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6 Ways To Spoil Your Bride To Be

6 Ways To Spoil Your Bride To Be

shower Wedding planning is a journey that you’re not going to forget any time soon. However, with all the stresses of making your big day perfect it’s not uncommon for couples to sometimes unintentionally sideline some quality one-on-one time together. While I...

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5 Ways To Make Your Mandap Stand Out

5 Ways To Make Your Mandap Stand Out

When it comes to your mandap, you’ll want to make sure that it is nothing but perfect. It will be one of the very first things your guests will see on arrival as well as being the focal point for the entire ceremony and setting the tone for the rest of the day. Long...

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9 Wedding Mistakes Often Made By Brides & Grooms

9 Wedding Mistakes Often Made By Brides & Grooms

If you’ve just started wedding planning then I understand exactly why you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. There are so many things you need to get to grips with, yet there’s so much conflicting advice out there. If you have no idea where to start then be sure...

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8 Wedding Trends That Are Taking Over In 2017

8 Wedding Trends That Are Taking Over In 2017

It’s that time of the year where many couples will be finalising the final details of their wedding day, especially if it’s taking place in 2017. While I love every aspect of my job, the one element I particularly enjoy is event styling and bringing different themes...

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7 Reasons Why Your Caterer Is NOT Your Wedding Planner

7 Reasons Why Your Caterer Is NOT Your Wedding Planner

One of the most frustrating things for me as a wedding planner, is seeing couples fall into a false sense of security, and believing that all of their wedding day duties will be managed by one supplier. (For example, read 7 Reasons Why Your Venue Coordinator Is Not...

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Create Your Own Tiffany & Co-Inspired Wedding Theme

Create Your Own Tiffany & Co-Inspired Wedding Theme

When I think of the iconic Blue Box, romance and true love instantly come to mind. For over 175 years, Tiffany & Co has maintained its stance as being a symbol of rare and timeless beauty. The company continues to stand out amongst other fashion brands year after...

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7 Reasons Why You Should Reduce Your Wedding Guest List

7 Reasons Why You Should Reduce Your Wedding Guest List

If you’re in phase one of your wedding planning journey, you’ll probably be at the stage where you're compiling your guest list and possibly feeling obligated to have a lavish affair just because everyone else says so, even if it’s not what you truly want. But, before...

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10 Arijit Singh Tracks That Are Perfect For Your First Dance

10 Arijit Singh Tracks That Are Perfect For Your First Dance

With sell out tours across the world and back-to-back number one hits, he’s a firm favourite amongst Bollywood fans and rightly so. Arijit Singh is arguably the voice of the modern romantic hero and trust me, when you hear his songs, they’ll surely leave you with a...

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5 Things No One Tells You About Planning An Indian Wedding

5 Things No One Tells You About Planning An Indian Wedding

Planning a wedding is not an easy task. Planning an Indian wedding is a whole other challenge. There is so much to enjoy and learn through the process. Some of you will absolutely love it, others will perhaps dread the idea of talking weddings. Either way here’s a...

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How To Wow Your Guests With These Easy Table Decor Tips

How To Wow Your Guests With These Easy Table Decor Tips

If you really want to up your wedding style stakes then take a closer look at your table decor - an area which is sadly dismissed by so many couples. I'm not just talking about having beautiful centrepieces, I'm talking about using a range of different styles of...

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No Wedding Is Complete Without These George Michael Tracks

No Wedding Is Complete Without These George Michael Tracks

George Michael was a musical genius who rose to a level of superstardom touched by only a rare few. Though he continued to push boundaries and lend his support to much needed social causes for over four decades, the one message that continued to emerge from his music...

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How To Deal With A ‘Mumzilla’

How To Deal With A ‘Mumzilla’

Wedding planning Wedding planning is stressful. Period. But imagine having to manage outbursts from your bridesmaids, cousins, uncles, aunties, your other half and – your mum! Your mum is generally your pillar of strength, your go to person and guide when it comes to...

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Happy First Wedding Anniversary Sonal & Ravi!

Happy First Wedding Anniversary Sonal & Ravi!

I cannot believe it's been a whole year since this beautiful couple tied the knot. From the moment I met these two, it was clear their focus was on keeping things simple and intimate, paying close attention to the finer details on the day. The Indian wedding and civil...

