Engagement Ring Facts

Engagement Ring Facts

Engagement Ring FactsEngagement Ring Facts

1. White Gold and Platinum are the most common metals used for engagement rings. Palladium is becoming more popular, as is Titanium.

2. The most popular diamond shape is the round brilliant cut, closely followed by princess cut.

3. December is the most popular month for engagements. Christmas tops the list for proposals, followed by Valentines and New Year.

4. The average engagement ring used to cost around 2 month’s salary. Nowadays, an average of 3 week’s wages is spent.

5. 38% of people tell their partner what they have spent on the ring while an amazing 3% admit that they exaggerated the real price to their partner.

6. Up to 60% of brides get involved in the process of purchasing an engagement ring, often designing a custom piece. Less than 50% said their rings were exactly what they wanted!

7. Engagement rings are traditionally worn on the left hand following the old tradition that a vein in the fourth finger of the hand, the vena amoris or vein of love, runs directly to the heart. Engagement rings are worn on the left hand in England, USA, France, Canada, Australia and NZ, with countries such as Germany and India wearing the ring on their right hand. In the Hindu tradition, women are given toe rings as a symbol of marriage, called bichiya.

8. Around 70% of grooms-to-be still ask the parents for the bride’s hand in marriage.

9. Around 60% of proposals take place in private, with close to 80% of grooms saying “Will You” on bended knee.

10. It is thought that engagement rings first came from the caveman, who tied cords made of braided grass around his chosen mate’s wrists, ankles, and waist. The modern engagement ring was introduced in the 1400’s by Archduke Maximillian of Austria who gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring set with a diamond as a token of his love.

 

What to wear to a wedding?

What to wear to a wedding?

What to wear to a wedding?What to wear to a wedding?

While boutiques are inundated with outfit options for women, the choice for men can sometimes be a little difficult to determine – is a waistcoat and bow tie too formal? Do you run the risk of going too casual with your standard go-to checked shirt?

To help decipher the mystery of what a wedding guest should wear, leading men’s designer and clothes retailer Tessuti have put together a few helpful tips to make sure that you not only look the part at weddings, but that you also pull off any look with that essential dose of style.

Dress for the Occasion: Make sure you are aware what kind of theme the wedding will follow before deciding on your outfit. Church weddings generally follow a formal theme – make sure you step out in a crisp suit and shirt combo. Beach weddings usually call for something a little more laid back – think relaxed linens and beige trousers (3/4 trousers may even be acceptable in this case – but check with the bride first!).

Suit Up: With the exception of beach weddings, the majority of weddings do call for formal attire. Even if you live in your chino trousers, for a wedding it is time to up the ante – suit trousers in classic black or charcoal will make sure your look stays smart yet classically stylish.

Add a Pop of Colour: Remember, despite all the pomp and pageantry of a wedding, it’s also a celebration, so don’t be afraid to inject a little fun into your outfit. Add a pop of colour with a pastel coloured tie or lighten up any suit with a bright shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren have a great selection of pastel shirts ideal for looking smart and staying cool.

Don’t Forget Accessories: Just because you’re dressing formally doesn’t mean you have to forgo your own sense of style. Bring any suit and tie combo up to date by styling in your favourite accessories – a designer belt or set of cufflinks will ensure serious style points all day long. ♥

Thanks to www.tessuti.co.uk

 

Tying a tie

Tying a tie

Tying a tieTying a tie

The right tie, properly knotted, can make or break an outfit. An immaculately cut suit, polished shoes, dapper hairstyle and impeccable grooming will all be let down if your tie is wrong!

A few decades ago, every man and school boy worth his salt could knot his tie to perfection. Wearing ties was a way of life. These days, thanks to our more casual outlook in the men’s fashion stakes, ties aren’t a daily occurrence for the vast majority. And isn’t it a funny quirk that many men will ask their woman to straighten their tie, or even make the knot!

With the aid of Victor at Dorset Suit Hire and Chris at Dillon Photography, we’ve put together this simple guide to the most common knots so that you can truly look the part on your big day.

The Four-in-Hand (Schoolboy) knot:

The most common knot. Good for heavier fabrics. Best with collars that have a smaller spread.

• Hang the tie around your neck, allowing the wide end to extend at least a ruler’s length (30cm) below the narrow end.

