The hopeless bride gets married

When I reread the title, I have to pinch myself. We did it. We had the best day of our lives and I am now officially Mrs Williams. The whole day simultaneously feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago and still somewhat surreal.

Now that we are back from our mini moon, I wanted to share my thoughts on the wedding with you and go through my tips, do’s and don’ts and advice over a few posts before I move on to my next blogging project.

But first I thought I’d share with you the lead up to the big day, in the hope that as ever, it may be useful to anyone planning a wedding. With the wedding on a Saturday my last day at work was the Wednesday of that week. I wanted a few days off to get my nails done and leave time for any last minute panics and ‘oh shit we forgot about…’ moments.

On the Thursday I had booked to have a manicure, pedicure and a lash tint at around lunch time. I knew that at some point that day I would need to be at home to take delivery of our 6 tier cheese and pork pie cake (below) but given that the delivery time would be a one hour slot between 8am-8pm I thought what are the chances they would clash. Well of course they did. When I was at bridesmaid Emma’s house with the girls all trying on their altered dresses, I got the text from my friendly yodel driver Rowan to say my one hour delivery slot was 12.42-13.42 and when was my nail appointment????? 13.00-14.00. Fantastic. I didn’t panic, I thought surely I can move the delivery slot or change my nail appointment or worse comes worse, get someone to sit at the house and wait for the delivery. Half an hour later when my nail appointment and the delivery couldn’t be moved and every other person available was found to also be getting their nails done at the same time I did start to panic. My only choice was to select the ‘leave with a neighbour’ option online and hope a) someone was in and b) that they wouldn’t be fuming about having a stinky box of cheese in their house for a few hours.

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After nails, lashes and two trips each to B&M and Tesco (I kept forgetting things) I head home and sheepishly knocked at the neighbours. Luckily they had been in and thanks to the great vacuum packaging the cheese didn’t smell – thank god! (I’ll do a post on all of our suppliers soon including where we got the cheese/pork pie cake from)

James came home that night with the remaining Amazon Prime last minute purchases we made and we did a final check that we had everything, all suits were ironed and ready to go. We felt pretty much as ready as we could be

On Friday I was hit with the realisation that this was my last day as a single lady, the last day I’d be known as Victoria Warman. It sounds dramatic put like that but I had never really thought much about it before. At this stage I was feeling a mixture of being so excited I couldn’t wait to get to the day and pure, utter fear! James had the Friday off as well so our morning was spent finalising little bits and getting everything ready to take to the venue in the afternoon.

With family meeting us there, we loaded up James’ car with everything for the wedding which turned out to be a massive amount, and set about telling people where to put things and what needed doing.

The decorating and putting up photo walls (below) took hardly any time with everyone getting stuck in. The afternoon was fun and a great chance for everyone to get excited and laugh at James, Brett and Chris trying to blow up inflatable flamingos (sounds random but there was a pool for use at the venue so we’d purchased these as a decoration)

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Meeting our wedding co-ordinator, we realised we had forgotten to think about a few things. We had bought lots of tealights to go on a shelf around the bar area but never considered that tealights get extremely hot and could scorch the wooden shelving. Lucky for us Jamie our wedding coordinator was so helpful and set about finding us a solution which he did with every hurdle we came across and every ‘oh my god I didn’t think about that’ which inevitably came up.

The only negative to the day was that we had one supplier delivering ‘LOVE’ letters, a post-box and a ladder for the table plan who was supposed to arrive between 2-3pm and by 4pm when we had finished doing everything they still had not turned up. Despite attempts at calling I was getting nothing but voicemail which did start to panic me. At the beginning this supplier had been great but closer to the wedding I struggled to get any communication from them having to resort to phoning, using Facebook, emails and website ‘contact us’ boxes to try and finalise the details. With this in mind I was extremely anxious that they were not going to turn up. Eventually I found a phone number for our delivery driver who sounded surprised at my panic at him not being there. It turns out him and his wife had just been given the delivery jobs for the day and nothing was ever mentioned about them being there between 2-3pm. When they turned up at 5.30 they were extremely apologetic but at least the stuff was there. Panic over.

With the venue looking as ready as it could be we headed home and I said goodbye to James for the last time before the wedding. That evening my whole family who had travelled to be there went for a meal together and it was amazing to think that everyone there had travelled far and wide just to join us on our day.

