Here’s how you can get 10% off Tickets to A Most Curious Wedding Fair

Discover beautiful bridal fashion and jewellery designers, hair and make-up artists, wedding photographers, florists, venues, planners and more when you visit A Most Curious Wedding Fair from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March 2019.

A Most Curious Wedding Fair London

Here’s how you can get 10% off Tickets to A Most Curious Wedding Fair

Most Curious Wedding Fair has grown to be the biggest indie, style-driven wedding show in the UK, and now on its 18th event, its team has got a firm handle on how you can get the best out of visiting a wedding show. Here’s what you should do while you’re there…

Take photos

One of the most important things to do is capture pictures on your phone, including the names of companies, so you can remember what you saw and who offers what.

You might feel in the moment that you’ve found ‘the one’, but remembering the details of 140 suppliers is a tough ask, and once you get home they may have all blurred into one!

Take business cards

Write notes on them too, even if it’s just one or two words to remind you of what you were thinking about when you picked it up.

Here’s how you can get 10% off Tickets to A Most Curious Wedding Fair

You’ll also receive a map of the show when you arrive, with full vendor details and space for you to write notes.

Be yourself

The exhibitors are all about a custom-made approach and want to give you the wedding you want, so be who you really are and see if you naturally click.

If they don’t get your vibe, they’re not the ones for you. Use these face-to-face meetings to find that moment of connection you don’t necessarily get online.

Go up and down the aisles

It may sound tiresome, but try to be methodical – go up and down the aisles so you’ve seen everyone and don’t miss anything. That way, you’ll have a better sense of who was where, as well as where those you liked were positioned.

Leave your name with people

The exhibitors are clued up on how to get the most out of the show, too, so many will have some way of capturing your details. This means they can follow up with you, rather than you chasing them – saves you a job, right?

Do your research

Check out the show’s online directory of vendors beforehand and keep an eye on social media for the running order of the day, to make a note of who you want to see while you’re there.

Here’s how you can get 10% off Tickets to A Most Curious Wedding Fair

That said, try not to set yourself too many fixed goals for the day. Let the show surprise you and keep your mind open.

Come prepared

Take your wedding inspiration with you – whether it’s a mood board on an iPad, some screenshots, an entire analogue scrapbook or folder. If you’re talking vibes and visuals with someone, it’s usually easiest to show actual images and references.

Enjoy yourself!

Have a drink at the bar, watch the catwalk shows (check times beforehand so you don’t miss out), grab some delicious street food in the FEAST food hall, and take photos in the photo booth and on the selfie wall.

You can even eat free cake, try a workshop, try things on, get a temporary tattoo, and just go wild – after all, you’re getting married! And this should be one of the most fun days of wedding planning you should have.

Here’s how you can get 10% off Tickets to A Most Curious Wedding Fair

Most Curious Wedding takes place from Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March at The Truman Brewery, T1 Building, 85 Brick Lane, London. Or you can visit the show at The Fire Pit in Norwich on 24 March.

PLUS, Most Curious and Wedding Ideas have teamed up to offer you a special 10% OFF tickets when you use the code CURIOUSIDEAS at the checkout. Expires Saturday 23 March – book your tickets now![1]

Visit[2] to find out more.


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Mother of the Bride Etiquette: What not to do

How involved should the mother of the bride or groom be with the wedding day? If you’re worried she’s in danger of taking over, here’s a guide to mother of the bride etiquette for the big day…

Mother of the Bride Etiquette: What not to do

Mother of the Bride Etiquette: What not to do

How involved should the mother of the bride or groom be?

With their children getting married, both sets of mothers are bound to get excited. Your diary will probably be filling up with lunch dates with you and your mother, and your soon-to-be mother-in-law can’t seem to stop bringing up the wedding at every opportunity.

It can always alleviate a bit of stress when you accept help from someone else when it comes to planning your big day, but that doesn’t mean they’re allowed to take over. Mothers of the bride or groom do have a tendency to go overboard, so be warned!

If you want something done a particular way, don’t let your mother’s words sway you. Your day, your way – and that’s that.

