Archive for October, 2011
Winter is just around the corner and as every November and Christmas bride-to-be dreams of snuggling up to her new hubbie in front of a roaring log fire or sneaking a first kiss in front of a dazzling white snowy backdrop, my mind is on all the beautiful wedding shrugs that are available to keep our brides deliciously warm and looking stunning on her wintery wedding day.
Take a look at our collection of bridal shrugs, jackets and stoles; the perfect accompaniment for keeping you as warm and fuzzy on the outside and you are going to feel on the inside.
The boho chic of a delicate flower, the sophistication of a birdcage veil or the sheer glamour of a vintage jewelled tiara, whatever your inspiration and personality, I am sure you will find the most perfect finishing touch for your bridal ensemble from our incredible collection.
A headpiece must compliment your outfit and most importantly be comfortable and work with your chosen bridal hairstyle. Rumour has it the tiara worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day was so heavy it resulted in a splitting headache, as she was not used to wearing it. My advice to my brides-to-be is to enjoy spending a couple of days around the house, attending to your normal chores and daily routine complete with your tiara or comb – it will give you an idea of how it feels and what you can or can’t do.
Plus you will feel like a princess and frankly, I think you should feel like that as often as possible! Enjoy some of our favourite headpieces and then head over to the website to pick yours.
Here at Queens and Bowl, I’m often asked by numerous brides to be what the best heel height is for their big day. So who better to get the answer from than vintage style wedding shoe designer extraordinaire Rachel Simpson, designer and creator of Rachel Simpson Shoes and all round lovely lady. Here’s her five top tips to choosing the perfect wedding shoe.
Cinderella for a day…Choose shoes that make you feel amazing! Even if your dress is floor length, giving your guests the occasional peek of an exquisite pair of shoes will make you feel like a true princess! Wedding shoes don’t have to be boring- combine classic style with fashionable detailing and you’ll love them for years. Beautiful shoes change the way you feel- you’ll already be walking on air so find your dream pair and do it in style!
Comfort…Remember you’re going to be on your feet all day, so make sure you’re comfortable in your shoes. This doesn’t just mean low heels- if you’re a heels girl don’t compromise on your usual style, Tallulah has the secret to comfort in a killer heel with her concealed platform, making the shoe look higher than it is! Go for leather linings that allow your feet to breathe- sweaty feet are a real no no! It’s a good idea to wear your shoes around the house a bit to get used to them and wear them in to suit your feet. It’s worth having a pair of party feet on hand just in case..
Fittings…Get organised in time for your final fitting (if not before!), as your seamstress will need to know the exact height of your shoes so she can fit your dress accordingly. Once you have a pair in mind check with the company how long it will take for delivery and pre-order if necessary to avoid any last minute disappointment!
Protect…If your shoes are satin or suede, it’s a good idea to use a protector spray before the big day. Check with the manufacturer or take them to your local shoe menders so they can recommend a suitable product. Remember they can be hard to clean though, so try and avoid the rain if possible but don’t let it ruin your day! Go for leather if you don’t want the risk..
After the big day…Beautiful shoes deserve to be worn so if you love them, wear them again! Ivory and white shoes can look great in the summer with a pair of jeans, or if they’re truly bridal why not dye them a fab new colour, or black for glamorous evening wear? Marilyn comes in three beautiful shades, Ivory for the big day and sumptuous mink and poppy red if you love this shoe so much you need to buy all three!
If you do want to keep your shoes as a memento why not have them framed, either on their own or with other items like your wedding jewellery, invitation or flowers. This looks fab and makes a chic artwork of your day. Alternatively you could buy a keepsake box to safely store your mementos and add a stylish touch to any room.