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ISSUE 34

• APRIL 2018

Stress-free planning EXPERT ADVICE FROM A REAL-LIFE WEDDING PLANNER

10 0+ DREAM DRESSANEDS FOR YOU YOUR GIRLS

Suits you! MENSWEAR TRENDS FOR THE NEW SEASON

Modeca 2019 THE NEWEST HOT BRIDAL STYLES FROM EUROPE

Love your shape! BRIDAL GOWNS TO SUIT EVERY BODY TYPE

YOUR DREAM DAY FOR LESS! MONEY-SAVING TIPS THAT EVERY BRIDE NEEDS

FLOWER POWER OUR FAVOURITE FLORAL DETAILS FOR SPRING


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SAVE MONEY Hidden costs are no fun! Money-saving hints for your wedding

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APPLE OR PEAR? Find the perfect dress to suit your body shape

ACTING EDITOR Izzy Hicks izzy@meanttobemedia.com PRODUCTION EDITOR

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Contents APRIL 2018

Tom Harrod ISSUE 34

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• APRIL 2018

Stress-free planning

Modeca 2019

EXPERT ADVICE FROM A REAL-LIFE WEDDING PLANNER

Andy Allen

100+ DREAM DRESSES

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Love your shape!

FOR YOU AND YOUR GIRLS

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 57

COOL CURVES! Find a plus size gown that will turn heads and amaze

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SIMPLE VS STATEMENT Gowns: Simple elegance or confident centre of attention?

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LONG AND SHORT OF IT What length of dress will be the best pick for your beautiful bridesmaids?

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ICE PRINCESS Glistening jewellery that will melt your heart

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SOMETHING BLUE Complete the famous rhyme by opting for some sensational sapphire stationery!

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REAL LIFE WEDDINGS Three brides tell us the stories behind their special days

ART DIRECTOR

THE NEWEST HOT BRIDAL STYLES FROM EUROPE

Suits you! MENSWEAR TRENDS FOR THE NEW SEASON

BRIDAL GOWNS TO SUIT EVERY BODY TYPE

YOUR DREAM DAY FOR LESS! MONEY-SAVING TIPS THAT EVERY BRIDE NEEDS

FLOWER POWER OUR FAVOURITE FLORAL DETAILS FOR SPRING

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FASHION SALES EXECUTIVE

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Laura Lismore SUITS YOU, SIR! Get your groom looking dapper with smart attire

THE ASTOUNDING MYSTIQUE COLLECTION FROM ELBETH GILLIS

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MODECA’S NEW GORGEOUS GOWNS

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LOVE ROMANTICA? FIND YOUR NEAREST STOCKIST

109 WEDDING PLANNER SHAUN JOHNSON TELLS US HIS TOP TIPS

ONLINE EDITOR Carrie Marsden carrie@loveourweddingmag.com CONTRIBUTORS Donna Berridge, Martha Cooke, Natalie Pilgrim

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DELIGHTFUL DETAILS Shoes that have that extra je ne sais quoi

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HAIR INSPIRATION Pick an enchanting coiffure from these 16 amazing styles

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FLORAL THEME Spring has sprung – let’s add some blooms into the mix

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edding planning season is well underway, and we have everything you need to plan the best day ever. The biggest day of your life can also be the most costly, but never fear – we have some brilliant money-saving tips on p103 to help you get the day of your dreams for less! We’ve spoken to expert wedding planner Shaun Johnson to get his advice on making sure your wedding goes without a hitch (p109). This issue, we’ve filled our pages with fabulous fashion to get everyone looking their best, from top groomswear trends (p72) to bridesmaid dresses (p67). Of course, we haven’t forgotten the bride! Choose a dress to suit your body shape (p21), and take your pick between simple styles or statement gowns (p61). Don’t forget to top it off with the finishing touches: embellished shoes (p80) and sparkling jewellery (p82). How are your own wedding plans? Get in touch and share your progress IZZY HICKS Acting Editor with us at jade@meanttobemedia.com. 5

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My favourite picks this month! 1. These Glitzy Secrets earrings make a perfect ‘something blue’ and they’re under £20! 2. I love the ruffle skirt on this W219 gown from Victoria Kay 3. Paper flowers are great for spring and summer weddings – try these pastel blooms from Talking Tables 4. Dance the night away in these Isla kitten heels from Rachel Simpson!

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5. How dapper does this linen suit from Allure Men look?

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PREMIER STOCKISTS

Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery Thame 01844 214190 Courtyard Bridal Boutique Kettering 01536 510333 Divinty Bridal Lisburn 02892 690876

Elegance Bridal Studio Barnsley 01226 786527 Emma Louise Design Windsor 01344 882445

Fross Wedding Collections Uckfield 01825 763380 Joyce Young by Storm Glasgow 0141 942 8900 London 020 7224 7888

Kudos Bridal Edinburgh 0131 447 8800 Dunfermline 01383 623490 Laura May Bridal Cardiff 02920 344700

Rebecca Anne Bridal Boutique Petersfield 07917 115869 Reflections Bridal Boutique Kelso 01573 348263 Shade Bridal Nottingham 0115 9822820 The Dressing Rooms Halesowen 0121 423 2777

Stocked throughout the UK and Ireland. For you closest stockist contact uksales@wendymakin.co.uk or phone 07771 542042

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Dresses to suit your shape From hourglass to athletic to petite, we’ve got the perfect styles to enhance your beautiful figure

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MARTIN THORNBURG: A MON CHERI COLLECTION

ROMANTICA OF DEVON

VICTORIA KAY

IVORY & CO

Athletic

ALLURE BRIDALS

If you’re slim with balanced hips and shoulders, then a wedding dress with a nipped-in waist can make the most of your athletic shape, as can scoop or V-neck styles. Avoid columns, which won’t give you any definition.

