The Summer Wedding Guide.

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As Jason and I are getting older, both the quantity and frequency of wedding invites that land on our doormat (and are delivered straight to our hands by Teddy, the ever-eager postman’s assistant), is without shadow of a doubt on a serious incline. It seems that every time we blink, another of our friends or family members are announcing engagements and setting wedding dates, and it’s such a thrill! And hey, we’re contributing to the trend ourselves!

Whilst my own outfit for that Big Day in July is pretty much set in stone (bar the endless last minute panics about hair styles and accessories I’ve been having…), I always think that the task of dressing for a wedding as a guest is a tricky one. You’ve got to contend with the ‘no white/cream’ rule, and the fear of accidentally showing up a dress that looks like you’ve come as a bonus bridesmaid. You need shoes that’ll carry you through the whole day blister-free, and that’ll stand up to at least 4 hours of shimmying on the dance floor. You’ve got to try to match the tone and feel of the day (will it be super formal, or a relaxed affair?) without looking like you’ve tried too hard. It’s a minefield!

And so, to help navigate this etiquette-laden minefield, this summer I’ve teamed up with Anthropologie to assemble not only the perfect summer wedding ensemble (or at least, I think it’s pretty perfect anyway!), but a charming and personal gift for the happy Mr & Mrs too!

Hold onto your fascinators friends, because we’re going Off Registry… ;)
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T H E   O U T F I T

If you ask me, the most failsafe choice for a summer wedding is a patterned maxi.

In opting for a patterned dress, your chances of committing the Oops I Look Like A Bridesmaid faux-pas (can you tell I have a mega paranoia about that?) are reduced to 0.01%- trust me, I’ve done the maths. And a full length gown will look glamorous and elegant and all those other wonderful things, *but*, it’s also comfortable and effortlessly bohemian AND you don’t have to wax/shave/tan your legs! A no brainer, right? This beautiful one is soft as can be (it’s made from jersey), and just begs to be danced in.

For the extras (shoes, accessories, you know the drill), I say go timeless and versatile.

A chunky heeled sandal is, as every woman knows, just about the comfiest high heeled shoe imaginable, and these ones are so heavenly I’m debating whether or not to do away with the inevitably painful ivory stilettos I’ve got lined up as my wedding day shoes, and to just wear these instead! ;) They’re the sort of shoe that’ll pair with any dress imaginable, and for those among you who, like me, obsess over a new pair of shoes and like to wear them as often as is humanly possible, they also work just as nicely with jeans as they do with dresses.

What I’m wearing ::
Dress - Nova maxi
Shoes - Talena heels
Bracelet- Gilded Paths cuff
Clutch - Rosie Raffia

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T H E   G I F T

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I remember my Grandma telling me years and years ago about the old fashioned concept of a ‘bottom drawer’. It was, so I learnt, a little set of crockery and linens and all sorts of other homewares that a young couple would collect together and save, ready for when they could afford to move into their own house and set up home together. I thought that that concept, of a little collection of gathered pieces with which to furnish your first home, was such a charming and sweet one that it captured my heart and has stuck with me ever since.

This little wedding gift box is a nod to that sweet ‘bottom drawer’ tradition of gathering. Instead of the usual registry selection or vouchers, I propose picking out some lovely activity for the couple to do together, and putting together a gift box filled with items around the theme. Perhaps pizza making (think pizza stones for creating crispy bases, basil plants, and a wooden serving board) or a cocktail kit (shakers, martini glasses, muddlers, and a bottle of the couple’s favourite spirit)?

For this one, I’ve gathered up all you’d need for a beautiful and lazy weekend morning breakfast in bed- sweet blue-edged glasses to sip fresh juice from, cups as big as side plates to hold froth-topped coffees, beautiful handmade bowls (perfect for granola or oats or for catching the syrup running off a stack of pancakes) and even love-themed porcelain spoons to eat it all with. And, to round out the set, candy striped napkins (for colour and also to act as bed linen protectors…), and a sweetly scented something to brighten up the morning.

Charming, unusual, and oh so personal.

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Summer wedding season? We’re ready for you.

* This post was created in collaboration with Anthropologie. *

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  • http://www.catherinesprunt.com catherinesprunt

    Such a lovely post. I love the idea of a ‘bottom drawer’ – I was collecting bits and pieces for my first flat years before I ever moved out. And the pictures of you in that dress are just beautiful!

