Channel 4 Call for 2014 Summer Brides!

Will you be a summer bride in 2014? If so, something very exciting has happened!

Channel 4 is currently working on a series which looks at what it means to be happy in modern day Britain. One of three episodes explores how our ideas and perceptions are changing with regards to long-term relationships and marriage.

I do photo for channel 4 call for brides article
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Emma Lou Pringle, producer of the show, is very keen to speak to someone who is getting married at a later stage in life, in order to help with the programme-planning and possibly film part of your preparations, such as a dress fitting. They’ve asked 40+ Weddings for our help to see if any of our lovely brides-to-be would like to take part.

They’re looking for anyone that might be marrying in the summer of 2014 who’d potentially consider appearing on the show, and are very happy to have initial chats with anyone that might be interested.

Are you interested in taking part, or do you know someone who might fit the bill?

Reply by email to me personally at allison[at], or leave a private message on our Facebook page. I’ll be sure to pass your details on.


Allison x

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Homemade Weddings

Homemade weddings are big news now and there’s lots of websites and magazines dedicated to doing it yourself. Looking to put a part of yourself into your wedding theme? There’s lots of ways to do it, even if you’re not very artistic, like me.

Lavender glasses for wedding accessories
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Personalise your Big Day

When I married my lovely husband some 18 months ago, the best bit for me wasn’t finding the dresses, beautiful as they were, but it was finding the right look for the reception table I wanted. I had ideas, but I didn’t just want to replicate something I’d seen on a website or in a magazine. That was fine for using as a springboard, but I was sure of one thing – there had to be something personal involved. Something that said – “Of course, that’s so you!”

Homemade Weddings

I thought about making little sweets to accompany each guest’s place, but I’m no baker, and in the end didn’t really have time. Anyway, it didn’t really reflect anything of either myself or my husband and I wanted to include a bit of our personalities – something relevant within the theme. I’m also not very artistic, so I definitely didn’t want to try my hand at something homemade that looked as if I’d created it when I was 7 years old!

Then I had that Eureka moment! Test-tubes filled with lavender sugar – the test-tubes representing our science backgrounds and the lavender complimenting my gorgeous Maid-of-Honour’s dress and the boys’ kilts. They were really inexpensive to do and easy to source. Perfect!

So how amazed do you think I was when I found the exact – and I mean exact – same idea in a wedding magazine this month? In fact, they could have been taken from our table! (I’ll get a better photo than this soon, promise …)

Lavender sugar test tube wedding favour
This is our own wedding invitation and menu, with our lavender sugar favours

The reason I’m telling you is that it just goes to show, you don’t have to buy everything for your wedding, and having an input yourself makes you feel good and really adds to the whole day. Incorporating something personal, whether it’s on the reception table, at the ceremony, the invitations or place-cards, it becomes unique to you both, which can never be achieved when you buy things ready-made.

Table corks for wedding placecards
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Of course, that’s not to say you shouldn’t! By all means, buy everything you need and love for your wedding. If you really can’t do it yourself, there’s lots of talented people out there who can provide one-off ideas and personalise something homemade, just for you. Just remember that putting a little bit of yourselves in there too gives you that something extra. And who knows, you might just find it in a magazine one day…

If you want ideas for something that little bit different, that can be truly yours – have a look at the articles listed below.

Wedding Favours
Quirky Wedding Presents
Unique Wedding Presents

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Pick of the Blogs – January 2014

Thinking of a Winter Wedding in 2014?

Did you get engaged over the festive season? Perhaps you’re thinking of a gorgeous, cosy, winter wedding some time soon and would like some ideas. Well, I’ve been trawling the net for you to see what I come up with.

From colour themes to cakes, here’s my pick of the blogs for your winter wedding. Let’s start with the shoes! And don’t forget to check out the Facebook page for lots more ideas.

1.Winter wedding shoes, Ann Taylor

Glitter Heel Satin Pumps


These glitter heel satin pumps are stylish, comfortable and perfect for a winter wedding. They get great reviews which you can read about from the link above. Happy shopping!


Or how about these from Elegant Steps? The winter snowflake design on the peep-toe is lovely.

Belle Moonstone Wedding Shoes
Belle Moonstone Wedding Shoes









2. Shift Wedding Dress, Suzannah

Starting with a top end designer dress, this is a beautiful shift dress for a gorgeous 40+ bride. It’s by Suzannah and costs £1200.00. It has a beautiful neckline and sits on the knee. This could be coupled with a bolero or coat.

Lace shift dress by Suzannah
Vintage Inspired Lace Wedding Dress
















3. Hermosa Dress and Coat, Coast

This stunning dress is perfect for a 40+ bride and with the coat to complete the set, it really is just perfect!

Hermosa coat by Coast
Hermosa Satin Dress Coat
Hermosa Dress by Coast
Hermosa Dress

















4. Winter Wedding Bouquet Ideas

Winter wedding bouquet in dusty blues
Dusty Blues
Winter wedding crystal bouquet
Winter wedding crystal bouquet
Winter wedding bouquet
Ice Cool Pastels
Hot pink and orange wedding bouquet
Hot Pink and Orange
Tulle and Satin Wrapped Red Roses Wedding Bouquet
Tulle and Satin Wrapped Red Roses



















































5. Colour Palettes and Designs for the Top Table

Silver and white come together in an elegant combination for any winter wedding.

Silver and white wedding table
Elegant Winter Tabletop


Wedding table decoration
Classic silver and white















6. Winter Wedding Cake Ideas

Winter wedding cake
All-White Wedding Cake













Winter wedding cake
Frosted pinecones

For more wedding cake ideas, see our Wedding Experts or visit the website for HomeBakeryBuckie for inspiration.

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