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Come rain or shine: how to plan an outdoor wedding

Colourful umbrella at outdoor wedding

Samantha Richards of pop-up gazebo event specialists Gazeboshop, shares her tips on how couples can ensure their outdoor wedding day lives up to their expectations, no matter the weather.

 

An outdoor wedding day should always be a day of joy and celebration. The nervous excitement of the parents-in-law, the chance to catch up with old friends and, of course, the joy of declaring your love in front of your nearest and dearest - all of these are reasons to look forward to your big day. And so you should - it’s your day!

 

Wedding Trends 2019 from Benedicte Cormier

Bride walking up stairs in wedding dress

Bridal fantasy, Tropical greenery and Instagram-worthy personalisations are just some of the top wedding trends 2019.

 

Classic, elegant weddings will never go out of style, but creative couples will set a high bar for the industry and will bring, original and captivating trends, for the rest to draw inspiration from when planning a wedding.

 

Benedicte Cormier, Trendspotting Director at Nextatlas – an AI-powered platform that predicts trends and cultural shifts before they happen – expands on the top wedding trends 2019 couples should look into ahead of planning their weddings in the next year.

 

Wedding trends 2019

 

Choosing jewellery for your wedding day?

Wedding necklace

Dr Shaza A. Sabbagh​, PhD in Design and Technology from UAL, London College of Fashion, Founder of shathalondon.com gives her expert advice on choosing jewellery for your wedding day.

Are you preparing for your big day? did you think about your jewellery? Despite the fact that jewellery are the only wearable pieces that remain after the celebration, jewellery seem to be neglected.

The catering wedding trends of 2019

Pintxo food for wedding

During 20 years’ in the catering business, there aren’t many catering wedding trends Cardiff-based Emma Jenkins hasn’t seen come and go - from on table carving, to bangers and mash and local food fads – but one that is increasing in popularity this year is pintxo.

Pintxos are basically mini tapas. Originating from Northern Spain, they are the perfect light bite bursting with flavours, which plays to strength of single quality ingredients.

An informal bite, pintxo are leading the way in the laid-back wedding world, where couples are keen for a less regimented wedding, with no sit-down meals and rigid table plans.

Why art is a great wedding gift to give and how to choose it

Limited Edition Print by Mychael Barrat

For wedding guests struggling to find a present that is unique, personal and stands the test of time – why not give the wedding gift of art!

Original artwork is the perfect way to say congratulations to a newly married couple. It’s a unique gift that stands the test of time, that can be carried with them though their new life together, symbolising and commemorating their bond.

Whilst they may forget who gave them the bread maker or the towel set, a piece of art is a memorable present which can bring joy and beauty into their home every single day.

 

Here’s just a couple of reasons why we think Art is a great wedding gift to give:

 

Cranes Cranberry Gin the perfect match for any hen party cocktail experience!

Cranes Cranberry Gin

If you are reading this, then you are probably in the midst of trying to plan the perfect hen party, shifting through endless drinking games, cocktail recipes and messages about what you have planned. Just remember no hen party is complete without a colourful, playful tipple and Cranes Cranberry Gin is perfect for the job! This smooth and fruity, yet delightfully sharp Gin creates the perfect flirty cocktail for any stylish hen party, due to its deep red colour.

 

The Gin is made from premium cranberries and handcrafted in Cambridgeshire in small batches, by co-founders and identical twin brothers Ben and Dan Ritsema. Like all Cranes products, the Cranberry Gin is made from all-natural ingredients, with no added sugars or artificial flavours.

 

Bespoke wedding service at The Ginstitute

Gin in glass

Brides and grooms can now say ‘I do’ to their own splendid wedding day gin blend, as proud proprietors of craft gin brand Portobello Road Gin and curators of ‘The Ginstitute’ Notting Hill, launch a bespoke wedding service. 

  

The Ginstitute’s artisan scholars will guide couples to create a perfect marriage of their favourite flavours and ingredients in the 180-minute* session that culminates in bride and groom making their own bespoke gin; adding quintessential British luxe to arrival aperitifs, blissful wedding breakfast beverages or late-night party libations.

 

The top wedding planning apps in 2019

Items needed for planning a wedding

The 9 Best Apps to Make Wedding Planning Easy - Thanks to technology, it has never been easier to plan a wedding. Read the infographic below to discover the top wedding planning apps in 2019!

 

The past decade has seen the emergence of thousands of specialised wedding planning apps. But with so many apps to choose from, how can you tell which ones will best serve your unique needs? This infographic guide from the team at Valentina Fine Diamonds lists out the nine best free and premium apps every bride and groom to-be needs to know about in 2019.

 

Natural, Moisturising sun protection from MooGoo

Moo Goo sun protection

Heading off on a glorious honeymoon? Can't decide on the right sun protection? Look no further than Moo Goo.

