Your wedding day emergency kit

I want to say from the off that the most important thing about the wedding day emergency kit is that you should not be the one not carrying it! Nonetheless these are the essential items I would recommend having before you head out for your big day. Tissues - Every bride/groom handles the wedding day differently, some hold it together others are genuinely overwhelmed with emotion at the sight of so many family and friends. So it's perfectly normal if there are a few tears (I can still hear my make up artist sister saying 'if you need to shed a tear, tilt your head back...save the make up!!') however it's always handy to have a couple of kleenex to hand just in case you get a few runners!

Make up - Potential tears? Sweats? Genuine wear and tear throughout the day? It's definitely handy to have any essential items of make up that you may need during the day with one of your bridesmaids; eyeliner, bronzer, lipstick of choice (definitely a must if you have gone for a bold colour) just so you can have a touch up and feel radiant for the whole day...though if you're having such an amazing time that you forget to touch up, I won't blame you for that either.

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Perfume - It's usually a long day so as much as you will have prepared a liberal dousing before you head out the door, you should pick up a mini perfume atomiser to savour a bit of your wedding day scent, particularly useful at regular intervals like just before the reception drinks post wedding and before the night time festivities kick off; you'll be smelling sweet all day and it will really help solidify the scent memory - I even blogged about the nostalgia surrounding smells and how they link back to memories, check that out here

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Plasters - You are wearing a pair of shoes you probably haven't worn for more than 15 mins at a time (maybe longer if you have tried to break them in whilst striking the balance of keeping them looking pristine brand new) it's a good idea to have a variety of plasters to hand just in case after an hour you begin to regret the decision of those being 'the one'. Even flats and sandals can lull you into a false sense of security of being comfortable...definitely better to be safe than sorry on this one! I know it's common to throw 3 sheets to the wind by the evening reception and go foot loose and fancy free sans shoes, but this tip might be helpful until that point!

What emergency kit supplies did you have that would you suggest for other brides?

L+R

 

Be my Guest!

Following on from our blog post recently about welcoming your out of town guests and being a great host, this doesn't need to stop there, there are little things you can prepare for your guests to make them feel super special during your wedding festivities, they might even benefit you too! Here is a list of my favourites...

Flip flops for party feet - ladies that are partial to an uncomfortable shoe and all night dance floor session, this is for you! Sometimes you really want to get rid of those shoes but the alternative is to end up with blackened feet at the end of the night...alternatively pop a basket of flip flops in different sizes in the ladies rest rooms or on the dance floor

http-::rusticweddingchic.com:15-insanely-cute-wedding-ideas-you-will-want-to-steal

Toiletries for women in the restrooms - this follows a similar theme to the wedding day emergency kit but for guests; think perfume/tissues/deodorant/plasters/grips/hair bobbles - I might be going a bit above board here but your guests will massively appreciate this! I found this hilarious list online of dos and don'ts for the rest rooms

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Umbrellas - I think this only really applies to the great British wedding, where even booking a wedding during the summer months could result in the rain pouring down. Keep your guests and their hair dos dry with a selection of umbrellas, this is mainly if you're travelling to separate venues for the wedding and wedding reception

http-::www.inkedweddings.com:25-unique-ways-to-honor-deceased-loved-ones-at-your-wedding:

Heel protectors - These are such a saviour and something you would probably never think to have but for anyone having a wedding that involves gardens/fields/grass these are a must. The ladies (and their shoes) will thank you A LOT

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Blankets - Perfect if you have any outside seating areas, people will want to mill around during the evening reception and a nice basket of blankets will be great to keep your guests warm

http-::www.buzzfeed.com:mallorymcinnis:here-comes-the-malm

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Being the perfect host

As much as your family and friends will be absolutely over the moon they got the invite to join you in celebrating your big day, they are usually spending their own money to be there whether it be on a hotel, new outfit or travel. As the hosts of your wedding day/weekend/holiday, whatever it may be it's nice to make your guests feel special and welcomed especially if they've travelled a long way to be there. If you are hosting a wedding in a location which people are travelling to or you head off to another country, how about creating a 'Welcome Pack' for your guests - now you don't want to blow additional £££ on the wedding budget but even going to the effort of printing off a map of the place and/or schedule for your guests and including some sweets for them to arrive to could be a really nice touch.

