Category Archives: Wedding Stuff

Gorgeous Wedding Veils

A wedding veil is a key component to any wedding ceremony, and there are various different styles out there to tickle your fancy. Knowing how to determine the basics can be tricky for some brides, so to give you a helping hand we have a few prime examples of stunning veils to give you some hints and inspiration for your own big day. Enjoy…

Indian Wedding Accessories For Asian Brides

When I say accessories I of course mean everything that isn’t the dress itself, from jewellery to shoes and sarees. Indian weddings traditionally include lots of friends and family, an abundance of traditions but above all a blushing bride wearing a stunning outfit. No matter what part of the world you are in the bride is the be all and end all of the ceremony, the centrepiece if you like. So what can you pick to go with your dress? What is going to help make you look even more stunning?

Here are a few choice selections of accessories you should consider:

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Sarees

You can buy an Indian wedding saree in the style of an actual wrap around dress, but accessory-wise you can have a separate saree to either wear around the neck, over the shoulders or over the head. They come in any fabric or colour that you wish and can be decorated in unique patterns just for you. They are a traditional piece is bridal wear, so it really does complete the overall look. You can find great sarees here: http://www.traditionsonline.co.uk/sarees.aspx.

Jewellery

As you may have seen, Indian wedding attire for the bride does tend to include a lot of jewellery, more specifically gold. This is also a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, back when the gold showed wealth among Indian families. For a full on look you can have bangles, necklaces, long earrings and even a stunning nose ring. Most people shy away from facial jewellery, but it is actually quite gorgeous and a big compliment to the groom.

Shoes

You could just wear any old shoe, but most Asian weddings will see the bride wearing some kind of sandal or open shoe if any shoe at all. This is mainly due to the bride, especially in India, having mehndi over her feet which she will want to show. Pretty sandals with small jewels or patterns are great for any Asian wedding and are extremely cost effective.

Make Up & Mehndi

You don’t have to wear either of these, but they just help to polish off the look you may be going for. Smokey eyes and bright red lips look amazing on any budding bride, you could also throw in some colour in the form of eye shadow that matches or compliments your outfit. Mehndi is a traditional henna design on the skin that is applied to the bride weeks before the wedding. It’s effectively a non-permanent tattoo and they are amazingly intricate, fantastic to do if you have the time.

Wedding Rings: It’s Not All About Diamonds

Diamonds are not always a girls best friend, some of us ladies actually prefer different jewels for our wedding rings, less expensive ones at that. It is totally up to you what jewel you use in your ring, the less expensive the jewel the easier it will be to replace it should it fall out of the ring in the future. You can get jewels in several colours, a lot of brides tend to choose their birthstone if they are not going for a diamond as is has some meaning behind it. Others may choose a favourite colour for a jewel, or you can mix small diamonds with other jewels to get the best of both worlds. The possibilities are endless, but what are the more popular choices for brides?

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Ruby – This can come in pinks or reds and is a mineral crystal. It is also the 3rd hardest stone on the planet, which makes it hard to scratch and is very hard wearing. It is also the birthstone for those born in the month of July and it is thought that the stone can save you from anxiety.

Sapphire – Thee can come in several colours but it is most common to see them as a stunning blue. It is used as a birthstone for those born in September and could save you from “diseases of the mind”. They too are also very strong and are used in some wristwatches and scientific equipment.

Amethyst – Purple in colour these stones are very attractive and very cheap and easy to get hold of. It is a variety of quartz and in ancient Greek mythology it is thought that wearers of the stone would be protected from drunkenness. The birthstone of those born in the month of February, amethyst is said to represent people who are more carefree.

Emerald – Known to be green or colourless, emeralds are not the hardest of stones but they are easy to find and buy and are extraordinarily pretty. It too is a birthstone to those born in the month of May and is said to give the wearer a long and happy marriage if worn every day.  You can keep the stone clean and clear by using a really good cedar oil.

Topaz – This stone can be found in several colours, from yellows to blues, greens and pinks. It is the birthstone of those born in November and the wearer is said to represent friendship and love. It is a gorgeous crystal that would be a great addition or centrepiece to any wedding ring.

Pearl – An organic gemstone, Pearls have historically be worn by the more sophisticated and higher class ladies due to them being a fairly expensive gem. They go superbly alongside diamonds but also stand alone very well. It is common to see them as white but they actually come in several colours, just like sea shells.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

With one week to go I have decided to hold off on a post and just wish you all a stupendous christmas and new year instead, you go enjoy yourselves 🙂

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Unique Cufflink Designs

When it comes to getting married it’s all about the finer details that are designed to catch your guest’s eyes and attention. Cufflinks can be quite ordinary at times, but there are a few impressive and individual designs out there waiting for your consideration. Here we take a quick glimpse at some of the more unique examples…

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Why You Should Honeymoon In Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the smallest countries in Europe, but do not let this fool you as this country is completely jam packed with exquisite culture and gets scorching hot summers and delightfully chilly winters. It borders Germany, France, Italy and Austria so what language you need to speak can totally vary depending on which part of the country you are visiting. Despite having 4 main languages other than its own the people here are surprisingly fluent in the English language, some of them more well spoken than our own people.

