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Planning your perfect wedding day Planning your dress:

Don’t start in bridal shops Start the search for your perfect bridal gown by trying on some party dresses. This allows you to work out the parts of your body that you are happy with and the parts you would rather disguise. It also lets you experiment with different fabrics and gives you the confidence to work out what you really like.

Planning your shoes:

Try them out It’s wise to wear your wedding shoes before the big day to make sure they’re comfy – and avoid getting blisters. If you’re worried about keeping them pristine, only wear them inside the house and tell your future hubby what you’re up to so he doesn’t peek!

Planning your diet:

Don’t let dieting take over your day All brides want to look amazing, but keep your goals realistic and sensible. If you starve yourself, or spend every waking moment in the gym, you’ll be exhausted and hungry by the time the wedding arrives and in no mood to party. Remember that your fiancé loves you just the way you are, so don’t set a weight goal. Then, whatever the outcome you’ll be happy with yourself.

Planning your gift list:

averts any soggy disasters. For example, ask your ushers to take old towels with them to the church. Then, when the last of the guests are seated, they can dry the floor so your dress doesn’t end up covered in muddy water. And don’t forget to pop a couple of umbrellas in the car, just in case it starts to pour down on the way to the church.

Planning the budget:

Think about space Although some venues will appear on paper to perfectly accommodate the number of guests in your wedding party, it is space for other elements of your celebration that need to be factored in. Your catering plans vastly alter how much room is needed for your guests and a live band or DJ will require additional setting up space.

Seek inspiration for your gift list Many couples already have functional items for their home. For gift ideas with the ‘wow factor’, buy interior design and home décor magazines and tear out pictures of the styles and looks you love. Decide on a style for each room at home and build your gift list around the items you’ll need to make it happen.

Budget for everything When setting your wedding budget, don’t forget to factor in the cost of the honeymoon. If you can’t afford your dream holiday, look for an alternative to a gift list. Guests can contribute towards flights, accommodation or even excursions.

Planning for the weather:

Prepare for every eventuality Don’t ignore the forecast. A little planning

Planning the venue:


Choosing the perfect wedding dress One of the biggest decisions you will face as the big day approaches is choosing the perfect wedding dress. The process of shopping for a wedding dress can be a fabulous adventure, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming--particularly because a bride-to-be often starts shopping for her gown before many other details are determined. You might have had a clear mental picture of the perfect wedding dress ever since you were five years old. On the other hand, you may have no idea what you are going to wear or feel strange about the idea of wearing white. The important thing is to relax, and remember that there are as many different kinds of dresses out there as there are different kinds of brides. When to Start Shopping for Your Wedding Dress Give yourself ample time to plan- generally the rule of thumb is that you need to order your gown at least six months before your wedding. So you should ideally start shopping for your gown nine months or more before your wedding. (If you don’t have this much time, it’s okay, just budget for some rush charges). Plan Ahead Take a few minutes to think about what you want. It will be helpful when you enter the maze of wedding dresses out there to know what your budget is, any details that are essential (i.e. I must have a full skirt, or my arms must be covered), and an idea of how traditional you want your dress to be. After all, if really a teal pantsuit would work best for you, it’s probably not worth your time to sort through racks of flouncy white gowns. Be Comfortable! On your wedding day, you’ll want to look great, but you’ll also want to be comfortable- it will be hard to dance and laugh (not to mention posing for all those pictures) if you’re tugging your dress up or have boning jutting into your ribs.

Menswear Wedding Suits It is up to the groom to sort out his groomswear along with the clothing for his best man, ushers and father. Groomswear comes in all different fabrics, colours and styles, and whatever you choose will most likely coordinate with the rest of your wedding theme. Groomswear specialists can advise you on what types of suits will complement your wedding most appropriately, and how to match everyone up in your wedding party. You will need to start thinking about your groomswear about 6-9 months before your wedding date


Wedding & Formal Menswear Specialists Vicente Vázquez, empresa líder en el sector de la ceremonia y moda hombre presenta su nueva colección

Vicente Vázquez, fashion leader of wedding and formal menswear, are pleased to present their new collection.

