WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE: ALTERNATIVE WEDDING OUTFITS WITH HOUSE OF OLLICHON

I’ve been obsessing over House of Ollichon‘s wedding jumpsuits on Instagram for ages! Their outfits are perfect for modern brides who don’t care much about traditions and want to do something other than a big white dress and still look gorgeous and sophisticated. I’m so excited to be sharing with you their advice on picking an alternative wedding outfit perfect for your figure. 

The majority of our appointments start with brides telling me ‘I’m just not a fan of the big dress’, ‘I just want to feel like myself’ or ‘I’m a jeans and trainers kind of girl’. Although bridal trends have come a long way in recent years, we’re still scarred by the stereotypical expectation to wear a big white meringue!

Two-pieces have been hot for a couple of years but we have really seen the jumpsuit take off in the last six months which, obviously we are thrilled about! I feel like finally, brides to be are proud to break the mould and be themselves.

Our mantra at House of Ollichon is ‘Be a special version of your normal self’. That’s all our brides want!

We are honoured to have lots of same-sex couples come to House of Ollichon, it’s such fun to style a couple together and it’s the biggest honour as a designer to dress both brides. It’s crucial for couples to be on the same page when it comes to what level of bridal they go for. Our clients often end up going for one jumpsuit and one two piece between them, they’re matching but not the same and there’s no guessing game on who wears the dress and who wears the suit!

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STEVE & ROB’S MINTERNE HOUSE DIY WEDDING

Today’s wedding is truly a DYI event – even the flowers were grown by one of the grooms! They made sure their big day was as personal as possible and fun for their guests. It was photographed and shared with us by their photographer Linus Moran.

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

We met online. Things didn’t go to plan with the first few times we tried to meet. Rob cancelled at the last minute on the first few occasions due to work commitments but eventually managed to meet on the third attempt. Steve moved to Yeovil and moved in with Rob not long after meeting.

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STYLED SHOOT: Tropical wedding in Tenerife

Among palm trees, flowers and fruit, this gorgeous wedding editorial shoot was planned by Dorelis Padrón Weddings & Events and captured by award-winning photographer Juanmi Alemany. Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, has warm weather, lush vegetation and cultural bonds with countries such as Venezuela and Cuba, all of which make the island an ideal place for a tropical-themed wedding.

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Wedding planning advice: Wedding stationery guide

Claire from the printing company Lost Heritage wrote a fantastic piece about all the ways you can use stationery for your wedding and included some really good tips that will help you in the planning process. 

Congrats on being newly engaged! Hope the wedding planning is going well, so much to think of hey! 

Well, even if you say you are having a small do or you are totally going all out there is so much choice out there it can get a little overwhelming. 

Hopefully to make life a little simpler we have put together a little guide about wedding stationery and what it means. You don’t have to send or have all of these for your big day but if you can’t go all out when getting hitched when can you hey?! 

It’s your day so my advice is to incorporate you and your partners style into the design. A theme is essential and helps hugely as you have a intention and outline for all the bits and pieces needed. 

BEFORE THE BIG DAY

SAVE THE DATES – This is essentially a pre-invitation – you are asking people to reserve this date and not to make any other plans. It is sent to guests pretty much as soon as a wedding date is set. You don’t have to include any other information apart from the actual wedding date but really thats up to you- sometimes people may put a vague idea of location but that’s usually only if you are getting married aboard or you think guests may need to make special travel arrangements in advance. 

DAY INVITES – These are the main invitations for guests who will be attending the full day- typically some sort of wedding ceremony and then wedding breakfast and or reception. Obviously every wedding is different but usually the day invites indicate that the guest or guests are there from the beginning till the end of the event. Essential information included would be date, location/locations and times. Other information added usually depends on the type of wedding you are having and/or the budget. For example if you are on a limited budget you may want to fit extra bits of instructions on the main part to save on cost – however beware as you don’t want the page to look too cluttered. Your stationer/designer are always happy to advice on this though. 

