Brides are sometimes tentative about asking expecting mothers to be their bridesmaids as it seems that an ever growing baby may cause too many problems for dress alterations. To enable you to think more about the friendship you have rather than the restriction of dress, here at Greek Concierge, we have found three top celebrity solutions so your bridesmaid can embrace her baby bump and be part of your special day.
Following in the footsteps of Sienna Miller and Joss Stone, a long, flowing gown such as a maxi dress will not only look elegant on all bridesmaids but the fluidity of the material will give mother and baby plenty of room. This is a very sophisticated statement look for any season.
The Marilyn Monroe
The Halter-neck and ¾ length billow skirt will give your bridesmaid that classic Marilyn Monroe look, even if the dress isn’t in white. This is the perfect style to show off slender arms and gorgeous legs, highlighting the slimmest part of their figure. Add some curls, red lipstick and 50’s glamour and every mother-to-be will look like a Hollywood star.
Why go for one Hollywood icon when you can have two? For a classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s look, choose something chic and unique. This off-the-shoulder full-length gown looks both timeless and luxurious. Your bridesmaid will look positively statuesque and simply add to the allure and charm of the day.
Written by: Kirsty Canning
Wondering where to go on your honeymoon? Looking to find the perfect location to soak the sun up with your other half? Here are some of the most sought after Honeymoon destinations.
Bora Bora is one of the world’s most exotic islands in the world, surrounded with postcard perfect sugar white beaches.
Bora Bora has many things on offer to see and do; you could relax on the perfect white beaches with your partner and a god book or cycle along the coastal road where you could browse for the perfect honeymoon souvenir at the pear farm. Horse riding and scuba diving are also popular activities which takes place in the most beautiful locations in Bora Bora.
Bora Bora offers a choice of 25 resorts and hotels, which are mainly located around the southern tip of the island. Most of the resorts offer honeymoon packages with an array of complimentary extras to spoil the bride and groom.
The Maldives offers an idyllic surrounding for newlywed couples who want to savor unique intimates moments together. It provides the most serene landscape to relax and unwind in.
There are a wide range of activities and attractions, such as; snorkeling, diving, surfing, fishing, Kayaking and windsurfing.
Maldives offers a choice of luxurious beach villas and water bungalows which are situated on idyllic private islands. The resorts are spread across 250 inhabited islands.
It is classed as paradise on earth due to its mystique and charm. It is renowned for its dazzling white sand beaches, dramatic rock formations and warm crystal clear waters. It is one of the most magical honeymoon destinations in the world.
You must explore the La Digue Island; home to the gorgeous beach of Anse Source D’Argent or you can try the equally stunning Praslin Island.
It has the most luxurious resorts in the world including the Banyan Tree Seychelles, a sumptuous resort that sits on a stunning palm fringed white sand beach on the island of Mahe.
It is the number one honeymoon destination in Hawaii. It is blessed with white sand beaches, lush tropical rainforest and stunning waterfalls. It’s the best place for a romantic getaway.
It offers leisure activities and beautiful sightseeing tours as well as stunning beaches. You could explore the natural beauty of Maui and go to the lush Green valley floor of the Iao Valley or you can stroll the historic streets of the old whaling town of Lahaina and watch humpback whales frolic in the warm waters of McGregor Point near Maalaea.
You can pamper your body at one of Maui’s traditional spa’s which offer a variety of treatments.
“The pearl of the Indian Ocean” is the perfect Honeymoon destination. It is famous for its outstanding natural beauty.
Explore the Black river Gorges national park on a walking trip, hike to the summit of Montagne Du Lion at Grand Port for great views or cool off with a swim at Tamarind Falls.
Mauritius offers a large selection of 5 star resorts which are all surrounded with beautiful white sand beaches.
Written by: Nila Sabar
Edited by: Laura Nikita Mitchell
Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue is a traditional wedding rhyme. The story behind the rhyme states that if you bring something of each description to your wedding day it will bring you good luck in your marriage; so why not incorporate your something blue into your theme of your wedding.
Blue is a beautiful tranquil colour for your bridesmaid dresses and is flattering to most complexions, shapes and sizes. You could opt for any shade from a baby blue to a royal sapphire blue. You could have the whole dress blue or just a splash of blue in a pattern or petite coat. It is a good colour for the groom and best man to co-ordinate with as well as it’s not too girly.
You could add a hint of blue to your bouquet, decor, table settings and even to your wedding cake. Blue piping or flowers will add a modern twist to a traditional cake and will complement the theme of the whole day. The mood board gives you some ideas of how you could add little touches of blue throughout the day. The painted chairs are a lovely subtle way of including blue in your wedding day and they look beautiful.
The bride could also wear a touch of blue to complement her bridesmaids, groom and flowers. A traditional way to wear blue on the day is to wear a blue garter, this could also be your something new or something borrowed. You could also wear other blue accessories for a more modern look, like a veil or a blue piece of jewellery. The blue shoes below look beautiful with a wedding dress and add a lovely splash of colour. Your something old and something blue could also be combined by driving away from the ceremony in a beautiful blue vintage vehicle such as the ones in the photographs below.
I hope you have fun with this colour scheme if you choose it for your special day. It is a beautiful option and hopefully it will be lucky for you too!
