Here comes the Bridesmaid… part duex!

Hooray for Friday!!! Perhaps you have a weekend shopping trip planned with your bridesmaids so today we are focusing on the business of making them look gorgeous on your big day.

Where to start???  Over the past few years high street shops such as Coast and Karen Millen have helped to bring fashionable bridesmaid/evening dresses to the masses and are a good place to start your search.  Amsale, stocked in The White Room is Mullingar has a really great selection as does Dresscode, based in Hickeys of Henry Street in Dublin.  Watters, WTOO and the Dessy group also have great offerings both in terms of style and colour and are stocked in various Bridal rooms around the country.

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Primary colours and pastels are still the most popular choices for bridesmaid dresses however pattern and stripes while a little less orthodox, can also be a gorgeous alternative.  Ted Baker has some very pretty floral maxis which would look beautiful with plain coloured bouquets for a spring or summer wedding.

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Shopping with your maids for their dresses should be fun but it can be stressful if you have many bridesmaids as the chances of finding one dress that will suit all can be pretty slim.  While traditionally all bridesmaids wore the exactly the same dress and this is still a very popular choice, increasingly there is a trend towards mix and match dresses.

Dressing your ladies in different styles of the same dress is a great way to ensure that all of your maids feel comfortable and are wearing a style that best suits their shape.  The Twobirds range of Bridesmaid dresses, available at The Bridal Lounge in Dublin, not only have a huge range of colours on offer but offer amazing flexibility by allowing you to choose one dress which has 15 different tying options from halter neck, strapless, one shoulder to sweetheart and cap-sleeved dresses.

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If you have a particular style in mind but finding a colour tone to suit all is proving difficult why not choose complementary tones or shades of the same style dress to fit into your wedding colour scheme.

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Or for ultimate flexibility just pick a colour palette and allow your ladies to choose their own style and shade.

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Happy shopping. X

IMAGE CREDITS

Row 1:  www.dresscode.ie

Row 2 L to R:  Amsale Fall 2013 www.colincowieweddings.com,    Dessy   www.weddingtonway.com

Row 3: www.stylempretty.com

Row 4:  Twobirds collection www.thebridallounge.ie

Row 5 L to R:  www.bridalmusings.com , www.stylemepretty.com

Row 6:  www.lovelyweddingday.com

Row 7: www.stylempretty.com

Row 8 L to R: http://reasonstobreathe.tumblr.com , www.stylempretty.com

Row 9: www.stylempretty.com

Row 10: http://greenweddingshoes.com

Here comes the Bridesmaid… part one!

OK Brides-to-be, so it’s your wedding and you are the most important person on the day, along with your Groom of course, but given that you have tasked some of your most beloved ladies with the responsibility of helping you get to this special place it’s important that you try to make them happy in return so for the next couple of posts it’s all about the Bridesmaids!

A nice place to start to make your maids feel special is in the asking!  There are loads and loads of gorgeous ‘Be my Bridesmaid’ cards out there which are a lovely way to formally invite your ladies on-board.  Post them for that extra special surprise….I mean who doesn’t love getting post??  Etsy has a huge selection of beautiful cards, of which we’ve picked some of our favorites below.

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For customised Bridesmaid Invitations, check out ‘Pretty as a Picture’ based in Co. Wicklow, where you can get custom illustrated cards based on pictures of your maids.

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If you are asking you maids in person, a nice touch is to have a little gift or a Bridesmaids kit to go along with the card.   Make up a little hamper with a Bridesmaids survival book, a scrap book of your wedding inspirations and some little travel sized cosmetic goodies, chocolates or mini bottles of champagne.

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For the morning of your wedding why not treat the girls to some pretty robes so that you can all look your best in ‘hair and make-up’ when the Photographer arrives.  Plum Pretty Sugar (http://store.plumprettysugar.com) has a huge selection of Bridal and Bridesmaid robes and ‘lil getting ready dress sets’ which can be ordered online or check out high street stores like Penny’s if you are working with a more modest budget.  These will not only look gorgeous for the pre-wedding photo shoots but also are very practical for getting on and off without messing up hair and make-up.

