Friday 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Bristol Wedding News will be back on Monday 2nd January 2012 and packed full of Wedding planning tips, Wedding venues, Wedding fairs, real Bristol Weddings, top trends, theme ideas and more. See you in 2012.

Steph xx

Thursday 22 December 2011

Chewton Place Weddings in Doubt

Local company Aspire Venues has collapsed leaving the future of it's local Wedding venues in question. Aspire Venues owns Chewton Place in Keynsham as well as Brockley Combe Manor and Eastington Hall in Stroud.

All of the companies websites are currently down and phones are not being answered meaning uncertainty for couples with Weddings booked at any of these venues. A recorded message at Chewton Place states that the venue is in negotiation with  another company to potentially take over the business, which would come as a massive relief for those with imminent Weddings.


However uncomfirmed reports on social media suggest that Weddings in January have already been cancelled. Longleat venue Homewood Park, which is located 6 miles from Bath has offered to help couples relocate their Weddings if they have availability.

Bristol Wedding Planner Steph Allison of How 2 I Do Wedding Planning is also offering a discounted recovery package to anyone having to relocate their Wedding at short notice due to the closure of these venues. This includes finding a new venue, contacting all suppliers, liaising with the new venue and coordinating on the day. Contact Steph if you need any help or support.

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Keep Warm at Winter Weddings

If you do decide to tie the knot in the Winter you will probably want a way to keep warm and stylish if you do venture outside for any photos. Here's a few stylish ideas to keep warm and dry on a wet or snowy Winters day.

                                          Fifi Ostrich Shrug Ivory & Black

How about a shrug to keep you cosy. The Fifi Ostrich Shrug above is from the Bridezillas website and costs £120. Visit the Bridezillas store for these great Catherine "weddingtons" to keep your feet warm and dry if you end up ankle deep in snow or puddles. They even have a little heel and a bow.


This Ivory Connie Shrug below from Monsoon costs just £45.00 and would make a great Winter cover up.

                                                Ivory Connie Applique Shrug
 This scallop cape from Phase Eight is really pretty and would look lovely to cover chilly shoulders. It costs £99 and can be ordered online here.

For extra warmth this fur shrug from Alex Bridal on Etsy is very stylish with it's diamante brooch. It costs around £50 with an international shipping charge of around £11.00 on top as it's from the USA. Check out the store as there is a huge range of shrugs available.

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Tuesday 20 December 2011

10% Off Candy Buffets and Wedding Planning

This Christmas Bristol Wedding Planning and Candy Buffet company How 2 I Do are offering 10% off any new services booked between now and the 31st January 2012. How 2 I Do offer a fantastic range of great Wedding Planning packages with On the Day Wedding Coordination from just £350.00 to full Wedding Planning with the Professional Package at £1295.00.

How 2 I Do also provide gorgeous vintage inspired Candy Buffets from only £1.90 per head that can make a great alternative to traditional Wedding favours. There are several Wedding packages on offer from the silver package for 75 guests up to the platinum package for 150.

As the editor of Bristol Wedding News Steph Allison, owner of How 2 I Do has a fantastic knowledge of the Bristol Wedding Industry and works with all of the top suppliers in the area. She has over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry and has worked on numerous Weddings, parties and events,

Visit the How 2 I Do website here.

Learn more about Candy Buffets here.

To get 10% off contact Steph and quote code XMAS10.

Monday 19 December 2011

Holidays Are Coming

Wow it's less than a week until Christmas now and Bristol Wedding News will be taking a little rest for the festive period with the last post of 2011 on Friday 23rd December. But never fear, we will be back from Monday the 2nd January and packed full of all of the latest news, ideas, tips and inspiration for your Bristol Wedding. We will be featuring,

  • Bristol Wedding Suppliers
  • Bristol Area Wedding Venues
  • Real Bristol Weddings
  • Planning Tips
  • Style and Theme Ideas
  • Wedding Fairs
  • Supplier News and Offers

If you are a quality Bristol Wedding Supplier, please send us any press releases, news, offers and images. Its free to feature and you can reach around 1000 Brides per week. For even more exposure we also have very reasonable advertising available.

