A Luxury Hen Party Idea for Brides Over 40 – The Wimbledon Championships


Events and Hospitality.com have brought to our attention another fabulous idea for luxury hen parties for our fabulous Brides Over 40 readers. Many of you are looking for something a little more upmarket and unusual so… What about a VIP package at Wimbledon?


The Wimbledon Championships 
24th June – 7th July 2013


The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club For two weeks each summer the eyes of the World are focused on this small corner of South-West London, ”The Wimbledon Championships” or simply Wimbledon – the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament on Earth. The pinnacle of the sport, the tournament every player dreams of winning, and there is no substitute for being there. The heady aroma of Pimm’s and Strawberries hanging in the air, the cheering of the crowds, the thwack of racket on ball… Experience the unique atmosphere of this hugely sought after, quintessentially British summer event in style, with our fabulous hospitality package, perfect for both corporate and social entertaining. Wimbledon Hospitality Packages with Guaranteed Tickets 

The Fairway Village
Village Suite

from £495 + VAT per person

from Events and Hospitality.com

Located opposite the famous gates of The All England Club, a stone’s throw from the action on Centre and No.1 Courts, our luxury hospitality complex, The Fairway Village, provides the perfect base from which to revel in the tradition and excitement of Wimbledon. Whether basking in the sun and soaking up the ambience of a perfect summer’s day in SW19, a glass of Pimm’s in hand (or Champagne) from our complimentary bar, in our large private garden; dining in our elegant Village Suite Restaurant, or witnessing the world’s greatest players in action, you are sure to enjoy a memorable day of unrivalled service at this essential event of the British summer season. Fully furnished with separate dining and lounge areas, the luxurious facility is air conditioned throughout and has a large exclusive garden area, as well as the chic Village Suite Restaurant, offering fine dining with impeccable service.


“The first class hospitality offers an exceptional experience with excellent food and a unique setting in which to entertain your guests.” 
Corporate Entertainer Magazine


Prices from 
£495 + VAT per person


Call Josh or Lucia on 01799 252 153 


Your VIP package will include:-

  • All day access to our exclusive Fairway Village facility and Village Suite Restaurant
  • Official reserved ticket for Centre or No.1 Court
  • Morning coffee on arrival
  • Champagne and Pimm’s reception
  • Complimentary bar including Champagne all day
  • A la carte lunch with fine wines, liquers and coffee
  • Traditional afternoon tea
  • Air conditioning throughout
  • Car park pass (1 per 2 guests)
  • Valet parking available upon request and use of courtesy bus
  • Official Wimbledon programme
  • Experienced hostesses and event managers
  • Live music
  • Extra touches: sun cream, bottled water to take to the courts, live tv coverage, order of play, newspapers, wireless internet access
  • Event documentation
(Minimum booking of two people) Private Chalets are also available for groups of 30 or more. Please ask Events and Hospitality.com for details.

“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)

The Galapagos Islands, Sailing and Benjy the Dog


This fabulous wedding was sent to us by Dorset Wedding PhotographerLinus Moran.  It has a little bit of everything and was an absolute joy to edit.

It began with a passion for sailing, a wedding theme stemming from a trip to the Galapagos islands and their dog Benjy playing a big part of the day too. This wedding oozes personality and Tess tells their story in her own words.


The Bride & Groom: Tess and Richard

Wedding Date: 14th September 2012

Venue: St Andrew’s Church in Weymouth, Dorset followed by a wedding breakfast at Castle Cove Sailing Club in Portland Harbour





We met whilst sailing. We were going across the Solent from Gosport to Cowes in a 68’ yacht!  I first met Richard when he was skippering a 68’ Clipper yacht during a Regatta for the weekend.  The morning after entailed us returning the boat from the Medina River in the Isle of Wight, across the Solent and back to Gosport.  
After a VERY alcohol fuelled night, there were lots of sore pounding heads, and this coupled with a force 7 wind, was making a lot of the crew quite ill.  Having just met the skipper, I was trying very hard not to be sick despite being very green!  I just about made it back in one piece!  It obviously worked as we then exchanged contact details!  I met up with him two weeks later.


On a dark, wild & woolly night at Ringstead Beach, Dorset in February.  He got down on one knee, popped the question  and handed me a ring.  It was so dark that I couldn’t see what it was.  It was way too big and turned out to be a plumbing brass olive bit and which come in standard sizes.  The 15mm wouldn’t have fitted so I got the other size – 22mm!  We did of course go and get a real ring!
We had talked about it previously and had recently been on a nine week trip where we  visited some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  I thought he might ask at one of these sunny and warm locations rather than a dark and cold English winter’s night!  In hindsight, it was nice that he did propose on a local beach down the road where we often go walking along or sailing past!  We often laugh about that night!


