BRIDAL APPOINTMENT DO’S & DON’TS!

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Let’s face it ladies, buying your wedding dress is probably the most important personal purchase you can make. With so much choice out there, it can be hard to make the final decision. So here are some do’s & don’ts when it comes to buying your wedding dress!

DO….research the bridal boutiques you would like to visit, what styles and sizes do they carry? If you are a plus size bride pick stores that stock plus size so you have a range of dresses to try on.

DON’T… presume every boutique stock plus size, you will be surprised how many don’t.

DO…come prepared e.g bring a pair of shoes the same height you intend to wear on your wedding day, wear a nude colour strapless bra and spanx if you feel that you will need them.

DON’T… wear coloured underwear, they will show up under the dresses and ruin the look.

DO…bring one or two people who you love and trust i.e close friends and family. They want the best for you and will help you make the right choice.

DON’T BRING 100’S OF PEOPLE TO YOUR APPOINTMENTS!!The more people there are, the more conflicting opinions there will be. CHOOSE YOUR ENTOURAGE WISELY!

DO…visit 3-5 shops max.

DON’T… confuse yourself by visiting 20 shops, it will take the fun out of the whole experience.

DO…listen to your bridal consultant. They might suggest a style that you may not necessarily pick yourself…

Don’t… limit your choice by ruling out particular styles. Stay open minded, very often brides go for the total opposite of what they originally wanted.

Do… stop searching when you find the dress.

Don’t… continue shopping despite having fallen in love with a dress. If you are comparing everything to the dress then it’s your dress!

Hope this helps…

Thanks MK x

NEW BRIDAL TRENDS FOR 2018.

Check out the latest bridal trends hitting the runways for 2018.

BLACK ACCENTS

Looking for something a little different? add a bit of black to your wedding dress, this monochrome look is a big hit for spring 2018.

HIGH NECKLINES 

This modest look is very popular among designers for spring 2018… so cover up the cleavage gals!

TOUCH OF BLUE 

Forget about blush…blue tones have dominated the runways for 2018.

CAPES AND JACKETS 

I love this trend, adding a jacket/cape to a wedding dress gives you the option to have two looks in one.

OVERSIZE BOWS 

Big Beautiful bows have made a comeback for spring 2018.

CUT SHORT! 

As a bridal boutique owner I can confirm that short dresses are more popular than ever.. and it’s easy to see why, flattering on most body types, comfortable and utterly gorgeous!

THE JUMPSUIT

Controversial but I like it! My only concern would be the bride looking more like a guest and not like the bride!

DEEP V NECKLINE

Plunging necklines are still hot for 2018. Very flattering on girls with a smaller chest, if you have a larger chest this trend is not for you as it won’t offer much support!

GLOVES (I KID YOU NOT)

Jury’s still out on this one to be honest.. i like gloves for a vintage styled wedding where the bride is on the quirky side and can carry it off. As for a traditional bride i really don’t see this trend taking off!

OFF THE SHOULDER

Beautifully elegant, a timeless look that keeps making a comeback.

3D FLORALS 

Very pretty trend for Spring/Summer brides.

BELL SLEEVES 

Sleeves/bell sleeves are so flattering for any bride big or small! I for one is very happy this trend is sticking around.

To make an appointment with me Mairead at MK Bridal please call 0469060371.

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Commitment Issues??? How To Commit To A Wedding Dress…

You found the man and made the ultimate promise of commitment by saying yes!! so why do ‘brides to be’ find it so hard to commit to a dress? Here are my top ten tips to commit to a wedding dress.

1.Do Your Research

Before you set foot in a bridal boutique, research what gowns you like. Sites like pinterest are a fantastic way to get a sense of the style you like.

2.Book Your Appointments

This is the exciting part but DO NOT GET CARRIED AWAY!!!! 3 or 4 bridal boutiques is enough to visit. Spread them over two weekends and notify your bridal party.

3. Keep Your Entourage Small

This ain’t no ‘Say yes to dress’ where you need to bring your 8 bridesmaids, mother in law, granny, dog and whoever else you can persuade to bring with you to your appointments. Keep it to one or two people you trust to tell you the truth. After all to many opinions are not good and will only confuse you.