Don’t let her take on too much

By no means should you refuse all the help on offer, but when delegating wedding duties to your friends and family members, make sure that both you and they are realistic in the amount they are taking on.

No matter how keen your mother-in-law may be to take on the 20 jobs you have on your to-do list, remember that her eager excitement for the wedding plans may wear out before she’s even finished her second task of writing out all the place cards.

At that point, you won’t even dare to mention the handmade favours she agreed to do…

Don’t let her opinions affect you

It may be the case that your mother or mother-in-law disapproves of how you are planning your wedding, from the dress you’ve chosen to the venue you’ve booked.

Taking her along to your wedding dress fitting can quickly turn from a lovely and thoughtful idea, to maybe changing the aim of the shopping trip to buying an axe, and a shovel.

Mother of the Bride Etiquette: What not to do

And her constant comments about your husband-to-be not making enough effort? Not what you need right now. If this is happening to you, calmly let her know what she is saying is upsetting you, and most importantly, don’t let it affect you.

Don’t allow her to dress like the bride or bridesmaids

Under no circumstances should your mother be wearing white on your wedding day, unless you’ve chosen not to. We’re almost certain your mum would think this one through, but make sure you ask her what she’s wearing before the big day actually arrives.

On a similar note, unless you’ve suggested she does so, make sure your mother isn’t deliberately matching her outfit to your bridesmaids.

If she does want to make some kind of link to the bridal party, suggest she wears a corsage in the same colour as the bridesmaid dresses. It would be a really nice touch for the photographs, and make your mum a little bit happier. Remember to include the groom’s mother in this too, so she doesn’t feel left out.

Don’t let her be late

From offering advice and knowing exactly how to calm you down, to readjusting that strand of hair that’s a little out of place after you’ve finished getting ready, your mum should be there for you on your wedding morning!

That goes for the rest of the wedding planning process, too – all the arranged appointments, lunch-time meet ups to talk about table plans, and so on. You should never underestimate the usefulness of a mum around your wedding time, and neither should she!

Don’t let her steal the show

Wearing white on the day is one thing, but taking complete control of everything that’s going on, pointing out every little detail she helped with, and not letting the bride or groom get a word on their wedding day is on another level!

Either the excitement of the wedding has got a little too much for her, or her glass is getting topped up a little too often; either way, there comes a point when it’s acceptable to just say “stop”. I mean, she didn’t even help with that bunting!


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Join Wedding Ideas for Inspiration and Exclusive Discounts at the Wedding Weekend

The fabulous Eccleston Yards’ Wedding Weekend is Belgravia’s luxury wedding showcase, taking place from Saturday 9 March to Sunday 10 March.

Join several retailers, including Tailor Made London, the groomswear brand offering bespoke tailoring with cutting-edge technology; SMUK London, a one-stop natural beauty and lifestyle studio; British-born footwear label Duke & Dexter, and sustainable lifestyle brand Rêve En Vert, for a range of unique wedding-related events and activities over the course of two days.

Bride holding bouquet

Pop by for bridal hair and make-up workshops, tailored suit fittings, wedding fragrance profiling, bespoke shoe-design pop-ups and even talks on how to plan a sustainable big day.

Eccleston Yards Wedding Weekend

What’s more, if you take our Wedding Weekend feature (p.36) in the March issue of Wedding Ideas with you – on sale Wednesday 13 February – you’ll receive…

Complimentary Goodie Bags

Luxury bride and groom goodie bags, filled with pampering products worth more than £250 from Tailor Made London[1], with all no-obligation, 30-minute overview bookings made for the Weekend.

Tailor Made London will also welcome a Penhaligon’s fragrance sommelier over the weekend, who will be advising on the best fragrances to wear on your wedding day.

Overview appointments made on Saturday 9 March will also receive a complimentary haircut or beard trim in-store from London’s top barbers, Pankhurst.

Tailor Made London

If you purchase a fragrance, you’ll also receive a voucher for complimentary engraving on your bottles, which will need to be redeemed at a Penhaligon store.

Bookings to be made in advance at[2], simply quote WEDDINGIDEAS19.

Complimentary Hair and Make-up Consultation

A complimentary 30-minute wedding hair and make-up consultation with international artist and founder of SMUK London[3], Miabella Ristorp.

