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  • Top Wedding Stationery Trends for 2015/2016

    Today we have some wedding prettiness to share with you courtesy of wedding stationer, Nikki Ward, of Knots and Kisses. She is sharing the top wedding stationery trends for 2015/2016 with us, so if you need invitation inspiration, then look no further. Over to you Nikki.

    As a wedding stationer I’m always being asked what my top wedding trends are for wedding stationery this year. Whilst I’m a firm believer in your wedding reflecting you and your partner, I also appreciate that couples want a wedding that is on trend as well. So here are my top trends for this year.

    Top Wedding Stationery Trends for 2015/2016

    PAINTED FLOWERS

    Watercolour and painted effects and finishes are bang on trend at the moment. This can be an all over effect on the background of the invitation, the style of the font … but more and more in floral details.

    In my Pretty Pastels range I’ve added a painted floral motif in the corners of the invitation and matched this with cute pastel belly bands in either lilac, pink or lemon.

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    DARK BOHEMIAN

    I’ve found lots of clients over the last 6 months looking for darker wedding invitations as a bit of an antidote to the traditional white and pastels you find in wedding stationery. In the same way that there is an interiors trend for grey walls. I’ve combined a slate grey background and dark plum colours in my Midnight Rose range for those that want florals but with a darker bohemian feel.

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    SHADES OF BLUE

    There’s definitely a massive swing towards shades of blue in weddings this year which I see continuing into next. Not an ‘obvious’ wedding colour its proving incredibly popular and lots of clients are asking for shades of navy, teal or duck egg incorporated into their wedding stationery.

    I think blue can look incredibly beautiful paired with crisp white or shades of grey and green and is versatile as it can look strikingly modern. Or put together with twine and hessian for gorgeously rustic.

    My Tuscany range shows how to use Blue to give a Mediterranean feel.

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    LACE EMBELLISHMENT

    Lace as always continues to be a popular embellishment. Although I think for the next year it will be used in a more elegant rather than rustic way. The last few years have seen a lot of lace on top of hessian. I think going forward we are going to be looking at more subtle lace embellishments such as the thin lace ribbon I use to tie up my Victorian Garden range with a small monogrammed tag.

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     Thankyou to Nikki for her fab inspiration. I love the dark bohemian range. Such a lover of strong colour.

    The Perfect Wedding Car for All Budgets

    A small but significant part of the wedding plan is the choice of the perfect wedding transport. This is something the bride will likely delegate to the groom, after mutually deciding the type of vehicle and fixing the budget. What are the options out there for getting the perfect wedding car for all budgets? How do you get the perfect wedding car that makes the right statement, is unique, and won’t break the bank? Let’s take a look.

    The Perfect Wedding Car for All Budgets

     Limo

     This is the standard-bearer when it comes to wedding cars. It is perfect for a glamorous arrival with plenty of space for the wedding dress, and it makes the right statement as you leave for your honeymoon. It is also perfect for the hen and stag nights that precede the wedding. If you are going to use the service a couple of times, make sure you get a discount on the entire wedding package.

    Classic car

    Nothing oozes class more than a classic car such as a 1927 Rolls Royce or a Bentley MK VI. It would be the perfect match for a retro-themed wedding, or just to give the occasion a touch of sophistication. The car is sure to be the object of a few close-up inspections. They comfortably seat up to five, without crushing the dress. Check online to see what’s available in your local area, and make sure she gets to see the available options.

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    Super car

    If you are one of the lucky few who gets the approval for something exotic such as a Porsche 911 or a Ferrari Gallardo, then you know where you’ll find all the boys at the wedding. Make sure you check more than one service, and you may need to settle for a compromise if budget is a constraint. If you’re a racing enthusiast like former president of the FIA and now the industry voice for F1, Max Mosley, a super car would be a great choice for your wedding. You’d better make the most of it- Max Mosley believes F1 is on the brink of collapse, as he fights for a more level playing field and other structural reforms.

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    Horse-drawn carriage

     If the wedding is at a stately home or country hotel, then a horse-drawn carriage as the last mile ride gives the occasion a unique flavour. It is also a great ride for the young ones, and once again, this will be an object of curiosity among the guests. Whatever your wedding day mode of transport, know that you will need to check multiple services and negotiate. Ask for deals and special discounts.

