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Designer of the Month!

A big thank you to the wonderful Find Your Dream Wedding Dress website for featuring us as the Designer of the Month for July.

We love this site – it is such a useful tool for brides in helping them to find “The Dress” – if you have not yet come across it – take a look – it has dresses by so many different designers, so if a bride is looking for a particular style (for example Strapless ball gown style) the site will show all dresses in that style by all the designers – this can help brides to shortlist their favourites without visiting lots of different shops.  the site even allows to you book appointments direct with boutiques to try on your favourite dresses.

To see the feature this month about us just click : Designer of the Month …

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Check out this gorgeous bride!

Thank you so much for the photos of your wedding Sara Feeley.

You looked so gorgeous in our Queen Anne tiara.  This is one of our favourite designs and it looks fabulous on you!

We loved your dress and flowers too… it looks like you had a wonderful day.

All the best to you and your groom for the future – lots of love the Ivory & Co. team xxx

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Ivory & Co. Queen Anne Tiara


Bespoke Ivory & Co. gown worn at gorgeous country wedding




We wanted to share with everyone how fabulous this bride looked in her bespoke Ivory & Co. wedding dress.  Hanna’s wedding was in Spring (luckily one of the few days when it did not rain) and it looks from the photos like they had a wonderful day.

Hannah opted for a bespoke version of our popular Stella gown.  This was made for her in soft silk charmeuse satin bodice and flowing silk chiffon skirt and it looks so elegant on her.  She loved the classic cowl back and fitted shape. Hannah teamed the dress with our jewellery and hair accessories.

Hannah said about her dress “I hope you can see how HAPPY I was in my beautiful dress! I had close to a million compliments on how perfect the dress was for me, so well done, and thank YOU!

I wish you and your truly lovely team all the very best, and thank you again for helping to make our day the happiest yet!”

We are so glad Hannah & Toby had a great day and we wish them all happiness for the future – Love the Ivory & Co. team xx

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London Excel Wedding Show!

Calling all London brides!  Just a quick message to let you know that we will be in the capital this weekend, showing all of our wonderful tiaras, headbands, haircombs and jewellery at the UK Wedding Show in the heart of London’s Dockland area at Excel.

This is always a really busy show and we are expecting this year to be no different with brides lining up to try on tiaras and veils and to get advice about which items will best suit their dress. If any brides out there would like to take advantage of our trained professionals being on hand to give experienced advice – please come along early as the stand gets filled up to the brim with brides as the day goes on.

We can be found at stand no. 198 at the show and will have on display over 350 different styles of bridal headpieces, so I’m sure we will have something for everyone. We hope to see you there…..




Tatton Park Wedding Show



This weekend saw us travel up to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the snow (yes on the M6 in all that weather!) for the UK Wedding Show. A big thank you to all the brides who braved the freezing cold and snow to visit the stand and who came along to see us.

The good news is that the weather reports are looking much better for the upcoming wedding show this weekend at Tatton Park, Cheshire : The Wedding Show

For all brides in this area, come along to this show on Saturday or Sunday in the lovely setting of Tatton Park.  It’s great show with tons of stands packed full of great ideas and products for your wedding day.  We’ll be there with our entire stock of hundreds of tiaras, hair combs, hairvines, jewellery and veils.

Alex and myself will be on hand to help and give advice so that you can select the perfect accessories for your big day. Once you have chosen from our display items we’ll be able to pack up brand new items for you to take away with you (including veils), so that you can leave the show knowing that you have more jobs ticked off your list!

Also at the show will be the wonderful bridal store J’adore who will be bringing with them some of our new wedding dresses from the new 2013 collection.  As the designer of these dresses I’ll be on hand to answer any questions by brides about special designs and one-off customisations etc…

This is always a wonderful show and we look forward to seeing you there!……

Sarah x

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Bridal Boutique of the Week!

For all brides out there still searching for the perfect wedding dress, it’s time for our weekly update on the best bridal boutiques in the country.

