Guest Blog- The History of The Wedding Cake

Each month, Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning wedding planner and designer joins us as a guest on the Hedsor blog. With over ten years’ experience she gives couples the best wedding inspiration and advice. This month….it’s all about the cake and why it’s an important part of your day…

Wedding cakes are an important element of any wedding. They often take hours to choose, weeks to create and (sadly) just a few moments to devour, but they still take pride of place at the wedding breakfast.

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The history of the wedding cake

Wedding cakes date back as far as ancient Rome when the groom would break a loaf of bread over the bride’s head to symbolise fertility. The guests would then collect a few crumbs from the bread to take home for good luck. Although there’s not too many brides that would be happy with having their wedding hair ruined by crumbs nowadays, the tradition has morphed into something that we recognise today.

The changing style of wedding cakes

In medieval times, the wedding cake was actually a huge pile of spiced buns! The couple were encouraged to kiss over the buns, and if they remained upright, this was a sign that they would enjoy a long and happy marriage.

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The type of cake we usually associate with weddings has evolved from fruit puddings to beautiful sugar crafted creations. The change can predominantly be credited to royalty who have chosen more and more ornately decorated cakes as the years have gone on but also due to sugar becoming more and more widely available in the 16th century.

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Cutting of the cake

When the bride and groom cut the cake and feed each other a small morsel, this is a tradition that symbolises the unity of two people. They then share this with their guests as it was believed that handing out portions of the cake would increase the couple's prosperity and fruitfulness.

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Modern wedding cake traditions

Nowadays, the cake is still an important part of any wedding. Couples spend hours selecting flavours, styles and decorations together and even attend wedding cake tasting sessions before selecting their dream cake to take pride of place at the table during the celebrations.

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Many couples keep the decorations such as sugar flowers, cake toppers or even the top tier to be used as a christening cake should they have children in the future. And so it continues, the traditions and symbolism that have surrounded the wedding cake for centuries are continuing to develop even today.

Until next time… happy planning!

Love from,

Mwai

Cakes in the images predominantly by Melissa Woodland Cakes , Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and Sugared Saffron

Guest Blog - Wedding Favour Trends for 2019

Each month, Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning wedding planner and designer joins us as a guest on the Hedsor blog. With over ten years’ experience she gives couples the best wedding inspiration and advice. This month….it’s all about your guest favours….

There have been oodles of clever, quirky and fun wedding favour ideas coming on to the market in the last few years, and in this blog, we'll be looking at some of the best that are set to be big in 2019…

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Individual doughnuts

Love is sweet, and who doesn't love doughnuts? The clever people over at the nation’s favourite American doughnut makers, Krispy Kreme in particular have created a range of individually packaged doughnuts in a wide range of flavours. These are perfect for weddings and offer a new way for you to wow your guests and provide them with a seriously sweet treat that they can take home or save for later.

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Credit: Krispy Kreme Donuts

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If you're hoping to provide your guests with one of these gorgeous doughnuts, then it's best to contact your nearest retailer in advance or speak to your wedding planner to make sure that you get the amount you need the day before the wedding to avoid disappointment.

Wildflower Seeds

Plant the seed of love and watch it grow!  There’s been an influx of companies who are creating tiny pouches of mixed wildflower seeds as wedding favours. This cute idea is not only a great memento of your special day, but they also give your guests something to enjoy in the months to come after sowing their seeds.

Just to make it an even better choice - bees and other wildlife benefit from wildflowers, especially in urban areas, so you’ll be helping planet earth too! David Attenborough will be pleased….

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Credit: Love & Lilah

Charitable Donations

For those socially conscious couples, instead of spending money on wedding favours for your guests, you can use that money to make a donation to charity instead.

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Adding a small printed card to say that you’ve made a small donation on their behalf to the charity of your choice isn’t just a nice gesture, you’ll also be helping a worthy cause to commemorate your nuptials.

A Cocktail or Mini Party Pack

Check with your venue to see what they will allow however mini cocktail bottles are a great idea that will most certainly come in handy during the evening celebrations!

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For the kids, why not opt for adding a glow stick, a few fun props such as funky sunglasses or fake moustaches or a small inflatable into a small bag and place it on the table. All guests will have fun with their party pack items later on, and it's also a great way of keeping any little ones entertained during the speeches.

Fortune Cookies

Cost effective, sweet and fun, fortune cookies are a great way of raising a smile during the wedding breakfast. Many companies allow you pre-select ‘fortunes’ and personalise the packaging to suit your colour scheme or even add names, so they’re a fun and cost effective wedding favour idea.

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Credit: Pinterest

Until next time… happy planning!

Love from

Mwai








Ruuby Sleepover at Hedsor

We recently hosted a day filled with Marie Antoinette themed confectionery brilliance by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, beautiful afternoon tea by Melissa Webb and personalised treatments for all VIP guests by Ruuby.

After this special Hedsor event, we spoke to Ruuby founder, Venetia Archer, to seek her best advice about preparing for your wedding!

Tell us about Ruuby’s beauty services for brides?

We offer a host of beauty treatments for brides - both for the run up to the wedding, and for the day itself. Usually we prepare a wedding preparation package, which involves monthly facials, to ensure the very best glow. Before the wedding, we will also arrange hair and makeup trials for the bride (and bridal party), so they can be sure of the kind of look they will receive on the day. Then, on the night before, we will usually arrange manicures and pedicures, so they are fresh for the wedding. On the day itself, the pre-selected hair and makeup artists will arrive to get the bride ready!

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What are your top beauty tips for brides planning their wedding treatments?

