Weddings: our guide for the perfect day

Don’t become a bridezilla, try the following for a stress-free day:

1) Invitations: We love Paperless Post, a stylish, online site for sending and tracking invitations.  Far cheaper than normal snail-mail and so much quicker, they are truly genius!

2) Dresses: If you’re lusting after a designer frock but don’t have the budget to match, try SellMyWeddingDress which sells new or newly-new wedding dresses by designers such as Vera Wang, Ellie Saab and many more at greatly reduced prices.

3) Accessories: They aren’t cheap, but Jenny Packham Accessories really are beautiful.  Visit their special boudoir on Elizabeth Street for belts, headdresses, veils, earrings and other accoutrements or shop online.

4) Beauty: You’ll want your makeup to stay in place all day and for this you’ll need Shu-Uemura UV Under Base Mousse SPF 30 (see below to buy). A brilliant primer to use under your foundation, it also evens out your complexion and acts as a sunscreen too.

5) Flowers: Scarlet & Violet are known for their country inspired arrangements and they really do put together the most gorgeous flowers for the big day.  If they’re good enough for Kate Moss…

6) Crockery: We’ve only just had this site, FrostandPicklesvintagehire, recommended to us but we love the idea of hiring beautiful vintage crockery.  We think coffee and cake served in these vintage cups and saucers would add atmosphere galore.

7) Cake: We have to admit that we’re not fans of traditional fruit wedding cakes.  We much prefer fairy cakes, macaroons or even better, the delicious sponge tier cakes made by Kate Poulter from Pat-a-Cake in North London.  For pictures and more details, click here.

8) Photographs: we gathered together the best of our friends’ photos as well as our own and made a brilliant wedding book through Blurb, our favourite site for publishing photography books online.

— Francesca
26th April 2012