Guest Post by Nikki Webb MUA: Your Wedding Trial

The Wedding is getting ever closer, endless lists, the bank balance significantly reducing and no date night in sight…what is next on the list??

Only your wedding trial with Nikki Webb bridal specialist, who will give you every excuse to get your favourite outfit on and drag the other half out! 

So many Brides ask the same questions, mostly because of the nerves of never having your makeup done before, the thought of looking like someone you’re not and putting all that trust in to someone you’ve briefly met at a wedding fair…FEAR NOT… I’m here to help!

Here’s the most common questions in the lead up or on your trial:

What do I need to bring…

Just yourself, fresh faced and excited to create your bridal look. If you have a tiara, hair piece or veil bring them too, along with any images you’ve found when searching for ideas.

I’m nervous…

I’m here to help you create the vision you have for your big day. I am here to listen and put my skills and expert advice to the test. I want to create the best version of you…Not to stamp you with a style you will not like.

I live, sleep and breathe weddings, I love to hear all about the dress, the plans, the theme and with all of that I have the same vision as you, together we can make the dream a reality!!


I don’t know what I want…

Pinterest, Google and social media platforms are great for ideas. Whilst I am realistic and explain how airbrushed some makeup images can be I will offer my professional advice based on the theme of pictures you have found.

I will also advise how best to achieve the look, especially with hair styles, extensions or hair pieces that may be needed. Images are a great way to get an idea of what you like but whilst were talking, I’ll be looking at your colour palette, your eye colour and creating the look that would suit you enhancing all your beautiful features.  

I have NEVER had my makeup done before…

This is quite often the case for most Brides. In the days before a trail we will chat about what to expect. You’ll come to my home studio, be greeted with a warm beverage and my puppy dog Hugo, he loves weddings (they mean more brides and their girls visiting for cuddles and strokes).

Together we will discuss what you wear day to day and on a night out. Whether your wanting a natural to all out glam look, my aim is to get you somewhere in the middle. There is plenty of time given for you to feel at ease and change anything your unsure about. A perfect version of yourself is exactly who you should be on your wedding day. 

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My hair doesn’t curl…

I will try my best to use the products, tools and skills I have to create the style your hoping for. I can offer advice on styles I think will work best in your hair and guide you with hair extensions or hair pieces. 


What if I don’t like it…

We have cleanser to take it off!! And plenty of time to explore all of your options till you are happy. I ALWAYS explain what I am doing so it is not a shock when you look in the mirror. 

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What if it doesn’t last…

The whole purpose of the trial is to see how your hair holds, up or down along with how your makeup lasts. A catch up after your trial will ensure I have all the feedback I need to provide the best service.

We can change and adapt the problems to ensure these do not happen on the big day. It can be as little as a change of lip colour to prepping your skin and hair differently. All of your woes can be recognised and fixed, you can even come back for another trial. 


I don’t want anyone to see it…

I can appreciate this so much however I do advise you have your trial on an occasion or event. Even a date night with the other half…if he remembers what you look like in 6 months before your big day, I will personally marry him!!

I can also change things a little to make it slightly different to your bridal look so you get all of the benefits of your trial. 


Can I have my hair and makeup done again for another occasion…

Its actually quite amazing after a trial how many times I see a Bride before their big day…it absolutely becomes any excuse to get made up again for any occasion. And even better that my Brides come back after their big day to see me and be glammed up for their events. 


So what are you waiting for, get booked in for your bridal trial…

If this doesn’t calm your worries of booking your hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, just get in touch. I am always on the end of an email awaiting all your questions.

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Visit my website for all my previous Bridal looks.


Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

It can be little overwhelming when you enter a bridal boutique and you’re faced with rows and rows of beautiful dresses. Where do you start?

The key to finding the dress is figuring out what style of gown will suit your body type best. By going into the boutique with prior knowledge on which style will compliment your figure will narrow down your choices and help you choose something that will make you feel like the star of the show!

There are many flattering dress silhouettes available for all body types, from flouncy ballgown dresses to sleek and elegant sheath gowns. We’re here to help you find out what the best silhouette is for your body shape.

