Each and every bride that walks through our doors is special to us here at Cheadle Bride. This week however we had an extra special young lady come to see us. The lovely Hannah Shaw from Belvoir Cheadle. Hannah has been writing a blog about our local area giving honest reviews about local businesses which we think is a great idea as we often miss what's just on our doorstep. Take a special look at the wonderful review Hannah did for us, and follow her blog to see what else is around beautiful place that is Cheadle Hulme. https://lifeincheadlehulme.wordpress.com/…/the-most-amazin…/
Summer is here and following our lovely bride of the month getting married in Greece, we thought we would delve a little more about getting married in this beautiful country. You never know it could be you next planning your romantic getaway! Weddings in Greece are one of the most popular choices for a wedding abroad, and you can see why, with the excellent weather, picturesque towns and villages and quiet beaches.
Each island or area of Greece has a different atmosphere, suitable for all tastes, from quiet, sleepy hamlets to modern towns and resorts. Below are our top 4 destinations to go to.
1. Let’s start with the most popular island, Santorini. It is popular for good reason too! with any picture-postcard picture of Greece you will most often find the white-washed buildings of Santorini with its contrasting blue so beautiful against the water. It is often voted one of the most beautiful locations in the world and I can see why! So why not start a beautiful marriage in a beautiful location!
2. If you are looking for a more traditional feel Crete could be the island for you to become Mr and Mrs. Being Greece’s largest island, Crete has a fantastic mix of old and new, there is a vast landscape full of natural beauty, pretty churches and ancient ruins (what a fantastic photo opportunity!) I feel this would be a great island for a rustic natural wedding.
3. Another pretty island, Rhodes, is an easy destination to get married in. Rhodes old town is picture-perfect for wedding photos, and the island is surrounded by a multitude of sandy beaches and clear blue seas which make fabulous wedding choices.
4. Amongst the stunning Ionian islands lies the beauty that is Zakynthos or Zante. Filled with gorgeous beaches, soaring cliffs, turquoise seas and its naturally beautiful caves. There are many options for getting married in Zante. You could hire your own private beach, private gardens or even an ocean view terrace. There are so many possibilities to capture that picture perfect moment in time.
Follow our Pinterest page to see more images of this stunning country (link button below)
Need to know You will both need a CNI, copies of your passports and legalized translations of your birth certificates, and must present the original documents to the registrar three days before the wedding. You can only marry in a Greek church if one of you is Greek Orthodox. You will need your marriage certificate translated to register the wedding in the UK.
Here are a few words from our lovely July bride of the month, Sarah. A fantastic destination wedding to get you in the summer mood! Look at the AMAZING photos below we wish we were out there with her! We wish her and new husband a lifetime of happiness. xx
"Getting married abroad I was a little nervous about choosing my wedding dress and flying it over in one piece, but from start to finish the team at Cheadle Brides were fab! Their patience whilst I tried on multiple dresses, their help in choosing a beautiful travel box and their recommendation of an amazing seamstress, the whole process was stress free. The day before I was due to fly the team expertly packed my dress along with all my accessories and bouquet- they even managed to fit in my partners suit so that we could safely take it all in hand luggage! Thanks to their expertise the dress was flawless when I unpacked it and I felt truly amazing wearing it on my wedding day. "
Future brides you are in safe hands choosing Cheadle Brides :D
The team here at Cheadle Bride are absolutely devastated after finding out that one of our suppliers Alfred Angelo is filing for bankruptcy.
We are in contact with any brides who have been affected directly by this unfortunate situation.
As a result we are currently unable to order any bridesmaid dresses but we are actively looking for another supplier. However, we do still have flower girl dresses available to order.
If any brides wish to contact us they can do so on 0161 485 6888, via Facebook or alternatively by email on email@example.com
Love from Team CB x
Summer has finally arrived saying hello here in Cheadle Hulme, the sun has been shining all weekend and the BBQ’s have been sizzling. We thought it would be a good time to look at colourful wedding ideas. Perfect for a summer wedding, what's better than fun, vibrant colours to brighten your day!!
A good place to start introducing lots of lovely colours, is with the bridal party! Creating a vibrant background to highlight the special couple! …..psst ……did we mention you can order both? Bridesmaids and Grooms wear in-store. Our Alfred Angelo Bridesmaids have a huge variety of colours to choose from. We offer both, made to measure grooms wear and formal hire service, so we can cater for all your wedding party......job done! Get in contact to find out more.