Bookings to be made in advance at[4]. Appointments available over a two-week period from Monday 4 March 2019, redeemable when you bring along the March issue of Wedding Ideas. 

SMUK London

Plus, an exclusive 10% off all SMUK London products and services, and a complimentary goodie bag, with bookings made over the Weekend.

Join a talk on how to hold a sustainable wedding with Rêve En Vert in the SMUK London studio on Sunday 10 March from 3pm to 4pm.

The Rêve En Vert sustainable bridal collection will also be available in the SMUK London studio, and includes Natalijia silk slips and robes, Christina Leonor sustainable Italian lingerie and sustainable bridal jewellery from Melissa Joy Manning.

The natural beauty and lifestyle studio opened in Belgravia in March 2018, offering hair and beauty treatments that are totally bespoke. Pop in for a manicure, pedicure or luxury blow-dry treatment, or opt for a relaxing massage or body-wrap.

Complimentary Personalisation of Footwear

Complimentary hand-painted initialling on any pair of Duke & Dexter[5] footwear purchased over the Weekend, plus 15% off all Duke & Dexter styles and 30% off group groomswear purchases (five pairs or more).

Duke and Dexter

The London boutique will also be hosting consultations with their in-house artist, plus the chance to meet The Bloomsbury Club mixologist, where you can learn to create bespoke ‘Groom’ cocktails.

Join craft jewellery brand The Workbench in-store for exclusive couples wedding band workshops over the Weekend and craft your own unique wedding rings from jewellers wax, to be transformed into silver, gold or platinum with free engraving. Pre-book via The Workbench.

Complimentary Cocktail and Lollipop Tree

A complimentary ‘Made To Measure’ cocktail and chocolate popcorn lollipop tree with every à la carte lunch and dinner booked at The Jones Family Kitchen[6] over the Weekend. Booking can be made in advance by emailing [email protected][7].

Jones Family Kitchen

Made from Kew organic gin, dill-infused sherry, lemon juice and grapefruit bitters, the Made to Measure cocktail is a great pick-me-up as you wander round the various stores at the Wedding Weekend.

Be sure to give the chocolate popcorn lollipops a taste, too; the apricots add a delicious fruity flavour, while the cornflakes bring an extra crunch.

10% off Your First Meditation Class at Re:Mind Studio

The Re:Mind Studio[8] in Eccleston Yards, near Victoria station, is a hub of calm and tranquility.

Remind Studio London

Whether you’re an experienced meditator or a complete beginner, there’s a wide variety of classes available – from restorative and nature-themed sessions, to group meetings in which you’ll learn to connect with those around you.

A Free Personalised Wine-Tasting Session In-Store at Bâtonnage Over the Weekend.

Personalised tastings can be booked in advance by emailing [email protected][9].


As Belgravia’s newest wine merchant, Bâtonnage[10] offers a stress-free service to help you find the perfect wine selection for your big day, backed up by decades of expertise.

Plus, they’ll be hosting English sparkling wine tasting in-store with an exclusive 15% off purchases for your big day.

20% off any Class or Membership at Hot Pod Yoga

Simply quote HPYWEDDING when booking at[11], one use per customer. 

Join Hot Pod Yoga in their Belgravia studio, where you’ll learn to stretch further and breathe deeper.

Hot Pod Yoga

The heat (37 degrees) will make your heart and lungs work a bit harder, helping you to burn more calories and giving you a great cardio workout.

To take up any of the offers above, please present our Wedding Weekend feature (p.36) in the March issue of Wedding Ideas. For further information on all events taking place at the Eccleston Yards Wedding Weekend, visit[12]

For full Chelsea Magazine Company terms and conditions, visit[13]


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Make Your Guests Laugh With These Funny Wedding Readings

It can be hard to write a speech that gets everyone laughing without recycling over-used puns and one-liners. Why not take some inspiration from these five funny wedding readings when you’re planning what to say.

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Make Your Guests Laugh With These Funny Wedding Readings

If you’re not one for a tear-jerker and want to get your guests laughing, why not use these readings as a guide. They all sum up love and marriage in their own original way with an amusing twist.

