CHANTICLEER BRIDES – THE SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE COLLECTION

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Chanticleer is known for its gorgeous feminine collections of stylish and handcrafted wedding dresses, and the “Shakespeare in Love” collection is no different; it perhaps pushes the designer’s usual style and approach just a little further. Tracey continues, without fault, to offer the same ethereal, feminine, and graceful characteristics to brides in this collection, featuring dreamy designs with lace embellishments, exquisite necklines, brocade, and floral and sequin elements on soft tulle and organza – all signature elements of this wonderful designer.

I have a rather personal connection to “Shakespeare in Love”, having been asked by Tracey to photograph it for her. This followed a beautiful editorial shoot we did together at the Hampshire venue Penton Park, celebrating its first open day in 2015. Photographing this was not only a career highlight for me, but also allowed me to apply the gentle touch I take with my beautiful brides to capture some wonderful images for a lady who is as passionate about Chanticleer as I am about Ikonworks.

I am very proud Wedding Ideas is able to provide support to designers, and offer a platform promoting the incredibly talented British bridal wear creatives we have in this country to our readers. Personally, I am even more delighted to write a feature like this for first time, as not only have I been able to photograph a beautiful designer and her extraordinary creations, but I have been able to photograph her working with a bridal client at a designer day, and work with her to create images of her Cheltenham studio for her website. I remain inspired by her ability to do something very special for each of the brides I have watched her work with. Tracey has an inbuilt ability to understand, interpret, and create something perfectly bespoke for each bride, from a brief conversation at the start of a consultation.

I asked Tracey how she would describe a Chanticleer Bride:

“A Chanticleer Bride is a woman who knows her own mind and style, who has a vision of what she wants but who needs me to inspire her creative side.”

Working with a small, highly trained team, which combines over 60 years of bespoke bridal wear experience, Tracey’s focus on quality craftsmanship ensures that all of her designs are British made under her careful supervision. She said says: “It’s really important to personally ensure the second-to-none quality of every gown leaving our studio, which is why I appreciate the work of my trusted team so much. All of our dresses are not only made in Britain, but crafted by our close-knit expert team

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“Shakespeare in Love” provides brides with classical, elegant, and timeless gowns, certain to never go out of style, in an array of silhouettes, styles and fabrics, which include the addition of a soft pink and stunning rose to the iconic pallet of Chanticleer shades of ivory.

Tracey told me: “The Shakespeare in Love collection encapsulates the beauty and fragility of a love story from a bygone era, represented by style icons include Shakespeare’s ‘Juliet’ and ‘Ophelia’ ; both of whom are strong passionate woman. These character-filled dresses are all very close to my heart for many different reasons.

The gown named Rosalind, featured below, is Tracey’s favourite. She explains: “This was partly because I was out of my designer’s comfort zone in terms of the fabric [the dress] demanded to be made from, and also because there was something that just kept drawing me to ‘her’ design.” Rosalind is the heroine of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Her character is intelligent, witty, warm, and strong, and she possesses an unshakable integrity.

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With the collection drawing on such inspiring female characters, Tracey wanted to make sure each dress was a perfect addition to the other seven significant Chanticleer collections. Chanticleer’s collections are launched each year in the autumn; whether it’s the ‘Blue Ribbon‘ collection inspired by the romance and celebration of 100 years of the Titanic, or the ‘All That Jazz’ collection, inspired by a Caro Emerald jazz song, Tracey mainly looks to media, film, music and current culture to bring beautiful and creative designs to each collection.  The 2014 ‘Anniversary‘ collection was inspired by period dramas and historic influences, while 2015 ‘Eden‘ Collection embraces everything ‘Floral’, entwining both Vintage and Art Deco in beautifully feminine styles, combining lavish 3D fabrics, soft antique spot tulles to delicate beaded laces.

The Chanticleer brand celebrated 25 years of UK design and manufacturing last year; a fantastic achievement. Tracey talks about her career highlights being the purchase of the Chanticleer brand at just 27 years of age, and her absolute delight at being successful in ensuring brand moves as effortlessly as her dresses into the 21st century. She says, “Each year pushes my creativity. Every year I feel the label becomes more successful, vibrant and recognised within the industry, ensuring brides associate their special day with our gowns.” I asked Tracey what her motivations are when it comes to designing. She replied: “I’m inspired by the every day, real woman, her soft femininity, her perfect imperfections and her graceful attitude.

