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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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 enquiries@limelightoccasions.co.uk to book an appointment at our KWH trunk show. 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.

ENCOURAGE YOUR BRIDESMAIDS TO CELEBRATE 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…

SHOPPING FOR BODY SHAPE

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!