• Cross the wide part firstly OVER then back UNDER the narrow part.

• Bring the wide end back OVER the front again, then pull UP through the loop.

• Hold the front of the knot with your fingers and slide the wide end down through the front of the knot.

• Hold the narrow end and tighten by sliding the knot up towards your throat.

The Windsor knot:

A wide triangle knot that works in formal settings. Best with a wide-spread collar.

• Hang the tie around your neck, allowing the wide end to extend at least a ruler’s length (30cm) below the narrow end.

• Take the wide end around and behind the narrow end, then pull it up through the loop formed by your collar and the tie and down to the front.

• Bring the wide end behind the narrow part, to the right, then push it through the loop again, forming a triangle in the knot area.

• Wrap the wide end around this triangle, moving from left to right.

• Bring the wide end up through the loop for the third time and pull through the knot at the front.

• Use both hands to tighten and centre.

The Half Windsor knot:

Works with lighter fabrics and wider ties. Best with a standard collar.

• Hang the tie around your neck, allowing the wide end to extend at least a ruler’s length (30cm) below the narrow end.

• Take the wide end around and behind the narrow end, then pull it up through the loop formed by your collar and the tie and down to the front.

• Bring the wide end behind the narrow part, to the right, then push it through the loop again, forming a triangle in the knot area.

• Pull the wide end through the loop again and then pass it through the knot, tightening with both hands.

Bow ties:

• Drape the tie around your neck, extending the right side about 5cm lower.

• Cross the long end over the short end – cross near the neck so that the loop is just large enough to work with.

• Pass the longer end up through the loop forming a simple, loose overhand knot.

• At this point, tighten if necessary.

• Flick one end over your shoulder.

• Pull the dangling end to the left, then fold it back over itself to the right. Hold this fold between your shirt’s collar points – it makes the front loop of the completed tie.

• Drop the end over your shoulder over the front of the bow.

• Grab the left and right sides of the previously folded end and pinch them together in front of the dangling end.

• Feed the middle of the dangling end back through the knot you made – it now forms the back half of the bow.

• Tighten by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously – pull the front right and back left apart to loosen; pull the front left and back right apart to tighten.

• Repeat until the bow is the desired shape and tightness.

Dimples

• To make a dimple, hold the top blade on both edges. Pull it down gently until the top blade starts to tighten. A slight convex will appear close to the knot. Use your thumb and forefinger to press the bottom of the knot into a V and the convex will deepen to form the dimple.

Tips:

Practice on your thigh – easier to see than working in a mirror! Just above your knee is usually about the same thickness as your neck.

For bow ties, think about how you tie your shoe laces – just imagine your head poking out of your shoe where your ankle usually does! ♥

 

Top 10 places to propose

Top 10 places to propose

Top 10 places to proposeTop 10 places to propose

1. Memories at the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower in one the world’s most romantic cities, like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. This famous landmark offers incredible views by day or night, making it truly an ideal spot to capture the moment.

2. Picnic in Central Park, New York

Pack a gourmet picnic lunch and take a stroll through Central Park with your partner. Pick a quiet spot to pop the big question, or if you’d like to create a scene from a movie, drop down on one knee at the famous Bethesda Fountain. The fountain is one of the largest fountains in New York and has appeared in more movies than any other monument in the park.

3. Romance in a gondola, Venice

Serenade your partner with sweet love songs in a traditional gondola along the canals in Venice. Italy has a reputation for being romantic and nothing sets the scene better than a backdrop of grand architecture, aromas of Italian cuisine and melodies sung by real Italians.

4. On the beach or in the air, The Whitsundays

For ultimate privacy, escape to Whitsunday Island and walk hand-in-hand along the incredibly secluded stretch of sand at Whitehaven Beach. At the northern end of the beach there is a cove, where the tide shifts the sand to create a fusion of colours. Or book a seaplane flight over Heart Reef, a heart shaped island in the middle of the ocean.

5. Sailing in a yacht, Greek Islands

Pack a chilled bottle of champagne and sail around the Greek Islands aboard a yacht. You can organise a private skipper to navigate a path, while you and your lovebird enjoy quality time together on the water under the sun.

