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A Blue Themed Wedding


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My name is Tracey Phillips and I am owner,designer and maker at Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery. The company was formed when, after working for many years in the jewellery retail trade, I decided to see if I could make jewellery myself and with lots of practice and instruction started to produce pieces that I was proud to put my name too.

My sister then asked me if I would make her wedding jewellery for her. I ended up designing and making many sets for her to choose from and wondered what I was going to do with the surplus! I decided to approach a few local wedding shops to see if they’d be interested in selling them for me and to my surprise they all said yes, after a while selling through shops I made the decision to start the website http://www.bridaldesignsweddingjewellery.co.uk and I’m glad to say it’s gone from strength to strength.

We specialise in handcrafted Sterling silver bridal jewellery using Swarovski crystal and Swarovski pearls. we have a wide range of different styles to suit every wedding from the delicate Angelic range to the darker gothic influenced Black Rose. Brides are choosing a wider range of wedding themes than ever before so we try our hardest to stock designs to suit all of them.

Our latest collection is the Wildheart which features a brand new crystal shape from Swarovski, the beautiful heart pendant has such a tactile feel and the facets make it eyecatching, especially when teamed with the oval Swarovski crystals and round Swarovski pearls. Another new addition is the LittleBigDay range, comprising of interchangable charms/pendants which make an ideal gift for bridesmaids or flowergirls.

At Bridal Designs we pride ourselves on our customer service and as every item is handcrafted we are able to accomodate a wide range of variations in colour and size, if you would like something completely different we can work with you to design a bespoke piece especially for you, just email us on info@bridaldesignsweddingjewellery.co.uk

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Your Wedding at Loch Lomond chatted with one of our suppliers Tantrums and Tiaras about their new collections,’Goodnight Sweetheart’ and ‘Indulgence’ ranges.

Kelly Scully, Designer and director said “I have really enjoyed creating these new ranges which add the finishing touch of designer class to the outfits of the bride and bridesmaids, without the need for the designer prices. They have been attracting huge attention from brides who have seen them at my studio before they were launched and we have ended up having to let them go early!” 

‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ is a collection of vintage inspired 1920-40’s headpieces that are designed to give a very stylish and glamorous look to your special day. And… If that wasn’t enough the new ‘Indulgence’ range will set you apart.  Think sumptuous opulence all in one place and you’re there! This luxurious range will be continue to grow throughout 2011 so pop by regularly and see what’s new. We’ve got some great vintage pieces planned! 

All of Tantrums and Tiaras ranges can be teamed with their beautiful collection of wedding jewellery and matched to other features of the wedding outfit such as detailing on dresses. 

At Tantrums and Tiaras we are building on a very successful and award winning year. As well as being highly commended in the best bridal accessories category in the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards we were also delighted to win the same category in ‘The Bridal Magazine’ awards. Voted for by real brides, we believe our commitment to customer service and ensuring the bride gets what she wants and deserves play no small part in these achievements.


About Tantrums and Tiaras:

Tantrums and Tiaras is the trading name of Gowy Enterprises, a family run tiara and wedding jewellery specialist, and the passion of designer/director Kelly Scully. Tantrums and Tiaras have been trading for nearly 4 years. A wide range of styles and designs are available for all hair styles as well as bespoke options. 

  Contact Information:

Kelly Scully

Tantrums and Tiaras

Email: enquiries@tantrumsandtiaras.org

Website: www.tantrumsandtiaras.org

Telephone: 07740 341747


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Hopefully this collage will provide you with some ideas if you are thinking of a PINK themed wedding. When visiting any of the websites, and placing an order, dont forget to mention you found their details here!


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Using flowers for a theme is a popular choice for wedding. A floral theme can stimulate both visually and sensually. Flowers transform a wedding. They provide colour and fragrance as bouquets for you and your bridesmaids, and in the wedding party corsages. At the wedding venues – at the church and at the reception – they brighten every table, they light up a room, and they provide a fantastic talking point for your guests.


