A Mr and Mrs quiz

If you have an MC on your wedding day and you fancy giving your guests a bit of light entertainment to break up the speeches, then how about hosting a Mr & Mrs quiz?

It's certain to be an ice breaker and should have many couples shrieking with laughter when the (wrong) answers come out.

Or if you don't fancy holding the quiz on your wedding day, you can do it quietly with your other half one cozy evening or take it to your batchelorette party. The questions are interchangeable - he can ask them of you too (just change he to she).

You may also have some of your own to add!

Mr & Mrs Wedding Quiz

  • Favorite pet? Dog or cat?
  • What was his first pet?
  • What would he save first in a fire?
  • What does he think is your most annoying habit?
  • What does he think is his most annoying habit?
  • Who would play him in a movie?
  • What's his favorite part of your body?
  • What did you do on your first date?
  • Where did you meet?
  • How many children would he like to have?
  • Who is his favorite female celebrity?
  • What's his favorite film?
  • What makes him cry?
  • How many times did he take his driving test?
  • What's his favorite song?
  • What's his favorite country?
  • What's his pet name for you?
  • What's his favorite food?
  • What food does he really dislike?
  • What would he like to call his sons? His daughters?
  • What were you wearing when you first met?
  • What's the best present you've ever given him?
  • What's the best present he's ever given you?
  • What would he take to a desert island (apart from you?)
  • What's his favorite TV show?
  • Who's his favorite comedian?
  • What three words would he use to describe you?
  • What three words would you use to describe him?
  • How would he like to see you dressed on your wedding day?

Tips for planning a bridal shower

Tips for planning a bridal shower

Are you going to be a bridesmaid or the chief maid of honor? Then you better make sure that you read this post carefully!

Because one of the most important tasks that falls into bridesmaids' hands before a wedding is in fact organising the bridal shower. It's your job to throw a party that will truly wow the bride so that it becomes a memorable moment for you all to share.

It's all about the bride

Of course, you want to throw her the best-ever bridal shower there's ever been. One that will surprise and delight her. So the key point is to make it personal to her - it's all about her. Think about her personality and style. If she likes ribbons and bows, give her the by the books traditional shower of her dreams. If she thinks more along the lines of flower crowns and dreamcatchers, throw her a boho picnic in a meadow. Whatever the special day may call for, start rounding the troops and figuring out all the elements that will surely make her smile. Have some secret conversations with your bridesmaid conspirators so you can work out what she'd really like.

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The theme

This is when it's time to hit Pinterest. Set up some boards (and share them with your fellow bridesmaids) and find inspiration in the things that your bride likes to do. You don't have to do anything over the top or budget-busting expensive.

If your bride is a foodie, then maybe a cookery class at the bridal shower would go down well. Or if she's into her fitness, maybe a yoga or pilates session. You could even have a wine tasting.

Less traditional and more casual is the way bridal showers are going. You don't need to have a particular theme - but you might want to have a color scheme to hang things together (like the invitations and the table settings).

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The guest list

Unless you're having a surprise bridal shower, then you'll want to show the guest list to the bride beforehand. You really need to know who she wants there (and who she doesn't) - which is going to make addressing the invitations a whole lot easier.

You should also ask the bride how large she wants the bridal shower to be. Does she want it small and personal or larger and noisy! This might be the difference between having around the dinner table or renting out a large event space.

Traditional showers are all female - but your bride may want to invite some male guests. Ask her!

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The invitations

If you want to follow the rules of etiquette, you should mail out the invitations a month before the date so the invitees have time to block it out in their diaries. While we love receiving a beautifully designed invitation through the mail with a stamp and handwritten envelope, the casual nature of modern showers can allow for Evites too. While registry information shouldn't be included on wedding invitations, it's allowed and almost expected on bridal shower invitations.

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The celebration

Games are often a fun and engaging part of a bridal shower but don't feel you have to have them. They tend to kill conversation - so limit them to one or two. You definitely need to give guests time to mingle. The same goes for opening gifts. While it's also customary to see the bride open her gifts, you don't want it to take hours and hours. Keep the process organized. And somebody needs to be in charge of writing a list that notes who gave the bride what.

