Posts Tagged: wedding


11
Oct 13

Discovering Cake Pops

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I am going to talk about cake pops! I am sure most of you know what they are, but for those who are not familiar, a cake pop is a form of cake styled as a lollipop.

 

A bride and groom eating cake pops

A bride and groom eating cake pops

Cake crumbs are mixed with icing or chocolate, and formed into small spheres or cubes in the same way as cake balls, before being given a coating of icing, chocolate or other decorations and attached to lollipop sticks.

I think they are very cute, and since I am 100% sure I want to have a Sweet Table at my wedding, I have decided to learn how to make these delicious creations, along with cupcakes, cookies etc… (but that is a different post!).

Cake pops

Cake pops

In order to learn, I have bought an amazing cake pop maker from Lakeland. Of course, cake pops can be made with pre-baked cake but if, like me, you prefer to make yours from scratch, this is the best way.

All you have to do is follow the recipe, spoon the mixture into the cake pop maker and, in around 4 minutes, you’ll have perfectly cooked spherical cakes, ready to be popped onto a lolly stick and decorated! Best thing about this very handy product is that it’s only £26.99 and it comes with six recipes.

Lakeland's 12 Hole Cake Pop Maker

Lakeland’s 12 Hole Cake Pop Maker

I will show you my finishing product and a step-by-step guide next week as I will be baking this weekend. I want my cake pops to look as amazing as the ones shown in this blog, if I am really good at it, I might even try to make this cake pop cake for my wedding:

A gorgeous cake pop cake

A gorgeous cake pop cake

Once you get the hang of it, you can start getting creative with the icing and decoration, look at these bride and groom cake pops:

A bride and groom cake pop

A bride and groom cake pop

And they don’t always have to be round, check out this wedding cake inspired cake pop:

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I am sure that if like me you get yourself a cake pop maker, you won’t stop using it! Cake pops are not just for weddings, you can use them for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day… there are so many ways to decorate them that you will end up using it ALL year round!

Cake pops are perfect for any occasion

Cake pops are perfect for any occasion

How do you feel about cake pops? Will you have a Sweet Table at your wedding or have you included it already?

MB

xx


14
Dec 12

Original ways to carry your wedding rings

There are many ways to make your wedding original and one of them is by swapping the usual wedding ring cushion for a fun, quirky and personalized creation.

So if you still haven’t decided this small detail, then here are some ideas that could work for you or atleast inspire you!

 

All photos from Pinterest

There are tons of creations to choose from and most of them can be made at home! It’s just a matter of wanting to do it and obviously having  just a tiny bit of imagination.

As shown in the picture below, you can take your rings in wonderful boxes. You could even carve your initials and wedding date on the exterior of it. It will be a box to keep forever, always reminding you of your special day.

 

You can also create mini books that carry the rings inside. It could be a book that has a special meaning to you or your future husband or just a favourite bestseller. If, for example, you are having a country wedding, why not opt for a crystal box with grass inside like the one shown below? And for a summer or beach wedding, why not carry your rings in a shell?

 

As you can see there a hundreds of options to choose from, these are just a few and my favourites. I will keep posting more in the near future so keep an eye out for the next post if these ideas have not convinces you!

Has one caught your eye? Will you be swapping the usual wedding ring pillow for something more original?

MBxx


5
Dec 12

Celebrity inspired wedding guest: Diane Kruger

I love Diane Kruger. Her style is always impeccable. I think if I raided her wardrobe I would not find one single piece of clothing that I did not like. That’s why I have chosen her best looks to inspire future wedding guests ahead of the big day, especially with the sales just around the corner.

I have selected several outfits that she has worn over the last year and that could work for a winter and summer wedding. Hopefully you will be inspired by them!

Winter Wedding

Just because temperatures might be below zero, or it may be pouring down and snowing it doesn’t mean you have to cover up like a polar bear. Diane still manages to look elegant and chic! For the switching on of the Christmas lights along the Champs Elysees, Paris, the actress braved the French cold in a lovely thick olive coloured dress and high boots.

