#9 Get the Dress with Henry Holland

This week on the podcast I spoke to the award winning fashion designer, and the talent behind the House of Holland label, the incredibly brilliant Henry Holland.

You’ll remember from the very first podcast episode that Henry designed my best friend Laura’s dress.  It was a mega three-in-one spectacular design that meant changes through the day for Laura from long to mid length to cigarette pant.  It is my absolute favourite dress that I have ever seen a bride in.

Henry and I chatted about the process of designing the dress for Laura before chatting about those of us who don’t have award winning fashion designers on speed dial should do to source the perfect dress.  Henry firmly believes you should wear a dress that makes you feel special and reflects your personality but that doesn’t mean you should break the bank.  He shared a story about how one of his friends found her perfect dress in New Look.  He suggested trying on dresses from all price points from high end to high street and find the style that suits you and what you want and then locate that in the price bracket you can afford.  He also suggested getting a cheaper dress but then styling it with expensive shoes that you’ve always wanted.

For bridesmaid dresses he suggested finding the dress that makes you feel a million dollars and then have it made in the same fabric.  This way all the bridesmaids can have the same fabric but in a dress that suits their style and personality.

I asked Henry who his prediction for the Royal wedding dress would be. Like Patrick Grant, Henry thinks it will be British.  Perhaps a final design by Christopher Bailey at Burberry.  Let’s see if he’s right come Saturday 19 May when Meghan Markle walks down the aisle in St George’s Chapel.

We also discussed colour drenching, how lilac is the new millennium pink and his engagement and impending wedding.  It is a really great episode so do take a listen.

Update: The episode with Henry has proven very popular. The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Daily Mirror, Hello!Huffington Post and Harpers Bazaar have all covered his prediction that Christopher Bailey at Burberry might be the designer of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress.

Sarah Southern 

#3 Julia’s a Bridesmaid…again!

My dear friend Julia has been a bridesmaid 8 times.  Yes, 8 times.  She has a wardrobe full of dresses that would rival Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses.  In episode 3 of the podcast I chat to her about her experiences of being a bridesmaid and what advice and tips she would share about being a bridesmaid.

After the bride the most visual members of the wedding party are, of course, the bridesmaids. They’re often dressed in the same outfit as each other, arrive with the bride and have often taken a hand in organising the day.  There is no denying they are a crucial part of the wedding day.

Julia has lived in the US and the UK so has experienced weddings on both side of the Atlantic.  She has organised hen dos, bridal showers and worn nine outfits for her eight weddings.  But Julia still loves being a bridesmaid and has really enjoyed being apart of her close friend’s big day.

When being asked to be a bridesmaid it is not just a case of turning up on the day, holding posey, wearing a matching dress and waiting for the compliments to roll in.  If you’re taking your role seriously you will be organising the hen do, helping keeping things run smoothly on the big day and probably helping keep the bride cool, calm and collected.

The big decision for bridesmaids and the bride will probably be the dress.  No doubt the bride has an idea of what she wants and how it will match her dress and the feel of the day.  It would be unusual for the bride to want her dearest friends to look below par on the day so work together to pick the best dress possible.  It is probably good to have a chat about who is going to pay for the dress.  Decide this from the get go and let everyone involved know.  If you want your bridesmaids to pay for their dress it is probably a good idea to discuss realistic budgets.

There are many options for bridesmaid dresses.  For my friend Laura’s wedding we used Maids to Measure who make bespoke dresses but there are some amazing options on the high street.  And high street might be a great option if your bridesmaids are spread far and wide.  For Clare’s wedding this summer I am living in London, her sisters are in Newcastle and she is in Jersey. Makes trying on dresses a little challenging as there are only a finite number of time we will be together pre the Big Day.

The other key element of being a bridesmaid is planning the hen do.  The joy of hen do planning will be coming up on a future episode.

Sarah Southern

Wedding Guest Extraordinaire Podcast

Welcome! 2018 will be full of joy and weddings. We will of course getting to celebrate with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this May. Later in the year the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank.  A very exciting and happy year for the Royal family.

Of course other brides and grooms will be choosing to take the next big step in their relationship and get married. In June 2018 I will be Chief Bridesmaid at my friend Clare’s wedding.  This will be the third time I have undertaken such a role (well, one time as Chief Bridesmaid and one time as Director of Guest Experience/Chief Usher).

All of these bits of wonderful nuptials comes just as I am beginning to plan a new podcast called Wedding Guest Extraordinaire. Why Wedding Guest Extraordinaire? Well, I have been a guest so many times.  I have helped friends plan their weddings, I have been invited to weddings on the strength of my wedding game, I love a wedding and well, why not celebrate people’s love.

Join me each week as I chat to friends about their experiences of planing their big day, providing some key tips on planning your wedding, speaking to industry experts and generally getting excited about all the love.  For the ushers, best men and bridesmaids (and indeed guests) I hope there will also be some tips on how to be a helpful member of the wedding party to guarantee it is the most special day possible.

As I type I am in the depths of planning a hen do for Clare’s wedding as well as providing some essential support in choosing her dress.  And of course the key decision: choosing the bridesmaid dresses!  Expect to hear about Clare’s big day and indeed how fun the hen do is.

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Sarah Southern