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Flip it & reverse it: Trish Peng


Bridal trends, like most others, come and go, with a select few mainstays that reign supreme. There will always be something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. But what if that something new was a world first? In the words of Missy Elliot – it is time to flip it and reverse it with a reversible wedding dress!

 

 

If you’re as indecisive as I am, sometimes choosing the perfect dress for the big day isn’t as simple as choosing ‘the one’.

A renowned Kiwi bridal designer agreed and has created the first ever reversible wedding dress.

Yes… you read that correctly. Can’t decide between satin or lace? Get both and slay the day with a two-in-one look.

“The collection was quite technical to create as no one in the industry has attempted a reversible bridal gown before,” designer Trish Peng says.

“When I couldn’t find a zipper supplier to do reversible zips, only finding chunky sleeping bag zips, I came up with the idea to hand stitch two zips on each side to form a supportive bodice,” she says.

It’s that kind of kiwi ingenuity that is helping Peng become a leader in her field.

The 2020 Reflections collection showcases 11 reversible and versatile styles that are named after the beautiful brides that they were custom-made for.

All gowns can be found in Peng’s Auckland showroom and in select stockists across New Zealand.

 


 

Wedding registries


Giving gifts will never go out of vogue and wedding presents even more so. Traditionally, this came with horror clichés such as three-too-many toasters or a dubious art piece to look at every day until it “broke”!

A bridal or wedding registry is an easy-peasy, fabulously fun, win-win for everyone. It is still in line with excitement and sentiment, compared to asking for cash – which doesn’t vibe with many. This also helps out our local companies – by sending a little love their way.


TRAVEL
This is the opportune time for lovebirds to explore dreamy Aotearoa while we momentarily have it to ourselves.

And setting up a wedding registry with the couple’s favourite local travel agent makes for domestic-travel bliss.

If hearts are however set upon faraway sandy shores, overseas travel can be booked for well after the wedding and there is no time limit to use the funds.

Honeymoons can often sit on the back burner after the expenses of a wedding.

So giving the gift of travel is a marriage made in heaven and one that everyone can pitch in for, no matter their budget.

Couples can opt to pre-book the honeymoon, or decide after the wedding once they have a budget to play with. Their guests can opt for their token to be anonymous or not.

The travel fund doesn’t have to be just for travelling either. The travel agent can organise the perfect inclusive romantic hotel wedding night, or two, without having to leave town.


GIFT STORES
Many a favourite local little suburban gift shop or larger department store will be happy to do up a wedding register, and they often have a convenient online system in place.

The couple can select any number of items they love, to suit all budgets for their guests and loved ones who are unable to be there.

Some independent and specialised on-line registries have also popped up too.


LOTS OF CHOICE
Offer guests a range of registry variety. Perhaps select a large online store and a smaller local giftshop, for example and ensure there is plenty of choice for not-too-pricy items.

It is nice too for the gift giver to buy a present they could easily have chosen anyway.


DIFFERENT LIKES
Any gift relating to coupledom can be set up as a registry, such as a cosy new log or gas fire for home renovators.

A sporty couple, for example, would treasure a gift for their common love of the outdoors, like a romantic luxury tent.


ETIQUETTE
Just as it’s impolite to ask for birthday present, most choose not to include the registry on the wedding invitation, instead including a separate note, or mentioning it personally.

This makes it less mandatory and more of a suggestion. And there will be guests that prefer tradition, want to give money, or a special surprise.


 

A not so white wedding


Calling all brides-to-be! Your wedding is just around the corner and we know there’s a million and one decisions to make – with colour palette top of the list. While traditional white will forever remain the staple shade of the big day, it’s time for these unconventional colour themes to have their turn in the spotlight.

 

 

TERRACOTTA, CREAM AND GREENERY
Having an autumn wedding? This pretty palette is just the ticket.

Rich and earthy, terracotta captures the magic of autumn, especially when paired with the elegant neutrality of cream and the simplicity of green foliage.

If you’re tying the knot in winter, experts suggest swapping terracotta for a burgundy shade for more warmth and depth.

Bridesmaids dresses in terracotta offset the bride’s traditional ivory wedding dress wonderfully well, while a gentle backdrop of greenery ties the whole look together in a rustic but sophisticated fashion.

These dreamy shades offer endless opportunities for stunning floral bouquets, garlands and table centrepieces of blush and cream roses and sage-coloured foliage like eucalyptus.

Consider complementing this palette with gold accents and the soft glow of candles or fairy lights.


PINK AND GREY
Pink and grey have long been heralded as a perfectly balanced colour combination – and it’s not hard to see why.

