Colour of the year... How to use it in the world of bridal fashion

The flowers, shoes or even bridesmaids gowns would be the easiest way of using the trend, but who says wedding planning is easy right?!

There are so many ways in which you would be able to use this beautiful colour in the world of weddings, more than you probably know, so heres some ways to use it in my wonderful little world…

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The Dress

This is always a trend I can fully get on board with (as you well know!) I love a coloured dress! Sassi Holford’s Marilyn and Charlotte Balbier’s Untamed Love have been just 2 of my favourites over the years! You can have a full coloured dress, dip dyed dress, a printed fabric, coloured embellishments, it’s not just about ivory or white anymore!

Charlotte Balbier’s Sonnett gown from the Bohemian Blush collection is a great example of a traditional style with a modern twist. She’s a beautiful tulle ballgown with a coral and mint embroidered bodice.

Hair Accessories

Again, sparkle in the hair doesn’t have to be silver or gold and no it does not have to be a tiara! You’d be surprised at the amount of brides that think that is the only option! There is so much more out there at the moment, hair bands, pins, vines; in rose gold, with porcelain embellishments there are even dried flower vines! A lot of new sparkle came in from Linzi Jay at the start of the year and its fairly safe to say I love them all!



It always surprises me but this is part of the wedding outfit that is never really given much thought until the last minute. I mean not necassarily for on the day as 9 times out of 10 you’ll be wearing a comfy pair of knickers under the dress and not much else; now I’m talking on the wedding night or more likely the honeymoon. (Don’t worry too much about the wedding night, 9 times out of 10 you’ll be snoring more than anything else!) Once again this does not have to be ivory/white… our gorgeous Pompadour Lingerie is available in a beautiful range of colours!

See I told you, it’s not always about flowers or shoes with me, there’s also pants and hair!

Struggling to find good ideas, drop me an email and we’ll come up with a solution together!

All my love

Victoria x

The 3 most important things to do now you're a future Mrs...

Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things for you to be doing now your significant other has put a ring on it, but these are the 3, well my 3 most important…

  1. Count the pennies…

    When you’re thinking about what kind of wedding you want to have, you need to have a fairly decent idea of what kind of money you can throw at it. It’s all well and good visiting these beautiful country manors but if the wedding fund will only stretch as far as the local Nando’s (Not gonna lie, massively craving a Nando’s right now! Haha!) you’re going to be setting yourself up for some serious heartache!

    Think about what’s important to you both as a couple, do you want a big family celebration or is a more intimate affair more your style. Do you want to go all out or stay more low key?

    Last but not least, who is actually forking out? Are you paying? Do you actually have the luxury of setting your own budget or are mum and dad calling the shots? Is Nan chipping in? And what are you willing to be paying for? Will you be covering the maids dresses or would you want them to pay out?

  2. Set the Date…

    I mean this goes hand in hand with the above, so there’s no real ones more important than the other. The date can determine the budget and the budget can determine the date. Found your ideal venue but can’t afford the summer dates, see what they have ‘out of season’ do they do offers for week days?

    Is there a date that means something to you both? Do you both love Christmas, weddings aren’t just about summer saturdays!

    Another factor that can massively affect any decisions made is of course work! With Mr A being a teacher, before we’d even got started looking at what dates meant anything to us, we had to work out when the school holidays where! Does your job mean you can’t take certain times off in the year? For those of us in the Industry, obviously Summer is a very busy season, where as the accountant is up to her eyes in admin throughout Spring!

  3. Now, this is THE most important thing to do, even if you decide you don’t need to worry about the other 2 because the budget in limitless and you can work whenever you like, i implore you make sure this is on the to do list…


    Embrace that you are embarking on a new chapter in your lives together and celebrate the commitment you have made to one another. Celebrate with the family, have drinks with friends, indulge in something just for the 2 of you. Wedding planning can be hard work, it’s always good to get some good memories in the bank right of the bat, so when the planning does take it’s toll, you can take yourself back to how you felt when you said Yes, and remember why you are doing what your doing!