RONALD JOYCE

BEAUTIFUL BY ENZOANI

BELOVED BY CASABLANCA ELBETH GILLIS

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MARTIN THORNBURG: A MON CHERI COLLECTION PURE BRIDAL

LISA DONETTI

Apple

LILLIAN WEST

DIANE LEGRAND

Apple shapes have broad shoulders and mid-sections, with slim hips and legs. A-line gowns with sweetheart, scoop or V-line necks are perfect for you, as are styles with skirt splits to show off those legs. Avoid anything shorter than tea-length!

ELLIS BRIDALS

LADYBIRD

AMANDA WYATT ALLURE BRIDALS

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BLUE BY ENZOANI SINCERITY BRIDAL WHITE ROSE

Hourglass

CHARLOTTE BALBIER

BADGLEY MISCHKA

Curvy brides with balanced hips and shoulders will want to show off their waist with a defined fit-and-flare or mermaid silhouette. Be careful not to add too much detail to the bodice of the gown though – this can throw the look off-balance.

CHLOE BRIDALS

NOVA BELLA BRIDAL

SOPHIA TOLLI

PHIL COLLINS

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LQ DESIGNS CHLOE BRIDALS

MORILEE

Pear

CASABLANCA BRIDAL

Brides with wide hips and a defined waist will want to make the most of their curves, so a fitted A-line or mermaid will work here. Sleeves and shoulder details are your friend, while empire lines and columns should be avoided.

WENDY MAKIN

ELLIS BRIDALS

CHRISTINA WU

MADISON JAMES

ENZOANI

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ENCHANTING BY MON CHERI ETERNITY BRIDE RICHARD DESIGNS

ALLURE BRIDALS

Petite

If you’re 5’3” or under, then a simple yet chic sheath or structured mermaid would be perfect for you, as would a tealength (or shorter!) style. Avoid ballgowns or skirts with too much volume – these will swamp you.

SWEETHEART

MADISON JAMES

CATHERINE PARRY

WHITE ROSE

DONNA SALADO

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L OV E T H E C O L L E C T I O N

ELBETH GILLIS

The astounding dresses in the Mystique Collection will capture your heart – and your imagination

OPAL A DELICATE HALTERNECK, AND YOU CAN’T BUT HELP ADMIRE THE QUALITY SYMMETRY ON THIS CHIFFON GOWN

SARAH WHAT A STRIKING TEA-LENGTH GOWN! WE LOVE THE PLUNGING V NECKLINE, FRAMED BY GUIPURE LACE

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GARDENIA AN EYE-CATCHING, FLOWING SILK BALLGOWN, WITH FLORAL VINE PATTERNS BEADED ACROSS THE NUDE BODICE. COMES WITH HIDDEN POCKETS!

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TAYLA YOU WON’T FORGET THESE GORGEOUS SLEEVES IN A HURRY. PLUS, THE SLINKY SATIN SKIRT WILL SHOW OFF YOUR FABULOUS FIGURE!

LORELEI THIS MIGHT BE OUR FAVOURITE… AN INCREDIBLE MERMAID-STYLE DRESS, THE VERY EMBODIMENT OF MYSTIQUE, AIDED BY AMAZING LAYERED FRINGE WORK. WOW!

STYLE 274 A GORGEOUS A-LINE DRESS WITH HIDDEN POCKETS AND A SPARKLING DETAIL ON THE NECKLINE

LAUREL AUSTIN THIS DRAMATIC FEEL LIKEPLUNGES A GREEK BACK GODDESS INTO A DEEP VIN– THIS FLATTERING A WONDERFUL COLUMN GOWN. CONTRAST WE LOVE THE AGAINST THE BEADED BELT! DISTINCT EMBROIDERED LEAVES

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KAYLA THIS INCREDIBLE NUDE-LOOK BODICE TAKES OUR BREATH AWAY EVERY TIME WE SEE IT – AND THEN THERE’S THE BEAUTIFUL SATIN AND TULLE SKIRT TO FINISH!

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Fashion Focus...

Modeca The true soul of Dutch design – these gorgeous gowns are perfect for fashion-conscious brides!

DELMAR Enhance your beautiful curves with these on-trend designs

DIJON Feel comfortable and secure in this flattering ballgown

MODECA COLLECTION

CURVES MODECA COLLECTION

CURVES

DAMORE Modeca are proud to present their Curves line, for every taste and theme

DOUTZEN We love the detail that leads all the way up the neckline

styles are all about bold floral and geometric laces and delicate embellishment. And there’s more! This year also sees the launch of the new Curves collection, which combines Modeca’s signature style with supportive tailoring for full-figured brides sized 16 to 34. To find out more, visit modeca.com.

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e’ve had a sneak peek at the brand new Modeca collections for 2019, and, as expected, they’re something special! The main Modeca Collection has a glamour boho feel to it with floaty chiffon, embroidery and crochet details – while the new Le Papillon by Modeca

ELENA Get a red-carpet feel with the Le Papillon by Modeca range

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SCOTLAND 6. KMG Bridal Studio 1. Gwenne Wedding Services (Lincoln) (Broxburn and Edinburgh) 7. Tickled Pink 2. Reeta Fashions (Hatfield) (Glasgow) WALES NORTHERN ENGLAND 8. Cameo Brides 3. Because I Love You (Llandudno) (Bolton) 9. Celebrations Elizabeth 4. Cherish Bridal Christie (Northwich) (Milford Haven) 5. I Do Wedding Specialists (Gateshead)

SOUTHERN ENGLAND 10. Proposals (Chichester)

11. Brides Visited (Ashstead) 12. J C Brides (Portsmouth)

15. Surrey Brides (Weybridge)

13. Perfection Bridal (Bromley)

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND 16. Amica Bridal (Plymouth)

14. Precious Moments Bridalwear (Rayleigh)

17. Rookery Manor Bridal (Weston-super-Mare)

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SPECIALDAY

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ISABELLA Embrace the sheer trend with this gorgeous rum pink style, or line the bodice for a more traditional look

SOPHIA With its signature Catherine Parry cut and silhouette, this satin A-line is perfect for vintage-loving brides

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The Seren Collection: out-of-this-world dresses that will leave you seeing stars!

atherine Parry have once again raised the bar with their Seren Collection. As demonstrated by the dresses on show here, Seren gowns are cut from luxurious fabrics and beautiful laces, with even more focus on intricate beadwork and exceptional detailing. Whether it’s the jaw-dropping embroidered bodice on Isabella (above)

to the criss-cross embellishment on Reese (page 50), brides are going to be spoiled for choice. Seren is Welsh for ‘star’, and, happily for you, their fantastic prices are light years away from being astronomical, instead ranging from £845 - £1,545. It’s no wonder Catherine Parry are one of our favourite British bridal brands. To find out more, visit catherineparrybridal.com.