Flowers have been used in weddings for centuries. The custom of bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the bride and groom wore a garland around their necks, symbolizing new life, hope and fertility. Traditional Celtic bouquets included ivy, thistle and heather. The garland was not made of flowers but of strong-smelling herbs and spices. The strong-smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits.


When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds. Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet. The bride would carry her arrangement as she walked down the aisle. The dill from the bride’s bouquet (also known as the herb of lust), was consumed by the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests during the reception, as the herb was meant to increase sexual desire.

You could choose to have a ‘generic’ floral theme, with all types of flowers, or centre your theme on just one flower. For example, if you chose to have a ‘rose’ theme, you could ha have red roses in your boquet, have your bridesmaids wearing red, groom with a red rose button hole and so on…


Depending on the season, some flowers may be more appropriate than others. It is also possible to mix two or more flowers together for a wedding theme; for example, rose and orchid.

Some flowers are more fragrant than others; again you could have roses as well as hyacinth and lily-of-the-valley. Going back to the rose, it is alleged to have aphrodisiac properties too, hence why they are popular at Valentines Day in particular as well as making them a perfect choice for a wedding! Asian brides believe the colour red and red roses bring luck.


A growing trend in 2011 will be the use of imaginative vases or containers for your flowers. Stand out from the crowd by using unusual containers like teapots, hatboxes, or old milk jugs. Alternatively, add a contemporary twist by opting for cottage garden flowers but in bright and unusual colour combinations like bright pinks, yellows and blues.

This season sees delicate floral appliqués blossoming all over many wedding dress designs.  Accessorized with a sprinkling of romance, oversized blooms and oh so pretty petals, flowers will be a big feature in this year’s wedding gowns.


For bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, an important point to consider is the colour of the dresses. You can choose to co-ordinate or contrast the colour of your flowers with the dresses.

Choose your flowers after choosing your dresses and deciding on your wedding colour theme. That way you can give a fabric swatch to your florist so he/she can colour match the flowers.


The groom often chooses a flower for his buttonhole which also occurs in the bride’s bouquet. This is a vestige of the time when a Knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love.

Brides can choose to use flowers to decorate the wedding cake. Fresh flowers can be co-ordinated with the bridal bouquet. Edible flowers can be used, and crystallized, to decorate a wedding cake but it is worth checking if any wedding guests, who may eat the cake, have particular flower allergies as some people may be allergic to some species of flowers.


There are several ways in which a wedding cake can be decorated with flowers:

  • place a corsage flower arrangement on top of the wedding cake and/or each cake tier
  • place flowers between the tiers of the wedding cake
  • sprinkle flower petals over the cake
  • make the cake tiers from flowers
  • create a cascade of flowers to flow from the top cake tier to the bottom cake tiers
  • Decorate the cake table with flower petals or flower arrangements.

Flowers may be used both in wedding invitations and thank-you cards. The invitations or cards may simply be printed with a picture of the chosen wedding flower; the more creative bride may also wish to include flower petals. Reception placeholders with guest names may be printed with the same flower theme.

Speaking of flower petals, you could use them as confetti for your guests to throw, or to scatter over your tables as decoration. Perhaps you could put flower petals in a bowl with floating candles for centrepieces? In movies, you see flowergirls scattering petals whilst walking up the aisle, but check with your ceremony venue before you try this too!

Flower wedding favors include giving the guests the gift of soap and candles, either scented with the chosen flower fragrance or incorporated into the product. Another idea, that is growing in popularity, is to use seed kits as wedding favors.

Why not wear a floral perfume, floral jewellery etc? The options with flowers are endless! Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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2011: Taking you to the heart of the real Charlotte Balbier

For 2011, Charlotte Balbier is debuting her largest collection to date, over thirty new styles translating the individual styles and personalities of today’s brides.

There is always a surprise in every Charlotte Balbier collection and for the first time Charlotte has two very distinctive flavours running through the entire collection. The first, her interpretation of fantasy and romance: the English Tea Party Collection. The second: the Sabella Collection, a nod to her multicultural heritage; the fusion of the Sicilian Dolce Vita with the French Savoir Faire.


