11 of our favourite things...

All the little touches that will transform your wedding into the extraordinary

wedding must-haves Sophie Webster wifey for lifey bag

Some of our favourite things…

1. Bag for life

A must for all your wedding day essentials, this gorgeous bag, £295 from Sophia Webster, tops our list of wedding must-haves. The sparkling blue glitter and pearl Perspex design features their signature ‘Wifey for Lifey’ slogan, has a detachable blue marbled perspex top handle which is exclusive to Sophia Webster and comes with a cross body chain.

2. Scene stealers

We love the trend for big, bold and beautiful statement hats that were so popular at last summer’s most stylish weddings. Milliner Fi Graham is our current fave with clients including Lady Gaga and Madonna who love her bespoke special-occasion headpieces. This feather floral crown is stunning for brides, maids or mums. Styling: tigerlilyweddings.co.uk Dress: bonbride.com Photo: london-weddingphotograper.com


3. Show off shoes

There’s nothing quite like a great pair of heels to make a girl feel like a queen. And what better excuse than your wedding to splash out on some suitably beautiful shoes? Check out our Sexy Shoe gallery, but first drool over these stunning flower-embellished Cleo Flora sandals, £1,200, from the new bridal collection by René Caovilla. Add to your list of wedding must-haves now!

4. Cool curves

Supermodel Ashley Graham, renowned for her luscious curves, has launched a new collection with Pronovias. The relationship started when Ashley was looking for her own wedding dress and couldn’t find one to suit her shape. The 15 dresses in the  collection are all cut and crafted to guarantee the perfect fit for sizes 4-38. Prices range from £1,000 – £3,500.

5. Going green

Greenery has become almost as covetable as flowers for giving wedding decor a romantic, modern feel – and it can save you money, too. Speak to your florist about incorporating herbs, plants and greenery into your reception arrangements. Think ferns, eucalyptus, lavender, sage, boxwood, rosemary, thyme and ivy, as well as succulents and air plants. Styling: pocketfulofdreams.co.uk Floral design: wildabout.co.uk Photo: annelimarinovich.com

Monkey Island Shepherd Hut

6. Escape to the country

The team at Monkey Island have transformed one of the estate’s handcrafted Shepherd’s Huts into a cosy retreat. Nestled in the beautiful country gardens with stunning views over the Thames, the hut is stylishly furnished with blankets and a wood burner. Twinkling candles and a chilled bottle of Champagne complete the welcome. Cocktails, canapes or even dinner with your own personal chef can all be arranged too. From £250 for three hours of bliss.

7. Stationery suites

Invitations set the scene for your whole wedding, hinting at the colour scheme, the level of formality and generally adding to the excitement and expectation of your guests. The theme is best then followed through to all the paperwork for the ceremony, the reception and even the thank-you cards. This gorgeous stationery is handmade by calligrapher Veronica Halim, who creates everything to order alongside the happy couple. Silk flowers: lancasterandcornish.com Styling: tigerlilyweddings.co.uk Photo: gianlucaadovasio.it

8. Pretty perspex

We’re loving the use of Perspex at trend setting wedding receptions. Perfect for the table plan, or to put in the centre of each table to show off the menu, with gorgeous calligraphy to add a personal touch. Self-confessed calligraphy addict Amy Verse creates beautiful paperwork and illustrations for every element of the wedding day, including hand writing this menu for a summer celebration. Styling: tigerlilyweddings.co.uk Photo: london-weddingphotograper.com

9. WS loves…

The Newt in Somerset was probably the luxury hotel opening of last year. And what’s not to love? A stunning country house transformed by an ex-Elle Decoration editor with gorgeous Scandi-style rooms. Our favourite bedrooms are the Stable Rooms (yes, they used to be actual stables) – super-comfy and great fun.

10. The glow factor

Great lighting plays such a big part in any wedding – spotlights, fairy lights and candles, twinkling away to create the backdrop to your I do moment, reception and first dance. We love this aisle-lined with LED TruGlow candles and the curtain of fairy lights is stunning, ensuring a definite wow factor gasp of appreciation as your guests arrive. Created at Wharfedale Grange, near Harrogate, one of our favourite venues in Yorkshire.

11. Golden moments

A showstopper cake is a must for most couples and you couldn’t get more wow than this stunner from luxury wedding cake maker Yevnig. Key trend elements for 2020 include gold embellishments (yes, even real gold leaf) and the pretty shade of pastel blue complimenting the delicate pink of the fresh roses. Definitely (almost) too good to eat. Styling: desibridedreamsplanning.co.uk Photo: annelimarinovich.com