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Planned to Perfection Book – Virtual Press Tour

Planned to Perfection Book – Virtual Press Tour

14th December 2020 O.M.G!!! It has been one manic week at Carriages HQ with the launch of my brand new book Planned to Perfection. I can't wait to share more details, snippets and updates along the way with you. However, in the meantime, I wanted to share details of...

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What Does The New Wedding Roadmap Mean For You?

What Does The New Wedding Roadmap Mean For You?

26th February 2021 Today I was invited on to BBC Radio Leicester to have a chat with Summaya Mughal about what the new wedding roadmap means for couples and how they're coping with this new change. We also had a brief chat about what this means for me in terms of my...

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Planned to Perfection Book – Virtual Press Tour

Planned to Perfection Book – Virtual Press Tour

14th December 2020 O.M.G!!! It has been one manic week at Carriages HQ with the launch of my brand new book Planned to Perfection. I can't wait to share more details, snippets and updates along the way with you. However, in the meantime, I wanted to share details of...

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5 Real Brides Who Looked Stunning In Pink

5 Real Brides Who Looked Stunning In Pink

It's a great time to be getting married. More Indian brides than ever are breaking traditions and going against the norm, opting for a day that reflects their personality and preferences. Whether you choose to get married in a barn, opt for food trucks instead of a...

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How To Achieve Multiple Wedding Looks With One Dress

How To Achieve Multiple Wedding Looks With One Dress

When I was growing up, Indian weddings were still very much a large affair. And by large I mean in the region of around 1,000 people would be in attendance. Despite all the people and chaos, when my parents returned home from one of these events (to a house filled...

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5 Big Wedding Trends To Look Out For In 2020

5 Big Wedding Trends To Look Out For In 2020

Well this feels rather exciting! It's been a while since I got back into the swing of writing, but I'm so glad I have. Lots of you have been asking about the blog, particularly because you often refer to it for guidance with your own planning (which by the way is...

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7 Wedding Trends We Love For 2019

7 Wedding Trends We Love For 2019

I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by. 2019 is well and truly underway and as with any year, has bought with it a number of new and exciting wedding trends. It's a rather long list this year and I could go on... However to keep things simple, I've listed just...

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How To Cater For Vegan Wedding Guests

How To Cater For Vegan Wedding Guests

It’s likely that you will either personally know of, or have a friend or family member who knows someone who has adopted a vegan diet. The rise of so many dairy-free product lines within the major supermarket chains and the introduction of vegan options at popular...

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8 Key Wedding Planning Tips

8 Key Wedding Planning Tips

Planning your wedding is going to be both time consuming and extremely difficult (unless you have a planner on board). There are plenty of things you should be aware of when organising your special day and though I can’t list them all on a blog post, I can certainly...

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5 Wedding Details The Groom Should Never Get Involved With

5 Wedding Details The Groom Should Never Get Involved With

I love how involved grooms are starting to get with the big day. After all marriage is a 50-50 partnership and that begins from the offset when you’re planning your wedding. However, there are still certain elements I know the bride personally likes to be in charge of...

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20 Items To Pack In Your Bridal Emergency Kit

20 Items To Pack In Your Bridal Emergency Kit

I NEVER coordinate a wedding without my bridal emergency kit. It’s my go-to place for a lot of the emergencies that crop up on the day. Whether it’s a broken shoe, missing button or dirty clothing, I try and carry as much as I can in that handy little bag of mine to...

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10 Bollywood Songs For Your Wedding Reception Entrance

10 Bollywood Songs For Your Wedding Reception Entrance

Entering any room together for the first time as Mr and Mrs is a huge deal. So, when you’re making your entrance for your wedding reception, it’s important to not only choose a song that reflects your personality as a couple, but a song that you both love, as it’s one...

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6 Tips For Organising The Best Destination Wedding Ever

6 Tips For Organising The Best Destination Wedding Ever

Destination weddings are rising in popularity and I couldn’t be happier. Let’s face it, they allow us to combine our two favourite loves; great weddings and travel. If you’re planning to have a destination wedding of your own, then here’s a quick low down on some of...

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How To Save Time On Your Wedding Day

How To Save Time On Your Wedding Day

I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with many brides and grooms over the years and the number one worry for most couples ahead of the big day seems to be timekeeping. Organised couples will know that sticking to the right time means everything. If you get delayed for...

