Friday I Heart – Family Time

Posted by Emma ♥ - March 29th, 2013

Hello lovelies,

It’s been a little while!

I’m so sorry for the lack over posts over the last week but I can promise that although you haven’t seen much on the site, there’s LOTS of exciting things happening behind the scenes which I can’t wait to share with you VERY soon and in the meantime, daily posting schedule resumes on Tuesday.

Easter has always been a very family orientated time for us. It’s not often throughout the year that we all manage to get the same time off work together so we take advantage of this weekend and make the most of it!

Sadly, it doesn’t seem as though we are going to be blessed with the same scorching weather we had last time we hosted it back in 2011 – we had to make a mad dash to Homebase to grab a gazeebo to ensure my Nan didn’t get burnt.

This isn’t going to stop us having fun though!

My lovely aunt Kaff (You will know her from previous posts here and here) came up yesterday and the rest of the clan will be arriving later this evening. SOOOOO excited!

As well as getting to see the FAB parentals, I will also get to see my gorgeous Nan (she turned 92 last week – she looks amazing eh!) and my brother too who I’ve not seen since Christmas so really looking forward to catching up with him!

The next few days will be a very welcome break from a full on couple of weeks full of family fun and maybe a sneaky bit of chocolate too!

So what are you plans for Easter?

What ever you do, I hope you all have a lovely time and see ya back here at 9.00am Tuesday where I will be introducing you to another FAB supplier!

Much love,
Emma xXx

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Brides Across America – Free Wedding Gowns To Military Brides!

Posted by Emma ♥ - July 9th, 2012

BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA IS JOINING FORCES

“OPERATION WEDDING GOWN” LAUNCHES A NATIONWIDE EVENT THIS JULY

 AND WILL BE GIVING AWAY  FREE WEDDING GOWNS.

 

From July 10-17th, Brides Across America will be sweeping the nation and giving away free wedding gowns to military brides.  Bridal Salons across the country will host the event on July 10-17th, 2012 at selected locations.  Brides Across America was recently honored by the Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, which was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The last Operation Wedding Gown Giveaway event made headlines when it was featured on NBC’s “Making a Difference” with Brian Williams.

Through Brides Across America’s partnership with bridal salons, military brides will be shopping for free designer bridal gowns. A select number of gowns will be given away to qualifying brides on a first come first serve basis.

In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be on active duty in the military, either currently deployed or deployed within the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya. Kuwait or Japan.  Identification and deployment papers must be presented at the event to qualify.

As part of Brides Across America’s commitment to supporting our troops and veterans, the non-profit organization will be hosting its annual bridal gown giveaway at salons nationwide.  From Los Angeles to New York, bridal salons nationwide joined forces by giving away free designer wedding gowns to military brides.  To date, Brides Across America has donated over 7,000 wedding gowns from prominent designers. The donated gowns are valued between $500 and $4,000 and range in size.

Without organizations like Brides Across America, many military brides would not have the chance to pick out a designer gown for their special day due to economic circumstances. Brides Across America’s founder, Heidi Janson, wants to continue making dreams come true to military couples that have not had the opportunity to plan their dream wedding due to deployment.  “Our continued efforts as an organization are to bring awareness to our communities.  My goal is to make sure we don’t forget all the servicemen and women overseas fighting for our freedom”.  Our organization continues to grow as many men and women are coming home from overseas.  Our goal is to give away up to 10,000 wedding gowns this year.

For military brides who are interested in more information on how to qualify or to inquire about dates and locations contact Brides Across America please visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com.

 About Brides Across America

Brides Across America is a Massachusetts based charitable organization that focuses on providing free wedding gowns to those military brides that have not been able to have their dream wedding.  Brides Across America is connecting with bridal salons across the nation to help spread the military spirit.  Since 2007, Brides Across America and its partners have made a difference in the lives of many military brides.

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Armed Forces Day (UK) 2012

Posted by Emma ♥ - June 30th, 2012

Image and info source: Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be on Saturday, 30 June 2012.

It’s an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

Across the country people are getting involved: communities hold local events and business show their support.

The National Event will be held in Plymouth, but there are many more events up and down the country being held in support of Armed Forces Day.

If you want to know more about the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or meet members of local units, then why not attend an event or hold one yourself? Find out how you can get involved and what’s going on in your area so that you too can celebrate Armed Forces Day in support of our nation.

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Friday I ♥ – Holidays With My Aunt

Posted by Emma ♥ - June 1st, 2012

I’m back!!!!

Never have I had a holiday that’s made me feel as refreshed as this one has. It was heavenly.

