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Wedding Ideas- Jam Packed with Fab Themes!
Wedding Ideas Magazine
Member Name: Birdie85
Wedding Ideas Magazine
Advantages: Small, cheapish, lots to look at
Disadvantages: Annoying use of 'Price on Application', heaps of adverts
I've been engaged for a year and every so often I get a case of bride to be giggles and excitement and buy a wedding magazine, or two, or three... What I have noticed is that the larger wedding magazines are not only expensive (£3.99 and up) but they are fairly useless. The few pages that aren't adverts seem to be geared towards the bride with the bigger budget. Then I found this little gem and it's the only wedding magazine I look at now, although I don't buy it every month... only get I get it when I feel all excited and bridey!
This magazine is small, A5 sized so it is easy to slip into a handbag to cart around with you. The first few pages are adverts, mainly for wedding dresses but i don't mind these too much as it's like a little extra wedding dress shopping. The magazine always starts with the Editor's Welcome and the Editor's Choice and the features are split into Fashion, Beauty, Planning, Details, Travel and Regulars.
The Fashion section has a news page with updates of dress sales, new shops, new designers, new collections etc. There are pages showing you how to get a certain 'look' with dress, jewellery, shoes and head-dress. There are spreads showcasing a particular designer, which is basically another advert! I wish that these 'articles' would show the magazine's own models showing off the dresses, not just the catalogue pictures from the designer as sometimes they don't show off the dresses to their best advantage. There are also other articles showing lots of wedding dresses in all styles to suit anyone. Then there are bridesmaid dresses, split into colour schemes and a Bridesmaids section with jewellery, gifts, pampering ideas etc. Lingerie and shoes get a look in too.
There are a few pages dedicated to Grooms with ideas for stag parties, speeches, outfit ideas and an 'Advice Clinic'.
The Beauty section is laid out like Fashion, there are tips for detoxing, whiter teeth, hair and make-up ideas. There are slimming tips featuring 'Real Life Success Stories' and there are pages of lovely beauty treats to buy.
The main section is Real Life Weddings. there are 10 featured in an issue. The coverage per wedding ranges from 10 pages to 2. There is a little question and answer section for each wedding, with lots of tips from the bride and groom to make your wedding go smoothly, or to save money or to be a little different. Each wedding featured has a note from the editor adding a tip to have a similar wedding.
The Planning section has lots of tips on saving money, keeping calm and having a great day. There are reader's letters and reader's offers. There is a 'Website Watch' which is basically an advert for the website and forum, with little excerpts taken from the forum. There are also dates for your diary, mainly of wedding fairs in the coming months.
There are venue ideas, ideas for photographers and entertainment. There are lots of theme ideas in the Details section, each page is a particular theme so you can get ideas of what you want and how things work together. There are loads of ideas for all the little 'bits' and big bits like wedding stationery, cakes and flowers.
The all-important Hen night is featured with lots of ideas and well placed adverts and the details section is finished off with gift list ideas.
Travel is right at the end, with lots of honeymoon ideas and the chance to win your honeymoon and real life honeymoons get a feature.
There is a shopping directory at the end which is made up of lots of little adverts that are sorted by category.
I like this magazine as it does have loads to do with weddings, from getting engaged to getting back from your honeymoon. It is a little frustrating having to rifle through pages of adverts so you can find some writing to actually read. The most annoying thing for me is the amount of 'POA's there are where there should be prices. Throughout the entire magazine, from wedding dresses to shoes and jewellery, there is 'POA' next to things that really should have a price, like a dress from Debenhams, there's really no excuse, it's pure laziness in my eyes! I'm on a budget, I don't want to fall in love with something when I don't know how much it is going to cost me!
At £2.99 this is one of the cheapest wedding magazines available and it's good for the money as it caters to the normal bride who doesn't have an unending budget!
Summary: The only wedding magazine I'll buy again