Summer wedding dress trends 2018

There’s a reason that summer weddings are so popular. The flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, and everyone looks their healthy best. And no one more so than the bride. And this summer there are some wedding trends that will help you really stand out.

Textured lace

Lace is back with a bang in 2018, with layers the way to go. The light feel and minute detail of lace fits in well with wedding venues as diverse as the beach, vineyards and garden parties.

Summer wedding dress trends 2018

Slouchy style

As it gets warmer, a tight fitted gown sounds less appealing. So why no relax and go for a dress that flatters without being form fitting. Slouchy styles work best where comfort is key and you can always glam it up later in the evening when it cools down.

Summer wedding dress trends 2018

Colours

The idea of the white wedding dress doesn’t appeal to everyone, and this summer other shades such as ivory, soft pink and even pastels are mixing it up.

Summer wedding dress trends 2018

Playsuits

Feeling in the mood for fun? Then why not go all out with a wedding playsuit or jumpsuit? It’s certainly eye catching and a big trend for this summer season.

 

Summer wedding dress trends 2018

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Why choose a spring wedding?

It might not feel like it but winter is coming to an end. Freezing temperatures and icy winds will soon be replaced by bright sunny mornings and leaves on the trees. That’s right, spring is coming. And in celebration of the natural world coming back to life, we’ve come up with five great reasons to get married in the springtime.

Colours

Winter is drab, grey and dark. But something incredible happens in spring. The colour returns. Think of spring and you think daffodils and bluebells. So why not incorporate these natural spring colours into your wedding?

Why choose a spring wedding?

Longer days

The evenings grow longer, and when the clocks change, it’s an extra couple of hours of light. So you and your guests can enjoy the sunshine for that little bit longer.

Why choose a spring wedding?

Warmer weather

Winter weddings can look spectacular but no one really wants to be standing around in the freezing cold wearing nothing but a wedding dress. In spring, things have thankfully warmed up a bit, which means its possible to spend some time outside. Especially here in Portugal, where spring means hours of sunshine and warm breezes.

Why choose a spring wedding?

Photos

Embrace the beauty of spring by using flowers or the blooming natural world in your pictures. Surround yourself with flowers and foliage, and make good use of the crisp spring light to bring out your good side.

Why choose a spring wedding?

Wedding fashion

Combine bright and bold spring colours with flowers to make a big wedding statement. Think flower crowns and head dresses, and the groom party can add a bit of colour too.

Why choose a spring wedding?

Five ways to recycle your wedding items

Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life but that doesn’t mean that it has to have a huge impact on the planet. There are plenty of ways you can have a blast but reduce your footprint too. Here are some top ideas for keeping things green.

Repurpose

OK, so we know your wedding dress is a big deal but what’s the use of wearing it once, then chucking it in the back of the cupboard to get old and dusty? There are plenty of ways you can reuse it, you just need to find a good seamstress. You can even sell it on, helping someone else to look fabulous on their special day. The same goes for the groom’s suit – choose one that has a shelf life.

Five ways to recycle your wedding items

Material matters

Use decorations that can be reused or recycled. Think paper, glass and greenery and try to avoid plastics where possible.

Five ways to recycle your wedding items

Flowers

Flowers can make a wedding but there’s nothing that says their shelf life ends at the end of the day. Give them to your guests to take home, or use plants and foliage that can keep on growing.

Five ways to recycle your wedding items

Accessories

Try and use accessories that keep on giving. Candles can be used for months after the big day. Leftover lights and decorations will come in handy at other festive occasions. And items like table centrepieces will always make great birthday gifts later in the year.

Five ways to recycle your wedding items

Top 5 vintage wedding trends for 2017

Vintage weddings just never seem to go out of style. There’s something about the past that resonates in the present, and a vintage style can create a timeless feel that won’t date. So if you want a wedding where you won’t look back in 20 years time and wonder at what you were wearing, here are five vintage trends to try.

Mismatched grooms

Rather than the groom party all wearing the same suit, why not mix and match while sticking to one colour scheme. Just make sure the groom stands out.

Classic materials

Velvet and marble are just two examples of vintage materials that add a touch of glamour and luxury to your big day.

Greenery

The Pantone colour of 2017 and an effective and, we might add, affordable way of dressing your wedding in an elegant way.

Glamorous wedding centerpiece

Flowers and floral

From lush arrangements to floral prints, flowers in a vintage style are big for 2017.

Top 5 vintage wedding trends for 2017

Drizzle cakes

If icing is a bit much for your palate, then leave your cake undressed and drizzle some delicious colour and texture to the top.