If you are getting married in Bristol don't forget to send in your planning questions and photos of your big day once you have said I Do

Email us here to get involved. We look forward to hearing from you.

Friday 16 December 2011

Raw Chocolate and Champagne

What says Christmas more than champagne and chocolate (well apart from Santa, turkey and reindeer). If you want something rather special at your Wedding how about a Raw Chocolate Parlour in a gorgeous pink lined yurt. Imagine your guests indulging in raw chocolate canapes and champagne love potions.


We introduced you to Wedding Yurts in a post back in August. Read all about them here. The best news about the Raw Chocolate Parlour is that the chocolate is actually good for you as it's packed full or anti-oxidants and nutritional values.


The chocolate also supports the Ashaninka Tribe whose home in the Peru Amazon has been threatened by logging. Raw chocolate helps them through fair and sustainable trade of cacao. Find out more about having your own sumptuous Raw Chocolate Parlour here

Photos courtesy of The Raw Chocolate Parlour

Thursday 15 December 2011

A Sweet Christmas

Christmas is all about treating yourself and when I came across this tree on Pinterest I had to share it. It's the sort of tree you might find in the Willy Wonka factory at Christmas.

Pinned Image

Christmas is also a great time for a Candy Buffet, whether for paries or Weddings. Here's some Christmas Candy Buffet and dessert table ideas. The gorgeous one below is from Frog Prince Paperie. If you get chance click the link to see the whole post as it's full of festive cheer.

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To create a magical Christmas look you need to include ginger bread men, candy canes and swirly lollies. Gingerbread houses are really magical too and add to the festive cheer. The final one from Hostess Blog shows you don't need to stick to the traditional Christmas colours to look festive.

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If you want a Candy Buffet for a Wedding, party or event, contact Bristol Candy Buffet who can create a bespoke buffet to match your theme.

Wednesday 14 December 2011

World of Weddings January 8th 2012

 If you are planning a Wedding for 2012 or 2012 then wedding fairs are a great place to meet suppliers and get ideas. World of Weddings is back at the Holiday Inn on Sunday 8th January and with 75 Wedding suppliers in attendance, plus two fashion shows its certainly worth a visit.

World of Weddings is now in its 14th year and is in an easy to access location at Junction 1 of the M32, ideal for visitors who are using the M4, M5 or the M32. There is also lots of free parking available. All visitors are given a complimentary glass of wine or squash.

Two fashion shows take place at 12 noon and 2.30 pm featuring bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride and men’s formal wear.

Entry costs £2 per person. To find out more visit the website now

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Stylish Bridesmaids with Two Birds

Are you struggling to find a stylish Bridesmaid's dress that suits all of your Bridesmaids and can be worn again? With adult Bridesmaids it's nice to have a consistent theme or colour but to allow them to express some individuality. Also it's essential to consider that Bridesmaids come in different shapes and sizes and some may not feel comfortable in short, strapless or low cut.

One great idea is an innovative design from Two Birds that means that all of your Bridesmaids can have the same dress but wear it in 15 totally different ways from strapless, backless, halter, cap sleeves or one shoulder.

These dresses can be bought in Bristol from the Mews, Clifton. You can also buy a matching bandeau to go underneath for a more modest look, which is great for curvier girls. They even work on pregnant Bridesmaids too thanks to their flowing silk jersey design. They also make ties to match all of the colours for a complete look for the guys too. The Photos below courtesy of Two Birds at the Mews Clifton, show the full length dress with two of the 15 options.

These dresses come in a great range of colours and would also be great for Christmas parties and other special occasions. One thing is for sure, that this is one dress that won't just sit in your wardrobe.

