Brides horror as dress shop set to close

DISTRESSED brides-to-be have spoken of their horror after choosing their dream wedding dresses to later discover the company is set to enter administration this month.

This has caused great uncertainty among three brides, who are due to get married later this year, as they do not know whether they will have their beautiful” princess prom dressesfor the big day or receive their money back. Administrator Smith Cooper announced that Bridalwear by Francesca - which was situated on Maesglas Retail estate - and Formal Weddings Affair Limited are part of the same company and both are set to enter administration.

Previously, on December 22, 2016, administrator Smith Cooper announced that Formal Affair Weddings Limited had ceased trading and is due to enter administration.

Nicola Lewis, 31, of Cwmbran, said she paid for her wonderful” wedding dress in July 2016 and getting married this September.

She said: I went to the Bridalwear by Francesca and Formal Affair store and paid in full. I paid 223 on card and 400 in cash for my perfect dress.

Even if I find another wedding dress Ill always think of the one I originally chose.”

Another bride-to-be Siobhan Jones, 25, of Southville, Cwmbran, said: We bought a beautiful dress and I was told to go in January to be fitted. The total came to 1,148 and Im worrying in case I dont the dress.”

The support worker is getting married in August 2017.

For Carrie Morgan, 29, of Pontypool, the time is stressful due to the illness of her grandmother.

She said: Im getting married on Halloween so it was hard to find an appropriate dress but I did and paid a 50 deposit and 100 bit by bit.

Im upset because nan is very ill and she was going to pick up my dress with me.

Now I dont know if Ill get that lovely dress.”

Dean Nelson, of Smith Cooper, said Formal Affair Weddings Limited had tried to reduce costs but had faced difficulty due to wedding attire market” changes.

He said: We are currently in the process of assisting the company repatriate its stock to the head office with a view to a closing down sale being instigated in the New Year. Once appointed administrators, we will be in contact with creditors regarding the financial position of the company and dividend prospects.”

Newport Trading Standards said they were aware of the situation” and had been contacted by one customer.

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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's Rumored Wedding Plans Are Already Underway

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Wedding Plans Revealed

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We're getting real sick of waiting to hear those wedding bells ring out for Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The rumor mill has been spewing wedding news about the pair for months now, getting us all excited at the prospect of their nuptials, and then disappointing us with when Shelton and Stefani don't actually become a Mr. and Mrs. But the latest wedding rumor about the country crooner and the pop princess sound — dare we say — very promising. Reportedly, Stefani and Shelton have a wedding date already set and are finalizing their plans for their big day! Here's what we know...

According to Radar Online, the "Make Me Like You" singer is indeed planning to marry her sweetheart — and sooner than we thought! (Oh please let this be true...) Allegedly, the wedding of Shelton and Stefani will take place on May 5 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, although deciding on the wedding venue was a tough big day detail for the pair. "They can hardly agree on anything!" a source shared. "Gwen wants to go big on this and Blake wanted to make it an informal affair down home in Tennessee or their new place in Oklahoma. But he's not willing to go to the mat against her." So it doesn't look like The Voice duo will be tying the knot in the rustic, backyard wedding we originally envisioned. But, hey, as long as they say "I do," right?

Stefani is also allegedly planning for a huge party and a guest list to match. "Gwen's guest list was 700 people alone," said the source. "She also wanted to have a bunch of celebrity music stars perform — but he didn't want to turn the wedding into Woodstock." So far, rumored guests of the nuptials include Jennifer Aniston and hubby Justin Theroux, Courteney Cox, Katy Perry, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Luke Bryan, and Brett Eldredge — who rumor has it will also serve as the groom's best man — plus both the bride and groom's exes, Gavin Rossdale and Miranda Lambert, are also expected to score invites. Let's just hope the officiant skips over that whole objection part of the ceremony...

"Gwen knows Blake's out of his depth here with all this glam," the source further explained. "So she's agreed to foot the bill for the wedding while he will pick up the tab for the honeymoon!" But one thing the couple can definitely agree on is their wedding song. They reportedly will be playing wedding singer at the own reception, where they'll belt out a duet of Jon Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory."

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Couples Lavish Wedding Was So Extreme, The Brides Gown Cost Over $600K

Ive seen my fair share of downright extravagant weddings… but its clear this couples special day in western Russia truly defines the term over-the-top.”

Move over, Kim Kardashian of China, because this wedding that took place over the weekend gives yours some major competition. Although, both of them look seriously unreal.

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Madina Shokirova, daughter of Russian oil tycoon Ilkhom Shokirova, got married in Moscow at the lavish Radisson Royal Congress Park hotel.

According To MailOnline, 900 guests came to this fancy affair to celebrate Madina and her new husband.

It was the bride Madina who really stole the show. She was a stunning vision of glitz and glam in her jewel gown by the British fashion company Ralph & Russo…

If you think thats the only highlight of the decadent evening, you are totally mistaken…

The masterpiece was literally about 10 feet tall and crafted by celebrity cake maker Renat Agzamov.

Just take a look at this baby. Its freaking MASSIVE. MailOnline reports it took several men to carry this sucker into the couples reception.

When it came to the nights entertainment, over $470,000 was dropped on that portion of the event alone.

