Bright and Colourful Tropical Wedding Styling

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Well, summer hasn’t really materialised, has it? The odd day of warm summer sun has left me longing for hotter climes, so I hope these bright, colourful, tropical wedding styling ideas make you feel warm and sunny inside.

This summer-inspired wedding shoot has a really fun vibe. The styling team created the most fabulous tablescape using vibrant flowers, glassware and crockery. Bright pink, blue, yellow and green make the table look so inviting. I love the use of palm leaves throughout, and they look great suspended in the windows.

Bride with colourful bouquet standing next to wedding table with tropical styling

Of course, any tropical styling should include pineapples, right? Gold pineapples feature as part of the tablescape, and also on top of the fabulous wedding cake with hand-painted palm leaf detail. The bouquet and flowers bring everything in this shoot to life – the look is so vibrant.

Big thanks to photographer Shot by Angel for capturing these tropical, fun wedding ideas. Please can we have a summer now?

Tropical Flare

“We wanted to create a wedding scene with tropical flare, so we incorporated a unique line of jewellery, pops of colour and a wonderfully summer-inspired table setting.

“The venue was ideal. It featured a beautiful wooden deck with bright, white walls and a Koi pond – adding to that destination wedding feel.”

Bride with pink flower in her hair

Fresh flower anklet

Bride with bright pink flower in her hair

Bride wearing Robyn Roberts wedding gown

Fresh flowers in bride's hair Back of bride's Robyn Roberts wedding gown

Bride with hand in pocket

Bride holding yellow bouquet

Ring on bride's finger Bride's round earrings

Bride's colourful ring and necklace

Bride holding tropical styled wedding save the date Bride holding tropical styled wedding invitation

Bride holding tropical styled wedding order of the day Bride holding tropical styled wedding menu

Tropical Fruits and Palm Trees

“Summer is our favourite time to soak up the sunshine and enjoy good times with friends and loved ones. We took inspiration from succulent, tropical fruits, palm trees swaying in the wind and a colour palette resembling a beach sunset.

“Layered with textures and colour, the flowers reminded us of tropical getaways with lush flora. We included accents of wood with our seating and table setting to create the feeling of a beachside gem. We also incorporated some delicate jewellery designs to complement the soft, flowing wedding dresses.”

Bright, colourful tropical styled wedding table

Bride sitting next to wedding table

Bright and colourful wedding table flowers

Wedding menu on bright blue plate

Wedding table flowers and pink grapefruit

Wedding name place card

Tropical wedding table number

Bright orange flowers and fruit on wedding table Blue and yellow coloured glasses

Tropical styled wedding table with palm leaves backdrop

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Gold pineapple on wedding table Gold votive on wedding table

Bright and colourful tropical wedding table styling

Bride twirling in wedding gown

Robyn Roberts wedding gown with gold detail

Pops of Colour

“We loved putting this look together and felt that adding fruits in the tablescape was a unique way of incorporating pops of colour, transforming it into a tropical setting. Palm leaves are so in style at the moment, and we found that we only needed a few to create a luscious backdrop of greenery.

“From the cake to the stationery, we managed to create a vision of summer days spent celebrating with loved ones.”

Tropical ice lollies

Tropical themed wedding cake

Palm leaves detail on tropical wedding cake

Tropical wedding cake topper Tropical fruit in blue bowl

Bride looking down at colourful shoes

Rings on bride's fingers Braided updo bridal hairstyle

Bride holding bright and colourful wedding bouquet

Detail on bride's dress

Bright and colourful bridal bouquet

Photography: Shot by Angel

Shoot Location: Bon Amis, Cape Town, South Africa

Styling: Bells and Whistles Wedding and Events Planner

Dresses: Robyn Roberts Bridal Studio

Flowers: Mabel M Florals

Furniture Hire: Urban Tonic

Stationery: Pretty in Stains

Cake: Sweetarts

Linen: Rosy’s Decor Hire

Jewellery: WHY Jewellery

Make-Up and Hair: LA Makeup Artistry

Model: Cassandra Brougham-Cook

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Is This the Real Cost of Cheap Wedding Dresses?

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It’s a sad day when you hear of any retail business close its doors for good. The shock news of Alfred Angelo, a global wedding brand, and Benjamin Roberts closing has left many retailers questioning what’s going on. Every retailer in the UK is under pressure from a shift on spending in-store to online, and that goes for bridal too. The retail landscape is shifting, but not necessarily in the right direction.

Who would have thought you could replace the experience of buying the most expensive, important and treasured dress of your life, that evokes feelings of joy and happiness, with a cold, online transaction. Who would have thought that going to a mass manufacturer with huge outlets across the UK, where you buy a dress off the peg, without fittings, consultations or advice, would replace the experience of a bridal shop advising and indulging you?

