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Reception Dresses

A great way to have your perfect extravagant dress for your wedding, look great in photos and being able to dance the night away is to invest in a reception dress. When the dancing starts, you can change into your shorter and more comfortable dress and still be able to keep your bridal impact. With these dresses I have made sure that they could be worn outside of your wedding, to formal occasions or even as incredibly chic summer dresses.

Reception Dresses

  1. This is the Olara dress by Ted Baker. The whimsical use of simple daisies and embroidery keeps the dress looking fun and flirty. The crew neckline keeps it demure while you’re able to show off those fantastic legs. The small side pockets also give a casual look to the dress with the simple fit keeping you comfortable all night. This dress costs £195.
  2. The French Connection Hesse Broderie Dress is made from anglaise cotton which will keep you cool all night look. The perfect reception look for your summer wedding and a cute summer dress for timeless style. This dress costs £160.
  3. This is the Coast Dee Dee Lace Peplum Dress which is a sophisticated and fun take on traditional bridal style. The use of embroidery and lace will be a talking point and the peplum hem will flare out beautifully as you dance. This dress cost £129.
  4. For a very different look that won’t break the bank this Miss Selfridge playsuit would be perfect. The lace cold shoulder makes the dress modern and fun with a 70s edge, and you’ll be able to dance with complete abandon and you’ll never have to worry about a skirt flying up. This playsuit costs £59.
  5. A dress with exudes complete sophistication is the Xanthia Artwork Dress by Coast. This dress is perfectly cut and is figure flattering with a modern twist. The round neckline and embroidered overlay keep this dress mature and not looking like a dress for a festival. This dress costs £149.
  6. The dresses by Chi Chi London are always beautifully layered creations which always have a totally unique look. The embroidered tulle is flirty and soft which keeps with that beautiful bridal image. As well as this the button back gives the dress simple detail which contributes to the simple illusion back. This dress costs £65.
  7. For a dress with a more vintage style the Adrianna Papell printed organza midi dress. The dress is incredibly romantic and is cut to a demure length which will be perfect for your reception. The organza overlay is printed with delicate roses for a beautiful and lightly textured finish. This dress costs £112.
  8. The final dress is a simple Ralph Lauren Sheath Dress in Ivory which has a racerback. The racerback gives the dress a slight sportswear look which is very typical of the designer. The scalloped cuff and hemline ties in well with the sportswear style and keeps the design looking fresh. This dress costs £210.

Alternative Dresses for the Bold Bride

There are those of you out there who feel that the white dress isn’t for you, that the traditional silhouette and patterns aren’t what you envision for your big day. So, I have compiled a list of the most gorgeous alternative dresses on sale today. Enjoy!

 

  1. Suzanne Neville: Rembrandt
  2. Suzanne Neville: Blush

Alternative Suzanne Neville

  1. Ian Stuart: Broadway
  2. Ian Stuart: Pracatan
  3. Ian Stuart: Chiquitita
  4. Ian Stuart: Forget Me Not

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  1. Jenny Packham: Jolene
  2. Jenny Packham: Apache
  3. Jenny Packham: Age of Elegance 2014 Collection (There is no link for this dress, however similar dresses can be found at Jenny Packham)
  4. Jenny Packham: Lilya (Bridal Campaign 2016)

Jenny Packham Alternative

  1. Watters: Edlin
  2. Watters: Palm Springs
  3. Watters: Starla
  4. Watters: Camilla

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  1. Ateliér Eme: Nanette
  2. Ateliér Eme: Keira
  3. Ateliér Eme: Wilma 002
  4. Ateliér Eme: Winnie
  5. Ateliér Eme: Mirta
  6. Ateliér Eme: Deiva

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Hi-Low Dresses

This style of dress will give you the best of both worlds, it’s a bold and modern approach to the traditional ball gown, especially if you want to show off your perfect wedding shoes. They will also help you have the perfect first dance as you’ll be able to move and dance a little easier during your reception. If you can’t decide between a long or a short dress and you wish for the movement and practicality of the mini dress, but you still want the beautiful train, then this selection of dresses will be perfect for you.

