Something to think about when choosing a hair accesory for your wedding

Something to think about when choosing a hair accesory for your wedding

Back in 2014, I started out with a few random hair pieces and would say to potential clients that I would create whatever they wanted. This was an epic fail for two reasons: one, I didn't have enough work to show what I was capable of and two, people don't always know what they want.

I've learnt a lot through my journey to getting where I am (it wasn't pretty in the beginning!) and one of the biggest lessons I've learnt is you need to have ideas to inspire and you need to have a style that people can relate to. And if people have no idea what they want, you need to be able to build a relationship with them to figure it out.

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Thursday, dog walks and a clean kitchen floor...

Thursday, dog walks and a clean kitchen floor...

Let's say, today did not go as I planned it to! And I'm finding that with a lot of days at the moment. Do you find that too? Today I was practically invisible; I've had cars almost reverse in to me, people walking so close to me you'd think I was a ghost...plus a whole dog shaming incident that I think you'll enjoy hearing about (sorry Gizmo). But it was my reaction to all of these things that surprised me. Normally when stuff like this happens, I feel the world is against me but today I thought about why I might be taking everything to heart.

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Uncomfortable about being the centre of attention on your wedding day? You're not alone!

Uncomfortable about being the centre of attention on your wedding day? You're not alone!

I have to admit something; I wasn't overly keen about being the centre of attention on my wedding day. Ok, there was a narcissistic part of me saying "this is your moment Sarah, they'll see how pretty you are with your hair and make-up done properly and not looking like your usual put-a-pair-of-jeans-on-and-leave-the-house self" but inside I felt like a complete fake. Probably because a) I love my jeans and b) I was thinking about other people's view of me and not my own opinion. I thought I was alone in this but I don't think I am, so if you're finding this too, know that there's someone out there who gets you. 

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The end of an era and new beginnings

I made the unconscious decision to do what I'm doing now around November last year. It only became a conscious decision two weeks ago though because, like all the other times I've had to make hard decisions, I panicked, doubted myself, questioned everything and tried to justify every reason not to do what I knew I had to. It was time to let something go. 

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You'll never please everyone, so start with yourself

You'll never please everyone, so start with yourself

Wedding planning is hard enough. Throw in some well meaning family members who try to help by pushing their ideas on you and you're done for.

Now, not all family members and friends are like this, of course; I'm talking about the ones that complain about the date you've chosen or the venue being too far away. The ones who try to dictate which flowers you have or tell you that it'll be embarrassing when nobody eats the food as what you've chosen isn't traditional (we had that one!).

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Does perfectionism deserve an invitation to your wedding?

Does perfectionism deserve an invitation to your wedding?

"What's you're biggest weakness?" the person interviewing me would ask. "I'm a perfectionist" came my reply. Let's face it, it's the text book answer to a question like that. 

I never really thought about it; I was always dedicated to my work in teaching, put so much time and effort into planning and making resources that the kids would love and respond to and then continued that level of diligence with my work now.

But it's soul destroying. Exhausting too...I've watched my shiny perfectionist badge tarnish as I've realised that the level of perfectionism I've held in my work has massively crept in to (or perhaps has always been a part of) every day life.

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3 alternative uses for a hair vine

3 alternative uses for a hair vine

I shared a tip on Facebook earlier this week about how a hair vine could be your ideal hair accessory if you haven't finalised your wedding hair. As one of my most popular posts is about the ways you can wear your hair vine, I thought I'd share a few alternatives for you that don't involve putting them in your hair. Intrigued? Read on, friend!

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5 things I wish I'd known before making my brooch bouquet

5 things I wish I'd known before making my brooch bouquet

Creating your own brooch bouquet can be a lovely project for your wedding and these days, there are so many options for brides who have decided to design their own. You can find tutorials online, order kits or take a workshop but one thing is for sure; your bouquet will make you smile for years to come because you made it yourself.

I created brooch bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids and, while I loved my bouquet for its sentimental details, I had little experience then. I've designed a fair few over the years and have picked up new techniques as a result, so I thought I'd share with you a few things that I've learned to help you create your own.

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Introducing the Brooch Bouquet Surgery

Introducing the Brooch Bouquet Surgery

If you've read my earlier post about my workshops, you'll know that I've recently introduced Brooch Bouquet workshops. What about if you don't need a full workshop though? What if you've got most of it covered, there's just one annoying bit that won't work, or you're struggling to make the handle look presentable?

Well, my friend, that's where my Brooch Bouquet Surgery comes in!

The concept of the Brooch Bouquet Surgery is this: Come along with your ailments and I'll give you a prescription to fix it ;) That is, of course, you bring your bouquet along in whatever state it's in and I'll help you to fix it.

