Intimate Halloween wedding by candlelight
By the time a lot of people get married, it is quite likely that they will have lost someone near and dear to them. I’ve had quite a few people email me about this over the past few weeks, so today I wanted to share some simple ways you can include a loved one who has passed away in your wedding day.
While many people might wince at the idea of including a memorial as part of a wedding day (for fear of it being too depressing or overshadowing the celebration), there are many ways that you can honour and include them in a subtle yet special way.
Have a photo of them in a locket, tied on your bouquet
Halloween and horror wedding
Set up a memory table with photographs of them
Doctor Who wedding
Wear something that they wore on their wedding day, or something they gave you
Sunflower and flamingo wedding
Take some fabric from something they owned and sew it into the inside of your dress or one of your accessories (maybe in the shape of a heart)
Colourful Mexican wedding
Is it possible to get a beautiful wedding dress for less than £250? The answer is very much “Yes!” so long as you think outside the box a little bit. In fact there are plenty of options for budget savvy brides these days.
Firstly, you should check if any bridal boutiques near you are having sample sales. They will often sell end-of-line or their showroom samples for a lot less than the retail price. Places like Etsy and eBay are also great to browse through, and websites such as stillwhite.co.uk and preloved.co.uk (where brides can sell their pre-worn wedding dresses) can hide some real gems!
The high street is a really great place to look too. Most of the beauties below are from places like Coast, BHS, Monsoon and Phase Eight. All of them do amazing and inexpensive bridal ranges. I’m also loving ASOS right now. They are just killing it with their pretty spring/ summer offerings and so much of their occasion wear is totally wedding appropriate!
EL Design Studio, £207
Chi Chi London, £82
Diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend. Whether it’s for ethical reasons, they’re just too damn expensive, or just because you really want something a bit more individual, there are so many alternative engagement rings to be found!
Here are some of my current favourites.
Moissanite engagement ring
Lapis Lazuli ring
Morganite and white sapphire engagement ring
Blue topaz, peridot, or red garnet rings
Pink tourmaline ring
Spring is finally in the air (hurrah!) which means the high street is quickly starting to resemble a floral garden party. It’s not only my favourite time of year, but if you’re having a spring or summer wedding, this is the perfect opportunity to start scouting out dress possibilities for your bridesmaids.
Here are some of the best ones I’ve found, and praise the lord, they all come in at under £100!
Pippa Lynn, £75
If flower’s aren’t your thing, there are still oodles of alternative options for your bouquet or centrepieces. I hope these ideas will get those cogs whirring and help you come up with something fun and unique for your own wedding.
First, think about what your interests are. Maybe it’s books…
Handmade book-lovers wedding
An origami wedding
Or you’d prefer a mishmash of everything you like!
Taxidermy and skull wedding
Maybe you’re really into skulls…
Maritime goth wedding
Gothic and literacy Lower East Side wedding
Austin anime and robot wedding
There are plenty of ways to bring aspects of life into your centrepieces without traditional cut flowers. How about logs, billy balls and succulents?
Antler and animal theme
This cute terrarium is such a fun idea!
60s inspired punk rockabilly wedding
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a reader who wanted some ideas on how she could wear her short hair on her wedding day. Having cute and cropped hair shouldn’t restrict what you can do, in fact I think it opens up a world of accessorising possibilities!
Just check out all these ideas…
Keep things simple with an elegant hair comb
Clockwise from top left: Celtic inspired, vintage pearls, shabby shic pastel flowers, long comb
Or what about a sweet little alice band?
Clockwise from top left: ‘Blossom’ pearl beaded, glitter alice band, ‘Primrose’ ribbon, embroidered leaves
Faux flower are always a winner
All by Crown and Glory (because she’s the best!)
Or you could do for something a bit more fun!
Clockwise from top left: Liberace heart clip, butterfly headband, Just Married headband, Gem headband