These are my favourite ideas...

http-::www.asignaturewelcome.com:

http-::www.brides.com:wedding-ideas:2015:08:creative-wedding-welcome-bag-ideas#slide=1

http-::www.intimateweddings.com:blog:10-creative-ways-welcome-guests:

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https-::www.etsy.com:listing:206324261:set-of-6-out-of-town-guest-box-wedding?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

http-::www.jennalamevents.com:blog:?p=62

....failing that, I'm sure a kit kat and a lucozade would do to help curb the wedding hangover!

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DIY How to: Paper pom poms

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to decorate your venue then why not have a go at these little lovelies! A paper pom pom is such a simple thing to make, but grouped together they look so pretty and can really transform a venue! They also look great in a variety of different colour combinations so you can go classic with white and peaches  or fully matching a colour theme that runs through your day!

I've added a step by step guide below (just 4 simple steps!!), we used white but could easily be tailored to your colour theme and you can also do any size you want....

1. Layer 8 sheets of tissue paper on top of each other, concertina the sheets together (fold one way an inch in thickness then repeat the other way and continue with the rest of the sheet)

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2. Lay your pipe cleaner in the middle and tie round and fasten, this will make a loop that you can use to hang later on

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3. Trim each of the edges (pointed or more rounded for a floral effect)

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4. Fan out each side and slowly start pulling up each sheet away from the pack

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For half pom poms (ideal for tables) - pull up all the sheets the same way

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For full pom poms (ideal for hanging) - pull 4 sheets up one way then turn over and pull the remaining 4 sheets the opposite direction

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Top Tip: Use a decent quality tissue paper, the cheaper the paper the easier it will rip when you're pulling the leaves up

Definitely try this one at home, it's super easy and really effective!

L+R

Wedding Skin Preparation

As a woman, I think each of us has an idea of how we want to look and feel on our wedding day. I think it’s important to feel the best possible version of yourself; by that I don’t mean that we need to lose 2 stone or make any drastic changes, it’s just feeling the best you possibly can on such a special day. Looking after your skin is one of the easiest but possibly most important ways to get you looking healthy, fresh and glowing for that wedding day. During my wedding planning, my sister Harry (of Harry Makes It Up Beauty Blog) recently found out that I ashamedly had no skin care routine whatsoever and took my make up off with baby wipes…she was HORRIFIED.

She immediately hooked me up with a few staple items…a cleanser/toner for removing make up, a cleansing milk, a moisturiser and a rich oil to use once a week. These basics should see you through.

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I started my ‘new’ regime in February before my wedding, so 7 months before and I can’t tell you how much of a difference it has made to my skin, it’s definitely softer and more supple, better late than never!

Are you trying anything special out for your wedding day skin?

L+R

Homemade Favours – Marshmallow Lollies

Quite a playful idea this one, super simple and quick to make but packaged prettily they look fab for little favours and can be enjoyed with coffee /tea after the wedding breakfast. They would even look nice placed in the middle of the table setting. All you need to make them:

Wooden Sticks (As many as you want to make)

228g of Chocolate (I used 2 x bars of Galaxy to make 8 lollies but I had some chocolate left over)

2 Marshmallows per person

Sprinkles of your choice!

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1. Start by adding 2 marshmallows to each stick then when you have the desired amount, leave in the fridge to harden while the chocolate melts

2. Melt the chocolate (I have a little chocolate melting device but you can melt in a bowl over some just boiled water)

3. Pour out your sprinkles liberally on a plate or any flat surface and prepare another small plate with cling film laid over the top

4. Dip each marshmallow lolly into the chocolate to fully coat, there’s no special way to do this, I just dunked then twizzled round a few times to get rid of any excess

5. Once covered in chocolate immediately roll in the sprinkles to make sure it’s fully coated

6. When finished, lay on top of the cling film lined plate

7. Once you have dunk and rolled your lollies, place in the fridge to set and enjoy!

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Are you tempted to make any of your own favours?

L+R

1 Item 3 Ways: THE LUGGAGE TAG

These luggage tags create such a nice 1st impression for your handmade/ vintage/DIY wedding. You can pick all sizes and colours, I bought mine from Amazon £1.82 for a pack of 50. Simply use some of the stationary that you have coordinated to help make the magic happen! 1. Save the dates

Create a unique save the date with just the stamps mentioned in my earlier stationary posts

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2. RSVP

Use the stamp to let your guests know how to RSVP to you and simply tie on to your invite

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3. Table name cards

I wouldn’t advise to use the stamp for this one as it will be fiddly and time consuming to stamp these one by one with everybody’s names, just use the sharpie and ask someone with nice hand writing to fill these out. There is a huge trend now for modern calligraphy, you could tidy up your handwriting with one of the courses from Lamplighter London. Tie to cups, napkin rings or cutlery

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Props and styling ideas #1

I am beyond happy that the trend for more handmade/personalised weddings has come into fruition, as I find this generally means there are lots of fun things that you can source or create yourself ! At Lula & Rye we have an array of fun props and styling ideas for your location to make it look unique, below are my favourite ideas to jazz up your wedding venue,  your venue doesn’t have to be all singing and all dancing, you can add that.

