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Tablescapes – Setting the Scene

So I’m sure you’ve heard of table settings or dressing the table, but what exactly is a tablescape? Well in fairness, not that different from table settings or dressing a table. The difference lies in that every item upon your table tops – such as centrepieces, linen, crockery, cutlery, glassware, place cards, menus and décor were all chosen specifically and for a reason.

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Tablescapes are designed, planned and created to add that WOW statement to your event and wedding. They are focal points, they can change and impact upon the feel and mood of your meal and they set the scene, showcasing objects or enhancing and projecting an overall theme to your day.

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Pinterest and Blogs are filled with images of tablescapes and there are so many to take inspiration from. They really are like mini landscapes of tabledoms (ok I made that word up, but a table kingdom doesn’t quite sound right!) created by marvellous vision and style. Budget dependent, these can be things of absolute marvel and wonder, or kept clean, simple and stylish.

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If you want to build tablescapes into the styling of your wedding, knowing where to start might be quite a daunting thought. Fear not! Help is at hand. Firstly, you need to think about a theme or colour scheme you may have. This will help guide you in a direction, so all elements join and flow seamlessly together, making each eventually feel as if they belong in one big tablescape harmony (I get carried away easily I’m afraid!)

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Secondly, think about what flowers you are having and whether you can use these as your centrepieces. Centrepieces are a big part of the tablescape! They don’t always have to be floral, but (and if you’re anything like me and adore all things floral) they help create a focal point and look simply stunning. Yes, they are tradional but if you have a vision in mind or have seen something you want to create, ask your florist or whoever is doing your flowers, if you can do something similar, traditional, modern or otherwise!

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Thirdly – what linen will you be choosing, or will you be having the table surface on show? There are so many new and wonderful linens on the market, so you don’t have to settle for just plain white or ivory. So many textures, materials, effects and colours are on offer, so do a little research and have a play around; matching different materials, layers and colours. Mix and match tablecloths with napkins and order samples, see what you can create. Also play around with napkin folding and styles. It sounds daft, but honestly, there are sooo many ways of folding a napkin! If you don’t believe me, look it up, or look at the way different restaurants display theirs. (Working in a 5* hotel has certainly given me good napkin training…ok…observation…my folding skills leave a lot to be desired!) Depending on the type of starter you are serving or where you have place cards / menus, and the type of plates, this could impact the fold of the napkin too.

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Next up is the crockery and cutlery. Some venues may have specifics that they require you to use, but you can add the creativity into the centrepieces etc. If you have the flexibility to choose your own, then see what you can find and order. Look at images and blogs, find hire companies or ask your caterer/planner to help. Order samples and see what works. Yes, it’s a slightly painstaking task, but it doesn’t have to be, it can be fun…and if you don’t want to do it, then having a wedding planner and stylist who does this kind of thing for a living, may be just the right option for you! There are so many shapes and styles out there; including charger plate options and cutlery now comes in different styles and metals too. Think about your theme and overall style of the day and pick what you think will work with the rest of your items on the tables.

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Glassware may again be restricted by venues, but depending on what drinks you are serving, you can have as many or as little glasses on the table as you wish. There are many options available to you and if you are wine experts…and I don’t mean you manage to get through a bottle a night…then you will understand the type of glass the wine is served in has an effect on the taste. All little details, but this is where tablescapes come into their own…the details are all important!

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Stationery…the design and style may well have already been chosen and that is fine! The placement of these can be what you have fun playing around with. Set up an example table at home and place the table number, menu and place cards (you may have joined the two together) in different places – above, on or to the side of the plate. Again, think about if the food is already going to be served at the table (don’t then put anything on the plate or charger plate as guests won’t see it!) and make sure it’s visible.

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You may have other décor such as props, table crystals, quizzes or photos that you would like positioned upon the table. If you have kept the table quite simple, these may look great, however if you have gone quite floral and crockery / cutlery and glassware heavy, then consider how much you need on there. You want everything to look polished and that it all belongs, not just thrown together and everything piled on there just because.

