from the editor
As I poured over images from the European bridal shows showcasing the 2015 collections, I couldn’t help but notice the introduction of colour. The runways were littered with metallic golds and silvers, there was a splash of mint green, and touches of grey and blue. While brides will never say bye-bye to white and ivory completely, they are getting more adventurous as designers push the boundaries and break the rules.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about weddings, it’s that there are no rules. Just about every woman has a vision and her own likes and dislikes. What works for one, will fail miserably for another.
So, while it’s great to browse magazines like My Wedding and the thousands of wedding websites for inspiration, sticking close to that vision is important. Your first plan should be to work out a budget, as that will decide whether your event is lavish or intimate. The next step is to write a list of things you really want, as well as noting things you can’t abide by. Let that list be your guiding light throughout your planning, and try not to get sidetracked too much.
That said, being sidetracked can be a good thing, so long as the new path is one you really love. Your florist may suggest alternative flower options based on the season, your gown designer may well talk you out of a flouncy, frilled skirt if it doesn’t suit your figure, and a beachside setting may well preclude those vampy Louboutin’s you’ve been lusting after.
Don’t base your event on what a friend recently did unless it’s exactly what you wanted. And, these days, the guys do like to get involved, so try to make decisions as a couple so that you’re both happy with the result.
It’s your day and, as far as feasibly possible, you should do it your way!