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The Bride and Groom Presents

11 Jan

Everyone loves a present (none more so than me) so choosing your gift list should be a really enjoyable part of your wedding planning.  Skipping round the shop floor of John Lewis shouting ‘I want one of those’ and beeping it into your handheld never fails to raise a smile.

Most guests are more than happy to buy you something from the gift list as it takes away any stress of choosing and wrapping a present, and has the added bonus of being sent directly to you.

However there are some unwritten rules that you might want to follow so as not to cheese off your guests. Firstly, the list should include gifts of differing values so guests can pick to suit their budget (anything from £50 – £150) and secondly, don’t even think about including a Playstation 3 or personal gifts like the latest GHD’s. Guests do not really want to spend their hard-earned cash keeping you entertained on Call of Duty (despite what the best man says).

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For a wedding list that’s a little bit different take a look at which has loads of quirky and unique gifts that guests will be dying to buy you, and that you and your home will love forever.

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Make a request to the wedding team and you will be sent a beautiful pack, that includes a free wedding style book, a wedding list brochure and everything you need to know about the service, as well as an example of the invitation inserts (that are available free upon request).

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Louise Boothe from Not on the High Street wedding team says “we also now have a great new feature within our gift list service which allows your friends and family to contribute money towards your gift list, giving you the choice and freedom to purchase higher-priced items or gifts of your choice after your wedding day”. 
If you don’t need anymore ‘stuff’ and the gift list really isn’t for you, then how about getting guests to ‘buy’ part of your honeymoon?

Buy Our Honeymoon is the UK’s top online wedding list for dream honeymoons, who charge a one-off fee of £55 to manage your honeymoon experience gift list.

Your guests select any of the honeymoon experiences and activities you’ve listed, and leave you a personal message. They then pay the value of their gift to you directly, either into your own PayPal account, by cheque, or in person on the day of your wedding.

Buy Our Honeymoon

We caught up with Shelley Green from Buy Our Honeymoon, who told us that “couples can add absolutely anything from room upgrades and a romantic dinner to a day’s scuba diving or a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, whatever you want.  You don’t have to have made any of your actual honeymoon arrangements prior to building your wedding list though— you can be as general or as specific as you wish. And if you get stuck, we’re happy to help with lots of suggestions”.

You can try their website free for a week to see how it works and decide if it’s for you.

It’s like all your birthdays and Christmas’s have come at once – enjoy!

Stand up Brides

18 Nov

Come on Brides it’s time to take a stand… and make a speech on your wedding day.

Whilst it’s not traditional for the Bride to join the speech line up, your wedding is the only time you will have your closest friends and relatives in one room.

Do you really want to miss the chance to speak to them all, tell them how much they mean to you and how much you would like to thank them?  No, thought not.

Nerves might be holding you back, but if you don’t give it a go it may just be one of those little wedding regrets. Just think, you’ve got no pressure to be funny or remember big thank you’s – it’s just you and your guests, and the opportunity to say how you feel on your big day.

If you need some extra help then there’s plenty of advice website’s out there with example speeches already done that you can adapt, and we can provide help and delivery training too.

But if you tell it from the heart, you don’t need to worry as your guests will be thrilled however you deliver it, and we think you’ll be really glad you did.

Bridal Beauty with Mitchell & Peach

15 Nov

I’ve just discovered Mitchell & Peach products and feel the need to share my fabulous find.  Just gazing upon the gorgeous packaging I knew the hand cream (60ml, £17) was going to be special and it didn’t disappoint.  The cream has a beautiful scent and absorbs quickly, leaving hands feeling really moisturised without any tackiness.

Mitchell & Peach - Product Range

Since my first try I’ve been busy checking out their website for the rest of the product range which includes: a handwash (300ml, £19), a cream soap (4 x 100g, £28), a revitalising shower wash (250ml, £20), a relaxing bath oil (100ml, £39) and a rich, nourishing body cream (180ml, £36), all exquisitely perfumed with a unique lavender and peachy fragrance.

Best of all there is a luxury travel collection (5 x 75ml shampoo, conditioner, bath oil, shower wash and body cream, £31.50) which is just perfect for a honeymoon treat.

Behind the products are father and son team, Ian and Jod Mitchell, who now manage the business which was started over 100 years ago from Covent Garden.

All their Mitchell & Peach products are hand-blended in England using the finest natural ingredients, including matured essential oils from the family’s lavender fields in Sevenoaks and honey collected from hives on their estate. What’s more the range is free from parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulphate and synthetic colouring and are not tested on animals.

The products are only available in selected stores (including Harvey Nics daaarhling) or like me, you can order online. And with a growing celebrity following, including Yasmin Le Bon, we’ll be in good company!

Image courtesy of Mitchell & Peach

A little favour

17 Oct

wedding table decor and favours name place baubles by cox and cox

Another of our bride’s discoveries is a great little mail order shop called Cox & Cox, which has lovely vintage ideas for decorating your venue. They also have some funky thank you gifts if you need to say it without flowers!


Bag me a bride!

17 Oct

This is really… ahem… for the grooms-to-be.  If you need a gorgeous wedding gift for your bride then you will want something that will last her a lifetime.  Do not think about buying perfume or underwear sets. What you need son is a gorgeous designer handbag. Trust us we know. Take a look at latest to hit Net-a-Porter and purchase one immediately. Your credit card might not thank you but your bride will.  And thats what counts!

Lots of bags, one happy bride.