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It’s been a little over a year ago or so since we first introduced Bridal Eyewear on our wedding blog at Moonrise Bridal. So we thought it high time we got back in touch to see what they’d been up to and remind all of our Brides to Be, just what it is they specialise in!

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Q: It’s been a while since we introduced Bridal Eyewear. Can you remind everyone what it is you do?

Bridal Eyewear by Karen Louise is eyewear for special occasions.  

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We can match your glasses to your wedding dress, colour theme of the day, head dress or jewellery. We take the time to match your eyewear like an accessory and as I am a qualified dispensing optician I can also advise on the right lenses for your prescription. We are independent opticians so we can also do full sight examinations and contact lenses. 

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Q: What have you been up to over the last year? We’ve noticed you in the press a few times.

The last year has been amazing we have opened two more practices with Yorkshire Eyewear in Howden and Knaresborough. I have been the business women of the month, in Goole and Howden, nominated in the Mumpreneur top 100, appeared in our professional magazine Dispensing Optics and nominated for two national award – we will find out at a dinner at the NEC in November if we are winners! Our last photo shoot was working with Eleda Hats to match hats & glasses not just for weddings but for race days, we also match the eyewear to prom and evening dresses.

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Q: What advice can you give to our brides when it comes to choosing glasses for their wedding day?

Avoid transitions lenses, they are fantastic for your honeymoon but you don’t want to look like you are wearing sunglasses for your outside wedding photographs. A must is to have a good quality anti-reflection coating like Nikon or Essilor to avoid reflections on your lenses.

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Look at your eyewear as an accessory – it’s the overall look so think about your jewellery, if you are wearing silver or gold or do you want a colour to match your flowers. A dispensing opticians will be able to advise on the best lens for your prescription – you want to have the thinnest lens available for the best cosmetic look. Remember you will be looking at your photos for years to come and most of the images will be close ups of your face, you can wear your glasses again after your big day. So the investment isn’t just for your wedding.

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Q: What’s your biggest achievement to date? (Doesn’t have to be wedding related).

Going over to Manchester to meet Amanda Wyatt the wedding dress designer to dispense the perfect pair of glasses for her daughters wedding Charlotte Balbier. Unrelated to weddings must be designing and fitting our new practices I even recycled and up cycled most of our furniture.

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Q: How do you help brides or indeed grooms when they come to you looking for frames for the big day?

I always look at the prescription first to decide on a suitable frame whether rimless, supra or full rimmed. If a prescription is too high then it doesn’t always work in a rimless frame. I then talk to the bride or groom on wedding ideas and colour themes. I also ask them to bring in a colour Swatch or head dress or jewellery that they would like to co-ordinate with. The frame has to fit correctly, feel right and look right.

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Q: What does the future hold for Bridal Eyewear?

I am looking at spending the Autumn and Winter months attending Wedding Fayres especially across the Harrogate and Knaresborough area where we have our latest practice and trade fairs to see the latest trends. I have taken on Arbonne to give brides the complete look of make-up and glasses.

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Well if you’re a Bride or Groom that wears glasses and wants some to co-ordinate for your wedding day, then Karen of Bridal Eyewear is the lady to speak to. Fingers crossed for those national awards as well! To find out more about Karen and to see more photos from her photoshoots, then find all her contact details below!

Website:- http://bridaleyewear.co.uk/

 

Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bridal-Eyewear/272772586149531

 

Twitter:- https://twitter.com/bridaleyewear

 

E-mail:- karen@yorkshireeyewear.co.uk

Welcome to the first of Moonrise Lingerie’s Bridal Blog ‘Weekly Wedding Crier’, a quick look at who we met and what we talked about over the past week, for anyone who missed it first time round!

 

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On Tuesday we kicked off with the adorable Belle’s Charms, an ideal solution for personalised gifts for your wedding party that won’t break the budget. Beautiful keyrings, bracelets and wine glass charms amongst other ideas for your wedding guest to have as a wonderful keepsake of your Special Day.

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Belle’s Charms – Personalised Wedding Gift Ideas

 

We picked up on Thursday by introducing you to Irenee’s Bridal by Design, offering absolutely fabulous bridesmaid dresses with a level of customer service to suit. A few tips from Irenee when it comes to choosing your bridesmaid dresses and keeping everyone happy!

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Irenee’s Bridal by Design – Gorgeous Bridesmaid Dresses

 

Finally on Saturday we brought you up to date with our coffee catchup with Les & Joanne from Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol. New owners of the business with an insight into what drives and inspires them when it comes to helping Brides to Be find their perfect wedding dress.

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Catchup with Les & Joanne – Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol

 

Well that’s our first ‘Weekly Wedding Crier’, I hope you enjoyed our wedding industry favourites this week and we look forward to next week and our first ‘Real Brides’ wedding! 

