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Top 10 Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

For those of you gifted with naturally beautiful long hair, we pity you for the amount of time it takes to dry and how much of a hassle it is in daily life. The struggle is indeed real.

However, the struggle is worth it for your wedding. You can do so much more with long hair – check out our top 10 list for ideas!

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Even though this list is not in any specific order, this is probably our favourite. The honey-highlighted hair makes this look so much more complicated than it actually is. We like to call this a ‘hair crown’ – like a princess becoming a Queen – how very cheesy. If you fancy something a little less understated, we recommend adding some hairpins, either with diamantes or little white flowers. How cute.

Here’s a tutorial for a similar look.

We do suggest having a professional hairstylist do this for you, as it’s pretty tricky to get the back looking good.

 

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We’re not quite sure what to call this style, but we think it looks like a rose bouquet… or hair. Hair bouquet? Hmm, that doesn’t sound too good. We can’t seem to find any tutorials for this kind of thing, but you probably need an awful lot of hair.

To get the large size of bun, we suggest using a ‘hair donut’, which you can buy from almost any good retailer. Despite what all the advertisements for hair products are saying, soft curls probably won’t work for this sharp effect. You’ll need a lot hair product such as mousse to hold it in such pristine condition, so we do not recommend using this for bright blonde hair – it might start to look a little greasy.

If you fancy something a little wilder, then this tutorial might be of use to you.

 

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Slick, simplistic and sublime. This classy look will work for everyone. This is a traditional chignon, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.  Luckily, this is the kind of style that will work with every make-up style, regardless of whether you fancy bright-red lipstick or neutral shades.

Check out this DIY tutorial here.

 

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Even though you might think crimping your hair is dreadfully 2002, with this beautiful bridal plait, we’re about to change your mind. Of course, you don’t need to go digging through your storage boxes in an attempt to find an old crimping iron – like this tutorial shows there are easy, non-heated ways of achieving the same look. You might have to deal with looking like The Predator for about 12 hours, but it’s worth it. Add some mousse when you’re finished, and then the next stage can begin.

As you might be able to see, the plait used is a fishtail plait – slightly more complicated than a simple braid, making it easier to fit flowers in.

The flowers used are fake (it helps maintain the same colours throughout), so that there’s a lesser chance of them breaking off.

 

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More tiaras, more bridal princesses. Nothing wrong with that! These defined, sharp curls are flamboyant and fantastic. The fact the curls start at the ears means it isn’t ‘poofy’, stopping the head from looking big. The tiara used is relatively simplistic – we personally feel this works really well, as it doesn’t distract from the overall look.

 

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Of course, curls also work wonderfully with blondes, too!

We like the way the hair is simply pulled back, out of the face – it’s a great way to show off the contours and makeup of your face. Due to the sheer volume of hair shown, we think she might have extensions in – this effect is best done by a professional.

 

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Once again, the beauty of curly blonde hair is showcased. The volume will have been created by some back-combing and possibly a clip-in with extensions. The hair braid is probably fake, but you can easily repeat this look on your own hair – if you have enough of it, that is.

 

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This cute little bun is a slightly more modern style, with plenty of volume. Why do we love it so much? Well, luckily for you, this style can even be worn if your hair isn’t too long.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a video tutorial for this style, but twistmepretty.com provides a step-by-step tutorial to help you.

If you fancy a braided bun with a tighter, more refined look, we recommend following this tutorial.

As you’ve already seen, braids and buns fit together perfectly. Our all-time favourite style of this type is a ‘braided bun-wrap’, with the link here for your viewing pleasure!

 

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Of course, not all buns have to be low and messy. Well, this one is just a little bit messy. We recommend you have A LOT of hair for this. If not, there are a few gadgets you can use, such as donuts. Of course, not the sugary, jammy kind… note to self: wedding hair is not a good place to store snacks, however tempting it may seem.

As this knot-bun (we’re not quite sure what to call it) looks simplistic, we recommend fairly neutral makeup, and dresses with lots of lace.

Feel free to check out this easy, fun tutorial on how to do it yourself here.

 

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Following the Hunger Games movie, there was a large boost in girls sporting the fishtail plait. And why on earth not? Stylish, beautiful and relatively easy. This is especially good for those of you on a lower budget, as you shouldn’t need a professional hairstylist to do it up for you. Fishtail plaits are best suited to being placed over the shoulder, so we recommend only wearing your hair like this if your dress is strapless, has simply straps, or is asymmetric. After all, even though you deserve to be having a great day, your dress probably cost a little too much to be ignored…

Please check out this tutorial for fishtail braids.

Good luck with your wedding hair, ladies! Remember, if you try out any of this stunning styles you can post photos of them on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebigweddingsite

Best Man’s Speech – The Dos and Don’ts

Being your best mate’s Best Man is a big deal. It’s a really big deal. However, that doesn’t mean you should worry about it – not excessively, at least.

Before the wedding

  • Make sure you have the rings. Sounds like a simple thing, right? You’d think so, but too many people mess this one up. Don’t want to annoy the groom AND the bride? Bring the rings. Don’t lose them.
  • Don’t hire strippers for the Bachelor Party, unless you’ve already checked with the bride and groom. Those kind of ‘surprises’ are not well received
  • Don’t lose the groom – we’ve all seen ‘The Hangover’, and we know that doesn’t turn out well
  • No convincing the groom to get drunken tattoos. That didn’t work too well in ‘The Hangover – Part II’, either
  • Make sure the groom is aware you’ll be making the speech
  • Check over some of the more controversial ideas for the speech – you don’t want to upset anyone on such a special day
  • Wake up early
  • Don’t get completely hammered the night before
  • Try not to hook up for a one-night-stand with one of the bridesmaids, as that could get a little awkward
  • Don’t complain about how much time and money the groom is spending on the wedding
  • Buy a gift! Something from the local convenience store will not work. Unless it’s a substantial amount, money will not work either

How should you dress?

