Tuesday, 25 June 2013

New date: Cams Hall on 1st September

Those of you that came along to our last event at Milner Hall, will have already heard the exciting news that our next event will be held at Cams Hall, in Fareham, on 1st September, from 11am-2pm.

If you're getting married, then make sure you save the date and come along! We'll have a whole host of newlyweds selling on their treasured wedding items, from bird cages, to bunting, confetti and flower girl dresses, if you're looking for it, you'll probably find it at Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale.

We'll also have a handpicked selection of Hampshire best suppliers to provide you with the finishing touches, and that all important inspiration for your day. Get pampered in our Beauty Boudoir, where you can get some top tips on bridal make up and hair for your big day, and ponder your purchases over tea and cake in our pop up tea rooms.

It's also the perfect opportunity to explore the stunning venue. Cams Hall is a beautiful Georgian Mansion which you’ve probably seen, but never explored. It’s a perfect venue for couples wanting to create a truly unique day, with no set packages you have to fit in with, and the opportunity to create a completely bespoke wedding.

We're already booking spaces fast, so if you'd like to reserve a spot, then please get in touch via email at bridalbootsale@gmail.com 

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale at Milner Hall, Winchester - June 2013

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Head on over to our Facebook page for all the photos from our latest event at Milner Hall, Winchester. Check out our fab venue and what our beautiful sellers had to offer!

More soon, plus, further details on our next event - Sunday 1st September at Cams Hall, Fareham.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

A little treat for our visitors - 15% off at Ginger Two for Tea

Our lovely friends at Ginger Two for Tea are giving our visitors an extra special treat this Sunday. Pick up a leaflet when you visit Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale, and get 15% off when you stop at Ginger Two after you’ve shopped for your wedding items with us!

Ginger Two for Tea is a boutique café in the heart of Winchester (on St Thomas Street off the main high street). It’s a great spot to stop for a coffee, breakfast or even lunch of afternoon tea.

Lovely hot and cold homemade food is the order of the day at Ginger Two – hearty sandwiches, soups and salads, even a cheese and wine platter. They also serve wonderful cakes (which team Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale can personally vouch for!!) Definitely look up the afternoon tea on the menu, with sandwiches, scones, a slice of cake, and a cup of tea or coffee, all for £9.95.

We think it’s the perfect place to update the Father of the Bride on how you'll be styling all of your Bridal Boot Sale purchases!

Pick up your voucher for 15% off your next visit to Ginger Two for Tea at Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Top Tips for Bridal Underwear with Rigby and Peller

Last weekend our very own bride-to-be, co-founder Sarah-Leigh headed on down for a bridal lingerie fitting at the esteemed Rigby and Peller. Choosing the Westfield London branch for this momentous occasion (and lingerie conundrum - we'll be honest), we were greeted with the friendliest of stylists to cater to our needs and a store full of lacy treats ready to peruse.

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If you're not familiar with the brand, Rigby and Peller is a world-wide destination retailer synonymous with discretion and excellence. In 1960 the Royal Warrant was granted to Rigby & Peller by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and in 1982 owner June Kenton became the grantee of the Royal Warrant as Corsetiere to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. They now have eight stores across the South of the UK.

Now we know our HBBS readers enjoy some practical advise, and so, here's some titbits from our visit - an essential guide to getting your lingerie perfect on that all important day.
  • Always seek the advise of your dress fitter on the best type of underwear for your dress.
  • If you haven't been measured for a bra recently now is the time - you want to feel secure and comfortable on your big day so make sure your underwear is the perfect fit.
  • If you need a low-backed option, go as tight as is comfortable - you may not believe it but it will feel more secure - and that's extremely important as the most photographed woman of the day!
  • If trying a Basque-style bra, lean in to it before fastening for a precise fit.
  • Be careful of underwear seams if your dress is tight-fitting or in a light-weight fabric. Do your best to try your underwear first and take to a dress fitting.
  • Be careful on contrasting colours - that powder blue underwear set may be gorgeous but the silhouette showing through your dress won't be!
  • Lastly, take your time. You want to feel like the best possible version of you at your wedding and so take the time to find the right style and shape for you. Try new things and don't be afraid to ask questions during your fitting.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Introducing...Katherine Louise

Next up in our introducing series is Hampshire make up artist Kat...over to you Kat...

Looking your best on your wedding day goes without saying, and even if you're a dab hand with the liner, sometimes you just need someone else to take the stress out of it for you. That's where I come in!

As a friendly, professional make up artist I use my skills to make you look your best on your big day. However much or however little you want, I'll work with you (and any other members of the wedding party) to create a look that you're happy with.

Keeping everything in place all day is a key part of what I do, and using high end products with a layering and setting technique is what really means you won't have to worry.

I'm always hearing that make up artists use too much or too little product on brides, and I'm more than aware of how much of a mistake that is. I'm there to enhance what you've already got - not mask it! Working with brides to make them feel confident is great - I love the atmosphere and the anticipation on a wedding day, and it's always handy to have another pair of hands to help do up the dress!