Pretty pink hues, particularly the dusky shades of blush and mauve, paired with tones of grey offer a contemporary, stylish colour palette that’s 100 percent wedding album-worthy.

Dressing groomsmen in grey and bridesmaids in pink reserves the complementary colours of white and black for the special couple – the groom with a grey tie perhaps and the bride with pretty pink jewels.

Adorn tables with metal embellishments and floral arrangements featuring soft pink roses and grey foliage.

Carefully chosen lighting completes the look effortlessly – and voila! Tying the knot never looked better.


WHITE AND CLASSIC BLUE
The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year was bound to make its appearance – and we’re not complaining.

The timeless and enduring hue is striking on its own, let alone balanced by the crisp classiness of white.

If your heart’s set on a traditional white wedding, consider adding a dash of this regal shade for interest.

Accessorise your reception with blue lighting, bunting and table accents such as napkins and placeholders.

Or why not forget the classic white tablecloth and wow your guests with a classic blue one instead?


TOP TIP: If it’s a cohesive yet mismatched look you’re after, share swatches with your bridal party and let them pick the style of dress that they like best.


 

Step into wedding season


Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or a guest, it’s the heels that will give you your Cinderella moment. Metropol caught up with leading shoe designer Kathryn Wilson about the latest season of heels we can expect to see stepping into wedding season.

 

 

Why did you want to make the move into wedding footwear?
We have a lot of brides and bridal parties requesting bridal footwear and purchasing our beautiful shoes for their wedding day…we decided it would be great to offer our best-selling shapes and styles in a colour palette suited to weddings. We named the capsule collection ‘Happily Ever After’ and named each shoe with a wedding theme.

 

Happily Ever After Rose

 



Can you tell us a bit about the colour palette you’ve selected for the collection?

 

We have offered most styles in an off white, soft pink and blue and metallic leathers, pewter, gold and silver, which are great neutrals for bridal parties. Each pair has a blue glitter sole for their ‘something blue’ on their special day.

 

Happily Ever After White

 

 


Do you have any favourites or are they all your ‘babies’?
Haha yes definitely love them all but my favourite style would be the Challis Heel in white powder blue which has a beautiful gold metal wrap detail on the heel and a front platform so you can dance the night away with a reduced pitch on the heel.

 

 

Blushing Bride Powder Blue

 


about beautiful, well-structured traditional styles?
It depends on each bride and their own style… we offer our ‘classic hit’ styles in a bridal palette which are very timeless designs with the intention that you can wear them on your wedding day but also with jeans and a shirt to work or a long lunch with girlfriends… I think they should be a versatile style that gets use after your big day.

Blushing Bride White

 


 

What are some of the most important features of wedding shoes?
Comfort, for sure! So you can stay in them all day and dance the night away… but also be feminine and flattering on the foot as a finishing touch to the wedding dress. Several styles in our bridal collection have a stacked heel which will suit garden weddings on grass, as a lot of New Zealand summer weddings are outdoors, which make fine stiletto heels tricky to wear.

 

Going to the Chapel Lace

 


What was your own choice for your special day?
Funnily enough I couldn’t decide until on the day! I took a few options with me from our collection and then decided on a closed toe style with a high ankle detail… these are being added to our ‘Happily Ever After’ collection this summer.

 

Happily Ever After Powder Blue

What are some of the main trends – colours, features etc – we can expect to see coming through over the next year across all shoe styles?
We have a lot of beautiful colour showing in our current and next summer collections… the winter styles which are currently available are offered in classic rich palettes of chocolate, tan etc but bright accents of hot pink croc, pink, blue and orange metallics… the Summer ’20 collections are super pretty soft pastels with apple green and lilac being key tones.
We cannot resist a beautiful, colourful, comfortable shoe to brighten our day and make us feel like you can take on the world!

 

Wedded Bliss White Pebble

 

Exclusively exceptional: IB Fashion & Bridal


IB Fashion & Bridal extends a warm welcome to try on the exclusive wedding attire by multi award-winning designer, Ingrid Brook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent additions to her exquisite wedding dress collection, housed in shop 54 of The Tannery’s heritage grounds, are Helen Fontaine International and Pollardi European.

For all beautiful brides to be, and mothers of brides and grooms who cannot find the perfect outfit, book an essential consultation with Ingrid for her exclusive custom-making service for bridal-wear or any special occasion.

Complete the special outfit with an exclusive range of boutique veils, hair accessories and jewellery.

For all enquiries, or to make a booking to try on any of the dresses, phone 021 330 600.

View the latest collections on the website.


 

Buy now, decide later: Via Sollertia


This would not be a bridal issue without paying tribute to one of our favourite bespoke creation specialists; Via Sollertia Jewellers.