After the meal we all headed home exhausted and I was given a box organised by my lovely sister saffron. The box contained letters from my closest family and friends which was so amazing. Reading the letters from everyone made me feel so loved and also made me burst into tears I’m very lucky to have such incredible people in my life, that’s for sure!

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Well that’s it for the build up to the wedding day. I’ll leave it there for now and promise to write up the actual day itself very soon

To Be Continued…

The hopeless bride says goodbye…for now

I can’t believe that I’m writing what will be my last blog post before I get married! When I started writing my little blog over a year ago, I had no idea that I’d still be going right up until the wedding and that people would actually read it! So thank you to everyone that has read/shared/commented on my blog along the way, your support has meant so much to me and encouraged me to keep going in my little experiment. 

You may (or may not) be pleased to hear that I hope to continue to blog after the wedding, giving advice from the day, my do’s and don’ts etc. and then I hope to come up with something else to write about (suggestions very welcome!) 

But for now, today is my penultimate day as a single lady, I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone. Despite the fact that my week has been filled with the following: 

  • A sudden panic that we had no stand/board/accessory for either of our cakes or a knife to cut them with 
  • Sleepless nights over the weather (I hate things I can’t control) 
  • Writing more cards than I have ever done before 
  • Wrapping 
  • Tying flip flops 
  • Practicing a first dance, which for two awkward/normally drunk dancers is not an easy task 
  • Taking full advantage of Amazon prime (it is an essential for a wedding) 
  • Generally feeling more and more sick with nerves  

I am in fact so excited for the big day!

As every bridal blog has ever said, the last week is absolute chaos with your mind running a million miles an hour and problems coming up where you never thought possible. I am trying my best to take people’s advice and to not wish the time away as everyone says the day goes in a flash and you will forever want to relive it.. 

I’m currently focusing on remembering everything, completing important tasks like getting my nails done 😉 and trying not to nervous eat too much so that my dress doesn’t fit come Saturday. 

As I said earlier I will be writing up all about my day with some photos once the madness has died down and I can’t wait to share our day with you all. But for now, all I can say is thank you for joining me on this adventure and for following the hopeless bride!

 

The hopeless bride gets sh*t done

With less than two weeks to the big day, it seems our lives revolve around the wedding. I honestly don’t know how anyone does this for a living because it is so all consuming I’d never be able to keep it anywhere near 9-5.

As there are too many things to write individual blog posts on, I thought I’d give you a quick update on what we’ve been up to.

Confetti

When we first started thinking about wedding photos, I knew straight away that I wanted a confetti shot. So rather than rely on/hope that everyone brings confetti, we decided to order some of our own to make the perfect photo. Similar to every other part of the planning process, I was amazed at how expensive it was. Some companies quoted more than £100 to cater for enough confetti for 60 people! I avoided the mainstream websites and actually looked on eBay. There were quite a few shops selling similar looking natural petal confetti for a fraction of the price. We ordered some ‘slow fall English country garden’ mix from a company called http://www.adamapple.co.uk and I was so happy with the results. So one ‘wedmin’ evening was spent filling cute little bags with confetti and adding ‘throw me’ and ‘sprinkle me’ stickers. One final touch was that I added some rose petals that I had kept and dried from the night we got engaged, to be thrown with the confetti on our wedding day.

Cake boxes

I never considered cake boxes but apparently people used to post slices of cake to those who couldn’t make the wedding!!! seriously?? I wouldn’t trust cake in the post now, let alone 20 years ago when this was happening. Anyway, we’re not doing that, but we did think that guests may want to take some cake home as we will have plenty of it to spare. With the cheese and pork pie cake also providing over 7kg of food, we wanted to give guests the option of taking some home with them. I ordered ‘standard’ wedding cake boxes and thought that was a job well done. When they arrived they are what I can only describe as, match box size. Even though several people have assured me this is normal and cake slices are small at weddings, I can’t believe it! surely no one would bother to take home a piece of cake/cheese/pie that small?! it wouldn’t even last the taxi ride home for me. But everyone else said its fine so instead of worrying, we spent another ‘wedmin’ night folding the boxes. They will either turn out to be ok, or we will be starting up our own matchbox company later this year, so watch this space.

