The rise of wedding dupes
Your pre-wedding shopping list is bound to seem like a daunting task — and you might even have your eye on something worn by one of your favourite celebs when they tied the knot. Taking inspiration from the rich and famous might not suit your budget though. However, don’t discard your hopes of coveting something extremely similar to Meghan Markle’s Cartier earrings, Hillary Swank’s engagement ring, or even Kim and Kanye’s flower wall.
There’s been a rise in popularity of ‘dupes’ recently, and many retailers try to purposefully replicate these iconic pieces, at a fraction of the price. So, complete your wedding day look with some of these star-studded wedding day replicas!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — Cartier earrings
When the royal couple tied the knot back in 2018, The Duchess of Sussex wore the stunning yet simplistic Cartier 18 karat white gold and diamond galanterie stud earrings, and they complemented the timeless elegance of her fitted gown. The earrings were a perfect statement in line with her overall wedding day look, understated and simply ethereal. If you’re still in awe of these beauties, then head to the online retailer Etsy where you’ll find an extraordinarily similar pair for around £17 — a notable saving when compared to the Cartier price tag of $16,500 (£13,500).
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting — chandelier tiers
Despite having the potential to become a serious hazard — especially if you’ve invited children to your ceremony, there’s no denying that Kayley Cuoco’s wedding cake was a spectacular creation. The tiers were assembled upside down, finished with an extravagant chandelier suspended on top. While most bakers might not want to brave such a daring design, The Butter End Cakery took Kayley’s cake dreams and made them into a reality. Want to give your own wedding cake an a-list makeover? Ask your baker to let their creativity run wild with suspended tiers which can wrap around your wedding cake, adding a unique touch.
Beyonce Knowles and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) — engagement ring
Shawn Carter, known in the music industry as Jay-Z, took heed from his partner Beyoncé Knowles hit ‘Single Ladies’ in 2007, when he finally ‘put a ring on it’ — and he certainly chose well! Not every man would feel comfortable heading into the jewellers and finding the perfect engagement ring for their partner, but Jay-Z picked a stunning Lorraine Schwartz 18 carat platinum ring with a price tag of $5 million. If you’re looking to convey the same luxury look for a split shank band, and in terms of style emerald cut, diamond engagement rings are the best bet.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — evening dress
We’re a nation swept away by royal wedding euphoria, so once again we are looking back to what Meghan wore on her big day — this time, it’s all about her second gown. Meghan changed in to an uber chic halter neck dress designed by Stella McCartney, a fitted floor length piece fit for the radiant princess. Shortly afterwards, the ecommerce fashion retailer ASOS unveiled a dress which captures the same understated elegance, with a more payday friendly price tag of £120. Surprisingly, the actual dress is available to buy online, a rarity when it comes to garments designed for an event with the gravity of a royal wedding; but if the £3,500 checkout total is over budget, then rest assured that you’ll find some dupes which are outstandingly close to the real deal.
Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West — flower wall
Looking to get your photographs exactly right? A statement backdrop could be the way to go, taking some inspiration from the music mogul Kanye West and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West. The couple marked their first moments of married life by posing in front of a decadent wall of flowers, and the delicate toned blooms added to the ethereal ambience of their special day. While not all of us can stretch our budgets enough to accommodate such aggrandized features, there’s a few alternative ways to recreate this, and it will look just as gorgeous in your pictures. Consider adding some flower lined arches, or look at lining the walls of your venue with some paper flower creations, for a quirkier, less pricy option.
If you’ve got your eyes on something that you’ve spotted in a glossy magazine or on your favourite celebrities Instagram feed, then it’s worthwhile shopping around because more often than not, you’ll find a brilliant dupe!
The idea of a summer wedding may be perfect for the bride and groom, but for the guests, it can be challenging to find a dress that is fit for the occasion without causing overheating. However, there are a number of dresses perfect for a wedding, or any other event you might be attending in spring or summer, that will allow you to stay elegant and stylish whilst in the sun. Here, we’ve got a few examples.
Spring is going to be here soon, and it’s time to get planning for all your events. In particular, if you’ve been invited to a springtime wedding, you’ll need to put together a suitable outfit that ticks all the boxes.
