DIY low-cost festive table decorations for Christmas or New Year

If you’ve got guests visiting over the festive season, are planning a big New Year’s Eve party, or simply want to dress up your dining table for a special family Christmas today’s easy DIYs will help you create magical place settings for next to nothing..!

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How to personalise your wedding day (for sci-fi, music, TV and vintage fans)

Your wedding day is extra-important for one special reason – it’s YOUR wedding day. And shouldn’t your ceremony and reception reflect your personality as a couple? If you want to express yourself, be surrounded by your favourite things and feel super-comfortable on your big day, it’s time to personalise your event. Here’s how…

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How to be the ultimate Maid of Honour at your best friend’s wedding

OMG your bestie has just asked you to be maid of honour at her wedding, yay! What a great honour! But with this honour comes great responsibility, too. Because being the M.O.H is so much more than being the female version of a best man. You’ll be chief opinion-giver for dresses, flowers and decor, you’ll become an event planner, and you’ll be your pal’s life coach and emotional support throughout the whole process. Actually, Maid of Honour is one of the most integral roles at a wedding so here’s just some of the important M.O.H duties that you might need to take on in the run-up to your best friend’s big day and how to smash it…

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How to cut photography costs & still get great images of your big day

A wedding is one of the most important events in your life, and capturing the moment is important. Sure, it means allocating a portion of time during your big day for the official photos of your family and friends together, but it’s worthwhile taking the time to get the photos right. You might also want to slope off for a couple’s photo shoot where you’ll get those more personal shots but do you really need a professional photographer? Here’s how you can cut the cost of your wedding by only paying for what you need and why you might want to invest in photography…

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3 Essential things to consider when planning a vintage-themed wedding

Did you get engaged over Christmas and New Year? Are you already planning your wedding for this coming summer? If so, read on to find out what three things you need to consider in order to get that vintage theme down to a tee. I’ve done a little investigating there are some essential bits and pieces to think about so I hope this post helps to inspire and encourage you!

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3 Things you really shouldn’t scrimp on for your thrifty Autumn wedding

Even though it may seem like your autumn wedding means endless spending, really there are only THREE wedding components that are worth investing money in. If you prioritise these three areas when setting your budget, everything else will naturally fall into place – without the need to spend a fortune on every little detail..!

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How to save money on your engagement ring

If you’re happily coupled up and are starting to look at engagement rings, this is the blog post for you! The trouble with engagement and wedding rings is that the price tag is often way beyond our reach. I mean, would you rather spend money on the ring, or the wedding itself, or your future together? There are many types of rings out there, all priced differently, so which is the right one for you – and for your budget too?

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4 Unique ways to cut costs on your wedding day

When it comes to their wedding day every bride to be wants to make their day as memorable as possible, so I’m sharing some of the unique ways you can make your day special without it costing a small fortune…

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10 Dos and don’ts for an amazing hen party

Are you that notorious maid-of-honour who is supposed to plan the most thrilling and fabulous hen do for your favourite girl? A hen’s party should be memorable, and the best night of the bride-to-be’s single life. I can feel your nerves! But, don’t worry, these easy suggestions will help you make sure the Hen Do […]

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Weddings on a budget – How to find a low-cost cake

A wedding cake is an important part of a traditional wedding reception, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on something you’re going to eat! Here’s how to find a low-cost cake for your celebration…

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How to throw a frugal yet fabulous wedding

Most couples don’t have a blank cheque to spend on making their wedding dreams become reality, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a breathtaking big day, even if you’re sticking to a tight budget…

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3 Beautiful winter wedding themes

If you’re planning a winter wedding, here are three classy themes that look great with a backdrop of snow and frost at this time of year…

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How to pick a special occasion outfit you’ll wear again

Shopping for special occasions. It’s something that I really don’t like to do. Sure, I love buying the happy couple a wedding present, and it’s wonderful to watch the youngsters heading off to their first prom. But it’s the concept of spending out on an outfit specifically for that special occasion that bothers me. In […]

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Winter wonderland wedding inspiration

Is there anything more magical than a winter wedding? Especially if it happens to snow on the big day too  – ahh, so dreamy! Even though I got married in the summer, I ‘d probably go for a winter wedding if I were to do it all over again now.  Just imagine all those fairy […]

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What to wear to your engagement party

Weddings are a joyful occasion, but they can also be full of stress as well, especially for the soon-to-be spouses. On the other hand, engagement parties are a much more relaxed celebration of basically the same thing – a mini wedding, if you will! An engagement party is meant to share that special feeling of […]

