Win a seven-night honeymoon to Mexico

 

Bag yourselves an idyllic week away to the fabulous five-star Viceroy Riviera Maya

Imagine spending your first few days of married life strolling along powder-soft sands under a canopy of lush palms, hand-in-hand as newlyweds. Sound perfect? You could be there, diving into the azure waters and enjoying the exquisite beaches of Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico.[1]

The resort, which recently won the Travel + Leisure World’s Best award for Number-One Hotel in Mexico 2018, is your ultimate beachfront hideaway. The 41-villa resort is set amongst six acres on the sandy white Caribbean coastline which extends into the tropical Mayan rainforest. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed in true Mayan style – by a resident Shaman who will perform a traditional Mayan blessing. Sip your coconut and lemongrass welcome drink as your personal butler escorts you to your villa – it’s time to kick back and truly relax on a post-wedding trip of a lifetime.

Your spacious, elegantly appointed villa has its own plunge pool, private patio with handmade crochet hammock, high-ceiling thatched palapa roof and a choice of indoor and outdoor showers. Dine in one of the two restaurants, both of which serve made-to-order authentic Mexican dishes. You could even indulge in some tequila tasting, fresh ceviche and traditional churros with hot chocolate – yes please!

Prize package: One lucky couple will win a seven-night stay in a Luxury Villa on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The prize also includes a private dinner for two on one night.

To be in with a chance, simply enter your details below. Good luck!

Terms and conditions: Subject to availability. Prize is valid 1 May to 18 December 2019 or 1 May to 18 December 2020. Blackout dates apply, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The complimentary stay is non-transferrable and non-refundable, and no cash or credit alternatives will be offered. The prize does not include any food and beverages other than those stated above. The prize does not include flights, airport transfers, insurance, spending money or locally paid departure tax. The prize cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offers.


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References

  1. ^ Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico. (www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  4. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Win a bridal hair piece from Flourish by Victoria Percival

Flourish by Victoria Percival headpiece competition

Complete your big-day look with this handcrafted piece from Flourish by Victoria Percival

When it comes to adding the finishing touches to your dream W-day ensemble, finding the perfect hair accessory is key. And whether you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale-worthy crown, a delicate hair vine in romantic soft curls, or just a hint of sparkle in the form of pretty hair pins, Flourish – the brand new collection by expert hair and make-up artist Victoria Percival – has something for every modern bride. [1]

The three Flourish collections are inspired by celestial and botanical elements, featuring everything from crystal-encrusted star and moon hair pins to full-on tiaras and crystal barley crowns. 

“My favourite piece is the Estella Crown, as it’s intensely sparkly, comfortable and versatile,” reveals Victoria. “It can be worn to the side, as a traditional tiara or even pinned to the back of an up-do, with or without a veil.”

Each Flourish piece comes beautifully packaged in a luxury gift box with tarnish-free tissue paper and satin ribbon to ensure your pretty pieces stay perfectly preserved for years to come.

Flourish by Victoria Percival headpiece

To win the Estella crown, worth £165, enter your details in the form below. Good luck!

Terms and conditions: Subject to availability. This prize cannot be exchanged or refunded. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Delivery will aim to be made within 14 days of announcing the winner, unless the product is out of stock at the time of winning. For any out-of-stock item, the winner will be given an estimated re-stock date. In this case, please allow 30 days for delivery. For full terms and conditions, visit weddingideasmag.com 


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References

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

Geraldine and Don’s Stunning Historical Imperial Pre-Wedding Shoot

Geraldine and Don transformed into deities as well as an emperor and empress in their unique pre-wedding shoot that looks like it took place on the sets of popular Chinese dramas Legend of Fuyao and Story of Yanxi Palace!

Geraldine Tay, 28, Operation Specialist, and Don Ng, 30, Events Coordinator, met online, and hit it off so well that they applied for a BTO flat just four months into their relationship! Before they elope on a New Zealand mountaintop accessible only by helicopter next year, the unconventional couple transformed into a Chinese emperor and empress, and mythical deities, for a unique pre-wedding shoot that could have been set in any of the popular historical Chinese dramas Story of Yanxi Palace, Legend of Fuyao, or Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace!

