FOR MODERN BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Grace Loves Lace
Australian brand Grace Loves Lace – already known for bridalwear – has now launched a new range of gorgeous bridesmaid dresses. The six-piece Amitié collection features a range of midi to ankle-length dresses and two-piece separates all made using contrasting fabrics – including delicate lace and eco satin that have been made from 97% recycled materials.
Pieces from £210
FOR BEAUTIFUL VEILS & HEADPIECES: Halfpenny London
The new Unveiled collection from Halfpenny London uses heritage and hero textiles to create 16 new garments, including veils, bow brooches and headbands – all inspired by the Halfpenny London archives. Oversized bows can be styled with existing Halfpenny dresses; delicate light-as-air veils with intricate detailing will sweep you down the aisle; and contemporary statement floral headbands will elevate any wedding look.
FOR CREATING YOUR OWN FLOWERS: Philippa Craddock Masterclasses
If you’re keen to learn how to create your own wedding flowers, then Philippa Craddock’s step-by-step classes are a great option. As a world-renowned florist, Philippa’s masterclasses include sessions on wedding tables, door surrounds, vases, chair backs and mantelpieces. Seasonal guides, budgeting, timings and logistics are all covered, too, as are sourcing and care tips.
Masterclasses start from £195.
FOR GORGEOUS DRESSES: Prabal Gurung
Designer Prabal Gurung's first bridal collection – ‘A Love Letter’ – combines his elegant, refined style with some contemporary edge. The pieces include a romantic, floral halterneck dress; corseted gowns; a floor-length tiered dress that can change into a cute mini; and a modern bell-bottom suit. Button detailing, huge bows, voluminous skirts, detachable puff sleeves and delicate lace will ensure brides make a statement.
Prices from $2,895. Available in October.
FOR A UNIQUE VENUE: Selfridges
This summer, for the first time, couples can say their ‘I dos’ in the capital’s iconic Grade-II London store. Selfridges are offering three wedding packages: Just The Two Of Us, Earth Lovers, and All-Out Extraordinary. Exchange vows in the luxurious wedding suite before opting for experiences such as a delicious wedding breakfast at The Brassiere of Light, a private cinema screening or a DJ set by Sink The Pink.
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FOR SUSTAINABLE WEDDING ADVICE: Maria Neves
After more than 15 years in the wedding industry, luxury events planner Maria Neves has started offering sustainable wedding workshops. Having evaluated how much waste weddings can sometimes create, she wanted to offer her advice on eco and ethical options. With the correct tools and help, Maria believes couples can confidently plan beautiful and memorable environmentally-friendly events.
Consultations from £200
FOR A SMALL CITY RECEPTION: The Coral Garden
London’s Dalloway Terrace has opened a pretty al fresco dining space – The Coral Garden – an ideal oasis for intimate wedding parties. The self-contained area is perfect for the British summertime, and thanks to the gazebo covering and heaters, will be suitable come rain or shine. The team can offer a range of options from afternoon tea to a five-course feast, plus tableside cocktail-making and bespoke florals by McQueens Flowers.
FOR A BOUTIQUE WEDDING VENUE: Wildhive
Wildhive – a new boutique hospitality brand rooted in nature – launches this summer with the opening of Callow Hall. Beautifully transformed by interior designer Isabella Worsle, the hotel is surrounded by 35 acres of wild open space. Marry in the Dovetail room and have your guests stay in one of the 15 individually designed bedrooms or in one of the 11 bespoke Woodland Hives or beautiful tree houses dotted amongst the ancient woodland.
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