Celebrate your love, your wedding, your bridesmaids and your anniversary with ASTRA 

Celebrate your love, your wedding, your bridesmaids and your anniversary with ASTRA 

Celebrating the precious moments that life gives us, ASTRA embraces every memory and makes sure it lasts a lifetime. Designing a world that allows you to tell your story through jewellery, with ASTRA, everyone has a story. 


Whether it’s first love or love at first sight, ASTRA celebrates romance with key pieces themed around the feeling of never wanting to let someone go. The collection features designs such as the beautiful Infinity Heart, a symbol for love everlasting, a Double Heart, symbolising how two hearts intertwine and the Be Mine cupid and his arrow, to visualize how quickly one can be struck by the emotion. Ensure a piece of your partner is constantly with you with these timeless and emotive pendants, earrings and rings. 

Bride & Groom Direct – Bizarre Wedding Requests

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From a young age, girls around the world dream about their perfect wedding day, and when the time to get married does finally come around, the big day will be need to be meticulously planned out down to the finest details.

Using scrapbooks and Pinterest boards, the dresses will have been painstakingly chosen from thousands available, and the playlist will have caused a fair few arguments due to different tastes in music.

Long distant family members and old school friends will have been cut from the guest list, before being added back on again, and finding something to eat that everyone agrees on can take months.

Skin care expert, Seena Seka from Calypso

Skin care expert, Seena Seka from Calypso

Perfect Skin - The Wedding Countdown…

Calling all brides, bridesmaids and members of the bridal party; if you’re counting down to the big day now is the time to get your skin in tip-top condition!  Forget about the dress, looking great starts with beautiful skin. A glowing complexion will give you confidence and ensures  you look your best on the day, as well as the hundreds of wedding pictures that follow…

Read my tips below to improve your skin in just six weeks.

Wedding speeches - Time for brides to have their say

wedding speeches - Time for brides to have their say

Traditionally wedding speeches have been reserved for male members of the wedding party, but now it seems that an increasing number of brides, and even bridesmaids, are taking the microphones, to have their own say.

Here, Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel & Country Club’s wedding coordinator, Tanya Lattimer, explores this trend and shares her top tips on how to make a successful speech.

The rise of the sophisticated hen weekend – 85% would prefer classy over tacky

The rise of the sophisticated hen weekend – 85% would prefer classy over tacky

A new study conducted by a UK based holiday company has revealed that 85% of brides to be and their hen parties would prefer a classy hen weekend over a tacky one. ‘Not getting drunk’, ‘spending quality time with family and friends’, ‘doing something productive’ and ‘being pampered’ emerged as the top reasons why women are choosing classy breaks away, with many happy to pay from £100 to £300 for a weekend away including activities. 


 Zoe Anastasi and Will Diggins social media weddings


A bride has told of her excitement as she prepares to take part in the UK’s first official social media wedding.

Zoe Anastasi’s big day will be captured and broadcast by iPhone-carrying photographers every 15 minutes on social media. Her ceremony will be live streamed over Twitter and there will be social media walls at her reception. Her day has even been organised over Facebook.

For Zoe, from Derby, it was a no-brainer to have a professionally-run social media wedding.

“Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life. You worry that it’s over in 24 hours, and I think it’s great to enjoy the build-up, to get more people involved in it. It makes it more special.

Deciding on your wedding cars

Grosvenor Classic Cars

Traditionally the bride arrives at the wedding marriage ceremony with her father, or the person chosen to give her away. The mother of the bride travels separately in a car with the bridesmaids to arrive about ten minutes before the bride.

The groom should arrive at the place of marriage well ahead of the bridesmaids together with his best man and the grooms party including the ushers.

Following the marriage ceremony the bride and her new husband travel together in the brides car to the reception venue.

How to pick the ultimate thank you gifts for your wedding party…

How to pick the ultimate thank you gifts for your wedding party…

It is customary for the bride and groom to buy thank you gifts for the wedding party. Traditionally, the groom would buy his new bride a gift and his new wife would buy a gift for him.  It is also common that they would both buy gifts for her bridesmaids.  A small step away from tradition, although we see it happening more and more often, is offering the mother of the bride and groom’s mother a gift as well.

Bridesmaids are an invaluable help thank them with a special gift

Bridesmaids are an invaluable help thank them with a special gift

It takes more than 2 to put together the perfect wedding. Always standing by your side, but never taking the spotlight, are some of the most important people involved in throwing the most fabulous celebration. From months of planning to last minute fixes your bridesmaids are an invaluable help, which is why they deserve to be thanked with a special token when all the wedding madness is over. 

But finding the perfect gift for a group of bridesmaids can be tricky. What’s important to remember is that not only is this a gift to celebrate the big day that they’re getting to be a part of, but that it’s a heartfelt thank you for each individual, that can will be used and treasured after the wedding day is over.

Must-have wedding accessories for brides and bridesmaids

Must-have wedding accessories for brides and bridesmaids


The clothes a bride and her bridesmaids wear on the big day will probably be among the most expensive they ever buy.

With this in mind, it would be a shame to not go all out and get the perfect accessories to match. For some ideas to help you complete your wedding outfits, here are our rundown of the must-have wedding accessories for brides and bridesmaids. 

looking for a fragrance

Here at Vows and Venues we were lucky enough to try this fragrance.

If you are looking for a great gift for your bridesmaids or a fragrance for yourself for that special day, then look no further than Jo Malone Peony and Suede Blush.

I put the fragrance on at 11.30am and found I could still smell it at which would be fantastic for brides, as there will be no worrying about losing the scent.

I found the fragrance made me feel incredibly feminine, as it is light and floral with a very luxurious feel to it.

What do you do with your wedding dress after your big day?

Your big day has come and gone and your beautiful wedding dress did you proud! So what do you do now that the dress you have dreamed of wearing all of your life has served its purpose? Venus Bridal, stockists of a vast wedding wear collection, explores what newly-wedded ladies can do with their fabulous wedding gown now that the wedding is over.

Keep the dress as a cherished wedding memento

10 beautifully spooky ideas for a Halloween Wedding

The Victoria Warehouse - 10 spooky ideas for a Halloween Wedding


With Halloween just round the corner, Jennifer Panton, wedding and special events sales manager at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, has put together a list of ten gorgeous and unusual ideas for anyone planning a wedding on All Hallows Eve.

Black taffeta is just as stunning as a traditional white dress.

Although a white dress can look perfectly in keeping with the aesthetic of a Halloween wedding, don’t feel bound by tradition when choosing the colour of your gown.

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Think gothic and vintage for Halloween wedding invitations.

Flower Girl Fashion

The Clarks Kids AW15 range features shoes specially designed for bridesmaids and flower girls aged 0-12 years old. The new collection infuses a touch of class and sparkle in the beautiful occasion shoes, with simple but superb designs.

Clarks Baby

Choose from the Clarks Baby collection which is lovingly created for babies age 0-9 months. The shoes promise to keep little toes cosy and free to wiggle in naturally.