How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

It’s unlikely that all of your bridesmaids are going to have the same style, shape, build and height. They’ll all have good points that they’ll want to accentuate and some that they’ll want to hide. Let’s take a look at how to choose the right dresses for your bridesmaids so they feel happy and confident on your wedding day.

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How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

You’ve chosen your bridesmaids because they’re your closest friends, they’re girls that you can rely on and, in turn, they’re trusting you to make them look amazing on your wedding day.

Thankfully, times have moved on from days when you had to dress your bridesmaids in identical gowns. It’s far more flattering and on trend to dress your girls in individual dresses that really suit them.

The colours don’t have to be the same shade, either. You could go for an ombre effect and dress your maids in different shades of pink[1] that go from the lightest blush to the deepest fuchsia. It’s very flattering and bang on trend!

Let’s Talk Length

You’ll probably be able to find dresses for your bridesmaids[2] in cocktail length, tea-length or floor-length.

You’ll want a length that’s going to flatter your girls. If one of your maids has a fabulous pair of pins that she’s happy to show off, then let her wear a dazzling cocktail-length number. If somebody else likes their ankles but isn’t too keen on the rest of their legs, then opt for tea-length. Of course, if they’d rather keep their legs hidden altogether, then go for a full-length gown. They’ll feel happier and more relaxed which will make them look more comfortable in your wedding photographs[3].

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What About Busts?

Everyone is different. One dress that flatters one of your bridesmaid’s hourglass shape may not flatter one who is very slim. There are plenty of different styles to flatter all your girls’ figures.

For Small Busts

Halter necklines are great for bridesmaids’ with small busts who want to accentuate their pretty arms and shoulders. Anybody with a large bust should avoid this style though, especially girls with broad shoulders, as it will make them look bigger.

Spaghetti-strap dresses are also great for girls who have less on top. They’re light, feminine and look gorgeous.

Another option is a cowl neckline. This gives the effect of more ‘volume’ to a bust and is good for pear shaped girls. Another good neckline for small busts is the boat neckline that goes straight across at the top.

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For Big Busts

If you have girls that are more generously proportioned up top then opt to dress them in a gown with a scoop neckline. This will flatter their ample bosoms and give them a shapely look in your pictures. Make sure everyone has the right supportive underwear, too, so that your chosen dresses hang in the way they are supposed to!

The All-rounder

Sweetheart necklines are always a popular choice for bridesmaid dresses[4] and suit all figures, shapes and busts. It gives support and creates the illusion of more up top if that’s what you want.

Strapless dresses are best for girls who have average-sized busts. Too small and they’ll just look flat chested, too big and they’ll be spilling out everywhere, which is pretty unflattering. Look for dresses with a built-in bra if possible. Get your girls to don their frocks and forget about them – hitching up a strapless dress every two minutes is not a good look and isn’t comfortable to wear all day.

Off-the-shoulder is another style that is good for all bridesmaids unless they have particularly heavy arms. Consider a wrap or shrug if this is the case.

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Necklines Explained by Dessy

Matching necklines are out – dressing your girls in the best styles for them is in! So here’s how to choose the right necklines for your girls, with a little help from bridesmaid experts Dessy and their glamorous After Six collection.

Sweetheart Bridesmaid Dresses

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Sweetheart necklines are always a popular choice for bridesmaid dresses[5] and suit all figures, shapes and busts. This style is something that’s flattering for girls of all different shapes and sizes. If they’re concerned about having their shoulders completely exposed, you could give them a wrap or shrug to wear to make them feel more comfortable. A fitted dress cinches the waist and gives the illusion of an hourglass figure, which many ladies love.

One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses

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This is a good option for broader bridesmaids because this design will make the shoulders appear smaller and closer together. Avoid a one-shoulder neckline if your bridesmaids have particularly heavy arms, as this can accentuate them. One-shoulder gowns work on most body shapes so this is a great unifying choice if you have a lot of bridesmaids. Make sure they all have supportive bras that are comfortable enough to wear all day.

V-neck Bridesmaid Dresses

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A V-neckline on a dress helps to minimise the width of your bridesmaid’s bust and elongate her neck. Great for girls with larger boobs, this cut is a good choice if your bridesmaids have larger upper arms. This shape is universally flattering but do watch the cut. A very high V-neckline can make a large bust look saggy, while a plunging V-neckline can be too revealing, especially at a wedding ceremony. Bear in mind also that a wide V-neckline helps to balance out pear shapes.

High Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses

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The high, sheer or illusion neckline is a huge trend in bridal and the trend is now making its way over to bridesmaids too. This gives your girls more of a formal look while still looking sexy despite being covered up. High necklines achieve an elegant look without being too over the top. This cut works particularly well on girls with strong collarbones.

Choosing the Correct Underwear

You must remember that for a dress to look really good, your bridesmaids will need to wear the right sort of underwear[6].

First things first – choose the correct bra. Strapless or adjustable for a halter neck and make sure that the straps don’t show, that’s a real no-no in wedding photographs. Also, nude coloured underwear won’t show up in flash photography under a sheer dress, whereas white underwear will.

Avoid VPLs by wearing thongs or boy shorts. Shapewear is also useful for giving a smooth line all the way down the body, particularly in a tight-fitting dress.

Treat your bridesmaids right by dressing them in frocks that flatter them and they’ll reward you by looking happy and smiling on your wedding day. You want everybody to have a great time and making sure your girls look their very best is a big part of a successful wedding day.


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Bring Some fun Into Your day With These Quirky Wedding Readings

If you and your partner aren’t ones for tradition and are looking to inject a bit of fun into your wedding reception, why not use one of these quirky wedding readings. These quirky readings say all the right things but in a unique way, perfect for creative couples.

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Bring Some fun Into Your day With These Quirky Wedding Readings

There are plenty of poems and excerpts from thousands of books that talk about love, companionship, compromise and all the other aspects of marriage. But if you and your groom want something a little bit different to set your speech[1] apart from the crowd, these unconventional readings may be perfect!

A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, HIS cage.

Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

I like this Dinosaur, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit, which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.

But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

He is also overly fond of Things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of Things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly, thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on Shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thought and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them.

Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together.

For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place…

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If you’re looking for a quirky poem to read aloud, then this one by John Cooper Clarke says it all.

I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your raincoat
for those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
when you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
take me with you anywhere
I don’t care
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out
I wanna be the electric heater
you’ll get cold without
I wanna be your setting lotion
hold your hair in deep devotion
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
that’s how deep is my devotion

That poem[2] is likely to raise a few laughs, so whoever is reciting it needs to pause for the giggles and then continue – take the words slowly and enjoy the entertainment it gives everybody!

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We think it’s wonderful if a pageboy or young bridesmaid gives a reading. The rule here is to keep it short and sweet. They get their moment in the spotlight but don’t have time to feel overwhelmed. They’ll also need to practise quite a bit beforehand and make sure you’ve chosen a child who isn’t likely to get stage fright at the last minute and refuse to speak. You’re looking for a confident type.

Remember the rule above of waiting for laughs and ask your young reader to stay in place for a few seconds afterwards to wait for the applause (which is sure to follow). This poem Some Things Go Together is a perfect short reading that’s quirky but thought-provoking too!

Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow

Pairs of things that go together.
Pigeons with park
Stars with dark
Sand with sea
and you with me.
… Hats with heads
Pillows with beds
Sky with blue
and me with you.


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What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom’s Speech

There’s a lot of pressure on the groom to write the perfect wedding speech. But what does your new wife really want to hear you say on your big day? We asked the experts at Great Speech Writing[1] to hand over their top tips.

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What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom’s Speech

You popped the question, the date’s set, the venue’s booked, invitations have been sent and the stag weekend is in hand. It’s just that minor detail of a groom’s speech still to be written. Keep your new wife happy on the big day with these tips.

Big up the Bride

Although it’s good practice to mention the best man and your ushers while poking fun at them at their expense, always remember that your wedding day is about your bond with your bride, not your best mates. Whatever you do, don’t spend the majority of your speech[2] reminiscing about your lads holiday – or you’ll have one unhappy bride.

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Thank Your new in-laws

If your bride chooses not to speak at the wedding, she probably won’t get the chance to thank her parents publicly for all they’ve done in helping to organise the big day, and for all the help, love and support provided over the years. So it’s down to you to do it for her – and she’ll love you for it.

She’s Your Wife – Don’t be shy Mentioning it!

Nothing gets more of heart-warming cheer than the line “my wife and I…”. It’s predictable and a little bit cheesy, but the novelty of hearing it for the first time never fails to make a new bride smile, or indeed every one of your guests.

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Using the occasional predictable phrase, as above, is fine, but don’t get too reliant on these one-liners, or your speech could easily sound like an internet cut and paste job. Your new bride wants you to talk about her, so be creative and keep it personal.

Mention her Looks

Dazzling, stunning, beautiful – however you wish to say it, make sure you comment on her appearance, and in a positive way. The expensive dress, designer jewellery[3], trips to the hairdressers, manicures and facials count for something!

