So You Want to Lose Weight For Your Wedding? Read this First!


It is that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, it is a month for pure indulgence. Before you know it, the New Year is here and without a second thought you are making resolutions for a healthier, fitter, leaner new you for the New Year. Within weeks I will have failed and I will back to periodic spats of dieting and clean eating but nothing lasts forever.

Weight loss is something scarcely discussed here as I know all too well how much pressure there is on women to feel as though they need to lose weight and it can really get you down. I did once write a post asking our readers whether they thought losing weight for a wedding was a good or bad idea?. I was quite surprised by the response as I thought it would be very divided, yet the general consensus was that a wedding is great motivation for getting your butt into shape, but the choice to get healthy and lose weight should be more about making a life change and building confidence, rather than just about losing weight for a special event.

We would never want the women that come here to feel pressured into losing weight, instead we want to provide women with the information they will need to build confidence should they need it and if they do decide to journey into weight loss, then we will provide the information needed to undertake it safely and responsibly. That is where Mirinda Fleur from Body Meet Bride Comes in…


Mirinda is a nutritionist, trainer and coach on an incredible journey, empowering women to become their healthiest, happiest and most confident, through education, positivity, balance, and of course endless support and we have asked her to share her story with you.

“Since I was a teenager I had been interested in health, diet and fitness but I 100% did not know the right way to go about it and got so confused by all the info and health gimmicks out there, it can be overwhelming! I could go into details of some health issues I had regarding my thyroid, my unrealistic expectations etc but you’re a girl you get it 😉

It was when I decided to see a Naturopath for a detox program that I fell in love with the world of alternative medicine, I remember feeling that ‘Uh Huh’ moment of things just starting to make sense and realized this is the world I want to be in (I was studying Fashion Marketing at the time so quite a change!) Literally within a month I had enrolled into Nutrition College and I never looked back! I am now a certified Nutritionist, Health Coach, Personal Trainer and have just enrolled for Yoga Teacher Training, Yippeee! The learning never stops and I love exposing myself to new knowledge to share and inspire my brides to be.

 A few quick “fun facts” about me:

 I love food…and I mean all food, I don’t have a “perfect” diet all the time, I eat chocolate, I eat pizza and I enjoy every bite (to me health is about balance and been “naughty” sometimes is totally ok!)

 I did Zumba for the first time this year (shocking it took me this long to build up the courage to go!) and I’m addicted, it seriously boosts your confidence, gets you sweating & is just insanely fun, I highly suggest grabbing your girlfriend and going!

I have a 5 month old Chihuahua named Beefy (my boyfriend named her!) who is incredibly entertaining & loving!

My top 3 favourite foods are sweet potatoes, pomegranates & chocolate covered almonds 😉

About Body meet Bride

During my Health Coaching studies I was exposed to the amazing opportunities that online business brings, and the possibility of been able to help people from anywhere was so exciting!

Body meet Bride honestly came to me quite randomly!!! I knew I wanted to work with women to help them find a healthy balance, build confidence, feel strong, empower them with knowledge and help them learn to live a healthy happy life. As a woman I know most brides to be want & need these things for their big day but also long after! I thought reaching out to brides would be a great way to help women who might not usually invest in themselves and who finally had the perfect motivation to treat themselves to finding their health!

The philosophy of Body meet Bride is a stress free, holistic, realistic, educational approach to achieving your goals. This program is about empowering yourself whether you want to lose weight, tone up, get clearer skin or more energy; anything is possible.

Every woman deserves to look and feel her absolute best on her wedding day but I also believe every woman deserves to feel that way every day too and it is my wish that Body meet Bride will give women the knowledge and tools to achieve both!


5 Simple Steps to Designing a Customised Engagement Ring!

The Diamond Ring Company

I just love the thought of having my own customised engagement ring. The thought of wearing something that was designed especially for you with your personality and taste in mind is beautiful! However commissioning your very own bespoke design can seem overwhelming so we have created this guide to make your experience as simple and enjoyable as possible.

The Diamond Ring Company

Decide on Your Budget

I always feel uncomfortable when I hear people claiming that the ideal cost of an engagement ring should be at least one to two months’ salary. Personally I think this should be balanced against what you can afford, just remember this will be a ring that will be most likely be worn for many years to come so be sure to choose quality as well as personal taste.

Do Your Research

Find a business such as The Diamond Ring Company that specialise in bespoke ring design and arrange to speak with one of their specialists about your design concept and budget. In order to receive an accurate quotation you need to be able to tell them as much as possible about your ring design so it is time to get researching.

