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From Here to Maternity – Wedding Dresses to Flatter Your Beautiful Bump

20 Jun

Getting married with a beautiful bump needn’t be a hassle. There are plenty of designers out there catering for you. More and more women are getting married while expecting, and they don’t want to compromise on style. Figures for 2009 showed that 20,000 brides were pregnant when they tied the knot. Here are some designers catering for these women…

* Tiffany Rose offers beautiful dresses at fantastic prices. If you are preparing for a wedding on a tight budget, look no further! All the dresses beautifully accommodate your bump, without compromising on style and elegance. They also offer a range of styles,colours and fabrics. So whether you are planning a more traditional wedding, or something a little more daring, there is something for you. Below are my favourites…

Asymmetrical Wedding Gown by Tiffany Rose

Above – Asymmetrical wedding gown, £325. Sizes 8-18.

Above – Ayla lace wedding dress, £495. Sizes 8-18.

To top things off delivery is super cheap too! £5 for UK orders, delivered within 3-5 working days. If you can’t wait that long to get your mitts on the dress, then they charge a very modest £9 for next day delivery (Monday-Friday).

* Amelia Classics is a well established bridal wear retailer, offering a range of lovely maternity wedding dresses. Prices are slightly more expensive, but still very affordable. A variety of styles are available, so whether you want a Grecian style dress, or something more structured, they should have something for you. Unfortunately, some of the images on the site are really small, so you can’t really make out the details. However, below are my favourites…


Above – Futile dress, £375. Sizes 10-20.


Above – Gail dress, £550.

* Maternity Bride is a fabulous collection of eco-friendly bridal wear, designed without being stereotypically ‘eco’ or ‘maternity’, which is no mean feat. Every dress in the Summer 2011 collection is gorgeous and very feminine. The collection also encompasses shorter dresses, as well as the more traditional. However, all the styles are heavily draped, which looks great, and is also comfortable. It was tough to pick my favourites, but here they are below…

Above – Acacia Dress


Above – Holly Dress

Although this brand is based in Los Angeles it can be delivered to the UK for $89 USD. It is worth every penny as the company is carbon neutral and eco conscious, and donates 3% of profits to children’s and environmental charities. Go on, indulge!


Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

8 Jun

Thanks to You and Your Wedding my eyes have been opened up to a brand spanking new store in London called Mirror Mirror Accessories Boutique.

So, you have finally found the perfect outfit for your big day, but now it is the daunting prospect of finding the perfect accessories to match. Well, let Mirror Mirror help. The have everything you could possibly desire, from shoes and veils, to gloves and bags (although, let’s face it, you won’t be needing a bag on your special day…what are bridesmaids for?!)

a large antique looking book shelf is filled with lots of pairs of wedding shoes in creams and whites and in front is a chair with a feather throw in front

As you can see from the image above the shoe wardrobe (wow!) is pretty spectacular. The stock over 40 styles of designer shoes from sandals to major stilettos.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no dedicated site at the moment, but definitely check out the Mirror Mirror bridalwear website here or drop by the store at: 54 Penton Street, London, N1 9QA. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5:30pm, no appointment necessary.

Collection Overview – Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011

8 Jun

Wow, this beauty just dropped into my inbox courtesy of Brides Magazine and I had to share it with you. Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2011 bridal collection , and every piece is so beautiful and elegant. So, if you are looking for your wedding dress and need a little nudge in the right direction, this is definitely worth a look.

Every piece is feminine, glamorous, sexy and, well, fabulous! Here are my highlights from the collection…

The one above is great if you are feeling particularly inspired by Kate Middleton’s gorgeous wedding gown

Visit the Oscar de la Renta website here


grab yourself a bargain! bridal designer sale – this weekend!

2 Jun

If you are free this weekend (4th and 5th June) then why not head on down to The Lancaster Hotel in London for the Bridal Designer Sale, and grab yourself a designer wedding dress at a smidgen of the original price. Being pitched as ‘the sale no bride can afford to miss!’, you get the idea that it might be a bit of mayhem. But don’t fear if you can’t make it for first thing on Saturday as I have heard that new stock will be arriving throughout the weekend.

With discounts of up to 70% from designers such as Amanda Wakeley and Caroline Castigliano (amongst many others) it is definitely worth a visit. To make sure you hunt for the right size you will be measured upon arrival, and advised as to what will be the best fit for you. There will be trained bridal wear advisors and consultants on hand to help you get the perfect dress with the perfect fit.

