Debates, Feature

Should you have Children At Weddings? – Some Tips to entertain kids

By Debs Cass on July 18th, 2013

The much debated question whether or not to invite children to your wedding is forever prevalent. Whether you’re in the ‘aw, they’re so cute’ camp – or more the ‘keep-‘em-away-from-my-DRESS!’ variety, the chances are there maybe some kids at your wedding and whether they’re nieces, nephews, cousins or your own children, it’s generally a good idea to include in your plans some ideas to keep them (- and thereby everyone) happy during your ceremony and reception.

Incorporating yet more into your plans needn’t result in adding much more to the bottom line of your wedding budget, as ideas stretch from the cheap and cheerful to the full-on every kids cinderella dream.

Here’s some top tips for you to consider to prevent a Lord of the Flies situation at your wedding!

Help Parents Plan

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If you have kids yourself, you’ll know how important it is to schedule in naps, regular feeding and time for ‘letting off-steam’. Kids don’t always go with the flow, no matter how fine-tuned your plans are for your wedding day: Your smaller guests won’t obligingly go along with the hour long photo call if certain requirements of their own aren’t met. With this in mind, it’s best to give parents an overview of the days plans, so that they can work out the best way to manage their kids needs - and not upstage your day when lunch isn’t served as expected. Wedding Invites - by Bride & Groom Direct brideandgroomdirect

Designer Dresses, Feature, Gallery, Gowns, wedding dresses

What type of Wedding Dress neckline should you choose?

By Debs Cass on July 18th, 2013

For some of us, the idea of the perfect wedding dress can start well before the big question’s been popped (- and possibly before adulthood?). Regardless, when you get down to it it can be a tricky choice what with so many styles and designs out there: As well as choosing the right dress silhouette for you, there’s also the different types of necklines to decide on.

Necklines can be just as important to consider as they can accentuate your best features, or detract away from those areas you’d rather not draw attention to.

Here’s our top ten bridal necklines you can pick your favourite from, depending on what works best for you.

Strapless Neckline

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With no straps attached to the neckline, a strapless dress sits snugly across the bust and under the arms, fastening securely at the back. An elegant look ideal for all shapes, showing off the shoulders and collarbone and accentuating a long neck. Donna Karan Strapless silk-satin gown £3,825: Fluid silk-satin gown with an elegant yet understated silhouette with folds at the bodice and a waterfall back. Lightly boned to provide both support and flexibility, this style also has nude stretch-jersey lining through the body for a seamless under layer. net-a-porter

Feature, Gallery, Venues, Wedding Planning

10 of the UK’s most unusual Wedding Venues

By Debs Cass on June 21st, 2013

Finding THE wedding venue can be the hardest nut to crack on your wedding plan. Proximity to home/elderly relatives; ambience; cost; capacity; funny little rules venues dictate, can be enough to put any bride/groom into a spin. As more and more weddings these days are becoming less corporate hotel chain affairs, couples tying the knot are increasingly on the hunt for a venue that fulfills big dreams. Not necessarily of the princess variety, but of a personal, meaningful to the newlyweds kind.

This ‘holy grail’ can also entail the need for unique, never-done-before and a wedding people don’t stop talking about. High ambitions require some pretty far-out options, and for those of you quirky, adventurous and non-conventional types out there, here’s our top ten unusual wedding venues around the UK.

The Lodge, Scotland

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Nestled between the shores of Loch Goil and a majestic backdrop of mountain scenery, The Lodge is an intimate luxury wedding venue in Scotland. Built in 1864 and exuding the elegance of a bygone era with lovingly restored interiors and gardens. Offering a magnificent Tree House for a unique wedding ceremony and the Summerhouse, a secluded self-contained cottage on the shores of the loch, for the ultimate honeymoon retreat. A ceremony for 2-24 guests can be held in one of the world's only licensed tree house with a wedding feast afterwards in the Victorian dining room; whilst a ceremony for up to 60 guests can be held theatre-style in the dining room with the wedding celebrations moving through to the conservatory afterwards. The Lodge's on-site wedding planner, can coordinate everything from entertainment and local accommodation for non-resident guests to wedding cakes, cars and anything else to make the day special. The Lodge Scotland

Accessories, Feature, wedding dresses

Our guide to Key Wedding Dress Shapes – know your Fishtail from your Mermaid

By Debs Cass on June 21st, 2013

Where to begin when the question has been popped? Often for brides-to-be it all starts with the dress, which can be a daunting experience in uncharted territories. Budgets can dictate designers ( – or not) or where to look, however this still leaves an infinite number of options regardless of price.

A good way to start this epic journey, can be to decide on which dress silhouette works best for your shape and style. After all, your wedding day will be you looking your absolute best – so consider what you want to show-off (or not) with the best dress for you.

Here’s a few key bridal dress silhouettes, ideal for all shapes and sizes.

