The Eternity Group join us on the catwalk for SWD’s Exclusive Fashion Show

Join us in the gorgeous new Counting House space in our beautiful headquarters in Dundee on Thursday 27th July for a one-of-a-kind fashion catwalk show, bringing the most gorgeous dresses for brides, bridesmaids and mums, plus stylish groomswear, directly from the designers.

Next to sashay down our runway is The Eternity Group, featuring…

ETERNITY BRIDE

Romantic and timeless, the Eternity Bride collection will have your heart all aflutter.

The designers have focused on statement neckline, back and shoulder details taking inspiration from mainstream catwalks, and added the latest trends to their gorgeous gowns.

Perfect for the fashion forward bride who wants to keep her look up-to-date.

ART COUTURE

This is the brand you want to check out if you’re a fan of bold and modern gowns.

With features like the combination of mikado and crepe fabrics with delicate vintage lace detailing, and glamorous Hollywood influences, you’ll definitely wow your guests with a gown from this collection.

CHRISTINA WU

Stylish dresses crafted to perfection, the collection from well-respected designer Christina Wu will leave you speechless.

Decadent beading and luxurious fabrics mean that a Christina Wu gown will have you feeling every inch the princess on your wedding day. The bridal dream!

ADRIANNA PAPELL PLATINUM

“On your wedding day, only platinum will do,” is the motto of this designer, and we couldn’t agree more!

You’ve probably seen Adrianna Papell’s beautiful occasion wear, and the bridal collection is similarly glamorous.

Luxurious, coupled with a modern feel, makes this collection one for brides who want that A-List style.

FIND THE ETERNITY GROUP IN SCOTLAND…

Anne Priscilla 
Border Brides
Boutique Prestige
Contessa D
Deja Boutique
Emma Roy of Edinburgh
Enchanted St Andrews
Frox of Falkirk
June Brides
Madison Rose Bridal
Midnight Elegance
Perfect Moments Bridal Boutique
Point Nouveau Bridal
The Glass Slipper Ltd
The Wedding Planner

You can now buy Pronovias dresses online – and the sales are on!

We’re huge fans of Barcelona bridalwear designer Pronovias at Scottish Wedding Directory. Not only is this a go-to label for stylish brides, but the designer also has a stunning range of occasionwear that’s attracted many a celeb fan over the years, from Pippa Middleton to Irina Shayk (I even spotted Kate Upton on the frow at one of their recent shows!).

So you can imagine how excited we were to find out that 1) you can now finally buy Pronovias’ cocktail dresses online at its new online shop and 2) there’s a sale on right now!

The dresses and jumpsuits are perfect wedding guest attire (mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom struggling to find a stylish outfit should definitely look here) and there are also some beautiful options for brides-to-be who don’t want to take the traditional white dress route.

Here are some of our top sale picks.

PRONOVIAS BOGOTA

‘Bogota’ | £350

‘Bogota’ is a mikado silk cocktail dress which would look beautiful teamed with a bolero during the day. How stunning is that lace and guipure back?

Pronovias Bruna

‘Bruna’ | £250

Sleek and sexy, the ‘Bruna’ jumpsuit makes a chic alternative to a dress. The gemstone applique on the waist and shoulders will ensure you feel super glam.

Pronovias Brenda

‘Brenda’ | £460

Pronovias Brenda

‘Brenda’ | £460

An alternative jumpsuit comes in the form of pretty-in-pink ‘Brenda’. Perfect for pastel lovers, this is ideal for those of you looking for an outfit with long sleeves. The wide-legged trousers are really on-trend too.

Pronovias Baltar

‘Baltar’ | £330

Pronovias Baltar

‘Baltar’ | £330

With its crossed V-neck bodice, voluminous skirt and navy hue, the ‘Baltar’ short cocktail dress is the picture of elegance. Loving those pockets too.

‘Beata’ | £470

‘Beata’ | £470

Fancy something bolder? ‘Beata’ is a drop-waist mermaid gown in sizzling red that will definitely have heads turning!

Pronovias Begur

‘Begur’ | £390

Pronovias begur

‘Begur’ | £390

This colour of the ‘Begur’ dress has sold out already (c’mon, are you surprised?) but it is still available in navy blue. Swoon.