I think it’s important to spend time trialing hair and makeup in particular, as it’s so personal. In addition to the look, the bride wants to ensure she likes the people who are performing the treatment - they will be spending time with them on such a special day! I also think its important to schedule in regular facials (one a month, six months before), to ensure the skin is in the best shape it can be. I am a real fan of micro needling and peels. They are slightly less comfortable than the traditional facial, but results are second to none. 

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What special treatments could brides treat their bridesmaids / family members to the night/the morning of the wedding?

Nothing beats a massage and a mani-pedi. The massage brings in a little me time, and everyone needs fresh nails for a wedding!

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What are your top beauty tips for grooms?

I wouldn't try anything too wild for the wedding day - I think it’s important that men take care of their skin, and so I always recommend that the groom does a few facials before the big day. Also, groomed hands - so a MEN-icure is a must. 

What wider trends are you seeing in bridal beauty?

We are seeing a lot more use of hair accessories, and more loose hairstyles. It feels quite romantic. I love small pearls/gold ornaments in the hair, and think this is very chic.

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Guest Blog - How to Dress for Your Winter Wedding

Each month, Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning wedding planner and designer joins us as a guest on the Hedsor blog. With over ten years’ experience she gives couples the best wedding inspiration and advice. This month….it’s all about dressing for your winter wedding…

Winter weddings are truly magical. Think about the sparkle of the frost on the ground and trees, the fresh, crisp air and the bright blue skies and you’ve got yourself a naturally wonderful setting for your winter wedding.

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But what do you wear, especially if you’re the bride and all eyes will be on you?

Of course, you'll already have your dream wedding dress, but it’s often the little things that can make all the difference when it comes to dressing for a winter wedding.

Here’s some expert advice on bridal dress for winter weddings and how you can look magical on your special day. 

Colours

Ice whites, ivories and a hint of silver are all amazing shades for a bride to wear for a winter wedding as they help to complement the season.

Whatever wedding dress shade you choose, you can really make a winter wedding come to life with a few complimentary shades or glittering lace accents on your dress. Consider an ice blue underskirt for a subtle pop of colour or add a silver and diamante belt or shoes for extra sparkle.

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Shoes by Harriet Wilde

Accessories

Accessories can bring a wedding dress to life, so don't be afraid of bringing out the sparkle for your winter wedding. Think about shimmering shoes in silver tones with a matching clutch bag, a sparkling hair clip or broach and show-stopping jewellery that glistens in the light.

White fur or feather trims on hair accessories are also rising in popularity for winter weddings, so find a local boutique to see which style and finish will best suit the rest of your bridal attire.

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Indoor / Outdoor

Winter weddings can get a little chilly for the bride, especially if you're having photos taken outside. Although you want to show off your dress, you won't want to be shivering either so how about a faux fur stole or shrug to cover your shoulders and keep the chills at bay?

Capes are also becoming increasingly popular as they add to that winter wonderland feel and can be easily taken off once you head inside the venue.

Remember, weddings at Hedsor House during the winter months might be chilly outside but inside the venue is warm and cosy, so choose something that you can take off once you go inside after your outdoor photos have been taken.

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 Little touches

You can help bring the winter feel into those finishes touches to your hair, makeup and nails too. There are a wide range of makeup products on the market right now, so speak to your make-up artist before your big day to see how they can help you shimmer and sparkle to ensure all eyes are on you.

There’s also a plenty of options for nail art, glitter and shimmer polishes on offer and a plethora of hair gems or subtle glistening hair sprays to bring your look together.

Until next time… happy planning!

Love from

Mwai

Guest Blog- Biggest Wedding Colour Trends of 2019

Each month, Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning wedding planner and designer joins us as a guest on the Hedsor blog. With over ten years’ experience she gives couples the best wedding inspiration and advice. This month….it’s all about colour trends…

Move over pale mink, 2019 has got some bright and brilliant colour trends on the horizon that are going to be a complete change from the usual pastel hues!

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Once you’ve chosen your wedding dress, the next part of creating your perfect colour palette is deciding on what colour your bridesmaids are going to wear, and this will very much define your overall colour scheme for everything from the groom’s pocket square to the colours of your flowers and table runners.

If like many modern brides, you want to give your special day an on-trend twist, then there're some fantastic new shades entering the wedding wish list for 2019.

Here’s our list of the biggest wedding colour trends of 2019 and how you can incorporate them into your big day…

Green fit for a queen

Now don’t tell me that you didn’t notice how amazingly elegant Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s white and spring green colour scheme looked on their big day?

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And as you’ve probably already guessed, more and more brides are looking for a similar elegant and fresh feel for their special occasion. Using a multitude of green shades adds depth and interest to a wedding day colour scheme, so don’t be afraid to go for lots of foliage in your floral arrangements and green accents for your table decorations and bridesmaids’ dresses.

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Tropical tones

If you’re a couple known for your bright and bubbly personalities, then you’ll love this tropical colour trend. Think vibrant oranges, hot pinks and bright yellows complete with striking greens and you get the idea.

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These colours offer a statement pop of colour and complement white wedding dresses particularly well, so don’t be afraid of using bright and bold tones.

Purple Hues

Purple is a big statement colour for 2019. Rich purple tones are something that couples have traditionally shied away from as it’s such a strong colour, but brides are getting braver in 2019 and using purples and golds, especially for winter weddings, to add a touch of luxury.

Elegant Navy

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This year blush and nude tones are being complemented by navy blue to offer a striking contrast.

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Think about navy accessories for your blush bridesmaids and blush accessories for your groomsmen to complete their navy suits, and you'll see just how well these two shades work together.

