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What To Wear To A Wedding?


And more precisely, your wedding.

As you know, never had the whole 'dream wedding' in my head so I went in without any set ideas. Apart from the shoes. I found the shoes last year. Kind of.

We've set the date (I think) and venue (kinda) and I've picked the dress (well its between two, will make the final choice on Tuesday).

I swear I am a very organised person really!

I asked my fantastic Maid of Honour to book a couple of appointments at Bridal Salons and she made superb choices with Harrods (Pronovias) and Browns Bridal.

They are two very different places to look for Bridal gowns so it was great to see such a wide selection in a day. 


Harrods first. Yes Harrods of the horrifically extortionate Al Fayed fame (but the prices of Bridal gowns here shocked me in a good way)

For once in my life, I was on time....but then again I had jetlag on my side. It was a relatively early start which is always great as the streets and shops are never as busy. So into harrods we went and I had an absolute angel attending to me! I'd been a bit wary of the whole gown thing, I'd been told so many stories from people who had bad experiences and I'm happy to report for me, it was nothing but love.

Harrods Bridal is actually a Pronovias and they have the bridal gown thing down to a T. Its a Spanish company which made me love them a little bit more. I'm not sure of the exact meaning of Pronovias but Novia means Bride and Pronuba means Bridesmaid.

They have the Pronovias collection which ranges from £1500-3000. Then Manuel Mota ranges from £2000-5000, Elie Saab and Valentino from £5000+. So whatever your budget, they pretty much have you covered. That was an unexpected surprise.

I was attended to by the wonderful Hajer. She gave us a quick run down of what Pronovias does then she walked me round and recommended I pull out anything that vaguely appealed. Alrighty then. Good advice as I did end up trying on a wider range of dresses than i might have done. I figured I didn't want a huge ballgown/princess dress but you never know....so I tried one on.

You never know but sometimes you do. Not for me. For those that don't know me, I'm not as tall as I look (I'm 5'6" without heels) but I've got a small frame. So there were some dresses that were just really good fun to try on....and I could barely walk out the fitting room in them as they were so damn heavy! But I found one very pretty, vintagey, lace number that I LOVED. And again I was happy to call off the search. (No pics of any dresses I tried on in case I change my mind!)

This is a dress from the 2010 collection. Inspired by Michelle Obama no doubt. There does seem to be a shift in Bridal Salons away from the traditional wedding dress to more interesting options like this dress.

Elie Saab clothes tend to come with a few too many bells and whistles for my liking but I love the grecian inspired draping and megawatt bling on this dress.

A lot of the dresses on the website are very 'dressed up' with capes, veils, and other extra bits. In reality they're more striking and delicate and simple!

One of the things  liked about Pronovias is they're very flexible with alterations so if you wanted to, you could quite dramatically alter the skirt shape of a dress you find.

In the UK they also have a salon on Bond Street but the details for Harrods are 0207 893 8433.

They have a Flagship in NY and several stores across America. www.pronovias.com.


Next stop was Browns Bridal. 

Wow. Browns Bridal excels in the art of the show-stopping dress. They carry some of the best names in the business with exclusive dresses by Carolina Herrera, Oscar De La Renta, Peter Langner (who trained with Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix and Dior before setting up on his own), Max Choul, Collette Dinnigan, Carlos Miele, Angel Sanchez, Temperley, and after a little research before my appointment I quickly pegged Monique Lhuillier as my favourite.

We were attended to by Lesley who is clearly a true professional. She emphasised the key point (which can be easy to overlook) that you need to choose a dress that makes the most of your assets. And sadly for me, Monique Lhuillier dresses did nada for me! 

She also made a brilliant point about my shoes and pointed out much to my dismay why my choice wasn't suitable (more on that later).


(Top two dresses are Monique Lhuiller and the Bridal Ballgown is by Oscar De La Renta)


I'm pleased to report I did fall head over heels with the most unexpected dress at Browns Bridal! Until I went to Dublin.

I'm beginning to realise the problem for me with all this bridal stuff, is I love it all!!!!

Browns Bride. Click here for details on Trunk Shows. Call for an appointment 0207 514 0056.

Oh yes, and its not where the normal Browns is, Browns Bride is on Hinde Street, between Selfridges and Marylebone High Street.




Posted By Tiger Tem Aug 15, 2009 at 2:12AM

You May Kiss The Bride.....Mwah



Yes dear readers. He asked, I said yes and so a new chapter begins!

A lot of my friends who read this blog have been asking me to make sure I blog about the dresses, the shoes, the bling etc.

