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11 of Northern Ireland’s Best Groomswear Retailers

June 16, 2016
Groomswear Northern Ireland

Today it’s all for the boys!

Getting the grooms party suited and booted to perfection is right up there with choosing the perfect dress and we have been sourcing some of the best grooms wear shops in Northern Ireland so your man will be suitably dapper on the big day. With grooms becoming more fashion conscious than ever, we’ve found some of the most stylish suits out there. Whether it’s quirky tweed, or a traditional tailored suit you’re after, we’ve found some smashers…

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First up is Andrew Watson Menswear situated in Spires Mall, Belfast. Andrew Watson Menswear pride themselves on exemplary customer service and expert advice provided by their experienced staff. With a vast knowledge when it comes to styling grooms, we have no doubt they would only be happy to help you in the search for the perfect wedding attire. We love this subtle navy check suit with classic neutral accessories now available in store, so suave.

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Bogart Menswear has been in business for over 40 years and is based in Belfast and Newry. Bogart are currently celebrating their collaboration with lifestyle brand Herbie Frogg having designed suits for the Northern Ireland football team to wear in France for Euro 2016. This crisp navy suit teamed with a knitted tie and ditsy print pocket square is definitely one of our favourites!

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Based in Magherafelt, Portadown and Coleraine, Debonair Groomswear is one of the leading providers of wedding attire for men. When it comes to choosing your grooms party attire, Debonair offer an outstanding choice of quality garments as well as a reliable and professional service. This quirky, mismatched bow-tie and waistcoat, teamed with a classic style jacket would be perfect for any style confident groom!

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Different Class Menswear is a family run, independent menswear retailer based in Londonderry. Different Class stock some of the leading German and European menswear brands, and are extremely passionate about providing top class customer service for their clients. Any outgoing, confident grooms out there? This bold check suit now available in store has your name written all over it! We love it!

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Situated in Bangor and Newtownards, Focus is a one stop shop for all your grooms wear needs! Trading since 1983, Focus offer a wide range of wedding suits, but also stock a selection of accessories and gift wear all under one roof. If it’s a pop of colour you’re after then this navy suit with tweed waistcoat and purple shirt will be right up your street! Visit Focus to shop this look.

Groomswear Northern Ireland

With over ten years’ experience and showrooms based in Cookstown and Belfast, Red Groomswear is one of the most dynamic and respected businesses in their field. With a vast array of beautifully cut suits to choose from, not to mention a wide range of matching accessories, your groom will be styled to perfection in no time. This classic grey three piece suit has been given a modern twist, teamed with a quirky tweed bow tie and floral felt lapel pin.

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Hugo Thomas Menswear is based on the Lisburn Road, Belfast. Tucked away on this busy street of boutiques, Hugo Thomas Menswear is the perfect place for a groom who knows his sense of style and isn’t afraid to experiment with the latest trends. We love a coloured suit here at The Promise HQ so we just couldn’t go past this bottle green beauty, now available in store.

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Remus Uomo is based in Victoria Square, Belfast. Remus Uomo provide some of the sharpest tailoring out there, so this brand will be the perfect place to shop if your groom wants classic, timeless shapes that will never go out of style. Remus Uomo suits have a strong Italian influence and this brand is at the top of their game when it comes to understated sophistication.

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Statement Menswear is based in Portadown and is the perfect place for a groom with a contemporary style. Founded in 2012, Statement Menswear offer an intimate styling experience for any grooms that want suit that will stand out from the crowd, by adding a current twist. This beautiful Downton light blue Donegal tweed suit and matching accessories are now available in store.

Groomswear Northern Ireland

Based in Dungiven, Ultimate Menswear is a local business that is well worth a visit for the modern man. Specialising in suits that are available to buy or to hire, Ultimate Menswear cater for both the traditional and quirky groom, so no matter what your style, you’re sure to find the perfect look for your wedding day! We love seeing individual accessories on a groom, so why not take inspiration from the guys at Ultimate Menswear and team this knitted bow tie with matching floral lapel pin? All items are available in store.

