wedding planning

Getting Married on a Weekday

Planning your wedding can be both exhilarating and stressful at times. One of the first things you need to do, is to choose your wedding date and this will often be dictated by availability and budget. Many a couple have viewed a venue and completely fallen in love with it, only to be told it’s either not available on their preferred date, or it’s out of their budget. It can be upsetting, especially when you have your heart set on it. But there is still hope. One big thing you can do is to consider saying ‘I Do’ on a weekday instead of the traditional choice of a Saturday.

Indeed today, more and more couples are opting for weekday nuptials for a whole variety of reasons and while it can mean big savings and securing the venue of your dreams, bear in mind it will also have other consequences for your wedding day.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve organised many weekday and weekend weddings for my happy couples over the years and ultimately the decision of which you go for has to come down to what you both want as a couple and what’s going to feel right for your closest family and friends; as these are the people you want with you on this most special day.

If you’d like to chat through your wedding ideas or want to find out how I can help bring your wedding dreams to life, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

The Pros of Getting Married on a Weekday

  • There really are terrific savings to be had on wedding venues and packages if you decide to get married on a weekday and even more so if it’s ‘out of season.’ So if you are on a budget, then it’s well worth considering, as you can get much more bang for your buck and a more luxurious venue.
  • Many wedding venues can book out on Saturdays up to a year in advance and if your preferred wedding venue is booked out on Saturdays, then it’s worth checking about weekday availability.
  • If going for a weekday wedding is not your preferred choice, but your dream venue is only available on a weekday, try and see if they have a Friday available as it can be a good compromise for your guests, as opposed to say a Wednesday when they have to get back to work on the Thursday or Friday.
  • As well as savings on the venue itself, you’re likely to find a whole variety of wedding vendors may give better rates or throw in extras for weekday bookings.
  • A weekday wedding is ideal for a more intimate affair and feels less generic. In fact getting married on a weekday can feel unique and special.

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The Cons of Getting Married on a Weekday

  • The biggest issue with getting married on a weekday is the impact it is going to have on your guests getting the time off work and/or taking the kids out of school.
  • Depending on which weekday you go for, bear in mind it will in all likelihood mean guests taking two days off work, depending on where the wedding is and this can ask a lot of those who are outside your family and very close friends.
  • If you are getting married on a weekday, then you’ll need to send out a save the date card well in advance to give your guests the maximum notice so they can secure the time off.
  • Your final wedding numbers may end up being significantly smaller than you anticipated which can have an effect on your wedding package rates.
  • Take into account rush hour and lunch time traffic, as well as school collection traffic all of which will be at its peak on a weekday and can impact you or your guests getting to the wedding on time.

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Wedding Balloons

Balloons are the perfect wedding prop. Completely customisable and available in a variety of sizes, colours, shapes and finishes, there is a balloon to suit every wedding theme. From the photo-friendly trend for oversized balloons, to having balloons that spell out words like ‘LOVE’, to using balloons as part of your décor and even incorporating them into your escort cards and table décor, they are often budget-friendly, easy to source, visually stunning and well worth considering for your big day.

If you’d like to chat about this, or any aspect of your wedding day planning or décor, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Oversized Balloons
A trend that is still very popular, oversized balloons look stunning. They can make for breath-taking photos and they are great fun for the younger guests too, if you’ve got Paige boys and flower girls, then why not consider having special oversized balloons just for them to make them feel extra special. Look for balloons with tassels, colours that fit in with your palette and if you’re a DIY lover then why not consider covering them with tulle or netting for a really unique look.
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Letter Balloons
Whether you want to spell out LOVE or your names of just have your initials, letter balloons make incredible photo props. Think about different colours and make sure they are large enough to have an in impact in your wedding photos.
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Group Balloons
For a great picture, why not consider giving everyone a balloon and get them together for a group shot, then they can all release the balloons for an epic moment you won’t forget.
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Escort Cards
If you really want to wow with something more unique, why not have each of the guests escort cards floating on the end of a balloon as they enter the pre-reception area? They can then have lots of fun finding their names and they get a balloon too!
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Room Décor
Use balloons as alternative centrepieces by having large, or ornate balloons weighted down for each table. Get creative and paint part of them in glitter or have fun by filling them with confetti and let the tables burst them after the speeches. Also consider having just a few oversized balloons with tassels, painted with art, or in a special shape, placed in strategic locations around the venue as stunning props. And instead of tassels think about using flowers for a show-stopping effect. Don’t forget about using balloons for backdrops and arches too.
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Lavender Wedding Theme

Nothing shouts summer quite like the incredible scent and look of fresh lavender. Images of the south of France and sunny fields packed with the vibrant purple plant come to mind. It’s a beautiful theme to have for your wedding day and can work on so many levels, from incorporating the flowers themselves into the bouquets and buttonholes, but beyond that you can bring the lavender theme right through into your table décor, favours and even the food.

