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Bold Brave Beautiful – Your Style

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Wedding Wear to Reception & Your Honeymoon – The Bride Guide!

Your big day needs to be as bold, beautiful and unique as you.  That’s why it’s important to have the right attire to match your own individual style, be meaningful like your marriage and help you stand out, while staying comfortable.  Whether you like traditional or your own personal flair, here are some fun ideas for fabulous fashions that you can tie into your big day.

Two Wedding Dress Alternatives!

Who says you need a big ball gown?  Not us!  Some brides prefer not wear a huge dress to weight them down.  If you want comfort, style and flair, here are two fun alternative bride looks to let you love your wedding day without breaking your bank!

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Corsets are back and they are “Haute”, “Hot”, “Haute!”.  Many traditional dresses use them as a top, so don’t let the word scare you.  You can combine them with a flowing blouse, wear them as is and then combine them with a long skirt for a polished, elegant and show stopping look.  If you really want to turn heads, you could go to the “dark side” and try a black Victorian bustle skirt with a traditional white or off white top. 

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Here is a fun combination for a vintage bridal look.

Cotton corset combined with the vintage cotton petticoat

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But what about your bridesmaids?  Simple, have them try the same corset or go with a similar style like one below.  By choosing the right color combinations, you could help your outfit pop and steal the show! 

The Jacquard corset combined with the black Victorian bustle skirt or the long white side slit skirt

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The Mother of the Bride

You don’t want Mum to feel left out.  Try one of these gorgeous gowns to let her grace the aisle when she walks you down it.  

The Siren

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The Soft and Comfy Criss Cross Gown in White

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The Honeymoon!

There’s nothing more romantic than your honeymoon.  You can heat it up for a “haute” time with these fabulous styles f honeymoon lingerie at night and sultry swim suits during the day.

Lingerie:

Traditional White Satin and Lace Bustier

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The Strappy Stretch Lace Bra in White

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The Ainsley Raw Silk Steel Boned Corset

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Black Ruffle Mesh Sarong

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Super-soft Wide Neck White T-shirt

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Shirred Tab Side Swim Bottoms

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Your wedding attire doesn’t have to break the bank.  Thanks to our friends at Hips&Curves you can have fun, traditional and unique styles that meet your own preferences and styles. 

A Little More Food For Thought

Wedding Flowers – Take Your Time?

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Flowers have an important role to play at a wedding, both in the actual ceremony and the reception. They are usually colour coordinated with the whole wedding theme, and can use up quite a substantial part of the budget. They bring not only colour, but also offer elegance, style and fragrance to the environment they are in. In fact, for many brides, choosing an imaginative and talented wedding florist is just as important as choosing the dressmaker, cake, or photographer.
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Not only do they decorate the church or wedding venue itself, they are used on the top table, as table centrepieces, not to forget the bride’s bouquet and that of the bridemaids. It is also tradition for the mother of each the bride and the groom to be given a bunch of flowers at the end of the wedding breakfast. So, obviously the bride wants the flowers to be right.

397564914_6698e52b9c_oWedding flowers are also hugely symbolic. The bride can incorporate her favourites, her mother’s favourites, or types of flowers that evoke certain memories. A lot of care should be taken when choosing your flowers.

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The people who tend to wear a flower corsage on the day itself are the parents of both the bride and groom, grandparents, and any other immediate family members who are not in the  wedding party. Anyone who is undertaking the role as an usher, or doing an important reading or speech, will also usually wear a flower.
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There is no etiquette rule as such for who should wear flowers in buttonholes, often guests decide to get their own corsage for attending a wedding, or some brides arrange to have one made for every guest, it really just depends.

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If you want a long lasting keepsake then you may opt for a high quality silk floral bouquet. This will then last a lifetime and more, allowing you to even pass this down to your children and grandchildren. Real fresh flowers can be pressed and preserved to an extent, but silk alternatives are a good idea if you really want your bridal bouquet to become an heirloom.

The Mother of the Groom

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In a wedding, a lot of attention is paid to the Mother of the Bride. The Mother of the Groom is an equally important role. She is about to take part in a very important day in her son’s life, so it is important that she have an active part in the festivities and feel a part of the new family that is forming.

Her Role in the Grand Affair
motherofthegroomspeeches_bWhile the Mother of the Bride traditionally takes on many of the pre-wedding planning responsibilities, many modern couples are including the groom’s mother as well. If your son is getting married, it is a good idea to let your daughter-in-law to be know that you are ready to assist in any way she and her mother need. You do have some key traditional roles as well.

6a00d83451fe0769e20120a5ba68c0970cOnce the engagement is announced, be sure to invite the bride’s parents over for cocktails or out to dinner. This allows you time to meet and get to know each other. If you already know each other, this is a perfect opportunity to congratulate each other and see what the preliminary plans are for the wedding, and what additional assistance you can offer. You should also arrange a dinner to introduce the bride to the rest of your son’s family.

stephs-hen-partYou will attend the Hen Party and bring a gift. You also have your role at the wedding, such as standing in the receiving line with your son and dancing during the mother/son dance. In addition, you have an important role the day before the wedding: the rehearsal dinner. You and your spouse will be responsible for paying and planning the rehearsal dinner, including sending out invitations and managing RSVPs.

dreamers-wedding-planner-cutting-costsIf you are unsure about what additional roles to take on and want to be sure that you don’t step on anyone’s toes in wedding planning, offer to the bride and her mother to help them manage the invitation list for your side of the family. This can be especially helpful if they are planning a large wedding. You will know the contact and RSVP habits of your family members better than anyone. Offer to gather addresses and make follow up calls to your family members to ensure everyone gets their reply back in time for wedding planning.

