Monday, 18 January 2016

How to Buy Your Wedding Dress For Less

As soon as you get engaged, people are going to start asking you about your wedding dress. Have you found one yet? Do you know what style you're going to go for? Which is your favourite designer? I had no idea. In fact, I found the whole process just a little daunting. There's a certain amount of pressure to go with a group of girlfriends, and drink champagne, and enjoy that moment when they put the veil on, and everyone cries a bit. That wasn't ever going to work for me, because I like shopping on my own, and I was very conscious that all my girlfriends have busy lives, and I didn't want to be all bridezilla and insist they came with me shopping every Saturday. So I did a bit of shopping on my own, and quickly realised that I didn't like most dresses. I also found it hard to organise appointments, and I got a bit fed up having to travel all around London to go to all the shops. Why can't they all just be on one street? So it was a grumpy bride that stumbled out of the rain into Delphine Manivet. That's where I found my gorgeous gown, the Anatole. But man was it pricey! And that's why I loved this email from a Before the Big Day Reader, Annie.

Hi - Just stumbled on your blog, I absolutely love it! That's been the best part of wedding planning reading all of these amazing blogs! I was just wondering if your Delphine Manivet wedding dress was the Rapheal style and if you were thinking about selling it at all as I am trying to buy a second hand one as it is over my budget but completely to die for! Annie x

Friday, 18 December 2015

Giant Gold Glitter Bow for Your Bridesmaids

It's a well known fact that whatever dress you choose for your bridesmaid, she'll hate it. And she'll never wear it again. It's just one of those things you have to accept as a bride, and a best friend. But that doesn't mean you can't choose an accessory that she'll wear again, and I have just the thing! Take a look at this fabulous giant gold glitter bow. Created by Lovely Littles and Co, they come in every colour, and they'd make the perfect presents for your bridesmaids. Buy them early, and they can wear them at Christmas!

{I want this!} Giant gold glitter bow by Lovely Littles and Co

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

An Ibiza Seaside Wedding with Blush & Lace Accents

A gleaming white Rolls Royce, a sparkly wedding theme, and a seaside venue on the island of Ibiza - you can tell this wedding is going to be a cracker already! I've fallen for the gorgeous bride, Claire and her stunning 'Amelie' gown by Gemy Maalouf, and you'll love her pretty-in-pink bridesmaids dresses. If you're planning a destination wedding, you'll find every single picture is going to be seriously Pin-worthy. Huge thanks to Ily Grantham for her stunning photographs, and to Claire and Jonny for filling in my questionnaire with so many helpful tips.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

A Beachside Wedding in Ibiza with Jimmy Choos & Bouganvillia

This amazing Ibiza wedding will have you dreaming of summer! It's a stunning example of a destination big day. Simple, chic, and perfect. The great thing about getting married abroad is that the venue usually speaks for itself - you don't need stacks of extra wedding decorations. Plus all your friends feel like they're on holiday, so they come ready to party! Enjoy Ily Grantham's beautiful pictures - she really did capture every perfect detail, and don't miss Claire and Jonny's answers to the Before the Big Day Questionnaire for all their top suppliers!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Before the Big Day Black Friday Wedding Sales

It's a big day in the world of sales, and this is your chance to buy everything for your wedding at a bargain price! Black Friday is a pretty new concept in the UK, but wedding vendors are jumping on the bandwagon, so it's definitely worth taking a look at your favourite shops, to see if you can snap up something special. Wedding dress, bridesmaids gowns, and wedding decorations are your best buys - here's my round-up of some of the BEST Black Friday Wedding Sales.....

♥  Luxury shoe and accessories brand Freya Rose is offering a whopping 30% discount off their exquisite creations for one day and one day only. Use the code BLKFRIDAY

♥ WOW - BHS has a brilliant wedding collection, with flower girl dresses, groom's suits and even mother of the bride outfits. And talk about a deal - they're offering a whopping 50% off everything this Friday.

♥  Book your wedding make-up with Beauty Call today, and they'll do one of your maid's hair or make-up completely free - saving £60.

♥  For wedding decorations, presents and original accessories, it doesn't get better than Not on the High Street, particularly with up to 50% off this Black Friday! There are literally pages of discount - my fav? These Bubble Gum balloons with 30% off!

♥  You'll be amazed what you can find for your wedding on ASOS - fab bridesmaids dresses, pretty accessories, and the all important 'getting ready robes'. They even have beauty products for your big day. All with 20% off this weekend, with the code CYBER.

♥ If you buy your wedding dress from bridal designer Louise Selby this weekend, she'll give you a veil for free! Book your appointment on 020 8948 8681

♥ I'm a big fan of Coast's Wedding Collection - they have brilliant bridesmaids dresses for brides on a budget. And now you can snap up a deal with 30% off their entire wedding collection. Use the code JUSTFORYOU at checkout.

♥ Another massive deal for you - House of Fraser is offering 50% off everything today! It's a great opportunity to get reductions on pretty Phase Eight wedding gowns and smart suits for your hubby-to-be.

♥ Bought your wedding rings yet? Take a trip to reliable high-street jeweller Goldsmiths for 25% off selected watches and jewellery from Friday through to Monday.

♥ Buy your wedding undies from M&S, with 30% off today. It's knicker-tastic!

♥  Buy your wedding stationery from fantastic designer Printed Love Co today, and you'll get a massive 25% off with the code BLACK FRIDAY

♥ If you're worrying about the cost of your wedding day look, take a look at my blog post on how to buy your wedding dress for less.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Totally Tropical Boho Bridesmaid Dresses

Random fact of the day - I'm planning a tropical themed New Year's Eve party {long story}. As part of my research for fun ideas, and what to wear, I stumbled upon the most incredible bridesmaid dress company E-V-E-R. If you're a boho bride, or fun-spirited, or just love a good print, you're going to fall head-over-heels for this brilliant brand called Show Me Your Mumu. Created by two fabulous girls who live in New York, their website is stuffed to the rafters with fantastic gowns, playsuits and getting ready robes. Be warned - you'll come away wanting an Hawaiian themed big day!

Friday, 20 November 2015

For Eternity Engagement Rings

Engagement rings are a constant source of fascination for me. There are very few objects in the world that symbolise so much - they represent a choice, a promise, hope for the future, and of course love. I've long been a fan of the solitaire diamond - to me, the single gemstone meant my husband had chosen his one love. But now I'm intrigued by the new trend in eternity rings - and they way they look forward to the future. This diamond band by Silly Shiny Diamonds is particularly pretty - would you choose an eternity ring for your engagement?

{I want this!} Diamond Eternity Ring, £560 by Silly Shiny Diamonds

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Cute Christmassy Winter Wedding Favours

Is anyone else already getting excited about Christmas? Twinkling fairy-lights, warming mulled-wine, snug scarves and rustling presents under the tree? It's no wonder winter weddings are amongst the most magical. Several of my friends have chosen to host their big day in December, and all their weddings felt like we'd stepped straight into Narnia. Add a little bit of fairy-tale to your wedding reception with these adorable gingerbread house coffee biscuits. Delicious favour, and sweet treat in one, they're the perfect after-dinner treat. Cookie Art London make stacks of amazing biscuits - check out their 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' set, and edible Christmas tree decorations.

Gingerbread House Biscuits, £12 for 16 by Cookie Art London

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