Stationery

Once again my talented friend Laura has been hard at work creating amazing designs for our wedding stationery. Without giving too much away for the guests who will be coming, we’ve had some amazing ‘order of the day’ cards made, some signs for outside the venue so we hopefully don’t lose anyone and all the table numbers and seating plan made. Being blessed with a graphic designer as a friend has meant that we have been able to keep the same theme/design/logo throughout the whole process which I love. The designs really add a flow to the day and tie everything together. As ever we’ve used http://www.printed.com to have everything printed and from order to delivery it took three days! this isn’t an #ad or #spon in anyway, I just think they’re a great site and would really recommend them for any bride to be  looking for a cheaper alternative to wedding stationery.

Shopping

It is amazing the amount of little bits and bobs that in the past 18 months have been on a mental ‘buy nearer the time’ list. Well we can’t get much nearer the time so we decided we needed to actually buy everything. This shopping list has had everything from gift bags, lighters and twine to sand on it. Yes the things you need to buy to finalise a wedding are so random and often left me thinking what on earth are we doing. We still aren’t quite done yet but unless I have forgotten a lot (apologies in advance if I have) we are really close to being ready for the big day!

It seems so surreal to be less than two weeks away from getting married. After starting this blog over a year ago, to now being almost ready to walk down the aisle has gone in a flash. These last few weeks will be mental but I’m sure the hard work will pay off come the 29th July.

The hopeless bride gets a surprise

Hi everyone, it’s been a while since my last post. With less than four weeks to go, the wedding planning and prep has hit its peak and not a day goes by without doing something (mainly paying people).

Now I was going to bore you  with the details of my pre wedding life and evenings spent making cake boxes, but I’d much rather tell you something much more fun and save the boring stuff for another post.

So a few weeks ago I finished work on a Monday and went round to my mum’s where she told me to pack an overnight bag and a swimming costume because we were going away! Completely baffled and worrying about work presentations, I packed a bag and found out that my family had in fact booked time off with my boss without me knowing!

Tuesday morning, with no clue what was going on, my mum picked me up and we drive for what felt like forever. We finally arrived in Cambridge, picked up my sister and headed to a hotel and met my other sister and two aunts.

Lucky for us it was a beautiful day as we headed into central Cambridge and to a beautiful hotel spa. All 6 of us relaxed in the jacuzzi overlooking tourists punting on the river and then were treated to a beautiful facial and neck massage. All relaxed, we headed to the 5th floor of the hotel to have champagne afternoon tea with beautiful views of the city. To top things off we then headed to the rooftop bar for sangria and Pimms.

Following all that booze, we wandered round Cambridge for a bit before doing the sensible thing and heading to another bar, this time by the river called Puntyard. After a few drinks we discovered that the bar sold Chapel Down, one of my favourite sparkling wines that is made in England. Several bottles later and we were ordering food to soak up all the booze which, also happened to be delicious.

After a great night’s sleep (booze/food coma) we all woke up in need of a serious breakfast so headed back to the centre to Cote Brasserie for some eggs and lots and lots of tea. My mum and aunts haven’t got wedding outfits sorted so we then decided to hit the shops and make the most of the summer sales. There are so many amazing shops in Cambridge and nearly everyone bought at least something. John Lewis was a particular favourite with my two aunts buying three dresses each with jackets/shoes etc

Shopped out, we had to head home and back to reality 😦 but I’m so grateful to the girls for organising such an amazing surprise hen do that was great fun. I will be sad when the wedding is over and there won’t be any excuses to get together so often.

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The hopeless bride gets organised

We are seriously in the final countdown to the wedding now (50 days!!!) so we’re now at the stage when all the little details need to be finalised.

In a bid to be efficient and make the most of the short time we have left, I booked to have my hair trial and first dress fitting on the same day. Not wanting to blow my own trumpet but this seemed like a good way to do it so that I could see what my chosen hairstyle looked like with the dress.

So the lovely Holly (Here on Instagram and here on Facebook) came to the house armed with a wagon of hair products and lots of great ideas. As ever, I had no real clue of what I wanted and more importantly what would go with my dress. Without giving too much away, I chose a style of dress that was different to what I was expecting but liked the hairstyles that would have matched that dress. Confused? yes me too.

Holly was really helpful and very patient when with every look  I’d try to tweak it or see what slight alternatives looked like. After a few looks and a lot of hairspray, we found something that everyone agreed on.

After a quick snack (priorities) we hit the road and went to the bridal shop my lovely sister Saffron works at in Thrapston (www.gownsandgarters.com)  to try my dress on again. It had been a whole year since I had seen it and the doubt that I would no longer like it had really crept in. Once in the dress I was really happy and remembered exactly why I liked it the first time round. Luckily for me, once my wedding shoes were on, no alterations to the length or fit were needed, what a result!

