3 Modern Wedding Trends for the Style-Conscious Couple

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love keeping an eye on the latest wedding trends. Whether it’s decor ideas or fashion news, we are always keeping our finger on the pulse. Wedding trends come and go, but we thought we’d share our three favourite trends with you today. So if you’re a style-conscious couple who want to rock a modern wedding, settle down and read on about the latest wedding trends.

The Copper Wedding Trend

If you haven’t spotted the craze for copper, we don’t know where you’ve been! Once overlooked, this chic metallic has recently taken the world of weddings by storm. A modern alternative to silver or gold, copper is a cool shade that suits an array of wedding venues and styles. It’s the perfect match if you want an industrial meets luxe wedding theme, and it’s glamorous as well as gritty. What’s not to love?! There are lots of ways to incorporate copper into your wedding day details. Decorate your guest tables with copper terrariums brimming with beautiful blooms, tea lights or simple succulents. Copper candle sticks will add a touch of elegance, as well as a warm glow to your wedding venue. You can use them as part of your table centrepieces or to line along the window sills of your venue. Add a dash of copper to your aisle style through your jewellery and accessories, the perfect choice for a fashion-forward bride.

3 Modern Wedding Trends for the Stylish Couple

The Industrial Wedding Trend

Gone are the days where couples were restricted to traditional wedding venues – whether or not it suited their personal style! We love the fact that nowadays, couples are embracing unusual wedding venues and making the most of unique spaces and locations. Whether it’s an abandoned warehouse, an old-fashioned factory or an empty loft space, brides and grooms are getting creative. Industrial wedding venues offer a blank canvas where you can really personalise it to suit you as a couple. Channel your chosen wedding theme and make use of the statement features such as exposed brick walls, metal pipes or wooden beams. Your wedding guests will also adore attending a wedding venue in such a different location, and you’ll find that there are so many wonderful photograph opportunities. We also think that an industrial venue is the perfect match for a cool copper colour scheme, don’t you?

3 Modern Wedding Trends for the Stylish Couple

The Greenery Wedding Trend

As soon as Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 was announced, greenery graced the pages of wedding blogs and social media everywhere and it looks like this gorgeous trend is here to stay. Green may not be your first choice of colour for your nuptials, but an abundance of foliage and wild greenery really does look beautiful. It’s also surprisingly easy to incorporate into your wedding day too. Whether it’s a statement ceremony backdrop, a hair vine or venue decor, there are so many breath-taking options out there. Greenery will give your big day a botanical vibe with a minimalist touch – the perfect choice if you want something simple yet stunning. Line long trestle tables with Ivy and Eucalyptus – a wonderful alternative to a traditional table runner and centrepiece. Opt for an all-green wedding bouquet, you may think you’ll miss colourful blooms but the result is incredibly striking. Hanging greenery installations can make even the simplest of wedding venue look amazing, so be sure to speak to your florist about what they can create!

3 Modern Wedding Trends for the Stylish Couple

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Image Credits

Image 1: Top Left by Bai & Elle Photography / Top Right by Sarah Libby Photography  / Bottom Left by The Hons Photography / Bottom Right by Emilie Anne Photography

Image 2: Top Left by Aneta Mak Photography / Top Right by Kate Ignatowski Photography / Bottom Left by Couple of Prague Photography / Bottom Right by Cara Leonard Photography

Image 3: Top Left by Marcos Sanchez Photography / Top Right by Rylee Hitchner Photography / Bottom Left by Brian Hatton Photography / Bottom Right by Coco Tran Photography

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The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Moments Ever

Happy Mother’s Day! Seeing as today is all about our wonderful Mothers, we thought we would share with you our favourite Mother of the bride moments. We’ve found some of the most special wedding photographs out there.  For most brides, your Mum will play a huge part in both the wedding planning journey and wedding day. Whether it’s the occasional word of wisdom, wedding advice or a helping hand with decorations. Mums really are superstars!

The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Moments Ever

The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Moments Ever

There are heaps of heart-meltingly beautiful moments between the bride and her Mother. One of our favourites is definitely the ‘first look’. This is such a special moment for your wedding photographer to capture and it’s something that both you and your Mother will treasure forever.  We love the fact that your photographer has the ability to capture a million different emotions in one picture. It’s the moment that your Mother has the first glimpse of her little girl all dressed up in her wedding gown, ready to begin married life. It can be a happy time where excitement surrounds the room, but it can also be a bittersweet moment for parents.

If you love the thought of capturing a ‘first look’ with your Mum, we recommend planning it with your photographer in advance. You’ll need to allow some time before the ceremony so that the photographer can set up and so you can make it a really special moment without feeling rushed. Letting your photographer know will also mean they are there at the right time.

