Yevnig Davis

An Enchanted Unveiling: Yevnig Davis Launches Her Latest Cake Collection

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From the whimsical magic of fairies, the beauty of trailing fresh florals to the majestic inspiration drawn from Roman Greek architecture, Yevnig presents six brand new cakes for her 2019/2020 collection.  Every single petal, cherub and royal iced detail has been completely hand-crafted from scratch.  As with every cake Yevnig creates, artistry and grandeur with a contemporary twist is at the heart of each unique design.

Yevnig Says:

“I have always been enamoured by the beauty of nature and the charm of fairies, combined with a love for material textures and architecture. The Enchanted Unveiling is a very personal collection, sharing the passion and love for my creative platform of sugar artistry. I adore all things pretty and girly, nature orientated, colourful, happy, elegantly floral, and I have designed these cakes with a nod to historic architecture and dress fabrics. This collection was my chance to show my love for creating intricate and show-stopping centrepiece cakes alongside a diversity of creativity to suit each and every bride. 

I will always be inspired by my brides, their choices and their weddings. I always want to give a piece of art crafted with passion for the best day of their lives.”

Elizabeth

Inspired by the rich history of the Elizabethan era, this five-tier design epitomises the grandeur and elegance of 16th Century royal costume. Alongside Queen Elizabeth’s famed frilled collar, jewelled headpiece and crown, detail is drawn from the jewelled embroideries, Elizabethan ruffs, farthingales, pristine lace and pearl embroidery of the period. Hand-crafted sugar flowers adorn the cake, aged in beautiful dusky blushes and olive greens.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Antonia-Sophie

Celebrating the beauty of summertime, this charming floral design is the perfect embodiment of the English country garden. Inspiration is taken from the delicate silky petals of flowers such as lilacs, roses, hydrangeas and deep pink hellebores. The cake is crafted with an abundance of flowing dainty sugar blooms in a pretty pastel colour palette trailing across five tiers.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Chrysa

The translation of Chrysa (from the Greek name Chryso) is ‘golden’. Inspired by the art and literature of the Golden Age of Greece (300-500BC), this six-tier ivory cake wrapped with a golden olive leaf border and swirl-wrapped sugar flower cascade, evokes the wild romance of the era. The orchid and hydrangea florals are hand-crafted in shimmering blush tones.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Ilona

This grand six-tier wedding cake with an exquisite petal-shaped lower tier and bouncy frills on alternate tiers is designed to evoke ‘beauty and light’. Incorporating playful floristry and painted watercolour, all elements inspired by fantastical nature and fairies. Crowned with a blush hand-worked sugar flower bouquet.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Arabella

Tall and elegant, sophisticated and commanding, this six-tier design is inspired by the classic romance of flowers such as lily of the valley, orchids and roses. Inspired by luxurious lace and delicate beading in white to symbolise purity, together with flowing hand-crafted flowers.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Alexandra

A contemporary take on the traditional wedding cake. This eight-tier masterpiece is created with pure white Royal Icing and beautiful intricate piped features including hand-crafted pearls, trellis, weaved baskets, string swags, small flowers, daisies and vines. A gloriously romantic topper sits atop sturdy pillars, supporting a decadent iced-urn bouquet of peachy blush roses, golden hydrangeas and olive-green leaves.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Anoushig Corinthia C

From the Armenian origin meaning ‘sweet & sweetness’, our Anoushig grand centrepiece towering at ten tiers tall draws inspiration from the Corinthia Ballroom’s striking windows and architecture. Created on an ivory background with gold highlighted 3D features of vines, roses, leaves, grapes and petite cherubs. Floral detail includes blush and white roses, anemone, hydrangea, Icelandic poppies and leaves.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Luxury Dessert Table

Corinthian dream dessert table. An offering of all things sweet and decadent including macarons, cupcakes, truffles, and décor inspired by the pillars and architecture of the Corinthia ballroom. Dessert tables are available in sizes from 4ft to 12ft, and décor custom designed to suit any occasion.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

More details on www.yevnig.com
Contact: 07827 298832

Photo Credit: Andy Mac Photographer

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano: An Evening of Bridal Inspiration

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

British designer Caroline Castigliano has been at the forefront of luxury bridal and evening wear for over 28 years.

Caroline Castigliano

Known for her understated effortless glamour and clean classic lines with contemporary touches, Caroline’s collections are designed to create impact from the moment you walk into a room.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Her unique ability to cut and construct garments, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique; from the exquisite choice of fabric, to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarment techniques to sculpt and enhance the female figure.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Each and every Castigliano gown is meticulously handcrafted in the United Kingdom for a flawless result, making the label a triumph of British design and craftsmanship.

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Bride Icon were invited to attend an evening of pure bridal inspiration with a beautiful collection of Caroline’s sensational dresses and an opportunity to speak to the the designer herself.  As the champagne flowed, so did the wedding inspiration with advice from a selection of professionals, including the beautiful make-up artistry and advice with the team from Charlotte Tilbury.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Bride Icon have captured our favourite dresses that we thought stole the show!

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Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

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Caroline Castigliano
Kerala

Heavenly Honeymoons In South India

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Swimming in the sunset

If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to create magical honeymoon memories, then say ‘I do’ to a romantic escape in beautiful and diverse South India.

