Thursday, 23 July 2015

How to choose the right wedding hairstyle for you

How do you choose a hairstyle for your wedding? The great news is that it’s actually quite easy! Give some thought to the following questions and you’ll soon have a good idea of what will work best for you.

What style of wedding dress are you having?
If yours is an informal and relaxed boho-style dress, then try soft and romantic curls or waves, either in a loose up-do or half-up. If your dress has a pretty back, an up-do will show it off (bearing in mind that for the majority of the wedding service your guests will be looking at your back!) – likewise if the back of your dress is plain or low cut, style your hair in beautiful loose curls so that your hair will be a focal point from the back.    

What length is your hair?
Many brides choose to go for loose curls as they give a romantic look – curls work well both on longer hair for a relaxed feminine look, and on shorter hair to give volume and balance with the dress. Your hair style will need to stay in place for 12 hours (or more!) so if your hair is mid-length or long and you are thinking of an intricate up-do, remember that it must be a style with stamina! 

Are you having a veil?
Your veil should sit comfortably on your hair, and although most veils are lightweight, they can flatten your hair. Aim for a hair style which is smooth on top and is well secured. Remember that your veil may catch on hair pins or other hair accessories, and also remember that an intricate hair style may not be seen particularly well through the veil.   

Are you having a tiara or flowers in your hair?
A tiara will sit on the top of your head towards the front, and so the front sections of your hair – and your fringe if you have one – have to be styled to show off the tiara as well as helping to keep it in place. If you have long hair, it is best to sweep it up or back off your face and secure it under the tiara, rather than leaving it loose.

Flowers, or flower-shaped accessories, can give a very modern twist to wedding hair, but the hair style should be a soft and romantic up-do to avoid it looking old fashioned. 

Remember to spend time trying out different wedding hairstyles in advance of your big day – you will probably have 2 or 3 possibilities in mind, and the morning of your wedding is not the time to be playing about with different styles!

Whether or not your hairdresser will be styling your hair on the day, talk to her / him in advance about conditioning treatments etc that can be done in the run up to your wedding to get your hair looking its best for the occasion.
At The Wedding Collection we are happy to advise on all aspects of your bridal ‘look’, not just the dress! We have helped thousands of brides-to-be with ideas for their big day, including suggestions on shoes, jewellery, and other accessories. Visit us in store in Hornsea or Beverley, or visit our website for more ideas on completing your wedding day look

Monday, 18 August 2014

How to find the perfect plus size wedding dress

As you may have read in our previous blog How do I choose the perfect wedding dress?, there are some simple things to bear in mind when looking for your dream wedding dress, namely your personality, your skin tone and hair colour, where you are getting married, and – most significantly for many brides-to-be – your figure.

In today’s image-conscious society, the majority of women have body hang-ups. For curvy brides-to-be, clothes shopping can be an uncomfortable experience at the best of times because clothing designers and high street stores have traditionally favoured slim figures, but being confronted with an array of beautiful wedding dresses in nothing bigger than a size 16 can be pretty upsetting.  So our top tips for finding your dream plus size wedding dress focus on choosing the right wedding boutique as the starting point for your search.

Find a wedding dress shop with a good range of plus size wedding dresses – many wedding boutiques say that they stock plus size bridal gowns but in reality they may only have a small number of dresses in a limited number of sizes

Contact wedding boutiques before your visit – ask them how many plus size dresses they stock, what sizes are available, and check that they’re within your budget, before you arrange to visit

The staff in bridal stores with a good range of plus size wedding gowns will be experienced in advising brides-to-be on how to choose the most flattering styles for their individual shape.

Lastly, don’t forget about your wedding underwear! Most wedding dresses are designed with structure in the bodice in particular, but there is no substitute for properly-fitted underwear. Again, the staff in wedding dress stores with a decent selection of plus size dresses will be able to advise you on what kind of underwear would be best for different styles of gowns. Don’t be afraid to ask!

The Wedding Collection Designer Outlet in Beverley has one of the best selections of plus size dresses in East Yorkshire at massively discounted prices, up to size 30.

Friday, 8 August 2014

The Wedding Collection - How do I choose the perfect wedding dress?

How do I choose the perfect wedding dress?

Choosing the perfect wedding dress can be a daunting as well as exciting experience – there is an amazing array of different styles in bridal shops these days, and there’s the added pressure of knowing that the bride is always the centre of attention! 

But fear not – there are a few simple things to bear in mind when trying to find your dream wedding dress.

What is your personality type? If you are naturally quite flamboyant and outgoing, a full-skirted dress with a train and lots of diamante and sparkle might be just your thing. If you are of a quiet, shy type who feels nervous about being in the limelight, try a simple column-style dress with more delicate embellishments.

What type of figure do you have? With such a wide range of styles now available on the market, a good bridal store should have dresses to flatter all figures. The trick is to keep an open mind and try several different styles until you find something that suits you. If you feel comfortable doing so, take a friend or family member along with you who you know will give you an honest opinion about what looks good on you.

What is your skin tone and hair colour? The tradition for white wedding dresses goes back as far as Queen Victoria, but these days brides-to-be have a bit more choice… Pure white is often not very flattering and so ivory is very popular, but also consider champagne, pale pink, silver or gold. The latest ranges from top wedding dress designers also include darker colours, such as ruby red, and even black!

Where are you getting married? If you’re going abroad we recommend that you choose a dress that will travel well, and if you’re going to a hot climate try and avoid heavy fabrics and large underskirts which will feel stifling in the midday sun. Likewise, for a winter wedding, consider a long-sleeved style (very popular again thanks to Kate Middleton), or a shrug or bolero.

Most of all, remember that the staff in wedding stores are there to help you find a dress that you look fabulous in, and which will be comfortable to wear. Choosing your wedding dress is a big deal but it should be an enjoyable experience, and it shouldn’t break the bank! For a fantastic range of cheap designer wedding dresses (including plus size) visit The Wedding Collection Designer Outlet in Beverley, or The Wedding Collection Clearance Store at Hornsea Freeport – both receive rave reviews from brides-to-be.