Real Weddings

Wedding Disasters.

Most of us want and usually paint a rosy picture of a wedding; the bride and groom totally in love, friends and family all getting along, the whole day running smoothly without any hiccups or god forbid, disasters. However, as with all things in life, it’s not always perfect and you shouldn’t expect it to be. The more prepared you are mentally for certain surprises, the less stressed you’ll be. And you don’t want to be that bridezilla who runs around on her wedding day screaming her head off do you?

Watch this short video from Zachary Quinto on his picks of real-life wedding disasters and you’ll be relieved that yours is probably not the worst!


Beauty Freebies

Hong Kong Beauty Week 2013: Chance to Win a Free Facial and Pedicure.

Calling all ladies (and men!)), who’d like to not only get pampered before their big day but also learn some tips from experts on skin care, diet, makeup and hairstyling. Created by Prettybooked, Hong Kong’s online beauty and spa finder, the inaugural Hong Kong Beauty Week 2013 will be a week long celebration of our love for beauty, wellness and personal grooming. It’s important to look perfect both inside and out on your wedding day, and that starts with treating your body with what it deserves. As one of the media partners of the Beauty Week, Prettybooked will be giving away some goodies to Bridelicious’ readers in the upcoming weeks so keep an eye out for what’s to come! To start off this week, you can stand a chance to win a free Eve Lom signature facial (worth HK$1,280) AND a Minx Pedicure (worth HK$680) from , just by telling us what two other services (besides facials and creative nail care) are available at 10/10 SPACE.

How to enter giveaway:
1. Tell us what two services (besides facials and creative nail care) are available at 10/10 SPACE by sending to .
2. Giveaway ends Thursday, July 11th at midnight HKT.

Terms and conditions:
A winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email on Thursday, 11th July 2013. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter to win. Void where prohibited by law. WordPress clock will be the official time-keeping device for this giveaway. Only Hong Kong entries allowed. Only one (1) entry per person and only one prize per winner. The giveaway includes one (1) Eve Lom Signature Facial and one (1) Minx pedicure. Prettybooked and 10/10 SPACE reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions.


**For more information on Hong Kong Beauty Week, check out Prettybooked. For tickets to various workshops throughout the week, purchase them at**


Destination Weddings Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Karin & Simon by History Studio (Koh Samui)

I’m sorry for neglecting you lovely readers. My mind, spirit and body drifted to the idyllic country of Italy and didn’t want to return. Since I’m still in the travel state of mind, I wanted to start the month off by sharing a destination wedding with you that was photographed by the ever so talented Kong from History Studio.

Set on the secluded and sun-filled beach of The Tongsai Bay in Koh Samui, Karin and Simon’s day couldn’t have been anymore relaxing and laid back; they stuck to their true intentions of creating a celebration that involved love, fun, food and a never-ending flow of booze. And quite aptly put, a simple affair. Their carefree approach was highlighted by Karin’s brave move to forego hiring a make-up or hair artist and instead, with the help of her awesome bridesmaid, made herself look picture perfect (not that she wasn’t gorgeous already!). You know what they say, ‘less is more’.


Venue/Florist/Planner: The Tongsai Bay   |   Photographer: History Studio   |   Bride’s Dress: From Hitched! Bridal   |    Groom’s Suit: Gieves & Hawkes   |   Bridesmaid’s Dress: J.Crew

Wedding Etiquette

Daddy’s Little Girl. How to Involve Him On Your Wedding Day.

This coming Sunday, Father’s Day, is the one day in the year that many dads will be pampered but let us not forget that there are plenty of other days (everyday!) for you to show him your love, not least your wedding day. See the suggestions from our friends at SimplyBridal on how to involve him in the celebrations; he’ll be ever so touched. Afterall, you’re always going to be his little girl.


Photo credit: SimplyBridal

Wedding Decor

Wallpaper Photo Backdrops.

