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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.

 

 

 

 

Are you bride who owns their business?

Or a bride who has to network as part of their work?

Or do you know of any ladies in business who enjoy meeting other like-minded ladies?

Well, this could be just what you need …

Stockton Businesswomen’s Network

 

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Getting to know you…

Come along and meet your fellow businesswomen

Hot on the heals of the superbly successful inaugural networking event, the Stockton Businesswomen’s Network is back!!

Networking is such an important part of building a successful brand and business and is often the thing that we don’t find the time to do enough of. Well, your worries are over…at this event, you’ll have the chance to get to know all of your fellow business ladies at this giant speed-networking event.

To sign up for this event, please e-mail:
events@liberty.uk.net

Photo credit: Jen Hart Photography

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Don’t let mediocre speeches ruin the day!!

So many of our brides and grooms tell us that one of the things they worry about most when they think about their big day is how the wedding speeches will go. Will the Best Man mention all of those stories you wish he wouldn’t? Will the Groom remember to thank everyone he needs to? How will the Father of the Bride get over his nerves? All legitimate worries about things that regularly go wrong!!  No-one wants people to think:

‘nice wedding, shame about the speeches!’.

As a result, Not Just Any Wedding has teamed up with professional public-speaking coach Chris Edmondson to offer the men in your life an exciting opportunity to perfect their wedding speeches ahead of the big day.  Our Wedding Speech Masterclasses will cover a range of topics and issues that will leave participants feeling confident, relaxed and prepared – allowing everyone to get on and enjoy the big day!

Whether it’s your Father, your Fiance or your Best Man, we’ll make sure that after this 2 and 1/2 hour masterclass they know:

*   How to pitch their speech correctly at their audience
*   How and where to source content for their speeches
*   How to construct their speech; How long it should be. How to add that personal touch. How to use humour. Whether to use props and visual aids. How to use prompt cards.
*   Dealing with the dreaded ‘body language’ and those inevitable surprises on the day
*   How to handle nerves and anxiety on the big day
*   Top tips on preparing and practising
Places are limited so please don’t miss out  – click the link below:

Book Wedding Speech Masterclass

 

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.

By Calm Weddings

All images by Norma June Fashions – view here for more stunnning outfits.

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You, as the bridal couple, will be centre of attention for your special day. However, don’t underestimate how many of your guests will be looking at your mothers. The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom can receive just as much attention as you! Yes, your guests will be checking out their outfits, so it’s important you take the choosing of their outfits as seriously as you take your own.

There are some traditional etiquette rules regarding the mother of the bride and her outfit. But don’t feel like these have to be followed, as there are many other wedding traditions that have changed over time too.

But for your information, if you’d like to play by the old rules, here are a few customs for you:brides mother 3

* The bride’s mother would choose her outfit before the groom’s mother.

* The bride’s mother would usually choose the same colour as the bridesmaids. The colour can be a different shade i.e. if your bridesmaids are in cerise pink, the mother of the bride may choose a paler pink.

* She would avoid outfits that are white, ivory and champagne. Plus black or red gowns.

These are just a few old-fashioned customs. Talk with your mothers about what colour and style they would prefer. For example, there are some extremely elegant outfits in white, ivory and champagne. A wide range of classy outfits in black and some stylish and refined outfits in red. So don’t rule out all of the above.

bride mother 2Your mothers need to feel comfortable on the day. If they are totally unsure where to start or they have an idea but they’re not sure how to make a certain outfit or colour work for them, well, there are plenty of people out there who can help. From colour consultants to professional shoppers. Jill Green from House of Colour, a Corporate Image Consultant & Personal Stylist has been helping women look their best for over 20 years. Jill is passionate about helping people look and feel fantastic. She offers a supportive, fun and enjoyable experience. If your mothers are needing a helping hand, Jill is definitely the lady to see. From personal shopping days to a colour and style consultation, Jill will help your mothers choose the right outfit for them. The great thing about this experience is it isn’t a one-off: your mothers can use the advice after your wedding, and continue to look great all year round.

