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    25
    September
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    Wedding Favours – Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway

    Choosing wedding favours can be a thorny issue. Do you want to bother at all? Is this the thing that is first to go when trimming that budget? Are you creative enough to make something yourself to add that personal touch? Will you be scouring the length and breadth of the country to find the favour that will fit in perfectly with your colour scheme or wedding theme.

    Will guests even notice your hardwork and creativity? I have been to many weddings where couples have spent time, money and effort creating thoughtful wedding favours but guests leave them on the table after the wedding breakfast is over and sometimes they are cleared away by the venue-argh-the waste!

    However, I have also been to weddings where thoughtful favours have been the talk of a wedding. Homemade jams with personalised labels, tiny pewter buckets filled with childhood favourite sweets or beautiful teeny tiny individual floral arrangements.

    By far the most popular types of favour are those you can eat or drink.Who can resist an extra sweet treat or a sneaky free tipple?

    So today we’ve got our top favourite edible favours. Personalised, thoughtful and unique gifts as well as being bang on budget.</p>

    Wedding Favours – Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway

    Wedding Favours - Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway love hearts

    Or why not opt for some personalised Love heart sweets and bring a taste of childhood to your wedding breakfast? These sweets have always been a personal favourite of mine and even got me through both of my labours. (Even then I couldn’t resist reading the cute messages on each individual sweet). Swizzel offer a fab personalised wedding service whereby each packet of sweets is emblazoned with your wedding date and names.

    Personalised Love heart sweets are a bright and cheerful addition to any wedding breakfast.

    Personalised jars

    Wedding Favours - Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway jars

    Love these personalised jars-customised and filled with retro sweets.

    marston farm hotel for love me love my wedding

    I love this mini bottles-fill them with your favourite booze or fragrance for an individual gift.

    Wedding Favours - Sweet Treats for Everyone Plus a Giveaway

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    Circus bright paper bags with personalised tags can be filled with just about anything. Why not look at chocolate hearts or lollipops from for a favour that ties in perfectly with your colour scheme?

    Competition Time with Swizzel

    And to sweeten your wedding day preparations Swizzels, the makers of Love Hearts, are offering one lucky reader personalised sweets for their wedding day.

    The prize is 200 white love heart sweets with your wedding date and names printed on the packets. A perfectly sweet addition to your wedding day.

    To enter simply leave a comment on the blog and your name will go into a draw on Monday 2nd October.

    Good luck everyone.

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    Adventure-seeking alternative hen weekends

    When it comes to planning a hen do, it’s safe to say that most ideas have been done to death. We’ve all been out on a Saturday night and seen a rowdy gaggle of hens or a macho group of stags sway their way down the street and into another bar. And there’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s what the bride or groom have requested. But why settle for the unoriginal, when you could plan an adventure?

    If you want something fun, fresh and easy to organise, here’s a few adventurous ideas for those looking for more than the average hen do in the South West.

    Adventure-seeking alternative hen weekends

    Go barmy in Bristol

    For a hilarious and totally original Bristol hen weekend, you’ll struggle to top West Country Games. They are set in the heart of the Southwest countryside, yet just four miles from the bustle of Bristol city centre. West Country Games offers a crazy array of group activities that will bring everyone together. Designed with all abilities in mind, the whole hen party will take part in all sorts of funny shenanigans. From Cider Run, Welly wanging and West Country Wipeout, to name a few. From the timid, to the loud and brash characters in the group, you’re all guaranteed to “laugh yer ruddy ‘ed off!’

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    Surf’s up

    Although this maybe one for warmer weather, there’s nothing like catching rays while you ride the waves. Much of the South West coastline offers great surfing opportunities. The beaches are long and the waves (for the most part) are perfect for newbies and amateur surfers. Places such as Woolacombe are home to surf schools that cater for larger groups. They supply the right-sized wet suits and boards for all needs. And of course, once you’re back on dry land, it’s straight to the pub for a well-earned pint!

    Adventure-seeking alternative hen weekends surf school

     A whacky Welsh hen weekend

    For Welsh-based hen party planners looking for something closer to home, here’s an idea for a totally original Cardiff hen weekend. Forget the free-for-all on St Mary street. Look no further than Welsh Games. With nine different activities, your hens will bond over crazy antics such as Welsh Celebrity Knockout, Rugby Run and Duffin Daffyd. The friendly activity hosts even take pictures as your party enjoys the day. Located only 30 minutes outside of Cardiff, Welsh Games offers a side-splitting hen day. It may even be a warm up to a Welsh night out.  Read more

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    September
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    Relaxed Destination Wedding Menswear

    I recently went to a wedding in Rhodes. There was a big gang of us and most had gone for a least a week, sometimes longer. We saw a few other weddings in the days leading up to ours. It was 35 degrees and the groomsmen were in 3 piece wool suits. Utter madness! I had sweaty knees in a sarong so goodness knows how they felt.

