Keen to see ladies making the most out of their bride-to-be-limelight, we highly encourage enjoying all elements of the planning, especially those that relate to piecing together the big day look.
Thankfully the shopping doesn’t end at picking a dress; for there are the all-important finishing touches to consider too, which ultimately complete the attire and help to reflect a bride’s individual style.
This includes everything from the veil, hair accessories and jewellery through to the shoes, giving ladies quite a lot to think about. Though the task may seem a little overwhelming there are experts on hand to assist, with many boutiques offering dedicated styling appointments to help bring a bride’s final look together. One such boutique, is our fabulous Sponsor, LOVE Bridal, located in the gorgeous market town of Altrincham.
Owner Emma Draper and her team love nothing more than assisting brides in finding their dream dress and then adding the perfect accessories to complete a bride’s big day vision. As such, they’re holding a fabulous accessories styling event alongside a Harriet Wilde Designer Day that will see brides professionally styled by the LOVE team, as well as designer behind the gorgeous Harriet Wilde brand, Ruth Shaw.
Taking place on Sunday 18th March, 11.30am to 3pm, those who attend can view and try on an extended range of beautiful Harriet Wilde shoes and accessories, as well as veils, jewellery, garters and more from LOVE’s other accessory designers. Spots are expected to be snapped up fast ladies, so if this sounds like a dream day to you, be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place on the guest list.
In the meantime, we’ve invited the lovely Emma to the blog today to tell us more about this wonderful event and to swoon some more over those stunning Harriet Wilde designs!
What can brides-to-be expect from the Harriet Wilde Designer Day and Accessory Styling Event?
emma says: Shoes, shoes, oh and some added bubbly and treats! We will be presenting the full range of beautiful Harriet Wilde shoes, plus a selection of hair accessories, veils, jewellery, garters and more from designers including Hermione Harbutt, Donna Crain, Halo & Co, Pompadour Lingerie, White Willow Bridal, Sassi Holford and Stewart Parvin. Alongside Harriet Wilde designer Ruth Shaw, LOVE’s very own stylists will be on hand to offer expert guidance and advice. And, if you purchase anything at the event, you’ll receive 10% off!
What do you love about Harriet Wilde designs and what type of bride do they appeal to?
Harriet Wilde is synonymous with unique design, luxurious embellishments, comfort and a high level of craftsmanship. Perfect for the bride who is looking to stand out from the crowd, with styles ranging from classic Italian ivory silk satin shoes to statement embellished heels and intricate gold floral laser cut peep toe lace up sandals!
The range includes the luxurious ready to wear bridal shoe collection with personal customisation, bespoke shoe atelier and coordinating hair accessories and handbags.
They’re not just shoes for brides either! If a mother-of-the-bride or -groom are looking for that special pair of shoes there are plenty of options. Harriet Wilde’s shoes are so versatile they can even be dyed to match a specific outfit.
Do you have a personal favourite from the Harriet Wilde collection and is there a particular design that proves poplar with your brides?
There are so many refreshing, stunning shoe options to choose from in Harriet Wilde’s collection. Of course, we love the embellished heels, which are available on a number of her shoe styles. The gold Peony low is certainly one of our favourites with her laser cut floral leather detailing and pretty bow ties, but an absolute classic favourite with us and our brides has to be the Joanie style, with her clever added platform. Such an elegant shoe, which moulds the foot beautifully with a delicate pointed toe, and is now available in two heel heights, depending on a bride’s preference. You can also add an embellished heel to this shoe style too! This shoe looks amazing with all sorts of dress skirt shapes, but a personal favourite is when they’re worn with a slinky silk crepe gown, such as the Sarah Seven ‘Belmont’ style, and you can just see a peek of shoe when the bride walks.
What advice would you give to brides when picking their accessories and in particular their shoes?
I would usually recommend choosing your accessories once you have chosen your dress, so you can then try different options, and make sure that they complement your dress style perfectly. For example, if you have chosen a heavily beaded gown then you may want to let the dress do the talking and opt for very delicate hair accessories rather than anything too elaborate – perhaps a diamanté comb or hair pins at the back of the head, or just a simple earring. For a more romantic, relaxed style gown or an elegant plain fitted gown with simpler fabrics and less detailing on the dress, then you might want to make more of a statement with your accessories, such as the Hermione Harbutt Floriana or Violette hair vines.
You might have thought that a veil isn’t quite ‘you’ or is ’too much’ but don’t rule it out straight away until you’ve tried one. There’s so many beautiful, simple veil options including soft silk tulle veils, draped back veils and more which complement softer dress styles and shapes. Alternatively, you may know you definitely want a veil and you want to tie it in closely with your dress style and fabric so there are many options for bespoke veils to complement your dress. Veils can come in any length you like too.
When considering shoe styles, consider the movement of your dress and how much of your shoe will be seen as you walk. A lot of our brides opt for a closed toe with a more fitted dress style rather than peep toe, so that the shoe will be seen instead of your toes (obviously when fitted correctly your dress should just tickle the floor and you shouldn’t see any shoe as you stand still, but it can then glide slightly over your shoe as you walk). Perhaps you’ve got a front or back slit on your dress, or a high-low hem so shoe choice will be even more important to you – those Harriet Wilde embellished heels would certainly be the perfect shoe choice for this!
Contrary to what a lot of people think, shoes certainly don’t go unnoticed – your photographer will be keen to capture them, you also might be required to lift your dress to walk up steps or get out of a car or lift your dress hem in case of inclement weather – so those shoes will definitely grab attention!
Overall with hair and accessory styling our one piece of advice would be to stay true to your style. Don’t go for something because somebody else thinks it goes with your dress – after all we firmly believe accessories usually divide people more than the actual dress choice; in one bridal party there’s usually more than a couple of magpies, and that might not be you! Tell your stylist exactly what you are looking for and they will go above and beyond to tailor your accessories to your dress and most of all your style.
What can brides get out of the event?
Brides will have the opportunity to meet the designer behind the Harriet Wilde shoes brand, Ruth Shaw, and she will be able to help you choose the perfect shoe style to suit your dress.
Our very own LOVE stylists Emma, Alex and Charlotte, will also be on hand to help you choose the perfect accessories from extended accessory collections from designers including Hermione Harbutt, Donna Crain, Sassi Holford, Stewart Parvin, Pompadour Lingerie, White Willow Bridal and more.
There will also be a fabulous 10% discount on all accessories purchased at the event, bubbly on tap and fabulous sweet treats from the amazing Cakes by Yolk!
What are you looking forward to most about the event?
To seeing lots of our LOVE brides again, and meeting lots of new brides-to-be too (it’s not just an event for our existing brides!) and helping them with their accessory choices. Above all, it’s an absolute honour to have Ruth here once again with her stunning shoe collection. This Designer Day happens just once a year so should not be missed, particularly for any Harriet Wilde shoe fans out there!
How can ladies go about securing a place at the event?
This is a unique opportunity and I’m expecting spots to book up fast so, if this sounds like the ideal way to spend your Sunday, email email@example.com to secure your spot.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the event and limited space, we can’t accommodate trying on wedding dresses during the event itself. However, if you’re a LOVE bride and have bought your dress from us then we will have a sample of your dress available to style accessories with (if still available in our current collection). If you purchased your dress elsewhere, please bring a photo or swatches of your dress rather than the dress itself.