London hen party fun

When most people think of hen parties, they tend to think of ladies getting a little messy on a wild weekend away. However, some people prefer to keep things classier and more sophisticated. Whether you’re a bridesmaid accommodating a bride with more refined tastes or you’re the bride-to-be taking control, London is one of the best places for a hen party that’s a little bit better in just about every way.

London Hen Party

Bridesmaid duties…

We don’t choose bridesmaids just because they’re some of the people closest in the world to us. They’re supposed to help us and in organising the hen party they can be of a lot of help. London’s a big city and it can get confusing, so make sure bridesmaids are each playing a role in coordination with each other. One can be in charge of finding accommodation closest to the things the bride wants to do, for instance, while another organises the use of the city’s extensive public transport system, making it easier by buying Oyster cards.

Let’s go shopping…

Beyond an entertainment and nightlife mecca, London is one of the fashion capitals of the UK. Everyone getting themselves a little extra to take home with them is going to ensure that they’re getting more than they might have expected from the trip. You don’t have to urge anyone to spend, of course. You can make it a little easier if you’re taking some of the London shopping tours that stop by some of the smaller boutiques or even thrift shops instead of just the high-street famous brands. In London, so long as you’re in the right area, you’ll be able to find good additions for just about any price.

Just the girls

The nightlife is not something to be underestimated in the city, either. There’s a whole range of classy, sophisticated bars and lively clubs to be found. If you want to make it truly special, however, skip mingling with the locals. Think about more exclusive nightlife options like getting on the Cuckoo club guest list in advance. You don’t want your time together spoiled by people hitting on the bridesmaids or losing some of the party in amongst the crowd. Instead, treat yourself to a little pampering and special treatment from the staff. The high-end clubs can make you feel like a star, even if it is for a night.

Day time fun

The city is best experienced for more than just a night. If you can organise it, make sure you have plenty of time to explore it in the day, as well. Not just for the shopping but the sheer amount of entertainment, often free, that’s available on the streets. If you want to keep the high-flying air of sophistication up, for instance, stopping by the Globe Theatre or having a day at the May Fair Spa is always recommended.

London gives you the chance to experience a hen party like nowhere else in the UK. Whether it’s enjoying the pleasures of an exclusive club with just your favourite ladies for company or exploring the wealth of daytime activities the city has to offer.

 

Summer 2017 Mother of the Bride Styles

For any mother, her daughter’s wedding day is incredibly special. Usually, she plays an important role. Naturally, front of house and she’ll want to look her best. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful mother of the bride dresses out there at the moment, with styles and fits to suit all.

Beautiful Lace

For a special occasion, lace is a wonderful option. This beautiful fabric has a luxurious and very opulent feel. This year, many designers are using it in a variety of interesting ways. and it looks especially good paired with shiny fabrics such as silk.

Many of the most stunning looking mother of the bride dresses are made of two layers of fabric. Layering lace with satin produces a beautiful rich garment that does not crease easily. It’s a great option for a wedding, looking good throughout the entire day.

Not only that, these dresses are easy to accessorize too. Two fabrics gives you twice as many options when it comes to matching items like shoes, bags and jackets.

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Print Dresses

Print dresses are perfect for a summer wedding. Paired with a plain jacket made from a luxury fabric will really make a mother stand out from the crowd. Most print dresses are cotton and wearing this natural fabric will help you to stay cool and comfortable no matter what the weather brings. With this style of dress, there is more chance that you can wear it after the wedding for a special meal out or a party.

Beaded and Embellished Dresses

Beads and other embellishments are becoming ever so popular and always look special. You can choose a dress that simply edged with a few beads or opt for a more richly embellished version depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses are gorgeous and flatter every type of figure. A great dress for the mother of the bride, they look lovely whether worn with a jacket, a nice shawl or just on their own. Not forgetting the mother of the groom.

Full-Length Dresses

For the first time in many years, gowns are back in vogue. One made from a lightweight, but high/quality fabric can easily work for the mother of the bride. There are also some beautiful maxi dresses available and you’ll see them at many of the hottest weddings of the year.

Alternative Outfits

If you are not keen on wearing a dress do not worry because you’ll never fail to find a lovely trouser suit. A nice variation on this is a tunic dress paired with a nice pair of slacks. It is a look that is surprisingly flattering.

Suits also look nice. You just need to be careful to make sure they do not look too formal, or like something that could be worn in the office. The type of fabric will perhaps make all the difference here.

It is best to opt for one made out of a luxury fabric. There are some lovely pencil skirt style suits available in the shops this year. They are stylish, yet glamorous too, especially when worn with a silk blouse and some statement jewellery.

Choosing The Right Cut

Regardless of the style of dress you choose, getting the fit right is extremely important. This article will help you to identify issues, and even fix some of them yourself.

 

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Wow, them with your wedding

You don’t want your wedding to be like all the rest. You want your wedding day to stand out as one of the most memorable any of your guests have ever seen. Whether you want your wedding to be a pretty traditional affair or something entirely out of the norm, there are a number of things you can do to make your wedding stand out from the rest…

Unique Wedding invitations

If you want your guests to know your big day isn’t going to be the same old boring event, you need to start with your wedding invitations. Take a look at these unique Paper Themes to see the sort of personalised wedding invitations that will help you announce your wedding in a way that’s unique to you. Or, you could even get crafty and make your own using photos of you and your other half or featuring pictures and words that are unique to each recipient. It’ll be a bit more work, but your wedding will sure stand out right from the off.