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Remember, the idea of a tablescape is to be planned, designed and created to add that wow statement to your wedding. It needs to evoke emotions and really set the scene and enhance the styling. However, you don’t need to spend all your time planning the design and creating it and getting stressed about it, but some thought does need to go into it. Have fun in the design and really show off your style!

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Words by Emma

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Get me to the church on time…Wedding Transport

Often the most overlooked element of wedding planning but actually rather important is the transport and how you will be getting from A to B. Without organising this crucial part you will not be getting to the church on time or leaving for your honeymoon. Ok, I mean I’m sure you can probably find a willing volunteer for a lift or book a taxi, but really! You want to be arriving in style don’t you? The other aspects of the day are picture perfect, and so should that car or carriage!

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You need to think about when you will require the transport and where, also quantities of people. The first and probably most important part (if you’re not already at your venue having stayed the night before!) is how you are getting to your ceremony. How far away is it? What time do you need to be there? How many people need to get there with you? Depending on the mode of transport this could mean different answers.

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A vintage car will suit a very classic wedding. However you need to bear in mind it is vintage, i.e. older…it will take a little longer than modern cars and you need to allow time to travel. If you’re choosing a super car, I think a lovely red Ferrari or yellow Lamborghini might go down a treat, then you have nothing to worry about (just check for any speed bumps at the venue – low cars are not ideal!) It’s always best to ask the transport company their advice and timings and they will be able to help, no matter what you will be travelling in. Do a reccy beforehand also, so you can plan the day minute by minute.

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A horse drawn carriage looks super romantic, but might take a while longer and is probably best for shorter distances. You might like to arrive in a car and then take a carriage to your reception venue if it isn’t far (for the indecisive types like myself, this is a winning deal, budget depending of course!).

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The bridal party need to be considered also. You may need one or two cars extra to fit everyone in. Usually it’s bride and dad or mum in the lead car with the bridesmaids and rest of the bridal party following in additional cars. Make sure the Bridal car stands out though! You want to be noticed after all. You may also like to choose cars for your bridesmaids with a carriage, but it entirely depends on numbers, needs, wants and budgets.

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The second stage of the journey is from ceremony to reception venue. It may be that you have one venue for all, in which case you have no need to worry! If you have a different one then it is likely you will use the bridal car or carriage to get you to your venue. The bridal party may need to find their own way there or alternatively you can keep the other cars until you reach the reception. However you may decide this may stretch the budget, so it’s worth looking at all options.

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If you have a lot of people (and not much space for parking!) you need to ferry from venue to venue, then you might like to consider a vintage or old fashioned route master bus. Such a fun way to transport the masses and it looks pretty good too, making for wonderful photo opportunities. Similarly a tractor and trailer might work wonderfully well for a rustic or farm wedding (being a farm girl, this would suit me to a tea, although I may need a horse and an old Rolls thrown in for good measure!)

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Now, I’m sure a boat can be used on some ways, especially if you have your venue on an island in a lake or along a canal or moat or something equally impressive (dreaming of castles and moats now!) but I would say this is a slightly rarer form of transportation. However, that being said, if the venue fits and the opportunity arises, then why not! The same could be said for a bicycle, Vespa, motorcycle, penny farthing…

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A final consideration may be if you are leaving the evening of your wedding…will you be getting in your car with cans and ‘Just Married’ attached? Maybe you have a love for a vintage VW campervan – too cute! If not, think about booking a taxi or a chauffeur driven car…I think it’s only fair to spoil yourself a little on your wedding day! Hmm…how about a helicopter now I come to think about it…

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Words by Emma

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Suits your Sir! Top tips to getting your Wedding Suit right.

One for the Grooms or the men in your life this week (if they don’t follow us…then casually hint to them to read this, it will be worth it!) It’s not just the women who want to look their best on their big day and remember those photos will last a lifetime, so you want to stay looking sharp all day long.

