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Top tips to know about Bridesmaids

When it comes to deciding everything to do with bridesmaids, such as who to choose or what they should wear, here’s our top tips on all the questions you may have. 

Who to choose? 

When it comes to choosing who your bridesmaids should be, you should start with family. Ask your sisters and your partners’ sisters first (only if you have close relationships with them). 

Then choose your best friend. In relation to choosing friends in your group, it depends on whether you want a large wedding or not. Prioritise those you have the closest connections with and go from there. 

How many to choose?

Firstly, discuss with your partner whether you want the same number of bridesmaids/groomsmen on both sides or if are you happy with an asymmetrical wedding party. Do you want 10 bridesmaids standing by your side while your partner may only have 4? 

Secondly, is your budget going to support the number of people you are choosing? Do you want quality or quantity? 

Consider personalities 

When choosing who you want in your bridal party, decide what you want or don’t want from them. Do you want a hype team? Or maybe a group of laid-back bridesmaids? 

Whatever you decide, make sure they are there to help and assist you throughout and avoid those who you believe are going to possibly cause drama and be an interference. 

Choosing bridesmaids dresses

There are no rules when choosing your bridesmaids dresses. You can have them all the same or you can have the same colours but different styles or they can all be different. It’s entirely up to you and there are so many options to choose from. 

If your bridesmaids are not happy with the dress you’ve chosen for them, should they even be your bridesmaid? It is your day to shine, not theirs, and if they don’t support your vision of what you want your day to look like, you may have to go back and think if they deserve to be by your side on the day. 

How to ask loved ones to be bridesmaids?

You could straight up ask your chosen bridal party to be by your side on the day if you really wanted to. 

Or you could create a bridesmaid proposal gift as small or extravagant as you like. It could be anything from a handwritten, personalised note or a gift basket of clues for them to figure out. 

Whatever you decide, be happy you have chosen the best of the best to support you on your special day!

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Cover Image: Wedding Photography by Joe Bickerton

Let me tell you something. Doing the job I do, I am privileged to see some of the most beautiful and inspirational weddings and shoots and we’ve celebrated that over the last five issues. But this time, I wanted to explore something a little different and step away from the norm. I began seeking content for this issue that focused on the smaller details and daring themes. I wanted to give you a taste of something different, with elements that you perhaps haven’t seen before.  So, I am proud to present to you ‘Dare to be Different’, the latest issue.

We’re also focusing on a colour you don’t see much of in the wedding world… ORANGE! Yep, we’re feeling a little ballsy and are showing you exactly not only how to make an orange theme work, but how to absolutely bloody nail it.

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We took over Chester Cathedral to shoot the cover of this issue, embracing the striking architecture and showcasing an alternative theme of ‘Gothic Glam’. Real couple Esmé & Rebecca effortlessly brought romance with an unconventional edge, shot by Wedding Photography by Joe Bickerton.

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All our issues include a full supplier directory filled with the businesses we have worked with and trust. There’s a huge selection including bridal wear, florists, entertainment and everything in-between. 

And, you don’t have to miss another issue. We recently introduced our brand new magazine subscription service, and I’ve been overwhelmed with your responses. You can now subscribe to this magazine, and automatically receive the latest issue straight to your doorstep. But even better, you can actually save money on every issue when you subscribe.

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Ethereal Elopement on the Beach

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Ethereal Elopement at the Beach

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A wild and romantic Welsh coastal elopement shoot.

When the pandemic was at its worst, the wedding and events industry was on hold. Globally, so many couples sadly had to postpone or even cancel their wedding day which was heartbreaking. Shoot coordinator and stationer Natalie from Jellypress says “Like many others I spent months and months trying my best to stay calm, positive and productive. One day I felt an overwhelming urge to expel my creative passion and set myself a challenge. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and organise my first styled wedding shoot, but not content with the usual venue shoot, I wanted to go rugged and wild, on location at the beach.”

