Expert Tips

Expert Tips

Published: 01 Jun 2012 - in organising and planning
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We asked the UK’s leading suppliers and designers of cakes, flowers, headwear, déecor and bridal shoes for their top five tips on adding that touch of glamour to your big day.

Fabulous Flowers

Tips by Bex Morgan from Blush Floral Design

Fabulous flowers

•  Tip 1:

The glamorous 1920s are being revisited with beautiful art deco pieces; to re-create this sophisticated era, incorporate shades of white and silver using the same variety of flower within a single arrangement.

•  Tip 2:

Peonies provide elegance and glamour – and the peony ‘Bowl of Cream’ looks good enough to eat.

•  Tip 3:

White offers a classic, crisp feel; choose simple vases of different shapes and sizes, clustered together and filled with white hydrangeas, David Austin roses, peonies, white lilac and stocks.

•  Tip 4:

Simple accessorises add glamour; ask your florist to wire pearls into your bouquet, pin a brooch to the ribbon or look for vintage French lace to work into your design.

•  Tip 5:

Urns filled with masses of roses, peonies and hydrangeas spilling over the sides are stunning. They might be a little pricey, but utilise them throughout the day by moving them from the ceremony to your function room.

Show-stopping Shoes

Yona Armstrong from Crystal Couture

Show-stopping shoes

•  Tip 1:

Four inch ‘killer’ heels (or even higher) add glamour by giving you height and elongating your legs, showing off more of the dress - they’re especially handy if you have a tall groom.

•  Tip 2:

Use Swarovski crystals or other sparkly items to decorate your shoes.

•  Tip 3:

When using crystals, ensure you buy the best - quality makes a big difference. The better the crystal the more it shines and glimmers in the light.

•  Tip 4:

Choose sexy and sumptuous materials to decorate your shoes; from sexy feathers and fluff to elegant lace and crystal embellishments, there is a huge variety.

•  Tip 5:

Play with vibrant colours too. Purple, red, gold and pink are very popular, and some glamorous brides like to have shoes as their ‘something blue’.

Dazzling Décor

Jenny Aylett from Fleur de Lys.

Dazzling déecor

•  Tip 1:

Tall, silver candelabra look dramatic and don’t get in the way of your guests’ eye-line. If your venue isn’t candle friendly, battery-operated candles look fantastic.

•  Tip 2:

Candelabra are versatile and reasonably-priced so you can afford to add trailing ivy, pearls or crystals — or sprinkle rose petals around the bases.

•  Tip 3:

Vintage silver votives dotted around the candelabra mirror plates and/or around the venue (on mantelpieces, window ledges, tables and the bar) look beautiful all day and night.

•  Tip 4:

Silver hearts hanging on the backs of chairs or around the venue look gorgeous, as do lanterns dotted around pathways, steps, entrances, hallways or on the bar.

•  Tip 5:

Using decorations wisely around your venue before and after the wedding breakfast carries the theme through and saves on costs.

Heavenly Headwear

Lisa Longhurst from Lou Lou Belle Designs

Heavenly headwear

•  Tip 1:

Think outside the box by transforming a diamanté necklace into a Middle-Eastern-inspired headpiece; a unique twist on traditional glamour makes heads turn.

•  Tip 2:

Team a statement diamanté side tiara with simple, classic jewellery.

•  Tip 3:

A subtle way to tie bridesmaids into a theme is to treat them to simple hair pieces such as complimentary hair bands or pins, adding a touch of sparkle within a budget.

•  Tip 4:

Vintage is still a hot trend and you could use a service like Lou Lou Belle’s bespoke design service to transform an heirloom piece into a one-of-a-kind hair accessory.

•  Tip 5:

Your guests will be seated behind you for the majority of the ceremony, so the back of your hairstyle shouldn’t be overlooked; a glamorous hair comb will add that something special to an up-do.

Cake Couture

Melanie Chivers from the Daisy Chain Cake Company

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•  Tip 1:

Soft-flowing satin ribbon and a bow adorning one or all tiers of a wedding cake can complement the colour scheme of a wedding; glam it up with a pearl or diamanté brooch.

•  Tip 2:

Bands of gleaming diamanté, in single strands or multiples, make a statement; wrap them around the cake and/or the board.

•  Tip 3:

Sugar flowers make a beautiful, glamorous adornment to your wedding cake either in abundance, swathing the tiers, or just a few subtly placed roses or orchids. Swarovski crystal monograms on each tier make lovely keepsakes.

•  Tip 4:

Add vintage glamour with pearls - a perfect finishing touch. Scatter handcrafted, edible sugar pearls over the tiers or border each one with beautiful, real pearls.

•  Tip 5:

A cake reflecting the design of a wedding dress, with sugar lace, small flowers or satin swags, gives a glamorous overall effect, completing a theme perfectly.

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