Celebrity Wedding: Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter

So we know that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter got married on Valentine’s Day this year (altogether now, aww…) but we haven’t had a chance to take a look at what Hunter wore to her romantic wedding, until now.

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The cat’s now out of the bag as Valentino posted a picture of Hunter during her dress fitting on their Instagram account, with the caption: “Beautiful Sophie Hunter with Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli prepping her couture dress for her March wedding to Benedict Cumberbatch. #magicmoment#sophiehunter#benedictcumberbatch photographed by #AnnieLeibovitz for @voguemagazine”

From the picture, we must say that the metallic silver creation looks divine on Hunter and does well to accentuate her body even as she was in the second trimester of her pregnancy — we hardly noticed a bump! The “high-waisted medieval gown with high neck and long sleeves made with a stiff metallic lace in light silver embroidered with motifs of vines and pomegranates” was the result of a three-hour brainstorm session with the designers. The wedding dress also came with its matching silk velvet cape in case of gloomy weather.

Sophie Hunter joins other actresses including Anne Hathaway and Elizabeth Taylor, who both opted for Valentino wedding dresses on their big day.

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Anne Hathaway’s wedding dress (Photo from Stylefrizz)

We can’t wait to see more pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter’s when it comes out in next month’s Vogue!

Fashion: Delphine Manivet

For those of you who loved cool girl Lily Allen’s vintage bohemian chic wedding dress, you’ll be no stranger to the designer behind it — Delphine Manivet. The French designer manages to create effortless looks that combine the contemporary bride’s functional needs (easy to move in, check; practical and comfortable, check) with a romantic and feminine aesthetic — definitely the best of both worlds, if you ask us.

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Lily Allen’s Delphine Manivet wedding dress (photo from Pinterest).

Delphine Manivet’s 2015 collection features two series that would appeal to very different brides — the New York collection is a sassy, uptown collection for unconventional brides who are looking simply want to be a more “dressed up” version of themselves on their big day, while the Pagan Bride collection is everything we love about Delphine Manivet — beautiful bohemian wedding dresses galore, with a modern twist.

Pagan Bride Collection

The Pagan Bride collection is a good reflection of Delphine Manivet’s philosophy: the dress should be a girl’s only make-up on her wedding day. The Pagan Bride collection is a strong selection of pieces that reflect the French designer’s timeless aesthetic, while containing features, be it the cut or choice of fabric, that are nonetheless spot on in modern day.

Apart from beautiful A-line dresses (in white and off-white) that would win the hearts of bohemian brides, the collection also features an updated version with a drop-waist, which is one of the trends off this season’s runways. On the other end of the spectrum, the collection also churns out credible urban pieces that would appeal to the city bride — a gorgeous tube shift dress (with pockets!) cut in luxe gold and a white fringe sweater paired with white pants.

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A classic bohemian bride look — a white babydoll cut eyelet dress styled with a simple headband.

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A sleek shift tube dress cut in luxe gold. Our favourite part? The fact that there are pockets — so functional for the modern bride.

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A classic bohemian look with a contemporary twist — the drop waist is one of the hottest trends spotted off this season’s runways.

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We’re loving this urban chic get-up that will definitely see itself reused in your everyday wardrobe after the wedding.

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One of Delphine Manivet’s best timeless looks that will be perfect for any girl — a flattering A-line dress made in sheer fabric and cut with pleats in all the right places.

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More of the adventurous sort? Try this short dress with dramatic puff sleeves that seem to have taken their inspiration from the 1930s.

New York Collection

The New York collection echoes a core belief of Delphine Manivet when designing for her brides — the wedding should be a continuity of something, not a beginning. The French designer believes that all brides want to be a more beautiful version of themselves on their big day, instead of being someone totally different.

This is apparent from the pieces in the New York collection, which contains mix-and-match friendly separates to give brides freedom in wearing what they feel most comfortable in. The extremely ready-to-wear pieces also means that brides can easily incorporate them into their day-to-day wardrobe after the event — definitely a plus point for modern brides.

Apart from separates, the collection also features a solid selection of dresses. Delphine Manivet paired a simple and classic silhouette with beautiful sheer fabrics to maintain a romantic vibe while channeling the uptown vibe of a modern city bride. We are also a fan of the adventurous styling, which includes wide-brimmed hates and asymmetrical braids — definitely very now.