Monday 12 December 2011

Rachel Goodchild Cards and Wrapping Paper

Rachel Goodchild designs gorgeous vintage inspired Wedding invitations, wrapping paper, Christmas cards and journals that would make ideal Christmas gifts. She also works as The Wedding Blog Designer, making bespoke blogs for couples to share all of the information about their Wedding with their guests.

Wedding Invitation 'Vintage Swallow'

If you have left it a bit late with the Christmas cards, or just prefer a more modern approach, she also has a great range of e-cards. You can subscribe to a range of 12 e-cards designs for £5 per year and send as many as you like, with a choice of 1500 images.


Visit Rachel's website now to look at her brilliant designs for Christmas and Weddings.

Images courtesy of Rachel Goodchild Designs

Friday 9 December 2011

Gorgeous Winter Wedding at Kingscote Barn

A while ago I promised you some gorgeous winter weddings. Well, you're in for a treat with this beauty, courtesy of the Little Wedding Helper, who styled the day. The lovely Bride & Groom were Ellen & Neil Sanders who tied the knot at Westbury-On-Trym Parish Church before heading to the fantastic Kingscote Barn for their winter themed reception.

The beautiful flowers & candelabras are by Aqua Wedding & event flowers, based in Cirencester.

Although it was Christmas the couple opted for colours of purple, teal & green, which look stunning. A special mention also for the Brides shoes, which I am reliably informed are the exact same shoes that Carrie wore at her Wedding to Big.

The photographer who took some amazing shots was Barry Dimond and the food was supplied by Crown Catering.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Sanders and we love your stylish Wedding.

Thursday 8 December 2011

The Mews Clifton Sample Sale

If you are looking for a dress and haven't visited The Mews Bridal Gowns of Clifton, then you are missing out on a really fabulous experience. They stock an amazing range of designers such Alice Temperley, Jenny Packham, Stephanie Allin, Suzanne Neville and more. How beautiful is this Jenny Packham gown...sigh!


Also great news if you are on a tight dress budget as you can now buy some of the sample dresses for half price - an amazing opportunity not to be missed.

                                           Shop Front

Visit the Mews website for directions and opening hours. Please contact the Mews to enquire or to make an appointment to view or try any dresses.

Wednesday 7 December 2011

The Wedding Reporter

There has been a bit of a buzz in the Wedding Industry lately about a certain lady. Her name is Emma Woodhouse and she also goes by the name of "The Wedding Reporter". Best of all she's from Bristol so local Brides have her creative talents at their fingertips, though she works across the UK as well as writing for Wedding magazines and other publications.

Today she has written us a special piece about her life as a Wedding Reporter. Over to Emma to explain what exactly a Wedding Reporter does...

I recently quit my job to become a fulltime wedding reporter. You might think this a risky decision, given that no one has ever heard of a wedding reporter, but therein lies the reason why I took the leap: in order to push my business to fulfil its potential in a niche market. Let me elaborate on what I do…

A wedding report is basically an extra layer of texture to your memories of the day. You'll find that in the hurricane of chaos that is your wedding day there is so much emotion and adrenaline (not to mention a little booze...!) involved that things you would expect to remember forever can pass you by in a flash. That's where I come in to try and capture all of those moments and feelings in a literary legacy that you can revisit fondly and maybe pass on to future generations.

The Wedding Reporter is essentially a professional wedding guest. I'll turn up with my trusty notebook at the allotted time and soak up the ambience, the atmosphere and the details of the day in order to go away and transcribe it all into a literary creative non-fiction account of the day. I'll mostly observe from the sidelines but also chat to your other guests and build up a picture of you as a couple through the context of your friends and family.

Once you have approved the draft revisions of your wedding report, the electronic copy is then your property. You can choose to have it published into a hardback booklet that my affiliate designer can create for you, even with a bespoke cover relating to the details of your wedding if you wish. Alternatively you could choose to self-publish it, incorporate it into your wedding photos, make wallpaper out of it...the choice is yours!

