Proposals & Weddings

Whimsical Wedding & Bridal Style

Written by
Claudia Besant (Brand & Marketing Executive)

Having joined Queensmith from the world of books, Claudia has immersed herself in the realm of fine jewellery and works closely with the rest of the team to develop innovative strategies, insightful guides and engaging articles.

June 17th, 2024 • 12 min read

Embrace the enchanting world of whimsical bridal style with our comprehensive guide to creating a dreamy, nature-inspired wedding look. From the perfect whimsical wedding dress to dazzling rings and delicate accessories that add a touch of magic, we’ll help you transform into the whimsical bride you’ve always dreamed of being.

Discover how to blend botanical elements seamlessly into your wedding theme, ensuring your special day is filled with ethereal beauty and timeless charm. Whether you're envisioning a fairytale garden or an enchanting woodland, we’re here to inspire and our tips and guide you every step of the way.

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Our Favourite Whimsical Wedding Dresses

Embrace the magic of your wedding day with a whimsical wedding dress that captures the essence of romance and fantasy. Here are some of our favourite enchanting designers and their unique creations that will make any bride feel like they’ve stepped straight out of a fairytale.

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  • Amy Mair Couture – Creating bespoke wedding dresses with luxurious fabrics and intricate detailing, Amy Mair Couture offers gowns tailored to perfection, adding a sophisticated touch to whimsical bridal style. The Paris Original gown is a particular whimsical favourite of ours, with its breathtaking botanical and lacy details. Prices start from £2,000. Available for consultations in her Cardiff studio with worldwide shipping options.
  • Monique Lhuillier – Known for ethereal designs and delicate lacework, Monique Lhuillier’s gowns blend romantic silhouettes with contemporary elegance, featuring intricate embroidery and flowing tulle. A US fashion house established in 1996, celebrity fans include Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba. Prices start from around £3,000 and appointments are available to book at their flagship store in Mayfair, London.
  • Suzanne Neville – Exquisite tailoring and luxurious fabrics define Suzanne Neville’s bridal dresses. With structured bodices and romantic skirts, these designs strike the perfect balance between sophistication and whimsical charm. Prices start from £4,000. Available at her London and Cheshire boutiques, as well as selected stockists worldwide.
  • Claire Pettibone – The epitome of whimsical, Claire Pettibone’s enchanting vintage-inspired gowns are adorned with delicate lace and intricate embroidery that capture the essence of timeless romance. Prices start from £3,000. Available at her flagship salon in Los Angeles and through selected international stockists, with global shipping.
  • Hermione de Paula – Hand-embroidered floral motifs and personalised designs set Hermione de Paula’s wedding dresses apart. Each gown tells a unique story, perfect for brides seeking a botanical and whimsical look. Prices start from £5,000. Available for custom orders through her London atelier, with international shipping.
  • Catherine Langlois – Specialising in custom designs, Catherine Langlois crafts each dress to reflect the bride’s personality. Romantic silhouettes and intricate beading blend timeless elegance with whimsical details. Prices start from £2,500. Available at her Toronto studio, with international shipping.
  • Barbara Kavchok – Focusing on innovation and sustainability, Barbara Kavchok’s stunning wedding dresses are eco-friendly and feature unique details, perfect for a modern, whimsical wedding. Prices start from £2,000. Available through her Pennsylvania atelier and select boutiques in the USA, with worldwide shipping options.
  • Danielle Frankel – Contemporary silhouettes and innovative fabrics define Danielle Frankel’s bridal gowns. Unexpected details offer a unique twist on whimsical bridal style. Actress AnnaSophia Robb wore a Danielle Frankel gown for her harvest moon wedding in October 2022. ‘I remember the first time I went to Danielle’s studio, my jaw dropped,’ the bride said. ‘Her dresses are unlike anything I had seen: modern and whimsical, yet classic and timeless – a distinct voice in the bridal world.’ Prices start from £4,000. Available at her New York showroom and through select retailers, with global shipping available.
  • Alexandra Grecco – Crafted from luxurious fabrics, Alexandra Grecco’s minimalist designs provide a simple yet stunning wedding dress option. Clean lines and subtle, whimsical details highlight her collections. Prices start from £2,500. Available at her New York studio and select boutiques worldwide, with international shipping.
  • Needle & Thread – Intricate beadwork and vintage-inspired designs make Needle & Thread’s wedding dresses enchanting. Ethereal tulle skirts and floral embellishments are perfect for a whimsical wedding. Prices start from £250. Available online and at select retailers in the UK, with shipping available globally.

