Wedding Advice

How to make your wedding night a success for both of you

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Weddings are meant to be the happiest days of our lives — and they are. But, when it comes to the wedding night, many of us spend weeks worrying and stressing about making sure it’s a success.

To help alleviate your anxieties and get you truly excited for your big day, we’ve teamed up with leading pharmaceutical supplements provider, Pharma Nord, to find out how you can ensure your wedding night is unforgettable for both of you.

Top tips to make your wedding night a success

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Six top tips for those planning on getting married this year

Marry me written in the sand at the beach

Heiress Paris Hilton announced her engagement to Chris Zylka and, flaunting a 20-carat diamond ring worth almost $2m, added to the theory that Christmas and New Year is the most popular time for a proposal. If your partner put a ring on it over the festive season – congratulations! With months of planning ahead to enjoy, the more serious considerations are easy to put to one side. Here in a handy guide, Bryan Scant – a family solicitor at Coffin Mew – outlines his six top tips for those planning on getting married this year: 

Wedding Essentials: A Guide to Changing Your Name

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These days, it’s a personal choice whether you take your partner’s name when you get married. However, despite it no longer being a requirement, many women still want to share their partner’s surname. If you’re going to go down this route it’s important to know the process as, although it may seem like boring admin, prior planning to make sure the name change goes through seamlessly should be on your list of wedding essentials.

It’s possible that you may not even realise all the options that are available to you. Some need you to go through a process with deed poll, others just require your marriage certificate. Combining surnames, double-barrelling or using your maiden name as a new middle name are all possible.

Pre Wedding ‘I dos’ and definitely ‘do nots’...

Sue Espa

ESPA founder Sue Harmsworth reveals her secrets to Vows and Weddings about Pre Wedding 'I dos' and definitely 'do nots'

DO sleep well

“Blue light makes us think we are still in daylight so keep tablets and smartphones out of the bedroom. Not only that but get rid of the television and electric alarm clock too. I really think it makes a huge difference. It’s like putting babies to bed, you have to do the wind down and if you go to bed on high alert, if your brain isn’t going into that regenerative restful phase, you won’t sleep.

Simply the Best: Britain’s Best Best Men Give Their Top Tips

Best man tips

Being a Best Man these days is a tough ask. From the stag do to the wedding day itself and all that comes in between, the Best Men need to be on top form throughout. 

If there’s a crisis, it’s up to the Best Man to resolve it. If the groom gets cold feet, it’s the job of the Best Man to talk him down. And if Carol, the bride’s closest pal, has a drunken teary moment about how she’s destined ‘to be alone forever’, you’ve guessed it, it’s the Best Man’s responsibility to take her for a twirl round the dancefloor. 

Warm up your wedding with LPG

LPG in weddings

Every bride or groom is looking for that magic ingredient to ensure their event is extra special. After the dress, a top-notch location and an excellent menu are among the top priorities when planning a wedding. With liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used by more than 13,000 outdoor caterers in the UK as well as by rural hotels and spas, there are very few limits on where you can hold your wedding reception and what food can be served up to hungry guests. 

LPG has even been used to cook on the highest slopes of Mount Everest and so the happy couple can rest assured that they can indulge on their favourite food regardless of where they plan to celebrate their nuptials.

A guide to the perfect hen party or bridal shower

Hen party bridal shower

So, you’ve been put in charge of organising a hen party or bridal shower. No pressure! As you’ll know, there are a lot of plates to spin to ensure everyone, especially the bride-to-be, has the best possible experience.

Once you have booked the perfect venue, sourced or made all the decorations and stocked the fridge with plenty of bubbly it’s time to start thinking about some fun activities to keep everyone in the party mood.

Although it might be tempting to go into minute detail, we wouldn’t recommend over-planning as this can take away from the event’s spontaneity. On the other hand, when you’re in charge of entertaining a room full of people, it’s important to at least have a few activities in place.

How to make the most of your newly married life

Married life

There’s nothing more exciting than being newly married and starting married life planning your next chapter together. It’s also the perfect time to think about what your new priorities are as a couple, especially when the excitement of wedding planning and celebrations come to an end. 