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Bridal Hair Perfection - How to choose your perfect hair style and accessories

Bridal Hair Perfection - How to choose your perfect hair style and accessories

For today's post, I've joined forces with Award Winning Hair Stylist, Chris Fordham, who has shared his top tips for planning your wedding hair style and choosing the perfect accessory. When it comes to your special day, it really pays to have a professional do your hair; they will be used to seeing their work on camera and will know how to achieve the best from your hair. Chris has a lot of experience of working with brides; not only is he a 4 times award winning Bridal Hair Stylist and Winner of 'Bridal Hair Stylist of the Year', So Glos Weddings have featured him as one of their top inspirational wedding Instagram accounts to follow - find all his details at the end of the blog! Now, over to Chris for some wedding hair advice...

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Hair accessory and brooch bouquet workshops

Hair accessory and brooch bouquet workshops

I believe there's something special about creating things for your wedding. It's those little sentimental touches, personal to you and your partner, that will ultimately make the day most meaningful to you.

I meet a lot of brides at wedding fayres who tell me about how they're planning to make something for their wedding and, while I design and make cake toppers and accessories for brides-to-be, I understand that making something yourself is a way of putting your mark on your special day.

But what if you feel you have no creative talent? Maybe you've thought about making something for your wedding but it's not gone quite as well as you planned and your Pinterest vision (they always make it look effortless don't they?) is a crumbling mess in front of you?

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If Elsa Rose were a bride (and why I've not labelled my niche)

If Elsa Rose were a bride (and why I've not labelled my niche)

I'm currently sat on the stairs while our little one is refusing to sleep. Grrr. Perfect opportunity to write a blog post, right? ;)

I've been bogged down recently with emails from "coaches" - side note, I don't mean any offence by that, it just feels that every woman running a business these days is running a business to tell other women how to run their businesses...I digress - saying that to be successful you need to do X, Y and Z and I'll admit, just like I did in teaching, I've tried to implement too many things that have ultimately brought me down.

 

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Sentimental ways to include lost loved ones in your wedding

Sentimental ways to include lost loved ones in your wedding

Celebrating with your nearest and dearest is at the heart of most couples’ wedding days and if you’re lucky enough to have everyone you love there, then you are truly blessed. Sadly, for many of us, we may have lost a parent, relative or friend who we wished could have seen us walk down the aisle and live happily ever after.

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How I can help you capture a memory with a unique, personalised gift

How I can help you capture a memory with a unique, personalised gift

I always go round in circles each year, trying to think of something special to get my friends or family and usually resort to the same things. When I have the time, I make things that I think will make them smile; the rest of the time...well there's a pattern - socks, mugs, wine...

Do you find the same thing?

If you do, I may just be able to solve your problem :)

This may have been your year. Or it may have been the year for one of your nearest and dearest. You may have got married, had a baby or got engaged...whatever significant journey you've been on this year, it deserves to be celebrated and what better time than to do it now, at Christmas?

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7 essential tips for creating a beautiful DIY wedding

7 essential tips for creating a beautiful DIY wedding

If you're a creative butterfly, like me, there's no doubt there'll be just a few handmade touches to your big day. A quick browse on Pinterest will give you a ton of ideas for ways you can save money and for cute (and more importantly, easy!) ideas for anything from invites, to brooch bouquets. Rather than give you more ideas (don't get me wrong - I'm happy to!), I'm going to leave that to Pinterest today and instead focus on how you can create a beautiful DIY wedding, whatever your budget!

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Steller stories

Steller stories

For me, the beauty of a bespoke order is that it is made especially for you, and you alone. So wouldn't you want to see the journey it took from bare materials to the end result?

Last year, I decided to start blogging about some of the more quirky cake topper orders I'd been working on. I had such a great response from you all about them and it made me realise that the "behind the scenes" blogs were what you enjoyed the most.

 

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7 signs you're becoming a bridezilla (and how to turn it around!)

7 signs you're becoming a bridezilla (and how to turn it around!)

Wedding planning can bring out the best and the worst in us. We want everything to be just right, which can bring out the perfectionist monster in us, even though we have good intentions. So how do you know if you've gone too far? Read on and see!

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22 practical tips for managing stress when you're planning a wedding

22 practical tips for managing stress when you're planning a wedding

With today being World Mental Health Day, I've decided to focus some blog posts around how to keep your cool when the stress of wedding planning takes over.

Planning a wedding puts a lot of pressure on us. We often set super high expectations for our big day that can take away the fun and excitement and leave us feeling grumpy with our other half, friends and family for "just not getting it".

You may have come across this post as you're feeling overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done and have lost your way. I feel your pain; I've been there before and am now here to help, like your very own fairy godmother. I've organised everything into sections too, so you can scroll through to the issue you're facing and start easing that anxiety and stress straight away :)

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The real cost of postage and packaging

The real cost of postage and packaging

We've all been there; gone to purchase something on line and then stopped in our tracks because of the price of postage.

I recently wrote about my cake toppers to show you what you get for your money and today, I've decided to do the same for postage and packaging. I've been asked a few times if I can "just send it without a gift box" or "second class" and have lost a few potential clients because I've refused.

Here's why: Your cake toppers or accessories are far more valuable than the price of postage. It might not seem like it at first, but trust me, when you receive them you'll get it. And if you read on, you'll see that the price I charge is actually more reasonable than you thought. 

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