With serene backwaters, glorious beaches, misty mountain ranges and immersive culture, a tour in South India will allow you to explore a unique destination together, at your own pace.

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Vythiri Wayanad Tree House
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Swaswara aerial shot

Picture yourselves as the only guests taking in the panoramic views from the 19th century King’s Residence Chittoor Kottaram in Cochin. Or why not hide away completely in a treehouse in the Wayanad mountains, or head to Kerala’s secret backwater islands to stay on a private retreat.

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House Boat

For the ultimate Keralan experience, cruise the tranquil backwaters on a fully crewed private houseboat, complete with your own personal chef.

If you’re craving rest and relaxation after your celebrations, rejuvenate and restore with a treatment, enjoy an Ayurvedic couples massage or try a yoga class at a peaceful well-being resort.  Share a romantic picnic in one of the many beautiful mountain areas, snuggle up under the shade of coconut trees fringing the sunny beaches and azure blue waters, or watch the sunset during an evening cruise or beach side candlelit dinner.

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Infinity Pool at Dusk

For the ultimate Indian honeymoon experience, spend the day with elephants at a peaceful hilltop spa hotel, or make your own cup of tea during a tea plantation visit. If you’re looking for a more active holiday, tempt your taste buds with a private cookery lesson, visit a wildlife sanctuary to spot bison, tigers, and elephants roaming free or try trekking or mountain biking in the hills of Chokkarmudi, Meesapulimalai or Top Valley,

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Coconut lagoon paddy hut
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Spice Village Private Garden Villa

Whatever you choose to do, there’s no better destination for the first getaway of your happy ever after than South India.

If you’re looking for ideas, great places to visit and amazing accommodation options, a dedicated honeymoon coordinator at ABTA-protected Authentic India Tours can create your bespoke honeymoon tour.

Amalia Strings

Amalia Strings Offers Couples A Fabulous Wedding Package

Amalia Strings

Trinity House, the working home of the General Lighthouse Authority, is collaborating with the talented AMALIA STRINGS to offer wedding clients an exceptional package.  When engaging the string ensemble as a duo at £370, a trio at £480 or a quartet at £600, the second hour of the live performance will be offered FREE when booked to participate at an event at the House.  This pricing includes VAT, transport of musicians and instruments to the House, and is available to potential clients of Trinity House onlyuntil 31st September.  If the booking is for more than two hours, any additional hour after the second FREE hour will be charged at £50, £60 or £80 respectively. 

Covering genres and styles from Mozart to The Beatles, AMALIA STRINGS comprise four talented musicians whose love of performing has brought them together. Vicky is active both as an orchestral player and soloist and has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Royal Festival Hall – she is currently Development Events Manager at the London Philharmonic Orchestra. David graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music and has collaborated with numerous professional string ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of London.  After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Alison has performed at many high-profile events including the Wieniawski Festival in Poland, Britten’s Death in Venice 2007 Aldeburgh Festival, and the Rock meets Classic 2012 Tour with Ian Gillan.  Playing the cello, Amalia Strings co-founder Mike is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and teacher and has played with many orchestras in the UK and across Europe, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

For more information on Amalia Strings, please visit:  www.amaliastrings.com 

To make a booking, please contact Zoe Turner at zoe.turner@trinityhouse.co.uk

Bridal Skincare

Bridal Skincare: The Pre-wedding Prep Your Skin Needs

Bridal Skincare

You have been waiting for your big day for as far as you can remember, and every woman’s dream is to look her very best with her skin reflecting the inner glow she is feeling. However, the biggest fear would be waking up a few days before with signs of a pimple or blotchy skin – but now these things can be prevented if you know how!

Skin specialist and product developer at Colorescience, Patricia Boland, has revealed the only pre-wedding prep your skin needs. She explains here on Bride Icon, when you should begin the prep and what you need to achieve that effortless glow that will look picture perfect.

When should I begin the prep?

A lot of brides want their skin to be luminous and have a natural but dewy complexion which allows them to wear less makeup on the day. In order to achieve that smooth surface you need to invest into a better skincare regime which preps the skin. The later you leave the prep, the more stressed you will become as you will have less time to react to any skin issues on top of the many other responsibilities you hold. Please don’t try anything brand new and drastic before the wedding day as you may get red and flaky skin, stick to what you know suits your skin best.

Start your prep 8 weeks before your big day, most of the work is simple can be done by yourself at home so you don’t to worry about spending a large budget on expensive treatments and products. By maintaining this 5-step process for 8 weeks you will see a big improvement in your skin health.”

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So, the 5-step process:

1. Weekly intense hydration mask

Your skin needs to look and feel revitalised as opposed to dehydrated. This is not be confused with dry skin, which is down to a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin. Low levels of moisture can give you a dull complexion, increase fine line and wrinkles and even cause sensitivity and irritation. This affects every type, even oily skin – this step ensures your t-zone is oil free and ready to be a clean base for your makeup. A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful and healthy skin.

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2.  Salt scrubs

Brides tend to forget about their arms, legs and chest during their bridal skin prep. All eyes are on you during your big day, so you need to reduce any existing or potential dry patches. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate, this will break down the dry patches and make your skin supple and a sponge for moisture.

