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The Victorian boots I bought were really scuffed so I scoured the internet to find London’s best cobbler (no easy task). I went to one of those recommended and he examined my boots and then told me that the leather itself had discoloured and the only way to get them white or cream was to paint over them! It seemed obscene to me to paint over 100 year old leather so I went to another cobblers to get a second opinion. It happened to be just around the corner from where I was living at the time and I’d read that they mended shoes sent to them by the major fashion houses. They took my boots promising to clean them but with no guarantee as to how they’d turn out. A nerve-tingling week later I went to collect them and hurrah they were like new!

They were one of my favourite things to wear at the wedding (and super comfortable) and I was so glad we managed to resurrect these beautiful boots.

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I found this 1920’s wax orange blossom wedding tiara in a vintage shop. I had toyed with the idea of buying one for a while but wasn’t sure if it would look too old fashioned. I saw a similar headpiece in a shop in London for £100 so couldn’t justify buying it too see if it worked. So when I came across this in Devon for £10 I snapped it up!

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The headpiece which sits on top of your head like an alice band, came with an attached tulle veil but had tears and rips in it so I took it off.

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Now I need to do some adaptation! The tiara is made of 3 wire ‘bands’. I could simplify that to one band, taking flowers of the other two bands and wrapping those across the other band that would go across my head.

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The flowers are so pretty. I also thought I could ignore the headband idea all together and create a new hair piece using the flowers which could go to the back or side of my hair.

Maybe create something like this:

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I love the way this bride-to-be wore her vintage headpiece on the back of her head

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I guess how I wear my headpiece all depends on how I wear my hair. Or how I wear my hair all depends on how I wear my headpiece. Oh brother.

Any suggestions on how to customise my tiara (or how to wear my hair!) please post here!

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Love this idea. Instead of the usual paper tissues why not provide vintage handkerchiefs for guests? My mum’s quite weepy so she might need a separate bowl full of hankies for herself…

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In deciding the coat I would like made for my wedding, I’ve had to do quite a bit of research.

These were the criteria for my coat:

1) Made of midnight blue velvet with sky blue silk lining
2) Something with a ‘period’ feel about it
3) Fitted at the bust and flowing past the waist with a big enough bustle to accommodate my dress

It didn’t seem easy to find exact pictures of what I wanted. So I started looking at different fashions in history for inspiration.

There was the Regency style. The pelisse was an extremely popular style. It is almost a bolero type small jacket ending under the bust in order to suit the high waisted empire dress styles of the period.

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Here’s a beautiful modern interpretation of the pelisse which would be perfect for a bride.

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Amazing article on Regency coats at this Jane Austen website.

I then looked towards Edwardian fashion. I’ve already been influenced a little by the sombre Edwardian style – I think I’ll be buying an Edwardian umbrella in case of a rainy wedding day.

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But the fashion of that period turned out not to be at all what I was looking for (even though the magazine title for this image was ‘Incontestable Seduction’ which is very appealing!)

The Victorian period and more specifically military style outerwear turned out to be closer to what I was searching for.

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Although this is a men’s U.S. Officer’s Regulation Cloak Coat it has elements of what I am after. The braiding detail on the sleeve I especially love.

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And I love this reproduction Victorian coat . Lots of Gothic drama!

But since I want the coat to cover my dress I want something floor length. This dress coat by Joan Shum has a great outline: fitted at the top with a large skirt.

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Details are important and I would like the front of my coat to be frogged and buttoned in military fashion which basically means it will look like this:

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With my future mother-in-law’s help, we found the pattern for the coat. It is an old Vogue design by none other Oscar de la Renta. So although I can only drool over his dresses I still get a little bit of Oscar for my very own!

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We’re changing the ridiculously puffy sleeves (Oscar what were you thinking?!) for something more fitted.

I’ve ordered the pattern from America and now we just have to wait till it arrives. Exciting!

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All brides-to-be soon find out just how expensive wedding dresses are. I had no idea how to budget for a dress until I started actually going to some bridal shops. If you were to believe the glossy wedding magazines, a dress is going to cost you between £2,000-£4,000. I thought that buying a ‘budget’ dress under £1,000 meant sacrificing on quality but this is just not the case. The best way to go dress shopping is to keep an open mind and shop around until you can start to notice the differences in the quality of beadwork, lace and corsetry.

One way to look for dresses is to go to online auction sites and classified sites such as Preloved which offer fantastic wedding bargains. Or head on down to your local charity shop. Oxfam have special bridal shops where you can make an appointment for a fitting. As well as donations form the public, many of their gowns have been donated by famous bridal manufacturers. Imagine finding that Pronovias dress you’ve seen in a magazine for a quarter of the price?! Just this weekend I went to a hospice charity shop in Essex and found some vintage cream kid leather elbow length gloves. They are in amazing condition with little ivory beads on the inside wrist. Whereas would I have been able to find these for £10? This article has a great list of charity shops with dedicated bridal departments in the UK.

I love routing around in vintage clothing shops and if you have the stamina you can find real treasures. This bride-to-be found her wedding dress in a used-clothing warehouse in Montreal for $5!

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Or what about this for ‘Most Inventive Use of Toilet Roll’ prize? Certainly cheap – just don’t get it wet.

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