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Variety in the choice of material types

Types of interior doors, we offer you a great and varied selection, not only in the types of materials they are made of. You can choose from solid types, laminated, laminated, smooth, or other types, and types. All of them are of beautiful colors, high quality, and also of the sizes that you need to tailor your home.

Welcome to Enjoy Professional Services

If you use the services of this professional salon, you will want to repeat this perfect experience very soon. An attractive lady with a perfect figure will banish all your worries and problems from your mind. You will concentrate only on the sensual touch. She won’t miss a single spot. She will pay great attention to intimate parts. You may be surprised how soon the perfect excitement will come. You haven’t experienced anything like this in a very long time.

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This is definitely not the last time you will be in this salon. The beautiful lady did a great job. You feel like you’ve been reborn. Until today, you didn’t know what real excitement and pleasure were. You won’t regret this experience. You originally thought this was the first and last time you’d ever be on these premises. However, after the event, you can swear that erotic massage in Prague was definitely not your last visit. You will be happy to repeat this visit very soon. You will no longer enjoy the luxury.

What Is the Best Color For a Diamond?

One of the first questions you may ask the moment you enter a jewelry store is about the best color of a diamond. Everyone has their own unique styles and tastes, though, so “the best” will be all about your personal tastes. So, today’s blog will be there to show you how to judge whether or not a specific diamond color is the “best” for you.

What is the best color for a diamond? There are many factors involved in “the best” color of a diamond for you including your taste, the setting, the shank, the shape, and the 3 Cs of the diamond. Your budget is the first factor that determines the listed criteria above. However, if the best for you means the rarest and most expensive, then a D colorless diamond is your answer.

Although choosing the color of your diamond engagement ring seems mostly a matter of taste and budget, several factors will affect the color of the diamond. If you are choosing a diamond for its sparkle, the information about how color and clarity affects the appearance of the diamond is necessary for choosing what color you think is best. Below, we have a few frequently asked questions about diamonds and answers so you can make a more informed decision.

What is the Color of a Diamond?

Diamond color is a reference to one of the 4 C’s of diamonds. In gemology, there are what is known as the 4 C’s of a diamond, Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat. American Gem Society (AGS) and Gemological Institute of America (GIA) appraise the color grade within the framework of a spectrum. The color of diamonds falls into two main categories: fancy colored diamonds and colorless diamonds, each possessing their own color spectrum for appraisal.

To evaluate color, GIA, AGS, and other diamond laboratories put the diamond upside down against a flat surface. By looking at the sides of a diamond, rather than its top view, the color is more noticeable. You may have even noticed that most diamond engagement rings in the market fall under the colorless category, the most accessible and common color set for diamonds to have falls into the colorless spectrum. Laboratories appraise the color based on a ranged color scale, starting from D – which is colorless, and ending in the letter Z, which is known as the light color scale. Each of the labels is associated with a particular amount of yellow tint in the diamond’s color.

Fancy colors include red, pink, gray, orange, violet, blue, yellow, white, black, green, and brown, just like different colors in a rainbow spectrum. Fancy colors are extremely rare in their natural form. Only one out of ten thousand diamonds have one of the natural fancy colors. If you intend to buy an engagement ring with a natural fancy color diamond, you must count on a high budget. You will probably encounter some inexpensive diamonds in the market with fancy colors. They are irradiated, and they do not possess the value of a naturally colored diamond coming from the earth.

Diamond Color Chart

GIA uses the diamond color chart below as its standard grading for appraisal:

GradeCategoryDescriptionPrice ValueAppropriate Metal
D – FColorlessThe rarest categoryIcy colorMost ExpensivePlatinum and White Gold
G – JNear ColorlessTints of yellow or brownThe most popular and usedResembling the colorless group and can bebetter substitution with a lower priceExpensivePlatinum and White Gold
K – MFaintVisible yellow colorWarmAffordableYellow Gold
N – RVery LightVery noticeable yellow and brown colorMuch Less ExpensiveYellow Gold
S – ZLightObviously yellow or brownNot very much wantedAlmost Half the PriceYellow Gold

As you can see, the GIA diamond color grade begins with the letter D and ends with the letter Z. The reason for this choice of grading is that GIA came up with a brand new grading system and wanted it to be set apart from the others, which have their scales start with the letter A, or use numbers. Since the GIA scale was such a unique innovation, it’s now accepted as the de facto color grading scale.

