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Well Happy New Year to all of our Brides to Be and especially all of you were lucky enough to get proposed to over the Festive period! It’s time for a quick roundup of all things wedding that’s been going on at the Moonrise Wedding Blog over the past week or so. You may have noticed the slight facelift it’s had recently, we hope you like?

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Anyway, we thought it would be appropriate as there were so many proposals over the holidays to kick our wedding blog off in 2016 by looking at wedding planning. So we took a trial of WeddingTour by Gabriella Wood. A FREE online wedding planning tool that helps monitor your budget, guest list and much more.

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See how we got on in our post – ‘Wedding Planning – Where do You Start?‘ Why not log on and see for yourself, there’s no commitment and it’s true to its word, it’s FREE.

 

We then had the pleasure of introducing a very talented Musician – Georgina Heydon. With over 15 years experience in teaching and performing music, Georgina plays the piano & cello as well as singing to provide beautiful wedding music for your wedding day!

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Find out more about Georgina and hear some of her song snippets before considering your Wedding Music for Your Wedding Day.

 

Take a look at Kadie & Nic’s Wedding Day! Our first Real Brides Feature of 2016. A beautifully relaxed wedding day, with a garden ceremony and the reception at Wold Top Brewery.

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Be inspired by their beautifully delicate peach & mint colour theme and join us in wishing them all the very best for the future in their long and happy marriage. Join Kadie & Nic as they share their very special Wedding Day with us!

 

Finally we rounded of the week, with a quick look at; probably not the most romantic side but rather more practical aspect of bridal lingerie, shapewear to go beneath your wedding dress.

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We looked at the difference between wedding shapewear and bridal lingerie such as corsets and bustiers as well as what to consider when choosing which style of wedding shapewear to go beneath your wedding dress. – ‘Wedding Shapewear to go Beneath Your Bridal Gown‘.

 

That’s it for this week, we hope your wedding planning is going well and you find our wedding posts and features inspiring.

 

Love

 

Tanya

 

xx

 

Happy New Year to everyone and a huge congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over the Festive period. Our newsfeed is full of Brides to Be showing off their new engagement rings, pictures of diaries showing ‘Getting Married Today’ on new Wedding Dates that have been set and plenty of ‘I’m planning my wedding and I don’t know where to start!’ Sound familiar?

 

So to start the New Year off on our wedding blog I thought we’d start off with wedding planning and take a closer look at WeddingTour.co.uk an online wedding planning tool that’s free to use. Yes you read correctly FREE! (Not much is free when it comes to weddings!).

 

I popped onto their website at http://www.weddingtour.co.uk and created an account, fairly straight forward, names and a few details like wedding date and anticipated budget, no payment details or credit cards or anything like that, because it’s true to it’s word, it’s FREE.

 

Start Wedding Planning

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To begin with you’re presented with a pretty decent overview of your wedding planning to include your guest, budget and table planner summaries. Of course not forgetting the all important countdown to the Special Day itself at the very top! I remember from our wedding planning experience we used a couple of spreadsheets from a well known spreadsheet program, however had I known about this, I think it would have been much simpler to use and easier to see where you are and what needs doing at a glance.

Wedding Guest List

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Looking into a bit more detail of the guestlist, which is probably one of the first sources of family controversy, who do you invite to the whole day, who do you invite to just the reception and who misses out! It’s your day, so there’s a big hint of who decides! If you’re not careful the guest list gets out of control quite easily. It’s very good for managing your RSVP’s as well and keeping a close eye on how many children have been invited, as they need to be catered for, childs meals, soft drinks and something to keep them occupied through the speeches.

Wedding To-Do Checklist

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When you start your wedding planning it can be extremely daunting when you start listing all the things you need to organise and buy. Wedding Tour provides you with a ready made checklist for your day, with suggested timescales of when certain tasks should be done by as well as who is responsible for them. Although no generic wedding list is going to be perfect for everyones Wedding Day, this one is quite comprehensive and you’re able to edit it as well.

Wedding Suppliers

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As you start working your way through your to-do list and visiting various wedding shows you’ll invariably meet a whole host of wedding suppliers and WeddingTour has a great supplier directory which, when you’ve added your suppliers to it, will be specific for you. A single place to keep all supplier details, along with notes, prices and contact information, accessible by both you and your partner, if you’re both using it together that is!

