My Adventures as an Absent Bridesmaid

2 Jul

Blush-Bridesmaid-DressesIn May last year, I was back in my home country (on the other side of the world to where I live with my husband in his country) to visit family and friends. As part of my grand tour of catching up, we met with two good friends from university, who had hooked up long after our campus days and were newly engaged to be married. We chatted and laughed over coffees, and they updated us on some of their wedding plans: their idea to have a decorative stack of cheese wheels instead of a traditional wedding cake, booking a photo booth (although their popularity for weddings was on the rise, I was yet to experience one!), and that another good friend of ours from university was even becoming ordained as a celebrant just so she could marry the two of them. So much fun!

After our cafe jaunt, we headed to a group picnic with a larger group of friends from college. Later, when everyone was heading home, the bride pulled me discretely aside and said with a smile, “Um, I didn’t want to ask in front of everyone, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about who I want to be part of my wedding, and who would be in my big-day posse. And I wondered if you would be one of my bridesmaids!” Continue reading

How to Find a Unique Vintage Engagement Ring

25 Jun

1 (2)Wondering whether to go vintage with your choice of engagement or wedding ring? Andrea Taylor from the jewellers Trumpet & Horn guest writes this week with advice on how to find the perfect ring with a classic twist.

An engagement ring is one of the most important purchases someone will make in their lifetime. While the monetary price associated with the ring needs to be considered, there is so much more to the decision than just that. An engagement ring is a reflection of the woman who wears it, so she is going to want something that is true to her style, as well as her individual personality. While every woman is unique, the same cannot be said about every engagement ring. Continue reading

Wedding Photography Bible

18 Jun

Uncertain how to go about planning your wedding photography and choosing a photographer to capture your special day? Peter Edwards Photography in Australia guest contributes this week with an infographic to help you decide the style of snaps for your big day, questions to ask when narrowing down the candidates for the job, and a checklist of photos from all the festivities. Continue reading

How to Survive a Destination Wedding

28 May

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Considering a destination wedding, and want to know what you might be in for? Recent bride Norah Martin guest blogs with tips from her first-hand experience of how to stay sane – and thrive! – during your destination wedding planning experience.

After all the excitement of getting engaged dies down, the big question that you (and others) will ask: where and when are you to get married? With millions of options available, having some clear ideas in mind is essential. Personally, my fiancé and I always knew we wanted to get married on a beach, all we had to do was choose one. We settled on Bora Bora, and slowly started planning our own destination wedding. Continue reading

Unusual Wedding Venues

22 May

You have dreamt about this day ever since you were a child. You imagined the groom, the dress, the make-up, the people and – no doubt – the venue. But when it comes to choosing your venue, this is going to be something you will remember for the rest of your life; don’t make it a cliché! Forget about big hotel receptions and ceremonies on the beach like you’ve seen in a zillion romantic comedies, Remi Mayer guest blogs with these tips on some truly unique locations around the world for your wedding.

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Bring Sentimental Moments to Your Special Day

8 May

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Your wedding is a sentimental experience by itself, but there are many small things you can do on your big day to contribute even more to that feeling. A wedding is a big celebration which will host many of your friends and family, but in the essence it belongs only to you and the person you’ve decided to spend your life with. Cristina Nika Kask guest blogs this week with some great ideas on how to make your “happily ever after” more personal.

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The Best Man Guide

16 Apr

Have you been asked to play best man for a loved one, but not sure what’s important (or how to organize the stag do)? Loyes Diamonds guest blogs this week with an infographic featuring advice on how to fulfil your bridal party duties to the groom-to-be! Continue reading

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