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Spring 2012

Finding a dress for

your body shape

10 Hairstyles to try

Our guide to



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Hi Everyone,

Congratulations Bride and Groom to be, on

your forthcoming wedding!!

Welcome to our brand new website and this

fabulous magazine. Having only recently got

married ourselves, we both have a pretty good

idea of the stresses and traumas, trials and

tribulations that comes with planning a


We hope that our experiences may help to

relieve some of your own stresses as you

organise your big day and if you should have

any question or comment we would love to

hear from you, drop us a line at

[email protected] and we’ll

do our very best to help!

Page 8 See the two most popular types

of suit for the male wedding party with

some handy hints and tips on whether to buy

or rent.

Page 10 The first of

our special features

on flowers, whether

you want to chose by

colour, starsign or

month of the year,

we’ve go everything

you need to know!

Page 18 Tables named as types of sweet

rather than a number? Or how about film

themed table planners and decorations? You

can find a list of the most popular themes and

colour schemes for your special day.

Page 22 The Stag Do! We wouldn't dare

run the risk of telling you how to enjoy

yourself so instead we’ve picked

out a list of some of the most

favoured suggestions for the

Stag Do, with a few handy hints

thrown in!

Page 25 Re-Tying the knot? For whatever

reason you may chose to renew your wedding

vows, there are certain things you will need to

know and guess what? We’ve put together a

handy little guide to help you!

Anemones for a

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The Traditional Order for Speeches is:

Bride’s Father Toasts to health and success to the bride and groom, welcomes grooms parents and other guests and talks about his daughter.

Groom Replies on behalf of himself and Bride, first thanks parents (they gave him life & good wishes for his marriage) and concludes by proposing a toast to the bridesmaids.

Bestman Responds on behalf of Bridesmaids, include amusing antidote and entertain guests.

Top Tips For a Perfect Speech: Limit the speech, you don’t want to lose the attention of the guests by waffling on about nothing and

genuinely speak from the heart.

Use prompt cards if you’re not confident in memorising the whole speech, cards are better as don’t show

the shaking hands so much. Don’t write you speech down and read it from paper word for word.

Avoid being rude, crude or sarcastic especially if older or younger people are attending

Remember speech etiquette and thank people for help (people to thank are people paying, Bridal Party,

key organisers, people who have travelled long distance to be there, caterers and remember to comment

on how beautiful the bride looks)

Practice is the key to delivering a successful speech

Make sure it roles easily off the tongue, this will make it easier on the day.


Everyone hates doing them, they go on far too long and just WHAT are you

supposed to say. Here’s Satin, Confetti & Sparkle’s guide to getting it right!

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MEASURE RIGHT Getting the measurements right for your perfect dress just

follow these simple rules and remember to wear your shoes.

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The Best Man Organises the Usher (further notes below on how to shine here)

Organises stag night (not the night before the wedding please!)

Keeps groom on schedule, gets him to the ceremony, checks how he’s dressed

Looks after the Marriage Certificate

Pays the clergyman/celebrant, musicians, photographer etc.

If no ring bearer, holds the bride's ring (important!)

Witnesses the signing of the Marriage Certificate

Drives newlyweds to reception if no hired driver

Offers a toast at the reception following his brilliantly witty speech

Dances with the Maid of Honour/bridesmaid (dances only!)

Looks after the couple's transportation following the reception

Returns any hired items on the groom's side

The Groom Just has to be on time, not look shabby, and go with the flow. It's up to the bloke above to earn his title - and you get the easy speech.

