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Bride To Be

You've met the one and said “yes”. Now it's time to prepare for the wedding of your dreams so you can enjoy the next chapter of your love story as Mr and Mrs.

In this bride-to-be blog category, you'll find everything you need to know to help you prepare for your big day, from top tips to help you choose your bridesmaid dresses to our lowdown on wedding superstitions and why it pays to get married on a Friday. But first stop, and top of every bride-to-be's list - the all-important wedding dress.

Say yes to the dress

Whether you're a plus size bride, boho queen or need to find a dress quickly, we can help you find the wedding dress of your dreams - after all, it's what we do best. But, before you read our thoughts on fabrics, fits and fashions, we've teamed up to bring you our list of things to consider before you go wedding dress shopping to ensure you make the most of your trips to the bridal stores.

If you don't know your a-line dress from your fit and flare, our comprehensive guide to wedding dress silhouettes will bring you up to speed. Here, you'll discover what each silhouette looks like and, most importantly, which will suit your body shape.

Still on the topic of dresses and an increasingly important issue for most brides-to-be is the question of how to take your dress from day to night. Thankfully, we have just the blog for you on simple ways to create two looks for your big day without the need for an awkward (and expensive) outfit change. Think accessories, capes and overskirts.

You can also find advice on choosing the perfect bridal shoes and why it's important to consider the venue to avoid any mishaps - we've all witnessed someone trying to walk on grass and sand in stilettos.

Bridal hair
Nothing completes your wedding look and sets your dress off more than accessories - and your hair! Not one for forgetting the finer details, we've covered how best to accessorise your hair with everything from embellished hair clips and headbands to flowers and tiaras.

Need some inspiration?
Dresses and hairstyles aside, if you're feeling overwhelmed and in need of some inspiration for your big day, we have an array of real bride stories for you to enjoy. Read about Rebecca and Samuel's New Year's Eve wedding or Gemma and Ben's ultimate destination wedding for ideas on when and where to hold your nuptials. If you're not sure what theme to have, discover, Amie's winter wonderland wedding or Daisy and Elliot's rustic day. Looking for something a little more classical? Steph and Louis' story is the one for you.

And, if you choose to get married abroad, there's a blog on destination wedding dresses, detailing why you want to avoid layers and heavy fabrics.

Finally, remember that this special day is yours so whatever you want and however you want it, the ultimate decision is yours.

Enjoy your wedding preparations!
If you'd like us to cover a different bride to be topic or your real bride story, send your suggestion to lauran@morilee.com.

What are the different types of lacing in wedding dresses?

RJ Blog Cover (2)(4)If there’s one thing that will never go out of style, it’s laced wedding dresses! Whether you’re looking for intricate detailing, botanical inspired, glittering lace, or you prefer a more simple and striking style; there is a lace dress for everyone.

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Wedding Trend 2023- Long Sleeves Wedding Dresses

RJ Blog Cover (1)(3)Whilst some brides may think that long sleeves feel old fashioned or are only for winter weddings, they can in fact be a modern and trendy addition for your dream wedding dress. Here we look at some of our favourites long sleeve designer dresses for 2023!

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The Perfect Wedding Shoes

rj blog cover(5)It’s not secret that on your wedding day, all eyes will be on you. This will be one of the most important days of your life, so you want every detail to be perfect. But with a perfect wedding, comes a long list of things you want to buy before the big day. Of course, the dress is the most important, but that doesn’t mean that’s the other accessories should be overlooked.


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Katie and Jason: Real Bride Story


Planning a wedding from the over side of the world can be stressful. Luckily Katie and Jason planned their wedding perfectly, and even with a couple of hiccups, they still had their dream wedding   


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Romantic Wedding Style

romantic-wedding-styleIt's no secret that every bride wants their big day to be filled with romance. Imagining themselves walking down the aisle, to their true love, with all their friends and family around them; like a fairy-tale. 

