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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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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  3. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

If you’re a creative, hands-on kind of a bride, you’re probably considering putting together a lot of your wedding day yourself. Whilst being creative means you can be more thrifty, you may not have the right experience when it comes to flower arrangements. Follow our guide on DIY wedding flowers and all will be fine.

The dos and Don'ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

Firstly, you need to consider the time of year that you’re getting married. Look around you and think about what’s going to be in bloom. Not only will you be able to source your flowers more easily and inexpensively, you’ll also be keeping your green credentials if you don’t require exotic blooms to be shipped in from overseas out of season. Remember, if you’re getting married around Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day then you’ll pay a premium for your flowers.

So if you’re getting married in the spring, it’s going to be flowers like narcissi, hyacinths and tulips. In the autumn, you’re going to be opting for colourful brights like dahlias, hydrangeas and maybe branches of fruits and berries to decorate your venue too.

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Think about your theme

Give yourself plenty of time to think about your flowers and decide what you want. Have a theme. This could be seasonal, colour-led or a style such as vintage or country garden. Maybe take an evening class in flower arranging, which will also show you how to keep flowers looking their best.

Rustic charm

Country-style wedding lends itself best to a handmade wedding with DIY flowers. You can have simple jam jars crammed with wildflowers, cornflowers and roses as centrepieces on your reception tables. These will look charming and rustic and moreover, they will look handmade, which is a nice touch.

Do know your limits

Don’t decide you’re going to create elaborate formal flower arrangements if you have little to no experience. Use the time in the lead up to your wedding to practice, watch tutorials and understand what flowers go aesthetically but also what smell good together.

Easy pew ends

If you’re getting married in a church, decorate the ends of the pews with a hand-tied garland of blossoms or even just different coloured greenery. If you’re planning a winter wedding, holly and trailing ivy will be very festive too.

Scattering petals

There’s nothing to say your flower girls have to hold a bouquet of flowers. You could give them a simple basket filled with rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle behind you. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could make flower pomanders for them to carry, just make sure you practise first.

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DIY wedding flower don’ts

A professional job

If you’re not overly confident, don’t create your wedding bouquet yourself. It’s a whole lot of pressure for you and your bouquet is going to take centre stage on your big day too. Creating a dazzling posy or bunch of flowers for the bride to carry is a real art form. Give yourself a break and hand that job over to somebody who’s really experienced. We’re sure you won’t regret it.

Last-minute rush

Don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to source your flowers. If your dad has a beautiful garden of roses, and he’s happy for you to pick them, then, by all means, use them. However, you’ll also need to source some blooms from a flower market. Make sure you visit a few times so you can make friends with the stall holders and find what they’re going to have when. Don’t be afraid to ask that about what they’d recommend for the time of year, after all they’re experts that you can also rely on.

Keep practising

Finally, don’t forget to practise, practise and practise. When it comes to DIY wedding flowers, practice is precious. Time yourself on how long it takes to make a table centrepiece and decorations for the ceremony or venue. Enlist the help of your favourite girls if they’re reasonably artistic! Just don’t leave everything until the last week and then panic because you’ve run out of time. A stressed bride is not a happy one!

From pansies to roses, if you’re looking for more handy floral hints, our Wedding Flowers section[1] has got it covered.

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References

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

12 Wedding Ceremony Songs – Walking in and Walking out

You may have spent a long time discussing your first dance song with your partner, but don’t forget the all important wedding ceremony songs for walking in and walking out.

When choosing the music for your wedding ceremony, you’ll need to make two important choices – your processional and recessional songs.

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Wedding Ceremony Songs – Walking in and Walking out

A processional song is the music that you and your wedding party will walk down the aisle to – you can have one song for everyone, or choose a separate song for your grand entrance. At the end of the ceremony, you and your new husband leave the venue to your recessional music, which tends to be more upbeat than the processional.

There are traditional[1] choices for both of these pieces of music, but we’ve given you a couple of options to consider. Listen and enjoy!

