Hello lovely readers! I hope you are all well and enjoying the slightly lighter nights. We’ve been talking recently about wedding fashion, focussing on our humble highstreet to find drop dead gorgeous outfits for your Bridesmaids, Groom and Best Men and I couldn’t help but think we’re missing an important person from that little line up. Yes. The Bride!
So to complete the set I thought I’d set about finding some stunning wedding dresses from the High Street that are all totally affordable. As always, we’ve picked out styles to suit a range of weddings from 50s vintage to bohemian, 1920s to classic so whatever your style, we’ve got it covered in this little round up!
Grab a cuppa and biscuit or 2 and enjoy!
Highstreet Wedding Dress 1: Classic Lace
BHS? Who knew! This absolutely stunning full skirted lace dress is just perfect for the classic bride wanting a timeless and vintage look. Featuring a flattering V neck line and keyhole back, this dress oozes elegance and at just £150.00, it’s the perfect choice for brides who want a big dress on a budget. Team this wedding gown with oodles of hydrangeas and simple jewellery for the perfect fresh spring style.
Highstreet Wedding Dress 2: Short 1950s
So firstly shall we just mention the price? £75.00 for this gorgeously sweet prom style lace dress is an absolute steel! Channel your inner Brigitte with the flattering scalloped bardot neckline and cropped sleeves and and get set for some serious twirling with the gorgeous full skirt. The detail is all in the lace with this dress so jewellery can be kept sweet and simple. The shoes however, go for a pair of statement killer peep toes and wow with luscious bouquet of peonies.
Highstreet Wedding Dress 3: Relaxed Boho
Oh my! So a little more pricey for this one but compared to Designer dresses, this stunning sheer floral lace gown from Free People is a dream at just £400.00. With its relaxed flutter sleeves trimmed in eyelash lace and flattering scoop back, this dress oozes feminity and cool and would be perfect for a relaxed outdoor bohemian styled affair. Think about layering different length necklaces and bangles, keep the makeup natural and the hair freshly tousled and add a range of texture and deep colours to the bouquet and you’ll be on to winner!
Highstreet Wedding Dress 4: Beaded 1920s
The most expensive out of our High Street round up but you do get a lot of dress for your money. If your budget won’t stretch to a Miss Packham number, then this stunning 1920s style beaded gown is sure to impress. Heavily embellished with shimmering beads and sequins this full length dress creates a flattering silhouette and features a small delicate train. This dress shouldn’t be seen without a champagne saucer and an arm draped in beads and a gorgeous embellished headpiece, for a gorgeous 1920s vintage look.
Highstreet Wedding Dress 5: Hollywood Glamour
A little more understated than the beaded gown, we move towards old Hollywood glamour. I just love this simplicity of this dress and the price too! Featuring an elegant draped neckline, this stunning satin gown creates a slim silhouette and has a subtle fishtail hem and caped sleeves. Go for a bold lip and a classic vintage up do and don’t be scared to add some statement jewellery to really create a wow factor!
Highstreet Wedding Dress 6: 60s Shift
Oh I just love this dress! Perfect for intimate or city wedding and for a bride who wants to feel relaxed, pretty and elegant; this stunning 60s inspired dress from Monsoon has really got all the boxes ticked. The subtle floral jacquard pattern adds a little texture along with the hand-ebellished detail to the neckline and the shift style cut is most flattering. Oh and did I mention there’s the cutest jacket to match too. Team it with bold pops coral and aqua for a fun and flirty look or go classic with stunning white blooms.
So there we have it, 6 drop dead gorgeous wedding dresses from the High Street which won’t break the bank. Which are your faves? Come and let us know over on Facebook or browse our Wedding Dresses board over on Pinterest.
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Hello D&J’ers. How is everyone?
We are getting back into the swing of things and our wedding season is slowly starting. We have had a few consultations over the last couple of weeks with couples who have already booked us to cater for their wedding and we have met up again to discuss the finer details of their day, mainly their drinks reception and catering options.
It seems a good and opportune time to talk about Pimms. This is still the reception drink of choice for many of our couples as it fits so well with our Afternoon Tea, nothing says ‘Summer Wedding’ more than this flavoursome long drink.
We have masses of pieces for you to hire to create a stylish drinks station for your Pimms – drinks dispensers, jam jars, wooden crates and we can create bespoke labels for your straws and glasses. See our full hire inventory here.
