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How to have an enviable honeymoon in the Sunshine State

How to have an enviable honeymoon in the Sunshine State Florida

Florida is the perfect destination for a trip of a lifetime, and offers a little bit of everything when it comes to your honeymoon. It’s great for thrill seekers, beach bathers and romantics alike, with its endless list of activities to try, beaches to enjoy and incredible seafood to sample. 

Online travel specialist Florida4Less has compiled their top must do activities, so you can enjoy a trip of a lifetime in the Sunshine State. 

Underwater paradise: Explore the underwater scenery by hiring a glass-bottomed boat or take a drive down to the stunning Gulf of Mexico to appreciate the clear waters. 

The organic wedding cake company

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Why you should consider going all organic for your first slice as a married couple

 

There’s no doubt that the wedding cake is one of the most important aspects of the day – the style, flavour, and how many tiers all considered. But have you ever thought about the ingredients that make up your cake?

Celeste from The Organic Wedding Cake Company has created a whole business off the back of her love for organic produce and the demand for organic cakes. She’s been buying organic for over 15 years but has been baking cakes for a lot longer and so it was only natural to bring the two together as a business.

 

Goldsmiths announced as headline sponsor for Conde Nast Brides the show 2017

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GOLDSMITHS is proud to be named headline sponsor for this year’s Condé Nast Brides – The Show 2017, having supported the event to great success in its previous years.

 

This September (29 – 01 October), the very best from the bridal industry come together to share expertise, knowledge and inspiration on how to host a dream wedding as Condé Nast Brides magazine is spectacularly brought to life through the likes of catwalk shows, The Imagination Room and Bridal Bar. 

 

Leading luxury high street jeweller Goldsmiths is the destination for brides-to-be with each of its 100 plus local showrooms specialising in all engagement and wedding needs from bridal jewellery to gifting. 

 

Wedding Photography: What not to do?

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You've been asked to photograph a wedding, or maybe you haven't maybe you're just hoping to sneak in some images to add to your portfolio. There's a lot of do's and don'ts when it comes to wedding photography.

DON'T be an “Uncle Bob”

If you're not the official photographer, it's probably still okay for you to take a few shots or practice your wedding photography but what you don't want to do is get in the way of the official photographer. 

The couple has paid someone to get great images, and you're either getting in their way, or your flash is ruining their images. Be respectful, ask them if you're in the way, and let them do their job FIRST even if it's just your iPhone.

The Secrets Behind Wedding Photo Editing

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Wedding photo editing has a certain feel to it. Not everyone gets it right, and not everyone even knows what they're supposed to do. Many brides have a certain look they want for their images, and it can be very specific. Here are a few tips that should make your wedding photo editing pop:

Good Photos First

It's all about the photo. It doesn't matter if your wedding photo editing is on point if the photo is terrible. Weddings are often a "one shot" event and if you don't get it right then and there editing won't salvage it, and there's no "do over". It's hardly a secret but it's definitely a must know before shooting any wedding that your work is up to the challenge. 

Less is more – natural rustic wedding styling

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When planning how your wedding day will look, it can be quite overwhelming, from deciding on the overall theme to the details you want to include in your styling.  Wedding stylist, Lindsey Hunter is an expert at styling venues, making them look spectacular, even with the simplest of décor.

Nature and rustic weddings have been popular this summer, but where do you draw the line when it comes to how much décor to use?  Lindsey shares how you can add a touch of nature to your wedding styling using minimal details to create a beautiful ‘less is more’ look that will wow your guests.

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Strategies That Wedding Organizers Use to Market Themselves and Boost Sales

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Yes, median income figures are constantly on the rise, and yes, the overhead costs of running a wedding planning business are steadily low, but let’s not make it all about the money. Apart from exceptional organizational skills and a savvy venturing mind, this high-in-demand and overwhelmingly stressful career requires a special touch too. 

If you are one of those people who are endowed with a keen eye and patient hands – both characteristics of a great wedding planner – but cannot seem to master the business part of the job, this post is for you. You already have an irresistible portfolio, but here you’ll learn how to put it on the map.

