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ISSUE 142 ❤ FEBRUARY 2018 £3.99
for the coolest party EVER!
HALF-UP HAIRSTYLES Gorgeous looks to work on the big day
BRIDAL FASHION RULES FOR 2018
#STUNNING E U E
for every shape & budget
“He had the ring hidden all the time” Proposal stories to make you melt
JUST ENGAGED survival guide You said ‘Yes!’... now we help you plan
FEBRUARY 2018 FEATURES 80 175 200
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAID DRESSES BY COLOUR THE PW TEAM STYLE THEIR PERFECT WEDDING HOW TO THINK LIKE A CHAMPION
FASHION 56 59 65 75 83 85
The hottest new bridal trends
171 172 181 184 187
ON THE COVER 46 50 60 67 194
THE JUST ENGAGED SURVIVAL GUIDE PROPOSAL STORIES TO MAKE YOUR HEART MELT HOT NEW DRESS TRENDS 10 BRIDAL FASHION COMMANDMENTS FOR 2018 HALF-UP WEDDING HAIR IDEAS (WITH A TWIST)
WHAT WE’RE LOVING New fashion and accessories 1 DRESS, 3 LOOKS CHOOSE YOUR SIDE ACCESSORIES: FAUX FUR REAL BRIDES, REAL STYLE Fashion inspo from real brides DESIGNER COLLECTIONS Amazing gowns from the best bridal designers GROOMS’ STYLE GUIDE
IN THE DETAIL Gorgeous products to style up your reception GOLDEN FLORALS INSPO STYLED SHOOT SEE IT, LOVE IT, MAKE IT DIY ideas to try DREAM VENUES OUR FAVE PLACES
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GUEST LIST Who helped make this issue amazing!
BEAUTY 189 191 192 195 197
Who? Brand Manager Weddings for Sandals Resorts (UK). Which is your favourite beach in the world? “I love Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos. It’s 12 glorious miles of pristine coastline, turquoise seas and the world’s third largest barrier reef.” Read Olivia’s honeymoon advice on p119.
HELLO GORGEOUS! Beauty news PW LOVES Our fave beauty buys BEAUTY ON TEST “MY ONE WONDER PRODUCT” LOVE YOUR BODY Healthy-living tips
JACQUES LLOYD Who? Photographer at Real Simple Photography What’s your favourite big day moment? “My favourite time of day is just after confetti when everyone wants to congratulate the couple – there’s so much joy and laughter.” Jacques shot the beautiful wedding day on p161.
HONEYMOONS 203 205 208 210
ESCAPES: HOLIDAY INSPO QUIZ: WHAT’S YOUR HONEYMOON STYLE? THE BEST SPAS IN THE WORLD WIN A HONEYMOON IN KENYA!
IN EVERY ISSUE 32 37 43 110 119 124
BEHIND THE COVER THE WEDIT Hot wedding news MOODBOARDS SUBSCRIBE TO PW WEDDING SOS Our experts save the day YOUR ESSENTIAL PLANNER What to do and when REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS HOROSCOPES
Real-life wedding inspo!
MARI CHASE Who? Mari Chase at Chase Makeup Which beauty product is always in your handbag? “My Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks in Raspberry by Bobbi Brown. It’s a great little product to add instant colour to cheeks and lips, two products in one.” See the stunning styled shoot coordinated by Mari on p172.
Who? Creative Director at Kelsey Rose Which big day accessory is essential for every bride? “Adding a statement piece of jewellery is a great way to complete your W-day look. This season we have some sleek Mikado dresses that work well with big jewels.” See the Kelsey Rose collection on p98.
FOR MORE WEDDING FASHION, NEWS AND INSPIRATION, VISIT PLANYOURPERFECTWEDDING.COM 16 • PERFECT WEDDING
IT’S ABOUT LOVE
YOU SAID YES! NOW WE HELP YOU PLAN THE BEST DAY EVER
Literally as I started to type this, I heard that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have ofﬁcially announced their engagement – what fabulous news! And how exciting it will be to see what type of dress she chooses, how much protocol they will follow, and who’ll attend. For me, the images that have emerged of them gleefully showing off the ring and talking about their feelings for each other reminded me why I adore this job – it’s about love! To have found the person you want to commit to for life is such a special thing, and it should be cherished and protected and celebrated. If you’ve just started planning your day, congratulations – the fun starts now!
Michelle Royle GROUP EDITOR
READ US ON THE MOVE >>
MEGHAN AND HARRY ANNOUNCED THEIR ENGAGEMENT AND WE ARE NOTHING SHORT OF THRILLED!
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COVER IMAGE: JENNI HARE; BOUQUET: JOANNE TRUBY FLORAL DESIGN (JOANNETRUBY.CO.UK); HEADBAND: LUCIA HEADBAND, TILLY THOMAS LUX £170 HAIR: KAT JOYCE (STUARTHOLMES.CO.UK); MAKE-UP: NIGEL BARNES (NIGEL@REINVENTION.ME.UK)
MONTH’S COVER Discover how we created this gorgeous look
A PINK KISS
“I simply adore this soft, glamorous look – loose, elegant waves are a popular wedding style for all hair types. Style them slick and sleek or relaxed and tousled – however you want! ” Kat Joyce, Hair Stylist
“A pretty pink lip shade can add a pop of colour to your wedding make-up. Whether bright and bold or soft and subtle, it’s a classic colour that will never grow old.” Nigel Barnes, Make-up Artist
TAKE THE PLUNGE
We loved styling the Demi gown from Stephanie Allin – with a low back and classic skirt, it’s the epitome of elegance.
DEMI, STEPHANIE ALLIN £2,785
GET THE LOOK CRUSHED LIP COLOUR IN BITTEN, BOBBI BROWN £24 KISSES SHEER LIPSTICK IN CARNATION, BURBERRY £25
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CLASSIC STARLET EARRINGS, GLITZY SECRETS £24
AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK IN NATALIE, NARS £26
COIL RING SILVER, ADORE £69
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THE BRIDE ROOM We’ve been getting social with you lovely lot! MELODY SKY
Our Instagram following fell head-overheels with this oh-so clever sparkler shot – ridiculously gorgeous!
Rachel and Pete “Pete asked me to marry him in a rain-soaked ﬁeld in Yorkshire with a ring hidden inside a copy of Jane Eyre.”
OF YOU ARE ASKING YOUR
MOTHER-IN-LAW FOR BIG-DAY HELP XXXXXXXXXXX
Well, someone needs to sort the table plan...
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SNOW STYLE These super-cool bridesmaids have been giving you serious style envy over on Pinterest. Rose gold sequins + faux fur = major fashion points.
Tamsyn and Adam “On a walk along Gylly Beach in Falmouth, Adam claimed he had to rest an old knee injury – then proposed!”
On the website, you’ve been sharing and toe-tapping your way through the best love songs of 2017 and found some gorgeous new tunes for a unique ﬁrst dance (it’s not just a list of Ed Sheeran tracks – promise).
OUR FEED WENT INTO OVERDRIVE WHEN WE TWEETED ABOUT THE GORGEOUS NEW BRIDAL CHOKER TREND WE’VE SPOTTED ON EVERY SINGLE RUNWAY – PROOF THAT YOU LOVELY BRIDES CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF A GOOD ACCESSORY.
GET IN TOUCH Just engaged? Tell us about your proposal for a chance to feature in our next issue. Plus, we’d love to see pics of you enjoying our mag – tag us on social media or send to firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/ perfectweddingmag
Chelsea and Aaron “Aaron, proposed to me at the Horseshoe Bend in the Grand Canyon with my mum and sister cheering us on!”
Abigail and Paul “Paul surprised me with a rose and the most romantic proposal ever at the ice rink in Central Park, NYC.”
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THE EDIT What’s hot in the world of weddings right now!
NEWS FASHION TRENDS
LABEL TO KNOW
CHANGER For a take on bridalwear that’s high-style, low fuss and darkly romantic, & For Love is a brand worth pining over. andforlove.com
PRICES FROM £140– £420. FOR INFO, VISIT LESHEROINES.COM
THE TIME FOR BRIDES TO WEAR TRAINERS IS NOW. WANT A PERSONAL TOUCH? A NEW SERVICE BY CHARLOTTE MILLS WILL ADD YOUR INITIALS. CUTE! PERSONALISED TRAINERS £150
For the coolest maids in town, deck out your girls in the latest launch to rock our world – Les Heroines. These supersensual designs are laidback luxe incarnate.
PURE COLOR MULTISTICK IN ROSE EXPOSED, ESTÉE LAUDER £28
MULTIBALM IN WILD ROSE, PIXI £12
POT ROUGE IN POWDER PINK, BOBBI BROWN £22
FACE TIME WE LIKE TO THINK OF OURSELVES AS MAJOR MULTITASKERS, WHICH IS WHY WE LOVE A TWO-IN-ONE PRODUCT IN OUR MAKE-UP BAG. THESE CHEEK AND LIP DUOS WILL SAVE YOU MONEY AND TIME – DOUBLE WIN!
GOGOTINT, BENEFIT £25.50
THE MULTIPLE IN MAUI, NARS £29
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WEAR A CUTE DRESS
BRIDESMAID DUTIES: A PIE CHART ORGANISE THE BEST HEN DO EVER!
BE A DIY LABOURER
HELP ME GO TO THE LOO IN MY DRESS
GRACE LOVES LACE
A royal wedding is ofﬁcally upon us! If Meghan Markle’s red carpet dressing is anything to go by, she’s set to be a ﬁerce bride in the style stakes...
Take it from us – this season, the formula is simple. Bride + big hat = major fashion greatness achieved.
LISTEN TO ME MOAN ABOUT COLOUR SCHEMES/ VENUE/ FIANCÉ
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SKY’S THE LIMIT Want a one-way ticket to wedding brilliance? Meet the world’s only licenced Boeing 747 party plane, situated in Cotswold Airport, which also boasts a licensed operational control tower! Amazing. cotswoldairport.com
TREND S PY
Finding a dress that feels dreamy yet current is a rare phenomenon, but Hermione de Paula’s entire collection has it nailed. We’re hooked. hermionedepaula.com
Winter’s cosiest trend, the faux fur jacket, has not escaped bridal. Go one better on your big day with a personalised version – fashion company Miranda Dunn London’s ‘Happy Coats’ have our vote! mirandadunnlondon.com
Psst... WE ARE IN LOVE WITH THIS BRIDE WHO DID A ‘FIRST LOOK’ PHOTO IN HER CAT PYJAMAS. #LEGEND
INSTA-INSPO: CAKE DISPLAYS PRETTY WAYS TO SHOW OFF THOSE BAKES!
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) CAKE AND DOUGHNUTS? THAT’S OUR KIND OF TREAT TABLE! (INSTAGRAM/FLOSSYANDWILLOW); AMP UP THE OPULENCE WITH LASHINGS OF ROSES AND A GOLD-EDGED TABLE (INSTAGRAM/RUZANNA_DESSERTS); HANGING FLORALS GIVE THIS DISPLAY THE WOW FACTOR (INSTAGRAM/THEADDISONGROVE); A VINTAGE DRESSER AND BALLOONS WILL CREATE A MAJOR TALKING POINT (INSTAGRAM/LILLIANHOPEDESIGNS)
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The wraparound dress has long been an everyday style staple, but it’s never quite cracked bridal. Until now. The 2018 runways declared this quietly classic style as ofﬁcially ‘in’ and we’re a big fan of its understated vibes.
PERSONALISED FAUX FUR COATS FROM £295
Once a fashion faux pas, cute and quirky Swedish company, Kitty Clogs, has reinvented the humble clog and even made them W-day-worthy. Oh yes.
WHAT LIES BENEATH For underwear that will make his jaw drop, the pieces at Bluebella are INES BRA £30; seriously beautiful. Even BRIEF £18 better is the price of them! (We won’t tell if you don’t.) bluebella.com
SERIOUS AISLE STYLE
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*RESEARCH BY ELITESINGLES.COM IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES
Forget a red carpet, it’s beautifully-patterned rugs we want to line our aisle...
OF PEOPLE BELIEVE
TABITHA TIE SIDE SET £34
BENNETT FRINGE BELT, HUSHED COMMOTION £185 APPROX
WHITE LIES ARE NECESSARY
IN A GOOD RELATIONSHIP* “Of course darling, I LOVE hanging out with your mother…”
AURELIA BELT, EMMY LONDON £525 TRUE DECADENCE FLOWER OCCASION BELT, ASOS £22
Elevate a pared-back dress with one of these waist-cinching beauties...
PALETTE STERLING SILVER PEBBLE DROP EARRINGS, DOWER & HALL £65 SUGAR FRILLS AND SILVER LEAF CAKE, PRET-A-CAKE FROM £500
GOLD STRAWS, PAPERMASH £4.95
Gild your day with luxe tones of gold, silver and copper DAVY GOLD, LUCY CHOI £245
BRUSHWORK INVITE, BAUMBIRDY AT MINTED £2.07 APPROX
LIQUID METAL & FOLKLORE
SUMMER MEADOW PARTY PLATES, DOTCOMGIFTSHOP £1.95 FOR EIGHT
Opt for dainty ﬂoral prints and colourful embroidered details LOVE AMONGST THE FLOWERS INVITE PACKAGE, LUCY SAYS I DO £97–£480
COLOURFUL BOUQUET, JOANNE TRUBY FLORAL DESIGN £POA
WILDFLOWER HEELS, PUBLIC DESIRE £34.99
LOVE IN THE FIRST, FILLYBOO £235.62
CAITLIN GOWN £3,035 APPROX; NADIA CAPELET £1,896 APPROX, LAKUM
METALLIC TASSEL GARLAND, PIPII £12.99
SAN CHRISTOBEL CAKE, TUCK-BOX CAKES £POA
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THEME INSPO BLUSH INVITE, SINCERELY MAY £2 PINK MARBLE BALLOONS, PIPII £5
PINK OMBRÉ POM POMS, GINGER RAY £6.49
Put a modern spin on pretty pink with graduating shades
PINK OMBRÉ CUPCAKE TOPPERS, HOBBYCRAFT £3 FOR 10
PINK OMBRÉ CAKE, THE SPARKLING SPATULA FROM £3.75 PER PORTION
CARVELA, ALICE PATENT LEATHER COURTS, SELFRIDGES £139
PINK DIP DYE & LOVE ME DO
LOVE NECKLACE, ALEX MONROE £126
GOLD DRIP CAKE, FRENCH MADE £350
LOVE LOVE LOVE CLUTCH, KATE LOXTON £29
CLIMBER EARRINGS, SCREAM PRETTY £18
Love is all you need with this typographic theme LOVE FOIL BALLOON, OTHERLETTERS £7
GOLD LOVE WEDDING INVITATION, ZAZZLE £1.53
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LOOK 19, REEM ACRA £POA
EMMA, THEIA £1,080
MOUNTAIN SAVE THE DATE, PIXIECHICAGO AT ETSY £3.96
THEME INSPO GREY FAUX FUR CLUTCH, NEW LOOK £17.99
EARRINGS, KENNETH JAY LANE AT NET-APORTER £60
SNOW GLOBE PLACE CARD HOLDER, ALL THINGS BRIGHTON BEAUTIFUL AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £9.45
MOUNTAIN CAKE TOPPERS, SHELIKESLETTERS AT ETSY £1.18
WOODEN CRATE CENTREPIECE, WEDDING OF MY DREAMS £10
SNOW DAY & IN THE NAVY NAVY INVITE, PUMPKINPAPERCO AT ETSY £2
BLUE CLUTCH, LIPSY AT NEXT £32
LUNA, TWO LITTLE CATS BAKERY £685 PRISCA, KURT GEIGER £159
NAVY SATIN RIBBON, WEDDING MALL £2.99
Create a bold, sophisticated style with a dark blue hue
KNITTED BOW TIE, TED BAKER £40
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CHARLOTTE FLOATY IN MIDNIGHT, MAIDS TO MEASURE £225
BAIKAL DRESS £920; MERAPI VEST £630, WILLOWBY BY WATTERS
Embrace an Alpine theme for a cosy big day look
WORDS: SARAH DAWSON IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES
He asked, you said yes; now what? Don’t do anything until you’ve read our essential guide to planning your dream wedding…
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PLANNING MADE EASY
LET IT SINK IN
You’re probably still in that insane ‘just engaged’ daze, so soak it up. All your friends and family will be desperate to see you to celebrate, so whether you decide to throw a big engagement party or just have low-key drinks at yours, do something to mark the occasion in your own way. Of course it’s tempting to get stuck into planning straight away (so many dresses to see, yippeeeee!), but there’s no rush. Enjoy your ‘newlyengaged’ glow, drink all the ﬁzz and swan about ﬂashing that ring!