A lo largo de más de 50 años de experiencia hemos With over 50 years experience they know how sabido conjugar estilo, creatividad y, sobre todo, la personalización del traje de novio. Traje que, sin duda, to combine style, creativity and above all the personalisation of a groom’s suit. The suit, without es el más importante de tu vida. a doubt, will be the most important one in his life. En Vicente Vázquez podrás encontrar las mejores You can find the best brands in Vicente Vázquez firmas actuales. Así como todos los complementos que together with all the accessories that come with le dan realce al traje. Chalecos, corbatones, camisas, the suit. Waistcoats, cravats, shirts, shoes, belts, zapatos, cinturones, gemelos, alfileres, ropa interior. cufflinks, tie pins, and underwear. They also run a hire service for morning suits and dinner suits Tampoco podemos olvidar nuestro servicio de alquiler de chaqué y media gala con gran variedad de chalecos along with a wide range of waistcoats to choose from, all included in the price. The waistcoat a elegir por el mismo precio. Chalecos crudo, negro, colours can be from cream, black, pearl grey, pink, gris perla, rosa, albero, celeste, azulón, verdes, rojo, camel, turquoise, blue, green, red, mauve to name malva y muchos más así como la gran colección de a few. You can also choose from a large selection corbatas y pañuelos a juego. Todo para que ese día no of ties and handkerchiefs to match your waistcoat. falte de nada. They will ensure you have everything you need for the big day. Ponte en manos de profesionales y deja que te aconsejemos sin compromiso para ese día tan Put yourself in professional hands and let them importante. advise on what you will need for that important day. Don’t forget that Vicente Vázquez are Wedding Te esperamos. No olvides que en Vicente Vázquez and formal menswear specialists. somos especialistas en ceremonia. We look forward to your visit.


Choosing the perfect engagement ring The classic engagement ring is composed of two parts: a diamond and a setting. For the best value, find the engagement ring setting she’ll love then devote the remainder of your budget to a beautiful, certified diamond.

How Much Should I Spend? This is an emotional event, and a purchase that will last a lifetime.

The two-months salary convention is a common starting point, but we believe that regardless of the amount you budget, your most important considerations should be quality and value.

From the time of the cavemen, through the ancient Romans and Egyptians, to the present, the ring has been a symbol of everlasting love Engagement rings and wedding bands have long been a symbol of love throughout the pages of history. The shape of the circle, with no beginning and no end is also the symbol of: • Sun • Universe • Earth • Holiness • Peace

Early Wedding Rings

Wedding bands have not always been made of gold or any metal. In the times of the cavemen, a circle of reeds or grasses was often used to show that two hearts were joined as one. In ancient Europe, a lover's knot formed from the hair of the loved one was the symbol of love, faith and friendship.

The wedding ring itself did not become part of the Christian marriage ceremony until the 9th Century. However, they were used by the Hebrews far earlier than that and in ancient Rome, the use of the wedding ring was documented in the 2nd Century. In archaeology, experts can tell wedding rings from other rings and jewellery because of the inscriptions that show the Emperor's image. Wedding bands were also an important symbol of marriage in the culture of ancient Egypt. These rings were made of heavy metal and sometimes contained precious or semi-precious stones.


dull. Try to make sure you get a good night's sleep of about eight hours in the weeks or days before the wedding.

Hair & Make-up Whatever stage you are at in your wedding preparations, you can improve how radiant you look on the big day with your diet, cleansing routine and general lifestyle. There are also plenty of things you can do on the day itself to maintain that centre-of-attention look.

A six-month countdown is recommended to make sure you look as radiant and healthy as possible on your wedding day, but brides who only have a few weeks to prepare can still see some stunning results. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly are an essential part of the preparation. Exercise will give your circulation a major boost and flush away the toxins that cause blemishes in the skin. Aim for 30 minutes of gentle exercise per day. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, drinking around eight glasses of water a day, reducing your alcohol consumption and cutting out smoking will help prevent your skin from looking dowdy and

Getting your hair in shape is also important. According to the experts you should wash your hair whenever you feel you have to, usually every few days, and make sure it has a deep condition about once a month. This is where the product is combed through and left on for at least ten minutes. Massaging your scalp with shampoo while washing will stimulate the blood flow and encourage the growth of healthy hair. And when dry, brushing will again stimulate the scalp and also get rid of any dead hair. You should work out well in advance the way you want your hair to look. If you want to have it cut, make sure it's done about a week before the big day. This will make sure your style keeps its shape, but also has time to settle When it comes to choosing your make-up for the wedding, caution is advised. The temptation might be to let a beautician pile on a lot of expensive make-up which may be totally inappropriate, especially for today's more natural look. It's also important to know your skin colour. This might seem obvious, but you should check whether your skin is yellow or pink toned. Make sure your foundation matches your skin tone exactly, and check it in daylight.


