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SAVE THE DATES: FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

June 12, 2016
 Selecting my save the dates was the first moment that the whole idea of our wedding suddenly felt like a reality, rather than a lovely day dream. It’s a really exciting moment. It’s also the first impression that guests will have of the big day, so I wanted to get it right.
I spent ages scrolling through beautiful designs, and even made a Pinterest board of the most inspiring. Here are some of my favourites from the company that I chose to make mine, Wedding Paper Divas followed by my top tips on selecting yours. I won’t share my final choice just yet as I haven’t sent them to my guests and I don’t want to spoil their surprise. But I will soon, promise.
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Botanicals on Blush by Justina Blakeney for Wedding Paper Divas
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Gorgeous Gleam Save The Dates by Magnolia Press at Wedding Paper Divas
pink-WE-DO-wedding-invitesPassionate Promise by Magnolia Press at Wedding Paper Divas 
A few tips for selecting your save the dates:
1. If you have no idea what kind of wedding you want at this stage in the game, and the only information that you have is a date. Perhaps go for one of the photo designs and use a really special pic of you and your partner.
2. Look at the photos on the Wedding Paper Diva blog and social media as well as browsing through the website. They have so many designs you may not find them all on the website. On the Instagram & blog they post pictures submitted by real brides, often presenting the designs in a beautiful lifestyle setting which always helps me to get a better idea of the product.
3. If you see a design that you love which isn’t quite right then use the instant chat service for advice, the in-house design team may be able to tweak a few things to suit your needs.
4. Take a few days to decide on your design, send screen shots to bridesmaids and family for their thoughts before selecting.
I’ll let you know soon which ones I picked soon!
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Fashion & Beauty

Wearing Wedding Dresses at Melanie James

March 5, 2014

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My friend owns Melanie James, a beautiful bridal boutique in Chorlton which champions the work of independent designers. She asked me if I would help out and model the new range of Eliza Jane Howell dresses at an open day.

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I felt like a starlet with my 1930s inspired up-do thanks to the handy-work of the stylists at Bethany Jane Davies.

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The most difficult part of the day was answering the questions of budding brides to be. They all wanted to know which dress was my favorite and I was spoiled for choice!

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My mum didn’t know that I’d agreed to model for Melanie that day so I sent her this picture with the caption ‘we decided to get married, sorry that we didn’t invite you’. My phone rang immediately. Sorry Mum!

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The photographs with a signature in the corner in were taken by Craige Barker and those without are by Jo Gendle. They are so talented, you can click on the names to visit their websites.

Jo specialises in wedding videos and footage from the event features in this exquisite short film.

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