March 12, 2014

Introducing Charlotte Mills Bridal Shoes

Today I have the pleasure in introducing an amazing new bridal shoe designer, Charlotte Mills. Her first collection has just launched and I’m sure you will join me in drooling over her gorgeous designs.

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Love hearts are the inspiration for Charlotte’s debut collection which are all handmade in Spain. Her shoes are made to the highest quality using a range of laser cutting, applique and embroidery to create unique styles. I love the fact that each shoe is hand finished with a silver sixpence and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase “Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

I asked Charlotte what advice she would give to anyone when choosing shoes for their big day. Her advice is “When choosing your wedding shoes go with your heart – even if you think you can’t see your shoes under your dress, you will still get glimpses of them throughout the day. Get your photographer to include them in shots and let them be a talking point and not fade into the background. You should fall in LOVE with your wedding shoes and want to wear them again and again. Each time you put them on after your big day, the memories will come flooding back. Go for a style which has longevity and can be worn again. Choose a similar heel height to what you normally wear and give them a test run around the house to break them in.”

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Abby

‘Heart punch out with champagne underlay, overlasted platform sandal finished with Swarovski Hearts’

£365.00

 

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Amante

‘Peep toe with piped edges with a heart back encrusted in Swarovski crystals’

£285.00

 

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Angela Swarovski

‘Sandal with multi heart detail back strap encrusted in Swarovski crystals’

£360.00

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Alexis

Heart embroidered peep toe sling back with large structured bow

£265.00

 

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Angela

Sandal with multi heart detail back strap

£ 199.00

 

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Amelia

T-bar peep toe sandal with layered hearts

£250.00

 

 

 

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Ana

Point toe court shoe with appliquéd heart and binding details

£250.00

 

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Alaina

Sandal with straps looping around to create a heart shape each strap is covered in Swarovski Crystals

£275.00

 

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Agnes

‘Heart chop out sandal encrusted in Swarovski crystals’

£365.00

 

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Alice

Peep toe platform with scalloped edge and chop out hearts

£250.00

 

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April

Silk and mesh peep toe with heart back

£235.00

 

Contact Charlotte on:-

Website – www.charlottemillsbridal.co.uk

Tel – 0161 9432584

Email – charlotte@charlottemillsbridal.com

March 7, 2014

Would You Enter Into A Prenup? And Why I Would Sign One

At the moment ‘Prenups’ are not legally binding in the UK. But this may all change as ministers are due to discuss the shake-up of divorce laws after a proposal is issued by the Law Commission later this month. The proposals are likely to suggest that a judge ‘considers’ pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and separation agreements when couples are divorcing. But with the average cost of drawing up a prenup being £750, would many couples be likely to add that into the cost of their wedding? Do you think a prenup undermines a marriage and trust?

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Personally I think it’s a sensible thing for you both to do as a couple. It protects both of you for the future and I look at it more of an insurance policy rather than a lack of trust. No one wants to think that their marriage isn’t going to last, but you can’t argue with statistics. You only have about a 5% chance of being burgled, but you still have home insurance to protect you in case it happens and if you add up your premiums over the years I bet it comes to more than £750. Yet about 42% of marriages end in divorce, so why would you not protect yourself with a prenup? Surly £750 is a small price to pay to make sure everything is settled fairly if the worse was to happen.

I think you are a lot more rational at the start of a relationship and are more likely to come to a fair agreement when deciding on a prenup than you are during a divorce. When you are in love, you want your partner to be happy. You are more likely to make balanced judgments when it comes to division of assets and what would happen with access to any children you might have. During a divorce, bitterness can creep in and you don’t want your ex to have anything from the house and children can be used as a weapon to hurt the other person. You can spend a small fortune on solicitors as you fight over the smallest things and the stress can be immense. By having a prenup in place, it could save you a lot of time, money and aggravation in the long run.

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So, would you sign a prenup??? You’re going to be married forever, so what do you have to lose???

 

My Top 7 Places To Get Married in Las Vegas

This is my guide to where I think it would be amazing to get married in Las Vegas. There are so many brilliant venues that cater for all different budgets and styles of wedding, that it would be impossible to mention them all. I have fallen in love with Las Vegas during my visits and it is my mission to visit every single venue it has to offer.

 

Bellagio

First on my list is the Bellagio. With it’s iconic fountains and stunning Terraazza, this is an elegant and sophisticated venue. They have 2 different wedding chapels, the Terrazza and Courtyard to choose for your wedding ceremony and numerous packages for each venue. If you want five star treatment, the Bellagio is perfect for you.

 

Chapel in the Clouds

Next on my list is The Chapel in the Clouds at the Stratosphere. Imagine the biggest day of your lives taking place 1149 feet in the air, among the clouds. You can choose from 2 different chapels, the Observation Deck or the private balcony on Level 112. If you want Las Vegas as the backdrop for your wedding photographs, you can’t beat the Chapel in the Clouds.

 

Chapel of the Flowers

The Chapel of the Flowers is one of the most popular wedding chapels in the whole of Vegas. I personally know more than 10 couples who have been married here and they all rave about it! You can choose from indoor and outdoor weddings and can be picked up in a white limo!