How did you meet?

Geraldine: We met on a dating app where we chatted for about a week before we decided to meet up in real life as Don was in Bangkok for a short holiday with his friends. We actually set up a date for the day after he was back in Singapore.

What made you fall in love with your partner?

Geraldine: On our first date, I was dressed in formal attire and my makeup had already melted off. I remember complaining that my feet were hurting, and Don actually suggested that I head to the nearest clothing store to change, and helped me change my heels to flip-flops. He’s a true gentleman, and of course, he’s able to withstand my temper.

Don: I love her honesty and drive in life. She’s always very determined once she set her sights on her goals in life. For example, she planned for our upcoming honeymoon trip to New Zealand almost a year in advance, and has been accumulating miles for it since then.

What was the proposal like?

Don: Four months after we started dating, we made a mutual decision to try for a BTO apartment. Unexpectedly, we actually got a queue number, and since then, we have been planning for the marriage together without any proposal, as Geraldine isn’t a fan of proposals.

Tell us about the idea behind your unconventional pre-wedding shoot.

Geraldine: I chanced upon my friend’s photoshoot in Facebook and wanted a similar concept for our indoor studio wedding photography. Upon checking with her, we found out that Panzi has studios all over China. We were deciding between going to the Guangzhou or the Shanghai studio, and settled on Guangzhou as air tickets were cheaper and I’ve been there before.

The idea of the shoot was something unique and out of the norm for wedding photography. I think the fact that we would never get to wear such costumes that were usually only used in dramas, and discovering how we would have looked like in olden times, made it special.

How was your shoot?

Geraldine: We actually had two days of photoshoot as the first set of photos didn’t turn out to be what I wanted due to miscommunication. It was also an intimidating experience with the first photographer as he was a little stern with me. I’m not the most ladylike and flexible person, and couldn’t manage all the poses that he wanted. The second photographer was much friendlier and knew that I wanted a cooler and more modern kind of feel despite being in traditional costumes, and the shoot experience was more fun as we were able to connect with him. I was hoping to capture something that is beyond my normal Photoshop skills!

Don: It was an eye-opener as we didn’t expect the studio to be so well established, and they had a variety of costumes. It was funny when the first photographer would repeatedly command us to “挺胸,收腹,维持”, which translates to, “Straighten your backs, stick out your chests, and maintain your poses.” The second photographer made things easier and more relaxed as he would discuss the poses with us and asked for our input during the shoot.

Have your family and friends seen your photos? How did they react?

We posted some sneak photos on Instagram while we were doing the shoot, and some family members thought we were filming! Our friends thought that the photoshoot was special and unique, and told us that some of our costumes were right off the sets of dramas Legend of Fuyao and Story of Yanxi Palace . We didn’t watch any of the imperial period dramas and decided the look of the photoshoot based on what we thought was special.

When will the wedding be, and what are your plans for it?

We are actually planning a helicopter elopement and six-week honeymoon in New Zealand in April – June 2019, and just a lunch or dinner celebration with our friends and family in July 2019.

The Photographer: Panzi
The Shoot Location: Guangzhou
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Panzi
The Hair Accessories: Panzi


Credits: Photography by Panzi


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22 Festive Winter Wedding Ideas to Inspire Your Own Seasonal Soirée

Is there anything quite as magical as a winter wedding[1]? From holiday music to wintery florals[2], these seasonal wedding details can add warmth and charm to even the frostiest of days. If you're about to deck the halls of your wedding venue[3] for winter nuptials of your own, these festive winter wedding ideas are bound to inspire you.

We've recruited industry experts who have seen every snow-covered scenario to show you how you can make your big day a real life winter wonderland. From wearing warm-weather attire[4]—nothing says chic like adding a faux-fur coat[5] to your bridal style—to crafting an outdoor bar[6] to capture the spirit of the season (or should we say spirits!), here's everything you need to know to throw a festive fête worthy of the most magical time of the year.

Unwrap some of the season’s best in holiday and winter wedding décor[7]! Here are 22 of our favorite festive winter wedding ideas.

