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Win Free Wedding Photography from VeVi Photography!

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, more than anything else in your wedding, you should invest as much as you can in your wedding photographs. After the cake has been eaten and the dress is relegated to the back of your wardrobe, the photos taken of your special day are all that remain (well, apart from the marriage of course!) They will sit on your parents’ mantelpiece forever and when you’re old and grey you’ll be dragging out that photo album to show your grandkids how young and gorgeous you looked.

I know I drill this fact into you over and over again, but I’m so strongly passionate about the importance of capturing life’s most precious moments, that I’ll nag you about it as long as this blog exists! Plus, the number one post-wedding regret I hear from brides is that they wish they’d spent more on their photography because they’re unhappy with the results they got when scrimping on it.

Those of you that haven’t got your photographer for your 2016 wedding booked yet, listen up! I’ve partnered with my babe Andreea of VeVi Photography to give one lucky couple completely FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY!! Time to celebrate!

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How to Save Money on Your Bridesmaid Dresses

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I was a bridesmaid for the first time in November. I was actually the only one at the wedding and that, coupled with probably the most laid-back bride in existence, meant the whole experience was a breeze. Carly’s only stipulation was that I wore grey. Easy. We went to one place and ordered my dress then and there.

Now it’s my second time around, this time for my sister Rachel, who’s getting hitched in July. Now don’t get me wrong, Rachel is pretty laid-back too, but there are FIVE bridesmaids which, despite everyone’s best intentions, automatically ups the ante and the stress!

Funnily enough, the hard part hasn’t been finding a dress to suit all our different body shapes (Rachel was happy for us all to be in a different style if we wanted, ironically though, we’ve all picked the same one!) or picking a colour that we all agree on (she wanted us all in different shades of blue and green). No, the really tricky part has been getting five dresses without spending a complete fortune. My £200 bridesmaid dress felt like a bit of a splurge for Carly’s wedding, but it was manageable within their budget. However when you have five bridesmaids that £200 indulgence automatically becomes a £1000 impossibility!

If you too have a large bridal party, or you just want to save as much money as you can on your bridesmaid dresses, here’s my advice:

Do your homework first

In the flushes of newly engaged excitement, I think a lot of brides make the mistake of asking lots of their friends and relatives to be bridesmaids, without first factoring in the costs. Sure, it might be lovely to have your ten oldest friends up there with you, but ten bridesmaids means ten dresses… ten pairs of shoes… ten bouquets… It can all add up very quickly. Ideally you should do your research on how much things actually cost, before you decide who to ask to be in your wedding party.

“Setting a budget and doing your homework are the first steps when shopping for your bridesmaid dresses,” Karen of Bridal Wardrobe writes in this handy saving for your wedding guide. “Knowing the base prices of the range you like can help you stick to your budget and avoid overspending.”

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Visit the high street

There’s no doubt in my mind that the British high street is the best in the world. Especially as we get into Spring, all the shops will start to fill up with bridesmaid appropriate options at very reasonable prices. The only reason we didn’t get ours from a high street store was that Rachel wanted us all in maxi dresses that were in different, but complimenting colours. This is basically impossible to find unless you go to someone who makes dresses specifically for bridesmaids. Most fashion stores will only offer a dress in one, or maybe two, different colours.

Look online

If you venture online, that opens up your options even further. ASOS, ChiChi London, Monsoon, BHLDN, Vivien of Holloway and Lindybop all do bridesmaid appropriate ranges, although you might not get the colour variety that you would with a bridesmaid-specific retailer. However if you’re more flexible on your colour palette, they are all fantastic places to look.

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Bulk buy discounts

In the end, we bought our dresses from a website that specialises in bridesmaid dresses which meant we could all get the same dress in our individual choice of colour. However the real clincher was that they offered larger discounts the more dresses you bought. So the dresses were one price on their own, but if you bought 2-3 of them you got some money off, 4-5 you got even more off and so on and so forth. This meant that having a large bridal party actually worked in our favour because the more we bought, the more we saved!

