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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



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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



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Wedding dresses on a budget – the best for under £750

By Debs Cass on June 10th, 2013

Making a limited wedding budget stretch can keep the savviest brides-to-be awake at night, however one option is not to blow the equivalent of the honeymoon on the dress. Not ignoring the fact that the dress plays a key role in the big day – so it still needs to be ‘the one’ for you, and as so many discerning brides are demanding these days, vintage style is ever sought after. With this in mind, here are our top ten vintage style wedding dresses suitable for all silhouettes, to be had for under £750.

Late 1950s / Early 1960s Vintage Wedding Dress £395

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Lace scoop neck dress with large rose detailing all-over, and sheer neckline and arms. Full skirt, shorter at the front and fanning out into a long scalloped train. Back has plunge neck, four white ribbon ties, and full train with scalloped edging. Etsy



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June 5th: Wear your wedding dress to work day

By shinychris on June 1st, 2013

wedding dressOn Wednesday 5th June 2013 people across the country are expected to don bridal gowns, top hats and fascinators on their commutes to work and in offices across the UK.

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of romantic comedy, I Give it a Year, on 3rd June, STUDIOCANAL is encouraging people to honour a new annual tradition and wear their wedding dresses to work in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF). For every individual that sends a picture in to the STUDIOCANAL Facebook page, STUDIOCANAL will donate £1 to the nation’s heart charity.

Whether you are marking your first year of marriage or your Silver Wedding Anniversary, the day will be a chance to celebrate and reminisce about the most significant day of your life.

The BHF is leading the fight against coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer. Donations are needed to help the BHF continue its fight for every heartbeat.

Taking part is easy. You can donate here: http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/donate.aspx. And send your photos here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/studiocanaluk

 



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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



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Max Mara Bridal 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013

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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

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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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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.



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Ellis Bridals The Romance collection 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 31st, 2013

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Established in 1912, Ellis Bridals provides designer gowns at affordable prices. The brand’s hand-crafted and unique designs are a delight to look at, and we hear also to wear. This family run business with roots in London’s East End, this heritage label offers gowns that normally retail under £1,000. View the complete collection here.

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Stunning Art Deco inspired wedding dress collection from Johanna Johnson

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 30th, 2013

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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…

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Hayley Paige bridal collection 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 23rd, 2013

The 2013 wedding dress collection by Hayley Paige embraces sweet femininity with a touch of edginess. Balance is found in the combination of textured details such as hand appliquéd lace and flutters of sheer fabric, evoking a feeling of whimsical refinement.

Hayley Paige Bridal 2013

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Kitty and Dulcie wedding dress collection 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 22nd, 2013

Bridal gown designers Kitty and Dulcie have released their 2013 wedding dress collection. Named The Country Set collection, all dresses are under £400 and come with an array of beautiful details and cuts. Get ready to ooh and aah over wedding dresses that won’t ruin the budget!

Baroness Pearl - £345

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Sabina Motasem 2013 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 21st, 2013

If you’re looking for a wedding dress that is simple yet elegant, cast your eyes on the designs of Sabina Motasem. With a hint of old and new Hollywood glamour, each dress comes with optional designer detail extras, whether it is different sleeve shapes, colour, and beading designs for the waistband or neck panel. This lets you transform the gown which suits your taste and shape into your perfect dress.

Prices start from £950 and all gowns are made in the UK.

Sabina Motasem - Colette

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Victorio & Lucchino 2013 bridal collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 16th, 2013

The Victorio & Lucchino bride certainly goes her own ways – just look at those elaborate headpieces. Then again, with the Brits loving a good fascinator for weddings, why not let the bride take centre stage? The 2013 bridal collection of the Seville-based duo is full of wild flowers and delicate embellishments. We’re quite impressed with the groom they sent down the aisle catwalk too. We’ll have one of those to go please!

Victorio & Lucchino 2013 bridal

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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.

 




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