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Image by Adam & Grace Photography

And last but by no means least we have Dee Graham Tailor Made. Based in Dungannon Dee Graham is one name to look out for if you want to dream up your very own bespoke tailored suit. Dee’s passion for creating cutting edge suits is catching and your guy will look nothing less than top dollar in one of his creations!

{Featured image: Remus Uomo}

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Promise Picks: Rare Pear – the perfect dancing shoes!

June 11, 2016
Rare Pear - the perfect dancing shoes | The Promise NI

It would appear, after a pretty thorough inspection of my wardrobe I have too many pairs of shoes, especially as I only have two feet! Does it stop the guilty purchases, heck no!

Hello and hey to all you Saturday readers, I’m sharing four of the loveliest Rare Pear handcrafted pumps today – not only will you adore them on your wedding day, but every day after as well.

Rare Pear - the perfect dancing shoes | The Promise NI

The delightful flats are the perfect shoe for evening dancing. Lovingly hand made in Devon, England by new British brand Rare Pear, each shoes has its own special story, name and design edge. The highest quality Italian suedes and leathers are used with each shoe lined with the very softest of glove leather.

My favourite’s are…

The seasonal palette includes peony pinks, plume greys, wheaten creams and acid yellows – glorious!

Rare Pear - the perfect dancing shoes | The Promise NI Rare Pear - the perfect dancing shoes | The Promise NI

Founders Sarah and Ben Sherlock have more than 30 years of fashion experience between them. After studying at Central Saint Martin’s and Cordwainers College respectively, Sarah and Ben worked across the globe for brands like Calvin Klein, Matthew Williamson, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger before settling in Devon and realising a lifelong dream to design and make a stunning collection of footwear and bags.

We are in shoe-heaven with Rare Pear, read more of this interesting story and visit their online shop at www.rarepear.co.uk

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Simply Smitten! Needle & Thread AW 16 Collection

June 8, 2016
Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Good morning you lovely fashion savvy lot!

Today on the blog, we have some affordable and alternative bridal wear that is to die for – and we are completely obsessed! I’ll let you in on a secret – Emma is particularly annoyed she didn’t have the option of these beauties last year for her own wedding 😉

A little while ago we shared British brand Needle & Thread’s fabulous wedding guest wear collection – but listen up brides to be, we have some pretty awesome news for you! Following the release of a successful first bridal collection in late 2015, Needle & Thread have designed and delivered their Autumn Winter Bridal Collection and it is utterly GORGEOUS. And the best news of all? Most of the collection comes in under £1000!

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Ballet Cape £125, Coppelia Ballet Dress £130

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Deconstructed Lace Gown, £650 – Boho brides, this one has your name written all over it!

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Heritage Jersey Top £115, Iridescent Floral Maxi Skirt £450

The collection features Needle & Thread’s now signature hand beaded and embellished designs, with a mix of maxi dresses, as well as shorter, less traditional styles. For the fashion forward bride, check out the amazing separates – tulle skirts and beaded tops feature heavily as well as quirky dresses with matching embellished capes. The Needle & Thread collection is perfect for any bride who might be planning their day on a short timeframe, as an alternative option for your evening party, the next day dress or if you want to cut costs without sacrificing any style, these dresses are the answer!

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Ombre Insert Gown, £750

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Silver Scallop Maxi Dress, £275 and Silver Scallop Cape, £225 – This combo is my absolute favourite from the collection – Total dream dress!

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Victorian Lace Dress £850

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Victorian Button Gown, £850

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Victorian Lace Dress £450

Needle & Thread AW 16 Bridal Collection | Affordable bridal fashion | The Promise NI

Victorian Lace Top (£200), Lace Tulle Maxi Skirt (£170)

Needle & Thread’s AW Collection is available from their website: www.needleandthread.com, on www.net-a-porter.com, or on www.bhldn.com.

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Ten Striking Wedding Dresses To Show Off Your Shoes!

