Wedding Dresses

My thoughts on 2020...

The next seasons collections are never far from my mind and now with White Gallery now just a few weeks away, it’s pretty much all I can think about!

So what do I think we’ll be seeing on this years runways…

Embroidery

I think we are slowly starting to see a shift from Lace to beautifully embroidered fabrics, not that saying Lace is going anywhere but I feel there’s a calling for more intricate, more delicate designs.

Stelfox Brides’ Darcy is a gorgeous example of this, Darcy is a beautiful fitted gown with bateau neckline amd full length sleeves. With a intricate, geometric lace style embroidery, she is perfect for those of you wanting a traditional style with a modern twist.

Another amazing example of this is the gorgeous Rose Garden by Bowen Dryden. This is one 2020 collection I for one can’t wait to see!

3D Embellishment

This is one I feel, that has been drip fed to us over the last few years and I think it’s something we are definitely going to start seeing more of. They make a beautiful statement in a modern way. One of my favourites in the boutique is Charlotte Balbier’s Hepburn. A gorgeous 50’s style blush ballgown, with delicate 3D ivory flowers across the bodice and scattered down the skirt.

Another favourite of mine is the amazing Sassi Holford’s Maria, a stunning halterneck ballgown with hundreds of tulle bows across the ballgown. She’s such an amazing statement gown!

Colour

We all know how partial I am to a coloured wedding dress and I sure we’ll be seeing more on the catwalks next month. We’ve already seen a lot of blush’s and peaches with blues and greys sneaking in and I think this year will be more of the same. More greys, more blues, more florals.

capes

Another one we all know I love, Capes. I am a die hard veil fan but this is fast becoming my absolute fav! I mean, your wedding day is one where you should feel like your absolute best and who wouldnt feel amazing rocking a cape? I know I would!

House of Mooshki’s Nina is a beautiful lace and tulle ballgown with a detachable lace cape attached to the bodice just under the arms and Charlotte Balbier’s Romy is the ultimate boho princess. A full lace fitted gown with a gorgeous lace cape draped over the shoulders creating a beautiful soft 3/4 length sleeve.

One last one I think we’ll be seeing loads more of this year will be softer, less structured gowns.

Soft

When I say soft, I mean less formal, less structure, less boning, more chiffon, more silk tulle. Softer fabrics, more delicate features, softer colours and so on. Think more boho princess than royal princess. Now dont get me wrong, royal princesses will always have a place in my heart along with a beautifully structured gowns, but you boho queens and your gorgeous gowns are seriously starting to find your way in!

Stelfox bride is our go to bohemian designer, the stunning Matilda is just that stunning, a fabulous backless chiffon gown with full lace sleeves and her beautiful little sister Beau, another chiffon gown, with keyhole back details,

We’re now just a few weeks away from White Gallery and London Bridal Fashion Week, so just a matter of time to see what 2020 has in store for us….

I’ll keep you updated!

All my love

Victoria

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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.

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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! 

Sheer...

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.

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Sparkle

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. 

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Sleeves...

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.

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Bows

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?!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Capes

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?!

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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!

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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!

Vx

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…

1. EVERY BRIDE IS DIFFERENT. 

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.

2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. 

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.

3. BEWARE OF THE ‘INSTAGRAM BRIDE.

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.

4. SET A BUDGET. 

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.

5. ALLOW TIME. 

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.

6. BE OPEN MINDED AND WILLING TO COMMIT. 

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!

7. DON'T TAKE EVERYONE WITH YOU. 

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.

8. BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOU. 

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.

9. BRING A PAIR OF HEELS IF YOU KNOW WHAT HEEL HEIGHT YOU WANT.

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.

10. WEAR THE RIGHT UNDERWEAR. 

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

11. DON'T WORRY ABOUT PHOTOS AT THE APPOINTMENT. 

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

12. WHEN YOU KNOW, YOU'LL KNOW. 

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.

13. DON'T MAKE WEIGHT PROMISES THAT YOU CAN’T KEEP! 

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.

14. YOU'LL HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT. 

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.

15. YOU'LL SAVE MONEY BY GOING TO A TRUNK SHOW/DESIGNER WEEKENDS. 

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!

16. DON'T BUY ONLINE. 

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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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!!!!!