FAYE Illusion details and a plunge neckline give this classic ballgown a modern twist

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JULIA This crepe sheath gown is elegant in the front and sexy in the back, thanks to the deep V-back embellished with crystals and beads

REESE How stunning are the geometric criss-cross sequins on this tealength style? One of our favourites, for sure

ASHLEIGH We love the beaded bodice on this romantic drop-waist gown, which is finished with a beautiful satin belt 50 ♼ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♼ A P R I L 2 0 1 8


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Fashion Focus... Enchanting by Mon Cheri

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he new Enchanting for Mon Cheri collection is now in stores, and it’s living up to its name! This gorgeous Spring 2018 range is perfect for brides who want their dream dress to have a more contemporary, casual feel, with options including cocktail-length gowns, flowing fabrics and sheer panelling. To find your local stockist, visit mon-cheri.co.uk.

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SPECIAL DAY

MORILEE

Cool curves!

CALLISTA

GRACEFUL BY WHITE ROSE

Looking for a plus-size gown to make heads turn? These dresses have you spoiled for choice!

ALLURE WOMEN

GRACEFUL BY WHITE ROSE

SONSIE BY VEROMIA

CALLISTA

LOVE THE DRESS

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ROMANTICA OF DEVON

BADGLEY MISCHKA

CATHERINE PARRY CHLOE BRIDALS

C H O O S I N G YO U R D R E S S

Simple

SIMPLE TO S TAT E M E N T

Let your personality shine through your gown!

WENDY MAKIN

IVORY & CO BELOVED BY CASABLANCA

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ELBETH GILLIS LOUISE BENTLEY ALLURE BRIDALS

MARTIN THORNBURG: A MON CHERI COLLECTION

Statement

CHRISTINA WU

DIANE LEGRAND JUSTIN ALEXANDER WHITE ROSE

CASABLANCA BRIDAL MADISON JAMES

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LOULOU BRIDAL

LISA DONETTI

MODECA WILDERLY BRIDE

Stylish

BEAUTIFUL BY ENZOANI ALEXIA DESIGNS SPECIAL DAY

OPULENCE

SOPHIA TOLLI

PHIL COLLINS

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Long DESSY ROMANTICA OF DEVON

PHIL COLLINS SPECIAL DAY

ANGEL BRIDESMAIDS

MORILEE

KELSEY ROSE

ALLURE BRIDALS

LONG AND SHORT OF IT

ALEXIA DESIGNS

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Midi TRUE BRIDESMAIDS

RICHARD DESIGNS

MARK LESLEY

SPECIAL DAY MARK LESLEY

JOANIE CLOTHING

JASMINE BRIDAL

DESSY JASMINE BRIDAL

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WATTERS JASMINE BRIDAL

TRUE BRIDESMAIDS

PRONOVIAS

CHRISTINA WU

RICHARD DESIGNS

KENNETH WINSTON

CHRISTINA WU

WTOO BRIDESMAIDS

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SUITS YO U, SIR

Grooms

BASE LONDON

ALLURE MEN

Serious style for him – hot menswear trends straight off the catwalks

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CHECKS Checked suits were popular in 2017, and this wearable trend shows no sign of slowing this year! A checked suit is a perfect fit for a more rustic wedding theme, because it pairs well with tweed and wool for added texture. The pattern can be as bold or subtle as your groom likes, or you can pair a checked waistcoat with a plain suit for an on-trend twist on a classic.

REMUS UOMO

PENROSE LONDON

TED BAKER

We’re seeing a shift towards more formal wedding attire for the new year, with grooms kitted out in full tuxedos for glamorous black tie weddings – think bow ties, cummerbunds and patent leather shoes. It doesn’t have to be black, either! White tuxedo jackets work well for summer weddings, and we love deep jewel tones for autumn and winter events.


PENROSE LONDON

LLOYD ATTREE & SMITH

Pastels have long been popular with bridesmaids and even brides (blush bridal gowns, anyone?), and now the grooms are getting in on the trend, too. Pastel blues, beiges and even pinks look fantastic on spring and summer grooms, and will work particularly well if you’re planning a destination wedding.

PA S T E L S

REMUS UOMO

ALLURE MEN

BASE LONDON

GARETH NEWSTEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

PENROSE LONDON

We’re expecting this fun print to appear in more and more weddings this year, whether it’s on ties and bow ties, pocket squares or even the linings of suits. You can opt for the traditional rich colouring, which usually includes orange, blue, gold or burgundy shades, or go for a modern pastel paisley for a more subtle look.

HAMMOND & CO

PA I S L E Y

R O YA L B L U E

Set to be the hottest suit shade for 2018, royal blue is a brighter take on traditional navy that goes with practically any wedding colour scheme. We particularly love it for summer weddings, paired with pastel shades or popping brights, but it also works well with black for any season.

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DIANA KOZLOVA PHOTOGRAPHY

Now you can eliminate thigh chafe and feel elegant and sexy! Our unique knicker designs use soft tulle and luxurious Italian satin to complement your curves rather than alter them. Delicately trimmed with French and German lace, we are taking anti chafe to a new level. Perfect wear for occasion or everyday. Sizes up to 28.