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Overskirt Wedding Dresses

overskirt-wedding-dressesOne dress, with two looks! What more could you want from a luxury wedding dress. We're not really sure what it is about a two-in-one style that feels so satisfying, but when you slip over of a ballgown with train into a fitted dress without getting another dress. There’s just something very chic and fashion forward about it. 

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Your Guide to the perfect wedding dress Silhouettes

wedding-dress-silhouettesPicking a wedding dress can be one of the biggest decisions you make, after saying yes of course. Your wedding is your day were, the spotlight is on you. Whether you’re walking down the aisle, having your first dance as husband and wife, or mingling with all your guests. So, naturally, this important day deserves a dress which will rise to the occasion. Which is why is have written this blog to help with your desicion.  

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Winter Wonderland Wedding

winter-wonderland-weddingDreaming of a white Christmas. What about a frosty winter wonderland wedding. Festive décor and little Christmassy details can really take a December wedding to the next level and make it a wedding to remember, and we love a winter wonderland wedding. From the icy ceremony backdrops, with snow and frost, to Christmas table settings and of course the dress. These little tips and tricks will help you have a classy and magical winter wedding.

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Something Blue Inspiration

RJ Blog Cover - 2022-12-06T132451.316Some brides can find it hard to incorporate something blue into theme wedding, especially if it does not fit their theme or clashes with the dress. Other may wants to have something which is a little different for the traditional blue item, like a garter belt. Luckily, there are ways around the traditional blue statement, and these can be very creative, and give new meaning to ‘something blue.’

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Dawn and Chris: Real Bride Story

RJ Blog Cover - 2022-11-17T125318.623(1)After planning a humanist wedding at a venue which wasn’t ever built. Dawna and Chris took a gamble which payed of with a beautiful and unforgettable wedding

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Our Favourite Wedding Cake Trends

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Now you have made some tough decisions, this might be the hardest one to make. A beautiful wedding cake can be a real focal point at your wedding reception, especially for photos. It can add to your wedding theme and can really makes a statement. It also has to taste as good as it looks, so no pressure!

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Hottest Wedding Floral Trends for 2023

RJ Blog Cover - 2022-10-21T134740.513(1)One if the items which most brides forget about when planning their wedding are the flowers. Floral displays can play a big part in any wedding and we have found the hottest floral trends to help you decide.

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2023 Bridal Accessories

RJ Blog Cover - 2022-10-07T104351.989We love to see how new bride accessorise and personalise their wedding day, with all manner of items, from headbands to gloves and earrings, the possibilities are endless. Everybody wants to make their wedding outfit their own and the best way to do this is with an accessory. 

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Sinead and Kevin: Real Bride Story

RJ Blog Cover - 2022-08-30T145207.509(1)After being together for over 20 years Sinead and Kevin finally decided to tie the knot in their beautiful home town of Youghal in Co Cork.

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Your Wedding Dress Shopping Timeline

RJ Blog Cover (9)(2)We talk through the shopping timeline involved in finding the wedding dress of your dreams. 

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Our Favourite Ronald Joyce Wedding Dresses Under £2,000

RJ Blog Cover (12)(2)Whether you’re looking for a tulle ballgown or lace fit, and flare style Ronald Joyce offers an extensive collection of designer wedding gowns and bridal styles to suit any bride’s budget or price point. 

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Common mistakes brides make when wedding dress shopping

RJ Blog Cover - 2022-08-25T150456.939It’s a common fact that planning a wedding, keeping to a budget, and finding the perfect dress is stressful and feels almost impossible. In this blog we identify some of the most common mistakes that brides make when wedding dress shopping.

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10 Beaded Wedding Dresses to Suit Every Style

RJ Blog Cover (5)(2)Often associated with glamorous wedding dresses, bridal beading can help create a range of different looks. We present our top beaded wedding dress picks for you to browse. 

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Choosing a veil to suit your wedding dress style

RJ Blog Cover - 2022-07-25T153955.774Choosing the right veil for your wedding dress can be a concern for many brides. The veil is often the finishing piece in your wedding day look so you want to make sure you’re making the right decision.

