Did I get your attention? No, sadly I’m not getting married but I thought it might be fun to get myself into ‘bride’ mode and explore some ideas for my perfect (imaginary) wedding. Full disclaimer: I don’t even have a boyfriend.
Colours – I think it has to be fun, bright colours.
Theme – Quirky but timeless.
Rings – I’d investigate workshops where you can make your own rings. I think that’s a lovely and meaningful activity for you to do with your beau in the run up to the nuptials. Check out Elizabeth Ann Norris.
Guest list – It would be so tough but I’d be ruthless. I’d look to keep numbers to 60/70 in an ideal world.
Stationery – Lauren from Paper Bear Lane stole my heart with her quirky illustrations a couple of years ago. I’d definitely enlist her to put together invitations and illustrations for everything i.e. order of service, table plan, menus etc.
(Above photo credits: Adam de Ste Croix)
Hen – I think I’d do a one day event. A really nice lunch and an activity with the potential for it to flow into the evening. Somewhere fancy on the seafront in Brighton followed by a fresh flower crown workshop with Flower Show Presents (with cocktails) at Hotel Pelirocco. If I was thinking of a weekend away I’d definitely be considering Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans, Vintage Vacations or I’d be looking at Canopy & Stars for inspiration.
(Photo above left: Sacco & Sacco Photography)
Bridesmaids – My sister and my best friend Louise who lives in France. I’d want them to be happy and comfortable in what they’re wearing. I’d let them choose their own shoes (but I would buy them) and I’ll let them choose their own hairstyles so they felt a million dollars on the day.
(Above photo: Ed Godden)
Accessories – I’m loving Ashley Wild’s headpieces and veils at the moment.
Shoes – This would be such a tough one (I am NOT good at walking in high heels) but I’d call on Freya Rose for advice.
Hair & Make-up – This is one I would need to peruse for hours and hours and create a Pinterest board. I’d probably go for a loose up style with lots of hair around my face and an amazing, statement headpiece.
Menswear – I would most certainly be calling on the marvellous gents at Dapper & Suave to be advising and accessorising my groom and his party!
(Photo above left: Photography by Paloma)
(Left and middle by With These Hands and far right Petal & Feast. Photo credit (far right): Zoe Trope)
Photography – This is SO hard! I know some amazing photographers but Sarah London would be at the top of my list. Her style is bold, edgy and heartfelt and she has a special way of capturing the small personal touches that you’ll cherish in the future (plus she’s my friend so I wouldn’t mind her traipsing around after me all day!)
Ceremony – I imagine I’d have a registry office ceremony prior to the big day with a very personal celebrant-led ceremony on the day. Simple but heartfelt with our own vows.
(Photo above left: Photography by Paloma)
Venue – I think it needs to be somewhere inside (sorry but even if I went for a summer wedding I wouldn’t be brave enough to chance an outside, festival-style wedding). The Three Crowns in Wisborough Green is a great example of this; quirky interior, amazing food and outside space with a tipi! Other venues with this vibe include The Union Club in London and The White Horse in Chilgrove (which is where my designer Jo got married!)
Drinks – I love reception bubbles, who doesn’t? But I think trays of champagne can be a bit stuffy and traditional. All I would do is throw some edible flowers in. Boom – a pretty picture for your photographer straight off the bat. Soft drinks I would serve in exactly the same way but serve Appletiser or Elderflower with sparkling water. It would be very important to me for there to be plenty of booze for reception drinks and for the staff to be attentive. I really wouldn’t want my guests to have empty glasses on my special day. Good wine for the meal is essential and again, plenty of it, no scrimping here. I would want to do a tasting and choose the wine with hubs-to-be. Evening drinks would be a pay bar (because I know my friends too well) and signature cocktails are a must. I’d probably want three to be advertised and available at the bar. Off the top of my head I’m thinking Dark ‘n’ Stormy, Classic Margarita and Espresso Martini.
Food – I’d want lots and lots of canapes to soak up those bubbles and I’d want some really delicious classics i.e. scallops in their shells, mini Yorkshire puddings with horseradish, arancini… I worked with a catering company at a few events last year, they’re called Alice Cooks and their food and presentation is to die for. They come up with really quirky and beautiful ways of serving their food. For the main I’m thinking comfort food; pie and mash with traditional liquor from my favourite: Pie & Vinyl. It’s a bit quirky (and we could potentially use mismatch plates) but it’s a good booze soaker-upper which I think is essential for such a long day of drinking. Desert… hmmm. I’d probably serve the wedding cake for dessert, with fresh berries and cream so it doesn’t go to waste. For evening food I’d go for a casual pizza option like Catch A Fire Pizza. I’d probably have a giant cheeseboard in the evening too and erect a fun donut wall for people to help themselves to if they’re in need of a sweet pick-me-up.
Favours – Are they really necessary? Maybe the place name could double as a favour? i.e. a fridge magnet.
Cake – Like I said earlier I’d like to cut the cake and serve it for dessert so as well as looking amazing, it would need to taste amazing too (bring on the tasting session!). I’m a massive fan of Jemima Cakes and Bunston Bakes.
(Photo above right: Carrie Lavers)
Props – Balloons; a giant balloon for myself and each bridesmaid for photos and possibly a balloon installation? The Feather Balloon Company have created some amazing things. I like a good neon sign and would definitely look at Missing Chopper for idea. I’m still a sucker for a vintage chill out area too; comfy chairs, rugs and chinzy standard lamps with a doily or two thrown in for good measure.
(Photos above left and far right: Carrie Lavers)
Activities – Having activities to keep my (grown up) guests entertained would be very important to me. It’s such a long day so I’d look at garden games from Quintessential Fetes, caricature portraits by Tony Parsons, The amazing Portrait Machine, The Instavan as a photo booth and DIY tattoos from Doris Loves.
(Photo above left: Natasha Buckney)
Kids – Kids would be welcome but it would be important for them to be entertained. Bored kids are a no no because the mummies and daddies need to get on with the important business of quaffing wine and celebrating with me and my beau. I’d employ the services of a company like The Little Tents to assist with all things kiddie. Check out my recent blog post about The Little Tents here. I’d also look at Wedding in a Teacup for products like personalised colouring in and activity kits.
Band – I’d maybe look at an acoustic guitar performance during reception drinks and I’d spare no expense on the evening band. I’d probably turn to Mister Kanish to get my guests up on their feet.
Honeymoon – An American ranch holiday with an amazing spa!
Wow, that was an epic blog post. I got really carried away… oh well at least now it’s planned for when Prince Charming turns up.