What to Wear for the Big Day

The other important thing for the Mother of the Groom to know is what to wear. The Mother of the Groom’s outfit should complement the wedding and coincide with wedding colors. It should also never clash or overshadow the dress for the Mother of the Bride. Traditionally, the Mother of the Bride will contact you to let you know what dress she has chosen, so that you can match color and style appropriately. If she does not contact you, reach out to her so that you can get the information you need. You can also relay the information about color and style preferences to your family members so that wedding guest dresses do not overshadow the wedding party.

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Top Wedding Mother of the Groom Dresses

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Top Wedding Mother of the Groom Dresses

If you are looking for a good way to bond with the Mother of the Bride, consider inviting her for a Mother’s Day Out to shop for dresses and plan hairstyles and make-up. Shopping together means that you both ensure dresses that complement each other and the wedding itself. Getting your hair and make-up done together is a fun and relaxing way to prepare yourself and get to know each other.
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As the Mother of the Groom, you have a very big day ahead of you. Your son is about to begin his life with the woman he loves. Enjoy the day and all of the excitement that leads up to it and congratulations. 

Article Author: Daisy Flipper

Planning Your Perfect Wedding

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Planning a wedding requires so much work. You have to find a location for the wedding and the reception. You have to figure out who will be in your wedding party – which often involves an heated discussions with your mother over how many bridesmaids you’re allowed to have and whether or not the Maid of Honor counts towards that limit. You have to figure out who will officiate the wedding and plan getting your marriage license. If you’re not already living with your beau, you also have to decide who keeps what house or apartment and how the two of you are going to fit all of your things into one place – or what has to go.

Planning a wedding is a huge ordeal, and I’ve only scratched the surface of what you will have to take care of. Most brides handle the bulk of their own wedding planning, often with the help of their mothers. That means that you are handling the caterer, the dresses, the flowers, the decorations, and other wedding accessories. It can be overwhelming, which is why it is important to find a place that can meet most or all of your wedding planning needs.

Top Wedding offers brides to be a one-stop shop for wedding planning. From wedding gowns to gift bags for your guests, they offer everything you need to make your wedding a day to remember.

Gowns & Dresses

Wedding Gowns – Every bride has her own personal taste in wedding gowns. Some want to look like a princess. Others prefer a sophisticated and modern look. Top Wedding offers a wide selection of bridal dresses, including gowns for autumn or spring, luxury dresses, Disney Brides, vintage dresses, and reception dresses for after the ceremony. If you and the groom are already expecting, they also offer a lovely selection of maternity dresses that will leave your guests in awe.

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SWEETHEART LACE AND TULLE WEDDING DRESS ADORNED
WITH BEADINGS AND FLORAL DETAILS – £152.28

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WITH BUTTONS BACK – £114.38

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DAKOTA – STRAIGHT NECK TWO TONED LACE AND TULLE MERMAID BRIDAL GOWN – £191.98

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YESSENYA – STRAPLESS SEQUINED SATIN AND TULLE MERMAID WEDDING DRESS £216.78

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STRAPLESS LAYERED EMBROIDERY MERMAID WEDDING DRESS WITH BOW DETAIL £165.00

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 YARINA – TULLE A LINE WEDDING GOWN WITH RHINE STONED HALTER AND WAIST £113.00

Bridesmaids Dresses – It is important that your bridesmaids compliment you and look lovely while doing so. Top Wedding offers a wide variety of bridesmaids’ dresses in different styles, materials, and colors. Whether you want light pastels, deep bold colors, or natural tones for an autumn wedding, they will have something that you and your bridesmaids will love.

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NILSA – STRAIGHT CUT STRAPLESS CHIFFON BRIDESMAID DRESS WITH SIDE DRAPING £76.81

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MERLENE – SPAGHETTI STRAP CHIFFON AND ELASTIC
SATIN BRIDESMAID DRESS WITH PLEATING £58.19

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PAULISA – SPAGHETTI STRAPPED FLOOR LENGTH RUFFLED CHIFFON PROM DRESS £76.48

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ROSANA – SHELL PINK SWEETHEART CHIFFON BRIDESMAID DRESS WITH LACE UP BACK £59.84

Mother of the Bride – Dresses for the mother of the bride are just as important as wedding gowns. This is an important day for her, and she should shine as well. Whatever your mother’s preferred style and color of dress, she will find something that both of you will adore.

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PLEATED TAFFETA MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESS WITH RUFFLED HEM £85.11

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ALLOVER PLEATS FEATURED TAFFETA MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESS WITH FLORAL HEM £92.43

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ZONIA – TWO TONE LACE AND CHIFFON MERMAID MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESS £108.39

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ROBINET – SEE THROUGH BODICE LACE AND SATIN COLUMN
MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESS £103.08

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ROBERTENE – OFF THE SHOULDER SATIN TRIMMED LACE
MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESS £83.13

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TWO TONE STRAPLESS SHEATH PLEATED SHORT
MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESS WITH FLORAL WRAP £98.40

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Wedding Accessories

When it comes to wedding accessories, Top Wedding has everything that you need to ensure a lovely ceremony and reception. All you have to worry about are the flowers and the cake. From serving sets, cake toppers, and toasting glasses to guest books, ring pillows, and confetti, they have thought of everything. They also have lovely gifts for guests to take home as keepsakes. If you’re concerned about the plain tables and chairs at your favorite venue, they also offer beautiful tablecloths and seat covers.

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While the idea of running all over town with your mother or Maid of Honor to hunt down the perfect accessories may seem exciting, it is also an exhausting prospect. Instead, offer them some light snacks, your favorite drinks, and sit inside and peruse your one-stop shop for your very special day.

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