Inside the wedding of crystal empire heir, Victoria Swarovski

If you think you’ve gone OTT with the bling for your big day, we guarantee you’ve been beaten by Victoria Swarovski, heir to the Swarovski crystal empire, who wed Werner M¼rz in Italy last weekend (17th + 18th June 2017).

IMAGES | @victoriaswarovski 

One of her gowns (she wore three) was designed by Michael Cinco, and embellished with 500,000 of her family’s namesake crystals It weighed 46kg, had an eight-metre train and was worth more than $1,000,000!

IMAGES | @instagramdesign + @victoriaswarovski

After the ceremony, the newlyweds joined guests in Portopiccolo near Trieste at Maxi’s Restaurant, where they dined alfresco around beautiful tables decorated with herb trees and thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Is there such a thing as too much bling? Have your say on our Facebook!

What we saw at White Gallery London 2017

London is awesome. There’s so much to do, and loads to see, and every time I have to go to London for SWD, it’s a real whirlwind that leaves me exhausted, but full of renewed passion for the wedding industry!

We’re very lucky that we get to go and see first hand some of the world’s most gorgeous gowns and accessories, all under one roof at Battersea Evolution in a four day event. From catwalks to private fashion previews, to chatting to some lovely designers off-site, we had a great time picking out our favourite finds to share with you.

ACCESSORISE THIS

If you’re looking for proper gorgeous and unique bridal or bridesmaid accessories, then I would recommend Hermione Harbutt. We visited her cute-as-a-button boutique in Kensington to preview the new collection, and see the collaborative work she’s doing with Harriet Wilde.

Natasha and I even got to try on some amazing bridal crowns – we’ll take one each please! One of my other favourite pieces from Hermione’s new collection was the bead and wire ring you can see above. It was so unusual, and would look amazing in photos.

As usual, Harriet Wilde’s gorgeous bridal heels didn’t disappoint; there’s so much to come from this designer, and we can’t wait to show you!

FASHION FIX

Back at White Gallery, we had a chat with the lovely ladies from twobirds and spotted this fabulous new bridesmaid dress from the Party Collection. Long sleeves – yas!

The dresses this year were gorgeous, with too many great designers to name check, but some of our favourites included Savin London, Savannah Miller, Gemy Maalouf, Claire Pettibone, Eliza Jane Howells, Naomi Neoh, Sassi Holford and the inimitable Suzanne Neville. And that’s us being picky!

We hot-footed it in the rain to see Ian Stuart’s new collection reveal too, and it was so worth it. Stunning gowns with the Ian Stuart signature style stamped all over them, presented in his usual ethereal, romantic way; simply stunning!

Enough from me, just check out these pics we captured, or check out the #whitegallery or #WGL17 hashtags on Instagram and Twitter.

Hermione Harbutt’s collab (right) is dreamy!

Gorgeous accessories (that ring!) by Hermione Harbutt.

Yes, we wear crowns.

twobirds have nailed it with this new collection.

From top left clockwise: Claire Pettibone, Gemy Maalouf, Eliza Jane Howell

Gorgeous togs from Savannah Miller!

Halfpenny London

We love Florence!

Hot off the catwalk at Sassi Holford

Dreamy dresses from Naomi Neoh

Sleek styles from Suzanne Neville

FIRST LOOK: Alan Hannah Veritas 2018 Collection

The new collection from Alan Hannah is the stunning Veritas 2018 collection, previewed at White Gallery London.

Check out the newest styles from this bridal-wear heavyweight…

Katia, Alan Hannah Veritas

Katia

Ada, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Roxanne

Ada, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Ada

Petra, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Petra

Marnie, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Marnie

Phyllis, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Phyllis

Una, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Una

Erica, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Erica

Mitzi, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Mitzi

Xenia, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Xenia

Irina, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Irina

Dixie, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Dixie

Natasha, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Natasha

Ynes, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Ynes

Pippa, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Pippa

Rosanna Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Rosanna

Ria Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Ria

Odelia, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Odelia

Nadia, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Nadia

Selma Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Selma

Faye, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Faye

Agatha, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Agatha

Lilith, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Lilith

Dorothia, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Dorothia

Yolanda, Alan Hannah Veritas 2018

Yolanda

Gabriella

Tyler

Bernice

Candice

Enchanted Garden

Find a Scottish stockist of Alan Hannah dresses…

Anne Priscilla Bridal

Charlotte Grace Bridal

Rachel Scott Bridal Couture 

Editor’s report: Five hot wedding dress trends for 2018 from Barcelona Bridal Week

The new bridal fashion season is well and truly underway, and with a new season comes quite literally thousands of amazing new wedding dresses to covet.

