Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience – the repeat!

Remember all that fuss last year when we got to be on the telebox? Yep? Well we’re doing it again…

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Following the recent announcement of a new series of RGWE being made later this year, we’re pleased to let you know that Series 4 of Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience is being repeated on BBC1 Wales again this Spring time.

The first episode ‘Wedding Planner’ featuring Oh So Perfect’s very own Samantha as Rhod’s mentor as he helps us coordinate real-life couple Sarah and Gareth’s wedding will be shown at 22:35 BBC1 Wales on Tuesday 1st April – make sure you tune in!

Rhod Gilbert and Samantha Imbimbo reflect on the day.

Rhod Gilbert and Samantha Imbimbo reflect on the day.

To view the photos from Sarah and Gareth’s Hollywood Movie inspired wedding, just follow this link! 

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination packages and services.

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2014 Wedding Trends: Fashionable Themes

We’re delighted this week to be bringing you this inspiring little blog post featuring 2014’s hottest wedding themes currently trending this year, as written by Lianne Crosby from the Hitched.co.uk wedding blog team…. enjoy! 

This year has seen a very big change in wedding trends, couples are pushing the barriers of a traditional wedding and now you can have your wedding exactly how you want it. Fashion is a huge factor when it comes to wedding trends, because whatever is fashionable at the time of planning may not be so fashionable when the big day actually hits. Doing your research and keeping an eye on what’s hot can ensure that your wedding will not only be ball but will also fit in with what’s current at the time. So what’s hot right now?

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1920’s Style – The Great Gatsby

This is become a great trend for budding brides all around the world. With the release of The Great Gatsby soaring sky high at box office, the 1920’s lifestyle has become far more attractive to us. There is a touch of class that comes with this style of wedding, having everyone dressed to the nines and creating a dreamlike reception that everyone will enjoy. Going back in time is never a bad thing, this is the era that saw the first ever Academy Awards and the invention of bubble gum.

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Geometric – Throwing Some Shapes

Geometry was never a strong point for many of us in school, but now we’re all a little older the idea of a geometric wedding has become somewhat intriguing. We’re used to weddings being quite soft and gentle but you can still create this illusion with geometric shapes. Geometric shapes are made with lines and are blocky, this means no curves and nothing round. So you could have a very square wedding cake, but it doesn’t look odd at all, it’s actually very stylish these days.

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Woodland – The Great Outdoors

Even though Britain has been dubbed one of the wettest countries in the world, we do occasionally get the odd bit of sunshine. With the sunshine comes beautiful and stunning outdoor weddings in the sun. Woodland weddings work perfectly in the summer as you get the warmth of the sun but then the shade of the trees to stop you from getting burnt or heat exhaustion. It also gives you way more space to play with and also makes for some amazing photographs.

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Quirky 1950’s – Cocktail Dresses at the Ready

Unlike the 1920’s style wedding, the 1950’s was a time with no less class but certainly more colour and shorter dresses. Instead of full length gowns you have gorgeous little cocktail dresses with hundreds of different patterns to choose from. This is also the time where rockabilly was popular, so polka dots with bright red lips were an absolute must. You can achieve this look with a vintage venue full of antiquities from the time.

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Organic – Mother Nature of the Bride

More than just getting back to nature, organic weddings are a thing of beauty and a top trend in 2014. Recycling old clothes and furniture mixed with homemade outfits and furnishings made from natural materials. You don’t have to be a hippy to appreciate Mother Nature at her finest and you can create an amazing look for under half the price of the average wedding. To find out more about this style of wedding and the other above just visit Hitched.

Thank you to Lianne Crosby from the Hitched blog team for writing this article. If you would like to guest post on our blog, email your proposal to enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk to be considered – we’d love to hear from you! 

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination packages and services.

