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House of Oliver Real Wedding-Laura & Mark

Date: 11 April 2017 Venue: Chaucer Barn in Norfolk- we choose the Barn as it was perfect for our small wedding party of 15. We all travelled from Chesterfield to Norfolk for the two nights we stayed there. Photographer: my parents! Apart from catering we did everything ourselves. How did your partner propose: in a tent in the back garden- I’m very shy with grand gestures! Why did you choose the wedding dress you did? Because it was the perfect dress; my mum said it’s a Laura dress! It just fitted perfectly and I felt so comfortable. But most importantly I could imagine myself getting married at the Barn in it- it had a long train that I knew would skim along the wooden floors perfectly, and I loved the lace detail and simplicity of it too. What was your theme or colour scheme of the wedding? Our colour scheme was yellow and blue, and we had lots of spring flowers. What was your highlight of the day? Spending the three days and two nights with all our guests, sitting together in the evenings drinking in front of the open fires, and cooking bacon sandwiches the morning of the wedding before going to get ready. We also had our two dogs with us which made some very magical photographs. Knowing that we had all our loved ones under one roof, and enjoying themselves was the best bit. We had afternoon tea (we got married at 11am) which was a lovely touch!

35 ways to save £500 off your wedding! Think you can plan a wedding on a budget? It's sometimes harder than you may think and there's always last minute costs that weren't factored in. Its easier than you think to stretch a budget and it's hard to do that without giving up things that you love. So we thought we'd bring you 50 quick ways to be able to save a £500 at your wedding....and all of those £500's add up, it is half a grand after all..... Grab a cuppa and take note, especially of number 17 :)

3. RSVP smarter - Get your guests to RSVP via text or email instead of including reply cards with your invites. You'll also be more likely to get responses. 4. Haggle, Haggle, Haggle - Always ask the question - offer to leave video testimonials for all the vendors you use and promote them for them. 5. Use Printables - There's tons of wedding sites with printables for stationary. All of the signs from ' pick a seat not a side' and the days timeline can be customised and printed for free at home.

1. Go Digital - Embrace century and opt for digital use websites like fiverr or create something bespoke at home.

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2. Schedule the Day - Avoid long gaps in the day, not a lot happens in these pauses and all of the suppliers will need paying through that time and your guests may need feeding something extra too. Canapés cost!

6. Print Big rather than many - Popping one big poster frame by the entrance saves costs than printing programmes individually. Chalkboards and Calligraphed Mirrors are budget friendly and modern.

12. Double Use your flowers - Have your florist create your bouquets with the thought in mind that you will use them or centrepieces or to decorate the cake table too

7.DIY a photo booth or ask your photographer what they can come up with - You could buy a digital printable camera and double it up as a guest book too where guest can leave a note next to their snap

13. Go short and tall - having your florist create short and tall arrangements. Smaller centrepieces are more cost effective and then the tall ones can fill in gaps and create drama.

8.Negotiate on your menu - there's usually room for manoeuvre with a menu and downgrading just one meal choice can save you mega bucks! Once you've negotiated there, haggle down again by asking them to throw in a few children's meals in for free.

14.Less is More - less is certainly more when it comes to decor and it looks more elegant too. Think single centrepieces or lots of ivy broken up with a few candles. 15. DIY - Invest in a training course or two and you may just be able to pull off parts of your wedding and make it look like you hired a professional. Don't take on massive jobs though that will make you stressed on the build up to the day and enlist the help of some of your friends. 16. Switch Peonies for Carnations - they are like 1/5th of the price and they bulk up centrepieces a treat.

9. Sign up for deals and wedding website - Scoop up deals by subscribing to supplier newsletters and follow them all on social media. Comment on their posts and build up a rapor as early as you can. It's never too early to start building up a positive relationship. 10. Don't over-do favors - Half the amount of favors by only doing one per couple, just make sure it's worth sharing -like champagne or ďŹ zz! 11. Consider a themed buffet menu instead of a sit down dinner - Pasta stations or a Hog Roast can work out cheaper per head than a sit down dinner.

17. Pick up your wedding dress for less - Pop on over to us and save up to ÂŁ2000 on your dream dress -

18. Look outside the box when it comes to your suppliers. Musicians can be a costly way to create an atmosphere but university bands and local music teachers would perform for a frac�on of the cost 19. Ask your venue if you can bring your own alcohol and pay the corkage 20. Skip a big cake and serve single tier cakes instead. You can even have dummy layers if you want to create height. 21. If you're not bothered about a cake consider having a donut tower or a selection of cakes 22. Replace a dessert table with a sweet cart. You can buy sweets in bulk at a wholesalers and if you sign up to wholesalers early you can shop about for the best deal. Double these up as favors.