Top 5 vintage wedding trends for 2017

5 ways to go green in 2017

If you think about it, getting married is all about sustainability. You’re making plans for a long term future that provides the best possible world for you and any potential little yous that might come along.

So, it’s no surprise that in 2017 having a green wedding is more important than ever. So what are the five best ways of looking after Mother Nature this year?

Think about the trees

5 ways to go green in 2017

There’s a lot of admin that goes with a wedding, not least countless invitations. So why not use the technology available and keep it all online. A website and email invitations can be just as stylish.

Go local

5 ways to go green in 2017

Keep your wedding miles low by sourcing food and flowers from close by. Plus, seasonal and organic food is a great way to keep things tasty.

Eco-friendly outfits

5 ways to go green in 2017

There are plenty of eco friendly designers out there for both dresses and suits. And if you choose a gown that you can wear again, then you’ll also be reducing your footprint.

Green favour

5 ways to go green in 2017

Usable favours are another way of keeping it green. Think about favours that you can plant or at least that won’t end up in the garbage.

Wedding list donations

The wedding gift list is becoming a thing of the past. With most couples already happily set up in homes, a new toaster is not such a good gift. Encourage your guests rather to donate to a charity of your choosing.

How to create your modern minimalist wedding

Less is more, or so the saying goes. But for 2017 weddings it’s definitely true. This year you should try to avoid ostentatious ceremonies, overly frilly dresses, floral overkill and keep things, simple, chic and sophisticated.

Think minimal. Keep the dress soft and feminine, with long straight lines. Let the small details have a big impact.

How to create your modern minimalist wedding

For flowers, choose one or two favourites and build your displays around these.

How to create your modern minimalist wedding

Carry on the theme across the wedding, with uncluttered tabled settings and elegant invitations.

How to create your modern minimalist wedding

You should also try and stick to a limited colour palette. Think neutral tones and try and avoid big bold colours or clashes.

How to create your modern minimalist wedding

Think about creating one big design statement rather than lots of little ones. People don’t always remember the centrepieces but they will recall a room lit up with hundreds of candles as a lighting statement.

How to create your modern minimalist wedding

Ideally, you want your carefully chose details to stand out, not get lost amongst all the bling and glitz. It’s all too easy to get carried away, but remember to keep your design choices simple.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Wedding dress trends change with the times. And the dress you choose says a lot about you – what styles you like, and even your personality. So, what do the various on trend wedding dress styles tell us about the brides wearing them?

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

A-line

A modern take on wedding style, this is for girls who like structure in their lives and need everything to be organised. A-line dresses usually mean a wedding that runs like clockwork.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Ball gown

It’s not just for wannabe princesses you know. But if there’s a chance to be the centre of attention then you’re going to take it.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Fit and flare

The perfect balance of control and wild side. It’s all business at the top and party at the bottom.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Boho

Let out your inner hippy with this loose and flowing dress. It suits laid back, creative types, ideal for a festival wedding.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Sheath

Inconspicuous but stone cold stylish. You don’t have to go big to make a bold statement. This is elegance with edge.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Short

Who cares what the tradition says. You like to be your own person and follow your own style. Plus, when it comes wedding party time you’ll be ready to rock.

What is your wedding dress saying about you?

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

It was probably a big emotional moment. Your best friend asked you to be maid of honour. You’re touched. You’ve probably cried a little bit with joy. It’s all just so exciting. Then it hits you. Just what does being maid of honour really mean? Panic ensues and as the day approaches, sheer terror, as you realise it’s way too late to ask just what it is you’re actually supposed to be doing.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

Well, don’t worry readers. We’re here to help. We’ve read all the wedding books, had the experience and literally got the t-shirt. So don’t panic. Below is a detailed list of everything that’s expected of you.

The Hen Do

This is probably your number one responsibility before the big day. It’s your job to make sure the bride has the very best send off before she ties the knot. Remember, this is not about you. Think carefully about what kind of party your bride-to-be really wants, enlist the help of the other bridesmaids, then make it happen.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

Bridal shower

This is a relatively recent US import into the maid of honour’s repertoire. It’s often the case that the bride’s mother or sister(s) will handle most of the planning but you need to be on hand to organise food, invitations, venues or anything else that’s needed.

Dress shopping

Believe it or not, your opinion counts. Which is why the bride might very well want you there when she’s dress shopping. Be honest, but remember that tact is always a good idea (even if it’s a terrible choice).

On the day

Basically, you’re at the bride’s beck and call. She’s going to be mega-stressed and probably bite your head off at several points throughout the day. Grin and bear it. Trust us. This is the best way for everyone to get through it.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

Witnessing the marriage

Traditionally, you and the best man will be the ones to sign on the dotted line and make everything nice and legal. It’s a formal recognition of your role on the day.