3. SPF always

Sun damage will undo all your hard work and you can be affected more easily than you think. Dull, lackluster skin and dark spots can all be a result of UV rays. Either apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine in the morning or incorporate makeup with a high SPF to protect your skin. If you are wishing for a slightly sun kissed and bronzed look for your big day then gradually build in a bronzed moisturiser about 3 days before your wedding. This will give time for your colour to adapt into a beautiful and natural subtle tan.

4. Exfoliate and moisturise your body

Use an exfoliation product, whether in a wash or lotion that has AHA or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to break down dead cells on the top layer of the skin, doing this daily allows further penetration of the moisturiser you apply. Do not exfoliate with physical scrubs or loofahs as these often remove living cells as well which cause damage to the skin.

5. Achieving the dewy look

Use a natural face oil and work firmly in small circles upwards and outwards over your face. By using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, work along the jawline and use the heels of your hands to press and hold under the cheekbones. Do this daily before you go to sleep to allow the ingredients to settle into your skin, this will give the skin an incredible quality and glow whilst defining the face contours.

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Luxury Destination Wedding Spots for 2019

Gone are the days of huge weddings with hundreds of guests. In today’s experiential landscape, couples are seeking more intimate weddings in uncharted territories that create unique memories with their closest friends and families.

From swimming with sharks and stingrays in the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora right outside your over water bungalow; to canoeing to a private white-sand motu where you’re greeted with champagne and a French-Polynesian drum ceremony before your personalised dinner under the Tahitian sky!

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Bora Bora by – Ishan

Or perhaps you prefer an exclusive tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s largest mosques with 82 white domes, precious white marble floors, and chandeliers with over 40 million Swarovski crystals; followed by a safari tour in the world’s largest sand desert, where you are led on camel back to a glamorous Middle Eastern-style tented site where you can relax in a romantic spa with Moroccan hammocks and desert rose rituals.

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Recognising this desire for unparalleled experiences, LLG Events rooted itself in the world’s most luxurious destinations to design, manage and execute once-in-a-lifetime events for clients from all over the world.

“It’s not about getting there, it’s about enjoying the process. We make the event experience less typical and entirely personal by incorporating your interests and mindset beyond geography and demographic. It’s authentic, ethical, eccentric…it’s you. Attain the new standard of luxury, where your event is complete with exclusive experiences that tie emotional fulfilment with unforgettable moments that last a lifetime,” said Teal Nicholson, creative director of LLG Events.

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ABU DHABI – Cal Engel

With this expertise, LLG Events is unveiling the top 2019 wedding destinations of grandeur across the globe.  Bride Icon received the details on LLG Events’ partnerships with 5-star venues, resorts, and tourism boards in each of these destinations.

1. Dubai—The United Arab Emirates plans to make Dubai the top tourist destination in the world by 2025. “Last year, I had a sense that the invitation-only Destination Wedding Planners Congress would select Dubai as the location for their 2019 conference, and I was right! My guess earned us the first invitation to Atlantis, The Palm for this year’s business-to-business platform that brings together over 70 countries represented by their luxury event industry vendors who cater to celebrity and royalty,” said Lauren Grech, CEO and co-founder of LLG Events.

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DUBAI – Lucy M

The influx of wedding vendors for this elite conference alone will form partnerships with venues and vendors of the region. Known for splendorous shopping, ultra-modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is on the rise for attracting engaged couples.

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DUBAI – David Rodrigo

Couples can choose to become part of the preferred clique in Dubai’s shopping district and have the groom don a pair of tailored shoes from their in-house cobbler offering a formal shoe customisation service…or they can choose to have their wedding reception on a yacht sailing through the Arabian Gulf with a full crew catering to them as they watch the sun set over the Dubai skyline.

2. New York City— is where people go to achieve their dreams; so when planning a dream wedding, it will always be at the top of the list for prosperous destinations.

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“We have clients coming to New York City from all over the world choosing it to be the destination of their nuptials because it’s the melting pot of cultures where everyone is comfortable coming together, and that’s the most important part of a wedding day,” said Teal Nicholson.

“The best event designs are an expression of who you are and who you’re meant to be. Marrying in New York City allows couples to share their backgrounds, their values, their interests, and their love with components that transcend across generations.”

Additionally, the options for venues are endless, so couples can choose one, or even multiple, that are a true reflection of what they want their wedding day to be…whether that’s a hotel with outstanding views of Central Park, cocktails served exclusively in Baccarat crystal, or royal residences with Louis XIV-style.

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New York City – Mohit Singh

3. India“Celebrities always set trends, so with the recent weddings of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, we know that others will start to flock to India for their own interpretations of a celebrity-inspired wedding,” says Lauren Grech.

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India – Pablo Heimplatz

Premier publications are highlighting these extravagant, lavish weddings that extend over multiple days. This publicity provides all the necessary information on how to plan a destination wedding across the country, whether couples want to marry on a 32-acre oasis with manicured lawns and landscaped gardens; or if they want a property that boasts views of the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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India – Raghu Nayyar

4. Bora Bora—Named the top-trending destination for millennial travel in 2019, LLG Events is enhancing the mindset of Bora Bora from a honeymoon destination to a wedding spot that serves beyond elopements to larger groups of friends and family, with bucket-list activities taking over the itinerary.