The Usher(s) The following duties are for the Best Man to give to the Usher:

Distributes wedding programs and maps to the reception if applicable

Seats guests at the ceremony. The traditional way of doing this is:

For females, offer the right arm

For males, walk on his left side

For couples, offer the right arm to the female and let the male follow

Seat bride's guests in left pews and groom's guests in right pews

With a large group, seat the eldest woman first

Just prior to the procession, escort the groom's mother to her seat and then the bride's mother to hers

The usher also dances with the bridesmaids and other important guests at the reception

The Bride's Father Helps prepare guest list

Selects clothing that complements the groom's

Rides with the bride to the ceremony

After giving the bride away, sits in the front left pew on the right of the bride's mother When the question "Who gives this bride away?" is asked, he responds on behalf of both her parents

Keep bride on schedule

Dances with the bride after the first dance

Acts as host at the reception

Male Traditional Roles

Guide to speech writing

Grooms jobs and responsibilities

Choosing the right suit

Oh Yes, you may have popped the question and think it’s now time to sit back and do nothing, there’s

certain things you still have to know to help your Bride plan the perfect Wedding Day. So here, Satin,

Confetti & Sparkle offers you a little bit of help with:

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Planning The bride and the groom share the responsibility of wedding planning. First, the groom and bride must agree on the appropriate budget for the entire wedding. From this budget, the groom needs to organize the money into separate categories, such as cost of location, food and beverages and other services at the wedding. In addition, the groom must see eye to eye with the bride on what guests to invite as well as when the wedding will be held.

Rings Traditionally, the groom needs to purchase an engagement ring before proposing to his fiancée. After receiving acceptance, the groom is responsible for selecting wedding rings for himself and his soon-to-be wife.

Groomsmen Groomsmen include the best man and the ushers. The choice of who are to play these roles belongs to the groom. As a groom makes his selection of the groomsmen, he should understand that the best man will be in charge of protecting the wedding rings during the wedding and the marriage certificate at the end. Ushers are responsible for seating guests and escorting the bridesmaids.

Gifts Traditionally, the bride and groom exchange gifts. Choose something personal and memorable. Jewellery is a popular wedding day gift. Gifts that can be used on the honeymoon are popular as well.

Attire The groom must also decide on the wedding attire for the male participants of the wedding. This usually means choosing Morning Suits for the best man and ushers. (more about suits can be found on page XX)

Transportation Grooms must also arrange transportation to and from the wedding. Grooms must remember that the groom and bride will be leaving the wedding in a different manner than the other guests (they leave first), so grooms should organise transportation for other guests well in advance.

Rehearsal The groom and his family should organise the wedding


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Choosing the Grooms Wedding suit is as important as finding the perfect dress for the bride, she would

have done everything to ensure she looks her best and is comfortable during the day and the groom

needs to do the same. There are normally two options for a traditional wedding and you can either buy

or hire. Here is a handy guide to the different types of suits available:

The Morning Suit

A three-piece suit including a black tailcoat, with a grey or

contrasting waistcoat and pinstriped trousers. The suit is

worn with a white wing collar shirt and cravat, but for

those of you who might want something a little more

modest you can always opt for a plain white shirt and tie.

A top hat and gloves complete the outfit, but these can be

optional as the top hat is carried throughout most of the

day and is only worn for photographs, and the gloves are

also carried rather than worn. This outfit tends to be worn

for more formal weddings.

The Lounge Suit

This three-piece suit allows the groom more freedom to

contrast with the brides dress through their chosen

waistcoat. Lounge suits are worn for more informal


Traditionally all male party members would dress alike but

with forever changing trends only close members of the

groom’s family, the best man and the ushers now seem to

wear matching suits.

Just Remember to make sure the colours you choose

compliment the Wedding theme/ colour and do not


Make sure you go to several shops to try on the outfits (even if you are thinking of buying

online. If hiring the outfit, check that it’s available in stock for all members of the wedding

party that you are dressing and make sure you carefully read the terms and conditions of

the hire agreement before you sign on the dotted line and take out an outfit.

If the shop offers accidental damage cover on all wedding attire then take it, otherwise you

will only regret it if anything should happen to the outfit on the day.