1. A-Line

The A-line is a great starting point if you’re not sure which style to try on first. The art of an A-line silhouette is in the proportions, which is so-called because of the resemblance of the letter A. It has a fitted bodice which gradually widens into a gracefully sloped skirt, which balances itself out for a look that’s neither top- nor bottom-heavy.

Compliments: All body types

Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

2. Sheath

An effortless and modern slim-cut style that drapes straight down from the neck to the hem, following your body’s natural shape. The long, straight lines of a sheath gown have a lengthening effect and look they fantastic short lean figures, or those with an athletic shape, but it can be very unforgiving as the fabric often has little stretch. A sheath wedding dress is an excellent fit for those who don’t want to be overwhelmed by too much fabric.

Compliments: Petite or athletic figures

Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

3. Tea-length

The hem of a tea-length wedding dress will usually sit between mid-calf to just above the ankles. The perfect tea-length dress will help you look elegant without feeling too restricted by lots of fabric.

They can also give you a gorgeous vintage 50’s style look if you pair your dress with some victory rolls and red lips. Short styles are perfect for brides who plan to tie the knot in the daytime or for a destination wedding where a long dress may be a bit too warm.

Compliments: All body types

4. Fishtail/Mermaid

The mermaid (or fishtail) is a striking look for brides who crave a little va-va-voom. Mermaid dresses are tightly fitted down the bride’s body, which is fantastic for emphasising curves and flare out dramatically below the knee.

This creates for the trademark “mermaid” tail shape which can be narrow or wide, or sleek or ruffled, depending on what kind of twist you wish to have on your look. If you’re worried about any lumps or bumps showing, then choosing lace as your main material will make this figure-hugging style more forgiving.

Compliments: Pear-shaped or hourglass figures wanting to flaunt their curves

Wedding Dress Styles: How to Choose the Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

5. Basque

Basque dresses have a fitted bodice that comes into a gentle V-shape just below the waistline. This can be paired with a slim or flouncy skirt, or don a lace-up back offering a sensual detail to your dress.

This style elongates the torso and draws attention to the waist, so it’s best to avoid a basque gown if you’re self-conscious of your stomach.

Compliments: Slender bodies or short torsos

6. Empire

Empire line dresses are an elegant design that has a fitted bodice and a high waistline that starts just under the bust. The skirt is normally long and flowing and gently skims the body.

This style of dress helps lengthen the body, emphasises the bust over the waist, and is forgiving around the legs, waist and hips.

Compliments: Petite frames, sporty figures wishing to accentuate their bust and apple figures wanting to elegantly smooth out their middle

7. Ballgown

A ballgown is the classic wedding dress shape. It is the princess gown that pops into our heads when anyone mentions the word ‘bride’ or ‘wedding dress’.

This love letter to tradition, which pairs a short, fitted bodice with a voluminous full skirt, is a flattering look for nearly every body type. The contrast between the huge skirt and the close-cut bodice draws attention to the narrowest point of your waistline, whilst the large skirt can flatten out your hips and stomach.

Thanks to its pouffe, a ball gown silhouette can help balance out a fuller bustline or those with broader shoulders.

Compliments: Bigger busts or large hips


For the next step, finding out where to buy your wedding dress from in the North West, why not check out our recommended suppliers? You can find them in our Bride Bible here. Or you can pop along to one of our upcoming wedding fayres which you can find here

Love is in the Air: The 10 most Romantic songs for you Civil Ceremony

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, here’s Cheshire Pianist, Guy Porteous’ round up of his 10 most romantic ceremony songs…


Popular romantic entrance music: 

Pachelbel’s Canon

A Thousand Years

Beauty and The Beast

All of Me


How long will I love you

Make you feel my love. 

Glasgow love theme. 

She’s the one

Thinking out loud..


10 most popular choices for Exit music:

All you need is love

Marry me

It must be love. 

Signed sealed delivered I’m yours 

This will be..Natalie Cole 

Let there be love

All of me

Greatest day of our lives

Greatest love of all

At last 


Have you ever thought about live music for your civil ceremony?

With 35 years’ experience, Guy can offer a truly bespoke arrangement for your ceremony.

From timeless classics, to ballads and pop – you can be sure there will be something to suit everyone! If there is anything in particular that you are hoping for, Guy will usually be able to accommodate this. 


