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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

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Ideas for Wedding Stationery – invitations, place cards and more

By Debs Cass on June 21st, 2013

Planning your perfect wedding day can be a lot of fun, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the different options out there and not know where to start. Preparation often starts with the wedding invites – the first taste your guests will get of your big day.

Choosing a theme is an important first step, whether it’s colour, vintage, season or something special to you and your other half. Consider how the theme can be carried throughout your wedding day across all your wedding stationery, table decoration, flowers, bridal gown etc. In fact once you get started it can be difficult to stop, what with so many beautiful little details out there, to make your day one to remember.

Here’s our top ten wedding stationery ideas featuring different themes to get you started.

30’s Old Hollywood Glamour Wedding Stationery Range £1.50

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Get in on the glamourous Gatsby fever with 30’s old Hollywood style. Retro fonts with pale pink and contrasting black, this romantic style wedding stationery has a vintage feel with a sense of occasion. Printed on thick natural off white 320gsm card, 100% recycled and has a textured feel. not on the high street


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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

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Mother of the bride outfits from Romantica of Devon

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 7th, 2013

On your wedding day you’ll want your mother to shine – not as much as you of course – but nonetheless stand out from the crowd as the proud mother of the bride. It is a role she’s not going to experience that many times. Make sure her outfit is flattering and colourful; for ideas of what she could wear, take a look at the 2013 Bella Rosa collection from Romantica of Devon, a family-owned and -run company. And these outfits come at reasonable prices too.

Bella Rosa Mother of the Bride 2013 Collection

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Gallery, Rings & Jewellery

Planning to propose on Valentine’s Day? Here are 10 great engagement rings from Etsy

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013

Victorian engagement ring £249.38

So guys (and girls, but mostly guys) – let’s talk Valentine’s Day. If you’ve planned to propose to the love of your life next week, but have yet to find the perfect engagement ring, first of all don’t stress. You’re leaving it a bit late but we won’t judge. Perfection, or as close as can be, isn’t found easily. Don’t stress. There are lots of options out there in the world, with lots of jewellers waiting to help you pick the best engagement ring you possibly can. But if you, like us, and your lady like things that are a bit different, unique perhaps, we’d recommend you to take a look at what’s available to buy on Etsy. Most of the sellers there create one-of-a-kind pieces or sell vintage items that are difficult to find. It’s like having the best market in your house. We’ve browsed what engagement rings are currently available, and picked ten of our favourites for inspiration. Now as most of the sellers are based in the US, if you see something you like you best act fast. Happy shopping – and good luck!


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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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From Italy with love: Cotin Sposa 2013 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013


We love this floral wedding dress by Italian designer Cotin Sposa. So romantic. This of course got us looking at the rest of the 2013 bridal collection, and there are some good silhouettes to be found. Combine these with the finest laces, handmade embroideries, Swarovski crystals and top notch fabrics, this made in Italy wedding dress doesn’t disappoint. The only gown we’re not sure of is the one with a mint green waistband and hair accessory. Unfortunately Cotin Sposa doesn’t have any retailers in the UK, but check out their website for contact details.

Cotin Sposa Bridal 2013

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Flowergirl dresses and page boys outfits by Little Eglantine

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 5th, 2013

If you’re after outfits for the little ones at your wedding party – the flowergirls and page boys – take a look at these designs by French designer Stephanie Staub. Her label Little Eglantine brings together colour and playfulness with luxurious designs and a sophisticated touch of French Haute Couture. With the outfits being made-to-order, allow 10-12 weeks for delivery. For more information and prices visit

Little Eglantine

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Lusan Mandongus 2013 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 5th, 2013

Lusan Mandongus 2013 Bridal Collection

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The 2013 collection of Hong Kong based Lusan Mandongus features silhouettes that are romantic and feminine – what you’d expect from a wedding dress really – incorporating vintage glamour cuts and surprising details. The materials used balance the curves of the feminine body to accentuate the sensuality and timeless beauty. Lusan Mandongus uses luxurious and ethereal fabrics such as duchess satin, organza, tulle and silk chiffon interweaving with French lace and crystal appliqués and embroideries. This is craftmanship at its best.

Bridesmaids & Attendants, Gallery, Guest Fashion

Noir by Lazaro – a great choice for bridesmaids

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 1st, 2013


Created by designer Lazaro Perez, Noir by Lazaro is an exclusive collection of sophisticated evening-wear that can be used as bridesmaid dresses.  With a mix of great cocktail and floor length silhouettes, elegantly beaded appliqués in rich jewel tones these gowns are great for weddings.



Noir by Lazaro bridesmaid dresses

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Phase Eight bridal collection 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 1st, 2013

Phase Eight bridal collection 2013

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If you’re looking for a wedding dress that won’t break your wedding budget, take a look at the new 2013 bridal collection by Phase Eight. With delicate lace and the softest of silks combined with beautiful embellishment, these are all available on the high street and will set you back no more that £500. We know right?! Don’t waste time, check out these gorgeous vintage inspired gowns today.

Accessories, Gallery, Rings & Jewellery

Danish brand STORY by Kranz & Ziegler launches bridal jewellery collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 1st, 2013



Rose Quartz

Danish jewellery brand STORY by Kranz & Ziegler, known for its unique range of men’s and women’s jewellery pieces, has launched a new range for brides. With a strong focus on old craftsmanship and genuine materials, their bridal collection consists of white pearl bracelets, gold heart rings and charms – a STORY trademark – with rose quartz, amethyst and moonstone centres.

Prices start from £22.50 for charms and £27.50 for bracelets. For more information visit

STORY by Kranz & Ziegler

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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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Elie Saab presents wedding inspired couture catwalk show full of tulle and lace

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 30th, 2013

Elie Saab Haute Couture SS13

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A model wears the wedding gown by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan.23, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Lebanese designer Elie Saab has outdone himself again. Once more he’s proved why he’s a popular bridal designer; at the Paris Haute Couture show Elie sent models down the catwalk in lace and tulle gowns, sure to make any wedding belle swoon. You can see his 2013 bridal collection for Pronovias here, but we recommend browsing through the gallery above as there are some beauties to be found!

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