We all love our shoes and bags, and if you’re having a small wedding you might be thinking about splashing out on a treat for yourself. After all – it IS your special day…
Bridal Wedding Shoes
Here’s a wee treat for all you B2Bs looking to indulge for the upcoming nuptuals. Of course, there’s no rule to say the shoes have to be ivory or white – remember Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes in blue?
We’re much more contemporary today and a contrasting colour is absolutely gorgeous with a short dress or suit.
For any mature brides-to-be who are looking for an outfit rather than a wedding dress, some Mother of the Bride outfits can look great as an alternative. Or if its a bolero or wrap you’re after, take a look at the gorgeous ones by UK firm, Wrapor. There are some examples below, and if you are a plus-size beauty then take a look at the dresses by Alfred Angelo Bridal.
But I thought I’d show you a beautiful collection by Jill Harvey… perfectly elegant and great for a mature bride.
Mid-range Bridal Dresses
For those of us with gorgeous curves, it’s time to take a look at some wedding dress collections. Although I’m not a fan of the term ‘plus-size’ I guess it’s what everyone actually puts in a search bar, so I’ve relented. No sense in not being able to find what you want after all…
So here’s a selection of designer, mid-range bridal and budget outfits suitable for the more mature bride.
The first collection I discovered is by Alfred Angelo Bridal and the dresses are available in sizes 8-22.
Great if you’re looking for a traditional wedding dress. This one shown is available in sizes 6-30.
Next up is a floaty Grecian style number from inWeddingdress.com. It comes in 3 different shades and is made to order, so no matter what size you need – you can have this dress.
I think I’m probably right in saying that most of us who are 40+ brides would rather cover up their upper arms. No matter how successful the weight loss, it just never seems to make a difference to the wobbly bingo wings, does it?
Not a problem, that’s what jackets, boleros and wraps are for. Here’s just a few I’ve found recently.
UK company Wrapor have a fantastic range of bridal boleros and wraps. Here’s a taster selection from the current bridal collection.
Right, well hopefully that should keep you going with boleros and wraps and I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Wrapor site.
Now for some shorter length dresses (and jackets) that are currently amongst my favourites.
This next one from Chesca I’m especially fond of, and you can also get this label at John Lewis.
This next one is from dresswed.com where you’ll find links to more. The dresses are available in satin, taffeta and chiffon.
Alibaba.com also have a few really nice short dresses – here’s one in a tea-length with empire waist.
This one from AyaBridal on the Etsy site is actually a bridesmaid dress, but would look nice teamed with a jacket or bolero for a mature bride looking for a shorter length and a more informal look.
Have you got your shoes? Take a look at our latest article on the most gorgeous bridal footwear around. (PS link to come as still writing the article :))
For some ideas on wedding shoes, take a look at the article, Bridal Wedding Shoes for some gorgeous wedding styles from Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Emmy London.
Here’s a short article to help all brides out there battling with the onset of hormonal disruption. As you notice your skin changing with all the hormonal stuff that’s going on, and sweating becomes a major problem with foundation etc., you might find that makeup and menopause don’t necessarily like each other!
Not something that fills you with joy if you have your big day coming up.
Makeup and Menopause
I just came across this really helpful video from Lisa Eldridge. She’s helping a friend who’s going through the menopause deal with problems like skin changes. So, if you think you need a rethink about which type of makeup your skin needs as it moves into another era, have a look at this video.
It’s a great video and, as always, she uses great products. Personally, I love Laura Mercier’s primer and Secret Camoflage concealer with Liz Earl’s tinted moisturiser, though the latter can be a bit light if you’re between shades.
Having seen the video, I’m definitely off to give the Laura Mercier compact tinted moisturiser a go – and will give you an update on how it turns out in a month’s time…
Okay, so I’m a bit more than a month late…
I tried to get the compact but couldn’t! I ended up trying the liquid tinted moisturiser instead and to be honest, I can’t quite make up my mind about it. It’s definitely not something I would use for a wedding or an event, but for everyday use, seems absolutely fine. It doesn’t seem to last too long though, but maybe that’s just because I don’t use that much in the first place. I’d still like to try the compact version though so will keep trying to find it.
Next week I’m off to Estee Lauder for a makeup trial, so look out for an article on that by the end of November.