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Recycled wedding dresses? How terribly eco.

In Dresses on July 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm
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Deconstruct old clothes and turn them into catwalk pieces

Cover off “something borrowed” by walking down the aisle in a recycled wedding dress. It will keep your carbon footprint light and fluffy and your wallet with a few pennies left in it.

For East Londoners, Junky Styling are specialists at creating something new from recycled clothing. They can either scour second hand shops and jumble sales for you to find beautiful pieces of lace to make your dream eco-dress or alter and re-fashion a piece of clothing you bring in. Run by Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager and a team of designers on Brick Lane, they’re immensely creative and admirably unpretentious. They’re not wedding specialists, but sometimes that can be a good thing. Here’s some they made earlier…

A little bit of rouging and a buttoned off-shoulder cowl neck

Recycled wedding dress by Junky Styling. Groom, bride's own.

Recycled wedding dress by Junky Styling. Groom, bride's own.

Layers of vintage lace add interest to a simple silhouette

 Vintage lace gets a make-over

Vintage lace gets a make-over

Shortening an old wedding dress gives instant modernity.

Take a wedding dress, then shorten, add ruffles, and voila. Your wedding dress = pimped.

Take a wedding dress, then shorten, add ruffles, and voila. Your wedding dress = pimped.

And if you’re really really on a budget, you can always fashion a wedding dress out of old white T-shirts…

A few T-shirts, some sewing skillz and by golly, that's your wedding dress sorted.

A few T-shirts, some sewing skillz and by golly, that's your wedding dress sorted.

Click here to see instructions

Click here to see instructions

Vases to outshine your flowers

In Decoration, Flowers on May 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The cost of wedding flowers is an outrage. It’s a science fact. Luckily though, you can make up for any paucity of flowers, dodgy DIY centrepieces or lack of floral complexity by  the clever use of containers. Here’s the Credit Crunch Bride’s guide to vases to outshine your flowers:

1. The single stem vase. Elegant AND built for those with a very tight flower budget? This is as good as a baby without the childbirth.

Put single tall blooms in single stem vases for maximum dramatic effect

Put single tall blooms in single stem vases for maximum dramatic effect

2. Apothecary bottles a.k.a chemist’s bottles. These are perfect for the shabby chic look. For proper collectibles go here or here, otherwise you can pick them up on eBay for about a pound a pop.

Apothecary bottles

Apothecary bottles

3. Vintage bottles – Perfume bottles, old coca cola bottles, whatever the junk shop offers really.

4. Teapots. If you’re hesitating over doing that Alice in Wonderland theme, this could be the tipping point.

Teapots give flair to any floral arrangement, not matter how messy

Teapots give flair to any floral arrangement, not matter how messy

5. Jam jars. No country wedding is complete without wild flowers in jam jars.

6. Tin cans wrapped in pretty paper. An ultra low budget option for the baked bean eating bride.

7. Tureens and silver cups.Not necessarily cheap, but certainly cool.

No rose can look average in a silver goblet.

No rose can look average in a silver goblet.

8. Mismatching vintage vases. See Style Me Pretty’s eBay finds.

With this outrageously over-priced ring, I thee wed

In Rings on April 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Ladies, a ring is a symbol of your love and commitment. It’s not an exact replica. A big rock does not mean he loves you more, neither is it physical proof of how valuable you are in this world. If you’ve chosen to marry the man you love rather than a balding billionaire, you may have to compromise a little in the one carat diamond stakes.

Hand made ring made by manipulating the silver while molten

Hand made ring made by manipulating the silver while molten

Best starting point is to dare to be different. If you insist on a platinum ring with a single solitaire diamond (brilliant cut, natch) and then a matching platinum wedding band, the Wedding Industrial Complex will make you pay big time. Diamonds are not the only stone; platinum is not the only metal.

Concrete rings surely must symbolise permanence. From 22designstudio

Concrete rings surely must symbolise permanence. From 22designstudio

Here’s some less eye-wateringly expensive, alternative ring choices:

1. Don’t wear one. My mother never wore one, and has managed being married for 34 years and counting. Indeed when I was a child, she once told me rings were symbols of slavery (she’s since denied this).

