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I was scrolling through old photos on my phone a few weeks ago and it made me realise just how much travelling I’ve done in 2018 compared to previous years. I’m a self-confessed homebody, but I do love to explore new places and I definitely want to travel more in 2019.

My job as a wedding planner has taken me to London, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Devon this year – which is one of the reasons I love what I do so much. In my personal life I’ve taken several unforgettable trips too, so from holidays abroad to UK weekend breaks, I thought I would round up the top 5 travel destinations I’ve visited in 2018.

 

1. Rome

My family and I had a weekend break in Rome this February to celebrate a big birthday of my mum’s and it was wonderful! Although I’ve always loved Italy, this was my first time visiting Rome and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this beautiful city.

Rome is steeped in history and there is incredible architecture around every corner – visit famous sights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon and, if you have time, I would highly recommend a tour of the Vatican Museum. Walk as much as possible and absorb the Italian culture as you wander around the charming streets and ornate piazza’s (whilst of course consuming copious amounts of pizza, pasta, wine and gelato).

We arrived early Friday morning and left late on Sunday afternoon which gave us 3 (almost) full days of exploring and plenty of time to see what Rome has to offer – although once you have fallen for the city’s intensely romantic charm, I wouldn’t blame you if you never wanted to leave.

 

 

2. New York

Anybody who knows me will know just how much I adore New York. I first visited 10 years ago and have been desperate to return ever since, so in April me and my sister jumped on a plane and had the most unforgettable trip.

I find an inexplicable sense of belonging in New York, it’s such a world away from the place I’ve grown up in and yet there is something so special about this vibrant, lively city which completely draws me in. I will have to write a separate post to give all of my recommendations of what to do in New York, but some particular highlights were walking over the Brooklyn Bridge (and demolishing the Grimaldi’s pizza we ate on the other side), afternoon tea at The Plaza and watching The Lion King on Broadway.

We stayed for 3 nights at The Archer Hotel (which I can highly recommend) and we completely packed the time we had there full of things we wanted to do. We returned home exhausted, jet-lagged but buzzing with the most incredible memories from this epic trip.

 

 

3. Bath & Bradford on Avon

In July a couple of friends and I decided to head to Bath for a couple of days and it was the perfect place for a girly weekend away!

I’ve visited Bath several times now and it is such a relaxed city, full of historic sights, small independent cafes and pretty little houses. On this occasion we spent the day shopping and enjoying the sunshine, but if you have time I would recommend paying a visit to the Roman Baths.

On our way home, we took a detour into Bradford on Avon, a beautifully quaint town only 8 miles outside of Bath. There are so many amazing places to eat and drink, as well as many independent shops and plenty of Insta-worthy opportunities around the town, so it was easy to lose ourselves in an afternoon spent here.

 

 

4. Croatia

Croatia has been on my bucket list for years so in September, when Jordan and I decided we wanted to book a last minute summer break, it didn’t take us long to decide where to go.

We spent a week travelling around the Istrian coastline, with a trip inland to Plitvice Lakes midway through our holiday. Croatia as a whole blew us away but it was Plitvice Lakes that well and truly stole our hearts – even though there are lots of tourists around many areas of the lakes, there is a feeling of complete calm and serenity that I’ve never experienced elsewhere. We spent two days at Plitvice (arriving as soon as the gates opened in the morning to avoid the crowds!) and we would return back in a heartbeat.

The Istrian peninsula was completely different once again and has such a charming, relaxed atmosphere. My favourite town that we stayed in was Rovinj – a coastal town with cobbled streets, a strikingly beautiful church tower and a breathtaking view of the sunset. Visiting in late September meant that we mostly missed the tourist season and instead found Rovinj was lively with locals, which only added to it’s charm.

 

 

5. The Cotswolds

This was definitely the most low-key trip this year but still one of my favourites! At the start of June me and Jordan went for a weekend away just outside the Cotswolds and it was exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries after a busy few months of work.

We did very little aside from curling up and watching movies, strolling into the nearby village and enjoying the long evenings of sunshine with a glass of wine – and that suited us perfectly! It is so important to set aside time together and I am determined to make this a frequent trip.