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10 Princess Ballgown Wedding Dresses to Suit Any Style

RJ Blog Cover (3)(2)Ever since we watched Cinderella as children, we’ve been huge fans of the princess ballgown wedding dress. In this blog, we explore our favourite ballgown styles. 

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How to Find the Plus Size Dress of Your Dreams

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Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect dress when your more of a curvy bride. But don’t let your curves stop you from finding the dress of your dreams. Because big and beautiful is the new way forward, and these gorgeous dresses are ready for your big day.

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How to find genuine Ronald Joyce wedding dresses near me

RJ Blog Cover (1)(2)Before Googling ‘wedding dresses near me’, did you know we have our very own online bridal shop directory consisting of over 150 authorised Ronald Joyce retailers across the UK and Ireland? Discover the benefits of our online store finder here...


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Our top 10 tulle wedding dresses

RJ Blog Cover (2)(2)Tulle is our latest wedding dress fabric in focus, famously known for creating the iconic ballerina tutu. Discover everything you need to know about the popular bridal fabric. Plus, our top 10 tulle wedding dresses


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Your Complete Guide to Wedding Dress Styles

Brunette model stood in a sunny gated drive in Ronald Joyce 69702, a classic fit and flare wedding dress style with a scoop neckline, feminine 3D floral bodice and plain skirt.With so many wedding dress styles to choose from, you’d be forgiven for wondering where to start. So you can be confident when you browse the rails at bridal boutiques, we decided to walk you through the main wedding dress styles and where to start. Think of it as your complete guide to everything wedding dresses.

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Bridal Fabrics in Focus

Thumbnail of a brunette model stood by black railing in Ronald Joyce 69713, a light gold fit and flare off-the-shoulder Mikado wedding dress with a plunging neckline and A-line overskirtBefore you hit the bridal boutiques, we recommend getting up to speed on the various wedding dress fabrics with our beginners' guide. Plus, why it's important to consider the season when choosing yours.


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Boho Wedding Dresses

Image of a model stood on a lawn in a halter neck boho wedding dress and the title ‘Focus on: boho wedding dresses.’ Boho style wedding gowns are still hugely popular this season as brides look for relaxed floaty looks, which are less structured, less traditional, and easy to wear all day long. We’ve incorporated several boho elements this season such as print, floral lace, vine inspired lace, floral appliques, floaty sleeves and skirts as well as capes and flower appliques. Here are some of our favourite pieces from the new collection for 2021/22 weddings.

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Wedding Dresses Scotland

We caught up with Lesley Vaughan owner of the Bridal Studio Dollar, Clackmannanshire 

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Need a Wedding Dress Quickly? Part II

Following on from our previous blog, which introduced our stunning wedding dresses available on a short time frame, here is our follow up post introducing the rest of the range which has something for everyone from both our classic Ronald Joyce Collection and modern Victoria Jane Collection from our award-winning designer Veni Infantino.

Model wearing Ronald Joyce quick delivery wedding dress style 69326 suitable for brides who need a wedding dress quickly.

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Need a Wedding Dress Quickly?

Blonde model wearing Ronald Joyce quick delivery wedding dress style 69312, a beautiful ivory ballgown for brides who need a wedding dress quickly.There are many reasons brides come to our authorised stockists wanting a dress at short notice – we’ve really heard it all! With that in mind we have created a range of dresses with something for every shape, style, season and venue which are available on just an 8-week delivery – or quicker if we have them in stock. This means that whatever your circumstance you can still enjoy the bridal boutique experience and have a made to measure designer wedding gown.

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Wedding Dresses for the Older Bride

Close up of a brunette model stood against a wall in an off the shoulder white Mikado wedding dress with a lapel neckline and sparkle belt Here we look at what is popular currently with both our older brides, vow renewals and second weddings…  

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Claire & Mike: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (7)(1)We caught up with Claire to talk about her fairytale wedding to Mike, and taking inspiration from her mothers’ wedding gown.

