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Planning a wedding successfully when you’re living abroad

Wedding on beach next to the blue sea

When it comes to your wedding, you want everything to be perfect and for everyone you hold near and dear to be there. Alexander Fordham from overseas property buying resource Property Guides, gives us his top tips for planning a wedding when you’re an expat.

The biggest day of your life is finally on the horizon! But when you’re living abroad, there’s just that little bit more to plan for. In this article, I’ll be telling you how you can successfully plan a wedding while living overseas.

Egg - the Must-Have Ingredient in Your Wedding Beauty Regime

Egg Mellow Cream Moisturiser

Inspired by the popular home remedy ingredient for beauty, Too Cool For School has included real egg white and egg yolk extracts to deliver numerous benefits from eggs, just like a DIY at-home facial and hair care treatment. With a multitude of benefits Too Cool For School are the perfect beauty essentials to add in to your wedding beauty regime in the lead up to your big day.

 

The benefits of using egg in your wedding beauty regime:

The yolk has moisturising qualities to get your skin looking hydrated and glowing

Egg whites help to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, so your skin looks plumped and smooth

They help to shrink pores and tighten the skin

Leaves the skin soft and supple

Wedding planning tips from wedding planners Radhika & You

The Face of Radhika & you

Wedding planning specialists Radhika & you give Vows and Venues there top tips for planning a wedding. 

When you’re newly engaged and trying to start planning your wedding, there are a lot of emotions and thoughts running through your mind. We often speak to couples who are overwhelmed with the wedding planning process and not knowing where to start as there is so much to think about and organise.

We completely understand that couples will be thinking about everything from A to Z including guest numbers, their dream venue through to the flower arrangements and the smaller details.

Add DIY elements to your wedding with Panasonic

DIY wedding cake with pink flowers wrapping the cake

Over half of weddings now include DIY elements – whether it’s invitations, place cards, decorations, favours or even the cake itself. 

The popularity of this trend comes from couples seeking a truly unique day that is personalised to them, thanks to the incorporation of those special “little touches” giving every element of the day a special tie to the bride and groom.

It also reflects a new movement, with couples wanting to amp up their wedding’s “wow” factor without having to blow the budget.

For many, food is one of the largest outgoings from their wedding budget. You’ve got the wedding breakfast, cake, favours, canapes and the additional evening meal. It also goes without saying that the bigger the guestlist, the bigger the cost.

Choosing the perfect scent for your wedding

Your perfect scent from scentaddict

Selecting the perfect scent for your wedding day can be a daunting task, you want to choose a scent that is timeless and classic, whilst reflecting your personality as this is scent that will hold precious memories throughout your life.

Whether you are stuck between a few scents or just starting from scratch, Scentaddict from The Fragrance Shop could be the perfect solution for you.

 

Top tips to protect your hair ahead of your big day

Only Curls hair care bottles

Lizzie Carter- Founder and director of Only Curls shares the following top tips to help protect your hair ahead of your big day, with a great regime.

 

The hustle and bustle of city life has some advantages, but urban pollution wreaking havoc on your hair is not one of them! Oxford Street, in London, has the worst pollution in the world, with high levels of nitrogen dioxide up to ten times beyond the legal limit, according to a study by Kings College London.*  Pollution can have some devastating affects on your hair in the lead up to your big day, including causing scalp irritation and dryness. This can lead to breakages and hair to become frizzy, which is the last thing you want on your wedding day.

 

Personalised Socks for The Groom and His Best Man

Peper Harrow pink personalised socks

Looking for a unique gift for the Best Man or a personalised item the Groom will treasure?  Peper Harow London have the perfect solution with their personalised socks.

 

Peper Harow London offer a collection of beautifully made, hand finished gentleman's socks which embody the spirit of Englishness with their flamboyant designs, exquisite quality and bold colour ways.  Their new monogramming service allows you to personalise the socks with up to three initials, adding a special touch and making them that little more unique.

 

What makes personalised socks the perfect gift

 

How to prepare your natural hair for your wedding day 

Sissy Okra Hair Products in basket

Janine Van Throo, founder of Just Natural Consulting and Sisay Cosmetics shares her tips on how to prepare your natural hair for your wedding day.

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best, if not the best day of your life. Some of us start planning this day from a very young age. We design the dress, decorate the venue, we even know who we will not be inviting to our future wedding. One thing we tend to forget, is to make the proper arrangements for our hair.  

Top Wedding style tips

bride-with-bridesmaids-in-turquoise

Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour, shares her top wedding style tips; You have chosen your wedding dress and your gorgeous groom is well on his way to sorting his attire, now it is time to turn your attention to the wonderful ladies and gents who are going to be right there by your side celebrating with you and making sure that everything goes perfectly.

