From the moment we started planning the wedding, I had teal in mind for the bridesmaids and luckily it tied in with the peacock theme we had chosen. It’s so hard to choose bridesmaids as a lot of my friends are dear enough to me that I thought of them, but I knew who I wanted. My sister, who has been by my side since the day she was born and who is the glue who holds me together, my cousin Emily who is like an extra little sister to me, my best friend Rowena who I have known for 25 years and Siobhan, the friend I sit next to at work and have become really close with over the past two years. They are the four people who are there for me when I am at my lowest and have picked me up over the years, so they were the four people who I wanted to be with me when I celebrated my happiest moment.
I searched high and low for dresses in any other colour than black or gold, but given that I was looking around Christmas party dress season, I really struggled. So I went online. Eventually I found this site but was so worried about buying dresses that I had never seen in the flesh, felt the quality of or heard from anyone else if they actually arrived and weren’t a massive scam. I bit the bullet and paid the little extra for custom sizing as my bridesmaids are all totally different shapes and sizes.
When they arrived I was so pleased. The dresses were strapless but with a built in bra, so the corsetry was enough to give the girls support for the whole day. The dresses were made to the highest of quality and all looked amazing on them. So pleased. If you are planning to order your dresses here to bear in mind that you get charged an import duty when they arrive at customs, something that I wasn’t aware of so hadn’t factored into the price, but also made me panic that I had succumbed to a con site. Panic over, all legit!
I ordered the flower girls dresses from Etsy, and was so pleased with the result. They came in less than ten days and the quality of them was brilliant. I bought some little fur boleros for them too, as I knew that being outdoors in February would be a bit much for them in the cold. Lilly (to the right in the photo above) wanted a french plait like the big girls but Poppy's hair was too short. I didn't want her to feel like she was missing out so I bought some foam flowers on wires from Hobbycraft and wrapped them around a hairband to create this cute little headband. I wanted her to feel like a Princess too!
The boys were far easier to dress. Phill walked into the suit shop and opted for the first waistcoat he saw, and as luck would have it, the cravats matched almost perfectly the colours we had chosen for the bridesmaids. The dads had one style of waistcoat, the two best men another, and Phill had a different one to himself.
You can read my dress story here, but needless to say I tried on ten before I found the one that I went on to buy. I wore it all day and loved it, but be prepared to lose all dignity every time you need to go to the bathroom! The photo above is not the girls looking at my underwear but helping me into my shoes. So cute! I actually love those two, despite the seeming death stare I'm giving them. Bitchy resting face people, I can't help it!
Phill chose the engagement ring himself with no prompting from me, and I adore it. It’s simple and elegant, and white gold (not a fan of normal gold). His wedding band is simple, and my wedding ring fits perfectly with my engagement ring.
What do you think of the outfits?