How to perfect the low key wedding

Fashion for the aisle is now more than ever centered around individual style and versatility. After a year of uncertainty and cancellations, many couples are now deciding to get married sooner rather than later – opting for simple, low key weddings that may or may not be followed by a larger party.

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Amplified by the likes of Lily Allen and Princess Beatrice – who both opted for stylishly small ceremonies – the micro wedding trend is here to stay and we for one, are here for it.

Dreamy low key wedding outfits, daring accessories and pocket-sized ceremonies – what’s not to love?

#1 How To Do A Low Key Wedding

What was once all about the dress has now become about the wedding wardrobe as a whole; and whether you’re the bride or a guest, a low key wedding is the perfect opportunity to be a little more experimental than usual.

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Opting for pieces that can be worn time and time again not only saves the bank, but it gives you room to feel more like yourself on such an important day. Take Natasha Heasman – fashion stylist and queen of the low key wedding – for example. Her beautifully minimal registry office wedding dress stole took centre stage, whilst her dreamy Shrimps Mini Antonia Bag and matching pearl headband finished the perfect low key look.

#2 Low Key Wedding Outfits

This wedding season, there’s no holding back; power shoulders, retro-inspired mini dresses, new takes on lace and even fringed two-piece suits are giving us all the feels.

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Icons of investment pieces, we’re particularly lusting over ROTATE Birger Christensen’s satin styles this season and Self-Portrait’s heritage-inspired shapes that boost a very British aesthetic.

#3 Bridal After Party Looks

From the civil ceremony to the welcome events, rehearsal dinner, reception AND bridal after-party – finding a versatile style that can be worn from day to evening can be a tricky job.

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As with any look, your comfort and confidence is the most important thing – so looking for pieces that you ultimately love and that can be worn beyond your wedding day is so important.

Layering options, low key slinky slips and stylish two pieces make ideal options for the fashion-forward bride looking for the perfect bridal after party outfit.

Stacking jewellery can be another way to nail the low key bridal look. Take inspo from Lily Allen’s stacked-to-high-heavens earlobes and opt for investment gold pieces from the likes of Hermina Athens, whose full collection is designed to be imperfectly perfect and give an uncut look.

#3 Alternative Bridesmaids Dresses

Whatever style you’ve opted for, it’s important that your bridal party is rocking a look that compliments and feels true to you on your special day.

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Looking for a chic look that your bridesmaids will thank you for? Take a leaf out of it girl @olivecooke’s book and opt for white bridesmaids’ dresses that won’t break the bank (and can be worn over & over again!)

Wedding Guest Style

If you are attending multiple weddings this season, you also might want to also opt for something more low key. With effortless dresses and ultra-feminine accessories, you can resurface your outfit to more than just one occasion. With forever styles from RIXO and Stine Goya, these are investments you can wear over and over again.

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For the gents, relaxed tailoring and an elevated everyday sartorial style are what you are looking for. The versatile styles offer a laid-back but luxurious look, again reiterating a more sustainable wardrobe that works for you on a regular basis. New-season Thom Browne will definitely make sure you feel (and look) your best.


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2022-06-15 13:50:29By Holly Thompson

Written by Ciara Martin

Ciara Martin

Ciara Martin

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