Many of our couples are in the midst of postponing their weddings due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But if you’re planning to rearrange your wedding for a winter celebration, you’ve come to the right place, as we share some incredibly elegant winter wedding inspiration at Dorfold Hall. Think cool blues, lush greens, and subtle hints of peach. Plus, a tall cake, momentous flowers, and incredible fashion.
If you are looking for a very special something blue, or if you are looking for something to remember your wedding day by, or perhaps even something to pass on to your daughter on her wedding day – then the new range of lace garters from The Wedding Garter Co. is definitely for you.
Hand made in lace sourced from a long-standing family of lace makers, with every pattern hand drawn and every bead sewn on by hand, these lace garters really are something to treasure forever.
And not only that, but they are made in The Wedding Garter Co.’s ancient workshop just outside the beautiful town of Bath, England.
Achingly pretty and so feminine, they really are the final piece of any Bridal outfit. Even if the only person who gets to see it is your Groom.
….something borrowed, something blue.
Any bride worth her salt knows this mantra off by heart. As I romped my way towards my big day (and I don’t mean that in the naughty sense) this quatrain played on my mind endlessly.
What would my something blue be?
What should I borrow?
And from who?
Whilst I’m not superstitious, there’s something about getting married that compelled me to adhere to this age-old tradition. It wasn’t so much the ‘bad luck’ issue if I didn’t fulfil the stipulations of the rhyme but more a sense that I’d be missing out if I didn’t. And since I’m not intending to get married again I really wanted to make sure that I had all bases covered.
And so I did….
I’m not going to tell you lovely lot what each of these four tokens were as I want to save that for the great unveiling of the whole wedding later this year on these polka dotted pages. Instead I’ll be talking you through some other alternatives which will hopefully inspire you on your journey.
Traditionally the preserve of Great Aunt Edna’s diamond broach or Granny’s emerald ring, modern day brides are taking a new direction when it comes to their ‘something old’.
Some are opting for classic scents whilst others are appropriating vintage lingerie. I particularly love the idea of wrapping the ends of your bouquet with an old handkerchief belonging to a favoured relative.That way you’ve also got something to mop up your tears too should you become a little emotional.
Something that’s becoming more popular is to use parents’ or even grandparents’ cake toppers on your modern day sweet treats. I love how kitsch they look as well as the fact they come laden with memories.
Lastly if you’re after something a little more discreet, why not take a small square of your mother’s wedding gown and have it sewn inside your own frock – it’s almost like wearing two frocks at the same time.
Well I did say almost…
Frankly ladies this portion of the ditty relates to pretty much anything new that you purchase for your big day. For a start I’m guessing that the majority of you have bought a new dress, right?
Be it vintage or otherwise, it’s still ‘new’ to you and so that box is effectively ticked. So I have… ahem…taken the liberty therefore of putting together a wishlist of sorts for you gorgeous lot to enjoy.
The great thing is that every single one of these beauties is actually available to buy right now.
Yes you heard me…now girls form an orderly queue will you…
I’m currently having a bit of a rose gold/ copper moment.
Hell, when am I not?!
So I just couldn’t resist introducing an element of this hue into the board. The point being that there’s no reason why you lovelies can’t purchase that pair of earrings/ glistening bangle/ statement necklace that you’ve had your eye on for what seems like forever and introduce it into your bridal outfit.
At least you know that you’ll wear it after the day is over and it will bring back some amazing memories too.
Whilst traditionally the wedding rhyme relates solely to the bride’s outfit, I see no reason why in this day and age you can’t mix it up a little bit and apply this rationale to other parts of the wedding day.
Does a relative own an amazing vintage car that you’d love to drape tin cans from the back of and drive off in for your first journey as husband and wife? What about attaching a borrowed beautiful pocket watch to your bouquet to ensure that you arrive to the church on time?
Perhaps it’s a handed down antique veil that’s been in your family for years or a delicately embroidered garter; either way I love the memories that accompany such ‘borrowed’ items. There’s a sense of belonging to a wider collective, a story bigger than our own tale, a sense of family I suppose. And that’s what it’s all about.
