‘ Summer solstice and a million butterflies, flitting swarms of natures finest, Honeysuckle and lemon peekaboo between trees, softly buzzing bees feed at their breast,Jugs of wine and wedding dresses, a splash of crimson on white lace,A thousands echoes of laughter and cheer, the mother looks on with dewy eyes,Twenty tears intermingle as one, salt mixed with honey equals sadness and joy,The sermon begins at one with nature, true loves first kiss swallowed by the bride,Til death do us part may no man cheat, through the infinity war true love still exists’
The concept of true love is almost mythical in its context, with the divorce rate being at 47% it can be difficult to believe that true love is around the corner. That being said reading tales of husband and wife dying in each others arms because they cannot live without each other is heartrending and makes me believe that somewhere out there is a soulmate waiting to ride with me into the sunset. But a girl can only dream and while I don’t plan on getting married anytime soon, I have a few friends weddings coming up that I need inspiration for and who better than Debenhams? The ultimate connoisseur of ‘Bridal, Occasion and Formal Wear’, Debenhams is a leading international brand founded by William Hall in 1778. A mix of international and British orientated pieces make up Debenhams showstopping bridal collections and it is their unique celebration of British patriotism infused with cutting edge international trends that makes Debenhams the ideal venue to shop wedding, bridesmaids and guests dresses as well as accessories that will transform you into a budding bloom. The trend of the moment is the ubiquitous floral motif which has been popular since its surge in prominence in the 1950’s. Timeless, trend orientated and flattering the staple hero print has inspired Debenhams latest wedding collection and correlates with my own personal style ethos. To me wearing floral is not only timeless but it is a positivity booster too. Florals reminds me of warmer weather where the bees are suckling at the ripening flowers and wedding season comes knocking at our door. The wedding frenzy might be officially here but do not panic because me and Debenhams have the occasion wear for any wedding guest or bride.
The Flower Girl
No bridal party would be complete without an adorable flower girl at her side and who better than Debenhams to cater to your needs? From floral fantasies to white lace the construction of the ultimate Flower Girl Fest is now on. Nothing screams ‘Flower Girl’ like this floral Monsoon wonder. Printed with delicate ‘tea party’ inspired roses and carnations, the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt creates a timeless silhouette befit for a princess. With a tie up bow and pretty in pink, the delicacy of the ‘Sasha’ dress is paired with silver glitter ballet pumps with a t-bar strap while the ice white flower basket and matching flower crown makes Sasha a princess that lives between the trees. Fearless but feminine Sasha is no cardboard cut out and neither should your kids. Remember to choose a ‘Flower Girl’ dress or jumpsuit/trousers that they are comfortable wearing. Being alternative is good.
The Bride From Hollywood glamour to frothy princess worthy concoctions Debenhams has the wedding dress to complete your special day. So whether you are a classic a-line sheath kinda bride or are into channeling your 20’s flapper vintage style dress Debenhams will get your marching down the aisle in a blink of an eye.
1.Ben De Lisi Occasion Ivory ‘Princess’ wedding dressA fairytale concoction, this Princess inspired wedding dress makes all your wishes come true. With a traditional full skirted design fused with delicate layers of tulle, the simple design echoes the silhouette of Disney’s finest Princess ‘Cinderella’. Featuring a bodice with sheer cross over straps and sweetheart neckline the dress is a Princesses dream come true. Pair with a faux fur shrug, white fresh water pearl tiara and crochet lace heels to top off the ‘Princess’ look. The Bridesmaid Dress The bride is decked out in all her glory but where are her bridesmaids? Looking fierce and fabulous of course, the bridal gown may be the talk of the town but the bridesmaids are just as swish in their fairytale concoctions that could have been plucked straight out of a fairytale book.
Featuring the exquisite ‘Havern’ dress from Coast, this Debenhams classic is timeless, elegant and above all wearable outside of weddings. Keep the look simple and elegant with sorbet pink ‘Kurt Geiger’s Natural Bailey’ high heels, a textured assymetrical clutch from ‘Debut’ and tie your hair in a ‘John Richard’ barette bun for optimal sophistication. Bridesmaids never go out of style thanks to Debenhams. The Wedding Guest Fresh off the boat from their last wedding nuptials, the wedding guest needs a dress that can transcend all occasions and be wearable outside of the wedding season. Look no further than Debenhams wedding guests one stop shop for all things wedding related.
What better ‘guest dress’ to tickle you pink than this 50’s style sweetheart bodice with a full A-line skirt? The Giugletta Printed Dress from Coast features a boned neckline and bardot straps which slips effortlessly off the shoulder to adhere to a 50’s Hollywood starlet look. Unlike the bride or bridesmaid the wedding guest needs a dress that is fresh, light but most of all wearable for any occasion. Giugletta needs no introduction and will have guests clamoring to know your fashion secrets. So go on whats it going to be me or Giugletta?More accessory orientated than the other wedding appropriate looks the wedding guest exudes confidence and sensuality through colour. From the splash of vivid red ‘Faith’ heels and suedette bag to the delicate rose gold pieces the only name on everyone’s lips will be yours. Pair a minimalist 90’s charm necklace with a kitsch cat watch and matching ring for the cutest add ons around.The Mother Of The BrideBeing a mother of the bride is not ‘dowdy’ but a chance to put on your finest dress and show that you can be beautiful no matter what age you are. With its delicate Oasis meets VA floral print and blush accents the Mother of The Bride’s Phase Eight ‘Lizzy’ dress is understated but ‘maximal’ enough to make an impact. Pair sugar pink KG patent heels with a cropped bell sleeve ceramic pink tailored Monsoon jacket while the small forest green Parfois Reef purse and mint Red Herring tropical earrings adds some much needed zest to the traditional look.
Do you need inspiration for your wedding guests or are you stuck on what to buy your mother in Law? Then look to Debenhams for the perfect wedding inspiration!
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