Ball Gown

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A traditional, full-length ‘‘fairy tale’ wedding dress with a fitted bodice and full skirt flairing at the waist. Ideal to make waists smaller - particularly with a lace-up bodice and full skirt. Ideal for most shapes and looks great on pears. Can be overwhelming for petites. Vera Wang Lara Vera Wang

Accessories, Feature, Shoes

Shoes – some ideas for Brides on footwear that isn’t just for one big day

By Debs Cass on June 12th, 2013

Old school fashion rules dictated that an outfit started with the shoes (or was it the hat?) Either way, we can bet this is not the case for most brides today – with the ‘dream dress’ taking precedence. However that doesn’t mean to say that shoes should be an afterthought. Why waste money on a pair of shoes a) You don’t particularly like b) Will never wear again. Why not go for a pair that not only goes perfectly with your dress, but you would also be happy to step out in another day…

Here’s our top ten pick of shoes perfect for all kinds of brides / outfits.

Emma Hope Florrie Sling in Silk Embroidery £379.00

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Delicate silk embroidered sling back shoes in ivory. Emma Hope

Feature, Guest Fashion, Wedding guest types

Top Summer Dresses for Wedding Guests

By Debs Cass on May 1st, 2013

It’s that time of year again when your weekends start filling up with your friends getting hitched. Never mind what kind of vase you’ll be ticking off on their gift list – how about focusing on you (- any excuse!) by grabbing yourself a fabulous summer dress that not only makes you look like the belle of the ball (-without making the bride cry, obvs.), but will also work for other summer days out – anything to help justify the expense of forking out for a posh frock!

Here’s some lovely summery dresses with a wide ranging budget, that are sure to make a great statement when you’re stepping out… 

Jacquard Print Prom Dress with Belt £89

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Classic prom style jacquard printed dress with scoop neck. Sleeveless, with pleat detail and flared hem. Comes with the self fabric belt. Lined. M&S

Accessories, budget bride, Cash-strapped Wedding, Feature, The Ethical Wedding, Vintage, wedding dresses

Wedding on a budget – Vintage Dresses for under £500

By Debs Cass on March 21st, 2013

It’s no secret that weddings can cost the earth, and when the budget’s tight (or non-existent) it doesn’t mean to say the dress has to look budget. If you have your heart set on a vintage style wedding, and want your dress to be unique and have some history about it – it can pay-off to look outside of the more standard bridal choices. Consider going for something previously worn – just the once, or something new recreated in a vintage style, to create that unique look you’re looking for. Here’s some vintage style gems we have stumbled across that won’t blow the budget…

Cordelia Vintage Tulle Dress £395

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This vintage inspired bridal dress is made from luxury tulle, with flattering sweeping V neck line and wide skirt. The tulle overlay sits over the satin with intricate and decorative beading. Web Exclusive. BHS

Accessories, budget bride, Cash-strapped Wedding, Cheap vs Chic, Feature, Gallery, Keepsakes & Favours, Rings & Jewellery, Stationery, Vintage

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

Feature, Gallery, Gowns, wedding dresses, Wedding Gown Photos

Max Mara Bridal 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013


If we were getting married this year, we’d want to be a Max Mara bride. With the 2013 Bridal Collection Project, the Italian label redefines the concept of the wedding dress to make it contemporary and prêt-à-porter, responding to the current need to speed up the preparations. The idea, at first developed with a few special items in selected boutiques, is today much broader: over 30 models from essential dresses to more elaborate – distributed worldwide.

From their website: “The 2013 Collection, from romantic allure and elegant minimalism, is dedicated to the modern and dynamic woman, who has no desire to lose hours for fittings in an atelier. Tones offer a range of whites, from milk-white to ivory, with touches of transparent pastels in a make-up palette. Alongside the dresses, Max Mara offers an entire range of accessories, from shoes to veils, gloves and bijoux flowers.”

Max Mara Bridal 2013

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Feature, Gallery, Gowns, wedding dresses, Wedding Gown Photos

Stunning Art Deco inspired wedding dress collection from Johanna Johnson

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 30th, 2013


Stop everything you’re doing and take a look at the latest collection from Australian bridal designer Johanna Johnson. Called ‘Still is the night, not so my heart’ is a spectacular luxury bridal collection inspired by the elaborate chorus girls from the Ziegfeld Follies whose lavish costumes were the talk of the 1920’s New York. A gorgeous display, you’ll find vintage details and Art Deco influences throughout the collection which has an added softness to its silhouettes. There is a strong focus on accessories, in particular body adornments featuring draped Swarovski chains, elevating some of the cleaner silhouettes to a more detailed level of luxury.

We want it all…


The Beaumont

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Feature, Groom, Wedding Planning

A groom’s perspective: Choosing the suit

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 22nd, 2013

We write a lot about wedding dresses, bridal shoes and make-up where to spend the honeymoon. Most of it will be from the bride’s point-of-view – hey we’re girls ok! – but what about the groom? How is he experiencing the wedding planning process? To find out, we asked groom Max share some of his experiences and tips with us. Today we devote this space to the all-important suit.

