This is definitely one of the posts I am more nervous writing than most...but after a few months solidly working on it I am delighted to announce that the Bridal day out I first mentioned on my Snapchat (HollyKateWhite) is now booked in and happening on Saturday 2nd July.
Being newly engaged is a really exciting time but what I couldn't get over was the amount of people who told me they had bad experiences in the planning. Between being rushed through make up trials, waiting ages for wedding dress shop appointments, and finding it difficult to communicate with hairdressers it all sounded very deflating.
Now I am certainly no expert myself but I know some of the people who genuinely are.
What I have created is an day where brides to be can come for impartial beauty, hair and make up advice from professionals who have decades of experience between them and plenty of celebrity clientele
This is the kind of day as I as a new bride-to-be would love to attend with my mum or my bridesmaids. I know it will be so much fun, but also really informative. This is the time to ask all the questions from the experts in a comfortable environment with absolutely no pressure.
Throughout the day the amazing girls from Polish (my favourite nail salon) will be set up giving everyone free file and paints keeping your nails looking beautiful. It's always nice when people are asking to look at your ring to have a fresh manicure and Leanne and Sarah are the best girls for the job. They can also show you some bridal colour options for our big day!
The day will begin with beauty advice from Triona McCarthy who as everyone knows is a bit of a legend in the beauty business. This girl knows her stuff inside out. Triona will be talking all about your beauty routine, what's worth investing in and what is useless- she's also hilarious!
Afterwards Aimee Connolly who some of you may know from Xposé will do a full bridal make up demonstration. What I love about Amy is that she creates that lovely polished Victoria's Secret kind of make up. If doing your own make up is an option on the day Aimee will guide you on what products are essential and how to look camera ready on the day. Trusted by Lisa Cannon for her own wedding make up Aimee is a true pro.
Lorraine Browne has over fifteen years experience doing bridal hair and genuinely has seen and done it all. She will be doing two bridal hair demonstrations showing a more relaxed look and also something a bit more dramatic. The key element with hair is lasting and holding all day long. Lorraine will be guiding you all on what she knows and answering all your questions.
To top it all off and make it even more fun there will be a full afternoon tea which anyone who has been to The Westbury before knows is such a gorgeous experience. It will also provide plenty of time to catch up just before the fashion show.
When it comes to wedding dresses I am going to be honest and say I don't know what kind of a dress I am going for, but I am enjoying exploring all the options out there! I will say getting appointments is definitely frustrating and equally seeing something in real life is so important versus retouched pictures online. I will be hosting the bridal fashion show from a range of boutiques and price points, saving you the running around.
Next up Mairéad Scanlon, a speech writer and coach, from The Dreaded Speech will talk you through how to speak with confidence and ease - even if you're terrified. We all assume the groom, the father of the bride, and the best man will speak but more and more brides are choosing to speak up and Mairead will make things a little easier with her tips!
Last up and on a more serious note a wedding is a massive event and emotional and more fun elements aside there is a practical and logistical side to it all. Tanya Dawson has planned weddings and events for over a decade. She will be talking through what people learn the hard way, sometimes too late and filling you in on everything from invitations, etiquette, budgeting, timings, numbers as well as answering any of your questions.
Overall I hope this is a really valuable day out for brides to be and that people leave having enjoyed themselves and also having had all their questions answered as well as having had plenty of fun!
If you have any questions on the event or the day just comment below!
Lots of love,