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Frugal shopping tips for your wedding outfits

Weddings should be a day to remember, but that day doesn’t have to revolve around how much money you have spent on it. When it comes to your wedding, it’s not about how much money you spend, and this includes on your attire. Whether you’re on the hunt for your dream wedding dress or a […]

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How to create a budget-friendly outdoor wedding

For many people, their special day is all about being with friends and family in familiar surroundings, having a celebration to remember. With Pinterest taking the online world by storm, this desire has become a reality through all the wonderful pins of outdoor weddings we’ve seen over the years. If you have a garden large […]

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How to refashion & re-wear your bridesmaid dress

Were you a bridesmaid over the summer? Do you have a gorgeous freshly-laundered bridesmaid dress hanging in your wardrobe? Think you’ll probably never get a chance to wear it again? Think again! If you’ve recently been a bridesmaid at your best friend’s wedding and you loved the dress you wore but aren’t that much of […]

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4 Ways to get the word out about your party

When you’re planning a party, spreading the word without spending a fortune on pricey invitations is important. Whether it’s a birthday party for a child or a party for the grownups, you need to let friends, family and your acquaintances know well in advance so they can plan for it. But how do you do […]

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It’s all about him: Pamper your groom before the big day

It takes two to tango and, even though popular media certainly seems to think that only the bride is getting married, it’s important to make your man feel special before the big day. In fact, pampering the groom is so unconventional today that anything remotely related to weddings and relaxation is exclusively about the bride; […]

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How to choose his ‘n’ hers wedding rings

Well I think I can safely say that wedding season is well and truly upon us. As soon as July kicks off, so do the celebrations of love and it’s a time of year I look forward to. Ceremonies like weddings are such landmark events in our lives and memories are there to be made […]

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Guest post – How to drop engagement hints

When you’ve been living with a guy for a while it’s easy to get used to the fact that you’re both around each other all the time. You can both become stuck in your ways and even though you might be waiting for him to pop the question, it might seem like he hasn’t even […]

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Ideas for DIYing the perfect personalised wedding gift

Giving someone a personalised wedding gift is a great way to show family, friends and loved ones how much they mean to you. Many people are turning away from traditional engagements and weddings, and asking for gifts from a wedding list is less popular than in recent years. Even though most people will already have […]

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Saying “I don’t” to engagement traditions

So, you’re getting pretty serious in a relationship. Perhaps you’ve been with one another for quite some time now. You’re a serious couple; you know his family, he knows yours. It’s time to think about taking the next step. A lot of ladies might worry about the pressures and traditions surrounding a wedding and all […]

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One for the fellas: How to plan the perfect proposal

Hello guys! So you’re thinking about proposing to your significant other, are you?? When you are about to ask the love of your life to carry out the biggest act of commitment, you want everything to be perfect, so there are few aspects of the proposal to take into account before you get down on […]

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Unexpected wedding costs you might not have considered…

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive and, despite the determination to stick to a predetermined budget, it’s easy to overspend on your big day. Even with all the budget-busting tips in the world at your disposal, there are unexpected costs that sneak up on you and leave you with less money than you thought. […]

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Thrifty fashion – Re-wear your wedding clothes

When you plan your wedding outfit, it’s with the knowledge that it’s only for a day. For this reason, some brides choose to hire their dress, and many grooms hire their outfit too. But it’s much more common for a man to hire his wedding outfit than for a woman. Brides want to have that […]

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Thrifty tips for getting hitched

It’ll probably come as no surprise to you when I say that weddings are expensive. If you are planning to get legally married in the UK in a church for example, you can’t do it for less £456 (and that’s if you’re getting married in your home parish). That’s still quite a chunk just to […]

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Tips for men’s wedding attire (on a budget!)