26. Watch out for hidden costs - taking your registrar out from the registry office to a hotel can inflate the price by up to 5 x. Read through contracts and ask your suppliers to explain anything you aren't sure of. 27. Thank you Gifts - a hand written, thoughtful note and a bottle of wine will be more than enough to thank those people who contributed to your day. Or give away the bridal party bouquets as gi�s.

23. Arrange for poured service at your sit down dinner rather than paying for bottles of wine to each tables. The average wedding guests drinks about half a bottle of wine, if you arrange for it to be poured you'll cut down on waste, big time! 24. Be honest - if you have a budget, tell people. Your supplier can't help if you don't let them. They'll be able to present options you can afford and you then don't have to worry about falling in love with things you can't afford. 25. Borrow a car - do you know someone who would like the job of being chauffeur for the morning. The average spend on wedding cars is close to £600 for a few hours. Cut this cost completely by asking a relative with a nice car to take you from your ceremony to the after party.

28. Look into hiring a student - do your research and go and speak with local colleges. Ask a reputable student to do your bridal make up or be a photographer. They will most likely go the extra mile to help build a client base for a fraction of what a professional would charge. Just make sure you do a trial and you like their work.

29. Make a video invite or save the date - grab a camera and have some fun! And completely free 30. Skip the flowers and opt for candles - chic, elegant and they create gorgeous mood photos. 31. Have an afternoon wedding - if you are flexible on timings you can cut meals down to just the one and cut all the waiting around timing too. 34. Consider the high street for your accessories - the high street have cottoned on to the fact a modern bride wants a piece of jewellery that reflects her personality and the options are endless. Some bridal shops will throw in accessories too - the average spend of which is around £400. 35. Consider asking guests to contribute things to the wedding, do you know someone who would bring a few desserts, a budding videographer who would film your first dance, a talented artist who could design your stationary or someone who makes lovely cakes? Utilise your family and friends skills and ask them to be involved as their present to you. 32. Pick a less popular wedding date or time - savings of up to a third can be made for having your wedding out of season. Typical wedding season runs from June-September so save big on your venue, photographer and caterers by picking a less popular season to marry in. If you are not suspicious go for a Friday 13th - a date venues typically struggle to book. 33. Cut the number in your bridal party the average spend on a bridesmaids dress is around £200 and suit rental sits at around £100. Now the average dress at House of Oliver is £80 and suit hire is £85 but it's simple maths, the less in your party the less the spend. Ask your party to chip in with the price of items or get their own shoes. Every penny does count.

9 Reasons You Should Book A Close Up Magician For Your Wedding I get asked all the time at wedding fayres and when I am out and about when do I perform at weddings, whats the point in having a magician for our wedding and I have an uncle that can do a few card tricks why not just use him, So I thought I would give you 9 reasons you should book a Close Up Magician for your wedding,

2) If you want to create a happy, lively atmosphere at your wedding close up magic is the ideal way to do it. I mix plenty of fun in with the tricks and the sound of laughter combined with the gasps of amazement help to create a lovely feeling amongst your guests of being part of something genuinely enjoyable

1) Close up Magic is incredible as it doesn’t require any special lighting, staging or amplification, which means it is hugely versatile and can fit in any format you are hoping to create for your wedding.

3) I bring my magic to wherever your guests are standing or sitting. It doesn’t matter whether they are in one room or several, large groups or small, inside or outside I can approach them and perform mind blowing magic whilst standing right next to them.

4) There are very few forms of entertainment that can appeal to everyone from young children to the elderly, but magic is certainly one of them, That means when you book a close up magician you don’t need to worry that some of your guests will feel excluded, since everyone can enjoy the performances.

5) Because I perform my magic up close up your guests it creates something very novel and intriguing because many people have never seen magic presented so close up before. It creates quite a talking point and means your guests will remember your wedding long after its ďŹ nished. 6) Close up magic is very personal and memorable for those who see it. If I borrow a ring from one of your guests and do something amazing with it, It leaves a lasting and real impression with them. Plus because I am performing so close, it is really possible for those watching to really become part of the magic and help create the illusion.

8) Need to break the ice at your wedding? If you have a collection of guests who may not know each other well my close up magic will help them relax and bring them all together. They will get to see and be involved in some amazing illusions and often people will immediately turn and discuss with others what they have just seen, thus generating conversation. Magic is a great way to create a common experience that people really want to chat about.

9) People always imagine that if they were sitting or standing close enough to the magician they would get the best chance to see how its all done, well if you book my close up magic this will be your guests best opportunity to be very close‌.but still not see how its done. 7) A lot of people have seen magicians such as dynamo and troy performing their miracles outside or in some unusual settings, and I can do similar things. The difference is that while those other magicians are on Tv, which can make it more difficult for you to see the magic clearly, I perform my magic live and in person.

A nd lastly thankyou for reading this a nd for anybody getting married t hat is looking for a magician I offer a free personal magic show to you a nd your partner to see my work b efore you book – Just get in touch t hrough either my website w, F acebook on Matthew Ramsell M agic or email me at T hankyou again and happy planning.

