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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

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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

Photos by Jen Hart

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Addiction

Planning your wedding can be one of the most exciting times of your life, but try not to become obsessed. You’re probably living, sleeping and dreaming weddings. Look at ways to relax or try a new hobby; don’t let your wedding take over your life.

Best Man

The best man should be the main support for the groom. It’s usually the best man’s responsibility to organise the stag night/weekend, plus deliver a speech after the meal. It should be the groom’s choice who he would like with him throughout the day.

Caffeine

Something you may feel you need lots of throughout the planning of your wedding. However, be very careful as caffeine can give you a ‘temporary high’ but the low can sometimes not be worth it. Caffeine is a stimulant; do you really need any more help in the ‘non-sleeping’ department? Choose a healthier option. Check out Victoria Brown’s blog post on alternatives to caffeine.

Decorations

Decorations can make your venue look spectacular; decorative flowers, vases, fairy lights, candles or sprinkle the tables with metallic confetti. Make sure you stick with your theme; you could make the venue look like an amazing fairy tale.

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Everyone will be waiting for the bride’s entrance. Hopefully the following won’t make you nervous but … make sure you make a good entrance, smile politely and don’t chat as you walk down the aisle! Remember, any mutters to your father (or whoever is walking you down the aisle) will be noticed by all. Make sure you tell this to your bridesmaids, as eyes will be scanning dresses, hair and make-up so you don’t need mutters between each other overriding the whole effect. Even if it’s mutters to exchange how nervous you feel, remember everyone will be watching!

Fashion

Follow your heart rather than following what’s in fashion. Choosing a dress that is in season or a cake that is very popular could mean you don’t have the things that you would truly want or even match with your plans. Go with what suits your personality rather than following a trend.

Groom

When it comes to organising weddings, people seem to focus so much on the bride they forget about the person she is marrying. Grooms are usually the first to arrive at the wedding; they will greet guests and wait at the front of the aisle for their bride. It’s a nerve-wracking experience for them too. Give each other as much support as possible. Some grooms may want to get more involved in the planning, so allow them.

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Hobbies

Integrate your hobbies into your wedding day; a football theme, a golf day or your own band playing. Whatever your hobby see how you can make it part of your special day as this will make it unique to you; differentiating your wedding from the other weddings your guests have attended this year.

Ice Breaker

How are you seating your guests? With people they already know or are you using your wedding as an opportunity for people to mix? Sometimes, this can be awkward, so why not devise some ice-breakers? Some ideas; a quiz that involves the whole table, or design a murder mystery per table that can be integrated into the mealtime, or devise a game where each person has to tell the rest of the table something about themselves. Be creative; breaking the ice will help your guests relax. Some guests might not know anyone, therefore ice-breakers are a great way of making those guests feel included. 

Jewellery

Make sure any jewellery you wear matches your outfit. Don’t buy your jewellery until you have sorted out your dress (or wedding attire).

Key

Wedding keys are a fab way of celebrating your love: symbolising that you have the key to each other’s heart. These are great as favours, or used within your theme as name places etc.

Listening

Being a good listener is a very good skill to have, not just ‘hearing’ but actually listening. Good listeners will take good advice from others who have planned a wedding. Good listeners increase the success of their marriage, as listening and communicating can be a huge downfall in many marriages!

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Waterproof please!

Next Day

Try not to fly off on your honeymoon the day after your wedding. Have a barbecue or a house party with family and close friends and reminisce your wedding day. You may find you don’t get to speak to half of them on the actual day itself, so use the next day wisely.

Obsessed

Don’t become obsessed with your wedding as you will turn into a nervous, boring wreck! Plus, think about life after your wedding, what will you talk about when it’s all over?

Passport

Many brides wonder whether they should change their passport name so they are travelling in their married name. It’s easier to travel in your maiden name if you’re honeymooning days or a few weeks after your wedding; proof of marriage is needed and trying to get this beforehand will only add to your other hundred stresses!

Quiet time

Have quiet time with each other that doesn’t relate around wedding talk. You will find as your planning comes together your wedding is the constant topic of conversation. Purposly plan some quiet time in with each other that doesn’t relate to wedding talk.