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business advertising to the whole

county at low, low prices, call our sales

team TODAY on 07736 911722 or

07519 400268

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If you’ve got your heart set on holding a beautiful bouquet of fresh Tulips as you

walk down the aisle, there’s no point in planning a wedding in the height of summer

when they’re out of season. Follow our guide to get the flowers you want:


Winter Weddings

December l January l February


Gerbera daisies


Calla lilies


Kangaroo paw

Gloriosa lilies


Roses Ranunculi Anemones

Spring Weddings

March l April l May

Hyacinths Roses

Lily of the valley




Mophead hydrangea

Cherry blossom








Summer Weddings

June l July l August

Asiatic lily

Black-eyed Susan






Pee gee hydrangea

Rose Black Eyed Susan





Garden roses





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FLOWER GUIDE Autumn Weddings

September l October l November

Amaryllis Sunflower






Sugar maple



Gerbera daisy

Pink Wedding Flowers






Calla lilies


Stargazer lilies


Cymbidium orchid


Blue Wedding Flowers








Sea holly


Sweet peas





White Wedding Flowers

Lily of the valley






Calla lilies





Stars of Bethlehem

Purple Wedding Flowers








Sweet peas



Vanda orchids





Eggplant calla lily




Orange Wedding Flowers






Mango calla lily

Birds of paradise


Gloriosa daisies



Spider protea




Red Wedding Flowers







Calla lilies







Calla lilies





Yellow Wedding Flowers

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Wedding Favours

Sugared Almonds

Wedding favours are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests

from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception.

Wedding favours is a very old tradition. It is believed that the first wedding favour was

known as a bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain,

and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or

delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty. (In this era, sugar was an

expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy.

As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries,

almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the

bridegroom’s new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as

confetti, were introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later

evolved into the wedding favour for modern day weddings. Traditionally, five Jordan

almonds are presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent

fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the

sweetness of the coated candy exemplify the bitter sweetness of a marriage.

Wedding Favour Ideas:

Lottery Tickets

Love Heart Sweets

Chocolate hearts

Chocolate heart lollipops

Silver chocolate balls

Neapolitan chocolates

Heart dragrees




Bottle opener

Wine stopper


Mint tins

Personalised chocolate bars

Homemade biscuits/ales

Mini frames

Miniature alcohol


Or for that truly tradition wedding stick to the sugared almonds.

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Michelle’s Top Wedding Hairstyle

Updo Hairstyles Down Hairstyles

Up or down? The choice is yours but here’s Michelle’s ten favourite styles of the moment:

In the next issue of Satin, Confetti and Sparkles Magazine you

can find more Summer hairstyles for long and short hair

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Something blue for luck on your big day but

what? Here are our top ideas.



Nail polish on your toes

One small blue flower in the middle of

your bouquet (so nobody can see it)

Pin a blue ribbon or blue material to

the underside of your dress' skirt.

Piercings like a navel piercing or

something, put in a blue barbell.

Blue hair accessory


Charm on a bracelet

Bow on your shoe

My best idea is to borrow something old and

blue from a friend or relative then you do all

three in one!

My something blue and surprise for hubby as he

couldn’t have his footie theme.

Want a Unique Wedding Reception? How about

entertaining some of these ideas to really make

your reception one to remember:

Photo Booth

Ice Cream Man



Carnival Games

Bouncy Castle for Adults

Video Booth

Your wedding day and planning should be one of

the most magical times of your life, but

unfortunately it does not always go that way, you

can become overwhelmed and stressed.

Some of these problems come from problems

finding what you are looking for, money issues,

problems with people trying to take over, guest

and seating problems, neglecting your relationship.

After a few months all the planning after the initial

excitement can feel more like a burden.

The main rules to remember are:

no wedding is perfect.

you can't please everybody.

be willing to compromise.

delegate responsibility where possible.

remain calm & rational when stressed

communicate effectively (without anger).

people are unpredictable

you are not to blame for problems that your guests have.

don't be a mediator between guests.

there are some things that you cannot control.

A wedding takes a long time to plan.

A variety of emotions are normal during the planning


Take time out for yourself.

Take time out for your relationship.

If you find yourself turning into a “Bridezilla” take

some time out, head off to your local swimming

pool and enjoy a long lazy swim or sauna, or even

enjoy a nice a soothing massage.

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If you’re going for a really traditional wedding then it’s important to get the etiquette and wording

of your invitations correct, for a more modern wedding it’s really up to you how you word things

but make sure you keep things uniform (Eg if you’ve used the date 20th December 2012 in one

place, then don't use 20.12.12 in another!