4. Be Ruthless

Try a maximum of 6 dresses on in each store, critic what you like and what you dislike on each dress. This way you will whittle out the styles that you don’t like.

5. Listen to the professional

Let the consultant pick a dress for you, they will know what dress best compliments your body type. So many times brides have come in to my boutique and are dead set against a certain style until they put it on and voila, they fall in love!

6. Bridal moments

 

So much pressure is put on brides these days to get overwhelmed and burst into tears when they try on their dream dress. Every bridal moment is different, it might be that you don’t want to take the dress off, it may be that you can visual yourself walking down the aisle in that dress and no other will do. So don’t be so hard on yourself, they say you will know when you know so try and focus on yourself and what you want and it should all fall into place.

7. What Are You Waiting for?

Don’t leave it to late to start the search, i would suggest 10-12 months in advance so you can get to grips with the whole experience. You don’t want to be left in a position where your only option is to buy a sample gown. Don’t get me wrong buying a sample gown is a great way to save money and some boutiques(like mine) have fab sample sales but best to keep your options open. Just remember when buying a sample gown check for tan marks, make up etc.. they are notoriously hard to remove so keep in mind you will have to get a sample gown dry cleaned, repaired and altered before you wear it.

8. Never Ending Story!!

Ladies i know you have been looking forward to this day for your entire lives but it’s got to end sometime. Some brides avoid saying yes because they don’t want the experience to end. But trust me your friends and family will get fed up trapesing after you every Saturday looking for your dream dress that(lets be honest) you probably found in the first or second boutique you visited. So spare a little thought for your entourage and just pick one!!

9. Focus On The Positive’s

It breaks my heart when brides come in and all they see when they look in the mirror is their insecurities. I know its hard but try to focus on the positives when trying on wedding dresses and push those negative thoughts to the back of your mind. Your appointment is all about you so lap it up and trust people when they say you look beautiful..they’re not lying!

10. The Commitmaphobe!

If you have yet to commit to a dress and have visited over 10 bridal boutiques, tried on 50 or more dresses then i’m afraid to say it but your probably a commitmaphobe!! Time to refocus and get the job done!! You can do it ladies, i believe in you…

To make an appointment at MK Bridal, call 0469060371, follow me on snapchat mk.bridal,www.mkbridal.ie, FB MKbridal1 and instagram mkbridal.

All my love,

MK x

WEDDING FAIRS FEBRUARY 2017.

Wedding Fairs are a great way for you and your partner to view venues and to meet local wedding suppliers but lack of advertising makes finding these events really hard! So to make things a little easier, here is a list of wedding fairs coming up in February 2017.

THURSDAY 02nd

  • Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel from 4-9pm, for an appointment call 012305461.
    Address: Killiney Hill Rd, Scalpwilliam, Killiney, Co. Dublin

SUNDAY 05th FEB

  • Moyvalley Hotel & golf resort, from 1pm-5pm
    Address: Balyna Estate, Moyvalley, Ballina, Co. Kildare
  • Boynehill House, from 2pm
    Address: Kilcairn, Navan, Co Meath, Co. Meath, C15 Y228
  • Headfort Arms hotel, from 2pm-5pm
    Address: Headfort Pl, Townparks, Kells, Co. Meath
  • Druids Glen, from 11:00AM – 5:00PM, To make an appointment please contact our Wedding Co-ordinator, Nessa Kearney 01 287 0811
    Address: Leabeg Upper, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co. Wicklow

    nessa.kearney@druidsglenresort.com

  • Springfield Hotel, from, 1:00PM – 5:00PM.
    Address: Leixlip Road, Lucan Demesne, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, W23 W280
  • Sheeraton hotel,
    Address: Athlone Towncentre Shopping Centre, Gleeson Street, Co Westmeath, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • Springhill Court Hotel, from 2:00PM – 5:00PM.
    Address: Waterford Road, Kilkenny
  • Clontarf Castle, from 1pm-5pm. weddings@clontarfcastle.ie
    Address: Castle Ave, Clontarf, Dublin 3
  • Radisson Blu Hotel,  Places are limited and by invitation only, to RSVP please email weddings.limerick@radissonblu.com
    Address: Ennis Road, Burtonhill, Limerick
  • Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare,3:00PM – 6:00PM, To register your attendance please contact the wedding team on events@palmerstownhouse.ie or call 045 901 961.
  • Raisson blu St helens,  from 4pm-7pm,
    Address: Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Booterstown, Dublin
  • Glenview Hotel  from, 2:00PM – 6:00PM, 
    Address: Bellevue Demesne, Glen of The Downs, Co. Wicklow, A63 DC95
  • Westwood hotel, Dangan, from  1:00PM – 5:00PM.
    Address: Upper Newcastle, Galway