So what can you expect from the 2018 collections? I went to Barcelona Bridal Week and braved the pouring rain “ yep, RAIN “ to uncover the next biggest wedding dress trends. Here are five of my faves.

SLEEVEY WONDER

It’s no joke that I’ve been waiting for sleeves to become fashionable purely for the joy of writing the above pun, but that’s not where the benefits of this trend end.

For those of you who love the elegance of a sleeved dress, prepare to be spoiled for choice whether you’re after chic capped sleeves or flowing fluted ones that make you feel ever so slightly like Dumbledore (but, y’know, in an ethereal bride kinda way).

 

THE COLD SHOULDER

We’ve all been getting our shoulders out for the past couple of years since cold shoulder tops and bardot dresses flooded the high street, and if it’s a style you can’t get enough of you’ll be pleased to know it’s big news in bridalwear now too. Behold: the cold shoulder wedding dress.

Cymbeline

Pronovias

Jesus Peiro

 

CAPED CRUSADERS

I admit it. I’m obsessed with bridal capes. I love that they give you all the drama of a veil but in a much more contemporary way, and frankly, I love the way it feels to walk incredibly fast while wearing a cape and having it flow behind you like a superhero. That’s how you want to feel on your wedding day, right?

Immaculada Garcia

Pronovias

Studio St Patrick

 

DRESSES WITH POCKETS

You’re a busy and important grown-up sophisticated lady with lipstick and a phone and a fancy powder compact, and on a day where you can’t lug all your essentials around in your usual receipt-littered bag, you need pockets dammit.

Fortunately many bridal designers have cottoned on to this and wedding dresses with pockets featured in a number of collections this year.

Studio St Patrick

Cabotine

Marylise and Rembo Styling

Cymbeline

Pronovias

 

LITTLE BRIDE ON THE PRAIRIE

If you’re envisaging yourself floating down the aisle with loosely braided hair and clutching a bouquet of wildflowers (locally grown, natch), you’ll love the boho vibes of many of the 2018 wedding dress collections. Designers to pay close attention to are YolanCris, Marylise and Rembo Styling, and Jesus Peiro.

Immaculada Garcia

Jesus Peiro

Marylise and Rembo Styling

Raimon Bundo

YolanCris

 

Start the search for your dream wedding dress in Scotland

 

See the new spring/summer 2018 collection by Berta

We’ve long dreamed of attending New York Bridal Fashion Week (perhaps next year?) and these gorgeous images from the Berta runway only make us daydream more!

The new spring/summer collection from bridal design giant Berta is another knockout; the main inspiration for it came from the materials themselves, with shimmering and embellished gowns epitomising edge and glamour.

There’s one common thread that runs through every Berta collection, and that’s uniqueness. A bride that chooses Berta knows that she’ll be different and stand out, leaving a lasting impression.

Check out the new spring/summer collection from Berta at New York Bridal Fashion Week below…

You can find Berta stocked in Scotland exclusively by Opus Atelier.

Enquire about an appointment now!

Amanda Wakeley unveils new bridal collection for the first time in Scotland – and you could meet her!

Top bridal designer Amanda Wakeley is coming to Scotland to unveil her brand new collection “ and you could meet the designer at an exclusive event taking place this week at The Balmoral.

Scottish brides-to-be will have the chance to chat all things wedding dress-related with the designer “ whose red carpet gowns have been worn by celebs including Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie “ at a glam Bridal Preview Evening at The Balmoral in Edinburgh on Thursday 4th May from 6pm until 10pm.

The event is being put on by Rachel Scott Bridal Couture, the exclusive Scottish stockist of Amanda Wakeley Bridal, whose expert stylists will also be there on the night to give you advice about finding the perfect dress for you. With a glass of fizz in hand, you’ll be able to see Amanda’s amazing new dresses, and the iconic designer will also talk you through the inspiration behind her stunning designs.

This exclusive event is by invitation only so if you want to go, simply email Rachel Scott Couture to be added to the guest list.

Not free on Thursday night? Not to worry. Rachel Scott Bridal Couture will also be hosting an Amanda Wakeley designer weekend from Friday 5th until Sunday 7th May within their luxurious boutique. Boutique owner Rachel will be on hand to guide you through the new Amanda Wakeley Bridal collection in your own private appointment, where you’ll get to see dresses that haven’t even been released yet!

