Do you have a favourite era? You might like the look of the 30s or the 40s. You could get some inspiration by looking at magazines or books of the day or by simply sitting back and watching your favourite old films again. There are all sorts of suppliers out there who will help you to be brave and try on an 1920s dress, for example. You could look amazing in something you had never seriously considered before! Grace of Westcott could certainly help you out. They stock a selection of wedding dresses, tiaras, veils and shoes vintage weddings as well as contemporary.
Based in Kew is Angela Stone. She has the dresses, the flower clips, the tiaras, rhinestones, bejewelled veils. You name it!
Men are also catered for of course. There are a lot of options out there. There are vintage wedding specialist and even vintage fairs you can visit to get inspired. You could stumble across something amazing! How about a vintage 1940s tweed suit to make those photos really memorable?
You may really want to go to town and choose to arrive in some kind of transport of the era. In Farnham, there is the Classic and Vintage Car Company. They have over twenty years experience and can supply chaufeur driven Bentleys, Sunbeams, Jaguars and many vintage American cars too.
Your Surrey Wedding Magazine even has an ‘ask the experts page’ where you can even email them for specific advice on all things wedding; vintage and otherwise.
So, there really are endless possibilities in Surrey if vintage is the way you want to go!
Surrey has many wedding fairs with the majority held in the first few months of the year. Here are just some of them:
Epsom Downs Racecourse Wedding Fair 13/01/2013. With views of the racecourse on one side and Canary Wharf on the other, this is one of Surrey’s largest wedding fairs. Spread over three floors with over 50 exhibitors, you’re sure to find what you are looking for. And admission and parking is free!
Brooklands Surrey Wedding Fair 13/01/2013. The show is staged at the Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge and will have many local suppliers exhibiting. There will be dress and menswear, fashion shows and even cake to try! Admission is free.
Kempton Park Racecourse Wedding Fair 27/01/2013. Another fair at a racecourse! There’ll be fashion shows, tastings and entertainment as well as over 35 local suppliers all in the stunning 400 acres of the park itself. Free admission.
Guildford Ramada Wedding Fair 10/02/2013. Cakes, stationary, flowers, transport, bridal and menswear. It’s all going to be there. Every bride who attends even get a free good bag!
Surrey Wedding Fair 17/02/2013 and 13/10/2013. A very big wedding fair indeed with around 80 exhibitors and three catwalk shows. There fair last year was a huge success and attracted over 400 brides.
Botley Hill Farmhouse Wedding Fair 03/03/2013. Another free admission and House of Fraser goody bag for every bride to be! The fair will be held in the Grand Marquee and you even get a chance to win a wedding cake!
The Asian Surrey Wedding Fair 17/11/2013. This is the biggest Asian wedding fair in Surrey and south London. Two catwalks, 80 exhibitors, dresses, suits for the groom and all the wedding party, stationers, honeymoon planners, hair and beauty with catering and an all day bar!
With over 30 major wedding fairs taking place on Surrey in 2013, it really is worth visiting at least a couple of them to be inspired and to start really planning your own big day!
Wedding invitation design is one of the most creative areas of design today. One of the most popular is letterpress printing. This is a relief printing technique that uses a raised, inked printing plate just like an old-fashioned printing press. Both text and images can be reproduced. This isn’t a cheap option but the result is a classy, high quality effect. One great provider of letterpress printing based in Farnham, Surrey is Clean Canvas.
Another option is vintage typography. This blends different styles of type faces, incorporating a variety of shapes and graphics.
You could even put your invitations in a pop-up tin can with a ring pull! Your guests then bring the can to your wedding and tie it to the back of your car to create that classic ‘just married’ look. A great photography opportunity for us to create a really timeless image!
There really is a whole world out there of companies which will produce all manner of super-creative ideas just for you!
Let’s step away from printed paper. How about fridge magnets? These can be printed on glossy, magnetic vinyl from business card size all the way up to A4. That’s a big fridge magnet! It will take pride of place on your guests’ fridges that will serve as a nice momento (with a use) after the big day. Why not try fridge magnets for your Surrey wedding?