 

The Venetian

The Venetian is my personal favourite. They have so many options it makes it nearly impossible to choose! You can be married in front of a waterfall, on the rooftop terrace, in one of their beautiful chapels or even on a gondola! No matter where you choose, you are guaranteed to have stunning photographs.

 

Wynn

The Wynn is a very close second. I can personally say the food at this hotel is delicious and the staff were amazing. Aside from their chapels, you can also be married in the Zen Spa, the Lake of Dreams or next to a 90 foot waterfall in the lagoon!

 

Las Vegas Sign

Where is more iconic than being married under the Las Vegas sign??? And thanks to the Las Vegas Wedding Waggon, you can do it! Las Vegas Wedding Wagon is a mobile service, just choose your location, date, time and ceremony on their online booking system and they will meet you there!

Graceland Wedding Chapel

For the full Vegas wedding experience, book the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Join the list of people to be married here and you will be maxing with the likes of Bon Jovi and Billy Ray Cyrus. Have Elvis walk you down the aisle, conduct the ceremony or serenade you, whatever you choose it will be ‘Always on My Mind’!!!!

 

March 2, 2014

Do I Need Wedding Insurance?

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes and YES!!! No matter who you are, where you are getting married or what your budget is, you should take out wedding insurance as soon as you start planning your wedding.Wedding Car Breakdown

Wedding insurance isn’t just for the expensive big white wedding. There are many different levels of insurance you can take out to cover different budgets starting from just £18.49. Wedding insurance also covers destination weddings and civil partnerships, please check with individual suppliers for their terms and conditions.

With approximately 250,000 weddings taking place every year in the UK and the average cost of a wedding being in excess of £18,000, there is potential for a lot of money to be lost due to unforeseen circumstances.Red Wine on Wedding Dress

It is very likely that many weddings will have a hiccup producing a small claim like damage to a hire suit, or red wine being spilled down the brides dress. These types of mishaps can be sorted out relatively inexpensively. But there are also much larger catastrophes that can hit such as your wedding venue going into liquidation, the bride or groom ending up in hospital, your wedding car breaking down on the way to the registry office, and anything else that could result in your wedding being postponed or cancelled. Could you afford to pay for a second reception venue if yours cancelled at the last minute? This is where wedding insurance is a necessity.

LiquidationI hear a lot of people say ‘it won’y happen to me’ but unfortunately, it does happen and it is best to be prepared. Sadly this week I heard of a long established wedding venue going into liquidation on Friday which had a wedding booked in on Saturday. The couple did not have wedding insurance, they will not get any money back from the venue and had to pay for a second venue out of their own pockets at the last minute. How many other couples who were booked into this venue in the coming months who also don’t have wedding insurance is unknown, but I can guess there will be a lot. They all could have saved themselves thousands of pounds by taking out an insurance policy for less than £100. I’m sure they all thought this would never happen to them and would now recommend to anyone to get wedding insurance.

There are a few sites which offer wedding insurance comparisons. Have a look at www.1st4weddinginsurance.co.uk and www.moneysupermarket.com/wedding-insurance. Make sure you take out a policy which gives cancellation cover to the full value of your wedding and read all of the terms and conditions carefully to make sure you know what you are and are not covered for as this varies between suppliers.

It still amazes me how many people do not take out wedding insurance. After all, what is £100 in a £20,000 budget? For less than  £100 you can insure your wedding against all of these things and have peace of mind that you are covered, no matter what……well….except if you change your mind!

February 28, 2014

Does price always guarantee a quality wedding?

Pound SignsWhen choosing a wedding product or supplier, do you think that the more you pay the better quality item or service you get? Do you think if you are on a budget you have to compromise on quality to afford everything you want?

I really don’t think that way. There are a lot of different things you should consider when deciding on a supplier. Certain products and services are judged on your own individual taste. For example a cake design you love may be another persons idea of  a cake from hell and a wedding photographer you admire may not shoot in the style another couple likes. If you book a photographer at £3000  just because you think they must be good if they charge that price, that to me is not value for money. But if you book one for £1500 because you love what they do, who is to say they are not as good a photographer? As long as the supplier you are booking is fully insured and have testimonials from past customers you can make your decision based on their work.

It is the same with jewellery and stationery. Someone who makes items at home has a lot less overheads than someone who has a workshop or a boutique. Because their overheads are so low, they can afford to charge less for their product and provide the same quality. Is it fair to say the person working from home’s products are inferior because they charge less? As far as I’m concerned, they could both be using the same suppliers and techniques so price is no indicator of the quality.

When a bride walks down the aisle and everyone ooh’s and ahhh’s over her dress …..how many people will know if that dress cost £100 or £10,000? How many people will be able to tell which designer it is? As long as the bride feels amazing, who cares! No one can see the label inside your dress, so don’t choose it because of the designer, choose it as it is the best dress for you. One that fits perfectly and makes you feel like everything you ever dreamed of.

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I’ve seen some amazing weddings which have been organised on a shoestring budget and I’ve also seen some terrible ones where money was no object. I believe you have the ability to make your wedding day whatever you want it to be, no matter what your budget and you don’t need to compromise on quality. There are so many amazing wedding suppliers out there who charge fair rates and don’t expect you to pay for their brand name….just the quality of their product or service.

The point that I’m trying to make is that it’s not all about money. Choose people you like, trust and can work with to supply products and services for your wedding and it will save you from a lot of stress in the long run!