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BRITAIN’S BEST BRIDES

REAL WEDDING STORIES TO GIVE YOU LOADS OF BRILLIANT IDEAS

TOP TIPS FOR A CHIC ALBUM TO TREASURE

In the detail...

Accessories

HOW TO ACCESSORISE YOUR WEDDING LOOK

AISLE STYLE NEW SEASON DRESSES FOR YOU & YOUR GIRLS

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REAL WEDDINGS BE INSPIRED BY FOUR STUNNING CELEBRATIONS

He’s in fashion GET YOUR GROOM LOOKING (ALMOST) AS GORGEOUS AS YOU

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HOW TO GET TOP-TO-TOE GLAMOROUS

We love curves!

OUR PICK OF THE HOTTEST PLUS-SIZE BRIDAL DESIGNS

YOUR GUIDE TO A PERFECT WEDDING

ALLURE BRIDALS

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE LABEL

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ISSUE EIGHT • FEBRUARY 2016

THE FASHION EDIT SIMPLY STUNNING

dresses FROM SLINKY TO A-LINE, FIND YOUR PERFECT GOWN HERE

MUST-READ SHOPPING TIPS YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUYING ‘THE ONE’

20% OFF DESIGNER SHOES INSIDE!

138 DREAMY DETAIL IDEAS PLUS HOW TO GIVE YOUR DAY THE WOW FACTOR

Steal her style!

HAIR & BEAUTY TRICKS TO CREATE REAL BRIDAL LOOKS

TOTALLY ADORABLE DRESSES FOR YOUR LITTLE BRIDESMAIDS

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Pretty maids

SEE OUR PICK OF THE BEST DESIGNS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GIRLS, P35

REAL STORIES

FOUR BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS

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Real brides

PRICELESS ADVICE & IDEAS TO STEAL FOR YOUR BIG DAY!

BUMPER ISSUE EVEN MORE IDEAS INSIDE!

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DISCOVER THE CHIC 2016 COLLECTION

Photo perfection

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SLIMMING INSPIRATION & A RECIPE TO TRY AT HOME

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OUTFITS FOR MUMS, MAIDS & YOUR GROOM

AMAZING PRIZES WORTH OVER £8K!

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MODECA

STUNNING STYLES FOR EVERY TIME OF YEAR

Trend alert!

THE BEST DETAILS TO MAKE YOUR DAY WOW

REAL BRIDES

BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS & REAL ADVICE INSIDE

ESSENTIAL PLANNING TIPS TACKLE THE BIGGEST PLANNING WOES WITH OUR HANDY GUIDE

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEIR LATEST COLLECTION

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MADISON JAMES

DISCOVER MORE FROM THIS HOT NEW LABEL

WIN TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW!

‘I’m engaged!’ WE FOLLOW A REAL BRIDE-TO-BE ON HER WEDDING JOURNEY

FOOD IDEAS

TASTY DISHES FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS, P86

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ISSUE 10 • APRIL 2016

GORGEOUS GOWNS WOW-FACTOR DRESSES FOR EVERY BRIDAL STYLE, P19

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EASY TRICKS FOR STRESS-FREE PLANNING

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WHY THE CHIC NEW COUTURE COLLECTION IS A MUST SEE

TOP TRENDS, FASHION &

HOW TO CREATE THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS

BRIDESMAID HANDBOOK EVERYTHING YOUR GIRLS NEED TO KNOW!

Gift ideas

GIVE YOUR NEWLYWED NEST A VINTAGE GLOSS WITH OUR BEST BUYS

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LET’S GET PLANNING!

FROM DECOR IDEAS TO CUTTING THE GUEST LIST

WIN YOUR WEDDING SHOES & ACCESSORIES

Readings & speech tips

ENSURE THERE’S NOT A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE!

ALLURE BRIDALS

WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEW DESIGNS

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THE A-Z OF NEW TRENDS HOW TO CREATE A MODERN LOOK, FROM FASHION TO THEMES

Mix & match WE REVEAL SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE SEPARATES

CHLOE BRIDALS

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS CHIC LABEL

Details Special

MORE JEWELLERY, STATIONERY & DECORATIONS THAN EVER!

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS INSIDE!

SO SASSI

SEE THE NEW STYLES FROM ONE OF BRIDAL’S FAVOURITE DESIGNERS

She’s the one INCREDIBLE DRESSES FOR EVERY BRIDE, P14

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Special details

100s OF PRETTY FINISHING TOUCHES TO CREATE A DAY TO REMEMBER

Real weddings

FOUR BEAUTIFUL BRIDES SHARE THEIR STORIES, P74

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MODECA DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE COLLECTION FOR 2017!

FOUR BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS FILLED WITH INSPIRATION

Dream dresses THE PRETTIEST GOWNS TO MAKE YOU SWOON THE WEDDING CHECKLIST TICK OFF YOUR TO DO LIST WITH OUR PLANNING GUIDE, P89

HEN HEAVEN FUN PARTY IDEAS THAT ARE CLOSE TO HOME

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FABULOUS FLORALS NEW WAYS TO USE YOUR BLOOMS

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Sweet treats

There’s always room for pudding – especially when they won’t throw you off your weight-loss journey

RHUBARB AND PEAR CRUMBLE Ready in 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 900g rhubarb, cut into bite-size chunks 2 medium pears, peeled, cored and sliced Juice of 1 orange, plus 1 tsp finely grated zest 2½ level tbsp sweetener granules 1 tsp ground cinnamon

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For the topping 30g low-fat spread 1 level tbsp sweetener granules 60g plain flour METHOD Preheat your oven to 180C/fan 160C/ gas 4. Put the rhubarb in a medium-size ovenproof dish. Add the pears, orange juice and zest and toss together to combine. Sprinkle over the sweetener

