CLIFTON HALL GREAT HOUSE

VENUE IN FOCUS: BARBADOS

Clifton Hall Great House is a truly special venue in Barbados and one that is steeped in history. Situated on the East Coast of Barbados in the Parish of St John, this stately home was originally built in 1656. The first known owner of the house was Ferdinand Paleologus, a direct descendent of Constantine, the last Greek Emperor. This stately home was left to ruins until recently when the new owners bought and completely restored the venue over six years!

This historic Bajan Plantation has been meticulously renovated with every aspect of the house and three acre gardens being tended to with exceptional attention to detail. The original historical character was retained while offering more contemporary elements like comfortable family areas to bring this home into modern day living. The beautifully furnished five-bedroom mansion has three wings—the stunning Caribbean Georgian structure which was renovated in the late 18th/early 19th century together with the two original medieval-style wings that date back to the mid-1600’s.

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DEJA VU SALON

Internationally trained Toni and Guy hairdresser Tina Barrow, is the owner of DejaVu Salon, a leading salon with an extensive client base in Barbados. For more than 23 years hair stylist Tina has trained with the best in the business, working with celebrities in Toni and Guy London. From this experience Tina has cultivated a unique and professional salon, renowned for its outstanding technical knowledge and creative abilities. Providing cutting edge styles, heavenly hair treatments using luxurious professional and retail products, this salon is a mecca for hair in Barbados!

Tina’s team offer the most innovative, must-have hair treatments, guaranteeing you will leave looking and feeling fantastic.

Achieving picture perfect hair can be a daunting task at the best of times and for a bride-to-be, it can seem impossible! The team at DejaVu are no strangers to achieving picture-perfect looks, with highly experienced stylists creating both classic and contemporary bridal looks. Bring your favourite styles from Pinterest and Instagram and use these as inspiration for the team to create the look you want!

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The Garden Party

Choosing to host a garden party theme for your wedding is a genius idea on so many levels! Gardens are associated with romance, fairytales and mystical beauty – sounds like the perfect setting to say your ‘I Do’s’. With lush greenery and beautiful in season flowers, gardens are a magical setting for any wedding! Here are stunning ways to bring your garden party wedding to reality.

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WEDDING BOUQUETS

Make sure the romance shines through in every aspect of your wedding day. Flowers make such an important and dramatic statement. They bring a venue to life and they assist in bringing the look of the bridal party together! Depending on your venue you may need to be flower heavy if it quite bare or if you are getting married in a garden ceremony you may need very little flowers on your big day! Here is a collection of some simply stunning bouquets to use for inspiration with your florist!

WEDDING WHITES

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Wedding Favours

It is always fun to be as creative as possible with wedding favours – they are a great talking point for guests (especially when you don’t know everyone at the table!) and a really fun way to thank your guests for being there on your big day! It is a competitive market out there to have the best favours so here is a round up of some interesting and unique options to wow your guests!

As your guests have travelled far to be with you on your special day, ditch the little favour on the table and instead offer them an island experience to enjoy! Ask everyone to keep one day free over the wedding celebrations and surprise them with a catamaran cruise, an island safari or a rum tour!

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Spotlight on Berta

Wedding Dress Designer in Focus

This brand is EVERYTHING! Berta is the brainchild of Berta Balilti, an Israeli born fashion designer. Berta offers a modern bride romantic silhouettes, stunning bead work and sequins with a sexy twist on illusion necklines and dresses! This is a showstopper of a brand and we are madly in love with this one! Sit back, relax and enjoy this fashion treat!

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Tips for the perfect wedding dress shopping experience

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This is one of the most exciting times in a brides life, whether you have been dreaming of this since you were a little girl or it is the next item on the to-do list, here are our top tips to make the experience as seamless as possible!

SET YOUR BUDGET Decide early on your budget for the dress, ensure when you are researching and shopping that the dresses you try on are within your budget! Don’t forget to factor in alteration costs to this as generally speaking most brides need alterations made to their dress before the big day!

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GETTING MARRIED IN BARBADOS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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When getting married abroad it is important to ensure you have researched the necessary legal aspects of the wedding. Luckily, Barbados is one of the Caribbean Islands where it is easy to tie the knot – once you have the relevant paperwork! Here is all you need to know to ensure you can get hitched without a hitch!

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THE VENUE QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK

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At this stage you have had the conversation on the type of wedding you want and have narrowed the search to prospective venues to suit! Before you contact venues by email, video calls etc have this handy checklist to hand of all the questions you should ask each venue you are scoping for your big day – that way you have a handy comparison list to help you decide on the one!

This is your essential checklist for all the questions you need to ask at your venue! Depending on the venue you choose, some questions may not apply to you specifically.

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How to choose the perfect Wedding Venue

We cannot stress the importance of choosing the right wedding venue for you – this should be top of your wedding to-do list! The venue will dictate your entire celebration from the size of the wedding, the menu, the dress basically everything!! This is the most important decision you will make for your big day! Here are our pros and cons for the different types of wedding venues to choose from.

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