6. Sunset in an African game reserve, Tanzania

Follow the lead of Prince William by asking your princess to marry you at an African lodge. Adventurous types can take their proposal one step further and organise a game safari through the plains to spot the big five in the wild and enjoy the serenity of nature.

Top 10 places to propose7. Sunrise at the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo

Wake up early and take your partner to a vantage point to see the sun rise over the Pyramids of Giza. The pyramids are famous for being one of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most visited tourist attraction in Cairo. Egypt has sun all year round, but the best time to visit is from October to May.

8. In a coloured reef, Fiji

Plunge into the azure waters off the coast of Fiji on a deep sea diving or snorkelling adventure with your loved one, and then surprise them with a lovely ring when you rise to the surface. The coloured coral and reef fish make a beautiful backdrop for a proposal.

9. Helicopter flight over Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Discover glacier country from above in a helicopter flight, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of surrounding farms and NZ’s highest peaks, including Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Or, for a grounded experience, enjoy a guided glacier walk on Fox or Franz Josef Glacier.

10. Harbour and city views, Sydney

Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy a candlelit dinner at Circular Quay or go for a stroll at Darling Harbour. The vibrant city of Sydney offers plenty of romantic options and great views of our very own Aussie landmarks.

Start planning your romantic getaway and proposal ♥

 

Baileys : a luscious indulgence

Baileys : a luscious indulgence

BaileysBaileys : a luscious indulgence

Baileys is a luscious indulgence – warming, creamy and chocolately – all bottled up in one irresistible package. Serve these delightful pralines and truffles to your guests, and your loved one, and watch their hearts melt! Why not make enough to package them up beautifully as wedding favours, too!

 

BAILEYS TRUFFLES

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of thickened cream
  • 275g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 2 TBS butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 blocks of chocolate for dipping – milk, dark or white depending on preference
  • Small bar of chocolate for decorating (in different colour to dipping chocolate)
  • 2 – 4 TBS of Baileys

Directions

• Put cream in a pot and bring to the boil over moderate heat

• Remove from heat and add chocolate, butter and Baileys, stirring until melted

• Leave to cool in fridge overnight (or freezer if you only have a couple of hours)

• Form the hardened mixture into teaspoon sized balls and place on a tray lined with baking paper

• Leave in freezer until very hard

• Once solid, dip into melted chocolate (use a choc dipper like in the photo)

• Leave out until chocolate has set

• Drizzle with different coloured chocolate to decorate (heart shapes recommended)

• Box in a cardboard gift box – and don’t forget to include a love note!

BAILEYS ICE CREAM PRALINES

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 65g sugar
  • 150ml whipping cream
  • 150ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 125g ready-made ganache (either dark, milk or white chocolate, according to taste)
  • Small bar of chocolate

Directions

• Beat yolks and sugar together until creamy

• Heat cream and Baileys together, then slowly pour into the yolk egg mixture while stirring vigorously

• Heat the egg mixture carefully while stirring constantly until it thickens, but do not boil

• Pour the mixture into a metal dish and cool in cold water, stirring occasionally

• Place the mixture into an ice cream machine and freeze (if you don’t have one, place the mixture in the freezer and whisk vigorously once every 10 minutes)

• Once frozen, scoop out balls using an ice cream scoop, place on a plate and freeze for another hour

• In the meantime, melt the ganache over a bain marie (a metal bowl suspended over a pot of hot water – the bottom of the bowl not touching the water)

• Dip the ice cream balls into the ganache using a dessert fork or pour it over using a spoon

• Place the balls back on a plate in the freezer

• Once re-hardened, melt chocolate and drizzle in heart shapes over the pralines

• Keep in the freezer until serving

N.B – If ganache isn’t something you’ve made before, try this recipe – www.annabel-langbein.com/cooking/recipes/recipe/?id=280

 

 

Writing your wedding vows

Writing your wedding vows

Writing your wedding vowsI thee wed – writing your wedding vows

by Stef Moore

Your wedding vows are the focus of your entire wedding ceremony – they’re an affirmation of your relationship and a declaration of the promises you make to your partner.

Writing your vows can also be one of the most difficult parts of wedding planning. If you’re not naturally gifted with words, it can be impossible to articulate your feelings without coming across like a bad romance novel. Don’t worry – writing your own vows doesn’t have to be as difficult as you thought.

