My Post-Engagement Checklist

If you follow @FrockTrade on Twitter you’ll have spotted my recent blog posts for luxury jewellery retailer Laings of Glasgow. As some of you may know my other half proposed recently and I’m really enjoying sharing my post-engagement tips with Laings customers and fellow brides-to-be. Find a sneak peek at my most recent post below – read the full article here

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(Image above: photography-Hand&Rae, styling-Ann Russell, make-up-Ana Cruzalegui, model-Kristina@Colours)

YOU’RE ENGAGED! NOW WHAT?
November 1, 2013
He proposed! You’re engaged! You’re overwhelmed with excitement and can’t wait to tell the world. So what happens after you’ve said yes? Here’s our list of 10 things to do after he’s popped the question.

1/Share your happy news
Once you’ve recovered from the excitement of the proposal it’s time to share the news with your loved ones. Your parents should be the first to know (if they don’t already) so pick up the phone and plan a visit to show off the ring. It probably seems easier to send a quick tweet or post a status update but your relatives won’t thank you if they’re the last to know. Feel free to go online once you’ve had a proper chat with close family and friends.

2/ Get your ring sized
Try to get your ring sized as soon as possible. It wouldn’t be the best start to your engagement if the ring fell off your finger an hour after the proposal. Pop into Laings to have your ring size carefully measured so that your new sparkler fits you comfortably. The resizing process can take time so be patient and remember the most important thing is to have a ring that fits you perfectly.

3/ Get your ring insured
By now your ring should be sized and sitting proudly on your finger. Your next task is to get it insured in case bad luck strikes. If you have home owner’s insurance the best idea is to call your provider and add the ring to your policy. Ask your new fiancé to keep all associated paperwork in a safe place to ensure insurance valuations are accurate.

4/ Set an approximate date
If you’re newly engaged setting an exact date might seem premature so have a discussion about the time of year you’d like to get married so you can field date related questions. Something as vague as ‘We’d like a Summer wedding’ or ‘We’re hoping for the end of next year’ is enough to give people an idea of your timescales.

5/ Buy a wedding planner
Stay organised with a notebook, calendar or folder that you can fill with ideas, cuttings from magazines and wedding fair flyers that have caught your eye. When it comes to making bookings with suppliers you’ll have all the correct contact details in one place. Plus your planner will jog your memory if you’ve forgotten anything and help you visualise the overall theme of your big day.

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Fashion – On Location with Laings of Glasgow

Last week I shared some pictures with you from my trip to Spain where I was styling the new campaign for luxury jewellery retailer Laings. Here’s a peek at my blog for the Laings website about our shoot….

“Last week, on a cloudy Glasgow afternoon, a creative team from Laings flew to sunny Marbella in Spain to shoot the new advertising campaign for 2013/2014. As the stylist on location I had the pleasure of working with Photographers Roddy Hand and Andy Rae, Make-up Artist Ana Cruzalegui, Model Kristina Antanaityte from Colours Agency, CEO Stuart Laing and Senior Sales Executive Linda Robertson.

With our luggage allowances checked and toiletries scanned we boarded our flight to Malaga and Linda and I got straight to business. We discussed the clothes I’d brought and matched each piece of jewellery to the most relevant of our four themes – evening wear, casual wear, tailoring and bridal.  I’d specifically chosen elegant and timeless clothing to compliment Laings selection of luxury jewellery and watches. Meanwhile our photographers were making plans for our first location, the sleek Trocadero Beach Club pictured below.” Read more behind the scenes gossip here

Marbella