About a year before the wedding or as soon as you choose the date send all your guests a Save The Day card, this

allows plenty of time for people to make arrangements at work or travel arrangements.

About 6 weeks before the wedding date send out the invitation or 8

weeks to out of town guests, people will already be expecting them so it

is confirmation of ceremony and venue details and an indication of

what to expect.

RSVP, you can either add your own RSVP card and self addressed

envelope for replies, now days people use phones and emails or even a

wedding website to receive their RSVP’s. Remember to ask for a

response by a set date normally at least 2 weeks before the wedding


Invitations should have times, dates and days spelt out in words.

Do not use punctuation at the end of lines, abbreviations should not be used (i.e Sarah Jessica Evans not Sara J

Evans), Street and Avenue should not be shortened to St or Ave.

Invitations should be written in third person phrasing

You shouldn’t mention gifts on the invitation as you should not expect anything from your guests other than their


Ask a friend (or two) to proof read your invitation.

Styles: Traditional invitation - Brides parents as hosts

Mr & Mrs Lewis request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter

Hollie-Jane to Harvey John Williams

son of Mr & Mrs Williams at (time) on (date, month, year)

at (venue)

Points To Remember

Name of parent(s), host(s) or sponsors

Day/Date (spelled out - e.g. Saturday, the twenty-fifth of May)

Does the day definitely correspond with the event date? (check a calendar)

Year (two thousand and twelve)

Time (at six o'clock in the evening)

Name of Place (St Luke’s Church)

Name of bride and groom (Miss J Smith and Mr F Bloggs)

Location of Place (city but no post code - street address is optional)

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Bride's parents divorced, mother absent or deceased, father remarried

Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Lewis request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of his daughter Holli-Jane

to Mr. Harvey John Williams

at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Bride's father absent or deceased, mother remarried

Mr. & Mrs. David Cox request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of her daughter Holli-Jane Lewis

to Mr. Harvey John Williams

at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Bride's mother widowed, not remarried

Mrs Jane Lewis requests the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of her daughter Hollie-Jane

to Mr. Harvey John Williams

at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Bride's father as host

Mr Jeremy Lewis requests the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of his daughter Hollie-Jane

to Mr. Harvey John Williams

at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Bride and Groom Hosting Their Own Wedding

Miss (or Ms) Hollie-Jane Lewis and

Mr. Harvey John Williams request the pleasure of your company

at their marriage at (time) on (date, month, year)

at (venue)

For a simple wedding at a register office Mr and Mrs Jeremy Lewis

Request the pleasure of your company At the marriage of their daughter

Hollie-Jane to

Mr Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year)

at (venue)

Both Sets of Parents Hosting the Wedding

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis


Mr. & Mrs. Williams

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of


to Harvey John

at (time) on (date, month, year)

at (venue)

Bride's parents separated or divorced (but still sharing the same name)

Mr. Jeremy Lewis and

Mrs. Jane Lewis request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter Hollie-Jane

to Mr. Harvey John Williams

at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

A divorced parent with their spouse/bride’s step parent

Jane & Tom Brown request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of Jane Brown's daughter Hollie-Jane Lewis

to Mr. Harvey John Williams son of Mr & Mrs Williams

at (time) on (date, month, year) at (venue)

Jointly hosted by divorced parents

Mr Lewis and

Mrs Brown request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter Hollie-Jane Lewis

to Mr. Harvey John Williams

son of Mr & Mrs Williams

at (time) on (date, month, year ) at (venue)

Bride's parents divorced, mother remarried hosting

wedding together Mr. Jeremy Lewis

and Mrs. David Cox

request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter

Hollie-Jane to

Mr. Harvey John Williams at (time) on (date, month, year)

at (venue)

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Our Favourite Wedding Themes.






