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Second hand wedding dresses

There are now many places that you can buy a used dress from online, with dedicated sites where you can sell your own dress being  very common.
As well as popular sites such as eBay, charities such as Oxfam not only offer bridal sections within their shops, but also have dresses available online as well.

Oxfam Bridal Collection

Oxfam Bridal Collection

So why opt for a second hand dress?
The main reason will be to save money, with many dresses being sold at discounts of more than 50% off of the original retail price.

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It’s a nice day for a….red wedding

After all, red is the colour of passion and love so why not use this dramatic colour for your wedding theme! Red wouldn’t be many brides first choice or even second choice but hopefully these ideas will give you inspiration to channel the red vibe. Let’s start with the dress, yes a red wedding dress! There have been many different coloured gowns rocking the catwalk lately like blues and pinks but red seems to be the biggest coloured trend in 2014 which would be perfect for those braver brides. Celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway have both turned their back on tradition by choosing coloured dresses so why not join them and make heads turn while you strut down the aisle.

red wedding dress

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Marry in metallic!

Are you bored with all the wedding colour schemes? If yes then why not make a statement and have a metallic themed wedding which is great alternative twist from the normal colour schemes. Here are some ways to incorporate metallics into your day without breaking the bank! The dress is a great way to grasp the metallic theme; there have been stunning gold dresses rocking the catwalk from Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier. In many ways, wearing a gold dress can feel more special than a white one as it is very unique and can be more flattering with golden and olive skins tones.

Gold wedding dress

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Elegant peplums

Peplums were seen all over the spring runways last September on skirts, dresses, and blouses. This trend is flattering because it creates an illusion of a small waist so why not incorporate it into your wedding dress!

peplum wedding dress

Peplum dresses are perfect for brides with curvy silhouettes as it slims down the waist and accentuates an hourglass figure. Also, this style is flattering for brides with straight bodies as it defines the waist and adds lots of volume to a straight up and down figure. This trend has been walking up and down the catwalks from designers like Marchesa, Reem Acra, and Oscar de la Renta so they will defiantly make you pretty in peplum!   

Top styling tips for your wedding dress

The wedding dress is one of the most important aspects of a brides wedding day so while wedding traditions dominate and some bridal styles never date, you’ll want your gown to look modern, stylish and probably follow some of the latest trends. Follow these tips to style your perfect wedding dress.


  1. Find the perfect shape – This is very important as finding the right shape will help you to feel comfortable on your big day and if it doesn’t fit your theme completely then you can always personalise it with embellishments.
  2. Remember less is more – Don’t go over the top with statement accessories, just focus on a few clever details in the right shape, size and colour.
  3. Strike a balance – You can concentrate on what each outfit will look like individually but remember to see how all the outfits look together including shape, colour and size as this will look great in photos.
  4. Body worries – If there’s an area of your body that you don’t want to draw attention to then don’t put detail on it or have a standout hair accessory or a bold bouquet so no one is look at your body worry.

Hopefully these tips will help you to style your wedding dress and make you feel body confident on your big day!

Get your Gatsby on!

As the hit movie, The Great Gatsby has danced its way on to our screens this year, it seems appropriate for everyone to get their Gatsby on, including brides! For a glamourous hen night why not take a Charleston masterclass at Claridges with your friends, this would include being taught the fabulous moves from the twenties by the professional dancers, ‘The Bee’s Knees’ and when your feet are worn out from doing the bunny hop you can enjoy elegant cocktails like the `Flapper` at the end of the session. Also, to get the full experience of of this glamourous era you and your friends will be able to adorn yourselves with accessories such as sequined headbands, strings of pearls and satin elbow-length gloves to feel like a true Gatsby girl!


If you would like a Gatsby inspired wedding dress, then play it like Daisy by choosing a curve hugging silhouette and embracing the strings of pearls and elegant embellishment which is a great alternative twist from the classical wedding dresses. Headpieces were a statement fashion accessory in the twenties, so if you would like to standout on your big day then look out for pretty combs, clips and even tiaras too!Read More

The Cutting Edge in gowns

We love the current range from Cutting Edge Brides who specialise in 1950’s inspired gowns, tea dresses and short bridal gowns, many of which come with detachable trains for modesty during the wedding ceremony.

The Cymbeline Paris gown pictured below is currently available with a whopping 47% discount, their website is easy to navigate, allowing you to shop by length, price, style inspiration, neckline, back design, details and colour, and if you can’t get to their extensive showroom in London they have a £25 “try at home” service.

Short wedding gown with detachable train.

Short wedding gown with detachable train by Cymbeline Paris.

Spotting a Fake Designer Wedding Dress

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Can you spot the fake?

Buying a wedding dress online can be a great way of saving money ahead of the big day, but there is no guarantee that those bargain designer gowns are actually genuine. Unfortunately, brides-to-be are finding themselves at the mercy of online counterfeiters looking to sell fake wedding and bridesmaid dresses. The rock bottom prices are often too good to be true, and what might seem like a real online deal at the time could turn out to be the opposite.Read More

The National Wedding Show at Olympia

Today marks the start of the three day National Wedding Show in London, and Nicky, John and Emily are there to check out what is happening on the catwalk and to see the latest trends on the trade stands.

The first fashion show of the day got off to a good start with every seat taken and some traditional designs from Ian Stuart. The general feel is for lots of lace and there is still a lot of vintage around.

Olympia National Wedding Show Ian Stuart

Olympia National Wedding Show Ian Stuart

The bad news? slim fitting is definitely in so it is time to hit the gym!Read More

Are you ‘So Sassi’ ?

So Sassi’, the new collection from the Sassi Holford design team, has been designed for the bride who is looking for something that is a little more fashion led but won’t break the bank.

“We have created a fantastic set of designs that I’m really excited about.  I love the dresses because they are young and vibrant, and directing the team has been so much fun it has taken twenty years off me!”

The new label was only launched in May but is already setting a new mark for British design and manufacture.  The design direction is cool, contemporary but definitely feminine, and with a price range of one to two thousand pounds this will be a name on many brides’ shortlists.


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