Now the weddings seem to be back on track for 2021, it’s officially time to look forward to this summer’s weddings. You want your wedding to be the final say in elegance and luxury (not to mention a party for the ages), you are likely toying with the idea of a black tie theme.
Currently, weddings are an exception to the UK roadmap delay – Boris Johnson announced there would be no cap on guests at ceremonies and receptions. It’s news that future brides and grooms as well as wedding venues and planners have been hoping for and can look forward to now.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously said it was his “hope and belief” that the wedding and events industry would be open by the summer – and he seems to have come true. With the UK’s mass vaccination program in full swing, it’s great to see weddings allowed again this year.
Without restricting the number of guests, there is no reason why you shouldn’t start planning your perfect wedding now. If you are looking for an elegant affair, this is the place to start …
What does a black tie wedding entail?
It’s primarily a dress code – floor-length dresses and tuxedos – but also a sense of formality. Remember: an evening reception, a seated dinner and an opulent ambience.
“A black tie wedding really creates a sense of occasion and meaning,” said Anna Wills, founder of ARC Events, who helped organize weddings at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including Kensington Palace and the V&A Museum Has.
“The choice of venue is crucial – hosting a glamorous formal wedding deserves the perfect setting for such an affair. Historic buildings with ornate interiors are a clear winner, such as Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire or the Banqueting House in London. ”
But where should an expectant bride begin? In complex affairs, the devil is in the details. From save the dates to luxurious centerpieces and stunning venues, here is our complete guide to planning a black tie wedding.
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The best wedding locations for black ties
Step number one: secure a venue appropriate for a black tie party. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s best wedding planners, Mark Niemierko says that while it may sound obvious, you need to remember the “basics” – guest numbers, date, location and budget – with your partner (and potential wedding planner), before you get bogged down in details. These factors determine which venues are best for you.
For a tuxedo wedding, he recommends “city chic”: think of Draper’s Hall in the City of London, the Savile Club in Mayfair or the Battersea Arts Center. But a formal appearance can also work in the country: “One of my favorite places is a small hotel in the New Forest called Lime Wood, where you could get married for a whole weekend,” says Niemierko. And he should know after organizing Julia and James Cordon’s wedding at Somerset’s Babington House.
Here are some of our favorite spots for inspiration: