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CEREMONY by Parmar Parker https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com Your wedding style concierge Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:42:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.4 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-CPP-web-icon-32x32.png CEREMONY by Parmar Parker https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com 32 32 160750370 HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAM DRESS https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/how-to-find-your-dream-dress Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:07:06 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=7752

HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAM DRESS

Co-founder of wedding style concierge Ceremony by Parmar Parker and Country & Town House Magazine Fashion Director, Nicole Smallwood, on choosing the perfect wedding dress 

Have you been dreaming of your wedding dress for years and know exactly what you’re looking for right down to the last stitch? Or are you completely lost and unsure where to start?  Panic not, we have the ultimate step-by-step guide to how to choose the perfect outfit. Follow our advice and sail through to the ‘I Do’ with the dress of your dreams and minimal stress along the way.

Research

Before you try on any dresses it’s good to have an idea about the type of wedding location you are considering. It doesn’t have to be exact but it’s good to ascertain whether it’s a bohemian beach wedding, a formal traditional church wedding with a reception in a stately home, a country wedding in your parents’ house, a modern city wedding, a chic festival wedding with a marquee or something in between.

We suggest initially gathering together a few images on Pinterest. This will help you determine the type of dress that will look best in the setting as well as bringing together other aspects of your big day. On these mood boards also collect images of dresses that you like, possibly from celebrity weddings or images from magazines, bridal boutique websites, Instagram and bridal designers

 

 

 

Book Your Appointments

Bridal boutiques are not the kind of shops you can just walk into and start browsing the rails, you will need you to book an appointment beforehand so that a consultant can talk you through the collections and help you make your choices. 

It’s wise to start visiting these boutiques 12 months before your wedding date if that’s possible, as most dresses will need to be made to order and this can take anything from four to 12 months depending if you go for an off-the-peg or bespoke design. Some of the more prestigious boutiques also charge an appointment fee which can range from £25-£50 so do bear this in mind. If possible, book your appointment on a weekday as the stores will generally be quieter and the appointment less rushed than during the weekend.

When choosing boutiques you want to visit consider what your budget is and avoid visiting ones where dresses are out of your price bracket. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a gown and forgetting to look at the price tag. It’s also wise to get recommendations or visit reputable boutiques as this will stop you wasting time. Today’s technology can also be utilised, Browns Bride owner Caroline Burstein told us, ‘We’re offering online consultations at this time which give a bride the opportunity to chat directly with a stylist from Browns Bride and ask any questions prior to the appointment’.

There’s a dress out there for everyone, be open and try different styles as it’s often the ones you hadn’t ever considered that

Appointment Prep

Choose your shopping entourage wisely. While you will no doubt value their support and input, having your mother, sister and six bridesmaids in tow could end up sending you into a tailspin. Pick one to three  people for your first set of appointments, trust me you will thank me later. There’s nothing more off-putting than stepping out in a dress you love and seeing their faces, two of which are beaming and one not so much. Ultimately, it’s your decision and if you feel totally fabulous then go for it.

Prep your skin before your appointment, even though you may not be at your wedding weight make sure your skin is either fake tanned or fully moisturised (do not fake tan on the day of your appointment, or use greasy moisturisers as you don’t want to stain the dresses) and looking nourished and at its best. Wash your hair and put on a lick of make-up (no heavy foundation as you will be pulling dresses on and off) to make you feel your best self. This will probably be one of the first times you have ever tried a white (or pale coloured) gown so be prepared.

Also make sure you have all the necessary underwear with you, even the most perfect dress isn’t going to reach its full potential without the right scaffolding. I’d take a selection with you, flesh coloured and white, strapless bars, flesh coloured briefs and also a pair of Spanks (if your dress is figure hugging or fine silk and you want a smooth finished look).

 

Check The Boutique Has Your Size

Most dresses come in a variety of sizes to purchase, however the samples they have instore may only be in a size 10/12, which can be really frustrating when you’re trying to make potentially the most expensive clothing purchase of your life. It’s definitely worth calling beforehand to see if they can get a sample in your size or check what sizes they have in the styles you want to try on. Don’t get demoralised by going to shops that don’t have your size in stock.

