One year wedding anniversary: paper

  • 06 February 2017 2017-02-06T17:12:50+0
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Twelve months after you signed on the dotted line, it's time to celebrate all over again with a paper-inspired gift. From wall art to practical gifts, there's something here to impress your other half.

 

Wedding anniversary gift guide: what to buy every year

  • 06 February 2017 2017-02-06T16:58:43+0
Wedding anniversary gift guide: what to buy every year

Your mind may be whizzing with all things wedding but this special day is just the beginning of a fabulous marriage together - one which you'll no doubt want to celebrate with wedding anniversary gifts every year that passes (any excuse for a celebration, right?).

Not sure where to start? Why not take inspiration from the traditional wedding anniversary themes to find a gift that your partner will fall in love with - The Wedding Shop has tons of ideas to suit every year and we've chosen our top picks for the first ten years so that you (and more importantly, the recipient) will never be disappointed…

 

One year wedding anniversary: paper 


Twelve months after you've signed on the dotted line, it's time to celebrate all over again with a paper-inspired gift. From wall art to practical presents, there's something here to impress your other half.

  

Two year wedding anniversary: cotton 

From indulgent linens to 5*star-worthy bedding, these picks show cotton is synonymous with comfort - go  forth and snuggle.   

 

Three year wedding anniversary: leather 

Look beyond the conventional handbag or shoes for a more unique take on the leather trends, whether your partner is a fan of a modern touch or classic style - it's all here. 

 

Four year wedding anniversary: fruit or flowers 

Think outside the box; you know you can do better than a simple bunch of blooms. 

 

Five year wedding anniversary: wood 

No one's asking you to channel Ryan Gosling in The Notebook and build a house  - these personalised woodwork ideas can be just as memorable (and a lot less labour intensive).  

 

Six year wedding anniversary: sugar 

Sweet tooth or not, six years after tying the knot calls for a gift inspired by the white stuff. Not keen on  whipping up a cake? Never fear, The Wedding Shop has much better ideas.  

 

Seven year wedding anniversary: wool 

Whether it's a beautiful woven rug to give your interiors an overhaul or cosy throw handy for romantic  nights in, wool is a winning theme.  

Eight year wedding anniversary: bronze  

It may not be time to go for gold (you've got a fair few years to meet that milestone!) but check out these luxury buys and you'll soon see bronze can be just as chic an option. 

  

Nine year wedding anniversary: pottery  

Reflect your personality in every room of the home with these pottery picks. Want to go one better? There's even the opportunity to give Demi and Patrick a run for their money… 

 

Ten year wedding anniversary: aluminium 

A decade of married bliss is definitely worth celebrating! Demonstrate your love with a modern twist on aluminium for a trend-setting present worth showing off.

 

Browse and buy beautiful gifts from The Wedding Shop

 

5 Alternative European Honeymoons for 2017

  • 01 February 2017 2017-02-01T12:39:46+0
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Natasha Corrett’s Exclusive 7 Day Pre-Wedding Plan: Your Shopping List

  • 26 January 2017 2017-01-26T17:43:14+0
Natasha Corrett’s Exclusive 7 Day Pre-Wedding Plan: Your Shopping List

To make the main meals:

Fresh Vegetables

1 x Avocado

1 x Aubergine (400g)

1 x Butternut squash (650g)

1 x Cucumber

1 x Sweet potato (450g)

1 x Broccoli (200g)

2 x Courgettes 

1 x Pack of mushrooms (180g)

1 x Pack of baby vine tomatoes (150g)

500g x Raw beetroot

100g x Green beans

190g x Carrots

170g x Pak choi

1 x Bag of spinach (200g)

1 x Bag of salad leaves (200g)

Fresh parsley (1/4 cup)

3 x handfuls Kale (at least 60g)

1 x Avocado

1 x Cucumber

6 x Asparagus spears

1 x Portobello mushroom

 