It’s the one part of the wedding that many couples either spend a hefty sum on or leave the wedding venue to provide (usually in the form of a big red board with a printed tacky and shimmery name banner pinned on) as part of the wedding package. Photo backdrops needn’t cost you an arm or a leg nor should it be so boring that you’re better off without it. Add some personality and spark to your backdrop by using wallpaper – it’ll instantly transform a formerly drab looking photo into one that’s full of life. Love travelling? Go for a vintage world map. Floral addict? How about a Cath Kidston-esque print? The patterns and prints are boundless so narrow down by concentrating on your colour scheme and wedding theme (if any) or you’ll find yourself going off course.

Where to find wallpaper?
Hong Kong Island: Lockhart Road, Wan Chai (the section between Wan Chai MTR Exit A1 and Causeway Bay)
Kowloon (don’t be a snob, it’s not the dark side): Hong Lok Street and Portland Street, Mong Kong (the section between Argyle Street and Mong Kok Road)

Too lazy to walk? Shop Online.
Laura Ashley
Urban Outfitters


Photo credits (clockwise from top left): The Chalk Decor, Wallpaperking, The Blog Bybe, Anthropologie, Wayfair, Niji Home Design, Ashley Brockinton Photography via Every Last Detail, Elizabeth Messina via Grey Likes Weddings

Proposals Wedding Etiquette

Will You Marry Me?

Just when you thought social media couldn’t infiltrate our lives much more than it already has, news comes that some bloke proposed to his girlfriend via Twitter coupled with Vine (a shakey self-shot video). And to find out more on how the proposal evolved, read . No sweet words, or tears of joy. All executed in less than 140 characters for the world to read and see. Unconventional it may be, but what ever happened to privacy and intimacy? You’re allowed to share your excitement but c’mon, do it after you’ve actually got the girl to say yes.

My point is, fine you can be original and think out of the box when it comes to proposals or even weddings, but sometimes, a bit of tradition is a good thing. What ever happened to good old romance where a guy got down on one knee and poured his heart out as to why he wants to spend the rest of his life with his soulmate? Not to say that a proposal has to be all girlie and dreamy, but at least, give it some respect. So, when it’s your turn to conjure up a unique proposal, remember that different isn’t always the best way forward.


Photo credit: Luis Acosta / AFP – Getty Images via NBC News (image isn’t of the Twitter couple!)


We’re Back!

The last few weeks have been a roller-coaster ride so Bridelicious was on the back burner. Now we’re back. Thanks for your patience as we bring you more inspirations that will make your wedding one that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.


Beauty Destination Weddings

Top 6 Tips for a Glowing Destination Bride.

I hope today’s 97% humidity is not affecting your mood or your body. And when you’re going to be tying the knot in a few months, preceded with all the stress of wedding planning, you’ve got to start looking at maintaining a good diet and keep those sucker bugs at bay. We all know how busy life in Hong Kong can be so in our first series of guest posts from Mia, of Graciously Green (who not only is a Yoga Teacher, a Board Certified Health Coach but also a Raw Food Chef!), she’ll be sharing with you some tips on how to achieve that all-important glow on your wedding day. Obviously if you’re a groom reading this, there’s nothing stopping you from following Mia’s tips. Why not be healthy together?


“It’s almost here, your big day in the beautiful sunny destination of your dreams. You’ve worked so hard toning and honing yourself into perfection over the last few months, so don’t let your health slide and get in the way of looking and feeling your best as you float down the aisle. Destination weddings are a beautiful way to celebrate your love, but it is important to be prepared for the change in climate, water as well as food before and during your trip. So here are my top 6 health tips to make sure you’re sparkling with radiant health:


1. Rehydrate, rehydrate, rehydrate without proper hydration your skin will look crinkled and you will feel sluggish. My biggest tip would be to keep a flask or BPA-free bottle on you at all times, and just keep sipping. Add slices of lemon or lime with a pinch of pink Himalayan salt (full of minerals) to help support your liver. Nature’s best hydration drink is coconut water, so if you’re going somewhere tropical for your wedding, this should be readily available.