Bridal designer Kate Halfpenny told us, ‘It’s so important to me to have a range of samples in store across a range of sizes. This is something I’m really passionate about as I’m a curvy woman. Trying a wedding dress should be a magical experience. It’s potentially the most special garment a woman will ever wear and an emotional investment. It would be impossible and very expensive to have every sample in all sizes but we have a great range. If there’s something specific a bride would like to try on, we recommend dropping us a line beforehand with their wish list. We don’t offer a “Curve” collection as I’m really not keen on the fact that it has a special name… Which is why, at Halfpenny London, there are no curve collections because every piece is available in every size which is super exciting as it means we can offer every bride-to-be the dress of her dreams, regardless of the size label.’

Wedding Dress Silhouettes

Consider the outline of the dress and how you want to feel on your big day, be it sexy, modern, understated, romantic, modern, chic or traditional. Or perhaps you want a more vintage vibe? Familiarise yourself with a few of the wedding dress silhouettes so that when your wedding consultant starts batting around phrases like fishtail, empire line, A-line, sheath, fit-flare and ballgown, you know roughly what she’s talking about. Keep an open mind even if you think you know what style of dress, trouser suit or two piece you want, as the ones that flatter our proportions aren’t always the ones that we think will suit us. 

Think about the neckline as this is the feature that will be in most of your photographs. Do you want sleeves? What’s the weather going to be like? How will my dress travel (if you’re getting married abroad)? Do I need a cover up? Don’t be put off by a dress that has no hanger appeal, if your bridal consultant is saying give it a go, she’s normally right as she’s seen it on numerous occasions.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to be vocal with your consultant, if you really don’t like a style they are raving about tell them rather than just going along with it. Carolyn Parmar, bridal designer and co-founder of Ceremony by Parmar Parker says, ‘Choosing the perfect silhouette is key, when I worked with Nicole on her dress we used the intricate shapes of the lace panels and differing lace fabrics to flatter her proportions, drawing the eye down to chevron points. The sheerness of her dress also allowed for her body silhouette to be seen underneath the dress, but still covering her modesty with multiple layers of tulle.’

Second Dress
If you’re looking for two or three dresses for your big day or one for the rehearsal dinner the night before, you may want continuity by having the same designer throughout or you may want to go for completely different looks. On the big day itself it’s also worth looking at dresses that you could add to, take away from or change part of the outfit rather than having a whole new one. 

The removal of a skirt or the addition of a different bodice for a two piece or a chiffon cape can create a whole new look. Chiara Ferragni in Dior and Poppy Delevingne in Chanel are perfect examples of how removing the skirt can transform your day look into an evening spectacular.

Vintage Styles

With sustainability at the forefront of everyone’s mind, choosing a vintage style will not only be super chic but also be great for the planet. Look at Princess Beatrice who looked absolutely divine in her grandmother The Queen’s Norman Hartnell vintage dress from 1967, which she wore for the state opening. Beatrice added sleeves and a silk hem to lengthen the original, it hadn’t aged a day looking contemporary and absolutely ‘of the moment’. Finding vintage styles to rework is an art, Notting Hill designer and dress maker Jane Bourvis does just this.

‘If we don’t have the dress already in store,’ says Jane, ‘we can advise and start to search for something magical. We ourselves specialise in antique laces and Edwardian styles, incredibly old fine dresses and make everything, silk bodies, dresses and slips from old antique pieces, lace and beading. We actually did the last dress for Sex and the City. We buy antique veils, searching high and low for the perfect styles to complement the gowns.

‘We can generally make or guide a bride to where she would like to be, we genuinely care that shes finds the perfect dress. It’s a totally unique experience and incredibly important that the bride feels really cared for during her journey, leaving feeling confident and with the dress of her dreams.’

Bespoke

Going down this route can be the most exquisite experience, but allow for a couple of extra months planning, but it can be worth it. Your end result is something totally unique, a one-of-a-kind dress never to be replicated again. This service does come at the premium price point but the results and the process you will treasure for a lifetime. Most boutiques and designers offer a bespoke service. 

