Archive for August, 2010

We all know that if you so much as whisper the word ‘wedding’ to a supplier the price suddenly shoots up, especially with those dedicated to only serving the wedding industry.

Surely there must be an untapped resource of very talented people out there who can make great cakes, take gorgeous photos and play the funky music… and there is – Students!

Someone studying for a music or photography degree spends 5 days a week (if not more) dedicated to perfecting their talent, and usually is looking to earn some pennies to go towards their studies (and extra curricular activities…). Ok, they may be lacking in the experience of having done lots of weddings specifically, but for certain aspects of the wedding that is not so important, and the price difference can often make it worth it.

A fashion student can make the adjustments to your dress that the shop is asking £££ for.
Your young cousin with Grade 8 piano could play as you walk down the aisle or during reception drinks.
If you are looking for something different for your photographs look for a photography student who enjoys playing with light and trying new things…Their portfolio will give you an idea of what they can do.

At our wedding we had an 8 piece funk band made up of students – they put on a fantastic set, got everyone up dancing and you could tell they were having a great time too…

So, how to tap into this resource…
– Ask around – friends of friends, who do you know who is still studying and ask if they can recommend anyone.
– Try the new site SchoolyWeds which is a directory of creative and talented students offering their services.


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If you are struggling to find the perfect jewellery or accessories to compliment your dress, then fret no longer. Designer Chrissie Douglas from Coleman Douglas Pearls has over 21 years of experience helping brides choose the right pearls for them. Here are her 5 top tips:

1: Make a statement and if you are wearing a statement dress then choose a pair of statement earrings that will frame your face.

2. Necklines. To make sure the necklace you choose works with your dress, the basic rule is to echo the neckline of the dress, without overpowering you.

For example, a strapless dress works best with a choker; a sweetheart works best with a necklace that includes a drop or pendant (which accentuates the cleavage); an empire line scoop neck would best suit a fine necklace which sits at the base of the neck; and with a v-neck, a simple drop.  A corseted bodice cries out for a statement necklace. Have no fear – go for it!

3. Add a touch of colour – Link your outfit to your bouquet or to the bridesmaids with a touch of colour in your accessories. Try pale pink pearls
And for something blue – Don’t limit your something blue to the ribbon in your garter – Aquamarine stones add the requisite subtle shimmer of blue.

4. Designs to last a lifetime. With the costs involved in the big day, make sure that the jewellery you choose will not be relegated to a drawer after the wedding. Choose a classic design that you will enjoy wearing again & again, and that you can use to dress up and down for a variety of outfits in your wardrobe – starting with the honeymoon…
Pearls can be re-strung into a new design easily, preserving the initial investment you made to have fun in for the rest of your life. You could even re-string a family heirloom not only to have ‘something old’, but also add a touch of family history to your wedding.

5. Coordinate your bridesmaids gift with your choice of bridal necklace or earrings  – for example, a sumptuous necklace for you, and diffusion versions for your bridesmaids to tone in with their dresses.

Why choose pearls?

A pearl’s glow subtly compliments your skin and it’s lustre lights up your smile. For this reason they have been worn by every style icon in history and due to their illuminating qualities they have been a traditional accompaniment to every bridal outfit for centuries.

Pearls are the only precious gem that is not mined from deep within the earth. A pearl is created by a living creature in the sea and does not need extensive polishing and cutting to reveal it’s natural beauty. The pearl cannot be created in dirty water, so farmers keep the rivers and lakes free from pollution and investing in a positive environment.

Read more about pearls

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– Organise your wedding easily from one online portal – access it from anywhere.

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