What’s your Favourite Wedding Song

April 16, 2013 in Other by JenniBush

Well we all have one, so rather than I go on. add your favourite wedding song as a comments and let us see which one is most popular!

Bunting Inspiration Board

September 27, 2012 in Inspiration Boards, Sara Burnett - Inspiration & Decor Expert by JenniBush

 

Bunting: Knots and Kisses stationary, cake, brown bag with bunting, Mr & Mrs sign, reception area, just married signage, bunting gift tags.

 

Bunting adds a fun, festive, DIY vibe to any event, especially weddings! Use bunting as photo props, to decorate your reception area, and give bunting lined gift tags to guests to write their well wishes on. For softer themed weddings, use bunting made from vintage lace and floral print materials, or bolder colors (like those shown in the inspiration board) to create a young, celebratory atmosphere.

Inspiration & Wedding Themes

Sara Burnett

Sara currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is obsessed with color and style. She works on the editorial team at Modern Weddings Hawaii and recently launched her own site for mood boards.

 

Boudois Vois – Photography Gift Ideas

August 31, 2012 in Other by JenniBush

Today we are featuring the work of Photographer Lindsay Wakelin and her new boudoir Photography.

 

“I am offering a unique service to all women. They can literally come up with their own concept or idea we will then help them to get the right hair style and make up to match the look they are trying to achieve and I will then help direct them throughout the shoot into poses which will enhance their body shape and create the image they are after.”

Brides can dress up in their Bridal Lingerie, be pampered by my hair and make-up stylist and present their images beautifully wrapped up in a black presentation box to their future husbands.

For an army wife she might like to dress up in some of her husbands uniform, with sexy undies and have a union jack as a back drop, perfect gift for him especially if he has to work away from home.

Other women might be recovering from and illness or have recently had surgery so they might like to celebrate by having a make over and a series of photographs capturing that moment in time.

“I am so excited about this as it gives each woman the freedom and creativity to portray herself as she wants, be it a burlesque beauty or something a little weird and wonderful like a zombie bride! It’s about getting creative, letting your imagination run wild, dressing up and above all having fun. I am offering 10% off all packages as an introductory offer, I encourage people to call in for tea and cake if they want to have a look around the studio it is important to me for everyone to feel comfortable and to answer any questions people may have. Please feel free to ask anything.”

For More info please visit Boudois Vous

 

English Rose – Wedding Inspiration Board

August 27, 2012 in Inspiration Boards, Sara Burnett - Inspiration & Decor Expert by JenniBush

1. English Rose: Knots and Kisses stationary, Carolina Herrera dress, fence with roses, cupcakes, ivory rose fascinator, cake.

 

Despite living in Hawaii I do have some experience with English roses (I grew up in the UK!) English roses have a hardy and rustic vibe but lend an ephemeral quality to any event. Use them to decorate your cake, your hair, your dress, and especially your invitations. The girlie glamour is sure to be a hit!

Inspiration & Wedding Themes

Sara Burnett

Sara currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is obsessed with color and style. She works on the editorial team at Modern Weddings Hawaii and recently launched her own site for mood boards.

 

Diamonds are a Girls best Friend, but do you know what you are Buying?

August 20, 2012 in Other by JenniBush

Diamonds are rare, precious and eternal. This makes them ideal tokens to represent our loving relationships. If you think about it, one of the most important purchases you will ever make is a diamond engagement ring – not simply because of the cost (!) but due to the fact that it represents your commitment of love to another person. As well as engagement rings, diamonds are becoming increasingly popular in wedding rings, and are also often found adorning brides on their special day.


However, buying diamonds and jewellery – for most of us – is not something we do every day. Naturally, therefore, most of us are not over familiar with the subject.
That said, do we need to be? A diamond is a diamond, right? We only need to worry about the type of jewellery we want whether it be a ring, earrings or pendant?

Wrong.

Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for! There is a vast difference in the beauty (and, therefore, the value) of diamonds, with a number of contributing factors. As a member of the buying public, you don’t necessarily need to be conversant with all of these. However, you should read up on the “4Cs of diamonds”.

The “4Cs” are an internally recognised system of valuing a diamond. It relates to the Cut, Carat, Colour and Clarity. Typically, the better the grade, the higher the value.

