Hen Party Shenanigans

Hello, Christmas party season is upon us!  I love getting glammed up with sparkles and glitter! This got me thinking about hen parties.  We have so much choice these days I thought I’d do a blog about what to consider when planning a shindig be it your own or somebody else’s. First of all you need to decide what you want. Sit down with your bridesmaids and speak to them honestly about things you wouldn’t mind doing, things you wouldn’t mind trying and the things you don’t under any circumstances even want to consider. This is a very important conversation to have, the element of surprise can be quite exciting, but if you take off that blindfold and you find yourself in a situation that makes you massively uncomfortable, well that’s just fun for no-one. If you aren’t one for going out dancing and drinking cocktails, well there are plenty of other alternatives. You could opt for a more sedate bridal shower. Yes I know this is another concept that we have adopted from our American cousins, however it’s one that offers a bride to be a nice compromise. If you prefer a nice afternoon out with the special women in your life then this is the way forward. This is also a good way of involving your mum, mum in law, Gran etc. if you feel they wouldn’t be comfortable on a rowdy, booze fuelled night out. Hen Parties! Now I know for some brides those two words can strike fear into their heart. Organised fun can sometimes be overwhelming and when there is a large group of people...

Tips For A Stress-free Wedding Day

Hello All! As you can imagine we love weddings here at Bridal Reloved and we speak to hundreds of brides every month before their big day and after. Here are some top tips for your wedding day that we have gleamed from our brides and taken from personal experience. WATER. Drink lots of water the day before. When our brides come in to collect their dresses, (usually a day or two before the big day), I always ask them what they have had to drink that day and usually they have to think about it and usually the answer is just a cup of tea this morning!  When I ask if they have had a headache they usually say yes. It’s massively important to drink water every day obviously, but when you get married the adrenaline that runs through you could match that of a sky divers! Make a real effort to drink plenty the day before. Also the first thing to do when you get up on the day of the wedding is to sink a pint of water. (Don’t worry, it will have passed through your system before you get dressed so there will be no unnecessary trips to the loo in your beautiful gown). Write a card or note to your other half and open them in private when you wake. Sometimes weddings can start to feel like a big event for everyone else where you have worked hard and spent a lot of money trying to make it perfect for your guests, a note to each other will bring you both back down to earth...

Lest We Forget

Hello Everyone, This week’s blog is dedicated to all our Forces brides. You know we love what we do. We get to see so much joy and happiness in our job. Weddings are nothing if not wonderful occasions where you celebrate love. So we are so lucky we see this every single day. But then there are some days that make you stop and think, there is always an alternative view to everything. We only see the love but we all know the opposite of love can be heartbreak, it can be loss and sorrow. I was thinking about this because of Armistice Day. I started thinking about all the couples who were or have been separated because of war and conflict and how many never got to celebrate their love.   Here at Bridal Reloved, we have a few team members who know what it means to be the partner of somebody who puts their life on the line for Queen and Country. How gut-wrenching it must be for them to see them walk out of the door to head back to their regiments and not know if they will return. We see a lot of Forces brides at Bridal Reloved, whether they are engaged to a Soldier or they are indeed serving themselves. They are so brave and selfless, yet they ask nothing of us. When we owe them so much, they expect nothing. They are just doing their duty.   When I pin my poppy to my lapel, when I stand and close my eyes and let the silence embrace me like a cloak, I can’t...