I can’t quite believe its now been four whole weeks since we got married! Something I always knew I wanted to do when we got our photos back, was share a few posts on here about all of my favourite things, where we bought things from and how everything came together on the day, and I thought we’d start at my favourite part – the outfits! Something we’d always had in our minds since being engaged was a colour scheme, and this made things oh so easy when it came to picking out things such as bridesmaid dresses and tie colours. I also always had an idea in my mind of how I wanted my dress to look, so the whole process of finding what Dan and I and all of our bridesmaids and groomsmen were going to wear was actually one of the most stress-free parts of planning!
No messing around here, let’s start with the biggie – my wedding dress! I actually picked my dress out a long time ago, just over a year before the big day because I luckily found exactly what I wanted right at the beginning. I had looked in one or two bridal shops just to get a feel for what shapes and styles suited me, and early on I knew that I wanted something that mixed the traditional with the modern. I really wanted something that was top-to-toe lace, but in a more contemporary shape that suited my curves. I didn’t want anything too big, as I didn’t feel that was ‘me’, so a fitted shape was on my wish list, and also I have issues with my arms, so I knew I wanted a sleeve (not the best idea in hindsight considering we had 28 degree heat on the day itself!). I actually came across the dress by chance, at a wedding fair held at our venue, Hoghton Tower, and fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.
I booked an appointment at bridal boutique Foxglove Brides in Preston pretty much immediately, and couldn’t wait to try it on! At my appointment, it was the first dress I tried, and I loved it even more once I saw it on, but erring on the side of caution, I decided to try on a load more beautiful dresses that myself and my family and bridesmaids had picked out.
After trying on what must have been another 10-15 dresses, I was feeling pretty deflated that none of them were right for me (believe me, staring at yourself in the mirror over and over again and scrutinising every inch of your body in beautiful dresses isn’t as fun as they make it look on Say Yes To The Dress!) so I stepped back in to dress number one and just knew it was mine!
My dress was by American wedding gown design house ‘Watters‘, from their Wtoo range. From what I gather, Wtoo is a more contemporary, slightly more affordable range from Watters (mine came in way under budget!), and I would highly recommend it! The dress was such great quality, and didn’t require much in the way of alterations at all. The lace was super soft and delicate, making it SO comfy to wear, and I loved the bardot eyelash lace neckline. There was a lovely train with buttons all the way down to the hem, and it had plenty of detail without being too much. I felt so good in it on the day, and most importantly, it didn’t restrict me on the dancefloor! I also wore a beautiful mid length veil, complete with delicate lace and crystal trim that matched the lace of the dress so well! A veil wasn’t something I actually wanted when I first went to try on dresses, but as soon as one was put on my head I just had to have one! I’m so glad I went for this one as it looks so pretty in the photographs, and was the perfect finishing touch. I got it in the sample sale at Foxglove too which was an added bonus!
Then the pièce de résistance, the shoes!! From the get go I knew I wanted my ‘something blue’ to be my shoes, and I hunted high and low for the perfect pair. I was SO disappointed with the ones I found from various high end stores – some were the wrong colour, some were too high, some were too low and some had huge brooches on which would have completely destroyed the hem of my dress. I found the blue heels by chance whilst browsing New Look one day, and they fit the bill perfectly. They’re also from the comfort range which was a big selling point for me as I knew I wanted to last as long as possible in them (I made it half way through the night do which I’m pretty proud of), but I found them to be a little plain. The colour and style was so perfect that I didn’t want to return them out of fear I wouldn’t find anything else, so I had the idea to customise them myself with some adorable bee shoe clips, also from New Look believe it or not, as a nice little nod to Dan’s home city of Manchester. I absolutely LOVE them and I’ve had so many compliments on them, with lots of people saying they look designer! Pretty good when you consider they cost less than £40 in total!
Now on to my stunning bridesmaids!! With our colour scheme of soft yellows and greys, I actually struggled at first to decide which colour I wanted my maids to wear, but I eventually went for a really subtle soft grey, and I’m so glad I did! I found the bridesmaid dresses on Asos from the brand Chi Chi, and was so impressed with the quality of them. They cost around £80 each, which I think is really reasonable considering how well made they were and also how well they complimented my own dress! I fell in love with their lace overlays, slightly off shoulder necklines and fishtail hems, and I think you’ll agree all of my gorgeous girls looked incredible!
We did have to have a lot of alterations done on a couple of these to make them fit perfectly, as they did come up pretty long on most of the girls, and also the waists needed taking in too, but my lovely bridesmaid Steph, who is a super talented seamstress (very handy!) did these for us and did an amazing job – they all fit so perfectly and looked beautiful! The girls all picked out their own shoes, each going for either grey, nude or silver heels to compliment the dresses. All four have different tastes when it comes to style, so I wanted them to feel comfortable in what they wore on their feet.
Next up, the boys! We were so happy with how Dan and his groomsmen’s outfits turned out. We’d originally planned to go for grey suits, but we realised they may look a little wishy-washy next to the grey bridesmaids, and everything could end up looking a bit plain, so we decided on navy blue instead, and I honestly think this was one of the best decisions we made. We chose to get the suits from our local branch of Slaters, who were brilliant from the moment we set foot in the store. We decided to hire the groomsmen’s suits, just because there were so many to get (4 groomsmen, 2 dads, 2 ushers and 1 pageboy!) and this worked out the best way for the budget we were working with, but we couldn’t fault the service. We went for a classic navy blue slim fit three piece suit that we knew would suit everyone, paired with a simple white shirt and brown shoes.
Dan decided to buy his own suit, as he wanted something ever so slightly different to everyone else. He went for a textured wool suit in a very similar shade of navy, also from Slaters, which he looked so lovely in! He found his brown leather brogues in Topman, which were the perfect shade to compliment his suit, and a bargain price compared to other similar ones he had tried on in other stores.
When it came to the ties and pocket squares, we had the idea to have each groomsmen in their own unique set which they could then take home as a keepsake, so we enlisted the help of Steph (again!) and she very kindly offered to make them for us. We went fabric shopping in Abakhan and picked out a selection of yellow prints, going for more modern ginghams and polka dots for Dan’s brothers and friends and my little nephews, and opting for more traditional paisleys and florals for the dads. We also found a gorgeous blue and yellow Liberty print which we picked out for Dan – it was a little more expensive compared to the others, but so worth it! Steph did such an amazing job making these for us, and they all looked so good when they were all together!
We’re so pleased with how all the looks came together on the day. When you’re planning all of the details such as colour schemes, accessories, shoes etc, it can be hard to try and imagine how things will look alongside each other, so it was so lovely to see our visions come to life and see how perfectly things complimented one another.
Wedding Dress – ‘Savannah’ from Wtoo by Watters at Foxglove Brides
Veil – Foxglove Brides
Blue Shoes – New Look
Bee Shoe Clips – New Look
Dan’s Suit – Slaters
Dan’s Brogues – Topman
Bridesmaid Dresses – Chi Chi at ASOS
Groomsmen’s Suits – Slaters Formal Hire
Photos by Luke Richards at Weddings by Luke
One of the things that really helped pull everything together was the flowers, but I’ll save those for another post soon! I have a few more posts coming your way over the next few weeks, including everything from the decor and details, the hair and make up to the transport and venue, and the food!
Thank you all so much for all your well wishes and kind words on social media about our wedding – we really appreciate it!