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BORA BORA – Shifaaz-Shamoon

“We recognise that couples are seeking a more exclusive wedding day experience,” says Lauren Grech, CEO and founder of LLG Events. “So we sought out a destination that’s exotic, that was not affected by Zika virus, and that could be affordable for those that were already willing to spend on a large at-home wedding. This led us to our partnership with the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.”

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BORA BORA – Ishan

With a private suite experience that makes travelling to the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora a breeze, and an endless choice of tours and pursuits upon arrival, couples are sure to start tying the knot in this picturesque location.

5. Abu Dhabi is more accessible than ever with an extensive list of new hotels opening. With flights from most major cities, couples can be put at ease when considering the travel experience for their guests with small children or elderly family members. It also often ranks as one of the safest cities in the world.

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ABU DHABI – Martin Adams

With all of the large investments being made in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau sponsored LLG Events to evaluate 21 of their newest luxury resorts and their accompanying experiences. This push to align with white-glove service proves the significance of the region’s goals of becoming a luxury wedding destination.

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ABU DHABI – Zosia Korcz

They are promoting their varied cuisine, culture and time-honoured traditions, with one hotel having 14 restaurants within it, satisfying any indulgence couples may have on a gold platter; and the Women’s Handicraft Centre allowing couples to source local embroidery, weaving and other creative arts for wedding decor or favors.

Scarlet Events

Marc Ahmed, Director of Scarlet Events, Talks To Bride Icon On Planning Luxury Events & Partying with Lionel Richie!

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In today’s world of opulence and dreams, luxury wedding planners are a vital component of what may become the most defining moment of one’s life. With social media taking on the realms of showcasing the most extravagant settings for weddings and parties, wedding planners are promising an array of entertainment and sumptuous enticement, to bring our visions of indulgence alive.  To gain a real insight on what its’ like to plan and create a unique luxury wedding, Bride Icon spoke exclusively to the Director of Scarlet Events, Marc Ahmed to find out what made him take on the reins of the luxury events world – and why he wants to party with Lionel Richie!

Scarlet EventsMarc, thank you for speaking with Bride Icon.  Tell us what made you decide to get involved in the wedding and party planning industry?

It actually happened by chance about 8 years ago. I was always in the events industry and started out as a photographer. So, when my sister was getting married, I was planning her wedding, and bumped into an old friend who was a planner in the wedding industry. We seemed to have hit it off instantly and decided to set something up together – a new venture into new grounds. It was a time I thought there was a gap in the market and thought I could do a really good job with it – so that is how it started off – and the business has been growing and growing ever since!

Scarlet EventsHow do you begin planning for an event, and how much influence do you have in terms of having a fine line between the balance of what the client wants, and what Scarlet Events can create?

Client’s sign up with us because they love what we do, and they buy into our ideas or they have a vision for the event, and think we will be the best fit to bring that vision to life. We are not the right choice for every client, nor are some clients the right choice for us, which is why we hand pick our clients and only organise a small number of events per year. Therefore, there are only a handful of clients we can take on – and those are the ones who really want to work with us, they love our style, our designs and understand what they are investing in with us.  When it comes to parties, many of our clients leave the design completely to us, and let us come up with the concepts and ideas. Whereas some clients, will come to us with their own ideas and it is our job to translate them and bring them to life, whilst exceeding their expectations!

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With weddings, it’s a little different, due to the social media influence now, and especially how Instagram has just exploded in the last few years, brides will come to us already knowing what they want.  For example, recently brides have been opting for heavy florals, very light in colour, and a warm ambience with lots of candle light. However, at the same time, we will make it a little different. We don’t want our work to look exactly like what the client has just seen on social media, we want it to be unique to the client and to represent the couple, so it is important for us to tailor it to them.

Scarlet EventsHow does Scarlet Events bring something new, instinctive and unique to events, and how do you keep the ideas fresh and in tune with your client’s aspiration – do you follow trends?

We don’t really follow trends – actually we go the opposite direction of what everybody is doing. We don’t want to be the same as everyone else. Lets’ say for example, chair covers – nobody wants them any more – but I can guarantee that soon they will be back and we’ll probably be the first ones to use them! Therefore, when somebody goes in one direction we go in the other and that is what differentiates us.  We don’t want to copy, we want to be unique and different and create some kind of a twist, as client’s personalities and tastes are primary in representing the couple.

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Some agencies are set in their ways, and offer exactly the same thing to every client, but we are very much bespoke in our approach. We tailor the event towards the clients from the beginning, and they have a lot of input in terms of what they like and dislike – so by the time we get to the end – they are completely satisfied. With Scarlet, keeping our clientele happy is paramount – so even if a month before, our client decides to suddenly change the entire design of the wedding – it won’t be easy – but they have the absolute right to do that, and we will make it happen! We are here to look after their every need 24/7 or 365 days of the year.

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Could you tell us what was the most extravagant party or theme Scarlet Events have created so far?

We just did a huge party in Florence, Italy. The clients were from the US and after watching the Royal Wedding they decided that they wanted a Royal affair! So, we flew out over 100 staff and entertainers from the UK to Italy, and we had everybody from a Queen Elizabeth lookalike to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Guards and trumpeters – it really was a full-blown Royal extravaganza! The theme most certainly would not be something for British couples, but the Americans loved it!  