“Yes I’ll Marry you my Dear” by Pam Ayres

Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear,
And here’s the reason why;
So I can push you out of bed
When the baby starts to cry,
And if we hear a knocking
And it’s creepy and it’s late,
I hand you the torch you see,
And you investigate.
Yes I’ll marry you, my dear,
You may not apprehend it,
But when the tumble-drier goes
It’s you that has to mend it,
You have to face the neighbour
Should our labrador attack him,
And if a drunkard fondles me
It’s you that has to whack him.
Yes, I’ll marry you,
You’re virile and you’re lean,
My house is like a pigsty
You can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner
Which you served by candlelight,
As I do chipolatas,
You can cook it every night!
It’s you who has to work the drill and put up curtain track,
And when I’ve got PMT it’s you who gets the flak,
I do see great advantages,
But none of them for you,
And so before you see the light,
I do, I do, I do

Ladies giving wedding speech - Make Your Guests Laugh With These Funny Wedding Readings If you’re nervous about giving a reading[1], remember to keep it short and occasionally pause for laughs. Don’t talk through the laugh – enjoy entertaining everybody and let them enjoy it too. Here’s one we think will strike a few funny chords with the audience.

“Let me put it This way” by Simon Armitage

Let me put it this way: if you came to lay your sleeping head against my arm or sleeve, and if my arm went dead, or if I had to take my leave at midnight, I should rather cleave it from the joint or seam than make a scene or bring you round. There, how does that sound?

If you want a short reading to make up part of your speech or to add a closing comment, then this one by Sandra Boynton works perfectly. It talks about a future together, side by side.

“Your Personal Penguin” by Sandra Boynton

I like you a lot.
You’re funny and kind.
So let me explain
What I have in mind.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to walk right by your side.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to travel with you far and wide.

The late poet, Hovis Presley says it all really with this sweet poem. This is sure to bring a laugh from all age groups!

“I Rely on you” by Hovis Presley

I rely on you like a Skoda needs suspension, like the aged need a pension, like a trampoline needs tension, like a bungee jump needs apprehension. I rely on you like a camera needs a shutter, like a gambler needs a flutter, like a golfer needs a putter, like a buttered scone involves some butter. I rely on you like an acrobat needs ice cool nerve, like a hairpin needs a drastic curve, like an HGV needs endless derv, like an outside left needs a body swerve. I rely on you like a handyman needs pliers, like an auctioneer needs buyers, like a laundromat needs driers, like The Good Life needed Richard Briers. I rely on you like a water vole needs water, like a brick outhouse needs mortar, like a lemming to the slaughter, Ryan’s just Ryan without his daughter. I rely on you.

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Sometimes you can inject some humour while saying something very serious. When you’re getting married, it’s sometimes called ‘taking the plunge’. This reading[2] below does just that. This one might be apt if you’ve known one another a long time before tying the knot.

“The Little Yellow Leaf” by Carin Berger

(The story of a leaf who isn’t ready to let go from the tree.)

And then, high up on an icy branch, a scarlet flash.
One more leaf holding tight.
“You’re here?” called the Little Yellow Leaf.
“I am,” said the Little Scarlet Leaf.
“Like me!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.
Neither spoke.
“Will you?” asked the Little Scarlett Leaf.
“I will!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.
And one, two, three, they let go and soared.


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Get Ready for these Things When Planning Your 2019 Wedding

Wedding planning tips for anyone getting married in 2019 (and don’t know where to start).

So 2019’s free trial month of January is over, and it’s time to get serious about the year’s goals. Number one, planning your wedding. Since it’s your first time, we’ve got some tips for you. Get ready for these things to happen when you’re planning your wedding.

1. Not knowing how to get started.

We got you. Check out our top 2018 lists of the wedding vendors you’ll need, to get your wedding planning started.

2. You can forget to focus on the things that matter.

Most brides start wedding planning on a Pinterest board, and with all the pretty pictures and fun ideas—confetti-filled balloons! personalised succulent favours! writing a message on the bottom of your shoes!—it’s easy to obsess over the little details and forget about the big ones. Before you burn yourself out trying to incorporate every single trend into your wedding, try to take a step back and start with the things that make a big impact, like, you know, a venue.

