Five ways to wear personalised wedding Converse

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My much-loved ‘Smashing’ personalised Converse  

We all love a bit of wedding glam – but skyscraper heels aren’t always for everyone, or even for every part of a wedding. If the idea of burning up the dancefloor (and your poor feet) in your Jimmy Choo’s seems a little impractical, if you’re a tall bride who doesn’t want the extra inches, or if you simply want something comfortable and alternative to wear on your big day, then Converse are the perfect low-key wedding shoes. 

But just because you’re in flats doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous – quite the opposite, in fact. Did you know that Converse can be personalised for your big day, and in the cutest ways. In fact, when I first came across the idea, I loved it so much that I just had to get a Smashing the Glass branded pair for myself ( see above pic – I don’t only talk the talk, I walk the walk!)

Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of featuring many real weddings starring these casual-chic beauties, and we’ve put together a little digest of the very best ways past brides and grooms have personalised their wedding Converse. 

1. And the bride changed into Converse

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Real bride Sarah’s white wedding Converse

It’s the bride’s prerogative to wear the comfiest shoes. If you’re set on heels then one option is to have your Converse as a second pair of shoes to change into for the reception. There are so many options – go for white for a twist on the traditional, or a pop of colour to make your Converse a standout feature. You can personalise them however you like: opt for your own name, the word “bride” or even a nickname or an in joke. 

2. Couples’ Converse

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Dana and Jacob went for a marvellous Mr. and Mrs. combo

Matching couples’ Converse will look adorable in your wedding photos. Whether you choose to adorn them with your names, your initials or you go for Mr. & Mrs., Mr. and Mr. or Mrs. and Mrs., it’s just one more adorable way to personalise your wedding and show your unity as a married couple on your happy day.

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Bride and groom, Rachel and Robert, signed off their Converse with their shared initials

3. Embroider them with meaning

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Love won out at Melody and Michael’s arty wedding celebration

Do you have a particular saying, ethos, political statement, lyric, line of poetry, an in joke or anything else that is symbolic to you as a couple? Your personalised Converse can be a lovely, subtle nod to something meaningful that you share together, and something you plan to take into your married life with you. Plus, with a personalised slogan, you can wear your Converse again and again, evoking fond wedding memories every time you put them on. 

4. Kit out your wedding party with Converse

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Smashing couple, Madalyn and Aaron, made the groomsmen’s Converse a part of their creative theme

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STG Review: Berta Fall 2017 Collection European Launch

Berta-Bridal-Fall-2017 There’s nothing more exciting than a fashion show. The pure anticipation when the room falls silent before the music comes on and all eyes are on the catwalk, awaiting the first glimpse of a designer’s divine new creations.

Last night, I had the immense pleasure of attending the European launch of Israeli designer Berta’s Fall 2017 Collection. It was a gloriously glittering fashion show, at The Savoy’s infamously breathtaking ballroom, hosted by exclusive UK Berta stockist and proud Smashing Supplier, The Wedding Club.

As the event’s official blogger, and having had many Berta brides grace the STG pages, it was an absolute delight to capture the action on Facebook Live and in a series of Instagram shorts. If you missed it, now’s your chance to catch up on everything, including the great cape action (warning, may induce intense dress lust).

Berta has developed quite a reputation as a cutting-edge bridal fashion brand. With all the sex appeal, seductiveness and gumption that personify Mediterranean strong female expression, Berta’s beautifully curated Instagram feed has amassed over a million well-deserved followers.

 

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Berta’s signature aesthetic, sheer fabrics, luxurious lace, plunging necklines and low backs, were all hallmarks of the new collection, but it’s also worth mentioning that there were also sparkles aplenty, capes and trains, bringing an added touch of luxe and glamour to the collection’s stunning, sensual and frankly show-stopping silhouettes.

The show itself was a delight to watch. The Wedding Club and Berta did a fantastic job of championing diversity, with a gorgeous range of body types and ethnicities represented on the catwalk.

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If you’re already in love (let’s face it, of course you are), here’s how to find a local Berta stockist:

In the UK

The UK’s exclusive stockist of Berta, The Wedding Club, are offering STG readers a 10% discount on any non-sale dress order placed in January 2017 at their London store. Quote ‘Smashing the Glass’ to receive your discount.

Call +44 (0)20 7581 9540 | email info@thewedding-club.co.uk | Visit 10 Yeomans Row, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2AH or 16 Highfield Rd, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3DU

In the USA

Berta stockists in the USA


For your pinning pleasure, I’ve added images of every dress – with front and back views – from the Fall 2017 collection below (all captured by the fabulous Evette Chiverton). There’s also a film of the evening at the end of the post, by the gorgeous Urban Cinematography.

Would you wear a Berta dress? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

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My behind-the-scenes clip at The Savoy just before the show started!