The grades in the diamond color chart starting from D is considered “Absolutely Colorless” and to the last alphabetic letter, which is Z, has an obvious yellow tint. Looking at the chart, you will notice that the design of the diamond follows how much it’s worth. When you get your diamond appraised at the GIA laboratory, the experts appraise it by comparing its color with an assembled set of diamonds, each one representing a specific color grade. If you wish to see the process in which GIA assesses the diamond color grade, please watch this video below:

What Color Grade is Best for Diamonds?

The truth is, there’s no specific answer to that question. It all depends on you and your preferences. If you have an unlimited budget, then the best two categories for you would be in the colorless group, D, E, and F, or the fancy intense colored diamonds, which are both incredibly rare. On a limited budget, however, you are better off choosing one of the lower grade color diamonds, but that doesn’t mean that you’re choosing a ‘lesser’ diamond. A good choice of ring and shape of diamond can always make any diamond look amazing.

There is a large price difference between two colors of different grades of diamonds and more importantly, a price difference in different categories. This is the reason that we cannot declare one color as “the best” for everyone. It is true that a diamond with a D color grade does reflect light better, and has some of the highest radiance, so there will be more demand for a higher color grade. The radiance of your gem is not only dependent on its color and clarity, but also by the metal band and the setting as well. The blog here will help you define diamond color and clarity grades, as well as prices for customers:

The colorless group, especially the D color, has an icier look, especially if you choose white gold or platinum for the metal band. Another key factor is the size of the diamond, which indicates the amount of yellow or brown color involved. The bigger a diamond, the more it shows that yellow or brown tint color in the diamond. The shape of the diamond is also important, for a round diamond hides the yellow color while an emerald or pear magnifies it. However, many people are into warm colors, and they choose K-M grades, which belong to the category of “faint”. Another especially important factor is the engagement ring you intend to buy, and whether it is a solitaire or something with more than one diamond. The importance lies in the fact that every person seeing your diamond engagement ring will notice the color difference, so you have to choose the same color for both the center diamond and the paves, or the diamonds that are along the shank. The matter of taste that determines “the best” for different people.

Which Color Diamond is the Most Valuable?

The D color diamond possesses the highest price value. The D color, which is the first diamond color grade we encounter in the Diamond Dolor Scale Chart, is absolutely colorless, so it is the most expensive color grade for a diamond. The E and F grades fall into the category of “colorless”, which is the most valuable group color in the scale of GIA diamonds.

If by “the most valuable” you mean the most luxurious, glamorous, and expensive, the first color group is what you are looking for. Among the first category, the first color grade, which is the D color, is the most expensive and valuable one. In the GIA color diamond scale, the more colorless a diamond looks, the more it is sought after. The slight yellow or brown color involved in near-colorless diamonds causes the natural color light to reflect less. The faint yellow or brown tint in the colorless diamond represents the involvement of nitrogen in the chemical mixture of the diamond that happened hundreds of miles under the crust of the Earth. Therefore, it is a vastly different color compared to a fancy yellow or brown diamond, which is even more expensive than a colorless diamond. Natural fancy colors, of which we can refer to pink, blue, yellow, green, orange, white, gray, brown, red, yellow, and violet, have separate scales for appraisal. Their price is high due to their rarity, for one in every ten thousand diamonds possess a natural fancy color. Therefore, when you speak about the most valuable color for a diamond, your word is interpreted as the most expensive color grade among the colorless diamonds.

7 TIPS FOR POSTPONING A WEDDING DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

COVID-19, sometimes referred to as Coronavirus, was first confirmed in the United States in January, but it didn’t take long to be the number one topic of conversation and news. Since then, it’s affected nearly every aspect of life, from what businesses are open to how close you can be to someone in the checkout line. However, these guidelines on social distancing and restrictions on gatherings have also created a huge issue when it comes to weddings.

