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Top 10 Unusual Wedding Venues

May 21st, 2014

I am thrilled to be able to bring you amazingly helpful venue inspiration from the wonderful Emma Hla at Coco Wedding Venues.  Here she gives you an insight into some unique and unusual wedding venues.  Whether you are looking for a city, beach or wedding full of historic charm I am sure you will find some inspiration in Emma’s choices below.

“When the fabulous Sue of Glitzy Secrets fame dropped me a note asking if I could share my Top 10 unusual wedding venues I got a little bit excited.

I say a little, I mean a lot.

Firstly because my inner magpie is smitten with Glitzy Secrets and all it’s custom gems (*swoon*) and secondly because I’m so passionate about sharing the Coco Wedding Venues…

From beachside huts, to vintage fairground barns through to industrial city dwellings, I’m pretty confident there’s something for every Bride & Groom-to-be looking for their perfect and oh-so stylish wedding venue…

So, shall we…?

10. Lusty Glaze

© Keith Riley – http://www.keithriley.co.uk

Lusty Glaze Beach is a truly stunning and unique venue. Here you will find a beautiful private cove surrounded by dramatic cliffs overlooking the best sunsets in the UK.

Your ceremony will take place on the decking overlooking the beach with waves crashing onto the shore. Your reception commences in the beachside marquee where you can be treated to a delectable barbeque, paella or your favourite meal cooked to perfection. As the sun sets over the ocean, the celebrations continue into the night as you and your guests enjoy the incredible ambience that Lusty Glaze has to offer…

The best bit about this venue…? There is a zip wire for those looking to make a dramatic entrance! Epic.

9. Wedding Yurts

The Wedding Yurts have been hand-crafted out of sweet chestnut wood and covered in cream canvas, providing the ideal solution for couples looking to host a reception that embraces the countryside, without losing the luxury and style that a bricks and mortar venue offer.

They can be installed in: a garden for a garden-style wedding party, a field for a festival-style wedding party, by a river or a lake for a picnic-style wedding party, or in the woods for a secret wedding party!

Wedding Yurts are perfect for couples looking to avoid conventional weddings and embrace the beautiful British countryside.

8. Smock Alley Theatre

The restored 17th-century Smock Alley Theatre has to be experienced to be understood; between the multi-tiered theatre (formerly a boys’ school) and the stained-glass-windowed banquet hall, it’s a spacious nook along the banks of the Liffey.

It was the first custom-built theatre in the city and still remains in substantially the same form, making it one of the most important sites in European theatre history.

This is a whole heap of City Chic– bare brick, industrial backdrops with unique architectural features – oh and the cobblestones of Cow’s Lane make for quite the photo backdrop.

7. The Dolls House

With a keen eye and attention to detail The Dead Dolls Club specializes in organizing stylish parties and weddings.

A pop-up venue, they are currently in residence in an old textile factory overlooking the historic Hoxton Square until early 2015.

Aptly named The Dolls House this unique venue is set over 3 floors with its very own roof terrace. Each floor is hand illustrated to depict
ornate rooms in a grand manor house from the downstairs parlour to the upstairs ballroom.

By day the rooms are flooded with daylight and by night and lit with candlelight the rooms are transformed to suit intimate dinners, parties and drink receptions.

6. Louise Blouin Foundation

Built in the 1920′s, 3 Olaf Street was the original home for Barker & Co coach builders, who provided parts for Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Daimler. Since then the building has had a varied history and has been though many incarnations before it opened as the home of the Louise Blouin Foundation, an organisation committed to promoting the value of culture and creativity.

The interior provides striking white spaces that are easily adaptable giving every creative Bride and Groom the opportunity to let their personality shine and imagination sparkle!

By day, the building is flooded with natural daylight, by night the windows are illuminated in a moving spectrum of colour provided by the legendary artist James Turrell.

5. Preston Court

© Jodie Chapman – http://www.jodiechapman.com

Preston Court is a very enchanting and diverse venue, set on an old fashioned farm in the Kent countryside. In the grounds of the Georgian House, Peacocks roam freely and there are horses in the surrounding fields.

The 17th century Kentish Barn is a simple but enchanting building, which can seat up to 120 people for ceremonies and receptions. In the Barn there are two stunning Art Deco and Art Nouveau mechanical organs, which not only have the wow factor but can also be played to the delight of your guests!

The Victorian carousel is another real crowd pleaser!  Available for use all day and evening!

The entertainment of guests is a running theme at Preston Court…

4. Beach Weddings Bournemouth

© Emma Lucy – http://www.emmalucyphotography.com

At the foot of the West Cliff lift, on the sandy beach of Bournemouth – Dorset, lies the cute little ivory wedding hut that is Beach Weddings Bournemouth.