We stayed in this gorgeous little Airbnb which was like a cosy home away from home, I truly can’t recommend it enough!

 

December 19, 2018

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Bridal styling is something I could talk about all day and with a background in bridal wear, I am always keeping an eye our for what brides will be wearing over the forthcoming year. I was so excited to take a look back at what brides have been loving style-wise throughout 2018, and forecast my predictions for 2019.

From trouser suits to texture, this post is packed full of bridal style inspiration for the next 12 months so make yourself comfortable and get stuck in!

Trouser Suits

Who wears the trousers? Well… whoever wants to really! Trouser suits ruled the runway this year, with the likes of Suzanne Neville, Ines Di Santo and Rime Arodaky adding tailored two-pieces to their 2019 collections. When it comes to rocking a bridal suit, go for strong tailoring, subtle details and, of course, some epic shoes to show off!

  

(L-R) Rime Arodaky, Ines Di Santo, Suzanne Neville

 

Blush Pink

Blush pink got a romantic makeover this year, with our very own Princess Eugenie opting for a stunning rose-toned Zac Posen gown for her second wedding dress, and both Mandy Moore and Malin Akerman giving blush pink an ethereal vibe for their laid back weddings. From sand and champagne to the perfect powder pink, there’s a hue to suit every skin tone and I’m predicting that it will be the colour for 2019 brides.

  

(L-R) Mandy Moore wearing Rodarte, Princess Eugenie wearing Zac Posen, Malin Akerman wearing Cushnie

 

Sustainability

More so than ever, we all have a duty to be kinder to the environment and it’s a mantra that many couples are applying to their wedding day too. To support this when it comes to your wedding attire, opt for designers who use ethically sourced fabrics and sustainable manufacturing methods and let your bridesmaids and groomsmen choose outfits that they will actually wear again.

Sanyukta Shrestha

 

Subtle Sparkle

Sparkle has been around in the wedding world forever but this season it’s had a lesson in subtlety and the effect is truly beautiful. Think twinkly fabrics, fully sequinned gowns and delicately beaded dresses that shimmer in the light as oppose to being in your face with bling. Not ready for sparkle on your dress? Go for a beaded hairpiece to give a nod to the trend in your outfit.

 

(L-R) Suzanne Neville, Berta

 

The Meghan Effect

This post wouldn’t be complete without giving a mention to the royal weddings we’ve had this year and the influence they are bound to have on the bridal trends we see over the next 12 months. With Meghan Markle shunning lace in favour of two completely plain wedding dresses, I think we’ll be seeing a huge rise in the number of brides opting for classic and simplistic gowns that are all about the cut and silhouette of the dress (weren’t we all obsessed with that halterneck second dress!).

 

Meghan Markle wears (L-R) Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and Stella McCartney

 

Bows

Whether they’re neat and small or organic and oversized, bows are making a huge statement right now and they’re more fashion-forward than ever. Personally, my favourite way to style this trend is by going for a gown that is clean cut and simple at the front with a dramatic half tied bow at the back.

Oscar De La Renta

 

Plunging Necklines

Take the plunge and go for a gown with a plunging V neckline, a shape that is perfectly feminine and super flattering (especially on a smaller bust). Fit is everything with a daring neckline like this, make sure that you have a trusted seamstress on hand to alter your dress and make you completely comfortable on your wedding day – and remember to pack some fashion tape just in case!

(L-R) Galia Lahav, Alexandra Grecco

 

Texture

3D flowers, feathers, pique fabrics and geometric lace – unique textures are everywhere in the bridal world at the moment! Playing around with the texture of your gown is such a fun and modern way to create a one of a kind bridal look. Designers such as Berta have been leading the way with this trend for the past few years, however I think 2019 will be the year that we see many more bridal designers get a little more experimental with their fabrics and I am so on board!

