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Avoid Hidden Wedding Costs & Stick To Your Budget

Budget; the pesky word that threatens to ruin your plans of flying into your wedding in a helicopter, dressed in gold threads. There are so many parts of planning a wedding that most brides do not consider when planning their budget. Don’t end up paying more than you intend to with this little reminder…enjoy!

1.  Working Out

If you are planning on joining the gym; upping your yoga time or hiring a personal trainer, stick it in your wedding budget, because it alll eats into money for your wedding. Even if eating healthier is your plan for pre-wedding dieting, green foods now cost more than frozen chips, so make sure its all accounted for

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2. Wedding Flowers

Every bride has their perfect choice of flowers for their wedding, however depending upon their natural season you could end up paying out of your *** for them! Take Calla Lillies (my personal favourite), if your wedding is between March and July – perfect! If your wedding is between August and September you end up paying almost double for them as they are nearing the end of their natural season. Want them between October and March? Better start selling some organs. A slightly dramatic example but the point still stands!

3. Stamps

Who puts postage into their budgets!? Save the dates, invites, thank you cards..that’s a whole lot of stamps! Ranging anywhere between 50p to £5 or even more! (you’ve seen those kankotris..you know what I mean) I’d sneak this badboy into your budget planning.

4. Dress Alterations

These do not usually come with the dress, and with all the dieting you plan on paying for, you’ll need to consider this.

5. Hair & Make-up

I’m not even talking about the bride’s hair and make-up. Are you planning to pay for your Bridesmaids’, Mother’s, Mother in law’s, sister’s, sister in law’s hair and make-up too? I have seen too many brides overlook this part when planning their beauty budget.

6. Venues & Vendors

Most venues have a recommended or pre-approved vendor list. Moving away from this list could see an extra 20% onto your bill. Do your research.

7. Hotel Rooms and Dinner

Are you planning on renting out a hotel room the night before? Some brides tend to forget to include this into their budget but almost all brides tend to forget to include dinner for their party into the budget (assuming you all want to eat the night before).

8. Other Beauty Bits

Your hair colouring, your nails, your waxing, your facial…the list goes on. These also add up!

9. Favours

Wedding favours are very cute, however they also cost a little. ‘its only one pound’..400 people at an Indian wedding..you do the Maths.

10. Add your Vendors in for Meals

When doing your headcount, find out how many people your photographer, your DJ, your make up artist etc are bringing..they’ll all expect to be fed (and rightly so)

11. Cake Cutting

Caterers actually charge extra to cut and box the cake for you, find out this charge first!

12. Unexpected Guests

As we allllll know, the people who said no will come or ‘swap in’ someone to attend for them. People have gotten engaged and bring their other halves. The neighbour’s neighbour heard where you were getting married and just thought their invite was lost in the post..add in a few plates for these lovely guests (They may even give you a wedding present! Always a silver lining)

13. Welcome Packages

Are you expecting out of towners? A welcome package in their room is customary, but also pricey! Let’s say a minimum £20 for one package…

14. Extras

Always put aside some cash for things you forget. If the groom forgets their socks and you forget your shoes, somebody can nip out quickly and buy you some…but it still costs!

15. Don’t Forget The Bride And Groom!

Remember to count yourselves into every headcount! I have seen and heard of too many couples who don’t actually include themselves into things and end up about £200 or more out of pocket! You need chairs, food, cutlery, glasses, drinks etc too! It is your wedding after all!!

Avoid sneaky little costs and enjoy your big day!

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Do You Know Your Trumpets from your Mermaids?

As promised, here is a quick A-Z on wedding dress terminology. I say quick but nothing wedding is ever actually quick! Here is some bedtime reading to help you brush up before wedding dress shopping...(and its all in pictures to make it that little bit easier)

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Wedding-Dress-Sleeve-StylesNow you can sound like a pro when you go to get your dress,

Happy shopping

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30 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Wedding season has started! Or rather, engagement season has started…which means gown shopping! Be it a big white Cinderella dress or a demure saree, the excitement is still the same!

Follow some of our shopping tips to make sure you not only get your dream dress, but to make sure you have as much fun as possible! It only happens once!!