This venue is all about relaxed guests and gallivanting fun in the crisp, blue British waters…

This is the only wedding venue in England and Wales that enables you to marry right on the beach… Oh and what a beach Bournemouth has! All glistening sands and cool, clear waters.

The Wedding Hut is the focus of this venue with beautiful marquees sheltering your guests from the British weather, be it from the rain or the blazing sun!

3. West Reservoir Centre

If you want a City Chic venue with a quirky punch then look no further…

West Reservoir Centre is one of the most unique spaces in London – a 1930s red-brick tower boasting fascinating structural design elements and flooded by natural light.

The perfect setting for wedding receptions, the outdoor terraces overlook the glistening water providing an incomparable experience in a one-of-a-kind venue.

2. Petersham Nurseries

© Kat Hill – http://www.kat-hill.com

Nestled down a secluded road is Petersham Nurseries – a perfect rustic venue, just minutes from the centre of London.

Invite your guests to dine amongst flowers and plants at antique tables in the main glasshouse and enjoy seasonal, produce led cooking.

You are fortunate to have two talented in-house florists who are able to consult on flower arrangements, helping you envision and create the most perfect seasonal displays to compliment the natural beauty of Petersham Nurseries.

This venue is, without doubt, one of the most unique, beautiful and greenest venues in London.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than drinking champagne under the twinkling lights of the greenhouse…

1. Roman Baths & Pump Room

© Lee Niel – http://www.leeniel.co.uk

Situated at the heart of the World Heritage Site, the Roman Baths and Pump Room is without doubt one of the most distinctive buildings in the country…

The Roman Baths, steeped in history, with its origins dating back 2000 years, is a truly magical setting that will delight and fascinate your guests!

Sunrise Weddings can be followed by a wedding breakfast in the Georgian Pump Room. Or in the evenings, after a Sunset Wedding, you can choose to have your reception in either the Pump Room or Terrace and Reception Hall.

What could be more romantic and impressive than exchanging your vows amid the flickering torchlight and rising steam from the waters of the Great Bath?

I must admit, putting this list together was incredibly difficult – difficult because the venues I work with on Coco are all just so darn fabulous and it was a test to have to choose just 10 to share with you!

There are new venues being added each and every day to our portfolio… So come and follow Coco Wedding Venues on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and new additions to our family.

If you are in search of a venue and would like my help, do get in touch, as I’m thrilled to be working with a small number of couples each month offering a bespoke venue finding service…

So folks, are you dreaming of an unusual wedding venue…?

Are you a Vintage doll or a City dweller…?

Or maybe you’re more of a Coastal Cool chick dreaming of sand beneath your feet…?”

Lots of love

Emma

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Grace Kelly – The Wedding of the Century

May 15th, 2014

With the growing hype and publicity of Nicole Kidman’s new film “Grace of Monaco”, launched at the Cannes Film Festival this week, our attention has turned to what was dubbed by reporters as the “Wedding of the Century”.  Grace Kelly, admired for her beauty and poise and an icon of classic American style married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.  Following Monaco tradition, they had two ceremonies – one civil and one religious.

Civil Wedding

The first, a civil ceremony, was held on 18 April 1956 in the palace’s baroque throne room.  Grace wore a pale pink taffeta dress covered in cream-colored Alencon lace.  The dress, which was designed by Helen Rose, had a fitted bodice, flared skirt and high rounded collar.  Grace accessorised with white kid gloves and a Juliet cap.
The ceremony was performed by Monaco’s Minister of Justice in front of 80 guests.  Following the ceremony, the couple held a reception for the citizens of Monaco so that each one could shake hands with the new princess. A gala celebration was held at the Opera House that evening.  As their gift, the people of Monaco gave the couple a cream and black Rolls Royce convertible which they used following the religious ceremony the following day.

© REX/Everett Collection

Religious Wedding Ceremony

At 9:30 am on 19 April, Grace and Prince Rainier had a high mass religious ceremony at the St. Nicholas Cathedral conducted by the Bishop of Monaco. The Cathedral was adorned in flowers including white lilacs, hydrangeas, lilies, and snapdragons. During the ceremony the couple did not look each other and exchanged their vows so quietly that it could not be heard whether they spoke English or French.

© REX

The matron of Honor was Grace’s sister, Peggy.  Six bridesmaids were in attendance wearing yellow organdy dresses with small collars and billowing sleeves designed by Priscilla of Boston. Grace also had six junior attendants (4 girls and 2 boys) who were all dressed in white.  The bridesmaids carried bouquets of tea roses while the flower girls carried white daisies.