Choosing products that offer the right level of sun protection can be tricky, especially when seeking a natural alternative, which both protects and hydrates the skin without being too greasy.

According to a University of California study, the process by which sunscreens absorb UV rays can result in the release of harmful compounds, potentially causing skin cancer and premature ageing. The potential risks are making a growing number of people turn to 'natural' sunscreens, which work by reflecting UV radiation off the skin like an umbrella or a mirror.

WANT TO GIVE A WEDDING GIFT THAT’S EXTRA SPECIAL?

Wedding gift

With the wedding season upon us, the challenge is to find an extra special wedding gift. 

Look no further than the NEW personalised gifting brand, Vanilla Reindeer, who offer a range of gift bags, bottle boxes and bags (and cards) which are ideal for personalising with a photo and special message for the happy couple.

Prices range from *£6.99 – *£8.99 for the gift bags so something 100% unique doesn’t have to cost the earth.wedding gifts

Beauty products you didn't know you needed on your wedding day

Women using beauty products on face

Although we may spend months planning how we want to look on the big day and spend plenty of the correct products and a pro to do the apply sometimes unfortunate things can happen so these Beauty products are the ones you didn’t know you needed on your wedding day….but they’re handy to have anyway.

Top beauty products for your wedding day

 

For your skin

Big day beauty savings

big day beauty savings for your nails

Are you stressed out as you’ve already gone over budget with your wedding? Or were you hoping for a more low-key affair anyway? Why not save yourself some money and get the luxury beauty looks for less with these big day beauty savings.

 

Big day beauty savings for your wedding 

 

For your nails

Why not give yourself an at-home gel manicure with the SensatioNAIL Gel Starter Kit. The gel nail kit includes the new LED nail lamp that cures in just 30 seconds, which has been specially designed to set and dry your favourite SensatioNail™ Gel Polish in no time – safely locking in the colour to give your nails a glossy, long-lasting finish.

 

The makeup trends of 2019 from Laura Kay, makeup artist

Bride having makeup done

The UK’s most sought after permanent makeup artist, Laura Kay reveals the makeup trends for brides to look out for 2019. 

 

“Permanent makeup has come a long way — it’s no longer blue eyeliner and solid tadpole shaped eyebrows! 

Everyone from celebs to Influencers to “everyday folk”, especially brides who don’t want to worry abut their makeup sliding off their face halfway through the day are turning to permanent makeup to achieve a wide range of subtle to sculpted looks. Permanent makeup isn’t going anywhere, and there are more options than ever.” 

 

Powder ombré brows 

The Bridal Body Workout Plan

Bride walking up stairs

Whether you’ve been planning your perfect wedding since you were a kid or you didn’t give it a second thought before you decided to tie the knot, there are a lot of things to think about before the big day arrives. You need to consider venues, caterers, florists - and of course, the dress! That's why you might want to start a Bridal Body Workout Plan.

 

With all the stress that comes with planning a wedding, upping your exercise routine will not only help you look great at the end of the aisle, but you’ll feel great on the inside too. Exercising releases endorphins to keep stress at bay (just what you’ll need), and boosts your confidence for when all eyes are on you.

 

The Best Dress Watches for Grooms

Dress watches for the groom

Looking for that one thing to make your wedding day just a little bit more special? The perfect dress watches for grooms! It has become a bit of a tradition for the bride to gift her future husband a watch on their wedding day - Perfect for celebrating the next step of your relationship and momentous occasion. Your husband can wear it on the wedding day and every day after and whenever he looks down at his wrist, he’ll think of you.

 

Hit those fitness goals for your wedding with PitPat Life!

Pitpat Life dog monitor

Fitness is becoming hugely popular, especially amongst the stars of social media. If you don’t already take part in daily exercise, getting fit for your wedding can be a daunting thought. However, for people who own a furry friend, it could become a whole lot easier. You and your pup can exercise together, knowing that you’re both staying fit and healthy whilst hitting all those goals!  PitPat, the UK’s number one, award-winning, activity monitor for dogs, is launching PitPat Life, a monthly membership plan which rewards healthy, happy dogs and their owners through perks, points and prizes, during this weeks’ London Dog Week.

 

How to book stag and hen parties without breaking the bank

Stag and hen parties - men at a bbq

So you’ve booked the wedding, and the first thing on your friends’ minds? The stag and hen parties, obviously.

With a range of budgets, people living in different parts of the country and work/family life making availability an issue, it can be a real headache trying to decide what to do and arrange an event. So at Vows & Venues, we’ve done some of the research for you by checking out unusual stag and hen parties which won’t break the bank…

Camping and glamping​

Glamping is more popular than ever before, with a new survey revealing 10% of holiday park visitors are tent dwellers. For those not into roughing it, a pod or treehouse can offer pretty much the same luxury as a hotel room.