Weddings are just fantastic occasions, aren’t they?! Attending someone’s special day is a great opportunity to relax as a family, catch up with friends and enjoy a nice meal. Oh, and to wish the bride and groom every happiness in their life together, of course! I love a good wedding and especially enjoy planning and making a […]

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A productive rant about wedding aesthetics

When people think about the aesthetic of their wedding, they tend to get a little more elaborate in their thinking than they need to. They often confuse words like ‘aesthetic’ and ‘style’ with specific themes – and themed weddings are often quite a tall order! When we talk about the aesthetic of a wedding, we’re usually […]

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DIY photobooth props for weddings and parties

This has to be the quickest DIY project I’ve ever done. I don’t even have a step-by-step guide to share with you. But I do have some before and after photos so you can see just how effective this easy project is. Roll on wedding season!I wanted to make some pretty frames to use in a photobooth […]

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Amazing decor ideas for your thrifty wedding

Getting married should be the most exciting time of your life, but if you’re living on a fixed income or a strict budget, weddings can be stressful. The pressure of the trimmings of a wedding and the expectation that your wedding should be a big event can take its toll and make you feel like […]

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Stop complaining! How to avoid guest gripes

Weddings are beautiful, special, romantic and joyous occasions that publicly celebrate a couple’s love. However, while everything is about the two of you, you’re also the lead hosts of a lavish event. All your loved ones have been invited and this leads to certain expectations. I’ve already blogged about which wedding traditions you could do without, […]

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Personalise your wedding reception (& cut costs too!)

One of the most important days of your life is your wedding day. It’s just one day of celebration, yet we spend more money on this than many of us earn in a whole year. A few short hours costing thousands seems a little excessive. So is there a way to maximise the experience while […]

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Guest post – Unique ideas for a hen party

Planning the hen night can be a daunting task and even more so nowadays as bridal parties want something different and a night out drinking and wearing L-plates just won’t cut it. If you are looking for something competitive, challenging, fun, or just plain silly there is a hen night theme to match. Katie Jones […]

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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 […]

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4 budget-busting tips for your wedding day

Put the word ‘wedding’ in front of anything and suddenly the cost goes up. It’s insane to think how much the average wedding costs. In the days when I got married 14 years ago, there wasn’t half the choice there is now. Then again, the services that were available didn’t cost half as much as […]

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How to make your party memorable

We all love to party and have fun with our friends and family, but sometimes events can be bit of a chore. We eat the same foods, do the same things for entertainment and see the same faces. Eventually, it’ll just get boring and we’ll probably stop going to as many parties as we used to […]

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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!

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Valentine’s gifts & an idea for a romantic evening at home

With Valentine’s Day coming up next week on the 14th February, I thought I would share some ideas with you for an inexpensive night in with your other half.If you want to avoid the crowds in busy restaurants and don’t fancy filling your home with heart-shaped mugs and pink teddy bears, this could be the solution […]

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Thrifty winter wedding outfit ideas

Being invited to a wedding always lifts my spirits. It means that one, often two, of my friends have found happiness, and are ready to settle down to a life together. It also means a party, a chance to meet up with old friends and family, dress up, and generally have a good time. Weddings […]

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Guest post: 50s Summer Party Dresses

Does a stack of wedding and party invites leave you with a ‘what to wear’ headache this summer? Why not look to the era of gin cocktails and elegant summer soirees for your party vibe this year? The 50’s is providing us with some serious party wear inspiration right now and what’s more there is […]

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How I saved money on my wedding by Laura from Devine Bride

As you may remember, I’ve been asking some of my favourite bloggers to help me out with some guest posts this summer so that I can take a little time off. Luckily my pals didn’t let me down and emailed over a huge variety of inspirational blog posts for me to share during August. Here’s […]

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Vintage party ideas & inspiration from Glemham Hall

Whether you’re planning a wedding or like the idea of having a fancy birthday party, I think that a vintage theme is perfect for summer events. When I visited the Glemham Hall vintage wedding fair I was struck by how many of the decorating ideas would work perfectly well for a garden party or a […]

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My summer so far…

It’s only half way through the school holidays and I’ve already been having a wonderful summer break. I’ve been on a few day trips, I’ve visited a handful of places and got a few of my “to-do’s” done. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, here’s the goss…I went to the seaside. During the very […]

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Guest post – 5 tips for organising a low-cost hen party at home

He popped the question, she said yes, and then she popped the question to you – will you be my bridesmaid?! Weddings are a wonderful time of celebration, and it is an honour to be asked to be the bride’s right-hand lady during such a joyous occasion. However, before you start dreaming of all the […]

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Thrifty Wedding Inspiration – Homemade cake buffet

Wedding food can take up a hefty chunk of any wedding budget, so it’s important to consider plenty of different options when you decide how to cater for your guests. After lots of research (on Pinterest, naturally) I began to think that dessert + after-dinner truffles + wedding cake + tuckshop + ice cream cart […]