The wedding was attended by 600 guests including Hollywood stars such as Cary Grant, Aga Khan, David Niven, Gloria Swanson, Aristotle Onassis, Ava Gardner as well as Heads of State, and overseas diplomats.  It is estimated that 30 million people also watched the wedding on television.

The celebratory luncheon reception was held in the Palace Court of Honor where the bride and groom cut the six-tier wedding cake with the Prince’s sword.

At the end of the ceremony, a message was read out from the Pope.  The couple then drove through the streets of Monte Carlo in their open-top Rolls Royce, waving to thousands of well-wishers.

Wedding Dress

Grace’s wedding gown was designed by MGM’s costume designer Helen Rose and was presented as a gift from MGM Studio.  It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted bodice made from 125 year old Brussels rose point lace, a billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie and tulle.  Grace accessorised with a Juliet cap that was decorated with seed pearls and orange blossoms, and a circular silk net veil made from over 90 yards of tulle which was especially designed so that the bride’s face could be seen.  It featured appliqued lace motifs which included two tiny love birds.  Her pearl and diamond earrings were created by Van Cleef & Arpels. Grace’s shoes were designed by David Evins from Evins, New York and a copper penny was built into the right shoe for good luck.

© REX/Sipa Press

Grace chose a simple bouquet of Lilly of the Valley tied with silk ribbons which had sprigs attached to them. She left the bouquet on the altar of the Chapel of St Devote after the wedding.  She also carried a small prayer book.  The chief hairstylist at MGM Studios, Sydney Guilaroff, styled Grace’s hair in an elegant updo.

Steal the Style

You can add a modern twist to Grace’s style with Glitzy Secrets’ stunning Beautiful Romance Headpiece which features floral accents enhanced with clear crystals and light ivory faux pearls set amongst delicate lace and satin leaves.

Glitzy Secrets’ beautiful Timeless Elegance Earrings are also the perfect classic pearl earrings for achieving Grace’s elegant style.

Beautiful Romance Headpiece and Timeless Elegance Earrings by Glitzy Secrets

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Collar Necklaces Sparkle at the Met Gala 2014

May 9th, 2014

The red carpet was rolled out and the diamonds were dazzling for this year’s Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday 5 May in New York.  The Met Ball is one of the most exclusive social events in New York and one of the city’s biggest fundraising nights.   With wall-to-wall celebrities and a white tie dress code the glamour stakes were high.  And we certainly weren’t disappointed.

At Glitzy Secrets we love to check out the jewellery and hair accessories.  A key trend this year has been dazzling statement collar necklaces.  We take a look below at some of our favourite designs and show you how you can steal the style with our own sparkling designs.

Kendall  Jenner

The 18-year-old model and reality star made her first appearance on the red carpet in a Topshop blush duchess satin strapless hourglass gown with statement contouring and a dramatic hemline which left her tweeting that she was unable to sit down!  She accessorised with Tabitha Simmons shoes and a stunning Chopard collar necklace.

Steal Kendall’s style with Glitzy Secrets’ sparkling Bejewelled Starlet Necklace.  Priced at £48.00 this  exquisite collar necklace is full of 1940s Hollywood glamour inspiration and features a myriad of marquise cut clear Austrian crystals set on silver tone.

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Anna Kendrick

Actress Anna Kendrick wore an elegant black and white J Mendel dress with a sophisticated cut out panel in the back of the bodice and small cut away at the front.  She accessorised with a Rauwolf clutch bag, Brian Atwood heels and the most amazing Graff diamonds.
Steal Anna’s style with Glitzy Secrets’ timeless 1950s inspired Bows of Beauty Necklace.  Priced at £48.00 this beautiful sparkling necklace features a garland of crystal adorned bows providing vintage glitz as it sits perfectly on your collar bone.

© REX/BDG

Karolina Kurkova

Former Victoria Secrets’ model Karolina Kurkova chose a gorgeous blue floral Marchesa dress with some interesting geometric tailoring for the stunning event.  She added to the drama of the design with over $1 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds.
You can steal Karolina’s statement style (without the million dollar price tag!) with Glitzy’s Secrets statement Enchanting Pearl Necklace.  Priced at £105.00 it features an enchanting design of Austrian crystal encrusted flowers, leaves and stems enhanced with ivory faux pearls.

© REX/Startraks Photo

Ashley Olsen

Fashion designer twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen chose a conservative style for the Ball with full-length long sleeved dresses.  Ashley had been inspired by Vintage Chanel and opted for black with a fine silver stripe and looked effortlessly chic with a sleek ponytail.   She accessorised with a stunning geometric design diamond collar necklace.

