Sunday will be my first wedding anniversary, and it feels like just yesterday I was a major ball of stress, preparing for the happiest day of my life. While I'm definitely not quite yet the authority on marriage (I'll get back to you in 50 years), I have learned a few things during the last year of being a married woman. Here are the top five.
Planning a wedding is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Not only do you have to contend with keeping everyone happy, but you also have to make so many choices.
I have worked in the bridal industry for 15 years, so as you can imagine, I have seen plenty of incredibly beautiful wedding dresses. Before The Duchess of Cambridge got married, the majority of people I worked within the industry used to cite Grace Kelly as the figure whose gown they most admired.
Every couple wants to make sure their big day is unforgettable and what better way to accomplish this task than by taking advantage of the growing trend towards destination weddings.
Stylish women aren't those who slavishly follow fashion, and wouldn't be seen sporting the latest trends. On the contrary, they are women who knows what suits them, and opt for fashion that wills stand the test of time.
Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life. However, it is all too easy to get involved with family arguments that could ultimately harm your chances of enjoying your big day.
Amal Alamuddin looked like she was born to be a bride when she wed George Clooney. Resplendent in Oscar de la Renta. The human rights lawyer looked undeniably chic and stylish. If you like the idea of following in her footsteps, it is important to think chic, understated and classic. Like The Duchess of Cambridge, lace played an important part in Amal's wedding dress.
Have you ever dreamed of eloping and getting married in secret? If all the performance of a big wedding at home has no appeal, take a look at these 10 amazing places overseas where just the two of you can tie the knot. You'll have no worries about who to invite, seating plans, flower girls and so on. Just you, the love of your life and a fabulous setting...
Remember, it is all very well to tell an eight year old girl that you have chosen her flower girl dress (and often this is not easy!), but try informing twenty or thirty something adult bridesmaids what you would like them to wear for your wedding without consulting them! Believe me, they will not be happy!
Love, oh love. There are certainly better four letter arrangements that describe my general mood more accurately, but this little one's been on my mind lately.
Many couples dream of getting married on a tropical beach. It's an increasingly popular way to tie the knot, particularly for those that want a discreet ceremony without hundreds of guests in tow. And it's not as expensive as you might think. In fact, some resort hotels now offer free wedding packages if you stay for a minimum number of nights.
There are usually a few questions people ask me when I tell them I got married last December: 'Who proposed to who?' (he did, he'd always wanted to), 'What did you wear?' (Versace, of course!) and 'Was it stressful?' (yes, yes and yes again).
Wedding bells are on their way out - we mere mortals should expect to hear just a faint tingle of their quaint ding-dong. Yet I, along with many others, will be donning a white dress and saying 'I do' in just under a year's time. So why, quite frankly, do we bother?
All I can think about is how a baby will affect their life. How will it affect their career? Will their relationship hold out long enough for the child to be brought up in a secure environment? Will they ever sleep again? Was it planned? Why have they done this? And so young.
As we come to the tail end of the summer wedding season, some of you may be in the process of arranging your own wedding for next year. As well as the gown, the cake, the venue, and a hundred other decisions, you may be contemplating whether to invite children to your wedding.
The day had arrived, months of planning had come down to this. My favourite part of the planning process had been what I called 'operation scent thrower,' in which I, your heroic protagonist Alexander Smith, would spend time attempting to make my beloved feel that I would seemingly never want to fully commit myself to her.