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Martha Cooke ISSUE 41

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• NOVEMBER 2018

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Maid to measure

WAYS TO IMPRESS

INSTAGRAM-WORTHY DETAILS PLUS 40 DREAMY DRESSES FOR 2019

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Let’s get married! REAL STORIES: FROM WHEN HE POPPED THE QUESTION, TO THE DAY THEY SAID ‘I DO’

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 21

Casablanca Collections

40 FABULOUS GOWNS Which one would you choose to wow down the aisle?

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BEAUTIFUL BACKS Dresses that are guaranteed to take your guests’ and groom’s breath away, at every angle!

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BRIDAL LINGERIE A guide to choosing the best underwear to suit you on the big day

Save in style

GET A DECADENT LOOK WITHOUT THE HUGE BUDGET, P95

GROOMED ! TO PERFECTION IDEAS FOR YOUR MAN, STRAIGHT FROM THE CATWALK

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WE LOVE SEQUINS! Tap into this trend to add glitz and glamour to your day

HEAVENLY HONEYMOONS THE BEST LOCATIONS FOR YOUR RADAR

FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE GORGEOUS NEW DESIGNS

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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL Make a statement with eye-turning stationery that’s guaranteed to wow

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NECKLINES FOR YOUR GIRLS From one-shoulder to sweethearts, we’ve selected some stunning frocks for your bridesmaids

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SIMPLY CHIC Your footwear doesn’t have to be loud, sometimes simple designs can make a big impact

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THE BRAND NEW COLLECTION FROM ENZOANI FOR 2019

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THE ALLURE COLLECTION: SO MANY STUNNING DRESSES TO SWOON OVER!

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HOW TO GET YOUR DREAM WEDDING FOR LESS!

100 OFF THE BEATEN TRACKS – AMAZING HONEYMOON IDEAS THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE BOX

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ARM CANDY Add these pretties to your wrists for a final flourish to your look

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GROOMED TO PERFECTION Let your man steal the limelight!

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my wedding day, and if I could do it again, this time I’d choose this pretty Pearl Starlet bracelet, just £22! 2. I am literally in love with the new collection from Wendy Makin, so pretty! This Anouk design is my absolute favourite. 3. This Spring Meadow invitation from Pingle Pie is perfect for Spring/ Summer weddings. 4. Simply chic – this Luciana heel is super cute from Rachel Simpson! 5. Not sure how to jazz up your reception tables? Check out iDecorate for their brilliant decoration ideas.

he heating is on, the leaves are falling, and evenings are all about snuggling up in cosy jumpers with a mug of hot chocolate! This is definitely my favourite time of year. To keep you entertained during these cool winter months, we’ve got tons of great real stories, planning ideas and bundles of incredible buys for you to consider for your big day. This issue I am loving all the dress features, particularly the beautiful backs (page 41), I am in love with the sequin theme ideas to add glitz and glamour (page 78) and the bridal lingerie feature has lots of pretty buys as well as some really useful tips for dressing for what’s underneath your dress (page 54). But, as always, I am hooked on the real weddings this issue in particular, with so many beautiful dresses, decorations and, most importantly, happy faces (page 82)! Send me your pics after the big day at JADE PEPPERELL Editor jade@meanttobemedia.com.

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ALLURE B R I DA L S The sizzling 2019 collection has landed, and it’s every bit as beautiful as you could imagine...

STYLE 9601 THE MOST SOUGHTAFTER SHAPE FOR BRIDES RIGHT NOW IS THE FIT AND FLARE, AND WITH DESIGNS LIKE THIS, IT’S EASY TO SEE WHY!

