Monthly Archives: March 2009

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confetti.co.uk new web look
confetti.co.uk new web look

Confetti have been teasing us with banners promoting a revamp of their leading wedding website www.confetti.co.uk for several weeks now.  Slogans on their homepage have been promising a new Confetti that has “just got more gorgeous” and it even allows you try out the new Beta website (beta is just the techy term for a website that is still being tested).  Visitors to the new Beta website will soon find out that core elements of the Confetti site switch back to the old site thus breaking the continuity.  The beta site really just allows users to get a feel of how the new site will look.

The new site was due to go live last thursday but technical issues resulted in a delay and the latest published date for the switch over is today (later this evening to be precise). So what is the new site like ?  Well, my first impressions are not great.  The site certainly has a fresh new look but I did not find it very inspiring.  The home page of the old site may have looked a little cluttered but every main feature can be navigated to with a single click.  On top if this I am fed with different content every day such as new promotions, latest forum posts, latest wedding news, best selling products.   The new site all appears to be a little static and frankly non inspiring, and if there is anything that an excited new bride to be craves it is inspiration.

I have been proved wrong before and I am sure the marketing bods at Confetti have done their research but I will be interested to see how the new site evolves over the coming weeks.  I expect that the new Confetti will change again quite quickly after launch.  Functionality and useability is more important on how “gorgeous” a site looks and if the Confetti hits the company turnover then the web developers will be working overtime.

Let us know what you think of the new Confetti site ?

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Wedding Party Cuflinks
Wedding Party Cuflinks

There are lots of cheap quirky and fun cufflinks for your wedding party available, but if you’re planning a more sophisticated affair or you know that your father isn’t the sort of man to wear comic style cufflinks, then this range of wedding party cufflinks from Next fits the bill, and they are great value too.  They are available in packs of three for £20 and come in two ranges, a Father Of The Bride range which includes Father of the Bride, Father of the Groom and Usher, and a Groom range which includes Groom, Best Man and Usher.  They are very simple with a mother of pearl band between the text, no-one should object to wearing them!

Of course you could always get your cufflinks for FREE by joining the Talk Wedding forum and posting 100 posts!

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Daisy Scented Candle
Daisy Scented Candle

Daisies symbolise summer and if you’ve chosen them as your wedding theme, then what better way to decorate your reception venue and give a lovely reminder of your day to your guests than these sweet daisy scented candles from Marks and Spencer for £5 each.  Delicate daisies adorn the glass holder and the candle is daisy scented, but if you would like to give these as a favour to your female guests, then you could buy the pack of 25 daisy room scenters to have lit and give off an aroma whilst saving the candle for your guests to use at home.

Daisy Room Scenters
Daisy Room Scenters

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Lana
Lana

If you’re choosing a wedding dress with this years trend for silver screen glamour then these stunning Lana shoes from Benjamin Adams are the perfect footwear to complement your dress.  The duchess silk satin peeptoe sandals feature a soft feather and diamante trim with further diamante buckle detail on the strap.  They are available from The Accessory Boutique for £159 and have this gorgeous Stone handbag that will coordinate perfectly for £59.

Stone Handbag
Stone Handbag

Augusta Jones
Augusta Jones

Delicate, floaty and cool are the necessary style cryteria for a perfect beach wedding dress and this Ashten gown from Augusta Jones for £1300 ticks all the boxes.  It’s a tulle empire gown that is strapless which keeps the look cool and floaty, the delicate feature comes in with the lace detail at the bottom and train.  The key with any beach wedding is to keep the look simple and not ‘overdone’, so simple accessories are the order of the day, like this freshwater pearls and gold plated coins necklace from John Lewis for £21.50.

Freshwater Pearls Necklace
Freshwater Pearls Necklace

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Casa di Guilietta
Casa di Guilietta

The balcony where Romeo wooed Juliet, could there be a more romantic wedding setting?  The Casa Di Guilietta (house of Juliet) is said to have been the setting for Shakespeare’s tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet, and this is what the authorities in Verona are hoping will lure romantic couples to the city to get married.  It’s already one of Verona’s most popular tourist destinations, but obviously the authorities have realised how much extra revenue can be made by hiring it out as a wedding venue, about £930* in fact.  Many of the newspapers are saying this is quite expensive for a wedding ceremony, and ok it’s not cheap, but neither is a wedding ceremony in the UK unless you are marrying in a register office.  Most venues will charge at least £200 to £300 for the room hire in a hotel or country house and then you will need to pay the fees for the actual ceremony to the officiant.  If you are romantic enough the want to marry at the balcony of the ‘star-cross’d lovers’, then you’re romantic enough to pay the price!

 * Source BBC News Website

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Favour & Name Tag
Favour & Name Tag

These pretty little heart shaped wooden name tags are perfect for a pretty country garden or vintage reception theme.  They are from Lovely Favours and cost just £3.99 which is great since you are getting two products for one price, a pretty name place and a beautiful favour for someone to keep as a reminder of your day.  They can be painted in the colour of your choice and then printed with your details.  If you love all things vintage and country garden, you’ll be really spoilt for choice with this website.  I also love these gorgeous pastel coffee cup and saucer set which would make really unusual place settings for your reception table.

Coffee Cups
Coffee Cups

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Shell Bag
Shell Bag

The glamour of the 1920’s is all about intricate detailing in shape and materials, and what better example than this gorgeous 1920’s style Beaded Shell Bag from John Lewis.  No vintage price tag though, at £25 this is the perfect accessory to a slinky halterneck gown and long pearls for that glorious vintage look.  It has a clasp fastening and long metal chain and is shell shaped with bead detailing that emphasises the oyster shell shape. 

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Guitar Wedding Cake
Guitar Wedding Cake

I am always amazed by some of the wedding cake designs available and how intricate they are, but they are usually all along the same lines of flowers and the normal wedding themes.  But if you are looking for something that will signify a shared hobby, career or interest such as music or travel then have a look at Imaginative Icing who make this fantastic guitar wedding cake which costs £341 and can be colour themed to your requirements.  Personally I love the idea of the Ferrero Rocher wedding cake, only problem is my husband is a complete pig when it comes to Ferrero Rochers so I would have to order one for each of us!

Ferrero Rocher Wedding Cake
Ferrero Rocher Wedding Cake

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Debenhams Wedding Dress
Debenhams Wedding Dress

Well if the range of wedding dresses from designers such as Julien MacDonald, Pearce II Fionda and Ben De Lisi at Debenhams were not cheap enough for you, they certainly will be now with many dresses having 25% to 50% off the original price.  Take this one shoulder corsage dress from the Star by Julien MacDonald range which was originally £200 and is now an absolute bargain at £100.  The multi flower corsage to the shoulder gives this simple dress a beautifully feminine feel which needs very little accessorising.  Debenhams New Season Spectacular offers upto 25% off between March 4th and March 7th, so with the rate of interest at it’s lowest level ever, it’s time to bag some bargains and get the economy moving too (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!).