Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson’s wedding: What will it look like?


Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are reportedly planning to tie the knot next summer in what will be the biggest society wedding of the year. 

The couple, who announced their engagement in February 2020 and welcomed son Wilfred two months later, have sent out save-the-dates for July 30, 2022. 

It is understood the couple are holding out for a bigger celebration because the Prime Minister will be too busy with Covid-19 recovery plans this summer

Here comes the bride! Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson have reportedly sent out their save-the-date cards and are planning to tie the knot on July 30, 2022. But what will the day be like?

Details of the wedding remain a closely guarded secret, with everything from the guest list to the venue still to be confirmed. 

But FEMAIL has predicted what the day might look like when the couple do walk down the aisle next year… 

THE VENUE  

Historic venue... The Prime Minister's country pile, Chequers, is right at the top of the list of potential venues. The 10-bedroom house - in Buckinghamshire - has been the official country residence of the Prime Minister since the end of the First World War

Historic venue… The Prime Minister’s country pile, Chequers, is right at the top of the list of potential venues. The 10-bedroom house – in Buckinghamshire – has been the official country residence of the Prime Minister since the end of the First World War

... Or something a little wilder? The other contender is Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, in Kent, which is run by conservation charity the Aspinall Foundation, where Carrie Symonds works. The estate is home to rhinos, gorillas and zebras and boasts several potential venues

… Or something a little wilder? The other contender is Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, in Kent, which is run by conservation charity the Aspinall Foundation, where Carrie Symonds works. The estate is home to rhinos, gorillas and zebras and boasts several potential venues

The sending of save-the-date cards suggests the couple have at least decided on a venue. 

First PM to marry in office for 200 years

Boris Johnson will become the first British Prime Minister to marry in office for 200 years.

Lord Liverpool had been PM for a decade when his wife Louisa died.

Shortly afterwards, on September 24, 1822, he married Louisa’s life-long friend, Lady Mary Chester.

He would stay in office for another five years. 

The marriage to Ms Symonds will be the third for Mr Johnson and Carrie’s first.

The couple were first linked in September 2018 shortly after Mr Johnson had announced the start of divorce proceedings with Marina, his second wife. 

Although they could have the pick of the country’s most lavish stately homes or country house hotels, it is thought they might choose somewhere with more of a personal connection. 

According to the Sun, the Prime Minister’s country pile, Chequers, is right at the top of the list of potential venues. 

The 10-bedroom house – outside Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire – has been the official country residence of the Prime Minister since the end of the First World War. 

Mr Johnson chose to convalesce at the 1,500-acre country estate after being struck down by coronavirus last year and he and Carrie reportedly hosted a baby shower at the country home. 

The other contender is Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, in Kent, which is run by conservation charity the Aspinall Foundation, where Carrie Symonds works. 

The estate boasts several potential venues, including The Bear Lodge, which can host an evening reception for up to 180 guests, and the Moroccan Courtyard, which is ideal for a more intimate drinks gathering for up to 40 guests. 

Guests can also enjoy a private safari to see the giraffes, zebras, ­rhinos and gorillas that live on the reserve. 

If the couple opt for a more traditional route, there is also Westminster Cathedral, where son Wilfred was christened last year. 

THE BRIDAL PARTY 

Gotten the call up? Richard Eden reported last month that Carrie has already started choosing her bridesmaids. The first in line is said to be Emma Barr, a former government special adviser who was signed up as a producer for the soon-to-launch television channel GB News

Gotten the call up? Richard Eden reported last month that Carrie has already started choosing her bridesmaids. The first in line is said to be Emma Barr, a former government special adviser who was signed up as a producer for the soon-to-launch television channel GB News 

Right-hand woman: Also likely to be in the running is Nimco Ali, a prominent anti-FGM campaigner who is godmother to Wilfred. Pictured, the women arm-in-arm in 2019

Right-hand woman: Also likely to be in the running is Nimco Ali, a prominent anti-FGM campaigner who is godmother to Wilfred. Pictured, the women arm-in-arm in 2019

