The Royal Wedding – Meghan Makes A Beautiful Bride

It was the most wonderful of royal weddings. Everyone’s favourite Prince, Harry married Meghan Markle. The bride looked graceful and elegant in a gown from Clare Waight Keller and Givenchy. The groom was suitably handsome and didn’t leave a dry eye in the house with the looks he gave his bride to be, and the ceremony itself was warm and lovely, and full of touching moments that will long live in the memory. Welcome to the firm Ms Markle!

The dress

Meghan has supreme style and always looks amazing, but today she looked incredible in a dress that gave me thoughts of any Givenchy legend, Audrey Hepburn. It was beautiful in its simplicity, very plain, with a boat neck style and ice white colouring, leaving any adornment to the exquisite veil and tiara. I love Vogue’s description:

It was contemporary royal elegance epitomised in an haute couture gown: ceremony sans opulence, romance without the fuss.

Royal wedding dresses do have a protocol to follow, they usually have long sleeves and a demure romantic style. I think this dress is just perfect in that it is timeless, ageless and modern minimalist style that made Meghan look the very epitome of a modern royal bride.

The best dressed guests

The guest list had a Hollywood feel, with Idris Elba, James Cordan, George and Amal Clooney and Meghan’s colleagues from the cast of ‘Suits’ all in the congregation. Add to this the Royal family, and football and fashion royalty in the guise of David and Victoria Beckham, and you have a real fashion feast for the eyes.

My pick of the guests was the stunning Amal Clooney. She was wearing sunshine yellow, which stood out from the many darker outfits. I believe the outfit was Prada, and it was a stunning choice on a super sunny day. I also loved the outfit worn by Princess Beatrice, no lobster style hat this time, but a beautiful 1950s style gown that reminded me of Charles James designs.

Victoria Beckham looked stylish and elegant in one of her own designs – I loved the pop of colour that came from the coral shoe, whilst Priyanka Chopra from Suits looked stunning in the softest lilac suit.

One guest who was criticised for her outfit was Chloe Madeley. Her dress and hat looked lovely, but she was criticised for not covering her shoulders in the church. Pippa Middleton looked beautiful in a floral gown, but, hilariously, the dress was compared to a can of Arizona Green Tea (check out the can…there is a similarity, but the dress is still so pretty though).

All in all, I thought this was one of the most stylish royal weddings of all time.

Choosing The Perfect Wedding Favours

Unless you have been nicely nestled and living under a rock, it won’t have escaped your notice that there is a rather special event taking place next week Saturday (and no, I’m not talking about the FA Cup, although, with the rather delectable Olivier Giroud playing for Chelsea, that will be pretty unmissable too.). No, I am, of course, talking about the royal wedding, with the lovely Meghan Markle about to make an honest woman of everyone’s favourite Prince, Harry. As with all royal nuptials, the upcoming wedding is increasing interest in anything to do with weddings, from the dress and flowers, to everything else in between.

One thing that has grown in popularity in recent years has been wedding favours, the little gifts that are given to guests by the bride and groom. These can be presented as part of the table setting if their is a sit down meal, or can be handed out by the bridesmaids, or placed on a dedicated table where guests can collect one. Wedding favours are one of the finishing touches that add another dimension of style to your classic wedding, something that can reflect the style and personality of the bride and groom.

Favours in the Past

Wedding favours are not a new thing, believing to date back to the 16th century when they took the form of a love knot and were considered to bring good luck to the happy couple. As a child I seemed to be attending a wedding every week and clearly remember favours in the form of a book of matches, tastefully packaged in a card that matched the wedding invites, and with the date of the wedding embossed on the back. With smoking now frowned upon in most places, and with the rise of vaping, matches have fallen out of favour as a wedding favour.

Bonboniere

One form of favour that has a long history, but still works well in modern times is bonboniere. My husband is Italian, so I first become familiar with this form of cheap wedding favours through my mother-in-law, who would create these favours for family weddings. Her form of bonboniere was made using organza and net, cut into shape using pinking shears. Pretty coloured sugared almonds were placed inside the bag, which was then secure with silk ribbon to create a pretty bag effect.

Bonboniere are great handmade wedding favours as they can be made to match your wedding colour scheme and look great as part of your table arrangements, and are relatively inexpensive. The sugared almonds can be replaced with a wrapped chocolate if you are giving them to children too.