May 18, 2016
Ankle length wedding dresses | The Promise NI

A very warm good morning to you all! After a couple of dodgy weeks we are back with ten incredible wedding gowns that show off your ankles, and your shoes. Yes, it may not be the typical area a bride wants to show off on her wedding day, but as we all know, I believe rules are made to be broken! Plus, keeping your fabulous footwear all to yourself would be rude, wouldn’t it? If you’ve lusted after them, saved up for them, or simply just adore them to bits, why keep them hidden?

We’ve searched near and far for these beauties, I do hope you enjoy…

Ankle length wedding dresses

Sequoia top + Amberley skirt – Ivy & Aster

Ankle length wedding dresses

Nell, cut out corded lace – Amsale

Ankle length wedding dresses | The Promise NI

Vintage – Archive 12, Belfast

{Shoot credits – Photos: The Lous / Dresses: Archive 12 / Flowers: The Rosehip and Berry / Hair: Vintage Rocks / Makeup: Michael Johnson / Styling: Grace and Saviour / Accessories: Blue Meadow Bridal / Model: Melissa Elliott / See full shoot here}

Ankle length wedding dresses

Mulberry top + Stella skirt – Ivy & Aster

Ankle length wedding dresses

Tulle lace maxi – Needle & Thread

Ankle length wedding dresses

Hi-low effect gown – Cymbeline

Ankle length wedding dresses | The Promise NI

Vintage – Archive 12, Belfast

{Shoot credits – Photos: The Lous / Dresses: Archive 12 / Flowers: The Rosehip and Berry / Hair: Vintage Rocks / Makeup: Michael Johnson / Styling: Grace and Saviour / Accessories: Blue Meadow Bridal / Model: Melissa Elliott / See full shoot here}

Ankle length wedding dresses

Prospere gown – utterly elegant silk cotton – BHLDN

Ankle length wedding dresses

Harlow – hand cut floral lace applique – The Babushka Ballerina

Ankle length wedding dresses

Burn out effect lace – so modern – ASOS Bridal

 

{Featured image: Photos: The Lous / Dresses: Archive 12 / Flowers: The Rosehip and Berry / Hair: Vintage Rocks / Makeup: Michael Johnson / Styling: Grace and Saviour / Accessories: Blue Meadow Bridal / Model: Melissa Elliott / See full shoot here}

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The Romantic Allure: 10 Dreamy Wedding Gowns

May 3, 2016
Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

Every bride will have their own adjective to fully describe their dream wedding gown. It could be big, modern, sexy, sophisticated or elegant, but today’s adjective is romantic. I bet most brides want to look dreamy and romantic on their big day. Whilst romantic can mean a lot of different things and looks to each bride, today we’re sharing ten of the prettiest and most romantic wedding gowns from across the province and from some of our favourite bridal designers.

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For a limited time only, The White Gallery Boutique in Burren (just outside Newry) have extended their Halfpenny London collection which includes this divine lace top and silk tulle skirt, what a dreamy combo! The collection is even named Flora Romance. To make an appointment call Rachel at The White Gallery on 07565 221331. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

We adore the beautiful neck and cap sleeve detail, as well as the delicate lace and fine beading. From the Romantic Lace collection by Essense of Australia, available from Pearls & Lace, Donegal Town. To book an appointment call 00353 74 97 23341. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

The simple shape of this sheath dress by Essense of Australia combined with the layered corded lace make’s this one show-stopping beauty! Available from Pearls & Lace, Donegal Town. To book an appointment call 00353 74 97 23341. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

Melody by Suzanne Neville has all the makings of an elegant and romantic wedding gown, especially for brides who favour a fuller skirt. The lace back detailing is incredible. This gown is stocked at Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown. Call 028 8952 1371 to make an appointment.  Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

Pronovias always get romance spot on! The Tekla gown, stocked at La Boda Bridal, Banbridge is sophisticated with a hint of dramatic thread and gemstone embroidery and dazzling back detailing. To make an appointment at La Boda Bridal call 028 4062 8811. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

Nelly by Wtoo by Watters features a sheer ivory tulle top adorned with dainty beading over a soft netted skirt with romantic beaded trim at the waist and sweep train. This beauty of a wedding dress is available at La Boda Bridal, Banbridge. To make an appointment call 028 4062 8811. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

