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White is an Option

18 Jun


Morning people!

Today, I’m gonna be flying a flag and raising my protest sign with this one simple statement for all brides-to-be: White is an Option. Now, if I were you, I’d run a mile at this point in the article, for fear of an array of rainbow coloured dresses that I might have waiting in the wings; somethings just shouldn’t be messed with, right? Brides should just wear white, right? Wrong. If white just isn’t your colour, if it washes your complexion out, or it just doesn’t suit you, here at Festival Brides we’ve broken down our favourite ways to embrace this trend for 2014. Not a bright rainbow display, but 3 subtle concepts: the Golden Girl, the 2014  Nude and the sea-grown shades of Mermaid Tones. So, no need to panic, boho brides, we’re keeping it chic, sophisticated and oh-so cool.

Golden Girl

Inspired by the Lane’s most recent real wedding, Richard and Jacqui, we were reminded of just how incredibly striking an entirely sequinned gold dress can be. Working especially well for red heads and brunettes, a deep yellow gold dress, paired with a smokey eye and rich berry lip is a seroiusly rad statement in almost any setting. The shimmering gold tones prove a beautiful contrast against a natural, outdoor backdrop as well as proving equally divine set in an indoor venue. Work a simply palette alongside your dress, embracing either sultry berry tones for your maids, or even a super chic array of  short black bridesmaid dresses. Your maids will only thank you for choosing a sassy LBD for them! It’s a super chic, deep sultry summer palette – no pastel shades here thank you very much!

And just incase you’re concerned as to how your golden gown will come across in black and white shots; have no fear the texture and shine of the sequins is just insane. Par exemple…



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The 2014 Nude

We are in love with shades of nude, and this trend is huge for 2014 and right into 2015 also. So, how to go for a nude gown without looking: a) just like any other guest and b) like you showed up naked. Well, the 2014 answer is to add a layer of ornate, shape defining white lace over your nude coloured slip – et violà, you get a gown that’s a subtly original statement, a gentle step away from the all white gown and only the chicest thing I’ve ever seen! You can go as subtle as you like with this trend, a hint of nude just peeping through layers of sheer white, or a distinctive white lace design in contrast with the deeper shade of nude, either way it’s incredible.

One of our favourite designers, Rue De Seine, is leading the way in this trend with their ‘Young Love’ Collection. One of the most prominent uses of pretty lace over a nude slip, it’s a kind of faux reveal that gives it that edgy boho vibe, whilst remaining effortlessly pretty and romantic. They’ve also reversed this style, with their entirely nude Dahlia gown, enhancing its gorgeous tone with heavy white beaded adornment. We are just majorly lusting over every single one…

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If that isn’t grown-up, sophisticated colour, I don’t know what is! Just chic, so chic.

Mermaid Tones

Those mischievous, mythical creatures, Mermaids scream sexy, sultry and oh-so tempting and they’re a major trend for 2014. Now, there’s no need to resort to Disney’s Ariel as your go-to imagery, we’re talking muted sea foam, an almost dirty shade of seabed mauve and silver embellishment in abundance. It’s elegantly feminine, a delicately subdued palette that demands a heavy dose of texture to truly bring it to life. Beach festival perfect, it’s equal measures of sophistication and playfulness, suggesting an almost impish charm.

Pair these sea inspired gowns with ‘mermaid waves’: loose, long dishevelled locks with plenty of salty texture and dark nails to enhance that sense of mischievous siren. These hues work incredibly for blondes and brunettes alike, as well as those with a paler complexion who might be left looking a little washed out in a white fabric. Mermaids: swoon.

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The Ultimate Statement

Of course, if this is all still a little too light in colour for you, the ultimate statement is of course a black gown. If done right, a black gown can be the most incredibly strikingly look. There are a few keys to getting this right, and most of them revolve around fabric: employ multiple layers of sheer, soft chiffons so the shade of black gentle grows on the skin, helping you avoid a look that’s too stark. You might also want to try matte fabrics, cottons with maybe a subtle embroidery anglaise to revert the look away from anything too glamourous, and toward a softer, rustic country feel. Pair dark dresses with soft, unstructured hair, light natural make up and delicate blooms and jewels to keep this look refined, delicate and feminine.

The main key of course is to just go with it! Be your free spirited self and wear what you’re comfortable in, what suits you. Black will always be a firm favourite in our wardrobes, so why the hell not on our wedding day? In the words of Robert Leev, ‘I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour.’