Remember This is a Celebration of Love

It isn’t your chance to deliver a 10-minute comedy stand-up routine. So try to combine your witty one-liners with a good dose of sincerity. Why did you ask her to marry you? What is it about her that you adore? How has your life changed (for the better!) since you met her? Which of your bad habits does she have to live with?

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Delete all Stories of ex-girlfriends

Your new wife isn’t about your past, there’s a time and a place for mentioning the exes, and the groom’s speech[4] isn’t one of them.

Direct Your Speech to her

Although you’re giving a speech to, what is often, a large number of people, you don’t always have to talk to the room. It can be far more meaningful and personal if, when you’re talking about your wife, you actually speak to and make eye contact with her. But remember to keep projecting your voice. Your wife will want the guests to hear what you have to say about her, even if you’re not addressing them.

If you’re still concerned about how to keep your bride happy during the speech, then get in touch with Lawrence Bernstein from[5]. He and his team are always happy to give free advice, act as a sounding board, or edit the speech for you.


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Money-saving Tips for Your Honeymoon

Want to save money on your honeymoon without sacrificing luxury? Deputy Content Editor of Secret Escapes, Emma McWhinney gives us her top money-saving tips for newlyweds.

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Money-saving Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

Your honeymoon should be an unforgettable experience. Don’t let your budget get in the way of planning your dream vacation. Check out these 6 savvy money-saving tips make your budget go further.

Currency Calculating

Check for weak currencies to help you get the best value for money while you’re away. While you’re planning your honeymoon look into which currencies offer you the most money for your pounds. Cashing in on changes in the exchange rate can make all the difference to the price of a quick bite to eat and a gourmet, five-course dinner.

Planning Ahead

Many couples put their honeymoon[1] on the back burner because they’re too wrapped up in planning their wedding. While some last minute deals can certainly help soothe the purse strings, it’s a myth that flash deals can only be booked a couple of days in advance. Head to online travel sites like Secret Escapes where you can book breaks up to a year in advance. Don’t leave it to the last minute and risk settling for a destination and being disappointed.

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Added Extras

Booking a package holiday can keep the planning process stress free and can also save you a lot of money. If you want to take the stress of planning out of your honeymoon, why not book a package which is specially curated by experts to include the added extras you’d otherwise end up splurging on?

Many of Secret Escapes’ deals offer luxurious extras such as 3-course dinners, champagne on arrival, late check-outs, spa treatments and guided tours! What better way to celebrate your marriage than being treated like VIPs!

Mini-Moon to Honeymoon

If you’re getting married in peak holiday season, follow in the footsteps of celebrities and book a mini-moon. Book a long weekend or even a city break in one of the stunning destinations Europe has to offer, like the South of France or Italy.

You can save your honeymoon[2] for off-season dates to bag the best rates – plenty of destinations like the Caribbean islands boast year-long tropical climates. Choosing off peak dates allows you to honeymoon in style with the extra spending money you have saved.

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Check the Calendar

Researching national holidays and events in specific destinations can keep costs down. Try and avoid busy times of the year such as school holidays or when local festivals are happening. At these times, hotels will raise their prices as they know that their rooms will be in high demand. You’ll also find by avoiding these peak times you’ll find getting reservations for top restaurants and bars much easier.

Don’t keep it a secret

Everybody loves a newlywed! Mentioning it’s your honeymoon really can open money-saving doors for you! Some hotels and airlines will give you added romantic extras such as complimentary champagne or chocolates. You may get really lucky and manage to get a free upgrade on your flights or hotel room (this isn’t a guarantee though!).


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The Most Luxury Honeymoons Around the World

Honeymoons are essentially the holiday of a lifetime, and if there was ever a time in your life to indulge, it’s now! You’ve already been swept off your feet, but there’s no reason why your honeymoon destination shouldn’t do the same. Honeymoon in style at one of these top luxury locations from around the world…

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The Most Luxury Honeymoons Around the World

Your first holiday together as newlyweds should undoubtedly be a trip of a lifetime. If you’re looking to really spoil yourselves, then take a look at some of these stunning locations from around the world that you could be jetting off to after you’ve said your vows.

007 Superyacht Charter Through Asia

Ocean Emerald Yacht - 5 Unbelievable Luxury Honeymoons From Around the WorldThe Ocean Emerald is a contemporary floating masterpiece imagined by renowned architect, Norman Foster, in 2009. That same year master Italian shipyard, Rodriquez Yachts, painstakingly built the 41-meter superyacht that cruises the waters of Asia today. Foster wanted the world to be graced with a floating vessel that combined the latest yachting technology with superior living.

