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Vintage style wedding-on-a-budget. – 11 cool Etsy ideas from rings to wedding programmes

By Debs Cass on March 7th, 2013

When planning your ‘big day’, anyone in the know or who has done it before, will tell you that choosing a theme which means something to you and your life-partner-to-be is a key first step into creating the most memorable day. The rest is detail – but boy – these dastardly details can rapidly fill up the rest of your planning time (- even if it’s years!) as it’s these little touches which will make up the fabric of your meticulously planned day and will be what makes your wedding day truly yours.

Etsy is a great place to explore for all things wedding related – particularly if you are looking for unique and vintage ideas, or are stuck with a limited budget. With particular emphasis on hand-made and creating an individual look, Etsy can inspire you or help realise your dream theme. Or for those who have done it before – make you wish you could do it all over again with some of the most beautiful hand-crafted and imaginative touches your heart could ever desire!

Art Deco Diamond Daisy Ring £408

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Ok, so maybe the engagement ring comes first.. and if I was proposed to with this ring, there could only be one possible answer! This beautiful art deco ring is c.1920's, with flower shaped design, 18 carat gold, in a platinum setting. The flower is set with a central diamond (approx. 2.5mm or .06pts), surrounded by six diamonds (approx. 1.5mm or .015pts each), with a diamond on each shoulder (approx. 1.8mm or .025pts each). Approximate Size US 7.5 Luxedeluxe

Bridesmaids & Attendants, Cheap vs Chic, Get the Look, Gowns, News

Copy Pippa’s royal wedding look with Debenhams

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 5th, 2011

The original (Photo: PA Wire/Press Association)

Before Kate married Prince William no-one really knew who the other Middleton sister was. But when Pippa stepped into the spotlight on 29 April 2011 to fulfil her duties as maid of honour and carry Kate’s train at the royal wedding she – and that now famous derriere – was catapulted into the limelight.

Pippa’s extremely flattering £20,000 bespoke ivory Alexander McQueen gown has since become such a requested design among brides in the UK that department store Debenhams has decided to release its own collection that pays homage to the royal wedding.

At £170 the limited edition ‘Pippa’ gown is available for only a fraction of the price of the original – but brides-to-be wanting to get their hands on one have to be quick as there’s a waiting list!

For anyone wanting to copy Pippa’s green Alice Temperley dress fear not. It is also part of the collection and can be yours for only £99.

Photo: Debenhams

Cheap vs Chic, Feature, Gallery, wedding dresses

Gallery: Dresses and styles Lara Stone may pick for her wedding day

By Andrea Petrou on February 25th, 2010

We’re very excited that Lara Stone has announced her friend and Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci will be making her gown for her upcoming wedding to David Walliams.

We knew the stunning model would go for designer, after all when you’re a model for Louis Vuitton, you’re accustomed to the best. However we thought she may have opted for a well known celebrity bridal designer such as Vera Wang, Oscar De La Renta or Dolce & Gabbana.

As there have been no more details about the dress, and of the wedding day including venues, we can only guess about the rest, and guess away we shall.

We’ve put together a gallery of different dresses and styles, which we think Lara may go for whether she decides on a beach wedding, Hollywood day or for somewhere in the UK.

Let us know what you think Lara may wear by leaving your comments below.

Click on the picture below to begin the gallery.

Cheap vs Chic

Bridal high street bargains: The cake

By Andrea Petrou on August 27th, 2009

m and s cake.jpgWe seem to be on a bit of a bridal bargain spree today, and highstreet stores are coming up trumps with all their new bridal collections.

Next up is this new range of wedding cakes from Marks and Spencer which has come up with a collection to suit every bridal taste.

We love the fairy cake range, which can be stacked up make one big cake and the traditional three tiered cake looks more than good enough to eat.

However the icing on top of this range is the fact that you can buy individual cutting cakes in fruit, Victoria sponge and best of all chocolate.

Now we know they may look a bit plain, but use your bridal brains and imagine what they may look like after you have decorated them with fresh flowers,Swarovski crystals and even butterflies.