1. A Wisely Chosen Entourage

‘I’ll come dress shopping with you!’ Will be something you hear a LOT during your time as an engaged lady and you’ll probably say yes to all of these requests. However choose wisely because as nice as it is to hear the ‘oohs’, ‘aahs’ and ‘oh my god you look fabulous!!’, it might better to hear a real opinion. You want to take the people who will be brutally honest with you. Your mum, your sister your bridesmaids…these are the people you want to take.

2. Give Yourself Enough Time

When to start dress shopping is crucial as you don’t want to start too early whereby seasons change and you like something new, but early enough to give yourself time. 8-10 months before your wedding should encompass both of these.

With a bespoke designer you have a little more flexibility. If you are getting your dress designed ask your designer how much time they need and factor this in.

3. Know Your Seasons

Know when the retail industry will go on sale. Do your research and you could save yourself a lot of money. The high street goes into markdown almost every 5-6 weeks, so take this into consideration. You don’t want to buy your dream dress only for it to go on sale the week after.

4. Remember New Collections

Not impressed by what’s out there? Don’t panic. As above, if you know your seasons, you know when the new collections come in, so it is ok, to go back to a store more than once to see if they have anything new. (Checking when this will be with the managers wouldn’t harm)

5. Bargains

There are SO many exhibitions, sample sales, shows, warehouse sales etc, that you could potentially find yourself busy every weekend. However you could potentially knock hundreds if not thousands off your dress. If you can handle the crowds, this could potentially be for you.

6. Weekday Appointments

Saturdays are the single most busy day in any bridal boutique. If you want in quickly, go for a weekday appointment. You’re likely to get better service and more focussed staff.

7. Be Inspired

If you are like me, you know exactly what you want and have done since you were 5. If you aren’t part of this craziness then start getting inspired. Get magazines, look at catwalks, get on Pinterest! Get a feel for what’s out there.

8. Be Open to Change

Like me you may know exactly what you want and have done since you were 5…but what if it doesn’t suit you. Be open to let your ideas go if they don’t work for you. Go in with an open mind and come out with a dress!

9. Take a Quick Terminology Lesson

Do you know your A-lines from your trumpets? If so well done! But seriously pattern talk is another language..brush up to make your life easier. (I’ll be writing a post on terminology next to help!)

10. Search Your Wardrobe

Take out your best dresses, your best and skirts..they’re your favourites for a reason. Try and decipher similarities in shape/ fabric/ colour to know what you like. You’re already one step ahead in this than you think.

11. Bring Your Knickers

If you’re planning on wearing a specific type of underwear, Spanx or otherwise, bring it with you to make sure you get the full picture.

12. Full Primp

Do your hair fully and face lightly, to the best of your ability for this. It will help you gain a better idea of what you will look like. You don’t want to realise you hate the straps of your dress on your wedding morning when your stylist puts your hair up!

13. Own Your Experience

There will be a lot of ‘I did this’ and ‘I did that’ and whilst some of it may be helpful you want to create your own experience with your own ideas. Hold your ground and remember its alllll about you!

14. Take a Seat

I say this in every fit session to every client…sit down in your outfit. It may be the perfect waist cinching corset dress whilst you stand up…but when you sit down it crushes your lungs, all the seams are coming undone and you can’t breathe. Probably not what you were going for..

15. Buy Now, Alter Later

If it fits you now..buy it! Every bride has weight loss plans and most brides lose weight without even trying, but as every boutique, designer, seamstress will tell you, it is easier to take a dress in than to take it out.

16. Size Does Not Matter

Bridal attire is always smaller than your average clothing. So don’t be offended if they hand you a size or two bigger than you are…and who cares about the size?! If it looks good then why worry! (and you could always cut the label out..)

17. Chatter, Chatter, Chatter

What you want and what your mouth thinks you want, may be two completely different things. You may say you want something simple and elegant..but actually you want a tulle filled giant princess ballgown. The best way for a designer to be able to give you dresses you’ll like is for them to get to know you, so go ahead…gossip to your heart’s content!

18. Take Some Music

Dancing is just as important as sitting down, take your best songs and dance to them in your dress. (It helps if your entourage do it with you..maybe even a few moves from a slow dance to check you won’t trip on your trails)

19. Take Photos

Pretty self explanatory here…take lots of photos. You probably won’t get to take the dress home with you because of alterations, cleaning etc..so you’ll need to lots of photos to continue the rest of your shopping. (And to remind you just how beautiful it is!)

