This week on the podcast I spoke to the award winning fashion designer, and the talent behind the House of Holland label, the incredibly brilliant Henry Holland.
You’ll remember from the very first podcast episode that Henry designed my best friend Laura’s dress. It was a mega three-in-one spectacular design that meant changes through the day for Laura from long to mid length to cigarette pant. It is my absolute favourite dress that I have ever seen a bride in.
Henry and I chatted about the process of designing the dress for Laura before chatting about those of us who don’t have award winning fashion designers on speed dial should do to source the perfect dress. Henry firmly believes you should wear a dress that makes you feel special and reflects your personality but that doesn’t mean you should break the bank. He shared a story about how one of his friends found her perfect dress in New Look. He suggested trying on dresses from all price points from high end to high street and find the style that suits you and what you want and then locate that in the price bracket you can afford. He also suggested getting a cheaper dress but then styling it with expensive shoes that you’ve always wanted.
For bridesmaid dresses he suggested finding the dress that makes you feel a million dollars and then have it made in the same fabric. This way all the bridesmaids can have the same fabric but in a dress that suits their style and personality.
I asked Henry who his prediction for the Royal wedding dress would be. Like Patrick Grant, Henry thinks it will be British. Perhaps a final design by Christopher Bailey at Burberry. Let’s see if he’s right come Saturday 19 May when Meghan Markle walks down the aisle in St George’s Chapel.
We also discussed colour drenching, how lilac is the new millennium pink and his engagement and impending wedding. It is a really great episode so do take a listen.
Update: The episode with Henry has proven very popular. The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Daily Mirror, Hello!, Huffington Post and Harpers Bazaar have all covered his prediction that Christopher Bailey at Burberry might be the designer of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress.
We are up to Episode 5 already on the podcast I am joined by the Savile Row tailor, Patrick Grant. He has a line at Debenhams and is also a judge on the Great British Sewing Bee (a show I love and I really wish I could get my mum to enter!) He, perhaps, is the perfect person to speak to about men’s fashion on their wedding day. He is so knowledgeable about mens suits and passionate about men dressing well.
Patrick is confident that a man of any shape or size can have a good suit well fitted to them. At his Savile Row tailors, Norton and Sons, they have fitted all heights and waist measurements. In essence, there is no excuse to have a badly kitted suit. Patrick, as a Scots man, would also favour wearing a kilt to formal occasions such as a wedding, and we chatted in detail about what else needs to be worn with a kilt and how it should be worn, including the right shoes and tie.
Patrick and I both have a bug bear of men wearing ties that are a cravat/tie hybrid, often in a shiny material. A simple tie is definitely the way on your wedding day. And dressing to who you are as a person. If you’re not someone who wears a suit regularly then still dress to your style. You don’t need to conform if you don’t want to. But if you do, the follow the proper rules for the that dress code. Patrick spoke about how a morning suit should be worn and how best to wear it.
We also chatted about who are predictions are for the Royal Wedding dress designer. Patrick thinks it will be a British designer like Vivienne Westwood whilst my money is on Roland Mouret. We will have to wait and see on Saturday 12 May to find out who Meghan Markle has picked to design what will be the wedding dress of the year.
Exciting news to share. On Saturday 12 May I will be hosting a Royal Wedding Comedy show at the Bill Murray in Islington, London. As listeners to the podcast might know I have been doing stand up comedy since February 2017 as The Wedding Guest Extraordinaire. It seemed silly not to do a show round the biggest wedding since, well, Wills and Kate got wed.
So, come join the love fest and celebrate the Royal Wedding with the Wedding Guest Extraordinaire! A week before the event of year, we will be celebrating the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and all things love. Hosted by me, Sarah Southern – the ultimate Wedding Guest Extraordinaire, I will be bringing my love and passion for, well…., love, weddings and indeed the Royals to the evening.
I do appreciates that I might be a little niche in my joy and exuberant enthusiasm for weddings and the Royal Family so I will be bringing some friends along to balance out my spirited views.
I have invited four top comics along to entertain for the evening: two who believe in marriage and two who aren’t so keen and think there is an alternative way to relationships and love. It will be a humorous night of all things love, heartbreak, marriage and singledom.
The acts performing will be announced very soon!
Tickets are £5 for the Royal Wedding Comedy Show and can be booked via the Angel Comedy website.
This week our wedding expert, Sarah Southern spoke to Briony who married Paddy in the summer of 2012. They had been dating for 8 years when they became engaged. This was at Christmas 2011 when their son was almost 9 months old. Sadly, this immensely happy expereince was tinged with sadness as Briony’s father had passed away suddenly a few months earlier.
In the podcast Briony shares her experience of planning her wedding whilst dealing with grief and how she didn’t sweat of the small stuff as she knew it would just get sorted. Briony and I really hope that his podcast is not only helpful for those planning a wedding in London, or looking to plan a humanist ceremony but that those who are having a challenging time can see that joy and happiness can prevail.
Briony had two ceremonies for her wedding. The first was a civil ceremony at Hackney Town Hall for close family followed by a fish and chips lunch at the Britannia pub (now called the People’s Tavern). This was the first formal family occasion they had had since Briony’s dad passed so it was a high emotion day and having a smaller event just with close family made that easier.
Briony bought her wedding dress for the civil ceremony from Maids to Measure, her shoes from Marks and Spencers and did her hair and make up herself. She opted for a short 50s style dress and looked very chic.
Later in the year there was a larger celebration for the marriage with friends and family at The Roost in Hackney. This was a humanist ceremony followed by a reception and dancing. The Roost was a great venue to use on multiple floors and a bar which could be stocked with whatever you chose to buy. Briony and Paddy opted for French Martinis which the guests (ok, me!) very much enjoyed!
Welcome! 2018 will be full of joy and weddings. We will of course getting to celebrate with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this May. Later in the year the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank. A very exciting and happy year for the Royal family.
Of course other brides and grooms will be choosing to take the next big step in their relationship and get married. In June 2018 I will be Chief Bridesmaid at my friend Clare’s wedding. This will be the third time I have undertaken such a role (well, one time as Chief Bridesmaid and one time as Director of Guest Experience/Chief Usher).
All of these bits of wonderful nuptials comes just as I am beginning to plan a new podcast called Wedding Guest Extraordinaire. Why Wedding Guest Extraordinaire? Well, I have been a guest so many times. I have helped friends plan their weddings, I have been invited to weddings on the strength of my wedding game, I love a wedding and well, why not celebrate people’s love.
Join me each week as I chat to friends about their experiences of planing their big day, providing some key tips on planning your wedding, speaking to industry experts and generally getting excited about all the love. For the ushers, best men and bridesmaids (and indeed guests) I hope there will also be some tips on how to be a helpful member of the wedding party to guarantee it is the most special day possible.
As I type I am in the depths of planning a hen do for Clare’s wedding as well as providing some essential support in choosing her dress. And of course the key decision: choosing the bridesmaid dresses! Expect to hear about Clare’s big day and indeed how fun the hen do is.
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