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October 2018 - An Unconventional London Wedding

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  • britbird wrote (see post):

    Love the underwear- wish there was a stockist you could actually go to though- I hate buying online, as they always end up not fitting :-(  

    Yeah, the only place that actually stocks my size is Bravissimo most of the time. I have one where I live but their stock tends to cater more to the large boobs small back market than large back, large boobs one.

    Whenever you go to Debenhams House of Fraser etc its the same story. It's so frustrating!

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,471 New bride
    weatherwaxe wrote (see post):
    britbird wrote (see post):

    Love the underwear- wish there was a stockist you could actually go to though- I hate buying online, as they always end up not fitting :-(  

    Yeah, the only place that actually stocks my size is Bravissimo most of the time. I have one where I live but their stock tends to cater more to the large boobs small back market than large back, large boobs one.

    Whenever you go to Debenhams House of Fraser etc its the same story. It's so frustrating!

    Agreed.  I have read that Elomi comes up small in the back as well :-(  I tend to be a 38 but have had strapless bras that have been too small which is so annoying!  I did find a code for Fig Leaves so am tempted to order, as I will get free delivery, and it is free returns as well.  Just don't want to get one and it doesn't fit in the slightest.  

  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,137 New bride

    Have you tried Rigby and Peller? My aunt is similar in size to you and swears by them. What you’ve ordered is stunning though,I hope it fits. 

  • Ashley72 wrote (see post):

    Have you tried Rigby and Peller? My aunt is similar in size to you and swears by them. What you’ve ordered is stunning though,I hope it fits. 

    That's my next stop if the Elomi one is a bust. I love Elomi swimwear so I am hoping and praying that this is a winner. Failing that, I'm going to suck it up and go to R&P and spend the requisite £££££ that it costs.

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,471 New bride
    weatherwaxe wrote (see post):
    Ashley72 wrote (see post):

    Have you tried Rigby and Peller? My aunt is similar in size to you and swears by them. What you’ve ordered is stunning though,I hope it fits. 

    That's my next stop if the Elomi one is a bust. I love Elomi swimwear so I am hoping and praying that this is a winner. Failing that, I'm going to suck it up and go to R&P and spend the requisite £££££ that it costs.

    I tried them, and they even said themselves that their cups come up small-  they didn't think their 38G would fit, and that is the largest they do in strapless :-( 

  • britbird wrote (see post):
    weatherwaxe wrote (see post):
    Ashley72 wrote (see post):

    Have you tried Rigby and Peller? My aunt is similar in size to you and swears by them. What you’ve ordered is stunning though,I hope it fits. 

    That's my next stop if the Elomi one is a bust. I love Elomi swimwear so I am hoping and praying that this is a winner. Failing that, I'm going to suck it up and go to R&P and spend the requisite £££££ that it costs.

    I tried them, and they even said themselves that their cups come up small-  they didn't think their 38G would fit, and that is the largest they do in strapless :-( 

    Arghhhh. If all else fails I'm going the clear straps route. I don't care, I'd rather have slightly visible straps then to be constantly yanking a strapless bra up that doesn't fit properly or having to put up with one that digs in because the back is too small.

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,454 New bride

    I was always a 38FF until a recent weight gain and am now 42E.

    I haven't worn a strapless bra for years as they have never been up to the job, but I have a slightly off the shoulder bridesmaid dress to wear in 3 weeks and really wanted strapless. Failing that I was going to wear a nude coloured bra and safety pin the straps to the dress to keep them in place.

    I was in M&S of all places (don't usually buy bras there but was desperate as the underwire had popped out of my fave and no Debenhams or Bravissimo locally) and thought I'd try some on for the hell of it and found one that actually does the job OK - not quite as well as a bra with straps but good enough (my boobs sag down and outwards too). Goes up to GG and has straps in case I do feel I want to wear them. Only £25 too! I tried some padded strapless bras and they were useless.

    https://www.marksandspencer.com/embroidered-non-padded-strapless-bra-dd-gg/p/p60131030?image=SD_02_T33_4769_AX_X_EC_90&color=ALMOND&prevPage=plp&pdpredirect

     

  • MrsCToBee wrote (see post):

    I was always a 38FF until a recent weight gain and am now 42E.

    I haven't worn a strapless bra for years as they have never been up to the job, but I have a slightly off the shoulder bridesmaid dress to wear in 3 weeks and really wanted strapless. Failing that I was going to wear a nude coloured bra and safety pin the straps to the dress to keep them in place.

