Be the best conditioned bride you can be

 

Ok so this one is more for the ladies. Be the best bride you can be is about you on your wedding day in peak condition. Since all eyes will be on the bride it kind of makes sense to be in the best place physically, emotionally, mentally. So we have come up with a plan which starts from three months counting down. Three months is enough time to make changes. Lets face it your wedding day is the one day where all eyes will be on you. You are the star of the show – Don’t let hubby to be tell you otherwise!

The Three month Plan

Eating well

Diet

The two main things to get from diet is

  1. Keep hydrated
  2. Eat good clean food

You want to have lots of energy and avoid lethargy.  Find your local greengrocer in your town and explore the fresh vegetable and fruits aisles. As a counter from eating and testing all those cakes you want to balance by eating foods that give you fuel.

Drink lots of water – Your partner will think you are glowing and shiny because of the strong love between you. Well that is of course true, but another factor which you don’t need to publicise is the copious amount of water you have been drinking.

Exercise

Let run through the demands. In one day your body will have to:

  • Long day – Waking super early and to bed very late
  • Go long periods without your regular feeding times
  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Holding poses
  • Keeping still
  • Smiling…After few hours your jaws will be super stiff
  • Wearing a very heavy dress without the strongest or practical shoes!
  • The wedding dance

and thats not to include any stress whatsoever !

So by working backwards what do we want to achieve. You don’t want to look like a body builder – Aim for a French exquisite look, where wedding guest will remember the words elegant, graceful, delicate and extremely beautiful.  99% of wedding gowns are designed this way so you will have less customisation to do.

Go for tone. Things like yoga, swimming, Maybe some high intensity training to work on losing some inches. You don’t need to spend much money, nor add hours to your already busy daily ritual. Just thirty minutes a day at home.

Planks

Planks

Simply lie down face down and with elbows to the floor try and maintain a straight posture. Holding this position for a while is going to work your abs, back and core. The Plank is one of the best exercises for core conditioning yet it also works your bum and hamstrings, supports proper posture and improves balance.      This is the ker-ching your wedding body has been waiting for.

The test is that if you can’t hold a plank for 120 seconds, you’re either a) too fat, b) too weak, or c) doing something wrong in your workouts. A fit, healthy person should be able to hold on for two-minutes before feeling the burn.

 

If you’ve been good and started 12 weeks back you would most likely be in good shape. Take plenty of rest by ‘trying’ to get to bed and sleep at an early hour.

Above all, amidst the stress, you can peace out and have moments of pleasure for yourself. It’s your wedding – Enjoy it 🙂

Five wedding trends for 2019, according to experts

 
2019 - Year of bright colours

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Olivia Petter has written an article collating just what couples to be or should be planning for 2019 to make their special day the wedding of the year.

As summer typically denotes the end of the wedding season all that means is the start of planning for next years events.

Click here to see the original 2019 trends article

Five wedding trends for 2019, according to experts

The key pointers thus far are:

‘Practical’ dresses

Having the odd pocket to be comfortable and keep confidence from waining looks to be the way its going. Also, that creature comforts around the dress design. So for example trains which are not too long so transition of wear throughout the day to be more seamless.

Colour everywhere

As Rihanna said ‘Shine bright like a diamond; Well not so much about bright but definitely more colours – We are talking reds, pinks and even oranges to take a more prominent role in all things from bridesmaid dresses to floral arrangements.

‘Conscious’ Keep it Green Ceremonies

Going Eco is actually a thing that is spreading to all areas including a thought on the smaller details of a couples main event. From removing plastic to organic menus and flowers that can be replanted.  This in a large part is being driven by Princess Eugenie who revealed that her wedding to Jack Brooksbank will be completely plastic-free.

Marriage Tech

The use of drones being used by some couples has risen significantly in recent years. To get that money shot drones are great for taking memorable pictures and video at a height capturing not just a person but the ambiance of a wider scene.