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8 Ways To Get Your Boyfriend To Propose

8 Ways To Get Your Boyfriend To Propose

wedding If you’ve been dating for a few weeks, months or years now and are looking for some solid commitment from your other half, perhaps in the form of a brand new shiny ring, then you are reading the right post! It’s fair to say that at some point in your...

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5 Wedding Trends That Are On Their Way Out

5 Wedding Trends That Are On Their Way Out

It's strange how things can be so popular one minute and then past their sell-by date the next, don’t you think? The wedding industry is one of those environments where things are constantly changing and evolving. However, I often find that it can be quite easy for...

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How To Select The Right Suppliers For Your Wedding Day

How To Select The Right Suppliers For Your Wedding Day

When it comes to wedding planning, one of the most time consuming, overwhelming and daunting tasks is to choose the right suppliers for your big day. The difference between a successful wedding and a not so successful wedding comes down to the quality of the...

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#DearGroom: How To Pick Your Best Man

#DearGroom: How To Pick Your Best Man

wedding For some grooms picking the best man is an easy task, while for others it can be quite daunting, especially if there are quite a few men to choose from. Do you go with your best friend, brother, father, uncle or brother-in-law? Well truth be told there’s no...

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Winter Skincare Tips To Ensure You Maintain A Bridal Glow

Winter Skincare Tips To Ensure You Maintain A Bridal Glow

With winter well and truly here, it is so important to look after your skin before your big day arrives (even if you’re not the bride). The change in season will strip your skin of all its essential moisture and natural oils, leaving it dry, irritated and unprotected....

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10 Ways To Avoid Being A Bridezilla

10 Ways To Avoid Being A Bridezilla

Written by Carriages Weddings & Events For Eastern Eye Newspaper (published on October 14th) You've probably been planning your wedding day since forever, so I completely understand that you want every final detail ironed out to perfection. However, there is a...

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Amit & Niki’s Fairytale Outdoor Wedding

Amit & Niki’s Fairytale Outdoor Wedding

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of being part of Amit & Niki’s special day at the gorgeous Froyle Park. Despite concerns of the weather not being on our side, the sun made an appearance just in time and it was truly the perfect day. The morning ceremony...

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Your Guide To Selecting A Figure Flattering Bridal Dress

Your Guide To Selecting A Figure Flattering Bridal Dress

There are two things that every bride will look for when it comes to her wedding dress – a comfortable fit and of course a stylish appearance. No matter how stylish a dress may look on a mannequin, if the fit is not right for your figure it may leave you feeling...

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10 Bollywood Wedding Entry Songs For The Groom

10 Bollywood Wedding Entry Songs For The Groom

Why is that when people talk about weddings their attention immediately shifts to the bride? Don’t get us wrong couples, we absolutely love our brides, but that does not mean it is ok for our grooms to be sidelined. Oh no! We love our brides and grooms equally, which...

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How To Pick The Right Wedding Cake

How To Pick The Right Wedding Cake

Cutting the wedding cake is one of the first symbolic things you will do together as a couple. But how do you pick the perfect one? Just remember, you don't have to go along with any traditional ‘rules’ here, so here’s a mix of some old and new ideas to inspire you to...

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#WeddingGoals: Another Bollywood Beauty Ties The Knot!

#WeddingGoals: Another Bollywood Beauty Ties The Knot!

The latest Bollywood actress to have changed her relationship status to married is none other than Lisa Haydon. The actress, who was recently seen in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil tied the knot with her beau Dino Lalvani in what appears to be a dreamy beachfront...

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How To Overcome Real Wedding Day Nightmares

How To Overcome Real Wedding Day Nightmares

You will most likely have spent the good part of a whole year (or more) planning your wedding; you've booked the venue, handpicked your suppliers and spent hours finalising your seating arrangements and timings, but I must warn you (without completely terrifying you...

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How To Serve Afternoon Tea At Your Indian Wedding

How To Serve Afternoon Tea At Your Indian Wedding

Seeing as it’s the start of National Afternoon Tea Week, I thought I’d take a look at how I can give this traditional English custom a somewhat Indian makeover. Typically, brides and grooms believe they have to serve a traditional Indian feast after their Indian...

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Here’s The One Thing You Cannot Have A Wedding Without…

Here’s The One Thing You Cannot Have A Wedding Without…

Congratulations, you’re getting married! Right, so you’ll need to find a venue, a caterer, a photographer, videographer, DJ, florist and plenty more suppliers as well as work out all of your timings, logistics and manage the all important guest list. Does this sound...

