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I work from home, which is why it is so important to me to have a separate space in my house which is entirely dedicated to work.

Recently I turned an empty room in my house into my office space and gave it a little spruce up to make it the perfect place for me to work without it costing me too much time or money. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share 6 easy ways that you too can give your office space a little lift!

Use prints to decorate your space

I chose to paint the walls of my office white, which not only kept costs down but also allowed me to inject colour into the room using artwork instead. I have a wall of prints behind my desk, all from Desenio, which I am OBSESSED with!

I went for prints of various different sizes all in black, white and blush tones, which I hung up in plain black frames from Ikea. I included some quotes which inspire me, some beautiful floral prints and (my personal favourite) a ballet-inspired black and white print as a nod to my background as a dancer. Desenio have a huge selection of prints and fantastic delivery times, so definitely check them out and create your own feature wall.

 

 

Give the room a lift with house plants

The thought of being responsible for anything living has always terrified me, hence why I had previously never owned a house plant. However, this year I decided to bite the bullet and become a plant mama – and I am so glad I did!

Not only do plants provide lovely and inexpensive decoration for your office space but they are also so beneficial for your working environment. Scientists have proven that having greenery in your office can improve productivity, reduce stress AND boost creativity. If it’s good enough for science, right?

 

Choose which big items you are going to invest it

The key thing for me when I was designing my office was that I didn’t want it to cost me the earth. I wanted to create a space in which I could shut myself away and fully focus on work. It’s not perfect, but it definitely suits me and my current situation.

With that in mind, I didn’t want to spend more than I had to on the big items of furniture, so I managed to nab an unwanted desk and a shelving unit for free from my sister when she recently moved house.

I bought my desk chair new from Ikea – I’ll admit, it was the blush colour of this chair that I was initially drawn to, but when I felt how comfortable it was, I was sold. I have an irritating habit of curling up into my chair when I’m working, so it was imperative to me that my chair enabled me to do that with maximum comfort! 

 

 

Fill your space with books that inspire you

My desk faces a shelf of books related to weddings, blogging and business and I find it so motivating. Not only are they great to flick through when I’m looking to relax for half an hour, but they also provide me with so much inspiration when I’m having a particularly ‘meh’ kind of day.

My book shelf favourites:

 

Create Calm with Candles

Candles are such an easy way to create a calming environment and fill the room with a lovely scent. Fresh, clean fragrances are a must for my office.

Some of my personal favourites when it comes to luxury candles are Neom and Diptyque, however this Grapefruit & Rose Water candle from Sainsburys Home is a fresh and fruity affordable scent which I’ve been lighting almost everyday recently.

 

Rearrange the Furniture

This is arguably the simplest tip on here, but don’t be afraid to move around your office furniture and try a new layout for the room! Maybe even ask a friend or family member if they can think of a way of arranging the furniture which you haven’t thought of.

If you’re fed up of staring at the same wall everyday, why not rearrange your desk so that you’re looking out of a window? If you find that you’re sitting down for a prolonged period of time too often, try putting a cabinet or shelf that you always use on the opposite side of the room to encourage you to stretch your legs more frequently.

 

November 16, 2018

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It’s no secret that wedding dresses are one of my biggest loves in this industry. Having worked in a luxury bridal boutique, I have a real love not only of designer bridal wear, but most importantly quality gowns that look and feel amazing.

I truly feel that every bride deserves to feel incredible on her wedding day, irrespective of budget, which is why I am so delighted at the vast selection of options now available on the high street. Today I am rounding up some of my favourite wedding dresses, all of which are from high street stores. I hope it inspires you if you are at the start of your hunt for the perfect gown!

 

 

ASOS

L – R

ASOS Edition Floral Applique Wedding Dress £165
ASOS Edition Fringe Maxi Wedding Dress £165
ASOS Edition Lace Long Sleeve Crop Top Maxi Wedding Dress £120

Ted Baker

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DeLilly £799
Efrona £349
Gelda £1200

Whistles

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Rose £599
Scarlett £649
Victoria Jumpsuit £549

Needle and Thread

 

L – R

Scallop Tiered Sleeveless Gown £650
Trailing Tiered Gown £750
Degas £550

BHLDN

L – R

Estelle (by Jenny Yoo) £723.89
Hearst (by Watters) £1215.37
Providence (by Jenny Yoo) £819.14

Phase Eight

 

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Poppy £450
Nyelle £393
Cathlyn £495

Monsoon

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Hermione £399
Helena £499
Emilie £499

H&M

L  – R

Long Bandeau Dress £199
Long Lace Dress £149.99
Long Lace Dress £149.99

November 16, 2018

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When it comes to hiring a wedding planner, there are many questions that couples are suddenly faced with. Do we really need the extra help? Is it something we can afford? What can they offer us that we can’t do ourselves?