The colour turquoise was derived from the colour of the Blue Footed Booby’s feet that we encountered whilst travelling in the Galapagos Islands in 2011.  Their beautiful turquoise blue feet and captivating love dance enchanted us.  As we are both keen sailors, our wedding theme was the beach and  the table names were various islands that we visited in the Galapagos Islands.




I had two ‘grown up’ bridesmaids wearing turquoise dresses- my best friend from school Debbie and my old next door neighbour Su.  I also had my two nieces as flower girls, Amelie and Jemma wearing ivory and turquoise dresses and my two nephews as page boys, Ben and Luca






As a Bride Over 40 I wanted something simple and practical but elegant.  I’m not into lace, sequins or general bling and just wanted a relatively plain dress.  First off I went to a shop with my mum where all the dresses were everything I didn’t want and was feeling disappointed.  
I then went to Butterfly Brides and narrowed it down to two. Both with a corset style back. My mum took pictures so I could compare at home.  Once I saw the pictures my decision was easy – “Clara” by Mori Lee.   I re-designed the strap into a halter neck as it suited my shape better and wore the halter strap in church and then removed it for the reception.
I wore a simple pearl necklace and bracelet.  My shoes were some comfy cream & gold wedges that I already owned – these gave me the height with comfort, and this also meant I could dance!  I wore turquoise and ivory flowers in my hair.




My friend Helen who is a hairdresser came across from Hampshire to do my hair on the day as well as all the other important females!  (six in total).  She put half of it up using flowers clips and then curled the remainder.  As I have naturally wavy hair – this was quite simple. 


If you don’t wear make up – don’t feel pressurised into wearing loads on your day.  Just wear what you feel comfortable with.  Waterproof mascara is a good plan though! 




My Dad walked me down the aisle and we had a religious ceremony with one bible reading ( Mark 10. V6-9) and a poem ‘Come and live with me and be my love’  by Christopher Sousa, to carry on the sailing theme.









The surprise on our guest’s faces when our dog was the ring bearer.  Benjy, our Labrador / Lurcher cross came running up the aisle with our rings attached to his collar.



Come live with me and be my love,
We’ll lay and watch the skies above.
I’ll take you out upon the sea,
And show you what it means to me.

The wind will be calm yet lightly blowing,
The cabin’s warm with oil’s glowing.
Just think of us upon this ocean,
Sipping tea as a soothing potion.

I’ll climb up high into the rig above,
To share the starry night with you, my love.
The sails will be full with autumn’s breeze,
Our bow dipping gracefully into the glowing seas.

And as we dig into my coffers’ deep,
You shall behold the things that make women weep.
Bottles of wine from the finest vineyards,
And wool from only the most renowned spinners.

These things and more can be fully your own,
But mostly the beauty that the sea has shown.
The most graceful porpoises will be swimming by,
As the sea birds sing with their siren-like cry.

Precious few have answered our ocean’s calling,
Shouting out with eyes bright and bawling.
So take this proposal and fly like the dove,
To come with me and be my love.

by Christopher Sousa


My brother drove us to the church and from the church to the quayside in Weymouth Harbour in his (well) polished BMW.  We then travelled by boat from Weymouth Harbour around into Portland Harbour to arrive at the sailing club.  The boat even had ribbons on it!


I really wanted silk flowers so we could keep the flowers afterwards.  My original florist let me down and so I looked into making them myself.  I was asking for some advice from my sister in law (who used to own her own flower shop) about how to create a bouquet and she offered to do them for me.  I sent some pictures to her and she did an amazing job.  They were Gerbera’s and as you can’t get turquoise Gerberas, she bought out the colour using ribbon, voile and even fake snails!  They are displayed in our lounge now.  She also made the button holes and corsages. 



Richard’s friend Sue from Tiers of Delight in Kent made our cake.   We sent her eggs laid by our chickens in the post and she then put them into the cake.  She made an amazing pair of Blue Footed Booby’s to put on top of the cake.  It was a well traveled cake delivered from Kent!  It was perfect and it tasted divine too!



We had 70 guests for the wedding breakfast and Helen, who is sailing secretary at the sailing club  was in charge of our catering. (Rollys Cake Company).  We had arrival drinks of Pimms on the deck overlooking Portland Harbour.
We had a selection of pates for starters. Main course was chicken in a herb crust Wild Mushroom parcel served with new potatoes and mixed leaf salad and  New York cheesecakes with redcurrant & raspberry compotes for dessert.
In the evening we held a BBQ for 120 people.
Our dog Benjy also delivered Dad’s speech at the Reception.



