Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Brides Beware!!

As we start to get into the season where all the Hotels and Halls hold their "Wedding Fayre's"Brides beware. There are a few things to remember. This is an exciting time and you want your wedding to be brilliant but you mustn't get carried away. Firstly decide on your budget and keep it in mind all the time.

The first thing you will probably choose is your venue and as you go round the Wedding Fayre's you will meet many exhibitors trying to tempt you with their ideas.

Remember these few points to keep you right. Think where are they based and what do I know about them. Do they have an address and a land line telephone number? Who have they worked for, were they happy with their work? And how long have they been in business? If they are looking a deposit please stop and think!!! Once you hand over that deposit what have you signed up for and what would happen if they disappeared and let you down.

Too often the happy engaged couple are so carried away with the day of their dreams that you forget to think of the basic things. Sometime the little things are so important. The best advice I can give you is never part with your money until you are sure.

Exhibitors can go to these shows and put on a professional image for those few hours and you can be fooled into thinking they are the experts. When probably the people who are the experts in that field don't even need to go to these shows as they already have business premises and the client's coming to their doorstep.
So folks be careful with all the decisions you make before you put that ring on the finger. This is a very special occasion and you want to get it right and normally you only get one chance to do this.
Be safe, take care, best wishes and Good Luck.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The latest fashion

The spotlight turned to British fashion on Friday as London Fashion Week opened its doors a day after the curtain came down on the catwalks of New York.

In a year when British designers have taken centre stage with the weddings of Kate Middleton and Kate Moss, London is determined to capitalise on the mood and prove it can compete on a global platform.

Opening the event in central London, London Mayor Boris Johnson highlighted the accolade recently bestowed on the city by a leading US consultancy as "the fashion capital of the world".

"That verdict is great news for our city and for our economy," he said, adding that the industry contributes 80,000 jobs to London and £21 billion ($33 billion, 24 billion euros) to the British economy.

"If London's fashion business is helping young Londoners in this difficult time by taking them on... then together we can not only reduce youth unemployment... we can also be untapping untold riches of talent, and we would be lengthening London's lead as the fashion capital of the world."

Am I ready for a move to London? I love it's energy and it's vib for my work but I don't think I would be into the social scene and being in with the in crowd.

The latest London Fashion Week, which includes 100 catwalk shows and 200 exhibitions, showcases women's and menswear collections for Spring-Summer 2012, when London will be in the throes of hosting the Olympic Games.
"As the whole country gears up for the Olympic year, the British Fashion Council has some very exciting plans," Tillman said, unveiling the Fashion 2012 project aimed at showcasing Britain's "creative excellence" and encouraging a new generation of fashionistas.
Joining him was a host of British Olympic athletes kitted out by home-grown designers.

As the catwalk shows got under way, however, emerging trends appeared to be giving a nod more to the past than the future, with retro influences prevailing.
London-based Irishman Paul Costelloe kicked off the schedule with his voluminous, babydoll dresses and cropped jackets in A-line sillhouettes, which he says are inspired by the 1962 film "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane".

The collection is dominated by neutral colours set off by brighter coral and lime green shades in luxurious, textured fabrics, as Parisian vintage chic is given a playful twist.

Caroline Charles' collection for the season glances back further still, to the 1930s and the French Rivieria, with wide-legged trouser suits teamed with boater hats alongside elegant, chiffon dresses in classic navy with dropped waistline.
Her black and white eveningwear, meanwhile, sparkles with jewels and sequins for pure glamour.
Charles, who trained with fashion legend Mary Quant, will be one of many British designers looking to entice international buyers in a gloomy economic climate. She describes the next move for her brand as "eastern approaches".
As always at the biannual event, celebrity appearances caused as much of a stir as the clothes themselves, with the sighting of royal Autumn Phillips and shoe designer Jimmy Choo on the front row of Costelloe's show sparking a frenzy of camera flashes.
Other well-known names in the line-up include Dame Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald and Issa, one of the Duchess of Cambridge's favoured designers. Other shows by Mulberry, Nicole Farhi and Matthew Williamson will also catch my attention. For years you had to be in London to see what was happening, now we can follow it all on the internet, brilliant.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Something different

Something different, why not choose something unique that you will really enjoy. It could be your venue and your  whole notion of your wedding. 
Your dress doesn't have to be white or ivory, it can be whatever you want. If you go to the museum you will see that years ago women wore coloured dresses to get married in and then they wore them again and again.

Recently I was talking to an "old bride" that is what I end up calling once you have had your wedding!, sorry have to get a better term. Well this bride left the shores of Northern Ireland and choose the sun and setting of the island of Mallorca. It is a magical hideaway, an ideal place for a unique wedding or a honeymoon.

The hotel we would both recommend is The Villa Italia, perched on a cliff top overlooking the port of Andratx and it's marina. You could create a truly memorable wedding reception in this wonderfully romantic place with incomparable views and the staff are very welcoming.
The hotel can look after your every need - from flowers to room dressing, and the venue is licensed to host  a marriage ceremony.
A special range of wedding packages are available. A number of guests can be accommodated at the hotel or the port offers a selection of alternative accommodation.
Paradise, you can swim in the sea just 30 meters through the hotel's scented gardens is a small rocky cove to cool off from the sun's rays, what more could you ask for. Good food!
Great care has been taken over the decoration of the hotel,down to every last detail. Where better to celebrate your new married life together in this exclusive setting,where your every need it catered for.

Come sunset the hotel takes on a serene and seductive mood with low lighting and flickering candles and the restaurant comes into its own.
Something different!! truly special. Now for a dress suggestion to go with it.

Some many ideas, it is your choice, enjoy it.