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12 Bollywood Songs To Dance On At Your Brother’s Sangeet

12 Bollywood Songs To Dance On At Your Brother’s Sangeet

After my previous post on 10 Bollywood Songs To Dance On At Your Sister’s Sangeet I had lots of you getting in touch to ask me about my song picks for your brother’s sangeet. Well, what can I say - you asked, I listened! Here’s presenting a list of 12 tracks I feel...

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5 Things Every Groom Needs To Do On His Wedding Day

5 Things Every Groom Needs To Do On His Wedding Day

There are plenty of things you need to get to grips with ahead of the wedding day as a groom. If you haven’t done so already, then be sure to read my article on 5 things an Indian groom must do before his wedding day. However, this post is specifically about the...

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How To Pack Your Wedding Ceremony Items

How To Pack Your Wedding Ceremony Items

As a wedding planner my job is to take care of every tiny aspect of your wedding day. Sure, I oversee floor-plans, timings and supplier documentation, but things don’t stop there. I also advise brides and grooms on things like ceremony participation, music playlists,...

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8 Bollywood Songs To Play During Your Varmala Ceremony

8 Bollywood Songs To Play During Your Varmala Ceremony

Your Varmala ceremony (also referred to as Jaimala) is the moment when you exchange floral garlands with your other half. It’s a significant part of the Hindu wedding ceremony and really needs to be given the prominence it deserves. If you’re stuck on ideas for your...

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8 Wedding Films On Netflix You Need To Watch Right Now

8 Wedding Films On Netflix You Need To Watch Right Now

There’s no denying that in this day and age most of you will either have a Netflix account of your own, or will be sharing an account with your other half, sibling, friend, work colleague or possibly even some random stranger to save on the subscription fee. Either...

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What To Do If You’ve Got A Large Wedding Guest List

What To Do If You’ve Got A Large Wedding Guest List

Even though Indian weddings are becoming increasingly smaller in size, it’s still not uncommon for couples to feel pressurised into inviting extended family members and friends. Guest lists can escalate without you even realising, but rather than feeling   stressed...

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20 Bollywood Movies That Will Make You Want To Get Married

20 Bollywood Movies That Will Make You Want To Get Married

If like me you're a hopeless romantic, then you probably love nothing more than curling up on the sofa with a blanket and a tub of popcorn at the weekend while you catch up on some classic Bollywood rom-coms. While some people may be obsessing over the latest Netflix...

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Ravi & Ashaa’s Beautiful Countryside Wedding

Ravi & Ashaa’s Beautiful Countryside Wedding

I met Ravi and Ashaa for the very first time during a show round at Kelmarsh Hall. From the moment they walked through the door I knew this stylish couple would pull out all the stops to ensure their wedding day was as sophisticated as the two of them. Their...

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5 Key Wedding Planning Mistakes You Might Be Making

5 Key Wedding Planning Mistakes You Might Be Making

Whether you’ve recently got engaged or have been planning your wedding for the past four months or more, my list of wedding planning mistakes is something most couples will be able to relate to at some point in their wedding planning journey. While I'm always happy to...

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7 Wedding Trends Set To Take Over In 2018

7 Wedding Trends Set To Take Over In 2018

A new year means new wedding trends. Now you may have seen some of these make a tiny appearance in 2017, but trust me when I say they are set to take over in 2018. Like with any other industry, the wedding industry continues to change and evolve year upon year and if...

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6 Common Wedding Cake Mistakes Made By Brides And Grooms

6 Common Wedding Cake Mistakes Made By Brides And Grooms

I’ll let you in on a secret: I LOVE cake. Let’s be honest though, who doesn’t? A moist sponge filled with layers of light, creamy goodness is any sweet lover’s dream. But, with so many flavours now available along with other additional cake factors to consider, it’s...

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8 Bollywood Songs That Are Perfect For Your Vidaai

8 Bollywood Songs That Are Perfect For Your Vidaai

The Vidaai ceremony is one of the most important aspects of an Indian wedding. It’s the point where the bride finally bids farewell to her maternal home and jets off to start her happily ever after with the love of her life. So it’s only fitting that you select a song...

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5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Enjoying Wedding Planning

5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Enjoying Wedding Planning

Take it from a company that plans multiple weddings a year; wedding plan is FUN! For many, it’s a chance to bond as a couple, as a family or even as friends. For others, it’s a chance to really get creative and make their once in a lifetime dream wedding a reality....