“THAT’S RIGHT– GIVE THE RING A ROUND OFAPPLAUSE”
It’s boring, we know, but before you do anything you need to sit down and talk ﬁnances. First, work out where the money is coming from – your own savings, contributions from your parents or a work-in-progress – then set a realistic budget. As tempting as it is to think ‘What the heck!’ and go all-out, stretching yourself ﬁnancially is not wise. No one wants to spend the ﬁrst year of married life eating beans because they overdid it on their big day. Keep track of your spending with a spreadsheet – that’s right, it’s time to embrace your inner geek and make Excel your BFF! Head to our website planyourperfect wedding.com to download our handy budget spreadsheet – we’ve basically done the hard work for you!
PICK YOUR A-TEAM WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
Deciding the look and vibe of your day is one of the best parts of your planning journey, and will inﬂuence a lot of your choices, like the venue and dress. The world is your oyster when it comes to the style – traditional church service and glam country house do? Boho-cool tipi reception? A ‘Winter is coming’ Game of Thrones-themed day, complete with full fancy dress (you – Daenerys, him – Jon Snow)? It’s all possible! If you don’t have a clue where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Have a ﬂick through Perfect Wedding and take inspiration from our moodboards and the gorgeous real-life weddings on p129. Create a ‘wedding inspiration’ board on Pinterest and prepare to lose hours of your life pinning your favourite pictures. Get your partner involved to create a day that’s completely unique to you.
In the excitement that follows an engagement, it’s easy to rush in and ask friends and family to be your maid of honour/bridesmaids/best man/ushers, but try and take a step back and give yourself time to think each decision through. First off, don’t feel obliged to pick someone to be your bridesmaid because they asked you to be theirs. Relationships change, situations differ, so just because that was the right choice for them, it might not be right for you. You need people who are genuinely excited for you, are willing to help out when you need them and who mean the world to you. If you can imagine looking back on your wedding photos with them on your 20th wedding anniversary, then you’re on to a winner. “DON’TTHANK ME YET – YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE DRESSES I WANTYOU TO WEAR”
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PLANNING MADE EASY
ALL ABOUT PRIORITIES
Although it’s easy to set a wedding budget, it’s deﬁnitely harder to stick to it – but stick to it you must or you’ll be enjoying that year of eating beans! Unless you have unlimited funds (in which case, where’s our invite?!), this will mean some compromising on where the money goes. Sit down with
your partner and talk about the things that are most important to you, whether that’s the venue, food, entertainment, dress or honeymoon. List these in order of importance on your spreadsheet, then allocate how much you can afford to spend on each and focus on getting these sorted. If you’ve 100 per cent got your heart set on a particular photographer or band, book them quickly, before someone else does!
“WELLTHIS MAKES THE FIRST KISS A BITAWKWARD”
DO IT YOUR WAY
“ERRRR DID I SAY YOU COULD CHAT? WE HAVE 600 ADORABLE PAPER FLOWERS TO MAKE PEOPLE!”
ASK FOR HELP
Planning a wedding is a big job – a pretty awesome, fun one, but a big one regardless. Don’t feel you and your partner have to take it all on yourselves. Remember that wedding crack team you assembled? They’re the perfect people to get involved. Whether it’s asking your bridesmaids over for a day of wedding DIY (provide wine and crisps to keep those workers going), or nominating the best man to put together a killer playlist for the reception – don’t be afraid to ask for their help. Family (and especially parents) will love to be involved in your wedding day, so delegate jobs to ease your load and make them feel involved. Two birds, one stone and all that.
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One very important thing to remember is, when it comes to weddings, you’re never going to please everyone all the time. But that’s ok. This is your day and when it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is that you and your partner are doing things your own way. Maybe your mum isn’t happy that you’ve decided against a church service, or your sister-in-law is miffed her boyfriend of two weeks isn’t invited to the sit-down meal – don’t feel pressured into going back on your decisions just to please others. Hey, if you can ﬁnd a compromise that keeps everyone happy then go for it, but don’t be afraid to stick to your guns.
ENJOY THE PROCESS
It sounds simple, but in the fog of planning, you can sometimes lose sight of what it’s all about. This is meant to be fun, so if it starts to feel overwhelming (i.e. you’re crying in the work loos over the wrong shade of ribbons being delivered), it’s time to take a break. A week of no wedding chat, a Pinterest ban and plenty of date nights will soon restore order. Remember, although the focus is all about planning an epic day with loved ones, it’s really about preparing to spend the rest of your life with the person you love more than anyone in the world. If that’s not worth smiling about, we don’t know what is! PW
cutest PROPOSALS THE
We all love a good proposal story, and they don’t come much better than these tear-jerkers…
THE LONDON MARATHON PROPOSAL
NOT A BAD VIEW FOR A PROPOSAL!
“I’m a keen runner and ran in 2013’s London Marathon. I always said to myself, if I got a place again, I would propose to Lis. Then in the autumn of 2013 I got a place in 2014’s race! I decided I would propose on the actual course where she would be watching, opposite Buckingham Palace and about 400m from the ﬁnish line. The day before, I gave the ring to my fatherin-law-to-be for safe keeping, so he could pass it to me just before I proposed. As I neared the end of the race, I spotted Lis and my supporters waiting on the side. My father-in-law-to-be passed me the ring without anyone seeing, then I stopped, got down on one knee and blurted out “Will you marry me?” Lis tearfully nodded and the crowd erupted into cheers. I even managed to ﬁnish the race!”
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THE SANTORINI PROPOSAL ALAYNA AND CASEY “Casey’s proposal was like something out of a fairytale. I’d been dying to go to Santorini, Greece, for years, and as a wedding photographer, I wanted some special photos of us on the trip to treasure, so we set up a photo shoot for when we were there. Without me knowing, Casey contacted the photographer to tell him his plan to propose and
together they picked the perfect spot. Overlooking the cliffs of Santorini, Casey got down on one knee and told me he couldn’t spend another day without knowing I would be his wife; his forever. It still feels like a dream and I’m so thankful our photographer Aaron was there to capture it, so we can remember that moment for years to come.”
IMAGE: AARON DELAYNEY PHOTOGRAPHY
COLLATED BY: SARAH DAWSON
LIS AND ANDY
SHE SAID YES!
BECCA HAD NO IDEA AN EPIC 100M CLIMB WOULD RESULT IN A RING!
THE SAND DUNES AT SUNSET
LIANNE WAS STUNNED WITH A ROMANTIC MOVIE AND A DANCE PERFORMANCE
BECCA AND OLLIE “After spending a week with my family on the south coast of France, we were driving back in our camper van to the ferry. Little did I know that Ollie had planned to propose at the top of the highest sand dune in Europe, the Grande Dune du Pilat on the French west coast! We stopped at a campsite overlooking the dune and the sea, then set off to watch the sun set from the top. As I had absolutely no idea what he was planning, I got a little grumpy part way up the nearvertical 100m climb, but he insisted we went right to the top – and I’m so glad he did. As we watched the sun set from the peak, Ollie popped the question. I was so stunned I forgot to say yes for a good ﬁve minutes!”
THE SECRET CINEMA PROPOSAL LIANNE AND JAMES “To help pull off my proposal, I decided to call in the experts – The Proposers! The Asylum, a beautiful, derelict old chapel in Peckham made the perfect setting. I told Lianne and her friends we were going to a Secret Cinema event with a Hollywood Glam theme, so to dress the part. On the day I said I’d meet them there, but was really waiting behind the scenes. The Proposers helped organise 15 other ‘guests’ all dressed up, so Lianne wouldn’t get suspicious, and when
she got to the front of the queue she was told everyone must go in one-byone for the full experience – Lianne ﬁrst. The church was decorated with candles and fairy lights, with an iPad in the middle of the ﬂoor with a button she was told to press. When she did, a video of clips of Disney ﬁlms, Hollywood classics and me, lit up the wall. As it stopped, Desiree’s Kissing You started playing and two dancers came out and performed a piece, before I walked over to propose.”
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS PROPOSAL TAMSYN AND RICHARD “It was Christmas Day and as we sat down for dinner, there was a gift tag at my place, with a riddle about someone we knew. I answered the riddle and was handed another by my sister. Each time I got a riddle right it led me to another friend or family member – spanning all across the world. With the different time zones, it took three days in all to complete. The last clue led me to my Mum, where Richard was waiting with a kit list of things to pack – he was taking me on a
surprise trip to Lapland! We stayed at the Ice Hotel (a dream of mine), and one night when we we were walking across a frozen river the Aurora Borealis lit up the sky. When I looked across to Richard he was on one knee with a ring (my lategrandma’s engagement ring), asking me to marry him. Today our daughter Isabella carries on the memory, as her middle name is Aurora.”
THE COUPLE’S DAUGHTER IS NAMED IN HONOUR OF THE AMAZING PROPOSAL
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THEJANE AUSTEN PROPOSAL
PATRICK’S INCREDIBLE ARTWORK LED JULIE ON A SCI-FI ADVENTURE
DHYANA AND SAHIL “We’re from Canada, but my (now) ﬁancé, Dhyana, has always loved Jane Austen and English history, so when we decided to visit London it seemed like the perfect place to pop the question. The Proposers helped me organise a proposal at Syon House, where Emma was ﬁlmed. I told Dhyana we were going to an Austen gallery opening – as she entered the house I excused
myself to go to the bathroom, but instead sneaked off to get in place. Dhyana was guided to a room where a harpist was playing her favourite song. There were posters on the walls with quotes from Pride & Prejudice, then at the end an old copy of the book with “Will you marry me” written inside in calligraphy. When she spotted this, I walked in and popped the question!”
TOM’S PROPOSALWAS CAPTURED ON CAMERA!
THE TOUR DE FRANCE PROPOSAL AMY AND TOM “For the 10 years we’ve been together I’ve always made out to Amy that I wasn’t bothered about getting married, so when it came to the proposal, she really was in shock! We both love Tour de France, so trying my luck, I sent an email to Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky’s principal, with my proposal idea. Unbelievably he got back to me straight away to say they would help make it happen. We came up with a plan to get the engagement ring to Chris Froome before the end of the tournament. I had
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to jump over security fences to hand the ring over, all without Amy noticing (I just about managed it)! After Chris had won his fourth Tour de France, Ben Wright from Team Sky came over to us and said “Do you want to meet Chris?”. Amy was in total shock as Chris then passed me the ring box and said “I’ve been carrying this around with me for three weeks!” It was only when I got down on one knee that Amy clocked what was going on – and her shocked face has been captured forever on ﬁlm!”
THE SCI-FI TREASURE HUNT JULIE AND PATRICK “I started planning the proposal nearly a year beforehand. I decided to create a sci-ﬁ treasure hunt I created illustrations and clues and a guide book, then invites for Julie and two friends to take part in the ‘mission to ﬁnd the missing power loop’. To start, I presented her with the book and the ﬁrst clue, which would lead her to the next. Each of the seven locations were places that were special to us and the book of illustration, along with the ‘star map’, helped her solve the clues. The last one led her to me, waiting at one of her favourite cocktail bars. After a drink, I handed her the ﬁnal clue, which was a star constellation chart. The clues (which she’d been instructed to bring with her) had pieces of constellation on them, so when stacked on the map it revealed the words “will you marry me?”. I got down on one knee in the middle of the bar, and she said yes!” PW
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JUST MARRIED LUGGAGE TAG £12.99
SIMPLE ELEGANCE The best thing about getting married? (Apart from the big day, obvs)... It’s getting ‘Just Married’, ‘Mrs’ or ‘Bride’ inscribed on everything. The cute pieces at katieloxton.com have got it covered!
BRIDE PERFECT POUCH £16.99
MRS PERFECT POUCH £16.99
RIP UP THE RULE BOOK
If a big white wedding dress just isn’t your thing, Rime Arodaky’s Civil collection is full of boundary-breaking designs to help you own that aisle. From cool-girl jumpsuits to edgy minidresses, this is minimum effort/ maximum impact big-day dressing.
SPARKLY MINAUDIERE, ZARA £19.99
THIS MONTH RICHMOND GEM BAG, TOPSHOP £27
CELINE CLUTCH, ACCESSORIZE £35
BAGS OF STYLE If you want to take things up a notch on your wedding day, the easiest way to fashion up your look is with a standout clutch. Here’s our pick from the high street...
OMG CLUTCH, OASIS £30 PEARSON CLUTCH, ALDO £45
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FLORAL APPLIQUÉ CLUTCH, MANGO £39.99
OUT OF THE ORDINARY
We love it when a collection gets us talking and the latest drop from Sottero & Midgley did exactly that. Luxurious, bold and ﬁesty is how we’d describe it– wear one of these gowns and you’ll be elevated to true fashion maven.
ASTRA EARRINGS £240
AURORA HAIR COMB £385; VARIOUS HAIR CLIPS FROM £170
DRESSES TO WOW If your mum is the glamorous type, BHLDN’s range of sophisticated-with-a-hint-ofsass dresses for mother of the bride will tick all the right boxes. bhldn.com
We’re riding high on the celestial trend of late and the 2018 Shooting Stars accessory collection from Tilly Thomas Lux is deﬁnitely one of our favourite ways to weave it into your W-day look.
INDIGO AND LUCIA NECKLACES £60 EACH
HERA NECKLACE £295
OLIVIA IN SOFT MAUVE £185
GIGI IN SILVER SNAKE £205
BONITA IN ICE WHITE £195
Still on the search for the heels? The ones that will see you through your big day and beyond? The seductive shoes in the new Rachel Simpson collection is all you need. We’re into them. Big time.
FEMME FATALE When Australian brand, Grace Loves Lace, release a new collection, the industry (nay, the world!) takes note. Les Deux is the latest offering from the Insta-famous company, and each dress in the capsule collection is less than £1,200.
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1 DRESS 3 LOOKS You’ve got your dress, now it’s time to style it up... GOING FOR GOLD
LUNA EARRINGS, ACCESSORIZE £15
GOLD FOUR SEASONS NECKLACE, ASHIANA LONDON £45
CAROLINA GOLD GLITTER, CHARLOTTE MILLS £99 GOLD EMBELLISHED HEELS, NEW LOOK £32.99
GEOMETRIC BRACELET, ROCK MY VINTAGE £12
BRIDEY CLUTCH, DUNE £55
ROYAL BLUE DYED SAPPHIRE DOUBLE-DROP EARRINGS, CAROUSEL JEWELS £99
ISABELLE TOP £800; MIA SKIRT £1,200, MUSCAT BRIDAL
BLUE AGATE BANGLE, ASTLEY CLARKE £85
COBALT BLUE SHOES, MISS SELFRIDGE £59
BOW EARRINGS, ERDEM X H&M £29.99
EMBELLISHED BRACELET, V BY VERY £15
FREYA HAIR COMB, ALAN HANNAH AT JON RICHARD £40
BEATRICE, RAINBOW CLUB £95 PEARL STACK RING, GEMONDO JEWELLERY £22
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THE TREND EDIT Hot bridal styles for you to work on your W-day
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PREPARE TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE BIG DAY ENTRANCE WITH A RIDICULOUSLY SEXY DOUBLE SPLIT GOWN. BEAUTIFUL, BILLOWY AND TOTALLY HOT RIGHT NOW, THIS SUPER-FLATTERING SILHOUETTE ALLOWS YOU TO REALLY WORK THAT AISLE. TIME TO PRACTISE THAT SUPERMODEL STRUT...
ARLO, RIME ARODAKY £3,215 BIATRIS, BERTA £POA
DOUBLE SPLIT GALA-812, GALIA LAHAV £POA
COACHELLA,ROMANTIQUE BY CLAIRE PETTIBONE £2,035
GEMMA, ALEXANDRA GRECCO £POA
IDAN COHEN £POA
DAKOTA, JULIE VINO £POA
NH-7, NURIT HEN £6,830
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STYLE 8970,JUSTIN ALEXANDER £2,400 APPROX
XXL BALL GOWN
117292 AURELIA, MARTIN THORNBURG A MON CHERI COLLECTION £POA
ROXANA, PRONOVIAS £POA
STYLE D2499, ESSENSE OF AUSTRALIA £POA
CT191, EDDY K £POA
WISTERIA, CASABLANCA BRIDAL £POA
LA FAYETTE, IAN STUART £2,495
CALLING ALL GLAMAZONS – THIS EXTRAVAGENT TREND IS DEFINITELY ONE FOR YOU. GUARANTEED TO FULFIL ALL YOUR DISNEY-PRINCESS DREAMS (AND THEN SOME), THESE OTT GOWNS ARE PERFECTLY SUITED TO A LUXURIOUS CASTLE SETTING WITH A PHOTO-READY SWEEPING STAIRCASE.