Better still, any order confirmed at any of these events will receive a 10% discount.

[Dress images in this post are from last year’s Amanda Wakeley Bridal Mexico campaign, but we’ll be sharing the brand new collection with you soon!]

Bridal trends for 2018 at London’s White Gallery

It’s a highlight in Team SWD’s calendar, and the Next Big Thing after the whirlwind of Barcelona Bridal Week; bridalwear designers from all over the world will be at London’s Battersea Evolution on Sunday 14th, Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th May to showcase their 2018 collections at White Gallery London.

As an official media partner, we can’t wait to get in and about all these gorgeous gowns and accessories!

Anne Barge 

Buyers and press come to the show to see what’s going to be on-trend for 2018, from the biggest names in bridal to new and emerging talent. More than 70 high-end designers will be there, with jaw-dropping catwalk shows a real highlight of the three-day event.

So what can you expect to see on our Instagram Stories? Here’s what’s predicted for 2018¦

TREND #1: LONG SLEEVES

We’ve been hanging onto this trend since that princess gown in 2011, and it seems that brides aren’t letting go of long sleeved gowns quite yet.

For 2018 though, we’ll see a little more interest on those sleeves: feminine shapes, bell cuffs and three-quarter cuts are key.

This Savannah Miller dress is giving us butterflies¦ those cuff buttons! *swoon*

TREND #2: COLD SHOULDER

Yep, the cold shoulder trend is literally everywhere, and bridal fashion has picked it up too with designers such as Balmain pushing bridal designers in the right direction, with lowered necklines that expose those shoulders.

We’re feeling this fun and flirty Karen Willis Holmes gown for a beach or summertime wedding.

TREND #3: TEXTURE

From floral 3-D applique to hand-finished embroidery with pearls and beading, artisans labour over these gorgeous textured looks.

This trend isn’t just for dresses though; check out these funky flats by SWD fave Florence. Aren’t they fun?

TREND #4: NECK DETAILS

We love a cape at SWD, so to our delight, they’re a big hit in 2018, along with other décolletage embellishments: lace additions, feathers and high neck gowns are on the up.

Mini-capes get a huge thumbs up from us, especially this one from Alan Hannah. Too gorgeous!

 

We can’t wait to get to White Gallery London!

Make sure you follow SWD’s Steph and Natasha in London on Instagram and Twitter from Saturday 13th ˜til Monday 15th May.

Nicole 2018 Collection: The NeverEnding Story

SWD’s fashion co-ordinator Beth jetted off to Rome in March; she had an invite to one of the most exclusive shows in the bridal calendar so far this year, Nicole’s 2018 collection.

Read all about her trip and find out where you can try on a Nicole gown in Scotland…

The atmosphere was electric; glittering lights lead along a red carpet entrance to the foyer of Palazzo Dei Congressi, where attendees were snapped as if they were celebrities (some of them were!) and the bubbles flowed freely. As I’d come to expect of Rome, the people attending the event were dressed up in fabulous evening wear that wouldn’t look out of place at the Oscars. The night really did feel like a very special occasion indeed.

Nicole is a brand that’s well known for elegant, graceful styles which feature luxurious fabrics and intricate detailing. This runway event showcased exactly that; gorgeous dresses beautifully made, but with a new, fresh look for 2018.

My standout favourite was a beautiful gown with flowing skirt and cropped bolero jacket (pictured above right), as being a little older myself I can see this on a bride who wants to be seriously stylish but cover up when she wants to as well. There was also a very on-trend cape detail dress with glamorous thigh-high split (pictured above, right). I just loved that! It moved so effortlessly but held a real sense of drama.

The whole feel of the collection is complete and utter romance, from soft flowing tulles to the delicate floral embroidered and lace appliques.

For me, when I am planning a photoshoot for Scottish Wedding Directory, I need the gowns to translate well from the models on the catwalk to our real Scottish brides who buy the magazine, hoping to find The One. This collection certainly fitted the bill!

Watch the show in full below…

Find your perfect Nicole wedding dress in a fabulous Scottish bridal boutique…

Ivory Pinks

Ivory Whites

Simply Exquisite

Gwenne’s Broxburn

The Bridal Boutique (Peterculter)

Amilou

Marina’s

Anne Priscilla

Sophia Grace Couture