Our Favourite Whimsical Wedding Shoes & Accessories

Complete your whimsical bridal look with the perfect shoes and accessories. Whether you're seeking delicate floral headpieces, elegant jewellery or beautifully crafted shoes, these designers offer an array of enchanting options to add a touch of magic to your wedding day.

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  • Bella Belle – Known for their delicate designs and impeccable craftsmanship, Bella Belle offers wedding shoes that blend elegance with whimsy. Each pair features intricate beadwork, lace and floral embellishments. Prices start from £250, available online and at select retailers worldwide.
  • One Blushing Bride – Creating stunning bridal accessories, One Blushing Bride adds a whimsical touch to any wedding look. From veils to hairpieces, their designs are handcrafted with attention to detail. Prices start from £50, with worldwide shipping available through their online store.
  • Emmy London – Emmy London’s wedding shoes are renowned for their timeless style and luxurious comfort. Featuring exquisite details like beading and embroidery, these shoes are perfect for the whimsical bride. Prices start from £450, available at their London boutique and online, with global shipping.
  • All About Romance – All About Romance offers a range of bridal accessories that capture the essence of whimsical style. Their collection includes ethereal veils, delicate hair vines and romantic jewellery. Prices start from £30, available online with international shipping.
  • JADE Bridal Shoes – A Ukrainian brand founded by Helen and her best friend Julia, JADE Bridal Shoes handcrafts unique and comfortable shoes that combine contemporary design with whimsical charm. ‘Despite the war, we don’t stop doing what we love the most – crafting elegant shoes for brides, adorned with handmade embroidery, pearls and crystals.’ Prices start from £200, available online and at select boutiques, with worldwide shipping.
  • Gigi & Olive – Gigi & Olive provides a curated selection of bridal accessories that add a touch of whimsy to any wedding ensemble. From silk ribbons to floral hairpieces, their products are perfect for creating a dreamy bridal look. Prices start from £20, available online with international shipping.
  • Harriet Wilde – Harriet Wilde’s bridal shoes are a perfect blend of classic elegance and whimsical design. Featuring intricate floral embellishments and luxurious materials, these shoes are ideal for the modern bride. Prices start from £350, available at their London boutique and online, with global shipping.
  • Bloom Boutique – Bloom Boutique offers personalised bridal jewellery and accessories that add a unique touch to any wedding day look. Their collection includes engraved necklaces, bracelets, birthstone jewellery and much more. Prices start from £25, available online with international shipping.
  • Freya Rose – Known for luxurious details and handcrafted quality, Freya Rose’s wedding shoes use materials like mother-of-pearl and intricate embroidery, perfect for a whimsical bridal style. Prices start from £400, available at their London showroom and online, with worldwide shipping.
  • Hermione Harbutt – Hermione Harbutt creates exquisite bridal accessories, from ethereal headpieces to delicate jewellery. Each piece is handcrafted with attention to detail, perfect for adding a whimsical touch to your wedding day. Prices start from £150, available at their London showroom and online, with international shipping.

Our Favourite Whimsical Wedding Rings & Engagement Rings

When it comes to whimsical wedding rings and engagement rings, Queensmith offers a stunning array of designs that blend elegance with enchanting details. From unique gemstone choices to intricate settings, our rings are perfect for couples looking for that extra touch of magic. Here’s a closer look at some of our favourite whimsical designs and how they can create a cohesive and captivating bridal set.

When choosing whimsical engagement and wedding rings, it's vital to consider how they harmonise together in both style and setting. Opt for matching elements such as the type of metal and the setting style, whether it’s scallop or pavé set, to ensure a cohesive and enchanting look.

Scallop set wedding rings, like the Wishbone Scallop wedding ring, are a timeless choice that exude elegance and sparkle. Shaped wedding rings, such as the Montez Round & Marquise wedding ring, are perfect for pairing with non-wedfit engagement rings. Both offer intricate settings that make them perfect for adding a touch of whimsy to your bridal ensemble.

For those who desire a unique aesthetic, flush set rings in rose gold offer a clean and modern look. This style brings a contemporary twist to traditional designs, ensuring your rings stand out. Blake Lively's engagement ring, featuring a pink oval diamond set in rose gold, is a perfect example of whimsical elegance. The combination of the blush-toned diamond and the warm metal creates a romantic and dreamy aesthetic.

