Bridal Buzz August 2

Stay up to date with all that’s new and noted in the world of weddings – we give you the low-down on this week’s bridal buzz.

    Stay up to date with all that’s new and noted in the world of weddings – we give you the low-down on this week’s bridal buzz.

    Wedding menu inspiration
    Auckland brides, listen up! If there was ever a good reason to forego the big-day diet for a weekend, this is it: the Food Show is on at ASB showgrounds. Get great ideas for the big-day menu as well as inspiration for tantalising guest favours. Plus, two of our favourite mags Dish and Good are there with discounted subscriptions (bridesmaid thank-you gift, anyone?) along with out-of-this-world goodie bags (no one has to know if you keep these for yourself!)

    Perfect Bridal Hair
    Taking a bold step in the DIY direction for your big day ‘do? ghd’s limited edition V Pink Diamond sets, which include a bright pink pair of straighteners and a matching paddle brush, have just hit selected salons, with $20 from every set going directly to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. To sum up: they’re pink, they’re limited edition, and they’re raising money for a good cause – if that’s not adequate justification for a splurge, we don’t know what is.

    A little bit of luxury
    If you feel like indulging in an at-home pampering session this weekend, allow us to introduce the perfect treat: Corso de’ Fiorio’s new range of Christian Lacroix candles. Nothing makes you feel like you’re living in a day spa more than decorating the bathroom with sweet-smelling flames (Christian’s creations exude wafts of fig, sage and ginger) and sold in chic packs of three, these porcelain-packaged delights can be split up and divvied out, making the perfect thank-you gifts for hard-to-buy-for bridesmaids and vendors!

    For your big-day beauty bag
    For anyone getting married in spring and fretting about the toll winter has taken on your tan (or lack thereof) fret no more: Elizabeth Arden’s new bronzer hit counters yesterday, and is the perfect antidote for that bit-too-white winter glow. Embossed with a floral motif and pressed into a pretty gold compact, it’s the perfect addition to your big-day beauty bag.

    Bridal Party Giveaway
    The MOR Little Luxuries Marshmallow Perfume Oil and Soapette Duets are the perfect size for your handbag, or clutch on the wedding day, and the tin is the perfect little container for keep sakes once the soap and perfume are all gone. We still have plenty more to give away, so join our Bridal Party for your chance to win your own little tin of loveliness!

    Friday Cocktail
    This strawberry combination is perfect for a hens party, as a weekend treat, or for guests after your ceremony. By mixing the strawberries and water with the champagne, it will allow the champagne to go further.

    Cocktail: Strawberry Soda
    180g caster sugar
    240ml water
    250g strawberries
    Champagne or sparkling wine
    1. Combine sugar and water, and bring to boil in a pan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cool.
    2. Hull strawberries and whiz in a food processor until smooth.
    3. Stir into the sugar syrup. Chill until needed.
    4. Spoon strawberry mix into flutes and top up with bubbles.

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