Wedding Advice

Babies at weddings | Advice from the experts

Andrea Grace

It's officially wedding season!  And and their will be many babies at weddings with their parents during the season.

In preparation, experts from The Baby Show with MadeForMums, which returned to the Birmingham NEC last weekend and London Olympia in October (19th - 21st) have compiled a list of their top tips to parents who will have their babies at weddings this year.

Think about it!

Make sure that you are clear about whether or not your baby is actually invited. 

Tips to finance your fairytale wedding on a shoestring budget

Budgeting for your wedding

Ultimately, your wedding is meant to be a day of celebration with your loved ones. However, planning for the big day can be notoriously stressful as you try to organise the details against the clock while your savings rapidly disappear. Newlywed Shane Clifford – Co-Founder and CEO of household bill management app, WonderBill – shares his tips on how you can make your special day a fairytale wedding, but on a budget. After all, your wedding doesn’t have to be a blowout in order to be special.


Planning a fairytale wedding on a budget

DIY is your friend

The rising cost of weddings

Rising cost of weddings

Rahib Bashar, business development manager from Deko talks about the rising cost of weddings and the financial options available to support your big day.

When it comes to tying the knot, the Office for National Statistics says that over 200,000 Brits say ‘I do’ each year. However, it has become a costly affair and more than half of us regret spending so much on our special day. This is unsurprising, with the average cost of a wedding now being over £25,000 according to – to some this could be a deposit on a small house!

Rising cost of weddingsThe ring

How to Save Money when Planning a Wedding

Married couple

Your wedding will undoubtedly be one of the most special days of your life, but unfortunately it may also be one of the most expensive. Last year, Brides Magazine reported that the average budget for a wedding was over £30,000, which is only slightly less than the average house deposit. With this in mind, short term loan provider Wonga has compiled a list of tips and tricks to help save money when planning a wedding.


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The Bridal Coach: 5 Stress Busting Wedding Tips

Stress busting wedding tips

Former wedding planner Stephanie Varda is now a life coach specialising in stress management and bridal coaching and shares her top 5 stress busting wedding tips. 

“We all know by now that weddings, whilst wonderful occasions, are also extremely stressful. Having worked in the wedding industry I’ve seen it all, but brides can still be surprised by just how overwhelmed by planning a wedding they can get.” 

Top 5 stress busting wedding tips

Stress busting wedding tips1. Ditch the Dull and Grow the Glow! 

Do you need a prenup?

Aysen Soyer is Head of Family Law at Wilson Solicitors

Whatever you do, don’t say the ‘P’ Word: There is no doubt about it: prenups are a divisive issue. If you want to find out how romantic a person truly is, say “prenup”, step back, and watch what happens. Aysen Soyer, Head of Family Law at Wilson Solicitors in London talks to us about the ins and outs of the prenup.

Some argue that even thinking about what should happen to assets should your marriage come to an end is terribly pessimistic. Others feel that having the discussion early is pragmatic, realistic, and paves the way for a more harmonious future. 

6 ways to have a green wedding

Friends of the earth thank you card with bees on

With thousands of couples (including a certain Harry and Meghan) planning their weddings to take place this spring and summer, Friends of the Earth reveals a new list of ideas to help everyone enjoy a green wedding.

Katie Riviere, of Friends of the Earth, said: “At Friends of the Earth, we love helping people to make their big day more eco-friendly – with weddings sometimes seeming to cost the earth, in more ways than one. From beautiful wild flower bouquets to crowdsourced decorations, there are a lot of things you can do which will make yours much kinder to the planet, and also that bit more special!” 

How to make your wedding night a success for both of you

Couple stood together on wedding night

Weddings are meant to be the happiest days of our lives — and they are. But, when it comes to the wedding night, many of us spend weeks worrying and stressing about making sure it’s a success.

To help alleviate your anxieties and get you truly excited for your big day, we’ve teamed up with leading pharmaceutical supplements provider, Pharma Nord, to find out how you can ensure your wedding night is unforgettable for both of you.

