Aurus London Jewellers

We are totally in love with Aurus London’s collection of rings and insisted that we interviewed them on Secret Wedding Blog. Find out what they had to say below…

1) Tell us how Aurus London began?

Aurus began as there were no retail stores that focused solely on engagement, wedding or eternity rings in the UK with more than 1,500 styles - there are retailers that sell rings however, they may sell matching jewellery along with watches or other accessories. With our extensive range of engagement, wedding and eternity rings to choose from, Aurus is the largest engagement and wedding ring specialists in the UK. The company’s primary aim is to offer you beautiful rings of unsurpassed quality to make it an unforgettable gift for your loved one. We also have a specialists who can engrave rings if you would like to add a personal message or a memorable date.

Following their launch at the end of the year in 2012, they have gained a reputation as one of the newest hidden gems on Clerkenwell Road with their first boutique based in Farringdon, Central London.

2) Who is behind the company?

The co-founders of Aurus have a combined experience of over 50 years within all aspects in the diamond and wedding ring industry from wholesale. In Europe it is common to have retailers that only specialise in engagement, wedding and eternity rings however, in the UK there are no retailers who are specialists, as well as holding over 1,500 different styles. Our rings come from some of the best reputable suppliers in Europe to include France, Switzerland, Germany, along with our own in house designs.


3) You have an amazing collection of rings - how can you help customers pick out the perfect ring for their partner?

Many couples now research and pick their rings together however if you are planning a surprise proposal here are a few tips:

1.  Have a rough budget - It is often said that you should spend at least 3 months of your salary on an engagement ring however, it is all down to personal preference. Be sure to spend what you can afford.

2. Research - It is very important to research before you purchase anything especially diamond engagement rings. Learn about the 4 C’s of a diamond (cut, colour, clarity and carat) these should all equally be considered. At Aurus we also add in an extra 3 C’s (certificate, care and confidence) make sure your diamond has a diamond certification by a reputable lab. At Aurus you can purchase with confidence and ensure the care of the diamond is well explained.

3. Know your partner’s style - Make sure you know what your partner’s personal preference is, ie. solitaire diamond ring or a ring that has multiple diamonds surrounding the centre stone. The preference of metal colour between white, yellow, rose, two toned or three toned? A good way to find out is to ask your partner’s close friends or family otherwise take a look at your partner’s existing jewellery to get a rough idea.


4) Could you tell us what has been a popular product?

Plain bands have always been very popular as they are classic and timeless, although we are now seeing more gents opt for a ring with diamonds and grooves in it to add a simple touch of design. We also see two and three tone rings being selected, this is great especially if they want their ring to match all their other jewellery. Lots of ladies are also opting for diamond wedding bands instead of the plain traditional band as it also gives them more option to match their engagement ring.

Everyone has their own unique taste and style but, with our extensive collection we are sure to you are able to find your perfect ring. We also offer customisation to our rings. i.e. customising your diamond, finish and profile or alternatively completely design your entire ring from scratch.

5) What is the most popular choice of metal for rings?

We have seen a rise of people interested in rose gold as it is in trend at the moment. Platinum has always been very popular as it is 95% natural white metal and is known to be the “King of Metals”. Platinum is much stronger and heavier than gold and the colour will remain nice and white. However, with gold there is the choice of having colours like yellow or rose unlike platinum and palladium.

It is all down to budget as the biggest advantage to white gold over platinum is certainly the costs. Platinum is more expensive as it is rarer and mined much less than gold. Alternatively you could look into other metals such as Palladium; a naturally white metal which also is popular as it is a fraction of the cost of gold and platinum.


6) Do you have any tips that you can provide our readers about picking their rings?

There are many tips to look out for however, our 4 main tips are:

1. Know your budget - You and your partner should consider a budget as you also have wedding preparations underway. Your ring is one of the most meaningful pieces of jewellery that you will wear for the rest of your life, it is a symbol of your commitment and love for your loved one.

2. Do not leave it too late - Make sure you leave plenty of time to choose your rings, we recommend between 3-4 months before your big day. Sizes can change and rings may need to be adjusted.

3. Think about your style - Once you start researching into your bud

get you will naturally begin to discover what you prefer.  Do you want a classic and timeless plain wedding ring, or would you prefer something with a touch of design or even diamonds? Do you want matching wedding rings? Whatever you decide upon design wise, be assured in your own mind that you are happy with it

4. Choose a reputable seller - Choosing your wedding rings is a important task; you need to be able to trust the expert in front of you. When choosing a store to help you in one of your most sentimental purchases make sure you feel comfortable with pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable staff. They should be there to answer any potential questions that have arisen within your prior research. The experience of buying your wedding rings should ultimately be enjoyable and fun.

