What's your wedding style?

30 June 2015

By Pan Macmillan

Author Karen Swan has written the ultimate guide to a 'Summer at Tiffany’s' wedding, meet the three ladies at the heart of the novel via their personal wedding plans...

Suzy’s Tiffany’s wedding: Motto: ‘Go classic. You’ll thank me fifteen years from now.’

  • Colour scheme: Ivory and powder pastels - blue, pink, pistachio, primrose, dove.Flowers: Clotted cream roses for the bride. Flower arrangements for the marquee should be suspended above the tables, rather than placed upon them.
  • Dress: No bride can go wrong in Vera Wang. Mousseline ruffles for slender brides; fishtails, corsetry and chiffon sleeves for curvy brides. For extroverted brides, a contrast velvet ribbon at the waist.
  • Tableware: Powder blue Thomas Goode bone china.
  • Invitations: blind embossed and tissue-lined. Sent at least eight weeks in advance.
  • Marquee: Double-topped with windows and pleated-silk inner lining. The poles are hidden by ribbons which should colour-match the napkins or bridesmaids.
  • Favours: Champagne truffles or strawberry bonbons.
  • Wedding breakfast: Beef or lobster. Buttermilk bavarois for pudding. Circular tables fanned around top table.
  • Music: Harp for the bride’s entrance into church, string quartet at the reception, jazz band after dinner.
  • Tiffany trinket: Elsa Perretti crystal Bone candlesticks on the tables

Cassie’s Tiffanys wedding: Motto: ‘Relax and savour every moment.’

  • Colour scheme: Antique palette of dusty rose-pink, sand, duck egg, celadon.
  • Flowers: The bride should carry long-stemmed Maiden’s Blush roses; exuberant proliferations of meadow wildflowers in the church and crammed into jam jars in the marquee.
  • A vintage wedding dress in silk tulle with a long veil. Open to the idea of pastel-tinted bridal dresses in silk chiffon with delicate ballerina wraps.
  • Tableware: Eclectic mix of mismatched antique china.
  • Invitations written by hand and sealed with petals, giving a month’s notice.
  • Marquee: Canvas bell tents clustered in a wide circle around a fire pit.
  • Favours: big boxes of Maltesers.
  • Wedding breakfast: Hampers of carpaccio and terrines, taken on welsh wool blankets and thrown randomly on the grass.
  • Music: Organ for the bride’s entrance; A friend playing the piano during the reception; Henry’s playlist on Spotify after dinner.
  • Tiffany trinket: Solitaire engagement ring.

Gem’s view: Motto: ‘Dance barefoot and trash the dress. It’s the best party of your life.’

  • Colour scheme: Pure white with bold highlights of colour: turquoise, teal, cobalt, dawn peach or sunset orange.
  • Flowers: A daisy chain circlet in place of a tiara; daffodils in the church. Poppies and forget-me-nots still growing in the long grasses in the fields for the reception.
  • Dress: Short and strapless corded lace, or long and cut on the bias in snowy white. White or bejewelled flip-flops.
  • Invitations: A photograph of the bride and groom jumping into the sea, shared on Instagram the week before.
  • Tableware: Paper plates and patterned paper napkins. Ketchup in ramekins.
  • Marquee: An Indian hand-blocked Raj tent or a yurt is the dream. In reality, get friends to bring their festival two-man pop ups.
  • Favours: Rizlas on the table.
  • Wedding breakfast: Hog roast and an ice cream van.
  • Music: Cat Stevens CD for the bride’s entrance; the sound of the waves crashing on the shore is all they need for the reception. Trance DJ after dinner.
  • Tiffany trinket: Elsa Perreti Open Heart necklace worn long on coloured silk cord.
Summer at Tiffany's

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