3. There’s no 100% pleasing everyone (or your wallet).

If you had no budget restrictions, you could probably hold an intimate garden wedding to please yourself, then a 500-strong wedding banquet to please your family, and finally a destination after-party in a private pool villa with free-flow alcohol to please your friends.

4. Even “simple” weddings require a lot of planning skills.

Start with our wedding checklist, tailored to Singaporean weddings. It’s broken down into a hierarchy of importance, so NO asking for florist quotes on your puppy-bouquet floral collars before finding a venue that allows pets.

5. You don’t need to feel obligated to involve everyone in the wedding.

Don’t feel like you need to take up your cousin’s offer to beatbox, your new in-law’s offer of their child for a flower girl, or your colleague’s offer to decorate your wedding “for a friendship price” if you don’t want to. Thank them graciously and say you’ve already made plans.

6. Three months before the wedding, you’ll be buried under an avalanche of wedding planning details.

For a long time after getting engaged, you might be like, “Wedding planning is going to be easy because we’re so chill.” Two to three months before your wedding date, you’re going to be hit by seating arrangements, décor being delivered too late, invitation printing deadlines, and a host of other little logistical details. We warned you.

7. You don’t need to have a big wedding party just because everyone else is having one.

And you definitely don’t need a big bridal party because of the photos. Yes, all the images of bridal parties you’ve ever seen on Pinterest or Instagram involve at least five groomsmen and five perfectly matched or perfectly mis-matched bridesmaids, but if you just want to have your sister stand up beside you on your wedding day, that’s fine too! And don’t feel like you MUST have an equal number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, or have all girls on your Bride Squad and only guys on Team Groom.

8. You might feel the pressure of wedding trends.

You don’t have to hold an intimate outdoor garden wedding with a llama ring bearer just because it’s the cool thing to do. Your guests will enjoy themselves even if you don’t have a massive dessert table/ice cream bar/donut wall. Only follow the trends you actually want to! Hold a wedding that’s you!

9. You don’t need to DIY everything. Or anything.

It might seem like it’s morally superior to DIY things like wedding favours—“It’s so much more personal and heartfelt!”—but unless you enjoy crafting, you shouldn’t feel like you need to. Your guests won’t be like, “How dare you not take calligraphy lessons to inscribe my name on one of 200 place cards!”

10. Everyone has an opinion on your wedding.

Your BFF, your grandmother, your colleague, your client, the aunty you buy chicken rice from. Once you tell people you’re getting married, be prepared for A LOT of opinions on what you should do for your wedding.

11. Your wedding day schedule will require military precision.

At 0400 hours, you’ll probably be up for makeup. To get an idea of what a wedding day involves, check out our customisable wedding day schedules for two common wedding scenarios in Singapore. You can adapt it for your own wedding needs.

12. Joining local wedding planning groups can be a great resource for reviews and recommendations.

Local wedding planning groups like the SingaporeBrides Forum, or Whatsapp groups for Brides of 2019 or Brides of 2020 are great places to ask for recommendations on vendors, compare package deals, pick up wedding items second-hand, or simply find people who actually understand what you’re going through.

Illustrated by Tansey Tang.

12 Signs that Wedding Planning has Got Too Much

We’re sure you already know that wedding planning is stressful. Here are the signs that wedding planning has got a bit too much for you (but it’s only temporary, we promise)…

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12 Signs that Wedding Planning has Got Too Much

Taking Over Your Life

With it being a day that most brides-to-be have dreamed about since they were a little girl, it’s no wonder that it planning[1] your wedding will take up a lot of your time. Even if you’re not actively out shopping for it or actively getting those DIY tasks done, you’ll find yourself subconsciously ‘favouriting’ all sorts of articles and shopping searches so you can come back to them later. Even your iPod that you plug in on the way to work is filled with ceremony classics to help you pick out your playlist.

Drowning in The To-do List

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Just looking at your to-do list makes you want to go and rip up that dress[2] of yours right away. There’s so much to do, you just don’t know where to start! You can barely bring yourself to get out of bed at the weekend and get started. Our advice? Take that to-do list bit by bit! If you’re feeling especially uninspired by doing wedding things, pick out the fun things to do first. That way you’ll get some enjoyment back into it!