Processional Wedding Ceremony Songs

1. Bridal Chorus, Wagner

Often known as Here Comes The Bride, this piece of classical music is the traditional choice for the procession of the bride, and is often played on an organ. We’ve chosen a slightly more modern arrangement by Vicente Avella on classical piano – that way you can keep the element of tradition without the drama!

2. Canon in D, Pachelbel

Another very popular choice with brides. This gorgeous piece of music sounds beautiful played by a traditional quartet, but we also love this version by Per-Olov Kindgren on classical guitar.

3. A Thousand Years, The Piano Guys (originally Christina Perri)

Often couples can’t decide between a classic instrumental or a more modern lovesong with vocals for their processional music. Why not get the best of both worlds with an instrumental cover of one of your favourite songs? We seriously love this piano and cello cover of Christina Perri – check out The Piano Guys for more classical covers.

4. Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually[2]

Walking down the aisle to a song from your favourite film soundtrack is another way to incorporate instrumental music with a personal touch into your ceremony. There are loads of options to choose from – Love Actually is a great place to start, and will have you welling up before you know it.

5. Marry Me, Train

If you want a modern song but aren’t sure what sort of thing to go for, then we think this a great choice. The melody and lyrics are both beautiful, and the tempo isn’t too fast for a processional.

6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

For something a little bit different, you can’t beat this gorgeous ukelele cover – it’s sure to get everyone smiling!

Recessional Wedding Ceremony Songs

7. Wedding March, Mendelssohn[3]

This is the traditional choice for the wedding recessional. This grand organ piece is definitely all about the high drama, so is best suited to larger or religious venues.

8. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel

This classical piece may be intended to signify an arrival, but it works perfectly for a recessional – it’s high tempo and undoubtedly joyful. Perfect for more traditional couples.

9. Don’t Stop Believing, Vitamin String Quartet (originally Journey)

Another classical cover of a modern tune – we love this version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing as played by a string quartet, as it strikes the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. You can download it on Amazon Prime Music here.[4]

10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder

One of the most popular modern choices – and with good reason! After all, you and your new husband have just signed the wedding register, so the lyrics “signed, sealed, delivered – I’m yours!” are particularly meaningful.

11. First Day Of My Life, Bright Eyes

This adorable acoustic song is a great choice for couples looking for a quirky alternative, and we think it’s a lovely way to start the first day of your married life.

12. Now That We Found Love, Heavy D & The Boyz

For those looking for something truly different, we’ve loved this song for a wedding ever since we saw Will Smith and Eva Mendes get down to it in the last scene of Hitch. Do you think you and your new husband can beat their moves?

Depending on the venue you may be limited on live performances or online-based playlists, so you can always opt for this fail-safe CD[5] with some classic wedding songs both old and new.

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References

  1. ^ traditional (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Love Actually (www.amazon.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wedding March, Mendelssohn (www.amazon.co.uk)
  4. ^ Amazon Prime Music here. (www.amazon.co.uk)
  5. ^ this fail-safe CD (www.amazon.co.uk)

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Whether you’re the groom, best man or the father of the bride, or if you have just been asked to make a speech at your friend’s big day, don’t fret! These hilarious wedding speeches will give you some much-needed inspiration to make your wedding speech funny…

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Best Maid of Honour Toast (Eminem rap)

Bridesmaid Jennifer Gabrielli delivers what may be the best surprise toast by any member of the wedding party, ever. How’s this for a hilarious wedding speech?

Funny Best man Speech

Delivering hit after hit of hilarious knockout one-liners, this best man certainly knows how to keep the guests entertained!

Funny Father of the Bride Speech

Father of the bride gives an outstanding speech. Expect lots of humour, and advice that will never be forgotten. This speech is a must-watch and it will have you laughing from the start.

A Pilot’s Wedding Speech

Capt Matthew Krivohlavy was unable to attend the nuptials of his brother Brandon and his fiancée in Texas. So instead, he made a two-and-a-half-minute video from the cockpit of his Harrier using flash cards to express his thoughts. It reduced the wedding party to tears and we think it will get you blubbing too!