So there it is, off you trot and get that champagne popping, and I look forward to hearing all about it very soon!

All my Love



“Welcome to the home of boho wedding dresses – Shikoba Bride.”

What a better way to start the new year, to share with you the details of our next 2019 event!

So you if you didn’t see our facebook event post just before Christmas, I am so excited to tell you that I will be bringing the full Shikoba Bride collection to The Bottom Drawer Bridal from the 29th of March for two whole weeks.

Shikoba means feather in Choctaw, a native American tribe. Shikoba Bride is the brain child of industry friends Fi and Becca. They wanted to produce a strong bohemian brand for the adventure loving, free-spirited brides around the globe. The collection features beautiful boho wedding dresses.

Fi and Becca have sourced fabrics from around the world to produce designs which are true to their love of bohemian. These include exquisite cotton laces, handed beaded embroidered laces and soft flowing silks.

Obviously you need a little taster of what to expect… just make sure you get that appointment booked as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and missing out on this amazing collection of dresses!!

If you need any more information or have your eye on a favourite, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

All my love

Victoria Xx

2018, The Best of...

Well here we are almost done with 2018, and what a year!

It has been the busiest year so far for The Bottom Drawer, it may well have been the hardest with some pretty awful lows (mistakes have been made and well and truly learnt from) but we have had the best highs and each and everyone one of them have blown the lows completely out of the water.

We’ve had 39 beautiful brides say I do in a TBD Gown with still another 1 to go! I understand this might not be a lot to some but for me this is a huge acheivement and I will be eternally grateful to each and everyone of you gorgeous women for stepping into my boutique and finding the dress of your dreams!

By allowing me to help you make your bridal dreams come true, each and every one of you have helped me make my dreams come true! With our 3rd birthday just around the corner and our 4th year of business approaching, I cannot thank you all enough.

Thank you to all my wonderful friends and family for supporting me this year, for listening to my rants, wiping my tears and celebrating my victories with me; thank you to my amazing wedding friends, for understanding my tears and rants, helping me with ideas and events and sending beautiful brides my way. Finally and probably the biggest thank you I could ever give, Thank you to each and every bride that walks into my little slice of Bridal heaven, whether you buy your dress or not, you help me learn, learn about what you like, don’t like, what works and what doesn’t. You are all in your own little ways helping me be better for the next bride through the door; and like I said making the dream of my beautiful little bridal shop come true!

Now to all the fabulous Bottom Drawer Brides that became a Mrs in 2018, each and every one of you will forever have a special space in heart! I have been incredibly lucky this year to have had some fantastic brides with some incredible style…

This post was supposed to be about my best of 2018 and picking my favourites but I genuinely couldn’t; there is something I love about each and every one of you. You all had your own style, your own vision and you all rocked it on your day. I cannot tell you how much I miss having you all in the boutique and it makes me so proud to see you all living your married lives! (Honestly it feels like watching my babies grow up!) and this is what I mean when I say I will always be grateful that you are a Bottom Drawer Bride. I’m not here for targets and forecasts (just don’t tell the accountant!) I’m here for you and making your dreams come true; and then in turn, making my dreams come true for my family and our future.

Thank you all so so much!

I hope you all have an amazing first Christmas as Husband and Wife and a wonderful new year! I can not wait to see what 2019 holds for us all!

All my love

Victoria xx

Who doesn't love a fabulously festive wedding?!

Now, I know I got married in the height of the summer, but a Christmas wedding was always second on this list.

Christmas has always been a huge event in my family, my beloved Grandad adored this time of year and bar my several (read *many, many) years running weddings and events at hotels where my feelings may have waned slightly, I have always loved this time of year; and even more so I now have 2 children to enjoy the festivities with.

Now to me, a wedding at this time of year is all about romance. All your loved ones together, the darker evenings, candlelight, a roaring fireplace maybe? Lots of lovely rich, deep and dark colours, everything that just radiates love and warmth!

The Dress

Now obviously this time of year, we all want to stay warm, but its not like you can wear your thermals under your wedding dress is it? Well, some maybe!

