Friday, 29 May 2015

The Wedding Book of Everyone Review


The Book of Everyone - Wedding Edition

If you’re attending the wedding of a loved one, it’s so hard to find the perfect wedding gift, especially if the couple have opted not to have a traditional wedding list. It’s especially hard when you are trying to impress someone with a gift that has the right elements of being both special and unique for them to treasure forever.

Which is why the people at the Book of Everyone have created the ideal wedding present, the Wedding Book of Everyone, as it allows you to create a memorable yet unique gift for the couple.

So what is The Book of Everyone? It’s a personalised book that you create online featuring some of the world’s best copywriters, designers and illustrators full of facts, trivia and wonderful illustrations.


The Wedding Book of Everyone celebrates the bride and grooms two lives coming together as one. Half the book is dedicated to the Bride and the other to the Groom. You simply enter the couples name, their wedding date and date of birth and then watch as the online generator smartly creates each page of the book.


You can personalise further with your own photos and comments and make other amendments like changing the images or colours to each page. Once the book has been generated, you’re given the option to choose on delivery date, make the payment and wait until the book has been delivered.  I didn’t have to wait long for the book to be delivered. It was dispatched a few days after I placed my order and I received a couple of days later. Considering the book is printed to order, delivery was quick, so I was impressed.


The Book of Everyone Wedding Edition offers two luxury options, in either a boxed hardback £44.50 or a boxed deluxe £64.50.  The book is fantastic quality and looks very smart – it is presented in a gorgeous soft-touch laminated box and available in hardback or deluxe finishes.

Personalised gifts are always a good choice for someone who is tricky to buy for. And the Book of Everyone Wedding Edition is the ideal present, so unique yet personal, it’s a gift for couples to enjoy for years to come. Check out the website and have a gander for yourself!



*Disclaimer: The product featured was gifted to me for review however all words and opinions are my own*

Monday, 25 May 2015

Royal Ascot Style Guide 2015


Fast horses and fancy hats, it’s that time of year again for guests to wear their best glamorous and elegant outfits to the most stylish sporting event - Royal Ascot!

What to expect from this year's Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot has become as famous for its dress code and ladies day as the racing itself! Known for it’s strict dress code, this year, Royal Ascot organisers have released a new style guide for 2015.

As always, both guests have a strict style guide to follow for Ascot

First things first – understand that there are several different areas at the event, so the rules differ according to the type of ticket you buy. So if you’ve purchased a Grandstand Enclosure or Silver Ring ticket, fascinators are allowed. Bought a ticket to the Royal Enclosure? Then you’ll be required to wear a headpiece with a base of 10cm (4 inches) or more.

Grandstand Admission Dress Code:

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length
If there is one golden rule you must follow then it’s the length of your dress or skirt. Keep it just above the knee or a bit longer to save yourself embarrassment and avoid a fashion faux pas.


A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times in the Grandstand
That’s right, all times, so make sure you choose you one find comfortable because it needs to stay on!

Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted
Any top or dress you wear must have straps and it needs to be more than an inch thick. Got a strapless dress you’re desperate to wear? Then keep your jacket throughout the day so that your shoulders are not on show.


Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour
Royal Ascot is the perfect occasion to wear a dress, but if trousers are more your thing then go a matching colour set - try LK Bennett or John Lewis they have a selection of good ones.

Midriffs must be covered
Does this really need further explanation?!
 
Shorts are not permitted
Anyone who thinks shorts are acceptable would be better placed heading to a festival instead.

The dress code for the Silver Ring ticket holders are less restricted but there are still rules to follow:

Silver ring ticket holders are encouraged to wear smart clothes, “No formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring except that replica sports shirts are not permitted...fancy dress, novelty and branded promotional clothing are not allowed on site.”

