The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Many couples take between one year and two between getting engaged and tying the knot. This might sound like a long time, but when you think you’ve got all that time, you often let things fall by the wayside. It’s easy to forget all the little things you need to do amongst all the bigger tasks. Thankfully we’ve pulled together a month-by-month wedding planning checklist to help you along.

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

To make sure you’re on top of your wedmin from the get-go, we’ve created a beautiful, printable checklist[1] to ensure you don’t forget anything.

We’ve got everything you need from up to 16 months before your wedding. Obviously, if you’re tighter on time, you’ll need to quickly condense some of these actions.

If you want to download and print our comprehensive wedding checklist, please do so here[2]! We don’t want any bride stressing out during the planning stages

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References

  1. ^ printable checklist (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ please do so here (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

The Best Bridal Jackets for 2019

Why not change up your outfit a little, add a third dimension and a bit more detailing to take you from day to night? Our selection of the best bridal jackets for 2019 will help you do just that.

winter wedding bride and bridesmaids wearing bridal jacketslisa-odwyer.photoshelter.com

The Best Bridal Jackets for 2019

Bridal jackets aren’t just for winter weddings. If you’ve got a fairly plain dress, jackets and capes can help you mix up your style. So if you were torn between two cuts, like a high neck or a long sleeve, this is where a bridal jacket comes in. Alternatively, if you want something to cover you up in the church, that you can remove in the evening, then this is also when they come in handy.

Grace Loves Lace Unreal Dream Faux Fur Jacket, £250[1] 

Unreal Dream Faux Fur Jacket, £250 best bridal jackets

Lace bridal jackets

Sassi Holford’s Yasmin lace bridal jacket, £675[2]

lace bridal jacket on bride with tie back best bridal jackets

Grace Loves Lace Mason top, £260[3]

lace mason top grace loves lace £260

Sassi Holford Yvette jacket, £575[4]

short sleeved lace Yvette bridal jacket

Halfpenny Iris jacket, £1,350 [5]

Costarellos BR19 38 embroidered tulle jackets[6] can be tucked in or custom made into a dress.

Beaded bridal jackets

Amanda Wakely, Grace Cape [7]

vintage style beaded bridal cape best bridal jackets Buy this cape here[8]

Amanda Wakeley Sophia beaded wedding cape[9]

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Beauty Edit: The Best Vegan Beauty Products

Veganism is on the rise and it’s expanding into all fields, including beauty. Who knew animal-derived products were in so many of our beauty buys? That said, there’s a multitude of vegan beauty products available to buy and all equally as good, if not better, than your everyday products.

makeup artist's brush collection best vegan beauty productsjolarneyphotography.com

Beauty Edit: The Best Vegan Beauty Products

Best Vegan Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury has a huge selection of vegan-friendly makeup, including this Rock ‘n’ Kohl eyeliner[1]. Super-soft texture for easy application, easily blendable with deep pigment, true to shade.

rock 'n' kohl Charlotte tilbury eyeliner vegan beauty productsBuy this eyeliner here[2]

e.l.f’s beauty range is all vegan-friendly, including this Nude Rose Gold eyeshadow palette… [3]

Nde rose gold elf eyeshadow palette - best vegan beauty buys Buy this palette here[4]

…As well as this Flawless Finish Foundation, [5]which offers good, lightweight coverage for a natural finish.

elf flawless finish foundation best vegan beauty products Buy this foundation here[6]

Bare Minerals is also in on the action with numerous products, including this BarePro Performance wear foundation powder[7]. The powder provides a lightweight, even coverage and banishes shine.

bare minerals powder foundation best vegan beautyBuy this powder here[8]

Too Faced’s Diamond Highlighter[9] is highly pigmented to make your cheekbones pop and suitably vegan.

too faced diamond highlighter best vegan beauty productsBuy this highlighter here[10]

Best Vegan Haircare

Olaplex shampoo[11] and conditioner[12] are both vegan and work perfectly in conjunction with the No.3 Bond perfector, should you happen to have had an Olaplex treatment.

