7 Signs he’s About to Propose

Chances are if you’re looking at this website you’re hoping your partner is about to propose. If you’ve got a hunch he may pop the question, here are a few of the subtle signs to look out for.

just married couple signs he's about to propose

7 Signs He’s About To Propose To You

Talking point

Firstly, when you usually bring up the subject of marriage, he either changes the subject or his eyes glaze over. However, you may have noticed he’s more engaged recently. In fact, nowadays he actually turns off the PlayStation to talk in more depth about it and what you’re interested in.

Saving £££s

Has he suddenly got all enthusiastic about saving money and tightening his belt? This is particularly sketchy if he’s never really taken an interest in budgets and spreadsheets before.

Missing jewellery

So your favourite rings seem to have gone missing for a few days, but then mysteriously reappears in the same place. Suspicious? We think so.

BFFs with your dad

All of a sudden he has become best friends with your dad. Have you noticed a sudden increase of golf weekends and pints at the local? Manicure time.

Acting out of character

Does your partner seem quite nervous or shifty lately? Is he more stressed than usual? We recommend you book in for that manicure. He could be getting nervous about dropping down on one knee.

Newfound jewellery expert

Has he become more interested in your jewellery collection? Has he asked about your favourite ring? Flippantly asked what size it is? We don’t need to spell this out for you.

7 Signs He's About To Propose To You…

Exciting phone calls

Finally, are your family paying a closer interest in you? More frequent phone calls from your over-excited mum? Maybe she knows something you don’t…

Whilst the signs may be there, we wouldn’t recommend you get your hopes set on it. If he’s booked dinner somewhere nice, manage your expectations, he will no doubt want to surprise you. Plus, the surprise is the best bit, you don’t want to ruin it for yourself.

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Top Tips for Beautiful Wedding Flowers

Choosing wedding flowers can be a bit of a minefield but it needn’t be, simply enlist the help of a reputable florist to bring your ideas to life. From the bridal bouquet to buttonholes and blooms for the venue, flowers are a wonderful way to enhance the visual impact of a wedding. Take note of these tips for beautiful wedding flowers so you’re ready to impress your florist.

pink roses bouquet Top tips for beautiful wedding flowers from

Top Tips for Beautiful Wedding Flowers

It’s easy to get swept up in the world of Pinterest and Instagram for wedding flower inspiration, but the costs can quickly spiral. Start with your vision, and scale back to save costs where you can. See more below.

Florist, Elizabeth Marsh, shared her insight on floral trends for brides-to-be:

“With trends towards bronze and copper tones, there is a definite move away from silver. Rose gold and brass hues are also popular. We’re seeing more use of succulents and unusual plants and foliage, which keeps costs down.

“Brides and grooms are also taking more interest in the visual impact of their reception tables, theming tableware with floral centrepieces. The power of the flower is now more important than ever

tips for beautiful weddings flowers Elizabeth marsh purple bouquet

How to maximise your budget and still have great wedding flowers:

  • Ingenuity in design – it is possible to break flowers down to the individual florets and place them nonchalantly to decorate a dining table, without blowing your budget. Branches and other sculptural elements that can be re-used, reducing the cost passed on to the customer.
  • Less is often more – Displays that include fewer flowers, often use them more intensely so that the impact is created by different means than a full arrangement containing multiple blooms. Filling every corner or available surface with flowers can be overkill. When this happens, the eye becomes overwhelmed and the brain can no longer take in the vision. The result is that the floral arrangement is not only expensive, but the impact of the flowers is actually reduced.
  • Seasonal Blooms – look for flowers in season, avoiding expensive transportation costs from far-flung corners of the world. There are likely to be very many seasonal options in your chosen colours.
  • A trend towards a simpler era – there is a certain charming naivety about some of the less expensive flowers. These generally tend towards the field flowers, daisies and grasses, tall wispy and romantic, which are quite on trend for weddings.

Thank you to Elizabeth Marsh Floral Designs[1] for the insight on this article.

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References

  1. ^ Elizabeth Marsh Floral Designs (www.emfd.co.uk)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  4. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Wedding Diet: Top Tips for Slimming Brides This Christmas

For most of us, the festive season means one thing; a free pass to eat what we want without the guilt. But what about the brides-to-be on their wedding diet?

girls eating christmas dinner Wedding Diet: Top Tips for Slimming Brides This Christmas

Wedding Diet: Top Tips for Slimming Brides This Christmas

For those who are concerned about weight gain over Christmas, you can stop fretting. Ramsay Health Care UK[1], experts in weight loss surgery and their team of nutritional experts provide their top tips on how to maintain a trim waistline this party season.