References

  1. ^ winter wedding (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wintery florals (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ wedding venue (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ warm-weather attire (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ faux-fur coat (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ bar (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ winter wedding décor (www.brides.com)

Real Brides: Bonfire Night Themed Wedding

Natalie and Simon opted for a bonfire night wedding theme. We’ve got their romantic engagement story and all the insight into their lovely wedding. Take some inspiration from their wedding gallery.

real wedding bonfire night Natalie and simon

Natalie and Simon met on the first day of her gap year in South Africa. She says that it took her a year to realise that she was in love with him.

The first two years of their relationship was long distance – he lived in Leicester and she lived in Chichester, but they had one day in London a month and they made every moment count.

One Saturday morning, Natalie’s housemate woke her up by waving a letter in her face. It was from Simon, informing Natalie that the day would be rather different from the one she had expected.

orange and red bouquet Natalie and Simons wedding bonfire night

The proposal involved a fun treasure hunt for letters with instructions that took her to a train station’s coffee shop where her favourite coffee was waiting. It took her on the train to London, to a flower stall for a single red rose, and finally on the tube to a private London garden. It was here Simon was standing and waiting in the cold, bright sunshine – with the ring.

Natalie and Simon are both Christians and so for them, the ceremony was the most important part of the day. Simon’s grandpa is a retired bishop, so it was an “incredible privilege” to have him marry them. Natalie recalls one of her best memories – standing at the front of the church and realising all of a sudden that she was finally Mrs Lloyd.

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The evening reception had a bonfire night theme, involving a keg of ale, hot spiced cider, soup and jacket potatoes. Humble and hearty food was just perfect for this wonderful day.

Natalie looked gorgeous in her Maggie Sottero gown, which she had had her eye on for ages. She accessorised with a chapel-length veil and, because she is quite tall, lace pumps from Rocket Dog. Simon’s dark blue slim-fit suit was from Moss Bros, which he wore with a white shirt and a gold silk tie and pocket square, with bright yellow socks. Natalie had found a photo on Pinterest and they managed to replicate the look perfectly.

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The bride had six bridesmaids[1] and two bubble girls (instead of scattering petals, they blew bubbles). The maids were old and dear friends of Natalie’s and Simon’s best friend from childhood, who turned up from abroad as a surprise to him.

The bridesmaids chose and paid for their own dresses as their wedding gift to the couple. The only condition was that they had to be bright orange, bright pink or coral. One of Simon’s favourite moments was standing up to do his speech. Seeing the room full of the most important people to him, telling everyone how awesome Natalie is and making them cry was “incredible!”.

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The autumnal, rustic theme started in the church with the flowers, which the church florist did brilliantly. Most of the other decorations were made by Natalie herself, and they borrowed metres and metres of fairy lights to enhance the fairytale look.

The cake table was a joint effort, with Natalie’s dad chopping up tree trunk ‘rounds’, her mum making vintage cake stands. A friend’s garden also provided leaves and pine cones to decorate around the homemade cakes.

Natalie loves cupcakes with a passion, but had so much to do in the lead up to her wedding that she enlisted the help of Georgina Beck to help. They were three types of cupcake including chocolate, apple and caramel and carrot. They looked too good to eat but were heavenly, “just as cupcakes should be,” says Natalie.

Natalie’s mum made over 100 tiny jars of marmalade as favours, which doubled up as place names. This lovely couple’s first dance was to Ben Howard’s Only Love and they enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in Edinburgh.

Suppliers

Ceremony: St Paul’s Church, Chichester
Reception: Barnham Community Hall
Dress: Maggie Sottero [2]
Groom: Suit from Moss Bros[3]
Florist: Gracie from The Flower Gallery[4]
Photographer: Natalie and Simon won their wedding photographer, Martin Pemberton[5],
in a Wedding Ideas competition!