My favourite look has to be the third one, where she is wearing a very sexy double strap blue lace jumpsuit from Jason Wu and a cosy leopard print coat.

Long dresses

Diane is mostly seen with long dresses. Some are a bit over the top such as the ones she wears to big events like the Cannes Film Festival or the Oscars, but others are much more low-key and could fit in perfectly in a wedding. Above are my top picks! I love the middle blue dress as I find it very sexy!

 

Short and colourful dresses

These dresses are perfect for spring and summer weddings. They are very colourful and the perfect length. Strapless, with sleeves or halterneck… take your pick!

Bridal looks 

Diane Kruger can even inspire brides, she sometimes favours white dresses for her red carpet events and they are so elegant and chic that they would be perfect for a low-key wedding or civil ceremony.


3
Dec 12

Christmas gifts for your future husband

Chistmas is just three weeks away, and I have selected the best gifts for your future husband. From romantic digital albums to an unforgettable thrilling adventure, I have picked the best presents your fiancé.

1. Digital Photo Album: Cewe Photobook makes the most beautiful photo albums. You can create a very special one for your future husband with all your special moments to date. Your first years as a couple, your unforgettable holidays…etc. A digital photo album is a fab way to cherish those special moments. Available from www.cewe-photobook.co.uk. Prices of albums start from £5.99

2. Fun Cufflinks: Instead of getting him normal or traditional cufflinks, why not choose fun ones depending on his hobbies or likes. If he is a motor enthusiastic, these motorbike cufflinks will drive him crazy! MenKind have tons of models to choose from: campervans, Batman logos, football team badges…etc. And remember to also buy him a lovely box to keep the cufflinks in. Both products available from www.menkind.co.uk. Prices of cufflinks start from £9.99.

3. Perfumes: Keep your fiancé smelling delicious with the perfect perfume. Comme des Garçons and Paco Rabanne both offer lovely scents this Christmas. Available from www.selfridges.com

4. Travel Books:  In the next few months you will talk endlessly about where to go for your honeymoon. So why not buy him two amazing books to get him inspired. With these books, you will have more than 500 unforgettable travel experiences to choose from, meaning he will definitely treat you to the best holiday of your life. Both books available at www.amazon.co.uk

5. Elemis creams: The ultimate grooming programme for the groom-to-be. He will feel completely pampered after receiving this magnificent set of sharp shower body wash, daily moisture boost, ice-cool foaming shave gel, a rehydrating rose petal cleanser and a maximum moisture day cream. Available from www.timetospa.co.uk. The King of Skin Gift set (top) is £25.00 and bath and body jewels retail for £29.50.

6. Time Out Adventure and Adrenaline packs: If your man is in need of a thrill and likes to live on the edge then he can choose from 200 adrenaline-pumping experiences on water, in the air or on terra firma. He can also take a Lamborghini Gallardo or a Ferrari 360 for some hot laps around a race track. Zip across the water in a powered boat or even thunder along in an 18 ton tank. These boxes are available for www.smartbox.com. The Adrenaline is priced at £119.95 and the Adventure for £39.95.


26
Nov 12

Celebrity inspired braided bridal hair

On your wedding day you must wear a hairstyle with which you feel comfortable. If you usually wear your hair down and you choose an up’do for your big day, you may not feel like yourself.

You should try out different styles until you find the perfect one. If you love braids and wear them ocassionally,  maybe it’s a good option for your big day. They don’t go out of style and there are many different types to choose from. You could go for a fishtail, Dutch or French braid. Depending on your choice of dress, the braid could be perfectly polished and neat, or loose and messy.

 


Photos: Pinterest

In Ireland, it is actually a tradition for the bride to braid her hair for her wedding day. Braided hair is an ancient symbol of feminine power and luck.

Celebrities have already taken this hot trend to the red carpet throughout this last year - Charlize Theron chose a beautiful braided chignon for the Critics’ Choice Awards back in January. Charlize’s stylist, Enzo Angileri, said at the time he was inspired by the beauty of Spanish Flamenco dancers when creating her look. I love it!