Be wise with alcohol

We all know alcohol can be a real barrier when it comes to shifting those unwanted pounds. If you enjoy a tipple or five, you’ll know the cravings are the aftermath- as much as the hangover. If you find it easy to stay on track throughout the week but enjoy a tipple at the weekend then no doubt you’re concerned about all the boozing over Christmas.

The biggest downfall of binge drinking is the hidden calories. The average women needs 1,500 calories per day to lose one pound per week, according to Authority Nutrition[2]. With that said, a glass of wine alone can contain up to 160 calories and 600 per bottle. If you’re a lover of white wine, consider soda spritzers. If you like a mixer, opt for sugar-free mixers with your spirit of choice. This will drastically save you calories.

Another tip is to drink a glass of water between each beverage to help prevent you from feeling too dehydrated.  

Don’t Over Spend

Don’t be tempted to over buy. When shopping, be realistic about the amount of food you will actually consume. There’s no harm in being safe, but the chances are if it’s leftover and in the cupboard, it’s probably going to get eaten.

More than one in ten of us (11%) believe that fatty foods are much cheaper than fruit and vegetables, which isn’t always the case. The average cost of getting five portions of fruit or vegetables per day is £2.50, making the holidays a great time to introduce more fresh produce into your diet.

healthy christmas dinner for slimming brides

Be your own host 

There’s no doubt that you’ll be invited to a wealth of parties throughout December and New Year, but you won’t know what’s going to be served up. Consider hosting your own event, where you won’t feel pressured to polish of what’s on your plate and be tempted to indulge. Perhaps serve your dinner on a smaller plate to manage your portions better.

Make small change on Christmas day, such as serving a vegetable-based soup to start. Have turkey as your main meat and grill the rest to ensure as much fat as possible is drained. Opt for a homemade fruit pudding for dessert too.

Remind yourself

In a recent survey of 1,200 UK adults, 29% of us blamed ‘lack of willpower’ for not eating well, so it’s important to keep your main aim at the front of your mind. Try to set yourself smaller goals this Christmas, and remember that any progress is good progress.

If you have previously lowered your caloric intake, perhaps up this a little once or twice per week to avoid the urge to overindulge. If you do happen to go over, make up for this by upping your activity level (a crisp winter walk can be just as relaxing as sitting on the sofa).

Enjoy it

Lastly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Remember it’s Christmas and you should be having fun. People are most likely to overeat when they are bored (40%), so just make sure you keep busy and active to ensure you burn more calories than you consume, to avoid the Christmas pounds.

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References

  1. ^ Ramsay Health Care UK (www.ramsayhealth.co.uk)
  2. ^ Authority Nutrition (authoritynutrition.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

How To Decorate A Romantic Winter Wedding

If you’re planning a winter wedding, we have plenty of hints and tips to help get you started. There’s plenty of scope for you to play around with themes and ideas, plus the colder months lend themselves perfectly to elegant and romantic weddings.

kissing couple at snowy wedding Decorate Your Winter Wedding With these Decorative Ideas claire-morgan.com

Decorate Your Winter Wedding With these Decorative Ideas

Start with candlelight for a simple way to create a warm and romantic atmosphere. When teamed with gilded mirrors and gold hurricane vases[1] you’ll achieve a beautiful glistening and glamorous effect for each tabletop.

festive table setting with tapered candles and leaf green runner winter wedding decorations lindseyocker.com

Rich and luxurious colours and textures also work well this season. Try plush velvet serviettes, sequin table runners (get one in rose gold right here[2]) and deep burgundy and navy accents. For subtler supporting colours, try shades of taupe, antique white and natural linen.

Buy some tapered green candles here. [3]

If your venue has a selection of tables and chairs available to use, or you’ll be hiring them in yourselves, the warm tones of dark woods will enhance the rest of your decorations to best effect at this time of year.

framed pictures and flowers winter wedding ideas lindseyocker.com

You might associate the sweet fragrance and pretty colours of flowers with summer weddings, but they are absolutely as essential in the colder months, too. Again, keeping to a colour scheme of opulent, jewel-like tones will add the warmth and grandeur that makes a winter wedding feel truly magical.