Take a look at the jewellery that your partner already owns. Do they prefer small and dainty pieces, maybe they have a thing for vintage or perhaps they like to go bold with costume jewellery? Having an idea of the type of the jewellery they already wear will help you to focus your design when it comes to drafting your prototype. Keep any images of rings that you like and in some cases your partner may have also dropped subtle hints in the past. You might also want to think about chatting with their closest pals too, friends are a great at extracting important information such as ring size and style. Are they are on pinterest? See if you can find a ‘Ring or Jewellery board’ you will be surprised what you can find out about a person from their pinterest boards. Use the information you find to start sketching your ideas, if sketching isn’t your thing create a mood board. It is important that you are clear about your requirements when it comes to chatting with the specialists.


The Ultimate DIY Wedding Venue Checklist Including a Free Printable List!

DIY Wedding Venue Check List

Photography by  (James & Lianne Wedding Photography (Full wedding here!)

For some the very thought of handcrafting their wedding will make their blood run cold, for others finding a venue that is a blank canvas on which to build their creativity would be a dream. However, if there’s one thing I would like to warn DIY couples against, then that would be thinking that arranging a handmade wedding is both easy and cheap. Deciding to hold and organise a homespun wedding comes with a whole new host of responsibilities and management.

Lets begin with the challenge of finding a venue that offers a blank canvas in the first place. Both myself and Jess have experienced just how difficult it is to find such a venue but, there are some great websites which  can help. Coco Wedding Venues usefully narrows down the search based on the type of venue and style that you are looking for, whilst Find Your Perfect Venue is particularly useful as you can base your search on venues that specialise in DIY weddings, as well as location and style. The most obvious choice of venue for this type of event tends to be yurts, marquees and barns but don’t be too disheartened if this isn’t what you are looking for, there are some great venues out there, you just need to do that extra bit of digging to find the perfect one.

Right now lets get down to nailing that perfect venue! Use this checklist to make sure you have absolutely everything covered when planning your DIY wedding.

What to ask your DIY Wedding Venue

Photography by  (James & Lianne Wedding Photography (Full wedding here!)



♥ Do you have Liability Insurance?

♥ What will happen if my wedding is cancelled? Check the T’s & C’s!

♥  What time will you be setting up? I.e. Marquees, Tipis etc

♥ From what time will we have access?

♥ What are the noise restrictions in the area? 

♥ Do you have a generator?

♥ Are there enough power points for everything that will need to be plugged in i.e. PA System, Ipod etc

♥ Will there be adequate heating or air conditioning? You may need to provide extra heaters or even air conditioning units!

♥ What are the access restrictions? Some venues will be unsuitable for larger vehicles like coaches?

♥ Does the venue have disabled access if needed? Dont forget your less able guests! 

♥ What facilities are available, Car park, toilets etc. What facilities will not be available i.e. dance floor?

♥ Are we able to book outside suppliers? I.e. Bouncey Castle, Garden Games, ice cream vans?

♥ Who is responsible for lighting?

♥  Can we store decor, equipment etc in advance at the venue? Don’t forget you may need to take your own ladder as venues will not be able to provide you with these by law.

♥ Are there any items we are not permitted to use in the venue? I.e. Candles, screws, nails, glue, confetti, lanterns. 

♥  Who is responsible for clearing away decorations and rubbish? Will it need to be done that night? Who should we allocate to do this? Do we need to hire in a waste removal bin? Especially if you’re doing ‘take away’ food in the evening?

♥  Do you have tables or will we need to hire this? What size are they? How many?

Who will be in charge of setting up tables Sally T Photography

What style of Crockery Sally T Photography

Photography by Sally T Photography (Full Wedding here!)


5 Awesome Reasons To Use Thankful Registry!

Say whaattt a gift registry that let’s you splash your personality all over it?! That’s right my friend! You know how big we are on personality here at Bespoke Bride so i’m sure you can imagine our squeals of excitement when we stumbled across Thankful Registry! Of course we just HAD to try it out for ourselves! Thankful Registry Bespoke Bride First of all, how awesome is it that you get to upload a big header photograph of you both? Imagine your engagement shoot photos there, it would look fab! And not only is Thankful Registry super attractive looking, it’s easy to use and let’s you add gifts from wherever you like! So without further ado, here are 5 reasons why you lovely readers should use this alternative registry too!

1. Add gifts from anywhere — seriously! Thankful is an “open platform” universal registry. Here’s how it works: you add gifts using the bookmarklet (which works like the Pinterest Pin) and they’ll appear on your registry like magic. It took us two seconds to install this and once we headed over to our favourite retail shops we saw how easy it was to add items to our registry!