Last Friday morning we jetted off for some sun to Tenerife. Some people think we’re a bit mad as this has been our ‘mini break’ destination of choice for nearly 10 years now and we stay in the same hotel too BUT the way I see it is that we are near enough guaranteed good weather whatever time of year we go and the hotel cannot not look after us any better therefore we are always guaranteed a good break!

We stay at the Mare Nostrum Resort in Arona which is a complex made of 3 hotels and we have been spoilt rotten on each occasion – pressies in the room each evening and just generally really lovely people who can’t do enough to help you.

Each day was made up of lots of chilling by the pool, swimming, eating lots of lovely food with a few yummy cocktails thrown in too!

Being just my Aunt (Kathleen) and myself that went this time we realised that in order to get photos of ourselves without having to ask someone to do it every couple of minute then we’d have to do it ourselves which has resulted in my Tenerife May 2012 album consisting of loads of head shots lol. It was a real giggle looking back through these when we were at the airport coming home last night – here’s a little taster….

Excuse the big red blotch on my cheek but I was bitten alive by mossies on the Sunday! Never happened before so I now know to make sure I put repellant on before I head out – we live and learn eh!

The countdown has now officially started for our next trip – only 188 sleeps! I’m sure it won’t be long coming. We’ve got my Mum and Sister coming this time too so that will be a giggle!

Much love,

Emma xXx

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Very Inviting! – Save The Date, My Postcard Heaven

Posted by Emma ♥ - May 24th, 2012

Typewriter ‘Save The Date’ – My Postcard Heaven

 

We like to make sure we give our guests as much notice as possible when we announce we are getting married, especially as many have long journeys to make so travel and hotels are always good to book as far in advance as possible and people may need to book time off work too – Sending ‘Save The Date’ cards is a perfect way of doing this!

I did this when I was getting married and I received great feedback from my guests as it meant the date was in their diaries for more than a year before the day leaving them plenty of time to find an outfit.

My Postcard Heaven have a great range of ‘Save The Date’ cards which you can fully customise for just £1.75 each!  I really love the Typewriter design – very stylish and comes in a range of colours too so I’m sure you will find one to suit your theme.

Much love,

Emma xXx

 

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Very Inviting – Vintage Romance Invitation, Mandalay Wedding Invitations

Posted by Emma ♥ - May 17th, 2012

Vintage, Romance Invitation – Mandalay Wedding Invitations

On-trend vintage lace wedding invitation design that can be personalised with your names and wedding date. Serene in pastel shades or dramatic in deep rich tones.

Aren’t they pretty!

The first time I came across Mandalay Wedding Invitations was back in 2005/2006 at the National Wedding Show. I picked up a few samples for a friend and remember thinking how impressed I was at the quality of card they used and sleek elegant designs. They must have left an impression if I remember them 6/7 years later!

Prices for these invitations start from £3.39 (151+) but you can save yourself some money by using their D.I.Y option which is just £2.39 per invite regardless of the number…

“The same great designs but you save money by printing the inserts at home and tying the ribbons around the invites yourself. The ribbon is included in the price, but if you’d like them pre-tied by us, you’ll need to add them to your order.”

Professional looking cards with the option of adding your own personal touch – perfect!

Much love,

Emma xXx

 

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Military Monday

Posted by Emma ♥ - April 17th, 2012

I’m going to use today’s post to briefly fill you in on the past few weeks (and what a few weeks they’ve been!) and then also to tell you all about the new regular feature – Military Monday!

I would be fibbing if I said that the last 6 weeks had been easy. Trying very hard to deal with changes of the hubby being away didn’t come quite as easily as I had expected (more about this in my ‘Military Musings’ post coming up on Friday). Add to this a nasty dose of Glandular Fever and a trip to hospital last week it has been a bit of a funny time  BUT the good news is I’m feeling MUCH MUCH better and normality is to resume at MWD and I can’t wait!

Military Monday is a new regular post which will start next week. Every Monday morning we will be featuring companies aimed at helping military members be it through products they sell or services they offer. We want to ensure that military families both here in the UK and USA are aware of as many of these companies/charities as possible.

If you are a company/charity aimed at helping military members or if you offer a product or service which benefits a military charity and would like to feature on the site then please get in touch – emma@militaryweddingdiscounts.com – we’d love to hear from you!

Also, as of next week, the ‘Musings of a Military Wife’ posts will be moved to a Monday afternoon too!

So, that’s a teeny update from me along with a HUGE apology for the lack of posts but normal service resumes today. Thank you to everyone for their patience and their well wishes too – I really do appreciate it so much.

