How to recreate your favourite TV and movie weddings

 

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Every great wedding has a theme. Some are dictated by colour or the venue, others by a shared interest or passion of both partners. But no matter what you choose, it’s important to follow a theme that means something to you. Here’s your opportunity to include that special little nod to your personal favourite moments from TV and film.

Below, we help you pick the venue, the theme and, of course, the dress to recreate your favourite TV and movie weddings.

Fleur and Bill, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1

When Fleur and everyone’s favourite Weasley (sorry, Ron) tied the knot at the beginning of the seventh film, it was a magical wonderland of loving, homely comforts we just yearned to be a part of. Yes, the big day ended in a little bit of a hoo haa (what with the Dark Lord descending an’ all), but as the only wedding to feature throughout the entire HP series, it certainly didn’t disappoint!

The Venue: We’ve found something really special with Sandon Hall, a stately home wedding venue which also offers tipi weddings. It’s the perfect nod to the marquee at the Burrow, which had “rows and rows of fragile golden chairs set on either side of a long purple carpet. The supporting poles were entwined with white and gold flowers.”

The Theme: Well, we can’t quite match those self-filling glasses, but this one was all about the hand-made effects, good food and mis-matched furniture. Our recommendation? It’s time to get crafty! From homemade fudge favours to recycled jam jar centerpieces, here’s some token inspiration for you.

The Dress: Fleur, as always, stole the show in an elegant black and white number. It can be a difficult look to pull off without seeming too grunge, but lace and embroidery detail or a simple belt can add a real touch of old Hollywood class. Here’s the perfect guide to black and white wedding gowns.

Phoebe and Mike, Friends (s10 e12)

Despite the ups and downs, this adorable pair knew they were meant to be together forever. Phoebe and Mike’s outdoor ceremony during a blizzard was beautiful, even if wedding planner Monica got a little power hungry. After lots of shenanigans, Chandler walked Phoebe down the aisle, Joey officiated, Ross held the groomsmen dog Chappy, and the most free-spirited of all the Friends officially tied the knot.

The Venue: Sun, rain or snow, a street party wedding can be a little bit of a challenge to pull off, but the Lamb’s Tavern offers a fantastic best-of-both worlds venue within London’s famous interior street, Leadenhall Market.

The Theme: Well, it was all about the snow. We suggest a perfect winter wonderland, complete with half-melted ice sculpture, of course! Here’s a beautifully snowcovered pinterest collection for inspiration.

The Dress: There was just a touch of pearly pastel colour to the bride and bridesmaids’ dresses we loved. The top tip from fashion mag Cosmo is to decide whether you want to go monochrome or mixed, neutral or bright with your pastels. If you’re after a sophisticated look, its best to stick with a simple palette. With that in mind, here are some real pastel beauties for your wedding.

Leslie and Ben, Parks and Recreation (s5 e14)

Even though Leslie and Ben’s wedding was thrown together last minute, it was perfect in every way. From rings crafted by Ron to a dress Ann made out of important documents from Leslie’s career—we loved it and we liked it. Of course, Councilman Jamm tried to ruin the festivities, but instead he only made it better, forcing a venue change to Leslie’s favorite place: City Hall.

The Venue: Well, this one’s easy! Local town halls are simple venues for all things marriage and civil partnerships! Some are incredibly grand, like Manchester Town Hall, but in a way the key here is to find a town hall local and/or important to you.

The Theme: Leslie and Ben had a bit of a work-vibe going on (it was their office, after all) but that rustic, simple arbour under which they said ‘I do’ was a lovely focal point. A wedding arch really transforms a space.

The Dress: We’ve never really seen a dress as personal as this one! If you have the skills, check out this DIY guide here, or consider a bespoke dress like the one sported by Angelina Jolie!

Bella and Edward, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, part I

It took four feature-length films to get there, but Bella and Edward’s wedding was one of the most anticipated events to hit the big screen all year. Despite a false start nightmare that ended in a bloodbath, the actual event was a real picturesque fairytale. With flowers cascading from the trees above, wooden benches for guests to sit, this was the ultimate romantic wedding scene.

The Venue: If your garden isn’t quite big enough to accommodate a weddings-worth of guests, take a look at this run down of the UK’s best woodland wedding venues here.