    Why anyone would choose to marry abroad but dress for English weather I will never know. My advice is dress for the weather of where you are getting married, not what you would traditionally wear for a wedding, unless you want fainting guests before the ceremony is over!

    The groomsmen in our party opted for a cool, relaxed look of linen shorts, short sleeved shirts and bow ties and they were still sweltering.

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    Wedding party looking cool at Island Blue Resort Pefkos, Rhodes.

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    Relaxed Destination Wedding Menswear

    We have teamed up with Jacamo to bring you a relaxed destination wedding look that will keep you looking cool and feeling coolish!

    Relaxed Destination Wedding Menswear hush puppies

    Starting with footwear. Keeping it smart casual with a pair of brown Hush Puppies Davo Portland loafers. Brown is the go to colour for an on trend and fresh look.

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    We opted for a short sleeved Jacamo shirt in fresh white with contrasting buttons and a blue diamond design.

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    Relaxed Destination Wedding Menswear black shorts

    The ensemble is finished with Jacamo Black Label smart linen shorts.

    So there you have it. A cool yet smart look for relaxed destination wedding menswear . All you need now are your shades and a fan and you are good to go! Are you getting married abroad? What are your plans for what the wedding party are wearing? I’d love to hear from you.

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    How much will you spend of gifts for your wedding party?

    It has become tradition to buy members of your wedding party a personal gift to thank them for being a part of your life and special day. This can be something thoughtful. A token of your love and respect, or something big and extravagant. How much will you spend of gifts for your wedding party?

    As brides and grooms manage their wedding budgets, the average couple spends nearly £500 on gifts for members of their wedding party. Recent research suggests the Maid of Honour and the Best Man take up the largest slice of the budget.

    To find out how much of their budgets brides and grooms put aside for wedding party gifts, www.personalisedgiftsshop.co.uk, the home of thousands of personalised and meaningful gifts for any occasion or age, asked 500 happy couples what they had or will be spending per person on gifts for different members of the wedding party.

    How much will you spend of gifts for your wedding party? bridal party

    How much will you spend of gifts for your wedding party?

    Taking the average, they found:

    • Maid of honour – £38
    • Bridesmaids – £29
    • Flower girls – £18
    • Best man – £35
    • Ushers/Grooms men – £25
    • Page boys – £16
    • Father of the bride – £33
    • Mother of the bride – £38
    • Father of the groom – £30
    • Mother of the groom – £35

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    June
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    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport

    So today I have a little post about wedding transportation to share with you. if you want to arrive at your wedding in style it is time to think how? Will it be a classic car? A quirky stretch limo? Fairytale horse and carriage? Something completely and utterly bonkers? Unadulterated luxury? Today’s post as a bit of everything.

    From classic to quirky. Top ten types of wedding transport

    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport open top wedding car

    Bride and bridesmaid transport

    A few things to consider:-

    How big is your dress and how big is the inside of your dream car? This needs to be checked. If you have a HUGE dress, the last thing you want is for it to be creased and crushed after being squeezed into a tiny back seat.

    Horse and carriage

    If you are opting for an open top car or horse and carriage, does the roof come down quickly if the weather is not so hot? And if the roof does come down, will you be stooping for the entire duration of the journey?

    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport wedding horse and carriage

    You may want a horse and carriage but factor in the inordinate amount of extra time that journey will take. If there is some distance to travel, this option just isn’t practical. If you have set your heart on this, why not just start the journey in a car and transfer to the carriage nearer the wedding venue?

    Stretch limo

    Got lots of bridesmaids? Maybe a stretch limo is an option. One car-lots of room and an injection of glamour too.

    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport wedding stretch limousine

    Whatever mode you consider, make sure you shop around and get recommendations. You can even use a well known trade directory and find local wedding car hire services to give you a helping hand.

    Groom and groomsmen

    Very often the men’s transport to a wedding is a bit of an afterthought. Taxis or family and friends usually bear the brunt of the responsibility, but why not make their journey special too? You could opt for a stretch limo aswell and then at least the bridesmaids and groomsmen have a way to get the wedding venue after the service, whilst the bride and groom hijack the other limo.

    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport wedding stretch limousine

    You can hire a classic sports car for the day or half day. What better way to arrive at your wedding than in a classic red Ferrari?

    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport Ferrari

    Guest transportation

    Now usually guests can find their own way to your wedding, but if your venue is remote, or even a surprise, this is something to consider. Theree are some fab bus services, from limo buses to red London buses. If you are having a country themed wedding, why not see if you can hire tractors to transport guests?

    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport wedding bus

    Specialist cars

    Now my sister and her husband both had Mini Coopers when they got married. They were members of the Mini fan Club and well….they were quite obsessed with Minis. So they chose to have as their wedding car a stretch Mini. It suited them perfectly and shows that there is a wedding car out there to suit everyone.

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    So there you have it. How will you be getting to and from your wedding? Would love to hear from you. Bye for now, Jenny.

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