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Top Bridal Accessories (plus an announcement!)

Jessica Holmes

Okay, so you can breathe a sigh of relief – you have your dress! But don’t settle in and think you’ve sorted all the important things for your big day, it’s time to find your accessories (and, you know, catering, venue, flowers, etc. but really, what does that compare to the dress?!).

I was one of those fools who left it late, and I didn’t even have a garter when it came to the day itself. Admittedly, I was making everything and was in the middle of 6 other bespoke commissions too, but I do wish I had made the time.

It was actually one of these clients that swayed me to at least have a veil. Her words of wisdom stuck with me – “what other day in your life would you get to wear a veil?” – and I thought, you’re right, it’s hardly an everyday opportunity, I need to make the most of it!

Whether you choose to veil or not to veil, don’t forget to think about any other headpieces, belts, lingerie, jewellery and of course shoes! Your first stop for beautiful lingerie should certainly be Rose Fulbright. Her stunning silk creations will keep you in comfort and style all through the day and the night!

You may decide to splurge on your shoes and buy something you can wear again (are those Louboutins I hear calling to you?) but if you want something exquisite and very bridal, you can’t go wrong with Freya Rose. Her designs are the perfect finishing touch to your big day.

In recompense for my lack of planning with my own wedding day accessories I am now designing a range for Wold Couture to make up for it! Watch this space for delicate veils, garters and more, all inspired by the beauty found in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Wedding Wednesday #9

Jessica Holmes

To veil or not to veil? It’s an important question to ask yourself before the big day. Personally I was fairly sure I would abstain as it just didn’t really appeal. But then one of my brides said something to change my mind: when else in your life do you get to wear a veil?!

Once she had uttered those words there was no going back – how could I possibly miss out on wearing something so iconic by choice? Despite this I didn’t exactly opt for the traditional. As my dress was made with polka-dot tulle it seemed only right that my veil should follow suit. I also opted for the full-chapel length (longer than the train on my dress!) though wore it off my face throughout.

Even though my veil was a little unorthodox I still felt classic and timeless – like a proper bride. If you’re struggling to decide whether to wear a veil or not just remember there are many options out there, so try them all before opt out – this is your only chance after all. However, all I have said regarding 'one and only' opportunities has made me want to fight against that norm, so here I am today wearing a more traditional veil as I work in the studio! And I must say, I think it goes rather nicely with my outfit - no?

DIY Wedding Flowers

Jessica Holmes

DIY weddings are all the rage these days, but it can be a little daunting to think of all the many things that could be done yourselves! Making your own bouquets, floral arrangements etc. is a great way to save money and all you need to put in is a little time and creativity (and preferably the help of a few willing friends!).

If you are intent on having your flowers look a certain way then I'd give DIY flowers a miss, however, as you have to put them together quite close to the big day and you don't need the stress if everything doesn't go quite to plan!

Buy your flowers at most two days before your wedding (you can put them together that day but preferably the day before the wedding to avoid wilting). Flower markets are fantastic for saving money as long as you can be flexible with the exact flower choice. Choose sturdy stemmed blooms and three or four colours to create a cohesive look.

If there is a certain flower you are desperate for (my groom was just HAD to have yellow Proteas for the buttonholes) then order these in advance at a florist to avoid disappointment. Florists are also great to pop to after you have purchased your main haul from the market as you can add in any extras you haven't found (greenery etc.).

If you're fashioning some flower crowns then make sure you have got florists wire in advance and floral tape is a must whatever you intend to create. Practise in advance if possible as getting the hang of crowns and bouquets can take a few tries, but I promise it does get easier!

Finally make sure your flowers are sat in water both before you style them and after. Have your ribbon or string for the stems ready to go (this covers the floral tape holding it all together) and make sure you enjoy the process!

All photographs bar the first courtesy of Photography 34.