Emotional support

Once all the formalities are out of the way, there’s a huge release of tension and your bride will probably need a bit of emotional support. And, depending on who she’s marrying, your role as unofficial counsellor may last for several months before and after the big day.

Congratulations, you’re maid of honour. Now what do you do?

This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are countless other little jobs that fall within your remit. You’ll be informed about these along the way and on the wedding day itself. Just remember to be patient, smile and wait until it’s your turn to pick a maid of honour.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Choosing your dress is one of the most important parts of your big day. It’s right up there with picking your venue, your honeymoon, even your future life partner. OK, maybe not that important but it’s a pretty big deal.

So, you can’t afford to get it wrong. Which is why we’ve compiled this handy guide to getting it right.

Don’t leave it until late in the day

You want the full attention of the salesperson, which you won’t get if it’s late in the day and they’ve already seen two dozen brides to be. Book early and the store will be quieter and you’ll be clearer in the head.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do think about shape and silhouette

Before you start focusing on frills ( or lack of them according to taste) think big picture. Imagine, or even draw, your perfect outline and work up from there.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do think top down

People generally start looking at your face and work down (apart from some less gentlemanly types) so choose your dress in the same way.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t just follow trends

We’ve all seen pictures of unfortunate girls from the 80s and 90s wearing hideous dresses. Well, guess what? That was the height of style back then. Choose a trendy dress now and in ten years time you’ll be the equivalent of the girl with poofy sleeves and half a ton of hairspray.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Do bring a camera

And take plenty of snaps. Your mind plays tricks and you need to be 100% accurate with this decision.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress Christine Juette

Do try them all on

You never really know what works until it’s on. Yes it can be a pain getting in and out of every dress, but it’s all about the research.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t get talked into it

Keeping the above point in mind, don’t get talked into trying dresses on that you really hate. It’s a waste of time and, after all, this is supposed to be fun not frightening.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

You don’t need an audience

On the TV they always have an entourage but if you’d rather keep it intimate, then do it. It’s your decision at the end of the day.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

Don’t forget that sales are usually final

No pressure, obviously. But make sure you are 110% before you buy.

The dos and don’ts of choosing a wedding dress

 

Don’t panic about sizing

Dresses can be adjusted, that’s the whole point of a fitting.

Top wedding trends for 2016

A new year always brings new ideas, and 2016 is set to be a big one for weddings here in Portugal. With that in mind we thought we’d bring you our top ten wedding trends to watch in 2016.

Metallic colour palette (rose, gold and copper)

Metallics are very versatile, working with a broad range of colours. They also add to the celebratory theme of weddings and can be incorporated across materials, foods and decorations.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Bold Lighting

Subtle is so 2015. This year it’s all about big, bold, statement lighting. Think chandeliers and pendant lamps with chic Edison bulbs.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Loose organic flowers

Why spend all that time arranging? Let the flowers do the talking, with some freshly picked, organic flowers scattered around or bunched for the natural look.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Creative seating plans

Top tables and round group tables always have the air of a business conference lunch and your wedding should be anything but. Experiment with large lined tables of intimate smaller tables around a central hub.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Pattern

Pick a pattern and design your wedding theme around it. You’ll be amazed how much your choice of pattern will chime with your personality and just what you can do with it throughout the venue.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Pre-ceremony cocktails

Why wait until after the ceremony to get your guests in a good mood? It’s supposed to be a celebration after all, right? A cocktail or two before the formalities will loosen everyone up and create a livelier atmosphere.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Vintage inspired engagement rings

It may be 2016 but vintage is always hot. Heirlooms and vintage jewellery is set to be big in 2016.

Top wedding trends for 2016Top wedding trends for 2016

Two piece wedding dresses/wedding dress separates

The wedding day is a fluid and changing event, which means just one dress isn’t always suitable for the whole day. That’s why brides are increasingly choosing two or more pieces, with removable sections so they can look stunning and still hit the dance floor.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Calligraphy everywhere

Handwritten calligraphy will give your wedding that unique and chic hand made look, personal and individual to you. Much better than poorly printed Times New Roman invitations.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Multiple music options

The wedding disco died sometime in the mid 90s and wedding bands were everywhere in 2015. So why not mix and match your music options – with a string quartet for the ceremony, DJ for later or a country and western line dancing act for the after party (ok, maybe not the last one). But a jazz band or swing act would certainly fit the bill for later in the evening.

Top wedding trends for 2016