Old School Glamour Wedding Inspiration

When I was a little girl, my Grandmother seemed like the most glamorous woman in the world to me. Wafting around in a cloud of Chanel Number 5, wearing beautiful fitted dresses and wrapped in fur coats (and always with a cigarette in one hand), she was the pinnacle of Glamour to me.


We had to get our number one Hollywood Glamour Lady in pretty quickly, right? There’s a reason that Marilyn Monroe became such an icon. Playing up all of her womanly assets to the max and knowing how to dress, style her hair and her strong make-up combined packed an amazing punch.


Women in the 40s, 50’s and 60’s had it sorted style wise. Hair in curls, slicks of red lipstick and feline black eyeliner with a smudge of rouge, the look was pure bombshell – especially when teamed with the beautifully fitted dresses and stilettos that were the rage over these decades.


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Today, old school glamour has made its comeback in a big way. Dita von Teese, Gwen Stefani and Scarlett Johansen all now how to work this feminine look to its max – what’s not to like?!


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This year, old school glamour is big news for weddings. A fantastically flattering look teamed with incredible opportunities for venue decoration, favours and music, this theme is definitely one to pick up and run with!


 The Look

So as a bride, the style opportunities here are too good to miss: bombshell hair, make-up, dresses and shoes. This is one fantastic way to rule the roost on your big day!! And the retro vibe to this style means that you can go crazy for shopping in charity shops and on ebay – keeping costs down and your look unique!


£499 on http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/107542793/beautiful-ronald-joyce-chanel-59061-wedding-dress.html


 1940s style wedding shoes: £30 from Girls of Elegance.


Magic Ink Black Eyeliner £14.50 from Benefit

Rouge Edition Lipstick from Bourjois


The Transport

Opting for old school glamour makes choosing your wedding transport a lot easier. This will narrow down your options and means that the most cost effective option will stand out easily for you. Or perhaps you know someone with a classic car? Whatever you choose, make sure you arrive in style!


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The Photography

Choose your photographer carefully. You will need to be as comfortable as possible with your photographer and will need to be reassured that the quality and style will totally show off your incredible day. Talk about your theme with him or her and see what suggestions they have for pulling the Glamour theme through into your photographs.


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The Favours

To pull your glamour theme through to your favours for your guests, how about a gorgeous red lipstick for each of the girls and a bow tie for each of the boys?! We love the red lipstick here for £1.25 each and the bow ties from here are only £1.75 each!


The Venue Decoration

Old school Glamour = roses and lilies, twinkly lights and red carpets. We love the idea of old styled champagne glasses – how about creating a display?

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The Hen Do

We love the idea of a fun burlesque class for you and your hens – dress up and learn some new slinky moves before heading off for some old school glamour cocktails! Try The Academy of Burlesque and Cabaret


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Let us know if you are going full on glamour for your wedding day – we would love to hear all of the glossy plans!


Don’t forget your beauty spot girls!

Laura x

On taking time out and doing what makes you happy…

I remember that I used to be really good at recognising when I needed to take a day off and just do some of the stuff that makes me happy. I would book a random day off work (usually a Friday) and then I would set about making plans. These would usually entail booking myself in for  some form of beauty treatment and booking in a lunch date with my Mum, Sister or a friend. I would then decide on where I might head after my lunch – perhaps a café with a good book or magazine, perhaps visiting a museum or gallery that I had wanted to wander around for some time, or simply driving to a nearby town with good shops so I could just wander around and maybe buy a new top or piece of jewellery or something for the house.


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But it seems that recently, my Time Out prerogative has slipped out of view all together. There always seems to be another appointment or thing to do that takes priority over just having a good fun day off!


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Since becoming engaged have you found that your life has become a whirlwind of appointments, tasks and meetings – squeezing out that precious time for you to just enjoy yourself and take a breather? With the amount of wedding suppliers to book, venues to view and friends and relations to catch up with, it’s no wonder that the lead up to your wedding can sometimes be the very opposite of relaxing!


How would you feel about booking yourself a Time Out day to do with whatever you wish? Be it catching up with your best friend for a sleepover and some soppy rom-coms, or going out to the seaside with your other half – I would love to hear what you would plan!