Woodland palette

Dark forest greens and rich burgundies and plums are great shades that work well with both white, ivory and light cream wedding dresses with gold accessories.

For floral arrangements, add some beautiful fern foliage to give that woodland feel and help bring the overall look together. Another great thing about this new shade is that its bold without being overly bright, so you can also use wooden accessories for your table decorations to give a natural feel that isn’t overbearing.

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Until next time… happy planning!

Love from

Mwai



Guest Blog- Wow factor wedding blooms

Each month, Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning wedding planner and designer joins us as a guest on the Hedsor blog. With over ten years’ experience she gives couples the best wedding inspiration and advice. This month….it’s all about beautiful blooms…

Floral displays at your wedding have the opportunity to make an large impact, especially at a venue like Hedsor House!

Small flower displays can often look a little overwhelmed in such lavish surroundings, so it's important that you choose statement blooms to give you the scale and wow factor you want.

If your budget allows you can go big with a statement entrance installation and flower wall for your ceremony like this one by the talented Amie Bone Flowers.

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Here’s some of our favourite big and beautiful blooms ideal for floral displays, whatever the season.

Hydrangeas

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Famed for their beautiful orb shape or semi-trailing blooms, hydrangeas are a real show stopper of a flower. Each stem provides a multitude of small petalled flowers, and the colour variations available in this stunning species are truly amazing.

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From a crisp white to spring green, lavender or even cerise red, the hydrangea is a great way of making a statement without blowing your floral display budget.

Interestingly, the symbolism of the hydrangea means heartfelt and honest emotions, which couldn’t be a more perfect sentiment for a wedding day.

Peonies

Peonies are a wedding bouquet favourite thanks to the thick, ruffled blooms and wonderful array of pink, peach, cream and pale lilac colours.

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Peony foliage is also rather attractive, so there’s no need to pay for any extra ‘green’ with this particular species either as each thick stem has plenty already.

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Usually, peonies are combined with delicate roses in a complementary shade for bouquets, but peonies are becoming more and more popular in bouquets and displays on their own thanks to their beautiful petals and big blooms.

The meaning given to peonies is beauty and romance, so it’s no surprise that they’re so popular with blushing brides!

Ranunculus

A lesser known species of flower, Ranunculus range from the palest pink to flaming red hues making them ideal for a statement pop of colour at any wedding.

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Their multi-layered petals and wonderful globe shape can be displayed as soon as the flower is cut or left a little longer for the flower to open up a little to show the dozens of paper-thin petals as they take on a more ruffled appearance.

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There are plenty of meanings associated with Ranunculus flowers, but the most commonly held view is that they mean attractiveness and charm which is something every bride wants to convey on her special day.

Another tip for showing off your big and beautiful blooms is a little sparkle. Ask your florist or wedding planner to show you examples of the flowers above with a touch of delicate glitter, and you'll be amazed at how it can transform a floral display from wonderful to wow in very little time.

If glitter isn’t your thing, then tie your bouquet or dress your displays with classy pearl adorned ribbons to add interest to you showy bloom displays.

Until next time… happy planning!

Love from

Mwai

TOP TIPS FOR BRANDING YOUR NEXT EVENT

We are delighted to share a guest blog by Melissa Webb sharing her top tips on how to better brand your next corporate event...

1. Involve the right people from the start….

When you organise a corporate event you of course want everyone to turn up and have a wonderful time, however you also need to ensure that they notice who threw the bash and why! There’s a fine line to tread between forcing your brand/message upon your guests in an overly sycophantic manner versus letting them leave with no idea about why you threw the event in the first place. Of course you want them to enjoy themselves but you also want to ensure they leave having received your message.

A key part of striking this balance is making sure that the right people are involved in the event design and messaging right from the beginning. Leverage your internal brand, communications and HR teams to make sure the brief is on point right from the outset. This will result on a well thought through event that is entirely joined up and guarantees that the key messages are received and clear.

Example below: Hedsor Autumnal Corporate Supper Party.

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2. Think literally and laterally about how your brand can take centre stage…

Incorporating your brand into your next event can be done in many ways. Perhaps the waiting staff could be wearing branded outfits? Should the event include a hashtag where all delegates use social media to share and collaborate content? Are there flags flying your brand as guests arrive onsite (see Tesla example below providing standout against their competition) or perhaps your logo could be projected onto the exterior of the house?

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Incorporating your brand palette into the food for your event should be handled delicately. If your branding is black and red you probably don’t want to base your food on those colours. Serving the food on branded corporate trays instead is a much less intrusive way to showcase your brand.

Also think about lighting to the interior and exterior of the house, linen colours and floristry which are all clever ways of incorporating your brand palette.

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3. The gift that just keeps on giving…

Giving your guests a well packaged treat for when they leave is a great way to reinforce your brand not only on the day of your event but for days/ months after. Hedsor House for example, occasionally gift Hedsor Botanical Gin as a VIP treat for at our Shephard family hosted events.

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Branded cookies have also been incredibly popular (like the Pandora example featured above) and we’re also loving one portion cocktail bottles (also featured above) - delicious, on brand and most importantly…….recyclable!

4. Consider your brand values…

If you’re a health food company you probably don’t want to be serving alcohol or fried food. Fill your tables with fresh organic ferns and incorporate fresh, green menu items that reinforce your brand.

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If you are ready to plan your next event, enquire directly through Hedsor via the button below or visit my website here.

MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS AT HEDSOR HOUSE

MILESTONE BIRTHDAY FAST APPROACHING?