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STYLE 9611 GO FOR AN ETHEREAL, BOHEMIAN LOOK WITH THIS FLOATY GOWN WITH BEAUTIFUL LACE EMBELLISHMENTS


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STYLE 9603 THIS LIGHTWEIGHT DRESS HAS A GORGEOUS BACK! PERFECT FOR WEDDINGS IN HOT WEATHER

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STYLE 9604 WE LOVE A CHIC HIGH NECKLINE AND THIS LACY NUMBER IS BANG ON THE MONEY

STYLE 9624 ANOTHER PRETTY FIT AND FLARE THAT WILL ACCENTUATE YOUR CURVES. STUNNING!

STYLE STYLE274 9620 ASIMPLE GORGEOUS BUT A-LINE DRESS WITHTHIS HIDDEN EFFECTIVE, POCKETS A A-LINE IS AND PRINCESS SPARKLING DETAIL PERFECTION ON THE NECKLINE

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STYLE 9600 EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT, WE LOVE THE STRUCTURE TO THIS V-NECK A-LINE DRESS

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Top tips! We asked the experts at Jupon for their top tips when choosing your bridal lingerie... 1. A bride should always remember when buying bridal lingerie, that it is there to serve a purpose. Bridal lingerie is not meant to be overly sexy!

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ou’ve chosen your bridesmaids, but have you chosen which dresses they’ll wear? Maybe we can help – take a look at these beauties from Richard Designs! There’s almost a complete spectrum for you to lust after, meaning they’ll match with almost any theme! The gowns on show here come in more than one colour too, so with some brides opting to mix and match their colours, these could tick a lot of boxes for you! To see more, visit richard-designs.com.

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Sweet treats

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BANANA AND PASSION FRUIT PAVLOVA NESTS METHOD Preheat the oven to 120C/ fan 100C/gas 1-2. Line a large baking sheet with nonSERVES 4 stick baking paper. Using a bowl or cup as a template, mark four 10cm circles on INGREDIENTS the paper, spaced well apart, 2 large egg whites then flip over the paper so 75g caster sugar that the pencil marks are on 2 level tbsp sweetener granules the underside. Put the egg ½ level tsp cornflour whites into a large clean ¼ tsp white wine vinegar bowl and whisk, using an 150g plain quark 100g fat-free natural Greek yogurt electric hand whisk, until stiff peaks form. Gradually 2 ripe and wrinkly passion fruit whisk in the sugar and 2 small bananas, sliced Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes, plus cooling

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sweetener to form a stiff, glossy meringue. Whisk in the cornflour and vinegar and spoon the mixture into a piping bag (fitted with a star nozzle, if you like). Starting in the centre of each circle on the baking paper, pipe the Pavlova mixture in a spiral to form a flat disc, then pipe two lines of meringue around the edge of each disc to form the walls of the nests. Bake for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the nests in

the oven for at least three hours or overnight to cool and dry out. When you are almost ready to serve, beat the quark and yogurt in a bowl until smooth. Halve the passion fruit and scoop the pulp into a bowl with a teaspoon. Carefully peel the Pavlova nests off the paper, spoon in some of the quark mixture and top with banana slices and passion fruit pulp. Serve straight away before the meringue has a chance to soften.


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INGREDIENTS 500g gooseberries, topped and tailed 3½ level tbsp sweetener granules Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 3 large eggs ½ tsp vanilla extract 75g plain flour ½ level tsp baking powder ½ level tsp cornflour 1 level tsp caster sugar, to dust Fat-free natural fromage frais or plain quark, to serve METHOD Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Spread the gooseberries out in a 1.25-litre shallow ovenproof dish. Scatter over one level tbsp sweetener, the lemon zest and

lemon juice and bake for 15 minutes or until the gooseberries have just collapsed and are tender. Meanwhile, prepare the sponge layer. Put the eggs, remaining sweetener and a pinch of salt in a large bowl (or stand mixer) and whisk with an electric whisk for 15 minutes or until the mixture is thick, tripled in volume and leaves a little trail when drizzled back over the surface. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Sift the flour, baking powder and cornflour over the egg mixture and gently fold in with a large metal spoon. Spoon it all over the gooseberries and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer pushed into the sponge comes away clean. Dust with the caster sugar and serve hot with the fromage frais or quark.