It all took place at the client’s villa which was under complete renovation and proved to be a massive logistical challenge, as we were creating a million-pound party on essentially what was a construction site. We built a huge marquee on top of the client’s swimming pool, which was no easy feat before turning her Orangery (which was an empty shell and falling apart) into Buckingham Palace. All whilst having to deal with the site constantly changing every time we went there, as construction work didn’t stop for the party! Having less than two months to organise everything and in the middle of summer, it was one of the most challenging events we have ever done!

Scarlet Events Marc, is there a defining moment in your career that you felt especially proud of?

I would probably have to say the defining moment would be last year when we flew in Lionel Ritchie to perform at a client’s party. We have a small list of legendary stars that we have always wanted to have at our events, and he was one of them. Lionel was booked at very short notice and we flew him in on a private jet from an Awards ceremony in L.A. just to perform at the party – and then he flew straight back – that was an incredible moment for us! The client had originally booked Enrique Iglesias to perform, but he couldn’t because his concerts were cancelled and re-booked due to the hurricanes in Florida last year, so he had to pull out at the last minute. We suddenly found ourselves having to find a last-minute replacement and Lionel, being the gentleman that he is, said he was more than happy to do it!

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Scarlet EventsThere are so many planners to choose from now.  How does Scarlet Events set its standards and visions apart from the others?

It’s about the level of service from start to finish, and not having that ego that can be found these days with some of the big wedding planners. Humility is the most important virtue that you can have – as your clients are the reason why you survive in the business, and why you live for the business. You can never ever make your clients unhappy, not even 1%. People say that you must be strict with your clients and tell them where the limit is and that you ‘can’t do this’ or ‘this is not a good idea’ or ‘it’s too short notice’ – I completely disagree.

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We will always accommodate a client’s request, no matter how insane the idea! Even if we have to do it differently to make it work, we will make it happen. For us, service and the client experience are what sets us apart, it’s exceptionally important and we will never say no to our clients – that is the expectation here at Scarlet and with my team of suppliers – I will never work with anyone that says ‘no’.  If our clients want us to meet them on a Sunday morning, we will go to them – if we must travel to another country to meet our clients – that is no problem at all. Our services also extends beyond the wedding, we are here 24/7 for our clients, and should they need anything non-event related such as a last-minute babysitter, or a restaurant booking then we open our private concierge service for them too.

Scarlet EventsMarc, if someone were to plan a party for you, what would be your ultimate venue and theme?

I know I would want it abroad – I have been to so many amazing locations that I honestly couldn’t choose – but I know I would want it to be kept very small.  When you have done pretty much everything, from private islands and luxury hotels to spectacular castles, it is hard to actually choose a venue! I would say it would be somewhere possibly in Europe with a stunning view. I would expect the party to be very timeless and elegant, something that is reminiscent of high fashion. Actually, something which I have always liked is a monochrome theme which I think doesn’t get much justice. So just having a purely black and white colour scheme for example, and maybe adding in a very small pop of colour – if done well – it could look amazing!

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If there was one celebrity or famous client in the world that you would love to organise a party for – who would that person be?

Lionel Richie! I’ll tell you why… because he was an absolute gentleman and a lovely, lovely person. He went above and beyond than any other artist we have worked with before. He invited the client on to the stage, and made him sing along; he brought guests up onto the stage to dance with them, and took double the amount of time at the back to meet the client and their families. The whole time he was just so humble and such a lovely person, appreciating our clients and everything that we had done. We really love working with people such as him and I would love to work with him again but this time planning his party!

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We would like to say a very special thank you to Marc Ahmed for taking the time to speak to Bride Icon.  For more information and details or if you like to contact Scarlet Events see their website here: www.scarletevents.com

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Photos courtesy of Scarlet Events.

How To Buy The Perfect Wedding Gift!

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Registering for wedding gifts is something many couples forget to do.  In the hectic planning stages, it is easy to overlook it.  But signing up for a bridal registry is crucial.

Buying a wedding gift is a very difficult task.  Unless you know the bride and groom very well, it’s hard to anticipate what they would want, what they could use, what they might already have, and what they really need.

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You can make the job easier for your friends and family by registering.  When you go in to register for your wedding, you will be able to choose a number of gifts you’d like to receive.  You can tell your friends and family where you’ve registered, and they can go shopping at that store for gifts.  They will be able to see what you’ve registered for, and the store will keep track of what has already been purchased so there are no duplicates.

You may prefer to be surprised with what you receive, but just remember that you’re not doing any favors for yourself or your family.  They want to get you something you can really use and that you’ll both really enjoy.  If the two of you detest coffee, it would be very sad if you received a coffee pot, and even more so if you received two or three!

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Besides, not everyone is likely to shop at the place you register with. Some people may not like that store, or they may be from out of town, or they may just have something very specific in mind for you.

But registering is one way to be sure that you’ll get at least a few things that you really need and want.  You’ll be able to help out those people who just don’t know what to get you, and you’ll be doing yourselves a favor in the process!

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So don’t forget to set up your bridal registry.  And be sure to choose a variety of gifts for all budgets.  You may prefer more expensive gifts, but do remember to be kind to those whose budgets may not allow a more expensive purchase.

 

 


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Author:

Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy. You can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com

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Where to Hold a Wedding Reception

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Almost any location would be a nice place for a wedding reception, depending on the tastes of the bride and groom.  Basically, you want to make sure your guests will be as comfortable as possible, but ultimately the reception can be held anywhere you want it to be!

