How to Make a Fabulous DIY Fascinator by Glam Hatters

Today we are talking to Janie Lawson, founder of the Glam Hatters and we couldn’t be more excited. Her resume is impressive; features in Vogue, Elle, and Glamour to name a few. What impresses us more is she turned her passion for hat making into a highly successful business. In fact, Glam Hatters has workshops for UK brides and bridesmaids that make for the perfect hen party. Don’t worry if you can’t get to a UK workshop, Janie is going to share with us some DIY Fascinator tutorials.

Glam Hatters in London. Hen Party Workshops and DIY Fascinator YouTube Tutorials.

Janie, thank you so much for talking with us! Please tell us more about your business.

The Glam Hatters Girls are all highly skilled designers, as well as fabulously fun, and will teach you step-by-step with a lot of giggles along the way. They have made it their mission to provide you with a super fun Fascinator, Flower Crown, or Mask Making Workshop for your hen party and make sure you have the best time with us!

We have venues in Central London and also travel nationwide bringing the Glam Hatters’ parties to a location of your choice. The workshops are suitable for any level, even if you’ve never picked up a needle in your life! Prices start from £35 per person, and we have gorgeous packages to pick from including vintage inspired fascinators, Gatsby headbands, stylish masks, or a boho flower crown.

Glam Hatters Fascinators, Gatsby headband, and Flower Crown.

Can you give us a little background into the tradition of fascinators at weddings?

It’s a very British thing to wear a fascinator or hat to a wedding. These days if you haven’t got something on your head you look a little under-dressed! Since Philip Treacy spotlighted his first catwalk collection in the early 90’s, fascinators have catapulted to the top of the stylish list for wedding goers. All hail Philip for bringing a new generation of milliners to the forefront of British design!

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How to be the Best Bridesmaid Ever!

You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid and you know everything that is expected of you for this honored task. In fact, you know you’re going to rock the basic duties and want to step up your game. Lucky for you we know exactly what you need to do to be the best bridesmaid ever!

Tips for How to Be the Best Bridesmaid Ever

Be the Bride’s Eyes and Ears

“A photographer will be around most of the day, there are so many memories to capture. Having a bridesmaid who is familiar with wedding guests and can help keep things energetic, fun, and on schedule is every bride AND photographer’s dream! Having another bridesmaid on the look out for the little things the day of the wedding is also so important. Keep on eye on the bride and when she needs her bouquet held, train picked up, a tissue, makeup/hair fix. Bridesmaids have a big role of keeping the bride a priority and helping create lasting memories and beautiful photographs to look back on!” – Courtney, Owner of Courtney June Photography

Golden Oak Farms Bridesmaids and Bride Clinking Glasses.

 Get Assistance From Professionals

“Event planners aren’t just for the bride and the wedding day. Bridesmaids can use an event planner for coordinating the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or a dress shopping brunch.  A wedding planner can help you find the perfect location for the guest list, help you design a theme around the event, provide insight into cost and deals/promotions going on, and help with choosing ideal vendor partners for the event.  They have experience with all types/styles of events, so utilize their expertise to help you throw a stress-free, fun event for the group.” – Jaime Engebretson. Owner of J’aime Events

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How to Create the Ultimate Bridesmaid Gift Bag

As a bride, you have a million things on your to do list before walking down the aisle. One of the things that should be fun is creating gift bags for your bridesmaids. Obviously you couldn’t imagine your wedding day without them, so you’ll want to find perfect items to show your appreciation.

Well there’s always booze (champagne, yay!), jewelry, and gift cards. However, we’re here to help you create the Ultimate Bridesmaid Gift Bag, and it takes some really special gifts to make our list.

Jersey Knit Floral Robe, Wooden Bridal Hangers, Soy Candle. Part of the Ultimate Bridesmaid Gift Bag.

The most important part of creating the perfect gift bag is to make sure it’s something your bridesmaids will want to use again and again. Gifts that will remind them of the joy of your wedding, long after the day is gone.

To help inspire you, we have teamed up with some amazing companies to create our own Ultimate Bridesmaid Gift Bag. Even more exciting is we’ve giving you a chance to win one of your own! (Giveaway ended May 17, 2017 but read on for discount codes.)

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Amazing Gold Foil Prints for a DIY Bar

From make your own mimosa, to signature cocktails, to wine tastings, DIY bars are the hottest here-to-stay trend at bridal showers and bachelorette parties. The best part is, you can be as simple or elaborate as you want when deciding your decor for the bar setup. Our personal favorite are gold foil prints, like this “pour one more” sign from StaceyHolbrookDesign.

Pour One More Stacey Holbrook Design Gold Foil Prints

That’s why we’re so excited to announce an amazing giveaway of two of her gold foil prints! Before we give you all the details on how to win, check out what she had to say during our Q&A.

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18 of the Dirtiest Things Wedding Photographers Have Accidentally Said

Nobody ever said a wedding day was without a few imperfect moments. Sometimes these moments are stressful, and other times they are just down right hysterical. As professional as wedding photographers are, they have their small moments of insanity on wedding day.

Trying to gather groups of people in order to check off all the bride’s “must have shots” can be a challenge. That is why it’s easy for us to laugh at the absurd things they sometimes say to get that perfect shot.

18 of the Dirtiest Things Wedding Photographers Have Accidentally Said. bridesmaidsconfession.com

When talking to the couple….

If you want the bride and groom to walk away from you while holding hands that’s fine. Directing them into that pose by saying “I want to get you from behind” is just a little creepy.

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Horrible Bridesmaid Tales and How Not To Be One

We’ve all heard of, and fear, a Bridezilla. You know, a bride who wants everything her way and will make everyone’s life around her a nightmare if it doesn’t happen. On the flip side there is also the term Bridechilla, referring to a bride so chill that she just lets the day unfold around her with no complaints. A new term that you may not have heard: Bridesmaidzilla.

Don't be a Bridesmaidzilla. Avoid being a demanding diva and let the bride have her day. Horror stories from bridesmaidsconfession.com

For the purposes of this article we are defining Bridesmaidzilla as a Bridesmaid who, knowingly or not, makes the wedding day about them. They’re extremely rude in general and usually cause lots of unnecessary drama. Don’t worry though, we’re here to tell you stories so you can figure out if you have the potential to be a Bridesmaidzilla, and if so, how to avoid it.

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