What's not to love about social media? It's the perfect companion for Heritage Brides and is often the first introduction for many, to our beautiful boutique at Hatfield House.
Use Facebook? So do we. Prefer Instagram - we're there too. Or maybe Twitter is more your scene - ours too. Looking for inspiration? Check out our Pinterest boards and for a more in depth look check out our Google + page.
The fact that we use social media so extensively has just been recognised by the Herts Digital Awards and we have been nominated as a finalist in the 'Best Use of Social Media' category. Fingers crossed. The winners will be announced on September 22.
There's nothing better than working with a host of industry professionals on a project which results in nothing less than awesomeness.
Heritage Brides had the pleasure this year to join forces with some of the Essex elite to create this amazing photo shoot.
The brief was 'Wild Luxe' with a palette of metallics, peaches and mint. Joining us for the day were gorgeous gowns from Ti Adora, Willowby, Wendy Jonas Couture and Wardrobe by Dulcinea.
For me it was about showcasing our style. For those who have visited the boutique, they will know I love to play and make things look a little different. And with each bride, we try to create a unique look. The gowns at the shoot epitomise our vibe. Glamorous but relaxed and something that you won't have seen a hundred times before.
To see the whole feature and a list of the amazingly talented suppliers click here http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/peach-wedding-inspiration/
Agggghhhhh. Where do you start? How about no? It's not that ordering online is a bad thing. Or that the dress is being made in China. And it's definitely nothing to do with arriving in time. It's more to do with quality, design and whether you are prepared to trust the most important dress decision of your life to an online purchase.
The saying - 'if it looks too good to be true, it usually is' - is never more relevantly applied than to Chinese copy wedding gowns. A well known auction site is awash with these look-alike dresses. Most are poorly constructed using inferior fabrics and the resemblence to the original can often be unrecognisable. Not to mention the fact that a design has quite clearly been ripped off.
Buying a wedding dress should be an experience that you remember for the rest of your life. It is something that should be shared with those closest to you (not your Iphone or laptop), with advice and guidance provided by experts.
Bridal boutique staff know what they are doing. They know whether a dress style will suit you, what accessories should be used to complement and they will always work within a budget. I always say to my brides that buying your wedding dress is a journey and it doesn't stop when you have actually found 'the one'. There are the follow up visits for fittings, accessories and shoes.
You want to feel that the whole process is one which will make you feel more special than at any other time of your life and most bridal boutiques strive to achieve this. If you buy a dress online from China, do you think you could say your wedding dress shopping was a magical experience? Probably not.
There's nothing that makes me smile more than seeing one of our brides trailblazing the way for others. Victoria knew exactly what she wanted and when she came to see me at the boutique knew that Asli by Maria Senvo would be the dress for her.
Read her full story here, as featured on the epic blog Love My Dress:
1. The best time to buy your wedding dress is nine to 12 months before your wedding date.
2. 95% of wedding dresses will need to be altered by a seamstress.
3. Research the designers you are interested in and then make appointments at boutiques which stock your style.
4. Trying wedding gowns is not glamorous! Be prepared to leave your dignity at the door.
5. Be open minded. Even if you have your heart set on a fishtail, try a ballgown, you might love it!
6. Be wary of pictures taken of you wearing a sample dress which doesn't fit. Don't discount it based on the phone image. It would never look like that on the day!
7. Think how a dress will work for you on the day. If you are having a ceilidh, a dress with a massive train would probably not be ideal.
8. Think comfort. You are going to be on your feet for a long time. Will those 5" heels still be comfortable at 10pm?
9. Underwear. Lacy might be nice but check you cannot see it through your dress. Nude spanx often work the best.
10. Enjoy your dress shopping experience. It should be fun. If it's not then try somewhere else.
I just had to share this amazing image with you. Stunning real Heritage Bride Ami tied the knot in Cyprus wearing an elegant Blossom dress by Belle & Bunty. I can't get enough of that sunset. Don't you think she looked gorgeous?
I am a firm believer in the dress finding you.....A few weeks ago, I welcomed a bride into the boutique who had just started looking for her dress. She knew she wanted simple, she knew she wanted understated and she knew she wanted to look like her. Our Belle and Bunty gowns fitted the bill perfectly and my bride looked sensational in them. The day before I had received a sample Jenny Packham gown which was unsteamed and hanging up waiting to be prepared for sale. My bride saw this dress, tried it on and the magic happened. Even in its crumpled state, the dress looked like it had been made for her. And it most definitely wasn't understated or simple, but it found my bride.
So the moral in the story? Be open minded. Be prepared to be surprised. And go with your gut instinct.
When you're thinking about the music for your big day, then it's always best to go for a recommendation. The All Covered Up Wedding Band is one of Heritage Brides favourites.
Already chosen by a number of our brides, All Covered Up is one of the hottest new professional wedding bands on the UK circuit. Playing a fantastic mix of Soul, Motown and current chart hits, the busy wedding band has entertained hundreds of party guests at weddings across the UK since its formation in early 2012.
And if our recommendation is not enough, All Covered Up has been nominated for the 2016 National Wedding Industry Awards.
For more information on the All Covered Up Wedding Band visit their website at http://www.allcoveredupmusic.co.uk
When Kati ordered her Constance dress by Lou Lou no other person had seen it on her. She knew that with the back to front lace bolero we added onto it, that this was the one for her. I saw Kati on many occasions before her dress arrived and every time it was a complete pleasure. I loved the fact that she made her own hairpiece. I loved the fact that she was excited about all the elements of the process. And I love the fact that she looked awesome on the day. I think Kati rocked it. Don't you?
Sometimes there is just one dress in the boutique which you know will be the one. When I met Kelly, she knew she wanted something a bit different. And when she clapped eyes on Elise by La Poesie, we both just knew! Didn't she rock the look?
Finding brides gorgeous gowns by embracing the past with a view to the future.