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Tonic’s “I Do” Nutrition Pod


Blog by Anneliese Setchell –

Every bride wants to look and feel like a million dollars on their wedding day. But having to cope with mounting to-do lists, engagement drinks, hen celebrations, choosing the wedding breakfast menu and drink tastings can often lead to stress eating and eating on the run which can take their toll.

Anneliese Setchell, owner of Tonic Health Boutique in Hungerford, has developed a unique nutrition plan called the “I Do” pod to ensure you look and feel fabulous on your wedding day, leaving you to focus on planning the big event!

While many brides focus on reaching their target weight for their wedding day, the “I Do” pod also ensures they are energized, radiant and calm. They can look forward to having beautiful skin with no hint of bloating or puffiness as well as strong nails and shiny hair.

Nutrition plans and bespoke recommendations

The “I Do” Pod includes a 30-day cleanse to whip the body into shape and help you reach or maintain your goal weight with a nutrition plan written by Anneliese that has meal suggestions, beauty foods and a shopping list. Bespoke supplement recommendations help to combat specific health concerns such as constipation, skin problems, hormone imbalances, stress and poor sleep. A post-wedding strategy will help you avoid regaining the weight you have worked hard to lose and you’ll also receive a 45-minute telephone consultation with Anneliese that will create a bespoke plan that suits you.

The plan helps you with all kinds of mild digestive disorders which can compromise a radiant complexion and a flat tummy. It also helps with weight loss and to balance blood sugar levels so that you’re on top form throughout the busy pre-wedding period when you are likely to be flat out trying to combine a job with planning the biggest day of your life.

Combating sleepless nights and reducing stress levels

Beauty sleep is vital and will keep you feeling and looking calm and collected. Many brides suffer from sleepless nights as they are unable to switch off and so putting a good sleep strategy into place can work wonders. There is also help at hand to reduce those damaging stress-induced hormones steering you away from burn-out and the overwhelming pressure of the mounting to-do list.

Anneliese adds: “This unique package provides the necessary support to help you become the beautiful, radiant and calm bride you deserve to be. It enables you to reach the aisle without feeling worn out, full of cold and a few pounds heavier than you had planned.

“Don’t forget it doesn’t end on the day itself, as the plan will also enable you proudly unveil your bikini body for the honeymoon!”

Anneliese will be at The Vineyard Wedding Fair on Sunday 2nd March so pop over and say hello.

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Wedding Flowers – Choosing a Florist

Countryside-Summer-Wedding_043 Blog by Karen at Allium Design
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After you have said ‘I will’… you and your beloved will walk an exciting path of joint decisions for usually several months until you can happily say ‘I do’.. It’s an exciting time and one of the most inspiring parts should be choosing flowers, finishing touches and small details to enhance your day, things that personalise and represent you as a couple.

I love my job, sharing flora, styling thoughts and ideas with my brides and grooms-to-be, but it’s an interesting economy with tighter budgets, and my clients want the day of their dreams at the right price.

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Of course flower availability has changed dramatically, so many more flowers are available for longer growing periods. Blooms are bread to be more robust and florists can suggest flowers that we wouldn’t have dreamed of, even just a few years ago. We really are spoilt for choice and there is always something perfect for every colour scheme.
You’ll get lots of great ideas by looking on the internet and in wedding magazines. Couples usually come to see me once they have chosen their venue and often ‘the’ dress as they both play a large part in the style of the wedding.

A bouquet to remember
For me, flowers are all about the scent, something to evoke a memory of a wonderful day for years to come… A bride’s bouquet should be something that ‘wows’ her, something she will look at, love and always remember. Garden flower choices are as popular as ever for the coming season. Imagine a posy of rambling roses with bobbing scabious, scented sweet peas and a sprinkle of herbs with garden foliage, understated, yet elegant, bound in vintage lace, easy to carry and a joy to photograph for a summer wedding.

Countryside-Summer-Wedding_058Plan and ask questions
Start your flower planning twelve months before the wedding date, especially if you are holding a Saturday celebration, as good florists are booked up well in advance. Always see at least two florists and go to your meeting prepared with a list of questions about their services and ask see samples of their work. Also ask the following questions:

  • How many weddings do they cover in one day?
  • What do they charge for delivery on the day?
  • Have they worked at your venue in the past?