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Rebecca & Samuel: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (4)(2)Join us as we catch up with Rebecca and Samuel and hear all about their fantastic New Year’s Eve wedding

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Grace & Greg: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (2)(1)We love hearing from our real brides. If you’d like to share your wedding story with us please email ukmarketing@ronaldjoyce.com

Here Grace and Greg tell us all about their special day…


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Daisy & Elliot: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (1)(1)A stunning converted barn was the backdrop to Daisy and Elliotts wedding. Read all about their rustic theme and how Daisy found her dream dress.

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Gemma & Ben: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover(1)Be prepared for the ultimate destination wedding envy!  We caught up with Real bride Gemma and her new husband Ben to hear all about their dream wedding In Canada and how she found her dream gown.

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Valentine’s Inspired Dresses

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (47)(1).pngAs it is Valetine’s day and love is in the air we are feeling all dreamy and romantic. Come with us as we take a look at some of our most romantic and timeless dresses…

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Steph & Louis: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (46)(2)We absolutely love hearing from our Ronald Joyce Real Brides and listening to your unique stories and seeing you incredible wedding photos and we recently caught up with the lovely Steph and her husband Louis to hear all about their day and of course the dress, here is what they had to say.

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Amie: Real Bride Story

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (45).pngIt was all about the winter wedding for this beautiful bride who married her husband at Rushton Hall. We wanted to ask her all about her day, what it was like when she found her dress and of course take a peek at some of the most incredible wedding dress.


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Find your wedding dress Newcastle

A light and spacious waiting room with two mannequins, a cream sofa and a rail of wedding dresses at Simply Wed Bridal in Newcastle  We caught up with Simply Wed Bridal’s Helen Danbury-Trott to hear all about her new store…



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Destination Wedding Dresses for 2020

Bride and groom stood on a terrace by Italian greenery. Bride wears Ronald Joyce 18419, a strapless destination wedding dress with a beaded sweetheart bodice and plain skirt More and more brides to be are telling us about their plans to marry abroad, whether it be for the dreamy beach photos, to combine the wedding and honeymoon, to have a smaller more close-knit wedding party, to save money or simply for the weather...

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Wedding Dresses With Two Looks

Close up of a bride stood in woodland wearing a white wedding dress with long sheer detachable pearl-beaded blouson sleevesLooking for a dress that gives you both a daytime and nighttime look in one? Look no further than Ronald Joyce Bridal…

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On-Trend Wedding Dresses for the Fashion-Conscious Bride

Rear profile of model wearing Ronald Joyce wedding dress style Cora, 69466We are often asked what dresses are ‘hot right now’.  Fashionistas want to be wearing something that's very on-trend. Here we take a look at three Ronald Joyce wedding dresses that are really popular right now.

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Beaded Wedding Dresses for 2020

Close up thumbnail of model sat outside in Ronald Joyce style 69531, beaded bodice wedding dress with delicate straps and a ruffled organza ballgown skirtOur beautiful collection for Spring 2020 has launched! We take look at some of the fabulous on-trend beaded gowns on offer…


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Ronald Joyce Boho Wedding Dress Ideas

Thumbnail photo of model wearing Ronald Joyce style 69253, a glamorous boho wedding dress with a heavily beaded bodice, plunging neckline and plain Boho themed wedding dresses and boho wedding themes are still rising in popularity, but what is a boho dress or theme? Let’s explore with some examples from Ronald Joyce’s wedding gown collections.



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Wedding Superstitions

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (14).pngThere are so many old wives’ tales surrounding weddings. Jealousy, evil spirits and bad omens to name a few. We say not to worry about these at all, but they are quite interesting, so let’s take a look…



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Before you go Wedding Dress Shopping….

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You’ve finally booked an appointment to go wedding dress shopping to find the ONE! But before you set-off we've got a few pointers for you – some of these may not have even crossed your mind, such as: should you bring a bra to your appointment? Or are there any secret costs to know about up front? Brush up on these tips before slipping into your first dress.