BAKED MARMALADE RICE PUDDING Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes, plus standing INGREDIENTS 2 large oranges 125g dried pudding rice 800ml unsweetened almond milk 3½ level tbsp sweetener granules 100g reduced-sugar marmalade

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METHOD Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Grate the zest from one orange. Segment both the oranges, cover and set aside at room temperature. Put the rice, almond milk and sweetener into a non-stick saucepan and bring just to the boil over a medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the rice is just tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the orange zest. Spoon the marmalade over the base of a 1.25-litre ovenproof dish and spoon the rice pudding evenly on top. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 and bake for 45 minutes or until the pudding has thickened and the rice is tender. Turn off the oven and leave the pudding to stand in the oven for 15-20 minutes (this will help a tasty crust form on top). Serve with the orange segments.

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1. ZIRCONIA CLUSTER BRACELET from Alan Hannah £40 2. PARISIAN BRACELET from Ivory & Co £POA 3. PEARL STARLET BRACELET from Glitzy secrets £22 4. MOONLIGHT SHIMMER BRACELET from Glitzy Secrets £23 5. AMARANTH BRACELET from Susie Warner £125 6. PARAMOUR BRACELET from Love-Susie £29.95 7. VINE OF PEARL BRACELET from Glitzy Secrets £24 8. MARILYN BRACELET from Susie Warner £150 9. CARYS BRACELET from Designed To Sparkle £20 10. ANYA BRACELET from Julieann Bird £37.50

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Festive bauble

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Light up twigs

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Cosmic gown

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Sequin maids

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Sequin clutch

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Flowergirl hairband

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Sequin vase

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Sequin details

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Sequin ribbon

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Table runner

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astel colours and delicate details have been one of the biggest wedding trends this year, and it looks like they’re here to stay! This gorgeous shoot

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shows why – pastel perfection and subtle sparkle give loads of inspiration for an elegant wedding look that’s romantic and oh-so stylish. We especially love the flowers – so pretty!


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Amy & John

A BLUSH PINK SUMMER WEDDING AT T H E O R A N G E R Y, I N K E N T

Real bride Amy explains that the best purchase is something that money can’t buy: the memories How did John propose? “It was the evening of a family get-together between Christmas and New Year at my parents’ house. I was told to follow the arrows placed around the house by my niece and nephew to meet John outside… The garden was decorated in fairy lights and candles and there John was, waiting for me (in a 82 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8


Christmas jumper!), down on one knee. I was also wearing a Christmas jumper at the time, in my mum’s Crocs! I burst into tears… And then said yes!”

And the accessories? “A pair of sparkly Swarovski earrings from my mum, and a Tiffany bracelet with a pink heart (to match my bridesmaids) from John.”

What dress did you wear? “I wore a gown called Zabel by St Patrick, which came from Fross Bridal, Uckfield.”

What did John wear? “John wore a traditional black tuxedo – he looked like James Bond!”

How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle? “A very happy and extremely lucky bride.” Who were your bridesmaids? “My sister Abi was my maid of honour, and my five oldest and best friends, Emily, Daisy, Phoebe,

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The Details DATE: 3rd August 2018 VENUE: The Orangery, Maidstone, Kent PHOTOGRAPHER: Sam & Louise Photography AMY’S DRESS: St Patrick ACCESSORIES: Swarovski, Tiffany

Nat and Emma were my bridesmaids.” What was your theme? “We didn’t really have a ‘theme’ as such, but our dream was to have a lovely summer wedding, with a very relaxed atmosphere – which is what we got!”

What was the highlight of your day? “The speeches! This was the one part of the day where I didn’t have any involvement, so this all was a complete surprise. Despite being nervous, my groom did an amazing job and the best man

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completely pulled it out of the bag with an original surprise video.” What was your best buy? “Our photographers! As lovely as all the other things are, the photos are the one thing you’ll have forever. A set of photos that capture

all those amazing moments, for you to look back on in years to come, are worth every penny.” What’s your saving tip? “Prioritise what’s important to you. Don’t spend money on things just because you feel you should.”


