Friday, 10 December 2010

One Life Ceremonies - Making Your Day Memorable

     


“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter."  I am a HUGE advocator of personalised weddings, especially with the use of poetry and words, so image my delight to discover One Life Ceremonies, a family business run by mother and daughter Maria and Laurra Nalty, based in Yorkshire.  Bespoken Dreams invited Maria and Laurra to guest blog and share with you their wonderful world of weddings and words!

"make it memorable"





"We do something that most people have never heard of... we write and conduct personal wedding (http://onelifeceremonies.co.uk/wedding-ceremony) , gay commitment (http://onelifeceremonies.co.uk/gay-commitment)  and wedding vow renewal (http://onelifeceremonies.co.uk/wedding-vow-renewal)  ceremonies.

Quite often when a couple get married or renew their wedding vows they use a standard script as set by the vicar or registrar, these tend to be fairly impersonal as they don’t have much room to make it your own. We offer a service which allows you to have the ceremony of your dreams by designing it around you as a couple and what you want. That means that your ceremony can include the words, vows, readings and music that you want – not that you have to have or that everybody else has!



We essentially start with a blank canvas and will work with you to find out exactly what you want as well as offering you ideas and inspiration along the way. Holding a One Life Wedding Ceremony is a perfect alternative to a civil wedding led by a registrar or a church wedding because it means that you can choose exactly what you want it to include and it can be as traditional or unconventional as you want.

One thing that truly sets us apart is that you can hold your wedding outside or in an unusual venue, it doesn’t have to be licensed for marriage, (the marriage legalities must held separately by a Registrar).




We offer two different wedding packages and have just launched a wedding vow writing service (http://onelifeceremonies.co.uk/wedding-vow-writing-service) as well, a great option if you’ve decided to include your own vows in your wedding but can’t put what you want to say into writing! This service is perfect for any couple even if you’re having a church service or one led by a Registrar; it’s a great way to make your ceremony that little bit more personal!"




For more information about our personal wedding ceremonies or wedding vow writing service please visit our website or contact us for more details:

http://www.onelifeceremonies.co.uk/wedding-ceremony

info@onelifeceremonies.co.uk

(0113) 868 0072

Photography by Olivia Brabbs http://www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk/

Honeymoon Swoon for a Fashionista Bride...

LANVIN Suitcase Honeymoon Set

Passport, Money, Tickets?  Check.  LANVIN Suitcase Honeymoon Set?  Check this out!

Exude Honeymoon Chic and be the Envy of the Jet Set with this extremely stylish LANVIN suitcase set from http://www.net-a-porter.com/

White glazed canvas suitcase with a collection of multicolored printed accessories. Lanvin suitcase has rounded corners, silver-tone hardware, clip fastenings, a wooden handle, fuchsia printed lining with designer tag on inner lid and grosgrain self-tie inner straps. It comes with a matching printed cotton tote bag that has grosgrain handles, is fully lined and has inner zip and patch pockets, a small patterned drawstring bag, pompom-embellished raffia flip flops that come in one size and a large printed pareo.

THE perfect gift for a fashionista bride...


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Elegantly Funky Opening Day - Saturday 4th December

Elegantly Funky invites you...

For Mince Pies and Mulled Wine When Baby it's Cold Outside...

Opening Day

Join us this Saturday for our special opening offers to include:

Prize draw for all brides to win their WEDDING VENUE DRESSING!
10% off chair covers
Ideas and tips on wedding tradition
Candy buffet tags & bags with all on the day candy buffet bookings
Heavenly sweedish massage, reiki and hopi ear treatments
FREE wedding Postbox hire with all on the day bookings


10am Saturday 4th December 2010

6 Atherton Street
New Brighton
Wallasey
CH45 2NY

http://www.elegantlyfunky.co.uk/
sarah@elegantlyfunky.co.uk

Saturday, 27 November 2010

SAMPLE SALE: Belles Bridal Boutique Sunday 5th December 2010

 
Belles Bridal Boutique (http://www.bellesbridalboutique.co.uk/) is holding a one day sample sale on Sunday 5 December 2010 from 9am-6pm selling a selection of beautiful, unworn samples from Ritva Westenius, Alessandra R, Kate Sherford, Manu Garcia and Amanday Wyatt at a greatly reduced price. Also on sale will be a selection of bridesmaid and prom dresses and shoes. No appointment is necessary – just come along, see the dress of your dreams and we’ll provide the mince pies to get you into the Christmas spirit!


Belles Bridal Boutique is located in Suite 20, The Hahnemann Building, 42 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BZ. Tel. 0151 708 1996

Monday, 15 November 2010

Inspiring Mood Boards - Chic Beach Wedding


A couple of weekends ago, I attended the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners UKAWP two day course in Cheadle House, Cheadle.  I was in my element - 14 hours of non-stop wedding chatter with like minded wedding obsessed ladies!  I had a fabulous time, met some very inspiring ladies and really learnt a lot.

The UKAWP promote professionalism in the wedding industry.  I was lucky enough to meet one of their directors, the fabulous Kelly Chandler of The Bespoke Wedding Company, who was our tutor for the two days.  Assisting her on day two was the gorgeous Erika Unbehaun of Flutterfly Events

Day two set us the task of meeting with a potential bride at a mock consultation to discuss the day of her dreams.  In my case, a Chic Beach Cornish Wedding for June 2011!  It was great fun to get into character and plan a sophisticated, lavish affair.

So, here's a sneak peak of my proposal - my Chic Beach Mood Board.  Roll on June 2011!!!

Top L- R Clockwise


Beachside wedding, Orchid stationery (http://www.yourweddingdays.com/) Swarovski flip flop, Beach Bride/Bridesmaids (www.polhawnfort.com/weddings), Macaroon favours, Fire Spinners, Rose Moet, Orchid bouquet, Monique Lhuillier 2011, 5 tier orchid cake, peach Christian Louboutin shoe and clutch

Saturday, 13 November 2010

I 'Ewe'! What To Buy The Winter Bride Who Has Everything...


Love From Australia Cupid Bow Just Married Cupid Sheepskin Boots


"How gorgeous are these Love From Australia Boots. Soft Ivory sheepskin cupid bow boots with braid ties on the side. At the back in Silver embroidery is JUST MARRIED. Perfect for the honeymoon or perfect as a wedding gift".

http://www.designerdesirables.com/

With special thanks to Hannah Mitchell for spying these beauties!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Through Ellen's Eyes - A Celebration of John Lennon's Life

John Lennon Tribute Season


The John Lennon Tribute Season will be a two-month cultural programme of events in Liverpool, which will celebrate the life of John Lennon.
From October 9 - which would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, to 9 December - the day after the 30th anniversary of his assassination; organisations in Liverpool will join forces to host a series of live music, film, poetry and art events which are estimated to bring tens of thousands of additional tourists to the city.


