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Wedding theme of the month: A quintessential English wedding

17 Apr 2018

Celebrating English charm and British culture, Donna Sharpe of South West wedding blog Pasties & Petticoats considers what a quintessentially English wedding looks like

Image: Liberty Pearl Photography

As the Royal Wedding approaches, my thoughts are turning to what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be like, and how their experience will compare with the average couple tying the knot here in Blighty.

I wonder what happens once the newlyweds have waved from the Palace balcony and been directed through their official wedding photographs. Do they quaff champers on the lawn as guests play croquet? Are they seated to a grand wedding banquet? Are there speeches? A first dance?

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Images: The Rosevine

I know the Royal Family have their privileges, but I can’t help feeling a little sad for them that their day will be so governed by etiquette and expectation, and what they’ll be missing out on as a result. Luckily for us non-royals, we get to avoid the formalities that will govern their day and can instead choose a quintessentially English wedding that retains a slightly regal air, without the etiquette.

For me this conjures visions of a grand old country house set in acres of beautiful countryside. The bride elegantly sweeping down a huge staircase into a decadent ballroom, the train of her beautiful gown gently flowing behind her as she moves. Abundant florals, a string quartet, a traditional tiered wedding cake and classic English food.

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Images: Charlotte Dart

I asked some of the wedding suppliers I work with what an English wedding means for them, here’s what they said…

“I would say lots of local British flowers fresh from the garden or hedgerow. Locally sourced food, local suppliers and a British designer dress - maybe Suzanne Neville, a beautiful country house wedding venue, and, of course, an afternoon tea - with lots of umbrellas on standby." Amber from Liberty Pearl Photography

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Images: Liberty Pearl Photography

“Summer pudding with clotted cream and fresh strawberries for dessert. Elderflower and gin cocktails. Canapés of British classics like miniature Yorkshire puds with roast beef and little Cumberland sausages with mustard.” Sarah from Polhawn Fort

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Image: Arianna Fenton

“A country manor, with beautiful gardens abundant with flowers. Pimm's with afternoon tea and cakes. Croquet on the lawn and a summer wedding with the sun shining." Jen from Jennifer Jane Photography

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Images: Jennifer Jane Photography

What does a quintessential English wedding mean for you? Would you choose this as a theme for your wedding? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.