Another brilliantly creative idea for your invitations are tea towels. You choose the wording, design and colour then they are printed and mailed off to you. Let’s face it. Most wedding invitations end up in the bin afterwards but a tea towel is something your guests can keep and actually use. And it’s better for the environment. Sussex and Surrey Invitations will print your tea towels for you!
There are still many more options out there. Ever thought of jigsaws? Choose the design. Maybe have a photo of yourselves incorporated. They are printed on a silk screen and sent out in a lovely, wrapped presentation box. You even get a special pen to write individual guest’s names on your jigsaw.
Crackers? Do they only have to be for Christmas? Think wedding crackers! You get a choice of papers, ribbons and decorations. The invitation goes inside with maybe a gift and a traditional cracker ‘joke.’ You can even have a Belgian chocolate put inside! What’s great about a cracker is that it can double up as a place name card if you have your guest’s name printed on the outside.
So if it’s more traditional printed invitations or something far more wacky, then just get those creative chooses flowing and conjure up something truly original that you and your guests will always remember.
If you have any questions or would like to have an informal chat abour your wedding photography then please get in touch via the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Ever thought of getting married at a race course? Well, try one of the UK’s finest; Sandown Park. They even have their own wedding planners and are licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships. Sandown Park also has amazing views across Surrey and you can even see the skyline of London in the distance. There are many different wedding packages to choose from and there are lots of lovely suites of differing sizes to suit your needs. You can even have your wedding on race days so can get married and have a bit of a flutter too!
If your guests need somewhere to stay, Sandown Park Lodge is their on-site hotel and has twenty one rooms, some of which overlooking the stables and the pre-parade ring.
Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ
Woodlands Park Hotel, Cobham, Surrey – A beautiful Victorian building set in sprawling grounds, providing a spectacular backdrop for your wedding and a treat for wedding photographers! email@example.com
Merrist Wood Golf Club, Guildford, Surrey – Easily accessible from London, the club prides itself with having one of the most dedicated and experienced teams around to ensure your wedding is a success. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vann, Godalming, Surrey – A beautiful, romantic location for your wedding set in five acres of gardens and lakes. Vann offers a wide variety of packages for your special day. email@example.com
Georgian House Hotel and Spa, Haslemere, Surrey – Elegant, air conditioned with its own sun terrace. The hotel holds a civil marriage licence, close to the city centre but with its own spacious grounds. firstname.lastname@example.org
Farnham Castle, Farnham, Surrey – A spectacular 12th century castle offering a unique back drop for your wedding photographs. There are also 31 en-suite bedrooms to accommodate all of your guests. email@example.com
Frimley Hall Hotel and Spa, Camberley, Surrey – A tranquil and beautiful Victorian manor house with period decor set in carefully tended gardens. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chase Lodge Hotel, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey – A quiet, small, independently run townhouse hotel in Hampton Wick village just over the bridge from busy Kingston. email@example.com
Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey – A leading wedding venue in the county. A stunning 17th century stately home in spectacular gardens licensed for outdoor weddings. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gate Street Barn, Guildford, Surrey – Approached through bluebell woods in rural Surrey and meticulously restored. email@example.com
Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey – Complete with four reception rooms, a civil licence and situated in sweeping parkland. Their dedicated wedding coordinator will handle all the details meticulously. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mercure Bush Hotel, Farnham, Surrey – A 17th century coaching inn in lovely gardens, licensed for civil services with its own in-house wedding coordinator. H6621email@example.com
Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey – Set in 50 acres of formal gardens, this beautiful Elizabethan hotel is a Grade One listed building. The hotel boasts 43 luxurious suites with special rates for wedding guests. firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnett Hill, Guildford, Surrey – A gorgeous, Queen Anne-style mansion in 26 acres of grounds. There are 54 en-suite bedrooms on offer and it boasts award winning cuisine, using only fresh, local produce. email@example.com
Ramster, Chiddingfold, Surrey – A great setting for an English country wedding. Built in 1604 Ramster is still a family home. Complete with private courtyard and beautifully panelled halls. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nutfield Priory, Redhill, Surrey – Set in 12 acres of grounds overlooking the Surrey hills, this Victorian mansion holds a full licence for civil services and partnerships. Beautiful stained glass windows, ornate stonework and fine paintings make this a perfectly romantic venue for your wedding. email@example.com
The Runneymede-on-Thames, Egham, Surrey – Sweep up the driveway or arrive by boat and step out onto the red carpet! Situated on the banks of the river Thames, Runneymede is the perfect location for your wedding. firstname.lastname@example.org
A dress should also suit your skin tone. Many would say the paler the complexion, the warmer the colour should be. While darker skin can work really well with pure white.