It’s also a quite economical theme to go for and once you settle on the lavender colour scheme, you’ll find there are so many ways to add in little accents to the day. The theme tends to work really well with country style, French or rustic style wedding themes, but you can also easily make lavender work for a more formal affair too.

To chat about this or any aspect of your wedding planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Table Décor
From a simple bunch of lavender in a mason jar, to rustic style wooden crates or window style boxes filled with the vibrant purple flower, there are so many ways to use lavender in your centrepieces. Burlap and gypsophila are natural friends of lavender so don’t be afraid to pair these up for great effect. For something different why not get creative and make some DIY centrepieces using old jars and bottles filled with lavender, or use some twine to wrap springs of lavender around a candle for a stunning yet simple effect. Alternatively fill some mason or antique style jars with lavender and place candles in the centre.

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Favours
You can really go to town with lavender favours for guests and if you’re a DIY lover then there’s lots of ways you can get your craft on. One simple way to have a lavender favour is to offer your guests some cutely presented mini pots of lavender or seeds which they can plant. Lavender soap tied in burlap is a beautiful idea as is vials of lavender oil for sleeping or a jar of lavender bath salts.
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Buttonholes and Bouquets
Lavender is the sort of flower that you can easily pair with lots of other blooms such as white roses, or indeed it works incredibly well on its own. The delicious scent and the beautiful colour works perfectly against a wedding dress and really well with a grey or navy suit for the gents.
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Food
Lavender can really inject the wow factor if you decide to use it in some of your food. Think about having some lavender cordial or lemonade for your guests when they arrive the reception. Purple macaroons and cocktails will go down a treat with everyone and of course let’s not forget the cake! Think purple icing in various shades, or even an ombre effect, as well as purple cake pops with sprinkles of candied lavender on top.
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Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses

There can be quite a few things on a busy bride’s to-do list outside of the immediate wedding plans themselves. Choosing the dress of your dreams is of course right up there on top, but after you’ve found the gown, you need to start thinking about the attire for the rest of the bridal party!

Finding dresses for your bridesmaids is one of those tasks that can sometimes cause a bit of friction and headaches, especially when you have bridesmaids of different ages, figures or heights to contend with, as well as different personalities and tastes. It’s important to try and balance their feelings with your overall wishes for how you want them to look and fit into your wedding day décor. It can be a fine line at times to find a dress that your bridesmaids like and feel comfortable in, as well as being one you are happy with and you may find yourself dreading the shopping trip instead of looking forward to it. But don’t panic, with a few simple steps choosing your bridesmaids dresses can become a doddle, rather than a chore.

If you’d like to chat to me about this or any other aspect of your wedding day décor and planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Make it Fun!
If you have a feeling that the shopping trip for the bridesmaid’s dresses may be tinged with friction, why not try and make it a bit of a fun outing. Organise a nice lunch or prosecco stop midway through the day and make it as social and laid back as possible.
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The Colour
Choosing the colour is probably the first thing you should think about for bridesmaids dresses. Consider how the colour will fit into your wedding theme or palette, but also consider how your chosen colour will work with your bridesmaids. For example, you may desperately want a vivid yellow or green, but if one of your bridesmaids has a pale complexion it’s going to likely wash her out and that won’t make her feel comfortable or indeed look good in your wedding photos. If you’ve got different complexions and hair colours to contend with then try and go for colours that are universally flattering such as dusky pinks, greys, sand and of course black.
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Multiway Dresses
One handy way to get around different body shapes is to look for identical dresses that have multiway fits. So for example the dress style and colour are the same, but the top part allows it to be worn as a halter neck, off the shoulder, strapless or with straps, etc. That way you can keep everyone happy, including yourself!
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Different Dresses Same Colour
This is not a look all brides want, but if you have a variety of ages and body types, considering differing dresses should be a real option. While many brides prefer uniformity for the photos, different dresses can look really well too. For example you can keep things looking more in step if you decide to keep to one colour palette, say dusky pink, but allow the bridesmaids to choose different styles and dresses within that colour palette, that way they’ll be comfortable and you still get the one colour for your theme.
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Mismatched Dresses
Similar to having different dresses, but one step further. Mismatched dresses don’t even have to be the same colour or hem length. Instead the idea is you allow each of your bridesmaids to have different styles and colours of dress. Keeping them the same hem length will add some visual, uniformity but’s not a must.
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Comfort and Weather
Finally don’t forget to consider the time of year you’re getting married and the location! While you may desperately want a shorter length for your bridesmaid’s dresses, if you’re tying the knot in winter it may not be practical or comfortable for the ladies. Equally if you’re getting married in sunnier climes, then long gowns in heavy material will not be a runner, unless you want the sweaty Betty look!
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Gardening Style Wedding Theme

