Brides Editorial Team – Little White Book for a London Wedding

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.


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.


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.


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.


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,


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!


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 ( from Maltby Street market or Cutter & Squidge ‘biskies’ ( 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 ( 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 (, vintage china from Idyllic Days (, giant teacups from Vowed & Amazed ( or fairground light up letters from Goodwin & Goodwin ( 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!

You can also catch me at the show where I’ll be talking ‘On the Sofa’ alongside fellow wedding blogger Karen of Smashing The Glass on Sunday at 14:30. 

Friend of Faux – Luxury Faux Floral Garlands


Luxury Faux Floral Garlands by Friend of Faux

A lot of my clients this year have been hoping to add beautiful flowing, bursting with blooms, floral garlands to decorate their big day in someway. Whilst floral garlands are no doubt, stunning and create real wow factor, they can be quite expensive due to the amount of time involved in creating them and of course the foliage and flowers required, especially when en mass. There’s also a little problem (as I discovered this year, as for once we had some nice weather) that fresh flowers if it’s a really hot or warm day can’t be left for too long, so are more likely to wilt.

Step in though, Friend of Faux, a luxury faux flower company who creates beautiful floral garlands for weddings and events. You’ll see none of that garish bright plastic here, oh no – these are pretty much as good as the real deal such as their romantic English Garden style with peonies, velvety eucalyptus and roses, who knew faking it could look so good!

  Luxury Faux Floral Garlands by Friend of Faux Luxury Faux Floral Garlands by Friend of Faux Luxury Floral Garlands from Friend of Faux

Whether it’s for a floral backdrop for the ceremony, as a garland to jazz up a cake table, bar or even DJ booth, to prettify marquee poles, a chuppah or even to decorate the getaway car they have a plethora of uses and the best bit is that they link together easily so the set up won’t be time consuming and you can create the right size to fit your display needs – got to love the practical and pretty!

For weddings and events, they can deliver to you for you to hang or they can install them for you if you don’t have the time! I’m looking forward to hopefully using these on some upcoming weddings, if you’d like to know more visit the Friend of Faux  flowers website and get in touch with Anna!