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks so much lovely! Isn’t it just the sweetest tradition? <3

  • http://www.shiftingtales.com/ Patti Blue

    Great post! I really love the dress and it looks gorgeous on you! I also love the idea of the gift as I don’t really like unpersonal gifts. It’s much nicer to think a bit about the people you are giving the gift and asking yourself what they would like! This is so much more worth than a fancy expensive gift :)
    Patti
    http://www.pattiblue.blogspot.com

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      I love personal gifts too- part of the fun for sure! x

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    You look gorgeous in these photos, Rosie! x

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      <3 Thanks my lovely! x

  • http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk/ Little Miss Katy

    This is beeeyoooootiful Rosie! Love the maxi dress and I ADORE the idea of the little present box. Such a sweet, personal idea and so simple to put together :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks lovely Katy! So glad you like the idea- I kind of love it, I have to admit ;) x

  • http://www.alittlelusciousness.com/ rosie alittlelusciousness

    LOVE this dress, it looks amazing on you! For my brother’s wedding I did them a sort of bottom drawer, but for their honeymoon – so mini board games, mr and mrs flip flops (that left mr and mrs on their footsteps in the sand), robes, cigarettes (!!), travel wallets and a nice bag for it all go to in :)
    Rosie xx

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Oh that’s such a fun idea! xx

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    That’s such a great wedding gift idea! It’s so easy to dress up a maxi and they’re super comfy. Alas, I’m still trying to find one that looks good on me. I’ve been searching for a couple summers now, hopefully this one will be it! haha

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • http://honeyandricotta.blogspot.com/ Hannah Hoskins

    You look BEAUTIFUL. Stunning. I hope everyone coming to my wedding in 4 weeks (eeeeeek!) dresses as amazingly as this! x

  • http://lettersfromjuliet.com Juliet Margerison

    Totally gorgeous photos and choices! Anthropologie is such a treasure trove – never thought of looking there for a wedding gift but certainly will now. xx

  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    Gorgeous! Our wedding invites are starting to go on an upwards spike…. scary!! We are heading to one in a few weeks and I’m actually going to be making my dress to wear – such a novelty! x

  • http://www.ameldi.com Amy Eleanor | Ameldi

    That dress is beautiful and your photos are so lovely with such great light! I love the bottom drawer idea, it’s so sweet and thoughtful! A pizza theme sounds fun, i’ll definitely have to keep that in mind. x

    http://www.ameldi.com

  • http://www.pipsattic.co.uk/ jesspipsattic

    Beautiful dress and practical which I love! (i’m a fancy flats sort of girl) I love the “bottom draw” present that’s brilliant, I love making little hamper gifts and this is just so cute with a great little story x

    http://www.pipsattic.co.uk/

  • https://nevertooexperienced.wordpress.com/ Louisa

    I love the maxi dress you’re wearing and I completely agree – you can’t go wrong with a pattered maxi!…so long as it’s the right length for your shoes that is : )

    Such amazing gift ideas too!

  • http://pollyrowan.com/ Polly Rowan

    You are such a beauty! And I love that bottom drawer as a gift idea x

  • http://ofgoldenroses.blogspot.com/ Sara Rose

    I am in love with those shoes!!! And maxi dresses are the best in the summer time!

  • http://www.littleappletree.co.uk/ Angela @ Little Apple Tree

    Wear the ivory shoes for the ceremony & official photos, then change into the sandals after for the partying. Sorted :)

  • Hilary

    That is an amazing gift idea! I love love love it! :D

  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    Amazing photos Rosie, you look beautiful!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    These photos are beautiful, and that is a perfect wedding dress that you could wear again and again!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • http://www.allthingsbeautiful-x.blogpsot.com/ Jessie Lewis

    This dress is gorgeous and I absolutely love the photos. So pretty and bright! You have a fabulous figure too. xxx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • https://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk woodenwindowsills

    I LOVE the idea of the breakfast in bed tray and goodies, I might even replicate it for one of my best friend’s weddings in September! Beautiful dress too, can’t go wrong with Anthropologie! Alice xx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • https://cobblestonesandcrumpets.wordpress.com/ Freya

    Love this post! Everything in Anthropologie is wonderful… I am always compelled in every time I walk past it in the street! xx
    https://cobblestonesandcrumpets.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.annanuttall.com Anna

    Hi Rosie, you look lovely in the dress and i love the photos. I hope you have a lovely week. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com/

  • http://www.dentonandlou.com/ Denton & Lou

    And that my friends… is the most PERFECT portrait light!

    Megan || Oh Hey! blog

  • http://Www.supernaturallyhealthy.org/ Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    I agree with you on maxi dress front – I also love a good jump suit for comfy wedding that is what I am donning this wedding season!

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    You look very elegant in the maxi dress. Thank you for the tips of fashion in the wedding.I always try to wear clothes so that people will not mistake me as the bridesmaids.

  • Lizzie Woodman

    I love your outfit and what a beautiful idea for a present! My sister made us up a beautiful hamper to take on our honeymoon – full of wonderful homemade deliciousness. It was perfect.

  • http://www.relokate.eu/ Kate Jordan

    These photos are stunning and that’s the perfect wedding dress!

  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    Gorgeous gorgeous dress!

    Rosie

    x

    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

    Thank you so much Martha, so glad you like it! <3 x

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