It’s tradition to buy all the bridal party a gift to say ‘thank you for your help and being part of our day’. Why not buy your mothers an early present? Book them in with Jill … with all the wedding planning they could probably do with a nice pamper session.

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.

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PHOTOS BY JEN HART

Christmas is a very popular time for engagements.

Some couples have the engagement ring ready, however, many couples choose the rings together, before or after the question is asked.

One thing to think about: Will your wedding ring fit with your engagement ring?

Many couples design their own rings, this enables them to have the perfect design that suits their personality.

Mobeus understands the importance of purchasing your wedding rings. They specialise in creating bespoke wedding rings that last a lifetime

However, there isn’t just the rings to think about … Oh where to start! To help you, we’ve included an extract from Victoria J.Brown’s, The Wedding Planning Book for the Deviant Bride, to help you understand what you need to do over the next year or so! Good Luck.

***** EXTRACT *****

Your planner

As soon as possible

There are certain things you need to think about before you start booking and planning your wedding. Here are a few points to consider:

* Put together your guest list:

Some venues are restricted on numbers; some may have a minimum or maximum number of people.

* Take note of your budget:

Weddings can easily run away with themselves. Think about what is most important to you on your day and allocate sufficient funds to each part of your wedding.

* What type of wedding do you want?

Do you want a theme? Do you want a small or large wedding? Brainstorm: write down all the things that are important to you and work from this.

Once you have established the above points, book your venue as soon as possible. Remember, if you’re having a church wedding, check the church dates too. If you’re having a civil ceremony you can inform your local registrar twelve months before. Many venues are booked two years in advance, so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Once you have booked your venue, it’s best to book the following suppliers as many are in demand.

  • Think about sending out ‘save this date’ cards to your guests, they can then work their holidays around your wedding, if needed
  • Order wedding cake
  • Book photographer and videographer
  • Book florist
  • Book music; including what is needed for ceremony, reception and evening
  • Book transport
  • Buy wedding insurance
  • Book any other entertainment i.e. fireworks, magician etc.
  • Choose bridal party
  • Start thinking about your honeymoon
  • Start thinking about your dress and accessories

12-6 months

  • Order your wedding dress / outfit
  • Order bridesmaid dresses / outfits
  • Order stationery
  • Reserve accommodation for guests who are travelling
  • Book your honeymoon

4-5 months

  • Buy accessories, shoes, jewellery, tiara etc.
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Choose favours
  • Choose gifts for wedding party
  • Purchase or hire groom and male attendant outfits

2-3 months

  • Send out invitations
  • Choose menus
  • Have make-up and hair trial
  • Buy throw-away cameras, guest book and any other bits you need i.e. balloons, candles, ribbon etc.
  • Choose readings, hymns etc.
  • Check with your doctor what injections are needed (if any) for your honeymoon

1 month

  • Final dress / outfit fitting
  • Think about your table plan
  • Start writing table names
  • Assign duties to bridal party
  • It’s a good idea to try and wear your shoes; you don’t want to be uncomfortable on the day. Remember, if you will be wearing your shoes with tights or stockings you need to wear them when trialling your shoes.
  • A quick phone call to your suppliers ensuring they are prepared

1 week – 1 day before

  • Have manicure, fake tan and any other beauty treatments. You may need a massage by this stage!
  • Pick-up your dress/outfit, bridesmaid dresses/outfits, groom and usher attire
  • Rehearse the ceremony
  • Pack for your honeymoon

Your wedding day

  • Relax and enjoy
  • Take in every moment, stop for a while and look around you
  • Breathe in your special day

Day after

It’s a good idea to get together with family and close friends for a small party, this will give you a chance to catch-up and discuss all the things you missed on the day. Believe it or not there will be plenty!

MOST IMPORTANTLY – ENJOY … THE PLANNING AND YOUR WEDDING DAY WILL GO BY SO QUICKLY XX