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White Gallery London 2016

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On Monday I attended The White Gallery in London’s Battersea Evolution which is essentially the London Fashion Week of the bridal industry. It’s a trade event for UK and international bridal designers to showcase their 2017 collections to press and buyers, and it feels like stepping through a vortex into the bridal apparel future.

The show took place in the heart of a blossom-filled Battersea Park inside a pavilion that was transformed into an elegant showroom, complete with catwalks and press lounges. The event ran over three days and offered press and buyers access to a diverse range of designers, runways, and of course industry lovelies!

You may have already seen a few sneak peeks of my photos on Instagram, and live commentary and video on Snapchat (and if you’re not yet on Snapchat, you’re missing out on ALL the fun and behind-the-scenes footage!). This post takes it up a notch with my favourite wedding dress and wedding shoe designers, and my six key bridal trends for 2017 as spotted at White Gallery.

If you’re currently on the hunt for your wedding dress or shoes, I do hope that this post will inspire you. All the gorgeous images (unless otherwise stated) are by the super talented Kate Nielen who accompanied me to the show. Feel free to pin and share them to your heart’s content!

Below: clockwise from top: Sassi Holford catwalk show / Emmy London / YolanCris
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Stephanie Allin Couture

Stephanie Allin designed my wedding dress and is genuinely one of the loveliest people in the business. What appeals to me about Stephanie, besides her wonderful service and giving nature, is her contemporary take on classic couture and her desire to create wedding dresses for the ‘real bride’ as opposed to what looks best on a model. Her latest collection is inspired by the Italian lifestyle and artistic flair, and incorporates compelling fabrics including metallic jacquard prints on silk organza, and concepts like bridal separates of bra-lets teamed with dramatic skirts.

One a side note, Stephanie definitely gets the award for the most inspired creative campaign (shot by Matt Bird). How uh-mazing is the shot below taken from Stephanie’s new Bellisima collection?!

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Best of Bridal Week: Ines Di Santo Wedding Dress 2017 Collection

In a delightful nod to the wonders of Spring, we continue our journey through New York Bridal Fashion Week with Ines Di Santo‘s Spring 2017 Collection.

With huge, cascading pink and white flowers setting the scene for the show in Chelsea’s light-soaked IAC Building, the season’s romance and playfulness took over all the senses as the designer’s flowing gowns drifted down the runway. From soft volume skirts to playful peplum silhouettes and high-low cuts, Ines Di Santo continues to create styles to inspire every shape and personality. Plunging necklines, illusion sheaths and delicately layered lightweight tulle are intricately treated to floral appliqués and light-catching crystals and sequins sure to make the bride feel as breathtaking as she should.

A WORD FROM THE DESIGNER

For this collection, I pulled from spring herself, imagining the flowers that emerge in the season and the path they take from seed to sunlight – I have used lace, embroideries and movement in my gowns to push forward an unexpected place. While still soft and romantic, my bride will stand – dressed only for herself and the one she loves”

Every dress from Ines Di Santo’s Spring 2017 collection is pictured below, and if you want to take a peek at the fabulous Ines Di Santo being worn by real brides on Smashing The Glass, simply head right here.

"NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: A model walks the runway wearing the Ines Di Santo Bridal Collection Spring 2017 on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/Getty Images for Ines Di Santo)"

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Best of Bridal Week: Mira Zwillinger Wedding Dress 2017 Collection

As New York Bridal Fashion Week heads off to an exciting start, it is with great pleasure that we share with you our very first look at Mira Zwillinger‘s breathtaking new collection.

With the upscale exclusivity of the Harmonie Club setting the scene for the show, beaded vines and branches, leaves, flowers and petal appliqués adorn the luxurious fabrics, every detail transporting us to the beauty of nature. As the name suggests, ‘Whisper of Blossom’ is a tantalising collection of luxurious, über-feminine creations evocative of the whimsical energy of winter turning to spring. Mira Zwillinger’s signature silhouettes, graced with textured silk organza, the softest of sheer tulle and Chantilly lace, all made for the bride to feel at her most sensual and intriguing.

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After every long winter comes a spring, inspiring new life in its wake. First buds appear on base branches and he magic of nature unfolds. Our Spring 2017 Collection is a nod to that magic. From fabric springs art and handmade creation blossoms with ornate beading and hand-cut ivory and blush flower appliqués. Spun from sheer illusion silk tulle, the collection came together in a symphony of luxurious femininity.

Every dress from Mira Zwillinger’s Spring 2017 collection is pictured below. You can read more about Mira Zwillinger and other Israeli wedding designers taking the world by storm here, and if you want to take a peek at exquisite Mira Zwillinger being worn by real brides on Smashing The Glass, head over here.
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