DIY Wedding Flower Tips

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a DIY wedding, you get to personalise your big day with special touches, involve your family and friends, use home-made crafts and where possible, save money.

When considering flowers for your wedding, it is important to understand the pros and cons of trying to do it yourself, how much of the work you should take on and when you should seek the help of a professional.

As a bride, you will probably have an idea about the style of flowers you would like to use for your wedding. You may have specific colours in mind, or know the type of arrangements you prefer. Not only will these flowers decorate your venue, but they will be carried with you down the aisle and will feature in the majority of your wedding photos. Flowers are one of the most effective and beautiful ways of styling your special day, so getting the right mix is important and the expertise and knowledge required should not be underestimated.

Quality vs. quantity
If you do choose to DIY your bridal blooms, keep in mind that you will need to allocate time (often more than you think) and you will need a certain level of knowledge in both selecting the flowers and arranging them.

Using cheaper flowers can actually require more skill; after all, if you are using stunning Grade A David Austin roses in full bloom it is easier to make a lovely posy than with a handful of Grade B pin-head tight roses from a supermarket.

An insider fact – when flowers are sold to suppliers, they are graded on quality, stem length and head size, all important factors in the final look of the arrangements and florists will usually order the best but more expensive ones for wedding work.

Be realistic about your abilities
Why not enrol in a wedding floristry course? Many florists run these courses as a one-day, fun and stress-free workshop, where you get shown how to make a bouquet, a table arrangement, a floral headdress and a buttonhole.

In addition to being taught the technical stuff, like how to wire a flower head and spiral your bouquet, you will also learn which flowers work well together and how to look after your flowers once you have got them home.

Ask for help
Florists are usually a very friendly bunch and don’t mind sharing information if you plan on buying stock from them. However, marching into a flower shop and announcing that you would rather spend money on champagne than their expertise, then proceeding to ask for advice on how to arrange the flowers you have grown at home won’t go down so well!

Insider knowledge
If you decide to do the floral table arrangements yourself, but think that the bouquets and buttonholes might be too much for you, then be honest and tell the florist that. If you are already ordering bouquets, the florist most likely won’t mind ordering some extra loose flowers for you.

Bear in mind, when shopping at wholesale flower markets, flowers are bought in wraps of multiple stems – and wraps can’t be broken up, so you may have to buy 20 or 50 stems of one type of flower. Florists usually buy more stock than they need for a wedding to allow for damaged heads, or flowers just not opening in time.

Timing is everything
Timing and seasonality of flowers is also crucial.  A gerbera or lisianthus doesn’t need time to bloom, but a rose can take three days to reach perfection and a lily up to a week.

Consider doing a trial run a few weeks before to avoid any potential nasty shocks, and then factor in time to make more than one trip over the course of your wedding week to buy stock.

As for cost, buying flowers in season means they are at their best and cheapest. Peonies in June are great, but in April they can be tiny and twice the price!

If in doubt – work with a florist
A florist like http://www.lilyjonesflowers.co.uk not only has buying power with a supplier, but knowledge of what is in season. We have time to dedicate to your big day and work within your budget, providing a full financial breakdown so that you know exactly how much it will cost and where your money is going.

We also bring experience and creativity to the mix. We will visit your venue to get a feel for what would work well and where and can advise you where to spend your money to maximise the ‘wow factor’ on the day. We know how long it takes to set a wedding up, how to pack a van, what needs to be done on site and what may take too long if the venue operate a strict turnaround policy during busy periods.

We are passionate about what we do and have a seemingly never ending list of ideas, not to mention props that can be hired – saving you the need to buy ten matching vases or 50 tea lights! In addition to this, we source beautiful ribbons and candles – all extra bits that you might not think of until you are trying to do it yourself.

If you do make the choice to DIY your bridal blooms, please take these points into consideration and remember to plan a colour scheme, source your props and flowers, allow a timetable, budget, ask for help when you need it and leave plenty of time to relax the night before your big day!

