I’ve been lucky enough to get some super insider information from the editorial team at Brides magazine with their top suppliers and places from their Little White Book to help with planning an amazing London Wedding and with Brides The Show coming up in just a few weeks, from 3rd – 5th October at Business Design Centre, Islington hopefully you can make the most of your time in London with these top tips and you’ll be able to meet the editorial team at the event too!
Don’t forget you can receive 2for1 tickets for the show, just by adding the code BLOGLB at the checkout, to buy tickets click here.
3 of the best venues…by Harriet Chubb, Brides special projects editor
For alfresco style…Number Sixteen, South Kensington
We love, love, love the private garden packed with trees and wild flowers – a real outdoorsy hidden gem in the heart of South Ken. Hold your ceremony in the chic conservatory before spilling out on to the charming courtyard for a classy cocktail reception. firmdalehotels.com
For historical character…Hotel Cafe Royal, Piccadilly
Get hitched in the previous hangout of Oscar Wilde and H.G. Wells. This decadent building oozes history (think Grade II- listed architecture) yet has a contemporary-cool twist due to its super-swish five-star makeover. The hotel has its long-awaited wedding license so go and check out the wonderfully ornate ballroom and its jaw-dropping views of Regent Street. hotelcaferoyal.com
For slickness…The Shangri-La at The Shard, London Bridge
We can’t think of a better way to make an entrance than down the grand staircase with double height windows as your backdrop – oh, and the whole of London as your head-spinning vie. shangri-la.com
3 of the best shopping and pampering destinations… by Astrid Joss, Brides fashion and beauty editor
For luxe shopping ideas…Fenwick
For chic dresses for your engagement party through to divine accessories for your big-day look, Fenwick has the lot. There’s also a bounty of bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride ideas (including a substantial hat department), plus a lingerie and swimwear section where you’re guaranteed to find ‘just the thing’. Don’t forget to get your nails done at the Nails Inc bar, your brows tidied at the Blink Brow bar and your locks perfected at the Blow Dry lounge. fenwick.co.uk
For accessories and jewellery…Jenny Packham
Found your dream dress and now looking for ideas to complete your look? Jenny Packham’s beautiful accessoies store is a bride-to-be’s dream come true. From heavenly shoes and clutches through to capes and incredible jewels including earrings, tiaras, and even back necklaces. 34 Elizabeth Street SW1, jennypackham.com
For pre-wedding pampering …The Aman Spa at the Connaught, London
It’s one of London’s most sought-after after hotels, known for its exquisite sophistication and endless style – and this runs right through to the spa, which is a sanctuary for relaxation and pampering. There’s a vast menu of expert massages and facials, as well as couples treatments. Afterwards retox at the hotel bar with a cocktail (or three) – I recommend the Fleurissimo! the-connaught.co.uk/aman-spa
Your big day inspiration address book…by Laura Burkitt, Brides Lifestyle Stylist
Image Credit: The Woman’s Room Blog
Get your foodie ideas from gourmet markets
Fill your dessert table with Poppy’s Kitchen’s gourmet tarts (poppysmadja.com) from Maltby Street market or Cutter & Squidge ‘biskies’ (cutterandsquidge.com) found at Partidges market on the King’s Road. Food trucks, serving everything from Vietnamese noodles to Big Apple hot dogs, can be hired for weddings from street food organisation, Kerb (kerbfood.com) which can be found daily at Granary Square in King’s Cross. And don’t forget the bubbles-Grays & Feather, which pop up at the Real Food Market on the Southbank, sources the best-tasting (and value for money) sparkling wine from around the world.
Hire your way to a hot reception look
Looking for a really WOW way to fill your reception space? London is home to a number of prop hire specialists – whether antique candelabras from Farleys (farley.co.uk), vintage china from Idyllic Days (idyllicdays.com), giant teacups from Vowed & Amazed (vowedandamazed.co.uk) or fairground light up letters from Goodwin & Goodwin (goodwinandgoodwin.com). We also recommend a trip to neon light wonderland, God’s Own Junkyard, and antique salvage showroom, Lassco at Brunswick House for quirky décor inspiration.
Find your floral style
If you’re unsure of which of the capital’s luxury florists to choose from, take yourself on a research trip to top London hotels (perhaps stopping for afternoon tea), where you can view their contract work. Take in McQueen’s at Claridges, Jamie Aston at the Hotel Café Royal and By Appointment Only Design at the Corinthia before heading east to The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, where Hattie from That Flower Shop runs workshops.
So much inspiration and such amazing choices, thank you to the team at Brides for compiling such a great list and make sure if you visit Brides The Show to take in as much as possible of the above as it’s a great chance to do some wedding research with friends or family!