UPDATED! My top 6 venues to get married in The New Forest, Hampshire

I simply love the New Forest.  I grew up in Lyndhurst, moved to Southampton then moved back to Lymington (edge of the New Forest)  as both my husband and myself missed the forest too much.  It’s no surprise that so many couples want to get married in this beautiful part of the country, and to have that stunning scenery as a backdrop to their wedding.  After working in the wedding industry for some time now, and having the great opportunity of noseying around so many venues I have picked my top 10 for those that are playing with the idea of a New Forest wedding.

My top 10 venues to get married in the New Forest, Hampshire

1.  The Master Builders at Buckler’s Hard – Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7XB.

2. The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu – 1 Palace Lane Beaulieu Brockenhurst SO42 7YG.

3. Hale Park – Hale, Fordingbridge, Hants, SP6 2RF

4. Somerley House – Somerley, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PL

5. Lime Wood Hotel – Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ.

6. Pylewell Park – Pylewell House, Pylewell, East End, Lymington SO41 5SJ

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2020 Weddings!

Getting married in 2020 and still need a hair and makeup artist to compliment your big day? Then get in touch either via my website’s contact page, or by sending me an email to hello@francesmooremua.co.uk
£100 deposit secures your special date x

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Hale Park Weddings

One of my most favourite New Forest wedding venue’s is Hale Park Weddings, located in stunning Fordingbride. If you are still searching for your perfect country venue, then please let me encourage you to add this gem to your search list ✨

‘Neighbour to the River Avon and with the local village church conveniently a minute’s walk away from the main house, this unique venue has it all and more.  The house itself is very classic in its design providing a romantic setting that is also so very versatile.  The sheer breathtaking beauty of its grounds are highly reminiscent of a French châteaux.’

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2020 Weddings!

Getting married in 2020 and still need a hair and makeup artist to compliment your big day? Then get in touch either via my website’s contact page, or by sending me an email to hello@francesmooremua.co.uk
£100 deposit secures your special date x

Last 2019 weekend wedding dates available!

It’s almost Halloween! But don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner and I still have some winter wedding dates available!

Saturday 30th November | Saturday 14th December | Saturday 21st December | Saturday 28th December

Email hello@francesmooremua.co.uk to confirm any of these dates x

Reliability

Reliability is something I think we all feel is vitally important. We all cherish and rely on the friend who is organised, turns up when they say they will and can be trusted with valuable things. As a wedding supplier I feel this responsibility all the time. So, like a good friend, I make sure to be organised by planning ahead and turn up when my client needs me to. I also endeavour to make sure a client feel’s they can trust me with their hair and makeup on what is one of the most important day’s of their life, by going through every detail at the trial and through various communications.

Sometimes, I am a little shocked when a teary bride will call me a couple of day’s before her wedding explaining that a supplier has let them down last minute. I think ‘where has their reliability and responsibility for their client gone?’

You should feel you can trust your wedding supplier to provide you with their skill to the highest of their ability. A good supplier will happily explain and go through all the details until you feel happy and confident. And if they don’t? Well, they might not be the right supplier for you. But someone out there will be! x

5 tips for growing long, thick hair for your wedding day

These are my top tips (taken from my own personal experience) on how to grow gorgeous long, thick hair before your wedding day. It’s good to start thinking about growing your hair as soon as you’ve become engaged, as good quality length and thickness takes time. You may even need to start from the beginning with an especially short hair cut if your hair is thinning. Cutting the hair short will relieve the pressure on the scalp and allow new growth to be healthier and thicker.

  1. Tell your hairdresser you are wanting to grow your hair, and have regular trims every 6-8 weeks depending on your growth rate. Letting your hairdresser know your aim allows them to tailor the trim to cut out the split ends, whilst leaving the healthy hair to grow to its potential.
  2. Resist the urge to wash and brush your hair everyday. By simply running your fingers through your hair to get rid of knots, saves undue stress on the hair and scalp. It can also create a nice beach wave effect. Also, think about washing your hair every other day to allow the hair time to gain back its natural oils – which coat the hair in a natural protectant.
  3. Invest in a really good brush that is kind to your hair. Tangle teasers are popular for a reason, as they gently comb through the hair without pulling too much at the scalp. They are also very good for children’s hair too.
  4. I always start my day with a hair supplement taken with my breakfast. I find if I make it part of my morning routine then I don’t forget to take them. I personally love the Hairburst supplements and have been using them for half a year. I find the extra vitamin boost helps with hair growth, thickness and gives the hair a silky finish. Coupled with a diet high in fruit and veg this has made all the difference.
  5. Avoid over styling hair everyday with heat. I tend to do a lovely beach wave using my hair straighteners twice a week, with a heat protectant, some styling cream, leave in conditioner and a salty sea spray. Sometimes I’ll add some oil if the hair is particularly dry. Reducing the amount of heat and adding the correct products can make all the difference.

And good luck girlies! x

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.