  

(L-R) Sassi Holford, Berta, Galia Lahav

 

Statement Veils

Another important royal wedding moment this year has been the significance of using your veil (or lack of!) to make a huge statement on your wedding day. The 16 foot veil worn by Meghan, featuring embroidered flowers from all 53 countries of the commonwealth, was a breathtaking sight to see walking down the aisle of St Georges Chapel and I imagine many brides will be emulating Meghan’s style with a dramatic long veil. Princess Eugenie, on the other hand, opted not to wear a veil at all for her wedding in order to show off the scar on her back from an operation she had as a child – a equally poignant statement about celebrating your scars which I hope inspires many brides to be.

 

(L-R) Meghan Markle wearing Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and Princess Eugenie wearing Peter Pilotto

December 16, 2018

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London is without a doubt one of my favourite cities in the world and at Christmas it becomes even more magical. I always try to visit at least once each December and absorb some of the festivities that are on offer. 

There is so much to do around this time of year, many of which don’t cost a penny, so whether you are travelling to London for a holiday or simply being a tourist in your own city, I’ve listed some of my favourite things to do in the hope that it will inspire a festive day out!

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets are a fun, free and festive thing to do at Christmas time and there are so many to choose from in London. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is one of the biggest and there’s fairground rides, family-friendly shows and a choice of TWO Christmas markets to visit, promising a fun day out for all ages.

Be prepared for it to be busy, especially in the weekends leading up to Christmas, but I say embrace the crowds, find yourself a glass of mulled wine and eat, shop, drink and be merry.

Winter Wonderland runs until 6th January 2019. Admission is free however charges apply for certain attractions.

 

Image courtesy of Winter Wonderland

 

Ice Skating

Last month I finally got round to going ice skating at The National History Museum and it was such a wonderful afternoon out. With the stunning building of the museum behind you, a carousel and the magnificent Christmas tree in the centre of the rink, an hour or so here is sure to put you in the festive spirit! 

Elsewhere around London there are ice rinks at famous attractions such as Somerset House, The Tower of London and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Ice skating at The National History Museum runs until 20th January. Tickets priced from £12.65.

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping

Or window shop, at the very least! One of my favourite things to do is see the gorgeous  Christmas window displays at some of London’s biggest department stores throughout December. Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty London all put on some epic displays that are truly not to be missed.

If you’re ready to face the crowds (these stores will be thriving throughout December) then get some Christmas shopping ticked off the list, treat yourself in the food hall and have a mooch through the Christmas department. And afterwards, be sure to reward yourself with a big mug of hot chocolate! 

 

  

 

Hogwarts in the Snow at the Harry Potter Studio Tour

Technically this one isn’t in London but a train and shuttle bus will get you from London Euston to the Watford Studio Tours in 35 minutes, so it is well worth a day out. Hogwarts is transformed into a snowy wonderland until 27th January and it is truly spectacular! 

Take a wander through the original film sets, see costumes and props from the movies and refuel with a glass of butterbeer in the onsite cafe. I visited Hogwarts in the Snow at the end of last month and, even though it was my third time visiting the studio tours (self confessed Potter nerd over here!), none of the magic had been lost. Allow the best part of a day for your visit and enjoy every moment!

Hogwarts in the Snow runs until 27th January 2019. Tickets cost £43.00.

 

Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Studio Tours

 

Wherever Possible, Walk

When in London it is so easy to hop on a tube to get around but without a doubt one of my favourite things to do is just walk around and absorb the sights. Everything in the city is so close together so spend an hour wandering around and I guarantee you will see so much! 

See the Christmas lights in places like Carnaby Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street, take a stroll along the Southbank or visit the huge Christmas trees in Trafalgar Square or Covent Garden. Christmas time is the perfect excuse to wrap up in your warmest winter coat and lose yourself in the sights of London.

 

Image: World Of Wanderlust

December 13, 2018

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I am so excited to be sharing the first instalment in my ‘How To Style’ series, which will explore different ways to style current themes into your wedding day – and what better topic to kick things off with than the recently announced 2019 Pantone Colour of the Year: Living Coral. 

Vibrant, lively and playful, Living Coral is described as ‘symbolising our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits’, which makes it the perfect tone for couples who are looking to inject some fun into their big day! From bright pinks and corals to soft, peach-toned oranges, a pop of coral paired with muted blushes, an abundance of greenery, or even dark navy can make a real impact at your wedding. 