Wedding Moodboards

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If you haven’t already started making moodboards by cutting things out of endless wedding magazines or using Pinterest, then you can always kick one off here. Just upload your pictures and add the odd comments to them. A wedding moodboard is really useful for some suppliers like your Florist or Venue Dresser as you can easily show them what you want. As WeddingTour is mobile and tablet friendly, it’s easy to show your ideas whilst on the go! Don’t put a picture of your dress on there though, it could really spoil the surprise!

Wedding Day Schedule

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I think most Brides stress about the actual Wedding Day itself and when you think of all the time and effort that’s gone into the planning and all of the money that’s been spent it’s easy to understand. However, WeddingTour provides a huge checklist for the Wedding Day along with who’s responsible for that part of the day as well. Now I’m by no way suggesting you run around on your wedding day with your mobile reminding you of every task and waving it around like a Sergeant Major, but listing how the day will unfold will help you organise all of the relevant parties and let’s them see where they fit into Your Wedding Machine!

 

All in all it’s a great starting point when beginning to plan your Wedding, with pre-made comprehensive to-do lists, a supplier directory waiting to be filled, budget control allowing you to see where your spend is going and really useful moodboard section to help suppliers see your vision. So if you’ve been proposed to over the Festive period and you’re horrified at the prospect of planning your Perfect Wedding Day, why not pop onto http://www.weddingtour.co.uk and give yourself a headstart?

 

Website:- http://www.weddingtour.co.uk

 

Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/gabriella.wood.798

 

Twitter:- https://twitter.com/WeddingTourCoUk

We’ve been a little bit busy over the past few weeks here at Moonrise Lingerie, we’ve still been talking about all things wedding and wonderful whilst at the same time starting our little Christmas campaign off on our sister site – Moonrise at Midnight. (Click here if you want a cheeky look to see our latest addition). So let’s see what’s been going on at Moonrise Bridal over the past few weeks.

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We introduced you all to KC Boutique, an online store of women’s fashions, perfect for those Brides lucky enough to be setting off on their honeymoon after their wedding day!

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Find out more about KC Boutique, what they have to offer, everything from beachwear to baby clothes from their recent additions at KC Baby! – Honeymoon wear at KC Boutique.

 

We then pinched a blog spot for ourselves and had a look at what ivory wedding lingerie we have for all our Brides to Be with ivory weddings.

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The Essme Ivory Push Up Bra set was one of our latest additions for this wedding season, with gorgeous deep suspender belt and matching brief to complete the look. Click here to find out more – Ivory Bridal Lingerie for Ivory Weddings

 

We then had a first on our wedding blog. We posted an A-Z of Weddings, of all the wonderful suppliers we’d introduced over the past few months to help all of our Brides to Be who are planning their Special Day or who are just starting off on their planning journey.

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Image Courtesy of Hayley Scott Photography – https://www.facebook.com/hayleyscottphotography

  

Next we introduced you to the lovely Stacey from ‘The Bridal Chalet’. As well as a stunning collection of wedding gowns she also had some great tips and advice of getting your hands on designer dresses at a fraction of the cost!

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To find out how Stacey can help you find your perfect wedding gown on a budget then take a look at what she had to say when we caught up and find her details at the bottom of the post – Introducing Bridalwear by The Bridal Chalet

  

After the massive response we had after our first wedding moodboard, we looked at blush peach and what colours went well such as mints and greys.

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Take a closer look at what else we found when digging around for ideas for our Peach Moodboard

  

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed our posts over the past few weeks and hopefully found them useful in planning your own Wedding Day. Keep in touch, we’ve got more great wedding ideas and chat coming your way over the next few weeks!

  

Love

  

Tanya

  

xx

Peach or blush has been quite a popular choice for wedding colours this season, they’re subtle and quite versatile when matching with other colours throughout your wedding theme, such as greys, mint greens and even dark navy blues.

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Having such a subtle and soft colour as peach it rests beautifully against a light grey or even dark navy blue, as a buttonhole, for example.

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Creams, mints, greys and ivory all go well with peach. This gives your florist plenty of freedom of expression when it comes to your floral displays.

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Peach against mint isn’t the most obvious of combinations but it really does seem to work well.

And it’s a colour theme that can run seemlessly throughout your wedding venue.

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It’s a colour theme thatyou can experiment with and have a lot of fun while planning your perfect wedding day.

