Category: Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday – Wedding Belles

July 14th, 2010 — 3:12pm

Possibly the most helpful bridal shop I have had the pleasure of stepping into.

We ordered our bridesmaids dresses from Wedding Belles.  After a long hard search for the perfect dress we made an appointment with Melanie and Claire back in May.

They were like a breathe of fresh air!  They allowed us to try on as many dresses as we could and offered suggestions, advice and their opinions when we needed it most.  Their customer service and level of expertise is just what we needed after months of visiting shop after shop trying on dresses where the sales assistant would try the hard sell.

Our bridesmaid’s dress should be in by the end of August and I can’t wait to see them in the flesh.  Choosing the dress from their huge array of styles was actually easy.  It stood out as our favourite as soon as I (in place of my similar shaped bridesmaid Hayley) tried it on.  The difficult part was choosing the colour.  All along I have said I wanted different shades of purple which was no issue at all.  The hard part was choosing the shades.  Claire and Melanie stood back as we hummed and harred over these tiny swatches from the book trying to match up similar shades from the dresses they had in store, only intervening when we asked for their opinion.

With our colours chosen and the deposit paid Claire and Melanie kindly sent me swatches of the material we had picked for the dresses.  This final touch is so thoughtful – it will help us match up any accessories (especially shoes)

I really can not recommend Wedding Belles enough.

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Wedding Wednesday – Plans and Presents

July 7th, 2010 — 5:01pm

Hello mid week!  In the words of Bon Jovi “We’re half way there…!”

My Wedding Wednesday this week goes to the very lovely Alison Tinlin from Plans and Presents.

Alison (or Mrs PandP as she is known on Twitter) is a wonderful wedding and events planner based in Glasgow but does offer a UK wide service.

I started following Alison pretty much as soon as I joined Twitter and always find her posts to be very helpful and informative.  She’s offered me advice and help on numerous occasions, for which I am very grateful.

Alison also runs her own blog, crammed full of helpful tips and ideas.  She also very recently received the very prestigious ranking of number 2 of the Top 100 UK Wedding Tweeters list.

You can get in touch with Alison via her blog, Twitter), Facebook or website

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Wedding Wednesday – Sara Thomas

June 30th, 2010 — 11:41am

Happy Mid-Week!

I can’t believe today is the last day of June, where is the year going?!

This week my Wedding Wednesday goes to the very talented Sara Thomas

Sara is a photographer based near Ipswich in Suffolk.

Not only does Sara’s portfolio include wedding and engagement shoots, but also maternity and newborn, trash the dress, and portraits shoots

If you like what you see visit Sara’s website for more galleries and information

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Wedding Wednesday – Flo & Percy

June 23rd, 2010 — 1:51pm

Happy mid-week Wednesday!

Anyone else stopping work at 3pm to watch England play?  We’re going to be crowding around a monitor in the office later this afternoon to hopefully watch England qualify for the next round.

My recommendation for this weeks Wedding Wednesday is…

The vintage scene is HUGE right now so if you’re looking for gorgeous vintage inspired jewellery and accessories then hop on over to Flo & Percy.

Suzie had her evening headpiece from Flo & Percy bought as a surprise gift from her mom.  She had the Clarice headband and it was stunning, a truly beautiful piece that she will treasure and maybe even pass on to her own daughter one day.

Unfortunately we didn’t really get a photo that shows off her Clarice headband, (Except maybe the photo on this post…! ) but trust me when I saw it looks gorgeous.

As well as head pieces Flo & Percy also offer a range of bracelets, cuffs, necklaces and earrings.

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Wedding Wednesday

June 16th, 2010 — 4:24pm

Hopefully after the last few manic days my posting schedule is back to normal… I still have over 400 articles left in my reader.. ishk!

Anyway, on with the show!

Up first

I’ve mentioned Pearl and Willow before, but I seriously heart all of the accessories on this site – that and the fact that Beth is so lovely!