THURDAY 9th FEB

SUNDAY 12th FEB

  • Parkview Hotel,from  12pm-4pm.
    Address: Main St, Kilmacullagh, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co. Wicklow, A63 FX72
  • Castleroy Park hotel(Wedding Fair with Brendan Courtney) from 1pm-4pm,
    Address: Main St, Kilmacullagh, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co. Wicklow, A63 FX72
  • The Pillo hotel, The Rath, Ashbourne, 1pm-5pm,For more information please contact our Wedding Coordinator, Francesca, on 01 835 6814 or weddings@pillohotelashbourne.com
    Address: Rath, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, A84 KR91
  • Clanard Court Hotel, from 11:00AM – 6:00PM.
    Address: Dublin Rd, Shamrocklodge, Athy, Co. Kildare
  • McWilliam Park Hotel,from 12-4pm, For further information contact Katie on 0949378008 or email events@mcwilliamparkhotel.ie
    Address: Kilcolman Road, Boherduff, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
  • Loughrea Hotel & Spa,  To register your interest contact our wedding coordinator today Karen Brady 091 880088
    E kbrady@loughreahotelandspa.com

    Address: Old Galway Road, St. Laurencesfields, Loughrea, Co. Galway
  • Imperial Hotel Cork, from 12:00PM – 5:00PM.
    Address: South Mall A, Cork

SUNDAY 19TH FEB

  • The Johnstown Estate Enfiled, Meath, 2pm-5pm, Register your attendance today by contacting the team at 046 954 0000 or weddings@thejohnstownestate.com
    Address: Johnstown, Enfield, Co. Meath
  • The sation house, from2pm-5pm.
    Address: Main Street, Ringlestown, Kilmessan, Co. Meath
  •  Farnham Estate, Cavan, Ireland, T + 353 (0) 49 4377700 E:info.farnham@radissonblu.com
  • Charleville Park Hotel, Limerick Road, Charleville, Cork, 1:00PM – 5:00PM, For more information call Barbara on 063 33703 or email weddings@charlevilleparkhotel.com
    Address: Limerick Rd, Rathgoggan North, Charleville, Co. Cork
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, For further information on our own packages, please contact our Wedding Co-Ordinator Jonathon on 0749194444 or emailing jonathon.officer@radissonblu.com
    Address: Letterkenny Retail Park, Paddy Harte Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • City North Hotel, from 2:00PM – 5:00PM.
    Address: Gormanston, Co. Meath
  • Fota Island Resort, from 12:00PM – 5:00PM, contact our dedicated Wedding Team at weddings@fotaisland.ie or call 021 467 3453.
    Address: Fota Island, Cork
  • Annebrook House Hotel, from 2:00PM – 6:00PM.
    Address: Austin Friars St, Bellview, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
  • The Lakeside Hotel, from 3:00PM – 7:00PM.
    Address: Austin Friars St, Bellview, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

THURSDAY 23rd

  • Carlton Hotel,  Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15, Dublin,  6:00PM – 9:00PM.

SATURDAY 25th

  • Galway Bay Golf Resort, from 12:00PM – 5:00PM.
    Address: The Promenade, Galway
  • Clanard Court Hotel, Dublin Rd, Athy, Kildare.
  • The Killeshin Hotel, from, 1:00PM – 5:00PM 
    Address: Dublin Rd, Ballyroan, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

SUNDAY 26th

  • Conyngham Arms from 1-5pm,
    Address: Main St, Slane, Co. Meath
  • Macroom Castle Hotel, Main St, Macroom, Cork, 12:00PM – 4:00PM. For further queries please feel free to contact the wedding team on 026-41074.
  • Roganstown Hotel & Country Club, from 1:00PM – 5:00PM, weddings@roganstown.com or call 01 8433118
    Address: Naul Rd, Roganstown, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 P2E4