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    Helicopter

    Let your wedding day take you to cloud nine, literally. If your wedding venue can afford the space, then this might just be your once-in-a-lifetime experience. A three-hour rental would cost anywhere upward of four grand, and the helicopter typically takes four people.

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    The perfect wedding car, like the perfect wedding, needs to be discussed and planned if you want to avoid any last minute surprises. Good luck with your search, and best wishes for the big day.

    Top Five Hen Party Activities

    Who has been to a hen party and thought that it could definitely be a little bit more fun and exciting? Maybe you thought it could have been more original? Most women have! It can be difficult to come up with ideas. So we thought we would help you out! Here are our top five hen party activities. Perfect for those bridesmaids and maids of honour to get some tips on what they could do for a hen party.

     Top Five Hen Party Activities

    Cocktail Making

    This is definitely a winner in our book! You will most likely be having cocktails anyway – so why not make them? It’s a great way to break the ice and have some fun, you will also be able to keep those recipes for future reference at your next cocktail party. You can act as if you are Tom Cruise in Cocktail and get things mixed up. Remember not to drink too many of your own concoctions though if you want to last the entire night.

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    Bingo

    Don’t be fooled, bingo isn’t just for the older generation. It’s for young people too! There are all kinds of twists that you can put on it – in fact you can make your own bingo cards to match any kind of theme that you want. This is perfect, as you can personalise it to match the bride’s favourite things. Plus the prizes can be some saucy treats for the bride to be and her guests. If you want to check it out – you will be happy to know that the pgbingo editor contributed the idea of playing bingo – so it’s not just us!

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    A Spa Weekend

    Everyone can do with a little bit of rest and relaxation before a wedding, they can certainly be stressful. This will allow you to get some treatments like massages, manicures, pedicures, tan, eyelashes and essentially whatever else you want to make yourself beautiful for the big day. Spa’s also have sauna’s, hot tubs, pools – that are also perfect for you to have a gossip and chat about the upcoming nuptials with a glass of champagne or a cocktail. Some of the best spas have top notch restaurants too, so you can have some amazing food.

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     Hen Weekend

    You never know, it may be the last chance for a girls’ holiday so a weekend away to somewhere you have never been before may be just the thing. It doesn’t need to be anything too crazy, but a few days with some sun, sea and sand could be the perfect prep for a wedding. It’s the perfect excuse to get away. Everyone could work on their tan and get bronzed for the big day too. Of course there will be the obligatory glass of bubbly or cocktail to keep things going and all kind of exotic things to enjoy.

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     Booze Cruise

     This is for those of you who like things a little bit wilder! You can make your way out to sea and enjoy all of the festivities with the wind in your hair. There could be butlers at your beck and call, champagne and cocktails on tap – and of course lots of music and dancing. Make sure you don’t get sea sick though. It is great for those of you who like the thought of one last hurrah before a wedding.

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    Well that’s our top 5 ideas folks, what do you think? You can have a cheeky cocktail, head out to sea, pamper yourself silly, or else you could even win some naughty prizes of bingo. We hope you all have fun planning a fabulous hen party.

    How to get the engagement ring you want

    Buying a diamond engagement ring can be a tricky and stressful experience. Without proper preparation and research, it’s all too easy to walk away from a store either with a ring that’s not quite what you wanted, or one that hits you massively in the pocket. Neither feeling is great. So here is a guide on how to get the engagement ring you want.

    While your proud fiancée shows off the huge sparkler on her wedding finger, you’re left privately fretting about the expense of it all, and mentally cancelling any restaurant reservations over the next 12 months to help pay for the thing.

    Unless you’re one of the very fortunate few for whom money is no object, to buy the engagement ring you want – or more to the point, the one you know she really, really wants – takes a little effort, a bit of swotting, and a reasonable amount of knowledge. No two diamonds are the same, after all; the one you want is out there.

     How to get the engagement ring you want

    To start with, you need to have a strong idea of exactly what type of engagement ring your partner wants. Has she dropped any hints about the style or design? Has she confided in friends, or family? Has she made any comments about rings that she’s seen celebrities wearing, pointed them out in magazines? Pay attention to the size and cut of the diamond, the setting, the colour of the ring’s band, as these are all factors to bear in mind when selecting the ring.

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    One way of getting the ring you want is simply by going window shopping, or browsing online, and identifying a version that looks the most like the ideal you have in mind. If you’re fortunate, you’ll happen to spot the perfect ring, at a price that’s right for your budget, and that ring will also be available.