This week we are focusing on the wonderful Bellissima Weddings in Woodham Ferrers, Essex.  Whether you are looking for a sumptuous bridal gown or a simple wedding dress, we are certain that this store has the right bridal wear for you.

Bellissiima Weddings recently won Mid Essex Best Customer Service 2011 and was voted  THE BEST BRITISH BRIDAL RETAILER 2010! so we know that you will experience the very best help when making your choice.

The staff in this boutique pride themselves on offering the very best in bridal design and quality. With around 260 sample bridal gowns for you to try, in a good selection of current styles, finding your dream dress couldn’t be easier. In the beautifully appointed showroom, the team of highly-trained consultants will help you find your ideal gown.

With so many beautiful bridal gowns from top bridal designers such as Ian Stuart, Enzoani, Benjamin Roberts, Ellis Bridals, and Mori Lee to try on, choosing ‘The One’ might be tricky – but that is a good problem that the staff will be on hand to help with.

At Bellissima they say “Choosing and buying your dress should be a happy and stress-free time of your life. We have many years of experience and good advice to share with you and, as all of our consultants are passionate about fashion, weddings clothes and all things girlie, your dream day is our dream too!”

A good range of Ivory & Co. Designs are available at Bellissima Weddings for you to try.

Also see below details of the special seasonal offers in store at their Christmas Specials day :


Come and celebrate the festive season with us and grab a bargain at the same time…
10% discount on all Benjamin Roberts gowns ordered on the day
 A special one day only selection of  Designer Veils Tiaras and Jewellery at 25/35% off rrp
 FREE hair and make up consultation with every Bridal appointment
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Christmas Carols and LOTS of Sparkle. What more could a girl want!


To make an appointment just call 01245 323 585 or e-mail online@bellissimaweddings.co.uk


How to Organise a Last Minute Wedding!

The Essential Guide to 11th hour Nuptials…

As some of you may know I’m getting married very soon at the end of December.  But rather than having spent years arranging my wedding I have done the complete opposite and only set the date about 4 weeks ago!

Of course having worked inside the wedding industry for over a decade gives me a huge advantage as I have the inside knowledge on everything bridal, and know so many helpful contacts.  So I thought I would write an essential guide to help couples out there who want to speed things up!

There is a lot to be said for arranging a quick wedding…… less time for any unwanted interference,  less time to agonise over decisions that don’t need to eat you up and finally it can work out much cheaper!


Once you have decided on a timescale – be it 4 weeks or 12 weeks like me, the first job is to prioritise with venue right at the top of that list.  Once you have selected a location then you have a firm date and everything else will fall into place so much more easily.

If you are set on the wedding being a Saturday, try looking on search sites for last minute availability at venues near you.  The best site to try is Hitched.com but it is also worth looking at whirlwindweddings.com. Also try ringing a selection of local venues that you know of to ask about availability.  Once you know of any with dates available make a decision to visit just 3.  Couples can spend literally years visiting different venues and getting more confused.  Simply see 3 and opt for the one you both get the best vibe for.

Going for late availability at venues can also save you thousands – many venues have special packages available for dates they have not sold.  If the venue of your choice is all booked out for weekends – consider being more flexible and going for a friday or thursday which again will be a cheaper option.

Get that License

The next thing to crack on with is the legal paperwork.  Make a booking to see your local registrar / church to make sure that you fulfill all the requirements within plenty of time (don’t leave yourself the headache of needing to complete forms the week before the ceremony) or risking that the registrars are fully booked.  (This is as important as the venue but can be easily overlooked).

The Dress!

Now to the important bit (and most fun)!  This is the part that girls dream about when growing up – so it’s important to get right and in time.  With dresses now taking longer lead times this is the harder part to arrange quickly – but don’t worry it can be done!

Save yourself months of worrying about what style will suit you – get professional advice.  The best bridal shops have the experience to help you find the right shape / style for you just in one appointment.  For recommendations about great bridal shops see our weekly feature on Bridal Boutiques or e-mail us for advice about the best near you.

Once you know the style best for you enquire about designers that can make rush orders.  Boutiques will be able to advise which manufacturers offer this service.  (it does usually involve an extra charge but is worth it).  Another option is to ask the store to sell you the sample for a reduced rate.  Many times they will which means you get to take the dress away there and then (bear in mind it may need a good dry clean).

The next alternative is to look to buy an off the rail dress. Try large department stores as some great bridal companies have designed off the rail ranges – such as Anoushka G or Jasper Conran.

Also worth considering is buying second hand.  Some amazing dresses are for sale on wedding forums having only been worn once.  You may get a bargain on Hitched or You and Your Wedding forum.

Finally if you have no other luck anywhere else see Ivory & co. dresses  (our own label) – we can make rush orders for brides…..


Invites need not take a long time – I arranged mine in a day.  Try the printer Leafletfrog (100 x A6 invite cards just £19.00) as they take only a few days to print.  You can send e-mail artwork from your computer (a picture of the two of you or a scanned image).  If you are not feeling artistic enough – don’t worry – you can download gorgeous wedding invite templates from Etsy and just add your details.


Find a selection of local florists online and call to check if any have the free time in their diary for your chosen date.  Best to get it booked in first – you don’t need to have chosen any colour scheme etc… but you don’t want to be left without any flowers.

Also don’t rule out doing it yourself.  Look online for floral wholesalers near you as this can be a great experience and the route I am taking.  You get to visit and chat with them about what you are looking for – they will advise the quantities you need and arrange a day for you to pick it all up.  Arrange a girls day a few days before the wedding – invite some friends and family to help make arrangements for tables and bouquets.  It can be great fun (and save you a small fortune!)


The bit we all look forward to after all the planning! Finding the perfect honeymoon for you can be stress free – rather than pouring through brochures and scouring the internet for flights, hotels etc… let a trained professional do all the hard work for you.  Take the time for one phone call to a travel consultant with honeymoon experience.  Try Travel Councellors, Independent Travel Consultants  or Co-op Travel Consultants. Explain the sort of honeymoon that would best suit you as a couple and discuss possible dates (try to be flexible) and they will do all the hard work for you – finding the best deals and will e-mail them through to you so that you can go through all their research at your leisure.  This makes for a much easier way of organising the holiday of a lifetime quickly.

Wedding Rings

Whilst the rings are really important (you will be wearing them for the rest of your life after all!) it does not need to be a stumbling point that takes a long time.  Put aside one afternoon to go as a couple and try rings on – it doesn’t take long to find the styles that appeal to you both. Make a pact to decide that day and place the order be it at a huge chain or a local jeweller.  For wonderful rings – try Hyde & Park Design at the jewellery district of Hatton Garden in London. This business is run by a talented duo of brothers who make stunning designs to order at wholesale prices.  It’s where we’ve ordered our rings – they are so talented and you will leave knowing that you’re having something special made just for the two of you (and they can deliver within a few weeks).

A Hen Weekend with a Difference!

Helpful retail therapy! – Organise a weekend away (maybe in London or somewhere else with good shopping!) Invite your closest friends and family and make it a mission to find the extra things you need for your wedding day – bridesmaid dresses, shoes, favours etc…. it will be great fun and helpful to have everyone in one place to help make decisions and find the items you need all in one weekend.  Shopping by day and partying at night (and your fiance will be so grateful not to have to go on endless shopping trips looking for all these things).

Wedding Cake

The quickest and easiest way to pick a wedding cake is to go for one off the shelf with someone like Marks & Spencer or Waitrose – they both do wonderful wedding cakes and within very short timescales.

All Things Sparkly!

For any accessories – of course check out our website at Ivory & co. – we have the largest selection of wedding accessories in Europe and that will make it easier to find what you are looking for quickly and easily…..

I hope these tips have helped – if you need any specialised advise – just e-mail me – I am always happy to impart any information gathered from my years in the business!

Good luck with your quickie wedding – plan it quickly and seamlessly and let everyone wonder how you made it look so easy!

Sarah – Head Designer at Ivory & Co. x