Whether you opt for a less is more approach or go full on flamboyant with this lively hue, Living Coral is a colour I am well and truly on board with. Keep scrolling to get inspired!

How To Style…

…On you

A pop of coral will add such a fun element to your bridal look- consider incorporating some coral florals into your bridal bouquet or a hairpiece, or why not go bold and wear coral shoes underneath your dress? When it comes to beauty, I’d go for soft peach tones and a fresh, dewy complexion as a subtle nod to the theme.

…On your table

Think relaxed, natural and organic when styling coral into your tablescape. Foliage-packed, loosely arranged centrepieces with bright coral florals such as peonies and roses will make a real statement. With such a bold centrepiece, keep your tableware neutral and classic and perhaps use your menus or place names to add a little extra colour!

…In the Decor

If you’re wanting to wow your guests with your coral colour palette, don’t be afraid to go BIG with your decor. I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that, in my opinion, flowers are the best way to inject colour into your day, so I’d suggest being bold with a vibrant floral arch or installation and pairing this with muted colours in your signage and furniture.

…In the Details

Where better to involve coral into your wedding than behind the bar? Ask your mixologist to create a vibrant coral cocktail for your drinks reception – a guaranteed way to please your guests! Elsewhere in your big day, use coral-toned styling props to capture the smaller details such as your stationery and rings.

 

For more ideas and image credits, visit my How To Style… Living Coral Pinterest board.

December 9, 2018

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The decorations are going up and the radio in my car is tuned to Heart Christmas which can mean only one thing – December is well and truly here! It’s during these winter months that I like to take a moment to overhaul my skincare with some of my favourite products for the colder weather.

Whether you are a bride to be looking for some recommendations for your pre-wedding regime or simply wanting to give your skin some TLC this winter, here are 7 of my skincare favourites for the colder months. I’ve enlisted the help of my best friend Nia who works in the beauty industry (and is my absolute skincare guru!) for this post, so you’ll see a couple of her recommendations thrown in here too!

 

REN Flash Hydro-boost

This product is such a treat for your skin, particularly on those days where your skin is feeling dry, dull and flat. It contains hyaluronic acid which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so really locks hydration into the skin! REN products are also free from parabens, mineral oils and artificial fragrances.

I use this once or twice a week after cleansing when my skin is in need of a boost, or for any special events where I want my skin to look as flawless as possible. Apply a small amount to your face dry, then splash a little water onto your fingertips and massage into the cream. It makes such a lovely base for your moisturiser and will give your skin a lift that will last all day long.

REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion, £34.00

 

 

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads

When it comes to exfoliating, I have always been a little addicted to scrubs. However, it’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve realised just how much damage constant use of those harsh exfoliators was causing to my dry skin. These Nip + Fab pads are soaked in glycolic acid, and provide a gentler way of exfoliating your skin and rejuvenating your complexion.

I like to smooth one over my face once a week as part of my evening routine, before applying a moisturising night cream. You’ll wake up with skin that feels clean, plumped and refreshed!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme, £14.95

 

 

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel

I am a slave for my evening routine – no matter how tired I’m feeling, I will always find time to remove my makeup and cleanse my face before bed. This product is a really easy way of removing makeup, but also feels lovely on your skin and will leave your face feeling beautifully clean and cleansed.

To use, smooth onto dry skin and take some time to massage the product into your skin. The gel will turn into an oil which will melt your makeup away and can simply be rinsed off with warm water.

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, £21.00

 

 

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream

This is one of Nia’s choices and it is such an amazing product. It has a beautifully rich texture without being heavy or greasy, and will provide your skin with plenty of hydration throughout the day. What’s more, it’s also SPF free, so ideal for photographs (brides to be – take note!) as you won’t risk having flash back in any photos taken with the flash on.

It is on the pricier side for a moisturiser, but for good reason – so use it whenever your skin is feeling particularly dry, especially in these colder months!

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream, £24.50 for 50 ml

 

 

 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This is the most affordable product on this list but without a doubt my most used! Perfect for removing makeup, easily cleansing your face and tidying up any mishaps when doing your makeup. At the moment I’m using the formula for combination & sensitive skin, but I’ve previously tried both the original one and the oil infused one and both are just as wonderful.

