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    Wedding Planning – How to Plan Your Perfect Proposal

    A proposal of marriage is as important a moment as the wedding day itself. It’s the moment when you tell your partner that your love for them is so great that you want – no – need to spend the rest of your life with them. You want the perfect proposal so that it brings back cherished memories forever.

    Ultimately a great deal of planning needs to go into the wedding itself, but how much thought have you given to the other big day – the one where you propose?

    Unless you and your partner both love doing things on the spur of the moment, you’ll want to give a lot of thought to how you’ll do it. After all, it is a moment that you will both treasure and reminisce about for many years to come.

    The perfect proposal plan

    McAvoy Photography perfect proposal kissing couple silhouette for Love me Love My Wedding

     The secret to an amazing, memorable or perfect marriage proposal is all in the planning and for that, you’ll need to think about the most important factors – namely, the venue, the ring, music and words, family and friends. Sit down and think about what means the most to your partner and what would make the moment as special for them as it could possibly be.

    The venue

    If you’re stuck for ideas there are lots to choose from. Scotland, for example, has some of the most stunning locations in the world. Maybe you could return to the place where you had your first date, have a horse drawn carriage ride on a beautiful day, take a boat trip on a beautiful Scottish loch or around one of its many islands. How about a walk along a beach, where your partner finds your proposal as a message in a bottle or written in the sand?

    Beach perfect proposal for Love me Love My wedding

    Scottish Highland perfect proposal for Love Me Love My Wedding

    After a romantic meal is another time to propose, with the ring arriving with the pudding, or in a beautiful fairytale castle – guaranteed to put some real magic into your moment. And, if you’re a couple who like to keep active, maybe you could arrange a treasure hunt somewhere beautiful, with the ring as the final prize?

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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.

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    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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    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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