Engagement Moons

Going on your honeymoon BEFORE you get married !?  Yes you read it here. It seems couples are indeed choosing to go away during their engagement rather than soon after we are calling them Mr. & Mrs. Apparently, weddings cost a tonne of dosh and after splashing out for the big day there may not be all that much left in the bank account to spend on a margarita and sun.

Actress HILARY Swank secretly marries in forest near her home

 
Hilary Swank marries

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The actress Hilary Swank ties the knot with social entrepreneur Philip Schneider in a stunning yet intimate wedding location close to her California home.

Alexandra Macon of Vogue detailed the joys for us.

Actress Wears Elie Saab Couture and Christian Dior at Her Wedding in the Redwoods

Hilary wore a white lace and embroidered dress by Ellie Saab Couture for her fairytale ceremony. Mariska Hargitay served as her maid of honour while fellow actor and Supernatural star Misha Collins were amongst the guests.

The gown comprised of 25 meters of Chantilly lace, eight meters of silk chiffon, furthermore six meters of organza silk. It took 150 hours to create with 70 hours of that focused exclusively on embroidery. Seven people made the dress, including three seamstresses, two petites mains, one patternmaker, and above all, the head of the atelier. “I have loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled he designed my dress,” Hilary says. “I wanted something romantic that felt as timeless as the redwood grove where we were to be married, and he consequently delivered. Designing something that far surpassed my greatest expectations, as a result it was certainly everything I imagined and more.”

Of the setting, most noteworthy, “It was timeless. There is just no other way to describe it.” explained Hilary. The couple said their vows in intimate redwood grove populated with trees that are over 800 years old.

Til Darth Do Us Part: Star Wars mad bride led down the aisle by R2-D2

 
Star Wars themed wedding

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Usually there is one part of the couple to be with a fantasy to but we have heard of a wedding where both parties have a deep passion for all things Star Wars.

 

And thereoin was born a Star Wars themed wedding with R2 D2 and Storm Troopers Tom Belger of the Liverpool Echo reports.

To read more click here: Til Darth Do Us Part: Star Wars mad bride led down the aisle by R2-D2

 

 

Why Do Brides Wear Veils?

 

Ever wonder why brides wear veils on their wedding day. What is the significance of that delicate fabric covering your face? That can only be removed when it is time for the groom to kiss the bride.

Ellen Scott just got the answer to that.

Why do brides wear veils on their wedding day?

Veils came into practice at different points in different cultures, and have seen dips and increases in their popularity. But here are the main reasons and theories behind a bride’s NEED to wear a veil.

Brides wear veils to ward off demons

Wedding veils started being a thing in Roman times, when brides were covered from head to toe in a massive red veil called ‘flammeum’.

Why? Because Romans were scared of evil spirits popping into the ceremony to curse the couple. They thought that making it look like the bride was on fire would scare them off. Makes sense.

Brides wear veils to symbolise their virginity

And their ‘purity’. Agh.

It’s all to do with being covered, and the veil being a thinly veiled (pun intended) reference to the hymen. Veil intact, virginity intact. So you can go right ahead and get wedded.

Brides have their veils lifted as a sign of ownership

Think about it this way: whoever unwraps a present is the owner, right?So through the ages, tradition has stated that the father of the bride must lower the veil on his daughter’s face, in order to ‘gift’ her to her new husband.

For full list, please go here.
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Weirdest Wedding Traditions Around the World

 
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Each country have their own wedding traditions. These traditions are usually evident as most wedding couples would like to follow them for good luck.

Here are some weirdest wedding traditions as collated by Charlotte Long.

15 of the weirdest wedding traditions from around the world

Shoe’ll be sorry! In India the groom traditionally removes his shoes while he walks down the aisle. The bride’s side of the family will then attempt to steal them while the groom’s side protects them from being stolen.