Real wedding gallery

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References

  1. ^ bridesmaids (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Maggie Sottero  (www.maggiesottero.com)
  3. ^ Moss Bros (www.moss.co.uk)
  4. ^ The Flower Gallery (www.chichesterflowers.co.uk)
  5. ^ Martin Pemberton (www.martinpembertonphotography.co.uk)
  6. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  8. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Take Inspiration From This Marriage Bucket List

Once you’re married and past the honeymoon[1] phase, you may miss all the planning. We’ve pulled together the ultimate marriage bucket list to get you planning some fun excursions together.

big waterfall Take Inspiration From This Marriage Bucket List

Wedding Ideas Marriage Bucket List

Discover Somewhere New

Firstly, there’s nothing like a little adventure between couples. Why not start your bucket list with the promise of adventure? Try to discover somewhere new each year and build a lifetime of memories.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Go back to the places you have the best memories. Spark nostalgia and relive some of your best times so far.

Learn Something New

Whether it’s an instrument, a new language or something more physical like rock climbing, try learning a new skill together. If you thrive off competition or need moral support, the learning process will be better together.

learning an instrument cello player Take Inspiration From This Marriage Bucket Listoliverandruth.com

Visit a Show

Introduce some culture into your marriage. If you love music or West End shows, go see someone or something you’ve never seen before.

Get in Shape Together

It’s always a great idea to get regular exercise, and doing it with your partner also means neither of you will slack (hopefully). You’ll be able to really push each other to achieve your goals. Plus, couples who get fit together, stick together, right?

Indoor Fort

We’d say Netflix and chill but you’re way past those days. Build a fort, make it cosy and cute with all the right snacks. Some days just switching off and binging of good movies is what the soul needs. 

Go on Safari

Unleash the David Attenborough in you. See nature at its very best, search for the Big Five and really explore the open grasslands. Safaris are nothing short of amazing and taking this adventure together will only be even more special.

herd of giraffe safari Take Inspiration From This Marriage Bucket List

Keep a Journal

It’s cheesy, yes, but it’s like a time capsule. You can detail what you did each month or even your highlights from each year.  It can be letters, Facebook messages, e-mails or text messages that you’ve collected since you’ve been together. Plus, you’ll definitely enjoy reading back over them in the future too.

Create Your Dream House

This isn’t something that you will be able to tick off straight away, it’ll take time to save up but will be worth it. Building or buying your dream family home is definitely a winning bucket list item.

Conquer Your Fears

If your biggest fear is heights or even if it’s holding a spider, having your partner help conquer your fears will be a huge achievement. An easy bucket list contender.

Camping Trip

Nothing will test your patience more than trying to pitch a tent with poles together. If you don’t want to put any strain on your relationship then we’d recommend you go for a throw-up one. A camping trip is a nice escape for you both to really enjoy the outdoors. You could also ditch the phones and go off-grid if you feel so inclined.

cute puppy looking up couples bucket list

Get a pet

Own a pet together. We’re not saying go all our and own a dog, you can start small with a goldfish to test the water first – excuse the pun.

Go to a Festival

Never underestimate the power of music. Combined with large, cheerful crowds, booze and good food, you’re bound to have a good time. Festivals are great value for money and you can see multiple acts so there’s bound to be something for both of you.

Date Nights

Having one or two date nights every month means that you can both take an evening out of your undoubtedly busy schedule and embrace each other’s company for a few hours. It also gives you the chance to dress up if you want to.

Go on Separate Holidays

Finally, while it may be easy to start doing everything together, you still need to make time for your friends. Go away with your pals and enjoy your time apart. Plus, they do say distance makes the heart grow fonder.

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References

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

Six Things To Do After Getting Engaged

So he’s popped the question! You’re officially engaged and riding the high, but what do you do next? Here’s everything you need to do after getting engaged. Brace yourself for the best time of your life.

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Six Things To Do After Getting Engaged

Have a breather

It’s a big moment so make sure you enjoy every secondAfterwardsfterward, take some time to let it sink in. Get those nails finely manicured in preparation for the roadshow you’re about to take that ring on. For the first couple of weeks, try not to worry about the wedding or planning, simply revel in the moment.

Who to tell first and how

Whilst an announcement on social media seems an exciting and more effective way of telling more people in one go, its’s not always the best. It can go a long way to call close family and friends first to announce the big news. You could even use it as an excuse to have a family get together and make the announcement together. Then on, course, share online.