Perhaps my favourite ‘borrowed’ item is an old pen to sign the register with. Imagine how many other marriage adventures have started with the same flick of the nib…
Those of you who read my bridesmaids inspiration post will already know that I love the colour blue. It’s immensely flattering and looks good year round regardless of the season and location.
I won’t bore you with historical references and the significance of the colour blue. Instead I’m providing a plethora of pretty to help you make up your mind about how to introduce it into your outfit without being overwhelmed by it.
Most of the brides I’ve known have either had a blue ribbon sewn inside their dress or a blue embroidered inscription stating something significant but your options are seemingly endless. Why not opt for blue shoes or a piece of jewellery with aquamarine stones? Perhaps you could kill two birds with one stone and provide your guests with favours in this hue…
There’s no reason why you can’t ask your maids to carry the blue mantel for you and literally wear the colour themselves. Personally if one of my girls asked me to wear this exquisite blue Elie Saab gown I would have NO objections.
If it all seems a bit much then asking your florist to introduce blooms with a slightly blue based tinge is a subtle way of injecting the colour into your day.
So how important is it to you to follow this ‘recipe’ for marriage success? Is it just superstitious nonsense or is it something that’s close to your heart?
What will you be borrowing for your big day? And I want to hear all about your something blue…
Also did you know that there’s actually a last line to this bridal ditty – ‘and a silver sixpence in her shoe’? My mum actually bought me one complete with Queen Viccy on it.
Now aren’t I a lucky girl…
All my love Lolly xxx
Let’s talk about one of woman kinds most delectable obsessions. Because let’s face it folks, what was it that led Prince Charming to the most beautiful bride in all of story book fiction?
Her flowing golden locks? Her pouffy swishy ballgown? Her ability to cook a mean Sunday roast?
No, Nope and triple Nada.
What lured his royal handsomeness to our favourite fairytale heroine was in fact the most perfectly fitted high-heeled SHOE.
And because the RMW team like to give you what you want, we have searched the United Kingdom far and wide for the prettiest soled fancy available. You lovelies have been asking and asking for this particular inspiration so we hope there is at least one pair here that makes your heart skip a beat ( and your Bank Manager not have an actual heart attack)
Usually I like to finish these style savvy pieces with my favourite, this time however I’m going to start with the one I love the most – variety being the spice of life and all that.
The Cream Of The Cinderella Crop
The ANA peep toe court by Ted Baker, made from a sexy shiny textured leather. I can’t imagine anything more glamorous poking out from beneath your bridal gown. £140.
Charlotte’s “Go With Everything” Picks
If you really want a colour pop but are concerned about a potential W-day frock clash then you can’t go wrong with soft greys and muted neutrals, they work with both bright white and ivory.
Dune have come up trumps with this seasons glitzy toe-detail selection that could just as easily be worn to the office Christmas party ( if you even need “another wear occasion” to justify a purchase that is)
From left, Jadored £110, Gerard £250 and Jezzamina £110.
Attention Grabbing Metallics
I have never owned a gold shoe. But I would VERY much like too – especially if they were as gorgeous as the diamante studded Gisella platform from French Connection. £95.
And if gold isn’t your fairytale thing then how about bronze? these Haisley beauties from Miss KG are just the prettiest and a bargain at only £65.
Subtle And Sophisticated Satin
If girly pearly princess is your choice du jour then the Harmony by Kurt Geiger maybe right up your street. Another poke-out-from-underneath-your-gown winner. £110.
Something blue? something sparkly? something chic? Well then, Jitterbug also by Kurt Geiger ticks all of the requirement boxes. £100.
Cinderella’s ACTUAL Pair?
If I were to take a genuine guess as to what shoes Madam ‘Rella actually wore to dance the night away with her ultimate fantasy man then I would simply say this: Crystal Encrusted.
Because seriously – if you were allocated a fairy godmother that could deliver ANYTHING you desired you just would wouldn’t you?
And if you want a similar look for the Big Day then I suggest you check out Benjamin Adams, they offer closed toe, peep toe and sexy sling-back swarovski ladened styles.
From left: Gaga £250, Charlize £299 and Electra £250.
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