We do love our off the shoulder wedding gowns around here! Gabrielle by Anna Maier is one of the prettiest we’ve seen with the lace overlay and light peach underlay. This gown is available from Ivory & Pearl in Comber, call 028 9187 1135 to make an appointment. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

Naomi Neoh is renowned for creating incredibly romantic gowns and we think Azalea is one of her best. With sheer lace sleeves, the perfect V neckline, full A line dropped waist skirt and flower detail to the hip, it’s just perfect, isn’t it? This gown is available from Ivory & Pearl in Comber, call 028 9187 1135 to make an appointment. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NI

Evidence from Rembo Styling is my little romantic addition for boho dreamers at heart – how sweet are the little lace cap sleeves. Romantic wedding gowns I The Promise NILast up, Volga from Soft by Rosa Clara features floaty beaded silk tulle, who wouldn’t want to glide up their aisle in this pretty number?

What adjective describes your perfect wedding gown? Go on, share with us, we’d love to help you find it! 

 

{Featured image: Nelly from Wtoo by Watters- as above}

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Elli-Nicole Shoes: Bespoke Bridal Shoes That You Design!

April 27, 2016
Customisable wedding shoes by Elli-Nicole I The Promise NI

Yes I know, I know, it’s a total cliche that I am female and adore shoes – seriously though, it is part of the job, isn’t it?! Today I think I might have come across the most perfect bridal shoes – bridal shoes that you customise yourself!

Elli-Nicole Shoes is a gorgeous South African brand who specialise in creating custom designed special occasion shoes, perfect for your wedding day, and any other day you want. With a simple six step online design process those dream shoes are only a few clicks away. The website is pure prettiness and choosing what you want will be such a pleasure. Worldwide delivery is available so you could be wearing the best travelled bridal shoes around!

Customisable wedding shoes by Elli-Nicole I The Promise NI

Customisable wedding shoes by Elli-Nicole I The Promise NI

Customisable wedding shoes by Elli-Nicole I The Promise NI

Customisable wedding shoes by Elli-Nicole I The Promise NI

Customisable wedding shoes by Elli-Nicole I The Promise NI

Of course I had to have a go at designing my own, here’s the result:

Customisable wedding shoes by Elli-Nicole I The Promise NI

Blushing Beauty pink peep toe sandals with rose gold double bow.

You can also choose from a number of kooky decals for the sole. From You’re my hubby to Me too you can really have fun designing these special pair of shoes!

Head over to Elli-Nicole Shoes for more prettiness & have a great Wednesday!

 

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Needle & Thread Guest Wear

April 20, 2016
Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Good morning and happy Wednesday lovely readers!

We are always on the lookout for the crème de la crème of wedding guest attire to share with you, so when we stumbled across the contemporary British brand Needle & Thread; we figured it would be just downright rude not to show you.

Needle & Thread was launched in April 2013 and received instant applause for its expertly drawn lace and floral motifs created with threads and sequins. The 2016 Spring Summer collection includes beautifully embellished dresses, but also some of the most fabulous tulle skirts with matching sequin tops that would make the perfect staple separates for your wardrobe!

We tried to choose just a few styles to show you – but ended up getting a little carried away! Here are some of our favourites:

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Tulle Midi Skirt, £65 + Floral Embellished Top, £115 + Kurt Geiger Gatsby White Shoes, £99.

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Scallop Lace Dress, £275.

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Embellished Chiffon Mini Dress, £285.

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Tulle Floral Midi Dress, £165.

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Linear Motif Embellished Shift Dress, £165.

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Coppelia Ballet Dress, £130.

Embellished Tulle Gown, £275.

Dress with Oriental Floral Embellishment, £170.

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Backless Sheer Sleeve Tulle Embellished Maxi, £200.

Needle & Thread Spring Summer Wedding Guest Wear I The Promise NI

Floral Embellished Top, £115 + Tulle Maxi Skirt, £110 + Kurt Geiger Gatsby Gold Shoes, £99.