20. You May Not Cry

Your dress is not unlike your future husband…did you burst into the tears the minute you saw him because you knew he was the one? Probably not. In the same way you probably won’t burst into tears because you’ve found the dress and it may take you a few tries but you will know it is the one for you. (But if you’re anything like me you’ll probably be crying before even entering the boutique…potentially even tearing up thinking about dresses.)

21. Try Everything On

Ask your consultant or designer to give you a few props; heels, veil, tiara etc. It may just seal the deal for you.

22. Budget

Be very clear and up front about your budget. It will help your designer make sure you are getting the very best of what you want and ensure your dress has all of the main design aspects you need. It also helps you not get too carried away.

23. Take Snacks

These appointments can and will take some time. Take stomach reinforcements…you do not want to be making these kind of decisions on an empty stomach..(remember what happens when you go to the supermarket hungry…)

24. Return Policy

If you reeeeealllly can’t make the decision but you cannot part with the dress, find out the return policy, spend some time with your potential dress and then make the decision.

25. Back Up

 Always plan a back up. Always.

Your dress may not arrive in time, the package could be detained by customs, the dog shredded the train, you spilt coffee on it….I could go on…but in the interest of perhaps not stressing you out, I won’t. The point remains that anything could happen to your dress so just make sure there is an alternative.

26. It is Just a Dress

I can’t believe I am saying this, but it is just a dress. Just clothing to get you through the most important day of your life; the day you marry the man you love (although if and when he utters these words to you himself, you may reconsider the future alliance).

27. There’s No Magic Number

You could try one dress, you could try 50 dresses, there is no perfect number…keep going until you find it or get it custom made.

28. Try it On

Even if you are getting your dress designed specially for you, try on something similar elsewhere – take all the best ideas and give them to your designer. This will help them create your perfect outfit.

29. Corsets are Quick

If you are short on time, go for a corset. They don’t need altering and look amazing! (you can also wear these more in life than you could a wedding dress)

30. Have Fun!

Its your wedding day, you’re shopping for it…could there be anything in the world more fun?! (rhetorical question)

Enjoy shopping!

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Why You Need a Wedding Planner

Every bride believes they can plan their wedding by themselves, and so does every Mother of the bride, every mother in law, every sister, every cousin, every aunt…(you see where I am going with this). The worst culprits of this thought process are Asian brides!

I’m sure many brides are capable of doing so, but my question is why would you, when there are people who dedicate their lives to this type of planning. I mean they REALLY love seating plans, guest lists, crockery arrangements and more, and they REALLY love doing it for everybody else!!
Seriously..I know because I am one of these creatures!

I am here to let you know why it is beneficial to have a wedding planner. Continue reading

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Bridal Beauty- Top 20 Dos and Don’ts

We all succumb to the stresses of wedding planning, which may lead to certain aspects being overlooked or left to the last minute…here are some top dos and don’ts and remember you are the number one priority on this day…let everything else suffer!

Top Dos and Don’ts
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1. Don’t get a haircut/ colour the week of your wedding
You’ve heard of hair salon mishaps; hair turning green, sneezing and having hair half the length you wanted it etc…well what is to say it wouldn’t happen to you? Why would you even risk that! Book a hair appointment at least a week or two before your big day, this way you leave time to remedy any mishaps. (although if you sneeze and half your hair gets cut off..not sure there’s a lot you can do in a week!) This time also allows for your colour to settle etc.

2. Don’t Change your Hair Colour
Slight extension to point 1 but if you are a blonde or a brunette, don’t suddenly turn into the other. You want to look like yourself on your big day! (And who knows what the other colour will look like)

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3. Do Drink More Water
Start increasing your water intake from about 6 months prior to the big day. You want your skin to glow and your eyes to sparkle and that doesn’t happen without preparation! This should be both bride and groom, you don’t want to look gorgeous and glowing only for the other half to look grey and ashen! Fill those bottles!

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4. Don’t Wait to Wax
Don’t leave your waxing until the last minute. It always takes at least 24-48 hours for redness and swelling to go down. Make sure you leave enough time between a bright red face and your first wedding event.

