The 50 Designs that changed the course of Bridal Fashion

March 18th, 2014 by Kate

For brides-to-be or any reader with a fascination for couture, this is the essential guide to the best wedding dresses of modern times.

Some of the most inspiring wedding dresses of our time were created for fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Catherine Middleton and Kate Moss.

This book takes a look at the bridal legends and designs that have transcended mere beauty to become flashpoints of fashion and style. With examples of both elegant and extravagant dresses by the most renowned courturiers of our time, The Wedding Dress explains how and why each achieved iconic status.

From the white wedding dress worn by Queen Victoria in 1840 to couture creations by Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, and Vivienne Westwood, The Wedding Dress examines the details of each and every design in chronological sequence. Photographs of the dresses and the brides that wore them are accompanied by illustrations offering a 360-degree view of the designs’ unique features.

This accessible and richly illustrated book is an indispensable resource for brides, designers, stylists, wedding planners and anyone interested in the extraordinary world of bridal couture.

All images are Copywright of Getty Images

Eleanor Thompson served as curator of dress at the Brighton Museum and was an exhibition consultant for the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. She has lectured on fashion at the University of Brighton, the London College of Fashion, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Eleanor now lives in Seattle, USA.

This content was provided  by Prestel Publishing and the book is available in hardback, at 192 pages with 165 colour illustrations, from the 17th March 2014.

St Patrick’s Day Proposal

March 17th, 2014 by Kate

If your partner proposes on St Patrick’s Day you may plan to have some Irish elements incorporated in to the wedding day. The obvious one is to have some shade of green as the colour theme, or to incorporate some traditional elements such as horseshoes, bells, or a Claddagh style wedding ring. Irish ceilidh bands would be great for the reception or if couples wanted something more low key they could have a harpist playing at some point as the harp was the national symbol traditionally associated with Ireland up to the 19th century. The brides bouquet or grooms buttonhole could include the plant Bells of Ireland as the greenery, not strictly a flower, but very decorative. Brides might consider having a braid of some sort in their hairstyle which symbolises power and luck. The ceremony could incorporate handfasting where the bride and grooms hands are tied together and which is the origin of the phrase “tying the knot”.

Whatever you decide to include make sure that you have the things that are most meaningful for you and your partner and have fun planning your perfect day!

Beautiful Spring Florals

March 14th, 2014 by Kate

Now that we can enjoy some warmer weather and lighter days it is lovely to see all of the blooms on offer. Use the services of experts like Funky Flower Company to get the most out of your floral arrangements on your wedding day, and choose something bright and cheerful to really be a focal point in your decorative scheme.



New Swimwear Collections by heidi klein

March 12th, 2014 by Kate

Brides are considering much more than just their gown when planning their wedding. They are looking at lingerie, shoes, accessories, swimwear and other items to wear either in the run up to their wedding or on their honeymoon.

heidi klein produces a range of beautiful swimwear in beautiful designs, colours and prints and has just launched the Resort Summer collection. We spoke to Heidi Gosman about her designs and are delighted to share this with our readers.

When was the brand established?  The heidi klein line launched in  2002, just after we opened our first store in Chelsea

Where does the inspiration come from for the collections?  The inspiration came when we (Heidi and Penny) were out shopping for swimwear out of season and found that most department stores don’t sell much at that time of year.  The idea of a one-stop beachwear shop was born! I obtain much of the design inspiration from our customers in the stores who are the best focus groups to feedback on the perfect style and fit.

Are the prints exclusive designs for the collection?  Yes, I design all the styles and prints in-house at our office in London.

Are the designs available at retailers or online?  Yes, heidi klein sells in over 39 stores globally now in departments stores, independent boutiques and online via Net-a-Porter and

Does Heidi have a preferred honeymoon destination?  I loves Italy.  Portofino is my favourite destination for romance, fun, beach and everything.

Brides are planning their weddings outside of the main wedding season when cost is an issue, but they still want to look fabulous on their honeymoon, so a one-stop-shop for swimwear available all year round is a fantastic idea. The ranges are elegant and functional with great style details and accessories, ideal for any honeymoon or holiday destination.




Spring or Summer Wedding Idea

March 11th, 2014 by Kate

Once it is spring and the first buds appear with the warmer weather, it is possible to imagine the sun shining down on your wedding day. If you are looking for something rural, rustic or vintage inspired, consider a Glamping Wedding which promises all of these elements with a few home comforts just for good measure! Mill Farm has hosted several successful weddings along the Glamping theme, and these images show just what fun it can be to have something different. You can incorporate fun touches such as bunting or ribbon arches, or create a village fete feel with careful choice of accessories and make it a really informal and fun day for you and for all your guests, young and old.