Wedding Themes 2014 – Image Sources

Great Gatsby

Table Decs – The Wedding Scoop

Cake – http://weddingsandeventsrepublic.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/inspiration-board-great-gatsby-chic/#jp-carousel-489

Wedding Dress – http://ivyellenweddinginvitations.co.uk/blog/great-gatsby-wedding-inspiration

Shoes – http://www.elleuk.com/style/occasions/great-gatsby-1920s-inspired-wedding-style#image=6

Flowers – http://mnbride.com/decor-rentals/jazz-age-great-gatsby-inspired-wedding-decor

Chair – http://www.polkadotbride.com/2013/06/planning-a-dream-wedding-the-detail-is-in-the-deco/

Geometric

Invites  Flowers – http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2013/08/26/geometric-wedding-ideas/

Cake – http://ruffledblog.com/ruffled_galleries/notwedding-san-diego-by-lauren-alisse/notwedding-san-diego-lauren-alisse-reception_80/

Backdrop – http://tiedbowblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/shapely-wedding/

Table – http://www.knotandpop.com/portfolio/geometric-goodies/

Bride & Groom – http://bestfriendsforfrosting.com/2013/10/mod-geometric-wedding/

Woodland theme

Flowers – http://www.weddingchicks.com/gallery/woodland-wedding-decorations/?nggpage=2&pid=45500

Bride – http://www.laurelweddings.com/romantic-wedding-flowers-styled-bridal-shoot/

Quirky 1950s

Bride and groom – http://greenweddingshoes.com/austin-handmade-wedding-natalie-bryce/

Bridesmaids – http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/bringing-the-outdoors-in-gallery/#rmw-0/21/camp-and-furnace-wedding043.jpg

Short dress – http://www.stylemepretty.com/lookbook/dolly-couture/wedding-dresses-2010/beverlywood/?wedding

Flowers – http://bridalmusings.com/2012/07/quirky-colourful-retro-wedding-inspiration/

Tree with photos – http://ruffledblog.com/stone-oak-ranch-wedding/

Table decs – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/346988346259883748/

Bride – http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2011/06/claire-pettibone-enchanting-and-ethereal-woodland-shoot.html

Woodland mask – https://www.etsy.com/listing/60281436/bear-leather-mask-child-size-made-to

Cake – http://www.bridesofadelaide.com.au/index.php?blog_archive=6_p

Shoes http://offbeatbride.com/2013/05/polka-dotted-wedding-shoes

Basket – http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/rosiejos/product/polka-dot-retro-flower-print-bunting

Organic wedding

Cake – http://sandapagaimo.blogspot.ca/2012/07/joana-manuel-wedding-cake.html

Bouquet – http://ruffledblog.com/industrial-organic-wedding-inspiration/

Organic bath bomb favours – https://www.etsy.com/listing/122992895/seed-bombs-24-mix-of-flowers-eco

Recycled dress – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/557039047632031566/

Table décor – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/397513104581838936/

Bridesmaid Dress Shopping: Top Tips!

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I have planned plenty of weddings, I’ve coordinated dozens of wedding days, I’ve been a bride’s best friend on several occasions, but I have never been a Maid of Honour!

This year that changes as mixed in amongst the summer season of Oh So Perfect weddings, is the wedding of my best friend, and as such I have been bestowed with the ultimate wedding-planning privilege – I am her Maid of Honour. Excited, much?

As a wedding planner, I get involved in lots of lovely personal moments with my bride and groom, helping them to identify themselves as a couple and sharing their ideas for their perfect day, but I like to take a little step back when it comes to ‘being with the girls.’ One of the loveliest things about being a bride is choosing your bridesmaids, asking the ladies closest to you to support you in the biggest day of your life, and one of the fun parts of being a bridesmaid is going bridesmaid dress shopping!

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I recently had the pleasure of joining my best friend and two of her other bridesmaids for a very fun afternoon of bridesmaid dress shopping. We had a lovely day together all of us, and it only took 3 rounds of trying things on before we found the dress and what a gorgeous dress it was! It gathered a resounding ooooh! from all of us as we each slipped into it, and a a big thumbs up all round as we all realised it was perfect!

