Rose – Gold – Confetti styled shoot

Rose – Gold – Confetti styled shoot

Hi, Carol here from Bridal Reloved Liverpool! When approached by wedding stylist Niken from Nchanting styling to collaborate on a ‘Rosegold’ themed wedding photo shoot I immediately said yes! Shooting in Cetra studios in The Wirral we had an amazing day. Our models Rachael and Christopher who’ve been friends for years made an amazing couple with lots of laughs! Arriving at the studio and seeing the amazing setting Niken was creating got us all excited, Anastasia got to work with makeup while I prepped our gorgeous dresses by designer Charlotte Balbier. Choosing dresses for shooting is always exciting, I chose 2 dresses from Charlottes A/W 2016 Willa Rose collection, both rich with lace detailing with a romantic feel to match any classic brides timeless style.   Confetti! Who doesn’t love throwing confetti, stunning real biodegradable petals made by Shropshire petals, the scent of them filled the studio and we had so much fun throwing them to capture amazing shots, although the clean up wasn’t fun! Photographer Beda did an amazing job capturing stunning images, to see more head over to Bridal Reloved Liverpools Facebook page.    😍 Photo by @smithbarita Dress by @bridalrelovedliverpool Flowers by @n_chantingstyling Confetti by @shropshirepetals Stationary by @knotsandkisses Makeup by...

How do I know I’ve picked ‘the one’?

How do you know when you have picked THE wedding dress? Read our guide to make sure you pick ‘The One’ that is perfect for you! By Carol Dinwoodie, Bridal Reloved Liverpool When it comes to finding the one whether it be your significant other or the one dress you’ve dreamed about since you were little, there’s no steadfast rules, it’s a gut feeling that no one can tell you, you just know! I can though give you some advice that might make the process a little less stressful! Too Many Cooks First of all, US wedding TV shows make it look like you need to bring every one of your female friends and family including your neighbour to help you choose your dress, unfortunately though the result is often negative. To many opinions, thoughts and personalities brings about the age old saying of “to many cooks”. If you don’t want to go it alone select one or two of your closest family or friends whose honest opinion and style you trust. Always Try It On Almost every wedding dress looks completely different on the hanger than it does on your body so try resist snap judgment. Be open to trying on styles and fabrics that you haven’t thought about, or discounted from photographs, you never know how they’re going to feel once you have them on. Just as it takes time to find a husband or wife, it can take time to find the perfect gown. The Finer Details The finer details are important, a long row of diamanté buttons and well placed lace can mean the difference...

Bridal Trends for 2017

Jenny From our Bridal Reloved Rowton store has written us a blog about wedding trends: Planning a wedding is no mean feat, juggling the organisation of the biggest day of your life with work/ kids/life in general. You probably feel like superwoman (and if you don’t, you should – remember this is one of the top 5 most stressful things you’ll ever do!). Why not reward yourself with a cape to match your superpowers then?! Seriously – capes and toppers in general are set to be massive for 2017. You can keep it simple with a short and floaty poncho, or go the whole hog with acres of fabric and have a full blown shoulder train. Just try to avoid looking like Russ Abbott in his white scarf (those of you too young for this reference see image below) . You can still wear a bolero if you like too – just reverse it to create an elegant portrait neckline over your dress. Whip it off later on and you’ll have two looks in one. Other trends coming to a bridal boutique near you include the 80s off the shoulder look – already everywhere on the fashion catwalks and now moving over to bridalwear. There’s no hard and fast rule on how these should look, as long as they frame your collar bones beautifully. Long sleeved, beaded, soft and floaty. A romantic look whichever way you wear it. Similarly, another of 2017’s key trends – oversized bows – can be worn pretty much wherever you want them, though the obvious place is vertically on your waist or above your bottom...