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You’re a grown-man. You should know how to dress. If you don’t know how to dress, you’re going to have problems with some of the more complicated parts of being the Best-Man. However, if you’re really that clueless, get your mother to dress you. Or, just follow our tips.

  • Is the groom wearing a suit? Wear a suit
  • Is the groom wearing a tie? Wear a tie. Or, you could wear a bow-tie. Check with the groom. Regardless, spinning/light-up ties are never acceptable, unless you’re a clown at parties for children. Even if you are, keep your job away from the wedding
  • What are the other men wearing? There can only be one Best Man, but that doesn’t mean you have to stand out.
  • Black suit, white shirt and a black tie always works well
  • No flip-flops. Even for beach weddings, if the groom manages to wear proper shoes, your feet must also sweat and suffer. Follow the man-code, don’t let him walk alone.
  • Socks? Always. Multi-coloured socks? Never
  • Should you wear a kilt? Tough one. Are you Scottish? Is the groom Scottish, and wearing a kilt? If the answer to these two questions is yes, then go ahead. If not? Best be on the safe side and say no. Regardless, no flashing at weddings – no-one wants to find out if the rumours are true

How to start?

  • With something to make the audience laugh, of course!
  • You can introduce yourself, but try not to talk about yourself too much.
  • Explain how you and the groom met, then link it to modern day
  • Compliment the bride on how wonderful she looks
  • Say how fantastic the venue is
  • Note the historical significance of the date – even if it’s something completely irrelevant, such as the day the lightbulb was invented (December 31, 1879, by the way). Try and keep it light-hearted, no air-crash disasters and the such

Dos

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  • Compliment the bride – it’s her big day, and she deserves to be called beautiful
  • Compliment the groom – it’s his big day too
  • Poke-fun at the groom – but not too much. You don’t want the bride to start having second-thoughts…
  • Make jokes
  • Make it personal – but not too personal. People need to understand what you’re suggesting
  • Make-fun of yourself, but don’t let it get you down
  • Prepare cards to remember what you’re saying
  • Plan the speech – you have an important role, make sure everyone knows you’re the right one to do it
  • Thank everyone for attending
  • Make it relatively child-friendly if there are children present
  • Add some jokes for the adults
  • Mention those who helped make it a special day for all
  • Mention those who could not be there, and how proud they would be of the couple

Don’ts

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  • You can be funny and not be obscene
  • Refer to previous partners
  • Make the speech too much about yourself
  • Include too many confusing personal anecdotes
  • Criticise the bride, family of the bride or family of the groom
  • Make it too long – 5-7 minutes is just right!
  • Get too drunk before the speech. You need to be respectable and understandable. Weddings are sophisticated, but after-parties are where the drinks flow freely
  • Give too many compliments – you’re meant to look natural
  • Look at your notecards all the time
  • Speak to the audience, not simply the bride and groom. Sure, keep focus on them in the personal parts, but like any good stand-up comedian, the audience is who you really need to impress
  • Sing an entire song. It’ll take too long, and chances are there will already be a musician there who can do a better job than you. Of course, the exception to this rule is rapping the entire speech, like the link shows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xow-aK9KGs
  • Bring an escort. A paid-for plus-one is not required
  • Rush or mumble
  • Make flirty comments towards the bride… that’s just awkward
  • Turn into a blubbering mess and cry
  • Make racist/homophobic/sexist comments

How to end

Always end on a strong-point. These are a few tips how:

  • Evoke mass laughter from the crowds
  • Become serious and say something meaningful – it’s time to make the guests go ‘awh’
  • Show you are optimistic about the future for the happy couple

Remember to keep the speech light-hearted and funny, yet respectable and enjoyable for all. Don’t offend anyone, and make sure to keep the humour-sentiment balance equal. Enjoy yourself – being at a wedding is meant to be fun, not a chore. Good luck!

Wedding Cake Wednesday

Here at The Big Wedding Site we love love love wedding cakes.

After rounding up our favourites from around the web we’re rather hungry and could do with a big slice of sponge and a cuppa!

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This gorgeous vintage inspired cake would be perfect for a garden wedding at home. Think bunting, picket fencing and flowers everywhere.  Head on over to Kiss My Cake for a whole bunch of other gorgeous cakes to drool over.

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Fuchsia is all the rage for summer weddings and what better way to accent your theme colour by adding this gloriously pink creation?  You can find the creator over at Sweet Love Cake Creations.

 

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Carrying on the summer colour scheme take a look at the lovely floral detail on this cake.  The makers at Tita Cakes make such gloriously whimsical cakes, we just love them!

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The ruffles on this cake are stunning.  It’s simple yet dramatic and we think it would be perfect for a vintage themed wedding or add a monogram of the bride and groom’s initials on top and suddenly it becomes ultra modern.  You can find the baker of this over at Tickled Pink Cakes.

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Don’t like the look of a separate tiered cake? Voila you could have this ruched layered cake instead.  If pink doesn’t suit your colour palette this look would work with any number of different colours.  Take a look Jacques Pastries to see what else they have to offer.

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Vintage lace, delicate buttons and sugar flowers. We adore this 4 tiered beauty from Cute Sweet Things and they even give us a tutorial on how to create it, as if we could do this ourselves!

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I think this is my all time favourite cake. It may seem a little busy for some people’s taste but the lace trim, trailing flowers & sparkle detail just ticks all the boxes for me.  In fact we love everything that The Cake Zone do.  In fact here are some more just because we love looking at cakes…

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If this wasn’t enough to whet your appetite you can also head over to our Pinterest board where we have loads more sponge goodness.