If you are going to be applying your own make-up, Strong, intense shades for lips will be set off by neutral tones on eyes and cheeks. Play down eye colours to emphasise your lips. Choose a base eye shade that matches your skin tone and apply all over the eyelid. Using eyeliner on the top eyelid will look dated, adding texture to eyes by applying a metallic lustre to the eyelid over a base shade. Lips are also important on the day itself because of all that smiling, eating and kissing you are likely to be doing. In order to make your lipstick last longer, apply a layer of foundation and powder to your lips before you put your lipstick on. This will give the lipstick something to grip to. If you are having a separate evening function, it may be worth reapplying make-up, but don't apply more foundation over old foundation. It will look like rice pudding. Remove foundation from areas of your face that have seen the most wear and tear. Reapply lipstick and lip gloss. Finally, don't go to bed in your warpaint. If you don't clean if off at night you'll end up with stained pillow cases and a bad case of spots, which could well be a blemish on your honeymoon as well.


choose is to wear a piece of family jewellery or their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress. Something New: Represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding dress is often chosen as the new item.

Traditions & Sayings This saying dates back to Victorian time and the full version is ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe:

Something Borrowed: To remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed. The borrowed object might be something such as a lace handkerchief or an item of jewellery. Something Blue: Symbolises faithfulness and loyalty and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity. Frequently the bride’s garter is the blue item.

Something Old: Represents the link with the bride’s family and A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe is to wish the bride wealth, both financial and happiness. the past. A common solution many bride’s


Professional Photography Photography and Videography are two of the most important things to get right for a wedding as once the cake has been eaten, the venue has been cleared and the dress dry cleaned and hung up, they are the only ways you will have to remember your day. Get it right, and you will adorn your walls with the pictures and cherish them forever. Get it wrong, and it will be one of your biggest regrets as you cannot replay the day at a later date. Decide on the style of photography you want Wedding photography comes in many different styles, if you think of other weddings you have been to - was the photographer quietly working in the background to get more of a photojournalistic approach, or in the forefront trying to pose people and directing the bride and groom throughout the day for photographs? Be sure to check out many photographers websites and get an eye on different styles then decide on the right one for you. Wedding forums are great for inspiration and also finding out straight from other couples what they thought of their photography style.


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Will the venue be available on my wedding day? Check a venue’s availability before even visiting. Popular venues can be booked up to two years in advance during peak season (May to September and December). If you can be flexible with dates you’re less likely to be disappointed. Is your venue easy to find? Check directions on the venue’s website and see if the postcode is accurate for sat nav. Include these details in with your invitations along with a map for your guests. Ideally find a venue within 20 to 30 minutes of your ceremony and if you’re worried about guests getting lost, you could provide transport, such as a coach or a bus. Will ours be the only wedding at your venue? If you don’t want to see another bride on your wedding day, you’ll need a venue with exclusive use. This does sometimes come at a premium but for peace of mind it could be worth it. If a venue holds more than one wedding a day, ask how they do it - they’re often very good at keeping the weddings separate. You can also inquire at El Coto in Campamento, Molino del Conde in Castellar, Guadacorte Park Hotel in Guadacorte, Hotel Almenara in Sotogrande, Hotel Reina Cristina in Algeciras, Mons Calpe Suite in Gibraltar, these are some of the venues close by to Gibraltar.


