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So I’ve been researching the Spring 2016 bridal collections from various designers this week and happened upon the Vera Wang Spring 2016 collection. I have long been an admirer of he classic Vera Wang dress. Reminiscent of an aspirational New York lifestyle. Clean lines, flattering, sophisticated. So what went wrong with this collection? I may be on my own here. though I doubt it, but this is the most vile collection of wedding dress designs I have ever seen. The majority are completely unwearable. Just imagine walking down the aisle in any of these. In my opinion, someone has seriously lost the plot. Anyway don’t take my word for it. Judge for yourself and please, please, please, leave a comment below.
Vera Wang Spring 2016 Collection
I’ll break you in gently with this confusing gown. Without the bow monstrosity on the front this could have been quite a nice dress. What is the point of the bow? It appears to be acting as a fancy sling for one arm. WHY?
The fabric on the outer skirt is gorgeous but why the short bit underneath? looks like the sort of thing a 16 year old would buy from the local cheap shop. And don’t even get me started on the greasy hair look. Have a bloody wash!
So yesterday I share my favourite gowns from Eliza Jane Howell’s Grand Opera Collection 2016. If you didn’t see if click here. One of the gorgeous dresses had a distinctive paisley design and I thought it would be apt to share some paisley wedding inspiration. It is very versatile. It can come in any colour and works really well with a country or vintage themed wedding. So here it is pretty paisley patterns.
Wedding Themes – Pretty Paisley Patterns
Your invitations give your guests a great indicator of your chosen theme and sets the standard or the day.
Love this classy black and white paisley stationery by Vibrant Weddings.
Love this brown and creamy white laser cut stationery by Invitations by Ajalon.
Just a touch of paisley can add real personality to your wedding party outfits.
Love these sunshine yellow paisley bridesmaid dresses.
Or add a huge dose of elegant sophistication with this blue Vera Wang paisley gown.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this paisley bridal gown by Eliza Jane Howell.
And a paisley tie for the groom and groomsmen ties the whole theme together easily. Read more
Now I love wedding dresses. One of my biggest wedding planning regrets is that I only tried 2 dresses on when I get married. Now I am lucky as I get to touch, drool and photograph lots of different styles of gowns to feed my addiction. To me a wedding dress is probably the most glamorous and expensive thing you will ever wear. Make it count and ratchet up the sophistication a notch. What better way to do that than with the Eliza Jane Howell Grand Opera Collection 2016. As the name suggests the collection evokes glamour from a bygone era. Effortless chic in flowing fabrics, intricate beading, feathers and classic silhouettes. There is even a bit of paisley. When did you last see that in a wedding dress?
So today I am bringing just a flavour of the collection. There are more to ooh an ahh over on the website.
Eliza Jane Howell Grand Opera Collection 2016
Soft, flowing Belinda with gorgeous shoulder and sleeve detail.
I do love a long sleeved wedding gown. Tis figure skimming Angelica is a beauty. Imagine the sparkle off this beauty under the evening lights?
The back view of any Eliza Jane Howell dress is as show stopping as the front and Lady Lucille is no exception.
Super flattering bodice detail draws the eye in on this cap sleeved gown that looks amazing the with fringed Juliette cap veil.
Beautiful metallic Juliette with beaded fringed sleeved, plunging neckline and shimmering silver beading.
Just look at the art deco inspired fabric on this beauty, Fleur. Also love that elbow length gloves are making a comeback.
Fabulous feathers and sparkly beads make Chianti a total knockout.
And here’s that paisley I was telling you about. How to make a statement at your wedding in one slinky Venus dress.
So there you have it. Just a little glamorous taster of the fabulous Eliza Jane Howell Grand Opera Collection 2016. Which is your favourite? Would love to hear from you.
So the details of the wedding are set and now you can concentrate on the honeymoon. The problem is that narrowing all of your options down just one location can feel impossible. That’s why honeymoon cruises are becoming increasingly popular. One day you can be laying on the beach topping up your tan, while the next day you’re transported to a completely new location to explore. That’s just one of the benefits though.