Nail Designs for Your Wedding

With all the panicking about the dresses, the venue and the guests, brides sometimes forget about the little things. Even though most women already know whether or not they’ll get a spray-tan and what style to do their hair, you’d be surprised to find out that one of the last things to be arranged is a manicure! Even though little touches like this probably won’t show up on most of your wedding photos, getting your nails done can be a therapeutic pre-wedding ritual to make you feel better for days to come.

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General tips

  • We recommend NOT biting your nails. We understand that planning your wedding can be a stressful time, but this is one bad habit you should truly strive to get out of. Fear not, there are always other solutions such as using false nails, even though these may increase the price.
  • Get your nails done the evening before your wedding. Leave plenty of time for them to dry, and don’t get any makeup on your hands for a few hours after the application – you might not only smudge your nails, but add unwanted colours. If you’re having your wedding in the evening, you could get them painted in the morning, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
  • If you get false nails, please be careful! Pulling them off is not only ugly, but incredibly hard and painful.
  • Unless you or your friends are confident that your nail-painting skills are flawless, try and book an appointment with a professional. It usually costs around £25 for a manicure and a pedicure combined, and is a great stress reliever.
  • Don’t try and replicate professional false nails with those you can buy at a store – the glue is usually useless, and more often than not they end up wonky.
  • Soak your skin before you have a manicure, and make sure you request they either cut or push back your cuticles.
  • Always try to choose colours that match your wedding – even if your favourite colour is blue, if you’ve chosen a pink theme, choose pink or another neutral colour.
  • Luminous or glow-in-the-dark colours usually seem a little tacky, we really don’t recommend them
  • Try and see any utensils either being unwrapped from new packages or properly sterilised, as you don’t want to catch any infections before your lucky day
  • Shave AFTER getting a pedicure – the beauticians don’t care how hairy you are, and shaving can give you more cuts susceptible to infections.
  • Don’t use a ‘whirlpool bath’ for your feet – no matter how lovely they feel, they are incredibly hard to keep clean.
  • Do not allow your callouses to be cut off, as this will make it far more uncomfortable and painful for you to fit in wedding shoes. If you really insist, try soaking them in warm water with bath salts and exfoliate, instead
  • DO not peel off false nails – they can rip off the nail beneath
  • Visit salons based on recommendations, not the one that is the cheapest
  • Do not attempt to repair a broken false nail yourself, visit a professional to prevent infections
  • Do not use acrylic nails for prolonged periods – they can weaken and stain nails
  • Never be afraid to say if you think the nails do not feel or look good. It’s your special day, and you shouldn’t pay if you aren’t happy with the service.
  • If you plan on getting false nails for your weddings, try them out a few months beforehand to make sure you are not allergic to them.
  • Always try and use base and top-coats to prolong the life of painted nails

Choosing between Gel, Acrylic and Silks

Acrylic nails are much like the ‘falsies’ you can buy at the store – they add length, grow with the nail and need to be regularly extended/replaced (about every 3 weeks). They also add strength to nails and allow intricate patterns – however, they are difficult to remove and discolour the nails below. These are best for those of you who have short nails and want complex patterns.

Gel nails are much more like nail varnish than acrylics, but they chip less and are less likely to be ripped off. Unfortunately, gel nails do not extend your nails as much as acrylics do, creating a more natural look, but decreasing the amount of room available for intricate designs. These are best for beach weddings and a more natural look – they do not chip often and have less complicated designs.

Silk nails are far different from Gels and Acrylics – materials such as silk or linen are used to help prevent further cracking of weakened nails, which is often used after prolonged usage of acrylics. These are far more temporary than other false nails, as the adhesives make them fall off in less than a month. These are best for those of you with weak nails, or those of you who have been advised to stop using acrylic nails after prolonged periods of time due to damage.

Plain Nails

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Don’t be afraid of not painting your nails. If you’re having a beach wedding, we recommend NOT getting a pedicure – the stand can stick to the paint, even when it is dry. If you prefer going this route, then we recommend soaking your skin and filing your nails. Pushing your cuticles back is also a good idea. Rather than adding a clear nail varnish to add shine, we recommend using a nail buffer such as the one featured here.

Nail buffer blocks are available pretty much everywhere, and they all do practically the same job!

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This classic design is very popular with brides. If you plan on spicing it up a little, we recommend adding a sparkly nail decoration at the corner or some silver/gold glitter.

Complex patterns

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As fun as designs such as the one featured above may seem, we do not recommend anything too dramatic for your wedding. Swirls, butterflies, flowers and hearts also work well. We do not recommend geometric patterns.

Colours we recommend

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Of course, we highly recommend neutral colours such as peaches and pinks. If you want to seem slightly more daring, then go for a passionate bright red. Aim to keep your nails in light colours, as it makes them seem longer. Pale greens, pale blues, yellows and whites also work well if they complement your colour scheme.

Want some specific ideas for how to do your nails? Check out our Pinterest board here.

Beautiful Wedding Flowers

Most popular types of wedding flowers

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Roses.

The colour rose you choose can say a lot about you. Pink and red are best for a feeling of love, and are therefore great for weddings. If you’re a traditionalist, white is the way to go – they represent both marriage and purity. If you’re a little bit more quirky, and also hope to save some money, orange and yellow roses are the best for you, and they also represent joy and enthusiasm for the new part of your life!

 

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Sunflowers.

In Chinese symbolism, sunflowers represent good luck, long life, vitality and intelligence. If you’re a devoted Christian, this is arguably the most appropriate flower to have at your wedding –  not only a symbol of happiness, but represents an unwavering faith and belief in God.

 

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Orchids.

Orchids best represent love, luxury, beauty and strength. Orchids are seen as very elegant, and are perfect for those of you hoping to hold a stately yet stylish wedding. Of course, for this, you’ll have to spend slightly more.

 

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Green bouquets

Of course, these aren’t composed of one flower alone. However, green bouquets are fantastic for outdoor weddings due to their highly natural look. If you aren’t so sure on choosing all green bouquets, then they’re excellent for giving to other people – they represent optimism and good fortune.