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AUDREY TOP £700; POPPY SKIRT £1,350, MUSCAT BRIDAL
PEPLOE, CHARLIE BREAR £1,799
MAE, MONSOON £349
VALERIAN, GALIA LAHAV £POA
LOOK 3, ELIE SAAB BRIDAL £POA
CLAIRE SKIRT £1,899 APPROX; LEELA TANK £1,425 APPROX; ALEX T-SHIRT £380 APPROX, LAKUM
STYLE 2323, OLVI’S £POA
PROSPÈRE, DELPHINE MANIVET £2,382 APPROX
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MIDI WEDDING DRESSES HAVE HAD A CONTEMPORARY OVERHAUL AND WE ARE LOVING IT. WITH TASSELS, FLORAL APPLIQUÉS AND BEAUTIFUL BEADING, THESE ULTRA-CHIC TEA-LENGTH DRESSES ARE INCREDIBLE. PLUS, THEY’RE THE PERFECT WAY TO SHOW OFF SPARKLY NEW WEDDING SHOES.
STYLE 6700 LUMI, HAYLEY PAIGE £4,887
STYLE 3701, LAZARO £5,625
COSMIC, JENNY PACKHAM £5,600
WANT A BIT OF GLITTER BUT NOT A WHOLE LOAD OF BLING? THE SOPHISTICATED-SPARKLE TREND COMBINES ETHEREAL SILHOUETTES WITH A HINT OF GLITZ – AND THE RESULTS ARE SIMPLY DAZZLING. OPT FOR A ROMANTIC HINT OF DAINTY BEADING OR UP THAT BRIDAL RADIANCE WITH DELICATE ALLOVER DETAILING.
CRESSIDA,ELIZA JANE HOWELL £1,995
STYLE 2710, TARA KEELY £2,345
ASTRAL GOWN, NEEDLE & THREAD £850
TILDA, THEIA BRIDAL £POA
SUNSET, NAAEM KHAN £POA
Beautif l bodices u FOR MORE DRESS INSPO, VISIT PLANYOURPERFECTWEDDING.COM PERFECT WEDDING • 63
STYLE WARS FLORAL MEADOW CROWN HEADBAND ROCK N ROSE £48
FLORAL BRACELET, TED BAKER £89
ORLA KIELY FLOWER PENDANT NECKLACE, AMARA £90
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LORNA EARRINGS, HUSHED COMMOTION £73
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LEMON QUARTZ, WANDERLUST LIFE £29
SPLASH OF COLOUR SIREN RING, MONICA VINADER £105
ZIGGY STARDUST, LUCY CAN’T DANCE FROM £1,540
ORABELLE, MARTIN THORNBURG A MON CHERI COLLECTION £POA
AZALEA SHOES, DUNE £95
MIMI BEADED SANDALS, TOPSHOP £36
LEAF HEADWRAP, CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES £8
EPEONNIE, DUNE £45
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COMMANDMENTS ANNABEL, STEPHANIE ALLIN
FOLLOW THESE RULES FOR 2018 AND YOU WONâ€™T GO FAR WRONG
TRANSFORM YOUR DRESS WITH A BESPOKE LEATHER JACKET, CONTEMPORARY CAPE OR EMBROIDERED STATEMENT VEIL. HALFPENNY LONDON
EMY, PALLAS COLLECTIVE
I WILL... CHANGE UP MY LOOK
I WILL NOT... DISMISS TROUSERS
I WILL... EXPERIMENT WITH TEXTURE TASSELS, BEADING, FEATHERS AND TULLE ADD A DOSE OF SERIOUS GLAMOUR TO YOUR LOOK. GET READY TO DAZZLE…
RIVA, PRONOVIAS ATELIER
STYLE 18-18, BERTA
BREAK THE RULES AND DITCH THE DRESS – JUMPSUITS ARE THE NEXT BIG THING FOR STYLE-SAVVY BRIDES.
STYLE 1761, KENNETH WINSTON
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STYLE 1133, SWEETHEART
MODERN BRIDES LISTEN UP! GO FOR A GOWN WITH A CLEAN AND CONTEMPORARY CUT FOR A LOOK THAT’S OH-SO NOW.
STYLE 1761, KENNETH WINSTON
KAT, BLUE BY ENZOANI
STYLE 971F, MARTINA LIANA STYLE RK8480, ROMONA KEVEZA
WAGNER JUMPSUIT, LAURE DE SAGAZAN
PATSY, RIME ARODAKY IMAGE: GREG FINCK
I WILL... THINK SLEEK
JASMINE VEIL, ANNE MARIE FAULKNER
I WILL NOT... SHY AWAY
GET READY TO UP THE ROMANCE! PERSONALISED DETAILS ARE THE HOTTEST TREND RIGHT NOW.
GALIA LAHAV JASMINE BRIDAL ELIZABETH ROSE
I WILL... ADD A PIECE OF ME TO MY LOOK
YOUR WEDDING DAY IS NO TIME TO BE A WALL FLOWER, SO DRESS TO IMPRESS IN RUFFLES, LAYERED SKIRTS AND ILLUSION NECKLINES
WOLF & ROSIE
JASMINE, FREYA ROSE £495
CHELSEA’S FLOWER CROWNS
MAX YOUR BRIDAL STYLE CREDENTIALS WITH AN ORNATE HEADPIECE, TASSEL DROP EARRINGS AND SERIOUSLY CUTE BOOTS.
FLORAL TIARA, ERICA ELIZABETH DESIGNS IMAGE: THIS MODERN ROMANCE
TITANIA CROWN, HERMIONE HARBUTT £1,295
TASSEL DROP EARRINGS, TOPSHOP £14.50
I WILL... GO WILD WITH MY ACCESSORIES
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PERRY, BO AND LUCA
BENTON MARIE, MAGGIE SOTTERO
IF YOU’RE NOT A BIG SKIRT KINDA GAL, TAKE YOUR HEMLINE SKY-HIGH AND ROCK THE AISLE IN A CONTEMPORARY MINI. RIME ARODAKY IMAGE: GREG FINCK
VICTOR & ROLF JULIE VINO
I WILL... GO SHORT, SHORT, SHORT!
I WILL... EMBRACE MY FEMININITY DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO GIRLY WITH YOUR LOOK! OVERSIZED BOWS AND SHEER TULLE SKIRTS ARE SEXY YET SUPER SWEET.
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EMRYS, GALIA LAHAV
TIFFANY, INES DI SANTO
THE 2018 CATWALK COLLECTIONS WERE AWASH WITH PALE BLUE AND SOFT GREY. WHO SAID WHITE IS THE ONLY OPTION?IIPWII
SKYE, MIRA ZWILLINGER
I WILL NOT... BE AFRAID OF COLOUR
HOT ACCESSORIES POM POM DROP EARRINGS, RIVER ISLAND £7
ERMINE SHOE CLIPS, HELEN MOORE £31
MELINDA MIX FAUX FUR COAT, FRENCH CONNECTION £185
ROSA PUMPS, JIMMY CHOO £595
STONE FAUX FUR GILLET, NEW LOOK £34.99
HOT NEW LOOK
FISOLA FUR CLUTCH BAG, FRENCH CONNECTION £95
Stay snuggled up in style with these furry faves
NIEVE NUDE SHOE, SIMMI LONDON £32
CREAM MONGOLIAN FAUX FUR CLUTCH, MISSGUIDED £20
PINK FAUX FUR JACKET, MISS SELFRIDGE £79 PINK LONG POM POM EARRINGS, ZARA £12.99
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SELENA, THEIA £360
STYLE 12576, KELSEY ROSE £289
STYLE VW360297, WHITE BY VERA WANG AT DAVID’S BRIDAL £75 APPROX
IMMI LACE MAXI DRESS IN FOREST, COAST £149
VELVET WRAP DRESS, WALLIS £45
FRESSIA DRESS, REFORMATION £373 APPROX
BLACK SEQUIN BODYCON MINIDRESS, RIVER ISLAND £120
TAMMY (STYLE 3202), WATTERS £430
Play around with texture. Sequins, laser-cut lace and beaded dresses all make fashion-forward bridesmaid choices STYLE 2285, AMANDA WYATT £247.50
JACQUARD RUFFLE DRESS, TOPSHOP £59
STYLE 21520, MORILEE £200
LEMON MAXI DRESS, LITTLE MISTRESS £78
LATISSE DRESS, BHLDN £266 APPROX
SPRINGFIELD DRESS, PRETTY ECCENTRIC £269
ARTA LACE TOP £80; ARTA LACE CULOTTES £90, FRENCH CONNECTION
STYLE JY534, JY JENNY YOO AT DESSY £257 APPROX
Dressing your bridesmaids in white gets a huge yes from us! To avoid them looking too ‘bridal’, get them to rock brightly-coloured heels or statement jewellery
STYLE 21502, MORILEE £250
STYLE L204007, JASMINE BRIDALS £215 APPROX
BLUE MAXI, MYLEENE KLASS AT LITTLEWOODS £99
Mix and match maids are still huge. Combine maxi, midi and mini dresses in all different styles to help your girls stay true to their own style
RED FLUTE SLEEVE MIDI, OASIS £60
FLORENCE DRESS IN CHIANTI, WE ARE REWRITTEN £150
STYLE 5664, HAYLEY PAIGE OCCASIONS £235
SEQUIN MINI, STUDIO BY PREEN AT DEBENHAMS £85
STYLE 8996, SORELLA VITA £269
Don’t buy your bridesmaid dresses before you’ve decided on your own wedding gown, as this could impact the whole style of your day SALMA IN POINSETTIA, GHOST £225
GRADO, PRONOVIAS £POA
VALENTINA DRESS, ISSA AT HOUSE OF FRASER £89
MOUSSE, KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA £630
STYLE M712, TRUE BRIDE FROM £315
PINK TWIST DRAPE MAXI, MISS SELFRIDGE £30
ASYMMETRIC FRILL DRESS, V BY VERY £55
STYLE 29219, RONALD JOYCE £260
A kaleidoscope of colourful dresses for bridesmaids that look on point! COLLATED BY: SARAH DAWSON
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REAL STYLE We help you recreate these two beautiful bridal looks
JADEN SHIMMER QUARTER STRAP WEDGE SANDALS, DAVID’S BRIDAL £53
EROS GARLAND, HERMIONE HARBUTT £365
CRYSTAL LEAF BARRETTE, ACCESSORIZE £12
PALOMA BELT, HUSHED COMMOTION £245
A pretty headpiece and lots of dress detailing = total ethereal bride.
RESIN CURB LINK CUFF, ADORE £104
LISA, AFFINITY BRIDAL £375
MAREN, MAGGIE SOTTERO FROM £1,395
P-LENNY CLUTCH BAG, FAITH AT DEBENHAMS £17.50
REAL-LIFE BRIDE IMAGES: 1.REBECCA DOUGLAS; 2.ANNELI MARINOVICH
Choose a classic dress style and glitzy accessories for the ultimate chic look.
PINK SUEDETTE SANDALS, NEW LOOK £19.99
RHODIUM PLATED CRYSTAL BANGLE, GUESS £49
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LOOKBOOK BO & LUCA • CATHERINE PARRY KELSEY ROSE• MAGGIE SOTTERO
MAGICAL AND WITH A TOUCH OF WHIMSY, THE BO & LUCA COLLECTION IS FOR THE DREAMY, MODERN BRIDE
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Floor-length, sheer silk organza gown with hand-beaded petal detailing on skirt and bodice. Cecil, £4,740
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Above: Floor-length, silk chiffon gown with handembroidered detailing and long, sheer sleeves with open back. Angelica, £4,000 Right: Short, ﬁtted silk dress with frill, long sheer silk sleeves and handembroidered ﬂoral detailing. Perry, £1,720
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FASHION LOOKBOOK Sheer silk chiffon gown with long bishop sleeves and hand-beaded cuffs and waistband. Lou, £2,950
SUPER-COOL SEVENTIES VIBES
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Floor-length, semi-ﬁtted, soft tulle gown with handembroidered ﬂoral detailing. Iris, £3,330
EMBRACE ETHEREAL STYLING AND ADD A DELICATE BRIDAL CROWN
Silk chiffon gown, with handbeaded petals and beads, cut-out detailing at waist with open-back detailing. Rosa, £3,170
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Flowing two-piece, silk gown with silk ﬁtted skirt and beaded silk camisole. Frida, £3,170 CONTACT: BOANDLUCA.COM
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Lace mermaid gown with halterneck and keyhole illusion back. Charlotte, £1,365
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Ballgown in soft organza with subtle ﬂoral print in lilac and pink. Also available in ivory. Jessica, £855
GORGEOUS LACE AND BEAUTIFUL DETAILING ARE AT THE HEART OF EVERY CATHERINE PARRY GOWN PERFECT WEDDING • 93
SUBTLE PATTERNS ARE TOTALLY SWOON-WORTHY
Sweetheart ballgown in soft organza with subtle ﬂoral print in pastel hues. Also available in ivory. Annabel, £895
FASHION LOOKBOOK Two-piece gown with soft crepe skirt paired with sweetheart bodice, embellished with crystals. Naomi, £1,245
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High-neck gown with hand-beaded detail to the neckline and open back. Emma, £1,185
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GO MODERN-DAY PRINCESS IN SEPARATES WITH A BALLGOWN SKIRT
Two-piece gown with beaded lace bodice and ballgown skirt. Olivia, Â£1,245
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This page: Mikado and lace high-low dress. Style 80041, £480 Opposite: Chiffon and lace empire dress. Style 80044, £499
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WE’VE FALLEN FOR THESE DREAMY FLARED SLEEVES
Lace slim ﬂuted dress. Style 80045, £599
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FASHION LOOKBOOK Fit and ﬂare corded lace dress. Style 12585, £329
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Mikado and lace full A-line dress. Style 80041F, £540
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FLOOR-LENGTH NOT FOR YOU? CHOOSE SHORT AND SWEET INSTEAD!
Guipure lace tea-length dress. Style 80043, £555
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MAGGIE SOTTERO’S INCREDIBLE DRESSES ARE GUARANTEED TO TURN HEADS
This page: Sleeveless sheath gown with jewel neckline and illusion keyhole back. Rhonda, from £1,190 Opposite: Mermaid dress with tulle bodice and strapless sweetheart neckline. Dalinda, from £1,270
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KEEP THINGS CLASSIC WITH LAYER UPON LAYER OF TULLE
A-line dress with layers of tulle and Swarovski crystal trim. Tamar, from £1,070
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Fit-and-ﬂare gown with illusion back and halter neckline. Veda, from £1,545
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Ballgown dress with 3D-ﬂoral lace motifs. Maura, from £1,410
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SHINE BRIGHT WITH DAZZLING DETAILS
Vintage-inspired dress featuring beading and Swarovski crystals. Jace, from Â£1,545 CONTACT: MAGGIESOTTERO.COM
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JACKET, MOSS BROS. £169
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SHIMMERY BLAZER, ZARA £89.99
ANDERSON LOAFERS, JOHN LEWIS £69
BREAK THE RULES
BLACK LEATHER WALLABEES, CLARKS £95
For grooms that can’t bear to wear brogues! ALL STAR HI LEATHER SHOES, CONVERSE AT OFFICE £69.99
CHELSEA BOOTS, TOPMAN £45
CAINE SUIT, REISS £450
WATCH, BULOVA £699
THE SHADOWS When it comes to styles for grooms, we’re all about deep, suave hues. From navy to black, with subtle patterns, we’re going back to the dark side.
THE AVERAGE BLOKE WILL SPEND ALMOST A YEAR OF HIS LIFE HOGGING THE BATHROOM* AND 38 DAYS OF THIS WILL BE SPENT FACIAL HAIR GROOMING!
TROUSERS, MOSS BROS. £70
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GETTY IMAGES *ACCORDING TO A POLL OF 1,000 MALES BY JUST FOR MEN CONTROL GX
JACKET, MOSS BROS. £149
AISLE GROOM’S STYLE
Prepare to get some serious style inspo from these suited and booted celebs
REGENT LEATHER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH, LINKS OF LONDON £750
JO VELVET BLACK WAISTCOAT, MARC DARCY £43.99
SOUND WAVE HERRINGBONE, THE TIE BAR £15
BLACK VELVET BLAZER, BURTON £75
BOTTLE BLUE CHRIS HEMSWORTH WORKS BRIGHT BLUE LIKE A PRO IN THIS RATHER SUAVE SUIT. WE DEFINITELY APPROVE.
CELEBRITY IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES
VELVET REVOLVER YOUR GROOM CAN TOTALLY MIX UP FABRICS LIKE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AND STILL LOOK RATHER DASHING.
BLACK DUPION WAISTCOAT, DOBELL £19.99
WEDGEWOOD, SIMON CARTER £270
FRENCH BLUE SHARKSKIN SUIT JACKET £189; TROUSERS £110, TED BAKER AT MOSS BROS WHITE EXTRA SLIM FIT SHIRT, MOSS BROS. £37.50
PENNY WASHED BROWN, BASE LONDON £98
RACHEL SIMPSON, OLIVER £256
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HOW TO PLAN YOUR FROM ‘YES’ TO ‘I DO’
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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MARIA: There are so many to choose from. Sexy, bodycon and open backs are hot looks. If you are looking for a fashion statement, high necks and sleeves are strong – from Victoriana-inﬂuenced bishop sleeves, bell shapes, pleated and even short girly puff sleeves. Although lace and boho soft shapes continue to be popular for 2018 brides, a trend for modern and classic designs in completely plain fabrics is also going to be a thing. We’re seeing plenty of colour features in bridal with both bold black and red trending on the catwalks and sparkle is is also going to be big for the 2018 bride.