What is the Chanticleer signature style? Kate who organises everything for Chanticleer, from the designer days and photo shoots, to the wedding fayres, and the press coverage says, “Classic, traditional and timeless – consisting of beautiful corsetry and romantic gorgeousness.

Personally I think one of the standout parts of the Chanticleer experience is having Tracey herself involved in an integral part of your design process. The re-assuring interaction between the designer and client is extraordinary to behold, and I only wish I had had access to this when I selected my wedding dress 16 years ago. The meticulous step-by-step process, from the initial design to dream dress, is unique in so many ways.

I asked Tracey: “If you were not a bridal designer, what would you be?” She replied: “I honestly cannot imagine my life without being wedding dress designer. It is something I simply adore, and having our brides select Chanticleer for their special day, and feeling their faith in our designs, skills, and brand gives me goosebumps every time. When we receive pictures from our brides after their wedding day, it honestly makes us very, very proud.

I am looking forward to putting together a collaborative article from several designers and stockists soon, which will feature the perfect advice for a bride selecting her wedding dress. When I asked Tracey what important advice she would give to the Bride setting out to find her perfect wedding gown she said, in a heartbeat: “Always, always be true to yourself; don’t try and please everyone else. I am there to work with you to create something extraordinary, ensuring that when you look back at your wedding pictures in twenty years time you still feel as special, as beautiful as you did when you exchanged rings and said “I do”.

“The Shakespeare in Love” collection begins at £1,195. Should you wish to learn more about any of the designs you see in this article today, please contact the Chanticleer Boutique directly here, or call your nearest Chanticleer stockist – a full list of stockists can be located here. You can also follow Chanticleer on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, and catch up with all the news on their blog here.

Laura Ward of Brides of Winchester says, “Chanticleer has been a leading design label since brides of Winchester opened 6 years ago. Our brides love the level of flexibility in Tracey’s gowns, which allows them to express their individuality, ideas and vision. Each Collection includes gowns with fabulous corsetry that Tracey is so well known for, whilst her exacting attention to detail produces simply the most beautiful handcrafted wedding gowns that are every girls dream for their big day!

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Kate says, “After months of planning, we decided to shoot our 2016 ‘Shakespeare in Love’ collection at the fabulous spooky Woodchester Mansion, in Gloucestershire. Tracey and I visited the Mansion in September and were hugely excited by the stunning natural light and the contrasts it created against the unfinished interiors of the mansion. The charm of the Cotswold stone enhanced the natural beauty of a time gone by, and ensured we literally had everything we wanted in a venue for the shoot.

She went on to say “Bringing on board the gifted Tasha Newland of Ikonworks in Hampshire ensured we would have exquisite images to share with our Brides and Stockists, perfectly representing the collection. We were totally blown away by Tasha’s amazing photos at the ‘Penton Park’ shoot back in July, especially the gorgeous image of our ‘Peony’ dress from 2015 ‘Eden Collection’. Using the lovely and artistic Sharon Dawson fromEyecandy hair and make up and the super creative Will Eagles of Cream Hairdressing also ensure our already gorgeous models Sophie and Rachel transformed into our Shakespearean characters flawlessly. In addition, using Flowers by Ellie for the flower crowns, and Rachel Simpson Shoes completed the looks we envisaged when first designing this gorgeous collection.

The collection

Adriana

Stunning corseted low back bodice with pearl and sequin lace overlay, V-neckline, low scoop back and capped sleeves onto a full organza dreamy circle cut skirt.

Calpurnia

A classic drop waisted gown encrusted with heavy embellished tulle, sweetheart neckline that balances the illusion V back onto a soft draping tulle skirt.

Elenor & Nell

For the bride who couldn’t decide, a soft high neck tulle dress with sweetheart neckline, illusion tulle keyhole back flows onto a delicate lace column skirt. Added to this detachable soft tulle over skirt with detailed embellished satin belt. Option to purchase as separates.

Emilia

This romantic traditional A-line gown features a stunning 3D floral organza skirt with duchess satin belt tied into a cute bow back.