Money Talks: When Should You Talk About Finances in Your Relationship?

Money Talks

Photography by Katja Hentschel

If you are anything like me, one of the most awkward conversations you will ever have with your partner will be about money. I have always had a rather unhealthy relationship with money in that I have never really had a lot or made much. I have pretty much spent most of my life as a student and as soon as I finished in education I decided to start my own business, so as you can imagine I have always been pretty skint, learning to just scrape by with whatever money I had. In the past it never really bothered me, I only really had myself to think about so if it meant I had to go without luxuries I got over it, that was until I met and then moved in with Mr T.

All of sudden it wasn’t just me anymore and I soon began to feel ashamed that Mr T was being subjected to my simple,  student style of living. Before he met me he would go to concerts, have holidays, weekends away and more importantly have food in the fridge but now all of that was being put on the backburner and I started to feel resentful of my business choices and guilty that he was no longer able to enjoy all the things he did before. I was afraid that he would end up resenting me, so it was time to bite the bullet and have the money talk.


Top 6 Cameras For Your Holiday Snaps

Craig Dearsley Photo

Hi Guys, Craig Dearsley here! It’s that time of year when we pack our bags and head off around the world on our holidays. Whether you spend a month in the Maldives (these Bespoke Bride girls are lucky devils!!) or a long weekend in Blackpool, you will want to capture those memories. Not sure what camera to get?  Here are my top 6 cameras for immortalising those moments.

1. Best Entry Level DSLR – Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (With 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (RRP £300 with kit lens)

Canon 1100D

Photography Credit: Craig Dearsley Photo

This was always going to be my first choice for an entry level DSLR, because the Canon 1100D was the first DSLR that I owned, I still have it in my kit bag for sentimental value. It has all the features you need to get started on DSLR photography and once you start using it in priority and manual modes, you can get some really good quality images. As it’s an entry level camera it has a cut frame sensor, which also makes the body slightly smaller and lighter than a higher end model, very handy for travelling.

2. Top Notch Compact – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40EB-K Compact Camera – Black (18.2MP, 20x Optical Zoom Leica DC Lens, Wi-Fi with NFC, Built in GPS, 24mm Wide Angle, 50P Full HD Video – AVCHD) 3 inch LCD (RRP £220)

This is the newer, more improved version of the already very well proven TZ30, it is the ideal travel compact camera, it’s a nice size, feels solid and is bursting with features like a staggering 20x optical zoom, WIFI and has 18.1 of your super mega pixels. The range across the optical zoom makes this camera a great all-rounder, the price is also very good for the quality you are getting.


Ditch Digital Camera, Go Analogue!


All images courtesy of Craig DearsleyPhoto

Today Craig Dearsley is back with a post that is particularly close to my heart. Back when I was youngster my mum and dad bought me an second hand canon film camera. I took pictures of everything, granted most of the time the images were of my fingers that I had accidently left over the lens but I loved that camera. I loved the trip to the shops with the film when it was finished, I loved the 2 week wait for the images to be developed, I loved receiving the negatives and sitting in the car with my mum and dad as we went through all the photos because I was too impatient to wait until I had got home. Since then I have tried to get my head around digital, Jess has been a fantastic teacher and I have improved considerably, however there is still something not quite right about it, I miss guessing where to point and shoot (no screens on the backs of camera’s then) and I miss not having the images in my hand, printing them yourself doesn’t seem to have the same effect. So todays post is music to my ears and I cannot wait to get practicing with my lomography camera…

All this talk about megapixels and image sensors can just be overwhelming, so why not take a step back into the good old days and go analogue for a while? Lately my wife and I have found ourselves shooting on film cameras more and more, especially for personal and family work. There is just something about shooting film, it is simple and simple is sometimes good. I completely understand that digital is amazing and our images are getting closer and closer to ‘perfect’, especially as post production software is getting so advanced, but the untouched imperfections of film can be so beautiful and charming.

There are a lot of film format cameras out there and it is not as expensive as you think. You can pick up 35mm cameras for less than £10 and 35mm film is cheap to buy and develop. In most cases you don’t get to see the image straight away, this makes it exciting when you get the developed images, this will also encourage you to actually print your images. I am going to talk about some of the film format cameras that I use and hopefully persuade you guys to give it a go.


