Getting Personal…

Everyone is looking for ways to make their wedding day as personal as possible, making it a memorable day. I often find that the best way to do this is to look for personalised options. This can be more than just your wedding stationery – you can incorporate personalised aspects into all areas of your wedding day.

At Weddings by Rachel, we are always looking for unique and unusual things to make your special day perfect. One of my favourite places for this is Not on the High Street, who offer a range of unusual items from decorations through to bridal party gifts. A wide selections of their products can also be personalised, including this great bunting garland.

Polka wedding garland

If you’re getting married outdoors, or at a venue with large grounds, why not direct guests with this sign from Cox and Cox.

Wedding Sign

Another option is to personalise your wedding favours. For example, Fortune Chocolate offer personalised ‘fortune’ chocolates as wedding favour. You can personalise the wrappers and write your own fortune to go in them!

There’s also a number of places that offer personalised sweets, such as Love Hearts. This is great for those of you with a sweet tooth and those who want something that will keep guests talking even after the wedding!

Make A Statement

At Weddings by Rachel we know that some brides really do love to make a statement, so we have found some great dresses to really help you stand out from the crowd!

One gorgeous gown is the Princess Sylvie by Jonathan James.

We also love the Amara Royale by Maggie Sottero.

Or if you’re really looking to make a big statement, how about the glamorous Britannica by Ian Stuart.


Underneath Your Clothes

Bridal lingerie is a very important part of a brides outfit. Firstly, there’s the comfort factor. It’s vital to be wearing comfortable underwear – you’ll be in it all day (can I also suggest ‘breaking in’ any new bras). Secondly, you want to feel sexy!

There are lots of places that sell some lovely bridal lingerie, but it can be often difficult to find something that fits right, and that looks right. This is especially true for the bigger busted bride. What I find is when you get past a D/DD cup, it can be very difficult to find something ideal for the special occasion.

We have done some shopping around to find some of the best bridal lingerie around, and the places that cater for bigger busts, also cater for smaller and average sizes.

One of my favourites is Rigby and Pellar. They offer some beautiful corsets, bras and matching sets in a variety of colours and shades.

Also, take a look at Leia Lingerie, who are affordable and have five stores scattered throughout the UK.

Figleaves offer a lovely bridal range, particularly suited for someone who is looking for something simple. Let’s not forget that a lot of high street lingerie stores, such as La Senza,  have started incorporating DD+ sizes and bridal ranges.

If you’re looking for something extra special, we love Tempestra (who offer some ranges bespoke) and Boudiche Designer Lingerie.

Start shopping for your lingerie as soon as you know what style dress you want. It’s important to have it with you when you try on your wedding dress for alterations so you can get an idea of exactly how it will look. Start early in your search and make sure to pick something that not only feels comfortable but makes you feel extra special on your wedding day.

For all your wedding planning needs, visit Weddings by Rachel.

By Special Invitation….

Cardiff Invitations gives us their opinion on what hot in wedding stationery for 2011.

Your wedding stationery is your guest’s first impression of your special day so you want it to hit the right note.

Pocketfold invitations were big in 2010 and this looks set to continue in 2011. The key attraction for these invitations is that you can easily include RSVP cards or additional information. Check out our pocketfold invitations here.

The colour trends for 2011 are bright and bold colours that make an  impact.  Cadbury purple is a perfect example of this. As shown with our crystal invitation below, it really gives the wow factor.

Crystal Invitation by Cardiff Invitations

Our final big tip for wedding stationery for 2011 is monogram invitations. These invitations are simple but stylish and totally personal to you! What more could a bride want, so if you like the designs below check out our full range at our website.

Signature Invitation by Cardiff Invitations

Autograph Invitation by Cardiff Invitations

Thanks to Rachel, for letting us share our thoughts on what’s hot for 2011 and if you have any questions/enquiries please email

Show Those Toes…

The peep toe is everywhere. A flawless classic, it can be found on women everywhere in the form of sandals, boots, courts and, importantly, bridal shoes.

Choosing the right shoes for your wedding day can be a difficult decision. There’s the age-old questions of ‘Do I buy something I can wear again?’ and ‘Should I buy dyeable satin to wear with my LBD after the wedding?’. Most brides will have an idea of how much they want to spend on their shoes, which can be very useful when looking as it can eliminate a lot of other potential options. Most brides spend between £50 and £100 on their wedding shoes.

You may decide to spend very little if you have a full length gown, or a little more if your wedding dress doesn’t cover your shoes. You may have an unstopable need to buy shoes, or you may have no interest in shoes at all. In whichever category you fall, it is an important thing to think about – you will, after all, probably spend over 12 hours in them on your big day!

If you’re one of the few women who don’t get sore feet (I’m jealous) when standing in high heels all day and night, you may not be quite as concerned about which pair you buy, but I completely and utterly support the opinion that comfortable shoes are the most important thing!! Consider how they will fit into your day too – for example, peep toes would be perfect for a 1950’s chic, classical theme.

I had a budget of £50 for my wedding shoes, however, I saw the most beautiful Jimmy Choo’s in a catalogue and knew I had to have them! I then found a pair in Faith that were almost exactly the same and fitted in my budget. However, when I went to Faith and tried them on, two minutes in them caused a lot of pain. So I walked away empty-handed. Long story short, on a trip to Milan I got the Jimmy Choo’s! I love them. They were my favourite part of my outfit and I think every single guest got a photo of them because I kept lifting up the bottom of my dress to show them off. But they still hurt. After 10 hours of standing, walking, dancing and jumping around, I felt the burn. Comfort is key!

My opinion is that you shouldn’t rush buying your shoes. Shop around! If you look towards the end of seasons you can get some fantastic deals on shoes. My friend bought a gorgeous pair of wedding shoes for less than £10 at an end of season sale at a bridal store. So keep your eyes open.

You can often find very similar things in completely different price brackets – always check out the cheaper option (even though it didn’t work out for me, I would have been very happy if it had!).

Some of my favourite peep toe bridal shoes at the moment widely vary in cost. For example, I am a firm fan on the ‘Grant’ by Jimmy Choo, but at £525 they may be a little out of most brides price range.

However, I also love these lace detail corsage peep toes from Dolcis, for a bargain of only £45. A great tip is to check out the reviews of shoes online – this particular pair has received fantastic reviews in regards to style, value for money and comfort.

Happy shoe hunting!

Bold, Bright and Beautiful

Bold and bright is beautiful this season! Bridesmaid dresses and occasion wear is packed full of all sorts of prints!

These prints aren’t just for the outgoing brides either – there is everything from more traditional spots and stripes to swirls, florals, animal skins and more. But don’t be put off. They vary widely from small and unimposing prints to wild and eye popping.

We love this black and cream floral print from Alfred Angelo.

Don’t fancy print? Opt for bold colours instead. We’re big fans of Dessy’s colour ‘Kelly’, which looks fabulous on dress style 6563.