Imogen

Delicate low backed lace gown with sweetheart neckline in antique lace. The softness of the antique rose lace encapsulates the overall outline of the gentle flowing fishtail skirt.

Isabella

Subtle pink prettiness is translated onto this sculpted sweetheart A-line gown. Featuring an opulent pale pink tone of silk organza, with delicate lace overlay. Small embellished belt sits on waist.

Lady Montague

The graceful Lady Montague features a sequin lace bodice with bateau neckline and full length lace sleeves. A sweetheart corset flows onto a soft organza A-line skirt. The lace and sequin flower belt adds a touch of sophistication to the overall gown and nips in the waist.

Lavinia

This stunning lace and tulle bateau neckline is the definition of sophistication. Pearl and lace bodice cascades over a soft bridal chiffon skirt. Featuring illusion back with button detail.

Moonlight

Our very own sparkly ombre effect gown, perfect to add a little bit of glitz to your special day. Featuring a soft A-line tulle skirt, full button back and sweeping train.

Nerissa

The sassy Nerissa features a dramatic lace shadow train that forms this structured lace fishtail dress. A low sweetheart neckline complements the low v back with delicate lace straps and buttons.

Octavia

Stunning high waist A-line satin gown with soft lace bodice and cap sleeves. The V-neckline adds a little drama to the overall softness of the dress and pleated waist detail nips the waist in magically.

Ophelia

Simply classic silk crepe boat necked gown with elegant lace sleeves and satin waist detail, gently flowing onto soft draped silk crepe skirt.

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Perdita

Classic and elegant, Perdita consists of a deep V neck bodice covered in sequin embellished lace, pleated satin waist fanning out into a sweeping back train.

Portia

Gorgeous Portia has a gentle softness to her shape. Off the shoulder floral neckline and an organza bow belt sits beautifully over the soft A-line skirt featuring our floral raised organza.

Regan

Simply stylish, this stunning off the shoulder classic silk crepe dress features a ‘vintage’ style satin roll cuff.

Rosalind
The show stopper, a corseted bodice with illusion neckline, encrusted embellished tulle overlay cascading down a soft flowing bridal tulle skirt with sweeping train.

Silvia

A corseted sweetheart necklined bodice, overlayed with lace to create a delicate halter neck. Bouncy knee length full lace and satin skirt finished with a cute satin bow.

Ursualla

Romantic high neck gown with fluted tulle sleeve decorated with sequin and diamante floral motifs on shoulder. The floral tulle gives an illusion brocade feel to the soft A-line skirt.

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Thanks

I’d like to thank Tracey and Kate from Chanticleer for allowing us to share these images with you today, and I sincerely hope you find something you love, and are inspired to get in touch with this wonderful British design house.

BRITS ARE HAVING MORE DIY WEDDINGS (AND DESIGNER DRESSES) THAN EVER!

It’s been widely said that Brits are finally feeling the benefit of a bit more cash in their pockets and new research from VoucherCodes reveals it’s having a knock-on effect on the nation’s weddings this year.

The trend for designer weddings is on the up, with a whopping half (49%) of Brits set to marry this year that plan to blow the budget – over double the 19% who planned a costly ‘do’ in 2014.

Even those couples not planning a lavish wedding this year are upping the ante, with Brits shelling out anaverage of £16,364 on swish venues, outfits and accessories. A 28% rise on the average outlay in 2014 and a substantial 36% increase on the average cost of £11,947 five years ago.

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The dress

The desire for a lavish wedding has also seen a hike in spending on big ticket items, with a third of brides (33%) planning to splurge on a designer gown to walk down the aisle in, and the average bride forking out 40% more (£357) for their wedding dresses than in 2014.

The reception

A welcome boon for the retail and leisure industries, this year’s newlyweds will be partying with an average of £1,449 on food and drink, and £1,072 on entertainment for the reception, while slicing a massive £660 out of their accounts for the wedding cake alone – nearly double the £346 spent on wedding cake in 2010.

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Savvy savings

But while Brits are prepared to splash out on their big day, it seems that couples have learnt a few lessons during the recession and are finding clever ways to cut down on costs before cutting the cake.

Many couples will be indulging in a spot of DIY with almost a third of those planning to get hitched this year making homemade items – from the wedding invitations to the flower arrangements – to cut costs.

