Wedding Inspiration

Monthly Archives: March 2014

There are many elements that make up a beautiful wedding, the most important of course is the couples love for one another that will shine through. Other elements such as stationery, flowers and the cake can help to bring together the style and colour scheme you’ve choosen for your special day, as can be seen by these stunning cakes from Cakes By Beth.

Award-winning, luxury wedding cake designer Cakes by Beth launches their latest collection of contemporary wedding cakes at The National Wedding Show, Manchester Central. The 2014 Collection is called “Colours”, and features six striking, modern designs with pops of colour used in innovative ways.

Cakes by Beth’s owner and wedding cake designer, Beth Mottershead says: “Every Spring, I launch a new wedding cake collection to show my latest design ideas and predictions for upcoming wedding cake trends. This year, colour is in and I wanted to really celebrate this in a fresh, modern way.” Each cake features a single colour; pink, plum, blue, teal, yellow and chocolate, from Pink Confetti with on-trend rice paper petals and ombre roses, to Parisian Romance with a softer, sultry take on classic monochrome.


Parisian Romance


Pink Confetti

Other designs are: Modern Wedgewood, bringing a classic design into the 21st Century with different shapes, textures and porcelain-style lilies; Black & Yellow, where striking geometric shapes meet vivid roses and peonies; and Winter Frost Birdcage, with a sculpted shape, sparkling ice trim and just a hint of plum berries.


Black & Yellow


Modern Wedgewood

The final design, Gold & Linen, featuring crisp lines, edible sequins and teal sugar succulents, will be showcased on stage, along with Beth’s top tips on ordering your perfect wedding cake.


Winter Frost Birdcage


Gold & Linen

Beth says: “I wanted to show how you can bring colour into your wedding cake without making it overly bright. By using lots of different tones or shades of the same colour, and highlighting key details against a neutral background. It can be both playful and beautiful.”

Cakes by Beth have been featured in top National wedding magazines, such as You &Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding and Asian Bride, and on Top UK Wedding blogs. Beth has won multiple awards for her wedding cake designs and in 2013 was named the winner of The Balvenie Masters of Craft award for food and drink, sponsored by Waitrose. Cakes by Beth have delivered wedding cakes all over the UK and also regularly deliver wedding cakes to France, catering for French weddings with an English twist.

Based in Salford Quays in Manchester, Cakes By Beth designs luxury, contemporary cakes and dessert tables for special occasions, including weddings, civil ceremonies, birthdays and corporate events. Offering gorgeous flavours from the traditional Madagascan vanilla bean and double chocolate, to the more unusual Green Tea & Lemon, Raspberry Pavlova and Champagne & Strawberry, Cakes By Beth is dedicated to edible perfection.

You can see more of Beth’s designs on her website and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched yet another unique social media campaign; this time to entice newly-wed couples to win an exclusive six- or seven-day honeymoon trip along with an opportunity to engage in some meaningful activities that contribute to local culture, the environment and education.

The joint campaign with Thai Airways International and 21 honeymoon hotels and volunteer operators is designed to capitalise on a rapidly-growing trend for married couples seeking new ways to add meaning to their honeymoons or anniversaries by doing some local volunteer activity. This is sometimes referred to as Honeyteering: from honeymoon + volunteering.

Bearing the slogan “Honeyteering – We got so much love to give!”, the concept is to invite honeymooners worldwide to enter a contest to win an exclusive 7-day Honeyteering trip to Thailand. It is open for entry until 31 July, 2014.

Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand noted, “Many couples are looking for extraordinary and memorable ways to start their married life or commemorate an anniversary. Sharing a fulfilling volunteer experience is one way because it offers much more than just the ‘traditional honeymoon couple’ experience and makes it truly different and rewarding.”

He said that contestants can choose their preferred Honeyteering activity; such as, teaching English conversation in a local school, working in a local community, protecting the marine environment, or helping on a nature project. The choice of destinations offered include Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui.

“Whatever the winning couples choose, it is guaranteed to be a great start to their marriage which they will remember forever.” the Deputy Governor said.

Weddings and honeymoons is one of four key niche-market customer segments being targeted by TAT as part of its marketing strategy for 2014. It fits perfectly within the “Thainess” marketing slogan, and also involves greater usage of social-media channels, widely proving to be an extremely successful and cost-effective medium.

Thailand is highly ranked worldwide as a romantic destination for weddings and honeymoons. On 9 January, 2014, the website posted an article ranking The World’s Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2014. Thailand was placed fifth on the list.

The article stated, “Thailand is perfect for couples who want to enjoy a mix of activities, from city excursions and nightlife, to mountain trekking, beach-combing and shopping in modern malls as well as outdoor food and flower markets.”

More details of the Honeyteering Campaign


-Newlywed couples or those taking a second honeymoon or marking a wedding anniversary.

-Target markets: EU, US, Australia and Asia.

How to enter the contest?

Log onto the dedicated website:

Select the Honeyteering trip that you most wish to experience in Thailand; such as, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Ko Samui.Complete your profile and write a message to your friendsUse social media and email to share the unique URL page link with your friends, and ask them to vote for you by clicking “HEART” on your page.

