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Friday Five – Top Tips For Hosting A Hotel Wedding

04/04/2014 | 2

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It’s Friday – woohoo! And that can only mean one thing…..that it is time for Friday Five. 

This week’s Friday Five is brought to you by the lovely Lauren from My Hotel Wedding, a wedding blog based in sunny Los Angeles (not jealous at all!) that is designed to be your one-stop site for seamless hotel wedding planning. Over to Lauren, for her top tips for hosting a hotel wedding…


Greetings You Mean The World To Me Readers!

My name is Lauren and I’m so honored to be writing a post for you today on my favorite subject, hotel weddings. Working for a luxury hotel company for the past five years taught me a lot about hosting hotel weddings and inspired me to start my own website, My Hotel Wedding. But enough about me, now it’s time to give you some tips for your wedding day!


Five top tips for hosting a hotel wedding:


Always ask about wedding packages


Lots of hotels offer wedding packages, which are often times a better deal than planning your wedding a la carte. However, if you’re couple that would like a very unique wedding menu, then a wedding package may not be right for you as they often have less flexibility. So ask about other options.


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Remember to contract your room block


The room block is one of the best parts about having a hotel wedding as it enables your wedding guests to easily stay at your hotel. When negotiating your wedding at a hotel, remember to ask about the room rate for 10 rooms or more. Once you have the rate and contract signed, get the news out to all your guests so they can make their reservations as many times room blocks are based on availability.


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Ask The Experts – Wedding List Top Tips And Must-Have Gifts

27/02/2014 | 1

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If you love luxurious homeware brands, you’ll already be familiar with Amara, the home of over 200 stylish fashion home brands.

Amara excels in chic and sophisticated interiors and not only that, they also have a brilliant bridal registry bursting with have-to-have homeware, making them the go-to industry experts for couples looking for a fashionable interiors wedding list.


Karen from Amara Bridal Registry has kindly offered to take the reins today and she’ll be discussing all there is to know about creating a wedding list, along with her top five must-have wedding list gifts of the moment…..


Karen from Amara Bridal Registry:

Wedding lists and the issue of to have or have not is a continual dilemma for all couples. As with so many things in life there are so many options and choices, you can even have a list for ‘experiences’ where your guests basically give you cash for you to spend on a day or two out.


Even though some think it is rather old fashioned and unnecessary to have a wedding list these days, I couldn’t disagree more. The nature of most people is to give a gift to express their love and admiration of commitment and to deny your guests this can cause disruption. The best way to handle questions of ‘is there something specific we can get you?’ is to be organised by drawing up a gift list or the prospect of 10 toasters is a possibility! After all you wouldn’t go to someone’s house for supper without taking some type of gift as a thankyou gesture. I think creating a wedding gift list is a part of your planning that should not be overlooked and should in fact be considered carefully.


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Offering your guests the option to purchase from a wedding list gives them confidence in what they are buying and keeping your guests happy is a very high consideration when planning your wedding.


When you come to the Amara Bridal Registry you will be assigned a personal wedding list coordinator to help with advice as well as the general running of the list. You have access to over 200 brands and 8000 products the combination of which you won’t find anywhere else and even some exclusively online such as Roberto Cavalli and Ralph Lauren Home. As the gifts are purchased they are assigned to your own area within our warehouse until after the wedding when you can then use the money that has been spent as you wish. You don’t have to have any of the gifts if preferred and have a shopping spree at your leisure. Wherever you are considering creating your list, do your research and be sure you are getting the service and support you deserve.


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Destination Wedding Guide – Getting Married In France

21/02/2014 | 4

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If you are thinking about getting married in France then this Destination Wedding Guide is a great place to start.


And who could be better than the French destination wedding expert Monique Trulove, editor of the hugely popular blog French Wedding Styleto bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to start planning your big day in the fabulous country of France?


Monique from French Wedding Style:

France is such a bountiful place for your wedding, with so many options to suit every bride.  From stunning chic elopements in the city of love Paris, grand Chateau weddings in the South of France to mountain top weddings in the French Alps, you really couldn’t hope for more choice in one country!


France also offers the option of it being an adventure for you and your wedding guests, with so much to see and do and not forget to eat and drink!