Next up ….the flowers! How lovely would it be to combine all your favourite colours in one bouquet, whether slightly more muted tones or a colour popping contrast! These images are wonderful examples of how this could work! What a wonderful way to brighten up your venue at the same time :)
Whether it's backdrops, name cards, photo booths or even the cake, there are so many options to add colour to your special day. If you would like any more ideas, get in contact with the team at CB where we are always happy to help and could even suggest where to find the right contact to build your ideal wedding!
Follow our Pinterest board where these images were found and find more inspiration :)
Gwen and all of the CB Team.
We are stepping closer to summer with the month of June upon us. To celebrate we want to have a look back at our stunning bride Alycia who got married recently looking absolutely breath-taking in her Alfred Angelo Rapunzel gown. Here is a few words about her experience finding her perfect gown here at Cheadle Bride!
“It is true when they say you know when you try on your perfect gown. I had tried about 30 gowns on with my entourage before visiting Cheadle Bride. It was a stressful day, and one I didn't want to repeat although I did not find my dress. I made the decision to visit Cheadle Bride alone on a different day, but last minute I felt guilty and informed my mum about the appointment. I arrived and was greeted so kindly. I explained what I did and didn't want to the assistant and allowed her to pull anything she though fit my criteria from the rails. Trying the first dress on I felt slightly uncomfortable but Catrin and her assistant chatted to me and calmed me down by explaining it was only natural to feel like this when trying gowns on, especially alone. It was when I was climbing into the second dress I realised this was IT.“
“As I stepped out from the curtain my mum arrived. It had everything I wanted in a dress and I felt fabulous. It was then I was informed it was actually part of the Alfred Angelo Disney collection, the Rapunzel! I truly did feel like princess in it! The perfect thing about this experience was the team at Cheadle Bride, they make sure you know there is no pressure. They advised me to come back again at a different time in they to see how I felt in the dress after sleeping on it. Myself and my mum returned to order the dress a few days later and the contact from then until the day of the wedding was brilliant. They care for each and every bride that walks through their door, they really made me feel unique and special. Thank-you Cheadle Bride for making this experience a great one!”
Alycia it’s been a pleasure having you with us in the boutique and its wonderful for us to see all your smiling faces on your wedding day! We wish you all the joy and happiness for your new future together!
Gwen and all at team CB X
Tuesday 16th May, is our Groomswear day, here at Cheadle Bride! We will be using our late night hours (open until 8pm) to show off our Groomswear collection from "Here Comes the Groom", and to measure any of our lovely grooms who would like to place an order.
Here Comes the Groom, are a specialist company based in Huddersfield, who we stock in our shop! They have a huge range of designs, from Tuxedos, to linen destination suits. You can pick from different books of swatches the exact materials that you would like your suit to be made from, down to the lining of a waistcoat, or the type of pinstripe on a shirt!
Here are just a small selection of looks that this company are renowned for ...
Definitely something to suit any Groom, and to please any Bride! If you have any questions please feel free to call or email us, or simply pop down to our shop in Cheadle Hulme next Tuesday for some groomsperation!
Jen and the team at CB x
We are jumping straight into the month of May, with a bride of the month! And this month is the turn of the beautiful Rachelle, who we have spent alot of time with in our Bridal Boutique over the past year or so! Rachelle went for a trumpet shape, strapless gown, with lots of lace detail, and a beautiful 2 tier veil to add to her classy and sophisticated look! Here is what Rachelle had to say about her time with us at Cheadle Bride,
"I absolutely loved picking out my wedding dress, I tried this dress on and loved it instantly. The lovely ladies at cheadle bride were more than accommodating and so helpful with everything I needed or wanted. I actually drive past everyday on my way to work and want to pop in as I see lots of lovely new dresses in the window and it makes me want to do it all again."
Rachelle you looked absolutely stunning on your big day, and we will miss having you with us in the shop! We send lots of luck and wish you and your new hubby every success for the future!!
Lots of love, Jen and the team at CB x
Our beautiful Bride, Justine, celebrated her wedding day last month, in this gorgeous Enzoani gown- and she looked absolutely beautiful! We loved having Justine in our Stockport bridal shop, and were over the moon when she fell for this dress! Here is what she had to say about her experience with us, at Cheadle Bride!
“I had an amazing service when I picked my dream dress. I had previously had a bad experience at another bridal shop I wasn't feeling very confident. That all changed when I visited Cheadle Bride. From start to finish I had an amazing service, all the girls listened to me and helped me to pick the most perfect dress, veil and head piece. Thank you for making me feel like a princess.”
Congratulations Justine!! What a stunning bride you made, we wish you every luck and happiness for the future!
Jen and the team at CB x
A question we get asked a lot in our shop, is “are veils still popular?”.
