Today we are so excited to be unpacking wedding dresses from the latest collection by the famous Australian designer, Karen Willis Holmes for Limelight’s trunk show which begins this Saturday January 20th. Limelight Bridal Boutique is proud to be one of a very few exclusive boutiques in the UK that stock these luxurious bridal gowns. Click the video link below to see how Karen’s love of 1940’s and 50’s fashion inspires her to create wedding dresses which ooze style and effortless sophistication.

Karen is a truly unique and immensely talented designer and a lovely person. Millie loves sharing design ideas with her when we visit her show in London.


The Karen Willis Holmes bridal brand is widely acclaimed by trend conscious brides and her designs were so well received when she launched her couture range that she was inspired to create her Bespoke collection. We are thrilled to be showing the 2018 Bespoke collection for the first time at limelight next week.

These gorgeous dresses are made with couture like quality and innovative design in Karen’s workrooms using only the highest quality imported fabrics, laces, & beading from around the world.

Karen responded to increasing demand for off the rack gowns by designing the Ready to Wear Collection – KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.  Focusing on exceptional fit with embellished and embroidered details the designs compliment the Bespoke Collection and offer brides a glamorous/vintage wedding day look.

Gowns from the KWH Collection by Karen Willis Holmes are designed in Australia and hand beaded and embellished in India.

If you are looking for a truly luxurious wedding dress price range £2,200 to £4,600 and would like to choose from the extended collection showcasing at Limelight next week, then call us on 01484 605185 or email to book an appointment at our KWH trunk show. We look forward to meeting you!



Meet the amazingly talented bridal designer, Nicola Harvey – Rowley at Limelight Occasions on Saturday 3rd February 2018/19. Nicola designs our stunning Nicola Anne wedding dresses and we have invited her back to Limelight Her label is renowned for style – English Rose with a contemporary twist – superb quality – gorgeous fabrics and figure flattering corsetry and for the fact that these beautiful gowns are handmade here in the UK. Nikki’s gowns have been featured on numerous occasions on TV, including
 GMTV’s first ‘Bride of the year’ on the London eye,
 BBC2 ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ 
 and BBC3 ‘Don’t Tell the Bride.’

We love working with Nikki who is fun, friendly and full of fantastic ideas for new ways of styling her wedding gowns. She is bringing her latest collection of dresses brand new for 2018 for you to try and we can’t wait to see them on our catwalk. See The Palatial collection video link below:

Let us know if you have a  favourite dress from Nikki’s previous collections and, if we do not already have it, we will ask her to bring it specially for you to try on the day! If you order your wedding dress on the day you will receive a voucher to spend on one accessory, either a veil or hair sparkle, with a value of up to £100.

Hatfield – stunning ivory mikado high low wedding dress by Nicola Anne

Nikki also designs an amazing range of separates including soft tulle overskirts and capes so you can customise your wedding dress to make it truly unique without the haute couture price tag!

This is the perfect opportunity to find your wedding dressreceive styling advice from our leading British bridal designer and receive £100 towards an accessory! So call us on 01484 605185 or email   to book an appointment at this very popular event – Nikki and all the Limelight team are looking forward to meeting you!


Check out our instagram, face book and bridal clearance site for the latest dresses added to our sample sale boutique in time for Bridal Sale week. Every savvy bride knows that buying a sample dress from a reputable bridal boutique is the best way to snap up a designer wedding dress made from top quality fabrics at a bargain price – £250 – £550 – £950; but you have to be quick off the mark and ready to make a decision there and then, because it’s first come first served, try, buy and takeaway on the day!

The latest Essense Dresses to be added to our Sale Boutique

This romantic lace over Lustre Satin sheath bridal gown features crystal beading and pretty lace shoulder straps. The back zips up under crystal buttons.

Click the link below to see a video of this gorgeous sheath wedding dress

              Click the link below to see a video of this gorgeous ball gown

This strapless lace over Dolce Satin fit-and-flare silhouette wedding dress from the Essense of Australia bridal gown collection hugs the body and elongates the frame. It then flares just above the knee to offer the perfect balance of chic sophistication. The dipped neckline and chapel train add just the right amount of classic elegance.

Click the link below to see a video of this gorgeous fit and flare wedding gown

Delicate lace makes a soft contrast to a matte-side Lustre satin base with this sheath gown from the Essense of Australia wedding dress collection. The skirt features three layers of elegant corded lace and a pretty sweep train, while the  neckline and delicate straps are beautifully beaded with vintage style pearls.

Designers in our wedding dress sale also include: Ian Stuart, Karen Willis Holmes (KWH) Nicola Anne, Caroline Castigliano, Stewart Parvin, Ellis Bridals and Annais. Click the links below for images and information.

Call us on 01484 605185 or email at to book an appointment in our sale boutique.

We look forward to meeting you!

Limelight brides often tell us they are worried about shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses because everyone in the party is a different size and shape. They want all their friends to feel equally amazing but are daunted by the task of finding dresses that suit everyone. Our response? Not only is bridesmaids shopping easier than you think, it is great fun, as long as everyone remembers … the key to dress shopping is shape not size. Girls who wear very different dress sizes can share the same body shape and look and feel equally stunning so long as the dress flatters their shape.


