Post-Christmas health-kick to get you glowing for your big day

Post-Christmas health-kick to get you glowing for your big day

It’s January, the time to get in shape and give your body the boost it needs following the Christmas extravagance. What’s more, you’re getting married this year, meaning you have even more reason to flout the festive excess and get fit, healthy and glowing for the big day. Fortunately help is at hand, as Venus Bridal, specialists in bridalwear for all occasions, provide advice on how brides and grooms can get into shape and feel fit for their impending wedding.


Join a gym

First Steps to Easy Wedding Planning

Bride to be

I’m a wedding tasker, but I’ve been through the wedding process personally (my own wedding, and as a bridesmaid three times), so I know the ups and downs and the stresses – as well as a lot of the tricks.  

Planning can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not the planning type.  What works for Karen in accounts won’t necessarily work for you.  Spreadsheets are great, but if you don’t already use them in your day job they can often be more of a hindrance – one wrong cell and its game over for your overdraft.  Similarly, just buying wedding magazines won’t facilitate your planning process.  Start with my first steps to easy wedding planning to help, no spreadsheets required.  

Set Up a Wedding Email 

What should you wear to a winter wedding?


While it’s never particularly easy to pick out a wedding guest outfit, it’s definitely more of a challenge in the colder months. In summer, clothing shops are full of pretty dresses and barely-there sandals, which are perfect for a wedding in the sun. But, as winter comes around, the high street becomes flooded with big coats and knitwear — things that wouldn’t make the most sophisticated of wedding ensembles. 

However, it is possible to put together a winter wedding outfit that is both stylish and practical. Here are some pieces you should consider wearing. 

A faux fur jacket

New Valentine’s cards with real heart

Valentine’s cards

Don’t leave your sweetheart feeling flat on Valentine’s Day, send a pop-up card to prove it’s what’s inside that really counts. 

These innovative Valentine’s Day designs by contemporary card makers Cardology have a delightful and unexpected surprise inside: an intricate three dimensional pop-up.

The elaborate paper sculptures are inspired by Kirigami, the beautiful Japanese art of paper cutting and folding, and are part of a range of over 100 fresh, design-led greetings cards in the Cardology range.

Win a custom Snapchat filter for your big event with QHotels

Snapchat filter

Looking for a way to make your big event one to remember? QHotels, who pride themselves on hosting exciting and unique events across the UK, are now offering one lucky winner the chance to win a bespoke Snapchat geofilter for their event, such as a charity ball.  

QHotels value events that are truly one of a kind, so are offering this Snapchat filter, to make the day truly memorable.

Guests at the event will be able to show all their social followers what a fantastic time they are having and keep their friends updated on what they are doing that day.

The soundtrack of a moment: choosing music for your wedding

The dress. The cake. The venue, the rings, the menu.

What’s the most important component of a wedding?

Every bride is different. But it’s the music that controls the ebb and flow of a long day of drinking, dancing and celebrating. From the entrance to the first dance to the small hours of partying; choosing the right music for your special day might be one of the most important decisions you ever make.

Why Food Plays Such a Warming Part of Winter Weddings


A winter wedding is special for many reasons. The frost on the grass, the chill in the air, the icy branches of winter trees; there is a fairy-tale element at this time of year that can really set the scene for a magical day. 

But aside from the weather, one of the major differences between a winter and a summer wedding is the choice of food. Catering specialists Elior UK work with a number of venues under the Amgueddfa Cymru - ~National Museum Wales umbrellato provide mouth-watering and unique catering for weddings held at the museums. Elior have long been committed to the importance of using both local and seasonalproduce, as such their menu evolves year-round to use the freshest and tastiest ingredients available.

Walk down the aisle looking your best


Wedding preparations are always so exciting. Every bride-to-be has her own goals, the dress, the shoes, the venues…but let’s get real. We all want to look our best as we walk down the aisle. This is not about weight loss, this is about feeling at your most optimum health, glowing with happiness and having your well-being on point. So as 2017 approaches, we spoke to Miriam from Natvia about quitting sugar as a bride-to-be resolution- refined sugar that is. It sounds so much harder than it is, thanks to natural sweeteners that are out there today.

Here are 5 easy ways to part ways with sugar this new year:

1. Bake the healthy way

Top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

Hampton Court

Jo Jennings, Events Manager at Hampton Court Palace – cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces – offers brides-to-be some top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

1. Utilise the early sunset to enhance your venue with lighting – this can be so effective and can really create an atmosphere for your guests to enjoy 

2. Enhance the seasonality of winter with your choice of flowers and décor. Using Christmas trees as your table plan is a fun alternative to a sensible easel – simply hang the different table names off the branches 

Wonderful Winter Wedding Décor


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so naturally, it’s one of the most magical times to tie the knot. However, there’s a fine line between decorating your big day like an enchanting winter wonderland and it resembling Santa’s grotto. But don’t fear; with Bubblegum Balloons’ top tips, your wonderful winter wedding will look super-stylish and chic, without a Santa in sight. 

All white

Are you dreaming of a white wedding? An all-white colour scheme is clean, classy and timeless – especially for a magical Christmas ‘do. Balloons like our Innocence Tassel Tail giant balloon in a choice of either white feather-filled, pearly white or sophisticated silver add a simple yet stunning look to festive proceedings.  

Let it snow