To help avoid the honeymoon period ‘come down’, take time out to really concentrate on how to make the most of married life. 

Here’s some top tips on keeping married life fun, strong and most importantly, lasting.

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Getting the right wedding blooms for your special day

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Say it with Flowers - Wedding blooms are one of the essential decorations to help make a really beautiful wedding.

Michelle Marwood, Events and New Business, Co-ordinator at award-winning wedding venue Hylands House, Essex, gives an update on getting the right wedding blooms for your special day.

Meadow flowers are still very popular and great to use in the early spring. Create bouquets and table centre pieces made up from flowers that look like they have just been picked fresh from the garden to give a traditional home spun look. Think of flower fairies and garden parties of old and you will be getting the right idea. Brides might also like to consider a flower crown instead of a crystal tiara to carry on the theme.

Meditation to keep you calm on your wedding day

Raisin meditation

The bizarre hack that could help you stay calm on your wedding day... Raisin meditation

With winter wedding season in full flow, there’s no doubt that the most amazing day of your life can also be the most stressful. Not only do you want to look your most fabulous and host an “Instagram-worthy” event, disagreements with your parents and in-laws, and panicking about whether you might trip over as you walk down the aisle (graceful as always), there is no doubt it can push you to the edge.

The answer? A raisin. 

Psychological health expert at AXA PPP healthcare, Eugene Farrell, explains why raisin meditation is the mindfulness exercise you need to know about to help keep you calm on your big day.

Slaters winter wedding outfit blog

Slaters wedding outfit

Attending a Winter Wedding? Here’s Your Perfect wedding Outfit!

As much as its tradition to let the groom standout in style on his big day, weddings are the perfect occasion to express your own sense of style, and turn heads for all the right reasons.

If you’re attending a winter wedding and are still looking for the perfect attire for the day, then we’ve got this season’s most on-trend wedding guest outfit waiting for you at Slaters.

Get this seasons on-trend wedding outfit from Slaters

Say hello to the velvet jacket.

Advice for entering married life on the best financial foot

Financial advice for wedding

Along with buying your first property, paying for a wedding can be one of the most expensive things you are likely to do in life. In fact, recent research shows that the average cost of a British wedding is now £26,989 (and rising). As a result, many newlyweds start their marriage in debt, putting a slight dampener on the new marital bliss. Pension and savings specialists Standard Life have provided some tips around how to combat this potentially stressful situation so you can enter married life on the best financial foot.

How to enter life on the best financial foot

Make a budget and stick to it

Get a Natural Wedding Glow with Yoga

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Your wedding day can be both the happiest day of your life and the most nerve racking! With so much to organise, and so many other people to think about, you may put your own self-care to the bottom of your never-ending to-do list. 

The following yoga, breathing and nutrition advice from wellness guru Julie Montagu will help to soothe your nerves in preparation for your big day. You will soon find that your anxieties are eased and that you can fully enjoy all of the love, happiness and positivity that your celebration will be bursting with! And best of all you will have that perfect wedding glow and feel cool, calm and collected!

Wait until winter to propose

Winter proposal

Anyone planning on getting down on one knee in the coming weeks should hold off until December, after new research revealed winter makes for the most romantic proposal setting.

- Winter proposals found to be the most romantic

- Christmas day named the most ideal setting for being asked the question

- A third of the UK expect one month’s salary to be spent on the ring

- To find out more about the research, please visit: http://www.goldsmiths.co.uk/Winter-Proposals

Your guide to being a best man

Best man

Congratulations, you’ve been picked as the Best Man. And, now begins the journey to the altar as your best friend’s right-hand man. But, don’t worry we have planned out everything you need to know as a Best Man, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

The time has come, your best friend asks you to be his Best Man. Although shocked, it’s always best to ride it out with a man hug & a bit of male bonding. Its’s now time to swat up and learn far too much about suit cuts, tie knots & those dreaded pocket squares.