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embellishment & lace (for brides)

Lace sleeves, sheer overlays, embellished details and LWDs (Little White Dresses), our wedding dresses give a fashionable nod to this season’s trends. Illusion necklines at Elie Saab offer flattering coverage and Marchesa gave us knee-high frocks, perfect for a summer wedding.

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(for guests)

Flowers, we just can't get
enough of them! (And nor can the catwalk). Whether you choose flowers with a painterly effect or go for a small pretty petal print, fresh florals are the feminine and modern way to be the most stylish wedding guest.

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blush (for bridesmaids)

Thank the fashion gods for awashing the catwalk with tones of pastels. From cool mints and mushrooms to blues and powder pinks, not only are they complementary to wedding dress colours, but they’re the flattering and girlie bridesmaid solution.

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The edit

Our experts reveal the bridal vows not to be ignored

The Dress

"A stylish wedding used to be about the amount of money you’d spend on designer dresses, but now it’s more about how you put a personal stamp on yourday. Brides are breaking tradition more than ever, with current trends like shorter hemlines, birdcage veils and coloured shoes to accessorise."

Jade Pearson,

Editor, Wedding Ideas

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the hair

"S/S14 is the perfect reflection of romantic hair; braids, flowers and loose textures. Wedding day hair should look beautiful and expensive, not over complicated. A simple but fashion-forward style which is easy to do is a low chignon created with a chic plait twisted around the ponytail base."

Matthew Curtis,

Global Stylist for TRESemmé

the look

"A classic bridal look is about perfecting your skin without looking'made up'. A natural cheek glow and lips that aren't dripping in gloss, just beautifully shaped. Buy products nearer to the big day as you can experiment with the new season’s products to ensure you have the best products for your day."

Caroline Barnes,

for Max Factor

the Lingerie

"When choosing lingerie, have a professional fitting first - don't just assume you know your size because it can differ from time to time. Then pick the right style of bra for your chosen wedding dress, for example a strapless multiway for halternecks. Purchase in time before your last dress fitting and take it along to ensure everything fits well together."

Claire Ridley,

Fashion Stylist, Wedding magazine

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the flowers

"Ever since Kate Moss championedthe country style look we’re seeing a trend towards more informal bouquets; classic roses with grasses and homegrown foliage and scented herbs like sage and rosemary. Bind bouquets together with some pretty ribbon (to match the bridesmaids dresses) or rustic-looking twine."

Carl Braganza,

Flower Stylist

the speeches

"Ensure that all speeches, (original not downloaded from the internet!) are read after dinner. Some grooms have the great idea to do them before. Don’t! A hungry guest won’t find anything funny. Instead feed your guests first and put two bottles of wine on the table – but don’t drink too much before you do the speaking!"

Terry Hobday,

Director, TDH Media Ltd
wedding videographers, Fetcham Park

Real weddings

"We'd just returned from Marrakech and I had the holiday blues, so Lee cheered me up with a trip to London. After lunch he suggested we go to the top of St. Pauls because I love the London’s skyline. As I was admiring the view I turned around to talk to Lee and found him on one knee proposing! I didn’t expect it all, but I said ‘yes’ straight away! There was a lot of celebratory champagne to follow!"

Lucy Gorman,

Recent bride

the entertainment

"Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. Most entertainers will tailor their performances to you - they’ll learn your favourite songs, coordinate their outfits to your theme. A big outdoor space is great for big band sounds, garden games or carnival performers. Smaller, more intimate venues might benefit from a DJ and a slow-motion video booth, the latest must-have."

Holly Poulter,

Creative Director, Pretty Please Events

the children

"Ideally get someone in to play games on the lawn, blow bubbles, oversee activities at the children’s table, keep the little ones entertained during thespeeches. Or create a ‘quiet’ activity bag with things like colouring and puzzles or organize an area with beanbags, books and non-messy crafts that children can enjoy when the adults are all getting to much for them.”

Ellie Kelly,

Buttons Children's Parties