Wednesday 31 October 2012

Venue Spotlight: Clifton College

If you are looking for a beautiful wedding reception venue  in Bristol, have you considered the impressive Clifton College? Situated in stunning Clifton, right next to Bristol Zoo Gardens and steeped in history, it really is worth adding to your venue short list for your special day.



Clifton College dates back to 1862 and boats a number of different options for Wedding Receptions. The Cricket Pavilion is perfect for small parties where guests can enjoy the outdoor space for drinks and you can choose a formal three course meal or a relaxed barbecue in the grounds.

For larger wedding parties of up to 180 guests, you can welcome your guests with a drinks reception in the Newbolt Room and the adjoining East Cloister.  The Grand Hall, with its high ceilings and beautiful windows is another fabulous space where your guests can dine in style before dancing the night away.


Clifton College offers exclusive use as well as on site catering. The beautiful Chapel is available for blessings, though only Old Cliftonians can marry there with special consent. The Chapel can be used as a superb backdrop for your wedding photography to take place.


To find out more visit the Clifton College website or contact Rachel Gough to request a brochure and arrange to visit. Please note that Civil Ceremonies cannot take place on site and receptions can only take place during the school holidays. Term times are available to view on the website.

Images taken from Events at Clifton College. Credits © Lee Hatherall Photography and West Photography

Monday 22 October 2012

Wedding Films by Rupert Ward-Lewis

We featured the stunning work of Rupert Ward-Lewis last year and while watching some of his wedding films I was a blubbering wreck. His films have a beauty rarely seen in standard wedding videos where he seems to capture the day in the way a still photographer would. This creates both beautiful and incredibly flattering images with a real cinematographic feel.

Take a look at Rupert's show reel here. If he looks familiar it's because he was previously an actor, working on shows such as Heartbeat.

Visit his website to find out more

Friday 19 October 2012

Eco Wedding Fair at the Riverstation

The Riverstation is hosting an Eco Wedding fair on Saturday 3rd November from 11am to 4pm. The fair is a must for couples who want their wedding to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. The fair is being organised by Michelle Jetzer who won Best Wedding Coordinator in a venue at the 2011 Wedding Industry Awards.

She says ‘The Eco Wedding Fair’ has all its stalls booked with the most incredible ‘Eco & Ethical’ companies the South West Wedding industry has to offer". There is free entry and an ‘Eco treat’ goody bags to those that register online and on the day there will be fashion, workshops, nibbles, bubbles,   advice from wedding experts, music, theatre, cafe, gifts to purchase, Rickshaw rides, wedding boat to explore, ice cream to taste, plus more!

Learn more and see the list of exhibitors here

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Free Table Decoration Guide

The Last Detail ( is a great website offering all of the finishing touches you need for your dream wedding theme. They have written a fantastic Wedding Table Decorations Guide Ebook' - packed full of beautiful images, top tips and over 30 pages of step-by-step help to decorating the most awe-inspiring wedding tables.

The guide is completely free to download, and they want to share it with as many brides as possible. If you sign up online you can instantly view the guide or have it emailed to view at your leisure of keep in your wedding planning file for future inspiration.

Download the free guide here

Thursday 11 October 2012

Collection 8

Phase Eight have always been a good choice for Wedding and special occasion wear. However their new collection really takes their range to a new level and would be a great option for glamorous bridesmaids or wedding guests.

                                     Women's Black/Gold Colette Sequin Dress

The range is a collection of eight limited edition evening dresses. Taking opulence to brilliant extremes, the Collection 8 dresses feature exquisite detailing to satisfy your deepest sartorial desires. Think dustings of beads, splashes of shimmering sequins and lashings of lace adorning luxury to‐die‐ for fabrics. Evoking Hollywood glamour, you are guaranteed to steal the limelight.

The Pippa dress shown below would make a great vintage feel wedding dress with it's antique gold lace and cut out back design.

                                       Women's Gold Pippa Embellished Lace Dress

The Giselle Flapper dress is bang on trend with the roaring 20s inspiring many designers and providing a great theme for a stylish wedding. If you offered this little number to your bridesmaids it would give them a great dress that they could definitely wear again.

                                      Women's Black/Gold Giselle Flapper Dress

The dresses are priced at between £250 and £300 and you can view the full range here

Monday 8 October 2012

Dazzle your guest with a Juggling inferno

So, you're off to interview another DJ and listen to another wedding band in the hopes that you can find some passable entertainment for your wedding reception. Annoyingly the good ones are either already booked or your guests have already heard them at your friends weddings. You need unique entertainment, something that will amaze and dazzle your guests, and something that will make your wedding the talk of the town.

In the never ending search to create unique and exciting days to remember, wedding planners and couples across the country are booking more and more innovative acts to entertain their loved ones. Magicians with a twist, fire-eaters, stilt walkers and much, much more are now at the cutting edge of wedding entertainment ideas!

If you are looking for the wow factor for your special day Juggling Inferno will make your wedding day an event to remember. Their solo “Pyromania” performance or group fire shows are nothing short of amazing. They can do the shows with or without music and all the shows come with the option of a pyrotechnic finale to finish the show in style.

There's always a lull in the action between the wedding ceremony and the reception. Your guests sit around waiting for you to arrive. But the fire performers from Juggling Inferno meet and greet your guests, entertaining them with amazing tricks and chatter until you make your entrance. By the time you arrive your guests are already warmed up and ready to have a great time.

During the reception, the professionally trained fire jugglers, street entertainers and master magicians walk among your guests, entertaining and dazzling them while they mingle. They tell jokes, we juggle, we do tricks and we wrap it all up in a fire show, the perfect combination to keep your guests thrilled and amazed, while you get to relax and enjoy the party.

And don't worry, they say "Our performance is completely safe and appropriate for all age groups. All of our performers are professionally trained and, if you're worried about the health and safety, we can do glow shows with no fire as well. In fact, we can even set up special entertainment for children to keep them occupied while the adults enjoy themselves".

"Top off the evening with our grand finale – a stupendous group fire show that wows your guests and sears your wedding day forever into their memories. Our choreographed and freestyle shows, performed to the accompaniment of heart-stopping music, are wonderfully dangerous and exciting and leave your guests clamoring for more."

Planning your wedding on a budget? Juggling inferno say they can still help. "Whether you hire us to meet-and-greet your guests or to mingle among the crowd, or entertain for the duration, our package prices are perfect for most budgets and we can customize our performances to meet your needs."

Juggling Inferno have performers based through and the UK and are very happy to work anywhere. For more information on please visit this link


Monday 1 October 2012

Wedding Open Day

The Hollywood Estate is hosting a wedding open day on Monday 1st October from 1pm to 6pm. There will be Bucks Fizz on arrival and tasty canapes served throughout the day.
On the day guests will have the opportunity to experience Hollywood’s facilities, dressed in all their splendour, showcasing a variety of uses including weddings, corporate  entertainment and traditional conferencing.

You can visit the Hollywod Estate website for more information here

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