For the bespoke booklets these are charged separately after the report is written, depending on length and specification, but they start from only £30 and I think make brilliant thank you presents for family and friends. I even had one bride sending it out to acquaintances in New Zealand and San Francisco who weren't able to make it over for the wedding so that they could share in the day as well.

In this day and age, people DON'T have to get married. As such, I think it's a monumental decision when couples decide that they will and it's absolutely wonderful to see them honour their relationship and love in this very big gesture.

Witnessing that celebration of love and trying to transcribe it into a tangible, accurate keepsake of the day is now the thing that makes me leap out of bed in the morning and get to work.

If you would like to contact Emma or find out more about having your own bepsoke Wedding Report, visit her website now. You can also purchase gift vouchers that would make a great Christmas present for an engaged friend or relative.

Photo Credits: Ali Lovegrove Photography

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Chocolate Shoes from Chocolate Delores

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a special lady who loves both chocolate and shoes (who doesn't right ladies), then you can't go too wrong with a gorgeous shoe from Chocolate Delores.

Lizzie, Owner of Chocolate Delores makes the most delicious Wedding and special occasion cakes that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The cakes are soaked in port and layered in butter cream and plum jam which makes them moist and quite frankly scrumptious. 

She makes everything to order including the shoes, which are "bespoke and unique". She also hand makes yummy chocolates that would make fabulous favours or gifts. You can contact Chocolate Delores here

Image Credits: Chocolate Delores

Monday 5 December 2011

Christmas and Wedding Ideas from Port Out Starboard Home

Today we are featuring Port Out Starboard Home, a Bristol based Mother and Daughter business that came about after Georgie got married and made her own headband out of pieces found in her Granny's jewellery box.


Jill and Georgie told us "We are passionate about beautiful, handcrafted jewellery and particularly enjoy using recycled and vintage items in our hair accessories. We love vintage jewellery, the rhinestone, paste and pearl pieces have an amazing lustre, sparkle and luxurious feel. Our glamorous hair accessories incorporate vintage items such as brooches earrings and necklaces and are carefully made to be timeless and classic heirlooms of the future."


"Our extensive collection includes one off creations for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls. We also have a collection suitable for special occasions, which would be ideal for mothers of the bride or female guests requiring something special and different. We offer a bespoke service and are delighted to design and make to order, perhaps using a sentimental family piece. " 


We are delighted to be able to offer 10% discount on all orders for Bristol Wedding News readers. Please quote BWB11 when ordering.

The headbands cost from around £60 upwards with some more expensive pieces for Weddings and special occasions. They also have a more affordable range of brooches which make great Christmas gifts as well as sequined headbands for children from £14.00.

The Vintage Marcasite leaf brooch shown above is £20. You can contact Jill and Georgie as listed below

T: 07703544345

Photo Credits: Martin Wise of Studiowise

Friday 2 December 2011

Christmas Gifts and Favours From Mullion Cove

Mullion Cove is a Bristol based company specialing in Cornish food. Not only do their delicious biscuits and treats make brilliant Wedding favours, they also have loads of products on their website that would make ideal Christmas gifts.

I was lucky to try some of their Cornish Farings at an event and they are absolutely delicious.
they also offer hampers that would make a perfect present for a loved one at Christmas or a great thank you for someone in your Wedding.

They are currently selling limited edition white chocolate and cranberry fairings for Christmas so don't miss out on these as they look delicious.

Visit the website to order some lovely goodies now.

Thursday 1 December 2011

December Diary Dates

Can you believe it's December already. It's a bit of a quiet month in the World of Weddings but don't forget the Love Actually Christmas Wedding Fair at Bristol Zoo this Sunday.

On Saturday 17th December, there's a fantastic Wedding Planning Workshop held by How 2 I Do. Book tickets at to learn how to pick a theme, make a mood board, plan a timetable for the big day and arrange a table plan, plus much more. It costs just £25 per person.

