I’ve spent a lot of time in Mayfair in the past 10 years and being able to revisit so many of my favourite designers and brands for this guide – as well as discovering some beautiful new ones – has confirmed there has never been a more exciting time to plan and host a wedding that is entirely about the two of you.
From the very beginning, your engagement and wedding rings can be designed as unique pieces for you, bands that are created to sit perfectly together. At Stephen Webster, they are physically pulled together by magnetic force. How romantic is that? At Oscar de la Renta you can have a treasured piece of family jewellery or secret love letters stitched into the design of your dress. If your heels come from Malone Souliers you will be able to select the silhouette, heel height, detailing and fabric used. At McQueens Flowers you can chose blooms that speak to your scent memories. At Danceworks, have a former world champion choreograph a first dance to your favourite piece of music. Immortalise your union with a bespoke monogram or crest from Mount Street Printers. The team at Dr Barbara Sturm will completely bespoke a facial treatment using proteins from your own body. It is surely impossible to get more personal than that.
An ambition to achieve all this while working to the most sustainable practices possible can be felt right across the neighbourhood. The team at eco-luxe, low waste restaurant Apricity will help plan your wedding menus with ingredients there is a surplus of. Stephen Webster will reimagine and reset a ring using stones from a piece you already own, then add a carbon-negative Skydiamond. Jenny Packham will show you chic bridal cocktail dresses that have a life way beyond the wedding day while MATCHESFASHION will rent your guests their wedding weekend looks. You can choose the gift of something old from Grays antique market or a timepiece from Oris where dials for its Aquis Date Upcycle watch are made from recycled ocean plastics.
This guide has been designed to introduce you to the huge variety of talented designers, producers and artists resident in Mayfair who are best placed to style your wedding. We want it to be as helpful as possible, so we have structured the content to sit within their recommended wedding planning timeline. But the beauty of shopping your wedding in Mayfair is that everything is adaptable to work for you. These timings act as a guide, a framework in which to structure your planning, but everything is fluid. When you work with the best, they understand that delivering what you desire most is the ultimate wedding gift.