Brainstorm with Your Partner

While vows pulled from wedding planning books or the Internet might sound pretty, they don’t reflect your own ideals and thoughts about marriage. Your wedding vows are the most personal part of your whole ceremony – they are just between you and your partner.

Like every other major aspect of wedding planning, writing your vows should begin with a discussion with your partner. Grab a pen and paper and jot down some ideas. Does your wedding have a theme you’d like to incorporate into your vows? Do you want your vows to be serious and heartfelt, or light-hearted and funny? Are your vows a promise, an affirmation or a celebration of the virtues (and foibles) of your partner?

Talk with your partner about the principles and ideals that have guided your relationship and the promises you want to make to each other. Write down all your ideas – even if they seem silly, cliché or soppy.

Writing your wedding vowsWriting the vows

Go over everything you’ve written down and pull passages and fragments to incorporate into your vows. You could do this together, or separately, keeping your vows secret until the wedding day.

Don’t worry if you’re more “Bob the Builder” than “Lord Byron” – your vows don’t have to be a work of art. All that matters is that you’re sincere – and that you don’t waffle on for pages! You can express a lot with a few well-chosen phrases.

Ask a close friend, or your celebrant, to look over your vows and help you express your ideas. They can fix clumsy wording and suggest alternative phrases to make your vows truly beautiful.

Exchanging Vows

Most couples exchange vows by reading them aloud during their wedding ceremony. When you declare your vows to each other in the presence of your friends and family, you’re making that sacred commitment public and official.

If you’re going to read out your own vows, ensure you give your celebrant a copy before the ceremony. I perform my ceremonies using an iPad and, depending on the couple, may pass this to them so they can read out their vows. From experience, I don’t recommend memorising your vows – with all the emotion of the day you’re liable to forget them!

What if you’re shy? What if the thought of sharing your personal feelings about your spouse in front of so many people makes you feel ill? There is no rule that says your vows need to be read aloud. One of my couples didn’t want to share their vows aloud. I suggested they write their vows down and exchange them in sealed envelopes. They read the vows later, in private.

Other couples whisper their vows to each other, or have members of their wedding party read out the vows for them. Talk to your celebrant about the legal requirements for your wedding ceremony, and fit your vow exchange around these.

Writing your own wedding vows can be a tough creative challenge, especially if you’re not good at expressing yourself in words. But when you’re standing before your family and friends and looking into the eyes of your partner, you’ll be glad you took the time to create vows that reflect your own ideals and relationship. ♥

 

Stress busters

Stress busters

Stress bustersStress busters

Hot tips to help avoid anxieties leading up to and on your wedding day.

It will pay to be well organised and not leave arrangements to the last minute. Keep a wedding planning file and tick the boxes.

Ensure that all the wedding services you have booked are confirmed, especially if you booked a long way out from your wedding date.

Choose people to work who will help you rather than hinder.

Choose wedding professionals you feel comfortable with and who meet your requirements, and who offer exceptional customer service.

Take into consideration that your darling wee nephew or niece might be so cute that they take attention away from you. The stars of the day are the bride and groom!

Consider where the sun will be if planning an outdoor ceremony, and also the comfort of your guests. Nobody likes sitting or standing in the blazing sun these days. If you are looking into the sun everything will look black.

Rescue Remedy really works. It will take the edge off your nerves. It’s best to start taking it at least three days before your wedding day.

Keep a hanky or tissue in your man’s pocket, just in case you need it.

Avoid sore feet by wearing your bridal shoes around the house BEFORE the big day.

Practice your wedding vows together, so that when the time comes you feel confident and at ease saying them publicly.

Choose an MC who will manage the crowd, and who is assertive. Your guests will appreciate knowing the procedure for the day.

If a friend is doing a reading, choose someone who is confident at public speaking, otherwise the beautiful words will not be heard and the moment will be wasted and lost.

If there are challenging family dynamics, accepting you will not please everyone will help you a lot.

If out in an open space, check out the sound system – a professional company is a wise investment.

Try and organise your work schedule to give you at least four days off before the wedding to attend to last minute details, and to prepare you mentally for the big day ahead.

Your honeymoon is important, a time to leave your normal routine behind. Give yourselves time to absorb, reflect on your new status, to be alone – and then return afresh to day-to-day routines and married life.