At prices from £35 to £300, you’ll be saving yourself a fortune.

Cheap vs Chic, Daily Frock

Get credit crunch friendly with a charity wedding dress

By Andrea Petrou on August 26th, 2009

Lousise wedding day.JPGWith the credit crunch still lurking around as strongly as a cheap air freshener smell, many brides are looking at ways in which they can cut down the cost of their wedding.

While some couples will relegate some guests and make it into a smaller do, make their own invites or even opt for a cheaper honeymoon destination, other brides are turning to their dresses.

Read on after the jump

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Pronovias? Oscar de La Renta? Nope…it’s Andrex!

By AbiSilvester on July 3rd, 2009

toilet-paper-wedding-dress.jpgThis lovely bridal gown is absolutely charming. Or should that be Charmin? Far from being a priceless designer number, the dress just won this year’s Cheap Chic wedding contest and is made entirely from toilet paper, tape and glue.

Its maker, Ann Kagawa Lee of Honolulu, Hawaii, took inspiration from the film “Gone With the Wind” and Japanese Origami. Judges likened it to an Oscar de la Renta gown, and awarded her a $1000.00 prize for her efforts. Visit the competition site to see the runners up, and some amazing close-up images of Ann’s dress and hat!

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DIY bride: make your own wedding veil

By AbiSilvester on May 14th, 2009

diy-bridal-veil.jpgOK, admittedly this might be more of a project for the hen night than for something you’d actually want to wear going down the aisle, but you never know: once you get going you might find you had hidden veil-making talents and come up with something lovely that could save you a tidy sum. I suspect the trick is in picking better quality material than they’ve used here :-). Check out Dalston Mill fabrics for materials that are ideal for use in this and other wedding-related projects

The project can be found here, with easy-to-follow picture instructions throughout.

Related: Sweet DIY idea for the getaway car! | GALLERY: home-made wedding dresses

Bridesmaids & Attendants, Cheap vs Chic, Gowns

Bridesmaids (or brides) on a budget – the convertible infinite dress

By Gemma on April 6th, 2009


I’ve recently been helping a bride-to-be friend pick out her bridesmaids dresses. I have a bit of a vested interest as I’m maid of honour, but luckily she’s a stylish bride who I know won’t put me in a pistachio meringue. On my hunt, I discovered Dessy’s ‘Twist Wrap Dress’ (left, in purple) which set alarm bells ringing. It’s a convertible dress – essentially a tube with very long, wide straps that you can wrap however you like. Sure, it looks beautiful, but it’s $268, and bears a striking resemblance to a craftster project I’ve been following for months, which can be made for a few quid.

The dress is literally sewn from four pieces and can be made by even the most amateur of crafters. There are some great examples of how the dress has been used for bridesmaids and formalwear, but my favourite is a white version used as a graduation dress. I can even imagine this one as an informal wedding gown.

Cheap vs Chic, Columns/ Opinion, Finance

Top 5 least popular ways to save money at a wedding

By AbiSilvester on March 4th, 2009

no-alcohol.jpgBudgeting will always be an important part of wedding planning, and never more so than now. But you can’t put a price on friendship, and nobody wants to start married life sent on a long honeymoon in Coventry. So here’s some advice on how not to go about holding a cut-price wedding, with suggestions on how you could do it better!

1. Hold a ‘Dry’ wedding

Booze accounts for a large part of your wedding expenses, so it can be tempting to try and cut costs here. But unless you’re part of a strict religious sect, the odds are at least some of your guests will be looking forward to a drink or three at the reception, and will be decidedly unhappy if you announce on the day that it’s OJ and mineral water only. As a serial wedding attendee, I can honestly say you’d gain more popularity serving beans on toast at the wedding breakfast…so how can you make it affordable?

Read on after the jump for some solutions to this and more cost-cutting no-nos…

Related: Budget Brides: surviving the credit crunch

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Cheap vs Chic, Food and Drink

Credit crunch wedding cake from Mr Kipling! Would you?

