After a Summer of wall to wall sunshine the leaves are just beginning to change colour and there is a hint of Autumn in the air as we leave the boutique in the evenings. We love the colours of autumn and so we are celebrating the change of season with 10% off our Lizabella and John Charles Mother of the Bride and groom outfits.

When dressing our mannequins for the promotion, Linda took her colour inspiration from the golds teals and pinks of the pansies, heathers and cyclamens we planted on Limelight’s Lockwood Bridge for the Autumn season:

She teamed the outfits with show stopping hats by Max and Ellie

With 10% off the the dress our Mums can treat themselves to the perfect accessories! (not included in the promotion)

We  you love these rich and vibrant colours as much as we do!

Its hard to beat simple and stylish in a luxurious soft velvet …

Whatever your style … you are a VIM … very important Mum – happy Autumn to all our Limelight Mums!

Visit the shop to browse our full range.

 

 

Brides are often a little confused by wedding veils…the blusher, mantilla, cathedral, puddle…as well finding the perfect wedding dress there is a whole new vocabulary when it comes to the veil – what is that all about?! So we thought a blog unveiling the mysteries of the veil might help.

Why Do Brides wear Veils?

Brides today wear the veil as the finishing touch which completes the bridal look with its sheer romance. Putting on the veil immediately brings out the tissues and the need for waterproof mascara on the wedding day; but originally brides were veiled to protect them from enchantment and hide them from evil spirits. Roman brides wore flame coloured veils to scare those spirits away.

In the days when a marriage was more of a financial arrangement and a bride given in exchange of land and cattle, she might be heavily veiled so the groom, seeing his fiancé for the first time at the alter, couldn’t back out at the last minute.

Also, in many religions, the veil is a sign of humility and respect during a religious ceremony and this helps to explain why, traditionally, the veil is made with a blusher and a train.

During Victorian times, the veil not only indicated modesty but the weight, length and quality became a status symbol. Royal brides had the longest veils and the longest trains.

How is a veil made? The blusher and train explained.

Brides wear veils in many different styles and lengths, but whatever the style, the veil is always cut from one oval length of sheer fabric, usually tulle.

The two tier veil is divided into the blush or blusher and the train. The blush is 27′ long and is traditionally the short tier worn over the face to indicate the brides modesty when she enters the ceremony approaches her groom  –  remember the  expression the blushing bride ? The train is the longer tier falling down the back back of the head and dress in various lengths from shoulder to  finger tip to beyond the length of the dress itself.

The single tier veil is less traditional and does not have a blush. It is usually worn further back on the head also in various lengths.

Veil lengths

Can be customised but standard lengths work with most contemporary wedding dresses. single and double tier veils are made from one piece of oval fabric and the length is measured including the 27” of the blush even on a single tier veil.

Shorter lengths

54″  shoulder length very pretty on a dress with a simple bodice at it draws attention to the face

72″ finger tip veil finishes at the upper thigh  and provides an elegant wedding wow factor for brides who do not want a full length veil

Full length veils

108″ is the perfect veil length finishing just at the hem of a wedding dress with a very short train forming a little ‘puddle’ of fabric behind the bride as she walks.

126″ sits nicely at the hem of most wedding dresses with an average length train.

144″ for ultimate drama the train on cathedral length veil extends beyond the length of all but the longest of wedding dress trains.

Which style of veil works best?

This entirely depends on your dress and your vision for your wedding. You can choose the embellishment on your veil to compliment your gown with lace or sparkle or you can go classically plain. Your bridal stylist will help advise and help you. The key to your veil style is the combing. The comb attaches the veil to your hair and the way the veil is gathered onto the comb determines the fullness:

The Two Tier Full Comb gives a vintage style fullness and height with a 50s 60s vibe

The Two Tier Half Comb has less fullness and softly drapes the shoulder

The flat comb has two tiers with a flat soft blush – Duchess of Cambridge style

The single tier veil works well with a half comb worn towards the back of the head so the detailing on the back of the dress is clearly visible through the dress.

The Mantilla Comb single tier gives a flat Spanish look and works best edged in lace that frames the face.

Birdcage veils are perfect for brides who want a sophisticated and sassy look with just a little veiling across the face.

If you work with an independent bridal retailer, they will have contacts with specialists who handmade veils here in the UK giving you endless options for lace, embroidered or beaded embellishments.

How to look after your veil

If you buy your wedding dress and veil from an independent bridal retailer, they will both be handed to you crease free and ready to wear. All you will need to do is let your veil hang full length until the day. After the wedding day store it with your dress boxed in acid free tissue to avoid discolouration.If you buy your veil on the internet or from an outlet and it arrives creased DO NOT IRON IT! It is made from very sheer fabric and may melt.You should also take care not to let your veil near hair straighteners or tongs at hair trials.

If a veil is not for you … there are other options romantic detail and nothing is more on trend right now than capes – lace edged or beaded they add bring that bridal wow factor !

If you are unsure about wearing a wedding veil, remember this is the one day in your life you will have the opportunity for the ultimate in romantic photos…

and nothing says bride like a veil!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the things we love best at Limelight, is spending time with our brides and hearing all about their wedding plans. It’s so exciting that wedding ceremonies can now be completely personalised to reflect the passions of the bride and groom … and some of our brides truly amaze us with their spirit of adventure

Our brides love to ride horses, bucking broncos and motor bikes on their wedding day.

They ski down mountains, drive round golf courses and run with rugby balls and they do it style!