A few of Natalie’s favourite suppliers were quickly rounded up and planning begun. As the shoot date approached, and after a week of severely bad weather, Natalie consciously channelled positive thoughts in the hope they would be blessed with good weather. Thankfully, her prayers were answered. “As we approached the Llŷn Peninsula, the clouds dispersed and the sun made an appearance. I kid you not, it was incredible!”.

Natalie had the perfect spot in mind for this shoot. The beautiful beach of Borth-Y-Gest looked over to Tremadoc Bay over to the breath taking Snowdonia mountain range. “I specifically chose this beach as I fell in love with its natural beauty on a recent trip the previous year while on holiday. Its unspoilt nature is just perfect and having grown up with gifts of quartz and other rock specimens brought back from my Dad’s latest mountaineering trip, there’s a little bit of a geologist in me. The caves and coves on this beach are of slate with striking veins of quartz, typically Welsh with an abundance of lush greenery.”

The team opted for a natural pallet of colours that complimented the scenery, focusing on colours including delicate blues, blush pinks and nudes.

Gail Secker Photography together with Jenny Appleton captured the day perfectly. “[They] produced the mind-blowing visual story of the elopement, sublime.” Natalie continues, “The lovely Kate, of Florence & Vera Events, provided styling and backdrops on the day. Focusing on the organic, muted tones within the natural colour palette, Kate created a wild and blustery table scape within the slate rocks, using delicate crockery, cutlery and coloured glassware from Whitehouse Crockery and elegant linen and napkins by Silk & Purl. It was beautiful to magnify and indulge the natural setting and the wild, organic flowers were provided by Perfect Bouquet Full of Flower. Grazing table ingredients were provided by Graze Cheshire including fruits, breads and a variety of cured meats and decadently styled by Florence & Vera Events.”

“Our gorgeous (real couple) Abigail & Anton were a pleasure to work with. Abigail was dressed in a stunning Anna Kara Dress (Effie) supplied by The White Closet. Her hair was styled by Poppy, the sublime headpiece created by the super talented Glorious by Heidi and make up by Cheshire Makeup Co. The timeless natural pearl jewellery from Sarah Vuong Bridal Jewellery and Wedding bands from The Jewellers Guild, Morpeth completed the look impeccably along with shoes from Charlotte Mills. Anton’s suit was supplied by L&J Formal Hire and accessorised by Daisy & Oak Studio. Jennifer Walker Civil Celebrant performed a mock elopement under a beautiful flower arrangement. A two-tier wonder with ethereal sugared wave feature was a truly stunning creation by Elizabeth Anna Cake Design.”

It was so important to Natalie that the stationery was in keeping with the natural beauty. “The delicate place settings were inspired by the quartz that is veined through the slate rock formations with a nod to the beach surroundings and Natural Capiz Shells were used and personalised with hand-written modern calligraphy style guest names.”

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Bouquet & Bells / The Magazine Issue 05: Available Now!

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Well hello there! I can barely contain my excitement to share this full-to-bursting issue with you. ‘Spring Explosion’ is the theme this time around, where we showcase the most beautiful floral inspiration in a huge variation of styles and colours to suit every celebration. 

We are continuing to celebrate weddings getting back to ‘normal’. We feature a range of real weddings in this issue with the more alternative and intimate celebrations. And remember, no matter what, love always wins.

Once again, we have YOU to thank for the cover shot. Like all of our issues, we shared a poll on our Instagram (@bouquetandbells) and asked you to pick your fave image and this was the clear winner – I think it’s a bloody marvellous choice! We have the incredible Tanya Flannagan Photography to thank for capturing the striking image at our recent Bridgeton themed shoot.  

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All our issues include a full supplier directory filled with the businesses we have worked with and trust. There’s a huge selection including bridal wear, florists, entertainment and everything in between. 

This bumper issue also includes articles from some of the best in the industry, sharing their top planning tips to help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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And, you don’t have to miss another issue. We recently introduced our brand new magazine subscription service, and I’ve been overwhelmed with your responses. You can now subscribe to this magazine, and automatically receive the latest issue straight to your doorstep. But even better, you can actually save money on every issue when you subscribe.

Simply click here to find out more and subscribe. 

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