Archive | April 2016

Top Things for Your Wedding Emergency Kit

Wedding Emergency KitA wedding emergency kit is a great thing to pack for peace of mind on the big day. It can either be part of your essential “top-up” kit, or kept separately with a designated wedding party member for real personal emergencies. Whatever you decide to put in it, or who to leave it with, we have some great tips for you.

Decide what goes in which kit

Your top-up kit is for things you will definitely need during the big day such as: makeup, perfume, tissues and deodorant. An emergency kit can comprise of things you would regret not having if an emergency did arise. This can include tweezers, painkillers, a nail file (or spare nails and glue if you’re wearing false ones), a hairbrush, plasters for your feet and spare phone charging items such as an extra/portable battery.

Decide who gets the emergency kit

If your emergency kit comprises of small items such as tweezers and plasters, it can be incorporated into your regular top-up kit. Bulkier items such as spare batteries/charging equipment for electronic items can be left with a trusted wedding party member or even a member of staff at the venue.

Pack and repack

It’s always best to test how easy your kit is to carry around and use. A large amount of small items can add up to a bigger than necessary load for you or someone else to carry around. Reduce the chance of this by packing and unpacking the kit in advance in order to assess whether you actually need certain items. Remember that you’re only packing for one day!

Fun Facts from the History of the Bridal Veil

History of the Bridal VeilA veil is a traditional part of a bride’s wedding outfit, and the history of the bridal veil is a long and interesting one. We’ve found some fun and unusual facts about its origin and uses across the centuries.

Veils predate wedding gowns

Whilst the exact era of the origin of the veil is unknown, it is known that the wearing of veils came before the wearing of wedding dresses. In ancient Greek and Roman times, a veil symbolised protection from evil spirits, which the bride would be protected from by covering her face. Some historians say that brides may have covered their faces so that a husband could not back out of a marriage if he did not like what he saw!

Veils are why brides are walked down the aisle

Early veils could be floor-length, and constructed of thick fabric which made it hard for the bride to see where she was going. This is where the role of the father assisting the bride to the wedding ceremony or later, down the aisle, came from, as the bride needed help walking to her destination without bumping into anything.

Veils were not always white

Like wedding gowns, veils were not always white. Red and yellow have been replaced by white and ivory, which are now seen as traditional colours of purity.

There were different veils for different wedding ceremony locations

The best known of these two are Chapel and Cathedral veils. Traditionally, the longer Cathedral veils would only be worn in a cathedral, and the shorter Chapel veils only worn in a chapel. This is a less common occurrence, as veils follow fashion rather than religious tradition.

History behind the bridal veil