I think if I were to plan a wedding at this time of year, my dress would be Sassi Holford’s Vivian, with the clean lines on the bodice, long sleeves and soft tulle skirt. Beautiful romantic, classically modern and subtly sexy.


There’s something simply gorgeous about a richly dark bouquet; purples, burgundies and pinks. Over the years, I’ve grown to love these more than the spring pastels and summer brights. (I mean it’s a close call but, you know!)

Just imagine all those beautifully rich colours with countless candles and fairy lights, lighting up your venue? The ultimate romantics dream right?! You’ve just got to take a look at these amazing photos via Dottie Photography of the beautiful collaboration from Swaffham Florist and Dottie Events at last months Red Barn Wedding Show.

Food & Drink

In our family, this time of year is all about the food & drink, especially where Mr A is concerned. The season of warm drinks, festive cocktails and tasty treats.

2018/19 are the years of the ‘station’ whether its food or drink. One of my favourite things about this time of year is the Christmas Markets and snuggling up with a warm cider, so what could be better than to have a little mulled wine & cider station waiting to greet your guests, (Image via Pinterest) or a do it yourself Hot Chocolate Station for all those driving/not drinking.

Food wise, its all about the soup station, mini bowls, different soups, breads and toppings. So many different options, it would be hard not to please everyone.

If all my years in hospitality have taught me anything, as long as your guests are warm, fed and watered, they’ll be happy!

Everything else is just for you, do what you want for your wedding day. You’re the one who will live with the photos and the memories.

All my love

Victoria xx

Bridal Style Trends for 2018

Wow, its been a while since I've put pen to paper so to speak, but we're back, and back with the good stuff...

Bridal trends...

You will have seen them on the catwalks at the start of the summer and now we are going to start seeing them on some beautiful real brides! We are now on the cusp of the 2019 collections being revealed and I think we'll be seeing more of the same, some serious sexiness in the shape of plunging necklines, split skirts and sheer panelling, more beautiful blushes and blues and of course some serious sparkle.

So let me talk you through them and how you can achieve them at The Bottom Drawer Bridal!


Plunging Necklines...

As the years go on, the necklines appear to get lower and lower. Not a trend for everyone but it doesn't have to be as revealing as you think! Sassi Holford nails this trend beautifully with several gowns from her Twenty 18 Collection, one available with us is Allegra. She is a beautiful silk crepe skirt with train; The cotton lace top features pleated sleeve detail and waist band detail.


Split Skirts... 

Another beaut from Sassi Holford is the gorgeous Eliza, this sexy number features a centre split and beautiful lace detailed top. Not sure about this trend then don't worry, she is also available without split! 


This is a huge trend for 2018 and I can only imagine it's here to stay for 2019, now when I say Sheer of course there are going to be some sexier than others, but you don't have to go all out if you don't want to! Charlotte Balbier has produced some serious babes for this year with this trend, Sonnett being one of my favs, a Romantic bridal gown with heavily floral appliques on a sheer illusion bodice and a tulle princess skirt.



So theres always going to be some form of sparkle on these bridal trends, it's never going to go away, but this year, theres sparkle and then theres sparkle... House of Mooshki Phyllis has taken it to a whole new level. 



Since Kate Middleton walked down the aisle, everyone has wanted sleeves and I think they are here to stay... Charlotte Balbier has done this beautifully with Tuesday, a elegantly simple chiffon skirted gown, with a lace, bardot style bodice and 3/4 length sleeves.



I mean come on, who doesn't love a bow? The bigger the better in my opinion, and no, i'm not about to go all 80's retro on you all. Trick is, keep everything else as simple as possible, Charlotte Balbier has done this perfectly with Jayde. Available in either a gorgeous green and pink floral print or stunning ivory! Still not sure, how about some pockets for a deal breaker?!


A touch of Black

Who doesn't love an LBD? Not quite what you want for your wedding day I know, but there are ways to add a little of the dark side to your one and only bridal gown! Sassi's Hettie is one of my all time fav's... Not feeling the black? She can always come with an ivory belt with stunning diamanté and pearl detail on the belt and shoulders.


