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    Start your Christmas wedding planning now with Festive Lights

    The popularity of Christmas proposals means that couples should perhaps start wedding planning now!  Recent research by an online lighting company shows that Christmas and New Year are one of the most popular times of year for engagements. This means to secure the venue you want, you need to get planning as soon as possible. We are here today to help you start your Christmas wedding planning now with Festive Lights.

    Start your Christmas wedding planning now with Festive Lights

    Established in 1999, Festive Lights is a lighting specialist with a product portfolio spanning indoor, outdoor, functional and decorative products. Predominantly an online retailer, the Lancashire-based company also have a trade showroom and warehousing facilities in Wigan.

    To understand more about how couples plan their weddings, Festive Lights ran a survey of 1009 people in the UK. They asked those who were engaged, or were married, when the proposal had happened and whether it was on a special occasion. This revealed that the majority of proposals happen around Christmas. 33% of people said they had put a ring on it around Christmas Day and New Year. The festive period was more popular for proposals than birthdays (22%) and more than twice as popular as Valentine’s Day (15%). As a result, January sees a spike in couples beginning to plan their weddings.

    Start your Christmas wedding planning now with Festive Lights proposal

    As you know, that usually means A LOT of work!

    Here are Festive Lights’ top tips on how to get a head start on your wedding:

    Book early

    The more you do at the beginning, the less stressful it will be as you reach the last few months’ approach. Securing the venue, photographer and florist are the 3 main things you need to get checked off your list, then you can move on to the finer details.

    Lock down a theme

    Festive Lights recommends creating a wedding plan. You can choose a general idea of the theme and atmosphere you want to have when you have booked your venue, after this, you can start to gather materials towards that theme as early as possible.

    Use lighting to your advantage

    When lighting is done correctly, it can create an atmosphere all on its own without the need for other expensive decorations. As day moves into night, you can transform a room, marquee or tipi into a totally different environment with lighting. In summer, create exquisite outdoor party areas to make the most of long summer nights. In winter, create cosy vibes inside that keep guests feeling warm.

    Start your Christmas wedding planning now with Festive Lights tipi lighting

    Festoon Lighting

    Ideal for every venue, festoon lighting can be used indoors and outdoors to brighten, enhance features and create a slightly retro or rustic ambience. The beauty of festoon lighting is that it is completely flexible and can fit any style of décor.

    Wrap them around trees and bushes, use them to line pathways and entrances. you can string them around the interior of a marquee. However you choose to use festoon lighting, it’s a budget friendly way to illuminate and decorate.

    Start your Christmas wedding planning now with Festive Lights festoon lighting

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    Browns family jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding

    I love a vintage inspired wedding. Classic styling, harking back to a more elegant time. A vintage wedding theme is very much suited to some of our fabulous stately home/ country house wedding venues. There are various aspects of your wedding that you can easily inject with a dash of vintage. Today we will look at choosing the perfect dress before looking at your venue. Take a look at gorgeous vintage inspired stationery and most of all opt for pre-loved jewellery. There are lots of antique and vintage pieces of jewellery at Browns Family  jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding.

    Browns family jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding

    Browns family jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding

    This beautiful sapphire and diamond ring is a breathtaking example of an antique ring.

    Browns family jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding opal ring

    This opal and diamond ring is something you just could not get at a conventional jewellery store today.

    The dress

    Browns family jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding vintage inspired bridal gown

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    This gorgeous plunging dress is reminiscent of a 1940’s wedding.

    Browns family jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding 1920s wedding gown

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    I love this beautiful 1920’s style bridal gown with cape like sleeves.

    Browns family jewellers for a vintage inspired wedding vintage headpiece

    Add a vintage style headpiece  to your ensemble. Read more

    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!

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     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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