Go with the quote that ‘gets you’
At this initial meeting you will look at colour options and favourite flowers, talk about your day and your vision. This is often a learning process with your florist; who should steer you in the right direction and work with your budget. Once you have found the one that ‘gets you’, to quote one of my brides from last year, it’s often a style of work and an experienced, friendly one that will give you confidence.

Countryside-Summer-Wedding_065What to expect
There will be other meetings as the wedding gets closer, a venue visit, a church visit and always a final meeting a few weeks before the day to make sure everything is in place. On the day, your florist will deliver bridal flowers to you and your bridesmaids. If it is a church wedding, that will usually be decorated the day before, as will a private venue. Open venues will always have other clients to consider so access is usually on the day only.

The Vineyard Wedding Fair – 2nd March
Allium Design will be at The Vineyard Wedding Fair on Sunday 2nd March chatting about flowers all day, so please come along and say hello with your flora questions and I’ll be happy to give as much advice and guidance as I can on how to enjoy your flower planning

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I look forward to seeing you on Sunday 2nd March.

Allium Design


Top Wedding Planning Tips

  1. Find and book your venue as soon as possible – weddings are generally booked 1 year to 18 months in advance
  2. Confirm your ceremony details as soon as you can, particularly for civil ceremonies as the
    Superintendent registrars look after a large local area
  3. Ensure your venue is flexible – it’s your day and the venue should work with you not for you
  4. The best weddings don’t just happen and have to be created – work with your venue for recommended suppliers
  5. Try to visit your venue when other weddings are taking place to help you with ideas
  6. Ask to see photographs of previous weddings.

These are just few top tips to help you organise your big day. If you would like a tour of The Vineyard or simply want to find out more, please contact our wedding co-ordinator on 01635 528770.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Our first wedding open day happened on the 27th March and was organised by Julie Tooby from Essentially You who for the 3rd year running was awarded Wedding Ideas UK’s Best Wedding Planner, the day had lots of local suppliers with ideas for brides (and grooms) planning for their big day. One of the videographers who attended also works for the BBC and was delighted to advise that he will be filming the royal wedding. All details are top secret and he doesn’t know until the day where he will be filming, but I am sure you will agree it would be exciting to be part of the day. I did offer to carry his equipment but unfortunately he said he had lots of people offering already!

Kate or Catherine as she is now being referred, is from the nearby village of Bucklebury and the village is organising a Tea in the Park to celebrate the Royal Wedding for local residents and are expecting 1200 people. We obviously didn’t want our guests to miss out on the celebration, so we have also organised a screen to show the wedding over lunch in a private suite, followed by afternoon tea. We are also offering overnight accommodation, in case, like the royals you indulge in too much champagne! Please contact our events team for further information.

With an extra national holiday for everyone I am sure the country will celebrate in true style!

Will You Marry Me?

Valentines day means a flurry of proposals and we have been inundated with requests for weddings at the The Vineyard at Stockcross. Love is definitely in the air! Our restaurant was a hive of activity and it was lovely to see the number of flowers being delivered to the hotel over the valentines weekend. We lost count of the discreet and not so discreet proposals during dinner.

But just because the most romantic day of the year has passed it doesn’t mean the romance is gone. We now have the pleasure of organising the forthcoming weddings, putting our couples minds at rest on their special day.

We do have some unique requests from time to time. Last week we spoke to a bride who wanted to out-do her friend. Her friend had organised a ice-cream van during the reception drinks the request was to if we could hire a burger van to come at the end of the evening! We were pleased when our suggestion of a midnight feast of bacon sandwiches, a cheese board and port was going to do the trick.

Our wedding packages are tailor-made to the couple’s requirements. Our team is on hand to make suggestions such as offering unlimited champagne for your guests during the reception drinks. We think that if your guests are being looked after you can concentrate on enjoying your day. Some take the unlimited champagne as a challenge but none has ever beaten our sommeliers.

Come along to our wedding showcase on the 27th March. You will have the chance to meet our preferred suppliers, watch demonstrations as well as sample canapés and wine. It should be a fun day for all involved. Take a look at our website for more information