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7 Steps To Buying Your Perfect Wedding Dress

Buying your wedding dress will probably be one of the most exciting things you have ever done.

You want to look fantastic, after all it’s your big day and you only get one chance to get it right.

So here are my seven top tips that will help you to find your perfect wedding gown.

Following these tips will guarantee you get the dress of your dreams.

1. Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Shopping for a wedding dress is not a five minute job. So you need to allow yourself at least six months, longer if possible. This way you won’t have to make any rushed decisions which could lead to regrets later on.

2. Set Yourself A Budget

Make sure you have worked out exactly how much you can spend on your wedding dress, and don’t be tempted to go over budget. Remember you still have to buy the extras like a veil, shoes and lingerie and other accessories.

3. Pick Your Style

You may already have a picture in your mind of how you would like to look in your wedding dress, so get yourself a few wedding magazines and cut out pictures of dresses you like. This will give you an idea of what you are looking for when you go shopping.

4. Take An Advisor When You Shop

Whenever you go shopping for your wedding dress, be sure to take a trusted friend or relation with you. Be sure it’s someone who will be patient and happy to spend hours watching you modelling gorgeous dresses. Someone who you know will be completely honest when you ask for an opinion, but remember, it’s your day so the final decision must be yours.

5. Hit The Shops

Visit as many shops as you can, and try on all the different styles and colours that are available. It’s said that most brides-to-be try on at least 30 dresses and some even up to 100  before they find ’ the one’. Although you have a good idea of the dress you are looking for, always keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try something you wouldn’t normally try.

Many dresses will have little or no hanger appeal, but will look amazing on. Make sure your friend takes a photo of the dresses you like so you are able to look at them again after you have left the shop.

6. Don’t Impulse Buy

When you attend an appointment at a bridal shop, make sure you feel comfortable with the sales assistant that you will be dealing with. Tell her your budget and don’t let her tempt you into trying on dresses which are more expensive than that.

However nice she may be, don’t buy a dress because she says it looks great. You will know if it’s a contender, so tell her you will go away and think about it. Remember she is a sales assistant – her job is to sell dresses.

7. Congratulations! You’ve Found “The One“

From the moment you put on this beautiful dress you just knew it was the one. Your wedding dress is going to be the most important part of your day, and you know all eyes are going to be on you. Knowing you are wearing the dress you always dreamed of for you wedding day will make you feel like a princess, and you won’t be able to stop smiling all day.

So you know your special dress is out there somewhere waiting for you. And finding it is going to be so much fun!.

Take care
Jennifer.

The First Seven Things You Must Do After Getting Engaged

So, your boyfriend’s just proposed. Now the panic sets in. Because if you’re like most girls then you’re probably all over the place right now, not knowing what to do first, or how to start planning for the biggest day of your life.

But you can stop your worrying – I’m here to help. Check out the list below for the 7 things you need to do next to start your wedding planning ball rolling:

1. Announce your engagement

Break the good news to both sets of parents and family and friends – in that order. It’s really important that your parents are the first people you tell. It wouldn’t do for them to hear it second hand from someone else.

2. Plan a budget

Sit down together and work out exactly how much you have to spend on your wedding. Make a list of everything you need to pay for and add 10% for unforeseen expenses. Have a meeting with family members to find out who is paying for what.

3.  Set the date

When you and your husband-to-be come to deciding on a date for your wedding, there are several factors you need to consider:

  • Allow yourselves plenty of time to plan your wedding
  • Decide what time of year you would like to get married
  • Make certain none of your friends are getting married on the day you pick and that none of them are due to have a baby that week

Take all these things into consideration before you set your date.

4. Save the Date

Send save-the-date cards to your guest list. Remember that people arrange other functions and holidays, so as long as they know the date you have set for your wedding they won’t miss your big day.

5. Choose your bridesmaids

Now you need to choose your bridesmaids, and more importantly your maid of honour. After all, she will be the one to help and advise you when you choose your wedding gown, but more important than that, she will be the one who will organise your hen party.

6. Buy some magazines

Buy yourself as many wedding and bridal magazines as you can find. They are full of useful information for couples planning a wedding, and will give you lots of ideas such as:

  • picking a theme for your wedding
  • choosing a style for your wedding dress
  • deciding what color your bridesmaid’s dresses should be
  • which table decorations and settings you would like

7. Relax

Relax, sit back with a glass of wine and dream about the perfect wedding day you are about to plan, and the honeymoon that will be an extension of your wedding day. This will be the first holiday you spend as husband and wife and one you will remember forever.

After you decide to get married it can seem intimidating and scary knowing you have to plan a wedding, and you probably don’t know where to begin. So start by following the tips above and then make some lists of the things that need to be done.

Once you have a plan it won’t seem so daunting. Don’t be afraid to delegate and rope in a few friends and family members to help. Your friends will feel very special if they are invited to join in your wedding preparations and working together will make planning your wedding great fun.

Take care

Jennifer.