5. Do Book in Advance
Make sure you book your mani/ pedi appointments as far in advance as you need to. The last thing you need to be stressed about is trying to find a last minute manicurist. Book for at least 3-5 days before you need to do anything important with your hands. For example if your wedding events start on the Weds or Thurs; have your nail appointment on Sunday/ Monday, to allow the pain to subside, ( and to get used to your new nails if they’re not real).

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6. Don’t Have a Facial..
..the week of your wedding. You should definitely plan a course of facials to allow a deep cleanse for your wedding, but starting at least 3 months prior to your big day and ending at least a week before your big day. Facials tend to pull out all the toxins from your skin and in doing so may cause unsightly rashes and breakouts…not the look you were going for? Plan ahead!

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7. Do Test your Tan
If you’re having a spray tan/ using fake tan, do have a test run. Visiting your spray tanner before your ‘real’ spray tan could save you some streaky embarrassment. If you are happy with the service and it’s even and streak-free, then book a full spray tan 2-3 days before the big day.

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8. Do Take Trial Photos
When you are having your make up trial done, make sure there is somebody there to take photographs of you after the makeup has been applied. This is the best way to ensure you are happy with your overall look. (If your MUA says no..I’d probably look for another one..)

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9. Do Choose your Perfume
Many people will be sitting very close to you today, hugging you, congratulating you etc. you want to smell good. Choose a perfume to match your ‘look’ for the day and pre spray your outfit the night before the big day, that way if you sweat it off your skin, it’ll still be on your clothes. Avoid spraying your clothes on the day, as you don’t want perfume blotches on the dress!

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10. Don’t Drink Wine…..Whaaaaaat?!
As difficult as it may be, in the weeks leading up to the big day, try and avoid red wine or dark coloured drinks; coffee, coke or otherwise. These are very colouring and abstaining these for a short amount of time may help your gleamers gleam to their whitest. If you’re undergoing tooth whitening treatment then this is a definite no no! (Otherwise whitening strips help, try Crest)

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11. Avoid Salty Food
Salt has the amazing ability to hold more than 50 times it’s weight in water (or so I read)…now imagine that in your body…I think I’ve made my point. Avoid salty foods the week before your wedding and remain bloat free!

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12. Do Put Down the Straighteners
Every hair stylist’s worst nightmare is pre straightened hair. I know you think you’re doing us a favour by helping..but really you’re just making our job impossible. You want big, gorgeous, fluffy curls? That won’t happen if your hair has been trained to be straight! Leave your locks!

Not that I get angry about this or anything…

13. Don’t Condition
On the same note as the above, don’t put conditioner on your hair the day of your events, it makes for difficult styling. Unconditioned hair will hold better and style better. Your hairstylist should request this anyway, but if in doubt, don’t condition..it’s always the better option.

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14. Don’t Wear your Bra
You heard right! But I’m talking about before putting on your dress..be freeeee. Wearing a bra seems harmless whilst you’re getting your hair and make up done etc..however just lounging in your bra can cause unsightly red marks; straps or otherwise which may not be visible under your pyjama top..but will be very apparent in your strapless dress. Lose the bra girls, let your girls be free!

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15. Do Touch Up
It doesn’t matter how good your make up artist is, there is always a need to touch up. Especially those of us sitting under mandap in front of a giant fire pit..we’re going to sweat and we are going to be licking our lips. Pre plan a touch up kit with your make up artist and buy the pieces they are using on your skin. Ask them to suggest best ways to touch up and then brief your maid of honour/ sister/ bridesmaid/ mum…anyone who you trust enough to tell you when your blusher is dripping off!

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16. Don’t Cry Your Makeup Away
You’ve spent far too much money on your face to cry it all off. Asian weddings see a lot more crying than most..no really, there’s an entire section of the wedding dedicated to crying. This is where you need to carry a tissue and touch it to your tear duct or outer eye corner and let the tears flow..just into the tissue! (Sorry grandparents..no tears today!)

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17. Do Practice Wearing Falsies
If you don’t wear them often, practicing wearing false eyelashes are a big must. You don’t want to not be able to open your eyes on your wedding day or turn into blinky mcblinkerson! If you can’t handle the weight of eyelashes, your make up artists will be able to suggest alternative ways to give you lustrous lashes, but they’ll need some notice. So get to a drugstore and pick some up!

18. Don’t Change Anything!
By anything, I mean, pills, detergent, make up, cream, facewash, foundation…literally anything! stick to what you are used to. The last thing you want to do is have a reaction to something new!

