Do you ever watch those mind-blowing experiences on TV and wonder what it would feel like to be chosen to take part? To be sent on an exotic holiday or take delivery of a luxury car…or have your dream wedding day planned for you. Well, it turns out, those fantasies do become reality for real people!
When I spotted ITV’s This Morning was looking to throw a wedding this spring, I knew the exact people who should put themselves forward. My good friend Annie is, thankfully, just coming out the other side of a hellish year, having discovered a lump in her breast while watching a feature on This Morning this time last year urging women to check themselves.
During her 12 months of treatment, losing her hair, feeling poorly and terrified, one thing that kept playing on her mind was maybe never getting the chance to marry her man, Gareth. They had already got engaged, but finances and then Annie’s illness meant any solid plans to become man and wife had to go on the backburner indefinitely.
And then came This Morning Throws A Wedding. » Read more
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.
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.
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.
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. » Read more
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.
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… » Read more
When we first met Miss Kerry Webster, she had six whole months until her wedding to Daniel. How time flies as she is now just two months from her big day! Checking in with Kerry to see how plans for their DIY wedding are coming along.
Handing over to Kerry…
Two months to go… that sounds ridiculous. I wonder when the panic will start to kick in, as at the minute I am still quite calm!? … So, what have I been up to? » Read more
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.
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… » Read more
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.
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. » Read more
Every wedding is emotional. For many, their big day is tinged with sadness with death and illness meaning not every loved one can attend. But, for some, the pain and struggle is firsthand as they battle their own troubles to make it down the aisle.
Thankfully, there are charities which exist purely to help these couples to have the wedding day of their dreams.
Take a look at these wedding charities and see if you can help to make a bride and groom’s dreams come true by donating your time, products or services…