The Great British Wedding
by: Alex Boucher, The Great British Wedding
If you are planning a wedding here in the UK, you are in for a treat. A modern British wedding has SO much to offer couples, from fantastic suppliers to stunning locations – as well as an abundance of inspiration from blogs to fabulous wedding shows. So where do you start your planning when it comes to a wedding celebrating the best of British?
You could choose to incorporate British traditions into your big day, such as cutting the cake; having a first dance; throwing the bouquet (although you might want to avoid that one if you have chosen a heavy brooch bouquet!) or even just following the rhyme ‘something old, something new’.
Why not try a British theme for your day. You could choose an elegant, traditional affair – this theme lends itself well to the vintage trend that is still so strong; or use this theme to have a formal wedding, complete with Pimms and croquet on the lawn. A stately home is perfect for these sorts of weddings – something the UK has plenty of, although castles and historic buildings also have much to offer. Iconic hotels such as The Savoy can play a part in a more modern version of this type of wedding, although there is nothing to say that a very modern location can’t play host to a bang up to date twist on an elegant theme.
If formal isn’t what you are after, then try another British idea – festivals! Festival weddings are a fun and relaxed alternative to a more structured affair, and with more and more farms joining the venue lists, barns, fields and even woodland can offer the perfect backdrop to your day. Marquees are a very British addition to your venue, but a stunning tipi or a rustic barn can also be a wonderful alternative for your day. While you cannot legally marry outdoors, a simple registry office service with a ceremony at your chosen venue performed by a celebrant is a perfect alternative. Fancy something totally different? Choose one of the UK’s famous landmarks to tie the knot…. An aquarium, zoo or even the London eye could be your perfect location to say ‘I do’.
Whether you choose formal and elegant, totally unique or relaxed and festival like, there are a huge amount of amazing British Suppliers to build your day around – from fantastic designers who dream up and even create your dress here on British soil; crafts people who hand make beautiful décor and accessories, to those who will work with you to make your wedding perfect – such as a traditional toastmaster, a great photographer (the ones in this article are by Matthew Rycraft) or someone to teach you that wedding waltz (or just how not to fall over when doing your first shuffle around the dance floor).
Add quirky touches, use British flowers and be inventive with your décor (like this afternoon tea styled table) and try incorporating local produce into your big day - you could have jars of local honey or jam as favours for example, or serve food grown locally at the breakfast (we love The Garden Chef here at GBW - their food is devine!).
Finally, finish your nuptials with a close to home honeymoon…. although the British weather might be one thing that you can’t rely on to give you that perfect tan!
Image credits: Matthew Rycraft Photography (http://www.matthewrycraft.co.uk/); The Garden Chef (http://www.thegardenchef.co.uk/)