations, save the dates and paper goods for weddings.

Wanting nothing more than to provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience for her clients, Emma launched her company in 2009 in response to seeing way too many ‘ordinary’ wedding stationery around. She wanted to design things that were anything but ordinary! She loves nothing more than listening to her couple’s stories and designing their stationery around them.

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“I am so proud of the diverse styles we offer”, Emma told me. “My company may be small but I have big ideas and am always exploring new concepts to give our couples more and better options. For example gold foil printing is super popular at the moment, but many of my couples only require small numbers of invites, are tight on time or simply don’t have the budget to go all out. So I designed the ‘Little Gold Heart’ range with all the luxury of a specialist print with a metallic gold foil heart, but the option to have personalised, and printed in small quantities. This is also a great affordable option compared with fully foiled or letterpress stationery, and these invitations start at £3.40 each including envelopes.”

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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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