Retro/Art Deco


Winter Wonderland




Black Tie

Fairy Tale


Garden Party

Beach Holiday







Colour Themes


Black and Silver

Black and White

Pink & Green





Silver / Gold

Orange, Pink &


Baby Blue & Silver

Hot Pink


Neutral Tones


Pale Pink & Silver

Michelle & Toni’s Theme Ideas It’s your wedding day so already it’s going to be a day to remember

but if you want to make it even more memorable for your guests,

why not have a theme and let everyone get dressed up and join in:

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Advertise your business here and reach

thousands of potential customers

throughout the UK

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If you’re getting married in church but not altogether “religious”, you may find it a bit daunting when the vicar

asks you “So, what hymns are you having?” Never fear, rather than simply go for the one or two hymns you

might actually know from your primary school days, here is a list of the most popular wedding hymns. Settle

down with a cuppa iTunes open in another window so you can listen to a snippet of each hymn and see if there

are some that might just be more appropriate for your own personal journey to marriage

All Creatures Of Our God And King

All People That On Earth Do Dwell

All Things Bright And Beautiful

Amazing Grace

And Can It Be That I Should Gain

And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times

As Man And Woman We Were Made

At The Name Of Jesus

Be Our Chief Guest, Lord

By Vows Of Love Together Bound

Can you count the stars

Come To A Wedding

Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

Father Hear The Prayer We Offer

For The Beauty Of The Earth

From homes of quiet peace

Give Me Joy In My Heart

Give Me Oil in My Lamp Keep Me Burning

Glory To Thee, O Lord

God of All Living

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer

Happy the home

Heav’nly Father, send Thy blessing

How Great Thou Art

How Welcome Was The Call

I Vow To Thee My Country

I watch the sunrise

I’ll count my blessings

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

23rd Psalm


Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring

Jesus Stand Among Us

Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us

Lord, Who At Cana’s Wedding Feast

Love Came Down At Christmas

Love Divine All Love Excelling

Now Thank We All Our God

O Father All Creating

O God Of Love, To Thee We Bow

O Jesus I Have Promised

O Love Divine And Golden

O Perfect Love

O Thou Who gavest power to love

O Worship The King

O blessèd home where man and wife

O Christian home

O happy home

O Praise Ye The Lord!

Our Father, Thou In Heaven Above

Peace, Perfect Peace

Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven

Praise To The Lord The Almighty

Since Jesus Freely Did Appear

The King Of Love My Shepherd Is

The Lord's My Shepherd

The Wedding Song

To God Be The Glory

Voice That Breathed O’er Eden

We Plough The Fields And Scatter

When there’s love at home

Wedding Song

Along with finding the right Hymn, you may

also be interested in seeing our suggestions

for other wedding music:

Entrance of the Bride

Canon in D - J Pachelbel

The Prince of Denmark's March - J Clarke

(trumpet and strings)

Air, from The Water Music - GF Handel

Eternal source of light divine - GF Handel

(soprano, trumpet and strings)

Air on the G String - JS Bach

Morning - E Grieg

Signing of the Register

Dôme épais - L Delibes

Chanson de matin – E Elgar

Nella fantasia – E Morricone

O mio babbino caro - G Puccini

Largo ma non tanto, from Concerto in D

minor for Two Violins – JS Bach

Minuet - L Boccherini

The Recessional

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s

Dream – F Mendelssohn

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – GF Handel

Trumpet Tune in D – H Purcell

Allegro, from Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in

G – JS Bach

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For those getting married in a Register Office or other non religious location, you may find that you

aren't allowed to have religious Hymns for your wedding. Here instead is our list of favourite love

song which you may want to have playing when you walk down the aisle. These songs are also ideal

for the First Dance at your reception. Our recommended song is Love of my Life by Darla Day,

check it out on You Tube!