Touching Wedding Speech by the Father of the Bride

This father of the bride gives the new husband a few words of advice when he gives his daughter away. Phillip’s definitely got some big shoes to fill!

The Younger Brother Wedding Speech

Don’t ever ask your little brother to be your best man. Clark did this and he got thoroughly embarrassed with some hilarious childhood stories.

Man of Honour Wedding Speech

This musical number was done by Amy’s man of honour. You definitely need to watch this!

The Younger Brother Best man Speech

This is another reason why you shouldn’t ask your younger brother to be the best man. Cringe…

Tom Fletcher’s Groom speech

We couldn’t do a list of amazing wedding speeches without including this musical groom’s speech from McFly’s Tom Fletcher.

Top Tips for Writing a Wedding Speech

Follow this expert advice and make sure guests remember your speech for all the right reasons…

Keep it short

Make sure your speech is no more than 10 minutes long, which on paper is about 1,000 words. Time yourself when you’re rehearsing and make sure you’re speaking slowly.

Managing the nerves

If the big moment has arrived and you’re feeling terrified, ask the people at the back of the room if they can hear you. It’s an old trick, but it allows you to get those first few words out. The result will draw a response from the crowd and should help you settle.

Humour versus sincerity

Too many Best men write their wedding speeches with a bunch of friends over a few beers. This can be fun at the time but often results in a speech high on stories and innuendo but low on sincerity. Strike a balance. The audience will enjoy some jokes at the groom’s expense, but try to demonstrate he is a good friend with some decent qualities.

Avoid a long list of thank yous

Nothing can be more dull or unoriginal than a speech that resembles a school register of thanks. Stick to those who really need a mention.

End with a toast

This is a great opportunity to end on a sincere and touching note. If you’re the father of the bride or best man, toast the couple. If you’re a groom, toast your new wife.

Finally, if you’re looking for more ideas, head on over to our Wedding Readings and Speeches[1] section for more inspiration.

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References

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

14 Fun Groomsmen Photos!

14 Fun Groomsmen Photos

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Step aside, brides! This one is for the guys… We’ve found 14 fun groomsmen photo ideas that will forever make you smile when you look back at your wedding album! From funny to flashy we’ve rounded up our favourites. So, how many will you include on your big day photo list?

We’ve got lift off 

How to get your groomsmen to really pull their weight; lesson one. The lifting of the groom shot is fun and always a little messy. Think scrunched up suits and funny faces it’s a classic shot but a fun one.

14 Must-take Groomsmen Photos! 'Groom Lift'

Strike a pose

Who doesn’t love a staged photo? We’re sure you can get your groomsmen to have more fun and be a little more imaginative with their poses, but Blue Lights Photography has used the hay background at this country wedding to their full advantage.

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Getting ready

Often the shot of the group getting ready for the shot is better than the real one!

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Walk on the wild side

The classic casual walking shot. When your groomsmen look like they’re about to drop the biggest (wedding) album of 2019. When you’ve chosen such a beautiful venue for your wedding, make the most of it by using it as your backdrop.

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Head to toe

Ask your photographer to capture all the little details – the buttonholes[1], ties and even their socks, should they decide to get a little creative!

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Sail away

If your groomsmen are up for a laugh, we’re sure your photographer will be able to coax some hilarious shots like this one out of them. Search your venue for some props and backdrops to stage the perfect group shot. Note Jack and Rose on the left!

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Selfie

We’re pretty sure the ladies will be stocking up on wedding-morning selfies for Instagram, so why not get a shot of the boys taking theirs!

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Sport themed

Is your man a big sports fan? Ask your photographer to work his passion into the day. A sporting theme is a good option if your man is nervous about having his picture taken, as it gives him something to focus on instead of posing.

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Man’s best friend

If your dog is the second biggest love in your man’s life, capture a picture of the two of them on the big day. You’re all family after all and the pup has got to make the cut in the groomsmen photos.

