Your London Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 87)

DANILA CALCINAGHI, LE SPOSE DI GIO  Be sure to make an appointment with your bridal boutique so you have the time allocated to you for help and advice from the boutique’s advisors  We suggest that you order your dress at least five months before your big day. However, if your wedding is taking place during the summer or spring you might even need to order sooner. Be sure to speak to your boutique to get the timeframes right based on your date  Our gowns are tailor-made, exclusively in Italy. At your appointment, you’ll try on sample dresses to visualise the finished look. Your gown is then custom-made and can be personalised in terms of choice of the fabric, colour and style – this is why it’s good to allow plenty of time  Don’t worry if you live a distance from a boutique. We offer a special forwarding service where your gown will be delivered hanged and ironed  Don’t take too many people with you to your bridal appointment. Too many opinions creates confusion and this doesn’t help. It’s better to come with a couple of trustworthy people and invite the others during the fitting where they’ll be able to give you some suggestions on all those details such as the veil, hair, shoes and make-up  It’s important to have an idea of budget and what style of dress you have in mind – formal, classic, contemporary. Be sure to be openminded when it comes to trying on different styles though – you might be surprised! BRIDAL GOWN FLOWERS  Book an initial consultation with your florist to make sure they understand your vision and to check out their portfolio. A good florist will know flowers, their availability, season and vase life so keep an eye out for that  Create a mood board and show your florist photos of looks that you like and any other big-day details so they can make sure the blooms complement your day  Save the date with your florist as early as you can to avoid disappointment. A good supplier will be booked well in advance  Take inspiration from your venue for setting the scene and bringing the outdoor in  Recommended supplier lists that your venue has will be useful as they’ll be used to decorating the rooms and making best use of the different spaces  Reuse your flowers throughout the day to save on costs. Ceremony displays can be transported to your reception venue and used as centrepieces or a backdrop for your top table or cake table  Be clear on budget – your florist will work with you to get the most out of your flowers based on what you’ve got to spend  If you have small bridesmaids or flower girls, consider easyto-carry displays that won’t damage esily such as wands, wrist corsages or flower-filled baskets  When you think flowers, don’t just think bouquets. Your floral theme can be taken throughout your bridal look, venue styling, cake design and more! PLANNING SOS 51