Such an exciting blog post to share 😀
I didn’t stay around high school long enough to attend my prom so attending my graduation ball was a big deal to me 🙂
The graduation ball was held at The Balmoral hotel, Edinburgh on the 29th June 7pm-12am. The venue space is chic and landmarks the Victorian property.
All graduates were to be at the reception area for 7 pm for reception drinks. It was great seeing everyone so beautiful and dressed up! Everyone looked great! We were told prior to the Grad Ball the seating plan and our table number. The £50 per head ticket price included a 3 course meal, drink on arrival and my favourite part – Blushbooth!! I even over heard one of my classmates say ‘I need this at my wedding‘.
Dinner provided by The Balmoral Hotel was beautiful! Especially the classic Creme Brulee! YUM! Love a desert! I was initially excited to see a dance floor and DJ but was pretty disappointing as the DJ didn’t really have a consistent concept to his playlist. During the meal there was not any music playing even though the DJ was set up and ready. The music didn’t come on till after dinner which created a dull atmosphere. One thing I learnt in my Events Module in Practising events management is atmosphere is one of the key aspects that need to be concentrated on during events.
We got invited along to Opal lounge, Edinburgh once the ball had finished. #Lookbook The lead up to Graduation Ball I changed my mind on my outfit 3/4 times! I had prepared 5 graduation outfits as I wasn’t sure what theme I wanted to go with.
I ended up going with this beautiful Virgos Lounge Goddess Dress from Asos. Size 6 and the fitted like a glove!
I asked my friend Saleema Ali one of Scotland’s most recognised Asian Make up artist todo my hair and make-up (Charity Week 2013). Saleema received such an amazing response on her facebook and Instagram (Please find and follow her work).
http://instagram.com/p/p1pJ8cJgv0/ I’m glad Saleema done my make-up!! As my feedback suggests, she was so professional and definitely fulfilled the clients brief! Anyone that knows me I have slight OCD so I’m happy to say I felt her brushes and techniques where hygienic enough to use on my face 🙂 Even as my friend she never got distracted by our conversation! My look was flawless and the glitter smokey eye make up effect worked brilliantly with my look! Thank you so much Saleema! You make up magician!
I painted my nails with Crabtree&Evelyn red (which I got from the #crabtreehandtips bloggers exclusive event. The style I had in my mind was a East meets West lookbook. I accessories with traditional Asian/Bollywood jewels (what are big sisters for 😉 Shareen and Hucy). I wore my new nude stappy heals which was mentioned on the VIP Filling station Relaunch event. I loved all the dresses at the ball so I chosen a selected few that stood out and thought I’d share it with my lovely readers 😀
I had a good time at the Graduation ball! Loved the venue! My dress was navy blue with straps and detail over the straps and crossing under the chest area. Couldn’t tell you where it’s from haha!! Chloe Ross
I had a good time but think it may have been a little pricey. My dress was from Jenners, designer JS Boutique. I chose it for being classic good to accessories with and the detailed shoulders and back. Good luck and I’m flattered by the attention hope all is well – Katie Red Lyne
Sexy, Black and Lace!! so sexy Katie!!
Yeah it was great fun which was made by the people who also attended!! My dress is by Pia Michi 🙂 Chloe carswell
This picture doesn’t justify how show stopping this dress is!! so beautiful and looks so expensive! Love love love Chloe!
I really enjoyed it, due to the fact we got to see everyone again! Was a good social gathering I was wearing a mustard yellow embellished dress from Virgos lounge, which had a low cut back detail and leg split up the side ! Holly Wilson
The musky yellow really complimented her tone and hair colour 😉 Holly! you wore it so elegantly!
Had such a good time at the ball because it gave you a chance to catch up with everyone and to celebrate the 4 years of hard work! Allowed everyone to let their hair down and enjoy themselves with no stress I was also wearing a cream maxi length dress from Virgos lounge with embellished shoulders (clearly the best brand) Claire Pearson
Me, Holly and Claire love a Virgos dress 😉 Claire wore this floor length dress so beautifully! looked like a goddess! I was actually looking at this dress on-line before it went out of stock! 100% approve!
I enjoyed the night, it was good to see everyone, especially those who we have been through 3/4 tough years of university with, and it was probably the last time we will see most of them, which is kind of sad. Definitely a good way to celebrate. However, I was disappointed in the venue, especially the service considering how much we were paying for it!:-) Amy Philips
So proud of Amy one of the other petite members from Olymphusion for receiving a First class honours degree, She worked so hard for her results! every time I was at university I’d see Amy working away
You’re emerald green dress really complimented your eyes and I loved the Frozen inspired hair!
Very classy amy 😉
I loved my strapless full length dress from Lipsy. The diamond detailing meant that I didn’t need to over accessories. I paired the dress with silver, lace detailed shoes and a silver beaded bag. I did my own hair and make up, picking the out the navy and silver from my outfit in my eye make-up and having my hair cascading over one shoulder as the dress was strapless. I had a good night but felt that for the service we received £50 a ticker was a little expensive. Due to high bar prices at the Balmoral we could not enjoy the evening as freely as we could have in a more reasonably priced venue. I think for a student event, the venue was too expensive but I do feel that the team of students that organised the night did excellently with the little time that they had Kirstie Fordyce
I love how Kirstie done her hair and Make-up! Really loved the dress on you! so sexy with the Angelina leg split 😉 I don’t think I could of survived University if it wasn’t for Kirstie motivating and pushing me to hand in my submissions!
Loved the pastel tone on Tamara!! I loved Tamara’s leadership skills- she managed to get all the events students together to get a group photo! now that takes patience! Like Amy and Kirstie – Team Olymphusion all the way 😉
Overall I loved what everyone wore! Everyone made such a beautiful effort! It was great speaking to everyone and catching up! Its second nature to me now I tend to circle the room and network. End of the day we’re all in the same industry and I hope paths cross 🙂 So proud of all the 4th year honours graduates and also like me the 3rd year degree graduates!
Disappointed with the Virgo Lounge dress, I was left with two huge scars on my back as the wiring had been digging into my back the whole evening! I wasn’t a happy bunny! Still awaiting on my reply from Asos Customer Service…. I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂 cause I enjoyed writing about it 😀
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