As wedding season seems to continue all year round, the struggle of trying to find original gifts or presents for couples or indeed the bridal party or family can be a frustrating task, especially when you really want to find something more thoughtful and unique (i.e not a toaster, photo frame or bottle of Champagne) but lucky for you, Not-Another-Bill have you completely sorted in this department, such a great concept and I was kindly gifted a surprise package myself which I thought I’d share!
Not-Another-Bill are stylish curators of tailored surprise gifts in the post either via a monthly subscription service or as a one off hand-picked luxury hamper. They aim to be the most unique gift service in t he world, whether it’s a gift subscription for the newly-weds to enjoy throughout their first year of blissful matrimony, something special to thank the ushers and bridesmaids or a beautifully curated hamper for the in-laws – with complete flexibility they provide a customised gift service like no other. All your gift giving dilemmas solved, basically and even better is they are offering London Bride readers £10 off a first subscription with special code BRIDE10.
SURPRISE FOR THE NEWLYWEDS
Their ‘surprise’ subscription service makes for the perfect wedding gift for newlyweds as you can choose to surprise them with a present, tailored to match their style preferences which you select, each month for 3 months up to a year. I love the idea that it’s something that continues for a couple of months or even well into their first year of marriage, rather than just a one off, the gift that keeps on giving! It would certainly make a very nice welcome back after the honeymoon when the back to reality blues kick in! They can even tailor the package for a 1st anniversary.
It’s not long now until BRIDES THE SHOW 2016 which we are very excited for especially since I (Charley), will be holding sessions in the VIP Lounge on Sunday, so we hope to see some of you there! We’ve put together a useful style guide on which suppliers and styles to look out for at the show!
We thought we’d put together a little style guide for those visiting so you don’t get too overwhelmed/distracted with the huge array of inspiration there, here’s what we think you may want to keep an eye out for although this is just a very small selection of the amazing suppliers and stylish offerings that will be there showcasing!
Brides The Show is taking place in Islington from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October, and if you have yet to get your tickets, then London Bride readers receive 25% off tickets with special promo code LB25!
We’re big fans of modern, fun stationery and the designs from e.y.i love are just that! We particularly like the Laura suite as seen with it’s bang on trend blush card and gold foil writing a winning design combo!
If you’re after something a little more bespoke and luxurious, paper gurus and designers Cutture produce beautiful laser cut stationery ranging from place names to signage to invitation suite designs that tell your story, all uniquely made and beautifully crafted. This feather invitation is bohemian yet timeless.
If you have more than a couple of bridesmaids in your girl gang, traipsing around the high street or sending out multiple dresses in a number of sizes via online stores can be a bit of a headache! Two Birds Bridesmaids make life much easier and more fun for you and the girls! There are a number of styles within their collections, but the dress is essentially the same, but can be tied and styled in different ways and in a huge variety of colours – whether you want matching or mis-matching there will be a style to please everyone (well, fingers crossed!).
Why not make a day of dressing up by taking gathering all your girls in London at the Maids to Measure boutique to find them each a dress that both compliments your wedding and their shape and style. From feminine floaty fabrics to sexy backs, the range of designs and fabrics are great to personalise each bridesmaid’s individual style and whether you’re a girly girl looking for peaches and pinks or going for classic navy or black they have so many colours to choose from!
Accessories + Shoes
I’ve personally known designer Debbie from Debbie Carlisle designs for quite a few years now and her bridal accessory collections every year get stronger and stronger. Her new collection ‘Wild Rose’ is ethereal, delicate and just the right amount of sparkle for boho, romantic or classic brides.
One of the UK’s leading shoe designers, Freya Rose bridal shoes encapsulate glamour and luxury in each design. The shoes have the most stunning detailing, and the Freya Rose signature of bejeweled adornments, sumptuous materials and inspiring embroidery make these shoes a work of art and definitely ones to show off! We love the little touch of lace and fashion forward (and comfortable!) ankle tie detail on this pair!
This is hard to just pick a few favourites as there are so many amazing bridal fashion designers that you can see more from at the show. There’s also the designer catwalk highlighting the latest trends and designs. However here’s a few we think you’ll want to make a stop by…
Many of my own bridal clients seem to want modern minimalist simplicity from a bridal designer, and Charlotte Simpson definitely ticks that box. Simple structures in stunning fabrics but with effortlessly elegant and feminine cuts are perfect for the contemporary and stylish fuss-free bride.