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We were very lucky to find something so perfect, so quick, but it’s not always as easy… shopping with 5 – 7 – 10! other girls can be a lot harder than shopping with just 3, so with this in mind, here are a few little tips for brides and bridesmaids to consider when choosing the perfect dress…

1. Think about your colour scheme and theme.
OK, sound obvious, but it’s important to remember that your bridesmaids will play a big role in carrying on your chosen colour scheme and theme of the day! It is important to have a clear idea of the sort of colour you are going for – take some swatches or an example of your stationary to help you find the right shade, and if it’s a particular style you’re going for (50s/Gatsby/minimal etc.) then keep the theme in mind when choosing the dress. Cut out some images from magazines, or build up a board on Pinterest first to share with your girls so they all have a clear idea of what it is you’re looking ahead of the shopping trip.

2. Do your research.
Got a very specific style/colour in mind? Remember that the evening wear/bridesmaid dress shops on the highstreet will all be working to current fashion trends, so you may find it difficult to get the exact colour or fashion style you’re after if it’s not akin to what’s currently going on in the fashion catwalk too. Look online first, check which stores are currently stocking what dresses and what dress specialists are in the area, and draw up a plan of where you want to visit before you hit the shops.

3. All girls are different!
What do you love most about your bridesmaids – the fact that they’re your nearest and dearest friends, right? And with that, you must remember that each of them is an individual, they’re all different and that’s why you love them! But I’m not just talking about personality, it’s also important to remember that each girl looks different too. We all have different shapes and sizes, different hair and skin tones, and it can be very difficult sometimes to find one dress which ultimately suits all styles! We were very lucky when buying our dress – a long empire line with floaty fabric, and a bold dark colour tends to hit if off with all different body shapes and tones too, but bear in mind if your girls are really different, squeezing them all into an unusual shape, fit or colour dress may prove tricky!

4. Talk to your ladies.
It’s important to speak to your girls before you go shopping.Ultimately the final decision is yours, yes, but following on from my last point here, each girl knows her own style and has a pretty good understanding of what will or won’t look good on her – she’s been buying clothes for herself longer than you have don’t forget! Talk to your ladies about what styles they think suit them – and more importantly what styles they would feel most comfortable wearing, because you want your bridesmaids to look and feel good on the day too so that they can relax and enjoy themselves rather than worrying that they’re not comfortable in the outfit you choose. You never know, they may inspire you to think of something different you hadn’t considered!

5. Think about your own dress.
What does your dress look like? Remember to consider your own style, and perhaps even take a photo from your own fitting with you so you can decide whether the bridesmaid dresses you choose ultimately compliment the tones, fabric and styles of your own dress too.

6. Don’t be afraid to try something on.
My best friend was adamant that she wanted us in knee length dresses. Yet, take another look at the picture at the top of this post…. floor length! When we found these dresses, she ummed and ahhed as it was short she had in mind, but I suggested we simply try them on anyway – you never know – and fancy that, they were just the ticket and she loved them!

7. Be clear on your budget.
Before you hit the shops, make sure you’re clear about how much you want to spend and who is spending what. If you are buying the dresses for your girls, make sure they know the price tag limit and what is included – do you want to include the shoes and accessories in this budget or will the girls buy these themselves? Be clear. Talk to your girls, find out how much, if anything they’d be willing to contribute if the budget needed to be stretched, or, if you’re asking them to buy the dress themselves then be sure how much they are all comfortable to be spending (with all accessories considered too – do not forget those extra penny pinchers!) and remember to respect their set figure when you’re looking too.

8. One for the bridesmaids…
One final point, and this one goes to the girls themselves. Ladies, we all have our tastes, and as a bridal party it’s our job offer help and advice to a stressed out bride, but ultimately, and the very end of the day, the decision is hers. It’s your best mate’s big day, so let’s keep it that way. Sure, speak up if you’re really unhappy or uncomfortable, but for goodness sake do not cause a full blown drama because you’ll be off that bridal party list quicker than you can say “top table.”

From ’27 Dresses’

Remember that scene from 27 Dresses where Ms Heigl pulls out all her bridesmaid gowns-gone-by? Yeah, there’s some real stinkers there, but you know what, she wore them, because that’s what a good bridesmaid does.

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination packages and services.

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