Alternative Nuptials (March 2003)

“I went to the East End for my wedding gear” might not sound like a pull quote from the latest handbook of fashionable frivolity, but down the aisles and alleyways of the Eastside you can get the lot- for him and for her. Hannah Goldman (studio 4,10-13 Hollybush Place, E2, 77392690) is a fine first stop for foot-fawning wedding shoes, while the dresses at Nicolerene’e (4 Puma Court, E1, 07961180949, www.nicolerenee.co.uk) will leave any groom, best man or jealous mother-in-law flushing. To share the glory, go and talk suits at bespoke specialist Timothy Everest, and pick up vintage cufflinks to hold it all together from Glitterati in Columbia Road. Not to be outdone, the missus-to-be can commission the rings from Simon Rees at Given. For a cool party, you can hire space at The Old Truman Brewery for a stylish reception (if you’re hip enough), and this multi-faith borough has every temple on God’s earth for the ceremonial duties.