The up and downs of wedding hair

I am now less than five months away from the wedding, and have suddenly realised that apart from buying the dress and hair comb, I have given really very little thought to how I want to look on the day. Nice would be a good start, and maybe even pretty… but that’s not really a good description to give to a hair and make-up artist is it?!

I have been researching lots of looks so that know vaguely what I am talking about when I eventually pick some poor soul to beautify me on my big day.

I have been trying to find . . . → Read More: The up and downs of wedding hair

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Diamonds (or all jewels really) are a girls best friend

Ladies if, like me, you are currently on the look out for bridal jewellery I would recommend you have a sneaky peak at American website Tejani. I should be in bed right now, but instead the gorgeous sparkles of the earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets etc etc etc have got me so excited that I just have to write a little note for you about it.

The brand is the brainchild of Urvi Prunier, a New York City designer and business woman, who called it after her maiden name Tejani which means brightness or sparkle in Hindi.

The jewellery is an eclectic mix of classic, statement, . . . → Read More: Diamonds (or all jewels really) are a girls best friend

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And the beat goes on…

I have a long list of wedding related tasks to work through, but every time I tick something off I remember three other points I need to add on. One step forward, three steps back, as they say.

Thankfully Mr CB and I marked another two biggies off our list. The first is the DJ, which we have booked through Prelude – one of Kew’s recommended entertainment suppliers. Actually, this was one of the responsibilities I gave Mr CB to sort out, along with booking with wedding transport, wedding night accommodation and booze.

He decided on a DJ called Steve who does events . . . → Read More: And the beat goes on…

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3 months of planning… in 5 points!

Happy New Year all! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last wrote – I had a number of plans for blogs, and then life and wedding planning sort of took over… and now here I am, six months away from the wedding. My goodness, I feel a little faint!

Here’s a round-up of what’s been happening, and what I have discovered along the way.

1. The Dress: I ordered it at the end of September, and it is a beautiful, light gold Maggie Sottero number. It is not something I would have picked for myself initially, as I had imagined . . . → Read More: 3 months of planning… in 5 points!

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The quest (for the dress) begins

Standing in front of the mirror this morning I inspected my lacklustre hair. I tried tying it up. I tried pinning it. I even tried one of Mr CB’s headbands (not as weird as it sounds – he has longish hair, and favours a slightly hippie-ish look when away from the corporate environment of The City). But, damn it, nothing would work.

And it was then, as I brushed my hair into a slightly different side-parting, that I spied a few gatecrashers between my black locks. No, not a pair of nits, but worse – some grey hair. There they were, as apparent . . . → Read More: The quest (for the dress) begins

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News round-up: the week in weddings

Because it’s good to learn from the experiences of others…

Brides-to-be, here’s something to think about.

Modern, lavish weddings are just “overblown vanity projects” according to a senior clergyman. Rev Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral, believes extravagant ceremonies influenced by celebrity weddings threaten the value of marriage.

As reported in, he said: “The problem with the modern wedding is that it’s too often a glitzy stage-set, overly concerned with the shoes, the flowers, the napkin rings and performing to the cameras.”

Well, Rev Fraser, CB thinks you are spot-on. But when a girl starts looking at the myriad of wedding . . . → Read More: News round-up: the week in weddings

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A U-turn somewhere between Lefkada and Kew Bridge…

I am grateful that organising a wedding is nothing like driving down a one-way street – you can make a U-turn and head the other way at any point. Yes, I’m heading for one destination (to get married) but thankfully there are a number of routes to get there.

What does this waffle mean?

Well, a while ago now – pre-knee dislocation (which explains my silence on the blog and twitter-sphere) – I made a massive U-turn in my wedding planning. I had been certain I wanted to get married in Greece, and had even met with a lovely planner, and was trying . . . → Read More: A U-turn somewhere between Lefkada and Kew Bridge…

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Sun, Sea, Sand

When myself and Mr Clueless Bride (hmmm… not sure he will appreciate that name) got engaged about six months ago, we had no idea how much a wedding would cost. So it came as a shock to the system to discover that the average wedding in the UK costs about £20,000.

What started out as an amazing development in our relationship, soon became a massive point of contention and stress. We had already decided that we were going to pay for the whole shebang, but how were we going to afford it?

After months, I exaggerate not, of negotiations and looking at cost-effective . . . → Read More: Sun, Sea, Sand

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Getting started

Hi all,

Welcome to my blog!

I am a  journalist and the ultimate anti-Bridezilla, who is on a quest to discover and document what weddings are really about, as I go through the process of organising my own big day.

I am a complete newbie when it comes to the subject of weddings, having never been the type of girl who created wedding scrap books or anything (my friends always said I would be the last in our group to get married and I always agreed!.. Haha, I showed them).

So here I am, engaged and starting from scratch, and hoping to share my experiences and . . . → Read More: Getting started

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