Add Some Greenery

Garlands of greenery add natural texture and look especially good in the wintery half-light when paired with the silvery blue shades of eucalyptus. You’ll spend more time indoors, so use garlands to highlight your venue’s amazing features, like a sweeping staircase or a fireplace.

rustic wedding setting, tree trunks with lanterns and greenery winter wedding decorations lindseyocker.com

Buy some cylinder vases like these here[4].

Sparklers

With early nightfall, a winter wedding is the perfect call for sparklers. Hand these to your guests to use when you and your new husband make your big entrance. When it comes to wedding sparklers, bigger is always better, you don’t want your guests standing around with a small dead sparkler. Buy some giant wedding sparklers here.[5]

Wedding sparklers

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  4. ^ Buy some cylinder vases like these here (www.amazon.co.uk)
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  6. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
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5 Reasons To Propose This Christmas

There’s no better time than Christmas to pop the question but how do you pick the perfect moment to propose? Here’s how to make the most of this magical season and make it extra special.

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5 Reasons To Propose This Christmas

Proposing to the love of your life[1] is possibly the single most nail-biting experience one could ever face. The stress of getting that one special moment right can be the biggest decision you will ever have to make. If you’re thinking of asking for your partner’s hand in marriage, now’s the perfect time to decide just how you’d like to do it.

The Perfect Christmas Gift

This Christmas, express your adoration with the perfect gift that symbolises love, commitment and desire – and that is with the diamond engagement ring of her dreams. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a girl’s best friend. Present it on Christmas morning, during a walk or over breakfast in bed.

At a Special Gathering

If you’re a confident person and want to show everyone just how much your partner means to you, why not propose in front of your friends and family around the dinner table? Alternatively, if you want that special moment just to be between the two of you, pop the question in private and then make the announcement later in the day. Let everyone be part of your joy.

The Christmas Glow

There’s no denying that the Christmas[2] period holds a certain magic in the air. Why not pop the question while you’re putting the finishing touches to your decorations? That way, your first selfie as an engaged couple[3] will be in front of all those sparkling lights.

RELATED: 11 things they don’t tell you about getting engaged…[4]

The Christmas Sales

Now amongst all the emotive reasons to propose, we have to enclose at least one practical suggestion and that, of course, is money. One of the many great things we love about Christmas is its winter sales. Whether it’s been a good year for you or not, we all love a sale, so why not take advantage and buy her dream engagement ring at a fraction of the cost.

Winter proposal outdoors 5 Reasons To Propose This Christmas!

New Year, Fresh Start

The end of the year often represents a time of growth for many couples. With a few weeks away until the New Year, resolutions tend to occupy our minds. Why not take that leap of faith and look forward to the next step that love can bring by binding it all together with a lifelong commitment.

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  3. ^ first selfie as an engaged couple (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ 11 things they don’t tell you about getting engaged… (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  7. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

7 Christmas Tree Inspired Winter Wedding Decoration Ideas

‘Tis the season of baubles and holly, mulled wine and mince pies and all manner of festive treats. However, today we’re talking about every Yuletide centrepiece… the Christmas tree. Here are seven winter wedding decoration ideas you could craft or create from a Christmas tree.

gold stag decorations Christmas wedding decorations

Christmas Tree-Inspired Winter Wedding Decoration Ideas

We’ve taken some inspiration from some crafty and imaginative brides. How could we not when the results are this good?

hanging tree garland Find pretty winter wedding decoration ideas Photography by meredithbrockington.com on Cute Wedding Ideas via Pinterest[1]

To create the look above, tie together fronds from the fir trees. Once you’ve created trailing lengths, attach them to a wooden frame, add festoon lights and you’ve got yourself a festive backdrop.

Festive centrepieces

potted Christmas candles for wedding decoration centrepieces Live DIY Ideas via Pinterest[2]

For a miniature twist on Christmas trees, trim off some foliage and tuck it into terracotta pots. Add a candle, berries and moss for colour and texture. Finally, light the candle for a twinkling centrepiece that looks great when several are dotted along a trestle table.

Find pretty winter wedding decoration ideas by taking Christmas trees for your inspiration! From centrepieces to ceremony backdrops, we show you how...MyWedding via Pinterest[3]

For a festive table centre in a flash, simply purchase miniature Christmas trees and place them straight on the tabletops. You can dress the pots in a hessian or colour coordinated wrap. you can also add baubles or lights for a finishing touch.

