{Monday Muse} Make Room For The Groom…

Monday has arrived and so has DECEMBER! We are so close to Christmas, that I watched a Christmas film in celebration (it would have been rude not too..)

This Monday, we’re turning our focus towards the men in our lives – our gorgeous grooms.  I love a man in a suit, I don’t get the uniform thing, I never have. For me, seeing my fiancé in a suit makes me go all weak at the knees and I think; “WOW – what a hottie!” So, it will come as no surprise that I cannot wait to catch the first glimpse of him in his suit on our wedding day. *swoon*

What style suit is your groom going for? Are you going to be involved in choosing it or is he, like you, keeping it as a surprise for you? Do tell, we love a discussion.

Now, let’s take a little closer look at some different styled suits that would look incredibly dashing on our grooms. I’ve taken a little inspiration from across the world wide web and have put together a selection that will be guaranteed to leaving you swooning, too!

ps. I obviously had to include Ryan Gosling and Leo in there…

Red Glitter Shoes, Kilts & Polka Dots – Felicity & Iain’s Coastal 50’s Be-bop Wedding


I have been so excited to share this real wedding with you and when you see it, you will understand why! The photography by Mark Ammon compliments the wedding perfectly. There are so many things I love about this wedding – the dress, the hair accessory, THE SHOES, the kilt, the bridesmaids dresses, the vinyl placemats, the shoes (oh, I already mentioned that!) Ok, enough of me going on and spoiling what is in store..
The ceremony took at St John the Baptist Church in Southend and the wedding party travelled in style on a vintage bus to   Shoebury East Beach for Pimms and photographs. Following this seaside interlude, the reception was held at The Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial hall near Rochford.  Felicity and Iain personalised the hall with bunting, a period correct bar and vinyl records as placemats! Dinner was fish and chips served from a van adding a real seaside touch and of course no trip to the seaside would be complete without the old ice cream van parked outside serving ice cream cones with flakes for dessert – what a fantastic touch!  The wedding party then danced the night away to the sounds of the 1950’s Be-bop band…
Enjoy my lovelies…
Iain and I met in Wimbledon during the tennis fortnight, neither of us had actually made it to the tennis however, we met at the ATM in the village. The proposal happened whilst on a weekend break in Lille, France. We were doing some window shopping and stumbled upon a jewellers. I saw the perfect ring and we bought it right there and then. After a quick nose powdering, Iain proposed on the steps of Lille town hall.


We built our 1950s styled seaside theme on the attire, music, transport, bunting etc to echo the 50s era…seaside paraphernalia complimented the style throughout, rock, fans, flip flops, postcards, bucket and spades etc. We did a lot of the decorations and ideas ourselves, but were helped by Venus Wedding Planners, a Essex based organisations who had good links in the community.
Jiveswing was definitely our most indispensable supplier – took full control of the entertainment. Our favourite wedding details were the 12″ record place mats, which acted as fans in the searing 32 degree heat, and the cocktail barman.
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See, I told you it was brilliant…and how amazing were those shoes!  This is definitely my kinda wedding.. Please do comment at let us hear what you thought of Felicity and Iain’s coastal 50’s wedding!
Until next time peeps x
Credit Where Credit’s Due

Photography:   Mark Ammon Photography (http://www.markammonphotography.co.uk/ )
Bride’s dress:    Cutting Edge Brides, Bexley (http://www.cuttingedgebrides.com/)
Bride’s shoes:   Schuh
Bridesmaids’ dresses & accessories: Fairy Gothmother (http://www.fairygothmother.co.uk/)
Groom’s outfit:  Kilt – modern Urquhart tartan (some shop in Edinburgh)
Pageboy outfit:  Child’s 3 piece suit by Debenhams
Buses:  1950′s buses (http://blackwaterpreservationgroup.weebly.com/)
Flowers:  Out of the Earth, Southend-on-Sea (http://www.outoftheearth.co.uk/)
Hair:  Legend – Southend on Sea, SS1 2ND
Make-up:  Beauty Basement (http://www.beautybasement.co.uk/)
Cake:  Ice-cream styled cupcakes by Hannah’s Bakery, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2SG
Catering:  The Frying Squad (http://www.thefryingsquad.co.uk/) & Rossi’s Ice-Cream Van (http://www.rossiicecream.com/)
Band / DJ:  All organised by Jiveswing (dancers & DJ) & Ooh Bop Shabam (band) – http://www.jiveswing.com/

Can you take HIS name and retain your individuality? Discuss!

OK, so that title reads a bit like an essay you might get for A Level Sociology coursework, but it’s an interesting topic and a wedding hot potato at times. Is it really possible to retain your individuality if you take somebody else’s name?

Before I met my husband, I thought it was kinda cool for a girl to keep her maiden name – or maybe even for the man to take the girl’s. Since my maiden name ended up giving me the same name as a well-known child abductor, I wasn’t exactly too sad about leaving it behind. I have to admit, that having the same name as my in-laws was a weird thought. It felt a bit like I was changing sides – from MY family to his. Of course, the traditions of taking a man’s name really never appealed to the feminist in me either. Historically, a woman would give up her maiden name as a sign that all that belonged to her now transfers to her husband. In our case, a few credit card debts and a bashed up Seat Ibiza wasn’t exactly the reason my husband married me, so I guess I’m safe on the gold-digger front.

However, when I did decide that I would take my husband’s name (and a bloody awkward one at that which nobody can spell) I immediately felt comfortable with it. To me, it’s more of a sign of unity. It’s about being a team – taking on the world, just the two of us. And I’m happy to be on team Whybro!

Marriage cert

So, what do you think, lovely readers? Will you be taking his name? Why? Why not? Share your thoughts & ideas in the comments box – we would LOVE to hear from you!