2. Yellow gold is very fashion forward. For some it’s the metal of grannies and gypsies, but it’s half the price of platinum, hardwearing and is making a come-back in the fashion world.

3. White gold. This is basically gold with a coating. You may need to get it re-coated at points, but it’s still cheaper than platinum.

4. Titanium. If you’re an active woman, or star frequently as one of the rollerblading, sports-loving extras in tampax adverts, you may want an unbreakable, unscratchable, lightweight, titanium ring. It also happens to be easy on the credit card.

Titanium. If it works in hip replacements, you know its forever.

Titanium. If it works in hip replacements, you know it's forever.

5. Go vintage. Portobello Market in London has a series of antique jewellery stalls which have hand-cut Victorian diamonds bigger than your iris for much less than a new diamond.

5. Use your engagement ring as a wedding ring as well. The ground will not open up and swallow you up if you have just one wedding band not two.

6. Try semi-precious stones. See my earlier post on this.

7. Choose an unusual cut or design. What your ring lacks in expense, it makes up for in imagination.Make it round, marquise, emerald, princess, radiant or pear.

8. Embrace flaws. A slightly yellow diamond or one with a tiny flaw goes down in the gemology ratings. If you want a big rock, just get a flawed one. No one will know, unless you’re in a habit of whipping out your gemology certificate and pointing at the clarity rating your stone has. Anyway, slightly coloured diamonds have more character.

This is no ordinary ring. This is a laughably cheap ring.

In Rings on February 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

You know the credit crunch is really crunching when Marks and Spencers start selling an engagement ring and wedding band set for £18. It comes in 4 sizes, with a ‘M&S’ hallmark on the inside. Perfect for the really loyal M&S customer.

Not quite a month's salary, unless, of course you're a very poorly paid illegal immigrant

Not quite a month's salary. Unless, of course, you're a very poorly paid illegal immigrant

Read the Daily Mail article here.

Meanwhile Ernest Jones is selling a nine-carat white gold ring for £115. Their cheapest engagement ring costs £275. Also, ‘Jazz it up’ is selling engagement rings for £150. See article here.

Alternatively, you could go for:

1. A vintage ring. Portobello Road is a good place to look.

2. A wooden ring. The planet will thank you.

From Simply Wood Rings

From Simply Wood Rings

3. An online ring at mydiamonds.com.You get much more diamond for your buck apparently.

5. A non-diamond ring. Moonstones, pink sapphires or even your birthstone are far less identikit than your average solitaire diamond. Look at stones here.

Moonstone

Moonstone

Another theme for the flat broke: country vintage

In Decoration, Themes on February 11, 2009 at 10:07 am

Here’s all the ingredients you’ll need:

1. Mis-matched bone china. Scour car boot sales or hire it from The Utterley Sexy Cafe.

The Utterley Sexy Cafe

The Utterley Sexy Cafe

I found this lady on a forum – you could try emailing her to borrow her collection: popiz01@hotmail.co.uk

Mis-matched vintage teacups with La Duree style macaroons

Mis-matched vintage teacups with La Duree style macaroo

2. A tin bath to cool champagne (ok, cava).

Vintage cooling methods

Vintage cooling methods

3. Vintage brooches. Use on cakes, to tie together ribbons etc.

4. Luggage labels for placenames.

5. Cakestands. Glass ones, natch.

6. Parasols, and probably a copy of Jane Eyre.

7. Afternoon tea. How terribly English.

8. Pearls, draped over flowers.

Other themes you might like:
Another theme for the penniless: English village
The ultimate credit crunch theme – 1930s, the Great Depression

The ultimate credit crunch theme: 1930s depression

In Themes on February 8, 2009 at 11:56 am

I love the morbidity of this theme. Post-flapper, post Wall St. crash, this is surely the most appropriate theme for 2009. It was when the rich just partied, because there was no money to be made.