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The wonderful Alexandra Wood, a top Bespoke Tailor and one of our preferred suppliers, gives us her top tips on choosing your wedding day attire and tips for the day itself.

1 – Three piece is an ideal look. When you’re hot from heat or because of nerves, this allows you to stay looking smart all day long.

2 – Choose a colour that flatters you, not flattens you.

3 – Choose a plain, smooth fabric. Patterned fabrics can distort through a camera lens.

4 – Purchase two shirts. It’s a long day and people naturally sweat more than usual (it’s the nerves!) Therefore you’ll be thankful for a shirt change when it comes to the evening.

5 – Roll your sleeves up and take the jacket off to create a more relaxed (but still trendy) look for the evening. Fold carefully though, you want to make it look intentional.

6 – Remember to un-do your jacket every time you have your photo taken. If not, the lapels ride up and can ruin your photos.

7 – Wearing a two button suit? Never close both. Always just the top button.

8 – In general, three piece suits look better open when the ceremony is over.

9 – Go bespoke where possible. A suit that is cut to perfection will leave you feeling proud of those photos forever and unlike the bride, the suit can be worn again.

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See, we told you it would be worth reading! Such great tips and Alexandra really knows her stuff! Alexandra Wood Bespoke can help you design, create and co-ordinate your suit and make your day one to remember. You can find out a little more about Alexandra Wood Bespoke at: www.alexandrawoodbespoke.co.uk

Alexandra can also be found on Facebook  – http://www.facebook.com/alexandrawoodbespoke

And Twitter – @awbespoketailor

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Bloomin’ Marvellous – Summer Flowers

Here are a few of the stunning florals currently in season, that would be perfect for a Summer Wedding or Event.

Aster –Symbolises patience and contentment. It is also indicative of a love of variety. It also symbolises elegance and daintiness.

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Astilbe – Meaning I’ll still be waiting.

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Dahlias – When given as a gift, the dahlia flower expresses sentiments of dignity and elegance. It is also the symbol of a commitment and bond that lasts forever. The dahlia flower is still used today in gardens and flower arrangements to celebrate love and marriage.

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Delphinium – Symbolises Well being and sweetness.

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Gladioli –Symbolises strength of character, faithfulness and honour. The Gladiolus flower signifies remembrance.

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Hydrangea – Meaning Perserverance. and symbolises heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood.

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Phlox – Meaning Our souls are united.

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Rose – Symbolises love. It signifies love in its various forms. Its symbolism varies based on colour, variety and number.

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Sunflower – Signifies pure thoughts. It symbolises adoration and dedication. It is symbolic of dedicated love.

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Sweet Pea – Indicates delicate pleasure and bliss.

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Veronica – Meaning Fidelity.

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Words by Emma

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Being a Bridesmaid – The basics you need to know

So you’ve been asked to be a Bridesmaid…congratulations! One of the most exciting things to happen and possibly one of the biggest roles you will play in your friend’s life. No biggy! She trusts you…after all, you are one of her best friends or family and she wouldn’t have asked you if she didn’t want you!

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Sadly I have never been a bridesmaid. Shocking I know! A wedding planner and never been a bridesmaid…I don’t think this means I will always be the bride, if the saying is reversed, but first I do really want to be a bridesmaid…so any of my friends reading this…you know what to do! Anyway, despite my not being a one, I am lucky enough to have worked with and chatted to well over a hundred or so of these beauties, so know a thing about bridesmaid and maid of honour duties.

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I bet you were asked in a really cute way, this seems to be ‘the thing’ to do currently. So many inventive ways of asking, which I absolutely adore…and it’s basically excuse for another party or girly get together. I am all for those! Obviously you are going to accept / have accepted, but how to do it! I personally love a good written thank you note / card. Nobody seems to write these days, but I’m a traditionalist and I know you don’t have to formally accept being a bridesmaid but I think it’s a pretty sweet thing to do and the bride can always start to build a keepsake / scrapbook. If she isn’t then maybe you should think about starting one. This makes a great present on the morning of the wedding. A lovely personal touch means the world. Especially to a sentimental soul like myself. Pass the tissues!