MARCH 1st

VENUES VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

WEDDING FAIRS YET TO BE CONFIRMED

WEDDING EVENTS

  • Ultimate Weddings Live, Breaffy Castlebar 18/19th feb,2pm-6pm , admin €10.00
  • Ultimate Weddings Live Punchestown racecourse 25th/26th feb, 2pm-6pm admin €10.00
  • Crover House Cavan are giving one lucky couple the chance to win a wedding worth €20,000 see website for details winourwedding.ie

Hope this helps,

MK Bridal xx

 

“CELEBRITY HAIR”..How To Perfect Your Hair For Your wedding.

HAIR CARE

Everyday styling can take its toll on our hair so when a stylist says, “cutting your hair regularly is good for it”, it actually is! But why?

The truth behind it is simple, if the end of your hair is in bad condition and has split ends it won’t grow. The roots will continue to grow but the ends will keep splitting up as opposed to regaining length in your hair.

Now calm down my scissor fearing friends.. I’m not advising you get inches taken off every visit, cut the bare ends and it will make all the difference to those tatty trestles.

CHOOSING YOUR STYLIST

First you need to ask yourself, “Are you happy with your stylist”? If you are, great! If not then its time to start the search. Do your research, book appointments with recommended wedding hairstylists. Remember finding a stylist you trust is No.1!

Once you have found your stylist, your first consultation will be to discuss your wedding hair goals:

  • Colour
  • Length
  • Condition
  • Style

Remember the more change you want, the more time you will need. You don’t want to radically change your hair a month before the wedding and then regret it!

HOME CARE

OK so visiting your hairstylist every week is unrealistic and far too pricey! But Everyone needs good home care, i.e shampoo, conditioner & masque. All three are essential to improving those luscious locks.

Talk to your stylist about the best home care products for you. Good products are pricey but in my experience they last longer (because you use less) and are far better for your hair than cheaper supermarket alternatives.

Product Recommendations –

  • Kerastase
  • Moroccan Oil
  • Salon Retail L’Oreal

Products to be wary of –

  • Pantene
  • TRESemmé
  • Herbal Essence
  • Head & Shoulders

These products have a high percentage of salt and silicone which strip colour.

CREATING THE LOOK

Discuss with your stylist the look you wish to create, schedule your trial for a month or two before your wedding this way it will be fresh in your stylists head. Get someone to take loads of photos to make sure you are 100% happy with it. If your not happy, at least you have  a month or two to perfect your style.

I would suggest booking your hair trial on the day you book your makeup trial or dress fitting. This way you get the complete look and can tweak any changes before the big day.

In regards to up-styles, do not stress over the length or thickness of your hair as your stylist can use clip in extensions and hair pieces to fill out the perfect style.

THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

Under no certain circumstance should you change your hair colour/cut at this stage! By all means top up your colour or get a trim but NO BIG CHANGES!!

Your stylist will advise you to wash and dry your hair the day/night before the big day but if your hair is fine or gets greasy quickly you should wash it first thing on the morning of your wedding. Just remember freshly washed hair is harder to style.

THE BIG DAY

The big day has arrived and by now your hair should be in immaculate condition, the color 100% and your trial perfected. So now it’s time to sit back and relax and let your stylist work his/her magic.

Your stylist will spend most of their time on you (and rightly so) on the morning of your wedding. Your stylist will arrive early and usually prep you first and hand you over to your makeup artist.

With your makeup complete, it’s time to style those luscious locks.

A good hairdresser and makeup artist will work together to ensure the entire bridal party are beautified in time!

With your hair and makeup perfected it’s now time to marry your prince…..GOOD LUCK!

All information in this blog was provided by hair stylist Kelley Durkin, Kelley manages Ben Garry Hairdressing, Ratoath and has been styling hair for 15 years. She is a wedding hair specialist and a master at up-styles. Kelley is also a Moroccan Oil educator and works at London fashion week every year.

For further inquiries, contact Kelley on 0879738171.

MK Bridal xx

PLANNING A WEDDING? A SIMPLE GUIDE TO GETTING IT RIGHT!

