How to make your wedding fit for royals at Selfridges Birmingham

You may not have received a gold-embossed invitation to witness the nuptials of HRH Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle on May 19, but you can still mark this royal occasion.

Selfridges Birmingham has in stock a range of commemorative gifts that are just the thing to enjoy when watching the footage of the most hotly anticipated wedding of the year.

Flying the flag for Britain is Biscuiteers, which has produced a gorgeous limited edition gift box (£49.99) filled with intricately iced sweet vanilla biscuits. Biscuit designs include a dress, cake, union flags and a royal coach.

Walker’s, makers of fine Scottish shortbread, has also produced a special edition tin of its crumbly sweet treats, featuring a photograph of Meghan and Harry. Inside are 24 shortbreads, each shaped into Union Jacks.

The dress

All eyes will be on Meghan’s dress, of course, and you can bet your bottom dollar that brides-to-be will be clamouring to emulate her look – and Selfridges Birmingham’s bridal boutique is already gearing up for enquiries from women looking to emulate her look.

For those already looking for their dream dress, Selfridges Birmingham is the place to go for an outfit to remember – from Jenny Packham to Oscar de la Renta gowns to designer separates from Max Mara, Isabel Benenato and Stella McCartney.

The wedding party

Needle & Thread’s range of floaty frocks are just the thing for bridesmaids attending brides at a relaxed, yet chic wedding. Think tiers of pleated tulle, embroidered buds and foliage and high neck, these fairytale dresses – available in both short and long – are pretty and grown up. Self Portrait – a brand that Meghan has already been seen wearing – also has exquisite dresses that would complement a bride. The floral-guipure dress with semi-sheer sleeves that give a cape-effect silhouette is delicate and its fit and flare look flatters most shapes.  This off-the-shoulder dress has a lining that ends at the second tier, creating a semi-sheer, youthful look.

Ted Baker’s Dulciee cut-out woven gown is another perfect bridesmaid dress, with a flattering fit and flare silhouette, softly flared sleeves, while this minimalist maxi dress from Whistles has knotted detail at its cutout back and subtly twisted shoulders.

The shoes

Brides-to-be are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting shoes for their special day with the Jenny Packham x LK Bennett bridal collection, which is exclusive to Selfridges Birmingham in the city. Whatever the design of dress, the bridal shoe collection will have something to complement, from vertiginous heels to ballet flats. Jimmy Choo Romy 85 glitter courts feature the label’s classic pointed toe, pin-thin heel and a crown of crystals at the foot, while its sculptural Lancer 100 satin courts look ideal with a short dress or long. Miu Miu crystal embellished pumps have a retro style round toes with metallic crystal-embossed heel. Also on offer is a large selection of styles from Offspring.

The expert Selfridges team is offering brides-to-be complimentary bridal appointments to find the perfect shoe for the dress. This exclusive personalised experience will enable brides-to-be and two guests to enjoy an hour’s appointment in the Personal Shopping suite, enabling them to bring in their wedding dress, if they wish.

They’ll be treated to a glass of prosecco or juice on arrival and then their personal shopper will have ready all the designs that the bride has indicated she loves when booking.

Every bride will receive a beauty goody bag with every purchase, which will be gift wrapped with a personalised compliment slip (and little surprise!). To add a little extra sparkle to your experience, Monica Vinader, Thomas Sabo and Carat will all be offering promotions on the 19th and 20th May. with any bridal purchases made.

The bridal shoe department is also teaming with beauty to offer a complimentary bridal make-up appointment on the day with brands such as Armani, while Jo Malone will offer each brideand her two guests a complimentary arm and hand massage on the day of their bridal appointment. The bride also has the option to tailor her own custom scent with Jo Malone for her special day.

To book the appointment, email [email protected] with possible dates and times. Brides are asked to specify the Selfridges brands she is interested in, as well as shoe size, heel height, style and budget.

The lingerie

What better excuse to treat yourself to some luxury lingerie than on your wedding day? From Simone Perele to Heidi Klum Intimates, and even shape-enhancing Spanx, Selfridges Birmingham has styles to add curves and provide the foundation for the perfect silhouette.

Sam Watts, general manager of Selfridges Birmingham, said: “Weddings are always wonderful occasions and our talented team are on hand to help brides and grooms with everything they need to ensure they look amazing on their special day, as well all-important outfits for wedding guests.”

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