Bridesman? Carrie might also choose to break from tradition and have her closest male friend, Henry Newman, as part of her bridal party. Pictured, Carrie and Henry with Dilyn

Bridesman? Carrie might also choose to break from tradition and have her closest male friend, Henry Newman, as part of her bridal party. Pictured, Carrie and Henry with Dilyn

Pageboy? Boris and Carrie may well want their son Wilfred to be involved in the big day. The toddler will be two years old by the time his parents tie the knot and would look perfectly adorable tottering down the aisle as a pageboy. Pictured, in his mother's arms

Pageboy? Boris and Carrie may well want their son Wilfred to be involved in the big day. The toddler will be two years old by the time his parents tie the knot and would look perfectly adorable tottering down the aisle as a pageboy. Pictured, in his mother’s arms

The Mail On Sunday’s Richard Eden reported last month that Carrie has already started choosing her bridesmaids. 

The first in line is said to be Emma Barr, a former government special adviser who was signed up as a producer for the soon-to-launch television channel GB News.

ROLES FOR WILFRED, DILYN AND THE OTHER JOHNSON CHILDREN? 

Boris and Carrie may well want their son Wilfred to be involved in the big day. 

The toddler will be two years old by the time his parents tie the knot and would look perfectly adorable tottering down the aisle as a pageboy.

Then there are Boris’ children Lara, Milo, Cassie and Theodore — from his 26-year marriage to barrister Marina Wheeler — who are understood to be back on good terms with their father following his divorce from their mother.

All four of them could be involved as best men, ushers or bridesmaids. 

The other boy in Boris and Carrie’s life, Dilyn, could also get the call up as a ringbearer. 

However the much-loved rescue dog might need a little more training after reports he ‘humped Dominic Cummings’ leg’, is not properly house-trained and has destroyed expensive artefacts at Chequers.

Role for Dilyn? The other boy in Boris and Carrie's life, Dilyn, could also get the call up

Role for Dilyn? The other boy in Boris and Carrie’s life, Dilyn, could also get the call up

‘Emma will be a bridesmaid,’ claimed a Downing Street source. ‘She’s a great friend of Carrie and, most importantly, super-loyal.’

Barr, who would often be seen carrying the Prime Minister’s dog, Dilyn, on the campaign trail at the last general election, was keen to play down suggestions that she’s already been chosen.

She worked as a Tory press officer under Carrie and has publicly accused her critics of ‘jealousy’, gushing: ‘She was a wonderful boss and has always gone out of her way to support me.’

Also likely to be in the running is Nimco Ali, a prominent anti-FGM campaigner who is godmother to Wilfred.

The Somali-born campaigner is one of Miss Symonds’ closest friends and was pictured with her on a trip to Venice last year.  

The Home Office announced in October that Nimco had been made an adviser on tackling violence against women and girls.

The Government role, for which she is paid £350 a day for around two days’ work a month, was not advertised through any competitive application process. 

The appointment raised issues of jobs for cronies because it appeared to have been created for Miss Ali.

Carrie might also choose to break from tradition and have her closest male friend, Henry Newman, as part of her bridal party. 

The pair rose through the Conservative Party ranks at the same time and are now at the heart of the No 10 operation. In February, Mr Newman was promoted to assistant of Mr Johnson’s deputy chief of staff Baroness Finn. 

Miss Symonds and Mr Newman have formed a bond that goes beyond politics.

Before her relationship with Mr Johnson hit the headlines, she spoke out courageously about her terrifying teenage ordeal at the hands of the so-called ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys. In 2018, she campaigned to reverse the Parole Board’s decision to grant him an early release – and turned to Mr Newman for advice.

Mr Newman defended Miss Symonds when her relationship with Mr Johnson became public, tweeting: ‘Carrie Symonds coverage too often reflects a misogyny that attractive women can’t also be talented. I’ve known her for years. Proud to call her my friend.’

The pair frequently tweet each other about their shared love of ABBA, and danced along to the band’s records at Miss Symonds’ 30th birthday party in 2018.

