Author Julie Moody
Tags Aleks Marian, Alice Taper Make up artist, Bridal ideas, Bridal location shoot, Bridal shoot, Gemma Huh, Gloucestershire bride, Lisa Ellis hair stylist, Nicole Analise Cox, Siobhan Beale photography, Wedding dresses, Westonbirt photo shoot, Westonbirt school weddings, Wiltshire Bride
It’s not often we get to ‘play bridal’, however an opportunity to do just that presented itself recently at the stunning Westonbirt School in Tetbury. Our team of Wedding Industry suppliers (‘Whitewed suppliers‘) brief was to create three Bridal looks: Boho, Classic and Romantic, concentrating on make-up, hair & wedding gowns adding the finishing touches with co-ordinating floristry.
Huge thanks to the very talented:
Photograper – Siobhan Beale Photography
Hair Stylist – Lisa Ellis
Make up Artist – Alice Taper
Florist – Wendy HOuse Flowers
View All gowns – www.harmonybrides.co.uk
BIG shout out to our beautiful models on the day:
Nicole Analise Cox
I’m sure you will agree the final outcome was AMAZING.
Planning a wedding can often be blighted by unexpected costs in our own experience here over the last twelve years many brides do struggle to keep to budget for a variety of reasons. Most frequently the cause of over-spend is due to unaccounted, unforeseen or unexpected invoices and bills. Hence our useful guide to ‘unexpected costs’ which will highlight or even explain how to avoid them entirely.
Being a bridal retailer we must start with alteration charges, otherwise referred to as Seamstress charges. We fully explain to all our brides that seamstress charges (final finish to hem, shoulders and bust line etc) are always in addition to the cost of your bridal/bridesmaid gown (s). Notably this can depend on fabric choice and finish i.e. a lace hemline will endure a greater fee than a standard straight edge hem. Alteration charges do vary greatly from one bridal retailer to another, as do when you are expected to pay them, some retailers secure payment up front, other’s you pay once the work has been completed.
We do recommend that you have all the relevant facts (fees) before committing to a gown(s), a reputable bridal retailer will be only to happy to supply you with at very least some guidance.
Accessories and Underwear
These costs can easily spiral, although not necessary if planned. Most brides will have ordered their gown at least seven months before their actual wedding date therefore now knowing ‘the finished look’ they are hoping to achieve for their ‘big day’.
Jewellery – Earrings, necklace and bracelets if not purchased can often be borrowed from a relative or friend (something borrowed – tick), or perhaps added to your Christmas or birthday list!
Shoes – Ivory shoes are not emerging as the next big thing in fashion anytime soon, we always recommend wearing ‘sparkle shoes’ that can be utilised and worn again after your big day. Whether you purchase a stunning pair of heels from Next or New Look or blow the budget on a pair of Christian Louboutin – do make sure they are comfortable.
Petticoats – Another item that can be purchased from almost all bridal retailers however, another saving if a friend or relative has a suitable petticoat you could borrow for the day. A petticoat is not an item that will be photographed, therefore does not have to be a new purchase, that said, it must be suitable to support the gown it is intended to be worn underneath!
Tiara or combs – Personally we are finding less brides are wearing the traditional tiara, more of our brides are opting for a ‘softer look’ and adding hair vines or hair clips and pins. These items are available in abundance in bridal retailers, high street stores as well as online, offered at a huge variety of prices.
Underwear – Comfort is paramount, and under most gowns plain works much better than lace and frills. A large selection of bridal gowns actually offer such great support that wearing a bra is not always necessary, especially those with low or open back detail. Your bridal retailer will be able to offer guidance.
Utilising just some of the ideas above will help you to keep your ‘bridal budget’ on track and alleviate any unforeseen or unexpected invoices and bills.