So follow these simple rules to avoid a fashion faux pas and you’ll be well on your way to being the best dressed person at Royal Ascot this year. Want more dress code tips? Then watch this:
 

This year's Royal Ascot will be held from the 16th - 20th June 2015 and tickets start from £19 - £78. Fine Dining starts from £250 per person + VAT.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Royal Ascot website here or call 0844 346 3000.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Clevedon Hall Wedding Venue

 Clevedon Hall

This weekend I was invited to visit Clevedon Hall wedding venue, a stunning countryside mansion in Bristol, Somerset.

The 150-year-old Victorian mansion has recently undergone a huge refurbishment project, restoring the building to its former glory to become one of the UK's top luxury hospitality venues. 

The grade II listed mansion is located just seconds away from the beautiful coastline but it's the picturesque grounds, pretty statue and scenic lake that will no doubt impress both you and your wedding guests. 
 
Fountain with a statue of Hebe, Greek cup-bearer to the gods

Curved shape lake on the grounds

Clevedon Hall has worked closely with Jane Clayton interior design team to bring back the style, glamour and grandeur Victorian mansion houses are known for.

 The owners were keen to keep the charm of the building in place including decorating the mansion in an old English countryside feel

Inside, you can find several beautifully decorated grand reception rooms: couples can tie the knot in the magnificent Great Hall - a huge dramatic space, host a champagne reception in the stunning glassed Orangery, then move on through to the atmosphere-rich Grand Library for a formal wedding breakfast.

 Birds eye view of the Grand Hall

The 25 bedrooms and suites are located on the first and second floors of the mansion and are all individually decorated. Our suite, Eagle Owl, was luxuriously styled to compliment the mansion house: the interiors were beautifully decorated with an English country house feel, plush furniture  and beddings, freestanding copper bath and stunning views over the grounds and lake


 Our beautiful bedroom suite, Eagle Owl

It's always lovely to see a building restored to it's original features and the owners at Clevedon Hall were set on this, restoring many of the original features including the windows, wood and Victorian fireplaces. I loved how the newly renovated bedrooms and suites were in keeping with the traditional values of the property, decorated with antique pieces and high quality reproductions.




 


All the luxurious furnishings both externally and internally are the perfect complement to such an important occasion and are great for photographs too!

After having a tour of the beautiful mansion, we dined in the Dame Rosa Burden room, that can be used as a ceremony room too.  The evening's culinary delights were created by the awarding winning head chef, Alan Jones.




Cornish crab, avocado tian, slow roast tomatoes, caviar dressing and vanilla oil

 Lobster Bisque with cognac and tarragon

Duo of somerset spring lamb, fricasssee of spring vegetables, wild garlic, jersey royals and madeira jus

 Chocolate and cherry cake, honeycomb ice cream and salted caramel

The food was delicious, I particularly loved the cornish crab and lobster bisque. After our dinner, I had the opportunity to speak to the chef, Alan Jones, who talked about his passion for cooking and love of cooking fish dishes. It definitely showed as both the fish dishes were my favourite. 

Food is incredibly important at weddings and having a Michelin-starred culinarian as a Head Chef for your wedding is sure to go down as a hit with your guests!  Interestingly, there are no set menus are Clevedon Hall, every wedding is planned individually, so the chef will design the menus around the guests’ requirements.  This is a just one of many examples how the team at Clevedon Hall are keen to provide a bespoke service to suit your individual needs.


Exterior shot of Clevedon Hall

So does Clevedon Hall have the potential to become one of the best venues in the South of England? Absolutely. Clevedon Hall has been named as "one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in Somerset" by You and Your Wedding magazine and you can see why. Clevedon Hall's stunning mansion and beautifully landscaped grounds makes it the ideal venue to hold a wedding.   


Every couple want to be reassured that their wedding will be in safe hands and Clevedon Hall have a team of experienced wedding planners to help couples build a bespoke wedding package that will tailor your needs.  Whether couples dream of an intimate or large wedding, Clevedon Hall have a variety of different rooms and spaces to make each wedding day unique.

For more information visit Clevedon Hall, email or contact their events team on 01275 772427. 


*Disclaimer: My stay at Clevedon Hall was complimentary but all words and opinions are my own*
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