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2018 Wedding Trends You Don’t Want to Miss!

2018 Wedding Trends You Don’t Want to Miss Happy New Year! We are into another year already and in the wonderful world of weddings, that means a few things........ It may be your year - the year you get married, and if so 'Eeeek' - it's the time you've been waiting for - the time you get to say " I get married this year!" How many of you counted the seconds until you could write that on your social media platforms. Let this year be your year, and enjoy adding those final touches and the weight lifted once your big day is all planned and everything has been paid off. All your hard work is about to come together enjoy it! Perhaps you are still looking for a final idea or too to complete the big day, just read on.... or ..... You may be recently engaged. 10,000 engagements happen over the Christmas period in the UK alone - it makes up for around 1/3 of all engagements each year. Christmas eve is deemed the most romantic day to be proposed on (according to BrideBook) and more engagements happen over the week of Christmas Day to New Years Eve than any other time of year. Massive congratulations if you are one of those couples - what an exciting time! The butterflies, the excitement, all of the planning - enjoy what is a unique time in your life and one that is really special, planning your wedding. Soak it all in and enjoy as much of the processes as you can - one day table plans and bridesmaids dresses will be a distant blur and you'll look back with huge pride at the day you pulled together to celebrate one of the happiest days of your life in front of the people who matter most to the two of you. And the final bit of exciting news is Those who work in the wedding industry get to find out what kinds of weddings we will be seeing in 2018! This is super exciting for us, at House of Oliver Bridal we work super hard to bring you the wedding news we know you want to hear! We work with social media influencers, wedding magazine distributors, talk to the best planners in the industry, and also most importantly talk to as many of you brides and grooms and those planning a wedding as possible are so are now able to bring you what's going to big on the wedding scene in 2018 . . . . . . So read on to find out the colour trends, entertainment and what's happening in bridal fashion in decor on the wedding scene in 2018 - we are seeing a bit of a change and we can't wait to get to know all about your weddings

Colour Trends of 2018 These are the hot colour schemes we will be seeing through 2018. We are seeing a shift towards softer palates and shades of colour rather than a set colour for everything to be matched too. This creates a more romantic feel and makes everything that bit softer too. It's also a nightmare trying to colour match everything to your exact chosen shade and can cause some real headaches down the line - especially as wedding suppliers will all have their own variations on what that colour is! We are all for this trend! Here's some of the colour themes we'll be seeing hit weddings this year:

Decor Trends As we push ever towards a more social age, we are predic�ng this year that wedding decor will feature more importantly than ever before when couples are planning their big days, this will definitely reflect in allocated budget too. Interes�ngly wide tables seem to be on the way out, with smaller tables whether they be rectangular or oval are in. This is to create a more in�mate feel and encourage more conversa�on between guests. Rus�c chairs seem to be a 2017 trend going nowhere with sashes draped elegantly as an accessory rather than as a means to cover up a chair. We have no�ced a rise in luscious green foliage being used in venue dressing as a replacement to sculpted floral arrangements and metallics are going nowhere, think less rose gold and more coppers. Hanging decor is also set to boom with us seeing a huge rise in crea�vity on how our venues are decorated - it turns out we do look up! Ligh�ng will be used crea�vely too as the themes you choose for your wedding become an experience in dressing the whole space rather than just the walls and tables. From fairy lights to foliage we are looking forward to seeing how this trend manifests itself throughout 2018 and beyond. Textures will be a big thing in 2018 too - we can't wait to see the interes�ng ways you incorporate these into your big day, here's some ideas to help . . . . .

Entertainment Bringing the party in 2018 is all about the guest experience! When your guests are having a good �me, you can relax into the day too. With doughnut bars to whisky sta�ons and the rise of the photo selfie mirror 2017 threw up it's own trends but 2018 is not disappoin�ng on showing weddings how to have a good �me! Con�nuing on from 2017 live performers will con�nue to be on the rise over a tradi�onal DJ. Some bands even do both, so you can get 2 entertainment aspects in one. A live band for some of the night and then later on a�er all of the formali�es are out the way 'Boom Time' with the tunes! With the 2018 wedding experience trend in mind, we expect to see a rise in guests op�ng for providing their guests with an experience rather than a more tradi�onal favour. With wedding tech massively on the rise you can provide guests with pre�y much anything you can think of. As an alterna�ve to caricaturists couples can

provide guests with pretty much anything you can think of. As an alternative to caricaturists couples can now provide their guests with miniature carvings in chocolate done on the day, the options are limitless. Whereas this example may seem a little extravagant many couples in 2018 will choose to gift an experience to their guests in place of a favour and it can be as unique to you as you like! Magicians performing fully immersive shows during a quiet period in the wedding rather than table to table magic as just one idea. Beauty Bars are on the rise in corporate parties and usually we see those trends hit the wedding market soon after, so perhaps you may want to do a DIY version with a lipstick station, in place of a 'touch up' box in the bathroom, the options are limitless. Champagne bars were never going to go anywhere and Prosecco station sounds and tastes just as good! More modern choices of entertainment such as beatboxing are on the rise, with you couples really homing in on having a day that reects you both as a couple. We are all for that! Look out for confetti bombs, and coloured smoke displays too. Can we please get an invite?



