Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Incredible Colourful Ombre Wedding Cakes

No matter what your mother says, wedding cakes don't need to be white. In fact, the current trend for 2012 is for ombre cakes. Not sure what ombre means? Me either until I looked it up - apparently it's a fashion word, meaning the graduation of colour in a garment, or in this case, cake. I'm loving the tone changes, and the romantic ruffles. And if your mother insists on white, you can choose a secret, ombre interior, and surprise your guests! What are you going to choose for your wedding cake?



{Credit} Maggie Austin Cakes via Pinterest


{Credit} Left: Maggie Austin Cakes, Right: Unknown, please contact me if you know.


{Credit} Glorious Treats via Pinterest


{Credit} Call Me Cupcake via Pinterest

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Real Red-Themed Countryside Wedding: Fiona & Will

If you're planning your wedding, and feeling slightly swamped by all the ideas you've got from wedding blogs like this one, focus on one thing first, namely your venue. Once you've chosen where you want to get married, and where you want to host your wedding reception, you can start to get a sense of the atmosphere of your wedding. For example, if you pick a castle, it'll probably feel more formal and elegant, while a teepee on your parents' farm would be boho and casual. Colour themes can also grow from your venue choice, like it did for this wedding at the gorgeous Compton Acres in Dorset. Just check out the gorgeous red flowers in the final picture, and you can see at least one reason why Fiona and Will chose red as their theme colour. I'm loving all the dresses in this wedding, including Fiona's divine lacy wedding gown, the bridesmaids' elegant red dresses, and even the little flower girls net skirts. Other details-to-steal include Fiona's 'I Do' stickers on the back of her wedding shoes {I had these too!}, and the ushers' matching suits and ties. Huge thanks to Tom Redman for his gorgeous wedding pictures {and extreme patience!}.


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Monday, 27 February 2012

Wedding Inspiration Boards on Pinterest

For me, this weekend has been all about Pinterest. After discovering it about a year ago, I've become mildly obsessed with creating wedding inspiration boards, and I'm thinking it might just be the new Twitter, Facebook and Wedding Blog bliss all rolled up into one! Check out my Before the Big Day Pinterest Boards for an instant overload of fabulous wedding inspiration. Plus sign up to Pinterest and start your own wedding boards. I'll be picking the best for the Before the Big Day each week.


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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Wonderful Weekend Wedding Blog Links

Do you like skiing? I've never been much of a fan, but The Boy loves it, so I'm being a very dutiful wife, and blogging this week's Wonderful Weekend Wedding Blog Links from Switzerland! It's lovely and snowy outside, and wooden Swiss houses are so cute and romantic, I'm beginning to get into the groove. Tomorrow on the slopes, when I'm flat on my face in the snow, my mood may be a little different... This week has been an exciting one for Before the Big Day, as I've welcomed the first of my wedding gurus - the lovely personal trainer, Alice Cowen. I'll have more introductions to make over the next few weeks, as Before the Big Day celebrates turning two and a half years, with a big growth spurt! My ultimate aim is to blog four features a day, so you can have more, free, wonderful wedding inspiration. So let's get started with my pick of the best wedding blog links in the world!



{Photo Credit} Carly Mitchell Photography

♥ It's my birthday today {yes really!}, and I'd like a cake like this....

♥ I love bold black & white stripes at a wedding {via wedding blog 100 Layer Cake}

♥ After my freezing trip to Venice for {non-blog related} work, this wedding shoot makes me love the city again {via wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes}

♥ My new flower crush is ranunculus {via A Little Sparkle on the Side}

♥ I love these star cocktail stirrers for a wedding {via Follow studio from Kiss My Tulle}

This house in Croatia is where I want to go on my wedding anniversary holiday {do we get those?} via shabby-chic interiors blog Little Miss Homes

♥ And if I don't go there, I want to go here, and get fit for summer with our new wedding-fitness guru Alice Cowen.

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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Before the Big Day Personal Trainer

Hi, I'm Alice, your new Before the Big Day Personal Trainer & Nutritionist - welcome to my blog postings! If you've got any questions you'd like to ask me, please leave comments in the box below, and I'll get back to you asap. This posting is for all those brides and grooms looking to get fit for their wedding this year. Can you believe, we're already near the end of February? If your big day is this summer, the time to start is now, not tomorrow, but today! Remember, your wedding pictures will last forever, so it's time to start getting into shape for the day of your life. There are 3 words to think of, the 3 D's....

♥ Desire....to look the best you ever have on your big day
♥ Dedication....to dedicate enough time per week for exercise to achieve your desired body
♥ Determination....to be determined to dedicate enough time per week for exercise to achieve your desired body


With these D's you'll be well on the way to the body you want for your wedding day. So let's start with a treat, and a touch of shopping! Do you have good workout clothes? I reckon that if you feel attractive while you train, exercise won't feel like so much of a chore, so you'll feel good while you work out, and even better when you've finished. I really recommend Asquith London - they make great general fitness, yoga and pilates clothes, that look great for everyday as well.

♥ P.S. There is one more D....Diet, but we will come to that later.....

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Real Vintage Tea-Party Summer Wedding: Beki & Pete

If only English weddings were always like this one. Beautiful sunshine, a field of poppies, and a fairytale bride. In this freezing weather it's hard to remember June, but if you're planning a summer wedding, you'll love how these pictures to jog your memory. Britain can be sunny! The lovely Beki and Pete celebrated their big day in rustic Wilton Manor, a venue with fabulous memories for them, as they'd played there together as children! After their civil ceremony, they toasted their future with a fabulous vintage tea party, with tonnes of stealworthy ideas and more cake than you can shake a stick at! I'm loving the soft pink colour palette, reflected in the bridesmaids' dresses, bouquets, buttonholes and bunting. Tea-parties are a fantastic way to feed your guests without breaking the budget - you can even encourage your bridesmaids to help out with making the sandwiches and baking the cakes! Loving these pictures by Gitte from Kama Catch Me Photography, and really loving Pete's uniform.