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There is so much you can do in Switzerland and it is certainly a very romantic place to be, Lausanne in particular as it is closest to France and Italy, countries that are well known for their romantic qualities. Whether you want a honeymoon with adventure or just a quiet little tour you can get everything you could ever want here. Although you simply must try the wine, chocolate and cheese fondue’s as they are mind blowingly delicious!

For those who are after a little adventure why not visit one of Europes biggest water parks?

Alpamare is situated to the north of Switzerland near Zurich, the countries most popular tourist destination. It has an array of different pools and waterslides and doesn’t cost all too much. You can enjoy the outdoor pool where they play music under the water for ultimate relaxation or you can go full pelt down its scariest flumes (one of which is entirely in the dark!).

If you fancy something a little less adventurous and more like a walking holiday then Switzerland is the perfect place as it has many rivers running through and around it. Not only this but the sights you see are just incredible, if you’re not looking at dazzling snow topped mountains then you are looking at luscious green grasses with hoards of local cows dotted around. Everyone here is super friendly and is out to help anyone and everyone they can so the atmosphere is always great and the nights out are full of joy and wonder.

This is also the best place to go for romantic meals as in Switzerland a lot of meals or courses are shared, such as cheese fondues and tear and share stone baked pizzas. All of the food here is locally sourced and is full of flavour and vitality, it simply cannot be beaten. There are also several old and beautiful buildings you can gaze upon whilst holding the hand of your new husband/wife.

The exchange rate does mean that this is by no means a cheap holiday, but I can honestly say that it is certainly worth the money and more so. It is a stunning country with wonderful people, sensational food and wondrous views, what more could you want from a honeymoon?

How To Survive A Stag Do

When going out on a stag to end all stags you may be rather worried that you won’t get back alive, or at least in one piece. Stags are one of the most unforgiving events in any mans life, so you must make sure you know what you’re getting into before venturing out into foreign territory. He we discuss some of the key tips to surviving a mental stag, and what may be required of you.

Do As You’re Told

This may sound a little bit backward to some of you, but you must remember that if you don’t do as you’re told, your punishment for not complying will be far greater than what they wanted you to do in the first place. You should always think that it can always be worse, because for the most part it can. They are less likely to be harsh if you’re being a good boy.

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Don’t Get Mad

This has a similar notion to that of complying as if they know how to naff you off they will do everything in their power to do just that. They will want a big reaction from you, so try to blank them a bit. If something bugs you just bite your tongue, keep calm and swiftly carry on. If you don’t you are likely to hulk up at some point in the trip, and it won’t be pretty in the slightest.

Prepare For The Worst

Preparation always has been, and always will be, the key to getting out the other side. You need to make sure you have more than enough money on you, but kept away from the others so they don’t make you spend it all. You also need to make sure your travel insurance is up to scratch and that you are carrying a small medical kit and have the numbers of all the local emergency services.

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Trust No One

Being a stag the chances of the lads getting you drunk off your rocker is almost certain, and you may be quite impressionable in your less than capable state. They will have planned most of the trip themselves in a way that is designed to annoy you on all levels, so just try and look out for number one. Try and make sure you have a head count at all times to make sure there’s no ‘funny business’.

Stags are meant to be fun, but you also need to make sure that your life isn’t being made a misery of. Always make sure you have everything you need and more, and be sure to stick to what you know. For more hints, tips and guidance on surviving a stag simply have a look around online or see what you can find through the grapevine.

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The Pros Of Bringing Your Pet To The Wedding

It’s a rare occasion, but it’s not unheard of. Animals at weddings can be a bit hit and miss, but done correctly it can make everything much more enjoyable. Depending on the type of animal you have it may require a little extra planning, but nothing is impossible. There are a good handful of benefits to having your furry friend in attendance. Here we take a look at the main pro points so you can decide for yourself.

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It’s A Talking Point

There are always a few distant relatives at the wedding that you either don’t want to talk to or you can never get a good conversation out of. A pet is an amazing way to start nattering between yourselves, and is also a good way to introduce yourself to new people from the other side of your new family. Rest assured that when talk gets quiet there is always something you can say about your beloved pet.

It’s A Nice Day Out

You may not think much of it, but pets like having days out just as much as you! It’s a chance for them to get used to different people and to experience more of the world that surrounds them. Their limits are mainly due to their behaviour. If they are a bit excitable and flighty you might want to keep them in one area, whereas if they are extremely tame or have a pen then they can be plonked anywhere.