 

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Paper flowers.

Surprisingly, these don’t give you as many paper-cuts as you would expect. However, these might not be as cheap as you’d hope. Of course, you can make them all on your own, but very few people have time for that. You’ll need to make thousands of flowers, and the high quality card doesn’t come cheap, either. You can get friends to pitch in and help, but these will take months to make, and are very inconvenient to store. Don’t water them, as that can only end badly.

Plus side? You get to keep the flowers, and you can give some to your guests. If you suffer strongly from hay-fever, these are probably quite a good idea.

 

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Tissue flowers.

For those of you a little less willing to spend months of your life creating paper bouquets, there are always tissue flowers. Unfortunately these aren’t the most stable creations, and are therefore best as hanging ornaments.

If you’re really that sure of wanting bouquets in this style, the link shows a quick tutorial of how to make them. Practice makes perfect. Of course, you can keep these too!

 

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Book flowers.

Are you a fan of books? If you are, these are certainly the option for you. Of course, if you absolutely hate books and simply want to destroy every single one in sight, these are also good – they require an awful lot of torn pages. Again, these aren’t usually that cheap to make, especially considering the amount of books you’ll need to buy to make them, let alone if you’d like ornaments to place inside of them. Best place to get these? Etsy, of course. If you want to make them yourself, then you can find books for cheap at your local charity stores – we don’t recommend buying directly from bookstores.

 

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Wildflowers.

Wildflowers make beautifully quirky bouquets. If you have a field nearby, you can collect a lot of them yourself. Of course, make sure they don’t already belong to someone owning the field. Perfect for outdoor weddings, but not so much for those with mad hay-fever.

 

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Daffodils.

Are you Welsh? If so, make your family proud and use their national flower. If it’s spring, these are some of the best options for your wedding – they grow wild and last a long time, so you can even collect some yourself. As a spring flower, Daffodils represent life and vitality, so are also suitable for things such as christenings.

 

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Carnations.

Carnations burst with simple colours, and are beautiful editions to weddings. They’re also relatively cheap, but so worth the money! Since Ancient Greek times, these have been used to mark life celebrations, and are therefore wonderful for weddings. The meanings vary with colour, but are often linked to love and pride.

 

How to save money on wedding flowers

  • Use more greenery than flowers – this works especially well with wildflowers and green bouquets
  • Buy flowers which are in season
  • Look for cheaper alternatives to your favourite flowers
  • Try and keep to as few types of flower as possible. This works especially well for carnations, which can look very different simply by changing their colours
  • Use a combination of flowers and decorations, such as paper lanterns
  • Fake flowers – cost roughly the same amount, but can be re-used and re-sold
  • Bridesmaids don’t need to carry flowers – they can carry ribbons, fans, paper umbrellas or even just pieces of fabric. This can add a whimsical touch to your wedding, and can often be kept as mementos
  • Want something really different as a centre-piece? Use coloured bottles with a single flower inside, handmade items or even just nice candle-holders
  • Potted plants work well as centre-arrangements
  • Use cactuses instead of table-ornaments – they live for years and can even be given as gifts to the guests! Best take them out of the way before the heavy drinking comes along, though
  • Use mirrors as centre-pieces so that you can use less flowers, and make the most of your space
  • Use bridesmaid bouquets as centre-pieces, so that they don’t go to waste
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your florist – they are there to help. Sure, they may want to get as much money as possible, but in the end, a sale is a sale. Shop around if you’re unsure
  • Hire a professional wedding-planner – they know how to haggle!
  • Look for ‘all-inclusive’ wedding deals – flowers may be re-used, but at least you get them included, with far less hassle!
  • Buy in bulk – discounts galore!
  • Don’t be afraid to visit the local markets in the few days before the wedding, as it’s a surprisingly good way to score something wonderful you didn’t expect
  • Decide your budget before you browse
  • Use vegetables as centre-pieces – you can even eat them afterwards
  • Candles are cheap, and they make the whole place smell nicer. You don’t need flowers everywhere!

Seasonal Wedding Invitations

If you can’t decide on what colours to use for your wedding, you can always use the seasons for inspiration. Of course, this doesn’t mean your entire wedding needs to be themed surrounding the season, just the cute little invites. Do something a little out of the ordinary, and make a really good impression. In the end, it’s your special day that matters the most, but it’s always great to receive a compliment before the event occurs.

Winter

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Winter wedding? Brr! Dress up warm, or at least get married somewhere with central-heating.

Wondering what colours to use? A colour chart of the best wintery colours can be found here:

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As you can see, most of the colours naturally present in winter are dark and quite… dull. Of course, this doesn’t mean your invites need to be. Rather than using de-saturated colours, why not use delicate ones?

We recommend violet, which is soft yet beautiful. Violets are best suited with mint green, navy and grey. One of our favourites is shown here:

You can buy them here.

Of course, you need to be wary with ETSY, as with any online marketplace. However, many people have good experiences with this craft site, and it will allow you to add a more personal touch to your wedding.

Never underestimate the power of a good metallic – silver is an especially wintery colour, and can easily be matched with paler colours. Of course, you can either use silver as an accessory to your invite, or as a bold feature.

You can find the link to these gorgeous invites here.

If silver isn’t quite your thing, then gold might be for you. Gold is classy, and is matched with some of the richer colours of winter – like black, gold or dark green.

The link to where these beauties can be purchased is right here.

So, now that we’ve sorted out the colours, you will of course need some inspiration for the decorations to include.

  • Trees – wintery without being festive
  • Snowflakes are delicate and beautiful
  • Don’t glitter-bomb them, though
  • Penguins and owls – if you love nature, then these are certainly for you

Of course, most of you having winter weddings will not want your wedding associated with Christmas. If so, it’s best to keep away from red and green colouring. Snowmen also don’t have quite the right feel for weddings.