Registrar

If you decide to have a civil ceremony and it’s not in your local area, you will still have to register your wedding at your local registry office. Some registry offices will pass your details to the appropriate office, but if not they will explain their procedure. Most counties don’t allow you to register until twelve months before your wedding date.

Savings

Many couples don’t have savings these days as mortgages, credit cards and loans take up a lot of money. So don’t worry if you start with nothing, but be very careful with your budget and know where you’re getting the money from. If you can save before your wedding date this would be a great start.

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Remember your smiles on your photographs. There are many different ways to have a teeth whitening treatment. Check out NJAW list of people who can help you have the perfect smile.

Umbrella

It may rain; unfortunately the weather is not usually a guaranteed service. However, with black and white umbrellas (some companies specialise in wedding umbrellas) you could still be outside and you could get some fantastic photographs.

Videographer

Having a video of your wedding can be more exciting than the photos, as you can relive the day over and over again. Instead of still pictures you will see the movements, hear the laughter and sense the ambience of the day. Plus, you can experience it again and again whenever you like.

White

It was once traditional to wear white, today many brides opt for either an ivory or champagne coloured dress. However, don’t be afraid to choose any colour; show off your personality, it’s your day so do as you please.

Yodelling

Hiring a professional yodeller is a great way to entertain your guests. They will have your guests laughing and clapping, this a fun and unique way of getting your guests in the party mood after their meal.

Zebra

Having a different theme for your wedding is definitely a great way to ensure your guests will remember your special day. A zebra theme is not only a fashionable way forward but definitely fun. You could turn your wedding into a safari adventure, or just integrate black and white into the mix.

By Calm Weddings Photos by Jen Hart 'I do' picture Extract from ‘The Wedding Planning Book for the Deviant Bride’ by Victoria J.Brown Here are a few wedding myths. However, we suggest if you would like to know more about wedding traditions, there are plenty of books available that can help you with this information. General Superstitions

  • Favours – This tradition has been around for hundreds of years. Historically jewels were given to the bride to represent health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long-life. As time has moved on, it’s the guests that receive a small token gift, the tradition evolved to giving each guest five sugar coated almonds, with the same symbolic significance.

How many times have you been to a wedding, where you have received a bag of sugar coated almonds? You should be grateful for whatever gift you receive, plus the belief behind the almonds is thoughtful, emblematic and generous. However, let’s admit it, it’s boring! And most people hate them, they get passed around until the one person who does like them ends up with more than they can devour. The deviant bride should see the giving of favours as an opportunity to give your guests something that will ensure they remember your wedding. Something they won’t throw away after the ceremony, something they may use in the future. However, other deviant brides may not want to give favours. There are no rules, no law or wedding guidelines insisting that favours are given, so if you don’t want to, you don’t have to!

  • Gifts – Historically, guests would bring fruit to the newly wed couple, this would encourage fertility.

Let’s be extremely grateful this tradition has changed; today, you can near enough ask for anything! veil

  • Wearing a wedding veil – The wedding veil hides the bride’s beauty and wards off evil spirits. Another explanation is that during the times of arranged marriages the bride would cover her face until the groom had committed to the marriage. Some religions still have arranged marriages, in some Eastern ceremonies, both the bride and groom are ‘protected’ by a veil.

However, for those deviant brides having a veil isn’t necessary. You may decide to have a veil but keep it attached to the back of your hair rather than covering your face. Today, many brides concentrate on their hairstyle, sometimes they don’t want a veil as it doesn’t fit in with their dress or hair ideas.

  • The wedding bouquet – The throwing of the wedding bouquet was introduced from America and it is said that whoever catches the bouquet will be the next to get married. In the 14th century, it was customary for the bride to toss her garter to a male guest, but the men regularly became too drunk and would become impatient and try to remove the garter ahead of time.

