RE- BLOG: Oscar de la Renta’s Expert Advice on Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

A man who oozed elegance, and created gowns which were truly flattering of the female figure, such a sad loss of a beautiful designer, Martha Stewart pays tribute to Oscar de la Renta in the article below.

For half a century, Oscar de la Renta enchanted the fashionable set with his elegant, smart, always-gorgeous ready-to-wear line. No surprise then that his keen eye for the intersection between classic design and of-the-moment style would translate so beautifully to his bridal collection, which he started in spring 2006. Chic brides were smitten—Amal Alamuddin, Kate Bosworth, Amanda Peet, and Katherine Heigl all donned his pretty frocks for their nuptials—and so are we. Here, we look back on the day the charming Dominican-born designer gave us a tour of his atelier and told us about choosing the perfect dress, why a veil and train add allure, and the importance of asking your mother along when you go gown shopping.

“When you find ‘the dress,’ you’ll know,” the legendary designer has said of picking out a gown for the big day. “If you don’t feel an instant chemistry when you look in the mirror, don’t buy it!”

Click here to view the Martha Stewart Gallery of Brides who worn Oscar de la Renta – http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/377254/brides-wearing-oscar-de-la-renta-wedding-dresses

Click the link below for the full article
Oscar de la Renta’s Expert Advice on Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress – Fashion & Beauty – Martha Stewart Weddings.

Plan Your Wedding by Color

Here’s a big tip to save you time and money; when choosing your wedding colour scheme firstly pick a colour theme that speaks to you and your partner but also be sure to consist what suits the venue you have chosen. Working with the organic aesthetics of the venue will help to create a cohesive look and save your efforts if there are already decorations in place which can work with your theme.

Also remember to be inclusive having a theme and colour palette reflective of you as a couple will help to encourage buy in from your partner and engage them in the planning process.

For my own wedding I was clear from the start regarding the colour scheme I wanted; for me it had to be green to reflect my oriental background and H2B’s Irish background and it just so happens green is my favourite colour so a winner all round. Our venue was a countryside location a marquee on a backdrop of rolling green fields so it was easier to create a complete theme using the natural backdrop of the countryside landscape, continuing the green theme into my wedding stationery and wedding attire as gentle accents.

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Here’s more on planning your wedding by colour from the queen Martha Stewart including the latest fresh colour combinations for 2014 wedding season;

Plan Your Wedding by Color | Martha Stewart Weddings.

Wedding Cake Toppers

The vast world of cake toppers, there are now so many variations on the traditional bride and groom cake topper you’ll be sure to find something to suit your wedding theme and highlight your personality.

In my personal experience I didn’t want to go for the traditional bride and groom figures due to the significant height difference of nearly a foot between me and my partner, coupled with my mixed race complexion I was worried as to how we would find anything reflective of our images.

In my hunt for an alternative I enlisted the help of my sister in-law who found a spectrum of weird and wonderful cake toppers from woolly goldfish more upmarket diamanté embellished initials, and the main source of these cake toppers was of course Etsy. Now in the end I didn’t purchase anything from Etsy as most of my preferences were from overseas and I find the end prices with postage to be a little to rich for me, but it was the best place to do my research.

Items similar to Mint Green Lovebirds with Crowns – Custom Birds Wedding Cake Toppers on Etsy, a global handmade and vintage marketplace..

My choice was to go for our initials on white painted wooden letters, which I made myself. I found a company on-line who laser cut wooden letters you can also find plenty of wooden letters on eBay but I managed to find a good value for money option with http://www.woodenlettersworld.co.uk/ @£1.70 per letter. I then painted these white with a wood paint from my local B&Q at around £5 for a tin. To jazz up the finish and tie the cake topper into my wedding theme I then used up the left over gold leaf from the stationery and dabbed a bit of glue on and then the allowed the gold leave to crinkle on as I place it on the painted wood.