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Fashion Review: Bridal Asia 2016

I love weddings. Since the age of ten, my sister and I religiously collected wedding magazines and eagerly flipped through the glossy pages, picking out our favorite outrageously expensive designer gowns. You can imagine my absolute delight when my mother allowed me to get a YouTube account; I was free to watch hours upon hours of bridal shows. From Vera Wang to Reem Acra I knew every bridal designer like the back of my hand. But these were American designers: their royal blue prom dresses were stunning and intricate, but it was difficult to make a dress stand out when your only color option is white. That was when I stumbled upon Bridal Asia, Asias largest exposition for all bridal finery, apparel and products. Since its successful inception in 1999, Bridal Asia has been a ground breaking concept, introducing celebrated designers from around the world to the Indian audience and bringing various parts of trousseau shopping under one roof, Bridal Asia is undoubtedly the category innovator and undisputed leader in the area of wedding exhibitions. This year, Bridal Asia took place October 1st-3rd and showcased spectacular designers such as Shubhika (Papa Dont Preach,) Rahul (Ra Abta,) and Tisha Saksena (Tisha.) I was greatly looking forward to this years Bridal Asia, and I am happy to say the exhibition did not disappoint! So without further ado, here are the best designs of Bridal Asia 2016.

For South Asian bridal jewelry, the year 2016 has been all about pearls. Raishma released a stunning beaded ivory lace gown with precious pearls, Swarovski diamonds and Parisian lace. Rashid Malik of RDC London stated that [At Bridal Asia] we saw a lot of vintage, a lot of long pearl necklaces with small decals.” The antique look of pearls went very well with this years color trend of ivory, peaches, creams, and gold. In my opinion, the designer that used pearls best was Nisha Dadi of Kyles Jewelry. Two jewelry designs stood out to me, their design for the hijab bride being the most prominent. The hijab bride is the most modest of the South Asian brides, and in a exhibition concentrating mainly on Indian brides, they are the least represented.

Kyles Jewelry created a stunning gold and pearl wrap with exotic red stones and pearl drops, a look that kept the hijab bride's modesty, but beautifully framed her face and allowed her to brilliantly stand out. In response to the look, Nisha Dadi stated that The creativity goes to show that there is no boundary, there are no limits. It is vision that can create whatever the bride needs.” The next look Kyles brought forward was a Cleopatra necklace with cascading pearls that wrapped around the torso.

It was a visionary piece; the way the pearls elegantly framed the body was something I had never seen before. The necklace was bold, but it did not draw away from the model's face thanks to the gorgeous gold headpiece. The two prominent pieces framed the model's face, revealing how one can have large statement pieces and still be the shining star of their wedding.

Soltee is the next bridal company Id like to discuss. Designed by Sulakshana Monga, Soltee is well known for its intricate hand-embroidered lehengas, the traditional skirt for Indian women. One of my personal favorites was a beautiful dark olive and moss green lehenga that was worn with a sparkling royal marine jacket. The piece stood out from the other deep orange colored outfits and was a pleasing change from the typical red and orange color scheme present at the exhibition. The regal look Soltee had claimed to be working on for this season was very present in their runway looks.

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These gifts will make any bride and groom happy

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Its nearly June — and that means its bride time. Time for the white gowns, the bridesmaids evening dresses, the invitations, the guest lists, the flowers, the table settings, the decisions about what the mothers of the brides — and the grooms — will wear. So many details. Its no wonder that the bridal and wedding planning business is booming.

Better resorts and hotels now have departments dedicated strictly to wedding planning, handling everything from the invitations to the size of the cake and the choice of the music. The wedding planner plans each ceremony down to the last detail with the bride-to-be, guiding her through each step, including setting up her gift registry.

Im all for making use of the registry, but I also have a list of suggestions when purchasing a wedding gift not on her formal wish list:

* Bath towels are always handy, and a gift of 20 towels and two bathmats would be a super generous gift. Id include two bath sheets, four bath size, four standard size, six hand towels and four face towels. Find out the brides favorite color and purchase a complete set, properly monogrammed. If you dont know her favorite color, its always safe to go for white with embroidery in pale blue. Blue works everywhere.

* A sterling-silver or silver-plated ice bucket, a round tray and tongs are a gift that will be used forever. An openwork silver breadbasket also makes a super gift.

* A brass standing lamp with an adjustable swing arm would be an unexpected gift — but who couldnt use it? Standing lamps are always a favorite, since most people want them but never get around to actually purchasing them! Theyre usable in any room of the house.

* Heres one I bet you havent thought of, unless youre a gardener: an array of six flower vases — one very tall; one square; one round; one of blue glass; one of a formal design of cut-glass Waterford crystal; and one of an interesting shape, maybe a rose bowl. My design mentor, the late Dorothy Draper, once said you can never have enough flower vases. Flowers come in all sizes and heights and a vase for a single rose is an important as a vase for a bouquet of lilies. And today, so many people choose to order flowers that will be delivered as cut stems in boxes, rather than as ready-made arrangements. Having a nice selection of vases on hand would be welcome, indeed.

* A pair of throws would be nice for the bedroom or the living room. Pick the color of the bridesmaids evening gowns uk. A quality woven throw is a great gift to warm the new home of the newlyweds.

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