Weddings are such big business these days and everyone wants their day to go off without a hitch. But it can all get a little (or a lot) overwhelming at times. The whole wedding planning process can escalate quickly and before you know it you’ve lost track of the budget or you decide you really need that super expensive wedding cake! It’s understandable that you want to have a beautiful day so it can be easy to get carried away.
When things get hectic it’s important to remind yourself of the reasons why you’re getting married in the first place. It all boils down to the fact that two people love each other. And what a powerful thing to do, to publicly declare in front of friends and family that this is the person you love deeply and want to spend the rest of your life with. In this fast-paced, crazy world we live in it’s quite humbling to think that people still get married. In their millions! If you’re about to embark on the journey towards marriage take a moment to think about how lucky you are. You’ve found your partner in life.
Sure your wedding day is probably the biggest event you’ll ever plan, but it’s just one day. Your marriage is for life. So try not sweat the small stuff. Things will inevitably go wrong (hopefully only the little things). No matter how you’ve planned your wedding day, where you decide to get married or who you decide to invite, at the end of the day you’re going to be married…. Could you imagine a more perfect ending? And that is only the beginning.
We’ve been exhibiting at a lot of wedding shows across the UK and Ireland over the past few weeks and we’ve been getting feedback from lots of brides to be. If you’ve only recently got engaged and you’re planning on attending a wedding show it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for what’s on offer… I’ve pulled a short list of my top tips together below.
Metro Arena, Newcastle
1. Print out stickers with your name & contact details. LOTS of exhibitors have competitions that you can enter at the show & by the end of the day you’ll be fed up writing down all of your details. It’s handy to have little stickers printed that you can just pop onto all of the competition entry forms AND you’ll save yourself from getting pen marks all over you!
2. Depending on the venue, dress appropriately. There’s nothing worse than being too hot or too cold when you’re trying to retain a lot of information. At the UK Wedding Show in The Metro Arena in Newcastle recently it was so cold I had to borrow someone’s beanie hat to try keep warm. Defo not a good look for me but it was better than the alternative of freezing all day!
It was COLD!
3. Do your research before you visit. Most wedding shows have an exhibitor listing on their website. Find out who’s going to be at the show and print out the floor plan if it’s available. Make sure you get around to everyone you’re interested in seeing and ask the questions you want to know answers to.
4. If there’s a product or service that you know you definitely want to have ask about discounts or special offers for booking on the day. Most exhibitors are willing to negotiate and many will offer discounts for booking at the show. You could save yourself a lot of money!
5. Remember your wedding budget. Don’t buy things that are unnecessary and blow your budget!
6. Bring your friends, family or other halves along… And have some fun!
Girls Day Out
Jenny, WAB x
, many of whom are overwhelmed by the amount of exhibitors and services available at the shows.
The search for the perfect diamond can be a tough one, especially with the knowledge that the ring is going to adorn your finger for the rest of your life! And yes I hear you, we we probably shouldn’t use celebrity engagement rings as a general benchmark for the type or size of engagement ring we’d like (depression central!) but it can be useful to take some inspiration and see what styles other people are choosing.
What a beauty of a stone – purchased and re-set by Lorraine Schwartz for Blake Lively.
There are so many styles of engagement rings to choose from and my personal preference can change from time to time but every now and then I come across a complete gem (pardon the pun!). I almost cried when I saw how beautiful Blake Livelys ring was (never mind the tears over the fact that she had also nabbed Ryan Reynolds as her husband). For me this ring is amazing and if I had all the money in the world (or if my other half was rolling in it) this would be my ring of choice – a girl can dream eh?
Often, a particular style we like doesn’t end up being the ultimate ring we choose. Lots of factors like what suits our hand (I have small hands so lots of styles look awful on me), the band, the type of stone you want and the budget all need to be considered. It’s important to plan ahead and it can help to have an idea of style before you go shopping. Many jewellers are open to negotiate on price these days too so don’t be afraid to haggle and you could nab yourself a bargain.
Until then, I’ll be lusting after some of these beautiful celebrity engagement rings.
A real sparkler for Queen B.Matt Bellamy chose well.Kate Middleton’s hand is adorned by the world’s most famous engagement ring, the diamond and sapphire piece was also worn by Prince William’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.Justin proposed on his birthday, I’m not surprised Jennifer said yes to this sparkler. It’s a vintage style, square cut engagement ring for Jessica Biel