It is completely FREE so what have you got to lose?! Register here. Get rummaging!

Vintage Weddings by Marnie Fogg

2 Jun

‘Vintage Weddings’ is a new book by the Marnie Fogg, exploring inspirational wedding dresses through the ages in the form of a fabulous coffee table book. It is jam-packed with imagery to make you go ‘ooooh’ and ‘aaaah’, and I am sure you will find some inspiration in it for your own special day.

Vintage Weddings

The book is a visual journey through weddings over the past century, not only exploring the style of the dresses, but also the ceremonies, designers and cultural influences. Organised in a clear chronological order it is easy to flick through to find inspiration if you are planning a themed wedding. So if you are inspired by the belle opoque elegance of the Edwardian times, or thirties art deco, you will be able to find nuggets of information, including typical cocktails of the era, that will help you on your wedding planning way!

Marnie Fogg is a media consultant in the fashion industry. She has lectured in Visual Studies and the Culture of Fashion at the University of Nottingham. She also has a Master’s degree in Art and Design Advanced Practice and Theory, and has a large number of books to her name.

‘Vintage Weddings’ is available to buy as hardback directly from the publishers, Carlton Books for £15.00 or from Amazon for £16.25 with free delivery in the UK.

Designer Spotlight on Johanna Johnson

1 Jun

Johanna Johnson is an Australian bridalwear designer, who has a penchant for designing beautiful dresses inspired by the 1930s, channelling old school glamour. Every dress is handcrafted in Sydney, Australia, using the finest fabrics and trims available. Every piece is created as an heirloom which can be passed down through generations. I think the fabulous dresses already look like timeless treasures which have been cherished over many decades, she manages to capture the essence of Art Deco opulence so beautifully.

Due to popular demand here in the UK, you can now purchase your treasure from Luellas Boudoir. Check the collection out online, or drop by the beautiful store in Wimbledon, London. You will not be disappointed!

Below are a pick of my current favourites available from Luellas Boudoir…

Vivenne dress – Reminiscent of the screen icon Vivienne Leigh. £5,400

Lottie gown – French embroidery lace over ivory silk satin. £5,800

And here are my picks of other items in her Templar collection…

And my top picks from her Trousseau collection…

P.S. You may have noticed the fairly hefty price tag, but I think it is worth it…

Summer 2011 Bridal Style Unwrapped

1 Jun

Wedding season is upon us, with couples up and down the country choosing to tie the knot with a summer wedding (fingers crossed for the sun!).

So, if you are planning to get married this summer and haven’t yet bought that all important wedding dress (or suit!) here are my pick of the top styles to opt for to be the centre of attention:



Above: Dress by Christos


Polka dots can be used in a subtle way, as illustrated by the gorgeous, dainty dots on the Christos gown. Or, they can be blown up and used to create a more quirky dress, which I think is perfect of a beach wedding.


Above: Dress by Coast

Above: Dress by Kenneth Pool

Be a Grecian goddess with a gorgeous slinky number. The styles look beautiful on all shapes and sizes, and are especially flattering on larger women and I think look great with a pregnancy bump. The softly draped fabric suits summer weddings perfectly.

* 1930s

Above: Dress by Isabel Zapardiez

Above: Dress by Johanna Johnson

The 1930s was a period of time where bias cut dresses were in abundance. In all honestly, the style of dresses, in the slinkiest of silks, suit svelte women as they cling to the body. If you have a back to be proud of, these styles will be perfect for you, as many 1930s influenced gowns have the low back detail. However, you don’t have to take the style literally, little details can be taken and utilised in more structured fabrics.


Above: Dress by Amanda Wakeley

Above: Dress by Jenny Packham

Embellishment is a great way to transform a plain and simple wedding gown into something more intricate and unique. It can be introduced in a way to suit you and your personality – you may want the embellishment to be isolated to one area, or perhaps you want it to cover the entire dress. These dresses have a lovely bohemian feel about them



Above: Suit by Armani

Above: All-In-One Tuxedo by Alexander McQueen

If you are after something a little less conventional for your wedding day, how about a sharply tailored suit or all-in-one?  A chic suit is timeless and classic, and can be worn after your big day, if you so wish. If you are opting for a suit it is worth shelling out a bit to make sure it is beautifully cut, and tailored to you, that way you know that it will unbelievably flattering.