Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Tips for Dress Consultations

These are my top tips for when looking for a wedding dress:

  1. Decide on 2 or 3 different designers / dress importers to go see. Browse through magazines (and the internet is a wonderful tool) to get an idea of the styles you like. Don’t go to too many different suppliers as will cause unnecessary confusion
  2. Always make an appointment. And remember that if you have to pay a consultation fee it is not only for the professional advice you receive but also so that you can try on clean garments.
  3. Try on about 5 dresses at each supplier – do not be afraid to try on a style you would not necessarily try on normally. You need to get a good idea of what styles of dresses fit your body type. You may be surprised!!!
  4. Consider your skin tone and hair colour when choosing the colour of your dress.  Diamond white and a pale ivory works for most skin tones BUT be careful of crisp white and strong ivories – ask you designer as they will be able to do a colour analysis for you.
  5. It is a good idea to discuss you accessories and veil with the designer, they will advise you as to the best options so that you can envision what you will look like on your big day.
  6. Discuss the costs involved – rental vs buying, additional costs such a petticoats and veils, alterations, etc. Get a comprehensive written quote

Wedding Gown trends 2012

written by Lady Marmalaide

If your planning to get married in 2012 and you’re a stylish , fashion forward bride, but aren’t sure where to start ,this article is for you!

Lace has always been a favorite and thanks to Kate Middleton it’s in the fashion spotlight once again.
Classic and vintage looks can be reinvented with a twist for 2012  -like a lace one shoulder gown

Or even a detachable train -   you will then  have a mini for the reception!                                   


Expect luxurious textures like  soft tulle,  organza, lace, ruffles and lots and lots of layers                               

But then there is always something for the bride who doesn’t like over the top  -  satin is also back with rouge and a dash of bling on the dress – as they say less can also be more!!!


Most important find a dress that compliments the figure and suits your personality!!!

To help you decide what looks might work best for you - visit  Lady Marmalaide Brooklyn
Contact Carina 083 66 11 282

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

5 Decor Trends for 2012

as published on

Back to Black
Black and white is here to stay for 2011. Some may have thought that then recent decline in the look at weddings was an indication of the trends falling by the wayside but reality is it is BACK….  Not baroque. The focus is not so much on the black and white colour as it was in years past but more of the floral design which complements the design and colour scheme of the overall wedding. 

 With this trend – one can expect the use of black décor and not the floral motifs. The use of black candelabra, black glasses, black under plates  not all at one but highlights of black on the table are a definite “in”…. It’s all going BACK TO BLACK 

Shiny and Bright
Clean lines, shiny metals and super bright hues are another trend for 2012. It’s HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! But don’t mistake it for a soft look. It’s minimalistic, ultra modern and will need the right combination of aesthetics to get right. Curly candelabra won’t work here. 

Fun, laughter and novelty are the key to these weddings.  This colour trend works best in the summer months and is fun as you can mix almost any combination of colours to create a festival of eye catching ideas. Candy bars, photo booths and funcky décor all fit into this perfect.

However, make this them a little more serious with a dash of silver. But remember the key to this trend is the mix of colours so don’t be shy to mix bright hues of pink, orange and green …. Or purple, yellow and orange …. It may sound scare but gives you so much room to play with colour

A Royal Vintage Affair
Carrying on with the motif trend is that of the vintage look. Soft lace, laser cut invitations, and detailing on the décor is that of the vintage theme that has been all the rage since 2010. The twist for 2012 though is that it is combines with royal colours such as your …… blue and jewel tones of purple.

This is further combines with antique looking décor items such as old candlesticks, vintage china (if you can get your hands on it) and tiffany chairs and you have a regal looking wedding.

And to keep it uncomplicated and clean – white is the colour of choice to go with this theme. Plain white linen with no additional designs or distractions, add to the uniqueness of this look. The key to this look is the majestic charm of royalty so don’t distract from it by adding modern elements. Alos don’t be tempted to add crowns in your décor or printed stationery, the royal theme comes from the colours chosen and the prints used. Don’t be tempted to go over the top.

Go Bold with Gold
A colour which has not seen much screen time in the past decade is that of Gold. It has been a colour shunned to the corner and forgotten. However with the rival of gold in the fashion world, this colour seems to be makings its way back to centre stage. 

Gold comes in many shades but be careful with the use of gold though. Used correctly and you have a wedding which will ooze with charm – use it in the wrong way and you have something that will reflect a badly put together Christmas. The Gold you are looking to use in 2012 is that of OLD GOLD. Used with complimentary colours such as ivory, white and cream one achieves a look of subtleness and charm, used with jewel tones of blue, purple, red and greens a sense of extravagance will fill the room while when used with the autumn colours such as orange and brown  the room will glow with warmth. 

Rules when using gold are:
  • ·         Use in small quantities
  • ·         Use the same shade throughout
  • ·         Use bold warm colours as cooler pastel colours will not achieve the richness desired

Natural fibres, organic shapes, wood and flowers from the veld complete this look. With the trends today for everything and everyone to “go Green” and to always be aware of your carbon footprint, this trend is here to stay.  

This trend can be taken further than just the décor, organic food and wines are in high demand. A very quaint idea for guest favours which goes hand in hand with this trend is that of “plant a tree”. Guests get a seed or seedling to take home to plant and reduce their “carbon emissions”. On the flip side, guests are asked to donate money towards a tree planting effort instead of giving the bridal couple a wedding gift.
The down side to this trend is THINK before you ACT. It’s all good and well you use wooden log under plates BUT….. what tree had to be cut down to make those plates? Before you try save the world make sure you not destroying it in the process.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Tips for Stationery Consultation

Yay! You are getting married! You’ve decided on a date, booked the venue, your next step is to invite your guests to your big day,

Remember that most designers have a specific design style, so before you set-up a meeting with just any wedding stationer, first determine what your requirements are.
Take into consideration your wedding style and theme (antique, formal, rustic, vintage, DIY, classic, playful etc.), determine what the colours are you would like to incorporate in your wedding, will your wedding be an informal get together, a classic formal day or black tie event. Also take into consideration, your venues’ look and feel. Determine how many invites you need, most stationers prices are quantity sensitive. If you would like to discuss and get a quote on the rest of the stationery of your wedding day, think about what your tables will look like, how will your centre piece look? You need to think of this as the design of the stationery will also influence the cost. Too much to think about? First concentrate on your invites; you are more than likely to change your mind closer to the time anyway.

Choose a designer that will meet your requirements and set up a meeting. Take the following along to your meeting:

  • Most brides have some idea of what they like, try and find images of the style you like, on the web or magazines. 
  • If you have a specific colour you are using for your runners or bridesmaid dresses etc, take a swatch of the fabric along. Remember that it is difficult to print exactly the same colours, unless you are will to spend a fortune and a lot of time on lithographic printing.
  • Your basic wording: Your designer can guide you on this, but you’ll need to decide whether you would like to incorporate your parents’ names in the invite or not.
  • How many information you would like to include on the invitation. Will you be providing a map, accommodation suggestions, gift registry, asking for a gift of money instead etc.
  • When you need the invitations by.  Plan well in advance; take into consideration the time of the wedding, place of the wedding, do people need to make travel arrangements? Keep in mind that your designer needs a certain time frame to complete your order. Best advice: Rather be safe than sorry.

Not sure what you want? Your designer has a lot of invitation samples and will guide you in finding something that you like.

Be true to yourself; decide on a style that reflects both you and your fiancé. Don’t try to put on a show! It’s a special event to be shared in your hearts forever!

Blog writen by:
Angelique Janse van Rensburg
BlackCoco Designs

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