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Q. I’m getting married in 2018, what wedding dress trends will be big? Georgie, 32
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TAKE TIME OUT IN SANDALS SOUTH COAST
TRAVEL Q. WE WANT OUR HONEYMOON TO BE FILLED WITH LOTS OF RELAXING ON THE BEACH, BUT ALSO A LITTLE ADDED ADVENTURE. DO YOU KNOW A LOCATION WHERE WE CAN COMBINE THE TWO? JESS, 34 OLIVIA: Sandals South Coast (Jamaica) is set on a twomile stretch of beach and features an over-the-water bar where guests can enjoy fab water views night and day. For the adventurous, everything is included at Sandals, from Scuba diving to paddle boarding to waterskiing. Guests can also explore the beauty of Jamaica’s South Coast through zipline rides and hiking trails.
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Q. MY WEDDING HAS A MAINLY NEUTRAL THEME BUT WE WANT TO ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR, WHICH SHADE DO YOU RECOMMEND? ANDREA, 29 JENNIFER: METALLICS WORK REALLY WELL WITH NEUTRAL TONES. THE WARMER HUES SUCH AS GOLD, ROSE GOLD, BRONZE OR COPPER ARE REALLY POPULAR RIGHT NOW AND ADD A TOUCH OF LUXURY. IF IT’S AN AUTUMNAL/
WINTER WEDDING, PLUMS AND DEEP REDS WORK BEAUTIFULLY WHEN TEAMED WITH A NEUTRAL PALETTE, OR TRY PASTEL COLOURS SUCH AS MINT OR BLUSH WITH CORAL FOR A PRETTY SPRING/ SUMMER WEDDING THEME.
HELEN: Spend time on the lead up to the big day doing things that make you feel calm. I’d suggest practising deep breathing; take slow, deep breaths with long exhalations, which will help you feel calmer. Visualise the wedding going well and imagine yourself feeling conﬁdent and smiling. Focus on all the positive aspects of the day.
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BRIDES, IT’S TIME TO ROCK THE AISLE
I suffer with anxiety and the thought of walking down the aisle ﬁlls me with dread. Are there any strategies I can use to get me through the stressful big day moments? MAE, 32
BUDGET We don’t have a lot of money; do we really need wedding insurance? AMY, 28 GREG: If you’re low on funds, you can always ﬁnd a basic wedding insurance plan that is affordable. If you want to save money, make sure you don’t fall into the trap of insuring items that don’t need to. For example, skip out on insuring any wedding jewellery with man-made rather than real diamonds or other items that can’t be appraised so they don’t weigh on your budget.
CATERING Q. WE ARE GETTING MARRIED IN SPRING 2019 AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT SORT OF FOOD TO HAVE, ANY IDEAS? LILY, 29
JOHN: SMALL PLATES, SHARING PLATTERS AND INTERACTIVE FOOD STATIONS ARE A GREAT OPTION FOR BRINGING FRIENDS AND FAMILY TOGETHER, WHILE PROVIDING A WIDE VARIETY OF CHOICE. WITH FLEXITARIANISM GROWING IN POPULARITY, MAKE FRESH, SEASONAL VEG THE STAR OF THE SHOW WITH A MAIN OF PARMESAN GNOCCHI WILD MUSHROOMS, PEAS, RADISH AND SWEET WINE BEURRE BLANC, OR YOU COULD ADD FRESH FISH SUCH AS SALMON OR SCALLOPS IN PLACE OF MEAT.
AVOCADO ON TOAST IS ALWAYS A WINNER!
Q. WE ARE GETTING MARRIED IN A CHURCH BUT HAVING OUR RECEPTION IN A HOTEL. HOW CAN I COMBINE CLASSIC WITH MODERN FOR MY WEDDING? LAURA, 30 MARIA: IF YOU WANT TO CREATE THAT THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A LONG VEIL FOR THAT CLASSIC BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL CLASSIC CHURCH WEDDING FEEL, I WOULD CHOOSE A VEIL TO COMPLEMENT WOW-FACTOR. JUST TAKE OFF THE VEIL AND HITCH UP YOUR TRAIN FOR A MORE YOUR GOWN. VEILS COME IN SO MANY SHAPES, DESIGNS AND LENGTHS – BUT MODERN EVENING LOOK.
RECEPTION Q. OUR VENUE IS QUITE PLAIN, SO WE REALLY WANT WOW-FACTOR TABLE DECORATIONS FOR OUR DAY, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS? LUCY, 32 JENNIFER: COLOURED LINEN IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE A STATEMENT WITH YOUR TABLE STYLING. CHOOSE WHETHER TO OPT FOR FULL LINEN CLOTHS THAT COVER THE WHOLE TABLE OR A RUNNER TO GO DOWN THE MIDDLE (I LOVE RUNNERS WITH A RUCHED EFFECT FOR TEXTURE) – THERE IS A WHOLE ARRAY OF CHOICES AVAILABLE FROM HIRE COMPANIES THESE DAYS. NAPKINS AND CONTRASTING CHARGERS CAN BE REALLY EFFECTIVE TOO.
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PLAN YOUR WEDDING
Keep your big-day planning in check with this handy ‘what to do when’ tick-list
YOUR ESSENTIAL PLANNER 18 MONTHS
Announce your engagement! Talk with your ﬁancé about the kind of day you’d like Choose the type of ceremony you’d like Set your wedding budget (and start saving!) Look at venue ideas Start thinking about dates Finalise your wedding date and book your venue Choose bridesmaids and then ask them Compile a guest list Arrange the wedding licence with the registrar Book the registrar and the time of the ceremony Start a scrapbook Book a photographer Start looking for your dress
Book the caterer and decide on your wedding menu Order your dress Book the ﬂorist Order your cake Buy your stationery Book the band/DJ (and any other entertainers)
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Send out save the dates Book transport Choose your bridesmaid dresses and accessories Choose groomsmen’s outﬁts and accessories Book your honeymoon Have a dress ﬁtting Reserve hotel and B&B accommodation for guests Find a hairdresser and make-up artist Select your readings
Buy the wedding rings Send out invitations Choose and order the wedding favours Have a make-up and hair trial Buy wedding lingerie Book your ﬁrst night accommodation Create a seating plan Think about your table decorations
Choose the music for both your
PLAN YOUR WEDDING ceremony and reception Make your gift list Conﬁrm the menu Conﬁrm the register office booking Finalise your seating plan, once and for all!
Write your vows Copy supplier contracts and give them to the venue Create any playlists you need Hold your hen/stag parties Have a ﬁnal dress ﬁtting, with your accessories Run through the ushers’ and best man’s duties with them Treat yourself to some spa treatments (you deserve it!) Organise place cards
Pack honeymoon clothes, sunscreen and order travellers’ cheques
Talk to your photographer about must-have pics Buy thank-you gifts for everyone in the wedding party
Have a spray tan Make ﬁnal honeymoon checks Conﬁrm times and places with key wedding contacts Reconﬁrm ﬁnal reception numbers with your caterer Hold a rehearsal in the venue Arrange for your wedding cake to be delivered Finish any DIY projects Collect your dress
Have a manicure and a pedicure Help decorate your venue Have all of your luggage sent to the hotel Relax and have an early night!
AVERAGE Wedding venue and ceremony fees
Drinks Entertainment/ venue decorations
Hair (inc trial) and make-up
Jewellery and veil
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Not sure where to start? Here are those all-important ceremony details…
2. ROMAN CATHOLIC Take your baptism and conﬁrmation certiﬁcates to your priest at least six months before — if one of you is unbaptised then the priest needs to give permission. You may have to attend marriage preparation talks and Mass for six weeks before your wedding day. Visit your local superintendent registrar to give notice and obtain your marriage licence. Fees vary. 3. JEWISH You’ll need one application for your local register office and one for the religious authorities.
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01235 517 700
Church of England
020 7898 1000
Church of Scotland
0131 225 5722
020 7723 4787
020 7324 3060
020 8203 6311
Marriage Care (Catholic)
0800 389 3801
020 7486 5502
United Reform Church
020 7916 2020
General Register Offices: England & Wales
0300 123 1837
01481 725 277
01534 441 335
Northern Ireland Scotland
0300 200 7890 0131 314 4447
THE LEGAL BIT You and your ﬁancé must be at least 16 to be legally married. In England and Wales, if either of you is under 18 years of age, then you must have your parent or guardian’s permission. In Scotland you don’t need parental permission if you are over 18.
You must not be closely related to each other and you must both be free to marry. The marriage must take place in legal premises, such as a register office, religious venue or a licensed venue.
The marriage must take place in the presence of a registrar or official. Two witnesses must be present who are old enough to understand the ceremony.
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1. CHURCH OF ENGLAND You may have to attend a number of Sunday services beforehand. The marriage can be authorised by calling banns on three consecutive Sundays three months before the day, or by obtaining a common licence. Church fees are from £456 in your home parish, with extra costs for choir, organ, etc. In Scotland, banns aren’t necessary, but 15 days’ notice must be given at a register office.
4. CIVIL CEREMONY Book your slot at a register office less than 12 months and more than 17 days in advance. You must have been resident in England/Wales for seven days before visiting your local registrar to give notice, and the fee is £35 each to give notice. A register office wedding costs £46. If the ceremony is held elsewhere, you’ll need to pay for a registrar to attend.
he ﬁrst thing to do is talk openly with your ﬁancé about the day you want. The main ceremony options are:
PLAN YOUR WEDDING
Our tick-list of essential W-day questions ...VENUE
Are you available on our date? Are you licensed for civil ceremonies? How many guests can we have to each part of our day? Exactly what’s in our package? What’s the cancellation policy? Will we have exclusive use? Is there guest accommodation, and is it discounted? Do you have mandatory suppliers?
Do you provide glassware, crockery and silverware? Is there an extra cost for serving staff? Do you have a separate menu for photographers/suppliers? How many weddings are you catering for on the day? Have you worked here before? Will you handle the table names and place setting? Can we have a menu tasting? Can you cater for vegetarians/ guests with food allergies?
Will I need to book an appointment? How long is the appointment? Who should I bring with me? What should I wear? How far in advance do I need to order my dress? What’s the adjustments fee? How many ﬁttings will I have? When can I collect my dress?
What ﬂowers are in season? What notice do you need? Can you install the ﬂowers at our venue on the day? Do you provide vases and containers, or will we need to? What bouquet suits my dress?
What style of photography do you specialise in? Do you have insurance? What happens if you’re ill or your equipment fails? When can we see the images? Will we have a pre-wedding photo shoot? Will there be additional travel/ accommodation/food costs? How long will you be there? Who holds image copyright?
What size cake do we need? What ﬁllings can you offer? Can we try samples? Will you provide a stand? Can you cater for allergies? When will it be delivered? How do we store the cake? How long will the cake last?
Can you play requests? How long will your set be? How much space will you need on the night? What do you need in terms of power supply and sockets?
What is the difference between civil partnership and marriage? A: Apart from the wording and process of the actual ceremonies, the main differences come down to legalities. For example, civil partners do not have the same pension rights as married couples. Visit gov.uk for a detailed guide to the comparisons.
Can I convert my civil partnership to a marriage? A: Yes – you can visit your local register office for a straightforward conversion or have a ceremony at an approved venue with a registrar. You’ll both need to be present and bring proof of ID and of your civil partnership – you’ll then be issued with a marriage certiﬁcate. For more info, visit thegayweddingguide.co.uk
Can same-sex couples have a church wedding? A: Yes, but only if the governing body of the religious organisation has opted in to consent of same-sex marriage, the individual minister is happy to conduct the marriage and the church itself is registered for same-sex ceremonies.
Which churches recognise same-sex weddings? A: The Jewish and Quaker churches offer same-sex ceremonies – you’ll just need to give notice to the register office 16 days before the ceremony. Same-sex weddings cannot currently take place in Anglican churches.
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RHIA AND ANDREW
HANNAH AND ASHLEY
HARRIET AND HENRY
MAXINE AND ANTHONY
CAROLYN AND KIERAN
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CAROLYN & KIERAN
A WINTER ROMANCE WITH HINTS OF BLUE AND GREY
CAROLYN WRAY AND KIERAN LAXEN GOT MARRIED AT ELMORE COURT IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE ON 2ND DECEMBER 2016
THE GIRLS GOT READY IN ONE OF ELMORE COURT’S GORGEOUS SUITES
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fter we got engaged, our lovely bridesmaid, Katie, suggested that we look at Elmore Court and we fell in love with it instantly as we drove through the gates we knew it was for us, and we agreed our wedding date after only seeing the ceremony room! The old house contrasts perfectly with the Gillyﬂower, a fantastically stylish, modern reception space that has been built speciﬁcally for parties… and we were deﬁnitely planning a party! Having been to lots of our friends’ amazing weddings over 30 in three years we knew that we wanted to make our day as personal as possible. We went for a pared-back, sophisticated look with lots of foliage, neutral colours, and heaps of candles, hanging tealight holders and lanterns. After struggling to ﬁnd lanterns to hire, we decided to buy our own, which led us to set up our own hire business after the wedding Illuminer (illuminer.co.uk). We also made wooden place settings and cocktail stirrers, and for the favours our mums made ﬂavoured gin and shortbread (as a nod to my Scottish roots). In the evening, we surprised our guests with an eight-piece New Orleansinspired band The New York Brass Band. Having watched them for years at Glastonbury, Kieran was so excited to see them and I think they left our reception with over 120 new fans! We couldn’t have wished for a better day.
REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS CAROLYN LOOKED STUNNING IN HER PRONOVIAS GOWN
“Take a week off before the wedding – there’s so much to do, even if you’re organised!”
THEIR FLORIST MADE EUCALYPTUS RUNNERS FOR THE LONG TABLES
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THE DAY JUST FLEW BY – WE WISH WE COULD DO IT AGAIN!
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THE PAIR STYLED THE VENUE WITH LOTS OF CANDLES AND FOLIAGE
TOP TIP “If you’re over budget, spend your money on food and drink and cut back elsewhere”
THE DARK DECEMBER LANDSCAPE MADE FOR A STRIKING BACKDROP
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GOING FOR PHOTOS IN DECEMBER WAS A LITTLE CHILLY, BUT STILL FUN! THEIR BAND PACKED OUT THE DANCEFLOOR!
CAROLYN AND KIERAN DANCED THE NIGHTAWAY UNDER A TWINKLING CANOPY OF LIGHTS
TOP TIP “We went over to France for our wine – it was a fun road trip and it saved us lots of money!”
HOW THEY DID IT… Photographers Fear Photography (fearphotography.com) Videographer Offbeat Films (offbeatﬁlms.co.uk) Venue Elmore Court (elmorecourt.com) Cake Ahh Toots! (ahhtoots.co.uk) Photobooth Giggle Booth (giggle-booth. co.uk) Flowers Tilly Tomlinson Flowers (tillytomlinsonﬂowers.co.uk) Dress Pronovias (pronovias.com) Boutique Clifton Brides (cliftonbrides. co.uk) Shoes Dune (dunelondon.com) Hair and make-up HC Brides (hcbrides. co.uk) Bridesmaids ASOS (asos.com) Groomswear Reiss (reiss.com) FOR MORE REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS, VISIT PLANYOURPERFECTWEDDING.COM
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REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS LARGE STAINLESS STEEL LANTERN, NORDIC HOUSE £145 RED STRIPE PYJAMA SET, ASOS £26
LASER CUT PLACES NAME, MARIAALLEN BOUTIQUE £37 FOR 10
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE,JUST MINIATURES £1.49 NUNAKED SANDAL, STUART WEITZMAN £365
WANT THE LOOK? STYLE IT NOW! DRANA, PRONOVIAS £POA
Do understated-luxe like Carolyn WINTER FROST BOUQUET, WILDABOUT FROM £50
GREYEMBELLISHED MAXI DRESS, LITTLE MISTRESS £75
LAURELLE BIKER JACKET, HOBBS £329
DRIP CAKE, FRENCH MADE £POA
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MAXINE & ANTHONY BRIGHT, PUNCHY COLOURS IN SPANISH SURROUNDINGS
THE BRIGHT BLUE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES REALLY POPPED AGAINST MAXINE’S WHITE GOWN
MAXINE PETTY AND ANTHONY WARNES SAID THEIR ‘I DOS’ IN PUERTO BANUS, SOUTHERN SPAIN ON TUESDAY 30TH MAY 2017
ANTHONY’S SUITWAS FROM MARKS & SPENCER
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y family moved to Spain seven years ago and I’ve always wanted to get married on a beach, so having our wedding abroad was an obvious choice for us. Our venue, the Puente Romano Beach Resort in Puerto Banus, was stunning, with lush gardens going down to the sea and an ancient Roman bridge that lights up at night. The sea views from the ceremony area were beautiful too. We love bright, bold colours but we also wanted to keep our wedding look as sophisticated as possible so that it was in keeping with the luxurious surroundings of the hotel. Our favourite colour is cobalt blue so we featured this shade in the suits, bridesmaid dresses, glassware and ﬂowers. The effect was amazing. The ﬂowers were really important to us. We wanted peonies and roses in bright
MAXINE AND HER DAD LAUGHED AWAYTHE NERVES AS THEY WALKED DOWN THE AISLE
pinks and oranges to really stand out against my white dress and my maids’ dresses. To tie in the blue theme, we had blue delphiniums and cobalt blue ribbons for the bouquets. To personalise our day, we got crafty and made things ourselves including our favours, which were authentic Spanish tiles that I turned into coasters. I stamped the back of them with our names and wedding date, attached little rubber feet from eBay and tied name places to them with ribbon. It took a long time and was a real labour of love! On arrival, guests were given a signature cocktail. Anthony and I met in Strawberry Moons in London, so we created a signature cocktail called Luna De Fresa, which means Strawberry Moon in Spanish! It was, of course, Strawberry based… with lots of rum! Our guests were so impressed with everything and hearing them tell us what a wonderful time they were having made all of the planning worth it!
