Win: Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium ** NOW CLOSED**

Microsoft Office

Good morning Londoners! I hope you all had a great weekend. We have a fantastic competition lined up for you today worth just under £200. In conjunction with Microsoft we are giving away an “All You Need To Plan Your Wedding Online” Pack which includes:

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The latest research shows that men are becoming increasingly more involved in wedding planning and technology is playing a leading role. Microsoft Office 365 polled UK wedding planners to find out who wears the trousers when it comes to planning a modern wedding. 72% of those surveyed said that they have seen a sharp increase in grooms getting more involved over the past couple of years. Nine out of ten wedding planners have also said that they have seen a huge increase in clients using technology to plan their weddings. Online mood boards are the most popular, followed by sharing photos online, creating spreadsheeets of venues and suppliers and using video calling for virtual meetings.

Celebrity wedding planner Mark Niemierko agrees that technology is the key to getting men involved: “We’re seeing people move away from the formal speeches-and-cake-cutting style weddings. My clients are seeing their big day as an opportunity to throw a great party for their family and friends, and this has seen men become keener to be involved.”

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Mark tells us exactly how technology can help to plan your wedding: “Technology is an essential part of planning a wedding these days; from managing the budget and timelines through to creating mood boards for inspiration and much more. I’ve used Microsoft Office for years and literally could not do what I do without it”.

MY THOUGHTS ON OFFICE 365*

I have had a play around with Microsoft Office 365 myself and have to agree that it is a fantastic tool to help you in planning your wedding.

  • First of all, it is a “cloud subscription”, meaning that it works on all different types of devices – including PCs, laptops, Macs, mobiles and Windows tablets. This also allows you to access/create/edit/amend and share your wedding budgets, checklists and notes on the go, meaning you don’t have to lug around a heavy wedding folder anymore.
  • More specifically, the OneNote tool allows you to create a section tab for each category of your wedding – dress, venue, catering, flowers, photography, etc. From this you can then create to-do lists, all of which are stored in one easy place (I lost track of the amount of times I misplaced my handwritten to-do list when planning our wedding, so this tool would really have come in handy!)
  • You can collect and collate images in a Digital Scrapbook, with automatic links back to the webpages from where the image was taken.
  • Excel was one of the best tools I used for my own wedding planning. From the off I used spreadsheets to compare venues based on location, hire cost, catering cost and licence times. Once we had chosen the venue I then continued to use Excel to manage our budget and to draft our guest list.
  • Office 365 even has a seating plan template. I’ve watched friends try to organise table plans the old fashioned way with scrapes of paper and it wasn’t fun. The Office 365 seating chart template will take half the stress of table planning away, trust me!

ENTER NOW

To be in with a chance to win a years subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium, together with the wedge touch mouse and keyboard, simply complete the form below and tell us your favourite online or technology-related wedding tool.

Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 29th May 2013.

Terms & Conditions:

- The winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted within 24 hours of entries closing.

- The winner must provide a UK postal address to which the prizes can be sent. Microsoft will cover the shipping costs within the UK only.

- If the winner does not provide an address within 10 days of being contacted they will forfeit their right to the prize and another winner will be drawn.

- There is no cash alternative and the prizes are not refundable nor exchangeable.

*Disclosure – As part of this competition I have been given a copy of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium to keep myself.

Rach – The Final Month!

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Eeee! Actually, Rach has less than a month but let’s round it up and keep quiet…  The engagement shoot pictures are incredible, no?

It’s the final month!

We’ve now entered the final month (3 weeks to be precise!) before the wedding; this makes me very happy….the time is flying by!

Hen and Stag Parties

The Mr and I have had our respective ‘dos’; him taking the trip up to Newcastle for a drunken (and likely debaucherous) weekend and me to Chester for a fabulous girly, bubbles filled weekend.  All of the girls made my weekend fantastic and thank you so much to Gem for organising AND juggling being a new mum!

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Engagement Shoot

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A couple of weeks ago, the Mr and I headed over to Hampstead Heath to meet with our photographer, the amazing Kat Hill for our engagement shoot.  We were both a little bit nervous, not keen on having our photographs taken or ‘posing’ but Kat was incredible – made us feel comfortable and made the shoot enjoyable.

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Cake

The Mr and I originally decided that we weren’t that fussed about a cake but we are now having two!  At the weekend we went off to Neal’s Yard at Borough Market to choose CHEESE, they were incredibly helpful and gave us lots of options to try, yum!

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Ceremony and Music

Last week – I set us a challenge; to have the ceremony readings and music decided by the end of the Bank Holiday…. and we managed it!  The Mr found a perfect reading and we’ve chosen our ceremony music.  Another job ticked off!

Dress

In the last couple of weeks I have had 2 fittings at Angelica Bridal, after a couple of alterations my dress is ready!  Trying on MY dress for the first time since making my decision, I thought I would feel very nervous – I didn’t, I felt super smiley, comfortable and ready to get married!  Can not wait to wear it! Wed In London Blogging Bride Rach (1){BHLDN / Craftsy}

Jewellery

I have been trying to make a decision about my jewellery – searching for pieces that would be right!  I have been incredibly lucky to have a fabulous friend who has helped out with my headpiece and I’ve had some lovely and thoughtful gifts from my parents and from my sister means my jewellery is all sorted!

… And Finally

We’re now starting to get into finalising lots of details; we’ve sorted favours, place names, cake table (thanks to Nim for the loan of the cake stand!).

Next up – finalising the flowers, the Mr’s shoes and probably the most difficult job, the table plan!

Love, Rach xx

Cannot wait to see Rach on her big day :-)  You can see Rach’s 2 month countdown here.

Nim xx

Image credits:  Provided by Rach unless otherwise stated.

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