Monday, 21 July 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses - Crochet

LeAnn Rimes' Crochet Wedding Brunch Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

Bear with me; I know that when most people think of crochet, granny blankets spring to mind. But crochet can actually be delicate and stylish and it can look great in a wedding dress, as shown by LeAnn Rimes' wedding brunch crochet dress. You can either go for a fully crocheted dress or select one with just a touch for a fun vibe.

Crochet was big in the seventies and a crochet wedding dress definitely provides this feel, so select a crochet dress if you want a retro, bohemian vibe.

I've found a range of cheap crochet wedding dresses that are ideal for your big day.


Vintage 60s Cotton Bohemian Crochet Lace Wedding Dress - Etsy


Cotton Crochet Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

This is a proper retro looking crochet wedding dress. The gown, from Kitsch Bitsch Vintage, is fully crocheted in a dark cream colour. It's cotton and stretchy, so will fit well. Plus, it comes with a free slip to go underneath so you don't have to flash that much flesh.

Cotton Crochet Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

It looks lovely with the flower crown and bouquet, go for a similar look at your wedding for a sixties feel.


Priced £262.65


Mollie Crochet Mesh Maxi Dress - Boohoo


Boohoo Crochet Maxi Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

This crochet maxi dress from Boohoo is only £30! It's the cheapest on the list and probably the cheapest of all of the Affordable Wedding Dresses that I've featured.

Boohoo Crochet Maxi Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

It's got just a subtle crochet detail on the chest and the mesh skirt, this gives it a summery, beach feel. In fact, it would be perfect for a beach or garden wedding.

Priced £30


Miss Evita Crochet Wedding Dress - Etsy


Miss Evita Crochet Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

This is an example of a glamorous crochet wedding dress. I love that this is a classic bridal silhouette and it's made more interesting with the crochet overlay. It's ideal for a bride who wants a touch of bohemian look but still wants a stylish wedding look.

£299.92


Miguelina Lilac Crochet Maxi Dress - Nieman Marcus


Miguelina Crochet Maxi Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

This all-over crochet maxi dress has a lovely texture and feel. It has a shorter slip underneath so, you get a long dress but you can also show off your legs.

Miguelina Crochet Maxi Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

The capped sleeves and boat neck are very flattering and provide a timeless silhouette while the crochet makes it quirky and fun.

Priced £370.98


Journey Bohemian Luxe Sheer Crochet Wedding Dress - Etsy


Bohemian Crochet Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

Another Etsy crochet wedding dress; Etsy is a really great place to find both handmade and vintage crochet clothes. This one is a light, all-over crochet that gives it an ethereal feel. I love the long sleeves and sweeping skirt.

Bohemian Crochet Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Crochet

It's got a sexy low back which gives it a modern touch.

Priced £599.23


That's all for this week, check back next Monday for more affordable wedding dresses.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Truly Vintage Wedding Fair


I've been meaning to post about this for a while as this was actually almost a month ago but work keeps getting in the way.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know about the great day I had at The Truly Vintage Wedding Fair at the beautiful wedding venue Glemham Hall on the 22nd June. I was there helping out my friend, paper-cutting artist Emma Daniels, as she was running paper-cutting workshops on the day. That was my excuse for being there, I was really there to browse the lovely wedding items and have a bit of a day dream.


The hall itself is lovely, I wrote a bit about it before when Emma and I went to scope the place out. It's the perfect setting for a wedding, as well as a wedding fair. While Emma held paper cutting workshops in the stunning dining room a string quartet played both classical and modern music.


Out in the grounds was the tent where all the exhibitors were. There were so many that I can't mention them all but here are a few of my favourites.

Myrtle & Mint for beautiful flowers

Amelie's Kitchen made stunning and delicious wedding cakes


Oh What a Lovely Wedding! for wedding styling

Blossom Me Darling for flowers and head pieces

And finally Alder Tree for the most delicious fruit ice cream ever


It was a lovely day and a lovely venue for a wedding.


Check out Glemham Hall and if you're getting married in the next couple of years then definitely visit the wedding fair next year.

Also, don't forget that Emma Daniels does personalised wedding stationary!



Monday, 14 July 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

Kate Moss Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

This week's affordable wedding dresses post isn't inspired by a certain era, rather a certain look; an ethereal look. It's quite hard to explain the term ethereal but I'm sure you all know what I mean. An ethereal wedding dress is usually light and floaty, like Kate Moss's wedding dress and often infused with a natural feel.

Kate Moss Bridesmaids - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

An ethereal bride will look like she's almost from another world; a celestial being.