        Most of us have felt the pinch over the last few years because of harsher economic times and this is no different for Brides to Be when it comes to planning their wedding. Limited funds shouldn’t be a reason to stop you getting married and in fact it promotes great ingenuity from Brides to Be to cutting costs for their big day by searching online for better deals from suppliers. One of the biggest expenses of the wedding is the all important wedding dress and an area where you can make fantastic savings and if you shop wisely, you can do this without compromising on quality! So Moonrise Lingerie had a break and went to meet Les & Joanne from Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol.

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Q – Tell us a little bit about Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol.

 

Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol is owned by Les and Joanne, it’s been operating for a couple of years when we took it over in April 2015. We had been quite keen to find a business opportunity which we could develop together. We love being able to help Brides to Be to find their perfect dress, it’s very rewarding. To see their happy smile when they find the dress of their dreams is simply nothing short of awesome!

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Q – Where do you get your inspiration from when deciding on wedding dresses and accessories for Discount Wedding Dresses?

 

Our inspiration when buying dresses and accessories for our Brides to Be comes from our desire to supply quality products at affordable prices. We are both eager to know where all our products come from and visit our suppliers to ensure that we buy only the best quality products. We want all our ladies to fall in love with their dress safe in the knowledge that the item they are buying is not only beautiful but that the price tag won’t be outrageous.

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Q – Why should brides come to you guys at Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol?

 

We think brides to be should come to us for the perfect wedding dress as we pride ourselves on the quality of our dresses. We love our ladies to come and see and feel the quality of our dresses. Our aim is very simply to supply beautiful dresses at beautiful prices.  As we run the business from our home we’re able to offer a relaxed, pressure free, unhurried atmosphere. Unlike many bridal shops we are able to allow the ladies to spend as much time as they desire to try on dresses and accessories. We are more than happy for them to bring friends and family to enjoy the whole experience. As we don’t have the overheads a bridal shop would have we are able to keep our prices competitive which is very important for the discerning bride to be.

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Q – What help or advice can you give to Brides to Be when shopping for their wedding dress?

 

We are great believers that our brides to be should find that one special dress that makes them feel like a princess. We encourage them to try on a variety of styles so they can figure out the ones they like. We also encourage them to consider their venue, for example if they were getting married on a beach they probably wouldn’t want a heavy ball gown style dress. We can offer advice on dress shape, sizing, etc, but nothing compares to the way a dress makes you feel. Family and friends are fabulous as dress choosing companions but we advise our ladies to choose the dress that feels right for them.

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Q –  What is your biggest achievement to date?

 

We are very proud that within a very short time we have managed to change the direction of the business. Our desire to know our products is the driving force behind this change. We can very often be found in a local coffee shop in a ‘meeting’ with a potential supplier.  We’re also immensely proud of the feedback we’ve received from our customers, the comments have been phenomenal. It’s very fulfilling when people recognise the hard work you put in.

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Q – What does the future hold for Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol?

 

We hope that Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol will continue to grow whilst staying true to our beliefs and morals. We don’t want to be just another online retailer and always try to add that special personal touch.

Les & Joanne from Discount Wedding Dresses Bristol are extremely passionate about their gowns and are continuously adding new accessories to compliment their wedding dresses, from veils, sashes and even personalised hangers. Get in touch with either Les or Joanne if you’re looking for a quality wedding dress with a service to match as well as a price tag you can afford!

 

Website:- http://www.discountweddingdressesbristol.co.uk/home

 

Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/Discountweddingdressesbristol

 

Twitter:- https://twitter.com/DWDbristol

 

Pinterest:- https://www.pinterest.com/discountwed0682/

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More often than not I come across posts on Facebook Groups from Brides to Be asking for suggestions and ideas for wedding gifts for Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Best Man and Flowergirls. When buying gifts for all these guests the costs soon start adding up, so today I’d like to introduce you to Belle’s Charms! A great choice of charms and keepsakes that can be personalised as a memento of your Wedding Day and that says a special ‘Thank-You’ for being part of your Special Day. I took some time to find out from Louise about Belle’s Charms;

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Why did you start Belle’s Charms?

I started Belle’s Charms as I thought there was a gap in the market for unique keepsake keyrings, jewellery & gifts.

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What makes Belles Charms so unique and stand out?

Belle’s Charms are unique and stand out as they are made to order. If a customer requires a charm that I haven’t got, I am more than happy to go all out and find the charm they’re after.

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What advice can you give to our brides to be when planning their wedding day?

My advice would for Brides to Be, is, shop around and not simply go for the easiest option, take your time on organising your big day.

What is your most favourite charm/ jewellery that you’ve made and why?