 

The Latest Trends Set by Wedding Professionals

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Weddings are becoming bigger and more extravagant with each coming year, while there are also many couples who opt for a small reception with only the closest friends and family. However, no matter the size of a wedding, there are some trends that almost every couple seems to follow in 2017.

 

If you and your partner are tying the knot this year, you can incorporate the latest wedding trends set by wedding professionals and make your big day truly special. Here’s what they are. 

 

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Flavoursome Favours Guaranteed to Please

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Choosing wedding favours that everyone will love and enjoy, but also fit in well with your wedding can be hard to find. Making each individual one yourself can be time consuming as well as expensive, and are often forgotten at the end of the night.

 

The traditional of a wedding favour seems to be taking a turn and being twisted to fit a modern wedding; the trend for homemade tipples leaves out little ones and can take more time and effort than you originally anticipate. It’s time to bring back the wedding tradition and thank each guest with a small gift they are guaranteed to love.

 

Hanging decorations: this year’s hot new wedding trend!

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When it comes to wedding décor, couples are looking up for inspiration. In order to maximise space and create a stunning venue, 2017 has seen vertical decorations take centre stage. Small hanging arrangements can easily look lost in large spaces, so sometimes you need to think big and bold with statement feature-pieces such as floral arches, swings and chandeliers.

This is a trend we’re really excited about – our giant teepees have so much space above eye level (often going unused) it’s high-time it was

put to good use. As hanging features grew in popularity our in-house team developed this fantastic giant rustic hoop. At 6 meters in circumference, the hoop offers maximum impact.

Clogau team up with Claire Jones!

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Clogau have teamed up with Royal harpist Claire Jones to create her latest album, ‘This Love’. 

Claire Jones' album launched on the 28th July, which is the start of Britain’s most popular weekend for weddings of the whole year!! Produced in partnership with Clogau, they believe that the album is the perfect thing to listen to whilst deciding on which Clogau Compose engagement ring to present your loved one!

Expert tips from Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai

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Expert tips from Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai on how to boost your eye zone with the right ingredients so its looks picture perfect on your Wedding Day at any age. 

 

It’s the one product that you should have been liberally applying, like yesterday! But, you’ll get the best results by choosing an eye cream containing the correct ingredients to target your specific eye concerns. Here leading Consultant Aesthetic Oculoplastic Surgeon, Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai from Perfect Eyes Ltd explains how to re-boost your eye zone with the right ingredients so its looks picture perfect on your Wedding Day at any age:

 

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Bodmin Jail - Wedding Venue

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One of the UK’s most haunted venues, Bodmin Jail, offers a unique historic venue for your wedding ceremony and celebrations.  Originally built for King George III in 1779, the atmospheric spaces and beautiful architecture will give your wedding photographer plenty of creative backdrops in which to record your nuptial magic. 

 

Bodmin Jail’s team is able to accommodate your special day from beginning to end; from the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening refreshments, to live music and party venue.

Entertainment Icebreakers For Your Wedding

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Getting the conversation flowing amongst your guests is as easy as pie once the drinks are also flowing. You'll have spent forever and a day painstakingly planning where your guests will sit, knowing full well that no awkward silences will exist with certain tables packed full of friends who need no introductions.

It's likely that immediately after your ceremony, your photographer will whisk you away for photographs. If you are concerned that your guests may not naturally spark up conversation in your absence, you are right to spare a thought! Leaving your guests struggling to make small talk is a problem easily solved by providing a talking point for them. 

Live Music

Wedding bales at Careys Manor

Hay bales sitting on faded Persian rugs. An acoustic band playing under a canopy of rustling forest leaves. Twinkling lights strung between white Bell tents. Rustic woodland weddings have a charm of their own – and now Careys Manor Hotel is introducing a new Wedding Bales package for the perfect field wedding in the New Forest. 

 

According to a 2017 survey by online wedding site Confetti, woodland and rustic weddings are one of this year’s top trends. Celebrating the beauty of nature, the charm of a woodland wedding is its informality, and the Wedding Bales package offers a peaceful rural setting with the same level of first class service you will find in the hotel itself.