I like to swipe a cotton pad with some micellar water over my whole face morning and night after cleansing my face for a quick and easy double cleanse and to leave my skin feeling extra-clean before I apply moisturiser.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99 for 400 ml

 

 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist & Eight Hour Lip Protectant

I’d heard such amazing reviews about the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour range, and these two products truly live up to the hype.

The 8 Hour Lip Protectant is a wonderfully moisturising lip balm and ideal for this chillier time of year when chapped lips can be a problem. It’s also always the final step of my evening skincare routine before I go to bed.

The mist is beautifully fine and so light on the skin. During the summer months, I like to spritz this all over my face (and it can go over makeup) for a cooling boost, but during this colder time of year I tend to spray a layer on after cleansing on days where my skin is feeling dull to give my complexion a surge of hydration.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Range

 

 

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi has such a cult following, with their Glow Tonic proving particularly popular, and it’s easy to see why. It contains 5% glycolic acid, which will exfoliate away dead skin cells in a much more gentle way than a scrub, improving the skin’s texture, tone and brightness. It also contains soothing aloe vera and is alcohol free, so it won’t dry out the skin.

The glow tonic is gentle enough to be used daily, although glycolic acid can make the skin more sensitive to the sun so Nia recommends using this product at night and wearing an SPF during the daytime. It’s also worth noting that both the glow tonic and the Nip & Fab Glycolic Pads contain glycolic acid, so on days where you use the Nip & Fab Pads as your exfoliant, swap out your Pixi Glow Tonic for a hydrating toner instead.

Pixi Glow Tonic, £10 for 100 ml

 

 

December 7, 2018

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There are some moments where I have to pinch myself to believe that I am lucky enough to be given such incredible opportunities and on Wednesday evening, as I found myself walking up to Kensington Palace for the Historic Royal Palaces Wedding Showcase, I experienced that very feeling.

I was kindly invited, alongside some other incredible wedding suppliers from across the country, to attend the evening of festivities – and what a magical night it was!

We arrived at the palace and were greeted with a glass of Cattier Champagne (supplied by Boutique Brands) and the opportunity to explore some of the incredible rooms inside. We then moved through to the King’s Gallery for a talk about royal wedding style over the past 200 years from Harper’s Bazaar’s Executive Fashion and Jewellery Director, Kim Parker. This breathtaking room has recently become licensed for weddings, so you could be the very first couple to marry here!

The Kensington Palace Pavilion, which provides the perfect blank canvas for evening receptions and parties, was transformed into a floral haven by Hayford and Rhodes alongside production from Wise Productions, furniture from Great Hire and our evening’s entertainment from Sternberg Clarke. The evening’s beautiful stationery was created by Anaya and their incredible new collection was on display for us to preview throughout the night.

  

Blue Strawberry, one HRP’s fabulous recommended caterers, set up four food tasting stations around the room. With delicious options such as scallop ceviche on the menu, all paired with a perfectly complimenting wine, we were well and truly spoilt. Later on in the evening, a series of mouthwatering miniature desserts were served in amongst the floral installation – can you think of a more exciting way of being served dessert?!

 

The evening was rounded off with a spectacular catwalk show courtesy of The Wedding Gallery. Beautiful designs by the likes of Inbal Dror, J Andretta, Reem Acra, Suzanne Neville and Valentini were showcased against the epic floral display, alongside groomswear by designers such as Thom Sweeney and S.J Soane. (more…)

November 26, 2018

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Putting your name on something that you have created is hard. Ironically, it was choosing the name for my business that I’ve found one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make over the past year. However, as I sit here today and push racheldaltonweddings.co.uk to go live, I couldn’t be more proud to have my name written right across the top of it.

 

Starting my own business has always been an inevitability for me; it was never an ‘if’, only a matter of ‘when’. The journey I have taken over the past year or so to get here has been incredibly wonderful, if a little terrifying, but it’s so very worth it.

 

 

I am so delighted to introduce you to the launch of Rachel Dalton Weddings!