Dedicated to my Mum xxx

THROUGH ELLEN'S EYES


Mum was cleaning in the kitchen

She smashed a plate in disbelief

Wiped the suds onto her dressing gown

And ran upstairs to share her grief.



The radio broke it to him

Dad already knew

I didn’t feel their pain that day

For I was barely two.



Can forty lines of poetry

Condense forty iconic years?

And celebrate a legend,

A legend to his peers.



John Winston Ono Lennon

Requires no introduction

Musician, peace activist, artist

No manufactured production.



Her ‘Favourite Beatle’ my Mum says.

‘Loved him’, she quietly sighs.

“The words were almost irrelevant”

To the crystal memories in her eyes.



I listen to regaled anecdotes

‘Beatle mania’ in Liverpool.

Front page of the Echo

Mum pictured ‘sagging’ Sacred Heart School.



To welcome home her heroes

A Castle Street homecoming joy

‘It was worth the reprimand’

To see her Nowhere Boy.



I begin to realise her honour

To be part of this privileged history.

‘Chapman was a madman,

The world’s eighth mystery’.



A Mersey pride has grown inside

And I truly appreciate

The landmarks our friends flock to

Penny Lane, Mendips, Strawberry Fields gate.



But most of all I’ll remain grateful

For many years to come

To see history through different eyes,

….Ellen’s eyes, not Mum.
 
http://www.forbetterorverse.co.uk/
http://www.forbetterorverseuk.blogspot.com/
 
Adding a Touch of Magic to Your Special Occasion....Telling Your Beautiful Story in Rhyme

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Venue Menu: Location Temptation Temptation!

The North West is home to some seriously amazing and ultra inspiring wedding venues, a category for every taste, budget and theme:
contemporary, exclusive, luxury, boutique, historical, grand heritage, museums, art galleries, barns, castles, hotels, members clubs, racecourses, football, cricket and sporting grounds.

Each week, I'll be giving you a sneak preview into our Venue Menu: Location Temptation, to whet your appetite to the hottest wedding venues around!  I'm here to answer ANY questions you may have, (Love and the City) and of course, visit any potential princess palaces should you require it!

Part 1: CONTEMPORARY

A space to create. Events to inspire...

The Contemporary Urban Centre is a striking, world-class, events & conferencing venue. Set within a renovated Grade II-listed Victorian warehouse and boasting many of its original features, charm and character, it’s a truly unique space.
Renowned for showcasing cutting-edge arts & culture, the Contemporary Urban Centre has a reputation for leading the way.

Unique. Unequalled.Incomparable.


The Mezzanine Bar

An awe-inspiring venue across two tiers, linked by a beautiful spiral staircase. Stained glass features, a vintage crystal chandelier, intricate wood panelling, and boasting spectacular views of the Liverpool waterfront, this incredible space fuses old and new to incredible effect.
An awe-inspiring split level space linked by an impressive spiral staircase. The interior design is stunning, using reclaimed panelling from a stately home and church.
Serviced by an impressive bar, it’s a perfect venue for weddings, exclusive parties and drink receptions.


The Malaysian Bar & Restaurant


Venues of character and distinction, the Malaysian bar and restaurant is ideal for drink receptions, private parties and banqueting.

An ornate Malaysian theme runs throughout the space, creating a striking contrast to the recovered industrial machinery sitting beneath its beamed roof.

Both venues offer incredible views of the city adding further to a wonderful ambience.





For more information visit

http://www.contemporaryurbancentre.org/hire/weddings.php

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Ethical Wedding Supplier Pledge


Showing We Care.
For more information, click on the below

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Lovely Feedback!

Just had to share this posting from a bridal forum! The fabulous Alison of Plans and Presents www.plansandpresents.vpweb.co.uk came across it and shared my blog with the lovely (not to mention stylish!) B2B. I'm SO excited the B2B is excited!!!!


RE: Wedding Ideas - current issue 88 - Pronovias 2009 dress???

HELP!

I bought the current issue of Wedding Ideas magazine (issue 88) and have seen the most beautiful dress! it's on page 120-125. However they haven't printed the name of the dress, only that it is an ivory tulle gown from Pronovias.
They have also printed that the real life wedding couple 'Helen and John' (whose dress it was) were married in August 2009 so the dress is no longer on the Pronovias website as far as i can see...

I have emailed Wedding Ideas mag but they haven't got back to me.

You can see the dress here then looking at page 6-10

http://www.sneakpreview.weddingideas...mag/index.html

Can anyone help at all?? I absolutely love it..

2nd Reply
Thank you soooooooo much. I can't tell you how brilliant you've been in finding it for me :-) I love the dress and the blog is great!

Thank you again!! xx

Monday, 18 October 2010

Hollywood Dreams Designer Day at Liverpool Bridal Gallery

Designer days are your opportunity to view the current collections of some of the bridal world's highly regarded designers. At some of the events, the designer will attend the stockist's location along with a selection of designs to help you create the bridal gown of your dreams. You can select elements from your favourite designs to produce your perfect dress.

HOLLYWOOD DREAMS DESIGNER DAY Saturday 23rd October 2010 at the Liverpool Bridal Gallery.
Discounts available for all orders placed on the day. Call 0151 428 3998 for an appointment, only a few left!

What Hollywood Dreams say...
"Our collections of beautiful, handcrafted bridal gowns are made to the highest standards in an array of luxurious fabrics. Sumptuous satins, flowing organza's and Taffeta silks, adorned with stunning embroidery and embellished with the finest quality ornate beading.

We understand you may have your own ideas as to what makes your dream wedding gown. We will adapt one of our styles to produce a truly individual creation

There is a wide choice of fabrics in an array of colours that are interchangeable within each design, giving true flexibility. Our trained stockists are also able to offer you a made to measure service if required.

Enjoy making your Hollywood Dreams come true!"

Liverpool Bridal Gallery
49 Allerton Road, Wollton Village, Liverpool, L25 7RE
T 0151 729 0800
E enquiries@liverpoolbridalgallery.com

http://www.facebook.com/BridalGallery

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Grooms, Get the Savile Row Treatment Closer to Home

‘Bespoke’ is a word quite often bandied about in the wedding industry; bespoke gowns, bespoke cakes, bespoke poems. In fact, the term "bespoke" is understood to have originated in Savile Row when cloth for a suit was said to "be spoken for" by individual customers. It’s an important word as it's a commitment to personalise your wedding day to you. A vow, if you like. The bride’s dress fits like a glove, the cake is to your taste, the entertainment to your personalities, the first dance represents your true love, de-der de-der de-der....
So what about the Groom?
There are quality boutiques out there offering exclusive and diverse collections for hire, but a made to measure suit will allow the groom to shine (almost) as much as his beloved!