Maria Nila’s vegan shampoo[13] and conditioner[14]. It smells amazing, a scent which leaves hair smelling glorious all day.

bottles of Maria nila shampoo and conditioner best vegan beauty productsBuy the shampoo here[15]

Vegan Makeup Brushes

Popular makeup brand Zoeva, has a lovely bamboo brush collection,[16] which is all vegan. They are soft and gentle, we particularly love this face definer.

Buy the brush set here[17]

The Body Shop’s vegan makeup brush [18]collection has a large variety of super-soft bristles to choose from.

selection of body shop makeup brushes for the best vegan beauty products

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References

  1. ^ Rock ‘n’ Kohl eyeliner (www.charlottetilbury.com)
  2. ^ Buy this eyeliner here (www.charlottetilbury.com)
  3. ^  Nude Rose Gold eyeshadow palette…  (www.elfcosmetics.co.uk)
  4. ^ Buy this palette here (www.elfcosmetics.co.uk)
  5. ^  Flawless Finish Foundation,  (www.elfcosmetics.co.uk)
  6. ^ Buy this foundation here (www.elfcosmetics.co.uk)
  7. ^ BarePro Performance wear foundation powder (www.bareminerals.co.uk)
  8. ^ Buy this powder here (www.bareminerals.co.uk)
  9. ^ Too Faced’s Diamond Highlighter (www.toofaced.com)
  10. ^ Buy this highlighter here (www.toofaced.com)
  11. ^ shampoo (www.cultbeauty.co.uk)
  12. ^ conditioner (www.cultbeauty.co.uk)
  13. ^ shampoo (marianila.com)
  14. ^ conditioner (marianila.com)
  15. ^ Buy the shampoo here (marianila.com)
  16. ^  Zoeva, has a lovely bamboo brush collection, (www.cultbeauty.co.uk)
  17. ^ Buy the brush set here (www.cultbeauty.co.uk)
  18. ^ Body Shop’s vegan makeup brush  (www.thebodyshop.com)
  19. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  20. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  21. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

9 Steps To Incredible Wedding Nails

Your hands and nails are going to be on display all day – and in a lot of wedding pictures – so they’ve got to be perfect. If your nails are looking a little worse for wear, don’t worry. We reveal how to get perfect wedding nails ahead of your big day.

Get a manicure

Start having regular manicures three months before your wedding to get your nails in tip-top condition. Or if you don’t have time, invest in some good quality tools that are made from high-quality stainless steel. Elegant Touch’s Nail Clippers[1], Cuticle Nippers are easy to use and great quality.

Moisturise regularly

Use cuticle oil daily to stop nails becoming brittle and dehydrated. We would suggest Sally Hansen’s cuticle oil[2], a classic. Follow with a moisturising hand cream such as this Burt’s Bees Repair hand cream[3]. Thanks to the shea butter it will leave your skin soft and hydrated.

Look for inspiration

Test out the nail colour or designs you want ahead of time so you’re 100 per cent happy on the day. Check out real weddings for inspiration and find out how other real brides wore theirs.

wedding nails

Discuss your options

Discuss with your nail technician or manicurist the options of having either natural nails, gel/ shellac polish or acrylic enhancements. Gel and shellac polish are a great option for wedding nails, they are strong and should last well into your honeymoon.

Don’t forget your feet

Your feet are so important, especially if you’re getting married abroad on a beach. You’ll be standing on them for a long time and they need to look pretty for the honeymoon, too.

We recommend a gentle chemical exfoliator to soften and refine the skin on your feet. Footner is a great option with excellent results[4]. One to use every few weeks starting three months or so before your big day.

Gel polish pedicure

We recommend having a gel polish pedicure done. It will stay shiny and perfect until after your honeymoon and won’t discolour with sun creams. You also don’t have to worry about chipping it as it’s fairly robust.

bridal toes rosewarnecoxphotography.co.uk

Male manicures

Treat your fiancé to a manicure before the big day. His hands will be in lots of pictures, too, so they’re just as important.

French tips

You can’t go wrong with a classic French polish but if you want a twist on tradition, then a nude or a subtle half moon in white is a nice look.

Bang on trend

Nude wedding nails are always on trend and often what brides tend to go with. If you want a more embellished look, speak to your nail technician about adding some glitter or pearls. That way they’ll certainly have some wow factor.

