3 months of planning… in 5 points!

Happy New Year all! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last wrote – I had a number of plans for blogs, and then life and wedding planning sort of took over… and now here I am, six months away from the wedding. My goodness, I feel a little faint!

Here’s a round-up of what’s been happening, and what I have discovered along the way.

1. The Dress: I ordered it at the end of September, and it is a beautiful, light gold Maggie Sottero number. It is not something I would have picked for myself initially, as I had imagined . . . → Read More: 3 months of planning… in 5 points!

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The quest (for the dress) begins

Standing in front of the mirror this morning I inspected my lacklustre hair. I tried tying it up. I tried pinning it. I even tried one of Mr CB’s headbands (not as weird as it sounds – he has longish hair, and favours a slightly hippie-ish look when away from the corporate environment of The City). But, damn it, nothing would work.

And it was then, as I brushed my hair into a slightly different side-parting, that I spied a few gatecrashers between my black locks. No, not a pair of nits, but worse – some grey hair. There they were, as apparent . . . → Read More: The quest (for the dress) begins

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Vintage elegance for budget-conscious brides… from Topshop!

I love this beaded maxi-dress from Topshop’s new collection, and I think it could make an elegant, vintage inspired wedding dress – perfect for a more informal soiree. At just £225, the Snow Queen Maxi Dress is a steal for brides on a budget, and the loose column style should hide a multiple of sins! It’s probably not the best option for petite ladies like me, but if you are not vertically challenged then I’d suggest you check this out.

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Red carpet glamour

The 82nd annual Oscars took place last night, with Sandra Bullock winning best actress for her appearance in The Blind Side and the Hut Locker being named best film.

But who cares about the prizes? The red carpet glamour is just as important, and I couldn’t help but notice the theme of soft, muted colours and princess-style gowns sported by the Hollywood ladies, which could be used as inspiration for bridal-wear.

Let’s check it out:

Amanda Seyfried and Jenny Lopez went for dramatic and structured Georgio Armani Privé gowns.

Miley Cyrus and Cameron Diaz went for metallic numbers with fitted bodices and A-line bottoms . . . → Read More: Red carpet glamour

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Supermarket Sweep

If you are on a really tight budget, the following piece of news will be music to your ears – supermarket chain Asda will be launching a new budget wedding collection in May.

The range will feature wedding dresses for £60, groom’s suit, shirt and tie for £40, and bridesmaid dresses for £28… meaning you can probably dress your bridal party for less than £200.

The supermarket last week also hosted its first wedding, when Andrea Birchall and David Culverwell got hitched in the Ashington branch of Asda, in Northumberland.

Check out their wedding and listen to Fiona Lambert, brand director of George, discuss . . . → Read More: Supermarket Sweep

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Charlotte Balbier: The Modern Fairy Godmother

Designer Charlotte Balbier, the daughter of bridal powerhouse Amanda Wyatt, has been creating romantic, fairytale wedding gowns (with a quirky, vintage twist) since 2003. And she has really waved her magic wand over the recently launched 2010 collection, which features a wide range of dresses that are likely to have broad appeal.

Along with more classic pieces in beautiful fabrics, the range offers options for fashion-conscious brides – think short puffball skirts and forties-inspired tea dress hemlines. Also on offer are trends such as soft pastel shades and dramatic, ruffled single shoulder straps.

I love, love, love this range and the fact that . . . → Read More: Charlotte Balbier: The Modern Fairy Godmother

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