Ideally you will want to make sure the place is free of insects or other pests, extreme temperatures, and anything else that would make guests uncomfortable.  You want to provide plenty of seating, and make guests as comfortable as you can.

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If you want to hold your reception outdoors, you can certainly do so.  Just be sure to provide adequate seating, a mechanism for keep pests like mosquitoes and stinging insects at bay, and shelter in the event of bad weather.  Tents are a good way to have this shelter available, and they can also provide some protection for the food and beverages.

Indoor locations should be within a few miles of the wedding so guests don’t have a long way to travel.  The reception is often held on the same premises as the wedding.  For example, if the wedding is held in a church, the reception is sometimes held in the basement or banquet hall.

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When a wedding is held at home, the reception is also usually held there.  The reception may be held indoors, or it might be held in the back yard if there isn’t enough room inside.

If you choose a non-traditional location for your reception, such as an outdoor location on a beach or by a lake, be sure the location can be properly maintained.  It may be difficult to provide enough seating, adequate temperature control, and pest control.  This is something you need to keep in mind when choosing the location, so don’t forget.  The decision for the location is yours, but please keep in mind the safety and comfort of your guests.

 

 


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Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy. You can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com

Fitness for Brides: A Plan of Preparation And How To Look Slim And Trim for Your Big Day!

 

Is your wedding soon approaching? Well you’re in luck; we have created the perfect but achievable fitness plan as a guide to helping all brides out there in getting slim and trim for their big day!

The entire plan for convenience has been divided into two cycles, so if you have less than six months, you can combine any two pieces of our plan. Another advantage of this program is – you don’t have to necessarily go to the gym!

Let’s get started…

Preparations for the wedding: 1 month

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This month, you should just focus on how to stay active and motivated. A good way of motivation is to have a diary. Write down on the cover of the date of commencement of training and all the reasons why you want to achieve your results like; weight loss, the waist, hips and all, what do you want to spend on training. You can also photograph the problem areas on a digital camera to print photos on the printer and put them in your diary. Every day, briefly write down how many minutes you are doing. But check your weight  and measurements as you go along, more frequently than once a week. Frequent weighing will only hinder you in achieving lasting results. During weeks 1 and 2 you have to do 20 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week and during week 3 and 4 you have to do 30 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.

Preparations for the wedding: Month 2

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Now is the time to hold control measurements. Most likely, you are not dropped too much, but have started to feel more energetic. Continue to write in your journal. Pay special attention to how you feel like feeling stressed, having more energy.

Week 5 and 6

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 2 approach to 10 exercises to lift press
• 1 approach to 10 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)

Weeks 7 and 8

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to lift press
• 2 approach to 10 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)

Preparation for the wedding: Month 3

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Usually it is here that people are beginning to give up. Open your diary on the first page, where you wrote the reasons for which why you have started your own journey. Read them again. This is a good reason? Also, take a look at the calendar date for your wedding. It is inexorably approaching, is not it? Are not you glad that the training began a few months ago? In addition, it is time to repeat the control measurements. Even if you did not weigh less, surely you can see that your body has become tauter.

Weeks 9 and 10

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to lift press
• 2 approach to 10 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 1 approach to 10 hand and leg lifts

 

Weeks 11 and 12

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to lift press
• 3 approach to 10 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 2 approach to 20 hand and leg lifts
• 2 approach to 10 exercises to train biceps

Preparations for the wedding: Month 4

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Look for a moment to write a congratulation to yourself (yes, you do it). You’ve already done a great job! Weigh and measure yourself if you wish. If you have followed our program, you should definitely notice the changes for the better. If nothing has changed, you may need a more advanced program. Talk to a fitness coach in your local gym.

Weeks 13 and 14

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 15 exercises to lift press
• 3 approach to 15 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 3 approach to 20 hand and leg lifts
• 3 approach to 15 exercises to train biceps
• 2 approach to 10 exercises for the chest

Weeks 15 and 16

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 15 exercises to lift press
• 3 approach to 15 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 3 approach to 20 hand and leg lifts
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to train biceps
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for the chest

Preparation for the wedding: Month 5

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Okay now is the time to seriously get training. Remember, you’ve only got 8 weeks left before the wedding! It’s time for a Weigh  control inspection. What part of your body still needs to be improved? Is it your tummy or legs? Select one or two areas and focus on them. Continue to perform the same program, but add to 3 approaches (each of 15 repetitions) for the training of selected areas.

After each exercise present your selves with your wedding dress and

Visualise how you weill look in it – this should motivate.

Weeks 17 and 18

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 15 exercises to lift press
• 3 approach to 15 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 3 approach to 15 bob
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to train biceps
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for the chest
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for problem areas
Weeks 19 and 20
• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 15 exercises to lift press
• 3 approach to 15 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 3 approach to 15 hand and leg lifts
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to train biceps
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for the chest
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for problem areas

Preparation for the wedding: 6 months

Now only 4 weeks before the wedding. You have a huge number of things that need to be done for your big day. All of this could threaten or derail your training. But do not let them do so. Weigh and check your current performance. Keep the same program as in the previous month. Emphasis is also on the problem areas.