Oh my cod, stop beating my feet with fish! Ah weddings, so romantic, particularly the part when you have your feet beaten with fish and canes the night before. In South Korea it’s tradition for the groomsmen to do just that to prove the groom’s strength of character. And put him off fish ‘n’ chips for life, you would think.

La Soupe (Toilet soup in France) Yes you read correctly. After the wedding in France, tradition sees friends of the bride and groom put all  leftovers from dinner in the toilet pan and then force the newly-weds to drink out of it.

This is Sparta! In Spartan culture, it was custom for women to shave their heads and dress like a man before being kidnapped by their future hubby. Now that’s a future wedding waiting to happen on Don’t Tell The Bride.

Urine my life forever Newlyweds in the Tidong community in Northern Borneo are to stay in a house together for three days without going to the toilet to ensure they have a wee-ly great marriage.

For full list, please go here.
Do you have any other wedding tradition you can add to the list? We would love to hear from you.

Things That Go Through Every Bride’s Head When Shopping For A Wedding Dress

 
Photo Credits : Elle UK

Photo Credits : Elle UK

Every girl dream of wearing that perfect wedding dress on their wedding. So shopping for the perfect one is one crucial part of the wedding planning.

Marie Claire’s Caroline Leaper listed a few things that are going through every bride’s head while shopping for a wedding dress.
‘Does ivory even suit me?’ 
And what actually is the difference between pearl, off-white and just plain regular cream?‘That sales assistant is a dick…’
She’s snooty, she’s trying to up your budget, and she’s making all the wrong noises when yanking you into that corset. You always wear a size 12, and she better know it.
‘I’m starving / sleepy/ mentally exhausted…’ 
These dresses are heavier than all of your other clothes combined and you’re putting them on and taking them off at an alarming speed. Forget the pre-wedding diet, this is your workout.
‘Why isn’t this more like a movie?’ 
‘Why aren’t we all swilling champagne while onlookers gather to tell me how lovely I look? Why isn’t my mum even crying?’
Upon trying on dress number 24…
‘I’m a failure. My friends / bridesmaids / own mother are so bored right now and totally hate me.’ Spoiler; all will be forgiven when you finally find The One and you’ll be looking back and LOL-ing in Costa before you know it.
How about you? What goes through your head when shopping for your wedding dress?

Best Hotels In The UK For Wedding Venues

 
Photo Credit: Telegraph UK

Photo Credit: Telegraph UK

Aside from having the perfect wedding gown, another thing wedding couples need to take time to think and pick is their wedding venue. Usually, the wedding theme depends on the venue they select.

So if you are planning your wedding in a hotel, here are some of the best hotel choices you have in the UK according to the Telegraph UK.

The best hotels for wedding venues in the UK

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire

A wedding breakfast by Raymond Blanc? Oui. This 15th-century manor house, complete with a two Michelin-starred restaurant is a gourmet lovers’ dream place in which to tie the knot. For intimate ceremonies, choose one of the suites which can cater for up to 14 guests; alternatively do it outside at the pretty tea house pavilion. Reception parties take place in La Belle Epoque conservatory restaurant, which opens onto a walled garden. For larger parties there’s an exclusive-use option for up to 170 guests, which includes use of all 32 individually designed suites, champagne bar, personalised stationery and use of the 27-acre grounds. Tip: commission Chef Patissier Benoit Blin to create a French croque-en-bouche instead of a traditional cake and book the dazzlingly white Blanc de Blanc suite for the wedding night.

Foxhill Manor, near Broadway, Cotswolds

This fabulously stylish boutique retreat is in a world of its own in the green-and-glorious Farncombe Estate. Wedding parties take over the entire eight-bedroom Arts & Crafts mansion, complete with glamorous sitting room, impressive views and butler service. You choose your ideal spot for the ceremony – perhaps ballroom, terrace or garden – and subsequent celebrations. Oak suite, with a stone fireplace and his and hers slipper baths, is a spectacularly romantic wedding-night room. Their guests can choose to stay at Foxhill or Farncombe’s other hotels nearby, mid-priced Dormy House (which also offer exclusive use; say ‘I do’ in either the Garden Room or Garden Pagoda) and, less costly, The Fish.