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Ask The Experts – Engagement And Wedding Ring Trends

20/02/2014 | 0



The experts at Wedding Rings Direct have been on hand over the last few months with helpful hints and tips with regard to choosing the perfect engagement and wedding rings.


This month, the topic up for discussion is what’s got the wow-factor in the wonderful world of engagement and wedding rings this year…


Wedding Rings Direct:

So 2014 has begun and with it comes some lovely trends in engagement and wedding rings. So we are here to talk you through what’s hot for brides and grooms in 2014!


Rose gold – here to stay!

A key trend for 2013 was rose gold for plain wedding rings and also to create contrast in mixed metal rings. Its stunning pink colour creates a warm tone which also looks beautiful surrounded by diamonds.


Yellow gold is back!

White gold has been the popular choice for jewellery since the late nineties, but now yellow gold is making a comeback! The more traditional choice, yellow gold’s comeback has been championed by the Duchess of Cambridge who wears a plain yellow gold wedding ring next to her huge sapphire engagement ring. Whether going for something classic and simple like a gold band or adding diamonds, yellow gold is timeless and back in fashion!





Another trend that is here to stay is vintage! Alongside the desire for brides and grooms to put a vintage twist on their wedding reception, they are extending that look and feel to their engagement and wedding rings. Choosing a vintage style ring that isn’t an antique allows you more choice in style, size and diamonds; getting exactly what you want within your budget.



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Sunday Supper Club – Hazelnut Praline Cupcakes

19/01/2014 | 0

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Happy Sunday everyone. If you don’t feel like braving the chilly outdoors, then why not indulge in a little home-sweet-home baking?


Today’s oh-so-tasty recipe is brought to you by Lucy, Editor of the delicious blog Supergolden Bakes. Lucy will be showing you how to create the crème de la crème of cupcakes – seriously, they are divine. But beware, once you try these little beauties, there will be no going back, they are literally all you’ll be able to think about! Enjoy…


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This cupcake was inspired by a cake my mum used to make when I was little. It has a moist, fluffy sponge and an incredibly addictive Swiss meringue buttercream frosting laced through with crunchy hazelnut praline. Every single person who has eaten one of these babies has emitted something between a sigh and a moan upon biting into one. Yes, they are THAT good.


Hazelnut Praline Cupcakes



  • 200g hazelnuts
  • 200g caster sugar
  • squeeze of lemon


For the cupcakes

  • 300g plain flour
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 150g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g hazelnut praline, processed to a fine powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 200g unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into small pieces
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200ml buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste (I used Pinner Vanilla)
  • 2 tsp Camp coffee extract


Praline Swiss meringue buttercream

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200g butter, room temperature cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla paste
  • 1/2 tbsp Camp coffee extract or very strong espresso coffee, cooled
  • 5-10 tbsp of powdered hazelnut praline (to taste)

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Ask The Experts – Vintage Styled Engagement And Wedding Rings

16/01/2014 | 0



There are some things in the world of weddings that you just can’t beat getting expert advice on and so the experts at Wedding Rings Direct have been on hand over the last few months with helpful hints and tips with regard to choosing the perfect engagement and wedding rings.


This month they discuss a popular choice of engagement and wedding rings – vintage!


Wedding Rings Direct:

For this months blog post, we’ll be looking at vintage styled engagement and wedding rings.

Vintage themed weddings have been extremely popular over the last couple of years, which has come hand in hand with a trend towards vintage styled engagement and wedding rings. Brides and grooms are either choosing a new ring that has a vintage style, going for a truly vintage ring by scouring antique shops or being given family heirlooms.


During the reign of Queen Victoria, the British Empire had access to the diamond mines of the day, including mines in India and South Africa; during this era there was an increase in the amount of diamond set rings and towards maximising sparkle! This style was emphasised further by a mill-grain setting (shown above and below), filling the band to maximise the diamond and making it appear larger.




Modern rings which have been crafted with a vintage style are inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian era of ‘romance’ and sparkle. Brides and grooms can find the vintage style of ring(s) they love and then select their choice of metal, such as platinum, white gold, palladium, yellow gold etc. Selecting a new ring with a vintage twist also allows you to choose the cut and quality of the diamonds in the ring as well as finding a ring which also compliments your wedding or engagement ring.



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