Also don't forget to open those advent calendars and make a list for Santa. This month we'll be featuring some great gifts available to buy from local Wedding suppliers as well as some Winter Weddings and DIY tips for decorations and treats.

Keep checking back and join us in feeling festive this December

Wednesday 30 November 2011

After The Big Day

Bristol Wedding Planner Steph Allison comes to the rescue to solve all those little Wedding problems. Today it's Post Wedding Blues.

Planning a Wedding takes a lot of time and focus and though it can be stressful at times all of your input is rewarded with a fantastic day that you will remember for the rest of your life. However one thing we often don't think about is what to do after the confetti has been swept up and your honeymoon tan has faded.

Often you are left feeling a bit deflated after your Wedding is over. Suddenly the stoplight is no longer on you and you have no exciting projects on the horizon. So here's a few tips to get you through this post Wedding lull.

1. Look through your photos and select which ones will go into albums or be framed
2. Send out hand written thank you cards to everyone who sent you a gift.
3. Watch your Wedding DVD if you have one to relive the day
4. Plan a new project together like a holiday or day trip somewhere fun
5. Have your dress cleaned, wrapped in acid free tissue paper and stored safely
6. Have your Wedding shoes dyed and wear them on a fun night out
7. Eat any left over cake (ask someone to freeze it while you are on your honeymoon)
8. Share your new Wedding expertise and help friends plan their big day
9. Make a Wedding box to store your garter, jewellery and other memories in
10. Make some photo books for family as they make great gifts. Try photo box for this

I hope these tips help and if you were wondering, it is still perfectly acceptable to buy Wedding magazines and read Wedding blogs after you are Married. Maybe just don't tell anyone!

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Bristol Suppliers Recognised at National Wedding Industry Awards

The National Wedding Industry Awards are held annually to recognise and reward excellence in the Wedding Industry. As the UK Wedding Industry is not regulated it's a great way to find quality suppliers as Brides nominate in each category and winners are picked by a panel of expert judges, based on Customer Testimonials.

The Regional winners have recently been announced and some of the South West winners are based here in Bristol. This year Kirsten Butler, The Little Wedding Helper won the Best Special Touch Catergory for her fabulous Venue Styling. You can read Kirsten's hugely popular article for Bristol Wedding News on styling Village Halls here.

Kirsten was also recently Highly Commended in the 2011 Perfect Wedding Awards for her venue styling. She also writes fantastic montly articles for the magazine on Wedding themes.


Michelle Jetzer also won Best Wedding Coordinator (Venue) for her work at the Riverstation. We recently featured one of Michelle's lovely Weddings, and you can read about all of the gorgeous details here.

Congratulations also go to Kingscote Barn who won Best Wedding Venue. We also featured this great venue recently, which really does go to prove that Bristol Wedding News tells Bristol Brides about all the best local venues and suppliers. Keep checking back for more fantastic Bristol suppliers and wedding news, tips and ideas.

Also well done to Ambience Bristol who were nominated in the Special Touch category. The Regional Winners will now go on to compete for National Awards at a glitzy ceremony in London in January. Good luck to Kirsten, Michelle and Kingscote Barn at the Awards.

Learn more about the awards here.

Monday 28 November 2011

Occupy Bristol: How Does it Affect Bristol Brides

The Occupy Bristol protest is still making its mark on the usually picturesque College Green, transforming it from an attractive Bristol landmark into a muddy camp full of colourful tents, discarded pallets and ramshackle wooden structures.

College Green is surrounded by Wedding Venues such as The Marriott Royal, Bristol Cathedral, The Council House and The Lord Mayors Chapel. This has got us thinking about how this occupation is affecting Weddings at these Venues. Most couples spend a lot of time thinking about their venues and probably don't dream of a site such as this on the door step when they pay large sums to book their ceremonies and receptions.