TOP TIP “If you’re getting married abroad, use a conservative exchange rate when budgeting!”
MAXINE HAD ALWAYS DREAMED OF GETTING MARRIED ON THE BEACH!
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I CHOSE A WHITE DRESS SO THAT MY BRIGHT FLOWERS WOULD REALLY POP!
TOP TIP “We lit a memory candle to remember loved ones that we had lost. It felt really special”
LOCALTILES WERE USED AS TABLE NUMBERS
THE PAIR POSED FOR PHOTOS IN THE GROUNDS OFTHE HOTEL, SURROUNDED BY SUNSHINE
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TOP TIP “I made signs using Photoshop and displayed them in white frames from Ikea”
THE CAKE TABLE WAS DECORATED WITH BRIGHTLY COLOURED PETALS
GUESTS LOVED THEIR SPANISH TILE COASTERS!
HOW THEY DID IT…
MAXINE AND ANTHONY DECORATED THEIR PHOTOBOOTH AREA WITH POLAROIDS
Photography Radka Horvath Photography (radkahorvath.com) Venue Puente Romano Beach Resort, Puerto Banus, Spain (puenteromano. com) Cake Alyson’s Cakes (weddingcakesmarbella.com) Flowers Zoe Strutton (marbellaﬂowersandﬂorist.com) Stationery Eaton Stationery (eatonstationery.co.uk) Styling Marbella Parties (marbellaparties. com) Dress Sophia Tolli (sophiatolli.co.uk) Boutique Confetti & Lace (confettiandlace.com) Bridesmaids Very (very.co.uk) FOR MORE REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS, VISIT PLANYOURPERFECTWEDDING.COM
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REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS RUFFLES CAKE, COTTONWOOD BAKERY £POA
GUESTBOOK, GETTING PERSONAL £14.99
BLUE TUMBLER, NOT JUSTJUGS £4.50
CITY BAR TEALIGHT HOLDER, BLACK BY DESIGN £26 FOR TWO
WANT THE LOOK? STYLE IT NOW!
MAXI DRESS, LA REDOUTE £49
Recreate Maxine’s bright theme BOUQUET, BY THE SEA FROM £70 MAYFLOWER, CASABLANCA BRIDAL £POA
SYLVIA SHOE, BENJAMIN ADAMS £299
RED PAISLEY TIE, MICHELSONS £8
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BODLEIAN LIBRARIES. JULIE MICHAELSEN PHOTOGRAPHY
HANNAH & ASHLEY
PASTELS AND LACE AT A COUNTRY HOTEL IN CUMBRIA
HANNAH SARAH NORRIS AND ASHLEY CHAMLEY CELEBRATED THEIR DAY AT HUNDITH HILL HOTEL, LORTON VALE ON 3RD JUNE 2017
THE PAIR HIRED A PRETTY IVYCOVERED ARCH FOR PHOTOS
HANNAH LOVED THE LACE SLEEVES ON HER DRESS (AND THE HIDDEN POCKETS!)
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ooking our wedding ceremony was easy we knew we wanted to say our vows at the local church, a short walk from my parents’ house where I was christened and conﬁrmed. Finding a reception venue was more tricky we looked at quite a few hotels and barns before ﬁnding Hundith Hill Hotel in Lorton vale. We were both blown away by the amazing views there. The look we wanted was quite rustic and vintage, which then led to our colour scheme of pastels. I’m not a crafty person, so when I came across styling company Wilde & Romantic (wildeandromantic.co.uk) it was a huge relief! They supplied us with a rustic table for the reception drinks, our table plan which was made from a vintage door, deck chairs, an old bicycle, bespoke signs and a vintage dressing table which was used to display our cake and cheese tower later in the evening. I chose an oversized wedding bouquet which consisted of white and pink avalanche roses, stocks, veronica, astible, rosemary, and eucalyptus and we had a gorgeous ﬂoral arch around the church door with large hydrangeas. The whole day was fantastic and guests loved all of the little unique touches. We had a prosecco reception in the church, a vintage photobooth and a caricaturist who provided lots of laughs! All of our suppliers were local too, which made it even more special.
BRIDESMAIDS WERE TREATED TO MATCHING FLORAL DRESSING GOWNS!
“Don’t buy anything if your wedding is more than 12 months away – ideas change!”
NAVY SUITS PAIRED PERFECTLY WITH THE PASTEL BRIDESMAIDS
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I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF OUR WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH!
TOP TIP “Provide lots of entertainment. We had a caricaturist, eye spy sheets and a photobooth!”
HOW THEY DID IT…
AVINTAGE WHITE CAR COLLECTED THE COUPLE FROM THE CHURCH
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Photography Emma Stoszkowski (emmastoszkowskiphotography. co.uk) Venue Hundith Hill Hotel, Cumbria (hundith.com) Styling Wilde & Romantic (wildeandromantic.co.uk) Flowers Bespoke ﬂowers by Stephanie Marrs (bespokeﬂowersbysteph.co.uk) Cake Cutiepie Cake Company (cutiepiecakecompany.co.uk) Dress Diane Harbridge (dianeharbridge. com) Boutique Blush Bridal, Whitehaven (blushwhitehaven.com) Bridesmaids Dessy (dessy.com) Hair SOTA (sotahairdressing-york.co.uk) FOR MORE REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS, VISIT PLANYOURPERFECTWEDDING.COM
REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS PERSONALISED LETTER TILE PRINT, GETTING PERSONAL £29.99
DECORATIVE MILK BOTTLES WITH LACE, LIVE LAUGH LOVE £8.95
VINTAGE-STYLE PERFUME ATOMISER, TROUVA £18.50
LOVE LETTER STAND, MELODY MAISON £8.50
WANT THE LOOK? STYLE IT NOW! Go for pretty pastels like Hannah
PICCOLO SILVER CHARM BRACELET, ANNIE HAAK £38
CANDI,AIRE BARCELONA £1,568 STYLE JY520, DESSY £250 APPROX
COTTON KOMONO, CARO LONDON AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £52.95
GOLDEN GRACE CLIPON EARRINGS, GLITZY SECRETS £17
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HARRIET & HENRY
A PRETTY BARN WEDDING WITH NEUTRAL TONES
EACH GUESTWAS GIVEN A MINI BOTTLE OF LIMONCELLO
HARRIET CRUSH AND HENRY BURNS HELD THEIR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION AT THE OLD KENT BARN IN KENT ON 28TH APRIL 2017
y birthday is on New Year’s Day, so it was ﬁtting that Henry proposed at midnight on New Year’s Eve. We were staying in a country cottage with friends in Kent we love this area and knew that we wanted to get married here too. When we came across the Old Kent Barn in Swingﬁeld, it instantly felt like home and the natural light was beautiful. In keeping with the venue, we decided to go for a ‘cosy country’ feel, and chose a neutral colour scheme of ivory, cream and a hint of light blush. The look was classic and soft yet glamorous and romantic. We made the favours ourselves they were mini limoncello bottles which I added a gold ribbon to, and all our table names were local pubs in Chislehurst where we live. We hired an ivory cream postbox and light-up letters of our initials. Our invitations featured out initials too, so everything was matching. Our ﬂowers were simple and elegant cream roses, ivy and lots of gypsophila interspersed with cream pillar candles. I loved the little posies tied to the chairs with ribbon for our outdoor ceremony
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TOP TIP “Take ﬁve minutes during the wedding breakfast to look around – the day goes so fast!”
THE ELEGANT CAKE WAS DECORATED WITH GYPSOPHILA
they looked so pretty blowing in the breeze! The blooming tulips in the venue’s spring ﬂower beds also added some colour to the outside area. I felt amazing in my dress, it was elegant and classy and the bow reminded me of Audrey Hepburn so glamorous! I teamed it with a long veil to add impact. My bridesmaids wore nude dresses with net skirts that went perfectly with the whole theme. The evening do was brilliant and deﬁnitely my favourite part of the day, other than the ceremony. Our DJs got everyone in the mood for fun and we made sure everyone stayed on the dance ﬂoor by providing ﬂip ﬂops and providing a bar very close by! We served mini cones of ﬁsh and chips and pulled pork rolls with homemade coleslaw, which went down a treat. I felt every kind of emotion during the wedding and it’s true what they say – it really is the best day of your life!
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TOP TIP “Don’t let the stress get to you – just enjoy yourselves, you only get to do this once!”
THE HAPPY COUPLE GOT MARRIED OUTSIDE IN THE BEAUTIFUL SPRING SUNSHINE
HARRIETAND HENRY CHOSE CLASSIC CREAM STATIONERY
HOW THEY DID IT… Photography Kerry Ann Duffy (kerryannduffy.com) Venue The Old Kent Barn (theoldkentbarn.co.uk) Flowers Florian Flowers (ﬂorianﬂowers.co.uk) Dress Sassi Holford (sassiholford.com) Boutique Hitched Bridal (hitchedbridal. co.uk) Shoes Stewart Weitzman (stuartweitzman.com) Veil Isabella Grace (isabellagracebridal.com) Bridesmaids Chi Chi London (chichiclothing.com) Groomswear Anthony Formal Wear (anthonyformalwear.co.uk) Music Cocktails & Dreams DJS (facebook.com/cnddj) FOR MORE REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS, VISIT PLANYOURPERFECTWEDDING.COM
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OUR WEDDING LOOK WAS CLASSIC YET GLAMOROUS, WITH TOUCHES OF BLUSH
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REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS SPOTTED TIE, JOHN LEWIS £25
ELEGANT PEARL CAKE, JUNIPER CAKERY £POA
CLASSIC ELEGANCE INVITE, LYNDA LOVES £2.60
STYLE 7040, JESÚS PEIRÓ £1,550
GIANT HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS, THE LETTEROOM £325
WANT THE LOOK? STYLE IT NOW!
Keep it chic and simple like Harriet
LIGHTBOX, THE DRIFTING BEAR CO £35 BT207 TOP £155; BS106 SKIRT £130, TRUE BRIDE
CLASSIC WICKER TRUNK, THE BASKET COMPANY £12.50
GREAT WHITE PILLAR BOX, SPECIAL DELIVERY ACCESSORIES £120 TO HIRE
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RHIA & ANDREW AN ELEGANT DAY WITH MIDNIGHT BLUE DETAILS
RHIA PARKE AND ANDREW WEBB GOT MARRIED AT THE FROYLE PARK COUNTRY ESTATE IN HAMPSHIRE ON 29TH APRIL 2017
RHIA LOVED THE FACTTHATTHEIR CEREMONY WAS SO RELAXED
THE COUPLE HAD PHOTOS TAKEN UNDER THE BLOSSOM TREES
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e knew we wanted our wedding day to be formal yet relaxed and Froyle Park near Alton in Hampshire ticked all the boxes. It’s a stunning country manor house with a beautiful statement staircase which I knew would give me the ‘wow’ moment I wanted before I walked down the aisle. Our theme was an elegant blend of navy, white and gold, which went perfectly with the venue. I got most of my styling ideas from Pinterest, including our ‘cigar and whiskey trolley’ which I sourced from eBay. I bought decanters at car boot sales and styled them with navy ribbon to match our colour scheme. We also had a sweet table on an old dresser which I found on eBay. We styled it with old crates, books from charity shops and sweet jars from Ikea. My dad was a huge help with my creative plans, and made our framed table plan from an old map. My favourite part of the day was our ceremony I got to marry my best friend in front of everyone I loved and that felt amazing. My dad also made a special mention to my mum, who died 10 years ago, in his speech toasting her was a really emotional moment. During the meal, I surprised Andy and all our guests with The Singing Waiters. They really were fantastic and went down a storm we want them at all of our events now! It was the perfect day and I wouldn’t change a thing.
THE BRIDESMAIDS CHOSE NAVY DRESSES TO MATCH THE COUPLE’S THEME
TOP TIP “Don’t splash your cash on things that you think you need because it’s traditional”
GUESTS THREW BLUE AND WHITE CONFETTI AFTER THE CEREMONY
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OUR FLOWERS WERE MAINLY WHITE WITH TRAILING RIBBON TOP TIP “We’d recommend The Singing Waiters – they were absolutely brilliant!”
HOW THEY DID IT… Photography Real Simple Photography (realsimplephotography.net) Venue Froyle Park, Hampshire (froylepark.co.uk) Catering Tapenade (tapenade.co.uk) Toast master Iain Pompei (themoderntoastmaster. co.uk) Flowers Fiona Handley Floral Design (facebook.com/ ﬁonahandleyﬂoraldesign) Dress Morilee (morilee.co.uk) Shoes eBay (ebay.co.uk) Bridesmaids Morilee (morilee.co.uk) Groomswear Slaters (slaters. co.uk) Entertainment The Singing Waiters (singing-waiters.co.uk) A FAMILY FRIEND MADE THE COUPLE’S HUGE CAKE!
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REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS BOUQUET, BLUE SKY FLOWERS £POA
CHAMPAGNE SAUCER CENTREPIECE,ANNABEL JAMES £25.95
CRYSTAL STATEMENT COLLAR, OASIS £25
FADED-EFFECT CANDLESTICK, ZARA HOME £19.99
WOODEN EASEL, GINGER RAY AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £6.99 FOR A PACK OF THREE
WANT THE LOOK? STYLE IT NOW! Steal Rhia’s stylish wedding look
ELEGANT CALLIGRAPHY PLACE CARDS, PEAR PAPER CO.AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £1.25
STYLE 5650, HAYLEY PAIGE £235
MONOCHROME CAKE,THE SUGARED SAFFRON CAKE STUDIO £900 MUSE, MORILEE £1,550 NUDE SANDALS,JONES THE BOOTMAKER £85
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IN THE DETAIL On-trend ideas for styling your day
EVENT STYLING, LA FÊTE £POA
IMAGE: ROBERTA FACCHINI PHOTOGRAPHY
ELECTRO LEOPARD MENU, MATTHEW WILLIAMSON AT PAPIER £1.09
PERSONALISED STICKERS, LOVEPAPERWISHES AT ETSY FROM 75p
CLIP-ON BIRDS, TALKING TABLES £10.99
VINTAGE MARQUEE HIRE, DOTTIE EVENTS & HIRE £POA EDIBLE PRINTED TROPICAL CAKE, BEE’S BAKERY £275
LET’S GO WILD! 6 party must-haves for a day that's anything but dull
WOODEN SAVE THE DATES, RUSTIC LOVE AND WOOD AT £39.68
LASER CUT SAVE THE DATE, OHMYDEAR AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £5
SAVE THE DATE! 4 ways to make sure everyone will be there! SCRATCH OFF SAVE THE DATE, BY BLOSSOM AT ETSY £1.60
MAGNETS, TILLIE MINT LOVES AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £14.75
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IN THE DETAIL VENUE STYLING, HELAINA STOREY WEDDINGS £POA
SMALL NAPKINS, DAZZLE & FIZZ £4
SWING DISPLAY, INTERFLORA £POA
NO ORDINARY BLOOMS
STARRY BRONZE SAVE THE DATE, LAMPLIGHTER LONDON AT PAPIER £1.09
6 unique, unexpected and just plain cool ﬂower ideas
FLORAL HOOP,AND SO TO SHOP £62
IMAGE: CATHERINE MEAD
5 heavenly details for a love amongst the stars
GOLD STAR GARLAND, TALKING TABLES £9.99
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IMAGE: TARA FLORENCE
CEREMONY FLOWERS, ZITA ELZE £POA
FLORAL DISPLAY, WILLOW & THYME £POA
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FLORAL DISPLAY, LAUREN GREY STYLIST £POA
TEALIGHT HOLDERS,THE CONTEMPORARY HOME £6
THREETIER CAKE, COTTONWOOD BAKERY £POA
IN THE DETAIL COTTON CANDY STATIONERY, PINGLE PIE AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET FROM £2.25
MOON PHOTOBOOTH, EAGLE EYED BRIDE £295
A MODERN ROMANCE
PINK AND GREY CAKE, FRENCH MADE £POA
6 reasons pink and grey is the contemporary bride’s dream combo
GIANT BALLOONS, BUBBLEGUM BALLOONS £36
BOUQUET, SARAH HILL FLOWERS £POA
WELCOME SIGN, PROJECT PRETTY £77
CLEAR STAMP, LITTLE STAMP STORE AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £4.49
OMBRE RUFFLE CAKE, OLOFSON DESIGN £POA
MAKE A SPLASH! INK SPLASH STATIONERY, MADE WITH LOVE DESIGNS £2
4 watercolour details guaranteed to make an impact
SMALL MARBLE PLATES, DAZZLE & FIZZ £3.75 FOR 8
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IN THE DETAIL
MINATURE GINS, PINKSTER AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £12 FOR TWO
GIN TRUFFLES, HOUSE OF FRASER £14
IMAGE: SARAH LAUREN
IMAGE: KEVIN GREENFIELD
HANGING FLORAL DISPLAYS, THE FLOWER APPRECIATION SOCIETY £POA
PITCH IN! 6 ways to give your tent a statement makeover TIPI HIRE,WORLD INSPIRED TENTS £POA
BOOZY FAVOURS 4 treats that every guest will want to take home!
