This is your archetypal, Four Weddings and a Funeral, English countryside wedding. (Or perhaps something approximating Kate Moss’s wedding as photographed by Mario Testino for American Vogue?) Village church, marquee in the garden/barn/stately home, flowers in jam jars (or possibly something rather more grand), perhaps even some bunting.
Who better to ask for style advice than stylist Lynda Bell, who had her own perfect English wedding in a gorgeous stately home, with blowsy pink peonies, a dress by Oscar de la Renta, and children running around on the lawn.
This summer, there’s a plethora of pretty candy colours on the high street – which are ideal for summer weddings.
High heeled shoe with ankle strap, £29.99, Zara
It’s probably going to err on the side of casual. It will hopefully be hot. It may involve a beach. So, says Karen Preston, GLAMOUR’s wonderful Fashion Editor, the formula is simple: “Think Kate Moss in Ibiza. Opt for a maxi dress and flat sandals.”
[Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth, as photographed for American Vogue]
I asked Antonia Kraskowski, the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor at The Express about this one, as she is both a fashion fiend and serial attendee at weddings this year.
“Jackets and blazers can make or break an outfit. There is nothing worse than a stylish ensemble ruined by a last minute bobbly cardigan or jarring winter coat grabbed as you run out of the door. It pays to be prepared for any weather and let’s face it, the UK is hardly known for its spectacular summers. A white blazer (£79.99) worn over a block colour or patterned dress will add an instant sharpness. Alternatively, if you want to add some pattern to your outfit, a short printed style like this one (£69.99) will look great over a bright dress.”
“Now, the fun bit: accessories!
Let’s start with shoes. If I could wear heels, I would spend every waking hour tripping around in these beautiful two strap sandals (£29.99). Or perhaps some rather sharp and equally gorgeous pointed toe stilettos (£69.99) with cut out details. Be still, my racing heart.”
“However, if I wore either of these, chances are that I would end up in A&E which is generally frowned upon by the bridal party. As such, I will be sticking to flats. At one of the weddings we recently attended, I wore an amazing pair of Boden neon orange patent pointed toe slingbacks and after the reaction, I am giving serious thought to investing in more. This pair of powder blue flats (£59.99) are similar and being added to my shopping list post-haste.”
“Next, to the arm candy. Luckily, I’ve never had any restrictions on what kind of bag I can carry. I am currently lusting after this roll top leather clutch (£69.99, right). If you really want to pack a punch with your accessories, may I introduce you to the perfect Perspex box clutch, only £19.99.”
“My current lust for anything and everything metallic continues into clutches too. This silver zip top pouch (£19.99) will add a fashion twist to every outfit.”