Steal Ashley’s style with Glitzy Secrets’ stunning Sparkling Starlet Necklace.  This sparkling ornate designed collar necklace is priced at £55.00 and is adorned with a myriad of clear crystals.   The same design is also available with petite pearls.  (Starlet in Pearls Necklace is similarly priced at £55.00)

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Wedding Magazine’s Wedding Blog Awards 2014

May 8th, 2014

Let’s face it, for most brides-to-be, wedding blogs offer a wealth of daily big day inspiration.  At Glitzy Secret’s we love browsing the real-life weddings, scouring the expert hints and tips and sharing the wonderful wedding knowledge that these fabulous blogs bestow. Today Wedding Magazine is launching their second Wedding Blog Awards which will be held in association with The Savoy, London and we are sure you will agree the talents of these fabulous bloggers should not be overlooked.

This year’s stunning venue, the Savoy London | Some of last year’s jubilant winners

Nominations for this year’s Wedding Blog Awards are now open and categories include:

  • Best Bridal Style & Fashion
  • Best Real-Life Weddings
  • Best Big-Day Inspiration
  • Best Wedding DIY
  • Best Flowers
  • Best Alternative Blog
  • Best City Wedding Blog
  • Best International Wedding Blog
  • Best Bridal Newcomer
  • Best Designed Blog
  • Plus the Editor’s Choice Award as chosen by Wedding Magazine’s Acting Editor Claire Ridley.

It’s super easy to cast your vote for your favourite wedding blog. Simply go to Wedding and Wedding Flowers to nominate the wedding blog you feel should win. You can vote more than once if you want to nominate several in different categories too. Nominations close on 26th June and voting for the short-listed bloggers in each category will then open.

Why Your Votes Matter

Last year’s first ever Wedding Blog Awards was held at The Ritz London in October with a Hollywood Glamour dress code.  Bloggers donned some stunning gowns and glittering jewels to enjoy an evening hosted by Made in Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli.

The winners included well-known favourites through to smaller niche blogs and newcomers showing great potential.  And this is why your vote counts! Whether you adore the pretty posts from a quirky little blog or a recognised favourite, get voting today to say thank you to the blog that has taken you on a journey of inspiration in the lead up to your special day.

Highlights from last year’s successful event
A wonderful evening was had by all! | The dashing compere – Mark-Francis Vandelli

Congratulations to last year’s winners and the best of luck to everyone for this year’s prestigious awards.

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10 DIY Wedding Ideas to Decorate Your Venue

March 6th, 2014

Chosen your venue and your beautiful wedding gown?  Now it’s time to turn your attention to the smaller details of your special day. But what about your budget?  Does it seem like costs are running away with you and your wedding pot is disappearing faster than quicksand?  Decor details can seem like an expensive extravagance but it’s these little touches can really take your big day to show-stopping status.  Over the years, I’ve seen beautiful weddings created with a limited budget so I’ve put together my favourite top 10 DIY wedding ideas that will decorate your venue with classic style and have your guests asking who your wedding planner was.  Browse online or bag a bargain at your local charity shops or car boot sales and get crafty with my do-it-yourself wedding ideas your purse will love.

1. Teacup Candles: Georgia Pond | 2. Chair Decor: Marcie Meredith

Tea Party Perfection

Tables scattered with teacups and saucers create the perfect setting for a quintessential English tea party. Visit car boot fairs or online auction sites for lots of old vintage crockery or buy mismatched sets for charming vintage style. Double up on the uses of your décor detail and use your teacups as candle holders to create a pretty and charming ambience or fill random cups with scented rose petals or potpourri for a wedding reception with the most divine aroma. Accentuate your colour scheme with crockery in complementing hues or play up a wedding theme such as Gatsby Glamour with glossy black and gold geometric details.

Sensational Seating

Who would have thought a metre of chiffon secured with a ribbon tied bloom could look so beautiful? Adorning your chairs with fabric, ribbons or flowers is one of my favourite ways to transform your wedding reception and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Keep budget friendly by visiting markets for draping fabric such as chiffon, go for large flowers such as peonies or sunflowers so you only have to use a single stem and only decorate every other or even every third chair for less-is-more style.

3. Candles in Bottles: Sonya Khegay | 4. Hanging Flowers: Glass Jar Photography

The Romance of Candles

There is something especially romantic about candlelight and there are numerous ways to display them as part of your tablescape.  Collect old bottles, jars or even terracotta pots from friends and family and paint or decorate them to coordinate with your wedding theme.  Paint old bottles gold and decorate with sparkles for a glamorous wedding centrepiece or tie flowers around glass holders and place them around your guests’ tables for a rustic theme. For an Autumn wedding, move away from the Halloween tradition of hollowed out pumpkins and use fruit such as apples as tea light holders.