Festive Settings

festive garland arch wedding decorationProject Wedding via Pinterest[4]

Create a sweeping garland of Christmas tree branches for a festive twist on perennially popular flower arches. There’s no need to worry about many flowers being out of season with this winter wedding decoration idea.

Snowy outdoor Christmas table setting with personalised tartan throwsAlicia King Photography via Ruffled Blog via Pinterest[5]

Of course, you could go all out and use Christmas trees as a feature winter wedding decoration by lining an entire wall with them. Take inspiration from this snowy scene. Add golden candle holders, cosy blankets and also red goblets for a festive chair and table dressings.

fir tree table runner with Christmas red roses for wedding decorations JoPhoto via Style Me Pretty via Pinterest[6]

Foliage table runners have been popular on the wedding scene this year, often created from eucalyptus branches. Give yours a seasonal style by choosing evergreen foliage and peppering it lightly with bright berries or red roses.

Subtle Touches

hand tied fir tree leaves and ribbon on a chair for wedding decorations Weddingomania via Pinterest[7]

Finally, for a low-key but lovely ceremony decoration, gather together posies of Christmas tree foliage. Next, simply tie each posy to the chairs that line the aisle with a silk ribbon. You could choose a dyed variety to enhance your colour scheme too.

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Winter Wedding DIY Decor Ideas With Poinsettia

A fiery, foraged woodland wreath

This wild and textured wreath design is easy to recreate and really suits that other-worldly, woodland feel that’s been all over Instagram this year.

You will need:

A selection of festive foliages – either forage for yourself or ask your florist to source some for you. Think blue pine, spruce, Nordmann fir, juniper twigs, eucalyptus, twigs. You will also need a selection of poinsettias in varied sizes and colours, pillar candles, twine or green florist string. And finally a round tray.

Simply arrange your plants and foliages on your tray in a wreath shape. Placing sprigs on top of one another in a circular motion will create an effective, rounded shape.

Loosely tie sprigs together to hold the shape. Then add your four Christmas candles to finish off the arrangement.

wreath table setting for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas with Poinsettia

Fairytale festive hanging details

Christmas decorations for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Simple and effective, these festive hangings play along the lines of a Christmas take on boho bunting. They are made all the more special by personal touches and special details like teeny tiny jars holding cut poinsettia bracts.

You will need:

Some red string, wooden clothes pegs, sprigs of festive foliage (spruce, fir, pine etc.), personal additions like photos, postcards or hand-made paper snowflakes too. You’ll also need some miniature glass bottles, gold leaf or stickers and mini poinsettia plants.

You will need to attach your red string so it hangs across the room, or the area you’d like decorated. Use wooden clothes pegs, or more string, to attach your decorative bits like photos and foliage.

Decorate your glass bottles with gold leaf or stickers. Cut bracts from your mini poinsettia plants and seal the ends of the stem by dipping in boiling water for 20 seconds. Finally, tie the glass bottles firmly to your line, carefully pour in water and insert a poinsettia bract in each.

Poinsettia & Cactus Arrangements

It’s told that a little girl named Pepita was too poor to buy a real present for baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Alternatively, she picked green twigs from a shrub on her way to church and tied them into a bouquet. When she placed her gift at the foot of the altar, suddenly the twigs bloomed in a magnificent red. From this day forward it became the country’s official Christmas flower.

potted plants for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Wild Winter Poinsettia 

This is an alternative bridal bouquet idea if you’re looking for something seasonal and a little less cliche. This one was created by award-winning wedding florist based in Hampshire using winter foliage. These included spirea, roses, viburnum, convolvulus, delphinium, reindeer moss, feathers and cream Poinsettia too.

wild flower bouquet for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Sparkling Christmas Decor Cones

You will need:

Stiff craft paper, gold pipe cleaners, mini-poinsettias, decorative tape, a stapler.

Firstly, roll your craft paper into cones and stick together with tape. Staple the gold pipe cleaners to create little handles for your cones.

Without removing your mini-poinsettias from the plastic pots you bought them in, insert them into the cones. It’s best to keep them in their planters so that they can be removed and watered without soaking the paper.

Finally, hang your poinsettia cones on a tree, from the ceiling of your venue or to dress each place at your wedding tables.

Poinsettia hanging cones for Xhristmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Poinsettia plant care fast facts

From November, poinsettias are available in stores everywhere. Dense foliage and yellow-green budding flowers in-between the coloured bracts are a sure sign of quality. Protect your poinsettia from the wind and transport it quickly to its warm new home. Keep it in a bright, warm spot (around 20° C). It can be close to a radiator, but not in direct sunlight or near draughts – so keep away from open doors, windows and fireplaces. Only water it when the soil is almost completely dry.

