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    YOUR I DO LISTEnjoy stress-free preparations with our essential guide

    FINISHING TOUCHES ose little things that meanso much on your special day

    A PLACE IN YOUR HEARTTie the knot in a

    stunning local venue

    ALL DRESSED UPGorgeous gowns to suit

    every blushing bride

    W O N D E R F U L W E A L D E N W E D D I N G S

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    ALL DRESSED UPChoosing a wedding dress is one of the brides most thrilling tasks, but with so many designs and styles on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. Selecting your gown is a huge emotional investment as well as a financial one, so here are our top tips for making your shopping trips a joyful experience

    1Decide on your budget and only look at dresses that are suitably priced. That doesnt mean you cant use

    more expensive frocks as inspiration

    for a similar, cheaper alternative, but

    actually trying one on is fraught with

    peril as you may fall in love with it

    then youll either end up blowing

    the budget and buying it, or youll

    settle for a dress that feels inferior in

    comparison, which would be a

    shame on your special day.

    2Assess your body shape and find out which style suits you best. Like any clothing, a wedding dress will only

    look amazing on you if it

    complements your body. Those

    with an hourglass outline will look

    fabulous with a close-fitting

    mermaid gown, while boyish

    figures can create curves with a

    nipped in waist and flared skirt.

    Pear-shaped ladies can benefit

    from the looseness of an A-line skirt

    and plus-sizes look great in

    empire-line frocks that flare out

    from beneath the bust. Tall brides

    appear willowy and statuesque in

    clean, simple lines without too

    much embellishment.

    3Be open-minded. Although a flattering shape is important, there are many further nuances to be found and

    trying on something you had never

    considered before could turn out to

    be a real eureka moment. Flicking

    through bridal magazines and

    celebrity wedding pictures can

    provide useful inspiration.

    4Choose your shopping companions carefully. Take someone whose taste you trust, though beware of anyone

    who has preconceived ideas of

    what you should wear mums who

    have dreamed of your wedding for

    decades may be guilty of this

    occasionally. Try to take no more

    than a couple of people along, as

    too many differing opinions could

    simply result in confusion.

    5If you know how you want your hair on the wedding day, wear it in a similar style during fittings. Similarly, if

    youd like to wear a veil or a certain

    pair of shoes, take them along to see

    how they look with each dress. Even

    the slightest outfit change can have

    a big impact on the overall look.

    6Consider your venue, the time of year and the theme, if you have one. These elements not only offer practical

    guidance a skimpy dress with only a

    flimsy bolero will not be warm

    enough for a Christmas wedding, for

    example they can also inspire you

    with aesthetic ideas. Traditional styles

    look great against a stately home or

    church backdrop, while a beach

    ceremony or less formal day will be

    complemented by a more boho look.

    If youre having a rock and roll band

    at the reception, why not dance the

    night away in a 50s style prom dress

    and full petticoat?

    7Think about how the dress ties in with other elements of the day. If youve already settled on the

    colour scheme, flowers or

    bridesmaids dresses, look for

    gowns that will complement your

    existing ideas, as this will help to

    narrow down your choices.

    8Finally, have faith in your decision. Take your time and dont be rushed, but once youve chosen your dress,

    stop the search. Concentrate on

    the remaining preparations and

    just look forward to looking

    fabulous on your special day. CAT




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    GORGEOUSGOWNSNow youve read about how to choose the perfect dress for your wedding day, heres some inspiration from the new collections of top designers

    This designer is renowned for her vintage

    inspired, yet contemporary style that

    combines timeless elegance with

    modern sensibilities.


    Harlow - Fully embellished ivory silk chiffon gown 3,890

    Noa - Ivory silk chiffon gown with crystal embellishment 4,320

    Charise - Strapless ivory silk chiffon gown with crystal embellishment 2,740

    Josephine - Snowdrop lace gown with crystal and sequinned embellishment 4,470

    Merle - Ivory short lace gown with sequinned embellishment 3,030

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    Established as T&G Bridal in New York in

    1949, this company helped femininity to

    re-emerge after the austerity of the Second

    World War today the designs still feature

    classic style and romantic details.


    Originally from Finland, Katja has quickly

    established herself as one of the most

    sought-after new generation couturiers in

    London, attracting high profi le clientele not

    only from UK but also around the world.


    Sea Pearl - 100% silk fl uid bias cut gown with fl ower detail on the side 2,300

    Sapphire - For a different angle on traditional white, this fl owing aqua colour gown is made

    of silk satin with silk chiffon overlay 2,200

    8730 - Luxe charmeuse fi t and fl are gown with Venice lace V-neckline, cap sleeves and

    hem line. The gown is fi nished with a scoop

    illusion back and charmeuse covered buttons

    to the end of the chapel length train 1,476

    8731 - Bugle beads, crystal and pearl covered bodice with a sweetheart neckline on a

    chiffon fi t and fl are gown. The gown is

    fi nished with chiffon covered buttons over

    the back zipper and a chapel train 1,605

    Modern romance is the inspiration for this

    trendsetting brand, which creates gowns in

    a variety of silhouettes, often with touches

    of colour.


    3804 - Venice beaded lace over tulle ball gown with a boat neckline and pleated tulle

    cummerbund at the natural waist. The gown

    is fi nished with a V-back, tulle covered

    buttons to the bottom of the cummerbund

    and a chapel length train 966

    3801 - Embroidered beaded lace gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and a basque

    waist on a tulle A-line skirt with fl oating

    beaded lace appliqus. The back of the gown

    is fi nished with tulle covered buttons over the

    back zipper and a chapel length train 891

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    This dress by Charlie Brear has

    a Voulaire lace overlay and

    strapless gown. Inspired by a love

    of revolutionary decades of style,

    these whimsical separates can be

    made to create an array of truly

    unique looks, 1,979

    Available at

    Frou Frou Bridal Boutique

    17 Crescent Road, Tunbridge

    Wells, Kent TN1 2LU

    01892 541 381

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    Elizabeth Stuarts

    Primrose is a modern twist

    on a classic design. From

    the soft fl owing skirt to

    the delicate blush tone,

    this gown is the epitome

    of romance, 3,300

    Available at

    Frou Frou Bridal Boutique

    17 Crescent Road, Tunbridge

    Wells, Kent TN1 2LU

    01892 541 381

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    Available at The Pantiles Bride

    34 The Pantiles, Tunbridge

    Wells, Kent TN2 5TN

    01892 514 515

    Ian Stuarts Parisienne is a

    simple, chic A-line gown made

    in luxurious silk satin featuring

    stunning handmade silk roses

    at the waist, 2,690

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    Available at The Pantiles Bride

    34 The Pantiles, Tunbridge

    Wells, Kent TN2 5TN

    01892 514 515

    Sassi Holfords Ruby is a

    sensational ball gown with tulle

    skirt, fi ne lace cap sleeve bodice,

    beaded abstract lace appliqu

    and a slim satin belt with

    beaded diamante detail,