Struggling to think of ideas for how to mark your forthcoming special occasion? Here are the team’s top tips for throwing an incredible celebration at Hedsor House…

The party option…

Install a large circular / impact bar in the Centre Hall for arrival drinks to get the ‘WOW’ factor as soon as your guests arrive. Utilise the Drawing and/or Dining Room for food stations or photo booth / casino tables. Appoint one of Hedsor’s preferred lighting / production suppliers to transform the space and let your guests know they are in for a very special night ahead.

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After an hour of two of mingling with fizz and canapes/bowl food, the Ballroom doors can be opened to reveal your dance floor. Our chandelier lined Ballroom looks fantastic with a stage at the end of the room and a band of your choice to party the night away.

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Why not incorporate food trucks, like these from Caper & Berry, parked outside the house as another surprise for guests on the evening?

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The activity option…

With over 100 acres of land, country pursuits are a great celebration option. Choose between activities like clay pigeon shooting, blind 4x4 driving, duck herding, inflatables and many more.

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For those who want something different, we are proud to partner with Exploration Society who have created a Hedsor specific interactive murder mystery which incorporates the house’s history. It will certainly be a night your guests never forget…

A memorable lunch or dinner…

A lovely lunch or dinner in our Ballroom surrounded by your nearest and dearest remains a hugely popular way to celebrate at Hedsor. With over 27 preferred caterers to choose from, you are able to create something entirely unique to you.

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Guest Blog- How to stay calm on your wedding day

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Your wedding day SHOULD be the happiest day of your life, right? we have 7 tips before YOUR big day and the morning itself To ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

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Take a moment for yourself

You’re going to spend the entire day surrounded by people that want to talk to you, and often brides will find this element of the day particularly tiring. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, enjoy a walk on your own in the morning. Try and centre yourself, think positively and remember why you are here. If you hold onto that feeling throughout the day, it should help you remain calm.

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Get your beauty sleep

While it can be tempting to spend the whole evening up talking to your friends, it’s important that you get enough sleep to avoid being irritable and overly emotional, which tends to happen when people haven’t gotten their full 8 hours. Go to bed at a reasonable time and eat a hearty breakfast when you rise, as feeling hungry won’t do you any good either.

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Write notes to your nearest and dearest prior to the day

For the happy couple, weddings are often about speaking to all the guests and thanking them for coming. With close family members though, you may want to say a bit more and let them know how much you appreciate them. In case you don’t get time to do this on the big day, write them notes and ask them to open them in the morning. This way they will know how much they are valued and will mean that you avoid feeling guilty if you don’t get the chance to say everything you want to on the day.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

When it comes to your wedding, it’s important to be realistic and accept that something will probably go wrong, but it’s likely that it will be something small, so try not to let it get to you too much. Remember that you are gaining a whole new life and family as a result of this day and one little hiccup shouldn’t tarnish that.

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Pack an emergency kit

To avoid those last minute panics, pack a handy kit filled with essential things that you might need should something go wrong, such as safety pins and hairspray. Give it to a trusted friend and you’ll feel much calmer knowing that if something does go wrong, you’ll have that to fall back on.

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Photography and survial kit by Liesl Lamare

Let a friend take the lead 

If you don’t have a wedding planner or coordinator who is going to be present throughout the day, ask one of your friends or willing family members to be the point of contact for the photographer, caterers and anyone else involved on the day, otherwise you’re likely to spend the whole day answering questions and telling people what to do.

Ignore negativity

If you hear anyone make a negative comment, whether it be about you or someone else, step aside to a quiet place for a few minutes and try and calm yourself. Today is not the day to be engaging in arguments, so unhelpful comments like this is best to ignore. Remember that this day is filled with love and warmth, so block out those comments and remain positive. 

Just relax and enjoy the most special day of your life! 

Love from

Mwai

5 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Asian Wedding....

We are delighted to welcome Sharn from Desi Bride Dreams on this guest blog to talk about her five trusted tips and tricks to make Asian wedding planning less stressful..

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Five Ways to Have a Stress-Free Asian Wedding by Sharn Khaira

For most couples planning a wedding is one of the most important days of your life. The process of planning your big day is something that should be enjoyed and cherished.

As an Asian wedding planner, we have planned and executed countless Asian weddings. Therefore, we have extensive experience of different Asian weddings within different cultures. We have planned and executed lavish weddings for 700 guests and intimate affairs which only have 100 guests. So here are our top tips to make it as stress-free as possible.

1. Plan Ahead and Be Flexible

No matter how big or small your Asian wedding may be, you can never be too organised. Especially when it comes to Asian weddings as there are normally multiple events across a set week. 

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One of our biggest tips is to create a to do list, noting down as many tasks and ideas you can think of and then organise them into a timeline. When we plan weddings for our clients we ensure that we have a project plan to follow for each month. This not only ensures that our couples don’t feel overwhelmed, but it also keeps us focused on the planning.

2. Prioritise & Be Flexible

When starting to plan your big day, it can be very easy to want to jump straight into the little details and while these are important, be sure to initially make time to thoroughly research and select some of the key elements of your wedding day.  Fundamental and often larger elements such as caterers, photographers and venues get booked well in advance, especially for Asian weddings. Therefore ensure these are your top priority. 

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Being flexible is so important during wedding planning. We encourage couples to be very open when it comes to date selection. Most venues (including Hedsor) can offer a much more competitive price on Monday- Wednesday dates leaving you with more room in the budget for other elements of your wedding day.

3. Have a Strong Support Network

Your key network for keeping your stress at bay in the lead up to your wedding are your immediate family and friends. They need to be the ones who are in control, who know what’s happening next, who know exactly what you might need at any given moment. Use your support network to delegate tasks before and of course on the big day. Not only will this make them feel involved in your wedding it will help to take the pressure of you as a couple.