Bristol City Council describe College Green as "an ancient and peaceful city green space". Interestingly their site also says "due to the sensitive nature of the site, any proposal to hold an event...will need to be approved by the Landowners, Bristol Cathedral as well as by the City Council. This image shows how College Green normally looks.

It would normally make a lovely backdrop to Wedding photographs and I'm sure many photographers have had to seek new locations for romantic shots.

I would be interested to hear from any Brides, venues or suppliers who have been affected by the protest. Do you think the protesters should be moved on to protect this ancient space or should we be allowing them freedom of speech. Please share your views in the comments below.

Image Credits Wikimedia Commons

Friday 25 November 2011

Two Great Reasons To Visit Clifton

As if you really need reasons for a little trip to Clifton with it's gorgeous buildings, great cafes and fantastic shops but you are in for a real treat with Christmas at the Orangery on Saturday and a Christmas Wedding Fair next Sunday.

Love Actually are hosting a fair at Clifton Pavillions on Sunday 4th December, which has great views as it overlooks the zoo gardens. Pop along to meet some great suppliers and you can also take a look if you still need a venue for your big day as its fully licenced for civil ceremonies and makes a great reception venue.

Another brilliant Clifton Venue you can visit is The Clifton Club which hosts this years Christmas at the Orangery. Why not pop along and pick up some amazing and unique gifts and meet some top Wedding suppliers too such as Bristol Vintage, Chocolate Delores and Rachel Goodchild.

Thursday 24 November 2011

Hearts on Fire with Smoking Hot Productions

We had a post on fireworks and sparklers to celebrate bonfire night recently but how about this for another great alternative to entertain your guests. Smoking Hot Productions offer a range of stunning fire shows to suit all budgets from one performer to a full 10 person show.

Smoking Hot Productions are based in Bristol and have experience performing at Weddings, parties and corporate events. Their 10 man show is the most awe inspiring and contains "giant fire skipping ropes, fiery stilt monsters and a pyrotechnic finale that will leave you breathless".

You can find out more about booking a fantastic fire show for your Wedding here

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Fun Food Ideas

Once you enter "The Wedding Years" in your late twenties and early thirties you can feel like your always at a Wedding. How many have you been to with a traditional three course meal. Was it pate or soup to start, chicken for the main course and then dessert? Probably as that's what hotels and venues offer and you end up going for something safe to please the masses.

However, it doesn't have to be this way. It's time to think fun and original and best of all, doing something different could actually save you money. Here's some different ideas.

  • Burritos
  • Moroccan Tagine
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Fish and Chips
  • Tapas
  • Hog Roast
  • Barbecue
                                        wedding fish and chips

Another way to make your food and drink more fun is to hire a van, There are many available locally serving ice cream or drinks. How about A Couple Of Mugs, who have a vintage tea van that can be hired as part of your Wedding celebrations. Park him (he's called Cedric) outside the church or at your reception venue and use it to serve pretty much anything from tea and cakes to sweets, cocktails or G&Ts.


Photo Credits: Fish and Chip Catering A Couple Of Mugs

Tuesday 22 November 2011

A Twilight Wedding

Finally after months of speculation the biggest dress since Kate Middletons has been revealed. Twilight Breaking Dawn part one was released on Friday and cinema goers had the chance to see the beautiful woodland Wedding of Bella and Edward.

If you love the romantic look of their Wedding you can recreate it by buying a copy of Bella's gown. It was designed by Carolina Herrera and has been reproduced by Alfred Angelo and sold under the banner of Twilight Weddings. The dress is available in either ivory or white.


The gown is made of lace and satin with a revealing back featuring 100 satin covered buttons. Bella wore hers with a long veil held in place with a vintage silver hair clip. If you want to recreate your own Twilight Wedding, think a Midsummer Nights Dream theme with lots of flowers, rose petals and romance.




Twilight Breaking Dawn Part One is in cinemas now. Visit Alfred Angelo for more information on the Twilight dress.

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