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.
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.
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!
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 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 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 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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I work from home, which is why it is so important to me to have a separate space in my house which is entirely dedicated to work.
Recently I turned an empty room in my house into my office space and gave it a little spruce up to make it the perfect place for me to work without it costing me too much time or money. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share 6 easy ways that you too can give your office space a little lift!
I chose to paint the walls of my office white, which not only kept costs down but also allowed me to inject colour into the room using artwork instead. I have a wall of prints behind my desk, all from Desenio, which I am OBSESSED with!
I went for prints of various different sizes all in black, white and blush tones, which I hung up in plain black frames from Ikea. I included some quotes which inspire me, some beautiful floral prints and (my personal favourite) a ballet-inspired black and white print as a nod to my background as a dancer. Desenio have a huge selection of prints and fantastic delivery times, so definitely check them out and create your own feature wall.
The thought of being responsible for anything living has always terrified me, hence why I had previously never owned a house plant. However, this year I decided to bite the bullet and become a plant mama – and I am so glad I did!
Not only do plants provide lovely and inexpensive decoration for your office space but they are also so beneficial for your working environment. Scientists have proven that having greenery in your office can improve productivity, reduce stress AND boost creativity. If it’s good enough for science, right?
The key thing for me when I was designing my office was that I didn’t want it to cost me the earth. I wanted to create a space in which I could shut myself away and fully focus on work. It’s not perfect, but it definitely suits me and my current situation.
With that in mind, I didn’t want to spend more than I had to on the big items of furniture, so I managed to nab an unwanted desk and a shelving unit for free from my sister when she recently moved house.
I bought my desk chair new from Ikea – I’ll admit, it was the blush colour of this chair that I was initially drawn to, but when I felt how comfortable it was, I was sold. I have an irritating habit of curling up into my chair when I’m working, so it was imperative to me that my chair enabled me to do that with maximum comfort!
My desk faces a shelf of books related to weddings, blogging and business and I find it so motivating. Not only are they great to flick through when I’m looking to relax for half an hour, but they also provide me with so much inspiration when I’m having a particularly ‘meh’ kind of day.
My book shelf favourites:
Candles are such an easy way to create a calming environment and fill the room with a lovely scent. Fresh, clean fragrances are a must for my office.
Some of my personal favourites when it comes to luxury candles are Neom and Diptyque, however this Grapefruit & Rose Water candle from Sainsburys Home is a fresh and fruity affordable scent which I’ve been lighting almost everyday recently.
This is arguably the simplest tip on here, but don’t be afraid to move around your office furniture and try a new layout for the room! Maybe even ask a friend or family member if they can think of a way of arranging the furniture which you haven’t thought of.
If you’re fed up of staring at the same wall everyday, why not rearrange your desk so that you’re looking out of a window? If you find that you’re sitting down for a prolonged period of time too often, try putting a cabinet or shelf that you always use on the opposite side of the room to encourage you to stretch your legs more frequently.
It’s no secret that wedding dresses are one of my biggest loves in this industry. Having worked in a luxury bridal boutique, I have a real love not only of designer bridal wear, but most importantly quality gowns that look and feel amazing.
I truly feel that every bride deserves to feel incredible on her wedding day, irrespective of budget, which is why I am so delighted at the vast selection of options now available on the high street. Today I am rounding up some of my favourite wedding dresses, all of which are from high street stores. I hope it inspires you if you are at the start of your hunt for the perfect gown!
When it comes to hiring a wedding planner, there are many questions that couples are suddenly faced with. Do we really need the extra help? Is it something we can afford? What can they offer us that we can’t do ourselves?
As wedding planner myself, I am always keen to debunk the myths and talk openly about the real value in hiring a planner. Here are 6 reasons why I might just be able to help you.
We all lead busy lives, but from my experience things often all seem to happen at once in the run up to your wedding. I once had a bride who moved house, got a promotion at work AND got married all in the space of a few weeks!
Weddings take, on average, between 200-300 hours to plan, so hiring a wedding planner to take on the bulk of your wedding plans will save you and your fiancé valuable time, leaving you to relax and enjoy your engagement!
The chances are your wedding planner will have spent years building up a trusted network of suppliers to recommend to their couples. When you choose your wedding planner, you gain access not only to them, but to their contacts too.
Your wedding planner also wants your wedding day to run as smoothly as possible, so they will only suggest to you suppliers that they know will work hard to give you a perfect day.
The run up to your wedding day shouldn’t be stressful. By hiring a wedding planner, you can hand any of the stressful elements of wedding planning over to them – and still enjoy all of the fun parts of planning!
What’s more, by having a wedding planner coordinate your wedding day itself, you can relax knowing that your suppliers are organised, any room turnarounds are under control, your guests are happy and all of the other aspects to your day are being managed.
Your fiancé / bridesmaid / random guy in the dentist’s waiting room probably LOVES chatting all things wedding with you… just not all of the time! It’s easy to get caught up in everything wedding related during your engagement, but it’s so important that you don’t allow it to completely consume your relationships.
It is quite literally your wedding planner’s job to be available to support you with anything you need during the run up to the big day, so you can always rely on them to be there for any questions, wobbles or advice.
Wedding planners are often overlooked as an expensive luxury, but they could actually end up SAVING you money.
One of the most pivotal parts of our role is managing your budget, and checking that you’re not spending more than you need to or buying something that isn’t necessary for your day. Also consider your wedding planner’s relationships with their recommended suppliers, and trust them to negotiate the best possible price that they can on your behalf – it’s never guaranteed, but it’s certainly more likely than you asking on your own.
Yes, hiring a wedding planner is an added cost, but consider the value that they could give you in return.
When it comes to design, wedding planners love to flex their creative muscles and come up with something innovative and extraordinary. However, they also know what’s attainable (and what won’t blow your budget).
Thanks to the likes of Pinterest and Instagram, it’s easy to get carried away when brainstorming ideas for the design of your wedding, but you can rely on your wedding planner to hone in on what you are really looking for, and make it work for your style, venue and budget. Sure, the floral canopy, hoop installation and tree centrepieces might all look great individually, but all together? Perhaps not.
Images by Charlotte Bryer Ash Photography