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With all these lovely treats, your bridesmaids are sure to be feeling very special indeed so the last little touch will be the icing on the cake!  If you have a long distance to travel between your ceremony and reception venue or if you plan lots of photos away from the main reception venue why not pack some bridesmaid goodie boxes in their transport to keep your maids hydrated and keep hunger at bay.  A bottle of water, some crackers and grapes would be perfect; not only can they be packed up the day before your wedding day but they not at all messy to eat on the go.

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Result:  Some very happy Bridesmaids.  x

IMAGE CREDITS

Row 1: www.etsy.com

Row 2: www.weddingchicks.com

Row 3: www.prettyasapicture.ie

Row 4:  www.onefabday.com

Row 5: www.marthastewartweddings.com

A Little Something for your Valentine

If you’re saving for your wedding chances are you may be skipping expensive Valentine’s Day treats this year so we are here to lend a helping hand with our top 5 simple romantic ideas that won’t cost the earth.

1.  The simple Jammie Dodger and a hot chocolate/coffee with cream.  A tasty sugar rush with love. (p.s. serve the Jammie Dodgers on a plate and not in the packet!)

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2.  A jam jar full of love hearts; Wrap it with a ribbon, pop a love note on and you’re good to go.  Or for extra brownie points insert a jam jar inside a bigger vase; fill the vase with love hearts and the smaller jar with some gorgeous coloured tulips. Flowers and candy in one easy gift!

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3. Send your loved one off to work with a packed lunch – heart shaped sandwiches.  Ah the Romance!

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4.  The home made Valentine’s card – always a winner.

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5.  The ultimate romantic gesture for the price of a packet of post-its (preferably pink or red not the yellow ones you took from work!).  Make a post-it note heart and on each one write something you love about your partner.

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 Happy Valentines Day xx

Image Credits

1. asweetspothome.com

2. marthastewart.com

3. lisastorms.typepad.com

4. urbancomfort.typepad.comrealsimple.com

5. tabletonic.blogspot.com

A Gold Rush

The inspiration for today’s blog came from a very unlikely source….. the humble fork! I recently stumbled across a beautiful gold fork and got to thinking all things ‘gold’.  My gold crush intensified when I spotted Penelope Cruz in that fabulous sparkly L’Wren Scott gown she wore to the Bond premiere and I literally had to hold myself back from rushing out and spending my every last penny on golden treats!!

Gold evokes thoughts of luxury, glamour and opulence; think the Hall or Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles or the magnificent Palaces of St. Petersburg.  So why not add a little bit of this glamour and sparkle to your wedding day?  Even the simplest tablescape could be enhanced by replacing regular silverware with beautiful warm gold cutlery.

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Add some gold frosted tea light holders, gold trimmed glassware and candles and you are well on your way to creating a stunning sophisticated setting.  Keep a clean contemporary feel by adding white linens and white flowers; team with black, red or burgundy for a dark and elegant theme or create a fresh yet grown up feel with pops of teal, orange or pink.

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Of course if you want the ultimate sparkle, just add more gold!

Image Credits 

Row 1 L to R: stylemepretty.com

Row 2 L to R:  www.trend911.comstylemepretty.com

Row 3 L to R: stylemepretty.com

Row 4 L to R: stylemepretty.comelizabethannedesigns.commarthastewartweddings.com

Row 5: greenweddingshoes.com

A Striped Affair…

I love stripes! Black and White are my favourite.  They remind me of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, of Mary Quant and the swinging 60’s, of nautical life, of glass jars full of candy bulls eyes and of a beautiful skirt that I bought simply because I loved it’s stripes even though it has always been many sizes too small for me.

Stripes are cool, stripes are sharp, stripes are bold and best of all stripes are back on the catwalk thanks to Marc Jacobs, Oscar de le Renta and Tommy Hilfiger.

So given my penchant for the stripe, I love the idea of a black and white stripy wedding!

But before we start…a word of warning. The downside of stripes of course is that they can cause dizziness when overdone and assuming that you wouldn’t want to cause your guests any discomfort the key to keeping it classy is the old adage ‘less is more’.

For a truly stunning stripy spectacle you should only accessorise with stripes rather than decorate… Ribbon is your friend because it can quite literally tie your theme together.  Wrap your bouquets, cake or napkins in some gorgeous stripy ribbon or a stripy sash around your waist.