Create your dream beach wedding TAN-TAN, un espacio exclusivo en La Línea. Les ofrecemos un estilo de decoración muy diverso, para interior y exterior. Invitamos a nuestros clientes que disfruten desde nuestra tienda a pasear por marruecos, india y Bali. Encontraran desde muebles, cuadros, textil, fuentes e infinidades de artículos de decoración, hasta una extensa variedad de tés. Te enamorara por sus aromas con los maravillosos inciensos que encontraras tanto para interior como para exterior. Desde hace varios años nos dedicamos a la coordinación de eventos, personalizando cada celebración y satisfaciendo a cada cliente. No solo te vamos a ofrecer calidad, sino un toque de originalidad y distinción en la decoración de bodas, fiestas o cualquier celebración, incluyendo transporte y montaje o solo alquiler de artículos. Ustedes proponen, nosotros conseguimos. TAN-TAN te ayuda a organizar tu evento. Nos adaptamos a las medidas del cliente. Somos fabricantes. Visítenos. Ahora la tienda Encanto Ecologico esta dentro de la misma tienda de Tan Tan.

Tan Tan an exclusive place in La Linea They offer a diverse style of decoration for interiors and exteriors. They invite you to wonder around the shop and experience and styles of morocco, India and Bali. You will find furniture, pictures, textiles, fountains and an infinite array of decorative items, along with a large variety of teas. You will love the aromas of the incense sticks that you can find here for indoors or outdoors.

“Tan Tan can help you design your perfect event” A few years ago Tan Tan dedicated to coordination of events, personalising each celebration and satisfying every client. They do not just offer you quality, but a touch of originality and distinction in the decoration for weddings, parties or any kind of celebration, including transport and set up, or simply hire the items you require. You give us your ideas and we will get it for you. Tan Tan can help you design your perfect event. They adapt to your needs. Come and visit us for more ideas and information. You can now find Encanto Ecologico under the same roof as Tan Tan situated on: Avda. Cartagena, La Linea - Tel: 856 122599


Hen / Stag Acitivities Whatever background you come from there is no getting away with the fact that marriage is possibly the most important decision of your life. So what better way to say good-bye to singleville than to get together with your friends new and old and celebrate in style? These days most stag and hen groups want a little bit more than just the one night down the pub and look to activities to fill the days and night clubs, restaurants, bar crawls, booze cruises, lap dancing clubs and much more to fill their nights. Booking daytime activities such as paintball, quad biking, rage buggies, climbing and hiking, whitewater rafting, wakeboarding, dirt biking, parasailing, skydiving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding, for bachelor party ideas For the bachelorette pamper days, pole dancing lessons, chocolate making or a girls weekend away. Once you're married, it might be hard to get away for a weekend with the girls.

Use the bachelorette party as an excuse to go on a weekend vacation – either close by or far away. Such a trip will give you time for "being wild" as well as time to catch up with each other and have spa time. Be sure to keep in mind that not all of the bridesmaids may be able to afford an extravagant vacation, so it might be a good idea to survey intended guests before making a final decision. Also, check with a travel agent to see what kind of group rates you can get.


Wedding Directory Bridal Dresses & Hire

Flowers

All Things Nice 27 City Mill Lane, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 63211 - atnice@gibtelecom.net

Floristeria Ramos Avda. Guadarranque 56, Taraguilla Tel: 956 611646

Blossoms I.C.C. Unit F22, Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 77201 - Blossoms Gibraltar

Hair & Make-up

Bridal Lingerie

Aimee Jay I.C.C. unit F17, Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 42490

Cakes & Centrepieces Fruitilicious Arrangements Calle Sierra Bermeja, P.N. Guadiaro Tel: 673 100 071 Sharleens Cupcake Heaven Tel: +350 54015137 sharleen.bakes@hotmail.com Sotofiesta Calle Sierra Bermeja, Via de Servicio, P.N. Guadiaro - Tel: 956 695983

Catering & Drinks Ke Catering Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande Tel: 956 790333 Nectar Catering Calle Francisco Amado 26, Guadiaro Tel: 956 614318

Decoration

Tan Tan Avda. Cartagena s/n, La Linea Tel: 856 122599

Entertainment / DJ

Martini Discotheque Sotogrande, Marbella, Tarifa Tel: 956 794482

Aprodite Beauty Ocean Village, Unit 5, 26/28, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 62422 Atono Calle San Jose 13A, La Linea Tel: 856 120122 Bagus Calle de la Iglesia 18a, Torreguadiaro Tel: 956 616960 Beauty & Nail Centre Galeria Paniagua, L7, Sotogrande Tel: 956 793145 Bellissima Beauty Avda.Mar del Sur, Edif. Mamia, Torreguadiaro Tel: 956 610047 By Chabely Beauty Designs Calle Las Palmeras 55, Campamento Tel: 956 094201 - www.bychabely.com Deepak International Make-up Artist Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 54021837 / +34 628 659631 Gina's Hair & Beauty Salon C.C. Sotomarket, A7, Km. 130, Sotogrande Tel: 956 793398 Katie Lee Plaza Italica, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro Tel: 660 444005 - katie_a_lee72@yahoo.co.uk Romain Dominique Galeria Paniagua, Sotogrande Tel: 956 695352 Roots Hair & Skin Care 9 George's Lane, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 73786

