Tie The Knot: Advice For Planning A Last Minute Summer Wedding

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Has your loved one just popped the question? Would you like to get married as soon as possible? Well, lemme tell you, last minute weddings are often the most fun to arrange. While you have a lot of work ahead of you, there’s still enough time to plan something amaaaazing this summer. Just use some of these ideas and advice to ensure you leave no stone un-turned. At the end of the day, this is a moment you will remember for the rest of your life. For that reason, you’re going to need as much help and guidance as possible. This should help….

Finding the perfect venue – Before you do anything else, you’ll want to find a beautiful place in which you can do your thang. The issue is that most places are booked at this time of the year. Still, cancellations happen, and you might get lucky. Just bear in mind that you’re unlikely to receive any discounts for last minute bookings. That means you may need a healthy budget if you want to make your dreams come true. Maybe you could apply for unsecured debt consolidation loans in an attempt to ensure you have as much money as possible? Either that or you could sell something valuable that you no longer want to increase your funds? Whatever you decide, it’s sensible to have more than £2000 at your ready to spend!lou16

Getting a dress you love – Dressmakers can take months to design or adjust the perfect dress for your big day. However, you’ll need them to work faster than that. It’s wise to get in touch with different specialists in your local area and explain your situation. At least one of them should be willing to push your order to the front of the queue. Alternatively, lots of professionals keep second-hand dresses that were only worn once. Nothing is wrong with opting for one of those products if it helps you to achieve your goals. Vintage wedding dresses are also a great affordable and very beautiful option, seek them out by looking on auction sites or searching vintage specialists online. Just make sure you don’t settle for anything less than you’ve imagined in your dreams all these years, of course! 

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Arranging catering – The guests at your wedding will need something to fill up those hungry tummies. However, you don’t want to spend a fortune because that decreases the money you can spend on your dress and venue, obvs, so, you gotta think outside of the box and try something different. Cool catering vans selling yummy street food or fish and chips are popular these days because they’re a cheap, simple and fun solution. Maybe something like that would keep your guests happy? There are specialists you can call who will provide enough food for one-hundred people for less than £1000. You just need to get in touch with them as soon as possible to get them booked! 

If you take the advice from this page, your summer wedding should be sorted in a matter of days, hah, easy-peasy! All you have to think about then is where you want to hold the reception. At the end of the day, there’s no reason to spend a fortune on that venue. In most instances, you will employ a DJ and keep the lights low. Many of your guests will get a tad tiddly and have fun regardless of the surroundings. Do yourself a favour and ensure you spend the bulk of your budget on the wedding venue itself. That is where you will take professional photographs, and it’s where you’ll make your memories. Enjoy planning!

Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding

Guest Post by Wendy Dessler

Winter-inspired celebrations offer so much material for designers and couples – sparkling stars in deep blue skies, dripping icicles, boughs of every possible shade of green, and berries in bright red, burgundy, and even grey-blue. Venues are often already decorated for the season, offering couples on a budget more value than any other time of year.

Winter means different things in different regions of the world, of course. In those where holidays are in high gear and cold weather is the norm, there are sometimes unique things you need to take into account when planning your wedding.

Special Travel Considerations for Planning a Winter Wedding

  • Proximity to the holidays could be a blessing or a curse. Some friends and loved ones will be able to take advantage of time off and long weekends. Others will have family obligations that will get in the way of attending your celebration.
  • Holiday travel can be more expensive than it is at other times of the year. Let your guests know ASAP about your date so they can research the best fares and take advantage of advance fare specials.
  • In popular holiday travel destinations, hotels book early. Negotiate room blocks and send the information out with your save-the-date or provide it to guests traveling from out of town via email or your wedding website, and make sure they understand how important it is to book early.