Then came the best bit of trying all veils and hairpieces and accessories that you can add to your look followed by the familiar indecisiveness that has come with every element of this wedding planning process.

After a lot of reassurance from my mum, my sister and Julie who owns the shop, I was happy with my look and felt a lot better after having tried everything on together.

So there we have it, two more things hopefully ticked off. Apologies for the lack of photos I can’t give too much away 🙂

The hopeless bride goes to Lisbon

Amongst all the wedding stress, one lovely benefit of being a bride to be is that you get to have a hen do with your family and friends. *Disclaimer this will be a long one so get a cup of tea and settle in!*

I always wanted to have a hen do abroad and after asking, everyone was keen to do the same. As a complete control freak I wanted to play a hands on role in planning the hen, as going abroad with no idea what was happening would stress me out and stop me enjoying it! I also knew that I didn’t want the normal ‘willy fest’ of inflatable penises, willy straws and flashing headbands (much to my friend Kirsty’s disappointment) so I needed to make sure none of that was sneaking into the suitcases.

In the beginning when trying to decide where to go I got in touch with a hen do planning website that offers to organise everything from the flights to the activities on the hen. Whilst I wasn’t sure I wanted them to plan everything, they had a great survey to fill out with what you enjoy doing, what you don’t enjoy, the kind of activities you like and then it gave you the best locations for you to visit. My survey came back with Barcelona and Lisbon as the two options. I’ve already visited Barcelona so I decided to research Lisbon and see what it was like. Luckily for me I wasn’t alone, I had my lovely sister Saffron ready to help me get everything organised and I couldn’t have done it without her. She worked so hard and made the trip absolutely amazing for everyone!

Everything I found about Lisbon sounded great. The architecture looked beautiful, the food sounded amazing (very important for me!) and there was lots to do. Even better was that flights were cheap and the airbnb options looked amazing. We quickly got the flights and accommodation booked and started to look at what to do when we got there.

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We wanted it to be a mixture of sightseeing, fun and relaxing, so we needed to come up with a few different options. For the first day after an early morning flight we knew that everyone would be tired so we planned a trip to the beach in Carcavelos. When we got there it was beautiful and so nice to sunbathe and dip our toes in the albeit freezing Atlantic.

For the evening we decided to go to the chicken restaurant that Nando’s was supposedly based on. Whether that’s true or not I don’t know, but I can say that the chicken was delicious and at €7.50 for half a spit roast chicken it was such a bargain. if you’re ever in Lisbon definitely try Bonjardim!

On the second day we left the apartment to go and try what has been described everywhere as THE place to try traditional custard tarts – Pasteis de Belem. The restaurant did not disappoint, we were served fresh custard tarts still warm from the oven which was a perfect start to the day.

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Throughout the day we visited landmarks and then went to the amazing Timeout food market. The place is a massive hall where the best restaurants as nominated by Timeout magazine have little stalls around the edge of the market where you can buy lots of small plates and try the most delicious food. I had local  prawns grilled and served with garlic rice and the most amazing tomato and chorizo mussels – so so so good!

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In the afternoon we had two tuks tuks pick us up and do the best city tour possible. We saw all the sites, the best views, tried local lemonade and a traditional sour cherry liqueur called Ginja. That night we went to the local supermarket and picked up enough cheese, cured meats, salads and bread to feed half of Lisbon and had a lovely meal at the apartment before heading out to try a few bars. Unfortunately we had been recommended by everyone online and even a taxi driver, that the Topo rooftop bar at the shopping centre was the best bar in the city. When we got there it was dirty, dingy and we were met at the lift by an incredibly rude man in a tracksuit who insulted us before joining the crowd at the bar, so not surprisingly we left and found a great bar with local people doing the most incredible salsa dancing under pretty fairy lights.

The next day all feeling a bit tired/hung-over, we headed to the San Jorge castle to see the amazing views. Our trip wasn’t completely cultural as our main reason for visiting that part of Lisbon was the incredible wine bar at the base of the castle where we had booked a wine tasting and lunch. Now normally at wine tastings you get a small drop of wine to taste and a canapé if you’re lucky. This was definitely not like that. We tried three different wines and after trying each wine they left the bottles on the table for us to finish. We also had the most delicious antipasti platter to soak up the booze (it didn’t do a very good job.) The wine bar was amazing and we had such fun. After drunkenly walking down from the castle we visited the Rua d’augusta arch for more panoramic views of the city. To finish an brilliant day, we went to Lisboa A noite for more delicious food and then had a few drinks out (willy straw free.)

