Disney Inspired Weddings

 

Fairy tale weddings can appear ambitious however, having a Disney themed wedding can make dreams come true. Whether its small finishing touches that add the Disney magic or every aspect around the Disney theme, you can be sure that the special day will bring a smile to the guests faces.

Small details:

To achieve that Disney sparkle, inspiration can be pulled from any attribute from the world of Disney, from classic movies to the modern, the beloved characters or maybe to honour Walt Disney himself. This can be achieved with subtle details ensuring it doesn’t overshadow the special day. An enchanting way to inject Disney charm is to style each table on different films or different scenes from your favourite film. To top it off table centrepieces can be an important aspect of the film- for example, the magic rose from ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Cinderella’s glass slippers from ‘Cinderella’ or the magic lamp from ‘Aladdin’.

More subtle approaches to the Disney theme can be tags on the food and drink – ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ from the 1951 classic ‘Alice in Wonderland, Mickey ears and using the Disney font all add a little extra magic.

Big Accents:

The key parts of a wedding such as the bride’s dress and the cake can make a big Disney statement.

The wedding cake is a canvas for you to go wild with your Disney ideas. Characters or accents such as Mickey & Minnie Mouse ears, the Disneyland castle or the Mad Hatters hat.

Believe it or not infamous Disney-inspired princess dresses can be refreshingly tasteful! For those with bottomless budgets, Paolo Sebastian has launched a truly stunning, fashion forward Disney collection of gowns representing modernised versions of your favourite character, including cursive embroidery and flawless embellishment. A particular favourite of ours is the boho subtle aqua boho take on Ariel (see pic). An alternatively way to really throw that theme out there is to invite guests to dress up as Disney characters or, even just encourage that in the younger guests.

 

 

Drink ‘eat me’- https://www.womangettingmarried.com/10-ideas-disney-wedding/  

Wedding reception- https://www.elasdress.com/wedding-reception-ideas/

‘Aladdin’ centre piece- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/422001427572928893/?lp=true

Wedding dress bottom left (Ariel) and bottom right (Rapunzel)- https://www.weddingchicks.com/blog/new-disney-wedding-dresses-by-paolo-sebastian-l-15122-l-38.html

Wedding dress bottom middle (Cinderella)- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4925968/Disney-inspired-gowns-let-brides-princess-day.html

Wedding dress top right (Belle inspired)- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/462956036688510368/?lp=true

Wedding dress top left – https://nerdist.com/disney-princess-wedding-dresses/

 

The Best ‘Groomzilla’ and ‘Bridezilla’ Stories You’ll Ever Read

‘Bridezillas’ and ever more common ‘Groomzillas’ are a force to be reckoned with for anyone who gets too close. Since that taboo word came into our vocab, couples planning their weddings have become sensitive to avoiding these labels, but they’re still out there and lets face it, always very entertaining to read about! Take a look at the links below for some real life irrational wedding reads:

A Bride who called off her wedding and outraged due to the lack of guests willing to pay $1500 each to attend:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6101095/Canadian-Susan-cancels-extravagant-60-000-wedding-guests-refused-fork-1-500.html -Mail online

A Bride that demanded one of her bridesmaids had to dye her hair brown for the wedding day:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/bride-tells-her-bridesmaid-to-dye-ginger-hair-brown-for-wedding-a7068791.html – The Independent

A bride who sent out an email of harsh rules and regulations for all guests to her wedding

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/bridezilla-mocked-after-strict-wedding-rules-go-viral – Fox News

A bride who controlled the grooms entire involvement in the wedding and even cancels his bachelor party in fear he will meet other women.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6175013/She-demanding-brat-Selfish-bridezilla-slammed-grooms-family.html – Mail online

Groomzilla who arrives late and drunk to the ceremony starts demanding to change the entire set up of the wedding.

https://www.brides.com/story/funny-groomzilla-stories

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 has been a revolutionary year for fashion and acceptance. The fashion world has taken on how diverse we are becoming and that is reflected greatly in the wedding community as people’s personalities mirror their wedding styles. Ever thought about a weekend long wedding, a pet friendly wedding or even starting the planning with a vibe, like Geometric & Retro, rather than a colour?

Colour trends:

Trying to think of a wedding scheme can be one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. However this year has given us many good ideas for how to pull this off well. Pinks, greys, purples and black are a huge hit at the moment. Using neutral shades for most of the wedding really heightens the simple colour scheme of one bold colour for the big accents. Furnishings, flowers, cake and stationary can all be bright colours set against a background of neutral undertones.