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Destination Shots

If you are tying the knot abroad, be sure to really make the most of your chosen destination. Groomsmen photos in the sun, sea or swimming pool will create the best backdrops for the boys on the morning of the big day.

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Smoking hot

Many of our real-life grooms choose to have a celebratory cigar at the end of the evening, and this shot captures that moment perfectly.

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Men In Black

Classic and suave – your groom and his groomsmen have never looked so dapper all at one time! Capture this moment with boys-only summer wedding sunglasses shot.

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The Outfit

It’s unlikely your groom and his groomsmen will ever take so much pride in their outfit choice and style for any other occasion. Photograph the groom and/or his groomsmen individually suited and booted and as early on in the day as possible when the button holes look their best.

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The whole bridal party

Whilst you want some great groomsmen photos, the wedding album isn’t complete without a spontaneous group shot of the entire bridal party! Partner up your bridesmaids and groomsmen for the ultimate wedding shot to sum up your day! Also, if you really love it – why not print them on thank you cards to give to your guests?!

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Finally, take a look at our OFFICIAL Guide to being a GREAT groom![2] – Everything you need to know to smash your role as groom-to-be!

Have you got some funny wedding day photos to share? Email us at [email protected] 

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Bridesmaid dresses to suit every shape

You want to keep your bridesmaids happy, so choosing the right outfit for them is super important! We have rounded up the best advice to help you find the best bridesmaid dresses for every shape.

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Bridesmaid dresses to suit every shape

Top tips for an apple shape

An apple shape is typified by a fuller bust and stomach with thinner legs. 

  • A deep V-neck will help break up the lines of your torso – avoid high necklines!
  • Empire-line gowns that fall from under the bust, as well as anything that cinches the waist
  • Draw attention to your arms with chic fluted sleeves
  • Avoid tight-fitting or strapless gowns

Top tips for an athletic shape

An athletic shape is typified by broad shoulders and straight hips 

  • Eye-catching details such as ruffles, ruching and bows on the neckline add flattering volume
  • Your body shape often suits most styles but will look particularly fantastic low or open-backed gowns
  • Belted waists will help create the illusion of curves

Gold bridesmaid dresses will give your best girls instant glamour, perfect for summer and winter weddings alike, and they're sure to love one of these...

Top tips for an hourglass shape

An hourglass shape is typified by a tiny waist and accentuated hips and bust.  

  • Enhance your balanced figure with a dress that emphasises your waist and curves
  • A sweetheart neckline is super-flattering and it can help keep your body in proportion
  • Why not try something more retro with a full skirt and belted waist? An hourglass figure lends itself well to these styles

Top tips for a pear shape

A pear shape is typified with fuller hips and a narrower top half 

  • Make the most of your bridesmaids’ slender shoulders with a halterneck or strapless style dress
  • A-line skirts are the most flattering shape on a pear shape
  • If you opt for a cover-up for your bridesmaids, choose one that is light in colour

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For small busts…

Halternecks and high-neck dresses are a great choice for bridesmaids with smaller busts, whilst anyone with a larger bust should avoid this style – especially girls with broader shoulders. However, another good choice for smaller boobs is a spaghetti-strap dress as they sit more flush than they would on a bustier woman.

For big busts…

If you have girls that are more generously proportioned on top, a fab choice would be a gown with a scoop neckline – this will flatter their shape nicely.

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Something for everyone

Finally, there are some styles which will suit most people, so you can have a uniform style. Sweetheart necklines are always a popular choice, both with wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses because they suit all figures, shapes and busts. It gives support and creates the illusion of a fuller bust. We do advise nothing too plunging if you have bigger boobs. 

Strapless dresses work for those with average-sized busts: too small and they’ll look flat chested, too big and they’ll be spilling out everywhere – both very unflattering! When they’re trying on the dresses, make sure you get them to have a walkabout in them to avoid any problems on the big day. Hitching up a strapless dress every two minutes probably isn’t the ‘sophisticated’ bridesmaid look you’re after.