There are so many other beautiful emotions and images for your wedding photographer to capture. Get a snapshot of your Mother helping you to put on your wedding dress, adjusting your veil or waiting for you to walk down the aisle. The emotional moments really are endless, but they’re all equally beautiful.

Image Credits: (L-R) Image 1 by Brooklyn View Photography / Image 2 by Clary Photo / Image 3 by Kristin Vining Photography / Image 4 by Olga Plakitina Photography / Image 5 by Ray Kang Photography / Image 6 by Jasmine Star / Image 7 by Heather Cooke Elliott / Image 8 by Nina and Wes  / Image 9 by Hudson Nichols Photography / Image 10 by Jess Barfield / Image 11 by Jeff Loves Jessica / Image 12 by Katelyn James / Image 13 by Michael and Carina

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WIN ON THE DAY WEDDING COORDINATION BY PUDDING BRIDGE WORTH OVER £700!

Famed for their stylish, contemporary decor that’s perfect for dazzling celebrations, multi-award winning wedding and event company, Pudding Bridge, has launched a brand new wedding planning service. From creative vision to visiting venues, founder Helen Hopkins can organise every aspect of your day.

Whereas hiring a wedding planner was once considered a decadent indulgence, many now consider it a sensible investment no couple should be without. If you have a demanding job, a busy lifestyle or you’re trying to organise a wedding while living overseas, you’ll definitely benefit from Helen’s knowledge and expertise.

To celebrate this exciting launch, we’ve teamed up with Pudding Bridge to offer one lucky bride the chance to win an incredible prize.

‘I’m so excited to be partnering with Flossy & Willow and Perfect Day Bride to give one of their beautiful clients the chance to win my on-the-day wedding management service. I’m a big fan of the boutiques and the designers they stock, so I can’t wait to get started. Our new wedding planning service is perfect for style savvy couples, so I know we’re going to be a perfect fit.’

Do you want to relax and enjoy your wedding day without having to worry about logistics? Helen has designed her wedding day management service so you can do exactly that. Whether you’re organising an elaborate celebration or an intimate gathering, Helen will make sure it’s memorable for all the right reasons.

Having discussed your plans and produced a detailed running order, she’ll be on site at your wedding venue from the moment set-up begins until the end of your romantic first dance. She’ll liaise with your suppliers throughout the day, assist you and your guests and make sure you have a perfect day!

To be automatically entered into the competition, all you need to do is attend an appointment at either Perfect Day Bride or Flossie & Willow Bridal Studios. The winner will be chosen at random by us. The location of your wedding can be up to 60 miles from Bath and the cost of travel is included.

Discover more about Pudding Bridge and what they can do for your wedding day at http://www.puddingbridge.co.uk.

 


 

Credits

Stylist and wedding planner – Pudding Bridge | @puddingbridge
Venue – Widbrook Grange | @widbrook_grange
Florist – Foxy Buds | @foxybuds
Shoes – Charlotte Mills | @charlottemillsshoes
Stationery – de Winton Paper Co | @dewintonpaperco
Photographer – Capture By Lucy | @capturebylucy

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PRONOVIAS – COMING SOON TO FLOSSY & WILLOW

We couldn’t wait to share this news with you! We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Pronovias wedding dresses are coming to Flossy & Willow! Yes, we’re bringing this amazing label to our Wiltshire bridal studio. As you can imagine, we’re pretty darn excited…

Pronovias designs are famous for their fabulous cut. Super flattering and downright gorgeous, these dresses feature regularly at A-list weddings. So, when you visit us to try on our Pronovias edit, you’re guaranteed your OK! mag moment.

pronovias wedding dress

Why We Love Pronovias

We also love Pronovias gowns because of the fabrics. Really, they’re just heaven. Gorgeous laces are major features of many of the dresses and they’re just perfect. Check out the illusion necklines and bodices – swoon! We’re head-over-heels with the lace sleeves and embellished hems too.

There are also plenty of First-Lady style gowns in the collection too. Fitted waists, full skirts, elegant necklines and on-trend pockets are just so chic and stylish. We predict that these classic, sophisticated styles are going to be VERY popular indeed.

elegant wedding dress pronovias

And we’re not the only ones who are members of the Pronovias fan club. Hop on over the top blog Rock My Wedding, search for Pronovias and you’ll see oodles of fab real brides wearing these dresses. Or, take a peek at this feature on Love My Dress that says the current collection is ‘simply bursting with brilliant new designs’. We don’t like to boast but we did tell you these designs are totally on point.

lace wedding dress pronovias

So, if you’re putting Bradford on Avon set into the sat nav so you can pay us a visit, then you need to know that these dresses arrive at Flossy & Willow in April. Of course, we’ll let you know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as soon as we have an exact date. Then, get in touch to book your appointment and we’ll be waiting to welcome you.

pronovias wiltshire bridal boutique

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FLOSSY & WILLOW!