    I was in M&S of all places (don't usually buy bras there but was desperate as the underwire had popped out of my fave and no Debenhams or Bravissimo locally) and thought I'd try some on for the hell of it and found one that actually does the job OK - not quite as well as a bra with straps but good enough (my boobs sag down and outwards too). Goes up to GG and has straps in case I do feel I want to wear them. Only £25 too! I tried some padded strapless bras and they were useless.

    https://www.marksandspencer.com/embroidered-non-padded-strapless-bra-dd-gg/p/p60131030?image=SD_02_T33_4769_AX_X_EC_90&color=ALMOND&prevPage=plp&pdpredirect

     

    Definitely worth a try, thank you!

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    This evening has been spent badly painting papier mache pumpkins. They look OK from a distance but as you can see, up close they're bobbly and bumpy as the papier mache has lots of flaws that are made more noticeable by the pearlised paint. 

    Not sure I care though, as I doubt anyone is going to be looking at them that closely. Plus I intend to throw glitter all over them to hide some of the flaws. They need another coat and then I'll glitter them. 

  • They look brilliant!! Real pumpkins aren't smooth and spotless anyway!! 

  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,137 New bride

    The pumpkins are fab! Please show us post-glitter. 

    I don’t think it matters they’re a bit bumpy, absolutely nobody will notice / care and I bet after glitter It’ll notice less anyway.

  • Thanks guys, I've just bought 100g of silver glitter from Amazon, so I fully expect my house to be covered in glitter for the foreseeable future :D

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    My Hobbycraft light up letters have arrived. They're excellent quality for £8 each. I'm really pleased. 

    I went to visit my venue yesterday and everyone is excited by a wedding with touches of Halloween. They found some bat themed decorations randomly when clearing up the props room. Tempted to use one of the smaller ones.

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    They've also said they can put coloured lightbulbs in the skulls eyes which I'm into. 

    They also found some animal skulls that I now want to incorporate - cake table snyona? 

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  • chacha19chacha19 Posts: 15 New bride

    Hellooo! Everything sounds amazing for the wedding! You get married nearly a year before we do, very exciting :) thought I’d send you this link, our photographer did a wedding at your venue and you said you loved seeing photos of it! So hope you enjoy them :) looking forward to reading more!! 

    https://www.stephen-duncan.co.uk/weddings/mexican-day-of-the-dead-wedding/

  • chacha19 wrote (see post):

    Hellooo! Everything sounds amazing for the wedding! You get married nearly a year before we do, very exciting :) thought I’d send you this link, our photographer did a wedding at your venue and you said you loved seeing photos of it! So hope you enjoy them :) looking forward to reading more!! 

    https://www.stephen-duncan.co.uk/weddings/mexican-day-of-the-dead-wedding/

     

    Ahh Stephen was on my wedding photographer shortlist due to this wedding The pictures are brilliant! We ended up going with a London based photographer but you've definitely picked an amazing photographer - his work is great! 

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    I spent most of yesterday and this morning being covered in glitter and PVA glue. I started indoors and despite being mega careful still ended up wtih glitter all over the floor. So I moved outside for the second coat, and now my entire garden is sparkling. Glitter pumpkins are now mostly finished! I still need to seal them with a layer of PVA glue once completely dry to stop the glitter shedding everywhere and then they're done. 

    Also made cake progress today. Our cake maker dropped round our shortlist of flavours so we could try them again, so I've had a great morning eating cake. 

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    Our final decision is (starting from the bottom tier to the top): Raspberry Vanilla, Oreo (Cookies & Cream), Lemon and Chocolate Orange. Hopefully there's something there for everyone. 

    To recap our cake choices - our cake is going to look like this one: 

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    four tiers, but with metallic silver drip and teal, silver and pink meringue kisses/truffles/macarons. 

    And we're doing vanilla and chocolate vegan/gluten free and nut free heart shaped donuts for those that can't have cake due to allergies, with a fruit platter for those that don't want either: 

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  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,137 New bride

    Your pumpkins are FAB. They look dead professional. I fear mine would look a six year old had don them!! 

    Your cake flavours sound yummy, I think I’d go for the doughnuts though just because they’re SO adorable. Actually that’s a lie I‘d probably have both! 

  • MrsS85MrsS85 Posts: 688 New bride

    Your pumpkins look fab you must be delighted with them! Sounds like a lovely morning eating cake! You definitely have something for everyone with your choices there!

  • Thank you both, I'm so pleased with how the pumpkins turned out. I was worried that they would look rubbish, but they worked really well.