 

 

The team at Via Sollertia are skilled professionals who offer amazing services to all of their customers, from finding the perfect diamond or gem for you, to custom creation and maintenance services.

While investing in the idea of a long future together with your partner is a big decision, so is the piece of jewellery that will cement that union.

The Nu Proposal is a great way to take off a little bit of that pressure.

Via Sollertia explains that “’Nu’ translates to nude in French. By proposing with the perfect diamond or gemstone you get a stripped back, stress free moment”.

Buy the diamond now and decide on the technicalities later.

For more information phone 03 366 8001 or check out their website.


 

Tying the knot in 2020


You’ve got your something old? Something borrowed? Something blue? Well if you’re still running around trying to find your something new – we’ve got you covered. Who says the rhyme must only apply to what the bride is wearing down the aisle? We investigate the upcoming trends of tying the knot in 2020.

 


  1. Green thumb: Being sustainable is trending and Mother Nature would give that a big seal of approval.

    Reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint by purchasing a pre-loved wedding dress, adopting an heirloom ring, avoiding bottled water or even refraining from printing out hundreds of paper invitations (opt for online).

    If you’re feeling bold, why not try a zero-waste event… it might just give your guests the push they need to try it at their own wedding.

    You wouldn’t dump rubbish onto your guests as they’re sitting down at your wedding, so don’t forgot about one of the most important guests there – Mother Nature.


2. Party of two (or a few): Who says extravagant weddings are essential to a lifetime of happy marriage (the rom-coms don’t count)?

Forking out the big dollars for people who were even umming and ahhing coming to the event may seem silly, but it happens.

That’s why limiting your nearest and dearest to 40 – or even less – is starting to become a regular occurrence. Less people means the budget per guest is higher, this leaves room for personal and even elaborate touches – this is one trend that is all about quality over quantity!

If you’re worried about not enough people seeing the ceremony, they can see it all online when you post about it (we’re sure you will!).


3. Help yourself: One of the great things about a wedding, as a guest, is the open bar.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is just trying to be polite.

Most of us know the process of going up to a bar, ordering a drink and walking away.

Make this part of the night a fun experience for everyone by including a self-serve refreshments area.

Wall mounted dispensers, punch bowls, a jampacked bar of pour-over drinks accompanied by some garnishes to top off the drinks; we’re yet to hear a negative.

No need to think of signature cocktails because every guest will be able to create one of their own.

Although it may pay to have one of the staff helping to occasionally cast an eye over the set-up… just in case Uncle Jim starts to drink enough for himself… and five others.


 

Beauty for the big day


Brides will be letting their true beauty really shine through this decade, with makeup magic that has come a very long way.

 

 

Hailing from Christchurch, Charlotte Edwardes, a wedding makeup artist at Island Beauty on romantic Waiheke Island, makes up stunning brides from all nationalities.

Her number one tip: “keep it natural to radiate warmth from within – so you’re glowing from the inside.”

“A softer, natural look seems to be the trend, and products are now unbelievable in how they can achieve this. Contouring is less pronounced now – much softer – as there are too many high-definition lenses out there to capture any stage tricks!”

She says no particular trend reigns; people just like to look different to what they do every day at work.

Also, personality, skin tone, and what suits the colour of the skin and face shape matters the most.

“However, there are less nude-shaded lips now and more colour. Some brides really suit that classic matte red, especially for a Chanel ’40s look. Some with naturally rosy lips are opting for just gloss. They might want a pink lippy to match a pink bouquet for example. Soft corals, apricots and peaches are also featuring – glorious with an heirloom antique-lace dress. Pink undertones fair better than orange and brown for whiter-looking teeth, and a lip conditioner makes a big difference.”

Charlotte see brides of all ages looking absolutely beautiful for their big day.

“The latest formulas of powder-cream blushes are more forgiving for fine lines, and are best applied directly on the cheek. Pigments are now richer, sharper and a lot finer – and therefore more flattering. Gold-shimmered eyelids and bronze highlights can be sensuously subtle. Mineral foundations are perfectly lightweight for dewy skin at any age, and I use a high-definition setting powder.”

A highlight for the bridal party is getting glammed up together. “I recently made up a grandmother of the bride in her ‘90s. She was crying because she felt so beautiful.”

The eyes express all on the wedding day. Local eye-makeup influencer Nikita Rindel is all about eyes on her popular Instagram page Nikitahhx.

Over the past couple of years, she’s noticed brides and bridal parties wanting a more natural and simplistic look, rather than a defined contour and smokey eyes, and says 2020 will mark this exact trend.

