A Beautiful British Wedding – Tops Tips from Astrid Joss


Q: Best shop for dresses

A: For all out couture everyone is talking about the new super brand Ralph & Russo who this year were the first British fashion house invited to show at Paris Couture week in 100 years. For designer head to Jenny Packham for high glamour (make sure you check out her incredible show stopping costume jewellery range) jennypackham.co.uk and Matthew Williamson for something more ethereal or weddings abroad matthewwilliamson.com. You'll be amazed at the level of high fashion found on the High Street. Coast offer a wide range of stylish numbers with chic accessories to match rainbowclub.co.uk.

Q: Best shop for bridal shoes

A: I adore Emmy's heavily embellished and original designs. The interior padding makes them incredibly comfortable - I got wed in a pair and never once noticed I was wearing high heels! emmyshoes.co.uk. For something more affordable British label Rainbow Club can hand colour your shoes to any shade you can possibly think of, which is perfect for the bride wanting a coordinated look. rainbowclub.co.uk.

Q: Best for table wear

A:Jones Hire joneshire.co.uk won their royal warrant through offering standards of excellence and beautiful taste from classic right though to the very modern. For very intimate weddings I love the idea of purchasing all your table wear from one company and using it at the wedding so its shrouded in sentiment forever after, giving yourself the best wedding present ever! I tell friends to go to Dartington.co.uk for not only stunning pieces but all the other necessities such as cake stands and ice buckets - a must for the celebrations!

Q: Best for calligraphy

A: No wedding is complete without beautiful calligraphy to set the tone. Ask your calligrapher to help with special touches such as drawing a map of the church and venue to include with invitations or writing your names blown up on mirrors at the venue. I suggest Chiara Lamp Lighter London paulantonioscribe.com, lamplighterlondon.com and for the label conscious Paul Antonio contributed to both the Royal wedding and Kate Moss's.

Q: Best for stationary

A: The ultimate is Smythson's offering old classics clever modern designs. Their bespoke service means you dream big and work with their incredible team to come up with something truly sensational smythson.com.

Q: Best for scenting your wedding

A: Jo Malone, full stop! They embrace and promote the best of British culture and the product is second to none. Try their free consultations to find a fragrance that suits you with never thought of before ways to scent your day such as different scents to wear on your neck when you kiss guests and another spritzed on your back for when you glide up the aisle. jomalone.co.uk.

Q: Best for videographers

A: Brit Girl Daisy Jenks has revolutionised wedding filming. Her fun way of getting guests to sing along and perform your song choice, filmed throughout all stages of the wedding will get the party started from the get go and leave you with irreplaceable memories. jenksandco.uk

Q: Best for gift lists:

A: Special homewares make the perfect, enduring gift. In London I head to Harrods or Heals, both selling some of Dartington’s exclusive pieces. On the high street John Lewis is great and online I’d recommend The Wedding Shop

Q: Best Florist

A: I cannot get enough of By Appointment Only Design who create sheer magic with flowers. byappointmentonlydesign.com They recommend using Dartington's dartington.co.uk colourful flower bottles to artfully arrange your blooms in a British hedge row style running up the middle of tables as simple yet effective table centres. I use Rebel Rebel rebelrebel.co.uk for a quintessential English countryside look.