It’s a well known phenomenon in the bridal world, that every client regardless of her age and size will focus entirely on what she dislikes about her body.  She will say my bust and hips are too big when she has a tiny waist and an amazing hourglass shape or, my shoulders are too broad when she has slender hips and legs to die for! The secret is for your maids to embrace their individual body shapes and experiment with styles to draw attention to their best bits by balancing proportions…


Upper body is narrower than the lower half?

Look for dresses that accentuate your shoulders – ruffles or drop sleeves – and draw attention to your waist with an A line skirt …

Lower body is narrower than upper body ?

Wear fuller skirts, avoid spaghetti straps and experiment with high waisted styles…

Narrow hips, long legs, fuller waistline?

Elongate the torso with V necklines wear shorter skirts to show off those legs…

And the dress to suit all body shapes?

To create curves and to celebrate curves…

Shop with your bridesmaids in a bridal boutique with a full selection of dresses by the same designer – Sorella Vita stockists carry every style in the entire collection – this way you can be sure of finding dresses of different styles to flatter individual body shapes in matching or complimentary wedding colours and textures, so all your maids feel and look gorgeous. Shop with confidence and enjoy!





Weddings can certainly run away with your cash so, not surprisingly, savvy couples are keen to save money while creating an amazing day.

Smart ways to save your wedding cash:

marry out of season on a week day – this way you can snap up the fantastic deals offered by venues during their quieter times. fab shoes don’t need to cost a fortune if you avoid big name brands – make sure they are comfy though – its a long day on your feet hold your ceremony and reception at the same venue or at two places within walking distance of each other – you will save transport costs consider a buffet instead of a sit down meal this saves waiters wages hire graduate student musicians – very talented and a fraction of the cost of professionals

Photography by Sarahrabbin at 315

But what about the wedding dress?

Every bride wants to look and feel fabulous on her wedding day – let’s face it – with all eyes on you, your gown is the most self-expressive dress you will ever wear. The good news is you don’t have to blow your budget to wear an amazing designer bridal gown. You just have to be in the know. So what are your options?

Amelia by Essense of Australia £550 Bridal Sale Week Limelight Occasions


Buying your wedding dress online seems is tempting on the face of it. There are hundreds of sites on the internet offering designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the recommended retail price. But there is a saying – if it seems too good to be true then it probably is and this is never more true than in the case of the online wedding dress.

This is how it works – the discount website steals the images of a gorgeous wedding dress off the designers website. You, the bride are led to believe you will get an exact copy of this dress at a fraction of the price. But there is another saying – you get what you pay for in life. If you order a cheap copy of a designer dress from a discount website, you risk a poorly made dress  arriving in cheap fabric, looking nothing like the original design, which was made from quality fabrics by highly skilled seamstresses overseen by a top designer.

These nasty copies are usually made in China with no option for return and refund. Suddenly you are on your own with a wedding dress you wouldn’t be seen dead in and now you have to buy another dress – no savings there then!

To spot a counterfeit wedding dress manufacturer look out for these tell tale signs:

there is no money back guarantee there is no contact information or returns policy on the website there is no alterations department or shop you can visit if you have a problem the website isn’t listed on the designers website. Only authorised stockists can sell that designer’s collections – anyone not listed as authorised is likely to be selling counterfeits.

But don’t take my word for it – check out the link  or simply type counterfeit wedding dresses and read the horror stories for yourself.

The High Street

Many high street stores are currently offering a small selection of wedding dresses – I’ll have those skinny jeans in a stone washed size 10, oh and that wedding dress please………….. really??? 

 Outlet Stores

Recently chains of wedding dress outlet stores have opened across the country. This seems like the answer for the budget conscious bride – rows and rows of the same dress in different sizes for you to queue up to try, buy and take away. Our brides report that the dresses are OK for what they cost. You queue for someone to  help you into your dresses and you have a limit of four. If you don’t find your dress among these four you have to go back to the end of the queue and start again. So you get an OK dress with an OK service but is Ok good enough for your wedding dress – the most self expressive dress you will ever wear? You can do so much better and still work within your budget!

Authorised Designer Stockists – independent bridal boutiques

Wild flower by Ian Stuart £950 Bridal Sale Week Limelight Occasions

Did you know that authorised stockists of designer wedding dresses are experts in bridal styling and sizing and regularly sell sample dresses – original top quality wedding dresses – off the peg at reduced prices? This is because they have to make room in the store for new collections. The beauty of this is you know you are buying a genuine, quality designer bridal gown and it really is a fraction of the price it would be to order. Now that is the way to save money on your wedding dress! Tell the boutique’s bridal stylist your budget and what you are looking for and she will find you an amazing dress that truly is a bargain – it’s a no brainer!

To help brides find a gorgeous, genuine wedding dress at a price they can comfortably afford, The BBSA – the British Bridal Suppliers Association whose members include well known, highly respected designer bridal brands and authorised bridal retailers, are holding a national bridal sale week. Limelight is very excited to be a part of this event – so check out images of our sale dresses at and ring us on 01484 605185 or email to book an appointment for bridal sale week Friday 30th June to Friday 7th July 2017. Our bridal stylists will help you find your wedding dress at a fraction of it’s normal cost and you can take it away that day! We look forward to meeting  you!