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Which wedding traditions can you do without??

Weddings are traditionally quite formal affairs in which strict protocols need to be followed. People wear certain things, it happens in a particular place, and there are traditions that must be upheld. Of course, some of parts of wedding must happen, otherwise the marriage wouldn’t be legal, but we have recently seen a move towards more customisation with engagements and weddings. Doing away with some of the more stuffy traditions leaves a little more room to make these events work best you as a couple, so read on to find out which traditions you can personalise…

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Of course, before you can get married you need to get engaged. Traditionally this is the time when the groom asked the bride’s father for her hand in marriage and then surprises her with an engagement ring to seal the deal. Now you may want to keep some or all of these elements when you get engaged but don’t forget that this is not the only way it can happen. For example, the proposal does not have to be a surprise. Indeed, many couples discuss this event beforehand to ensure that marriage is what they both want. Also, you don’t have to be surprised – there’s no problem in choosing a ring for yourself. And you can stick to your own personal style in this area too – you don’t have to choose a diamond if you prefer rubies! Of course diamond engagement rings are still the most popular choice, because of the symbolism of lasting commitment associated with them.

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Getting married locally

Another popular tradition that isn’t happening as much as it used to be is getting married in the local church. While it is still a popular choice for many folks, a lot more people are deciding on a destination wedding instead. Get married abroad, or even just a special place in the UK that provides the perfect backdrop to their day (on the beach or in woodlands, for example), can help to make the wedding a little more special and personal to them. For many couples it can help them get away from the stresses and strains of the expectations of a traditional wedding.

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Wedding season ~ Top tips for fitting your dress perfectly!

You’ve got your Mr Right, found the perfect dress – now you just need that dream body to fit into it! With so much pressure to look amazing on your special day, it is no wonder that the majority of brides are taking to diet and exercise in order to slim down for their weddings. As you know, I’m preparing for my 10th wedding anniversary party this summer and I’d like to fit into my wedding dress again (not to wear for the party, but just to know that it would fit after all this time!) so I’m being a little more conscious of what I’m eating and am getting out and about – being more active and enjoying the weather! If you are planning on losing weight for your upcoming nuptials, here are a few tips to motivate you along on your journey to becoming a slimmer, healthier bride.

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Keep your BMI in Check
Before you start losing weight through healthy diets and exercise, it is important that you check your BMI. BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and is a simple calculation which determines whether you are a healthy weight for your height. To find out your BMI, use an online BMI calculator. You should then be able to start your vlcd from AAW8 set yourself a weight target and stick to it.

Steady Weight Loss
The most successful of weight loss diet plans are those that promote a healthy, gradual weight loss – meaning that you won’t pile too much of the weight back on through little indulgences on honeymoon. Give yourself plenty of time before the wedding date to begin your weight loss, making sure that you keep your goal in mind so that you have enough time to reach it and stick to it.

Smaller Plate = Smaller Portions
Whatever diet plan you are following as you lose weight for your wedding, one good tip to help make the most out of every meal is through using a smaller plate. Pouring smaller portions onto a large plate only reminds you that you aren’t eating the ample sized portions that you were used to pre-diet. A small plate however will trick your eyes into thinking you are eating more than you actually are.

Don’t Panic
Any bride would struggle to not get overwhelmed in the run up to her big day but it is very important to not let yourself get too stressed. Becoming stressed or anxious can cause you to forget to eat or overeat in some instances, causing havoc with your metabolism. Try to not miss meals and don’t forget to treat yourself now and again – simply choose lower calorie options and enjoy in moderation.

Drink Plenty of Water
Dieticians are constantly recommending the weight loss benefits of water, and it is advised that we should all drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you often drink calorie laden fizzy drinks or fruit juices, you can swap these drinks for zero-calorie water and add one of the Allaboutw8 water flavouring sachets, it is a small change that can make a big weight loss difference in the long run.

Good luck, and I’ll let you know how I get on with fitting back into my wedding dress! 🙂

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Thelma’s Gypsy Girls – They love the frills!

Last night I watched the first episode of Thelma’s Gypsy Girls – a channel 4 show where the wedding dress-maker featured in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding series offers seamstress apprenticeships to traveller girls. Here’s the blurb: “Dressmaker Thelma Madine, from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, has a reputation for creating incredible wedding dresses for gypsies and travellers, and has worked closely with the community for over 15 years. But now Thelma’s decided she wants to give something back to the people who put her on the map.”

If you missed the programme last night, I’d recommend you get it on 4OnDemand and catch up, because I’m sure this will be another hit show for everyone who loved the Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series. I enjoyed it simply because we were given an insight into the background work that goes into those big wedding dresses and I was amazed at just how many members of staff Thelma employs – I thought it was just her and a sewing machine churning out all those crazy gowns! But now she’s expanding, and again I was amazed at how much the new factory and equipment was costing her. I’m glad I’m still only a small-ish tutu making business – I certainly couldn’t afford to open a factory like that! Maybe one day though!

Anyway, there was plenty of my favourite thing – the dresses, the bling and the big tulle skirts so here’s a gratuitous look back at some of the amazing traveller wedding dresses featured in the show:

Did you have a favourite wedding dress from the series? What did you think of their jaw-dropping hen-night outfits?? Do you think I could diversify into wedding outfits?!


Weddings – A gorgeous vintage prom wedding dress & layers of pettiskirt ruffles!

I love this bride’s beautiful vintage-style wedding dress with a wide prom skirt and ruffle petticoat. You can get the same look underneath your wedding dress, prom dress or any 50s style circle skirt or dress by simply adding a Cassiefairy Ruffle Pettiskirt or two – the more the merrier for more volume!

Many thanks to Whimsical Wonderland Weddings for sharing these gorgeous wedding images, taken by genius photographer Lisa Devlin. Thank you!

And here’s the Cassiefairy white ruffle pettiskirt:

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