As wedding planner myself, I am always keen to debunk the myths and talk openly about the real value in hiring a planner. Here are 6 reasons why I might just be able to help you.

 

It will save you time

We all lead busy lives, but from my experience things often all seem to happen at once in the run up to your wedding. I once had a bride who moved house, got a promotion at work AND got married all in the space of a few weeks!

Weddings take, on average, between 200-300 hours to plan, so hiring a wedding planner to take on the bulk of your wedding plans will save you and your fiancé valuable time, leaving you to relax and enjoy your engagement!

 

 

You can rely on your planner’s supplier relationships

The chances are your wedding planner will have spent years building up a trusted network of suppliers to recommend to their couples. When you choose your wedding planner, you gain access not only to them, but to their contacts too.

Your wedding planner also wants your wedding day to run as smoothly as possible, so they will only suggest to you suppliers that they know will work hard to give you a perfect day.

 

Your planner will manage the stress so that you don’t have to

The run up to your wedding day shouldn’t be stressful. By hiring a wedding planner, you can hand any of the stressful elements of wedding planning over to them – and still enjoy all of the fun parts of planning!

What’s more, by having a wedding planner coordinate your wedding day itself, you can relax knowing that your suppliers are organised, any room turnarounds are under control, your guests are happy and all of the other aspects to your day are being managed.

 

 

You have a constant support system

Your fiancé / bridesmaid / random guy in the dentist’s waiting room probably LOVES chatting all things wedding with you… just not all of the time! It’s easy to get caught up in everything wedding related during your engagement, but it’s so important that you don’t allow it to completely consume your relationships.

It is quite literally your wedding planner’s job to be available to support you with anything you need during the run up to the big day, so you can always rely on them to be there for any questions, wobbles or advice.

 

It could save you money

Wedding planners are often overlooked as an expensive luxury, but they could actually end up SAVING you money.

One of the most pivotal parts of our role is managing your budget, and checking that you’re not spending more than you need to or buying something that isn’t necessary for your day. Also consider your wedding planner’s relationships with their recommended suppliers, and trust them to negotiate the best possible price that they can on your behalf – it’s never guaranteed, but it’s certainly more likely than you asking on your own.

Yes, hiring a wedding planner is an added cost, but consider the value that they could give you in return.

 

 

Your planner will give you innovative (yet attainable) ideas

When it comes to design, wedding planners love to flex their creative muscles and come up with something innovative and extraordinary. However, they also know what’s attainable (and what won’t blow your budget).

Thanks to the likes of Pinterest and Instagram, it’s easy to get carried away when brainstorming ideas for the design of your wedding, but you can rely on your wedding planner to hone in on what you are really looking for, and make it work for your style, venue and budget. Sure, the floral canopy, hoop installation and tree centrepieces might all look great individually, but all together? Perhaps not.

To read more about the wedding planning services I offer, click here, or get in touch today to discuss how I can help with the planning of your wedding day.

 

 

Images by Charlotte Bryer Ash Photography

November 16, 2018

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I’m Rachel, wedding planner, tea drinker and the face behind these blog posts.

Here’s a handful of things that you might not know about me…

 

I used to be a dancer…

…and I even reached a semi-professional level before giving it up soon after leaving college. I did everything from ballet to can-can dancing and loved every second of performing.

I never went to university…

…despite many people telling me that I should. I grew up much quicker because of it and truthfully, I don’t regret not going one bit!

 

I Love to Travel…

…but I am a total homebody at heart so I could never be away from home for too long (trust me, I’ve tried!)

 

Family means everything to me…

…and, although I took an entirely different career path to anybody else in my family, they couldn’t be more supportive of everything that I do.

 

  

Italian food is my favourite…

…Give me a big bowl of pasta, a glass of white wine and ice cream for dessert and I am one very happy bunny.

 

I live and breathe weddings however I’m not married myself…

…I have been with my high school sweetheart for nearly seven years now – we are complete opposites in almost every way but somehow that makes us work pretty perfectly.

I’ve lived on the South Coast of England my whole life…

…and I truly can’t think of anywhere else I would rather call home.

   

November 16, 2018

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