By AbiSilvester on February 16th, 2009

Big-French-Fancy-Yellow.jpgWhile I’d generally consider myself a foodie and even something of a gourmet with a taste for the finer things in life, I have to admit to having a soft spot for Mr Kipling. Perhaps it’s the memories of after school trips to the newsagents — coming home laden with jam tarts, apple pies and cherry bakewells. I really don’t know, but one of my biggest guilty pleasures has got to be a French Fancy (or three) when I get to that low period in the middle of the afternoon.

But would you allow one of the garish, fondant treats on to your wedding breakfast table – and a giant one at that?

Related: Budget Brides: Bridalwaves guide to surviving the credit crunch

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Cheap vs Chic, Finance

75% of brides will cut their wedding budgets in 2009

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on January 20th, 2009

David's Bridal bride.jpg

Are you one of the 25% of brides that became engaged between Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November for your Brits) and New Year? If so, statistics say that your wedding budget is probably less than that of the brides that have recently come before you. In fact, according to one survey, 75% of all brides will cut their wedding budgets during 2009. Not an exciting prospect.

Of those surveyed, 53% do not plan to spend more than $25,000, and 34% do not plan to spend more than $10,000. So what’s a bride to do? Here’s some tips.

Prioritize your spending

45% of brides were willing to sacrifice on the number of guests, 45% on food. The dress (37%) and wedding bands (45%) were the areas brides were least willing to scrimp on. Apparently when you’re told “this is your day” enough, the selfish impulses take hold.

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Cheap vs Chic, Gowns

Boho bride on a budget: Star by Julien Macdonald flower corsage wedding dress

By Hannah Kane on December 19th, 2008

Star by Julien Macdonald wedding dress crop.jpgI think I’ve had a revelation – is there really any point spending thousands on a frock you’ll only wear once when for a couple of hundred quid you can get a designer dress? It’s a thinker for sure. This one by Julien Macdonald for Debenhams is soft and unstructured, perfect for a more bohemian wedding, with an asymmetric flower detail. It’s part hippy, part Grecian and (unusually for Julien MacSparkle) not a sequin in sight! It would look equally pretty with heels or silver strappy gladiator sandals, loose curls and a flower tucked behind the ear.

Star by Julien Macdonald one shoulder wedding dress £200 from Debenhams.

Related articles: Boho bridal dress by Adele Wechsler, more gowns.

Cheap vs Chic, Gowns

Credit crunch couture: the Nicholas Millington “Blossom” wedding dress

By Hannah Kane on December 17th, 2008

NicholasMillingtonLittlewoods2.jpgCheap wedding dresses tend to look just that: cheap. But have a look at this little organza and satin beauty by Nicholas Millington! It can be yours for a measly £300 from Littlewoods. After all, it’s probably best not to start your new life together completely skint.

Cheap vs Chic, Rings & Jewellery

Cheap vs Chic Tiffany vs Marks & Spencer

By admin on September 12th, 2007

When you’re looking at your bridal jewellery, most of us would err on the side of subtlety, as your dress is likely to be the main event. But you’ve got to have a little bit of sparkle haven’t you? I actually thought the Tiffany versions of these flower drop earrings were a bit plain, but at £2,350 I’m guessing the diamonds shine a whole lot more than on the screen. On the other hand, for £7.50, good old Marks & Sparks offers you a feasible range to offer all of your bridesmaids as gifts, and not concern yourself if you lose an earring yourself by the end of the night.

Related: More Cheap vs Chic | Hannah Zakari Flower earrings

Cheap vs Chic, Gowns

Cheap vs Chic: Ronald Joyce vs AnuPam

By admin on March 29th, 2007


Can you tell the difference between these dresses? There isn’t much in it, I think you’ll agree. Both are blush pink, both have strapless embroidered bodices, both have an overskirt with a neat corsage drop. There’s a difference in material with the Ronald Joyce version on the left using tulle and chiffon and on the right, the AnuPam gown opting for a silk satin look.

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