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On our last day we had a lovely breakfast at the apartment before going to Parque Eduardo VII which to be honest, was pretty disappointing and not what I had imagined. It’s more of a strip of grass with a maze pattern of bushes going down it (unless we just missed the rest of it which is quite possible) we then ended up back at Rossio square full of lovely shops ready for our lunch at Restaurant Carmo. Having clearly not indulged enough, most of us ate massive steaks and chips before going up the Santa Justa elevator, which is basically a big lift to a platform with lovely views of the city. A quick ice cream and one final sangria for the road and it was time to head back to the apartment before heading home.

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The trip was brilliant and so much fun with great company. The city is beautiful and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Although not technically wedding planning, for me it has been the best bit so far. So there it is, my hen do. If you’ve made it this far well done for sticking it out, you’re a trooper.

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The hopeless bride invites.. part 2

A long time ago I wrote about the process of making the save the dates for our wedding (here)

Not so long ago, I realised we really needed to hurry up and actually make the proper invites. The design part I wasn’t so worried about as we had already done a lot of the initial work with the save the dates and knew we wanted something to match.

The wording however was a different matter. When faced with a blank document I suddenly realised that I’d never paid enough attention to the invites I had seen, to know what was written on them and I didn’t know where to start.

Online there were so many different templates and styles of formal/informal/jokey/quirky wedding invites and it was hard to know what style suited us and our wedding. I knew that we probably didn’t want anything too formal, the ones starting with,

‘Mr and Mrs…… cordially invite you to the marriage of their daughter’ first of all coming from a split family the wording would have ended up on three lines and caused a lot of confusion and secondly we would never say things like that. I didn’t feel like our wedding was going to be quirky/different enough to go with the invites that included things like,

‘I am totally fun and awesome and can’t wait to get drunk at your wedding/I am completely lame and will have to miss the best day ever.’ Whilst there is nothing wrong with this style it definitely doesn’t suit us.

So in the end I just decided to write it how I would say it and keep it fairly straight forward. I should probably put a *disclaimer* at this point that whilst we have sent out most of our invites there are a few left for people I know I’m seeing soon so we haven’t forgotten you!

Anyway, once the text was done that was when my lovely friend and colleague Laura came in to help sort out the design. As I know nothing about graphic design Laura was great for answering questions about what we could/couldn’t do, what papers look nice with different colours and a million other things. So basically in order to create everything, I faffed around taking ages to write some text (something I do for a living) which should have been easy and then Laura did the rest. She is seriously talented and delivered invites that were better than I could have imagined. Laura will very soon be starting up her own website/business so if you’d like to talk about invites, branding, party invites or just anything that needs designing, she’s your girl and you can email her at Ljacreativedesigns@gmail.com 

Once again we used http://www.printed.com to get the invites printed which is such a cheap and easy way to get customisable printing, I’d really recommend it. Then once they had arrived and I’d done a little happy dance around my lounge, we started to put them together.

James was roped in to to create a conveyor belt of sorting, tying, sealing and adding stickers to create the finished product which I think looks great , (although I am massively biased).

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The hopeless bride gets creative

One thing, or should I say one more thing that I totally never thought about as part of the wedding planning process was decorating.

You hire a venue, you book flowers, you choose favours but you also have to actually buy things to decorate the place. I hadn’t realised this. I definitely did realise this, when we visited the venue when it was completely empty of furniture and ‘show decorations’ and then I thought what the hell are we going to do?

I struggle enough decorating my house, let alone a venue I have visited a handful of times that will feature several different rooms. I am also hopeless at sticking to a theme or style. Everything I decorate seems to become a mismatch of items that sometimes work and sometimes definitely don’t.

So I started to look at Google and Pinterest which, if you’ve read my previous posts you will know, that is a big mistake. Whilst they can both be very helpful,  they are also really bad for making you feel as though you are drowning in possibilities and options.

As ever I had a lot of questions, including:

  • how much should we buy? and what do we do with it after?
  • how do we find decorations that look good together?
  • would anyone notice if we didn’t buy anything and we called it minimalist chic?

So when research didn’t give me much guidance I chose the only other option; buy random stuff and hope for the best.

