High Street Wedding Dresses

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You are getting married!!! Yay! Wedding dress shopping! This can be the most exciting time out of the whole planning process. It can also be very daunting. The thought of spending loads of money on a dress for one day … Continue reading

Wedding Day Inspiration: Shoes Shoes Shoes!

To some women their shoes are (almost) as important as the man in their life, Classic Bride Charlie has gone on the hunt to find some shoe inspiration from the high street & online and managed to find some beauties!

Shoes. For some women they are top of the list of priorities and for others, well they can be the bane of their lives! This season there are some absolutely GORGEOUS shoes that would be suitable not just for the wedding day but for wearing on honeymoon and time and time again, Kurt Geiger in particular has a huge range of fabulous footwear but not just limited to them I have sourced a selection of both high street and designer footwear in low, mid and high heels. Here goes!

If you click on a photo it will take you through to the web page where you can buy the shoes :)

Kurt Geiger GlowingThese Kurt Geiger Glowing nude mid heel court shoes are sparkly beauties at a wearable heel height and a fairly reasonable price tag of £120.

Kurt Geiger Carvela AutumnI love the flash of colour on the sole of these Kurt Geiger Carvela Autumn nude high heel shoes, £110.

stuart weitzman silver glitter nudist heeled sandalAt £298 these Stuart Weitzman silver glitter nudist heeled sandal from Daniel Footwear are a show-stopper.

Jimmy Choo AddisonNo shoe post would be complete without some Choos and these Jimmy Choo Addison Gold Lamé Glitter Pointy Toe Pumps are absolutely beautiful, £395.

Jimmy Choo AlinaYou don’t need skyscrapers to be sophisticated! Jimmy Choo Alina ivory satin pointy toe flats with crystal detail are perfect for those who want a little bit of luxury but no extra height, £525.

Jimmy Choo LaurieJimmy Choo Laurie Champagne Glitter Fabric Almond Toe Platform Pumps are the height of luxury and would set off any outfit, I can even picture these with a nice pair of skinny jeans. At £475 I wouldn’t want to take them off!

Kurt Geiger GeorgiaThese Kurt Geiger Georgia gold high heeled shoes are simple but stunning, £110.

Kurt Geiger GertrudeThese Kurt Geiger Gertrude gold high heeled strappy sandals are beauties and a bargain at £65,

Kurt Geiger MajestyPerfect for a beach wedding or more casual or Grecian vibe, these Kurt Geiger Majesty nude flat sandals are £69.

Kurt Geiger LottyIf you need your “something blue” these Kurt Geiger Lotty high heel court shoes could just do the job. Reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes but a snip in comparison at £125.

Kurt Geiger MitzyKurt Geiger Mitzy silver mid heeled sandals bring a vintage vibe and they are not only a comfortable height but also a comfortable price at £95.

NEW-Rachel-Simpson-Mimosa-Primrose-Yellow-£170-pair-low-res-950x950A favourite among our readers Rachel Simpson‘s new range was bound to be a hit. I love these primrose yellow Mimosa T-bar peep toe vintage wedding shoes, £170.

NEW-Rachel-Simpson-Monique-Porcelain-Rose-Gold-side-475x475Copper tones are bang en trend so I absolutely love these Rachel Simpson Monique porcelain & rose gold leather T-bar vintage wedding shoes, £175.

Office Parallel square sandalOver to the high street this Office Parallel square toe strap sandal is a towering 11.9cm high and a reasonable £65.

Ted Baker Peetch Brooch Detail ShoesThese Ted Baker Peetch brooch detail court shoes are feminine and fabulous at £140. ted baker phinium embellished cut out court shoeAnother beautiful pink colour these Ted Baker Phinium embellished cut out court shoes are mid height metallics that would look stunning under a wedding dress, £140.

Topshop Rumour cross strap sandalsBack to the high street and these Topshop Rumour cross-strap sandals are a bargain at £46.00.

Topshop Hottie heeled sandalTopshop Hottie heeled sandals come in under £30.00 and are a really fashionable and comfortable height.

Topshop JadeFinally these Topshop Jade mid heeled court shoes are a style that can be worn time and again so you’ll easily get your £42.00 worth!

Nb. all prices correct at time of editing.

 

 

Vintage Bride: Men’s Vintage Inspired Attire from the High Street

Vintage Bride Sophie is back this week with an in depth look into some of the hottest men from days gone by, a real hardship of course! All in the name of men’s vintage fashion for the groom to be…

Hello all!

Today I’m here to help out the often forgotten, left to the last minute, not-given-as-much-budget gentlemen amongst you. I think wedding attire is hard for a lot of men, it certainly was for mine! Gareth had never spent much on clothes. He bought things when he needed them and would never spend much (the wedding changed that; he’s now a shopaholic). Our wedding was the first time he’d ever been out to source an entire look, he didn’t know where to begin. If your man isn’t fashion conscious and is taking a backseat in the planning, it is likely he’ll be guided by a brief you deliver (and may need an nudge in the right direction).

Image by Maria Farrelly

Gareth AKA Mr Vintage Bride! Image by Maria Farrelly

Ladies: Please place ipad or other reading device in husband-to-be’s hand. In the meantime, I would love to know… How involved has your man been? How soon into planning did he choose his outfit? Did YOU choose his outfit or was it left to him? Can your man be trusted (with shopping, obviously)?

Men: Fear not, you are in luck! There are so many vintage-inspired pieces on the high street at the moment!

I’ve taken a look at some legendary style icons of days gone by. Just for you lovely lot I’ve been looking through image, after image, after image, after image of James Dean, Steve McQueen and Elvis Presley. I know, I have a tough life These hotties oozed class. I can’t think of a better bunch of lads to show us how it’s done! So, please find below the best high street buys I can find to recreate these looks on your big day (with the odd luxury item thrown in – the boys deserve a splurge too, right?)

