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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.

    Finishing touches for Men - Wedding accessories floral bow tie

    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.

    Finishing touches for Men - Wedding accessories leather bracelet


    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.

    Finishing touches for Men - Wedding accessories cufflinks

    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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    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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    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

    What songs will get your wedding guests on the dancefloor? men dancing

    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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    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti

    For me, no wedding is complete without throwing confetti. It is the one guaranteed moment of joy and happiness. It can be captured by your photographer in an entirely natural and spontaneous way. Who doesn’t love throwing confetti? However, some venues are not keen on sullying their ancient stone flags with bits of coloured tissue paper that is an absolute nightmare to try and scrape off. Well there is an alternative. You can have that fab confetti image, keep your historic venue happy and be environmentally friendly. The answer? Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti.

    Shropshire Petals have a vast array of real petal confetti in all the colours of the rainbow and every combination imaginable. Today I am showcasing just a few of their blends. The examples illustrate that there is a combination to suit every colour scheme.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti ginger snap raspberry fool clementine

    I love this warm combination of ginger snap, raspberry fool and clementine.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti golden slumber

    This sunny selection is primrose yellow, icing sugar, golden slumber and envy. Aren’t the names just beautiful?

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti confetti heart

    Your confetti can be used as table decor, as well as for throwing. This vibrant blend of niagara, frosted blue, candyfloss and duck egg blue is very eye catching.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti confetti on china plates

    For a neutral palette this combination of duck egg blue, icing sugar and golden slumber is perfect.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti confetti in tea cup

    Go all out in hot pink with pink yarrow and cherry blossom.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti blue real petal confetti

    My favourite blend is this one! Lapis blue, frosted blue. icing sugar, blue bloom, duck egg blue and blue bird. A whole lot of blue that is fresh and vibrant.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti confetti on a veil

    Cherry blossom, icing sugar and promise.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti confetti on grass

    Another neutral blend of kale and icing sugar.

    Shropshire Petals Naturally Beautiful Confetti confetti tumbling out a tea cup

    I love using real petal confetti as table decor, and this combination with china teacups is perfect. pale dogwood and pink lemonade.

    So which is your favourite? Why not give real petal confetti a go with Shropshire Petals naturally beautiful confetti? I am totally addicted to it and use it in so many ways that I think I would be lost without it now.

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    Gift ideas for the whole wedding party

    Today we have some more gift ideas for either your hens or stags, or a pampering treat for your honeymoon. These treats come to us courtesy of Discount Supplements. They have developed a range of pamper kits that you can use as gift ideas for the whole wedding party. They feature heavenly toiletries, quirky little finishing touches and practical bits and pieces and make a thoughtful and useful gift. You can create your own version of a wedding party survival kit or bespoke gift, but here are three ideas that Discount Supplements have come up with.

    Gift ideas for the whole wedding party

    Action packed Stag Do

    This pack includes a black canvas bag, body spray, deodorant, PhD nutrition battery with water jug and green people wash and shave. Everything your stags need to survive an action and drinks packed weekend.

    Gift ideas for the whole wedding party phD battery

    Relaxing Hen Do

    Containing a hen Do Tote bag, Yogi organic tea, Faith pineapple and lime toiletries and Vitabiotics Perfectil triple active, this pack will refresh and rejuvenate your hens after a crazy booze filled weekend.

    Gift ideas for the whole wedding party hen do tote bag

    Couples Honeymoon set

    By far my favourite pack. I ordered this to try out. The Vancoo beach bag is stylish and roomy. I love the fresh lemony fragrance of the Avalon organic lemon toiletries. Any bride and groom would be tickled pink with the Mr & Mrs Luggage tags and there was facial wipes and body spray to keep fresh on that honeymoon journey.

    Gift ideas for the whole wedding party honeymoon couples pack

    Gift ideas for the whole wedding party mr and mrs luggage tags

    You can create your own personalised pack for your wedding party. The prices at Discount Supplements are reasonable and the products varied. Have a nosy for yourself and choose something a bit different for your wedding party.

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