This is still a fun tradition; watching a group of your female friends fight to catch a bunch of flowers. You can guarantee if you decide to have a bouquet you will be asked by your family and friends to toss your beautiful arrangement into a mass of a frenzied mob. However, don’t feel pressured, if you don’t want to lose your bouquet and have planned on keeping it, freezing it, framing it etc. It’s advisable to keep tight hold or at least let your wedding party know they must be gentle. Let them know, you would prefer the flowers in one piece, not ripped to shreds as ‘Aunt Ethel’ has a petal, ‘Cousin Jane’ has a stem and your ‘7-year-old niece’ has a few flower heads. You could arrange for a separate bouquet to be made, one that you don’t mind being man-handled (or woman-handled).

  • Confetti has replaced rice or grain in modern times. Rice was thrown at the bride and groom to encourage fertility.

Isn’t it a relief that this tradition has changed to pieces of paper. Can you imagine having rice thrown at you? What if it landed in your eye? Dramatic but true! However, if you decide to have either confetti or rice (some churches only allow rice) be careful to which you choose as some confetti’s can leave stains (especially when wet). Some venues may ask that you only use metallic confetti and remember a handful of rice could feel like ‘hailstone’. Deviant brides may avoid confetti, rice or anything else that could be thrown!

  • Where to stand – The bride stands on the left of the groom during the marriage ceremony to allow his sword arm to be free ready to fight off other men who may want her as their bride.

This usually is the case; bride to left and groom to the right. This helps when exchanging rings, as for fighting off other men, well, that should be interesting!

  • Carrying the bride over the threshold – protects her from any evil spirits that may be lurking in the new home.

This is another fun tradition, even if you already live together. Forget the evil spirits, it’s an excuse to have a cuddle and a giggle. Advice; mind your head and make sure he minds the step. You don’t need a visit to the hospital with black eyes and broken bones!

  • Dominance – The first to buy something after the wedding will be the dominating influence in the marriage.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean ‘the first to buy a drink’, but you could buy something from your chief bridesmaid; ‘can’t you buy a brand new lip gloss from your friend to give to your bridemaid?’ There’s always a way ladies … but remember, it’s only a bit of fun.

  • Secrets of the wedding dress – It is good luck for the groom not to see the dress before the wedding day. It will bring more luck if he does not glance at the dress as the bride walks down the aisle.

Many couples stick with this tradition. Most brides stress that their other-half won’t like their dress, however, it’s you he is marrying, not the dress. You will find he will be blown away, as when has he ever seen you in such glamorous attire? Unless, you have some strange fetishes! But let’s move on. If you do believe this tradition is bad luck, what about all the other traditions? Let’s face it no marriage would have a chance! You can discuss options with your new-hubby-to-be but ultimately the decision should be yours. The real deviant bride would let him look through magazines and express his opinion. Those deviant brides who exceed this ‘rule book’ would take him shopping!

  • Trying on the full attire – It is bad luck for the bride to try on her full attire and look in the mirror before the day of the wedding. Sometimes last minute stitching would be kept until the day of the wedding.

WHAT??? Don’t be leaving any stitching until the day of your wedding; you will have so much to worry about with your hair, make-up and getting there the last thing you want to think about is stitching your dress! Plus, you will probably want to see if everything you have chosen matches. If you do decide to have pearls but have a champagne coloured dress, how will you know if your pearls match? What about your shoes? You may want to see if your shoes match your dress, you will definitely need your shoes on for your final dress fitting as it could end up too long or too short. This will be the most important and memorable day of your life, for the sake of your own sanity, don’t follow this tradition – a deviant bride or not!

WEDDING TIPS A TO Z BY VICTORIA BROWN FROM CALM WEDDINGS

PHOTOS BY JEN HART PHOTOGRAPHY

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A is for Accessories

Your accessories should complete your outfit, so think very carefully about your tiara, shoes, jewellery and any other embellishments you decide to add.

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B is for Beauty Regime

If you don’t have a beauty regime, you should really look at this at least 6 months before your wedding. Drink plenty of water and try to get plenty of sleep. Fresh, revitalised skin should be one of your wedding aims. Book an appointment with a beauty therapist/consultant to help establish what you need to do before your big day.

Calm Weddings also works with Temple Spa. Temple Spa allows you to take care of your skin in the comfort of your own home.

C is for Cake

Wedding cakes come in a variety of forms, shapes and sizes. Talk to a professional about what you would really like. Have a cake that represents both of you.