From jaw dropping headbands and statement earrings to brooches that would make excellent gifts for your bridesmaids or mother,  Pearl and Willow offers an array of designers from Chez BecFilippa ScottPolly Edwards and Jo Barnes at affordable prices.  If you haven’t checked out Pearl and Willow then you’re definitely missing out!

My good friend Lauren told me about Bunny Delicious when she was planning her wedding.  Not only does Zoe create gorgeous handmade stationery and card post boxes she’s also a hoot to follow on Twitter.  She’s currently offering an excellent deal on post boxes at the moment on a first come first served basis – so you better hop foot it over there pronto!

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Wedding Wednesday

June 9th, 2010 — 9:30am

As you read this, I will more than likely be struggling with my tent (hopefully it’s sunny or at least dry!), blowing up my air bed, or if I’m really lucky relaxing in my camping chair with a can of something cold-ish and alcoholic!

Today is the first day of the Download Festival.  We’ll be here until after the weekend, but fear not I have scheduled a few posts to go live in my absence, so on the off chance that someone actually reads this blog – you won’t be left disappointed!
On with Wedding Wednesday!
Let me tell you about Caroline’s Cake Company. Cakes that will literally take your breathe away.  Cakes that are more like works of art, I’d never be able to cut into one as I wouldn’t want to spoil it!  Don’t just take my word for it either, Caroline has been recognised in the press for her amazing cakes including Wedding Ideas Magazine.
Seriously I want the Gruffalo cake!!  You can see more of Caroline’s cakes on her blog or on her Flickr
One of my habits is mooching through photographers blogs.  I adore looking at other people’s wedding and the way they have been captured.  Matt Davis is based in Cheltenham Gloucestershire and not only are his photos amazing I love reading how he describes the day from his own point of view on his blog.  Matt was kind enough to comment on one of my posts ages ago about purple cocktails as he had shot a wedding where the guests were served them as welcome drinks.
He really does have an eye for detail, and not only does Matt share the photos from the weddings he shoots he also gives you an insight to his personal life.  I think this is really important – I think it helps to know your photographer after all they’re going to be sharing with you one of the most important days of your life.
To see more of Matt’s work check out his blog or website.

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Wedding Wednesday

June 2nd, 2010 — 2:49pm

Wedding Wednesday again – got to love these 4 day weeks!

If the idea of planning a wedding scares the life out of  you or if things are starting to pile up and you need an extra hand, then give Julie The Wedding Genie a shout.  She offers packages to suit most couples’ budgets and requirements ranging from an hour of advice to on the day coordination and more.  I’m an avid reader of her blog where she posts advice and inspiration for your wedding day including guests posts from other top rated people within the industry.  I’m yet to meet Julie in person but we have spent a lot of time tweeting and emailing each other.  She really is a very lovely lady and I honestly believe she will do her utmost to help out any bride in any way she can.

Another lady I am yet to meet, but will hopefully in the near future.  The very talented Kerry runs Cupcakes and Peonies in the The Heart of the Country Shopping Village in Lichfield where she sells her wonderful cupcakes in a variety of flavours and colours.   You can also read about Cupcakes and Peonies on her blog
The grand reopening is happening next Saturday 12th (unfortunately I’m away else I would have been there like a shot!) So if you’re in the area make sure you stop by for a cupcake or two.. or three!

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Wedding Wednesday

May 26th, 2010 — 2:48pm
Another round of suppliers, resources, blogs and websites that I have found invaluable throughout my wedding planning journey
I used to walk into newsagents and shops and casually browse at lifestyle magazines, flick through Cosmopolitan or Ideal Home, whilst eyeing up the glossy covers of the wedding section.  It was silly to be picking those up whilst I didn’t have a ring on my finger.  So at the earliest opportunity after Has got down on one knees, I picked up a copy of the first wedding related magazine I could lay my hands on.
I used to spend an absolute fortune on wedding magazines and have quite the collection at home.  My overall favourite has to be Wedding Ideas Magazine.  It comes in handbag size and is packed with real weddings, ideas, advice, beautiful themes, accessories and dresses.  It soon became the only magazine I would buy every month.  I joined the forums and spent ages reading about how other brides were planning their day.  What I like about this magazine is not only is it a great price (£2.99) but it isn’t filled with things that are out of reach.  It is aimed at the average bride who doesn’t have a never-ending budget like some bridal magazines.  You’ll still find it packed full of lovelies but for everything that is on the higher end of the budget scale there will be a bargainous alternative 
Whilst their website maybe a bit clunky you really can’t complain about the price.  I have ordered all our pocket folds and extra paper from PDA Card and Craft and I can’t find a single bad thing to say about them. Their prices make it cheaper for brides to DIY their own invitations and the quality of the card is great for the price.  You might see a slight difference if you held it up next to a more expensive option but your guests will never know.  I searched high and low for pocket fold cards so I could make our invitations myself, I found using  PDA Card and Craft I would save at least half of what I was expecting to pay.