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For a true diva, a wedding is a perfect opportunity to show off her styling skills. If the wedding happens to be your own, then it’s practically a fashion paradise just waiting to happen, and picking out the right attire and accessories is probably one of your favourite parts of the whole event.
If you’re giddy with happiness at the very prospect and can’t wait to show off the hottest trends, then get ready to be the most modern, gorgeous bride in 2019. For our eager fashionistas, here are some popular styles that should inspire all sorts of fun outfit ideas for your ceremony.
Daring, Sexy Crop Tops
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We love the idea of getting the kind of wedding outfit that you can wear even after the event, and the crop top and long skirt combo is one of the trendiest things that you can pick up. It’s definitely sexy, but what’s even better is just how damn elegant it can look. With only a hint of your midriff bared, a sleeveless or off-the-shoulder crop top can be downright demure, and if you pick a simple one you can even utilise it for different occasions. Imagine a marriage anniversary a year from now, and you wearing it underneath a sleek blazer? But not only that, a two-piece outfit like this can make it easy to change into something more comfortable after the ceremony, so you can bring a soft pair of pants or a simple skirt to change into for that wild after party you were planning—everyone loves a bride that shows off two outfits in one go.
As for the bottom half, pick a long, dramatic skirt that swishes as you walk, or maybe go for something a little more form-fitting and pick a mermaid cut that will flatter your curves.
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Wedding jumpsuits are a great invention, and they’re a great choice for brides who want to be a little more comfortable and still leave an impression. Most of the cuts look very sleek and polished, and they’re very popular with corporate queens and important business women because they give off an aura of power and luxury that can be really fun at weddings—who says that everyone needs a frilly dress? If girly outfits are not your thing, pick a jumpsuit and throw a blazer over it for full effect.
Pure, Unadulterated Sophistication
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Meghan Markle is to thank for this blessedly wonderful trend. For ladies who believe that elegance lies in simplicity, her Givenchy wedding dress was an inspiration that is still highly recognised as the ultimate form of royal sophistication. It’s influencing bridal trends everywhere, and the clean cut, simple silhouette, and lack of fussy or excessive details mean we’re getting garments that truly represent feminine grace. To pull this off, find wedding dresses that have traditional cuts and pair them with very simple, natural makeup and minimal jewellery. The trick here (and the reason everyone was so impressed with Meghan’s attire) is to let your own beauty be the biggest ornament—anything you wear is just there to enhance it.
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Reem Acra gave us a very interesting blend of floral details and metallic for 2019, and this is a very good direction for the kind of bride who loves the romanticism of weddings. Whether the flowers are subtle lace details on your veil or something that covers the whole dress, it’s hard to go wrong with something like this—you’ll feel like a princess and look totally feminine and demure.
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Not every dress needs to be huge, puffy, and dramatic. Shorter wedding dresses are a great choice, particularly if you picked a venue where you expect your guests to dance and be a little more active instead of simply sitting around. Look for garments with shimmery details or a fun feather trimming, and feel free to incorporate a 1920's vibe into the whole thing. The mini dresses actually work really well with finger curls, smoky eyes, and jazzy dance tunes. Of course, you can also go for sheer panels over a soft satin base if you prefer a little more serious kind of look. Just make sure to pair your dress with a really good pair of heels that will elongate your legs and make you feel more glamorous.
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When it comes to accessories, they seem to be focused mostly on one statement piece, and for 2019 that’s going to be a headband. Whether it’s pearls, shimmery gemstones, or simple satin ribbons, brides will be turning to hair ornaments to complement their attire and make them look just a touch more ethereal. If a headband doesn’t go with the hairstyle you were planning, consider wearing a circlet—they’re easy to incorporate with any kind of up-do, and they can make you look very regal.
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No more heavy, cakey makeup trends, gals. We’re slowly shifting more towards natural looks, and you no longer have to worry about elaborate eyeliner or buckets of bronzer that will completely change your natural skin tone. Next year invites minimalism, so master the art of natural makeup and enjoy the way it enhances your best features.
Your wedding is a great opportunity for you to play with fashion! Go as traditional or as out-of-the-box as you like, and have fun showing off your style.
Written by Sophia Smith
Picking a dress can be overwhelming and stressful due to the large number of choices available. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right dress for your special day that will help you save money and avoid mishaps.