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Picture Credits

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Main Image – Courtesy of Irenee’s Bridal by Design – www.forherandforhim.com

 

Right Hand Column – Rustic InvitationPeach Buttonhole on Grey Suit, Peach & Mint Petals

 

Bottom Row – Wedding Cake, Aisle Runner, Peach & Mint Bouquets, Peach Glitter Nails

 

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It’s been a while since our wedding blog revival, so we thought we’d do something a little bit fun and different, and hopefully help our ‘Brides to Be’ in their own wedding planning. So we’ve put together a quick little A-Z of Weddings of some of our favourite wedding suppliers, couples and posts that we’ve done over the last few months!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A – Alterations by Abigail Westrup Bridal, Bristol

A great many Brides need some sort of alteration making when they find their perfect wedding gown and Abigail Westrup, based just around the corner from us in Nailsea, Bristol comes highly recommended! She’s shortly due to be moving to new premises on Nailsea High Street and will be focusing on her very own Wedding Dress Designs and we wish her the very best of luck!

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Website: http://www.abigailwestrupbridal.com/

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Abigail-Westrup-Bridal-475661362457510/

  

B – Bridal Bouquets by The Vintage Bouquet

A brides bouquet is very special and if it isn’t tossed towards your Bridesmaids then you may want to keep it as wonderful keepsake from your day. The Vintage Bouquets makes stunning artificial bouquets from silk, foam and other materials to your own personalised design!

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Website: http://www.thevintagebouquet.co.uk

  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/everlastingflowercompany

  

C – Caketoppers by Shantel’s Caketoppers

Nearly every wedding cake has a little statue of the Bride & Groom on the top. When we saw Shantel’s miniature works of art, we simply had to feature her on the blog. From a soldier on a motorbike, a Harry Potter themed couple to even a couple in a hot air balloon, Shantel’s craft is amazing. A great way to add a personal touch with a hint of humour to make a lovely talking point among your guests!

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 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shantelscaketoppers

  

D – Dresses for Your Bridesmaids by Irenee’s Bridal By Design

Arranging a set of dressses that’s going to keep all of your Bridesmaids happy can be a challenge, but at Irenee’s Bridal she can provide different styles of Bridesmaid Dresses to suit each one but still keeps the theme & tone of your wedding. Definitely worth a visit to her website, she has some lovely dresses.

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Website: www.forherandforhim.com

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irenee-Bridal-by-Design/623412427741388

  

E – Emmazing Bakes for Amazing Wedding Cakes

We’ve already mentioned caketoppers to go on top of the cake, so now we need to talk about the cake. No longer are wedding cakes thought of 3 tier round cakes, you can now have chandelier cakes, half and half cakes to superhero cakes. The level and attention to detail is outstanding!

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Website:- http://www.emmazingbakes.co.uk

  

Facebook:- http://www.facebook.com/emmazingbakes

  

F – Flash Floozy for Bridal Headwear

There is a multitude of places to get tiaras from but when it comes to boho, vintage and chic headwear then Flash Floozy is worth a look. From floral crowns to rustic halos, if it’s bridal headwear with distinction, it’s Flash Floozy!

Website: http://www.flashfloozy.com/

  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/flashfloozy

  

G – Garters by Moonrise Garters (Tanya Sienna Hall)

We couldn’t very well not take the G for Garters for ourselves now could we? Tanya started making her very own bespoke range of wedding garters earlier this year, from her original ‘Lucky Sixpence Garter’ to football garters, super hero’s and even a Peacock Garter! All handmade and made to measure if needed!

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Website: http://www.moonriselingerie.co.uk

  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moonrisegarters

  

H – Heels for your Wedding Day by ‘Electric Heels’

We featured Kat’s work quite sometime ago and it’s nothing short of amazing. This lady transforms a pair of fairly plain heels into a truly remarkable and personal pair of wedding shoes specific to your requirements. She can even include sentiments to loved ones who can’t be there with you!

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Website: www.electricheels.co.uk

  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/electricheels

  

I – Invitations by Blueskys Creations

Set the tone and theme of your wedding day with your wedding invitations, from simple and elegant to delicate and detailed then Vicky from Blueskys Creations is sure to help. Always worth getting a few extra invitations as well because you never know who you might have forgotten to send one too!

