Last year, we ran a competition to win an amazing wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture. Our lucky winner was Hannah Barnecut who got married in July this year. Hannah chose the stunning No.9 Bridal Couture dress ‘Olivia’, and we are sure you will agree she looked amazing.
What I felt when I won the competition…
When The Wedding Community told me I had won, I couldn’t believe it! I’m never that lucky, this sort of thing never happens to me, and I couldn’t stop smiling. I was not going to spend much on my wedding dress, so when I found out I had won one I was so happy and excited.
Why I chose the dress Olivia…
I looked through all the dresses in the No.9 Bridal Couture collection and Olivia stood out; I’ve never seen a dress like it and thought it was lovely. I thought it would look good on me and it was different to all the other dresses I have looked at.
How I felt when I put the dress on for the first time…
When I first put the dress on I felt amazing and couldn’t stop smiling; I knew straight away it was the dress for me. I didn’t want to take the dress off and I couldn’t believe how much it suited me.
Additions to the dress…
When I went to try the dress on, Linda from No.9 Bridal Couture suggested having a petticoat built in to the dress to make it bigger, and she also made a matching veil for me which was really long and pretty.
What I felt like when I walked down the aisle…
I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. It brought a tear to my eye, and I felt amazing. My husband also had tears in his eyes when he saw me.
Our thanks go to No.9 Bridal Couture for providing this amazing prize.
As you know, The Wedding Community gets very excited when it’s National Wedding Show time. The main reason is we love to see the catwalk, and what the bridal wear trends are going to be for the following season. The catwalk this autumn was just as spectacular as we had hoped, and with front row seats we were able to witness the splendour in all its glory!
There was and abundance of glitter, lace, ruffles and ruching, which are all set to be hot trends for bridal wear in 2014. If you are going for a picnic style wedding, there were beautiful outfits for the glamping bride and groom By Hazaar of London, Lucy Bennett and Moss Bros, and there were also bold shapes on this autumn’s catwalk, such as the statement ‘hourglass’ dress with shoulder detail by Atelier Hanny Bienkowskiej.
We’ve been busy updating our Bridal Collections 2014 section on the blog, adding lots of stunning collections from top bridal designers. So, If you’re looking for your dream wedding dress, or just want to see what the hot dress styles are for 2014, check out the latest collections from the following designers (more collections will be added as and when they are released)…
‘My Perfect Big Day’ is a new tool from Simply Be which takes you through the process of what style of bride you are looking to be, focusing on timeless trends and inspirations.
Shopping for the perfect dress and the perfect accessories can be a minefield for a bride. ‘My Perfect Big Day’ wedding guide goes through the current trends that are in all the wedding magazines and blogs. Set to inspire through colour, key dress shapes, the perfect accessories and shoes suggestions, as well as invaluable tips on the right underwear for you and your dress needs, the tool makes suggestions based on body shape and style, tailoring the experience. It is a one-stop guide to how to look amazing on your big day.
With the launch of their new Bridal Boutique, Simply Be has thought of everything to ensure the bride and their bridesmaids look truly incredible on a very special day.
This weekend Ellie Sanderson Oxford will be holding a Gatsby inspired vintage weekend. They will have a massively extended collection of vintage inspired wedding dresses, for one weekend only.
From Jenny Packham glamour to Claire Pettibone soft vintage lace, topped off with a splash of gorgeousness from Eliza Jane Howell. There will also be an incredible collection of Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville dresses that are simply on trend for this inspiring day.
Complete your look with a gorgeous 1930′s style feather hair clip or a birdcage veil – so very Sassy. They will also bejewel you in their latest Jenny Packham vintage jewels and some glorious Yarwood-White pieces.
This event runs from Friday 31st of May to Saturday 1st June in the Ellie Sanderson Oxford store, 26 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HU.
To book an appointment with one of their stylists call 01865 558 444.
Special Offers and Discounts
There will be special offers on the day including 10 % discounts on selected dresses and some sale dresses which fit the theme.
A few weeks ago, top bridal and groomswear designers took to the stage to showcase their latest collections on The National Wedding Show spring 2013 catwalk. Stunning wedding gowns, stylish suits, flower girl and pageboy outfits, gorgeous accessories and beautiful occasion wear was all on show for a catwalk The National Wedding Show described as their “best catwalk show yet”, and we have the pictures to share with you…
Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique has launched ‘The Dressing Room’, a completely new customer service experience for it’s brides. Located in Beaconsfield old town, a short walk from their main boutique, The Dressing Room takes service to a whole new level, with a dedicated fitting, styling and post sales environment over two floors.
Bride’s who purchase their wedding dress from the boutique will be invited to visit The Dressing Room, stocked with a myriad of bridal accessories and a huge collection of designer wedding shoes, beautiful veils, fur wraps, garters and more. They will enjoy an individual bespoke styling appointment, where the advice surrounding the accessories, shoes and the ‘look’ can be given to fit the bride’s vision for their special wedding day.
