Dresses

Beautiful Bridesmaid’s dresses online…..

Bridesmaid dresses are such an important element to a wedding. They are often what brings the colour scheme and themes together, however they can also use up a large chunk of the budget. When I got married we only had a limited budget and therefore I only had my sister as a bridesmaid, as I knew I wanted to buy her dress and accessories. I just could not afford to have my friends, because I would have ended up with 6 adult bridesmaids. When I was bridesmaid for my best friend she also only had me and I remember that my dress cost almost £250, which is about the standard cost for a bridesmaid dress bought at a bridal boutique. If you had 4 adult bridesmaid that’s £1000 before you have even looked at their hair and makeup.

Bridesmaid's Dresses Online

Now however money savvy brides are looking outside of these boutiques to online stores to see what is available to them and at much more affordable prices. It means that you are able to have a few bridesmaids without having to worry about using up large amounts of your budget.

Joanie on-line have a fabulous range of gorgeous dresses. Long, short, sweetheart cut, straps in varying different colours. Which also means that you are able to have a different style dress for each of your bridesmaid but all within the same colour. I actually quite like seeing bridesmaids in different style dresses because often one dress style doesn’t suit everyone. Plus it shows off different personal styles.

Bridesmaid’s dresses online

I have put together my top picks of bridesmaid dresses from Joanie, with prices starting at just £40 and sizes from 8 – 22 there is something for everyone. 

The lovely Gracie Georgette Occasion dress, is knee length with a ruched waist and floaty sleeves. It is available in 5 different colours. It’s had that romantic feel and is perfect for your bridesmaids, available in sizes 8-22 and costs just £40.


The Isla Georgette is a maxi dress and a very popular option with brides and bridesmaids. It’s floaty style makes it a great style for all shapes and sizes. Available in sizes 8-22 at costs just £48.00 and also has 5 different colours options.

Celine Georgette it a knee length dress that like the others comes in 5 different colours. It the has a statin tie to the waist to helps to show off the waist line. It is available in sizes 8-22 and costs just £40.

I love that Joanie offer different style bridesmaid dresses, yet they are all so similar that you could have your bridesmaid wearing different dresses but they all still match and have the gorgeous romantic feel. Plus they are at a faction of the price of heading into a bridal boutique.

What was your budget for each bridesmaid? Did you choose to head on-line to find the dress or go for the bridal boutique?

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Joanie. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Ultimate Wedding Dress Alterations Guide

So, you’ve chosen your dream wedding dress, ticking this key item off your list – but what of dress alterations? You’ll need to see a professional seamstress to get your dress altered, to ensure a perfect fit on the day.

Wedding Dress Alternation Guide

Many brides-to-be have questions about wedding dress alterations – what can be done, when should you approach a seamstress, and what do you need to bring? Luckily for Champagne and Petals readers, I’ve teamed up with the renowned London wedding dress alterations shop Alterations Boutique to tell you everything you need to know.

Wedding Dress Alterations: What Can be Done?

From resizing to restyling, there are many things that can be done with professional wedding dress alterations. Here is a quick breakdown to the main alterations on offer to brides:

  • Taking in or letting out the sides: Dresses can be made smaller or larger by a dress size or more depending on the style. Also, the sleeves of a dress can be narrowed.
  • Shortening or lengthening: if your dress isn’t falling on you right, it could be too long or short. A seamstress can alter the hem and/or straps of the dress to address this.
  • Reshaping the neckline: if the neckline of your dress isn’t exactly what you wanted, a seamstress can reshape it to reflect your style and better flatter your figure.
  • Adding sleeves: from delicate capped sleeves to elegant long sleeves, many options are available.
  • Embellishments: including lace, beading, crystals, fringe, and more.
  • Repairs: had a mishap with your dress in the lead-up to the wedding? Get in touch with your seamstress to review the damage and repair your dress! This includes replacing zips and other fasteners.