Collaborate

Marriage takes two people and a lot of careful decision making. Therefore, your brainstorming sessions should include everything from the general feel and look of the room, through to the specific venue, location and the food. Having a brainstorming session together makes the wedding planning so much more collaborative and exciting. There will always be some things which appear on both yours and your partners’ wish lists which you can use to build the foundations of your special day.

champagne reception Six Things To Do After Getting Engaged!

The Budget

Once you know what you want, the best way to kick-start the process is, to begin with the venue search and getting some quotes. Asking friends who have recently got married is also very insightful. From there you can begin to really figure out how long it will take you to save up for the wedding of your dreams.

RELATED: How Romantic Was Your Partner With Their Proposal To YOU?! Find Out Where He/She Is On The Romance Scale! [1]

Be Open Minded

When you’re on the hunt for a wedding venue, don’t be too quick to discount those which don’t have everything you want. It’s similar to buying a house, when you find the right one it will just feel right and you will be able to overlook the fact it may not everything on your list. It is recommended to always view a variety of places before paying a deposit.

Remain Strong

Once you announce you’re engaged you will no doubt be inundated with people offering a helping hand. Although this can be helpful, remember it’s your big day and not theirs. If Aunt Sally thinks 80’s style plastic flowers are a must if it’s not what you want to remember you can just say no.

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References

  1. ^ Find Out Where He/She Is On The Romance Scale!  (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ READ MORE: (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Christmas Competitions day Eighteen: Win a £150 Room to Sleep Voucher

Count down to Christmas with Wedding Ideas’ 24 Days of Christmas Competitions[1] Advent Calendar, where we’re giving away one prize for each day in December – here’s what you can win on 18 December…

24 Days of Christmas Competitions Wedding ideas Advent Calendar 2018

Christmas Competitions day Eighteen: Win a £150 Room to Sleep Voucher

Christmas Competitions day Eighteen: Win a £150 Room To Sleep Voucher

For 18 December, we’ve teamed up with luxury online retailer, Room to Sleep, to give away a £150 voucher to spend online.

Room to Sleep

At Room to Sleep you’ve guessed it, we simply love…sleep! Discover our beautiful bedroom furniture collections and divine finishing touches that will help you create your perfect sanctuary to escape from the world.

Our design led online store offers luxurious statement pieces to glam up a space and take it to the next level.

Indulge in our carefully hand-picked selection of bedroom furniture pieces from modern to traditional, uber cool to French chic style beds and bedroom furniture.

Christmas Competitions day Eighteen: Win a £150 Room to Sleep Voucher

Exclusive handmade upholstered beds in luxurious velvet, felts and linens, woods, metal and perfectly painted bed frames.

Brighten up your bedroom with our stunning range of lighting and indulge in our bed linen and throws collections, perfect for adding texture, colour and style – everything you need to create a cosy, homely haven.

Whatever your style, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our dreamy collections.

Christmas Competitions day Eighteen: Win a £150 Room to Sleep Voucher

Wedding Ideas have teamed up with Room to Sleep to offer a lucky reader the chance to win a £150 shopping voucher.  The voucher can be spent on the Room to Sleep website.

To explore the full range visit, www.roomtosleep.co.uk[2] or call 0333 016 0766 and a member of the team will happily discuss your requirements.

To enter this Christmas competition, simply fill in the form below…

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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References

  1. ^ Wedding Ideas’ 24 Days of Christmas Competitions (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ www.roomtosleep.co.uk (www.roomtosleep.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

10 Tips for Keeping fit Over the Festive Season

With all the mince pies, boxes of chocolate and pigs-in-blankets about, Christmas isn’t always so kind on our waistlines. So we’ve pulled together our 10 top tips for keeping fit over the festive season.

woman stretching in park 10 Tips for Keeping fit Over the Festive Season

Keeping fit Over the Festive Season

Keep Yourself in Check

It’s easy to indulge in a few extra mince pies during the festive season, so keeping yourself in check is essential if you don’t want any extra pounds making their way onto your waistline. An easy way of doing this is to buddy up with someone and make sure you are both on the same page. It’s really easy to feel like you are ‘missing out’ if you’re doing it alone, but you are more likely to stay focused if you are given the task of motivating someone else. Food diaries are the perfect way to keep track of calorie consumption as well.