  • So will write a fuller account tomorrow but my Elomi basque arrived and I am amazed. 

    First strapless bra ever that has worked for me. I am legitimately shook. 

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    Do we get photos? Haha

    So glad you’ve found something that works for you (:

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,471 New bride

    Yay! great to hear on the basque.  And I love the heart donuts, they are so pretty!

  • Kelly224Kelly224 Posts: 962 New bride

    Yay to the strapless bra!!  I always have difficulties as well - hoping the bra sewn into the dress will work for me! 

  • Sian91 wrote (see post):

    Do we get photos? Haha

    So glad you’ve found something that works for you (:

    You know, I genuinely considered it because of how great it was. In the end I figured it's probably not a great idea to post pictures of me in my underwear on the internet :D

  • So, Basques!

    I went out for dinner last night and came back to find that my Elomi Maria basque had been delivered in my absence. Hooray!

    I had zero hopes for it, as I had to get A to do the back up, as it has maybe 10 - 12 hook and eye closures. It definitely looked like it wasn't going to close when I first put it on but it was very stretchy and did up easily once I had help.The tightness was necessary though as the support on that thing is unbelievable. As soon as I was fastened and adjusted my boobs in the cups I could tell it was going to be a winner. I wore it around the house for around half an hour and  there was no bowing at the sides like I usually get and zero slippage. It didn't move! It also really defined my waist and sucked in my stomach. I was very happy.

    Cons:

    There was a bit of a backfat issue due to the tightness of the top of the band and the sucking in effect from the waist cincher (it has to go somewhere!), but as the back is low, it will have zero effect on my dress. It's also retro in style, so you do get cone boobs due to the fact that it has bones and seams both vertically and horizontally down the middle of the cup for extra support  . I think if you were wearing a floaty light dress it could be an issue, but with the thick structured fabric of a wedding dress it really won't be a problem.

    This picture shows the cone effect quite well:

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    I sound like an advert for this but I was so amazed at how good it was and how well it worked for my particular shape. It also goes from 34-44 and D-HH, so a great choice of sizes for anyone with bigger boobs and non skinny backs who is struggling with finding a strapless bra. It might not work for everyone though, but it definitely worked for me. Definitely worth a try!

    Oh and for anyone with smaller backs, try the strapless wonderbra (the one with the internal hands) - it's fantastic but waaay too tight for me. The 38 back felt more like a 36, and they don't do bigger than a 38 back.

  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,137 New bride

    Oh I’m so pleased you love it! It sounds amazing. It looks lovely too, surprisingly sexy given shapewear is often frumpy!

    I would second the Wonderbra strapless - I’m a 36DD and it’s fabulous, doesn’t move. I am always looking forward to taking it off though as you’re right it is on the tight side but I figure it needs to be to hold everything in place so well.

  • Ashley72 wrote (see post):

    Oh I’m so pleased you love it! It sounds amazing. It looks lovely too, surprisingly sexy given shapewear is often frumpy!

    I would second the Wonderbra strapless - I’m a 36DD and it’s fabulous, doesn’t move. I am always looking forward to taking it off though as you’re right it is on the tight side but I figure it needs to be to hold everything in place so well.

    LOL I'm just that little bit too fat for the wonderbra which is upsetting. It digs in a little too much for me to be able to put up with, but other than the back band being too tight, the support is unreal.

    I felt really sexy in the basque and I can't wait to wear it, which I NEVER thought I'd say about a strapless bra with internally built shapewear, haha. You're totally right in that they're usually mega ugly.

  • I would absolutely love to know what the etsy shop you bought you nightgown and robe from! I'm so excited to see everything come together! It all looks incredible, you venue is so incredible and I'm super jealous that you have a props room to go through and choose from!

  • abbigeorgia wrote (see post):

    I would absolutely love to know what the etsy shop you bought you nightgown and robe from! I'm so excited to see everything come together! It all looks incredible, you venue is so incredible and I'm super jealous that you have a props room to go through and choose from!

     

    Thank you! I had a huge wobble last night that all our relatives would hate what we're trying to do and not 'get it' at all. so this comment has really helped me.

    My nightgown/robe is from an Etsy shop based in Florida called SarafinaDreams. They have the most amazing stuff on there, I could have spent thousands.

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SarafinaDreams

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    It's your wedding as a couple and should be about you- I've definitely had this wobble and I'm currently at the stuff 'em stage. 

    Your wedding will be beautiful!

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