Whilst planning your wedding, the process of selecting your wedding dress can be long, arduous and time consuming… But there is nothing like the moment when you find the right one.
Your wedding dress will be a perfect expression of you: it will showcase your personality, as well as (hopefully) complimenting the theming of your day flawlessly.
Different dress styles evoke different emotions and set different moods - from romance to confidence and playfulness to elegance… Your wedding dress is more than an item of clothing…
Brides-to-be often try on multiple dresses before choosing ‘The One’, as it should truly reflect who they are at their core and speak to them.
It is important to be open-minded in your wedding dress search, as some dresses will suit your body shapes and others will not - this is not a reflection of you and not a negative. It is important to try on different dress styles and shapes and see which makes you feel most beautiful.
A-line dresses hold a fitted bodice with a relaxed flare from the waist down.
An effortless style that fits a variety of tastes, ranging from classic chic to modern and romantic, a-line dresses may appeal to the bride looking to blend classic and modern elements.
You have an appreciation for simplicity and sophistication, whilst wanting the detailed delicacy that can come from the embellishments on your dress.
2. Ball Gown
The Ball Gown is infamously characterised by its fitted bodice and volumous skirt. Think classic, elegance, romance…
Personally, I think of tulle - lots and lots of tulle (although this isn’t necessarily the case).
The Ball Gown bride is the Disney princess bride… you’ve kissed a few frogs and love a fairytale ending. You exude timeless elegance and and embrace a romantic and traditional aesthetic.
You might even have horse and carriages to whisk you away at the end of the night…
The figure-hugging Mermaid dress emphasises a fitted bodice and flares dramatically at the knee.
Screaming confidence, elegance and attention, Mermaid dresses are not for the introverted bride.
If you’re looking to make an entrance (if being the bride isn’t quite enough), and demonstrate your bold charisma and unapologetic glamour, the drama and extravagance of a mermaid dress may be for you.
4. Sheath / Slip
Defining the sheath dress is its streamlined silhouette that falls straight from the neckline to the hem, gently grazing any curves but, generally, falling sleek.
For the bride that desires modern minimalism and refined elegance, a simple statement like a sheath dress may be the choice.
You’re confident and appreciate the understated sophistication of the style.
Why not pair it with a statement pair of heels to add a focal point?
The Bohemian gown is characterised by its flowing fabrics, delicate whimsical designs and boho-chic aesthetics.
For the free-spirited and laid-back bride, this style screams artistic and at one with nature.
You often experience wanderlust and need to feel connected to the world around you.
6. Suit / Two-Piece
Suits/Two-pieces provide a modern and stylish alternative to the traditional wedding dress.
This bride embraces their individual style with confidence and independence and don’t desire to conform to traditional norms; but exude effortless power and sleek elegance.
The strapless dress is for the confident and daring bride.
You are bold and fearless, making statements and drawing attention to yourself; adventurous; and flirty, embracing your lively personality, enjoying the freedom of movement and showing off your shoulders.
Long-sleeved dresses can fit in many of the categories mentioned throughout this post, but they are known for their sleeves that extend beyond the shoulders.
They’re perfect for the modest, classic bride who loves timeless beauty.
Whether it be puffed tulle or delicate lace, sleeves add sophistication to any dress.
9. V-Neck / Plunge
V-neck/Plunge dresses can vary massively in their style, ranging from a shallow to a deep V. The deep V creates a striking and sensual look.
For the bride that screams confidence, femininity and desires to make a statement.
You love glamorous and sultry aesthetics, and love to stun the room with your alluring sophistication.
The halterneck dress provides a flattering neckline that wraps around, creating an elegant and chic look.
For the graceful and elegant bride, with a refined taste in fashion and appreciation for the intricacies of design.
You are confident, independent and embrace modern style through a contemporary silhouette.
Tea-length dresses fall into the ‘midi’ range - where they sit between the knee and ankle.
This style is for the vintage brides, who want to add a touch of whimsy and playful charm to their day.
You have a love of retro fashion, are playful and thrive on the nostalgia of vintage styles.
Short wedding dresses are for the casual and non-traditional bride, and can be perfect for an outdoor or destination wedding.
This bride is practical and active, favouring comfortability and movement; youthful and vibrant; and relaxed, opting for a less formal style to break away from convention.
You might place great focus on another aspect of your wedding attire, like your shoes, as they will be on show in a way they may not have been with a longer dress.
The wedding dress search can be very stressful, especially with a herd of people around you giving their opinions - solicited or not. It is so important to remember that you are the person wearing the dress; you will be the person in the photos; this is your day.
It is so important to choose a wedding dress that aligns with your personality - as this will create an authentic and unforgettable look that will be true to you.
Prioritise how you feel about each dress, what resonates with you and which makes you feel the most comfortable, beautiful, confident and unapologetically true to you.
*NB: The suggested personality traits are generalisations and can vary from person to person. It is important for each bride to choose a dress that resonates with her own unique personality, style and preferences.
Written by Siobhan Tinnion
Events & Marketing Manager
Sustainability is not a trend, but nearly-weds are increasingly placing a level of importance on the eco-consciousness of their wedding.