You may think that this sort of look will cost a fortune, but I've found five beautiful dresses that not only make perfect ethereal wedding dresses, but are also affordable.


Ethereal Fairytale Dress - Free People


Free People Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

With a name like Ethereal Fairytale Dress you know that this is going to be ideal as an ethereal wedding dress. It features a short strappy slip with a full-length lace overlay with fluted sleeves.

Free People Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

It's definitely far away from a traditional look but it's ideal for a bride who wants an ethereal and laid-back feel. It would be particularly perfect for a beach wedding.

Priced £228


Celine Silk Chiffon Gown - Dreamers & Lovers


Celine Silk Chiffon Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

Floaty sleeves are a staple of the ethereal wedding dress look, and this Celine wedding dress definitely delivers.The gown is crafted from chiffon and satin and manages to be both bohemian and elegant.

Celine Silk Chiffon Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

The sleeves are the main feature and make the dress ideal for a woodland wedding with a lot of flowers.

Celine Silk Chiffon Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

I also love the V-neck and the empire waist detailing. It's very feminine and a little bit elvish.


Priced $1,105



Kate - Ruche Bridal Collection


Kate Ruche Bridal Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

I was going to include this Ruche wedding dress in last week's Medieval Affordable Wedding Dresses list, but in the end I decided it would suit this one a lot better. It's a very unusual wedding dress, both in cut and colour. It has a dark gold lining overlayed with white chiffon. This creates a dusty pinky-gold colour which is feminine and unusual.

Kate Ruche Bridal Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

The pretty dress is wonderfully floaty and can be worn off or on the shoulders. Personally I prefer the off the shoulder look. It makes it that much more special and unique.

Priced $248.99


Custom Hand-Embroidered Whimsical Wedding Criss-Cross Long Dress - Etsy


Criss-Cross Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

This lovely wedding dress from Madabby on Etsy is weird and wonderful. It's a beautiful soft off-white dress made with criss-crossed lace and tulle. It creates a unique gown with a tight fitting bodice and a floaty skirt.

Criss-Cross Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

It also has beautiful floral embroidery which gives it a lovely finishing touch.


Priced £178.77


Emily Dress - Minna


Emily Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

Short wedding dresses can provide an ethereal look too. The Emily dress from Minna is short and sweet. It is made from Scottish lace and silk Georgette and has flower embellishments on the skirt.

Emily Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Ethereal

It's a simple sleeveless dress but the material and the details make it extra-special. I love the way it's styled with a large flower belt and a floral crown.

Priced £530


That's all for this week folks. Check back next Monday for more affordable wedding dresses.







Friday, 11 July 2014

Books About Town

Book Bench - The Librarian, Author: Terry Pratchett
The Librarian, Author: Terry Pratchett

If you're in London then you've probably already seen the amazing new book benches that are up for the summer. I haven't ventured out of the sticks recently so haven't seen them myself but I love all the designs and I particularly love the idea behind them; to celebrate Britain's works of literature and promote reading.

There are 50 benches in all and they have been created by Wild in Art in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and a lot of talented artists. You can find out more about them on the Books About Town website.

Here are a few of my favourite benches.

Book Bench - Dr Seuss: Author: Dr Theodor Seuss Geisel
Dr Seuss: Author: Dr Theodor Seuss Geisel

Book Bench - Earnest, Author: Oscar Wilde
Earnest, Author: Oscar Wilde

Book Bench - Elmer the Elephant, Author: David McKee
Elmer the Elephant, Author: David McKee

Book Bench - Great Expectations, Author: Charles Dickens
Great Expectations, Author: Charles Dickens

Book Bench - Sherlock Holmes Stories, Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes Stories, Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Bench - The Canterbury Tales, Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales, Author: Geoffrey Chaucer


Book Bench - The Lion, the With and the Wardrobe, Author: C. S. Lewis
The Lion, the With and the Wardrobe, Author: C. S. Lewis

Monday, 7 July 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

First Knight Wedding - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

From Guinevere to Maid Marion, the medieval theme is ideal for a wedding. A medieval wedding dress combines the two looks that brides are most often after; ethereal and elegant.

Medieval dresses most usually feature long, flowing sleeves, a fitted bodice and loose skirts. They vary from very simple to overly elaborate and anywhere in between. You can then add a circlet of something in your hair, like Julia Ormond in First Knight, to complete the look.

You can either go all out with the medieval theme or just have a touch of it in your dress, such as long sleeves. Either way, medieval wedding dresses are beautiful and, best of all, also affordable. I've selected five lovely medieval style wedding dresses that are cheap yet great quality.