It’s No Fun Anymore

Talking about enjoyment, when it gets to a point when you’re not enjoying it AT ALL, then it’s time to take a little break. Why not plan a weekend away? Ban any talk of weddings and by the time you’re back, you’ll be feeling fresh and ready to get back on it!

The One Becomes Not the One

12 Signs that Wedding Planning has Got Too Much - argument

If you’re starting to question the magical feeling you had when you found ‘the one’, you’ve been thinking too much about it. When the dream-dress-doubt creeps in, it’s time to get a grip! It’s a common thing for brides to feel in the run up to their wedding – they want to look and feel their best after all – but get yourself through the doubting stage, and that magical feeling will return when you put it on. Then you’ll be wondering how on earth you ever thought it wasn’t the one!

Goodbye Wedding Diet

Sometimes brides and grooms-to-be fancy going on a diet or a mission to get into shape before their big day, and that’s okay! Healthy eating[3] and taking up jogging is all around good for you and we totally recommend it to not only look your best, but also feel and be your best (but no ridiculous dieting please!).

But when the stress kicks in, so do the carb and sugar cravings, and before you know it: your head is lodged in the back of the cupboard trying the find that secret stash of Mars Bars you hid away from the healthy-you. Oops.

Your Friends Stop Contacting

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Suddenly, conversation becomes just you talking. Why aren’t they replying your Whatsapps, texts, phone calls, Facetime, Facebook messages, emails or tweets? Just why? Because maybe, just maybe, your predominant conversation topic – your wedding – is getting a little too much.

Linking to the first point, just because it’s taking over your life, doesn’t mean it has to take over theirs. If you can’t think back to what you and your best girls spoke about before you got engaged, you’ve gone a step too far.

OR They’re Constantly Asking If You’re Okay

Or perhaps you’ve got to the stage where you don’t want to talk about your wedding, in fact, you don’t want to do anything. Like any good friend, they will all be worried about the fact you’re not getting out of bed due to wedding-meltdown.

When you actually do make it out of your dressing gown and slippers and go out, you’ll be jumped on with incessant questions like, ‘Are you okay?’, ‘I’m always here for you, you know that, right?’ and ‘If there’s anything I can do, will you tell me?’. If you’re at either of these stages with your friends – them either outright ignoring you or them overly anxious about you, it’s probably a good time to have a little break from planning, we think…

Can the Honeymoon Hurry Up?

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Talking of a little break: the honeymoon! You just cannot stop thinking about the honeymoon[4]. The happiness of the thought of just utter relaxation and having nothing to worry about is so much that you even start to curse the wedding because it’s getting in the way of it! It’s the one obstacle between you and that sunbed.

You’re Ticking all the Boxes Here[5]

If you’re ticking any of these boxes of 10 signs that you’re an uncool bride-to-be[6], you only need a quick reality check and you’ll see the monster you’re turning into! A while we’re at it, you should probably take this quiz to see if you’re a bridezilla[7], too…

The Wedding Takes Over your Dreams

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When you’re spending your days thinking non-stop about your wedding, it’s no surprise that you’ll start spending your nights thinking non-stop about your wedding. This can only lead to two things – wedding dreams or wedding nightmares. Wedding dreams[8] are nice enough; sometimes they might not be the exact wedding you’ve been planning, but still whatever wedding it is, it’s running smoothly and everyone’s happy.

The wedding nightmares are slightly more traumatising; walking down the aisle naked, the groom not turning up, losing all your teeth to name but a few…

Easy Envy

Whilst it’s an obvious fact that you’re super excited about your wedding, and want other people to be just as excited, the world doesn’t stop spinning. If at every mention of someone else’s wedding or engagement you’re turning green-eyed and grumpy, you need to snap out of that. Pronto. Be happy for them! (And work on making your big day that little bit different!).


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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Many couples take between one year and two between getting engaged and tying the knot. This might sound like a long time, but when you think you’ve got all that time, you often let things fall by the wayside. It’s easy to forget all the little things you need to do amongst all the bigger tasks. Thankfully we’ve pulled together a month-by-month wedding planning checklist to help you along.