RECEPTION/EVENING INVITES – This is usually in the same style as the day invites but just with a change of time and location (if applicable). Typically given to guests who are just attending the evening celebrations. A little handy tip: send out your day invites before your evening ones. That way you can see if you receive any regrets and upgrade some of the evening guests to day guest if needed!  

RSVP’S – This card is basically your way of asking a potential guest to “please response”. It is essential to know how many guests will be coming to your wedding as a lot of planning and time is spend on table plans, seats, meals etc. The RSVP can also be a way of getting extra information from your guests if you feel this is necessary (such as food allergies/preferences) Some couples even ask for people to include a song of their choice on a RSVP. 

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DARRYL AND LEE’S WELSH WINTER WEDDING

If you’re planning a winter wedding, here’s a bit of inspiration for you. Darryl and Lee had a lovely and stylish Welsh wedding, beautifully photographed by Aga Hosking.

HOW DID YOU MEET?

The old fashioned way- over a crowded dance floor

NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?

Our theme was winter wonderland. Winter and christmas is Lee’s favorite time of the year and Christmas 2012 is actually the time I popped the question. So December will always be a special time for us. It was a perfect dry day, a little cold but hey, it’s December.

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CRAIG & PRAT’S FUN BARBICAN WEDDING

I’m not gonna lie, Barbican is one of my favourite places in the world. So when I saw this gorgeous fun wedding I was like ”hell yeah!!”. 

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

A proper old fashioned blind date. Craig’s sister-in-law and Prat’s former house mate are cousins and set us up. Prat had seen a work photo of Craig, but Craig had not even seen a picture of Prat. We arranged to meet at Covent Garden Tube Station, and on the day Craig texted Prat to ask what he looked like. The response was ‘I’d like to say I’m a young, tall guy, but I’m an older Indian gentleman with grey hair’. Craig thought he was going on a date with Penfold (but named Prat!) and was expecting the worst date of his life. Luckily, the reality was very different, and they got on incredibly well (and drank two pitchers of Margaritas!) and it went from there…

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TAPENADE’S BIG WEDDING FOOD TRENDS

John Hearn, executive head chef at Tapenade, one of the UK’s top caterers, talks us through this year’s biggest wedding food trends.

Gourmet comfort food

Couples want to serve guests foods they’ll love so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more people swap a la carte in favour of classic comfort foods made with gourmet ingredients. We created a  truffle mac ‘n’ cheese for one recent wedding and served an indulgent game pie and mash at another. 

Photography: Jessica Grace Photography [one of our suppliers!]

Food trucks

Traditionalists may shy away from the idea of meals on wheels at a wedding but this festival-inspired food trend is going from strength to strength. Whether it’s for a reception, late-night bites or complete catering, the possibilities are endless with mobile food vendors. We often create street-food stands and vintage ice-cream vans which always delights guests.

DIY food & drink stations

Everything is more fun when you make it yourself and we’re seeing more couples taking a hands-on approach when it comes to catering. Our ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ bar is always a firm favourite for a drinks reception with flair.

Pairing & sharing

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STYLED SHOOT: Magical rustic elopement shoot

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This shoot is so beautiful I couldn’t wait to publish it!! It’s a perfect inspiration if you’re planning your autumn wedding right now – filled with rustic details, neutral colours and succulents. Photographer Serena Genovese perfectly captured not only gorgeous details prepared by an awesome team but also love between a real couple – Luca and Gerrard.

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The light in Luca and Gerrard’s eyes was warm and enveloping like the autumn light, the one that embraces and takes care of you intensely.

We interpreted their story through contrasts, with an industrial style made of cold hues against stronger materials, from concrete to iron, from gunmetal to rusty colours.

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ÅSA AND NINA’S VIKING WEDDING IN SWEDEN

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What a wonderful, original wedding with gorgeous brides and viking traditions was sent over by Tove Lundquist !! I absolutely love how Åsa and Nina used their common interest to create this original day and their friends and family joined the celebrations in a true Viking style.

HOW DID YOU MEET?

We had been in the same meditation group for a year when we became a couple. We had found the other one attractive but not done anything about it since we were both in other relationships at the time. But when we finally let our emotions guide us, there was no return. Within two months we were living together.

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