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The royal wedding... Surrey style! The venue, dress, hair, catering and flowers

PUBLISHED: 10:37 23 April 2011 | UPDATED: 12:01 28 February 2013

The royal wedding... Surrey style! The venue, dress, hair, catering and flowers

The royal wedding... Surrey style! The venue, dress, hair, catering and flowers

It's the wedding everyone's talking about... but what if it was being held here in Surrey?

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2011

Its the wedding everyones talking about but what if it was being held here in Surrey? We spoke to a few local experts to find out how they would have done things

Interviews by Debbie Ward

The venue
Nicky Rooney, events manager, Loseley Park, Guildford

We think William and Kate will go for elegance, sophistication and classic chic in the style of their wedding, and Loseley Park would be perfect for them. Here at Loseley, we are steeped in royal connection. The house was built for a visit by Queen Elizabeth I and the panelling in the Great Hall is from Henry VIIIs Nonsuch Palace.

If we were hosting the royal nuptials, they would marry in the Great Hall, surrounded by portraits of Williams predecessors. A drinks reception could be taken in the Drawing Room whose gilded ceiling was decorated for James Is visit to Loseley. The magnificent fireplace is flanked by chairs, whose cushions are said to have been worked on by Queen Elizabeth I herself.

The classic Buckingham Palace balcony photo call could be recreated by the bride and groom waving from an upstairs window of the house to their guests on the lawn, or maybe from the minstrels gallery in the Great Hall, which has panels from Henry VIIs banqueting tents.

The dress
Fiona Dashwood, Fiona Dashwood Couture, Oxted

Protocol must be followed so Kates dress will be more demure than perhaps shed have otherwise chosen. Im sure it will be elegant; I hope in a soft, flowing fabric incorporating British textiles, perhaps Nottingham lace or subtle couture beading or embroidery.

It must reflect the grandeur of Westminster Abbey, meaning a substantial train and veil. Shell be filmed from the rafters so the train must walk well.

Kate is tall and willowy easy to design for but if I made her dress Id reflect her personality and, most importantly, give her something shed put on in the morning then forget she was wearing, knowing she couldnt look or feel more beautiful.

One of the most spectacular wedding dresses we made was from pleating over 20 metres of very fine silk chiffon!

These days, a soft, elegant often flowing, vintage look with a 60s glamour/Grecian feel is becoming popular. And watch out for a 70s flower power revival, too!

The catering
Tim Brennan, Caper & Berry, Godalming

I think, as William will be The Prince of Wales one day, therell be Welsh spring lamb on the royal wedding breakfast menu and perhaps a rhubarb-based dessert as its seasonal.

If we could get our hands on the catering, wed do mini British classics for the canaps. For the starter, it would be Northern Irish thick cut smoked salmon, duck egg mayonnaise and soda bread. The main course would definitely be a rack of salt marsh lamb from Wales and wed finish with a series of our popular mini desserts with seasonal gooseberries and rhubarb followed by the most amazing board of British cheeses.

We have catered for some spectacular weddings including one for an Iranian groom with a caviar and oyster bar, and fresh sushi prepared to order.

For more modest budgets, we suggest canaps are a time when you can add some real wow with creative and innovative choices.

The hair style
Leo Bancroft, Leo Bancroft Salon, Weybridge

Kate has gorgeous hair so I wouldnt give her anything too structured or harsh. I would tong it for defined yet loose waves, then lightly brush them out. The simpler the better as no doubt Kate will wear a tiara and elaborate jewellery. It saddens me, but I think shell probably have a very wedding look possibly a curled up-do with a French roll; classic and chic.

I always find out how brides normally wear their hair, then work a style theyll feel comfortable with from this. This season, low loose buns and chignons are on trend, or relaxed waves.

Facials, a light self-tan and manicures also help brides feel amazing but they shouldnt look over-styled.

My regular celebrity clients include Abbey Clancy, Kirsty Gallagher, Ruth and Eamonn Holmes and the Chelsea Football team. But my favourite bridal do was the Alice in Wonderland style I created on Channel 4s Wedding House. I backcombed the brides hair creating a crazy bird nest effect at the back, then added a huge bow the wedding was very surreal!


The flowers
Andrea Bardock, Bouquets and Favours, Redhill

As Kate is tall and slender, shell probably choose a traditional cascade bouquet in muted colours, perhaps simply creams and whites, with her favourite lilies and Princess Dianas favourite, roses. Lily of the valley could be a traditional addition.

The Abbey would need matching by large statement pieces or perhaps classic large blousy roses with some structural lilies or orchids. Royal purple might feature, and white daffodils as a Welsh contribution.

Id probably have created something simple, stylish and understated reflecting Kates style; perhaps an over-arm bouquet of calla lilies interspersed with lily of the valley, finished with my trademark jewelled collar.

Royal weddings must have at least three bouquets made during the day to keep them looking fresh for photographs!

I work in faux florals, using crystals, pearls, fabrics and feathers. The bouquets last and can reflect a detail in the bridal gown or jewellery. I once made a large burlesque/ gothic influenced bouquet with black ostrich feathers, cascading jewels and handmade organza flowers!

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