This weekend saw an event that has since been on every bride-to-be’s lips: Pippa Middleton’s wedding. An elegant church ceremony followed by a lavish marquee reception boasting; a £40k dress, more foliage and flowers than Petersham nurseries and Chelsea flower show combined, a high society guest list (meaning high security) leaves us all guessing about the rest. Here’s the Hire and Style insider lowdown including replica items from our extensive catalogue of lust worthy finishings:

The Marquee:

A glass marquee (dubbed ‘portapalace’) in the Middleton’s back garden setting them back a staggering £100k shipped in from Belgium, complete with svelte and glamorous model waiting staff, as chic as the aristocratic guest list.

Hire and Style Insider says:

A marquee with glazed sides or clear roof lets optimum light into your venue giving the ambiance of dining in an elegant orangery. Use extra long legs for the marquee to give a real sense of grandeur. Our stylists can arrange stunning marquee hire for any big event.

The Flowers:

Peonies, sweetpeas, freesia, waxflowers and green bells were packed into window boxes and along the pews, covering the archways and pillars at the exterior of the historic church.

Hire and Style Insider says:

Pippa’s abundant florals no doubt set them back almost as much as her dress, if you have visions of an abundance of florals everywhere you look, try mixing in silks the real thing… No one will know the difference. Pippa dressed her florals in stone urns, available here.

The Seating plan:

Couples did not sit together at the high society bash (apart from the bride and groom of course).

Hire and Style Insider says:

The rules of etiquette state that unmarried couples and those couples that have been married for less than a year are the only couples that should sit together.

The Dress:

Pippa’s custom dress by British designer Giles Deacon featured a cap sleeve, high neckline and featured a corseted bodice with draping to the front and a heart-shaped detail at the back, rumoured to cost in the region of £40,000.

Hire and Style Insider says:

British bridal designer Suzanne Neville has some stunning lace gowns in similar styles to Pippa’s dress (which won’t break the bank).

The Maid of Honour:

Princess Kate wore a dusky pink demure silk dress, with long sleeves and finishing below the knee custom made by Alexander McQueen, naturally.

Hire and Style Insider says:

To recreate that vintage feel, Temperley London offer a beautiful full length silk satin dress darted bust, empire waist and swaying skirt, that is as long as you’re happy for your maid of honour to look almost as amazing as you do.

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