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Platinum Flowers – Tulip Wedding Bouquet

By Calm Weddings

Choosing the right flowers for your wedding day can be trickier than you think!

That’s why we believe speaking with the professionals is the best way forward.

‘Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Chances are, you’ve already been imagining your dress, the guest list, and even the location for years. In all of the rush to pick out dresses and colour schemes, don’t forget one of the most important parts; your wedding flower bouquet’

says Angela Bell from Platinum Flowers

If you’re unsure of what to look for when choosing a florist, we’ve put a list together for you:

  • Look for a florist who is passionate about their work; look for creativity, enthusiasm and inspiration.
  • Check out their portfolio of work; most should have a collection of their work and should be eager to talk to you about your needs.
  • Look for feedback from other customers, many good florists can be booked up for months, so try to book well in advance.

What should think about before meeting your florist?

  • Your budget. How much do you want to spend on flowers? Talk this through with your florists as they should be able to put a plan together. They should advise you on the flowers you could include and which would be best to leave out.
  • Will the company deliver your flowers on the day or will someone need to pick them up?
  • Your flowers should complement your wedding attire, accentuate your style and the bouquet should be steered by your wedding outfit.
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Platinum Flowers – Orchid Wedding Bouquet

How can you help your florist?

  •  Ask if they have arranged flowers at your church or venue before. If not, ask if they can view the venue. If you’re getting married in a large place, small flowers will be washed out, unnoticeable and a waste of money. If the florist doesn’t have time to view the venue, then give the florist photos and information. If possible, a website address would really help them.
  • Give them a picture and a sample of the material of your dress. As mentioned, your bouquet should be guided by your wedding outfit. So, the shape, colour and style of the dress are extremely important; the more they see the better the bouquet.

What flowers would I need?

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Platinum Flowers – White Wedding Bouquet

This list is only a guide, feel free to delete and add where you feel it would be appropriate:

Wedding Party

Bridal bouquet
Flowers for bride’s hair
Bridesmaids bouquets
Bridesmaids headpieces

Flower girl petals to toss / or petals arranged along the aisle

Groom’s buttonholes
Best man / Ushers buttonholes
Mother of the bride / Mother of groom corsage

Father of the bride / Father of the groom buttonholes
Grandparents corsages / buttonholes
Others for aunts / uncles / close friends

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Platinum Flowers – Vintage Bouquet

Other
Altar and other front central pieces
Pew or chair decorations
Entrance to the church, venue or reception rooms

Centrepieces for each table
Buffet table decorations
Bar decorations
Flowers for other areas that you feel may need decorating; top table, an area within your venue you feel needs attention or extra flowers to brighten up a certain room.

You may also want to give flowers as a ‘thank you’ present to your parents.

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Platinum Flowers – Chocolate Wedding Bouquet

All in all ensure you tell your florist what you want, encourage them to use their design skills to produce a gorgeous bouquet just for you.

 

 

 

 

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BY CALM WEDDINGS

IMAGES: BELIEVE 2 ACHIEVE

b2a imageSo your head is full … you’re not only trying to arrange the perfect day, but as most brides you’ll be worrying about the way you look. You will be centre of attention for the whole day. All eyes will be on you from walking down the aisle to dancing the night away with your new hubby, family and friends.

So you’ve picked the perfect dress, all matching accessories, you’re debating which make-up will bring out your glow, you know how your hair will be styled … but for many brides there is that one thing that can seem like the hardest thing in the world … losing weight.

Bride or not, we all want quick results. Something that works efficiently rather than endless hours pounding against a treadmill and actually feeling like we’re not getting anywhere. Brides can really feel the pressure of this: they have a deadline, and although deadlines are usually good, every day a bride slips off her healthy regime is a step further away from having the figure she dreams of for her perfect day. Well, brides all is not lost. It doesn’t have to be such a long drawn out process …

B2A-logo1Believe2Achieve have the answer.

They are a unique company based in the UK, and the only company to offer non-invasive, non-surgical, Laser Liposuction alongside personal training. This treatment is fast, fun and effective.

Isn’t this what we want girlies?

Believe2Achieve’s laser therapy can also be used to drastically reduce or even eliminate the appearance of stretch marks. Results show visual reductions of up to 80% with massive improvements to the ‘feel’ of the marks.

Katy Foggin and Amanda Grieveson are the amazing ladies behind this fantastic company.

Katy is an expert masseuse, renowned in her field for helping many elite sports performers, to fitness-phobics! With more than 30 years combined experience in fitness, massage, nutrition and non-invasive treatments, Katy and Amanda, will support you to achieve your desired results.

Katy and Amanda from Believe2Achieve are passionate about helping you look and feel your best whatever your age, shape or level of fitness. They will ensure your programme is tailored to suit your needs.

The results from this programme will not only help you feel more confident before your wedding, but thereafter. These life-changing results will lead you into your married life feeling fantastic about yourself.

NJAWHave you recently got engaged?

Are you living, sleeping and dreaming weddings?

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Not sure where to start?