Spring

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and someone is getting married! Spring colours are bold, bright and beautiful.  Personally, we’d avoid pastels, as they’re best suited to summer weddings. Make your cards stand out against the blooming spring with equally stand-out colours! Spring weddings are also great for being outdoors. If you plan of being one with nature, then why not design your invites to match?

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Of course, if green isn’t quite your thing, then soft pinks and blues are also great alternatives.

Here is where you can find the link to these soft pink and pastel green ones that we adore.

The best things to decorate your springtime invites with are flowers. Spring is the season of birth and regeneration – hence why it is also a popular time for christenings. Want something especially poignant? Choose daffodils and a yellow colour-scheme – they represent rebirth, joy and enthusiasm for entering a new part of your life.

How about these cute and fun spring invites.

The ETSY link shows something for a bridal shower, but never be too intimidated to try and make your own. Personal touches are the best touches.

Summer

Summer is the most popular season to hold weddings. Of course, in the UK, it’s the time of the year least likely to ruin your outdoor wedding with rain, clouds or snow. Why not show your enthusiasm for a sunny day with a summery wedding invite?

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Summer is a season of many colours. When in doubt, keep to pastel and variants of your favourite colour.

If you’re having a beach wedding (whether it be abroad or at home), what better than sunshine, sandals and soft yellow beaches?  Well, maybe deckchairs and flip-flops aren’t the best items to have on your classy wedding invite. However, you can still maintain the seaside feel with bright colours such as blue.

How about these ocean inspired invitations, link to them here.

However, if you love seaside animals (we’re not talking about seagulls), then check out these cute little cards with things such as seahorses, turtles and crabs on.

How cute are those?

We love these traditional floral cards with matching envelopes.

Floral invites. Who doesn’t like floral? Everyone should love flowers. If they don’t, they really shouldn’t be coming to a wedding. These cute little summer cards also have a vintage feel to them – if you’re a fan of brands like Cath Kidston, then these are probably a good idea for you.

For that DIY wedding with all things crafty how about some chalk board themed invites, found here.

We understand that not everyone is up for bright colours on their wedding invites. If that sounds a little like you, then check out these Etsy summer invites. As per usual, the key to summer invites is floral. Mix it up a little with a dark chalk-board effect on your invite, with white writing. The colours shown are a little more suited to autumn, however, the cards are completely customisable! Black card is an awful lot harder to hand-write on, so you best choose a printed option like this.

Autumn

It’s hard to beat Autumn – the season between a busy summer and a crisp cold winter. Autumn is full of bold and dark colours, such as deep reds and oranges. Of course, there are other colours you can use, but most people like the idea of falling leaves and the end of a stage in your life, to begin anew.

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We love this autumn invite – it’s so quirky!

Link can be found here.

If you liked an idea shown earlier by the chalkboard summer postcard, then check out this wonderful invite for Autumn. As well as having the typical autumn colours, it has the right amount of formal floral. This is especially good for modern or outdoor weddings, with evening ceremonies.

 

This autumnal rustic invite can be found here.

If you fancy a bit more variation than just orange, this invite is laced with a wonderfully bold purple, yet still maintains a refined wedding look.

We love plums mixed with autumnal orange and these invites are the perfect combination of both.

If you fancy making your own autumn invites, then we recommend water colours. If you aren’t a fan of paint, then crayons also work well if shaded lightly. Or you can simple buy this scrapbook textures.

Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for your seasonal wedding invites. If none of these are for you, simply  check out some Etsy.com listings for inspiration, prices vary.

How to Style Flower Girls

If you’re a couple with a large group of family and friends attending, it’s always nice to get some of the younger guests involved. An excellent example of this is the flower girls standing before and after the bride.

Of course, children can be hard to work with, making them slightly unpredictable. Do not feel obliged to pick flower-girls just because your family tells you to. After all, the pressure of having a role in the ceremony such as this can often be too much for younger participants, leading to tantrums, throwing flower baskets around or even walking in the wrong direction. Even though this may make the guests giggle, it’s your special day and these are exclusively your choices to make.

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What do Flower Girls Do?

Of course, the main role of the flower girl is to hold flowers and look pretty. Most flower girls throw confetti in-front of the bride, often just behind a young male ring-bearer. The confetti can vary from rice, paper decorations or rose petals.

Most flower-girls and ring-bearers are between the age of 3-10 – due to this, they may need a buddy near them to stop them from getting too nervous! If they have a sister/brother/close family friend available of roughly the same age, it’s best to place them two-by-two.

Much like bridesmaids, flower girls are there to assist the bride – try to meet up with the entire group of bridal attendants to familiarise them with the rest of the group.

It would mean a lot to some of your younger attendants if they could help you choose something about your wedding – we recommend something small, like the choice of non-alcoholic beverages available for younger guests.

Of course, it’s best to keep the parents nearby. If the parents are the bride and groom, no problem. However, if the parents are other guests we recommend keeping them on aisle-seats or at the front.

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Confetti

Now, even though flower-girls traditionally throw petals, as the name suggests, this doesn’t mean you can limit yourself. Typically, the bride and groom shall provide you with what you need – here are a few alternative ideas:

  • Uncooked rice – it’s meant as a blessing in most of Asia
  • Paper cuttings – an excellent way to save money, but beware of paper-cuts
  • Glitter – now, glitter is one of those pesky things that gets everywhere. But it does look beautiful…
  • Bubbles – of course, this requires blowing and not throwing. This is often more fun for the children involved, just make sure they keep walking down the aisle.

Shoes

Always try and choose flat shoes to suit the dress you have chosen. To make the day as pleasant as possible for the little angels, buy the shoes at least a month in advance and get them to wear them in. Of course, we recommend doing this around the house so they don’t get dirty.

Another option is to go barefoot, which works especially well for outdoor weddings. This is particularly popular with outdoor weddings. That is, outdoor weddings on sunny days – you don’t want to get mud between their toes, after all!