Top Tips for Travelling By Coach

Considering taking your first coach holiday? Perhaps you have just booked one, we know how excited you must feel! The prospect of visiting so many spectacular destinations in one holiday is an exciting one but you’re probably wondering just what you’ve set yourself up for! What will it be like to be on a coach? Will I enjoy it? These questions are probably running round your head but never fear: we’ve put together a guide for your peace of mind with our best tips for you as a first time coach traveller. If you’ve booked yourself a holiday with a company like door2tour.com then you will already be in great hands. You’ll likely have been told that your drivers will always be around to assist you with any questions you may have. Listen to your driver and you won’t go wrong. They do all the journeys week in, week out and there are very professional. They can often advise on option excursions that are around and you can relax and enjoy the holiday ahead of you knowing you’ve had some sage advice.

Companies like door2tour.com will advise you to do as many optional excursions as you can! Treat yourself on your ferry crossing if there is one included in your trip and book a table at the restaurant there. You can book a table in advance as it tends to get very busy and you should be able to do that on your operator website. Remember that you are sharing the coach with other people and it’s important that you think before acting.

As a general rule, minimising loud activities and stinky food and take care of the passengers around you if they’re asleep. It’s nice to get to know the people you are travelling with but controversial topics on a coach can create conflict so keep conversation light. Most coach companies don’t allow people to eat on a coach but to eat on a break – and almost all coach holidays have breaks along the way! If you do want a snack and you are allowed to eat then choosing to eat something less likely to spill are the best things to do. If you are stopping to look at a site, be back on time!

The best thing you can do is not hold other people up. Coach holidays aren’t for everyone but ensuring your comfort on your coach holiday is the most important thing that your holiday company will do for you. You must remember to love the experience! You’re about to explore more than one destination and visit different places with your family.

It’s exciting to travel around and if you are travelling with children be aware of their surroundings and how to keep them comfortable. Stay considerate of your other passengers on board and ultimately, enjoy yourself! There’s nothing worse than crying children on a coach with fifty people so stay smiling!

DIY Wedding Flower Tips

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a DIY wedding, you get to personalise your big day with special touches, involve your family and friends, use home-made crafts and where possible, save money.

When considering flowers for your wedding, it is important to understand the pros and cons of trying to do it yourself, how much of the work you should take on and when you should seek the help of a professional.

As a bride, you will probably have an idea about the style of flowers you would like to use for your wedding. You may have specific colours in mind, or know the type of arrangements you prefer. Not only will these flowers decorate your venue, but they will be carried with you down the aisle and will feature in the majority of your wedding photos. Flowers are one of the most effective and beautiful ways of styling your special day, so getting the right mix is important and the expertise and knowledge required should not be underestimated.

Quality vs. quantity
If you do choose to DIY your bridal blooms, keep in mind that you will need to allocate time (often more than you think) and you will need a certain level of knowledge in both selecting the flowers and arranging them.

Using cheaper flowers can actually require more skill; after all, if you are using stunning Grade A David Austin roses in full bloom it is easier to make a lovely posy than with a handful of Grade B pin-head tight roses from a supermarket.

An insider fact – when flowers are sold to suppliers, they are graded on quality, stem length and head size, all important factors in the final look of the arrangements and florists will usually order the best but more expensive ones for wedding work.

Be realistic about your abilities
Why not enrol in a wedding floristry course? Many florists run these courses as a one-day, fun and stress-free workshop, where you get shown how to make a bouquet, a table arrangement, a floral headdress and a buttonhole.

In addition to being taught the technical stuff, like how to wire a flower head and spiral your bouquet, you will also learn which flowers work well together and how to look after your flowers once you have got them home.

Ask for help
Florists are usually a very friendly bunch and don’t mind sharing information if you plan on buying stock from them. However, marching into a flower shop and announcing that you would rather spend money on champagne than their expertise, then proceeding to ask for advice on how to arrange the flowers you have grown at home won’t go down so well!

