over the last few years, UK weddings have undergone a total transformation.
With the stories flying that Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis are desperate to have a British big-day, it seems that everyone from celebs to lovebirds from around the globe are falling in love with the romance of the English wedding.
Dreams of castles and country houses, sunny summer days, age-old traditions and beautiful surroundings are top of every bride’s wedding wish-list.
Annabel Beeforth, founder of Love My Dress, one of the top five wedding blogs in the world and author of ‘Style Me Vintage: Weddings’ is a passionate supporter of all things British when it comes to weddings and isn’t at all surprised by the sudden leap in popularity of tying the knot on British Isles.
“British weddings used to be seen as being very traditional and even a little bit boring but over the last few years, UK weddings have undergone a total transformation. They’re more personal, they’re more beautiful (thanks to the rise of the wedding blog like Love My Dress, which has encouraged couples to not be afraid to move away from tradition and do what they want) but also as a result of the Royal wedding, the Jubilee, the Olympics and even celebrity weddings like that of Kate Moss and Lily Allen. Britain and all things British are incredibly popular right now.”
Annabel’s award-winning blog has a world-wide readership “We have readers in almost every country in the world, from the US and Australia to Brazil and Russia and they love the British vintage vibe. Country style weddings with bunting and hay bales are so popular but so are city-chic celebrations with designer gowns and beautiful venues. I think we’re mixing history and heritage with modern style in a way we never have before and it seems to be a winning combination.”
So, what are Annabel’s tips for anyone wanting an on-trend British wedding?
“Definitely take a leaf from the Duchess of Cambridge and go for a British designer whose designs are made in Britain – Sassi Holford, Alan Hannah would be perfect with bridesmaids dresses by Nicki Macfarlane and shoes by Emmy Shoes. Pick a venue that epitomises English glamour, like Fetcham Park in Surrey, where you get everything – beautiful interiors, impeccable service and gorgeous grounds to enjoy and then add in lots of little touches that speak volumes about who are you. We have florists, stationers, caterers and photographers on Love My Dress that are absolutely the best of British.”
But, Annabel has one final reason why British weddings are suddenly so hip. “For a long time, the British have been seen as being very reserved but we’re shaking off that image and embracing celebrations, joy and love in a way we never have before. And those three things are an essential ingredient for a perfect wedding.”
TEN WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING THE BEST OF BRITISH
- Look at British designers for your dress – Sassi Holford, Ritva Westenius, Naomi Neoh, Stephanie Allin, Suzanne Neville, Charlotte Balbier or Candy Anthony for example.
- British flowers look great so ranunculus, peonies, old English roses give an instant hit of the countryside.
- Ask your caterers to bring British favourites such as scones, trifle, pies and roast dinners up to date with new twists.
- Take inspiration from the past – look back at famous British brides and steal their style
- Use styling touches such as china cups and saucers, prettily patterned fabrics, jam jars and more.
- Weddings are all about service – indulge yourself with a Downton Abbey inspired dinner, complete with staff & silver service.
- Don’t forget the honeymoon – take a tour of some of Britain’s most beautiful areas and escape for a while.
- Be prepared for less-than-perfect weather – pretty umbrellas, coloured wellies and a wet weather plan are essentials!
- Support local British businesses and champion great independent specialists such as The State of Grace, Joanne Fleming and Sally Lacock. This is a great way to get truly authentic British touches.
- Check out Love My Dress (www.lovemydress.net) daily and enjoy the daily dose of real weddings, expert features and informed comment, direct from Annabel & the team.
Notes For Editors – Love My Dress was founded by Annabel Beeforth in 2009 after her own wedding. Annabel is now a full-time blogger and Love My Dress receives over a quarter of a million unique views every month. As well as the blog, Annabel is a published author and her first book ‘Style Me Vintage: Weddings’ has sold more than 12,000 copies since publication in March 2013. She is Oxfam’s Wedding Ambassador and has helped raise over GBP40,000 for the charity. Annabel is available for comment and interview on a range of subjects – please contact Tamryn Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org or 07876 214597 to find out more.