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High street flower girls are go

In Bridesmaids, flowergirls & pageboys, Dresses on March 17, 2009 at 11:40 am
Flower girls have an alarming tendency of coming in not ones or twos, but threes or even fours. All that organza can stack up if you’re not careful. Luckily, if you avoid bridal shops and hit the high street you might just find something cute, fashionable, affordable and un-hated by its wearers. Who knows, they might (and this is of course a fabulous cliche), but they really might just wear them again.
1. Get flowergirl accessories from Monsoon. Their dresses are amazing too, and start from £55.

Flower coral hairband £5, satin ruffle ballerina shoes £20 both MonsoonFlower coral hairband, £5, Monsoon. Satin Ruffle Ballerina Shoes from Monsoon, £20

Monsoon dress wit ha vintage feel going for £62
Monsoon dress with a vintage feel going for £62

2. Go for the non-bridal girls dresses. Any long white girl’s dress with a sash ribbon at Marks & Spencer, especially in its Autograph range, is miraculously twice the price of its normal girls’ dresses.

Have more relaxed flowergirls with Marks & Spencer: white dress £25

Have more relaxed flowergirls with Marks & Spencer: pink dress £18, white dress £25

3. Try online kid’s clothingLa Redoute, Littlewoods or Boden do bright unpretensious summer dresses.

Pink floaty summer dress, £24, Boden.

Pink floaty summer dress, £24, Boden.

£16- £24 at La Redoute

£16- £24 at La Redoute

4. Have no fear of patterns. They can look remarkably chic.

Flowergirl

Tea dress, £16-21, Next

5. Co-ordinating colours can work too. And if the girls are sisters, they can re-wear them more easily.

Boden gypsy dress, £22

Boden gypsy dress, £22

6. Love the High Street. Next, BHS and Debenhams are big winners. Even Tesco can look cute on really little ones.

Flower Embroidered Bridesmaid Dress £30, Signature Vintage Bridesmaid Dress £36, both from Next

Flower Embroidered Bridesmaid Dress £30, Signature Vintage Bridesmaid Dress £36, both from Next

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The Great Hunt for the cheap, slinky wedding dress

In Dresses, Uncategorized on February 20, 2009 at 11:54 am

The hunt for an affordable wedding dress is a long and arduous one. The hunt for an affordable, slinky, 1930s inspired wedding dress not made of polyester or covered in stains, is a long, arduous, grueling and time-consuming one. Here’s a load of general tips for finding a cheap wedding dress that I blogged about earlier. Here’s where the hunt has taken me so far:

1. Personal shopper at Selfridges – Great service with two assistants running around the designer floor looking for non-bridal designer dresses. I found this amazing blue Balenciaga dress. Unfortunately it was £1300. Oh.

2. Oxfam Brides – see my earlier post on this.

3. Ritva Westenius Despite being outrageously posh, they were very nice here. I found two beautiful dresses, ‘Eleanor’ and ‘Gilda’, which I’m now scouring the net for second hand versions in size 10. Anyone?

Ritva Westenius Gilda

Ritva Westenius 'Gilda'

4. Caroline Castigliano. Here I was asked by a very frightening Miss Haversham type what sort of wedding I was going to have, as she eyed me up, trying to work out how rich I was.

“A nice one?” I replied. It went downhill from there. The only slinky, non-meringue dress was by Sharon Hoey. Again, I’m now on the hunt online for a second hand one (size 10, bias cut, cowl back,no cleavage anyone?)

This lady is selling hers for £1000, which is sadly little steep

This lady is selling hers for 1000 euros, size 8

5. Etsy seller Miss Bombshell ticked my fancy with this silk charmeuse number.

Miss Bombshell's 1930s dress. Found by etsywedding.

Miss Bombshell's 1930s dress. Found by etsywedding. $500

Reiss to the rescue

In Bridesmaids, flowergirls & pageboys, Dresses on February 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm

For the more relaxed bride, Reiss has some chic cream cocktail dresses on sale. There’s also some silvery satin stilettos on sale. Have a look at the three-tone cream, nude and grey stilettos in their spring range. They are sensational.

On sale in Reiss for £100
On sale in Reiss for £100
Jamie dress from Reiss

Jamie dress from Reiss

There’s also some re-wearable dresses for bridesmaids.

Coral Reiss dress

Coral Reiss dress

Success at Oxfam Brides

In Dresses on February 10, 2009 at 8:44 pm
One Oxfam bridal gown

One Oxfam bridal gown

So, I’ve blogged about Oxfam Brides before, on Credit Crunch Weddings Dresses. However, now I can blog with the benefit of experience. Yes indeed, I am now endowed with the experience of one Leatherhead Oxfam Bridal department, just round the M25.

After a particularly filling afternoon tea on Leatherhead’s High St, my friend and I (both soon to be wed), headed off to our appointment upstairs at Oxfam. Admittedly, upstairs at a charity shop is not where most little girls imagine finding their dream dress. However, the assistant was very nice and didn’t seem to have any Cruella De Ville tendencies at all. There was a good 80 dresses, 79 of them unworn and direct from designers, and hardly any were nasty polyester.

More to the point, my friend found her dress, an raw silk, ivory, high halter neck, mermaid creation for £300. I’m sure it was by some outrageously expensive designer, but the labels had been cut off.

Leatherhead bridal shop

Leatherhead bridal shop

It’s probably time you made all your white wedding dreams come true at Oxfam Bridal.

O how do you solve a problem like bridesmaids?

In Bridesmaids, flowergirls & pageboys, Dresses on February 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm

It’s enough to turn you to Andrew Lloyd Webber. OK, nothing could be that bad. However, The Bridesmaid Issue is a thorny one. The more popular you are, the more The Wedding God punishes you. Here’s how to keep bridesmaids costs in line with your bank balance:

1. Buy plain high street dresses. Reiss, J Crew and Banana Republic will give you some thing nicer, cheaper, more fashionable and less taffeta-based than any bridal shop.

J Crew's Erez range

J Crew's Erez range

2. Each bridesmaid has their own colour. If Sex in The City can do it, so can you.

Sex in the City

Sex in the City

Indeed, you can even create a rainbow icecream effect, like these lovelies:

By Kay Unger

By Kay Unger

3. Bridesmaid’s all wear black. This marvellously simple tip was was sent in by Elizabeth. See what else the lovely Elizabeth has done to keep prices in check for her wedding here.

4. Don’t have bridesmaids. If you’re over 30, or are developing fine lines, it’s undignified anyway.

5. Go young with bridesmaids. The younger they are the less they’ll realise what a cheapskate you’re making of them.

6. Let them wear what they like. They’ll probably thank you. No one ever uses bridesmaid’s dresses again, however much they lie to you they will. It’s a science fact.

7. Buy hair accessories, matching ribbons and bouquets, not dresses.