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How Millennials are doing weddings differently

Have you found yourself suddenly being invited to more weddings than ever before? Did the whole of last summer consist of hen parties and weddings at the weekends? If so, you’re probably a Millennial and are having almost the same calendar of weddings-hen-parties-and-baby-showers as I am at the moment!

Millennials are those of us who were born between 1980 and 2000. As a result, many Millennials are entering the time of life when they choose to get married. But it’s worth pointing out that they’re not doing everything the same as the generation before them. In fact, their approach seems rather different. Here is what millennials are doing to switch up their wedding experience.

They’re sharing on social media

If you went to school or university with somebody, you probably didn’t find out they got married through the newspaper or because you actually went to the wedding. Instead, the first time you heard about it was probably through a social media website, usually Facebook. This is something new for Millennials, the generation who grew up consuming social media. Unlike generations before them, they have the means to publicly share every detail about their big day, from start to finish.

In fact, things are getting even more intrusive with applications like Periscope which allow couples to have their entire day live-streamed over the internet. People who aren’t even at the event can enjoy it from the comfort of their own homes, which is great if there’s an old aunt who can’t make it to the event because of health reasons.

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DIY Neon sign for parties & weddings

I’ve made my first ever neon sign. It’s going to take pride of place in my office in a few months time but I couldn’t wait for all the decorating to be done before showing you the project. It took just a couple of hours, a can of bright pink spray paint and a length of EL wire to create this unique sign. So simple, but really effective. The full step-by-step guide to making the neon sign can be found in my blog post for Make It Yours. It may look complicated, but it’s actually a really simple process that involves some easy drilling and a spot of hot-gluing. I got my EL wire from Ebay, but it’s also available on Amazon and in craft stores. It came with a battery pack and the glowing neon is powered by a couple of AA batteries. The wire has three settings – flash, quick flash and steady on. And if you’re not a fan of pink don’t worry, it also comes in blue, purple, green, red and yellow, so your sign could be any – or all – of the above colours.In fact, I think it’s such a simple enough process that I could happily knock up a sign like this for any occasion. How about a ‘just married’ sign for weddings, a ‘Ho Ho Ho’ for Christmas, a huge glowing ‘2018’ for New Year’s Eve or a ‘#girlboss’ sign for your office? If you can think up a phrase, you can make it in neon! The sign I made works great as a candy station for a wedding, anniversary party, hen do, birthday party or even for the upcoming Valentine’s day. Give it a try – I bet you’ll impress yourself with your neon-sign-making skills!

I’m kind of addicted to this technique now – I want to make all kinds of signs in neon and I can already imagine my Halloween decor! But this isn’t the only DIY guide I’ve shared on the Make It Yours website – check out my profile and have a look at my other projects including snowy window decorations, a festive chair, how to distress furniture and a vintage bike makeover. There’s plenty more coming over the next few months so keep an eye on the website for more easy, thrifty and colourful projects during the Spring.


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Last minute wedding tips to help you enjoy your big day!

Bridezilla is a state that a bride may occasionally morph into under times of tremendous stress. Though seldom seen, when a bridezilla does make an appearance, bridesmaids, wedding planners, and even the groom take refuge. We’re all well aware of the stress that comes from planning a wedding; money, time, and the looming eternal commitment to another human make for a pretty potent concoction of stress. To decrease the odds of morphing into a bridezilla here are some tips for last minute wedding planning.wedding-planning-last-minute-ideas-inspiration

Keep all your plans together in one book so you can easily hand it over to someone else when needed!

Designate a point person

You’ve been preparing for your wedding for months. So, when the rehearsal dinner finally comes around you should have all your plans already mapped out. However, there are going to be plenty of people who aren’t privy to your very detailed plans. Instead of carrying the burden of your entire wedding plan, offload the plan to a friend who can then answer any questions your guests may have. Make sure your guests know that all questions should be directed towards your trusty sidekick.wedding-planning-bridesmaids-inspiration

Designate tasks to your bridesmaids – they want to help!

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Weddings & diamonds – How to choose a ring for life

Having just returned from my bestie’s hen party, my thoughts have turned to weddings, rings and the big day itself. While, as a bridesmaid, I’ve been privy to a little information about the big day, there are still a lot of exciting things that the bride and groom are planning that I have no clue about. It’s going to be fun finding out what surprises they have in store for us on the wedding day and I’m eager to see how they’ve personalised their big day.wedding day choosing rings inspirationOne of the things I’m most excited about is seeing my best friend’s wedding ring. My own wedding ring is one of my most cherished possessions, and it hasn’t been taken off since the day my husband put it there, nearly 13 years ago. So I know how special this one piece of jewellery is and how important it is to get the wedding ring right. After thinking about this for a couple of days – all the while begging my friend to give me a sneaky peek of her choice! – I’ve come up with some tips for brides who are about to choose their wedding ring, to help you pick a style that suits your lifestyle now and in the future.i said yes engagement photo inspiration1. Make it future-proof

A style of ring that you absolutely LOVE now, might not be the right design for you in the future. Trends come and go, colour inspirations vary from year to year, and fashions change with the seasons. Whereas you’re going to be wearing your wedding ring for decades to come! So it makes sense to go for something classic and not be swayed by “this-years-must-have” design. I’d recommend simplicity over extravagance, and would pick traditional gold or platinum over a rose gold band or coloured jewels. bride and groom Continue reading “Weddings & diamonds – How to choose a ring for life” »