My favourite item to make is wedding bracelets, as I love talking to the Bride to Be and helping them out the best I can. I also love the idea that a part of me is attending their wedding, be it on a bridesmaid or flowergirl’s wrist.

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What does the future have in store for Belle’s Charms?

I hope that Belle’s Charms continues with its success and I’d like to attend more wedding fairs in 2016.

How do brides buy from you?

It is easy to purchase from me. I invoice my customers via PayPal, (no account is needed), and they pay through PayPal or by card. It is all secure or another way to buy is through e-bay.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that Louise produces some beautiful pieces that will make gorgeous keepsakes that are both special and individual for your Wedding Day.

Twitter:- http://www.twitter.com/bellescharms

Facebook:- http://www.facebook.com/atbelles

E-mail:- Bellescharms@outlook.com

Start Your Wedding Journey at John Titcombe Jewellery

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Long before any of the planning and preparations for your wedding day start the journey begins someplace, somewhere with someone having to buy an engagement ring for the big proposal. This is a huge task in itself to get just right. Do you go big and ostentatious or more subtle? How much do you spend on an engagement ring? Do you decide on a solitaire diamond, or a diamond surrounded with emeralds? Whatever you decide you need to do your homework and do a bit of snooping with a lot of shopping around. When you find the one though, you’ll know.

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How much do you spend on an engagement ring?

Well there is a tradition or saying that the Groom’s supposed to spend a months wage on the engagement ring! This day and age it’s down to personal preference as there’s a huge amount to choose from to suit everyone’s pocket. Keep in mind it’s the sentiment behind the ring that’s the important thing, not the amount you spend.

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How do I know what size engagement ring to buy?

As for most men, the proposal is planned to be a big surprise so how on earth do you go about finding the right size before you go and buy the engagement ring. You can’t exactly measure someone’s ring finger without raising suspicion. You could always buy some cheaper costume jewellery and use that as an excuse, or try putting one of her other rings on your own ring finger and remember how far up your finger it goes.

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What are the 4 C’s?

Make no mistake that the first step of the wedding journey of buying the engagement ring is a big task to get right and we haven’t even touched on things like; What’s the best shape of diamond for an engagement ring? What’s the most popular metal for an engagement ring? What about the slightly more technical elements of the 4 c’s of cut, colour, clarity and carat weight? That’s where finding a wedding jeweler that you are confident have the experience to be able to help and advise you.

Wedding bands by John Titcombe Jewellery

Whilst tweeting I bumped into a wonderful wedding supplier of wedding jewellery based in both Clifton, Bristol and Cirenceter, Gloucestershire. John Titcombe Jewellery have an array of diamond engagement rings as well as a host of wedding rings for both him and her, be it Platinum, Palladium or White, Yellow and even Red Gold there’ll be a combination to suit most! After visiting their website and just loved their diamond engagement rings wanted to showcase some of their work on our wedding blog.

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Website:- http://www.johntitcombe.co.uk/

Telephone:- 0117 973 3178 (Bristol) 01285 655 754 (Cirencester)

Twitter:- http://www.twitter.com/JohnTitcombe1

The “Affinity Bridal Wedding Garter Collection” by Claire Ogden Designs, exclusive to Moonrise Lingerie.

The Affinity Collection by Claire Ogden Designs

I’m very pleased to announce the arrival of ‘The Affinity Wedding Garter Collection’ by Claire Ogden Designs to Moonrise Bridal Lingerie. The collection includes 3 individual designs from Claire to suit different styles from traditional tastes to a more modern contemporary touch.

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All three of the bridal garters are a beautiful combination of jewellery and bridal lingerie. Each garter is lovingly handmade and unique in so much that there will only ever be one of its kind made, so the lucky bride who wears an Affinity Bridal Garter knows she has something very special. The collection is the reslut of a collaboration between Moonrise Lingerie and the award winning Claire Ogden Designs, who teamed up together to produce a very unique style of bridal wedding garters to give the modern day bride something special to treasure from her wedding day.

 

Speaking to Claire, she told us;

“My designs are very unique, I like to keep with the current fashions but create styles that have a life of their own and stand proud from the rest. The next step for me was to try a new challenge and after working on some lavish and outrageous chokers it seemed only natural to add this new addition to my bridal range. I am proud to introduce The Affinity Collection, by Claire Ogden Designs, Bridal Garters, all one of a kind and unique in their own right.”

Affinity Bridal Wedding Garter by Claire Ogden Designs

 

Moonrise Lingerie are delighted with the new designs and feel that they make an invaluable contribution to the bridal lingerie and wedding underwear collections that we offer our brides to be.

 All of the bridal garters are available only at Moonrise Lingerie and come beautifully packaged in their own velvet covered jewellery box, allowing them to make wonderful keepsakes or special individual gifts for the bride to be on her special day. See all of the garters at our bridal garters page.