Themes can really help bring focus to your wedding day décor, but often settling on a theme for your wedding can be difficult, so it’s a good idea to start with your interests, especially those you both enjoy. If you or your husband or wife to be are a dab hand in the garden then why not consider a green-thumbed, garden style theme for your wedding? It’s a really fun theme that has huge scope for lots of fabulous props, centrepieces and favours that generally speaking are easy to source and won’t blow the budget.

Think about wellies stuffed with flowers, old watering cans, spades, trowels, seeds, plants, cacti, lavender, your favourite herbs and produce and much more.

If you’d like to chat about your wedding day décor or plans, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Watering Cans
They make ideal centrepieces, fill them with flowers or cacti. They also look great placed around the room, why not have them with some rustic palettes or old style bicycles as signage areas for your guests, or place them near your guestbook table.
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Wellies
Wellies and gardening go hand in hand and they can look absolutely fantastic dotted around the venue, again stuff them with wildflowers or your favourite blooms and they look great in your pictures too. Think about having a mix of bright coloured wellies as well as the old fashioned green ones which can look great if you want a more rustic garden feel to the day.
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Favours
Packs of seeds are a great idea for favours, as they are the sort of thing that guests are really likely to keep and use! As are mini plants or cacti. Mini watering cans filled with seeds look fabulous too or what about gardeners hand cream for each guest? Or if you have a glut of your home crop, be it fruit or veg, why not package it nicely as favours? If your green thumb extends to beekeeping honey would be ideal!
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Escort cards/Table Plans
Why not use mini ladders with plants pots for each table and have each guests name on a stick in each pot?. You could also use herb plants. Or why not use packs of herbs or seeds as the escort cards? What about mini trowels? Or for lots of fun why not use a vintage style wheelbarrow filled with composts and packs of seeds as the escort cards.
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Antique Wedding Theme

Antique, vintage style weddings are still a very popular trend with new couples getting married. The wonderful thing about the theme is that generally speaking, it’s very cost effective and if you are a DIY project lover, it’s going to be right up your street. Think about raiding your attic or your family’s attics for antique bits and pieces and family heirlooms that are simply sitting there collecting dust! Go to auctions, look on swap websites and dare we say even skips, for fabulous antique finds you can work on up-cycling and incorporating into your wedding day.

You can use antique style finds in lots of different ways, from general props you can put around the venue and grounds and use to great effect in your pictures, but you can also add them into your table décor and table plans too, as well as in the wedding room itself.

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss your upcoming wedding plans and décor, then please don’t hesitate to email or phone me.

 

Backdrops
Think about setting aside an area of your wedding venue as a little antique hub which you can use for photos and to further enhance you theme. Backdrops are a great way to do this, think old doors, frames, screens, palettes, chairs, small tables and even lamps etc. You can pick many of these up from auctions and swap or give-away-free websites.
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Props
If you find some antique pay dirt in your attic or your family’s attics then why not use them as props for your wedding photos or for using around the grounds or other rooms around the main reception area of your wedding venue? Think about having a gramophone or an old bicycle. An old desk fan or cash register can work as a stunning prop too.
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Centrepieces
You can have a lot of fun with antique style centrepieces at your wedding tables. Think about piles of old books, vintage style jugs or jars? Old cameras, typewriters, vintage style weighing scales, bird cages, vintage tea sets or teapots to name but a few. Arrange them with your table numbers and flowers for maximum impact.
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Room Décor

Dotting vintage style pieces around the wedding room can cement your theme and look stunning. Think about using lots of vintage tins and jars. Stacks of old suitcases, wheelbarrows or antique buckets for drinks, old fashioned watering cans to name but a few.
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Alternative Top Table Arrangements

Seating plans can provoke a sense of dread in a bride or groom to be. While it’s often obvious which groups of guests should sit where, there can be some problems and the top table is not immune from these issues either. Some parents may be separated, divorced or remarried, some may be on good terms, and some may not. Some couples’ parents may have passed away and they may wish to have grandparents present at the top table, while some couples may have children and would like them at the top table too. There are a staggering number of possibilities to consider and it’s very much individual to the couple.