Hair

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Most girls love getting their hair done. Plaits, buns, curls. Of course, not everyone is the same. There’s plenty of hair accessories available. We love flower crowns, lace hairbands and bows.

Dress

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Many women like the flower-girls to wear miniature versions of the bride’s dress. However, this is not the only option. Of course, you can keep to white and ivory – but most little girls prefer pastel colours such as pink, lilac or baby-blue.

Dresses usually have a decorated top, a bow round the middle and a wide skirt to reach the ankles.

Of course, it is usually best to match the colours of their dresses to the overall colour-scheme of the wedding. However, if you want to make the little girl feel special, why not let her choose her own colours? Give her a selection of a few suitable choices and let her surprise you.

Lots of children like sparkles, and who could blame them? Typically, bridesmaid dresses are understated, and many brides like to keep it that way.

Once again check out our Pinterest board where we’ve collected some of our favourite flower girl, junior bridesmaid dresses: https://uk.pinterest.com/thebigweddingsi/flowergirl-young-bridesmaid-dresses/

Make sure to include extra stockings/socks to make sure you have spares in case of accidents. Even if the weather looks wonderful, try and get the parents to bring along a cardigan or shrug, as small children have a tendency to get cold or spill things on themselves!

Make-up

Now, most people don’t like seeing makeup on young children. However, some young children do want to have makeup on for this special occasion, and you shouldn’t try to stop them. However, we STRONGLY recommend you don’t let them do it themselves… that can only lead to disaster.

Younger kids should naturally have flawless skin, so there is no need to add foundation or concealer – it simply means more to smudge and wash off later on.

Don’t add eyeliner or mascara. If the kiddies end up getting a little upset of tired, the smudging really won’t look very good. On top of this, younger eyes are more susceptible to infection and irritation.

If you feel the need to add makeup, we recommend a light eyeshadow (such as pink, gold, peach or blue), a dab of pink blush on the cheeks, and some light lip-gloss. Flavoured and tinted lip salves work especially well for kids as they stop the lips going dry and are typically less colourful than most other lipsticks. Lip gloss is good as it is usually slightly sparkly, meaning it’s a big hit with most little girls!

Jewellery

With younger kids it’s often best not to trust them with the family jewels. Pearls are often popular, with cultured pearls being relatively non-expensive. Costume jewellery is also suitable for many children, but make sure that they wear it for a little while before the wedding. This will check to see if they’re irritated by it and help you find any replacements in good time.

Charm bracelets are incredibly popular with young girls at the moment –it would be a wonderful idea for the children to receive a special charm to mark the occasion.

Planning on getting your nails done for your wedding?

With all the panicking about the dresses, the venue and the guests, brides sometimes forget about the little things. Even though most women already know whether or not they’ll get a spray-tan and what style to do their hair, you’d be surprised to find out that one of the last things to be arranged is a manicure! Even though little touches like this probably won’t show up on most of your wedding photos, getting your nails done can be a therapeutic pre-wedding ritual to make you feel better for days to come.

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General tips

  • We recommend NOT biting your nails. We understand that planning your wedding can be a stressful time, but this is one bad habit you should truly strive to get out of. Fear not, there are always other solutions such as using false nails, even though these may increase the price.
  • Get your nails done the evening before your wedding. Leave plenty of time for them to dry, and don’t get any makeup on your hands for a few hours after the application – you might not only smudge your nails, but add unwanted colours. If you’re having your wedding in the evening, you could get them painted in the morning, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
  • If you get false nails, please be careful! Pulling them off is not only ugly, but incredibly hard and painful.
  • Unless you or your friends are confident that your nail-painting skills are flawless, try and book an appointment with a professional. It usually costs around £25 for a manicure and a pedicure combined, and is a great stress reliever.
  • Don’t try and replicate professional false nails with those you can buy at a store – the glue is usually useless, and more often than not they end up wonky.
  • Soak your skin before you have a manicure, and make sure you request they either cut or push back your cuticles.
  • Always try to choose colours that match your wedding – even if your favourite colour is blue, if you’ve chosen a pink theme, choose pink or another neutral colour.
  • Luminous or glow-in-the-dark colours usually seem a little tacky, we really don’t recommend them
  • Try and see any utensils either being unwrapped from new packages or properly sterilised, as you don’t want to catch any infections before your lucky day
  • Shave AFTER getting a pedicure – the beauticians don’t care how hairy you are, and shaving can give you more cuts susceptible to infections.
  • Don’t use a ‘whirlpool bath’ for your feet – no matter how lovely they feel, they are incredibly hard to keep clean.
  • Do not allow your callouses to be cut off, as this will make it far more uncomfortable and painful for you to fit in wedding shoes. If you really insist, try soaking them in warm water with bath salts and exfoliate, instead
  • DO not peel off false nails – they can rip off the nail beneath
  • Visit salons based on recommendations, not the one that is the cheapest
  • Do not attempt to repair a broken false nail yourself, visit a professional to prevent infections
  • Do not use acrylic nails for prolonged periods – they can weaken and stain nails
  • Never be afraid to say if you think the nails do not feel or look good. It’s your special day, and you shouldn’t pay if you aren’t happy with the service.
  • If you plan on getting false nails for your weddings, try them out a few months beforehand to make sure you are not allergic to them.
  • Always try and use base and top-coats to prolong the life of painted nails

Choosing between Gel, Acrylic and Silks

Acrylic nails are much like the ‘falsies’ you can buy at the store – they add length, grow with the nail and need to be regularly extended/replaced (about every 3 weeks). They also add strength to nails and allow intricate patterns – however, they are difficult to remove and discolour the nails below. These are best for those of you who have short nails and want complex patterns.