FAIRY LIGHTS, GET KNOTTED £POA
MARQUEE AND TABLE HIRE,VINTAGE MARQUEES £POA
GIN SLING LIP BALM, HEART AND HERITAGE £6.95
FURNITURE AND ACCESSORY HIRE, RAJ TENT CLUB £POA
MARQUEE LINING, CRESCENT MOON £POA
PROSECCO GUMMIES, DEBENHAMS £6.50
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INSTAGR AM/SOSA PHOTO/ JILLWILD FLOWER
OPT FOR PALE HUES TO ENSURE YOUR METALLIC FLORALS STAND OUT
GILD SUCCULENTS WITH GOLD FOR A STUNNING STATEMENT BOUQUET
WE LOVE A MIX OF GOLD AND BURGUNDY DETAILS
LTONA WERSHOPA M/THEFLO INSTAGRA
Add a luxurious look to your blooms with bold metallics
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WILD AT HEART GET BACK TO NATURE WITH A WOODLAND-INSPIRED WEDDING DAY
hether you’re planning a leafy summer celebration or a decadent winter do, this luxe forest theme is a sure-ﬁre way to add wow factor to your styling. Wild with hints of glamour, it’s a look that stylist Mari Chase hoped would capture the true essence of the woodland. Maria explains: “I took inspiration from The Last Kingdom and used feathers, ferns, gold plates and glass tealights for a relaxed, unstructured feel. Our forest queen wore a feather jacket and a beautiful ﬂower crown.” PW
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Deep purple dahlias contrast beautifully with the lush green ferns and foliage of the forest ďŹ‚oor
CONTRIBUTORS Concept, styling, hair and makeup Mari Chase at Chase Makeup (chasemakeup.net) Concept and photography Sasha Mihalova (sashaweddings.co.uk) Venue Woodland Weddings (woodlandweddings.com) Table props and styling Louise Rodrigues at Beyond Vintage (beyondvintage.co.uk) Florist Lorraine Issott at Wild Orchid Floral Design (wildorchiddesigns.co.uk) Cake Lalit Kamble at Lovable Cakes (lovablecakes.co.uk) Dress Charlotte Balbier (charlottebalbier.com) Jewellery and accessories Afshan Shamas (afshanshamas.com) Model Sophie Howard (instagram.com/ scarlettshoward) Birds of prey Neil Townsend at Silent Witness to Wow (silent-witness-to-wow.com)
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The PW team
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CALL OFF THE SEARCH FOR YOUR DREAM BIG-DAY LOOK! THE PW TEAM ARE HERE TO INSPIRE…
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FOUR-TIER CAKE, FRENCH MADE £POA
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MISS GEN PHOTOGRAPHY
TEST TUBE CENTREPIECE, MARQUIS & DAWE AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £89
CALLIGRAPHY TABLE NUMBER, KAYLEIGH TARRANT AT ETSY £5.95
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GALA 911, GALIA LAHAV £POA
Sianade Curry, Deputy Editor “All things foliage were big news in 2017 and this magical, Secret Garden-style twist on the look is the 2018 refresh that I can’t get enough of. Packed full of beautiful oversized blooms, candlelight and draped fairy lights, there’s something darkly romantic and slightly mysterious about this theme. It lends itself best to an intimate evening ceremony held in the woods; now that’s my kind of wedding!”
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KATE NIELEN PHOTOGRAPHY
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9060, SORELLA VITA £POA
Rachel Bullen, Acting Deputy Art Editor “Art Deco wedding dresses are gorgeous and so timeless. Styling-wise, black, gold and a deep red colour pop give the theme a glamorous 2018 upgrade. A beautiful town house with an Art Deco interior, Twenties artwork on the walls, chaise longues and crystal chandeliers would be the dream venue for the reception. Oh, and don’t forget the gin for the antique cocktail bar cart…!”
BAR CART, AUDENZA £215
GOLD LEAF CAKE, SARAH’S CAKES BY DESIGN £POA
OKISHIMA & SIMMONDS
GRACE, ANNA CAMPBELL FROM £2,169
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ROCK MY LOVE
LEV KUPERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
WINE GLASS, OUT THERE INTERIORS AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET £110 FOR SIX
NEWYORK SCENTED CANDLE, TROUVA £25
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HANGING GLASS TERRARIUM, OLIVER BONAS £32
LARGE MACRAMÉ WALL HANGING, THE DOPE ROPE AT ETSY £113
TARA FLORENCE PHOTOGRAPHY
Colette Earley, Production Editor “I’m a city girl through and through, so drawing inspiration from a New York warehouse wedding would create a totally cool theme – a venue with exposed brick walls and high ceilings is my kind of blank canvas. Throw in a touch of nostalgia with Seventiesstyle décor and you’ve got a chic, urban reception – think macramé, hanging plants, candles and vintage tablewear.”
OLIVINE, REFORMATION £210 APPROX
GLENDA, STONE FOX BRIDE £POA
THE LITTLE LENDING COMPANY FAYE AMARE PHOTOGRAPHY
MANHATTAN VEIL, BO AND LUCA £675
Esther Curtis, Associate Art Editor “This alternative wedding theme is going to be a hot trend in 2018. It’s perfect for an evening or winter wedding and is a great way to turn a dark venue to your advantage. Start with inky indigos and moody purples, throw in a truckload of glitter and lift with gold ‘celestial’ accents. I’m obsessed with this stunning Jenny Packham gown – it epitomises the mood perfectly. Laid-back, evening glamour with serious attitude.” PW
GOLD GLASS BOTTLE, WILK0 £4
TO THE MOON AND BACK PHOTOGRAPHYWALL, VOWED & AMAZED £320
STYLING: BIJOU BRIDE + MR&MRS UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY: ABIGAIL STEED FLOWERS: EARLY HOURS LONDON
STYLING: BIJOU BRIDE + MR&MRS UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY: ABIGAIL STEED FLOWERS: EARLY HOURS LONDON
DREAMY INVITATION IN MIDNIGHT, MINTED FROM £79 APPROX
STARBURSTWITH GLITTER, FLYING TIGER COPENHAGEN £3 MERINGUE KISSES, MERINGUE GIRLS FROM £35
MIDNIGHT BLUE SEQUIN GOWN WITH VELVET TIE, JENNY PACKHAM £4,200
STYLING: BIJOU BRIDE + MR&MRS UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY: ABIGAIL STEED CAKE: NEVIE PIE CAKES FLOWERS: EARLY HOURS LONDON
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SEE IT, LOVE IT,
Handmade touches and DIY trends for a day that’s truly unique A
VIBRANT HAIR GARLAND
Give your look an injection of colour with this easy ﬂower and ribbon headpiece
WHAT YOU NEED A VARIETY OF SPRAY CHRYSANTHEMUMS IN BRIGHT COLOURS (10-12 STEMS IN TOTAL) VARIEGATED IVY A SELECTION OF BRIGHTLY–COLOURED RIBBONS FLORIST WIRES FLORIST TAPE SCISSORS TAPE MEASURE
MAKE IT! Measure around your head with a tape measure and cut a piece of ﬂorist wire to size, then cover one end with ﬂorist tape and make a loop in it (A).
Next, using a pair of sharp scissors cut the stems of the ﬂowers short (approximately two inches) then mount on ﬂorist wire by inserting a length up the stem of the ﬂower. Repeat until all the ﬂowers are mounted on ﬂorist wire. Next, cut a length of ivy to ﬁt around your head. Wrap wire around one end and attach this to one end of the long wire you cut earlier. Leave the rest of the ivy loose to weave around the design at a later stage. Now take the mounted ﬂowers and attach them in clusters to the
headdress, being sure to alternate the colours as you work along the length. Once the ﬂowers are in place, weave the ivy throughout the design, using it to ﬁll any gaps. Once you’ve completed your design, make a hook at the other end of the wire (B). This will form the back of the headdress and will be used to secure it together. For that ﬁnal ﬁnishing touch, create a bow using different brightly coloured ribbons. To do this, take long lengths of ribbon and form a bow, then bend a wire in two to form a hairpin shape and insert through the middle before twisting to secure the bow (C). Attach the bow to the back of the headdress using ﬂorist wire (D). THIS PROJECT WAS DESIGNED BY THE FLOWER EXPERTS AT INTERFLORA INTERFLORA.CO.UK
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5TIPS FROM FLOWERSMITH AUTHOR
Jennifer Tran on decorating your day with paper ﬂowers
1. Start with a plan If you’re thinking of making a backdrop, have a clear diagram with exact dimensions. Work out the quantity of flowers you need, then add another 10–20 per cent just in case you need spares. If making centrepieces, choose an arrangement at dimensions relative to your table setting. The arrangement shouldn’t be too high, so that guests can see each other while chatting.
PUTYOUR STAMP ON IT
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN ORDER CUSTOM-MADE STAMPS, TO USE ON YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY, FAVOURS AND DÉCOR? WE LOVE THIS BOTANICAL DESIGN FROM THE ENGLISH STAMP COMPANY, £19.50.
2. Use the right paper The type and weight of paper used can really affect an arrangement. Make sure you read the instructions you’re following carefully and don’t cut corners. 3. Work in big batches Making a large number of flowers can be timeconsuming. To ensure efficiency, make things in large batches. For instance, cut all the petals at once, then cut all leaves, and so on. 4. Get as much help as you can Ask family and friends to help you out as you will need it. You’ll be surprised how much time you will save, and the fun you will have from working together. Plus, it makes everyone appreciate the decorations even more as they have contributed to making them.
Flowersmith: How to Handcraft and Arrange Enchanting Paper Flowers by Jennifer Tran (Hardie Grant, £20) is on sale now.
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5. Proper storage is crucial Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight, dust and moisture. For longterm storage, I recommend using a light UV protection spray to maintain colour.
SIGN ME UP!
Wondering how on earth people create those beautiful hand-written wedding signs on Pinterest? “This style of modern calligraphy is easy to do with faux calligraphy techniques, and can be applied to many surfaces,” says award-winning sign writer Clair Farmer, who runs The Chalk Spot. Her website offers books, kits, pens and worksheets, as well as three specially created designs (including the one above) that you can download at thechalkspot.com/ perfectwedding
WHAT’S HOT ON INSTAGRAM RIGHT NOW? Everyone’s styling with whimsical fabrics and soft linens
GET YOUR KIT ON
We love the crafty hen parties on offer at The Makery in Bath (themakery.co.uk), but if you’re having your celebration elsewhere and want to create a keepsake (or just have some fun!), they can deliver their awesome pre-made kits for £10 a head. Choose from bunting, nipple tassles or garters…
FIND OUT WHO TO FOLLOW FOR THE BEST ONLINE DIY INSPO… 1. SOMETHING TURQUOISE (SOMETHINGTURQUOISE.COM) WE LOVE THE CUTE PROJECTS OVER HERE… PLUS THERE’S LOADS OF FREE PRINTABLES TO MAKE DIYING EASY. 2. RUFFLED (RUFFLEDBLOG.COM) IF YOUR MANTRA IS ‘GO BIG OR GO HOME’, THEN THIS SITE’S DIY SECTION IS THE PLACE FOR YOU. THINK STATEMENT BACKDROPS, STYLED DRINK STATIONS AND AWESOME FAVOUR BARS. 3. BOHO WEDDINGS (BOHO-WEDDINGS.COM) RUSTIC, WHIMSICAL AND JUST PLAIN PRETTY, THE PROJECTS ON THIS SITE ARE TOTALLY DOABLE FOR BEGINNERS.
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DREAM VENUES Tie the knot in style at one of these special locations MAGICAL MANOR HOUSE
Ufton Court is a stunning manor house and tithe barn venue set among 16 acres of secluded grounds and approached by a sweeping driveway lined with oak trees. There are plenty of beautiful locations here to capture your ﬁrst photos as a married couple, from grand wrought iron gates, a romantic wooden ice-house door and even a Tudor herb and knot garden. £POA 150 200 uftoncourt.co.uk
SURROUNDED BY ACRES OF COUNTRYSIDE AND WHEAT FIELDS, ALREWAS HAYES IN BURTON-ON-TRENT IS A STYLISH AND ELEGANT VENUE FOR YOUR DAY. ENJOY A GLASS OF BUBBLY IN THE BRIDAL SUITE WHILE YOU AND YOUR GIRLS GET READY, BEFORE SAYING YOUR ‘I DO’S IN THE GALLERY. ALREWASHAYES.COM
CRAZY IN LOVE For either a small and intimate affair or a large-scale party, The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton will provide an impressive venue space. There’s a glasshouse and a Moroccan lounge which opens out to your own secluded terrace, lawns and log cabin! You can personalise everything, even down to the menu. crazybeargroup.co.uk 200
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DAYTIME GUEST CAPACITY EVENING GUEST CAPACITY MEAL COST PER HEAD ALLOWS OUTSIDE CATERERS
IN THE COUNTRY
SET THE SCENE
With 35 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, paired with ornate and luxurious ceremony and reception rooms, The Elvetham provides the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable wedding day. Beautiful whatever the season, you can exchange your vows outside in the Summer House, surrounded by rolling countryside, or in one of the elegantly appointed rooms indoors. elvethamhotel.co.uk 120
Steeped in history, Sheene Mill is a magniﬁcent 16th-century, Grade-II listed water mill set on the River Mel. Whether you are planning a lavish wedding for hundreds or an intimate affair for close friends and family, the original features and luxurious banqueting rooms provide everything you could need on your special day. sheenemill.com 120
VENUE OF THE MONTH
LOCATED IN THE QUAINT VILLAGE OF STOCK, ESSEX, CRONDON PARK OFFER A BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE DAY. THE IMPRESSIVE BARONIAL HALL PROVIDES A TRULY SPECIAL ATMOSPHERE THANKS TO THE TUDOR/JACOBEAN BARN FEATURES AND EVEN HAS ITS OWN CEREMONY ROOM, BRIDAL PREPARATION SUITE, BAR AND GLORIOUS ENCLOSED PRIVATE GARDENS. HITCHED.CO.UK
SEND YOUR GUESTS TO THEIR SEATS IN STYLE
ALL ABOUT THE STYLE
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Atlantic Hotel, Newquay
A stunning seaside hotel set on a 10-acre headline, close to Fistral Beach. atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk
4 OF THE BEST
Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel With its Georgian architecture and picture-perfect countryside surroundings, this venue captures all the enchantment of Cornwall. boconnoc.com
Carbis Bay Hotel, St Ives
With their 125 acre estate to play with, magniﬁcent views over the sea and not to mention exclusive access to a Blue Flag beach, your day here will be magical. carbisbayhotel.co.uk
Head to the South West for a coastal celebration
The Alverton, Truro
This beautiful garden wedding venue offers breathtaking manicured grounds and a ﬂagstoned terrace – a real Cornish gem. thealverton.co.uk
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Where we stayed, and loved, this month BEST FOR A
HOTEL ARTS BARCELONA Boasting an enviable beachfront location and the best views in the city, it’s hard not to be wowed by this super-luxe hotel. At check-in, we were offered a glass of Cava before being whisked away to our huge room, with a very chic bathroom and views across the whole city and beyond. The on-site restaurants are all amazing – we loved Arola’s modern take on classic tapas, and the 43 Spa at the top of the hotel is a mustvisit for all honeymooners too. Room rates start from €295 (£268 approx), per room per night. hotelartsbarcelona.com/en
BEST FOR A
PLUSH CITY WEDDING
THE OLD SWAN & MINSTER MILL, OXFORDSHIRE We fell in love with this quintessentially English inn and adjoining mill as soon as we stepped through the door. Our cosy room blended Cotswold charm and modern luxury (complete with a complimentary bottle of sloe gin!) and the characterful restaurant serves up elegant yet hearty British classics. Stroll through the riverside grounds and you’ll spot the beautiful Garden Temple – the ideal place for an al-fresco ceremony. Double rooms from £115 per night on a B&B basis. oldswanminstermill.co.uk
LUXE CITY MINIMOON
THE MAY FAIR HOTEL, LONDON Located in the heart of Mayfair, this glam hotel is in the perfect location for exploring the city. Our amazing suite boasted a huge marble bathroom, plush lounge area and gorgeous dressing room. Your guests would love you if you had your wedding here – there’s no shortage of stylish rooms to go around! The reception spaces are beautiful too – from the luxe Crystal Room to the impressive Danziger Suite. And with its own marriage license, you can have everything in the same stunning location. Wedding packages from £129 per person. themayfairhotel.co.uk
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HELLO GORGEOUS! BEAUTY FITNESS HAIR WELL-BEING INSPIRATION
If we weren’t already in love with Nails inc, founder Thea Green has now launched INC.redible – a line of amazingly pretty lip products. With a range that’ll take you from hen party straight through to W-day, this is a brand you’re going to want to invest in. IN A DREAM WORLD GLOSS IN RAINBOW HOOVES AND CRAZY MOVES £8
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EVEN BETTER GLOW FOUNDATION, CLINIQUE AT DEBENHAMS £27 SERUM FOUNDATION, THE ORDINARY £5.70
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Great W-day make-up begins with a well-primed base. The Perk treatments at the Dr Rakus Clinic in Knightsbridge target different facial areas (eyes, lips, skin), gently exfoliating and locking in moisture using serums that are loaded with antioxidants. We tried out the eye and lip treatments – in just 10 minutes, our skin felt SO soft and our make-up glided on.
