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!

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

 

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

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.

 

DIY Chalkboard Bunting

July 16, 2012 in Chloe Addlington - DIY, Other by JenniBush

DIY chalkboard bunting

Morning!

 

So with the Olympics now only days away I thought I’d share a little DIY project you could make for all the parties and celebrating ;-) The beauty of this chalkboard bunting of course is that you can change the message as often as you like… maybe for each different sport or party?!

To see how I made this click here for all the instructions on my blog!

Happy crafting,

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!”

How to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue

July 5, 2012 in Julie Dawson - Wedding Planning Expert, Other, Receptions by JenniBush

Now that you have taken care of your budget and you have a rough guest list it’s time to find the perfect venue. You can plan your wedding with the utmost detail, but if the venue does not stand up to the vision and style of your wedding day you may be disappointed. The blog over the next two weeks will be dedicated to helping you choose the perfect place.

Perhaps it’s a fairy tale castle, a slick contemporary city venue, a beautiful country manor house or a stylish decorated marquee, no matter what you want; it’s worth spending time choosing the perfect venue for you. It is important to do your research and think carefully about what you want.

Securing your venue as early as possible will save disappointment. Many of the popular ones are booked well in advance so start early.

Here are the main factors to think.

The Ceremony – Church Vs Civil

If you are having a church ceremony you need to look at venues that are no more than 30 minutes drive away. You may consider providing transport for your guests if you fall in love with a venue that is just a bit too far for comfort. You don’t want your guests getting lost or stuck in traffic. Civil Ceremonies are very popular now and many venues are licensed to marry you, but check if they have a license before you go and view. To help you find which venues are authorised to marry you, try The Direct Gov website you can search by postcode and it will show you venues listed in your area.

Style of Venue and Surroundings

What style of venue do you want? Make the sure the venue matches the style or theme you have in your mind and of course your budget. Here a few types of venue to think about: -

Hotels – these are great if you want an inclusive package. Generally most things are provided and they usually offer various packages to suit your budget and needs. Often they have a good supplier list too. Make sure the suppliers are independent though. By that I mean not paid by the venue, you want the right supplier for you not because they are paid commission by the venue. This type of wedding is also a little easier to plan because you don’t have to find caterers or hire furniture etc. Everything is included generally so for busy professionals a good choice.

Marquee Weddings – You can seriously put your stamp on your wedding in a marquee. They are a plain canvas for you to do as you wish. For a DIY wedding enthusiastic this will be heaven. Words of caution though, do not go for this type of venue if you are not prepared to spend a lot of time researching and organising. It’s much tougher arranging for services such as caterers, hiring toilets, decorating the marquee, you may even have to hire the tables and chairs etc. Make sure you have the time or hire a wedding planner to help you out.

Stately Homes or Historic Properties – These are great for exclusive use. You and your guests have the run of the venue for the whole day and night. Most of them can accommodate small or large weddings. You would not have to worry about bumping into another bride; you can be guaranteed private use.

Local halls or Social Clubs – These are very popular if you are on a strict budget. Often you can decorate how you like and really transform the room.

Where to look for venues?

Finding venues on the Internet is very easy these days. There are many wedding-planning sites available that categorise venues per area and style. Try sites such as Hitched.co.uk. You can also purchase local wedding magazines such Staffordshire Bride, they often focus on local venues and their information is a great starting point. Ask your friends and family about venues they know about, you may have already been to a friends wedding at a venue you fell in love with.

The venue’s websites will often give you plenty of information as a starting point. You can download brochures for pricing and packages as well as request them to be sent to you. This way you can check the costs against your budget before you go and see them.

Here are a few more things to consider when deciding on the type of venue

Your budget - how much do you have for room hire or for the packages on offer?

How many guests will be at your wedding? – Can the venue accommodate them for your day and evening reception? Often numbers are restricted for the ceremony. Make sure you check this against your guest list. They are generally very strict for the ceremony because the venue will be licensed for a certain amount.

Do you want your guests to stay over? Does the venue have enough rooms to accommodate them? If not check to see if there are enough hotels close by.

Check out the surrounding areas if you want to make a weekend of it. It’s lovely if your guests can have something to do the night before or on the day before the ceremony if your service is to be held a little later.

Food - Do you want to cater yourself? Check if the venue allows this. If not find out who they want you to use. Often it is good when the caterer knows the venue and is used to using their kitchens and surroundings.

Shortlist to three venues and then make appointments to see them. Do check first that they are available on your wedding date before you go and see them.

Now I have given you some idea of where to start looking for a venue and what type, the next blog will cover questions to ask when viewing and how to make the right decisions. Finding the perfect venue is time consuming but very worthwhile. You need to feel comfortable with the surroundings and the staff, and of course be clear on what they are offering you

So until next month, 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.

 

 

 

Wedding Blogs We Love

July 1, 2012 in Other by JenniBush

Here is a list of a few favourite wedding Blogs we love.

Rock My Wedding

English Wedding

Rock & Roll Bride

Love My Dress

Style me Pretty

Adore Wedding Blog

DIY Bouquet Wrap

June 30, 2012 in Other by JenniBush

We love this simple yet stunning lace and ribbon bouquet wrap, perfect if you are planning to do your own flowers.

Managing your Familie’s Expectations

June 29, 2012 in Other by JenniBush

I read a lot of wedding magazines, as I’m sure you do too, and they are full of great information. Recently I was looking at a magazine and it had this free 2-page wedding planning list that covered everything from deciding on your wedding date to what to eat the night before your wedding. The one thing that none of these lists mention and, in my opinion, is the most important item on your wedding planning checklist is to talk to your families about their expectations.

 

The thing is that when we get engaged we are in a ‘love bubble’ and start focusing on the venue, the beautiful wedding dress we are going to wear, the beautiful flowers, the food, the guest list, the transportation, the wedding favours and forget the most important item, which is speaking to our respective families about their expectations and involvement in the wedding planning.

I can see some of you nodding your heads as you read this because you know exactly what I’m talking about! Guess what, your parents have probably been thinking about your wedding day as long, if not longer, than you have and they have expectations that they may never have verbalised to you. So this is the time to discuss them. Communication is key as your families will be your support system during your wedding planning, whether financially, emotionally or both.


TOP TIPS

Some parents may offer you money towards the wedding, some may want to invite their friends, some may want you to have a large society wedding and you may want a small intimate wedding. Believe me, I have heard them all and what I have learned is that everyone involved in the wedding, especially your family has an opinion on what kind of wedding you should have.

• Sit down with your respective families and make sure you and your fiancée are in a very good state of mind.
 Focus on getting a positive outcome from the discussion.
• Stop thinking about what your family is going to say and trying to mind read them.
• Listen! They will tell you exactly how they feel but if you’re talking over them or thinking about the next clever thing you are going to say, you won’t hear them.
• Smile. It will soften the whole conversation and allow you to say difficult things without being offensive. This is not the
time to alienate your family.
• Be willing to compromise but not to the point that you forfeit your wedding dream. It is your wedding; they have had their turn!
• Give your parents designated roles in your wedding planning. They will feel involved and you can control their involvement.
• If the situation becomes difficult SBS…Stop, Breathe, Solve. This works every time!
• And finally, if your family really wants something to happen at your wedding that you don’t agree with, tell them that you will think about it and get back to them. This will prevent a confrontation and give you and them time to reconsider.Your wedding is about love, joy, commitment, closeness, friendship, fun, families coming together and so much more so keep these thoughts in the focus so that you achieve them!

From Wedding Expert 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.

Exclusive Offer on your wedding Venue – for Buxted Park

June 28, 2012 in Other by JenniBush