During the wedding breakfast, I had made up a compilation of songs from Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2’s Live Lounge songs which played in the back ground from my ipod.  In the evening we had a DJ, Luke Berry from Lux Disco.




We danced to  ”Make you feel my love” by Adele.  It is a stunning song with beautiful words.



For the Bride:  It’s not about having the most expensive reception venue, designer dress and high-priced stationery. Your budget can easily get swept away on and swallowed up in no time.  I believe your wedding is about making your day personal to you; including what is special and memorable to you and your fiancée.
For the Groom: Just be warned, that the consequence of one small question of ‘Will you marry me?’ will end up dominating & taking over your life for some time before the big day.  It is all worth it though!
Top budgeting tip: Make your own things like stationery and decorations.  We made everything ourselves.  Our invites, order of services and menu cards were made using pictures of pebbles we took in New Zealand.  Guest’s name tags were grey pebbles collected from a beach in Devon and then labelled using silver 3D paint.  The candle table decorations were made from driftwood that we collected from various beach locations around the UK and then drilled out to hold t-lights.  The turquoise runners were voile purchased from eBay and my mum sewed them and also made table clothes out of linen sheets. It is more personal and your guests do really appreciate the time taken. 

Top planning Tip:  Use a countdown planner. We downloaded ours from the internet so we knew when certain things had to be done by.  We only had six months of planning so had a very tight schedule.  Also, don’t try and get married in a sailing club in Weymouth when the 2012 Sailing Olympics are on.  It was very difficult to come up with a date!

Choose a photographer you can trust and get on with and who listens to what style you would like the photos to be. We chose Linus Moran who also did a  photofilm
On the big day, don’t forget to…  Enjoy the day and time with your family and friends.  You spend a lot of time preparing for it, so make sure you relax and enjoy it.  Things may not go entirely to plan, but actually, those moments make it more memorable and make you smile all the more afterwards!












To feature your wedding in our REAL WEDDINGS –  See ‘Tell Us Your Wedding Story‘ 


“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)





A Luxury Hen Party Idea for Brides Over 40 – Henley Royal Regatta


As a Bride Over 40 you may prefer something a little different and upmarket for your hen party and what better way to celebrate than having a memorable day at the Henley Royal Regatta



Henley Royal Regatta

Thursday 4th July to Saturday 6th July 2013

Riverside Lounge VIP Hospitality from

£225.00 + VAT per person


What better place to entertain than one of the premier riverside spots just yards from the racing at one of the premier sporting and social occasions in the British calendar, Henley Royal Regatta.


“The River Lounge is a wonderfully social and relaxed environment”


With its 160 year history, this most quintessential and unique of English institutions is a truly spectacular occasion and the perfect setting for both corporate and social entertaining.


Call Josh or Lucia at Events and Hospitality
01799 252 214
or contact them here

Situated opposite the world famous Temple Island, only yards from the racing action itself, The River Lounge is the perfect vantage from which to take in this remarkable event and for you and your guests to enjoy a superb day of relaxation and socialising in the most exclusive of surroundings.
Starting your day with a delicious champagne and canapé breakfast, from the moment you arrive, you will experience the truly unique style and feel of this enclosure. With its own private and beautifully sculptured gardens with alfresco seating and stunning marquee with beautiful contemporary interior, you and your guests will enjoy the very best in gourmet cuisine, a complimentary bar throughout, live background music, head and neck massages and much more, all delivered with a level of personal friendly service synonymous with only the most elite of occasions. And if this is not enough, then there’s the complimentary river cruise in our beautiful 36′ River launch, Lilly Anna, that will take you and your guests along the Regatta Course exposing you to the truly unique eccentricities of this great event

Available for parties of 2 to 240, The River Lounge is an unrivalled experience, delivering the very best in hospitality and entertainment.


Call Josh or Lucia at Events and Hospitality
01799 252 214
or contact them here


Hospitality Details

  • Champagne and breakfast canapés on arrival
  • Outstanding four course served lunch with fine wines
  • Afternoon tea and pastries
  • Complimentary bar throughout the day
  • Complimentary boat trips along the course
  • Superbly designed contemporary enclosure
  • Beautifully sculptured private garden
  • Stylish feature bar and seating area
  • Stylish chill out/lounge area
  • Live contemporary jazz
  • Complimentary head and neck massage
  • Live rowing commentary
  • Days racing programme
  • Big screen coverage of Wimbledon
  • Luxury toilets within the marquee
  • Private car parking

Thursday 4th July – £260 + VAT

Friday 5th July – £285 + VAT

Saturday 6th July – £225 + VAT


Prices are per person. Minimum booking of two people. Exclusive tables available for between 8 and 12 guests, smaller numbers will share tables.