Diamond cut refers to the quality of the finished diamond’s cut from its original rough diamond form. When diamonds are mined from the ground, the resemble fragments of a shattered windscreen, and it is the skill of professional diamond cutters that transforms these rough diamonds into the gems that we all know and love. The cut takes into account things like the alignment of the facets, the symmetry and the overall proportion of a diamond.

Carat relates to the weight of the diamond. Not to be confused with the size (although the two go hand in hand with each other). One carat diamonds are the benchmark for many people, but you can expect to pay upwards of £7,500 for a good quality one carat diamond.

Colour relates to the whiteness of a diamond. The best diamonds are colourless, with an increasing yellow tint appearing in the lesser quality diamonds. The best colour is “D”.

Clarity relates to the purity of a diamond. All natural diamonds – with the exception of flawless diamonds – have ‘inclusions’. These are often referred to as nature’s birthmark of a diamond. Inclusions can take the form of tiny black pinpoints, white crystal or feather effects inside the diamond. The best quality diamonds are flawless (no inclusions at all), or VVS1, where a diamond has inclusions but they are only visible under laboratory magnification.

The combination of these “4Cs” determines the value of a diamond. Always look for a diamond that comes with its own independent grading report, as this will tell you all about the stone’s characteristics and which will ultimately help you in determining whether the price you are about to pay is a fair one or not.

The whole shape of diamond retail has been transformed with the advent of the internet. No longer do we need to go to our local high street jeweller and be sold something out of his window. We are now able to do our own self-education from the comfort of our own homes, browse online shops for diamonds and jewellery and make our selection, knowing that we have potentially saved ourselves thousands of pounds.

The best online diamond retailers have 3D product animations, vast inventories of diamonds from around the world and superb education resources. However, what most also offer is free expertise and advice from their in-house diamond specialists. Use this resource, chat things over and pick their brains……..it could save you a fortune.
For more information on diamonds and jewellery, you can visit www.quantum-diamonds.com

DIY Scrabble Buckets

August 16, 2012 in Chloe Addlington - DIY, DIY by JenniBush

Hello lovely people,

I hope you’re having a good summer? Today I have a DIY project from Adore to share with you. I made these cute scrabble buckets to add some prettiness to my mantelpiece at home but they would make lovely table decorations too. I see lots of weddings with large table centres, which might look lovely, but they’re really hard for your guests to talk around and see each other!! So that’s today’s top tip… go for low height table decorations ;-)

 

These are really simple to make too… click here for all the instructions on my blog!

 

Have a lovely day,

 

Chloe x

DIY

Chloe Adlington

“Chloe authors one of the UK’s leading crafty wedding blogs, Adore By Chloe. Her blog is a must visit for fresh DIY ideas, creative and personal wedding inspiration and simple, delicious recipes!”

Great First Dance Songs

August 7, 2012 in Gemma Doyle - Entertainment Expert, Other by JenniBush

Sometimes brides can struggle to decide on what song they would like as their first dance.
This of course, is a traditional and romantic part of the big day!
If you haven’t yet decided on what will be yours, here are some ideas:

Maybe there’s a song which always makes you think of your fiance when you hear it?
Or maybe there’s a special song which both of you have enjoyed together?

Some popular song choices include:

Amazed- Lonestar
Everything- Michael Buble
At Last- Etta James/ Beyonce
Smash Into You- Beyonce
Greatest Day- Take That
Halo- Beyonce
Run- Leona Lewis
Make You Feel My Love- Adele
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life- Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Better Together- Jack Johnson
I’m Yours- Jason Mraz
She’s The One- Robbie Williams
Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Micheal Buble
Dancing In The Moonlight- Toploader
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
If I Ain’t Got You- Alicia Keys
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack/ Leona Lewis
Your Song- Elton John/ Ellie Goulding
Don’t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
Truly, Madly, Deeply- Savage Garden
Everything I Do- Bryan Adams
Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
Marry you – Bruno Mars
You’re Still The One- Shania Twain
From This Moment On- Shania Twain
You’ve Got A Way- Shania Twain

It can be more sentimental and memorable to have your first dance performed live by a professional singer. You should ensure to let the singer know which song you have chosen as your first dance song well in advance of the wedding day. This gives him/her plenty of time to either learn the song, or record the original version (if you choose to have recorded music for the first dance).
You should also ask your DJ, and possibly even the venue, to make sure they have the song for you just incase.

