It’s the middle of summer, which means prime wedding season. Many of us will attend several weddings between the months of June and September each year. For those of you getting married this summer or next, it’s the perfect time to gather ideas for your own summer nuptials. EZ Living Furniture are delighted to be stocking a wide range of accessories that are absolutely ideal for wedding decor as well as gifts. We’ve linked up with the fabulous McElhinney’s Department Store in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, to bring you our top summer wedding ideas.
You can’t go wrong with candles and flowers when it comes to decorating a summer wedding. Chances are you may experience a rainy day rather than a perfect, cloudless sunny day. What better way to brighten up the mood with colourful flowers and romantic candlelight? Choose glistening metallic lanterns and candle holders for your centrepieces that will create a statement and are very on-trend. For a more vintage-style feel, fill mismatched china teacups with flowers and place atop some old books to create height. Choose centrepieces which are not too high so that guests don’t have to strain to see over them during the meal.
Summer collections bring so many options for wedding guests. Vibrant, colourful dresses and separates are available in lighter fabrics, ensuring comfort and style for a summer wedding. Recent surveys showed that many Irish people spend close to €1000 when attending a wedding, between accommodation, hair and make-up, a gift and a new outfit. If you choose carefully, you can find an outfit which you will be able to get a lot more wear out of. Certain styles will stand the test of time, and can be accessorised differently for seasonal use. McElhinney’s is one of Ireland’s most well-known and best-loved department stores. They stock a wide variety of stunning outfits for wedding guests, mother of the bride/groom and the bride herself.
Leah Cleary of McElhinney’s gave us her top tips for shopping for a wedding outfit:
“Try on Everything! You should be reaching for as many different styles as you can see. This really helps you understand what sort of styles you like on yourself. Even if you don’t find your perfect dress at this stage, you will almost definitely start to get an idea of what style and shape works for you.
Bring Shape Wear. No matter what your clothing size, weight or level of fitness, properly fitted shape wear can make a huge difference to any woman’s silhouette, so bring your shape wear with you while trying on. This will help to give you a better idea of what the dress will look like on the day/night.
Plan for Alterations. So many of us expect to go dress shopping and find the dress of out dreams that fits perfectly. Not every woman, whether she is a size 8, 12 or 20, is the same body shape, so in reality it never happens like this. The majority of the time your dress will need some sort of alterations, whether that be a hem let down or a lift at the shoulders.”
Occasionwear from McElhinneys
Summer Wedding Gifts
More and more guests are giving cash or vouchers as wedding gifts, with many couples preferring this option. However, some guests still choose to give a thoughtful gift to the couple as a token of their well wishes for the newlyweds. With many couples purchasing their first home shortly before or after tying the knot, a piece of furniture or home accessory is an ideal option. If they already have a house and have decorated, bear the style of their house in mind when making a purchase. Remember, a very traditional piece of furniture might not work in a modern, minimalist apartment. If they haven’t bought a house, a classic piece of wall art, lantern or dinnerware set is an ideal gift. If you’re unsure of what style to get, a gift voucher from a furniture store is the perfect solution.
We want to say a special thank you to McElhinney’s Department Store for their fantastic shopping tips! Check out our Facebook page this week for an unmissable competition with McElhinney’s and EZ Living Furniture.
EZ Living Furniture posts new wedding ideas each Friday on Facebook, including lots of great Summer Wedding ideas! Make sure to check in each week for ‘Friday Bride-Day’.
All items shown above are available from EZ Living Furniture website and in-store nationwide. Dresses shown are from McElhinney’s Department Store.