Photo credit: Feminspire


 2. Keep digestion going with chia there’s nothing worse than feeling bloated and sluggish; not ideal on your wedding day. Try adding chia-seeds to your diet a few weeks before your big day and leading-up to the wedding as they are full of fibre and will help to cleanse the system. Try a chia-porridge for breakfast every day – Chia seeds will literally cleanse the gut as well as replenish your omega 3 oils, helping your skin to shine. Plus, they’re very easy to throw in your luggage.


Photo credit: Endurance Films


 3. Eat your raw greens ok, seems like an obvious and general statement, but if you want your skin, digestion and overall energy to feel amazing on your big day, this is your secret weapon. Raw greens, vegetables and fruits all contain live energy, which are not only cleansing for your system but will also rehydrate and fill you with natural energy. Raw food expert, David Wolfe, says that eating raw foods increases the alkalinity of the body, which alleviates the underlying cause of inflammation and puffiness.


Photo credit: The Raw Chef


4. Cut out the rubbish at least 2 months before the big day what goes in will show outwards, so if you’re eating lots of processed foods, additives and drinking alcohol, and then suddenly stop a week before the wedding, you will start to detox.  This, coupled with a change of climate and travel, will set you up for a beauty disaster. Things could get worse before they get better. Eating a clean diet all year round is obviously perfect, however, if you’re serious about looking your best on your big day, make sure you go “clean” in plenty of time to allow for any detoxing to complete before you get to your destination.


Photo credit: Heartburn


5. Skin-plumping sulfur for super beauty foods rich in the mineral sulfur are known to help to ward off wrinkles, promote healthy hair and skin, as well as keep acne at bay. Superfood maca is a great source of sulfur as well as being an adaptogenic herb, meaning it will help your body to adapt to any new and stressful situations. Sulfur is a component of skin-plumping collagen. Foods rich in sulfur can improve the appearance of the skin. Other foods that are high in sulfur include garlic, spirulina, cabbage, radishes, and pumpkin seeds.


Photo credit: Saule Health


6. Get moving as soon as you arrive – even on the plane, implement a bit of yoga stretching. Planes and travel are the worst for tightening-up muscles, digestion and your general wellbeing. Throw your yoga bag or running shoes in you bag and just push yourself to do at least ½ an hour of something as soon as your arrive at your destination, or the first morning. Your health will love you for it.


Photo credit: Wild Thyme Farm


One last bonus tip, don’t be scared to get a bit of unprotected sun many of the sun-creams out there contain harmful toxins, which can bring you out in rashes as well as pimples. Ten to twenty minutes of sunshine on bare skin will give you a great healthy boost of vitamin D, something most of us lack and is essential for health. If you want to stay out of the sun, a beautiful Audrey Hepburn-style hat is a glamorous and safe bet.


Mia will be hosting some raw-food workshops this month at Sol Wellness in Hong Kong so if you want to see how she can support you on your journey to health and happiness, contact her at .

Entertainment Wedding Photography

IMGIN Hong Kong: Photobooth Discount.

Boy, are you in for a treat. We know you just can’t get  enough of the photobooth mania so we’ve partnered up with IMGIN, the creative solutions company founded by young duo Jaclyn and Teddy, again to offer our readers a special discount of HK$500 off the package prices. Not only will the IMGIN team take care of the design and props, you’ve also got some extra dough to spend on other entertainment….booze anyone?

Photo booth promo details:
Quote promo code: BRIDE2BE
Discount rate: HK$500 off
Rates valid for bookings made before 7 November 2013.  

Click here for details of IMGIN packages.


Photo credit: IMGIN

**N.B. The final terms and conditions are stipulated by IMGIN and may change from time to time. Bridelicious is merely sharing this offer to readers and is not accepting any sponsorships.

DIY Projects Wedding Stationery

Free Printable: Thank You Card in Watercolour.

Is it the end of the month already? In order to thank you wonderful readers for your support so far this first quarter, I’m sharing with you a free Thank You card printable that you can download, print and use for your wedding or just when you feel like being nice and thank someone.

To download, click here.