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style sheet. grey lady

March 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry


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Perhaps the most talked about hue in the world right now following the first film release of E L James’ saucy books. But today ladies we’re keeping things clean and classy (no cable ties here) as we take a look at how different tones of elegant grey can be incorporated into elements of your big day for some seriously swoon-worthy styling.

Grey has long been favoured by brides and grooms, particularly when paired with blush pink for a truly classic colour palette. And while this particular pairing continues to prove popular, we’re pushing the boundaries a little further by focusing on other ways to give the neutral shade a bold boost.

So sit back and let us show you some greys that are equally as irresistible as Jamie Dornan (well, almost!).

glistening greys

Grey - Glistening

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Sprinkling a little sparkle over a grey colour scheme adds instant glamour for those wanting to throw an opulent affair. Glittering greys also work particularly well with crisp winter weddings by emitting a frosty ice like appearance.

Brides who choose to go down this route may well have a tough time deciding on their big day attire with numerous sparkling dresses and accessories available from boutiques and online. Many dress designs feature twinkling detailing in silver sequins and mirrored beads, varying from top-to-toe adornments to just hints of sparkle on sleeves, bodices and belts. But if a bride would rather steer clear from heavy detailing they can still achieve a glistening grey effect by opting for a satin or silk dress design that gleams in the light.

Alternatively brides can leave the full on sparkle to their maids and instead just pick out one or two dazzling accessories to complete their own look, such as a jewel-encrusted headpiece and a pair of head-turning heels (Jimmy Choo and Louboutin being particular experts in this area).

While the groom is unlikely to get in on the glitter it can most certainly be doused over the décor. To set the scene at the reception we advise couples to go for one of two looks; matt grey table dressings finished with twinkling accessories such as glitter edged stationery, antique style tea light holders and metallic spray-painted flowers and foliage, or alternatively switch it round and lay out lavish sequined table cloths or runners, keeping tableware simple in white and silver. Candles and glass touches are particularly good for capturing and reflecting glistening details so be sure to add in such décor for maximum effect.

pastel palette

Grey - Pastels

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Like we said by no means are we against the classic slate grey and pretty pink combo but there are ways in which couples can mix up the look a little to separate themselves from the crowd. So instead of just going for the default duo why not add two, three or even four playful pastels to the palette?

Think baby blue, powder pink, lilac, lemon, peach and mint – so many delicious possibilities!

The mismatched bridesmaid dress trend works a dream in these sweet shades and means maids can pick a hue that suits their hair colour and complexion rather than struggling to come to an agreement on just one colour for all.

Both the bride and groom can incorporate the palette into their chosen outfits too. The Honour dress from Stephanie Allin is a gorgeous option for brides with a pastel scheme as it features a sage green sash and romantic pale pink corsage. Meanwhile to lift their classic grey suit, grooms can add pop of colour in a pastel tie or even a dicky bow.

A pastel scheme lends itself to spring and summer weddings beautifully and is a top choice for those having outdoorsy weddings with celebrations held in barns, marquees and tepees. When decorating such venues we love to see soft and playful additions such as paper pomp poms and lanterns hanging from ceilings, big blousy flowers such as roses and peonies in simple vases and jars and soft organza sashes draped across chair backs.

To put it simply, let the grey act as your base here and then build upon it in pastels to your heart’s content.

shades of grey

Grey - Shades Of

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Struggling to decide on which shade of grey to go for? Then why not use tones from the light to dark end of the spectrum to add interest and depth to the scheme? The result is a clean, crisp and sophisticated look.

For brides wanting to move away from traditional white or ivory for their gown, grey is an ideal option as it doesn’t force ladies to step too far out of the comfort zone. As well as ethereal princess style designs with voluminous tulle skirts there are elegant slim-line designs with dainty detailing, providing options for all shapes, sizes and tastes.

Another option is to dress the bridesmaids in varying tones of grey and possibly also in different dress designs to suit their individual figures. Think of mixing up asymmetrical gowns with strapless and capped sleeve designs in dove, stone, slate shades for the desired effect.

Again this is a look the groom and his men can adopt too, either by mismatching their trousers, suit jackets and ties or selecting one shade for the groom and another for the groomsmen to make it easy to differentiate between the two.