Hanging Blooms

You can let your imagination run wide with floral décor for outdoor Summer weddings.  Hanging blooms look particularly effective and can be hung from the branches of trees for a romantic setting for your wedding photos or from the inside of an outdoor marquee for a romantic setting for your wedding breakfast.  The blooms do not have to be extravagant, hang single stems of larger blooms or bunch together pretty blooms such as Sweet Peas which can easily be grown in large pots and cut the day before the wedding.  To cut costs further ask your green fingered family and friends if you can raid their gardens for pretty summer blooms.

5. Perfume Bottles: via Style Me Pretty by Whitney Rae Photography | 6. Bunting: Max and Friends

Vintage Vases

If you’re looking for DIY wedding ideas for a rustic or vintage themed wedding reception, I adore filling vintage bottles with pretty flowers.  From shabby chic vintage perfume bottles, old flip top pop bottles or even clear medicine bottles from yesteryear, there are so many shapes and sizes to choose from.  Bottles can be filled with delicate blooms to suit every budget whether a single stem or a handful of blooms.  For added effect, tint the water with food colourings in pastel shades to coordinate with your wedding theme.  Bottles can also be spray painted or decorated with jewels, pretty labels or other crafty adornments for a beautiful and unique look.

Pretty Bunting

Bunting has a vintage charm about it that conjures up memories of the local village fete or celebratory street parties for Royal Jubilees and Weddings.  A budget savvy wedding decoration that has an inexhaustible combination of colours, patterns, shapes and themes which can be tailored for a vintage, rustic, summer or spring wedding with ease.  Purchase fabric remnants from local markets or online and call upon friends and family for a girly night in cutting and sewing! Go for the traditional triangular shape or be a little more adventurous and tie ribbons or fabric lengths for a more tassled effect.

7. Tree Branches: Photo credit Kio Kreations | 8. Shabby Chic Setting: Dawn Wilkins Photography

Branching Out

Pop on your wellies and head for the woods!  A totally cheap and extremely effective centrepiece can be achieved by collecting fallen branches.  These can then be cleaned and left natural or painted to tie in with your wedding theme.  Once prepared, you can really get creative.  Make little tissue paper flowers and create Spring Blossom twigs or hang some little paper hearts or butterflies to the branches for a simple yet effective centrepiece.  If your budget allows, purchase small crystals to dangle and catch the light for a sparkling showpiece or look for old crystal chandeliers in thrift shops and utilise the droplets.

Shabby Chic Setting

Shabby chic is a popular choice amongst brides and the vintage touch can add that special element to your wedding décor.  Raid your older relatives lofts or car boot sales for vintage style suitcases to hold your wedding cards, pretty hat boxes from yester year can be adorned with flowers for a pretty centrepiece or a rustic ladder can be strewn with ribbons or bunting as a decorative reception feature.  You may be lucky enough to find an old style bicycle which can be painted and adorned with pretty flowers which can be picked from friends and families’ gardens.  Add a hand painted sign for an individual touch.

9. Photo Booth: Celine Chhuon Photography | 10. Gatsby Feathers: Linda Scannell Photography

Happy Snaps

Photo booths are on-trend at the moment and will provide some wonderful keepsake memories for you and your guests. Fun props such as hats, feather boas, glasses and masks could be purchased cheaply online or sought out at local charity shops. They could be themed for your wedding or just anything you think your guests will enjoy. If your budget allows, create a large frame for your guests to pose behind. Disposable cameras can be provided to capture the snaps and you can then have two sets of prints produced for both you and your family and friends to keep. A little thank you or personal message can be added to the prints for your special guests.

Gatsby Glamour

Following on from the success of The Great Gatsby which has put drop-waist gowns and Deco vintage style tiaras in the spotlight, many brides are searching for 1920s DIY wedding ideas for their Gatsby Glamour theme.  Gatsby style wedding décor can be achieved relatively cheaply with ostrich feathers in various colours available for as little as £1 for 5 on auction websites.  Place 3 or 5 in a tall glass vase and you have a very effective Roaring Twenties centrepiece for your wedding tables.  If you want to be more extravagant, add more plumes or add faux pearl beads draped amongst geometric designed menu cards for added flapper inspiration.

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Uber Bridal: New Wedding Shop in County Antrim Becomes Stockist of Glitzy Secrets

March 3rd, 2014

Glitzy Secrets is delighted to welcome Uber Bridal as a stockist of its vintage inspired wedding jewellery and wedding hair accessories.  A new bridal boutique in Carrickfergus, County Antrim stocking Sophia Tolli, San Patrick and Romantica, we were thrilled to introduce Uber Bridal to our Glitzy customers and are especially excited to be part of their new venture into the wedding market.  We would like to thank Ashley for taking the time out to chat with us.

What inspired you to open a bridal boutique?

