Wedding Colour Schemes for 2018: inspiration on this year’s top colour picks, with mood-boards courtesy of THE BLACK TUX

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Wedding Colour Schemes for 2018: inspiration on this year’s top colour picks When you’re planning your wedding, your colour scheme is everything. Whatever shades you decide upon will influence not only the flowers and décor, but your dress and what your fiancé wears, your bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits, the invitations, the wedding favours, the food…every tiny aspect has … Read more

Wedding Hair & Skin Prep for Winter Brides

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Wedding Prep – 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run Congratulations! You’re engaged! And your wedding prep and planning is probably well underway. With venues to view, dresses to try, food to taste and parties to plan, you’ve got a busy stretch ahead of you but we all know that … Read more

My Expert Tips for Achieving the Perfect Wedding Make-up

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My Expert Tips for Achieving the Perfect Wedding Make-up The last thing you want on your wedding day is wedding make-up that doesn’t make you feel amazing. Whether that’s because it’s not applied as well as it could be or it’s just not the look you were imagining, it’s important that you figure out how to get … Read more

Have The Big Day Your Wedding Guests Really Want…

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Have The Big Day Your Wedding Guests Really Want… It’s all very well and good saying that your big day is for you and your spouse so at the end of the day, all decisions should come down to want you want. To an extent that’s true, however, not every couple wants to throw a … Read more

Bridesmaid Must-Haves: From Gorgeous Dresses to Flawless Hair & Makeup

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Bridesmaid Must-Haves: From Gorgeous Dresses to Flawless Hair & Makeup Being a Bridesmaid is a big honour and a big duty! Whether you’re going to be a Bridesmaid yourself or you’re a Bride looking for all the best ways to make your girls look and feel as confident as possible for the special day there … Read more

How To Choose Your Wedding Dress

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It’s almost ALL about the wedding dress!

There is so much to think about when planning your big day and what’s more, there’s so much that you need to think about in relation to each other. When you’re rifling through wedding day inspiration, pinning like mad and coming up with your dream theme, colour scheme and décor, remember that all of your choices will also have to reflect in your final wedding dress selection.

When you’re finally taking the plunge to choose your wedding dress, the pressure is on to get it just right – you do only get to wear one after all! Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to browse different designers and styles and don’t forget that the average wedding dress takes around 6 months to make once you’ve found it, so you’ll probably want to start the hunt 8-10 months in advance.

With so many things to take into account, it can be tough to know where to start. Follow my top tips on wedding dress shopping to find out how to choose your wedding dress and know it’s the right one…

Consider ALL factors

There are so many things that play a part in selecting the perfect wedding dress for your big day, some of which are not so obvious. As a bridal hair and makeup artist with over 25 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds (maybe thousands?!) of brides-to-be so I’ve heard just about all wedding dress dilemmas!

When you’re making your decision, here are 3 key points to think about:

Wedding Dress Comfort

Yes, you want to look drop dead gorgeous, but whatever you do, don’t let that come at the expense of your comfort – you can have the best of both worlds! You want your day to be nothing but pure joy, and wearing a wedding dress that makes you feel uncomfortable in any sense (whether that’s down to restricted breathing, tripping up on long skirts, the feel of the material or wearing something that just isn’t really ‘you’) is one sure-fire way to put a downer on your wedding day.

Find a wedding dress that not only looks fabulous, but feels fabulous too. I’ve fallen in love with these vintage dresses designed by Candy Anthony!

The Groom

I’m not just talking about finding a dress that your fiancé will think looks beautiful, you also need to factor it what he wants to wear (it’s his day too!) and almost more importantly, his height and stature. Shoes and hairstyle also play a big part here! If you and your groom don’t have much difference in height but you would both rather have him looking and feeling taller than you on your big day, then you might find a smaller dress works better. You should also consider his outfit – is he going to be wearing a suit? Or perhaps a kilt or other traditional dress?

To look your best together as you say your ‘I dos’, stay well coordinated in both colour and style.

Venue/Destination

Always settle on your venue or travel destination before making a final decision on your wedding dress. It may seem obvious to some, but it is so easy to get caught up in that dream wedding dress idea and end up going for something that, when it comes down to it, is totally inappropriate. If you’re planning on tying the know abroad then check out our destination wedding tips here.

If you’ve always been dead-set on wearing a huge, ball gown wedding dress with a cathedral veil, then perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to getting married on a beach in the Maldives. Decide what is the most important aspect to you and go with that, but whatever you do, make sure that your dress is suitable for your venue, don’t try to make something work that in your heart you know won’t – trust your instincts!

Summer Bridal Hairstyles 2016

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Summer Bridal Hairstyles 2016 I Woke Up This Gorgeous Looking ‘made up’ isn’t for everyone – it’s becoming more and more commonplace for brides to want to have a more relaxed, boho feel to their finished hair and makeup look, with a tousled ‘I woke up this gorgeous’ finish, and I have to say, it does look … Read more

Bridal MakeupMature Bride

Smoky, vintage makeup for a mature bride, plus bridal hairstyles for older brides by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London

Bridal makeup for the mature bride Lots of women are getting married later in life these days, and some of my favourite bridal makeup looks have been on my more mature brides. Being a little older doesn’t mean you can’t look just as gorgeous as you did in your 20s, as long you (or your … Read more

Beautiful Bride! Real Brides Hair & Makeup by Pam Wrigley

Natural bridal makeup and braided, bridal half up hairstyles for brides with medium length hair. Plus makeup by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London

I’m always taking snaps on my phone of my beautiful brides, but I just love it when I get to see the photos from the official photographer! Here are some fabulous images of me at work and the finished result, by the supremely talented Jez Dickson, who captures stunningly candid moments with a timeless air… … Read more

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