Fruit

2 x Apple

75g Blackberries

1 x Lime

3 x Lemons

2 x Bananas

Pomegranate seeds

Dates (2-4)

 

Dried Tinned Ingredients/Jars

100g x Oats

200g x Brown rice

50g x Gram flour (chickpea flour)

50g x Gluten free flour (Doves or Bobs Mills)

20g x Cornflour

80g x Quick polenta

1 tsp x Cashew or almond butter

Tahini

 

Oils/Vinegars

1 x Apple cider vinegar

1 x Toasted sesame oil

1 x Brown rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1 x Tamari (gluten-free soya sauce)

1 x Coconut oil

1 x Sunflower oil

1 x Olive oil

 

Dried Herbs/Seasonings/Spices

Harissa paste

Ground ginger

Ground cinnamon

Bouillon powder

Ground cumin

Ground coriander

Himalayan pink salt

Nigella seeds

 

Seeds/Nuts

Pumpkin seeds

Sesame seeds (optional)

Sunflower seeds

 

Frozen

1 x Bag of frozen peas (400g)

 

Fresh Herbs/Spices

1 x Garlic bulb

1 x Fresh red chilli

40g x Dill

30g x Fresh coriander

 

Non Dairy

50g x Goat's cheese (or feta)

14 x Eggs

300ml x Rice milk (or 100ml rice milk, 200ml almond milk)

 

Powders

Alkaline Superboost Powder (2 tsp)

Protein powder (at least 30g)

 

Ingredient weights: The weight in the shopping list is the raw weight, but the recipes refer to the cooked weight (For example 200g quinoa in the shopping list but, it is shown as 380g in the recipe due to the weight changes when it is cooked. This is the same for roasted vegetables).

Natasha Corrett's Exclusive 7 Day Pre-Wedding Plan: Food Preparation

The key to these recipes are to prep food in advance, so that you're not spending hours in the kitchen away from pressing wedmin.

Step 1

1. Get 3 baking trays (line with baking paper as it's easier to clean after!)
2. Pre-heat oven to 180 degree Fan.
3. Chop all the carrots, slice in half and half again and put into TRAY 1.
4. Drizzle with sunflower or coconut oil, and a pinch of Himalayan salt and pepper.
5. Chop and peel beetroot into 2cm chunks and put into TRAY 2.
6. Chop the aubergine in half and score the flesh, before smothering with 1 clove of diced garlic, 1/2 lemon, 1 tbsp sesame oil, and a pinch of Himalayan salt then put into TRAY 3.
7. Chop and peel the butternut squash into 2cm pieces and put into TRAY 3.
8. Put ALL 3 TRAYS into the oven.
9. TRAY 1 - 30-40 minutes TRAY 2 -40-45 minutes TRAY 3 - 30 minutes
10. Don't forget to put the sweet potato in the oven too, for up to 60 minutes.
11. While everything is in the oven, it's time to prepare some snacks and grains.

Step 2

1. Weigh out 200g dried brown rice. Add 600ml of boiling water to PAN 1 and cook for 30-40 minutes. It is VERY important that you drain the rice immediately and run under freezing cold water to cool the grain down fast - this means it can keep in the fridge for about 5 days without it going off.
2. Boil the kettle and pour into PAN 2. When at a rolling boil, carefully drop in 2 eggs and boil for 6 minutes. Both eggs are for snacks to have chopped up on rice cakes or oat cakes. Take out, run under cold water then peel and put them into the fridge. Keep the boiling water.
3. PAN 2 after you have taken the eggs out add 1 tsp of Himalayan salt and bring to the boil again and blanch your broccoli and green beans. Do one at a time and after 3 minutes take out, put into a sieve and run under cold water straight away and drain. This way, they will keep fresh.
4. Once the veg is out of the oven make the frittata. This will keep for 4 days in fridge (see p.40)
5. Spiralize 2 courgettes and put in the fridge.