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With venues closing, vendors having to pause their businesses, and travel no longer recommended, many people have had to postpone their weddings. If you’re one of those couples who have had to accept that the wedding can’t go off as planned, here are nine tips to help you get through this challenging time. 

1. Be flexible

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The changes COVID-19 has brought to society are unprecedented, and the truth is that no one really knows how to handle this time — including vendors and wedding locations. While postponing your wedding seems simple enough — just move the dates, right? — you might find that when you go to reschedule, the new date you want isn’t available.

If you were hoping for a summer wedding, you might have to take December, and a Saturday afternoon wedding might end up happening on a Wednesday evening. If you don’t want to have to wait another year — or even two — to get married, you’ll have to be flexible on some aspects. Of your big day. And remember that it’s an option to wait. If you’ve dreamed of a spring wedding with a pastel palette your entire life or you absolutely must get married in your partner’s childhood church, pushing the wedding to 2021 could be worth it. 

2. Consider going digital

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Some couples affected by the ongoing crisis have opted to do the ceremony online and livestream it to friends and family. That being said, even if you don’t want to do your ceremony online, related events, such as bridesmaid’s proposals — can continue digitally.

If you want to ask your BFF to be by your side when the time is right, you could still make it special by mailing her a bottle of champagne with a note on the outside that says to FaceTime you before opening the box. You may also be able to take advantage of online ordering for things that aren’t date-dependent, such as supplies, favors, and decor items.

3. Communicate as much as possible

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While it’s normal to want to wait until you have all the details to talk to guests, the more you can keep them in the loop, the better. As soon as you know the wedding is going to be postponed, let everyone know. It’s tempting to put up a banner on your wedding website or send out a mass text or email, but a personal touch goes a long way during times like these. If at all possible, call your guests personally to let them know the wedding has been postponed. If you have a large guest list, consider enlisting family members or the bridal party/groomsmen to help out. 

4. Ask if deposits can be negotiated

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Under normal circumstances, when you postpone your wedding, you forfeit your deposit. But because COVID-19 related cancellations are forced, it might be worth trying to negotiate. Look carefully at your paperwork to see if there is specific wording around cancellations and refunds, and it never hurts to ask. Many vendors are losing a lot of business with the restrictions on social gatherings, and they may be willing to hold your deposit and put it toward your new date rather than risking another cancellation. 

5. Decide if you need to adjust the guest list

Depending on your circumstances and what happens with your reschedule, you may find that you need to take another look at the guest list. Maybe you’re being forced to go to another venue because your first pick doesn’t have anything available on your new date, and that means you can only invite 100 guests instead of 300. Or maybe your job has been affected by the closures and you need to make budget cuts to the wedding that mean no plus ones.
If any of this is the case, make sure to let guests know when you send out change the dates. If you have to uninvite people, briefly explain why, and consider scheduling a get-together after the wedding for everyone to celebrate.
On the flip side, you may want to extend invitations to friends and family who had to RSVP “No” to the first date. If they weren’t able to attend due to a scheduling conflict, they may be happy to be a part of your big day now.

6. Start thinking about a new date

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Once you postpone the wedding, the decision-making isn’t done. While it may seem counterintuitive to pick out another date just as the first one’s been cancelled, the bottom line is that everyone is having to postpone, and that means the next few months are going to book up fast. It might be helpful to have a few possibilities that you’re okay with. If your second choice isn’t available, you can move right to the next without having to rediscuss.

7. Send out change the dates

Once you have all the details on the postponement and new date settled, it’s time to send out change the dates. These postcards are surging in popularity right along with the number of cancellations and are basically another version of the popular save the date card. They’re quick and easy to send out, and they let your guests know as quickly as possible that things are changing. They’re designed to give guests the initial heads up for planning purposes. You’ll still need to follow up with guests personally and send out more formal invitations once you get closer to the wedding. 

Having to postpone your wedding for any reason is stressful, but when it’s because of a pandemic, it adds a whole new level of chaos. While you’re working to get everything straightened out and a new date lined up, consider more tips and ideas for planning your wedding from our archives.