Bespoken Dreams got suited and booted with Martyn of Roodduke, a bespoke tailoring company in Yorkshire.

Style and SubstanceWe are a contemporary tailoring company dedicated to providing our customers with the opportunity to look their absolute best and providing them with the highest levels of service and quality.

At Roodduke we take a fresh, highly original approach to made to measure yet maintain the supreme quality that is synonymous with traditional UK men's tailoring. When you are looking for the finest tailored garments, where better than the home of some of the world’s finest fabric producers? Situated amidst Yorkshire’s world renowned woollen mills we take inspiration from the areas’ rich heritage then add a contemporary twist.
The formidable heritage of Yorkshires woollen mills attracts the finest tailors from around the globe, and the enviable history of made to measure and bespoke suits in Yorkshire makes it the ideal location for us.

PhilosophyWhen buying a bespoke suit, you expect the highest standards and our aim is to deliver them. A perfectly fitted suit, expertly tailored, designed by you in a limited edition of one. Every man has a perfect suit; here is where to get it.
We pride ourselves on our relaxed but professional approach, our levels of customer service and attention to detail.

Stylish SurroundingsRelax in our private showroom with a coffee, beer or a glass of wine while looking for inspiration in our range of up to date style magazines.
We appreciate that our customers have busy lives and therefore we offer a visiting service covering most of the UK, regularly visiting the North West and can visit you at your home or work at a time to suit you.
We do not put a time limit on achieving what each customer desires and therefore your personal appointments will be for as long as you require.

Fabrics
We offer many of the finest most luxurious fabrics from the world’s leading manufacturers such as Scabal, Dormeuil, Dugdale Bros and Holland and Sherry, names synonymous with the showrooms of Savile Row, largely woven in British mills only a few miles from our York showroom. This means we have fabrics suitable for all seasons and climates and for every occasion, from wedding suits to formal evening wear and business suits to something for a day at the races.

ProcessDuring your initial appointment, we will discuss all your requirements in order to choose the most appropriate fabric for you. From there you will browse through our fabric collection to choose your colour, style or pattern. You will design your garment in terms of, single or double breasted, number of buttons, button stance, pocket type, lapel type, lapel width, side or centre vents etc.
At this point we take your measurements, which will be cut into a pattern unique to you. 5-6 weeks later your suit will be ready for your fitting, and at this point we will decide if any adjustments are necessary. If required, a further fitting will follow approx 1-2 weeks later. Once this is done, your suit will be ready.

Whether our grooms are looking for something simple, classic and timeless or something more outlandish, wearing a perfectly tailored suit that reflects your personal style, made from one of the finest fabrics available will give you the ultimate confidence on your special day.

Please contact us to book an appointment or discuss your requirements.

Roodduke Ltd.
The Garth
Little Skipwith
York
YO8 5SQ

T: 01757282597
M: 07912675337
info@roodduke.com
www.roodduke.com

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Get Stationery Savvy with Cards by Sophie

I'm delighted to introduce Sophie of Cards by Sophie - our Wonderful Wedding Day Wednesday Industry Expert. Sophie's designs are absolutely beautiful, and so clearly made with love...
Bespoken Dreams got Stationery Savvy with Sophie, so get ready to Seal with a
Kiss!

"Hi everyone! I thought I'd give you a few tips on choosing your wedding stationery, the various items you can choose and how to coordinate it with your big day. Your stationery can, in fact, set the scene for your wedding. It is an exciting way of giving your guests an idea of what your day will be like and it’s often the first glimpse they will get into the wedding!

The first items to consider are save the date cards. These are usually sent as soon as you know your wedding date, at least 9 - 12+ months in advance of your wedding. They don’t necessarily have to match in with your theme – you may not have one at this point, but it can give you some ideas on what you’d like to go for with the rest of your stationery too. We offer postcard style and folded A7 cards to select from and we’re experimenting with magnetic save the dates at the moment. It’s a good idea to send these out particularly if the wedding is at a busy holiday time or mid-week. Some couples skip save the dates altogether and move straight onto the next step… invitations.

Invitations are the first key step to setting the tone and choosing them may help you decide on your flowers and other accessories, or vice-versa! Think about the sort of clothes you love, your ideal décor, and the place where you are getting married. This will help you decide whether you’re going for something traditional, vintage or modern. Which colours are you going for? Many of my clients choose ribbon colours on the stationery to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and send me a swatch of fabric so I can create the design in the right colours. All of our designs can be altered to match the wedding theme and colours, be it the ribbon, Swarovski crystals or handmade paper. We encourage our couples to choose their preferred wording or create their own for that special touch.

We recommend sending out invitations at least 2 months prior to the wedding. You'll also need to allow enough time for your stationer to make the items (we ask for around 3-4 weeks after approval of a proof). Consider having Pocketfolds or Cheque books; they contain not only the invitation but an RSVP and information card for details of hotels, directions etc. inside – we love making life simple! If you provide your guests with RSVP’s it often means they will reply a lot quicker and not forget to reply altogether. It’s always difficult chasing up those last few replies. Information cards are a flat piece of printed card, they can include anything you like, directions, hotel details or a map, or possibly a little poem for your guests.

Other items of stationery we term ‘on the day’, this is anything to be used on the day itself such as order of service, menus, place cards, table plans, favour boxes and much more. These items can be ordered much nearer the wedding day (usually around 8 weeks, earlier if you can!). They can also coordinate with the rest of the stationery, in fact it looks fantastic if you can match everything throughout. Of course, we are happy to help couples who just wish to order on the day items too. This doesn’t have to cost the earth, a few menus on the tables and place cards for all the guests sets the reception scene really well. Our table plans are very popular too, they are made on a boxed white canvas and again take your design and colour theme. Certainly less hassle for you and they look very smart!

You could also consider thank you cards to send out after the wedding to thank your guests for attending and for any gifts they may have bought. Most of the time my clients buy these at the same time as the rest of the stationery, it means you can have them ready with you before the wedding has even taken place. For those of you that are really organised, you can even start addressing them up or writing a message inside before the wedding itself, a strange concept I know!

We offer various different designs through our website, and we are about to launch a new printed range so keep a look out! We welcome bespoke orders too, so if there is something you’ve found or a particular item that has become your inspiration for your wedding, let us know. We love a challenge!