Click the link below to view the video of Kate skiing down the slopes after her mountain top wedding ceremony

https://www.facebook.com/katie.bedford.37/videos/10158025074556980/?t=2

Becca rides a bucking bronco in her wedding dress in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/limelightoccasions/videos/vb.177479268972314/1459087237478171/?type=2&theater

And there is there is no playing it safe with the bridal gown – Limelight brides choose wedding dresses that truly express who they are and their stunning pictures amaze and delight us.

A huge train on my dress? Cut it off? Bustle it up? Absolutely not! The dress is part of the adventure – I’ll hitch it up on the bike – hook it over the wrist with the ski pole – spread it out over the horse

A love of life, as well as each other, shines through these wedding pictures.

The wedding day is just the beginning…we wish all our couples a lifetime of love, laughter and the most amazing adventures together xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is nothing like a royal wedding to get the whole country celebrating together and to inspire future brides and wedding dress designers everywhere. We are so excited to see the amazing wedding dress Meghan will wear to marry her Prince. All brides should feel like a princess on their wedding day, but sadly, we ordinary mortals do have have a royal wedding budget to spend! So, to celebrate Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, we have added a special sale label to lots of stunning new wedding dress styles in our bridal boutique.

This means that, starting Saturday 19th May, every wedding dress with this special crown label will be offered for sale, off the peg, at a huge discount. Each dress design will still be available to be made to order especially for you, at full price… but if our sample fits, you will have your perfect wedding dress at a fraction of the to order cost!

You can view all the off the peg styles available on our website at http://www.designerbridalclearance.co.uk together with sizes, sale price and to order price. We have fairytale ballgowns, fishtail and mermaid and A line wedding dresses in our sale in lace, mikado and tulles, with and without beading, by leading designers including Ian Stuart, Nicola Anne and Karen Willis Holmes, Ellis bridals and Essense of Australia.

Although our alteration service is not available for off the peg wedding dresses, we can provide a list of experienced bridal seamstresses who work flexible hours from their own premises. Limelight does offer a refurbishment service for loose beading, replacement hooks and eyes, buttons etc (£100) and will store the dress  if required (£30) or you can simply try, buy and take away on the day… but not before fastening your personalised love lock to our Limelight Lockwood Bridge!

So book an appointment to buy your wedding gown in our Right Royal Wedding Dress Sale and join us for bucks fizz, cup cakes and a live screening of The Royal Wedding Day celebrations- we can’t wait to meet you.

Every one at Limelight is so excited for the Royal Wedding and we wish Meghan and Harry and all our Limelight Brides getting married in 2018 a lifetime of fun and happiness together !

 

 

 

 

When Alexandra entered Velvet, a bar in Wakefield, and first set eyes on Luke, the thing  that struck her most about him was how good looking and manly he was. It was love at first sight and she knew immediately that she wanted him to notice her.

We asked our beautiful Limelight bride to share the story of their romantic family wedding with us. These stunning photos were taken by Lauren Twigg.

How did Luke propose?

He surprised me by flying out and joining us in Tenerife on a family holiday with my Mum and Grandad. He then took me up Mount Teidi and proposed to me there.

What was it about your venue,Waterton Park Hotel, that made you choose it for your wedding day?

It gave me butterflies from the moment we pulled up to the venue. The moat made me feel like princess.

What was the best bit about your hen do?

Just being with all my favourite ladies drinking fizz, cocktails, laughing and chilling in our giant bath/pool.

Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding – which things were the most important to you?

Gifts for our wedding party were really important to me and making my Grandma and Dad, who are no longer with us, part of our special day. I wanted the wedding to represent me and Luke through and through. 

You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress? How did you know it was THE ONE?

Originally I thought I wanted something quite plain, stiff fabric, pockets, definitely not strapless, very Audrey Hepburn. My beautiful dress, Paradis by Ian Stuart, was the wild card and, theoretically everything I didn’t want… but yet so so me. I knew the minute I looked in the mirror that it was for me. It made me feel so beautiful. 

If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?

My mum dressing me and my brother entering the room. We have always been the three musketeers and being with them and seeing their reactions fills my heart with joy even now thinking about it.

Seeing luke for the first time, he looked so nervous and so handsome the whole ceremony was beautiful and I never stopped smiling.

After the wedding breakfast I went into the bridal suite with 8 of my favourite ladies with two bottles of champagne and they helped me get ready for the night do. I loved every minute of it. 

Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?

In Luke’s speech, he started off by giving my brother a gift which was an adopted camel. When Luke asked Joe for my hand in marriage Joe had said he was offered 12 camels for me when I was younger. He said he would now accept 2, he even brought it up in his own speech saying that the marriage wasn’t official until he got that. It was so funny as we were all in shock!

Which song did you choose for your first dance as a married couple and why?

John legend all of me, it has always been our song and the lyrics are so beautiful. Luke cried through most of the song…

How did you chose your honeymoon destination?

We are doing an American adventure with our little boy, taking him to Disney 

What advice would you give new brides to be who are planning their wedding?

Don’t dwell on the minor details and everything will come together. Take time on your wedding day to reflect on everything around you, watch the people you love, kiss your husband lots, drink lots of water, eat your meal, drink lots of fizz and dance, dance, dance.

For once lap up all the compliments – you will never have another day like it and it goes so quick.

Hire a videographer so you can remember and watch your day over and over again. I have watched ours every week since we married!

We wish Mr and Mrs Norbury a lifetime of happiness and laughter. With  love and thanks from everyone at Limelight xxx