“Brides will instead concentrate on enhancing their natural beauty rather than on the ‘creativity’ of the makeup. Fake lashes always make the eyes pop, so I feel this won’t go away anytime soon – but rather than rock a winged liner and daytime smokey eye, brides will opt for a light and more simplistic look such as a light shimmer and semi-dramatic lashes. Ardell offer the best bridal lashes in my opinion; lightweight yet dramatic enough to make a statement.”

Experimenting and trialling new products and different looks is always an exciting part of the planning.

Youngblood is a makeup line developed by former medical aesthetician Pauline Youngblood.

Its luxurious base of fine natural minerals avoids common irritants often found in makeup – imperative for a stress-free wedding day.

Feeling calm and serene in your skin ensures you will look it too.


 

Little Slumbers

Beautiful bridal slumber parties: you can have a (grown-up) slumber party with Little Slumbers for your bridal shower

Amongst magical settings and themed tents, Little Slumbers began as a children’s slumber party business.

Little Slumbers

Owner Jen Collett, a teacher turned event stylist, also owns local event style and hire business The Little Carousel. After a number of requests for adult slumber parties, Jen decided to branch out one step further and came up with the idea for Bridal Slumbers. “This was a first of its kind in New Zealand when we launched it, and we are proud to be the original Bridal Slumber company,” she says.
Bridal by Little Slumbers has taken Christchurch by storm since it was introduced in August last year, providing a unique way to spend the night before the wedding with your girlfriends – reminiscing, laughing and sharing special times. “It’s a new take on finding a hotel then all taking off to your own rooms,” says Jen.
“With Bridal by Little Slumbers, we have the whole set-up completed by the time you get back from rehearsals – picture a glass of bubbles, platters and a whole lot of laughs. The next morning, while you and your bridal party are getting ready, we pack it all up for you, so you don’t have to do a thing.”
In addition to the package, the business also offers grazing platters, beauty treatments and nails for the bridal party, in conjunction with their fantastic partner vendors. “The best part about Bridal by Little Slumbers is that we are not limited to just bridal parties. In fact, our hen’s night and girls’ nights are just as popular, which is fantastic news for just about anyone wanting to get together with friends and relive old childhood memories.”
With a modern, boho-inspired theme, the bridal package provides beautiful lace teepees and larger mattresses, for extra comfort. Featuring a gorgeous blush, white and gold/rose gold colour theme – it’s the perfect way to spend time with the bridal party before tying the knot.
Little Slumbers has recently launched the Glamping Bell Tent, also taking the Slumbers outside for a natural, bohemian feel. Other options include picnic set ups, movie nights with a projector and screen, gaming nights and couples nights – whether you need the night of the wedding, date night or proposal – every aspect is covered.
Whatever the occasion, from hen’s nights to birthday parties, Jen can provide a fun, stress-free option and a range of gorgeous themes to choose from.

Little Slumbers
Phone: 021 065 3321
Email: info@thelittlecarousel.co.nz
Web: www.thelittlecarousel.co.nz

Wedding dress

Bridal gown style guide: how to choose “The Dress” for your dream wedding

The sentiment and commitment of any wedding day are, of course, the most important statements, but let’s be honest, the piece de resistance – the moment that leaves guests waiting with bated breath – is the entrance of the bride in her chosen attire, most traditionally, a gown.

Wedding dress

If you are planning your big moment and looking for some guidance on your gown, then look no further. We’re delivering a beautiful overview of the must have looks for 2018.

Chic capes: Solange Knowles is perhaps one of the most famous examples of brides who donned a cape or capelet on their wedding day. Hers was the perfect conclusion to an already-edgy jumpsuit that she donned while making her big entrance on a vintage bicycle. A firm favourite with designers during Bridal Fashion Week, the cape is for the bride that wants to contemporise tradition and become a caped crusader in lieu of wearing a veil.

Off the shoulder: A modest amount of glowing skin can play peek-a-boo in gowns with detached sleeves. Designers like Monique Lhuillier are giving us the cold shoulder in 2018, but in the best possible way. We are seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder styles, some even with puff sleeves in the mix. It might sound like the eighties are planning a comeback, but we can assure you there is nothing retro about this aesthetic, just pure romance written all over the look.

Mid-length: A floor-skimming gown has its foot firmly in traditional bridal territory, but hems are coming up for 2018 – to a very respectable mid-length. Modest and modern; this style pays homage to 1950’s style stars like Marilyn Monroe. This is the perfect compromise for the bride who still wants the glamour that a gown affords, but the comfort and practicality of a dress that can transition from the ‘I Do’s’ to the dance floor.