It is something that has always been a dream of ours to do.  After a personal experience shopping for gowns, we found we were inspired to do this for ourselves.  It’s such an exciting environment to be involved in and a lot of fun coming into work every day.

Did you have any special surprises for your launch night?

The main surprise for us was the turn out and support that we received on the night.  The shop was packed out and the feedback was amazing – we couldn’t have asked for more.

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

We have all worked in retail/fashion for many years however this is our first venture into the bridal industry and we absolutely love it so far.

How did you choose the name Uber Bridal?

We wanted something different and quirky.  We played about with a lot of names, but this one just came about, stood out and stuck.

Tell us about the style of your boutique

Our boutique is split into two halves; the bridal room is elegant, classy, sophisticated and romantic, with soft colours and lots of open space.  It’s very relaxed and luxurious with key features like candles, flowers, fairy lights and a beautiful lace wallpaper.

The bridesmaids’ room is a complete contrast; its modern, edgy and unique.  Vivid colours and open space are key in here and the dresses are displayed on hanging mannequins to best show off their shape/design.

Which dress designers are you stocking?  Do you have a particular favourite and why?

Our bridal designers are San Patrick, Sophia Tolli, Romantica and True Bride.  We are torn between San Patrick and Sophia Tolli as the favourites;  Sophia Tolli are the epitome of style, class and romance with the most exquisite detailing, however San Patrick are quirky and daring but equally as stunning.

Our bridesmaids’ collections are by Sophia Tolli, True Maids, Jordan and Ebony Rose.  Jordan would be our favourite designer because once again they are that little bit quirky and different than the usual bridesmaid styles.  Their detailing and colours are beautiful.

Do you work on an appointment basis?  If so, how can brides make an appointment with Uber Bridal?

We do operate on an appointment only basis.  Brides can make an appointment by phoning the shop on 02893 038010, contacting us via our Uber Bridal Facebook page and email, or through the appointment link on the website.

How important is Customer Service to Uber Bridal?

Customer service is everything.  We strongly believe that this is the single most important part of the brides journey in preparation for her wedding and she should be made to feel special from the word go.  It is our aim to make a bride feel relaxed and comfortable in her surroundings – and with us.

What’s your favourite Glitzy Secrets design & why?

The whole Glitzy Secret’s range is stunning and its difficult to single out one piece.  We love the ‘Petals of Eternity Hair Flower’, its so delicate and pretty and seems to work well with both the vintage and classic look.  The ‘Floral Extravagance Bangle’ is bold and daring and stunning and the ‘Pearls of Drama Bracelet and Earrings’ are so simple and classy with a slight twist.  There is something for everyone.

10 DIY Wedding Favour Ideas for Budget Friendly Keepsakes

February 25th, 2014

Looking for fabulous favours that won’t cost the earth? We’ve put together our top 10 DIY wedding favour ideas which can be tailored to suit every big day budget. Unleash your imagination and personalise your gifts to create a talking point amongst your guests or choose a pretty keepsake to fit in with your wedding theme. Whether you’re giving a souvenir to be enjoyed on the day, something special to keep or favour tips for brides on a limited budget, get creative, get crafty with our do-it-yourself ideas for wedding favours your special guests will treasure as a reminder of your special day.

Musical Memories

Music plays a vital role at any wedding so why not save your favourite tunes for your guests.  Those treasured memories can then be replayed and guests can relive the happy memories of you gliding down the aisle and their first glimpse of your bridal gown, your first dance and even chosen tracks from your evening’s entertainment.  To save costs, burn your own CDs and personalise the covers with special photos of you and details of the wedding date and venue. You could even record the wedding speeches and relive those funny anecdotes for years to come.

A CD of Your Wedding MusicImage via The Wedding Chicks

Little Words of Wisdom

Love, wish, happy, forever – the list is endless.  Scrabble letters can be purchased relatively cheaply in bulk online and you can then make up your own words for guests.  Keep to four letter words if your budget is small or personalise the words for individual’s and make them smile on your special day.  Words can be wrapped in cellophane or, if your budget, allows purchase small tins to keep them safe.  Small magnets could also be stuck to the back of each letter and your guest’s will have a fridge magnet to remember you by!

Scrabble Letter Wedding FavoursImage via Project Wedding

Edible Delights

The list of edible delights to add to a jar is infinite.  If you are a whizz in the kitchen this can be a cheap and fun way of providing your guests with a token of your appreciation.  Mini jam jars can be purchased online and can be filled with mini cheesecakes, jam, marmalade, hand-made chocolates or mini cupcakes.  Print your own personalised labels with a message of thanks from the Bride and Groom and tie the top of the jar with a little ribbon as a finishing touch.  The contents of the jar can even be linked to your wedding theme or opt for ribbon in the same colour as your decor – perfect if you’re looking for coordinating wedding favour ideas.