Consider something bespoke, like a Cushion Cut Peach Sapphire engagement ring, for a truly whimsical touch. Set in 18ct rose gold with a scallop set melee diamond halo and band, it combines colour and elegance in a way that stands out. Pair it with a Diamond Pavé wedding ring to enhance its sparkle and sophistication.

After watching Bridgerton Season 3, you might be considering a pearl engagement ring like Penelope Featherington's flower-style halo ring given to her by Colin Bridgerton. Queensmith Gemmologist & Design Consultant Oliviia told Brides, 'Pearl rings were a popular engagement ring choice during this time, and Bridgerton’s costume designers likely wanted Penelope, and the rest of the show’s brides, to remain truthful to the subject matter.'

However, while pearls may offer a romantic and whimsical appeal, they do require more care and maintenance compared to diamonds. Oliviia notes, 'Pearls can lose their lustre over time and are more prone to damage due to their softness.' If you want a unique, individualistic ring, consider opting for more durable gemstones such as sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

For a bolder statement, the Pear Oberon engagement ring and the Emerald Temple engagement ring in rose gold or platinum both offer a modern, striking and enchanting design, with the emerald cut diamond creating a hall-of-mirrors effect. Both are perfectly complemented by the Princess Cut Channel wedding ring, which features clean, elegant diamonds.

Amal Clooney's engagement ring features an emerald cut diamond with baguette cut side stones, set in platinum. The clean lines and classic elegance of the ring are elevated by the unique cut and setting, creating a sophisticated yet whimsical design.

Finding the perfect balance between personal taste and design elements is key. Rings like the Marquise Classic Oberon engagement ring in platinum and 11 Stone Shared Prong wedding ring provide a blend of unique whimsy and sophistication.

For more inspiration, consider the enchanting Round Rainer engagement ring and the ever popular Oval Bardot Scallop engagement ring, both offering unique charm and elegance, perfect for a whimsical wedding and beyond.

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Our Favourite Whimsical Wedding Venues

Discover the most enchanting wedding venues across the UK and Europe that will transform your special day into a whimsical fairytale. From historic castles to picturesque gardens, these venues offer unique settings filled with charm and romance.

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  • Hamswell House, Bath – Set amidst 50 acres of stunning gardens and countryside, Hamswell House offers a romantic and intimate setting for your wedding. Special features include a beautiful walled garden, historic architecture and panoramic views.
  • Euridge Manor, Cotswolds – A hidden gem in the Cotswolds, Euridge Manor is the perfect place for a whimsical wedding, with stunning Italianate architecture, secret orangery, enchanting gardens, romantic ruins, a picturesque boating lake and breathtaking views.
  • Holywell Hall, Lincolnshire – Holywell Hall boasts exquisite gardens, a picturesque lake and a charming orangery, offering a fairy tale setting for your wedding. Special features include a 17th-century manor house and an elegant ballroom.
  • Lulworth Castle, Dorset – Lulworth Castle provides a magical setting with its grand interiors, beautiful chapel and extensive parkland. This historic venue is ideal for a whimsical and regal wedding.
  • Healey Barn, Northumberland – Healey Barn offers a rustic yet elegant setting with its stone barn, beautiful courtyard and scenic countryside views. Special features include an outdoor fire pit and fairy lights.
  • Asylum Chapel, London – A unique and atmospheric venue, Asylum Chapel features stunning stained glass windows, distressed walls, and a historic ambiance, perfect for a whimsical urban wedding.
  • Marques de Montemolar, Spain – This Spanish venue in Alicante offers breathtaking views, beautiful gardens and a historic mansion, creating a perfect setting for a whimsical destination wedding. Special features include a stunning terrace and a picturesque chapel.
  • Villa Cetinale, Italy – A romantic Italian venue in Sovicille, Siena, featuring exquisite gardens, a historic villa and stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. This venue is ideal for an elegant and whimsical wedding.
  • Château de Jalesnes, France – A fairy tale château set in the Loire Valley, Château de Jalesnes offers grand interiors, beautiful gardens and a charming chapel. Special features include a stunning ballroom and luxurious accommodation.
  • Palácio de Seteais, Portugal – Located in the historic town of Sintra, Palácio de Seteais offers a regal setting with breathtaking views of the Sintra mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Special features include exquisite gardens, elegant ballrooms and a stunning neoclassical palace.

Our Favourite Whimsical Wedding Florals

Transform your wedding day into a whimsical wonderland with enchanting floral arrangements. Whether you dream of lush, romantic bouquets or unique botanical installations, these floral designers offer stunning creations to suit any whimsical wedding theme.