THE WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER

Eco chic: Stella McCartney would be a fitting choice for an eco-minded bride like Carrie

Eco chic: Stella McCartney would be a fitting choice for an eco-minded bride like Carrie

Royal clients: The designer is best known for creating the dress worn by the Duchess of Sussex to her evening reception, pictured

Royal clients: The designer is best known for creating the dress worn by the Duchess of Sussex to her evening reception, pictured 

Carrie has won praise for her sophisticated yet accessible sense of style – and there is of little doubt she will make a beautiful bride.  

Over the course of her relationship with Boris, Carrie has swapped her puffy jackets, wacky knits and dark paisley prints for a brighter and more trend-focused look.

Feminine florals and striking patterns have been deployed with skill, creating just enough of a ‘look at me’ effect.

Hemlines, by and large, have been fashionably long — but with her slender figure, she has been unafraid to wear shorter styles occasionally.

Yet rather than leaning on designer pieces and expensive items, Carrie has deftly managed to adopt a grown up First Lady style which speaks to Boris’ political message.

Carrie has taken to relying on high street stalwarts for everyday wear, eschewing big fashion labels for an affordable high street-based wardrobe that many 30-somethings could afford.  

Brands like Ghost are among Carrie’s favourite but she is likely to opt for something slightly more high-end for her big day. 

Stella McCartney would be a fitting choice for an eco-minded bride like Carrie. The designer is best known for creating the dress worn by the Duchess of Sussex to her evening reception.  

Carrie is also a fan of clothing rental services, which aim to reduce the carbon footprint of the fashion industry. As such she might follow in the footsteps of Princess Beatrice and choose a vintage or pre-worn dress.  

THE HONEYMOON    

Private getaway: The Prime Minister reportedly proposed while on holiday in Mustique shortly after his party won an impressive majority in the December 2019 General Election. So it is possible the couple will want to return to the luxury holiday destination for their honeymoon

Private getaway: The Prime Minister reportedly proposed while on holiday in Mustique shortly after his party won an impressive majority in the December 2019 General Election. So it is possible the couple will want to return to the luxury holiday destination for their honeymoon

The Prime Minister reportedly proposed while on holiday in Mustique shortly after his party won an impressive majority in the December 2019 General Election.

So it is possible the couple will want to return to the luxury holiday destination for their honeymoon.  

The Caribbean paradise island is accustomed to welcoming everyone who is anyone, from rock stars to royalty, along with every aristo and captain of industry in between.

It is perfect for couple’s looking for a publicity-free getaway.

In the past, paparazzi snappers hunting celebrities have hired boats and positioned themselves off shore with long lenses. But if they attempt to set foot on land, they know they will immediately be handed over to police because Mustique is a private island. 

However the destination might now be slightly tainted for Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds.

It emerged earlier this month a 2020 trip to the island was under investigation over who footed the bill. 

INSPIRATION FOR THE ‘LOOK’ OF THE DAY 

Bright and beautiful: It is possible that Carrie might draw on Lulu Lytle's (pictured) aesthetic when it comes to designing the table settings, decorations and overall 'look' of the day

Bright and beautiful: It is possible that Carrie might draw on Lulu Lytle’s (pictured) aesthetic when it comes to designing the table settings, decorations and overall ‘look’ of the day

The woman said to have inspired Carrie Symonds’ lavish Downing Street makeover is Lulu Lytle – one of the UK’s most influential and successful interior designers.

Her designs combine a riot of bold colours and showstopping old-fashioned glamour.

Think oiled-oak shelving, rattan furniture, shimmering gold wallpaper and intricate textiles. A marble bathroom, perhaps, with wrought iron finishings. 

Although her Soane studio does not do weddings or events, it is possible that Carrie might draw on this aesthetic when it comes to designing the table settings, decorations and overall ‘look’ of the day. 

As someone with a trend-focused approach, it is very possible Carrie will forgo traditional white and soft colours in favour of slightly more fun and vibrant. 

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