Famed for its decadent attention to detail and exceptional service, it's no surprise iconic London department store Harrods has turned its attention to helping stressed-out brides-to-be plan their perfect big day.
Launching this month, Weddings by Harrods will offer a complete bridal planning service making full use of all the luxury products and services the store has to offer.
So, in celebration, we asked Weddings by Harrods planner Sonia Abrams to let us in on her luxe planning predictions for 2013.
1. Lost in lace
“Lace will continue to be a key feature on wedding dresses and we’ll see it crossing over into event design. From bridal gowns with long fitted sheer lace sleeves to tablecloths and napkins, it’s the material of the moment.”
2. White out
"The white-on-white colour scheme is still a hot trend for 2013 and a new way to work it is by incorporating a subtle shimmer. Weave it throughout your wedding day with little touches like using metallic paper for your stationery and opting for mirrored table tops to add a bit of sparkle."
3. Go Gatsby
"The second colour story I can’t wait to work on this year is an Art Deco styled wedding with an opulent colour scheme of gold and emerald green. It's bold and striking but still elegant and chic. A modern bride looking for a more playful theme may want to add fuchsia or purple highlights which really bring the emerald green alive."
4. Play with your food
"Couples are looking for their wedding cuisine to be a real food and sensory experience. Informal food stations are going to be big as well as fun dessert trolleys in the evening to tempt and delight guests for the night. Food and drink pairing is going to take off too - matching the appropriate wine or champagne with smoked salmon or alternatively gravadlax with frozen Aquavit or vodka."
5. Baker boy
"Groom's cakes – traditionally given by the bride to the groom - are making a comeback. And as men are increasingly more involved in wedding planning, it's a lovely thank you from you to him."
6. Get gifting
"Expressing gratitude to guests or loved ones for their help is always good wedding etiquette but personalisation is key for 2013. Couples want to give special gifts to say thank you and bespoke offerings like fragrances are increasingly popular."
7. Lady of the manor
"The huge popularity of period dramas – from Downton Abbey to Les Misérables – has sparked an interest in venues steeped in heritage and tradition with links to the British aristocracy. Boughton House, the filming location of the wedding scene in Les Misérables, fits the bill perfectly and is ideal if you want to play Lord and Lady of the manor.
8. Technological breakdown
Brides are going to steer clear of technology like emails, texts and Facebook to announce their engagements and will instead hark back to the tradition of sending a wedding announcement. Stationers like Smythson do this beautifully and it's a wonderful way to share the news with friends and family.