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Don’t forget! The last minute plans you need to make for your wedding

By Debs Cass on June 10th, 2013

The invitations have been heatedly debated over, sent and rsvp’d. The perfect dress agonised over (not to mention a small fortune spent on); The menu tasted and all those finicky details researched to the nth degree. Now there’s just time for those last minute jobs that didn’t make it higher up on your wedding plan.

So with just a few weeks to go ‘til you say those immortal words: ‘I’m sure I ordered the gold ones..’, here’s our last minute wedding tips we think could come in handy…

Thank you Cards Wedding Banner £13

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Rather than than waiting ‘til after the big day, it’s best to get on top of this job as each gift arrives, so that you are not running what seems like a production line post the glorious big day. This could even be one of these details that could be delegated to the groom, keeping track of what each gift is and how you will both appreciate it. You could however also use your wedding photo's with the help of this Thank You Wedding Banner for your cards: Made on 4x4 inch white chipboard. Antiqued edges with balck acrylic paint and hand stamped letters in black. Strung on a natural piece of twine with rafia ties to each end. Any Occassion Banners

Accessories, Accessories - Bags, Tiaras, etc, Gallery, Product news, Rings & Jewellery

An eclectic mix of bridal jewellery

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 7th, 2012

It is always fun to come across new additions to the bridal market. Today we welcome Eclectic-Mix which is now expending into bridal jewellery market, bringing a natural beauty and style to those special occasion looks.

The brainchild of Rebecca Scott, the first bridal collection to come from Eclectic-Mix, Tresse, features natural materials and neutral colours in designs that are feminine and beach inspired. What more could a British summer bride wish for?

“The range is classic but with a modern twist”, says Rebecca. “Each piece can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion or venue.”

The collection comes in two colours – ivory and cream – and can be customised to fit with your needs if you have a specific theme or colours in mind.

And best of all, the materials are sourced as locally as possible, so if you love to buy British, this is a brand for you!

For more information visit

Eclectic-Mix bridal jewellery

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Photo credit: James Melia Photography

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Bridalwave loves: Aruna Seth Farfalla bridal shoes

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 7th, 2011

We love these butterfly bridal shoes by Aruna Seth. Made in Italy the Farfalla – that’s butterfly in the language of love – collection comes in a range of colours and finishes: satin; leather; snake… The latest edition to the collection are two gorgeous soft grey and lilac beauties in suede and leather respectively.

Both retail at £525 and can be bought through

Photo: PR

Photo: PR

Accessories, Product news, Vintage, Wedding Gifts

Perfect wedding gift: Vintage powder compact and jewellery case

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 24th, 2011

We recently mentioned our web find of the week – Perfectly Vintage – and the gorgeous vintage powder compacts available to buy. Having been given a heads up on yet another stunning 1960s black enamelled powder compact and jewellery case  by Kigu of London (it’s actually a cigarette case, but we’re not promoting smoking in any way shape or form so have re-named it and its use). There is not a more stylish way to store your cocktail rings and earrings on the dressing table than in this glamorous case.

Catherine of Perfectly Vintage found these two items together, and will be selling them as a pair as they are just simply to pretty to split up.

Keep an eye out for them once they go live on the website (sometime this week we hear) – we’re sure they’ll be snapped up within minutes!



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Bridalwave loves: Perfectly Vintage powder compacts

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 20th, 2011

In our weekly trawling of the web we came across Perfectly Vintage, and thought the vintage powder compacts section was perfect for brides who are looking for something old, and in ways something new…

Perfect Vintage is run by Catherine Benson whose interest in vintage clothing and accessories eventually led to her setting up the company. Each item you see on the website is sourced by Catherine herself, be it vintage handbags, costume jewellery or powder compacts.

If you like anything you see, it’s best to snap it up as quickly as you can as it might be gone the next time. That’s the thing with vintage items; usually there is only the one available.

For more info visit

1960s Powder Compact

c1960s Powder Compact with Limoges Ceramic Floral Decoration / Price: £22.00

1950s Musical Compact with Mother-of-Pearl Decoration / Price: £72.00 (Plays a snippet of ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’)

1930s Powder Compact with Petit Point Floral Details / Price: £44.00

Lingerie, Product news

New bridal lingerie range by Honeymoon Collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 12th, 2011

Bridal lingerie specialists, Honeymoon Collection, have launched their own lingerie range, Beautiful Bride.

The range has been specifically designed for a bride on her wedding day – and night – and includes some helpful style details such as a plain silk band across the top of the bra to minimise texture visibility under strapless wedding dresses and a light weight lace thong without an elasticated hem to banish those VPLs.