7 Incredible Destination Wedding Ideas

Have you and your husband-to-be chosen where you would like to get married yet? Most couples think they have to get married on their doorstep, but have you ever thought how great it would be to tie the knot abroad? Well with this thought in mind, have a look at my top 7 wedding destinations and see if any of them appeal to you.

1. Hawaii

What could be more romantic than to make your wedding vows on one of these beautiful islands? And there are lots of great locations within Hawaii to choose from, so there’s sure to be somewhere that takes your fancy.

Here are a few of the more popular Hawaiian islands to have your wedding:

  • Maui – some of the best beaches in Hawaii, glorious sunsets, tropical gardens and waterfalls, and perfect for your wedding photographs.
  • Oahu – the most visited of all the Hawaiian islands, home of Honolulu and Waikiki beach, and a wonderful destination for your wedding.
  • The Big Island – the only place where you can find not only white sandy beaches, but snow capped mountains and Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano.

If you like the sound of a Hawaiian wedding, check out these great websites for more information:

http://www.hawaiianeyeweddings.com/
http://www.hawaiiweddings.com/
http://www.wedaloha.com/

2. Australia

Australia is the world’s largest island and although relatively young, it is steeped in history, full of dazzling cities and wonderful cultures. With so many different locations this is a fantastic place to hold your wedding.

Here are a few of the Australian destinations where you may like to have your wedding:

  • Sydney – some of the most famous landmarks in the world, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, perfect for some amazing photographs
  • Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef and one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Ulura / Ayers Rock – set on a flat baron plain, this is the world’s largest single piece of stone, and for the Aboriginals this is a sacred place

Australia is such a beautiful country that it doesn’t really matter which area you choose for your wedding, but if you would like to find out more about having your wedding here check out these websites.

http://getmarriedinaustralia.com/
http://www.justgetmarried.com.au/australia/index.htm

3. Italy

This country with its beautiful landscapes, lakes and beaches has so many wonderful locations just perfect for a wedding. When people think of romantic places, Italy is always high on their list so what better place to have a wedding?

Here are some of the popular Italian cities that are perfect for a wedding:

  • Venice – famous for its gondoliers on the grand canals, its fashion and art, and the many wonderful restaurants
  • Florence – a city in the region of Tuscany, which is also home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Rome – Italy’s capital city that is home to so many famous attractions including the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the very famous Trevi fountain where it is thought about $3,500 dollars is thrown each day.

If you’d like to find out more about marrying in Italy this website has really good information:

http://www.italyweddings.com/faq.html

4. The Caribbean

What could be more perfect for a fairytale wedding than making your vows on the soft white sands of a Caribbean island?

Check out these islands to see if any of these would be your dream destination:

  • St Lucia – truly exotic with gorgeous sandy beaches, wonderful sunsets, just a perfect place to combine a wedding and honeymoon
  • Barbados – an island known for the friendliness of its local people, sandy beaches and great night life
  • Jamaica – where you will find one of the most beautiful backdrops ever for wedding photographs,  the tropical waterfall that cascades into the Caribbean sea

Below are two websites which you may find useful if you would like to find out more about Caribbean weddings.

www.destinology.co.uk/Weddings
www.weddingtv.com/JamaicaWeddings

5. The Seychelles

The Seychelles are a group of 41 islands in the Indian ocean. Known as “the islands of love” these beautiful islands enjoy a year long warm tropical climate – just a perfect place to exchange your vows and enjoy a romantic honeymoon.

If you would like to find out more about combining your wedding and honeymoon in the Seychelles here is a link to a very useful website
http://www.exoticseychelles.com/weather.html

6. South Africa

Although not a place that instantly springs to mind when planning a wedding, South Africa has a lot to offer.

  • Shamwari Game Reserve – One of South Africa’s most luxurious game reserves where you will be treated to a wedding like no other
  • Kruger National Park – said to have the most diverse game viewing experience in Africa
  • Ulusaba Kruger – the absolute ultimate in luxury, and why wouldn’t it be? This game reserve is owned by Sir Richard Branson!

These are just three of the many game reserves South Africa has to offer and these like many others are malaria-free. Check out this website to see more about exchanging your vows in South Africa:

http://www.southern-africa.co.uk/weddings/

7. Las Vegas

No list would be complete without a word or two about perhaps one of the most famous wedding destinations of all.

Here are just three different ideas for tying the knot in Las Vegas

  • Take a flight in a helicopter and exchange your vows as you fly over the Grand Canyon
  • How about holding your wedding ceremony as you take a cruise on a gondola on Lake Las Vegas
  • And where else in the world can you arrive at the chapel on a Harley Davidson, and then be escorted down the aisle by “Elvis Presley”?

These are just some of the ways you can get married in Vegas. Check out this website to find more:

http://www.vegas.com/weddings/theme.html

So no matter where you decide to get married, you can see there is something for everyone, and every wedding destination should be checked out. You will be pleasantly surprised, weddings in exotic places are almost always not as expensive as you imagine.

Take care,

Jennifer.