Lisa Fraser’s Top 7 Tips for planning your wedding

We’re counting down to the Royal Wedding over the coming week with Lisa Fraser’s Top 7 Tips for planning your big day inspired by Harry and Meghan.

Wedding Planning Tip #7: CHOOSING THE CAKE

Buck the traditional tiered fruit cake and choose flavoursome, seasonal ingredients such as lemon and elderflower with buttercream decorated with fresh flowers like Meghan.

Choose a local baker who prides themselves in food provenance and sustainability or why not ask a relative to bake your wedding cake for that personal touch?

Meghan cake
Photo: violetcakeslondon via Instagram

Wedding Planning Tip #6: HORSEPOWER

Six horses, Windsor Greys, will be included in the procession ride at the Royal Wedding. Arrival by horse and carriage is a wonderfully romantic touch and a beautiful horse makes for charming photographs in a rural setting.

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Coldharbour Farm has several horses which can be part of your wedding day photography

Wedding Planning Tip #5: FLOWERS

Royal wedding bouquets contain at least one sprig of myrtle, a tradition which dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria. Myrtle symbolizes hope and love, making it a fitting addition to any bride’s bouquet, royal or not.

Aside from the traditional blooms Meghan is expected to carry peonies down the aisle. They are said to be her favourite flower, and better yet, they’ll be in season.

Peonies will feature heavily in one of our upcoming client’s spring weddings. By using seasonal flowers your wedding will smell divine and you do your bit for the environment too!

Sophie flowers
Photo: Florist Sophie Rumble


Meghan Markle booked Alexi Lubomirski, a prominent fashion and celebrity photographer for her engagement and wedding photographs following recommendation from a friend.

Always chose your photographer, in fact any wedding supplier, based on recommendation and meet them to see if you click before booking.

Style, talent and experience are important but personality is KEY as the photographer captures the joy of your wedding day and it’s important you feel comfortable.

Fiona Kelly wedding
Photo: Fiona Kelly Photography

Wedding Planning Tip #3: THE PROPOSAL

Ms Markle told last year how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Proposals don’t have to be grand affairs. It’s about choosing a situation that feels right for YOU.

His and Hers rings

Wedding Planning Tip #2: RELAX BEFORE THE BIG DAY

The weeks leading up to your wedding can be stressful with so much planning and last minute changes. Choose a venue with a bespoke wedding planner that can take all the stress away for you. Leaving you time to sit back and relax…

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Blenheim Suite Bathroom in the Kentish Oast House at Frasers

Wedding Planning Tip #1: PHOTOGRAPHY ETIQUETTE

As well as dress code, the Royal guest list also reportedly includes ‘critical guidance’ for the big day. The instructions ban cameras and bulky bags, adding that guests will be asked to “surrender mobile telephones and any devices used for image capture”.

Consider your stance on guest photography and add a social media policy to your wedding invites or website. Some couples choose to politely request no photography during the ceremony while others are happy with guests clicking away and even create their own hashtag for Instagram!

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Photo ban or live on Instagram – you choose!