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

To make sure you’re on top of your wedmin from the get-go, we’ve created a beautiful, printable checklist[1] to ensure you don’t forget anything.

We’ve got everything you need from up to 16 months before your wedding. Obviously, if you’re tighter on time, you’ll need to quickly condense some of these actions.

If you want to download and print our comprehensive wedding checklist, please do so here[2]! We don’t want any bride stressing out during the planning stages


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account. To join in the conversation, share your stories here.[3][4][5]


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Honeymoon Ideas

It’s no secret that brides often have big dreams for their wedding day, but they don’t stop there. Honeymoons are ranking ever higher on couples’ wish lists, with dream destinations becoming deal breakers. We’ve got some honeymoon ideas to get you started.


12 Days of Wedding Planning: Honeymoon Ideas

You’d be forgiven for thinking that paradise islands are your only option. While these idyllic resorts are popular for good reason, the world really is your oyster and we’ve got lots more honeymoon ideas to share with you. And with honeymoons typically setting you back by thousands, you really do need to get your choice right.


The biggest factor when booking your honeymoon will be your budget – where can you afford to go? Will your honeymoon costs be covered by your overall wedding budget, will you save for it separately, or even ask for guests to contribute as their wedding presents to you?

If none of these options will give you the spending power you want, and you aren’t prepared to compromise on this trip of a lifetime, why not wait a little? Weddings are expensive, so take a minimoon somewhere closer to home after the wedding, then give yourselves a year or so to save before splashing out on that show-stopping trip.


While for many holidays you’ll book your flights and hotels yourself, it can be useful to have help for your honeymoon. That’s why lots of our real couples turn to tour operators and travel agents to create their ideal honeymoons for them. If you want to include lots of stops, tours or experiences, this can often make the planning process easier. The guides and agents will have all the inside knowledge and contacts you need to put your travel plans together seamlessly.

If you’re being careful with your budget, shop around and compare packages or book things separately yourself to make sure you get the most competitive prices.

Maldives huts honeymoon ideas Credit: Club Noonu, Maldives


For a cultural city break, take a short-haul trip to Europe. Visit just one chic city or grab your train tickets and go inter-railing. City sights, historical monuments and buzzing nightlife are all up for grabs.

Road trippers and backpackers should head for the United States, Australia or New Zealand. You’ll find plenty of vast and varied landscapes, cities and beaches to explore.

For nature-loving couples, your honeymoon presents the perfect occasion to embark on a sought-after safari, whether that’s across the African plains or through the rainforests of Borneo or South America.

Those paradise islands had to feature somewhere, so if it’s a beach holiday like no other that you’re looking for, book your flight and speedboat transfers to the Maldives, Seychelles or the Pacific Islands. White sand and turquoise waters beckon.

And for foodie couples? The world is your oyster on this one! Choose the cuisine you want to taste and then book your flights. But why limit the feasting to just one place when you could sample many? Map out a series of nearby destinations, then hop from one to the next to create a honeymoon that you really will savour.

Want Some More Honeymoon Ideas? 

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How to save money and earn cashback on your wedding

Guides for Brides website lifestyle shot

It’s no secret that a wedding can be expensive – according to some surveys, the national average has hit over £27,000, and it’s continuing to soar. However, online wedding database Guides for Brides has come up with an ingenious new way to help brides and grooms throughout the UK save money on their wedding planning

The new Guides for Brides[1] Booking Bonus scheme is perfect for couples looking for a little something extra from their wedding bookings, and could even earn you cashback on your big day. Simply browse the thousands of wedding venues and suppliers on Guides for Brides, and if you contact and book a supplier with a Booking Bonus logo on their listing, you’ll get a special little something! This could be a free gift, such as a bottle of bubbly or a bouquet, or a bonus service like free cake stand hire or a complimentary engagement shoot. Best of all, you could even get helpful financial bonuses, like free wedding insurance on your venue, or up to 3% cashback.