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Natalie & Nick

AN AUTUMN WEDDING IN W E S T ERN WA L E S

Real bride Natalie tells us what went into planning her wedding, from her theme to the accessories

went up the Eiffel Tower and, my own size with just a few strangely, ended up filming alterations that I arranged someone else’s proposal!” with a local dressmaker nearer to the date.” What dress did you wear? “I wore an Anna Sorrano And the accessories? How did Nick propose? Nick threw the shower curtain dress. I went in last-minute “I wore a veil and hairpiece “Nick proposed on my 30th back and was on one knee with my mum, sister and that had sparkle leaf birthday in Paris. I was in the in the hotel room bathroom! baby nephew – Bronte was patterns to match our shower (mid-sulk – I thought He proposed there and then the second dress I tried on autumnal theme. I chose a he’d not brought my birthday so that he wouldn’t worry and I loved it immediately. I full cathedral veil – it looked present on the trip!) when about it all day. Later, we was able to buy the dress in fabulous in the photos, but 86 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8


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The Details DATE: 28th October 2017 VENUE: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales PHOTOGRAPHER: Martin Vaughan Photography NATALIE’S DRESS: Anna Sorrano NICK’S ATTIRE: Moss Bros, Marks & Spencer, T.M. Lewin ACCESSORIES: H.Samuel, BHS, Converse BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Debenhams

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on a windy day, it was a nuisance! I borrowed a pearl bracelet from my sister (from H.Samuel) and my shoes were from BHS. I swapped to comfy Converse for the evening.”

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “My younger sister, Charlotte, Nick’s sister, Anna and friend, Kate. They wore plum dresses from Debenhams and sparkly gold pumps from ASOS. My niece Lacey was our flowergirl. She wore a dress from Monsoon and gold pumps from Next.”

What did Nick wear? “Nick chose a relaxed, slim fit brown tweed-style jacket from Moss Bros with a red check, regular fit oatmeal chinos from Marks & Spencer, What was your theme? and a burgundy wool silk tie “We went for an autumnal from T.M. Lewin.” theme. We didn’t want

to be tied down to one colour. We wanted to use pumpkins to hold our flower arrangements; our florist clearly thought this was crazy but she got on board and filled them with red, orange and yellow flowers! My sister made our bunting in red, orange, yellow and plum colours. We used log slices, conkers, pine cones and fake fallen leaves on our tables. Oh, and our cake had a gingerbread bride and groom on it, too!”

What was your best buy? “We used the band Rock My Reception. They played literally all day and night! We met them in advance and they recognised the sort of music we wanted and, happily, our guests loved them. They even entertained the eighteen month-old children – at one point they played kids TV theme tunes for them, which was really cute! They had a good feel for the room and kept the party going all night.”

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Real bride Sarah was so eager to get to her wedding, the driver had to extend the route to the church! How did Luke propose? “My husband proposed while we were on holiday in Tunisia, during a five-star all-inclusive holiday. After a lovely dinner and a few

cocktails, he proposed on our second night, in our private pool! I remember I didn’t answer straight away as I was in shock, he had to ask me twice!”

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What dress did you wear? “I knew my wedding dress was ‘the one’ after entering my first and only wedding dress shop in Taunton – the dress chose me! It was Alexandra by Marylise. It was elegant and simple (not too much lace detailing) and I loved that it came with a flowery bolero, too.”

And the accessories? “My handmade headband with flower detailing by Polly Edwards and bridesmaid hair pieces were all from Sassi Holford in Taunton. I found their customer service excellent and the experience as a whole was brilliant. When my friends get married I can visit again!”