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Shab-Fab: DIY Party Decor

If you’re planning a summer party but want to stick to a budget, how can you get a pulled-together chic look for only a few pounds? Well, if you’re up for a little DIY then adopting a ‘shabby chic’ style will do the trick. Your party decor can be as quirky as you like and, […]

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Guest post DIY Project – Make your own personalised wedding bouquet

One of the key things that a bride-to-be should consider for her wedding (besides her wedding dress of course!) is the wedding bouquet. Any bride would want to be sure to choose the most amazing, beautiful and unique flower bouquet on her wedding day, but simply choosing beautiful blooms is sometimes not enough. Some flowers have different […]

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Weddings & engagements – 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. […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Shoes fit for an awards ceremony

In case you didn’t already hear me bleating on about it on Twitter – I’m going to the UK Blog Awards! So basically, you’ll be treated to lots of preparation posts on the blog this week, showing you exactly what dress and accessories I’m going to wear, the make-up and skincare I’m using and, today, you’re going […]

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One week, no jeans challenge

We all have a style uniform, don’t we? A particular style of outfit that you pull on day-in-day-out without really thinking about it. For me, it’s comfy jeans combined with a jumper in winter and the same jeans rolled up with a t-shirt in the summer. I reach for my skinny jeans instinctively every morning because I […]

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Guest post: 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 […]

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Ideas for a James Bond themed party

Organising a party that has an underlying theme to it can be a pretty difficult thing to do at the best of times, but if you are aiming to provide food that fits this theme then the task gets even tougher. The enduring popularity of the James Bond franchise, and the recent release of its […]

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Relationship tips for Valentine’s Day & beyond

Yesterday I read a newly launched article (and challenge!) about getting and staying close to the one you love; 27 Expert tips to be closer to your spouse. The article taps into the knowledge of experts from the fields of psychology, relationships, counselling and health care, asking each professional to share advice on maintaining a […]

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DIY Valentine’s gift – A box of memories + polaroid photos

What do you give to your special someone for Valentine’s Day when you’re both trying to save money and clear the clutter? Something very thrifty and useful, that’s what. I know you wouldn’t expect anything less from me so I’m happy to oblige! I’ve upcycled a gift box that I received for Christmas, used a […]

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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 […]

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Thrifty special occasion outfits for your child

I love winter weddings. The festive atmosphere puts everyone in a party mood and the cold weather can sometimes even deliver snow – how amazing would that be on your wedding day?! Had I not held my wedding in august, my second choice would have been December, as it’s my favourite month. The only problem […]

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Choosing the right party dress for your body shape

Okay I’m know I’m kind of skipping over Halloween and Bonfire Night, but I’m already so excited about the upcoming festive season. I think it started last week when I opened my first presents of the year as part of a Secret Santa gift exchange. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about all the fun things I’ll […]

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Quirky & unique wedding venues: what are the options?

When it comes to planning your wedding day, you’ll undoubtedly want a spectacular day that’s filled with beautiful memories to last a lifetime. The location plays an integral role in creating this ‘wow factor’, and if you’re searching for something extra special then check out these quirkily romantic venues: Museums and Art Galleries If you […]

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Glam up a simple gown for a special occasion

So you have a dress for prom. It’s a straight-forward little black dress or even a plain, but gorgeous, floor-length gown that fits like a dream. But it’s just too simple for you. It is one solid colour; or maybe the cut is just really basic. You really want to glam it up. Make it […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – A pretty floral wedding outfit

One of my best friend’s wedding is coming up this summer and for once I’ve been really organised and have decided on an outfit in advance. Do you find it difficult to pick out something to wear for weddings? I often find myself on the morning of a big occasion standing in front of my […]

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Personalised gift idea for the big ‘I do’

Do you remember just before Christmas I shared a sneak peek at a personalised present with you? Well that was actually for my husband and now that he has safely received it (and read it cover-to-cover!), I want to report back to you about it. I made him his very own copy of his life story […]

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Tips for choosing your ideal wedding venue

When you are planning a wedding there is an abundance of things to organise, but simply choosing the right wedding venue can help to relive some of the stress from the process. More and more wedding venues are becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for your big day and are able to provide in-house catering, entertainment […]

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The magnificent North Yorkshire Moors & our stay at Ox Pasture Hall

Over the past week I’ve been sharing photos of the fabulous places that we visited during our ‘West to East’ tour of the north. After a waltz round The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and spending a day exploring historic Harrogate, we headed east for the last stop on our trip, where my husband and I stayed […]

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