Winter Weather Matters

  • Climates vary widely depending on region, but in colder weather areas make sure your plans are practical. Choose indoor sites or create a solid rain plan if you dare to choose to hold events outdoors.     
  • Make your fashion plans practical. You might have always dreamed of lining up your bridesmaids in strapless, tea-length gold bridesmaid dresses, but it’s unlikely that those dreams included frostbite or hypothermia. Even if your events are indoors, don’t forget that walking from one place to another, and taking gorgeous outside photos may still necessitate some time in the elements. Choose fabrics that are appropriate for colder temperatures and plan on including a pashmina or wrap in the ensemble.
  • Note that even if you live in a sunny climate where the weather can’t possibly take a bad turn for your winter wedding, some of your guests may not. Know that extreme conditions may delay or interfere with their ability to get to you on time and try to plan for it if possible, especially if you’re considering attendants from regions with dicey winter weather.
  • Also remember to be a good host. If you have a lot of family and friends traveling to your wedding from other areas, include information in your pre-wedding materials that alerts them to the weather and what they should do to prepare. Make clothing suggestions for their entire stay, not just the wedding day. You’ll be the hero of those who might have arrived unprepared.

As seasonal weddings go, winter events can be some of the most magical and meaningful. While you plan stunning décor to go along with everything we love about winter, also plan for the safety, comfort and convenience of your wedding party and guests. You’ll appreciate the results of your careful planning as you’re enjoying your amazing day.

Author Bio

Wendy Dessler

Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama

Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Towering SEO who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.

Get Married Like A Movie Star – Injecting Some Hollywood Glamour Into Your Wedding Day

Weddings are such joyous occasions. They are also one of the rare chances we have in this life to go all out and really bask in some old world glamour. Whether you go for a few Hollywood touches or completely live that Movie star fantasy all day, it’s always good to get glamorous!

Red Lipstick – So one of the most glamorous thing you can do in to make yourself into a gorgeous Hollywood starlet from the 50’s for the day. It is all about the makeup, which is so classic it goes with a lot of different style dresses, as well as just the 40’s and 50’s ones. The most important feature of the look is a gorgeous red lipstick. This looks so timeless against the white or cream, of your dress. But to rock a red lippy, you also have to get the rest of the face right. First, you will need to make sure that your teeth are pearly white and in the best condition. You will also need a good full coverage foundation, which you have left to set on your face. This will stop it smudging off on your dress. Then you need perfect dark shaded eyebrows and a strong mascara, along with that gorgeous cat’s eye flick of eyeliner. Use a matte lipstick shade for that will last all day even after kissing your groom.

Dress – If you are looking for some serious old Hollywood glamour, then go for a satin bias cut 30’s style gown. These are usually well fitted and often have a low back.  This is the quintessential movie star outfit to slink down the aisle in. Gooorgeous! If you prefer to wear something with just a nod to star glamour, then pick something that makes you feel like a beautiful bride. Lace or satin work well, as do 60’s style chiffon gowns. Remember it’s your time to utterly shine!

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Make an entrance – Don’t forget that movie stars like to make an entrance. We are talking Limos and red carpets here. Organize your car well in advance by contacting a company that offers Limousine Hire. Ask your reception venue to provide a red carpet that you and your guest get to walk on. Just make sure they know not to put it out if it is raining!

Decorations – One you have made your entrance, then you can make your way into the main reception space. If you want your guests to get to feel like movies start as well, you can theme the decorations in a Hollywood style. Maybe consider naming the tables after famous film star couples like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, or Kirk Russell and Goldie Horn? Just maybe don’t use Brad and Angelina though! You could have an Oscars-themed wedding cake? How about life size cardboard cutouts of your favorite film stars from history like Garland and Monroe? Or, what about having a projector screen with your favorite movies playing in the background during the meal? Whichever way you choose to inject Hollywood glamour into your day, you gotta know that it’ll be you who feels like the true star…and so you should!

Every Bride Should Avoid These Dieting Mistakes

In a bid to look their most beautiful, many brides will partake in some form of diet before her big day. Some brides go to extreme lengths to get the results they crave from starving themselves to taking part in extensive gym sessions. While these can sometimes get you quick results they can be harmful to your health, especially if you lose too much too quickly. It can also make you even more stressed out during your wedding planning as these methods can affect your mood and hormone levels, BIG TIME. So, if you want to lose a bit of weight safely for your wedding day, here are some dieting mistakes you really, honestly, need to avoid.