Weeks 21 and 22

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• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 15 exercises to lift press
• 3 approach to 15 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 3 approach to 15 bob
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to train biceps
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for the chest
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for problem areas
Weeks 23 and 24
• 40 minutes of aerobics at least 3 times a week.
• 3 approach to 15 exercises to lift press
• 3 approach to 15 push-ups (not necessarily from the floor, you can do push-ups against a wall or chair)
• 3 approach to 15 hand and legs lifts
• 3 approach to 10 exercises to train biceps
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for the chest
• 3 approach to 15 exercises for problem areas

You are now ready to look and feel your best for your big day, Congratulations! And well done you completed the training plan. I wish all the best on your special day.


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Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy. You can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com

How To Get Your Credit Ready for the Wedding and Big Day

Many Couples are faced with the problem of lack of money needed when it comes to their big day. The accessories for the bride, grooms suit to inviting a wedding photographer and videographer, order the car and pay the full registration of the actual marriage.

Many are ready to tackle the problem of money themselves.

In most cases, young’s earning is very little, of course there is, always some exceptions:  But, one way or another, for a beautiful wedding, you will need to wait a year or two, to be able to save money and then plan a wedding to really remember for the rest of your life! Waiting really long for the wedding is not always possible because of many reasons: Some can’t wait if they are not living together, others just want to get married and move on with their lives.

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So if you truly ready to a tie-the-knot and feel like you are ready for marriage, but have little to no money and your money is not enough to organize your big day, lets take a look at two other options that are open to you.

 

Option number one is Traditional consumer credit, which you can spend on the wedding or something else.

 

Consumer loans are granted by many banks. Some of them will ask you to confirm the purpose of your use of their credits and others may not need it. Some banks, have a mandatory rule of surety; in this case most common interest rate for the use of the loan will be slightly lower.

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Most often the final percentage of consumer credit, which you will need to pay back to the bank, consists of several parts.

* The very interest rate – most often from 11% a year or more (depending on the size of the remaining interest, as described below).

* Percentage for the conduct of credit (loan account) – are zero, but most often is for consumer loans 1-1.3% in the month of the balance of the principal debt in months.

There is a one  offcommission that some banks will charge you. Most often this commission for the issuance of the loan – usually equal to about 1%, but sometimes the commission is missing. Some banks also pay consideration of applications for credit. There are also annual payments unrelated to the bank. Most often, the life insurance, work, etc. In the amount of 0.5-1% a year from the required loan amount, depending on your health status and age. Incidentally, if you have any health problems, the insurance company will send you to mandatory testing, to tell you the exact amount of insurance you will need to pay.

The term of a consumer loan often is for 1-3 years, while monthly payments would equal the entire period of credit.

 

Option number two is Special offers from banks at weddings.

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A small number of banks have special rates for newlyweds. If you decide to provide documents to prove your intention to marry, you can get a loan. Typically, these loans and the rates area a little lower and the period of the loan may be longer, and may allow for early payment immediately (Couples may choose to repay the loan from the money that are given by some guests).

But, once again I must specify that such programs, despite the fact that there have recently many banks still do not enjoy the same popularity and prevalence of conventional consumer loans.

 


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Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy. You can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com

Choosing A Great Selection of Music for Your Wedding

 

It’s your big day and you want all your guest to enjoy themselves and music is the best way to make them happen. There are two ways you can choose a great music play list for your wedding.  You can either have live music, or you can have recorded music.

Traditionally live music has been the music of choice, but recorded music is becoming more popular.

Live music has often been preferred because it seems more traditional and romantic.  It may be seen as “cheap” to have recorded music at a wedding ceremony, and live music is often expected to be a special thing.

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But sometimes the couple may not enjoy live music.  They may have very specific taste in music that would be better suited to recorded music.  In this case,  hire a DJ to play your choosen play list instead.

 

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If you’re going to hire live music, you should find an artist or group that can perform the kind of music the two of you both enjoy.  If you both hate classical music, don’t hire an orchestra!  It may seem like the “classy” thing to do, but the two of you should really enjoy the music at your wedding!  If you are both crazy for heavy metal music, go ahead and hire that wild heavy metal band!  It’s your wedding!  You can always have some recorded music thrown into the mix.

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If you decide on recorded music, you can discuss your song choices that you want to play with the DJ well before the wedding.  You might want to choose mostly romantic songs, or you might prefer having a few fun dance songs played to liven up the party.  Remember, it’s your wedding, so choose the music that the two of you enjoy.  If you have to buck tradition, go ahead and do so!

I do recommend choosing at least one slow song for the first dance.  It’s traditional that the bride and groom share the first dance, and it may be recorded and shared through copies to all your guests.  You will probably want to give the guests that one dance to a slow, romantic song at the very least.  Then again, if you both hate mushy music with a passion, go for what you like!  It’s your wedding, after all!

 


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Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy. You can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com

Should You Have A Wedding Guest Book?

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Traditional brides don’t have to have traditional guest books. Certainly you can purchase a standard guest book and ask your guests to sign it, but there are so many more guest book-like activities that are more unique.

Let’s move from the popular to the less well known. One very popular option allows guests to sign a picture of the bride and groom. Simply take a picture of the bride and groom and have it matted in a mat several inches larger than the photo itself. Place a frame around this, but don’t include the glass or Plexiglas frame. You’ll add this later. Some people prefer to use “bulldog” clips to keep the mat together instead of putting the picture in the frame. The picture can be framed after the wedding.

