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Top tips to know about Bridesmaids

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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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Issue 06: Dare to be Different is Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Issue 06: Dare to be Different is now Available to Pre-Order!

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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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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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Wild Beach Elopement in Cornwall

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Wild Beach Elopement in Cornwall

The couple kept their wedding a secret from friends and family, eloping at Lower Barns in Cornwall, followed by an intimate celebration on the beach. 

Kayleigh always knew Zoe was the one, and that they would eventually get married. The proposal, although it was put together with so much thought, came at a spontaneous and authentic time. “I created a book of all the things I love about Kayleigh on the website Love Book Online, calling it The Story of Us. I knew I wanted to use it to propose but didn’t know when I’d do it, so would add pages to the book every day on my bus ride home from work. About 11 months and 69 pages later, I finally finished so I started thinking about the setting of my proposal.”

“I’m so bad at keeping surprises a secret from Kayleigh as I get overexcited and end up letting slip, so I knew organising something without giving anything away would be hard. I suggested a breakfast picnic at sunrise on West Wittering beach for my birthday, thinking with it being my birthday, she wouldn’t be suspicious of the extra effort. However, a few days before we were having one of our favourite evenings lounging on the sofa, eating and binge-watching Line of Duty and we were so happy and content that I realised that rather than try and create the perfect moment, this was the perfect moment.” 

“Whilst Kayleigh was getting ready for bed, I put the book and ring under my pillow and waited, trying to hide my excitement and not grin like a Cheshire Cat. Once she got into bed, I told her I’d bought her something and gave her the book. When she finally got to page 67, I started manoeuvring myself onto one knee with the ring in hand. She then turned the final page to a caricature of me asking “Kayleigh, will you marry me?”. Weirdly enough, and without knowing it, I started the book on 1st May 2018 and proposed on 1st May 2019. We were in our little love bubble, curled up on the sofa and I had no idea that I would be engaged by the time I went to sleep!”.

The wedding day started with breakfast brought to the couple’s room by host Janie at Lower Barns. “Neither of us were nervous, we’d kept it a secret for 14 months and were so excited the day was finally here! Our hair stylist and makeup artist then arrived and made us feel like absolute queens. As it was an intimate ceremony, with just the two of us (aside from Paul & Suz – The Twigs witnessing), there were no outside influences which may have caused any stress and the day was very chilled. Once we were married, and after some cream scones and Champagne, the four of us went on a mini road trip around Cornwall looking for places to take photos, ending the day eating burgers and drinking shakes at Hub Box.” 

The couples then arrived at Watergate Bay. “We continued to take photos, not realising it was high tide. We found a spot and started shooting but didn’t anticipate how quickly the tide would come in. For the most part we were stood on a rock so didn’t get too wet but poor Paul & Suz got soaked! As no one knew we were eloping we commissioned a Mrs & Mrs pennant and a vintage number plate saying ‘Happily Hitched’ with the idea of using a photo of them to announce our marriage to our family and friends.” 

“Just do you. It’ll be one of the most special days in your lifetime, which hopefully you’ll only do once, so it should be exactly how you want it to be. When you look back at your photos you want to be reminded of how perfect it was, rather than remember the things you had to compromise on to make others happy.” 

Suppliers: 
Photography: Twigs Branch Photography
Venue: Lower Barns
Flowers: Flourish Studio
Kayleigh’s Skirt: Sweet Caroline
Kayleigh’s Top, Zoe’s Trousers & Zoe’s Corset: Rose Savage Bridal
Makeup: Suzi Winter
Hair Stylist: Hair by Emma C
Rings: Baroque Jewellery 
Pennant: Oxford Pennant
Number Plate: Slates Plates

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