Designed and made in England, the range is made from ivory silk and overlaid in lace and is available in sizes 32-36 B-D (bras) and 8-14 (briefs, thongs and suspender belts)

And the price isn’t too bad either. The strapless bra will set you back £55, while the thong and briefs cost £22.00 and £24.00 respectively. And if you want the whole set, the suspender belt is priced at £22.00. All products are available from

Flowers/Decoration, Product news, The Royal Wedding

Celebrate Kate and William’s royal wedding with this cute cake stand

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 4th, 2011

We don’t know if you’re planning a proper afternoon tea on Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding day later this month, but thought this cute cake stand was too good to keep to ourselves.

The cake stand features the well-known London sights that the royal couple will pass by on the procession, like Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Mall.

It’s by Esther Coombs and is available from for £148.00

Now where are our scones…

News, Product news, The Royal Wedding

Royal mug-up for Kate and William wedding memorabilia maker

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 17th, 2011

Having followed the royal love story from day one, it is as expected that many are looking to cash-in and have jumped on the bandwagon to produce royal memorabilia. But to be honest there is nothing sweeter than to sip our morning tea from a mug featuring the happy couple: Catherine and… Harry?!

Either something is clearly wrong or we’ve all been fooled. Phew! Kate Catherine’s fiancée is still the first-born prince, William, and not his younger brother Harry.

But it looks like someone at Guandong Enterprises has not been paying attention during the proofing session, as he or she failed to spot the royal mix up.

Under the heading “The Fairytale Romantic Union of All The Centuries”, Guandong boasts of the “beautiful cup” that honours the wedding of “HRH Prince William and his stunning lady bride to be, Miss Kate Middleton.”

However on the commemorative mug available for sale online interested shoppers are met with the image of a grinning Harry – labelled ‘Will’ next to royal bride-to-be Kate.

For only £9.99 plus postage, the website kindly asks visitors to “please be our guests to own this esteemed, limited edition heirloom to celebrate with your work associates, friends, family and loved ones” on the big day.

Is this for real or just a spoof? We’re not sure, but we’re in two minds whether to buy one or not. As the website says we “are welcome to purchase now to avoid disappointment and regret.” Could prove profitable on eBay later…

Beauty - Hair & Makeup, Product news

Taming the tresses with new 2-in-1 conditioning blow dry treatment [review]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 10th, 2011

If you, like me, were born with natural curls – think ringlets à la Marie Antoinette – that have since been coloured and/or straightened so much that they now can’t look like Kate Catherine Middleton’s wondrous waves even on a good day, it’s a blessing to get expert help once in a while – especially if you’ve got a wedding to attend.

London based salon Inanch recently launched a revolutionary new 2-in-1 blow dry treatment that in their words “would make simply drying your hair enough to make it beautiful.” I looked at my frail tresses as I read this and decided I had to try this for myself!

The lovely people at Inanch were more than happy to prove that even my dehydrated locks could once more look healthy and shiny. Before getting started they washed my hair using Phytojoba shampoo and conditioner – the scent was absolutely divine. The hair was then quickly trimmed to get rid of split ends before the Collexia Professional hairdryer was brought out (Tip: if you’re having your mane professionally straightened using current ‘must-have’ treatment, the Brazilian Blowdry, make sure you trim the ends first to get the best result).

The Collexia hairdryer is an exclusive system that gives your hair a beauty treatment as you style it; the innovative system combines both cosmetics and state-of-the-art technology that reduces drying times as well as activates the conditioning formulas inside a treatment stick as it styles the hair.

I was given the Beauty Stick Everyday treatment which contains silk proteins and multivitacomplex to help your hair remain healthy and beautiful. I walked out feeling like a princess; my hair was straight like Gwyneth’s and soft as silk.

Inanch, which was voted ‘Salon of the Year 2010’, also offers the Repair Stick Everyday which provides instant bounce and body and is ideal for all types of hair.

Both treatments are easy to comb through – there is no feeling of product residue! – and I was told they highly protect against the damage caused by normal hairdryers and straightening irons.

For just an extra £5 on top of the standard blow dry price (from £30) I would say this is definitely a treat we should all give our hair once in a while. Even when you don’t have a wedding to go to!

For more information or to book call Inanch London on 020 7383 7607 or visit

Accessories, Accessories - Bags, Tiaras, etc, Product news, Rings & Jewellery

Introducing Brandy Pham Jewelry

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 4th, 2011

Brandy Pham Jewelry

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When the images of Brandy Pham‘s spring 2011 jewellery collection landed on our desk we knew we had to share it with you.

Vietnamese-American designer Brandy Pham’s jewellery line is inspired by everyday life – personalities of people she meets, nature and her own classic and feminine style.  Brandy’s aesthetic reflects her unique background having lived in Hawaii, Miami, Texas and the South.