Insider knowledge
If you decide to do the floral table arrangements yourself, but think that the bouquets and buttonholes might be too much for you, then be honest and tell the florist that. If you are already ordering bouquets, the florist most likely won’t mind ordering some extra loose flowers for you.

Bear in mind, when shopping at wholesale flower markets, flowers are bought in wraps of multiple stems – and wraps can’t be broken up, so you may have to buy 20 or 50 stems of one type of flower. Florists usually buy more stock than they need for a wedding to allow for damaged heads, or flowers just not opening in time.

Timing is everything
Timing and seasonality of flowers is also crucial.  A gerbera or lisianthus doesn’t need time to bloom, but a rose can take three days to reach perfection and a lily up to a week.

Consider doing a trial run a few weeks before to avoid any potential nasty shocks, and then factor in time to make more than one trip over the course of your wedding week to buy stock.

As for cost, buying flowers in season means they are at their best and cheapest. Peonies in June are great, but in April they can be tiny and twice the price!

If in doubt – work with a florist
A florist like http://www.lilyjonesflowers.co.uk not only has buying power with a supplier, but knowledge of what is in season. We have time to dedicate to your big day and work within your budget, providing a full financial breakdown so that you know exactly how much it will cost and where your money is going.

We also bring experience and creativity to the mix. We will visit your venue to get a feel for what would work well and where and can advise you where to spend your money to maximise the ‘wow factor’ on the day. We know how long it takes to set a wedding up, how to pack a van, what needs to be done on site and what may take too long if the venue operate a strict turnaround policy during busy periods.

We are passionate about what we do and have a seemingly never ending list of ideas, not to mention props that can be hired – saving you the need to buy ten matching vases or 50 tea lights! In addition to this, we source beautiful ribbons and candles – all extra bits that you might not think of until you are trying to do it yourself.

If you do make the choice to DIY your bridal blooms, please take these points into consideration and remember to plan a colour scheme, source your props and flowers, allow a timetable, budget, ask for help when you need it and leave plenty of time to relax the night before your big day!

DIY Wedding Flower Tips

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a DIY wedding, you get to personalise your big day with special touches, involve your family and friends, use home-made crafts and where possible, save money.

When considering flowers for your wedding, it is important to understand the pros and cons of trying to do it yourself, how much of the work you should take on and when you should seek the help of a professional.

As a bride, you will probably have an idea about the style of flowers you would like to use for your wedding. You may have specific colours in mind, or know the type of arrangements you prefer. Not only will these flowers decorate your venue, but they will be carried with you down the aisle and will feature in the majority of your wedding photos. Flowers are one of the most effective and beautiful ways of styling your special day, so getting the right mix is important and the expertise and knowledge required should not be underestimated.

Quality vs. quantity
If you do choose to DIY your bridal blooms, keep in mind that you will need to allocate time (often more than you think) and you will need a certain level of knowledge in both selecting the flowers and arranging them.

Using cheaper flowers can actually require more skill; after all, if you are using stunning Grade A David Austin roses in full bloom it is easier to make a lovely posy than with a handful of Grade B pin-head tight roses from a supermarket.

An insider fact – when flowers are sold to suppliers, they are graded on quality, stem length and head size, all important factors in the final look of the arrangements and florists will usually order the best but more expensive ones for wedding work.

Be realistic about your abilities
Why not enrol in a wedding floristry course? Many florists run these courses as a one-day, fun and stress-free workshop, where you get shown how to make a bouquet, a table arrangement, a floral headdress and a buttonhole.

In addition to being taught the technical stuff, like how to wire a flower head and spiral your bouquet, you will also learn which flowers work well together and how to look after your flowers once you have got them home.

Ask for help
Florists are usually a very friendly bunch and don’t mind sharing information if you plan on buying stock from them. However, marching into a flower shop and announcing that you would rather spend money on champagne than their expertise, then proceeding to ask for advice on how to arrange the flowers you have grown at home won’t go down so well!

