After a super productive day Christmas shopping in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, (if you haven't been shopping there you should definitely check it out) we headed to the Christmas markets. Because is it even Christmas if you haven't been to the Christmas markets...
We checked out the stall filled with Christmas decorations, festive foods and artisan cheese. And in true Scottish style there toy can pick up some cute tartan pieces.
After we had finished our days shopping we headed to the Dome for dinner and a well earned cocktail. The Dome is the quintessential Christmas venue. It is probably the most Christmassy restaurants iv visited to date, so if this place doesn't have you filled with festive cheer than I don't know what will.
And the cocktails are to die for...
We had the most perfect weekend in Edinburgh, I definitely recommend it
During our festive trip to Edinburgh, we stopped by The Balmoral hotel for afternoon tea at the Palm court
I think this afternoon tea gets the award for the sparkly est afternooon tea iv ever been too. The palm court is absolutely beautiful, and as its Christmas its dressed to its very best.
I was delighted when we were shown to our table and saw the sparkly backdrop. I am all about the sparkle, especially at Christmas time. It was almost as glittering as the glass dome and Venetian chandelier hanging above
We chose our tea from a wide selection of loose leaf teas, while we listed to the harpist play from the balcony.
And than we were served a divine selection of sandwiches and savoury's along with fresh out of the oven scones served with clotted cream and Jam
And than came the handmade pasties from the pastry chef. Each one as delicious as it looked. The addition of a super cute ice cream cone shaped treat was the icing on the cake.
Such a lovely festive treat, and the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon
If you have a busy summer season of weddings coming up for 2019, the chances are you will need to plan your weekends very wisely. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes in the twenty first century. One Saturday you might be watching a distant relative saying their ‘I do’s’ in a traditional Catholic church, and the next weekend you might be enjoying a bohemian ceremony on a beach. It doesn't matter where you are heading to witness the joyous occasions, you need to ensure that your etiquette doesn’t slip. You will be attending one of the most special days of a couple's life, so you need to put in the extra effort. Follow this simple guide to help you be the perfect wedding guest.
Don’t Upstage The Bride
The chances are that the bride will be wearing white. So its said that you shouldn't wear white as well. While you know that your friend will be stunningly beautiful, radiant and over the moon with her special day, this could be ruined if you rock up wearing the same colour. It’s an unwritten rule that the bride has dibs on white for the day. There are plenty of other colours out there to choose from. Go for something pretty, feminine and floral or opt for the trouser suit look a la Priyanka Chopra at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Just because your favorite dress is the white one hanging in your wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to wear it.
Just because you have many wedding invites to sort through doesn’t mean you should be tardy in your responses to them. It’s vital that you RSVP promptly and using the relevant communication method. If it asks for an email, don’t send a text. It looks lazy and disrespectful. Make sure you pencil in the dates on your calendar and start getting organised. Seek out gifts early, sort out your transport to and from venues and investigate hotels or accommodation if you need it. The bride and groom have enough on their plate and will not want to be chasing late responders to their invites.
Don’t Be The Bride’s Shadow
Just because you may be one of the brides closest friends doesn’t mean you can take up all her time at the reception. While you may be overjoyed to see her getting hitched and just want to express how proud you are, you have to let her mingle and share her time fairly. Wedding guests can number over one hundred, so it’s important that the bride and groom can speak to everyone. Be polite, wait your turn and allow her to enjoy her special day. You will see the bride when she gets back from her honeymoon so don’t hog her on the dancefloor in the evening. The chances are that she will want to be with her new husband.
You may find the thought of attending so many weddings tedious or exciting. In either case, it's important that you follow this guide to ensure that you master the art of perfect wedding guest etiquette.
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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