They aren’t for everyone, but usually yes - there are just as popular as they have ever been!
The veils we stock in our Boutique in Stockport are mainly from the wonderful designers at Elizabeth Dickens .
Wedding veil styles
There are so many different things to consider when buying a veil - would you want a 2 tier veil so you can wear some over your face as you walk down the isle, or are you looking for more of a simple look where the veil just hangs down the back.
A lot more variations than anyone usually realises! For example, the colour of your dress makes a huge impact on your choice of veil, as a Champagne coloured wedding dress wouldn’t necessarily go with a white or ivory veil.
Matching veils to wedding dresses
We usually try to colour match the veil to the dress, using our swatches and colour charts in the Boutique. Colours of veils range from Peach, to Antique ivory, to baby pink so we are sure to find one to suit your look for your big day!
Once we have found the perfect colour/ shade, we can look closer at the detail on the veils. A lot of the veils are cut, completely plain, and made of a very soft net, and these are the best if you have a lot of detail on your dress, and want this to be seen through the veil as you’re walking down the isle.
Choosing your wedding veils
If you want something with a bit more sparkle, or intricate detail, this can also be found on a lot of the veils, as Elizabeth Dickens are very well known for their diversity and unique designs.
A dress with a lot of sparkle on it for example, may suit a veil with silver sparkles throughout, or a plain veil with a metallic coloured Russian braid edge. These add a little more weight to the veil, and ensure that they stand out from the dress.
The Russian braids can be ordered in near enough ANY colour, and we have seen some brides in the past come in to our boutique specifically for a coloured dress with a matching coloured detail on the veil!
For a lace wedding gown, you may want something a little more subtle and soft, like a scalloped edge plain veil, or we can always match the lace of your gown to the edge of a veil if you’re looking for a more Italian inspired design!
As well as colour, detail, and tiers you also have the length of the veil to consider. Are you looking for a short quirky veil, a flattering fingertip length veil, or a dramatic cathedral length veil? These can all be tried on in our shop so we can find something that you are comfortable and confident with, that suits you and your wedding gown on your special day!
Last month we had the National Wedding show! It was so lovely to meet all of you and to have some lovely new brides making appointments to come in to the Boutique, as well as watching so many of you find your dream dresses for your big day!
We dressed our stand with our lovely new art work, from Twoforjoyphotography.co.uk , and had some beautiful dresses from Alfred Angelo as part of our trunk show, which we took down to the show! We teamed up with the lovely ladies at BeGlam.co.uk , and saw some beautiful hair and makeup creations inspired by our dresses, on a couple of very beautiful models! If you are looking for a makeup artist/ hair stylist for your big day, please do look these talented girls up- they won't disappoint!
If you did come to the show, and still want to come in for an appointment, please get in touch and we can try and find a date and time that suits you.
Bring on the next!
Jen and the team at Cheadle Bride x
Meet our gorgeous bride, Emma, in her beautiful dress by Alfred Angelo!Emma also bought these amazing bridesmaid dresses from us too, again by Alfred Angelo, a style which is still available in the Boutique. Here is a little bit of what she had to say about buying her dress with us, at Cheadle Bride,
“The reason I chose my dress was because it was absolutely me! I hadn't really had any firm ideas in my head of what kind of dress I wanted but had spotted an Alfred Angelo dress online and contacted Cheadle Bride who got a sample in for me. I was keen to get my dress from Cheadle Bride after having a lovely experience shopping for my sister-in-laws dress there earlier in the year. When I tried the dress on I loved it! The style and the fabric was so beautiful, as was the sequin detailing which was just a little bit different from the others I had seen. I was keen to try on a selection of styles to ensure I had given everything a chance (which I also really enjoyed!!) but nothing compared to it. It was just perfect! I enjoyed every minute of wearing it on the day and felt so beautiful - I couldn't have asked for anything more!”
Emma and her lovely new sister in law both bought their dresses from us, and so we really got to know each of them and their family well. It looks like you had such a fantastic day, congratulations to you and your new husband Emma!
Are you getting married this spring? Or just looking for some colour inspiration?
Trends and themes for weddings change on a very regular basis. We spent winter 2016 in the metallic pallet, so now we are in March, we can look at upcoming themes and trends for the Spring months ahead! And as you can see, pink and sage green are a definite winning combination this year! Along with your usual beautiful, soft, pastel colours, these two are really making their mark, standing nicely alongside green foliage in the floral arrangements , and even swapping the rose pink for a coral if you’re feeling a little brighter and more daring. I wonder how many of our brides will be on trend this Spring, or who will want to stand out and be that bit different on their big day.. Can’t wait to see!