Gemma Doyle

Gemma is a professional vocalist, who performs for important events, weddings, functions, corporate events, mayor’s dinners, balls, casinos, theatres, clubs and restaurants to name a few. Gemma will be sharing her expert advice on how to create the perfect atmosphere on your wedding day, keep checking the blog posts.

 

How to Choose the Right Venue

August 5, 2012 in Julie Dawson - Wedding Planning Expert, Wedding Tips by JenniBush

 

Look around and Ask Questions.

  • Walk around the venue and get a feel for the atmosphere. Most brides I have spoken to feel really comfortable and at home in a venue as soon as they walk inside. You and your new husband will be spending the very first hours of being married here with the most important people in your life so it should definitely be a place you feel comfortable in.

 

  • Ensure you get a warm welcome and that the person who sees you is on time and expecting you. This will give you an idea of their customer service and organisation. Timing is important on your big day so you want to know that the staff in the venue appreciates that.

 

  • Is everywhere clean and well kept? This will give you an idea of how the venue is maintained. Check out the toilets too!

 

  • Does the decor fit with your theme? Contemporary modern furniture may not be acceptable if your vision is classic and traditional.

 

  • The venue staff should be professional but friendly and approachable. You need to feel they will look after you as well as your guests.

 

  • If your guests are likely to be staying at the venue ask to be shown the bedrooms to check their suitability.

 

  • Will they offer a group discount you can pass on to your guests? If so how long will they hold the rooms before they need to be booked? Also they should give you a reservation number or ask them how to let your guests know what to ask for when they call to book a room. (You can put this information in the invitations.)

 

  • Check to see if they have a dedicated wedding coordinator on the day. Many venues use events coordinators to help book the wedding but often they do not work at the weekends. There will be a duty manager and whilst being excellent their main aim is to look after the food and drink. You may need to consider someone to help you set up tables, place favours and liaise with suppliers in the run up to the wedding. On the day then you can relax and enjoy the whole day without worry.

 

  • Check out the gardens and facilities on offer if your wedding is going to take place over a weekend. Your guests may want to make use of the facilities and you need to know if they have to be booked prior to their arrival.

 

  • Is there enough parking for your guests? If not ask where the nearest car park is.

 

  • Are there any restrictions on photographs being taken?

 

Think about Your Budget.

What packages can the venue offer? Will they be flexible? For instance, to reduce costs you may want to serve your wedding cake as a sweet instead of paying for desert. Will they allow this?  If so will they charge you for cutting the cake and serving it?

 

Is there the possibility of bringing your own wine? If so what is the corkage price?

 

If you are planning to stay at the venue do they offer a bridal suite within the package? This can be quite an expense and if you can negotiate this to be included it’s quite a saving. During this credit crunch period you may very well get a good deal, but you have to ask.

 

Here are few more things to ask and think about regarding what is offered.

  • What exactly is covered within each package? Be sure you are crystal clear.

 

  • Check if wine is included within the package, can you upgrade to different wines if you want to? What is the corkage cost if you can bring your own wine. They are often more expensive so do beware.

 

  • Can you use your own caterers? If not ask which company they want you to use.

 

  • Is there an extra hire fee for the ceremony room? Try and get this rolled in within the package. If you don’t ask you don’t get!
  • Is it extra to hire a cake stand? Cake knife or the board and easel for the table plan? Or are they included?

 

  • What table linen is offered? Tablecloths, chair covers?

 

  • If you get married mid week ask for the charges, they should be lower. It’s a thought if you really love the venue but can’t afford the weekend costs.

 

  • Are there any flowers or decorations within the package? Often the in house florist may be able to match the flowers that they are doing for the hotel to your theme.

 

  • Is the price quoted with VAT? Will there be any inflationary costs if you are booking a year in advance?

 

  • When do they need a deposit and when is the final payment? – Make sure it comes in line with your savings if you need to add to them for the venue costs.

 

  • What are the cancellation terms and conditions?

 

Restrictions – You need to know and understand these.

