Inspired by a fabulous wedding we attended last weekend, I got to thinking about the planning and preparation that goes into organising a wedding event. In particular, if you’re planning a wedding in London, how on earth do you decide who will make your wedding dress or where to get the wedding shoes and will they be comfortable? Which venue to choose? What flowers? Where do I get wedding favours…? Many questions and so much choice!
It occurred to me that at 21st Century Village, as we work with independent designers and talented small businesses, we know of several excellent specialists who will help make your wedding day very special. My aim is not to be exhaustive but rather to be selective, providing just a few top specialist addresses.
If you happen to be planning a wedding in London, we hope you find this blog helpful! You may know someone who is thinking about a London wedding – if so, pass it on!
The Wedding Dress
At 21st Century Village, we represent two highly acclaimed couture wedding dress designers, who will custom-make you a fabulous wedding gown. Ritva Westenius is based in Connaught Village and epitomises the very best of British bridal design. At Kosibah, award winning bridal designer Yemi Osunkoya creates wonderful wedding gowns in a contemporary style. These gowns are truly figure-enhancing. Kosibah design studios are based in Camden.
For beautifully made, elegant yet comfortable wedding shoes, we have two very exciting London addresses. Emma Hope, renowned British shoe designer, is famed for her beautifully made and incredibly comfortable wedding shoes. Visit the Emma Hope store on Westbourne grove. J’Adores in East London’s Victoria Park specialises in wedding shoes and also offers a bespoke wedding shoe service. Shoes come with matching bags of course. J‘Adores also provides wedding jewellery and accessories at great value. Both of these specialist boutiques will help you select dress shoes and bags for bridesmaids and mother of the bride.
We recommend independent London jewellery designer and diamond ring specialist 4Cs Diamonds. 4Cs deals exclusively in wedding rings and engagement rings and is based in Hatton Garden, the home of wedding jewellery and diamonds in London.
Wedding Venues & Catering
Our choice London wedding venue is Hampstead’s stunning Burgh house, set against the beautiful backdrop of Hampstead Heath. The venue caters for 75 seated guests, but do contact them directly for more specific information on numbers. The gourmet catering is expertly provided by the wonderful Leafi catering, who pride themselves on always exceeding client’s expectations. Leafi Catering can also take care of your wedding cake.
Wedding Venue Styling
The venue extras can really make a difference. Family run business Mediterranean Occasions are specialists in elegant venue styling for weddings. They provide exquisite table tops, dazzling table centre pieces, chair covers, candelabra hire and wedding favours.
We leave you in excellent hands with our five talented London florists, who will provide you with fantastic floral creations for your special day. From Hawthorn’s Florists in the East to Phillo Flowers in the West, these are among the most talented floral designers in the capital.