Set to launch a bridal collection come winter 2011 that will pay tribute to old Hollywood glamour, Pham’s eye-catching designs all feature her signature stamp: a simple bow. The capsule collection will offer fresh alternatives to traditional hairpieces, rings, necklaces, earrings and dress sashes and will retail at $28-$200 – she does ship to the UK, we checked!

“I consider all aspects of a woman’s daily life when designing and know the power of accessories pulling together an outfit. From a simple cocktail ring to a signature statement necklace such as the Haley, I’ve created something for all women’s tastes,”explains Pham. “I want my jewellery to complete each look for a women, whether she wants to feel edgy, a little vintage, glam or romantic.”

Well we wouldn’t mind adorning ourselves with a couple of your pieces this wedding season Brandy!

For more information about Brandy Pham Jewelry, please visit her website

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Londoners, map your romance

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 17th, 2011

This is a cute way for couples whose whole romance – from first meeting, sharing the first kiss, through to the wedding – to add a personalised artwork to their home.

London Canvas Maps can be produced in a choice of colours with special places that are important to anyone with a deep connection and love for London. You can add up to ten personalised locations to the map and makes a fun way to remember your romance through the streets of London.

Pick which colour that matches your décor, choose a size, add the places where key events took place and hang up on your wall to enjoy!

Prices for the canvases start at £99 and can be ordered through

I know what I’m getting for my new flat! And below is one they made for William and Kate:

News, Product news, Wedding Planning

Google launches wedding site

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 11th, 2011

Google is apparently the answer to everything. Just in time for Valentine’s Day the search engine has launched a new site that hopes to help happy couples with their wedding preparations. They must be expecting a lot of engagements to happen – as are we all Google!

The newly launched Google for Weddings will be able to assist in planning almost every aspect of the day, bar the cake tasting and band auditions (perhaps additional features to come??). The service will allow you to design your wedding site, share photos, manage your expenses and track invitations through elements that use Google Docs, Google Sites and Picnik.

Choose one of the 20 wedding templates – especially developed with guidance from a professional wedding planner! – and store your wedding plans in the clouds, so that you can access it whenever, wherever (internet connection required) and share it with your friends and family as you see fit.

Not quite sure you want to use it? Google is holding a wedding sweepstakes for engaged couples with a top prize of $25,000 and a chance to have wedding planner Michelle Rago with wedding planning.

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Keep your wedding lingerie fresh with the Berry Ball

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 6th, 2011

We’ve all had it happen to us: bought expensive lingerie and then had our heart drop to the floor when pulling out the disfigured garments out of the washing machine. This is especially irritating if it’s your wedding night lingerie that you’ve sneakily worn before the big day, to ‘test it out’. Luckily help is at hand with The Berry Ball & Bag!

Say goodbye to lumpy bras, punctured gel pads, twister hosiery and lost socks (see your new hubby would find it useful too). The Berry Ball & Bag let you wash your lingerie and delicates without it being destroyed, and offers the perfect solution to take care of your wedding and honeymoon lingerie. It’s also doubles as a packing tool to prevent bras from being crushed during travels or simply as a storage space for your favourite pieces.

The set is available from US online shop (which does international shipping!) for $13.99.

Gowns, News, Product news

Matthew Williamson to launch bridal collection in 2011

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 8th, 2010

Matthew Williamson Bridal Spring/Summer 2011Now this is exciting news! Britain’s very own Matthew Williamson is to launch a wedding dress collection for spring/summer 2011″

Following the success of his Net-a-porter collection, the designer has confirmed that he’s bringing out a small line that will be revealed to the public at the White Gallery bridal exhibition in May.

Williamson is known for his feminine shapes, richly embellished natural fabrics and a hint of exoticism. A label spokesperson says: “Elements of the designer’s signature style, such as embroidery and intricate beadwork, are re-worked to create a collection with an elegant, yet bohemian spirit.”

Wonder if we’ll see a certain bride sporting one of Williamson’s designs next spring…

Who is your favourite wedding dress designer? We’d love to know!

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SS11 Bridal trends: Lily Bella vintage chic ‘Romance’ birdcage veil collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 6th, 2010

For spring/summer 2011, Lily Bella’s vintage chic ‘Romance’ collection is perfect for brides looking for a fusion of modern and vintage.

In addition to silk flowers and vintage inspired brooches, the collection includes pearls and diamanté along with many different types of feathers. Each birdcage veil can be personalised with a removable brooch – a beautiful keepsake to enjoy forever.

The handcrafted birdcage with French net bandeau veil offers brides an alternative to the traditional full length veil, and can be worn in a variety of positions to get just the right look.

Lily Bella is an independent bridal design label based in Buckinghamshire. Founded in 2009, Lily Bella began when accessory designer Kirsty Griffiths, began working to create veils and unique barrettes for her wedding day.

For more information and prices visit

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