Despite the penchant for a designer gown, some savvy brides are also turning to high street alternatives are to trim costs, with over half (55%) planning to wear a high-street equivalent on their big day.

Taking it one step further, over one in five have even asked their bridal party to contribute towards their outfits for the wedding, while an additional 22% admit to using voucher codes and cashback offers to save on wedding-related items.

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The honeymoon

Savvy couples are also aware that the costs of getting married don’t stop at their wedding day, with a quarter of those under 35 (24%) choosing to save and take their honeymoon at a later date.

Compared to their parents’ generation – 85% of whom chose to take a traditional full honeymoon straight after the wedding, – today’s generation is seemingly more cost-conscious than ever.

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BRIDE: THE WEDDING SHOW RETURNS TO TATTON PARK

The North-West’s most prestigious bridal event, Bride: The Wedding Show, will return for it’s fourteenth year in February.  Proudly showcasing 150 of the region’s premier, high-quality bridal vendors – from bridal boutiques to florists, photographers to cake-makers – couples will be spoilt for choice.

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Cheshire’s premier wedding show, this luxury event is held within a beautiful marquee set in the picturesque grounds of Tatton Park, Knutsford, regularly attracting 4,500 visitors a year. As well as discovering a host of suppliers to help you plan your perfect day, the show makes a great day out with a full programme of entertainment on offer for all to enjoy.

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The show’s spectacular choreographed catwalk shows, considered the most inspirational and entertaining in the business, will be back throughout the weekend combining music and dance in imaginative performances that showcase the latest bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, grooms wear, mother-of-the-bride outfits and occasion wear.

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Expect to see professional models strutting their stuff in stunning gowns from designers such as Maria Modes, Cheshire Bridal Wear, Knutsford Wedding Gallery and 7th Heaven, groomswear from Slaters, Chess London and Groom plus occasion fashions from John Lewis.

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The luxuriously-presented band-performance area hosted by Six15 Events, will be presenting the very best in show-stopping performances from local wedding bands, musicians and singers including Toni James and Soul Revolver. Complete with its own dance floor, seating and bar, this won’t mimic a party – it will be one.

For those still looking for their dream venue, Mahood Marquees will be presenting a fully-dressed marquee area where couples can imagine their own special day.  With lavishly-laid tables and spectacular decorations, visitors will be walking away with plenty of ideas to create their perfect day.

Visitors can then rest their tired feet and relax with a glass of fizz at the Champagne Bar in association with with PH Hotels, De Vere Venues and Four Pillars Hotels, or make a stop at the stylish restaurant in association with Rupert Frazer Worden’s The Fine Dining Company.

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO VIP AT THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW

Planning your big day should be one of the best times of your life and whether you’re recently engaged or have your big day round the corner, the UK’s biggest wedding show can help you every step of the way.

Whatever stage of planning that you’re at, a day at The National Wedding Show provides more inspiration, ideas and shopping than you could possible imagine, and what better way to do it with your best girls than go VIP?

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Start the day by skipping the queues with fast-track entrance to the show, enjoying everything it has to offer. With thousands of beautiful bridal gowns to browse, invaluable advice from a host of experts, and everything you need to try, buy, book and hire to make your big day perfect in every single way.

Head to the Catwalk Show where you will have reserved seating in the exclusive VIP area. Showcasing dresses from the nation’s finest designers and boutiques together with bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride attire, and groomswear, this catwalk show will provide you with inspiration for the entire bridal party!

nws-vip-experience-20150227_NWS_AB0007-339Enjoy unlimited access to the VIP Lounge, where you can relax and unwind in between all that shopping! With your complimentary glass of Freixenet in hand, the VIP Lounge is the perfect place to toast to your future happiness! And, if it’s beauty advice you’re after, the experts from bareMinerals will be on hand offering mini make-unders exclusive to VIP ticket holders.

On top of this, in the exclusive VIP Lounge, you’ll be entitled to a complimentary ring cleaning by one of Aurus Diamond’s ring specialists, who will give your ring that extra shine and sparkle it deserves, along with 30% discount off all wedding bands.

As if that’s not enough, you’ll leave the show with an extra special gift box full of beauty products so you can pamper yourself in the run up to your special day!

