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Tony Winyard: Master of Ceremonies

Tony Winyard: Award-winning Wedding DJ, Wedding MC and Celebrant

“Tony was brilliant, the music was brilliant, and he’s the ultimate professional. We didn’t want the party to end!”

If you want your wedding to be really fun, really different, and really special, or you’d like your guests to call it the ‘wedding of the year’ or even ‘best wedding ever’ then call Tony Winyard.

Tony is an award-winning wedding DJ, wedding MC and celebrant, although, for short, most happy couples call him the ‘wedding maker’. Because that’s exactly what he does: he makes a wedding. He makes it fun, he makes it memorable, he makes it exciting and enjoyable for everyone involved, including you, the wedding party and all your guests.

Which is why he was rated by couples as the ‘UK Wedding DJ of the Year’ at the Wedding Industry Awards.

“Whether I’m working as a wedding DJ, master of ceremonies or as a celebrant, my role is to orchestrate the experience. I’m partly a wedding planner and partly a wedding host with a bit of a toastmaster thrown in! It’s my job to create a fabulous atmosphere and to get people laughing, dancing and enjoying themselves. But most of all, it’s my job to ensure you have the absolute best day of your lives.” – Tony Winyard

To enquire about Tony’s availability as your wedding DJ, wedding MC or celebrant get in touch.

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Tips to Beat Wedding Planning Stress

tips to beat wedding planning stress

After relishing in the excitement of becoming engaged and spending the rest of your life with your best friend, it’s time to begin planning for your big day. Of course you’ll need to select a venue and a caterer, then it’s on to other vendors such as a florist and a DJ. While all of this decision making is bringing you one step closer to your big day, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed along the way. Added stress, especially during wedding planning, can have a negative affect on you both mentally and physically and can potentially keep you from feeling 100 percent on one of the best days of your life. In honour of Stress Awareness Month taking place throughout April, and the upcoming wedding season, we’re sharing some tips below on how to positively channel these anxious feelings in order to enjoy your planning experience as well as your wedding day.

Book Trial Runs

Let’s face it, everybody stresses about their appearance on an average day, so just imagine not feeling amazing on your wedding day, which also happens to be one of the most photographed days of your life. To help ensure you’re happy with your look when the big day rolls around, book a few trial appointments with your glam squad ahead of time. Brides-to-be, call your makeup artist and hairstylist to go over your desired wedding day hair and makeup. Bring along visuals such as photos from your Pinterest board or the colour scheme you’re going with for inspiration. Planning your look ahead of time will not only give you an idea of how beautiful you’ll look on your wedding day, but also provide an opportunity to tweak details here and there to be sure there are no surprises when the big day rolls around.

Bonus Tip: Guys, visiting your barber or hair stylist ahead of time has added benefits for you as well. Whether you’re looking to achieve that perfect beard, or the stress of wedding planning has left your hair a little thinner than you’d like it to be, your stylist can suggest products such as beard oil to help condition your facial hair, or finasteride, a treatment used to promote hair growth. After-all, this is your big day too!

Practice Self-Care

At times, it may feel like wedding planning is taking over your life. Between emails, phone calls and meetings with vendors, prepping for your big day can feel like a full time job. In order to avoid burnout, establishing a self-care routine is a must! By definition, self-care is the practice of taking an active role in one’s well being. However, the beauty of this is, the possibilities to engage in it are endless. Whether it’s a nightly beauty routine complete with a bubble bath and face mask followed by the application of your favourite anti-aging cream, or an hour spent at your local coffee shop reading a few pages of a new book, carving out a little time for yourself is a great way to combat stress and give your mind and body a break.