Choose a venue with the wow factor

Traditionally, weddings were held in churches or government buildings. Now, there is almost no limit to the kinds of places where you can tie the knot. Tree-houses, underwater hotels, Caribbean mansions, the options are endless, they will elevate your wedding above the rest. Even if you do want to get married in a church, you can still hold the reception in a unique location.

Unusual Entertainment

Everyone has a DJ or live swing band at their wedding reception. If you want to ensure your wedding stands out, you need to do something different. Having a band and a DJ might be essential if you want to get your guests up having a good time, but try to include some unusual acts like jugglers, comedians, acrobats or even a petting zoo to make your reception more memorable.

Forget White

White might be the traditional wedding colour, but if there’s one thing that will make your wedding stand out, it’s ditching the white for a more interesting wedding dress. Pink, red, black – they all make a dramatic impact as you walk down the aisle, and if you’re stuck on white, you can just add little flashes of colour to make things more exciting and show off a  bit more of your personality.

Make your bouquet more exciting

Flowers are undoubtedly beautiful, and they set the scene perfectly for a wedding, but even the most unusual arrangements have been done for death. If you want your wedding to stand out, make your bouquet more exciting by using origami flowers, buttons, fabric or even dried flowers. It’ll look just as beautiful, and it will last a lot longer as a memento, too!

Ditch tradition when it comes to cake

Every wedding needs a cake, but that doesn’t mean that your cake has to be the traditional white fruit cake or marzipan. If you love doughnuts, create a tower of them, or if you’re more of a savoury person, create a tiered cheeseboard instead. It won’t be easily forgotten.

What did you do to make your wedding stand out more? Do you have any other tips to make a wedding more unique?

 

Tuscan Villa interior….

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and inject a little sun kissed life into your living space, perhaps you should consider the gorgeous layers of a Tuscan home. Most modern homes have a sharp detail to the decor and make use of black, whites, greys and blues almost exclusively. This may be seen as the equivalent of being up-market, however, there’s a certain lack of soul in such a style. Tuscany is the rugged, sunlit, farmland of Italy, and yet, it’s also where the people have a rich history going back all the way to the Roman Empire. The Tuscan-inspired colour scheme makes use of playful oranges, reds, beige, yellows and brown of the earth. Start with the ground floor and work your way up, because the most intense shifts will be done where you normally relax. Guests who come over will love your inspiration of a Tuscan villa.

Tuscan Villa Interior

Humble yet grand Halls

The homes of established families in Tuscany, are truly a sight to behold. Indeed, they come from a peasant culture, yet they know their worth to the country and all they have given to it. There’s a sense of grandness, but not too much as if they were part of the metropolitan elite. The hallways make use of thick, dark brown hardwood, with very little sheen, for a great rustic look. A rug in the middle or somewhere strategically place in the hallway breaks up the length of the hall. The rugs have a certain dominance to them as they display a rich rose red colour, in an eternal struggle for your attention with the beige and green sprouting flowers and vines that bear fruits.

Raw power of ceilings

Tuscan Villa Interior

Tuscany villas are proud of their architecture, but also, their structural integrity. The ceilings are bare with the support beams openly on display. If you’re seriously thinking of an entire redesign, this is one of the first categories you should be thinking about. The beams are supremely strong, made from a healthy, and remarkably dense oak tree. Tuscans make full use of a sheen or nutritious varnish to give the beams are nice shimmer to them. This kind of style balances out the lack of shine on the floorboards, so the light is reflected back down with a reasonable push. Tuscans pride themselves on being practical above posh aesthetics, so you can see the floor is treated purely as a functional layer, with no need to express an overt due diligence, but when you look up, the ceiling is strong and gleaming.

Reserved and warm lounge

The Tuscany lounge may have a few customs that are relatable to perhaps the larger cities like Naples and Florence, but also very distinctly familiar to the Italian countryside. It makes use of contemporary European sofas, with such styles as Zara five-seater sofa and the beautiful black Pavara corner sofa. These styles and colours, go well with the traditional light orange interior walls of the Tuscany lounge style. At night the corners are bathed in candlelight, such that the walls are emboldened in their natural reverberation of light. Tuscans love the wilderness, and so, fireplaces are a natural sight in lounges, and the archways of the pit are solely made from brick rather than marble. Tall lamps stand stoically in the corner, in the form of a thin, stem and blooming, circular lamp shade.

Dining with the Family

Tuscans are all about family, as throughout the years, the craft of farming was handed down from generation to generation, and eating together was to strengthen this bond. The table is a long, hardwood, mainly oak. However, some homes also use the flexible yew tree for their wood, as this material is more pliable. The table is, therefore, afforded the ability to have a small skirt, with simple carvings of knots and twisting vines. This design is most common, as its assets the strong relationship of family, yet does it in a reclusive fashion via skirt carvings. The chairs are always upright and don’t have to pad for the backrest. Local carpenters make good use of cedar wood, to form the frame of the dining chairs, with sometimes up to three horizontal back supports. The theme of these chairs can encapsulate the dawn of a rising sun, with vertically lifting, curves that peak in the middle.

Tuscany is the land of earth, farming, and quietly confident design that’s grand yet not boastful. The decor is mainly made from wood, with the chairs, and ceilings bringing home a truly rustic history of the peasant culture. Yet, the interior design embellishes the home with reds and oranges, flickering light from candles and fires, and modern sofas that elegantly fill the centre of the lounge.

What do you think to the Tuscan style?