Elvis Presley

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Elvis & Priscilla. Image Source: Pinterest

Who knew his wedding suit was paisley print?! Well I tracked down a pretty good match!

Click any photo to see a larger size and, where appropriate, a link to purchase

 James Dean

James Dean. Image Source: Pinterest

James Dean. Image Source: Pinterest

Image Source: Pinterest

Image Source: Pinterest

This man makes a classic black suit look SO cool (and those glasses! SWOON!!!)

Steve McQueen

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Steve McQueen wearing Persol Sunglasses. Image Source: Pinterest

Dressed like a gentleman, drove cars like a man!

I have another post coming up shortly with some more vintage mens’ looks to consider but if there are any old school looks (male or female) that you would like me to look at and recreate do let me know! This was fun!!!

Happy planning lovelies x

Wow thank you Sophie, what do you think cwtchers? Girl did good! Can you see your man wearing one of these looks on your wedding day? My personal favourite would be the James Dean look, although it’s hard to choose! x

High Street Wedding Dresses

We know that not everyone chooses to, or has the budget to buy their wedding dress in a bridal shop, and with so many gorgeous alternatives on the high street that doesn’t mean you can’t still wow on your big day. Classic Bride Charlie is here with some of her favourite High Street wedding dresses to give you some inspiration.

Hi Cwtchers!

Continuing my series of High Street fashions I have decided to go for the big one- wedding dresses! Some of these dresses are gorgeous and for a bride on a budget would be perfect. I have tried to narrow down a selection of different styles and lengths, I hope you see something you like!

Sylvia by Ghost

Sylvia by Ghost

Diana by Ghost

Diana by Ghost

Fiona by Coast

Fiona by Coast

Jacinti from Coast

Jacinti by Coast

Breita by Coast

Breita by Coast

Elodie by Phase Eight

Elodie by Phase Eight

Sally by Phase Eight

Sally by Phase Eight

1920's Style dress from Etsy

1920’s Style dress from Etsy

1950's style tea length dress from Etsy

1950’s style tea length dress from Etsy

Embellished Maxi from Miss Selfridge

Embellished Maxi from Miss Selfridge

Blue Sequin Maxi from Miss Selfridge

Blue Sequin Maxi from Miss Selfridge

Carlotta from Monsoon Bridal

Carlotta from Monsoon Bridal

Iris from Monsoon Bridal

Iris from Monsoon Bridal

What do you think? Would you wear a high street wedding dress? I honestly can’t see why not when they look as gorgeous as this!

Charlie x

 

Bridesmaids and The High Street

Our Classic Bride Charlie is back again! (we can’t get enough of her this month). Her previous post, A review of Court Coleman Manor proved really popular with many of our readers. Today Charlie is delving into the high street to find some really cool bridesmaid dresses. Over to you Charlie,

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Bridesmaid dress shopping is HARD! Just think how difficult it is to find yourself a dress for a special occasion- finding a shape that flatters, a colour that suits your skin tone, a price tag within budget, and then when you find the perfect dress the shop doesn’t have it in your size! Take this trauma and multiply it by the number of bridesmaids you have… See what I mean?!

I had three bridesmaids who all had different heights, colouring and dress sizes so I thought the easiest option would be to get mis-matched dresses to suit them all, but I do think that mis-matched dresses still have to co-ordinate with one another in some way and this became even harder! If you are lucky enough that your bridesmaids are a group of best friends who all live near to each other then that makes for a super fun shopping trip but with my gorgeous girls all living at three far flung corners of the UK (Carmarthen, London and Yorkshire!) in the end I chose the easy way out which was to pick a “proper” bridesmaid dress in a classic timeless style that I knew would suit them all, and I hope you agree that they all looked gorgeous.

Charlies BridesmaidsImage by: Maria Farrelly Photography

As much as I loved the dresses and thought the girls looked stunning, when I see the vast variety of high street dresses out there at the moment I can’t help but feel wistful for the original relaxed style I had in mind. I have picked some of my favourite high street (and online) dresses that would (in my opinion) make amazing bridesmaid options.

High Street Bridesmaid Dresses

 

Asos BardotAsos Vintage Floral Bardot 

coast_AmoretteCoast Amorette

flapper dressMiss Selfridge Teal Flapper Dress

topshop_plisse_maxi_dressMiss Selfridge Plisse Maxi Dress

Coast_IstriaCoast Istria

Oasis_Paloma_midi_dressOasis Embellished Paloma Midi Dress

Oasis_Victoria_laceOasis Victoria Lace Midi Dress

topshop_Applique_shift_dressTop Shop Limited Edition Applique Shift Dress

Topshop_wheel_lace_dressTop Shop Wheel Lace Dress

Warehouse_Broderie_lace_dressWarehouse Panelled Broderie Lace Dress

Very_Kimberley_Walsh_Yoke_dressVery Kimberley Walsh Mesh Yoke Printed Dress

Very_Fearne_cotton_Paisley_dressVery Fearne Cotton Paisley Midi Dress

 

I hope that you have found this helpful! If you are still not inspired then don’t worry, my fellow Cwtch ladies will be here with more bridesmaid inspiration throughout May :)

If you do decide to take to the High Street to dress your maids, you may want to consider the possibility that a well meaning guest could potentially turn up in the same outfit. This is one of the small pitfalls of shopping the High Street and one way of avoiding any clashes could be to ask your female guests to avoid a certain colour scheme. If that isn’t your style then you could give the bridesmaids some matching accessories that will make them stand out as bridesmaids and link them as a group. But with all the gorgeous options out there the chances of the same-dress nightmare happening should be quite slim!

Have any of our brides taken to the High Street? I would love to hear how you found it!