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28/04/2016

7 things to remember when searching for the perfect wedding dress

The first time I decided to go and try on wedding dresses I wasn’t even technically engaged.

My boyfriend had asked my father for his blessing, I knew he had the ring, and we even had a tentative date, so I figured it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Also I was going back to school and probably wouldn’t have the chance to look at dresses with my mom, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.

This was my very first time ever shopping for this type of bridesmaid dresses online, and I was as excited and nervous as a professional football player before a big game.

I had my team with me, and we were ready to go.

However that first experience definitely did not go as planned, but I did learn some very important things that would have been good to know beforehand.

So here are some of my takeaways, and things that eventually led me to find my dream dress; and hopefully it will help you find yours.

Finding the perfect wedding dress is not all fun and games. Read my list of 7 things I wish I had known when finding my dream dress. (DepositPhotos)

1. Come well rested, groomed and fed

Finding the perfect dress takes a lot of time and energy.

For most people it involves trying on multiple heavy, but lovely giant gowns.

Looking your best and feeling your best will definitely help with the overall experience, and make you feel as gorgeous as you should in your beautiful gown.

2. Do your research, but have an open mind

I was definitely one of those brides who knew EXACTLY what I wanted my dress to be like, and I let the saleswoman know.

At the same time, when I tried on what I thought I wanted, I realized it might now work with my height and body shape.

So definitely know what you like, but also be open to try new things that might surprise you.

3. You might get frustrated

Because I had an idea of what I wanted, I got pretty frustrated when I realized that I might have to change that idea.

Also when the people you bring are giving you their thoughts and ideas, it might become frustrating as well.

But take a deep breath, understand that you can always come back another day, and just have fun with it.

4. Take your time

Most bridal places will let you make appointments lasting an hour or even longer, so don’t feel rushed in finding a dress.

Finding your dream dress can take time and effort, and it is time and effort that will be well worth it on that special day.

If you don’t find a dress that you are totally in love with that first time you go dress shopping, it’s totally ok. Go back as many times as you want, go to different shops, and do some more research.

5. Compromise, but also don’t give up on your vision

Like I said before, I had an exact vision of what I wanted my dress to look like, and I wasn’t willing to give up on it completely.

The good news was that although it took more time and a lot of looking, I was able to find something that fit my dream as well as having it look and feel fabulous on me.

So although your dream dress might have to be tweaked slightly, don’t give up on what you want completely.

6. Don’t be afraid to look online

The online world of wedding dresses is getting incredibly larger and more beautiful, so don’t be afraid to look online for dress options.

I would definitely recommend going and trying on dresses in real life as well, just to see what fits and what you like. But I have had many friends who have successfully ordered gorgeous dresses online, and at super great prices.

7. Your mom might not be there

I know every girl has the dream of having their mother there when they finally find “the dress,” but honestly because of work, distance, or school there might be a chance she’s not there. But don’t let that hold you back!

Because of technology your mom can always be there in spirit, and you will still be able to find the perfect wedding dress.

As I found, finding the perfect wedding dresses australia can be quite a quest, but one that is worth the struggle. When you see the face of the man you love light up at the sight of seeing how amazing you look, you will know every second was worth it.

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05/03/2016

6 Things to AVOID When DIY’ing Wedding Flowers

You are here, so that means you’re probably considering doing your own wedding flowers. I am sure you have heard a million opinions but we are here to help you make the right decision for you. We can educate you from experience. Like most people, throwing a Kardashian wedding is not really in the cards, so let’s talk about some things you should DEFINITELY AVOID when you decide to create your own arrangements.

1. Biting off more than you can chew.

You’re not a Kardashian…and you’re not a super hero either. You may have a couple helping hands, but please do not try to build a 9ft flower wall. Realistic DIY wedding flowers usually include bouquets, centerpieces, and a select few accent pieces. Try to make arrangements you can use for your wedding ceremony and reception. Keep in mind that you are probably going to make the arrangements the night before or the day of. Sometimes, brides choose to do all of the bridal party bouquets, groom and groomsmen boutonnieres, and the centerpieces, but leave the bridal bouquet to the florist. Give yourself enough time to create arrangements and still enjoy the rest of the wedding process.

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2. Picking a bad delivery address.

Luckily, shipping services let you track a package’s every move. However, picking an address with a difficult drop off process will really complicate things. If you can select a location that you know you will be at for delivery that is ALWAYS best. If not, pick a place someone reliable can receive the package. AVOID addresses with a gate or locked entry that could result in your package being taken back to the carrier facility. Remember, you have ordered LIVE flowers for your wedding, if they end up back at a hot warehouse for a night, you are risking the vase life of the flowers. If you are planning a destination wedding, call the hotel and get the correct delivery address and location before you place your order!