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The Details DATE: 13th August 2014 VENUE: Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton, Devon PHOTOGRAPHER: Albert Palmer Photography SARAH’S DRESS: Marylise LUKE’S ATTIRE: Moss Bros BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Monsoon ACCESSORIES: Sassi Holford, Polly Edwards

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What did Luke wear? “Luke’s traditional suit, waistcoat and cravat came from Moss Bros.” How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle? “I couldn’t wait to see my husband at the altar. I was so early at the church, the driver had to drive us round the block! I felt excited to see him and a little nervous for his reaction to seeing the dress and how I had my hair, hoping he liked it.”

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “I had four bridesmaids – we’re all really good friends, and we went shopping in Clarks Village where we found their floor-length, pink-dusk coloured dresses from Monsoon.” What was your theme? “There wasn’t a specific theme as such on our wedding day. However, I spent hours on Pinterest

(as I’m sure many brides do!) pinning away all my favourite ideas. Originally I wanted an autumn wedding, but it changed from fir cones to white flowers due to us having a summer wedding.“

Palmer, was taking our photos. I also loved getting married at the church. It felt really special, especially as all our friends and family were there.”

What’s your saving tip? “I think my best moneyWhat was the highlight saving tip would be to ask of your day? family and friends for help “The highlight of my day where possible. We saved was spending any alonelots by doing this, from their time with my husband, from help setting up the venue, the car journey to when our decorating, and transport to lovely photographer, Albert and from the venue.”

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B E AT T H E B U C K Our guide to an out-of-this-world wedding that doesn’t cost the earth

With the cost of saying ‘I do’ in the UK now at a record all-time high (with some estimates at a whopping £30,000 plus!), we follow the course of a bride’s big day to bring you a beautiful wedding that’s big on everything, except the bucks!

9am: Beauty prep • A drop of bubbly early doors with all the girls is an obligatory must. But opt for Prosecco rather than Champagne and ‘prettify’ your Prosecco with homepicked blackberries, frozen in Prosecco in advance and picked – for free! – from

wedding friendly and obliging bushes nearby (ready to be picked from early-July onwards, perfect for a Summer wedding). • Make soon-to-be-mother-inlaw’s day and ask for her help by baking a tray of cupcake treats for all the girls. This will go down an absolute

storm and is a sure-fire way of involving your mother-in-law and making her feel part of the gang. This is absolutely not the day for the diet! • If you can’t call on friends’ expertise on your wedding day, then when can you? Do you absolutely need to employ a make-up artist?

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Remember all those years experimenting with your BFFs and bright-blue eyeshadows when you were 12? Those important practising years were there for a reason… could one of your trusted friends do your make-up? There’s an aficionado in every group of girls… 11am: stepping into the dress • 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. • Remember that bridal separates are an oftoverlooked yet affordable way to wow. Mix and match

options give you flexibility, a personally tailored look to suit your style, as well as beating the budget. Think sensational, stand-out vintage skirts teamed with a simpler corset or cami-effect top. 11.30am: Adding the accessories • Your ‘something borrowed’ could also be your little money-saving lifesaver. Consider borrowing heirloom jewellery from family members and friends – even your veil or headpiece could be catered for here. Make a beeline for friends who’ve recently got married and don’t be afraid to ask. Remember that your loved ones will also have emotionally invested in your big day; they are likely to be not only willing to help, but honoured to have been asked.

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• Don’t be afraid to break with tradition and try something new. Capes, for example, are fast becoming this season’s on trend alternative to veils, and can be a less expensive alternative to the more traditional ‘wedding’ fulllength veil. • Make like Meghan and DIY. Meghan sewed into her wedding veil a thread of a blue dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry. Absolutely inexpensive and gloriously romantic (just when we thought we couldn’t love this couple any more…).

will be seated awaiting the ceremony when you arrive; is this the time to splash out on an American-imported hot-pink Cadillac? If travel is involved from the ceremony to the party, spend the money here after the service and enjoy a classic ride sat next to your new husband instead. • Call in the ushers! Ask any groomsmen not needed to direct people to their seats to help drive the bridesmaids to the service.