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Website: www.etsy.com/shop/blueskyscreation

  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/blueskyscreation

  

J – Jewellery by Belle’s Charms

It’s sometimes tough to think of thank you gifts for your Wedding Party, be it Bridesmaids, Best Man or Flower Girls. We think a personalised keyring or wineglass charm is a great gift to show your thanks and it’s not going to break the budget!

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atbelles

  

K – Karen Louise of Bridal Eyewear

Every wedding couple cares of how they’re going to look on their wedding day photographs. If you wear glasses then Karen Louise of Bridal Eyewear can certainly help you out with a pair of frames that will suit your wedding day look. Remember it’s the attention to detail what makes a big difference!

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Website: http://bridaleyewear.co.uk/

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bridal-Eyewear/272772586149531

  

L – Lingerie for your Wedding Day by Moonrise Lingerie

No prizes for guessing that L was going to be for Lingerie, it had to be really didn’t it? Whether your dress is low back, strapless or you’re looking for luxurious plus size wedding lingerie, we’re here to help at Moonrise Lingerie – ‘Bridal Lingerie Specialists’

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Website: http://www.moonriselingerie.co.uk

  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moonrisebridal

  

M – Makeup by Chloe Evans

The Brides makeup on the morning of the wedding is clearly an important item when it comes to planning your wedding. Chloe Evans has teamed up with Charlotte Hough to provide a duo on your wedding morning to help with bridal hair & makeup. Chloe offers some invaluable advice as well!

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Website: http://www.chloeevansmakeup.com

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChloeEvansMakeup

  

N – Novelty Wedding Transport ‘Mystery Machine Hire’

We love wedding things and ideas that are a little bit different and a little bit out there, so this fits just perfect! Travel to your wedding in ‘Scooby Style’ in the Mystery Machine! Most go for swish or vintage cars, and if there are a lot of kids attending they’ll love it, as well as your guests! We’re also led to believe that a VW Beetle in the guise of ‘Herbie’ will also soon be available!

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Website: http://www.mysterymachinehire.com

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mysterymachinehire?fref=ts

  

O – Online Wedding Planning by ‘WeddingTourCoUk’ & ‘Edinburgh Brides’

We have to share the O when it comes to online planning. Earlier this year we caught up with Gabriella from WeddingTour.Co.Uk and found out about their brilliant online virtual wedding planner along with a host of great FREE planning tools to help you plan their day!

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Website: http://www.weddingtour.co.uk

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabriella.wood.798

  

We share online planning tools with one of our most values sponsors ‘Edinburgh Brides‘. A great place to get hints, tips and advice for your wedding planning along with a host of wedding suppliers to help you plan the perfect wedding.

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Website: http://www.edinburghbridesweddingguide.com/

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghBridesWeddingGuide

  

P – Photography for the Wedding Day

Throughout many of our posts we publish the work of many wedding photographers as well as featuring quite a few in guest posts. Over the past few weeks we’ve had the privilege of introducing the work of Nando Passos Weddings & Georgie H Photography as well as a few other who we’ll mention when it comes to our Real Wedding Features.

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Website: http://www.npassosweddings.co.uk/

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NPassosweddings/

  

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Website: http://www.georgiehphotography.com/

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgiehphotography

  

Q – Quality Time for Each Other.

This is the one consistent piece of advice we get from our guest suppliers as well as from Real Brides from their Wedding Day features is, ‘Make sure you take a bit of time out on your wedding day to spend by yourselves and just take it all in, as it goes by too quick!’.

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Image Courtesy of ‘Hayley Scott Photography’https://www.facebook.com/hayleyscottphotography

  

R – Real Wedding Features

We absolutely love reading about Real Weddings from couples who have recently married, how they met, what theme they had for their wedding, what their ‘best buys’ were for their Big Day and all of their hints, tips and advice they have to offer our Brides to Be for their ‘Wedding Journey’. Congratulations to them all, thank you for sharing and we wish you all the very best for the future!

Real Wedding Feature – Emma & Ady

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Image Courtesy of Ezekiel Taylor Photography – http://ezekieltaylor.co.uk/

  

Real Wedding Feature – Pamela & Amanda

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Image Courtesy of Phil Davidson Storybook Photography

  

If you’re interested in sharing your wedding day with our Brides to Be in a Real Brides Wedding Feature, then e-mail us at enquiries@moonriselingerie.co.uk

  

S – Sister Sister Bridal Bouquets & Wedding Flowers

Artificial wedding flowers and bouquets are becoming increasingly more popular and you can see why because you can hardly tell the difference. Claire of Sister Sister Bouquets works absolute wonders with silks, foams and other material to produce some truly stunning bouquets!