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8 Ways To Save Money On Your Destination Wedding

8 Ways To Save Money On Your Destination Wedding

Getting married is by no means a cheap affair and if you’re planning on having a destination wedding, then costs can rocket sky high if you’re not careful. I'm not saying destination weddings are a bad choice, in fact I absolutely LOVE weddings abroad, and if you’ve...

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How To Plan The Perfect Outdoor Indian Wedding Ceremony

How To Plan The Perfect Outdoor Indian Wedding Ceremony

With peak summer wedding season now in full swing, I'm finding more and more couples are opting to have an outdoor Indian ceremony (weather permitting of course). If your venue has plenty of outside space with some stunning surroundings then it’s certainly an option...

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8 Reasons Why I Love Marquee Weddings

8 Reasons Why I Love Marquee Weddings

If you’re looking to get married in a beautiful stately home, you may find there simply isn’t enough room inside the house to cater for your numbers, and so, you’ll most likely have to resort to having part of your celebrations in a marquee outside. While some people...

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How To Attach Your Buttonhole Correctly

How To Attach Your Buttonhole Correctly

The tradition of the wedding buttonhole originates from Ancient Greece and made its way to England during Medieval times. Knights would wear their Lady’s colours upon their chest as a gesture of commitment and everlasting love. The small bunch of flowers are always...

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Dos & Don’ts For Achieving A Perfect Bridal Beauty Look

Dos & Don’ts For Achieving A Perfect Bridal Beauty Look

A bride may be forgiving and compromise on the finer details of her wedding day such as the height of the table centres or the flavour of the cake, but when it comes to her hair and make-up, one thing’s for sure – everything needs to be flawless, no exceptions! Every...

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How To Correctly Serve Drinks At Your Wedding Reception

How To Correctly Serve Drinks At Your Wedding Reception

While it may not be on your list of priorities at the start of your wedding planning journey, my years of experience has taught me that deciding how to serve up the drinks is one area where couples usually get a little stuck. In this post I'm going to purely focus on...

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5 Reasons Why Every Bride Needs To Say Thanks To Her Dad

5 Reasons Why Every Bride Needs To Say Thanks To Her Dad

It’s Father’s Day, which means it’s the perfect time to thank your dad for everything that he does. Whether it’s cheering you on during sports day and graduation, lavishing you with gifts on your birthday and Christmas, or holding your hand on your first day of school...

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Escape Your Wedding Woes With These Bridal Film Classics

Escape Your Wedding Woes With These Bridal Film Classics

I understand (more so than anyone else) the stresses of wedding planning. Between trying to find the perfect venue and keeping the family feeling involved and happy, you need to ensure you take some much needed time out with your other half or favourite favourite gal...

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9 Ways To Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List

9 Ways To Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List

It’s a tough job organising an Indian wedding, I totally get it! One of the hardest things about wedding planning is to coordinate your guest list. Most venues aren’t equipped to deal with more than 300-400 people indoors and even if they are, do you really need 600+...

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Stunning Bridal Bouquets For Your Wedding Day

Stunning Bridal Bouquets For Your Wedding Day

In addition to your wedding grown, your bridal bouquet will be one of the main points of focus on your wedding day, so think very carefully before you go ahead and make any decision. Your bridal bouquet will have a significant influence on all the other floral...

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How To Handle Difficult In-Laws During Wedding Planning

How To Handle Difficult In-Laws During Wedding Planning

They say it’s not just the man you marry; it’s his entire family too! Same goes for the groom. Whoever said marriage is ONLY about the commitment between two people has clearly never been to an Indian wedding. While it can be extremely irritating having another 20...

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5 Alternative Ways To Dine With Your Wedding Guests

5 Alternative Ways To Dine With Your Wedding Guests

Food and beverage is one of the most important aspects of your big day, which means it's vital to get it right! I’ve all been to the standard wedding where you get breakfast and a lunch buffet, followed by a sit down table service-reception. While there's nothing...

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8 Reasons Why You’ll Fall In Love With Kelmarsh Hall

8 Reasons Why You’ll Fall In Love With Kelmarsh Hall

If you are looking for a wedding venue with the wow factor then you simply cannot ignore the beautiful Kelmarsh Hall. I'm not lying when I say it takes a lot to impress me, because it really does. I often travel up and down the country visiting many different sites,...

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Top 5 Wedding Day Fragrances For Grooms

Top 5 Wedding Day Fragrances For Grooms

You will have probably put a lot of thought into your wedding day attire, your speech and possibly even taken a few dance lessons to avoid stepping on your bride’s feet during the first dance, all in a bid to impress her. But just when you think you've covered all...

