Classically Elegant - British Wedding Inspiration
As you might have seen from our recent blog post, we’ll soon be welcoming wedding dresses by British designer Stephanie Allin to Coco & Kate. We’re incredibly excited about our new label so thought we’d celebrate by taking a wider look at the classically elegant British wedding. We’ve enlisted the help of two fabulous wedding experts – Emma Hla of Coco Wedding Venues and wedding planner Katrina Otter. So, pour yourself a Pimms and let’s get started…
Firstly, a great British wedding needs a great venue and Coco Wedding Venues has these in abundance. A quick look through Emma’s handpicked Classic Elegance category will most certainly make your heart happy. Historic venues surrounded by acres of parklands and estates with sea views and wildflower meadows mean that you’ll find the perfect location for your wedding in no time.
As you’ll see from the images that accompany this feature, a classically elegant British wedding venue has a few things in common. You need gorgeous grounds for photos (plus, of course, drinks and canapés on the lawns), spacious rooms, flawless interiors and, most of all, feelings of space, tranquility and utter refinement. We just adore these venues - please don’t ask us to choose a favourite!
Once you’ve booked your venue, it’s time to continue with the planning of your classically elegant wedding so here are Katrina Otter’s top five tips for planning a beautiful, quintessentially British wedding day:
- Choose a timeless and simple colour palette such a luscious whites, muted greens, blush tones, silvery blues and gilded touches.
- Infuse your day with your own sense of style and grace by redefining classical traditions, formalities and etiquette.
- Establish a consistent dress code such as black tie, traditional morning dress or day/lounge suits.
- Choose a stationery suite with classic calligraphy, elegant script, traditional letterpress or an embossed monogram on luxurious or textured card.
- Add classic details and flourishes to your reception tables by incorporating crystal stemware, gold-rimmed dinnerware, textured linens, statement charger plates and an abundance of candlelight.
We have to admit that we’re big fans of wedding dress codes here at Coco & Kate and traditional morning dress would certainly look spectacular alongside a Stephanie Allin gown!
In our opinion, a British wedding certainly needs great food and drink, ideally featuring local produce (not to mention delicious British wines and champagnes!), lawn games such as croquet, bouquets and floral arrangements that use seasonal rather than air-freighted flowers and of course, the input of all of your favourite talented and committed British wedding suppliers. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists, this island is full of people who love weddings!
All images via Coco Wedding Venues
Header image: Avington Park by Antony Turner
Collage Two: Top Left & Top Right – Froyle Park
Collage Four: Top Left & Top Right – Hotel Endsleigh
Bottom Left & Bottom Right – Ston Easton Park