Elsewhere different tones can be used in the cake design (we heart ombre culinary creations), in the tableware and centrepieces and also the stationery to give the scheme consistency from beginning to end.

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style sheet. glitter & gold

February 18th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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It’s no secret that us Brides Up North ladies go a little weak at the knees for anything pretty that glistens & sparkles.

When dreaming of weddings our thoughts are often tinged with a golden glittery hue to take the glamour up a notch. And it would appear we aren’t the only ones. A golden stream of inspiration is continuously flowing from current weddings as couples incorporate the rich colour into their proceedings, creating celebrations with a glittering wow-factor.

While some are choosing to add a metallic shine to just one or two elements, such as the bride’s shoes or bridesmaid dresses, others are going all out with glitzy accents scattered throughout the big day.

In the first of our new style sheet series, we provide some sparkling inspiration for couples that fancy going for gold.


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pastels with pizazz

Pretty pastels are a popular palette with wedding couples owing to their soft and romantic appearance – but for couples looking to stand out from the crowd we suggest adding a golden edge.

Sage green and blush pink work particularly well with gold, but couples could also choose from powder blue, lilac and peach to create the desired look.

Set the scene for your guests by picking out gold encrusted save the dates and invites encased in playful pastel envelopes and continue the theme across your stationery for the big day in name place settings, table plans and menus.

Brides have several options when it comes to the attire. They could opt for a traditional ivory dress and put their maids in pastel shades. Little gold sparkling touches could then be added in glitzy ribbons wrapped around the bouquets, the bride’s shoes or what about a pink and gold glitter mani? Alternatively a bride might want to opt for a shimmering gown herself and add pastel blooms to her bouquet for consistency.

For the reception décor sequin tablecloths remain popular but can come at quite a price so perhaps just reserve these for key areas, such as the sweetie table or cake stand, or consider sparkling table runners instead.

For special touches add pastel flowers, such as carnations and peonies, to varying heights of gold encrusted bottles (which you could easily create yourself) and use for table centre displays or dotted around the venues on shelves and window sills.


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bold with gold

We would love to see more couples pushing the boundaries and going for an all-out golden wedding, which look particularly striking during the winter season. We’re talking attire, décor, maids and more all adorned with fabulous metallics.

Just having the one strong accent colour means you can get away with including it in more areas of the big day without making it look too OTT.

To strike the right balance I think the bride needs to make a decision as to whether she will be the one dripping in gold from top to toe or if her maids will be emitting an iridescent shine. For brides taking the golden ticket we say go hard or go home, so once you’ve picked your red-carpet worthy dress choose bold blooms to complete your head-turning look.

Meanwhile brides giving their maids golden gowns can add extra interest by opting for a mix of sparkling designs, from plain dresses with glistening detail to fully sequined frocks in varying metallic shades.

Brides sticking to ivory or white can glam-up their attire by adding glitzy accessories, such as gold encrusted shoes and elegant headpieces. Golden flowers aren’t really an option unless sprayed but brides opting for a vintage look could go for a jewelled bouquet made up of precious broaches, buttons, pearls and fabric flowers.

When it comes to décor, anything covered in gold will do the trick – pretty vases, table numbers, stationery, cloths and even just a simple scattering of glitter on the table tops or along the aisle. Candles are also a fab addition as the light will pick out any glittering details and make them shine and sparkle.


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white gold

If the full gold look is a little bit too much to handle, why not keep it simple with a pure white wedding that has just hints of the glam hue. This combination makes for a highly stylish and elegant theme when executed correctly.

Try to include some sparkle in your invites so guests know they are in for a glittering affair but also keep the look clean and sophisticated.

Once again a bride will need to decide if it’s her or her leading ladies that will be donning the metallic hue. For brides that choose a sparkling dress for themselves all other areas, such as jewellery and accessories, should be kept fairly simple. A bouquet of plain blooms also adds a lovely contrast.

It may be that the groom wants to get in on the act too by picking out a gold tie, pocket square or even a gold and white striped bow tie.

Set a white palette for your décor and then build it up with golden additions in centre pieces, chair sashes and table wear. A crafty touch that brides could create themselves is glitter-dipped feathers that can be hung from the ceiling or placed on tables.

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