Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Wedding favours can be a really cute and personal addition to the table layouts at your wedding breakfast. There is so much to choose from; from teacup candles and miniature bottles of booze to potted plants, jars of local honey and single-use cameras. I've known some couples to spend a few hundred pounds on their wedding favours, and I think they really say a lot about the bride and the groom as individuals.
My first idea was to look into Yankee Candle Wedding Day votives. I am a complete and utter candle addict and the fact that Yankee Candle had votives specific to wedding day favours seemed to make sense. The problem was that these retail at around £2 per candle and I had 85 guests; that's £170 on wedding favours. Secondly, they don't exactly look great on their own do they? I'd have to find some small glass votive holders or something to sit them in. Once the cost went over £250 I was pretty turned off to the idea.
I looked at around thirty-eight thousand hair and makeup artists when I was planning my wedding. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it honestly doesn't feel like much of one! I had some pretty amazing quotes, and when I say amazing I mean amazingly ridiculous. One company, who shall remain anonymous but is based in Buckinghamshire, provided me with a quote that almost stunned me to silence. I asked for a quote for hair and minimal makeup for myself and 4 bridesmaids and received a quote of £3,500. THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS. The best bit? That price didn't include VAT.
I was lucky enough to get a personal recommendation from a friend, and that recommendation was to get in contact with Jennifer Maw. Jen provides hair styling and bridal makeup for weddings and other formal events. She is a mobile artist and will travel to your wedding venue to meet you bright and early in the morning. I decided to book a trial with Jennifer to see whether we could achieve what I had in mind.
I quickly realized that I didn't have any perfect ideas in my mind. I spent the morning of the day of the trial fretting over Pinterest to try to find some bridal styles that I liked for both my hair and my makeup. I didn't get very far and instead decided that I would just give Jen a rough idea of what I wanted and see if she could come up with a look that I liked. I was more than pleasantly surprised. Jennifer very quickly and calmly did trial hair and makeup for both myself and my bridesmaid, Lauren. The results were gorgeous. My makeup was very minimal and classic but rather than being 'barely there' I ended up with a a healthy, dewy complexion with a warm pink lip and some classic curls. Below is a photo of the trial hair and makeup which took barely an hour for each of us.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
I am not a fan of catteries. I don't like the thought of handing my cat over to somebody who intends to keep it in a small pen, quite often outside in the cold, with little human interaction. I've had a bad personal experience where my cat wasn't fed the cat food that I provided to the cattery. When I returned from my holiday my cat was very poorly and had a bad stomach for days. She was also withdrawn and refused to leave the laundry basket for a few days. I decided that I would rather look for a petsitter so that I could leave my current cat, Teddy, at home in familiar surroundings with all of his toys at paws' reach.
Finding a good petsitter can be a challenge; after all, you are entrusting somebody with keys to your house and full access to all of your things. You're trusting that they lock up properly, and that they don't leave the heating on when they leave. You're also trusting that they will attend as promised rather than dumping a load of food down in the evening so that they can have a lie-in the next day (that's a horror story for another time...). Thankfully, I found Sasha.
Sasha is a full time Veterinary Receptionist based in Reading, Berkshire. She has her own business that offers petsitting services to the local area (and surrounding areas for a small petrol fee). This can include an overnight stay if you'd like, or you can choose to have her visit once or twice a day for £5 per visit to your cat or dog. Sasha also offers dog-walking services along with an 'Animal Ambulance' service for customers who need emergency transportation to a local Vets surgery and don't have their own transport.
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