If you don’t want to make your own favours, then the chocolate or almonds could also be placed in a small box that could then be displayed on the side plate. Many companies will sell small keepsake boxes in bulk, and again these can be personalised with the name of the bride and groom, and the date of the wedding.

Candles

Another wedding favour that I received at a wedding and thought was a very stylish idea was a small, scented candle. These were given to just female guests and again made use of organza, this time a small drawstring bag.

The fragrance of the candle was one of the bride’s favourites, and a little note was attached saying we hope you enjoy burning the candle and remember sharing our lovely day. I thought this was a lovely touch, and by giving them just to female guests, you would be able to keep the cost down.

Rustic Style Wedding Favours

Jam Jars and Mason Jars are becoming quite a trend for those who have planned a more rustic style wedding. These can be used in many different ways, to holding candles on the tables (I know a friend who spent months covering the jars with glitter for just this purpose.) A recent wedding I went to used pretty looking jam jars as sweetie jars as a form of wedding favour. They had a table covered in old style sweets and chocolates, and jam jars for each guest, complete with names on old style luggage tags.  Guests were then invited to go to the sweet table and fill their jars with their favourites.

I loved this idea as it worked for all guests, adults and children alike, and it was just so charming and lovely.

If sweets are not your thing, popcorn in a personalised box could be a tasty alternative.

Did you have any wedding favours at your wedding? What did you have?

 

 

Mother Of The Bride Celebrity Inspiration

When it comes to style, there is one person who has a truly thankless task when it comes to dressing for a wedding. This person is not the bride, who has the enviable task of trying on beautiful dress after beautiful dress, knowing that eventually she will find ‘the one’ – the ultimate dress of her dreams. No, the lady with the rather more difficult task is the Mother of the bride.

Why you may ask, is this task so difficult? Well, think about it. It is your beloved child’s wedding so you absolutely want to look your very best, but even though it is very much your day too, you don’t want to overshadow, or clash with the bride. Rather you want to be able to compliment and maybe even co-ordinate with the chosen colour scheme, whilst still maintaining your own fashion style and personality. You will also be wearing the outfit for a good many hours, so you want to be comfortable as well as stylish, and want the outfit to be something that can carry you from day to night, from the formality of the service, to the fun of the reception.

Compton House of Fashion  has a  great range of mother of the bride outfits, including designer styles from the likes of Mon Cherie, Roland Joye and Ian Stuart. The ranges come in a spectrum of colours and styles that should allow a stylish mother of the bride (or groom for that matter) to be able to blend beautifully into the wedding day, adding to the stylish ambience of the day.

If you have a son or daughter who is getting married this year, you could take some inspiration from some stylish celebrity mother’s of the bride, and their style choices, along with some suggestions from the current season at Compton House of Fashion.

White is no longer a faux pas

Kris Jenner and Tina Knowles.

Once upon a time, wearing white was considered a real faux pas at a wedding unless you were the one actually getting married. But these days it is not an issue if the bride has decided on a white colour scheme for the bridal party. The co-ordination can create a stunning tableau for the wedding photographs and can be a stark and stylish choice. Consider Kris Jenner, the Kardashian matriarch who wore white at both of Kim’s weddings, or the stunning look worn by Tina Knowles when Solange wed.

White is alright

Echo a feature of the bridal look

Susan Sarandon.

I love the dress that  actress Susan Sarandon chose for her daughter’s wedding. Rather than co-ordinating with the brides dress in terms of colour, she echoed the beautiful lace neckline of her daughters gown. I loved the colour of the gown, and this was a subtle and elegant way to compliment the bridal look.

Lace Accents

Colour is good too

Mary Steenburgen.

There has been a definite trend towards pastels and neutrals for Mother of the Brides in recent times, but this is not the law, and bright primary colours can look stunning too. Actress Mary Steenburgen shows this to vibrant effect with her beautiful deep blue dress that would totally stand out against a sea of nude and neutral shades.

Elegance is the key

Carole Middleton.

A lady who has proved to be a Queen when it comes to Mother of the Bride dressing is Carole Middleton. The mother of the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton has had plenty of experience in recent years and has shown that simple elegance is often the best way to choose your outfit.

Carole has opted for frock coat styles that are perfect for the unpredictable British weather, and keeps the accessories to a minimum, with a simple style often teamed with a show stopping hat. The frock coat enables you to wear a shift dress underneath – the answer to what to wear for the reception because with the addition of some strappy sandals and a statement necklace, this outfit turns from formal to fun.

All outfits featured come from the Mother of the Bride selection at Compton House of Fashion.