Top tips to make your wedding night a success

Dress nicely

Six top tips for those planning on getting married this year

Marry me written in the sand at the beach

Heiress Paris Hilton announced her engagement to Chris Zylka and, flaunting a 20-carat diamond ring worth almost $2m, added to the theory that Christmas and New Year is the most popular time for a proposal. If your partner put a ring on it over the festive season – congratulations! With months of planning ahead to enjoy, the more serious considerations are easy to put to one side. Here in a handy guide, Bryan Scant – a family solicitor at Coffin Mew – outlines his six top tips for those planning on getting married this year: 

Wedding Essentials: A Guide to Changing Your Name

Change of name advice daffodil hotel

These days, it’s a personal choice whether you take your partner’s name when you get married. However, despite it no longer being a requirement, many women still want to share their partner’s surname. If you’re going to go down this route it’s important to know the process as, although it may seem like boring admin, prior planning to make sure the name change goes through seamlessly should be on your list of wedding essentials.

It’s possible that you may not even realise all the options that are available to you. Some need you to go through a process with deed poll, others just require your marriage certificate. Combining surnames, double-barrelling or using your maiden name as a new middle name are all possible.

Pre Wedding ‘I dos’ and definitely ‘do nots’...

Sue Espa

ESPA founder Sue Harmsworth reveals her secrets to Vows and Weddings about Pre Wedding 'I dos' and definitely 'do nots'

DO sleep well

“Blue light makes us think we are still in daylight so keep tablets and smartphones out of the bedroom. Not only that but get rid of the television and electric alarm clock too. I really think it makes a huge difference. It’s like putting babies to bed, you have to do the wind down and if you go to bed on high alert, if your brain isn’t going into that regenerative restful phase, you won’t sleep.

Simply the Best: Britain’s Best Best Men Give Their Top Tips

Best man tips

Being a Best Man these days is a tough ask. From the stag do to the wedding day itself and all that comes in between, the Best Men need to be on top form throughout. 

If there’s a crisis, it’s up to the Best Man to resolve it. If the groom gets cold feet, it’s the job of the Best Man to talk him down. And if Carol, the bride’s closest pal, has a drunken teary moment about how she’s destined ‘to be alone forever’, you’ve guessed it, it’s the Best Man’s responsibility to take her for a twirl round the dancefloor. 

Warm up your wedding with LPG

LPG in weddings

Every bride or groom is looking for that magic ingredient to ensure their event is extra special. After the dress, a top-notch location and an excellent menu are among the top priorities when planning a wedding. With liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used by more than 13,000 outdoor caterers in the UK as well as by rural hotels and spas, there are very few limits on where you can hold your wedding reception and what food can be served up to hungry guests. 

LPG has even been used to cook on the highest slopes of Mount Everest and so the happy couple can rest assured that they can indulge on their favourite food regardless of where they plan to celebrate their nuptials.

A guide to the perfect hen party or bridal shower

Hen party bridal shower

So, you’ve been put in charge of organising a hen party or bridal shower. No pressure! As you’ll know, there are a lot of plates to spin to ensure everyone, especially the bride-to-be, has the best possible experience.

Once you have booked the perfect venue, sourced or made all the decorations and stocked the fridge with plenty of bubbly it’s time to start thinking about some fun activities to keep everyone in the party mood.

Although it might be tempting to go into minute detail, we wouldn’t recommend over-planning as this can take away from the event’s spontaneity. On the other hand, when you’re in charge of entertaining a room full of people, it’s important to at least have a few activities in place.

How to make the most of your newly married life

Married life

There’s nothing more exciting than being newly married and starting married life planning your next chapter together. It’s also the perfect time to think about what your new priorities are as a couple, especially when the excitement of wedding planning and celebrations come to an end. 

To help avoid the honeymoon period ‘come down’, take time out to really concentrate on how to make the most of married life. 

Here’s some top tips on keeping married life fun, strong and most importantly, lasting.

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