7) How does the book an appointment work?

You are able to book an appointment with us via our website or alternatively call us on 020 7523 9522, our London showroom is open six days a week and we can accommodate late evening bookings. Although, appointments are strongly recommended walk-ins are also welcomed. An appointment can take between 30 minutes up to 2 hours, we will discuss your requirements and explain the different styles and virtues of precious metals or diamonds you require.

8) Could you tell us a bit about price ranges please?

Our prices can range from as low as £69 which is basic 2mm 9k plain wedding band to £6,300 for a full eternity diamond ring. However, our diamond engagement rings it can start from £650 and can go up to tens of thousands depending on your choice of diamond.

You can also connect with them on facebook and twitter!


Bridal Weight Management

Forever Nutri-Lean Weight Management Programme

We have an article about bridal weight management from  Sarah Pluves - Independent Distributor, Forever Living Products. Find out what she had to say below.

One thing that’s on the minds of many brides is losing weight to look even more beautiful on their wedding day.  For some the stress of organising a wedding leads to inch loss, others try crazy diets where hardly any food is eaten, but there are healthier ways allowing brides (and grooms) to lose weight whilst stay healthy with a nutritious diet.

This is where Forever helps. Forever has designed it’s Forever Nutri-Lean Programme, as a weight management plan that can be adapted to the needs of many.  It is nutritious, enjoyable and easily fits into your every day life.

The Forever Nutri-Lean Programme is a simple two step process using some excellent natural products.  It combines a 9 day nutritional cleansing plan followed by a long-term weight loss plan.

Step 1, known as Clean 9, is a 9 day plan helping you feel cleaner, healthier and fitter.  First, your body is thoroughly cleansed and then it starts to break down fat whilst allowing full absorption of nutrients.  It’s a detox with the added benefit of weight loss and many lose 7-12lbs on this plan.  Throughout the 9 days, full support and advice is given, not just from me but also lots of people on our Facebook support group who have done the Clean 9 and seen amazing results.  Clean 9 is a great kickstart to a healthier way of living.

If further weight loss is required, people can then go to Step 2, Forever Nutri-Lean, a longer term weight management  plan, which continues to help your body cleanse, whilst burning your store fat cells.

Your health will improve, your skin will glow, your nails will grow – two more benefits to help you look stunning on your wedding day – and, if fully committed, the good habits you develop on the programme can stay with you for life.

You remember Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus, a larger than life lady, well she’s had great results after seeing her friend look amazing – “Not only had my friend lost a noticeable amount of weight but also looked years younger. It was almost like her skin had been magazine airbrushed then sprinkled with tinker bell fairy dust”.  You can read about her experience here.

For more information, take a look at or

Sarah Pluves can also be contacted on on 07960 937 556 or by email on [email protected].

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It’s Covered

If you’ve got chairs, we’ve got it covered

Luke from It’s Covered - got in touch with us to discuss the variety of chair covers and sashes they offer. Find out what styles they have to offer…

“Our chair covers come in 3 colours; ivory, white and black. The sashes will be matched to your own personal colour specifications. At It’s Covered we have 3 options to choose from.

Option 1: DIY Service

With this option we will drop off the chair covers and sashes to yourselves for you to fit at your chosen venue. One of our team will show you beforehand how to tie the sashes and how to put them away at the end of the day, ready to be returned to ourselves in the morning. Price : £1 a chair 

Option 2: Its Covered Fitting Service

If you want a hassle free day then this is the option for you! We at It’s Covered will send a team to fit your chair covers and tie the sashes just right for your special day. Collection at the end of the day is included in this service to make it as stress free as possible. Price : £2 a chair 

Option 3: The Works The works includes everything from option 2 plus a selection of your choice colour balloons for each table which will top off the elegant sophisticated look you are aiming for. Price : £3 a chair

We also offer : Table covers which vary in price based on size and shape of table . Price :  average £5.50 for white  - £6.00 for coloured. 

Table runners

Price : £2 a table (but may vary with table size) Chair Sash Brooch / Buckle  - Shapes include ; hearts, squares and circles. Price : £1 a chair If you require any other chair decorations please do ask as I’m sure our team can arrange something for you .”

