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.

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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)

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.

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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.
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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)

How These Two Brides Lost Weight Before Their Weddings

If you are looking for the perfect wedding dress diet plan then look no further. We’ve got two brides to tell us how they lost over five stone between them in just 12 weeks, just in time for their weddings.

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The Wedding Dress Diet plan success stories

Nicky

In 2011, my fiancé and I booked our dream beach wedding in Cyprus for later that year. I had my heart set on a short, fitted dress. However, when I found the one I could only squeeze into the biggest size the shop stocked. I felt so unhappy but determined to slim.

“I’m going to be a size 10 when I come back for my fitting,” I told the owner of the dress shop. Nevertheless, she just smiled – a smile that said she had heard it all before.

I researched lots of diets but couldn’t find one that suited my busy lifestyle. Plus, there was so much information available that it became confusing. Shakes? Low fat? Appetite suppressant pills? I just wanted an effective healthy diet plan. Finally, I had a lightbulb moment. Based on common sense, good nutrition and the desire to look fabulous on my wedding day, I would create my own diet.

I’m a keen amateur cook so I created easy recipes suitable for a modern bride. I did this by using ingredients that I found tasty and filling. It was a structured 12-week plan that included treats and after just seven days I had lost 9lbs!

After 12 weeks of following my plan I had lost an amazing 36lbs. Then, back in the wedding dress shop, I had to be refitted to a size 8-10. I gave the shop assistant my best ‘told you so’ smile and I can’t tell you how good that felt!

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Jenna

The diet plan itself was easy to understand and easy to follow. After just two days I had lost 4lbs, I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy to see the number on the scales go down instead of up. It made me determined to stick to it.

I found it easy to cook delicious healthy meals that the whole family enjoyed whilst sticking to the diet plan. I lost a stone after 4 weeks! You won’t believe how shocked I was at how well I was doing. All just by following some simple rules.

Nonetheless, when you think something is too good to be true, it normally is. However, that’s not the case with this diet. This was doing exactly what I had read about and I was feeling so happy with my progress. I was getting comments about the weight loss which was giving me the extra boost to continue.

Even though I was seeing the numbers on the scales go down, I still couldn’t believe it and still felt big. What really made me feel the difference was how my clothes were suddenly baggy and I had to pull out size 16 clothes from my wardrobe. Besides that, it wasn’t long before those were too big too. Finally, I felt the reward of doing the diet when after the 12 weeks, I had lost 2 and a half stone.

I’ve got so much confidence back and I feel so much better about myself too. I owe The Wedding Dress Diet Plan[1] so much because I felt amazing on my wedding day and received so many compliments. Also, the Wedding Dress Diet has given me a new start in my life and I couldn’t praise it enough.

You can buy the Wedding Dress Diet book on Amazon here. [2]

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References

  1. ^ Wedding Dress Diet Plan (www.weightlossforyourwedding.com)
  2. ^ You can buy the Wedding Dress Diet book on Amazon here.  (www.amazon.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Wedding day schedule – Get your timings right on your special day

We know you are going to want to make the most of every second on your big day so it’s essential to get your timings and wedding day schedule right. Knowing exactly what the agenda is, removes the risk of nasty surprises and rushed proceedings.

Follow our handy, hour-by-hour plan and everything should run like clockwork. Remember this is only a guide. We have theoretically assumed the wedding is starting at 2 pm.

Top Tip: You should build in extra time in case of bad weather.

Your 10 Hour Wedding Day Schedule

9:00 am

You’ll probably be awake way before this time with excitement, but 9 am is a good time to rise and have breakfast. We’d advise against something too stodgy but you definitely need something filling. What about smoked salmon, eggs and avocado? A glass of champagne is encouraged but limit yourself to one as you don’t want to overdo it too early on.

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10:00 am

The bridesmaids[1] should be with you now. Make sure your bridesmaids are wearing button-down tops that can be easily removed without ruining their makeup or hairstyles. As the bride, you should be having your hair done first so the style can be perfected.

Try to avoid having too many people in the room – only the bride, bridesmaids, photographer, make-up artist/hairdresser and perhaps mum should be with you now. Too many people can cause stress and create a manic setting. Keep the numbers low so you can enjoy it and stay relaxed.

11:00 am

We would recommend you have a small snack to keep your blood sugar levels up. The last thing you want to do be fainting at the altar. A banana is a great option.

At this point, bridesmaids should be having their hair done while your make-up is being applied.

