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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.

© Broadimage | Rex

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.

© Startraks Photo | Rex

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.

© Startraks Photo | Rex

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.

© Jim Smeal | BEI | Rex

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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Introducing our new stockist Miss Darcey Bridal Boutique

December 3rd, 2013

We always get very excited when we have a new stockist onboard especially when they are as enthusiastic as us about providing fabulous service and products to brides to be.  At the end of October we were thrilled to accept Miss Darcey Bridal Boutique as a stockist of Glitzy Secrets accessories and are delighted to feature them in the first of our new blog features introducing our fabulous stockists.  Miss Darcey Bridal is located in Bridgend and we would like to thank owner Danielle for taking the time to answer the following questions:

What inspired you to open a bridal boutique?
Believe it or not, until the end of March I was an ICT and Business Studies Teacher. I loved my job and absolutely adored the pupils at my school but after having my daughter Darcey two years ago I was looking to do something where I was completely in control and only had myself to answer to. I thoroughly enjoyed planning and organising my own wedding and have had input in one way or another to the last seven weddings I have attended in the last year (yes seven weddings in one year). Whether it be helping with the general running of the wedding, making the cake, doing the brides hair, doing the bridesmaids hair, making buttonholes and bouquets, making videos or writing poems, I have found that I have a general passion for weddings and love everything and anything to do with them. We live in a fabulous little area in South Wales and just decided to look into opening a bridal shop. Before I knew it research turned into reality and here I am.

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Lyndsey & Colin’s Wedding by Tandem Photo

November 22nd, 2013

For those of you who have been following our recently launched Real Weddings blog posts, you’ll know just how much we love to feature beautiful photographs of real brides wearing our wedding accessories. Today, we are thrilled to share with you some amazing photographs of Lyndsey and Colin’s special day captured by Tandem Photo. We adore Lyndsey’s classic bridal style and we’re delighted to share their beautiful wedding with you.

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Melanie and Tom’s Wedding by Chris Giles Photography

November 6th, 2013

We love to feature the talents of amazing photographers on our blog and when they have photographed real brides adorning our accessories we are doubly excited! Today, we’re thrilled to share with you the beautiful wedding day of Melanie and Tom photographed by the super-talented Chris Giles.

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Vintage Wedding Hairstyles by Lola Bridal

October 2nd, 2013

Our lovely stockist, Lola Bridal, was as excited as us when we shared the exciting news that several of our designs are appearing in the new series of Downton Abbey. Fans of the Roaring Twenties, the ladies at Lola decided to hold a photo shoot at their boutique using a selection of our 1920s inspired wedding headpieces. Teaming up with hairstylist Debbie from Jungle Red Salons and John Chapman Photography, it was ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ for the talented team as they set about creating inspiring looks for brides-to-be.

Here’s a sneak preview from the photo shoot but watch this space as Debbie from Jungle Red Salons will be telling us how to create seven pretty bridal hairstyles.

Glitzy Secrets fabulous Darling of the Twenties Forehead Piece and Deco Extravagance Tiara

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