11 April 2017
SCOTLAND’S LEADING WEDDING PLANNER REVEALS HOW TO SAY ‘I DO’ THE ROYAL WAY
Edinburgh, April 2017 – There's nothing like a royal wedding to capture the hearts and minds of the nation - and inspire a plethora of wedding trends - and Pippa Middleton‟s wedding to James Matthews on 20th May 2017 will be no exception.
“The Royal Wedding is still influencing the bridal world, and given she stunned the world in that Alexander McQueen dress at Kate and William‟s wedding six years ago, all eyes will be on Pippa come her own big day,” says Katie Balmer, Wedding Planner at The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel. Here, the go-to expert for Scotland‟s most discerning brides, gives her tips on how to plan a thoroughly royal affair.
Something Old, something new...
When it comes to the format of her wedding, I‟d expect Pippa to be modern in her approach to blending old with new. For example, when it came to her vows, Kate chose not to use the word „obey‟, but did promise to „love, comfort, honour and keep‟ her husband. As it‟s likely Pippa and James will opt for a more personalised approach too, my advice to brides looking to follow suit is to honour tradition, but give the vows a twist so that they reflect you and your partner.
The right venue can take an event from special to unforgettable, especially when it comes to the backdrop for a wedding. Kate secured entry to Westminster and Buckingham Palace, and there won‟t be a guest at Pippa‟s wedding who wouldn‟t want a peek inside the Middleton home. At The Balmoral, our function suites have some of the best castle views in the Capital which makes a more than an Instagram-worthy setting. We also offer photography on our rooftop with stunning views over the Edinburgh city skyline – an iconic backdrop to recreate that royal balcony shot.
Make A List
Guest lists are definitely more personal as couples look to invite close friends and family as opposed to the following strict protocol on family attendance. Reportedly Pippa and James have a „no ring, no bring‟ rule meaning plus ones will only be invited if they‟re married. When it comes to invitees, clarity on the invitations is crucial. Once you have this, most guests should understand that unless their other half‟s name is stated on the invitation – or there is an obvious plus one addendum - companions are not invited. Be clear on your policy on children as well - the future Mr & Mrs Matthews will most probably invite close family children to their wedding, but will hire a nanny or children‟s entertainers to amuse them once the ceremony is over.
Get It In Writing
In much the same way as Kate and Wills used a website to provide guests with detailed and up-to-date information, Pippa and her groom are likely to embrace technology too. However, nothing beats the look and feel of a traditional invitation, so they‟re more than likely working with traditional stationer Mount Street Printers to craft their wedding stationary. From telegrams and invisible ink to edge painted and foil blocked, there‟s ample scope for creativity - some of the loveliest touches I‟ve seen recently include personalised illustrations such as his and hers silhouettes; incorporating the iconic Balmoral backdrop into the invitations. Thank you notes are still a must and handwritten if possible.
Kate spawned the next trend in wedding dresses, and like most fashion-forward brides, I think Pippa will opt for a design to reflect her individual style, which tends to be demure. With long sleeves and lashings of lace still popular thanks to her sister, there‟s also a move towards slimline and simple designs courtesy of society bride favourite Alice Temperley - of which Pippa has long been a fan; British courturier Giles Deacon - favoured to be Pippa‟s wedding dress designer; and Jenny Peckham, who the Middleton family have on speed dial. Pippa will most certainly change into a show-stopping evening gown too, a growing trend with the style-conscious.
Say It With Flowers...
Astute brides usually opt for seasonal flowers, not only are they the most beautiful when they‟re in bloom, but you can order in abundance leaving an impression of „no expense spared‟. Pippa, who has been spending a lot of time at seasonal specialists, Lavender Green Flowers in Chelsea, is having a May wedding so might choose English flowers like garden roses, sweet peas, hydrangeas and peonies for a more informal style to suit the venue and time of year. Canopies of peonies or hydrangeas, fashionable in the most upscale wedding circles, can be hung overhead for added wow factor. Whilst the flowers you have will be dictated by seasonality and style preferences, we can work with our resident florists to decide where photo moments will be and where guests will be gathering to ensure maximum impact with displays. And it‟s not just about the flowers, it‟s always beautiful when couples scent their wedding with candles and linen sprays.
Raise A Glass
The food and wine on offer is an integral part of setting the tone of the whole occasion. Our Executive Chef, Jeff Bland, who oversees our Michelin-star restaurant Number One, works with our couples to create a bespoke menu often featuring The Balmoral‟s famous smoked salmon – cured and smoked to our own recipe – as well championing other local produce with dishes such as Isle of Skye Crab, Hass avocado, chilli and mango and Blairgowrie beef, mini Yorkshire pudding, horseradish. Drinks must also be as glistening as your chandelier centrepiece. We can source specialist drinks from around the world - Pippa and James are said to have a penchant for
Blanc de Noir Tillington 2009 from Nyetimber – but our sommelier often recommends Krug's Grand Cuvée from the iconic Krug house, renowned for being the Champagne for connoisseurs.
Rules Of Engagement
Managing the guest journey through the wedding day, and creating talking points along the way, is the key to making sure everyone has a good time. Team Middleton will have precision-planned every key stage in the day most likely organising some entertainment to engage and delight. What couples plan depends completely on guests‟ tastes. We have had a range of entertainment requests, from couples designing personalised challenges for guests, including tailored questions, trivia and tasks, to creating a personalised gelato to be served during the canapé reception to enjoying a silent disco at the end of the evening. At The Balmoral we will make sure the day is fun filled and organised to perfection.
For more information about weddings at The Balmoral contact Katie Balmer on 0131 622 8808, email@example.com
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Notes to Editors
Weddings at The Balmoral
Edinburgh‟s most prestigious landmark wedding venue, The Balmoral makes the most perfect of all city wedding venues. Stained glass, a sweeping staircase and priceless chandeliers form a dramatic backdrop for all marriages. Guests can enjoy castle views with their bespoke wedding banquet, created by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jeff Bland. A dedicated wedding planner arranges every last detail, so that wedding celebrations are as exclusive and individual as the hotel itself.
Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and contemporary rooms. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant or the informal Hadrian‟s Brasserie. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 400 Scottish whiskies at Scotch. Expertly blended cocktails are shaken and stirred to perfection at The Balmoral Bar and signature Forte Organics are available at The Balmoral Spa.
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Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown‟s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg;
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