Off the shoulder

Bardot is a style that is going to be around for some time to come, (although if you dont wear it day to day, your wedding day may not be the day to start!) Perfect for showing off your gorgeous décolletage, you could team it with a beautiful chocker, or maybe a delicate pendant. Charlotte's Sasha is perfect for all you princess brides!


Something Blue...

Why not have your dress as something blue? Baby blues and Greys were quite prominant on the catwalks for the 2018 collection and I can only see there being more with 2019! House of Mooshki's Elle is a gorgeous blue Satin gown with a delicate silk damask overlay, but for those of you not sure about the print, ALL of Mooshki's gowns can be done in their stunning shade of duck egg blue!



Now this has to be one of my favourite trends for 2018, the cape! Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of the veil, but its not for everyone. The cape on the other hand, I feel this is one everyone can get on board with. Charlotte has done this beautifully with Romy from the Bohemian Blush collection but my absolute favourite has to be Nina from House of Mooshki! The cape is on the back of the dress rather than on the shoulders, and is detachable! Is she not just amazing?!


Finally, A splash of red...

Not where would we be without the shoes.... as we all know, I am obsessed with all things shoe, and even more so when Florence is involved! Not brave enough to add colour to your dress, then go for the shoes, and Florence has the perfect solution!


So thank you for sticking with me on this post, there was a lot to tell you about! 

What trends are you excited for? I'd love to hear more!


Top tips for Stress free, wedding dress shopping 💕

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So if you’ve found yourself here, at The Bottom Drawer Bridal, chances are, you’ve started the search for your dream wedding dress. And you know what? You’re in the right place as today i'm revisiting my top tips for a stress-free wedding dress shopping experience.

Finding 'the one' is probably one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning, if not the most exciting and it’s the perfect excuse to feel like a princess, with a bit of modern day dress up.

Being said, a lot of brides often make easily avoidable mistakes and this can get stressful. So, my bridal beauties, let’s get stuck in and find out how you can make your wedding dress shopping experience amazing…


And that’s different in every aspect of wedding planning, just because your BFF bought the first dress she tried on, it does not mean that you will too. You may well end up trying on more dresses or even going to more appointments, whether that’s at the same boutique or trying different one. Don’t let this get you down, focus on you, your appointment and more importantly YOUR DRESS, forget about everyone else and their experiences.


Look at dresses online and in magazines to try and get a sense of the styles you like the look of. Create a yourself a Pinterest board, stick pictures to your mirror — whatever helps you figure out what you like. Are there certain designers you keep going back to? Make sure you follow them on social media and keep yourself up to date with future styles along with where their stockists are.


Relying too much on a Pinterest fantasy can backfire. Just this week, I had a Bride ask me if I’d ever been on Instagram as she felt I was ‘missing something’ Please remember a lot of these images are styled, the dresses can often be one off catwalk samples! Make sure when looking online, you know where the images are coming from, a lot of US & Australian designers aren’t available in the UK.


This is probably the most important on this list. Be honest with yourself and establish how much you're able to spend on the dress before you make your appointment. A lot of Bride’s will tell me they don’t really have a budget but when they then step into a gown and fall in love, the £3000 price tag is too much. Even if you don’t have a set budget, try and have an idea in your mind what you would like to spend. Is £2k just too much or would you be happier at about £1500? It's good to have a little buffer in there so if you do fall in love and it’s £1750 then its not going to be too devastating to the purse. DON’T FORGET, you'll need to pay for alterations, accessories, shoes, a veil etc.


Firstly bare in mind, you may need to schedule your appointment at least a few weeks in advance, especially during busy season! Although Weekdays may well be easier to book than Weekends. You'll need at least 3 months before the wedding for the dress to be made, but 6 to 8 months is the average; if you give yourself a year from appointment to wedding; you won't feel rushed.