SO WHERE DO YOU START??

Congratulations you’ve just got engaged!! But what do you do now?? It’s a crazy time and one which can be quite daunting for most couples. So here is a simple guide/timeline to help you plan your big day. 

24-18 MONTHS..

  • Pick the ring: If your fiance hasn’t already picked your sparkler, then its time to go shopping!!
  • Set your budget: Be realistic, how much can you really afford to save each month? *Remember you still have to eat and pay bills so don’t overstretch yourselves. 
  • Do your numbers: Time to pick your guest list, this is one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding so best to start early.
  • Set the date: Consult with immediate family member’s to ensure your date doesn’t clash with any significant others date.
  • What will it be?: Church / civil ceremony, this can be a tricky one especially if you don’t share the same religion. Best to hash this out ASAP.
  • Pop the question: Time to pop the question to your bridesmaids / groomsmen. If you’re looking for a quirky way to pop the question join Pinterest for some great ideas.
  • Pinterest: If you haven’t got a Pinterest account, now is the time to open one. Great for wedding inspiration.
  • Engagement shoot/party: Organize your engagement shoot or party(optional).
  • Do your homework: Time to start researching your wedding dress and suppliers,band,photographer etc. Read testimonials, ask friends or family members who they used and if they were happy with them.

12 MONTHS..

  • Finalize: Once you settle on your date. Secure bookings for the church and venue. Once you have the date finalized everything else should fall into place.
  • Start the search for the dress: This is one of the most important parts to any wedding(check out my ultimate guide to wedding dress shopping 2017).
  • Send save the dates: Useful if you are planning a wedding abroad. If you are getting married abroad now is the time to research cheap flights and accommodation for your guests.
  • Hey big spender: Time to start booking the wedding suppliers,band,photographer etc. This means paying deposits to secure them. This can be an expensive time for you both so make sure you are saving regular amounts each month.

*Be savvy.. If you know a photographer, hairstylist or make up artist,now is the time to pull in a favor or two. Offer them an invite to your wedding in exchange for their services, e.g my bridesmaid just happens to be one of the top wedding hair stylists in Meath and did my hair the morning of my wedding as a gift.

Here is a list of suppliers you need to book at this stage:

  • Venue
  • Ceremony/ Church
  • Photographer
  • Videographer (Try combine the two for better value, my recommendation is Birds of a feather. They also do invites and have great package deals)
  • Ceremony music (Katie Kilbride)
  • Drinks reception music/entertainment(optional)
  • Wedding band (The Ratzingers)
  • DJ (Paul Duffy)

My recommendation for combining all four music elements is the Ratzingers. They will provide the music for your entire day at a great price!

10-8 MONTHS..

  • Give me sunshine: Time to book the honeymoon, they can be expensive so give yourself enough time to pay it off.
  • Book your pre-marriage course: Places fill up pretty quick  so best to do this early.
  • Wedding insurance: Time to decide if its worth taking out wedding insurance e.g if you have a sick relative it might be worth it.
  • Florist/decorative suppliers: Book your florist and any other decorative suppliers you may want to use e.g room draping, lighting or aisle decor.

Prepare for a lull around this time..it’s normal so embrace it!! By now you should have the major components of your day sorted so keep your head down, save your money and prepare for the busy months ahead.

8-6 MONTHS..

  • Shop until you drop: time to dress the maids and don the groom and groomsmen!! Bridesmaids dresses take a minimum of 3 months to come in when ordered so leave time for any necessary alterations.
  • Check passports are in date: Crucial for your honeymoon!!
  • It’s party time: Start planing those all important hen/stag parties.

6-4 MONTHS..

  • Legalities: Organize your marriage registration, your deadline is 3 months before the wedding so best to get this done ASAP.
  • Invites: Choose and order your invitations and stationary.
  • Transport: Organize transport for you and your wedding party, if you are hiring wedding cars do it now. * To save a few quid, why not use family members or friends with nice cars.
  • Vaccinations: Travelling abroad on honeymoon..make sure you get your vaccinations.
  • Addresses: Start collecting guests addresses for your invites. *Remember keep these safe. You will need them if your sending out thank you cards after the wedding.

3-2 MONTHS..