If you need any further information or have a stationery related question, please contact me through the website or email me at sophie@cardsbysophie.com"

Sophie x


http://www.cardsbysophie.com/
www.twitter.com/cardsbysophie and www.facebook.com/cardsbysophie

Monday, 11 October 2010

Sunday, 10 October 2010

One Fashionista in a Guy-Candy Store! Dress for Success Roadshow

Back in August, I blogged about 'Fashionistas in a Candy Store', the exclusive A/W'10 sneak preview evening held at the Liverpool Malmaison, hosted by none other than the delectable my-wardrobe.com and Grazia magazine.
Last Wednesday evening, I was lucky enough to experience Mal Life again, this time with my.wardrobe.com and Esquire magazine's Dress for Success roadshow. Yep, MW were back on the road to showcase their A/W'10 hottest trends to the fashion savvy men of Liver-cool. And boy, was I one Fashionista in a Guy-Candy Store! Working four keys trends, the male models were as delicious and cool as the Moscow Mules, (enough to knock your on-trend-on-show-coloured-stripey-socks off. Ankle flashing is so now).

What we drank: Moscow Mule cocktails and Moretti beer
What we ate: mini burgers, finger fish and chips, goats cheese and red onion marmalade tarts
Goody bag: A £50 my-wardrobe gift card, £5 Niven & Joshua gift voucher, lavender e shave cream, Myla black sheer briefs and November issue of Esquire magazine.

Male guests were spoilt to 'lifestyle stations’ offering advice on grooming from experts Niven & Joshua, 'shopping for your partner' from leading luxury lingerie specialists Myla, choosing wine for every occasion from Malmaison Someliers and style and shopping advice from my-wardrobe.com and Esquire’s Fashion expert team.

With my-grooms in mind, my-favourite pick of the evening was the elegant glamour that referenced the modern bohemian gentleman; PS Paul Smith's black taped edge velvet dinner blazer teamed with a black spot bow tie and a black spot print silk dress scarf. This look screamed 'Daniel Craig', a worthwhile investment to rock both weddings and day-to-night alike. Simply dashing.

The preppy colleigate look showcased Our Legacy's navy angora and cashmere mix single breasted blazer with a two button front fastening (just DON'T button up the second one)! Dark denim and brogues completed the neat, well balanced look.

Lots of inspiration for Mr. Dreams Christmas box, from the weekend casual double breasted layered cardigans to the contemporary 3.1 Philip Lim grey cuff trousers.

We had the absolute pleasure to chat with my-wardrobe's PR director, the lovely Lauren, Niven & Joshua's marketing supremo (Niven & Joshua offer a selective collection of the highest quality skin care products and accessories from experts around the world) and Myla's lovely representative Krishma, who's beautiful array of luxurious lingerie was simply breathtaking. Lust List alert.

The highlight of the night HAD to be the exciting draw for one lucky guest to win a £250 gift voucher from my-wardrobe, a £50 gift voucher for Niven & Joshua, and an underwear set of own choice from Myla. The extremely generous girls and boys of my-wardrobe and Esquire certainly made MY-night! Thank you once again. Mwah.

www.nivenandjoshua.co.uk

www.myla.com

www.my-wardrobe.com

www.esquire.com

Monday, 4 October 2010

“Cinderella, You Shall Go to the Mal!”

The Liverpool Malmaison – Weddings and Civil Ceremonies

In-House Wedding Fayre Sunday 10th October 2010 12pm – 4pm

So Cinderella, (you), has now found her fella, (Prince Charming). What next?!

Liverpool Malmaison is hosting a series of in-house wedding fayres to promote the stylish Mal Life to the impending Man and Wife (or wife and wife. Or man and man). With its elegant surroundings, the über trendy Mal has rooms to suit the most intimate or lavish affair.

The next in-house fayre is Sunday 10th October from 12-4pm. With two glasses of complimentary fizz, an abundance of inspiring suppliers and a complimentary wedding night suite to those who book with Mal on Sunday, why not get Mal Motivated this Sunday and let Mal help grant you some wedding wishes….


RSVP to dgarrigan@malmaison.com

For more information contact

Events Manager
T 0151 229 5000
E events.liverpool@malmaison.com

http://www.malmaison-liverpool.com/

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Top Ten Tips to Ensure You Dazzle on the Dancefloor!


It's Saturday night. Chinese takeout? Check. Chilled wine? Check. Strictly Coming Dancing 2010? Check. Appreciative ‘ooohs and aaahs’ at the Cha-Cha-Chas? Check your bad self!

Dance classes and lessons are proving really popular due to the sequins and salsa spins dazzling the nation on a Saturday night. And a lot more accessible thanks to the likes of the UK's leading wedding dance specialist, First Dance UK.

Bespoken Dreams partnered with FIRST DANCE UK to follow their step by step guide to ensure there's no murder on the dancefloor during your first dance!


"Do you really want to shuffle around the dance floor clinging to each other for your first dance?

Your wedding day has been fantastic! The speeches are over and now everyone is almost ready to boogie into the night. It’s then that you realise that it’s time for you to get up and lead the way with your First Dance. All eyes are going to be on you both as you take to the dance floor… Will you be shuffling around in circles? Or, will jaws hit the ground and spontaneous applause erupt as you elegantly take each other by the hand and expertly glide around the dance floor?


“Dancing is making a significant comeback following all of the recent TV programmes on dancing. More and more couples are realising how much fun it can be to dance together, especially for their First Dance”.
Gemma Rogers, Director – First Dance UK.

Here are our top 10 tips on how to make the most of your first dance:

1. Choose your song wisely
Your first dance song is meant to mean something to you both. It’s likely to be a romantic song, but it really doesn’t have to be. You both need to know and like/love it. Just ensure that you know the lyrics and they’re not about breaking up or similar (‘Nothing Compares to You’ by Sinead O’Connor is a fine example of this as it’s a beautiful song, but totally inappropriate because she has just lost her love!)

2. Have a go at dancing to the song
Grab your other half and pretend it’s your first dance. Give it a try and dance together in your living room.

3. Apply moves to certain points in the song
It’ll be much easier to dance to if you familiarise yourselves with the song and apply moves t certain point in the song. For example, if you can associate a twist, a kiss and a lean to a particular section in the song, you’ll soon build up a routine that you’ll remember and will be able to repeat.

4. If you really have no idea, and two left feet, get help!
Don’t worry! It’s quite normal these days that couples haven’t danced together before. There are plenty of places where you can now get dance lessons, whether they be regular group classes, or private lessons specifically for your first dance.

5. Ladies – think about your shoes and dress
Any time you dance together, make sure you wear shoes similar to the ones you’ll be wearing on the day. Also, if you have a dress that will restrict your movement by its size or cut then ensure you, or your dance teacher, take this into account.