But the important thing is not to panic. It’s understandable that in the middle of the wedding planning melee, the top table seating plan can give you the shivers, but there are always options. Remember you don’t have to stick to a traditional long table and seating arrangement for the top table. There are lots of great alternatives and no one arrangement is better than the other.

As an award winning wedding planner, I’ve organised lots of non-traditional top tables to suit every couple’s needs. If you’d like to get in touch about this or any aspect of your wedding planning or décor, please email me.

 

Sweetheart Table
Kitsch and cute, a sweetheart table is essentially a table where the newly married couple sit apart at their own table, facing the rest of the guests. It can be a little much for those who don’t want to feel like they are ‘on show,’ but there are other advantages. It allows you to spend more time with your new husband or wife and allows the bridal party to be seated at other tables giving you scope to move people around more easily as you’re not leaving anyone off the top table. Also consider having a sweetheart table where the newly married couple sit with their kids at their own special table.
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Round Top Table
The classic top table tends to be a long rectangular one facing the rest of the guests, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Think about having a round top table as it is perfect for maximising socialising, plus there’s no real middle in this style of table so you can again move people around more freely without anyone left feeling like they’ve been left out in the cold.
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Bridal Party Only
If family issues are proving to be a problem with parents, stepparents and partners, then a great solution is to have just the newly married couple, along with their bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen at the top table. This way you can seat the parents and/or stepparents at other tables in the room or even ask them to ‘host’ these tables in a special VIP role.
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Long Table
Having long tables is great when you have large numbers, rustic style themes or you want to make the most of the space in you venue. They are also great if you aren’t keen on a traditional top table, because everyone is sitting equally and no noses will be out of joint. Plus to make it even more relaxed, don’t have any names on the seats and allow people to sit there they wish.
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Advantages of a Small Wedding

A large wedding is not something every couple wants for their special day. While some weddings can run in excess of 300 people, the average wedding size tends to be in and around the 100/150 mark. But many couples opt to keep things much more intimate with smaller numbers attending, choosing to only include their very close family and best friends.

While a small wedding might not be the ‘norm’, it is certainly full of fantastic possibilities to make it truly unique and special. From access to a wider range of incredible venues, to budgetary impacts, to the food, décor and much more, small weddings have so much going for them.

If you’d like to chat about how I can lend my award-winning wedding planning services to your intimate wedding day celebrations, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Budget
There’s two ways of looking at how a small wedding can impact on your budget. First, if you’re looking to keep things more economical, then a smaller wedding will of course yield plenty of savings across the board, then you would have with a larger party.

However, smaller weddings also mean you get essentially more bang for your buck and if budgetary reasons aren’t the main driver behind why you’re having a more intimate affair, then you can really splash out on more incredible food, décor and venue options.
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Small Gathering
For many couples, the whole idea behind having a smaller wedding is that they want their closest family and friends around them on their big day. It can make for a much more relaxed atmosphere, akin to a family dinner or occasion, rather than something that can feel too big and overwhelming. Also smaller weddings mean you can spend more time with each of your guests and your new husband or wife, rather than spending the entire day and night trying to have a few quick words with everyone.
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Venue
Often times, couples will automatically look for a hotel with an appropriate sized room for their wedding venue. However, if you’re having a more intimate celebration, then this opens up a whole host of new venues to you. Consider your favourite restaurants, or museums and galleries. Also don’t forget that a smaller group means that it is easier to have your wedding abroad.
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Food
Food can be somewhat formulaic at larger weddings, especially when your each the 300 or more mark. When you’ve got a smaller party, you can really have fun with the food. From splurging on Michelin starred food, to family style platters or nibbles, the sky is the limit.
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More Creativity
Finally, smaller weddings will allow you to channel your creativity in different ways. You’ll be thinking of ways to include favours or activities that the entire, smaller group can get involved in, rather than something that has more mass appeal. More intimate venues can also take a different sort of décor and music options, as you don’t have to go for the usual larger band set ups.
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Bride & Groom Gifts

The morning of your wedding day can be a bit of whirlwind. It can be equal parts exciting and nervous and is often an emotional rollercoaster. But it’s hardly surprising; it’s the day you and your husband or wife to be have planned and looked forward to for many months or years. It’s a day you’ll both have put lots of thought, time, effort and energy into and when the realisation hits that the wedding day is actually ‘today,’ it can be almost hard to believe.