The Theme: Everything about this wedding was beautifully au naturale, dressed with delphiniums of white and green. For a real insight, read and interview with the film’s wedding set designer here.

The Dress: Bella sported a custom Carolina Herrera gown, but you can now get an exact replica all for yourself! If you prefer something a little more subtle, take a look at these gorgeous lace back dresses for inspiration.

The Red Wedding, Game of Thrones (s3 e9)

This one was such a shocker few of us can even remember who it was that actually got married (it was Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, apparently). The inexorable event begins with the first notes of the ominous “Rains of Castamere” and only ends after Catelyn watches (spoiler alert) her son Robb die before she meets the same fate. But with all the drama of the reception, there’s plenty of fodder here to inspire any medieval-esque wedding.

The Venue: The events of the wedding were supposedly inspired by the Black Dinner that took place at Edinburgh Castle in 1440. So where better to stage your (murder-free) recreation? There are also similar castle venues a-plenty across The North.

The Theme: No, not ‘Red’. We’d go instead for a little more of a medieval twist, with a banquet to feast on as the main event.

The Dress: The costume designers who work on Game of Thrones aren’t the biggest fans of white, and it’s a tradition that can’t be traced that far through our history, either. But if you’re not quite up for ditching the glowing gown altogether, why not try a renaissance or pagan gown style gown?

Juliette and Peter, Love Actually

Juliet and Peter are married in a traditional church ceremony that is a real anchor tying together many of the disparate story lines in this Christmas classic. Mark, the best man, promises no funny business on their wedding day, but as they walk down the aisle as husband and wife, a singer, choir and band appear performing “All You Need Is Love”.

The Venue: Church weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and generally, you can marry in a church regardless of your beliefs. If there’s a place of worship that’s special to you, be it a church, temple, synagogue or mosque, it can be so much more than just a venue.

The Theme: There are professional groups who can recreate the magical ‘All You Need Is Love’ moment, or (literally) band your mates together for that added personal touch.

The Dress: Juliette’s early noughties gown was, well, interesting to say the least. It’s bang on trend for the times, certainly not off-the-rack, and Keira Knightley wears it well—even if the rest of us would look like a sack of turnips. Still, how about a similarly sheer, long sleeved gown, perfect for a traditional church wedding? Or if you insist on quirky, how about this t-shirt wedding dress? (Feathers optional, of course.)

What to buy your boyfriend this Christmas

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Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Putting it off till the last possible day? I know how you feel. We all know how hard it is to buy presents for everyone this time of year.

The toughest choice of all: trying to decide what to get your other half. Whether you want the element of surprise, or you straight up ask them what they want, the result is pretty much the same. Neither of you know what they want.

To make things even more complicated, you’ll need to figure out exactly how much to spend on him based on how long you’ve been together for. Sure, you might want to spoil him, but nothing screams ‘too keen’ more than getting your boyfriend an all-expenses paid luxury holiday to the Bahamas two weeks into the relationship.

But don’t worry about it, take a look at this handy buyers’ guide. Covering what to buy your boyfriend this Christmas, whatever his interests, however long you’ve been together!

First Day – First Month

Fashion: Might seem like a boring choice, but I can’t stress this point enough – Men always need socks. At least now they’ll have some good quality ‘going out’ socks without any holes in them.

Toys: Funko Pop Figures are perfect for any geeks workspace, Funko Pop have an array of cool characters to choose. From Star Wars to Star Trek, The Walking Dead to Game of Thrones, WWE to UFC, they’re sure to have a figure for anyone’s tastes.

First Month – Six Months

Aftershave: Might seem like an obvious choice, but never underestimate the power of a great quality aftershave.

Toys: Battlefield 1. Perfect for anyone with a games console, this will be one of the most popular Christmas gifts for 2016, I guarantee it. This top-rated game lets you experience all-out warfare, fighting your way through epic battles from the First World War.

Six Months – First Year

Fashion: Let be honest, near enough anything a woman buys for her man he will wear without questioning. Wrap him up warm this winter in a stylish jumper or hoody from Intense Clothing.

Toys: Evershop Bluetooth Smartwatch. A quality gadget, for a fraction of the price of most on the market. This smartwatch is compatible with IOS and Android so it can be linked with your phone with ease.

First Year – Second Year

Fashion: Designer shoes is always a good choice. Whether men like to admit it or not, they’re just an obsessed with shoes as we are. These suede-finish Mallet footwear are perfect for any man’s shoe collection.