Much love,

Emma xXx

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Next Wedding Shoes

Posted by Emma ♥ - March 5th, 2012

When I started planning my wedding, it wasn’t the big princess dress or the dreamy Castle venue that my first thoughts turned to – it was a pair of designer shoes.

I had always wanted a pair of Jimmy Choo’s but had never had the occasion to justify buying them so as soon as the ring was on my finger, I started my search for the shoes of my dreams! It got better too because my lovely gorgeous amazing husband only went and gave me a £350 voucher for Jimmy Choo for my birthday so I didn’t even have to buy them myself – bonus!!

I dragged my Mum to the Jimmy Choo shop on Sloane Street – Oh I was like a kid in a sweet shop! I spent hours in here trying on as many pairs as I could and just making the most of the moment as I knew the hubby wouldn’t be letting me spend this much on a pair of shoes again.

Purchase made (more about them next week!) and put away until the big day, a whole 8 months later. Now, anyone who knows me will vouch that I can be a little (ok VERY) indecisive and it wasn’t long until I was worrying about my footwear on the day. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the shoes, it was just that I wasn’t used to walking in heels and felt as though I would spend the day walking like John Wayne so I decided to invest in a pair of ‘back up’ shoes that I had seen in Next.

This turned out to be one of the best decisions I made and I just couldn’t believe how beautiful yet extremely reasonable the wedding shoes in Next were. In July 2006 there was a very limited collection but I am so pleased to see they have extended this and now have a much wider range. Take a look at my favourite 6 pairs below which are all priced under £40!!…..

(clockwise from top left)

♥ Ivory Lace Peep Toe Shoes - £30.00

♥ Ivory Mid Closed Toe Court Shoes - £35.00

♥ Ivory Fan Back Court Shoes - £36.00

♥ Ivory Corsage Ankle Strap Shoes - £36.00

♥ Ivory Lace Vintage T-Bar Shoes - £35.00

Silver Sparkle Peep Toe Court Shoes – £32.00

So my lovelies, if you are struggling to find your wedding shoes (or even bridesmaid – I got mine from Next too!) be sure to check them out – at these amazing prices you’d be mad not to!

Emma xXx

Musings of a Military Wife – Parcels

Posted by Emma ♥ - February 10th, 2012

I have really been looking forward to getting these posts started as having been married to my lovely hubby for nearly 6 years, I still feel a kind of rookie when it comes to the Military side of things so I’m looking to you guys for some help/advice here!

This week I’m looking for suggestions for parcels when your partner is deployed…

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I am only 6 weeks in and I’m already having trouble thinking of things to add to his parcels!

Before Noel went we did a big bulk shop of all the bits he would need while he was away so he could take it all with him and since he has been out there, other than needing to send some razor blades and running socks he hasn’t actually asked me for anything!!

My usual parcels consist of….

Haribo, Haribo Haribo!!! He loves them but having sent him over 20 bags since he went I think he’s starting to get bored of them already!

Chewing Gum

His favourite biscuits/snacks

Toiletries – Roll on’s/shower gel/razer blades/etc

Card/Letter – I send a parcel each week and I write a kind of mini diary of all the  everything that’s happening back home so he still feels in touch with it all.

little pressie – I always try to pick him up something every time I’m out. This can vary from books/magazines through to a DVD or a new pair of running shorts

and this is where I get stuck!!

I feel so bad sending him parcels which basically consist of the same/similar bits each time but I just get so stuck for ideas! I would much rather my parcels be fewer and more interesting than monotonous and boring!

So guys – I’m looking to you for help!! What do you send in your parcels and how often do you send them? Feel free to leave your comments in the box below or email them through to me at emma@militaryweddingdiscounts.com

All help will be MUCH appreciated lovelies!

Big love,

Emma xXx

 

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Monday’s Moodboard – Vintage

Posted by Emma ♥ - February 6th, 2012

I ♥ vintage!  The clothes were beautiful, so elegant and pretty! Women had a certain poise about them and were so graceful and ladylike. I love the floral patterns and the warm neutral colour tones.

Having a passion for this theme has made my moodbard much easier this week! I have a whole album of vintage inspired wedding images – the only trouble I had was choosing which 7 to include in this post….

Vintage Crockery

Elizabeth Avey Dress

Vintage Decoration

Vintage Centrepieces

Vintage Bridal Bouquet

Vintage Cupcakes

BIBA Pleated Bridesmaid Dress

Some of you may find this post familiar and this would be because I actually posted this moodboard back in September 2011 but it still proves to be one of the most popular posts on the site and understandably so! Vintage themed weddings are beautiful and you can have so much fun with DIY products too!

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Muchos love,

Emma xXx

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