“A dead good wedding venue….. Sorry”

What about a wedding in a cemetery? You may have looked at various venues for your wedding but have you considered a cemetery? Probably not, but Arnos Vale in Bristol is a certified social enterprise and offers 3 unique wedding settings that are perfect for couples that are looking for something a bit different.     The venue offers 3 different packages and can accommodate both church and civil ceremonies and offer a stunning location for your reception. Woodland and Twilight Weddings packages are set in middle of a forest, where they combine magical tranquility, with rustic simplicity, which might appeal to the fairytale lover.   If you are looking for elegance then you might prefer the Grade II listed Victorian Anglican Chapel which is licensed for Church of England ceremonies. The catering is provided by Whisk, who offer both 3 different options from a beautiful buffet to a sit down sensation! http:// www.whisk-uk.com Arnos Vale is a 45 acre site, which was established in 1839 as a Victorian “Arcadian” garden cemetery and now combines heritage, remembrance and celebration by using the beautiful space for many other purposes other than it was first intended. A regeneration project first saw the restoration of the former crematorium, which is now known as the Spielman Education Centre. There are no longer any cremations on the site, but the Arnos Vale Trust still honour existing burial rights. A large part of the cemetery is now a protected ecological woodland and meadow, with many different species of wildlife. Home for more info bout this awesome venue contact Arnos Vale wedding coordinator kat.mcconnell@arnosvale.org.uk Credits Evoke Pictures...
Keep Calm and Plan A Wedding……….

Keep Calm and Plan A Wedding……….

Hello you wonderful lot, Phew I have finally managed to catch my breath for five minutes! We are in the midst of opening Bridal Reloved store number four this week in Coventry. It’s been busy and hectic but a lot of fun. You will all be meeting the wonderful owner Joanne in next week’s blog. Once we are done here in Coventry, we will be off to the gorgeous Shropshire countryside to set up store number five! Watch this space Relovers….. Speaking of being busy and hectic, did you know that according to the Holmes and Rahe scale, getting married is in the top ten of most stressful life events? I was surprised by this. I mean you are marrying the love of your life in front of all your friends and family, what can be hard about that? And then I realised, it isn’t the actual event/ceremony that is stressful, it’s the journey to that moment that causes the stress. It is the bit between saying yes and I do! However never fear with careful organisation and planning you can avoid going grey, falling out with your friends and family and even at the worst turning into a bride or groom-zilla. You just have to stay on the ball and remember you cannot control everything. The law of averages dictates that something will go wrong. You have to pick your battles wisely, don’t let something small be the thing that tips you over the edge. The first thing to do is to sit down with your partner and go through your friends and family and honestly and fairly...
Meet The Supplier – Concept Flowers

Meet The Supplier – Concept Flowers

Hola! How are we all? We are super busy here at Bridal Reloved. Not just selling lots of lovely wedding dresses to more brides-to-be but there are lots of exciting things afoot in our franchising company too. We are in the midst of opening not one but two franchise boutiques – the first of which opens in Coventry on the 2nd March. Keep an eye out on the blog as we will be meeting the new owner of this store in a couple of weeks. This week however we are Meeting The Suppliers. Today it is the turn of the wonderful Lauren from Concept Flowers. I LOVE FLOWERS. I love giving them and I especially love receiving them so I have really enjoyed getting to know Lauren and finding out about floristry. Introduce yourself and the nature of your business. Hello! I’m Lauren, a fully qualified and professional master florist and the owner of Concept Flowers based in Bournemouth. We are an award winning floristry business that create beautiful bridal blooms and floral event décor for weddings. I never thought I would be a florist and now I am I wouldn’t want to do anything else. How did you get into it and how long have you been in the business? I fell into floristry at a young age on an apprenticeship scheme and fell in love with it all from day one. Passion and a willingness to learn and a desire to be creative took over and I continued with my studies. Studying for a total of eight years from being an apprentice- right through to completing a...