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Deceivingly simple, this dress, with its form-fitting bodice with a deep V paired with a babydoll cut dress, is universally flattering.

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We can already imagine how this playful mix of a sheer-sleeved top with a pair of perfectly-cut shorts would be great for a tropical beach wedding.

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This Grecian-inspired dress is effortlessly chic.

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One of our favourites from this collection, this sheer maxi dress is ethereal and romantic while maintaining a modern edge. Definitely Delphine Manivet at her best.

All photos from Delphine Manivet.

Fashion: All You Need To Know About Veils

Much has been written and said about the perfect dress, but what about the perfect veil to go with it? A common mistake brides make is to focus entirely on the dress, and forget about the veil (and other accessories) that go along with it that can equally break or make the look. We’ve put together this handy guide to pairing the correct veil with your wedding dress to help you make the right fashion choices.

Embellished Wedding Dress

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If you’re going dramatic with your wedding dress, you might wish to go the other end with your veil and opt for something that is more pared down, so as not to take attention away from your show-stopping dress. A cathedral veil that is minimally decorated with a small sprinkling of crystals would be great as it complements the formality of a statement piece without being over the top.

Classic Dress

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Went with a classic and timeless dress but feel that there is just something missing? A gorgeously trimmed veil would be the perfect way to add some glamour to your ensemble. Look out for veils that are trimmed with satin, horsehair, organza or lace. Alternatively, you may also wish to choose veils that feature gorgeous embroidery details.

Statement Back

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If you’ve opted for a low-back or illusion back designs that is all the rage this season, a simple sheer cathedral veil is all you need to complete the look. As they all say, less is more.

Long Train

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The lucky thing if you’ve chosen a wedding dress with a long train is, most veils would go along well with it. While you can feel free to pick from chapel length, angel cut, blusher veils and so on, our favourite would be an ethereal look with a cathedral veil that is longer than your train. How’s that for a scene out of a fairytale?

Modern Dress

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For brides who are a fan of sleek and minimalist silhouettes, a complementing veil would be a short (shoulder to elbow length) veil, or one with a more edgy design such as layered, square-cut or blusher veils. You may also feel free to experiment with a more modern touch on the trims, such as going for a polka dotted one.

Vintage Dress

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If you’ve opted for a vintage dress, a no-brainer choice would be a birdcage veil to complete the yesteryear look. We also recommend drawing some inspiration from the style of the 1930s (we blogged about bridal styles from the decades a few days ago — read it here if you haven’t already).

Bohemian Dress

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For bohemian brides who favour airy and flowing silhouettes, a chapel-length veil would be your best friend as it offers movement without being too long to make it difficult for you to move around in. (Yes, we know freedom is a big thing for you bohemian brides!) For a more romantic look, try accessorising your veil with some jewelled hair pieces.

Read the original article at Yahoo.

Lady Gaga Attends Best Friend’s Wedding in Style

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If your best friend is Lady Gaga, you can be sure that she’s going to turn up at your wedding in style. And that is exactly what the superstar did when she attended her best friend’s wedding (and events leading up to the big day) in New Orleans, Louisiana, bringing on the full Southern charm with her astute fashion choices.

For the day of the wedding ceremony, the singer turned up in a one-strap halter dress in a delicate shade of lavender, styled with a classy smooth sleek hairstyle. Lady Gaga was more adventurous with her sartorial choices in the week leading up to the wedding proper, though. She glammed up her get-up with retro oversized sunglasses, pearl accessories, large hats and statement clutches.

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With Lady Gaga’s impeccable style, we can’t help but be worried if she would be upstaging the bride’s big moment. But then again, this might be one of the rare times when the bride actually doesn’t mind.

All photos from Yahoo, taken from Lady Gaga’s Instagram.

The Coolest Way To Film Your Wedding Proposal

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If you’re still raving about drone photography as the latest innovation in wedding photography, here’s something more cutting edge for you — the Ring Cam.

While couples thus far have had to rely on family members or friends to capture that precious moment of getting down on one knee, the Ring Cam makes sure that your documentation can get more up close and personal — the camera is built into the engagement ring box itself. What this means is that couples can now capture that moment of surprise directly from the perspective of the ring itself.