Well here we are in 2017! We hope that January has started wonderfully well and you’re set for a fabulous year. Today, we’ve cracked open the birthday champagne because Flossy & Willow is one. Yes, we’re celebrating a fantastic first year and we’ve got some super exciting news to share too…

One Year At Flossy & Willow

We can’t believe that it’s a year since we opened the doors to Flossy & Willow. And, what a year it’s been. We’ve met hundreds of amazing brides and helped them to find their perfect wedding dress. We’ve taken part in some downright gorgeous styled shoots that have featured on Love My Dress and Style Me Pretty. The whole team has loved every minute and we can’t wait for the next twelve months. Who knows what we’ll have achieved by our next birthday!

One of the most exciting things to happen at Flossy & Willow came back in the summer. Our chic and cool older sister, Perfect Day Bride, moved in with us. This has been the absolute best thing ever.

Now when you visit us, if there’s a dress in the Perfect Day collection that you just HAVE to try on, you can! Or, we can book you a double appointment so that you can spend ever more time with us. Our edit of wedding dresses from handpicked designers has to be seen to be believed. So, what are you waiting for? Come and see us soon!

birthday willowy by watters

A Birthday Present To You From Flossy & Willow

There’s so much to look forward to! Firstly, our diary is starting to fill up with designer trunk shows so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for the latest news.

We’re also BEYOND excited to tell you that we’re bringing a new designer to Flossy & Willow! These wedding dresses are the actual bomb. If you want a brilliantly cut, flawlessly made dress in a heavenly fabric from a really famous label, this is for you. It’s our birthday but you’re the lucky ones getting the gift, how ace is that?

We’ll be saying a proper ‘hola’ to our new label next week so check back then for all the gossip. And yes, that was a little hint…

willowy by watters wedding dress

Credits:

Photographer: Lucy Davenport

Creative Director: Emma, Coco Wedding Venues

Shoot Manage: Kat, Katrina Otter Weddings

Creative Consultancy: Coco & Kat

Gown: Willowby by Watters

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLOSSY & WILLOW

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, it’s almost Christmas and we couldn’t be more excited But, as we close the door on Flossy & Willow for the festive period, we just wanted wish you all the best for a super Merry Christmas.

christmas bride

A Look Back At The Year

It’s fair to say that 2016 has been a good ‘un for Flossy & Willow. Our big sister, Perfect Day Bride, moved in with us, we’ve welcomed new designers to the studio and we’ve been part of some fantastic styled shoots. In fact, we’ve done a lot in twelve months!

But, the very best thing about 2016 has been meeting so many downright brilliant brides. Meeting everyone and helping brides find their dream dress never gets old. In fact, it gets better and better every time we do it. Here’s to all the brides that said yes to the dress at Flossy & Willow this year. You’re just ace.

So, what’s going to be coming your way in 2017? Well, you know that we’re not going to tell you everything right now! However, we can tell you that there’s going to be all kinds of excellence and we know you’re just going to love it. Christmas teases aren’t we?

Christmas Opening Hours

We’ll be taking a break over the festive period so that we can indulge in a cocktail or two. Or three or maybe even four. Flossy & Willow is now closed until 3rd January 2017.

We’ll still be checking our email over the break so if you can’t wait to book your appointment with us, just ping a note to flossyandwillowbridal@gmail.com. We can then pop you in the diary so we’ve both got things to look forward to in the New Year.

Here’s to a flipping fabulous Christmas for us all and for everyone we care the most about. Joy to the world and festive fun for all!

 

Credits:

Photographer: Lucy Davenport

Creative Director: Emma, Coco Wedding Venues

Shoot Manage: Kat, Katrina Otter Weddings

Creative Consultancy: Coco & Kat

Gown: Willowby by Watters

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WINTER WEDDING ESSENTIALS

Yippee! It’s December so we can definitely start feeling the winter excitement! Because we really can’t get enough of seasonal celebrations today we’re looking at winter wedding essentials. So, sit back, snuggle up and let’s plan the cosiest, most Christmassy big day ever…

Winter Wedding Warmers

Every winter bride needs to keep warm. But, don’t think we’re advising thermal undies and fluffy socks! Why not go for a gown with sleeves or how about a lace jacket? If you’d like something a little more weatherproof, we love brides in snuggly wraps and cosy knits. If you opt for a blanket that’s also big enough for your beau then you’re also set for great photos.