6. Film yourselves
If you’re having lessons, film yourselves as you learn so that you can then reference the film and ensure you’re doing it correctly… as well as improving wherever you’re missing a step.

7. Practice, Practice, Practice
The more you can practice, the more natural it’s going to look on the day and the more fun you’re going to have.

8. Relax
This is the most important piece of advice. The more you can relax the smoother your movements will be and the more you will glide elegantly around the dance floor.

9. On the day - Just go for it
You’ve practiced and practiced and so by now your dance and song should be second nature to you. If you make a mistake, don’t worry at all, just carry on and get back on track when you can. In that way, no-one at all will know that you had a moment of ‘freestyle’!

10. Take a bow
Fantastic, you’re first dance is complete! Your friends and family are going crazy and had no idea you could dance so well together. Savour the moment and then grab everyone else onto the dance floor to boogie the night away."

First Dance UK
Wedding Dance Lesson Specialists - Nationwide
0203 286 6975
http://www.firstdanceuk.co.uk/


"Gemma (Armer) was an absolute delight! A true professional and fun to work with. The routine matched our first dance, Stuck On You, perfectly and Gemma made each hour lesson fun. We are complete novices and Gemma made us feel competely at ease. We are so pleased we did it as it certainly added to the magic of the night, a complete fairytale! Thanks Gemma!"
Helen & John Burns, Saturday 29th August 2009

Monday, 27 September 2010

Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress: Follow the '5 Ws Rule'!

Geraldine Pollock, Industry Expert and owner of Belles Bridal Boutique in Liverpool, invites us to share her Wonderful World of Weddings on this #Wedding Wednesday!

The newly launched Belles Bridal Boutique really is a Bridalistas Paradise. A personal shopping experience for 'you and your bridal entourage' with stunning European gowns, impeccable service from the Belles Angels and homemade sweet treats to aid that all important decision making!

"So - you’ve found the one you want to marry, now you need to focus on finding the one you want to wear. For many brides-to-be searching for a wedding dress can be a daunting task – but fear not, by following Belles Bridal Boutique’s Five Ws rule’ your journey can become the enjoyable experience it should be.

W number 1 is for...
Who will you bring with you when you search for the dress? The most important thing to remember is to bring people along who will be positive, encouraging and share your vision of the big day. There is no room for negativity in the search for your wedding dress!
You might want to bring along your mum, sisters or bridesmaids but remember an entourage is not compulsory. In my experience, many brides prefer to attend initial appointments on their own. And if you know what you want, then follow your instincts and bring in second opinions if and when you need them.

W number 2 is for ...
Where will you go to buy the dress? Before making any appointments at bridal boutiques it’s a good idea to decide on your budget. There’s no point in making an appointment with a shop where the prices of dresses begins at £3000 if your budget is £1000 – inevitably you will see something you love but can’t afford and you don’t need this kind of heartbreak.
Once you’ve decided on the budget do your research – look at bridal shop websites and find out which designers they stock. Look at prices and, if necessary, call the shop and ask the price range of their dresses – this will save you (and them!) an unnecessary journey.
Once you’ve selected the shops you want to visit plan your appointments carefully. Make several appointments for one day – you will be able to try on a range of styles in each shop and they will remain fresh in your mind to enable you to compare. Don’t forget to leave enough room for travelling between appointments!
Make sure that you feel as good as you can on the day and start from the outside in – wear nice underwear, put on your make-up (although go easy on the fake tan!) and take time to do your hair. It’s not every day you try on a beautiful wedding dress, so it’s worth making the extra effort.

W number 3 is for ...
What is expected of both parties, the shop and yourself, at the appointment? Most importantly, you need to feel comfortable with the shop, the sales assistants and the whole vibe – buying a wedding dress is a massive spend financially and emotionally, so it’s essential that you feel right with all aspects of the purchase. Ask yourself: do I feel that I can ask as many questions as I like about the dress? Do they understand what I want from my dress? Do I look forward to returning to the shop for fittings? If the answer is yes, then you’ve found the shop – if the answer’s no, continue the search.
A good boutique will make sure you know the timescales for ordering; payment terms and contract; alterations costs – are they included in the price of the dress, or are they separate? What is the timetable for fittings? If necessary, write the answers down to these questions and store them for future reference.

W number 4 is for ...
When should I start looking for my dress? Most shops will advise that you leave 20-24 weeks for ordering, delivery and alterations – and this is generally a good benchmark timetable. However, it is NOT set in stone – manufacturers can sometimes bend the rules and put an order through in less time, although it’s not an ideal situation and could create unnecessary stress.
Ignore wedding scaremongers who tell you that if you haven’t ordered your dress 18 months before the wedding you’ll be a naked bride – this is nonsense! The best advice is to start looking casually at websites and magazines and then begin the search in earnest about a year to 10 months before the big day.

W number 5 is for ...
Why are you doing this? Sometimes the ‘why’ can get lost in the wedding chaos, but this is possibly the most important ‘W’ of all.. It’s not about the dress, the favours, the latest flower arrangements – it’s about the fact that you’re marrying the one you love. Take the time to contemplate what’s important – and forget about what’s not – you’ll appreciate this advice in the long run!

Looking for the dress should be one of the most exciting parts of the wedding journey – so make sure you enjoy every minute of it: share the time with your family and friends, enjoy the ride and cherish the memories.

And finally...

W is NOT for...

Worrying about not finding your dress – you will, probably when you least expect it.
Weight – by all means tone up and lose weight if you really have to – but be realistic in your expectations and you won’t be disappointed if you haven’t dropped 3 dress sizes before the big day.

To make an appointment at Belles Bridal Boutique please go to www.bellesbridalboutique.co.uk Tel. 0151 708 1996. We look forward to meeting you!"

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The Perfect Wedding Breakfast with Amber Outside Catering


This week’s Industry Expert comes to you from Faris John Safar of Amber Outside Catering and Amber Wine Bar and Bistro, Liverpool.

With a wealth of experience from a highly acclaimed 4 Rosette, Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Yorkshire, to an award winning Bistro in Sheffield and one of New York’s Premier Events Organisers, Loft 11, Manahattan, Faris’s passion for his work is clearly evident in Amber's philosophy.

"If something is at all possible then we will do it. I personally take great satisfaction in seeing how happy our customers are after an event. It doesn’t matter how big or small your event, with Amber, everybody gets the 5 star treatment!”

Bespoken Dreams caught up with Faris to get his top tips on selecting the perfect wedding breakfast...




A famous writer once said “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
Can you relate to this to the ‘Amber Outside Catering’ ethos?
The whole of our team shares a love for what we do. Whether its our chefs love of creating fantastic dishes or our front of house teams love of making someone's big day that extra special. It's the love of what we do that reflects in our work. Without this love of food, drink and the whole event and catering industry in general, we wouldn't have achieved our great reputation and the outstanding results that we deliver.


