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Posts from August 2019

 

Is it okay to wear a purple wedding dress? Yes or No?  

Ed Sheeran has been in town this week and half the population of Suffolk seem to have been to see the final performances of his 'Divide' tour. Ed is known for being born in Framlingham in Suffolk. He still has a strong allegance to this small market town with its fabulous 12th century castle on the hill 
 
Some time ago I was lucky enough to be able to view Mary Tudor's wedding dress in an exhibition at Framlingham Castle. Her bridal gown was purple and gold, traditional colours for royal wedding attire in those days. I remember being struck by how tiny the dress was. It was in very good condition if somewhat faded 
 
The only other celebrity purple wedding dress I can think of is Dita Von Teese's bridal gown for her marriage to Marilyn Manson. This enormous and lavish gown was made of deep purple silk taffetta and was worn with a tricorn hat 
 
 
Woman wearing lilac bridal gown carrying a pink bouquet

Purple - would you dare?  

So would you dare to do purple on your wedding day?  
 
There's probably a purple for all skin tones as purple is a wide-ranging hue with more or less blue and red undertones depending upon the shade. It's considered to be a very royal colour and is also said to be associated with luxury, ambition, wisdom, dignity and peace  
 
Still not sure you're either Mary or Dita? Best stick to white (or similar) 
 
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Love Nic XX 
 
 
Couple sitting on a bench, woman in purple dress, man in suit
 

Why do we 'get hitched'? 

I'm really pleased that this week we have signed up to wedding planning website 'Hitched' This website offers engaged couples lots of suggestions for how to make their wedding days perfect, including getting that all important wedding dress and those cute little flower girl dresses and pageboy outfits 
 
I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you where the phrase 'getting hitched' comes from. This is where the lovely image on the right comes in. Horses are traditionally hitched together. This helps them to pull the load in the wagon behind them. When couples get married they are joined together to share the responisbilities and pleasures of life, hence the phrase 'getting hitched' 
 
Nic XX 
 
Image @grafx6 c/o unsplash 
 
 
 
 
Two horses together in a field
 

Dogs at weddings, yes or no, which way do you go?  

So, what do you think - is having your dog at your wedding super cute or just downright daft?  
 
Quite a lot of celebrities thought it was super cute. I've got to admit that the little fluff-ball in the image on the right is the very definition of super cute. So perhaps having your beloved dog at your big day is a no-brainer provided you're happy to be upstaged..... 
 
Not afraid of the competition, all time favourite girl-next door- Jennifer Anniston had her dogs, Dolly and Sophie at her wedding to Justin Theroux in 2015. The lucky ladies had a doggie make-over from an LA dog spa to ensure they looked their very best. They're still in Jennifer's life, Justin isn't, oops  
white dog wearing purple bow tie
 

Creased Bridal Gown? - Ewwwww, No! 

I want to talk about 'The Dress of a Thousand Creases'. It really needs no introduction but of course I'm talking about Princess Diana's wedding dress. Why exactly was it creased, you ask? Well, apart from the obvious, which is that it was enormous and stuffed into a less than spacious carriage? My theory is that the designers overlooked one of the basics of construction - a simple net lining 
 
Where there's any danger of creasing we back our wedding dress silks with net. Due to its honeycomb design net is essentially forced to spring back to its original shape when crumpled. This takes the silk with it. 'Simples' as Alexander and Sergei would say 
Soldiers on horseback
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