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References

  1. ^ Elegant Touch’s Nail Clippers (www.amazon.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sally Hansen’s cuticle oil (www.amazon.co.uk)
  3. ^ Burt’s Bees Repair hand cream (www.amazon.co.uk)
  4. ^ Footner is a great option with excellent results (www.amazon.co.uk)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  7. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Should you get an Olaplex Treatment?

Having Perfect, healthy hair on your wedding day is what all brides aspire to. We’re asked questions every day on what the best treatments to do are and when. Hair treatments are always a popular one among our readers. In light of this, we decided to try out the popular Olaplex treatment.

running hands through hair- olaplaex treatment

Should you get an Olaplex Treatment?

It’s loved by celebrities and hair stylists alike and we’ve seen the impressive results on Kim Kardashian herself. So we decided to investigate this hero treatment and see for ourselves.

What is Olaplex?

The thing to know about Olaplex is that it goes beyond a deep condition. Rather, it works to improve elasticity and strengthen hair from the inside. It slicks down lifted cuticles and repair broken disulfide bonds (the side bonds). Loved by those who bleach and dye their hair it’s also great for anyone suffering from frizzy, dry and damaged hair. It’s the first of its kind and it’s been so welcomed in the hair industry.

“Our clients love Olaplex,” says Sotira, owner of Sotira Georgio salon[1].

“It’s built a cult following because the results are obvious. You get what you pay for”.

How does it work?

Olaplex is a three-step treatment, the first two of which need to be done in a salon.

Step one (the bond multiplier) uses a concentrate, diluted and run from root to tip. Step two ( the bond perfector) is layered on top, locking in the first treatment. It’s like a deep conditioner that’s left to work for 15 minutes before it’s washed out. The results are noticeable after the first two steps, healthier, softer and whilst it’s not immediately noticeable to the naked eye, stronger.

The effects are continuous and they don’t undo with your next wash.

“It isn’t a wash-out treatment, what’s good about it is the fact it lasts.” Sotira tells us.

Finally, step three is done at home one a week on damp, unwashed hair. It’s a 15-minute treatment and when used weekly it maintains healthy hair installed by the salon treatments.

How often should we get it?

“We recommend Olaplex six months from your wedding,” says Sotira

“Then we’d say come in for another treatment once you’ve worked through your entire supply of stage three”.

Our results? Positive. The results were immediate, in look and feel, leaving hair bouncy and shiny. Done on uncoloured hair it worked as a strengthener and a deep conditioner, though we can appreciate the good it will do to colour treated hair. It’s a big health kick for all hair types and the beginning of a healthy hair journey.

The full Olaplex treatment is £65 at Sotira Georgio, Parsons Green[2].

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References

  1. ^ Sotira Georgio salon (sotirageorgio.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sotira Georgio, Parsons Green (sotirageorgio.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

How to get White Teeth for Your big Day

It’s set to be one of the happiest days of your life and ear-to-ear smiling is inevitable. The last thing you want is to be self-conscious about your teeth. We’ve spoken to the experts on how to achieve the smile you want and white teeth you’ll want to show off.

woman smiling - how to get pearly whites for your big day

Deep Clean Your way to White Teeth

Get your journey to healthy teeth and gums off on the right foot with a visit to the hygienist for a real deep clean. This way you can get the professional consultation you need to make sure you’re on top of your dental hygiene.

We suggest an Air Flow treatment[1]. If you’re someone who hates the dentist then this is a great option for you. It’s super-quick and pain-free, lifts staining to leave teeth looking clean and polished. Prices start at £250 but the results are immediate.

Go Electric

Manual toothbrushes are so antiquated you’ll be hard-pushed to find a dentist who’d ever recommend one. Electric toothbrushes do the work for you. The vibrations give your teeth a deeper and more thorough clean. Make the switch and you’ll notice a reduction in staining and plaque instantly.

“They’re designed to gently massage teeth and gums correctly – with many now having a pressure sensor that warns you if you’re pressing too hard.” Says Dr Reena Wadia, Specialist Periodontist at RW Perio[2].

“You need to place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the spot where the gums and teeth meet”.

Oral B Genius 9000, £89.99[3]

oral b genius 9000 toothbrush kit - how to get white teeth Buy this Oral B Genius 9000 here[4]

Watch What You Eat

Obviously what you eat will prevent staining. Avoid the common foods that stain and discolour teeth such as wine, tea and coffee.