winter wedding brides

Of course, food and drink at this time of year always needs to be warming. So, for your winter wedding, how about soup shots, a hot chocolate station and a hearty feast? You an also treat your guests with snuggly favours too – we love gloves and blankets for perfect gifts.

winter wedding favours

Winter Florals & Foliage

Nothing is quite as wintery as fir trees and pine cones so definitely include these in your styling plans, particularly when flowers can be quite expensive during winter. You can use fir branches to make wreaths or tablecentres while little fir fronds are perfect tucked into napkins. Pinecones are also great decorations and a quick look on Pinterest will show you hundreds of ways to use them!

winter wedding flowers

We love pops of festive reds alongside seasonal greens for winter weddings. Think of cranberry and pomegranate tones for a real hit of jeweled brilliance. Our fave seasonal bouquets are oversized, wild and downright gorgeous.

winter wedding foliage

Winter Wedding Cakes & Candles

We all love cake and every winter wedding needs a showstopper! Think of snowy white icing, more seasonal foliage and florals and possibly a hot drink to sit alongside a slice when your cake’s served to guests. Delish.

winter wedding cakes

Winter weddings need candles and dreamy lighting like a bride needs a gorgeous gown! Fill fireplaces with pillar candles, hang tealights from ceilings in glass containers or even use fairylights in upturned cloches for a magical look. Always make sure that you’ve got plenty of spares so that the beauty lasts all night long.

winter wedding lighting

Winter Sparkle

Now, a winter wedding really isn’t the same without some sparkle. Of course you could bring in some glimmering touches throughout the day but frankly, at this time of year, treating yourself to a little something is a fantastic plan! And, seeing how every bride needs great shoes, why not get your sparkle AND a little gift to yourself all in one?!

winter wedding shoes

Images – Left | Top Right | Bottom Right

One: Anatasiya Belik Photography | Gideon Photography on Fab Mood | The Jon Hartman Photography Co on Bridal Musings

Two: Cat Mayer Studio on Stonewood Vintage | via Bridal Guide | Villa Siena

Three: Amy Breeze on I Take You | Danfredo Photos on 100 Layer Cake | Two if By Sea on Rustic Wedding Chic

Four: Deer Pearl Flowers | Melissa Kelsey Photography | Sarah Winward

Five: Chris Scuffins Photography on Rock My Wedding | via My Wedding | via The Perfect Palette

Six: Shaun Taylor Photography | via Cedarwood Weddings | Graham & Green

Seven: Charlie Juliet on Style Me Pretty | Kimberley Kay Photography on Style Me Pretty | Natasha Hurley Photography on Ruffled

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YOUR APPOINTMENT & FITTING ROOM CONFESSIONS

If we’ve got a favourite area of Flossy & Willow, it’s the fitting room. This is where, when you come for your appointment, that all the good stuff happens. You try on wedding dresses, you see yourself transformed into a bride and we all get ridiculously excited. The fitting room is also where secrets are shared and today, we’re going to let you in on a few of them.

As you might expect, we hear a lot from brides during their wedding dress appointment. The fitting room is a bit like a bridal confessional at times! You should never ever feel embarrassed or inhibited and you absolutely should feel comfortable enough to tell your stylist anything. We’re here to make you look AND feel fabulous.

So, here are some confessions from the fitting rooms at Flossy & Willow and we hope that they encourage you to ‘fess up when you’re with us too…

wedding dress appointment

I don’t like this bit of me

Firstly, you’re not alone. We’ve all got a body hang-up or two so don’t worry about it. We’re not judging you, we’re not comparing you to other brides but do tell us what bits bother you. Once we know what you’re not so keen on, we can suggest gowns that are going to flatter in ways you didn’t think possible.

I’m so sorry I’m wearing this

Trust us when we tell you that we’re not rating you based on your underwear. Wear whatever you like when you come for your appointment. Be comfortable, be confident and don’t worry about us. As you can imagine, we see an awful lot of women in their underwear so please don’t feel embarrassed or self-conscious about anything.

wedding dress shopping

I’m not the right size

Let’s get this straight, there’s no ‘right size’. You’re you and we want you to love that as much as your partner clearly does. Yes, it’s true that we only carry samples in certain sizes but this won’t make your wedding dress appointment any less brilliant. You don’t need to worry about your size, whatever it may be.