Standard 35mm Cameras
Whether it’s an SLR or point and shoot, you can pick these up cheap, all you have to do is type 35mm camera into ebay and you will see what I mean. I was at a car boot sale the other day and people were selling 35mm cameras for as little as £2.50, you can’t even get a cup of coffee for that price these days! 35mm film is also cheap to develop, you can get it developed and put onto a disc so you can share online or print.


Have you considered…fun group shots? (3 Fun Alternatives To The Formal Photos!)

Alternative Guest Books

Yippee! Martina is back with another kick ass edition to her ‘Have You Considered’ series! In this collection of posts she’ll make you question things that you hadn’t even thought twice about and you’ll be so pleased you did after! So without further a do, i’ll hand you over to the lovely lady herself…

Hi! I’m Martina, you might remember me from posts like Have You Considered…a REAL Engagement Shoot?, or, Have You Considered… a First Look? or also Have You Considered…An Unplugged Ceremony?

And today I am here to pose you another question: Have you considered a photo booth-formals mix up?

Right, so, there’s two things that most couples nowadays end up pondering on when planning their wedding day: first one is “Should we do formals?” (best known as group photos), the second one is “Should we or should we not have a photo booth?” Group shots can be a bit of a mess to coordinate and most people just don’t feel comfortable standing still and smiling. So it often happens that couple just decide not to have any, until their families remind them that “It’s nice to have them though”. But what if you were to mix them up with the photobooth idea, and – even better – with your guestbook?

Here’s 3 ideas to have a fun and hassle free set of formals that will be part of your day without taking up too much time and boring anyone. One thing you’ll need for all, is one or two instant film cameras.

1. The DIY board.

Set up a table with a couple of instant cameras and a board. The board should have a clear invitation and a set of pre-assigned drawn-on frames. Here, let my famous designing skills show you what I mean:


Cute huh? No, not the drawing , the idea. This way you get all the group shots you need and your guests will take them themselves, and will have fun in the process! No awkward calling for the bridesmaid that had to run to the toilet exactly when the bridal party is scheduled to have a group shot taken. Easy peasy!

The board could be magnetic, made of wood or cardboard. That really is up to you (and I’m sure Emily and Jess could come up with some awesome DIY ideas for it!).


5 Must Have Photography Apps!

Happy bank holiday Monday you gorgeous lot! What are you up to on this glorious day? Whether you’re cuddled up in bed watching old movies or enjoying a nice walk in your local area, whatever it is you’re doing, we’re pretty sure it’s photo worthy and luckily for you Craig Dearsley is back today to share with you his 5 must have photography apps! So grab your phone, get downloading & start capturing some memories! Over to you Craig…

We carry a camera everywhere in our pocket, we take pictures of everything, and now there are so many smart phone apps available for tweaking, altering and sharing your pictures, it’s so easy to make your photos a little more interesting. Here are my top 5 must have photography apps for your phone.



Instagram is the market leader in photo and now video sharing. You can import your media or take a picture/video within the app, slap a filter on it, add a frame and share it with your friends. The beauty of it is, even if your friends are not yet on Instagram you can share your stuff on facebook and twitter. Instagram has a fairly large selection of options to make adjustments to your images, I personally am not a massive fan of the filters and the fact that it crops your pictures to fit them in, but there is a way around both of these issues. I use VSCO Cam filters (more about that below) and there is an app called ‘no crop’ which sorts out the cropping issue. The other great thing about Instagram is getting your images printed. There are a few companies that will print all your Instagram images on little cards, these make great collages.



VSCO Cam is where all the cool kids on Instagram get there beautiful filters. VSCO are famous in the professional market for their pre-sets and hot keys, you only have to go on their website to see just how good they are ( On the VSCO Cam app, you can import pictures or take a picture within the app and apply filters & adjustments; you can then send it over to Instagram, Facebook, and twitter and post it on your feed. I use VSCO filters on most of the iphone images that I share, because they just seem that much more beautiful.


Would You Go Bare-faced on Your Wedding Day?

No Make-up selfie ~nomakeupselfie emily pettiford

When the #nomakeupselfie started to trend on Facebook both myself and Jess weren’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of everyone seeing us bare-faced. I never go anywhere completely makeup free although I don’t wear lots of heavy makeup either, I am a concealer and mascara girl most days, mainly because I like to give my skin a bit of breather and quite frankly I am too lazy to put it on when I am going to be sat at home in the office all day.

I wouldn’t call myself vain, I don’t spend hours in front of the mirror and I would only ever really wear heavy makeup if I were going on a night out or somewhere I knew I  would be having my picture taken. I suppose that was what got me thinking about wearing make-up on your wedding day? I wondered if I would dare to bare all or would I opt for a full cover up?