Ocean Emerald can sleep up to 12 guests, but why not have the ship to yourself and live your James Bond and Bond girl fantasies? A nine-strong crew, from captains to chefs, are able to make your honeymoon the experience of a lifetime as you depart from the Gulf of Thailand.

Newlyweds will be able to tailor their route to their own desires, taking in the stunning coastlines of culturally rich countries Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam. You are welcome to disembark the vessel at any of the ports en route and discover the wonders that await on dry land.

However, if you don’t wish to leave your marine bubble, hospitality abroad Ocean Emerald is highly personalised. Expert chefs can create unique menus to suit you and your partner’s tastes. If the breath-taking views, luxurious interiors, home cinema, and jacuzzi weren’t enough, you can take to the water with snorkelling equipment, kayaks, and jet skis.

Ocean Emerald is an enchanting opportunity for those preparing honeymoon[1] plans. It presents a chance to create a bespoke plan for just you and your loved one.

Breaking Waves with Horses in Jamaica

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The Half Moon resort in Jamaica is truly a jewel of the Caribbean. Its history spans back 60 years and it has undeniably earnt is status as one of the world’s most admired resorts. Dignitaries regularly frequent the white-washed beach villas, you’ll feel like you’re royalty in this honeymooner’s paradise.

The exquisite dining, opulent spa, and luxury facilities undoubtedly make Half Moon a second to none honeymoon resort. It also has its own horseriding facility, managed by international equestrienne, Trina DeLisser.

The 28 much-loved horses are available for couples to indulge in polo or hacking. When the sun sets, there is no better experience than riding your horse in the warm Caribbean waters. Guests can take in the vermillion skies, leaving a trail of horseshoe prints in the white sands behind them before entering the surf on horseback and relaxing in the tranquil waters.

Those considering a honeymoon in Jamaica may also like to be made aware that the Half Moon resort also offers intimate and grand weddings. There are entire bespoke packages that can be created for the perfect wedding and honeymoon experience.

Your Own Private Maldivian Island

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The Maldives are home to numerous luxury resorts, but few come close to W Retreat & Spa on Fesdhoo Island. The island lies in the mesmerising waters of the Indian Ocean and is only accessible via seaplane. The resort combines contemporary living with unbelievable views and is home to 78 private suites which jut out into the ocean via wooden walkways on stilts.

Each apartment has a private pool or jacuzzi but the ocean is only a few steps away. Honeymooner’s visiting the W Retreat could really indulge and stay in the Extreme Wow Ocean Haven, which is championed as the most luxurious pad. The two-bedroomed ocean villa curves its way around a private lagoon and everything can be viewed through the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors.

There are three fantastic restaurants and six bars on site, offering a wide range of culinary experiences. The private dining option is ideal for newlyweds. Couples can simply choose their favourite spot on the island and the dedicated team will take care of the rest. Dining on the soft white sands as the Indian Ocean gently laps the shore; that is our idea of a blissful honeymoon[2].

Dine with Botticelli and Michelangelo in Florence

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Italy has stolen the top spot from France as one of the most popular countries to propose in, but it can also make an incredible honeymoon destination. A stay in Florence at the incredible Hotel Savoy (part of the Rocco Forte Collection) is a perfect place to indulge in some of the finest hospitality that Italy has to offer. If you want to taste the finest Italian cuisine surrounded by the works of the great Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, there is no better place.

The Uffizi Gallery, adjacent to the Piazza Della Signoria, is where you can dine with the masters. Guests of the Hotel Savoy have exceptional access to the celebrated museum, with dinner served under the watch of some of the most famous paintings in the world.

Couples also have the opportunity to walk the Vasari Corridor which connects the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti. Secret tunnels that are also closed off to the public, such as clandestine passageway between the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti can also be explored.

The Hotel Savoy itself sits on the Piazza de la Republica, in the heart of Florence. The concierge at the hotel is championed as one of the most attentive in the world, making the getaway limitless for honeymooners. With the landmark Duomo, River Arno, and Ponte Vecchio on your doorstep, Florence is the perfect couples escape for those wanting to be enveloped in a cornucopia of culture.

Find the Aquatic City in Dubai

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The overwhelming Atlantis complex sits at the tip of the man-made Palm Island in Dubai. Granted, Dubai is not where you honeymoon if you want peace and tranquillity, but it is an exciting cosmopolitan location. The Atlantis complex plaza is huge, comprising of 1539 rooms, 23 restaurants, a spa, an aquarium, a water park, and a plethora of other activities and excursions.