Toys: Every nerd worth their salt has thought once or twice about how cool it would be to have their own robot – with this BB-8 toy they now can. Can be controlled through your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. Good luck getting any attention off them after this.

Second Year – Onwards

Fashion: A watch is a big gesture but let’s face it, but after the two year mark we’d say you’re in pretty deep. Whether it’s a leather or metal strap, there’s plenty of stylish designs that would look good on any man’s’ wrist.

Toys: Sound Bars are a fantastic gift for any home. Whether used for your TV, or linking up to your music collection, this present is sure to add that extra punch to your audio.

So, are you ready to start shopping?

Why You Should Stop Smoking before Surgery

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If you know you’re due to have surgery – whether for medical or cosmetic reasons – you should make every effort to stop smoking as soon as possible. You should aim to quit completely as soon as possible before the date of the operation.

The reasons why

Non-smokers experience fewer ill-effects during and after the anaesthetic and they often recover much more quickly than smokers. Their wounds are more likely to heal with no infections and with less visible scarring. If you have, for example, tummy tuck surgery in Manchester with Dr Gary Ross, he will recommend that you stop at least six weeks beforehand.

Your body, especially your lungs and heart, start to recover and repair themselves as soon as you quit smoking.

The more time that elapses between you quitting and having your surgery means more repair and recovery.

Smokers spend on average two days more in hospital after surgery than non-smokers.

If you carry on smoking

You’re at increased risks of chest infections, post-operative blood clots in the lungs or legs and your wounds will heal much more slowly. All this puts you at more risk of infections.

You have a 30% chance of post-op breathing and/or heart problems.

You’re 12 times more likely to have wound complications, including infections and ruptures.

Why smoking is bad for you

Chest infections

Your lungs are lined with millions of cilia – tiny hair-like projections that wave about and move mucus up from the lungs and air passages. Smoking temporarily paralyses these cilia so they can’t do their job of removing mucus, dust and other foreign bodies. This makes smokers much more prone to infections, especially after a general anaesthetic.

The effects of nicotine

Nicotine raises the heart rate and blood pressure – during an operation, when you’re under an anaesthetic, it’s crucial that heart rate and blood pressure are maintained within strict parameters.

Increased risk of blood clots

If you smoke your blood will have high levels of compounds that can cause it to clot faster than a non-smoker’s blood. This increases the risk of post-op blood clots in the lungs and lower legs; these clots can be fatal.

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO2) is a toxic gas inhaled with cigarette smoke. It reduces the ability of your blood to carry oxygen, which in turn can increase the risk of heart attacks, gastric ulcers and strokes. While you’re under an anaesthetic, your blood may carry less oxygen than a non-smoker, which can starve the heart and brain. Post-operatively, lower levels of oxygen can delay healing and make you more prone to infections.

What you need to do

Ideally, you should give up as soon as you know you’re having surgery. If you feel you can quit quickly and cleanly, then do so; if not, see your GP or practice nurse for help with making a managed withdrawal. You may, if you need, use nicotine replacement therapy, but remember that nicotine on its own will affect your surgery and recovery.

Your safest option both for your operation and for your long-term health is to quit smoking for good – you can do it!

Don’t Move House – Renovate!

More and more people are choosing to renovate their home, rather than move home. When you add in the cost of things like stamp duty and legal fees, you can see why. It might even work out cheaper for you to stay in your current home, even with the cost of renovating some of the space. You can renovate without breaking the budget, but can cost a lot more to move. Just be sure to not cut any corners when renovating, as you could end up with more expensive problems down the line.

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There are plenty of renovations that won’t need planning permission. Some renovations will, though. Things that are inside the home, as a rule, won’t need planning permission. So update your kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms as much as you like. You’ll want to look out for renovating your kitchen tips and advice for changing your bathroom. If you are adding space, or extending, then you will quite often need to get planning permission from your local council. Double check for things like loft conversions too, as it depends on what the size of it will be.