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19. Do Make Time to Sleep
 As your wedding day fast approaches, being able to sleep is becoming a rarity. Whether it be nerves or stress keeping you up at night, start yourself into a bedtime routine from a few weeks prior to the big day, yes just like a child. Have a bath, read a book and sleep at least 8- 10 hours a night. This will ensure you are looking and feeling your best on the big day.

20. Do Enjoy Yourself
 You will be the centre of attention for the entire day, which also means the centre of a lot of different cameras’ attentions. If you are enjoying your day, you will look absolutely beautiful! It is too late by this point to change anything or do anything….so smile, relax and get married.

Happy reading

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Zuhair Murad!

Zuhair Murad is one of my favourite designers and one of my biggest inspirations as a bridal designer. He creates this amazing East-West fusion in gowns; the same foundation that underpins my own designs, within his bridal wear, Haute couture and ready to wear collections. His Lebanese foundation mixed with his fantasy sketching has led him to be one of the most talented designers today.

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I love his haute couture because this is what we are drawn towards when deciding outfits for our receptions. This is where we can wear the most gorgeous Indian – Western fusion gown known to man!

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This Chiffon high neck makes the perfect reception gown – the beading is a very Eastern style of beading found on sarees and lenghas. Chiffon is a very classy and bridal fabric which makes an appearance in a lot of ZM collections. (Good choice!)

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This embellishment and embroidery is perfect for an Indian fusion outfit

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This type of dress in colours! Just shows how perfect it would be to match your colour schemes!

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Using the most amazing fabrics and silhouettes he has created a fantasy land with embroidery and embellishment fit for a princess! Here are a few of my favourites from his AW14 collection

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With saree gowns coming into their own this year and only growing as a trend into next, these kind of dresses are to arrive on the horizon in multitudes! And I cannot wait!

Leaving you all with some of my favourite images from ZM collections to date….enjoy!

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You can see why I am so inspired!! To the drawing board!!!

Happy Reading!

Featuring : ZuhairMurad and various Pinterest users (seriously guys get on Pinterest)

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 2

 And for part two only the BEST colour – PINK! No..HOT Pink!!!

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 This is one of the easiest colours to be able to wear within your bridal attire – not only is it gorgeous, but the colour is so complimentary to Red, Green and Cream it could almost just replace the Red.

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This is gorgeous because, although the main colour is pink, the highlights of red make it an amazing alternative for a bridal outfit.

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Not your traditional conventional bridal attire, but how AMAZING! the velvet and the flower veins have a Snow White-esque feel and with a slight tweaking of colour – you could be the trendiest Disney bride ever!

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This beautiful hot pink and gold brocade lengha would be ideal. Perhaps changing the Dupatta colour to have a gold/ cream base or adding a cream border, would make this more bridal and more traditional. But if you love the pink…you go for it!

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This is a Pagli creation which is simply stunning. Simple enough to carry the hot pink, yet heavy enough to be considered bridal. Your secondary dupatta would need to be Cream/ Gold to be able to carry this.

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I am absolutely in love with this! The pink has a blue undertone to it which I think makes me love it more! Perfectly simple, perfectly bridal! IF you wanted to feel that little bit more special – throwing some rhinestones and jewels on to it would achieve that! (You can never have too many jewels right?!)

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This stunner is a Manish Malhotra  (as if it weren’t obvious). I am in love with the metallics on this outfit! such a nice replacement for gems and jewels. I don’t think I need to say anymore…

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I found this photo on Pinterest (yes I am obsessed with Pinterest) and couldn’t get over how gorgeous this design was. The Red features as the main bridal highlight however the pink borders make this style that little more pretty and that little more on trend! I just wish I knew the designer of it!

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This is a beautiful lengha to wear if you are going all out for colour – perhaps on a mehndi night or a sangeet. Adding a tulle underlay would make this that little bit more bridal.

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This is one of my favourites…Pink, Gold, cream AND jewels…how can you go wrong?! The fishtail style of skirt makes this that little bit more glam.  I would personally shorten the blouse so as not to cover the gorgeous skirt waist detail. Everything about this outfit screams yes!

To conclude our journey to the land of PINK, here is an outfit mixing a couple of the jewelled tones together: Mendhi night you say?

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LOVE!

Be Pink!

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