Break a Sweat

A great way to channel stress is adding a workout into your daily routine. While exercise and a balanced diet are a great way to shed a few pounds before your wedding day, getting physical has benefits that stretch far beyond weight loss. Physical activity releases endorphins in the brain which cause you to feel happy. Exercise also provides the body with an increase in energy and boosts immunity to help fight off any stress-induced sickness. The other great thing about exercise is that you don’t have to be an amazing athlete in order to partake. A simple walk around your neighbourhood each day can bring you more stress-relief than you’d think. However, if you’re pressed for time but still interested in putting your body to work, you can visit your local gym and check out a HIIT class. In order to maintain accountability, get your partner involved and exercise together. This is a great opportunity for both of you to step away from wedding planning and participate in an activity together.

Wedding planning and all the emotion that comes along with it will be a time in your life you will always remember. You want these memories to be happy ones, and while feeling a little stressed is a given, doing your best to keep your cool and channel that stress through participating in some of the tips above is a sure-fire way to ensure that you will look and feel your best when the big day rolls around!

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Essential Tips for Purchasing Engagement Rings

Essential Tips for Purchasing Engagement Rings

Buying an engagement ring can be an intimidating experience. For many of us, it is our first time buying a diamond or shopping for expensive jewellery. You want your proposal to be perfect, but you don’t know where to start when shopping for a ring. 

Fortunately, there are general tips you can follow to make a smarter engagement ring purchase. These tips are not only good for helping you avoid spending more than you need to, but they will also help you select the right ring.

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Start Planning

The cost is one reason shopping for an engagement ring can be so stressful. You might not have the money to pay for it yet, and you aren’t even sure about what you can afford. That is why you should plan the purchase at least a few months in advance. 

With time to prepare, you will be able to save money and set a budget. Start putting away a little money every time you get paid. If you can, find ways to earn a little extra money. Maybe you could take some extra hours at work or you could consider selling some things you no longer need. Even selling diamond jewellery you no longer wear or you inherited could be a great option here. 

Once you have a reasonable amount of money saved up, set a budget for the ring purchase and make sure you stick to it. It might be possible to finance part of the cost of an engagement ring, but you do not want to put yourself in deep debt just to get the ring. 

Learn About Diamonds

You should learn the basics about diamonds before you shop for an engagement ring. As it concerns this purchase, you will want to learn about the 4 Cs of diamond valuation: carat, cut, clarity and colour. 

You won’t be able to develop an expert eye before making a purchase, but you want to know what you are looking at. Furthermore, jewellers will use these terms when they are trying to explain the value of different diamonds and you will want to understand what they are talking about.

Consider the Ring

Beyond the stone, you will also need to consider the setting. You will have to choose a metal for the ring, and you also have a wide variety of engagement ring styles to choose from. 

As far as metals go, gold is the most popular material for the setting of an engagement ring. Other popular choices include sterling silver and platinum. Any one of these metals can make an attractive engagement ring, but they have different qualities. Before deciding, you should take the time to learn about the different metals.

For picking the right style of ring, consider her taste in jewellery. You could consider taking some pictures of rings she already has to show the jeweller. If she has a friend that knows her style well, you could ask the friend to come with you.

Compare Some of Your Options

You don’t want to buy from the first jeweller you find. Go to different jewellers and compare your options and the prices. You should also ask the jewellers if they have certificates to back the stones they are offering. When a diamond has a certificate, it means that it has been assessed by an independent agency and that will tell you it is genuine and that it is really worth the price.

Beyond that, you should also ask the jeweller about their guarantees. You might need to resize the engagement ring, and you want to know that the jeweller will do that for you. You should also ask if you can bring the ring back for a refund. If the ring needs to be returned, you want to know that you will be able to get some of your money back.

As an alternative to meeting jewellers in person, you could consider shopping for a ring online. With online shopping, you can compare more rings with less effort and there are a lot of options for online ring shopping. Some sites even let you design a custom engagement ring.

Buying an engagement ring is a big step, and you don’t want to get it wrong. As a final tip, consider bringing her with you when you go ring shopping. It might not be a surprise, but it will help you pick a ring that she is guaranteed to love.

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