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Blogging Bride: Jess’s Planning Advice

November 29, 2016
Blogging Bride Lough Erne Resort The Promise NI

Good morning!

Yesterday we shared Jess and Andrew’s wedding at Lough Erne Resort, and today Jess is taking over with a few words of advice for all couples planning their wedding day – Jess arranged her day at home in NI whist living in Edinburgh and studying for her uni Finals!

Blogging Bride Lough Erne Resort The Promise NI

Dear future brides and grooms,

Andrew and I had the best wedding day we could have wished for, and learnt a lot during our planning. Here are some of the things that I feel were most important for me leading up to the day.

Never worry if you get stressed as it is so normal. It is not often you will have to organise something of this scale so sometimes it will feel overwhelming. I would also say to have a cut off time for wedding preparations at night – stop at a certain time so that you can spend time as a couple! Everything gets so crazy that it can be hard to find that time to celebrate what is about to happen.

Love your style. Before the wedding it can get slightly stressful trying to impress others with details and colours (or maybe it was just me). Learn to embrace exactly what you want with the small details, the flowers and the colours you choose. Once the day comes you will stop to look around at everything that describes you as a couple and fall in love with it.

Spreadsheets are your new best friend. Whether it was budgeting, organising thank you cards or seating charts – I had them! I know it feels so obvious and rather practical but you will appreciate them the whole way through.

Take care of your skin. I have had adult acne for a few years now and was petrified that on my wedding day I would be focusing on my spots rather than feeling confident. I have been on every product and spent countless amounts of money on moisturisers and lotions. Before the wedding I felt nothing was working for me so I went back to basics. I started to drink 2-3 litres of water every day, doing exercise, stopped touching my face and using a moisturiser with salicylic acid. I stopped scrubbing my face and using lots of different products. And guess what? The natural way really worked! So if you are worried about your skin for your wedding day – believe in less is more!

Love yourself, your new husband and those sharing in the day with you. I adored all the flowers, the fashion and the details as it was what I had spent two years planning for. But as I looked around on my wedding day I felt that the best thing was sharing this special time with all my loved ones. Enjoy every second!     Jess xx 

Blogging Bride Lough Erne Resort The Promise NI

We can’t thank Jess enough for bringing us on her wedding planning journey, and want to wish her and Andrew all the love and happiness in their future together.

{Photos courtesy of Adam + Grace Photography}

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Blogging Bride: Lorraine’s Alice in Wonderland Hen Party

October 18, 2016
Alice in Wonderland hen party

So our Blogging Bride Lorraine is now a wife (more on that very very soon!) but today we’re getting our beer goggles on and sharing some of the fun from her Alice in Wonderland hen party! We’ve roped in Lorraine’s sister, Claire to explain what they did to mark the occasion…

Alice in Wonderland hen party

We had a kind of unconventional brief for Lorraine’s hen party…first of all one of the three bridesmaids is a boy – her best friend David so we had to be mindful of that when organising any activities. Also, Lorraine had Lynne and I well warned that she didn’t want any of the usual hen party trappings – L plates and plastic willies were not going to cut the mustard! We wanted to organise something chic and quirky but also fun and so we chose an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme as she’s a fan of the movie and we thought it would allow us to add some fun without being tacky.

Dublin was the chosen location for the hen to keep costs down and make it easy for everyone to fit around work and family etc. We opted to send out postal invitations in the form of small vintage keys which we bought from eBay and strung with a brown paper tag hand written with the details for the hen party.

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We enclosed an address label, a postage stamp and a blank tag with each key, and asked each hen to RSVP by returning the key and the blank tag filled in with their ‘Key to a Happy Life/Marriage’ tip. We wanted to use keys to make a personalised keepsake of the day and incorporated them into a small message board with tiny wooden pegs holding each key in place. This extracted a few tears from the bride-to-be as she read everyone’s messages on the train from Belfast to Dublin! The Prosecco was flowing all the way down in the train too!

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Our main daytime activity for the hen party was the ‘Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea’ at the Westin Hotel – a perfect fit with the theme. The hotel served the most amazing gin cocktails in china teapots and teacups, along with a absolutely mouth-watering selection of miniature savoury and sweet morsels. Delicious!

Alice in Wonderland hen party

During afternoon tea we presented Lorraine with some more gifts, each one with a cute tag – we included tissues, Rescue Remedy for wedding day nerves, some of her favourite Lush products for relaxing, a mini bottle of Prosecco and a hip flask as well as a personalised American Football jersey – Aaron plays for the Carrick Knights so we had ‘Mrs McNaughton’ printed on the back with the number 16, which is their wedding year and also the one next to his jersey number (15). Cue more tears!