Where and how did your catering career begin?
It began as a glass collector in my dads pub! It was then that I realised that a 9 to 5 office job was never going to be for me. I loved interacting with customers and seeing everybody enjoying themselves!


What inspires or influences your wedding menus?
The Wedding breakfast is a huge part of the day and as well as how lovely the bride looked, it's what people will remember and talk about long after the occasion. We have fantastic Wedding Breakfast menus which our Chefs have designed, they are often influenced seasonally with the quality of the ingredients and how our chefs cook them being paramount. We take time and effort to ensure that whether we are catering for tens or hundreds of guests. Every meal that goes out is nothing short of perfect. It's knowing that everything has to be 100% that inspires us!



Do you have any top tips for brides planning their wedding menu requirements?
Yes, think about your guests and think about what is going to be a 'safe dish'. What is going to please the masses rather than you personally. For example a dish like Venison, whilst a fantastic meat, might not be to everyones taste, then there's how to cook it- I myself and every chef I know would serve it pink, a lot of people wouldn't touch it less than well done! So your much better going with a dish like chicken or Salmon as a main course. A good caterer will know what seasonal ingredients will really lift a dish and bring out the best for the date of your wedding. Then of course, avoid messy dishes which could cause a few accidents!


Do you have a particular popular wedding day dish?
I'd say one of our most popular dishes is Goosnargh Chicken Breast with a sage rosti, baby root vegetables, French beans & onion confit Jus. It's popular because of all the reasons mentioned before.


What is the most extravagant request you’ve received and/or achieved?
We were doing the bar for an Indian Wedding, it was a very extravagant affair with no expense spared and they had a lot of unusual requests, which I'm happy to say we delivered. These included matching our cocktails to the same shade of blue as the brides dress, elephant ice sculptures & a cascading champagne fountain to name just a few!



What did you serve at your own wedding?
Ham Hock Terrine, Beef Sirloin with Fondant Potatoes, Vegetables, Brandy Sauce and
Raspberry & Chocolate Torte.



Other than your own, describe the best wedding you’ve ever been to.
Having friends from different religions I can honestly say that we've catered for and been to some amazing weddings...but If I had to choose other than my own it would be a friends Indian Wedding in Manchester, the venue itself was like something out of the Oscars with every food and drink you could imagine being available to guests.


What do you love about your job? What are the best bits? And the worst bits?
I honestly love seeing people happy, leaving with a big smile on their faces and knowing that its down to us! Word of mouth is everything to us and over 95% of our work comes from recommendations. I also love that everyday is different and enjoy challenges or requests which brides & grooms present us with. Nothing is too much trouble for us. I'm lucky that I genuinely do love what I do so I can't really think of any negatives? I suppose if I'm at an event where everybody is drinking and having a great time I just wish I could join in! Yes, that’s definitley the worst bit!!


Who would be your dream top table wedding guests?
I can't stand stuffy weddings! As well as my close family it would have to be some people who know how to have a laugh, get a party going and have a good few drinks so here goes...George Best, Frankie Boyle, Keith Lemon, The Gallagher Brothers and Girls Aloud...just for my mates to have a good look at, of course!


For more information please visit

http://www.amberoutsidecatering.co.uk

http://www.amberoutsidecatering.co.uk/amber-wine-bar

http://www.facebook.com/people/Amber-Rose-Lane/100001173653538

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Rock and Respite Unique Fundraiser Event This Sunday...

Date: Sunday, 19 September 2010
Time: 2pm-11pm
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester

Rock and Respite brings the cream of up-and-coming bands together in a unique fundraiser for Manchester’s celebrated Francis House Children’s Hospice.

The event seeks not only to raise some much needed cash but also to bring the hospice and its work to the attention of a new, younger audience. And for this reason, Rock and Respite have kept the ticket price nice and low. It’s not just about the money; it’s about spreading the word.

Francis House provides essential respite and terminal care for families with children suffering from life-limiting conditions and illnesses; all in a loving, comfortable and fun home-from-home environment.

Crucially, Francis House provides all this care free of charge to anyone who needs it. And plenty of people need it.

There are now well over 200 very poorly children and their families depending on respite care at Francis House and as that number increases, the amount of time each family can use the facilities steadily decreases.

So, to keep pace with demand, additional accommodation at Francis House desperately needs to be built. Of course, this all costs cold, hard cash and it’s where Rock and Respite wants to help.

The inspiration for Rock and Respite comes from Elizabeth, the severely disabled, seven year old daughter of the event’s organiser, Manchester photographer, Stephen Campbell.

Just like her friends at Francis House, Elizabeth loves music and when her father saw how positively even the most unresponsive children react to their music therapy, he knew using music to raise money and awareness was the way to go.

Bands lined up to play Rock and Respite include (in alphabetical order): Blind Atlas, Clint Boon (DJ), Exit Calm, Frazer King, Kid British, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, NO*TOKYO, Sonic Boom Six, The Hidden Revolution, The Jessie Rose Trip,The Lovely Eggs, The Suns, The Switch, The Travelling Band, This Morning Call and Twin Thea.

Early Bird Tickets are available now from Ticketline priced at £6 in advance (plus booking fee), £7 on the day.

For more information visit

www.rockandrespite.com

www.francishouse.org.uk

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Say 'Cheese'!!!!! Facebooth Photo Booth Hire for Weddings...

Days after our wedding I PORED over albums that friends had very kindly and speedily uploaded onto Facebook. It was fabulous to relive the day so quickly. So image my delight to find a photo booth hire, Facebooth, that enables guests to upload their photo booth pictures straight to their personal Facebook account in just a few seconds!!
Facebooth is a modern, fun alternative to the dated disposable cameras and guestbooks. Perfect for evening receptions, your guests can cram in, dress up, and have a right old laugh! Capture those special moments that may be missed once your wedding photographer has left the party. A perfect meeting point for a new Mr&Mrs to take five during the evening and capture a tender moment or two!

Facebooth tells more....

"Our Photo Booth Hire, Facebooth, is now available in Liverpool and across Merseyside. The photo booths are portable and are supplied with our own experienced staff to manage your guests and advise as necessary. What makes our service that bit extra special however, is that we have a live internet connection enabling guests to upload their photo booth pictures straight to their personal Facebook account in just a few seconds!! WOW!!!

We require an area of approximately 3m x 1.5m and it can be used in a variety of locations and events to suit your particular needs. (so long as it is dry!)