Cakes by Melia will work with you to create a bespoke design that will suit your personal style.cakes by Melia

D is for Dentist

Bride, grooms and their families spend some much time looking for the perfect dress or outfit and accessories, even hairstyles can be discussed for hours. However, what about that perfect smile? The smile that is going to be displayed on your photos for ever.

Identity Individual Dental Care, who were nominated for Best Preventative Practice, offer a wide range of treatments that will have your smile gleaming.Identity Individual Dental Care

E is for Eat

Eating is very important to keep up your energy levels, so even if you’re dieting, make sure you eat healthily and regularly. Plus, don’t forget to eat on the morning of your wedding, no matter how nauseous you may feel, you will feel worse as the day progresses with an empty stomach. Visit Victoria J. Brown’s blog, she has found a healthy diet: an alternative to caffeine, which is perfect for any bride, groom and their families.

F is for Fireworks

An excellent way to end the night but make sure your venue will allow them.

G is for Games

Games are a great way of keeping your guests and children entertained. There are games that can be placed outside such as, giant jenga, giant connect 4 or giant chess. Alternatively look at indoor games such as ping pong, cards or twister; these are bound to get your party into full swing!

H is for Hair

Book your hairdresser well in advance. Think about timings; how long will it take to travel to and from the hairdresser’s? How many people in the bridal party are having their hair styled? Show your hairdresser pictures of your dress as this will help them advise on the best style to suit your overall image for the day.

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I is for Ice Sculptures

Hire a professional company to make some fantastic ice figures and carvings; there are some fantastic sculptures that will have your guests amazed.

J is for Jewellery

Your jewellery is meant to enhance your dress, not outshine it. Have you thought about getting your jewellery designed to suit your dress?

Mobius Jewellery won bespoke Business of the Year for Hartlepool and will work with you to create the most stunning jewellery.mobeus

K is for Kiss

Your first kiss as husband and wife is usually in front of all your guests. It may sound silly but talk about that kiss; one of you doesn’t want to go in for a huge slobbering kiss, whilst the other expects a peck on the cheek. Could be embarrassing! Tell the vicar or registrar if you want them to say ‘you may kiss the …’ to appear in your vows as it doesn’t automatically happen.

L is for Laughter

Laughter can keep you young. Finding someone to laugh with is very important as life can have many stresses. Laughing together will keep you stronge, especially through any ups and downs. And make sure you laugh all the way through your day. If anything goes wrong, try not to worry, this is one day out of your life, so don’t dwell if you can’t change something, just enjoy it as it will soon be over.

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M is for Make-up

Scared you may look like Aunt Sally once you’ve done your own make-up? Hire a professional or at least talk to a make-up specialist about the type of make-up that would suit you.

Kate Pymm is an award winning professional make-up artist and hair stylist based in the North East of England. With over 8 Year’s experience within the Industry she and her team will happily travel to your preferred venue for your bridal preparation.kate pymm

N is for New

Traditionally it is said ‘…something new…’ signifies good luck and success in the bride’s new life. Many brides count their dress as their something new.

O is for Opinions

Many people will have an opinion when it comes to planning a wedding; mostly about how they did it or how they think you should do it. Listen carefully to what everyone says and pick out the bits that are useful to you

P is for Pageboy

Usually page boys are younger members of the family. Choose carefully; if they are too young they might become disinterested. Give them a task, perhaps carrying the rings on a cushion as this will not only keep them entertained, but will make them feel important.

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Q is for Quartet


Live music is very romantic at weddings. Quartets are perfect for weddings as they have a range of different instruments that could really set your wedding apart from other weddings.

R is for Rings

Your rings will be an item of jewellery that will remind you daily of your marriage. They are the one materialistic item that will still be there long after your wedding and honeymoon are finished. Do you want to look at your wedding ring in five years time and wish you had thought more about it? Your rings are something special to both of you, so choose carefully; they need to last a long time.

Mobius Jewellery specialise in creating bespoke wedding rings that last a lifetime.

S is for Stationery

Your invitations and other stationery requirements (name cards, order of services, menus, etc.) can come in all shapes and sizes. Look for something that follows your theme; if you feel creative then design and make your own stationery.