Draped lighting – perfect for a venue with beams or pillars and look great when the sun goes down

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Bunting – Great for a vintage feel, totally transforms a marquee or village hall

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Huge balloons – either on the tables or hung from the ceiling

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Light up initials/signs – Amazing back drop to the wedding photos

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All pictures taken from Pinterest

Head over to Lula&Rye to get inspired for your big day!

L+R

DIY How to: Paper pom poms

Yesterday I spent the most amazing afternoon at the National Vintage Wedding Fair at Chiswick Town Hall, not only is this the most amazing place for brides to explore a whole range of amazing businesses that can help plan every aspect of their perfect day but they offered a couple of workshops which I just had to get involved with.

First and foremost, the workshop was free, it just cost £4 to get into the fair which I thought was absolutely amazing as any sort of bridal workshop can often come with a hefty price tag.

The first workshop we learnt how to make paper pom poms and I was surprised just how easy they were and how beautiful they looked! I've added a step by step guide below (just 4 simple steps!!), we used white but could easily be tailored to your colour theme

1. Layer 8 sheets of tissue paper on top of each other, concertina the sheets together

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2. Lay your pipe cleaner in the middle and tie round and fasten, this will make a loop that you can use to hang later on

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3. Trim each of the edges (pointed or more rounded for a floral effect)

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4. Fan out each side and slowly start pulling up each sheet away from the pack

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For half pom poms (ideal for tables) - pull up all the sheets the same way

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For full pom poms (ideal for hanging) - pull 4 sheets up one way then turn over and pull the remaining 4 sheets the opposite direction

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Top Tip: Use a decent quality tissue paper, the cheaper the paper the easier it will rip when you're pulling the leaves up

Definitely try this one at home, it's super easy and really effective!

L+R

Table Confetti

I did originally have the idea to jazz up my hessian table runners by adorning them with gold polka dots, but once I realised the enormity of the project it started to put me off, especially as my flat is teeny and it would be a massive struggle logistics wise. So I started to think about alternative options and my mum suggested table confetti…so I set off on google to research and found an amazing array on etsy, however due to it being made in the US the postage costs were ridiculous; so I set about on amazon to buy a stamper and some gold card

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The internet truly is amazing inspiration, for the elements I really liked, it’s generally really easy to pick up how they are made and do it yourself, Amazon is generally my go to place if Google doesn’t return many results.

It is super simple to make and I think will add the finishing touch to the tables, simply cut out the circles with the stamper and divide into the number of tables you have

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1-2 Month Countdown 'To Do' List...

Now all the invites have gone out and the RSVPs are flooding in, I’m finding this a really strange time as you are expecting to be stressed at the prospect that the wedding is so close and there must be lots and lots to do but I am actually feeling very calm.

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I even confided in a close friend who has been married a couple of years to ask if this is normal…to which she responded ‘It’s a funny time 2 months before as you feel like you should be so busy but actually you’ve got all the big things planned and the details can’t be done until the last minute!’

I have found it a great time to get in touch with all the vendors to run through/confirm final numbers/details/timings for the day. I have also just had my hair trial and final florist meeting. It’s a great feeling to know you have everything under control. Enjoy this time and the lead up, you have worked hard to get to this point and enjoy as everything starts to come together!

L+R

Wedding dresses: Do your research!

I know my blog is predominantly about creating the best wedding possible with most things on a budget but I must admit the dress is one thing I didn’t want to scrimp on. Don’t get me wrong there are some amazing high street alternatives which don’t break the bank but the choice of wedding dresses out there is endless.

I would totally recommend doing your research! I spent countless hours looking up designers and different styles as a wedding dress is obviously something you are not looking at all the time but it can become really overwhelming very quickly!