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In Video: Sonal & Mishaal’s Big Fat Indian Wedding

In Video: Sonal & Mishaal’s Big Fat Indian Wedding

From day one Sonal and Mishaal were determined to organise an event their friends and family would not only enjoy, but remember for years to come. Their priorities were clear and they ensured everything was ticked off the list in a timely fashion. I had a blast being...

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5 Types Of Stylish Chairs For Your Indian Wedding

5 Types Of Stylish Chairs For Your Indian Wedding

When you’ve organised as many weddings as us, you’ll have a very different idea of what constitutes good style and what’s simply, well…. not stylish. While many brides and grooms fantasise about their centerpieces and favour boxes, they don’t realise that placing...

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In Video: Tia & Anish’s Fairytale Wedding

In Video: Tia & Anish’s Fairytale Wedding

From the moment I first spoke to Tia, I felt an immediate connection and knew I would love to be a part of her wedding day. As she and Anish drove up for their very first viewing at Kelmarsh Hall, it was clear that the venue was everything they'd dreamed of and more....

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How To Host A Successful Cocktail Hour

How To Host A Successful Cocktail Hour

When it comes to the cocktail hour, you'll want to avoid restless guests, especially as the evening celebrations won't even really have kicked in yet. Planning a cocktail hour isn’t an easy task as there are plenty of logistical details to consider; from coordinating...

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Impress Your Guests With These Easy Table Setting Tips

Impress Your Guests With These Easy Table Setting Tips

When it comes to your tablescape (a decorative arrangement of ornaments or other objects on a tabletop), you want to ensure all the details stand out and work together seamlessly to bring your theme to life. Don’t be deceived into thinking your centrepieces are the...

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How To Select The Right MakeUp Look For Your Civil Ceremony

How To Select The Right MakeUp Look For Your Civil Ceremony

If there's one thing every bride has in common, it's wanting to look her beautiful best on her special day. With so many options it can be daunting to decide on your final make up look, especially when friends and family members always have so many differing opinions....

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11 Gujarati Inspired Songs That Are Perfect For Your Sangeet

11 Gujarati Inspired Songs That Are Perfect For Your Sangeet

I'm so excited about Navratri this year that I’ve literally been practicing steps in the office (I kid you not!). If like me you’re super excited to get dressed up and enjoy nine nights of non-stop music and dance then you are going to love the playlist I’ve got lined...

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10 English Songs For Your Civil Ceremony Exit

10 English Songs For Your Civil Ceremony Exit

Brides often tend to spend a lot of time thinking about their entrance song, while the ceremony exit song isn't always given as much priority.  This is a shame, considering it is the final song your guests will be hearing.  So, whether you’re looking for something...

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5 Ways To Be The Most Awesome Bride EVER

Whether you’re the first one out of your group of friends who is tying the knot or the first one in your family, chances are you will have met another woman who went from Miss to Mrs at some point in your life. Through your interactions with her you will probably have...

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7 Wedding Food Mistakes You Must Avoid

7 Wedding Food Mistakes You Must Avoid

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, food is perhaps one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. Get the food right and your guests will be raving about your day. Get the food wrong and you will have some rather hangry guests on your hands. So keeping...

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7 Wedding Reception Fails To Avoid

7 Wedding Reception Fails To Avoid

Wedding receptions are a whole lot of fun, not just for the guests but for the bride and groom. It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to let their hair down and just have a good time. Sadly, not everyone is an event planning pro which means there may be a few...

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10 Bollywood Songs To Dance On At Your Sister’s Sangeet

10 Bollywood Songs To Dance On At Your Sister’s Sangeet

In some families there is an obligatory ritual which includes all siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles taking to the dance floor and owning it, as a fun little rivalry between the bride and groom’s side of the family. In this week’s post I'm very much Team...

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7 Things All Guests Hate At Indian Weddings

7 Things All Guests Hate At Indian Weddings

Your wedding day is a significant moment in your life, so you need to make sure you soak up every single second. While your nearest and dearest are probably thrilled that you’ve found your happily ever after, they on the other hand may have spent their entire...

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6 Things To Keep In Mind When Planning An Overseas Wedding

6 Things To Keep In Mind When Planning An Overseas Wedding

Planning a wedding in the UK is hard enough, but planning a wedding in another country is a whole other challenge. With more and more couples looking to tie the knot abroad, I’ve teamed up with foreign exchange company RationalFX to bring you some top wedding planning...

