Sunday, 29 January 2012

Another Beautiful Dress From Dolly

Just gorgeous, what a beauty!  Dolly Couture has just given a sneak preview of this cute gown called Florence which will be on sale for $595.  I would have loved one like this though I might have asked to have the skirt a teeny bit longer.  Dolly can customise dresses to give you the dream dress for your big day.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Short Wedding Dresses

Not all of us dream about walking down the aisle in a meringue.  The wedding might have a less formal setting like a register offfice or beach, but also a lot of brides to be don't feel that dressing up as Cinderella is their style.  And why should you conform when there are so many different options out there?  If you're looking for something short and sweet (which is frankly kind on the pocket as well), head down to Monsoon where you can try on these lovelies.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The intimate 1920's/30's house party wedding..

 Gosford Park (2001)

I completely fell in love when I first saw Robert Redford in the Great Gatsby dressed to the nines in white tie and tails, so stunningly handsome and suave.  Back in the early 20th century the men in their evening attire and the ladies in their satin gowns and perfect hair oozed sophistication and glamour - the perfect inspiration for a stylish wedding.  Host an evening dinner party reception in a grand venue for close family and friends and live like lords and ladies for a day.

Satin bias cut gowns are the order of the day and nobody does these better than Jenny Packham.  Her dress are sleek and sophisticated, perfect for the Hollywood Vamp look..

For a similar dress on a smaller budget look for destination dresses from Dessy, or Monsoon in the UK.  Also look at evening style bridesmaids dresses (I love the ones at Watters & Watters) and order in white or ivory! 

Complete the look with a sleek waved hairstyle and statement crystal hairslide like thew models in the photos above - traditional veils and boho hair is forbidden!  If you want a more bridal look go for a small birdcage veil, there are so many versions on Etsy.

The perfect venue for this type of wedding would be a grand country house available for private hire, where you and your guests can lord it up for the weekend.  If your budget won't quite stretch to this, look for a hotel with a private dining room, the grander the better.  For brides inviting a few guests, have an intimate candlelit dinner party.  If you are inviting more guests, cocktails and canapes are the way to go.

I love this theme - but it will only work if you ban any guests in 1920's gangster costumes, you want a sophisticated wedding, not a fancy dress party!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Introducing the Beautiful Little Wedding Shop

Here's a little taster of the contents of my new store, a treasure trove of all things fabulous to make your wedding or event picture perfect......

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I Love 50's Dresses!

I reeally wanted a 50's style dress for my wedding.  It didn't quite work out that way though, anyway I was never sure I had the legs for it.  But I love them and for those brides who are having a more informal wedding or don't want the traditional big gown but still want to feel glamorous, they are perfect.  While I was searching for a wedding dress I found some great designers and I shall share them with you now..

First stop London, and Candy Anthony  dresses are the stuff of dreams. These dresses are not cheap, but they are made to order, one-off pieces of luxury in a range of styles, necklines, fabrics and colours from white to leopard print to black, and everything inbetween.


Staying in London, for brides on a budget and those looking for something a bit edgier for themselves or their bridesmaids,  take a trip to Vivien of Holloway.  Popular with vintage girls, Vivien makes gorgeous halterneck swing dresses in cotton and satin, pencil and sarong dresses, bolero jackets and colourful petticoats.  At under £100 for a dress, who could refuse?  

Across the pond to the States now, and I am in love with Stephanie James Couture.  She makes stunning tea length, long length and suit dresses made from beautiful fabrics with fabulous frothy petticoats, and you can also find a selection of beautiful birdcage veils to go with them on her website.  Check out her blog for a veritable treasure trove of wedding dresses she has made for previous brides.... sigh


I can't go without mentioning Dolly Couture, whose stunning vintage style dresses start at only $395, bargain!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

All the Fun of the Fair

I don't know anyone who doesn't like a funfair, and what a fantastic theme for an informal wedding!  If you are planning a larger wedding, there are some companies that offer a whole fairground for hire, or just one or two rides or stalls.  For lower budgets and smaller parties, traditional games like hoopla, a coconut shy, hook a duck and tin can alley are easy to set up.  And of course you need the traditional refreshments, so a burger stand, hotdogs, fries, toffee apples and candy floss are the order of the day.  What I love about this theme are the bright colours and lights, so go mad with the red, blue and yellow.