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Guest Blog - Love From Mwai

Wedding Dress Trends

Spring has sprung! And for Spring 2016 I have to share the top trends I noticed from some of my favourite bridal wear designers. From dramatic headpieces to soft capelets and tulle ball gowns, take a look at the wedding dress trends have wowed me and my favourite picks. 

Tiered skirts have come back in a big way with flowing layers of tulle, silk and organza creating a grand finale for many of the designers' collections.

Many of the new details focused on creating layers and adding dimension to the gowns. The Illusion Neckline, this peek-a-boo design takes sheer to a new level. Giving the bride the option to show some skin while keeping her secure.

 

Amsale

Over-skirts have resurfaced as a play on popular silhouettes, creating the illusion of various shapes. They volume and intrigue to your wedding day look with an over-skirt. The dramatic add-on is perfect for making a gasp-worthy entrance.

BERTA Bridal

Thigh-high slits, this sultry look is ideal for the bride who isn't afraid to show a little leg. Sexy but classy, thigh-high splits are heating up the spring collections.

Alon LivneDennis Basso

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Barely There Gowns, dare to go nude in the trending naked gown.

The super sheer design is only for a bride who isn't afraid to break tradition.

Right;

Fit to Flare Minis, this dress is fun and flirtatious.

The easy style is perfect for a casual ceremony and rocking reception.

Inbal Dror

Statement Headpiece are the new veils. Putting a modern twist on a classic tradition, statement headpieces range from lace accessories to ornate crowns.
viktoria novak. 

There you have it! The Spring bridal wear trend has a modern twist, meeting that happy medium between fashion forward and tradition. Join me next month when I discuss all things men’s wear and my favourite groom looks!

Until next time…

Happy Planning! X

Guest Blog: 9 Ways To Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List written by carriages weddings & events

The lovely team from CARRIAGES Wedding & Events are gurus when it comes to Asian Weddings and beyond, emphasising individuality and styling to reflect your personality. Read their tips below on how to manage a BIG wedding guest list. 

It’s a tough job organising an Indian wedding, we totally get it! One of the hardest things about wedding planning is to coordinate your guest list. Most venues aren’t equipped to deal with more than 300-400 people indoors, and even if they are, do you really need 600  people plus at your wedding? When will you ever get the time to speak to them all and if you do, when will you get the time to do anything else?

Everyone will have had a close friend or family member tie the knot at some point and will understand if they’ve not quite made guest list cut (ok, some people won’t but your time is better spent worrying about other actual necessities). Family guest list discussions can sometimes get a little heated so if you’re trying to persuade your other half or your parents to reduce their numbers, here’s a good base to start from.

1. The one year rule

If you have any friends or family members who you have had NO communication with over the last year then chances are you probably don’t need them at your wedding. By communication, we’re talking social media, phone, email and even WhatsApp. There may be one or two overseas cousins who might be an exception, but on the whole you get our drift..

2. The numbers game

If you’re close to someone then you’ll probably have their number saved on your phone. Most of us will probably have far more numbers in our contacts list (which we don’t even need), so think of it this way, if you don’t have their number, you’re not really friends and therefore they don’t need to be sent an invite.

3. Face to face

We might be stating the obvious here, but if you’ve never actually met some of your potential guests, why would you call them to your wedding? Yes, he or she may be your mum’s sister’s daughter’s cousin but what has that got to do with you? If a relative is that distant to have never even shown you their face then there’s no reason you need to suddenly see them while you’re sitting in the mandap.

5. Friends

Your friends are one thing but do you really need to have your parents’ or siblings’ friends there too? It’s fine if you’ve got enough room but if not, just explain this to them and we’re sure they’ll understand. After all, if you haven’t got enough room for your own friends at your wedding, then why should anyone else’s be there?

6. Multiple functions

We understand that due to the nature of Indian families it can sometimes be difficult to simply say no to certain guests, and one way to avoid family tension is to have separate functions for your ‘extra’ guests. Look to organise a larger sangeet or mehendi night where you can invite extra people who then don’t need to be called to the wedding.

7. Mr & Mrs

A great way to get rid of any extra guests is to keep your invite as couples-only. Sure there may be certain close family members who need to be there, along with one or two who have young children they aren’t able to leave behind, but on the whole keep it as Mr & Mrs and you’ll be fine.

8. Co-workers

Even though you may want them present, it may not be practical to invite your co-workers due to numbers getting out of hand. If you have one bestie at work that’s fine, but what if you’re equally as close to 20 people? If your list is getting too long then perhaps have a separate wedding celebration lunch or meal with them instead.

9. Plus ones

If there are any singletons attending, though it is normal wedding etiquette to let them bring along a plus one, don’t feel pressurised to do this. It’s absolutely fine to invite people on their own, as long as they’re going to know someone else at the wedding who they can mingle with. If for example they’re a complete outsider, then consider letting them bring someone along, but otherwise – its okay. 

Want to avoid the the 9 things your guests will most likely complain about OR read the perfect guide on how to handle your in-laws head across to the brilliant CARRIAGES blog

Guest Blog - Ellie Sanderson 2017 Bridal Trends

ELLIE SANDERSON TALKS 2017 BRIDAL TRENDS AND ADVICE FOR CHOOSING YOUR GOWN

Summer is an exciting time in bridal, it’s when the new collections for next year start to hit the catwalk!

Separates have landed in a big way; we love the flexibility of picking exactly the right top with exactly the right skirt. You can even swap into something different for the evening. Plus, we’re sure you’ll be able to find an excuse to wear these gorgeous little pieces again!

