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A Hanson & Hopewell Spotlight: Lizzie - Bride-to-be

As the eternal single girls, living together in our heavenly ‘boy free’ bachelorette pad, my dear friend Lizzie and I didn’t think the day we chat wedding plans would ever come! We were far from crying over Bridget Jones and planning our future cattery business, it’s fair to say, we were really enjoying single life. Little did we know though that three years later, I would be married, and Lizzie would soon be walking down the aisle too – and all thanks to tinder! On this week’s #BridesmaidBible entry we chat to the gorgeous Bride-to-be Lizzie for a real account of all things wedding planning - a Hanson & Hopewell spotlight on the Bride-to-be.

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Why everything changes when your friends get engaged

The season is changing and this time of year kinda triggers a hibernation feeling within us. The need to spend our nights snuggling up on the sofa, eating bangers and mash and becoming addicted to infinite box sets.  (The winter dream, right?) We also spend that time scrolling through all of our friends social media feeds to see what’s happening in their lives. We become hooked on those endless ring selfies, heartfelt proposal stories regardless of our own relationship status. We’re genuinely happy, but know in our hearts that times are a changing too. Why does this happen? We take a look at those changing emotions and discuss why we need our besties in our lives…

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The 5 must have cocktails for your 2017 wedding

You might have already realised that here at H&H, we’re slightly cocktail obsessed. And for us a wedding is not a wedding without a signature cocktail on offer. Once you’ve planned and organised the reception, the dress and the table plan – it’s time to work the detail, so don’t let the bar become an afterthought! At Hopewell’s summer French destination wedding, we both had lychee martinis and rum jungles to rehydrate the team in style, whilst Hanson entertained with mulled wine and lumumbas at her Christmas festivities (whilst also sharing her passion for gin with gin bottles as table settings).  We couldn’t let the summer pass without sharing our favourite must have cocktail recipes for your 2017 wedding. We’ve certainly enjoyed the research. It’s a hard job eh!

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Wedding anniversary: Throwback to 2014

It’s been three years since I tied the knot and the time has completely flown by in a glorious summer haze. When a wedding anniversary comes around it allows us to pause, reflect and relive those wonderful wedding memories, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information about our wedding day – to help those newly engaged brides wondering how to start wedding planning, to provide some inspiration to brides on the lead up to their wedding or perhaps quite simply to allow me to reminisce about what a fantastic weekend we had with all our favourite friends and family! Let’s throwback to June 21st 2014.

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Bride-to-be Gifts

The Hanson & Hopewell concept is simple. Beautiful, thoughtful, luxury gifts for brides. Our signature bride-to-be gift boxes are full of the little luxuries every bride needs on the lead up to the big day, from custom-designed wedding planning journals to jot down all of her ideas to handmade organic beauty products ensuring that her skin is glowing to beautiful limited edition hand-printed bridal kimonos to ensure that she’s Instagram ready on the morning of her wedding.

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How to plan a destination hen party

When you’re asked to be a bridesmaid for the destination wedding of the year and then find out it’s in Vegas. What do you do? Well, first of all, you crack open a bottle of champagne with the bride-to-be and wish her the most excited congratulations ever! Secondly, you panic, thinking how the hell am I going to pull off a destination hen do of the century in the party capital of the world – and keep it classy. Luckily #TeamBridesmaid came into play. Here’s what we did.

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How to choose the perfect bridesmaids dresses

Selecting the right bridesmaid dresses for your bridal party doesn’t have to be the challenge everyone makes it out to be. Everyone has stories about the nightmare bridesmaid who won’t wear a certain style or colour, but choosing your bridesmaids is a whole other story. Whether you want to pick your bridesmaids dresses yourself or provide a dress guide for your maids to pick their own, the overall goal is that their dresses complement your wedding style so that you can look back on the pictures with absolute pleasure. Here are our top tips to ensure you nail your bridal party look.

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Honeymoon Inspiration: Cambodia Part 2

Our private transfer from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh took around four hours and cost just $40. Rather coincidentally we continued the rose theme and stayed at the La Rose Boutique Hotel & Spa located on the Norodom Blvd, it was good value and well-placed for our 48-hour visit. 

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Luxury wedding gifts for the bride

Of all the gift buying occasions, an upcoming wedding for one your favourite friends or family members can be one of the hardest to get right. A luxury wedding gift to help your bride remember her day forever and one that will stand out amongst a host of others could be a challenge. Here at Hanson & Hopewell, we’re all about finding the best luxury wedding gifts from independent businesses to make your lives just that little bit easier, so take inspiration from these unique suggestions to make your wedding season a gifting success.

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Honeymoon Inspiration: Cambodia Part 1

From the moment we landed in Bangkok, I’ve been itching to write about our honeymoon. Two months later, I’m finally getting round to it! There’s something about landing back on British soil that immediately turns off the wanderlust-inspired travel writer that I’m always convinced I’ll become after every trip! But I had to write about our honeymoon adventure to Cambodia. Never before have I felt like the word ‘adventure’ was so fitting, from chic city living to floating river lodges, as newlyweds, the hubby and I, had the time of lives!

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How to choose your bridesmaids

How to choose your bridesmaids - from the moment you said ‘yes,’ a whole lot of questions and requests start to flood in.  What style of wedding are you having? Have you decided themes and colours yet? What kind of venue are you looking for? Who are your bridesmaids? I’m a bridesmaid right? So many questions!

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