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Website: www.etsy.com/shop/SisterSisterBouquets

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSBOUQUETS/

  

T – Table Planner by Blueskys Creation

Quite often a source of much consternation in deciding who sits where, and usually best to have a table plan to avoid too much ‘dilly dallying’ before your wedding reception!

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Website: www.etsy.com/shop/blueskyscreation

  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/blueskyscreation

  

U – Underwear for Beneath the Wedding Dress

Your wedding underwear is the foundation which that perfect wedding dress rests upon, and having well chosen and correct fitting bridal lingerie on your big day can make a dramatic difference to your finished look.

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Website: http://www.moonriselingerie.co.uk

  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moonrisebridal

  

V – Venue Dressing by ‘Rent a Wedding’

Weddings can be quite costly and easily spiral out of control. One area to possibly make a little saving is in your venue decorations or dressings, instead of buying all of your centre pieces and other decor, maybe consider renting them. This is where ‘Rent a Wedding’ is able to help!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RentaWedding1

  

W – Wedding Dresses by ‘Discount Wedding Dresses’

We hear of many stories of Brides trying to save money on their wedding dress, with varying degrees of success and some ending in complete disaster! Avoid this completely. We introduced a fresh new local dress business ‘Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol‘ who offer quality wedding gowns at affordable prices without the risk!

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Website: http://www.discountweddingdressesbristol.co.uk/home

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discountweddingdressesbristol

  

X – Xtra Time to get dressed

Try and allow some extra time when getting ready on the morning of your Wedding, just in case of any unexpected hiccups, like missing buttons, zips breaking or laddered tights! Maybe consider asking your wedding dress fitter to help on the morning of the wedding?

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Image Courtesy of NPassos Weddingshttp://www.npassosweddings.co.uk/

  

Y – Young Attendants

A lot of weddings have Young Attendants, Pageboys, Flowers Girls and Ring Bearers etc. It can be quite a long day for them, so make an effort to provide things to keep them occupied at certain phases of the day. We added bubbles, toy favours and the balloon release in the evening got them all running around again!

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Image Courtesy of ‘Hayley Scott Photography’ - https://www.facebook.com/hayleyscottphotography

  

Z – Zero Regrets

When we ask Real Brides, and suppliers, for any advice to give to Brides to Be for their wedding day, they quite often say, “It’s your day, don’t stress about little things and take it all in because it goes by so fast!” We all get that planning a wedding can be very stressful and that you want everything to be just right, but don’t forget to enjoy it all and have fun, and make it through the whole journey with no regrets!

Congratulations to Bev & James!

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Image Courtesy of Nigel Read Photography http://nigelreadphotography.co.uk/

  
Well that’s us out of letters! Thought it would be something a little bit different and give all our New Brides to Be a starting point for ideas and suppliers when it comes to start planning!  

Good Luck  

Tanya  

xx

Almost every wedding day has a theme or a colour scheme that runs through everything from the invites, the table decorations, the brides bouquet, and so on. Compiling your own mood board of all the ‘good ideas’ that you stumble across is a great starting point when it comes to planning your own wedding day, not only to build that picture in your own mind of how you want your day to look but also to show suppliers, friends and family who are there to help you plan your big day!

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Bridesmaids dresses are a really significant part of your bridal parties attire and it can be quite a challenge to keep everyone happy in this department especially if you have 3, 4, or even 8 bridesmaids!

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Image Courtesy of Irenee’s Bridal By Design

Cadbury purple can be quite an over powering colour when there is a lot of the same of it together, but it also helps it contrast well with lighter colours often associated with your wedding day, such as whites, ivories, pinks and greys. A bridal bouquet is nice touch for you to keep the cadbury purple theme alongside your wedding gown.

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Image Courtesy of Sister Sister Bouquets

Table decorations are where you can really go to town, if you’re wanting lots of purple, or you can choose to be more subtle with a some scatter crytals to compliment your place names maybe?

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Whichever route you decide, lots of deep and rich cadbury purple or more subtle smatterings it’s a beautiful colour and theme for a wedding day.