Brush Twice, Daily

We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you to brush twice a day. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, you don’t want anything too abrasive as the brush will already be doing the work.

Top tip: Don’t use mouth wash after brushing as it washes away the fluoride the toothpaste coats the teeth in.

Colgate Deep Clean Whitening Triple Pack, £6.98[5]

Colgate deep clean whitening toothpaste triple pack - how to get white teethBuy this toothpaste deal here[6]

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References

  1. ^ Air Flow treatment (rwperio.com)
  2. ^ RW Perio (rwperio.com)
  3. ^ Oral B Genius 9000, £89.99 (www.amazon.co.uk)
  4. ^ Buy this Oral B Genius 9000 here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  5. ^ Colgate Deep Clean Whitening Triple Pack, £6.98 (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. ^ Buy this toothpaste deal here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  7. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  9. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

The Best Hair Masks for 2019

Perfect wedding day hair doesn’t just happen upon you. Your locks require serious attention in the lead-up to your big day and that means tonnes of hydration. We’ve rounded up the best hair masks to use at home to keep your hair in mint condition.

red haired bride best masks 2019

The Best Hair Masks for 2019

At least six months before your wedding you need to begin your mission to achieve flawless wedding locks. Whilst a good hair stylist on the day can work wonders, some care prior to this can restore your locks to optimum condition.

“I suggest starting the Ultra Nourishing masque treatment at least six months before your wedding day. It is crucial to maintain the condition of your hair, so when you see signs of improvement, gradually go down to perhaps once every two weeks.” Says Paul Windle, MD and Founder of Windle & Moodie.

“If your hair isn’t too damaged, but a just needs a little TLC, start three months before your wedding. Hair that is already strong and healthy would only need to undergo a treatment a couple of days before the big day.”

The emergency hair masks

So you realise your wedding is mere months away and you’ve left your hair to split and dry out, negligently. Queue a rushed hair chop and intense hair treatment to pump some life back into it.

Windle & Moodie Ultra Nourishing Masque, £34[1]

The final, indulgent step in a three-step treatment you can do at home or in the Windle and Moodie salon. The rich and luxurious cream coats the hair shaft and over the space of 15 minutes works to intensely hydrate. A catalyst in the journey to healthy hair.

windle and Moodie ultra nourishing hair mask

The best hydrating hair masks

Kerastase Elixer Ultime, £25[2]

A better option for coarse, thick hair in need of more life. It’s heavy and indulgent and only a five-minute mask, so ideal for the time-constrained among us. Formulated with four hydrating oils (Maize, Pracaxi, Camellia and Argan) it’s a bit too much for fine hair. For coarse hair, use bi-weekly and for fine hair, we’d suggest once every few weeks.

The best restorative hair masks

Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, £32.85[3]

Cult haircare brand Moroccanoil once again delivers a hair saviour. We found the mask helped slick down dry and lacklustre ends and soften our coarse tresses after one use.

Sachajuan Hair Repair, £19.55[4]

Sachajuan’s hair repair noticeably improved shine on our lacklustre air and we noticed it reduced frizz. It’s not as thick as some of the other masks we tried so it’s not as impactful on colour-treated hair. We couldn’t get enough of the smell though.

sachajuan hair repair best hair masksBuy this mask here[5]

Hello Jo pack of 3, £6 [6]

Hello Jo works to restore and revive the ends of your hair to prevent breakage. A cocktail of a multitude of oils (argan, olive, moringa) it adds a natural slip and suppleness to convince you you’ve done it the world of good.

sachets of hello jo hair mask- best hair masks

Tigi Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes mask, £9.54[7]

One that smells like summer even after you’ve dried your hair. We noticed it minimized frizz and smoothed frazzled ends. We loved the light consistency (it’s like a normal conditioner), plus, it’s great for all hair types.

tiki bed head urban anti+dotes hair mask best hair masks Buy this Bed Head hair mask here[8]

The everyday hair mask

We understand that not everyone washes and conditions their hair daily. When we say everyday mask, we really mean in place of your normal conditioner.