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8 Smart Ways To Save Money On Your Big Fat Indian Wedding

8 Smart Ways To Save Money On Your Big Fat Indian Wedding

The cost of a wedding can add up rapidly, particularly if you’re having a traditional ceremony followed by a grand evening reception. While many couples think more is more, the truth is, I believe in the philosophy that less is more. Sure, there are some things you...

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5 Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Wedding Garland

5 Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Wedding Garland

There are many important rituals that take place as part of the Hindu wedding ceremony. However, one thing in particular that you need to pay particular attention to is your wedding garland (haar), as this will be visible on you for the majority of the ceremony....

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7 Reasons Why You Need A Toastmaster At Your Wedding

7 Reasons Why You Need A Toastmaster At Your Wedding

Guest management is one of the key aspects of any wedding, let alone a large Indian wedding. Having a toastmaster is key, and it’s even more beneficial if the toastmaster in question can speak an additional language. For example, even if the majority of your guests...

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How To Choose The Right DJ For Your Wedding Reception

How To Choose The Right DJ For Your Wedding Reception

Music is one of the most important aspects of any wedding reception party, which means it's crucial to have the right DJ. Your guests will be expecting at least a good two-to-three hours of non stop dancing and them having a great time on the dance floor is largely...

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Your Key Hindu Wedding Ceremony Terms Explained

Your Key Hindu Wedding Ceremony Terms Explained

When it comes to the Hindu wedding ceremony, there are a lot of terms that will be flying around during your meetings with your planner, priest and even your decor team, which can make the planning process a little overwhelming. So here's my very own small wedding...

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Top 15 Bhangra Tracks For Your Wedding Reception

Top 15 Bhangra Tracks For Your Wedding Reception

A great evening reception playlist will be filled with a good mix of tracks because let's face it, all of your guests will have different preferences. Though on the whole you want to make sure the evening is in keeping with your theme and your favourite songs, a good...

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How To Choose The Right Wedding Planner

How To Choose The Right Wedding Planner

A wedding planner is at the top of the wish list for most couples. With guest expectations getting higher and budgets climbing up year upon year, brides and grooms are starting to recognise that hiring a planner is an essential investment for the day to run perfectly...

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5 Things An Indian Groom MUST Do Before His Wedding Day

5 Things An Indian Groom MUST Do Before His Wedding Day

You might think weddings are stressful for the bride, but they’re equally as stressful for the groom. The modern day groom has many things to take care of ahead of his big day to ensure he not only looks great, but he feels great too. So, if you’re tying the knot...

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8 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Mobile Bar Company

8 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Mobile Bar Company

If you’re having a wedding reception then you will of course want some sort of alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages served to your guests throughout the evening. While a lot of couples decide to take charge of the drinks arrangements themselves or leave the...

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7 Ways To Bond With Your Father-In-Law

7 Ways To Bond With Your Father-In-Law

It’s Father’s Day this coming Sunday, which makes it the perfect time for you to start bonding with your father-in-law (if you haven’t done so already). Your partner’s parents are going to play a very important role in your life and your relationship, so it’s...

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How To Reduce Your Wedding Day Costs

How To Reduce Your Wedding Day Costs

Whether you’ve just started wedding planning or you only have a few months left until the big day, at some point in your planning journey, you’ll find yourself asking yourself, ‘why are weddings so expensive?’ The truth is, your wedding day will be as expensive or...

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In Video: Rik & Rita’s ‘Magical’ Wedding Celebrations

In Video: Rik & Rita’s ‘Magical’ Wedding Celebrations

I cannot believe it's been a whole year since I worked on the civil wedding and reception of this beautiful couple. With the bride in Australia and the groom in London, the majority of their wedding planning took place over early morning Skype sessions, yet this did...

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9 Tips For Picking The Right Hindu Wedding Priest

9 Tips For Picking The Right Hindu Wedding Priest

Good Hindu wedding priests are always in huge demand because it is difficult to get things spot on during the ceremony. I’ve had couples who have gone on to book their priest before they’ve even chosen their venue because that’s how much of a major decision it is. I...

