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5 top wedding styling trends for 2019

Rocket Food - a wedding canapés tray

Rachel Warren, head of creative at London’s leading catering company, Rocket, offers on-trend ideas for your wedding.

1. Bringing nature indoors:

Use our seasonal British plants with roots, fragrance and native beauty. From tangled foliage and fresh greenery to potted herbs incorporated with dried poppy heads, cotton branch, willow  – all these ingredients make for a gorgeous table centre or canape tray decoration. Pots can display geographic reference or personal designs / place names or table numbers. They can even be a favour for guests to replant in their garden for memories of their own happy day.

2. Personalisation:

Quick fix beauty products perfect for when wedding planning

Woman performing beauty regime

Is Wedding planning taking up all of your time? Are you constantly on the rush between work, home life and wedding commitments? 

The stress and time consumption of planning a wedding isn’t always easy – especially as we want to to be getting our beauty regime ready for the big day ?

Look no further than these quick fix beauty products to help you get ready in record time. Now we can cut your beauty regime in half whilst still getting maximum benefits so you can get back to planning your big day.

 

Jim Shaw's wedding grooming tips for men

Men's wedding grooming tips

Jim Shaw is the owner of Essensuals Toni & Guy, Billericay. Here he offers men some top wedding grooming tips…

It’s important on your wedding day to look and feel your very best and this not only stands for the bride, but for the groom too. Men are becoming more fashion conscious and are now really into the latest grooming trends and taking care of themselves, Jim Shaw, Owner of Essensuals Toni & Guy Billericay, discusses his top grooming tips for men who want to look their best on their wedding day…

3 wedding trends RIBA would like to see

3 wedding trends RIBA would like to see
By Caterina Alves, Head of Venues at RIBA

Did you get engaged recently? Congratulations!

We love hosting a wedding here at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and this year is going to be no exception. Our team is already looking ahead to the wedding season and we have been pondering on what we think this year’s nuptials will look like. 

So, without further “I do” (see what we did there?), here are our top three wedding trends for 2019 and beyond…

Themed weddings

Spring Wedding Fair at DOXFORD HALL, 10 March 2019

Spring Bride holding flowers

From a classic summer’s garden ceremony to a romantic winter wedding, whatever vision of a perfect wedding day, Doxford Hall could be the venue for you. 

Traditional, timeless and elegant, this private country estate recently celebrated 200 years of high-class hospitality and is nowadays a luxurious four red star hotel. Each wedding here is assured the very best of service, exclusive to you, no other weddings are hosted on your special day.

On Sunday March 10th, from midday until 3pm, is the Spring Wedding Open Afternoon. Brides and grooms-to-be, friends and family are invited to explore the venue, meet the hotel’s friendly wedding coordinators, along with a selection of the area’s finest wedding supplier partners. 

Historic Royal Palaces to host The Engage!

Interior of Historic Royal Palace

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, is to host luxury wedding summit Engage! for the first time this autumn alongside Rosewood London and Sarah Haywood Weddings.

Taking place on 28-31st October, the summit will bring together the best in the international luxury events industry for a series of exclusive events at Tower of London, Banqueting House and Kensington Palace.

W&W Jewellery and Edwina Ibbotson create a bespoke style guide for a summer wedding

W&W Jewellery and Edwina Ibbotson Summer Wedding

W&W Jewellery has partnered with celebrated milliner Edwina Ibbotson to shine a spotlight on bespoke artistry and create a stylish look to inspire wedding guests how to pair a hat with their jewellery.  

With a shared passion for bespoke design and traditional craftsmanship, W&W Jewellery has created a beautiful hand painted jewellery illustration in response to Edwina Ibbotson’s hat design. With over 25 years’ experience, Edwina’s hats are frequently seen at events including Ascot, Goodwood and the recent Royal Weddings; her headpieces have also been exhibited in the V&A Museum. 

There might not be a Royal Wedding taking place this year but weddings still feature high on the summer event calendar and offer the definitive occasion for headwear. 

Did you say yes to a Valentines proposal? 

Valentines proposal

Did you get asked the big question over Valentines Day, and are you now starting to think about the day itself? It might seem daunting, but here Annabel Schwier at the Museum of London offers her insights into the four key elements you need to think about: the guestlist, venue, theme and catering. Annabel’s top tip? Keep it simple and planning will be a piece of cake!

The Guestlist:

DIY Wedding: create a feature wall for your wedding

DIY Wedding: create a feature wall for your wedding

A feature wall is a great opportunity to add character to your wedding without splurging out and spending too much of your wedding budget. Here are a few DIY feature wall ideas to make your special day even more beautiful.

Let the wall bloom

Kim K married Kayne in front of a flower wall in 2014. If that's not enough reason to consider your own flower wall, we don't know what is. 

A flower wall can be a beautiful backdrop for photos of yourselves and guests. Choose flowers (real or fake depending on your budget and accessibility) that will compliment the theme of your wedding. 