12:00 – 12.30

All hair and make-up[2] should be done now and it’s time to get your dress on. Slinky sheath dresses[3] should be put on over your head, taking care not to smudge your makeup. If you’ve got a big dress then you should be able to step into it.

This is the time to give your bridesmaids their presents, especially if you’d like them to wear their gifts on the day. Your photographer will want some time to take shots of you and the girls before you leave for the ceremony, so now is the best time.

Delegate someone to be the main point of contact with the coordinator at your venue, and give your phone to that person – last-minute issues are not your problem now. As everyone else is getting ready to leave for the ceremony, have a quiet few moments alone with your Dad, this is a big moment for him too.

1:15 pm

Groom, best man and ushers should have arrived at the ceremony by now, welcome guests. Remember the bride’s family sit on the left and the groom’s on the right.

2:00 pm

Bridesmaids arrive at the ceremony, shortly followed by the bride and her father. It’s time for the big gig. Your coordinator will signal for the processional music to start and then it’s time to make your entrance.

If you’re having a flower girl or pageboy, send them first. If you’re shy, you can send your bridesmaids down the aisle ahead of you, or if they are following you, make sure they keep an eye on your train.

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3:00 pm

Time for the confetti and post-ceremony pictures. Make sure your photographer[4] has a detailed shot list so no special pictures are forgotten. Leave the confetti somewhere obvious so your guests can get handfuls – or cupfuls- of it.

3:30 pm

This is likely to be when the drinks reception begins. The couple and main bridal party will go off to have their formal pictures taken which will usually take 30-40 minutes. Wedding guests[5] will be mingling at this point, enjoying the bar and canapes.

5:00 pm

The wedding breakfast[6] is served. If you’re having a three-course meal, allow around an hour and a half for service, there is likely to be teas and coffees too before the real party begins.

6:45 pm

Speeches times! Father of the bride[7] goes first, then the groom and then the best man[8]. If you want to make a speech it’s best to go after the groom. Everyone should have a glass of Champagne or similar for the toasts.

7:15 pm

The cutting of the cake – to be served with coffee. This is a good opportunity to sneak away and refresh your hair and make-up before your evening guests arrive.

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8:00 pm

The first dance[9]. This is a big moment for you, enjoy it. No doubt, you’ll have poured over your first dance song for months. If you’re nervous, ask the DJ or band to invite friends and family on to the dance floor halfway through.

8:30 pm

This is when the evening buffet should be brought out if you’re having one. Only cater for 80 per cent of the guests as the day guests may still be full from their earlier meal.

10:00 pm

Find your husband – yes, you will get separated throughout the evening – and take a few moments to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the wonderful day that you have created.

11:45 pm

Bride and groom depart. Your carefully decorated reception room will not be a pretty sight when the lights come on, so leave while the party is still on a high. Goodnight, Mr and Mrs!

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References

  1. ^ More top tips for maids (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Elegant hair and make-up ideas (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Find your wedding dress here (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ See new real wedding pictures here (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Fab ideas for your wedding party and guests (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Fab ideas for your catering (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  7. ^ Father of the bride (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  8. ^ the best man (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  9. ^ Need tips for your first dance? Look here! (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  10. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  11. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

What Time Of Day Should You Get Married?

What Time Of Day Should You Get Married?

While 11am or 1pm remain the most popular ceremony time historically, sunset and candlelit weddings are pretty appealing too, wouldn’t you say?! So, how should you choose what time to get married?

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When you first meet with your venue co-ordinator, you’ll be presented with options for the scheduled timings of a traditional wedding day[1]. While they may be popular for good reason – a 1pm ceremony gives you plenty of time to get ready and take photographs with your bridal party – there’s nothing to say that your perfect day has to fit the same mould.

Over the last few years, here in the UK marriage laws have relaxed considerably. These allow for more relaxed schedules in turn. So, if you’ve been imagining a sunrise elopement with the dawn chorus or exchanging vows beneath the stars, they needn’t be pipe dreams anymore.

How To Choose…

There may be times that are particularly sentimental for you as a couple. How about the time of your first date, of the proposal, or other relationship milestones, for example. You could use these to guide the time you marry too.

The time of year you choose to tie the knot will influence the time you choose to hold your ceremony. If you want a candlelit ceremony or to have your couples portraits at sunset, then you’ll be able to tie the knot much earlier in the day during the winter months than in the summer.