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and cinnamon and bake for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, make the topping by putting the spread, sweetener and flour in a bowl and rubbing it together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Remove the fruit from the oven, sprinkle over the topping and bake for a further 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


LEMON AND POPPY SEED ICE CREAM CHEESECAKE Ready in 30 minutes, plus freezing INGREDIENTS SERVES 6 5 unwaxed lemons 4 level tbsp sweetener granules 180g extra-light soft cheese 200g low-fat custard from a can or carton 200g fat-free natural Greek yogurt 1 level tbsp poppy seeds METHOD Line the base of an 18cm Victoria sandwich tin with non-stick baking paper. Finely grate the zest of two and a half lemons and juice three lemons. Put the zest and juice in a bowl with three level tablespoons of sweetener and mix together until the sweetener has dissolved. Put the soft cheese in a bowl and gradually beat in the lemon mixture. Fold in the custard, 150g yogurt and most of the poppy seeds.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, scatter the rest of the poppy seeds on top and freeze for at least eight hours or overnight until firm. To make the candied zest decoration, pare the peel of the remaining lemons, thinly shred and put the shreds in a saucepan with the remaining sweetener and three tablespoons of water. Bring to the boil over a high heat then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-12 minutes until soft. Spread out the shreds on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper and leave at room temperature to dry out and crisp up. Shortly before you want to eat, remove the ice cream cake from the tin and transfer it to a flat serving plate. Spoon the remaining yogurt into the middle of the cake and sprinkle the candied zest on top. Leave at room temperature to soften slightly then slice to serve.

FILO APPLE PIE

SERVES

6

Ready in 40 minutes, plus cooling INGREDIENTS 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges 2 medium Bramley cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges 1½ level tbsp sweetener granules ¼ tsp mixed spice 4 x 20g filo pastry sheets Low-calorie cooking spray (ideally butter-flavoured) ¼ level tsp icing sugar, to decorate Fat-free natural Greek yogurt, to serve METHOD Preheat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the apples into a large non-stick saucepan with

the sweetener, mixed spice and one tablespoon of water. Cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes or until the apples have softened. Spoon into a shallow one-litre ovenproof dish and leave to cool. Place one sheet of filo pastry on a clean surface. Spray lightly with low-calorie cooking spray, fold it in half and scrunch it up into a loose rosette. Place it on top of one-quarter of the apple mixture and repeat with the remaining sheets of pastry, making sure that the apple mixture is covered. Spray the pastry with a little more low-calorie cooking spray and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Dust with the icing sugar and serve with the yogurt.

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S T Y LED SHO OT

Spring green

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pring: the season of new life and fantastic colours. We think Storyteller Photography have captured this to perfection in this radiant photoshoot. The beautiful bridal gowns were provided by Edith & Winston Bridalwear, and the models appear to having a brilliant time at Sandhole Oak Barn, in Cheshire. Inspiring stuff to help your wedding’s theme get a spring in its step!

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MAKE UP The Dollz by Samantha Mercer GOWNS Edith & Winston Bridalwear BALLOONS The Dollz Events STATIONERY Quaintly Kate CAKE Marie Antoinette Cakes FLOWERS Precious Things Event Styling VENUE Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Venue MODELS Georgina Horne and Netsai Tinaressse Danjena PHOTOGRAPHY Storyteller Photography – Rebecca Armstrong Green A P R I L 2 0 1 8 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ 89


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Be our guest and read all about bride Francesca’s magical day in an enchanted castle... How did Sie propose? “His proposal didn’t quite go to plan, due to him needing a drink or two to gain some courage! We were in Milan and his plan

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What dress did you wear? “I actually won my dress in a Love Our Wedding competition! I couldn’t believe it – I got to choose any dress worth up to £2,000 from the amazing Modeca collection. I picked their Sydney dress and I got it from Destiny, a fabulous bridal boutique in Middlesborough.”

And the accessories? “I wore a Liza Designs veil and a Warren York floral crown hairband (both from Destiny). My necklace came from Ernest Jones – it was a wedding morning present from Sie. My rose bracelet was a gift from my dad and came from Debenhams. My shoes were from Badgley Mischka.”


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The Details DATE: 22nd July 2017 VENUE: Lambton Castle, Chester-le-Street, County Durham PHOTOGRAPHER: Andy Gaines FRANCESCA’S DRESS: Modeca SIE’S ATTIRE: Burton BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Debenhams ACCESSORIES: Liza Designs, Warren York, Ernest Jones, Badgley Mischka

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What did Sie wear? “He wore the Jaspe slim-fit suit in grey from Burton, teamed with a pair of brown shoes from Littlewoods.”

managed to get in the sale at half the price!”

clock and lots of hanging vines and candelabras. We made all of the floating rose What was your theme? centrepieces ourselves. We “Beauty and the Beast. We wanted it to be magical, are a family of event and beautiful and different, Who were your wedding planners, so we while remaining tasteful. bridesmaids and where took on a completely empty All of the props and décor were their dresses from? venue (Lambton Castle) from our wedding are “A combination of family and made it our dream now available to hire from and friends – one of my ‘enchanted’ wedding. It my mum’s company – I aunties, my cousin, Sie’s featured a lot of plants, love that our hard work in sister, my brother’s girlfriend flowers (especially roses), making and sourcing these and one of my friends. wood and quirky props, things has resulted in them They wore multiway dresses such as a throne outside, an now being available for from Debenhams, which I ‘alive’ wonky grandfather other couples’ weddings.”

What was the highlight of your day? “Watching my son walk down the aisle to us with our rings in a silver rose. His shoes had given him bad blisters before even arriving at the venue – he was very upset – but before I walked down the aisle, he said to me, ‘I will put my shoes back on, walk with the rings for you and Daddy, and do a big smile.’ He wiped the tears from his face and I was a very proud mummy!”

