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  1. Planning a wedding is a giant task! There is so much to think of and it can get quite daunting, but should also be very fun. Above all, other than making sure your guests will have food, entertainment, sit in pretty surroundings, have enough drinks, you need to think about yourself and how amazing you will look. There's a lot to think there too - hair, make-up, dress, shoes, underwear, and other accessories. So, here are my five top tips on choosing your wedding accessories: 
    1. Make sure you have your dress first, and your shoes too
    In the majority of cases, your dress defines the whole look, so if you haven't got one yet, it's probably too early to pick your hair accessories or other accessories - however, it's never too early or too late to browse! 
    2. Be clear on your style 
    Whether it is boho, vintage, modern, classic - if you know the style you are looking to achieve, it is easier to find a supplier that makes accessories in your chosen theme. And if your dress fits the style, don't stray - nothing is worst than bad mixing of different styles! 
    3. Pinterest is your friend
    And Google of course. For inspiration, keep a scrapbook of accessories that you like - or if you are an online person - pin the ideas you like on a board to come back to. 
    4. Unusual items are mostly online
    Most standard wedding stores have lovely bridal accessories, but they tend to be very similar from shop to shop. If you want something unusual - steampunk, gothic, themed, handmade or anything that you fancy that is not standard, your best bet are online, including selling platforms such as Etsy, Folksy, Not on the High Street
    5. Don't be scared to ask for bespoke
    It is your day, and may be the only time you ever get married, so having something designed and made for you is totally justifiable! Don't be scared of starting the conversation with a designer - it costs nothing and could lead to your ideal piece. 
    Hope these tips can help! 
  2. happy diwali candle burning blue lily magnolia

    Today Diwali is celebrated in many millions households across the world. The festival of light, the victory of good over evil, another reason to eat, pray and love... Every culture probably has their own Diwali, in their own special way, and I totally love that!

    Have a beautiful bright day if you are celebrating. As for our household here, we won't have any traditional diyas, but there is always one or two candles on on days and nights that I am working, as... it is not a secret for those who make fabric flowers, a candle flame is used to singe the edges of some fabrics to stop them from fraying. 


  3. portrait sharon gilding designerFinally, it's live! The Blue Lily Magnolia website and blog. 

    Although not quite updated with all the pictures, this is a start for me, and in the next few weeks all the pictures should be online. I have decided to focus only on Bridal for this site. If you want to see the non-bridal items, then Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will still be showing them. On this site instead, I will show all bridal items, and provide a gateway to place bespoke orders. And hopefully, this blog will be about Bridal item news... 

    Hopefully see you again soon! 

    Vanessa S.