Also available by arrangement
Exclusive hire of The River Lounge enclosure (minimum numbers apply)
Riverboat taxi to and from the enclosure
Tailored entertainment
Audio visual equipment
Additional theming & design
Specific dietary requirements


See Events and Hospitality for more information and other sporting events 

“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)

Wedding Venue Photoshoot at Tabley House – Cheshire




Tabley House is a hidden gem that is easing its way into the wedding world as a stunning location for wedding ceremonies. It is a Grade 1 mansion set in delightful parkland in the heart of Cheshire. The dramatic exterior stone curved staircase leads up to elegant rooms overlooking a lake with breathtaking views offering a fabulous, intimate setting for you and your guests.  Tabley is the only 18th century Palladian country house in Cheshire.

Tabley House is licensed for Civil Weddings and Civil Partnerships and it is also ideal as a setting for Renewal of Vows. Ceremonies are conducted in a magnificent Gallery described as one of the Great Rooms of Cheshire with its magnificent pictures, furniture and flamboyance.  Seeing is believing as when entering this room you really do have the ‘wow’ feeling.

After the ceremony in the Great Gallery couples can entertain in the Portico room with its handsome white chimney piece, using their own suppliers. Drinks and canapés can be served while photographs are being taken and everyone can enjoy the stunning views across the Cheshire countryside. (The maximum number of guests is 100).

A full wedding breakfast is not possible within Tabley House however there are alternative options that Lindsey Harrison is more than happy to discuss with you.  

There is an option of using the Grade 1 Tea Room for smaller, informal receptions but you would be tied to using the tea room operator as the caterer –  (The maximum number for this venue is 50).

A new option available for receptions is a marquee by the lakeside in Tabley Park. You have complete flexibility on marquee, caterers and other entertainment you can have on site. There is a charge for use of the land which includes provision of a water supply. 

 Tabley House is in a prime position in Cheshire making it easy to have your wedding ceremony in its grand mansion following by a Wedding Breakfast in a venue nearby.



I recently had a photoshoot at Tabley House wearing a dress from The White Closet in Didsbury.  The vintage gown by Charlie Brear suited the setting beautifully.  The ornate doors , chandeliers, paintings, grand furniture and fireplaces provided many photographic opportunities.

Photographer – Richard Milnes

Hair & Make Up Artist – Helen Masters

Bouquet – Crystal Bouquets by Tilly










We also recently featured the wedding of Tina & Mike held at Tabley House in our REAL WEDDINGS section. To see the full feature click here




One recent couple described their experience at Tabley House as follows ” We love the fact that none of our guests had been to Tabley before, it was like we’d found a secret place to be married.”

It really is the perfect romantic setting providing something a little different. Very grand, very beautiful and totally unforgettable. 



A Note regarding Exclusive Access

During the months April – October The Tabley House Collection is open to the public Thursday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays between 2 pm and 5pm.  

Most couples therefore chose to have their ceremony before 2pm however Tabley House would be happy to discuss your particular requirements at your viewing as exclusive access can be arranged outside the normal working hours of the house.



Contact – Lindsey M Harrison, Administrator

Tabley House Collection,  Tabley Lane, Knutsford, WA16 0HB

Telephone: 01565 750151

email: tableyhouse@btconnect.com

twitter: @tableyhouse


“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)

White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair Returns


White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair returns to the historic Stockport Town Hall on Sunday 7th October, 11am til 4pm.

White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair is an event created by The Social Buttery Events & PR. The Social Butterfly Events & PR  create events with a difference and also offer event planning services which can be hired to help you organise your own bespoke occasions. With a passion for vintage and supporting local independents, White Memoirs Wedding Fair was born out of the desire to offer something unique to the bridal market in the North of England.
The original fair took place back in February and showcased over 40 independent bridal suppliers from the North West and hosted an amazing ‘Win Your Dream Wedding’ competition worth over £2000.


The October wedding fair looks set to be bigger and better than before, providing a fuller vintage experience for brides. I was lucky to attend the previous one and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I am really excited to see all the new additions  including a Victorian Gin Parlour serving G&T’s in teacups and an exclusive wedding dress catwalk show revealing new collections for Autumn/Winter 2012 from bridal boutique The White Closet.
There is also a very special and unique opportunity for brides to get involved in White Memoirs ‘Bridal Boot Sale’ which will offer brides the chance to sell their pre-owned wedding items such as clothing, accessories and décor from their big day.
One of the ‘Bridal Boot’ tables has recently been snapped up by Manchester’s vintage gurus Matt Nickson and Annabel Holland of Vintage 78 Gramophone DJs who will be celebrating their wedding day on Saturday 22rd September at the stunning Victoria Baths.
 White Memoirs is showcasing some never seen before exhibitors including ‘An Era of Experience’ Vintage Hen Parties, a brand new business venture formed by the collaboration of four local bridal businesses. British designer, Silver Sixpence in her Shoe will also be revealing her third bridal accessories collection, ‘Blush’, at the fair.