· Accommodates up to 4 people (6 at a squeeze) at a time -
· Great for Private Parties, Weddings, Charity events, Corporate events and Promotions
· Professionally supplied and operated by experienced and qualified staff
· fully insured against public liability

To discuss your Liverpool or Merseyside event, whether it be a wedding, end of term party or works/corporate party, please contact us to discuss how we can incorporate the mobile photo booth at your event. If you want a professionally suppled and operated photo booth in London, Liverpool, Manchester or Scotland, then our 'facebooth' is the best available as it has the facebook facility AND it comes with a free box of props containing feather boas, hats, glasses etc etc.

Booking is simple. You check availability with us, complete a booking form, pay your deposit by debit/credit card and thats it...your very special party photo booth is booked!

For more information visit

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Industry Expert: Anneka Ireland Videography

"We produce a personal, contemporary and creative wedding video tailored to unobtrusively capture your special day on film."

Anneka Ireland Videography produces professionally filmed and edited wedding films.
Bespoken Dreams caught up with Anneka to get an insight into her wonderful world of wedding videography.
Lights, camera, action...


How did you get into the videography business?
After I left university I knew that I wanted to work with moving image but was unsure of where to start so I found another wedding videographer at a wedding fair who trained me up.

What inspires your style of filming?
The passion to capture the moment as it happens.


Videography is much more than a luxury for weddings because....
It captures your special day on film and will be a keepsake for generations to come.


Wedding preparations have really evolved over the last decade. How do you feel videography has changed over the years?
It began with a large video camera that Uncle Bob owned and thought it’d be a good idea to film parts of the day, now it has evolved into a more professional, elegant and essential service to have at your wedding.


What are the most requested songs from Bride and Grooms to accompany their DVD?
Greatest Day by Take That, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez, Chapel of Love by Dixie Cups and L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole.


What do you love most about your job? What’s the most challenging?
I love the adrenaline and responsibility I have on the day. I love the fact that everyone is there to celebrate and enjoy themselves and I am there to capture that emotion on film.

What’s the most extravagant wedding you’ve filmed?
An Indian affair with no expense spared!

Any Bridezilla moments?!
Yes, many! They tend to happen first thing in the morning, but soon calm down after the ceremony.

Videographers and Photographers: Discuss!
When asked if a wedding videographer has been booked, some people reply “I don’t need one, I have a photographer”, but they are completely different services. A photographer is a vital on the day, to take beautiful stills and document your day – but its also important to consider having it filmed. I have met many married couples who say one of their regrets is not having booked a videographer. Having a wedding film by Anneka Ireland Videography will capture your day in a contemporary, creative and obtrusive style using state of the art HD cameras. As your day will go so fast, its hard to remember everything that happened, so you can relive your day. It will be something you will want to watch time and time again with family, friends or together.

Do you have any top tips or words of wisdom for our B2B’s?
Try to remember to smile – a stressed out bride with a frown never looks good on camera! I also recommend that you look at various wedding videographer/ photographer styles, and choose the one that suits you, but stay clear of ‘bargain/budget’ companies as you really do get what you pay for.


Who would be your dream top table wedding guests to film?
Russell Brand, Matt Lucas – any comedian to step it up a bit.




For more information please visit

www.annekairelandvideography.co.uk
info@annekairelandvideography.co.uk

Sunday, 5 September 2010

One for the Boys...Grow a Mo Stag Do!

Grooms-to-be!

If you're getting married December onwards and are looking for an alternative way to celebrate your forthcoming nuptials, why not rope in your best men, ushers, family, friends and colleagues to grow a moustache for the month of November and raise money for prostate cancer?

The one stag do where not just the groom stands out!


Movember
Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer.

Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men’s health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember’s men’s health partner – The Prostate Cancer Charity. At the end of Movember, a series of Gala Partés are held to thank Mo Bros and Sistas for their support and fund raising efforts.

Movember has continued to grow each year, both in terms of participation numbers and funds raised. In its first year, 30 Mo Bros took part in Movember and last year, across the globe more than 173,000 Mo Bro & Sistas got on board, raising more than £14 million across the Movember’s men’s health partners globally.

To date, Movember has raised over £30 million globally for the fight against prostate cancer and depression in men. And, more importantly, as a direct result, male awareness of health issues has improved with Movember helping to spread health messages directly to millions of Mo Bros & Sistas around the world.

Going forward, Movember will continue to work towards helping to change established habits and attitudes and make men aware of the risks they face, thereby increasing early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

For further information, visit The Movember Foundation.

Start a Team
Step 1: Choose a team name and register online
Step 2: Recruit friends, family and colleagues to join your team
Step 3: Once registered, all team members will be sent advice on how to raise funds
Step 4: Grow your Mo
Step 5: Gather donations to help the fight against prostate cancer
Step 6: Attend an official Gala Parté or host your own end of month party

http://uk.movember.com/get-involved/


So PLEASE be tash-tastic and get involved in this fun and very worthy cause!


Mo Sista xxx

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Tantrums and Tiaras: Crystals and Pearls for the Beautiful Girls

It's Tiara Tuesday!

A BIG SPARKLY welcome to Kelly Scully of Tantrums and Tiaras, tonight's Industry Expert!

Kelly began making jewellery aged just 12 years old, selling ‘the odd piece here and there’ to friends and family. As life commitments took priority, Kelly’s jewellery making stopped and it wasn’t until after falling ill in 2005 that Kelly found her passion in jewellery making again. In April 2007, as demand grew and ideas developed, Kelly resumed making and selling bespoke tiaras at her home studio in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Led by her strong passion and talent, the love affair with Tantrums and Tiaras began….

Kelly very kindly took time out from her Aladdin's Cave of Swarovski crystals, pearls, and freshwater pearls to chat to Bespoken Dreams:

“I find my design style doesn’t fit into one neat box. I love little pretty tiaras, but equally really enjoy making larger statement pieces. I particularly like converting vintage jewellery into tiaras or creating my own take on vintage themes. Oh and yes, of course I made my own tiara!”


What inspires or influences your designs?
Whilst I will look at what is happening in the bridal and fashion industries for current trends, I am totally against any form of copying. I have had the odd bride who will show me a picture of a tiara and ask me to copy it but this is something I refuse to do. I get my inspiration from everywhere. I have been stood on the underground before and something just came to me, and once driving through France I saw some lamp posts which gave me inspiration to incorporate into a design.
What is your most popular product?
There are two which have been our bestselling at the last two National Wedding Shows; Phoebe and Anne as the traditional type of tiaras, but the vintage inspired Victoria was the runway favourite.

What are the current trends for 2010?
There has been less call this year for the more traditional peak tiara and a huge swing towards side tiaras, particularly those which are either vintage or vintage inspired. I predict that this will continue into 2011 with the main focus on 1920-1940’s trend and style having a real influence. I think we’ll also see some creative use of feathers and birdcage veils to give a softer girly look.

