With all the excitement of Black Friday sales we have some great offers for Limelight brides during November and December:

An Extra 10% Off Wedding Dresses in our Sale Boutique November 13th to November 30th

An extra 10% reduction on all off the peg wedding dresses in our sale boutique between November 13th and November 30th. Prices £250, £550 and £950 less 10%. No need to book an appointment – the sale boutique is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am till 6pm Friday 10am till 5pm and Saturday 9.30 pm till 5pm. This is the perfect opportunity to buy a quality wedding dress at a the cheapest price – try, buy and take away on the day!

Click the link below to view wedding dresses with sizes and prices in our sale boutique:

http://www.designerbridalclearance.co.uk

 A Free Sorella Vita Bridesmaid’s Dress, on a minimum order of three, with Every Made to Order Wedding Dress bought in December. 

As a partner store with Essense of Australia, Limelight carries the whole collection of their Sorella vita bridesmaids dresseswhich range from £199 to £299. To view all the styles and colours please click the link below

https://www.essensedesigns.com/sorella-vita/dresses/

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 !

 

 

 

 

A trunk show is the perfect way to find your dream wedding dress from your favourite designer! These exclusive events are planned months in advance for brides who have tried on wedding dresses, found the bridal label they wish to buy from and are ready to make a decision and place an order. So if you love dresses by Essense of Australia, book an appointment with us on February 17th. We have arranged for you to view an extended collection of gowns newly designed for 2018 and 2019 weddings. You will love the latest trends, the choice of figure flattering silhouettes and the fabulous fabrics.

Whether your bridal style is glamour with stunning simplicity

0r romantic fairytale

or beautifully boho on a beach or in a barn

Our Essense trunk show is the perfect opportunity to find your wedding dress.

Call early as appointments book up quickly. Bring family and friends who are important to your dress buying decision because many of the bridal gowns at the show are trunk show exclusives and will not be available to view after the event ends. Tel O1484 605185 or email enquiries@limelightoccasions.co.uk