Insider knowledge
If you decide to do the floral table arrangements yourself, but think that the bouquets and buttonholes might be too much for you, then be honest and tell the florist that. If you are already ordering bouquets, the florist most likely won’t mind ordering some extra loose flowers for you.

Bear in mind, when shopping at wholesale flower markets, flowers are bought in wraps of multiple stems – and wraps can’t be broken up, so you may have to buy 20 or 50 stems of one type of flower. Florists usually buy more stock than they need for a wedding to allow for damaged heads, or flowers just not opening in time.

Timing is everything
Timing and seasonality of flowers is also crucial.  A gerbera or lisianthus doesn’t need time to bloom, but a rose can take three days to reach perfection and a lily up to a week.

Consider doing a trial run a few weeks before to avoid any potential nasty shocks, and then factor in time to make more than one trip over the course of your wedding week to buy stock.

As for cost, buying flowers in season means they are at their best and cheapest. Peonies in June are great, but in April they can be tiny and twice the price!

If in doubt – work with a florist
A florist like http://www.lilyjonesflowers.co.uk not only has buying power with a supplier, but knowledge of what is in season. We have time to dedicate to your big day and work within your budget, providing a full financial breakdown so that you know exactly how much it will cost and where your money is going.

We also bring experience and creativity to the mix. We will visit your venue to get a feel for what would work well and where and can advise you where to spend your money to maximise the ‘wow factor’ on the day. We know how long it takes to set a wedding up, how to pack a van, what needs to be done on site and what may take too long if the venue operate a strict turnaround policy during busy periods.

We are passionate about what we do and have a seemingly never ending list of ideas, not to mention props that can be hired – saving you the need to buy ten matching vases or 50 tea lights! In addition to this, we source beautiful ribbons and candles – all extra bits that you might not think of until you are trying to do it yourself.

If you do make the choice to DIY your bridal blooms, please take these points into consideration and remember to plan a colour scheme, source your props and flowers, allow a timetable, budget, ask for help when you need it and leave plenty of time to relax the night before your big day!

 

Why Coffee Shops Are Amazing Meeting Places

The past decade has been undoubtedly good for coffee culture. City streets are now dotted with coffee shops featuring outdoor terraces where sun-kissed people hang out in the warm season, surrounded by small shops decorated with outdoor warm lighting in the winter. It’s indeed fascinating to observe how coffee culture and its physical manifestation – the coffee shops – has fast covered an important role in the city landscape. By reclaiming hidden backyards and attracting masses to relatively remote locations, these so-called third places (Oldenburg, 1989) play a pivotal role for cities around the globe turning food culture into the ideal soft-power tool.

Operating under the mantra of “we serve only good coffee and something else”, the new generation of coffee shops like http://cocoagrindernyc.com not only offer freshly roasted good quality coffee, directly sourced from the farmers in Guatemala or Ethiopia just to name a few, but also a comfortable ambience with locally designed and crafted furniture, smart lighting system, white tiles decorating the walls, staff that enjoy their work- wearing a tailor-made apron most of the times and carefully handpicked magazines (Monocle, Kinfolk and Cereal are must have). Some also retail equipment to brew coffee and branded items, such as cups from where the customer can sip their freshly brewed coffee whether from the speedy Aeropress or the more leisurely V60. Not to mention the range of their own branded coffee, in the case of roasteries, displayed on wooden shelves and usually wrapped in detailed designed crafted bags available for the customer who wants to replicate the experience at home. Coffee shops offer an egalitarian space.

Customers are there for business, dates, surfing the free wifi or idling before a train. Coffee places are where love begins and love ends. Coffee shops offer company and conversation but also solitude when needed.

Customers witness a dedication from coffee professionals that is not often found in commercial spaces and that goes from bean to cup. The dedication and passion of the barista and/or roaster leads to the desire to educate the consumer. If the coffee shop is annexed to the roastery, personnel can organize tours to give the opportunity to learn about the process of roasting and discovery of their roasting philosophy. Coffee shops attract and gather innovators, designers and creatives in general. These folks regularly visit the coffee shop not only for meetings and relaxed hangs-out with friends but often they become part of the experience as a whole. It’s not a rarity to encounter collaborations – long and short term – that goes beyond and across creative disciplines. For instance, tailor-made aprons, unique crafted pottery or chalk boards that change every week in look that are designed by the artist who drops by every morning for an espresso.