MODERN & CLASSIC NAPKIN FOLDING FOR WEDDINGS

Wedding receptions are all about decking out the tables and adding dashes of personality to your space. Napkins, of all things, provide an easy way fun to dress up your wedding reception tablescape with creative napkin styling that will have guests talking … and that adds that extra-special touch to the day’s decor. Be inspired by these simple napkin folding ideas that you can easily do yourself (or encourage your wedding venue to do).

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

It doesn’t have to be complicated, nor do you need to attend an origami class to to learn how to fold napkins! Take your venue to the next level with our little intro to napkin folding for weddings from real receptions and tablescapes.

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Draped NapkinsLikely the most common and trendy, yet elegant way to “fold” your napkins. Draped napkins that are tri-folded add a pop of color at every angle. (Photo credits: Ashleigh Laureen Photography | Renee Nicole Photography)

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Simple TrianglesYou can’t go wrong with easy elegance! Simply fold a square napkin into diagonals until you have a chic layered triangle. (Photo credit: Sarah Beach Photography)

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Tableware Pocket NapkinsTuck some or all of the tableware into these neat, perfect little pockets. What a chic way to stow the utensils! (Photo credit: Marlayna Photography)

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Tent-style Napkin FoldThis is another popular napkin fold we’re seeing in so many weddings lately! It’s romantic, adds dimension, and serves as a great way o tuck your wedding favors under.  (Photo credits: Jennifer B. Photography | Molly Jo Collection) 

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Elegantly Rolled Napkins to Prettify PlatesYou can kind of go off the cuff with these rolled napkins that have a layered look! Think of a “messy bun” hairstyle and translate that to napkins. Roll them until they satisfy your style. (Photo credits: Lacy Matusek Photography | Jenna Hidigner Photography)

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Classic Fan Napkin FoldThis wedding napkin has been around a long time, and it is still exquisite as ever! Simple to do, as you just fold it as you would a paper fan.  (Photo credit: Fornear Photo)

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Basic Napkin Fold Between PlatesSuper simple, and a great way options for formal dinners that have a lot of dishes as part of each place setting. Fold in half or a trifold and place vertically or horizontally underneath a salad or appetizer plate. (Photo credit: Mr. & Mrs. Photography)

Pretty Napkin Folding for Weddings

Basic Folded Napkins on PlatesThis is super simple, but definitely spruces up your tablecape. Simply fold your napkins in half or in a trifold, and place your menu cards across the top. (Photo credit: Leigh Wolfe Photography)

What wedding napkin fold would best fit in your wedding tablescape? 

Draped Napkins

Simple Triangles

Tableware Pocket Napkins

Tent-style Napkin Fold

Elegantly Rolled

Classic Fan Napkin Fold

Basic Napkin Fold

Basic Folded Napkins on Plates

BEAUTIFUL BOTANICAL GARDEN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IN ST. LOUIS

Spring is right around the corner. We can smell it (even under the 3 feet of snow here in the Midwest)! Myra and Kevin’s botanical garden engagement shoot is just the ticket to get us in the spring state of mind. The gorgeous couple met online, got engaged last summer … and now we are elated to share their fantastic engagement session captured by photographer, Carli Hannah. She perfectly captured the love between this fun-loving couple, and it’s guaranteed to bring you joy.

The Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis provided the backdrop for this sweet couple’s session. The many lush gardens, ornate fountain, and indoor conservatory on the grounds is simply breathtaking. From Myra and Kevin’s classic formal to fun football-themed photos, this is one botanical garden engagement shoot you have got to see. Their story and save the date magnet from MagnetStreet is also just as sweet!

Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis
Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis

Myra & Kevin’s save the date from MagnetStreet

“I found out about MagnetStreet from an engagement group I’m a part of on Facebook. There were several sites I checked out, but when I saw MagnetStreet’s site … I knew I was going to get my magnets from them.”

Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis

How they met

“I was scrolling on Facebook one day when I saw Kevin’s Facebook profile under my ‘people you may know.’ And he immediately caught my eye. I was too afraid to actually friend him or speak, so I clicked the “poke” button feature on Facebook to get his attention. It worked because he poked me back and then sent me a friend request and send me a message. I was the happiest person ever. We immediately hit it off and I couldn’t have been happier. (Thanks Mark Zuckerberg!)” 

Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis

Favorite photos of the day

“I loved all the photos by the water fountain. Such a beautiful backdrop!”

Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis

The proposal (with that stunning ring!)

“It all started at his parents house, I came to town to spend the holiday with and according to him it was just supposed to be a 4th of July cookout with family. When I got to their house, it was more family than I thought would be there, but everything seemed pretty normal until his mother called me upstairs to look at photo albums. She kept showing me the same photos over and over and over … little did I know she was just trying to stall. The next thing I know, his sister comes running upstairs to get us because she wanted to show us something. But when I got downstairs, the room that was crowded with people was now completely empty. I was so confused but followed his mother and sister outside. The first thing I saw was bubbles blowing and the song I told him I wanted to walk down the aisle to if I ever got married, ‘This is Why I Love You’ written by Major playing. I looked up and saw all of our family standing there and Kevin, the love of my life, on his knee under an arch that was beautifully decorated. I immediately began to cry as I walked to up and tried to contain myself as I stood and listened to his sweet words. I SAID YESSSS to spending the rest of my life with my best friend!”

Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis

Why the botanical garden engagement shoot?

“We chose that place because it’s absolutely beautiful. The highlights were just dressing up and having fun posing with Kevin. It was his first photo shoot so he was very nervous … but he did amazing!”

Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis

The wedding details

“Our theme is #HappilyEverAdams (After)/enchantment/fairytale. Everything is fairytale … from the cakes to our white horse and carriage for our send off. Our colors are blush pink, rose gold, champagne, ivory, with a little sage for the greenery.”

Beautiful Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot in St. Louis

FALL RUSTIC MOUNTAIN WEDDING WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS

Nora and Bret are a nature- and mountain-loving couple, so they planned their wedding day around the most spectacular view of the Presidential Mountain Range. The Inn at Pinnacle Mountain played host for the gorgeous couple’s rustic mountain wedding, and we can’t get over the jaw-dropping scenery and ambiance surrounding the venue. If the great outdoors speak to you more than an elegant ballroom, we know you will be inspired by all the lovely details and decor.  

Fall Rustic Mountain Wedding With Breathtaking Views

Nora & Bret’s Rustic Mountain Wedding

LOCATION: West Paris, Maine

VENUE: The Inn at Pinnacle Mountain

DETAILS:The cozy feel, flora and fauna in the surroundings (and those bouquets!) are thoughtfully placed throughout their day to create the elegantly rustic mountain feel they were going for. Nothing can beat the gorgeous views, fresh air, and lush greenery that surrounded their day. Plus, with their wedding in the fall … it made for an even more stunning and colorful day!Their celebration was full of beautiful personal touches (including a super-pretty MagnetStreet invite!), and Emily MacCabe Photography captured every moment marvelously.

Fall Rustic Mountain Wedding With Breathtaking Views

CHOOSING THE DRESS

“The wedding dress I wore was nothing like the dress I originally envisioned. Fortunately, I had excellent help at the Blush bridal salon and they picked out a style I didn’t know I loved.  I couldn’t be happier with my wedding dress!”

Fall Rustic Mountain Wedding With Breathtaking Views

SOMETHING BORROWED, BLUE, OLD, AND NEW

“I had a lot of fun picking out these little details.  My something old was a 100+ year old ring from my Great Grandmother, who was present on our big day.  She gifted me the dainty pearl embellished ring, which I will cherish forever.  My something new was my wedding dress and veil!  My something borrowed was a bracelet from my mom, and my something blue were my baby blue block heel shoes (which were perfect for an outdoor ceremony and reception because the heels didn’t sink into the grass!).”

Fall Rustic Mountain Wedding With Breathtaking Views

THE FIRST LOOK

“We knew right away that we wanted to do a “first look”, and are so happy that we did.  It took a lot of pressure off the ceremony itself and allowed us to fully concentrate on one another during the first look, and then take in all the other emotions that came with the ceremony.”

Fall Rustic Mountain Wedding With Breathtaking Views

ON THEIR WEDDING THEME

“We love the outdoors, so our theme was nature and all the fall colors that come with an October wedding in Maine!”

Fall Rustic Mountain Wedding With Breathtaking Views

YAY, CAKE!

