If you want to feel like a fairytale character on your wedding day, there is one very obvious choice: Cinderella.
Every little girl reads Cinderella’s story for the first time and dreams of the moment her very own Prince Charming will sweep into her life and capture her heart.
We may not long for the Ugly Sisters, or the Wicked Stepmother — but even the most modern bride is tempted by the thought of a dashing groom who will search high and low to find his one true love. (And who would say no to a Fairy Godmother who can make your wildest dreams come true at the wave of her wand?)
If you want to channel Cinders on your special day, here’s our guide to recreating the magic of this timeless story: just make sure you’re tucked up in bed when the clock strikes 12 on your wedding night!
The Ball Gown
In the fairytale, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother turns her rags into a dazzling ball gown. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on magic to find your fairytale dress — just look to Sassi Holford instead.
We think the stunning Zoe dress (from the Couture Collection) and the Faye gown (from the Signature Collection) particularly epitomise that classic Cinderella look: romantic and elegant with feminine details, sweetheart bodices and full, flowing skirts.
And Sassi’s own fairytale has just come true — she was honoured with the accolade of “British Bridal Designer of the Year” in the Bridal Buyer national awards in March 2013.
The Glass Slipper
The sparkling glass slipper is central to Cinderella’s timeless story: she leaves one of her shoes behind when she runs away from the ball before the clock strikes midnight. It’s the only clue to her identity the Prince possesses.
If you’re looking for a Cinderella-worthy shoe, Crystal Couture is the place to go. Choose from a gorgeous, sparkling range of bride-perfect heels, peep-toes and even baseball boots (great for Cinderella brides who want to dance the night away without losing their balance) with Swarovski crystal or rhinestones.
Throughout May 2013 you can win a pair of Crystal Couture wedding shoes on the hitched.co.uk competitions page.
The Horse and Carriage
A pumpkin won’t get you to the church on time (unless you really do have a magic wand to wave) but a horse and glass carriage may be a step too far for most contemporary brides. Instead, perhaps you could consider a contemporary equivalent to a fairytale mode of transport by hiring a classic car.
At Barratts Classic Car Hire, a celebrity-friendly Mercedes wedding car is available to make you feel super-special. “This rare and elegant car was originally owned by the pop icon Donovan,” explains Steve Barratt. “Other celebrities who have travelled in the car include George Harrison from The Beatles and it featured in a music video with Moby.”
If this A-List vehicle would suit your modern-day-Cinderella theme, there is no minimum hire period, with hire starting from just one hour.
No Cinderella story would be complete without the handsome leading man — and if you want to make sure that your Prince Charming looks every inch the fairytale dreamboat, he is likely to need the services of bespoke tailors King & Allen.
King & Allen provide Savile Row-quality bespoke suits at affordable prices, and your fiancé can choose from an extensive range of British cloths. “Whether you’re after a contemporary or traditional design our tailoring consultants will be able to advise you on the style and cut that will be perfect for your day,” says director, Jake Allen.
“If you’re dressing your entire wedding party, or even just the groom and best man, and you want them in matching suits, a bespoke tailor can help. Choose a cloth that everyone will wear, and some of the style options available, then sit back and let King & Allen work our very own magic with the tape measure, creating suits that will perfectly complement each of your wedding party.”
When Cinderella cut the cake with Prince Charming, her fairytale dream was realised and she finally became a princess.
Emma Hunter bakes bespoke and elegantly-designed cakes to suit your individual style and theme — and not only do they look beautiful, they taste amazing too, so your own magical moment can be savoured.
Emma says that her delicate, pink and white cakes and cupcakes are the perfect choice if you dream of being Cinders for the day: “These cakes are made for Cinderella-style weddings simply because all the flowers and detail are handcrafted and the finest ingredients are used to create a cake fit for any princess!”