The Dress And here's the one we have been waiting for! The wedding trends of 2018 we have been most excited about sharing. Here at House of Oliver Bridal we are committed to bringing you gorgeous, on trend wedding dresses in your size, something we feel, is incredibly important when trying on wedding dresses. This is why we have over 200 dresses in store, in sizes 6-26 and have dress deliveries twice a month and are constantly looking forward as to how fashions are changing. From runway shows to chatting to designers and manufacturers we've been looking at what's going to be big in bridal wear in 2018 and here's some inspiration that just may get you thinking about the dress you'll wear when you say 'I Do'

Lace is always classic and we see it year in year out. But this year we expect to see more unique lace patterns, lace overlays on nude bodices and skirts rather than white or ivory really makes lace pop and is slightly more modern. Romantic flowing fabrics, off the shoulder designs and dresses with pockets were all seen on the runway too. Last year saw the low back, whereas 2018 will see a rise in sheer side panels, a hint of a sexy silhouette. Dresses are getting lighter with designers knowing that you want to move around and dance, comfort for the day is important and is something that your personal bridal assistant can help you with at your appointment. A dress should never feel too tight you would feel uncomfortable on your big day! Off the shoulder detailing is coming back, deep v necklines, there's something for everyones taste. Not just ivories and whites, nudes and blushes are creeping on to the bridal scene.

Here's some inspiration of some of the sorts of dresses you may wish to try on in your appointment. Last year we saw a lot of social media pressures in the wedding industry and media on brides to have a certain dress or style and have it photographed in a certain way - the potential not so nice side of Pinterest worthy weddings and Instagram. We are however seeing more and more women trusting their own style and 'pushing back' which we love! Confidence is most definitely sexy, savvy brides are trusting their own style and looking more at what they love than following mainstream trends which we are all for! This is why your personal assistant will ask questions, and get to know your style and your wedding. It's how we can give you the best appointment possible and pick out some styles you may have not thought of and help you find that kind of dress you had in your head. The most important thing is finding a dress that makes you feel the best version of yourself and to take all of the inspiration in this blog as what it is, inspiration and to get you thinking about the style you may like to go for or indeed the wedding you would like to plan. The best advice we can give to bride to be's is to come and book an appointment and try some dresses on, learn about the shapes of dresses and styles and fabrics thats you love by trying them on - it's really fun! Your assistant is on hand to answer any questions and to help you navigate our dresses, perhaps suggest a dress or three too. All that's left for you to do is relax, share a glass of something nice and enjoy your appointment.

House of Oliver Real Wedding Chloe and Thomas Date: 29th July 2017 Venue: Newark Castle Gardens Evening Reception: Newark Town Hall Photographer: Emily Florence Photography How did your partner propose? Thomas my partner and myself were on a week away in Edinburgh for our second anniversary which is one of my favourite places. His parents had bought us tickets to go into Edinburgh Castle. Just before the 1 o'clock cannon went off Thomas was taking some photos of me sat down with the views of Edinburgh behind me and he surprised me with a handmade box with a lovely gold ring within the box and he asked me to marry him. Straight away I said 'Oh my god , have you asked my dads permission' Then of course I said yes! Why did you choose the dress you did? I went to the house of Oliver with my mum and my chief bridesmaid and sister Natalie. We didn't expect to ďŹ nd a dress that day as I hadn't looked properly in other stores. As we walked in we saw a lovely princess dress in the window , but straight away I said to my mum it wouldn't suit me. We went inside and we decided that we would all pick out some dresses for me. What I had in my mind was a tight ďŹ tted lace dress. I tried on about 7 dresses of what I 'thought' I wanted but none of them made me feel amazing. After feeling quite down about the whole situation my mum told me to try on the dress I saw in the window so I thought to keep my mum happy I will try it on. The lady comes in with this dress , straight away I thought oh wow its huge and this instantly put me off as its not what I imagined wearing. I put the dress on and instantly I felt like a princess, My only issue with the dress is that it was a boob tube dress and I don't like my shoulders. I walked out of the dressing room and my mum instantly started crying and my sister said it was the best dress she had seen on me. I loved the dress but i was so unsure about my shoulders being on show. The lovely lady in house of Oliver told me to try on a lace jacket which goes over my shoulders and sits on the dress. When I put this on I knew this was the dress for me. To get married in a castle and to have a princess dress was perfect.