Cheesecake Wedding Favour JarsImage via Ruffled

Seasonal Fruit

Especially apt for a Summer Wedding, seasonal fruit can be purchased relatively cheaply and make the most delicious, mouth-watering wedding favours.  For added savings pick your own and then fill small paper bags with strawberries, raspberries or cherries and add a little personalised label with a thank you message.  Guests could also be given a tissue wrapped individual piece of fruit such as a pear, peach or passion fruit.  Tie the colouring of the tissue paper into your wedding theme and add a humorous label such as “We make the Perfect Pear!”  A wonderful and colourful budget saving wedding favour which can be as simple or as elaborate as your budget allows.

Little Paper Bags of Fresh FruitImage via StyleMePretty

Paper Pinwheels

Pinwheels can be as funky or understated as you wish.  Available to buy in ready to make kits, there is an array or colours and designs to choose from.  You can even buy your own card and make your own by following details available from online craft websites.  With such a wide choice of colour and pattern ideas, you are sure to find a design to suit your wedding theme and you could even add a little handwritten personalised message to each of your pinwheel’s which are sure to bring added appreciation from your honoured guests.

DIY Pin Wheel Wedding FavoursImage via The Wedding Chicks

Personalised Cookies

Individually wrapped cookies can make perfect budget friendly homemade wedding favours.  Shapes and colours can be chosen depending on your wedding theme and personalised messages such as your names, the wedding date or a simply thank you can be added for your guests.  If baking is not your forte, ask a close friend or relative if they will bake the cookies for you.  You can then help to wrap and add a little decorative ribbon.  Small cellophane bags can be purchased cheaply online and your gift can then be kept fresh under it is ready to be enjoyed.

Homemade Heart Cookie Wedding FavoursImage via Closer To Love

Let the Love Grow

Seeds, bulbs, plants or saplings are fabulous DIY wedding favours.  You can buy large packets of seeds such as Forget-Me-Nots or Nigella (Love in a Mist) and split them into smaller envelopes or packets.  Peronalised rubber ink stamps can be purchased online and the packets could then be personalised with your wedding details or a little thank you message.  If you are a budding gardener, maybe you could grow some little cuttings and pot them up into pretty little pots for your guests.  Opt for flowers in the same shades as your wedding colour scheme such as the same hue as your bridesmaid dresses or wedding accessories. Alternatively, if your budget allows you could purchase tree saplings which your friends and family could plant and be reminded of your Special Day for years to come.

Potted Plant Wedding FavourImage via Intimate Weddings

The Perfect Match

A perfect momento of your Special Day has to be the Perfect Match.  As a budget friendly option, fill miniature jars with matches and attach a Perfect Match label with your names and wedding date.  Custom matchboxes can also be ordered online relatively cheaply in various colours to fit in with your theme and you can add your own personal details and messages to the packaging.  A wedding favour which will ensure that each time your guests use a match, memories of your glorious wedding day will be reignited!

Personalised Jars of MatchesImage via The Chic

It’s A Snap

If you’re looking for ideas for wedding favours with the personal touch, what could be better than photographs?! A miniature photo book is a fabulous way of giving your guests a special reminder of your bid day which they can treasure for years to come.  Printing costs will vary depending on the style you choose.  There are many online websites where you can upload images and create your own designs and you can adapt your choices according to your budget.  Unleash your photographic talents and personalise your images with funny or romantic shots.  You could even have photos where you and your partner hold up messages of thanks. A truly individual, personal favour which your guests are sure to love.

Photo Book Wedding Favour KeepsakeImage via Martha Stewart

A Sweet Tooth

Sweets are a fabulous option for colourful DIY wedding favours.  With numerous possibilities there is sure to be an option to suit your budget and your wedding theme.  The most economical option is to buy your sweets in bulk from wholesalers or a cash and carry and split them into personalised boxes, bags or tie them together in a pretty piece of fabric or handkerchief.  Shop around markets or online for fabric remnants which coordinate with your wedding theme and add hand-written personalised tags with off cuts of ribbon.

DIY Sweets in JarsImage via I Want That Wedding

Grammy Awards 2014 Style Steal: Designer Earrings for Less

January 30th, 2014

The 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday 26th January had us all buzzing in the Glitzy Secrets’ office.  It is a magical night when the music industry’s biggest stars hit the red carpet.  We love to see who is sparkling and this year saw a real metallic trend.  There were gowns from Gucci, Valentino, Lanvin and Emilio Pucci to name a few.  Accessories are also key to perfect stunning Grammy style and we were thrilled to see vintage style earrings making their mark.  We have included four of our favourite looks with our tips to steal their designer earrings for less!