The Ellie Sanderson experience ensures not only the selection of the dress is a day to remember, but for every visit back to Ellie Sanderson afterwards the bride is getting the very best attention, in a gorgeous, dedicated space with the widest range of quality bridal veils, accessories and shoes, and knowledgeable friendly sales consultants.
Ellie says “After 6 years of operating in this industry we have a very good idea of what is important to our brides. The fitting of the gown is top of the list so we have invested heavily in this new space which will give us a best in class service level in the UK bridal industry and keep us ahead of our competition.”
Ellie Sanderson – The Dressing Room, 11 London End, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2HN
This week instead of our usual real wedding pictures feature, we have the catwalk pictures from the Autumn 2012 National Wedding Shows to share with you. The catwalk featured bridal wear, bridesmaid dresses, groomswear, mother of the bride outfits, flower girl dresses and pageboy outfits.
Bridal wear retailers, including The Wedding Community’s bridal wear expert Ellie Sanderson, showcased the latest wedding dress designs, from full skirted princess style gowns, to sleek dresses with heavily embellished overlays.
The State of Grace is London’s only head-to-toe bespoke design, styling and beauty service for brides.
Previously an exclusive little black book bespoke fashion destination, The State of Grace clothes, accessories and styling have graced shoots and red carpet occasions for an array of women including Jerry Hall, Sade, Kate Moss, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Claudia Schiffer.
Now this increasingly renowned cutting-edge expertise is at a bride’s fingertips, with The State of Grace’s bespoke wedding dress design and styling services.
“We don’t follow trends, we create them – inspired by each new bride we encounter.” says Lucia Silver, Founder and Creative Design Director.
“Our creativity is unrestricted by the usual pressures to design off the peg collections more than a year before presentation; or to mass-produce our work abroad.
“The State of Grace can therefore pick and choose from the greatest talent and craftsmanship available in the UK and concentrate all our skills on making each bride look the best she possibly can!”
Working with teams of up to forty to fifty experts who are specialists in their field, The State of Grace delivers a seamlessly creative and focused vision from head to toe.
The Bespoke Process
You discuss your requirements, the nature and style of your wedding and any thoughts that you may have about what you would like with The State of Grace style and design team.
You look at portfolios and try on samples to get an idea of what you like and what suits you. You also browse through the huge selection of colours and fabrics. With their expertise, you then choose a design(s) and/or accessories and The State of Grace will take any measurements necessary to ensure a perfect fit.
They will then illustrate a new design for you and start to prepare your bespoke toile and pattern.
The Toile Fittings
If a toile or a ‘mock up’ of your garment is required, this will be ready at your next fitting. This ‘mock-up’ allows the team to perfect the design and fit. Before they create your pattern and cut into your final fabric, they will ensure that all the elements are correct and to your liking (the overall shape or silhouette, the neckline, the sleeves etc.). Further fittings may be needed with the ‘mock up’ if substantial changes have been made, otherwise you move into your final fabric. Your underwear and shoes are normally required at these fittings.
During your garment mock-up stage, the team will start to look at your styling and accessories. You can enjoy seeing your ‘whole look’ evolving and check that all garments and accessories are working well together with a wonderfully harmonised colour palette that perfectly suits your complexion.
Once your final fabric has been chosen, your garment is made and you will have your first fabric fitting. Usually only the hem and minor finishing details remain to complete.
Complete the Look – Styling as well as Designing…
The State of Grace will ensure that every woman is empowered to take control over how she wants to look and express herself on her wedding day. You will learn how to transform your look from something perfectly demure for your ceremony, through to something more exciting for your evening reception.
Personal styling is brought to bear with The State of Grace’s treasure trove of jewellery (vintage and modern), shrugs, capes, coats, veils, hats and head-pieces, shoes, bags and more. Absolutely everything can be custom-made or created from scratch for The State of Grace’s brides.
The expert hair and make-up technicians will ensure a totally polished final look that can be adapted throughout the day and evening should you wish.
By Appointment Only
Enjoy flexible appointment times at The State of Grace’s sumptuous studio in Notting Hill, London.
You will receive the advice and encouragement of a warm, discerning and qualified team of stylists and designers who will ensure you ‘step out’ looking your absolute best.
The State of Grace team can create a whole ‘head-to-toe look’ for you alone; a service you’d never find on the high street and, until now, only available to red carpet celebrities.
With fabric either designed especially for you or sourced from the finest purveyors in the UK and Europe, virtually all of the creative design and production takes place in Notting Hill itself.
The beauty of bespoke lies in the pure uniqueness of your outfit as well as the perfection of the cut, choice of colour and style.
Why Should You Compromise?
With prices often lower than leading designers’ collections bought off-the-peg, The State of Grace’s bespoke wedding dress design and styling services start from £2000.
The same VIP service is available to bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, maid of honours and of course, wedding guests.
Designed especially for you, this is an heirloom for the future and one that you may well wear again…
One of the big trends for 2012 and 2013 wedding dresses is the backless wedding dress. We are seeing this trend on all the catwalks and here at The Wedding Community we love them; a backless wedding dress is so pretty and feminine. We have chosen a few examples to show what is available, from deep plunging v-backs to delicate lace keyhole backs. Here are some of our favourites.