“To some extent Grooms don’t get a look in when it comes to the sartorial expectation of weddings.”

Has she found a dress? Will she be wearing white? And so it goes on. No mention of… have you found your suit? Are you going 2 piece or 3? Top hat and tails? Tailor made or off the peg?

Grooms are the second thought for most but that’s not to say that there isn’t the same stresses in finding the right fit, the right look and a few extra pieces to lift a suit from looking like you are on your way to the office to wedding attire you can be proud of. It’s far from foolish vanity… it’s one the most memorable days of your life.

If you are avoiding the whole Penguin look and top hat and tails are out, then there is a definite choice to be made between between tailor made or off the peg. If you are on a budget then off the peg with alterations could be the way to get the tailor made look for less. A suit with enough fabric to give can often be nipped and tucked to a better look.

A word of caution however. The likes of Paul Smith, Armani and Hugo Boss will set you back in the region of £800 upward depending on 2- or 3-piece and how many alterations are required, as you often pay per alteration. It can be the price of a tailored suit. You could get lucky, find a suit that’s pretty much fitted to you, but there’s always a nip and tuck that can be made to make it feel like it was handmade.

The tailored route is time consuming, with numerous fittings but the results are often rewarding. If you’ve got the time and the money it’s recommended.  An experience that will lead the least fussy dresser to consider the details of the weight, feel and shade of fabrics; of whether cuffs should be higher or lower and whether to make a bold statement in their choice of lining. The result is something that is bespoke, will last with care and is probably more comfortable than anything you’ve ever worn. Prices start from around £600 from a decent tailor for a two piece, adding £150 upward for 3 pieces, so while expensive is still relatively affordable.

Once you’ve got the suit there are touches other than a flower in the button hole to add your own stamp on the big day whether that’s antique cufflinks or a handkerchief. For myself, my grandfathers’ watch with chain to complement the three piece look and antique cigarette case were enough to add my mark.

Max is a freelance writer currently based in Australia. You can follow him on Twitter on @maxbrearley.

[Image: Moss Hire]

Feature, Gallery, Gowns, wedding dresses, Wedding Gown Photos

Etsy finds: 10 fabulous vintage wedding dresses under £300

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 16th, 2013

Vintage wedding dress / FoxBerryFarm £288.46

If you got engaged over the festive holidays, you’ll probably be looking around for wedding dresses. Picking the perfect gown is a daunting task – there are simply so many styles and designers to choose from. Then there is the question of how much it should cost. After all you’ll only be wearing the dress once, so you have to decide if it’s worth allocating a massive chunk of the wedding budget on the wedding dress. A great option for budget savvy brides is to head to Etsy, the home of homemade things and vintage finds. We’ve had a little look at the vintage wedding dresses available, and have found these 10 stunning dresses for less than £300. Let us know what you think of the gowns in the comments.


Feature, Gallery, Gowns, wedding dresses, Wedding Gown Photos

Jenny Packham 2013 bridal collection and campaign photos

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 10th, 2013

Here it is, the Jenny Packham 2013 wedding dress collection in all its beauty.


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Feature, Gallery, Gowns, wedding dresses, Wedding Gown Photos

Katya Katya Shehurina bridal 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 7th, 2013

If you’re after a modern wedding dress that is feminine and playful, take a look at the bridal collection of Katya Katya Shehurina. Embodying the notion of a woman according to Katya, her designs are graceful and mysterious with a hint of  sensibility. A stunning collection, these gowns drape themselves around the bride’s shape and will showing off her feminine curves.

All gowns are created to the specifics of the bride, so the length of sleeves and colour of the fabric can be altered to taste.

Katya Katya Shehurina - Adelle

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Celebrity Weddings, Feature

2013 celebrity wedding predictions. We ask the magic eight ball

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 2nd, 2013

With the jury still out on whether Hollywood A-listers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt or not (we think they have), we thought we’d ask our magic eight ball if some of the other celebrity couples around will make it down the aisle to say I do this year.

Some of the below are probably more likely to happen regardless of what the magic eight ball says as their wedding planning is well under way, but who really knows…

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux


Will Jennifer and Justin marry this year?

Magic eight ball says: Outlook not so good.

Uh oh, will Jen not get her prince?

Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge


Will Tom finally marry Sienna two years after popping the question?

Magic eight ball says: Ask again later…

When we asked later the answer was ‘absolutely!’. Let’s wait and see…

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West


Having announced that they are expecting their first child,
will a wedding be on the cards for Kimye in 2013?
We all know how long Kim’s last marriage lasted…

Magic eight ball says: My sources say no.

Perhaps a baby is enough for one year for lovebirds Kim and Kanye.

Princess Madeline and Chris O’Neill


We love a royal wedding, and this year it is Swedish Princess Madeline who is
set to tie the knot. Her chosen man: British-American business man Chris O’Neill.

Will Princess Madeline marry her Prince in 2013?

Magic eight ball says: Yes.

A clear and definite answer. We’d expect nothing less, it is a royal wedding after all.

All images: Press Association

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