Using Grief Work To Deal With Grief

Psychotherapists refer to the process a bereaved person will encounter as “grief work.” This is because the process is not one that just happens to you, or that will be healed only with time. “Grief work” means tackling some very difficult emotional tasks. Those families who work through these tasks do eventually experience relief from the intense pain. It has been said that there is no way around grief. You must go through it in order to come out of it. Working through your grief can take many, many months or years and only begins once a funeral has been laid with victoriafunerals.com.au

  1. Accepting the reality of loss.
    When a loved one dies, people often experience a sense that it isn’t true. The first task of grieving is to come to the realization that this person is gone, and that reuniting with him or her, at least in this life, will not happen. Some families tell us they sense their loved one’s presence through sound, sight, smell or touch. Whether or not these experiences are “real” is a matter of belief. However, they are common and not a sign that one is “going crazy”.
  2. Working through the pain of grief.
    One of the goals of grief counselors is to help people through this difficult time, so that they do not carry their deep pain with them throughout their entire life. Those people who allow themselves to feel and work through the deep pain find that the pain lessens. Some things may prevent this experience. Friends, relatives, and co-workers may give subtle or not so subtle messages to “pick yourself up and go on” as if nothing has happened. Or, sometimes family members cut off their feelings and deny that pain is present. Allow yourself the time to cry or to be angry. Many people find these feelings appear while going through their daily routines such as grocery shopping or driving to work. Know that these experiences, though very hard, are normal.
  3. Adjusting to an environment in which your loved one is no longer present
    Your loved one had a special place in your heart and in your family. They can never be replaced. But bereaved families can eventually adjust to the absence of a loved one. This process might involve finding new ways of interacting with your surviving family members and friends.
  4. Withdrawing emotional energy and reinvesting it in other relationships
    Many people misunderstand this task and believe it means forgetting about their loved one. They believe that this would be dishonoring their loved one’s memory. This task is simply a continuation of the first three tasks. It involves the process of allowing yourself to make relationships with others. It does not mean that you care any less about your loved one or that you will not keep your special memories.
  5. Rebuilding faith, beliefs and values that are tested by the loss of a loved one.
    The loss of a loved one can test your faith and philosophical views of life. Talking with a spiritual leader or advisor such as a rabbi, priest, minister or holy person may be helpful since they have experience counseling others who have experienced a loss. Many bereaved families, whom we have known over several years, can remember their loved one and smile. Sometimes there is still sadness, though it does not come as often and is not as draining.

Over time and through these “tasks”, you will begin to remember your loved one without experiencing the unbearable pain. It will be a different kind of sadness. Do not hesitate to seek professional help. Counselors are trained to assist you in working through these tasks and other issues you may be facing. It is okay to ask for one session with a therapist to see if you both will be able to work together.

 

What are the Advantages of Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Your wedding is what could be the most unforgettable day of your life. Therefore, you should make sure that you can capture and preserve every moment that you have during your wedding day. It will serve as a constant reminder of how lucky you are to get married finally. Hiring London Wedding Photographers can offer you various benefits:

They can capture precious moments

As what we have mentioned above, London wedding photographers can rest assure you that you can keep the precious memories in a photograph. From the preparation of the wedding to the ceremony to the reception, they can provide you with high-quality pictures.

They can provide you peace of mind

Since they are talented professionals in taking high-quality photographs, you don’t have to worry about your pictures getting blurry or distorted. You also don’t have to spend too much time on photo shooting just because your photographer is not able to get the right angle. You can achieve your dream photography for your wedding, and a professional wedding photographer can make it magical for you.