Atlantis is unlike any other destination for honeymooners. The hotel has two luxury suites; nautically named Poseidon and Neptune. Both the lavish apartments have all the facilities a couple could dream of, and personal butler service.

The master bedrooms of each apartment are submerged in the Ambassador Lagoon – the 11 million litre capacity aquarium which is home to 65,000 marine animals, including sharks! Honeymooners can gaze from their bed or bath as if living under the sea and take in the exotic fish and mammals that call the vast aquarium home.


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The 10 Wedding Makeup Rules You Should Know

We’ve pulled together a guide on wedding makeup rules you need to know to ensure you look your very best on your big day.

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Less is more

It’s important to remember that you’re going to be looking at your wedding photographs for the rest of your life. So, go for a timeless look that won’t make you cringe when you’ve got the album out in years to come.

Get lippy

If you have thin lips, it’s better to avoid dark or red lipsticks, particularly if you are over 30. Your wedding makeup should look fresh and sweet, and not too vampy.


Skin should look flawless so make sure you have a solid skincare routine[1] in place leading up to the day. Look after your diet with healthy food and drink plenty of water. This will cleanse your system and keep you hydrated, whilst also making your skin glow.

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Keep it light

For your wedding makeup, you should use a light foundation. Why? Heavy foundation looks cakey and you can layer a thin and medium consistency to achieve better coverage. If you’re looking to hide blemishes, your best bet is to use a good concealer to cover up.

The eyes

Eyes need to have an impact, so use eyeliner or a pencil, a soft shimmer eyeshadow above the lash line. Also, add lashings of mascara to make them pop.


Blusher needs to be just that: a blush. So choose a blusher that is soft and suitable for your skin tone. Subtlety is always best you just want to add a hint of colour. Stick to that and you’ll be the perfect blushing bride.

Tearing up

It’s always a good idea for brides to stick to waterproof mascara because there may be some emotional moments. Waterproofing avoids mascara-stained cheeks, which isn’t a good look on anyone, let alone a bride.

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Top up

Keep your lipstick and a pressed powder compact nearby at all times so you can check how you look and refresh your lips and skin if needed. This way you will always be camera ready.

Rosy cheeks

Drinking alcohol can make the skin flush, so go easy on the drinks if you want to avoid rosy cheeks.

Bridal party

The look for the bridal party must also be gorgeous, of course. Your bridesmaids need to look pretty too, but not so much that they outshine the bride. How about corresponding the colours of their outfits with their make-up?



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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Reception Décor

If you followed our advice earlier on in the 12 days of wedding planning, you’ll have chosen a venue[1] that will work with your wedding theme and decor ideas. So now the fun can really begin. Unleash your inner interior designer and crafter and let’s make your wedding the most beautiful yet with the perfect reception décor.

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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Dreamy Reception Décor

The best bits of wedding decor are the bits that have a personal touch. When people compliment it your decor, you can smugly tell them you handmade them. No judgement here.

The not-so-blank Canvas

During these 12 days of wedding planning, you will have already chosen your colour scheme, theme[2] and venue.[3] So you needn’t start from scratch with your reception décor. In fact, that’s the last thing you should do.

Your reception details are there to bring together and enhance your chosen theme and complement if not copy the colours you’ve already chosen. To this end, make sure you keep your existing plans, ideas and inspiration in mind.

RELATED: Wedding Reception Decorations You’re Guaranteed To Fall For![4]

Little and Large

Combining a collection of differently sized decorations will add interest to your tables, mantelpiece, card and dessert tables. That’s right, there’s more than you think to decorate. If you want to keep things coordinated and not cluttered, then follow these three ways[5] to make sure your reception tables look stylish.

Try teaming a showpiece flower wall with posies in mercury glass vases or jars and a single bloom tucked into each place setting. Combine stacked wooden apple crates with a log slice cake stand and vintage label place names. Choose over-sized illuminated letters for a standout piece, then add smaller LED signs and sparkling centrepieces to complement them.

READ MORE: Decor Ideas To Suit Your Venue Style[6]

The sky is the Limit

Don’t forget the ceiling area in your venue is often up for grabs too. That could mean bunting, honeycombs, fairy lights and pom poms are all possibilities. We’ve seen all kinds of ideas here at Wedding Ideas over the years. Two of our favourites are DIY floral hanging hoops and suspended mirrors, both designed by real brides[7].

As you turn your gaze upwards, remember the lighting[8] too. Could you string fairy lights from beams to create a twinkling canopy effect? Hang up lanterns filled with flickering candles? Take advantage of existing lighting to create the right mood?