 T is for Toastmaster

Toastmaster is the person who calls for the bride and groom to enter the reception. They let everyone know when the speeches are happening, when the cake is to be cut and when the meal is finished. Usually your venue will provide a member of staff to be your toastmaster; typically the manager or a higher member of staff takes this role. However, it is possible to hire your own toastmaster.

U is for Ushers

Ushers are usually the bride and groom’s family and close friends. Choose wisely as ushers have certain responsibilities such as seating your guests, handing out order of services, helping where necessary etc.

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 V is for Veil

It used to be tradition for the bride to wear a veil over her face, however, usually brides today wear the veil attached to the back of their hair or don’t wear one at all. Make sure you choose a veil that suits your dress and hairstyle.

Calm Weddings have a wide range of veils.

W is for Walk

Anyone who is walking down the aisle should practice, over and over again. Especially if there are several of you walking down the aisle. You need to be in time with each other, as it could cause some of you to walk too fast or too slow. You don’t want your bridal party tripping over each other.

X is for Xylophone 

Xylophone could be an unusual alternative to a violinist, a harpist or a pianist; definitely different!

Y is for Yoga

A fantastic way of not only toning your body but yoga is a proven way of helping stress levels. Why not start? Not only will you be chilled out for your honeymoon, but you could be using your new-found flexibility wisely!

Z is for Zest

Keep your enthusiasm burning when organising your wedding. Having the zest to take it forward will make sure your day is full of fun and excitement, not only for the both of you but for your guests too. This means eating well, keeping fit and getting the average 8 hours sleep needed to function properly.

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By Victoria J. Brown of Calm Weddings

Photos by Jen Hart Photography 

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The average wedding costs £20,000. This is why it’s important to work out your budget from the outset: before anything is booked, anyone is invited and before any plans are made.

Whether your budget is under £10,000 or over £30,000, you still need to decide where you want the majority of your funds to go. You must both identify what’s important to you on your wedding day, for example: the bride may think having a pair of Jimmy Choo is essential, and the groom may desperately want to arrive in a helicopter, it’s important to understand what you both want from your wedding. Setting aside pennies for the things you really want and saving in other areas is the best way to keep your costs down.

Here are 10 top wedding saving tips: 

1/ Do you have any family or friends who can help out? Anyone with special talents: cake-making, stationery, flowers etc. Ask anyone who can contribute to your wedding to help.

2/ Don’t get married in the peak season. Hold your wedding mid-week and not in the summer months. Compare the cost of the different seasons and days of the week: you’ll be surprised at the saving you can make.

3/ Only have one meal. Most couples have a wedding breakfast and an evening buffet. Getting married late afternoon will allow you to have an early evening meal, which cuts out the need for two meals.

4/ Hire a small hall: a village or church hall. This is great for vintage weddings. You will need to hire outside caterers, but this can still be much cheaper than hiring a venue.

5/ Look carefully when choosing your wedding dress. Ex-display dresses, out-of-season dresses and smaller designers can be picked up at a fraction of the price. Most of your guests won’t know who designed your dress (and probably won’t be non-the-wiser if you told them) or whether it’s in season or not.Kayleigh

6/ Keep it small. Invite only family and very close friends. If you really want the big celebration then hire a hall after your honeymoon and throw an informal party.

7/ When it comes to decorations there is so much out there to choose from. Search the internet for cheap and discount deals. You’ll be amazed at what you can find.

8/ Research local music schools/dance schools: could students perform for you? Or ask the universities for any talented individuals who can help. It not only keeps the entertainment cost down and gives your wedding the wow-factor but looks great on their portfolio.

9/ Ask guests to contribute money as their wedding gift. This is becoming very popular, but still some people feel rude asking for cash! The best way around this is to set-up a fund so your guests can see the money is contributing to something in particular i.e. honeymoon fund, new bathroom fund or a new extension fund.

10/ Most importantly – Research! Compare costs.

Important: Keeping a note of the costs will enable you to keep an eye on what is being spent. You may underspend in one area, therefore, letting you overspend in another, but this will also help you if overspending becomes a big problem.

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