Black and white table runners create a really amazing visual impact especially when decorated with colourful blooms.  Or if you are choosing plain white table linens a striped napkin at each place setting can have a similar effect.

Your wedding stationary too can continue the theme with stripy invite sleeves, envelopes and menus or how about black and white stripe napkin menu rings.

And not forgetting the groom and his men, perhaps some stripy bow ties or handkerchiefs.  x

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Image Credits

Row 1 L to R: ritzybee.typepad.comflickr.comstylemepretty.com

Row 2 L to R: ritzybee.typepad.com

Row 3 L to R: stylemepretty.commarthastewartweddings.comstylemepretty.com

Row 4 L to R: classy-inspiration.tumblr.comdustjacketattic.blogspot.com,    mallhaciel.wordpress.com

Row 5 L to R: stylemepretty.com

Baby it’s cold outside…

Beautiful dresses usually don’t come with a thermal lining and a shivering bride is not a good look so today we are focusing on keeping Winter Brides warm and cosy during these cold and frosty months.

While the white or ivory fur stole or shrug continue to be the most popular choice for winter brides to keep the cold at bay, there are endless options out there to wrap up with.

The fur (faux of course!) coat instantly adds glamour and sophistication as well as being super snuggly.  White or cream are the obvious choice here also but more and more brides are choosing colours such as black, brown or blush to add beautiful contrast and texture to their overall look.

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If fur is not your thing, why not consider an elegant cardigan in luxurious cashmere to keep you toasty.  For that added wow factor go for a bright pop of colour.  I love love love the red cardigan chosen by the winter bride below.

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For something a little more edgy choose a sequinned jacket in gold or silver or go all ladylike with a tweed box jacket in white, cream or gold.

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Whichever you chose, the result will be a super stylish, warm and toasty bride.

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Mittens are optional!  X

IMAGE CREDITS

Row 1 L to R: bridalmusings.comstylemepretty.com

Row 2 L to R: stylemepretty.com, Tumbler

Row 3 L to R: greenweddingshoes.comstylemepretty.com

Row 4 L to R: plumprettysugar.tumblr.comstylemepretty.com

Row 5: stylemepretty.com

Dress Trends for 2013

Now that the dust has settled on New York fashion week, we have been taking stock of what’s hot for Spring Summer 2013.

Lace once again graced every runway but if you fancy something a little more daring then it really is a case of bringing sexy back with the stunning collection of backless gowns that were showcased; from barely-there lacy details and sheer panels to head-turning backless collections, these dresses are all about getting the wow factor as you walk up the aisle!

Continuing on from the 2012 fashion trend, Peplum was also big news on the catwalks for Spring Summer 2013 Bridal collections featuring in Amsale, Lusia Becaria and the queen of bridal, Monique Lhuillier’s, line up.   Our favourite of the peplums was by Carolina Herrera – simple, stunning and timeless.

However my absolute favourite trend for 2013 has to be the long sleeve gown – beautiful and so so graceful!  Chances are your mother wore a long sleeve wedding gown but this trend has taken a back seat for quite a while now. For 2013 it’s back with a bang thanks to Kate Middleton, with long sleeve gowns featuring in all bridal collections – Monique Lhuillier and Reem Arca worked the long sleeve trend beautifully in keeping with the focus on lace and delicate sheer panelling to create a collection of gowns which can only be described as AMAZING!

If you are more Kate Moss than K. Mid there is an equally beautiful collection of the long sleeve variety with a boho twist on offer from Temperly London, Pronovias and Claire Pettibone.

Choosing one favourite has proved impossible so I chose my many favourites instead!

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Beautiful backless details by Heidi Elnora, Claire Pettibone and Christos.

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Peplum’s by Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier and Amsale.

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Long sleeve gorgeousness: Reem Arca; Monique Lhuillier; Paolo Sebastian.

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Christian Siriano; Claire Pettibone; Temperley London

IMAGE CREDITS:

Row 1:  stylemepretty

Row 2 L to R:  colincowieweddings, image 2 & 3 stylemepretty

Row 3 L to R:  style.comstylemeprettylostinlanvin.blogspot.com.au

Row 4 L to R: www.omgimgettingmarried.com, stylemepretty.com, http://www.littlewhitedress.ie