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I am going to promise myself a Time Out day off before the end of March and here are some of the things that I plan to do…

♥ Book in an appointment for a facial at my local beauty therapists

♥ Go to my local garden centre and look at all of the plants that could fill my garden

♥ Dig out my favourite book and take it to my local café, sit in my favourite chair in the corner and read it for a good couple of hours – accompanied by multiple cups of cappuccino

♥ Bake an impressive chocolate cake (maybe this one )

♥ Purchase a lovely new dress from Oliver Bonas on line

♥ Change into my pyjamas early and have a posh Marks and Spencer’s Meal Deal (complete with bottle of red!) whilst watching Carlito’s Way from start to finish with my beau.


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How would you spend your perfect day off?

Laura xx

And a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe…

And so we come to the last section in our series on this tradition of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. It is the part that is usually dropped from the end of the rhyme, but nonetheless it is still something worth giving a nod to on your wedding day! The thought of having a silver sixpence in your shoe may seem like a slightly odd idea, but traditionally was a symbol for future wealth and prosperity; so we say go for it!!

We absolutely love this little keepsake pin, it not only has a silver sixpence but also encompasses all of the other elements of the rhyme for good luck. You can pin it to the inside of your dress or handbag or perhaps even pin it to a ribbon round your waist if your wedding dress has one. This lovely accessory is £25 from Betty’s Glamour Box on notontheighstreet.com



As an alternative to placing the lucky sixpence in your shoe, how about wearing one on a specially made anklet instead? This one is £18.99 from The Lucky Sixpence Company



You could try customising a pair of heels to include the silver sixpence. You can buy the coin from online stores such as Silver6pence.co.uk from around £20 upwards. Then by working out your own design, you can incorporate the coin into the detailing on your shoe, or even superglue it the sole.


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If you want to follow the tradition completely, then you should get a silver sixpence and place it under your foot in your left shoe.
The Royal Mint sells the coins in presentation boxes for £30 that you can order online here.


Whichever elements of the tradition you decide to follow, we wish you the very best of luck on your wedding day and in your new married lives together!

Laura x

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue… Part 4

I must admit, my favourite colour has been blue for as long as I can remember. I always wanted a blue sapphire engagement ring, I have always owned blue cars and my bedrooms have always been decorated in various shades of… blue! So this was always going to be a nice blog piece to write. Below, we have researched all of the wonderful ways you can incorporate Something Blue into your Wedding Day look.


Hair flowers

I love the idea of winding some pretty blue silk flowers through your hair. You can keep your hair loose, with some flowers wound in at the side, or if you are having an up do, pin them up into the style. With lots of outlets to buy silk or faux flowers from, you can choose the exact shade and flower to work with the rest of your look. Try Dunelm Mill or JustArtificial.co.uk




Are you a drop earring or stud earring kind of girl? Wearing simple pearl studs can be a good idea for your wedding day – simple and understated, they won’t detract from your wedding hair and makeup. However, a small flash of colour on your earrings can look gorgeous. We absolutely adore these delicate Kalila Earrings from Oliver Bonas for £9



Mascara / coloured makeup

Blue mascara is so flattering on almost all skin tones. Keep it bang up to date (and avoid any 80’s nightmares!) by using Blinc Dark Blue Mascara £15.75 from feelunique.com or Max Factor Eye Brightening mascara in Blue for £6.99



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Are you going to be wearing a necklace on your wedding day? By wearing a necklace incorporating the colour blue, you can go for a big chunky statement piece, or something pretty and delicate like this 70’s Delicate Blue Gem Necklace from Bohemian Rose Vintage for £10.

We also love this Blue Floral Pinwheel necklace by Matin Lapin on notonthehighstreet.com for £11.




Do you prefer charm bracelets or slinky bangles? Work Something Blue on your wrist with this beautiful silk twine Ju Ju Triple Star Bracelet, £16 from Oliver Bonas.


Nail varnish

This is an easy, no fuss way to use blue on your wedding day. Whether you do your own nails or get them done professionally, choose your colour carefully – are you going to go for midnight blue or a bright sky blue?

We are seriously in love with this blue nail varnish duo from Ted Baker at Boots for £8.50.



