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What to wear for a November Wedding

So I have a friend’s wedding coming up in November, in Manchester, in autumn. The weather is these parts is already getting gloomy (summer is over, nooooo!) and I’m wondering what I’m going to wear to this event as its probably going to be fairly cold!

As sticking to a budget is paramount to me as I’m sure it is for many this time of year (party season is definitely in view!) I’m ideally looking for something not only warm(ish) but also versatile that I can wear again. I’m not a disposable fashion kinda gal so buying an item that I’m only going to wear once is not really my way, investing in something that is good quality and transcends the seasons is much more appealing to me.

Therefore I’m on the hunt for a good value classic, something not too short, too tight or too flashy and something appropriate for the season. I’m thinking that black tights are going to be part of this November wedding outfit formula to try to keep out the cold! As is the right jacket, as we know that a good/bad jacket can really be the key to the a good outfit, or let it down! I don’t think today’s denim number is going to cut it!

Embracing a rich autumnal colour palette is also desirable for me, burgundys, greens and mustards in fear not wanting to look too summery. Take a look below for some of the autumn wedding outfit cuts we have found on the high street, hope this inspires your guest outfits too!

Below: 1. Topshop Blurred jacquard A Line Dress £50

2. Topshop Faux fur black coat £75

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Below: 1. Topshop Floral overlay dress £55

2. Topshop Ultimate faux leather biker jacket £58

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Below: 1. Topshop Pretty lace trim black top £28

2. Topshop Floral scuba midi skirt £48

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Below: 1.Oasis High neck lace dress £70

2. Oasis Structured skater dress £70

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Below: 1. Oasis Shadow bird viscose dress £45

2. Oasis Plain crepe wrap dress £55

Frog Artistic Flowers – Beautiful Florist in Manchester

126_8683456Today we’re blogging about Frog, the amazing artistic florist based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Not only do they create statement pieces for weddings, but other events too, as well as fashion shoots and installations. From a simple statement to exuberant exhibitions, Frog offers a tailor-made service with a reputation for personal attention and care.

As for the history bit, ‘French born artist David Jayet-Laraffe moved to Manchester in 1998, with a passion for flowers and a natural eye for design, and started learning floristry. After working for an international florist, he knew exactly where he wanted to go and decided to open a floral artistry studio mixing his love for flowers, fashion and art. Frog was born.
Since 2007, Frog has been making a real statement, creating and sculpting floral arrangements for an array of clients: weddings, events, fashion shoots, installations, collaborations…’

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Take a look at their gorgeous website, we swooned over the images in the photo galleries, so much inspiration can be taken from these images. Ideas for not only flowers, but also colour palettes and styling. To me, each image looks like a page in Vogue magazine. Truly divine.

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David is clearly a flower genius and you can see by the excellent reviews on the site that his work is simply ‘WOW’, artistic floristry to perfection. Some of Frog’s corporate clients include Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Stock Restaurant, Room Restaurant and Trevor Sorbie.

We’re wondering whether we can squeeze a display in Cute Maps HQ!
See below for a few more images that we love…

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Black and White Styling

77_5249082_origSo this post is a bit of a contrast to what I was saying in the last one (the Missoni wedding.) I was all like, if I get married I’d sooo do the colourful clashy Missoni laid-back thing, but hey, a girl can change her mind right? (Especially when the girl likes everything!) So this post is all about super glam, crisp, black and white wedding styling ideas, which we at Cute Maps absolutely love. And at the end of the day, I truly think that anything that resembles a Chanel store/display/outfit is absolutely a very good idea for a wedding theme.

Such a stylish, elegant and classy theme, timeless and sophisticated, but also a theme that isn’t too ‘themed’. It’s really easy to achieve as you can’t really go wrong with it in terms of ‘matching up’ items, it’s not like it has to be the right shade of blue or red. It’s a really simple idea which quickly turns to super glam when done to perfection.
It’s also great for anytime of the year, not adhering to colour trends or the seasons. Classic.

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We love the idea of elaborate black and white wedding cakes, check out the stripy ruffle cake below (but equally, simple black and white works just as well) complete with a black and white desert table with interesting and quirky chocolates, lollys and cakes – I’m thinking the devilishly black macaroons found at Laduree. Black details on a white dress (or for me, white details on a black dress OR a totally black dress with totally white flowers! See the bridesmaids image below for this idea) black and white flowers, table settings, centre pieces, creative and striking favours and of course, black and white invites and wedding stationary designed by Cute Maps! Enabling you to invite your glamorous guests with the continued theme. Some black and white photography, film noir style also wouldn’t go a miss here (see below for some ideas) I can see these photos really standing the test of time.

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Personally, I also think a hint of gold can take the black and white theme to new heights, when I think of this I think of Great Gatsby style imagery and suave cocktail parties. Some ideas could include gold rimmed plates on a black and white table setting, gold cutlery, gold text on the menus, a hint of gold in the centre pieces, you could really go wild with this.

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We have put together a gallery below of some of our favourite black and white wedding styling images that we hope can give you some hints of inspiration… I feel this may be an ongoing obsession of mine, so watch this space for more!

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