Please feel free to get in touch, to discuss options without obligation.

A 15% discount being offered for Jan, Feb, March weddings in  2021.

Happy Valentines Day ❤️❤️



For further details please Contact:

Guy Porteous The Cheshire Pianist. 

Tel : 07966196572


5 Original Ways to Use Social Media At Your Wedding 

Marriage today is very different from what it was just 10 years ago… Weddings are now arguably a lot more experimental and creative than they were just a decade ago. 

One of the biggest changes since back then is in technology. Now, you can harness the power of social media to help with your wedding planning by checking out the boards on Pinterest, or looking at the wedding hashtags on Instagram, or even choosing which vendor you should go for on Facebook

But how can you use social media to your advantage on your actual wedding day? To help, we’ve made a shortlist of ideas…


1. Create an event or group for your wedding day

By creating an event (or even a private group) on Facebook all about your big day, it can be very beneficial during the run-up, on the day and even after the wedding has finished.

On this online platform, you’ll be able to invite all your family members, share the exact date, time and location – which you can link to Google maps so you can assure no one gets lost!

On the morning of your wedding, you can post the itinerary for the day and also the list of what food everyone’s ordered and post any requests you have for your guests. Then, after the ceremony, family members can keep in touch and also share any pictures that they took on the day with those in the group! 


2. Design a custom Filter or Lens

What makes using Snapchat different to the others, and maybe a little more fun, is that you can apply different lenses (such as the super famous puppy ears) and also use Geofilters on your snaps, which are unique frames for certain locations.

What many people don’t know is that you create your own custom designs for a little bit of money! To do so you can go onto this page and scroll through the different frames and customise the text and even add Bitmojis (cartoon characters) of you and your partner.

Or, if you’re not feeling so creative, you can get a professional to design one for you, check out sellers on Etsy and Fiverr, and set it all up to save the hassle. This would be a great treat for your guests as they can use your personalised filter on the photos they share on social media!

social media at wedding


3. Have a personal hashtag

Okay, so we know that this one isn’t the most original, but it’s a nice touch to add to your wedding. Having a personal hashtag for your special day is popular for a reason – it is a great way to gather all of those wedding moments you weren’t able to capture yourself, but your guests did.

Instagram is the original #hashtag site, but now others are also allowing you to use #hashtags on your posts. If you’re not entirely sure what a #hashtag is, think of it as a simplified website address for those who want to share photos and comments around a specific topic.

Couples are coming up with their own unique hashtags that no one else has used before, maybe by playing on either, or both, of their names or maybe using a special phrase that they have. Creating your own hashtag can be fun and interesting when you start seeing what pictures and comments your guests are posting specifically about you and your wedding.


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4. Livestream your wedding

If you’ve decided to go for a destination wedding somewhere afar, or maybe some of your closest family and friends aren’t able to make it, Facebook Live is a great way to make them feel like they are there.

To do this, make everyone who wishes to be part of the live stream aware of the time you are getting married, ensure the internet connection is spot on and assign one person to stream parts of your wedding live.

Since Facebook Live can be recorded on a phone, it won’t feel intrusive if just one person takes the responsibility and makes sure the best parts of your wedding are captured for those who aren’t there. Or, if you don’t wish to burden any of your guests with this job, services such as UK Live Streaming will take care of everything for you. If you want to go to the total digital extreme, by using the app WebWed, you can even go as far as having a completely online wedding which is legally binding (crazy, eh?). 


5. Don’t use it all!

If you don’t want to have anything to do with any type of social media, you want your day to be 100% Snapchat and Facebook free, why not go ahead and have a totally unplugged wedding?

That’s right, one original way to ‘use’ social media at your wedding is to not use it all. Social media isn’t for everyone and you can ban your guests from using their phones and have a totally tech-free do – or maybe just for the actual ceremony.

It may seem unrealistic or even a bit rude, but it’s the only way to guarantee your guests won’t be all up on social media rather than at your wedding. After all, it is the perfect way to guarantee that everyone is present and focused during those precious few hours. 


If you’re planning a wedding in the North West, be sure to pop along to one of our upcoming fayres! You’ll be sure to find plenty of inspiration and be able to chat to an amazing range of suppliers. Click here to find the fayres.