What factors influence a bride’s decision in choosing her accessories?
There are many things which would influence the decision on accessories. Obviously, the dress is the biggest, but then the theme of the day, other heirloom pieces of jewellery being worn, matching with the rest of the bridal party, the hair, the shoes and what the bride’s mother and bridesmaids want all come into it. You also get the brides who are adamant when they come to see me that they don’t want a certain style of tiara, but then walk away with that style having tried it on. I had one bride recently who just couldn’t decide what between two of them and as such bought both, one for the ceremony and one for the evening.
At what stage in the planning do brides visit you?
Brides visit at all different times during the planning from 18 months to two years in advance, all the way down to the week before. This year though I seem to have been dealing with a lot more last minute brides, with about a month or two to go before the big day. I have seen brides at wedding shows who’ve just been ‘looking’ and then heard from them about a year later, when it is closer to the day.

What advice do you give your brides upon consultation?
The two main questions I ask are ‘have you got the dress yet?’ and ‘how are you wearing your hair?’ as both factors usually dictate what type of hair accesory the bride will wear. The main piece of advice I would give to start with is to suggest that a bride does not rule something out or in without trying it first. It’s amazing how many brides will be adamant they do not want a certain type of tiara but when they put try it is the one for them. When I’ve got an idea of style I can then pitch in with different advice on the type of band, how it will sit in the hair, how hairdressers can clip it in, height and other areas. The main thing is that the bride should be happy with the product she buys.
What’s the most extravagant order or request you’ve received?
Last Christmas I did a wedding for a bride who had 10 bridesmaids and 10 ushers and wanted cufflinks, headpieces and jewellery for all of them! December is usually a quiet month with brides winding down focusing on preparing for Christmas and come January 2nd it’s mad busy again. For this reason, December is certainly a good month to get a bespoke tiara made.
Have you ever experienced any in-store tantrums?!
I wouldn’t say that there are any in store tantrums to report on. The name ‘Tantrums and Tiaras’ was my husband’s idea and he will probably tell you that the tantrums are mine, although he has his own when the occasional bead ends up on the floor and he treads on them in bare feet! I’ve heard of “Bridezillas” but we’ve not had one at T&T. It may be our strong focus on delivering what the bride needs and wants that means there’s never any real need to have one. The ‘mother-in-law-to-be’ can sometimes cause more problems than they solve but I have yet to see an out and out tantrum…

Any 'exclusives' to share with Bespoken Dreams?
I am currently putting together next year’s collection and getting it all ready for my first proper photo shoot in October! I am really excited about both the shoot and the new collection. A lot of brides who have come for an appointment have zeroed straight in on the new collection (see picture above).
Do you have any top tips or words of wisdom for our B2B’s?
Sort your dress first and then come and see me. I have had a bride come and get a second tiara after she found the first didn’t go with the dress she had then bought.
We also advise brides to make sure they buy cuff links for the boys, it will stop the best man buying the novelty ‘don’t do it’ ones and you can also guarantee that one, if not all of the ushers and even the groom will turn up without a pair on the day.

What do you love about your job?
I love creating new pieces and being able to make something that will be in the wedding photo for years to come.
One of the worst things (of the job) is that some of the designs leave my fingers quite sore due to the wire that I have to use!
The wedding industry is a really nice industry to be a part of as everything about it ‘should’ be happy and exciting, but occasionally you do come across the rare supplier who can be a bit difficult. Fortunately, I get on with the majority of people in the industry including most of my ‘competitors’ and even recommend them if there is something I cannot do which I know they can.
And finally, who would be your dream top table wedding guests?
‘HOLLY WILLOUGHBY’ is who my husband has shouted to me in answer to this question, but tells me if she can come then I could have Tom Varndell present!
I would love to have Audrey Hepburn sat on a top table, but only to wear one of my Tiaras. I would have loved to have been able to have my grandparents with us on our top table too.
For more information please visit

Monday, 30 August 2010

Brides at Work - Friday 17th September 2010

The National Wedding Show is calling on all Brides to wear their wedding dress to work to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
It doesn’t matter if you were married in 2010, 1910 or even if it’s still a work in progress... if you can find a dress (and fit into it!) we need you to get sponsored to wear it to work on Friday 17th September 2010.

The whole of the wedding party can get involved too. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to take part. Whether they are the bride, groom, bridesmaid, bestman, mother of the bride or usher they can wear their outfits to work too.

To get involved simply register now by clicking on the link below to receive your fantastic fundraising pack.

The National Wedding Show is delighted to be holding an exclusive auction of hand-picked bespoke and limited edition products for your wedding day to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

This amazing auction gives you the chance to get your hands on some of the most individual and beautiful products in the bridal industry.

To view and place bids for auction items please visit www.nwsauction.co.uk

*Terms and conditions apply to this auction as displayed on the website above.

Contact:
Events Team
020 7025 2426
BridesatWork@breakthrough.org.uk

http://breakthrough.org.uk/get_involved/raise_money/brides_at_work/register.html

Thursday, 19 August 2010

For Better or Verse - Bespoke Special Occasion Poetry

“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.”
Mae West – American actress.


The best advice I was given last year when planning our wedding was to really apply our own personalities to each aspect of the day. But before you start to panic this means the groom is going to hotfoot it down the aisle head-to-toe in the latest away kit, whipping the congregation into a mexican wave, chill! Stamping your personality onto your occasion can be subtle, delicate…..or even full blown out there! The idea is; it’s your day, and your choice. Weddings have really evolved over the last decade, and there are so many ideas and options (regardless of budget) to ensure you create the most perfect, personal day.

A unique way to truly personalise your day, give your guests an insight into your romance, and set your wedding day aside from any other, is with a bespoke, personal poem. I wanted our day to be a fantastic celebration, with each and every guest being involved. So a poem about our relationship gave Great Auntie Maud who’d I’d met five minutes earlier an insight into us, our day, our celebration. My poem to th hubby was entitled ‘The Proposal.' It was given to each guest as a place setting; a unique keepsake to treasure forever!

A special, bespoke poem about your own love story, from first date to proposal, could be recited in a speech, given as a wedding party gift, place setting or favour. They are perfect ice-breakers guaranteed to make your guest laugh AND cry! Ideal for any Best Men/Father of the Bride’s nervous of public speaking, wanting to deliver an eloquent, heartfelt, sincere speech with a double dose of humour!

So why not let For Better or Verse add a touch of magic to your special occasion and tell your beautiful story in rhyme?

SAMPLE: Italian Wedding - July 2010