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4. Keep it simple

We often find that Asian couples would like to have three different events on the same day. Our advice would be to not host more than one event on the same day. The more events you have the more logistical details you will need consider. Such as multiple turn arounds within the venue, outfit, hair and makeup changes and so on.

With multiple events on the same day there is more potential for events to overrun, get delayed or cause you stress. Keeping your morning and afternoon wedding and ceremony plans simple, without too much travelling required between locations, is our recommendation. Having everything take place in one venue location is the most stress-free option. Keep in mind that some venues such as Hedsor House will require an agreement in writing before allowing two ceremonies on the same day. 

5. Hire an Asian Wedding Planner

Planning your wedding can be very time-consuming and daunting. Many Asian couples often underestimate the time required to plan an Asian wedding. The average Asian wedding requires 300 hours of planning and that’s only for the wedding day itself. Busy professionals don’t have the time to plan their wedding as they often lead hectic lives with both careers and their social life. We work with Asian couples and bring their dream vision to life without the stress. We ultimately create an incredible and unforgettable day for you using our expertise and experience in the Asian wedding industry.

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We hope you found these tips helpful for planning your big day. If you would like more information on our packages please head over to www.desibridedreamsplanning.co.uk

Hedsor House Donates £4750 to the NSPCC

Hedsor House Presents Cheque to the NSPCC

Hedsor House, the privately owned stately home in Buckinghamshire, presented a donation of £4,750 to the NSPCC this week. Having been selected as the venue’s charity of the year by house owners the Shephard family, contributions were made at various fundraiser events and by couples marrying at Hedsor throughout the last twelve months.

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A legacy of supporting good causes...

"Supporting children and their families in our local community continues to be a cause very dear to our hearts. We are thrilled that, alongside our generous Hedsor House couples, we have managed to raise £4,750 for the NSPCC. Our charitable efforts at Hedsor are ongoing, and as such Janey Shephard will continue to sit on the local committee and support NSPCC fundraising initiatives well into the future. Establishing and maintaining a legacy of supporting good causes in the community will always be a duty that we relish” 

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We are so grateful to the lovely people at Hedsor House for supporting our work locally for a whole year. When people and businesses fundraise for the NSPCC, it makes a huge difference to our ability to help children who need us in a time of crisis. For example, it costs £4 for a Childline volunteer to answer a call from a child, and only three out of four calls can be answered, so every penny is vital in helping the NSPCC reach more children.
— Jacqui Venters, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for Buckinghamshire

For more information about Hedsor's charity of the year click here.

Guest Blog- Helpful tips for planning a wedding AT HEDSOR FROM ABROAD

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Planning a wedding anywhere is a challenge as there is so much to think about and organise, but a DESTINATION WEDDING IN THE UK will present you with a number of other questions and factors that you will need to consider before you book your flights...

The allure of a wedding abroad is obvious, especially because the English countryside is so beautiful, just remember to take into account a variation in cultures and traditions may change the type of day you have.

Read Mwai's blog for some helpful tips for planning Hedsor House wedding from abroad... 

Familiarise yourself with English traditions and proceedings

Weddings differ from country to country, so it’s worth doing your research so that you can be sure that the way the day will pan out in your chosen country suits you. For example, in the United Kingdom, weddings can start earlier then some places! Hedsor suggest no earlier than 2pm, however to ensure that your suppliers/vendors have time to set up. 

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Consider your catering options

Food and ingredients completely vary from country to country. Thankfully Hedsor have 27 preferred caterers to choose from. When contacting caterers, be sure to find out what kind of meals are going to be served and whether your international guests will appreciate it. Of course, you should pick things that you and your future spouse like, but try not to devise a menu so obscure/foreign that you completely alienate your guests.

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Be sure to check the legalities

Believe it or not, it’s not as easy as jumping on a plane with your guests and your wedding dress if you dream of getting married in England. You will need to check the legalities of marriage - I recommend having a chat with one of the Hedsor Wedding Specialists who can guide you through the religious and civil options available to you. 

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Leverage your on-the-ground wedding specialist

Given you're planning from abroad, it is important you're in safe hands on our side. Jennie Hopcroft and/or Natasha Pollard, the Hedsor Wedding Specialists, will be able to guide you on what works or does not work in the House giving you complete reassurance on the run up to your special day. For lots of top tips you can also download your complimentary Guide to Getting Married Wedding Magazine, just click the button below.

 

Always open - explore Hedsor using the virtual tour

Photographs can sometimes make it difficult to fully appreciate a venue so to help you visualise your perfect day at the house, whatever the hour/timezone, Hedsor have created a 360 virtual tour. In our tour you can place yourself in each of our different rooms as well as explore all of the guest bedrooms. Share with your guests to help them get excited about their trip! 

Until next time, get your bags packed, we look forward to seeing you in England!

Mwai

Guest Blog- 7 tips to consider when purchasing wedding jewellery

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Shopping for your wedding JEWELLERY is an exciting time and there are so many different options to choose from! Today, I am giving you my top 7 things to remember before making the BIG purchase/S... 

 

Whether sparkling, bold earrings have caught your eye or you’re drawn to an understated, subtle necklace or headpiece, there’s one key thing to remember – don’t overshadow the dress.

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The right jewellery pieces can enhance your dress/suit choice rather than overtaking it, creating a complete look that’s beautiful. The dress/suit should be the main show, with your jewellery, from headpieces to rings, all complementing the outfit you’ve carefully chosen. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to wedding jewellery, our top seven tips will point you in the right direction.