Couples who are fascinated by the idea would be happy to know that this innovative technology does not come at a hefty price tag — the Ring Cam is available for a three-week rent for just US$100. The service provider will also throw in professional editing services for just US$200 more.

With a size as inconspicuous as a pinhole camera, it is likely that the person on the receiving end of the proposal might not even notice that the Ring Cam is there. How’s that for a real and in-your-face (pun intended) proposal for you?

What do you think about the Ring Cam? Share with us your thoughts!

Bridal Style through the Decades

We’re sure many brides would agree — the search for the perfect wedding dress is the most difficult, but also the most exciting, part of planning for your wedding. With countless brands and styles on the market, you’ll be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the expanse of choices available. Today, Wedding & Travel rounds up some of the most beautiful wedding dresses based on the hottest trends of each decade.

1920s: The Golden Age

Thanks to the influence of popular movies such as The Great Gatsby, the lavish style of the roaring 1920s have made a grand renaissance on the fashion stage in recent years. Defining characteristics from this era include opulent embellishments, dropped waistlines and tubular dress shapes. Too much to take in? One word to remember: glamour, glamour, glamour.

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1930s: Boudoir Bride

The impact of the Great Depression is evident in the fashion style of the 1930s, which took a more modest and practical approach than the excesses from the 1920s. Brides favoured long, flowing silhouettes and dresses that could be reused again after the wedding. Other features such as butterfly sleeves, fishtail hems and shoulder-hanging trains were also in vogue.

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1940s: Wartime Bride

Bridal fashion continued to take a conservative approach as governments pursued austerity policies during wartime, even going as far as to banning silk for use in clothing. Many brides tied the knot in long, narrow dresses with sleeves that were left over from the previous decade. After the war, however, illusion necklines and square shoulders became popular styles.

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1950s: “New Age” Women

The revival of the economy saw a proportionate rise in time and attention devoted to bridal fashion. Recovering from post-war depression, romantic characteristics such as sweetheart necklines, lace embroidery and corseted waists were all the rage with women. For the first time since the 1920s, this decade also saw a rise in hemlines as women embraced ballerina-length skirts.

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1960s: The Hippie Era

With the rise of the hippie movement in the early 1960s, an appetite for experimentation was also fostered in bridal fashion, as women began to opt for shift dresses or mini dresses instead of the traditional choices. Notably, an innovation that arose from this decade that remains popular among women today was the babydoll silhouette.

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1970s: The Bohemian Bride

The bohemian chic look that is loved by vintage brides all around the world today has its fashion roots in the 1970s. It was during this era when light, airy silhouettes coupled with beautiful lace and gathers first took the fashion world by storm. Accessories such as headbands, turbans and chokers, which have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years, first made their appearance in the 1970s as well.

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1980s: Glitz & Glamour

With the bullish economy in full swing, the 1980s was all about the glitz and glamour when it came to bridal fashion. Over-the-top styles characterised the decade, with brides embracing cake-layered ruffles, rosettes and large dramatic sleeves.

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1990s: The Modern Bride

The 1990s saw bridal fashion swing the other end of the spectrum with the rise minimalist designs. Strapless dresses, plunging necklines and lower backs began to gain popularity; at the same time, slip dresses made their comeback to the fashion spotlight.

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What is your favourite bridal fashion style from the eras? Share with us what you think!

Real Wedding: Victoria Tang & Christopher Owen

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Daughter of Sir David Tang (founder of luxury label Shanghai Tang), Victoria Tang has gotten married to Christopher Owen in Beijing.

Tang, who is currently Hong Kong-based as the creative director to Tang Tang Tang Tang, a lifestyle brand she started with her father, said that the couple chose to get married in Beijing as this was where her parents got married more than 30 years ago.

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Tang and Owen’s wedding ceremony was held at St. Michael’s Church, one of Beijing’s oldest gothic churches, in front of 170 family members and friends. The bride wore a custom Giambattista Valli dress, while the groom was decked out in a bespoke suit made by Kim Jones, menswear director at Louis Vuitton and a good friend of the couple’s.

