Cwtch Of The Week By Chris Morse

Its April!!!

Finally Cwtchfest is this month! The tickets are flying out and if you don’t get yours soon you will regret it!

Today’s Cwtch Of The Week is from the very talented Chris Morse. This is of his favourite images from Matt & Katrina’s Anglesey Marquee Wedding. I would love to know what this private little joke between the bridesmaids was about. It looks hilarious. Thank You for this little beauty!

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You might say “isnt it just a hug?” You can ask anyone who lives in Wales and they will happily tell you that a cwtch is warmer, friendlier and a more snug version of a hug. We love, love, love seeing moments like this and if you have a lovely cwtch to share with us please email them to info@cwtchthebride.com xx

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High Street Fashion in the 2015 Colour of the Year

Colour experts Pantone have named their colour of the year for 2015 as Marsala, they describe it as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red”. This colour will suit pretty much every skin tone so is perfect for bridesmaids, but now that we are moving into spring/summer I’m not sure how easy it will be to find.

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Pantone also say “This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”

With all of this in mind I am making it my mission to find some beautiful high street fashions suitable for savvy guests and en trend bridesmaids.

ASOS

Needle & Thread at ASOS have some gorgeous hand-embellished dresses that would suit any skin tone

Iridescent Tulle Dress How perfect for a winter wedding?!!

Iridescent Tulle Dress
How perfect for a winter wedding?!!

If those seem a little out of your price range there are plenty of options at more budget friendly prices, here are a couple of examples

New Look

New Look have a huge range of pieces in this shade, here are some of my favourites.

Keep warm at a winter wedding with this Fashion Union fur coat

Keep warm at a winter wedding with this Fashion Union fur coat

Add an edge to your bridal look by wearing this Pussycat Leather Jacket over your dress!

Add an edge to your bridal look by wearing this Pussycat Leather Jacket over your dress!

This colour is perfect for a winter wedding and the sequins on this Amelie and Amber dress make it a little more festive

This colour is perfect for a winter wedding and the sequins on this Amelie and Amber dress make it a little more festive

Top Shop

Floral Overlay dress from Topshop with contrasting colour

Floral Overlay dress from Topshop with contrasting colour

Who says you have to wear a dress? This belted flared skirt from Topshop is bang on trend

Who says you have to wear a dress? This belted flared skirt from Topshop is bang on trend

Complimentary Colours

Whether you want something to compliment marsala accents in your wedding colour scheme or you just aren’t keen on the colour and want some alternative ideas here is some inspiration.

The beautiful Fiona dress from Oasis comes in three colours that pair beautifully with Marsala

Blow the budget on this gorgeous silk maxi dress from Topshop

Blow the budget on this gorgeous silk maxi dress from Topshop

 Make Up and Accessories

This Tom Ford lipstick from Selfridges would be a bold look for any bride

This Tom Ford lipstick from Selfridges would be a bold look for any bride

Elsie T Bar shoes from Agnes & Norman

Elsie T Bar shoes from Agnes & Norman

Nail Lacquer from Butter London

Nail Lacquer from Butter London

What do you think? Would you incorporate this colour into your wedding or have Pantone missed the boat with this shade? Share your opinions in the comments!

Bride to Be Diary: Victoria’s Best Girls

One half of our fabulous Bride to Be double act is back on the blog today! Victoria is here to fill us in on her planning and to pay homage to her six, yes SIX gorgeous bridesmaids!

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It’s official, along with a lot of Brides-to-be out there I can now say……”I’m getting married this year!” (cue excited face!) Dan’s rather ‘interesting’ proposal (despite my naked face,  questionable/scruffy hair & pyjamas with a haribo ring by the dining room table……every girl’s dream….who said romance was dead?!) back in August 2013 literally seems like yesterday and now the sudden reality that there’s less than 7 months until our lovely wedding in France is starting to set in….! My wise Dad is right….”The older you get, the faster time goes”- yep, you weren’t lying!!

Now anyone who knows me will know that planning is literally how I get through days, weeks and months. Lessons for work, what to cook for the week, and what I’m doing and when- obviously this has to be organised well in advance as spontaneity is not my thing.  Who doesn’t love a list or a plan?! With Dan still away until the end of March there’s a fear that our lovely home will start to resemble Hobbycraft after a burglary as I embark on the many ‘jobs’ we have planned –probably in no logical order; therefore I’m definitely going to need support on standby for when I inevitably have some ‘diva moments’ (kindly named by my sister, Kady who has already been subject to a few ‘crisis’ based calls to do with mismatching jewellery and don’t even get me started on ‘the’ dress!)

My bridesmaids are going to be my saviours over the next few intense months. They’ll keep me sane! Whether it’s a stiff talking to that I need to just calm the hell down (thanks in advance, Kady….!) or a sounding board to discuss ideas with, with my fabulous bunch of girls I’m lucky enough to have all bases covered.

Happy bridesmaids! Fingers crossed this is how we will look- only less pink....!

Happy bridesmaids! Fingers crossed this is how we will look- only less pink….!

 

We are having 6 adult bridesmaids (some people gasp at this point as it may seem like a lot?!) and 2 gorgeous little flower girls. Despite the abundance of oestrogen and progesterone, choosing who to have as our bridesmaids was painless; crafting surprise and personal little packages to ask them to be was enjoyable (some of the follow up calls were emotional) and irrespective of all of their different shapes, sizes, skin tones and colouring, as well as them living in separate parts of the UK, strangely, choosing dresses and getting those ordered was also sorted rather efficiently!