This wedding proves that a Great Gatsby 1920s theme doesn't have to be black and gold. Rebecca and Thomas chose peach and green for their stylish day

Finally, now you know how to get the bridesmaid dresses right, here’s the list of things NOT to say to your best girls[1]

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  1. ^ 6 things to never say to your bridesmaids (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

14 Of The Hottest Bridesmaid Dresses For 2019

35 of The Best Bridesmaid Dresses For 2019

Still trying to decide on a colour for your bridesmaid dresses? Whether you’ve just started looking or you’re trying to narrow down your search, we’ve pulled together a selection of the best bridesmaid dresses for 2019.

There are many things to consider when choosing your bridesmaid’s dresses. You need to consider the most flattering shapes, the colour scheme and whether there is a one style fits all solution. It can be a challenge appeasing all your bridesmaids, you may need these tips on how to keep your bridesmaids happy![1]

Hues of Blue

Navy is a great choice for winter or autumnal weddings. The colour and cowl neck on this Amy dress from Oasis (£85)[2] is super flattering.

Why not incorporate a little lace into your bridesmaid dresses? We can’t get enough of this denim blue maxi from Theia[3].

Navy doesn’t just have to be for winter, this cropped number is light and breezy and your bridesmaids will be able to move it and shake it all night long. Monia Navy Midi Dress from TFNC for £33[4]

This Topshop figure-hugging dress is classy and simple and great for evening weddings. We particularly love the cross back detail and the fishtail, plus, at this price you can’t say no! £28 from Topshop [5]

Shades of Grey

Take on a darker shade of grey with Dorothy Perkin’s Showcase Gunmetal ‘Natalie’ Maxi Dress £52[6]

We love the lace detail – particularly the scalloped edging- on this Oasis Bardot Maxi Dress £90[7]

Pretty in Pink

There is such a wide variety of pink bridesmaid dresses available you’ll be hard pushed to choose just one. Lucky for you, we’ve helped narrow your search with these favourites.

The soft lines and delicate cut of this champagne pink this Theia[8] dress makes it the perfect bridesmaid dress. We wouldn’t be surprised if your bridesmaids pulled this out to wear again in future.

We can’t promise you won’t get jealous of your bridesmaids in this gorgeous Maddie Embroidered Maxi Dress from Coast. The lace sleeves and scalloped edging is wedding perfection. £149 from Coast.[9][10]

We also couldn’t resist this cropped, lacey dress from Coast for all the same reasons. Janie Lace Midi Dress £149 from Coast.[11]

Green Bridesmaid Dresses

It’s impossible not to love this mint green Saffron maxi dress from Ted Baker. Perfect for the warmer months with subtle, the pleating and structured neckline is a flattering combination. £249 from Ted Baker [12][13]

Coming just below the knee this short dress is light and summery in a gorgeous emerald green to offset your wedding dress. Imana Midi Dress £99 from Coast [14]

Add a touch of sparkle

Glittery or embellished bridesmaid dresses are a great option when you’re looking for something with a little more ‘pop’. Who says your bridesmaids can’t shine alongside you?

The intricate detailing in the beading on this Picasso Leaf Embellished Maxi Dress by Lace & Beads is sure to make your bridesmaids look and feel glamorous. £85 from Topshop. [15][16]

This sequin-top dress from Dorothy Perkins is a sophisticated and considerate option for your bridesmaids if you’re having a winter wedding. They’ll be grateful for the sleeves and maxi skirt. Showcase Green ‘Bijou’ Maxi Dress, £72 from Dorothy Perkins. [17]

Bring a Gatsby-esque touch to your wedding with this fair coloured dress and its fine sequin detail. £150 from Oasis. [18]