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So down to duties…the Chief Bridesmaid or Maid of Honour has most responsibility. Above all, she will need to be calm and collected, reassuring the bride and super organised (Spread sheets and To Do Lists are key!) Before the big day you will have the hen do to plan and sort. Always consider the bride and what she will / won’t like and invite people you know she will want there. Think about budgets, locations and numbers and plan well in advance!

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Other things you may be asked to do before the wedding are:

  • Attending wedding dress shopping – woohoo! Shopping, girls together and usually a glass of fizzy. Maybe make a day of it and go for lunch or supper. Any excuse really!
  • Bridesmaid dress shopping – remember it isn’t your wedding, but hopefully the bride will respect that you all have a say. However, don’t whinge and sulk if you don’t like your dress! That won’t go down well.
  • Acting as support with any planning and in the lead up to the wedding. So important and it will keep the bride, sane!

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For the day itself, you will have several duties. Don’t worry, they are all manageable and hopefully you will have a few other bridesmaids to help (if not, then keep calm and you will be fine, remember you wouldn’t have been asked if she didn’t think you were the right person for the job!) Duties include:

  • Helping the bride into her dress and being around her while her hair and make-up is done. Your hair and make-up will probably be done at a similar time.
  • Keeping hold of any make-up or necessities for the day ahead. The bride won’t want to be carrying around a huge bag, but make sure you have the essentials to hand!
  • Looking after any small bridesmaids or flower girls.
  • Escorting the bridal party into the cars and waiting with them outside the ceremony venue, ready to enter with the bride.
  • Once the bride has stepped out the car / carriage etc helping to arrange her dress, veil and bouquet.  Making sure everyone is lined up and in order ready up to walk down the aisle.
  • Keeping hold of the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony, and handing it back to her before she is ready to walk out.
  • Exiting the ceremony venue on the arm of the best man (traditionally), and escorting the bridesmaids to the reception.
  • Communicate with the best man throughout the wedding day to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Perhaps arrange a meeting or talk to him before hand –he will have his own duties too!
  • Keeping an eye on the bride and looking after her, making sure she has everything she needs (be prepared for a bathroom trip and helping with the dress!)
  • You may be required to do a speech – if you have, make sure it’s rehearsed and you are prepared.
  • Helping the bride when she is about to ‘go away’. Assisting her into a different outfit and checking her dress, hair and make-up.
  • Arranging, with the best man, for champagne and flowers to be put in the couple’s wedding night room – it’s a kind gesture. Also liaise with the venue about moving any gifts and cards to the room or into cars if they are being taken that night.

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Now I know this seems a lot, but broken down, it really is manageable and although you are ultimately a personal PA for the day, remember it’s also going to be a whole lot of fun! You get to spend time with your friend / sister / sister-in-law and your friends and family, eat and drink lots and party. As long as you are keeping an eye on the bride and assisting with everything you need to, you are still allowed to have fun and hopefully it will be your turn to be the bride one day, if you haven’t been one already.

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Words by Emma

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Summer Lovin’

Summer is in full flow and we are Lovin’ it! Here’s a few reasons why…

  1. Warmer Temperatures – The degrees are increasing and even in occasional lack of sunshine, you still feel warmer and don’t feel the need to wear several layers!

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2. Light Evenings  – Dinner and drinks outside, after work and into the evening. Bliss!

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3. Picnics – Al fresco dining and adventures into the countryside.

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4. BBQ’s  – Just the smell brings a smile to our face.

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5. Summer Wardrobe  – Skirts, floaty dresses and camisoles. So pretty!

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6. Holidays! Need we say more!

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7. Social Events – The summer social calendar is upon us – Ascot, Wimbledon, Henley Regatta and Polo. Any excuse to dress up darling!

