Well, if Jenny Packham wedding dresses needed another publicity boost they certainly got one last weekend when Kim Sears donned a bespoke, vintage-style Jenny Packham gown for her wedding to Andy Murray. It may have divided Twitter opinion, but fashion critics were impressed. Apparently it was similar to the Daphne and the Billie from Jenny’s autumn/winter 2014 collection (although neither has the sleeves) and that plunging V neckline is set to emerge as a trend for brides this year.
Collette chose Jenny Packham for her Thornton Manor wedding, and you can see the same neckline and glamorous touches to the waist and shoulders. A low back and sweeping skirt are typical of this designer, and lend themselves to hair updos and long veils.
Certainly if you are looking for vintage with relaxed glamour Jenny Packham dresses don’t disappoint, drawing inspiration from the elegant eras of the twenties and thirties. The new 2016 collection is due to be unveiled on Friday – are we set to see more styles with sleeves?
But if you are in the process of choosing your dress, beware getting caught up in the trend of the moment. Far more important is your personal style, and what flatters you most. Does your dress make you feel beautiful, confident and comfortable? Can you dance in it? Even more importantly can you sit down, eat and drink?! Does it make you feel self-conscious at all or does it make you feel like a better version of yourself?
The best bridal salons will be able to advise you, and may even have ideas you wouldn’t have thought of. Stephanie’s dress for her Bartle Hall wedding was not a style she would have considered had the salon not suggested it, but as soon as she put it on she knew she had found “the one”.
Enjoy the photos of Collette’s Jenny Packham dress – and let us know in the comments what you thought of Kim Sears’ wedding gown!