What was your theme or colour scheme and why? We didn't really have a theme in mind when we started to plan our wedding , it was one of the last things we thought about. We didn't want it colourful as we didn't want the colours to clash with dresses and flowers. We decided to keep the theme nice and plain and add the colour within the flowers. Our colour scheme was originally going to be red , but as it was a summer wedding dresses in red were very rare to come across. I went bridesmaid shopping with my girls and we came across lilac/grey dresses, the girls tried them on and we loved them straight away they were just do delicate and elegant, perfect for a summer wedding. Plus they were a bargain! We matched our Bridesmaids dresses with the flowers and table decorations.

What was your highlight of the day? The highlight for myself was of course marrying my husband Thomas. But seeing both of our families together was brilliant. Its not very often our families get together so it was great for them all to meet and for them to witness us get marries and celebrate the biggest day of our lives. The day goes past so quickly , make sure you have a moment to yourselves and don't concentrate on trying to say hello to everyone , your guests will come to you. A huge Congratulations to Chloe and Thomas from us all here at House of Oliver. We love that you took such a relaxed approach to choosing your colour scheme and it all tied together really well. Your engagement story gave us a little chuckle too - it's definitely important to get permission! Your dress looks absolutely gorgeous and you accessorised it perfectly with the jacket! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness in you married life. Katie, Jade, Roxy, Vicky and Jess xxx

Five Tips When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer It’s the season to be engaged! The winter months are a magical, exci�ng �me of the year, where so many couples get engaged over Christmas, New Year and Valen�nes day. With so many engagements, comes many enquiries. Most couples are planning a wedding for their first �me and knowing where to begin can be mind-boggling, as well as pre�y daun�ng. So, I thought I’d share a few �ps on how and when to start with booking your wedding photographer. 1. Speak to friends If you have friends that are already married, or perhaps planning a wedding, talk to them and ask which photographer they used/are using and their experience of them. It may be that they have a fantastic recommendation and their photographer is also the right fit for you and your wedding too. 2. Look around Take the time to research photographers. Do you want somebody who offers documentary style, natural photos, perhaps you’re looking for somebody who has a vintage style or you’re a fan of posed, quirky photographs. There will be a photographer who has a style you’ll love. I always recommend speaking with three different photographers whose style you like and researching their pricing information to ensure they fit your budget.

3. When to book Most wedding photographers are booked up at least a year in advanced. Therefore, it’s important that once you’ve set a date to begin thinking about which photographer you’d love to capture your wedding. Booking as early as possible will avoid disappointment if you have your heart set on a particular photographer. Typically most of my clients book 12-18months before their big day.

4. I know which photographer I like, now what? Reach out and say hello! Don’t be scared to ask for a consultation, most photographers offer a free initial meeting, which gives you the opportunity to get a feel for them and their work, as well as ask any questions you may have. Let them know you’re interested and ask for further information about their packages and prices. Don’t forget to ask about their availability, so that they can check that they are able to photograph your wedding. Remember, it may be that other couples enquire about your wedding date so there’s a high chance, with all wedding vendors, that somebody else also asks about booking the same date. Although, most vendors will call and give you the first refusal on your date if somebody else does want it.

Once you know your photographer is right for you and you know they’re easy to get along with. Then the usual process is to sign the contract and pay a deposit to secure your date. If they’re not available, ask if they have any other recommendations. I’m always more than happy to recommend other trusted professionals.

5. Invest in an engagement photoshoot Some photographers offer complimentary engagement shoots as part of their packages. They’re a great investment so that you have the opportunity to work together and get to know each other prior to your big day. It will give you an opportunity to practice posing with your partner and also the chance to review and feedback to your photographer on which poses you prefer.


