Review: The Secret Quintessential Weddings Guide

A huge thanks to Kate from Lavender & Linen for this guest post:

Review: The Secret Quintessential Weddings Guide

As an avid reader, not only of all things wedding, but pretty much anything I can get my hands on, I was delighted when Quintessentially Weddings agreed to let me review their new book. Receiving the beautifully linen bound hardback volume in the post was exciting in itself – the duck egg blue embossed cover hinted at luxury wedding wonder within.

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Although the book outwardly appears to be a coffee-table picture book it is much much more. The handbag-sized tome is full of inspirational images and engaging text. The first few pages were admittedly an in-depth advert for the Quintessentially Weddings planning team – but deservedly so. Although some of the timetabling and tips can be found in other wedding books and blogs, this volume is interspersed with a good dose of hard-won knowledgeable advice and guidance.


As the team say themselves: ‘Founded in 2009, Quintessentially Weddings are a dedicated wedding planning division of Quintessentially Events; part of the Quintessentially luxury lifestyle group. Planning high-end weddings all over the world the team possess a uniquely individual and creative approach to weddings that sets them apart.

The book is divided into two main sections – the first with chapters on the main elements of any wedding, whatever your budget, for example engagement rings, floristry and photography. It offers pleasingly simple yet useful advice, and whilst it focusses on high-end luxury suppliers the information is presented in such a way that it can be applied to any budget. The average bride may not be able to afford a Valentino wedding dress, but the various styles and approach to planning a wedding are certainly ones that can be applied across the board – as an inspirational starting point this book really allows the reader to focus on the elements that are important to them.

The only section perhaps a little on the succinct side was stationery – happily the second section of the book (divided into chapters on wedding styles such as ‘Country Rose’ and ‘Vintage Wedding’)  offered more unusual stationery and fantastic styling advice under a variety of themes. The laser cut stationery from Cutture is particularly exquisite.


The authors should be commended on their ability to pour such a wealth of advice and information into one volume and keep it an enjoyable read. The comprehensive contents and index pages, as well as a full suppliers directory, allow you to easily refer back to a particular section or theme to rediscover that perfect dress shape or stunning venue style. Nor is the book obsessively London-biased, as may have been expected from the capital-based team. Particular gems include Dewsall Court in Herefordshire and Ipower Cordless Lighting in Suffolk – these companies break from tradition, yet maintain a gorgeous luxe feel with unique touches that really gives the ‘secret’ part of the book’s title its due.

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The writers also manage to convey warmth and understanding – it is certainly not exclusively bride focussed – the section for grooms is excellent, and throughout the book the insider tips focus on making wedding decisions together as a couple (often over a bottle of wine!). This is a nice departure from many wedding guides which often seem to actively discourage any form of male participation!

All in all this wedding guide is one of the best out there for inspiration and style – don’t be put off if you are on a budget – there is much to be learnt from this book and from the Quintessentially Weddings team, plus it is all just rather gorgeous.

Kate x



Order your copy here

 The Secret Quintessentially Weddings Guide, Quintessentially Publishing, London 2012.

Text and illustrations by Sophie McCorry Day, with a foreword from Anabel Fielding and Caroline Hurley

Hardcover linen jacket | 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.9 cm | 304 pages | Full colour imagery throughout

RRP £24.99 | Quintessentially Publishing |ISBN 978-0-9569-9523-0 | Release date September 2012

Editor’s Note:

A huge thanks to Kate from Lavender & Linen for reviewing this gorgeous book! If you want some more gorgeous wedding inspiration then do pop over to her website!

Carol x

February 27, 2013 | By | Reply More

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