A few years ago, bridesmaid proposals weren’t really ‘a thing’, but now popping the question to your besties is a big part of the wedding prep.

With this in mind, I wanted to ask my bridesmaids to be a part of my big day by using some of my favourite Scottish suppliers – and they did not disappoint!

I always knew my sister, Beth, would be my maid of honour and I’m lucky to have Brian’s brother’s girlfriend, Lucy, and my besties, Vic and Yasmin, in my life as I knew they would be a massive support in the wedding run-up and I couldn’t imagine my big day without them being my bridesmaids.

With this in mind, I wanted them all to have a lovely present when I asked them the big bridesmaid question.

BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL CALLIGRAPHY

The first boss lady I knew I had to get in touch with was Christina, owner of Laila Lettering.

This talented calligrapher is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met at events and I love all her work.

She kindly worked with me to personalise marbled notebooks I picked up and she sourced me the beautiful boxes I displayed everything in, complete with her iconic script for each of my bridesmaids.

For anything personalised, you can check out Christina’s Instagram @lailalettering (her new website is coming soon).

 

BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL BANGLES

A Scottish-based accessory brand I came across via Instagram, I instantly fell in love with Daydream Bangles’ pretty quote bangles.

The team sent me out my own two bangles earlier last year and I knew my bridesmaids would love them too.

Each bridesmaid got a different quote, all in the beautiful grey mini bags they come with.

Such a gorgeous brand – check them out at daydreamjewellery.com.

 

BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL GIN

If you read my engagement post here, you’ll know Brian and I picked up some drinks from M&S in Malta for a little park picnic – and mine was a pink G&T.

Everytime I see that little can on the M&S shelves, it makes me smile back to that day so I thought it was a cute touch to include them in my bridesmaid proposals too!

 

TOP TIPS WHEN PLANNING YOUR BRIDESMAID PROPOSAL

1. GIFT WISELY

There are so many things you could buy, with loads of websites selling everything you could ever think of, but don’t just buy for the sake of it.

Gift things your bridesmaids can actually use instead of buying loads of bits that will end up at the back of a drawer.

2. MAKE IT AN OCCASION

I asked all my bridesmaids near Christmas time and, for each of them, I made it a little event which just felt so special.

It was a festive night in with Beth that I gave her her box, a cute day out to Halloumi Glasgow for food and drinks when I asked Lucy and our annual Christmas dinner at Vic’s that I gave her and Yasmin their little proposal gifts.

Making it a nice little day out means plenty of time for celebratory prosecco!

3. PLAN AHEAD

Rounding up your besties can be difficult so make sure to get a date in the diary and decide how you want to ask them.

It took me a few months of going back and forward to find the suppliers and right dates to ask them.

4. A PERSONAL TOUCH

Whether you go down the calligraphy route like I did or get one of your fave pics together framed, I think it’s the perfect time to really put a little personal touch on the proposal and give something they can keep forever.

5. CAPTURE THE MOMENT

I’m still so glad I managed to get pictures with all my bridesmaids after I asked them; they’re photos I’ll treasure always so make sure to remember to get a snap of the happy moments.

 

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OUTFIT 1: AUTUMN LUNCH DATE WITH THE GIRLS

OUTFIT 2: SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE

OUTFIT 3: DINNER DATE

OUTFIT 4: COCKTAIL O’CLOCK

OUTFIT 5: DAY TO NIGHT

Ahead of Glasgow Cocktail Weekend 2019, Victoria and I were invited to October Glasgow.

GLASGOW COCKTAIL WEEK 2019

Previously Glasgow Cocktail Weekend, the cocktail event has been extended for a whole week of cocktail goodness, all in partnership with World Class.

Starting from 23rd September, there are loads of amazing venues taking part this year and two different types of tickets. You’ll find all the details here or you can follow Glasgow Cocktail Week on Instagram here.

 

OCTOBER GLASGOW

Anyway, on to the special cocktails available at the Princes Square venue for the event week.

Both serves are seriously Insta-worthy, especially with October Glasgow‘s pink florals, cherry blossom trees and perfect pink menus.

COCKTAIL ONE | FLORAL KISS

Ketel One Vodka, Peach and Orange Blossom, Zinfandel and Cranberry Soda.

This cocktail is seriously refreshing, served with berries over ice and will be available for £5 with your Glasgow Cocktail Week ticket.

 

COCKTAIL TWO | BUTTERCUP

Ketel One Vodka, Limoncello, Lemon Foamer and Soda

This was my favourite out of the two and tastes like holiday – seriously, does Limoncello not just make you want to book a break in the sun?! Extra points for the cute flower decoration too.

 

WHERE TO GET TICKETS FOR GLASGOW COCKTAIL WEEKEND

The countdown is on for the cocktail week, but you can get your tickets on the website here.

Prices start from £5-£30.

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WHERE TO BUY

ROW 1 // 1. Studded stiletto  2. Patent mock croc  3. Tortoiseshell 

ROW 2 // 4. Block heel  5. Buckled strap  6. Snakeprint

ROW 3 // 7. All white  8.Faux suede  9. Studded flats

ROW 4 // 10: Burgundy  11. Pointed toe  12. Designer-inspired

ANKLE BOOTS UNDER £40

As you might see from my Insta pics, I love a good ankle boot all year round and autumn is when I like to treat myself to a new pair to see me through the seasons.

I’m always one to shop to a budget, but that doesn’t mean bad quality in my experience. I’ve had plenty of investment pieces that actually haven’t been as hard wearing as I thought. In contrast, many of my boots are high street sale, from the likes of Primark to New Look and they’ve stood the test of time.

