With over 50 years of bridal expertise in the family, Charlotte comes from a bridal fashion house, which isn’t afraid to go against the grain. Launched in 2003 the Charlotte Balbier brand has continued to grow and evolve; taking the bridal fashion industry in a brand new direction. Charlotte took time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions we have been eager to find out.
5 Star Weddings: Describe a Charlotte Balbier Bride?
Charlotte Balbier: A Charlotte Balbier bride is a bride of the next generation she is confident in her own style and a free spirit who knows her mind and what she wants. Assured in her fashion choices and everyday look a Charlotte Balbier bride will dare to be different with her choice of wedding and wedding day style.
5 Star Weddings: How do you make your signature gorgeous fabrics?
Charlotte Balbier: I work hard to always use the finest fabrics and make sure I do my research on what is out that there is both new and fresh and classic and elegant. I adore lace, and French and Italian laces have long since been a favorite of mine to work with.
5 Star Weddings: What do you think attracts brides to come to your collection?
Charlotte Balbier: All my brides comment on how unlike anything else the brand and collections are which is always lovely to hear as my aim always has been to keep the brand fresh and exciting for brides to be. Many brides email me with the same dilemma… what Charlotte Balbier gown do they pick as they often love more than one.
5 Star Weddings: What inspired you for the new collection?
Charlotte Balbier: Welcoming my 10th anniversary as a British bridal designer this year my latest collection embodies a celebration of style and grace that has been the key to the brands success since launching in 2003. Now 10 years on and exclusively stocked in 40 boutiques nationwide, the label is set to embark on a fresh and exciting journey with the new direction proving that to innovate and lead by example are always top of the priority list for me and the team behind me.
5 Star Weddings: What is your favorite dress from the new collection?
Charlotte Balbier: So hard to pick just one as they are all so lovely, I have a special place in my heart for ‘Rose’ though. This gown is the ultimate in femininity, a real dreamy wedding gown.
5 Star Weddings: What would be your top tip for planning your wedding?
Charlotte Balbier: As a bride to be myself (Set to say ‘I do’ later this year) my top tip is be super organised, the more organised you are the less stressed you will be.
5 Star Weddings: In your opinion what makes a 5 Star Wedding?
Charlotte Balbier: Having your wedding your way. So many couples are influenced by what they think they should have or should do. Prioritise a list and then divide your budget in order of priority. For example my main priorities were a photographer, flowers and of course the dress. But for another couple it could be food, entertainment and cars, every couple is different and that’s what makes every single wedding so exciting because they are unique.
I would rather use my budget on what I want and not what people expect you to have, for me cars are not a priority so I am only using a small part of our budget on these but I have blown the budget on amazing flowers and I can’t wait!