Different ways to ROCK your wedding dress! We have all grown up with some sort of traditional wedding dress look pictured in our heads - it may be something fit for a princess, something you grew up watching on a classic disney movie or perhaps something your mum wore when she did her own I do's, when I look back at my own first experiences of wedding dresses growing up it was my mums wedding video, then on tape, poofy sleeves, satin and pastel coloured bridesmaids dresses. Thankfully the wedding world has moved on somewhat from 80s bridal fashion and modern brides are open to much more choice and are able to reflect their style and personality in what they wear and with the wedding dress trend of 2018 being very much about reflecting your own individual style we wanted brides to learn all about the options available. Here at House of Oliver Bridal we wanted to show you that whether you wanted to go traditional or something more individual there's an option out there for every bride and a way to Rock your wedding dress!

Before we get into it all, brides should remember to be themselves. Don’t let the stress of all the planning sway you from what you have had your heart set on or what you know will suit you whether that be an ivory lace fit and flair or a tulle blush ball gown. For some brides, their dress is their dress and they plan to wear it for as many hours as humanly possible. While other brides plan to step into something less formal for the evening reception so they can party all night long and switch it up. There isn't a wrong or a right answer, but we want to share a few different ways to rock your wedding dress.

THE RECEPTION LOOK I f you’re looking to have a second d ress and wow your guests or m aybe just want something more f un to dance the night away in, w e say GO FOR IT! You won't get t his opportunity again and you m ay have chosen something less p ractical for your main wedding d ress. You will always have tons o f pictures of your ceremony d ress so don’t feel bad if you t hink your first dress will lack a ttention. Trust us, everyone will r emember the gown you walked d own the aisle in! To switch it up, t ry a sequin dress in on trend r ose gold or champagne, a more f itted style to your main dress or e ven a different colour like blush o r lavender.

THE SHORT STUFF N ot just for the more petite bride, ( and girls if you are a little more o n the petite side for height you m ay wish to try an A line full l ength, sometimes they just e longate you in ways you weren't e xpecting!) a short wedding dress c an be fun, quirky, a nod to the 5 0's and an excuse to show off a p air of sensational heels too! Tea l ength and ballerina length dresses f ly out here at House of Oliver B ridal, but remember we are an off t he peg shop which means we get n ew dresses in weekly!

Every time you visit it could be like walking into a new shop again with new styles arriving all the time! Short styles aren't for everyone though and with less of a dress to make a statement with they aren't everyone's cup of tea. Definitely don't let that stop you though especially if they suit your personality. None of our Tea Length dresses are above £500 here at House of Oliver too so they can be extremely purse friendly!

ACCESSORISE IT UP Boleros and jackets can totally transform your dress and can start from around £40 and can be a cost effective way of getting 2 looks in one, take it off for the nighttime and get an entirely different dress! Belts can accentuate a waist and there's a world of ways as to how to style these with your gown, crea�ng a look as individual as you are.

So unless you go for something couture chances are they'll be at least a couple of hundred other brides in the country with the same dress as you. Here at House of Oliver Bridal we are very lucky to carry a couture label, and at present we only get one of each design in! Our India Grace Label retails at under £1000 so is still cost effective but when you choose one of these prestigious dresses you'll know you'll be the only bride in the world wearing one! If couture isn't for you and you still want to personalise your gown we have literally hundreds of options available to you. Talk to your assistant and let her guide you through what is possible in terms of alterations, perhaps you want to add a sleeve, scoop a back or add some jewellery to your dress in terms of a back necklace.

Use your bridal assistants knowledge of alterations to know whether hems can be shortened, buttons added or changes to the way your dress fastens or whether those full length sleeves taken up to 3/4s - there's so many ways you can stamp your style on to your wedding dress and playing around with all of the different accessories in your appointment is great fun too. Just worth mentioning too, always ask to try on your dress with a hoop, it can totally transform the look of a dress and can always be slipped off if it's not for you!

We hope we've given you some inspiration and some possibilities on how to stamp your style and personality on to your wedding dress. 2018 is a big year in bridal because the possibilities are endless - we talked in our previous blog 'The Top Wedding Trends of 2018' about how the bridal market is changing this year and how savvy brides are pushing back against social media pressures to find 'the perfect dress' for an image on social media and are staying truer to what reflects them as a bride, which is a trend we are all for! It means that variety will be the trend of 2018 and we are all about giving our brides choice here at House of Oliver Bridal, with over 200 dresses in store, a couture line of dresses you won't find anywhere else plus new styles arriving all the time we have a dress for every kind of bride here, along with a trained bridal specialist on hand to answer any questions on how you can rock your wedding dress too!

The Bridal Edit - March/April Edition  

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The Bridal Edit - March/April Edition  

Edition Two House of Oliver Bridal