All My life' - Kci & Jojo

‘Amazed' - Lonestar

‘Angels' - Robbie Williams

‘Can't Help Falling In Love' - Elvis Presley

‘Can't Take My Eyes Off You' - Andy Williams

‘Close To You' - Carpenters

‘Crazy For You' - Madonna

‘Endless Love' - Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie

‘Eternal Flame' - The Bangles

‘Every Breath You Take' - The Police

‘Evergreen' - Will Young

‘Everything I Do' - Brian Adams

‘Fly Me To The Moon' - Frank Sinatra

‘From This Moment On' - Shania Twain

‘Get Here' - Oleta Adams

‘Groovy Kind Of Love' - Phil Collins

‘Have I Told You Lately?' - Rod Stewart

‘Hero' - Enrique Iglesias

‘How Deep Is Your Love' - Take That

‘I Just Can't Stop Loving You' - Michael Jackson

‘In My Life' - The Beatles

‘It Had To Be You' - Harry Connick Jr

‘I Will Always Love You' - Whitney Houston

‘Let There Be Love' - Frank Sinatra

‘Love Is All Around' - Wet Wet Wet

‘Love Me Tender' - Elvis Presley

‘Move Closer' - Phyllis Nelson

‘More Than Words' - Extreme

‘My Girl' - Temptations

‘Over The Rainbow' - Eva Cassidy

‘Rule The World’ - Take That

‘She' - Elvis Costello

‘She's The One' - Robbie Williams

‘Show Me Heaven' - Maria McKee

‘Stand By Me' - Ben E King

‘The Scientist' - Coldplay

‘Three Times A Lady' - Commodores

‘Truly Madly Deeply' - Savage Garden

‘Unchained Melody' - The Righteous Brothers

‘Unforgettable' - Nat King Cole

‘Up Where We Belong' - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

‘What A Wonderful World' - Louis Armstrong

‘When A Man Loves A Woman' - Percy Sledge

‘When You Say Nothing At All' - Ronan Keating

‘Wonderful Tonight' - Eric Clapton

‘Wonderwall' - Oasis

‘Yellow' - Coldplay

‘You're Beautiful' - James Blunt

‘Your Song' - Elton John

‘You Do Something To Me' - Paul Weller

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The Thing the groom probably gets most enthusiastic about is

the STAG DO! Woo Hoo Lads time!

A stag do can be fun & memorable but its best to be planned

and organised, traditionally by the Best Man, and best done

a number of weeks PRIOR to the wedding, just incase!

Some Tips To Remember Are:

Pick a date but be flexible you want as many of your guest to come as possible.

Remember people have budgets, maybe find out what they can afford or are willing to pay first.

Our Stag Do Ideas.

Paintballing, Go Karting, Assault Course, Race Day, Horse/ Dog Races, Go Abroad (lads holiday), Surfing, Sky diving

Experience day, Football match, 5 a side tournament, Boozy do (most popular), Comedy Show, Skiing / snowboarding

Curry House, Archery, Laser Tag, Shooting, Casino, Quad Biking


No matter what your business, if it’s something to do with weddings

then our readers want to know about it! Call us on 07736 911722 or

07519 400268 to find out how little

it would cost you to promote your

business on the

Satin, Confetti

& Sparkles

website or in

this very


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TRADITIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS Most Brides-to-be are aware of the old superstition: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed,

Something Blue but for those who want a little more to remember, there are some other traditions and

superstitions to be aware of …..

Months to Marry - there are two versions:

Married when the year is new, He'll be loving, kind and true.

When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.

If you wed when March winds blow, Joy and sorrow both you'll know.

Marry in April when you can, Joy for maiden and the man.

Marry in the month of May and you'll surely rue the day.

Marry when the June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go.

Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bread.

Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.

Marry in September's shine, your living will be rich and fine.

If in October you do marry Love will come, but riches tarry.

If you wed in bleak November, Only joys will come,

Remember When December's snows fall fast, Marry and true love will last.

Married in January's roar and rime, Widowed you'll be before your prime.

Married in February's sleepy weather, Life you'll tread in time together.

Married when March winds shrill and roar, Your home will lie on a distant shore.

Married 'neath April's changeful skies, A chequered path before you lies.

Married when bees o'er May blossoms flit, Strangers around your board will sit.

Married in month of roses June, Life will be one long honeymoon.

Married in July with flowers ablaze, Bitter-sweet memories in after days.

Married in August's heat and drowse, Lover and friend in your chosen spouse.

Married in September's golden glow, Smooth and serene your life will go.

Married when leaves in October thin, Toil and hardships for you begin.

Married in veils of November mist, Fortune your wedding ring has kissed.

Married in days of December's cheer, Loves star shines bright from year to year.

