Proposals & Weddings

Classic Bridal Looks

Written by India Charter
December 13th, 2023 • 12 min read

Embark on a journey through the ages as we explore the epitome of sophistication and grace – classic bridal looks and timeless wedding ideas. In this blog, we'll guide you through every element that contributes to the timeless charm of a wedding. Think Sofia Richie Grainge, 'old money' style, simplicity in grandeur at its best. From the choice of wedding rings to the intricacies of bridal bouquets, and timeless wedding dresses, let's dive into the details that make a wedding truly classic.

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Our Favourite Classic Wedding Rings

Begin your journey by adorning your commitment with a classic wedding ring. Discover the enduring appeal of timeless designs, from traditional bands to intricate details that stand the test of time. Our selection showcases the craftsmanship that transforms a ring into a symbol of eternal love. For male grooms and those who identify with male style, a thick, plain wedding band in platinum or yellow gold is timeless. For women and those who identify with feminine style, consider a diamond eternity ring, either in a Scallop Set or Pavé Set style. Alternatively, you may prefer a simple, plain wedding ring - make like the royals, and opt for a plain yellow gold wedding ring like the Full Court.

Selecting a classic wedding ring involves careful consideration of design elements that stand the test of time. Opt for enduring styles like a simple band in precious metals such as platinum or gold, showcasing sentimental, subtle details like an engraving of your wedding date, your partner’s initials or a thoughtful quote. Most Queensmith wedding rings can be engraved, typically with up to 25 characters - get in touch to arrange.

Classic wedding ring designs often feature traditional round diamonds for added sophistication. When pairing with an engagement ring, ensure a harmonious look by choosing a wedding band that complements the style and setting of the engagement ring.

For solitaire engagement rings, a diamond set wedding ring can enhance the diamond's brilliance, while an intricately designed engagement ring may pair well with a simpler, plain wedding band to achieve a balanced and timeless aesthetic. That said, most people like to match their wedding ring with the band of their engagement ring. The key is to choose a classic wedding ring that not only reflects your personal style but also seamlessly complements the enduring beauty of your engagement ring.

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Our Favourite Classic Wedding Dresses

Step into a world of elegance with our curated pick of classic wedding dresses from a variety of retailers. We’ve rounded up our favourite timeless styles, from vintage-inspired gowns to minimalist silhouettes and traditional gowns - below is our diverse pick of timeless bridal fashion that transcends trends. Image: @chosenbykyha via Instagram

  • P.S. Bridal Rental - Founders Zoe & Ella explain, 'we founded P.S. Rental after our personal experiences with wedding dress shopping and lack of a truly affordable, sustainable and circular option.' Tailored styling at a good price - plus, try their free dress finder, where they'll get to know you and send over their pick of dresses they think you'll love!
  • White One Bridal - Part of the Pronovias Group, this is a go-to to find any classic dress style you might be looking for. They have a 'last minute' collection - handy if you're second-guessing your original choice.
  • Marchesa - Frilly, lacy, A-line skirts, floral appliqué: this one is for the whimsical, romantic, traditional brides. Shop their selection, and find the style to suit you, with prices on asking.
  • Bibiluxe Studio - A small, UK-based business, where each garment is individually cut by hand. With an online-only offering, they're able to keep overheads low and pass on fair prices to customers, and this in turn helps them to maintain high standard craftsmanship. A brand after our own hearts!
  • The Collectibles - A limited collection of sensational bridal (and non-bridal) vintage and pre-owned pieces at a range of prices, this is the place to shop for something with that 'one off' feeling. Their model helps contribute to a slower, more circular fashion industry - we love.
  • Aire Barcelona - Beyond chic, from simple silhouettes to full-bodied skirts, there is a whole host of variety to choose from here. These guys are particularly good are plain, simple wedding dresses.
  • Grace Lane London - With a history working at Alexander McQueen and renowned tailor, Gieves & Hawkes, Grace creates bespoke outfits for weddings alongside TV and film. So think drama, celeb-influence and stunning tailoring. She also has a unique vintage selection.
  • Half Penny London - A trip here is a dream. With a celeb-following, Half Penny have become an iconic London-bride destination for stylish brides. Big bows, puffy sleeves, major fun.

Our Favourite Classic Wedding Flowers

Opt for classics like roses, peonies, and lilies, renowned for their enduring beauty and symbolic significance. Baby’s breath, or gypsophila, is a traditional, whimsical choice. These flowers not only boast a timeless allure but also radiate a sense of romance, adding a poetic touch to your wedding aesthetic. When considering colours, embrace soft and muted tones such as ivory, blush, and pastel hues to maintain a classic and sophisticated palette. For a real statement, go all white! These shades not only complement various wedding themes but also lend a timeless quality to your floral arrangements, ensuring that your wedding blooms are a testament to enduring love and grace. Image: @sweetpealondon via Instagram

  • Sweet Pea - Credited amongst the best wedding florists by Harper's Bazaar and The Telegraph, this is the classic wedding florist to know. A luxury touch, with traditional yet unstuffy aesthetics. Think white flowers, green foliage, and hints of blush tones.
  • Grace & Thorn - Most London-based brides-to-be will know this florist. We adore the whimsical, romantic drama of their bouquets. Almost painting-like, these guys ace mixing shapes and colours to create a cohesive, stunning arrangement.
  • Mollie & Mauve - We're obsessed with founder Rachel's floral creations, from natural-looking doorway frames and flower arches, to rustic window embellishments. She thinks outside the box while keeping things classic and inspired by nature. Based in West Yorkshire.
  • Hattie Flowers - Muted tones and slightly unusual installations underpin this 'slow' florist, who grows and arranges their own in-season flowers within natural conditions, massively reducing their need for European imports. Ethical, hand-selected, passionately arranged. We love!
  • Jamjar Flowers - Fresh, quaint, English-Countryside-esque, this South London florist is the picture-perfect destination for romantic brides. Their signature style derived from "the simple charm of local wild flowers, picked and arranged in jam jars and displayed on the kitchen table".
  • Flowers By Passion - Based in Bath and giving Bridgerton vibes, we particularly love their approach to dressing doorways and architectural focal points, as if the flowers are bursting through the stonework. Committed to working as sustainably as possible, this is one to know for eco-conscious couples.
  • Swallows And Damsons - Whether you're picturing gigantic Victorian-style urns filled to the brim with flowers and foliage, or installations to hang above your Wedding breakfast table, check out this florist for wow-factor with a historic-edge.
  • Hare & Howl - Nailing the white bouquet and blush tone brief, this is a reliably classic wedding florist with a slight bohemian edge. Based in York, a great option for Northern brides and grooms.