Alice in Wonderland hen party

That was the soppy stuff out of the way and we returned to our hotel to get ready to go out. As an extra touch we had bought tiny glass bottles with cork stoppers from eBay and filled these with schnapps, then tied a tiny ‘drink me’ tag around each – again, a nod to the Alice theme. We had a couple of these while we got ready, and in preparation for the next morning, each hen was also presented with a hangover survival kit containing water, vitamin C, paracetamol, a bag of crisps and Polo mints! Of course, we all partied hard into the small hours, but unfortunately no-one has any photos 😉

Before we reveal her Big Day to Aaron, you can catch up on the rest of Lorraine’s wedding planning journey, here.

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Love at the Linen Green Bridal Event

September 2, 2016

Happy Friday! It’s the first weekend after the kids have returned to school and boy do we need it. My head is slowly revealing enough space to actually get some work done and it’s time to share details of our bridal event in association with Bedeck, Love at the Linen Green, with you all.

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Love at the Linen Green will see the Bedeck store in the Linen Green, Dungannon transformed into a wedding planning dream and a hot spot for starting your wedding gift list. We’ve got lots of fantastic bridal suppliers attending covering all aspects of planning your Big Day, including bridal fashion, mother of the bride and groom fashion, hair and beauty, photography, finishing touches, stationery and flowers – as well as plenty more treats. We’ve selected a great bunch of local couture suppliers who are sure to bring their wedding expertise and creativity right to you.

Love at the Linen Green

If you’ve never visited the Bedeck store (hello, where have you been?!) you’re in for a treat on the night. It’s an interior lovers dream and you are welcome to enjoy a 10% discount on your shopping during the event. You’ll have a chance to chat with me, as well as a chance to speak to the Bedeck retail team and discover how Bedeck and Equinox at Bedeck can help with your wedding gift lists.

The event is taking place on Thursday 15th September from 6pm – 9pm, entry is completely free, and you’ll be treated to canapés and drinks on arrival to get you relaxed and ready to look around the exhibitors. Together with Bedeck we’ll have special promotions and competitions for you to enter on the night and many of the exhibitors will be offering their own special show promotions.

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About Bedeck

Founded in 1951 by Alexander Irwin, Bedeck is the UK’s leading creator of premium branded bed and bath products. From the very beginning, Bedeck has always remained committed to creativity and this tradition continues to be reflected in its Bed & Bath ranges to this day. Alongside their stylish home offerings, Equinox at Bedeck offers a wide product range of interior accessories and exclusive designer homeware and gift brands including Alessi, Georg Jensen, Iittala and Ritzenhoff. With great customer care and unfaltering attention to detail during the wedding gift list process, Bedeck and Equinox at Bedeck wedding gift list will fit seamlessly into your planning.

So mark your calendars and we’ll welcome you on Thursday 15th September at  Unit 4, The Dye House, Linen Green, Dungannon, BT71 7HB.

 

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How to Kick-Start your Wedding Planning

August 29, 2016

Hello & welcome to a bright and lovely Monday morning here at The Promise.

It’s back to school week for many of us in NI, and like most parents I’ll be spending the week helping the kids (and myself) adjust back into the routine that term-time brings. After two months of very little routine, holidays and generally taking it all a bit slower September seems to be a month for new beginnings and the same can be said for many of you planning your wedding.

July and August are generally known as the craziest months for weddings so if your planning took a bit of a back seat to either be wedding guest for the day, or because you’ve reached that point where the ‘big things’ are done, September can be the perfect time to get back in to it. Today we’re sharing some ideas to help you get back on the saddle and get that Big Day done!

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1. Prepare to put your best list making skills to the test. I’m a firm believer in the joy and practicality of a good old-fashioned list. For everyday life, lists make everything seem much more achievable and structured so task aren’t as daunting. If you’ve a wedding planner or notebook on the go, now’s the time to get it out again and hit the ground running, or if you prefer a digital version, fire up that spreadsheet.

2. Take an afternoon or evening out to review what you’ve planned so far – don’t forget to include your hubby-to-be in this. Review your budget and how it’s being spread out, and aim for an overall wedding cost to understand what you’ve left to spend and what’s in the budget to spend. Budget is always a very sensitive subject, but there’s no point dreaming of your big day with all the frills if you can’t afford it so it’s best to work to what you can afford and allocate your budget to reflect this.

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3. You’ll most likely have the big things sorted, such as venue, photographer and entertainment, so it’s time to turn your attention to the smaller details. Again making lists is a great way to make sure you forget nothing. From lists of decor needed, to your wedding attire and all the accessories, and even a honeymoon checklist, I promise, lists are the best way to succeed!

4. Allocate tasks to your nearest and dearest. If your bridesmaids promised to set up a little production line to create table centres now is the time to set the ball in motion for any DIY or personal details you’ve chosen. Consider your timeframe so that it’s achievable and realistic.