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THE HONEYMOON PERIOD SHRINKS BY HALF IN A DECADE

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The study by LateRooms shows that:

  • 38% of couples take two-week honeymoons compared to 80% in 2005
  • 1 in 5 put this down to work pressures and 30% blame financial issues
  • One third wait up to six months for their post nuptial break
  • 1 in 10 don’t have a honeymoon at all
  • The beach break is still the most popular choice for a honeymoon, regardless of length
  • 30% of couples getting married now request contributions to their honeymoon in place of a traditional wedding list

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Traditionally, UK couples routinely enjoyed honeymoons lasting two weeks in some of the most exotic locations on earth. However, modern work pressures and the increase in couples paying for their own wedding celebrations has curtailed the extravagance once considered de rigeur for all newlyweds, according to a study by leading hotel bookers LateRooms. Tradition is ushered out into the wedding wilderness with the revelation that just over a third of British couples recently married, or just about to tie the knot, will take a traditional two-week honeymoon.

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55% of all newly married couples and couples about to get wed claim that they have noticed a huge trend towards shorter, more affordable mini-moons instead of the traditional two week, no expense spared honeymoon of a lifetime. And now, almost half of UK newlyweds now either stay in the UK or venture no further than Europe for their post-marital mini-moon, the LateRooms. study reveals. Compare this to 2005, when the top honeymoon destinations for Brits were Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, St Lucia, Mexico, Jamaica and Anguilla.

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The change in honeymoon traditions is due to pressures from work and the cost of the traditional honeymoon. In 2015 one in five couples say that the pressures of work means that don’t have the time to enjoy a two-week honeymoon. Another 30% say the fact that are having to pay to the cost of their wedding day means they can’t afford a traditional two-week break in a far flung destination. However, the classic beach break continues to be the nation’s honeymoon trip of choice, whilst 22% will seek out rest and relaxation in the countryside and just 11% enjoy a slick city break.

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LateRooms spokeswoman, Andrea Tarpey, said: “With newlyweds footing more of the bill for their big day than ever before, and having greater demands on their time at work, we’re seeing couples embrace the mini-moon and taking shorter, less costly getaways closer to home.  With such a fantastic range of destinations on our doorstep, 32% of couples choose to head to Europe, whilst a growing number opt to stay in the UK to enjoy their first week as Mr and Mrs. We understand the pressures of modern couples striving to achieve the perfect wedding day as well as the perfect honeymoon, which is why we launched weddingguestrooms to help brides and grooms provide a personalised site with the very best accommodation options for their guests.”

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If you and your hubby-to-be are planning your perfect honeymoon visit  LateRooms for fabulous deals and the most beautiful hotels – don’t miss out!

BRITS ARE HAVING MORE DIY WEDDINGS (AND DESIGNER DRESSES) THAN EVER!

The trend for designer weddings is on the up, with a whopping half (49%) of Brits set to marry this year that plan to blow the budget – over double the 19% who planned a costly ‘do’ in 2014.

Even those couples not planning a lavish wedding this year are upping the ante, with Brits shelling out anaverage of £16,364 on swish venues, outfits and accessories. A 28% rise on the average outlay in 2014 and a substantial 36% increase on the average cost of £11,947 five years ago.

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The dress

The desire for a lavish wedding has also seen a hike in spending on big ticket items, with a third of brides (33%) planning to splurge on a designer gown to walk down the aisle in, and the average bride forking out 40% more (£357) for their wedding dresses than in 2014.

The reception

A welcome boon for the retail and leisure industries, this year’s newlyweds will be partying with an average of £1,449 on food and drink, and £1,072 on entertainment for the reception, while slicing a massive £660 out of their accounts for the wedding cake alone – nearly double the £346 spent on wedding cake in 2010.

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Savvy savings

But while Brits are prepared to splash out on their big day, it seems that couples have learnt a few lessons during the recession and are finding clever ways to cut down on costs before cutting the cake.

Many couples will be indulging in a spot of DIY with almost a third of those planning to get hitched this year making homemade items – from the wedding invitations to the flower arrangements – to cut costs.

Despite the penchant for a designer gown, some savvy brides are also turning to high street alternatives are to trim costs, with over half (55%) planning to wear a high-street equivalent on their big day.

Taking it one step further, over one in five have even asked their bridal party to contribute towards their outfits for the wedding, while an additional 22% admit to using voucher codes and cashback offers to save on wedding-related items.