SCENT OF A WOMAN
These new Jo Malone fragrances, launching March 2018, are basically springtime captured in cute bottles. Love!
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YOU GLOW, GIRL! ELEMIS have proved the theory of ‘bad things come in threes’ wrong with their simple threestep glow collection! Whether you need to hydrate, soothe, smooth, balance or nourish, there’s a trio just for you.
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“Under-eye circles, be gone! This little miracle worker helps my tired eyes look refreshed and well-slept. ” SIANADE CURRY, DEPUTY EDITOR CONCEALER, MEDIK8 £36
“This amazing oil melted my make-up away, leaving my sensitive skin feeling nourished and radiant.” RACHEL BULLEN, ACTING DEPUTY ART EDITOR NOURISHING CLEANSING OIL, SKIN LAUNDRY £26
“With two smudge-proof shades and a double-ended brush, this eyebrow palette is the dream! Perfect for sculpting brows and making them look fuller.” ANGELA MUSTY, ART ASSISTANT SCULPT AND BOOST EYEBROW CUSHION, ICONIC LONDON £26.99
Our favourite new beauty buys “This oil really locks in lots of moisture and keeps my skin looking fresh all day. Zero breakouts too. Win!” ESTHER CURTIS, ASSOCIATE ART EDITOR RADIANCE FACIAL OIL, URBAN VEDA £29.99
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“A must-have for delicate under-eyes – the cooling beads refresh and de-puff, and the hydrating serum softens ﬁne lines.”
“I had so many compliments on this rich scent. I love the combination of sweet vanilla and spicy undertones, plus the fact that it lasts all day.”
CHRISTIANNE RAYMER, ART EDITOR BEAUTY LIFT EYE ROLL ON, DHC £24
CLEMMIE MILLBANK, DIGITAL EDITOR & SENIOR WRITER PARIS MASCATE EDP 100ml, CARVEN £140
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BEAUTY ON TEST
This issue, we test the effect of face masks while we sleep and get our glow on with pretty pink blushers...
OVERNIGHT MASKS WE’RE SEARCHING FOR A MASK THAT’LL SOOTHE OUR SKIN WHILE WE GET SOME SHUT-EYE
1. ADVANCED REPAIR SLEEPING FACIAL, KORRES £26 SIANADE My skin felt a lot brighter and smoother – I’m impressed! ●●●●● JOANNA This one has a really nice smell, but I’m not keen on the consistency. ●●●●● 2. NIGHT HALO POTENT MASK, BEAUTY KITCHEN £19.99 SIANADE The scent is a bit too strong for me, but my skin felt very plump and nourished in the morning. ●●●●● JOANNA I like that this one is all natural – I found it a bit too oily though. ●●●●●
3. SLEEPING BB MASK, ERBORIAN £36 SIANADE This feels really nourishing but I wasn’t keen on the smell. ●●●●● JOANNA This absorbs into my skin really well, and feels nice and light. ●●●●● 4. PORE TIGHTENING MEMORY SLEEPING MASK, CAOLION £36 SIANADE I like that this feels really cooling when you apply it and it appears to have shrunk my pores! ●●●●● JOANNA I wasn’t keen on the texture of this mask and found it a bit too heavy. ●●●●● 5. OVERNIGHT FIRMING MASK, ELIZABETH ARDEN £59 SIANADE I really love how luxurious this product is and it really makes a difference after just one night. ●●●●● JOANNA This literally melts into my skin and makes it feel so soft and refreshed. ●●●●●
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THE TESTERS DEPUTY EDITOR SIANADE CURRY
READER JOANNA BENNETT
BEAUTY ON TEST
WANT THAT BRIDAL GLOW? WE TEST THE PRODUCTS THAT’LL MAKE YOU BLUSH 1. SOFT COLOUR BLUSH IN PINK ROSE, RIMMEL £3.99 CLEMMIE Such a bargain price, but it just isn’t as long-lasting as the others. ●●●●● SARAH Such a beautiful natural-looking shade – if only the packaging was more luxe. ●●●●●
2. BLUSH IN PALE PINK, BOBBI BROWN £19.50 CLEMMIE This shade is so much more subtle than it looks – I absolutely love it! ●●●●● SARAH I love the packaging, it’s compact enough for your bag and the colour is really ﬂattering. ●●●●●
WINNER BOBBI BROWN
3. COLOUR BLUSH IN DUSK, DELILAH £26 CLEMMIE This applies well, lasts for a long time and looks the nicest on my dresser too. ●●●●● SARAH This is a gorgeous peachy colour – very subtle and lasts all day. ●●●●● 4. BLUSH IN ANTIQUE, SLEEK £4.99 CLEMMIE The sparkle-effect isn’t as natural-looking as I’d want for my wedding day. ●●●●● SARAH I like the shimmer, but the shade is a little too dark for me. ●●●●● 5. BLUSH IN MILK CHOCOLATE, LORD & BERRY £18 CLEMMIE The colour isn’t pink enough for me and feels more like a bronzer. ●●●●● SARAH It’s a lovely shade and lasts for ages, but the effect isn’t matte enough for me. ●●●●●
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BEAUTY MUST-HAVES SELF TAN EXPRESS BRONZING MIST, ST. TROPEZ £26
ALEX MERCIECA, 32 In the run-up: “I fell in love with St. Tropez spray tans in the run-up to my wedding. Two days before, I exfoliated, tanned then showered. Six hours later I had the perfect, non-orange glow.” On the day: “I tried about 10 different types of false lashes, but on the big day I used Eylure in Volume 100. They made my eyes pop, without being OTT.”
VOLUME 100 LASHES, EYLURE AT BOOTS £5.45
ORAL-B 3D WHITE WHITESTRIPS, FROM YOUR DENTIST £50
INFALLIBLE 2-IN-1 LIP COLOUR IN TIMELESS ROSÉ, L’ORÉAL PARIS £9.99
NO.3 HAIR PERFECTOR, OLAPLEX £32
HANNAH CONNELL, 32 In the run-up: “Instead of spending a fortune on teeth whitening, I used an Oral-B at-home treatment that made my teeth gleaming white by the big day. I’d highly recommend it to any bride.” On the day: “I wore L’Oréal Paris Infallible 2-in-1 Lip Colour, in Timeless Rosé. I applied it in the morning and the colour looked exactly the same in the evening, without having to re-apply. Such a great ﬁnd!”
Five brides reveal the bigday beauty products they couldn’t live without…
BLUE ORCHID FACE TREATMENT OIL, CLARINS £33
DEWY FINISH SETTING SPRAY, NYX £7
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LAURA RANDLES, 35 In the run-up: “To treat my dry hair I used Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector twice a week. My hair was in such great condition by the wedding and I still use it every week now.” On the day: “The NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray was by far my favourite purchase and it was only £7. My make-up didn’t move all day, even with all that hugging and kissing!”
JESSICA RICKETTS, 32 CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER, LIZ EARLE £16
In the run-up: “I fell in love with Clarins’ Blue Orchid Face Oil. I have really dry skin and it helped it look and feel so hydrated. It also smells amazing and it lasts ages.”
NICOLA TAYLOR, 31 In the run-up: “I started using Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser before my wedding – it’s natural, smells amazing and didn’t aggravate my sensitive skin. It’s so worth the price tag.” On the day: “I began the day with a relaxing bath using Jo Malone’s Bath Oil in Lime, Basil & Mandarin. It felt very luxurious and enhanced the scent of my Jo Malone wedding perfume.”
On the day: “I hardly ever used to wear lipstick but I tried MAC Kinda Sexy for my wedding. It was really longlasting and moisturising – I wear it all the time now!” PW LIME, BASIL & MANDARIN BATH OIL, JO MALONE LONDON £44
MATTE LIPSTICK IN KINDA SEXY, MAC £16.50
HEALTH AND FITNESS
Forget ‘Hygge’ – 2018 is all about ‘Mys’, dahling! This Swedish tradition is all about slowing down, relaxing and eating delicious food in order to avoid the stresses of the bleak winter. This sounds like something we can totally get on board with…
So, we know that to achieve that bridal glow, we need to pack in as much fruit and veg as possible in the run-up to the big day. But, let’s be honest… who has the time to prepare truck-loads of veg every week? Enter: Plenish juices. Don’t be alarmed by the extremely green colour – they taste amazing! Plus, every bottle contains 1kg of organic produce that’ll leave you feeling nourished, energised and wonderful! There’s even a bridalspeciﬁc package. Visit plenishcleanse. com for more info.
BODY WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS If the new year has inspired you to get in shape and work off all those TRAIN TIMES 7/8 mince pies, but you can’t quite PANT £98 get yourself to the gym, then give yourself some motivation with a snazzy new workout kit. We love these ﬂattering, fabulous and, above all, comfortable designs from lululemon. GET A GRIP lululemon.co.uk SOCKS £12
Grab your childhood skipping rope and put it to good use! Apparently
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It’s time to get fit and feel amazing!
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HOW TO THINK LIKE A
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THREE TOP TRAINERS SHARE THEIR TIPS FOR STAYING ON TRACK WITH YOUR FITNESS GOALS
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SARAH USES WEIGHTS TO ADD RESISTANCE TO HER LUNGES
SARAH LINDSAY As an ex-Olympic champion and the woman behind Caroline Flack’s body transformation, Sarah knows how to get results. She founded Roar Fitness (roar-ﬁtness.com) last year and continues to train celebrities in London.
SET SHORT-TERM GOALS
CORE WORK IS KEY TO INCREASING YOUR BODY’S FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH
Focus on what you can control – the end goal can seem a long way off! It helps to have weekly and daily process goals that will contribute to the end results. For example, you may decide to drink two litres of water per day, book three workout classes this week and swap cereal for eggs every day for breakfast. All these things are within your control so write them down and tick them off at the end of the week.
PRIORITISE YOUR WORKOUTS
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If something is important to you, you have to make time for it. Even 30 minutes of cardio, three to four times per week before breakfast can make a huge difference to reducing body fat. It often helps if you book a class or arrange to meet a friend to workout, then you won’t let them down if your day gets busy or you feel tired.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF, BUT BE REALISTIC People are usually able to achieve more than they think or dare to believe, but it’s important to do this through exercise and toning rather
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than under-eating. If you’re short on time, focus on the areas that will be on display, like arms. The upper body usually carries less fat so a little bit of weight training can make a huge difference quite quickly.
EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR FITNESS If you’re doing high intensity classes, you’ll need carbohydrates otherwise you will use protein as an energy source and lose muscle which will slow your metabolism down. Afterwards, you have a short window to get protein into the body so this is the time to have a post-workout shake.
Known as The Plant Powered PT, Adam is an award-winning personal trainer and nutritional coach who specialises in Animal Flow and Reiki Energy Healing alongside traditional strength and conditioning techniques (theplantpoweredpt.com).
SET AN OUTCOME GOAL Your ﬁnal goal needs to have a way of being measured, so that your progress can be monitored – in this case having the wedding dress as a target works well, because your ﬁttings will serve as a great benchmark for your progress. Your Outcome Goal needs to be realistic and achievable so that you feel conﬁdent that you can make it. You don’t want to set your sights too high and feel like you’ve failed.
LUCY MECKLENBURGH The celebrity ﬁtness guru and co-founder of leading online health and ﬁtness platform, Results with Lucy (resultswithlucy. com), is a pro when it comes to motivating women.
THINK HEALTHY, NOT THIN!
Rather than using the time leading up to your big day focusing on a ‘magic’ dress size, this is the time to become your healthiest you. Avoid the temptation to go on a crash diet, as all this will do is leave you stressed and tired. The best thing to do is start making healthy choices in your everyday life.
CHANGE YOUR HABITS These are the small things that you can do each day to make a difference, which when taken individually may seem insigniﬁcant. Four daily habits alone that will have a huge effect on your body composition, fast are: drinking a big glass of water with every meal; removing processed foods from your diet (pasta, bread, ﬂour, sugar, meats, dairy, etc); eating three meals a day made up of natural
KEEP GOING Starting a new exercise regime can leave you feeling like no changes are being made, with sore muscles and a tired mind holding you back. For most people, this is the time when they decide to quit. Don’t! Push through the barrier – the ﬁrst weeks are always the hardest but when you see the progress you make month on month, it’ll be worth it.
HAVE FUN! If you want to get in shape by using a running programme but you hate running, then why do it? The ﬁtness industry is so varied there are hundreds of ways you can get toned. The key to success is enjoying it and looking forward to your workout
not dreading it. I’d also recommend eating healthily the majority of the time but allow yourself indulgences – sometimes you just need that pizza or piece of cake!
STICK TO A PLAN So as not to overwhelm yourself, follow a plan with a bit a structure. Begin a workout diary where you can monitor your progress, plan your meals and identify your goals. Aim to work out three to four times a week using a mixture of activities that increase your heart rate and use resistance to help tone. Continue on with planning your weekly workouts but don’t stress if life gets in the way and you miss one or two. Just keep going and see it through!
whole foods (including lots of different coloured vegetables); and consuming the majority of your daily carbohydrates after training.
LOSING MOMENTUM? If you feel like your progress is slowing, focus on how you’ll feel on the big day when you look incredible in that dress. The use of emotional anchors is a really effective way of regaining your momentum and drive. PW
ADAM BELIEVES IN USING A PLANT-BASED DIET TO SUPPORT YOUR FITNESS PLAN
LUCY WORKS OUT USING THE ONLINE VIDEOS AT RESULTSWITHLUCY.COM
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HONEYMOON INSPO 3.
3 OF THE BEST STAR-GAZING SPOTS
THESE AL FRESCO HONEYMOONS ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN ‘GLAMPING’ 1. KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT, FINLAND 2. LION SANDS TREEHOUSES, SOUTH AFRICA 3. PAPERBARK CAMP, AUSTRALIA
Set in between Tivoli Gardens and the oh-so cool meatpacking district, the Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen is the perfect base for exploring the Danish capital. The colourful design epitomises Scandi-chic and all the modern luxuries make this place feel like a proper home-from-home. B&B is priced from £135 per room per night. absalon-hotel.dk
WISH IT, LOVE IT, BOOK IT!