Brigitte Stepputtis, Vivienne Westwood Head of Couture, says, ‘At Vivienne Westwood we are offering bespoke personalised one-to-one couture and made-to-order appointments digitally for the first time. Our expert couturiers will welcome our bridal and couture clients to a showroom virtually and will now be able to connect with clients globally without the need for travel. This new service will offer the made-to-order semi-couture experience for the first time ever outside of our Bridal & Couture Mayfair London and Manhattan New York boutiques.’

Accessories

Adding the final touches to a look really can make or break an outfit, think about your shoes, veil (if you’re having one), head pieces and jewellery and make sure it complements rather than takes over your look. Less is more.

You’ve Found It

In the end choose the dress that’s right for you. So often brides choose the dress that everybody else thinks looks good on them rather than the one that make them feel the best possible version of themselves. If you don’t want to take it off it’s a sign it might be the one. 

For more wedding dress help and inspiration, contact Ceremony by Parmar Parker. To book your complementary consultation after which they will put together a selected package of ideas, suppliers and mood boards around your specifications, click below:  

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WIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING DESIGNED BY CEREMONY BY PARMAR PARKER https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/win-the-opportunity-to-have-your-wedding-designed-by-ceremony-by-parmar-parker Sun, 09 Aug 2020 18:19:10 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=7686

With so many couples having to postpone or cancel their weddings Ceremony by Parmar Parker Wedding Style Concierge, are launching an exclusive competition in collaboration with Country & Town House magazine.  We are thrilled to be giving away a vision box with a full wedding concept to help you create the wedding of your dreams. Mood boards, samples, suppliers contacts, discounts, creative direction, styling and lots more all presented to you in a sensory box of delights.

 

The winning couple will meet with co-founders Carolyn & Nicole for a glass of champagne to tell them a little bit about themselves, their wedding vision so far, budget and what they need help with. Go to ‘THE LIST’ section on the website to see all the areas we can help you. Working alongside the happy couple Ceremony will consult their little black book of industry contacts to hand pick a selection of suppliers suitable and get started on their concepts. 

The Dress, designers, locations, entertainers, artistic floristry, celebrity hair & make up artists, photographers, honeymoons, wedding wardrobe the list goes on. Carolyn & Nicole will generate bespoke concepts and introduce you to those who create it.  As your wedding style concierge they will help you cut through the wedding clutter and stress to provide inspired concepts and invaluable introductions.

Your concepts will be presented to you in the form of a vision box, a sensory journey of bespoke ideas & mood boards tailored just for you, with samples from suppliers and a few complementary gifts thrown in there too. As the vision for your big day starts to evolve you can choose to proceed with some, any or all of our ideas. 

Carolyn & Nicole generate unique real inspiration and introduce you to those who create it. If you are looking for something different for your big day enter this competition.  

Click below button to enter, and then follow both Ceremony and Country & Town House instagram accounts, where you can also tag a couple or friend to nominate them too.

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WE CHAT TO SALLY OWNER & DESIGNER OF TILLY THOMAS LUX https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/we-chat-to-sally-owner-designer-of-tilly-thomas-lux Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:14:18 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=7555