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Despite having studied and worked overseas for a number of years, Tang said that she had a very strong connection to her Chinese heritage and as such, wanted her wedding to reflect equal Chinese and Western influences. In a nod towards traditional Chinese wedding customs, Owen and his groomsmen went through the ritual gatecrashing to receive his bride, and the couple also went through the traditional tea ceremony in front of their family. On the western side, the couple had a champagne reception before the banquet dinner, and a dance floor thereafter, with the fun and alcohol lasting all the way to 4am.

Read the original article at Vogue.

£10 Wedding Collection

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Just a few days ago, we blogged about how the average cost of US weddings had hit a new high (read it here if you haven’t already). Today, here’s a piece of budget-friendly wedding news: UK supermarket chain Asda has launched a wedding collection for flower girls and pageboys, with pieces starting from as low as £7 (about SG$14).

Asda’s wedding collection is designed for children aged from 9 months to 14 years old, with dresses starting from £12 (about SG$24), formal shirts from £7 (about SG$14) and suit trousers from £10 (about SG$20). This means that one can get a complete flower girl outfit for as little as £28 (about SG$56), while pageboys can get decked out in a shirt, tie, waistcoat, suit and shoes for just £51 (about SG$102).

Asda’s pocket-friendly frocks would be welcomed by budget-conscious UK couples, who were reported to be spending an average of £500 (about SG$1,000) to dress their flower girls and pageboys — a hefty sum compared to Asda’s offerings. The average number of flower girls and pageboys at a UK wedding has also increased to four in recent years, a trend perhaps sparked off by celebrity weddings such as Kate Moss and Poppy Delevingne’s, who had 14 and 17 flower girls respectively.

This is the not the first time Asda has launched a wedding collection targeted at thrifty couples. Back in 2006, the supermarket chain launched a wedding collection targeted at the bride and bridesgroom, with a wedding dress and wedding suit going for as low as £60 (about SG$120) and £40 (about SG$80) respectively.

What do you think of Asda’s new wedding collection? Share with us!

3D Printed Wedding Dresses Anyone?

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Looking for a wedding dress that is custom made just for you? Instead of looking towards a haute couturier, brides can now have the option of 3D printing their own wedding dress. This innovative technology was unveiled at the TCT + Personalize Asia exhibition in Shanghai earlier this month by Chinese 3D printing specialist, Xuberance.

The 3D printed dresses are created through a process called selective laser sintering, which involves constructing the dress layer by layer with nylon powder, and then fusing them together with lasers to form the “fabric”. Judging from the pictures, the 3D printed dresses feature elaborate and intricate patterns and cut-outs that would indeed give traditional dress designers a good run for their money. To top things off, each 3D printed dress only takes about one week to complete, as compared to months for hand-sewn dresses.

Not surprisingly, such cutting edge technology comes at a high price. A 3D printed veil will set you back by a staggering RMB$20,000 (about SG$4,400), while a metallic headpiece costs RMB$5,000 (about SG$1,100). Details of Xuberance’s next wedding-related 3D printed products are still under wraps, though a 3D printed wedding cake and sugar flowers were also on display at their booth.

Would you consider incorporating the use of 3D printing technology in your wedding? Share with us!

Average Cost of US Weddings Hits New High

The 2014 Real Weddings Survey conducted by US-based The Knot found that the average cost of US weddings has climbed to a new high of about US$31,213, up from US$29,858 in 2013. The most expensive wedding was, unsurprisingly, recorded in Manhattan, costing US$76,328. On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest wedding was in Utah, at just US$15,257.

A notable trend was that while the average cost of weddings have increased, the guest list, on the other hand, appears to have shrunk as compared to before. This means that US couples are inviting less people, but spending more to impress each and every one of them. Rebecca Dolgin, editor-in-chief of The Knot said, “People want their guests to have this amazing experience. So they’re inviting fewer of them, but really going all out with them.”

Perhaps reflecting a more buoyant economic outlook in the US compared to the downturn of previous years, The Knot’s survey found that majority of couples (45%) went over budget with their weddings. Another 23% of couples surveyed did not set a budget for their weddings. The remaining 26% and 6% stayed on or below budget respectively.

US couples also commonly received help from their family to pay for their weddings. Couples who paid entirely on their own remained a minority, at just 12%. On average, couples contributed 43% of the budget, the bride’s parents 43%, the groom’s parents 12 percent% and others accounted for the remaining 2%.

Read the full survey findings on The Knot.