1pm: Arriving at the venue • Choosing a midweek date could dramatically cut your venue costs and chances are 12pm: Your carriage you’ll have less competition awaits you… for suppliers. Just make • A Baroque-style carriage drawn by eight immaculately sure to give guests plenty of notice so they book the white horses may have been the fairytale dream, but there time off. • Reduce your guest list are cheaper ways to travel. without the burden of guilt: Remember almost everyone


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take to keep guests happy and canape costs down! If you’re struggling to find a photographer that fits in budget, consider cutting down the hours. Many photographers will do deals for shorter photography sessions, such as four or 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 budget-friendly deal. 3pm: The wedding breakfast and table decor • Easy switches and careful consideration will save you money and time on your table decor. Upcycling different sized jam jars and adding tea lights, as well as sourcing shabby-chic-style mix and match decorative

china will reinforce a vintage or Bohemian-inspired theme. Huge, oversized floral arrangements as centrepieces are 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 can get away with having fewer stems, which will cut down your flower budget. • With regards to food, remember your own experiences as a guest. We are all of us looking for hearty and filling food that can match the wine intake, and that fuels an all-night danceathon. Ditch all thoughts of expensive high cuisine and opt for a fabulous and substantial homecooked vibe. Meals such as Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers ’n’

Mash, and ‘Grandma’s Sunday Roast’ (our favourite meal at a recent winter wedding), is pitched to crowd-loving perfection… and these are all much cheaper options. 7pm: The evening • The evening doesn’t have to cost much at all! The biggest expense is food. With roughly 75% of your guests still feeling relatively full from the wedding breakfast, there’s no need to go over-the-top here. Put on a hog roast to feed everyone, or put on a sweet and savoury buffet for guests to tuck into. • The entertainment for the evening could be expensive. Check out local bands in your area trying to build their portfolio. Can’t afford a DJ? Some big amps and Spotify should do the trick!

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if you’re inviting colleagues, think carefully about plusones who you may never have met before, and have a frank conversation with both sets of parents well in advance about their expectations of inviting ‘family friends’. • Do you even need to ‘arrive’ at the venue? Have the ceremony and reception at the same place! Not only will the venue fees cost less but this will also save you and your guests transport fees. • Think carefully about timings. Many couples choose to have the vast majority of their pictures taken upon arriving at the Venue. Consider what your guests will do in the meantime. Will you provide drinks and canapes? Be clear with your photographer about your expectations for how long this ought to

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The road less travelled We showcase our favourite places in the world for a honeymoon less ordinary...

1. ANTIGUA… FOR THE BRAVE! Smack-bamb in the middle of the Caribbean Islands, Antiqua boasts more than 350 chalky-white sandy beaches, including the unsurpassable Half Moon Bay – perfect if you’re a go-get-‘em couple, into your windsurfing. With one of the most idyllic climates in the Caribbean courtesy of constant sea breezes, highlights include lazy afternoons at Shirley Heights Lookout, an unmissable restaurant with sizzling-hot barbecue, perched high on the south side of the island and with a stunning panoramic view of English Harbour and the island of Montserrat. This English-speaking island would suit those who have opted for a winter wonderland wedding and can think of nothing better than a spot of sunsoaked heaven. Memorable Highs: For those who dare, clothing is only optional at one of the Five Islands Peninsula’s beaches! When to go: December to May. What to pack: Sarongs aplenty, a pair of sturdy boots for exploring, and bikinis.

2. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA… FOR THE BOUTIQUE CHASERS Oak-lined cobblestone streets anyone? With a huge helping of genuine Southern hospitality (and an inimitable music scene), why not check out Charleston? For gastro-lovers who like their breaks to include unbeatable boutiques and a real sense of the historic past right on their doorstep, Charleston is the place for you. We love their buzzing live theatre and street-side jazz quartets, perfect for a romantic pair in search of a lively scene washed down with a cocktail or two. On a Sunday afternoon, pack a picnic for two and take a turn around the eight-acre Waterfront Park; the perfect spot for newlywed canoodling. Memorable Highs: The South Carolina Aquarium would have to be a honeymoon must: your chance to touch the sting rays and sharks! When to go: The magnolias and honeysuckles are in full bloom April-June, when the temperatures aren’t too sweltering. What to pack: A top-notch

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camera, lots of light dresses for sightseeing, flats for shopping; sky-scraping heels for dance time! 3. MALTA… FOR THE ART AFICIONADOS Recently named the European Capital of Culture in 2018, The city of Valletta, nestled on the island of Malta between Sicily and North Africa, is a must-visit for newlywed culturevultures. With over 400plus events, exhibits, and art shows in every season, do your research and plan your honeymoon to take in the breathtaking sights, including the perfectly preserved Medieval streets. Don’t miss the Baroque St John’s Co-Cathedral or the prehistoric ruins at the Hagar Qim Temples. Find sanctuary in the original sanctuary of The Hypogeum, a unique monument recognised with an individual listing on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Memorable Highs: The romantic red-tinted Ramla ilHamra beach on sister island, Gozo (the mysterious ‘Island of Legends’). When to go: Visit in less-

touristy Spring or Autumn. What to pack: Snorkels and wetsuits for island hopping, a Panama hat for boat rides, an enquiring mind and oodles of curiosity. 4. TODOS SANTOS, MEXICO… FOR THE ESCAPISTS Truly stepping off the beaten track – and a far cry from all-inclusives that tend to dominate the honeymoon market – adventure, mystique and escapism couldn’t come more perfectly gift-wrapped than the tiny fishing village of Todos Santos. Get off the grid (and still experience five-star luxury) at the 32-room Hotel San Cristobal. Downtown boutiques are destined to dazzle, whilst the seafood is fantastic. Favour fortunes the bold here; as the local saying goes, if you see an unmarked dirt road, you should take it (although we suggest hiring a four-by-four for exploring!). Here, it’s wild, undiscovered, utterly glorious, and timelessly romantic (every night when the sun sets, it is marked by the ringing of a giant gong…). Memorable Highs: Drinking a ‘michelada’ (spiced-beer


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cocktail). When to go: If you like your honeymoons hot, pick the summer months. Alternatively, opt for October-November. What to pack: A cardigan for whale-watching in cooler climates, your driving license, Khaki playsuits for exploring. 5. NEW ZEALAND… FOR THE ONCE IN A LIFETIME The ultimate travel destination and a sure-fire memory maker. Ever dreamed of seeing a volcano up close and personal? Want to see a traditional Maori Haka? The incredibly diverse and unspoiled scenery includes everything from subtropical forests, to breathtaking beaches, to snow-covered mountains. Where else on the planet can you go surfing, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, tramping, sailing, swimming, parachuting, horseback riding, or caving – all within a 100-mile radius and even on the same day?!

Plus, ‘Kiwis’ are one of the friendliest people on the planet; their hospitality is legendary (and they love a good love story). Memorable Highs: Bungee jumping was invented and made famous right here guys… just saying… When to go: The months of March, April and May times the tourist rush to perfection, and you’ll still be in your summer dresses.

new husband, but it could also be the description of choice for your honeymoon! As a pastime and fitness craze, cycling has enjoyed something of a huge comeback in recent years and we think it deserves consideration for more energetic newlyweds. Blissfully romantic, we can’t think of anything more joyful than discovering this classic cycle ride that links these

From subtropical forests, to breathtaking beaches, to snowcovered mountains... What to pack: Everything but the kitchen sink?! You could be doing literally anything! A waterproof phone case is a must!