You are provided with different styles and options

If there is a particular style that you wanted to incorporate in your wedding pictures, a professional wedding photographer can make it possible for you. For instance, if you wanted to look like the ones you can see in bridal magazines, you can talk to your photographer for a contemporary style. There are also photo-journalistic and traditional styles that you can choose from.

They are experienced and skilled in photography

Not because one of your relatives or friends had the most current camera does that mean that he is already a good photographer. A good photographer can provide you with high-quality pictures, regardless of how excellent his camera is because it doesn’t affect his performance. As long as he is experienced and skilled in photography, you can rest assured that at the end of your wedding, you can complete your album filled with beautifully taken photos.

Everyone will feel comfortable during the picture shoot

Some photographers are plainly rude, or he doesn’t seem to be interested then you and your family members will most likely feel uncomfortable during the shoot. You may appear stiff and disoriented in the picture, something that no one wanted to have on their wedding day. A professional wedding photographer will make sure that everyone is relaxed, happy, and comfortable for him to capture those moments that just flashed in a few seconds.

Now that you know the benefits of hiring London wedding photographers, you should start looking for right one that is most suitable for you. If you wanted to produce the desired results for your wedding pictures, you should hire professional photographers for your wedding. Your wedding day will only come once in your life, make sure that you make the most out of it! See details here for best London Photographers http://www.emma-janephotography.co.uk

How To Have The Most Memorable Wedding

Are you ready for your wedding? Well, for sure, a lot of planning has been done. But have you ever considered to have the most memorable wedding day of your lives? Do not be limited with the money. You can have this wedding by simply going through few things. Are you ready to know each of them? Read on.

Here are few ideas on how to have the most memorable wedding:

1. Incorporate both of your personalities.

This is where the union of the two individuals take place. With that you are going to think of what makes the two of you unique as a couple. There should be an incorporation of both of your personalities. This will surely go big time when you want your wedding to be as memorable as you want it to be.

2. Go over the board.

This means go beyond your comfort zone. Be sure that your wedding is not one of those that you have seen around. It should be something that every one has not experienced yet. Besides, the two of your are unique individuals. Therefore, there is no similar wedding as yours if you are going to think about it. Be spectacular and grand if you want to.

3. Surprise the guests.

What better way to make it a memorable day for everyone than surprising the guests. Let them keep on guessing on what’s going to happen. Surprise them with colors, spontaniety of the event, jokes, acts, and whatever you think that would say more about the two of you as a couple. Have a wedding that would make every guest say, “This is indeed their wedding”!, “This is definitely him and her”!.

4. Have fun!

Do away with the traditional walk down the aisle, then sit down, have a bite to eat, wedding singer is singing, and a short program. This is what we often see around. Do incorporate fun to your wedding. Let the guests interact, get involve into the wedding. Remember, each one of them are part of your love story. You would want nothing but them becoming a part of the unfolding of the most memorable and important day of your lives, right?

5. Professional help.

Your wedding day will require a lot of preparation. More time should be alloted to thinking, brainstorming, checking out the vendors who sell at the price you can afford, coordinating people, legal contracts, etc. With all of these, it would be ideal that you do hire a wedding planner like http://www.louiseperryweddings.com. Having someone who will sit down with you, making your vision of having a memorable wedding come true, and giving you a stress-free journey towards that day will be amazing, isn’t it? You will pay for the service rendered but the outcome of your wedding will be something worth your while.

At the end of the day, it’s your wedding! You want nothing but the best for the two of you and everyone will have so much fun!

Top Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Attire: Bride And Groom

As a bride, there are a lot of things you can do to ensure that you have an excellent experience when finding your wedding wear. Feeling the pressure of choosing your perfect wedding dress can be stressful and so we’ve put together for you a guide of what to do and what not to do when choosing your dream dress.

These tips will go a long way to keeping you calm and focused when choosing a dress off websites like www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.com to bridal shops around the country. Not many people know this, but all wedding dress and accessory sales are usually final. No pressure right?! It’s a realistic reminder that you should stay serious in your wedding dress search and accessories. Most of those pretty fascinators are not returnable so spend your money on your accessories wisely. Websites like www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.com can offer you many choices on the accessories to choose from but try not to get bamboozled by beautiful crystal extras.

