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Supplier Spotlight: Whichgoose Flower Crowns

If you loved the look of bridesmaids in flower crowns that we shared last week, but don’t necessarily want to work with fresh flowers, then you’ll love today’s supplier spotlight. Of course, these lil’ beauties are great for brides too, or for festivals, or for parties, or just for sitting around watching Suits and feeling pretty. Whichgoose is a fab Etsy store with all kinds of little treasures, most notably for me the collection of hairpieces and crowns. They ship internationally from the US, which means that South African brides can get orders within about 2-3 weeks, so be sure to build that in to your order time. Let’s take a look, shall we? Just click on any of the images below to be taken to the item listing on Etsy. Read more

High Fashion Bridesmaid Looks for Less

As I flip through the many many wedding blogs and Pinterest accounts and Instagrams (and and and) that I see all day, one thing that always catches my eye is a stylish group of bridesmaids. Admittedly, going fashionable does mean you might be giggling over your choices in ten years, but on the day, your ladies will feel like a million bucks. After all, who doesn’t want to look super haute? Here’s the good news: you don’t need to spend an absolute fortune, with a bit of creativity about both where you shop and what you choose. For example, high street fave Topshop is hardly known for its bridesmaid dresses, but today I’ve rounded up eight lovely gowns under £100 that would work beautifully for a stylish bridal party, along with real wedding, bouquet and beautiful stationery inspiration. High street, high fashion, not-so-high-price. Win.

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Bridesmaid Boutique: White Lace Boho Bridesmaid Dresses

We’re back to boho this afternoon, and while of course there’s no rules about what you choose for your bohemian retinue, my favourite look at the moment has to be white lace or crochet dresses. They just look so pretty! Whether mismatched or all the same, all you need to add is a flower crown and some pretty sandals, and you have the most amazing laid-back look for your ladies. So today I’ve rounded up some pretty inspiration for ya, alongside ten gorgeous dresses. You’ll find even more shopping options on our Bridesmaid Boutique Pinterest board, which is regularly updated with new gowns.

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Coast Bridesmaid Stylebook

With the Oscars happening as I type this, it’s the time of the year when gorgeous red carpet fashion is on everyone’s minds. I like to think of weddings as a chance for brides and bridesmaids to have a little red carpet moment of their own – after all, it isn’t every day you get your hair and makeup done! And I couldn’t help but think, when I saw Coast‘s newest selection of wedding-worthy gowns, that they’d be well at home at a glamorous gala, especially since they incorporate all of my favourite current trends. From sparkle to cutouts, skirts and tops to sweet pastels, lace to two-tone, it’s all here. Not all the dresses in the new Coast Bridesmaid Stylebook are online just yet, but be sure to check out their website for the latest news and links or click on any of the images below to go directly to the product page. But be quick! I have a feeling these will get snapped up. Read more

Bridesmaid Boutique: Red Hot Bridesmaid Dresses

It’s Valentine’s week! And that means we’re covering everything red, pink or heartshaped, with a stylish wedding twist, so this afternoon I’m rounding up some of my favourite red bridesmaid dresses. Now I’ll admit, red as a wedding colour is something I have a love/hate relationship with, and not all shades of red suit all people, but with these dresses, I am fast becoming a convert. They’re chic, they’re a little bit sexy, and will leave your girls feeling red hot and gorgeous. As always, you’ll find all of these (and lots of new) bridesmaid dress finds over on the  Bridesmaid Boutique Pinterest board.

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To see more red colour inspiration, click here.

Image credits: 1- Benjamin & Elise via Chic Vintage Brides; 2- The McCartneys Photography/Evenement Planning/Bella Bridesmaid via Style Me Pretty; 3- Lauren Kriedemann/Carla Zampatti on SouthBound Bride

Note: Dresses may include affiliate links.

 

APRIL LOOK Spring/Summer 2015

Most of the fashion we showcase here on SBB is for the ladies, but we love our grooms to feel stylish and special just as much as the ladies! And just like with bridal, groom’s accessories can really be in the detail. The perfect shade or texture or style can turn a plain ol’ suit into something wow. That’s where APRIL LOOK comes in, a fab men’s accessories line that can be found on Etsy. Their range is simple and classic: bowties, neckties, pocket squares and bandanas. Each item is made by hand from high quality natural fabrics, and are presented in elegant packaging with binding instructions on the back. One of my favourite things about the brand is that, in addition to a general range of patterns and colours, twice a year they release a special collection in gorgeous, contemporary colours. We were so inspired by the four colours used for the brand new S/S15 collection that we just had to include some gorgeous images to represent the kind of wedding each brought to mind. Enjoy!

