I was excited to see that Charlotte Balbier has posted on her blog some images (admittedly small, but I’m guessing things are still a little under wraps until the official launch) of her 2010 collction – looks fabulously girlishly pink. You can follow her on Twitter too.
Just got an email from Jeff (thanks Jeff!) about a new online wedding planner he’s built called My Wedding Workbook – it has loads of extremely detailed planning tools, checklists, task calenders, and so on.
What with so many cool (and free!) planning tools online now, you barely need wedding planning books, though you still need to do something with all of the bits and pieces of paper you pick up along the way, so you could make a good argument for using both.
If you’re a classic apple shape, you’ll probably have a tendency to carry weight around your middle. On the up side, you’ll probably have fantastic boobs, and slim arms, legs and hips. Head straight to ‘dress-that-shows-off-great-bosom-and-hips’, do not pass go! The basic idea is to emphasise the illusion of waist, so a bodice with an A-line skirt is a great look for you, as are empire line dresses.
If you want to go strapless, avoid a bodice that cuts straight across – you’ll look much better in a dress with shaping to show off your cleavage. The other great option is going with a v-neck gown as it will do all of the right things: lengthening your neck, and minimising the width across your boobs and shoulders.
For skirts, go for a softly fitting skirt that skims the hipline, but avoid any fussiness or detail at your waist as it will emphasise it. If you’ve got slim legs, why not show them off in a tea-length gown with a fab pair of show-stopping shoes?
If you want a jacket with your gown, avoid box jackets – they’ll do you no favours. Instead opt for a gently fitted jacket.
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Body shape plays such an important part in what wedding gown you will suit. If you go to a decent wedding shop, they should be able to give you a look over and recommend a style, hopefully in a more tactful manner than Trinny and Susannah!
So what suits the hourglass figure? Well, as the bearer of an hourglass figure (yippee!), though sadly with short arms and legs and a long torso (curses!), I can start by telling you what hourglass figures DON’T suit, and that is anything that doesn’t go in at the waist, but rather hangs from the chest. It creates a rather unfortunate ‘shelf’ illusion, which will only make you look pregnant. So avoid empire line dresses (ala Jane Austen), and box jackets – they’ll do you no favours.
On the other hand, us hourglassers can embrace the fifties styles with relish – anything that pulls in at the waist and emphasises it is superb. Corset bodices will also make you look wonderful, and your groom’s eyes pop (just don’t do it up too tightly, or your eyes will pop too…!).
Fishtail skirts will make your legs look longer (big tick!), but avoid bias cut skirts – they’ll add a bit too much curve to your bottom half. Also avoid lots of pleating and ruffles, as they’ll make your bottom look bigger than your top half, turning you into a pear! A-line skirts are fab on hourglass women.
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I went to a lovely wedding exhibition celebrating 100 years of the wedding gown hosted by Kula Tsurdiu in Nottingham (it’s on until the 5th of June – if you’re in the area, it’s well worth checking out), and was excited to find out that Kula Tsurdiu are branching out into wholesaling, so if you love their gowns, hopefully they’ll be coming available in your area. I’ve been a huge fan since seeing their wedding dresses at the NEC bridal show. They’re gorgeous – beautifully made, with top quality materials.
If you know of any top end bridal shops who are looking for designers, mention Kula Tsurdiu.
Johanna Hehir only sell directly to the public, so if you’re interested in their gowns, a trip to London is in order. It might well be worth your time – there are some really beautiful wedding dresses, if you have the budget. If you’re happy to buy online without having the dress fitted, it works out cheaper, though you’re limited on the styles you can buy.
I’ve fallen madly in love with the dress on the left which is a copy of Audrey Hepburn’s first wedding dress. The boatneck gown in the middle is very pretty, and pleats is a new trend that’s caught my eye, and really is lovely.
Check out the Johanna Hehir website »
Vera Wang, the queen of bridal designers, has posted two Youtube videos of her 2009 collection – absolutely stunning, and the music is pretty cool too. Enjoy!
Edit: only one video now available online
Claire Pettibone’s wedding dresses seem to pull in a lot of influences from the past, particularly the 70’s and Victorian periods. Quite honestly, I’m not mad about them (though I love the left dress in the pictures below), probably because I was never crazy about either of those two fashion styles (I’m more of a 50’s fan), but I can see the beauty and romance in the dresses, and if you’re into more edgy, rock chick styles, Claire Pettibone may well be your cup of tea.
For all closet Disney Princess dress style lovers, you can come out – ballgown is back. Top designers all agree that ballgown is going to be a dominant style this season, so if you drooled over Gone With the Wind, you’re in luck!
Of course, if you really are a mad keen Disney Princess style lover, you could always go for the real thing – Disney have launched their own bridal range…!
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