Choosing your bridesmaids

choosing your bridesmaids

Choosing your bridesmaids isn’t always an easy decision. Sisters, soon to be sister-in-laws, best friends, childhood friends, nieces, cousins… Β the list is endless. Oh and don’t forget the person who you think will be offended if you don’t pick them.

choosing your bridesmaidsYour bridesmaids should be there to help you with your wedding plans. They should help arrange the hen party, be there to help you choose your wedding dress, attend dress fittings, make-up trials, hair trials. They need to have an honest opinion and a positive outlook on your wedding. The last thing you need is negativity surrounding your day.

Choosing your bridesmaids

You also need to decided how many bridesmaids you would like within your party, and give the title of ‘Maid of Honour’. Don’t forget, for each bridesmaid you have comes with added cost to your day. Dresses, makeup, hair, jewellery, thank you gifts. It’s quite common now that a bridesmaid will often pay for elements of their own outfit, shoes or hair. Some brides now get their bridesmaid to do their own makeup, to save on the cost. I even have a friend who had six bridesmaids, each paid for their whole outfit.

choosing your bridesmaids

When I got married I only had my Sister, I wanted to pay for everything for her. Her dress, shoes, beauty treatments and a lovely gift. She did in fact do her own makeup, more because she didn’t want someone else doing it and not getting it right. I also knew that if I added anymore to my bridal party that I would offend a couple of my long term close friends. Which I didn’t want. Plus, we honestly didn’t have the money to do it for everyone. Instead we included them in the ceremony by giving readings.

choosing your bridesmaids

So once you have chosen your bridal party, be it one, two or ten bridesmaids, now comes the fun part of asking them. It has become increasingly popular to use a personalised gift to ask. A bottle of wine, a nice card or a little gift. Etsy have some lovely ideas.

However you choose to ask your bridesmaids, make sure you choose people you love and want to be a part of your special day.

 

*images from Pinterest and Etsy*

Save the date cards for Weddings

save the date cards for weddings

Over the last few years it has become popular to send out ‘Save the date’ cards to your wedding guests. The idea is that you send them out to friends and family who you would like to attend your wedding, making them aware of your planned wedding date. As some people are now booking weddings 2-3 years in advance, making these cards a great idea. It’s also exciting to receive something like this through the post box. Instead of the usual takeaway menus and bills.

save the date cards for weddings

It wasn’t something the we did for our wedding. However over the last couple of years we have been receiving them over a year in advance of a wedding. I really like putting them the on the fridge to remind us of fun times ahead. I am someone who loves the added extra’s and place them in my keep sake box.

Save the date cards are generally just a note that gives your wedding date and very little other information. Details on venues and times would be on your official wedding invitation.

save the date cards for weddings

Your save the date cards don’t have to be themed to suit the style of your wedding. As at this stage you might not have any confirmed themes.

I love how save the date cards are now available is many different styles. There are so many to choose from. Note cards, business cards, fridge magnets, pencils, luggage labels and postcards to name a few.

save the date cards for weddings

If you have booked your wedding in advance, make sure your chosen guests are free by sending out a lovely save the date card.

What style would you choose?

Images from Pinterest and Etsy.

 

Wedding hair styles for 2017

wedding hair styles

Just like finding the perfect wedding dress, choosing your hair style for the big day is important. You need a style that you love, something that suits you and shows off your stunning dress. Then you have to decide if you want to add a hair clip, tiara, fresh flowers, beads, ribbons, peals or go completely natural.

wedding hair styles

2016 saw the rise of the plait. Such a versatile style, beautiful with added beads, flowers or ribbons. Plaits continue will continue to be popular throughout 2017 and over the next few years.

wedding hair styles

Leaving long hair down creates an elegant wedding look. Curling your hair into loose waves, and arranging them off to one side enhances this style. Just add some delicate earrings to complete the look. Adding a floral crown would give that whimsical feel that it very on trend right now.

Up-Do’s

wedding hair styles

Of course having a simple elegant up-do for you wedding day is still very popular. Allowing people to see your full dress and any details on the back, which are often not seen with long hair that is left down. On a warm day is is great to have your hair up and out of the way. Having your hair up on your wedding day is a classic style that will be with us forever.

wedding hair styles

There are fewer brides than ever having a veil on their wedding day. They now seem to be to worn for Church weddings but less so for civil ceremonies. However, mini veils are being used an alternative. Often for those quirky brides who want a bit of tradition but also like to look different. They are also really popular for retro wedding themes.

Flowers

wedding hair trends for 2017

Flower crowns are not only seen on young flower girls, but on brides as well. This comes from an increase in outdoor, whimsical, woodland weddings. Which are becoming more popular. These stunning crowns are unique to each and every bride because they are freshly made to match your bridal bouquet. I can see these being increasingly popular over the next few seasons.

What style are you thinking about having for you wedding?

*Images from pinterest*

Gluten Free Diet

gluten free diet

I often hear people say “I’m on a gluten free diet” but what is a gluten free diet?

Gluten is a type of protein, it is found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Therefore avoiding these grains makes things gluten free. People with gluten allergies or those suffering from Coeliac disease must not eat gluten as it can cause intestinal damage along with other health problems.

gluten free diet

If you are eating a gluten free diet then you must always check the labels on any food products you buy. Some products do not clearly state wheat, rye or barley, but have malt or hydrolysed vegetable protein written on them. Which both contain gluten. In the UK common allergens in foodstuffs should be listed, in the ingredients, in bold type.

No-No foods when gluten free

gluten free diet

Just about all bread contains gluten because it’s made with wheat flour. However there are some alternatives out there that have been made with rice or potato flour instead of wheat. Lots of cereals contain gluten, but there are gluten free options, just make sure you check the packaging. Pasta is also a big no-no, but you can get pasta that is made with rice, corn or quinoa. Rice cakes are a great alternative to crackers for lunches. Watch out for breaded foods though, people often forget they contain gluten.

Beer is high in gluten so needs to be avoided. If that seems awful to you don’t worry! Wine is fine to drink. As are spirits, as all traces of gluten are removed during the distillation process. Whatever your tipple make you drink responsibly.

What can you eat when gluten free?

gluten free diet

Even though you will have to make changes to the things you eat, there is still so much you can enjoy. Eggs, fish, meat, fruits, vegetables and milk products are suitable for you to eat. So it opens up a world of yummy things to try.

It isn’t always easy but for those of who need to be gluten free, instead of those who make the personal choice. It is getting easier to find products, as most super markets now have a dedicated ‘free from’ area.

So whether you are gluten free through choice or need, there is an amazing amount you can eat. After a while of checking products it will become instinctive and will no longer seem like an impossibility, but something completely ordinary.

Do you have a favourite gluten free alternative?