Removing food groups from your diet – This is one of the most common dieting mistakes that a bride can make. Removing food groups such as carbs or fats from your diet will stop your body from working as it should. It can make you feel exhausted and moody while also increasing the likelihood of binging and overeating. So while you might think that cutting out food groups might be a quick solution, you are very much mistaken. One of the healthiest ways to lose weight is by developing a diet plan that encourages you to get all food groups in moderation. Talk to a nutritionist to develop a plan that fits your lifestyle and set goals.

Not eating at all – If your wedding is only a few weeks away, it can be tempting to stop eating at all to get your weight down. Choosing not to eat anything can cause significant damage to your mind and body. It can also cause bloating, gorging and a higher risk of you becoming ill before your wedding day. Always give yourself sufficient time to lose weight and reach your goals and never ever starve yourself. Change your attitude and consider how you can start more positive eating habits. You and your partner could join a cooking class to learn how to make delicious meals. You could take miracle berry tablets to make fruit and vegetables taste better or use the internet for meal inspiration. You should ideally be eating three meals a day and snacks in between.

Doing too much exercise – Exercise is a fantastic way of boosting our energy levels and can aid a weight loss regime. However, doing too exercise in the run up to your wedding can be unsafe as well as unhealthy. Doing this will put a significant amount of pressure on your body, which can slow down your metabolism. It also makes it more likely for you to become sick or injured. Exercise, just like dieting should be done gradually to allow your body to change at a suitable rate. So don’t leave it to the last minute. Enlist the help of a personal trainer who can help you exercise safely, while also assisting you in setting realistic goals.

Now you know what mistakes you need to avoid; you can lose a little weight the right way in the countdown to your wedding. Regardless of what size you are when your big day arrives, you’re bound to be the most beautiful bride ever, learn to posses body confidence and a love and acceptance for your body and you will surely SHINE! 

Engagement Ring Shopping As A couple- How to make It Special


Over the past few years, a new engagement trend has occurred – choosing the ring together. Traditionally, the guy would pick out a ring before popping the question. However, today that’s not always the case. The truth is, a lot of men worry that they won’t get it right when it comes to choosing a ring.

It can seem like this takes the romance out of him asking you to be his wife, but it doesn’t have to. Ring shopping as a couple can be fun, romantic, and a great way to celebrate your engagement. It may not be a traditional approach to take, but that’s okay. All that matters is that you and your husband-to-be are happy and excited for your future. To make ring shopping together extra special, here’s some ideas to consider.


Have a chat beforehand – The first thing that you should probably do is have a chat with your partner about the engagement ring and what the budget for it is. The last thing you want is to find a ring that you love, only to find that it’s out of budget. That’s why it’s best to know the amount you have to spend beforehand, to prevent any upset or embarrassment when shopping. It’s also a good idea to find out whether he’s buying the ring or whether you’re splitting the cost between you. The chances are he’s paying for it, but it’s still best to check.

Get inspiration – Before you head out ring shopping, it’s a good idea to get some inspiration. The best places to find inspiration is online – there are plenty of ring stores that you can browse to get ideas. You may even find a make or style of ring design that you love, such as Verragio rings, that you can then use as your inspiration. It’s worth taking the time to get inspiration, as it will make shopping for the perfect design that little bit easier.

Plan a whole day out – Make the day that you go ring shopping special by planning out a whole day together. Arrive at your chosen shopping location early, get a coffee and a pastry, spend some time browsing all the best ring stores – make it a celebration. Take the time to try on ring designs that you never thought you’d like. As you never know, you might end up liking something different. Ask your partner’s opinion and listen to what he has to say – ask him if there’s a ring design he envisioned you wearing. It’s important that he feels included in choosing the ring, even if he hasn’t picked it out himself.

Take the wedding bands your want into account – Oh and don’t forget to take the type of wedding bands you and your partner want, into account. Your engagement ring should, ideally, match your wedding bands in some way. So when picking it out, it’s important to think about yours’ and your partner’s wedding bands. Take the style, make, and metal into account, to ensure that your wedding bands can be what you want them to be.

It might be traditional that the guy choose the engagement ring before popping the question, but that doesn’t mean that’s how it has to be. Believe it or not, choosing the ring together can not only be a lot of fun, but also a fantastic way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. whoop!