Preparations are now in full swing at Windsor Castle for the weddings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018, as well as Princess Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
With Royal Warrant Holders spanning industries across the country, you too can have your own royal-inspired nuptials.1. Bottles of Bubbles
It wouldn’t be much of a wedding without the pop of a cork and an overflow of Champagne. And to emulate the royal couple’s nuptials, you need look no further than your local Waitrose. The first supermarket chain to be awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen.
For an authentic English wine tasting experience, head to Chiltern Valley Wines in Oxfordshire and try before you buy. Holding a Royal Warrant since 2007, the vineyard is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty that’s the perfect spot for wine tours and tastings.
2. The Icing on the (Wedding) Cake
Smiths the Bakers (run by the same family since before World War II) serves treats for the sweetest of teeth. For a personal touch, put in an order for a classic Victoria sponge and head to Richard Hughes Cookery School at The Lavender House for a class on cake decoration to really impress your wedding guests.
Serve up delicious canapés on beautiful Wedgwood China from England’s capital of porcelain, Stoke-on-Trent.3. Royal Blooms
Those with a flair for florals can book a flower-arranging class with Chelsea Flower Show medallist, Hampton Court Flower Show Designer and Royal Warrant Holder Rosemary Hughes. If you don’t fancy all of that hard work, head instead for the beautiful displays of Royal Warrant holding florist Edward Goodyear whose shop is located in London’s Victoria.4. Suited and Booted
To dress like a prince or princess, ladies could start with lingerie from London’s Rigby and Peller and hosiery from Leicester’s Wolsely, with outerwear from the likes of Burberry or Stuart Parvin. For wedding dresses, go to Browns Bride (home to big name designers like Valentino and Vera Wang) or to Alice Temperley Bridal which offers dresses that are both dreamy and decadent. Pair with your favourite pair of Anello & Davide shoes.
Or consider a tailored tour of Savile Row, where you can choose between myriad of Royal Warrant Holders including Gieves & Hawkes, Benson & Clegg and Henry Poole. Take in the whole lot on a fashion insiders’ tour with Urban Gentry for you and up to four of your entourage which is completely customised according to your taste (or shopping list).
Splash on some panache with one of Penhaligon’s fragrances. The perfumer offers a perfume profiling service - sit down with a cappuccino and choose your favourite tones and scents before the expert staff match you to a perfect perfume. It’s free of charge and there’s no need to book.
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