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  1. This is the Letty dress by Enzoni, the dramatic cut off creates a modern take on the traditional lace dress, the traditional silhouette is flirty yet sophisticated and will show off your gorgeous legs and shoes. This dress would suit an outdoor or country style wedding, as the lace would match the traditional yet fun setting.
  2. The 9818 dress by Justin Alexander is a much more modern and subtle take on the Hi-Low dress, the illusion neckline with larger lace patterns is much more stand out. The fit and flare style of the dress will flatter all body types and make you feel like a queen when you walk down the aisle.
  3. This dress is a separate corset and skirt; the corset is called Dita and the skirt is called Lola and is made by Halfpenny London. The simplicity of this dress would be a great way to show off shoes and accessories, it would also be perfect for many different themes or venues. Having a separate corset and skirt would make the ensemble a little cheaper and would also help to create a more comfortable dress. Having separates also means that you can mix and match the different parts of your wedding dress to create your perfect look.
  4. The first of two Nicole Spose dresses, is part of the Colet collection. This is the most over the top of the different Hi-Low dresses, the flower embellishments and the layered skirt creates a strong statement, making this dress perfect for a grander theme or just to make you feel like a queen on the big day.
  5. The second of the Nicole Spose dresses is part of the Jolies collection, it is a much more modern dress and includes a pop of colour in the flower at the side. The illusion neckline gives a more modern look which keeps up with modern trends, and the asymmetrical skirt with multiple layers of tulle gives a light and airy feel.
  6. The final dress is made by Atelier Emé and is called the Sacha dress. The drop waist is more couture than all the other dresses and the lace boned corset creates an underwear like style. The skirt is also asymmetrical with one side being more layered and ruffled than the other, tulle is airy whilst still giving a strong statement.

Dance the Night Away – Flat Shoes for Your Wedding

Not all brides want to stay in high heels their whole wedding day, we all know the feeling of starting a night out and wished you could swap fashion for function and wear your favourite pair of flats. The worst day to think about this is your wedding day so here is a list of the chicest and cutest flat shoes to dance the night away.

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  1. For the big budget brides who love a little sparkle, the Christian Louboutin Follies Strass Rete/Patent pointed toe pumps would be perfect. The £695 price tag is for brides who are looking to splurge a little more, however the classic red sole and the nude colour would make these shoes instant classics. The Swarovski crystals give these shoes an almost dreamlike allure. The finishing of the patent leather heel give a sophisticated finishing point to these jewels for the feet.
  2. For a lower cost yet no less gorgeous pair for flats, these two-part silver pumps from John Lewis for £55 would be gorgeous with a silver dress or contrasting with a bright white. These shoes would also be perfect to wear after your wedding, meaning that these shoes could be your soulmate not just a one night stand
  3. For the bohemian bride, you will never be comfier than in a pair of Natural Moroccan Crochet Toms priced at £41.99, also vegan which make them even more perfect for a bohemian style wedding. They would also contrast with a simple sophisticated dress, making them the centre of attention, or a short dress for dancing until dawn. As they are beach style shoes you wouldn’t be able to choose better for your destination wedding, no more sand in-between your toes!
  4. For a more traditional bridal look, or as a vintage style shoe, you could get the Dune Briella Jewel Ballet Pumps, priced at £85 which come in ivory. These embellished flats are a practical alternative to high heels for your wedding, they would also work well for bridesmaids if you wanted them to be in pumps or look a little more casual.
  5. A quirky style and brand which is a wedding staple for the alternative bride is Irregular Choice, their Casa Blanka Flat Pumps, for £99, are gorgeously embroidered slipper style flats. They are fanciful and have cream fabric uppers with embellishments and glistening glitter heels. They would be the perfect unique bridal style for your wedding day.
  6. A flat pair of sophisticated of bridal shoes are the Next Nude Bridal T-Bar Sandals, priced at £46. The nude colour could go with any colour dress and is a great way to add subtle sparkle to a great dress. At £46 these shoes would make a great addition to any bridal wardrobe, even for your bridesmaids.
  7. Truly classic pumps are hard to find but if you want to pay a little more for your flats, a great pair are the Jimmy Choo Romy Flats for £475. The delicate detail on the nude base would suit any dress, the softer point also has an updated look. The leather lining and leather sole will give you a great quality show, finished off with the white lace upper, to make the shoe sophisticated and sweet.
  8. You can get a pair of gorgeous handmade shoes from Etsy, a pair of Wedding Ballet Flats for a perfect wedding day. Whether it be a beach wedding, winter wedding at a beautiful old building, this simple but elegant pair will make your day and you can dance longer than all your guests! There is a soft lining and made the ballerina flats comfortable and long lasting. You can always keep the ballet flats after a special event and use it as an evening or a day pair. You can also personalise your own bridal flats which will make a great addition to your day. They are sold by a shop called thewhiteribbon and are called Wedding Ballet Flats, the price is £82.
  9. These flat shoes exude glamour when often finding a flat shoe can feel like an impossible task. However, the Lottie shoe by Westerleigh is often a favourite with many brides, the beautiful ivory lace slipper has a playful ballet shoe like quality, the shoes have a signature foam padding and soft leather insole to make these shoes comfortable from your first dance to your last! These shoes are priced at £73.90.

Ombre Obsessed!

1_6894348_origOmbre refers to colour fading from dark to light, or vice versa. In French, the word “ombre” means shadow or shade, and we’ve gone pretty crazy for this trend, (the boss loves it!) However, as with all trends they can get totally overdone, and become way to incorporated into the mass market. But remember this idea was born from ‘dip dye’ which, if you’re a bit of a creative, you’ll have been doing it to everything from crop t-shirts to curtains to your dog (kidding) for years! So really, the original dip dye just had a new name and the world became obsessed with it. What I like about it though (apart from the idea of playing with colours) is that it’s totally DIY-able, easy, fun, and fairly cheap too.