3. Planning storage last minute.

Okay great, you successfully received your flowers! Now, it’s time to cut, hydrate, and store the flowers until they are ready for arranging. If you are home, you can do this in a cool (not freezing!) room or garage or basement. You might make a mess of your kitchen but at least you know your own space and can plan for storage. If you are having your wedding at a hotel or destination, call ahead of time to discuss delivery and storage of the flowers. Planning this out ahead of time will make things much easier. (BTW check out How to Unpack and Prepare Fresh Flowers + How to Transport Flower Arrangements for some great tips!)

4. Picking “exact match” colors for wedding flowers.

All flowers can vary based on growing conditions, so there could be color variations throughout the year. Instead of matching colors exactly and risking some color clashing, select complementary colors or work within a range of shades. This is a very popular tip from very experienced party planners and wedding flower designers that typically make your arrangement flow much better. We have a really fun article about pairing flower colorstogether for you. Shop wholesale flowers by color when planning!

5. Buying “just enough.”

Although we provide you with the help you need to figure out how much to order for your wedding flowers, we want to stress that you always need to leave room for error and experimentation. A couple of stems may break while you work, a couple of blooms may have imperfections, or you may decide that you want to add a little more to your arrangement or bouquets. Always round up when calculating flower quantities – especially for your focal flowers. If you think you need 8 stems of hydrangea, order 10. Think you need 3 bunches of red ranunculus? Get 4 bunches, just in case. This will make the process much less stressful and you’ll know you have what you need from the start.

6. Being inflexible.

Just one more Kardashian reference, I promise! You are not a Kardashian, so don’t expect to have an out-of-season flower genetically modified and grown to your specifications especially for your wedding …just don’t – you’ll be disappointed! Flowers are a product of nature, and there WILL be color, shape and size variations during different times of the year for most types of flowers. If you are trying to replicate a gorgeous bouquet you found online, you don’t have to use the identical flowers which may not be available for your wedding. You can get the same “look” and “feel” with similar color and texture substitutes. That can also help your budget, because many of the arrangements you see online use some of the most expensive flowers out there! Our flower experts can help you recreate a stunning bouquet using flowers that will be in season for your wedding, and not break your budget.

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03/03/2016

Countdown to Pembrokeshire County Wedding Fair

Sophie and Laura Strutt have been together for three years. They got engaged in August 2014 and were married on September 5, 2015. Here Sophie (nee Bosley) tells us their wedding story.

The ceremony

We got married at Slebech Park. We spent a weekend checking out venues all over Pembrokeshire, but knew we had found the perfect place for us as soon as we arrived at Slebech Park.

Planning

We started to plan the wedding as soon as we got engaged, as we decided to set the date for a year ahead. We attended Pembrokeshire Wedding Fair to find local businesses. As we live in Derbyshire, it was great for us to have all the local wedding-related businesses together in one place.

Music and hymns

We both had music as we walked down the aisle. Laura had ‘How long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding and I had ‘I Need You’ by M83.

Rings

Laura had a Clogau Gold ring with an ivy design and I had a white gold ring in a leaf design with a white sapphire.

Wedding party

In the wedding party were two bridesmaids, Roxy (my best friend) and Angharad (my sister), best man was Andy (Laura’s close friend), page boy was Cameron (son) and flower girl was Hallie (my god-daughter).

Wedding attire

Laura wore grey trousers, a white shirt with grey trim and a grey waistcoat, while I wore an ivory dress with lace design from Gracie Bleu Bridal (Matlock).

Hair and make-up

Laura’s hair was done by Casie Paxton at Janina Louise, Tenby, while I and the bridesmaids had our hair done by Nicola Harris at Wedding and Occasion Hair Design and make-up by Sophie Doyle.

Bridesmaids dresses

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Flowers

Our flowers were done by Deborah Wilcocks Floral Design. I had a bouquet, while Laura and some others in the wedding party had buttonholes. Deborah also made our table decorations for the reception. We had calla lilies as the only flowers throughout the wedding.

Reception

The reception was also at Slebech Park. We had approximately 60 guests for a sit-down meal. After this, we had a disco with a photobooth and chocolate fountain, provided by Welsh Chocolate Fountains and Strike A Pose Photobooth.

Favours

As we were having a photobooth later in the evening, we decided to give photobooth props as wedding favours.

First dance

We decided against a traditional first dance, but later on in the evening there was a spontaneous first dance to Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon.

Photographer

Photography was done by Pembrokeshire Wedding Photography, who captured the day perfectly.

Cake

We had a cheese and crackers wedding cake made by my parents and a wedding cake (half cupcakes, half chocolate cake) made by T’isie Teisen.

Transport

My brother Dan (who walked me down the aisle) and I arrived in a VW Beetle.

Honeymoon

As we got married just before the start of the school year, we had a belated honeymoon at the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey in December.

Favourite moment of the big day?

It was fantastic to see all our friends and family in the same place enjoying our big day together. As our families live in two different countries, it was fantastic to spend a day with everyone together.

Top tips for couples getting married?

Go to a wedding fair and take your time finding the right providers. There were many times we could have jumped at the first offer we had, but we waited until we found the perfect venue, dress, florist etc. and that is what made our day perfect.

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