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Intimate weddings are on the rise and whether it be out of choice or not, they don’t have to mean small wedding ideas. In fact with less guests you can make your big day super personalised and add elements which may not have been an option with a larger wedding, after all your wedding day is about the two of you tying the knot… make it yours! Here we’ve rounded up some ideas if you’re planning a smaller gathering with our top 5 small wedding ideas and advice.

 

Small Wedding Ideas: How to Make Your Intimate Wedding Have The Wow Factor

The Venue

Think outside the box when it comes to the venue; there are some limitations dependant on the type of ceremony you would like, however, with a smaller number of guests you have a wider range of venues to pick from. Whether that be an outdoor space where the two of you met, for a picnic wedding day, your favourite restaurant, a museum or an art gallery, these are just to name a few. Get your thinking cap on and come up with a unique venue for you and your guests to enjoy your special day. Don’t forget to consider the lighting of your venue as this can make all the difference to the ambience of the day, whether it be romantic candles or sparkling fairy lights.

 

The Dress

When it comes to small wedding ideas the dress isn’t something you should overlook, if anything, make it more "wow". The dress and bridal details should definitely be somewhere where you should splurge. Get the dress of your dreams, something that you look and feel amazing in; just because you’re having a small wedding doesn’t mean you have to have a small dress! Our Le Papillon range is perfect if you're wanting a luxury "wow" factor dress.

 

Small Wedding Ideas: How to Make Your Intimate Wedding Have The Wow Factor

 

The Cake

You can still go big on your cake! Make it part of the décor and build your styling around it. You could ask your cake maker to do some faux layers if you’re worried about waste, or there’s always more cake for you and your guests to enjoy if you decide not to take that route! Have some takeaway boxes for your guests so they can take some cake away, or send it to people who couldn’t make the big day, but you still want to include.

There are also lots of other alternatives for a dessert if you decide to not have a cake at all: hire a food cart for crepes, macarons, ice cream or sweets, or choose an alternative cheeseboard cake to include in your wedding breakfast.

 

Small Wedding Ideas: How to Make Your Intimate Wedding Have The Wow Factor

 

Table Styling

Create a stunning tablescape for you and your guests. With a small table you can go full on luxury with your space. Opulent flowers, beautiful table centrepieces and perfect place settings. Think of it as the picture-perfect dinner party!

 

Small Wedding Ideas: How to Make Your Intimate Wedding Have The Wow Factor

Personalisation

Make your guests feel loved with a super personalised ceremony and reception. Make everything personalised, from napkins and menus, to favours and speeches and any other gifts you want to shower them with to say thank you for attending your special day. Think about things they can keep and will be a reminder of the wonderful day they had; people also love things that are unique to them, so add a bit of luxury personalisation and your guests will love you for it. Make it an experience for your guests too, the details are the finishing touches to your small wedding ideas.

 

 

If you need any more help or advice when it comes to choosing your dress, get in touch - we offer an intimate relaxed friendly atmosphere, with an exclusive use boutique that you and your guests can enjoy!

 

 

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I am writing this while we are in lockdown and thinking how I can help all the brides-to be out there with their wedding planning. With experts saying people are spending on average 5 hours extra online a day, I am sure many of you are using that time to search out your wedding suppliers and to get inspiration of the look and feel of the big day. But what about wedding dresses, that you need to try on to find the "one"? Today I am sharing some advice on what you can be doing now, to help you move further towards finding that dream wedding dress.

 

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Use Pinterest to create a board of wedding dress ideas that you love

 

Pinterest is a great platform to gather ideas together of what you love, but also to discount what you don't like. Create a board (and maybe make it secret so your partner cannot see it) and pin images of dresses that you love. Be open minded - look at all lengths, colours and shapes as you may surprise yourself. You may want to share the board with your bridesmaids and mum to get their thoughts but remember, it is your dress! This is a fun part of wedding planning and can be done for all areas of your day - so pour yourself a glass of wine and lose yourself in all the prettiness.

 

Google styles to find designers you love (or use Instagram and blogs)

 

Once you have shortlisted some styles, now is the time to hone this down to designers. Use search engines and Pinterest itself to research, but also Instagram and wedding blogs too. If you find any that you like, you can then visit the designer's website to discover your local supplier. A great idea is to bookmark them and to follow them so you can see new designs that may be announced soon.