 

  • Will there be more than wedding on the day. If so how does the venue manage this?

 

  • Are there any restrictions on entertainment, check out the size of the rooms to ensure a live band can fit if you are planning on having one?

 

  • Do they allow chocolate fountains, candles, confetti and fireworks?

 

  • What time are last orders at the bar and what time do you have to stop playing music.

 

  • If exclusive use what time does it start and finish?

 

  • Is there any additional charge if your guests fall below the minimum numbers?

 

  • Is there wheel chair access if you have disabled or older guests?

 

  • Is there going to be any structural upgrades or decoration before your wedding? If so when and what will they be?

 

Checking the details will ensure you have the perfect venue without hidden costs or surprises. Most of all feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the venue staff. If you not fully satisfied or your instincts tell you that something is wrong walk away.

 

I hope this helps you choose your dream venue. Next week pop back for everything you need to know about choosing your perfect wedding dress.

 

Until next time, happy planning.

 

Written by

Wedding Planner – Julie Dawson – The Wedding Genie

 

 

Wedding Planning

Julie Dawson – aka “The Wedding Genie”

Julie has been wedding planning for over 3 years, “My philosophy is to provide the very best support, inspiration and service to my clients.” Planning a wedding isn’t all glamour, generally it’s the tedious tasks like, finding suppliers, budgeting, liaising etc. Julie will be sharing her best tips and expert knowledge to help you plan your perfect Wedding.

 

 

 

Statement Accessories ‘v’s Simple – What’s your Preference?

August 1, 2012 in Jenni Bush - Accessory & Wedding Expert by JenniBush

So often brides come to see me with nothing but they don’t want anything too big, bold or sparkly.  I know the feeling I was a bride just like that, but……. looking back now I wish I hadn’t thought that way.

 

You see very often when we forget that once we put the dress and everything together we often need more than we thought.

Here are some popular statement tiaras:

Jenni Bush

the Award Winning Wedding  Jewellery & Accessory designer from Bespoken For. Jenni has been making bridal jewellery for 5 years, specialising in bespoke designs for bride. Her backdrop necklaces are stunning and she makes the most amazing tiaras too which have been featured on the cover of national magazines.

 


 

 

Perfect Pre Wedding Preparations

July 30, 2012 in Michele Paradise - The Bridal Coach, Wedding Tips by JenniBush

So the big day has arrived and you are giddy with excitement. All those months and years have preparation have finally arrived and the big day is NOW! But have you thought about preparing the room that you’re going to get ready in so that you feel most calm and confident before you walk up the aisle? Well I have and I’m going to give you some of my best tips to ensure that your big day is fabulous from start to finish.

 

Imagine the room that you are getting ready in is like a fabulous cocktail party. Fill the room with aromatic flowers or scented candles to create a beautiful, calming aroma.

Have some beautiful photos to look at, especially ones of you and your fiancée so that every time you look at one, you smile and relax.

Create a playlist of upbeat, happy songs and play them while you’re getting ready. Sing, hum and get others to join in. In addition to making you all feel good, it will ensure that you breathe and brides forget to breathe!

Eat small, high protein and low carbohydrate throughout the day as if you are at a cocktail party and they are canapés. This will keep your energy level up and not stress out your digestive system. Eat things like smoked salmon, cocktail sausages, egg mayonnaise on toast and maybe even some caviar if that is your thing! Eat them in small, bite-sized pieces so that you keep yourself and your bridesmaids going.

If you are going to drink some Champagne, make sure that for every glass you have, you have a large glass of water. This will slow down the intake of alcohol and keep you from getting intoxicated.

We filter the world through our 5 senses so if you follow these great tips, you will positively stimulate all of your senses and feel really good!

I have hundreds of good tips so come and visit my website and upload my Free 30 minute 7 Steps to Your Successful Wedding on www.thebridalcoach.co.uk.

 

The Bridal Coach – Michele Paradise

Michele has trained models, actors and presenters in deportment, posture and movement for over 10 years. She has worked with most of the top agencies in London and has appeared on several TV programmes as an expert and judge such as Britain’s Next Top Model, Model Behaviour, Make Me A Supermodel, ASBO Teen to Beauty Queen, Britain’s Missing Top Model and the BBC Clothes Show.