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Find Your Perfect Cinderella Slipper

ShoesCover.pngEvery bride has the perfect vision of how she will look on her wedding day. But do you match the shoes to the dress or the dress to the shoes? Whatever you decide, there are a few things to consider when looking for your perfect fit. We’re here to help you out and give you a few guidelines when choosing your bridal shoes.

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Introducing the Ronald Joyce Autumn Winter 2019 Collection

Ronald Joyce Blog Cover (1)(1).pngWe take an up-close look at some of our favourite gowns from the new Autumn Winter 2019 collection which is available in stores now…

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Top Tips for Choosing Your Bridesmaids Dresses

Two young bridesmaids stood by bushes in a stately home garden. One has dark brown hair and wears a long cream dress and one has blonde hair and wears a long ivory and taupe dressChoosing your bridesmaid dresses can be a tricky business. Your fabulous ladies will be standing by your side on one of the biggest days of your life and if they are in a gorgeous gown that makes them feel just as gorgeous, they will be smiling all day. Here are some top tips on how to pick the perfect gowns for your girls.

By Lucinda Jenkins



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The Bridal Trunk Show

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You’ve spent hours on Pinterest researching wedding gowns and have fallen in love with a certain designer. Want to be the first to see their latest collection, even before it hits stores? You need to visit a trunk show!

By Laura Nightingale and Chrissy Dodman



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A Guide to Wedding Dress Silhouettes

A black silhouette photo of a bride and groom holding hands outside in a beautiful sunset.

We all come in a variety of wonderful shapes and sizes and it’s important to understand what style suits your shape before you head out to the shops searching for your dream dress. We’ve brought you a quick guide to help and inspire you.

By Lucinda Jenkins



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Wonderful for Winter

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Now that Winter is upon us, what could be more romantic than a blanket of snow as your backdrop. We wanted to inspire you with some of our favorite gowns, perfect for a winter wonderland wedding.

By Lucinda Jenkins 



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Ronald Joyce Spring 2019 Collection

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Join us as we look through our predictions for what will be popular this season from the Ronald Joyce Spring Collection, which is available in store this December.

By Lucinda Jenkins 





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Every bride wants to look elegant and stunning on her wedding day, but many brides are asking us how to change their look from day to night? Perhaps you want more of a party style for the evening or a more conservative look for your church service. Of course, we could get a completely different outfit for the evening with a new hair and make-up stylist… but that is both time consuming and very expensive! Don’t worry there are so many much simpler ways of transforming your look…

By Lucinda Jenkins 


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Blog Covers (2).pngBeautiful Dress…check. Beautiful hair…well of course! Your dress sets the scene, your jewelry accessorizes the look and your hair is the finishing touch. Whatever gown you’ve picked has your own personal style added to it because it’s yours.

By Lucinda Jenkins 




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Untitled design (5).pngWe know it’s all about the gown but lest we forget the jewels and gems that can make or break your look. Fear no more…we’ve brought you the top tips to help you best accessorize your dress.





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Simple Ways To Create Two Looks For Your big Day

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The big day’s coming up and you want to rock a different look by day and by night but don’t want the hassle of a complete outfit change, we’ve got you covered.

Add a gorgeous statement jacket or a bang on trend cape to your daytime look to add a chic, regal feel to any gown and really elevate your ceremony look. Remove the jacket or cape ready for the reception and your look is totally revitalised, your guests will notice different elements of your dress and the compliments will keep flowing.

Longing for gorgeous long sleeves for the ceremony, but short want short sleeves for the evening so you can dance the night away? Our fall 17 collection has the perfect answer, our gorgeous body suits give you lush sleeves for your day time look, but can be easily removed ready for your reception.

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Vintage Style – 1920s Glamour

1920s Glamour blog.pngWe adore the glamour and timeless elegance of 1920s style, red lips, sleek stunning curls, the iconic flapper bob and luscious embellishment, we can’t get enough! Are you as in love with all things 1920s as we are and want this to shine through on your big day? We’ve got the perfect dresses to match you gorgeous vintage theme.

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