Once you have decided what you are going to renovate and have the correct permissions, where do you start? It will depend on what you are able to do yourselves. To save the most money, it is a good idea to do most of the work yourself. If a lot of the work is painting and decorating, it is likely that you can do that yourself. Other things like plumbing and electrics might need you to call in a professional. It can be quicker, and they will know all about the legislation and restrictions too. Just look into the professionals you will be using, and check their reviews and feedback from other customers. Don’t always just go with the cheapest. So factor the cost of that into your plans. If you have friends or family members that could help with the renovations, then rope them in! It will make the work go much quicker and will make it more enjoyable too.

When you have done the main renovations, the next step is decorating. The best part in my opinion. I could spend hours browsing on Pinterest looking for all of the home decor inspiration. You don’t need to spend a lot when decorating either, though. You can get good quality paints quite cheaply. You could even make your curtains or blinds to cut down the cost of it. When you are filling your home with furniture, think about upcycling your existing furniture. You could sand down and paint a chest of drawers or sideboard that you already have. You could update cushion covers or seat covers. It is also a good idea to look around in places like charity furniture shops, for bargains that you could update. This kind of look is perfect if you are going for a shabby-chic style interior.

Have you got any experiences of updating your home that you could share? I’d love to hear what went well or what you would avoid.

Adding More Comfort To Your Living Room In 5 Simple Steps

After the bedroom, the living room should be the comfiest room in the house. It is the room in which we spend most of our lives. We watch TV, read our books, and spend our time relaxing in so many other ways in our living room. Most people see their living room as a calming retreat away from the busy modern world. So it’s fair to say that your living room should be super cozy. Don’t think yours is quite as comfy as it could be? Here is how you can improve that!

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Add Bean Bags

You will already have sofas and armchairs in your living room. Still not finding it comfortable? How about adding some bean bags! And I don’t mean the small ones that kids through around in their sports lessons. You can also buy big bean bags that you can sit on. They are super flexible, so you can lounge on them anyway you like! And you can also buy different coloured covers for them, so they can be as vibrant as you like. You can buy new covers for your bean bags online: www.comfysacks.com/Bean-Bag-Covers.html?redirect=1.

Personalise The Decor

If you aren’t happy with your living room’s decor, then you will feel quite uncomfortable to be in it. That is why so many people choose to redecorate as soon as they move into a new home. One of the best ways to up the comfort is to make your interiors very personal. Cover your walls in family photos and any artwork that the kids have done. This will help your room go from sterile and impersonal to feeling super homely and family friendly!

Rugs And Carpets

Floorboards and tiles may look chic, but they can add a coldness to your living room. However, if you lay down carpets and rugs, you can add an element of warmth to your living room. And they will feel better on bare feet! Not only that, but they can be safer for small children who are playing on the floor. Choose warm colours such as earth tones to create a very cozy atmosphere. You can see a lot of colour palettes on interior design websites: www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2016&pid=11

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Blinds And Curtains

Having a naturally lit living room can create a bright and vibrant environment. But it is also a good idea to hang blinds or curtains, so you can control how much light enters your room. If it is too light and bright in the evening, you might find it hard to relax. If you hang some warm-coloured curtains, you can always close them if it ever gets too light. If you live on a busy street, think about getting some net curtains. These will prevent any passersby from snooping in your living room! Plus, they will block out some lights, so you don’t have to close your curtains too early in the day.

Follow these steps to a super comfy living room!

The Ultimate Survival Guide For Embracing Change

 

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Change is a natural part of life and inevitably makes it more exciting. It compels us to embrace new experiences and environments. It helps us grow as a person, and become more resilient and adaptable. For all of those positives, you’d think it would be easier to embrace. But the reality is that change often scares us. At any age and any gender, we can be stuck in a rut. When change inevitably comes along, we can be filled with fear that the new situation is going to be worse than our current one. We can fear that we’ll not be able to cope. What we fail to understand is that coping has a lot to do with our attitude. It isn’t necessarily about finding the situation easy or desirable. It’s about adapting as best you’re able, even if things aren’t ideal. These are the changes that really develop us as a person, and before long you’ll be glad they happened. If change is on the horizon and you’re worried about how to embrace it, look no further than the advice below!