For those wanting effortlessly chic and timeless style with utter romance and sophistication then you can’t miss Halfpenny London. You’ll fall head over heels for the designs from Kate Halfpenny which include incredibly romantic laces, fashion forward fabrics, and feminine silhouettes that fit like a dream. I guarantee you’ll spend a while browsing through the dresses and just daydreaming…
Another modern designer is Andrea Hawkes, who welcomes individual ideas to create bespoke dresses for brides based on their collection of gowns. They work with you to either create a made to measure dress or for a one-off fully bespoke gown for those wanting something completely unique. Think luxurious fabrics such as European silks and French laces the dresses are made to a very high standard, which is clear to see in the designs.
London based Sanyukta Shrestha’s latest collections bring eco-luxe to brides with their luxurious and organic and fair-trade use of fabrics. The new collection is simply stunning with incredibly delicate fabrics and flattering styles that are effortless to wear.
There are a few highlights of Brides the Show for me. One is the catwalk, two is the cake, and three – it’s the flowers. The efforts of the florists showcasing last year was phenomenal, I spent hours at their stands admiring at their creativity, innovation and every perfect detail. If you haven’t got your florist yet, you’d be hard pushed not to come away from the show without one!
I recently met florist Fiona and was struck by her absolute passion, creativity and joie de vivre! Electric Daisy Flower Farm grows seasonal flowers on their very own farm for use in their floral designs for weddings and events. If you are looking to go for British seasonal flowers Fiona will be able to let you know what flowers you can expect around your wedding date.
Last year the stand from Hiding In The City was one of my absolute favourites (see above!). It was like a beautiful jungle, so green, vibrant and creative. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what florist Sarah will be creating this year, it’s bound to be very visually impactful and fun!
Last but not least, the cake! I’m very excited to see Georgia’s Cakes creations up close (here’s hoping there may be samples?!). If you’re looking for something fun, these are playful and creative.
Hope that small snippet round up of some stylish finds at Brides The Show 2016 has helped prepare you for the inspiration you’ll be inundated with (in a good way of course!) and look forward to seeing some of you there.
Brides The Show is taking place in Islington at the Business Design Centre from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October
London Bride readers receive 25% off tickets with special promo code LB25!
London Bride and bridal designer, Otaduy are holding a special one day showcase event for brides-to-be in London on Saturday 17th September for their ‘I Do’ collection. Come join us!
Today we have an exciting announcement about an upcoming event! We’ve teamed up with one of our favourite designers, stylish Barcelona bridal designer, Otaduy Bridal, for a special showcase event on Saturday 17th September of their new ‘I DO’ collection. As well as being able to see the dresses (and try them on!) I’ll be there to meet some of you lovely London Brides-To-Be and be on hand for any one-to-one styling or planning advice.
The showcase takes place at their beautiful London showroom near Camden (NW1 9XR) with myself and the super friendly Otaduy team there to welcome you, and not only will you be surrounded by beautiful bridal gowns, we’ve partnered with some of our industry friends to create a relaxed and inspiring setting with bubbles a plenty, pretty floral displays, delicious treats from the Canababes as well as accessories such as veils and shoes for you to style with the dresses.
THIS IS A VIP EVENT FOR ONE DAY ONLY SO THERE ARE LIMITED SPACES, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ALONG, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO ATTEND BY EMAILING: LONDON@OTADUY.CO
For now, here is a little look at their ‘I Do’ collection, glamorous days of disco, and free-spirited style…
Brides The Show is back! This Autumn visit London’s inspiring wedding show, meet with suppliers, get crafty, swoon over wedding day style and have fun being a bride-to-be!
This Autumn sees the exciting return of the excellent Brides The Show taking place in Islington, London from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October, and London Bride readers receive 25% off tickets with special promo code LB25!
Brides The Show is one of the best wedding shows there is and it’s the perfect chance whether you have just started your wedding planning or you need a bit of motivation mid-way through to have fun and be inspired. Having personally visited the shows the past few years, it’s a really inspiring event and of course a great chance to connect with suppliers, hear from experts and pick up lots of ideas for your own wedding. It’s one of those occasions to just truly enjoy being a bride and it’s definitely one to attend with either your fiancee, bridesmaids, mum or sister to make a day of it – indulge away I say!