Our Invitations
After seeing a handful of photographers we didn’t click with I was beginning to get a little frustrated.  I spent hours online trying to find a photographer who would deliver exactly what we wanted.  I found Deborah Stott and loved what I saw and asked her for a sample of her work.  She sent us a brochure with prices and a DVD with photos from a wedding she had not long done.  We met the lovely Deborah for a chat and she was so interested in our wedding.  She wanted to know every little detail and it didn’t seem at all false.  I loved that she took so much interest and shortly after we confirmed her for our wedding day.  Deborah is based in Trentham, Stoke on Trent but is available to travel throughout the UK.
Deborah Stott
Know of an amazing blog or website that has offered you with invaluable advice or inspiration throughout your planning? Or are you a supplier who believe your service is tip top? If you want to be featured on Wedding Wednesday please send me an email.

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Wedding Wednesday

May 19th, 2010 — 1:19pm

On Twitter we have what is known as Wedding Wednesday.  People will recommend suppliers, blogs, and inspirational websites to their followers.  It’s a great way for brides like me to discover new resources and like-minded people.

Therefore with the intent of helping out other brides I have decided to share on this blog websites and people who have helped or inspired me thus far on my wedding journey.

I’m sure if you’ve been engaged for a while or know the wedding industry you will have heard of Snippet and Ink.  I found Kathryn and her inspirational mood boards months before Has asked me to marry him.  It was this site that helped me choose purple for our wedding colours.  I spent hours working my way back through the archives and saw so many elements that I loved and thought I would love to include into my own wedding “one day”

Well that day has now been made official and I still visit Snippet and Ink for daily inspiration.  A must on any brides’ blogs to read list.

You’ve probably heard me mention Blue Door Bakery a number of times before on this blog, but that’s only because I think they’re wonderful!  I’d always fancied having a cupcake wedding tower but after seeing one at a local wedding fayre I knew we had to have one!  After some rather off customer service from the first supplier I came across Blue Door Bakery and emailed Sarah for more information.  She told me they were exhibiting at a wedding fayre and I made plans to visit.  When I arrived Sarah handed me a little box of cupcakes for me to go home and try!  We’ve since decided to use Blue Door Bakery for our wedding and more recently for my Nan’s 70th Birthday cake.

The cupcakes are no only delicious but they look amazing as well.  Sarah and I often chat over email and Twitter and I will also be joining her for a cupcake decorating workshop, which I am super excited about!
If you want the tastiest, most beautiful cupcakes at your wedding or in fact any other occasion, with a wonderfully sweet supplier to boot – give Sarah a call.

I found Yarwood-White when I was looking for a brooch to adorn my bouquet.  I feel head-over-heels in love with the Modern Heirloom brooch.  I now own the earrings to match (A wonderful Christmas gift from my brother)  The pictures do not do this jewellery any justice.  They can’t display just how dainty and perfect each piece is or how much it sparkles.  True bridal jewellery in my opinion.
I intend to add the necklace and bracelet to my collection in the near future and I may have also bought a few gifts from there too…

Know of an amazing blog or website that has offered you with invaluable advice or inspiration throughout your planning?  Or are you a supplier who believe your service is tip top?  If you want to be featured on Wedding Wednesday please send me an email.

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