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All images from my Pinterest board

The other reason why it’s great to research, particularly in London, is because most boutiques charge you for the privilege of trying on which you can understand (generally on Saturdays at £20-£30 per appointment) so it’s good to get an idea of what designers you like first then find boutiques that maybe stock one or more of your favourite designers. **I found that there were a few different designers I liked but because the styles were quite similar some stockists had more than 1 of the brands**

One thing I struggled with is finding out the prices of things, aside from finding prices in magazines not many websites have their prices available; some stockists give you the price range on their websites but I found that pretty rare. I found Google pretty useful for this, as there are lots of wedding forums where people share their experiences and information.

Even if you find something you love that you know will be expensive chances are you’ll be able to find a cheaper label that does something similar, for example David’s Bridal at Westfield Stratford stocks Vera Wang White which has the most beautiful designs at a fraction of the price of her custom designs

So it’s a bit of an animal, but I found it one of the most fun tasks so have fun researching and remember prepare your boutique choices carefully!

L+R

How to: DIY Lanterns

After you have tirelessly worked on researching and booking all your suppliers including most importantly your venue, you’ll be able to get a real sense of what decoration theme and colours you want to play with.

Decorating a venue doesn’t have to cost the earth and there are so many things you can do that are super cheap, quick and easy that will add real ‘wow’ factor to your venue. One thing I am focusing on is lighting; I feel like lighting can create such a lovely ambience, especially as you go from day to evening.

This post is all about how to make the most beautiful handmade lanterns which would look great at a church and a multitude of receptions, inside or out. Better yet each one costs about £5, is totally reusable and takes only 4 items to put together

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You will need:

- Jute Twine (the thicker the better as this will be taking the weight of the lantern, some great options here)
- A kilner jar (the best ones here from IKEA for only £3 each)
- A candle (Colour of your choice but needs to be quite thick and sturdy)
- Sand (Cheap and cheerful choice)

1. Remove the lid from the kilner jar
2. Fill 4 inches high with the sand, high enough to firmly hold the candle in place
3. Wriggle the candle into the middle until firmly positioned
4. Wrap and knot the jute twine around the top of the kilner jar and make a handle that can be hooked onto something or alternatively if you just want them stood up, leave out adding the time.

Et voila!

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I think these are absolutely stunning and plan to hang some from a tree that is positioned right next to the barn where we are having the reception. I think they will look great!

Are you planning to make any of you’re own venue decorations?

L+R

How to: DIY Vase

As I was eating my fish and chips on Friday night (treat night), I was looking at my nearly finished vinegar bottle thinking what a nice vase shape it would make for my tables as its long and slender and would look lovely with a single bloom inside. I have been collecting jars and milk bottles over the past few months to use as vases; I think they add a really nice touch to a table, all mix and matched shapes and sizes and fit in perfectly with our homemade feel.

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Simply:

1. Take off the label by removing as much as you can by hand, the rest with warm soapy water and a scourer

2. Remove the cap

3. Wash out thoroughly in the sink

4. Use something decorative to wrap around like a ribbon or jute twine (I picked this up from Wilkinson at £2.00 for 250 metres)

5. Tie in a bow or wrap around and fix with superglue

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This took me 10 minutes to do and I think looks like a really nice addition to my ‘vase’ collection

Would you give something like this a go?

L+R

Homemade Favours – Marshmallow Lollies

Quite a playful idea this one, super simple and quick to make but packaged prettily they look fab for little favours and can be enjoyed with coffee /tea after the wedding breakfast. They would even look nice placed in the middle of the table setting.

All you need to make them:

Wooden Sticks (As many as you want to make)

228g of Chocolate (I used 2 x bars of Galaxy to make 8 lollies but I had some chocolate left over)

2 Marshmallows per person

Sprinkles of your choice!

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1. Start by adding 2 marshmallows to each stick then when you have the desired amount, leave in the fridge to harden while the chocolate melts

2. Melt the chocolate (I have a little chocolate melting device but you can melt in a bowl over some just boiled water)

3. Pour out your sprinkles liberally on a plate or any flat surface and prepare another small plate with cling film laid over the top

4. Dip each marshmallow lolly into the chocolate to fully coat, there’s no special way to do this, I just dunked then twizzled round a few times to get rid of any excess 

5. Once covered in chocolate immediately roll in the sprinkles to make sure it’s fully coated

6. When finished, lay on top of the cling film lined plate

7. Once you have dunk and rolled your lollies, place in the fridge to set and enjoy!

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Are you tempted to make any of your own favours? I’m really tempted to do these for my big day because they were so simple

L+R

Wedding Playlists on Spotify

One of Rich’s cousin’s is a sound technician so has been able to provide all the sound system for our wedding reception for a great price. However that still means we need to provide the music and there is no point hiring a DJ when we have all the kit available.