No matter what happens, the most important thing to remember is that you are in this together. Careful planning will ensure a stress-free experience and ensure your wedding day’s success.

Wishing you a fantastic wedding day. ♥

 

 

DIY: wool wrapped bottles

DIY: wool wrapped bottles

DIY: wool wrapped bottlesDIY: wool wrapped bottles

This DIY project offers a handy way of recycling your bottles.

Mix your bottle shapes, colours and even style of wrapping to give this your own personal touch. Super cute for a relaxed style wedding. You’ll also have some colourful vases for use in your home afterwards!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

Bottles – with labels removed

Hot glue gun

Mat for glue gun

Wool in colours of your choice

Scissors

Tea towel

DIY: wool wrapped bottlesStep 1:

Heat up the glue gun and apply a few small dots of glue to the top of your bottle. Push end of wool into glue and wrap around bottle once before applying another small dot of glue. Repeat this process approximately 4 times to ensure wool is well secured.

Step 2:

As you are winding the wool around the bottle gently press the wool up with your thumbnail to ensure layers are nice and tight. Do this about every 4 to 5 turns.

Step 3:

Continue wrapping the wool around bottle, applying small dots of hot glue in random places as you go. This will help to ensure wool doesn’t move up bottle. You may need to do this more often on curved parts of the bottle.

Step 4:

Towards the end, it is easier if you place it upside down on a tea towel to finish off. As you get to the final stages of wrapping, increase the amount of small glue dots to secure well. With one final glue point press wool in well and cut.

Tips:

• It’s easier to spin the bottle rather than the wool.

• Make sure you keep the tension on the wool as you wrap.

• Leave any sticky residue from labels on bottle; this will actually help the wool to stick in places.

• Don’t worry if you do have sections where the wool has moved, that’s all part of the charm.

 

www.atouchofclass.co.nz

 

Adorn yourself

Adorn yourself

Adorn yourselfAdorn yourself

Hair styling techniques and hair accessorising can be seen as far back as ancient Egypt. The Pharaoh’s and the Egyptian commoners are all believed to have decorated their hair with adornments and accessories.

When looking back through the centuries, hairstyles and their accompanying adornments were sometimes gargantuous, often requiring several hours work on the part of the hairdresser to create. Fantastical coiffures such as those in the late 1700’s were adorned with ships at sea, landscapes and even tiny villages! These vast creations were padded out with huge amounts of false hair and kept in place by grease or pomade.

Adorn yourselfAn era we often refer to for bridal inspiration today is the 1920’s to 1940’s. Jewel-adorned ribbons and headbands were popular trends and, interestingly, tiara’s and ornamental combs were in vogue following the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1923. And how can I not mention the iconic scrunchy and banana clip of the 80’s when I recall some of my favourite hair accessories of the past! Today the tiara and banana clip have taken a backseat.

On-trend pieces such as bridal fascinators, box veils, vintage hair pins, combs, fresh floral garlands, and the simple veil are at the fore of bridal fashion. Whether it’s a piece to flatter your wedding gown or something unique to take centre stage, there’s an adornment to fit your personality, bridal style, and budget.

Dress designers such as Vinka design and Natalie Chan have a wonderful selection available to purchase, and can also custommake pieces such as veils and fabric flowers to match your dress. Anita at Vinka design caters for every bride with accessories priced from $30 to $600. Natalie Chan says her most popular piece is her bespoke silk rosettes that can be worn on their own, as a cluster, or matched with a veil. She is currently finding the “Bohemian Chic” look very popular with brides and hair adornments are reflecting this trend.

Adorn yourselfMillinery specialists like master milliner Caroline Gibson of Le Chapeau can custommake your bridal piece from any fabric, feather or gem. Personal elements such as granny’s broach, lacework and beading can be incorporated in one-off designs.

Another emerging trend is fabric or fresh floral hair garlands (from around $100). The added beauty of fresh fragrant flowers arranged into a hair garland for your wedding day has a special charm. Kelly of Blush flowers says the look  is growing in popularity and that we will see more of these in the coming seasons. Always popular and timeless are single blooms, especially roses, in the hair (a cluster of three roses is around $60). When choosing single flowers, remember to communicate with your florist and your hairdresser the best way to attach them into your chosen hairstyle. Wired single blooms will last longer. Also, consider the season and what flowers will look their best the whole day. Roses, orchids, lisianthus, freesias and baby’s breath are usually the hardiest.