I don’t really like this dress

Good for you! If you don’t like it, tell us. Please don’t feel worried or nervous about telling us what you don’t like. We’re not going to take it personally and we want you to tell us exactly what you think of the dresses you try on. Explain what’s not right. Tell us what design details you’re not keen on. Be brutally honest with us so we can suggest alternatives. You don’t need to please us but we want nothing more than to please you.

OMG I LOVE THIS DRESS!

Yes. This is what we want. You, in a wedding gown, happy. Job. Done.

If you’d like to get your gown on, make an appointment to visit us and step into our fitting room soon…

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WEDDING DRESSES – WHY WE LOVE LACE

Here at Flossy & Willow, we’re in love. We’ve lost our hearts to lace and we know that we’re not alone. So many of the gowns we stock feature this fabulous fabric and our brides fall for it time and time again. Today, we’re going to indulge ourselves and see why this material is perfect for wedding dresses…

If we go back in time, brides used to use lace in their wedding dresses because it was expensive. It had to be crafted by hand and as it was so labour intensive to produce, the costs were sky high. This meant that wearing lace made a real statement about your family and your position in society.

lace wedding dress

Nowadays, designers are filling their collections with lacy delights for many different reasons. From delicate Chantilly to bold Guipere, lace is romantic, delicate and downright gorgeous. Not only that but because there are so many styles of fabric, you can choose one that suits you and your wedding.

We also love that this super sweet material is now being used in so many different ways. From layered skirts to show-stopping illusion backs, lace can bring a whole new level of gorgeous to your gown. So not only is it fashionable and feminine, it can also be modern or more vintage and you’ll find every style at Flossy & Willow.

Our Designers Love Lace Too!

Catherine Deane’s collection includes lace sleeves and layered bodices that create really interesting and unusual necklines. Benjamin Roberts also uses lace to create bodices and cap sleeves but there are also slinky lacy skirts and plunging V-necks with delicate fabric inserts.

lace catherine deane

Willowby by Watters’ collection is full of lacy loveliness and we’d happily wear every single wedding dress they design! Gorgeous tops are teamed with tulle skirts and lacy overskirts become dreamy trains. Willowby’s bridal separates are just brilliant and allow you to create your own look with our beloved fabric. Our Mikaella by Paloma Blanca edit also features oodles of this exquisite material and we swoon for the figure hugging designs that are sheer perfection.

If you’d like to fall in love with lace, come and visit us to try on our selection of designer gowns. We bet your heart will be beating faster in no time!

lace mikaella

benjamin roberts lace wedding dress

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WINTER WEDDING IDEAS AS THE NIGHTS GET LONGER

At Flossy & Willow, we LOVE the fact that the clocks are changing. A winter wedding always makes us happy and with November just around the corner, we can start talking about Christmas! Today, we’re sharing some great wedding ideas for longer nights so that we can all embrace winter with open arms.

Let’s start with wedding dresses because we don’t want to see any brides being their own ‘something blue’! Feeling cold is not what you want on your big day so for a winter wedding, choose your gown carefully.

We’re totally hooked on dresses with long sleeves right now and lace sleeves couldn’t be prettier. Some of our favourite designers include long sleeve gowns and tops in their collections so you can be snug and stylish. Take a look at the latest gowns from Catherine Deane and Willowby by Watters – they could have been designed with winter weddings in mind.

winter wedding long sleeved dress

Keep it cosy…

Speaking about staying warm on your wedding day, how considering a wrap or shrug? You could opt for a feather bolero or a baby soft cardigan and we love seeing brides wearing coloured or sparkly numbers for that party season look. You could also indulge with velvet, leather or a chunky Christmas knit! We’ve got a great selection of cover-ups at Flossy & Willow so you can trial your look at your appointment.

winter wedding cosy bridal wraps

If you’re going to be outside for any part of your winter wedding, don’t forget your feet! We’re not suggesting that you ditch the pretty heels for sensible boots but remember that soft, muddy ground is no friend of designer shoes. Instead, opt for shoes with a block heel and maybe ditch delicate fabrics such as suede. Of course, the best option is to have two pairs – a sensible pair AND the dream heels you’ve always wanted. It’s a green light for the Choos right there!

We can’t end this look at wedding ideas for longer nights without mentioning lingerie! Gorgeous nightwear is an absolute must and a beautiful robe or kimono makes photos on the morning of your wedding all the better. Our favourite label has to be the amazing Violet & Wren. Their botanical inspired prints are downright dreamy and utterly perfect for honeymoons too…

winter wedding violet wren lingerie

Credits:

First: Catherine Deane | Willowby by Watters | Catherine Deane

Second: Lauren Fair Photography | Ruffled | Nicole Colwell Photography

Third: All Violet & Wren

 

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