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5 Reasons Why Your Wedding Transport Matters

5 Reasons Why Your Wedding Transport Matters

Wedding Transport is often overlooked and is one of the last things couples tend to think about – huge mistake! Like with all quality suppliers, wedding transport providers tend to get booked up 9-12 months ahead, so if you’re looking for something specific then be...

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6 Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Wedding Theme

6 Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Wedding Theme

It can be daunting picking a theme for your wedding day. There are so many options out there, so how can you ensure you’ve opted for the right one? Well, just in case you're stuck, here are six quick factors you should be taking into consideration before you give your...

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How To Perfect Your Seating Plan

How To Perfect Your Seating Plan

Most modern wedding receptions will include a seating plan to direct guests to their seats. Whether you use table names or numbers, the choice is yours. Nevertheless, having a plan in place before your guests enter the room will mean you can have them all seated...

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5 Things To Do With Your Family Before You Get Married

5 Things To Do With Your Family Before You Get Married

If you’re getting married soon then you’ll probably be flying high on cloud nine. Knowing you’re going to be spending the rest of your life with the one you love is one of the best feelings ever! But, it’s also a slightly emotional time as life will no longer be the...

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Carriages’ A-Z Wedding Planning Glossary

Carriages’ A-Z Wedding Planning Glossary

Wedding planning is hard enough without having to get your head around lots of new words you may never even have heard of.  There's nothing worse than coming out of a suppler meeting feeling confused and slightly overwhelmed. So if you're one of the first in your...

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How to Host The Perfect Wedding At Kelmarsh Hall

How to Host The Perfect Wedding At Kelmarsh Hall

This venue stole my heart from the moment I walked through the front door, and it continues to take my breathe away every time I visit. What's so special about Kelmarsh Hall you're probably thinking? Well, I'm about to tell you! Kelmarsh Hall is one of those rare gems...

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How To Create The Perfect Easter-Themed Wedding

How To Create The Perfect Easter-Themed Wedding

As it's Easter weekend, I thought now would be the perfect time to show you how to incorporate a fresh, spring theme into your wedding day (especially if you’re getting married around this time). I’ve collected some of my favourite images from Pinterest to create a...

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Dear Ladies, Here Are 5 Signs That Prove He Is A Groomzilla

Dear Ladies, Here Are 5 Signs That Prove He Is A Groomzilla

Modern age relationships are all about being equal. From the household chores to the wedding bill, everything is split in half. Therefore it’s no surprise that we are witnessing the birth of a brand new breed of men to accompany the traditional Bridezilla - that’s...

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7 Things That Only Your Wedding Planner Will Tell You

7 Things That Only Your Wedding Planner Will Tell You

Having a wedding planner has become the norm. In fact, for many couples it’s as crucial as having a caterer or a decor company because your wedding planner is your gateway to finding everyone else. You might think that everyone is interested in talking about your...

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Ashee & Rishi’s Weekend Of Love

Ashee & Rishi’s Weekend Of Love

Indian wedding This stunning couple packed in a full three-day itinerary for their wedding celebrations and I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of them. Ashee's perfectionist nature complimented Rishi's laid back approach perfectly and resulted in a fun-filled...

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4 Wedding Suppliers You Should Be Spending Money On

4 Wedding Suppliers You Should Be Spending Money On

With the average Asian wedding costing in excess of £50,000, it's now more important than ever to ensure you spend those pennies wisely; and a lot of this comes down to selecting the right suppliers for your event. The cost of a supplier is reflected largely in...

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How To Choose The Right Florals For Your Wedding Day

How To Choose The Right Florals For Your Wedding Day

Choosing fresh florals for your wedding day is a must. However, if you're no flower expert it can be especially   difficult to decide on the type of blooms to go for and the best style to suit your theme and the venue. To help you make this all-important decision,...

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15 Common Wedding Day Regrets To Avoid

15 Common Wedding Day Regrets To Avoid

When it comes to your special day you only get one chance to get things right. So, make sure you take into account all of the below to avoid any regrets after the celebrations have come to an end. In no particular order, here's my top 15: 1. Booking a cheap wedding...

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How To Steal Sonam Kapoor’s Makeup Look For Your Big Day

How To Steal Sonam Kapoor’s Makeup Look For Your Big Day

Every bride wants to look her very best on her big day. Whether it's a flawless base, beautiful eyes or the perfect lips, she wants to look and feel like a million dollars. This is why I understand that it can be daunting to decide on your final look, especially if...

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