WHALE OF A TIME Fancy a honeymoon with a difference? From whale-watching to jet-ﬁghting, Virgin Holidays have launched over 300 amazing new experiences in North America and Canada to make your holiday dreams a reality. We love the idea of spotting minke, porpoises, grey whales and orcas off the coast of Victoria. Virgin Holidays experiences are available to book now, ﬁnd out more at: virginholidays.co.uk/virginexperiences/
PARADISE FOUND Looking for coralline islands, cashmere soft beaches and softly-swaying palm trees? Why not follow in the footsteps of Kate and Wills and honeymoon in the Seychelles? Turquoise Holidays have made travel even easier – as of March 2018 you will be able to ﬂy directly from the UK to magical Mahé. Sit back and relax on your British Airways ﬂight, then arrive in paradise! To ﬁnd out more visit: turquoiseholidays.co.uk/seychelles
LONG-HAUL LUXURY Travel essentials to help you feel ﬁrst class all the way
MAGIC GARDEN SILK SLEEP MASK, JESSICA RUSSELL FLINT £35
EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT, ELIZABETH ARDEN £28 HAPPY JACKSON PASSPORT COVER, WILD & WOLF £7.50
LULU GUINNESS MEDIUM LIPS CASE, VERY £239.99
WAKE ME FOR CHAMPAGNE T-SHIRT, TED BAKER AT HOUSE OF FRASER£49
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IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME
ON OUR TRAVELS
PW’s Colette visits the Sakintos hotel collection in search of a truly Greek experience
THE TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS OF MARPUNTA ARE SO PRETTY!
ith the task of visiting three hotels in just one week, there was a point where I questioned exactly how relaxing my trip would be. However, ny worry I had swiftly ended as soon as I arrived at the beautful Skiathos Princess hotel, our ﬁrst home for the week. This upscale hotel sits right on the beach, meaning we could literally roll out of bed and onto the golden sand each morning. Like the sound of trying cocktails under your own private gazebo? This can be arranged by the attentive staff who want to make sure your stay is as luxurious as possible. The two most prominent features of this hotel are the restaurants, which offer up fresh seafood, and the spa area, where you can book in for a lavish treatment. As well as making an ideal honeymoon destination, the hotel offers romantic ceremonies on the sand it would be a totally dreamy place to hold a destination wedding. A few days later, after a fun trip on the ferry (complete with dolphin sightings!), we arrived in Alonnissos to visit the second Sakintos resort, Marpunta Village. This hotel is quite
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different from the Princess. All of the décor and buildings have a very traditional feel and are designed to look like a little village we were staying in a wonderful little white stone ‘house’, with the most beautiful view. My favourite feature? Deﬁnitely the tiny private stone beach which is located down a winding path beneath the hotel. After a few nights of total tranquility, it was back to Skiathos for our third and ﬁnal stop the Aegean Suites. Now, if you’re looking for a couples-only resort, you can’t get much better than this. The hotel beneﬁts from its small size in that the service is so personable. The staff would greet us by name every morning before breakfast it really is a home away from home. We also experienced an incredible personalised meal by moonlight, overlooking the beach the romance is plentiful at this hotel. If you can’t choose between modern and traditional, then hopping around BOOK IT! these hotels will Olympic Holidays is give you both all offering 7 nights B&B at you have to do is the Skiathos Princess from sit back, relax and £618 per person. For more enjoy your ﬁrst trip info, call 0208 492 6868 or visit olympicholidays.com as newlyweds! PW
ROLL OUT OF BED AND ONTO THE SAND
THE BEACH AS YOUR FRONT GARDEN = HEAVEN!
HONEYMOON Are you a beach bum or a city slicker? Take our quiz to reveal your dream getaway…
WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO GO ON THE BIG H?
A. Are you kidding? As soon as the DJ has spun that last tune! B. You’re taking one trip now and another in the new year. C. You’ve been saving up for forever – it’s going to be a biggie! D. There’s no rush – the world isn’t going anywhere.
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
A. A chilled Ibiza blend. B. Upbeat tunes and global sounds. C. Everything and anything – you like to mix it up. D. Bob Marley and indie bands that no one else has heard of.
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A. Designer swimwear – totally worth the investment. B. A good book and comfy shoes. C. Insect repellent, practical clothes and a decent camera. D. An organic cotton shirt dress and natural sunscreen.
HOW WILL YOU TRAVEL?
A. By plane, with a cocktail in your hand – get me to that beach pronto. B. Train – so romantic, plus you get to see so much more. C. Two ﬂights and a seaplane – we’re going long-haul baby! D. Ideally low carbon… you’d cycle there if you could!
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ULTIMATE HONEYMOON MOMENT?
A. Dining on the beach by moonlight after a day spent relaxing. B. Walking hand-in-hand around Rome’s amazing Colosseum, then a show in the evening. C. An action-packed day of whale watching and scuba diving. D. A spot of couples yoga on the beach as the sun goes down.
ON ARRIVAL, WHAT DO YOU DO FIRST?
A. Check out the pool, ﬂop onto a sunbed and order a cocktail. B. Sample some of the local
delicacies and start planning your sightseeing itinerary. C. Book up lots of fun activities for the week ahead. D. Start your video diary, thanking everyone for their generous contributions to your getaway.
YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO BE HEARD SAYING…
A. “Can you pass me the Factor 15 and my Piña Colada, darling?” B. “Only 64 more steps to go – the view will be so worth it!” C. “Oh my god, that banana boat ride was such a buzz!” D. “I’m so grateful for you and our time here together.”
A. Nothing – just a good tan and golden, beachy hair. B. Regional wine and chocolates (ok, and a few new tops!). C. A huge bruise from your last day’s mountain trek! D. A beautiful hand-crafted sculpture made in the local village. TURN OVER FOR YOUR RESULT PERFECT WEDDING • 205
WHAT’S YOUR HONEYMOON STYLE? MOSTLY As
BEACH BUMS Forget itineraries – you’ve had enough of those during wedding planning! All you want to do is Chill. Out. Head to an all-inclusive beach resort and start working on that tan.
Where to go: 1. Mauritius 2. Bahamas 3. Florida
What to pack: 1. Ladder Detail Bikini Set, V by Very £28 2. Round beach towel, Amara £55 3. Beach Bag, Accessorize £25
CULTURE VULTURES The very idea of sitting on the beach for two weeks bores you – this is your chance to see some of the world! A city break is right up your street – shopping, sightseeing and tucking into local delicacies. Bye bye wedding diet…
Where to go: 1. New York 2. Rome 3. Barcelona 2
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What to pack: 1. Citymapper app £Free 2. Red Quilted Backpack, TK Maxx £69.99 3. Stan Smith Originals, Adidas £69.95
You love being outdoors and want to pack a whole lot into your once-ina-lifetime trip. White-water rafting, mountain biking and bungee jumping are just a few of the things on your to-do list.
Where to go: 1. Canada 2. South Africa 3. New Zealand
What to pack: 1. Hero 5 Action Cam, GoPro £399.99 2. Capsule Active walking boots, JD Williams £30 3. Buzz Off Solar Anti-Mosquito Keychain, Designist £8
ECO EXPLORERS You see your honeymoon as a chance to give something back and make a positive impact – whether it’s helping the local community, giving to charity, or staying in an eco resort – your honeymoon will be green in more ways than one. Where to go: 1. Tanzania 2. Costa Rica 3. Iceland
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What to pack: 1. Kantha Stitch wash bag, Oxfam £6.99 2. Natural Sun Screen, Odylique £25 3. Alpaca Travel Shawl/Pillow, Annabel James £109.95
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FOUR SEASONS BALI AT JIMBARAN BAY
PALACE SPA, ES SAADI RESORT
CHECK INTO ONE OF THESE JAWDROPPING WELLNESS RETREATS AND FEEL YOUR WORRIES MELT AWAY… 1. FOUR SEASONS BALI AT JIMBARAN BAY Head into this beachside garden retreat and you’ll feel rejuvenated before you’ve even said the word ‘treatment’. But if the setting alone isn’t enough to make you feel like new, try out some of the traditional Balinese therapies such as the ‘Blessings of Bali’ ritual – a mixture of yoga, sound therapy and massage – or the ‘Welas Asih’, which uses rose oil and warm rose quartz to channel inner peace. fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay 2. PALACE SPA, ES SAADI RESORT, MOROCCO Hidden away in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the famous Marrakech souks, this award-winning spa covers a massive 3,000 square metres. Relax in the marbled Moroccan Hammams, take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool, or enjoy a pedicure in a private salon while taking in the views of the city. essaadi.com 3. ALEENTA HUA HIN RESORT AND SPA, THAILAND Focusing on a ‘farm-to-facial’ approach to wellness, this luxurious spa uses natural ingredients such as ginger, lemongrass, mint and ylang ylang – all grown on the resort’s own 25-acre organic farm and used for bespoke treatments including scrubs, wraps and massage therapies. Pure bliss! aleenta.com
ALEENTA HUA HIN RESORT AND SPA
BANYAN TREE VABBINFARU
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SPA EDIT 4. BANYAN TREE VABBINFARU, MALDIVES Few places on Earth are as breathtaking as the Maldives, and this luxury island spa is a seriously once-in-alifetime experience. Book in a seashore massage and listen to the sound of the waves as all that wedding stress drifts away… banyantree.com
5. BORGO EGNAZIA, ITALY Set across two ﬂoors, this stunning spa takes you back in time, offering Roman bath rituals, Apuglian pink salt scrubs and Tarantism (an ancient relaxation process involving music). mrandmrssmith.com
6. LESANTE BLU, GREECE If you don’t fancy long-haul, the adults-only spa at this exclusive resort on Zakynthos is pure heaven. Think couples’ massages, outdoor treatment areas, a 24 hour ﬁtness centre and luxe Turkish bath. lhw.com
THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL
7. BEDFORD LODGE, SUFFOLK, UK Even closer to home is the award-winning spa at Bedford Lodge, which offers affordable luxury in the form of a rooftop hot tub, mezzanine hydrotherapy pool and treatments like the Fig and Vanilla Rasul ritual, which uses mud, heat and steam to cleanse and relax. bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk 8. CANOUAN ESTATE, CANOUAN ISLAND, ST VINCENT AND GRENADINES For all-out luxe, the Amrita spa on Canouan Island has two overwater spa suites with glass-bottom ﬂoors as well as mountainside treatment rooms with breathtaking views and private hot tubs. There’s a large freshwater swimming pool, yoga trainers and a ﬁtness centre complete with boxing ring! lhw.com
CANOUAN ESTATE, CANOUAN ISLAND
9. THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, NEW YORK As far as city breaks go, NYC is up there as one of the best, and all that sightseeing requires aftercare that’s just as awesome. Check into this urban escape in the heart of Manhattan and do some gentle laps while gazing out over the cityscape, book in an Aroma Stone massage and try some Japanese Reiki. mandarinoriental.com
BRENNERS PARK HOTEL AND SPA
10. BRENNERS PARK HOTEL AND SPA, BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY This world-renowned spa takes wellness to a whole new level. Their Detox package includes a blood analysis to check your metabolism, a personal trainer, lymphatic drainage, thermo-algae mud wraps and reﬂexology. If that all sounds a bit hardcore, don’t worry – simply chill out in the scented steam rooms and take a swim with views of the gardens. oetkercollection.com PW PERFECT WEDDING • 209
HONEYMOON IN KENYA
Explore East Africa with this fab three-stop adventure
n the lookout for the honeymoon of a lifetime? One lucky Perfect Wedding reader and their partner will win a seven-night stay in Kenya. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Kenya is offering one couple the chance to experience the very best of East Africa with a stay at its three iconic proprieties in Nairobi, Mount Kenya and the Maasai Mara. You can explore three wonderful locations: from the vibrant capital city to the tranquility of Mount Kenya and finishing up on a safari adventure in one of the best locations to spot the big five. For more information email email@example.com and quote: Fairmont Kenya Classic Honeymoon Package.
THE PRIZE: A seven-night bed and breakfast stay for two at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Kenya: Fairmont The Norfolk (two nights), Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club (three nights) and Fairmont Mara Safari Club (two nights) with lodging in Signature Suites (subject to availability) and riverfront tent at Fairmont Mara Safari Club. Couples massage and visit to David Sheldrick Centre and Giraffe Centre while staying at Fairmont The Norfolk. Horse riding or bike ride game view and slopes breakfast at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Game drive and hippo deck cocktails at Fairmont Mara Safari Club. Car transfers to hotels and Kenyan airports are included, but flights are not included. HOW TO ENTER: Head to planyourperfectwedding.com and answer the following question correctly:
Which of these animals is NOT native to Africa? A: Lion B: Zebra C: Koala Competition closes 21/02/18. Full terms and conditions, see right.
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THE OH-SO STYLISH FAIRMONT MOUNT KENYA SARAFI CLUB
ENJOY A ROMANTIC DINNER ON THE DECK AT FAIRMONT MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CLUB
RELAX BY THE POOL AT FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK
GO FOR A HORSEBACK ADVENTURE
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Our columnist explores your month ahead AQUARIUS
JAN 21–FEB 19
APR 21–MAY 21
JULY 24–AUG 23
OCT 24–NOV 22
Anyone who really knows you will understand your need for spontaneity and excitement. Romance this month will be magical as your partner seizes the opportunity to act on the mood of the moment. Great communication is the key to a successful relationship.
Even if you and your ﬁancé don’t always agree, there are plenty of ways to keep each other happy. You know just how to please and appease him and he won’t stay mad at you for long. Especially as lately your personality is warmer, more cheerful and more loving than usual.
There is plenty to be cheerful about this month. You’re looking forward to the fresh pattern your life is taking and enjoying the positive developments now happening in your relationship. Both your home life and social life are equally blessed.
Your ﬁancé is kind, generous and very nurturing. He knows how to make you feel pampered, loved and secure. Experiences you share together will keep you so absorbed in one another that you will hardly notice what else is going on in the world around you.
FEB 20–MAR 20
MAY 22–JUN 21
AUG 24–SEPT 23
NOV 23–DEC 21
It comes naturally for you, in a partnership, to nurture each other and your relationship regularly. Doing things for the person you love will not be a chore but a pleasure. Nothing makes you happier than to feel you are pleasing your ﬁancé. Enjoy each other’s company.
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BY RUSSELL GRANT
A relative will reveal some great news that helps ease your mind of a worry you have been secretly harbouring lately. Remember to always trust your intuition when dealing with those who are closest to you and don’t hold back from revealing your deepest thoughts.
Activities with your ﬁancé will inspire you but there are some things you will want to keep private. It might feel as if a friend or colleague is always around when you want to keep your dealings away from their prying eyes. In your romantic relationship you will be very warm, open and friendly.
All sorts of unexpected things are brewing. New developments will affect your close relationships. You may not be sure how you feel about some people or propositions and all this change and uncertainty accentuates feelings of stress. Share any worries with your partner.
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You have some interesting news to tell your partner or vice-versa. It will delight you when your ﬁancé whispers something special in your ear. A sudden opportunity could open up for you to make some positive changes in your life. As the month ends you will feel called to help others.
Romance is high on your list of priorities – ruled by the Moon you’ve always been emotional. Stop worrying about making a fool of yourself at your wedding. You’re allowed to get teary-eyed at the altar on your wedding day. Your sensitivity is what everyone loves about you.
Expect to become more involved in group activities. Some events will be on the expensive side but you won’t begrudge the outlay. You can avoid problems at home by giving more than you take. Planning for your wedding stimulates your love of art and will inspire a creative project.
You’re wondering how to tell some people they aren’t invited to your wedding. Use the excuse that as much as you’d love to have them there, you’re limited in numbers. Decide on your priorities – some time on your own will help you get your thoughts in order. PERFECT WEDDING • 213
WEDDING It’s the generation that’s reinventing the way we do weddings. Do you ﬁt the bill?
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The very thought of an ‘unplugged’ wedding brings you out in a cold sweat. You’ve got the cute hashtag sorted with a chalkboard sign telling guests to get posting and tweeting using it, obvs and your maid of honour has strict instructions to Facebook Live the ﬁrst dance to your friends who won’t be there on the day.
You’ve got ‘crafter’s cramp’ from all that wedding DIY. Invites, place cards, favours, decorations they’ve all been lovingly made by hand so you can put your own stamp on the day. Now where is that twine…?
There’s been no bridesmaid dress shopping stress as you’ve let them all choose their own. You’re not into the matchy/matchy 226 • PERFECT WEDDING
thing, plus this way everyone loves their dress as much as you love yours.
The best man is a dog. Your dog. One sure sign you’re having a Millennial wedding is having your pets included in the bridal party. Cat bridesmaids, horse ushers hey, we’re all for it. Pets in little wedding outﬁts rock our world.
Forget the traditional sit-down three-course meal you’re shaking things up when it comes to the food. Whether it’s a mobile pizza oven, laid-back BBQ or cool sushi menu, the wedding breakfast is getting a serious overhaul.
When it comes to Millennial weddings, it’s go big or go bigger, and your day is no exception.
“Is a bow tie and hat enough? I'm feeling a bit under-dressed...”
From the surprise ﬂash mob dance after your ceremony, to the adult-size bouncy castle your guests are in for a right treat!
You and your Mr are staying true to your style and skipping the usual morning suits and corseted bridal gown for something more ‘you’. A lace mini or bridal separates for you (complete with personalised leather jacket of course) and braces and a pair of his favourite battered Converse for him.
You’re planning an after party for the most hardcore of guests there will be no carriages at midnight for this wedding! When your day is going to be this much fun, of course you don’t want it to end. Bring on the nightcap… PW