 

 

Blake Lively is often spotted with this style. For the premiere of her film Green Latern, she chose a messy fishtail braid. Blake’s hairstylist, Rod Ortega, confessed he had created beachy waves that were tossed back into a tousled ponytail and a trio of fishtailed braids. A gold and diamond floral hair accessory topped off the hairstyle for a truly cool/vintage look.

 

 

But braids can be worn in so many other ways. Sienna Miller went for a braided crown, looking every inch the Greek goddess, for the Golden Globe Awards. Jessica Alba, on the other hand, opted for two wrapped braids,  creating a more elegant Grecian style hair band. The ’do has even been favoured by royals, Kate Middleton wore a lovely and chic braided bun for an Olympic-themed concert at the Royal Hall in London.

What do you think of these styles? Which one is your favourite? Will you be wearing braids on your wedding day?

MB xx


23
Nov 12

Christmas gifts for the bride-to-be

I am sure everyone of you will be attending a wedding in the coming year. It might be the nuptials of a best friend or a close family member and with Christmas coming up you probably want to buy her a lovely and thoughtful present that will come in handy the months leading up to her big day. Don’t panic, here I have chose my top five gift ideas, I’m sure they will come in very handy!

1. Wedding Monogram goodies: This monogram seal set can be personalised with the bride and groom’s initials, or it can even contain a thank you message. The set contains silver and gold wax, a ribbon, a wooden seal handle with a heart seal and a monogram seal of your choice. Inside the box the future bride will find a voucher to complete and send off with details of their initials. Within 28 days she will have the ideal personal seal to use on her wedding stationery. Available from www.confetti.co.uk for £24.99

2. A Digital Camera: A bride needs a good camera to photograph venues, dresses, accessories…everything! Nikon offers the perfect one, the COOLPIX S3300. It is slender, has 16-megapixels, it’s deliciously colourful and wonderfully quick. Available for £78.00.

3. A Wedding Notebook: This beautiful leather bound ruled notebook is perfect. She will need it to write down all her ideas, she can even use it to compile her guest list, the different venues to visit, dress stores…etc. Available from www.organise-us.com for £49.95.

4. Sexy Lingerie: You might want to give her lingerie for her wedding day (if you know her really well) or just a nice set for her to enjoy. And how about getting her the Brooke set available from www.Bluebella.com? This Provocative black Basque with mesh panelling has a sophisticated twist with its delicate lace detailing and satin bow at centre bust. It comes with detachable suspenders so you can complete the look with a pair of lace stockings, and partner with the gorgeous matching Brooke brief or thong. The basque is available for £40.00.

5. A Spa gift certificate: Preparing for a wedding is undoubtedly stressfull, so help your friend relieve the stress by buying her a spa day certificate or facial. At the Skin Health Spa they offer the ‘Ultimate Facial’. There’s no better way to pamper a bride-to-be than giving them the 5* Hollywood treatment; the Ultimate Facial does just that! It’s perfect preparation for that all-important day, and the perfect opportunity to relax in a stunning, tranquil environment. She’ll leave the clinic looking and feeling younger, more refreshed and beautiful. Available from www.skinhealthspa.com for £245


15
Nov 12

Celebrity brides who think pink on their big day

Many will think that Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel were the first celebrity brides to ditch the traditional white wedding dress for a pink gown, but they weren’t! Looking back in time, I have discovered other stars that have given their big day a touch of pink. Gwen Stefani, Reese Witherspoon and Sharon Stone are just some of the A-Listers that have broken with tradition, and here we take a closer look at their unforgettable looks.

Sharon Stone

Actress Sharon chose a pink creation when she married Phil Bronstein on Valentine’s Day in 1998. The star’s dress was designed by Vera Wang and was made of chiffon with A-line silhouette.

 

Gwen Stefani 

In 2002 rock star Gwen married Gavin Rossdale in a white wedding dress with shades of pink on the bottom designed specially for her by John Galliano.

 

Julianne Moore 

Julianne married her husband Bart Freundlich in an intimate ceremony and didn’t go for the usual wedding dress, instead she opted for an elegant, sleeveless pink/lilac silk Prada dress. She completed her look with sparkly earrings she had borrowed from Barkin.

