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Archive: May 2017

  1. Wedding Shoes

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    The Wedding Shoe Blog – guest written by my Girlfreind (because what do I know about shoes)

    Every girl loves a good pair of shoes, and when it comes to getting married it’s the perfect

    opportunity to become enthralled with choosing the most amazing pair of heels you’ve ever owned –

    think Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City and her obsessional hunt for the perfect pair of Manolo

    Blahniks. So when you’re on your hunt, there are a few things to consider. High heels make us feel

    amazing, glamourous and lady-like, but we are also all aware of the pain they can inflict after a few

    hours on our feet, so if you do decide you can’t be a bride without the highest of heels – good luck,

    and make sure you protect your feet with some gel pads. However if you decide you would rather

    not have to endure the discomfort on your wedding day you have lots of options – a break from

    tradition is ok. There are plenty of beautiful mid-heeled shoes for you to choose from that will still

    make you feel glamourous and won’t give you the pain that a day in high heels would. If you want to

    be truly comfortable though what about trainers? Some of you may think I’m a crazy person to be

    even suggesting such a choice of footwear for a wedding…..but you will be wearing the most

    beautiful gown you’ve ever owned, you will have stunning hair, perfect make up and already feel like

    a princess…really, who’s going to even notice your shoes? So what trainers should you go for?

    Depending on your style and personality you could go colourful and quirky or diamonds and

    glamour. Imagine a pair of bright red converse peeping out from beneath ivory lace to inject a bit of

    humour and personality to your outfit. Or you could get all crafty with a glue gun and crystals and

    completely bling up some white high tops – covering them completely to create shimmery twinkles

    emerging from underneath your dress, or you could personalise them with your initials. So it’s time

    to get creative and it’s ok not to stay with what tradition dictates – I’m sure Carrie Bradshaw would

    agree 😉

    Wedding Shoe

    Image courtesy of Benfield Photography

  2. Wedding Dress Advice

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    Wedding Dress Advice

    Wedding Dress Advice

    Image Courtesy of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography

    A couple of years ago, I worked with a model on a photo shoot for some of my promotional material and I wanted her to wear a wedding dress – this gave me an insight into how important wedding dresses really are to girls. She couldn’t wait to go and choose one, and I have never seen a more excited face when she found ‘the one’.  So, hands up who designed their wedding dress over and over again from the age of about 10? After asking the girls I know, most of them definitely did, so I realise that when you get the chance to actually wear one it can literally be like a dream come true.  But you’ve grown up, and the dress you imagined yourself wearing when you were a little girl may not be the one you eventually go for, so keep an open mind on styles when you first go to look.

    Wedding Dress Advice

    Image Courtesy of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography

    Some bridal boutiques require you to make an appointment but with others you can just turn up. If you’re going to do a few in one day remember that appointments can take around one and a half hours, so don’t book more than two or three at a time.  We are very lucky in Lancashire to have some fabulous bridal shops so do a bit of research and find the ones that you think are most suited to you.  Don’t automatically head for the cities to find a great boutique, the beautiful villages surrounding the Ribble Valley such as Whalley and Clitheroe have some gems which you shouldn’t miss.  Facebook reviews are great way to see if the customer care you may receive at different shops are what you would want, you don’t want to find the perfect dress somewhere only to have the experience ruined by poor customer service.

    Wedding Dress Advice

    Image Courtesy of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography

    Take honest friends with you! When you start trying dresses on, try a few different styles and colours – let your friends give you their honest opinion of what suits you as this will help you whittle down the choice pretty quickly – and don’t worry if your gang are a little short on words, tears from the mother of the bride or a best friend are a sure-fire sign you may be trying on ‘the one’.

    Remember to ask for details of the bridal shop’s alteration service for timings and prices as you will need to factor these into your budget.

    The dress hunt can be one of the most exciting tasks of your wedding planning and is a great way to include your mum, mother-in-law and friends in the experience. Happy Hunting!

    Wedding Dress Advice

    Image Courtesy of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography