Welcome to my blog. I have never been the kind of girl that knew the style of dress I wanted for my wedding, I never had a particular venue in mind, infact I always thought i'd fly away to a paradise island and get married just me and him in the sunshine.

However, my other half is very family orientated and wanted to have all our friends and family with us...so I had a challenge ahead. All I knew is that I didn't want a traditional style wedding, so my search for ideas began.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

1950's style dresses

Since deciding on a retro wedding and beginning my research and plans I have seen so many lovely retro and vintage inspired dresses.

I have always loved the look, but have never really worn anything of this style because I haven't felt confident enough. Over the past year or so, I have become more confident with trying new clothes, wearing bright colours together, showing of my curves rather than trying to hide them and I love to add a bit of fun to my outfits now.

So much so that I have just ordered this cute 50's style Kitsch Print Dress from lovemitsy:

Today, I have discovered one of my new favorite retro websites, DollyDagger. There are some lovely 1950's style dresses on there. Here are a few examples:

They also have some gorgeous shoes, aswell as loads of cute accessories and other clothing items:

Rockabilly Pin Up also has a good collection of dresses:

Here is my personal favorite, I adore the neckline on this dress, and may treat myself to this style for my hen do outfit:

This one is another one of my favorite dresses, in a vintage floral fabric, it's Oh My Honey by Louise O'mahony, the brilliant dressmaker from Brighton who has made all my bridesmaid dresses and my wedding dress. Unfortunately this dress is a one off and isn't in my size so I can't have it, but it's so cute I just enjoy looking at every so often.

A website I use all the time and am very familiar with is ASOS, and I have seen some 50's style dresses on here lately that would be perfect for guests to 50's weddings, that want to fit in with the theme of the day.

High street shop's such as Topshop also have a few pretty dresses, a little bit more casual and but gorgeous for summer:

I think my wardrobe will be getting quite full with all these stunning dresses I have found, and I am definitely loving the idea of getting more dresses made up by Oh My Honey! x

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Had a good week in the wedding department!

This week has been quite a successful one in terms of the wedding, I have my wedding ring all sorted out and in hand, Nick's wedding ring is ordered - I think it's slowly beginning to settle in now. The rings are a huge part of the whole wedding as they are the one actual item that is with you from the day for the rest of your life. Obviously there are the memories and the photos, but the ring is the big symbol of the marriage together!

I had a very drunken night out for my 23rd birthday on Friday night, including lots of cocktails, tequila and sambuca shots, a few hours at a work do and then onto a gig with my (sober) other half. I was looking forward to the weekend ahead and hoped I wasn't going to be feeling to hungover the whole weekend.

I had my hair appointment on Saturday, and now know what I'm going to have, so I'm glad that's sorted and I'm so excited about that! I'm going quite Audrey Hepburn style hopefully with a fun twist in my veil if it all works out!

Today I got my bridesmaids together for the first dress fitting since receiving them all, luckily they fit, some are a little big but that's not a problem, better to be too big than too small. I think they are all going to look great in them! We had a chat about their hairstyles and i'm being quite relaxed with them, they can have what they want as I want them all to feel comfortable on the day, but have said something abit retro looking will look good if they are up for doing it.

I've been looking at a few ideas, these might give others inspiration too:

We had a lovely day full of hen do and wedding plans, looking at hair styles, eating cupcakes and gingerbread men that are we are perfecting for the wedding - then to top it all off I went for a lovely Thai meal with the in-laws to celebrate my birthday!

What a weekend.x

Sunday, 13 February 2011

My creative weekend.

This weekend has been pretty chilled out. Friday night I once again practised making gingerbread men, as my plan is to give each person a gingerbread man or woman as a cute edible favour. These turned out so much better than the first batch and were so much more yummy, and therefore didn't last long either, I just need some new cutters as the legs always go a bit wrong using the cutters I have already.

I visited my family an hour away on Saturday, delivered some wedding invites, gave them a gingerbread man each and updated them on my progress and then I came home in the mood to get creative.

I nipped and bought some coloured sheets of felt, found the wooden skewers that we had in the back of our drawer and began making some props for the Photo Booth...

...and here are my creations! Not bad for a couple of hours work and even better - for only a couple of pounds!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Cute Retro and Vintage Jewellery

While looking about online for bridal jewellery I have found some brilliant vintage and retro style jewellery at excellent prices. There are some wedding and bridal related pieces but also bits that I absolutely love and thought I'd share!

Chelsea Doll have recently launched their new bridal collection, here are a few examples that I love:

They also do this gorgeous 1950's inspired hairband which can be worn by the bride, or I think it would look brilliant on bridesmaids with 1950's style dresses on.

Their vintage inspired range is also stunning:

Accessorize and Debenhams also do a lovely range of bridal jewellery, headbands and fascinators.

ASOS jewellery is very cute, they always have loads of rings,necklaces and bracelets that I adore!

Brass and Leather Bow Ring @ ASOS
Cath Kidson Charm Bracelet

I love this headband from Rock and Rose for anyone that is having a red colour scheme and want's to inject abit of fun into their look, or just to be worn with an everyday outfit:

Their bridal range is very cute for vintage brides, and these are my two favorite necklaces:

Again, some more adorable bits on cherished trinkets and i love cutie pie, in fact there's so many that I love I can't choose one to post a picture of.

Lastly, I can't leave out Truffle Shuffle for some amazingly fun and retro pieces to brighten up your day!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Retro Decorations - a few ideas...

I've had so much fun looking at decorations or my wedding day, I want quite a diy look, nothing too perfect and traditional looking. Retro and vintage is such a fun theme and there are so many options to put your own mark on your big day.

Buntings -

I've bought myself 30 metres of plain white cotton bunting to put around the reception room, I got this on Ebay from somebody who makes them to order at a very good price, but there are so many options to suit any colour scheme.

The Cotton Bunting Company

Not On The High Street

Just Darling

Cloth Ears

Paper chains:

I've also ordered this paper chain from the East of India Range, how adorable! These can be bought from quite a few places, i've seen them on Cox and Cox and on ebay.

Cloth Ears also do a few cute paper chains:

Wedding signs and plaques add a touch of vintage style to any wedding day, i'm still to decide on which one(s) I want, there are just so many cute ones around:

Cox and Cox Wedding Sign

Rustic Angels Mr And Mrs Sign


You could present your table numbers or names on each table in a vintage style frame such as this from floral frame Cath Kidston or this shabby chic frame from Rustic Angels, or you could get some card and or small chalk boards to write the numbers on and prop them on these mini easels from Ikea.

These are just a few little touches you can add to your venue, there are so many options, it's all good fun deciding on what to choose!x