Swap frou-frou details for these hip wedding ideas
Many of women may dream of getting married but the reality of planning the big day can often turn into a bit of a nightmare – particularly if you’re after something different from what you’ve seen in bridal magazines. To that end I’ve put together some cool wedding ideas suitable for modern brides. From a gin bar on a bicycle, to a walking wedding ceremony and literary confetti, here’s how to avoid having a fussy, frou-frou ‘meringue’ wedding celebration.
Duty-bound to help in any wedding emergency, ensure bridesmaids have everything to hand with this cool cotton tote.
Having an outdoor wedding reception? Create a festival-chic vibe with these jubilant, 8m-tall handmade flags.
From £30 each, Big Wave Flags at ruby+diva
Bunting is SO over – now, it’s all about the perfectly round bubble balloon. Filled with helium and decorated with handcrafted strings, Bonbon offer a rainbow of colours to decorate reception spaces. Or why not have bridesmaids holding a bunch as a fun alternative to a bouquet of flowers?
£28 each, Bonbon Balloons at ruby+diva
Featuring leopard print heels and a pretty heart detail on the back, these glamorous platforms will make a statement as you head down the aisle. Great for those opting for a modern short dress style.
£620, Charlotte Olympia
Forgo a traditional veil in favour of a statement floral headband. Everyone from Lana Del Rey to Keira Knightley have been spotted in them this summer, and Missoni heiress Margherita Missoni gave her bridesmaids floral garland toppers at her wedding last month.
We promise we won’t spill the beans if you decide to tell your guests you made these vintage-chic embroidered table number hoops yourself.
£16.58 each (approx), Merriweather Council
Bookish has turned guilty-pleasure Mills and Boon novels into pretty, heart-shaped paper confetti that’s ideal for scattering on tables or throwing over the happy couple. Surely it’s only a matter of time before Fifty Shades of Grey confetti goes into production?
From £5, Bookish at ruby+diva
Add an on-trend Fifties feeling to your big day with these retro striped straws from Borrowed Blue Wedding. Just as perfect with a gin fizz cocktail as in an American Diner-style milkshake.
£2.95 (for 25 straws), boutique.borrowedbluewedding.com
Fashionista brides on a budget will love Richard Nicoll’s highly-anticipated debut bridal collection for Topshop.
From £75, Richard Nicoll for Topshop
Bridesmaids will love the pretty keepsake necklaces and bracelets from Melinda Mulcahy. The South Wales -based designer will personalise her silver pieces with a special saying or song lyric for a truly unique memento of your wedding day.
From £39, MelindaMulcahy.com
Not into big flashy sparklers? Forgo a traditional engagement ring for this 18-karat gold ‘Marry Me’ ring from ultra-cool jeweller Solange Azagury-Partridge.
£1,400 Solange Azagury-Partridge
Serving G&Ts and other gin-based cocktails from a vintage bicycle, gin fiends will love The Travelling Gin Co.’s mobile bar at their wedding. Founders Edward Godden and Joseph Lewis love taking their bicycle bar to unusual places, so the more obscure your request, the better.
Head into the wild with a walking wedding from Stepping Beyond. Pick your route and walk to or from your wedding ceremony (with or without your party) through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. Family-run company Stepping Beyond can also arrange for the ceremony and reception to take place outside at your chosen Hertfordshire beauty spot.
(Via edited and added by me)