FOR MAKING YOUR OWN STATIONERY: Isla Simpson
With the trend towards smaller weddings continuing into 2021, illustrator Isla Simpson has designed an online course to teach brides how to design their own beautiful menus and place cards, without the expense of commissioning a professional illustrator. The course takes between four and six hours to complete and features a series of drawing lesson videos on how to use the digital drawing app Procreate. No prior design or artistic experience is required.
£140 for a year’s access
FOR COOL BRIDALWEAR: Blake Ida
Launched in September 2020, Blake Ida fills the gap between high fashion and traditional bridal. Offering high-quality silk dresses, gowns and separates that are all handmade in London, choose from sweetheart bodices and puff sleeves or high necks and open backs. Brides can also choose to have their gown made-to-order from the range or opt for a bespoke design from scratch.
Dresses from £1,200
FOR BEAUTIFUL WEDDING WEBSITES: Riley & Grey
Known for their modern, fashion-forward aesthetic, Riley & Grey design beautiful wedding websites that are easy for couples to edit themselves. There are over 65 templates to choose from – from elegant floral templates to pared-back minimalist designs. Flexible and easy to use, Riley & Grey is built by a team with decades of tech experience, which also offers hands-on advice for those who need it.
FOR PRETTY LINGERIE: Coutille
New lingerie brand Coutille has just launched its first capsule collection, Better than Nude, with gorgeous pieces available in three shades – Oat, Biscotti and Amaranth. Designed to suit every complexion, stand-out pieces include the Bustini – a modern take on the bustier, perfect for low back wedding dresses, and the Clam bra – a pretty strapless bra designed with comfort in mind.
FOR ROMANTIC WEDDING DRESSES: Sally Bean Couture
Sally Bean Couture is focused on creating romantic and feminine wedding dresses that are modern, yet timeless. Working with her team in her West London studio atelier, Sally is renowned for her hidden inner corsetry, as well as her use of luxurious silks and lace. An expert in embroidery and original embellishments, every dress is unique, while brides can also opt to have personal love notes and initials woven into the dresses.
FOR MINI-GUEST ACCESSORIES: Fable Heart
Fable Heart is a magical children's clothing brand making special pieces that can be used time and again. From sparkling capes to velvety circus jackets, magic wands to personalised crowns, their pieces are ideal to keep children entertained after the wedding breakfast. Each artisan piece is wrapped in stars, then packaged and sent from their studio in Ireland.
FOR CHOOSING YOUR DRESS AT HOME: Bon Bridé
In lieu of their boutique being open, Bon Bridé are offering brides the chance to try on their beautiful dresses in the comfort of their own homes. Once brides have chosen the dresses they’d like to try, a deposit will be taken (which is fully refundable when the gowns are returned) and you’ll have up to five days to decide if one is for you. In addition, the brand is offering a 10% discount on any of their dresses chosen through the at-home service.
FOR BESPOKE STATIONERY: Bee Davies Illustration
Illustrator Bee Davies uses her passion for colour and a hand-drawn aesthetic to create her unique wedding pieces. Working closely with couples, she aims to encapsulate their theme, colour palette and personality into her stationery. All pieces are completely unique and bespoke.
FOR UNIQUE CANDLES: Fabrek
Danish brand Fabrek sells a range of beautiful items – from interiors to bags, clothing to jewellery. Their candle collection is pretty and unusual – ideal for raising your wedding-table game. Twisted white double candles have a clean architectural look, while those dipped in glitter or with a tie-dye effect would make a fun and colourful addition to any tablescape.
FOR BOHO BRIDES & FUTURE HONEYMOONS: Sleeper Bridal Collection
We can't get enough of Ukranian brand The Sleeper's latest bridal collection. From billowing off-the-shoulder lace-y dresses to silky slips and feminine slippers, brides planning on a more relaxed look or those keen to build their future honeymoon wardrobe won't be disappointed. Our favourite from the collection? The Opera Linen Dress has to be the stand-out – just be aware that ordering from the brand's own site might incur some pesky import charges.