Makeup Revolution Life on the Dancefloor
This is not the time for cousin
Jane to whip up a wonky red velvet. You need wow-factor, flavour and a sturdy recipe that slices perfectly.
VERDICT: PSE. cakefinder.co.uk has a nationwide database, head to bridesmagazine.co.uk for contacts and ideas, or try the virtual bespoke cake design at patisserie-valerie.co.uk
Makeup Revolution Life on the Dancefloor Photo Gallery
With patience, a good playlist and a Berol Italic felt tip, try writing your own place names, with a personal message on the back to make guests really feel part of your day.
VERDICT: DIY. Get a professional finish by attending a calligraphy workshop, such as quilllondon.co.uk
Here’s now to choose – and jjtspend – the smart way
An iPod with a Bluetooth speaker might save you £££s, but the sound could struggle to reach all of your guests, and too much can go wrong (think wi-fi fail, text interruptions, battery wipeout).
VERDICT: PSE. alivenetwork.com locates DJs or bands near your venue on your chosen date.
With professional tutorials at your fingertips (see page 110), you can look stunning from aisle to dancefloor and save a bundle while you blush and blend.
VERDICT: DIY. Try new shades before you shop with the virtual app Makeup Genius by L’Oreal (free).
In 62 years of publishing Brides, we’ve rarely seen a DIY hairstyle work out. Go pro for a flattering style and all-day hold.
VERDICT: PSE. Find a hairstylist at haircouncil.org.uk or have them come to you via luxury-at-home app Ruuby (free). If you’re determined to go it alone, visit portraitsbridal.com for inspiring 360° galleries.
6 Table plan
Buy an easel and picture frame on eBay or Gumtree. Download a free poster template from instantprint.co.uk. Get your masterpiece printed locally. Job done.
VERDICT: DIY. But first load up on gorgeous inspo in the DIY Projects section of somethingturquoise.com 7 Destination
The logistics are insane: travel, catering, flowers, marriage legalities, hotels, entertainment… avoid ageing 10 years by hiring an in-the-know, English-speaking planner with top contacts in that country.
VERDICT: PSE. Charlotte Ricard at la-fete.com can masterfully arrange stunning weddings abroad.
8 The dress
We’ve genuinely seen a wedding dress made by the bride’s father using cotton canvas from a boat sail. While we give serious props to him, it’s best to keep the nostalgia fashion for another day. Plus, shopping trips that include fizz – yes, please!
VERDICT: PSE. Get dress-drooling at .
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