WE CHAT TO SALLY OWNER & DESIGNER OF TILLY THOMAS LUX

 
Ceremony by Parmar Parker spoke to accesory designer Tilly Thomas Lux about her amazing career, celebrity endorsements and bespoke service. If you’re looking for a statement headpiece and a little something different then look no further.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Can you tell us a little bit about how and when you started the brand? I started my business around 6 years ago and I quit my job in fashion jewellery design 5 years this September. I was tired of designing throw away jewellery that was mass produced and for years before TTL I used to make pieces for friends and family weddings so it was a natural progression. I have always loved the magic of weddings. I named my brand after my grandma too because she always wore sparkle in her hair! What inspires you and your designs?  So many things inspire me. Old Hollywood films, exhibitions, architecture, mermaids and goddesses, Nature, wildlife, the night sky, the sun the moon and out of all of these the stars! I am truly a magpie and my TTL brides are too! Can you tell us a little bit about the current collection, and what it comprises of?  So my current collection is SUNBURST , I came across a quote “inspiration can come from a ray of sunshine” which is so true ! …In this collection, I’ve incorporated solar shapes, glistening gold and sparkling stones reminiscent of sunshine glittering on the surface of a beautiful ocean. However, there couldn’t be the sun without the moon, so there are a number of beautiful lunar inspired pieces too. I’m in love with HESTIA crown and ATHENA crown along with SELENE moon. Which ties in with our ever popular shooting stars. All of my collections blend so well with one another. Can you tell us a little bit about how your bespoke process works? Can a bride get bespoke earrings as well as head pieces? How long do they take to make?  So with bespoke we have a meeting in person in my home studio or video calls with over seas brides have been working really well of late. We chat about all things wedding, dress, shoes, hair and general vibe! (how amazing for me to have these chats , I do feel very lucky working in the bridal industry) Then I design the piece on a flat layout using the pieces/components/Swarovski crystals So the bride will see exactly how it looks. I make my Own shapes using stones and My cast pieces so each piece is individual. Brides sometimes like to mix two pieces together to make their own variation. Once  the design is chosen it is then specced up and sent to my model maker to be soldered. Then the piece comes back to me. I then model it on my head for the bride to see and then I send to my UK plater and then it comes back to me and I stone set it! A long process but totally worth it. All made in The UK and we are very proud of this! We also make earrings and we can use a vintage piece as inspiration for a new TTL piece. Your works of art are regularly seen on many red carpets and celebrities, can you name a few and tell us who’s been your favourite? (Any photos you have of this would also be great) Yes I have been very lucky ! I was so happy when I saw Emma Bunton Wearing our EMMA clip when I took my nieces to see the spice girls last year! Also dame Emma Thomson was a highlight, I absolutely love her. I love Rochelle Hulmes too and also Laura Whitmore Also working with Millie Macintosh on her bespoke headpiece and with Kate at Halfpenny was amazing too.
If you need help with finding and choosing the perfect wedding accesories to compliment your look and vibe, dont hesitate to contact us.
Be sure to regularly check our blog for upcoming Q&A’s along with coverage of our instagram lives.  All filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
Carolyn & Nicole xx

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NILAM HOLMES – SKIN & BEAUTY EXPERT AND OWNER OF DERMA SPA & EYEBROW QUEEN https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/nilam-holmes Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:34:31 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=7428

NILAM HOLMES – SKIN & BEAUTY EXPERT AND OWNER OF DERMA SPA & EYEBROW QUEEN

Ceremony chat to Nilam Homes skin and brow specialist to the stars with her clients including the Kardashians, Beckhams and Eva Longoria to name a few. She tells us about her one stop beauty salon Derma Spa and how it offers results given treatments whether that’s in the form of facials, lasers or injectables and how her team can give expert advice to bespoke an individual package thats just for you. She talks us though the perfect anti ageing treatments including the collagen wave and micro needling and how to achieve health bouncy skin, along with body sculpting treatments and cellulite reduction. Otherwise referred to as ‘The Brow Queen’ she will also be letting us in on her brow secrets.

 

 

Be sure to check our instagram feed for upcoming instagram lives, filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
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WEDDING SHOES Q & A WITH ICONIC SHOE DESIGNER SOPHIA WEBSTER https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/sophia-webster Wed, 10 Jun 2020 10:49:01 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=7404

WEDDING SHOES Q & A WITH ICONIC SHOE DESIGNER SOPHIA WEBSTER

Ceremony by Parmar Parker spoke to shoe designer Sophia Webster about her amazing bridal collection. If you’re looking for a statement shoe and a little something different then look no further.

 Can you tell us what your inspiration was behind the Bridal Wifey for Lifey collection?

When I first launched the collection, I was engaged to be married myself.  The market at that time was quite traditional and conservative and I wanted something a bit bolder for myself and thought there wasn’t much around like that on offer.  I also wanted to put some thoughtful details in like subtle references to ‘something blue’ so I designed in sock and sole details as well as our iconic Wifey for Lifey emboss on the sole, a light hearted touch.  I wanted the range to cater for the spectrum of bridal looks, be that simple elegance or contemporary, so besides classic pumps I also introduced a bridal option of my iconic Chiara.  Over time I layered on bestselling styles from my mainline collection such as Evangeline which features an angel wing at the back and our bestselling sandal Rosalind which features a crystal bead heel.