  • The ceremony: Organize music, prayers and readings etc.
  • Stationary: Order your mass booklets, organize table names/numbers etc..
  • Florist: Meet with the florist at the venue or the church to discuss floral arrangements.
  • Sh*t just got real: Sending out your invites, this is when the nerves kick in but try stay calm and enjoy the build up.
  • It has arrived: By now your dress should have arrived in store. The store will contact you to attend your first dress fitting. If your boutique does not offer an alterations service you will have to organize this yourself. Make sure you use a seamstress who specializes in wedding dresses. *Do not let someone who you don’t know and trust near your dress!
  • Accessorize: Attending your first fitting is a good time to purchase veil/birdcage, jewelry and shoes. If you don’t like anything they have to offer don’t panic there are plenty of high street stores that have just as good shoes quality and jewelry. Alternatively you can buy online. *I wouldn’t recommend buying veils online as quite often what you see is not what you get.
  • Accessorize bridal party: Groom/Groomsmen and bridesmaids all need shoes etc.. This can be your gift to your bridal party.
  • Bling it out: Time to purchase your wedding rings. Try use the same jewelers you bought your engagement ring from as most jewelers will offer a discount for returning couples.
  • Hair & Makeup: Organize hair and makeup trials. *Try organize for the same day you attend your dress fitting, that way you get to see the complete look and make any necessary changes before the big day.
  • Presents: Organize gifts for bridal party/parents and for each other.
  • Planning day 2: If you are having second day celebrations,  time to organize venue/ food/ drink/ entertainment. *This is like a second wedding so don’t leave it to the last minute!
  • Time to party!: Hen and stags should take place around this time.. Just in case you or your hubby to be should break any limbs this should leave you enough time for them to heal!

1 MONTH TO GO..

  • Money Money Money: Start paying off suppliers if you can, the next few weeks will be very expensive!
  • Dress deadline: Organize your final dress fitting.. eek!!
  • Bridesmaids: Organize alterations for bridesmaids dresses(if needed)
  • Pamper session: Organize tan and nails for you and your bridal party. *This can be your gift to your bridesmaids.
  • Final Numbers: By now most of your guests will have sent back their RSVP’s so you will have a rough estimate of how many are attending.
  • Seating plan: Oh the seating plan..the god damn seating plan!! Probably the most stressful part of any wedding, between family feuds and fighting friends where do you put them all? *Think it through you don’t want any drama at your wedding so keep possible troublesome guests apart..if you can!
  • Wedding favours: If you are making them yourself or buying them now is the time to organize.

2-1 WEEKS TO GO..

  • The chase: Chase guests who have yet to RSVP! Give them a deadline, after all you don’t want someone turning up on the day that hasn’t RSVP’d (Oh the horror!!)
  • Venue: 

-Organize a meeting with your wedding planner/venue to give final numbers and to run through the order of the day.

-Create a timetable and give it the venue.

-If you are using music for your ceremony or walk in music, soundcheck their equipment.

-Give them an emergency contact in case anything should go wrong on the big day.(it won’t)

-If your venue does not provide a printed seating plan/place names, you will have to print these yourself. (make sure to go through all this when you book your venue)

  • Touch base: Contact all wedding suppliers and make sure everyone is organized for the day. Give your emergency contact number to all suppliers.
  • Organize wedding rehearsal: Generally a rehearsal takes place a night a two before the wedding, this is a nice opportunity to get family together for food and drink, after the rehearsal obviously.
  • What to wear: Pick and choose outfits for rehearsal/ morning after wedding/ day after wedding. ASOS is great for second day outfit choices.
  • The dress: Collect your wedding dress, try it on one last time to make sure everything is perfect.
  • Photographer: Compile a list of family members and photos you want taken on the day and give it to your photographer.

1-2 Days to go…

  • Relax a little: You and your maids can relax and get pampered while you get your tan and nails done..time to unwind!
  • Groom: Time to collect your rental suits, make sure all groomsmen attend final fitting and if you’ve bought the suits best to try them on one last time!
  • Attend rehearsal: Make sure everyone knows the time and place of your rehearsal.
  • Final touches: Transport centerpieces, lanterns, table plan etc to the venue(day before).
  • Contact cake supplier: Ensure the cake is due to arrive on the day.
  • Payment: Organize all outstanding  payment for all suppliers, place in separate envelopes with their names on it and give it to someone you trust to hand out on the day.
  • GET SOME REST!: I know it may seem really hard but do try and get some sleep. Tomorrow is a big day and you want to be on top form!