Redken All Soft Mega Megasoft, £18[9]

One for coarser hair, Redken’s Megasoft is nourishing without a greasy finish. Work a 50p sized dollop through your hair from roots to tip and leave it for five minutes. TIt’s a great everyday mask for fine and coarse hair.

redken all sofa mega megamask bottle - best hair masks Buy this mask here[10]

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist[11], RRP £4.99 at Boots[12]

The everyday hair mask. The time it takes you to wash all your other bits, this mask will have worked it’s magic. Gentle on the scalp and bursting with fragrance, it also doesn’t cost the earth.

Charles Worthington Grow Strong, £6.74[13]

When you’ve not really got the time, five minutes or otherwise, to hang around for a hair mask to work its magic. Queue Charles Worthington’s Grow Strong treatment. It’s a leave-in treatment that requires no rinsing. We found it left our tresses silky-soft and smelling fresh throughout the day. We were impressed it didn’t leave finer hair greasy or heavy.

Charles Worthington grow strong treatment- best hair masks Buy this treatment here[14]

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References

  1. ^ Windle & Moodie Ultra Nourishing Masque, £34 (www.windleandmoodie.com)
  2. ^ Kerastase Elixer Ultime, £25 (www.lookfantastic.com)
  3. ^ Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, £32.85 (www.feelunique.com)
  4. ^ Sachajuan Hair Repair, £19.55 (www.feelunique.com)
  5. ^ Buy this mask here (www.feelunique.com)
  6. ^ Hello Jo pack of 3, £6  (www.feelunique.com)
  7. ^ Tigi Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes mask, £9.54 (www.hairtrade.com)
  8. ^ Buy this Bed Head hair mask here (www.hairtrade.com)
  9. ^ Redken All Soft Mega Megasoft, £18 (www.feelunique.com)
  10. ^ Buy this mask here (www.feelunique.com)
  11. ^ Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist (www.boots.com)
  12. ^ , RRP £4.99 at Boots (www.boots.com)
  13. ^ Charles Worthington Grow Strong, £6.74 (www.boots.com)
  14. ^ Buy this treatment here (www.boots.com)
  15. ^ READ MORE: (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  16. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  17. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  18. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

The Best Heat Protection Sprays for 2019

When you’ve invested in a good chop to get your hair on track for your big day, you don’t want to let daily styling undo the good work. Queue a good heat protection spray to help protect your locks from everyday damage.

The Best Heat Protection Sprays for 2019

Are you a slave to hair straighteners? Can’t go a day without styling your hair to perfection? No doubt you know it takes a toll but with the use of a good heat protection spray and regular hair masks, you can maintain healthier locks for longer.

Moroccanoil Perfect Defense, £26.85[1]

Unlike the others we tested, Perfect Defense is a dry aerosol spray so great on dry hair. It’s still infused with the brand’s much-loved argan oil and smells like all the rest of the collection, delicious. If you’re reviving day-old styled hair this is a great heat spray that is dry and weightless.

can on moroccanoil perfect defence- the best heat protection spraysBuy this heat protection spray here[2]

Maria Nila Quick Dry Heat Spray, £18[3]

The first thing about this spray is the moreish scent, it’s like a tropical fruit explosion and we’re totally feeling it. It’s quite a wet product (obviously) by this we mean it has quite a heavy spray and saturates hair quickly.

Maria nila quick dry heat protection sprayBuy this heat spray here[4]

GHD Heat Protect Spray, £9.99[5]

GHD specialise in hot stylers and hair tools, so it’s no surprise their heat spray makes the cut. The R&D that goes into each product gives us complete faith in the brand. We love this spray, from the lovely smell to the even spray distribution- that’s right, it’s got a great spray function that doesn’t clog. What’s more, it’s the most affordable of all the brands we tried.

GHD heat protection spray Buy this spray here[6]

Cloud Nine Magical Drying Potion, £15.98 [7]

This magical potion is a multi-functioning spray. Sprayed on wet hair the product is formulated with a multitude of products with varied benefits. The oil softens and smooths, the alcohol speeds up the drying time and the heat protective ingredients (silicones and quats) work to protect from damage.

cloud nine magical quick dry potion heat protection sprays

Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Cocolicious Heat Defence £2.50 [8]

Easily affordable and an ideal travel size. The Cocolicious is a fine mist spray that has even distribution and – you guessed it- a coconut fragrance. However, it does also have a strong smell of alcohol.

