With the fashion for personalising continuing to blaze a trail through all things wedding, we share our top tips… how to personalise your dress!
Wedding trends come and go but one thing has remained ever-constant: brides and grooms continue to be captivated by the need to personalise! From monogramed stationery to table names that tell a unique story, the emphasis is very much fixed on bespoke and individually-tailored big-day details. And we love it! In celebratory mood for getting seriously personal, we showcase our favourite top tips for adding your personal stamp to the most unique expression of you… your wedding dress! Our how to… personalise your dress!
1. In stitches
A memorable way to honour your wedding day is by sewing your wedding date into the hem of your dress. Do this in blue thread and you’ve covered your ‘something blue’ too!
2. Make mine a monogram
Get creative here and think of the generations of brides to come in your family! Why not design a unique monogram of your old and new initials perfectly intertwined – a beautiful symbol of the past, present and future to come. Daughters and granddaughters will love to see this personal touch. I incorporated some of my mother’s silk dress into my own wedding gown and she had her newly married initials sewn into the hem; I can’t tell you how this made me feel walking down the aisle knowing I was literally carrying into the future something of my parents’ excitement and love shared on their own special day. For my own dress, I added my initials next to my mother’s for my daughters to be able to carry with them on their special day.
3. Wonderful women in your life
Your wedding dress affords the perfect opportunity to pay homage to all the wonderful women in your life who have helped nurture and love you, making you the woman you are today – on the precipice of life as a married woman yourself. Mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, sisters, aunties, best friends… find a way to incorporate something of them into your dress. The older generations’ veils are a cherished way to remember women who have mattered to you and who may not be here today to celebrate with you. We love the story of one bride who used part of a cherished sister’s lace train to wrap around her bouquet.
4. Gorgeous garters
Making a significant comeback as part of any chic bride’s big-day ensemble, let’s start a tradition right here and now of investing in a beautiful garter that you pass on to your daughter! I’ll never forget my own uber-traditional grandmother, aged 83, surprising a room full of twenty-something girls when she disappeared upstairs to fetch something ‘I’d be very upset if you didn’t wear on your wedding day.’ Naturally, we all thought a veil was coming downstairs… only to be surprised by a skimpy garter! We looked at her differently that day!
5. Embellish like a pro…
Beautiful trinkets from those you love most can be incorporated into your wedding dress. Family heirlooms such as brooches are the perfect way to add a personal touch. If the jewels don’t quite match the colour or theme of your big day, consider sewing the items into hemlines or, if they’re dainty enough, to the train of your veil – this gives the added bonus of adding some weight to flyaway veils on breezy days!