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Guest outfits: Is black now acceptable at weddings?

So, we are two out of three weddings down for this year. Two out of three new outfits worn and enjoyed. But, it seems things have changed in the world of weddings…and that black is now an acceptable colour for a guest to wear! Who knew!

The rule has always been, you simply don’t wear black (too dull and serious) or white (that’s reserved for the bride) when a guest at a wedding. You’ve obviously always had the occasional rule breaker, but weddings have always been full of guests in brightly coloured outfits.

guest outfit

I admit to being a sinner myself this year.
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Mum…just as important as the bride on a wedding day

Aside from my husband, my mum is my absolute best friend. We are super close and it was hugely important to me that my mum had the time of her life on my wedding day. Sadly, her husband – my dear stepdad – is in care with alzheimers and although he could make it along for a precious hour of our wedding, essentially mum faced the day on her own.

 

With such a rough couple of years behind her, mum felt she needed some professional attention to ensure she didn’t look how she had been feeling…drained, emotional and, in her words, ten years older than she was.

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On the day, my mum could not have looked more incredible. Despite not being a one for make-up previously, she allowed the expert to work her magic and I’m sure she turned as many heads as me, the bride, on the day.

 

I’m sure my mum isn’t alone when it comes to feeling the pressure of looking her best on her daughter’s big day. In fact, wedding specialist make-up artist Celina Keywood (www.makeupbycelina.co.uk) has made it her mission to make mums of brides and grooms – and even nans – feel a million dollars on their special day.

 

Handing over the blog to Celina…
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Beauty: Giving 3D miracle mascara a try

So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will have seen and heard endless tales of a miracle-working new mascara. The Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara is arriving from America into the UK in the truck load as women scramble to get a piece of the action.

bridal make-up

When a friend of mine managed to get hold of the magic potion, I just had to give it a try for myself. I love my lashes. But, I blooming hate the battle I have each morning with my mascara, applying layer after layer until my invisible blonde eyelashes show themselves. I’ve invested several times in semi-permanent lashes, but of course they only last for a couple of weeks. So, the thought of being able to create the look of striking false lashes each and every day by yourself intrigued – and excited – me.
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Competition! Win 2 tickets for The Wedding Fair at ExCel London!

The best of the best in the wedding industry are preparing to show off their wares at The Wedding Fair at ExCel London this month – and YOU could be going along!

competition

ARBG has teamed up with Mercury Events to offer one lucky bride and her guest free entry to the show and access to more than 150 wedding suppliers and experts under one roof.
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Guest blog: Kerry’s big day countdown…one month to go!

If you can hear lots of squealing, you can bet it’s coming from Miss Kerry Webster’s direction! She is on the one-month countdown to her big DIY wedding to Daniel. We started our journey with Kerry when she still had a leisurely six months to make, order and buy all the bits and bobs to make their day perfectly theirs.

real wedding

Now the time has come to finalise everything and prepare to become man and wife!

 

Handing over to Kerry to see how she’s getting on…
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Winner! Bride wins £240 boudoir photo shoot!

Your beautiful stories of why you should win my latest fabulous competition of a makeover, boudoir photo shoot and discount on a beautiful lingerie range gave me goose bumps. But, sadly, there could only be one winner of this fantastic prize, worth £240.

www.gavinconlan.com

www.gavinconlan.com

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Becoming Mrs Robertson: Our money-saving ideas

We didn’t have a budget for our wedding. There were no spreadsheets and there were no cutting corners and certainly no compromises. I’m the type of person who, if I want something, I simply work my backside off until I can afford it. My wedding day was going to be no different. However, I am also not the sort to waste money, spend it like it’s going out of fashion or spend now and worry later. The plan from the outset was to splurge on the things which were most important to us (the dress, the venue, the photos) and save money where we could on those extras which nobody would notice if they weren’t there.

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In the end, it was about doing a little bit of clever thinking and prioritising. Here’s where we saved money on our big day…
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Competition! WIN a £240 makeover and boudoir photo shoot!

I’m thrilled to announce details of my latest wonderful competition! To celebrate six months since the launch of A Real Bride’s Guide, I’ve put together the most exciting prize yet – a sexy boudoir makeover and photo shoot, worth more than £240!

 

www.gavinconlan.com

www.gavinconlan.com

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Beauty: Express spruce-up by hair and make-up artist Olivia Ferrer

Ever since my wedding day, I’ve kept in regular contact with my hair and make-up artist Olivia Ferrer (www.oliviaferrer.com). I like to think we’ve become friends and catch-up every few months. That is down to the pure fact Olivia was a huge part of making my special day perfect. Her role was making my mum and myself look our absolute best – not only did she work her miracles, but she was a pure joy to have around us on the morning of the wedding.

beauty

So, it felt right to spend a bit of time at Olivia’s home salon on the day of our first wedding anniversary, while she worked her magic on me once again.
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