There’s not long now until I’m no longer Rachael D’Cruze, but Mrs Sharpe! I’ve been enjoying planning my wedding and writing about the process in my column for Unique Bride Magazine. Here’s this month’s instalment, published in Issue 6 which is available to buy in WH Smith now.
Getting married is magical. Planning a wedding on the other hand can require you to be somewhat of a magician – juggling budgets, bookings, suppliers, guest lists, playlists and to-do lists on a daily basis. Luckily, there are some brilliant apps on the market for brides to be, designed to make your life easier. If you’re drowning in a sea of receipts, wondering how much cash you spent so far, worried about your iPod playlist screwing up at your reception, or worrying about when you are going to find the time to track down the dress of your dreams or plan the honeymoon of a lifetime, you need my top 10 apps for brides to be. Head over to TechRadar.com here to have a read, get downloading and be prepared to feel a whole lot more in control and less stressed!
For the November 2012 issue of Perfect Wedding magazine I’ve compiled a 7-page fashion feature, speaking to the UK’s top bridal designers, who show readers how to create the key looks for 2013. It’s all in there – from Suzanne Neville‘s dramatic modern look through to Stephanie Allin‘s classically cut ‘Loren dress’. My favourite? Ian Stuart‘s fifties belle look complete with his fabulously retro ‘Cadillac’ gown. Perfect Wedding issue 74 is in the shops now.
From decadent and daring forehead bands to ethereal flower crowns, headpieces make an exciting addition to your wedding gown. So, in this feature written for WED magazine, I explore all the different headpieces available to the modern bride and give advice on choosing something to fit your face shape too. Issue 21 marks the magazine’s fifth anniversary and is avaliable to buy here.
You’ll have to buy the magazine for my definitive guide to tiaras, flower crowns, garlands, fascinators, forehead bands, flapper bands, headbands and combs, but here’s my guide to choosing something to flatter:
Oval – Perfectly in proportion, oval faces are egg-shaped with forehead and jaw the same width.
Choose: Almost any style will look good on this perfect face shape.
Avoid: Heavy fringes and styles that push a lot of hair onto your face.
Round – Circular faces without height on top or a protruding chin.
Choose: Side partings and styles with height at the crown. Go for an up-do or half-up.
Avoid: Styles with fullness at the sides and fringes in general.
Oblong – High foreheads and long chins: oblong faces are longer than they are wide.
Choose: Wear you hair down, with fullness at the sides – waves and curls look great.
Avoid: Adding any extra height on top and center partings.
Heart – Although wide at the forehead, heart-shaped faces narrow to a point at the jawline.
Choose: Hair down, or half-up, with a side parting or gentle fringe.
Avoid: Height at the crown and severe up-dos.
Square – Angular looking faces with both a strong forehead and jawline.
Choose: Romantic waves and curls – wear your hair down or half-up. Consider a soft fringe.
Avoid: Polka straight hair and severe up-dos.