Castigliano Daily!

Castigliano Daily!

Firstly I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! As we pack up the Christmas decorations, finish off the last pieces of chocolate and store away those festive jumpers, we look forward to a very exciting 2011. Starting off with our 20th birthday this month!

To celebrate we are giving way some amazing prizes throughout the month of January. We kick off by giving away a fabulous photo-shoot with award-winning photographer Emily Quinton and creative stylist Charley Beard. In association with Love My Dress, one lucky winner and their partner will work with Emily and Charley to choose the perfect location, venue and theme for the photo-shoot. The result will be a set of unique and beautiful images that can be treasured forever. To be in with the chance of winning this exclusive prize, please visit www.carolinecastigliano.co.uk/20thbirthday

We'll be offering you the chance to win many incredible prizes in January so make sure to visit our website daily!

And remember we'll also be celebrating our birthday in style at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park on January 20. Join us for a spectacular catwalk show where I'll be unveiling the new 2011/12 collection, and enjoy bridal beauty advice and makeovers whilst sipping on champagne.

Tickets cost £25, but numbers are strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment. You can book by calling 020 8545 2665 or visit www.carolinecastigliano.co.uk. All guests will receive a luxury goody bag worth over £75.

Good luck with the January prizes and I look forward to seeing you at the Mandarin Oriental!

Caroline Castigliano 20th Anniversary

Caroline Castigliano 20th Anniversary

2011 is set to be an exciting year with the Royal Wedding in April and we, at Caroline Castigliano, are also celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

On January 20 we are holding a spectacular evening of bridal fashion with a champagne event at the Mandarin Oriental in London. I will be launching our 2011/2012 bridal and evening wear collections with a catwalk show and lots of our favourite partner companies will be on hand offering advice!

You will be able to meet advisors and make-up artists from Dior; discuss bridal and evening wear jewellery with De Beers diamond jewellers; Smythson will be on-hand to talk about beautiful bridal stationary; plus, Paul Edmonds and his team will help you with ideas for your hair, and getting it into spectacular condition for the big day! The stunning florists Moysers Stevens will be showing up-to-date flower arrangements and if you have never seen Aruna Seth shoes - now is the time to try on some of the most beautiful shoes in the world and meet the wonderful designer herself.

To top it all off you will leave with a goodie bag worth over £75!

I will be mingling amongst our guests and would love the opportunity to have a chat with you in person.

Tickets are £25 each - they sell really quickly so to book please call 020 8545 2665 or visit our website at www.carolinecastigliano.co.uk

I really look forward to seeing you there!

A Festive Farewell

A Festive Farewell

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? I can't believe this is my last blog entry for Brides *sob* I have had so much fun doing them.

I absolutely love Brides magazine and it's been an absolute pleasure doing my blogs. If you have enjoyed reading them, as much as I have writing them, you can still read my blogs on www.charlottebalbier.blogspot.com and I am sure this is not the last time I will pop up on Bridesmagazine.co.uk!

I am sure like me you are all busy getting ready for the festive break, I know here at team CB we have been very busy little Christmas Elfs! We have had a fabulous month so far as the new 2011 designs have hit the boutiques and the brides-to-be for 2011 are LOVING them. If you are a 2011 bride and have not yet found your 'one', do not delay as time is running out.... Style 'Gia' (pictured) is proving to be the dress on every brides lips, this luxurious, soft taffeta gown is a timeless classic with a fabulous corset fit, and is just stunning on any bride.

As well as being busy at the Charlotte Balbier HQ, I have been busy running round the shops buying gifts. I love buying gifts especially at Christmas time as the shops are full of amazing treats. I treated the Brides team to some gorgeous Mulberry notebooks... I love them so much so I was tempted to keep one for myself!

On my Christmas list to Santa is a Mulberry overnight bag (in pink of course); a Graham and Green Gold Pouffee; some Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice perfume; a Links of London love bracelet; two Alice by Alice Temperley dresses (that Santa has kindly given me now so I can wear them over Christmas) and some Kath Kidston homeware!... I do hope Santa is extra nice to me this year and I get all my wish list!

I wish all the Brides team and all my Charlotte Balbier brides a very merry Christmas and a very happy 2011.

Much love and Christmas hugs and kisses,

Charlotte xxxx

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Winter Wedding Tips

Winter Wedding Tips

With all this snow we have had, most of the UK has turned into a magical wonderland and I absolutely love it! I have always adored winter weddings, Christmas trees, fairy lights, snow, lots of sparkle, guests looking cosy and chic in their Christmas frocks and fur coats, the bride and bridal party styled to perfection in their glamorous and festive attire... what's not to love?

Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular with couples choosing December as the month to tie the knot. Christmas week and also NYE are hot dates in the bridal diary. For those of you wanting to have a winter wedding here are some of my favourite ideas.

Claridge's London is my favourite hotel and especially at Christmas, Claridge's is London's Art Deco jewel. Designed to perfection in the Twenties, with many original features still in place. The hotel all year round is beautiful but especially at Christmas when it is decorated with festive decorations and not forgetting it's designer Christmas tree, designed by John Galliano for Dior for the second year running (WOW, wonder if he would mind doing my tree?!). With the open fires roaring, champagne flowing and the luxurious Art Deco surroundings Claridge's is my number one choice for a Christmas wedding.

The Twenties influence/theme from Claridge's can be carried through to your other bridal choices; a red carpet glam gown is a must... my gown Sicily (pictured) is an Oscars-style gown and would look perfect matched with a Marabou fur jacket or wrap, ideal to keep you cosy but chic in the winter. Accessories just have to be sparkly and fabulous, a vintage-style side hairband would be amazing. One of my favourite accessories designers is Flo and Percy, they make beautiful pieces that compliment my gowns, see the collection at www.floandpercy.com.

I am very excited as I have had lots of Charlotte Balbier brides get married over the past few weeks in the snow and I am now eagerly awaiting their pictures. Last year was the same: one couple Roo and Damien tied the knot on December 21st and Roo looked like a snow queen in her Charlotte Balbier 'Pixie' gown.

To all my brides who are set to marry over the next few weeks, have a wonderful winter wonderland wedding!

Much love,

Charlotte xxx

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