All you need to do to qualify for these helpful bonuses is to make sure that your first contact and booking with a wedding business is made through Guides for Brides. Luckily, that shouldn’t be hard, as Guides for Brides have thousands of wedding suppliers on their database, from wedding venues to photographers, cake makers, florists and transport. There are even hen and stag do suppliers, hotels for guest accommodation, personal trainers and spas for a little pre-wedding pampering. No matter what stage of wedding planning you’re at, there’s sure to be something for you to help save money on your big day.

Guides for Brides has been helping couples plan their wedding since 1995, so you know you’re in safe hands! As well as their online database, Guides for Brides also has a free wedding planning app, with handy tools such as a budget planner, personalised checklist and guest list tracker, plus an online blog bursting with inspiration. They run monthly wedding competitions too, so you’ll be able to save even more on your wedding day with their amazing wedding prizes. Once you’ve booked your suppliers, you can even leave reviews for a chance to win the monthly prize draw.

For more information on the new Guides for Brides Booking Bonus and for more wedding planning tips, visit[2]


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[3], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[4] to join in the conversation.

12 Days of Wedding Planning: The Wedding Cake

What is a celebration without cake? And balloons for that matter, but we’ll discuss that another day. This is one of the biggest celebrations of your life so it’s worth splashing out on a great wedding cake.


Planning Your Wedding Cake

Make choosing your wedding cake one of the highlights of your wedding planning. Browse designs you’d like, talk about flavours,[1] then indulge at the all-important cake tasting before you place your order.

If it all sounds a little too tasty to be true, don’t worry. There is more to choosing your wedding cake, but we’re about to give you all the ingredients you need. You’ll be onto a winner in no time.

Tiers of joy

Traditional wedding cakes are often three tiers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have more. Alternatively, what about a single tier? We’ve got some single tier show-stoppers[2] to whet your appetite.

The tiers should reflect the number of guests you would like to feed, as well as personal preference. This is another of the often overlooked hidden costs attached to a bigger guest list. Expect to pay more not just for your venue hire and wedding breakfast themselves, but also for larger cakes, more table centres and additional bottles of wine too.

If your budget[3] won’t stretch to the number of tiers you’d like, all is not lost. You could use an illusion bottom tier and then have a second tray bake or slab cake on hand to serve in the evening as well. Your cake will have all the visual impact but a much smaller price tag as a result.

Don’t forget that the tiers don’t all have to be cake layers as you know them[4]. One tier on top of a tower of cupcakes or macarons will work just as well. You can also try stacking trendy donuts up to create your wedding cake, or copy this couple and go for a Jaffa Cake sensation[5]! Those looking to splurge on a showstopper should surround their wedding cake with a decadent dessert table.

What’s Your Flavour?

Fruitcake may be traditional, but it’s by no means everyone’s favourite. When you’ve chosen your cake maker, ask for a tasting consultation so that you can try the different flavours on offer. Choose one to use throughout or go for something different on every tier, the choice is entirely yours. We would recommend thinking of your guests at least a little since your wedding cake will almost always be shared.

To ice or not to ice

Unless you’re a keen baker, the wealth of different icing choices available to you may well have been a mystery until now. Naked, semi-naked and buttercream cakes are all increasing in popularity by the day, but there’s still a place for the more traditional fondant and royal icing decorations on cakes. You might even want to combine several. Think fondant sugar flowers atop a buttercream cake or delicate royal icing piping to add detail to a fondant covering. More flavour choices are possible with buttercream, but it is also more likely to melt in the warmer summer temperatures, so be sure to take this into account.

You also have alternative wedding cakes that forgo the standard forms of icing altogether. Croquembouche, the traditional French wedding cake made from a tower of profiteroles, will usually be decorated with ganache or caramel and spun sugar.

Savoury is the new Sweet

Finally, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, don’t panic! Turn to the scrumptious savouries[6] that are cheese and pies for a wedding cake with the wow-factor. What’s more, your tower of pies or cheese can also double up as your evening buffet. Just accompany it with grapes, crackers and chutneys. When you put it like that, it would be rude not to!


Want more wedding information and inspiration? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[7], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[8] to join in the conversation.


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  4. ^ don’t all have to be cake layers as you know them (
  5. ^ copy this couple and go for a Jaffa Cake sensation (
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