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    Finishing touches for Men – Wedding accessories


    So you’ve decided on the theme of your wedding. It’s now time to think about how you’re going to incorporate it into all elements of your big day! It’s easy to come up with ideas about how to include it in your decorations or your floral arrangements, but what about your outfit?

    I’ve teamed up with Trendhim, an online store selling a huge range of men’s wedding appropriate accessories. Today we are focusing on my male readers with ways in which you grooms can nod to your theme through your accessories. Brides-to-be, this might also be a great source of inspiration for you as well!

    Finishing touches for Men – Wedding accessories


    If you’re holding your wedding outside, or if you’re simply incorporating flora and fauna into your decorations, then some garden and flower themed accessories would work wonderfully.

    Go understated with a floral bow tie, tie or pocket square paired with a simple white shirt and black jacket. If you’re after something a little bolder, you could get yourself a matching tie and pocket square.

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    Another idea a floral lapel pin or a boutonnière. Faux flower lapel pins are available in a huge range of colours and styles.  You are sure to find one that matches your flower arrangements, or the colour of your tie.

    Finishing touches for Men - Wedding accessories lapel pin These varieties of lapel pin are a great option if you are worried about damaging a boutonnière before the ceremony. They are also great if you don’t want to look too ‘matchy-matchy’ by using the same flowers as your bride.


    If you’ve chosen this theme for your wedding, then there’s no doubt that you will be incorporating wooden elements into your decorations.

    As wood is so important to this type of wedding, there is no reason why it shouldn’t also be included in your accessories! Many classic wedding accessories like cufflinks are available in wooden varieties. So are less expected items such as bow ties and lapel pins. If you like to wear jewellery, you could also wear a wooden bracelet or an earring.

    Alongside wood, leather is another material that can fit really nicely with the rustic theme. This is especially true for brown or aged leather. A couple of examples of how to work this in is a smart leather bracelet, or a simple belt.

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    This is a lovely wedding theme, and it is really easy to find some great accessories that are in keeping with the style.

    One classic example is a pair of suspenders, or braces as they’re sometimes called.  These can either be worn under a suit jacket or simply over a shirt if your wedding is in a hot climate.

    Finishing touches for Men - Wedding accessories braces

    You could opt for for a simple pair of black suspenders over a white shirt for a smarter look. Or go for a red pair over a pale blue shirt for something a little brighter. If you are feeling bold, get yourself a patterned pair.

    If you’re really committed to the theme, you could get yourself a pocket watch. These look fantastic with a suit and are also great if your wedding has a 1920s or Great Gatsby theme.


    Beach weddings are very different from the other types of weddings we’ve discussed so far. They are typically much more casual with the groom tending not to be in a suit. If this is the case for your wedding, then you could opt to wear some jewellery like a beaded necklace or a threaded bracelet.

    If your wedding isn’t taking place on a beach but is still going to be incorporating nautical elements, there are great ways to give a subtle nod to this through your accessories.

    For example, you could pick up a pair of anchor cufflinks or lapel pin and you can incorporate stripes, particularly blue and white ones, into your outfit through your tie or a pair of suspenders.

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    What theme are you having for your wedding? What finishing touches are you planning for your wedding outfits? I would love to hear from you.

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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!

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    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 to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    For sure, capturing the moments of your union is something that you do not want to miss out during your wedding day. Unlike the cake, bride’s gown, venue, foods, songs, and the rest, pictures will be there to last and to remind you of this beautiful day. As such you do not want to trust just anyone to capture your wedding photos. You will want to deal with a professional photographer. One who can provide high-quality images, without missing out on the notable moments. To get such a photographer, you should follow each of the tips covered below. So, keep reading to understand these crucial steps.

    How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    1. Decide on the venue first

    First and foremost, select and book your venue. You should do this so that you can be sure of the day, date, and time to book the photographer’s services. Remember, there are seasons where weddings are usually at the peak. You do not want to wait until later, only to find out that the best shooters are occupied. So, once you have got the go-ahead of a venue, book the services of a cameraman immediately.

