Girls, take to your wardrobes and dig out your rather far too large hats; the wedding season has rolled around once again. For the majority, weddings are always a whirlwind of friends, family and a blur of unruly children running circles, applying themselves with grass stains and an array of creamy puddings. But before it’s all over, I would suggest to be sure taking a minute and looking at the little details. Months and months leading up the marriage, the bride will have poured over each little element to ensure some of the most unforgettable moments of their life.
Many couples feel that they will take on the whole project themselves because, despite what the magazines, blogs and YouTube videos tell you to do, it ultimately comes down to personal expression in the designing of your perfect day. When individualism is key, there is relentless use of the scissors to cut yet another exquisitely decorated cake out of a hefty pile of publications. The planning therefore really becomes a ‘labour of love’ and that’s what usually makes the event most beautifully successful.
With the likes of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice now more popular than ever it seems, it’s hard not to take inspiration from the quintessential essence of life in times where ‘courting’ was a thing. We also completely and utterly indulged in Kate and William’s marriage for weeks last year. Its fairy tale like nature compelled us to begin to swoon over carriages and lace décolletages. This style of sophistication and elegance, in my opinion, is not over done and never will be, simply because of the way each couple bring a unique adaptation to their day.
The gooey, enchanted sensation you get when watching a vision in white frolic down the aisle, is only enhanced by the backdrop. Location, I think, is vital. It holds your childhood fantasies within its floors, ceilings and walls, bringing a completeness to your final vision. We are incredibly lucky in Britain that we have access to the magnificence of the countless historical homes that have been maintained over the centuries. Generations after generations have wedded and celebrated in the grounds and rooms of these great manors and now brides-to-be can too. A recent wedding I attended sourced www.sandonhall.co.uk as their whimsical venue. It left me entranced and transported to the magical times of Jane Austin.
A solid foundation in the setting can lead to a subtle push in the direction of evading tradition. For the typical bride, stepping away from what is known to them in the way of the weddings they have grown up with, can be difficult, usually for the desire to remain ‘tasteful’. My advice would be to develop a love for Pinterest and get pinning! There are hundreds of embellishments, many which can be made by hand. Understated added touches like these takes away the boringness of a cookie cutter wedding and makes something that you would be proud to call your own.