He has finally asked that all important question – what’s next? Choosing your special ladies to share your big day with of course! “Bridesmaid proposals” are growing increasingly popular and just like engagements are becoming more and more elaborate. With the average bridesmaid spending literally £100’s on their dress, alterations, hair and makeup, accessories as well as the hen party, being a bridesmaid can prove to be a huge financial commitment.

After taking all of this into consideration, I decided to ask each one of my special ladies individually face-to-face. Just like everything else in life, researched a few ideas on the Internet. After stumbling across the initial idea of a “bridesmaid proposal”, I chose to base it around our wedding colour scheme (Pink and Pastels).

 

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I also included an information pack which provided details on our wedding venue, date, potential dress designers, flower inspiration and a little biography on each of the girls. I included a pink Yankee candle, pink drink, pink sweets, pink cup, pink champagne truffles, pink nail polish and a pink paint chart to provide some inspiration for the bridesmaid dresses.

For my ‘Matron of Honour’ I also included a note pad to keep notes and ideas in and a love heart decor piece to make it extra special.

Obviously, you can tailor this idea to each of your special ladies. I actually decided to get a nice necklace and some scented drawer liners for one of my bridesmaids. If you are on a tight budget, then why not propose to each of your special ladies by ordering them a beautiful card from (notonthehighstreet.com) this also ensures that they have something to treasure in years to come, as they can pop this into a photo frame.

 

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What do you think of this idea? Would you like to see a post on a “Best Man Proposal”? I hope you have enjoyed this post and I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for more “Wedding Wednesday”.

Love Emma.

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According, to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) there were approximately 440,000 cases in relation to work related stress, depression and anxiety in 2014/2015.

This really doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering today’s fast paced lifestyle that we have all grown accustomed to. Factor in our desire to be constantly connected via social media and technology and you can begin to understand why such a large percentage of the population feel overwhelmed and disconnected from real life.

So, the big question is – what can we all do to help reduce our stress levels and how can we feel less anxious?  Well, according to a study that was carried out in 2015 by Yale and the UCLA there is evidence that suggests that there is a direct link between kindness and the reduction of our stress levels.

So, before I go off on a tangent, here are just a few examples of the things you can do to help reduce your own personal stress levels as well as make you feel happier.

 

  1. Smile.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Be patient.
  4. Spend more time with your loved ones.
  5. Be spontaneous – go to that restaurant that is over 30 miles away, jump in the car and drive to some random place.
  6. Help out around the house and do some chores.
  7. Cook a nice meal for someone.
  8. Be polite – say please and thank you.
  9. Laugh
  10. Be supportive and not critical to your friends and family.
  11. Give someone a hug/ kiss.
  12. Tell them you love them often.
  13. Phone someone to let them know you care.
  14. Donate to charity.
  15. Buy a homeless person a hot meal.
  16. Send someone a card, letter or email to let them know you are thinking of them.
  17. Arrange a street Party or BBQ.
  18. Put your phone away when you are out for a meal with your family, friends or partner.
  19. Offer help if you see someone struggling
  20. Carry someone’s shopping to the car for them.
  21. Buy your loved one some soup and a few of their favourite things when they are sick.
  22. Have fun at all times.
  23. Eat healthy food.
  24. Exercise regularly.
  25. Be kind to yourself.
  26. Don’t use others as a benchmark – the only person who you need to please is yourself.
  27. Listen to music.
  28. Dance.
  29. Spend more time with those that matter to you.
  30. Let someone go in front of you at the supermarket.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, then please do seek help from a medical professional.

 

Love Emma

P.S. I hope you have a great day!

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With the much anticipated racing event of the season just around the corner and stringent dress codes to follow, you are probably seeking inspiration for the Royal Ascot.

The event which was first founded in 1711 by Queen Anne is renowned for attracting a diverse range of racegoers and is one of the top racing events across Europe with an average annual footfall of 300,000.

Whether, it’s your first time visiting the event which is due to take place from June 14th – 18th or you are a regular, I have scoured the high street to help find something that either inspires you or fulfills your needs on a shoestring budget, so without further ado here are the gorgeous dresses, that are sure to turn a few heads.

 

Coast – Exclusive to Debenhams 

First up is this beautiful vintage inspired floral number that comes in at £139 and is perfect for the ‘Royal enclosure’ as it falls just below the knee. This dress is absolutely stunning and would look lovely on an hourglass figure as it has a tulle A-line skirt, which is not only flattering but also adds a nice feminine twist.

Phase Eight 


Their latest collection is incredible and really does cater for everyone, whatever your size or shape. If you already follow me on Instagram then you will already know that I am obsessed with anything that has a pretty floral design on it. I was literally in retail heaven when I had a look round my local ‘Phase Eight’ concession store and this dress instantly caught my eye. At £110 you can’t go wrong, it is practically an investment as it is such a versatile piece that can be worn for a broad range of events including Weddings.

 

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At £140 this lilac flower dress does fall in at the pricier end of the scale and at 5ft 10in I did personally find this dress borderline with regards to length. If you are a little on the taller side then this would probably be better suited to the ‘grandstand’ area.

Wallis

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If you are on the petite side and on a tighter budget, then this dress ticks all of the boxes at £48. This is a lovely modern twist on the classic ‘LBD’ that should be a staple piece in any capsule wardrobe.

Of course these are just a few examples of the dresses that are currently available this Season. Don’t forget to check out Asos, Oasis, Monsoon and John Lewis to name just a few.

Accessories

So you have finally found that dress, but you still need to add those final special touches –  the accessories of course! Come back next week for ‘Ascot Accessories’!

Love Emma

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“Every once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale”.

The quote above summarises exactly how I felt the day Al proposed to me. On the morning of February 28th 2016, I was woken at approximately 5am and presented with a card. Inside the card it read …

 

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So I packed a bag and we left for the airport. The surprises kept on coming and I could barely contain my excitement at the gate, where I found out we were flying to ‘Venice’ oppose to Wales.

Unfortunately, for Al the engagement didn’t exactly go to plan, as we ended up getting engaged on March 1st 2016.

However, I can honestly say it was perfect in every single way and was the most surreal day of my life, I wouldn’t change a single thing.

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Why am I sharing this with you guys? Well after a couple of years toying with the idea of whether or not to launch a blog, I decided to use this as an opportunity to share my ideas, thoughts and opinions on all things Wedding Related. I will also be doing some exciting posts on fashion.

I look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you all, as I go from Miss to Mrs 🙂

 

Love Emma,

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