 

You can also use this search time to find local wedding dress boutiques to see the wedding dresses that they stock. Most should have a gallery page for the stocked designers and maybe some real brides too. 

 

Ask for recommendations from local Facebook groups and wedding groups

 

If you have no ideas at this point (however I am sure that you will) why not ask locally for recommendations of wedding dress boutiques. Ask on local Facebook groups and join bride/wedding groups too. Some wedding groups are even hosting virtual fairs! Check out their reviews on Google and Facebook to get an idea of what other brides have said. 

 

Email the boutique to check their availability 

 

While all shops are closed at this time, most wedding dress boutique owners will be checking their emails and DMs. Send them a message to ask about the dresses they stock, the designers and styles but also what their availability is like for you to view virtually. While you cannot try them on, you can start to fall in love and maybe, even pinpoint your dream dress. Just remember that it is lockdown so we may take slightly longer than usual to get back to you.

 

Book a consultation for after lockdown

 

When you email them, take the time to book a consultation for when you think lockdown will end. Of course we don't know when that is, but the appointment can always be moved. We know that when this is over (and it WILL be over) you will all desperate to get trying on our dresses so it is a good idea to have an appointment planned. It will also give you something to look forward to!

 

 

We know these are uncertain times, but I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that we are not going anywhere and that we cannot wait to see you all again soon and to help you find your perfect wedding dress.

 

Kay x

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Wedding dress shopping is far from your average shopping trip, and it’s not something all of us have done before, so doing your research before starting to find the perfect one for you is definitely sound advice. Visiting a bridal boutique is a far cry from high street shopping, expect to be in good hands as bridal boutique assistants know everything there is to know about their wedding dresses and how the process works. No question is a silly question and don’t be afraid to ask at any point.

 

We’ve put together our top 17 questions to ask, just so you’re in the know- you may not have thought about some of them!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Booking Your Appointment

Wedding dress shopping appointments generally last between 1-1.5 hours, and you may be limited to the amount of guests you can bring. Make sure they stock the types of dresses and designers you’ve been looking at and that they are within your price range, to really make sure  that this is the right boutique for you.

 

Ask the following…

  • How long will my appointment be?
  • How many people can I bring with me?
  • Do you stock (designer)? Or (ballgown/fishtail/boho) styles of dresses?
  • What is your price range of gowns?

 

At Your Appointment

When you come to trying on the dresses, it’s an exciting process with lots of mixed emotions, so relax and enjoy the process. Take recommendations and advice from your bridal assistant and think about your vision for your wedding day. If allowed, it’s always good to take pictures while wedding dress shopping so you can look back at your favourite dresses and compare. Think about amendments, alterations and accessories to make it perfect for you as it might just be the deciding factor on whether it’s the one, or not!

 

Ask the following…

  • What style will suit my body shape? (Check out our blog on How to choose the right dress for your body shape
  • Can I take pictures?
  • What’s the timeframe for me to decide and order my dress, and how long will it take for my dress to arrive?
  • What amendments could be made to this dress? For example, if you love the dress but really wanted sleeves ask whether these can be added?
  • What accessories would you add/do you have available?

 

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

Once You’ve Found The One

Once you have found your perfect dress you’ll be filled with excitement! Enjoy the moment and think about the next process of making your dress perfect for you. You’ll need to know about alterations, payment plans, any other services that you may need from the boutique and any other costs that you need to be aware of, and plan for.

 

Ask the following…

  • Do you have an in-house or recommended seamstress?
  • What would be the estimated costs of alterations?
  • What is the deposit/payment plan?
  • How much time do I need for alterations?
  • Can a bustle be added to the dress?
  • Do you have a post-wedding cleaning service for my dress to preserve it? 
  • Can the boutique store the dress for you once it’s delivered and before alterations?
  • Are there any extra costs?

 

Wedding dress shopping is the ultimate dress up so enjoy the process and take advice where needed along the way! Have your vision at the forefront of your mind and work out what you're willing to compromise on! And finally, make sure you not only love the dress, but you feel amazing in it!

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

 

 

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