Much love,

Clare X

Festival Brides: We’re Still Blushing

4 Jun

Oh heyyy, Blushing Brides!

I just wanted to take a moment today to affirm to you guys that here at Festival Brides, we still adore the Blush trend. It’s been around a little while now, but it’s not going anywhere fast. Soft, warm pinky hues remain a huge trend across the realms of florals, dresses and stationary for 2014. Embrace it full on, or gently splash a tint of watercolour pink across your invites… There’s a multitude of ways to approach the blush trend and they’re all just so darn gorgeous.


A Deep Shade of Blush

So, I was kinda scared that you boho gals might take one look at the title of this post and run a mile, for fear of something way too prissy pink! But have no fear, I’m not particularly a pink girl myself, but we’re keeping our blush looks totally boheme and subtle. This is sexy blush, nothing too cute.

For us, it’s all about how you blush. To avoid that sickly sweet, super girlie look, combine blush hues with quirky elements like the fun ‘Next Step’ save the dates below, or bohemian patterns such as the Morroccan tile print. Keep it subtle, and if you’re still unsure, try deepening the shade of blush you’re using or, at the opposite end of the scale, washing it out to a paler tone.

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Sipping on Rosé

If  drinks could say ‘Come Hither’, my goodness would it be these beauties! Blush hued cocktails are some of the most beautiful. Yes, half of them are adorned with flowers or herbs and yes, the majority are fruit based, but make no mistake, they’re grown up and seriously cool. Top tip? Add an edible Hibiscus flower from Ocado to any clear drink to give it a beautiful pink tint. Go ahead and seduce your guests with one of these little numbers…

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…That last image? Yeah, that’s for me to drool over. Blush macarons will always be an absolute delight. Keep them styled simply and juxtaposed with a lovely green palette to compliment those pale pink tones. Uh, delectable!

Layers, Textures & Depth

Yeah, this is so, so important. Whether you’re wearing blush, hanging it to decorate or holding a bunch of blush coloured blooms; use many layers and variety of textures to give it depth, thereby avoiding a flat, one dimensional use of pink. To contrast with the soft colours, use heavily woven fabric with rough edges and don’t hesitate in using slight variations of the pink you’ve gone for. Contrast with hard elements, like those beaten up brass bells… It’s blush, but with a Rock n’ Roll edge.

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As with the invites, if you’re thinking of blushing blooms for your bouquet, keep it boho cool by adopting one of the following suggestions: a single, massively oversized stem, paper flower variations (so stinkin’ sweet) or embrace last week’s Glorious B.I.G. bouquet trend with a huge bundle of blush coloured peonies. These concepts will create a luscious, textured blush bouquet that simply screams gorgeous, or if you’re as rad as Kinfolk, you’ll put your blooms in an ice cream cone (obviously, right?!)

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Boho Brides Wear Blush

That’s right! Bohemian brides you can rock the blush trend without looking at all cutesy and here’s how. When it comes to blush flower crowns, as we said above, either go for a deeper, Morroccan-like blush or a supremely pale wash. In both instances pairing with brass or gold elements is an absolute game charger.

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And of course the dress. Brides, please on’t be scared to consider a blush dress for yourself, not just your maids. It’s a warm, sophisticated bridal statement that we just LOVE. Again, texture is key: layer up various sheer fabrics and pair with natural textures, like that gorgeous straw hat, or dishevelled blonde braids, or couple will sultry brown eyes, especially if you’re a brunette. Complimenting your blush with natural textures and earthy tones ensures you stay a million miles away from anything too girlie, and instead create an elegant look with plenty of depth; it’ll work perfectly in your outdoor venue.

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I just adore that last image of Emily Blunt. With the light behind her, the blush dress creates such a delicate warm haze around her, don’t you think? Sheer sophistication.

And, of course, blush gets a major tick from us when it comes to your wedding day beauty. Whether you opt for a so-hot-right-now Petal Pout (follow the link for a ‘how to’), a beautiful sweep of coral blusher or those divine half moon nails; blush is the colour for your pretty lil’ face. Just remember to choose your Blush tone carefully, being sure to compliment your complexion, and when it comes to makeup: blend blend and blend again! We want soft feminine tones, no doll-like glowing cheeks!

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Well, my bohemian brides, it’s been a journey! I’ve been contemplating these images for a good month now and I was struggling to convince my (really rather tomboy-ish) self that you’d still love this trend. Here’s hoping that I’ve managed to convince you girls as ardently as I have myself.

Now, where’s that coral blusher I loved last summer…

Clare xo

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