You can read all about me and the services I offer in full over on my new website but, in a nutshell, Rachel Dalton Weddings plans bespoke, elegant weddings across the UK. I combine both my logistical mind (and obsession for spreadsheets!) with my creative background in the bridal industry to create flawlessly executed and impeccably designed celebrations that will be memorable for a lifetime.

 

This will sit alongside The Ivory Book, where you’ll regularly find me chatting all things wedding, lifestyle and everything in between.

 

 

I have so many people to thank for making this dream of mine come true and if I were to list them all on this post we could be here for far too long, so for now I will just say that I am so humbled and so very grateful to be celebrating this today.

 

Get a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable, I would love for you to take a look around and get to know me, my style and my work. You can always contact me here and follow Rachel Dalton Weddings and The Ivory Book on Instagram. I can’t wait to meet you and begin planning your celebration!

 

Thank you for joining me on this wonderful adventure.

 

With love,

Rachel x

 

November 16, 2018

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Wedding welcome gifts are such a thoughtful idea and particularly with the rise in popularity of weekend weddings, and many guests travelling from overseas to celebrate with you, it’s not hard to see why.

I’ve put together some ideas for things to include in your guests’ welcome packages, along with some top tips for putting a gift together that will be sure to go down a storm.

 

 

Images by Lissa Ryan

 

What To Include

  1. A welcome message: A welcoming message will always be massively appreciated by your guests, especially if they have travelled from far and wide.

  2. Information about the local area: If it is their first time in the area, a welcome note may also be a nice place to include some information about the local area and what to see and do during their stay.

  3. Food: A selection of small snacks will always go down a treat with your guests. For an extra special touch, why not include some snacks that are local to the area you are getting married in.

  4. Water: It’s so important to provide your guests with plenty of water throughout your festivities – more hydrated = more dancing!

  5. Mini bottles of alcohol: A little bottle of you and your fiancé’s favourite tipple (or one that you know your guest is a fan of) will be sure to keep your guests happy. Besides, who doesn’t like to start the party a little early!

  6. A hangover kit: After they’ve spent the night cutting shapes on the dance floor, your guests will definitely be grateful for a little TLC the morning after your wedding. Include a small package of tissues, plasters, painkillers and any other little touches.

  7. A itinerary: Drum up your guests’ excitement for your wedding day by including an itinerary of the activities and events you have planned. This is especially a good idea if you are having a weekend wedding and several days of celebrating!

  8. Something for the little ones: If you are having kids at your wedding, why not put together a child-friendly pack to keep them entertained with some activities, snacks and a carton of juice?

 

 

Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Tips for putting together welcome gift bags

  • Keep it personal: Like everything with your wedding, your welcome package should be a reflection of you both as a couple.

  • Give yourself plenty of time: Frantically piecing together gift boxes is not what you want to be doing 2 days before your wedding! Enlist some bridesmaids to help you put everything together with plenty of time to spare.

  • Think about where you want your guests to find their welcome package: A box or basket would be lovely to have in guests rooms as they arrive, or keep everything in a tote bag for your guests to find over their chair at your rehearsal dinner.

  • Don’t go overboard: A welcome gift is a thoughtful gesture, and needn’t be anything too big, flashy or expensive.

 

Image via Stephanie Sterjovski

November 16, 2018

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Your wedding dress is, of course, the star of your bridal look – but once you’ve decided on what you’ll be wearing, don’t forget to take some time to consider the shoes you go for on your wedding day.

Whether you’re going for something classic or having a bit more fun with your footwear, it’s so important that you invest your money wisely. I’ve rounded up some of our most loved designer shoe brands, to have a look at how they fare when it comes to bridal.

 

Image by Tamara Gruner Photography

 

Jimmy Choo

When it comes to wedding shoes, Jimmy Choo undoubtedly lead the way. With a vast, dedicated bridal collection not only for the bride, but also bridesmaids, mother of the bride, your groom and honeymoon shoes, it’s easy to see why so many people say I Do In Choo.