Has your life become one big wedding ball. Is it all you want to talk about? Is it all you want to do? Plan, organise, book, discuss ideas …

This is a very exciting time in your life … 

At NJAW we have everything you need. We are your online wedding fayre. We love wedding fayres, and we would tell any bride to visit your local wedding fayres, as there is something exciting about talking to others about your wedding. Discussing details with people who understand. Here is a list of our local wedding shows.

However, you may not always find what you’re looking for. Well, at NJAW we have done the hard work for you. We have built relationships with some of the best suppliers in the North East. We have suppliers who can help you plan your wedding from scratch, and those who will help you with every bit of wedding paraphernalia, to those who will service any needs for your wedding. Many of our suppliers offer a discount if you book through NJAW.

It doesn’t stop there … We can help you with your budget, help you plan out a scheduled diary and keep track of your wedding list. We have advice and tips from the best in the wedding industry and our blog is written by qualified wedding consultant Victoria J. Brown from Calm Weddings: an online wedding boutique.

At NJAW, we understand how important your big day is to you, we understand the time, effort and preparation it takes to have the day of your dreams and we are here to help. We are here to make the process a whole lot easier. Let us at NJAW help you.

By Calm Weddings

Photo Credit: Elliot McCarthy Dental Care

tooth-whitening couple

A few months back we talked about having the perfect smile for your wedding day. With Christmas coming up, and vouchers available at certain dentists we wondered if you have thought any more about this. We decided to revisit this topic again, as we think so many brides concentrate on so many other ‘wedding things’.

Most brides worry about the way they will look, and concentrate on their make-up, hair and of course, the dress. Some brides even spend a fortune on their shoes. Jimmy Choo being on the top of their list. But how many people are going to see those Jimmy Choos? And how many of your guests will see your beaming smile?

We understand what weddings cost, and it’s important that every bride and groom has the day of their dreams. However, there are so many couples who don’t really appreciate the damage that their teeth has had over the years. Click on this link to find out about the things that can stain your teeth. Have a quick look, you’ll be surprised:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/foods-stain-teeth-feature

So, if you’ve never had any kind of teeth whitening you are bound to be susceptible to some kind of staining. Think of all the money being spent on your wedding … hopefully, you haven’t collapsed thinking about it too hard! But doesn’t it make sense to look after an area of your body that will be on show the whole of your wedding day, and thereafter. Many things disappear after your wedding, but not your smile.

Elliott McCarthy Dental Care and Indentity Individual Dental Care offer amazing services to bridal couples. They understand the importance of your special day and will help you achieve the best smile possible.

At Calm Weddings and NJAW, we understand this is one of the most important days of your life. We understand you want to look at your photos/video and love the way you look. How nice would it be too get some close-up shots with your sparkling smile? The perfect smile. If you really haven’t put this into your budget, why not ask a family member for a Christmas voucher or ask a close relative/friend for an early wedding present. People generally buy presents before the wedding anyway, this could be added to your list.

Some couples have been known to look back on their wedding day and wonder why they spent so much money in certain areas … treating your smile will not be one of those regrets.

Have you seen our fab newsletter this month? 

All you need to know about wedding fayres …

photo credit: darrenmarshphotography.com

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Wedding fayres can be great fun, really informative and a great buzz – full of all of great ideas and helpful tips. In fact, other than the NJAW website ,we think they’re the best way to meet large numbers of wedding suppliers in your area that can meet your every need. Unfortunately though, they can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed – so many people selling so many things!

Here at NJAW we’ve done our fair share of wedding fayres so here are our 5 top-tips for getting the most out of them:

* Set your budget BEFORE you do anything! If you don’t know how much things cost, think about how much you can afford and then stick to that. It’s easy to get carried away but being in debt for years because of one day isn’t worth it. Your wedding should fit your budget, not the other way around. For help with setting your budget why not try our NJAW budget planner

* Research which suppliers will be at the fayre – bigger fayres often publish who will be exhibiting in advance on thier websites. Planning a list of who you want to see will mean that you don’t miss anyone

* Ask the right questions! Make a list of what you want to know before you go e.g. how much do you charge? what exactly do you get (and not get)?, how long do you need to set up etc

* Pick up all of the offers and the goodie bags. Suppliers spend a lot of time and money trying to attract you to their stalls so take advantage! Even if you’re already sorted, sadly you never know what might happen.

* Create a wedding e-mail! There’s nothing worse than your work inbox being bombarded with e-mails or you missing that all important about your dress fitting. Creating a unique e-mail address keeps everything in one place, making your life that little bit easier.

What not to forget!

1) Printed directions to the venue
2) A note pad and pen!
3) To wear comfortable clothing and SHOES!
4) A large, strong bag – one with long handles is ideal
5) Your diary
6) Colour swatch if you’ve already decided on colours
7) Cheque book and/or cash – you may need to take advantage of ‘on-the-spot’ deals
8) Pre-printed address labels
9) Your list of questions to ask and your budget

And at number 10…most importantly, it’s a trusted companion. Someone who will give you honest opinions and who’s opinion you actually trust and listen to.
NOW OFF YOU GO!

For a list of wedding fayres in the North East click here