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Ruby Bloom by Kitty and Dulcie: Wedding Dresses Under £395!

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I have been a long-time Kitty & Dulcie fan. Stylish and quirky wedding dresses under £400 might seem too good to be true, but I promise it’s not! Today sees the launch of their newest collection, Ruby Bloom, and I’m pleased as punch to be sharing them.

The collection comprises of four fashionably stunning, retro-inspired dresses which can be purchased exclusively via kittyanddulcie.com.

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A Magical Day at Vivien of Holloway (Plus You Could Win £200!)

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Although I spend most of my working week in sweatpants with only my cats for company, sometimes I’m lucky enough to be invited to visit people in much more glamorous locations. OK so the Holloway Road in London isn’t technically a very glam spot, but nestled in amongst the tattoo shops and greasy spoon cafés is a retro-lover’s oasis – Vivien of Holloway!

No doubt you’ve heard of them before. Their dresses are known far and wide as some of the best around. They have 12 main styles, and each of them comes in a huge range of different colours and prints, meaning they’re basically perfect for alternative bridesmaid outfits!

But did you know they also sell tops, cardigans, jeans and the dreamiest, fluffiest rainbow petticoats on the planet? They even have a wedding dress collection which starts from a mind-boggling £89! Best of all, everything is made right here in London.

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I was in heaven… and overwhelmed with the choice. I wanted to try on EVERYTHING. Luckily I had shop assistants, Laura and Sandy, to help me narrow things down.

My go-to style is usually a maxi skirt and tee-shirt, but I also love the classic 50s shape. So that’s where we started. As soon as I slipped the halterneck wedding dress on I felt like a retro princess. We teamed it with a pink sash to match my shoes and a teal petticoat to match my hair.

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I did NOT want to take this outfit off. If it was socially acceptable to rock a wedding dress every day of my life, this is the one I’d wear. Comfortable, classic and it gives you a killer shape. I literally could not believe it when they told me it cost £99. I was sure there had to be a zero missing off the end.

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After I’d finished swishing and twirling away for a good 20 minutes, I was reluctantly ready to take it off and try something else. “Let’s do something fun!” I said, and to me, fun means SKULLS!

I went for the exact same shape dress but this time in the ‘pirate’, 100% cotton, fabric. Seriously, how amazing would your bridesmaids look in this? Maybe all wearing different coloured petticoats? Cuuuuute! The fabric also comes in tops, skirts and other shaped dresses too, all of which probably need to get in my wardrobe immediately.

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I was ready to switch it up with a circle skirt and top for my next try on, and how could I resist this pink cat print? Did they design this with me in mind or what?

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Win a 1950s Inspired Wedding Dress from True Bride!

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It’s no secret that Rock n Roll brides love short, 1950s style prom wedding dresses. In fact I often think it is probably the style I’d wear if I was getting married again. Not only are they super duper flattering to nearly every body shape, but the short style gives some much needed sass to a wedding day ensemble!

When my friends at True Bride, who have just launched a fifties-inspired range, got in touch to ask if I’d like to give away one of the dresses from their brand new Brighton Belle collection, after sobbing a little that I couldn’t be the one to win it, I jumped at the chance!

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Save Up to 30% on Bridesmaid Dresses with For Her & For Him’s Massive January Sale!

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Whether you want your bridesmaids to all wear the same dress, or for them to pick one they like that fits in with your wedding scheme, finding something to please everyone can be a tricky and stressful exercise. However things get whole lot easier when you discover For Her and For Him.

Not only do they have over 500 dresses on their site to choose from, but every gown comes in a range of colours, meaning they’re the perfect option if you want to do the whole mismatched thing. Simply order swatches of the potentials and have a play around until you find the right shade for everyone.

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Not only do this New York company have one of the largest selections of bridesmaid gowns going, but they’re currently having their blow out January sale with up to 30% off ALL dresses on their site. This incredible deal can even be used in conjunction with their year-round offer of group discounts depending on the number of dresses you order.

The good news doesn’t end there though because as always, are still offering free worldwide shipping and a free custom sizing service for all their customers.

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