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References

  1. ^ how to keep your bridesmaids happy! (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Amy dress from Oasis (£85) (www.oasis-stores.com)
  3. ^ Theia (www.knutsfordweddinggallery.co.uk)
  4. ^ Monia Navy Midi Dress from TFNC for £33 (www.tfnclondon.com)
  5. ^ £28 from Topshop  (www.topshop.com)
  6. ^ Dorothy Perkin’s Showcase Gunmetal ‘Natalie’ Maxi Dress £52 (www.dorothyperkins.com)
  7. ^ Oasis Bardot Maxi Dress £90 (www.oasis-stores.com)
  8. ^ Theia (www.knutsfordweddinggallery.co.uk)
  9. ^ Maddie Embroidered Maxi Dress (www.coast-stores.com)
  10. ^ £149 from Coast. (www.coast-stores.com)
  11. ^ Janie Lace Midi Dress £149 from Coast. (www.coast-stores.com)
  12. ^ Saffron maxi dress from Ted Baker. (www.johnlewis.com)
  13. ^ £249 from Ted Baker  (www.johnlewis.com)
  14. ^ Imana Midi Dress £99 from Coast  (www.coast-stores.com)
  15. ^ Picasso Leaf Embellished Maxi Dres (www.topshop.com)
  16. ^ £85 from Topshop.  (www.topshop.com)
  17. ^ Showcase Green ‘Bijou’ Maxi Dress, £72 from Dorothy Perkins.  (www.dorothyperkins.com)
  18. ^ £150 from Oasis.  (www.oasis-stores.com)
  19. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  20. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?

Welcome to our favourite hen party game, the Mr & Mrs quiz! Back in the 1970s, there was a TV game show called ‘Mr and Mrs’. On here the contestants were asked challenging and funny questions about their partner. The result was hilarious and cringe-worthy moments in equal measure.

It’s the ultimate couples trivia game and it got us thinking – how well do you know your other half? So just for fun, we’ve made a Mr & Mrs Quiz especially for you.

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The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?

We have a range of questions from hilarious to downright awkward so choose them carefully. You can download our printable copies for your hen party. Alternatively, you could challenge your other half on your wedding day in front of all the family.

All we say is, let the games begin.

The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?

  • What’s the one thing, apart from you, that he’d save in a fire?

  • His job, his friends, his hobbies and you – put them in order of priority!

  • What would he say is most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

  • What’s the name of his favourite celebrity crush?

  • What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?

  • What would he say is your most annoying habit?

  • What would you say is his most annoying habit?

  • What’s his favourite sexual position?

  • Who’s got a higher libido, you or him?

  • Who would play him in a movie of his life?

  • What’s his favourite part of your body?

  • What’s your favourite part of his body?

  • Where does your husband to be want to go on honeymoon?

  • How many children does he want?

  • What year did you get together?

  • After how many dates did you sleep together?

  • How do you like to fall asleep? Cuddling or apart?

  • Would you trust him to choose your wedding dress?

  • How many times did he take his driving test?

  • What’s his favourite meal?

  • What’s his special name for you?

  • Would you rather spend an evening out with his parents or your parents?

  • What’s his favourite song? And what would he say your favourite song is?

  • What’s the first movie you ever saw together?

  • What’s his favourite time of year?

  • What were his exact words when he proposed?

The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?

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References

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10 reasons why you should opt for a winter wedding

Winter weddings can be a great way to save money without compromising on style, for a magical big day you will love for years to come. Find out how...samieleephotography.com

While most couples choose to get married in the warmer, summer season, a beautiful winter wedding offers plenty of promise, too

May to September is often considered the height of wedding season – the weather is (usually) warm and sunny, the grass and leaves on the trees are green, and the chance of rain is – for the most part – less than likely to ruin your special day.

But it turns out that winter weddings are now becoming almost as popular with soon-to-be-wed couples. Here are just some of the reasons you should be planning to get hitched at this beautiful time of year…

Snow on your wedding day

If you’re lucky enough to get a dusting of snow on your big day, your photographs will really make your wedding look like a winter wonderland.

READ MORE: How to decorate for a romantic winter wedding[1]

The further north you are, the higher your chances are for those magical moments, so look for venues in Scotland, or around Manchester or Yorkshire.

And did you know that snow on your wedding day is also considered a sign of prosperity and fertility?

Romantic evenings

With the nights drawing in, you can start an evening party that bit sooner, which means you have longer to enjoy it!