Guests can dress as 1930s stars – Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Laurel & Hardy, Ginger Rogers or even Mrs. Wallis. And Shirley Temple for little girls.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

You even have a Ginger Rogers style wedding dress:

Ginger Rogers dress from Swing Time

Ginger Rogers' dress from 'Swing Time'

Ginger Rogers in her wedding dress

Ginger Rogers in her wedding dress

The first dance could be ‘Brother wont you spare a dime’ by Rudy Vallee. Too bleak? Perhaps. More cheery is ‘Two sleepy people’ by Hoagy Carmichael, written in 1938, or ‘Coffee in the Morning (and kisses in the night)’ by the Boswell Sisters.

Other wedding themes you might like:

Make it ethical

Another theme for the penniless: English village fete

Something old, something older

In Dresses, Themes on February 6, 2009 at 12:08 am

Vintage can be the cheapest of all themes. Followed closely by ‘shabby chic’. Here’s how to win at Vintage in a few easy steps:

1. Get a repro dress made – Find a fabulous vintage dress, then get it copied. The one below is from a museum, but would probably look far better on you.

1930s antique dress with bugle beads

1930s antique dress with bugle beads

2. Raid your grandparents’ attics – everything shabby can be used.Old jars, old fabric, even old suitcases.

Battered old suitcase becomes box for programs

Battered old suitcase becomes box for programs

3. Get guests to go vintage. A 1920s theme is easy for example. A pencilled on moustache for the chaps, a couple of tassels and headbands for the ladies, and suddenly the ice is broken. It’s one of the peculiarities of the English that their incredible stuffiness can be dispelled with the aid of a few items of fancy dress.

4. Roll out a vintage crooner – not necessarily any more expensive than Dave’s Disc, and altogether more classy.

Other wedding themes:

Make it ethical

Another theme for the penniless: English village fete

In Decoration, Themes on February 3, 2009 at 11:46 am

An old-fashioned English village fete is an inspired option for those wishing to ward off the bailiffs. You can be quite loose about the period, and it’s ideal for all things hand-made. The perfect ingredients for this theme are:

1. Its all about Outdoors games. Boules, croquet, badminton are your classics. Giant games like jenga and dominoes can be bought cheaply here.

Giant garden chess game

Giant garden chess game - only £29

2. English garden party food and drink. Old-fashioned pink lemonade in glass jugs and Pimms in the garden is perfect on a summer’s day in England. Canapes could be tiny Yorkshire puddings, mini cucumber sandwiches, miniscule quiches. Then a picnic lunch followed by cupcakes.

3. Penny sweets, such as you find in an old-fashioned English sweet store make even the most miserable aunt nostalgic. Put gobstoppers, rhubarb & custard, humbugs and any other penny sweets in old-fashioned glass jars, and come 10.30 everyone will be dipping in. You could even have these instead of flowers on tables. Find them here for £12.95 a jar.

Penny sweets

Penny sweets

4. Jam jars for flowers. You and your family need to acquire a sensational love of jam and marmalade over the coming months to make this happen. That, or jam bulimia.

5. Picnic blankets will create that air of festivity. You can use throws and bedspreads, though they’re likely to get ruined.

6. Deck chairs. Even a couple will help set the scene.

Deckchairs

Deckchairs

7. Bunting and endless ribbon is totally compulsory.

Bunting made from Cath Kidston fabric from Scrummy Things

Bunting made from Cath Kidston fabric from Scrummy Things

8. A gramophone for your pre-dinner drinks is hard to find but just too memorable not to mention. Splash out by hiring a giant one here. Alternatively, scour antiques shops. If that fails, beg, borrow or steal from friends’ granddad’s. Or finally, hire a venue just because it comes with gramophone and gramophone records, like Middleton Lodge in Yorkshire. You may have to arm-twist a small cousin to wind it up at intervals, but that’s probably part of the charm of it.

Other themes you might like:

Another theme for the flat broke: country vintage

The ultimate credit crunch theme – 1930s, the Great Depression