An Era Of Experience - Vintage Hen Parties

The wedding fair will be hosting over 40 independent bridal suppliers ranging from venue stylists, antique jewellers, vintage hen parties, luxury bridal boutiques, whimsical wedding favours and of course scrumptious cake makers! Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by vintage acts such as Kiki De Ville, Zoe Chiotis newcomer Becki Fishwick.
In addition select exhibitors will also be running interactive craft workshops giving brides-to-be a wonderful opportunity to take home a little memento! Brides-to-be will be given the chance to indulge in a little pampering with vintage styling provided by Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour.


White Memoirs will also be running another exclusive wedding competition with a wedding prize worth over £1000. The lucky bride will be announced at the fair. The first 50 brides that register for the fair will also receive a free goody bag filled with promotional offer and gifts from White Memoirs exhibitors.


Stockport Town Hall is the perfect setting for the event and is a unique and historical venue known affectionately as “The Wedding Cake” due to its white facade and its beautifully designed tiered clock tower, crowning the entrance way to this Grade 2 listed building.


For further information on White Memoirs Wedding Fair please contact Event Organiser, Rachael Adams via email at Thesocialbutterfly.uk@gmail.com


Adults – £3
 Current Exhibitors 
Melanie James Bridal
Silver Sixpence in her Shoe
Dolly Millinery
Vintage Twee
Doodle Love
Lucy G Photography
Claire Basiuk Photography
Dotmoxee Photographers 
Foley Photography
Rose and Lee Vintage Living
Stuart Thornley Cake Design
Pin Up Pinnies
Wonderland Cakes
Bethany Jane Davies
Kiki De Ville
Vintage 78 Gramophone DJ’s
Zoe Chiotis
Becki Fishwick
Selina Campbell – Designer jeweller
Hummingbird Flowers
Blush Rose
Pebble in the Pond
Pearl and Co
The Dotted Crotchets
Betsy Button
Helen du Prez – Dressmaker 
Five Finger Discount
Its Fine and Candy 
GS Crafts 
“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)

A DIY Wedding for a Bride Over 40


The latest Beautilicious40 Wedding was sent to us by Summer Lily Studio from Bedfordshire. 
Mandy and Nick married on 4th August 2012 at Waddesdon Church followed by a reception at Waddesdon Village Hall. 
The wedding was a small intimate affair with close families and friends and was about celebrating the joining of two people and their children and families.  
The wedding was low budget with lots of DIY aspects and everyone chipping in to lend a hand.  The bridal car was offered by the local farrier and the the bridesmaid dresses made by a family friend.  
The colour scheme was blue and white and the evening meal was a buffet followed by a disco late into the night.  Summer Lily Studio offered daytime coverage and Mandy and Nick had cameras on the tables for guests to take pictures of the evening antics.























Summer Lily Studio photography packages are £750 for full day coverage (morning prep till first dance) and include an edited disc of approx. 400 pictures plus an online password protected gallery and a pre wedding engagement shot with approx. 50 edited pictures on disc. Optional extras such as albums start at £150.

Summer Lily Studio can offer  Beautilicious 40 bride readers a discount of 15% off wedding coverage for bookings made before the end of 2012 for weddings taking place before the end of 2013.  

Please email Terri at summerlilystudio@gmail.com for bookings.


“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)


Daisy Mae Designs – Renews Her Wedding Vows


Daisy Mae Designs, specialize in Vintage Bridal Brooch Bouquets and Amanda is the creator of the most amazing bouquets and accessories using brooches and jewellery to suit your budget and specific requirements.  
Amanda also recently celebrated 30 years of marriage with a renewal of vows ceremony in the Lake District.  It is a pleasure to showcase some of Daisy Mae Designs along with the photographs of Amanda and Andre’s special occasion. 




Flower Girl Bouquets and Guest Book


When did you start your Business?
 I started Daisy Mae Designs in 2010 and I am absolutely passionate about what I do. All my bouquets are bespoke and the Bride is very welcome to have a few special pieces of jewellery designed into her bouquet from her Mum, Nan or even Grandad’s tiepin. Making a beautiful bouquet filled with wonderful memories can also be a wonderful tribute to loved ones who can no longer be with us.  Having them close by on this very special day is perfect!  I know how I felt having my Mums cross in my bouquet. 


How much do the Brooch Bouquets cost? 
My company ethos is that I want everyone to be able to afford a beautiful bouquet that they can treasure on their wedding day, not just the Brides that are fortunate to have lots of money.  The prices range from £45 – £350 so there is a bouquet to suit everyone’s price bracket.  All made of course with lots of love and care.


