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    Wedding Fashion Bridesmaid Dresses for a Winter Wedding

    If you are planning a winter wedding and are looking for ideas for bridesmaid dresses, you are in the right place. This year, there is plenty of choice of bridesmaid dresses for a winter wedding, which makes it far easier to find exactly what you are looking for. The trend for people to get married all year round, rather than just in the summer months, means that designers are focusing more on producing autumn and winter bridesmaid dresses, than they did in the past.

    Bridesmaid Dresses for a Winter Wedding

    Full-length dresses

    Maxi dresses look good on practically any figure, so they are a great option. The fact that they are full length helps too. If you get married in the winter, it can be cold, so longer dresses make a lot of sense, with the added benefit that they are also very glamorous.

    Bridesmaid Dresses for a Winter Wedding long bridesmaid dresses

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    Right now, there are plenty available in the shops. With the party season coming up the shops are filling up with long party dresses, some of which can be adapted slightly and used for your bridesmaids. If you are on a tight budget, they are an especially good option because you can easily pick out a nice one for under £100, sometimes under £50.

    Mid length

    However, not everyone likes a full-length dress. Some women feel self-conscious wearing something like that. In that situation, it is best to opt for a mid length dress instead. There are some lovely full-skirted examples available, which are special enough for a bridesmaid to wear.

    Bridesmaid Dresses for a Winter Wedding full skirt mid length

    Lightweight dresses

    The only issue is that many of the dresses that are available now are made from lightweight materials, which is not ideal in the cold weather. As a result, you are going to have to find a way to keep your bridesmaids warm enough. The last thing you want is for them to look blue with cold, in the wedding photos.

    Fortunately, there are some beautiful shawls and pashminas available, in the shops, this year. They come in a huge range of tones and colours, so it is easy to find one that works. Read more

    Wedding Makeup Winter Makeup Tips

    So this time of year plays havoc with our skin. Central heating, wind, rain and cold. Urgh, our poor skin needs a lot of extra TLC to keep it in tip top condition. If you are planning a winter wedding, it is especially important to take care of your face and know which makeup styles suit this time of year.,

    So we have some top wedding makeup winter makeup tips from London College of Fashion trained Hair and Makeup Artist, Susie Boyland. Susie is a London College of Fashion trained Makeup and Hair Artist

    She loves working one-on-one with each of her brides to help them find a wedding day makeup look that’s beautifully true to them.

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    As we have already said, our skin can take a real battering over the winter months. Coming in from the cold to a centrally heated house, office or shop can cause your skin to panic. Your makeup needs a great canvas to work on, so as the temperatures drop you need to take extra care of your skin, especially if you’re getting married this winter. Here’s our tips on remaining radiant and glowing:

    Use a gentle exfoliator as part of your beauty routine twice a week. If your skin is becoming sensitive or red, reduce the use to just once a week.

    Use a 50 pence piece sized dollop and smooth gently over your face. Let the particles touch your face gradually. Gently massage into the face, slowly and carefully, and let the scrub do its job. Go for an exfoliator that doesn’t have harsh looking beads in it. Try not to scrub away at your skin in short bursts; this will only cause damage and irritation.

    Wedding Makeup Winter Makeup Tips woman exfoliator for love me love my weddng

    Moisturize your skin inside and out. Drink lots of water and moisturise your face daily. Opt for a simple water-based moisturiser as this will nourish dry areas, or go for a natural product such as It’s All About the Face Hydrating Face Cream by Pureza Beauty.  

    Lips can really suffer over the colder months, often becoming chapped and flaky. Use a soft, moist toothbrush to gently exfoliate  any dead skin away in in circular motions. Apply a good layer of lip balm to protect and moisturise them every day.

      Wedding Makeup Winter Makeup Tips natural lips for love me love my weddng When it comes to winter bridal makeup, keep it classic and bold. The aim for this look is to be well presented rather than over the top. Think Jennifer Aniston rather than Kim Kardashian! Start with a great foundation designed for a long day like Estee Lauder Doublewear; this will give your skin a flawless base from which to build on. 

    Wedding Makeup Winter Makeup Tips natural bridal makeup look for love me love my weddng Well groomed eyebrows and highlighted bone structure is the key to framing your face for a chic and sophisticated natural look. Use a powder shadow, like MAC’s Shroom, to add a subtle shimmer underneath your eyebrows, the cupids bow of the lip and along the tops of your cheek bones. Remember the key is a natural sleek look -it is easy to end up looking like a painted clown, so build the look up gradually and step back and look carefully between each step.

      Wedding Makeup Winter Makeup Tips brude lace edged veil for love me love my weddng

    Make your eyes the focus of your radiant snow queen look. Create an elegant smoky eye using golds, bronzes and browns with an eye shadow palette like Urban Decay Naked. Keep both your cheek and lip colours similar shades to your natural colourings. A pop of blusher on the apples of your cheeks and a touch of tint or balm to the lips adds a subtle amount of sheen without looking too overdone.

    So there you have it. Look after your skin and keep it subtle ladies 🙂

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    Wedding Jewellery – 4 Reasons to Shop at Auction

    If you’re a novice to the auction scene, you’re probably wondering why you should make the detour from the high-street and log-in to a reputable online jewellery auction house. After all, surely you have everything you need right in front of you already on the retail market? The answer to this may surprise you. Here are four reasons to forgo the retail market and find your treasures at a Jewellery Auction.