Hire Away

Props, decorations and vases are all readily available to hire for pretty much every wedding theme you can think of – a quick online search will bring you up plenty of options. It’s also worth asking your florist and other suppliers as many have their own items available for hire or as part of your package.

You could even hire a dedicated wedding stylist to bring your vision to life. Not only will they have the best contacts to source your reception décor, they will also look after every last detail for you on the day, too. This means you won’t need to worry about who will get your venue ready[9] on your wedding day (and whether they really get what you’ve envisioned) – you’ve got other, far more exciting things to be doing on your wedding morning!


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Grooms

We’re getting into the festivities now and we’ve still got so much to offer. If you’re reading this, you’ve certainly done something right. Clearly, your man thinks your marriage material. So today we’ve got some wise advice on wedding planning for the groom.

grooms buttonhole 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Grooms

There’s a lot for the groom, and you, to think about. Whether he’s nailing the wedding planning or letting you take the lead, this is what all well-groomed grooms will have ready on the wedding day.


There are so many different styles of suits out there, it can feel a little daunting to begin with. For some, one particular style or colour[1] will instantly grab their attention, but for others, some guidance might be needed. These 10 suit rules[2] will set you on the right path, whether your man is going for traditional tails and a top hat or a more laid-back lounge suit.


Our real grooms cover all bases when it comes to buying their suits off the peg, hiring them or having them tailor-made. Your budget will dictate this to some extent and there is no right or wrong answer. And remember, choosing to buy the groom’s suit doesn’t stop you from hiring them for the groomsmen. One size does not have to fit all.


Will your man be wearing a wedding ring[3] once you’ve tied the knot? If so, decide whether you want your rings to co-ordinate or not. Choose them in plenty of time to allow for size adjustments. You don’t want to be the couple who are fumbling at the altar with a ring that is stuck. Don’t forget the other accessories too – shoes, a pocket watch, tie and cufflinks will all need to be organised.


Your man has a speech to plan[4]. Each groom will tackle this differently. Some prepare a script a long way in advance, others will write it the night before, and some will keep it spontaneous. One of our real grooms had a great idea, writing the majority of his speech beforehand but then adding a few words at the moment. This meant he could thank everyone he needed to, but when it came to talking about his bride, he could speak straight from the heart with all the emotion of their wedding day. Avoid these 7 speech sins[5] and you’ll be onto a winner.


Not to be left to the last minute, most grooms will choose a best man to join them. This role bears a lot of responsibility – looking after the rings, organising the stag do, giving a humorous speech that is hopefully just the right side of tasteful… Share these best man commandments[6] with him beforehand and you’ll be onto a winner.


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Scented Weddings: Everything you Need to Know About this 2019 Trend

Play on not just the emotions of your guests, but their senses too by creating the perfect scented wedding sure to spark nostalgia in years to come.

place setting with candles for scented weddings

Scented Weddings: Everything You Need to Know

Scented weddings are growing in popularity but if you’re not too sure what they are, this article is your bible to everything you need to know. It’s when you use candles or diffusers to scent your wedding, alongside your flower displays. Scents can trigger memories and nostalgia, so scented weddings are a nice touch. Kate Middleton scented her wedding with Jo Malone London Orange Blossom, apparently.

Top tips:

  • Always err on the side of caution. Subtlety is better than potency. If you have scented candles, have them dotted around the edges of the room and keep the unscented candles on the tables. You’ll have no-doubt spent a fortune on flowers so you’ll want to be able to smell them and the warm glow from the unscented candles will create a nice ambience.
  • Stick to one fragrance per room. If you have a few scents that compliment your flower arrangements, use different ones in different areas or rooms. This way people will be able to pick up on the subtle nuances.
  • Make sure your venue allows open flames, otherwise you’ll need to look at reed diffusers (which we have also included in this roundup).
  • Choose your wedding flowers first, before your additional scents and ask your florist for advice on pairing your scents.

Celebrity florist, Jonathan Moseley[1], has shared his advice and insight on pairing scents for your wedding.

“A bridal bouquet without fragrance is like a meal without any taste. Fragrance and flowers are inextricably linked.” He tells us

“Like the refined blending of tastes, scented flowers need the fragrant diva but then also a supporting cast of more delicate subtle fragrant overtones.”

Achieving the Perfect Scented Wedding

“Flowers should always be the starting point as they are a huge part of the visual impact of the wedding day.” Says Jonathan, 

“The intrinsic natural beauty and fragrance that fresh, seasonal flowers possess can easily be accentuated by candles, reed diffusers or room sprays that compliment or accentuate the natural smell of the flowers.”

