Don't forget to bring your entire wardrobe

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We are just back from a hectic weekend break in London.  While we were there we were lucky enough to fit in a stack of the restaurants and bars that have been on our 'to try' list.  There really is nothing like a weekend of sampling the best of entertainment London has to offer in the summer.  A truly great thing to do - a blog will follow shortly on all that.  And all that socialising means we have returned feeling fairly jaded but happy to be back home to detox before our next trip.

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And having just finished unpacking from our weekend away, it's almost time to start packing again.  As I mentioned in a previous blog (see, 7 cases of bad packing) the fact that I am a true Virgo shines through with the laminated lists I have developed to ensure I have always packed complete and nothing is forgotten.

Packing has therefore become somewhat of a ritual of mine.  Indeed, this packing malarkey that I have become so expert in means that I rarely forget anything.  That said, rolling, folding and then packing half of the contents of my house meticulously into our cases means I am probably taking a fairly liberal view on the rules of this packing game.

Enough on the packing.  Our next stop is the blue waters and beautiful coast of southern Italy, leaving 3 weeks today.  In Italy not only will I get to marry my man with our families there to share our love and our special moment, we will also celebrate both of our birthdays while we are there. Matt's is first and mine is two days later.  I always call Matt's the pre birthday.  On the Amalfi Coast we will be staying at our favourite hotel in Italy: Le Sirenuse  (check out my blog Amore Positano for full details on the hotel).  Our 16 day road trip around Italy in 2015 was filled with so many memorable places, but this was the one that really captured our hearts.  We can't think of anywhere better to celebrate our wedding.

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So with travel and weddings on the mind, I thought I would share with you my top tips for getting hitched abroad:

1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! A burned bride is not a good look. The old "falling asleep in the sun with a halterneck top" miscalculation will simply not cut it.  Looks dreaders.  You cannot be careful enough with this.

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2. Have more than one option for footwear on the big day (ideally a sparkly sandal - check out www.shopmystique.com). Hot, sticky blistered feet and new shoes can be a particularly nasty combination.  Avert this disaster by planning a sensible yet immac backup.

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3. Always book a hair trial for as soon as you arrive.  Trying to get a hairdresser to do what you want can be challenging at the best of times.  Throw in a language barrier, a local hairdresser who knows best and thinks you really do need that perm, and you could find yourself in seriously dire straights.  Cut through this issue and plan well ahead, with a trial.  Then speak slowly and loud, with lots of hand gesticulation.  Better still, be armed with plenty of bridal hair images.

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4. Go back to somewhere you know and love.  Doing this will make the pre-wedding build up more exciting.  You will be able to visualise your dream day and know exactly what to expect (and plan how best to look immac for it).

5. Check with your airline to find out the rules for travelling with your prized wedding dress.  Believe me squashing a meringue in to an over head economy class locker amongst all the rucksacks, duty free booze and camera bags is no way to start your holiday of a lifetime.  Get ahead of this problem by reaching out to your airline and checking what is what with oversized luggage.

So, who am I to give advice on a big day in a foreign place...? Well, all will be revealed in good time.  Let's just say, I do (pun intended, couldn't resist).

I would love to hear your wedding stories.

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Love Piper x

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