8507 from the Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage Bridal 2014 Collection
8507 – Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage Bridal 2014 Collection

Cheap Not Always Cheerful

But sadly, for some girls these cheap wedding dress options are attractive. If you have never done this before you could be excused for not knowing your designer wedding dress to your copied mass manufactured dress. But, not wanting to sound like a total dress snob, you really do get what you pay for.

Each week I have so many calls asking us to help brides ‘fix’ a wedding dress they bought online. Usually it either doesn’t fit them, the colour is wrong, it’s too short or just plain weird. We have girls crying down the phone to us, but sadly not one bridal retailer in the land would take on such a challenge. If it’s not cut right on the cutting table it will never fit properly at the fittings.

Girls are flocking to buy dresses like this, and online copies are eroding the very heart of the wedding dress industry. Labels at the lower end of the market place are becoming more and more vulnerable and finding it impossible to compete.

2602 from the Benjamin Roberts 2016 Bridal Collection
2602 – Benjamin Roberts 2016 Bridal Collection

Alfred Angelo and Benjamin Roberts sold gorgeous dresses at the lower price end of the market. They had strict quality control in place, sold only though good retailers, and were highly regarded in the industry. Yet now, they are no more.

Key Questions

My advice is to ask the questions below of any shop you intend to buy your wedding dress from. This will reassure you that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of brilliant independent retailers and suppliers alike you can rely on.

  1. Are you a member of a trade association that will protect my dress if I buy from you?
  2. Do you offer an in-house alterations service to fit my dress?
  3. Will you store and deliver my dress in time for my wedding?
  4. Will my dress be a new dress, ordered in my size, just for me?
  5. How long have you worked with your suppliers?

These same questions apply if you choose to buy online, and remember, if it looks too good to be true… IT IS. If they can’t answer these questions, walk away.

Guest post by Ellie Sanderson

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Outdoor Activities for Your Hen Weekend

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Forget cocktails in a dimly-lit bar and male strip shows (they’re for later…), and embrace the great outdoors on your hen weekend. The ‘typical’ hen party is no longer a drink, dance and pizza in the early hours. It’s a chance to take part in once-in-a-lifetime activities – guaranteed to provide you with plenty of likes for Instagram. Lauren of Last Night of Freedom has rounded up the best outdoor activities for the ultimate hen weekend.

British Airways i360 Champagne Flight, Brighton

Brighton’s British Airways i360 is the newest and most exciting building on the town’s skyline.

British Airways i360 in Brighton

This is the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and created by the same architects who designed our beloved London Eye. For those in the hen group with a strong stomach for heights, this glass capsule – 10 times the size of a pod on the Eye – will take you 450ft into the air, for stunning and unparalleled 360° views of Brighton.

It glides very slowly up the pole and has room for 175 visitors, along with a bar in the centre of the pod, licensed to serve all day and during the evening. Wine and views… bliss.

Water Wipeout, Bournemouth

This hugely popular activity is as challenging as it is hilarious, particularly after the bride-to-be takes a dunking.

Water Wipeout Hen Weekend Activity in Bournemouth

Our Water Wipeout outdoor hen weekend activity is for the brave and strong… and those who don’t mind getting wet. Reminiscent of Takeshi’s Castle, but set entirely on water, you’ll spend a couple of hours conquering two different lakes.

The ‘Action Loop’, located on the Castle Lake overlooking Corfe Castle, consists of 70 metres of inflatable obstacles and difficult crossings over the water. Your second destination, Woodland Lake, features several similar and exhilarating games. Action Tower, Gladiator Rings and Commando Rope will see you soaring above the water on trampolines and the like, ready for a well-deserved cocktail afterwards.

Geordie Games, Newcastle

You’ve a lot to thank us Geordies for; Ant and Dec, Byker Grove, Sting, and even Greggs. We can now add another string to that already impressive bow, with the creation of Geordie Games.

Geordie Games Outdoor Hen Ativity in Newcastle

Celebrating all things Newcastle, you’ll be ganning pure radge on various games. These belta games include Geordie Ale Run, Kebab Shop Duel (no further information required), On Ya Bike (attempt to knock the hens over on a bike) and Geet Massive Sumo Marras (fighting in sumo suits). That’s not to mention the Geordie Racing Walking Tubes (run whilst strapped to a giant tube), Sling Ya Hook (literally), Learn Yerself Geordie (Battleship-esque game using Geordie words as ships) and Ganna Get Clarty (Mastermind on ya lad). You’ll be a fluent Geordie by the end of your hen party.

Helicopter Tour, Barcelona

There’s no outdoor hen weekend activity more glamorous than a helicopter ride over beautiful Barcelona.

Barcelona

Sightsee in the most exclusive way possible and tour the city centre and Montserrat from above. You’ll spot the legendary La Rambla during your 35 minutes in the air, as well as Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, the palace of Montjuic and its impressive magic fountains and even Barcelona FC’s home ground, Camp Nou.