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Set Yourself Goals

If you set yourself a goal, for example, still being able to fit into your favourite LBD by the end of the festive season (without the aid of a whalebone corset) you will be more likely to reign yourself in. Try it on once a week to see how you’re going. This is far better than weighing yourself as your actual mass has very little to do with what shape you’re in. Also, signing up for a half marathon or 5 mile Race for Life taking place in the New Year is another way to keep on your toes.

Don’t Treat Yourself to Food

Make sure a piece of crackling or an extra mince pie isn’t something that you allow yourself as a reward for ‘good eating’. The most important thing is that you don’t associate the reward with food. If you manage to stick to your goals, treat yourself to a blow dry or new lipstick instead.

roasted colourful root vegetables wedding dress plan

Walk it off

This time of year is notorious for lovely long meals with many courses and a glass or two of wine or bubbles. If after every one of these you take yourself off for a brisk 30-40 minute walk, you’ll aid the digestive process and stop yourself from wanting a snooze. Also, after a big meal, your blood will concentrate on your digestive area which can make you feel sleepy. By keeping it pumping around your body, you will speed up the metabolic process.

Short and Sharp

While there is probably a long list of things that you would rather be doing, make sure you set aside 15 minutes twice a day to do short, sharp bursts of exercise. Studies show that the intensity of your workout is far more important than the time spent doing it. There are also numerous apps that will give you a workout in 15 minutes or less.

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Get it Over With

The lack of sunlight at this time of the year can be very demotivating, but don’t wait until the afternoon to get your workout in. If you have a house full of extended family, try to get up a little earlier and pop to the gym before they rise. Not allowing your routine to be knocked off kilter is something you need to be disciplined about.

Cook it Yourself

One easy way to keep your nutritional intake in line is to make everything for yourself.[1] While this might be a very labour intensive thing to do, the reward is far greater.

Festive Family Exercise

Pop your ice skates on and get moving. You’ll get an excellent workout without feeling like you’re over-exerting yourself. Your legs and core will thank you later.

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Eat What You Want

If you are not willing to give up on all the treats that come at this time of year, there are two things you need to know to keep on top of your wedding-ready body. Firstly, don’t go overboard. Keep your portions small and discipline yourself to only allow the bare minimum in order to get your kicks. There’s no need to have four roast potatoes when just one will do the trick of satisfying you.

Secondly, you will need to work harder in the gym to counterbalance the massive increase of calories you are taking in. It’s simple maths; if you eat more than you burn, it will be stored as fat.

Try a Winter Sport

Finally, this is a great one for those that like to keep active no matter what the season. Winter sports are often very sociable and are great for your core. A six-hour day of skiing can burn up to 3,000 calories.


How to Achieve a Mint Green Wedding Theme

Pretty pastel tones are seriously on trend for wedding themes right now! A mint green wedding theme is a super gorgeous colour scheme, that looks lovely on it’s own or mixed with other colours. See what Becci’s loving this week.

How to Achieve a Mint Green Wedding Theme

Beautiful bridesmaids

If you’re going for a mint colour scheme your bridesmaids will thank you for choosing a softer hue, as it’s flattering on all skin tones. Pair their dresses with colourful bouquets or keep things simple with neutral flowers.

Superb stationery

By having your wedding invitations in keeping with your colour scheme, you’re subtly giving your guests a heads-up.

mint green wedding invitations

Wonderful wedding cakes

We love how this mint green cake stands out. Green lends itself perfectly to being adorned in flowers and greenery too.

mint green wedding cake

Cute confetti

We love this idea of colour-themed confetti and it’s a lovely addition to your mint green wedding theme. You’ll definitely have that perfect confetti moment in your photographs and it’s so simple to achieve.

mint green and white confetti hydrangea petals

Stunning shoes

We love the idea of coloured wedding shoes that guests may only just get a flash of. Like a surprise flash of colour and homage to your overall theme. Mint green is also such a delicate colour so it will look great in photos.

mint green ASOS shoes wedding themeBuy these shoes here[1]

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References

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