7 top tips for planning a really traditional english wedding

Apr 30, 2020 | Blog, Weddings

Find out how to plan a traditional quintessentially English wedding …………

Discover 7 top tips on how to plan a really traditional english wedding.

Many couples vision of their big day is a traditional quintessentially English fairytale wedding. A mixture of traditional and quaint but not stuffy and old fashioned.

Picture an English rose of a bride, flanked by some tiny enchanting bridesmaids  and flower girls with possibly even the odd page boy, a handsome groom in a morning coat or kilt possibly.

And the venue well the British Isles is blessed with a plethora of amazing venues that are ideal for that quintessentially British or English wedding!  Be it a country house, a manor or possibly even a castle.

What does a traditional English wedding mean to you? Read on and discover the art of planning a traditional English wedding.

The Venue

What could be better than a rural wedding in a grand old country house set in acres of magnificent grounds in glorious countryside.  It’s no wonder they are so popular with couples from abroad or the UK itself.  The historical architecture lends a grandness to the  proceedings, and makes for a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs.

Tents or marquees are also firm favourites either in the grounds of a big old house, or in the gardens of a friend or family member.  There are now a wide ranging and eclectic collection of tents available to hire from traditional poled marquees and more basic framed tents to tipis.

Is there really a better way to spend a summer’s day with a glass of pimms or cup of tea in hand?

The Bride

Nothing beats the classic style and elegance of an English bride’s wedding dress with the emphasis on romance and femininity.   Using the finest tules, laces and silks available there is no doubt that British bridal designers are at the forefront of their game.

An English rose bride’s style is simple and natural.  Pure understated elegance with natural make up and finished off with a heavenly veil.  One thing is for sure there is absolutely no bling.

Flower girls and page boys

In traditional English (and definitely Royal) weddings the bride’s attendants are often a band enchanting  children accompanied by bridesmaids and a Maid of Honour to keep everyone in check.  The girls would be dressed in pretty cream/white dresses with a coloured ribbon, peter pan collar and puff sleeves; and for the pages knickerbockers with a double breasted shirt and cummerbund to match the girls.  Image below by La Promessa Photography

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The Ceremony

Traditionally of course, it was always a church.  Nowadays non-religious ceremonies are popular.  Wedding celebrants can present ceremonies in non licensed venues.  In other words if you wanted to have your wedding ceremony in a tent in a beautiful garden this would be entirely feasible.

Of course many of these beautiful country house venues are now licensed for weddings which can be held indoors and, more popular than ever now, outdoors.  These ceremonies especially if officiated by a wedding celebrant can be as bespoke and personalised as every other element of your traditional English wedding.   There are celebrants who specialise in this niche of creating traditional ceremonies with a contemporary twist.

The Flowers

English garden flowers fresh from the garden evoke romance.  Roses of course are a perennial favourite with all their symbolism and vast array of colours all of which reflect the look of a classic English garden. Think blush or soft, buttery yellows, pale pink and the gentlest of creams for spring and summer weddings. Or maybe the soft lavenders and sage greens of the English country garden.  The elegant and natural theme continues with ‘the just picked from the garden’ effect and arranged in loose organic arrangements.

The Food

The food should be simple, traditional and taste so good it will be remembered forever.   Providence is important and using local suppliers and seasonal food are preferred.   Think English staples like coronation chicken, poached salmon, vegetables with a modern twist, strawberries and clotted cream.   Or canapes and sandwiches.  All  washed down with champagne, elderflower cordial, Pimms and a cup of tea of course!

The Weather

A blog about planning a traditional English wedding would not be accurate without mentioning the weather.  It goes without saying that you can’t count on it to behave itself but hey that’s one of the charms of where we live. Ideally, the truth of the matter is that you want it to be dry not cold and preferably not windy.    Whatever the weather you can rest assured that we English will talk about it whatever the outcome.  The key is be prepared and have a plan B and lots of umbrellas on stand by.

To sum up

The best English weddings are classic with great natural style and elegance.  Ironically to steal a French phrase they really do have a certain ‘je ne sais croix’.  Our style is the envy of the world.  We do weddings well.

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