Wedding Inspiration

Celebrate The Bridal Season at Bicester Village

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration and a ‘bridal’ day out then why not head to Bicester Village?

From Friday 6 to Sunday 29 March, Bicester Village will be transformed into a haven of all things bridal.

For the first time ever, a carefully selected team of wedding experts will be on hand to help brides-to-be design their dream day, including the UK’s top luxury wedding planner Mark Niemierko, specialist cake designers Princess Patisserie, and Tatler-recommended florists, Fabulous Flowers. In addition, the boutiques will be bursting with exclusive bridal collections.

Dream Dresses

A magnificent collection of bridal gowns will be available at Bicester Village for this limited period from designers including Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, Valentino and Temperley London, while experts will be on hand to assist brides in finding ‘The One’.

The Oscar de la Renta boutique will be transformed into a wedding emporium showcasing more than 90 beautiful, hand-finished bridal gowns alongside complementary accessories, while guests will also be able to discover hand-drawn sketches by the designer himself.

Chloé will showcase ten exclusive bridal styles from their wedding collection – all available to purchase.

At Temperley London, from 16 to 19 March, a bridal personal shopping specialist will be on hand to advise on the boutique’s selection of bridal wear, accessories and outfits for the extended wedding party.

Guests who purchase their bridal gown from Temperley London will receive an exclusive framed, hand-drawn sketch and personal note from Alice Temperley. With every bridal purchase of more than £950, guests will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £250 Temperley London Gift Card.

 Perfect accessories

To complete the look, boutiques throughout the Village will be brimming with jewellery, lingerie, gifts and accessories.

At the La Perla boutique, guests can enjoy additional savings of 20% across a special edit of pieces including lingerie and swimwear, perfect for the wedding, honeymoon and beyond. Personal consultations will be available and guests can enjoy champagne and macaroons as they browse the collections.

Meanwhile, the Gina boutique will present an exclusive selection of bejewelled footwear, to add a touch of glamour to any bridal ensemble.

The Creative Director of jewellery brand Annoushka will make a personal appearance at the boutique to meet guests and advise on wedding jewellery.

The Links of London boutique will offer engraving on exclusive bridal pieces.

Especially for the event, Hearts On Fire – purveyors of ‘The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond’ – will showcase a stunning 5.3 carat dream diamond set in an intertwining diamond-set band valued at £250,000.

The order of service

Acclaimed wedding planner Mark Niermierko, who has organised weddings for top celebrities, will make a special appearance on Friday 6, Saturday 14 and Thursday 19 March. He will host a series of talks on wedding ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’, bringing his team of experts with him to offer advice for arranging the perfect day. He will be based in the VIP Lounge and will welcome brides from 10 am to 3 pm.

Guests can come to the Village and snap a selfie against the ‘Just Married’ backdrop, marvel at the Wedding Dancers and upload pictures to social media channels.

To continue the celebratory spirit, guests can indulge in a special Luxury Champagne Afternoon Tea at Villandry Grand Café.

*Guests who pre-register for the bridal event will be entitled to special privileges including private events and use of the Bicester Village VIP Lounge, where they can discover floral installations and a selection of exclusive pieces from bridal specialists. To register, guests simply need to enter their details at BicesterVillage.com, after which they will receive a welcome pack including a brochure listing all participating boutiques, exclusive offers and a schedule of special events.

About Bicester Village

Bicester Village, one of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages by Value Retail, is located just 60 minutes from both London and Birmingham, and offers the UK’s leading luxury outlet shopping experience. With more than 130 outlet boutiques providing fashion and luxuries for the home, Bicester Village offers a unique selection of British and international brands with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, seven days a week and all year round. Bally, Diane von Furstenberg, Missoni, and Tory Burch are just a few of the international brands present, as well as boutiques of British designers including Anya Hindmarch, Temperley London, Smythson and Vivienne Westwood. A suite of services includes the Shopping Express®, the daily coach service from London; an award-winning Tourist Information Centre; a children’s play area, valet parking, Hands-free Shopping, and a Personal Stylist. With a selection of restaurants and cafés, the Village has become a destination for visitors seeking a superior shopping experience and an enjoyable day out.

www.bicestervillage.com

About Niemierko

Mark Niemierko is Britain’s leading luxury event and wedding planner. His company, Niemierko, has arranged parties and weddings for Russian oligarchs, Premiership football players and high society London couples. A favourite with celebrities, he planned Rochelle and Marvin Humes’ Blenheim Palace wedding, and Julia and James Corden’s Babington House nuptials, and has overseen weddings with Royalty in attendance, such as the society wedding of Alexandra and Alexander Fellowes, at which Prince Harry was a guest.

Mark Niemierko also runs an eponymous wedding-planners’ academy at The Dorchester, Park Lane.

www.niermierko.com

About Fabulous Flowers

Fabulous Flowers offer a bespoke approach to designing wedding flowers, and by spending time getting to know their clients, they can translate personality and feelings into flowers.

Flowers are the one thing that can truly personalise a wedding and clients often tell Fabulous Flowers that the thank you letters from their wedding guests never fail to mention their amazing flowers. The Fabulous Flowers team are regularly called upon to provide designs for the top bridal and florist publications in the country, and are in high demand to teach and inspire florists across the UK.
www.fabulousflowers.biz

About Princess Patisserie

Princess Patisserie is the life and love of Kelly Harries. Having given up the two hour daily commute from Banbury to London in 2011, Kelly breathed life into the dream she had since she was a little girl… to be in the kitchen all day long! Within weeks she had secured her very own production kitchen and the journey to baking heaven had begun. A number of years on and Kelly’s passion for high quality, insanely great tasting, utterly beautiful cakes is stronger than ever and her reputation for excellent service and compulsive perfection is known across the industry.

www.princesspatisserie.co.uk

Wedding Stationery Sussex

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New Digital Wedding Moodboard Helps Couples Find Their Perfect Venue

Ionian Weddings

Ionian Weddings, the destination wedding experts, is launching a digital moodboard that helps couples find their perfect venue or location in a couple of clicks.  This exciting new tool will generate a visual enquiry that is sent to Ionian Weddings’ consultants who can then suggest the best possible venues.  Couples can also share the images on social media.