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    1. Get recommendations

    Once you have finalized your venue, begin the journey to locate the best photographer. The best way to do this is to ask friends, relatives, and colleagues if they can suggest a good camera operator. You can also message your social media friends to suggest someone. Especially those who have ever posted wedding photos that pleased you. You might be lucky enough to get a good recommendation. Remember to ask to see the album of your friends who give you suggestions just to be sure that you are on the same page.

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    1. Determine your preferable photography style

    In this step, you will want to figure out what your desired photography style is. You can then get a photographer who will give you the perfect match for what you want. Do you prefer a traditional, formal, or candid style of photography? Research what pleases you most and work to getting a photographer who is comfortable with your suggested style.

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    1. Schedule an interview with the photographers

    Once you have a list of the recommended photographers, and once you have decided on the style of photography that pleases you, set aside some time to meet the potential candidates. Have a list of questions set by you and your partner. Make sure that your photographer will be available on the set date and time, and also ensure that he/ she understands the photography style you want. Also, ask who will take charge of the shooting in your venue, as some studios send their employees. Make sure that you see the photos taken by the photographer being to your wedding, and only hire a photographer if you are pleased with their pictures.

    How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    1. Enquire about the fee

    Once you are satisfied you have chosen the right photographer, discuss the price. You will want to know the basis of the fee computation, and what the overall charge entails. Are the prices of the album and high-resolution images included? You will want to have a clear understanding of costs so you can stay within your budget. Also, ask about the time-frame of the pictures preparation.

    How to Find a Good Wedding Photographer

    1. Follow your gut

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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.

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    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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    What songs will get your wedding guests on the dancefloor?


    For me, there are a couple of really important aspects to a wedding reception, or indeed any good party. Good food and fabulous entertainment. Free flowing booze never hurts either!

    Wedding entertainment plays a big part and sets the atmosphere for the whole event, so it’s important to get it right.

    Today we have teamed up with Bidvine.com who surveyed 1,400 Bidvine.com DJs to find out which songs are best for getting your guests up and on the dancefloor.

    What songs will get your wedding guests on the dancefloor?

    It came as no surprise that The Jackson 5 were top of the list!

    1.    Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
    2.    Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
    3.    The Killers – Mr. Brightside
    4.    The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
    5.    Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
    6.    Five – Everybody Get Up
    7.    Junkie XL & Elvis Presley – Little Less Conversation
    8.    Pharrell Williams – Happy
    9.    Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
    10.     David Bowie – Let’s Dance
    11. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
    12. Black Eyes Peas – I Gotta Feeling
    13. Prince – 1999
    14. The B-52’s – Love Shack
    15. Kool & the Gang – Celebration

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    What songs should you avoid?

    They also asked the DJs what the worst wedding song requests they’ve ever received are – so you know to stay clear of them!

    1. Kanye West – Gold Digger
    2. Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
    3. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
    4. The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
    5. Akon ft. Eminem – Smack That

    Do you agree with the DJs on this?

    What songs will get your wedding guests on the dancefloor? DJ

    Bidvine.com worked with its DJs to put together a handy guide on what you should consider when planning your wedding’s entertainment.

    • Consider the age group of your guests. If like most weddings, you have people who are going to be in their 60s/70s but also in their teens and 20s. Try and vary the music genre. Motown is always a hit with most age groups, but throw in a few modern classic hits.
    • Avoid explicit songs, if you have a few favourites that include swear words try and save them towards the end of the evening.
    • Limit the amount of slow songs you have in your playlist to 2 or 3 and spread them out through the night.
    • Avoid playing too many gimmicky songs like the Crazy Frog and the Macarena, they’re great for getting people up and moving, and children love them but keep them to a limit.
    • Get the special dances, such as the first and Father and Daughter dance, done early in the evening so guests can start dancing without too much interruption.
    What songs will get your wedding guests on the dancefloor? choreographed first dance for love me love my wedding

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    Would you add any others to the best or worst list? Which song will you be choosing for your first dance? Would love to hear from you.

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