From planning a destination wedding to DIY bridal make-up, the build-up to getting married can be a stressful process. Here, we reveal the best wedding day advice from the bridal world’s leading experts – from advice on honeymoon gift lists, to the most stylish bridalwear and everything in between.

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Wedding Day Advice From the top Wedding Experts

Honeymoon Gift Lists

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Is it okay to ask guests for honeymoon fund contributions instead of gifts?

If you’re only offering guidance on your preferences, it’s perfectly fine to ask for this. A honeymoon fund service lets you provide details about your plans, so your guests can choose a meaningful gift, while you get the cash – Buy Our Honeymoon

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Finding a Wedding Dress

Wedding Day Advice From the top Wedding Experts

I’d like to wear a knee-length wedding dress. How do I avoid looking like a bridesmaid or guest?

Colour is a key factor! The dress needs to be white, off-white or ivory. Wearing a bridal headpiece, such as a birdcage or a veil, will usually help you stand out as a bride, too – Catherine Deane

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Wedding Dress Shopping

Maggie Sottero Wedding Day Advice From the top Wedding Experts

Who should I bring with me to go dress shopping?

This can vary from bride to bride, but we suggest only taking the people you absolutely trust and are comfortable with. It could be your mum, sister, or best friend – as long as you trust their opinion and feel comfortable expressing yours to them. Limit your squad to two or three people, as having too many opinions can make decision-making more difficult – Maggie Sottero Designs

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Planning a Destination Wedding

Cain House Wedding Day Advice From the top Wedding Experts
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I need destination wedding day advice! Any tips?

Ensure that the property you’re hiring has plenty of space or local accommodation, and speak to your venue about local suppliers – it’s easier to work with local teams than transport everything from the UK. Try to choose a location with good transport links, too – Bijou Wedding Venues

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Bridal Make-up

Temple Spa

What are your top tips for a bride doing her own make-up on her wedding day?

Start with a 20-minute radiance or hydration mask – try The Contourist by Temple Spa. Then tone, before applying serum and a lightweight, mattifying moisturiser.

Use a radiance and skin tone correcting concealer around the eyes and blend in your foundation for a flawless finish. Apply your eye makeup using a folded tissue on top of your cheekbone to catch any drops.

Next, add a light dusting of bronzer or blush where the sun naturally hits your face. Finish with your lips, applying this after you’ve put on your dress, to avoid smudging – Temple Spa

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Picking a Wedding Venue

Marble Private Wedding Day Advice From the top Wedding Experts

How do we pick a wedding venue?

At Marble Private, we start by finding out what couples want in terms of location, timings and sound. When a venue sends you their initial quote, beware of hidden costs; you should ask what exactly is included for the price, and before you agree to anything, check that the venue can help you with everything you need to make your day amazing. And of course, make sure you visit before signing on the dotted line! – Marble Private

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Choosing a wedding ring

Diamond ring

Does a bigger diamond mean a better diamond?

Absolutely not – there’s so much more to take in to consideration. You could have a large diamond, but if it’s got a low clarity then all you’ll have is a big stone with lots of blemishes and inclusions. A diamond, like a relationship, is all about balance and compromise.

You don’t need dramatic proportions for it to be beautiful – it’s really about ensuring you get a nice white diamond with no visible impurities to the naked eye – Purely Diamonds

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