Top picks for 2017

We investigate what will be hot in the new year with a close look at the companies that are set to shine

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Be Wedding Wise

Be Wedding Wise

Officially launched in May 2016, Be Wedding Wise has been in the making since 2012 when the founders were planning their own wedding and realised that, while there was an abundance of resources for sourcing suppliers, there was nowhere to read trusted reviews to endorse their services.  As the UK’s first ever reviews based wedding directory where having verified reviews is mandatory, Be Wedding Wise hopes to give engaged couples confidence when searching for suppliers and wants to promote excellence within the industry. The company welcomes all UK-based wedding suppliers - and requires two client reviews to be submitted during the first 30 days of their membership. Once those first two reviews have been verified, they will receive their membership badge to display with pride on their website.  From then on, further reviews are randomly spot checked for authenticity. Be Wedding Wise are currently offering those who sign up a 12-month subscription completely free. The offer is valid on all new sign ups made until the end of this year.

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Cizzy

Cizzy Bridal

Cizzy Bridal launched in Australia in 2009 and since then the label’s popularity has spread throughout the country, becoming one of the largest and most recognised bridal suppliers in Australia. Cizzy Bridal is devoted to creating timeless elegant gowns that combine traditional style with classic silhouettes and contemporary details. The company’s three brands - Cizzy Bridal, White April Bridal and Zavana Bridal - have all been introduced to the UK market, and were shown at this year’s Harrogate Bridal Show to great response. Cizzy Bridal focuses on classic and romantic brides, White April Bridal targets those looking for bohemian styles, and Zavana Bridal is perfect for fashion-forward women. While each collection’s signature style differs, what they all have in common is outstanding structure and quality, and gowns that are luxurious, flattering and detailed. Favourites from the collection, and the styles that are sure to be best sellers well into the new year, are soft fit-and-flare Cizzy Bridal gown CZ2286, feminine and beautifully beaded White April style WA2318, and gorgeously modern Zavana Bridal ZB119 with its gently plunging neckline and beaded embellishment. Retail prices for the labels start at £615, and with dresses up to £1,300, this company offers brides choice and affordable luxury. With more than 80 stockists overseas, Cizzy Bridal is now taking the UK by storm, and is looking to grow significantly within the country in the next year.

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Karishma

Karishma Creations

For several years, Envious Couture by Karishma Creations has been combining traditional designs with imaginative and creative modern appeal. Consistently introducing fresh new looks, this is a line filled with elaborate beadwork, exquisite designs, and on-trend fabrics and silhouettes. Similarly, Adagio Bridal offers brides a plethora of choice at a great price point - the bestselling style this year was the gorgeous 9252, which incorporates new fishnet lace with beautiful back detailing for a sophisticated and elegant look. When it comes to quality, original design and affordable pricing, Karishma Creations comes out on top, and the company prides itself on its customer service and satisfaction. The company currently has around 60 stockists in the UK and Ireland, and 29 overseas, and is looking to expand its offering. The exquisite designs will be available to view at The Harrogate Bridal Show 2017.

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LQ

LQ Designs

Established in 2005, LQ Designs has become a recognised brand worldwide, and is known for creating dresses that are stylish, romantic and affordable. These sumptuous bridal and evening gowns are made from the highest quality silk chiffon, satin, taffeta, tulle and lace, and embellished with exquisite beads, diamante, sequins and soft padded buttons for a truly luxurious wearing experience. As both designer and manufacturer, this company has direct control over its factory so all gowns can be completely customised to meet the needs of its clients. As well as this, the brand can regulate its prices, resulting in affordable elegance without a compromise on quality or service. The 2017 collection from LQ Designs features 60 gorgeous bridal gowns and 80 evening styles. The bestselling style, 1600348, is a stunning sweetheart gown with an off-the-shoulder three quarter sleeve. This flattering and fitted, lace style has a basque waistline and heart-shape illusion tulle back featuring a zip closure and decorative covered buttons. The company is confident in its new styles and is planning visits to existing clients who were unable to attend The Harrogate Bridal Show to present them with the 2017 line - as well as this, LQ Designs are encouraging new clients to contact them to arrange a visit, too. The team will also be at The London Bridal Show in March.

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Pongees

Pongees

Pongees has been supplying fine silks since 1931 and is always a top choice in the UK, Ireland and increasingly overseas. The origins of the present day Pongees Ltd lie in Switzerland, a country that has historical connections with silk trading in China. The company’s original range consisted mainly of greige fabric for the silk printing industry; today, its collection has grown to include a wide range of plain dyed, embroidered and jacquard fabrics to meet the demands of the bridal, fashion and lingerie sectors. Working closely with an international range of designers and manufacturers, this is a supplier that has a perfect understanding of currents trends and combines only the very best luxury silks with unrivalled customer service. Pongees has a fine reputation for quality product and provides its extensive and diverse range of customers with exceptional fabrics, on-time delivery and competitive prices, with minimum orders as low as 1 metre. Next day delivery is available, either direct to a customer’s premises, or for collection from its Shoreditch, London, showroom.

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Victoria Kay

Victoria Kay

Established in 2006 by husband and wife team Khalid and Lisa Al-Amoodi, Victoria Kay is a family run business with a determination to offer outstanding service. Victoria Kay presents beautiful designer bridal gowns at affordable prices with a choice of styles for all its brides. Key features include gorgeous low backs, illusion necklines and beaded fishtails - and these stunning designs are available in a range of fabrics including luxury tulle, lace, satin and chiffon. The label’s high quality offering, modern gowns and desirable price points, set it apart from competition. The company currently has 150 stockists in the UK and 10 overseas and is looking to expand its offering. Alongside Victoria Kay, the company also has three other lines - White Collection, Blush and Ella - and is looking for new stockists within these ranges.

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