Your large-scale Brighton wedding venue – The Grand Brighton

Your large-scale Brighton wedding venue – The Grand Brighton

Every wedding celebration comes with its own traditions and in the case of many Asian weddings, a very long guestlist! Finding a venue spacious enough to accommodate several hundred guests is one thing, but planning for a wedding with multiple ceremonies, specific catering requirements and ultimately delivering that ‘wow’ factor for guests can seem a near impossible task.

This is where The Grand Brighton comes in…

Large-scale celebrations

NEW Bridal Anxiety Programme Launches

Bride with wedding anxiety

Planning a wedding, although an exciting time can also leave you stressed and anxiety riddled.  Not just the planning but for some, the prospect of being centre of attention for an entire day with everyone looking at you is enough to send a bride into a state of turmoil.  How to handle this emotional roller-coaster can be daunting and top London hypno-therapist Malminder Gill can help brides-to-be with her NEW Bridal Anxiety Programme. With years of experience she is able to guide brides-to-be to a calmer and more stress free place in the line up to their big day.

Battle of the Bridezilla – Top London Hypnotherapist helps anxious brides put the fun back into planning a wedding 

Real Weddings - Priya & Dip's vividly vibrant wedding

Real Weddings - Priya & Dip's vividly vibrant wedding

Finding 'The One'...

Finding the perfect venue is an essential first step in the planning process and really sets the tone for your day - for Priya & Dip The Grand had it all...

For us it was important to have our wedding in Brighton as it is my home city and where we first met. The stature of The Grand and its location right in the heart of Brighton seafront made it the perfect choice for us.

We were looking for a large, self-catering venue with the wow-factor for our civil ceremony, Indian wedding and wedding reception. The facilities at The Grand ticked all the boxes.

The Big Day...

Boost Your Winter Skin With Berries

Boost Your Winter Skin With Berries

Our skin definitely needs some extra TLC when it’s colder; it’s coping with the cold outside and the drying central heating inside. We tend to eat less fruit during winter, which means that our antioxidant, mineral and hydration intake might suffer at the time our skin needs it the most. Love Fresh Berries has teamed up with dermatologist and skin guru Abigail James to discover why berries are a great source of skin loving nutrients and will benefit your skin all year round.

Styling on the day

Styling on the day

When you take your waistcoat off, make sure you can’t see any shirt between the waistcoat and your trousers as it ruins the clean look. Raise your trousers higher! 

Bring an extra shirt of the same fabric, just in case. This is huge. If the one you’re wearing is double cuff, bring an extra single cuff. On a high-pressure day like this, anything could happen; from forgetting your cufflinks, to a red wine spillage or even forgetting your shirt altogether! To be prepared is to be relaxed.

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

Hen Do’s and Don’ts

So, your best friend or sister is getting married, and as maid of honour or bridesmaid, you’ve been trusted with planning a once in a lifetime girly pre-wedding get together?! Don’t panic, planning a hen do doesn’t have to be a stressful uphill struggle. Whatever the style, be it a weekend away or a day out, here are 11 top tips to help you stay sane and on track, helping to make the whole hen-do planning experience run smoothly.

DO consult the Bride

How To Secure The Perfect Big Day

Mark on door security on your big day

Many happy couples spend hours thinking about what to wear, where to wed, what band to hire, what drinks to serve etc, but they sometimes forget about security. What happens when your marquee is set-up the night before and you’re storing bottles of champagne in the tent? What happens to the floral decorations that have cost thousands? Just one intruder, or a silly teenage prank could see your wedding dreams turn into a nightmare!

Newly engaged? De Vere Tortworth Court has just announced your dream wedding and date to match

Westminister suite at De Vere Tortworth Court

Next year offers a date that won’t be replicated for another thousand years, 02.02.2020 – the perfect mirror image. With such an auspicious date on the horizon, De Vere Tortworth Court has created an exclusive wedding package for one couple looking to tie the knot on this special day.

Why the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for a luxe hen party 

Hen party in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to outstanding natural beauty, so much so that it’s understandable that the quaint area has becoming increasingly popular with an array of famous faces. The Cotswolds provides an excellent location for a luxe hen party thanks to its chic reputation. Full of picturesque villages and magnificent views, the Cotswolds is a luxurious and elegant destination favoured by many, including members of the royal family. With something for everyone, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities, dining and drinking. Hen parties bring together a variety of individuals from different backgrounds, all of which will have plenty to do and see in this charming location. Here are a few of the many reasons why the Cotswolds is the perfect hen party location.

Plan A Wedding In Eight Months

Plan A Wedding In Eight Months - David Scholes Photography

Brides-to--be who say ‘yes’ on Valentine’s Day can be married before the year is out – that’s according to wedding planners at James’ Places, the leading North West hospitality group.

Chief dream maker Jen Wilkinson blew away the myth that weddings have to take at least a year to plan.

Said Jen: “Given careful organisation, there’s no reason why a dream wedding can’t be planned in eight months.”

Here’s Jen’s timeplan and tips for preparing a perfect day in eight months.

Now

Book the venue. This is the most important thing and the deal breaker which will dictate the date of the big day. Consider a mid-week wedding and look at off-peak weekends for bargains.