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DIY Wedding Flowers from Triangle Nursery

As I have previously mentioned in some of my flower related blogs I found a great wholesale flower supplier through a fellow bride to be who go by the name of Triangle nursery. They have a great easy to use website and offer fantastic customer service with fast email responses for the bride who is trying to organise her event whilst juggling work life.

Mary of Triangle Nursery just sent me through this fabulous piece on how to go about organising DIY wedding flowers and trust she is the person in the know given the easy and transparent offering from Triangle Nursery.

Organising Your DIY Wedding Flowers With Triangle Nursery

Organising your DIY Wedding Flowers can be a daunting task! To start with, you probably haven’t dealt with a flower wholesaler before & the first thing to remember here is that because cut flowers and foliage are purchased at flower auctions, prices change on a daily basis due to supply & demand. Other factors effecting prices include seasonal availability and large floral occasions such as Valentines Day, Mothers Day (and European Mothers Days) Christmas Time, All Saints in Catholic countries and Ladys’ Day in Eastern Europe.

Other considerations include selecting the cut flower varieties, deciding on stem lengths and grades, the sizes of the flower heads required (especially when it comes to roses), colour-matching, the quantity of each variety needed and of course staying within your budget because the most probable reason you are choosing to create your own DIY wedding flowers is to save money – and the good news is that you will save money – lots of money!

On top of the above, thought has to be given as when to start speaking to the cut flower wholesaler, when to place your order, when to take delivery in good time so you can condition your wholesale flowers correctly and how long it may take for some flower varieties to open to their optimum (very important when it comes to wholesale flowers like lilies and freesia that can take up to a week to open nicely).

Sounds very complicated doesn’t it – but don’t worry because, amongst other things, Triangle Nursery are wholesale wedding flower specialists and will help you every step of the way – no matter how big or small your order is! We have generations of expertise in the wholesale flower trade and employ specialist DIY Wedding Flower advisors specifically for the job.

It doesn’t matter if you have no idea where to start – just pick up the phone and give our DIY Wedding Flower advisors a call to start the ball rolling. All advice is free of charge and a very big part of our service. Our advisors can help with all aspects of your bridal flower project from which flower varieties, colour matching, when to order, how many to order, how to condition your wholesale flowers upon delivery and even explain how to put them all together for a truely professional finish!

Our web site offers literally 1000s of cut flower and foliage varieties to choose from, all showing live wholesale prices – and the choice is growing by the day, so click here and take a look around!

We also stock a huge range of florists wedding accessories that can also be included with your wholesale wedding flower order – from luxurious organza and silk ribbons, glass vases, chapel candles, LED waxed candles, chair sashes, bouquet holders, candelabras, favour boxes, florists tools, to confetti – we stock everything needed for your DIY Wedding Flower project. Click here to see our florists accessories.

Placing your final DIY Wedding Flower order is probably the easiest part of all – by now you will know exactly what you need and when you need your wholesale wedding flowers delivered.

Once your wedding flower order has been placed, (we can do this for you if you prefer or you can place the order on-line using our web site), we will purchase the flowers specifically for you at Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Holland or directly with the growers – nothing is taken out of general stock ensuring that only the freshest blooms possible arrive for your wedding. Our quality control department will check every single stem before packing in special wholesale cut flower boxes and delivering directly to your door.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with all your DIY Wedding Flower & Bridal Flower requirements – we look forward to hearing from you soon !

Paper flower decorations

Paper flower wrapped decorations

Here’s another really easy DIY solution table decorations that are also versatile and can be used as wedding favours too. Why not get the ladies of your family and friend group together for a bit of wedding bonding and paper flower production.

Thank you Martha Stewart our wedding fairy godmother.

Flower-Wrapped Favors How-To

  1. Fill a 3 5/8-inch-high acetate cylinder with candy.
  2. To make flower, cut a 9-by- 30-inch piece of tissue paper. Fold, accordion style, in 5-inch-wide layers. Cut petals in smaller end; unfold and lay on flat surface.
  3. Place cylinder on paper with bottom about 1 inch from uncut end, and roll; tape sides and bottom with double-sided tape. Tie ribbon above top of cylinder.
  4. Gently peel petals down to open flower. If you use a shorter cylinder, reduce height of paper; for a multicolored blossom, wrap a second layer of paper around cylinder after first is secure; secure with ribbon.