The events industry is never going to be 100% sustainable - it is not possible - and this is an important factor to remember…
This makes it all the more crucial that we work to make each and every event as sustainable as possible. There are always little steps to be taken toward making your wedding more eco-conscious, and some are even budget-friendly!
Below, we have listed 5 tips for making your wedding more eco-conscious.
1. Venue and Catering
Your choice of venue can have a massive impact on the footprint of your wedding. Is it local to you/your guests to reduce the overall distance people have to travel? Do they have policies to ensure they are doing their bit for the environment?
When considering potential caterers, are you thinking about whether or not they are using local and sustainable ingredients? Do they cook seasonal dishes, or a selection of vegetarian and vegan? Do they take responsibility in reducing food wastage? Do they avoid using single-use plastics, or do they substitute in biodegradable/compostable products? Are you hiring tableware, rather than using single-use items?
Don't be afraid to question the venue and caterers on their commitment to sustainability before you book them. Let them know that this is something of importance to you as a couple - and any good supplier will work with your requests.
2. Decorations and Favours
When looking for decorations, try to hire as much as possible. This will reduce the amount of waste post-event. Alternatively, there are Facebook groups for second-hand items which (largely) will have just been used once or twice and can be purchased for a fraction of the price! This is not only great for the environment, but also the wallet.
You can also look to be using decorative items that are made from natural or recycled materials, like florals, and favours that are sustainable and not ‘throw-away’.
A great idea for favours could be something to eat (meaning there’s no waste) or something for the environment, like flower bombs or bee survival kits.
3. Flowers and Confetti
When picking your florals, you want to try and opt for arrangements made with local and seasonal flowers. As previously mentioned, using a local and small business is going to be beneficial when reducing trying to minimise mileage.
One thing I hate to see at weddings is unnatural confetti. Paper, card, plastic are all wasteful and harmful materials to be throwing into the environment - and they, often, look cheap. I find it hard to believe that people would rather those options than dried flower petals, or something of the sort. Whether you buy individual packages for each guest, or buy a large bag from which guests are invited to grab a handful, the effect is amazing. Adding beautiful colours to your pictures (of course, tailorable to your colour scheme) and leaving no negative trace on the environment, dried petals really are a small yet significant difference you can make.
4. Invitations and RSVPs
To be brutally honest, most of your guests are not going to cherish your wedding stationary in the way that you will. Once you have come to accept this, the ‘unglamarous’ e-vite becomes more appealing (not to mention the price difference).
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t print any invitations at all. It’s great to have one for you as a couple for a keep-sake, some for photographs on the day and some for your close friends and family. If you opt for this, look into using recycled paper and a conscious printer.
If you have your heart set on physical invitations (there's no shame in this at all!), printing on seed paper has become increasingly popular and is widely accessible. Not only does it add some interest to the texture of your invitation, but it involves the guests from the word go.
Whether you opt for an e-vite or physical invitations, utilising electronic RSVPs can make your wedmin that little bit easier: One simple online form can collect all the data you need (name, attending/not, food options, allergens etc.).
5. Wedding Attire
When searching for your wedding dress and/or suits, consider buying a pre-owned wedding dress. As people often only wear these outfits once, it may just be that you need to take it to a tailor to get the perfect fit from it. Or, if you don’t want your wedding outfit to be taking up storage space, collecting dust for years to come, you could consider renting it. There are amazing bridal rental services out there, allowing you to be more conscious in your choices (and possibly even giving yourself the opportunity to explore multiple wedding outfits).
If you do opt to buy your wedding outfit new, but don’t want it to sit in storage for years, why not consider selling, donating or recycling it. There are some super talented tailors around that could repurpose your outfit and turn it into something that has more wearability.
For the wedding guests out there, we absolutely recommend hiring your wedding outfit… especially if you’re guilty of wearing something for one occasion and then letting it sit in the wardrobe until it doesn’t fit you anymore (it’s me, I’m sorry). There are amazing shops and apps that let you hire outfits for a period of time, saving you so much hassle and guilt.
Whether you’re hosting a wedding close to home or not, there are things you can do to limit the number of cars travelling on the day. Whilst some couples are happy to book group transportation from their home area to the venue (e.g. a coach), others may want to encourage guests to carpool or take public transport.
It’s not uncommon, however, for venues to be off the beaten path and, as a result, not easily accessible by public transport. This may be something you want to keep in mind when choosing your venue, or considering guest logistics.
Group coaches are a great idea if the majority of the guests are travelling from one area. Not only is it a simple way to reduce vehicle emissions, but it gives the guests a chance to meet, mingle and get to know each other from the get-go. It also shows them that you have thought about them whilst planning your wedding, increasing the feeling of inclusion in your big day.
It is important to remember that no wedding is going to be 100% sustainable, but being conscious, taking steps and making small changes can go a long way in changing the way our industry works.
Doing your best to make your wedding sustainable can be so rewarding and lets others know that the changes don’t have to be huge and life-altering, but consistent and conscious.
It's important to remember that your wedding can still look how you've always imagined; it's just about being conscious of the footprint you leave behind.
I encourage you all to implement these changes in your own weddings, or the weddings of which you are a part and feel free to share some more ideas of ways to make your wedding more sustainable in the comments below.
Written by Siobhan Tinnion
Events & Marketing Manager
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