Jimmy Choo have several classic, iconic styles now, and with so many colours to choose from, you’ll be sure to wear them again and again. Their bridal collection is the perfect combination of the classics that we know and love, and some one of a kind beauties that even the most style conscious bride will adore (and did you catch their dreamy Cinderella collection?!).

My favourite touch about Jimmy Choo has to be the Made-To-Order option that they offer, which allows you to completely personalise your wedding shoes. With an array of styles, colours, fabrics and finishes available and the opportunity to finish your shoes with initials or your wedding date, Choo enable to you create a completely bespoke pair of wedding shoes.

 

 

 

Christian Louboutin

Louboutin probably have the most varied bridal collection out there- ranging from stunning embellished designs to classic nude heels that you’ll be sure to wear after the wedding. Venture into their full collection and you’ll be even more spoilt for choice!

Let’s be honest, there’s something so iconic about the peep of a red sole underneath a wedding dress and a pair of Louboutins definitely lend themselves to some seriously stunning wedding photos. They also have a gorgeous collection of men’s shoes, so why not treat your groom to a matching pair?

Christian Louboutin famously expressed that he designs shoes to look beautiful rather than feel comfortable, something to consider when deciding on your wedding shoes. That being said, they also have a selection of beautiful bridal flats, so you don’t have to compromise on your red soles just because you want to dance the night away!

 

 

Aquazzura

The Aquazzura bridal collection offers the perfect designer shoes for the alternative, modern bride. There’s so much to love in the collection- from show-stopping embellishment to the most gorgeous lace bootie-style heels.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Aquazzura can’t do classic, however; with the most stunning collection of strappy, metallic sandals, they’ll also be the first thing you pack in your honeymoon suitcase!

Aquazzura is the perfect designer for some one-of-a-kind wedding shoes. There are some real beauties in there that just scream modern bridal and with a certain royal somebody showing a particular love of this designer, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more and more brides opting for Aquazzura over the coming year.

 

 

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik shoes are the epitome of classic sophistication and their wedding collection definitely lives up to that.

As a self-confessed Sex and the City addict, I can’t pretend it wasn’t the iconic Hangisi shoes that first drew me to this designer, but with so many colours, styles and fabrics now available, there’s no denying why so many brides now opt for these stunning shoes on their day.

The Manolo Blahnik bridal range isn’t huge, but venture into the full collection and you will find some equally beautiful designs. And be sure to check out the super stylish options they have on offer for your groom too!

 

 

 

 

Valentino

Valentino haven’t got a dedicated wedding collection, but their Rockstud shoes have become so synonymous with bridal that I just had to include them in this post.

The Rockstud collection is so vast, with a huge selection of colours, styles and heel heights, so you will be sure to find something you love and will continue to wear long after your wedding day.

When it comes to shoes, Valentino certainly stick to what they know and do well. The rest of their collection isn’t typically as bridal, but having created such an iconic shoe with the Rockstud, you can’t blame them, and I would definitely recommend checking them out when considering designer wedding shoes.

 

 

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster shoes are quite simply the definition of fun fashion! Their iconic angel wing heels are truly works of art and a beautiful option for a magical, fairytale wedding. They even have a matching pair for flower girls!

If that’s not quite your style, they also have an amazing range of flats, sandals and pumps in their main collection, all beautifully wearable but with a signature Sophia Webster twist.

Oh, and their ‘wifey for lifey’ slogan sandals simply HAVE to make it into your honeymoon wardrobe!

 

 

Top Tips for your Designer Wedding Shoes

Wear them in

And I don’t just mean during your fittings! Take some time to really get used to wearing your bridal shoes prior to your big day – the last thing you want is aching feet before you’ve even walked down the aisle!

 

Remember to get your photos

If you are wearing a full length wedding dress, then the chances are your guests won’t see that much of your shoes throughout the day. Make sure your photographer gets some stunning shots of them whilst you are getting ready!

 

Think about your dress

Sure, those heavily embellished shoes might look beautiful with your gown, but make sure that they will work with your dress practically. Delicate fabrics such as tulle or organza may be more prone to catch on embellished shoes as your walk – be sure to ask your bridal retailer for advice if needed!