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We have only showed a few examples of what It’s Covered has to offer, if you want to view many more - please visit their website on:

Or connect with them on twitter and facebook!


Booth in a Box

Helen from Pudding Bridge reveals a fun new idea…

“Since I was very little I have always sewn. I remember making things from such an early age, which eventually led me to do a Fashion Design degree. I loved every minute, but soon realised I wasn’t cut out for fashion and started working as an Event Manager. I love creating something really special from a small idea or concept. Continue reading

Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel


We interviewed Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel to tell us all about the hotel and what they have to offer!

What is the history of the hotel?

The Mercure Brighton Seafront, formerly the Norfolk, began life as a more modest building that what is seen today. This distinctive hotel stands on King’s Road close to Hove Lawns. Built in 1824 as the Norfolk Arms, it stood just three floors in height with the central feature of a fourth floor. It was, however, to become one of Brighton’s leading hotels. In 1864-6 the original structure was demolished.

A new and impressive building emerged, designed by architect and surveyor Horatio Goulty in the popular Renaissance style of the period. The hotel displays a pleasing, well-proportioned and perfectly balanced symmetry. In the 1960’s, as with the Grand, purchasers sought to demolish this architectural gem in favour of a block of flats; fortunately permission was refused and its future secured.

Like many other hotels in the city it underwent major refurbishment in the 1980’s, costing a total of £2 million, with many of its original ornate features being retained and restored. Interestingly, it was the first hotel in Brighton town centre to have a swimming pool, although it is, sadly, no longer in use. To the rear of the building rooms were developed around an ornament lake, which has since been filled in. The hotel now boasts some 117 rooms as well as leisure and conference facilities.

Where is located?

Just across the road from Brighton seafront, the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is a mile from Brighton railway station, with regular services to London Victoria, Gatwick Airport and England’s Beautiful South Downs. Taxis are available from outside the station. Tha A23 is less than a mile away.

Could you tell us what the Mercure Brighton Seafont Hotel has to offer?

Just a pebbles throw from the beach, overlooking the sea and promenade the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is an elegant Grade II listed Victorian Hotel. Built in 1864, the hotel landed a great spot on Brighton seafront.

Sweep down the original Regency staircase to the restaurant and bar overlooking the sea with food available 24/7 and Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the Bar & Lounge. Outside, stroll along Brighton Pier, go boutique shopping in The Lanes and marvel at the Indian-inspired Royal Pavillion, all just one mile from the hotel.

The grade 2 listed Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel in Brighton has stuccoed Regency frontage, original mirrors, chandeliers and high-ceilinged ballroom for celebrations. It brings a little 19th century elegance to your stay in East Sussex.

Hold your team-building session in one of our sea-view conference rooms.

Brighton’s beach and promenade are directly opposite the hotel, just a short stroll from the busy City centre with the Pier, Lanes, and Royal Pavilion just under a mile away.

Brighton railway station, with direct connections to London, is only a mile away. Fluffy white duvets, flat-screen TV’s and Internet access are in all Standard rooms at our Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel. Choose an Executive room for wooden furnishings and free movies or upgrade to an superior room for seaviews.

Why choose the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel in Brighton when there are many other hotels to choose from in Brighton?

Hotels from Mercure always offer great accommodation at affordable prices, are family friendly and have well trained staff to make your stay a memorable one, our seafront hotel in Brighton is no different, offering exceptional seafront accommodation at affordable prices.

Could you tell us why people should choose your hotel for their wedding reception?

We are  set opposite the Brighton Seafront with the Bandstand in east reach for perfect wedding pictures. Our ballroom hosts the original chandeliers and mirrors making a perfect setting for your celebration.

Can you tell us your wedding packages prices?

Our wedding packages range from £3500 - £5000 with packages for 50 day guests and 75 evening guests.

Is there someone at the hotel who would be available to discuss wedding requirements?

We have a wedding team who will be very happy to discuss your wedding plans.

What is the max number of people available at the venue for a wedding reception?

We can fit up to 150 people for the ceremony and 120 for a dinner with a dance floor, we also have 116 bedrooms to accommodate wedding guests.

Can you tell us anything else our readers may want to know?

We changed names about two years ago and people still know us at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel. We are on the border or Brighton and Hove and even though just a 10 minute walk from the centre of town, we are away from the hustle and bustle.

To find out more information please go to their website on:-

Or connect with them on twitter and facebook!

Photos taken from Mercure Brighton website.