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    The chances are, however, that the stars might not align in this way and your search will end up fruitless. It might pay to try a different tack, and build the engagement ring you want yourself – starting with the most crucial element: the diamond. 

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    Buying a loose diamond is easier than it sounds, and it’s highly likely that by adopting this approach you’ll end up with exactly what you wanted. Not only that, the ring will carry true meaning, for it will be one you’ve created uniquely. Mayfair-based 77diamonds.com is an example of a supplier providing the resource to create the perfect ring, with an online tool allowing potential customers to select from four different styles – classic, contemporary, vintage and trilogy – and then play around with the elements which make up a diamond’s grading.

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     By tweaking and altering the carat (the weight) of the diamond, its colour, clarity and cut, you can work to the budget you have. This might mean making certain compromises but bear in mind that the end result may appear almost inconsequential. For example, the colour of a ring is graded from D (the highest) down to Z; obviously, the very lowest rated diamonds will be tinted but there’s no discernable difference between a D and G. Except when it comes to the cost.

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    Choosing other subtle differences can make similar savings – the lesson is that, if you have your heart set on a specific engagement ring, you can get it if you’re prepared to put in some legwork, research, and seek the right advice.

    Guide to Dressing your Groom – Wedding Fashion

    While no-one would disagree that the bride’s dress is one of the most important things to get right during the wedding preparations, the groom’s outfit shouldn’t be neglected either. Today we have a bride’s guide to dressing your groom.

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    But what the bride needs to consider is this: do you trust your intended to choose the right suit? Does he have an innate sense of fashion that will guide him away from any disastrous mistakes that you may only realise as you approach the altar? Does your planned colour scheme necessitate a certain colour or material for his suit? Do you trust him to spend just the right amount – not too much, not too little, to get a high-quality and good-value outfit?

    If the answer to any of these questions is no, then luckily there is nothing to say you can’t help him to make the correct decision, whether browsing for a suit online from quality purveyors such as Dobell suits, or by visiting a shop in person together.

    Here’s how to go about it the right way…

     A Bride’s Guide to Dressing your Groom

    Where to buy

    Don’t be afraid to shop for a suit online, eschewing the traditional bricks ‘n’ mortar store. This can have significant advantages, especially if the groomsmen are from disparate parts of the country, and of course it also allows you to quickly assess the entire collection without having to actually spend time flicking through the rails. You can narrow your selection down within minutes. Concerns about issues with fitting can be allayed by ordering in plenty of time. Whether online or not, make sure that you choose a shop where supplying suits and formal wear is the main business, and not just a sideline. You want a company that knows what it’s doing when this is the biggest day of both of your lives.

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    The right order

    Suits for the groomsmen should always be organised after the dresses for the bride and her bridesmaids have been chosen. That way you can be sure that styles and colour schemes are properly coordinated. If your bridesmaids are wearing informal sundresses, for instance, you don’t want your groomsmen to be in top hat and tails as the look would be incongruous.

    Similarly, if you are having a particular colour for your flower arrangements, or table linens, you don’t want that to clash with the suits. One good idea is to try and match the colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses with an aspect of the suits, such as the handkerchiefs or neckties, which can have a striking effect.

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    What to spend

    Remember that designer names are not the absolute guarantee of quality, and nor are they the only way to go for a really stylish suit. There is a huge variety to choose from, whether you’re going for a regular suit, the formal morning suit, a tweed country-style suit, or even a tuxedo. Often you can make some good savings here, but still have your groom and his groomsmen looking fantastic, leaving you with more money to spend on other aspects of the wedding.

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    The little extras

    Don’t forget all the little things you need to make the suits complete, from handkerchiefs and waistcoats to buttonholes. These can make all the difference – from a plain suit, to one that will leave the groomsmen looking spectacular (although not so good that they draw attention away from you!) You can sometimes find special offers available that are worth watching out for too.

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    Avoiding offence

    Now, while the bride naturally wants everything on her big day to be completely perfect, the groom may take umbrage if he is not trusted to even dress himself. “What’s next?” he may think. “She’s going to send someone round to shave me in the morning?” Guys, if you’re reading, never voice anything like this out loud, just in case. To avoid conflict, why not suggest that you pick three suits between you, and that the groom gets to make the final choice. You do want your husband to be comfortable after all, so he can relax and throw some great shapes on the dance floor in the evening.

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