Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wedding Traditions - Receiving Lines

I am often being asked by brides whether or not they should have a receiving line at their wedding.  It's one of those wedding traditions that you'll either love or hate, and I have to say that only about 25% of the weddings that I have worked on have had one. 

If you are having a large number of guests and your wedding is quite formal, it can be a good idea.  Its original purpose was to allow the hostess (usually the mother of the bride) to welcome guests into the reception. 

Three interesting facts about receiving lines:

1) Traditionally, no men stand in the receiving line, except for the groom. The father of the bride usually stands nearby and introduces guests to one another and generally makes people feel at ease.

2) The receiving line is traditionally never held at the church, but always at the reception venue.

3) The most traditional and formal receiving lines comprise the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom, the bride, the groom, the maid of honour, the bridesmaids.

If you do decide to have one, try to allow about half an hour for all your guests to go through it.  This will obviously depend on the number of guests and how much they chatter, but this is a general rule of thumb.

If your wedding is small and informal, you may not feel the need for a formal line.  If you decide against it, you could still welcome your guests by going round each table at some point during the wedding breakfast to say hello.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Sweetie heaven

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Zoe Clark and the Cake Parlour. Their wedding cakes are simply divine.

Now things have got even better as they have just introduced an inspired new service, ‘The Sweet Table’. It’s a completely bespoke and they design and create a look to co-ordinate with your particular celebration.

I can’t think of anything more delicious to treat your wedding guests to.  You can create an impact with pretty macaroon towers, bon bon jars, meringues, cake pops, petit fours, mini cupcakes, fondant fancies and lollipops.

Your guests will be completely wowed by it.  And with so many flavours to choose from, you’ll just have amazing fun planning it.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wedding Day Lingerie

Choosing a wedding gown has to be one of the most exciting parts of preparing for your wedding. But for your dress to look absolutely stunning, it is essential to have great fitting underwear too. Any stylist will tell you the same thing.

Incredibly nearly 90% of us spend a large part of our lives wearing the wrong bra size, but if you take the time to get it right, it can make a huge difference to the way you look and to your overall figure.

When I think of figure enhancing underwear, visions of Bridget Jones style control pants cross my mind – not the type of thing that you really want to wear on the best day of your life. So it is refreshing to see that there’s such a huge range of more suitable bridal underwear out there to tempt you. I was recently introduced to Fauve lingerie; experts in creating beautiful, comfortable underwear for women with larger cup sizes.

New for March is their stunning Rosa range. A comprehensive bridal collection of luxurious French lace and the softest Italian fabrics with diamante charms. The collection includes an underwire moulded strapless bra that I am assured by a friend actually stays up, a beautiful basque, thong, briefs, suspender belt, and even a matching garter. There are plenty of stockists in the high street and on the web. Try Harvey Nics, Figleaves and Belle-lingerie. Or the Fauve website has comprehensive stockist details.

Buy, knowing that it truly is a wedding day essential!

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