 

Wow-factor wedding cocktails

summer wedding cocktails

If your summer wedding is approaching it’s likely you’ve selected your dress, décor, venue and menu.  You’ve probably deliberated for hours about the flowers and pondered over the travel and transport plans. But have you thought about which drinks you’ll serve to guests as they celebrate your ‘I dos’? Summer wedding cocktails could provide the anwser.

“With so many other decisions to make, drinks are not often a high priority,” says Sarah Miller, wedding coordinator at The Barton Grange Hotel near Preston. “Many couples simply opt for champagne or Prosecco, with wine and beer for the tables. It’s a classic drinks menu that’ll appeal to many, but for those looking for a little something extra, cocktails can take your refreshments to another level.

Thorntons Pearls perfect for wedding season

Thorntons pearls - salted caramel

It seems the precious pearl is experiencing a wave of resurgence just in time for this year’s wedding season, with the likes of The Duchess of Cambridge, often sporting sophisticated pearl pieces at numerous Royal engagements.

 

As the elegant jewels make their return, the chocolate makers at Thorntons have put a tasty twist on the timeless classic, creating their very own Thorntons Pearls – the perfect chocolate treat to enjoy as you prepare yourself for your big day.

 

Liverpool hen and stag do (ideas)

Men playing qudditch on a stag do

A Liverpool hen and stag do has so much to offer for a weekend - full to the brim with culture and architecture there is lots to see and do. Famous for its World-renowned football teams and rich history of music it makes for an epic weekend away.

Take in the many sights especially the famous riverside Pier Head and head to Liverpool’s historic heart the Royal Albert Docks where you can enjoy year-round events, shops and its bustling bars and restaurants.

If you’re looking for something slightly different on your weekend in Liverpool, why not try a few of the more unique activities that Fizzbox has on offer:

 

Wedding open day at The Runnymede

Runnymede the Thames

The Wedding Open Day at The Runnymede on Thames will take place on Sunday 12th May, 11am to 4pm.

 

The Runnymede on Thames’ Wedding Open Days are an opportunity to meet with some of the hotels preferred suppliers, including – Lily’s Flowers, The Chair Dressing Company, Orange Discotheques & Entertainments & Victoria de Barros Stationery.

 

The Runnymede on Thames’ two stunning suites are a blank canvas ready to be adorned with your choice of flowers and décor, and both are flooded with natural daylight.

 

The Riverside Suite has its own private terrace and overlooks the Thames whilst the fabulous Grand Union Suite offers an exclusive feel as it has its own private entrance, reception and bar area.

 

A new breed of wedding fair is coming this weekend

Couple in front of camper van at wedding fair

Taking place at Stanford Hall, a stunning Grade 1 listed William & Mary House in the heart of the Midlands on 11 and 12 May 2019, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is a new breed of wedding fair designed to cater for the latest trends in the wedding industry.

 

Unconventional in every sense of the word, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is aimed at couples who don’t want their wedding to be the same as everyone else’s and would rather stand out and be a flamingo amongst a flock of pigeons.

 

The perfect travel wrap for a wedding

Women wearing pink travel wrap

It’s wonderful for the wedding season that Spring has come so soon, however the temperamental English weather can be confusing when choosing what to wear that will keep you comfortable as well as looking beautiful at an event which spans both day and night. Whether you are the bride, member of the bridal party or a wedding guest, the travel wrap is the perfect accompaniment to your wedding outfit, keeping you cozy in the chilly church, and looking classy during the reception. The Travelwrap Company has recently introduced the most gorgeous range of luxury evening wraps in two new colours, which are perfect for keeping you looking smart throughout the event whatever the weather.

Why London is the perfect city for your hen and stag parties

London at Twilight

With all the stress of planning for your upcoming wedding, you and your partner are probably looking forward to letting loose at your hen and stag parties. We asked Danny Horwood from Foxtrail London, who offer an innovative scavenger hunt in the city, to share why he thinks that London is the perfect place to celebrate with your friends.

A stag or hen party is the de rigueur way to celebrate the end of single life. Often the most enjoyable item to tick off the wedding prep list, a stag or hen do is the perfect excuse for the soon-to-be-wed to let their hair down after months — or even years — of preparing for their wedding day.

Slimmer loses six-and-a-half stone for dream wedding

Aby after weight loss for dream wedding

New bride, Aby Dingle is celebrating an impressive weight loss enabling her to enjoy her dream wedding, despite fearing she wouldn’t be able to walk down the aisle. The 29 year old from Farnham, is now inspiring others on their journey to self-confidence as a consultant for The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan.

 

Aby suffered with degenerative disc disease, which initially left her bedbound, and had many physical and personal setbacks including losing her job. Her confidence was at an all-time low, but she was determined not to let this get in the way of her enjoying what was meant to be the happiest day of her life. As well as improving her health, losing weight was also her main goal, so Aby set off on her weight loss journey.