The English Tea Party Collection

Gazing back to a childhood favourite, Charlotte’s designs for this collection take you through the looking glass with Alice in Wonderland. Moonlight fairytales and ethereal romance vivifies Charlotte’s signature vintage laces, feminine styling and soft pastel hues. The dresses come alive in a setting of the Mad Hatters Tea party meets an English secret garden, in essence Charlotte’s imagery embodying the glamour of cool Britannia.




The Sabella Collection

Charlotte has successfully built her reputation on creating a brand and design portfolio that truly is an extension of her personality and heritage. With her French surname, Balbier, from her grandfather, the Sabella collection is named after her Sicilian Grandmother from whom she still feels her strong connection to Italy which reflects in her designs. For 2011 we see a renaissance for Charlotte in the Sabella connection. Now in her 8th year in the industry,   there is a much more sophisticated accomplished feel to the collection. Taffeta and soft silks in sophisticated styles sit alongside soft pleating with timeless elegance and Italian laces that are the ultimate in chic. The black and white photography of this collection connotes the attitute and stle of Italian fashion.


Fabulous Reviews are flooding in…..

We were very  privileged to have a preview of Charlotte’s forthcoming 2011 ollection. Once again she has raised the bar, and we anticipate our best year yet with her new designs!

The Dressing Rooms, Draycott


Charlotte Balbier’s 2011 collections are her BEST EVER. The new lace dresses are even softer and lovelier. Well cut, well designed and very flattering. The continued ‘vintage’ theme in the ‘English Tea Party collection’ are both romantic and daring. We anticipate this to be one of our strongest labels for 2011!

Maria Yiannikaris Designer/Director Mirror Mirror Couture Ltd


With two very different flavours and over thirty new styles, 2011 brings about a real renaissance in my designs. New Fabrics and beading, a new fresh colour palette and new photography styles will truly elevate this collection to a whole new level so that it can make its mark on the bridal fashion industry and most importantly allow us to grow in partnership with our retailers

Charlotte Balbier Creative Director/Designer


Many thanks to Charlotte Balbier for sending us through information and images on the 2011 collection. More information can be found at http://www.charlottebalbier.com/

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Classic, elegant, designs with a beautiful, vintage twist are what award-winning bridal jewellery designers, Chez Bec, do best and this is what their 2011 Collection is all about.  Right on trend with the still-strong vintage theme, Chez Bec’s latest Collection is simply stunning and brides will be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re opting for 1930s, 1940s or 1950s vintage style, the glamour and sparkle in Chez Bec’s latest offerings will be sure to delight.

Featuring heavily in the 2011 Collection are gorgeous, diamante-encrusted Swarovski filigree flowers, complete with a delicate dusting of the finest freshwater pearls. Perfect for the romantic ruffles and flower-embellished dresses which are set to be a huge trend for 2011.

Another major focus of Chez Bec’s 2011 Collection is their divine range of vintage-inspired hair accessories featuring stunningly beautiful appliquéd
headbands, gorgeously sparkly diamante hair combs, clustered freshwater pearl hair pins and stunning silk hair flowers.

Chez Bec will also be launching a Luxe Collection during 2011 which will run alongside their 2011 Collection. The Luxe Collection will feature a premium range of exquisite hair accessories including headbands and bird cage veils. Watch this space!
Each and every piece within the Chez Bec 2011 Collection is beautifully designed and hand-made using the finest A-grade freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. With one of the largest collections of bridal jewellery available online, Chez Bec offers a beautiful array of wedding jewellery and bridal hair accessories.

All purchases from Chez Bec are gorgeously gift wrapped as standard in luxury branded gift boxes complete with lashings and lashings of the softest white tissue paper, and a hand written gift card.  Perfect for bridesmaids’ gifts and one less thing for busy brides to do!

Chez Bec launched in 2006 and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading providers of Wedding Jewellery having won the Award for Best Bridal
Accessories at the Wedding Ideas Awards 2010 as well as being nominated on one of 3 Finalists for Best Bridal Accessories in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2008 and 2009. Chez Bec was also short listed as one of 5 Bridal Jewellery Finalists in the UK Jewellery Awards 2008.


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