Link to full article click here – http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/227072/flower-wrapped-favors xsc=eml_crd_2012_03_01&om_rid=NskGTO&om_mid=_BPT3P$B8d7Qdpc

Perfect Peonies – place card holders

Perfect Peonies from Martha Stewart

This idea from Martha Stewart is simply perfection so simple but so effective for a spring/ summer wedding (other flowers can be submitted for winter/autumn weddings).

I know I spent so long looking for a means to cost effectively and elegantly display my name cards which can be difficult when you realise that the beautiful and unique idea you have will need to be replicated between 50-100 times, but this is just the ticket, so easy to do.

My top tip is check the wholesale price for buying a bulk load of the flowers as well as the price your florist gives you. For a task so simple you may be inclined to purchase the flowers yourself from one of the many on-line retailers and prep the flower place settings yourself.

I would recommend – http://www.trianglenursery.co.uk/ they were reasonably priced and very helpful to deal with.

Click here for the how to make flower centre pieces and name holders  from Martha http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/227282/floating-flowers-centerpiece-how?czone=inspiration%2Fwedding-themes%2Fnature-ideas&gallery=285425&slide=227282&center=285523

What’s the Blunt bride up to?

If your wondering why the lack of communication from the blunt bride lately, it’s because I’m super busy getting ready for my own wedding.

With 6 weeks to go now is the time to clarify what’s left to be done and plan a list of actions nice and early to prevent any last minute stress.

At the moment I’m embroiled in making my bridesmaids dresses ready for final fittings in the next few weeks (make your own dresses step by step blog to follow on completion).

I’ve been attending church services liaising with my parish church and the church I’ll be married in for the reading of the banns in order to obtain the vital marriage certificate, and confirmed wedding rehearsal dates with the vicar and wedding party members required.

I’ve had time to recover from my hen do in Ibiza and have enlisted my faithful bridesmaids to coordinate a meal with female family members from my and my h2b’s family so they are all comfortably acquainted before the big day.

The list of guests is pretty much finalised and I’ve used the great guest planner tool on wedding spot.co.uk to create a preliminary table plan. Though don’t be alerted I’m quite early with my table planning this is something you would usually tackle a few weeks to a month before the big event.

All my trials for make up and hair are booked in and I’m very excited to be pampered, I’ve been crafty and organised for the make up trial to be the same day as my ladies night meal so I get some mileage out of the glam.

The dress is bought and paid for, initial fitting is complete and final fitting due in a few weeks. I even have a evening dress which is less restrictive for my late night wedding disco once the band has finished.

Table numbers and menus are all ready to be printed and the order of service has gone to print after a careful check over from the vicar.

So I am pretty much organised, my objective is to get as much done in advance on the final month as possible which fingers crossed I’m track for.

Stay tuned for a bulk load of blogs over the final few weeks when wedmin goes into over drive.

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Table Planner Tool

Looking for a quick and easy way to end the table plan headache…Well I can strongly recommend the table planner software on www.weddingspot.co.uk

Just log on to the Wedding Spot and register for free as a bride to be then head to the ‘My Weddings’ tab. You’ll need to add your guests, which is a good exercise as you can allocated a menu type e.g. vegetarian, adult, child, nut allergy etc and also associate a guest if your dealing with couples or children.

Wedding Spot

Once all your guests are uploaded you can quickly select table shape be it round rectangle and seats per table 6,8,10,12 to create your table layout in room then just drag and drop your guests from the side tab on the tables.

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I can’t recommend this enough for brides to be, I’ve been mulling over how bad putting it will be putting together the seating plan for ages and I actually managed to complete my seating plan in 30mins using this bit of kit.