Serenity Beauty Salon 113/2 Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 68889 SoloMinerals 9 Bell Lane, Gibraltar Tel: +350 54019633 The Home of your Beauty 125/1 Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 67111

Hen & Stag Accessories & Parties Aimee Jay I.C.C. unit F17, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 42490 Los Olivos Restaurante Calle Olivo 17, La Linea Tel: 956 766420

Jewellery Cohen & Massias 143 Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 74269 Essardas 64 Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 78441 MasQueJoyas Calle Real 9, La Linea Tel: 615 503158 Omni Jewel 18 Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 77625 Tagore 203/205 Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 49772

Ladies Fashion Hanny's Boutique 6A Cathedral Square, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 72381

Menswear, Suits & Hire Signature 22-24 Ocean Village, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 75511 Vicente Vazquez Calle Clavel 19, La Linea Tel: 956 171131 www.vicentevazquezceremonia.com

Photography Doro Arte C. C. Sotomarket, Sotogrande Tel: 680 138561 Foto Luz Fotografos Calle Andalucia 1, La Linea Tel: 956 174578 Trevor Brooks www.trevorbrooksweddings.com Tel: 664 557416

Planners

Bespoke Gibraltar Weddings sarah@weddingsingibraltar.com Tel: +350 5403 0100

Reception Venue El Coto Calle Real s/n, Campamento, San Roque Tel: 651 077 737 - eventoselcoto@hotmail.es El Molino del Conde Ctra. Almoraima, Km.42,5, Castellar Tel: 956 236063 La Quinta Restaurante Santa Maria Polo Club, Sotogrande Tel: 956 616934 / 676 817024 The Landings 15 Queensway Quay, Gibraltar Tel: +350 20066100 - www.thelandings.gi


Wedding Directory Stationary

Wedding Lists & Gifts

Zona Digital Calle Oviedo 7, La Linea Tel: 956 763172

Gibraltar Crystal Grand Casemates Square, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 50136

Travel Agents Gib Sun Club 32 City Mill Lane, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 70660 - www.gibsunclub.com Starlight Travel Calle Duque de Tetuan 24, La Linea Tel: 956 769952

Libelula 2 Cornwall's Lane, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 65341 Omni Crystal 182 Main Street, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 41194 Patricia Darch Ocean Village, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 77776

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When planning the perfect day, it is important that you have the essential numbers onhand. Below you can jot down all the information you may need and use as a handy reference. Keep all your numbers in one place Telephone Number

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Vicar/Registrar................................................................................................................................................................ Reception/Hotel............................................................................................................................................................. Marquee Hire.................................................................................................................................................................. Caterers........................................................................................................................................................................... Entertainment / DJ......................................................................................................................................................... Wedding Dress................................................................................................................................................................ Lingerie........................................................................................................................................................................... Shoes & Accessories........................................................................................................................................................ Ladies Fashion................................................................................................................................................................ Menswear........................................................................................................................................................................ Hairdressers.................................................................................................................................................................... Beauty Salon................................................................................................................................................................... Dentists........................................................................................................................................................................... Jewellers.......................................................................................................................................................................... Car Hire / Horse & Carriage.......................................................................................................................................... Florist.............................................................................................................................................................................. Photographers/Videographers....................................................................................................................................... Stationary / Printers....................................................................................................................................................... Cake & Centrepieces...................................................................................................................................................... Favours & Chocolates.................................................................................................................................................... Toastmaster..................................................................................................................................................................... Travel Agents.................................................................................................................................................................. Wedding Planner............................................................................................................................................................ Financial Advisor............................................................................................................................................................ Dry Cleaners...................................................................................................................................................................

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