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Jess & Matt

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Gin bottles, bargain hunting and paragliders… Bride Jess tells us about the build-up to her big day How did Matt propose? “We were visiting my family in Bilbao, Spain. We walked up to the cliffs one evening and sat watching the paragliders overhead

and Matt got down on one knee. Of course I said yes. Then we realised that the paragliders had witnessed the whole thing and were cheering and clapping!”

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What dress did you wear and where did you buy it? “I wore Joy by Charlotte Balbier, an A-line dress with a tulle skirt and illusion neckline. I bought it from a small boutique in Newbury called Mrs. Jones. It was the first dress that I felt comfortable with – I knew I wouldn’t be worrying about my figure on the day.”

And the accessories? “I wore a pair of pearl earrings that Matt had bought me for my birthday from a lovely jeweller in Bath called The Silver Shop. I borrowed my sister’s veil – it had a lace lining and matched my dress, too!” What did Matt wear? “Matt wore a royal blue


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The Details DATE: 26th August 2017 VENUE: Prior Park College, Bath PHOTOGRAPHER: Squib Photography JESS’S DRESS: Charlotte Balbier MATT’S ATTIRE: Charles Tyrwhitt BRIDESMAID DRESSES: ASOS

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three-piece suit from Charles Tyrwhitt with a sky blue tie with a matching monogrammed pocket square. He also wore tan brogues from Jones.”

dresses, which came from ASOS. I spent more time searching for their dresses than my own!”

much. We kept it simple with flowers and some lights in the evening.”

partaking in such a big commitment to each other – especially in front of all of our friends and What was your best buy? family. We put so much What was your theme? “Matt’s a bargain-hunter thought into the hymns “We went for soft colours and he found an easel and and the readings; they all Who were your – pale blues, greys, purples frame to display the seating had significance to us and bridesmaids and where and white. We’re both gin plan. He sanded it down to incorporated family who were their dresses from? drinkers so we collected give it a more natural look. couldn’t be with us. The “My three sisters were my bottles from friends and It all came to about £25!” chapel was stunning and bridesmaids, while my maid local pubs to use as vases the perfect weather only of honour was one of my for the flowers. They looked What was the highlight of added to the setting. It’s oldest friends from school, great! The venue had so your day? the memory that makes me Lauren. They looked so much character that we “The wedding ceremony. happiest in among so many pretty and elegant in their didn’t need to decorate I’ve never felt so emotional, wonderful moments.”

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Lucy & David

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Bride Lucy spills all about finding her dream dress, her tears of joy and that fantastic cake! How did David propose? “It was on New Year’s Eve, and in such a romantic and magical way – just me, him and fireworks. It was one of the best days of my life.”

took me ages to pick my dream gown!”

And the accessories? “I wore a pair of stud earrings from Debenhams. What dress did you wear? My stunning and fabulous “My dress was by Alfred tiara and veil were made Angelo and I bought it by Ivory and Co. My shoes, from Made by Angels, in were the gorgeous Roland Cannock. Sarah, the owner, Cartier Mesmorise peep-toe was so patient with me – it sandals in ivory, which had a

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jewel and pearl embellished detail T-bar.” What did David wear? “David wore a slim-fit tailcoat suit in striking blue steel, an ivory waistcoat with a blush pink cravat and black shoes. All of the suits for the groom and groomsmen were hired from Dapper Dan.”


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The Details DATE: 29th July 2017 VENUE: Mercure Madeley Court Hotel, Madeley, Telford PHOTOGRAPHER: Ray Ashmore Photography LUCY’S DRESS: Alfred Angelo DAVID’S ATTIRE: Dapper Dan BRIDESMAID DRESSES: ASOS ACCESSORIES: Ivory & Co, Debenhams, Roland Cartier

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Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “Our bridesmaids were David’s sister, both sister-inlaws and my cousin. They were all dressed in TFNC Pleated Maxi Dresses, which we purchased from ASOS. They all looked fabulous. We also had our daughter and two cousins as flower girls – they wore matching white lace dresses with ivory belts along with white or ivory shoes.”

What was your theme? “Blush pink, mauve and ivory with lots and lots of gypsophila flowers and roses. It was so romantic, with candles and flower petals everywhere! There were fairy lights in abundance and we had huge helium balloons at the barn’s entrance, with petals scattered along the red carpet. All of my décor was created by Louise at Balloon Dreams (based in Willenhall) with elegance

and perfection. We had a beautiful four-tier cake created by Laura Jane Cake Design (based in Walsall). Each tier had a different design and colour to match the theme and we even had tiny ballet shoes in the design for our daughter.” What was the highlight of your day? “There were so many! The one that sticks with me though is once David and I said our ‘I do’s’, our

daughter ran over and jumped up to give us a massive hug. We all started crying together with tears of happiness – it was a very emotional moment.” What was your best buy? “It has to be my dress. It took forever to choose and I will always treasure it. Every time I see it all the emotions from our wedding day come flooding back, and it reminds me of how wonderful I felt.”

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Money saving tips

The bride SHOP THE SALES Sample sales and trunk shows are a great way to get hold of a designer dress for a fraction of the price. Follow your local bridal boutiques on social media and keep an eye on

their events pages to find out when their sales are taking place, and be ready to take away your dress on the day. SOMETHING BORROWED Not only is your ‘something borrowed’ a bridal tradition, but it can help you save money on your wedding

accessories, too! Consider borrowing heirloom jewellery from family members, and ask any friends that have got married recently if they’re looking to sell off any of their finishing touches makeup on the big such as veils and headpieces. day? It may sound scary, but with the right products and practice, you can get a look DIY MAKEUP that you know will work for If you’re confident in your you. You can book lessons beauty skills, then why not and makeovers with many consider doing your own LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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exhibitors will have exclusive discounts if you book them on the day. Bigger events will even have fashion shows and dresses available, so you could scoop up your dream wedding dress for less.

department store makeup counters, and in some instances get the money back to spend on products. If you’re nervous about doing it yourself, then you can always consider asking a talented friend to help you on the day.