Photos by Wild Wolf Collective, Liz Banfield, Kathryn McCrary, and Cambria Grace Photography

The Top Wedding Color Schemes For Spring

The Top Wedding Color Schemes For Spring

Spring is in the air and we can't stop swooning over things like fresh cut tulips, the sound of birds chirping, and of course a new round of gorgeous color palettes. When beginning to plan for your special day, consider that you should start with a color story. Colors are the perfect way to provoke a certain mood for your event. Spring should have a sense of playfulness, softness, and freshness about it. We love the idea that colors much like flowers, tend to be very seasonal. Take the time to look around to find inspiration in the natural colors of this new season. Check out our top spring color picks for any beautiful springtime ceremony below:

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Shades of Green

Shades of green mixed with cream and ivory makes for a color palette that adds a formal air to a spring event. If you are going all in on a green palette, then be sure to include plenty of live greenery too! You will want the greens to stand out much more than the flowers. Opt for plants like succulents to create a statement that's quite unique. We also love a mismatched array of green bridesmaids dresses to play up the different shades of the versatile color.

Shop green bridesmaid dresses.

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Peachy Perfect

Nothing says spring quite like pale shades of peach and coral. If fun but refined come across in your visual mood board, then this color combo might just be it! These two colors match up perfectly for ceremonies that are outside amongst the fresh spring air. Remember to stick to the faded pastel shades rather than vibrant hues of the colors to radiate a look that's feels utterly enchanting.

Shop peach bridesmaid dresses.

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Ethereal Lavender

Lavender always manages to feel feminine and whimsical in formal event settings. When using lavender for your wedding, opt for soft fabrics and dainty details to provoke a light and airy feeling. Other colors that match best with lavender include deeper shades of purple, grays, and white. Try adding in actual sprigs of lavender to places like centerpieces and cocktails at the reception for an added aroma of tranquility.

Shop lavender bridesmaid dresses.

Paper Lantern Lighting

Are you thinking about a wedding full, and I mean FULL, of colour? Like, having your bridesmaids dressed in jewel-coloured gowns, and your flowers in bright, vibrant tones like these joyous ones from Helen Jane Floristry?

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Then I've found just the marquee interior you need to follow that theme through for a really brilliant wedding reception party, one that has loads of colour and dancing and energy. And it comes in the form of paper lantern lighting. Hanging clusters of different coloured lanterns from the ceiling of a marquee can transform it into an Aladdin's cave of dazzling, magical beauty, especially if they are set against a backdrop of twinkling lights on black cloth, as shown below.

Paper lantern lighting

Tops Marquees in Berkshire introduced me to this fabulous marquee interior idea and I just love it. And with such vibrant paper lantern lighting stealing the show, you wouldn't really have to go mad on the flowers for the tables - after all, all of your guests will be too busy marvelling at the lights to pay any attention to the table decorations! But if you want to keep the lighting a surprise until the first dance, just ask your marquee provide to put up a revealer curtain separating the dance floor from the rest of the marquee, so that you can unveil the lanterns when you're ready and start your married life off in a riot of colour!



Rules For Keeping the Love Alive Before the Wedding

Rules For Keeping the Love Alive Before the Wedding

Getting married is one of the most exciting moments in your relationship, but it can also cause quite a bit of stress on the both of you. It's important to focus on keeping the little fights to a minimum and maximizing the love in the air. Its's natural for the romance to fizzle during the long stage of wedding errands, however you don't have to wait until the honeymoon to rekindle that fire. From pre-engagement talk to wedding day events, follow these simple ground rules to deal with the changes to come in your love life.
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Be Open

Naturally, there are certain things about your partner that are going to bother you, and it goes both ways. From the beginning, establish a sense of honesty in your relationship. Go into the wedding planning process with the idea that you should both be able to express how you feel in certain situations. With an open line of communication, you will likely feel less lasting resentment.

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Date Night is Important

Talking about wedding plans at a local coffee shop does not count as a date! Carve out time in your busy schedules to actually go out and enjoy yourselves without thinking or conversing about the wedding at all. It's necessary to take a break from all of your to-do lists and focus on the true meaning of your marriage.
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Motivate Each Other

Stress does so much to our bodies and minds. When stress levels are high, it's the most critical time to focus on your health. Help each other stay active by going to the gym together, or taking a hike. Plan out nutritious meals and make a date out of cooking for each other. Not only will it keep your bodies in tip shop shape for the big day, but studies show you will feel less of the effects of stress when you are abiding by a proper diet and exercise routine.
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Get Away

Repeat: don't wait until the honeymoon to unleash the romance! Plan a weekend retreat, day trip, or even staycation to prelude the honeymoon. Think of your "mini moon" as an opportunity to unplug and just be together. Taking this time away will help your relationship flourish and also eliminate those pre-wedding jitters.
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Simple Reminders of Love

We tend to forget that whisper the simple words "I love you" really means so much. Especially when tensions have been high, stop to just show your love towards each other. Small things make the difference, like leaving a note out before your lover goes to work to simply remind them. Verbalizing those three words can negate all those harsh feelings that have been slipping into your mind.