It’s A Good Stress Reliever

Animals have always been known to reduce stress in us tired old humans, and having such a familiar face by your side can help put everything back into perspective. If you find yourself at all panicked or worried simple give your pet some love and all will be better. It also helps with the stress of others, and is an amazing distraction if your head is getting a bit confused with all the plans and preparation and such.

Your pet will always be one of your best buddies, and they are a great resource when it comes to your wedding plans. Just as long as they don’t mind being out and seeing people then they day should run just as smooth as it would without them. For more details about pets at weddings, and to see what other people think of it, simply have a look around the web.

How To Cope With Pre Wedding Jitters

It is always a dramatic time when you or someone you know and love gets married either for the first time or all over again. It is a time where your patience and nerve get tested to their very limits which can take its toll on any bride and groom. Some suffer much more than others depending on their emotions and personalities, but generally speaking everyone needs at least a small break from planning. Here we have a look at some or the more common ways to keep those jitters away.

 

Hang Out With Your Loved Ones

Your friends and family are always going to be there to help you through life, and especially when you plan on sharing the rest of your life with someone. They know you better than anyone else and will know just what to say to help you keep cool, calm and collected. You could go and have some dinner or a drink with them to give you more sense of escape, or you could all sit at home and watch movies together. It is human nature for people to make other people feel better due to our ability to feel mercy, and close ones do it better than most, so you should aim to spend a bit more time with them.

 

Distract Yourself With Activities

Keeping your hands and mind busy will always help in combatting big emotions as you get too focused on the task at hand to worry about silly things. There is an almost endless list of things you could do, or try out, to keep you nerves in check. You could go down the relaxation route and go for a spa day, or even a weekend get away with your best buds. The other options are more physical including various sporting activities like archery, cycling, yoga and more. Another option, should you choose to accept it, is to get stuck into some crafts. Not only will it keep you busy, but it could help go towards some of the wedding.

 

Try To Bite The Bullet

Your last resort when you are panicking about the future is to stop and take a nice deep breath and say ‘this is how it is’. Yes it’s a big deal, and yes there is a lot of planning, but you can’t let it overwhelm you because that is when mistakes are made. You are much more useful to yourself and others when you are not freaking out! You are getting married. You are going to spend the rest of your life with this person. You will probably have family with them too. Get to grips when that then you will be golden.

You are not the first person to ever feel this way, and you certainly won’t be the last. If you need to you can always speak to women who have already been wed before, or if it is really getting to you it might be an idea to seek the help and guidance of a counsellor. For more information about stress relief and how to calm your pre wedding nerves have a look around online.

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Battle Of The Bulge: Are We Winning?

For years now we’ve been trying to get the world to eat better and go out and about. There are been hundreds of surveys, tests and experiments geared towards finding a suitable solution to the problem. The biggest problem, however, is us. It has been made much easier to be lazy in the world of today, making it a lot harder to fight certain urges. Here we discuss the main issues surrounding this mammoth challenge, and what we can do to make it right.

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Convenience

Fast food is probably the biggest enemy of most people trying to fight fat. There is a whole host of companies dotted down every high street, each trying to grab your attention, and your cash. The biggest offenders, surprisingly, are people with high metabolisms. Because they don’t gain much weight they feel like they can treat themselves more. What they don’t know is that they are sending themselves to an early grave. Similarly, cars are also to blame here. More and more people are learning to drive and use their car as an excuse not to walk. There are some people out there who would rather drive for one minute than walk for five. Suggestions? You shouldn’t really have any, but if you are going to have any fast food you should limit yourself to one every two weeks. Also, if you don’t NEED your car to get somewhere, and you have the time to do so, just walk it.

Budget

When you go to the shop and find whole meals for mere pence you may think you’ve found a bargain. Do remember though that there is a reason for its low price tag. Not all of these products will kill you in the long run, but you do need to check the labels to make sure you’re not taking on too much calories, sugar or fat. Many people can’t afford to buy fresh ingredients and simply opt for something ‘easy’. Fresh foods do cost a little bit more, but they are so much better for your body as they are packed full of all the right vitamins and minerals. One solution to this pickle of a problem is to compare products, and not just for their price. You should be prepared to pay a little extra if it’s going to be better for you, and where possible you should check your calorie count. Also, you don’t need a gym membership to keep fit. Simply do some basic exercises at home every other day or take up a sport like jogging or cycling.

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Your Inner Will

Many people used to want to keep fit and healthy, but lately it is seen as more of a chore than a choice. To add to that, if you are ‘comfortable in your skin’ you may not think to care about your weight. No one has a gun to your head, and no one can do it for you, it’s all up to your will power. Not only does being in the green benefit you, but it can benefit those around you. They may even be able to join you in your quest for a better body. Plus, you will be less likely to develop certain ailments. Being big doesn’t help anyone, especially you. You don’t want to be one of those people that can’t leave their bed and has to be bathed by a helper.

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