Gel nails are much more like nail varnish than acrylics, but they chip less and are less likely to be ripped off. Unfortunately, gel nails do not extend your nails as much as acrylics do, creating a more natural look, but decreasing the amount of room available for intricate designs. These are best for beach weddings and a more natural look – they do not chip often and have less complicated designs.

Silk nails are far different from Gels and Acrylics – materials such as silk or linen are used to help prevent further cracking of weakened nails, which is often used after prolonged usage of acrylics. These are far more temporary than other false nails, as the adhesives make them fall off in less than a month. These are best for those of you with weak nails, or those of you who have been advised to stop using acrylic nails after prolonged periods of time due to damage.

Natural Nails

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Don’t be afraid of not painting your nails. If you’re having a beach wedding, we recommend NOT getting a pedicure – the sand can stick to the paint, even when it is dry. If you prefer going this route, then we recommend soaking your skin and filing your nails. Pushing your cuticles back is also a good idea. Rather than adding a clear nail varnish to add shine, we recommend using a nail buffer such as this.

Nail buffer blocks are available pretty much everywhere, and they all do practically the same job!

French Manicure

This classic design is very popular with brides. If you plan on spicing it up a little, we recommend adding a sparkly nail decoration at the corner or some silver/gold glitter.

Complex patterns

Even though complex designs might seem a lot of fun, we wouldn’t usually recommend anything too dramatic for your wedding. Swirls, butterflies, flowers and hearts also work well. Bold geometric patterns?… Not so much…

Colours we recommend

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Of course, we highly recommend neutral colours such as peaches and pinks. If you want to seem slightly more daring, then go for a passionate bright red. Aim to keep your nails in light colours, as it makes them seem longer. Pale greens, pale blues, yellows and whites also work well if they complement your colour scheme.

Want some specific ideas for how to do your nails? Check out this link to our 1st of many Pinterest boards here.

Our Top 10 Tiaras (From Etsy!)

Having a tiara for your wedding is an essential part of looking like a princess. Of course, you don’t HAVE to wear a tiara for your special day… but you don’t get many chances to wear one, so why not really make the most of it!

Of course, not every tiara is made equal. All of the tiaras in our selection are from Etsy, so you can support independent businesses, grab something made individually for you, and often save a little bit of cash! Always remember to check out reviews for online stores, and spend a little extra for tracked and insured shipping, to make sure your precious items arrive to you safely.

 

  1. Untamed Bridal

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UntamedBridal’s New-York shop holds many alternative bridal accessories. However, this ‘antler’ inspired creation is our favourite. Hand-twisting the wire makes it stronger and a far superior quality to the pre-cast tiaras you might find in stores. The store is relatively new in quite a niche market, so there aren’t many reviews. Try to buy through PayPal when possible to gain added buying insurance. A made to order option, you can also get a different piece created from scratch – truly bespoke, every single time.

 

  1. Indigo Black Jewellery

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Based in London, IndigoBlackJewellery has many good reviews from many happy customers. This tiara is truly like nothing else we’ve ever seen. Every time we look at this, we simply can’t figure out how they managed to create something so unique and beautiful. We’re gobsmacked, quite frankly! At only £35, this tiara is created from natural crystal quartz and silver wiring. The quartz represents power, energy and clarity, and supposedly shall dispel any negative feelings. Just a little bit of extra luck for your special day… Check out their other items for more ethereal finds.

 

  1. Agnes Hart

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Pure class. What else can we say? A traditional tiara, available to be made with a veil and clips to match your hair colour. Inspired by the Art-Deco movement of the 1930s, this radiates elegance and royalty. The teardrop design is timeless, and at just over £250, this is a part of your wedding you could pass down for generations.

 

  1. Indigo Black Jewellery

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Another creation from IndigoBlack, because we just couldn’t resist. Considerably larger than the previous crystal tiara featured, the longer, thinner stones make it more of a statement piece. The copper detailing is incredibly intricate, and reminds me of Steampunk fashion. Ah, love it. Despite preferring silver and white gold, this is my favourite item on the list – so blissfully organic. Of course, every stone is different, so every tiara is even more unique.

 

  1. Lorna Green Tiaras

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Made of crystals and freshwater pearls, this dainty beaded tiara is of a more traditional design. LornaGreenTiaras are another highly-rated British store, with many other dainty creations available. One of the fantastic things about this store is that they can also design tiaras for your bridesmaids in the same style you have, be it with slightly less bling…

 

  1. Glamorous Bijoux

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This handmade US tiara is Victorian in style, from a highly respected store with over 3000 positive reviews! Hand-embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls, this silver-plated miniature tiara is that touch of vintage grace you’re looking for to complete your bridal outfit. As the tiara/hairpiece is small, it’s perfect to attach a veil to, and incredibly easy to clip in. GlamorousBijoux has a large selection of traditional accessories for any occasion, so have a look around and see what you like! Unfortunately, they don’t accept returns, but this is typical with most made-to-order creations on Etsy.

 

  1. The Exquisite Bride

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‘When will I find a gold tiara on this list?!’ I hear you cry. Well, fear no more. Here is a gold tiara. And what a stunning example of gold it is. Regular followers of this website will notice I’m not that big a fan of wearing non-white metals. However, I might make an exception for this one… A gold-plated tiara with crystals, flowers and freshwater pearls – what more could you want? Well, the seller (TheExquisiteBride) has constantly fabulous reviews, and as the metal is softer, it’s adjustable to fit to your head. At only £65 for this piece, what are you waiting for?

 

  1. Thyraflame

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And of course, we’re back to the silver. Just couldn’t help myself, sorry! A far simpler design than most of the other tiaras shown, but just as glitzy. The loops can be fastened to the hair with body pins, meaning it’s quite easy to secure.

