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J for Jewelled

March 24, 2014
Jewelled wedding gowns

If there’s one thing you’re certainly allowed on your wedding day, it’s a little touch of bling! Or, lots of bling, maybe! This season the bridal boutiques are teaming with bridal gowns adorned in stunning jewels on the neckline, the back, the skirt, everywhere actually! Today, we’ve brought you ten of our favourite jewelled wedding gowns from across the province.

Above: Vintage pearl satin Deco gown from Suzanne Neville with sequinned tulle detailed bodice. Available from Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown, tel: 028 8952 1371.

A line Riccarda gown by Ronald Joyce with embellished illusion neckline and bodice. Available from Mc Elhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: 00353 7491 31217.

Breathtaking all over embellished gown with sleek silhouette and soft flowing skirt, available from Elody Bride, Newry, tel: 028 3026 3221.

Silk dupion gown with silk chiffon overlay skirt and silver toned embellishment by Anna Campbell, available from Ivory & Pearl Bridal Boutique, Comber, tel: 028 9187 1135.

Alencon lace dress on tulle over Chantilly lace with flutter sleeve caplet with a delicate jewelled trim by Justin Alexander, available from Mc Elhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: 00353 7491 31217.

Intricate pattern of Swarovski crystals and mirrored beads adorn tulle over Valentina satin slim gown by Sottero & Midgley, available from Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown, tel: 028 8952 1371.

1920’s inspired gown with delicate cap sleeves and beaded detail throughout, available from Perfect Day, Lurgan, tel: 028 3832 1607.

Victorian style sheath dress with a beaded lace jacket which drapes over the shoulders by Maggie Sottero, available from Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel, tel: 028 7181 3682.

Chantilly lace gown with crocheted halter neck bodice adorned with guipure appliqués by Yolan Cris, available from The White Gallery Boutique, Burren, Warrenpoint, tel: 07565 221 331.

Tulle sheath gown with illusion neckline with mirrored jewels and Swarovski crystals atop beaded embroidery by Sottero & Midgley, available from Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown, tel: 028 8952 1371.

We’re head over heels in love with jewelled gowns, what do you think? Let us know with a comment below. 


Skipping the Hire Suit

March 20, 2014
alternative groomswear

During the planning of thousands of weddings across the country every year the bride spends weeks, sometimes months, pondering her wedding gown, visiting bridal boutiques and trying on different options. Usually for the groom they go to one hire shop, try on a few options, get measured up and collect it a few days before the wedding- hardly fair is it?

If your groom wants to be different, give him free reign on his outfit, let him show off his personality on the day instead of wearing a standard suit he’ll never own. Today we’re looking at alternative options if your groom decides to skip the hire suit!

Stylish inspiration: Alternative ideas of the groom

Checked bow tie: Nicole Dianne / Navy suit, pink tie: Ben Webb / Liberty tie: AMB Photo / Waistcoat grooms party: Ashlee Murr Photography / Cream linen suit: Spottswood Photography.

Tips for a dapper chap!

  • If you decide on a more relaxed feel there is much less pressure on five guys dressed exactly the same- mismatched groomsmen is the way to go, just give them a colour palette and let them choose their outfit themselves. By doing this everyone is comfortable in what they wear and it’ll make for a bespoke grooms party, full of different personalities.
  • Never, ever, ever underestimate a pair of good shoes. You might be looking uber cool but if you go with the wrong pair of shoes, game over!
  • Want a smart sleek look with a tailored suit but can’t afford a made to measure James Bond tux? Purchase your favourite from the high street and bring it to a tailor to have altered to fix exactly.
  • A baggy ill fitting shirt is never good and you will have to take off your waistcoat or jacket at some point, so make sure you choose a well fitted shirt to show off your frame.
  • Make sure you get a special pair of cufflinks, they equal elegance on the wedding day and a groom should never be without a pair.
  • Go for a bow! Black will create a sleek look, but there are thousands of options, prints, colours and fabrics to choose from, a bow is good!

Our favourites from the high street:

High street finds for the groom

Dark blue wool and linen mix jacket, £69.99, H&M.

Purple pink handkerchief, £3.99, H&M.

Ombre gingham bow tie, £21.60, Robin Tree Lane on Etsy.

Yacht silver cufflinks, £130, Links of London.

Blue and white striped bow tie, £17.99, Zara.

Paxman floral shirt, £120, Ted Baker.

Classic dark blue Derby shoe, £130, Ted Baker.

Light blue Imran silk tie, £80, Liberty.

Mid grey linen suit, £79.99 & £29.99, Zara.

Grey cotton birdseye waistcoat, £110, Ted Baker.

Sorbara tan brogues, £249, Oliver Sweeney.

Skull patterned Alexander McQueen bow tie, £95, Mr Porter.


If you’ve a groom with bags of style, we’d love to hear from you, simply leave us a comment below!

Planning Style

Six Things: Before You Go Dress Hunting

February 4, 2014

Picking your wedding dress, eek!

Easily, the biggest and most important item of clothing you will ever purchase, and for some the hardest item ever to choose. If you’ve never stepped foot in a bridal salon until now the whole process can seem daunting, but before you make your first appointment, here are six things you need to know.

1. Swat up on the lingo of wedding dresses. Necklines, hemlines and skirt shapes all have their own particular names, such as boat neck, ballerina and A line. If you’re a really good student knowing what fabrics you like – which includes tulle, satin and silk dupion – will help when you’re describing your perfect dress.

2. Know what suits you, but be open to suggestions. There are so many different styles, colours and designs of wedding gowns, that it is easy for you to become confused with what you like and what actually suits your frame and colouring. Look through your wardrobe at home, do you have an infinite number of sweetheart necklines in there? Maybe this is the shape best suited to you. We are lucky here in Northern Ireland, the bridal boutique advisors are pretty clued up on their job, so even if you’d immediately discount their choice, give it a go, you won’t know until your wearing it! Many brides I have spoken to have ended up choosing the dress they wouldn’t have looked at until their advisor encouraged them.

3. Don’t bring an entourage, you’re not JLo! One, two and at a push three opinions are enough, no matter what you think, you do not everyone and their aunt giving their advice!

4. Soak up the experience and enjoy it. Whilst you’re looking for your wedding dress you are technically allowed to be vain, it’s an unwritten rule – indulge yourself. Take in all the eyes on you as the curtain swishes back, enjoy the moment your mum wipes the tears from her eyes when you find the one and with your dress ‘in the bag’ go out and celebrate!

5. Arrive at your appointment in nice underwear. DO wear clothes over the top, please, but trying on stunning wedding gowns with your greying running pants on will not a princess make! Remember your bridal consultant will be helping you into your dresses so wear underwear you don’t mind being seen. Wearing a comfortable strapless bra is ideal as you will get a clearer idea of how your dress will look on the day. And don’t forget to do you hair and make up, it will all help see a little glimpse of how you will look on your wedding day.

6. Go with your heart, if it jumps, it’s the dress for you! Chances are you will try on lots of dresses, all beautiful, but not the dress. If you don’t want to take it off, you can’t stop smiling/crying and your friends are sobbing into their tissues, chances are its the one for you.

Armed with these helpful tips, I think you’ve some appointments to make! 


Featured image: Corbin Gurkin via The Knot