Phil Smith cocolicious heat defence sprayBuy this spray here[9]

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References

  1. ^ Moroccanoil Perfect Defense, £26.85 (www.moroccanoil.com)
  2. ^ Buy this heat protection spray here (www.moroccanoil.com)
  3. ^ Maria Nila Quick Dry Heat Spray, £18 (www.sallybeauty.co.uk)
  4. ^ Buy this heat spray here (www.sallybeauty.co.uk)
  5. ^ GHD Heat Protect Spray, £9.99 (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. ^ Buy this spray here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  7. ^ Cloud Nine Magical Drying Potion, £15.98  (www.amazon.co.uk)
  8. ^ Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Cocolicious Heat Defence £2.50  (www.sainsburys.co.uk)
  9. ^ Buy this spray here (www.sainsburys.co.uk)
  10. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  11. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  12. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Editor’s Voices: I Tried Stella McCartney’s Wedding Collection and was Surprisingly Underwhelmed

Easily my favourite of Meghan Markle’s two wedding dresses, I was eager to try Stella McCartney’s wedding collection. Spoiler: for the fans of the new Duchess, there’s a Meghan-style dress sure to win you over.

Stella McCartney store Bond Street e-Editor's Voices: I Tried Stella McCartney's Wedding Collection and was Surprisingly Underwhelmed

I Tried Stella McCartney’s Wedding Collection and was Surprisingly Underwhelmed

Understandably, trying to get an appointment was tricky. It took three goes, but that’s to be expected with such a household name.

When I reached the fashion house on Old Bond Street, I was half expecting there to be a bridal suite, of sorts. However, the bridal range is an extension of her other collections so it sits among the rest of this season’s collection on the second floor.

If you have been to try on wedding dresses, you’ll appreciate it’s quite a personal experience. It’s usually you and either your mother and/or bridesmaids who accompany you. Bridal boutiques often go out of their way to make the wedding dress shopping a special experience, as it’s not likely to be an occurring thing. You’ll likely be offered a glass of bubbly and quizzed about your forthcoming nuptials, but not here.

I visited the flagship Stella McCartney store, which was thankfully quiet, and set over three floors.

Stella McCartney jumpsuit I Tried the Stella McCartney’s Wedding Dress Collection and was Surprisingly Underwhelmed

Trying on the Dresses

If you’ve been to the Stella McCartney store on Bond Street you will know how lovely it is. The brand prides itself in its sustainability both in its products and its bricks and mortar stores. The staff are friendly and welcoming, though not too hands-on with the bridal collection.

Upon my arrival, I was shown to the rail of dresses on the second floor and shown to the changing room. I was then left to shimmy my way in and out of the dresses myself. Tricky.

Anyone above a size 10 won’t have much luck getting into one of the dresses in store, which only range from 6-10. Having squeezed my size 10 frame into some and not others, I had to admit defeat. The dresses are beautiful but it was nearing on impossible to get a feel for what they would really look like. In my experience, the range wasn’t too accommodating of curves. To have only sizes between 6 and 10 was somewhat restrictive and disappointing.

Long sleeve plain wedding dress by Stella McCartney- I Tried Stella McCartney's Wedding Collection and was Surprisingly Underwhelmed

There was also a limited stock available. Sadly, the suit and the lace jumpsuit weren’t in-store, both of which I was keen to try. What’s more, I was given black shoes from the floor to try on with the dresses, which didn’t quite go. Though they were gorgeous and I’d never say no any other time.

The Result

All in all, it didn’t quite feel like a real bridal collection, (I noticed the same dresses in red on another rail). The experience was somewhat underwhelming and quite far removed from your typical wedding dress shopping experience.

However, to pay the dresses their dues, they were lovely. Simplistic and elegant with an all-sequin number for someone looking for something completely different. Fans of the Duchess will be delighted to know there is a Meghan Markle-esque dress, which I’m told is really popular- unsurprisingly.

It wasn’t a successful venture this time so it’s back to the bridal boutiques for me.

Pieces from Stella McCartney’s wedding collection start from £675 and go into the £5,000s.

