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How to wear a hair vine

One of the questions I often get asked about hair vines at wedding fayres is “how do you wear it?”

Hair vines are possibly the most versatile accessory out there at the moment. They are lengths of wire twisted to create details using pearls and crystals and are incredibly flexible.

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What accessories do I need for my wedding?

When James from Wedding Espresso asked me “what accessories do you need for your wedding?” during our video Q&A chat, I was a little surprised.

I’m not sure why though as it’s a very valid question, and one that you may have now.

I’m going to offer some advice here, but please take a look at the video too when you get a chance :)

My first thought was this: Accessories are a want rather than a need. And as they’re the last things we buy or think about before the wedding, it can be difficult to justify a budget for the finishing touches for some brides.

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The Top 8 Wedding Accessories for Autumn 2018

Dressing for a wedding as a guest has its challenges and so today I’m delighted to share this post by Carolyn from Northwood Rings, a company that make beautiful bespoke rings out of wood, gemstones and precious metals. Carolyn’s sharing her top tips for accessorising for an Autumn wedding, so read on for some inspiration to help you look your best at any upcoming weddings this season!

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Design beautiful, unique wedding invitations stress-free with Basic Invite

This year, I’ve been on a mission to reduce stress in my life. I’m fascinated by how many of us don’t recognise opportunities to make our lives easier but instead pile more work, guilt and, yes, stress on our already overwhelmed shoulders.

This got me thinking about you, as brides-to-be. I know some of you are navigating the wedding planning journey with little difficulty, but for many of you, I know that it can be a struggle to manage everything. So I’ve decided to start sharing some ways of how you can make it easier on yourself.

I’m starting today with wedding stationery. Why? Because it’s something that I personally struggled with when we got married and I know, having spoken to many brides, it’s been one of the things that has come up for them too. Simply put, you need a way to let your guests know there’s a wedding. Bottom line. But then we start stressing about when we need to send the invites, who we should invite, whether we need a different invite for the evening and, worst of all, finding and writing out addresses to finally send them out. Do you buy or DIY? And is it worth investing the money in having someone make them for you when you could do it yourself?

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The Bespoke Process: What happens, what it's worth and what it really costs

Today I'm answering those unspoken questions I see on brides lips when I talk to them about designing their hair accessories. 

Let's face it, there are so many details to think about when planning your wedding and chances are, if you haven't got a venue, photographer or dress yet, the finishing touches probably aren't your priority right now, but it always pays to be prepared right?

So let's break it all down, starting with the word "bespoke" itself. Bespoke means custom-made. So when someone talks to you about a bespoke service or product, it means they are tailoring their service or product specifically to you. It means no one-size-fits-all approach and your ideas are valued, heard and incorporated into the finished piece.

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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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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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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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What should I expect from a wedding fair?

I've fallen behind on my blog posts recently, as you're probably aware from my last post, but I'm back with a bang today to share some tips with you lovely brides and grooms-to-be about what to expect from a wedding fair (also referred to as wedding fayres, exhibitions or showcases) and how you can get the most out of it.

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