To use poinsettia leaves as fresh flowers in a vase, cut the bracts, dip the cut end in boiling water for 20 seconds, then immediately in cold water. You are then ready to arrange.

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References

  1. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  3. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

5 things to consider when building your wedding gift list

Married couple gift listThe Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop[1] explains how to build the ultimate wedding gift list for your big day

Creating a wedding gift list can be one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your big day, and has lots of added benefits, too.

Not only will it save your guests the time and effort of finding a suitable present, but in turn you’ll also receive gifts you actually like, rather than the kind of items that end up hidden away at the back of the cupboard.

So, when it comes to building your own wedding gift list, where do you start? We called upon the team at the UK’s longest established gift service, The Wedding Shop[2], to ask their top tips and advice – here’s what they had to say…

Upgrade basic items

Pink bathroomThe Wedding Shop

If, like many couples, you have been living together for a while before you get married, a wedding gift list is the perfect opportunity to upgrade the everyday items you have in your house or flat already.

Whether it’s lavish new bed linen, gorgeously soft towels, or that coffee maker you’ve both always wanted, your gift-list is the perfect opportunity to ask for those little luxuries that will make daily life that bit more special.

Choose gifts that reflect your personalities

Pink armchairThe Wedding Shop

It’s always best for you both to be involved in the gift-list building process from the very start – that way, members from each of your families will be able to purchase items with either one or both of you in mind.

At The Wedding Shop[3], we also offer a range of experiences[4], or you can opt for a honeymoon fund[5], so that you’ll have something special to look forward to after the big day. With our flexible service, you’ll be able to get the gifts that you really want.

Include a range of price points

Blue sofaThe Wedding Shop

Make sure to include a wide range of price points within your selection. You’ll be surprised at how generous your guests will be, so it’s a good idea to include higher-priced items, too!

Plus, at The Wedding Shop[6] we offer the option of Group Gifting, allowing multiple guests to contribute to those pricier items, so you can list that sofa you’ve always wanted.

Start building your list early

Clock on wallThe Wedding Shop

It’s a good idea to create your gift list before you send out your invitations, so that you can let your guests know how to purchase you a gift at the same time.

The Wedding Shop also offers complementary insert cards, which you can include within your invitations to let guests know how to find your gift list. Alternatively, you can send out a URL link to your personal list, or add it to your wedding website.

Be flexible

Cactus plantsThe Wedding Shop

A lot can change in the space of a year, so it’s important to opt for a service that gives you the flexibility that you’ll need.

At The Wedding Shop, we give you the option to swap products before finalising your gift[7] selection, so that you can receive the gifts that you really want.

The Wedding Shop delivers flexibility and unlimited choice, with a personal touch and expert advice from our Gift Gurus[8]. Combine products you love with honeymoon and cash contributions and even add a charity fund that is close to your heart. Create your ultimate gift list[9] today at weddingshop.com[10].

READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out[11]


References

  1. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  2. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  3. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  4. ^ range of experiences (www.weddingshop.com)
  5. ^ honeymoon fund (www.weddingshop.com)
  6. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  7. ^ gift (www.weddingshop.com)
  8. ^ Gift Gurus (www.weddingshop.com)
  9. ^ ultimate gift list (www.weddingshop.com)
  10. ^ weddingshop.com (www.weddingshop.com)
  11. ^ READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out (www.weddingideasmag.com)

5 things to consider when building your wedding gift list

Married couple gift listThe Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop[1] explains how to build the ultimate wedding gift list for your big day

Creating a wedding gift list can be one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your big day, and has lots of added benefits, too.

Not only will it save your guests the time and effort of finding a suitable present, but in turn you’ll also receive gifts you actually like, rather than the kind of items that end up hidden away at the back of the cupboard.

So, when it comes to building your own wedding gift list, where do you start? We called upon the team at the UK’s longest established gift service, The Wedding Shop[2], to ask their top tips and advice – here’s what they had to say…

Upgrade basic items

Pink bathroomThe Wedding Shop

If, like many couples, you have been living together for a while before you get married, a wedding gift list is the perfect opportunity to upgrade the everyday items you have in your house or flat already.