On the way to the Church:

On the way to the church It is

fortunate for a bride to meet a

lamb, a dove, a spider, or a black

cat on her way to church: but a pig

or funeral are bad omens, and

country brides fear the crowing of

a cock after dawn of the wedding

day. It is also fortunate that if on

the journey to the church the

bride sees a policeman, clergyman,

doctor or a blind man. The groom

should give a coin to the first

person he sees on his journey to

the church for good luck.

Days of the Week to Marry

Monday for wealth,

Tuesday for health,

Wednesday the best day of all,

Thursday for losses,

Friday for crosses,

Saturday for no luck at all


The Groom is supposed to wear a flower that appears in the Bridal Bouquet in his

button-hole. This stems from the Medieval tradition of a Knight wearing his

Lady's colours, as a declaration of his love. Each flower has its own meaning and

can display a special message. Orange Blossom, for instance, signifies chastity,

purity and loveliness, while red chrysanthemum means " I love you "

Dress Colour:

Married in:

White, you have chosen right

Grey, you will go far away,

Black, you will wish yourself back,

Red, you will wish yourself dead,

Green, ashamed to be seen,

Blue, you will always be true,

Pearl, you will live in a whirl,

Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,

Brown, you will live in the town,

Pink, you spirit will sink.

The Wedding Cake was originally lots of little wheat cakes that were broken over

the Bride's head to bestow good luck and fertility. Today's three tier Wedding

Cake is based on the unusual shape of the spire of Saint Bride's Church in London.

Traditionally the newly-weds should make the first cut to signify sharing their

life. Every guest than eats a crumb to ensure good luck. And sleeping with a piece

under her pillow is said to make a single woman dream of her future husband

Ever wonder why we throw confetti at the happy couple? It’s an ancient fertility rite. Handfuls of grain or nuts were

traditionally thrown because they are 'life-giving' seeds. In some European countries, eggs are thrown instead.

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Month Flowers

January – Carnation / Snowdrop

February - Violet, Begonia or Primrose

March - Jonquil, Daffodil or Chrysanthemum

April - Sweet Pea, Daisy or Freesia

May - Lily of the Valley, Hawthorne or Lily

June - Rose or Honeysuckle

July - Larkspur, Water Lily or Sunflower

August - Poppy or Gladiolus

September - Pansy, Aster or Morning Glory

October -Magnolia, Calendula, Cosmos or Hops

November - Orchid, Chrysanthemum

December - Hibiscus, Narcissus or Holly

Capricorn – Carnation Aquarius – Orchid Pisces – Water Lily Aries – Honeysuckle

Taurus – Poppy Gemini – Lavender Cancer – Accanthus Leo – Sunflower

Virgo – Morning Glory Libra – Rose Scorpio – Chrysanthemum Sagittarius – Narcissus


ideas Did you know, lilies are popular wedding flowers but if

you have cat, beware, the lily is poisonous to our feline

friends and cause serious illness or even death .

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Renewing Your Vows Vow renewal ceremony is a ceremony in which a married couple renew or reaffirm their wedding vows, either their original vows to each other, their years together or

to renew their commitment to one another. More and more couples are choosing

to renew their vows. These ceremonies are for couples who are married or in a

Civil partnership.

The ceremony can be an opportunity to celebrate a special anniversary, such as the

tenth or twenty-fifth, but this doesn’t always have to be why it can be just to

celebrate an anniversary. For other couples it helps to confirm their commitment

to each other or for many it is just a personal statement of their love for each other

and can be a reason to a party or celebrate a special Birthday. Renewing your

vows can be just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their lives together. It

may be particularly relevant to those who have been through a tough time or rocky patch, which has put a strain on their

relationship and now wish to have love and commitment renewed, a fresh start.

Another reason is if the original wedding took place abroad and now you would like to share this day with people that

could not make it to the original Wedding. The couple could repeat their exact vows they used when they were abroad or

they can choose new ones. Whilst this ceremony has no legal effect it is a public statement by a couple of their continuing

affection, love and commitment to each other.

