Wedding Planning Day Off: Manchester Picks #1

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Wedding planning can feel like a full time job, can't it? If you're in desperate need of a break from table plans, dress cuts, invitation choices, interfering relatives, whatever, I recommend the following...

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At Pop Boutique. It's fun, it's retro, it's a vintage haven right here in Manchester. The ideal place to treat yourself to something a little more unique than the high street has to offer. And the best thing? The sizes aren't butchered for vanity's sake - an 8 is actually an 8. Fancy that.

Pop Boutique, 34-36 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

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At Crazy Pedros! A kooky pizza place with extremely loud music (so be prepared to shout), Pedro's has pizza in wild and wonderful flavours - the wacko jack, for example, which is topped with pepperoni, jerk chicken, jack cheese, olives, jalapeños and onions, or the fried chicken and waffle, which is a vision in, you guessed it, fried chicken, waffle, smoked bacon and maple syrup - and nachos served in a bin lid. Look out for happy hour, it's a real bargain.

Crazy Pedro's Part Time Pizza Parlour, 55-57 Bridge St, M3 3BQ
Crazy Pedro's NQ, Short St, Manchester, M1 1JG

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Wine in an igloo at The Refinery. Because why not?

The Refinery, G1 XYZ Building, 2 Hardman Boulevard, Manchester, M3 3AQ

W  A  T  C  H

Queer Eye on Netflix. This is a staying indoors activity (there had to be one) but oh my goodness is it worth it. I put this on expecting a light hearted laugh, and it was so much more. I openly wept at a couple of episodes. Grab yourself a tea, some donuts, a packet of tissues and your comfiest pyjamas, and settle in. It's well worth your time.

How do you unwind on wedding planning days off?

Wedding Dress Shopping: Stella York

Monday, 12 February 2018

It's a tedious task, wedding dress shopping. Especially - due in part to many websites offering dress previews categorised by designer, rather than style - when trying to work out where to go to seek out your dream dress. Personally, I didn't know the whose who of bridal design before getting engaged (still don't, really) so clicking through designer by designer when I know the style I want but not whose name I want in the label has become an irritating task I've started to avoid. Alas, it must be done.

To hopefully save some others time, I've decided to start sharing some of the designers I come across here, with a preview of their style - starting with Stella York, whose signature approach appears to be very girly, quite flirty, and big on detail (also, her gowns don't cost the earth, so are good for an under £1K budget). Happy dress shopping!

Stella York in Manchester:
a/ Emma Louise Bridal, 41 Chorley New Road Bolton BL1 4QR
b/ Alison Burgess Couture, 273 Wellington Road South Stockport SK2 6ND

Flower Girl Dresses By Monsoon

So, the day has come and gone that we told our maid of honour's eight year old twins that we wanted them to be a part of our wedding. The boy was absolutely thrilled to be doing 'the most important part of the day' with his usher duties, and the girl is excited to wear a pretty dress, if a little nervous. One problem being that all the dresses she finds herself drawn to are, you guessed it, white. Hmm.

In a bid to convince her that there are other colours in the world, we turned to Monsoon this weekend. And I thought I'd share the most adorable finds here, for anyone else wondering where to find a flower girl/young bridesmaid outfit (finding them almost as difficult to choose as my own dress, to be honest, especially since the one I truly loved has sold out nationwide). Available in all sorts of colours, dresses by Monsoon strike the perfect balance between fun party wear - which appeals to the kids - and adorable formalwear - which appeals to bride and groom, colour scheme and venue dresser. I can't say I'm clued in on the price of childrenswear, but the cost seems fairly reasonable, too, especially for something that they can then re-wear over and over until it falls apart/they get too big.

The third one is a personal favourite.

(Dresses: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Oh and, for the record, here is the white dress that caused a million stuck out lower lip moments on Sat. I may have a mini bridesmaidzilla on my hands 😉

Monsoon in Manchester:
a/ Debenhams, Market Street, Manchester, Lancashire, M60 1TA, GB
b/ Manchester Arndale, Unit 25&26, Arndale Centre, Manchester , Manchester , M4 3AQ , GB
c/ House Of Fraser Manchester, 98-116 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2QG, GB
d/ Debenhams Trafford Centre, 1 Regents Crescent, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AB, GB

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