It’s A Man’s World……

Hello People! Hope you are all well. Once every couple of weeks I take myself off to the library, so I can sit in almost near perfect silence and write my blog. It’s perfect, there are other people around you furiously beavering away with their work which acts as the perfect motivation to get on and although there is free wi-fi, the login process is akin to trying to get into GCHQ, you can’t actually be bothered to type in your password for the 946th time and logging in on all my devices would take half the day! To be honest I like to come and sit surrounded by books – it satisfies the nerd in me. I like doing old-fashioned research, to anyone born after the year 2000 this is what we had to do before the nice folks at Google came along. So I was sat here having a think about my blog topic for this week. I had a root around in the recesses of my brain and I had a flash of inspiration. There have been a few items in the news agenda recently about sexual equality and it made me think about my blog and Bridal Reloved specifically. Now obviously we sell wedding dresses and cater to a female market but suddenly I felt conscious that a lot of my blogs were aimed solely at women. But weddings are not just about women! What if a man wanted some advice about his wedding, what if he was taking a hands on approach or what if he wanted to take charge but not have his...

To Theme Or Not To Theme…….

  Hello! Almost half way through February already. Christmas is a dim and distant memory and now Easter is looming large on the horizon. How many of those resolutions have lasted and how many gym memberships are now lapsed after the initial euphoric push fuelled by endorphins and ‘new year new you’ adrenalin? It’s not all bad though – it is still light (only just) at 4pm and it means Spring is not too far away, although the wind and rain recently is doing nothing for my self-diagnosed SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I think a lot of people feel this way around this time of the year – you aren’t alone and it’s not long until March. However, if you are not feeling any of the above emotions then I am willing to bet it was because you are deliriously happy due to receiving a festive proposal. January is always our busiest month of the year and we were full to bursting with potential brides coming in to try and find their dream dress. This has rolled into February – our Saturdays are chock full of bookings and we have matched lots of brides to their dream dresses already. So you’ve got the rock on your finger, you’ve drunk more fizz than is possible and now everyone keeps asking you ‘so when is the big day?’ You have nothing to offer them, other than a blank expression and a shrug of your shoulders. When this happens to you more than five times in one day, I’m afraid you can no longer put of the inevitable. You need to have...

Wedding Fairs or Fayres….who knows?

Hi! With wedding fair season well and truly kicking off we thought we would give you a bit of information about how to get the best out of them. We did our first fair of the season in Essex earlier In the month and this past weekend we helped to organise and exhibited at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester, Dorset. First of all, there are generally two seasons of wedding fairs in a calendar year. First at the beginning of the year and then another season later in the year. For us personally, the first season is always the one with the busiest footfalls and I believe the reason for this is; 1) People who got engaged the previous year tend to think ‘let’s get Christmas out of the way and start wedding planning in the New Year. 2) There are so many proposals over Christmas and New Year and people can’t wait to get started with their ‘wedmin.’ When planning your wedding, (the real one, not your ‘money no object, blow the budget Pinterest one’), you obviously want everything to be perfect. If you aren’t employing a wedding planner, (which by the way can often pay for itself), you will need to become a wedding planner yourself. You will need to do your research and a wedding fair is the best place to start. There are hundreds of wedding directories, Facebook selling pages etc but like lots of things online, you have to use your instincts. Do your research on your providers, check their reviews, are they active in the wedding community? When did they last post on...

Meet The Supplier – Pegasus Disco

Hello my lovelies, I’m down in not so sunny Dorset this week. The rain is relentless and frankly I’m over it now. I suffer from the most ridiculous frizzy hair and this weather just makes me look like a clown. Kate calls it my halo – and consequently I have to listen to Queen Bey’s song Halo all the live long day. I don’t even know why I stick around sometimes, but saying that after insulting her wedding favours in the most public way possible in last week’s blog, I guess I am still lucky to be employed! #PushingMyLuck On the other end of the spectrum this week’s blog is about one of the nicest I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Our supplier this week is the lovely Mark Gerard of Pegasus Disco who has been helping to burn the dancefloor at thousands of Dorset based events for over 25 years. Mark also very kindly helps us with #MarksMusicMonday which some of you will be familiar with. I hunted Mark down and badgered him until he answered my questions. Introduce yourself and the nature of your business. Hi my name is Mark; I own Pegasus Discos down in beautiful Dorset. I provide entertainment for primarily Weddings including the Ceremony music and I can also be a Master of Ceremonies for the Wedding breakfast as well as the all-important evening party, I also work with a local band providing the complete entertainment package How did you get into it and how long have you been in the business? I started way back in 1990, at the time I...