Make sure you keep an open mind as to what you are looking for, I mean of course, keep your research with you, but if that style doesn’t suit your shape then don’t panic! Go to your appointment with the positive attitude that you will find the one and you will enjoy the experience so much more, go in with the attitude that you probably wont find it and you’re setting yourself up to fail before you’ve even walked in the door!


You'll only feel outnumbered and overwhelmed by all the voices and opinions. It's really important to only bring those with you whose opinion you truly respect and want.


What do you like on your body? Legs, Cleavage? Arms? Know what works for you in your day to day style and we can incorporate that in your Bridal Style. It is always best to enhance assets that you love and feel comfortable with - it is best not to be over - ambitious and chose something that you will end up feeling awkward in on the day.


If you are not used to wearing heels it may be worth considering wearing flats on your wedding day too, otherwise you may end up with sore feet and no bride wants that! However, if you insist on wearing a pair of stunning skyscrapers  ( it is a VERY special occasion after all!) - do bring a pair of heels that will be similar height to ones you'd like to wear on the day, so the seamstress can make sure that your gown is correct length.


Not 100% necessary at your first appointment, but helps for further fittings. 


The dress you try is a sample, sample sizes NEVER fit properly!! Remember that your dress will be made FOR YOU and your measurements!


Some girls cry, some get giddy and some just simply grin from ear to ear, everyone’s different and that mean’s everyone’s reaction to ‘the moment’ is going to be different. Just don’t force it, When you find the right one, you're not going to want to change anything about it because you already love it when you look at it in the mirror, and know that it’s only going to get better every time you put it on between now and the wedding.


Some brides will insist on getting measured for a smaller size than what they are when they try on the dress, but even with the best of intentions they don't reach their goal. Not only is this going to be heartbreaking, it’s going to be disastrous for your wedding plans and wreck havoc with your budget.


Don’t freak out, but a wedding dress is a pretty major expense for the majority. And because Wedding dresses are be very expensive, made-to-order pieces, both the Bride and the Boutique need to be protected.


Boutiques will often offer discounts and you'll be seeing more dresses from that designer than the boutique usually carries. You might also meet the designer!


Chances are you’ll be getting a knockoff from China; you might end up losing money in a scam, and, or getting a dress that's not what you expected. 

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It's that time of year again, #tmwuf17 at Godwick Barn is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing... some serious #ceremonygoals from Swaffham Florist and The Little Lending Co.

I'm so lucky to be asked to be involved every year and provide the bridal goodness, but to be honest, no ones looking at the dress when the alter looks this good...

A bold but natural palette born from the earth and lots of textural interest; a richness of deep mulberry, warm mustard, pale ash dust and soft pinks make up the color range for the shoot. Dull highlights of vintage brass and copper with an abundance of candlelight finished the look.

A large naked tipi ceremony frame was erected and dressed with a mix of flowers and foliages as the focal point and draped with taupe cotton fabric twisting around the poles. Flowers look wild, asymmetric and un-tamed with a mix of textures and unusual mixes from The Swaffham Florist with a base of dark foliage conatus, winter hydrangeas in shades of mulberry and plum. Blush green Anthuriums, wax flower, rich pink Amaranthus to give movement and trail and favourites of the season black cosmos to add depth. Bullrushes were also collected and cut into the arrangement.
— Penny at The Little Lending Co
Our girl wears bridal separates in a full tulle skirt and lace top by Sassi Holford from The Bottom Drawer Bridal, with soft loosely tousled up-do on hair by Flamingo Amy and sprigs of fresh flowers tucked in. A strong make-up look with glittering eyes and bold lip by Love Moi Make-up. We accessorised with a delicate handcrafted owl headpiece by Animalesque with real feathers and also fresh eucalyptus crown.
— Penny at The Little Lending Co

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this year's set up, just 2 weeks to go!  Hope to see you all there, make sure you register to attend....

Victoria x


Photography Darina Stoda Photography

Styling The Little Lending Company

Venue Godwick Great Barn

Flowers The Swaffham Florist

Bride Sassi Holford at The Bottom Drawer

Head Piece Animalesque

Cake Buns Of Fun

Make Up Love Moi Make Up

Hair Flamingo Amy