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Q. I want a gorgeous strapless dress but really feel the cold! How can I be warm without sacrificing on style?
A. Rim Abi Lmona says: Whilst most of our brides stay warm simply with adrenaline and excitement of the big day, occasionally the cold does sneak up on us. So, to reignite the warmth within, our Henrietta gown is the perfect solution. A phenomenally beautiful mermaid silhouette beaded from top to toe with a pattern you won't find elsewhere. This gown is super versatile giving our brides the option of having a strapless deep-v sweetheart neckline or having the addition of off-the-shoulder cap sleeves and if that isn't enough it even comes with detachable off-shoulder sleeves.
As this gown follows no rules with traditional lace or appliques, it's a dream to accessorise. Use a faux fur shrug for the evening adding a little warmth, giving a touch of class and elegance whilst not compromising on the style of the dress. Pair the gown with subtle pear drop earrings, a delicate tennis bracelet and voila, you're ready!
Rim Abi Lmona, Tala Daniel Couture
Q. Following the last 18months, how has the wedding industry changed?
A. Becky Gunstone says: The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for everyone, but we do think there have been positive changes which we hope will continue. Although we are strong believers in the 'your day, your way' philosophy, a lot of couples still feel the weight of other people's expectations on their wedding day. In many ways the pandemic has shaken some of that off. People were so relieved they were actually able to get married there was less pressure on exactly how they chose to do it.
The micro wedding became a trend and now there's a huge amount of inspiration out there for couples who want a smaller day. In bridal fashion terms this has opened up lots of options as to what constitutes a wedding dress, mini dresses are really having a moment (hats off to Lily Allen) as are jumpsuits. Another trend set to continue are bridal separates and layers.
The pandemic meant lots of people ended up splitting their wedding over a few events, with a smaller legal do and then a later party, or finding themselves getting married at a different time of year or with more of an outdoor element which required an outfit rethink. Having extra layers like capes, and jackets or a swap of skirt to trousers can be a cool way to revitalise your wedding outfit either over the course of the day or over more than one event.
Greater flexibility to create the wedding day and look that you want can only be a good thing.
Becky Gunstone, Paper to Lace
Q. With ever-changing restrictions, I'm not sure what style of dress to get as I don't know if we'll be having a small meal or huge party. What do you suggest?With ever-changing restrictions, I'm not sure what style of dress to get as I don't know if we'll be having a small meal or huge party. What do you suggest?
A. Becky Gunstone says: Firstly, you should wear whatever you feel happiest in, regardless of setting. You are the bride, so it's basically impossible for you to be overdressed! That said, we have totally fallen for bridal separates recently and they offer the perfect solution to this issue. By mixing and matching complementary pieces, you can change the vibe of your look from day to night, or from an intimate registry office do to a massive party. It means you don't have to spend on two totally new outfits, but you can be more flexible with your look.
Our silk crepe Santorini slip dress would look cool with a pair of boots and our jacquard biker jacket or Cloudshine t-shirt for a small, informal do. You can then keep the same slip dress but pair it with a dramatic skirt if you then discover you're able to go ahead with a bigger party – helping you make the most of swirling around on the dancefloor! You can also use accessories to switch up your outfit; adding a floor-length veil or cape is a great way of transforming a simple dress into a real statement for a larger gathering.
Becky Gunstone, Paper to Lace
Q. What dress styles will keep me cool for my outdoor summer wedding?
A. Sharon Goksaran says: Staying cool is all about the fabric. We're loving chiffon at the moment, which is a light, breezy and elegant material offering a world of versatility. A favourite for summer and destination weddings, chiffon can be overlaid with beaded or unbeaded lace, allowing for the perfect amount of glitz and glamour for any bride. It's also a great blank canvas for a bespoke dress, allowing you to create your perfect style – whether that's classic or something more modern and edgy.
When it comes to colours, you can stick to the traditional ivory or white, but why not try a soft pastel colour for a more individual look? Blush and champagne tones create a wonderfully whimsical look, giving you a soft and radiant glow.
Sharon Goksaran, Best Dress 2 Impress Bridal
Q. We quizzed boutique owner Valentina Mihalcea on bridal fashion...
A. Valentina Mihalcea says: 1) Tell us about your boutique: Nivaldo is a bridal boutique, based in Harrow, specialising in wedding gowns, occasion wear (bridesmaids and flower girls dresses and outfits for mother-of-the-bride/ -groom), veils and accessories. Our range spans more than 400 designs and thanks to our team of in-house designers, all our dresses can be customised. We're very proud of our designs and our name is synonymous with quality materials – lace, guipure, satin, tulle, beads and Swarovski crystals among them. We aim to deliver the one for each of our brides-to-be.
2) What's your advice for brides on the hunt for the one? Any dos and don'ts?
* Have a budget in mind but be flexible
* Be open minded
* Take advice from experts
* Do your research before you start shopping
* Decide on any 'must-haves'
* Start the search at least six months before the wedding
* Give up on your dream – if you can't find it, customise it!
3) Which is your favourite area of London and why? Central London for its beauty, variety, choice, multiculturalism and diversity. London is a place where even the wildest dreams can come true.
4) What's trending for 2020 weddings? Bridal fashion has shifted recently with a massive emphasis on comfort and fresh styling. Some brides are still after a timeless silhouettes while others are seeking out more relaxed designs but they all want something special and extraordinary.
5) Talk us through your most requested bridal look… One of our most popular looks is a lace dress with a cathedral-length train. The other trending style lace bodice combined with an A-line skirt in soft tulle.
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