HURRY! … OFFER ENDS 30th NOVEMBER AT GROOM

 

 

Hurry offer ends 30th November 2012 for all 2013/14 reservations.

 

 

 

Call into any one of the five Northwest based GROOM stores and if you are one of the first 50 per store then you will receive 50% discount off the price of a 2 piece suit when hired with the waistcoat, shirt and cravat at normal price. 

 

This offer applies to any number of suits booked and must be mentioned at the time of ordering.

 

Stores in Manchester, Warrington, Chester, Liverpool and Wilmslow
 

 

“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. (40 plus brides). Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                                

 (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)

GROOM FORMAL – AUGUST SPECIAL OFFER

 

 

 

20% Discount off all Wedding Suits booked this month only

Offer applies to all bookings for 2013/14

 

10% Discount off all Wedding Suits being worn until the end of 2012

Just a £100 deposit will secure this offer and will protect you at 2012 prices !!

 

 

This beautiful Silver Mohair Tailcoat is ideal for your summer Weddings with it’s lightweight feel.  As well as a “Slim Fit” tail version it is also available in an Albert and lounge suit design.

Together with our huge range of waistcoats and over 300 different colours of cravats, Groom experts will guide you through your choice process with ease.

 

 

This classic Black Morning coat outfit is timeless for a traditional Wedding, add a standard tie and Double breasted waistcoat to create that elegant look and finish it off with a Top Hat and cane.

 

 

Groom also have a very special offer on the “Thrones”  - Hire 2 for just £300

 

GROOM FORMAL  have branches in Manchester, Chester, Liverpool, Warrington and Liverpool

The Silver Place – Wedding Day Gifts

 
Whenever I come across good service that is relevant to our Beautilicious40 readers I like to shout about it from the rooftops.
 
So I’d like to introduce you to The Silver Place. 
 
The Silver Place specialise in Sterling Silver and Silver Plated gifts such as Cufflinks, Keyrings, Bookmarks,  Baby gifts and range of accessories to suit all budgets.
 
I particularly like their cufflinks collection. They offer a huge range that come giftboxed and would make a perfect gift for Grooms or any of the men in the wedding party.
 
I also like this beautiful silver heart shaped keyring that can be engraved with a personal message and date of the wedding. 

 

Heart Keyring £44.99

 

Chain cufflinks £54.99

 

Mother Of Pearl Cufflinks £44.99

 
The Silver Place have a state of the art computerised engraving machine that can engrave your name, message or logo making your gift unique & personal for a special occasion.
 
All engraving is performed in-house by their expert team of engravers, so they can provide a fast turnaround.
 
 

Ingot Cufflinks £58.99 plus engraving

 
 
The Silver Place offer a gift wrap service and can add your own personal message in a gift card, making your present even more special and they can post gifts directly to the gift recipient if you prefer.
 
My personal favourite is the bespoke range of cufflinks. These are silver single, double and triple initials or full names as actual letters rather than engraving.  
 
I ordered a triple initial cufflink design for my partner James with our initials ‘J&J’ , and he loved them. 
 

Single initial Cufflinks from £45.99

 

Double Initial Cufflinks from £74.99

 

Triple initial Cufflinks from £84.99

 

Full name cufflinks - £115

 
 
 
The Silver Place are based in North West London and offer secure internet shopping and worldwide delivery service.
 
I ordered my cufflinks gift online, which was quick, easy and secure. The cufflinks were delivered within a week in a lovely giftbox and their quality was excellent. I would not hesitate to order from The Silver Place again.

 

“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                  (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)


 


Don’t Forget The Groom

 
Sometimes in all of the wedding planning we get caught up in a whirlwind  of preparations…

 

…dress shopping and all the beautiful accessories, venue hunting, fine tuning decor, menu decisions – the list gets longer and it’s all things pretty, pretty, pretty and we LOVE it! But do we sometimes forget about the groom’s opinion? 

 

The romance of the proposal is a wonderful moment and predominantly HIS moment but it’s so easy to be swept along at a fast pace of planning from this point onwards. 

 

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Aniston proposal scene

 

It’s one thing imagining the day itself, but we often underestimate how much planning and expense it can be. Even if you’ve done it before, times change and so do the prices!

 

How many brides-to-be look at the wedding from the groom’s point of view?

 

He loves you, he’s proposed, he wants to marry you and live ‘happy ever after’.

 

What he doesn’t want is his wonderful wife-to-be turning into a scary Bridezilla that ONLY talks ‘wedding’.

 
I am sure we have attending weddings where everything has been meticulously planned to within an inch of its life. All that may have been missing was a director shouting ‘”Lights , Camera, Action!”
 
Don’t get me wrong, we all like things to run smoothly but if that is the kind of day you are looking for then I would highly recommend a wedding planner to do all the worrying and fine tuning for you, that way you can enjoy the wedding itself without it taking over your life and ruining your relationship. 
 
 

 

It may begin with wedding fairs.

 

I love them! Everything in one place and a chance to find fabulous suppliers that you may not have even considered and a perfect opportunity to feel the quality of everything rather than just looking on the internet or viewing brochures and magazines.  

 

I love seeing couples attending hand in hand really enjoying the moment but I often see men standing awkwardly with the look of ‘What am I doing here?’ on their confused faces, especially whilst watching the wedding dress catwalk.

 

I often wonder, what if you saw the dress of your dreams on the catwalk and your groom is sat next to you seeing it at the same time. Do you hope that he won’t remember it? How well do you contain the excitement?  

 

I generally attend with my mum or a friend so I can say at the time ‘Wow! I Love that!’ and get their opinion.  I can ‘ohh’and ‘ahhh’  as much as I want at all the beautiful stands and generally my female companions are as enthusiastic as I am at all the bling. 

 

Women are known for being multi-task experts…

 

… so we have a natural ability to retain information and know exactly which photographer, out of countless displays, had the lace cover and which had the blue one and which invitation had exactly the right shade of purple AND the perfect font.

The groom however, may be thinking ‘just pick one… as long as it’s within our budget.’

 

How do you keep the planning balance right, without ruining the romance of the occasion?

 

My first wedding in 1994 was very well planned because I couldn’t think about anything else. I was only 23, which, considering the average age of brides is now 30, was young.

 

Of course, I wanted everything perfect. Planning did get a little out of control, the guest list extended as did the ‘little extras’. The difference was that our parents were paying. So there was no pressure on the groom and he just let me get on with it.

 

He asked for my opinion on his choice of wedding suit but he had good taste so it wasn’t a worry for me.  I think for the majority of everything else he just nodded in agreement.
 

 

 
 
Do we change our attitude as we get older? 
 
As a bride-to-be over 40 , I can honestly say that I have a different approach to planning my wedding than I did 18 years ago. I have a general idea of what I like but it would more about what WE want and not what I think everyone else will like. 
 
I’m also more aware of a budget than the first time as we are funding it ourselves. I think this makes a considerable difference in how you view the days events. 
 
Everything is your choice and no-one else’s and joint decisions are most likely to be made to suit you both.
  
I would be interested in hearing how much of the planning decision is made by the groom.
 
Are you a groom that leaves everything to your bride-to-be?
 
Are you a groom that has an equal say in the plans even if  it meant doing without something if you can’t agree? 
 
Are you a groom that would jump at the chance of being on ‘Don’t tell the bride’  where you plan everything?  … (shudders) 
 

Feel free to add your comments here or email me on janet@beautilicious40bride.co.uk with your stories that can be included in this section at a later date. 

Happy Planning
 
 
 
“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                  (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)