How long do they take to design? 
The bouquets take anything from 10 to 40 hours to design. I ship my bouquets worldwide, so distance isn’t a problem at all.  I am always at the end of the phone or email to chat to my customers and help them with any queries they may have. 


What inspires you?
 Beautiful sparkly brooches inspire me. I get such a thrill designing bouquets and tiara for my Brides. I feel so privileged and it means the world to me.  Actually it still feels like a bit of a dream to tell you the truth.
This quote I have on my website and it’s how I feel about my business and gives me the determination to always remain professional and carry on putting my heart and soul into everything I do.
 “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” Maya Angelou



“Andre and I got married on 17th July 1982 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  I was born in Biggin Hill, London and my parent immigrated to South Africa in 1964.  We have been back in England since 1997.  Andre was offered very good job opportunity – he is an Electrical Engineer and works at Bentley - designing electrical wire harnesses for the car before it is manufacture. 


We have three grown up children ages 28,27 & 25 and a very very beautiful Grandson, who is 5 years old”.

Wedding Day 1982

“In April 2012 whilst working on one of my Brides bouquets I thought that I would love to surprise Andre and arrange a Wedding Vow Renewal.  We were planning to go to the Lake District for our wedding anniversary on the 17th July, so I thought that would be a perfect opportunity”.


“We booked the B&B that we have stayed at for the past 10 years, Briardene Guest House and then work began to try and arrange this without Andre finding out.  I wanted something very personal and romantic as it was also celebrating our 30th Anniversary.  It would just be the two of us. We had renewed our wedding vows 10 years ago in front of friends and family – which was wonderful.  But this time it was about Andre & I and our love and commitment to each other”. 



“Well as you can guess I am not very good at keeping secrets, especially one as exciting as this.  Andre got home from work one day and I called him into my studio and asked him to sit down as there was something that I would like to tell him. I then put the song by Bruno Mars … ‘I think I want to marry you’ on  and promptly burst into tears and couldn’t even speak to tell him my plans.  Needless to say once I had managed to tell him about my surprise we were both in tears”.  


“First thing was to design myself a bouquet and add special pieces of jewellery, just as I do for my Brides. Designed into my bouquet was a waterfall brooch that Andre had bouquet me as a gift, a gold heart from my daughter, two pieces of jewellery from two very special friends and the cross that my Mum wore the day that she got married and that I wore on my wedding day 30 years ago. Wonderful memories all wrapped up in a vintage crystal brooch bouquet. I then made myself some vintage style shoes clips to finish off my beautiful ivory satin shoes”.



My friend Sarah from Sarah Cussons Jewellery designed me a pearl necklace, and matching pearl earrings as a gift, which was so sweet. 
Jessica Bissell from  Jessicouture designed me a beautiful garter in ivory silk and black lace to match my dress. 

“I designed myself a cake topper for our cake – beautiful silver butterfly with loads and crystals, pearls and roses”.

Vintage Cake Topper

“My dress I bought off the peg, it was ivory chiffon with black lace”
“The service was held at St Martin Church in Bowness.  It was just beautiful. The service was all about love, 1 Corinthian 13.  We both have a new ring which we wear with our original wedding rings”.
It had been raining in the Lake District for weeks but the day of our Wedding Vow Renewal it stopped!  Our beautiful vintage Rolls Royce that we had hired from Lakeland Chauffeurs  and fabulous photographer Tiree Dawson  arrived at 3.30pm and the wonderful day began. Our friends from the B&B Sam and Dave, also joined us for this very special occasion. 
“After the ceremony we had a scenic drive in ‘Grace’ the elegant Rolls Royce and a fabulous meal together at the Old English Hotel in Bowness.  Later we went for a couple of glasses of champagne in the town centre, still all dressed up, people were quite surprised to see a Bride and Groom down their local pub! It was such fun, we had a fab night and  just laughed and laughed. It was brilliant “
“I am very blessed to have a wonderful marriage to the kindest, most gentle person in the world.  He still gives me butterflies when he walks in the room.  What we have together is very special and there is a little saying that just sums up our love for one another…


‘As we grow old together, as we continue to change with age ….
  there is one thing that will never change …. 
I will always keeping falling in love with you’  


Thank you so much Amanda for sharing your wonderful bouquets and special occasion with us. Your love for each other shines through. 

