• Bridal Musings Gets A Chic New Make Over

    Why hello there,

    May I present Bridal Musings shiny new look…

     

    I’m over the moon to be able to finally share it with you all because I love it!

    No, scrap that, I’m pulling out the capitals. I LOVE IT.

    For the last year or so I’ve felt that my pink, lace topped blog design didn’t reflect my own personal aesthetic or the look and ‘feel’ I’ve created here on Bridal Musings.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love blush pink and always will (note the subtle pink touches pretty much everywhere on the new design) and the design was a great fit, two years ago, when I first started Bridal Musings.

    But, like people, blogs grow and change and it was time to move on.

    A CHIC NEW BLOG DESIGN

    My goal for the new design was to be clean, chic, modern and a little playful. What do reckon? Goal reached?

    Every last detail has been lovingly designed with you guys in mind. I drew on the feedback lots of you shared in my reader survey last year.

    The feedback about the actual layout of the blog was extremely positive so I didn’t want to change it too much. (If it ain’t broke and all that.)

    I also thought about the things I value when I visit my favourite blogs and websites.

    It’s taken 7 long months to get to this point.

    Mainly because I am such a perfectionist and had to get involved with the design and development every little step of the way.

    Which brings me to the two talented (and incredibly patient) ladies who made this happen:

    Tabitha Emma, an Australian based illustrator and designer and Zoe Rooney, developer extraordinairre. They rock! I’m ever grateful to them for putting up with my indecisive ways and stupidly long, detailed emails. (Yes, I was that girl.)

    Thanks also to the brides, grooms, photographers, vendors, and film makers who have been so supportive and understanding as I’ve had to push their publication dates back due to working on this.

    Thanks also to my mum who helped to pay for this redesign as part of my birthday present. She is my very own Bridal Musings cheerleader!

    While Zee has gone above and beyond the call of husbandly duties throughout the process, answering seemingly inane questions such as ‘Should this be aligned a fraction more to the left?’ and many, many, many more.

    Ok, before this turns into an Oscars speech, let’s take a little look around the new digs, shall we?

    Navigation

    - Real Weddings are the heart and soul of Bridal Musings so of course they take pride of place on the home page (with the 3 latest real weddings at the top) and on the navigation bar.

    - Streamlined categories along the top bar: Real Weddings, Inspiration, Planning, DIY, Beauty and Style.

    (There are exciting things to come from regular contributors in the planning and inspiration category so watch this space!)

    - All the info pages are at the top right, if you’re looking to find out more about Bridal Musings, submit something, advertise or get in touch.

    - Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll find lots of helpful links in the footer too.


    – I’ve also included a ‘scroll to the top’ button to get you back to the top of the blog in a jiffy!

    New Features

    I’m truly thankful to the talented photographers and film makers who have been kind enough to share their work here.

    They have played a huge part in the success of Bridal Musings.

    So for me, I felt it was important to make sure I showcase their work as best I could.

    Hence the clean white space and focus on all the beautiful imagery.

    Plus the awesome new addition of photo and film galleries for you to browse through at your leisure.

    My favourite parts. Woo-hoo!

    Photo Gallery

    Browse through hundreds of the loveliest, most inspirational and creative photos on Bridal Musings in the photo gallery.

    - Use the drop down menu on each gallery page to browse the different galleries or go back to the gallery page.

    - Click through photos easily by using the up, down, right and left arrows on your keyboard (or click the arrows on the screen).

    - Share individual images on Facebook, tweet about them or pin them to your pretty Pinterest boards.

    - The best thing about the photo gallery? There is a link to the original post so you can go find more loveliness where each image came from!

    - Dasha Caffrey Photography kindly shared her photos for the photo gallery and the real weddings pages. Don’t they look gorgeous?

    Film Gallery

    Wedding films have always had a special place here on Bridal Musings but this gallery is something special.

    - Search by location, style of film, style of wedding (rustic / vintage etc.) and so much more.

    - Take a browse through my personal favourites as well as looking through the work of talented film makers highly recommended by yours truly.

    - The photos for the Film Gallery page were provided by Studio 1208 – a talented husband and wife photography and cinematography team!

    I really hope you guys find theses galleries useful and inspirational throughout your wedding planning / browsing pretty things time.

    (Yes, it’s a thing.)

    It’s Not All Roses and Unicorns.

    Right, let’s be serious for a minute.

    A big change like this means that there’s bound to be bugs which will take a little time to fix.

    So, as a heads up, things may look a little funny around here for a few days.

    Images need to be resized, some may even be missing and it’ll take quite a while for all the photos and films to be imported into the galleries.

    But I just couldn’t wait any longer to reveal my new favourite place on the internet. (Perhaps it might turn into yours too?!)