 

 

 

 Which are your favourite shoes from the collection and why?

I designed the ultimate princess shoe in a style called Royalty which features a sparkly tiara at the front of the shoe, it’s very romantic and extra!  But I will always love the products featuring our signature bridal slogan, ‘Wifey for Lifey’.  This includes a pump, flat sandals and our Cleo, a marquetry box clutch.

 What makes Sophia Webster shoes the unique choice for a bride on her wedding day?

People always tell me it’s the detail that really counts. If you have an incredible dress on, you want your shoes to really reflect that and complement your look. We have a bridal shoe for every personality, some are very embellished or with my signature wings, others are more minimal and traditional. All of our bridal shoes also come with ‘Wifey for Lifey’ on the bottom, which makes for a fun, personalised touch. 

 

If you need help with finding and choosing the perfect wedding shoes to compliment your look and vibe, dont hesitate to contact us.
Be sure to regularly check our blog for upcoming Q&A’s along with coverage of our instagram lives.  All filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
Carolyn & Nicole xx

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Lisa Valencia – Bridal Make-up Tutorial https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/lisa-valencia-make-up-tutorial Sun, 07 Jun 2020 20:26:04 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=7446

Lisa Valencia – Bridal Make-up Tutorial

We chat to celebrity make up artist Lisa Valencia while she gives us a tutorial on how to create a natural look for your big day. Top tips on her favourite products and how to apply them along with, beauty secrets you won’t want to miss. Be sure to check out Ceremony’s new ‘Beauty Boutique’ where all of the recommended products can be purchased. 

 

Be sure to check our instagram feed for upcoming instagram lives, filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
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ARTISTIC WEDDING CAKE DESIGN WITH MALARKEY CAKES https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/malarkey-cakes Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:58:47 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=4297

ARTISTIC WEDDING CAKE DESIGN WITH MALARKEY CAKES

We chat with Katie, the designer and founder of artistic and utterley modern cake company Malarkey Cakes. See a few of her showstopping wedding cakes and hear about the creative design process, along with hints and tips to think of when choosing your wedding cake.

 

Be sure to check our instagram feed for upcoming instagram lives, filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
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WEDDING SKIN PREP WITH SKINCARE SPECIALIST & MAKE-UP ARTIST NATHALIE ELENI https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/nathalie-eleni Thu, 28 May 2020 08:54:16 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=4259

WEDDING SKIN PREP WITH SKINCARE SPECIALIST & MAKE-UP ARTIST NATHALIE ELENI

We chat to Nathalie Eleni about wedding skin prep how to achieve the perfect skin before the big day, when to start your regiem, what to use and what the best products are on the market right now.

 

Be sure to check our instagram feed for upcoming instagram lives, filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
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FINE JEWELLER LARK & BERRY https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/lark-and-berry Mon, 25 May 2020 22:00:49 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=4222

FINE JEWELLER LARK & BERRY

Emily head designer at Lark and Berry fine jewellery talks to us from their store in central London about the most recent collection along with how the bespoke process works for engagement and wedding rings. She shows us their must have pieces along with telling us all about their in store ear piercing service.
Be sure to check our instagram feed for upcoming instagram lives, filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
Carolyn & Nicole xx
 
 
 

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WEDDING GIFTLIST CHAT WITH THE WEDDING SHOP https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/the-wedding-shop Wed, 20 May 2020 16:57:49 +0000 https://ceremonybyparmarparker.com/?p=4216

WEDDING GIFTLIST CHAT WITH THE WEDDING SHOP

We chat with The wedding shop, the UK and Irelands No1 wedding gift list store. With over 450 brands to choose from, covering home, mini-moon, honeymoon and experiences of a lifetime or perhaps you wish to start a honeymoon or charity fund. With a nominated gift guru and personal service instore or online, we share all they have to offer alongside hints and tips on how to begin your list, make it fun, enjoyable for your guests and perfectly tailored to you.

Be sure to check our instagram feed for upcoming instagram lives, filled with wedding inspiration, as we chat with industry specialists sharing insider tips for all things planning related. In the meantime,  do continue to scroll through the blog to watch our other recent instagram lives.
Carolyn & Nicole xx
 
 
 

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