“We opted for a small cake to cut and lots of cupcakes, because they’re easier for people to grab and eat.  We are lucky enough to have a friend who is a very talented baker and took the time to really personalize it all for us.  The apple spice cupcakes were made from apples that came from apple trees on the bride and groom’s property!”

Fall Rustic Mountain Wedding With Breathtaking Views

ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES

“Try not to get too caught up in all the little details or you’ll stress yourself out.  Remember to have FUN with the planning.  One thing Bret and I did which I would suggest to any bride and groom is this: When first starting to plan, think about the top three things you want from the day (it could be very specific such as wanting a ginormous bouquet of red roses and an open bar, or it could be more broad such as wanting an indoor ceremony and reception so you don’t have to worry about weather).  Write it down so that throughout planning you can go back to that list and remind yourself of what is most important.  I would also recommend the bride and groom writing their top choices separately, to make sure the day encompasses what is most important to BOTH.”

MUSIC FOR YOUR WEDDING

Choosing music for your wedding is so important.  It helps set the mood of your day and can make or break your evening party.  Here are 5 tips to guide you through the process from music expert Nicola Holliday from Live Music North Ltd.

ONE

Get your venue booked before the band! If you are a muso it’s likely you already have a good idea of what music or entertainment you want at your wedding. You may already have had your fave act picked out for months! (If you have no idea or you are somewhere in between that’s ok too !) It’s crucial you have your venue booked first as there are some really key points a band needs to know. Space and power availability, inside or outside, any sound / volume limitations. You may have your heart set on a 7 piece funk soul band but if you book a hotel in a residential area with an 80db sound limiter it simply isn’t going to work and end in disappointment and faff!

TWO

Visualise, imagine the flow of your day. How do you want the day to feel? How do you want your guests to feel at different points in the day? We’ve all been at weddings that seem to drag on for all eternity with lots of awkward milling about, not knowing what’s going on or what to do. This will tell you where you might need some entertainment for your guests. If you are unsure what to have, get yourself to a few wedding fairs and see what’s out there. Chat to suppliers about options and then contact the ones that tickle your fancy for a chat about the possibilities. A great supplier is one that guides you through multiple options and how they could collaborate with others too.

THREE

Meet the act. This goes hand in hand with my next point too. As a business owner I LOVE having a good old chinwag with my clients. Getting to know them, what they envisage for their day – regardless of the stage they’re at in planning and booking. This could be in person or over zoom and gives you a chance to get a vibe for each other. Are you on the same wave length? Do you trust this person with entertaining your guests to the highest possible standards? Are they warm, friendly and professional from the word go? Trust your gut on this one, it will pay off.

FOUR

See and hear your act perform live! This sounds obvious but you’d be amazed how many don’t. Now they may not have a public gig as such you can go to, but ask if they have live videos or are showcasing at any exhibitions or wedding fairs. How did you feel when you watched them? Where is this music going to occur in your day? Was it fun? Did they work the crowd? Did they create the perfect ambience or did they nail that perfect ‘entrance’ song? Do they live up to the spiel on their socials and website? The proof is in the pudding….. or the performance in this case!

FIVE

Paperwork! The boring but really blooming important bit!

Make sure you have a contract, not just emails, a formal contract detailing the exact level of service you have discussed and make sure you have read it inside out! Ask questions and be 100% comfortable you can fulfil the terms of that contract as a client too. Most suppliers are happy to work directly with venues to take the stress off the couple but it’s your responsibility as a client to make sure that it’s possible to fulfil before signing. An experienced band will provide all the necessary info as part of the contract or rider. Believe me…turning up to a venue as a 6 piece band and realising you only have a 3×3 meter space to set up and play in makes for a very tight squeeze! The very expensive band you have booked and paid for just won’t be able to play to the best of their ability.

A few last words….

Get in there and book! Don’t faff about! If you have your venue and you’ve found a great supplier that feels right and you’d love to work with, get that deposit paid and lock ‘em in!

Traditionally you could book a band at around the 9 month mark but as most suppliers will tell you we are booking dates now that are 2 to 3 years ahead.

