Charlotte Balbier

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!


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Underwear

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




White Gallery 2017

A little over 4 weeks ago, Team Bottom Drawer heading on down to London and attending White Gallery, the only bridal buying event to exclusively feature high-end bridal wear and bridal accessories.

Not only is it our chance to catch up with our designers and get a first look at the brand new collections, it's also an opportunity for us to meet new designers, meet other boutique owners and basically see whats going on in the world of luxury bridal retail.

Our first point of call upon arriving at Battersea Park is always House of Mooshki and their infamous Bar for a cheeky glass of Prosecco while browsing their new collection; after being really annoying and asking the models to change (several times) we selected 5 brand new beauties to come and join us later in the summer. Penny, Nina, Phylis, Mavis and Anya. 2 cuter than cute tea lengths, a full length ballgown (with detachable cape!), a super, sparkling hi-low gown and stunning floral embellished mermaid! We can't show you the collection images just yet but we can show you these gorgeous drawings from head designer Phil.

Next stop was the amazing Charlotte Balbier, who is always the perfect host with Pink lemonade and cookies! Charlotte has her collection ready for viewing and after a quick browse, it's time for the models to show us what the dresses are made of! Now what can I say about the Bohemian Blush collection, just that WOW!!! Perfect for all you boho romantic brides, stunning ballgowns, elegant chiffons, perfect lace and super sexy sheer bodices! (Don't worry if Nan's not ready for the sheer, we will have bodices for you to wear underneath!)

I'm so excited for the Bohemian Blush Beauties to arrive later this summer and for now here's a little sneak peak of whats to come...

Lastly our final visit for the day was to the gorgeous Sassi Holford. Her collections continue to wow me every year, just how elegant and stunningly simple her designs are. Perfect for the chic, minimalist, modern bride.

We haven't yet made our final decision on what new beauties will be joining The Bottom Drawer Bridal Collection, but we will be later in the year! So don't you worry; and to whet your appetite, here's some of our favourites... (and yes, That is a Jumpsuit!)

Such an action packed day but so much fun, catching up with Maids to Measure and meeting Sinclair's beautiful bubba, finally meeting the babe behind I am Florence Shoes (so lovely to finally meet you Wendy!) and checking out brand new designers (Cherry Williams!! Your collection was amazing!) and high light of it all... meeting the one and only Randy Fenoli!!!!!