Beautiful Bridesmaid’s dresses online…..

Bridesmaid dresses are such an important element to a wedding. They are often what brings the colour scheme and themes together, however they can also use up a large chunk of the budget. When I got married we only had a limited budget and therefore I only had my sister as a bridesmaid, as I knew I wanted to buy her dress and accessories. I just could not afford to have my friends, because I would have ended up with 6 adult bridesmaids. When I was bridesmaid for my best friend she also only had me and I remember that my dress cost almost £250, which is about the standard cost for a bridesmaid dress bought at a bridal boutique. If you had 4 adult bridesmaid that’s £1000 before you have even looked at their hair and makeup.

Bridesmaid's Dresses Online

Now however money savvy brides are looking outside of these boutiques to online stores to see what is available to them and at much more affordable prices. It means that you are able to have a few bridesmaids without having to worry about using up large amounts of your budget.

Joanie on-line have a fabulous range of gorgeous dresses. Long, short, sweetheart cut, straps in varying different colours. Which also means that you are able to have a different style dress for each of your bridesmaid but all within the same colour. I actually quite like seeing bridesmaids in different style dresses because often one dress style doesn’t suit everyone. Plus it shows off different personal styles.

Bridesmaid’s dresses online

I have put together my top picks of bridesmaid dresses from Joanie, with prices starting at just £40 and sizes from 8 – 22 there is something for everyone. 

The lovely Gracie Georgette Occasion dress, is knee length with a ruched waist and floaty sleeves. It is available in 5 different colours. It’s had that romantic feel and is perfect for your bridesmaids, available in sizes 8-22 and costs just £40.


The Isla Georgette is a maxi dress and a very popular option with brides and bridesmaids. It’s floaty style makes it a great style for all shapes and sizes. Available in sizes 8-22 at costs just £48.00 and also has 5 different colours options.

Celine Georgette it a knee length dress that like the others comes in 5 different colours. It the has a statin tie to the waist to helps to show off the waist line. It is available in sizes 8-22 and costs just £40.

I love that Joanie offer different style bridesmaid dresses, yet they are all so similar that you could have your bridesmaid wearing different dresses but they all still match and have the gorgeous romantic feel. Plus they are at a faction of the price of heading into a bridal boutique.

What was your budget for each bridesmaid? Did you choose to head on-line to find the dress or go for the bridal boutique?

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Joanie. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Lighting up your Wedding

Well it maybe cold outside but that does not stop wedding planning. Did you know that during January and February there are more wedding plans made than any other months of the year? That because 33% of engagements happen over the Christmas period, according to Festive Lights who ran a survey of 1,009 people in the UK. So couples are excited to get planning.

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Last Christmas my brother-in-law finally got down on one knee after 9 years together, and proposed. It’s really exciting to have a wedding to look forward to. My Hubby is one of 7 children and so far only him and his elder step-sister are married, so as a family there could be another 5 more weddings to look forward to. The first one later this year and then another one next year. Then we will be 4 down 3 to go… fingers crossed as I love Weddings.

The couple that got engaged at Christmas are getting married in 2019. They have decided to have a strong christmasy theme. It’s their favourite time of year, snow, lights, warm cosy fires, presents, Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, blankets, mince pies, crackers and mulled wine, plus it’s when they got engaged and they first met during December. So December is a special time of year for them.

They have both spoken with me about the ideas for their wedding and one thing that really stood out was lighting. As they are planning on a December wedding, it’s going to start getting dark late afternoon, so having those extra lights will add that magical feel to their wedding.

Starting the planning

When you first start to think about your wedding, you really need to think about your budget and stick to it. It’s very easy to start wanting lots of extras, but they all add up and your budget will soon be gone. Go and view venues, I would highly recommend viewing a few different ones to see what they all have to offer as each venue has something different. When you have found the one, you can get the it booked by putting down a deposit so you have a date, which means you can send out save the date cards to family and friends. It also means that you are able to confirm photographers, bands, caters, cars…….. the list is endless.

Each wedding normally has a theme and colour scheme, it could be a vintage feel, hollywood glamour, a colour theme or even a disney theme. Whatever you decide for your theme and colours it will allow you to start planning and buying all of those little extra that help to complete the wedding.

Wedding Lighting

For my brother-in-law and his soon to be bride, we have spoken about adding lighting to the tables. They are planning for hundreds of twinkling lights around the venue, in the trees on the drive up to the hotel, not forgetting in the extra Christmas trees they are going to be bringing in for the day.

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I feel that adding twinkle lights or fairy lights to your table centres, adds that romantic atmosphere to the feel of your wedding. For a winter wedding it also brings it from day to night easily and will look amazing in the photographs.

Having lights as part of your wedding can really transform your venue into something quite spectacular, it can give your wedding that wow factor without being over the top and extravagant and doesn’t have to be budget blowing either.

When I think about winter weddings, I think candles, lots and lots of candles. I then think children’s fingers and wax getting onto the brides dress. But by having a few well placed candles and then beautiful lighting it will bring that cosy warm winter feeling to your wedding, without the worries that go along with candles. Plus some venues might not be happy having lots of candles.

What are your thoughts about having lighting at your wedding? Bride Magazine have a lots of great ideas for wedding lighting, pop over to have a look.

 

*Thank you Festive Lights for supplying my with these gorgeous images.*

Viewing your first house… just like dating?

Buying your first house with your partner should be a wonderful thing, an exciting time building a life together. There are so many things to think about when it comes choosing you home. Location, how many bedrooms, size of the garden, do you want a kitchen-dinner or separate and most importantly what can you afford.

When we bought our first house together it wasn’t all the fairy tales of wonder that we had hoped for. We had a mortgage in principle of 175 thousand pounds from the bank, however we knew we wanted to enjoy life as well. So we had decided that we didn’t want to spend more than 150 thousand on our first home. We also either, wanted to spend toward the top of our budget on something that didn’t need a lot of work doing or something lower that needed some work doing.

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So our search began. The first house we viewed was a 3 bedroomed semi-detached house on an estate the other side of town. The first thing we were greeted with was a very large photograph of a child and I mean a large photograph, clearly they were proud parents to this little one. However seeing this photograph scared me, I mean really scared me. Anyway on walking through the house, it most certainly didn’t get us thinking, about starting our life together there.

The house was full off the oddest thing, the biggest TV was sat in the corner on a homemade TV stand that was standing about 4 foot high with the TV balanced on top of it. I know that seeing a house as your future home is about seeing passed all of the ‘stuff and decorations’ however I just couldn’t see anything about this house that would be right for us.

We both left the house almost laughing about it, the interior was just awful, the vibes from the house just didn’t sit right and even now 10 years later I still shudder then I look back at the house.

Safe to say after a few weeks and a good few viewings we found our first home together. We loved it from the seconded we walked through the door, it just felt right and like home.A bit like our first date together. The property, a 3 bedroom modern town house that was towards the top end of the budget but needed nothing doing as it was only a year old. 

Fast forward 10 years and one house move, we are now dreaming about our forever home in the country. It’s still a dream for now but one day it will happen.

Viewing your first house…. just like a first date?

The Law House have put together some fun information about ‘The Perfect House Date’. I guess when you think about it, your first date is very much like the first impressions you make viewing a property.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with The Law House. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*