The bridemaids MIX AND MATCH Mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses not only look ontrend, but it’s also a great way to keep your bridesmaids happy and potentially keep costs down, too. Instead of shopping around for multiple matching dresses, give your girls a budget and a colour and ask them to pick out their own gown. If they’re happy with the style and are likely to wear it again, then they may be more amenable to contributing to the cost. PLAN AHEAD It may be tempting to ask all your female friends and family members to stand up with you on the big day, but don’t rush when to comes to picking out your bridal party. The cost of dresses, accessories, hair and makeup, bouquets and gifts can really start to stack up, so be sure you have your bridesmaid

birthday, which means you could pick up your wedding shoes, perfume or lingerie for less.

CUT THE GUEST LIST Ask any recently married couple and they’ll tell you that one of the biggest ways to cut down on wedding costs is to keep the guest list small. Your venue, food and drink are likely to be the PREPARE biggest expenses on your list, FOR SALES so cutting down the number Depending on of people you have to feed how long your budget sorted before making engagement is, you can plan is the simplest way to stop a costly social faux pas. If the budget spiralling out of around sales that you know you’re seriously worried will happen at certain points control. Limiting plus ones, about the expense, why not of the year. Bridal boutiques making your event adults-only keep your party small and tend to have sales around the and keeping day invitations stick to only a best man and to just your nearest and start of the new year and in maid of honour? the summer time, to prepare dearest are all ways of cutting down catering costs. for new collections arriving in store. If you’re supplying your own alcohol, then take note that champagne and WEDDING Prosecco tends to go on PHOTOGRAPHY DEALS sale around Christmas, New TAKE A HIKE We’ll never recommend Year’s Eve and Valentine’s skipping wedding If your church or ceremony Day. There’s plenty of photography, because it’s venue is close to your occasionwear to choose from reception venue, then skip one of the only reminders of before Christmas parties, so the transportation altogether your special day that you’ll have, but if you’re struggling Black Friday and Boxing Day and walk, instead! A wedding sales are a great time to pick day procession lead by the to find a photographer that up bridesmaid dresses. Sign bride and groom makes for fits in budget, consider cutting down the hours. Many up for email newsletters at amazing photographs – just your favourite online stores, photographers will do deals be sure to have a back-up and you can expect discount plan (or umbrellas!) in case for shorter photography codes to be sent on your sessions, such as four or you experience bad weather. five hours instead of the traditional eight or nine, which means you can cut the prep photos in the morning or the evening reception photos to get yourself a more budgetfriendly deal.

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VISIT WEDDING FAIRS Local wedding fairs are a great place to find nearby recommended suppliers and see potential venues all set up, and many

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your venue. Some venues will advertise any spaces they have left over (particularly HITCH A LIFT Instead of hiring an expensive in winter months), but it can be worth calling limo, ask around family and up your favourites and friends to see if any car asking whether they enthusiasts are willing to play chaffeur for the day. You have any last-minute could even try a local car club packages if you’re willing to tie the knot depending on what style of in a matter of months. car you’re after – you’ll still have to pay, of course, but MARRY OFF-SEASON it may be cheaper than a dedicated wedding company. Summer may be the most popular wedding season, but it’s also by far the most expensive. Generally, peak wedding GO FOR A MIDWEEK DATE season tends to be from May to September, which With Friday and Sunday means if you’re marrying weddings costing pretty during these months then much the same as Saturday you should expect to pay the weddings these days, highest prices. The ‘shoulder couples are wising up to the months’ (April and October) midweek wedding. Not only fall somewhere in the middle will this dramatically cut the of pricing, while December hire cost of your venue, but fluctuates between peak you’ll have less competition and mid-season, depending for suppliers, and you may on how close you are to find that vendors such as Christmas. For the cheapest photographers and bands prices, consider tying the will be able to give you a discount. Be sure to give your knot in January, February, March or November. guests plenty of notice so that they can book time off.

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LAST-MINUTE WEDDING A quick turnaround from engagement to wedding can be the key to securing a great last-minute deal on

The details CHEAP FAVOURS Favours are another area where you can accidentally

rack up the pounds, but luckily there are plenty of ways to give back to guests without it costing you a fortune. Consider homemade sweets, such as iced biscuits, scones or fudge, small tins of mints, decorative baubles or candy canes for a Christmas wedding, brightly-coloured sunglasses for a summer wedding, artisan tea bags, scratch cards or seed packets. If you’re really struggling, then we suggest skipping the favours altogether!

buy biodegradable paper to use if your venue has rules on this. Petal confetti is easy to make too, if you have the time to save up the petals. Just dry out any flowers in your airing cupboard for a couple of nights, then store them in an airtight container until the big day.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY CAKES If you have keen bakers among your friends or family, then now’s the time to call in a favour! Instead of attempting a three-tier wedding cake for the first DIY CONFETTI time, we suggest you serve Making your own confetti is easier than you think – simply several smaller cakes on a cake table. Not only does buy tissue paper in your this mean that you can split chosen wedding colours and a hole punch and you’re good to go! You can even SQUIB PHOTOGRAPHY

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plan (or umbrellas!) in case you experience bad weather.

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can get away with having fewer stems, which will cut down your flower budget.

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DECORATIVE TABLE CENTRES When it comes to putting together your table centrepieces, the key is to avoid buying one-off items that you can’t use again. Instead, go for things like vases, candlesticks and photo frames that you can use in your home afterwards (or potted plants that can live in your garden), so you’ll get enjoyment out of them after the big day, too. As always, upcycling jam jars, decorative alcohol bottles and china with seasonal flowers and candles makes for a cost-effective table centre that will look beautiful in photos.