historic cities, just the two of you together. Hugging the river Danube, which serves as the spine of your journey, take in the glorious sights of Baroque Vienna contrasted 6. VIENNA TO BUDAPEST… with the Gothic architecture of Budapest. FOR THE CYCLISTS Memorable Highs: One of Actively gorgeous may the world’s few remaining describe you and your

functioning Turkish bath houses in Budapest, the sixteenth-century Rudas Baths. When to go: In the Spring before it gets too hot. What to pack: Many, many pairs of cycling shorts, sunglasses, fancy water bottles (put them on your wedding list!). 7. SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA… FOR THE ROAD TRIPPERS There’s just something about being with the one you love on an open road, and in an old-school (pink) Cadillac. The picturesque city off Highway 1 sits between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Think Big Little Lies and you’re halfway there (it’s further along South down the coast). Enjoying something of a newfound ‘cool’ thanks to the burgeoning neighbourhood of artists’ studios, Santa Barbara embodies California dreaming with its mix of

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powdered-sand beaches, vineyards, and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. This, and spectacular surrounding area, is the place to explore by car. Memorable Highs: The splurge-worthy experience of a helicopter ride to enjoy a bird’e-eye view of the Channel Islands, known as the Galapagos of North America. When to go: Early Autumn to late Spring will give you the best deals. What to pack: Silk scarves for Hollywood hair in an open-topped car, ‘50s-style halter-neck bikinis, a thirst for wine tasting.

the mind, body and soul, if it’s a cleansing retreat you’re after set amidst spectacular scenery and unforgettable beaches, then Bali is the place for you. Combining yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage, try acro-yoga on the beach before tucking into an authentic Indonesian dish to fortify the body and soul. Memorable Highs: A visit to the Sacred Forest Monkey Sanctuary. When to go: Expect a tropical climate all-year round, although April beats the rush. What to pack: Your best yoga gear and something from Sweaty Betty, a selection of nail polishes, monkeyproof clothes.

9. BALI… FOR THE WELLNESS-OBSESSED Spiritual calm gets its Zen on in beautiful Bali. The perfect antidote if your wedding was a high-octane affair, a pampering retreat to Bali is as restorative an elixir as God’s sweetest nectar. Specialising in holistic spas that cater for

10. CROATIA… FOR THE LUXE-FOR-LESS SEEKERS Here’s the good news: Croatia is only two and a half hours away and a beer will set you back only a couple of quid. Here’s the really good news: Croatia is truly and utterly, absolutely beautiful. Described as having ‘Game

of Thrones appeal’ and guaranteed not to break the bank, who says honeymoons have to cost the earth? We love Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes, which boast some of the finest waterfalls and most turquoise waters the world has ever seen. Feeling adventurous? Try zip-lining or rafting in Omis. Go back in time and visit Diocletian’s Palace, a fourth-century masterpiece built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the old town of Split. Memorable Highs: Yacht Week – a chance to enjoy the Adriatic and party until the sun comes up again. When to go: The warmer temperatures during Spring and Autumn make it a perfect getaway from the British bite. What to pack: Jelly shoes for pebbly beaches, a sensational nightlife-ready outfit, a leavein conditioner (the sun is stronger the closer you get to the equator). Been on an incredible trip? Share it with us! Email jade@meanttobemedia.com

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8. ALBANIA… FOR THE HISTORIANS Utterly fascinating and deeply absorbing, the little-known Mediterranean country of Albania, situated just north of mainland Greece, is a honeymooning couple’s treasure-trove of undiscovered joys. Past civilisations include the Romans and Byzantines, and a wander through these

historic streets is an instantly transportive and wonderfully romantic experience. If it’s the first time you’ve heard the phrase, ‘Albania Riviera’, then you’re in for a treat (we told you it was little-known!). Berat in central Albania carries a distinctly Bohemian vibe with numerous hidden coves and secluded beaches. Memorable Highs: A visit to Berat, The Town of A Thousand Windows and one of the world’s longest inhabited cities. When to go: April, May and early June. What to pack: Backpacks, clothes you can walk all day in, a torchlight in case of power cuts (ah, the romance…).

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