    So please explore and have a play with the fancy new features and let me know how you get on.

    As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    Elizabeth  xx

    ps. As some of you might be aware I had a pretty rocky start to the year and feel like I’ve been playing catch up ever since. With the redesign on top of all that, I wasn’t able to dedicate as much time as I’d like to blogging.

    Thank you for your patience and your support throughout this difficult and busy time.

    But I must say, this fabulous new blog design has certainly helped me to get my blogging mojo back and I can’t wait to share all the awesomeness that I’ve got in store for you over the coming weeks and months! It’s going to be Epic.

  • http://www.zee.me/ Zee.

    beautiful!

    • bridalmusings

      You’re such a charmer. Thank you for all your support, habibi x

  • Bree [capitol romance]

    it looks FAB! love it! congrats Elizabeth!!

  • bridalmusings

    Thanks Bree, I’m so glad you like it!!!

  • Ciara

    Wow, looks great Elizabeth! Fresh and simple, I love it!

    • bridalmusings

      Thank you, fresh and simple are music to my ears – exactly what I was going for :)

  • Kat Hill

    Super gorgeous Elizabeth!! You’ve done such a brilliant job – love the new look! xxx

    • bridalmusings

      Yay! Thanks Kat xx

  • http://fabyoubliss.com/ Stephanie (Fab You Bliss)

    Beautiful…as I said on FB my friend! Many, many congratulations!!!

    • bridalmusings

      Stephanie, you are awesome. Thank you!!

  • http://twitter.com/BelleChicBlog Belle & Chic

    I love it, Elizabeth. Clean, modern but still romantic (love Tabitha’s work). 
    Looking forward to all the “epicness” to come ;-). 

    • bridalmusings

      Thank you very much, that means so much. I’ve always admired your blog design too :) xx

  • http://www.lemagnifiqueblog.com/ Damaris Mia @ Le Magnifique

    It’s absolutely beautiful!! Congrats friend!

    • bridalmusings

      Thank you Damaris, so glad you like it xx

  • http://twitter.com/southboundbride Gaby F.

    It looks beautiful! Congrats on this new (and fabulous) chapter for Bridal Musings, lovely! xx

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks so much Gaby! Yes I’m totally seeing it as a new chapter :) xx

  • Louise | b.loved

    Absolutely & perfectly you!! So pretty & romantic! Congratulations on the new look :) xo

    • bridalmusings

      Thank you so much, Louise. I’m so glad you think so! :) xx

  • http://everylastdetailblog.com Lauren @ Every Last Detail

    Love love love it!!!!! 

    • bridalmusings

      Yay! Thanks Lauren :)

  • Brancoprata

    Congratulations on the new design!!! Your happy place looks even more happier!! 

  • http://twitter.com/BurnettsBoards Sara

    CONGRATS! It’s absolutely gorgeous. I love it!

  • Natasha Jane

    Yay!!!! New and even more beautiful Bridal Musings!
    Elizabeth, your blog is looking fabulous, congratulations XxX

  • Claire Eliza

    So pretty Elizabeth!! Love the film gallery! Bravo! xoxo

  • Elisabetta

    Elizabeth, the redesign is SO beautiful!! Love love love the fresh and modern feel Bridal Musing now has! Congratulations! 

  • Amie

    IT’S SO PRETTY!!!!!

  • Ranli

    Really chic and fun new site!! So many of my friends have been on your page and have been ever grateful for your methodical organisation of everything and anything a bride or groom could possibly desire! So much love xxx

  • Studio1208

    IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!  Well done Elizabeth!!  Huge congratulations – so fresh and chic! xxxx

  • Phoebe

    How lovely – you have refreshed but managed to keep your unique style and charm!

  • http://www.imaginaledesign.com/ Ale – Imaginale Design

    Ahh!! Absolutely beautiful and 100% you. AMAZING job by you and your designers for bringing this vision to life. I love your Films section!! Obviously an area close to my heart :)

  • http://www.andreekehn.com/ Andree

    Oh Congratulations!! I love the look!

  • http://www.preciouslyme.com/ Preciously Me

    Love the “new” Bridal Musings!!!
    So fresh and clean …
    Very beautiful ♥
    Congratulations!

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  • http://www.dominiquebader.com/ Dominique

    The new site looks amazing. I love the feel of it! Hope you’re well :) xx

  • http://piteiraphotography.com/ Kerry

    Elizabeth, I love it!! Well done on all the hard work, the blog looks amazing! xxx

  • Andri Benson

    Well done on the new look it’s absolutely fabulous, can’t wait to have a good snoop around all the new galleries & features. Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/borrowedandbleu Borrowed & Bleu

    It looks fabulous!

  • heatherbquinn

    I love the new look – so modern!

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