With all this in mind, adornments can take the place of an elaborate bridal hair-up and can be a welcome feature for brides with short hair. You also needn’t be limited with shorter hair by how you can wear the accessory. Even a veil can be placed successfully into a short cut with backcombing, hairspray and the right know how.

Adorn yourselfBrides with long hair, who love the look of a beautifully crafted hair-up, should remember that simple accessorising can be that added extra that wows your guests. Popular options are single diamanté or pearl pins that can be scattered throughout the hair-up and placed between curls.

Adorn yourselfVintage jewelled brooch clips can be tucked into one side of the hair, or at the back of the crown. Both Diva and Lovisa have a good selection of inexpensive options.

For some bridal adornments, the hair needs to be styled around the feature piece. This is often the case for floral crowns, bridal fascinators and headbands that need to be placed into the hair first – then the hair-up takes its shape  around it. It’s thus important to have put some thought into your chosen adornment in advance of your bridal hair trial. If undecided, ask your hairstylist to advise you on accessories that best suit your chosen hairstyle.

It’s always helpful to collect images of hairstyles you love that have incorporated accessories.

Share your inspiration with your hairstylist, dress designer, milliner and florist. You may be unsure how all of your ideas can come together as one; it’s certain your team of professionals will know the right approach and talk you through your options. ♥

 

 

Are all wedding cars equal?

Are all wedding cars equal?

Are all wedding cars equal?Are all wedding cars equal?

No! Some are legal operators, others are backyard operators! To guarantee your safety, the quality of service and a trouble-free wedding only use legal operators.

 

The lowdown is that if you’re paying for wedding transport then the vehicle is deemed to be a Private Hire vehicle and the driver/operator must adhere to all NZTA laws and regulations applying to Private Hire vehicles. To be legal your driver, vehicle and operator must meet the following NZTA regulations:

The Driver:The NZTA sets high standards for drivers of passenger vehicles. They must hold a current P endorsement, indicating that they have passed a professional driver’s course and driving test, passed a police check and an extensive medical examination. They must display an NZTA driver photo ID card on the front dashboard area where it can be easily seen.

The Vehicle.The vehicle(s) must have a current Certificate of Fitness (not a Warrant of Fitness) which ensures that it meets a higher standard of safety.

The Company.The Company operating the vehicle(s) must have a Passenger Service Licence, displayed on the left side of the vehicle’s windscreen. A PSL ensures the company has passed an examination on the applicable laws and regulations, along with a Police check. If you’re paying for a wedding car that doesn’t meet NZTA’s legal requirements, your driver is breaking a number of laws and is liable for substantial fines.

While there’s no requirement for companies to display their Transport Services Licence either on their premises or on their website, a good operator will indeed have these on display. It’s advisable that couples ask for proof of the TSL, COF and the driver’s P endorsement.

Remember: a company or driver not operating within the above boundaries is not going to have any public liability insurance – in the event of an accident, you’d have to rely purely on ACC. And a police roadside check would spell disaster –the car could immediately be impounded, leaving you minus wheels on the most important day of your life!

Many couples borrow a trendy Kombi or flash Maserati from a mate for free or a tank of petrol, but the mate often insists on driving. If there’s payment involved (reward or gain – whether it’s a free meal or hard cold cash) and he’s not fully legal, he will be fined AND have the vehicle confiscated for a very lengthy period of time! So, you can use a mate’s tractor or Uncle Peter’s prized Ferrari … but there must be no “reward or gain” involved whatsoever! Something as simple as filling the car with petrol is a “gain” when it comes to the letter of the law!

Seek out fully qualified operators and fully qualified drivers to ensure you are hiring safe vehicles with safe and professional drivers. The real pros are not only fully legal, but will take care of those little things – a brolly on a wet day, bubbly and water in the car, a towel to wipe sweaty palms, a cloth to clean muddy shoes … the little things that add quality to your day.

By supporting those who go to the lengths required to operate legally, you’ll be gaining a more valuable service … and no doubt you’ll be and feel much safer! ♥

Written with assistance from Roger at Pallas Cars.