  

Images & Recognition

  

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  1. Bridesmaids Dresses – Courtesy of Irenee’s Bridal by Design – https://www.facebook.com/Irenee-Bridal-by-Design-623412427741388/
  2. Bridal Bouquet – Courtesy of Sister Sister Bouquets – http://www.facebook.com/SSBOUQUETS/
  3. Wedding Garter – Courtesy of Moonrise Garters – https://www.facebook.com/moonrise.garters?fref=ts
  4. Wedding Cupcake Tower – Andrias Cakes, Scarborough – https://www.facebook.com/Andrias-cakes-193882577376464/
  5. Scatter Crystals – popscreen.com
  6. Purple Fingernails – facebook.com
  7. Purple Candy Cart – Courtesy of A Sweet Sweet Display Event Decoration & Hire – https://www.facebook.com/asweetsweetdisplay?fref=ts
  8. Purple Postbox – Pinterest – http://www.wedding-postbox.com

A wedding cake just isn’t complete without a proud bride and groom standing on top. There are of course plenty to choose from as with most things to do with weddings, but a personalised cake topper is a great way to add a special touch to the day and always makes a great talking point among your guests. So, today I introduce Shantel’s Cake Toppers, and here’s what she had to say to us;

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Q: Tell us a little bit about Shantel’s Cake Toppers and how you got started.

I first started up my business back in 2011 when my husband and I decided to re-new our wedding vows. I was looking into buying a cake topper, when I decided it would be quite fun to make it myself! My first one was awful, but with a little practice and patience they have vastly improved. I’m still learning new techniques and thinking of new ideas now, 4 years later!

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Q: What has been your most bizarre request for a cake topper and why?

I once had an enquiry from a lady who wanted a ‘divorce cake topper’ She wanted herself on the top of the cake, looking down at her marine ‘ex’ at the bottom of the cake – as if he’d fallen! I didn’t waste much time telling her this wasn’t something I wanted to be associated with – there was no way I would make something quite so disturbing! I’ve had many other requests which I have been happy to make including the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, bride and groom in a hot air balloon – even a groom giving the bride a piggy back, and a bride holding a groom in her arms!

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Q: How long does it take you to make a cake topper?

A ‘standard’ cake topper usually takes about a week at the most. I don’t work all the time, I have to fit it in around other things, and I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so I have to pace myself.

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Q: What advice can you pass on to our Brides to Be when it comes to planning their wedding day? (It can be anything).

Some very simple advice I would pass on to a bride to be is this:

  

 ”Always kiss hello and goodbye, even if you’re mad at each other!”

  

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Q: What’s been your biggest achievement to date? (It doesn’t have to be wedding related).

My biggest achievement to date would be starting up my own cake topper business, and sticking at it when things were tough. And of course, I couldn’t have done it without my husbands help :)

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Q: How do Brides to Be go about getting one of your amazing cake toppers?

Brides to be can find me on https://www.facebook.com/shantelscaketoppers where they will find all the information and examples they need.

  

Such amazing works of art! Of course your wedding cake will more than likely appear in your wedding album and be one of your stand out memories with one of these stunningly detailed cake toppers stood on top! Please pop over to Shantel’s Facebook page if you want to see more examples of her talented work and of course if you want to get one for yourself or someone else you know is getting married!

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shantelscaketoppers

Good Morning everyone. I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday and enjoying sunshine wherever you are! There’s no better time than on a lazy Sunday morning to catch up with all the wedding chat that’s been going on, on our wedding blog at Moonrise Bridal.

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We had the pleasure of sharing the beautiful and vibrant wedding of Pamela and Amanda. A gorgeous wedding ceremony followed by a wonderful garden reception. Notice the lighting through the trees and all the pom poms! A lovely reminder of what marriage and weddings is all about!

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Read more about Amanda and Pamela’s Wedding Day and find out what their best wedding buys were and where they got them from!

  

I then had the pleasure of introducing you to Sister Sister Bouquets. A family run business with loads of experience in the floristry sector who make absolutely stunning bridal bouquets from silk, foam and other materials!

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See more of their stunning bridal bouquets and find what out what Claire had to say when we caught up with her!

  

Finally we took the liberty of pinching a post feature for ourselves and looked at wedding corsets to go beneath the wedding dress, along with what a corset will do for you and your figure!

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Take a look at some of the different styles of wedding corset you can choose from and which would suit your style of wedding dress.