Whether it’s lavish new bed linen, gorgeously soft towels, or that coffee maker you’ve both always wanted, your gift-list is the perfect opportunity to ask for those little luxuries that will make daily life that bit more special.

Choose gifts that reflect your personalities

Pink armchairThe Wedding Shop

It’s always best for you both to be involved in the gift-list building process from the very start – that way, members from each of your families will be able to purchase items with either one or both of you in mind.

At The Wedding Shop[3], we also offer a range of experiences[4], or you can opt for a honeymoon fund[5], so that you’ll have something special to look forward to after the big day. With our flexible service, you’ll be able to get the gifts that you really want.

Include a range of price points

Blue sofaThe Wedding Shop

Make sure to include a wide range of price points within your selection. You’ll be surprised at how generous your guests will be, so it’s a good idea to include higher-priced items, too!

Plus, at The Wedding Shop[6] we offer the option of Group Gifting, allowing multiple guests to contribute to those pricier items, so you can list that sofa you’ve always wanted.

Start building your list early

Clock on wallThe Wedding Shop

It’s a good idea to create your gift list before you send out your invitations, so that you can let your guests know how to purchase you a gift at the same time.

The Wedding Shop also offers complementary insert cards, which you can include within your invitations to let guests know how to find your gift list. Alternatively, you can send out a URL link to your personal list, or add it to your wedding website.

Be flexible

Cactus plantsThe Wedding Shop

A lot can change in the space of a year, so it’s important to opt for a service that gives you the flexibility that you’ll need.

At The Wedding Shop, we give you the option to swap products before finalising your gift[7] selection, so that you can receive the gifts that you really want.

The Wedding Shop delivers flexibility and unlimited choice, with a personal touch and expert advice from our Gift Gurus[8]. Combine products you love with honeymoon and cash contributions and even add a charity fund that is close to your heart. Create your ultimate gift list[9] today at weddingshop.com[10].

READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out[11]


References

  1. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  2. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  3. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  4. ^ range of experiences (www.weddingshop.com)
  5. ^ honeymoon fund (www.weddingshop.com)
  6. ^ The Wedding Shop (www.weddingshop.com)
  7. ^ gift (www.weddingshop.com)
  8. ^ Gift Gurus (www.weddingshop.com)
  9. ^ ultimate gift list (www.weddingshop.com)
  10. ^ weddingshop.com (www.weddingshop.com)
  11. ^ READ MORE: What’s your perfect wedding gift list? Take the quiz to find out (www.weddingideasmag.com)

Should your Groom see Your Wedding Dress?

It’s a given that your dream dress will be discovered in the company of your best girls, be that your mum, sisters or friends, but should your groom see your wedding dress too? If you’re a stickler for tradition or err on the side of superstition, your answer will likely be no, he can wait until you get to the aisle.

Twirling bride- Should your Groom see Your Wedding Dress?LOLAROSEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Should your Groom see Your Wedding Dress?

For some couples, seeing each other before the ceremony has become the new favourite, taking away their nerves, giving them a private moment together, and allowing for some beautiful first look photos to be taken.

So we’ve rounded up some arguments for and against letting your groom see your wedding dress so you can decide what is right for you.

Keep it Secret

  • It’s bad luck to even see each other before the wedding, let alone for him to see your wedding dress, too!
  • You want it to be a surprise for everyone, including him, so you can fully enjoy your big moment.
  • As you step down the aisle, emotions will be high, so when he sees you, his beautiful bride, for the first time it’ll be ten times more amazing.
  • He loves you for you, so you know he’ll love whatever dress you choose.
Just married couple- Should your groom see your wedding dress Credit: Jessica O’Shaughnessy

Let him see

  • You don’t have to show him ages in advance, it can still be a surprise for your wedding day, but by seeing each other in the morning before the ceremony, you can reassure each other and whisk away any wedding nerves[1], letting you enjoy the moment fully when the time comes.
  • These days, many photographers give you the option of first look photos (add them to this list[2] of your essential photos so your photographer knows what to get). This way, you won’t be leaving it to chance to capture your groom’s expression when he sees you – they’ll do that for you.
  • Depending on how traditional you are intending to go, your bridesmaids may be dressed the same. In the old days, the tradition[3] was to dress your bridesmaids the same as the bride, in white. This was to confuse evil spirits
  • If you had a say in his suit choice, it’s only fair that he should get to give your dress choice the once over too, right?

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References

  1. ^ wedding nerves (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ this list (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ tradition (www.weddingideasmag.com)