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The Wedding Industry Insider: Can the bride ever be upstaged?

04 Jul 2017

When it’s the bride’s turn to steal the spotlight, should guests carefully consider their outfit choices? Digital editor, Sarah George, ponders the question

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When pictures of Lionel Messi’s wedding to childhood sweetheart, Antonella Roccuzzo, started to surface, it wasn’t just the beautiful bride that everyone was talking about; Lionel Messi’s mum also took the limelight… and for all the wrong reasons. The mother of the groom, Celia Cuccittini, was accused of choosing an ‘almost identical’ dress to the bride, committing the cardinal sin of wearing white and looking undeniably stunning while doing so. Yes, the dress was a tad bridal, but what floor-length designer dress with exquisite embroidery and beading isn’t?

Gone are the stringent traditions of a conventional wedding; wearing white is no longer considered a fashion faux pas and unless a specific dress code is stated, the mother of the bride or groom should reserve the right to wear whatever she likes on the big day. And as for upstaging the bride, Antonella Roccuzzo can rest easy… an almost-white dress did little to avert the attention away from her, looking the vision of beauty in her Rosa Clará gown. Reassurance for brides around the world that no matter what attention-grabbing guests you invite, there’s no denying that every bride will always take centre stage on her big day. Congratulations to the happy couple, Lionel and Antonella.

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From celebrity gossip to industry news, the past fortnight has seen an influx of brand announcements. Alie Street has launched a new bridal collection, WED2B has opened a new store in Wednesbury, Holmes Mill in Lancashire celebrated its first WedFest, and Cambray Jewellers in Wiltshire has revealed details of the studio’s new wedding ring workshops.

Travelsupermarket has also introduced a new concept to the industry – the micro-moon, which entails a 24-hour post-wedding celebration of pure luxury. To mark the launch, Travelsupermarket is looking for couples to road-test the concept for free; see the launch story for details. Yet, if 24 hours is just not enough and a far-flung destination which promises the prospect of a once-in-a-lifetime trip is more your style, then take a look at the latest honeymoon articles added to the website. From Madagascar to Tuscany, there is a whole host of expert tips and advice in our Honeymoons section here.

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Destination weddings also continue to grow in popularity as British couples yearn to quit the rat race and depart the UK for an unforgettable wedding day in an extra special part of the world. Whether you have set your sights on a location already or are just looking for inspiration, take a look at Bride’s Weddings Abroad section which features helpful guides to the most picture-perfect places – including Santorini, the Caribbean and Las Vegas. And don’t forget to thoroughly assess whether a destination wedding is right for you, as well as checking the country’s legal requirements, before signing on the dotted line. After all, your wedding day should be everything you ever dreamed of and more – not a disaster waiting to happen. 

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