Honeymoon Planning Should You go on a Cruise?
You already have to do enough work balancing the books when it comes to planning your wedding. You don’t want to go through the same process all over again. Honeymoon cruises are all-inclusive as standard which means that your meals and the provided entertainment is included in the original price. Now you can spend more time having fun rather than worrying about your bank balance. Facilities like spas, pools, gyms, and internet access are all included on larger vessels nowadays, too, so they’ll never be a dull moment.
You Get to See Multiple Locations
Don’t worry about being stuck on the boat for the whole trip either. You’ll have the opportunity to stop off at popular destinations along the way. This is a great way for you to both see more of the world together. Cruises operate in locations all around the globe. Whether you’re in the mood for something tropical or a trip into the tundra, there’ll be an option for you. From here, you can try out some of the local cuisine or go shopping for souvenirs. This is a much more economical way to travel across multiple destinations when compared to flying.
Honeymoon cruises are typically available in several different tiers, often dubbed celebration packages. This allows couples to decide on what kind of activities or services they value rather than having to pay for things that they aren’t interested in. These might include spa treatments, breakfast in bed, or professionally take photographs. When booking, make sure to specify that this will be for your honeymoon. Some cruise lines offer trips that just focus on couples, while other service-providers may be willing to throw in some free amenities to make your trip that little bit extra special.
Bolsover Cruise Club currently offer a range of different options ready for 2015 and 2016. Take a look and see if there’s anything that inspires you.
It’s not just the celebrities that are heading off abroad for their weddings. More and more couples are choosing to go somewhere very special for their magical day. It’s much easier than it used to be. If a special destination wedding what you’re thinking about, then take a little time to look into your ideal venue for your nuptials.
Plans for the UK
The UK certainly has wonderful wedding venues. From beautiful country house hotels, to smart and chic city places. Now that the laws about licensing marriages has been changed, any number of exotic venues to tie the knot are also available.
So how do you get your family and friends there? You want everyone to be together, so why not consider a rental bus? You may have seen these characterful vehicles, beautifully decorated, taking a group to a wedding. Organise a central point where people travelling from further afield can meet, preferably with a car park and near a train station. You can then bring everyone to your venue and give them a chance to chat and enjoy the company before the ceremony and the ensuing wedding breakfast.
Bringing Family and Friends Together for a Magical Destination Wedding
Plans for abroad
It’s a popular choice today to go abroad for a wedding. And it’s not as difficult to get yourselves there as well as your family and friends. After all, it’s a special occasion, so why not make the most of it?
Imagine you want to go to many regard as the most romantic city in the world for your wedding, Paris, or one of the world’s friendliest countries for that special occasion, Ireland. Of course, you might choose a destination that’s much further afield. The Caribbean islands are popular, as is America (you could even choose Las Vegas!). Iff you really want to push the boat out, then Australia or New Zealand can be ideal destinations for your special day.
The great thing about Paris and Ireland is that they are so close to the UK and have fantastic air and sea connections. For example, you can easily get tickets from Edinburgh to Paris, as well as from other UK destinations, and you can also book your flight to Ireland with no trouble.
Think of Paris, the Eiffel Tower serving as a stunning backdrop as well as the exquisite buildings lining the banks of the Seine. Don’t forget the beautiful boutiques and department stores. Who can forget the amazing patisseries? Paris cuisine and hospitality will do you proud.
Ireland,no matter where you go, will give you céad míle fáilte, a hundred thousand welcomes. You can head for the vibrant cities of Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Remember that Belfast is Northern Ireland, so it is officially a part of the UK. Or find a castle or country house in the wilds as your backdrop.
Friends and family don’t have to spend a fortune to get there. Arrange a limo to pick them up at the airport and give them a taste of luxury as they travel on.
Weddings abroad are an event in themselves. Explore your options, choose your country and venue and enjoy this extra special occasion with your loved ones.