Food and Drink:

Pleasing all your guests can be difficult when it comes to food so switch to serving buffet style and save some pennies like 54% of 2018 weddings. Food themes are a huge hit this year: Indian, brunch, Mexican or even daring vegan menus. Taco and ice cream food trucks get people involved with food and have fun mixing dish flavours, or switch it up to a cute prosecco or cocktail truck which are making increasing appearances at events and festivals. Great Gatsby themes are very on trend right now including delicate finger sandwiches, macaroons, bitesize burgers and fruit.

Bubblys always add class to the table at weddings so having a bottle of champagne or prosecco for your guests to drink will go down a treat. Maybe local craft beers, spirits and gins might also fit your theme? Cocktails are always popular, so a make-your-own cocktail stand will be a sure hit with your guests. Whatever you choose to serve, ice cubes with berries and herbs infused into them will put a smile on everyone’s face! As with all ideas involving alcohol, remember to discuss beforehand with your venue or negotiate it into your package so you don’t get vetoed by them on the setup day or stung with large corkage bills.

Wedding Cake:

Sleek and modern twists were a big favourite in 2018 cake designs. Geometric patterns radiate modern art deco and metallics like bronze and silver really compliment these themes. A simple wedding cake structure with marble and textured patterns bring subtle contemporary touches to 2018 weddings. Floral touches, be they real or sugar flowers, remain a timeless and versatile way to dress cakes this year.

Wedding dresses:

Stepping away from the traditional wedding dresses can be hard for some brides.However, in 2018 brides can pretty much wear whatever they like from princess style dresses to white tuxedos. Lace has stepped up a notch this year as bohemian style dresses have taken centre stage. Floaty and elegant silhouettes, incorporating fluted sleeves, open backs, drop waists and embellished mesh ooze sophisticated style on the catwalk. Coloured dresses are no longer an unseen thing with subtle pale pinks and even bold reds and black popping up. A new dress trend this year is personalised embroidered embellishments – coloured or white, flowers, birds, butterflies, leaves and petals – executed right can really be quite impressive.

Something different, but still cute

It’s been a wonderful few months filled with some out of the ordinary maps and requests. Amongst many wonderful ideas were a Cute Path version of a table plan, a wedding map inside the fascinating Eden Project biomes and a table plan full of pubs…

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Tasteful Tiaras

 

Some brides think that tiaras are going or have gone out of fashion with only footballer’s wives or real royalty sporting them these days. However, I believe that a tiara can add the most incredible drama to your wedding look and can turn even the simplest of dresses into something completely unforgettable.

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Samantha Walden

The first designer I wanted to focus on is Samantha Walden who has only been selling crowns and tiaras on Notonthehighstreet.com since March 2017. These tiaras have a particularly fantastical edge; they wouldn’t look out of place on the head of Belle or Cinderella. The gold leaf and floral details “compliment the classic fashion of days gone by; the simple elegance of the Georgian age, the glitz of the Roaring Twenties and the delicate beauty of the Victorian period.

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Hermione Harbutt

You will never see as dramatic and impactful designs as those of Hermione Harbutt and she if often the designer of choice for prestigious bridal dress designers. Although they have the same vintage appeal as Samantha Walden, they have a more modern twist with a more individual and personal service. These pieces or made by hand and are made by freshwater pearls, gemstones and Swarovski crystals with each piece being completely unique.

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The Real Princess Company

For something which is a lot more whimsical and is made of more glass or with more Avant guard colours, The Real Princess Company will be perfect for you. These are more traditional and what you would imagine a bridal crown would look like. They would suit a simple or a spectacularly bejewelled dress.

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Holly Young Millinery

For something truly unique, the beautiful accessories hand made by Holly in her Cornish studio will be perfect for your big day. She takes inspiration from traditional British heritage and nature to produce elegant and classic designs with an amazing modern twist. Her love of lace pearls and anything shiny or delicate, particularly feathers, makes every piece unique and personal.

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Cherished

Cherished focussed on the creation of luxury bridal accessories. The designer is called Abby Gadd and founded the brand as an extension of her love of craftsmanship and a range of inspiration, from nature to vintage style. These tiaras and hair adornments are for the quirkier bride or for the bride who would like a more nature inspired look.

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