Taylor Swift -

The 24-year-old multi nominated singer looked absolutely stunning in a long sleek silver metallic Gucci gown which she described as like “chain mail”.  Her shoes were Jimmy Choo ‘Mariah Ankle Strap Platform Sandals’ which, unfortunately, are no longer available to buy.  With such a crystal-embellished gown, Taylor kept her jewellery to a minimum with gorgeous silver drop earrings by Lorraine Schwarts and a pair of rings.

Steal Taylor’s style with Glitzy Secrets’ stunning Mademoiselle Earrings.  Priced at £19.00 these exquisite drop earrings are full of Silver Screen glamour from the 1940s featuring a large sparkling clear Austrian crystal set in silver tone.

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Katy Perry -

Katy was definitely the Master of Quick Change at this year’s Awards wearing no less than four outfits! She graced the red carpet in a stunning Valentino sheer blush gown which was covered in music notes.  The gown is not even available yet as it is currently opening the Valentino Spring 2014 show in Paris.  During the ceremony Katy let her long hair down and slipped into a couture gown by the fashion house, which was unveiled during its Spring 14 show last week. Her on stage outfit was a bizarre black crucifix- inspired dress and was followed by a red wine-coloured dress with a tutu skirt and a snake design wrapped around the waist.

We loved her dazzling baby blue backless gown with pearlesque shades of aquamarine which she wore to the Universal Music after show party.  With a low-cut neckline and halterneck tie, Katy kept her jewellery to a minimum with a beautiful pair of pear cut drop earrings.

Steal Katy’s style with Glitzy Secrets’ gorgeous Silver Screen Beauty Earrings.  Priced at £18.00 these stunning drop earrings could easily be mistaken for diamond designer earrings with a five digit price tag.

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Colbie Caillat

The 28-year-old singer nominated in the Best Song Written for Visual Media Category, wore a stunning statement red haute couture gown, created by Dubai designer Ezra Santos featuring red flower detail at the neck and chest with a sliver of opening across the front as well as a sophisticated sheer back.  Colbie chose Claude Morady 1930s drop vintage diamonds which looked stunning with her unique braided updo.

Steal Colbie’s style with Glitzy Secrets’ chic Deco Dream Earrings.  Priced at £24.00 these beautiful 1920s inspired drop earrings feature a sparkling crystal fan design.

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Kacey Musgraves -

The double Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves donned two outfits for the Awards.  She looked stunning as she graced the red carpet in a sophisticated pale nude ruffled floor-length Armani Prive dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and gorgeous Forevermark Diamond “The Center of My Universe” stud earrings.  For her centre stage performance, Kacey stole the show with her country girl style.  A fuschia pink bodice with plunging neckline covered in intricate beadwork and a short swingy deep purple skirt trimmed with gold tassels accessorised with pale blue light-up cowboy boots!

Steal Kacey’s red carpet style with Glitzy Secrets’ Eternally Timeless Earrings.  Priced at £19.00, these silver tone stud earrings feature a large central Austrian crystal surrounded by a myriad of petite sparkling crystals.

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Wedding Make-Up Tutorial – How To Achieve Classic Bridal Beauty

January 14th, 2014

We have been very busy behind the scenes preparing for the launch of our new 2014 collections.  Part of this process is, of course, our photo shoots where we love to feature our jewels in a bridal setting.  At our latest shoot, we had another opportunity to work with the multi-talented Make-Up Artist, Louise Bonci.  Louise specialises in fashion, photographic and bridal make-up as well as skin therapy. We asked Louise if she could share how she achieved our gorgeous model’s, Agne Motiejunaite, beautiful look to give you some tips for your wedding day make-up. All the products Louise mentions below are by Arbonne Cosmetics.

Step by Step to Beautiful Wedding Make-Up

Left: Skin cleansed & moisturised – Right: Steps 1 – 3

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Urban Photo Shoot in Brighton with Charlotte Garratt

December 5th, 2013

Earlier this year we were thrilled to be approached by Charlotte Garratt, the fabulous bridal designer, to feature our jewels in a photo shoot she was organising with Emma Gutteridge of Emma Lucy Photography, a very talented photographer based in Brighton.  Charlotte had the vision of a bridal fashion shoot in Brighton with an urban base and, we are sure you will agree, the results are fabulous.  We asked Charlotte to enlighten us a little on her inspiration for dress designs, the photo shoot and also about iconic brides.

What first inspired you to become a bespoke dress designer?
Ever since I was little I have always been drawn to fashion and dresses! My Grandmother made wedding dresses and was always creating outfits for me as a child. Once I created my first corset I knew I wanted to go into bridal wear, it just seemed a perfect fit!

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