Handmade boxes were sent to all of the girls in order to 'pop the question'

Handmade boxes were sent to all of the girls in order to ‘pop the question’

Demo of how the message will be revealed.....!

Demo of how the message will be revealed…..!

With the tags attached to the lid, the message gradually unveiled, confetti hearts fell out & there was a small polaroid picture at the bottom of the box with a little message on the back!

With the tags attached to the lid, the message gradually unveiled, confetti hearts fell out & there was a small polaroid picture at the bottom of the box with a little message on the back!

Introducing the Girls

Kady- (Maid of Honour and younger sister) – Brutally honest, fierce and incredibly organised- (although the whole secret hen do she’s organising is driving me crazy!) We may have had some pretty horrendous fights and arguments growing up like a couple of aspiring cage fighters but she’s now one of my best friends.

Sisterly pile up!

Sisterly pile up!

Lily (or Frankenstein as per my contacts list/every time I address her!)- My littlest sister, who I absolutely love dearly as well as worry about constantly, (That’s what happens when there’s a 12 year age gap!) Given that she hasn’t worn a dress since perhaps the age of about 10, I feel pretty honoured and special that she’s going to sport a lovely long bridesmaid’s dress even though she’d probably rather snort wasabi sauce!

Kady (dress fan) and Lily (dress hater....!)

Kady (dress fan) and Lily (dress hater….!)

Laura (Dan’s sister)- Just like Dan she’s calm and so laid back. Although, like Frankenstein, a dress is not something that would ever be Laura’s choice of attire, she’s been so chilled about dress shopping and going with the flow. Maybe she’s saving the stress for buying and wearing dreaded high heels……?!

Me & Laura celebrating her Birthday!

Me & Laura celebrating her Birthday!

Amy/my dearest Pete aka Peter Pan, (my sister from another Mr and Mrs!)- Born only 4 days apart, we were brought up together and have embarked on too many mischievous adventures (not strictly limited to only our younger years…! ) to mention. Always guaranteed to make me laugh, she’s also always a shoulder to cry on.

Me & Amy,at least she'llbe wearing a better bridesmaid dress than I am in this photo!

Me & Amy,at least she’ll be wearing a better bridesmaid dress than I am in this photo!

Still the terrible twosome!

Still the terrible twosome!

Janine (friend from University)- We met on our first day when she was wearing a particularly eyecatching pink, corduroy jacket (over 11 years ago?!) and the rest is history! Our lives have intertwined since 2003- uni, living together whilst studying, living in the same apartment building afterwards and now we work at the same school. She’s creative, loyal and also straight talking, as well as being someone I greatly admire!

Bridesmaid for Janine on her special day and now it's role reversal time!

Bridesmaid for Janine on her special day and now it’s role reversal time!

Last but not least, Gemma (school friend)- my crazy, larger than life, fun and thoughtful pal! She’s always there when I need her and always has some wise words to impart……unless she’s tired/hungry or worst case scenario, both- in which case it’s best to wait….. haha!

Just your average Sunday morning, ay, Gem!

Just your average Sunday morning, ay, Gem!

I knew what colour I wanted their dresses to be- it was just a case of selecting the right shade. We went to High Society in Cowbridge (impeccable customer service even after being invaded by a swarm of excited, chatty women!) for the girls to try on some dresses and settle on a shade of my chosen colour. The sales assistant, Helen was so shocked that everything was selected, tried on and sorted within about 30 minutes! It was a huge relief as it could have been one of those infinite tasks where people start getting pernickety over ruching and the whole straps/no straps debate ending in people whom I love dearly feeling disappointed and uncomfortable!

The magic formula if you are faced with a panel of girls who are more different to one another in appearance than a tin of cadbury’s roses………….? Choose a colour and tone that suits them all (trust me it is possible- Laura is strawberry blonde, Janine (love her) has the same skin tone as Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sculpture and Amy, well, she’s like a walking advert for the Californian sun) and then let them do the rest. Find a brand such as Dessy who produce a range of styles in the chosen colour. This will banish anyone’s personal fear of back fat/side boob/bingo wings etc., as although it’s your big day, don’t forget you’ve chosen these girls to be by your side to share it with you and be a part of it. I wouldn’t want any of them to feel like one of the ugly step sisters from Cinderella!

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Colour variety with Dessy group! Image source

I actually had the chosen dresses imported from America. Given that our budget had already been stretched and was continuing to be so, I did a bit of research and found the option of saving a good chunk of money- who would say no to that?! I highly recommend madamebridal.com – yes, the dresses took 3 months to arrive (which I was aware of!) but wow was it worth it! I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little apprehensive whilst waiting- every now and again thinking ‘OMG what if they turn up and they look like they have been stitched together by a bunch of blind mice?!’ as per the articles that are constantly shared on Facebook about scandalous discount sites….! It was with bated breath I opened the package and then let out a huge sigh of relief!

That’s another tick in a box of the never ending list. Bridemaids. Done! The downside for them of course is going to be the next 6 ½ months of ongoing questions/ updates/ help requests/ tears/dramas and diva moments! (Sorry!)

Fellow Cwtchers, how have you found choosing your Bridemaids and everything that goes with it?  How did you pop the ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ question (and what do you think of how I asked mine?)?

Until next time,

Victoria