At the tender age of just 22, Jess was diagnosed with Mul�ple Sclerosis and it changed our world forever. Life seems different when you realise you have an expiry date. We had two op�ons; we could either wallow in self-pity and not help ourselves or we could make an impact and help change the world. The la�er sounded a damn sight more fun. This is why we want to help brides to be? We believe everybody deserves their dream wedding day and are on a mission to make it happen. Today we thought we would discuss the dreaded guest list! Remember P.E. (physical exercise) at school? Where you would all stand in a line wai�ng to be picked for one of the team. Whether it was hockey or basketball or whatever. There were also the ones who got picked last. If you were one of them do you remember that feeling? That feeling of not being wanted. This is very similar to your guest list. There are going to be guests who always make the ‘bride squad’. There are going to be some who are the last ones to be picked. Finally there will be some who quite frankly may need to sit this one out. The problem is deciding which ones sit it out. It’s like deciding who you are going to go to end of school prom with 3 years before you finish school. We never know what might happen and what might change. Rela�onships change. On the lead up to the big day some of the people you felt closest to you may dri� away from and some that haven’t even come into your life yet may end up on the guest list. This is why we encourage you to not send out invita�ons to early. Does it mean if you send a save the date you have to invite them to the wedding? Not necessarily. We had some people that we were close to when we sent out save the dates but not when we sent out invites. We didn’t get complaints because we had already dri�ed apart. There may be some in your wedding party who expect to come all day and only get invited to the evening. It is there responsibility to respect whatever decisions you decide to make. It is your wedding day a�er all!

Some would say the guest list is the hardest part. It must literally change around 100 �mes from beginning to end and it’s amazing how quickly you can go in and out of touch with people you know. Let’s break down the guest list into simple steps: Step 1 - Write out your basic list of people you absolutely need to be at your ceremony and at your recep�on. If your budget is limited you may need to be harsh at this stage. Remember that if you haven’t spoken to the person in the last year do you really need them there? Some�mes even if you’re related it doesn’t mean you’re close enough to want them there at your most special moment or that you want to buy them a 3 course wedding breakfast! Have a look online for a guest list planner to help keep track of everybody and where they will sit. If you’re struggling to find a good one you can have ours that is included in our wedding planner here for free Step 2 - Find a guest list decider online to help you decide who to have on your day. These are great for making you think about people you know slightly differently. If you’re struggling to find one then you can use ours for free, there’s a paper one included in the link in step 1 or use our interac�ve decider (which is much more fun by the way!) it’s a Facebook messenger guest list decider (we called it Dot The Bot) and you can find it here. She will tell you exactly who you should invite a�er asking you some simple ques�ons Step 3 - Plus ones. This is always a difficult issue and it comes up all the �me on our ‘Toss The Tiara’ weekly wedding advice show. To invite plus ones or not invite plus ones? The guest list decider used in steps 1 + 2 should help you with this but if you s�ll want to invite them consider how it will affect your budget if the +1 came and how many people you are allowed in your venue package (if you have a venue package). It also depends on how well you know the friend/family members +1 and whether that couple are engaged or married already (which means they’re serious) or just got together. If they’ve just got together they may split up before the wedding meaning they will be le� in your wedding photos forever. Definitely consider this when thinking about +1’s.

Step 4 - How to ‘uninvite’ a guest if you’ve sent them a Save The Date already? When you’re sending out your save the dates around 18+ months before and your invita�ons around 12+ months before your wedding day it’s going to be inevitable that you dri� away from some of those people. It’s natural and definitely does not make you a bad person for wan�ng to uninvite people. But how do you ‘uninvite’ them in a nice way? Simple! If you’ve sent a Save The Date but now don’t speak just don’t send them an invite. If you’ve already sent an invite but now don’t speak, this is slightly more tricky but needs to be done. Sit down with them and have a short term awkward conversa�on with them that sorts the problem and will give you peace of mind on the day (Tip: alterna�vely you could write a le�er to them so it’s not as scary!) This is something else that gets asked a lot on our ‘Toss The Tiara’ show, we answered some of the most asked ques�ons in our planner (including how to ‘uninvite’ a guest) you can find out more by popping over to our website. Step 5 - Kids or no kids? It’s your choice! Again depends on your budget, whether you have a lot of kids in your family/friends circle or whether you have kids yourself and of course your venue package. This is another ques�on that is asked a lot in our brides group on Facebook and because of this we created a guest list chart so you can keep track of who’s coming which is available to download on our website also. We really hope that this has helped you with your guest list. If you have any ques�ons or need opinions from other brides to be planning their weddings to talk it through with pop over to our Facebook page which is Dream Wedding Secrets.