You’ll also be very busy; from hair to makeup, to flowers arriving and suits to be put on, to photos and more, it can be hard to find a small moment to gather you thoughts. So the tradition of sending your partner a small gift on the morning of the wedding is both a romantic and thoughtful gesture and one you will be very grateful for. The gift doesn’t have to be anything massively expensive or extravagant either, instead something personal, heartfelt and funny is often the best choice.

Here’s just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. If you’d like to chat about any aspect of your wedding day, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch

 

For the Bride
Classics –
Jewellery is always a safe bet when it comes to a gift from the groom. It doesn’t have to be hugely expensive, just something small and heartfelt. Think about perhaps a fun MRS necklace, or sparkly earrings with a cute note attached.
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Personalised
Going to the effort to have something personalised, is always much appreciated and the morning of your wedding is no exception. Think about an engraved locket or bracelet. What about a fun embroidered wedding robe? A leather embossed passport cover or travel wallet for the honeymoon, or just a handwritten note! Be sure to have your waterproof mascara on!
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Quirky
For something a little different why not present her with that pair of designer shoes she’s always wanted and she can bring them on the honeymoon! Send champagne, or a little goody box filled with treats. Or why not write a message on the sole of her wedding day shoes that she’ll see on the morning before she puts them on! Or for something very emotional, a heartfelt notebook with reasons why you love your bride-to-be is ideal.
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For The Groom
Classics
Classics like cufflinks, watches or even a hipflask are all ideal little presents for the morning of the wedding and can make great photo opps as well. You can personalise these sorts of gifts too for an extra special touch.
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Personalised
A pocket watch with a personal inscription on the back is a super thoughtful groom gift, especially if perhaps there is a pocket watch in the family that might have belonged to a grandfather. A leather monogrammed travel wallet or passport cover for the honeymoon is another great one or why not engrave the inside of his wedding ring as a surprise – it could be something funny like ‘put me back on,’ to make him laugh whenever he has to take it off!
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Quirky
If he’s and adrenalin junkie why not surprise him with a bungee jump or skydive voucher for your honeymoon? Or why not surprise him with a small note stitched on the back of his tie that he’ll only see on the morning of the wedding as he gets ready! Also don’t forget the little funny gifts like ‘just in case you get cold feet’ socks, or the groom/hubby boxers.
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Non White Wedding Dresses

While many women will confess to having dreamt of walking down the aisle in a white dress at some point in their lives, not every bride wants to wear white on their big day. Indeed, today’s modern bride has a myriad of beautiful choices for what to wear on her wedding day and the traditional white gown is now only one choice in a varied field of options. Catwalks are now often full of alternative wedding dress colours, from pastels, to off whites, to blush, blues, canary yellows and much more. And even if you’ve never really considered anything but white or ivory, it’s nice to know that you’ll have the option of trying on something different in many bridal boutiques around the country.

Finally remember that your wedding day is a really special one and hopefully you’ll only be walking down the aisle once in your lifetime, so you need to make sure you are wearing the dress you want. Not the dress someone else wants you to wear. So if you’ve always wanted to have a blush pink, or champagne coloured dress then make sure you follow through and try to find the dress of your dreams.

If you’d like to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning or room décor, then please get in touch today.

 

Off White
Off white might not sound like a massive deviation from the traditional white wedding dress, although as you journey through your wedding dress search you’ll begin to realise that many dresses which appear white, are indeed ivory. That said there are a few off white colours to consider that will give a little inflection of colour difference. Think champagne, ivory, eggshell and true cream.
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Blush and Pale Blue
Blush has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, Jessica Biel famously donned a blush pink gown for her big day and it’s a colour that’s certainly becoming a very real choice amongst brides. This year expect to see some pale blues making an appearance. The beauty of both of these colours, is that they are light injections of colour, rather than a deep, rich, bold colour, so that if you do fancy something different to white, but don’t want to stray too far, both of these pale inflections of colours are worth considering.
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Watercolour Gowns
A big trend for this year is a move toward watercolour style dresses. Think elegant prints and florals with an almost painted feel to them either as a pattern on the dress or as the entire colour. What’s great about these dresses is that, again, they aren’t too overwhelming in terms of bright colours, yet are still feel individual and unique.
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Daring colours
Choosing a red, yellow, green, purple or even black wedding dress may be far from the norm, there’s absolutely nothing to say you cannot choose to have a more vivid colour for your wedding dress. Indeed, if it’s always been your dream to walk down the aisle in red, then do it! Never feel under pressure to wear white because it is your special day and you want to make sure everything is as you want it to be.
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