 

 Portia De Rossi

When Portia and Ellen DeGeneres tied the knot, the actress donned a Zac Posen gown that featured a blush tulle skirt. 

Reese Witherspoon 

For her wedding, which was featured in HELLO! Magazine last year, Reese opted for a blush-hued gown with a Chantilly lace corset bodice and full tulle A-line skirt by Monique Lhuillier.

 

Anne Hathaway

Anne wore custom-made Valentino dress for her big day. It was an off-the shoulder creation with swathes of chiffon, and a Twenties-inspired headband and a flowing veil.


Designer Valentino then released a sketch of the bespoke gown that he personally designed for her. “Anne’s gown is a strapless ivory silk point d’esprit tulle dress, which included a beautiful pink hand-painted shaded train and embroidered with satin flowers,” he said.

 

Jessica Biel 

Jessica is the last of the girls to take on the rising trend. For her October nuptials to Justin Timberlake she wore a Giambattista Valli rose-pink strapless gown, enhanced with layers of delicate tulle, specially designed for her.

Which is your favourite dress out of the above? Which celeb would like to see in a pink gown instead of the traditional white? According to some sources, Blake Lively added a bit of pink to her bridal gown. We will soon find out! The actress’ wedding will be featured in the December issue of Martha Stewart Wedding magazine.

MB xx


4
Nov 12

The do’s and don’ts of buying an engagement ring

Following my previous post about beautiful engagement rings I spoke to diamond expert Vashi Dominguez, founder and CEO of DiamondManufacturers.co.uk, who has given me some guidance about the do’s and don’ts of buying an engagement ring.

His main advice? Well, a very simple one, “take your time” and ”save up”, he says.

“Some people let their girlfriend select her own favourite engagement ring. If you prefer to surprise her, however, you just need to follow the following do’s and don’ts to get it right!”

 

DO’S

  • Do shop around and browse online jewellery websites to get a good idea of what styles are available and what you could afford. Seeing what is available and at what price will also make you more aware of how to spot a great deal, ensuring you get the most sparkle for your money.
  • Do ask her mother, sister, friend or colleague for advice. They’re likely to know what style of jewellery she likes even more than you do. They may also be able to help find out what her ring size is, for example by casually asking if they could try on one of her rings.
  • Do take a closer look at what jewellery she already wears. The style and materials used will give you a better idea of what engagement ring she will love. Does she like big, bold jewellery or intricate, subtle rings and earrings? Is her preference for yellow gold, silver or platinum jewellery?
  • Do take her shopping. You’re pretty much guaranteed to come across a jewellery store or stall and your girlfriend will be only too pleased to point out which rings she likes. That doesn’t mean that she suspects you’re planning to propose to her; most women simply love jewellery.
  • Do decide how much you can afford to spend on an engagement ring. There’s no point in getting into debt for your engagement. Take time to save up as much as possible and only use your credit card if you really need it.

DON’T

  • Don’t buy a diamond engagement ring because everyone tells you it’s a tradition. If you feel your girlfriend really, wouldn’t like a diamond engagement ring, feel free to buy her a different engagement ring altogether. Sapphires and rubies are a popular choice with women who don’t like diamonds.
  • Don’t buy a ring with a wide band if your partner has short fingers. A diamond engagement ring should be proportional to the dimensions of her hands. A wide band can make short fingers appear even shorter, while an elongated diamond – such as an oval, pear or marquise shape – can make her fingers appear slightly longer. If your other half has large hands, a delicate engagement ring could look really small on them and merely emphasise the size of her hands.
  • Don’t buy any ring just because you have given up on finding the perfect one. DiamondManufacturers.co.uk can work with you to make a complete bespoke piece. Whatever your preference or budget, everything is possible.

31
Oct 12

Top ten tips for a winter wedding

With the summer being taken over by the Jubilee and the Olympics, winter weddings have been forecast to be more popular than ever this year. These tips from Snapdragonparties.com will help to ensure you have a spectacular and magical wintry day:


Winter Wedding Shots by Joe Short

1. Wrap up warm: Avoid being photographed with a red nose, chapped lips and goose bumps with a stunning faux fur wrap and soft pashminas for the bridesmaids.

