That’s right ladies, my search for the one is complete!
So you’ve all heard the story right? Girl spends all her time drooling over pictures of pretty wedding dresses, tries on dresses in a number of few bridal boutiques and decides on her favourite style. She has her list of dos & don’ts, knows the style she likes and the styles she definitely doesn’t like. And then, yes you’ve guessed it, she falls in love with a dress that is nothing like she expected!!!
I feel a little bit like a cliché but yup, that’s what happened to me. Obviously I can’t say anything about the dress – I still want some surprises for Dave – but I can say it was everything I thought I didn’t want and nothing like I thought I wanted.
As many others have said, the service at a bridal shop definitely makes all the difference. I have also had my share of awful places – the worst being a place where the sales assistant had decided that I was probably not going to be buying any dresses that day. She only saw fit to let me try 3 dresses on and was rude to a friend (needless to say I never went back there!). But for every bad shop there is a wonderful boutique, and mine was to be Signature Brides in Hythe, Kent. I can’t recommend the place enough, we had the whole shop to ourselves and I was allowed to try on as many dresses as I wanted. By the time we left for some celebratory bubbly (it would be rude not to) we had spent 2 hours there. The assistant made us feel so welcome, and the shop… Well it had a gorgeous glamorous sofa and a stunning full length mirror – what more does a girl need? The nicest part was that my mum was over from France and so was there to see me find my dress 🙂
Everybody Needs Some Feathers…
So, I can’t give you a picture of my dress but I can give you a sneak peek at my veil…..
yup, those are feathers on my veil 🙂
Thanks to RMW I have discovered a new love of feathers, I even made myself a feather headband for the Diamond Jubilee because I so desperately wanted a feather crown!
Anyway, seeing as the venue has an art deco feel I decided that I must have feathers in my hair in some way. Then RMW mentioned a sample sale happening in London in which HT Headwear were planning on selling off some stock, so I called my bridesmaid Claire and off we went on a veil hunt! I tried on every feather headpiece on sale (and the token non-feather piece, just in case) and after much deliberation and a lot of staring in the mirror, seriously I was stuck between two pieces for ages, I chose this piece. It is actually just a feather and bead clip but Helena from HT Headwear gave me a birdcage veil to go with it. So that’s another thing ticked off the list.
And A Bit Of Bling
As mentioned in my original entry, I am planning on making my own bouquet from a mixture of fabric flowers and brooches. Well, I have to admit that until going to the sample sale I hadn’t really done much on this, in fact I’d done nothing! But, while there, our inner magpies spotted that HT Headwear were also selling off some pretty sparkly brooches, one of which had an art deco feel. Perfect! I got chatting to Helena about my plans for my bouquet, and to my delight she said she had a number of pieces back at her studio that I might like. She wasn’t able to sell for full price due to defects but was willing to sell to me. We e-mailed a few times and Helena sent me photos of all the pieces for me to pick from. When she sent them to me she even included a few older pieces for me to take the diamantes from, how lovely is that? Oh and she’s also said she’ll let me know if she has any more art deco inspired pieces! So here is my brooch collection so far…
Now all I need to do is to start to put it together! This is quite a daunting process. As you can probably guess I’ve never had to make a bouquet of brooches before, so for now I have just been searching for inspiration on how I want it to look. Here are a few of my online favourites…
So…..any of you having/making a fabric & brooch bouquet?
What do you feel about not being able to toss it to your lovely girlies afterwards? Catching a bride’s bouquet actually had quite an important role in our engagement – firstly I didn’t even think I was trying that hard to catch it, but the pictures say otherwise! Secondly as much as Dave got some stick for my catching ability he has said that this set his wheels in motion, and so operation ‘get Rebecca to say yes’ began!
It makes me sad to think I might not be passing on the baton (or bouquet!), so now I need to work on how I can get round this. One suggestion is to have a separate ‘throwing bouquet’, but I thought the bouquet needed to have gone down the aisle with you, or am I wrong? Another option (my favourite) is to have a little detachable part to my bouquet, but don’t even ask how I’ll make it detachable – I’m clueless!!
What do you lovely ladies think? All ideas welcome 🙂
The Charity Shop Hunt Is On…
Apart from the dress shopping, the most exciting aspect of planning the wedding is definitely the decorations! Well, it is for me! The Gatsby
So where does one start to look for these things… They head to the charity shops of course! Dave and I have become avid charity shop hunters – it helps that we have 3 a stone’s throw away from our place! Most weeks Dave will come home from work and tell me of another perfect item he’s gazed upon in the window (and sometime he’s right!). We love it, although be advised it is a dangerous hobby… If we weren’t being so strict on saving then I can guarantee our flat would be full of charity shop bargains! Only the other weekend we were both drooling over the most amazing globe – everyone needs a globe with countries made of precious stones, right?!
Anyhoo, here are a few of the items we have collected so far…..
So that’s it for now! Would love to hear about all your bargain purchases or any tips on where to get the best vintage pieces for not too much.
Here’s a last pic to leave you with – a ‘must have’ charity shop purchase – not sure of its use yet but it WILL be involved in the wedding somewhere!