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  • Flower & Fern – Specialising in natural, garden-inspired arrangements, Flower & Fern creates whimsical bouquets and installations with a touch of wild elegance. Their designs often feature a harmonious blend of seasonal blooms and foliage, perfect for couples seeking a romantic, nature-infused wedding aesthetic.
  • Botanical Tales – Known for their rustic, handpicked aesthetic, Botanical Tales crafts whimsical florals using seasonal blooms and foraged materials. Their designs evoke a sense of timeless beauty and simplicity, ideal for intimate weddings that embrace the charm of the natural world.
  • Hayloft Floral – Hayloft Floral offers romantic, countryside-inspired arrangements with a focus on locally sourced flowers. Their whimsical designs are characterised by lush, overflowing bouquets and dreamy floral installations, perfect for barn and outdoor weddings.
  • Clementine Moon – Clementine Moon creates ethereal, bohemian floral designs featuring soft pastels and delicate textures. Their whimsical style incorporates a mix of wildflowers and elegant blooms, creating a dreamy, free-spirited vibe that’s perfect for intimate and relaxed weddings.
  • Bubble & Berry – Combining bold colours and playful arrangements, Bubble & Berry offers whimsical florals with a fun, contemporary twist. Their vibrant designs are ideal for couples looking to add a pop of colour and a touch of whimsy to their modern wedding celebration.
  • Meadows & Mulberry – Meadows & Mulberry specialises in romantic, vintage-inspired florals with a focus on lush greenery and soft blooms. Their whimsical creations often include cascading bouquets and garden-style arrangements, perfect for creating a timeless and enchanting wedding atmosphere.
  • Hannah Berry Flowers – Hannah Berry Flowers creates bespoke, nature-inspired arrangements with a whimsical and organic feel. Their designs feature an abundance of wildflowers and natural elements, ideal for woodland and rustic weddings that celebrate the beauty of the great outdoors.
  • Flowers by Passion – Known for their luxurious and elegant designs, Flowers by Passion blends classic beauty with a whimsical touch. Their floral creations are perfect for grand and sophisticated weddings, featuring opulent blooms and artistic arrangements that exude timeless elegance.
  • Asume Studio – Asume Studio offers modern, minimalist floral designs with a whimsical twist, using unique textures and unusual blooms. Their contemporary approach to floral design makes them a perfect choice for couples seeking a chic and stylish wedding with a touch of whimsy.
  • Grace & Thorn – Grace & Thorn is renowned for their wild, free-form arrangements that embody a whimsical, urban aesthetic. Their eclectic designs are perfect for city weddings, combining unconventional blooms with a laid-back, bohemian vibe that’s both trendy and timeless.

Our Favourite Whimsical Wedding Cakes

Delight your guests and add a touch of magic to your wedding day with whimsical wedding cakes. These talented cake designers create stunning confections that not only look enchanting but taste divine.

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  • Union Cakes – Crafting bespoke wedding cakes that are both artistic and delicious, Union Cakes is known for intricate designs and vibrant colours. Specialising in whimsical cakes that are true works of art, their creations start from £500, perfect for couples looking to make a bold statement.
  • One Part Love Bakery – Combining rustic charm with whimsical elegance, One Part Love Bakery uses organic and locally sourced ingredients to create delightful cakes. Known for their enchanting yet down-to-earth designs, prices begin at £400, ideal for couples seeking a magical yet grounded wedding cake.
  • Cutter & Squidge – Offering a range of whimsical wedding cakes, Cutter & Squidge features unique flavours and stunning decorations. Their playful elements and intricate details make each cake fun and beautiful. Prices start at £250, making them perfect for a standout wedding cake in taste and design.
  • Elizabeth Harris Cakes – Specialising in elegant and whimsical wedding cakes with a touch of luxury, Elizabeth Harris Cakes often incorporates delicate sugar flowers and intricate lacework. Starting at £600, these sophisticated and enchanting cakes are perfect for a fairytale wedding centrepiece.
  • Poppy Pickering – Known for exquisitely detailed and whimsical cake designs, Poppy Pickering creates masterpieces featuring hand-painted details, sugar flowers and enchanting themes. With prices starting at £550, these unique cakes beautifully reflect the magical atmosphere of your wedding.
  • Rachel Miller Cake Design – Rachel Miller Cake Design combines traditional elegance with whimsical creativity in bespoke wedding cakes. Featuring intricate piping, bold colours and unique structures, her standout pieces start at £500, offering a perfect blend of sophistication and whimsy.