Photos by M&J Studios and Logan Cole Photography.

What Your Diamond Says About You

What Your Diamond Says About You

Every woman knows that “A Diamond Is Forever.” In today's culture an engagement isn't complete without sealing the deal with a sparkly ring. Quite a bit of thought should go into your engagement ring. With so many combinations of stones and bands, your groom to-be should enlist help to be able to narrow in on a style that has just as much character as you. Because the diamond is always the center of attention, we've decoded how the different cuts transpire into your bridal personality.

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Radiant

The radiant-cut diamond is a lover of light with plenty of sparkle to show for it.  This gem is loved by brides who aren't afraid to take the spotlight. Whether you opt for a daring dress or a well-known DJ, your guests will surely remember your wedding as an energetic party for years to come.

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Round Brilliant

With 58 facets, a round brilliant cut gem sparkles like no other. You are a traditionalist to a T. You've dreamed about this day from the time you were five years old and you won't leave out a single detail. You want everything to appear timeless, so you pick a tulle ball gown and hire a violin quartet to serenade you down the aisle.

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Pear

Combining the styles of the oval and marquise cuts, this unique shape is a perfect choice for those who thrive off of independence. You play by your own rules and your motto is that two is better than one. You probably opted for a destination wedding because of the nature of a vacation and ceremony in one! emerald

Emerald

This retro-inspired design was more of a traditional style in previous decades. The cut tends to show any flaws the diamond may have, meaning that you love to take risks but in a way that is effortless and cool. You are drawn to minimalist elegance, so your ceremony will never feel over the top.

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Cushion

You love glitz and glamour which is why your ring is most importantly a statement. Think classic elements that also incorporate current trends. Underneath it all you are a hopeless romantic, and your wedding will not be short of luscious roses in rich hues.

 Photo by Vasilis Lagios Photography. Rings by Betteridge. 

short black bridesmaid dresses

I know that black is perfect for winter, but don't be put off having short black bridesmaid dresses for a Spring or Summer wedding. The trick is in the accessories:

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Take the girls above; strappy heels or colourful/metallic courts are the order of the day. And the flowers? Bold, breezy, voluptuous creations with spirals of foxgloves and fronds of ferns. Inspirationally oozing joy and fun rather than the more usual slick sophistication of a black-themed wedding.

You'll see more what I mean below. The flowers at this wedding were by Cornwall's Amanda Taffinder and they absolutely capture the vibe of the Very Happy Couple:

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And I love the rustic touch of the wicker basket holding the cards (what a clever idea) and the outrageously vibrant table settting:

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And they lived happily ever after.


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With a million thanks to Amanda Taffinder for her amazing floral creations and to Shanna Jones Photography for capturing them on film.


If you'd like short black bridesmaid dresses for your girls, shop the look at Dessy.com. The first one I'd recommend is Alfred Sung D701 in Peau de Soie (below left). Its bateau neckline and scoop back are extremely flattering and the cut-a-way tulip sit with is neat bow detail at the natural waist is delightful.


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Another pretty option is Dessy Collection Style 2939 (above right) which is a sleepless marquis lace dress with a jewel neckline and a fully shirred skirt. Its scalloped edge is a charming detail.


For a short black bridesmaid dress with a halter neck style front, look no further than Alfred Sung D492; the bared shoulder and low back make for a particularly becoming style.


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5 Must-Try Whimsical Hairstyles for 2016

5 Must-Try Whimsical Hairstyles for 2016

Finding a dress for the big day is no doubt a grueling task, but deciding on a hairstyle can often be even tougher. Considering trends and looking at consulting all the major editorials is the first step in finding the perfect style.  We also always recommend playing around with your locks with your stylist prior to your special day.