Your Spanish journey does not stop there. The helicopter also explores the picturesque and mountainous Montserrat region, with the tallest standing proud at 1,236 metres. Your Instagram just got good…

It’s a Knockout, Manchester

Inspired by one of our favourite TV shows, the It’s a Knockout hen activity is a test of your endurance.

It's a Knockout Hen Weekend Activity in Manchester

If you ever thought you could do better than the contestants on the show, it’s time to prove it. This outrageous, fun and memorable outdoor hen activity takes place in a huge field, with plenty of room for the obstacles and inflatable costumes.

There are various games to play during the day, such as Slippery Summit, Wacky Walters, Fools Gold and, our personal favourite, Penguin Pursuit. You’ll take on an opposing team and sport the original outfits worn by celebrity royalty – Keith Chegwin and the rest.

Ghost Bus Tour, Edinburgh

Step aboard the ghost bus on your Edinburgh hen party and conquer your deepest, darkest fears.

Ghost Bus Tour in Edinburgh Hen Activity Idea

This carcass coach is your window to the terrible past of Auld Reekie, telling you the tales of witches, grave robbers, the plague, ghouls and ghosts.

During the terrifying journey, you’ll visit the most famous sights of Edinburgh’s scary underbelly, stopping by Edinburgh Castle, The New Town, Grassmarket, Greyfriar’s Kirk, The Old Town, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. There’s not a stone left unturned during the tour, we hope you make it back to share the stories…

Guest post by Lauren Green of Last Night of Freedom

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So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection

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I’m sure you know by now how much I adore So Sassi dresses, and the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection is delightful and unique. So Sassi is the esprit label from Sassi Holford, with the dresses designed and handmade in their design studios in the South East of England.

The 2018 So Sassi Collection celebrates brides who want to embrace their own style. Brides who are not afraid to make a statement and want a twist on tradition. The collection sees a blend of styles, silhouettes and fabric that creates a fun-loving vibe. New design elements include cold shoulders, fringed back details, feature sleeves and ballerina length tulle skirts. It is a collection that wows!

So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection - Back of Luna Dress

All the dresses in the 2018 collection are ultra-feminine, have a modern twist on the classic dress and are dancing-friendly. The way the skirt moves, the way the bodice keeps its shape, and not forgetting the internal corset which makes you feel fabulous and sexy, mean you can dance like no one is watching and feel super-confident.

Each style starts its journey in the mind of one of the design team. Whether their inspiration is from the runway or a film, the focus is always on creating something special for a bride’s big day. You can see how they create each So Sassi and Sassi Holford wedding dress in the handmade in England video below.

Designed and handmade by an expert team of pattern cutters, seamstresses and hand-beaders and I’m sure these fabulous dresses will blow you away. I’ve chosen my favourite four dresses from the So Sassi 2018 Collection…

Connie

Connie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Connie

So Sassi’s Connie is a beautiful, traditional ball gown that features pretty ¾ length lace sleeves. This wedding dress is perfect for brides marrying in autumn or winter when you may want to cover-up a little, and is so feminine with its plunging lace neckline and deep V-back.

Gwen

Gwen Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Gwen

A beautiful lace fit and flare dress that features delicate lace cap sleeves and a deep V-back. Can you imagine how you would feel walking down the aisle wearing Gwen? It’s sexy, feminine and ultra-elegant. The perfect dress if you want to wear a fit and flare style.

Scarlett

Scarlett Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Scarlett

Scarlett, oh how I love thee! This really is a wedding dress to make you feel a million dollars. The chic off the shoulder drape sleeves really are a focal point of this dress, and are such a unique feature to a wedding dress. This stunning, traditional shape a-line gown features a beautiful diamanté waist detail and lace bodice.

Rosie

Back of Rosie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Rosie (Back)

It’s all about the back with Rosie, a soft fishtail wedding dress with tassel shoulder and back detail. This tassel detail makes Rosie such a unique wedding dress, and I just love it so much. The sexy deep V-back really accentuates the figure of this dress and shows off the incredible detail of the lace and tassels. Picture yourself dancing the night away in this gorgeous wedding dress.

I am so excited to show you all the fabulous dresses in the So Sassi 2018 Collection – check out all the styles in the gallery below. You can find out more about So Sassi at sosassi.so.

So Sassi 2018 Gallery

Annalise Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Anya Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Anya Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Anya Wedding Dress with Aria Jacket from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Aria Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Aria Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Bianca Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Bianca Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Casey Jacket from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Charlie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Charlie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Connie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Connie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Ebony Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Ebony Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Gwen Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Gwen Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Ivy Jacket from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Libby Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Libby Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Luna Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Luna Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Rosie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Rosie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Roxie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Roxie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Scarlett Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Scarlett Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Tammie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Taylor Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Taylor Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Valerie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection
Back of Valerie Wedding Dress from the So Sassi 2018 Bridal Collection

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