WHAT’S YOUR WEDDING THING?
A luxury creche?
Your personal honeymoon photographer?
Yes, please! These super-pros will take your big day to spectacular new heights, says Alice du Parcq
Is it all about the perfect church entrance? Are you fixated on a shade of blush pink for your shoes? Or perhaps you have a borderline¬obsessive need for your labrador to be as much a part of the day as your fiance?
I’m serious! I’ve really seen it all, having worked in the Brides office for 10 years and witnessed thousands of girls frantically sourcing specialist help for that one thing to complete their wedding vision. In fact, it’s what inspired me to set up as a fragrance matchmaker, where I help clients to find their dream signature scent. For some girls the perfect wedding fragrance is an absolute priority – an emotional accessory to cement memories of the happiest day of their lives, so it makes sense to have someone hold your hand and guide you to The One! What does it involve? First, we have a long chat so I can gather tons of information before I go off to do my homework.
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That means hours of research and smelling to devise a bespoke list of around a dozen scents. I’m happy to report a 100% success rate, so it’s no surprise I’m in excellent company with a flurry of specialists hitting the wedding scene. Whatever your ‘thing’, there’s a company to help. Here are the super-crew experts you never knew you needed… until now! O Fragrance matchmaking experience with Alice du Parcq, £250, aliceduparcq.com
The child whisperers In possibly the wedding world’s greatest dilemma, how do you host a smattering of adorable, Instagrammable kids without them tearing up your bunting and throwing tantrums all day? Answer: The Little Top. This team of childcare experts will set up a luxury tent or den in any wedding location – be it a field in the Cotswolds or a suite in Claridge’s – and entertain your tiny terrors with their unstoppable enthusiasm. They provide games, dressing-up clothes, crafts and activities from magicians to face painters and balloon artists – plus an evening sleepover service for smaller children with stories, blankets and movies so your guests can party a little longer. All staff work to Ofsted guidelines and are DBS checked. O Wedding packages, from £995, thelittletop.co.uk
The colour palette pros Have you ever considered that white might not be the right dress colour for you? Perhaps a milky coffee shade or a pearly silver might work better with your skintone. And what about your maids’ dresses? A touch too pale, dark or bright could throw off your entire aura.
The make-up fairy Godmother
Bridal make-up artist Sophie McMullan not only provides a seamless service of trials and wedding make-up but will also
(and photos). If you’re nodding enthusiastically, then you need House Of Colour’s help. Its teams of nationwide specialists will personally analyse and style you and your day in the most flattering shades, shapes and fabrics for a wedding experience that will look and feel magazine-worthy. O Wedding co lour service, from £525, houseofcolour.co.uk
The honeymoon snapper
A phone-full of sunburnt selfies and awkward dinner-a-deux shots taken by your waiter? That sums up most honeymoon photo albums – unless, that is, you turn to Pictrip. This UK-based agency sources photographers from 23 countries to join you on honeymoon to take professional photos, offering shoots from 30 minutes to a full gallery bespoke to your travel diary. Imagine the Facebook-bragging fun you can have. O One-location packages, from £150 for 30 minutes and 15photos, pictrip.co.uk
The speech writer Ensure a groan-free wedding reception by future-proofing the most disaster- prone part of the whole event: the speeches. Former BBC broadcaster Adrian Simpson now runs All Speeches Great & Small, where your father, fiance, best man or maid-of-honour can collaborate with Adrian to create a perfectly judged speech with just the right helping of laughter and tears. O DIYpacks, £39.99; speech editing, £180; and bespoke speechwriting, £336; allspeechesgreatandsmall.com
Sieve through your personal beauty and skincare stash and recreate a bespoke kit full of new suggestions, colours, textures and tools. It’s a brilliant resource if you’re getting married abroad and need to do it all yourself, or if you want to start wedded life with an expertly curated set of all¬scenario beauty products. Bonus: she’ll even go out and buy the whole lot for you. O Trials, from £100; bespoke beauty hauls, from £200 to £800; beautisserie.com
The aisle styler
Etiquette and wedding expert Jo Bryant has designed an indispensable workshop for brides-to-be. It includes posture and walking tips for a smooth entrance and flattering photos, where to hold your bouquet, managing your veil and dress through different scenarios during the day (hello, graceful car exit and first dance), plus confidence and breathing tips essential for controlling nerves. O Private two-hour Aisle Style workshop in a venue of your choice, £250, jobryant.com
The hen concierge
The most important person at your hen party is YOU, so don’t leave it to chance and hope it’ll be arranged the way you want it. Instead, engage bespoke planners extraordinaire La Fete to take care of travel, hotels, restaurants and VIP experiences. Book a consultation (at a location convenient to you) and keep track of your plans with La Fete’s app. You’ll need to pay the lion’s share, but it’s acceptable to ask your girls for a contribution. O Consultancy and planning fee, £500, not including activities, la-fete. Com
The dog creche
If you can’t possibly imagine your dog not being part of your big day, then let Scamps & Champs get your pup to the church on time. With branches nationwide, the company offers a completely bespoke service that includes transport, grooming, walking, accessorising, chaperoning, tending to… erm… comfort breaks, feeding and playing, and will even pet-sit or provide full boarding when you’re on honeymoon. O Dog creche service, from £150, scampsandchamps.co.uk