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The role of the 'Best man'...

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Best man

So the other day I sat down with a male friend of mine who just so happens to be the best man to another male friend of mine. He is pretty daunted by the whole task, I mean these days, a best man has so many things to think about!

You're not just a drunken shoulder to lean on, or an important speech giver, you're much more than that. And with ladies being asked to be the 'best girl', this post is suitable for everyone!

Anyway, we've listed the duties tasked to the 'best man/woman' so get your pencil and paper out, here goes...

  • Obviously arrange the stag night! 
  • Help the groom with his outfit - maybe speak with the bride too :)
  • Pick out (with the help of the groom) the ushers outfits too 
  • Be sure to actually attend all clothing appointments
  • Attend any wedding rehearsals
  • Make the groom feel calm at all times!
  • Stay with the groom the night before the wedding
  • Get your groom to the ceremony on time
  • Be in charge of any documents that are needed on the day itself
  • Give out the buttonholes, orders of service etc
  • Brief the ushers on their duties
  • Look after the wedding rings - with your life!
  • Make sure that guests know the way to the ceremony
  • Give the ceremony the once over and check for any belongings left behind
  • Take part in the receiving line 
  • Act as a Master of Ceremonies if needed
  • Nail the speech
  • Read any messages from far away guests that couldn't make it
  • Get your butt on that dance floor and party the night away - encourage the wedding party to get up too!

Charlotte x

Image Matthew Morgan Photography via Well Groomed

Laid back boho - a gorgeous styled shoot...

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cocktails

Today we have something pretty special. A wonderful lady by the name of Lizzie owns a company called Wedding Yurts and she sent us over a styled shoot done in her very own back garden! With gorgeous autumnal tones, richly coloured berries and shimmering gold luxe, the bohemian vibe really shines through and with their new styling services available you can achieve this look too. 

Lizzie and a team of wonderful Bristolian suppliers created this amazing shoot, here's over to Lizzie for more...

"The shoot was held at my home in Bristol in a small yurt at the bottom of the garden and I wanted to create a bohemian vibe with added luxury.

My girlfriends kindly offered to model for me in exchange for a bit of pampering, dressing up and champagne cocktails. I wanted to create a very laid back vibe with lots of laughter which we definitely achieved!

Our new signature cocktail created especially for the shoot is made with rose liqueur, raspberry gin and champagne. 

Clare from The Wedding Club supplied four beautiful dresses by Alice Temperley, Emma Hunt and Jenny Packham. 

Lily created four stunning flower garlands to hang from the centre of the yurt, full of seasonal flowers and very decadent roses. I found an original 70's peacock chair on eBay (one of my best finds yet) and we decorated it with a selection of pretty pink flowers.

I also wanted to connect with like minded creatives in Bristol and work together on a series of styled shoots. It was fantastic working with these lovely ladies and really looking forward to working with them in the future.”

Cocktails
Boho shoot
cocktails
Boho styled shoot
rose cocktail
Gold
Autumn fruit
rose
raspberries
cocktails
autumn
Wedding dress
Wedding Yurts
gold and lace

Credits

Lizzie Jones – Stylist and props – via www.weddingyurts.co.uk

Yurt – Wedding Yurts – www.weddingyurts.co.uk

Virginia Allwood – Photographer - www.leshopuk.com

Lily Barton – Florist - www.lilyvioletmay.co.uk

By Annabella – Make up Artist  - www.byannabella.co.uk

Sally James at Me Me Hair Salon, Clifton, Bristol - Hair Stylist

All-consuming wedding planning...

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Wedding stress

We are constantly reminded by the industry that a wedding day is one of the most important days of our lives. With budgets we can only aspire to, Pinterest boards to envy and seating charts to plan, we know that the stress can overwhelm us just a little. 

If you need a minute or two then feel free to take them because planning a wedding shouldn't overtake your life. But we seem to let it. Take your time and go with the flow, but if you can't, here are a few little tips that just might help...

1. Ask for help: If you're not using the services of a wedding planner you may feel that you have to plan every part of your wedding day. You don't. You could hire an 'on the day' coordinator, or ask family and friends to help organise a couple of elements. Your wedding transport, your cake or even your first night hotel can all be arranged by someone else, leaving you free to sort out the bigger things.

2. Don't try to have a Pinterest wedding: As much as Pinterest can help, it can also make us feel the pictures we see are unachievable and in turn that our day will be inadequate. Yes bloggers create gorgeous styled shoots, but many are picture perfect, without all the stress of an actual wedding day included. By looking at real weddings, you can recreate just that, a real wedding full of love and happiness.

3. Get a hobby: Take up a hobby - no not DIY, but yoga, cooking or something to relieve the stress. As we've mentioned in previous posts, it's estimated that a wedding takes up to 250 hours of planning time, so it's nice to take your mind off it once in a while with something that makes you happy. Take the dog for a walk, watch a movie together and order in a pizza. Go out on a date night but don't talk weddings! Always schedule in some you-time.

4. Keep it in perspective: Your wedding is one day. It's what happens after that day that counts. The marriage is the part you should be looking forward to, your wedding day is the party to get things going! 

Charlotte x

Image Rad + In Love via 100 Layer Cake