Jen and the team at CB x
When brides come in to the Boutique- some are shocked at the colour choices. Some brides are adamant they want white or ivory, to stick with tradition. Others want to be different and would much rather choose a champagne or rose coloured gown for their big day.
But what’s best for you?
More recently we have seen lots of colours come in and out of fashion in the bridal industry, along with the usual sillouhettes and materials. With different variations of Champagnes, Rose pinks, Ivories, and even blues, dresses can give a completely different feel to your big day.
So maybe choosing the colour of your dress would fit in better with your wedding ‘theme’. For example, a champagne or even gold dress gives that antique/ vintage look, a lot of brides like to achieve. A dress with a bold pattern or print can really give your wedding that summer/spring feel, and the splash of colour is guaranteed to give you that edge to make you stand out, on your big day. But we should also take in to consideration the brides colouring. A fair skinned/ hair bride lends herself to the off white tones, as sticking with a bright white or even ivory, can wash her out. Where as an olive skinned or darker bride, can enhance their natural skin tones with paler ivories and whites. Each bride is different and so this isn’t applied when picking the dress, but is maybe something to consider!
Anyone can go for the prints, as long as they’re confident enough of course!!
Jen and the team at CB x
Its nearly that time of the season- The National Wedding show!! This year the show is on at Event City as appose to the usual venue- running from 11th-12th March.
If you’re going to the show, come see us at stand M20! (not too far from the catwalk!)
We will be bringing along dresses from each of our collections, including some newbies which we are very excited about! And of course as ever, if you do find your dress and order at the show you will receive 10% off your order!
This will be the first show with our new logo and photography, so we are extra excited about it, and we can’t wait to show it off to everyone and get some feedback on our new look.
If you haven’t yet got your tickets, remember you can still be in with a chance to win them, as we have one more competition winner to announce on our Facebook page, this Saturday at 12pm!
Good luck everyone! We look forward to seeing you there!
Jen and the team at CB x
Had to post about our new accessories in the Boutique! They are by the absolutely wonderful Isobel Hind Couture, and we love them. If you’re looking for a soft, alternative headpiece for your big day, then look no further. Isobel Hind Couture creates the most gorgeous headbands, slides, and crowns from the perfect selection of beads, sparkles and ribbon, and will make them to order with your choice of colour and style, from rose gold to silver, and pale pinks. We met the designer in Autumn last year, and instantly fell in love with her one of a kind designs and all of the intricate detail and craftsmanship!
Every month, we will be introducing you to one of our brides, finding out what she wanted from her dress, and if she felt how she expected to on her big day! Here is the beautiful Molly, who fell in love with a Cinderella dress. We love how the dress shows off Mollys tiny waist, and how her tiara balances out the sparkles on her skirt. Congratulations to you and your new husband Molly!! You looked absolutely stunning on your big day and we wish you every happiness for the future!
“When I was looking for my wedding dress I had a style in mind that I wanted to look like a princess. I went to a few other shops but couldn't find anything that fit what I was looking for. When I went to Cheadle Brides they introduced me to the Alfred Angelo Disney Princess range. I tried on a few different Princess style dresses, Belle, Aurora and Jasmine. The one that stood out was the Cinderella dress it was so perfect. The shape was exactly what I wanted, it had sparkles on the skirt and I knew when I tried it on that it was the right dress! Thank you to Jen and everyone at Cheadle Brides for helping me look and feel like a princess on my wedding day! X”
Jen and the team at CB x
We have set the contents of the boutique into shapes, under the Inspiration section on this website. But not everybody knows their shapes- and why would you! This is completely different from your everyday shopping experience.
Here is our guide, to help you find the perfect shape dress for your big day. Note where each dress has its biggest point, whether it’s gathered from the waist, or kicking out under the knees, and use this to help to explore different gowns and find the best for your body shape. Maybe there’s a part of your body which you want to show off? Or one that you’re not so confident with? These should help you to see that we can enhance the best parts of us, to feel confident and extra special on our big day!!
Jen and the team at CB x
As I’m sure you’re aware, we have been re vamping the Boutique for the past few months, and focusing on giving the place a brand new look. Same shop, same location in Cheadle Hulme- different feel and fresh new start! And just in time for the National Wedding Show, which will be running on the 11th and 12th March, at Event City, Manchester!
If you’re a budding bride to be- or on the hunt for some gorgeous bridesmaid dresses, please feel free to pop over to our stand (m20), say hi and browse through our collections. From Alfred Angelo to Badgley Mischka, lots of different styles for different brides- after all, it would be boring if we were all the same!
Until next time,
Jen and the team at Cheadle Bride x