1. Think about the style of your dress or suit

The style of dress/suit that you’ve chosen will have a huge impact on how to accessorize. A sophisticated, classic slip dress can be given an elegant, dramatic look with bold jewellery. However if you’ve chosen a dress that is a statement in itself, it can clash and be diluted by adding striking accessories. Vintage inspired dresses are making a huge comeback and if you’ve opted for one of these, jewellery that matches the decade can result in a stunning well put together look.

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2. Consider your neckline

The overall cut of your dress/suit is important when selecting jewellery, however the neckline should be your top consideration. The neckline of your dress helps to frame your face and the jewellery you choose plays a role in that. If you’ve chosen a high neckline or halterneck, it might be best to skip the necklace and instead focus on your earrings or accessorising your hair. V necks are ideal for showing off delicate pendants, while a sweetheart neckline gives you an opportunity to go bold.

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3. Complement with accents

Have you chosen a dress/suit that’s decorated with lace, pearls, or crystals? Your jewellery should reflect the accents of your dress/suit to create a balanced look that wows. With the right choice, your accessories will complement rather than overshadow. If you’ve gone for a dress/suit with understated glam, you’ve got a blank canvas to layer your jewellery to.

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4. Don’t forget the headpiece

With a multitude of options to choose from, don’t forget your head piece. Whether you’re keen to wear a traditional veil or you’ve been looking at colourful floral creations, your headpiece is an important accessory. It needs to enhance both your dress and the other jewellery you’ll be wearing.  

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5. Remember less is more

Bridal jewellery is simply beautiful, and it can be tempting to purchase a whole collection to wear on your big day, but you do run the risk of taking over your dress by wearing too many pieces. Choosing one or two elegant pieces, can deliver a bigger statement than piling on everything that you loved in the jewellery store.

6. Match your metals to your dress/suit colour

Some metals work better paired with certain colours, bringing out the shade that you fell in love with. White dresses look beautiful when paired with silver, while a blush gown lets you experiment with the on trend rose gold look. If you’ve gone for the timeless and popular option of ivory, golds can bring work brilliantly however silvers are also an elegant option.

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7. Reflect your individual style

When you’re picking out your bridal jewellery don’t forget the most important person – you. You should enjoy and wear your wedding day jewellery again and again, bringing back stunning memories of your big day. You want to show off your own personality and individual style throughout the whole of your wedding, including in your jewellery choices.

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Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog- Six suggestions for choosing your wedding colour scheme

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

A colour scheme is an excellent way to tie all the different elements of your wedding together but it can be hard to make a final decision. Below are my top tips...

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Take your guests effortlessly from the ceremony to the evening entertainment with amazing production. While a colour palette that runs throughout your big day is important, it can be easy to go overboard and miss the elegant feel you were going for.

With the trend for the 2018 wedding season moving towards rustic, classic styles, there’s a whole range of colour options to choose from. From muted palettes that have a calming feel, to bold flashes of colour or deep autumnal tones, there are more than a few ways to create a graceful, chic theme throughout your special day. When elegance is what you want your wedding day to exude from start to end, we’ve got the tips you need.

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Keep it simple

When it comes to colour themes, simple can be beautiful. It can be tempting to select several different shades but sticking to two or three colours is the way forward when you’re looking for elegance. 

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Blend in neutral hues

Unless you’re a fan of the bright and bold look, neutral colours help give your theme some subtlety. It could be soft greys, subtle whites, or even natural coffee tones. They’ll help draw the eye to your main colour without clashing.

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Tie it to the theme and season

If you’re going for a wedding theme i.e. Gatsby, linking your colour choices to this can help all the different wedding aspects to flow better i.e. black/golds. You should also think about the season and your wedding venue. Outdoor weddings in the summer can still look elegant with bright flashes of colour but in the autumn months, rich, deep palates are often better suited.

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Think of the small details

When you’re planning on where to add your colours, remember that the small details matter too. Huge flower arrangements can look stunning but so can small wedding features that subtly show your theme, such as the ribbons used on wedding favours.

Use colour sparingly

Not everything has to be in the colours of your wedding theme. Using your selected colours sparingly can mean they have a far more dramatic effect and you don’t risk overkill. By delivering maximum impact, you can create stunning focal points that will draw your guests in.

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Colour mistakes to avoid when planning your big day

With my top tips in mind, you’re well on your way to creating a colour theme that will match your wedding vision. These common mistakes to avoid should be kept in mind too:

Following the trend – Trends come and go but you want to be able look back on your wedding photos for decades to come. Pick something that you love, not just because you’ve seen it in the latest bridal magazine. 

Choosing too many colours – You can have too much of a good thing. Everything being bold could mean there’s no focal point to draw the eye.

Forgetting the classics – Sometimes the classics are still the best option, and it doesn’t have to mean being boring. Delicate shades of white paired with subtle pinks still looks beautiful.

Playing it too safe – While the classics are still something to think about it, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment a little. Using colour combinations that aren’t often seen together can create an incredible look.

Not thinking about the style of Hedsor– The décor and colours of Hedsor should be an important part of your final decision. Some colour choices that you love might clash but those that you’ve previously dismissed could be just what you need to lift the house.

Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog- How to choose the perfect music for your wedding!

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

Music is such a large part of the atmosphere AT A wedding but WITH MUSIC BEING SUCH A PERSONAL CHOICE - WHAT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ENSURE YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT AND YOUR GUESTS ENJOY THEMSELVES?