    Wedding Jewellery - 4 Reasons to Shop at Auction

    Wedding Jewellery – 4 Reasons to Shop at Auction

    1. You can get more for your money

    Auctions are a great place to treat yourself or a loved one to a beautiful, timeless, genuine treasure without having to foot a hefty designer price tag. The jewellery sold at auction is usually fares much better than the jewellery sold on the high-street and like-for-like price comparisons, primarily due to the fact that auctions don’t have the same overheads as high-street jewellers. As such, the stones captured in pieces sold at auction tend to be considerably larger than those offered in similar priced pieces in retail shops.

    Wedding Jewellery - 5 Reasons to Shop at Auction vintage ruby engagement ring

    To increase your chances of grabbing a bargain at auction, read up on your stuff before you start to bid. Know what you’re looking for and what prices you ought to expect. It’s a good idea to inspect the pieces you’re interested in prior to bidding, but this isn’t possible with online auction houses; instead, look at the photographs available and request clearer pictures if necessary.

    1. What could be more romantic?

    Auction houses are becoming the ideal place to find beautiful engagement rings. Part of the allure of the auction is the fact that each piece on sale has a deep and real history ingrained within it. Antique jewellery pieces are more than 100 years old, and have accrued more than their fair share of character, romance, and history.

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    1. You get more choice

    Although you can’t knock the average high-street jeweller for its style, sophistication and choice, everything on offer tends to be similar in taste in line with current fashions and trends. At auction, every piece is different, and has a different edge and flair depending on where and when it was made. Gems and designs featured may be rare and no longer readily available on the high-street, giving you the chance to own something truly unique and irresistible. These pieces have stood the test of time and are timeless and classic pieces of lovely, vintage jewellery.

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    1. There’s no pressure

    Many people find auctions intimidating, but there’s nothing quite as scary as a jewellery sales man in a high-end, high-street jewellery shop who’s hell-bent on making a sale. If you don’t want something at auction, the answer is simple – don’t bid on it. Should you change your mind on something or the price is going too high, you can pull out of the bidding once the price begins to surpass your allotted budget. However, if you do make a bid, there’s a chance that you may be expected to honour it, so make sure you only bid on pieces that you actually want!

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    Wedding Planning Alternative Wedding Music Ideas

    Today we are tapping along to the beat with some alternative wedding music ideas. They come to us courtesy of Bands for Hire, who have a wealth of musical options and ideas to suit all tastes.

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    Alternative Wedding Music Ideas

    You’ve pinned down your wedding venue and the date is set in stone, it’s now time to put on your wedding planner hat and get busy organising.

    When it comes to booking your daytime wedding music there are obvious choices that instantly come to mind. Whether that is a string quartet, harpist, jazz band or pianist, they all are fantastic options to go for and will certainly deliver the desired effect. However, perhaps you’re looking for something a little different on your wedding day. Something more memorable and unique that will get heads turning and guests talking.

    At Bands For Hire we work alongside some incredible instrumentalists that you may not have considered. Take a look at some of the ideas below and head over to our site to see what else we have on offer.


    A pannist is a great alternative to a solo harpist or classical guitarist. Ideal to create a warm and relaxing vibe during your wedding breakfast, or afternoon drinks reception.

    Not sure what a pannist is?

    Have a look and a listen below.

    Gypsy Jazz Band

    Rather than the usual piano based jazz band sound, a Gypsy Jazz band has a more laid back, informal jam vibe, ideal for rustic and festival style weddings.

    Sax quartet

    A string quartet is usually the go-to ensemble for the ceremony, but a sax quartet is equally as striking and will be sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.


    A solo sitarist is perfect for a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere, a real head turner at any wedding reception or breakfast.

    Country Band

    If country is your thing but you’re still looking to appeal to a wide audience, ‘Country Girls’ have put together the perfect repertoire of well known country songs, ideal for rustic barn weddings and more.

    So plenty of alternative music ideas there. Do you have a favourite? I definitely fancy a Gypsy Jazz band at the next party I have.

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    Engagement Rings -Tips to Selecting Fancy Cut Diamonds

    So it’s time to buy an engagement ring. You want a diamond ring but that is as far as you’ve got in making your choice. It can be a minefield. There are a huge variety of styles, cut, settings to choose from, as well as quality of the diamond itself.

    For a novice, choosing is quite a task so today we have enlisted the help of diamond experts Beyond 4 cs, named after the 4 main characteristics to consider when choosing a diamond. Cut, clarity, colour and carat. Today we are not looking at all of the 4 Cs, but concentrating on the wealth of diamond cut shapes on the market.

    Engagement Rings -Tips to Selecting Fancy Cut Diamonds

    As you can see from the table below there are LOADS of different diamond cuts and each has their own characteristics to love and look out for.

    different types of diamond shapes available

    Traditionally, the round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond shape due to its versatility and excellent light properties. In more recent times, a larger and more affluent consumer base has fueled the demand for diversity in jewellery choices. As a result, the market had seen a steady introduction of new cuts and a revival of vintage designs. Read more

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