Now I don't have a bridezilla bone in my body so this most definitely is not going to turn into a blog about weddings, as fascinating as they may be.


So being a bit cheeky and lazy I decided to start with a post I did in April last year

I've just taken another look at the post and my word, those choices were pretty damn good if I may say so myself!

Please share as many tips, info, suggestions, ideas you all have!



I don't do bridal.

I find all that white frippery, tulle, lace, silk satin, dupion, duchesse...more than just a little bit mind boggling to say the least.

BUT I do seem to have a rather persistent reader who is getting married soon and has been 'consistently' emailing me for suggestions. I politely directed her to type 'bride' and 'wedding dress' into google but to no avail. Unlike the party jollof eating masses in cities like Lagos, I'm not a fan.

After receiving what must be the 14th email (we seem to average one a week for the past 3 months)....I have relented as I aim to keep my readers happy.

H asked for my 'unique and stylishly sophisticated take on a different and more modern look for a wedding' (with those words she really should join my PR team!). So I've had a good look around and I've put together a selection of the more unusual and quirky looks which I think could be easily adapted to work well for most budgets and styles.

So dear H, I give you BRIDAL!!!


This must be the most adorable pic I've seen in a long time of a little bridesmaid and page boy. They look, fun, funky, stylish....from Italian label Simonetta. The chocolate brown is an unusual colour choice but I think it looks fab.

I'm in all types of love with this picture (well apart from the brides dress anyway). Aside from the fact they make an exceptionally good looking bridal train...who upon closer inspection all look like brother and sisters...I love the bold shades of pink, the touch of lavender and the fact the grooms suit is navy (not so sure about the bright pink tie but to each his own). The colours all work well together and look stylishly sophisticated and contemporary.

This is a very English Rose in Notting Hill look from Little Jo. Love the simple flattering V neck lace dress on the bride and loving the differing shades of blue on the bridesmaids. Not sure this much headgear would work so well in reality...I'd say start off with one corsage in the hair each and build it up from there to avoid looking a tad like a madhatter.

Again a very English Rose look from Little Jo. I love the fact that they're all pretty much wearing cocktail/party dresses (which they can wear again). The coral is an interesting colour choice and I think the variety of shades and prints works a treat. Again, easy on the headgear but it does look fab for the shoot. Love the clutch on the right...and of course I will strongly recommend cute clutch bags instead of flowers. I did a selection of Tiger Tem clutches for a customer (they all had the same turquoise clutch but with different huge sparkly brooches and I must say the end result was very impressive!)

Now onto the 'gowns'.

Love this look from Romona Keveza. Its a superstylish look that's definitely eccentric in a good way. And that corset is majorly flattering. I'd probably lose the hat but otherwise love it. It takes a lot of confidence to pull off such an individual look on your big day...but if you can, rock on with your bad self.

And next up we have a classic pretty pretty look from Anita Massarella. The thing I love the most about this look is its so feminine, classic yet contemporary and looks comfy too. The soft hair style softens the look even more and creates an easy, breezy, stylish and modern look.

Simple, stylish, classic and kinda traditional. Switch up the ribbon to work with whatever your colour theme is for your wedding. From Berketex Bride (they sound reasonably priced...I'm trying to provide a range of prices here!)

Vera Wang. A stylish and contemporary offering.

Make like Gwen Stefani and add a touch of pink (or any other colour that tickles your fancy) Gwen's was Galliano (I think) but this is from Greek designer Sophia Tolli.

I wouldn't normally recommend taking style tips from crackheads but this beehive looks fab and classic in a vintage inspired way. Just watch the height of the hive to avoid any unnecessary comparisons between yourself and a rather well known wino. Switch the white beads to pearls and ease up on the gel in the grooms hair and I think this would look absolutely fabulous. Oh and the dress is from Le Spose De Gio...all that detail on the fabric...hit or miss? You decide.

Monique Lhuillier is a hot name in bridal gowns and this lace creation is sexy yet suitable demure for a blushing bride.

Oscar De La Renta is the grand-daddy of classic couture style and this dress is very Audrey Hepburn and this look makes classic is contemporary.

And that's enough bridal for me. Any future readers asking for bridal will be re-directed back to here!!!

That's my take and I'd like to pass the baton onto a regular reader MARION from THE HOUSE OF STYLE....you're a stylist me-lady so lets see you work some of that style magic on this topic please!

Posted By Tiger Tem Jun 28, 2009 at 6:29PM

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