 

Be prepared

It is vital that you have your wedding shoes for ALL of your wedding dress fittings, which should start about 10 weeks before your wedding. Make sure that you allow plenty of time for your shoes to arrive before your first fitting.

November 16, 2018

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The world of Wedding Gift Lists has changed massively over the years. Long gone are the days where it was up to your great aunt to choose the toaster that would sit proudly in your kitchen for years to come; nowadays, couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to asking guests to contribute something towards the start of their married life.

Choosing which route to go down with your wedding gift list can feel exhausting, so I’ve rounded up the most popular options below.

 

 

 

Traditional Registry

Traditionally, homeware was hugely welcomed as a wedding gift because a marriage would often signify the bride and groom buying their first home together. Now of course, couples often live together long before they marry, but that shouldn’t rule out asking your guests to invest in some quality homeware for your marital home. This will also always remain a firm favourite with your older generation of wedding guests, who will be delighted to see you bring out your tea set every time they come to visit.

For traditional wedding gift registry, John Lewis remain a front runner and with a huge selection of brands to choose from, and the option to buy in store, online and by phone, it’s not hard to see why. Other great online registry options include Next, Amazon and Etsy – or why not register on more than one site to give your guests the option to choose?

 

Vouchers

Gift cards and vouchers can be a wonderful option if you are wanting to be gifted homeware, but want the freedom to choose your items after the wedding. I also think this is a great alternative for couples who know that buying their dream home is in the pipeline, but don’t quite have the storage or need for the wedding gifts right now.

Again, John Lewis is a personal favourite of mine for gift cards – I think it encourages the couple to treat themselves to something which they perhaps otherwise wouldn’t. Another wonderful option is Ikea vouchers, which will always prove to be a favourite for first time homeowners.

 

Cash

Asking for cash as a wedding gift is a particularly sticky subject and it was actually a discussion with my partner about this very topic which prompted me to write this blog post!

Personally, I find deciding on a monetary amount to give as a gift one of the most uncomfortable situations of being a wedding guest. I would much rather know what my money was being spent on. However, there is no denying that this is the most convenient method of gifting and with many couples opting to put the cash towards their honeymoon or the deposit for their first house, it would be ignorant of me to deny how helpful it can be.

If you are opting to ask for cash donations on your wedding day, consider using an online cash fund gift list (such as Prezola or The Wedding Shop). It is also always a nice touch to allocate the cash each guest has gifted you to something special, for example a romantic dinner for two on your honeymoon or the KitchenAid mixer you’ve always had your heart set on. This way you can give your guests a personal thank you for their gift and they can rest easy knowing that their cash went towards a purposeful present.

 

 

The Honeymoon Fund

Gifting money towards your honeymoon is increasingly becoming one of the most popular wedding present options and with many websites dedicated to just this, it is now easier than ever to set up.

With websites such as Buy Our Honeymoon, you can get inspired by their sample itineraries and create an entirely bespoke gift list which includes things like flight upgrades, day trips or a bottle of champagne during your trip. Your guests pay directly to you, so it is up to you how and when you book your honeymoon and which provider you book with.

If you are planning a honeymoon using Virgin, another great option is the Virgin Holidays Gift List. This enables you to plan your perfect Virgin Holidays honeymoon and share a link with your guests which will allow them to pay off an amount towards your holiday.

 

Charity Donations

When you take into account the cost of a wedding, it is understandable why many people often like to use wedding gifting as a time to give back. It is also a lovely opportunity to honour a charity that has a personal significance to you or your family.

Charity donations can be included as an option on your wedding gift list – see my point below to learn more about including several gift options in once place. Alternatively, Oxfam offers the chance to create a charitable gift list with items such as safe water, education and livestock, so your guests can directly see difference their contribution is making.

 

One Stop Shop

This option gives you the most freedom with your gift list, and remains a personal favourite of mine. Dedicated gift list websites such as Prezola and The Wedding Shop not only have a huge selection of homeware gifts to choose from, but you can also incorporate honeymoon funds, experiences, cash contributions and charity donations.

This enables you and your partner to create an entirely bespoke gift list with the things you truly want and gives your guests plenty of options when choosing your wedding gift.

November 16, 2018

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