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The honeymoon

Savvy couples are also aware that the costs of getting married don’t stop at their wedding day, with a quarter of those under 35 (24%) choosing to save and take their honeymoon at a later date.

Compared to their parents’ generation – 85% of whom chose to take a traditional full honeymoon straight after the wedding, – today’s generation is seemingly more cost-conscious than ever.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING TO THE TRADITIONAL WHITE WEDDING?

The traditional British wedding is on the verge of extinction as brides and grooms opt instead for ultra-modern refinements to their big day in 2015, new national research has revealed.

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The modern innovations start from the initial wedding invitation, as 22% are now issued via Facebook or other social network rather than the traditional card, sent through the post.

What’s more, one in every 20 wedding invites is dispatched by email, with a further 12% being sent by textmessage, according to the study by leading hotel bookers LateRooms.com.

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The venue

Indeed, of the polled 2,000 couples – who were either recently married or hoping to get married in the near future – 38.5% admit they held or are due to hold their entire wedding day in a hotel instead of choosing a church service and a reception at a different venue.

Less than three in 10 weddings (28%) are now conducted by a priest or a vicar. The overwhelming choice of minister for the modern wedding is an appointed civic official from the register office (48%) though many couples are now officially married by a friend (one in 20), while one in 10 wedding ceremonies are conducted by a ship’s captain.

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Once a mainstay of tradition, the white wedding dress is also being eschewed, with just a third of brides now getting married in one. Almost as many (28%), now walk up the aisle in a coloured dress.

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The food

Even the traditional roast dinner has been usurped in favour of more modern culinary delights when the wedding breakfast is served.

More than one in five weddings has an Italian-themed dish at the centre of its wedding breakfast, according to the research. And almost one in four couples (24.4%) chooses curry for their wedding breakfast.

Furthermore, 10% of those tying the knot choose fish and chips or their favourite take-out as the main meal on their big day.

Just 18% of couples opt for a traditional fruit wedding cake with 21.6% choosing a chocolate cake for their reception and a further 26% opting for a sponge cake. One in 20 couples now even choose an alternative of a cupcake tower!

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HOW THIS 20 YEAR OLD KICKSTARTED HER VERY OWN BRIDAL COLLECTION

On Thursday 9th July, the fashion designer will be giving 400 guests a first look to 15 hand-stitched wedding dresses in a catwalk style fashion show at the launch of her brand new, luxury bespoke collection.

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Gbemi Okunola, CEO, Alo’Nuko said: “Working in fashion and starting my own business whilst growing up in Peckham saved me from a lot of things that I could have been involved with. I feel like a lot of the violence and youth crime in South London is because people are idle and are afraid to follow their dreams.

Being a young fashion designer was very time-consuming and demanding which meant that on a daily basis after school or college I was working in my studio instead of getting involved with the wrong crowd, and now my dream is becoming a reality. I am excited to share the Alo’Nuko bridal launch with everyone.

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WHAT DOES YOUR PART OF THE COUNTRY THINK ABOUT WEDDINGS?

These were the two main findings from planning website, annual survey of newlyweds – 2014 saw its largest ever survey interviewing a huge 1,893 newly married couples.

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While over two in five weddings from respondents from the North East were religious (45%), this fell to under a third for those from the East Midlands (30%), and not much more for South West newlyweds with 31%.

The spend on the wedding day also varies greatly. For Londoners, the average cost of a wedding in 2014 was £17,332 – this is compared to the £9,907 average for newlyweds of the North West!

Newly married couples from the South West were also the most traditional when it comes to the wedding cake with 76% sticking with the traditional tiered cake. Meanwhile Londoners and the Welsh were the most experimental with 17% of each opting for cupcakes or a cake made of cheese.

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In other findings:

  • Patriotic North Eastern newlyweds were the most likely to honeymoon in the UK (32%), followed by the Welsh (26%) and then West Midlanders (24%)
  • The Scots were least likely to take a honeymoon, with 14% not taking one at all, followed by the North West (11%)
  • There were also big variations in paying for drinks. 37% of Londoners paid for all the drinks at the wedding, conversely under 1 in 10 of brides and grooms from the North East, North West and Scotland foot the bill

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