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Welcome Before the Big Day's Wedding Personal Trainer

Exciting news! Now that Before the Big Day is over 2 years old {my baby, so big!}, it's time for this boutique wedding blog to get growing! I'm all about roping in as much wedding expertise as possible, because I want you to be able to plan an exquisite wedding, with tonnes of beautiful details to make it stand out from the crowd. But I also want you to feel your very best! So.....{drum roll}....I'd like to welcome Alice Cowen to my wedding blog team. Alice is a personal trainer to the stars {actual proper famous people you see in Hello!}, and she's also a nutrition expert. She specialises in weight loss, body sculpting and toning, and she's agreed to be Before the Big Day's Personal Trainer - woohoo! I reckon nearly every bride and groom wants to drop a few pounds before their big day, and Alice is going to help us on our way to body-beautiful. She'll be posting diet tips, fat-free recipes, fabulous toning exercises, and inspirational features that will make getting wedding-fit easier. Check out her blog, and her amazing Bootique Bootcamp in Majorca {look out for pics of me looking sweaty}, and click back on the blog tomorrow for her first wedding blog feature.

{Photo Credit} Butler-Madden Weddings

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Real Scottish Romantic Wedding: Kirsty & James

If you loved the snowy gorgeousness of yesterday's wedding shoot, but you weren't sure about hot pink colour palette, you're sure to love this more traditional, Scottish wedding. With warm red as a key colour, and a bride with a clear sense of style, it's absolutely stunning, with tonnes of wedding inspiration. Wedding details I'm loving are the bridesmaids' rich red sashes, Kirsty's exuberant, feminine, tulle wedding dress and her vintage-style veil, and the Scottish piper who led the bridal procession. Kirsty and James picked Eilean Donan Castle as their wedding venue, and I think it's among the most romantic I've ever seen. Huge thanks to the team at Contemporary Wedding Photography for their fantastic, atmospheric wedding pictures of the day.


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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Weddings for All - Gay Wedding Inspiration

Here on Before the Big Day we're huge supporters of gay marriage, and we hope that couples of every combination enjoy our wedding blog. Marriage is about celebrating love, and everyone should have the chance to plan the wedding of their dreams. But it wasn't until one of my gay guy friends started planning their wedding, that I realised just how girly we are here at Before the Big Day. Let's be honest, there's quite a lot of pink and vintage shabby-chic on this wedding blog. What if you're two guys getting married, and you want more masculine wedding ideas - where should you go for inspiration? Here are just a couple of wedding blogs that I found online, that are packed full of gay wedding inspiration. I've also thrown in a lovely picture of the wedding photographer Jose Villa on his wedding day, because I couldn't resist!


{Photo Credit: Elizabeth Messina}


Two Men on a Cake {UK wedding blog}


So You're EnGAYged {tonnes of Real Wedding inspiration}


A Bicycle Built for Two {wedding inspiration for lesbian couples and everyone else}

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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Wonderful Weekend Wedding {WWW} Blog Links

How was your week? Mine's been a bit of a write-off, after I caught mega evil flu last weekend, I've spent most of the week in bed, feeling sorry for myself. There definitely seem to be some serious bugs going round, but as an added benefit, I lost my appetite, so I've finally dropped those last, stubborn, Christmas pounds. I feel like I'm ready for spring now! The one good thing about this week, was that I had plenty of time to ramble around my favourite wedding blogs, and to discover a few brand new finds. That means that this week's Wonderful Weekend Wedding Blog Links is something of a bonanza. So don't bother with going outside in the cold, just jump right in, for some serious wedding inspiration!



{Photo Credit} Jose Villa

♥ Imagine eloping to Paris in a blush-pink Vera Wang wedding dress {via wedding blog Snippet & Ink}

♥ A stunning pastel-themed Byron Bay wedding fresh from Australia {via wedding blog Style Me Pretty}

♥ Adorable wedding stationery and a short wedding dress, it doesn't get better than this wedding {via wedding blog 100 Layer Cake}

♥ Loving the pastel-coloured cake

♥ Who wouldn't want a baby giraffe at their wedding? {via wedding blog Snippet & Ink}

♥ It doesn't get much more adorable than a vintage pink caravan serving cake {via wedding blog Style Me Pretty}

♥ Imagine eloping to Paris in a blush-pink Vera Wang wedding dress {via wedding blog Snippet & Ink}

♥ Did you celebrate Valentine's Day? If not, celebrate love with a fabulous DIY bridal shower themed around V Day {via wedding blog 100 Layer Cake}

♥ And the bride wore....a cardigan?

♥ DIY your own watercolour wedding invitations {a huge wedding trend this season}

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Unusual Wedding Cake Toppers

On my wedding day, the cake topper is the one detail I completely forgot, and instead of something lovely, the wedding caterer added a hilarious plastic bride and groom. Don't do the same! Pick up a cute wedding cake topper from Potter & Butler. From teeny-weeny baubles, to mini-pom-poms, they make even the simplest of wedding cakes look gorgeous. {Secret hint! Buy your white wedding cake tiers from M&S, for a super-cheap, super-chic, cake on a budget. They even do cake-tasting packs for £6}


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