But, while moonlit ceremonies do sound very romantic, you must consider the practicalities of your chosen times too. Your wedding needs to be held at a comfortable time for your guests to attend and suppliers to set up. Thorough planning in advance will make many things possible, though. Perhaps the set up[2] can be completed the day before and accommodation provided for your guests…

There’s also the question of whether you want exclusive use. If you’ve chosen a venue that is open to the public, then you may need to work around their opening hours to have the place to yourselves. You could encounter this if your venue is a country house with open gardens during the day, a gallery or a museum, for example.

There are benefits of marrying a little later in the day once the crowds have dispersed, though. A 5pm ceremony means you only need to cater for one meal, saving you a significant sum of money[3] that could be invested in your honeymoon instead.

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On the other hand, if you’ve booked multiple entertainment acts, then it makes sense to hold your ceremony earlier to give you time to enjoy it all. We’ve seen couples book everything from magicians and fire-breathers to photobooths, bands and bouncy castles. Some entertainment will be better suited to the daytime or evening. Anything for children[4] specifically should be planned earlier in the day.

What Next…

Once you’ve decided what time you’d like your ceremony to start and approved it with your venue, you need to consider the information sent out on your invitations. When stating your ceremony time, factor in room for guests or – dare we say it – you and your best girls to be running a little late (it happens!). Your groom will need to be at the venue ready to greet guests before the advertised time too, so make sure it’s not so early that his wedding morning becomes a frantic rush.

It’s also best to leave plenty of time between your ceremony and evening guests’ invitation start times. Allowing for the ceremony itself, the drinks reception, photographs and wedding breakfast, you’ll likely want four hours at the very minimum before your evening guests arrive. You’ll need longer if you’ll be having a religious ceremony or need to travel between venues. Adapt these rules of thumb to your own plans and you’ll be on track for a perfectly paced wedding in no time.

Want to make every second of your wedding day count? Follow our hour-by-hour plan[5] for a magical day that runs like clockwork!

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References

  1. ^ scheduled timings of a traditional wedding day (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ the set up (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ saving you a significant sum of money (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ Anything for children (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Follow our hour-by-hour plan (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Father of the bride duties: Things your dad can do for you

The father of the bride duties can sometimes be a neglected part of the big day. However, your father is a big part of your wedding day and should be made to feel like it too. So, here are some top tips to get dad involved in the planning!

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Father of the bride duties

Is your dad contributing to your wedding? It was once traditional for the father of the bride to pay for the wedding. Thankfully, we’ve moved on from those days but if you dad is contributing to your wedding, have the conversation with him to establish budget and boundaries.

Transport

Men like cars and why not feed that cliche by giving your dad the responsibility of overseeing the transport on your wedding day? Ask your dad to manage your wedding cars/transport[1] to ensure it arrives on time to take you to your wedding.

It is the father’s responsibility to get the bride to the ceremony on time, make sure he is on top of the timings and wedding schedule so you don’t leave your groom waiting.

At church ceremonies, the father of the bride gives his daughter away. He will usually escort his daughter down the aisle before handing her over to her groom, a tradition that many fathers and brides choose to keep at civil marriages.

The father of the bride should thank guests for coming, offer some humorous and touching stories about his daughter’s life, welcome his son-in-law into the family and offer a toast to the bride and groom. Read our father of the bride tips here. [2]

Remaining responsibilities

The bride’s parents are traditionally the hosts of the wedding breakfast and reception. Usually, mum and dad are the first two people to greet guests, however, these days it’s more relaxed and everyone is left to intermingle. Your dad may want to choose this time to introduce himself to your guests and ensure everyone has a drink.

Traditionally the last to leave, the father of the bride ensures that everyone leaves the venue safely. He will make sure all suppliers are paid and that any wedding gifts are taken and stored safely.

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References

  1. ^ wedding cars/transport (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Read our father of the bride tips here.  (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

5 things to consider when choosing your bridal underwear

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Dinara Akhmerova from Simone Perele[1] answers your questions about choosing the perfect bridal underwear for your wedding day

How important is it to choose the right bridal underwear?

A woman’s wedding day is one of the most important and special days of her life, and she wants to feel beautiful and sexy on the day.

READ MORE: Wedding dresses with pockets are now a thing – and brides are loving it[2]

As a result, choosing the right bridal underwear is almost as important as choosing your dress and should never be an afterthought. It can seem like a daunting task, but it really doesn’t need to be.