I think the main way I prolong wear is by getting pieces repaired. Things like getting boots re-heeled or having a zip mended adds another few months at least of wear.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a round up of my top twelve bargain ankle boots for autumn 2019, all under £40.

From studded ankle boots to designer-inspired pairs, I think there’s something to suit every style.

I’d love to know what you think and if you buy any of the boots – let me know on Instagram!

I cannot tell you how many hours I spent the past few weeks trying to find the perfect couples’ spa break in the UK for Brian and I.

THE SPA HOTEL AT RIBBY HALL VILLAGE

The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village popped up on my Instagram and I kept coming back to it.

Located in the North West of England near Lancashire, The Spa Hotel is an adults-only hotel so knew it would be relaxing.

OVERNIGHT SPA BREAK FOR COUPLES

There’s lots of different packages available, but we decided to go for the Spa and Dinner overnight break.

This included an overnight stay in one of the Classic Bedrooms, £35 each towards dinner in The Orangery restaurant and breakfast, it also gave you access to the Aqua Thermal Journey.

I found the price really affordable compared to a lot of spa breaks I researched, costing us £238 for both of us.

 

CLASSIC ROOM AT THE SPA HOTEL

After a fairly long drive (almost 3 hours from Glasgow), we were so excited to arrive at The Spa Hotel.

As soon as we got to reception, I knew we’d made the right choice as the staff were immediately so friendly and informative – it makes such a difference!

Our ground floor room was spacious and had all the amenities you’d need – plus we were literally less than a minutes’ walk to the spa!

As the entire hotel is focused around the spa, you can change into your robes and slippers in your room and head along to the spa.

 

AQUA THERMAL JOURNEY

The spa reception is lovely and calm with plenty of amazing product ranges to treat yourself too, including ishga.

The Aqua Thermal Journey includes a number of different treatments, varying in temperature to detoxify, relax and revitalise.

These facilities were great, but my favourite part has to be the outdoor Zen Garden with a Himalayan salt sauna, hot tubs and relaxation areas with loungers – plus an outdoor bar too.

Sitting sipping prosecco in a robe is my idea of heaven!

After feeling suitably relaxed, I was also super impressed that the changing rooms even have ghd hairdryers and straighteners.

 

COCKTAIL O’CLOCK IN THE LOUNGE BAR

Before making our way back to the room, we stopped by The Lounge Bar for a cocktail, where they were serving up 2 for £12 between 4-6pm every day.

Again, everything is so relaxed and it doesn’t feel weird being around in your robe!

 

DINNER AT THE ORANGERY

Whilst getting ready, we opened a bottle of champagne we had saved from our engagement – I forgot to mention, this trip coincided with a whole year since we got engaged!

Dinner was amazing. I can honestly recommend the food, service and atmosphere and, if you know me, you’ll know these are all super important to me.

We both had steak, which was perfectly cooked, shared a bottle of prosecco and enjoyed the chilled evening.

 

IN THE MORNING

The Spa Hotel leaves a little itinerary type welcome when you arrive at the room, which I think is great as it outlines every detail that you might want to know.

After a delicious breakfast, we knew we could use the spa facilities again and it is so lovely and quiet as only hotel guests can use the spa between 9am and 10.45am (after that, there’s spa day guests too).

I really cannot fault any aspect of The Spa Hotel. We’re already planning a return visit!

One of the things that has got me in full-on wedding mode was attending my bestie Yasmin and Liam’s Italy nuptials. How could I not be inspired by such a gorgeous big day?!

My first ever destination wedding, of course one of the first things to cross my mind was what was I going to wear?!

I wanted something super stylish for the Tuscan backdrop, but also something that wasn’t going to make me too hot in the July sunshine.

After many (many) hours of searching online, it was good old Zara who saved the day.

I’ve had quite a few messages about finding an outfit for an abroad wedding so I thought I’d share my top tips in finding the right style – and some other beauty tips to keep you feeling fabulous all day.

THE DRESS

I think going for something floaty was key for me and this Zara silky gown was perfect.

As soon as I got to where we were staying, I made sure to hang the dress up to prevent too many creases, but check with your accommodation for an iron, just in case.

I was seriously worried about crushing my dress or spilling something on it when travelling so I had it in a separate bag, rolled and not folded!

 

ACCESSORIES

As much as I usually love hats, I knew I’d be too hot and bothered with any proper head accessories.

I think something like an embellished head band is perfect to add a little something, but after a search on Pinterest, I decided on a hair up with a hair plait, which I got from Claire’s for just £8.

Keeping the rest simple, I added a little luxe with a gold beaded bag and rose gold shoes.

Of course, remember your sunglasses for a sunny abroad wedding. I loved these ones from Nasty Gal – very 70’s glam!

 

THE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

I’m not quite sure how the Love Island girls keep looking glam when it’s seriously hot out – seriously, I’m far too used to Scottish temperatures!

For my hair, it was plenty of kirbys and Silvikrin hairspray, but I also love Creightons Frizz No More Sleek & Shine Serum to try keep things frizz free.

Make-up, I used Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray at every stage of doing my make-up and plenty of bareMinerals mineral veil.

As my bag wasn’t the most practical, I had to choose to pack light and think it’s easiest to take some essentials for quick touch-ups.

BareMinerals’ stick foundation was a life-saver, whilst Bobbi Brown’s mini shimmer brick helped give me a glow later in the day.

I also keep the mini samples of perfumes you sometimes get as a freebie with a purchase through the year as I think they’re the perfect thing to keep in your handbag. Mini deodorant and extra kirbys are also a must in the heat.

Are you attending a wedding in a hot and sunny location? I’d love to hear what you’re planning for your outfit.