Looking After You until you say I DO You know, I think that The Red-Hot Chili Peppers and Ronan Keating were onto something. There really is a huge rollercoaster of emo�ons from the moment you say “Yes” to finally saying “I Do”. Many of you have probably just started to plan your dream wedding and when you start to look at all the things you need to organise before the big day, you could begin to feel a little overwhelmed with it all, and your emo�ons can get the be�er of you…cue the classic Bridezilla stereotype. Managing our emotions through Aromatherapy is one of the ways we can create total body happiness and wellness. All too often we only focus on our physical well being and not our mental health as well. Did you know that our emotions are information carrying molecules that bind to and react with cell receptors in the body? They can get into cells and impact that cells function and behaviour. Is it any wonder when we are feeling low you generally notice more aches and pains, and when we are happy, we feel great! Essential oils, used in Aromatherapy, interact chemically with our emotions thanks to the fact that aromas and smells are linked directly to the Limbic area of the brain, which is the emotional seat and, depending on the quality and purity of the oil, just one drop can have as many as 40 Million Trillion molecules in it. With the help of dōTERRA’s Emotional Aromatherapy blends, you can easily stay on top of any of the emotional bumps you may be feeling along the way, they’ve even created this helpful “Wheel of Emo�ons” to help guide you on your way.

If you are starting to feel anxious or worried, you can always turn to Peace, the reassuring blend, breath deeply and feel calmer, or if you have 101 things to do, but just can’t summon up the get up and go, then put some Motivate on your pulse points and be prepared to do great things! Whatever you are feeling, these oils can and will help! And whilst Life, Love and where to sit Great Uncle Bert may be a Rollercoaster, using these oils can help it feel like a walk in the park. dōTERRA Essential Oils are extracted from plants grown and harvested at the optimal time, in their natural environment, put through stringent third-party tests and are guaranteed to be 100% pure and filler free For Further information please feel free email or find us on Facebook @lavenderandlimeoil

Wedding Day Makeup-To Do or Not To Do Yourself, That Is The Question! We are living in a time where, thanks to the likes of bloggers and vloggers and instant access to social media, most of us can find 'how-to' videos and tips about anything at the click of a button. Some women use this as a way to find inspiration and ideas to dream of how they could look on their special day, others use it as a step-by-step tool to make this a reality and do their own makeup and then there are the ladies who choose to leave this all in the hands of a professional makeup artist. So what's the right way? Well, the answer is simple. There really is no right or wrong answer! But there are several things which are good to consider which may help you make your decision! One question to ask yourself is; are you, or would you do your own hair for your special day? Answers vary but a large majority of women come back with a resounding 'no way!'. Lots of women love the fact that, for this one day, they can play 'princess' and have the full works including hair, nails, lashes and spray tan etc. You do deserve this, so why not have the makeup too? Do you want to spend time applying your own makeup on such a jam-packed day? Take a moment to really imagine this on your wedding day.

Some may find it easier, quicker and less stressful however some might opt to put their feet up as much as possible before the big moment and take a makeup and hair nap and leave it in the hands of someone else. Pricing is always something to consider. But makeup artists are not as pricey as some may think if you do your research. If you're unsure, there is absolutely nothing wrong in asking a selection of makeup artists for a quote. It's not cheeky to ask and you're not obliged to commit after requesting a quote, so you have nothing to loose. You may find that for the stress-free option of having someone do your makeup for you it's worth every penny.

Also, professional makeup artists generally use top quality makeup and know all the tricks of the trade in order to get your makeup lasting all hours and photographing well! However, if you are a self-proclaimed 'makeup geek', you may decide that with a good YouTube video, a selection of quality makeup products and some preparation, you can achieve a look you are very happy with yourself. After speaking to a friend, she said to me, 'I can do my own makeup perfectly well, but when I pay for a makeup artist to do my makeup, I do it for a few reasons. Firstly, I need the absolute guarantee that my makeup will look just as good 8 hours later as it did first thing in the morning, I need my makeup to look 'popping' on professional photos and I want the stress and pressure of doing it myself taking away from me. I also want to look like the best possible version of myself and paying for a professional makeup artist means I have ticked all these boxes. At no point do I want to look back at photos and not be happy with my makeup!'. Now I think this is a very fair way to look at what you are paying for when choosing to opt for an MUA. But another friend said; 'I want the control of doing my own makeup in peace and quiet and no one faffing around me. I know my face best and I want to look and feel myself on my special day. No one can else can do that but myself'. Whichever way you look at it, both opinions are quite valid in their own way. But when you are reading them, I hope like me, you find yourself agreeing and nodding along with one statement more than the other. If so, hopefully that should give you an idea of the sort of bride you are. If you're still confused, why not enquire for a quote for an MUA as well as pricing up what it would cost you to buy what you need to do it yourself and see where you are at cost wise and how you feel. Making a for and against list always comes in handy and ask friends who are married what they would do if they could do it all over again. After all hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Whatever decision you come to, remember envitably it is your decision to make and what is right for you is what is best! If you are interested in sourcing out a local MUA, searching hashtags such as #nottinghammua #derbymua #bridalmakeupeastmidlands #makeupartistnottingham etc will help. All the best and good luck!

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