2. Think about your guests’ comfort: If you are having a church ceremony put some blankets in the pews. Churches are always colder than you think! After the service greet your guests with warm coffee and hot chocolate.

3. Transport: Classic cars and cold weather don’t go well, so why not opt for a horse and carriage filled with warm, wintry rugs.

4. Photographs: If you are having photographs taken outside, make sure that you and the photographer know exactly what the plan is and what the situation will be regarding lighting. You can also use the darkness to create atmosphere by floodlighting the outside of the church, for example.

5. Move away from convention: Serving cold champagne to an already chilled gathering isn’t great, so warm everyone up with hot toddies, mulled cider with calvados, eggnogs or warm brandy and winter fruits.

6. Warm banquet: To warm up, nothing better than a good meal, full of hot and delicious dishes, such as creamy mushroom soup and truffles as appetisers, beef tenderloin or roast duck for main course, and a fine selection of liquors and coffees.

7. Style and colour: If either of you have any Scottish blood, beautiful tartans and checks, heathers and feathers work really well. Alternatively, keep things classic and simple and go for white, silver and gold.

8. Contingency: The one thing you can’t control is the weather so you need to plan for all eventualities. If there is going to be any amount of walking around outside, you should tell your guests to bring their wellies. As long as everything is well organised, the whole ritual of putting them on and taking them off can be rather fun. If you can’t beat the bad weather, join it – apart from plenty of large umbrellas, have a pair of stunning pink or gold wellies on standby – ready for a few outrageous photos!

9. Centrepieces: A winter wedding is all about atmosphere and your centrepieces should excite all the senses. Beautiful candles, set amidst holly and fragrant spruce, hand-decorated chocolates and crystal decorations to reflect the candlelight will create a beautiful setting.

10. Ice-bars / ice-sculptures: Embrace the winter with ice bars and sculptures. With good lighting they can look amazing and really help to add to the atmosphere.


30
Oct 12

DIY: Film Roll Wedding Invitations

Whilst looking for wedding invitations I came across a very original idea that I really loved, a film roll wedding invitation.

Inspired by Trevor and Larissa, the first couple to share their idea with everyone, I have created a simple invitation to show you how you can do it at home.

It is really easy, and once you get the hang of it, you can complete a film roll in less than five minutes!

Firstly, you need to get hold of empty film roll canisters. I rang up my local photography shop and asked if they could keep them for me instead of throwing them away, they happily obliged. By the end of the week, they had gathered a total of 40 for me.

Once you have the empty canisters, and you know what design you would like for the invitation, you need to think about the packaging.

I thought of various different packages, one of them being a nice organza bag with rice inside, but as an alternative (more personalised) option I decided to go for a cute homemade box instead.

Making a small box is not as difficult as you may think, especially with the help of a Cricut crafts machine (my new best friend!), which is used for cutting paper, vinyl and fabric. The Cricut machine does it all for you, it’s like a printer but instead of printing it perforates shapes on the paper, ready to be easily popped out to use.

Once you set up the Cricut and download the required software, you are all set to go. I chose a gift box from the wide range of designs they offer, and once it had cut it out for me, all I needed to do was fold the parts and stick them together with glue.

After finishing the packaging of my invitation, I began working on the film roll canister.

As I mentioned before, I decided to create a really simple design for the outside of my roll. All I needed was white address labels and a long strip of paper with the details of “my wedding” wedding written on it, such as who is getting married, where the ceremony is taking place and where I will celebrate.

Once you have your strip of paper cut out, all you need to do is tape the inside end of the it to the film spool.

Then you wind the paper into the canister and leave a tab for the recipient to unfurl the message, I chose the word PULL.

You can choose to leave the exterior of the film roll as it is or decorate it with an address label with text on it or any other personal decorative touch you may think of.

I went for the second option and included text on the outside of the roll.

To complete the invitation, I put the film roll inside my lovely box, filled the inside of it with rice and wrapped it with a bow.

Et voilà, wedding invitation done!

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