Try not to freak out to much about wedding dress sizing. Bridal gowns tend to run two or three sizes larger than your regular size. Once you get your head round that, be realistic. Pay attention to how it looks and not the sizing on the label. Labels are very psychological and if you listen to that you can really upset yourself for no reason. Whenever you can, make sure you ask lots of questions when you are trying your dresses on. You should ask the boutique owner and staff lots of different questions but also yourself. You want the dress you love to make you feel spectacular on your day but also it must be practical for the wedding you’re going to have.

Do you feel confident? Do you feel comfortable but beautiful? Can you dance in your dress? Can you sit down? Are you self-conscious about any part of yourself in the dress? All these questions are so important for success on your wedding day. If you are able to, wear your wedding underwear to your bridal appointment! If you’re able to, wear the bra and knickers and corset – if you plan to wear one – to your bridal fittings as it is so important. Try not to try on too many dresses. Take your time, enjoy the experience and really mull over each choice you try on. Although a gown may be elegant and breathtakingly beautiful, what good is it if you are trapped mummy-style all night? Lastly, don’t feel like you have to bring an ooh-ing and aah-ing audience.

We’ve all seen the bridal shops stuffed full of aunties, cousins and the best friends’ sisters’ cousins but it’s not necessary. The only approval you need is yours and maybe your mothers! Don’t feel the pressure to take a gaggle of giggling and emotional women with you who will all likely have different tastes and offer difference advice to give you. You’ll only confuse yourself!

Trying On Wedding Dresses

Not many people know this, but all wedding dress and accessory sales are usually final. No pressure right?! It’s a realistic reminder that you should stay serious in your wedding dress search and accessories. Most of those pretty fascinators are not returnable so spend your money on your accessories wisely.

Feeling the pressure of choosing your perfect dreamy wedding dress can be stressful and so we’ve put together for you a guide of what to do and what not to do when choosing your dream dress. These tips will go a long way to keeping you calm and focused when choosing a dress off websites like www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.com to bridal shops around the country. If you are able to, wear your wedding underwear to your bridal appointment! If you’re able to, wear the bra and knickers and corset – if you plan to wear one – to your bridal fittings as it is so important. Obviously this won’t be quite possible if you are browsing online with www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.com but you can still imagine!

Try not to try on too many dresses. We told you in part one to try on as many as you like and this still stands but if you try on dozens of dresses you’ll only end up confusing yourself and getting all flustered when there’s no need. Take your time, enjoy the experience and really mull over each choice you try on. Websites like www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.com can offer you many choices on the accessories to choose from but try not to get bamboozled by beautiful crystal extras. Try not to freak out to much about wedding dress sizing. Bridal gowns tend to run two or three sizes larger than your regular size. Once you get your head round that, be realistic. Pay attention to how it looks and not the sizing on the label. Labels are very psychological and if you listen to that you can really upset yourself for no reason.

Whenever you can, make sure you ask lots of questions when you are trying your dresses on. You should ask the boutique owner and staff lots of different questions but also yourself. You want the dress you love to make you feel spectacular on your day but also it must be practical for the wedding you’re going to have. Do you feel confident? Do you feel comfortable but beautiful? Can you dance in your dress? Can you sit down? Are you self-conscious about any part of yourself in the dress? All these questions are so important for success on your wedding day. Although a gown may be elegant and breathtakingly beautiful, what good is it if you are trapped mummy-style all night? Lastly, don’t feel like you have to bring an ooh-ing and aah-ing audience.

We’ve all seen the bridal shops stuffed full of aunties, cousins and the best friends’ sisters’ cousins but it’s not necessary. The only approval you need is yours and maybe your mothers! Don’t feel the pressure to take a gaggle of giggling and emotional women with you who will all likely have different tastes and offer difference advice to give you. You’ll only confuse yourself!