Monthly Archives: August 2013

Personalise Your Party


Everyone loves a good party, and throwing a bash for a birthday, wedding or other special occasion gives the opportunity for friends and family to come together and celebrate. However we’re all leading increasingly busy lives, and it can seem a bit like Groundhog Day when you go to several children’s birthday parties in a row as they use the same venues, the same cake supplier and the same decorations. Having a more personalised party doesn’t have to be more expensive, it just means you have to put a little more time and organisation into sourcing your supplies. Continue reading

Space Saving in a Nursery

Babies are only little so they can’t take up that much space, right? Well although your new little person might be only tiny, what nobody warns you is that the amount of stuff you need to look after them is considerable. If you live in a modern house, or are limited in how much space you have available, you can soon become swamped in cot bedding, toys and baby baths. It is possible though to keep the clutter under control with some clever space saving ideas. Continue reading

Why Do We Love Fluffy Animals?


What is it about a babies, puppies and kittens that makes us go, “aw!” What makes something cute, and why does it provoke such an overwhelming response? Perhaps it’s not that complicated an answer. Why like do we like fluffy animals? Because they’re gorgeous!

If you think about this further, why do most of us feel drawn to dogs and cats as pets, and not snakes and spiders? The latter are kept as pets, but they’re not nearly as popular. Why does fluff and fur beat scuttling and scales? Continue reading

The High Cost of a Wedding

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I constantly marvel at the sheer amount of money that some people spend on their weddings, particularly as many brides don’t really appear able to afford it. At my bridal shop I am constantly seeing people who wish to pay in instalments and who are looking for bargains because the expense is getting out of hand. Some brides arrive with baby carriers having just had a child so I can’t begin to imagine how they are funding a wedding and the cost of a new baby at the same time. It makes me wonder what these girls are thinking of even though my business depends on them spending their cash! Continue reading

The Complications of Sizing

Sizing can be one of the most confusing aspects of finding your bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. If you are used to the fact that you wear a certain size in high street clothes it can be very disconcerting to find you are a totally different size in bridal wear and usually it is a larger size! This can lead to some brides wondering if the staff at their bridal shop have measured them correctly or if a dress has been labelled in error. If this has happened to you be assured that you are not alone and the shop have probably got it right! Continue reading

Organising Your Wedding Presents


There was a time when the vast majority of people who got married were still living with their parents and so their wedding presents formed part of the process of setting up their first home. These days many couples are already independent and have most of the things that they need for the house so what is it acceptable to ask for as a wedding present and how do you go about organising a list? Continue reading

Should You Trash Your Dress?


Most brides spend a great deal of time and energy searching for their perfect gown for the big day. The dress is one of the most important aspects of the wedding and is the stuff of dreams for most girls. All the more incredible, then, that a new style of photography has emerged from America called “Trash the Dress” or “Rock the Frock”. Here brides are pictured wearing their finery but in unusual locations where the dress is likely to get ruined or is actually deliberately destroyed. Continue reading

Things to Remember on Your Wedding Day

In the excitement of your wedding preparations it can be all too easy to overlook a few things that you might need on your special day. Nobody is going to forget to buy their bridal gown or sort out their bridesmaids dresses but there several other details which often get missed until a problem arises. Don’t get caught out on your big day! It is important to consider all eventualities in advance of the occasion. Continue reading

How to Choose Your Bridesmaids


Most prospective brides have plans to feature bridesmaids at their weddings but things don’t always go according to plan. I run a bridal shop and I have lost count of the amount of times that the bridesmaids have caused major issues of one kind or another in the shop and so I can only wonder how many other problems are arising generally. If you want the build-up to your wedding to be harmonious it is best to choose your bridesmaids carefully! Continue reading

Picture Your Wedding

Your wedding day should be the best day of your life and you will want to have a pictorial record of the occasion. There are many ways to record your special day and what you choose to go for will be in large part dictated by your budget. Professionals don’t come cheap and so you need to broker the right deal for you and ensure that you have engaged the right person to produce your desired results. Continue reading