What happens at a Renewal of Vows Ceremony? The ceremony content will be chosen by you from a number of choices and just as no two couples are the same, so no two

ceremonies to renew vows will ever be the same. As you make your selections, you will be creating a Unique event that the two

of you will create magical memories. It is a good idea to take time and think carefully about the options that are appropriate and

have meaning for you both. You may also want to include your own ideas e.g. original vows, readings from guests or even

poetry or a special song. The special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony; your children, guests who were at the

original ceremony and particular friends and relatives. You may also choose to ask two people to witness the signing of the

certificate for the event.

The ceremony can be either formal or informal and can contain the following choices :

The length of the ceremony will be dependent upon the choices that the Couple have made. The ceremony will be conducted by

a Celebrant. Renewal of Vows Ceremony Venues?

Possible venues for you vow renewal that has been approved by the county council to conduct these ceremonies. These can include castles, stately homes, town and country hotels, wild animal parks, Civic halls and gazebos. On nice/warmer

days ceremonies may also be held in gardens attached to these venues.

Renewal ceremonies can also take place at the local Registration Offices in your County and there are many offices in main

towns across any county,

Wedding Rings

Introduction and welcome

A special acknowledgement to your children

Give new rings or give your original rings again

Renewal of Vows

Readings and/or poetry

Messages from guests, who may have read at the original ceremony

(often the Best Man, Bridesmaids or family member)

Special music

Witnesses signing original or new ones

Closing words

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Body Shapes

Hourglass - In this shape bust and hip are

significantly large with narrow waist resembling the shape of an hourglass.

Dress to wear – two piece, Corset, sweetheart, A line with dropped waist, bodice and if more curvaceous try a Mermaid or Trumpet

Avoid – Empire Line, silhouettes and ball gowns

Apple Shape - broad(er) shoulders compared

to their (narrower) hips (full breast, bit of tummy, rounder bums and hips)

Dresses to wear – Empire line, ball gown, A line with drop waist

Avoid – Princess Line, Basque, Sheath and avoid spaghetti straps.

Pear Shape – smaller on top than on bottom

Dresses to wear – Princess, strapless ball gown and Empire Line.

Avoid – Trumpet, Mermaid and Sheaths.

Slim Brides – ballerina types

Dresses to wear – Sheath, Fitted with high neck line, ball gown with fitted bodice & full skirt.

Avoid off the shoulder, Halter neck and Portrait.

Petite Brides – 5” 1 & under

Dresses to wear – simple, sheath and narrow A line

Avoid – Ball gowns and Mermaids

Tall Brides – catwalk model

Dresses to wear – can carry off most styles, A line and Mermaid are ideal

Avoid – Empire Line


Off the shoulder – shows off collarbones & shoulders. Good for ample chests. Not good for broad shoulders or fuller arms.

Halter neck – straps around the neck. Good for great shoulders. Not good for broad or narrow shoulders or brides who need bra support.

Bateau Neckline – wide neck follows collar bone & boost bust Good for bony or flat chested brides. Avoid if busty bride as will over emphases

Illusion High- good for bony collarbone brides. Fits snug against neckline, choker effect normally lace or chiffon. Formal and sexy.

Scoop Neckline – u shaped neckline can be low cut. Good style for every bride.

Strappy – Narrow straps that g over shoulders. Young Fresh sophisticated. Good for well-toned arms but avoid if Very Busty Bride

Square Neckline – cuts straight across the chest with straps. Good for bigger busts, low but not revealing. Good for most people

Portrait – wide soft scoop from shoulder tips shows neckline off great for brides with good collar bones. Avoid if have undefined or bony collar bones.

Strapless – straight across with notch or side peaks cut. Good for broad or thick shoulders. Avoid if have a smaller chest.

Sweetheart – low cut, heart shaped. Accentuates the décolletage. Good for serious cleavage but not good for brides who struggle with décolletage.

See Opposite Page for more details on these dress types:

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Style Your Shape

Empire Princess

Ball Gown Sheath A Line


To look your very best of your special day, the shape of your

wedding dress really should be decided by your body shape.

See opposite page for an idea of what you should and

shouldn't be wearing and don't forget to see page 5 for a

useful article on how to measure yourself correctly.

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