What bras work best with a wedding dress?

This really depends on the style and shape of your dress, but what is important is that your bra is comfortable, fits to perfection and flatters your figure whilst making your dress look its best.

Should I buy bridal underwear or my wedding dress first?

Ordinarily, I would say always buy your dress first as until you know the silhouette, fabric and style of the dress, you don’t know what type of lingerie you will need.

However, it may be worth investing in a backless bra and taking this along with you to your dress fittings, even when you are still trying on different dress options.

The versatility a backless bra means you can alter the straps to suit different dress shapes, whether it be a strapless or low-back dress.

Do I need just one set of underwear for my wedding day?

If you’ve opted for something more practical for your wedding day, why not have a set for your wedding night to change into that will make you feel sexy?

Or you may feel you want to keep the same lingerie but change into a sexier colour, maybe from a more classic cream to a sultry black.

What colour should my bridal underwear be?

Many brides opt to go for a traditional white set of lingerie[3] on their wedding day, but depending on the material of your dress, a bright white could actually be visible under your dress, so a cream shade can be better.

That said, there’s no rule to say you have to stick to neutral shades; you could match your bridal underwear to your reception decor, bouquet flowers or even have it as your ‘something blue’!

READ MORE: Wedding dresses under £1,000 for brides on a budget[4]


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Speech guide: The traditional running order of wedding speeches

Speech Guide: The Traditional Running Order Of Wedding SpeechesWhen it comes to wedding speeches, it’s important to know who speaks when on the big day. We asked speech writing coach Lawrence Bernstein[1] to give us the breakdown of the running order

When it comes to delivering your wedding speech, there’s so much more to it than planning what you want to say. Who, traditionally, is supposed to speak first? Who introduces the best man? And who toasts the bridesmaids?

However, it’s actually becoming more common for the bride and groom to create their own running order to suit their particular situation. A bride’s father might be absent, for example, or the bride herself may want to speak.

So, before you read the traditional running order below, remember that you can rejig it if you want to – this is just a loose guide.

It’s increasingly common for the groom to speak first, particularly if he and the bride are hosting the wedding.

If there’s no father of the bride, someone else might speak in his place – a friend of the family, a bridesmaid or the bride herself.

Of course, as the roles change, so does the content of the speeches. But it doesn’t have to be confusing – so long as you are familiar with your particular running order, you’ll be fine.

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Traditional running order

Father of the bride

Traditionally, the father of the bride speaks first, often before dinner. He welcomes the guests, including the groom’s family, thanks everyone for coming, talks about his daughter and her new husband and toasts the happy couple.

The groom

The groom follows, often after dinner. He responds to the father of the bride’s toast, thanks the hosts and everyone else who has helped, say something about his new wife and toasts the bridesmaids.

The best man

The best man then responds to the groom’s toast. Traditionally he should talk about the groom, how he knows him, mention the bride and throw in a few embarrassing stories that will get a laugh.

READ MORE: The dos and don’ts of bride wedding speech making[2]

So when the groom is planning and writing his speech, he may want to ask:

  • Who is speaking immediately before you? It might be the master of ceremonies, your father-in-law, or your bride.
  • How will they finish their speech? This will help you plan your own introduction, by referencing what they’ve just said.
  • Will they introduce you? Again, you’ll need to reference this at the beginning of your speech.
  • What sort of tone will they use? You don’t want to drastically – jarringly – change the tone.
  • How long will it be after their speech before you stand up?
  • What will they be talking about?

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Once the groom has found out the answers to these questions, he can shape his speech around them. For example, if the bride’s father has died (hopefully not during the speeches!), he can use that as a link to a toast to absent friends.

If the bride is speaking after the groom, he could joke about her always having the last word. If the best man is speaking before the groom, it might be better for him toast the bridesmaids instead.

Occasionally, the content of wedding speeches can overlap. To avoid a disaster like this on your big day, the groom should check first with the father of the bride and best man and make sure they’re not intending to tell any of the same anecdotes.

There are lots of possibilities – have fun with them! Just make sure you know your place in the running order and everything will run smoothly.

READ MORE: Groom speech tips – how to write the perfect groom speech for your wedding[3]


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10 of the Most Loved and Most Hated pet Names for our Partners

From ‘babe’ and ‘sweetheart’ to ‘darling’ and ‘sexy’ many of us have pet names for our partners, but which are the most-loved and most-hated pet names?

