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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.

Cocktails for a Travel Themed Reception

A fantastic way to add a personal touch to the drinks at your reception is to create travel inspired cocktails, these can be tongue in cheek or long loved classics. You could pick a drink inspired by your favourite country or city, or a drink which originated in that location. Your guests can have the experience of you and your partners favourite places through perfectly coordinated cocktails.

Travel Themed Cocktails

  1. If you and your partner are avid surfers or adventurers a perfect cocktail would be the Blue Hawaiian, a tropical flavour with the stunning blue colour of the ocean. It was invented in 1957 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii, after the bosses of the distillery creating Blue Curacao liqueur wanted a cocktail to showcase their new drink. You will need:
    • 45ml Light Rum
    • 45ml Blue Curacao Liqueur
    • 30ml Cream of Coconut
    • 60ml Pineapple Juice
    • 60ml Club Soda
      • Mix together the rum, blue curaçao, cream of coconut and pineapple juice and shake. Pour into a cocktail glass and fill with ice, finishing with club soda and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cocktail cherry
  2. For the more cosmopolitan couple the perfect cocktail would be a New York Cosmopolitan. As the famous favourite drink of the Sex and the City girls, it will be an instant classic which will represent New York City glamour. The dainty glass and bright pink colour would feel incredibly sophisticated and ladylike, particularly if you are wearing a blush dress. Tart, fruity and with a bit of a kick, it will represent you and your partners, fierce city side. You will need:
    • 35ml Vodka
    • 10ml Grand Marnier
    • 45ml Cranberry Juice
    • 10ml Lime Juice
      • Mix together the vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and lime juice, and shake with ice. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime.
  3. For a fun and fruity cocktail with inspiration from the east, the Singapore Sling would be an interesting and talking point drink for your guests. Invented at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore at the hotel’s Long Bar in 1915, this cocktail was originally the famous Gin Sling, the cocktail was soon named after the hotel it created in. You will need:
    • 50ml Gin
    • 25ml Cherry Brandy
    • 25ml Lemon Juice
    • 1 Teaspoon Grenadine
    • Crushed Ice
    • 100ml Sparkling Water
    • Lime Peel
    • Cocktail Cherry
      • Mix together the gin, brandy, grenadine and lemon juice and shake. Put some ice in a tall glass and pour the cocktail through a strainer and top up with the sparkling water. Serve with the lime peel and a cherry on the side.
  4. While the fashion for wedding cocktails is often Manhattans or Martinis, it’s often the classics which you and your guests love the most – glace cherries, umbrellas and the rest. You always think of a hot climate when you think of the Pina Colada. The coconut, pineapple and rum are about as tropical and fun as you can get, so if you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, this will be the perfect cocktail for your travel themed wedding. You will need:
    • 50ml Spiced Rum
    • 25ml Coconut Cream
    • 3 Chunks of Pineapple
      • Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and then blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and add your own cheeky cocktail umbrella and glace cherry.
  5. For a wedding inspired by the city of love a perfect wedding would be the French martini. Although it was invented in the 1980s in one of the Keith McNally’s New York City bars it still screams French sophistication. It also appeared in McNally’s Balthazar in Soho in 1996 and was an instant hit. The cocktail was produced during the 1980s-1990s cocktail Renaissance. The peach colour will create a sophisticated look which will not look as feminine as the cosmopolitan. You will need:
    • 50ml Vodka
    • 15ml Raspberry Liqueur
    • 35ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
      • Place the vodka, raspberry liquor and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake vigorously and strain the mixture into a Martini glass and serve.
  6. Although it is not technically of Russian origin it will still be a fantastic way to represent the country at your wedding, it gets its name due to the main ingredient being vodka, a spirit often associated with Russia. The original cocktail was called the Black Russian and first made an appearance in 1949, then became the White Russian with the addition of cream; however it is unclear which came first. You will need:
    • 60ml Vodka
    • 2 Tablespoons of Kahlúa
    • 1 Tablespoon of Cream
      • Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, put some ice cubes in a small tumbler and pour the cocktail over the top

Favours for Travel/Destination Wedding

It is often a topic which divides the wedding party, to favour or not to favour. For some of you, you’ll find the dinky gifts are a great way to show your guests thanks for being with you on your big day, and a small way to support the rest of your wedding theme. They can make a beautiful addition to the table and you have the opportunity to enjoy the process of sourcing great gifts for your guests. However there can be nothing worse than spending a great deal of time and money on finding the perfect wedding favour that get left behind once the reception is over. Hopefully I can provide some simple yet effective and fun wedding favours for your perfect destination/travel themed wedding.