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Amid picking out the perfect dress and selecting colour themes, music might be an afterthought in the wedding planning process. But, music can help to enhance your theme and set the whole ambiance of your big day, taking you from the emotional ceremony to the last dance of the evening before your guests head home.

You want the music of your wedding to complement the other aspects of your nuptials that you’ve put some much time into choosing, as well as reflecting your personal taste. So, what will it be, a DJ playing the latest dance tracks or a jazz band keeping you entertained throughout dinner? When you’re picking out music that matches the rest of your big day, here are some things to consider.

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Does your theme have musical links?

Some wedding themes are associated with music from the outset. If you’re channeling an old school Hollywood/Gatsby vibe, a live lounge singer can really add the wow factor to your reception. If you’re all about creating a fun, lively atmosphere, you definitely want music that will get people on their feet and dancing the night away. Live bands are a great pick to match your theme, with so many different ones to choose from. Whether traditional Celtic music would fit your Scottish details or a folk band blends into your boho style, you can find the right music for you.

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Do you want different music for each part of the day?

Depending on your wedding plans, different parts of the day can have a very different feel. Choosing music based on how you want the atmosphere to be is a great way to get your guests in the wedding mood. Before and during the ceremony, emotive, romantic, classic tunes are ideal. If you’re having a cocktail hour, the music will help set the ambiance you want, from relaxing to celebratory. During dinner and the reception party, you can change to something upbeat.

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Do you want the music to be in the background or a key event?

How important is the music to you? If you simply want to give some background music and opportunity to dance, a DJ is ideal. But if you want it to be a feature of your wedding that everyone talks about, other options, such as a live jazz band or singers, are more interactive. When you want the music to be truly memorable, think about how it will be performed and what the guests will get to see as well as hear.

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What music do you love to listen to?

Amid all the other things to think about, don’t forget one of the most important factors – you! Your wedding day and theme is all about celebrating you as a couple and that includes the music. Play the music and book the performers that are going to make you happy and make your wedding day that bit more special when you’re looking back on it.

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Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog- Five perfect gifts for your Bridal party

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

Your bridesmaids have played a pivotal part in your wedding so it’s only right that you give them a gift as a token of your appreciation. Below are my favourite five gift ideas to give your treasured ladies.

There are so many different gifts you can choose for bridesmaids depending on if you want something extravagant or small, a bit of fun or a gift to be cherished forever.

Whatever you choose, be sure to give them their gift at just the right time and wrap it so they know just how special they are.

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Gorgeous jewellery

Weddings are romantic days filled with love and prettiness, so why not extend that to your bridesmaid's gifts by giving them a piece of jewellery? If you want to make it really special, choose something that matches their dresses on the day and give it to them in the morning while you’re all getting ready. This way they can wear it throughout the day and will always remember just how lovely your wedding was and how valued they felt by you. In need of wrapping inspiration? Buy small gift bags and some extra flowers that are similar to their bouquets and use the petals as tissue paper. Fill the bag with them and then place the jewellery box at the bottom.

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Stunning makeup

If your bridesmaids are into beauty products they will love the gift of makeup, especially if they can wear it on the day. While most things on the day will be uniformed for your bridesmaids, makeup is different and it’s going to be important that you consider their hair and skin tones before you buy anything. It’s unlikely that the same colour will suit all of them. If you are choosing a lipstick, opt for dusky pink shades for bridesmaids with fair skin. Those with a darker complexion will be able to carry off a bolder colour, so choose something like deep orange or red.

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Scented candles

Weddings can be stressful for everyone involved and it’s likely that your bridesmaids will be tired after spending the day looking after you and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Why not give them a scented candle that they can use to unwind? Add in some bubble bath and maybe some chocolates with a note telling them how much you appreciate all of their help and assistance and now you want them to relax and take care of themselves. They’ll be so grateful for the thoughtful sentiment.

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A framed photograph

For a more personal token of appreciation, find a picture of you and your friends and get it framed for them all. You could even pick a frame with two spaces and leave the second one blank. Put a message over it asking your friend to fill it with a photograph from the wedding. This way, they’ll be able to look at it and see just how much you’ve shared together over the years.

A wine set

Buy your bridesmaids a basket filled with their favourite types of wine. To add a more personal feel, stick notes on each of the bottles reminding them of a good time that you’ve shared together. Finally, include a gorgeous handwritten card explaining to them that nothing will change now that you are getting married, and that you hope to be present when those wine bottles are opened.

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Until next time, have fun planning with the girls that will get you through!

Mwai

Guest Blog- Top tips for wedding ready skin

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Ensuring your skin is perfect to walk down the aisle can be difficult. Today, we share our top tips that you can help ensure your skin is ready for "I do."

Every bride wants to look flawless on their big day. From your stunning wedding dress to having your hair professionally done, there are lots of areas you need to think about to create your dream look. The health of your skin is vital, helping to create that glowing, immaculate finish that will show through on your big day and in the photographs that you’ll treasure after the day. 

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Starting a skin care routine as early as possible before your wedding can give your skin a huge boost but if you’ve left it until the last minute, don’t worry there are still some steps you can take to get that enviable look. We cover both scenarios below...

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Watch your water intake

Everyone knows that you should drink more water for your health and to improve the appearance of your skin but it’s something we often don’t stick to. Drinking two litres a water a day for a couple of months before your wedding will help you flush out toxins for a radiant look!

Eat superfoods

Like water, superfoods have a big impact on your skin. For a healthy, glowing look you need to make sure you’re snacking on hydrating foods and getting all the vitamins you need, including vitamin A and vitamin D.

Use salt scrubs

Exfoliate your body to ensure it’s all soft to the touch and has a glowing look. Salt scrubs can be used as part of your usual routine in the shower once a week or so.