The flowers SAVE WITH SILK Introducing realistic-looking silk blooms is a fabulous way to cut back on your flower

budget, and also means you’ll have a keepsake after the wedding is over. You’d be surprised at how good faux flowers can look these days, but if you’re not fully convinced, try real flowers for the bouquets, and opt for silk in the table decorations, pew ends and buttonholes. KEEP IT SEASONAL Step away from the peonies on Pinterest! Instead of deciding on exact flowers that you want in advance, it’s often a lot cheaper to tell your florist your theme or colour scheme, and then ask what seasonal flowers will fit into this. This means your blooms won’t have to be flown in specially, which hikes up the price for both the florist and, by extension, you. GO BIG For a clever way to make an impact on a budget, all you need to do is choose bigger blooms! Big flowers like sunflowers, hydrangea, protea and amaryllis will make such a statement that you

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the work between bakers, but you can mix up the flavours, too! If cake isn’t your favourite, try a tower of homemade brownies or Rice Krispie treats, decorated with real or pre-bought icing sugar flowers. Just the thought of that has made us hungry!

GO FOR AN AFTERNOON CEREMONY One sure-fire way to cut back on catering costs is to make your day shorter. Having a lunchtime ceremony means that people aren’t likely to have eaten beforehand, which means that you’ll have to bring your wedding breakfast time forward to avoid starving guests. If you’re having a 4pm wedding breakfast, for example, then you’ll also have to provide evening snacks, or you’ll end up with seriously hungry (and potentially very drunk!) guests. However, if you have your ceremony later in the afternoon, then people will have eaten a normal lunch beforehand, which means your evening meal can be at a regular time. This method cuts down on both canapés and evening food, which easily adds up. CHOOSE A BUFFET A buffet is generally always likely to be a cheaper option than a sit-down dinner, because it involves fewer

members of staff compared to one that requires table service. Barbecues and hog roasts are great for this, as are classic family favourites such as curries and lasagne. SERVE YOUR CAKE FOR DESSERT Save money and ensure your cake actually gets eaten on the day by serving it up instead of a separate dessert! Your guests aren’t going to want to eat dessert and then cake, which means it often goes to waste. So instead, schedule your cake-cutting for earlier in the day and then present cake slices after the main course. SWAP OUT CHAMPAGNE Doing away with pricey champagne can be a good way to save a little extra money. If you want flutes filled with fizz for the toasts, then picking Prosecco, sparkling wine or a Bellini cocktail can be a more budget-friendly alternative. Another option is to keep the wine flowing when it comes to the toasts and some guests won’t even notice! For welcome drinks, consider Pimm’s or a punch for a summer wedding, and cider or mulled wine for an autumn or winter wedding.


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START EARLY As soon as the ring is on, it’s already time to start thinking about your big day. I completely appreciate that it can seem a little overwhelming to say the least, so I would always start with getting things down on paper, or – even better – putting it all together on a spreadsheet. On this should be everything you need to do for your wedding – from sorting wedding insurance to the decorations. Brain dumping everything in one document helps you de-compartmentalise, and assigning a timeline to each element breaks things down in more manageable stages.

MAGICAL MOMENTS This is the moment you’re working so hard to achieve… Help yourself get there with smart planning!

According to plan Expert wedding planner Shaun Johnson explains how to ensure your own plans run smoothly with his essential tips

DO YOUR RESEARCH Wedding budgets can have a habit of creeping their way up as the big day approaches. In my time I’ve witnessed a lot of couples who waste money on things that, if thought about earlier, could have been achieved a lot cheaper. For example, decorations. A lot of weddings have an outside element and it’s always lovely to decorate that area in line with the theme and colours of the wedding. What I see a lot is couples going online and thinking the decorations are cheap, but it very soon adds up, as you need to buy quite a lot to get the effect you desire. You don’t have to be particularly artsy to have a go at making them yourself – you just need to dedicate time, and the end result feels so much more personal and often looks a lot better. DELEGATE As a wedding planner I love it when couples assign roles to people in the lead up

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to the day and on the day itself. Giving people roles and responsibilities really helps, and for me, having a little go-to team is hugely beneficial. So even if it’s something like ensuring grandma is helped to get somewhere or making sure a taxi is arranged for your out-of-town guests, these little things are appreciated on a colossal scale and really contribute to the day

running smooth as clockwork. I have heard about brides and grooms dealing with emergencies or sorting out paying of suppliers on the day – this shouldn’t happen, not on their big day – which is why I personally think a wedding planner is vital. DON’T OVERCOMPLICATE THINGS TOO MUCH I’ve seen a lot of weddings that just have too many

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks so you and your partner can enjoy the day

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elements to them. This is particularly common when the budget is big, which can result in the day feeling over-produced and not very relaxing. For me, the weddings that work best are calm and simple, and the elements that are there are executed really well. It’s about asking, ‘do we really need a plane with a ticker tape with our names attached, and fireworks, and a dance routine?’ Probably not. REMEMBER TO REFLECT YOU The best weddings are the ones where the couple’s personalities shine through. This can be through little touches such as the music, colours chosen, favours or readings. It’s such a personal day, so really focussing on what makes you tick works really well. For example, I’ve seen couples have readings

of their favourite song lyrics instead of religious readings, or having a specific drink or sweet from one of their home towns as favours. Also involving close family and friends in the ceremony and running of the day makes it feel extra-special. GET A WEDDING PLANNER! Now, not blowing my own trumpet (okay, maybe I am a bit!), but I can’t stress the importance having a planner enough, especially on the big day. They just bring everything together and ensure everything works on time and ensure your vision comes to life. They also shield the happy couple from anything that might not be going according to plan! Many thanks to Shaun for his tips! Find out more at shaunjohnsonevents.com.

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CAPTIVATING EVENTS 18TH MARCH The Hampshire Wedding Show, The Hampshire Court Hotel, Chineham, Basingstoke captivatingevents.co.uk

THE WEDDING AFFAIR 8TH APRIL The Queen’s Hotel, The Queen’s City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

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