Dress up your venue and get the atmosphere going from the moment dusk sets in. Use fairylights to create a magical scene and remember you can dress up exterior trees, too.

Use candles to light walkways outside and if your budget stretches to it, why not have a firework display after the speeches?

“The light can be amazing for a winter wedding, think of all those candles, tea lights, open fires and lanterns,” says Kelly Hood of Boho Weddings.

“But remember to book an early wedding ceremony, otherwise you will run out of daylight altogether. If you go for a 3pm ceremony the light will be gone by the time you get out of the church.”

“Winter weddings also work well for smaller more intimate groups as you’ll already have a cosy atmosphere to start with.”

Make your money go further

Choosing a winter wedding date gives you a big bargaining chip with your suppliers. Winter tends to be a less busy time of year, so you’ll find more availability and suppliers are keen to sell their wares at this time. Look around and use the internet to see what’s on offer.

More availability

If you’ve set your heart on a venue and are getting married at fairly short notice, you’ll find it much easier to get your dream Saturday date in winter.

What’s more, it’s even easier to book your venue if you decided to get married midweek. Your guests will also find it easier to get accommodation locally and may decide to have a mini winter break as a result.

Winter weddings can be a great way to save money without compromising on style, for a magical big day you will love for years to come. Find out how...samieleephotography.com

A holiday season

If you get married over the Christmas period and New Year, you’ll find that many people have taken time off work in any case, so if you want to have a mid-week wedding then go for it.

READ MORE: You’ll love this rustic luxe winter wedding[2]

A wedding on New Year’s Eve would be super special, what better way to start off a new year than being Mr & Mrs? Of course winter isn’t just Christmas, you could get married over Valentine’s Day and still have a wintry theme.

A seasonal highlight

If you marry in the winter, it’s unlikely your guests will have been to a big do for a while and they’ll be ready for a good party – unlike the summer, when your guests could become weary and fed up with weddings!

Dressing up for an evening winter wedding is also easier in some ways – girls can just wear a pretty cocktail frock and they’re all set to go.

Your winter wedding survival guide in three simple steps to make your magical wintery day stress-free and simply stunning!lisa-odwyer.photoshelter.com

Mulled wine by the fireside

When you’re looking for venues, check out ones that are particularly suited to the winter season – we’re thinking castles and stately homes that have big hallways dominated by an open fire place.

As your guests arrive at the reception, serve mulled wine in the warm and later on you could use this area as a chill-out area for offering tea, coffee, cake and maybe a nightcap. If your venue has a Christmas tree, all the better!

Honeymoon in the tropics

If you marry during July and August, you’re likely to have to pay more for your honeymoon as it’s during school holiday season. You’ll also have to avoid places like the Caribbean because of hurricanes at this time.

Marry in December or the winter months and you won’t have this issue; it’s the perfect time to visit the Maldives, South Africa or a Caribbean island.

Don’t get hung up on the weather

If you’re marrying in winter, you don’t need to worry about whether you’re going to have rain, sun or whether it’s going to be cold.

Winter weddings can be a great way to save money without compromising on style, for a magical big day you will love for years to come. Find out how...samieleephotography.com

You’ll be expecting winter weather, your guests will be ready for it and you’ll be holding your wedding indoors in any case.

Okay, so if you get a snowy day that’s a bonus, but unlike a summer wedding being held in a marquee, you won’t be anxiously checking the long-term weather forecast.

Your big day look

Some of us have looks that just suit winter as a time of year more than summer. If you’re fair skinned and spend your time avoiding the sun, why not celebrate your style and opt for a winter princess look?

Enhance your big day look with accessories in rich plums, forest greens, berry reds and scarlets.


READ MORE: How to plan a Christmas wedding on a budget [3][4]


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References

  1. ^ READ MORE: How to decorate for a romantic winter wedding (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ READ MORE: You’ll love this rustic luxe winter wedding (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ READ MORE:  (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ How to plan a Christmas wedding on a budget  (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)