Mill Farm Glamping is a lovely farm which offers a luxury camping experience. The farm is set in beautiful British countryside , the perfect setting for a glamping wedding or holiday.

Spa-rties the New Hen Parties

March 7th, 2014 by Kate

Jason Goldberg, Founder of ensures we have the top tips to ensure a bride and her hens can have their dream getaways. No drunken disasters, instead a heavenly pampering break surrounded by girlfriends. Spa-rties are the way forward for Hen Parties! have created this feature with the founder Jason Goldberg who is something of a ‘Spa Expert’ and he has done an exclusive Q&A regarding spa Hen Parties or ‘Spa-rties’

How many is the ideal number for a spa hen party?

8 is the perfect number for hen spa getaways! Most spas that are offering hen party packages will give a preferential rate for booking a group of 8 to 10.

Why are hen parties at spas so popular?

A spa party is one of the most relaxing hen parties you can have.  Everything is laid on for you so other than choose your treatments, there’s nothing else to do.  Also, spas provide the perfect relaxing environment to spend time with the people closest to you.  With many spas now offering more sociable space, it means you can enjoy talking wedding plans with your girlfriends

Are there any packages you offer on that you would recommend?

We offer a range of great spa packages starting from as little as £19.00 per person for a Hen Mini Spa Day.  Our team of experts are happy to find the best hen spa party package for brides to be.  For further information visit or telephone 08444 77 44 77.

When is the ideal time to take your hen party?

Unlike a night out on the town, a spa hen party leaves you refreshed and radiant for the big day so you can take your day any time.  However, if you are planning on booking in for a new facial we recommend you give your skin a couple of weeks, just in case there are any breakouts.

How do you achieve hen heaven at a spa?

You can make it as fun and relaxing as you like.  Some of our guests dress for the occasion with tiaras and special costumes enjoying a champagne tea, others simply prefer to spend some relaxing time catching up with their friends and family.

What are the most popular treatments for hens?

Manicures and pedicures are popular because you can normally have a few of you enjoying these treatments at the same time.  Another fun therapy is the Rasul, a chance for the ladies to enjoy a mud therapy session together.

Can I book an evening spa hen party?

Absolutely, many of our spas offer great value Twilight spa packages which normally include use of the spa facilities and refreshments.  There’s nothing better than relaxing in a hydrotherapy pool in the moonlight followed by a celebratory drink.


London Hat Week starts 6th March

March 6th, 2014 by Kate

London Hat Week starts this week and is a great time to look for the perfect hat for any occasion, not just for wedddings.

Atelier Millinery, an independent hat shop found in Kingly Court, Carnaby is the official hub for London Hat Week (LHW), a collection of events launching on Thursday 6 March. London Hat Week will celebrate every aspect of making and wearing hats in the city which is leading the worldwide revival of millinery. An exciting schedule of events will be hosted by LHW partners across London during the week, many of which will be free of charge. LHW will run from 6-12 March.


Visit Atelier Millinery to preview the ‘My Favourite Hat’ exhibition featuring the inspiration of some of London’s most famous hat personalities.

Hats continue to be ‘on trend’ this season and London is THE place to wear, make and buy hats. Everyone can experience the instant sense of style and confidence that putting on a hat can give during London Hat Week and with special discounts and retail promotions being offered at hat shops and showrooms throughout London and online, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a brand new style.

Atelier Millinery is one of Carnaby’s long-standing independent boutiques. As well as selling ready-made hats for men and women, the shop also creates bespoke hats and runs workshops where you can learn about hats for every occasion. Carnaby is in the heart of London’s West End, two minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, where over 150 brands of quality and distinction and over 50 independent restaurants and bars can be found across 13 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street. A unique experiential shopping destination, not to be found anywhere else in the world.

This is a guest post on behalf of Atelier Millinery. Georgina Abbott is the founder of Atelier Millinery, the Carnaby based retailer and hat maker for men and women awarded Microbusiness of the Year by the Federation of Small Businesses in 2013. Georgina was the Secretary of the British Hat Guild from 2005 – 2007, during which time she recruited Joanna Lumley as patron of the Guild. Becky Weaver is the Editor of Hatalk e-magazine with a readership of 10,000. Becky also founded Hatalk Social, an online community for hat enthusiasts around the world.

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