WEDDING CAKES

Cakes by Lottie McPhees, specialise in bespoke wedding cakes and celebration cakes. Owned and run by Lorraine Wiley-Kaunispaik, Lorraine has been in the wedding cake business for more than 15 years. Starting out from her dainty coffee shop in Gosforth where the name ‘Lottie McPhees’ was created.

The Name

The name came about when her husband Paul had a play around with some names within the family and so ‘Lottie’ came from her youngest daughter Charlotte, the ‘Mc’ came from her mums maiden name McLaughlin and then ‘Phee’ came from her eldest Pheobe…as so Lottie McPhees was created.

Location

Based in Cramlington, Northumberland Lorraine specialises in luxury bespoke wedding cakes designed to suit her clients themes and colour. All Lorraines consultations work around her clients busy schedules and her cake samples are sent through the post once a month.

The Cakes
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Every cake is handmade within Lorraine’s little garden bakery. Specialising in luxury bespoke naked, semi-naked, buttercream and fondant wedding cakes all her cakes are homemade sponge cakes.  Each creation is also delivered to your venue and set up so you have no concerns about transporting your masterpiece!  Here Lorraine talks about her designs.

‘For me, this seasons most popular designs have been buttercream, semi naked with amazing fresh flowers.  It is my favourite combination for wedding cakes! I love working with couples to add own unique touches such as cake toppers, colour combinations or the addition of macaroons or a dessert bar. But the most important part remains the flavours that my clients want to serve their guests. Above all my clients want their wedding cake to taste amazing.

My most popular wedding cake flavours are Raspberry & White Chocolate, Strawberry & Prosecco and Toffee Caramel and Classic Victoria Sponge.  If you can be more daring I can also recommend Pistachio & Rose Water, Pink Gin & Lemonade or Espresso & Baileys!

One venue on the doorstep of Cake by Lottie McPhees is Horton Grange Country House.  This beauty was created for Sarah and Michael who had their wedding day at Horton Grange in May 2022.  It featured classic buttercream Victoria Sponge with fresh flowers.

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WEDDING ETIQUETTE

Is your calendar full with friends and family weddings? Maybe you are about to attend your first wedding.  Do you know what to expect? Do you know about wedding etiquette? It can be daunting to attend these occasions and remember all the etiquettes and rules that come with them.

Whether it’s about who you can invite as your plus-one or forgetting to turn your phone on silent before the ceremony, there are a few things you might want to consider before heading into wedding season. Here are four Wedding Etiquettes that are highly relevant to weddings today.

STICK TO THE DRESS CODE

Some weddings might be relaxed. Some might be ultra-smart. Some may even be themed, so it’s important to choose an outfit that fits this particular occasion. If you’re not sure, a dress, skirt, or suit will probably hit the mark in terms of smartness. But, whatever you do, don’t wear white unless the bride requested it. Upstaging the bride is a wedding calamity and you don’t want that hanging your head for years to come. Stay away from the light ivories too!

Whatever the dress code or theme, a sophisticated dress will look great every time and make you look a million dollars without stealing the spotlight away from the bride.

REMEMBER TO RSVP

Weddings take months, even years of planning, so make it easier for the happy couple by RSVPing as soon as you know whether or not you can attend. They might want to use your invitation for someone else. They will also need to organise logistical details, like how many chairs or dinner servings they’ll need.

Whilst you’re RSVPing, make sure to read the plus one rule. It’s normally stated clearly on the invitation, but if you’re unsure ALWAYS contact the bride and groom!

MUTE YOUR PHONE

You don’t want to be the person whose ring tone interrupted the bride and groom’s first kiss. It’s not something you can ever come back from. Eliminate the risk and turn off your phone before the ceremony.

DON’T POST PHOTOS UNTIL YOU HAVE THE GO-AHEAD

We all want to snap the most memorable moments of the wedding, but sometimes our desperation to get the perfect shot can ruin other peoples’ experiences. Avoid falling into the aisle when snapping the first look of the beautiful bride. Don’t follow the photographer around and don’t ask for too many poses from the newlyweds – they have enough to think about.

Instead, try and capture candid, intimate, and silly moments. If you know the couple well, you might be able to snap some unflattering shots that are full of personality. Experiment with selfies, and angles, and don’t take yourself seriously.