So, to celebrate the launch of our online wedding & gift list registry, we chatted all things wedding related with Notting Hill event creators, Lillingston. Founder and director Sophie Lillingston and head of creative Sophie Stuart are behind some of the world's most awe-inspiring weddings. At the heart of what they do is understanding people. Figuring out what really matters to them. And then creating events that feels as personal as they do immersive. So we asked for their top tips (and best stories!)
We've done wedding lists for years in our stores, and to this day, we love meeting couples and helping them achieve their dream table. Now we've made it even easier by launching an online gift registry. It's simple, personal and completely free, so please do take a peak (or help us spread the word to happy couples everywhere).
What is the key to having a wedding that reflects you as a couple and feels personal?
From the word go, it is very important to create an atmosphere that reflects the couple; whether it be cool and contemporary or classically beautiful. This is initially achieved by the location or country that the wedding is held in, but then most importantly, by the small personal details.
What is the element that most couples overlook, that ends up making the wedding?
Until someone actually gets married, they don't know how much they will enjoy the actual marriage service, as it tends to get overlooked in the planning stage. However, it can be incredibly emotional, uplifting and also fun. So we encourage couples to really think about the service and involve as many people as possible... friends and family, the best man, ushers, bridesmaids and pages, readers and any musical friends. This makes people feel very special and loved and the service entirely personal to the couple.
How do you help couples settle a difference of opinion?
There's a lot going on when people are getting married so it's important to keep everything in perspective. If a difference of opinion becomes a regular problem... picking your battles is crucial. It's important to remember that the groom might not value something as much as the bride and may therefore find it difficult to understand - but that's where we come in useful! We nurture each of their needs and focus on the elements that both deem essential. We had one bride who said she only likes spending money on handbags and shoes so we had all the flower arrangements made into handbags and shoes!
What has been your favourite wedding?
What advice do you give to couples when it comes to registering for wedding gifts?
Firstly, allow enough time to enjoy this. It can take longer than you expect if you are having a big wedding and require an extensive wedding list. Have a good variety of things at different price points to make it accessible to all of your guests, and consider different things like an interior designer for a day or wine list, as well as all the lovely household things such as glassware, ceramics and linen.
To get started on your S&B gift list, click here or call the store on +44 (0) 207 221 4566, as we'd love to help.