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5. Plan consultations for those finer details – the cake, flowers and wedding decor. Charge up the inspiration by logging back on to Pinterest – with the ultimate aim of not loosing a day of your life in there! – and get pinning those ideas you love and want to add to your day.

6. Keep the end goal in mind and don’t get stressed. Whether your budget is £1000 or £30,000, concentrate on the things you (and your other half!) love and care about and save money on the rest. If you’ve never fancied wedding favours, fine, leave them out, no-one will judge you!

Have a great week & happy wedding planning!

{Images: Creative Flux Photography via Kathryn & Robin’s Big Day}

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Blogging Bride: Jess & Andrew’s E Shoot & Advice

July 8, 2016
Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

With only 3 weeks to go before the big day, things are definitely picking up. Amongst all the decoration and little details, it is nice to look back on our engagement photos to remind myself that the day is about ‘us’! Now it is my turn to help you decide on whether to have that engagement shoot or not alongside a bit of advice.

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Let me give you a little backstory…

As soon as the venue was booked, the photographer was the thing that needed ticked off immediately. Every other thing took months after to book, but the photographer was essential.

I wanted a storyteller. To show my day as it was – it all of its laughter, joy and simplicity. I wanted a photographer who could portray our personalities within a frame. I searched the internet relentlessly and soon came across Adam and Grace Photography.

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

The first thing I noticed about Adam and Grace were their presentation skills. Their website was filled with beautiful quotes and happy couples. My sister once told me she picked a wedding photographer on the basis that you had to be comfortable enough to have breakfast with them. They arrive on the morning of your crazy day with hair, make-up, and dresses flying everywhere. Your photographer needs to be calm and comforting whilst being your best friend for the day. I sat down with Grace and knew immediately that it was a perfect match.

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Fast forward a year and you come to our engagement shoot (we are having a 2-year engagement in case you are wondering). It happened back in September at Lough Erne which is my favourite place in the world and I truly loved it. Let me give you some advice if you are having an engagement shoot:

• Have one – if you think you don’t want one, it is pointless, or not worth your time…then you are feeling exactly as my fiancé did. I felt the opposite. It lets you get to know your photographer, gets rid of any camera nerves, and lets you have some precious photos of you and your fiancé in a normal setting. Your wedding day is great, but the photos I have of Andrew and I in normal clothes and laughing are the ones I will truly treasure as it just represents ‘us’.

• Don’t worry about it – I felt rather nervous before we met for the shoot. I felt I didn’t look good enough or that my clothes weren’t ‘Pinterest worthy’. The second I got there the nerves left, I realised this was only for Andrew and I, and that I loved every minute of it.

• Roll with it – We had organised to do the shoot a few weeks prior but it was raining so we cancelled it. However, on the day when we arrived it began to rain. Instead of getting disheartened, we took this as an opportunity to have some fun and embraced the weather – it is NI after all! My favourite photos were of us in the rain at the end.

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

Blogging Bride: Engagement Shoot by Adam & Grace | The Promise NI

See more of Adam and Graces’ work at www.adamandgracephoto.com.

Venue: Castle Archdale and a friend’s beautiful house in Fermanagh.

Coat: ASOS

Jumper: Miss Selfridge

Skirt: New Look

Sandals: River Island

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14 Quotes That Will Help Your Wedding Planning or Just Make You Laugh/Smile/Cry!!

July 6, 2016
Quotes to make you laugh or think

When I am feeling really cheesed off, like so peeved I can’t fully function – just like when you’re in wedding planning stressy-messy times – I always like to read, and since the conception of Pinterest, it’s usually quotes. From quotes that make me smile, to those that make me cry, and those ones that just seem to be saying exactly what I need to hear, quote reading does wonders for my head! So today for anyone who needs an extra little hug, here’s 14 quotes to help…

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

Quotes to make you laugh or think

All images & credits via Pinterest Quote board.

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Promise Picks: Tropical Touches

July 5, 2016

Flamingos. Check. Pineapples. Check. Palm leaves. Check.

It’s holiday season and we’re declaring our love for the tropical wedding theme! What better way to enjoy your sun soaked celebration than with colour, cocktails and plenty of fun! If it’s a bit too much for you, what about a unique hen party idea, there’s even a watermelon piñata tutorial thrown in below!

Time to get tropical….

Tropical Touches for a summer wedding | The Promise NI

Image credits:

via Deer Pearl Flowers // Amy & Jordan Photography via Style Me Pretty // Sophia Webster via Matches //

Brian Evans Photography via Ruffled Blog // Anna Delores via Green Wedding Shoes //

Kelly Daniels Photography via Southbound Bride // Maui Maka Photography via Bridal Musings // Heirloom Photography via Midwest Brides //

Studio Cake via Mod Wedding // Megan Welker via Brit + Co //

Madison Short via Ruffled Blog // Ryan Hebert Photography via Green Wedding Shoes // via Minted //