Monthly Archives: April 2010

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Ellis Bridals

Perfect for  a chic city wedding whilst delivering maximum style impact, this short and sassy wedding dress from Ellis Bridals is a true statement dress!  The fitted gown is sexy with it’s strapless bodice and low cut back, but the skirt falling just below the knee keeps the look demure.  The wow factor of this dress though is the oversize bow at the back which falls well below the hemline of the dress, which helps to keep this looking like a wedding gown and not just a cocktail dress.  A simple choker and strappy sandals will complete the look with a small bouquet.  This is style 11164 and costs £899.


The boatneck or bateau neckline has long been favoured by women with an instinctive sense of style, think Jackie Onasis and Audrey Hepburn and this After Six bridesmaid dress from Dessy is a perfect example of how to look feminine, sexy and demure all at the same time.  This style works well for those with a defined collarbone as it follows the neckline and those with narrow shoulders.  The bodice of the dress is sleeveless matte satin with a pleat detail at the waist and simple bow.  The pleating at the waist is perfect for boyish body shapes as it takes attention away from the bust area and gives an illusion of curves with the pleats fanning upwards.  The skirt is full length nu-georgette and is shaped upwards at the waist which will help to give an illusion of height for shorter bodies.  The overall column style of this dress is perfect for petite, slim body shapes as it highlights a slim figure whilst giving shape and curves where needed.  Both the bodice and the skirt are available in a wide variety of colours which you can choose from on the Dessy website which has a nifty colour swatch gadget that will change the colour on the screen for you to see how well the colour will coordinate.  The After Six dress is £124.50.

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Lisa Matthews Jewellery

Statement wedding necklaces don’t come any more statement than this stunning creation from Lisa Matthews Jewellery.  The Celine, statement, pearl wedding choker sits on the neck as a choker and is made with ivory freshwater pearls that sit on strands of silver plated wire which spray out in different directions to give a very unique and beautiful piece of wedding jewellery.  The Celine pearl choker costs £195 and would compliment a simple strapless wedding dress perfectly and would be ideal for a bride who has a short funky hairstyle.  There is also a matching statement bracelet available for £95, team these with a simple pair of pearl studs and you have an amazing set of accessories that will certainly make your wedding outfit stand out from the crowd.

Lisa Matthews Jewllery

Rainbow Wedding Flowers
Once upon a time silk flowers were just far too passé to use for your wedding bouquet, reception flowers or cake decoration, but there are many viable reasons for using them now, the most important being, they have come a long way from the blindingly obvious artificial flowers of the 1980’s and now look and even feel more realistic.  The budget concious bride will know that not only are artificial flowers cheaper because they are always in season and are not affected by growing costs and transportation costs, but they are true value for money because they can be kept forever as a reminder and be given to members of the bridal party as keepsakes too.  Obviously there is an environmental impact as well to choosing silk flowers since they don’t have to be shipped from abroad if they are not native to this country or are not in season here, they also won’t be affected by volcanos erupting causing airspace closure!!!  The growing trend for supermarket bought wedding cakes is another reason why silk flowers are becoming more popular, with such a great variety of simply iced wedding cakes available from all the main supermarkets,  all you need to do now is top them with a floral display and it will look like you have spent hundreds on your wedding cake.  This Scottish thistle and calla lily cake top is just £14 from Rainbow Wedding Flowers and is one of many different designs of cake toppers available as well as bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and reception and venue flowers.  My favourite reception decoration has to be this stunning birdcage centrepiece which costs £32.99, forget wedding reception decoration, I want one for my house!
Rainbow Wedding Flowers


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Phillip Lim designs compliment the female form perfectly with drapes of silk and cuts that flatter in all the right places, and this stunning draped silk dress is no exception.  It’s not a wedding dress, but if a simple dress with a small train is what you’re after then this could be perfect, especially since it has 70% off the original price of £1015 bringing it down to £ 304.50 at the hottest discount designer store on the web  The  high neck with pleating details from front to back and side drape panels make it a perfect shape for those with a boyish figure as it will create the illusion of curves. 

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Pretty and feminine with a little bit of sparkle is the best way to describe this divine wedding gown  from Essense.  The dress has silver embroidery detailing scattered all over it and a lace overlay.  The skirt falls out to a gentle A line at the front whilst the pleating at the back gathers at the waist to create a small train.  The beauty of this dress for me is in the shoulder detail which is just the lace overlay and it is this that gives the dress a subtle  aura of sexiness without showing too much flesh.  This is dress style D959 and is available in white or off white and would look stunning accessorized with delicate crystal and silver jewellery.   The Essense of Australia range is available in bridal boutiques across the country, they have a store locator on their website to help you find a store near you.