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Brighton and Sussex wedding planner / Fit for a Princess

November 26, 2010

Like everyone else, we’re super excited here at Brighton wedding HQ about the prospect of the fabulous forthcoming Royal wedding.

The patriotic pomp and ceremony, fabulous flowers and decoration and the prospect of a lovely day off to celebrate are all well and good, but the biggest question on our, and everyone else’s lips, is what will Kate be wearing?

Here are our suggestions for the future Queen and clever ways that you can adapt the style to have your very own wedding fit for a Princess!

The dress

Grace Kelly is the quintessential Princess bride and her elegant and sophisticated 1950s style would be perfect for any blushing bride. Take inspiration from her classic lace dress and headpiece for a beautiful vintage-style look.

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Designer Monique L’Huillier‘s stunning Alencon lace gown has that demure 1950s feel with a modern twist and would look fabulous on Kate’s slim figure.

Reality

For a similar style, try this sleeveless dress from Wedding Dresses Online – the shorter length would look particularly good on a petite bride.

The veil

There’s really only one choice for a big Royal wedding in Westminster Abbey – a Cathedral length veil like the one worn by Kate’s future grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. Great for adding drama, long veils also look amazing in photos.

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A sweeping floor-length veil like this one by Pronovias will give Kate the true Princess look that all little girls dream of.

Reality

This veil by Encore Bridal is just as stunning and would make an amazing statement piece against a simple dress.

The tiara

Every royal bride should have some fabulous jewellery and a sparkling tiara to set her look off to perfection. Choose a tiara to match your veil and dress, like Princess Diana, who chose a simple style to complement her full skirt and train.

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We’re sure Kate will get her pick of the Crown Jewels to wear on the big day, but if not, she might want to consider this beautiful antique Sapphire and Diamond tiara which goes on sale at Christies in December. Elegant and stylish, it’s nevertheless imposing enough for a future Queen and would match Kate’s engagement ring beautifully.

Reality

If your budget won’t quite stretch to a diamond tiara, why not hire one like this Hestia tiara from Diamond Thrills? At an affordable £295, you’re sure to feel like a Queen for the day.

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Brighton and Sussex wedding planner/ Wedding planner Q & A

November 23, 2010

We’re really excited to be featured on the fab Pazzaz Weddings blog this week, answering questions about what it’s really like to be a wedding planner.

How long have you been in the wedding planning industry?

I started the business just over a year ago.

Why did you become a wedding planner?

I worked in events and always wanted to start my own business and work for myself, weddings seemed like the perfect fit as being a ‘one-man band’ is perfect for the personal service brides expect on their wedding day. I also love weddings and the opportunities they give you to be creative and work with fantastic suppliers that you might not otherwise get to work with.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Fabulous UK hen and stag destinations

November 16, 2010

With thanks to our friends at hen party planners Adventure Connections for this blog on new and unusual places to consider for your last night of freedom in the UK…

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With people splashing out more and more on their weddings, the pre-marriage stag or hen party has become an event in its own right. Going on a bar crawl in fancy dress doesn’t seem to satisfy nowadays, with research showing that around 74% of men hold stag events lasting more than a day, and 32% hold them abroad. Still, a majority remain at home. In Europe, London is the top destination for stag parties, and 96% of British women choose to stay and celebrate in the UK. For anyone organising such an event, however, there are many places in Britain besides one’s home town and the capital to choose from.

For example, as the most populated city in the UK outside of London, Birmingham has plenty to offer. The bars and restaurants of the canal side development Brindleyplace are a great place to start the day or evening. World cuisine abounds: Cantonese, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Thai. And if shopping’s what you’re after, there is the Bullring, with the iconic design of Selfridges, as well as more designer shopping at the Mailbox complex, which recently acquired a Harvey Nichols. The city’s central location and high quality transport links make it especially ideal for stag and hen weekends

If a metropolis like Birmingham seems too noisy or intimidating, then the ethereal Cambridge might be more your cup of tea. This university city has one of Britain’s most beautiful and intimate centres: simply strolling around, maybe ducking into a gallery or two, is a perfectly pleasant way to spend the day. Around King’s Parade and Trinity Street are myriad gift shops and book stores waiting to be explored. You may wish to take a tour on water, viewing the glorious college architecture from one of the many chauffuered punts available – flat-bottomed boats propelled by means of a long pole. In addition to its academic treasures, Cambridge also boasts some fine golf courses and driving tracks.

One final place to mention which you might not have considered is Newquay. Being on the coast, this westerly Cornish town has something to offer quite beyond either of the above locations, namely the sea. Newquay is ideal for water lovers. Seen by many as Britain’s surfing capital, this is the place to go for seekers of the adrenaline rush that comes from extreme watersports. And then by night, the town’s magnificent natural beaches provide plenty of ideal spots for parties.

October newsletter out now!

October 21, 2010

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Brighton and Sussex Wedding Planner/ Beautiful Sussex countryside wedding – Sinead & Campbell

October 15, 2010

On a gorgeous sunny day in September, we headed off to Ditchling for the beautiful countryside wedding of Sinead and Campbell.

They had chosen the lovely setting of St Margaret’s Church for the ceremony and the village green next door for their extremely stylish marquee reception.

The bride, who looked stunning in her sweeping fishtail gown and 1960s-inspired hairdo, walked into the Church to the sound of traditional Scottish bagpipes, a theme reflecting Campbell’s roots which continued throughout the day with fab band The Somebodys finishing their reception set with ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by The Proclaimers and getting everyone to go mad on the dancefloor!

Gorgeous individual touches throughout the day, such as hand-designed place settings, a coffee van serving gourmet drinks and even an impromptu violin performance by the father of the bride ensured that this was one of the most spectacular, yet friendly and informal, weddings we’ve ever been to.

Sinead was obviously very happy with our work throughout the day as she told us that it was the best money she had spent on the whole wedding – can’t get much higher praise than that!

Many congratulations to Sinead and Campbell, and thanks to award-winning photographer Simone Germaine for the beautiful images.

Brighton and Sussex Wedding Planner/ Style inspiration: red and aqua wedding

October 1, 2010

Watching the gorgeous Juliette Binoche in Chocolat again recently, we were inspired by her stylish 1960s wardrobe of poppy red and aqua.

Perfect for a rustic wedding in the countryside or vintage city wedding with a twist, red and aqua is both retro and modern, pretty and clean, feminine and masculine all at the same time. And it looks gorgeous in photos, bringing a lovely pop of colour to your day whatever the time of year.

Photo credits (from top left): Always Planned, Always Planned, She Does the City, The Wedding Chicks, LI Weddings, Pattern Hound, The Knot, Dex Knows

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September 23, 2010

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