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Bridesmaid Boutique: Sheer Illusion Bridesmaid Dresses

I must tell you guys, I’m loving putting these little bridesmaid dress posts together each week – hey, any excuse for window shopping, right? But I think this is the week I’ve been most tempted to pull out my credit card and fill my wardrobe up with the prettiness I’ve sourced, because I absolutely LOVE the look of an illusion neckline. This is a style that’s taken brides by storm, and now bridesmaids are getting in on the act. Which, as far as I’m concerned, is awesome. In fact, the only downside is picking your favourite! Be sure to find these and other gorgeous dresses on the SBB Bridesmaid Boutique Pinterest board, which we’re keeping updated with current dresses from a variety of shops and shipping destinations.

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For more illusion bridesmaid dress inspiration, see our special feature. And don’t forget this illusion lace wedding dress roundup for the brides!

Image credits (top to bottom): 1- Spencer Photography via Bridal Musings; 2- WhiteRunway via Modern Wedding; 3- Laura Jansen Photography/Forever New on SouthBound Bride 

 

SBB Visits The Alphen Hotel

Ladies, 2015 is the year for boutique weddings, and if that is what you’re after, we have the most perfect venue for you! On behalf of SBB, I was invited to share in experiencing the magic of the Alphen Boutique Hotel, and was left in awe.

This gem of a hotel is tucked away in the beautiful leafy suburb of Constantia, and you are immediately transported away from the humdrum of daily life as you drive through the entrance. We were greeted by the lovely Nadia, from Greater Than Events, Rosalie Greener, the charming Events Coordinator at the Alphen, and Angela Lorimer, the Sales & Marketing Manager, who were all so warm and welcoming, I felt as if I had known them forever. (Definitely a good sign for people with whom you will be planning one of the most important days of your life!) Read more

Gatsby Glam Bridesmaid Dresses from Frock and Frill

A little while back, I wrote a post on Gatsby-style bridesmaid dresses, thinking it might interest a few people, but holy moly, it went on to be one of our most viewed posts of all time (and still is). Clearly the embellished flapper look is one that brides have fallen in love with, and who could blame you, because wow, these dresses are gorgeous and even better, they’re so much easier to find on the high street (or in the mall!) these days. You don’t even have to be having a 1920s or Art Deco wedding for these to make sense – they’re pretty enough to work with any elegant wedding style. (Although I do love a Gatsby wedding. After all, a little party never hurt nobody, right?) I recently became familiar with a UK brand that is taking this look to the next level, Frock and Frill. This label carries a wide range of flapper style dresses in a range of colours – all knock-me-down gorgeous – that would not only work for a bridal party but actually could work for a laid-back bride as well, or as a reception dress. I’m in love with the beaded embellishments, the flattering cuts, and the range of colours, so I’ve just had to dedicate today’s post to my Top 10 wedding-appropriate Frock and Frill dresses. Good luck picking a favourite – they’re all GORGEOUS! (Oh, and PS: You can also find all of them on our Bridesmaid Boutique board over on Pinterest!)

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Bridesmaid Boutique: Little Black Bridesmaid Dresses

Black bridesmaid dresses are one of those things I get asked my opinion on A LOT. I’ll tell you, people love ‘em or hate ‘em. But just like I don’t feel like brides have to wear a white dress, I don’t see why bridesmaids shouldn’t rock a little black dress. Especially since I have seen many weddings get this look just right, and not only do the girls look amazing, they also have the best chance of actually wearing their BM dresses again – come on, you know it’s true! So this week in our Bridesmaid Boutique post, we’re looking at some of our favourite LBDs, at a range of price points (and from US, UK and South African sources), each with the kind of texture, detail or just plain style that makes a bridal party look wow. And don’t forget, each of these dresses is included on our new Bridesmaid Boutique Pinterest board, which is regularly updated with new dresses. Yay for the little black dress!

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To see more glittery bridesmaid dress inspiration, see here.

Image credits: Fiona Clair on SBB