February 11th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Meadow Playsuit, £325 from Needle & Thread
While some people view Valentine’s Day as a commercial con, we view it as the perfect excuse for some pretty presents. So (naturally) we’ve drawn up a list of gorgeous gifts that we girls here at Brides Up North HQ would love to receive come February 14th.
Anyhow, a girl can dream – and we feel that if a Valentine’s present drought or disaster does occur, then we’re 100% justified in going out and buying one of these fabulous treats for ourselves (just maybe not the ring!)…
Poppy Print Waisted Dress, £46, from Warehouse – whether dining in or out this Valentine’s, every girl needs a pretty new dress for the occasion.
Hey Girl Bow Point Courts, £72, from Office – We are totally crushing on Office’s latest collection of heels and this swoon-worthy pair makes the perfect pressie, all wrapped up with a bow on top!
Lulu Guinness Glitter Perspex Lips Clutch Bag, £245, from House of Fraser – For an ultimate statement clutch it has be Lulu Guinness and it doesn’t get much more on point for Valentine’s than this swish, shiny number.
Pink Satin Kimono, £45, from Victoria’s Secret – With warmer weather on the way soon (we hope!) a lighter type of cover-up is required for those ‘getting ready’ moments – this cute kimono certainly gets our vote!
Rosie for Autograph Silk and Lace Bra, £26, and knickers, £12.50, from Marks & Spencer – lingerie may be a predictable gift at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Turn things up a gear with this racy red set from our major girl-crush Rosie.
Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum 100ml, £96, from Boots – Full bodied and opulent with addictive floral notes we think this is the scent of pure romance .
Milano Mozart Ladder Detail Jumper, £65, from French Connection – As it’s not mild enough to ditch the jumpers altogether, we like the idea of this peak-a-boo, cut-out detailing, revealing just the right amount of skin.
Dior Addict Lip Glow, £24, from feelunique.com – As we prepare to pucker up for some extra kisses on February 14th, a gorgeous lip-colour with staying power, such as this fabulous product from Dior, would be greatly received.
Rose Embroidered Mom Jeans, from Topshop, £59 – We’re all for a big Valentine’s bouquet, but this type of flowers will last much longer than a dozen real red roses.
Tiffany Legacy Engagement Ring, starting at £12,400 from Tiffany & Co – because diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?!
February 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
All too easily engaged couples can let wedding plans consume them as they become hung up on the small details and forget about the big reason the day is taking place – love.
Of course you want to put on a day for everyone to remember with the perfect styling, décor and attire all in place. But beyond the pretty and the party the day is ultimately a celebration of you as a couple, your love for one another and the joining of two families (gushy, we know). So we’re encouraging our readers not to lose sight of the love during their planning journey and if anything to embrace it.
Fall outs are bound to arise along the way but work out what you both want from your big day and then join forces to achieve it. We all hear stories of brides neglecting their men and ploughing ahead with the plans, and equally the men that don’t want to get involved and would rather take a back seat. Either scenario is going to result in someone feeling alone and possibly undervalued – in our book planning an occasion that joins two people together requires two people’s input.
So take on board one another’s ideas, wishes and requirements and where you can’t agree be prepared to compromise – there will be a lot more of that to come in married life! Also try to look at the planning less like a chore or one great big ‘to do’ list and instead remember that this is something special that you are creating together. Have fun with it and don’t take things too seriously – everyone will still have a great day whether or not the napkins are an exact match to the bridesmaid dresses.
On the flip side be sure to take a break from the planning here and there for those all-important ‘date nights’. Engaged or not we all fall victim of getting into a rut, but spending quality time together doing the things that you enjoy can often remind you of all the reasons you fell in love in the first place. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trip to the cinema, visiting the place you had your first date or escaping on a pre-wedding getaway, you’ll just be grateful that it’s a no-planning zone.
A wonderful way to express how you feel about your other half and to reflect on your journey together so far is to write your own vows in the run up to the wedding. This gives you an opportunity to rip up the script and to tell your own love story. You could include details of how you met, how you’ve grown as a couple, what your partner means to you and your promises for your future together.
If however you’re planning a religious ceremony, or you would simply like to stick to tradition, you could always request to speak at the reception. More brides are now taking up the opportunity to write their own speech for the big day – not only to say how they feel about their other half and their future together, but also to thank the other people in their life that they love and who’ve championed their relationship, such as friends, parents and siblings.
Meanwhile for those that get stage fright there’s always the option of sending your fiancée a special a card or letter on the morning of your wedding to remind them just how much they mean to you and how excited you are for what’s to come. You might also want to include a gift that they can wear on the wedding day and beyond as a keepsake of your special day.
So as girls that have made weddings our full time job we fully support you in creating a beautiful big day but by keeping sight of the love along the way we believe you will have an equally beautiful marriage ahead of you to match.
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