“All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) American Writer, Poet, Journalist
The beading- from ‘A Dress For Diana’
The wedding dress of Princess Diana is one that most of us will remember as a stand out wedding dress of our time. Princess Diana’s dress was the ultimate fairytale gown which little girls dreamt of as they twirled around their living rooms in their mothers heels and a bed sheet.
‘A Dress For Diana’ is a book written by the dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel. It takes us behind the scenes of the famous dress and into the secret happenings that went on! It’s not purely a royal gossip book, the book contains beautiful shots of the dress and details on the intricate features of beading and silk. From day one to the wedding day with all its planned moments (spare umbrellas shoes and more) everything is detailed. After more than 20 years the book guides us through the long and detailed process which ultimately produced an iconic gown.
The almost finished gown. From ‘A Dress For Diana’
The book ‘A Dress For Diana’ is available in two versions- the limited edition of 1000 contains a piece of the same silk as used in Diana’s dress. For those of us on a milder budget, the standard edition is £15.15 plus postage ($AU 26) from Amazon.
There’s a point in every wedding planning where a bride throws her hands up and is just ‘over it’. Over the decisions, over the comparisons, other figuring out where the money is coming from..and sadly I think our feature bride Abbey has reached that point!
Never fear Abbey, Polka Dot Bride is here! While we can’t take away the melancholy feeling we can help you with your massive to do list!
- Registry- Can start online with fiance anytime, Abbey is thinking of The Wedding List Company– easy, will take a weekend and she won’t have to leave her lounge room!
- Manicure/Treatments- Abbey can do this anytime or do it herself!
- Photo- Biggest to do! Narrow down available photogs!
- Video- Abbey wants to organise a family friend to video the ceremony
- Musicians- Organised a group to play at ceremony
- Reception Music- Will use own CDs (must make)
- Cake- Decide on Design, Abbey’s mother’s friend is making it
- Flowers- Half done! Bought silk bouquets
- Celebrant- Abbey’s mother’s friend (must lodge paperwork and meet with her)
- Dress- Waiting for sister to come over and help choose on a shopping trip!
- Accessories- Chosen jewels!
- Hair artist- Abbey decided on wavy down style
- Makeup Artist
- Shoes- Decided on green shoes, must find more!
- Bridesmaids dresses- Abbey is waiting for her sister to travel over to choose dresses, she would like to find green dresses
- Hair- Decided on up-style
- Flower girl
- Ring bearer
- Transport- Cars are arranged
- Stationery- All arranged! Must think about order of service booklets etc
- Menswear- Send fiance to do this!
- Accommodation- reception venue doubles as a B&B
- Favours- Decided on biscuits in small pots with green ribbon
- Parents gifts
- Gifts for attendants- Bridesmaids are getting gift boxes filled with Bridesmaid t shirts and other goodies, Groomsmen still need to be done
- Emergency kit- Purchase from Bridal Survival
- Night before wedding accommodation
- Music selections Dancing instruction for first dance
L-R Bride To Be, True Bride, Real Weddings, Cosmopolitan Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, Instyle Weddings
It’s been a busy few weeks at the newsagent with all the new bridal titles being released. Which means of course every bridal magazine lover haunts the newsagent! I thought I’d showcase the best ones out at the moment so you can go magazine hunting yourself!
Bride To Be Volume 140 May- July 2007
The new issue of Bride To Be uses Ada Nicodemou as their cover girl and gives us more of her wedding than any of the weekly magazines did! The whole reception is showcased and suppliers listed. It also features a story on Mariana Hardwick and has supplement for the groom and honeymoon. Coupled with their stylish fashion spreads (and there’s a great shoe one in there too!) Bride To Be is a great buy!
True Bride 2007 Good Wedding Guide
True Bride showcases the weddings of the finalists in their annual competition ‘True Bride of The Year‘ in more detail. The real wedding stories are gorgeous and it features a planning guide at the back. You can enter yourself if you marry this year and be up for $2,000 in cash! Great if you want to pour over the weddings you’ve seen online in more detail!
Real Weddings Issue 11
We can never go past an issue of Real Weddings and this issue is no exception! As usual it showcases stunning and unusual brides of all origins and cultures and is a great source of inspiration! This issue features a beautiful Autumn spread as well as a pretty purple spread. Brides range from an Irish bride with a duck egg blue theme to a bride who arrived on a camel! Everything is captured with style and the magazine displays it all beautifully A MUST buy!
Cosmopolitan Bride Best Real Weddings Special Issue 2007
Cosmopolitan Bride took a different angle with their new issue- this edition is totally focused on nothing but real weddings! If you’ve got all the old issues of Cosmo Bride, you may find this magazine slightly repetitive but it’s good for all the luscious details we love! We particularly love the Country Splendor ‘Get The Look’ page. Full of inspiration for any bride!
Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2007
Oh Martha, how could we not love your magazine? As USA based as it is it provides perfect inspiring details that any bride can use. This issue features a beautiful pastel spread with luscious cakes and sweets in pale blues, soft greens and baby pinks. Monograms are becoming more and more popular and this edition also features a feature on monograms and innovative ways to use them! My personal favourite is the gorgeous feature on the underrated Ranunculus flower which with its luscious buds can make a perfect Spring wedding feature.
Instyle Weddings Spring 2007
Another USA based title that we love, Instyle Weddings is always full of great ideas and places to check out. Surprising registry ideas, finding the right look for you, bridesmaids gowns for any mood, big day beauty problems solved and much more had me pouring over this issue for hours. Any Aussie bride can take tips from this issue and find ideas to put into practice in their own wedding. Instyle Weddings allows you to step outside the box and think outside the ‘cookie cutter wedding’.