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Most couples choose a nice photo of themselves for this picture/guestbook option, although if there’s a formal engagement photo, this is an excellent way to preserve that photo and show it off to friends and family. If photos are taken before the wedding with the bride and groom in their wedding attire, you can certainly use this photo. Many couples opt to either leave the mat empty or they place a temporary picture in the mat and add a wedding picture later.

Be sure to have a nice Sharpie marker handy and place the picture on either a sturdy easel or on a table where guests are sure to see it.

Another option is instead of providing a picture of the bride and groom to sign, the guests are provided with a picture of themselves! Simply provide a Polaroid camera and assign someone the job of taking pictures of the guests as they arrive at the reception. Once the picture is dry, provide a Sharpie and they can sign the picture, make a note to the bride and groom or hand draw a silly picture. It can be whatever the guest wants it to be. This is a unique, and personal, way for guests to “sign in” at the wedding.

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Whoever handles the taking of the pictures should also handle putting them in an album of some sort. A scrap booker might provide a special memory book with the Polaroid pictures in it, or the pictures can simply be placed in a nice album and presented later to the bride and groom.

Many guests don’t give a great deal of thought to the guest book. They whiz by the guest book table more concerned with getting their cocktail and hitting the dance floor. If this is a concern, provide a “traveling” guest book. Send each guest something either to sign or decorate before the wedding.

In this “traveling” guest book scenario, there are several options. One of the easiest is to send each guest a small piece of paper and ask them to write something meaningful or thoughtful for the bride and groom on it. The pieces of paper are returned prior to the wedding (to ensure a better response, provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with the paper) and can be compiled in some meaningful way for the bride and groom and presented to them on their wedding day.

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If the guest list is a creative or particularly close group, there is one other option that is even more meaningful. Again, in a scrapbook fashion, send each guest a piece of paper to sign or decorate. The paper should be the size of a photo album, so it might be a 6 x 6 piece of paper, an 8 x 8 piece of paper, or even 12 x 12, if the guests are up to that larger size.

In a letter that arrives with the paper, the guests are instructed to create a memory page for the bride and groom. They might include photos, quotes, little anecdotal stories, or combine all of these with stickers or embellishments. It’s thoughtful, meaningful and personal and it’s an excellent way to include guests who might not be able to attend the wedding, but would still like to be a part of it.

 


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Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy. You can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com

6 Dos And Donts For A First Date

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Okay so I know this was supposed to be a wedding site and hopefully by now you’ve gone past all the dating drama and you’ve settled in nicely into the romance of things, heck you’re about to get married congrats to you. But for all you out there who are still single, don’t throw shade, this is for you…

The Do’s and Don’ts of dating

You’ve got your first date and you’re on sure what to expect and what to do. We want you to nail that first date so that hopefully it will lead to another and then another and; well you get the picture.

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There are many right and wrong things to do when you go on a date. Knowing what you should be focusing on and what you need to avoid on a first date can mean the difference between a second date and having someone that never calls you again. If you know what makes a perfect date, you can then go into a first date with confidence and self assurance. You will know what you are doing and what to expect. This limits the surprises that sometimes come up and can ruin a date.

We asked some relationship experts for their advise and this is what they told Bride Icon.

 

1. Be On Time:

One very important thing that you should do when you are going on a first date is to make sure that you are on time. The fastest way to make a bad impression is to show up late. If you are late, your date will think that you do not care about them or that they are not important enough for you to be on time.

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Another potential result is that your date may decide that they do not want to wait for you and will leave before you arrive. They say that the first impression is the lasting impression. Being on time for a date makes a great impression.

 

2. Put Your Date at Ease:

Do your best to make your date feel as comfortable as possible. Everyone gets very nervous when they go on a first date with someone.

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If you are making your date feel comfortable, you will also find that you are more relaxed and enjoy yourself much more during the date. Laughing at your date’s jokes is one great way to make them feel that you are interested in them and it will also make them more comfortable.

 

3. Keep Conversation Alive:

Be interesting and keep the conversation alive. You do not what to show up for a date and then have nothing to say and nothing to ask all night.

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You should prepare yourself ahead of time and think of interesting topics and things that make good conversation.

 

4. Listen Sincerely:

Show a valid interest in what your date has to say. Pay attention when they are talking to you.

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Let them know that you care what they are saying. Practice your conversation skills ahead of time. This will help you prepare for the date.

 

5. Don’t Talk About Yourself:( Well to Much That Is)

You do not want to talk about yourself all night. This is a turn off and is also rude. You do not want to come off as being conceited or stuck on yourself. Ask questions about your date.

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Give them a chance to talk. It is not all about you. If you do all the talking and do not let them get a word in, chances are it will be your only date with them.

 

6. No Talking About Past Relationships:

Do not talk about your past relationships. No one really wants to hear about your ex. They do not want to know what the good points and bad points were. This is a huge turn off and a guaranteed way to drastically reduce the chances for a second date. This is a new person and a new start. Focus on the date that you are with and start finding out about them.

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Hopefully the tips we’ve shared will give you the confidence when going on that big first date. All the best from all of us at Bride Icon, let us know how you get on 🙂


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Rachael Aprill Phillips is a freelance writer and the founder of Rachael Academy you can find out more about her work on rachaelacademy.com