10 THINGS ABOUT WHEN HE PROPOSES TO YOU

1. You’ll have a big zit on your chin the day he proposes.

LOL, just joking, Lets get to the serious stuff.

2. You won’t be able to stop staring at your hand.

You have this amazing new piece of jewelry on your finger. That alone, plus the once-in-a-lifetime significance of the symbol, is enough to make you want to stare compulsively at your ring finger.

3. You’ll have to tell your proposal story a million times.

As soon as you get engaged, one of the first questions people will ask is how he proposed. Get used to it.

4. People will ask you about a wedding date and location before you’ve even had a chance to think about it.

You know how it goes: Everyone is excited. Start your checklist, your family and friends are already asking for details.

5. Not everyone will be happy…

There’s usually at least one person who may come off as less supportive or elated as the rest of your friends and family.

6. …But your best friends will be there for you.

You’ll know the people you can count on. They’re the ones who post five-exclamation-point messages to your Facebook wall the minute you announce your engagement, take you out for drinks the day after you get engaged to celebrate and tell you they’re ready to help you with whatever you need.

7. Recently married friends will suddenly become wedding planning experts and give you (oftentimes unsolicited) advice.

There are plenty of reasons this happens. Some friends may be going through the postwedding blues and miss the excitement of planning their own weddings. Others may just think they’re doing you a favor.

8. You’ll watch wedding movies and TV shows differently.

Whether you’ve seen dozens of Say Yes to the Dress episodes or haven’t watched one, you may now find yourself a little (or a lot) more interested in wedding movies and shows.

9. You’ll have a hard time not jumping into wedding planning right away and will find it difficult to just enjoy being engaged.

Sure, you recognize there’s a long road ahead of you and there’s plenty of time to plan a wedding. But after the shock wears off, the next natural step is to start working out wedding plans.

10. Your relationship will feel different (even if you’ve been living together for years).

A marriage proposal is exciting, but it’s also serious. You’ve just agreed to commit to one another— for forever.

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STIR IT UP

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This is the best way to make a cake, many thanks to the BBC for supplying such wonderful easy to follow recipes.

Ingredients

For the fondant roses
  • 1.5kg/3lb 5oz ready-to-roll white icing

  • pink edible dust

  • edible glue

For the 15cm/6in tier
For the 23cm/9in tier
For the 30cm/12in tier
To ice the cakes

WEDDING HAIR STYLE

Sleek Bun

Bun updo
The sleek high bun is an ideal hairstyle for the modern, sophisticated bride.

High Ponytail

down hairstyle for wedding day
A low-key style is perfect for a laid-back affair: Sometimes a simple blowout is all you need to feel confident and comfortable on your wedding day.

Boho Braid

fishtail braid with flower crown
Chic and casual, a side fishtail braid is a fantastic style for a backyard wedding. Bonus points if you pair it with a flower crown!

High Ponytail

long hair in high ponytail
What makes this style so cool is that no one thinks to do it on their wedding day!

Glam Curls

glam curls with side part
 Your wedding day is your own mini red-carpet moment, so Old Hollywood waves are always a great choice.

WAYS TO SAVE

Here are just a few brilliant ways you can save on your wedding day 🙂

SAVE MONEY

 

Start planning early

The earlier you book venues, caterers, and florists, the better. It helps if you’re able to be flexible with at least one aspect of the wedding, whether it’s the date or the location, so you can take advantage of off-season pricing

Choose the venue carefully

Choosing the right venue can save thousands of dollars above and beyond the price of the venue itself. An outdoor venue, or somewhere that already has a distinct atmosphere, will save lots on decorations. Restaurants that already have tables and linens and place settings will save lots on rentals.

Keep the guest list in check

Since almost every wedding cost is calculated per-person, keeping your guest list low is the best way to stay within your budget. To avoid conflicts, eliminating whole categories of guests (children, coworkers, etc.) is an effective way to manage.

 Pick your priorities and splurge on them

Whether it’s entertainment, a great photographer, certain food or a particular venue, if you decide early on which element is most important to you, you can tailor the rest of your budget to make sure you get that one thing right.

Avoid Saturdays

Saturdays are the most popular days for weddings, so they are also the most expensive for venues and vendors. Having a Friday or Sunday wedding can end up saving you thousands of dollars.

Shop the sales

You don’t have to get bargain bin items to save money on the dress. Many designers have sample sales in major cities where you can buy their most popular styles for up to 70% off.

YOU NEVER THOUGHT OF IT

Think beyond the traditional tiara, shoes and bracelets and take your wedding accessories to the next level with these cool, contemporary ideas…

Birdcage veilBirdcage veil

When you think of a wedding veil, you’re probably thinking of a long, tulle number – so what if you don’t like the idea of a traditional veil but want to wear a bridal headpiece? The birdcage veil might be for you!

Trainers

trainersCringing at the idea of wearing skyscraper stilettos on your wedding day? Then don’t! Heels aren’t a wedding essential, and if you’re the kind of girl who spends all her time in her favourite comfy Converse.

Parasol

parasolIf you’re marrying in the summer and it looks like you’re going to have a heatwave on the big day – or you’re lucky enough to be getting married abroad – why not consider a wedding parasol?

GlassesSUNGLASSES

If you think your face doesn’t look like your own without glasses, then please wear them on your wedding day! Many brides choose to get contacts for the day, or even go without and risk blurry eyesight than ‘spoil’ their bridal ensemble with specs, but the last thing you want is to look back on your wedding photos and not recognise yourself.

YUM YUM YUM

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The three-tier wedding cake covered in cream-cheese icing had leaves rimmed around the base of each layer, in addition to decorating the top. The cake was filled with lemon, banana and carrot-cake flavors.

THE GOWN IS FOREVER

After spending months looking through bridal magazines, trying on countless gowns in the fitting room and potentially spending more on one item of clothing than you ever will again, you finally found The Dress. Your husband swooned and your friends couldn’t stop telling you how gorgeous you looked on the big day. Your dress is so pretty that you wish you could wear it every weekend! Unfortunately, you can’t. Well, you could…but you might get a raised eyebrow or two. So now what?

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The Ottavio Nuccio Gala UK Team have come up with three things you could do with your wedding dress…

1) Save your dress as a keepsake

Save the dress. Your wedding is one of the best days of your life, if you want to keep it as a memento you have every right to do so.

2) Check with your daughter first before giving it away

Your daughter may want to wear your dress. Lots of cultures see passing down the dress as a sign of good luck.

3) Use the fabric from your gown to make something completely new

Think outside of the box you can easily reuse the fabric to make cushions, shorter gowns – literally anything you want!

PARADISE ON EARTH

Elegance goes hand-in-hand with romance. So keep that in mind when choosing honeymoon destinations.

Best for a scenic setting: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia  

Best for 24-hour entertainment: NIYAMA, Maldives    

Best for wild beauty: Loisaba, Kenya  

Best for cultural mystique: Taj Lake Palace, India 

Best for laidback luxury: Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil 

Best for city splendour: Eiffel duplex terrace suite, Shangri-la Hotel Paris  

Best for beachside glamour: Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia 

Best for grown-up elegance: Cipriani, Venice

Best for outdoor adventure: Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, Thailand

Best for fun in the sun: Saint Anne Resort, Seychelles