I have worked in the bridal industry for fifteen years, so as you can imagine, I have seen a lot of beautiful weddings. I can't tell you the amount of times I have looked at photographs of a stunningly dressed bride and groom, and then looked at the guests standing next to them, and thought, 'what are they wearing?'
We have more options than ever before; the world is getting smaller by the day. Rather than attempting to fit ourselves into wedding-gift boxes, maybe we should be questioning why the gift-wrap still holds so much allure. Maybe it's time to blow the bloody doors off.
In the past couple of years I have been to Berlin twice for hen do's, Amsterdam once, and stayed in London a couple of times. It's got to the point where my friends joke that I must be "attending another hen" if I can't make something. So, for my readers (hi mum), I figured I would do my hen planning advice.
Let's be honest, when it comes to the issue of kids at your wedding (with the exception of your own...at a push), every bride dreads the possibility that they may have to endure screams throughout the all-important ceremony, or food fights during the speeches.
Everyone wants their dream venue - whether it be a church, a castle or down your local; thought, time and a whole load of money goes into securing the venue of your dreams. But what if your chosen venue doesn't want you?
From rustic wedding flowers to floral wedding stationery and cakes to vibrant mother of the bride ideas and elegant and feminine bridal wear, here is my pick of the best from The National Wedding Show 2015, London Olympia.
Anyone getting married knows that there is a certain amount of planning you just can't sidestep. No matter how big, or small, your wedding is going to be, you cannot avoid involving people, offending people or worrying about people.
On the day of my diagnosis, I did several things. First, I sat on a bench outside the hospital, my head on my knees, crying uncontrollably, as my partner quietly kept his arms around me. I stayed like that for some time before suddenly sitting upright and asking him if he would marry me.
If you were one of the lucky couples to get engaged over Valentine's Day weekend, congratulations! This is a special and exciting time, and no doubt thoughts of engagement parties and wedding preparations are already providing hours of anticipation and joy.
So you're engaged. Congratulations! And now you're both off on a rollercoaster of wedding planning to make sure one of the most important days of your life goes without a hitch. This is also a time when you realise you have a wonderful excuse for a holiday of a lifetime.
It's not just the wildlife and the vast African skies that will put romance in the air - some of today's safari lodges are incredibly stylish and intimate, with luxury tents, roll top baths and game drives that finish with dinner beneath the stars. Here are 10 of the most romantic lodges in the world.
Like all good guides, we'll start from the beginning, the beginning being the cut of your diamond, which should be chosen with care. If you're looking for timeless, opt for a princess, round or oval cut, with their softly faceted shapes.
Think about it. You are spending an absolute fortune on ensuring your wedding is the best day of your life. Imagine if you leave finding a wedding photographer to the last minute and end up with someone you are not 100% confident with.
We imagine there was LOTS of people who got engaged over Christmas and New Year, 'tis the season for romantic gestures. And for those who did get asked the big question, and said yes, there's lots of planning to do.
Do you consider yourself a fashionable and stylish bride-to-be who loves keeping up with the latest trends? Do you want to have a wedding that reflects your fashionable self?
It is one of the great scandals of our time that in 2014 small-scale miners of such a precious metal should work in appalling, dangerous conditions for less than $1 a day. Because that is the sad truth hidden away deep underground.