Bear in mind that not every dress is going to suit every bride. Your body shape should be taken into consideration. If you already have a dress that you really like and that maybe you have received compliments about then it’s an idea to get a similarly designed wedding dress. If you’re tall then a long, flowing gown would be good whereas a short or petite bride is likely to look better in a trumpet style outfit. Ask some of your friends (or bridesmaids) to come with you when you are still choosing. It’s difficult to be objective on your own so ask them to be totally honest and make a mental note of their positives and negatives! They could even bring along a camera to take photos of yourself in different gowns. You could also use the photos of your chosen dress to pick out your shoes and coordinating accessories. I think that you should go with your gut feeling too because you’ll know when you’ve found the right one.
Dresses come with widely differing price tags and weddings can be expensive so it’s important to stay within your budget. Remember that you can still put your dress to good use after the big day (if you’re not going to trash it) by having it altered by a tailor or a seamstress. This does depend on the style of the dress and if you have worn something more simple then this may an option. It can be shortened or even dyed to transform it completely. Another choice is to have it made into a christening gown for your first baby. Though trashing it is probably more fun!
Above all, never forget that you are going to be a princess for a day and that your wedding photos will be the unique record of that so whatever dress you choose, knock’ em dead and look the best you’ve ever looked!
5 recommended shops to choose your wedding dress in Surrey:
Harrington & Cleur Bridal Boutique
33b South Street
Telephone: 01372 742870
Exclusive dresses and internationally renowned designers only 30 minutes from central London.
The Wedding Service
29 Stafford Road,
Surrey SM6 9AP
Tel: 0208 6699145
A leading bridal wear stockist with over 300 dresses in stock.
1 Old Woking Road
Tel 01932 344633
Experienced and friendly bridal advisors with exemplary service.
52 Church Street
Tel 01932 846 812
Highly experienced makers of bespoke wedding gowns.
The Bridal Barn,
Unit 56, Smithbrook Kilns,
Tel 01483 276766
Beautiful, handpicked, stylish gowns from £150 to £1500.
They got married at a lovely little church in Leatherhead, Surrey. Esther wore a beautiful long, white dress and her bridesmaids wore pink. Peter is English and Ester is from the Czech Republic and it was great to see a real mix of people and cultures there.
Working together we were able to photography the wedding ceremony from very different angles. I was positioned at the front to the side so I could get all the close-ups and details and Jon was high up on the balcony at the back. He got some great wide shots of the interior and closer ones of the guests coming and going.
Luckily, the weather held out and there wasn’t a drop of rain the whole day. This meant that we could also get a lot of documentary wedding photography shots which is our main aim for each wedding. We got some great relaxed shots of people having fun, kids playing and generally everyone having a great time.
The great hall was beautifully set out for the wedding breakfast. After the meal and the speeches we set out to photograph the formal group shots that the couple wanted. We were spoilt for locations so we did some at the back of the castle in the gardens and some at the front against the backdrop of the main entrance hall. It was a pretty windy day. In fact, as we were taking photographs, the wind blew Ester’s veil right off and sent it right onto the roof of the castle! Luckily, someone managed to retrieve it.
All in all, it was a fantastic day that went off without a hitch. We are very pleased that both Ester and Peter absolutely loved the photos (see her testimonial) and are recommending us to everyone they can think of!