Claridge’s, London

The capital’s best Art Deco hotel in Mayfair is the location for a high-end city wedding. The fairytale ballroom, which can hold up to 400 guests, is ideal for larger celebrations, but there are six other rooms for ceremonies and receptions, including the intimate French Salon. A wedding coordinator is available to take the pressure off and organise extras such as lighting, stationery, transport, entertainment and the cake. And don’t worry about flowers, Claridge’s has in-house florist McQueens. With a wine list of 250 champagnes and wines and menus designed by award-winning chef Martyn Nail, the wedding breakfast is a treat, as are the enormous Art Deco suites for the wedding night.

Hintlesham Hall, Hintlesham, Suffolk

Four rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies and weddings at this elegant, orangey-pink hued Elizabethan manor set in 175 acres near Ipswich. Largest is the Georgian-style Salon (accommodating 100 guests), while the Justice Room (for up to 20) is the most intimate, overlooking the formal gardens. Of the 33 rooms available, the spacious Cherry Orchard suite with galleried bedroom, or the stunning Braganza suite with lounge area, are best for pre-wedding preparation, and there’s dedicated team, including in-house toastmaster, to assist with all arrangements.

For full list of the best hotels in the UK, please go here.

New Wedding Etiquette Rules For The Digital Generation

 

As time evolve and a new era is born, everything is changing to cope up with it. And weddings are no exception.

Photo Credit: Evening Standard

Photo Credit: Evening Standard

Each generation brings out new things that influence the planning and outcome of a wedding.

Liz Connor of Evening Standard has listed some new wedding etiquette for the digital generation.

7 new rules of wedding etiquette for the digital generation

These are the new rules of getting hitched in the modern age.

Send out e-invites

Millennials know that receiving post, other than bills, is a novelty, and that most of us organise our lives over our smartphones. That’s probably why 53 per cent of those polled believe it’s perfectly acceptable for the bride and groom to send out e-invitations to guests instead of formal cards.

Send your well-wishes over Facebook

The same also applies to invitees – it’s bad form not to congratulate your couple-to-be, but according to 61 per cent of those polled, it’s perfectly fine to toast a newly married couple on social media instead of sending a card.

Vet your social media posts

Newlywed Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh recently issued stickers with her wedding invitations for guests to cover their phone camera lens in order to abide by an imposed wedding ‘photography ban.’ Celebrity ego? Apparently not; Forty-five per cent of people agreed they would consider a social media ban at their wedding asking guests to refrain posting pictures until the following day.

Embrace modern table favours

Move aside sugared almonds and personalised chocolates – according to future brides, they wouldn’t rule out putting a selfie stick on each table to make sure their guests remember to capture their big day.

For full list, click here.

Biggest Wedding Hair Trends for 2016

 

Every bride looks absolutely gorgeous on their wedding day. It may be due to the overflowing happiness that they are feeling it radiates to how they look.

Add a very gorgeous hairstyle that will compliment how you feel and you are the most perfect bride.

Here are some of the biggest wedding hair trends for 2016 according to Glamour Magazine.

10 of the biggest wedding hair trends for 2016

Sparkly headbands:
A special accessory for a special day? Absolutely! A gorgeous pearl or glitzy Alice band will add an extra pretty touch to any hairstyle.

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Bows:
Pretty bows (in the form of headbands or as individual little bows) add a subtle touch of class and style to any style.

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Low buns:
A sleek and elegant low bun is a classic choice for any bride. It also means you can choose any wedding dress style you desire.

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Quiffs:
A gorgeously soft, feminine quiff is the perfect addition to a classic updo.

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Side ponytails:
Make like Kate and opt for a classic ponytail, but with a twist. This style looks great with curly or straight locks.

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine UK

Which one would you prefer to wear on your wedding day?

 

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