This season we are drawn to a look that is whimsical, natural, and ultra feminine. Whether your wedding is set in front of the crashing waves or amidst the dainty wildflowers, consider a 'do that's a little undone for your bridal look. Give the traditional a little twist and get inspired by these current hairstyles that we adore encourage you to try out before the big day.

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This is a super intricate style for the bride looking for something quite unique. Twist the front two sections of your hair until they meet in the back of your head. Create a fishtail braid out of the top section of your hair and secure. With the underside of your hair create a very wide and loose simple braid. Towards the end of the braid, grab the fishtail braid, remove the hair band, and weave it in to combine your hair into one section at the end.

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The Half Up Half Down With a Twist

If you can't decide between a beautiful braided updo and tousled waves, then how about both? Start by loosely braiding the two front sections of your hair. Overlap and connect the two braids in the back with bobby pins and hide any loose ends. Style the rest of your hair with a wide curling iron and sea salt spray.

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The Slick Side Swept

Here, the old hollywood glamour side swept hairstyle gets a revamp with a slicker appeal. Comb back and gel the front of your hair. Apply a staggered row of bobby pins behind one ear and sweep your locks to one shoulder. Voila!

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The Braided Headband

This is a must-try for boho chic brides that are opting out of the flower crown trend...create your own braided crown with your hair! First, take a large section of hair from underneath one side of your head. Braid it in the direction of the opposite side of your head. Attach the end of the braid with bobby pins and arrange hair to cover any loose ends. Style the front of your hair to frame your face.

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The Wispy Low Bun

If you're going for more of a streamline look, then opt for more of a simple hairstyle to compliment. Part your hair in a deep side part. Tease the hair at the crown of your head. Gather a ponytail at the nape of your neck and attach with a hair band. Divide the ponytail into two and loosely twist and secure them around each other into a bun with bobby pins. Grab small pieces of hair to loosen the look and create more volume.

Photos by Valentina Glidden, Apryl Ann, Nicole Berret, and Cole Logan. 

Blossom Pink Bridesmaid Dresses

You might have seen the divine artificial cherry blossom trees that you can hire for your wedding reception from Crescent Moon; so I thought I'd better show you some of the heavenly blossom pink bridesmaid dresses that you could have as well! Blossom pink is such a gorgeous colour; darker than blush and yet as easy on the eye and eternally pretty, it is sits well by itself or can be combined with other colours for an equally as lovely effect.

In the photo above, the lovely bride has chosen to keep it simple and elegant by choosing gorgeous white and blossom-pink bouquets with just a touch of blush and ivory for added interest from Holly's Wedding Flowers. The soft grey of the groom's suit adds to the overall effect of easy, delicate beauty.

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I love the way that Holly has incorporated some of the other natural colours from the blossom trees into the bridal flowers and it's something that you might want to do with the bridesmaid dresses themselves. Some of the fabulous Alfred Sung gowns from Dessy allow you to do just that as you can see from the image above. From the left I have selected Blossom pink bridesmaid dresses in style D699 with Ivory bodice, style D678 all in Blossom and style D723 with Mojito bodice. I think that the latter is particularly eye-catching.

As the bride, you could also think about including some blossom into your headpiece, as Holly has done here with these fabulous silk flowers:

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Doesn't that look beautiful?


And of course, the joy of using silk flowers to recreate something as fragile as cherry blossom is that you aren't beholden to the vagaries of the seasons or the winds; just as well given the continuous storms hitting the UK this year so far! Happy planning.

Romantic Quotes to Share for Valentine's Day

Romantic Quotes to Share for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's day coming up next Sunday, there is love in the air. Valentine's Day is a day of expressing love to everyone around you and taking the time to appreciate the great love you have present in your life. Take the time to take a closer look at your relationship. If you are newly engaged, recently married, or celebrating your twentieth anniversary, there's a reason why the two of your souls were meant to be together. Sometimes it's hard to articulate exactly what that love means to you, so we gathered our favorite quotes about romance. Whether you incorporate them in your vows, verbally recite them to your partner, or write them down on a card, share them with your nearest and dearest this Valentine's Day!

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"To be brave is to love unconditionally without expecting anything in return." -Madonna

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"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." -David Viscot
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"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable." -Bruce Lee
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"I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life." -The Notebook

arnaudubois"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it." -John Lennon
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"I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn't matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together." -Julia Roberts

Photos by Tyler Branch Photography, Cole Logan Photography, Merari Photography, and Arnau Dubois.