Written by: Laura Nikita Mitchell
When it comes to food, it can be just as much of an event as the wedding itself. It is important to create a gastronomic experience for you and your guests to enjoy; with delicious food prepared and presented with flair. Tradition sees a three course meal brimming with elegant food. This is always a winner however the less is more concept is key to achieving a chic balance of minimalist gourmet splendor. Not only is mini food aesthetically pleasing, it is also practical and sophisticated. It doesn’t mean your guests have to be left with measly portions it simply means there is more room for variety and people can walk around and socialise as they eat.
The beauty of bite sized food is that you can play around with what you serve; anything from classic quiches to sausage rolls to fun mini burgers or fish and chips- always a crowd pleaser. It has become fashionable to put together a range of ‘mix and match’ foods from fused cuisines, complimenting different worldly tastes and styles.
You can get very creative with mini desserts. If you have a base fruit, dipping and dunking it in sauces and then finishing it off with encrusted nuts is a bit of heaven. Piercing these treats on a decorative or plain stick gives a modern look as well as making it an easier and efficient way to eat. You could opt for mini wedding cakes or ice creams for the summer.
These mini meals made up of delicious finger foods can replace bulky mains without taking away the excitement of a hearty feast. It is a fantastic opportunity to experiment and can create great artist table displays. This is a great alternative if you want your wedding to have a more relaxed fun vibe.
Written by: Georgie Bradley
Edited by: Laura Nikita Mitchell
The guest book is where your loved ones are able to leave heart felt messages on your special day. Alongside your cherished memories and photographs, you will be able to read your guest book and re-live the romance of your wedding day. There are lots of different alternatives to just a simple book and by going for something a bit different I feel you will be more unique and your guests will enjoy leaving things for you to read!
Something different – I love the idea of doing something unique which your guests may have not seen before! The ideas shown above indicate how you don’t just have to go for the traditional guest book. The first picture shows lots of puzzle pieces which your guests can leave lovely messages on, and you can piece them together after your wedding! I also think the second picture shows a fun idea where your guests can take Polaroid photos and perhaps even write something on the back of the photograph? Finally by providing a calendar like in the third picture, your guests are able to write down their birthdays and leave messages if they wish to as well!
Typewriters – I think this is such a fabulous idea! Not only does it give a lovely vintage feel to your wedding day, but it is also something fun which will keep your guests entertained! People don’t normally see typewriters around nowadays and it could be a really great idea to wow your friends and family. I feel they look really great and your guests will thoroughly enjoy leaving warming messages through them!
Guestbook with a twist – In the pictures above there are some sweet guest books with a twist!! For example you can have a number of small books with different titles such as ‘what shall we do for our 1 year wedding anniversary’ or ‘when did you know we were meant for each other’. These books can even be placed on each of your guests’ tables and then can be swapped around. This ensures you have a variety of sorts of different messages which will be sure to make you smile!
Three of my favourites – Finally I just wanted to share with you three of my personal favourite ideas which I believe are all individually stunning! I love the book with the envelopes in it as it will be so enjoyable after your wedding day to open up the envelopes and see what lovely messages your guests have left you. Alongside this in the second picture I love the idea of your guests leaving their fingerprints and signing their name so you can remember the fun you had with all your friends and family! Finally the messages rolled up in a scroll and placed in the bottle are timeless and elegant too.
So remember, your guest book doesn’t just have to be a book for your guests to sign, it can become something
fun and be a part of your wedding! I hope these unique ideas have inspired you.
Writen by: Augusta Henning
The wedding cake is traditionally a very symbolic part of the wedding ceremony. The colour of the cake was traditionally white to symbolise purity and the action of cutting the cake shows the bride and grooms first joint task in married life. The action of feeding the cake to one another was meant to show commitment and intimacy between the pair.
In a more modern world the cake is something which can be as varied as the couple wish and is often something the bride enjoys choosing and the guests enjoy eating! The craft of cake making is still very much alive and the art of wedding cake making can be the forte of any bakers resume.
You could opt for a traditional fruit cake, lighter sponge, indulgent chocolate, zesty lemon or moist carrot. So if a traditional fruit cake with marzipan isn’t for you it isn’t a problem. These days most cake makers cater to all tastes and you can often organise to sample the variety of cakes before you make your decision. Below are some examples of chocolate wedding cakes with chocolate topping but you can mix it up as much as you like, some people even have different cake for different tiers.
The design of the cake can be very personal to you. You might want a traditional white piped cakes or something more modern and unique. You could match your cake to your dress, ring, flowers and the more general theme and decor. The most important thing are the final touches and detailing on a cake as this is what makes it really special. It is important that it reflects the couple’s personalities and that it works well with all the other aesthetics of the wedding. You could match the cake with the lace of your dress, the white roses of your bouquet or the purple colour theme like the images below.
Popular cake designs
Traditional white piped cakes are still extremely popular and create a elegant and sophisticated ambiance. Another very popular choice is a floral design and you can opt for fresh flowers or sugar paste. A floral design can be beautiful in pastel shades or bright summer colours. The three tiered cake is still the most popular choice but many people are now opting for a tower of cupcakes which is a beautiful alternative and can make dishing it out to the guests much easier.
I hope this article has given you some inspiration as to the type of wedding cake you would like for your special day.
Written by: Laura Nikita Mitchell