10 of the Most Loved and Most Hated pet Names for our Partners

10 of the Most Loved and Most Hated pet Names

Pet names are a bit like marmite – some hate them, some love them – with favourites such as ‘gorgeous’, ‘babe’ ‘beautiful’ and pumpkin all ranking highly on the list.

But as a recent survey revealed that only one in five Brits still call their partner by their full name, it got us asking: what is acceptable, and what isn’t?

Food-Based pet Names

One thing that’s clear is that ladies aren’t so keen on being referred to as food, particularly if it’s fattening – some of their most-detested names include ‘pudding’, ‘sugar pie’, ‘treacle’ and ‘pickle’.

They do say food is the way to a man’s heart, but perhaps the guys are taking it a little too far.

One in five Brits also admit to saving a special, soppy pet name for their partner that’s only used when they are alone together. One in 10 men, on the other hand, allow their partner to call them by a name that they hate.

Cheeky pet Names

What about the names that come out when your partner isn’t around? ‘The Mrs’ and ‘The Wife’ are commonly used between men, but there are slightly braver husbands (one in 14) who go as far as calling their partner ‘the ball and chain’.

‘The Wicked Witch of the West’ get its fair share of attention, too, with three per cent of British men admitting to using this moniker to refer to their other half.

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What are the Most-Loved pet Names?

  1. Gorgeous

  2. Beautiful

  3. Lovely

  4. Love

  5. Darling

  6. Honey

  7. Sexy

  8. Angel

  9. Dearest

  10. Precious

What are the Most-Hated pet Names?

  1. Babe

  2. Sweet cheeks

  3. Snookums

  4. Baby doll

  5. Baby girl

  6. Muffin

  7. Ducky

  8. Baby cakes

  9. Sexy pants

  10. Pudding

Do you Have a pet Name for Your Partner?

We ask some of our favourite Facebook brides about their pet names for their partners, and we received some interesting suggestions in response!

“I call my husband sexy bum, he calls me baby face – we even have these engraved inside our wedding rings.” – Vicki Alty.

“He’s monkey socks and I’m Squidget.” – Ranina Berry.

“I call my husband Smiler and he calls me Blusher.” – Fiona Horton.

“He’s Chubba and I’m Tubba as we are both quite chubby!” – Liane Robson-Burrell.

Personalised Gifts for Your partner

Personalised cufflinks from Not on the High Street [1]

Personalised Tie Clip from Hurley Burley [2]

Engrave this 18kt Rose Gold Vermeil Long Pendant from Links of London[3]

Add an inscription to this heart tag pendant from Tiffany [4]

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27 of the Most Romantic Quotes to use in Your Wedding

Romantic quotes on love and marriage are great for your wedding day – they can fit in anywhere, from the speeches and readings to the decor, invitations, place names or table numbers…

Even if you don’t want to use the romantic quotes directly, they should at least inspire you and your husband-to-be to have a think about how much you love each other and what marriage means to the pair of you. Be inspired by these love quotes to use in your wedding readings…

27 of the Most Romantic Quotes to use in Your Wedding love doesn't make the world go round

27 of the Most Romantic Quotes to use in Your Wedding

“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” Dave Meurer

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.” Roy Croft

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Wuthering Heights[1]

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott

“Love me and the world is mine.” David Reed

27 of the Most Romantic Quotes to use in Your Wedding don't marry someone you can live with

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss

“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” Andre Maurois

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Faith makes all things possible. Love makes all things easy.” Dwight Moody

“A marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s the way you love your partner every day.” Barbara De Angelis

27 of the Most Romantic Quotes to use in Your Wedding every love story is beautiful but ours is my favourite

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.” Jeremy Taylor

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” Mignon McLaughlin

“True love stories never have endings.” Richard Bach

“There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.” Ronald Reagan

“You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.” Richard Needham

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” When Harry Met Sally[2]

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” Arrigo Boito

“One day, in your search for happiness, you discover a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search.” Robert Brault

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” The Fault In Our Stars[3]

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” The Fellowship of the Ring[4]

“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” Maya Angelou

“Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.” Tom Mullen

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References

  1. ^ Wuthering Heights (www.amazon.co.uk)
  2. ^ When Harry Met Sally (www.amazon.co.uk)
  3. ^ The Fault In Our Stars (www.amazon.co.uk)
  4. ^ The Fellowship of the Ring (www.amazon.co.uk)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  7. ^ here (www.facebook.com)