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Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress

Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress
Choosing the right wedding dress can make or break your big day. No bride wants to walk down the aisle in a dress they hate. This is your time to shine, so of course you want to wear the perfect dress. Unfortunately, wedding dresses can be very expensive, with brides spending, on average, around £10,500 on a gown. It is possible to save money on a wedding by using a site such as, but if you have the ceremony covered and all you have left to buy is a wedding dress, here are some simple tips to help you be a thrifty bride.

Have a Budget

The most important thing you need to do before shopping for a wedding dress is to have a budget. The next most important thing to do is stick to your budget!
It is pointless looking at dresses you can’t afford. Sure, they might look amazing and yes, you will have a memorable day if you wear a designer wedding gown, but realistically, if spending all that money on a wedding dress means you can’t afford to go on a honeymoon, it isn’t worth it.

Keep it Simple

The simpler the dress, the cheaper it will be. Once you start adding major embellishments such as handmade lace, beads, and complex shapes to the design, the dress will creep up in price. If your budget is low, look at dresses with a simple silhouette.

Look for a Pre-Loved Dress

Wedding dresses are generally only worn once. Probably only for a few hours in fact. On this basis, it is definitely worth looking for a pre-loved dress in your size. Check out sites such as eBay for pre-loved bargains. If you are really lucky, you might even spot a dress in your size that is being sold because the wedding didn’t go ahead!

Wear Your Mother’s Dress

Some families keep wedding dresses as keepsakes to be passed down through the generations. You may not like the dress your mother or grandmother wore, but if you have your heart set on a vintage wedding, a family wedding dress could work out beautifully.

Rent a Gown

Don’t overlook the possibility of hiring a wedding dress. After all, you will only wear the dress once, so why bother forking out all that money to buy when you can hire? It will help if you are a standard size, as the dress can’t be altered. Check out bridal shops in your area to see if they offer a hire service.

Shop at Sale Time

Sales take place all year round, so if you have seen a dress you like, keep a close eye on the price and be prepared to act fast if you notice it has been heavily discounted in a flash sale.

Make Your Dress

If you or a relative are handy with a sewing machine, have a go at making a wedding dress.
Don’t forget to allow plenty of time to find the right dress. It could take you months!

A Few Happy Things #2

A Few Happy Things #2
It's been a while since I've written one of these happy type of blog posts, so I thought I'd fill you in on a few things I've been up to lately. So grab a cuppa, and lets have a chat!

In September I had a very busy month, and it seemed like every weekend I had something big on. Chris and I went to a wedding for someone I used to work with at Hatfield House, and it was such a beautiful day. The venue was amazing, and of course the bride looked stunning. It was such a lovely day, and it was great to catch up with all of my old work friends, I love a good wedding and an excuse to dress up! Also in September I went to Friends Fest with my friend Gemma, which was a great laugh. I love Friends so it was good fun to see all the sets, play around with costumes and watch episodes on the big screen. I took lots and lots of photographs, so hopefully I'll get organised soon and put up a blog post!

Last week I had my last day at my job, and I'm starting a new one on Monday. I know I said this post was about happy things, but I did feel very sad to leave, I'd been there for two years and so much had happened in my life since I joined the company; I'd bought my flat, I moved in with Chris and adopted my two cats, and I'd become good friends with everyone. My last day was emotional but they'd got me some lovely gifts and there was cake in the shape of the Receptional logo. I'm hoping to keep in touch with everyone, so it's not really a goodbye at least. 

And with that I've had a week off work before I start my new job, so I've made sure that I've spent it relaxing. I'm not someone who takes much time off so it was good to not do much. I spent a lot of time with my mum, which was really nice as it had been two years since her stroke, and we didn't get to do this two years ago. It's been nice to take some time off, and not do much. Now to start the new job on Monday!

How's things been with you? 

Why Recovering After Exercise Is Important

Why Recovering After Exercise Is Important
Over the years I've gone through phases with fitness. I either seem to be completely obsessed, or not at all, there's no real in between for me. Last year I was completely obsessed with learning to run, I would run several times a week and I even took part in a 5K mud run later in the year. But alas I stopped running a few months after that as I hurt my back, and really it turned out I wasn't very good at running. Since then I've been sticking to the gym and recently since I've had a car accident I've taken up pilates to help improve strength in my back, and improve on my core strength. 

While I'm not the fittest person or even someone who's into fitness that much, I've learnt a few things about exercising along the way, and in particular why recovering properly is so important. I never realised that we needed rest after a work out to help the muscles grow, otherwise we're depriving our muscles the opportunity to grow. A couple of months ago Simply Health shared this article on recovery and why it was so important after exercise. They've made some great points in this article, so I thought I'd also share a few of my own that I've learnt along the way.  

Make sure you stretch

I'm terrible at this, for years I used to finish my work out at the gym and just go home. No stretching, no cooling down. But really after a tough workout you need to have a good stretch, it really is the simplest and fastest way to help your muscles recover. 

Get plenty of sleep

I'm guilty of not sleeping enough, I'm terrible at staying awake all night looking at random things on the internet, or I just binge watch Netflix all night. But it turns out not getting enough sleep isn't good for you and your muscle repair. While you sleep your body produces a growth hormone that is responsible for tissue growth and repair.

Eat healthy recovery foods

When I first started trying to lose a bit of weight a few years ago I used to go to the gym and have a crazy work out, and then not eat afterwards. I thought why should I burn off loads of calories just to put more in, but you should actually aim to eat within 60 minutes of the end of your workout for a good recovery. Of course you need to be eating the right thing, there's no use heading to your nearest McDonalds, because that won't help you. Instead aim to eat something with high-quality protein and a complex carbohydrate. 

Listen to your body

The most important thing you can do to recover properly is to listen to your body. If you're tired, get some more rest or if you notice a decreased performance maybe take a rest from training for a while, and likewise if you're feeling good and strong after a work out, then you don't need to rest as much. Our bodies are great at telling us what they need, you just need to listen.