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Minimise your pores with microdermabrasion

If large pores are something that you’re concerned about, microdermabrasion can be something to consider. It works by removing the dead cells on your skin for a non-invasive treatment that leaves you with a great complexion. 

Regularly deep clean with a mask

Masks can give you an instant boost but using them regularly can give you even better results. By deep cleaning your skin frequently, you can move the toxins that build up and the associated problems.

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Use sun cream

If your wedding is in the summer months be sure to put on plenty of sun cream – no one wants to be red or have peeling skin in their wedding photos. Don’t forget to take care of your lips by using a balm with SPF in it too.

Last minute skin rescue tips!

If you’re wedding is suddenly just around the corner and you haven’t yet started a skin care routine, don’t panic. We’ve got some last-minute steps you can take to give you skin an instant pick me up.

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1. Schedule a professional facial – A facial helps remove all that dirt that’s clogging up your pores. Professionals will massage your skin to promote better circulation, resulting in a healthy glow. 

2. Get a spray tan – A professional spray tan can give your look an instant lift, giving you that healthy, holiday look. Whatever you do - DON'T run the risk of fake tan disasters by experimenting the day before the wedding though.

3. Use a mask – Using a mask the night before can revitalise your skin, there are plenty of options to choose from depending on your main concern, whether it’s dryness or blocked pores. Just be sure it’s a product you’ve used before to avoid any reactions.

Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog - Five reasons why blush is the perfect bridemaid dress colour.

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Picking the perfect bridesmaid dresses can be a daunting task with so many colours and styles to choose from. Today, I share 5 tips on why I think Blush could be the perfect option.

 

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Choosing bridesmaid dresses that suit everyone can seem like an impossible challenge and there are many different aspects to think about including body shapes and sizes. One of the most important decisions is of course the colour and we think blush is the perfect option...

Why? I’ve got five reasons for you below...

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1. It's a timeless colour 

Blush is a beautiful colour that doesn’t go out of style, so even years and years down the line your bridal party can still slip it back on. Choosing a colour that’s on trend right now might look incredible on your wedding day but it can become dated when the new fashion season arrives. Timeless, classic colours, including blush, are the way to go if you want your friends to be able to wear the dress again.

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2. It suits all ages  

If you’ve got a mixed bridal party when it comes to age, some colours can look too mature for younger members or too bold for the adults. If you want all your bridesmaids in the same colour, blush is the perfect option. It’s a feminine and fun colour choice for everyone escorting you down the aisle.

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3. It complements traditional wedding dresses  

If you’ve chosen a traditional coloured wedding dress, such as white, ivory, or even champagne, blush is a stunning colour choice to complement it.

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4. It's a colour for all seasons

From summer to winter, the blush colour scheme is stunning, giving your wedding a soft vibe. It means that your pink toned wedding dresses will look beautiful on your big day and can suit events throughout the calendar too.

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5. Perfect for adding elegance 

If you’re planning an elegant wedding ceremony and reception, blush is ideal. It’s a classic colour that is feminine without being overpowering. It creates an unstated glam atmosphere for your wedding day.

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Of course, choosing a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again is about more than just the colour. It’s likely that each member of your bridal party will be a different size and have their own personal style. Finding a dress that they will all want to wear again can be a challenge. But an option here is to set the colour scheme and let them choose their own flattering style. Bridesmaid dresses that are different, from the neckline to the hemline, are on trend at the moment and guarantee that each member of your bridal party feels comfortable throughout your big day.

With the right plan, you friends will be wearing their bridesmaid dresses to other celebratory events whenever they get the chance for years to come.

Until next time, happy planning!

Mwai

Our Five Stationery Predictions for 2018

Are you in the process of deciding on stationery for your special day? We are delighted to have partnered with Papeterie Eugénie for this guest blog to look at trend predictions for 2018. 

 

At Hedsor, you have the privilege of making your day your own - which means we have the pleasure of creating some truly individual stationery, for couples wishing to define their day.

January is a great time to view some of the beautiful stationery created for Hedsor weddings in 2017.  It is when we compile our trend predictions for 2018 and look forward to creating more unique pieces over the next 12 months. 

Take a look at the evolving styles we’ve been developing for our recent Hedsor couples, infused with a few classic touches, set to continue as ever and the five biggest trends for 2018...

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1. Monogram motifs

Monogram motifs are still in high demand and a great way to personalise your stationery.  Whether stunningly simple or encased within an pretty design, create something you both love and that is truly unique to your day. 

 

2. Hedsor inspired

Stationery that has been taken to a new level!  While our mini Hedsor sketches continue to be loved, this year we have created everything from a bespoke floorplan of a wedding day to an embossed replica of the beautiful wallpaper in the Boudoir!  

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3. Hand illustrated

Hand illustrated designs are always appreciated by Hedsor couples, looking to create something special that has been thoughtfully produced. These can encompass a wide range of styles from actual silhouettes, to heritage-inspired art, or even a delicate pattern. 

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4. Statement invitations

Make a statement in 2018! These invitations are increasingly in-vogue, where exceptional hand-crafting, unfolding layers and superior finishes, all come together to make a thud as they drop on your doormat!  Add a special lining or wax seal to complete the look. 

 

5. Pretty romantic

These styles are definitely continuing to be trending for 2018, with an update on the blush and charcoal colour palettes to bridal whites, pale pinks and soft blues.  Pearlescent papers and sophisticated lazer-cuts will also be big!

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If you would like to get in touch for a consultation with Papeterie Eugénie you can email her at [email protected] In the meantime, happy planning!