Which Smells with Which Flowers?


White roses represent humility, innocence and true love. They are one of, if not the most popular wedding flower for obvious reasons- they look and smell amazing. 

bouquets of roses in baskets for scented weddings

Paired with:

max Benjamin white pomegranate candle for scented weddingsBuy this candle here[2]

White Pomegranate Candle, Max Benjamin [3]

They said:

Our beautiful White Pomegranate candle infuses fresh Pomegranate with exotic rosebud revealing a heart of lily and gardenia. Cassis and vanilla add warmth and sensuality to this romantic and relaxing aroma.

We said:

The White Pomegranate candle has a really delicate and subtle scent, which is the perfect accompaniment for roses. combined they create a sweet and delicate scent, great for indoor weddings.

You can buy the pomegranate candle here[4].


Also known as ‘Baby’s Breath’, Gypsophilia hasn’t got the best reputation on the smell front, but it does look beautiful. Whether paired with other flowers in a bouquet or as a standalone bunch, they are incredibly popular for weddings and very budget-friendly.

rose and gypsophila bouquet for scented weddings

Paired with:

preserved roses and reed diffuser for scented weddings

Eternal Rose and Oud Diffuser with White Preserved Roses, Eternal Blooms [5]

They said:

Notes of precious Oud are enveloped with luxurious Persian rose petals, vetiver and raspberry. A warm seductive base of cedar wood and patchouli give this classic favourite an exotic twist

We say:

You couldn’t find a more perfect wedding diffuser than these from Eternal Blooms with preserved roses. The deep and musky scent of the oud and patchouli is warming against the sweet smell of Persian roses. This scent is great for covering up the smell of baby’s breath/ gypsophila.

You can buy the diffuser and preserved roses here. [6]

White Tuberosa Flowers

tuberose bouquet Scented weddings- everything you need to know about this 2019 trend

Paired with:

ted baker diffuser scented wedding trendBuy this Ted Baker Diffuser[7]

Fig and olive diffuser, Ted Baker [8]

What they say:

‘Warm and fresh in an elegant deep grey tone, this green floral scent blends notes of luxurious fig and soft olive blossom, with fragrant geranium and rich amber.’

What Jonathan says:

“I recommend the Tuberosa. The multi-layered fragrance from the flower would be complemented perfectly by the fig and scented geranium.”

Buy this diffuser here. [9]

Narcissus / Daffodils

Daffodils symbolise new beginnings, which is a comforting and exciting thought in this new chapter in your life.

narcissus bouquet Scented weddings- everything you need to know about this 2019 trend

Paired with:

neom happiness candle for scented weddings

Happiness candle, NEOM[10]

They say:

“A complex blend of 7 of the purest possible essential oils including, Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon.”

Jonathan says:

“To complement both the name and the fragrance I would recommend cheerful fragrant narcissi look out for the Paperwhite, Cheerfulness or Bridal Crown varieties.”

Buy the NEOM Happiness candle here. [11]

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea is the flower of appreciation and lends itself nicely to a huge range of floral arrangements.

Sweettpea bouquet for scented weddings

Paired with:

diptyque jasmin candle scented weddings

Jasmin Candle, Diptyque [12]

The say:

‘Sensual and voluptuous, it pays homage to the legendary flower, reproducing the captivating atmosphere of a Mediterranean garden.’

Jonathan says:

“I think a strong summer fragrant flower like Sweet Pea would offer the perfect partnership to the Jasmin candle” 

Buy this Diptyque candle here. [13]


Lavender represents grace and elegance, which couldn’t be more fitting for a wedding. Plus, it adds a lovely pop of colour and punchy scent to a bouquet.

lavender wedding bouquet

Paired with:

Wilnelia Forsyth Coquito candle scented weddings

Wilnelia Forsyth Coquito Candle [14]

They said:

‘A rich, creamy, seductive aroma combining precious woods, with resins, aromatic spices and citrus peel. Heart notes are the brands classic enriched tropical flowers, Ylang Ylang combined with moody smoky notes.’

Jonathan says:

“The lavender is nicely balanced with the wholesome fragrances from this Coquita candle. The tropical notes and citrus scent nicely offset it beautifully.”