Vintage Brooch Bouquets and Accessories – Daisy Mae Designs 
Photography – Tiree Dawson
Wedding Car – Lakeland Chauffers 
Jewellery – Sarah Cussons Jewellery
Garter – Jessicouture
Lake District Guest House – Briardene Guest House 

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) 


The Designer Vintage Bridal Show is back…

The Designer Vintage Bridal Show is back…
…and this year we are joined by an exceptional gathering of bridal genius, including the stunning gown designs of Temperley London and twobirds bridesmaid

Temperley London 'Estella' Dress


Twobirds Bridemaids Dress

Joining them on this weekend of vintage-inspiration is an extensive line-up of the most talented, professional and friendly wedding companies, all with an obsession for vintage and a desire to give every bride and groom to be, the perfect wedding day.Jewellery, accessories and headwear from such names as DC Bouquets, Rachel Simpson Shoes, Gillian Million and Talullah’s Trinkets; delicate veils and sexy corsetry from Lucy Hayes and Ruse Couture; gowns from every era courtesy of companies such as The Wedding Club, Tobi Hannah, Leluxe Clothing and Lizzie Jayne.

Tobi Hannah 'Dawson Blush' 1950s tea length gown


Rachel Simpson Shoes


An abundance of cakes and bakery delights from talents like Yummy Little Cakes and Couture Cake Company; miles and miles of stationery ideas brought to you by companies such as Alice Tree and Beaky, Lucy Ledger, Pocket Typewriter and Veronica Dearly and a whole host of photography talent including Chris Barber, John Charlton, Modern Vintage Weddings and Shepherd Photography.Our whole line-up of exhibitors can be found on our website with more and more being added every week.
The stunning setting of Hagley Hall in Worcestershire plays host to this year’s show and on Saturday and Sunday the 22nd and 23rd September, you can take your time and wander through room after room dedicated to decades of style, oozing with treasures and must-haves for the vintage loving bride-to-be.From designer gowns to boudoir style underwear, from head to toe, from brand new to vintage originals, from fashion shows to afternoon tea and all nicely wrapped up with entertainment and a chance to meet and talk to the experts, including a gaggle of bridal bloggers who have supported the show since its conception.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the show yet, they are just £8 when you buy them online (or £12 on the door), simply decide which day you would like to attend.  
“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)

Venue Review – The Abode Hotel – Chester




With its winding city wall, delightful shops and gentle murmur of the splendid River Dee, Chester is the perfect location for a romantic weekend break, as Beautilicious40’s creative director Janet and I recently discovered – and the Abode is the perfect hotel in which to stay whilst you’re there.


Located next to the luscious greenery of the city’s remarkable racecourse, the new building that is the Abode brings a refreshing modernism that sits well next to the olde worlde charm of Chester’s roman heritage.


Even before checking in, the staff went out of their way to help us. We were notified that we had been upgraded to a ‘Desirable’ room that prompted squeaks of excitement from us both when looking at pictures on the hotel’s website to see what this meant. The weekend was clearly going to be a special one.



After a trouble-free journey into the heart of the city, we found the hotel with a minimum of fuss and left the car in the spacious and secure underground car park. A lift deposited us directly in reception where we were told that the room was not quite ready for us, but that we were welcome to enjoy a complimentary drink from the bar as its preparation was completed. As I sipped my pint of Guinness, I felt glad that they would rather we waited a short time for the room to be perfect rather than hurry us into it when it didn’t reach their precise standards.



The room was worth the wait. A colossal wet area with huge, fluffy white towels at every turn greeted us as we opened the door from the warmth of Chester in spring time to an expertly air conditioned haven. The state-of-the-art entertainment system seductively whispered some cool tunes as we both looked at each other with open-mouthed glee when we saw the size of the huge bed.



Retail therapy in the gorgeous city centre followed before we headed back to the hotel for dinner at Michael Caines’s fifth floor restaurant, with views across the racecourse. As we perused the extensive cocktail menu in the understated cool surroundings, we were treated to another complimentary drink, of fizz this time, which we drank as we took in the panoramic vistas from the restaurant balcony.




Dinner was the culinary treat you would expect from a man with Caines’s tremendous reputation. To start, the scallops were deliciously juicy and offset marvellously by the pickled carrot and ginger foam. Moving onto the main course, my pork was so tender I could have wept tears of happiness and its accompanying fondant potato incredibly tasty. More fizz flowed, all served by the attentive but not overbearing staff. The glazed lemon tart scrumptious though the zest it came with was a touch sharp for my tastes.




Janet chose a starter of ‘Slow cooked salmon,cucumber, salmon jelly, wasabi, yogurt, honey and soy vinaigrette and a main course of  Goosnargh duck breast ,star anise, orange braised chicory in an orange scented sauce which also hit the desired spot. Hungers sated, we could now party the night away at my friend’s 50th birthday party, which was the reason we decided to stay in the city.