The Big Day Is Finally Here!!

You have done all you can so relax and enjoy the day knowing that everything is in place!

Best of luck

MK Bridal x!!

Will he put a ring on it this Xmas???

‘Tis the season for engagements… but will it be you posting pics of your sparkler this Christmas morning?? Here are some tell tale signs that he’s ready to pop the question..

  • He talks about the future: Well, its only a sign if he talks about the future and you’re in it! Kids, marriage and everything in between. It’s all positive steps to destination diamond.
  • He’s acting shady:  Is he nervous and secretive? Just not himself?.. if so then he may be cheating on you (doubt it) but more than likely he is just stressed planning the perfect proposal.
  • His money is tight: Has he been extra frugal lately? If Mr big spender has turned into Mr. Penny Pincher then maybe this is it!
  • All his friends are getting married: Nothing like peer pressure to push him in the right direction (only kidding). On a serious note if his friends are getting engaged why not him?
  • Your missing your favorite ring: This is a biggie… If your ring has disappeared for more than 24 hrs then maybe he has taking it to the jewelers to size the ACTUAL ring!!
  • He has made plans for you both: Has he made dinner reservations or organized a weekend away?? Make sure you dress for the occasion, after all you don’t want to look a mess in your engagement photos!
  • He’s all over you: Boys got it bad..he just can’t get enough of his girl(lucky you). Let him shower you with love and kisses and most importantly diamonds.
  • He’s unusually close with your parents: Like seriously what is going on? You were playing golf with my dad and now your having tea with my mam…. weird!!
  • Sudden interest: He has developed a sudden interest in friends weddings and critiques every detail.. ” Do you like that band? How much do ye reckon the whole thing cost?”. Questions like this are a dead giveaway.
  • Finally he’s down on one knee: Oh god is it really happening? Very obvious but make sure he isn’t tying his shoe lace before you scream YES YES YES!!!…
  • Enjoy this moment: This is the moment you’ve been waiting for your whole life so try to savior every second!!

Maybe he will or maybe he won’t… and if he doesn’t, remember that good things come to those who wait my dear and if he truly is the one then he is worth waiting for.

Have a fabulous Christmas!

Lots of Love,

MK Bridal xxx

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING.

  1. The search: Start looking at styles and designers as soon as you get engaged. Set up a Pinterest page, buy magazines, create a scrapbook.
  2. Booking the appointment: Book your appointment 12 months before the wedding(no sooner). Don’t give yourself time to change your mind.
  3. Sample sales: If you are a budget conscious bride then sample sales are where it’s at!! Sample sales generally take place in July/Aug or Oct/Nov so keep an eye out.
  4. Be productive: Make a day of it, try to visit 2/3 boutiques in one day. This way you get a good idea of what’s out there. You will see the same styles repeated, so there is no need to visit 50 different stores. Keep it to minimum to avoid indecisiveness (too many to choose from – less likely to commit).
  5. Dust yourself off: Don’t be discouraged if the dress you have stalked on Pinterest and pictured yourself in for months now doesn’t suit you. Take it off, chin up and start again!
  6. No Drama: Choose who you take along to your appointments very carefully, remember too many cooks spoil the broth!! No more than four opinions and any negative ninny’s can do one!!
  7. Love at first sight: It’s OK to fall in love with the first dress you try on, after all this is the first time you see yourself as a bride! Although you may not want to take it off..DO. Try some more on, sleep on it and if you just cant get that beauty out of your head.. then she’s the one.
  8. Fat Chance: DO NOT ORDER YOUR DRESS IN A SMALLER SIZE in the hope that you will lose stones before the big day. Be realistic girls its easier to take a dress in than to let it out.
  9. Dotting the i’s : Read your terms and conditions before you sign your contract, don’t get caught out by something in the small print.
  10. It’s all coming together: Pick your veil and accessories when your collecting your dress, have your hair done, try your dress on and get the finished look.

MK  Bridal xx