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#BackingTheBlues – Create Your Own LCFC Wedding Theme

#BackingTheBlues – Create Your Own LCFC Wedding Theme

My job takes me all over the UK and across the world, where I get to visit some of the most gorgeous locations you could ever imagine. But you know what they say; home is where the heart is, and my heart is forever in my hometown of Leicester. It seems of late that my...

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Destination Wedding Etiquette: What Do I Need To Pay For?

Destination Wedding Etiquette: What Do I Need To Pay For?

So you’ve decided to go ahead with a destination wedding – I say bring on the fun times! But, at some stage you’re going to go from thinking about the parties to thinking about the pennies. It can be difficult to get your head around what exactly you need to provide...

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10 Big Wedding Budget Mistakes To Avoid

10 Big Wedding Budget Mistakes To Avoid

When it comes to planning your wedding, the very FIRST thing you should be thinking about is your budget.  Too often I find couples losing sight of the bigger picture and throwing themselves into the planning process without a clear budget in mind. But, with the...

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Important Questions To Ask Your Bridal Hair & Make Up Artist

Important Questions To Ask Your Bridal Hair & Make Up Artist

Every bride wants to look amazing on her wedding day, which is why when it comes to hiring someone for your hair and make up, you should only ever settle for the best. With so many stylists promoting their work online it can be difficult to judge who will be the right...

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How To Stay On The Good Side of Your Bride-To-Be

How To Stay On The Good Side of Your Bride-To-Be

wedding planning When it comes to wedding planning there is one thing you need to keep in mind and that is how to keep your bride happy! You see, it’s all about picking your battles wisely. On top of her busy full time work schedule and growing family and friend...

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Favourite Bridal Hairstyles For Your Big Day

Favourite Bridal Hairstyles For Your Big Day

You’ve chosen a gorgeous bridal outfit, found the most perfect accessorises and booked a top make up artist which means there’s only one detail left to finalise – your hairstyle. Nowadays the only rule for the bridal style is that there are NO rules, so when it comes...

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#Aloha: Create Your Own Hawaiian-Inspired Wedding Theme

#Aloha: Create Your Own Hawaiian-Inspired Wedding Theme

As much as I love destination weddings and recommend it as an option to all of my couples, I understand that not everyone will be able to jet off to an exotic island for their special day. But that’s not to say you cannot have your very own beach celebration right in...

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What You Need To Know About Your Civil Ceremony

What You Need To Know About Your Civil Ceremony

You’ve planned your big fat Indian wedding and organised your five star honeymoon, but don’t forget, you still need to make your marriage official on paper. You'll need to apply for a marriage license before your ceremony can even take place. This basically acts as a...

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#Howzat? – Create Your Own Cricket-Inspired Wedding Theme

#Howzat? – Create Your Own Cricket-Inspired Wedding Theme

If there’s one sport that us South Asians are passionate about - it’s cricket! As enthusiasts of the game ourselves, and the fact that we’re bang in the middle of the T20 World Cup, I thought now would be the perfect time to show you how you can incorporate this nail...

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8 Common Wedding Styling Errors To Avoid

8 Common Wedding Styling Errors To Avoid

Not everyone is born to plan events. We’re all good at different things, which is why there are certain professionals (like me) who specialise in wedding planning. If however you’re eager to take on the mammoth task of taking full charge of your wedding then go you!...

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4 Wedding Planning Deadlines You Cannot Afford To Miss

4 Wedding Planning Deadlines You Cannot Afford To Miss

I adore nothing more than to-do lists and deadlines, and as strange as it may sound - I actually LOVE getting into full on organised mode! This makes me the perfect fit for so many of my couples who are also super organised when it comes to their own work, but find it...

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Wedding Party: How To Keep The Kids Entertained

Wedding Party: How To Keep The Kids Entertained

It’s hard enough handling adults at a wedding, but children are a whole other story. While some couples may be thinking about having an adults-only celebration (which is totally fine by the way), this is really not an option for those couples who have lots of...

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8 Hidden Wedding Costs You Should Know About

8 Hidden Wedding Costs You Should Know About

One of the first things my clients thank me for both during and after their wedding celebrations, is for helping them to keep their costs down. I am a stickler for a budget and I always ensure that my brides and grooms are not only getting the best deal around, but...

