Monday 24 September 2012

Winter Weddings

As the nights are getting darker and there's a crisp chill in the air, our thoughts are turning to winter. It's time to say goodbye to the glorious, ahem, British Summer and start thinking of warming our cockles in front of a roaring fire, searching for last years gloves (and normally only finding one) and having the eternal debate over if it's still ok to wear Uggs for another year.

It's also time to start thinking about winter weddings so if you're a winter bride or a photographer who has any lovely wintery weddings to share with us, please do get in touch. We'd love to dedicate November to winter weddings and December to all things Christmassy from Christmas Weddings to lovely gift ideas from wedding suppliers.

If you would like to contribute a real wedding or you have products that would make great Christmas gifts, drop us an email soon.

Friday 21 September 2012

Trend Alert: Pretty Ribbons

There's a hot new trend in wedding decor and it's a very simple but hugely effective one that takes little skill or expense to make a big impact. Ribbons are huge for 2012 and 2013 wedding and can be used to make stunning backdrops, to decorate chairs and aisles or to hang from ceilings to create a canopy of colour.

Ribbons are a great way to decorate chairs as a modern alternative to white chair covers. This pretty image from Elizabeth Anne Designs shows.

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Use colourful ribbons and paper lanterns or pom poms to add colour to ceilings, as this bright colour pop wedding shows.

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I love the pretty ribbon canopy shown above from Intimate Weddings via the Life Work Media Blog.

To see some more ideas of how you can use ribbons as part of your wedding decor, visit How 2 I Do Wedding & Event Planning's board in Pinterest here.

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Planning a Marriage

Many of you reading this will be planning a wedding, but how many couples plan their marriage? Do we give enough thought to how we live happily ever after, whilst coping with inerfereing inlaws, tight finances, stressful jobs and mundane chores.

Marriage By Design is a course designed to help couples enjoy a long and happy marriage. They say,

"Every marriage has its ups and downs, but there are skills that can be learnt and habits that can be put in place that will help you to build strong foundations for your life together. Taking time out to discuss some of these things, even for just a few hours, can help make a marriage stronger and more fulfilling."


Marriage by Design was developed by Care for the Family, a leading UK family charity. Each session is research based and has been developed to focus on the key areas that strengthen couple relationships.

Couples can choose to attend a day or purchase a DVD. You can see a taster of the DVD here. The next day course runs in Bath on the 22nd September.

Visit the website to find out more

Sunday 16 September 2012

Goldney Hall Wedding Fair

Goldney Hall recently hosted a wedding fair with a vintage twist in association with Auntie's Vintage. There was a great range of top suppliers on hand in both the main house and the stunning light and airy Orangery.

Couples had the opporunity to look around the venue and the gorgeous grounds featuring an ornamental canal with bubbling fountain, the stunning tower and the intruiging shell lined grotto.

Music was provided by 1940s musical trio, The Marionettes who serenaded visitors on a special stage set up overlooking the fountain and grounds. Other exhibitors included wedding stylist, The Little Wedding Helper, accesory boutique Bridezillas Ltd, photograher Lizzy May, cakes by Chocolate Delores, crockery by Aunties Vintage and venue caterers Fosters Events.

Friday 14 September 2012

Wedding Exhibition at The Winter Gardens

One of the south west’s grandest wedding venues is expecting huge crowds for its Autumn Wedding Exhibition. The Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare will open its doors on September 23, to showcase its grand ballroom and vast wedding facilities.


Top south west bridal firms will be in attendance offering brides-to-be a chance to see what their special days could include. Tours will be conducted on the day for this much sought-after venue and a fashion show with a twist will be provided by So Gorgeous Bridal Wear with make up by Tracy Pallari.
Guests will also get a surprise performance from the Bravo Singing Waiters and witness aerial entertainment by Flight of Fancy and hear flutist Katherine Maleham. The first 100 guests will receive goodie bags and everyone will receive complimentary drinks and canap├ęs on arrival, as well as exclusive discounts on the day.

Peter Undery, general manager, said: “We have a fabulous venue on offer which appeals to both traditional and cultural weddings.This event gives brides-to-be a chance to tour our grand ballroom and help couples plan their big day with an extensive range of top wedding exhibitors in attendance. Come and see the rooms set up, tour the exhibition and meet the experts who can help you plan your special day, as well as taking part in our charity raffle."

Admission is free and the event runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm. For further information visit

Monday 10 September 2012

La Soiree Des Filles

Le Soiree des Filles (that's "girls night out", if your GCSE French is letting you down) will be taking place at the iconic Holburne Museum in Bath on Thursday 20th September. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event runs until 9pm. Guests will be greeted on the evening with a beautiful hand illustrated map of the venue so that they can plan their own bespoke programme of consultations and demos throughout the evening.


Set in the stunning surroundings of the museum’s glass atrium and the beautifully classic gallery space, bride-to-be’s will have access to some of the South West’s leading independent wedding experts who will be on hand with tailor made advice.

The line up includes floral demos from the Tallulah Rose flower school (shown above), bespoke stationery from Meticulous Ink and exquisite bridal dresses from The Mews, Clifton to heavenly patisserie from Cinnamon Toast and bridal hair by Melanie Giles as well as wine tastings, book signings and live music. Bride Electric will also be live blogging as the evening unfolds and streaming the highlights of the event via Facebook and Twitter. There is free admission and free parking.

Image Credits: The Hulbourne Museum and Tallulah Rose Flower School

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Wedding Supplier Afternoon Tea

On Sunday 16th September, local Bristol wedding suppliers are invited to
afternoon tea in one of Bristol's hidden wedding venues.

Arnos Vale will have free music, cakes, tea and tours around the buildings and general site. They are licensed to hold both Anglican wedding and civil ceremonies and can hold ceremonies from 2 people right up to 106. They also have on site caterers who can cater for up to 80 people for a banqueting style reception or up to 220 for a chilled out and relaxed buffet option.

Arnos Vale know that getting married in a cemetery might seem like an odd idea, but how many wedding already take place in chapels and churches sat amongst grave stones.

Arnos Vale say "This is an unusual, unique, funky, tranquil, beautiful, scenic venue and offers something a little different to the norm! If you have a couple looking for somewhere a bit different and a venue with a difference but without compromising on location or surroundings then please come along on the 16th September and find out more about Arnos Vale for yourself."

So, if you want to come along then call Sarah on 0117 9719117 (extn 202) or email leaving your name, business type/name and how many are going to be attending with you.

Find out more on the website

Monday 3 September 2012

September Diary Dates

There are lots of big wedding fairs taking place this month. Take a look below to get inspiration for your own big day.

Love Actually The Grand Thistle Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol: Sunday 2nd September 2012. 11:30am to 4pm. Free Admission.

Goldney Wedding Fayre: Sunday 2nd September 2012 from 11am - 4pm. There is a entry
fee of £1 which is donated to breast cancer UK.

World of Weddings: Sunday 9th September 2012 Holiay Inn, Filton. One of the largest in the West with 75 stands on ground floor level. Two choreograhed fashion shows. Open 10:30 to 16:00 - Admission £2 (u16's free)

Wedding World: Sunday 16th September 2012. The largest wedding exhibition in the area. Over 100 stands on ground floor level to browse and two fantastic fashion shows. Open 10:30 to 16:30 - Admission £2 (u16's free)

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