When to Get Wedding Dress Alterations

How long you will need for the wedding dress alterations process really depends on the complexity of the dress but, in most cases, you will need to visit a seamstress two or three times.

You should ideally get in touch with a seamstress or boutique a few months in advance of the wedding. When your first appointment arrives, the seamstress will see how your dress currently fits and discuss any ideas or desires you have.

From here, your seamstress can let you know how many visits will be needed for the alterations process to be complete and will book in further visits spaced out at intervals within your wedding schedule.

Alterations Appointments: What to Bring

Beyond the dress itself, it’s important to bring the other garments you plan to wear on your wedding day to your wedding dress alterations appointments. This includes undergarments, accessories, and the shoes you plan to wear (if you don’t have an item yet, you can always bring something like what you want to wear).

Also, make sure to bring your ideas to the table! Particularly during the first appointment, your seamstress will want to learn your style preferences, so putting forward your ideas for the dress and your wedding plans in general will be a huge help for both you and your seamstress.

How to Plan a Magical Christmas Wedding

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s usually a time to buy gifts, put up decorations and spend time with family. However, many people are now planning their weddings for over the festive period.

If you’re heading out to get your Christmas shopping, you’ll see that wedding shops in London are now just as busy as the big department stores!

Christmas Wedding

Christmas weddings are becoming increasingly popular throughout the UK. It’s no surprise either, with cheaper venues and people being likely to already have time booked off work. While a white wedding isn’t guaranteed, mulled wine and mince pies are a surefire winning combo.

In the 18th and 19th century, weddings on Christmas Day were quite common. This was primarily because Christmas Day and Boxing Day were common days off of work for young, working-class brides and grooms. Nowadays, it’s a magical time and offers an alternative to a summer wedding.

Sisters Jo and Claire run a bridal shop in North London. Here, they share their thoughts on how to plan a magical Christmas wedding during one of the busiest times of the year!

Pick a Date as Soon as Possible

Opting for a winter wedding means you don’t have to carefully select a date in the summer when nobody is on holiday. However, schedules can get very busy at Christmas so pick your date well in advance. If you want to pick a popular date such as Christmas Eve, send out save the dates as soon as possible! You don’t want them to get lost in all of the Christmas mail.

Hunt for Wedding Shops in London

You should always find your wedding dress early. But, for a winter dress, this is particularly important as you will likely require more than just a dress. There are lots of great wedding shops in London so it’s a great location to start looking for your perfect dress and attire.

If you’re planning outside photos or if your church wedding is a bit chilly, a beautiful bolero can be the perfect addition to a dress. Under layers are also essential to keep the heat in.

Choose a Winter Wonderland Setting

Christmas Wedding

It would be impossible to predict a white wedding, but choosing a venue which is geared up for the winter months is important. Unless you’re planning a Christmas wedding abroad, find a venue which allows for the service and reception to be inside and has plenty of space. Log fires and an area for a Christmas tree make it extra magical! Outside photographs are beautiful, but if it’s too cold or raining, be sure to find a venue with a great indoor photography setting too.

Seasonal Colours and Decorations

Although Christmas is often associated with red and green, there are a lot of other winter colours which will look stunning. Purple, dark green or silver are elegant and perfect for the season.

As for decorations, there are endless ideas! Holly, wreaths, snowflakes, ivy, Christmas crackers and mistletoe can adorn your venue and offer that festive feeling to your guests.  Don’t forget the candy canes, gingerbread men and mince pies for that perfect treat as well.

Organise Transport

It’s going to be cold and potentially wet or snowy. If your ceremony is at a different location to your reception then organising transportation is a must. While a 20-minute-walk in the summer can be wonderful, it’s not going to be in the winter. There are some fun and creative ways to transport your guests, such as London buses or horses and carts.

Whatever date you pick and venue you choose, the important thing is to have a magical day! Celebrate with those you love and get excited about what is yet to come.