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How to be a good bridesmaid

 

Your bestie finally asked — you’re going to be a bridesmaid! The next few months (or even years) are going to be a whirlwind of planning, preparation and parties. If you’re going to go down in history as the best bridesmaid ever, you’ll need to up your game. While I’m away for the last of the school holidays (and I’ll report back on what we got up to next week!) House of Fraser has been kind enough to write a guest post for me, sharing their tips on being a good bridesmaid:bridesmaid dress house-of-fraser-brocade1.     Wear the dress

The most important part of your role in the wedding is the bridesmaid dress, so you’re naturally going to have some opinions and preferences around what you would like. By all means tell the bride what style suits you and which colours you like but when your comments start to turn into diva demands, it’s time to stop. Remember, it’s not your wedding, so if the bride has settled on a bridesmaid dress that may not be to your taste, bite your tongue and wear it.

2.     Make sure you’re 100% invested

As we’ve already mentioned, there’s more to being a bridesmaid than following the bride down the aisle. Rather, you’ll dedicate months — maybe even years — of your life to wedding planning, dress fittings, hair trials and hen parties. If you can’t commit to all events, you should consider whether you should be a bridesmaid in the first place.

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Cobalt blue bridesmaid dresses from House of Fraser

3.     Start saving in advance

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive. If the bride and groom need to reign in their spending, you may be asked to buy your own dress or shoes, or pay for your own hair and makeup. Throw in a wedding present and hen party spends and the costs can quickly mount up. Start saving as soon as you’re asked to be a bridesmaid, so you won’t be strapped for cash in the long run. Continue reading “How to be a good bridesmaid” »


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Best wedding & party songs of all-time

Weddings and parties are wonderful occasions. If you talk to practically anyone about their favourite experiences the chances are, somebody’s wedding day or anniversary party will be on that list. I’ve been to a couple of weddings already this year and the best part was dancing the night away with my friends. And I cannot wait for all upcoming festive parties and New Years celebrations… bring it on!dacne with me

“Dance with me” DIY dance floor idea

Good weddings are magical occasions when everyone can relax and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a chance to re-connect with everyone, celebrate a marvellous event, create new memories, dress up, do something special and have a lot of fun. An important element of any wedding is the dancing.

There really is nothing quite like a buzzing dance floor full of family and friends having a great time. Unsurprisingly some records get everyone up dancing and enjoying themselves, whilst others do not really work for a wedding. The popular songs are the ones that you hear being played at every party you go to, and the ones that you’d be disappointed not to hear, like “Walking on Sunshine” or Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration”.

The list is long but here are the best of them, my floor-filling favourites:

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I love this rehydration station idea!

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Men’s fashion ~ What to wear to a summer wedding

The date is set, you have received the invitation, and now comes the real dilemma – what do you wear to the wedding? While the high street is literally inundated with outfit options for women, the choice for men can sometimes be a little difficult to determine – is a waistcoat and bowtie too formal? And do you run the risk of going too casual with your standard go-to checked shirt?

 To help decipher the mystery of what a wedding guest should wear, leading men’s designer clothes retailer www.tessuti.co.uk have put together a few helpful tips to make sure that you not only look the part at this summer’s weddings but you also pull off any look with that essential dose of style too.

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Dress for the Occasion
Make sure that you are aware what kind of theme the wedding will follow before deciding on your outfit. Church weddings generally follow a formal theme therefore make sure you step out in a crisp suit and shirt combo, while beach weddings usually call for something a little more laidback – think relaxed linens and beige trousers (3/4 trousers may even be acceptable in this case – but check with the bride first!).

Suit Up
With the exception of beach weddings, the majority of weddings do call for formal attire. Even if you live in your chino trousers, for a wedding it is time to up the ante – suit trousers in classic black or charcoal Moncler jackets will make sure your look stays smart yet classically stylish.

 

Add a Pop of Colour
Remember, despite all the pomp and pageantry of a wedding, it is also a celebration so don’t be afraid to inject a little fun into your outfit too. Add a pop of colour with a pastel coloured tie or lighten up any suit with a floral patterned formal shirt.

Don’t Forget Accessories
 Just because you are dressing formally for a wedding doesn’t mean you have to forgo your own sense of style. Bring any suit and tie combo up to date by styling in your favourite accessories, a designer belt or a set of cufflinks will ensure serious style points all day long.


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Wedding ideas – Choosing your bridesmaid outfits…

Choosing your outfits for your younger bridesmaids can be tricky & it’s hard to get outfits to match the dresses of your adult bridesmaids. So how about these gorgeous bridesmaid and flower-girl outfits featuring lovely puffy tutu-skirts – your child bridesmaids will feel like proper little princesses and will look super-cute in your wedding photos! Plus it’ll be a contrasting shape to the adult bridesmaids but can be colour coordinated to continue your wedding’s theme.

Check out Tutus, Wings & Pretty Things website for cute child size tutus for your bridesmaids both little and large – matching ruffle tutu skirts available in child and adult sizes!


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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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