Calling out to you colour fiends, this might be a great thing to incorporate into your wedding styling. There’s so many YouTube vids on how to do it that you really can’t go wrong, and if it does, then what a perfect job for your bridesmaids to get involved in! We’ve come across some great ideas including pretty table cloths in varying shades of purple, ombre flower bouquets, cakes going from deep navy blue to baby blue to white, beautiful watercolour stained stationary and menus, and if you want to be really bold – dip dye the dress! I’m thinking Gwen Stefani style of course.

I think if it was me, I like the idea of an ombre table cloth, going from fuchsia pink to white via slow gradients, then dressed with crisp black and white table wear, including some stripes, with gold cutlery and centrepieces, probably filled with ombre flowers going from black, to dark purple to white. That way it wouldn’t be too over done, not too much ombre going on but the largest piece i.e. the table cloth would be the real showstopper…one can dream 🙂

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Something Blue

Something Blue is a phrase deriving from a saying about the items a bride should carry or wear on her wedding day for good luck. This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”, and the four items that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or has with her on the big day are lucky charms.

Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom.

Something new is usually the dress as this is such a personal thing and also very much down to fit and taste. Also, I don’t happen to know anyone who I could borrow a black ball gown dress from! Both of my sisters borrowed some lovely jewellery from my mum and nana on their day, and supposedly this could also be classed as something old, but we want as many lucky charms as possible don’t we?! Maybe purchasing something second hand like a gorgeous beaded clutch or vintage necklace would be a nice addition.

As for Something Blue, we’ve come across some lovely ideas, the traditional blue garter is always a classic, but if you want to do something a bit different just take a look at the little gallery below for some ideas and inspiration. The ombre trend is still hot, and these ombre cakes going from the deepest navy to white are beautiful, as are the ombre bouquets of flowers.

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Wedding Gift Ideas

I know it can sometimes be quite a task thinking up new and creative gifts to make or buy for the bride and groom, and weddings seem to happen all at once don’t they?! Getting your creative head on can be difficult within short spaces of time (as is planning the outfit!) so we’ve put together a nice little gallery of some great fool-proof ideas for any up and coming nuptials.

A few of them are sold through our partners Not On The High Street and you can find so many personalised gifts there. Including Cute Maps of course! We offer a ‘Gift Map’ service where we map out a ‘journey’ or ‘experience’ in our classic cute and colourful way. We receive so many weird and wonderful requests for Gift Maps, so bring it on, let’s hear your story! Take a look at our website for more details on the process and how to order. This would make a perfect gift for the bride and/or groom, your bridesmaids, parents, friends, anybody at all! The possibilities are endless.

We’ve seen so many low cost home made ideas too, including a hamper with all the ingredients for the bride and groom to make their favourite meal, their names in scrabble letters in a lovely frame, how about filling their fridge with goodies after their honeymoon to save them worrying about break and milk on their return?

Take a look at these ideas and see what you think… x

Custom Coasters – NOTHS – A lovely way to record memories

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Mr & Mrs Mugs – NOTHS

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A great celebratory gift- NOTHS

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Tree Carving Chopping Board – NOTHS

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The possibilities are endless with this simple idea

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And of course, Cute Map Gift Maps! A fab way to see the memories all in one cute and custom made place!

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Thank you! Grazie! Merci!

We’ve been looking into some creative ideas on how to say a big thank you to all of your guests for being a part of your big day- travelling for miles and helping stack up those gifts or help pay for the honeymoon flight! Depending on your budget there are some great ways to show your gratitude; mini gifts, sweet treats, fun thank you cards, photographs of your guests on the day… Thank you’s are the last impression that your guests will have on the wedding, so why not make it memorable? Take a loot at the gallery below for our picks x

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Cute Maps Thank You Cards

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Winter Wedding Styling Ideas

When we think of winter weddings we immediately think of thick white powdery snow photo shoots with brides dressed in sparkly gowns and fur throws, (handy image to the left) however, the case is probably more likely to be a dull rainy day! (well, in Manchester is it.)

Here are some realistic down to earth DIY ideas to add some extra winter sparkle, warmth and cosiness to a winter wedding day. We love the idea of a hot chocolate bar, think luxurious, decadent thick hot chocolate with an alcoholic option (Bailey’s please) and lots of marshmallows and sprinkles.

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This idea could be developed into quirky little favours – hot chocolate in a jar? ‘Make your own chocolate cake’ in a jar. Typical me to go down the chocolate route, I suppose when I think of winter I do think of indulgence, therefore chocolate!

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Other ways to inject a hint of winter wonderland are to use an abundance of candles, maybe try all different sizes, from huge church candles to tea-lights, and also rows and rows of fairy lights.

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Using woodland props like bark, twigs and mini tress as centre pieces would help create a fairy tale like theme, but also very organic, natural and tasteful. A bauble or two may not go a miss either!

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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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