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Lace...The Middleton Effect! PDF Print E-mail
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Lace Wedding DressAfter the glorious Hampton Court lace on the Duchess of Cambridge's beautiful dress have you noticed the uptake of lace on celebrity brides.  Lily Allen's achingly stylish Delphine Manivet dress (www.delphinemanivet.com) which worked with her tiny baby bump so perfectly and fashion's darling Kate Moss had glittering lace on the bottom of her glamorous John Galliano gown (www.johngalliano.com) topped with a vintage inspired long lace veil.


On a personal note one thing I was very pleased to see on these style icons were straps and sleeves, which I think always look elegant and extremely flattering. Another beautiful neckline was the Armani duchesse silk gown (www.giorgioarmani.com) worn by Princess Charlene of Monaco, the folded boat neck was simply stunning.  It was obviously helped by the dress decoration of 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 Mother of Pearl drops and 30,000 gold stones no less!


In 1939 the great Coco Chanel said "I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin."
There are two major categories of hand-made laces, bobbin and needlelace as well as machine-made laces. 

Chantilly, is a handmade bobbin lace which is named after the town of Chantilly in France and was a favorite of Marie Antoinette and the more notorious Mme du Barry.

Honiton is a very delicate English bobbin floral lace and is named after the town of Honiton in Devon.  You can find lots of interesting information on the Honiton Lace Shop's website:  www.honitonlace.com

French Leavers is a luxurious machine made French cotton lace...very in vogue and trendy at the moment.

Brussels is famous for its delicacy and beauty and several examples can be seen on the Louise Vershueren Belgian Lace website: www.belgian-lace.com

Valenciennes is a rich bobbin lace.

Duchesse is Belgian bobbin lace sometimes with needlelace insertions in bold floral designs inspired by Marie-Henriette, Duchess of Brabant.

Lace has never really gone out of fashion and has been featured in recent collections from designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Catherine Holstien.  Now thanks to Kate Middleton we are set to see even more beautiful lace wedding dresses in the future.

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Your Wedding on Television? PDF Print E-mail
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This obviously isn't everyone's cup of tea, but Living TV's hit show 'Four Weddings' is looking for four more couples to take part in the next series.  If you haven't seen the show, four brides-to-be critique each others wedding's in an effort to win a dream honeymoon.

If you are planning your wedding between now and April and like the idea of having your wedding on television then drop me an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will pass on your details.

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Win £1200 of Marquee Decor Hire PDF Print E-mail
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Marquee at a WeddingYour Sussex Wedding magazine has teamed up with Crescent Moon, one of the country's leading event decoration specialists, to give readers the chance to win hire of their butterfly overlay panels, worth £1200.

The prize, which would add a fabulous touch to your marquee wedding, includes delivery and installation of the butterfly panels over the inside of the marquee and collection of the panels when your day is over.

For a chance to win, just go to http://www.yoursussexwedding.co.uk/competition.cfm?Competition_ID=85 and answer the question!

You can find out more about the event decoration services offered by Crescent Moon at their website: www.crescent-moon.co.uk

Closing Date is 22nd January 2010

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Alex and Mat's Wedding at Brockhurst School, Hermitage PDF Print E-mail
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Bride and Groom Wedding at Brockhurst SchoolAlex and Mat had their wedding at Brockhurst School near Hermitage on the 31st of October this year. Brockhurst School is a lovely Victorian neo-Gothic mansion set in extensive grounds in the Berkshire countryside.  The wedding ceremony takes place in the Great Hall which is overlooked by a gallery and is ideal for getting a different perspective for your wedding photographs.

Alex wore a stunning white lacy dress with white shoes and the tiara that her Mum wore at her wedding, which is a particularly nice touch.  The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown dresses with creamy white ribbon belts tied in a bow.  The colour combination of creamy whites and chocolate browns had been planned to work perfectly with the venue itself, which had been fitted out with gold chairs for the wedding breakfast.

Alex and Mat ensured that their guests were kept entertained during the evening while waiting for the music to start by supplying a range of games including Scalectrix, Jenga, Connect Four and even a Halloween themed dressing up box, which made for some unusual wedding photographs!

Having had a fabulous time, Alex and Mat flew out for a well deserved honeymoon in India the next day.

You can see more of Alex and Mat's wedding photographs here:  Alex and Mat's Wedding at Brockhurst School

If you are interested in learning more about Brockhurst School, you can visit their website here:  http://www.brockmarl.org.uk/

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Win a Dream Wedding and Honeymoon PDF Print E-mail
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Wedding Honeymoon Destination

Confetti have teamed up with Laguna Phuket and Tia Bridal to offer a fantastic wedding prize - a wedding and four night honeymoon in one of the Far East's best destination resorts, complete with a wedding dress from the Tia Bridal range.  The prize includes the bridal bouquet, corsage and altar flower arrangement, photographer during the ceremony, choice of spa treatment, guests signature book and much more.  Please note that flights are not included.  Further details can be found here:  Luxury Wedding Competition

Closing Date is 31st December 2009

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