So far I’ve bought sparklers for outside with a little sign, strings of pearl beads for the tables, printed photos to decorate the corridor between two rooms and that’s it, with three months to go that’s seriously all we’ve got. We’re planning to buy lots of candles, some lanterns, maybe some ribbon and anything else IKEA has to offer and hoping that it forms what looks like a well put together venue.

So if you’re coming to the day please try not to look confused at the combination of things decorating the venue, just smile and maybe throw in comments of ‘wow I just love how you’ve decorated the place’ when I’m in earshot.

keep calm there’s only three months to go – eeeek!

The hopeless bride has an offer for you

To celebrate Easter, my blog turning a year old and anything else you can think of, I have an amazing offer to share with you.

My friend and Colleague Lee Charlton, has just launched his new freelance photography business and is giving you the opportunity to grab a bargain.

As some of you know I work in the travel industry and Lee is the photographer for our business, taking some incredible shots shown in the slideshow below. Recently Lee has decided to also branch out into the freelance world doing wedding photography, engagement shoots, family portraits, new-born shoots – you name it, he can do it!

To celebrate his new website and photo packages (www.leecharltonphotography.com ) Lee is offering you lucky lot an incredible 35% discount off of his normal prices when you quote ‘thehopelessbride’

I can totally vouch for Lee as being a great photographer and someone capable of capturing the best images possible. He is really flexible and as you can see from his images, happy to travel. So if you’re getting married, would like some family photos or have an event coming up that could use a photographer, check out Lee’s site and make the most of this introductory offer.

P.S As usual I’m not being paid/sponsored to say this, I just like to support small businesses where I can and this is genuinely a great discount (who doesn’t love a bargain?)

P.P.S If Lee had started his freelance work when I was looking at photographers, he would be doing my wedding as well.

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The hopeless bride gets a makeover part 2

I’ve already talked on the blog about finding the perfect person to do my makeup for the big day, (you can read it here) and last weekend myself and three of the bridesmaids had our wedding makeup trial.

As I said before, I barely know anything about makeup and had prepared Alex to not expect much direction from me, she pretty much had free reign to do what she thought best. I have had my makeup done before for a prom, a grad ball and a wedding with mixed success, so when she arrived last Saturday morning I was nervous to say the least.

Alex and her enormous magical wheelie bag of makeup soon put us all at ease. By matching all of the makeup to the individual person, everyone felt as though they had something that suited them and that was different from each other.

  • Lily who never normally wears much makeup had a gorgeous pink colour on her eyes that I would never have thought would work, but it did.
  • Kirsty who likes bright colours had a pale pink/peach lipstick that I wasn’t sure would suit her but, it looked great.
  • Emma had gold/brown colours and brows that totally changed her look.
  • I had a bright pink lipstick with a purple hue, that would definitely never normally be something I’d try but I loved it and I think it will go brilliantly with the colours of the day.

Alex had so many different techniques and tricks to hide whatever we didn’t like or highlight something in particular. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what she did as I honestly don’t know, all I do know is that contouring would undoubtedly leave me looking a disaster if I ever tried it!

What I enjoyed the most was that Alex asked my opinion on elements of my makeup and when I didn’t know what I’d prefer, she’d try her suggestion on half of my face so I could see the difference. This really helped me as when faced with ‘do I want my brows to be darker?’ or ‘should I have more brown in my eyeshadow?’ I had no clue what would look best. Alex did my makeup way better than I could have imagined and I really felt part of the process which was great.

I’d really recommend finding someone who you feel comfortable with as I knew that if I didn’t like something I could tell Alex and she would not be at all offended as she just wanted everything to be perfect. For me personally with no makeup knowledge, it was quite an intimidating stage of the planning and I could quite easily have been too shy to give my opinion for fear of being wrong/looking an idiot. Having the right makeup artist prevented that and avoided me just going along with something and walking down the aisle looking like coco the clown just to keep the makeup artist happy.

Us girls had a great morning and now we can’t wait for the big day as it’s one thing I know I don’t have to worry about! Below are some before and after photos, I haven’t put my before because I look like a gremlin! and yes that is a bit unfair on the bridesmaids but I’m the bride so tough luck, they can post no makeup photos of me when I’m their bridesmaid (hint, hint 😉 )

You can find out more about Alex and her business at http://www.verybettie.com

P.S I’m not being paid/sponsored to say this I just like to promote small businesses where I can and give advice based on my experiences 🙂

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