New Year is an exciting time in the wedding dress world. The latest trends, hot off the catwalk, are now arriving in our bridal boutique and the designers have gone all out for the new decade! 2020 will see a continuing demand for easy to wear, light weight wedding dresses as couples jet off to destination weddings on exotic beaches and remote lakesides. Woodland weddings are perfect for the latest boho wedding dress styles while the romance of the fairy tale ball gown has been recreated in soft A line wedding dresses in wispy, ethereal fabrics. If you are planning a 2020 wedding, now is the time to choose your wedding dress and trust me, you will be blown away by the latest trends…

Wedding dress Style D3023(£1499) from Essense of Australia is a dream come true for your inner boho goddess. Lacy leaves gently cascade over the sheer bodice with plunging V neckline and onto the softly flowing A line skirt. We have named  this dress Fearne. She is currently one of our favourite dresses because she creates a strikingly simple silhouette in a contemporary sheer fabric which combines dreamy romance with subtle sexy and the overall effect is truly jaw dropping.

While 2020 brides are looking for light weight, easy to wear wedding dresses, the dress must still be figure flattering and this doesn’t happen by accident. Designers used to create the perfect silhouette and cinched waist with boned corsetry – fabulous to look at, but not always easy to wear. Designers had to come up with new techniques to sculpt the body and they found they could  create cinched waists by varying the opacity of the dress. This means some areas of the dress are completely lined and opaque while others are more translucent. Sheer side panels are cut into the narrowest part of the waist while graphic laces and beaded patterns create linear panels which flatter and sculpt the figure without the stiffness of boning. Thanks to the skill and expertise of  wedding dress designers such as Martina Harris, Creative Director of Essense of Australia, our brides look and feel amazing while enjoying complete freedom of movement on their wedding day. D2849 (£1699)  pictured above is the perfect example of the way in which these techniques are used to produce an effortless and totally wow wedding dress. We call her Diaz.

Another trend for 2020 wedding dresses is the ultimate in femininity – the water fall skirt. Tier after tier of cascading tulle creates dreamy romance, drama and volume without a long train. This image of Lilah, D2893, a contemporary ball gown wedding dress with shoe string straps, (£1599) says it all!

If you love the drama and romance of layers and layers of tulle tiered skirt, but are looking for a fitted silhouette, the designers have it covered…

Tuscany, a glamorous, sexy and utterly romantic mermaid wedding dress, with those figure flattering, cinched waist sheer side panels D2908 (£1799) has a small train with dramatic impact. Wear this dress for a beach wedding, a church wedding, a woodland or a barn wedding – it’s perfect for 2020 brides.

A plain fabric and simple silhouette cannot be beaten for making a timeless statement because the bride shines through the dress. The plunge neckline trend is designed to draw the the eye down from radiant face to waist and on down the length of the gown.

The timeless, off the shoulder trend also continues strongly in 2020 because it frames the face, neck and shoulders for an ultra feminine look that is sophisticated, sensual and equally figure flattering on plus size and petite brides. Hope, wedding dress D2761 in soft, flowing easy to wear dove satin (£1399)…breathtaking!

Another stunning trend for 2020 is the flat train which has the bridal wow factor but is easy to wear. Simply lift and drop… and your train is displayed in all its glory. Just look at the figure flattering shape it creates…

The key hole back is also featured in wedding dresses for 2020 and flatters the figure by revealing only the leanest area of the back.

The subtle leg reveal is a favourite current wedding dress trend and creates ease of movement as well as a great opportunity to show off your wedding shoes. D2840, Harper (£1599) shown below is the perfect example.  You can see again, in this dress, how variety of opacity sculpts the body to slim the waist …

And finally we love the 2020 trend for a sheer lace beaded waistband which forms an integral feature of the wedding dress and takes the eye directly to the waist removing the need for an additional belt. On D2887, Luna (£1599) this sheer waistband sits high under the bust on the empire line elongating the silhouette at the waist and hip.

So there we have it – wedding dresses trending for 2020 – hats off to our amazing designers – we can’t wait to see Limelight brides on our catwalk in these stunning dresses! Our bridal boutique is located in West Yorkshire, near Huddersfield, Wakefield, Holmfirth, and Honley and within easy reach from Leeds, Manchester, Barnsley, York, Harrogate and Sheffield.

Buy a wedding dress from Limelight at a bargain price at ‘Yorkshires Biggest one day bridal sale’ spectacular at Tankersley Manor Hotel.

‘Brides-to-be’ will flock to buy discounted Bridal dresses with over 400 dresses to choose from!

 

Brides will come and try on wedding dresses, purchase on the day and take away! We will even have specialized seamstresses on hand for alterations.

Designer dresses from Ian Stuart, Karen Willis Holmes, Essense of Australia, Ellis Bridals, Art Couture, White Rose Bridal, Allure Bridals, Eternity Bridal, Victoria Kay, Ivory & Co, Louise Bentley, Felicity Cooper, Watters wtoo Watters Willowby, Marylise, Mori Lee, Stella York, Bridal Couture, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, Alan Hannah, Mia Mia, True bride, Victoria Kay and Hilary Morgan, Veromia, Phil collins, Romantica, Venus, Bonny Bridal

Also showcasing accessories, bridesmaids and mother of the bride.

Tickets on sale Bride tickets cost £2.50.

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Please feel free to bring as many guests as you like. Guests will be charged a £1 entrance fee on the door. This will be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

Times available Entrance between 11am -1pm Entrance between 1pm – 3pm Event closing at 4pm.

Whether you are looking for a fishtail or fairytale gown, a low back, straps, sleeves, romantic lace or stunning simplicity, the Limelight team will help you find your perfect wedding dress at a bargain price – see you there!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel in style to an informal open day at our bridal boutique, chauffeur driven in one of Cartwright’s wonderful wedding cars on Sunday 28th January. From 11am until 3pm you can meet all the expert wedding exhibitors at 315’s wedding fayre and take a five minute luxury drive to Limelight where you can choose wedding and bridesmaids dresses to be modelled on our catwalk. Our bridal stylists are looking forward to showing you different ways to style our gowns and customise a bridal look.

Our models are not professionals. They are Limelight brides, friends and family.

Our stylists and models are all shapes and sizes and very friendly.

We love to chat with our visitors

Choose a dress you would like to see modelled…

or set us a challenge … a particular fabric, a price point and bridal look …

and see what we come up with!

Loving this Audrey Hepburn styling Jane :]

Open day at Limelight Occasion has something for everyone … our menswear for the lads …

The entire collection from Sorella Vita bridesmaids

and of course the Mums love browsing

hats from Max and Ellie and mother of the bride and groom outfits by John Charles and Lizabella

So register for a complimentary gift bag and come and join us for a glass of bubbly – we’re really looking forward to meeting you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!