  

Well that’s pretty much it for another quick round up!

  

Enjoy the rest of your lazy Sunday!

  

Love

  

Tanya

  

xx

It’s been a little while since we last looked at wedding flowers for the wedding day, so today I’d like to  introduce a relatively new business, Sister Sister Bouquets. A family business, they specialise in artificial wedding flowers and bouquets, and have a wealth of experience in the world of floristry. Let’s see what Claire had to say when I caught up with her!

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Q: Tell us a little more about Sister Sister Bouquets. How you started and how long you’ve been going.

We are a fairly new business. Just over a year ago I was made redundant from a different industry & was looking at a complete change. I wanted to have a job that you did not feel like you needed a holiday from, I enjoy doing what I am doing now and every day is different. Sister Sister Bouquets is a family team with just over 20 years of experience in silk & dried flower arranging. We all have different strengths and feel we work well together to achieve our best results.  We specialise in everlasting artificial bouquets designed from silk, foam, fabric flowers and brooches. We are 100% committed to working with brides to achieve a bouquet that will not only be a part of their special day but will make the perfect keepsake for many years.

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Q: What advice can you give our Brides to be when it comes to choosing flowers for their wedding day?

We know brides are trying to match colours for their wedding but we suggest instead of trying to match the same colour, look at flower types & colours that complement your theme. For example, not many flowers come naturally in the colour grey, however using a yellow flower will complement your grey items perfectly. We can work with brides to create a bespoke bouquet just for them, using flower types they like.

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Q: What can Brides expect to get when they come to Sister Sister Bouquets & what makes you stand out from other wedding florists?

We want all our bouquets to look as natural as possible. We spend time working through ideas & designs with our brides to make sure their own personality & style is reflected in their bouquet.  We pride ourselves on 100% excellent feedback, high quality. Excellent service is at the heart of our business.

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Q: When would you advise Brides to be getting their wedding flowers booked and can you suggest a typical budget?

We recommend booking with us at least 6 - 9 months before your wedding day. even though our designs are created using artificial flowers we do see seasonal variation.  We like to keep all our packages affordable as we know how costly weddings quickly add up, our luxury silk bridal bouquets start at £65 or foam bouquets start at just £30.

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Q: What has been your biggest achievement to date?

There is no better feeling than knowing that you have made someone happy when you witness a bride see their wedding package for the first time or receiving positive feedback, it is so rewarding. You feel like you have been on the planning journey with them, it’s so exciting when you see photos of your wedding bouquets in action.

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Q: What does the future have in store for Sister Sister Bouquets?

We will be attending wedding fairs in the winter months & look forward to Brides to Be seeing our bouquets. We are aiming to achieve as many variations of bouquets as we possibly can, we are always keen to try and create new designs, this is what makes your bridal bouquet bespoke to you.

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Some wonderful and stunning bridal bouquets, and I think they look amazing being made from artificial material such as silks, foams and fabrics! If you’d like to find out more about Claire and Sister Sister Bouquets, then feel free to get in touch with her using her details below:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSBOUQUETS/

 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SSBOUQUETS

 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/sistersisterbouquets/

 

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/SisterSisterBouquets

Real wedding features are fast becoming a real favourite and everyone’s clearly very special in their own ways but this one really strikes a chord and is an absolutely wonderful reminder of what marriage is all about; love, commitment and above all happiness! A huge congratulations to Pamela and Amanda, thank you for sharing your wonderful day with here at Moonrise Bridal!

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Image: Phil Davidson Storybook Photography

Q: Tell us about the proposal or tell us a little bit about how you met.

Amanda & I met five years ago at work we are both Midwives and met when I came to work at her hospital, we had an instant connection and although I was in a male-female relationship at the time knew I’d found my soul mate. Amanda proposed to me just before my 50th birthday last year and we got engaged in Brighton the weekend after my birthday in September.

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Image: Phil Davidson Storybook Photography

Q: When & where did you get married?

July 25th was the date we married. We had two weddings on the same day. A registry office in the morning for family, and a big garden blessing at Amanda’s Dad’s place.

 

Q: What style of dress did you choose & why? Where did you get it from?