Mara Medieval Wedding Dress - Etsy


Mara Renaissance Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

This Renaissance Gown from Etsy seller FrockFollies is ideal for a bride who wants to do the medieval theme properly (not sure why the groom in the picture is in a Victorian get up though). FrockFollies are specialists in medieval and period dresses and this one is a great example of the attention to detail. It's made out of ivory crushed velvet and features red trimming.

Mara Renaissance Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

The back detail is lovely with the lace fastenings. Unbelievably, this dress is under £200!
Little tip; this is best worn for winter weddings, you're likely to boil in it in the summer.

£179.22


Margot Bridal Dress - Monsoon


Monsoon Margot Bridal Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

This Margot wedding dress provides a nod to the medieval era in a modern wedding dress. It's a very simple and elegant gown with long sleeves and a pretty detailed waist tie.

Monsoon Margot Bridal Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

It's got a very clean, minimal look but the lovely sleeves and floating material provide it with an ethereal feel.

Priced £229


Mystic Gown - Free People


Free People Mystic Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

With a name like Mystic Gown you know this dress is going to provide a ethereal look. While it's not a full on medieval gown it has medieval features, such as the cut and the fluting sleeves. It's got a lovely natural feel; ideal for a woodland wedding.

Free People Mystic Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

The detailing is subtle but so pretty. A beautiful dress with a whimsical feel.

Priced £500


Lady Gwen Gown - Etsy


Lady Gwen Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

This beautiful handmade wedding dress features everything that one looks for in a medieval wedding dress; epic sleeves, a laced bodice and flowing skirts. It's ideal for someone who wants to have a medieval or fantasy wedding.

Lady Gwen Gown - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

It's very feminines and perfect for fulfilling all your woodland wedding fantasies.
Romantic Threads craft gowns based on several eras throughout history as well as Steampunk gowns.


Priced £314.01



Holly Lace Dress - Dreamers and Lovers


Holly Lace Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

This crochet wedding gown combines a medieval silhouette with a bohemian, seventies look. The long, fluted sleeves are the real focus and they work well with the off the shoulder cut.

Holly Lace Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Medieval

This dress is ideal for a laid-back wedding. Wear it with flowers in your hair.

Priced $680

That's all folks.

Have a happy Monday.



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Clara Bow - Domestic Sluttery

Clara Bow

Check out this great blog post about silent movie actress Clara Bow over on Domestic Sluttery. It's part of their Excellent Women series and provides a glimpse of the amazing woman she was; a great actress and ahead of her time in her views and lifestyle.


Monday, 30 June 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

Winona Ryder in the Age of Innocence - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

This week's affordable wedding dresses post is based on Victorian style. Victorian wedding dresses have always been a niche wedding style, but now they are becoming more mainstream. With films and television shows like Sherlock Holmes and Ripper Street coming out, Victorian style is coming into the mainstream.

Rachel McAdams in Sherlock Holmes - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

MyAnna Buring in Ripper Street - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

And why not? It's a feminine style of dress, fitted and luxurious, just like Winona Ryder in The Age of Innocence. You can also go crazy with ruffles and bustles if you want to.

I've got four lovely Victorian-style wedding dresses that are cheap and cheerful. Check them out.


Ann Marie Dress - June's Uniquely Yours


Ann Marie Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

This isn't the best picture but it's the only one they have. You can clearly see though that this Victorian-style handmade wedding dress is beautiful. It's crafted from lace and features a high neck and train. It's made by June's Uniquely Yours in America which is a company that crafts a lot of period wedding dresses.

Priced $600


Steampunk Wedding Dress - Etsy


Steampunk Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

This one is actually fairly pricey for my list, but it's still pretty damn good for a wedding dress. I also had to include it as this wedding dress features everything you want from a Victorian gown, including a corset and a great big bustle.

Steampunk Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

You'd look pretty damn amazing walking down the aisle in this.

Priced £783.70


Black and White Long Sleeves Gothic Wedding Dress - Devil Inspired


Gothic Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

This is a pretty amazing and Gothic Victorian-style wedding dress. I've featured black wedding dresses before but not one with a Victorian spin. I love the fitted corset body and the high neck and shoulders. It contrasts with the full skirt beautifully. It's ideal for a dramatic and Gothic wedding day.

Priced £199


Victorian Wedding Dress - Etsy


Victorian Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

I love this lace wedding dress because it has a Victorian feel but is not as dramatic as some other. It's ideal if you want a wedding dress with a Victorian look but don't go in for all the bustles.

Victorian Wedding Dress - Affordable Wedding Dresses: Victorian

It's got a classic style with simple lace and a sleek fitted look and flattering empire waist.


Priced £216.42


That's all folks.