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Brides in suits - yes/no? 

There weren't too many women wearing suits at the Oscars this year. But costume designer Sandy Powell stole the show wowing audiences with her white tailoring. She invited celebrities to sign the garment to raise money. Go girl! 
But, brides-to be, would you wear a suit to your wedding. If the answer is yes you'd be in stylish company, read on to find out why.......  
Female in suit with bow tie

White wedding suit wows the crowds 

In 1971 Bianca Jagger impressed rock 'n' royalty in a fabulous white Yves St Laurent suit and floppy hat when she married Mick Jagger. Underneath she wore a long silk shirt which left nothing to the imagination. Do you think Grandma noticed? Naaah, we think you got away with it Bianca  
For your own show-stopping outfit look no further than a Lychgate bespoke bridal gown. Just don't forget to dress up your little one in a gorgeous pageboy outfit with it's own statement waistcoat  
To book your appointment for a free intial consultation click here  
Love Nic XXX 

Are your flower girl dresses fit for royalty? 

As usual there was a lot of flesh on show from the leading ladies at the BAFTAs. In my view though the person showing the least looked the best. Round of applause for our very own Duchess of Cambridge. She wore a modest but gorgeous McQueen dress which she first wore in 2012.  
Thumbs up to the Duchess: 
Good dress sense - tick  
Environmentally aware - tick, tick 
Sheer bloomin' star quality -tick, tick tick 
For little girls who aspire to be queen, buy our Ianthe & Leilani flower girl dresses. Available in gold (and other super pretty colours) from £115 

Are you ready for your child's First Communion?  

Ten words associated with First Communion: 
Purity, Innocence, Light, Goodness, Brilliance, Humility, Sincerity, Softness, Perfection, Faith 
Who could possibly resist and why would you want to? 
Fionn and Erin communion dresses, also perfection. From £130 made to order for the most special little girls 

Gorgeous limited edition girls cotton dresses on sale soon  

Check out Lychgate's range of exclusive limited edition girls' cotton summer dresses. We just love the ruffle pockets (marmalade sandwich compartments as Paddington would say). Not to mention the pretty ruffled hem (not suitable for any type of sandwich but great for twirling around)  
These dresses are available in ages 3, 4, 5 and 6 and will be on sale at Lychgate's stand in the craft marquee at the 2020 Suffolk Show. They're a limited edition and you know what they say........... 
If you snooze zzzzzzzz, you lose 
Girls cotton dresses

Childrenswear by natty knitters makes headlines worldwide 

It was lovely to see baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in his natty bobble hat on his hols in Canada. Looks like he's going to be needing it to keep his head warm full-time in the future. This global image gave a tremendous boost to the community knitting enterprise from New Zealand that produced it 
A quick shout out therefore to all natty knitting enterprises for charity throughout the UK. My own elderly mother has spent many a happy hour in her local library knitting away. She, and a group of like-minded ladies produce wool all-in-ones for babies born in impoverished circumstances. These babies are often wrapped only in newspaper and are known as 'fish and chip' babies 
Good luck to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in whatever they do and wherever they live. Much better in the long-run for baby Archie to have two happy parents 
Child in hat

Chillin' with Santa and his elves in Lychgate's party dress and pageboy waistcoat  

It's said that Santa started with six elves and now has over 85,000. Santa's first six elves were called Alabaster, Bushy Evergreen, Pepper Mistix, Shinny Upatree, Sugarplum Mary and Wurnorse Openslae. Apparently... 
Sugarplum Mary is the chief cook and develops Santa's special sweet recipes. She's known to be feisty and she teaches kung fu to the elves. So they say... 
The author Louisa May Alcott was first to mention Christmas elves in an unpublished work. The first illustration was in 1873 in Godey's Lady's Book which showed Santa surrounded by elves and toys 
Check out Rosy Posy bear in her Christmas party dress and a pageboy waistcoat, chillin with Santa and his foxy elves 
Thanks to wiki and elfcrazy.com for the facts! 

Inspired flower girl dresses in production... 

This week I was lucky enough to see the Royal Ballet's latest production of Sleeping Beauty at the fabulous Royal Opera House in Covent Garden 
There have been many productions of this ballet over the years. Perhaps the most notable production was the 1946 version. This was the first ballet to be performed in the ROH after the war. The ROH had been pressed into service for war purposes and a spectacular version of this epic ballet was just the ticket to lift the spirits 
This 2019 ballet was, utterly charmingly, a faithful receation of the 1946 production with its classic scenery and costumes. Read on to find out what has inspired Lychgate....  

Tell me that castle is available for weddings.... 

You might imagine that this very impressive fortress must be in one of the world's great cities, but you would be wrong 
This is the Scaliger Castle and was built by the Scaliger Lords of Verona . It stands on a tiny spit in the middle of Lake Garda, in Northern Italy and allowed the Lords views of both sides of the lake. It's strategic position, at a time when Italy was divided into many ruling areas, was crucial to having overall control of the lake area 
The Scala family, of La Scala Opera House fame, also had control of the castle in the thirteenth century and added the dungeon. Read on to find out if you can get married there (maybe not in the dungeon though)......... 

Flower Girl Fest at Berlin's TV Tower 

The truth is I've no idea how many flower girls would fit into Berlin's TV Tower. But the sphere shown at the top would be a fabulous place for a wedding reception. Imagine sweeping around the sphere, built to mimic a sputnik satellite, in your wedding dress, train trailing glamorously behind. It was intended to mimic a Sputnik Satellite and, the GDR who built it, wanted it to light up in red, the colour of socialism 
When I visited recently I was struck by the contrast between the futuristic TV Tower and the spire of the Marienkirche just in front. Equally beautiful it might just suit the tad more conventional amongst you 

Ingredients for TV Tower Wedding Pie (or should that be strudel?) 

1. A head for heights 
2. Good legs for climbing 368 metres (only kidding, there's a lift) 
3. Excellent eye-sight or your spectacles (get that view!) 
4. A Lychgate wedding dress with long train for swishy-swish-swishing about 
5. 3, 33 or even 333 flower girls to race about in Lychgate flower girl dresses. The Tower can accommodate 350 people! 

Fancy getting married in a fairy-tale cathedral? 

If I said this cathedral was located in the largest ancient castle complex in the world would you guess where it was? 
The chances are that unless you've been there the Czech Republic would not spring to mind. This fabulous cathedral with gold-tipped spires and amazing stained glass windows sits within the grounds of Prague Castle. It was built in two chunks due to the intervention of war, and several centuries, each an exquisite homage to gothic architecture 
St Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle
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