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#SuitUp: A Groom’s Guide To Wedding Day Dressing

#SuitUp: A Groom’s Guide To Wedding Day Dressing

When it comes to wedding day-dressing everyone thinks the groom has it easy, but I totally know that's not the case. Everything from the cut, colour, size and style of your look needs to be taken into consideration before you make a purchase. Whether you're looking...

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10 Gorgeous States In India Where You Can Say ‘I Do’

10 Gorgeous States In India Where You Can Say ‘I Do’

Wedding If you’re making a list of potential destinations for your wedding overseas, then believe me when I say, India should definitely be making an appearance as one of your top 3 locations. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this place (ok, I can but then I could be...

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20 Best English Finale Songs To End Your Night With

20 Best English Finale Songs To End Your Night With

When I'm running weddings, there are always specific moments that make me emotional. Whether it be the expression on the groom’s face when he lays eyes on his bride as she walks down the aisle or the speech given by the best man. These and so many other bittersweet...

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Wedding Planning: How To Avoid Family Drama

Wedding Planning: How To Avoid Family Drama

If you come from a large extended family then you will know that it’s hard enough organising anything, let alone a huge wedding. For some reason, and I can’t quite put my finger on it, people tend to stop behaving in a civilised manner when it comes to weddings. It’s...

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5 Makeup Brushes You Need To Invest In

5 Makeup Brushes You Need To Invest In

I'm sure Picasso or Munch would agree when I say; an artist’s work is only as good as the tools he or she use to create it. This is so very true when it comes to makeup applicators - specifically makeup brushes. Even though a full set of brushes will set you back...

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How To Add The Wow Factor To Your Photo Booth

How To Add The Wow Factor To Your Photo Booth

We live in a world obsessed with instant social media updates. Everyone wants to upload a great looking picture of themselves on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram, which is why the rise in popularity of photo booths makes total sense. The problem though, is that so...

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How To Create The Million Dollar Wedding Look

How To Create The Million Dollar Wedding Look

Most brides have been dreaming about their wedding day since they were little girls. The dress, the cake, the flowers and most importantly, the man in question are all things that have probably popped up in their minds on more than one occasion. As the day gets closer...

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6 Wedding Stationery Items You Must Have At Your Reception

6 Wedding Stationery Items You Must Have At Your Reception

You’ve spent hours agonising over the décor, the food and the seating plan (unless you have a wedding planner in which case they will have done all the planning for you), but don’t put all that planning to jeopardy by overlooking the final details. In my experience...

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How To Successfully Feng Shui Your Wedding Day

How To Successfully Feng Shui Your Wedding Day

With the Chinese New Year celebrations taking place earlier this month, I thought now would be an appropriate time to introduce you to the idea of feng shui, and how you can use it effectively to enhance your wedding day. It's not common for many brides to use the art...

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#GetItRight – How To Impress With Your Wedding Speech

#GetItRight – How To Impress With Your Wedding Speech

As if your first dance isn’t daunting enough, you then have to deal with the pressure of writing and delivering an amazing speech that will not only impress your guests, but more importantly your brand new bride. Some of you grooms may try to get around the whole...

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How To Achieve The Perfect Proposal

How To Achieve The Perfect Proposal

Ladies and gents we’re only a few days away from one of the most romantic days of the year, which means it’s no surprise that plenty of you will be looking to propose to the one you love. Follow these 10 simple proposal tips to ensure your special moment is absolutely...

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7 Beauty Trends To Leave Behind FOREVER!

7 Beauty Trends To Leave Behind FOREVER!

Listen up ladies; let’s have a chat… Some of you may not like what I'm about to say, but someone needs to play devil's advocate. Truth be told, I want you all to look absolutely GORGEOUS on your wedding day (or just on any normal  day), which is why I feel I need to...

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10 Reasons Why You Should Opt For A Destination Wedding

10 Reasons Why You Should Opt For A Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding. These two words alone are enough to get me feeling over excited! You see, I LOVE weddings which is why I'm in this business. But, do you know what I love more than a regular wedding? (Although I can’t call any Carriages wedding regular because...

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10 Of The Best Bollywood Bridal Entry Songs

10 Of The Best Bollywood Bridal Entry Songs

Your entrance music is perhaps one of the most confusing decisions to make. Do you go traditional? Instrumental? English? Should you have a live band or go with a song played by the DJ? Oh the choices! Typically most my brides will go with a Bollywood song or piece of...

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