I originally bought a Sonsie Veronique dress off e-bay which was very heavy & structured, but then I tried on a princess style dress at Wed2be and fell in love, and despite being the wrong side of 50 and a plus size I felt amazing in it. Amanda wore a beautiful sage green trouser suit that was unusual and so totally her, she looked fantastic. We both wore irregular choice shoes, red for me & cream for her, with rainbow striped sneakers & flip flops from Rocket dog for later in the day.

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Image: Phil Davidson Storybook Photography

Q: What colour/ theme did you choose for your wedding day?

We went for rainbow colours, I mean what else is there for a gay wedding!

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Q: What did you decide upon for your reception?

We married on the lawn which we decorated with 6 meter Bali flags and wool pom poms running down the aisle (we handmade and trimmed almost 1000 pom poms). The reception around the pool, as we didn’t want people going in the pool we decorated it with huge helium balloons suspended on fishing wire so it looked like they were floating in air, the marque was decorated with varying sizes of honeycomb pom poms and paper lampshade with a bespoke paper sculpture in the center, as it went dark the surrounding trees came to life in many colours as my wonderful brother (and best man) had spent the previous very wet day setting up the lighting.

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For food we did a BBQ with lots of salads, a sundae bar for desert was a hit with everyone. We provided drinks and our bar was stocked with wine, beer and soft drinks (we decided against spirits), we also did a hot drink bar, this was also a big hit with people and the idea came from going to a garden wedding earlier in the year and by 6pm really wanting a hot drink but there wasn’t any. When the party ended at midnight we had people camping in the bottom field and we all moved down there for a nightcap around a campfire. Our bridal suite was made for us by Amanda’s stepmum who created us a space in a shed with carpets and a tented ceiling and fairy lights it was so lovely.

 

Q: Do you have any hints or tips that you would pass on to brides that are planning their own wedding? (Anything that you wouldn’t bother doing if you had to do it again, or anything that you definitely would recommend doing).

Don’t go overboard on your budget, its amazing what you can accomplish on a tight budget and no one should spend years paying off a wedding.

 

We totally overestimated the amount of wine people would drink, we did two booze runs to France and honestly one would of done (it’s going to be a very merry xmas in our house!). If you’re having an outdoor wedding, think about providing hot drinks, we bought a water boiler off eBay and did tea, coffee, hot chocolate & herbal teas. Instead of a candy cart we filled plastic fishbowls (from poundland) with rainbow sweets and placed them on a big round table with the cake in the center.  Pinterest is your friend! We got so many ideas.

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Paper Sculpture & Wedding Dressing by Vicky Barrett.

Q: Did you have an absolute bargain buy, and what was it?

I joined the facebook site, wedding items for sale and sourced some great bargains off it, although you do read about a lot of people being scammed, I was very lucky they included;

 

StoryBook Photography by Phil Davidson, Phil was so good and an absolute delight to have around, we hate having our photo taken but he really put us at ease and was very reasonable.

 

Grandads Potting Shed made our guest book that was a garden jenga with our married name and the date of the wedding; we provide a pot full of coloured sharpies and loved our messages that we will see every time we play with it.

 

Mrs Pott’s Cakery made our cake, I didn’t find her on that page but her page was liked by a friend over a year ago, I spotted a version of our cake and fell in love, her price was very good and the cake was lovely.

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Q: What was your most favorite part of the day?

Amanda & I have four children between us (although my three boys are not strictly children anymore!) and at the afternoon blessing the three boys walked us in and during the service Amanda’s Daughter and my eldest & youngest did readings they were very special, and the boys and Amanda’s daughter did their own vows to each other becoming brothers and sister and her & I did our own vows to tell everyone that we were now mother and daughter (it was the first time I’d cried all day!!) but to be honest the whole day was beyond perfect from the beginning and travelling in the car with my Dad to sitting round a campfire still in my dress.

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Image: Phil Davidson Storybook Photography

Q: What advice would you pass on to brides for their actual wedding day itself?

Don’t stress! There comes a point when you just have to hand over control to other people and let them get on with it, it is only one day and time goes so fast don’t waste it, let others take the strain they really don’t mind. At points in the day take time to just step back with your other half and take it all in. Have flat shoes on hand it’s a long day. Enjoy it, just enjoy it we did!!!

Thank you once again to Pamela & Amanda for sharing their wonderful Wedding Day with us all, some great advice on planning a great wedding and keeping control of the pennies, some excellent ideas and what a magical setting! We wish you all the very best for the future and a very long and happy marriage!