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References

  1. ^ READ MORE: (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
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Barn Wedding Decor: How to Style It

No wedding is ever the same and we’re always pleasantly surprised to see how each bride incorporates their ideas. Barn weddings specifically tend to have a great level of variation. We rounded up our favourite real barn weddings. If you’re planning your own, take inspiration from some of these fab ideas.

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Barn Wedding Decor – how to Style It

So we’ve rounded up seven great barn weddings with some ideas on how you can recreate the looks yourself.

Amy & Ryan

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Photography: Jessica Raphael Photography[1]

Amy and Ryan’s[2] Somerset barn with its subtle blush and gold colour scheme complemented the golden stone. The Chiavari chairs and sea of tall candlesticks added another rustic touch. The real show-stopper here has to be the fairy light chandelier suspended from the barn’s vaulted ceiling. You can see more of this couple’s stylish wedding here[3].

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Cara & Nick

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Photography: Lindsey Ocker Photography[4]

All things rustic and romantic often go hand in hand. Cara and Nick[5] tied the knot in a Massachussets barn, bringing the space to life with opulent gold candleholders combined with burgundies for their accent colour.

Our favourite part of this barn reception decor is the garlands of eucalyptus. Draped above the ceremony area and the trestle tables and wound around the staircase. The depth of colour suited the barn’s intimate atmosphere, making it super romantic.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Hayley & Ross

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Photography: Francesca Secolonovo[6]

In contrast, Hayley and Ross transformed their barn wedding decor with colourful and contemporary flair. The wild floral arrangements added a natural pop of colour to the weathered barn exterior.

The floral theme continued to compliment the interior decor, with brightly coloured blooms cladding the cake and covering the tabletops contained in jam jars. This couple created a rainbow of colour behind their cake table using streamers to make it part of the decor too. Here’s everything you need to know[7] to create this dessert table yourself.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Tori & Nick

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Photography: Courtney Louise Photography[8]

Soft, subtle and romantic, like a quintessential traditional barn wedding. Tori and Nick chose simple flowers, garlands of greenery and pink roses to decorate their barn. Light wooden furniture, hessian table runners and long trestle tables create a convivial and warm style, perfect for spring weddings.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Katie & Ross

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Photography: Dan Sakal, D&A Photography[9]

Previously one of our cover weddings, we are delighted to share Katie and Ross’s wedding. Their wedding was particularly great because they DIYed almost everything.[10] Katie even opened an Etsy store after the wedding to sell her beautiful wares.

This couple created a contemporary theme using a muted palette of white, cream and pale pink. They paired classic calligraphy with understated florals like gypsophila and eucalyptus. They even took an everyday set of mugs and fashioned them into a feature wedding display.

If you’ve not got a crafty side but like the ideas, you can recreate some of their looks with the following accessories: 

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Jenny & Matthew

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Photography: Natalie Pluck[11]

Jenny and Matthew made the most of their venue’s beams at their wedding by adding all manner of hanging installations and decorations. Fairy lights were woven round beams while giant letter lights were perched on the mezzanine. Branches were even suspended from the rafters with stopper bottles holding ferns cascading from them.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Anne & Michael

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Photography: Louise Bjorling[12]

Our final barn wedding decor comes from Anne and Michael. Offering a quirkier take, they decorated their venue with coloured glassware and linen napkins, golden chairs and patterned tablecloths. The perfect accompaniment to their vintage tea party wedding breakfast that followed. Take a look at our edit[13] of the best details to bring your vintage tea party theme to life.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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References

  1. ^ Jessica Raphael Photography (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Amy and Ryan’s (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ here (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ Lindsey Ocker Photography (lindseyocker.com)
  5. ^ Cara and Nick (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Francesca Secolonovo (francescasecolonovophotography.com)
  7. ^ Here’s everything you need to know (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  8. ^ Courtney Louise Photography (courtneylouisephotography.co.uk)
  9. ^ Dan Sakal, D&A Photography (da-photo.co.uk)
  10. ^ because they DIYed almost everything. (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  11. ^ Natalie Pluck (nataliepluck.com)
  12. ^ Louise Bjorling (louisebjorling.com)
  13. ^ Take a look at our edit (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  14. ^ READ MORE: (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  15. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  16. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  17. ^ here (www.facebook.com)