It always inspires me and fills me with pride to see UK wedding suppliers, artisans and craftsmen and women on the pages of top wedding blogs. I love the wedding industry for being eclectic and varied, stylish and forward-thinking, and focused on quality and friendly customer service. Being a part of such a unique industry fills me with pride.
I was watching an interview with bridal jewellery designer Andrew Prince recently and I think he’s the perfect example of a dedicated UK wedding specialist. A gentleman and someone who really cares, Andrew is just one of the suppliers to be found at the Burlington Arcade – a timeless and luxurious assortment of boutiques where you might find the perfect accessories for your wedding day.
A fascinating world of weddings to discover at Burlington Arcade
The ultimate bespoke wedding destination, the Burlington Arcade has the answer to planning your wedding list, selecting your engagement ring or buying a present for the bridal party. Away from the mainstream, customers seek specially made pieces to match a British boutique wedding – a truly timeless destination in the heart of Mayfair, an iconic runway uniting Piccadilly and Bond Street. It is a place where old and new worlds meet, united by a common thread of exceptional quality, authenticity, craftsmanship and creativity.
The jewellers Heming, Hirsh, and Theo Fennell offer elegant bespoke rings with a modern twist on the traditional style, often with splashes of colour or set in cushion cuts rather than the usual brilliant cut. At Nourbel & Le Cavelier their ‘stackable’ rings in different colour golds mean you can change your look every day. Increasingly diamonds are being overlooked as the stone of choice- Nourbel & Le Cavelier recently matched an engagement ring to the colour of a future fiancé’s eyes from the UAE – they were the colour of a Paraiba tourmaline, a particularly striking and unusual colour.
Stylish jewels from the early 20th century are making a reappearance this year – Andrew Prince, the man behind the tiaras and combs seen in the last season of Downton Abbey, has seen an astronomical rise in demand for his tiara creations. With The Great Gatsby film out shortly, the 1930’s style tiaras and bands are set to be prevalent at 2013 weddings.
Footwear for grooms and groomsmen
Men can also customise their footwear with leading luxury shoe purveyors Crockett & Jones. Counting actors, musicians, royals and a certain James Bond among their clientele you can be sure to leave with a shoe of exceptional quality. Their classic black Oxford style shoe is the most popular for weddings and they have seen more customers making use of their made to order service – you can create your own unique sole for your big day, a creation that won’t be available to anyone else.
Going above and beyond the norm and creating something truly bespoke is characteristic of tenants in the arcade: Laduree’s UK head pastry chef created a 3m high macaroon wedding cake for a wedding in the Middle East.
Recently, a bride and groom came into Penhaligon’s for their bespoke perfume matching service and were so impressed that they requested that Penhaligon’s master perfumer Daniel Godito Aguila match perfumes perfectly to their entire bridal party over the phone – no mean feat. One couple recently had a keep sake box commissioned from Linley with their wedding invitation re-created in marquetry on the top.
Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London W1
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