You can buy this Coquito candle here.[15]

Orange blossom

Orange blossom is a popular flower for wedding bouquets, as pictured below (the small white flowers). They are also associated with bringing good fortune and you can’t argue with that.

orange blossom bouquet scented weddings

Paired with:

scented weddings eucalyptus diptyque candle

Eucalyptus Candle, Diptyque[16]

They said:

‘The fragrance liberates the intense aromatic freshness of the eucalyptus, heated up by the Mediterranean sun. The bark and crushed leaves release a pleasant aromatic scent with camphor accents for a heady herbal aroma.’

Jonathan says:

“Eucalyptus is best cut with lavender as it’s quite a delicate scent, balancing the heady notes of lavender.”

Buy this Diptyque candle here. [17]


Gardenia is a hugely popular wedding bouquet flower. It represents purity and refinement, apt for such a special occasion.

plain white gardenia flowers for scented weddings

Paired with:

white company lime and bay collection for scented weddings

Lime and Bay Candle, The White Company  [18]

They said:

Like stepping into a colourful tropical garden. Beautifully alluring, this perfect fusion of exotic mandarin, pink grapefruit, bergamot, orange, lime and lemon is laced with jasmine buds, lime blossom, ginger and crushed bay leaves. Finished with warming notes of patchouli, the resulting scent is wonderfully vibrant.

Jonathan said:

“Gardenia flowers have a really pleasant and sweet scent, similar to Jasmin. The jasmine and citrus in this candle work well with the flowers, but it’s the brushed bay that notably works with gardenia.” 

Buy this White Company candle here. [19]


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.[20][21][22]


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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Dream Dress

You’re about to start the search for the one all over again. Yes, you might have thought you’d found it with your husband or wife-to-be, but there’s going to be another one: your dream wedding dress!

sitting bride 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Dream Dress Louise & Phil – Evoke Photography, Bristol

Finding Your Dream Dress

We hear pretty much all of our real brides gush over the moment when they found ‘the one’. It comes in many shapes and sizes and it’s not always the straightforward teary moment you’d expect. You might need to add sleeves; adjust the neckline; find the perfect veil to truly feel like a bride. But, when you put on the dress that was meant for you, you’ll know it. Trust us.

It can be a nervous journey to begin though – you’ve likely not well versed in dress designers, colours (lots of brides don’t actually wear white), or bridal boutiques, but that’s okay. We’re going to go through the process step-by-step to make it seamless and super special, just as it should be.

Tick Tock

Most wedding dresses are made to measure, just for you, so they need to be ordered well in advance of your wedding day. You should usually allow 6-8 months for this, so start looking for your dress as soon as you feel ready. Try on as many as possible to make sure you know what you don’t want as much as what you do.

Ship Shape

Gone are the days where wedding dresses mean only ball gowns. Fit and flare, mermaid, A-line, slim-fitting, separates. There are lots of different shapes available, both for the gown itself, the neckline and the train. Spend some time flicking through Wedding Ideas’ dress and fashion features and check out the beautiful collections online[1] to get a feel for what’s out there, then go forth and try on!

Lots of brides tell us that they chose the dress shape they never ever thought they would, so be brave and try things that you don’t think you’ll like. You might be surprised!

Style Matters

The overall style and theme of your wedding tend to reflect you as a couple, so it’s probably second nature that you’ll want a dress to co-ordinate. Floating layers of tulle and chiffon will pair beautifully with your barn or bohemian wedding, while satins will stun at a chic, contemporary celebration. This[2] is a good guide to help you match your dress to the season you’ll say “I do”, too.

Your dress needs to make you feel like you. If it ticks this box, whether it’s a timeless design or something a little quirky, you know you’ll love it. Just make sure you don’t make one of these dress shopping mistakes[3].

Not Only White

Dresses are often available not just in white but in ivory, antique and champagne shades too. Many brides prefer ivory to white as it offers a slightly gentler, warmer colour than bright white. Different colours will come to the forefront as fashion changes. This year we’ve fallen for blush, pale blue and romantic dove grey gowns, and there are even black dresses on the catwalks for 2017.

sweetheart neckline 12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Dream Dress Stella York 6563


Once you’ve got an idea of what dress styles, shapes and designers you like, it’s time to visit some bridal boutiques if you haven’t already. An easy place to start is to visit those local to you. (Don’t forget to ask them these IMPORTANT dress questions![4])

If you’ve fallen for a particular dress already, though, don’t miss out just because they’re not stocked at your local boutique. Most dress designers have a list of stockists on their website, so look up the one closest to you and pay a visit. It’ll be well worth the miles – you could find your dream dress and if not, at least you’ll have banished any what-ifs away.

And remember, you can still have bespoke wedding dresses made, so if the design you’re dreaming of proves hard to find, seek out quality dressmakers and see if they could make it for you.



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