We often get asked how much to provide for guests – we can all quickly throw together a jug at home, but trying to work out specific quantities and costs for a guest list of 100 is a little tricker.
My own Pimms is usually laced with a glug of gin (Hendricks or Bloom are my favourites) but you may need to tread carefully with that at your wedding!
One part Pimms to three parts lemonade is the usual guide. If you like yours a little less sweet, then try substituting half of the lemonade for ginger ale.
For more ideas on a summer wedding, read our blogpost here
For 100 guests, each having two 70cl tumblers
4 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms
12 x litres of lemonade
Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw
For 100 guests, each having two 200ml jam jars
10 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms
30 x litres of lemonade
Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw
If you don’t like the taste of traditional Pimms, then do give their Blackberry and Elderflower a whirl.
And oh my, what could be better for a balmy summer’s evening (here’s hoping we get a few of those!) than a Pimms ice lolly.
Hello D&J readers! It’s that time of year when everything in the shops turn red and pink and love is in the air. That’s right it’s Valentine’s Day (14th Feb 2015 – just in case) and to get us in the mood we’ve rounded up some of the loveliest paper pretty in the shops and online. Whether you want to spell it out loud and proud or be a little more subtle we’ve got the perfect way for you to say “I love you!” this V.day!
ps. That lovely featured image is by the gorgeous Emma Cleveley Photography
1. The Pretty One
‘V is for Valentine’ – Paperknots – £1.95
V is also for Very Pretty. I adore this Valentines Card with its lovely pattern and colours plus a cheeky little message, it’s the perfect way to let your loved one know that you find him rather quite dashing! Be sure to check out others in the range over at award winning Paperknots.
2. The Bespoke One
Personalised vintage map heart card Bombus - £9.00
Ok firstly, £9.00 for a valentines card might seem a little high but hear me out, this is so much more than a card. As illustrated below this bespoke card is a little treasured memory that you can show off and display in a gorgeous frame. Bombus use vintage maps and custom make your order to highlight a particular place, city or country. Perhaps its where you had your first date, where you got engaged or your fave holiday spot, this card is the perfect way to highlight those special places and memories and decorate your home too!
3. The Crafty One
Concertina Valentines Day Card- Craft Lou on Etsy – £7.50
Say ‘I love you’ in style with this crafty little number! I love the bright colours and the quirky folded style, this is a little card with a BIG message. You could always have a go at crafting something similar yourself why not stuff it full of confetti to create… well a mess... but we all love a bit of confetti hey!
4. The witty one
I Was Going To Write You A Poem… Card – Veronica Dearly - £2.75
Ahh I love Veronica Dearly, her simple but witty designs make me chuckle on a daily basis. Forget Roses are Red, Violets are blue, this is the card for those who want to say I love you in an anti V.day way!
5. The Illustrated One
Valentines Card – I Love You To The Moon & Back Oh No Rachio – £2.80
Making the world prettier one illustration at a time, Oh No Rachio’s designs are striking, simple and just plain gorgeous. I love this card to the moon and back!
6. The Cheesy One
Cheesy Valentine’s Day Card – Becka Griffin Illustration – £3.25
If you’re looking for the cheesiest card around then you’ve found it! I love this one from Becka Griffin Illustration, its lighthearted but not too soppy and perfect if your other half happens to be a cheese lover! I love the little heart cheese too – cute!
7. The Vodka one
‘You’re the vodka’ – Carline Gardner – £2.75
Nothing says I love you like pouring your loved one their fave tipple after a long day at work! If you’re quite partial to a vodka and tonic then raise a glass and celebrate that you’re the perfect match! Cheers!
8. The Geeky One
You’re The Only One Binary Valentines Card – Newton & The Apple – £2.95
Release your inner geek with this card from Newton & The Apple who have a a whole host of quirky gifts. I’m still scratching my head a little over this one but I love it all the same!
9. The Almost Married One
‘I’ll Be Your Wife’ Valentine’s Day Card – Slice of Pie Designs - £2.45
Ahh the sweetest of the bunch! Hands up all the 2015 brides – this is the perfect card to show your excitement with this lovely simple card. Just think this time next year you’ll be blissfully married. Eeek!
So there you have it love birds a sweet little round up of all the lovely Valentine’s day Cards, whatever your plans are, have a great one.
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