Wedding Gele Styling and your Face Shape

A few months ago, I wrote about the ‘Gele’ – The West African Brides Tiara. Ranging in many shapes, sizes, fabrics and colours there are endless possibilities in how to wear your gele. However, one important thing you need to consider when wearing your crowning glory is your face shape.

Round face shape
Avoid wearing your gele in a round shape. Balance your face shape and opt for big and beautiful! Asymmetrical shapes worn at an angle will compliment your features

Heart face shape
Typically characterized by wide cheekbones, a wide forehead and pointy chin. You can pretty much wear any style. Experiment, as the possibilities are endless!

Long face shape
Wear a gele style that is ‘round’ as this will give a soft look. Avoid long styles as this will only elongate your face.

Triangle face shape
Once again the possibilities are quite endless. However, remember to avoid styles that have crowns and that are narrower than your cheekbones.

Square face shape
A gele with a slight tilt or constructed at an angle will balance the broadness of your chin. Avoid sharp points at top of gele.


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For the Men: Church’s Wedding Shoes

Titled ‘Timelessly elegant’ shoes, Church’s was founded in 1873 by Mr Thomas Church, with his family’s shoemaking roots dating as far back as 1675. In 1881 they were the first to produce differently shaped left and right shoes (now the industry standard), and are known today as one of the finest men’s shoemakers.

These beautifully crafted leather brogues would look great with the grooms wedding day suit. Let the guys splash out on their footwear too! Find them here at Net-a-porter

Men's wedding shoes

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Hidden Wedding Costs…make sure you’re clued up!

Wedding Stationery

I bet when you were ordering those amazing invites you didn’t think about postage and packaging costs! Remember there’s the cost of getting them shipped to you and then the other cost of posting them out to your wedding guests. Most couples don’t take this factor into consideration, so make sure you do…… along with the cost of stamps! This doesn’t mean that you have to opt for the most basic invitations, you can still make a statement….take a look at this.


The Dress
9 times out of 10 a bride will need to alter her wedding gown. Ask the bridal shop how much they charge for alterations before buying your dress. You don’t want to end up forking out too much when you didn’t budget for it.


Wedding ceremonies in both registry offices and churches require a fee to be paid. Many people don’t take this into account, neither do they think they will have to pay for their marriage certificates. The church fee usually includes the vicar, church, calling your banns, certificate, lighting and admin.
This is why it’s important to plan early – talk to your vicar and find out about the costs, including the cost for a choir as this usually is not free. Take a look at Your Church Wedding site for more details.


Your band/ DJ
Whether you’re having a band, DJ, or both make sure you fully inform them of the layout of your venue, or better still have them pay a visit. This way they will be able to know if they need any additional equipment, as this can come at an additional cost, especially if your venue is large. This extra equipment may be needed to make sure the sound is right!


Your suppliers e.g., wedding photographer, videographer, band, DJ, can charge you additional fees if they’ve had to work longer than expected. How to solve this issue: Before signing any contracts check what their overtime costs will be and try to anticipate how long each event of the day will take – be realistic and you won’t be paying unexpected costs.

Food for your suppliers
Now it’s up to you if you offer your suppliers a meal at your wedding. I say you should – it will give them fuel especially if they are working long hours and they’ll thank you for it. However, it does not mean that you have to provide them with the 3 course meal your guests are having. Have your caterer prepare something less expensive….Kelly Chandler from The Bespoke Wedding Company recommends something like lasagne and chips “which is cheaper than the event menu but filling,”…… “They should be charged at about half the price of your guests’ meals.”


If you're only hiring a venue and not taking on their additional services such as catering etc, beware that you may have to pay cleaning and breakdown costs. Find out how much this may cost in advance!


Corkage fees
Sourcing your own booze can be a huge cost-saver, but bear in mind that many venues and caterers will tack on a substantial charge. “Even if you’ve found wine for £5 a bottle versus the £20 wines on their list, it might cost you £15 per bottle in corkage, so it’s not really worth your while,” says Kelly. “Alcohol is where they make their money, so they will often try to discourage you from bringing your own.” Bottom line: don’t go buying cases of champers on offer until you’ve checked your venue’s policy……………………..


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How to Create a Wedding Budget

Creating a wedding budget

Everybody knows that creating a wedding budget is one of the most important and often tricky aspects of planning a wedding. Once you’re engaged it’s the first thing you and your partner should sit down and have a good conversation about. After all, every other decision that you make for your wedding will be influenced by your budget. A wedding budget will keep you and your partner focused and will stop you from overspending or purchasing any unnecessary items.

First things first….
Ask yourselves about what you really want and need. Make a list of all the things that are important to both of you, that if you did not have them it just wouldn’t be a wedding! Begin to get a rough idea of how much things will cost, this includes your vendors, dress, suits, flowers, venue, cake etc. But don’t forget those extra hidden costs such as dress alterations, corkage fees, vendor overtime, cleaning and breakdown etc

Ask yourselves who will be paying for the wedding? Will it solely be you and your partner, your parents, or a bit of both? It’s always best to get this clear at the onset, so if your parents are paying for all or some aspects they are aware of how much they will be spending. If everything on your list of what you want and need can be covered by your wedding budget then great!! However, if it does not then you may want to go back and edit the list, or if you’re parents are paying then possibly think about paying the difference yourselves.

Once you’ve come to an agreement on what your wedding budget is going to be, there’s only one thing left to do….stick to it!! It’s much easier to say yes than no, but because you made the wise decision to create a budget, research potential costs and allocate specific amounts to each expense, you’re already winning!! Good luck!

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