Tribute Acts

We’ve all been to one of those weddings. Uncle Ian is dosed up on Stella, waving around on the dancefloor to the tune of Agadoo courtesy of DJ Disco Dave whilst the little cousins play hide and seek underneath the tables. If this isn’t really your ideal way to see in married life, a tribute band could be what you’re looking for.

I know, I know! The very word “tribute” can send shivers running down your spine, but they can be a lot of fun in the right environment.

For an older theme, try hiring a good old fashioned brass band. Most large towns have their very own band so they are relatively easy to get hold of and can add a great atmosphere to the celebrations.

For something a little more Golden Era, how about a classic Big Band? This can span a number of decades, from the 30s up to the 50s. State 51 Sound have a track list consisting of everyone from Benny Goodman to Frank Sinatra so you can mix and match for your perfect wedding soundtrack.

Looking for something a bit more modern? Try a tribute to those most famous of Scousers, The Beatles. The brilliantly named Cheatles have a fabulous reputation and would bring an upbeat mood to your big day.

Finally, we’ve approached the 70s. Maybe not music’s classiest era but, let’s face it, a whole lot of fun! Abba, Bee Gees, T Rex…  there are so many bands to choose from, no matter your personal taste. Or why not surprise everyone and go for the Village Boyz– your guests won’t be expecting it, that’s for sure!

1950s Designer Dresses

Yesterday we looked at 1950s style budget dresses. Of course if you have a larger budget, a designer dress may be worth splashing out on: It’s made to fit you perfectly and you can be sure that your guests won’t turn up in the same style! If there is one day to splash out on a single dress, it’s your wedding dress.

Top of my list is this achingly beautiful Justin Alexander dress (style 8465). Very similar to an Elie Saab dress recently worn on the red carpet by redheaded goddess Marcia Cross, the tulle skirt has hints of fairytale romance but in a much more practical tea length- ideal for showing off lovely shoes.

As for historical accuracy, it’s almost exactly the same as my Grandma’s 1955 wedding dress. Beautiful and accurate- you can’t get more perfect than that, can you?

Well, this dress is priced at £975. Pricey, yes, but an absolute steal for designer!

If you fancy something more princessy, have a look at this amazing Novia D’Art dress, named Velazquez.

With an incredibly full skirt and delicate lacy sleeves, this is guaranteed to give you that grand entrance. The long sleeves make it perfect for chilly Autumn weddings.

If this dress is tugging at your heart strings, be warned- it’s a whopping £4800!

Of course, the 1950s weren’t all tulle and tea length. If your style is more slinky Marilyn than girly Audrey, this Stephanie Allin dress will be just perfect.

Named Anoushka, it is perfect for accentuating those hourglass curves and the mermaid-style skirt is uber flattering.

For a touch of drama, check out the oversized bow. Available in white for a subtle effect or this black style for full monochrome dramatics. Sensational.