Take Action

Change can often make us feel powerless. It can feel like a faceless, unstoppable force that is too big for us to negotiate with and so we’re just swept along as if by a tide. But we can take action. We can feel like we’re happening to change, not just that change is happening to us. If a change is coming, think of the ways you can take action. This can range from taking steps to make things easier or smoother for yourself. It can be researching what the change involves or what the new area you’re moving to will be like, for example. Taking action can also mean being honest with ourselves about why the change is happening or why we should embrace it. We might have something about our appearance we want to change, for example. We can embrace that by researching our options. We can discuss things with professionals like Belcara health. We can even change the situation by learning to embrace what we see as a problem. Taking action, especially when it means doing research and getting informed, takes a lot of fear away from change. Feeling powerless and confused would make anyone hesitate to move forward. With a bit of investigation and a proactive attitude, we can fully embrace change.

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Think Positive

Many of our objections to change are imaginary. If the change is yet to happen, then we necessarily haven’t experienced it. We don’t know what the reality is yet, so why are we frightened or convinced it will be negative? If we’re going to rely on assumptions and imagination, why not imagine something positive? Why not assume everything is going to be fun and lead to great things? There are many philosophies that suggest the way we think has a huge impact on what actually happens to us. Thinking negatively and refusing to accept change because we fear it can be painful can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Visualize all the positive ways that change could affect your life. They can be personal, professional, physical, or emotional. It’s sensible to make standard preparations for things that could go wrong. But it is not healthy or productive to dwell on them as if they are definite. Think positively, and your experience is so much more likely to be a good one.

Communicate

Don’t hesitate to discuss your fears and concerns about change with others. They may have thoughts and experiences that will set your mind at ease. If not, they can at least offer support and guidance. If we regularly talk about change, it will become normal. Once change has become normal, we have truly embraced it! Success!

10 Home Manicure Tips for Perfect Nails and Toes

 

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Looking after your feet is important, and there’s lots you can do to help look keep them in good condition. Here’s a few of my best remedies:

  1. A Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is not just good for your overall health but for your nails too. Nails are made from the protein keratin, and this will develop well with a balanced diet that covers all the protein, vitamins and minerals your body needs.

  1. Keep Your Feet Clean

Wash your feet at least once a day with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap to keep skin and nails clean. Make sure you get in between the toes. Massaging the feet during this process will stimulate circulation, which is beneficial too.

  1. Dry Feet Carefully

Ensure your feet are thoroughly dried with a clean towel to prevent moisture building up and creating fungal breeding areas and causing conditions like athlete’s foot.

  1. Wear Correctly Fitting Shoes

To protect your toes and nails, you should make sure your shoes fit well, are breathable and comfortable. Sports shoes can provide a breeding ground for fungal infection, so buy the most breathable option you can afford. And make sure you get your feet out in the fresh air and light as much as possible, as this will help to let your feet breathe.

  1. Cut Toenails Carefully

You should give yourself a home pedicure approximately once a month, but potentially more frequently if your nails grow quickly. Begin with clean feet and remove any traces of nail polish. Then trim toenails with good-quality clippers, ensuring you cut straight across.

Cutting down at the sides can lead to a painful ingrowing toenail. Make sure you don’t cut them too short – leave enough to let the nail do its job of protecting your toe. Gently shape them with a file if you need.

  1. Soak and Exfoliate

After you’ve cut your nails, give your feet a good soak for at least five minutes to soften the skin. You can use a mild soap or essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus if you want here.

Then use a foot scrub to exfoliate – a homemade combination of baby oil and sugar will do the job by scrubbing away dead skin cells. After this, rinse your feet and pat them dry, again ensuring you get between your toes.

  1. Cuticle Care

Soften cuticles with oil or a cuticle cream and then gently push them back with a cuticle stick.

  1. Moisturise

Moisturise your feet using a thick, rich moisturiser, making sure to cover your toes and nails. The massaging effect is again good for stimulating circulation. If you’re painting your nails, make sure you wipe them clean of moisturiser so that you begin with a good base.

  1. Get Out Your Toe Separators and Polish

It’s a good idea to get some toe separators to make sure you get a clean and professional-looking finish. Then begin with a thin layer of base coat, which will smooth out any ridges and provide a good surface for your colour.

When that’s dry, paint on two thin layers of polish, making sure the first layer has dried before adding the next. Use three strokes – start at the centre of the nail, then each of the sides, aiming for a thin and even finish. Finally, add a thin top coat, which will not just add shine but also protection. I found that DaniPro nail varnish gave my nails a flawless finish and better yet, it’s completely toxin free!

  1. Relax

Allow your nails to dry out thoroughly and enjoy!