If you're looking for a make up artist who blends into the background whilst making sure you look better than ever, give me a shout.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Plan the Perfect Father-of-the-Bride-Friendly Winchester day out with HBBS & The Nostalgic Wedding Fair

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So Sunday 16th June is shaping up to be a pretty special day - not only is it Father's Day, but also, the beautiful city of Winchester is playing host to two very special wedding events. What could be better than a  celebratory morning with the dutiful Father-of-the-Bride, followed by an afternoon of the town's treasures and culinary delights?

In our previous post, 'Where to take your Dad in Winchester after the Bridal Boot Sale (it is Fathers Day after all!)', we mentioned some of our favourite Winchester hang outs. Here though, we focus on the all important events taking place on Sunday 16th. Not only is the next edition of the Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale on at Milner Hall, St Peter Street, but also (new to Winchester, new for organisers The Vintage Parade) is The Nostalgic Wedding Fair.

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The Nostalgic Wedding Fair have collaborated with a crew of wedding specialists to capture the essence of vintage, nostalgia and alternative options for those blushing brides.

The fair is curated to ensure quality and diverse products are provided at each event, with a variety of hand picked exhibitors for you. They have found fabulously retro sepia hued photographers, quirky quaint stationers, indulgent wedding cakes, blossomed bouquets and vintage styled dresses, accessories .....plus so much more!

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After picking up those perfect finishing touches from the Bridal Boot Sale's creative newly-weds and top tips from our expert suppliers, why not head on down to The Nostalgic Wedding Fair at Winchester Guildhall, transformed into a hive of eclectic, beautiful, fashionable and vintage wedding utopia. There will also be live vintage performers, a beauty parlour, vintage ice cream van and all the trimmings for you to enjoy. Plus, come along to see the Burlesque show to spice up your hen party or two vintage themed entertainers and vintage themed dancers to demonstrate to prospective couples some 'vintage' dance moves.

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The Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale is on 10am - 1pm, while The Nostalgic Wedding Fair is on 11am – 3pm. 

Check out our handy map with both events and top picks to take your loved ones in Winchester on Sunday 16th June - perfect!

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Friday, 7 June 2013

Where to take your Dad in Winchester after the Bridal Boot Sale (it is Fathers Day after all!)

We're always surprised at the amount of Dad's we see coming along to the Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale - we just think it fab how many of them are so involved in the planning of their daughters wedding. Our next Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale is being held on Fathers Day. But we're open from 10am-1pm, which gives you plenty of time to take your Dad out for lunch afterwards (See what we did there?) Our very own Karen gives her top tips of the best places to go on her blog The Peony Tree every week, so we thought we'd get her to share some of her top tips on where in Winchester to take your Dad after you've been to see us.

Ginger Two for Tea is a lovely little Boutique café in the centre of Winchester. Pop in for a great lunchtime bite to eat - sandwiches, salads, a cheese and wine platter. The perfect place to update the Father of the Bride on how you'll be styling all of your Bridal Boot Sale purchases!

The Corner House (pictured above) is quite literally around the corner from Milner Hall, and one of my favourite places to have lunch. The décor itself provides serious wedding styling inspiration - expect to be wowed by the vintage suitcases, flowers is crystal vases, and mismatched furniture. The food is also amazing...think big traditional roasts and sticky toffee pudding for desert. Dad will be super impressed, trust me!

The Wykeham Arms is a Winchester local's favourite. If you've not discovered it yet, then you should really do so! Tucked away between the Cathedral and the College, this place is a little gem. Take a seat at School tables and chairs in the main bar area, and make sure you get your Dad a pint of ale in - he'll get a free tankard and bottle of beer when you dine on Fathers Day too! Brownie points all round!!

If you're really looking to impress Dad, then why not take him to the Michelin starred The Black Rat in Chesil Street. Serving Modern British food, this place is really special. We especially like the outdoor tables, which seat you in little huts (don't worry there is heating if the British weather takes hold!)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Spotlight On... Bridal Fashion

As Bridal Fashion Week took over New York recently, a host of the biggest names in fashion, couture and bridal wear took to the runways. In amongst the yards of lace, tulle and taffeta, a couple of key trends emerged, full of grace, glamour and nostalgia.

Thanks to the epic arrival of The Great Gatsby, the world of style is awash with sumptuous 1920s and 30s looks. From flapper-esque frills and feathers to aged antiquities adorned with flowers, Daisy Buchanan sets the tone for this season's wedding musts.

Alongside these decadent looks, a prim 1950s theme was evident, evoking the glamour of Grace Kelly and our very own Duchess of Cambridge. With high lace necks, full length sleeves and voluminous skirts, emphasis was firmly on the feminine form, albeit classically chic and beautifully polished.

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Inspired by The Great Gatsby, images clockwise from top left: Kate Moss' wedding by Mario Testino; Elizabeth Filmore; Claire Pettibone; Robert & Kathleen Photographers on Little Black Book; Carey Mulligan for Vogue; The Great Gatsby; Temperley; Gatsby inspired wedding on Green Wedding Shoes.

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Inspired by the 1950s, images clockwise from top left: Carolina Herrera; Grace Kelly on her wedding day; Monique Lhuillier; Temperley; Sarah-Leigh Photography; Jackie Kennedy on her wedding day; Oscar de la Renta; Sarah-Leigh Photography; Kate Middleton on her wedding day; Marchesa; Monique Lhuillier.