 

  1. Lulu Splendor

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Aaaaaaand we’re back to gold again. Well, rose gold to be precise. Rose gold has been rising in popularity over the last few years (note the iPhone 6s in ‘rose gold’ that we all really know is just pink), and LuluSplendor has certainly made the most of it. Many of their items are in rose-gold, including necklaces, earrings and statement back pieces. If you’re not a fan of yellow/rose gold, it also comes in silver. We love the sheer size of this tiara – it’s filled with Swarovski crystals and pearls, yet still has room for lots of vintage floral decorations. At 3 inches high, it certainly towers on your head as a statement piece – another thing to love about it. LuluSplendor has wonderful reviews, but is based in Australia, so will take a little extra time to ship to everywhere else.

 

  1. Glamorous Bijoux

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Now, we know this is not a typical tiara – it’s more of a headband, really. However, we just couldn’t help but include another GlamorousBijoux design on here! A beautiful bridal design, the metal flowers are a twist on traditional tiaras. Accented with beautiful leafing detailing and hand-encrusted gemstones, the sparkle created is simply un-forgettable. The woven effect on the thick metal hairband supports the weight of the decoration, keeping it secure on your hair all day. And of course, with decorations like this that may just be simply placed on the hair, they’re quite easy to take off if required – many people forget that with the loud noises and long hours involved in a wedding, you might get unwelcome headaches, which aren’t helped by accessories, no matter how beautiful they are. At £125, this is below typical prices for designs of such an intricate calibre.

Where should you propose?

So you’ve found the love of your life and you want to make sure the proposal is everything you have both dreamed of. Where do you start?  Finding the right place or the right time can be tough so we’ve got some ideas for you.

Nature-lover

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  • On a beach. Of course, this is a very popular one. Walking along the beach, holding hands and watching the sun-rise/sunset… The epitome of romance. And remember, no socks with sandals.
  • On a nature reserve. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and your special someone is in for a very big surprise!
  • On a dog walk. Man’s best friend could be your only witness to something as lovely as this. Don’t try to attempt to hide the ring in a bag of dog-treats, as that’s just weird.
  • On a picnic. Now this is an idea which allows a little more leeway. Be it in your local park or an isolated field of grass, picnics are ever so romantic (and ever so heavy). Pack the hamper full of goodies. An idea for presenting the ring could be leaving the box on the top part of the hamper, waiting for your partner to open it. Of course, you could always bake it into a pie and hope for the best, but make sure you know the Heimlich manoeuvre, just in case.
  • On a boat trip/canoeing. Unfortunately, canoeing is often too rocky and unstable to contain an excited partner. On top of that, turning round to say ‘yes’ is certainly a hassle. However, a mini-boat trip (speed-boat NOT recommended) can be pleasant, especially if you hire someone else to do all the physical rowing work for you.
  • On top of a mountain. Life is full of challenges. However, climbing a tall mountain is certainly one of them. After you conquer the mountain, tell them something cheesy, like how they’ve ‘conquered your heart’. AND then, propose to them. Make sure they don’t fall off the top. And if they say no? Well, the journey back down will certainly be a little awkward.

Sporty

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  • Sports game. You have a favourite sports team? Be it a shared passion or a playful competition, sports games are certainly one of the most exciting ways to propose. We’re not expecting you to begin on big screens. Indeed, at big games, it’s often too loud to hear your loved one speak – a thumbs up/thumbs down approach doesn’t work too well, either. HOWEVER. If you have a local team and cheerleader squad… they’re usually decent people, willing to do something nice for a fan. Cheer team performing a proposal, with you popping out in the middle, doing the splits and holding a ring? Hell yeah.
  • Ice skating. Okay, so maybe don’t do it on the ice, as that could end up with a few broken bones and sliced fingers. However, you usually require assistance to sort out boots. When you finish, bam! Taken by surprise. And on top of that, you’re already on your knees.
  • Tennis match. We’re not expecting Wimbledon, and neither is she. Maybe decide to take up a hobby together, and then conveniently make a challenge someday – ‘If you win, you get a present’ is a bit simple, but we’re sure you’ll come up with something better.

City-dwellers

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  • On top of a tall building. Exciting city skyscraper? Hell yes. Scared of heights? Maybe not.
  • Subway/metro/tube. Now, get well away from those tracks. Maybe the train carriage isn’t the most romantic place to propose, but some of the older stations are truly beautiful, especially in historical cities such as France. You just need to find the right stop to start your new stage in life together.
  • Famous restaurant. Special day, special food, special prices. Most famous restaurants are in cities, but they also break the bank. Remember, if they still love you for taking them to a fast-food restaurant, then they’re definitely The One.

Romantic

  • Much like the previous point, restaurants are a great place to propose. Of course, there are usually other people in the restaurant, so the personal experience might not end up being so personal after all. Best make a meal at home if you truly want to be alone.
  • At the movies. Proposing during a movie isn’t quite the right plan. Proposing at the end? Now that’s more like it. To make it truly special, some cinemas will allow you book out the entire screening, at non-peak times. We recommend a light-hearted comedy or romantic movie. Horrors don’t really get us in the mood.
  • In bed. The Pyjama Proposal. Call it romantic, or just call it lazy. I call it romantic.
  • The place you first met. Now this is truly a romantic idea. Although that all depends where you met, strip club? Not so much.

Famous places

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  • On a holiday. Make it your favourite; make it one to truly remember.
  • In a casino. DO NOT gamble the ring. Especially if you’ve already given it to them! Possibility for free drinks, and the party of your lives.
  • Art gallery. ‘None of these compare to your true beauty’… Ha! Maybe, maybe not. At least you’ll get to be somewhere beautiful, especially if you have a friend hidden to take cute photos.
  • Eiffel Tower. Oh, yawn, how original. Yet, still popular. Don’t drop it.
  • London Eye. Unfortunately, the view is usually a disappointment for most that see it. If you’re willing to pay extortionate prices to get into a crowded pod, at least try and make the ring look good.
  • In a castle. Make them feel like a real princess.