Neither of us owns a laptop so downloading CD after CD is not an option and purchasing every song we want off ITunes is going to be too expensive. So I have just signed up to a Spotify Premium account for £9.99 a month which allows us to make playlists and download them so we can play offline… perfect wedding solution!

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I have only had it downloaded for half a day and have already sorted out 3 hours’ worth of music for my ‘Wedding Playlist’. There is a 30 day free trial as part of signing up so even if you tried it and don’t think it’s for you, it can be cancelled but you will have had a chance to play around with it.

There are thousands of tracks to choose from, new and old so it doesn’t matter if you have a specific era theme or you just want some cheesy chart tunes!

TOP TIP Our wedding is at a private address so we won’t need a music license to play but it may be worth looking into if you are paying to hire a venue

L+R

Homemade Favours - Cupcakes

Making homemade favours for your guests doesn’t have to be a stress, and it will be totally worth it to see them receive something you have lovingly made.

I think cupcakes are a great idea, they are just the right size to give everyone a little sweet treat, especially if they are flagging late on in the afternoon or evening and need a little sugar hit. Decorate them how you wish, with stars, hearts, iced with your initials, iced with their initials, the possibilities are endless!

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I used this BBC Food recipe and it makes the most amazingly springy and light cupcakes… I think the addition of the milk really makes all the difference! The icing recipe is also so delicious, it is now my ‘go to’ butter cream recipe.

INGREDIENTS

CUPCAKE RECIPE

  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g/4oz self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

BUTTERCREAM

  • 140g/5oz butter, softened
  • 280g/10oz icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • a few drops food colouring

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I iced mine slightly differently by adding a layer of jam and then a fondant star but the iced versions I tried out during my afternoon tea bakeathon.

TOP TIPInstead of a large floral centre piece you could incorporate your favours into the table display, with smaller vases dotted around

Would you try making your own favours?

L+R

1 Item: 3 Ways THE LUGGAGE TAG

These luggage tags create such a nice 1st impression for your handmade/ vintage/DIY wedding. You can pick all sizes and colours, I bought mine from Amazon £1.82 for a pack of 50. Simply use some of the stationary that you have coordinated to help make the magic happen!

1. Save the dates

Create a unique save the date with just the stamps mentioned in my earlier stationary posts

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2. RSVP

Use the stamp to let your guests know how to RSVP to you and simply tie on to your invite

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3. Table name cards

I wouldn’t advise to use the stamp for this one as it will be fiddly and time consuming to stamp these one by one with everybody’s names, just use the sharpie and ask someone with nice hand writing to fill these out. Tie to cups, napkin rings or cutlery

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Wedding Skin Preparation

 As a woman, I think each of us has an idea of how we want to look and feel on our wedding day. I think it’s important to feel the best possible version of yourself; by that I don’t mean that we need to lose 2 stone or make any drastic changes, it’s just feeling the best you possibly can on such a special day.

Looking after your skin is one of the easiest but possibly most important ways to get you looking healthy, fresh and glowing for that wedding day. My sister Harry (of Harry Makes It Up Beauty Blog) recently found out that I ashamedly had no skin care routine whatsoever and took my make up off with baby wipes…she was HORRIFIED.

She has since hooked me up with a few staple items…a cleanser/toner for removing make up, a cleansing milk, a moisturiser and a rich oil to use once a week. These basics should see you through.

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I started my ‘new’ regime in February so 7 months before the wedding and I can’t tell you how much of a difference it has made to my skin, it’s definitely softer and more supple, better late than never!

Are you trying anything special out for your wedding day skin?

L+R

Props and styling ideas #1

I am beyond happy that the trend for more handmade/personalised weddings has come into fruition, as I find this generally means there are lots of fun things that you can source or create yourself and really helps ease the pressure on that all important budget! There are some incredible companies up and down the country that offer an array of fun props and styling ideas for your venue to make it look unique, this brings me back to the Venue post I did earlier on; your venue doesn’t have to be all singing and all dancing, you can add that.

Below are my favourite ideas to jazz up your wedding venue:

Draped lighting – perfect for a venue with beams or pillars and look great when the sun goes down

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Bunting – Great for a vintage feel, totally transforms a marquee or village hall

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Huge balloons – either on the tables or hung from the ceiling

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Light up initials/signs – Amazing back drop to the wedding photos 

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All pictures taken from Pinterest

L+R