 Arriving back at the hotel in the small hours, the attentive staff once more made our lives easier as room service was delivered without a hint of fuss and was also accompanied by a lovely compliment about my J&J cufflinks (from The Silverplace)

After a deep slumber that it was impossible not to fall into given the luxurious surroundings, breakfast followed on from dinner in the excellence stakes. My full English featured the best bacon I’d tasted in an age as well as a black pudding that wasn’t fried to a crispy, tasteless disc but cooked properly (very important to a boy from Bury.)

As we gently swung the car around the roundabout following settling a bill that was irresistibly reasonable given we were treated like royalty, I think we both knew that it was the first of many times we’d be staying at the Abode.

Review by James Bentley 


Weddings at the Abode – Chester 

Abode Chester is a unique and stylish venue for your wedding. The Tattersalls banqueting suite is the perfect location for your wedding, with a capacity to hold up to 80 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 120 guests for your evening reception. The suite has it’s own private terrace and seating area for your guests to break out onto, as well as boasting racecourse views through it’s floor to ceiling panoramic windows.


Alternatively, the renowned Michael Caines restaurant on the fifth floor of the hotel is available for exclusive hire. With a capacity to hold up to 80 guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 140 guests for your evening reception, the restaurant offers contemporary décor and spectacular views of the racecourse and Welsh hills from your own private balcony. It really is the perfect venue to watch the sun set with a glass of Champagne on your special day.


For smaller, more intimate weddings of up to 20 guests, why not soak up the atmosphere in our own private dining room, the Paddock Club located adjacent to the Michael Caines restaurant on the fifth floor.



Abode Chester has already gained recognition in the region for it’s outstanding quality of food served in it’s Michael Caines Restaurant. The hotel’s team of expert chefs offer you and your guests exclusive wedding reception packages, from an imaginative finger buffet to an unforgettable deluxe  breakfast to suit all tastes and budgets.  

The ‘Secret Sanctuary’ is our luxurious spa treatment room located on the first floor of the hotel. A specialised team is on hand who are totally committed to creating your dream look for your wedding. Due to the unique nature of the Secret Sanctuary, they are able to tailor all treatments to suit your needs and ensure that your wedding experience is as magical as possible.. 

All-inclusive Divine Wedding packages start from just £3,200. Please call the wedding co-ordinator directly on 01244 405817 or email ecochester@abodehotels.co.uk to discuss your requirements.


If any Beautilicious Brides choose the Abode Hotel in Chester as your wedding venue we would love to feature your wedding on our website.  With their outstanding service and facilities you will be mightily impressed. 


“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)

A Bridal Headpiece Workshop

As a woman who has a creative mind I love to attend workshops and I’m finding some lovely ones aimed at DIY Brides and Hen Parties at the moment. 
The most recent one was organised by Nicola from Silver Sixpence in her Shoe  who specializes in vintage inspired accessories. 
The venue was the lovely bakery And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, in Didsbury, Manchester,  where we were offered tea and cake before we set to work on creating a headpiece of our choice.  Quite possibly the best carrot cupcake I’ve ever tasted… Yummy!
There were five of us in total. One bride was marrying at the end of the month and was hoping to create the perfect piece. The other three brides were at different stages of planning their wedding but wanted to learn how to create the look they wanted for their big day.
After we had a good rummage through fabric and embellishments in vintage crystal dishes or teacups, we set to work with the help and guidance of Nicola who is extremely knowledgeable and offered as much help we needed.  
The Bride workshop lasted three hours in total and we had a leisurely chat as a group as we sewed and created. Our conversation was mainly about wedding plans which helped to create an exciting atmosphere very fitting with the occasion. 
Its amazing how time flies when you are concentrating on something so intricate. Before we knew it we were up against the clock to complete our masterpiece.  My attempt at a birdcage veil is below.  

Me and my finished head piece


We all enjoyed the experience and we were really happy with the finished results. For those that ran out of time, they left with everything they needed to finish the piece at home rather than rush.  
The Headpiece Workshop would suit anyone and is a great way to include young flower girls, bridesmaids and mother of the bride or groom for an alternative hen party
Don’t panic if you have never picked up a sewing needle in your life. Nicola is on hand to make sure you feel at ease and will offer as much help as you need. 
Parties can be tailor-made to suit your specific requirements and can be held in your home or Nicola could recommend alternative hotel or bakery venues that she works very closely with.  
For more information contact Nicola at Silver Sixpence in her Shoe 
If any of our Beautilicious Brides Over 40 attend any of these events we would love to see your photographs. 
We are looking for more Hen Party or DIY Bride ideas all over the UK. If you are interested in featuring on Beautilicious40 please email me on info@beautilicious40bride.co.uk
“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)