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  1. So if you’re looking for something which is packaged for you, where you can have a gorgeous favour just buy ordering online you can get adorable aeroplane bottle openers with map box packaging for £2.20 each, great getting the party started and definitely not being left behind.
  2. If your wedding party has a sweet tooth, a great way to present them is in a miniature travel suitcase, as they are empty you can personalise them for each guest. Perfect as a low cost option for the larger guests list or as a sweet gift for a small reception.
  3. If you’re looking for something which you can DIY a handmade map box with a selection of you and your partners favourite sweet treats. To create an even more personal touch you could make the map on the box one of your most significant locations, such as your first date or the place of your engagement.
  4. A great favour which is a little more alternative is a compass, get a gold and black version on confetti.co.uk. They will definitely be something that your guests will keep and would be a great way to entertain younger guests with activities, such as a short orienteering exercise or a way to create a treasure hunt through the journey.
  5. Another DIY which is travel themed is a vintage suitcase favour box template which can be printed and then made with your own choice of paper, this gives you more flexibility when creating your favours and you would be able to fill them with whatever else you would like. This is also another great suitcase template.
  6. A simple yet effective ideas would be to bake (or ask someone else to bake) some love letter themed cookies, they could also be decorated like globes or aeroplanes
  7. A way to present your suitcases would be to get a small canvas and stand and write that its baggage claim this would keep them off of the tables so that they would be easily taken and you could put every name on different baggage tag.
  8. A favour which not only would never get left behind but also would help to keep your guests safe from the sun, would be pocket suncream. The suncream bottles can be personalised with the couples names and any colour or design that you would want. They also have a carabiner attached so that they can be attached to purses or pockets, you know there’ll be no sun burn at your wedding.
  9. A wedding favour which will bring a little light to your guests would be personalised candles. You can buy clear glass candle holders and then place cheaper candles into them, after this you can wrap a map around the holder, similar to the homemade boxes you could use a map location which is significant to you and your partner.
  10. A wedding favour which will keep your wedding in the mind of your guests for a long time is a compass bottle stopper. This could also be used for any of the leftover drink from the wedding and would be very useful for your guests in the future.
  11. Luggage tag favours are also perfect for a destination wedding as you can give them out at the end of your wedding and your guests will have something to use immediately. You can also add a small thank you onto the suitcase tag. You can also get more personalised tags for

 

Thursday Pins

Hope you all had a great bank holiday, it’s a beautiful morning here cool clean air and a bright sunny sky. Below is some mellow cool natural vibes for a chilled out wedding. I love dune-laden coastal beaches, tall soft grass, rocky cliffs and bubbling waves. The dresses were a tricky find, I wanted a soft, simple cut and something that would have a gentle flow to it. The first is by Christy Dawn, the second is a Lela Rose.

As always, track the pics from the Pintrest boards here.

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An Unusual Affair

So the theme today came about after I discovered the amazing venue Aynhoe Park, in Oxfordshire. It’s so packed full of eccentricity and quirks (and lush interiors by Matthew Williamson) that I got to thinking about the more decadent side of the Sixties. There are were some real timeless beauties like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Burkin whose effortless beauty seems as relevant today as they was when they first emerged and loads classic style mixed with young psychedelia I think made for a really fab time in decor and fashion. Below I’ve mixed together some directions that show different designers reinterpreting the vibe in recent years. This is all on the new Pinterest account I set up, so if you want to see the source, have a poke around and you should be able to trace it. I am also going to be championing a lot of Etsy sellers (and cousin sites) as I’m an avid delver into the depths of this online Arts Market and have some real gems I want to share. To get you started is one of my favourites, Purple Fish Bowl that has the butterfly collar featured below among their wares.

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Late Summer Wedding

I know when people think of Summer Weddings, thoughts usually turn to pretty pastels and fresh clean hues, hay bales, bunting, wildflowers and photographs in glowing cornfields. I love it too, but what about another direction? I’m thinking a lush romantic jewel-tone vibe; deep reds, rich purples, golden greens. I imagine that time of year when balmy Summers first ease into Autumn. Leafy forests with dappled light and a cool breeze, the sunshine glistening from the canopy above and the leaves starting to turn from green to gold. With a little moody lighting, colourful prints, comfy cushy seating, you could make a fab romantic magical vibe in the depths of a secluded forest.

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Cute Map Table Plans for your big day!

At Cute Maps, we do so many exciting bespoke Wedding Stationary products; Cute Map Wedding Invites, Save the Dates, magnets, place cards, menus… (and loads more!) but one of our personal  favorites   are our Table Plans.

We can create them in either A2 or A1 size, in foam board for a lovely durable professional finish, or on thick printed paper which are ideal for you lucky ones who are jetting off for your wedding. These can be rolled up and popped into your case, so you don’t have to struggle with foam board!

It is because our Table Plans are large which means that we can get quite a bit of detail on there. This really gives you the opportunity to go wild with your design ideas to create a show stopping one off piece!

We offer three types of Table Plan, each one an extremely stylish way to show your guests to their seats:

Cute Map Table Plans 
Name your tables after your favourite places, bars, attractions or anything you can think of! Where you met, where he proposed, your first date…ideas are endless. These Cute Maps are designed from scratch to depict any special map you have in mind. From £170 for A1 and A1 printed paper.

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Standard Table Plans
These simple but cute table plans include motifs of  your choice at the top of the design. You can  use either existing cute motifs taken from your Cute Map design, or we are happy to design a small venue motif for you. From £65 for A2 printed paper.

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Custom Designed Table Plans
If you’d like individual images for each table, we can create a custom design for you. We’ve created Gin  Bars, Tube Maps and all sorts of table plans for previous customers. We love to hear your  ideas, so if you have something in mind please get in touch  and we’ll send  you a quote.

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Why not check out our page here http://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product/table-plans/ and take a look through our gallery to give you some ideas on where to start and what your Cute Map Table Plan could look like, and hey, it always makes a lovely piece of keep sake art work for after the wedding too 🙂

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