It’s been impossible to miss the huge love of lace in bridal over the past few years. And whilst there’s nothing quite like a delicate, romantic scattering of lace, it’s starting to get a bit of competition. There’s a new trend for plain, clean fabrics that’s just started to emerge – all the girls here at Ellie Sanderson are sure it’s going to just keep growing and growing. So why do we love a plain dress? It just lets you shine! No busy detailing to distract from how glowing you look! Don’t think we’re turning our back on lace all together though; statement lace veil, clean contemporary dress = pure match made in heaven.

What to keep in mind when shopping for your dress....

Buying your wedding dress can be as stressful as it is exciting, so make sure you follow our tips for a stress-free, smooth shopping experience!

Use the internet – with caution! It can be so helpful to create a Pinterest board to brainstorm ideas for your dress, but it can’t show you how the fabric feels, how the colour brings out the warmth in your skin tone and how a dress makes you feel ready to take on the world! Remember that like all clothes, wedding dresses look different on everybody, so don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it on. Maybe you overlooked a designer because you didn’t like the theme of their photoshoot? Maybe the model had awful hair so you didn’t focus on the amazing dress! Don’t be the bride who overlooks the dress that’s perfect for her, just because it’s not the picture she liked best online.

Stay true to your style - Never feel like you should wear a long, ivory ball gown because it’s the done thing. It’s YOUR wedding. Wear the dress which makes you feel like the best version of you! Do you ALWAYS wear pink? A couple of Ellie’s girls here wouldn’t be seen dead without a little rose tint to their outfits, so why would you want to leave behind your signature colour from your wedding outfit? A subtle blush colour is so romantic, so flattering and so on trend for 2017. For the less girlie amongst us, how about a warm cappuccino, a subtle soft blue or even a head turning metallic? We have the most beautiful bronzes, silvers and golds.

Don’t overthink it! And this is the real bottom line. Although it’s nice to consider how the neckline will sit with your grandmother’s necklace and to take into account the opinions of your bridesmaids, the only real question to consider is ‘Do I want to get married in this dress?’ – a question only you can answer.

Ellie Sanderson has boutiques in both Beaconsfield and Oxford, with an unrivalled collection of designers from both the UK and further afield. Be spoilt rotten trying on the most beautiful and exclusive dresses across the home counties, find out more and book your appointment at www.elliesanderson.co.uk

 

Guest Blog from Papeterie Eugenie Stationery - A Beautiful Nod To China

The talented Eugenie from Papeterie Eugenie Stationery sent us through a lovely little description on a current Bride and Groom's stationary designs for their wedding.  

"A lovely couple marrying at Hedsor House this summer, had a very specific stationery brief.  It was very important for the bride to bring elements of her Chinese heritage to their traditional English wedding.  

She loved purple, gold and delicate design.  It was important to include orange blossom somewhere.  As red is lucky and the traditional colour for Chinese weddings, it was essential to include this too.  Being drawn to hand-crafting we created beautiful little bundles, containing the invitation, information and RSVP card.  Each card was illustrated with orange blossom and a pair of lovebirds, in red and gold, representing the Bride and Groom.  A bespoke illustration was the perfect way to link everything together.

To make the invitation complete, the Bride provided beautifully scented red envelopes, all the way from China.  These are used at Chinese weddings where it is traditional to offer gifts of money - and will be posted in a stunning, hand-crafted post-box on their big day. 

I can’t wait to share the final vision in June…"

Why Sundays are the new Saturdays

When planning your important nuptials, most people automatically veer towards choosing a Saturday when getting married. Considering a Bride & Groom can maximise time over an entire weekend and guests can avoid that potential ‘morning-after’ feeling (probably best reserved for a day when you don’t have to be in the office) this does, after all, make complete sense.

So why are Sundays suddenly becoming the preferred day of the week to get married? The Hedsor team talk about our observations on this hot new booking trend….

For the majority of us Sunday is the day of the week when we get to relax, catch up with friends and family enjoying some all-important time out from our hectic schedules. This naturally slower and more casual pace of life on a Sunday provides our first clue. Here are some other reasons why Sundays are proving to be so popular; 

  •  A relaxed and casual vibe - having a Sunday wedding ensures guests and suppliers are relaxed, prepared and organised for the day. If the majority of guests are travelling a distance to the venue this provides them that extra day to make sure they arrived and rested. Your nearest and dearest have Saturday to make sure they’re ready and set to support you on your special day. With a naturally calmer atmosphere, the ceremony becomes even more meaningful with everyone more focused on the vows rather than waiting for a raucous party to start*
  •  Spoilt for choice – despite Sunday becoming an increasingly popular day to get married, they are surprisingly budget friendly. By choosing a Sunday and saving some money, you can focus on other aspects of creating your dream wedding. (Jimmy Choo here you come!)
  •  Unique and memorable – Stand out from the crowd and create a wedding that’s different to all you've attended before. Your guests will remember your wedding and the meaning of it not the day of the week it falls on.
  •  Make your day last longer - if you decide to celebrate your wedding on a Sunday, go for an earlier ceremony and reception so that you and your guests can enjoy an extended day. Those guests that do need to leave earlier are free to do so after a wonderful day spent celebrating. Your remaining guests can use the opportunity to book a Monday off work* and enjoy an extended weekend.

*Please note - raucous parties can and do still happen on Sundays! #SundayFunday

To find out about Sunday availability contact the Hedsor Team on 01628 819050 or email info@hedsor.com

By Grace Lloyd-Jones, Marketing Executive and Wedding Aficionado