The 4 couples who collect the most Hearts will win.

Prizes include Honeyteering trip of 7 days:

1) Return international air-tickets, 2) 6 nights stay at a luxury hotel, 3) all meals, 4) volunteer activity, 5) sightseeing tours, and 6) transportation.Photo Shoot: a honeymoon photography portrait session with a professional portrait photographer.

For further information on the Honeyteering contest, including draft programmes of the choice of winning trips, please check out



That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m a big fan of vintage style, my own wedding dress took inspiration from a gorgeous flapper dress I saw online for sale (unfortunately way too small for me! and not in great condition). Whatever style you’re looking for, feast your eyes on just a few of the beautiful gowns here – I wish I could have used all the images as they were all totally gorgeous!

Old Hollywood comes alive in the latest wedding dress collection from Justin Alexander

New York, New York- Brides will transform into true Hollywood sirens of our modern time with Justin Alexander’s Spring 2014 collection. The opulent designs were unveiled September 13, 2013.

The designs from the Spring 2014 collection will transform brides into true Hollywood sirens of our modern time. Brides will have the opportunity to walk down the aisle in red carpet-worthy looks. The collection pulls inspiration from the classic fashion periods of the 1920’s and 50’s, and updates the silhouettes and necklines to accommodate the modern bride. This stunning combination results in wedding dresses dripping in art deco details and very ladylike inspired beading and draping.





The wedding dresses from the Spring 2014 collection embrace the elegance of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face and the finesse of Diana Vreeland’s classic style. With such fierce combination of fashion icons the collection focuses on creating unforgettable dresses. By including new softer shapes and cleaner lines, the collection aims to compliment and flatter an array of body types.

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In true Justin Alexander fashion, the designs marry sensuality and refinement and this time it’s done by incorporating feminine sheer caplets, illusion necklines, and deep backs. Justin Alexander, known for its unique take on vintage wedding dresses, added a dramatic tiered ball gown and a flirty peplum silhouette to it’s line of silhouettes that already include sultry mermaids, elegant A-lines, fun tea lengths and classic ball gowns.

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Echoing the rich heritage of Paris couture, the unique hand beading details create a luxurious antique feel by mixing pearl, silver and coffee jewels. The fine beading is constructed into incredible 3D details that provide flawless shimmering details that evoke timeless elegance.

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Brides will have the opportunity to slip into the latest designs at select Justin Alexander stockists. Visit the designer day and trunk show calendar to see if a shop near you has a Spring 2014 event booked. The collection was shipped to retailers starting at the end of September. Navigate to our store locator to find a bridal boutique near you! One of America’s and Europe’s most influential producers of wedding fashions, Justin Alexander designs are found across the globe because of their exceptional quality and superb style. The label includes Signature by Justin Alexander and Accessories. These collections capture the romantic dreams of brides everywhere who seek Old Hollywood glamour. If you love Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy, you’ll find Justin Alexander the right fit for your most important day.

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You can view more at the Justin Alexander website, drool over their Pinterest boards and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The dress is of course a massively important detail of your wedding, but so is what goes underneath it – do you really want to wear your everyday undies under something so special?


Are you getting married this summer? If so, Mio Destino has a beautiful new selection of bridal lingerie from Lise Charmel available that will make your day even more special during your vows and after your vows.

As well as your dress and the groom, your bridal lingerie should be just as important on your big day. If you were ever planning to splurge on lingerie then this is the one day of your life to do so and Lise Charmel is the perfect lingerie brand.

Be the sexy wife from the beginning with the stunning bridal lingerie from Lise Charmel at Mio Destino. Choose from the beautiful pieces that will guarantee to make him feel like all his dreams have come true.


If you want to walk down the aisle with a cheeky smitten smile, the sexy Lise Charmel Romantique Nacre Lace Basque is perfect. This luxurious piece will create the most flattering silhouette due to the smooth stretch body and sheer lace body panels with light boning. The removable suspenders and bra straps add versatility.

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The Eprise by Lise Charmel Beaute Romantique Nacre Lace ¾ Cup Bra is covered in beautiful ivory French floral lace. The lace motifs, dainty bow and diamante trim add an opulent touch. The soft bra cups offer full support. Match it with the gorgeous white lace suspender belt and boyshort for the complete blushing bride look.

The Lise Charmel Romantique Desir Nacre Low Back Nightdress would be a gorgeous piece to wear on your honeymoon. Made from beautiful ivory silk satin with Guipure lace trims this nightdress will set the mood for wedded bliss!


Why not make your bedroom newly-wed lingerie look complete with this glamorous Lace Headband from Lise Charmel. Made from Guipure Lace in a floral style motif creates a 1920’s look. The most important item to not forget is your garter!

Mio Destino offers a five star customer service, a great selection of European designer lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and shapewear including its own brands Mio ClassicMio Sexy and Mio Lounge.

You can view more gorgeous lingerie on their website, you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
William Wallace