Want to keep warm on your way to the ceremony and are daring to flash a bit of colour? We were pretty much blown away with this incredible Marabou Ostrich Feather Shrug for £85 from Euphoria.


With Swarovski pearls and crystals, this delicate tiara is £46.80 inclusive of P&P from Flutterby Weddings. I especially love the little heart worked into the detailing!




There are so many beautiful blue flowers that you can choose from to go into your bouquet. Ask for miniature irises, Blue delphiniums or grape-hyacinth and you can mix them in with your other blooms to make a gorgeous bunch.



Kate Middleton opted for a hint of blue ribbon sewn into her wedding gown, but would you want to be equally as discreet or perhaps go for a bolder blue ribbon around your waist or even a blue wedding dress?

This elegant number is £159.44 from www.lightinthebox.com



We love the silhouette of this Ghost Dress in Tiffany Blue - £195 at John Lewis.



Every girl loves new underwear, right? Treat yourself (and your newlywed!) with these beautiful pieces of blue wedding lingerie.

This sky blue and charcoal bra is £38 from Elle Macpherson at Figleaves. The matching briefs are £25

This lacy blue bra is £7 from H&M and the matching briefs are £4.99.


And last, but by no means least are our Something Blue Shoe options! As you have probably noticed, we love a good colour splash here at The Budget Bride Company and the glimpse of a fabulous pair of blue shoes to round off your look would certainly get a round of applause from us!

These strappy blue sandals are £42 from ASOS


Or you could go all out glam with these super sparkly peep toes from Red Herring at Debenhams for £18.


We would love to know what your Something Blue is going to be! Are you going subtle or all out for a blue colour scheme?

Laura x

Budget Beautiful Wedding Shoes

It’s no secret that shoes in general are one of my favourite things in the world. My love affair started in the pram, and as my Mum can testify, my very first word was ‘Shoe’! I then remember getting a pair of Clarkes ‘Magic Steps’ when I was about seven years old – I truly believed that I was the girl in the ad! Remember this?!



Growing up, my love affair with shoes has carried me through first purple, then black and finally flower covered Doc Martens, Adidas Shell Toe trainers, through to fake croc skin loafers and now my absolute favourite – Irregular Choice shoes. I have always been on the hunt for a great deal and will happily scour the internet for hours to find the best deal if there is a specific pair that I just HAVE to have in my life.

Did I mention my love for fake animal print and online bargains?! Here is a selection of some of the favourites from my own collection…



It’s so important to get your wedding shoes right. You have to take look, feel and price into consideration. As a massive flatty fan, I love the thought of rocking a pair of beautiful white pumps or perhaps a pair with a nice kitten heel. White wellington boots if you’re getting married in a rainy month (hold on – isn’t that all year round in the UK?!) are a great kooky look!


It is so frustrating though, when every pair of wedding shoes that you come across have a ridiculously high price tag. You need beautiful (and preferably comfortable!) wedding shoes that you make you feel like a princess (but maybe not the one from the Magic Steps ad!!) that will leave you with plenty of wedding budget to spend on other elements of your big day.


For that reason, we have searched the web high and low for you and have found these absolute gems – all for £50 and under. Hope you love them as much as we do.


These beautiful cross strap heels have something of the Art Deco about them. I love the pearl and crystal detail. £50 from With a Touch of Sparkle Budget Collection.

These rhinestone detail wedges are amazing! I’m a big fan of wedges due to the comfort factor whilst keeping some height. These beauties are currently on sale with Light in the Box for £19.28 (usual price £41.79).



These snub toe court shoes are classic and classy and would pair well with a more detailed dress. At £30 from Next, you can’t go wrong.


Are you going for a prom style knee length wedding dress? These gorgeous patent red heels would really make a statement. £40 from Schuh.



If it’s flats you’re looking for, you’ve just got to love these Ballerina style shoes. The lace detail is so pretty and check out that bow! £40 from Not On The Highstreet.Com


Wow, these quirky purple Converse sneakers would be a real talking point! Colour flashes are always so great to see! £45 from Bank Fashion.



We would love to know about your wedding shoes – have you bought yours yet or are you still looking for the perfect pair? We’d love to share shoe stories!!

Love from Laura xx