On Valentine’s Day, Ionian Weddings is launching a new way to search for the perfect destination wedding venue.

The staff spent months sourcing beautiful photos from their own hundreds of weddings and venues and created Image-ine, (www.ionianweddings.co.uk/image-ine), a visual mood board designed to help couples capture the feel of their perfect dream wedding.

Couples can then send the images in the form of an enquiry to their expert wedding consultants who will contact them with the best venues based on their chosen images. They can also share the images on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Tumblr or they can email them to friends & family.

Jane Stuart-Palikira, Co-Founder of Ionian Weddings says, “So many couples struggle to describe the look and feel of the type of wedding they are looking for and we realised it would be so much easier if they could enquire about a wedding simply using images.  It will also really help our wedding consultants to make the very best suggestions for them”.

About Ionian Weddings
Multi award winning Ionian Weddings was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team, Jane and Andreas Palikiras. The company organises more than 300 weddings a year in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Croatia.

Ionian Weddings specialises in sourcing innovative and exciting venues, and has intimate knowledge of each venue and destination offered. Examples include a Maltese castle, private villas and beaches, vineyards and the San Francesco Cloisters in Sorrento. In 2013 they organised the first wedding to take place at the underground Lake Melissani in Kefalonia.

The overseas wedding market has grown by over 26% since 2005, with one in five UK couples choosing to get married abroad. Cost, weather and the option to have a more intimate wedding are cited as some of the reasons for this choice, with the cost of a wedding abroad totalling approximately one third of the cost of the average UK wedding.

For more information, visit Ionian Weddings  or call 020 8894 1991. You can also follow them on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Wedding Trends for 2015

It’s been a while since I posted here and although we’re already one month into the new year (where did the last 4 or 5 weeks go?!) I’d like to kick off with a round up of what’s going to be hot and on trend this year. There are a lot of different ideas out there about what are going to be hot this year and these are a few of my favourites.

It’s worth saying that I think it’s important to be true to yourself rather than just following a trend purely for the sake of it, however it can be fun to incorporate the details and things that you really love that are current.

SEQUINS & SPARKLE

Last year rustic festival style weddings were huge but things are starting to lean more towards a luxe hippie style with sequins, bright colours and elegant chill out areas. Try adding small touches if you’re reticent or go the whole hog with sequinned table and chair dressings or even a sequinned wedding dress (or bridesmaids if they’re happy with that). Etsy Blog,

Short Blush Sequin Dress, Bridesmaid Dress with Tulle tutu, Short Wedding Dress, Modern Simple Wedding Gown, Eco Friendly, Made to Order

 

Gold on Gold Hotfoiled Mendhi Invitation with Swarovski Crystals by Lilguy Stationery

 

FEATHERS

Feathers add a dramatic touch whether you incorporate them into your outfit or the venue details. Etsy Blog,

White Feather Fascinator by Esemee Fascinators

Charleston Glamour Invitation by Lilguy Stationery

 

Peacock & Diamanté Flower invitation by Lilguy Stationery

Peacock Feather Fascinator by Esemee Fascinators

MIX ‘N’ MATCH VINTAGE CROCKERY

I’m a big fan of vintage style and mix ‘n’ match crockery brings a touch of bygone elegance to a garden party or informal marquee reception.

Crockery by Queen of Hearts Tea Sets, Sussex

BUTTONS, RIBBONS AND GEMS Huffpost Weddings Blog

I use ribbons and gems a lot in my wedding stationery and buttons have also been requested in place of diamanté.

Crystal Rose close up

Close up of Crystal Rose invitation by Lilguy Stationery

  LilGuy Stationery 1930s Earring Inspired 15cm sq wallet invitation

Invitation inspired by a 1930’s pair of earrings by Lilguy Stationery

Lavender Garden Vintage Button, Brooch & Jewellery Bouquet

Lavender Garden Vintage Button, Brooch & Jewellery Bouquet by I Heart Buttons

Ready Made Buttonhole

Ready made Buttonhole by I Heart Buttons

Jewel Brights Brooch Bouquet by DC Bouquets

This blog entry from  Huff Post Weddings on wedding trends that need to be retired made me smile – not sure I altogether agree with banning a buffet although I take their point on hot food being cold by the time you get back to the table. We had a cold buffet and no seating plan which worked really well at our informal marquee in the garden reception, and I don’t remember anyone spilling food down themselves! We don’t seem to have the cocktail hour in the UK during a wedding reception – and having seen various episodes of Four Weddings US (purely for research purposes of course!) I think that’s a good thing. The amount of food consumed at cocktail hour and then at the wedding breakfast itself can be quite obscene and a waste of money, however I do like the idea of various food ‘stations’ to give guests a variety.

What do you think about the trends for the coming year? What are you going to be incorporating into your wedding, or will you be going all out sparkle?! I’d love to hear your comments and ideas so please leave me a message below….

Wedding Stationery Sussex

Thought For Thursday

As it’s Christmas Day, here are a few quotes for you. Hope you have a great day!

 

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
Roy L. Smith

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
Charles Dickens

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
Phyllis Diller

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.
Bernard Manning

 

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
Bob Hope

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Washington Irving

Thought For Thursday

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
Alfred Adler

Thought For Thursday

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
Octavia Butler

Thought For Thursday

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Vince Lombardi