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8. Seasonal Produce  – Strawberries, Peaches, Tomatoes…

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9. Pimms O’Clock. One jug or two…

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10. Ice Cream – Bringing back heavenly and yummy childhood memories.

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11. Festivals…just because they are a whole lot of fun!

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12. Wedding Season…it’s what we do best after all!

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Words by Emma

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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The Look of Love – Wedding Hair and Make-Up

I think it’s fair to say that most of us (men included) want to look our best on our wedding day, or at least the best version of ourselves. This is where the wonders of make-up come in and who better to help you look your best than a professional make-up artist and hair stylist.

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Even those that don’t particularly like or wear make-up and barely do anything with their hair may choose their wedding day to actually make that step; sweeping on mascara, adding some lipstick and barrel rolling their hair. You may decide to do this yourself, but I always advise my brides (and bridesmaids) to invest in a professional. Not only does this take the stress away from yourself on the day of (and you can relax and feel pampered), but you have someone that knows how to make you look a million dollars and with the right products to do so (there are so many on the market now – personal faves are Mac, Nars and Laura Mercier). Plus, and this comes from experience from being on the stage when I was younger, lighting and photographs without make-up are not always the most flattering. Yes, there is Photoshop and a world of filters, but investing in good make-up is so worth it. I’m not talking heavy stage make-up (the thought already makes me cringe), but good products, applied professionally will make you look A-MAZING and I’m sure your photographer will love you even more!

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A professional can come in the form of a make-up artist and a hair stylist or one who does both, like one of our amazing preferred suppliers – Antonia at Elle Au Naturel. She really is amazing! Look for recommendations on blogs or from venues, friends and other suppliers.  Remember to book a few months in advance. The good ones can get booked up quickly!

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Once you’ve contacted a couple and have picked the one, always do a trial. Absolutely always! Take some cuttings or images of styles and looks you like. You may not look exactly like the photo but a professional will guide you through what will and won’t work and if you have any photos of your dress and perhaps cuttings of the material take these too. A trial is so valuable and will help eliminate any woes, stresses and problems that may occur on the day without one.

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Simple admin questions are usually worthwhile asking before the day in addition to a trial. Questions such as will it just be them or a team? Will they be doing just you the bride or all of the bridal party? What happens if they are unwell on the day – do they have a backup? How long will they need? How long will you need them for on the day and can they do that? Do they have any make-up they will be using to sell you – such as a lipstick, so you can reapply during the day if they aren’t there?  What would the costs be involved in all of these things? All valuable questions, so don’t be afraid to ask. Hair and Make-Up Wedmin tackled!

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For me I’m totally obsessed with make-up. From playing with my aunties when I was little through to working in Boots as a Saturday girl and being trained on No 7 – ta dah! (and ploughing all my hard earned money right back into the company, buying THE must have latest lip gloss or bronzer!) I have a keen interest in all things cosmetic and follow trends and styles, particularly within the wedding industry. Vintage is still a look I see a lot currently, in blogs and magazines but with real brides too. The classic red lip and cat eye sweeping eye liner work so well on many faces and skin tones. As does the ‘natural’ look – think pastels and barely there make-up. These two looks are by far my favourites and tend to be the most popular choices for a bridal look.

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If a classic look isn’t for you, then think about your style and go with what you feel most comfortable in on the day. Trends come and go and you would be wise to consider these as the photographic evidence could date, but ultimately be you and do what feels right. If you love a bright pink lip – go with that. Pillar box red nails – why not. A classic French mani doesn’t always have to be the choice! Do you love a smoky eye? Then maybe opt for that in the evening and have two looks!

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As an end thought – don’t do anything too drastic with your look just before the big day! If you’re thinking of having a facial or cutting your hair, don’t do these in the days just before your wedding! Trust me, I think I speak on behalf of make-up artists and hair stylists when I say this! Now where is that coral lipstick, perfect on a sunny summer’s day!

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Words by Emma.

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