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Wedding Preparations

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The beauty of living and working in such a stunning location is that there is an absence of  a “wedding season.” Loving couples are constantly tying the knot at the many exquisite hotels in the Lake District. A majority of my happy couples do not hail from Cumbria and are travelling with their nearest and dearest to enjoy a wonderful day celebrating their relationship. This is a glorious treat for everyone involved to spend time in the picturesque Lakes, however planning for what is the most magical day of your life is made extremely hard when dealing with so many unknowns. Who is the best supplier for cakes, hair, makeup, flowers etc. ? This is a huge issue as unreliable or unsatisfactory service in these areas threatens to ruin your big day.

Many Hotels do have dedicated wedding coordinators who are often a great source of information. Many hotels offer recommendations in their brochures. I would urge you to discuss your requirements with the staff as well as read the marketing material and always bear in mind that the bigger the marketing advert does not always correlate to the best service for you!

My advice is ask the suppliers you find first to recommend other professionals. I have worked this area for over twelve years and last year completed over 120 weddings! For this reason I always am brutally honest about who I will vouch for with regards other suppliers as I want the best for my customers. Also it always creates a much more relaxed friendly atmosphere if the suppliers are familiar with each other,used to working together and compliment each other. For example I work with many photographers and can recommend them based on your personality. I even know how each like to arrange the room and can save them having to do it when they get there. Makeup artists and myself work well together and with many we have a system that works well and keeps everything ticking away in a relaxed manner! All of the suppliers have seen it all and are aware of each others strengths and can help guide you to find a “fit” for your requirements.

Planning is such a major part of the process and I can’t stress enough the importance of drawing on the “locals” knowledge. Plus, if you get all the pieces in the right place, the suppliers are all professionals in their field and the day will run smoothly!

Happy Planning!

Ashley x


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Bridal Hair

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This article is brought by Ashley Taylor of Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith. This month she talks through bridal Hair and the many choices brides face preparing for their big day.

This season has exploded with weddings in the Lake District and people are coming from far and wide to marry in Cumbria’s beautiful churches and exquisite hotels. This year yet again there is a shift in bridal hair design. For years I have had numerous brides recreating the Kate Middleton wedding style which was simple and elegant, however not always compatible with Cumbrian weather! This year the move is more towards “hair up” and this for me is much more suited both the weather and the busy and often stressful situation of a wedding day.

Brides need to consider where photos are being taken, if outside will you want to be panicking about your hair flying around in the breeze? Are you commuting from one venue to another which again can affect the longevity of the hairdo? Is there a veil and are you going to wear it all day or not? Many of my past and future brides venture onto a boat as part of their day. This is lovely …but…you may look like you have been dragged through a bush by tea-time!

Then there is the dress. The neckline will dictate the hairstyle and a brides physical attributes will also affect this. For example a bride with a nice slim neck and shoulder line will want to wear her hair up to accentuate these features. You can soften the look with dropped pieces of hair around the face and neck. Smaller brides may want hair placed higher on their head with detail at the top to lengthen their whole image.

This year there is a move towards hair braids and hair twists. This is a much softer and more bohemian look and works really well for people who prefer less structured looks and a more natural approach to their image. I think this works well with flowers in hair and even ribbon/material woven through the hair. Many with this look will opt for detailed clips/flowers or flatter less bulky headpieces as this image doesn’t always work with large tiaras which are more suited to more classical bridal styles. I would always advise a practice as it really puts a bride at ease to know what she is having and also to check tour initial hair plans are suited to you, your dress and plans for the day. As with dress hunting, people have ideas of hairstyles that don’t work when sampled! Brides often end up having a style that they didn’t think they would as tastes change once you start experimenting with styles and this is why a practice is very important. It is important to get it right for you as you will have to view these pictures for years to come and want to know that you won’t wince at your choice of style after a few anniversaries!